The approval was given at a meeting held under the chairmanship of Federal Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives Asad Umar.
The Petroleum Division presented the summary of Pakistan Oil Refinery Policy 2021 for approval of CCoE.
The Power Division submitted a report of the Implementation Committee on the ratification of the independent power producers (IPPs) agreement, under the 2002 Power Policy, a statement issued by the Ministry of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives said.
After a detailed discussion, the committee approved the final report of the Implementation Committee and directed the Power Division to proceed with the payments of all 11 IPPs as per the signed agreement except a company whose cases are under investigation at the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
The statement added that due to the limited availability of natural gas during winters, the consumers need alternative affordable resources for meeting the heating requirements.
Hence, the winter incentive package for electricity consumers from November 1, 2021, to February 28, 2022, was submitted by the Power Division and approved by the CCoE.
The CCoE directed Power Division that K-Electric consumers should also be included in this package.
The Petroleum Division was directed to submit an inverse gas pricing mechanism for the same months within this week.
Australia to cancel Afghan test if Taliban ban women's sports
Canberra: Cricket Australia Thursday issued an official notification, stating that they would cancel Test match against Afghanistan unless Taliban lift the reported ban on women’s sports.
On its official twitter handle, Cricket Australia said that it will not host Afghanistan planned Test match in Hobart starting November 27, if news reports of Taliban views on the women’s game were true.
"If recent media reports that women's cricket will not be supported in Afghanistan are substantiated, Cricket Australia would have no alternative but not to host Afghanistan for the proposed Test match due to be played in Hobart," said Cricket Australia in its statement.
An update on the proposed Test match against Afghanistan ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/p2q5LOJMlw— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) September 9, 2021
The Taliban, banned sports for women in the country saying, they don't think women will be allowed to play cricket as it’s not necessary for them to participate.
According to SBS, Ahmadullah Wasiq, deputy head of the Taliban's cultural commission said, “In cricket, women might face a situation where their face and body will not be covered”.
“Islam does not allow women to be seen like this," he stressed.
Meanwhile, players from Afghanistan women’s soccer team are among dozens of athletes who were given visas to live in Australia and have been undergoing quarantine amid coronavirus pandemic.
However, it is a move that could cost Afghanistan its status as a Test-playing nation.
Afghanistan has a national women's cricket team — but its status has been thrown into question along with every other woman in the country after the Taliban ousted the U.S.-backed government.
In August, Taliban allowed men’s cricket to continue and gave approval for the men’s national team to travel to Australia for a test match in November.
COVID-19 kills another 78 as Pakistan continues battle against fourth wave
Islamabad: Pakistan is witnessing daily surge in COVID-19 cases with authorities linking the upswing to the deadly fourth wave. Today country’s positivity rate is on 5.44%.
As per National Command and Control Center (NCOC), around 2,580 cases of coronavirus were reported while 78 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 26,865.
Pakistan conducted a total of 47,419 tests in the last 24 hours.
As per the NCOC, total confirmed cases are 1,210,082 whereas 5,304 are under critical care.
The number of patients swelled to 415,654 in the province with 12,259 causalities.
The number of infections has surged to 446,045 in the province, while the death toll has reached 7,177.
The confirmed cases have surged to 169,040 in the province with 5,290 casualties.
There are 32,618 confirmed cases while 344 patients have died from the infection so far.
AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan
There are 33,432 coronavirus cases in the AJK while the death toll has reached 724. On the other hand, there are 10,168 cases in GB with 182 coronavirus deaths.
There are 103,125 cases in the capital city while 889 people have lost their lives.
‘Covid fourth wave’: Pakistan's coronavirus positivity rate falls to 5.45%
Islamabad: Pakistan is witnessing daily surge in COVID-19 cases with authorities linking the upswing to the deadly fourth wave. Today country’s positivity rate is on 5.45%.
As per National Command and Control Center (NCOC), Pakistan conducted a total of 57,792 tests in the last 24 hours.
Around 3,153 cases of coronavirus were reported while 58 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 26,720.
As per the command centre, total confirmed cases are 1,204,520 whereas 5,370 are under critical care.
The number of patients swelled to 413,182 in the province with 12,211 causalities.
The number of infections has surged to 444,464 in the province, while the death toll has reached 7,133.
The confirmed cases have surged to 168,258 in the province with 5,250 casualties.
There are 32,569 confirmed cases while 342 patients have died from the infection so far.
AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan
There are 33,268 coronavirus cases in the AJK while the death toll has reached 718. On the other hand, there are 10,162 cases in GB with 179 coronavirus deaths.
There are 102,617 cases in the capital city while 887 people have lost their lives.
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