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Plea filed to lodge case against Hashmi over controversial remarks

LAHORE: A day after his controversial speech targeting state institutions, an application was filed at a police station in Lahore seeking registration of a case against ex-senator Nehal Hashmi. "Nehal Hashmi had been convicted in contempt of court case earlier this year and once again uttered unkind remarks about the esteemed institutions", the complainant stated in his plea. The application says that Hashmi had a hostile attitude and he had openly criticized the national defence institution (Pakistan Army). Hashmi…

China passes controversial cybersecurity law

BEIJING: China Monday passed a controversial cybersecurity bill further tightening restrictions on online freedom of speech, raising concerns that it could intensify already wide-ranging  Internet censorship. The ruling Communist Party oversees a vast censorship system -- dubbed the Great Firewall -- that aggressively blocks sites or snuffs out Internet content and commentary on topics considered sensitive, such as Beijing's human rights record and criticism of the government. The law, which was approved by the…

Japan, India to ink controversial nuclear deal next week: reports

TOKYO: Japan and India are set to sign a controversial civil nuclear deal this week, reports said Sunday, as the two Asian allies look to boost economic and security ties to counter an assertive China. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe are set to sign a deal Friday that would allow Japan to export nuclear technology to the subcontinent, the Yomiuri Shimbun paper reported. India would become the first non-signatory to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)…

Ten years on, WikiLeaks and Assange as controversial as ever

BERLIN: Celebrating its 10th anniversary this week, anonymous whistleblowing platform WikiLeaks can look back on a decade that saw it turn classified documents into global headlines and inspire a host of copycat leaks. But with founder Julian Assange hiding in Ecuador's London embassy to evade rape allegations and critics accusing the site of being manipulated by shadowy forces for political gain, the organisation is fighting to maintain its image. An anniversary party in Berlin on Tuesday will commemorate the 2006…