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BBC women denounce unequal pay as heat rises for broadcaster

LONDON: Women working for the BBC have complained they were paid less than men in equivalent jobs and have accused managers of misleading them about their pay to hide widespread gender discrimination at the public broadcaster, reported Reuters. The complaints by BBC Women, a group of 170 staff, were sent to parliament’s media committee, which…

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Reham Khan refuses to be shamed about her past

NEWS DESK: While women in the US are marching against their sexist President, their counterparts in Pakistan are still questioned and shamed over their life choices, particularly pertaining to their clothes. As absurd as it may sound, the most recent Pakistani obsession is with women’s “skirts”. However, Reham Khan has put her foot down and…

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BBC China editor Carrie Gracie quits post in equal pay row

NEWS DESK: The BBC’s China editor Carrie Gracie has resigned from her post, citing pay inequality with male colleagues, reported BBC. In an open letter, Ms Gracie – who has been at the BBC for more than 30 years – accused the corporation of having a “secretive and illegal pay culture”. She is brilliant, relentless,…

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This BBC journalist asked Sadiq Khan a racist question

  NEWS DESK: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is on a trade mission. He visited India and then crossed the border to Pakistan on foot. Unfortunately, he became the target of a racist question reeking of contempt and hatred posed by a BBC journalist. BBC reporter Karl Mercer asked the London mayor: “Does it feel…

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BBC investigating 25 harassment and bullying complaints

NEWS DESK: The BBC has seen a “spike” in complaints by staff of bullying and harassment, the deputy director general has disclosed, reported The Independent. Giving evidence to the Commons Digital, Media and Sport Committee, Anne Bulford said the corporation was currently dealing with 25 “live” cases covering a range of issues. In the wake…

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This female comedian silenced an all-male panel with perfect explanation of why sexual harassment isn’t funny

NEWS DESK: Comedian Jo Brand has been lauded for delivering a sharp rebuke to an all-male panel on Have I Got News For You, after they appeared to downplay claims of sexual harassment in Westminster, reported The Independent. Responding to a headline about an MP taking his personal trainer to the cinema, journalist Ian Hislop…

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Former BBC journalist arrested in India

NEWS DESK: A former BBC journalist has been arrested in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, reported BBC. Vinod Verma was picked up early on Friday from his house in Ghaziabad city. Police spokesperson Rahul Srivastava told BBC that a case of extortion had been registered against Mr Verma in the central state of…

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BBC’s new Game of Thrones style show is so graphic that viewers are shaken

NEWS DESK: The BBC clearly wants a horse in the race to become the successor to Game of Thrones. The broadcaster’s new primetime drama, Gunpowder, has been sending shock waves through its viewership thanks to its graphic scenes of torture and execution, airing only minutes after the watershed on Saturday night, reported The Independent. The…

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The Making of Malala

By Shabana Mahfooz Nine years ago, a young school girl in Pakistan started writing a blog about her daily experiences. While those of an average school girl may not hold much interest to its readers, this particular experience was different. It helped give an insight in the then Taliban controlled region of Swat, who in…

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The Headlines We Make

Every morning I like to pursue world news while having my breakfast. I either read the newspaper or just scroll through headlines on my smartphone while sipping my hot mug of tea. But recently this activity has started making me feel depressed. Whether you read about Kashmir or Palestine, Yemen or Iraq, Syria or Afghanistan,…

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Why are there so many mass shootings in US?

By Imran Khushal This time it’s Las Vegas. Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old man, killed at least 58 people and injured some more than 500 when he opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers on Oct. 1. Paddock, who according to media reports had no previous criminal record and later killed himself, happened to stage the…

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Karren Brady urges men to ‘force the BBC’ to pay women more

NEWS DESK: Karren Brady has said the BBC’s director-general can settle the gender pay gap at the corporation “quickly” once he makes the decision to do so, reported The Independent. Baroness Brady, 48, also said she was “100 per cent certain” she earns the same as her male counterpart on The Apprentice, businessman Claude Littner. She…

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Outrage after female students asked to wear nice revealing neckline

A Belgian university has apologised after a message was sent to female students asking them to wear a low-cut outfit to a graduation ceremony, BBC reported. The email was sent to medical students at the Free University of Brussels (ULB). “From an aesthetic point of view,” it read, ” it is better for young women…

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Pakistani doctor beats 64 cooks to win Masterchef title

LONDON: A Pakistani female doctor has made headlines around the world by beating 64 other amateur cooks to win BBC’s Masterchef title.  Whoever suspected that 29-year-old Saliha Mahmood-Ahmed, a British-Pakistani from Watford, will go on to become BBC’s Masterchef of 2017. The task was not an easy one since Saliha had to beat 64 other…

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Nawaz Sharif—A Prime Minister absent moral authority

By Shahjahan Khurram In democracies around the world, moral authority is the driving force through which one occupies a public office and more importantly, stakes his claim to remain in one. Thursday’s Supreme Court verdict regarding the Panama Leaks controversy has stripped Mian Sahib from all, in my opinion and it is for the betterment…

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Maryam, Ivanka included in 100 influential daughters list

Maryam Nawaz Sharif and Ivanka Trump were included in the annual 100 Women: Presidential Daughters Around The World article, published by a leading British news organisation. Here’s what it stated:- Maryam Nawaz Sharif, 43, is the daughter of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Originally involved in the family’s charity organisations, Ms Nawaz played a prominent…

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Govt’s attempt to discredit BBC failed: Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD: PTI Chairman Imran Khan weighed in with criticism regarding BBC Urdu’s response to an APP news story about London properties of the ruling Sharif family. BBC Urdu, in a statement on Twitter, rejected claims that it has launched an internal investigation into its story regarding Park Lane flats. Govt’s attempt to misuse official news…

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BBC News stands by story on Park Lane flats

LONDON: British Broadcaster BBC News has rejected claims that it has launched an internal investigation into its story regarding Park Lane properties of the ruling Sharif family. “We stand by our journalism and are satisfied that this story meets our editorial standards including accuracy and impartiality,” said BBC News in a statement on Twitter. “There…

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BBC sorry for showing footage of gorilla instead of Scotland’s first minister

BBC presenters have apologised after the broadcaster’s breakfast programme showed footage of a gorilla instead of Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon. The BBC Breakfast host Naga Munchetty was telling viewers they would be joined by Sturgeon later in the programme when footage of a gorilla that escaped from its enclosure at London zoo was shown…

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Ansbach explosion was the fourth violent attack in Germany in a weak which was carried out by a 27 years old Syrian refugee who was denied asylum and deported to Bulgaria. The third attack was also carried by another asylum seeker in which he killed a woman and injured two people only 72 hours after…

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Afridi warned over ‘irresponsible’ remarks

ISLAMABAD: Lawmakers have expressed their resentment and warned former captain Shahid Afridi over his recent controversial remarks, Samaa reported Thursday. The Standing Committee of National Assembly on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage on Thursday took exception to former T20 captain Shahid Khan Afridi’s statement regarding dearth of cricket talent in Pakistan and noted that the…

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