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Govt asked to present Right to Information bill

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ISLAMABAD: The Senate Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting on Wednesday directed the government to present the Right to Information (RTI) bill in parliament at the earliest, as it has already been delayed for 18 months now. “If the bill which was approved by this committee is not presented in the House before the next […]

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Govt plans to get tough with ‘dummy newspapers’

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ISLAMABAD: A Senate committee was informed here on Monday that the government was planning to strictly implement laws to discourage ‘dummy newspapers’ and the circulation declared by newspapers would be linked to their tax filing certificates. A meeting of the sub-committee of the Senate Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting, presided over by Senator Mushahidullah […]

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PTV rejects opposition’s charge of partisanship

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ISLAMABAD: State-run Pakistan Television on Monday denied that it favours government MPs in its coverage of parliament and that it breached the privilege of the Senate by broadcasting live the speech Defence Minister Khawaja Asif made in the upper house on December 31. “On December 31, the question hour was going on and PTV was […]

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Senate told about Rs365 billion environmental, natural resource damage

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ISLAMABAD: The Senate was told Tuesday that annual cost of environmental and natural resource damage was about Rs365 billion or 6 per cent of GDP. In a written answer to a question by Senator Samina Abid of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) during the question hour, Minister for Climate Change Mushahid Ullah Khan said that the statistics […]

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Senate body asks govt to implement media’s code in 10 days

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Discussing the status of electronic media’s code of conduct under the chairmanship of Kamil Ali Agha, Senate Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage (IB&NH) on Tuesday asked the Information Ministry to take steps for the code’s implementation within 10 days. Information Secretary Muhammad Azam told the committee that the bill had been sent […]

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Meeting of Senate committee witnesses heated debate over fake degree scam

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ISLAMABAD: A meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Finance on Tuesday witnessed a heated debate over the issue of fake degree scam involving the IT firm, Axact, as some senators assailed the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) for having failed to keep a check on the activities of companies registered with it. […]

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Senators for an end to protracted media clash


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ISLAMABAD: The Senate on Tuesday resumed discussion on political situation in the aftermath of attack on Hamid Mir. Speaking on the occasion, they said a committee of parliamentarians should be formed to resolve the conflict among different media groups. Taking part in the debate, Hafiz Hamdullah of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) asked the government to take […]

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Senate body recommends ban on foreign TV content

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By Sajid Chaudhry ISLAMABAD: Senate Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting on Tuesday recommended ban on telecasting of foreign content by foreign television channels including dramas with Urdu dubbing during 7 pm to 11 pm to save the local artists and drama industry. Senate body also directed for rationalizing showing of foreign contents by 10% […]

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