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Call for census, registration of miners with welfare organisations

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QUETTA: Leading human rights activist and former director of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), I.A. Rehman, has said problems being faced by workers could not be resolved until society changes its attitude towards the labour class and considers issues of the workers as its own. Speaking at a consultative meeting organised by the HRCP’s […]

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SC asks PEMRA to register rating companies

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has directed the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulator Authority (Pemra) to register all the six media rating companies within a week. A three-judge SC bench, headed by the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar, on Thursday issued a written order, giving directions to Pemra and the Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) to […]

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SC orders Pak-EPA to shut down steel mills violating environmental laws

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency (Pak-EPA) to shut down all steel mills violating environmental laws. “Operations of these steel units will remain closed until their owners follow all the environmental laws of the Pak-EPA,” a senior Ministry of Climate Change official told Dawn. According to the official, the […]

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Rating cos asked to register with Pemra within 3 days

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday directed the media rating companies to provide the viewership data to Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) and the authority will display the same on its website. A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and comprising Justice Umer Ata Bandial and […]

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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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Blocking all offensive websites is impossible, says PTA

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has finally admitted that it is virtually impossible to block all offensive websites as hundreds of sites emerge every day and even if blocked these may be accessed through proxy sites. In its reply submitted to the top court, the PTA has expressed reservations over the continuous blockade of […]

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SC sets aside stay order allowing tobacco advertisements

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday set aside a stay order that has acted as an obstacle to remove tobacco advertisements across the country. Mohammad Javed, the project manager at the national health services (NHS) ministry’s Tobacco Control Cell (TCC), told Dawn that letters will be sent to all provinces to remove advertisements as soon […]

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Pemra asks channels to exercise strict editorial control

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) Friday formally approved a fine of Rs1 million on Samaa TV for airing a highly objectionable, indecent and vulgar text message during its crime re-enactment programme “Wardat” in July last year. The text message was not only in violation of Pemra laws and the code of conduct implemented […]

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Objectionable content: ISPs ordered to block 400,000 pornographic websites

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KARACHI: Pakistan is preparing to launch a major crackdown on internet pornography after its telecom regulator ordered internet service providers on Monday to block access to more than 400,000 adult websites. Acess to sites featuring smut and pornographic material will be restricted at the domain level, sources familiar with the development confirmed this to The […]

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Houbara bustard ban

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ON Friday, the Supreme Court lifted the ban on hunting the houbara bustard, an activity that has been termed a ‘pillar’ of Pakistan’s foreign policy. However, conservationists need not despair completely, for if the state allows the sustainable hunting of the bird and prevents an all-out slaughter, the creature’s ‘vulnerable’ status on IUCN’s Red List […]

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Previous order set aside: Top court overturns ban on Houbara hunting

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ISLAMABAD: Setting aside its earlier judgment, the top court has lifted ban on the hunting of Houbara bustard, a game bird prized by hunters from the Gulf States who flock to Pakistan every winter. The Supreme Court’s three-judge bench, headed by former chief justice Justice Jawwad S Khawaja on August 19, 2015 imposed a complete […]

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Right to information: SC moved for full YouTube access

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LAHORE: Pakistan should have unfiltered access to YouTube, a petition moved before the Supreme Court’s Lahore registry on Thursday says. The petitioner requested the court to direct the government to make public details of the contract signed between the government and YouTube. Barrister Zafarullah Khan filed the petition. He said right to information was a […]

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Pollution in Murree: Hill station polluting capital’s water

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ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Climate Change admitted before the Supreme Court that new housing colonies along the Murree Expressway are polluting water reservoirs, rendering the contents unfit for human consumption. Deputy Attorney General Sohail Mahmood submitted a report on behalf of the ministry and informed the bench that untreated sewage and other waste from Murree […]

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Farmers say illegal hunting of bustards ruining crops

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BHAKKAR: Despite a ban by the Supreme Court on hunting of bustards, farmers in Bhakkar district claim that the Wildlife Department has been facilitating hunters in shooting down the protected birds in their area. They say that their crops were being damaged because of this and feared that they will not be compensated for the […]

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