TV anchor Asad Kharal held for ‘shooting at police’

LAHORE: The Kahna police have arrested TV anchor Asad Kharal on charges of an armed attack on a police officer, holding him and a constable hostage and snatching their official weapons. Kharal, however, denies the allegations. The police lodged the first information report (FIR) against Kharal under...

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The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan annual report paints a worrying picture

ISLAMABAD – The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP)’s annual report on the state of human rights in 2020 notes with concern that the government’s initial response to the Covid-19 pandemic was marred by a lack of transparency and enforcement. The report was launched here in...

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‘Digital advertising’ being made part of policy: Fawad

ISLAMABAD: The Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Fawad Chaudhry, on Thursday, said the advertisement policy is ready to be presented in the cabinet and it is for the first time that ‘digital advertising’ has been included in the advertising policy. He said this, while briefing the...

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Pakistan National Council of the Arts to establish digital platform for local artists

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) has decided to establish a digital platform for local artists. The digital platform would produce various programs with artists at PNCA regional offices in Jamshoro and Gilgit. Director General PNCA Dr Fouzia Saeed told APP on Thursday that...

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Assessing skills gap in a digital world

Like many countries Pakistan faces the skills shortage problem given the rising demand by the employers as well as the rising focus towards cloud computing, big data, automation and artificial intelligence. World Economic Forum has estimated that half of the worldwide jobs will be changed...

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Vulnerable groups hit hardest in 2020 in Punjab: Human Rights Commission

LAHORE: The Human Rights Commission (HRCP) of Pakistan presented its findings for Punjab, based on its annual report, the ‘State of Human Rights in 2020’ in a press conference held Wednesday at the Lahore Press Club. HRCP Chairperson Hina Jillani said that loss of livelihoods struck...

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University of Health Sciences to establish country’s first medical journalism department: UHS VC

LAHORE – The University of Health Sciences (UHS) Vice-Chancellor Professor Javed Akram has said that in spite of some good research, Pakistan is lacking quality medical journals to publish it. “Only three medical journals in the world’s sixth-largest country in terms of the population had...

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Indian propaganda: Call for comprehensive digital strategy

ISLAMABAD: The Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir, Wednesday, called for a comprehensive digital strategy to counter Indian propaganda and fake news with regard to the situation in the occupied Jammu and Kashmir. The Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir, chaired by Shehryar Khan Afridi, was briefed on a strategy...

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Media Coordination Committee discusses govt.’s proposed digital media policy

ISLAMABAD – A virtual meeting of the Media Coordination Committee was held here yesterday which discussed the government’s proposed digital media policy. The meeting was chaired by Principal Information Officer (PIO) Sohail Ali Khan. Detailed discussions for promotion of strong liaison with all stakeholders, including the...

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Samaa TV bought by Pakistan Tehreek e Insaaf leader

ISLAMABAD—PTI leader Abdul Aleem Khan has reportedly acquired Samaa TV channel from its owner Zafar Siddiqui. According to senior broadcast journalist and former president of Electronic Media Reporters Association (EMRA), Muhammad Asim Naseer, Samaa has been sold for Rs3.65 billion. Another media report suggested that the...

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