How Air Conditioning Costs Could Be Cut Significantly


The days of overheating because of the sun streaming through a window might be no more as scientists have figured out a way to make your windows heatproof. It is achieved using a special window coating that blocks infrared light and ultraviolet light, but lets through visible light, according to a new paper in the journal Cell Reports Physical Science. The…

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California Supreme Court to review rooftop solar net metering


The state’s highest court granted review to a lawsuit challenging a “regressive” rooftop solar policy called NEM 3.0. A controversial rooftop solar rulemaking decision has risen to the Supreme Court of California, with the state’s highest court granting review for a petition filed by the Center for Biological Diversity. The case involves NEM 3.0, a rate structure that went into effect in…

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World Bank to give Dasu project $1b


Marks third major funding round to anchor crucial initiative amid delays ISLAMABAD: The World Bank will provide a $1 billion loan for the 2,160 megawatts Dasu hydropower project—a crucial initiative aimed at integrating cheaper electricity into Pakistan’s energy mix and showcasing the nation’s resilience against adversaries. This marks the third major financing by the World Bank for the project, which…

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FBR plans to block mobile SIMs of tax evaders


Revenue board chief endorses disconnection of 500,000 SIMs ISLAMABAD: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has decided to block 500,000 mobile phone SIMs of tax evaders as the decision has been endorsed by its chairman. In this regard, the FBR has sent relevant rules to the officers concerned. According to sources, the FBR has identified two million tax evaders, but…

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India asks companies to fire up power plants


To meet rising electricity demand in hot summer months NEW DELHI: India has asked companies to operate underutilised gas-based power plants in May and June, and extend operations of imported coal-based plants until Oct 15 to meet anticipated high demand for electricity, according to two government orders. The South Asian nation registered an 8% rise in electricity consumption in the…

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Thar coal key to overcoming expensive power woes


NEPRA report says high cost of electricity denting country’s growth KARACHI: The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) has revealed that the high cost of electricity was one of the contributing factors for decreasing the country’s economic growth rate to only 0.29% in the financial year 2022-23. The power regulator in its ‘State of the Industry Report 2023’ noted that…

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Polio victim plans to travel 400 cities to plant saplings


Khizar Wali Chishti has so far succeeded in planting more than 150,000 saplings PESHAWAR: A 32-year-old polio survivor is embarking on a remarkable journey across Pakistan, aiming to plant 10 million trees and raise awareness about the urgent need for environmental conservation. Despite his physical challenges, Khizar Wali Chishti is determined to be a catalyst for change in the face of…

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