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  • LITERARY NOTES: Remembering Krishan Chander and Akhter-ul-Iman

    Both have recently come up with special issues, remembering two of Urdu literature’s towering figures: Krishan Chander and Akhter-ul-Iman...

    In these works, gadha, or donkey, symbolizes common man and by depicting its plight Krishan Chander satirizes the political system and social circumstances in India, though this more or less applies to Pakistan, too...

  • Sahiwal coal-fired power plant: Builders expect power generation before deadline

    LAHORE: Chinese companies building the 1,320MW Sahiwal coal-fired power plant, the first-ever such a project in Pakistan, expect power generation next year which will be the ‘cheapest’ in terms of tariff and environment friendly...

    1 cents per electricity unit to the Pakistani government under an agreement with the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority and this is the cheapest rate in Pakistan”, says Song Taiji, the Chief...

  • Power regulator in power struggle

    Following in the footsteps of some businesses by embroiling regulators into litigation in order to forestall penalties and losses, the government is challenging the decision of the power regulator to block the revenues flowing out of utility companies to the consumers...

    In the intervening period, the government is seriously working to reduce the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) into a subservient body of the...

  • Pakistan told to pay Rs14 billion to nine power producers

    ISLAMABAD: In another arbitration setback, the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) has in its final award asked Pakistan to pay more than Rs14 billion to nine independent power producers (IPPs)...

    “The government is thoroughly examining the award and will exhaust all available options to defend the case,” said a spokesman for the ministry of energy’s power division...

  • Pakistan seeks China’s help to end smog-related power breakdowns

    ISLAMABAD: Restoring oil-based power generation, Pakistan has sought Chinese technical help to fight repeated tripping triggered by smog in the transmission and distribution network...

    Down the line, distribution companies’ (Discos) level “132KV transmission lines are also faced with the same kind of problems and their number is much higher”, the power division of the ministry of energy said...

  • Knowledge, power and Pakistan

    The question of who defines knowledge about a country, its customs, culture and various aspects of its existence applies just as much to Pakistan as to Somalia...

    Academic knowledge about Pakistan is also largely defined by Western academics and is in this sense influenced by the frames of colonisation that marked the West’s entry into the subcontinent...

  • ADB approves $6 billion to build Pakistan's power infrastructure

    KARACHI: The Asian Development Bank on Tuesday approved a $6 billion loan to help build up Pakistan's dilapidated power network and other key infrastructure, Islamabad said...

    Among the projects to be financed by the ADB are a 660-megawatt coal-fired power plant in southern part of the country, while funds will also be allocated for projects related to health, education and highway construction...

  • Pakistan's acquisition of nuclear power smashed India's dreams: Sartaj Aziz

    ISLAMABAD: Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz on Sunday said that Pakistan's acquisition of nuclear power "smashed India's dreams"...

    Aziz was addressing a gathering of the Nazaria Pakistan Council where he also said that Pakistan's enemies would not succeed in sabotaging the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)...

  • PM blames opposition for power shortfall in Pakistan

    At the breakthrough ceremony of the right head-race tunnel of the Neelum Jhelum project, the PM lashed out at the opposition, blaming them for the power shortfall in Pakistan...

    "The first unit of the Neelum Jhelum Hydro Power Project is slated to start electricity generation by the end of February next year, the second unit will be operational by March 2018, while the third and the fourth units will be completed by April 2018...

  • Is Pakistan's solar power poised to take off amid energy crisis?

    Solar energy production in Pakistan is poised to take off ? just as the South Asian country is ramping up coal production to help plug a crippling power crisis, energy experts say...

    New high quality solar maps ? essential to securing financing for major solar projects ? show Pakistan is one of the world's best countries for producing solar energy because of its arid climate and latitude...

  • Pakistan’s energy mix: power and politics

    From relying mainly on hydro and oil power, Pakistan has now progressed to harnessing alternative energy to meet the energy shortfall...

    In its early history, Pakistan managed to harness hydro potential and then depended heavily on that in the decades to come...

  • Pakistan’s power crisis: Trans-Mission Impossible

    Poor governance, incompetence, lack of transparency, distribution and transmission losses (a euphemism for theft), have made powering Pakistan a transMission Impossible...

    A recently released book by the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars (Wilson Center) reviews the energy crisis in Pakistan and raises the question if there is a way out of Pakistan’s endless energy crisis?A careful read of the book reveals that while...

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