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Punjab Assembly passes budget FY23 in absence of Opposition

Chief Minister Hamza Shahbaz was also present in the house.

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Lahore: Amid the absence of Opposition, the Punjab government on Wednesday passed the provincial budget of Rs3.226 trillion for the financial year 2022-23 in the Punjab Assembly.

Finance Minister Awais Laghari moved the Punjab Finance Bill 2021 which later the government passed amid empty Opposition benches. Chief Minister Hamza Shahbaz was also present in the house.

The Punjab budget was marred by uncertainties and was presented on June 15 after considerable delay and at a different venue than the conventional one as the treasury and Opposition benches failed to reach a consensus over convening a session.

The minister had unveiled the provincial budget for the fiscal year 2022-23, terming it a “pro-poor and pro-development budget”.

 

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Martyrdom anniversary of Kargil War hero Havaldar Lalak Jan being observed

Martyrdom anniversary of Shaheed Havaldar Lalak Jan, NH being observed today

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Rawalpindi: The 23rd martyrdom anniversary of Shaheed Havaldar Lalak Jan, Nishan-e-Haider, is being observed on Thursday (today). 

In May 1999, Havaldar Lalak Jan was serving in Company Headquarters, while the enemy was preparing for a major attack. He willingly volunteered to fight on the frontline. 

Jan bravely defended his post with a handful of men. On July 07, the enemy constantly engaged his post for the entire day and despite being severely injured, he refused to be evacuated and successfully repulsed the attack, inflicting heavy losses on the enemy.

Despite his wounds, he stayed at his position and fought off the Indian assault. 

Later, Havaldar Jan succumbed to injuries and embraced martyrdom while defending the country. 

Shaheed Lalak Jan was awarded the country's highest award Nishan-e-Haider for the devotion and courage he showed in the Kargil war. 

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PTI's five members Punjab Assembly take oath

Speaker Perviaz Elahi presided over the session.

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Lahore: Five new members of Punjab Assembly of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) took oath today.

According to details, Speaker Punjab Assembly Chaudhry Perviaz Elahi chaired the 41st session of the House. Speaker Punjab Assembly administered the oath to the newly elected lawmakers.

Five new lawmakers of the PTI, who had been notified by the Election Commission of Pakistan on reserved seats, took oath during the Punjab Assembly session.

The ECP on Wednesday had issued notifications for five reserved seats of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in the Punjab Assembly following the Lahore High Court verdict.

The ECP had issued notifications for the PTI’s lawmakers Batool Zain Janjua, Saira Raza, Fouzia Abbas Naseem on the vacant seats for women and Habkook Rafiq and Samuel Yaqoob were notified as the lawmakers on the minority seats.

It is pertinent to mention that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on May 26 de-seated 25 dissident MPAs of the PTI who had voted for PML-N’s Hamza Shehbaz in the election for Punjab chief minister, stating that they had defected from the party.

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Govt set to announce comprehensive National Solar Policy on Aug 1

"The government was committed to making the country self-reliant in energy generation"

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Islamabad: The government is set to announce a comprehensive National Solar Policy on August 1 to provide cheap and environmental-friendly electricity to the general public.

The decision was taken by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif as he chaired a high-level meeting of the Energy Task Force aimed at addressing the problems of energy shortage in the country.

The implementation of the National Solar Policy will be subject to approval by the Council of Common Interests.

The meeting was attended by Federal Minister for Energy Engineer Khurram Dastagir, Finance Minister Miftah Ismail, Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal, Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb, Petroleum Minister Mussadik Malik, and the officials concerned. The chief secretaries of four provinces joined the meeting through a video link.

PM Sharif directed the task force to get feedback from the provinces on the draft solar policy and stressed ensuring unanimity of views at the provincial level on the projects of alternative energy generation.

Also, it was decided to shift the Prime Minister’s Office and the PM House to solar energy within one month.

The prime minister said the government was committed to making the country self-reliant in energy generation.

He mentioned that solar power was a clean and green way of electricity generation and said the solar projects would mitigate the issues such as distribution losses, power theft, and circular debt.

PM Sharif said affordable solar power would reduce the burden of inflation on the common man.

The meeting was informed that a proposal for converting the fuel-based powerhouses and the 2,000 feeders of 11 KV to solar generation was on the cards.

Switching the government buildings to solar power generation was also discussed in detail.

It was told that in the next 10 years, solar plants with 1,000 megawatts generation would be installed at the government buildings on a BOOT (Build-Own-Operate-Transfer) basis.

The meeting also discussed the proposals for B2B (business-to-business) and mini solar grids.

It was highlighted that a plan to convert 30,000 tube wells in Balochistan to solar power was under consideration with a cost of Rs 300 billion.

The meeting also discussed the proposal to provide solar plants to individuals with a facility of net-metering.

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