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Govt to amend PEMRA legislation after stakeholders’ session: Marriyum

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ISLAMABAD: Minister for Data and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb on Wednesday stated the federal government was planning amendments to the Pakistan Digital Media Regulatory (PEMRA) legal guidelines after session with all of the stakeholders.

“We’re bringing amendments within the PEMRA guidelines and talks are being held with the Joint Motion Committee on proposed amendments,” she stated throughout a gathering of the Senate’s Standing Committee on Data and Broadcasting chaired by Senator Faisal Javed Khan.

The minister stated in the course of the earlier regime, the cost of journalists’ salaries weren’t linked with the issuance of commercials to media homes. Even the cost of dues in that regard to these media retailers, which delayed the cost of salaries to their employees, weren’t stopped. She assured that now a legislation was being enacted concerning media employees’ salaries and contracts.

Marriyum stated former info minister Chaudhry Fawad had modified the class of channels throughout his tenure as minister. In 2019, she added, after the Supreme Courtroom’s determination, the method to charge channels was began.

Previous to this classification, she stated, the Press Data Division had a clear system for commercials, underneath which the channels had been rated in line with their programmes and time. The channels got commercials in A, B and C classes, she added.

Marriyum stated transparency in commercials’ distribution had been ensured by the current regime and no discrimination was being accomplished towards any channel.

She stated over the last Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz tenure, commercials had been additionally issued concerning the 70 delivery anniversary of Pakistan.

The minister stated the federal government absolutely believed in freedom of the media and it was taking steps to safeguard it. “Prior to now, journalists had been kidnapped and tortured however no such incident has taken place in our tenure.”

What occurred to the journalists, media employees and media homes within the final 4 years had been a darkish chapter within the historical past of journalism, she maintained. Prior to now, restrictions had been imposed on the liberty of expression, with kidnapping and torturing of the journalists had been order of the day, she added.

The minister stated she stood with the journalists like Absar Alam, Asad Toor and Irfan Siddiqui, who had been persecuted by the earlier regime.

An unbiased media, she stated, held a authorities accountable.

She stated all of the journalists, together with these towards whom the primary info studies (FIRs) had been registered, had given their viewpoint within the assembly. On her suggestion, the committee determined to summon the inspectors common of police (IGPs) involved in its subsequent assembly to get their stance on the FIRs.

The committee was briefed by the Data Ministry officers on the quantity spent on the federal government commercials issued to the digital and print media from 2008 to 2013, 2013 to 2018 and 2018 to 2022, and particulars of cost procedures.

It was instructed that commercials had been issued in 5 phases. Principal Data Officer Mubashir Hassan stated after approval of the commercials by federal authorities businesses, the PID launched commercials to media retailers as per the necessities of the related ministry or division.

He stated the PID issued the commercials on to the publications. Transparency within the issuance of commercials and their funds was being ensured by the federal government and the Ministry of Data, he maintained.

From 2013 to 2018, he stated, commercials got to the digital media by the Ministry of Data. The “Outside Marketing campaign” was launched from 2018, whereas commercials concerning the Operation Zarb-e-Azb got from 2013 to 2015, he added.

PEMRA Chairman Muhammad Saleem Baig instructed the committee that motion had been taken towards cable operators involved on a grievance acquired from ARY, whose placement on the cable networks had not been modified.

He stated that the administration of ARY channel had additionally filed a petition within the Islamabad Excessive Courtroom.

The difficulty of felling of assorted bushes from the premises of Radio Pakistan Rawalpindi was additionally mentioned within the assembly.

Secretary Data Shahera Shahid stated a committee had been constituted on the difficulty on the directives of knowledge minister which might current its detailed report within the subsequent assembly of the committee.

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ECP notifies PTI candidates 5 reserved seats in Punjab Meeting

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ISLAMABAD: The Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) Wednesday notified PTI members on 5 reserved seats in Punjab according to the instructions of the Lahore Excessive Court docket (LHC).

