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CJP asked when K-Electric will end load-shedding from Karachi


KARACHI: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Saqib Nisar on Thursday said that what measure has been done by K-Electric in Karachi to end load-shedding from the city.

This he said while hearing a case pertaining to the city’s power crisis at apex court’s Karachi Registry. “When will load-shedding end in the metropolis,” the chief justice asked.

What has done so far by the power company in Karachi and when and how will the KE increase power generation capacity to the city? CJP asked the official.

The chief justice directed the city’s sole power distributor to submit an affidavit in response to his questions with the court in a week’s time.

“KE should give a written statement assuring that power plants will not be shut,” he remarked.

Justice Nisar further warned that if the power crisis was not resolved even after the affidavit’s submission, then an inquiry would be conducted against KE.

“Till when will the people of Karachi have to suffer the wrath of unannounced and prolonged load-shedding” he questioned.

The chief distribution officer informed the court that KE was taking measures to increase power generation.

“We are also investing to curb the power crisis,” he said.

However, judicial assistant Advocate Faisal Siddiqui said, “He is lying. KE is neither increasing power generation nor is reducing load-shedding.”

“National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) issued a show-cause notice to KE but the situation still has not improved,” Siddiqui upheld.

To this, KE’s counsel said, “The demand for electricity is 3,500MW but only 2,950MW is being generated.” “Load-shedding is being done in three categories,” he explained.

“Depending on the area, load-shedding is done for three, six or seven-and-a-half hours.”

At this, the CJP remarked, “The reason for load-shedding is not kunda system but mismanagement.”

Questioning the measures taken against ‘kunda’ system, Justice Nisar told the KE counsel, “Electricity cannot be pilfered without your workers’ assistance.”

Justice Sajjad Ali Shah asked, “What is the fault of those who are paying bills that they are being rendered without electricity?”

“According to NEPRA, residents of Liaquatabad suffer up to 14 hours of load-shedding, while Korangi and Orangi face 18-hour power outages on a daily basis,” Justice Shah added.

Directing KE and Hyderabad Electric Supply Company (HESCO) to submit affidavits within a week, the court adjourned the hearing of the case until June 26.

In apparent jibes at Nawaz and Imran, the PPP chief accused the PML-N supremo of starting a war between state institutions and the latter of using violence and abusive behaviour as his weapons.

“While one person is constructing a Taj Mahal of [ill-gotten] money, the other is hiding behind the ‘respect for vote’ [slogan]. One has violated the sanctity of the Parliament, while the other has continued to look for the umpire’s signal.”

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ECP summons Imran Khan, Shahid Khaqan and Gulalai for Scrutiny on Monday


ISLAMABAD: The Election Comission of Pakistan has summoned Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan, former prime minister and leader of  Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Aisha Gulalai on Monday.

Election Commission of Pakistan will conduct the scrutiny process of 63 candidates who submitted nomination papers for NA-53.

The returning officers had summoned the NA-53 candidates to physically appear before the ECP.

The PTI chairperson has also been ordered to submit a reply to reservations against his candidacy raised by Abdul Wahab Baloch.

Other politicians contesting from NA-53 include PML-N’s Barrister Zafarullah, Mehtab Abbasi and PTI’s Ilyas Meherbaan among others.

Th PTI chairman Imran Khan will be facing PML-N’s Saad Rafique in NA-131 Lahore. Khan has also submitted nominations from National Assembly constituencies in Karachi, Islamabad, Peshawar, and Mianwali. Gulalai will contest the polls against her former party chairman from NA-53 Islamabad.

Gulalai alleged that the PTI has diverted from its ideological stance. Maintaining that Imran was not going to form the government, she alleged that ‘criminals were handed party tickets instead of workers.’



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Army Chief General Bajwa spend first day of Eid with Pak-Army soldiers


RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa spent first day of Eid-ul-Fiter with Pak-Army soldiers performing duty on the Line of Control, ISPR said.

The army chief flanked with Commander Rawalpindi Corps performed offered Eid prayers and prays for the country peace and prosperity.

Addressing to the troops, General Bajwa lauded their commitment, high morale, and devotion to defending Pakistan.

On the occasion General Bajwa also paid rich tribute to the martyred soldiers and said that the sacrifices of soldiers will never be denied and they will be remembered as because of their sacrifices now the peace prevail in the country.




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NASA rover data finds organic compound on Mars

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A NASA rover has detected a bonanza of organic compounds on the surface of Mars and seasonal fluctuations of atmospheric methane in findings released on Thursday that mark some of the strongest evidence ever that Earth’s neighbor may have harbored life.

