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WE commemorate the Kashmir Black Day every Oct 27. In ceremonies at home and abroad, we speak with pain and sorrow about the unspeakable human tragedy in the held area. In between, we live an illusion that equates the depth of our anguish and moral outrage with our support for the Kashmir cause. The sad reality is this is not getting the Kashmiris anywhere.

ISLAMABAD: Prices of all petroleum products are expected to increase by up to Rs13 per litre because of steep currency depreciation and higher international oil prices.

A senior petroleum division official said a summary from the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) for an increase in oil prices for the month of November had reached the finance ministry. Ogra’s working paper for the price increase is based on the existing tax rates and average import costs paid by the Pakistan State Oil (PSO) in October.

The finance ministry will announce the revised rates of petroleum products with the approval of the prime minister on Wednesday. Finance Minister Asad Umar has already hinted at increasing oil prices, saying the government has minimised taxes on petroleum products to protect the common man, but the prices are still going up and need to be looked into.

Based on the existing rate of general sales tax and petroleum levy, Ogra has worked out about Rs13.10 per litre increase in ex-depot price of high speed diesel (HSD) to Rs119.67 from Rs106.57, up by 12.3pc. The price of petrol has been proposed to go up by Rs9 to Rs101.83 per litre from Rs92.83, up by about 9.7pc.

KARACHI: While slamming the Sui Southern Gas Company Ltd’s (SSGCL) announcement of stopping gas supply to captive power plants (CPPs) from December to February 2019 period, industrialists have termed the decision tantamount to shutting down their factories for three months.

President Site Association of Industry Saleem Parekh on Tuesday said the SSGCL issued gas closure notices to units with CPPs during winter without realising the share of industrial sector of Karachi which contributes 30 per cent to the country’s overall exports. “This move will bring the industry at a standstill,” he feared. Already facing low pressure and closure of gas on Sundays, he said these notices have created panic among factory owners.

The period from November to March is very crucial for exporters due to Christmas season and other religious festivals. Due to imposition of 25pc additional duty on Chinese exports by the US, Pakistani industries are expecting to receive large numbers of export orders.

Parekh said that, as per article 158 of the Constitution, Sindh has a right to receive gas being a resource generating province.

ISLAMABAD: The government has decided in principle to introduce regulatory duty (RD) with a minor penalty for unregistered used mobile phone sets depending upon the category they belong to, Dawn has learnt.

The blocked mobile phone will be unblocked only following the payment of RD along with the penalty at the nearest customs point.

Approximately, it has been estimated that imports of illegal phones in the market cause roughly $1.5 billion in revenue losses to the government exchequer annually.

Contrary to this, the legal imports value of mobile phones reached $847.656 million in 2017-18. Over the years, the legal imports dropped which at one time crossed $1bn mark following an increase in the customs duty leading to their smuggling.

GUN injuries, including many from assaults, sent 75,000 US children and teens to emergency rooms over nine years at a cost of almost $3 billion, a first-of-its-kind study found.

Researchers called it the first nationally representative study on ER visits for gun injuries among US kids. They found that more than one-third of the wounded children were hospitalised and six per cent died. Injuries declined during most of the 2006-14 study, but there was an upswing in the final year.

The researchers found that 11 of every 100,000 children and teens treated in US emergency rooms have gun-related injuries. That amounts to about 8,300 kids each year.


2005: When Pakistan and Israel explored closer bilateral ties

When Pakistan first explored the possibility of normalising relations with Israel, former Israeli foreign minister Silvan Shalom assured Islamabad that Israel never participated in any plan with India to take out the country’s nuclear assets.

In an interview at the UN headquarters in New York on September 19, 2005, Shalom also told this correspondent that “never in the last 58 years Israel considered Pakistan an enemy” and had always believed public assurances from Islamabad that “the country’s nuclear programme is not directed against Israel.”

US President Donald Trump says he wants to order the end of the constitutional right to citizenship for babies of non-citizens and unauthorised immigrants born in the United States.

The president’s comments to “Axios on HBO” come amid a renewed push for hardline immigration policies before the midterm elections.

Trump believes focusing on immigration will energise his supporters and help Republicans keep control of Congress.

Revoking birthright citizenship would spark a court fight over the president’s unilateral ability to change an amendment to the constitution.

The 14th Amendment guarantees that right for children born in the US.Asked about the legality of such an executive order, Trump said “they’re saying I can do it just with an executive order”.

Trump says White House lawyers are reviewing his proposal. It’s unclear how quickly he would act on an executive order.

ISLAMABAD: In its first meeting under the PTI-led government, the Board of Privatisation Commission on Tuesday decided to slash the list of entities on the privatisation agenda — including Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) — set by the previous government.

The final list of 34 public sector entities — excluding the national flag carrier, Steel Mills and some other state-owned entities (SOEs) — would be presented to the Cabinet Committee on Privatisation (CCOP) on Wednesday (today).

Sources privy to the board meeting told Dawn that the meeting — presided by Chairman Privatisation Commission Mohammad Mian Soomro — conducted a thorough review of the privatisation programme and finalised the list.

According to sources, the government has decided to exclude PIA, PSM, Pakistan Railways and power distribution companies from the privatisation agenda.