“The ECP is happy to declare — Habkook Rafiq Babbu and Samuel Yaqoob — as returned candidates on seats reserved for non-Muslims within the provincial meeting of Punjab, which fell vacant as a consequence of de-notification of Ijaz Masih and Haroon Imran Gill vide ECP’s Notification No. F. 17(2)/2022-Twine. (3) dated Might 23, 2022,” the assertion learn.

In the meantime, the election fee additionally declared Batool Zain, Saira Raza, and Fouzia Abbas Naseem as returned candidates on the seats reserved for ladies within the provincial meeting of Punjab, which fell vacant as a result of de-notification of Uzma Kardar, Aisah Nawaz, and Sajida Yousaf, respectively.

On June 27, the LHC directed the ECP to inform the members to the Punjab Meeting’s reserved seats after accepting a plea registered by the PTI.

The PTI had approached the LHC towards the ECP’s resolution deferring the issuance of a notification on the reserved meeting seats until the by-elections on 20 vacant seats had been over.

The Punjab Meeting has a complete of 371 members, of which 20 seats are vacant for the time being and are up for re-polling on July 17.

This brings the whole variety of MPAs within the Punjab Meeting all the way down to 351.

The ruling PML-N has the vast majority of 165 members. Nonetheless, 4 of its MPAs had beforehand rebelled towards the celebration management, of which two are nonetheless undecided about staying with the PML-N. This leaves the PML-N with solely 163 MPAs.

On the opposite aspect is the Opposition, subsequently the PTI, which is 158 MPAs robust for the time being. But when allotted the 5 reserved seats after the orders of the LHC, the PTI will even deliver up its numbers to 163.

Within the Home, there are 5 independents, of which Chaudhry Nisar, the previous inside minister, is unlikely to vote. Whereas the PPP has 7 MPAs, PML-Q has 10 and the Rah-e-Haq celebration has one.

 

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PM orders inquiry into ‘felony delay’ in Gwadar breakwater venture

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif Wednesday ordered an inquiry into what he referred to as the “felony delay” in Gwadar breakwater venture because the Pakistan Tahreek-i-Insaf’s authorities had ignored it regardless of availability of grants.

On his Twitter deal with, the prime minister mentioned $445m grant, $484m delicate mortgage and feasibility had been obtainable but it surely baffled the thoughts as to how the earlier authorities ignored the venture. From power to infrastructure, each venture suffered expensive delays underneath the PTI regime, he added.

“In a gathering as we speak, I ordered inquiry into felony delay in Gwadar breakwater venture. It baffles thoughts how PTI govt ignored it regardless of availability of $445m grant, $484m delicate mortgage & feasibility. From power to infrastructure, each venture underneath PTI suffered expensive delays,” the prime minister posted a tweet.

Earlier, the prime minister chaired a gathering to evaluation completely different improvement initiatives in Balochistan and Gwadar. He directed the PM’s Inspection Fee chairman to submit a complete report over such felony negligence inside one week.

In a associated tweet, he careworn that point for presentation was over because it was time for motion. He mentioned Gwadar was not nearly infrastructure improvement, being a part of CPEC (China Pakistan Financial Hall), it had political, financial and strategic worth.

He additional resolved that turning Balochistan’s backwardness into prosperity was his mission and their collective duty.

“Time for displays is over. Time for motion is now. Gwadar isn’t just about infrastructure improvement; being a part of CPEC, it has political, financial & strategic worth. Turning Balochistan’s backwardness into prosperity is our collective duty & my mission,” he posted a tweet.

Briefing the prime minister within the assembly, the secretary maritime affairs mentioned the breakwater venture on the Gwadar port underneath concession settlement needed to be constructed for which $445 million grant and $484 million mortgage was supplied by the Chinese language authorities but it surely hit the snags.

The prime minister mentioned attributable to its location, the Gwadar port was an essential and most fitted hub for the worldwide commerce. By the port, they must guarantee provide of imported items to the higher and northern areas of the nation.

He mentioned for the aim, there ought to be greatest and environment friendly street and railway infrastructures, including that by means of laborious work, they must transfer forward and take away all of the deprivation of the province.