But National Aeronautics and Space Administration scientists emphasized there could be nonbiological explanations for both discoveries made by the Curiosity rover at a site called Gale crater, leaving the issue of Martian life a tantalizing but unanswered question.

Three different types of organic molecules were discovered when the rover dug just 2 inches (5 cm) into roughly 3.5 billion-year-old mudstone, a fine-grained sedimentary rock, at Gale crater, apparently the site of a large lake when ancient Mars was warmer and wetter than the desolate planet it is today.

Curiosity also measured an unexpectedly large seasonal cycle in the low levels of atmospheric methane. About 95 percent of the methane in Earth’s atmosphere is produced from biological activity, though the scientists said it is too soon to know if the Martian methane also is related to life.

Organic molecules are the building blocks of life, though they can also be produced by chemical reactions unrelated to life. The scientists said it is premature to know whether or not the compounds were created in biological processes.

Whether anywhere other than Earth has harbored life, perhaps even in microbial form, is one of the paramount questions in science.

“There’s three possible sources for the organic material,” said astrobiologist Jennifer Eigenbrode of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. “The first one would be life, which we don’t know about. The second would be meteorites. And the last one is geological processes, meaning the rock-forming processes themselves.”

The rover, which has allowed scientists to explore whether Mars ever boasted conditions conducive to life, in 2014 made the first definitive detection of organic molecules, also in Gale crater rock formed from ancient lake sediment – but it was a much more limited set of compounds.

“What the organic detections in the rock do is to add to the story of habitability. It tells us that this ancient environment on Mars could have supported life,” Eigenbrode said. “Everything that was needed to support life was there. But it doesn’t tell us that life was there.”

Christopher Webster, an atmospheric science research fellow at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, said it is possible existing microbes are contributing to the Martian atmospheric methane.

“With this new data, we again cannot rule out microbial activity as a potential source,” Webster said.

The amount of methane peaked at the end of summer in the northern hemisphere at about 2.7 times the level of the lowest seasonal amount.

The scientists were surprised to find organic compounds, especially in the amounts detected, considering the harsh conditions, including bombardment of solar radiation on the Martian surface. After drilling, Curiosity heats the rock samples, releasing the compounds.

Referring to the findings regarding organic compounds and methane, Webster said, “They hint at an earlier time on Mars when water was present and the existence of primitive life forms was possible.”

The scientists hope to find better preserved organic compounds with Curiosity or other rovers that would allow them to check for chemical signatures of life.

The research was published in the journal Science.



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Nangarhar talc factories reject global witness report

Monitoring Desk

JALALABAD: The Talc Mining Society in eastern Nangarhar province has rejected reports that alleged militant groups are paid money to let the mineral exploited, but admitted some people working in the talc mining might have been extorted by the rebels.

The society’s reaction comes in response to a report by Global Witness, an international NGO that works to break the links between natural resource exploitation, conflict, poverty, corruption, and human rights abuses worldwide.

The Global Witness report said Islamic State or Daesh, the Taliban and corrupt powerbrokers in Afghanistan were making hundreds of thousands of dollars from illegal and abusive mining of talc, almost 80 percent of which is ending up in the United States and Europe.

Earnings from illegal talc mining is funding insurgent activities and fueling corruption, undermining the chances of the war-shattered country to ever see stability, warned the report by Global Witness advocacy group.

Talc is common ingredient found in baby powder, cosmetics, paint, paper and plastics.

Addressing reporters in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar, Haji Wali Khan Khogyani, head of the Talc Mining and Processing Factories Union, strongly rejected the report.

He said talc in Nangarhar was being extracted based on contracts with the government.

Flanked by the provincial Mining and Petroleum Department head, Khogyani said the Global Witness report was aimed at creating problems for the mining sector and to bring the industry to a halt in Afghanistan.

He termed the allegation that militants gained profits from the Nangarhar mining sector as far from truth and demanded evidence to prove the allegation.

Currently, talc was being excavated from mines in Khogyani and Sherzad districts under 32 different contracts and the mineral was exported to foreign countries after half processing at local factories.

But Amir Khan Yar, a lawmaker from Nangarhar province, said most of the talc deposits in Nangarhar were situated in areas where militants enjoyed influence.

He said besides militants, some politicians, lawmakers and tribal people also gained profits from mining of natural resources in the province.


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Japanese film ‘Shoplifters’ wins top prize at Cannes film festival

Monitoring Desk

CANNES: “Shoplifters”, a heartwrenching family tale by Japanese veteran director Hirokazu Kore-eda, won the Palme d’Or top prize at the Cannes film festival Saturday, at a ceremony marked by an emotional speech from a Harvey Weinstein accuser.

