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Implementation of anti-dowry law a challenge for KP

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ISLAMABAD: Implementation of an otherwise commendable proposed law, tabled in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly by a Jamaat-e-Islami lawmaker, forbidding dowry, will be a big challenge for the provincial government. Recommending a new piece of legislation and its approval by the parliament are admirable but its strict applicability always leaves much to be desired. Pakistan […]


K-P slaps ban on dowry

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PESHAWAR: The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Assembly adopted a landmark piece of legislation on Thursday, barring a bride’s family members, relatives and outsiders from making dowry payments to the groom and his family. The law also restricts the maximum value of gifts given to the bride by her parents, family members or any other person to Rs10,000. It is […]


CSS in Urdu

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IN mid-February, the Lahore High Court said that from next year, the CSS examinations will be conducted in Urdu. The court had been petitioned to order that the CSS exams for this year have Urdu as their medium. It responded that there was not enough time to make the switch from the English language this […]


LITERARY NOTES: Proposed constitutional amendment bill and official language: are we back to square one?

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MARVI Memon and nine other members of the National Assembly have introduced a bill to “further amend the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan”. The proposed bill is titled “Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2014”. The bill says that “in the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, for Article 251, the following shall be substituted”, […]


‘Government to train one million youths in IT’

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ISLAMABAD: The government has decided to provide training to one million youngsters in freelancing skills in area of information technology in next five years. The Minister of State for IT & Telecom Mrs Anusha Rehman has directed CEO ICT Research & Development (R&D) Fund Company to float a Request for Proposal (RFP) of the national […]


Hindu marriage bill passed

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It is a cause of much celebration that the Hindu marriage bill has been passed by the Senate and will soon become law. The rights granted in the bill should have always existed as opposed to being granted after a long-drawn struggle, but although it comes very late it is a most welcome achievement. It […]


GI Protection Bill ready to be tabled in parliament

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KARACHI: The draft of the bill for protection of intellectual property rights (IPR) of goods and products popular among masses for their peculiar geographical origins in Pakistan has been prepared and submitted to the government, a government official said on Wednesday. “The draft of Geographical Indication Protection Bill has been prepared and submitted to the […]


Experts stress need to reform STB syllabus

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HYDERABAD: Speakers have stressed the need to reform the Sindh Textbook Board (STB) syllabus through a board of education experts while adding that no encroachment of the curriculum be allowed by the Centre as it is a provincial subject under the 18th Amendment. They were speaking at a two-day conference on ‘The role of mother […]


Senate passes landmark Hindu marriage bill

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ISLAMABAD: The Hindu community is set to have a personal law for the first time as the Senate on Friday unanimously passed ‘The Hindu Marriage Bill 2017’. The bill — appro­ved by the National Assem­bly on Sept 26, 2015 — is likely to get presidential assent next week to become a law. The bill will […]


Forcible separation of spouses a constitutional violation: SHC

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KARACHI: Citing articles 35 and 9 of the constitution, the Sindh High Court (SHC) declared on Thursday that the State was duty-bound to protect couples who contracted marriages out of free will. Forcible separation of spouses, the court observed, was the worst kind of violation of a couple’s fundamental rights. The verdict was given by […]


Pemra initiates debate on code of conduct

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Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) Monday launched “Code of Conduct: A Collective Responsibility” with the collaboration of media houses to improve the performance of the PEMRA with an open discussion on Electronic Media Code of Conduct 2015 to bridge the gap between the regulatory authority and its relevant stakeholders. Renowned anchors, journalists and media […]


Act aimed at regulating publication of law books enacted

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ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain on Tuesday approved enforcement of the Publication of Laws of Pakistan Act, 2016. The law is for regulating publication of law books, materials and their translations to place a check on the sale of erroneous law books and materials. Before becoming a law the bill for the act was adopted by […]


Dar for monitoring NGOs’ funding

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ISLAMABAD – Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said on Saturday that funding of the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) should be properly monitored to protect the national interests. “Around 99 percent funding of NGOs are used for the purpose they are released. However, Pakistan must have a monitoring policy to ensure that the matters stay on track,” said […]


PA session adjourned till April 6 over lack of quorum

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Karachi: The Sindh Assembly session was adjourned on Friday till April 6 without holding any proceedings over lack of quorum, much to the opposition’s ire. The sitting on Friday, held after a gap of two days, was scheduled to begin at 10am but Speaker Agha Siraj Khan Durrani adjourned it at around 11:05am when only […]