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Couple threatened for marrying of their own will

KARACHI – A lawfully married couple from Moro who are both doctors and facing life threats have surfaced in Karachi after being in hiding for 10 months and appealed to the Sindh High Court (SHC) to take suo moto notice of their plight. The dejected couple, Dr Ghulam Mustafa Solangi,45, and Dr Aamnat Mustafa Solangi, […]

Zimbabwe expels English journalist

HARARE – Veteran English sports columnist Mihir Bose was expelled from Zimbabwe on April 20 just a day after arriving in the country to cover the Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka cricket series. The Daily Telegraph writer was told he had applied too late for accreditation amd would have to leave the country as he had […]

Rs899.200 mn IT education Project launched

LAHORE: The Punjab government has launched a Project at a cost of Rs899.200 million for training of computer science teachers and setting up of computer laboratories in 990 secondary schools of the province on cost sharing basis with 50 percent assistance of the federal government. The Project will help sensitise the youth about the information […]

Journalist severely beaten by police

Journalist severely beaten by police Zulfiqar Ali Khaskheli, a correspondent in the town of Nawabshah for the Hyderabad-based, Sindhi-language daily “Ibrat”, was severely beaten by police. It is feared that he may lose his eyesight and hearing. The journalist was beaten so severely that he had to be admitted to the People’s Medical College Hospital […]

Nepal: 1,000 detained as journalists join demos

KATHMANDU – Around 1,000 people were taken into custody on April 17 as police in Nepal broke up new demonstrations against the royalist government and protesters torched two trucks, witnesses said. Police took away about half of some 1,000 people who took to the streets at the call of the Federation of Nepalese Journalists to […]

Three-day Urdu Press conference from May 24

KARACHI – A three-day national conference on “Urdu Press – Problems and Prospects” will be held in the city from May 24 under the auspices of the Department of Mass Communication, University of Karachi. A varsity spokesman said on April 13 that Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali had been invited to perform the inauguration […]

Developing Asia Journalism Awards

KARACHI: Dawn’s Assistant Editor (Business) Afshan Subohi and one of the Dawn’s regular contributors, Zofeen Ebrahim, figure prominently in the first annual Developing Asia Journalism Awards announced by the Asian Development Bank Institute. Ms Subohi has been declared the first runner-up in the pro-poor sustainable economic category growth and second runner-up in regional cooperation and […]

Pakistani gets ADBI journalist of the year award

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani journalist took one of the three top honours on April 7, night in the first Developing Asia Journalism awards in Tokyo organized by the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI). Massoud Ansari, an investigative reporter from Newsline magazine, was named “Development journalist of the year” in a ceremony held at the Foreign Correspondents’ […]

Another karo-kari case

Editorial … The Sindh population welfare minister’s statement on the floor of the provincial assembly on Tuesday that the government would soon be introducing a bill against the practice of karo-kari is reassuring. Such a legislation will obviously be intended to curb this brutal practice and give some sense of security to women in the […]

Dawn staffer grieved

KARACHI – Maqbool Illahi, father of Mohsin Illahi who works as sub-editor for Dawn died on April 7 after protracted illness. He was 85. His funeral prayers will be offered on April 8 at 4 pm in the Madina Masjid Block 13 D/1 Gulshan-i-Iqbal. Source: Dawn Date:4/8/2004

Export of pirated CDS, VCDS and DVDs eliminated

KARACHI: Pakistan Customs (Export) Collectorate has completely eliminated Export of pirated CDS, VCDS, DVDs to various international destinations in United States, European Union, Australia, Hong Kong and some other countries. Customs officials said, on April 1, stringent measures have been taken against piracy of these items and to bring down Export of pirated items to […]

Law to prevent misuse of Internet cafes soon

ISLAMABAD: The government on March 31, assured the National Assembly of implementing laws on those Internet cafes spreading obscenity in the country. Responding to a call-attention notice, Parliamentary Secretary for Cabinet Division Asjad Ali Malhi informed the assembly that a new law would be enacted soon to deal with those involved in Internet obscenity and […]

930 women subjected to sexual abuse in 2003 By Shamim Bano

KARACHI: Almost everyday the press carries reports of violence against women and one can easily judge gravity of the situation from the fact that during a period of 12 months from January to December 2003 as many as 930 women had been reportedly raped throughout the country – a number great enough to stir the […]

Microsoft to launch SAT-2004 from March 27

KARACHI: Microsoft Pakistan is organising ‘Software Architect Tour (SAT-2004) in three major cities of the country to provide opportunity to local professionals to interact with wide range of software architects and engineers of the region. According to a spokesman of Microsoft on March 25, the SAT-2004 has been planned to organise in Karachi, Lahore, and […]