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Explainer: Nadeem Malik opposes censoring Nawaz speeches

SAMAA’s senior anchorperson Nadeem Malik has spoken out against censoring speeches of former three-time Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Mr Malik remarks came after TV channels, including state-run Pakistan Television, censored a part of Nawaz Sharif’s speech during a seminar in Islamabad. “Nawaz Sharif shouldn’t be treated the way MQM’s founder Altaf Hussain was. A leader…

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Explainer: Nadeem Malik on ‘anti-judiciary speech’ ban

Senior journalist and anchorperson Nadeem Malik says that Lahore High Court has set a bad precedent by directing electronic media watchdog to stop airing ‘anti-judiciary speeches’ by ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and other leaders of the PML-N. Watch his analysis in the video.

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Smith, Warner, Bancroft accept ball-tampering ban

SYDNEY: Former Australia cricket vice-captain David Warner Thursday said he will not be challenging his 12-month ban for ball-tampering and would strive to be a better teammate and role model. His decision, just hours before a deadline, followed a contrite Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft also accepting their sanctions on Wednesday. Warner and Smith were…

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Tears and sympathy: Support grows for Steve Smith over cricket ban

SYDNEY: A wave of sympathy for disgraced Australia skipper Steve Smith gathered pace on Friday after his heart-wrenching apology and as opposition grew to the severity of bans handed out in a ball-tampering scandal. Smith’s tearful appearance in front of media helped trigger the resignation of coach Darren Lehmann and also prompted calls to rein…

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Ball-tampering: Warner, Smith ruled out of IPL

SYDNEY: Steve Smith and David Warner suffered a further blow on Wednesday after the BCCI confirmed that the pair will not be allowed to participate in this year’s Indian Premier League as a result of their part in the ball-tampering scandal currently engulfing Australian cricket. “The Committee of Administrators (CoA) on Wednesday took cognizance of…

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S.Africa’s Rabada to learn ban appeal result by Wednesday

Cape Town: Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada will learn the result of his appeal against a ban for the remaining two Tests against Australia within 48 hours following a hearing on Monday, Cricket South Africa said. The hearing, via teleconference with judicial commissioner Michael Heron of New Zealand, lasted for more than five hours. Cricket South…

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Key South African bowler banned for two Tests

Port Elizabeth: South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada was on Monday banned for the two remaining Tests against Australia – and admitted that he would have to change how he celebrates wickets. Rabada was found guilty of “inappropriate and deliberate physical contact” with Australian captain Steve Smith after dismissing Smith in the first innings. He…

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Sale of Chinese salt banned in Pakistan

NEWS DESK: The Supreme Court (SC) banned the sale and purchase of Chinese salt, also known as Ajinomoto. A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar, passed the orders while hearing a suo motu notice over the sale of Ajinomoto and used cooking oil at the Supreme Court Lahore Registry….

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After PadMan, Anushka-starrer Pari banned in Pakistan

NEWS DESK: After PadMan, Anushka Sharma-starrer Pari became the next to earn the title ‘unfit for public exhibition’ by the Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC) Islamabad. Mobashir Hasan, the chairperson of CBFC, tweeted: “Imported film #Pari has been declared ‘Unfit’ for public exhibition by a panel followed by #CBFC’s Full Board review as it flouts…

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Iceland bid to ban circumcision riles religious groups

NEWS DESK: A proposed ban in Iceland on male circumcision, in defence of the rights of babies and young boys, has sparked anger among leaders of the world’s three major religions, reported AFP. Should the ban go through, it would be a first in Europe, where male circumcision is rare outside the Jewish and Muslim…

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Video: Rana Sanaullah blasts courts for banning party symbol

NEWS DESK: Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) had been deprived of its party symbol due to the Supreme Court’s verdict. According to him, this was pre-poll rigging. Watch here:

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PSL fixing: Shahzaib Hasan banned for one year

LAHORE: The Anti-corruption Unit of the Pakistan Cricket Board has announced the verdict of the PSL spot fixing case against Shahzaib Hassan today (Wednesday). According to the verdict, one-year ban has been put on the batsman Shahzeb Hassan besides imposing a fine of one million rupees. He was facing charges of secretly persuading cricketers to…

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Sindh bans garbage dumping in open spaces

KARACHI: Sindh government has imposed a ban on dumping household, industrial, commercial and hospital waste in open residential and commercial areas. A notification in this regard says action will be taken against the violators. The garbage is dumped only in areas designated by provincial government or municipal authorities for the purpose. The ban has been…

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German court paves way for diesel driving bans

Leipzig, Germany: A top German court on Tuesday ruled that cities can impose diesel driving bans to combat air pollution, in a landmark decision that could shake up the auto industry and upend transport policies. Judges at the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig found that local authorities have the right to enforce bans on older,…

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Iran protests ban on wrestler who threw bout to avoid Israeli

Tehran: Iran’s wrestling federation has said it will protest a decision to ban one of its athletes and the national coach for deliberately throwing a match to avoid fighting an Israeli opponent. Alireza Karimi Mashiani threw a match against his Russian opponent in the under-23 world championships in Poland in November to avoid fighting Israel’s…

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Love is In the Air….Or Not?

By Gulrukh Tausif I am sure this is going to be a highly unpopular blog especially among the younger people but the fun and beauty of writing blogs is that I can put across my ideas and opinions with complete freedom and others are equally free to agree or disagree with my perspective. As soon…

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Pakistani actor Sanam Saeed slams ban on PadMan

NEWS DESK: Akshay Kumar’s Padman, which has got a green signal from as many as 50 countries, won’t be releasing in Pakistan. An exhibitor from Pakistan says that the film has been denied a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) due to its subject. Another industry source told the Indian website that Padman was initially bought by Amjad Rashid…

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Winter Olympics 2018: Banned Russians withdraw last-minute Swiss appeal

LAUSANNE: Dozens of Russian athletes banned from the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics withdrew on Friday their last-minute appeal to a Swiss court aimed at allowing them to compete in the Games. Earlier, 47 Russians implicated in doping lost a final appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which sought to overturn the International Olympic Committee’s…

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PEMRA bans “promotion” of Valentine’s Day on media

NEWS DESK: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) issued instructions to all TV channels against airing any programme promoting Valentine’s Day on February 14 in light of the Islamabad High Court’s order dated February 13, 2017. Here’s the notification issued by Pemra on Wednesday:  

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Denmark poised to ban Islamic full-face veils

NEWS DESK: The Danish government is poised to become the next European country to introduce a ban on Islamic full-face coverings in public places, reported The Independent with additional input by Reuters. The government said it planned to fine people who wore items including the burqa and the niqab which are worn by some Muslim…

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Malaysia bans Bollywood film over negative portrayal of Muslim ruler

avat KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia has barred controversial Bollywood film “Padmaavat” from being screened in theatres, the home ministry said on Friday, citing the movie’s negative portrayal of a Muslim ruler. The film has already attracted protests in India, after groups critical of the project accused its director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, of distorting history by…

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