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Iran parliament passes counter-terror finance bill

TEHRAN: Iran's parliament on Sunday approved a bill to counter terrorist financing that was strongly opposed by conservatives but seen as vital to salvaging the nuclear deal with European and Asian partners. The bill, one of four put forward by the government to meet demands set by the international Financial Action Task Force (FATF), was passed by 143 votes to 120, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency. It aims to bring Iran's laws in line with international standards and allows it to join the UN Terrorism…

Sindh Assembly passes budget for nine months

KARACHI: The Sindh Assembly on Sunday passed budget for nine months of current fiscal year 2018-19. To conclude the budget session, leader of the house, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, who has also the portfolio of finance minister, said that institutions needed to be reformed for development of the country. The chief minister informed the house that 15 billion rupees have been allocated for education sector. He said Thar coal will start producing energy at the end of this year. Read More: Sherry Rehman…

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…

Senate passes Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2017 for fresh delimitation

ISLAMABAD: The Senate on Tuesday passed ‘The Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2017’ for fresh delimitation of constituencies by two-third majority. Eighty four members voted in favour of the bill while one member opposed it. The bill provides allocation of seats in the National Assembly according to the provisional results of the census 2017 without changing the existing total number of general seats and women seats and retaining the share of the Federally Administrated Tribal Areas. The bill was moved by Minister for…

Lebanon passes first budget since 2005

BEIRUT: Lebanon's parliament on Thursday approved a government budget for the first time since 2005, the country's ANI news agency reported. For 12 years, political crises and wars have forced Lebanon's state institutions to operate without a budget, an economic aberration that has angered many Lebanese. But after three days of debate, lawmakers on Thursday passed the budget -- for the current financial year, not for 2018. Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who called the vote "historic", said the 2018 budget could be…

‘Catastrophic’ Obamacare is dead, says Trump

WASHINGTON: The US House of Representatives approved a bill on Thursday to repeal major parts of Obamacare and replace it with a Republican healthcare plan, handing President Donald Trump his biggest legislative victory but setting up a tough fight in the Senate. With the 217-213 vote, Republicans obtained just enough support to push the legislation through the House, sending it to the Senate for consideration. No Democrats voted for the bill. The bill's passage represented a step toward fulfilling a top Trump campaign…

Veteran Indian actor Vinod Khanna passes away

MUMBAI: Veteran Indian actor Vinod Khanna, 70, who was suffering serious health issue, breathed his last at a hospital in Mumbai. The actor, who has been part of several Bollywood projects, was hospitalised due to "severe dehydration" of late. Vinod, a sitting Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Gurdaspur district of Punjab, was born on 6 October, 1946. He was seen in 141 films between 1968 and 2013. The picture of the Bollywood star in a poor health recently went viral, what followed were the death hoax rumours.…