Spike Lee accepted the runner-up Grand Prix for “BlacKkKlansman”, a searing broadside against racism with the stranger-than-fiction true story of an African-American police officer who manages to infiltrate the highest levels of the Ku Klux Klan.

Jury president Cate Blanchett said the film, which explicitly links the 1970s tale and white nationalism in the Trump era, “blew us out of the cinema”.

But the most stunning moment of the night came when Italian star Asia Argento, who has said she was raped by Weinstein at Cannes in 1997, took the microphone and vowed to fight for justice for other victims.

“This festival was his hunting ground,” said Argento, who says she was 21 when Weinstein attacked her in his hotel room.

“Even tonight sitting among you there are those who still have to be held accountable for their conduct against women. We know who you are and we are not going to allow you to get away with it any longer,” she said to cheers from the audience.

Minutes before the actress took the stage police in Paris said they had opened a criminal probe against one of France´s best-known directors, “The Fifth Element” maker Luc Besson, for allegedly raping an actress.

Lebanese actress-director Nadine Labaki, one of three female filmmakers among the 21 contenders, earned the third-place Jury Prize for “Capernaum” set among the poorest of the poor in Beirut and featuring a devastating performance by a 13-year-old Syrian refugee boy.

Kazakhstan’s Samal Yeslyamova nabbed best actress for “Ayka” by director Sergey Dvortsevoy for her moving portrayal of a young jobless immigrant from post-Soviet Central Asia who abandons her baby in Moscow.

Pawlikowski, who won the foreign-language movie Oscar for “Ida” in 2015, caused a scandal at home when he told AFP at the festival that the film had been “blacklisted” by the nationalist government. Warsaw denied the claim.

He said his award was “a rare piece of good news” for his country.

Italy’s Marcello Fonte — who was working as a caretaker when he was discovered — was the night´s fairytale winner. He clinched best actor for his much-loved performance as a soft-spoken pet groomer who stands up to a heavy in Matteo Garrone’s “Dogman”.

“Three Faces” by Iran’s Jafar Pahahi, who was barred by Tehran from attending the festival, shared the best screenplay prize with Italian director Alice Rohrwacher’s “Happy as Lazzaro”.

The Belgian transgender ballerina drama “Girl” won the Camera d´Or prize for best first film. It had earlier scooped the Queer Palm prize for LGBT-themed cinema and the best actor award for Victor Polster in the Un Certain Regard sidebar section.

French-Swiss legend Jean-Luc Godard also got a special prize for “The Image Book”, a bold, sometimes baffling meditation on the big questions of our time — war, migration and the survival of the planet.



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Gold price up in Kabul

Monitoring Desk

KABUL: The price of gold has jumped while that of other essential items remains steady during the outgoing week in the capital Kabul, market source said.

Haji Fawad Ahmad Saleh, a jeweler in Timor Shahi area of Kabul, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the price of one gram of Arabian gold increased from 2,400 Afghanis to 2,450 Afghanis and the same amount of Russian variety from 1,850 Afghanis to 1,900 Afghanis.

He linked hike in gold price to its value in international markets.

The prices of food items remain unchanged.

Food Traders Union head, Fazal Rahman, said that 50 kilograms of Kazakhstani flour cost 1,080afs, 49kg of Pakistani sugar 1,580afs, 16 liter of Khurshid ghee 1,020afs and 24kg of Pakistani rice 2,000afs.

Meanwhile, Noor Ahmad Khairkhwa, a tea seller in Kabul Mandavi, said a kilogram of Indonesian green tea cost 280afs and the same amount of African black tea 300afs — same prices as last week’s.

Ahmad Wali Panjsheri, who owns a grocery store in Dahn-i-Bagh area, sold a 50-kg sack of Kazakhstani flour for 1,140afs, a 49-kg bag of sugar for 1,700afs, a 16-litre tin of ghee for 1,100afs, 24-kg Pakistani rice for 2,200afs, a kilogram of green Indonesian tea for 300afs and the same quantity of black African tea for 350afs—higher than wholesale rates.

The rates of fuel also remain steady.

Abdul Hadi, a worker in Wazirabad Fuel Station, said that one liter of diesel cost 42afs and the same quantity of petrol 44afs.

Ahmadullah, a liquefied gas sellger in Kolola Pushta area of Kabul sold one kilogram of the commodity for 45afs. According to Sadaqat Money Exchange Service, one US dollar accounted for 69.90afs and 1,000 Pakistani rupees for 595afs, against last week rates of 69.50afs and 590 respectively.



