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Oil industry is spreading misinformation about electric vehicles 

Monitoring Desk

WASHINGTON: When technological innovation threatens to upend the status quo, the status quo fights back. Every time. I try to keep that in mind when observing oil industry-backed efforts to discredit electric vehicles (EVs) and dismantle progress on transportation electrification by peddling misinformation through industry-funded studies.

To give you a sense of the absurdity of these efforts, imagine Bell Communication publishing a report suggesting cell phones are less convenient than landlines. Or Blockbusters paying for an analysis showing Netflix makes watching movies more difficult.

The vast majority of research institutions and environmental public interest groups support accelerated EV adoption because the science is clear that EVs are much cleaner than conventional vehicles.

Consider this: electric vehicles don’t have tailpipes. They run on electricity, and across the country, our electricity sources are getting cleaner. Even factoring in emissions from electricity used to power EVs today and pollution from battery manufacturing, electric vehicles are already significantly to vastly lower in emissions than conventional vehicles, depending on how the electricity is produced in different regions of the country.

As states and cities push for more and more ambitious clean energy targets, the electricity that powers our lives will increasingly be derived from solar, wind, nuclear and other low- or no-emission or non-polluting energy sources. And battery recycling will become more common as economies of scale make it an increasingly profitable business. That will translate to less pollution and less asthma, cancer and other illnesses that our communities suffer because of fossil energy pollution.

Compare that to gasoline and oil, which will never get cleaner. Burning fossil fuel to power engines creates pollution. Period. Fossil fuels cause pollution at every stage of their lifecycle: from drilling to transport to refining to burning in an engine.

Electric vehicles also use energy far more efficiently than gasoline vehicles–three to four times more efficiently. With an EV, more of the energy inputs get converted to propulsion, and far less is lost as heat from combustion and other inefficiencies in gasoline vehicles. EVs are cleaner than gasoline vehicles today and will continue to be into the future based on extensive studies.

And, we’ll save money. All of us. For one thing, electric vehicles are far cheaper to fuel and maintain than the internal combustion machine. No trips to the gas pump. No engine troubles–because there’s no engine. And it’s worth noting that they perform better, too, in terms of acceleration and handling because of the low center of gravity.

For another, electrifying the transportation sector can keep energy rates low for all electric utility customers. Multiple studies have demonstrated that shifting from gasoline to smartly-charged electric-powered engines will tap excess capacity on the electric grid, improving power system performance and lowering costs for all energy consumers.

Here’s the bottom line: transportation electrification is a really good idea, and electric vehicles are a superior product. That’s why they will replace the internal combustion engine.

As one might expect when an industry contemplates its own obsolescence, the oil industry is doing everything possible to delay the inevitable — including funding questionable research.

Transportation electrification coupled with the continued transition to clean energy sources promise a much better future for all of us. I suspect that someday, future generations will look back on the age of the internal combustion engine with the same mixture of amazement and bemusement that come to mind when we think of the times of the horse-and-buggy and landlines.

The benefits of that future will be so striking that we should do everything we can to hasten the transition. And we should soundly condemn the arguments that seek to slow or delay that progress for the misguided efforts they are.


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FATF issues action plan after putting Pakistan on grey list

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has issued action plan for Pakistan to implement it after putting the country on the grey list.

FATF has said that Pakistan has made a high-level political commitment to work with the global watchdog and Asia/Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG) to strengthen its anti-money laundering (AML) and combating the financing of terrorism (CFT) regime.

Pakistan was added to the grey list of countries involved in providing monetary assistance to terrorism during the meeting of FATF meeting in Paris.

According to reports, Pakistan has committed to address its strategic counter-terrorist financing-related deficiencies”.

