Mr. Prime Minister, Are You Listening?

A little after a year in office, the government seems to have run out of ideas and will power—the latter being more disappointing and dangerous for a country that is struggling to stay afloat. An unfortunate policy paralysis has allowed our problems to grow in magnitude to serve as existential threats. Pakistanis, this time around . . . → Read More: Mr. Prime Minister, Are You Listening?

Electricity tariff increased by 73 paisas per unit

The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) increased on Thursday electricity tariff by 73 paisa per unit for distribution companies of Wapda to be paid by consumers from next month.

The increase was allowed under a monthly fuel adjustment formula under which actual variations in cost of power supply are transferred to consumers. The tariff . . . → Read More: Electricity tariff increased by 73 paisas per unit

Budget 2013-14 not as bad as it sounds

By Usman Khalid

Finance Ministers usually outline in their budget speech the objectives they wish to achieve. I watched the Finance Minister Ishaq Dar budget speech on TV and was impressed by his knowledge of detail. But he did not outline his objectives; I had to glean his objectives from his long and . . . → Read More: Budget 2013-14 not as bad as it sounds

Powers of WAPDA chief extended

In a major decision taken days after departure of the federal cabinet, the government partially reversed on Tuesday power sector reforms by putting all the 16 corporate power companies under the control of the Wapda Chairman Syed Raghib Shah.

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Pakistan’s most Corrupt Departments this year

Land and property and police remained the two most corrupt departments of the country in year 2011, while education and military remained the two least corrupt departments during the said year, the National Corruption Perception Survey 2011 announced by Transparency International Pakistan (TIP) revealed on Wednesday.

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Loadshedding to continue till 2018: WAPDA

ISLAMABAD: Chairman WAPDA Shakeel Durrani said that electricity loadshedding will continue till 2018, Geo News reported. Meanwhile member of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Water and Power, Sajjadul Hasan has called for riots in Okara and the burning of PEPCO’s office to protests against loadshedding.

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A Shutdown of the Mind

Pakistan’s energy crisis, after registering its imprint on the society and economy, is now beginning to target the psychological well-being of its citizens

Loadshedding – most of it unannounced – has now gone to 12-16 hours in urban areas of the Punjab. Throughout last week, Lahore was submerged in darkness, except for a few hours . . . → Read More: A Shutdown of the Mind