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A public hearing on significant increases in gas prices is being held by Ogra.

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The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) conducted a public hearing in Lahore on Monday over the proposed rise in gas pricing. This is the third increase in the current fiscal year, requested by Sui Northern, with a significant jump of up to 147%.

The Sui Northern has requested an increase of Rs2,646.18 per mmbtu, resulting in a new average price of Rs 4446.89. This proposal comes after estimating a revenue gap of Rs189.18 billion. The next hearing is planned on Wednesday (March 27) in Peshawar.

If the proposal is granted, it will result in an escalation of gas prices for consumers in Punjab. The application of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Islamabad will commence on July 1.

Following the conclusion of the hearing, Ogra officials stated that there is no need to increase gas prices based on the demand from Sui Northern. They mentioned that a final decision would be made after finishing the public hearings and considering the complaints.

The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) and the All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) have denounced the plan as a cruel measure and have resolved to vehemently oppose it during the hearing.

According to LCCI Vice President Adnan Butt, the gas prices in Pakistan are already significantly higher than those in other countries. He warns that any additional increase in prices would lead to the closure of enterprises.

Similarly, the APTMA believes that the Sui Northern officials should be questioned about their performance, and there should be a reduction in gas and power rates.

Last week, the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) conducted public hearings in Karachi and Quetta. The Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) submitted a proposal to OGRA, asking for an increase of Rs 324.3 per million British thermal units (mmbtu) in the average price of natural gas, which currently stands at Rs 1416.50 per mmbtu. If approved, this rise is estimated to impose an additional cost of Rs 79.63 billion on customers.

The proposal for the next financial year has projected a total income shortfall of Rs79.63 billion. Out of this amount, Rs56.69 billion is attributed to domestically generated gas, while Rs22.93 billion is tied to RLNG.

Following the hearings, a conclusive determination will be transmitted to the federal government. If Islamabad gives its approval, Ogra will release a notification to raise the gas rates.

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April FDI in Pakistan increased to $358.8 million, according to SBP

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The inflow for April was $358.8 million, up 177% from $132 million in April FY23. Still, that was 39% more than the $258 million from March.

China was the largest investor, with $439.3 million in FDI from the nation between July and April of FY24—the greatest amount—as opposed to $604 million during the same period of FY23. In April, China accounted for $177 million of the total investment.

With $51.93 and 51.89 million invested in Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates and Canada came in second and third, respectively.

The power industry was the main draw for foreign investors in FY24, which ran from July to April. This period’s FDI in the power industry was $637.5 million, compared to $776.2 million the previous year. From $338 million to $460 million this year, Hydel Power garnered more attention.

Continue reading: In FY23–24, Pakistan’s per capita income increased to $1680.

According to a separate data released on Wednesday, Pakistanis’ per capita income increased to $1680 in FY2023–2024.

The size of the national economy grew from $341 billion to $375 billion in the current fiscal year, according to figures made public by PBS.

Throughout this fiscal year, Pakistanis’ yearly per capita income increased by Rs 90,534; the monthly rise was Rs 7,544.

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OGRA forbids the purchase or sale of inferior LPG cylinders.

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The 313 LPG marketing and 19 cylinder-producing companies received notices from the OGRA, which described the act of refilling inferior LPGO cylinders as harmful.

Avoid supplying LPG to unlicensed distributors, the OGRA has cautioned LPG marketing companies. Only approved distributors will be able to sell and buy LPG going forward, per the notification, which states that new SOPs have been developed for the LPG industry.

Additionally, the warning said that the decision was made in an effort to preserve both lives and the business in response to an increase in cylinder blast occurrences.

Price reductions of Rs 20 per kilogramme for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) were implemented in Quetta on May 3.

There is a reduction of Rs 20 on LPG prices, which means that the price per kilogramme drops from Rs 280 to Rs 260.

The costs of LPG were reduced by Rs 20 per kilogramme earlier, bringing the total decrease to Rs 40 per kilogramme over a few weeks. This is something worth noticing.

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PIA announces a significant student discount.

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According to an airline spokesman, the national flag carrier has recently raised the baggage allowance to 60 kg.

Currently, PIA flies one flight per week on Sundays between Islamabad and Beijing.

The discount may be useful to students who intend to spend their summer vacations in Pakistan or who wish to return home after earning their degrees.

Before, students who wanted to visit China could now receive a 27% reduction on their fares through PIA.

On Eid ul Fitr, the national flag airline also reduced the cost of domestic flights by 20% for both economy and executive economy classes.

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