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Social media to bring socioeconomic uplift

LAHORE: Social media can play a vital role in socioeconomic uplift and image building of the country as voices heard in the virtual space come from different nooks and corners of Pakistan. This was the crux of the first-ever international Urdu Bloggers Conference 2013, which was organised by the Asian Canadian Journalists Association (ACJA), held […]

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Senator’s son moves three grades up in a few months

By: Jawwad Rizvi LAHORE: The Cabinet Division, Senate Secretariat and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) have agreed to resolve the issue of hiring the son of a prominent senator as assistant director in PTA and then pushing him three scales up as Zonal Director within a few months. The issue revolves around the hiring of Chairperson […]

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Maliha Azami’s ‘Quintessence’ showcased

LAHORE: A solo exhibition of paintings titled ‘Quintessence’ by Maliha Azami Aga kicked off at the Hamail Art Gallery on Wednesday. Renowned painter Mian Ijazul Hassan and Punjab University (PU) Vice Chancellor (VC) Dr Mujahid Kamran inaugurated the exhibition in a unique way. Instead of the conventional practice of just cutting the ribbon, a painting […]

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A distinguished writer remembered

LAHORE: Zahid Akkasi was remembered as a distinguished and principled writer, journalist and filmmaker at a commemoration reference organised by the South Asia Free Media Association here on Monday. Akkasi passed away in Lahore on January 12. Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) Secretary General IA Rehman, a close friend of the deceased, said he […]

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Girl burnt alive

LAHORE: A girl burnt alive on Sunday after a fire broke out in her house due to gas leak. The deceased, identified as Khadija, was a resident of Arshad Road. Police said the family forgot turning off the gas stove due to which the kitchen was filled by gas. Khadija caught in fire as she […]

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Perils to democracy have soared after SC order: Human Rights Commission of Pakistan

LAHORE: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has said that following the Supreme Court’s (SC) order for the arrest of the prime minister, the threats to democratic dispensation have escalated enormously. The commission said in a statement on Tuesday: “It is difficult to measure the misfortune of the luckless people of Pakistan that their […]

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Protest against Quetta killings

LAHORE: Human rights activists demanded stern action against the people involved in the killing of the Shia community and violence in the name of religion in the country. They staged a protest in front of the Lahore Press Club on Monday which was participated in by Neelam Hussain, Nasreen Shah, Samina Rehman, Irfan Mufti, Samson […]

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South Asian Free Media Association conference and the Line of Control

The eighth regional conference of the South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA), in which members from eight countries of South Asia participated, was recently held in both Amritsar and Lahore. Their ‘peace caravan’, comprising over 200 delegates, crossed the border into Lahore on Monday in the hopes of “opening minds and borders”. The usual themes […]

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SAFMA Amritsar-Lahore Declaration

We, the journalists from eight member countries of SAARC, having met at SAFMA’s 8th South Asian Free Media Conference on: “A vision for South Asia and union: Opening minds, opening borders”, in Amritsar on 6 January and Lahore on 8-9 January 2013, underlining the historical, cultural, social and economic ties across South Asian borders, and […]

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South Asian Free Media Association’s ‘peace caravan’ arrives in Lahore from Amritsar

* Indian PM plans to visit Pakistan ‘with something concrete in his bag’ when new government is in place By Tariq Farid LAHORE: The South Asian Free Media Association’s (SAFMA) “peace caravan” comprising participants from all the South Asian countries arrived here on Monday from Amritsar with a loud message of “opening minds and borders”. […]

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19-year-old boy sodomised, poisoned in Burewala

LAHORE: The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) says it has received information that a 19-year-old tea vender in Burewala was sodomised and poisoned and he later died in hospital in November 2012. According to a press release issued by AHRC, the rapists threw the victim, Aamir Baloch, in the mud after sodomising him, intending that […]

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Heavy fog forces closure of Motorway

LAHORE: The Motorway has been closed from Lahore to Balaksar interchange and Pindi Bhattian to Faisalabad interchange due to poor visibility as thick fog continued to cover parts of Punjab, Geo News reported. The Motorway Police said that the highway had been closed as visibility level dropped to zero. They said that the vehicular traffic […]

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Safma regional moot from tomorrow

LAHORE: The South Asian Free Media Association (Safma) is holding its eighth regional conference in Amritsar, India, and Lahore from Jan 5 to 9. Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, PML-N President Nawaz Sharif and Indian Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal are scheduled to speak at different sessions of the conference. The conference’s theme this […]

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