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‘Remain alert’: Heavy rains forecast across Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD: The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) on Monday issued an advisory for all departments concerned to remain alert and vigilant as a series of heavy rains is starting in the country from today (Monday).

According to an advisory released by the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), a series of torrential rains with winds and thundershowers will start in the upper and central parts of the country from today and is expected to continue till Wednesday.

The PMD warned that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Galyat, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan may witness landslides and there is also a risk of flooding in streams, rivers and low-lying areas.

The NDMA has also urged people living in low-lying areas to remain alert and immediately report any kind of emergency.

According to the advisory, all authorities concerned have been directed to secure billboards and hoardings from the effects of thunderstorms.

The NDMA further ordered provision of petroleum products for backup generators at municipal pumping stations and timely pre-placement of de-watering pumps due to the high-risk of urban flooding in cities.

Pre-monsoon rains in Karachi 

A day earlier, the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) issued a weather alert, forecasting that parts of Sindh will receive the first spell of pre-monsoon rains on June 21-22 as a result of the extension of a westerly wave and moist southwest winds.

Under the wet spell, Sukkur, Larkana, Jacobabad, Khairpur will witness rain with dust and thunderstorm on the night of June 21-22, while districts of Jamshoro, Dadu, Qambar-Shahdadkot and Shikarpur, Nawabshah, Sanghar, Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas, Badin, Thatta and Umerkot on 22-23 June.

Meanwhile, Karachi may also witness isolated dust-storm and light showers on June 22.

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In Lahore, several unlawful constructions were dismantled

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In response to bylaw infractions, the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) demolished a number of structures in Lahore.

An illicit workshop next to Hair Factory at Adda Plot on Raiwind Road was destroyed by the LDA crew.

Along Raiwind Road and in LDA-controlled areas close to Lahore Ring Road, a number of additional unlawful constructions were also removed.

In addition, a private school that had broken land use regulations was sealed.

Chief Town Planner II Azhar Ali led the operation with the assistance of the police, enforcement team, and heavy equipment.

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The expected increase in power tariff is Rs 7.13/unit.

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According to specifics, NEPRA will consider the appeal today, and a one-month power rate hike will result from a fuel price adjustment for energy used in January.

The CPPA filed the petition with the NEPRA, claiming that hydropower plants accounted for 11.12% of all electricity output in January, coal-fired plants for 16.51%, natural gas plants for 12.45%, and nuclear plants for 20.78%.

Prior to this, the monthly fuel adjustment (MFA) caused the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) to raise the power cost by Rs5.63 per unit.

Following the conclusion of the NEPRA hearing on the Central Power Purchasing Agency’s (CPPA) appeal for a fuel monthly adjustment that will increase the power rate by Rs5.63 per unit for December 2023, the verdict was made public.

The electricity users would bear an extra Rs49 billion in costs as a result of the permission. The customers’ power bills for the following month will include an extra payment.

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Promoting Mother Languages: Int’l Mother Language Day Being Observed Today

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All around the world, including Pakistan, today is International Mother Language Day. “Multilingual education is a pillar of intergenerational learning” is this year’s topic for the day.

Numerous events have been planned to honor the day and emphasize the value of Pakistan’s regional languages.

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