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Aug 202017

A video purportedly showing Indian and Chinese soldiers throwing stones at each other has surfaced on social media. The Indian military is yet to comment on the authenticity of the video, which has been reported on by leading Indian media outlets, but did confirm that “an incident” took place near Pangong Lake in Ladakh on August 15, an incident which the video purports to show. The video shows a group of around 50 people throwing stones at each other and engaging in a skirmish. No weapons are used in the video, however. China may initiate ‘limited war’ with India “Currently, we have no confirmation of the authenticity of the video,” the army said, according to Hindustan Times. The Chinese soldiers hurled stones while attempting to enter Ladakh region near Pangong Lake on Tuesday but were confronted by Indian soldiers, said a top police officer. The officer said Indian soldiers retaliated but neither side used guns. China did not immediately comment. An Indian intelligence officer said the confrontation occurred after Indian soldiers intercepted a Chinese patrol that veered into Indian-held territory after apparently it lost its way due to bad weather. The officer said soon the soldiers began shouting at each other and later threw stones. He said some soldiers from both sides received minor injuries. After nearly 30 minutes of facing off, the two sides retreated to their positions, he said. An Indian military officer said the skirmish was brief but violent and for the first time stones were used. [Read More…]

Aug 162017

The Sindh High Court (SHC) ordered on Wednesday that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) would continue operating in the province and also sought a list of parliamentarians facing corruption charges. In July, the Sindh Assembly had the controversial Sindh Accountability Act 2017 with a majority vote. On August 13, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah had warned that the provincial government would take action against NAB if it interfered in the affairs of its departments after the province’s own anti-graft law. PTI challenges repealing of NAB ordinance However, the SHC has allowed NAB to resume its work after a few lawmakers of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf  filed a petition in the court. Hearing the petition, SHC Chief Justice Ahmed Ali Sheikh ordered the a list of lawmakers facing NAB inquiries be presented to the court. The advocate general argued that federal laws were no longer applicable in Sindh. In response, the chief justice remarked would be right if the higher judiciary stopped special courts including anti-narcotics court from operating. NAB prosecutor Waqas Dar told the court that the provincial government’s new law was affecting the operations of the graft watchdog. After anti-corruption law, we have to eliminate corruption: CM The advocate general told the court that a similar case was also pending in the Supreme Court of Pakistan. The chief justice inquired as to whether the matter would settled by the Council of Common Interests. the advocate general replied that a dispute between provinces was settled by [Read More…]

Aug 152017

Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua called on Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul on Tuesday. They discussed bilateral relations and overall geo-strategic situation in the region, Radio Pakistan reported. Pakistan, Afghanistan agree to boost cooperation for peace, stability The two sides also held delegation-level talks. Janjua led the Pakistani side while Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai represented his country. The delegations discussed ways and means to enhance the level of mutual trust. The post Pakistan, Afghanistan discuss ways to boost bilateral trust appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Aug 152017

A man was held after a minor girl working in his house as a maid in Gujranwala was recovered with torture marks and bruises on her body. According to Express News, the Child Protection Bureau recovered seven-year-old Fazeelat from Qadir’s house in worsening condition. The raid was carried out after neighbours registered a complaint with the bureau, informing them about the torture. A subsequent medical examination of the child confirmed that she had been tortured severely. Fazilat had been working at Qadir’s house for the last three years in Satellite Town where the child was subjected to regular beating. ”They would kick or slap or hit me with a stick or a water wiper”, the seven-year old victim told media. Qadir is now in police custody, with an FIR being filed against him under the child protection and labour law. Fazeelat’s parents said they had no idea that the girl was beaten since they were not allowed to meet the child and only had telephonic conversations during the last three years. The post One held as tortured child maid recovered in Gujranwala appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Aug 152017

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has issued separate warnings to three entertainment channels for airing ‘indecent content’ over the past few months. According to a statement issued on Tuesday, Geo Entertainment was warned for airing a drama serial on August 7, which was against the socio-cultural norms of the society and violated various clauses of Pemra and the Electronic Media Code of Conduct 2015. Similarly Hum TV, owned by Eye Television Ltd, had aired indecent content on May 21 and was issued a show-cause notice. The Pemra press release stated that following the channel’s reply, the regulatory body concluded that the channel had violated the media code of conduct and was therefore issued a warning. 'جیو انٹرٹینمنٹ'، 'اے آر وائی کمیونیکیشنز' اور 'ہم ٹی وی' کو ناشائستہ مواد نشر کرنے پر پیمرا کا انتباہ — Report PEMRA (@reportpemra) August 15, 2017 PEMRA bans Amir Liaquat over hate speech The media watchdog also issued a warning to ARY Communications, which has the airing rights of HBO in Pakistan, which had reportedly aired indecent content on April 10. The media authority had examined ARY’s response to its show-cause notice and concluded that HBO had violated the code of conduct and several Pemra clauses with the said content. Pemra has issued separate warnings to the management of the channels and directed them to adhere to the terms of their license, abide by the country’s socio-cultural norms and to appoint in-house editorial committees to avoid violations in future. The post PEMRA [Read More…]

