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Twelve media houses fined for naming rape victim in India

NEW DELHI: An Indian court on Wednesday ordered 12 media companies to pay $15,000 each to a compensation fund for victims of sexual violence after they published the name of an eight-year-old girl who was gang raped and murdered. Indian law prohibits the naming of rape victims, even after they have died, because of the…

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Top court summons Nawaz, Maryam over “anti-judiciary speeches”

The Supreme Court took suo motu notice of the “anti-judiciary speeches” of former PM Nawaz Sharif and his daughter, Maryam Nawaz and issued summons. The Lahore High Court had directed Monday the electronic media watchdog to monitor “anti-judiciary speeches” and decide on complaints filed against Mr Sharif, his daughter and other leaders of the PML-N….

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Tayyaba torture case: A year into the case, court hands one year each to judge, wife

Fiaz Mahmood After the passage of a year, a court handed one year each to the judge and his wife who had tortured their child maid, Tayyaba. The Islamabad High Court gave the verdict Tuesday. Justice Aamer Farooq ruled that Additional Sessions Judge Raja Khurram Ali Khan and his wife, Mahin Zafar, would serve a…

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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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Faizabad dharna: Court shelves cases against Khadim Rizvi

A court shelved Monday three cases against Khadim Hussain Rizvi and others over their involvement in cases of violence during the Faizabad sit-in last year. An anti-terrorism court stopped the hearings against the religious leaders for an indefinite period of time on the prosecution’s request. The prosecution had said that the police are investigating cases…

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Russian court blocks popular messaging app Telegram

MOSCOW: A Russian court has ordered the blocking of a popular messaging app following a demand by authorities that it share encryption data with them. The ban follows a protracted row between Telegram and Russian authorities, who insist they need access to the encryption keys to investigate serious crimes including terrorist attacks. The Moscow court…

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India’s eco warriors who sent Bollywood’s Khan to jail

New Delhi: In the movies Salman Khan always wins. But offscreen, the Bollywood tough guy hero may have met his match in a 530-year-old Hindu sect that puts animals above humans — especially superstars. The determination of the Bishnoi community forced Khan to spend two sleepless nights in a Rajasthan jail following his conviction last…

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Sujawal man rape case: Suspects sent to police custody

Report by: Faqeer Saleem Hyderabad: Three men accused of raping a young man in Sujawal have been handed over to police for seven days. A man, who is in his 20s, told reporters Thursday that he was kidnapped and raped by three men – a local office-bearer of Sindh’s ruling party and his two friends….

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Young man gang-raped: Suspects produced in Sujawal court

Report by Zohair Ali, Irfan-ul-Haq KARACHI/SUJAWAL: An investigation report about the gang-rape of a young man in Sujawal will be submitted by senior police officers on Saturday. The man, who is in his 20s, belongs to Darro city located in Mirpur Bathoro taluka of Sujawal. He told Samaa that he was subjected to sexual abuse…

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Court yet to indict co-accused in Ishaq Dar asset case

ISLAMABAD: The accountability court hearing the case regarding assets beyond known sources of income against Senator Ishaq Dar has yet to indict the co-accused, and the case has been adjourned till April 2. AC Judge Muhammad Bashir took of the supplementary reference for hearing filed by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for hearing. During hearing, three co-accused…

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Sharif family’s plea for exemption from court appearance rejected

ISLAMABAD: An accountability court on Thursday rejected a plea moved by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd.) Safdar seeking one-week exemption from appearance before the court. Judge Mohammed Bashir announced the verdict which was reserved earlier after hearing the arguments of the Sharif family’s counsel Khawaja Haris in…

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Musharraf should appear in court as he is healthy: Iqbal

LAHORE: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said that former president Pervez Musharraf should appear in court for case hearings as he is healthy. “The ex-army chief’s lawyer had said that his client would return to Pakistan, ” Iqbal said. The minister said that Musharraf is leader of a political party, not a military chief. “Musharraf should…

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Peshawar court asks govt to bring back Musharraf through Interpol

ISLAMABAD: A special Peshawar court hearing treason case against former military dictator Pervez Musharraf has ordered the federal government to take measures to bring him back to Pakistan. The three-member court led by Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Yahya Afridi issued a written order on Friday. The court has directed the government to contact Interpol…

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Bangladesh court sentences 39 to death for murdering official

Dhaka: A Bangladesh court Tuesday sentenced dozens of men to death for the brazen daylight murder of a ruling party official in 2014, officials said. Ekramul Haque, the then Awami League leader in eastern Feni district, was dragged from his vehicle by a mob and hacked with machetes before being shot at point blank range….

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Private school fees case: Court orders parents to pay dues to schools

Reporting by Irfanul Haq A court ordered parents to pay dues of six months to four private schools of Karachi. Over 5% annual increase in school fees is not allowed, says the law and a subsequent Sindh government notification. Last year, more than 200 parents of schoolchildren filed a case in the Sindh High Court,…

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BlackBerry sues Facebook over messaging apps

OTTAWA: Canadian telecommunications firm BlackBerry sued Facebook on Tuesday, accusing the American social media company of infringing on its patents for messaging apps. BlackBerry is claiming infringement on patents it holds for message encryption and notifications, and is seeking an injunction as well as damages for lost profits, although no figure was given. Facebook and…

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Head bowed, Florida shooting suspect returns to court for hearing

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.: A former student accused of last week’s deadly shooting at a Florida high school returned to court for a hearing on Monday in a case that has galvanized advocates of stricter gun control, including many of the rampage survivors, reported Reuters. Nikolas Cruz, his head bowed, hands shackled at his waist and…

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Afghan-born man awarded life in prison for 2016 bombing in New York

NEW YORK: A US restaurant worker inspired by Osama bin Laden was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for wounding 31 people in a 2016 New York bombing, branded “extremely dangerous” by a federal judge. Afghan-born Ahmad Khan Rahimi, 30, told the court that he became radicalized after being “harassed” by the FBI and “singled…

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Google fined in India for abusing dominant position

NEW DELHI: Google has been fined more than $21 million in India for “search bias” and abuse of its dominant position, competition regulators said Thursday. The US internet giant was deemed to have favoured its own services when customers ran searches according to a report from the Competition Commission of India (CCI) six years after…

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India’s top court demands answers on Taj Mahal protection efforts

New Delhi: India’s top court demanded a detailed plan for the future of the Taj Mahal on Thursday, warning the state government’s “ad hoc” approach jeopardised the centuries-old monument to love. Smog has been slowly yellowing the Taj’s brilliant marble and conservationists have long fought to close polluting industries near the 17th-century icon. But years…

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Myanmar court denies bail to Reuters journalists held under secrecy law

Yangon :A Myanmar court on Thursday denied bail to two Reuters journalists charged under a secrecy act that could see them face up to 14 years in jail, in a case that has sparked outcry over shrinking media freedom. Myanmar nationals Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, are accused of possessing classified documents…

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