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Time off for good behaviour: Japan firm rewards non-smokers

TOKYO: Non-smoking employees at one Japanese firm are getting six additional days' holiday to compensate for the time their colleagues spend puffing away at work. Piala, a Tokyo-based online commerce consulting and marketing company, kicked off the programme in September after an employee complained about the time lost by smoking colleagues who frequently disappear to light up. "Because our office is located on the 29th floor ... it takes at least 10 minutes for a smoker to go down to a common smoking room in the…

Police announce Rs5 million reward for arrest of Sehwan attack facilitators

KARACHI: Sindh police have announced five million rupees reward for any information leading to the arrest of the facilitators of the attack at the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan on Feb 16. Police have said to have identified two facilitators who conducted a recce outside the shrine prior to the attack. They were identified after combing through hours of closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage from the shrine. Additional Inspector General Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) Sanaullah Abbasi made the…

US boosts reward on IS leader al-Baghdadi to $25 mn

WASHINGTON: The United States on Friday more than doubled the bounty on the head of the shadowy leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, to $25 million. The announcement by the State Department "Rewards for Justice Program" came as US-backed local forces close in on the militant movement's main urban strongholds in Iraq and Syria, the cities of Mosul and Raqa. The cash will be paid to anyone who can offer "information leading to the location, arrest or conviction" of the elusive militant. "Under…