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Foreign sales of basmati rice pick up

The development is attributed to the Indian failure on two fronts – price and quality.

Power shortage leads to 12-18 hours of loadshedding

Increasing hot weather in most parts of the country & 6,000MW electricity shortage causes 12-18 hours of loadshedding.

Alarming controversy over urea prices

The net result of this tug of war has been obvious: urea has started disappearing from the market.

Ad hoc filling of senior Wapda slots ‘suits some’

Adhocism rules Wapda as most of the senior level posts have been ignoring legal implications of such scheme of things.

Market mechanism may hit wheat procurement plan

LAHORE: As the Punjab prepares for one of its toughest wheat procurement campaigns in two weeks’ time, it has all...

New bids to be invited for Neelum-Jhelum transmission line project

PM Sharif decides to invite new bids for Neelum-Jhelum transmission line project & transfer it back to NTDC from Wapda.

How to manage conflicting interests

Preference for the crop, accomodating industry, farmers' response underscore the need for an efficient export regime.

Unchecked waterlogging and salinity

Punjab has no credible system to continuously monitor, study and document cultivable lands lost to waterlogging and

NTDC blamed for transmission line delay

The committee held that “NTDC wilfully neglected Neelum-Jhelum Hydropower project and should be held accountable”.

Mild rust attack on wheat crop

Around 15 seed types were introduced in last 5 years. How a variety would respond to rust attack, no one knew for sure.

Violation of rules alleged in award of transmission line contract

LAHORE: The government’s plan to award an ‘unsolicited’ Rs25 billion contract for the Neelum-Jhelum power...

Lower potato crop

Rates of potatoes in domestic markets have almost doubled from what they normally are during this time of the year.

12-hour power cuts are back

“It is just beginning of a very bad and long summer,” says an official of Pakistan Electric Power Company (Pepco).

Tarbela, Mangla may hit dead level this month

LAHORE: Tarbela and Mangla dams may hit the dead level by the middle of this month as water planning by the Indus...

Power sector’s bill collection continues to fall

Bill collection fell down to 86.30 per cent in the first seven months of the current fiscal year.

Taking a step forward

The recent and much-awaited approval of 32 Bacillus thuringiensis, commonly known as Bt, by the Technical Assessment...

Lesco pays for the curse of inefficiency

LAHORE: With seven chief executive officers (CEOs), five of them on an ad hoc basis, in the last five years and ...

Skewed agricultural loans

In a six-step action plan, SBP last week listed measures that it has decided to take for improving agricultural credit.

PM orders probe into Diamer Dam land case

LAHORE: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has ordered an inquiry into “reported irregularities” in land acquisition ...

Faulty power planning hurting economy

LAHORE: Power planners are deliberately keeping close to 4,000MW available capacity shut to produce only 10,000MW...

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