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Four dead as fire erupts in Shangla

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SHANGLA: Four people, including a woman, died on Saturday due to a wildfire that broke out in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Shangla district, according to officials.

The fire had occurred in the houses located on the hills of Shangla and is spreading rapidly due to the dry weather. 

The rescue teams are also trying to douse out the fire which had occurred in Kabal, Barikot Tehsil, Charbagh and the areas of Swat.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Army, locals and the administration are trying to put out the fire in the forests of Lower Dir. 

Last month, a fire also erupted in the pine forests of Balochistan which claimed several lives and injured a few people. In this regard, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had convened a meeting and said that the country does not have the resources and expertise to deal with this kind of situation.

During the meeting, the prime minister had also directed the relevant authorities to take precautionary steps to protect the forests in Gilgit Baltistan. 

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Meeting with the President: The Need for Preventive Measures to Avoid Expensive Treatment

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According to President Dr. Arif Alvi, adopting preventative measures against various ailments is essential to avoiding costly treatment, and these practices would also lessen the strain on the healthcare system.

He was speaking with a Pakistan National Heart Association team when they paid him a visit at Aiwan-e-Sadr.

The President received a report from the delegation detailing the organization’s successes and operations.

The President emphasised the need to raise public awareness of the need of taking preventative steps to ward off heart disease and non-communicable illnesses.

In addition, he emphasised the need of the media, the local populace, mosques, and non-governmental organisations in raising this kind of knowledge in addition to using the newest media outlets to disseminate awareness.

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Meeting with COAS: Gen Asim to Reach National Agreement on Reducing Intolerance, ASP Shehrbano

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Lady Police Officer Syeda Shehrbano Naqvi has received praise from Army Chief General Syed Asim Munir for calming a tense situation and defending a woman in Ichra Bazaar, Lahore, from a violent crowd.

When the Army Chief met with Assistant Superintendent of Police Syeda Shehrbano Naqvi in Rawalpindi, he emphasised the value of social cohesion and the necessity of national agreement on reducing bigotry.

He acknowledged the important role Pakistani women have played in all spheres of society since the country’s independence and stated that because of their skill, perseverance, and dedication, they have made a name for themselves both domestically and internationally.

According to the Army Chief, women play a crucial role in Pakistani culture and are respected in both our social and religious ethos.

He placed a strong emphasis on the rule of law and cautioned against enforcing laws on oneself when there are legal channels available to resolve issues and complaints.

Syed Asim Munir emphasised the enduring theme of love and generosity found in Islam, pointing out that arbitrary measures based on heresy damage society’s perspective.

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The departing caretaker government gives NEPRA and OGRA the authority to announce tariffs.

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The NEPRA and OGRA were given the authority to announce tariffs at the eleventh hour by the departing caretaker administration.

Reportedly, the caretaker administration changed the regulation to remove the government’s involvement in tariff announcements and made this significant decision over rising gas and electricity rates.

According to the sources, the federal cabinet has authorised changes to the OGRA and NEPRA regulations, allowing them to publish tariff alerts independently.

According to reports, the caretaker federal cabinet has adopted steps that would allow Nepra to notify consumers about gas and electricity rates.

According to the sources, the modifications will establish appellate tribunals for public complaints.

The already suffering customers were further burdened by the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority’s (NEPRA) announcement earlier on Tuesday of yet another hike in power costs.

As part of the fuel price adjustment (FCA) for January 2024, an increase in power prices of Rs 7.5 per unit has been authorised. The higher cost would be seen in consumers’ bills in March 2024.

Approved under the FCA, this hike affects all consumer groups with the exception of K-Electric (KE) and lifeline users. According to estimates, customers who are already struggling with high expenditures would bear an extra burden of Rs66 billion as a result of this raise.

Previous reports suggested that tariffs may increase, as the Central Power Purchasing Agency (CPPA) requested that NEPRA boost prices by Rs7.13 per unit due to FPA

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