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Sinking of Mediterranean migrant boat amounts to ‘mass murder’: UN rights chief -
UNITED NATION, Sept 19 (APP): The UN’s top human rights official Friday urged Egypt and other North African and European states to help bring to justice the people smugglers who allegedly deliberately sank a boat causing the deaths of hundreds of refugees and migrants in last week’s “truly horrendous incident” in the Mediterranean.


UN announces mission to combat Ebola, declares outbreak 'threat to peace, security' -
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 19 (APP): The United Nations Security Council  Thursday night declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a threat to peace and security, as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced that the U.N. will deploy a new emergency health mission to combat one of most horrific diseases on the planet that has shattered the lives of millions.



Afghanistan must reach unity govt deal soon, or risk conflict: UN envoy -
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 18 (APP): There is "quite simply no better way forward" other than a unity government in Afghanistan, U.N. envoy Jan  Kubis told the Security Council from Kabul in his final briefing in that capacity.



Some 22 million displaced by natural disasters in 2013: UN-backed report -
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 18 (APP): A new U.N.-backed report launched Thursday reveals that 22 million people worldwide were displaced in 2013 by disasters sparked largely by earthquakes or climate-and weather-related events, almost three times more than by conflict in the same year.


UN Mideast envoy announces deal on reconstruction in Gaza -
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 17 (APP) : With the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire holding in the Gaza Strip, the United Nations has reached agreement with Israel and Palestinian Authority on a new reconstruction mechanism for the enclave to kick start recovery and rehabilitation and give hope to the people there, a senior UN envoy announced.


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Imran leads green Pakistan contingent at dazzling Asian Games opening
From Ehsan Qureshi

INCHEON, South Korea, Sept 19 (APP): Olympian Hockey Captain Muhammad Imran led the Pakistan Contingent at the XVII Asian Games which opened with a glittering, colorful and dazzling opening ceremony at Incheon Main Stadium here on Friday evening.
 
Ganguly wants revival of Indo-Pak matches
ISLAMABAD, Sep 19 (APP): Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly believes Indo- Pak matches are bigger than the Ashes hoping that peace prevails and the bilateral matches between both countries can be played again creating more wonderful memories.
 
Premier Football League begins September 20
ISLAMABAD, Sep 19 (APP): The 11th Pakistan Premier Football League will be staged at three different venues across the country from September 20 with a total of 12 teams competing in the extravaganza.
 
Lahore Lions need persistence in batting order: Akmal
ISLAMABAD, Sep 19 (APP): Wicketkeeper and batsman Kamran Akmal has said  that team of Lahore Lions is doing great in T20 Champions League and asked captain Mohammad Hafeez to keep continuity in the batting order. 
 
KP Inter-District Football Championship from Sept 20
PESHAWAR, Sept 19 (APP): Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Inter-District Football Championship will be commencing from today (Saturday) here at Sumbal Khan Football ground, Qayyum Sports Complex.
 
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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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