SSGC halts gas supply to industries

KARACHI: With the advent of the winter season, the gas crisis seems to have worsened as the Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGC) halted gas supply to industries across Karachi.

“In adherence to the Ministry of Energy (Petroleum Division) gas load management plan, that places domestic and commercial customers on top of the priority list, it has been decided to suspend gas supply to all general industries from November 15 to February 28, 2023,” a statement issued by the gas company read.

It said the decision is aimed to meet the rising demand of domestic customers in Sindh and Balochistan. It is pertinent to mention here that all CNG stations in Sindh have already been shut down for two-and-half months due to gas shortage.

All food business operators directed to get license

KARACHI: Director General Sindh Food Authority Imran Bhatti Sunday directed all food business operators across the Sindh province to get business license from the authority.

In a statement, he said that according to Sindh Food Authority Act 2016, all food business operators, including restaurants, dairy business, manufacturers, food caters, cold storages, pakwan centres, marriage halls, hotels, ice factories etc. are required to get business license from Sindh Food Authority.

If they fail to do so, action will be taken against them. DG SFA Imran Bhatti said that SFA was committed to implement hygiene principles in the society so that the people might get pure eating materials.

Rallies taken out in Hyderabad to support Pak army

HYDERABAD: Rallies were taken out by various organizations in Hyderabad to express solidarity with the Pakistan Army on Sunday.

The rallies of various political and social organizations from different areas of Hyderabad reached the Press Club. The participants of the rallies raised slogans in favour of the Pakistan Army and said that they will not tolerate any conspiracy against Pakistan. The participants also said that the army of Pakistan is brave and heroic and the people stand by their army men on every front.

Tea, ghee prices decreased at Utility Stores

KARACHI: The authorities have massively decreased the prices of tea at the country’s Utility Stores. There was also a marginal drop in ghee rate, it emerged Sunday.

The prices of different brands of tea were down from Rs45 to Rs845 while the ghee rate was reduced by Rs9 per kilogram.

The Utility Stores Corporation issued a notification in this regard. The ghee price for Karahi zone was decreased for Rs9 per kg while rest of the country the rate is down eight rupees.

The price of 80-gram tea pack was reduced by Rs45, 170-gram pack by Rs100, 430-gram by Rs357 and 900-gram by Rs845.

Steps taken to distribute free of cost seeds of wheat

QUETTA: The incumbent provincial government under the leadership of Chief Minister Balochistan, Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo has taken a revolutionary step for initiating a program to distribute free of cost seeds of wheat amongst the peasants of flood affected districts of Balochistan province in order to restore agriculture sector of the province.

According to a statement issued by the Chief Minister’s Secretariat here on Sunday, the incumbent provincial government under the leadership of Chief Minister Balochistan, Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo has taken a revolutionary step for initiating a program to distribute free of cost seeds of wheat amongst the peasants of flood affected districts of Balochistan province in order to restore agriculture sector of the province.

It said that an amount of Rs. 2.2 billion had been reflected for the program with the approval of the provincial government. 381000 bags of wheat’s seeds would be procured which would benefit more than one lac peasants in 34 districts of the province. The program aims at ending the apprehension of the dearth of wheat in the wake of floods.

The Chief Minister’s Inspection Team (CMIT), Balochistan has been tasked to ensure the transparency of distributing seeds amongst deserving peasants of different districts of the through district administration and agriculture department. It is pertinent to mention that wheat is cultivated on 1.3 acres of land in the province during Rabi season.

Sindh Governor visits Akhtar Colony Bazaar, meets shopkeepers

KARACHI: Sindh Governor Kamran Khan Tessori visited Akhtar Colony Bazaar and met the shopkeepers and buyers present there to ascertain their problems.

On the occasion Muhammad Rafiq Bata of Akhtar Colony Bazaar was also present. The shopkeepers and buyers were pleasantly surprised to see the Governor Sindh amongst them and expressed their opinion that this is how the Governor should be, and should interact with the people.

The Governor Sindh said that he wanted to take the position of governor to the people. He said that by going among the people, he could understand their problems in a better way, as authority is not necessary but rather right intention is required to resolve problems, he added.

He further said that he had the best working relationship with the Chief Minister Sindh. Tessori said that he wanted to end the hatred and unite everyone, for which doors of the Governor House were open for the public. The Governor Sindh further said that commercial centers of the city contributed significant revenue towards national exchequer and all possible measures would be taken to facilitate them.

Saudi Crown Prince’s visit to Pakistan cancelled due to long march: Asif

ISLAMABAD: Defence Minister Khawaja Asif on Sunday claimed that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman’s visit to Pakistan had been postponed due to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) ongoing long march towards Islamabad.

Taking to Twitter, Asif said: “Imran Khan had canceled the visit of Chinese president 7 years ago during his first sit-in and now the visit of the Saudi crown prince has been postponed due to the announcement of Nov 21 sit-in.” “This person is working on an agenda against the country,” he tweeted.

Saudi Crown Prince and Prime Minister Muhammad Bin Salman’s much-anticipated visit to Pakistan postponed, the Foreign Office (FO) confirmed. Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari paid a two-day visit to Saudi Arabia to give the final touches to arrangements for Muhammad Bin Salman’s (MBS) visit to Pakistan. But all those efforts seem to be in vain.

According to diplomatic sources, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Muhammad Bin Salman was scheduled to visit Pakistan on November 21. The Saudi PM was expected to announce an additional bailout package of $4.2 billion for Pakistan.