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Pakistan’s tax collection, exports surging: Hammad Azhar

As per federal minister, country’s tax collection and exports are increasing as a result of better policies. 

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Islamabad: Minister for Energy Hammad Azhar Saturday said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government has introduced historic reforms in different sectors including energy to take forward the country. 

While addressing a news conference, the minister said this process of reforms will continue in the months and years ahead in order to ensure sustainable development.

As per federal minister, country’s tax collection and exports are increasing as a result of better policies. 

“We target to collect six thousand billion rupees in taxes during the current fiscal year whilst our exports and remittances each will touch thirty billion dollars,” he said.

The Minister for energy further added that the government is focusing on improving the electricity transmission system. 

“70-80 % electricity will be produced from indigenous resources by 2030,” he stated, adding that the concerned authorities have started work on construction of ten dams. 

“Our gas reserves are depleting and we have to look for various options to meet the domestic requirements,” the minister pointed out.

 

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Rajasthan: Three killed, several injured in temple stampede 

The CCTV footage is being examined for better clarity on the incident. 

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Rajasthan: Three killed, several injured in temple stampede 

In India, three people were killed and several injured in the result of a stampede at a temple in Rajasthan’s Sikar district on Monday.

As per reports, three women were killed in a stampede outside Khatu Shyam Temple in Rajasthan’s Sikar district. 

The event took place when a sizable crowd moved past the temple’s front door.

As soon as the temple opened around 4.30 am, the devotees flocked for 'darshan' on the occasion of 'Gyaras'— an auspicious day as per Hindu calendar.

In one of the queues, a 63-year-old woman with a history of heart ailment collapsed. Following this, two women behind her, too, fell down due to the rush. 

They died in the stampede, Superintendent of Police (SP) K Rashtradeep said.

He added that devotees start queuing up hours before the temple is opened.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot condoled the deaths and wished those injured a speedy recovery.

Moreover, the CCTV footage is being examined for better clarity on the incident. 

 

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Musk challenges Twitter CEO to public debate on bots

"Let him prove to the public that Twitter has <5% fake or spam daily users"

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California: Elon Musk on Saturday challenged Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) Chief Executive Officer Parag Agrawal to a public debate about the percentage of bots on the social media platform.

"Let him prove to the public that Twitter has <5% fake or spam daily users!" Musk said in a tweet.

He also started a poll asking users whether less than 5% of Twitter daily users are fake/spam.

Twitter on Thursday dismissed a claim by Musk that he was hoodwinked into signing a $44 billion agreement to buy the company.

Musk filed a countersuit against Twitter on July 29, escalating his legal fight against the company over his bid to walk away from the purchase agreement.

Earlier on Saturday, Musk said that if Twitter could provide its method of sampling 100 accounts and how it confirmed that the accounts are real, his deal to buy the company should proceed on its original terms.

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Any attack on a nuclear plant ‘suicidal’: UN Chief 

At a press conference in Tokyo, Guterres condemned such attacks without saying either side was responsible.

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Any attack on a nuclear plant ‘suicidal’: UN Chief 

Any attack on a nuclear plant is “suicidal”, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Monday after fresh shelling hit a huge atomic power complex in southern Ukraine.

Moscow and Kyiv blame each other for the latest strike at the Zaporizhzhia plant, Europe’s largest nuclear power site, which has been under Russian control since the early days of the war.

The fighting on Friday at the plant has prompted the UN’s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to warn of “the very real risk of a nuclear disaster”.

At a press conference in Tokyo, Guterres condemned such attacks without saying either side was responsible.

“We support the IAEA on their efforts in relation to create the conditions of stabilisation of that plant,” he said.

“Any attack to a nuclear plant is a suicidal thing. I hope that those attacks will end, and at the same time I hope that the IAEA will be able to access the plant.”

His comments followed a visit to Hiroshima over the weekend, where Guterres gave a speech to mark the 77th anniversary of the world’s first nuclear bomb attack.

In the Japanese city on Saturday, he warned that “humanity is playing with a loaded gun” as crises with the potential for nuclear disaster proliferate worldwide, from Ukraine to the Middle East and the Korean peninsula.

The Portuguese 73-year-old also delivered a stark warning against the horrors of atomic weapons a week ago in New York at a key nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty conference, which he reiterated on Monday.

“We are witnessing a radicalisation in the geopolitical situation that makes the risk of a nuclear war again something we cannot completely forget,” he said.

When asked about China’s massive military exercises around Taiwan, sparked by a visit last week to the self-ruled island by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Guterres said the UN “abides by a resolution of the General Assembly, the so-called One China policy”.

“But we all want that resolution to correspond to a peaceful environment,” he said, calling for common sense and restraint to allow for an “extremely important” de-escalation.

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