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In intraday fluctuations, the rupee achieves a slight gain against the US dollar.

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The Pakistani rupee rose 0.04% versus the US dollar during early trading hours on Tuesday in the interbank market.

At 10 a.m., the rupee stood at 278.12 against the US dollar, up Re0.12 from the previous day’s finish of 278.24, which had seen a small decrease of Re0.03.

In a momentous development, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is scheduled to visit Pakistan next week for important talks with Pakistani leaders.

These talks are scheduled to feature the signing of multiple Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) targeted at increasing Saudi investment in industries such as agriculture, mining, human resources, energy, chemicals, and shipping.

On the global front, the US dollar rose against the yen on Tuesday, as huge interest rate differentials weighed on the Japanese currency.

The US dollar climbed 0.22% to 154.235 yen in early Asian trading, adding to its 0.58% rise the day before. On Friday, the yen fell to its lowest level since April 10, weighed down by softer-than-expected monthly US jobs data and signals of likely Bank of Japan action.

Meanwhile, oil prices rose slightly after Israeli strikes on Rafah in Gaza, amid continued talks with Hamas over a truce. Brent crude prices increased 0.28% to $83.56 per barrel at 0400 GMT, while US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures rose 0.31% to $78.72 a barrel.

This increase comes after a reversal of last week’s slump, during which both contracts suffered their worst weekly losses in three months, fueled by fears about disappointing US job statistics and speculation about the timing of a Federal Reserve rate decrease.

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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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