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Energy conservation measures: After Sindh Punjab limits markets timing to 9pm

Punjab CM Hamza Shehbaz says the restaurants will remain open till 11:30pm and marriage halls till 10pm

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Lahore: The Punjab government on Saturday said it was restricting the operational hours of markets, shopping malls, wedding halls and restaurants as part of an energy conservation drive.

The decision was taken after Chief Minister Hamza Shehbaz consulted the province's business community.

Shehbaz after holding consultations with the office-bearer delegation of the trader community announced the closure of markets, bazaars and business centres of the province at 9 o'clock night time.

The CM disclosed that the restaurants would remain open till 11:30 pm adding that marriage halls would remain open till 10:00 pm according to the previous policy.

He revealed that the trader community would be given special favour in their business timings on Saturday adding that the closure decision will not be applicable on the medical stores.CM maintained that the timing policy for the Eid shopping will be reviewed in consultation with the trader community and their demand will be given due consideration.

The CM met with the trader leaders and representatives of the province today and the trader community of the province announces to fully support the government steps to overcome energy crisis and lauded the government steps being taken for energy saving.

Hamza Shahbaz appreciated the trader community for always supporting the nation in difficult time and thanked the trader community for extending their unconditional support on the government steps.

The CM said that consultation is beneficial and positive decisions emerge after holding consultations adding that the trader community always plays a pivotal role for the betterment of the economy and vows to resolve their genuine problems.

The office -bearers of the trader community expressed their views and also submitted proposals. Khawaja Salman Rafique, Ahmad Hassan, Rana Mashood Ahmad, Syed Ali Haider Gilani, Atta Tarar, Chaudhry Bilal Asghar, Imran Goraya, Chief Secretary and concerned officials were also present on this occasion.

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Participants of National Security and War Course visit Naval Headquarters, Islamabad

"Participants of the National Security and War Course were briefed on the role of Pakistan Navy in the development of maritime defense and maritime sector"

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Islamabad: Participants of National Security and War Course visited Naval Headquarters in Islamabad on Wednesday.

According to Pakistan Navy spokesman, participants included officers from all three armed forces.

He said that participants of the National Security and War Course were briefed on the role of Pakistan Navy in the development of maritime defense and maritime sector.

Naval Chief Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi also addressed the participants of the course.

The course participants appreciated the efforts of Pakistan Navy in maritime peace and stability.

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LHC to announce verdict on pleas against Hamza's election as CM Punjab

LHC will announce the reserved verdict at 12:30pm on Thursday.

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Lahore: The Lahore High Court (LHC) will announce the reserved verdict on pleas against the election of Hamza Shahbaz as Chief Minister of Punjab.

According to details, a five-member larger bench headed by Justice Sadaqat Ali Khan resumed hearing the pleas today.

During the hearing, the bench sought arguments from Hamza’s lawyer that whether the Supreme Court’s verdict on the presidential reference related to defecting lawmakers applies to past events.

Hamza’s counsel maintained that the ruling doesn’t apply to past events unless the apex court itself says so.

Later, the court reserved the verdict and will announce it tomorrow at 12:30 pm.

In a previous hearing, the high court had hinted at holding fresh election for the post of Punjab’s chief minister under April 16 circumstances, when incumbent Hamza Shahbaz was elected in a poll on a court order. 

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Journalist shot dead in latest attack on Mexico media workers

Presidential spokesperson Jesus Ramirez said on Twitter the journalist's daughter also was injured in the attack

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Journalist shot dead in latest attack on Mexico media workers

A Mexican journalist was killed in the northern state of Tamaulipas on Wednesday, the newspaper he worked for said, the latest in a series of attacks in one of the world's most dangerous countries for media workers.

Antonio de la Cruz, a journalist for local newspaper Expreso, was gunned down in his home in the state capital Ciudad Victoria, the paper said.

His death comes after eight others in the media have been murdered in Mexico this year as a result of their journalism, according to human rights organization Article 19.

Presidential spokesperson Jesus Ramirez said on Twitter the journalist's daughter also was injured in the attack.

"We must not allow any more attacks on journalists and activists. These crimes will not go unpunished," Ramirez wrote.

The paper's parent company Expreso-La Razon demanded justice from authorities.

The Tamaulipas attorney general's office said in a statement it had opened an investigation into the incident and that police are collecting evidence and hunting for the attackers.

Violence against the press has skyrocketed during Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's administration, according to a report published by Article 19.

SOURCE: REUTERS

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