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‘Task force on water, sanitation to be formed with PM’s approval’

ISLAMABAD: Advisor to Prime Minister on Climate Change Amin Aslam on Tuesday said a task force would be formed with the approval of PM Imran Khan on water and sanitation. He said this in a meeting with a delegation of UNICEF at his office regarding water and sanitation situation in the country. Amin Aslam said he would present the idea of forming a task force on water and sanitation in the federal cabinet meeting. "This task force will be given a time frame to achieve the set targets," he said adding that the former…

Bill for welfare of journalists to be presented in cabinet for approval: Marriyum

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb on Thursday said that a bill for welfare and protection of journalists would be presented before the cabinet for approval next week. “The bill envisages the establishment of a welfare fund for the correspondents in which government and the media owners will equally contribute,” she said while speaking at the meeting of Senate's Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting chaired by Senator Kamil Ali Agha in Islamabad. Media ban in Dar graft trial,…

Central bank grants Bank of China approval to start banking in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on Monday granted Bank of China Limited approval for commencement of banking business in Pakistan. Earlier, the central bank had issued banking license to the China bank in 2017. “The SBP, in exercise of the powers conferred on it by clause (a) of Sub-Section (2) of Section 37 of the SBP Act, 1956, is pleased to declare ‘Bank of China Limited’ as a scheduled bank with effect from September 18, 2017,” a notification stated. The China bank has been given status of scheduled…

LHC forms bench to hear petitions against Kulsoom’s nomination papers

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) has constituted a three-member bench for hearing of petitions against approval of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz’s nomination papers for the by-poll in NA-120. The hearing will begin on September 6 (Wednesday). The three-member bench headed by Justice Qazi Ameenuddin was constituted by chief justice LHC to hear petitions filed by Pakistan Peoples Party’s candidate Faisal Mir and Pakistan Awami Tehreek leader Ishtiaq Chaudhry. The other two members of the bench are Justice Shams Mehmood Mirza and…

PAT challenges approval of Kulsoom Nawaz’s nomination papers

LAHORE: The Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) on Friday challenged the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP)’s approval of Kulsoom Nawaz nomination papers in Lahore High Court (LHC) appellant tribunal, ARY News reported. Kulsoom Nawaz has a number of allegations on her as she is going to contest NA-120 by-election in Lahore. She is nominated in a treason case, which she never mentioned in her nomination papers. While, her Iqama is tantamount to having a second citizenship. The appeal in the LHC tribunal has been made by…

Facebook gets initial approval to set up local unit in Indonesia: source

JAKARTA: Facebook has received an in-principle approval to set up a domestic unit in Indonesia, said a senior government source from the Southeast Asian nation, home to the social networking giant's fourth-largest user base. Indonesia has been pushing multinational technology firms to be locally incorporated, arguing that companies such as Alphabet's Google set up small business entities to provide "auxiliary" services and get away with minimal taxation, while booking most of their revenue from the country elsewhere. In…

Approval of President Trump drops to lowest since inauguration: Ipsos poll

NEW YORK: Public approval of President Donald Trump has dropped to its lowest level since his inauguration, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday, after Trump was accused of mishandling classified information and meddling with an FBI investigation. The May 14-18 opinion poll found that 38 percent of adults approved of Trump while 56 percent disapproved. The remaining 6 percent had "mixed feelings." Americans appear to have soured on Trump after a tumultuous week in the White House during which the…

Russian arms sale to Iran without approval would violate ban: US

Russia's RIA news agency on Wednesday reported that Russia will this year sign a contract to sell a batch of its Sukhoi Su-30SM multi-role fighters to Iran. As the United States and five other major powers negotiated the July 14 nuclear deal with Iran, the six agreed to maintain a ban on conventional arms sales to Iran for five years unless they were blessed in advance by the Security Council. "U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231 prohibits the sale to Iran of specified categories of conventional arms ... without approval…