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By: News Desk      Published: 03:53 PM, 30 Nov, 2021
4pm Headlines on 24Digital

The government will increase electricity tariff rates as per the IMF programme conditions and will collect Rs365 billion from consumers in the next two years and government to cut Rs200 billion from the development sector as well.

Nepra reserved decision to increase electricity tariff by Rs4:45 per unit

Auditor General Report rejects government claims about spending of corona relief fund. Government spend Rs116 contrary to the announcement of Rs500 on masses from corona relief fund 

Islamabad High Court gives second chance to the former top judge of the Gilgit-Baltistan chief court Rana Shamim to submit his reply in contempt of court case; Chief Justice Athar Minallah remarked that his affidavit, given over three years after Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification, had created doubts; Rana Shamim replied that he had kept his affidavit sealed; he has no idea as to who had leaked it; Chief Justice remarked that the leaked affidavit had maligned the whole judiciary, including him.

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Gulzar Ahmed on Tuesday said that the law did not allow land meant for defence purposes to be used for commercial gains, saying such land should be returned to the government once its strategic use has ended.

The Supreme Court rejects Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government’s request for a change in the schedule of local bodies elections in the province; orders the elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) will be held on a party basis; Justice Umar Ata Bandial remarks that making political parties stronger is imperative in order to strengthen democracy in the country; none could oust political parties from the political scene.

Pakistan beat Bangladesh in the first test by eight wickets to go one up in the two-match series; Abid Ali made 91 runs in the second innings, Abdullah Shafiq 73, Azhar Ali 24 while skipper Babar Azam remained not out at 13; Abid Ali has been declared man of the match; the second test will begin on December 4.

♦ Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Ahsan Iqbal alleges that NAB Chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal is planning to flee abroad; demands putting his name as well as that of NAB DG on the ECL; says despite the fact that the country’s economy is in tatters, PM Imran Khan is least bothered; says State Bank of Pakistan will now be answerable to the IMF, not parliament.

♦ Former prime minister and PML-N leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi lashes out at NAB; suggests it should be named an institution meant to take revenge from the PML-N; asks why the NAB is silent on PM Imran’s corruption; says the solution to the country’s problems lies in holding free and fair elections.

♦ PPP all set to demonstrate its popularity in Peshawar as the party has completed arrangements for its public gathering to be held today on the eve of its founding day; Bilawal Bhutto and other senior leaders will address the event.

♦ NAB is tasked with probe into Thar Coal Power Project reference; Supreme Court orders NAB chairman to submit inquiry report within three months; orders action against the officers found involved in the misappropriation of government funds.  

♦ Electricity bomb is again going to be dropped on masses as CPPA has suggested increasing the power tariff by Rs4.75 per unit; NEPRA will give its decision today; Increase, if announced, will put an additional burden of Rs60 billion on the consumers.

♦ Coronavirus’ new variant Omicron continues to spread in the world as one case each is reported from Spain and Sweden; 13 members of Portugal’s football team also contract Omicron.

♦ Coronavirus takes the lives of 10 more people in the country, while as many as 475 cases of the virus have been reported during the last 24 hours; ratio of positive cases stands at 1.1 per cent.

♦ The operation to demolish Karachi’s Nasla Tower enters into its seventh day; it will take another 20 to 25 days to completely raze the structure to the ground.

♦ A building at Karachi’s II Chundrigar Road catches fire as firefighters reach the site to extinguish it.

♦ Preliminary investigation shows that huts at Karachi’s Teen Hatti area did not catch the fire accidentally, but it was ignited; police arrest one suspect named Fahad in connection with the incident; Fahad admits to having lit the fire in lieu of money.

♦ Before the opposition’s protest, Islamabad’s traders and government employees are ready to give a tough time to the government; government employees protest in the city; Anjuman Tajiran Pakistan also announces to hold a sit-in outside the Prime Minister’s secretariat; DC Islamabad orders the detention of Anjuman’s Islamabad chapter president.

♦ Teachers in the federal capital go on a strike against the government’s decision to place the city’s educational institutions under the municipal corporation’s control. Teachers announce a sit-in outside the Prime Minister House on December 2.

♦ Reduction has been noticed in the number of dengue cases in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with a drop in temperature; only 39 people test positive for the virus during the last 24 hours; three more diagnosed with the virus in Islamabad.

♦ Lahore again tops the list of the world’s most polluted cities as other Punjab cities such as Faisalabad, Bahawalpur, Gujranwala and Multan remain blanketed in smog; Karachi stands at the ninth position.

♦ Fog engulfs plains of Punjab early in the morning; motorways opened for traffic after visibility improves; 25 people injured as 30 cars collide on motorway at Sheikhupura.

♦ Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar meets with members of the parliament (MPs) in London; discusses the promotion of Pak-UK ties.

♦ Saudi Arabia calls the OIC meeting to discuss the situation in Afghanistan; Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi says Pakistan has offered to host the event in Islamabad on December 17.

♦ Local bodies’ workers strike in Karachi enters the second day; thousands of tonnes of garbage littered on the city roads create inconvenience for the people.

♦ The medical report of elephants at Karachi zoo, as well as the Safari Park, has been submitted to the Sindh High Court; the report shows that two elephants have infections in their feet while two others namely Noor Jahan and Madhubala have teeth infection; the report says that both these diseases could prove to be fatal.

♦ Four people have been killed while 19 have been injured as strong winds and rain lashes Turkey’s city of Istanbul; dozens of vehicles on the country’s highways turn over while the flights have been diverted to other cities.

♦ Argentine’s footballer Lionel Messi won the men's Ballon d'Or prize for the seventh time after a turbulent year, as Spain's Alexia Putellas took the women's award.  

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