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All three KUJs jointly protest for journalists’ rights!

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KARACHI: In order to register their serious apprehension vis-à-vis non-payment of salaries and forced dismissal of workers from Media Houses/other organizations, a sit-in was staged by Joint Workers’ Action Committee in front of Jung’s office here today.

In the first stage of Save the Employment Movement all three factions of Karachi Union of Journalists, both groups of All Pakistan Newspapers Employees Confederation, a number of other labor unions converged at one platform. An enormous number of political, journalists’, newspaper workers’ labor unions’ leaders, members of civil society took part in the sit-in.During the protest, that lasted for many hours, leaders of various political parties, labor unions, and civil society members visited the camp in order to manifest their solidarity with the Movement. Protestors, holding placards, raised slogans against forced dismissals and non-payment of salaries. Addressing the protestors, speakers urged the government to form a JIT in order to look into the assets of Media Houses’ Owners and figure out how much money had been siphoned out of the country by these barons.

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Speakers maintained it was the responsibility of the government to take notice of the issue of forced dismissal from Media Houses and non-payment of their workers’ salaries. Terming the non-action of Federal and Provincial governments as criminal, they insinuated that manifested agenda of both Media House owners and the government was the same. That was late/less/non-payment of salaries and sacking. They asked the governments not to clear the advertisement dues until the media houses pay salaries to workers and stop showing employees the door. Conspiracy theorists pointed out since Media Houses started the hue and cry as soon as PTI govt came into power, it shows that they were hatching conspiracies against present regime. Speakers demanded the Govt. to find out how few newspapers continued to get advertisements.

Those who spoke on the occasion included, among others, President Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) GM Jamali,  former MPA Jamal Ahmed, Kamran Akhtar, JI’s Zahid Askari, Convener Joint Workers Action Committee and head of PILER Karamat Ali, Leader of Peoples Labor Bureau Habib Junaidi, National Trade Union Federation’s Nasir Mansoor, President Dock Workers  Labor Union Hussain Shah, Presidents of all three factions of KUJ Fahim Siddiqui, Hasan Abbas, Tariq Abul-Hasan, General Secretaries Jawed Qureshi, Ajiz Jamali, Hamid-ur-Rehman, KPC President Imtiaz Faran, KPC Secretary Arman Sabir, President Crime Reporters Association Shahid Anjum, Vice President Sameer Qureishi, Javed Press  Employers’ Union’s President Mohammad Iqbal, Secretary R. Yousuf, The News Awam Employers Union’s President Shakeel, Secretary Dara Zafar, Jung Employers Union’s Secretary and APNEC’s Secretary Shakeel Yameen Kanga, Ubaidullah, Former Secretaries PFUJ Mazhar Abbas, Khursheed Abbasi, Railway Workers Union President M. Razi, Progressive Union Steel Mills President Akbar Narejo, Home-based Workers’ leader Madam Zehra, National Labor Federation’s Secretary General Qasim Jamal, KESC Labor Union’s Mohammad Usman Baloch, Civil Society members Habib Junaidi, Aziz Memon and Ms.  Kulsoom.

According to sources privy to NPTV in the second phase of Save the Employment Movement, protest camp will be established in front of Express’ office on Saturday 2nd of February.

 

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French Police arrest 100 Yellow Vest demonstrators

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PARIS: French police said they arrested more than 100 “yellow vest” demonstrators today in Paris as thousands of protestors took to the streets for the 23rd week of anti-government marches.

Scuffles between police and protesters in the afternoon, after hours of calm, as police used anti-riot grenades and tear gas to disperse marchers in the center of the French capital. Police headquarters reported 126 arrests and 11,000 checks on individual protesters. Paris seemed to bear the brunt of Saturday’s protests, but other French cities were also expecting demonstrations.

Earlier this month, French President Emmanuel Macron signed into law legislation that gave security forces greater powers at demonstrations but which opponents claimed violated civil liberties. One measure banned protestors from covering their faces, but France’s Constitutional Council, its highest constitutional authority, refused to give its green light to one of the most contentious parts of the legislation. 

It would also have given the authorities the power to ban from demonstrations any individual “posing a particularly serious threat to public order”. The “yellow vest” movement is demanding changes to the government’s social and fiscal policies.

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BMW to recall over 360K vehicles in China

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BEIJING: BMW will recall 360,001 vehicles in China to replace defective airbags, according to a State Administration for Market Regulation statement.
The recall, set to begin on Aug. 30, involves 272,880 vehicles produced by BMW Brilliance Automotive Ltd. between Jan. 2, 2014 and Oct. 16, 2017, and 87,121 imported models manufactured between 5th April 2000, and 21st Feb. 2018.
A defect could cause the airbags to eject debris at passengers if deployed.
The defective airbags were made by now-defunct Japanese supplier Takata. Founded in 1933, Takata went out of business in 2017 because of the airbag crisis. BMW will replace the defective airbags free of charge.

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Govt. to assist rain-affected farmers

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ISLAMABAD: Government has promised to take all administrative and relief measures to help farmers hit by rain-related incidents, as a special relief package will soon be announced for the farmers whose crops were damaged in rains.
Minister for National Food and Security Sahibzada Mehboob Sultan expressed concern over the problems faced by farmers due to abnormal weather conditions.
He said the government would take all possible measures to facilitate the people related to farming so as to benefit from the potential of this sector.
The government has been successful in bringing about awareness amongst farmers through new initiatives taken for the development of the agriculture sector in the country, he added.
Minister said the PTI led government was doing its best to estimate the damages to the crops as well as human losses in the rains at the earliest.
He said the damage caused to standing crops due to heavy rains is moderate and there is no likelihood of food insecurity or emergency situation thereof.
The met department has been directed to remain vigilant and maintain liaison with provincial agriculture departments for the timely weather forecast, he mentioned.

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