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NA body approves amended child protection bill

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ISLAMABAD: A parliamentary committee on Tuesday amended and approved two bills to protect the rights of 13,000 children begging in the streets of the capital and engaged in child labour. The Islamabad Capital Territory Child Protection Bill 2017 was amended to describe children engaged in domestic labour or working in automobile workshops and the like […]


‘The Tribal Areas Rewaj Bill’ deferred

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ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) deferred “The Tribal Areas Rewaj Bill, 2017 (Government Bill)” for its next meeting with the suggestion to review the Bill while sharing with the people of their constituencies. The meeting was held under the Chairmanship of MNA Muhammad Jamal ud Din. The committee […]


PPP to again take up Protection of Minorities Bill in assembly

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MITHI: SpecialAssistanttoChief Minister on Minority Affairs Dr Khattu Mal Jeevan has said that Pakistan Peoples Party government will once again take up the Sindh Criminal Law (The Protection of Minorities Bill, 2016)in Sindh Assembly in order to protect Hindu girls from `forced conversion`. Dr Jeevan, who is also a PPP MPA, told Dawn on Friday […]


PFUJ rejects govt’s proposed draft of Journalists Protection Bill 2017

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) out rightly rejected the proposed final draft of the journalists Protection and Welfare Bill, 2017 as neither it provided protection framework for journalists nor any punishment for those involved in killing of journalists. “This is a sham bill aimed at befooling the journalist community as well as […]


Sindh Finance Bill adopted with ruling PPP members’ votes

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KARACHI: The Sindh Assembly on Friday adopted the ‘Sindh Finance Bill 2017-18’ to approve the fiscal budget amounting Rs1.043 trillion with Rs14 billion deficit, despite its rejection by the opposition. Although MQM’s veteran, Syed Sardar Ahmed praised the bill, Khawaja Izhar-ul-Hassan, opposition leader who also hails from Sardar’s party, loudly turned down the budget, as […]


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. […]