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.
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.
83 more succumb to COVID-19 in Pakistan
Islamabad: 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 3,902 cases of coronavirus were reported while 83 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 26,413.
The total number of cases has reached 1,190,136.
As many as 1,071,976 patients have recovered from the disease with 5,389 critical cases.
The number of patients swelled to 406,960 in the province with 12,118 causalities.
The number of infections has surged to 440,164 in the province, while the death toll has reached 7,030.
The confirmed cases have surged to 165,980 in the province with 5,155 casualties.
There are 32,456 confirmed cases while 342 patients have died from the infection so far.
AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan
There are 32,942 coronavirus cases in the AJK while the death toll has reached 712. On the other hand, there are 10,084 cases in GB with 179 coronavirus deaths.
There are 101,550 cases in the capital city while 877 people have lost their lives.
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.
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