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Children of the kiln — building blocks of tomorrow

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Working from dawn to dusk has become routine for 11-year-old Sidra Khan. Even though she should not be working under law, Sidra has been toiling away at a brick kiln near Islamabad for several years now. Her parents and other siblings are also employed by owner of the kiln in Tarnol. “We make about 1,000 […]

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5 kiln owners booked for child labour

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Rawalpindi – Police registered cases against the five kiln owners for their alleged involvement in forcing the children to work. The cases were registered against the owners under the Punjab Protection of Child Labour at Brick Kilns Ordinance 2016 at Gujar Khan and Mandra, informed police spokesman yesterday. According to him, a team of police […]

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Concealment of public feedback declared crime

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LAHORE – Concealment of public feedback regarding delivery of services has been declared a crime in Punjab and the offenders will be dealt with accordingly under the relevant laws. A high level meeting chaired by Punjab Chief Secretary Khizarhayat Gondal last week decided that the practice of concealing information by government officials about citizens’ feedback […]

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Internet escapes tax net

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LAHORE: The Punjab government on Friday withdrew tax on internet services apparently on ‘pressure of social media’. Hundreds of websites in the country had been displaying a message “Don’t tax the internet” as part of their blackout campaign against the tax. The Punjab government on May 28 through an SRO had imposed 19.5pc tax on […]

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Monopoly of knowledge, Urdu syllabus and cultural identity

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Confining knowledge to the powerful class as a means of maintaining political and economic clout is known as monopoly of knowledge. This theory was first suggested by Harold Adam Innis (1894-1952), distinguished Canadian thinker and political economist. In one of his theories of communication, Innis applied the economic theory of monopolies to the concept of […]

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Civil society demands effective implementation of labour laws

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LAHORE: Various civil society organizations has demanded that Punjab government ensure the implementation of labour laws in order to address during a provincial dialogue on “Labour Issues, Bounded Labour and Role of Labour Courts in Justice Provision” arranged by Citizen’s Commission for Human Development (CCHD) in collaboration with DAI under EDACE Project. While participants of […]

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‘Manhandling of the disabled intolerable’

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LAHORE: Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah of Lahore High Court on Wednesday said disabled people were an integral part of the society and manhandling of visually-impaired persons would not be tolerated. He was hearing a petition seeking a judicial inquiry into manhandling of visually-impaired persons by police and enforcement of Disabled Persons (Employment and Rehabilitation) […]

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Environment impact study a must before new N-plants

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Karachi: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Pakistan has demanded a thorough environmental impact assessment (EIA) before approving new nuclear plants in the metropolis. During a meeting of the executive committee of the IUCN Pakistan national committee at the IUCN country office in Karachi on Wednesday, Malik Amin Aslam was elected chairman of […]

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Information draft law sent to governor

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LAHORE: The Punjab government on Wednesday sent draft of the freedom of information ordinance to the governor for approval and promulgation. The draft law was approved by the provincial cabinet a few days ago with the decision to introduce it through an ordinance. Caretaker chief minister Najam Sethi had decided to enforce it through an […]

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Punjab govt official bribed by Microsoft for Rs1 bn deal: WSJ

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ISLAMABAD: The Punjab government appears to be in no mood to find out the officer who allegedly toured Egypt along with his wife on Microsoft’s expense in December 2009 and in return awarded a $9 million (approximately Rs1 bn) contract to the US firm. Recently the Wall Street Journal reported that the US government was […]

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