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  • Tanker operators blame water crisis on govt officials

    KARACHI: Claiming that they are not the ‘tanker mafia’ as they are dubbed, the All Karachi Water Tankers Ittehad came out to present “the real picture behind the water crisis and high rates of tankers in the city” to the media at the Karachi Press Club on Thursday...

    “It hasn’t stopped raining in Kashmir, so the rivers haven’t gone dry
  • Cable operators reject service tax

    KARACHI: The cable operators association has opposed the imposition of a fresh ‘service tax’ by the Sindh government and called upon the authorities to declare their business tax-free for 10 years...

    “We make this demand so that we can offer cheap and quality service to our customers,” Khalid Arain, chairman of the Cable Operators Association of Pakistan, said at a press conference at the KPC on Sunday...

  • NA body decides to reduce Haj quota for private tour operators

    ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Religious Affairs on Monday decided that the Haj quota for private tour operators should be reduced to accommodate new operators and that doing so will promote competition between Haj operators...

    The committee decided that 10pc quota for the private sector will be reduced from those operators who have a quota of 150 or more pilgrims which totals to 7,168 pilgrims whereas new tour...

  • Oil tankers’ operators agree to end strike after successful talks with govt

    The second session of talks between government authorities and All Pakistan Oil Tankers Association (APOTA) on Wednesday reportedly proved successful after the APOTA members were assured that their demand for an increase in freight fares will be considered, DawnNews reported...

    The oil tankers’ operators announced to end their three-day long strike during a press conference following their meeting with the government authorities... ...

  • Supreme Court asks govt to keep private Haj operators quota at 40pc

    ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the government to maintain its earlier direction of keeping the Haj quota for private tour operators at 40 per cent from the earlier 50 per cent...

    A five-judge Supreme Court larger bench headed by Justice Gulzar Ahmed announced the court judgement after hearing a set of intra court appeals against its direction of April 21 in which the court had asked the government to accommodate new...

  • School van operators warned

    KARACHI: Traffic auth­orities are willing to give some leniency to school vans operators, but there will be no compromise on safety and self-respect of schoolchildren, said a senior official on Sunday...

    Traffic police DIG Dr Amir Ahmed Shaikh told Dawn that those school van owners/drivers who had applied to the Hydrocarbon Development Institute of Pakistan (HDIP) to get safe compressed natural gas (CNG) kits fitted in their vehicles...

  • Punjab withdraws 19.5pc GST on telecom operators

    After facing five and half months ‘battle’ between the Punjab Revenue Authority (PRA) and the telecom operators, the provincial government on November 25 issued a notification stating that “telecom services have been excluded from taxes including internet services whether dial-up or broadband including email services, data communication network services (DCNS), and value-added data services...

    ”It further states that the taxes have...

  • Most pilgrimage operators defrauding people, claims FIA

    LAHORE: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has said that most operators of Haj, Umrah and other pilgrimage services are defrauding people and called for introducing amendments to the Emigration Ordi­na­nce, 1979, to keep a check on their activities...

    In a letter to the Ministry of Interior, the FIA said that there were a number of complaints against consultants/tour operators involved in immigration/facilitation of people for...

  • US opens up skies for commercial drone operators

    Under the FAA's rules, drone operators will be allowed to fly commercial craft weighing less than 25 kilograms during daylight hours, provided they can maintain a clear view of the drone at all times...

    Drone operators no longer need a full pilot's license...

  • SC restores 50pc quota for private Haj operators

    ISLAMABAD: The government’s Haj policy for 2016 suffered a setback on Tuesday when the Supreme Court restored the previous year’s quota of 50pc for private Haj tour operators, which had been reduced to 40pc this year...

    The controversy over Haj quotas landed at the Supreme Court when private Haj tour operators appealed a Sindh High Court verdict from April 15, 2016, rejecting their challenges to the Haj policy 2016...

  • Warning to cable TV operators

    KARACHI: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) warned all cable television operators on Monday to follow their licence terms and conditions in their operations and reminded them that they were liable to face legal action in case of a violation...

    Take a look: CPJ urges Pakistan to reconsider Pemra guidelinesAccording to a press release, legal proceedings in case of non-compliance might entail fine and even...

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