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Sindh bans purchase of new government vehicles for 3 years

KARACHI: The Sindh cabinet has slapped a 3-year ban over purchase of the new vehicles for the use of the provincial government, ARY NEWS reported on Saturday. The cabinet  meeting presided over by Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, gave green signal to CM himself, the Chief Justice of Sindh High Court, Speaker of Sindh Assembly, Inspector General of Police, Sindh and Additional Inspector General (AIG) to use bullet proof vehicles in the wake of mounting security threats. The cabinet also mulled over legal position with…

Ban on pillion riding in Karachi lifted

KARACHI: The Sindh government on Saturday lifted a 10-day ban on motorcycle-pillion riding that was imposed after the countrywide protests erupted against acquittal of Aasia Bibi, who had been on death row for around eight years for blasphemy.    “This department’s notification dated Oct 31 regarding imposition of ban under section 144 Cr.P.C on following acts/ points for 10 days from Oct 31 is hereby withdrawn,” the notification read. The ban was lifted in the wake of the end of the countrywide protests following an…

Supreme Court slaps ban over airing Indian content

KARACHI: Supreme Court (SC) on Saturday slapped a ban over airing Indian content on Pakistani channels, after setting aside a decision of Lahore High Court, allowing to broadcast foreign content on the Television screens. Hearing the case pertaining to airing of foreign content on the National media at Supreme Court's Karachi Registry, the top judge, Mian Saqib Nisar showed his resentment, "someone is trying to create hindrance in constructing dams into Pakistan, choking our water, and we cannot off-air their content?",…

Facebook to ban misinformation on voting in upcoming US elections

MENLO PARK, Calif: Facebook will ban false information about voting requirements and fact-check fake reports of violence or long lines at polling stations ahead of next month’s US midterm elections, company executives told Reuters, the latest effort to reduce voter manipulation on its service. The world’s largest online social network, with 1.5 billion daily users, has stopped short of banning all false or misleading posts, something that Facebook has shied away from as it would likely increase its expenses and leave it…

Israel upholds ban on US student refused entry for 10 days

JERUSALEM: An Israeli court on Friday upheld a ban on a US student refused entry and held for 10 days over her alleged support for a pro-Palestinian boycott campaign. Lara Alqasem's case has been one of the most high profile so far under a 2017 Israeli law barring supporters of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. In its ruling, the court rejected Alqasem's appeal against the ban, but did not rule on whether she should be sent home. Alqasem is considering asking the Supreme Court to hear her appeal,…

Mobile phones banned in public schools of Multan

MULTAN: District Education Authority of Multan has banned use of mobile phones inside the public schools, ARY News reported. CEO Education Multan on Tuesday said cellphones would be submitted with the principal and the teachers would get it back before leaving the school.  A notification in this regard reads, "It has been observed that teachers get into their mobile phones during school time which affects children's education. Therefore, it is directed that nobody should use mobile phones during the school timing.…

Govt places 3-day ban on pillion-riding in Sindh for Muharram

KARACHI: The Sindh government on Friday banned pillion-ridding across the province for three days as part of its measures to provide foolproof security to Muharram processions and gatherings. According to a notification put out by the provincial home department, a ban on pillion-riding will commence on the eighth of Muharram-ul-Harram and end on 10th of the month. A ban has also been placed on public display of weapons and the use of loudspeakers without permission, according to the notification. Muharram-ul-Haram,…

Sindh govt bans energy drinks, snacks at schools

KARACHI: The Sindh Food Authority (SFA) has imposed a ban on certain food items including carbonated drinks and snacks/chips at canteens across schools and colleges of the province. The letter in this regard was issued by the director general Sindh Food Authority. The SFA also banned other food items which are mentioned in the notification below: The food authority also issued strict orders against the sale and purchase of meat of new born calves and the use of artificial colours in sweetmeat (mithai). The…

Unfit for porpoise: Naughty dolphin causes French beach ban

RENNES, France: A love-lorn dolphin has prompted a French coastal town to ban bathing on its beaches, fearing people may be hurt by the antics of the over-excited mammal. Roger Lars, mayor of Landevennec, on the western tip of Brittany, issued a ban on voluntarily approaching within 50 metres (yards) of the dolphin and outlawed bathing and diving from the district's beaches whenever the animal is spotted in local waters. The move was made on the basis of advice from marine specialists after the visibly excited…

South Korea to ban about 20,000 BMW vehicles after engine fires

 South Korea’s transport ministry said on Tuesday it would ban some 20,000 BMW vehicles from the streets amid mounting public fears about engine fires. The driving ban comes after 27 engines went up in flames between January and July, which prompted BMW’s Korea unit to apologize for last week and a recall of 106,000 diesel vehicles including the 520d from Aug. 20. Amid public concerns over safety, the government order will affect about 20,000 BMW cars that are part of the recall but yet to receive safety checks,…