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Murad orders crackdown against vehicles being used on transfer letters

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Tuesday directed the Excise Department to launch crackdown against the use of vehicle by second or progressive owners on transfer letters, saying that it was illegal. He took this decision while presiding over a meeting to review law and order in the light of forthcoming Apex Committee meeting here at the CM House. Provincial Minister Syed Nasir Shah, Advisor to CM Murtaza Wahab, Inspector General Sindh Dr Kaleem Imam, Additional IG Special Branch Dr Waliullah Dal,…

Sindh govt decides to launch crackdown on beggars in Karachi

KARACHI: The government of Sindh on Friday decided to launch crackdown on professional beggars in Karachi, ARY News reported. According to details, the Sindh cabinet meeting will devise strategy for the crackdown in a meeting on Saturday.  ARY News correspondent Arbab Chandio said that in the meeting the provincial government would also mull over ways to improve functioning of the Child Protection Authority. He said construction work on a children welfare home had entered last stages. Chandio said those children…

Govt to launch crackdown on mobsters who damaged property

ISLAMABAD: A day after the religious parties led by the Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) ended the countrywide protests over Aasia Bibi’s acquittal, the Ministry of Interior on Saturday issued directives for a crackdown on mobsters who damaged property during the demonstrations.  In a statement, the ministry said elements who vandalized public and private properties in the guise of protests across the country would be prosecuted, adding that such individuals would be identified with the help of videos and CCTV footage.…

In crackdown, US FDA seeks details on new electronic cigarettes

LOS ANGELES: Faced with a proliferation of new electronic cigarettes and a sharp rise in teen vaping, the US Food and Drug Administration on Friday sent letters to 21 electronic cigarette manufacturers seeking information to assess whether the products are being marketed illegally. An FDA rule banned the sale of new e-cigarette products after August 2016 without regulatory approval. In September, Reuters reported that startups and big tobacco firms launched more than a dozen new high-nicotine e-cigarette products…

US e-cigarette maker files complaints against “copycat products”

LONDON: Juul Labs, the e-cigarette maker at the heart of a U.S. crackdown on youth vaping, has filed patent infringement complaints in the United States and Europe against what it said were copycat rivals. The complaints follow the seizure this week by U.S. health regulators of more than 1,000 pages of documents from Juul Labs about its sales and marketing practices, as they investigate growing e-cigarette use among young people that threatens to create a new generation of nicotine addicts. Juul, which controls nearly…

Murad orders crackdown against street criminals, drug mafia, beggars’ racket

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah in his first meeting at the CM House on Sunday after assuming the office has directed the inspector general of the Sindh Police to launch a crackdown against street criminals, drug mafia and beggars racket. “Street crimes should not only be controlled but eliminated,” he said. In his speech on the floor of the house, he had spelt out that maintenance of law and order would be his top priority, “This is why on Sunday I am holding this meeting,” he said and added “the…

US imposes sanctions on Myanmar military over Rohingya crackdown

WASHINGTON: The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on four Myanmar military and police commanders and two army units for involvement in what it called “ethnic cleansing” and other human rights abuses against the country’s Rohingya Muslims, the Treasury Department said. The sanctions marked the toughest US action so far in response to Myanmar’s crackdown on the Rohingya minority which started last year and has driven more than 700,000 people into neighboring Bangladesh and left thousands of dead behind. But the…

Google poised to emerge unscathed from European antitrust crackdown

BRUSSELS/SAN FRANCISCO: The European Union’s top antitrust regulator, Margrethe Vestager, has made it her mission to stem alleged anti-competitive abuses by big American tech companies, threatening as recently as last month to break up Alphabet’s Google. But a decision in the most important of three antitrust cases against Google - this one aimed at loosening its stranglehold over Android-powered smartphones - is likely to show just how difficult it is, even for a committed trust-buster like Vestager, to dent the power of…

India to crack down on journalists publishing fake news

NEW DELHI: India will deny government access to journalists who publish fake news, the information ministry has announced, a decision that critics promptly labeled an attack on the freedom of the press in the world’s largest democracy. Journalists and opposition parties described the new rules as an effort by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to control the press ahead of a general election due by next year. It was the latest move by a government in Asia to tackle fake news and comes after Malaysia approved a…