The assembly was attended by Minister for Finance Miftah Ismail, Minister for Maritime Affairs Syed Faisal Sabzwari, Minister for Vitality Engineer Khurram Dastagir, Minister for Railways and Aviation Khawaja Saad Rafique, PM’s Particular Assistant Tariq Fatemi and different excessive officers, the PM Workplace Media Wing mentioned in a press launch.

The prime minister additionally directed for taking of all of the steps to make sure Chinese language funding in Gwadar. in order to advertise exports and supply employment alternatives to the individuals, particularly the residents of the realm.

On this regard, the prime minister directed the Balochistan chief secretary and the secretary planning to formulate a possible plan for funding in meals, agriculture and petrochemicals in session with the Chinese language corporations.

The Balochistan chief secretary, secretary maritime affairs, secretary railways, Nationwide Freeway Authority (NHA) chairman and China Abroad Port Holding Firm Pakistan (COPHC) chairman apprised the prime minister of the progress on completely different uplift initiatives.

The NHA chairman briefed the prime minister concerning the entry of higher and northern areas of the nation to the Gwadar port by means of CPEC’s jap and western routes.

The prime minister additionally directed the NHA, and ministries of maritime affairs and planning to submit after Eid, a joint evaluation report, relating to guaranteeing provide of commerce items.

The COPHC chairman apprised {that a} plant with capability of 1.2 million gallons water would quickly arrive Pakistan and begin functioning by the top of present yr.

The chief secretary additional briefed the prime minister that out of the overall 35,500 households in Gwadar, 31,000 had been on-grid whereas 4,500 others had been off-grid. To fulfill necessities of the on-grid houses, a mini photo voltaic park on the idea of constructed, function and switch (BOT) foundation in collaboration with the Quetta Electrical Provide Firm (QESCO) and personal sector was being put in. NEPRA (Nationwide Electrical Energy Regulatory Authority) would difficulty an influence buy settlement in that regard, he added.

For the provision of energy to the off-grid households, the secretary mentioned, 3KW photo voltaic residence stations had been being put in with an quantity of Rs1.8 billion.

The prime minister directed the related authorities to finish your entire course of by means of clear tendering. He suggested that the photo voltaic system offering firm ought to be made chargeable for a three-year after sale service to facilitate the general public. He directed the secretaries involved to kind an entire technique in that regard.

Moreover, the prime minister additionally directed the chief secretary to make sure safety of the employees engaged on completely different initiatives within the province and mapping of all of the uplift initiatives.

He requested for formulation of a complete safety plan in collaboration with the inside ministry and regulation enforcement businesses, including that the dream of financial prosperity couldn’t be materialized with out peaceable setting.

The secretary railway briefed the prime minister over the linkages between Gwadar and different cities of the nation and the progress on the brand new railway tracks. The prime minister directed to make sure all of the attainable and efficient steps in that regard.

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Covid positivity rises to 4.69pc as 805 recent circumstances reported

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ISLAMABAD: The well being officers on Wednesday mentioned that 805 new Coronavirus circumstances had been reported all through the nation over the last 24 hours.

As per information shared by the Nationwide Institute of Well being (NIH), the case positivity ratio is 4.69 % whereas 168 sufferers had been in essential situation.  One demise was reported from Coronavirus over the last 24 hours whereas 17,150 Covid-19 checks had been carried out throughout the nation.

In the meantime, Minister for Nationwide Well being Abdul Qadir Patel appreciated the efforts of all stakeholders, healthcare workers, vaccination groups, and administration working throughout Pakistan regardless of a number of challenges.

He suggested all provinces and areas to manage booster doses on a precedence foundation to additional enhance safety in opposition to Covid-19 transmission.

He mentioned that in view of the worldwide pandemic scenario the Central Well being Institution (CHE) ought to stringently monitor the well being standing of incoming passengers at factors of entry.

He added that CHE could be strengthened to boost its performance.

The minister emphasised the significance of precautions together with social distancing and mask-wearing, particularly in crowded locations.

He additionally highlighted the necessity to strictly observe the rules for the administration of markets for Eidul Azha.

 

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