Espionage conviction: ‘Prison term begins from day of arrest’

LAHORE:  The Lahore High Court on Monday sought a reply from the federal government to an appeal by two men convicted of spying for India for their prison term to be reduced for the time they had been detained before being sentenced, as per Section 382-B of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC). A military court had convicted Muhammad Afzal ...

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Domestic work: An unprotected, 8.5 million-strong workforce

KARACHI:  Five years ago, Naseem Bibi, 34, who currently works as a cook, was hired as a sweeper for a Karachi household. “I cleaned the house and was treated like the dirt. There was a Filipino maid who was treated much better,” she recalls. “Begum Sahib constantly nagged me for not doing work right. She even kicked me sometimes. She ...

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Tax evasion: LHC tells Macca Group to allow FBR access

LAHORE:  Justice Ijazul Ahsan of the Lahore High Court on Monday directed the Macca Group of Companies to provide documentation requested by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) so it can complete an investigation into alleged tax evasion of Rs1 billion. The judge vacated a stay order against the tax recovery and directed the FBR to conclude its inquiry and ...

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Public safety: No CNG for vehicles with defective kits from Nov 6

ISLAMABAD:  The All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) on Monday said public transport vehicles with defective CNG installation would not get fuel from CNG outlets from November 6 onward, according to the government directives. The CNG filling stations and transport vehicles disregarding the orders would face legal action including fines and shutdowns, while CNG operators would be held solely responsible for ...

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Man faces charges in mass stabbing

The man accused killing a woman and her four children in Brooklyn is set to be arraigned on murder charges Monday, New York Police Department Officer Christopher Pisano said.

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For the love of books: Children’s Literature Festival schedule released

LAHORE:  The Children’s Literature Festival (CLF) returns to Lahore after it was first held here in 2011. The festival’s organisers released the Seventh CLF’s programme schedule on Monday. The festival is being organised by the Idara-i-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA), the Oxford University Press (OUP) and the Open Society Foundations (OSF). It will be held at the Children’s Library Complex from October 30 ...

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Crime: Girl injured; house burgled

RAWAT:  A girl was injured and a house burgled in separate incidents in Rawat during the last 24 hours. In the first incident, Abdul Majeed, hailing from Mankiala, lodged a complaint with the local police that his daughter was crossing road when a speeding car hit her on Kallar Syedan Road and fled, leaving her injured. Meanwhile, Muhammad Boota lodged ...

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Theft: Car lifted

ISLAMABAD: A car has been stolen from a house in Shahzad Town on Monday. Shahzad lodged a complaint with the local police that auto-thieves stole his Toyota Corolla (AXE-343) from the porch of his house in Chatta Bakhtawar. Published in The Express Tribune, October 29th, 2013.

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Post-colonialism issues: Govt’s bid to change medium of instruction opposed

ISLAMABAD:  Communicating in the English language may not improve the quality of teaching and learning in classrooms, not taking into account enabling conditions. The statement unanimously came from participants at the launch of a report, “Policy and Practice: Teaching and Learning in English in Punjab’s Primary Schools” on Monday. The press release said the study was conducted in the backdrop ...

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Dengue outbreak: Disease becoming epidemic in Rawalpindi

ISLAMABAD / RAWALPINDI:  It seems the preparedness to face the menace of dengue has slacked as the three government teaching hospitals in Rawalpindi are receiving 20 to 25 fresh cases almost every day. Dhok Hassu and areas near IJP Road are the worst-hit localities. According to the surveillance officer of the Punjab Health Department, 250 patients have been tested positive ...

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