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DJI Goggles for Phantom 4 and Mavic Pro

Compared to basic FPV glasses, the DJI Goggles comes with up to 1080P video resolution, Head Tracking, revolutionary OcuSync wireless transmission and lots of other top notch features. The DJI Goggles was specially designed for the Mavic Pro and Phantom 4 series but, through HDMI, can be also used with other flying and not-flying gadgets.

While most of the racing FPV drones adopts open 5.8G video transmission, DJI opted to develop their own long-range wireless video transmission called OcuSync. Their low lag system offers excellent video quality (720p/60fps and even 1080p/30fps for proximity flights). Here are few down-link latency values (near field and free of radio interference):

  • DJI Goggles with Mavic Pro: 110 ms;
  • DJI Goggles with Inspire 2 and X5S camera: 140 ms
  • DJI Goggles with Phantom 4 Pro and Phantom 4 Advanced: 150 ms;
  • DJI Goggles with Phantom 4: 167 ms;
  • DJI Goggles with Inspire 2 and X4S camera: 190 ms.

Thanks to the built-in Gyroscope and Accelerometer sensors you are able to control the aircraft by your head movements. Note: the Head tracking features are not compatible with all the DJI drones.

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As I previously mentioned, the DJI FPV Glasses are equipped with 1.4b HDMI interface which allows to use it with older Phantom series and other devices (like media players). In case of the Phantom 3 Advanced, you will need to additionally purchase a HDMI Output Module  (sold for $100).

DJI Goggles features and specs

  • Compatible with Mavic Pro, Phantom and Inspire series;
  • Ergonomic design with built-in antennas;
  • Ultra-high quality LCD screen (two 1280 x1440 sections);
  • Intelligent light mode support;
  • Immerse experience;
  • Gyroscope, Accelerometer and Proximity sensors;
  • Intelligent flight modes (Terrain Follow, ActiveTrack, TapFly, Cinematic Mode and Tripod Mode);
  • DJI OcuSync wireless transmission system;
  • 720p/60fps and close range 1080p/30fps video modes;
  • 110 ms least latency;
  • Micro USB input for Phantom 4 series and Inspire 2 to tracking functions and head tracking and firmware update;
  • HDMI input for Phantom 3 (with HDMI Output module), 3rd party drones and medial players;
  • Audio out for headphone;
  • Up to 6 hours operation time.

According to the manufacturer’s specs, the built-in 9440mAh battery allows about 6 hours of continuous operation. Far enough to have couple of flights, even watch a full length movie 🙂

Now, DJI fans can found the FPV Goggles with 40% discount here (including free shipping). This limited time offer ends on 9/30/2107.

Included with the DJI Goggles

  • Headband;
  • Micro USB Cable;
  • HDMI Cable;
  • Wire Clip;
  • Cleaning Cloth;
  • Battery charger.


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Shahbaz Sharif to be new PM of Pakistan, says Ameer Muqam

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Adviser to Prime Minister Ameer Muqam Monday said that PML would get overwhelming win in upcoming general elections and Shahbaz Sharif would be new Prime Minister of Pakistan.

The new Prime Minister would change the fate of country by ushering a new era of prosperity and development, adding that Peshawar would also put on path of development and alike Lahore and people would get facilities.

He was talking to media after distribution of Laptop to students of Peshawar University under Prime Minister Laptop scheme.

He said education is a sector where there is always need of increasing budget and PML by initiating laptop scheme took an unprecedented step in higher education sector, adding that if gets chance, PMLN would distribute laptops among all universities and colleges’ students.

He said billions of rupees were distributed and spent on development projects in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa under the head of PM Youth Program. Rs 320 million were returned to students under the head of fee reimbursed program.

Muqam said that PTI chief Imran Khan and PPP’s Bilawal Bhutto were dreaming of premiership and there is nothing wrong with dreaming, but one should have to be practical and keep in the mind the formula of “first deserve then desire”.

He said PTI government claimed various power under 18th constitutional amendment but use those powers for appointment of Vice Chancellors and ignored reforms in education sector in vast interest of students. He said that he was a graduate of Peshawar Engineering University and felt prod while distributing laptops among students of the same varsity, adding that Peshawar University is a well reputed institute of higher education in KP as well as in the world.

He advised students to focus on education instead of other unnecessary activities and emphasized upon teachers to teach students while keeping in mind a vision and a mission to make them a beneficial citizen of the state.