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PM calls meeting taking notice of power outages

The power outages are on the rise in the country, and the duration has reached 14 hours in various cities

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Islamabad: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has taken notice of the complaints of load shedding in different parts of the country and has called a meeting today at 12:00pm.

According to the reports, Prime Minister will be given a detailed briefing on the demand and supply of electricity and load shedding. The progress on the ongoing operations against electricity theft will also be reviewed, and the problems faced in the provinces will also be discussed.

Along with the heat, power outages are also on the rise in the country, and the duration has reached 14 hours in various cities.

People protested against electricity load-shedding in Peshawar, in which protesters blocked the M1- motorway, causing long queues of vehicles on the road.

The protestors refused to open the road until the authorities came for negotiations, saying that the duration of load-shedding had increased intolerably.

On the other hand, the people are worried about the long power outages in the small and big cities of the country, load shedding continues even after midnight in some areas of Karachi.

While, Quetta Electric Supply Company (QESCO) has increased the load shedding period in Quetta from eight to 10 hours. Also, 12 hours load shedding is being done in the district headquarters including Turbat, Sibi, Nasirabad and Jafarabad.

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Spain recognises Palestinian State

Spanish Prime Minister said that reconginising Spain is a historic moment

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Madrid: The Prime Minister of Spain Pedro Sánchezhas Tuesday formally announced the recognition of Palestine, saying the Cabinet will recognize a Palestinian state at its Tuesday morning meeting as a European Union rift with Israel widens.

Spanish Prime Minister said that reconginising Spain is a historic moment.

He stated that there is no example in history of atrocities on Palestinians.

It is pertinent to note that the number of states recognising Palestine has reaches 146.

Earlier, Norway, Ireland and Spain had announced that they will recognise an independent Palestinian state, regarding which Norway’s Prime Minister had said that in the hope that this will help to bring peace with Israel.

Ireland and Norway were also to make official their recognition of a Palestinian state later in the day. While dozens of countries have recognized a Palestinian state, none of the major Western powers has done so.

Sánchez, who announced his country’s decision before parliament last week, has spent months touring European and Middle Eastern countries to garner support for recognition and a cease-fire in Gaza.

Relations between the EU and Israel nosedived Monday, the eve of the diplomatic recognition EU members Ireland and Spain, with Madrid insisting that sanctions should be considered against Israel for its continued deadly attacks in southern Gaza’s city of Rafah.

Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz told Spain that its consulate in Jerusalem will not be allowed to help Palestinians.

At the same time, the EU’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell threw his weight to support the International Criminal Court, whose prosecutor is seeking an arrest warrant against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and others, including leaders of the Hamas militant group.

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Naqvi announces five major projects for Islamabad

Federal Interior Minister assigned the task to Chairman CDA and Chief Commissioner Islamabad Muhammad Ali Randhawa

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Islamabad: Federal Interior Minister Mohsin Naqvi Tuesday announced five major projects for the convenience of the citizens of Islamabad.

Mohsin Naqvi visited the Capital District Authority (CDA) headquarters and took important decisions to provide relief to the citizens.

On this occasion, Interior Minister decided to launch Capital Emergency Services and Capital Waste Management Company in Islamabad. Capital Safe City Authority, Central Business District (CBD) Islamabad and Capital Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) will also be established.

Federal Interior Minister assigned the task to Chairman CDA and Chief Commissioner Islamabad Muhammad Ali Randhawa.

Mohsin Naqvi said; “All the measures aim to provide the best and fastest services to the citizens of Islamabad, soon we will make Islamabad an ideal city”.

The Home Minister during his visit to CDA headquarters met the staff of Ambulance 1122 and Fire Brigade and urged them to perform their duties diligently, saying that Ambulance, Fire Brigade and Water Rescue Service should be integrated under Capital Emergency Services.

He stated that citizens will be able to get emergency services by calling 1122 in any emergency. A unified emergency control room will be established, live tracking of vehicles will be done through GPS and special attention will be paid to staff training.

The interior minister also directed to set up new Emergency Services 1122 stations in the city and ordered recruitment on merit for approved vacancies, saying that the number of ambulances in Islamabad would be increased.

Chairman CDA and Chief Commissioner Islamabad Mohammad Ali Randhawa, Deputy Commissioner Islamabad Irfan Memon and other emergency services officials were also present on the occasion.

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