Aug 152017

The interior ministry has directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) that no government official or other VIPs would be given protocol at airports across the country. Any FIA official caught giving protocol to a VIP would face strict action, the ministry warned in a letter sent to all zones of the agency. FIA dismisses female official involved in thrashing passengers at Islamabad Airport The letter read that that immigration counters at airports would be monitored and any a VIP was seen being given special treatment, the immigration staff and their shift in-charge would be immediately suspended. The ministry also directed the FIA to not harass passengers leaving the country. A few days ago, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal travelled from Islamabad to Lahore on a Pakistan International Airlines flight sans any protocol. Probe panel finds three FIA officials guilty Iqbal disembarked from the plane and sat in the passenger van along with other passengers, entered the arrival without any staff from the FIA, ASF, Customs, Police and of course hangers-on receiving him. He walked into the lounge like any other passenger and hopped in a car and headed home. Earlier this year, the FIA had dismissed one of it’s officials in connection with the mishandling of two Norwegian nationals at Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Islamabad. The post No protocol for VIPs at airports across country, orders interior ministry appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Aug 152017

A man killed himself after murdering his two daughters in McLeod Gunj area of Bahawalnagar on Tuesday. According to Express News, Riaz Qazi had a fight with his wife after which she went to her parents’ home. Qazi then strangled his two daughter to death and hanged himself. Poverty-stricken couple commits suicide after days of starvation Police have started investigating the case. They said the domestic dispute drove Qazi to kill his daughters as well as himself. Last month, a poverty-stricken couple had kill themselves in Chak No 592 in Faisalabad. A police official told The Express Tribune that 22-year-old Rab Nawaz and his wife Nasreen Bibi, 20, tied-the-knot three years ago and had a two-year-old daughter Sajida. He added Rab Nawaz and his family was living with his parents along with his brother and two sisters in a small mud house in the village. When Rab Nawaz’s wife Nasreen Bibi demanded money to cook food as they were starving for a few days, a heated argument occurred between them.  In a fit of rage, both Rab Nawaz and Nasreen consumed poisonous pills and later breathed their last at a hospital. The post Father kills himself after murdering two daughters in Bahawalnagar appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Aug 142017

Scientists have discovered what could be the world’s largest volcanic region on earth under the ice of Antarctica. Ninety-one volcanoes ranging in height from 100m to 3,850m have been found through a remote survey in an area known as West Antarctic Rift System. It bears resemblance to east Africa’s volcanic ridge, which is currently known to be the densest concentration of volcanoes on the planet. Climate change shows in shrinking Antarctic snows Researchers from University of Edinburgh remotely surveyed the underside of the ice sheet for concealed peaks of basalt rock, similar to those of other volcanoes in the vicinity whose tips push against the ice. The shape of the land beneath was analysed through ice-penetrating radars, and then compared with findings from aerial surveys and satellite and database records. Max Van Wyk de Vries, a third-year student at the University of Edinburgh was the first to propose the study. It will help scientists comprehend the role played by volcanoes in long-term fluctuations in the ice sheet and the ways in which climate change has affected Antarctica. Mr Van Wyk de Vries said: “Antarctica remains among the least studied areas of the globe, and as a young scientist I was excited to learn about something new and not well understood.” “After examining existing data on West Antarctica, I began discovering traces of volcanism. Naturally I looked into it further, which led to this discovery of almost 100 volcanoes under the ice sheet.” Pakistan under strong influence of climate change  The results [Read More…]

Aug 132017

Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa said late on Sunday that terrorists would run out of their ammunition but “our soldiers will continue to lay down their lives for the country”. The army chief, in flag hoisting ceremony at the Wagah border, said that though “we made a few mistakes in the past, we are on our way to development in accordance with the Constitution”. “The day is not far when we will make Pakistan the country that Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Iqbal had envisioned.” The chief of army staff stated that Pakistan has taken forward the fight against terrorism. “We are the nation that has rendered many sacrifices to curb the menace of terrorism,” Gen Qamar said adding that the Pakistan army will take this fight to its logical end. Army will continue efforts to eliminate terrorism: Gen Qamar “Any enemy be it in the East or West will have to face the army even before they can consider harming the country,” the army chief reinterred while refereeing to Pakistan’s neighboring countries. The army chief said that a country that has been made in the name of Allah and the Prophet cannot be defeated. “Despite limited resources we have proved ourselves and are now on our path to development,” he added.   The post Army chief renews pledge to protect country appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Aug 122017

Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will expand research work on gender studies in order to give academic support to women empowerment. This was stated by the Vice Chancellor Dr. Shahid Siddiqui while addressing the concluding session of  first-ever national conference on gender studies that was held to promote academic research, relating to women’s role and contribution in the country’s socio-economic development. Capacity building: Project on gender studies launched at AIOU He announced they will soon publish a research journal on gender and women studies to promote the cause of women. Such event will be an annual feature, and next year an international conference will be organised to construct and disseminate knowledge so as to enhance respect and social status of women. Gender and women studies attempts to expand the definition and perceptions of existing gender dynamics between women and men in the society. Published in The Express Tribune, August 13th, 2017. The post AIOU expands research work on gender studies appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

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