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Cabinet approves journalist protection bills

ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet has approved two long-awaited bills for protection of journalists and media professionals and criminalising forced disappearances in the country. Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari confirmed the approval. “Today, the (federal) cabinet approved the Protection of Journalists and Media Professionals Bill and the Forced or Involuntary Disappearance (Criminal Law […]

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Govt to disburse over Rs.70.62bln for water projects in FY 21

(Web Desk) ISLAMABAD: The government has disbursed Rs70,619.208 million for various water resource projects under the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) in three quarters of the fiscal year 2020/21. According to the data of the Planning Commission, Rs77,860.087 million was allocated for various water resource sectors in the current fiscal year. Of the total allocation, […]

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Turnout for NA-249 by-poll indicates eroding public confidence in electoral process, Fawad Chaudhery

(Web Desk) ISLAMABAD: The low voter turnout during the NA-249 by-election held a day earlier in Karachi indicates that the public is losing confidence in the electoral process, says Information Fawad Chaudhry. In a message on Twitter on Friday, the information minister once again asked the opposition to consider Prime Minister Imran Khan’s suggestions for […]

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KP-PDWP approves Rs34bn uplift projects

PESHAWAR: The Provincial Development Working Party (PDWP) in its meeting on Thursday approved 14 projects with the cost of Rs34.14 billion. A statement issued here said the online meeting of the forum was chaired by additional chief secretary Shakeel Qadir Khan and attended by officials of the relevant departments. It said the forum considered 17 […]

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Tourism, public transport suspended on Eid to fight coronavirus

  ISLAMABAD: The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Tuesday announced to temporarily suspend public transport and tourism in a bid to strengthen efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus, Radio Pakistan reported. A communiqué issued by the Ministry of Interior announced the aforementioned services would remain suspended between May 8 and 16. […]

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Pak-Italy friendship bridge inaugurated in Chitral

CHITRAL: Emmanuela Bennini, Director of Italian Agency for Development Cooperation inaugurated Pak-Italy friendship bridge Khairabad Chitral.  This is a 250ft long jeep-able bridge over Chitral river built by Sarhad Rural Support Program (SRSP) under the PPAF funded PPR program. The inauguration ceremony held in village Khairabad Drosh which was also attended by PPAF head of […]

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WhatsApp Says Privacy Update Won’t Impact One-on-One Communication

ISLAMABAD: Whatsapp has clarified on the recent controversies about the new privacy policy. In light of the privacy concerns surrounding WhatsApp’s new terms and conditions, the company issued a statement on 8 January stating that the update “does not change WhatsApp’s data-sharing practices with Facebook”. In a bid to allay user fears, WhatsApp added in its statement […]

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Overloaded trucks further damaging roads & bridges

BOONI: Overloaded trucks transporting wheat and other goods to Upper Chitral are damaging the already dilapidated roads and bridges. Tehreek Huqooq-e-Awam leader and social activist Pervez Lal told Chitral Post that there was no system to check the load of trucks in Chitral. The roads and bridges across Chitral are in poor conditions due to lack of […]

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Rs 150 million grant approved for religious minorities in KP

(Web Desk) PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government has approved a grant of Rs150 million for the welfare of religious minorities. The funds will be released by the KP Department of Minority Affairs will provide grants to minorities’ youth, widows and physically challenged persons to start small businesses, said a press statement. Special Assistant to the […]