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As Verna hits the cinemas today, Mahira rejoices in power of artistes

NEWS DESK: The ban on Verna was lifted yesterday and the film hits the cinemas across the country today (Friday). Meanwhile, Mahira Khan is relishing the power of artistes. Tonight I realize how powerful artists are, not those in power. We are. Why else do we get banned? Why else do our films pose a…

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Wasim Akram joins calls for lifting ban on Mahira Khan’s Verna

KARACHI: Multan Sultans Director and cricket legend Wasim Akrman spoke out against Pakistan Censor Board’s decision to ban Shoaib Mansoor’s film Verna. Mahira Khan-starrer Verna was banned yesterday for the depiction of a rape scene in the film. CBFC Chief Mobashir Hasan’s said the movie has been announced as banned till the director’s appeal is…

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Verna ban: Twitterati are fuming!

NEWS DESK: Rumors are afloat that Verna, Shoaib Mansoor’s much-awaited film, has been banned by the Central Board of Film Censors. Naturally, Twitter users were angry. The CBFC regulates film screenings in Islamabad and cantonment areas across the country. According to reports, however, CBFC says that the fate of the film “has yet to be…

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LHC lifts travel ban on Mohammad Irfan

LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday granted one-time permission to cricketer Mohammad Irfan to travel abroad for performing Umrah. Justice Shams Mehmood Mirza passed these orders while disposing of a petition filed by the cricketer for removal of his name from the Exit Control List (ECL). During the proceedings, Advocate Taffazul Rizvi on behalf…

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Is Uber still working in London despite ban?

NEWS DESK: Uber has been banned. But you’d be forgiven for not noticing. Despite the fact that the app was told it can’t operate in London, it’s still more than possible to open it up and use it to call a car. There is no disruption to either the technology or the drivers, and journeys…

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Indian Supreme Court bans sale of firecrackers on Diwali

NEW DELHI: It will be a cacophony- and smoke-free Diwali this year in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR), thanks to the Indian Supreme Court (SC) which on Monday banned the sale of fireworks ahead of the annual festival on October 19, reported Times of India. While the SC had issued a similar ban…

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Ban on “Na Maloom Afraad 2” lifted

LAHORE: Authorities have lifted ban from Pakistani film “Na Maloom Afraad 2” as Punjab Film Censor Board reviewed the movie, Samaa reported. According to our correspondent, the movie – sequel to 2014’s comedy thriller film “Na Maloom Afraad” – was reviewed by the Punjab Film Censor Board in a meeting on Saturday. The board last…

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Fahad Mustafa responds to Punjab’s ban on NMA2

ISLAMABAD: Film and TV star Fahad Mustafa spoke out on Friday against Punjab government’s decision to ban Na Maloom Afrad 2 in the province.   The ban surprisingly comes more than a month after the movie was released across Pakistan. According to a notification, the ban has been imposed on the movie as it contains…

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Knife attacks: Karachi University bans helmet inside campus

KARACHI: In the wake of recent knife attacks in the city by a helmet-wearing motorcyclist, the University of Karachi (KU) has prohibited wearing of helmet by bikers within its premises, Samaa reported Friday. The serial attacker in Karachi has stabbed 11 women in as many days, as police remain clueless regarding identity and motive of…

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Umar Akmal slapped with three-match ban

LAHORE: Right-handed batsman Umar Akmal has been banned for three matches for his outburst against head coach Mickey Arthur, Samaa reported. Besides the three-match ban, the cricketer has also been fined Rs.1 million. According to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Akmal has been found guilty by the board’s inquiry committee for breaching three clauses of the…

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Video: Reporters, lawyers banned during Ishaq Dar’s hearing

An accountability court Wednesday indicted Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in a corruption reference filed against him by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). The reference was related to possession of assets beyond known sources of income. However, the minister pleaded not guilty to all charges, terming them baseless. The NAB has also presented a list of…

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North Korea, Venezuela, Chad among 8 countries on new US travel ban

NEWS DESK: President Donald Trump issued a new open-ended travel ban on Sunday that saw North Korea, Venezuela and Chad among a list of eight countries cited for poor security and lack of cooperation with US authorities, reported AFP. The new restrictions replace an expiring 90-day measure that had locked Trump in political and legal…

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Bangladesh imposes mobile phone ban on Rohingya refugees

Bangladesh has banned telecommunication companies from selling mobile phone connections to Rohingya Muslim refugees, citing security concerns for the latest restrictions, officials said Sunday. Bangladesh’s four mobile phone providers were threatened with fines if they provide any of the nearly 4,30,000 newly-arrived refugees from Myanmar with phone plans while the ban is in force. “For…

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Pillion riding to be banned on Muharram 9,10

LAHORE: Commissioner Lahore Abdullah Khan Sunbal on Saturday said that pillion riding would be banned on Muharram 9 and 10 in the provincial capital as part of security measures for Muharram processions and gatherings. He said that an application has also been sent to suspend the cellular service at the routes of central procession and…

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Barring WhatsApp and Viber, Saudi Arabia lifts ban on voice and video calling apps

JEDDAH: The Saudi Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) has announced the lifting of the ban on all applications that provide voice and video call services over the Internet, reported Arab News. Applications that meet regulatory requirements in the Kingdom can again offer Internet phone calls – known as Voice Over Internet Protocol – starting…

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Muhammad Irfan completes ban period

KARACHI: Giant fast bowler Mohammad Irfan has completed the period of his six-month PCB ban over spot fixing in PSL match. He would be available for selection for next month’s Sri Lankan T20I series. Irfan was initially suspended for a year by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) following the investigations into the spot-fixing allegations in…

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Govt decides to ban Ansar-ul-Shariah

ISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal says the government has decided to ban Ansar-ul-Shariah, a newly-emerged militant organization. A terrorist from the militant organization was involved in recent gun attack on MQM lawmaker Khawaja Izhar-ul-Hassan in Karachi. Alleged mastermind of the attack, identified as Abdul Karim Sarosh Siddiqui, is still at large. He is said…

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Refugees can no longer go to America as US top court partially allows Trump ban

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO: The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed President Donald Trump to broadly implement a ban on refugees entering the country from around the world, reported Reuters. The justices granted a request from the Trump administration to block a federal appeals court decision that, according to the Justice Department, would have allowed up to…

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Muslim dominated Tajikistan bans veils for women

  Dushanbe: The Tajikistan government has banned its women from wearing veils and has introduced a legislation, wherein it has asked the women to “stick to traditional national clothes and culture”. Interestingly, 98 percent of the population of Tajikistan is Muslim. But, Tajikistan considers itself a secular state with a Constitution providing for freedom of…

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Video: Sharjeel Khan to file appeal against ban

Lawyer of batsman Sharjeel Khan said that they will challenge the ban given by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after it announces the detailed judgment after Eid-ul-Azha.

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Sharjeel Khan banned for five years over PSL fixing

LAHORE: Pakistan opener Sharjeel Khan has been banned from all forms of cricket for five years over his role in the spot-fixing scandal that marred Pakistan Super League (PSL) earlier this year, Samaa reported Wednesday. Out of five years, he will remain suspended for half of the term during which cricket authorities will monitor his…

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