Dilip Kumar's ancestral home in Pak declared national heritage
Legendary actor Dilip Kumar's ancestral home has been declared as a national heritage and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has ordered authorities to acquire the dilapidated property, a move he hopes would bring Pakistan and India closer.
Sharif has already approved an order in this regard and sent it to Information Ministry, which has forwarded it to director general Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA) for implementation, an official statement said.
After acquiring Kumar's home the government is planning to convert it into a museum. Kumar's 130 square metre home is located in Peshawar's famous Qisa Khawani Bazaar area and is in a shabby condition.
Acting Director General PNCA Mashood Mirza confirmed that the council has received the order from Information Ministry with the instruction to implement it as soon as possible.
He said at present somebody had been illegally occupying the house, who claimed to be a relative of Kumar, but is not his relative.
Sharif had ordered the authorities concerned to complete the task as soon as possible. The government is planning to invite 91-year-old Kumar and other members of his family after converting the house into a museum.
The chief secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has forwarded a report to the federal government and requested it to take steps for acquiring Kumar's home and declare it a national heritage. Sources said Sharif believes the project would play an important role to bring people of Pakistan and India closer.
Sharif approved the order and sent it to information ministry on Thursday and the ministry marked it to DG PNCA on Friday, instructing him to start work on it. Sources said Sharif was eager to promote the cultural relationship between India and Pakistan.
He met with the representatives of Indian film industry in his last visit to India. Dilip Kumar was born Yusuf Khan in Peshawar. In the late 1930s, his family relocated to Mumbai.
The Prime Minister's decision is testimony to the enormous importance Pakistan attaches to promoting art and culture by paying tribute to living legends like Dilip Kumar whose contributions to the sub continent cinema are unparalleled, an official said.
Monday, July 14, 2014
Govt slaps USD 579 mn additional penalty on RIL
By sagarmedia on July 14, 2014
The government has slapped an additional penalty of USD 579 million on Reliance Industries for producing less than targeted natural gas from its KG-D6 block, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said.
With this, the total penalty on RIL for missing the target in four fiscal years beginning 1st April 2010 now stands at a cumulative USD 2.376 billion, the Minister informed the Lok Sabha on Monday.
The penalty is in the form of disallowing costs incurred. The Production Sharing Contract (PSC) allows RIL and its partners BP Plc and Niko Resources to deduct all capital and operating expenses from the sale of gas before sharing profit with the government.
Disallowing costs will result in government’s profit share rising by USD 195 million from 2010-11 to 2013-14, he said.
In a written reply to a question, Pradhan said gas output from the Dhirubhai-1 and 3 gas field in the eastern offshore KG-D6 block was supposed to be 80 million standard cubic meters per day but actual production was only 35.33 mmscmd in 2011-12, 20.88 mmscmd in 2012-13 and 9.77 mmscmd in 2013-14. This year the output has been only 8.05 mmscmd.
His ministry on 10th July issued a notice disallowing USD 579 million in cost for output lagging targets in 2013-14.
The government had previously issued a notice to RIL disallowing a total of USD 1.797 billion in costs for falling short of production during 2010-11 (USD 457 million), 2011-12 (USD 548 million) and 2012-13 (USD 792 million).
Pradhan said the issue is currently under arbitration.
“The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has also raised a claim of additional profit petroleum to the tune of USD 115 million to be paid by the contractor, on account of disallowance of cumulative contract costs of USD 1.797 billion, till 2012-13,” he said.
After including cost disallowance in 2013-14, the total additional profit petroleum claimed from RIL comes to USD 195 million, he said.
“GAIL and Chennai Petroleum (who buy oil and gas produced from KG-D6 block) have been directed to remit the sale proceed of crude oil/condensate/natural gas from KG-DWN-98/3 (KG-D6) block which falls due immediately into the Government account so as to recover an amount of USD 115,263,612 at the rate of 50 per cent by each company and deposit the same with the government,” he said.
The Minister said RIL had put up production facilities to produce 80 mmscmd of gas but “has failed to adhere to the approved field development plan in terms of drilling and putting on stream the required number of wells.”
His ministry and its technical arm DGH blames non- drilling of committed wells for the production lagging targets while RIL and its partners say unexpected geological complexities like sand and water ingress led to output fall.
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