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Gilani to announce energy saving steps today

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani will announce on Thursday decisions of the national energy summit on measures to be taken to ease the power crisis and minimise loadshedding across the country. He will inform the nation about efforts being made by the government to mitigate people’s hardship because of power shortage.

This was stated at a special cabinet meeting held on Wednesday to review recommendations of the energy conference convened by Mr Gilani. The conference was to conclude on Tuesday but it was extended till Thursday.

Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira told Dawn that the meeting had also discussed the law and order situation. Answering a question he said that petitions challenging the 18th Amendment in the Supreme Court had not been discussed.

The cabinet was informed that sub-committees set up by the energy summit would submit their recommendations to the prime minister who would take a final decision and share it with the nation.

Town Planning

The cabinet took notice of the mushroom growth of unplanned habitations and asked the provincial governments and the CDA to ensure proper town planning.

In accordance with Supreme Court’s directives, the cabinet decided to raise people’s awareness through seminars about town planning before taking action against illegal and ill-planned habitations.

The meeting approved changes in the Islamabad Capital Territory Zoning Regulations 1992 relating to specific changes in the land use of Zone 4. It approved the Saarc agreement on trade in services to be signed at the 16th Saarc summit to be held in Bhutan on April 28-29.

The decisions taken at the ECC meeting on March 30 were ratified.

The draft of Intellectual Property Rights Organisation of Pakistan Bill 2010 was approved for submission to parliament.

The cabinet approved negotiations for an MoU between the National Language Authority and Academy of the Persian Language and Literature of Iran. An MoU for closer cooperation between Trade Development Authority of Pakistan and Trade Promotion Organisation of Tunisia was also approved.

The cabinet approved the signing of financial and technical cooperation agreements 2007-2008 between Pakistan and Germany. Under the agreements, Germany had provided 64 million euros for projects in health, energy, education and communication sectors.

Negotiations for a framework agreement with Korea for a soft loan of $180 million were approved. The cabinet accorded an ex-post facto approval for the proposed “State Bank of Pakistan (Amendment) Bill 2010”.

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