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‘NTDC not solely responsible for 12-hour load shedding in HESCO region’

NTDC spokesman emphasised that claim of 12-hour load shedding period solely attributable to NTDC was an exaggerated figure

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Lahore: In response to a news story published in a section of press on July 22, 2024, the spokesman of the National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC) has clarified about the recent power outages experienced in the Hyderabad Electric Supply Company (HESCO) service areas.

According to NTDC spokesman, additional load management measures implemented in the HESCO region were carried out in accordance with the NEPRA Grid Code 2023. This action was taken in response to an emergency situation that arose during the nights of Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22, 2024.

NTDC spokesman emphasised that the claim of a 12-hour load shedding period solely attributable to NTDC was an exaggerated figure and not an accurate representation of the situation. While explaining this, he said that the primary reason for these measures was a significant dip in power generation from the 36 wind farms located in the Gharo and Jhimpir wind clusters. These wind farms, with a combined installed capacity of 1,845 MW, support the 500 kV Jamshoro grid station of NTDC. The abnormally low wind speeds resulted in a drastic reduction in wind power generation, leading to an extreme load burden on the NTDC transformers at Jamshoro Grid Station.

In an effort to safeguard the critical equipment, NTDC coordinated with the HESCO authorities to implement additional load shedding measures. However, the wind generation was normalized by Sunday morning, and the additional load shedding was no longer required in the HESCO service area.

It is important to note that the actual load shedding duration was significantly less than the 12 hours flashed in the news report. The spokesman stated that the quantum of load shedding was about 75 MW for 4 hours and 142 MW for 6 hours on Saturday and Sunday nights respectively, resulting in an average interruption of approximately 01 hour per 11kV feeder selected by HESCO for this power curtailment.

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Collaboration on youth initiatives under PM’s Youth Programme

They also stressed the importance of promoting entrepreneurship and integrating advanced technology into educational and professional spheres

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Lahore: Prime Minister's Youth Programme Focal Person Chairman Fahad Shahbaz called on former federal minister Dr Umar Saif.

During the meeting, both leaders reached an agreement on new initiatives for empowering youth under the Prime Minister's Youth Programme. The collaboration focuses on entrepreneurship, technology, and other developmental projects to empower young people across the country.

They reviewed the current status of various projects under the programme and explored new avenues to further enhance opportunities for the youth. They also stressed the importance of promoting entrepreneurship and integrating advanced technology into educational and professional spheres to equip the younger generation with the necessary skills and knowledge.

On the occasion, Dr Umar Saif shed light on the critical role of technology in modern education and business, stressing that equipping the youth with technological skills is essential for their success in the contemporary job market. While, Fahad Shahbaz echoed this sentiment, pointing out that the PM’s Youth Programme is committed to providing the youth with resources and opportunities to innovate and excel in various fields.

Both leaders agreed on the necessity of collaborative efforts to create a more inclusive environment that supports young entrepreneurs. They discussed the implementation of new initiatives that will provide mentorship, funding, and training to budding entrepreneurs, ensuring they have the tools needed to succeed.

The meeting concluded with a shared vision of creating a robust support system for the youth, encompassing various sectors such as technology, education, and entrepreneurship.

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Tax on card payments in Sindh restaurants again rises to 15pc

58 restaurants and hotels in Karachi have been allowed to deduct 15 percent service tax from the public

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Karachi: Tax on debit and credit card payments to restaurants and hotels in Sindh has been increased again.

In the Sindh budget, the tax on card payments was reduced from 15 percent to eight percent, but now the tax on debit and credit card payments to restaurants and hotels has been raised again from eight percent to 15 percent.

According to the Sindh Revenue Board, 58 restaurants and hotels in Karachi have been allowed to deduct 15 percent service tax from the public. This facility is provided for input adjustment of tax payments on restaurant purchases and less number of restaurants have been granted this permission.

It is reported that the actual sales or actual income tax was likely to be revealed as most of the restaurant sales were through cards.

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