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Pakistan rejects practice of cosmetics testing on animals!

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LONDON: Humans are selfish and in order to get some boons, sans giving a second thought, they could harm other living beings.

For their shameless greed, every year, poachers trade numerous animals illegally to the manufactures, which use the skins of animals for making bags and shoes. Not to mention that innumerable makeup brands use animals when it comes to testing cosmetics.

Eventually, when people apply cosmetics, they do not even testing about those innocent animals that go through excruciating pain and trauma during the process.

In such, the Pakistan Animal Welfare Rights (PAWS) is joining forces with UK brand The Body Shop for the campaign to eradicate the use of animals for makeup stuff.

The campaign has been initiated here as to urge the United Nations to take measures, embracing a global agreement to contain this dilemma.

The company has collaborated with Cruelty-Free International with the objective to gather eight million signatures internationally whereas, the target here is to reach some 250,000 signatures by August 20, 2018, to urge UN to look into this measure forthwith.

In this context, PAWS press release claims that approx 500,000 animals are affected and even slain during assessments for cosmetics purpose each annum. As a matter of fact, merely a single ingredient in a product can cause the death of 1,400 animals.

It is pertinent to mention here that animal tests are being substituted with speedy, affordable and more authentic non-animal approaches. Such novel techniques have been found to foretell human reactions better than the traditional animal tests.

Moreover, it has been scientifically proven that animal tests foresee human reactions by just 40 to 60 percent, whilst modern methods are 80 percent valid.

As per the figures, 80 percent states have been reported with having no laws against animal testing. In 2013, the European Union imposed a ban on trading the cosmetics tested on animals. Similarly, India, Israel, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, and Turkey have the similar prohibitions.

It is to be noted that products such as lotions, shampoos, mouthwash, makeup, detergents, glues, artificial sweeteners, bug sprays and cleaning supplies (to name the few) are tested on the eyes, skins and digestive systems of animals.

The so-called experts infuse the toxic chemical in their eyes to determine how long it takes to burn their corneas. Also, such creatures have been fed the lethal amount of chemicals to recognize the exact dose that triggers death. Regrettably, the animals are being killed once they are through with the experiments.

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News agencies in Europe to fight fake news

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ALBANIA: News agencies in Europe have joined forces to fight the growing threat posed by fake news.

In a resolution adopted last week in Tirana, these commit to developing effective tools and rules to enable journalists and Internet users to fight misinformation as well as to promote reliable media and educate users to surf in the digital environment.

The news agencies that attended the international conference ‘News Agencies vs. Fake News,’ organized by the ATA news agency on 3- 4 December in Tirana, also agreed to cooperate directly to check the news and discover in due time fake news and improve the transparency of online news, which entails a consistent development of professional journalism.

The purpose of these measures is to mitigate the impact of fake news on communities at the local, national and international level, to highlight the entities that are at the origin of the dissemination of fake news and to strengthen the activity and profile of news agencies as real news providers.

The aim is also to raise public awareness of the danger posed by fake news to our societies and to media professionals regarding the impact of the phenomenon on the entire media environment, to enhance the skills of journalists in identifying and avoiding fake news and to promote real, impartial and accurate news.

The resolution, adopted on the last day of the Tirana conference and published on 10 December, was initiated by 13 news agencies: ATA (Albania), PAP (Poland), CNA (Cyprus), ANA-MPA (Greece) , BTA (Bulgaria), KosovaPress (Kosovo), TASR (Slovakia), ANADOLU (Turkey), AzerTac (Azerbaijan), AGERPRES (Romania), TANJUG (Serbia), HINA (Croatia) and UKRINFORM (Ukraine).

The signatories call on all news agencies, whether state-funded or private, as well as international news agencies, to join this Resolution.

The heads of the news agencies present at the Tirana conference insisted on the need to address the global phenomenon of fake news, underlining that new technologies allow the rapid spread of fake and confusing pieces of news that violate one of the fundamental human liberties, namely the right to information.

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Cancellation of 30-year lease due to non-utilisation

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KARACHI: Secretary Land Utilisation, Government of Sindh, has instructed the concerned authorities to cancel a 30-year lease that is being misused. 

According to the notification “it has come to the notice of this office that the different allottees that had been granted 30-years lease for agricultural/poultry-cattle-dairy farming purpose and not utilizing the same purpose, but unfortunately conditions of the lease agreements are not fulfilled and land is being wrongly utilized for various purposes. In some cases, allottees are involved in sale/purchase of 30 years lease that is totally illegal and causes lost of billions of rupees to government exchequer by occupying and raising construction over the said land.

“Keeping in view, the concerns above you are requested to cancel all leases of 30 years lease as well as short-term leases which have violated the required terms and conditions of the lease. The deputy commissioners are directed to ensure that the conditions set forth in leases referred above may be followed/implemented in letter and spirit. Failure shall remember to ascertain procedure in law. This matter may be given on TOP PRIORITY and report of which may be sent to this department”. 

 

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Probe against MDs SNGPL, SSGPL

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ISLAMABAD: A 4–member Fact Finding Committee has been constituted to probe the allegations leveled against MD Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) and Sui Southern Gas Pipelines Limited (SSGCL).
According to a notification issued here today, Uzma Adil Khan, chairperson Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) has been nominated as chairperson of the committee and members included Qazi Saleem Siddiqui, DG, (PC), Shahid Yousaf DG (Gas) and Imran Ahmed DG (LG). The committee has been directed to submit a report within 72 hours.
The committee has been authorized to get the services of an expert witness to assist in its proceedings. The committee has been constituted in pursuance of presentation to the PM on load management, PLNG supply and demand and off-take of furnace oil. The allegations against MD, SNGPL, and SSGCL included negligence in reporting of facts to the ministry or incompetence to deal with operational issues. Withholding of information from the government and overall systemic governance failure of SNGPL and SSGCL.

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