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Punjab divided into three zones for environment protection

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LAHORE : The Environment Protection Department has divided Punjab’s districts in three zones with regard to functioning of brick kilns to counter the effects of smog in the province.The competent authority has approved division of Punjab’s districts in green, yellow and red zones. The districts included in green zone are; Attock, Rawalpindi, Jhelum, Chakwal, Gujrat, […]

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Kohat cement factory faces action

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PESHAWAR: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has taken action against a cement factory in Kohat for causing dust pollution in the city posing serious public health-related problems. “The EPA has taken action against Kohat Cement Factory over public complaints about dust pollution,” says Director-General Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) KP, Dr Muhammad Bashir. He […]

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Suspected killer of Haripur journalist held

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HARIPUR: The police on Wednesday announced the arrest of one of the two suspected killers of a local journalist. Sohail Khan, the 28-year-old correspondent of a local daily, was gunned down on Oct 16. Ali Sher and Hamayun Mussarat, sons of Mussarat Iqbal of Hattar village, were nominated in the murder FIR.Police promise early arrest […]

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Child rights committee to be formed in slums of Islamabad

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Islamabad: For well-coordinated effort towards child protection in Islamabad slums, the National Child Protection Centre (NCPC) plans to form Child Rights Committees in slums of Islamabad. The initiative is part of the yearly work plan of NCPC from 2018 to 2019. The work plan also includes mapping of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) with regards to […]

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No restriction on media: FO

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ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office spokesman has said the government gives utmost importance to freedom of expression. In a statement, the FO spokesman said over a hundred electronic and print media outlets are functional in the country and there is no restriction on the media. He said the government is committed to protect rights of citizens […]

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Expressing concern: SCBA wants autonomy for rights commission

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ISLAMABAD: The head of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) S Ali Zafar has expressed concern over the federal government’s indifference to the National Commission on Human Rights (NCHR), a statutory organisation purpose-built for the enforcement of fundamental rights. In a written statement, the president has recommended that the rights body should be granted administrative […]

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Action plan: Govt devises strategy to protect human rights

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ISLAMABAD: The government announced on Thursday a 16-point comprehensive action plan to promote and protect human rights in the country and allocated Rs100 million for its effective implementation. Minister for Human Rights Zahid Hamid announced the plan, flanked by Minister of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid and Special Assistant to the Prime […]

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PM for conservation of forests, wildlife

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed for early completion of the ongoing projects for conservation of forests and protection of wildlife in the country. He issued the instructions during the briefing at Lal Suhanara National Park Wednesday. The prime minister had overnight stay in the park and he was briefed about wildlife and forest […]

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Raising awareness: Minorities need to be aware of their rights: civil society

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MITHI: Civil society activists have urged people belonging to minority communities to be aware of their rights. Prof Noor Ahmed Janjhi, a research scholar, said that due to lack of awareness about their rights, people belonging to minority communities face multiple challenges. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the ‘Awareness Month on Minority Rights’ organised […]

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PM urges steps to ensure child safety

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Min­i­ster Nawaz Sharif has urged all provincial governments to take measures for implementing the recommendations of the National Comm­ission for Human Rights to ensure a safe environment for children. According to a statement released by the PM Office on Thursday, the provinces have been asked to put in place the requisite policy and […]

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Environmental impact study of Lakhra power project conducted

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HYDERABAD: The Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (Sepa), regional office Hyderabad, has conducted the environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the proposed 660MW coal-fired Lakhra power project at Jamshoro district. The assessment shows improvement in ambient air quality, as well as increased socio-economic benefits to the community in the form of employment and business opportunities, according to […]

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Politicians, activists urge to expedite work on Hindu marriage bill

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KARACHI: Politicians and human rights activists shared their views on the Hindu marriage bill in an open-debate seminar organised by the Sindh Rural Partner Organisation (SRPO) at Marriot Hotel in Karachi on Wednesday. SRPO is an organisation that works for the protection of human rights, women and children’s rights. However, SRPO has now decided to […]

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Necessary recommendations: EPA asked to set emission limits, monitor airborne pollution

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ISLAMABAD: The concentration of toxic particulates in the federal capital’s ambient air exceed the standard set by the National Environmental Quality Standards (NEQS), says a report. The report, prepared by an independent commission, has recommended the Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency (Pak-EPA) to revise quality standards and set emission limit, run an assessment campaign to monitor […]

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Environment protection: ‘Pakistan highly vulnerable to climate change’

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LAHORE: “Pakistan is grappling with a number of environmental issues such as floods, glacial lake outburst floods, tropical cyclones, heat waves, shifting rainfall and river flow patterns, declining groundwater levels, droughts, expanding desertification, aridity and sea-level rise,” WWF-Pakistan Senior Director Ejaz Ahmad said on Monday. He was addressing a press conference that the WWF-Pakistan and […]

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