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Fallout of abortive Faizabad crackdown: TV remains off air, but savants unblocked social media using a bit of jugglery!

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KARACHI: PEMRA, while citing Clause 8 (8) of Electronic Media Code of Conduct had yesterday issued a notification prohibiting live coverage of Faizabad sit-in. 

Yesterday, most of the private channels were taken off air. Viewers trying to watch TV see PEMRA message saying that the channel was suspended on its orders.

Though Facebook, YouTube, Daily Motion, Twitter and instagram had also been blocked, many savants of the technology are using it through a bit of jugglery.

For instance, they get the  services unblocked  by placing themselves abroad in the cyber memory!

Moreover, Government is also pondering over closure of mobile phone signals

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Islamabad

ITP’s poor strength undermines efficiency: SSP

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ISLAMABAD: Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) Furukh Rashid Monday underlining the need to improve the strength of Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) said the dearth of officials was undermining the efficiency with traffic problems worsening with each passing day.
“The traffic flow has increased almost seven times in 13 years and the staff’s strength gradually decreases from 685 to 628 due to the retirement of some officials,” he said in an interview with APP.
The ITP, on its inception in 2005 with 685 officials, was mandated to control 125,000 registered vehicles of the capital besides those coming from different cities. Now, the city exclusively owns some 900,000 vehicles and also bears the burden of those coming from other parts of the country. The situation, he said, requires urgent reinforcement of the ITP.
Farrukh said over 2,000 traffic wardens at some 506 points of the federal capital were required to handle daily traffic business while ITP could only manage to cover some 286 spots around the clock in two shifts and 89 points partially. “Some 131 spots mostly in rural areas go unattended, due to a shortage of staff”, he added.
Islamabad Expressway’s both sides, Tarnol, Bara Kahu, Golra and some sectors of the Capital including G-11, E-7, E-8, E-11 were among the areas where the ITP deployment remained off and on.
At least six sergeants, the SSP said, were required to be deployed at a big crossing junction while four at a small one. “Currently, the ratio is four and one respectively,” he added. The ITP’s another official regretted that the department was not getting required budget and professionals’ strength despite contributing Rs 3 million annually to the national exchequer.
Over two million was being generated from ticketing while one million in form of license fees on monthly basis, he added. Highlighting the ITP’s controlled management with limited resources, the official said “the department does not have even a single crane to remove a damaged vehicle from the road in case it requires emergency clearance.
“We are forced to use outdated fork lifters for the purpose”. he regretted.
Farrukh said 36 patrolling cars, 70 bikes, and six obsolete lifters were the entire support to cover over 906 square kilometer area. “There was no dedicated piece of land for ITP and currently it was running its affairs in a temporary office, designated for the green belt that can be removed anytime,” he said.
Answering to a query, the official said, that VVIP movements and parking issues in the capital markets were also a reason behind the ITP’s officials non-presence at some major stops.
He also termed the amount of fine on traffic violations inadequate, saying it was not helping to improve behavioral changes in violators to respect rules.
He said a recent proposal to review the number of fine tickets was sent to the quarters concerned, requesting to increase the maximum penalty to Rs 5,000 to reign motorists who commit absolute violations deliberately.
The SSP claimed that road accidents were taking more lives than natural disasters, urging the authorities concerned to bring reforms in traffic laws and ensure the provision of required staff to handle the affairs.

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KPK

WAPDA completes Transmission Line on highest-ever altitude

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) achieved yet another landmark, as it succeeded in completing the most difficult transmission line from Golen Gol (Chitral) to Timergara for evacuation of power generated by Golen Gol Hydropower Project to the National Grid.
The 180-kilometer long Golen Gol-Timergara transmission line crosses through the most difficult mountainous terrain having extreme weather conditions. As many as 706 transmission towers including 141 towers of 132 kilo-volts and 565 towers of 220 kilo-volts have been erected on the snow-clad mountain peaks including that of Lowari Top at the highest altitude of 10,312 feet. The transmission towers in Pakistan have never been erected earlier at this altitude.
Tough construction of transmission lines does not fall within the ambit of WAPDA after unbundling of its Power Wing way back in 2007, WAPDA took the construction of transmission line for Golen Gol Hydropower Project as a challenge.
It not only completed the task on its own but also successfully energized the said transmission line two days ago. Resultantly, Golen Gol Hydropower Project has now been connected to the National Grid. Thus, the project has started providing electricity to the system through its second unit on a trial basis via the National Grid. The second unit is being operated on various loads in accordance with the standard operating procedure (SOP) up to its maximum generation capacity of 36 megawatts (MW).
Earlier the first unit of Golen Gol Hydropower Project has been providing electricity to Chitral and its adjoining areas since its commissioning in January this year through a local arrangement developed by WAPDA to evacuate electricity generated by the first unit to fulfill the entire energy requirements of Chitral. The project since its commissioning has provided more than 33 million units of electricity to the consumers. Third and the last unit of the project is also complete. The wet commissioning of the third unit will also commence very soon by connecting it to the National Grid.
Golen Gol Hydropower Project has been constructed on Golen Gol – a tributary of River Mastuj – near Chitral. The installed generation capacity of the project is 108 MW with three generating units, each of them having a generation capacity of 36 MW. The project has been completed in a phased manner. The project will provide 436 million units of electricity to the National Grid every year. Benefits of the project have been estimated at Rs. 3.7 billion per annum.

 

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Lahore

PM directs immediate finalization of LG system

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LAHORE: Prime Minister Imran Khan Sunday directed for finalization of the Local Bodies System within next 48 hours.
The prime minister said devolution of powers at the grass-roots level was the most important agenda of the PTI government. The objective behind this agenda was to empower the local people in the real sense, he added.
He gave the directive during a meeting on the Local Bodies system. Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar, Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar, Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shah
Farman, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain and senior leadership the PTI were present during the meeting, PM office media wing said in a press release.  The prime minister observed that besides, devolution of power at the grass-roots level, effective public accountability of the elected representatives would be ensured.  He further observed that the LG system would remove the status quo. The devolution of powers and the local bodies system would help raise the new leadership, he noted.
He said the new system would be rooted in the democratic norms in which the governance and transparency would be ensured. He stressed upon introduction of an LG system in which the public representatives should be guarded against blackmailing at all levels so that they could fully concentrate their energies on public welfare. Earlier after his arrival, the prime minister met the governor and chief minister at the CM  Secretariat.

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