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US Senate blocks extension of Patriot Act -
WASHINGTON, May 23 (APP): The United States Senate early Saturday rejected the extension of the Patriot Act, which was enacted in 2001 to help the government in preventing future terrorist attacks.


UN to recognize peacekeepers service in world's hot spots; five Pakistanis to get posthumous awards -
UNITED NATIONS, May 23 (APP): The United Nations is set to honour at a solemn ceremony next week the sacrifices of more than one hundred peacekeepers, including five Pakistanis, who paid the ultimate price in serving the cause of peace in hot spots around the world last year.


Modest global economic growth set to continue for rest of year: UN report -
UNITED NATIONS, May 23 (APP):  A new United Nations report released Friday says that modest paced global economic growth continues, and predicts a gradual improvement in the situation over the second half of 2015 and into next year.


UN chief strongly condemns terrorist attack on mosque in Saudi Arabia -
UNITED NATIONS, May 22 (APP): UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned "in the strongest terms" Friday's terrorist attack targeting a Shia mosque in the town of al-Qudaih in the Eastern Province of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and  called for bringing the culprits to justice.



UN official calls for 'converting commitments to kilowatts' for people without electricity -
NEW YORK, May 22 (APP):  More than a billion people - one  in five globally - lack electricity to light their homes  or conduct business, according to a World Bank report. 


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National Ranking Tennis Championship from May 27
ISLAMABAD, May 22 (APP): Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) will organize the third edition of PTF Development Series National Ranking Tennis T-III Championship from May 27 at the Clay Courts of the PTF Complex here.
 
Pakistani cueists fly to Iran for Asian Team 6-Red Snooker on Saturday
KARACHI, May 22 (APP): A six-member Pakistan squad is due to leave for Kish Island en-route Dubai and Tehran (Iran) on Saturday to take part in Asian Team event and 4th 6-Red Snooker Championships being staged there from May 24 to 31.
 
Pakistan placed in Group C of Snooker WC
ISLAMABAD, May 22 (APP): Pakistan is placed in Group C of the 2015 Snooker World Cup to be staged in China from June 15, with the two-man teams chasing a top prize of $200,000 from a total prize fund of $800,000.
 
Azhar referee in all matches
LAHORE,May 22 (APP):Azhar Khan,Member of National selection committee would be the match referee in all T-20I and ODI matches between Pakistan and Zimbabwe.
 
President terms revival of cricket good omen for Pakistan
LAHORE, May 22 (APP): President Mamnoon Hussain has termed the revival of international cricket after six years as good omn for the country. 
 
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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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