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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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Irregularities of over Rs12bn revealed in Railways’ Property Land Department

According to the report, there are illegal petrol pumps on land worth more than 2.17 billion rupees in Karachi and Hyderabad

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Lahore: The irregularities of 12.5 billion rupees have been revealed in the Property and Land Department of Pakistan Railways.

According to the special audit report of the railways, total railway land in the country comprises 1.3532 million kanals. There are encroachments on 2,617 acres of land worth more than Rs3.49 billion.

According to the report, there are illegal petrol pumps on land worth more than 2.17 billion rupees in Karachi and Hyderabad. The 63 acres of land worth 4.40 billion rupees of Gilani railway station in Karachi has not been handed over, due to which the circular railway project could not operationalise. Even 602 railway quarters in Sukkur were also not completed.

Apart from this, dues of 221.2 million rupees have not yet been collected from various departments. Railways has suffered a loss of 1.16 billion rupees due to non-auction after the lease agreement with a private fitness company in Karachi was terminated.

According to the report, the staff deployed for the management of railway property lacks the required capacity and engineers are deployed at most of the locations.

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