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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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30 new development schemes in GB

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ISLAMABAD: The Gilgit-Baltistan Departmental Development Working Party (DDWP) has approved 30 new development schemes worth Rs 3.90 billion.
The decision in that regard was taken in the DDWP meeting held in Gilgit-Baltistan with Chief Secretary Muhammad Khurram Agha in the chair, Radio Pakistan reported on Saturday. The chief secretary, on the occasion, directed for timely completion of the schemes saying that the government will not compromise the quality of work and ensuring transparency in the projects.

 

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Registered workers’ applications for Hajj!

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ISLAMABAD: The Workers Welfare Fund (WWF), Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resources Development, has asked the registered workers of capital based factories/establishments to submit their applications for inclusion in Hajj draw by 28th February.
According to a WWF official, ten registered industrial workers from Islamabad would be chosen through balloting, whose hajj expenses would be borne by the Fund.
The minimum age of the applicants should be 40 years and must not be over 60 years. They should fulfill the criteria of a worker as defined by IRA-2017, and be registered with Employees Old-Age Benefits Institution (EOBI) or Employees Social Security Institutions (ESSI). They are required to submit an affidavit stating that they had not performed Hajj at least in last five year (from 2014-18).
The applying worker must submit a certificate from his respective institution that the institution is situated and registered within the limits of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT). In the case of women worker, all expenditure and another arrangement of her accompanying Mehram will be paid by herself.
WWF would pay the expenses as per the announced Hajj Policy 2019, complete applications should be sent to Assistant Director (Welfare) WWF, Building No 2, Street no 39, Mauve Area, G-10/4, Islamabad.
In case a selected worker is failed to go to perform Haj, he/she will not be entitled to receive the money. His berth will be allotted to next waiting candidate to avail the free hajj facility. The decision of WWF will be final and cannot be challenged in any case.

 

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EODB more important factor for economy!

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LAHORE: Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI) President Almas Hyder said on Saturday that ‘Ease of Doing Business’ was a more important factor than say for businesses growth and for a sustainable economy.
“It is a good omen that present regime is well aware of the importance of Ease of Doing Business and trying to change the scenario in this regard through economic reforms,” he observed while talking to a group of business leaders here. Almas Hyder said that importance of businesses could not be undermined for economic development as these provide jobs to the growing population, generate revenue for the government to run the affairs of state and attract foreign investment to the country which not only provides employment but also brings new technologies.
“Pakistan is at 136th place in the international index of ease of doing business while the ranking of a number of those countries is better than us who have fewer resources. Pakistan is at 130th position in starting a business, 166th in dealing with construction permits, 167th in getting electricity, 161 in registering property, 112th in getting credit, 26th in protecting minority investors, 173rd in paying taxes, 142nd in trading across borders, 156th enforcing contracts and at 53rd in resolving insolvency in the international indexes,” he maintained. Almas Hyder said that Pakistan had to take giant leaps towards improvement in these rankings, suggesting that a company office in Pakistan should be established for incorporation of new companies.
He added that an electronic One Window Operation at LDA (Lahore Development Authority) should be established and automation of construction permits should be completed at LDA including electronic submission of application.
Almas Hyder said that reduction in the number of taxes, change the mode of payments would help jack-up Pakistan’s international ranking in paying taxes. He also suggested that revenue (tax) collection should be separated from services as it would help the government to manage the affairs in a better manner. “Getting electricity is one of the major economic indicators and we have to make these better if we want to compete impressively with our competitors in the international market,” he opined. He said that registration of property should be easy for businessmen through modern technologies and one-window operation.

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