Lahore – the rain, combined with wind and thunderstorm is expected in most parts of the province, including the provincial capital during next 24 hours.
According to SYNOPTIC situation, seasonal low lies over West Balochistan. Monsoon currents are penetrating into southern and Eastern parts of the country. The Western waves are also affecting the Western part of the country.
The meteorological Department says hot and humid weather is expected in most parts of the province, however, rain-wind-thunderstorm is expected in Narowal,Bawalnagar Sialkot, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Mandi Bahauddin, Pakistan, Okara, sahiwal, Sheikhupura, Murree, Rawalpindi, chakwal, Jhelum, Kirov, Mianwali and Sargodha.
In the past 24 hours, rain occurred in some areas of the province, including Islamabad (53mm Bokra, Golra 52mm, 28mm AP, Saidpur 13mm, 10mm RFP), Rawalpindi (Chaklala 52mm, Shamsabad 18mm), 13mm Chakwal, Murree 6, Vologda, Bahawalnagar 2, Lahore (up 2mm).
Maximum and minimum temperatures were recorded in the city was 34 degrees Celsius and 28 degrees Celsius respectively on Sunday.
Various areas in Karachi experienced heavy rain on Tuesday morning when heavy sea clouds covered most of the metropolitan city, while many parts of the city experienced power cuts for hours after rains of several millimeters.
“Heavy sea clouds hit Karachi in the early hours of Tuesday and caused heavy rains, which were heavy rains for several minutes or short periods of time,” said Pakistani Meteorological Department official Anjum Zaigham. “This passing rain was observed in Clifton, Defense, the old city area, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Gulshan-e-Iqbal and several other parts of the city.”
Zaigham said the surface temperature of the Arabian Sea was around 31 degrees, and because of such high temperatures, clouds were produced and pushed towards the city by a strong southwest wind.
“This thick cloud caused heavy rains, light rain and drizzle in many areas,” he said, adding that this phenomenon is expected to continue for the next few days. The highest amount of rain (2mm) was recorded at PAF Base Masroor, while Saddar’s locality witnessed 1mm of it, the official said, adding that some parts of the city only received traces.
On the other hand, according to residents of many areas, they lack electricity immediately after the first rain. They said that after hours of power failure, supplies remained disrupted throughout the day.
The areas most affected are Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Malir, Model Colony and surrounding areas, while residents of the old city area, including Saddar and Garden, also complain of power cuts and disruptions.
The day after K-Electric’s CEO, Moonis Alvi, apologized to people in Karachi because the company was carrying out intermittent but persistent cargo cuts, the city suffered a power cut of up to 12 hours on Thursday.
Various metropolitan areas, including Gulzar-e-Hijri, Scheme 33, North Karachi, New Karachi, Nazimabad, Gulshan-e-Iqbal Block 13-D and various Gulistan-e-Jauhar blocks, experienced electricity failure. The shortfall seems to have touched 500 megawatts.
Syed Muhammad Asim from the 5-D Sector in North Karachi told The News that they experienced intermittent power outages. “We do not know revenge as to what happened to the electricity company in this city.”
He said that there appeared to be no authority to take EC to the task. He added that from morning until 9 pm they faced nine power outage spells.
A resident of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Block-5 said they experienced six hours of cargo transfer. “I have office work pending but can’t handle it,” he said, adding that he had a deadline, “but thanks to KE, I failed to meet them”.
The situation is similar in the PECHS environment, where load loading without notice continues. A resident of the Sindhi Muslim Cooperative Housing Community also shared with The News how they experienced a power outage for several hours.
During his recent visit to the metropolis to overcome his electricity problems, the Federal Minister for Special Planning, Development & Initiative Asad Umar has announced that the EC will not release the burden without notice from July 12 onwards.
During a press conference on Wednesday, the head of KE Alvi had assured people in the city that the power plant would be upgraded in a few years. He said that in the next few days, when the temperature would relent, the release of the load would also decrease.
