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NADRA proposes SIM verification through biometrics

Islamabad: National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) has proposed a comprehensive solution of Biometric based verification of CNICs for issuance of SIMs to the Telcos. In this regard NADRA conducted a live demonstration of Biometric verification of computerized national identity card for issuance of SIMs, to the TELCOs Todays at NADRA Headquarters. NADRA gave a […]


Survey finds 77% of marriages made in traditional exchanges

By Sehrish Wasif ISLAMABAD: In a first-of-its-kind household survey of 5,000 women, the Rutgers World Population Foundation has found that more than 77% of marriages were settled under some kind of customary practice such as vanni, swara, sang chatty or watta satta. The survey was conducted in Dera Ghazi Khan, Muzaffargarh, Jacobabad, Kashmore, Jafferabad and […]


Women protesters during Zia regime remain undefeated

By Sehrish Ali / Maha Mussadaq ISLAMABAD: Few know that February 12 – officially declared National Women’s Day in Pakistan – commemorates a march by women three decades ago, which marked the “beginning of democracy”. Exactly 30 years ago, a group of women suffered the brunt of police action for defying Section 144 (which bans […]


Pemra officers welfare association formed

ISLAMABAD: Pemra Officers Welfare Association (POWA) has selected its office-bearers and nominated members of the POWA executive body in its second meeting held here in Islamabad on Saturday. Dr Mukhtar Ahmad will be the president, Amjad Ali Afridi, general secretary, Khurram Siddiqui, vice president and Sheikh Tahir joint secretary of the association. Besides the above […]


Keeping the folk tradition alive

ISLAMABAD: A musical evening to raise funds for the widow of a folk Sindhi musician, suffering from cancer, was organised here on Saturday. It was a pleasant evening, and an eclectic mix of people sat in the lawns of Kuch Khaas, listening to folk tunes from alghoza (double flute) and dholak. Sunlight slowly filtered through […]


Roots school organises ‘Environment Expo 2013’

Students create projects that portray environmental issues Prizes given to students dressed in recycled material clothes Diplomats and government officials attend expo ISLAMABAD: The Roots School System DHA1 Flagship Campus, Islamabad in collaboration with Roots School System Harley Street Region, Civil Lines Region and Roots Ivy International Schools organised ‘Roots Environment Expo 2013’ at the […]


Human Rights Watch launches campaign against media

By: Ahmad Noorani ISLAMABAD: Human Rights Watch (HRW), the leading human rights organisation of the world, has launched an offensive against the media instead of responding to journalistic criticism by ‘The News’ on its World Report-2013. HRW director in Pakistan Ali Dayan Hasan, in different media interactions, instead of elaborating the points of HRW World […]


Pakistan Telecommunication Authority power struggle spills onto Islamabad streets

By: Mehtab Haider ISLAMABAD: The ongoing power tussle in the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) took a new twist on Wednesday when hundreds of protesters demanded that the chief justice of Pakistan take suo moto notice of the ‘illegal’ harassment of two members of the authority. The protesters, including PTA officers and representatives of the Internet […]


FM-93 and Medium-wave networks are broadcasting the event live from Islamabad radio

Radio Pakistan‚ in collaboration with Pakistan Television‚ is holding annual Naat Competition at Z.A. Bokhari Auditorium of National Broadcasting House in Islamabad on Thursday. Information Minister‚ Qamar Zaman Kaira is expected to be the chief guest on the occasion. The winners of the regional competitions held earlier in all four provinces‚ and Azad Kashmir‚ Gilgit- […]


Defaming Human Rights campaigner: Media mogul promises to take action

ISLAMABAD: The publisher of a leading media house has responded positively to noted rights activist and legal expert Asma Jehangir’s complaint against two columnists who allegedly carried out a ‘character assassination’ on her in their respective write ups early last month. The publisher has promised to take action against the two writers, who were also […]


Military rejects Human Rights Watch report as ‘pack of lies’

ISLAMABAD: Military rejected on Saturday Human Rights Watch World Report 2013, which accused it of abuses in counter-terrorism operations and maintaining links with extremist groups, as “a pack of lies”.“The recent Human Rights Watch (HRW) report is a pack of lies, propaganda driven and totally biased,” a military spokesman said while commenting on the report. […]


President prays for health of two ailing journalists

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Zardari has expressed his best wishes and prayed for early recovery of two senior journalists Nazir Naji and Abbas Athar, who are not feeling well these days and are admitted to hospitals in Lahore. Wishing these two journalists early recovery and good health, the president has sent those bouquets. The News


Journalists defer sit-in to Feb 7

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By: Kalbe Ali ISLAMABAD: After assurances that their major demands would be addressed within a week, media persons from all parts of the country here on Monday deferred their sit-in in front of the parliament house to February 7. The sit-in was organised by the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) demanding the government arrest […]


Farzana Raja appreciates NADRA for facilitating Benazir Income Support Programme

Islamabad: Federal Minister and Chairperson Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) Madame Farzana Raja has appreciated NADRA’s role in supporting BISP’s initiatives and facilitating the issuance of CNICs and Benazir Debit Cards (BDCs). In a meeting with Tariq Malik, Chairman NADRA, she said NADRA is playing a pivotal role in the implementation of BISP’s technology based […]