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Khyber Pakhtunkhwa govt bans Naswar, cigarette in educational institutes

PESHAWAR: The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has decided to launch crackdown against Naswar and cigarette in educational institutions across the province, ARY News reported. The KP Education Department has directed the educational institutes to regularly monitor canteens and tuck shops in their premises.  According to a notification issued by the secretary KP Education Department, in the anti-Naswar and cigarette drive, vigilance of canteens of schools and colleges will also be done to make the ban effective.…

Karachi beaches become ‘no go’ zone for public for 30 days

KARACHI: Sindh Home Department has imposed ban on swimming at beaches of Karachi for 30 days starting from Monday (September 17), ARY News reported. Ban on swimming in the sea is normally imposed on the eve of any big occasion such as Eid, Independence Day, Eid Milad-un-Nabi and Youm-e-Ashura to avoid any untoward situation. Ashura will fall on September 21 (Friday). This should be noted that over 30 picnickers drowned in rough seas of Karachi during the Eid holidays in 2014. Read More: Pillion-riding banned in…

South Korea bans coffee in schools

SOUTH KOREA:Students and teachers in South Korea will need to find new ways of staying alert through the long school day after the government said Friday it will ban coffee sales in schools. Selling highly caffeinated drinks to students in schools has already been banned since 2013, but with coffee vending machines still available for teachers, will students have been able to get around the rules and find their coffee fix. Now the government wants to rule out any possibility of children buying highly-caffeinated drinks…

Punjab bans one-wheeling, aerial firing on Independence Day

LAHORE: Imposing ban on one-wheeling of bike and celebratory gunfire on Independence Day, Caretaker Chief Minister Punjab Hassan Askari on Sunday directed police to take strict action against those violating the law. The CM has directed traffic police to ensure free flow of traffic around recreational spots as he asked the nation to celebrate the historical day with full fervour. Askari directed the Punjab police, administration and all the relevant departments to stay alert to cope with any situation. He ordered to…

Eid-ul-Adha: Sindh govt bans collection of hides without permission

KARACHI: The Sindh government has banned collection of animal hides/ skins during the days of Eid-ul-Adha without permission from the commissioner and deputy commissioner, ARY News reported. According to a notification issued by Sindh Home Department, permission should be sought from the commissioner and deputy commissioner of the relevant district in this regard.  The notification also barred from setting up of camps for collection of hides/ animals. The provincial government also banned use of flags and…

Italy bans more migrant rescue boats

ROME: Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Saturday warned another migrant rescue mission off the Libyan coast that it would not be allowed to land its "human cargo" at an Italian port. The new rightwing and anti-immigrant Italian government last week banned the French NGO operated vessel the Aquarius, with more than 600 rescued migrants on board, from docking in Italy, causing uproar and a sharp spat with France. Spain subsequently offered to take the Aquarius and it is expected at the port of Valencia on…

Iran bans public screening of World Cup matches for families

TEHRAN: Authorities in Tehran canceled plans to allow families to watch Iran’s World Cup football opener against Morocco on Friday in the stadium and public parks of the Islamic republic’s capital. The Islamic Republic is thought to be the only country in the world that refuses to allow fans to gather in open public spaces for the World Cup, possibly due to opposition to the idea of men and women watching together. There had been excitement after officials at Tehran’s Azadi Stadium announced that families would be…

Danish parliament bans the wearing of face veils in public

COPENHAGEN: Denmark has banned the wearing of face veils in public, joining France and other European countries in outlawing the burqa and the niqab worn by some Muslim women to uphold what some politicians say are secular and democratic values. Parliament voted on Thursday for the ban proposed by the centre-right government, which says veils are contrary to Danish values. Opponents say the ban, which will take effect on Aug. 1, infringes women’s right to dress as they choose. Under the law, police can instruct women…

London bans junk food ads on public transport to fight child obesity

LONDON: London plans to ban junk food advertising on its entire public transport network to tackle child obesity, which is among the highest in Europe, Mayor Sadiq Kahn said on Friday. Almost 40 percent of children aged 10 and 11 in London are overweight or obese, according to research compiled for Britain’s parliament. “Child obesity in London is a ticking timebomb and I am determined to act. If we don’t take bold steps against it we are not doing right by our young people as well as placing a huge strain on our…

Iran central bank bans cryptocurrency dealings

TEHRAN: Iran’s central bank has banned the country’s banks from dealing in cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, over money-laundering concerns, the state news agency IRNA reported on Sunday as the country tries to halt a currency crisis. “Banks and credit institutions and currency exchanges should avoid any sale or purchase of these currencies or taking any action to promote them,” IRNA said, quoting a central bank circular based on a ban on cryptocurrencies passed by Iran’s anti-money laundering body in December. Iran…