January 18, 2009

ISLAMABAD: HESCO signs first wind project with Turkish firm

By Ijaz Kakakhel

An agreement for wind power generation worth $130 million is signed between Hyderabad Electric Supply Corporation (HESCO) and Turkish company Zorlu Enerji.

Both the companies signed the energy purchase agreement for purchase of 6MW electricity generated at the company’s facility in Jhimpir. The project would bring $130 million investment and by December 2009, it would generate 50MW power. Murat Sungar Bursa, President Zorlu Enerji, and Karim Buksh Qureshi, CEO HESCO signed the agreement. Read More »ISLAMABAD: HESCO signs first wind project with Turkish firm

The Durrani affair —Khalid Hasan

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khalidhassanPakistan is a parliamentary democracy, but who holds the levers of power? Unless this dichotomy is worked out, other Durranis will continue to be used as pawns in a power game that has to come to an end

The Durrani affair is another bizarre reminder that our government is still fumbling. What we have is a grouping of what has come to be known by the ugly and insulting term “stakeholders”, who pull the wagon to which they are hitched in different directions. Sometimes the tug-of-war fails to move the wagon from the spot in which it is parked; at other times, it gets tugged in the desired direction, but not for long.Read More »The Durrani affair —Khalid Hasan

No time for bickering —Dr Hasan-Askari Rizvi

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askariThough top PMLN and PPP leaders have shown restraint in mutual criticism, their second tier leaders have regularly traded charges and counter-charges in the Punjab. Both parties have senior leaders who make no secret of their contempt for each other

Pakistan’s political history shows that while its political leaders undergo hardships to replace military rule with democracy, they falter in sustaining the democratic process by fighting among themselves. Are the current political rumblings in Pakistan and efforts for political realignments indicating a new drift towards uncertainty, if not chaos?Read More »No time for bickering —Dr Hasan-Askari Rizvi

Cholesterol levels may not measure cardiac risk

Nearly three-quarters of patients hospitalised for heart attacks had cholesterol levels indicating they were not at high risk for cardiovascular trouble, a new, nationwide study shows.

The finding points to the possibility that current guidelines on cholesterol levels should be changed, said study author Dr Gregg C Fonarow, a professor of cardiovascular medicine and science at the University of California, Los Angeles. His report appears in the current issue of the American Heart Journal.Read More »Cholesterol levels may not measure cardiac risk