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NA passes finance bill in record time

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ISLAMABAD: The government managed on Tuesday to secure the National Assembly’s approval for the Finance Bill 2017 in record time, thanks to the opposition’s continued boycott of the budget session. In the opposition’s absence, there was no debate on cut motions either — the first time in the country’s parliamentary history that no cut motions […]


55pc children in Sindh out of school: report

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KARACHI: Despite billions of rupees being spent on the education sector, 55 per cent children aged between five and 16 in Sindh are out of school, it emerged on Sunday. Among the out-of-school children, 61pc are girls, reflecting a disturbing gender disparity in school education. In its latest report on the state of children, the […]


FPCCI wants changes in Finance Bill 2017

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KARACHI:  While playing down fears of closing down business operations as a sign of protest, FPCCI President Zubair F Tufail warned the government of dire consequences if crippling clauses from the Finance Bill 2017 were not removed or replaced. “After a series of meetings and consultations with our Members of Trade Bodies throughout the country, […]


275 recommendations with major amendments made in Finance Bill 2017

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ISLAMABAD: The Senate has made 275 recommendations to the National Assembly with major amendments in the Finance Bill 2017 including special package of Rs 20 billion to revive Karachi’s infrastructure and boost development, realistic targets for Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), 3 percent National Finance Commission (NFC) award for Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FAFA) and […]


FIA identifies 27 people in anti-army campaign

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ISLAMABAD:  The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has identified 27 people involved in anti-army propaganda and would also submit its report on the misuse of social media to malign the country’s armed forces in the next two weeks to the interior ministry. Sources in the FIA told The Express Tribune that the agency has identified 27 […]


PTA prepares draft law on mobile devices

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The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has drafted the Mobile Devices Identification, Registration and Blocking Regulations, 2017 to ensure that stolen phones, blocked phones, and phones with no duplicate or non-standard identifiers are blocked from use in Pakistan. It will further ensure that mobile licensees actively identify such phones on their networks and maintain and update industry-wide […]


The State’s ads

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SINCE the Modi government came to power in 2014, pro-BJP newspapers and periodicals have reaped a rich bounty from the central and state governments, from local bodies and public-sector undertakings. They are flooded with advertisements, regardless of their circulation or importance. All this is at the expense of established dailies and periodicals and in gross […]


Illegal Dispossession (Amendment) Bill, 2017 referred to ministry

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ISLAMABAD: Senate Committee on Interior Friday approved Illegal Dispossession (Amendment) Bill 2017 under which 10 years’ imprisonment for land grabbers and their connivers is proposed. The meeting of the Senate committee was held Friday with chair of its Chairman Senator Rehman Malik. The committee passed the bill with the directions to the Ministry to bring […]


Islamabad rendezvous: PBA voices concern over foreign funding to some channels

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) has expressed its concern over the “funding of some media channels through dubious, untaxed and unverified foreign money”. A PBA delegation – headed by Chairman Mian Aamer Mehmood and Secretary General Shakeel Masud Hussain – communicated this concern to Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan during a meeting on Monday. […]


KP Assembly passes bill to establish Mental Health Authority

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Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly passed a bill to establish KP Mental Health Authority for the treatment, care, management of properties and affair of the mentally disordered persons and their families. The adoption of the Bill was put on the agenda for several times. But, due to the persistent problem of the lack of quorum it was […]


Social media: Babar urges govt not to misuse CCL against activists

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ISLAMABAD: The increasing misuse by the state of the Cyber Crime Law (CCL) as evidenced in the intimidation and harassment of social media activists for allegedly criticising national security policies is a matter of serious concern and must be stopped. In a statement Sunday, spokesperson Senator Farhatullah Babar said that the misuse and overuse of […]


Decision to bring NCHR under human rights ministry’s control criticised

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Demanding withdrawal of a notification seeking to bring the National Commission of Human Rights (NCHR) under the federal human rights ministry’s control, civil society activists said the government’s move undermines the state’s commitment to its citizens as well as international obligations. In a statement issued on Friday, activists including Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and […]


DNA report of minor girl’s rape still pending, Khuhro tells PA

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KARACHI: Despite a lapse of approximately four mon­ths the DNA test report has not yet been received owing to which the culprit(s) who raped, tortured and almost killed a minor girl have not yet been caught, said Sindh Parliamentary Affairs Minister Nisar Khuhro. He was responding to the legislators’ queries during the Question Hour that […]


1,340 children have died in Thar since 2014, court told

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KARACHI: The provincial health authorities admitted before the Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday that 1,340 children have died in drought-hit areas of Tharparkar since 2014. Therefore, a two-judge bench directed the provincial chief secretary, health secretary and others to submit a detailed report on implementation of the court-appointed commission’s recommendations to mitigate the situation in […]