He has held the metropolitan city’s high demand for 3,560 MW which is responsible for load termination, while he acknowledges that electricity utilities can produce the best 3,200 MW.
Meanwhile, KE stated on Thursday that electricity supply remained uninterrupted in Gulshan-e-Hadeed, Surjani City, Keamari, Taman and Malir. The company recommends not to link local technical errors with cargo transfer, saying that areas operating on illegal connections have more technical errors.
As for load management in the city, KE made a guarantee that it was due to an error in the Bin Qasim Power Plant unit, which according to the company would be resolved soon. The EC said that to provide assistance to residential areas, they carried out load management in half of the industrial estate. Regarding local mistakes, the company asks its customers to call 118 or contact social media.
Industry Forum visits Bin Qasim Power Plant
The Delegation of the Karachi Industrial Forum (KIF) recently visited the latest K-Electric Bin Qasim 560MW Power Station (BQPS) -II and reviewed the fast tracked construction work around 900MW RLNG fired by BQPS-III fired by RLNG BQPS-II III. .
KIF consists of the Korangi association, North Karachi, Landhi, Federal B Area, SITE, Bin Qasim, and the SITE Super Highway association for trade & industry.
A statement released by the EC said company CEO Moonis Alvi spoke of a strong investment plan for the $ 2 billion electricity company, and that the first BQPS-III unit was expected to start operating in the summer of 2021, adding the capacity needed for city generating capabilities and sustaining sector growth industrial and commercial.
During the visit, Alvi said: “While EC has an investment plan that is committed to moving Karachi, we are also working with government agencies to realize additional power withdrawal from the national network and ensure sustainable growth of electricity supply in line with Karachi’s faster pace. from average demand growth. “
He added: “Realizing the role of the Karachi industry in promoting Pakistan’s prosperity, we have always prioritized our industrial customers. KE is the first electricity company in the country to free the industry from loading rescheduled in 2012. In recent days we have also simplified the process of new connections we are in line with the World Bank’s ease of doing business models to make access to energy easier. “
Appreciating KE’s efforts to let the industry know about the electricity company’s future plans, a KIF spokesperson said: “We understand the challenges that K-Electric has fought for in the past few days, and urge all stakeholders to take ownership of the city and solve it. Administrative issues multiplied to realize its economic potential. “
He added: “The Karachi industry has struggled to survive behind COVID-19, and we need to see rapid progress on the commitments made to us. We also recognize EC’s efforts to serve the industry and look forward to working with their industry liaison team dedicated to ensure that all problems related to personnel are resolved proactively. “
A total of 31 more COVID-19 patients died in the last 24 hours in Sindh, 30 of whom came from Karachi, which is the highest death rate since March 19 when the first death due to a viral illness was reported. The total number of deaths in Sindh due to COVID-19 has reached 427.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said this on Friday in his daily statement about the COVID-19 situation in the province. “Today is a sad and unfortunate day when we lost 31 people because of COVID-19 in this province. They include men and women and the majority of them are parents. “Most of the deaths have occurred in Karachi, where the largest number of patients with coronavirus have so far been diagnosed,” CM said.
He stated that between Thursday and Friday 804 people in Sindh tested positive for COVID-19, of whom 634 were from Karachi. He added that the number of people infected with infectious diseases in the province had reached 26,113.
“I am sad today to see the deaths of 31 patients,” he said as he prayed for the souls of the deceased and offered condolences to the bereaved family.
The CM explained that 804 new cases appeared after 3,316 new tests. The government has so far conducted 171,222 tests that detected a total of 26,113 cases, he added. “We can control the spread of the virus further if we all take precautions but sorry to say the situation is disappointing. Our people don’t want to work together. “
However, the Shah also had good news to offer. He said 1,563 other COVID-19 patients had recovered. “This is again the highest number of patients cured overnight and now the number of patients who have recovered so far has reached 12,750, which is 49 percent,” he explained.
