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Bilawal Bhutto seeks ban on police encounters

KARACHI: Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto has demanded ban on police encounters across Pakistan, Samaa reported Sunday. Bilawal Bhutto says the police encounters are not solution to anything. Speaking to media persons, the PPP chairman said former SSP Malir Rao Anwar has a right to defend himself before the enquiry committee investigating the murder…

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Indian Supreme Court lifts Padmaavat ban

India’s top court on Thursday stayed a ban on Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat imposed by four states, ensuring an all India release of the film on January 25. The ban was imposed by Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh despite the film being cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). Despite the court…

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Saudi Arabia begins screening films after decades-long ban lifted

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia began screening feature-length animated children’s films this weekend in a makeshift theater, after a 35-year-old ban on cinemas was lifted in the conservative Islamic kingdom, reported Reuters. The first permanent theaters could open as early as March, part of a liberalizing reform drive that has already opened the door to…

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UK bans manufacture of products containing microbeads

NEWS DESK: The UK has banned the manufacturing of products containing microbeads, in what is being viewed as one of the world’s toughest bans on the harmful pieces of plastic, reported The Independent. The landmark step will stop manufacturers of cosmetics and personal care products from adding the tiny pieces of plastic to rinse-off products…

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Bacha Khan University: Boys and girls no more allowed to sit together

PESHAWAR: Announcing its new set of rules for the campus, the Bacha Khan University in Charsadda prohibited students from partaking in politics on campus while disallowing male students and staff from sitting idly or roaming with female students. The new set of rules was announced in a notification issued by the varsity earlier this month. The…

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Scotland bans use of wild animals in travelling circuses

NEWS DESK: Scotland has banned the use of wild animals in circuses, becoming the first of the UK’s nations to do so, reported The Independent. Under new legislation passed by the Scottish Parliament, travelling circuses that use wild animals will be banned from entering the country. The bill was introduced by Roseanna Cunningham, Scotland’s Environment…

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Saudi Arabia lifts decades-long ban on cinemas

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia on Monday lifted a decades-old ban on cinemas, part of powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s far-reaching liberalisation drive. The government said it would begin licensing cinemas immediately and the first movie theatres were expected to open next March, in a decision that could boost the Gulf state’s nascent film industry. Reviving…

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ICC imposes one-year ban on cricketer for doping violation

The wicketkeeper-batsman had inadvertently ingested the prohibited substance, as a contaminant of a weight loss product he was taking, Hydroxycut. The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced that Afghanistan wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad has been suspended from all cricket-related activities for twelve months after pleading guilty to breaching Article 2.1 of the ICC Anti-Doping Code. Mr Shahzad…

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Why Padmavati is facing fierce protests

Producers of a Bollywood period epic have indefinitely delayed its release following countrywide protests by Hindu right-wing and caste groups. Sudha G Tilak explains the controversy. What is the dispute about? The film Padmavati tells the story of a 14th-Century Hindu queen belonging to the high Rajput caste and the Muslim ruler Alauddin Khilji. Bollywood…

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New law to ban unauthorised religious activities in UAE

DUBAI: The Federal National Council has passed a new draft law imposing fines and jail term on anyone holding religious lectures and lessons or memorisation of the Holy Quran gatherings without approval. The new draft law to the effect was passed on Tuesday. A prison sentence and/or a fine will be handed to anyone in…

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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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