DINA for the issue of May 5 , 2014

May 5, 2014 | Rajab 5, 1435
The DAWN Internet News Alert (DINA) is a free daily news service from Pakistan�s largest English language newspaper, the Daily DAWN.

Water release cut hits power generation

Khaleeq Kiani AND Khalid Hasnain

ISLAMABAD/LAHORE: With hydroelectric power generation declining further by up to 600 megawatts, the Indus River System Authority (Irsa) is under pressure to bail out power companies as electricity outages have gone beyond an average of 10 hours a day.
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Soldier killed in firing from Afghanistan

Anwarullah Khan

KHAR: A Pakistani soldier was killed when bullets fired from across the Afghan border hit a checkpost in Bajaur Agency on Sunday, administration officials said.

The Frontier Crops checkpost that came under attack is located along the border in Ghakhi area of Lovi Mamond tehsil, 30km from here.

Key official�s arrest may leave govt red-faced

Syed Irfan Raza

ISLAMABAD: In what seems like a move tailored to embarrass the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has picked up the head of

a government-run power board � who is supposed to be a key part of the ground-breaking ceremony for a 1,320 megawatt power project scheduled to be held in Karachi on Tuesday.

Focus now on Afghan families displaced by landslide


ABI BARIK (Afghanistan): As Afghans observed a day of mourning on Sunday for the hundreds of people killed in a horrific landslide, authorities tried to help the 700 families displaced by the torrent of mud that swept through their village.

The families left their homes due to the threat of more landslides in the village of Abi Barik in Badakhshan province, Minister for Rural Rehabilitation Wais Ahmad Barmak said.

Friends and foes in NA keen to hear from PM

Raja Asghar

ISLAMABAD: As the National Assembly begins its first session of the summer on Monday, friends and foes of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would both surely be keen to hear from him on some of the burning issues that face Pakistan as the government completes a full year in office.

But with the experience of his parliamentary conduct from the past 11 months fresh in their minds, lawmakers will be kept guessing whether the prime minister will come to the session at all. No matter that the hottest topic for debate around the country is the perceived troubles in his government�s relations with the military.

Modi tries to cash in on Assam massacre

Jawed Naqvi

VARANASI: Communal appeal is meat and drink to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and last week�s carnage of Muslims in Assam will be handy for the rightwing Hindutva party in West Bengal where a whopping 23 of its 42 seats are still to go to polls. In the main battlefield of Uttar Pradesh the BJP seeks to corner Rahul Gandhi on May 7 in the Amethi vote.

Nearly everyone opposed to Narendra Modi has a candidate in Varanasi for the May 12 voting, the last leg of the polls.

18 killed in Indian train accident


NEW DELHI: A passenger train derailed in western India on Sunday, killing at least 18 people and injuring more than 100 as rescue workers raced to free those trapped inside bogies, a police official said.

The train�s engine and four of its carriages jumped the tracks in the western state of Maharashtra 110 kilometres south of Mumbai, police control room official Ramchandra Kamre said in Raigad district, where the accident occurred.

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