The recovery ratio in Sindh has been encouraging, Shah said and expressed hope that it would increase further. About 12,936 patients currently suffering from COVID-19 in Sindh, CM said 11,902 of them were in house isolation. He stated that 305 patients were in a critical condition, 52 of whom had used a ventilator.
According to Shah, of the 804 new cases, 634 belonged to Karachi. They included 140 from Korangi District, 132 from District East, 117 from District South, 79 from District Central, 68 from Malir District and 61 from District West.
About the rest of Sindh, he said 37 new cases had been recorded in Hyderabad, 24 in Ghotki, 23 in Larkana, 10 each in Jacobabad and Jamshoro, seven each in Shikarpur and Badin, four in Dadu, three in Umerkot, two in Umerkot, two in Sanghar, and respectively in the districts of Kashmore, Khairpur, Matiari, Shaheed Benazirabad and Tando Allahyar.
India has reported 6,767 new coronavirus patients in the past 24 hours.
This is the third day in a row where more than 6,000 patients have been reported in India and this is the highest number ever.
Thus, the total number of coronavirus infections in India has increased to 131,868.
India has also reported 3,867 corona virus-related deaths so far with 147 deaths reported yesterday.
Worldwide, the total number of corona virus cases is more than 5,400,000, with more than 343,000 deaths.
LAHORE: Two other innocent citizens lost their lives at the hands of robbers in a metropolitan city on Tuesday.
Unfortunately, the death toll increased to 16 under the leadership of a robbery-cum-murder during the year because the robbers had a festive time in the city. Both gloomy day and night, they were free to operate in all six Lahore police divisions.
Sixteen families have so far paid the price for poor and callous monitoring of the SP division in particular and ASP / DSP in general.
The SP division of the Operation Wing knows the art of how they fool the Lahore police orders and the Lahore police orders know how they throw dust into the eyes of superiors who remain silent and do not react to despicable things. crime that claimed the lives of innocent citizens. Furthermore, every citizen expects to be killed by robbers or kite string, anywhere and anytime in the city.
On Tuesday, a 55-year-old man was shot dead by robbers in the Barki area. The victim was identified as Abdul Majeed from Barhamunabad. Abdul Majeed, his brother Daniyal Rafique and his son Haroon Ahmad were on their way to the vegetable market on bicycles when two robbers stopped them near the Barka Kalan stop and held them hostage at gunpoint. The victim offered resistance because he was robbed of Rp. 25,000, the robber fired a shot right in the head and left the scene. Abdul Majeed was rushed to the hospital where he died. Police Barki registered a case against unidentified robbers for the complaint of the victim’s brother, Daniyal Rafique.
But another 38-year-old robbery died, hours after he was in hospital. The victim, Usman, was shot and injured by robbers in the Ichhara police jurisdiction last day at 17:00. Usman was sitting in his shop on Ghazi Road when two robbers on bikes came there and made him hostage at gunpoint.
They took Rs200,000 cash and cellphone from Usman when he suddenly tried to defeat them. As a result, one of the two robbers shot Usman and fled. Usman who was seriously injured was treated at the hospital where he died.
Ichhara police registered a case against an unknown robber on the complaint of Aqib Shahid Ali’s brother from Pir Ghazi Road Ichhara. According to Aqib, robbers aged around 24 to 25 years were clad in pent clothes. The police moved the body to the morgue. IG PRO was requested via message at 14:10 to retrieve the IG Punjab version. However, he did not respond until 5:00 in the afternoon.
KARACHI: PM Adviser for Finance and Revenue Hafeez Shaikh on Thursday pledged to resolve issues related to demurrage and detention costs in a day and convince employers to settle refunds within the specified time period.
“Progress in ignoring demurrage and accusations of detention will be made within the next 24 hours,” Shaikh said while discussing a virtual video-link meeting with the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI).
The meeting was told that 20,000 containers could not be cleaned at the port within the specified time period because they were locked after coronavirus.
