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Ogra approves Rs315/mmbtu hike in gas price for Punjab, KP

Islamabad: The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) has allowed the Sui Northern Gas Company Limited (SSGCL) raise prices from gas consumers to recover its shortfall of billions of rupees.

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The regulatory authority announced its order on petition filed by the company approved hike in gas price by Rs315.60 per mmtbu to Rs881.40 from its previous price of Rs565.81/mmbtu in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The latest surge will put an additional burden of Rs233 billion on public.

The development comes a day after the ogra approved an increase of Rs39.89 per mmbtu in gas price for Sindh and Balochistan on the request of the Sui Sothern Gas Limited.

With the latest surge, the new price stands at Rs778.59/mmbtu. The new price will come into affect once the notification is issued.

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Pakistan reports 541 COVID cases, first time in three months 

An uptick in new COVID-19 cases in Pakistan consistently continues as the country reported over 500 new daily cases for the first time in three months. 

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Islamabad: Pakistan has reported one death and 541 new COVID-19 cases during the last 24 hours, the highest since March 11 when it recorded 571 positive cases. 

According to the figures released by the National Institute of Health (NIH) on Wednesday, an uptick in new COVID-19 cases in Pakistan consistently continues as the country reported over 500 new daily cases for the first time in three months. 

Following the situation, the health ministry said that wearing mask has been made mandatory on all domestic flights, railways and public transport.  

The overall tally of the infected people climbed to 1,535,144 across Pakistan after adding the fresh cases.  

March 23 was the first day without any recorded deaths in Pakistan since the pandemic took hold in 2020. Official death figures are typically lower at weekends and holidays because of a lag in reporting.  

The health authorities have advised the people to restart following COVID related Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) such as wearing face masks, sanitizing hands, and maintaining social distance.

 

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Participants of National Security and War Course visit Naval Headquarters, Islamabad

"Participants of the National Security and War Course were briefed on the role of Pakistan Navy in the development of maritime defense and maritime sector"

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Islamabad: Participants of National Security and War Course visited Naval Headquarters in Islamabad on Wednesday.

According to Pakistan Navy spokesman, participants included officers from all three armed forces.

He said that participants of the National Security and War Course were briefed on the role of Pakistan Navy in the development of maritime defense and maritime sector.

Naval Chief Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi also addressed the participants of the course.

The course participants appreciated the efforts of Pakistan Navy in maritime peace and stability.

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LHC to announce verdict on pleas against Hamza's election as CM Punjab

LHC will announce the reserved verdict at 12:30pm on Thursday.

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Lahore: The Lahore High Court (LHC) will announce the reserved verdict on pleas against the election of Hamza Shahbaz as Chief Minister of Punjab.

According to details, a five-member larger bench headed by Justice Sadaqat Ali Khan resumed hearing the pleas today.

During the hearing, the bench sought arguments from Hamza’s lawyer that whether the Supreme Court’s verdict on the presidential reference related to defecting lawmakers applies to past events.

Hamza’s counsel maintained that the ruling doesn’t apply to past events unless the apex court itself says so.

Later, the court reserved the verdict and will announce it tomorrow at 12:30 pm.

In a previous hearing, the high court had hinted at holding fresh election for the post of Punjab’s chief minister under April 16 circumstances, when incumbent Hamza Shahbaz was elected in a poll on a court order. 

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