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Subsidies given on different items were legal, as per law: CM Murad 

KARACHI: Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah on Tuesday said that since 2008-9 the provincial government has been giving subsidies on different items such as tractor, electricity, wheat and sugarcane just to encourage production and consumption. This he said, while talking to media at Mazar-e-Quaid after paying tribute to father of the nation here today. The chief minister said that the JIT report has been submitted in the Supreme Court of Pakistan and added “there are some controversial disclosures in it which…

California launches legal sale of cannabis for recreational use

LOS ANGELES: California will launch the world’s largest regulated commercial market for recreational marijuana on Monday, as dozens of newly licensed stores catering to adults who enjoy the drug for its psychoactive effects open for business up and down the state. It becomes the sixth U.S. state, and by far the most populous, venturing beyond legalized medical marijuana to permit the sale of cannabis products of all types to customers at least 21 years old. Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Nevada were the first…

Zimbabwe court says military takeover was legal

HARARE: A Zimbabwe High Court has ruled that the military takeover that led to Robert Mugabe's ousting was legal, raising immediate concerns about judicial independence under the country's new administration. Army chiefs put military vehicles on the streets of Harare and placed veteran leader Mugabe, 93, under house arrest, before he resigned on Tuesday. Many Zimbabweans celebrated the end of Mugabe's 37-year rule, but fear the new government under President Emmerson Mnangagwa could also be an authoritarian regime.…

Amazon rivals turn to legal fine print to stem Whole Foods strategy

SAN FRANCISCO: Whole Foods Market met a new foe this summer during talks to lease a top retail space in a San Francisco mall: the Target next door. As City Center mall’s largest tenant, Target Corp had a say over changes to the property. According to people familiar with the lease discussions, Target balked at sharing the mall with Whole Foods because it feared competition from the grocery chain’s new owner, Amazon.com. Early attempts to persuade Target failed, and Whole Foods may now have to concede certain Amazon…

Census has legal and political impacts: CM Murad

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Monday directed the provincial authorities that in the upcoming census, every single person must be counted and foreigners and illegal immigrants be excluded from the count as "census has legal and political impacts". Presiding over a cabinet meeting here at New Sindh Secretariat, he said census provides basis for political representation in the assemblies, delimitation of constituencies, basis for distribution of funds from divisible pool and determination of quota for…