The port of Karachi, which handles 76 percent of the cargo, has seen containers piled up with traders not providing important documents to get their goods delivered due to lack of transportation of goods amid a lockdown led by the corona virus.
Responding to delays in income tax, sales tax and export-related returns, the adviser said refunds would be made to all – exporters or non-exporters – within the specified time period. “If not, he (the adviser) can be contacted and informed,” he was quoted as saying in a statement. A check of the return of Rs40 billion has been issued to taxpayers, he added.
The adviser said he would hold a joint meeting with FPCCI and the chair of the industrial zone authority to make a decision on the establishment of the industrial zone. He invited the FPCCI team to discuss the issue of levies based on the cascading principle.
Responding to the withdrawal of the duty of importing tires because the tire import has entered the smuggling regime, Shaikh said the tire importer will get the news. He, appreciating FPCCI’s pre-budget proposal, said this was very comprehensive and would be discussed in detail in a joint meeting with Hammad Azhar, minister of industry and production, Razak Dawood, PM advisor for trade, textiles and investment and FPCCI.
Zakaria Usman, organizer of the FPCCI Budget Advisory Council, said customs tariffs should be collected based on cascading to curb post-budget anomalies. The import substitution industry and export of non-traditional goods, the establishment of value-added industries and promotion of branding must be encouraged. He also invited the attention of advisors to 6,000-7,000 motorized vehicles, which were stalled due to the unavailability of exemption certificates because international flights were not operational and the diaspora concerned could not come to Pakistan. Land must be given to investors at a lower price for the establishment of the industry within two years otherwise the land must be confiscated.
The Chair of FPCCI appreciates advisors for making large payments to taxpayers for their refund claims.
LAHORE – A rainstorm is expected in most provinces including the provincial capital for the next 24 hours. According to the synoptic situation, the western wave is present at the top and middle and is likely to last to this day (Thursday). According to the Meteorology Department, rainstorms, with heavy rains and isolated hail, are estimated to occur in Rawalpindi, Murree, Jhelum, Chakwal, Attock, Mianwali, Sargodha, Khushab, Bhakkar, Jhang, Faislabad, Toba Tek Singh, Mandi Bahauddin, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Gujrat, Kasur, Sheikhupura, Lahore, Layyah, Multan, Dera Ghazi Khan, Bahawalpur, Sahiwal, Rahim Yar Kahan, Bahawalnagar at night on Wednesday. Today (Thursday), a rainstorm, with heavy rain and isolated hail, is expected to occur in Rawalpindi, Murree, Jhelum, Chakwal, Attock, Mianwali, Sargodha, Khusab, Bhakkar, Jhang, Faislabad, Toba Tek.Singh, Mandi Bahauddin , Gujranwala, Sialkot, Gujrat, Mattress, Sheikhupura, Lahore, Layyah, Multan, Dera Ghazi Khan, Bahawalpur, Sahiwal, Rahim Yar Khan and Bahawalnagar. The maximum and minimum temperatures are recorded respectively 38 and 24 Celsius on Wednesday.
KARACHI: Police on Wednesday sealed the city’s main markets – including the Zainab Market – for the failure of shopkeepers to comply with safety protocols to guard against the spread of the corona virus.
After the government announced ease of restrictions starting May 9, all major retail outlets and markets rushed to open stores on Monday. The last two days have witnessed the rush of shoppers who are cautious of the wind and rushed to get many items quickly sought by Eid. Both shopkeepers and customers were seen taking the necessary precautions such as wearing masks and often using sanitizers. Today, in view of these violations, the city police sealed all the main markets, deeply regretted by shop owners who had been waiting to sell their goods after a two-month pause.
An attack by the district administration authority was carried out in the Saddar area, after the Zainab Market and Madina City Mall were closed.
Besides Zainab Market, Victoria Market, International Market, Gul Plaza and Arham Shopping Center were also closed.
According to Assistant Commissioner Asma Batool, shop owners do not wear masks, gloves or wear sanitizers.
