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57 Bangladeshis jailed for illegal protests in UAE

Sentence was issued by Federal Appeal Court of UAE

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Abu Dhabi: United Arab Emirates (UAE) sentenced 57 Bangladeshi citizens for illegal protests in the city.

According to the Arab Media, sentences were issued to the Bangladeshi immigrant on Sunday by the Federal Appeal Court for sabotaging peace and public order.

Federal court sentenced three people to life imprisonment for calling people and instigating them to take part in illegal protest and 10 years of imprisonment were granted to 53 individuals who took part in this protest.

Court said that only one citizen was granted 11 years of imprisonment for illegally entering in to the country and taking part in the protest. Everyone after completing their sentence would be immediately deported.

It is pertinent to note that all convicted persons staged a protest on Thursday against the Bangladesh government in UAE.

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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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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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