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UNESCO chief condemns IS’s “cultural cleansing” in Iraq, urges international action -
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 28 (APP):  The head of the United Nations agency mandated to protect heritage sites has voiced her dismay at the “destructive fury” exhibited by militants of the Islamic State in their recent assault on the Mosul Museum.


‘Star Trek’ Star Leonard Nimoy dies at 83 -
NEW YORK, Feb 27 (APP): Leonard Nimoy, who was best-known for his role as Mr. Spock in the “Star Trek” franchise, died at his home on Friday in Los Angeles, The New York Times reported.


Visit of UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan -
app27-27islamabad.jpgISLAMABAD, Feb. 27 (APP): The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan, Nicholas Haysom called on Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Syed Tariq Fatemi here on Friday.



Ambassador Jilani highlights Pakistan’s growth, investment prospects -
WASHINGTON, Feb 26 (APP): Highlighting Pakistan’s tremendous economic prospects, Ambassador to the United States Jalil Abbas Jilani has said the country is on way to registering a heartwarming five plus economic growth rate this year.


Maleeha takes over as envoy to UN, pledging to forcefully articulate Pakistan’s policies -
NEW YORK, Feb 26 (APP): Dr Maleeha Lodhi, assuming charge as Pakistan’s first female Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations on Thursday, vowed to “protect and defend” her country’s vital interests at the world body.


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5-member Ski squad off to South Korea
ISLAMABAD, Feb 28 (APP): A five-member national ski squad, including one coach flew to South Korea on Saturday to chip in the Asian Alpine Ski Championship there, starting from Monday.
 
Gilgit-Baltistan Minister assures row-free Shandur Polo Festival
PESHAWAR, Feb 28 (APP): The caretaker Minister for Information, Tourism and Sports for Gilgit-Baltistan Inayat Ullah Shumali here Saturday announced a row-free Shandur Polo Festival  also known as sports event at rooftop ground of the world.
 
FOA seeks Governor KP help in holding First FATA Games
PESHAWAR, Feb 28 (APP): Secretary FATA Olympic Association Shahid Khan Saturday appealed to Governor Khyber Pakthunkhwa to direct the concerned quarters for releasing of fund to hold first ever FATA Games.
 
PCB Under-16 trials of Peshawar Region on March 21
PESHAWAR, Feb 28 (APP): A trials in connection with the Pakistan Cricket Board Under-16 Talent Hunt Program of the Peshawar Region will be held here at Arbab Niaz Cricket Stadium on March 21, 2015 at 9 am.
 
Army wins All Pakistan Nishan-e-Haider Kabaddi tourney
RAHIM YAR KHAN, Feb 28 (APP): Pakistan Army won All Pakistan Nishan-e-Haider Kabaddi Tournament by defeating Pakistan Air Force (PAF) in the final match played at Jinnah Sports Complex Sadiqabad on Saturday.
 
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NA passes ‘The Prevention of Domestic Violence Bill 2008’ PDF Print E-mail
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ISLAMABAD, Aug 4 (APP): The National Assembly on Tuesday unanimously passed ‘The Prevention of Domestic Violence Bill, 2008’ to provide protection to the women, children and families vulnerable to domestic violence. cPakistan People Party MNA Yasmeen Rehman moved the bill as reported by the concerned standing committee to make provisions for the protection of women, children and family, stressing to institutionalize measures which prevent and protect women and children from domestic violence.

Under the bill, the protection committees comprising police officers, have been suggested at tehsil level to assists the aggrieved person or relocate her if necessary for protection.

The bill says the court, at any stage of hearing, may direct the accused to pay the monetary relief to meet the expenses incurred and losses suffered by the aggrieved person including loss of earning, medical expenses and maintenance of aggrieved person and her children.

According to the bill, the domestic violence is an offence and if a person repeats this act of domestic violence, he may face one year imprisonment and fine of Rs 200,000.

The bill was passed by the House along with some amendments introduced by the MQM MNA SA Iqbal Qadri.

As per legislation, the protection committees would not only create awareness among females for their rights but it would also provide legal protection, medical aid and shifting of the aggrieved person to a safer location.

According to the law, if a woman registers a fake case against a person or is proved wrong by court, the women would have to face six month imprisonment and fine of Rs 50,000.

Later, Yasmeen Rehman moved the bill that was unanimously passed by the Lower House of the Parliament.

Minister for Parliamentary Affairs congratulated the House as well as the nation on this moment of pride when the House has passed a bill to protect the women, children and other vulnerable persons from domestic violence.

He said the Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, President Asif Ali Zardari and particularly the caucus of women parliamentarians took  extreme interest in passage of the bill, adding that such progressive legislation is need of the hour to ensure protection of women and  provision of their fundamental rights.

 

 

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