Traders strongly protested the closure of shops and raised slogans against the district government.
The video that went viral on social media clearly shows that no social distance protocol is practiced, even during protests.
Following the market closure, All Karachi Chairmen Tajir Ittehad Atiq Mir in a conversation with Geo News, said traders were responsible for following the SOP set by the government.
“We have promised the authorities that the guidelines will be applied but that is not the case. They are to blame themselves. “
Meanwhile, the Sindh government has introduced a regulation where those found to be in violation of standard operating procedures (SOP) and other coronavirus locking restrictions will be slapped with a fine of Rs1 million.
The COVID-19, 2020 Emergency Assistance Act came into force after Sindh Governor Imran Ismail – who had previously rejected the proposal – ratified it.
According to regulations, which were approved by the provincial cabinet on April 27, violations of any actions mentioned in the regulations will result in fines.
Before this, the fine for violating the Infectious Disease Act was Rs 3,000.
Failure to stem the spread of a pandemic will also be handled under the same regulations, he said.
The text of the regulation states that the officer concerned will be asked to state the reasons for the fines, while there will be separate fines for repeated violations.
Meanwhile, following continuous violations of SOPs and preventive measures by traders, the Punjab government is considering closing various markets in Lahore.
According to sources, a high-level meeting was held under the leadership of Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Bazdar. The meeting expressed serious concern over the situation in the market.
Sources said that SOPs were violated in the market and proposals to immediately close several markets were being considered.
According to sources, the government is considering closing Hall Road, Shah Alam Market, Anarkali Market and Azam in Lahore, while there are no security measures at Ichhra Bazaar, Township Bazaar and other places.
Sources knowing government secrets say that shops will be challenged in the first phase and then shops will be sealed because SOPs don’t seem to be implemented.
On Tuesday, the Punjab government threatened to reinstate locking if businesses continued to ignore SOPs issued by the government as part of easing restrictions imposed to restrain the spread of COVID-19.
Speaking at LCCI, the Minister of Industry and Trade of Mian Province Aslam Iqbal said that the actions of the traders were unpleasant and influenced the government’s efforts to control the COVID-19 outbreak.
The minister said if traders continued to ignore the agreed SOPs before reducing the lock, the Punjab government would not think twice about forcing the lock back. But this time, the locking will be tighter than before.
Mian Aslam Iqbal said, Lahore has become the center of a coronavirus in Punjab and cases that are transmitted locally from the virus are increasing the number of countries, adding that traders must show a sense of responsibility to avoid being locked out.
He said people’s lives were at stake for several rupees. “I am tired of encouraging traders, but they have crossed all limits,” he said and added the attitude of those responsible beyond comprehension.
The provincial minister appealed that children should not be allowed in the market while guards should be placed in shops and markets, adding that all shop owners must arrange hand sanitizers.
Mushtaq Paracha added from Nowshera: The Pakistani Tobacco Company and its labor colonies in Akora Khattak were confined on Wednesday after 44 workers reported positive for coronavirus.
Media briefing, Deputy Commissioner Shahid Ali Khan said that he had directed the company to conduct tests on 800 workers and staff members for coronavirus.
The official said that 44 out of 200 employees tested positive and negative for viral infections while the results of 600 workers were still awaited.
He added that 44 infected employees were quarantined at the Government College of Technology in the Khandar region.
Meanwhile, Punjab issued standard operating procedures (SOPs) for barber shops, salons and hair and beauty salons as well as gymnasiums and health clubs that must be followed amid a coronavirus pandemic.
Provincial authorities have allowed them to resume operations after restrictions on locking were loosened starting Monday.
The National Coordinating Committee (NCC) has decided last week to start a gradual revocation because of its effect on the economy and the poor workforce.
After the NCC decision, all provincial governments allow small markets to open with certain guidelines.
The Punjab government today issued three different notices to barbers, hair salons and fitness centers that provide detailed guidance. Service providers are bound to ensure the availability of hand sanitizers, soaps, masks and gloves for all customers and workers.