According to the FATF statements, Pakistan will work to implement its action plan to accomplish these objectives, including by:

1) Demonstrating that terrorist financing risks are properly identified, assessed, and that supervision is applied on a risk-sensitive basis

2) Demonstrating that remedial actions and sanctions are applied in cases of AML/CFT violations, and that these actions have an effect on AML/CFT compliance by financial institutions

3) Demonstrating that competent authorities are cooperating and taking action to identify and take enforcement action against illegal money or value transfer services (MVTS)

4) Demonstrating that authorities are identifying cash couriers and enforcing controls on illicit movement of currency and understanding the risk of cash couriers being used for terrorist financing

5) Improving inter-agency coordination, including between provincial and federal authorities, on combating terrorist financing risks

6) Demonstrating that law enforcement agencies (LEAs) are identifying and investigating the widest range of terrorist financing activity and that terrorist financing investigations and prosecutions target designated persons and entities, and persons and entities acting on behalf or at the direction of the designated persons or entities

7) Demonstrating that terrorist financing prosecutions result in effective, proportionate and dissuasive sanctions and enhancing the capacity and support for prosecutors and the judiciary

8) Demonstrating effective implementation of targeted financial sanctions against all 1267 and 1373 designated terrorists and those acting for or on their behalf, including preventing the raising and moving of funds, identifying and freezing assets (movable and immovable), and prohibiting access to funds and financial services

9) Demonstrating enforcement against targeted financial sanctions violations including administrative and criminal penalties and provincial and federal authorities cooperating on enforcement cases

10) Demonstrating that facilities and services owned or controlled by designated persons are deprived of their resources and the usage of the resources.

On Thursday, the Foreign Office said Pakistan can be removed from the FATF grey list of countries if adequate measures are taken.


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40 passengers injured as passenger bus turns turtle near Kalat

F.P. Report

KALAT: As many as 40 passengers were injured when a passenger bus overturned on Saturday near Kalat district of Balochistan.

Levies sources told media that the accident occurred because of over speeding near the National Highway in Sandas area of Kalat and the passengers were injured after a bus turtle down.

The injured were shifted to a nearby hospital and according to hospital officials some of the injured were in serious condition.

An investigation is underway after a case was registered against the bus driver.


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General elections 2018: ECP to reveal final list of candidates today

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will announce the final list of candidates on Saturday, who are contesting the upcoming general election which is scheduled to be held on July 25.

According to the election schedule, ECP will also issue electoral symbols to the contesting candidates today.

The ECP has started preparing the final list of candidates after the deadline to submit party tickets and withdraw nomination papers ended on Friday.

The electoral body will announce the final list of the candidates, along with their electoral symbols at 4pm today.

The process of filing of nomination papers with the Returning Officers by the candidates was started on June 4 and continued till June 11, while the names of the nominated candidates were published on June 11.

The last date for scrutiny of nomination papers was June 19, while the last date for filing of appeals against the decisions of the Returning Officers was June 22. The last date for deciding of appeals by the appellate tribunals was June 27, while the date of publication of revised list of candidates was June 28.

According to an official of the ECP, the date of polls will remain intact and the general election will be held on July 25, 2018 as notified earlier, in a free, fair and transparent manner.

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Maxim announces Priyanka Chopra as ‘hottest woman on the planet’

Monitoring Desk

NEW DELHI: Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra, who has also been making headlines in the West following her debut in American TV series Quantico, has been named the “Hottest Woman on the Planet” by international men’s magazine Maxim.

Priyanka has made it to “Maxim Hot 100” for a record fourth time.

The actor had earlier been given the honour in 2011, 2013 and 2016.

Maxim took to Twitter to announce the news and share the cover of its latest edition featuring Priyanka.

“She’s got the talent, she’s got the brains and she’s definitely got the looks, is it any surprise that after millions of fans showed their support, Priyanka Chopra is back to top the 2018 Maxim India Hot 100 List and grace the cover for a record-breaking fifth time, Welcome back, PC,” Maxim tweeted.

Priyanka was recently visiting India with rumored beau Nick Jonas. On the work front, she will be seen in Bharat alongside Salman Khan.

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Elections 2018: ECP allots jeep symbol to Nisar

F.P. Report

RAWALPINDI: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has allotted the symbol of ‘jeep’ to disgruntled leader of PML-N leader Chaudhry Nisar on Saturday.

According to reports, Lawyer of former interior minister had submitted a plea to Returning Officer (RO) which adopted stance that Nisar is contesting election from NA-59 and 63 and Punjab assembly’s constituencies 10 and 12 as an independent candidate and had asked for the allotment of ‘jeep’ symbol.

