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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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Bears growl at Hong Kong bourse

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HONG KONG: Shares fell more than one percent Tuesday, hit by concerns over rising  Iran-US tensions and as investors await this week’s crucial trade talks between  Donald Trump and Xi Jinping.
The Hang Seng Index sank 1.15 percent, or 327.02 points, to 28,185.98. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index fell 0.87 percent or 26.07 points,
to 2,982.07, while the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China’s second exchange, lost 0.99 percent, or 15.63 points, to 1,560.46.

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Asset declaration scheme: No extension to be granted!

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ISLAMABAD: PM has warned that there would be no extension in the 30th of June deadline, therefore, people should legalize their undeclared assets.

He was speaking on Monday (24th of June) about the asset declaration scheme. He said that the country stood at the crossroad and every citizen would have to play his role in ameliorating the economy of Pakistan. Maintaining that the country could not move forward unless taxes were collected, Imran Khan held that nation and government could work together for the success of the scheme. 

He told that modern technology would be introduced in the tax system and a helpline would also be set up for facilitation of public.  PM pointed out that the first time Baynaami laws had been enacted to bring the undeclared wealth into the tax net.

He said measures were being taken to augment income and reduce loans. He further pointed out that Govt. was implementing austerity drive to reduce expenditure. He lamented that half of the income goes to repay interest on loans. 

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USAID provides waste mgmt. eqpt. to Jacobabad

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USAID JACOBABAD

JACOBABAD: USAID Director for Sindh & Balochistan Michael Hryshchyshyn handed over waste management equipment to the municipality here at the DC office.

These 80 waste management vehicles and related equipment, provided under USAID’s Sindh Municipal Services Program (MSP), were handed over in the presence of Sindh Minister for Local Govt., Saeed Ghani and Chairperson of the Sindh Planning & Devt. Board, Naheed Durrani.

Michael Hryshchyshyn articulated that the US Govt. was proud to partner with the Govt. of Sindh in the joint initiative of providing a clean & healthy environment for the citizens of Jacobabad. Through MSP USAID is helping the city rehabilitate its water supply, sewerage, and garbage collection systems. 

Construction of the new water system is near completion and over 300,000 citizens of Jacobabad will all have access to clean, potable water and will be living in a much cleaner environment, all which will have a significant impact on their health and well-being.

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