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Draft of Whistleblower Protection bill to be presented in parliament: Farogh

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Law Dr Farogh Naseem on Friday said a draft of the Whistleblower Protection and Vigilance Commission bill will soon be presented in the parliament for exposing corruption. "The law will (specially) include protections for whistle-blowers. All parties should warm-heartedly accept this law," the minister said while addressing a press conference in Islamabad.  He said the persons who gave information about corruption would be given 20 percent reward of the recovered amount. Read More:…

Brexit bill becomes law, allowing UK to leave the EU

LONDON: A bill enacting Britain's decision to leave the European Union has become law after months of debate, the House of Commons speaker announced Tuesday, to cheers from eurosceptic lawmakers. Speaker John Bercow said the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, which repeals the 1972 European Communities Act through which Britain became a member of the bloc, had been given the formal royal assent by Queen Elizabeth II. The bill transfers decades of European law onto British statute books, and also enshrines Brexit day in British law…

Tribal leaders attend Grand Jirga Iftar to celebrate Fata Merger bill

GHALANAI: Tribal elders, political leaders and media representatives united in the political compound at Ghalanai Headquarters of Mohmand agency on the invitation of Political Agent Mohmand agency and commandant Mohmand rifles to celebrate the historic KP and Fata merger here on Friday. At least 200 prominent elders, leaders and members of civil society participated in the Iftar. Speaking on the occasion, Commandant Mohmand Rifles Colonel Arfan Ali congratulated the elders on the formal launch of the reform process in…

Historic Fata-KP merger bill sails through Senate

ISLAMABAD: The Senate on Friday approved the Constitution Amendment Bill, 2018 with majority for the merger of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Seventy-one members of the upper house of Parliament voted in favour of the bill while five against it during a session presided over by Senate chairman Sadiq Sanjrani. Five senators who opposed the bill belonged to Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP). Law Minister Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk moved the bill in the house. The…

Pakistan considers to impose tax on Google, Facebook

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is considering to impose tax on offshore digital companies, including tech giants such as Amazon, Facebook and Google in order to acquire share from earnings of these foreign entities.   As part of the 2018-19 federal budget, these taxes on foreign digital companies - making earnings through Pakistan - have been proposed before the parliament. But at the same time, all such tax proposals have been rejected by the Senate Standing Committee of Finance, terming it anti-business and anti-investments. The…

Sindh Assembly passes universities bill amid protest

KARACHI: The Sindh Universities and Institutes Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018 have been passed again in Sindh Assembly amid protest by members of opposition parties, under which the powers to control the public sector universities have been delegated to the Chief Minister of Sindh Murad Ali Shah. The opposition members tore the copies of the bill on Friday to protest against the controversial legislation, which was earlier returned by Governor Muhammad Zubair to the provincial government for a review. The Sindh assembly…

Senate passes bill extending jurisdiction of Supreme Court, PHC to Fata

ISLAMABAD: The Senate on Friday unanimously passed “The Supreme Court and High Court (Extension Jurisdiction to Federally Administered Tribal Areas) Bill, 2018”. The Bill moved by Law Minister Mahmood Bashir Virk is aimed at extending jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and the Peshawar High Court to Fata. The bill was opposed by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl party. The National Assembly had already passed the Bill, which has now been sent to President Mamnoon Hussain for approval. Chairman Senate Muhammad…

Zardari promises to improve ‘extension of superior courts’ limits to FATA bill’ after elections

ISLAMABAD: Former President Asif Ali Zardari said that the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) will stand by the people of tribal areas in their struggle for extending jurisdiction of superior courts to tribal areas, merging them with Khyber Pukhtunkhwa and allocating their share in the National Finance Commission (NFC) Award. "All pointers whether economic, linguistic, cultural, geographic contiguity made it natural for the tribal areas to be merged in the province," he said talking to a delegation of the Tribal Youth Jirga…

Trump signs bill renewing NSA’s internet surveillance program

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Friday said he signed into law a bill renewing the National Security Agency’s warrantless internet surveillance program, sealing a defeat for digital privacy advocates. “Just signed 702 Bill to reauthorize foreign intelligence collection,” Trump wrote on Twitter, referring to legislation passed by the U.S. Congress that extends Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The law renews for six years and with minimal changes the National Security Agency (NSA)…

Roald Dahl’s daughter charged with theft in US for not paying hotel bill

The daughter of iconic writer Roald Dahl has been arrested in the United Stated after claims she left a hotel without paying the bill.  Tessa Dahl, 60, stayed at the £140-a-night hotel late last year and allegedly failed to pay her bill of almost £4,000 prompting hotel owner to call the police. She has not yet entered a plea but could face between one to five years in prison for the offence. She is now expected to face court in Connecticut charged with larceny. It was reported that the daughter of renowned author…