Returning Officers habrez Akhtar Raja and Najeebullah while accepting Nisar’s plea allotted him the requested symbol.


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Farooq Sattar demands equal distribution of resources for Karachi

F.P. Report

KARACHI: Senior leader of Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), Dr Farooq Sattar has said that his party will withdraw its candidates against PTI’s Imran Khan and PML-N’s President Shahbaz Sharif if they promise to utilize some of the budget of their respective province in Karachi.

Farooq Sattar put forward a major offer before Imran Khan and Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday while talking to media persons. He said that the people of Karachi knows the reality of these parties and advise them to stop their false claiming of converting Karachi into Paris just give the right of this city.

He asked equal distribution of resources for the provincial capital and its right.

Sattar asserted that he has no role in ticket selection process as it is being done by Khalid Maqbool and Rabta Committee and adding that he is a captain but the selector is someone else.

He went on to say that voter tells about their problems in every election but now it is all caught on camera due to media development.

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MQM-London worker gunned down in Karachi

F.P. Report

KARACHI: A former worker of MQM-London was shot dead by unidentified persons in Ancholi area of Karachi on late Friday night.

According to report, worker of MQM-London was identified as 38-year-old Furqan Abul Hasan and it said to be that he was involved in number cases.

Police told media that the deceased Furqan was shot dead in a targeted killing with a 9mm pistol.

An investigation into the incident has been initiated.


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Shehbaz Sharif rejects any kind of support to Reham for her upcoming book

F.P. Report

LAHORE: President Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Shehbaz Sharif has rejected all the blames of supporting financially Reham Khan for her upcoming book which created uproar in Pakistani politics.

This he said while talking to private news channel on Saturday. He said that it is totally baseless allegations against him for supporting Reham Khan, former wife of Imran Khan for her book with the aim to use against the PTI chief.

Former CM Punjab added that he only met Reham once in his whole life when she interviewed me during the 2014 sit-ins and never after that.

He said that it is very unfortunate and funny that Imran Khan claiming that Shahbaz Sharif had given Rs 27 billion to Reham through Javed Sadiq for writing book against him and adding that the second allegation he has leveled against me is that I offered him Rs10 billion to keep silent on the Panama Papers case.

He continued that Imran’s third allegation against me is that I took Rs1-2 billion in commission in Multan Metro Bus project through partnership with a Chinese company.

PML-N Chief said that he sent legal notices to Imran following each allegation but as always neither he nor his counsel ever appeared for any of the cases.

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Shahid Kapoor to romance with Tara Sutaria in Arjun Reddy remake

Monitoring Desk

MUMBAI: Tara Sutaria has been signed on to play the lead opposite Shahid Kapoor in the Hindi remake of Arjun Reddy. Arjun Reddy, the super hit Telegu film is being remade in Hindi. Shahid Kapoor will be seen essaying the role played by Vijay Deverakonda in the original while Tara Sutaria will be seen stepping into Shalini Pandey’s shoes.

This will be the second film bagged by Tara after Karan Johar’s Student of the Year 2, which is in the making presently. It is slated to release on November 23. The 22-year-old singer and actress will play Shahid’s love interest in the yet-untitled Hindi remake of Arjun Reddy. While director, Sandeep Vanga who directed the Telegu version will be directing the Hindi version as well, Ashwin Varde and Murad Khetani will be producing the film.

According to a source quoted by a daily, the remake will be tailored for a more North Indian audience. The leading lady is an innocent and vulnerable character so the makers were keen to have a relatively new face. The casting has been underway since the last six months. Sara Ali Khan and Janhvi Kapoor were also considered, but the team zeroed in on Tara in March. The recce is nearing completion and the film is expected to roll in August, shared the source.

Arjun Reddy is an unconventional love story. Arjun is seen as an alcoholic surgeon, who hits the self-destruct button after his college sweetheart, Preethi, marries someone else. The film is also being remade in Tamil as Varma by Bala and actor Vikram’s son Dhruv making his debut.