Meanwhile, Pakistan reported 2,255 cases of corona virus during the past 24 hours, because the spread of infection through local transmission showed a dangerous upward trajectory in a recent report published by the Pakistan World Health Organization chapter.
The report presents a grim picture of cases of local transmission in Pakistan, province by province, every week.
The report shows that Balochistan has the highest rate of local transmission at 93 percent, and only 7 percent is a case of imports.
In the second number is Sindh, where 92 percent are local transmissions and 8 percent are import cases.
In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 84 percent are examples of locally transmitted viruses while 16 percent of cases are foreign.
In the worst-hit Punjab, 15 percent are foreign cases while 85 percent of reported cases occur via local transmission.
In Gilgit-Baltistan, 37 percent are imported cases while 63 percent are local transmissions. Meanwhile, in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, 17 percent are foreign cases while 83 percent are continued locally.
Pakistan’s testing capacity has faced a downward trajectory after peaking at an estimated 13,000 on May 9, according to the report.
On May 10 and 11, the number of tests dropped, fluctuating between 11,000 and 10,000.
The report said that Pakistan had 1,140 new cases of the corona virus on May 11, 2020, which showed a reduction in the number of 1,991 cases reported on May 9 – around 42.71 percent.
The number of cases reported since the beginning of the outbreak was 35,303 with 706 deaths (according to the time of filing the report). According to details, 6,661 confirmed cases of hospitalization, with 281 reported in critical condition.
The report estimates that 16,159 were positive cases both at home and in isolation facilities.
He also said that 26.66 percent of the total cases, totaling 8,555, had been exhausted after recovery.
On May 13, Pakistan reported more than 34,000 cases of the virus with more than 700 deaths.
Meanwhile, the death rate from coronavirus has reached 275 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa when eight more people died from fatal illnesses on Wednesday.
Also, the number of infected people continues to increase because 231 more people are diagnosed with COVID-19, increasing the number of positive cases to 5,252 in the province.
Sources at three tertiary care hospitals in Peshawar told The News that they were watching an increasing number of patients on Wednesday.
Of the eight deaths, four occurred in Peshawar, two in Nowshera and one each in the Lower Dir and Khyber districts.
Peshawar continued to suffer from coronavirus because of the 231 positive cases reported from KP, 112 came from Peshawar alone. So far, 164 people have lost to Covid-19.
Two other districts in the Peshawar Division, Nowshera and Khyber also reported the highest number of positive cases in the province.
Nowshera recorded 19 cases while 15 positive cases were reported from Khyber.
This virus appears to have spread to almost every corner of the province because most districts report positive cases.
Abbottabad reported 18 cases while Mansehra and Haripur recorded 10 positive cases of each coronavirus.
Other districts including Bajaur reported eight positive cases, Dera Ismail Khan five, Dir Atas four, Buner three, Swat one, Swabi four and Mardan three.
In the KP, the majority of positive cases, 2399, were reported from the Peshawar Division, followed by the Malakand Division with 1259 cases.
In the Peshawar Division, 180 people have died from communicable diseases to date, 44 in the Malakand Division, 15 in the Hazara Division, 25 in the Mardan Division, 7 in the Kohat Division, and one person in the DI Khan Division.
As of today May 13, 2020, the case fatality rate (CFR) at KP is 5.23 compared to 5.31 yesterday (the most in the country) (confirmed cases: 5252 ie 231 new confirmed cases, deaths: 275 ie 08 new deaths which is still the most domestic.
The CFR in Peshawar was 7.85 compared to 8.10 on Thursday (the most in any city in Pakistan) (confirmed cases: 2087 ie 112 new confirmed cases, deaths: 164 which were 04 of the most recent deaths in this province.
Mortality Cases Cases have decreased in KP and Peshawar compared to yesterday, 8 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours at KP and 4 of them came from Peshawar which means Peshawar contributed 50 percent of deaths that occurred in the province during the last 24 hours.