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Terrified of television

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IF you want to experience an avalanche of unpleasant visual phenomena, all you need to do is turn on the television. As I write this, three-quarters of the screen is devoted to a speech being given by the leader of the opposition in the National Assembly. Every now and then the camera pans across the […]

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Countries hit by climate change: Pakistan ranked 8th in world, National Assembly informed

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Federal Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid Monday informed the National Assembly that Pakistan has become 8th country in the world, which is being affected by climate change. The minister while replying to questions of the members said that earlier Pakistan was the 10th country in the world now it has reached at 8th number. […]

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Clause in draft Hindu marriage bill creates controversy

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ISLAMABAD: A clause in the draft Hindu Marriage Bill, which states that a marriage will be annulled if any of the spouses converts to another religion, is being vehemently contested by both its opponents and supporters. However, seeking an end to the controversy, Senator Nasreen Jalil, the chairperson of the Senate standing committee on law […]

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25pc quota allocated for promoting local journalism, NA told

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ISLAMABAD: Parliamentary Secretary for Information and Broadcasting and National Heritage on Friday told the National Assembly that 25 percent quota has been allocated for promoting journalism at local level. During the Question-Hour in the National Assembly, he said that the ministry was promoting newspapers at district level with the specific quota. The News

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In black and white: The house of books

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ISLAMABAD: Power Failure: The Political Odyssey of a Pakistani Woman is the name of a memoir which conveys almost everything about Pakistan’s chequered history and still bears relevance today. But its addition to a collection of over 85,000 volumes of books and rare manuscripts, including the original copy of the 1973 Constitution, at the National […]

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NA committee clears Hindu Marriage Bill

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ISLAMABAD: A parliamentary panel cleared on Monday the Hindu Marriage Bill paving way for regulations on registration of marriage and divorce for the Hindu community in Pakistan. Chaired by Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) lawmaker Chaudhry Mehmood Bashir Virk, the National Assembly Standing Committee on Law and Justice took up the bill, for which […]

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‘Media owners should share responsibility for journalists’ safety’

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ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage, while discussing the Protection of Journalists Bill 2014, suggested that media owners should attend meetings to address the issue. The committee has decided to form a subcommittee, in order to discuss the matter further and will report within 30 days. The meeting was […]

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Sound and fury, signifying nothing

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It’s always the same old story. Day after day, Pakistan’s newspapers and TV channels provide unending coverage of, and commentary on, issues that are notable only for the disturbing regularity with which they continue to re-emerge. For example, with some notable and welcome exceptions, and in the context of an understandable and more general desire […]

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Hindu marriage bill — all talk, no action

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ISLAMABAD: Despite delivering an emotionally charged speech in favour of the proposed Hindu marriage law, National Assembly Standing Committee Law and Justice Chairman Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk could not convince members of the committee to approve the bill, on Wednesday. In his speech at the ‘National Conference on Hindu Marriage Bill’, the PML-N MNA recounted […]

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Journalists boycotts NA proceedings

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ISLAMABAD – Journalists in yesterday’s National Assembly session staged a walkout from the proceedings to protest the Rangers’ unwarranted raid at the house of Salman Masood, the Resident Editor of daily The Nation. Dozens of journalists boycotted the coverage of the lower house proceedings and termed the incident an attempt to harass the media persons. […]

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National Assembly to sign up for social media

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ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly has decided to launch official social media accounts for wider parliamentary outreach to the public, following in the footsteps of the upper house of parliament, which introduced a number of initiatives last year. The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by Speaker Ayaz Sadiq, said a statement issued by the […]

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Opposition lawmakers accuse govt of using Pemra to gag media

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ISLAMABAD: At least two opposition parties believe that the government, through the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra), is trying to gag mainstream media, saying that it is the violation of the constitution which enshrines freedom of expression as one of the basic rights. They have urged the government to refrain from taking such measures […]

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KP’s RTI Act 2013 secures first position with 73pc score

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ISLAMABAD: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Right to Information Act, 2013 has secured first position with a score of 73% in a consolidated assessment of Right to Information/Freedom of Information (RTI/FOI) laws and their implementation at federal and provincial levels. The comparative RTI scorecard was launched on Tuesday by Pildat in a ceremony here.Speaking on the occasion, […]

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Minister responds to indecent ads

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Pervaiz Rashid on Tuesday accepted on the floor of the National Assembly that some television channels were involved in airing indecent advertisements. He said the practice needed to be curbed with the strict enforcement of laws. Mr Rashid also suggested harsh financial penalties for violators. He was […]

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