He said because of the current gas crisis in the wake of the closure of the LNG terminal, extraordinary measures are being adopted to ensure uninterrupted electricity supply to the export industry of the country without any Shutdowns, interruptions, fluctuations and tripping etc.
While taking up the issues confronting smooth functioning of APTMA member mills in the province, Mr Adil Bashir pointed out that an extreme voltage fluctuation (15% +/-), besides excessive interruptions, is proving fatal for the export-oriented textile industry and demands immediate redressal.
He further added that the industry has no other source of energy except for an uninterrupted and smooth supply of electricity during the ongoing acute shortage of gas supply to the Captive Power Plants (CPPs) of the textile industry.
According to him, the textile industry operates 24/7 for 365 days and heavy fluctuation of electricity supply hits its productivity badly that ultimately affects the exports of the country.
He stressed that LESCO should shift the industry load to other grid stations for smooth uninterrupted electricity supply to the industry during scheduled grid maintenance.
Aptma Chairman also took up the issue of grid charges in case of extension of load beyond 5 MW up to 7.5 MW and urged CEO LESCO to make sure alternate solutions for industries whose extension of load applications are rejected by LESCO.
He also stressed upon CEO LESCO to expedite processing of new/extension of load applications.
Mr Adil Bashir said there is confusion about the applicability period for base units for incremental relief for June 2021 onward, which needs immediate clarification on the part of Lesco management.
LESCO CEO said the textile industry has contributed to the exports of the country and job creation immensely, but it is also bringing in investment to the country and LESCO has always been attentive to its issues. He assured of resolving all major issues of the industry for its smooth operations in the larger interest of the country’s economy and prosperity.
Ramiz Raja becomes PCB chairman unopposed
Lahore: Veteran cricketer and former Test captain-turned commentator Rameez Raja has emerged as the next chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday.
To elect the 36th PCB Chairman, a special meeting of the Board of Governors (BoG) took place today, (September 13) at the High Performance in Lahore.
The PCB Election Commissioner, Mr Justice (retd) Sheikh Azmat Saeed conducted the election, presiding over the meeting.
The members of the BoG including Mr Aasim Wajid Jawad, Ms Alia Zafar, Mr Asad Ali Khan, Mr Arif Saeed, Mr Javed Kurieshi, Mr Ramiz Raja and Mr Wasim Khan attended the special meeting.
At 1415 inside the Bob Woolmer Indoor School, NHPC, the newly-elected PCB Chairman will hold his media conference, which will be live-streamed on all PCB social media channels.
As per the PCB Covid-19 Protocols, which are designed to ensure health and wellbeing of all involved, only reporters and correspondents who are fully vaccinated and have immunisation certificates are invited to attend the media conference.
Moreover, TV news channels will be welcome to use PCB’s broadcast quality live-stream details of which will be shared shortly before the start of the media conference.
Pakistan records dip in daily new COVID-19 cases
Islamabad: Pakistan has reported 2,928 new coronavirus cases in last 24 hours, the lowest spike in daily new infections in nearly a week.
Pakistan is presently experiencing the fourth wave of coronavirus which is said to be deadlier and more contagious than previous three COVID waves.
According to National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), around 2,928 cases of coronavirus were reported while 68 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 27,072.
The total number of cases has reached 1,218,749.
As many as 1,125,952 patients have recovered from the disease with 4,960 critical cases.
The number of patients swelled to 419,423 in the province with 12,345 causalities.
The number of infections has surged to 448,658 in the province, while the death toll has reached 7,224.
The confirmed cases have surged to 170,391 in the province with 5,354 casualties.
There are 32,707 confirmed cases while 344 patients have died from the infection so far.
AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan
There are 33,628 coronavirus cases in the AJK while the death toll has reached 728. On the other hand, there are 10,222 cases in GB with 182 coronavirus deaths.
There are 103,720 cases in the capital city while 895 people have lost their lives.
New island emerges near Balochistan’s Kund Malir beach
A new island have popped up near Sonmiani beach of Balochistan— discovered by the fishermen sailing along the coast on Thursday.
The technical advisor on marine fisheries at World Wild Fund (WWF), Muhammad Moazzam Khan said that the new island appeared in west off the coast of Sonmiani near Kund Malir.
“Such phenomena occurs due to geographical changes within the ocean depths,” he said adding that these kind of small islands emerge, remain in place for a while and then diminish back into the waters.
It is pertinent mention here that such Islands had earlier emerged at the same location in 2000 and 2010.
The first known emergence, during November 1945, was concurrent with an earthquake of magnitude 8.0.
The 2nd and 3rd emergences were in March 1999 and November 2010 respectively.
In 2013, an island emerged off Gwadar coast after a powerful 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck Pakistan. However, the island disappeared after some time.
Landsat images of March 1999 and November 2010 emergences indicate appearance of round-shaped island of 4.4 and 5.2 hectare area, followed by erosion and disappearance. The island was composed of mud breccias and circular vents spewing mud slurry and methane gas.
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