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Sindh’s CM demands restoration of province’s gas quota

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Thursday demanded of the federal government to restore Sindh's gas quota immediately, ARY News reported. Murad Ali Shah in a statement said that Sindh produces 70 percent of gas in Pakistan, still the province being deprived of the fuel. "Under Article 158 of the constitution the province that produces gas have priority entitlement over its usage," Sindh chief minister said. Scarce supply of gas to the province is equal to snatching livelihood from people, he…

Global wheat supply to reach crisis levels

LONDON: A scorching hot, dry summer has ended five years of plenty in many wheat producing countries and drawn down the reserves of major exporters to their lowest level since 2007/08 when low grain stocks contributed to food riots across Africa and Asia. Although global stocks are expected to hit an all-time high of 273 million tonnes at the start of the 2018/19 grain marketing season, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates, the problem is nearly half of it is in China, which is not likely to release any…

Britain on the verge of Chips crisis

LONDON: The head of independent chips maker Pipers has told the Sunday Times that ‘there is a danger we will have a chips crisis’. This is thanks to some issues with the UK’s potato crops, which were wrecked by the Beast of the East chill, and are now struggling with the current heatwave, as potatoes can stop growing when the temperature rises about 25 degrees Celsius today’s high in the UK is 29 degrees. This could cause a UK-based potato shortage, which would in turn affect our chips supplies. Potato farmer…

Russia expels 23 British diplomats as crisis over nerve toxin attack deepens

MOSCOW: Russia expelled 23 British diplomats on Saturday in a carefully calibrated retaliatory move against London, which has accused the Kremlin of orchestrating a nerve toxin attack on a former Russian double agent and his daughter in southern England. Escalating a crisis in relations, Russia said it was also shutting down the activities of the British Council, which fosters cultural links between the two countries, and Britain’s consulate-general in St. Petersburg. The Russian Foreign Ministry said it was giving the…

India’s Silicon Valley faces man-made water crisis

DELHI: Every day more than 1,000 water tankers rumble past Nagraj's small plywood store in Bangalore, throwing up clouds of dust as they rush their valuable cargo to homes and offices in India's drought-stricken tech hub. Gleaming new apartment blocks are still springing up all over the city known as India's Silicon Valley -- even though there is nowhere near enough mains water to supply those already living and working there. Many rely entirely on supplies shipped in by tankers filled from giant borewells that have…

What is Kollywood? And why is this film industry in the crisis?

Kollywood is making headlines in the Indian media for some days – and that too for the bad reasons. The film industry is in crisis these days after theatre owners threatened to go on strike from March 16. Kollywood is the Tamil-language film industry, based at Kodambakkam, Chennai in South India. It’s a portmanteau of Kodambakkam and Hollywood. It has been two weeks without new releases in Tamil Nadu after theatre owners announced that they would go on a strike against the government from March 16 if their demands are…

Bilawal warns Balochistan crisis can spread to federal government

KARACHI: Pakistan Peoples Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Saturday questioned how the PPP could be behind any conspiracy against the Balochistan government when it does not even have a single seat in the provincial parliament. "We don't have even a single member in the (Balochistan) assembly. How can we be behind any conspiracy," he said while addressing media, adding that the PPP will come up with their stance in the few days. He hoped that the parliament will complete it tenure, but warned that the…