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Social media companies would be fined Rs500m for not following PTA rules

The federal cabinet, earlier this week, amended the social media rules, called 'Removal and Blocking of Unlawful Online Contents (Procedures, Oversight and Safeguard) Rules 2021'.  

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ISLAMABAD: If social media platforms fail to comply with the guidelines of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on blocking online content, they could be fined up to Rs500 million.

The federal cabinet, earlier this week, amended the social media rules, called 'Removal and Blocking of Unlawful Online Contents (Procedures, Oversight and Safeguard) Rules 2021'.  

The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication will be issuing a statutory regulatory order (SRO) to implement new rules after getting approved minutes of the cabinet in the next few days, The News reported Friday.

After execution of the new rules, they will have binding effects on social media companies. "Every person or organization would have the right to express and disseminate any online content as enshrined under Article 19 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973," written in the publication's report.

 

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PM Imran Khan to inaugurate Karachi’s Green Line BRT on Dec 10

Commercial operation of the Green Line bus project will begin from December 25

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PM Imran Khan to inaugurate Karachi’s Green Line BRT on Dec 10

Islamabad: Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar on Sunday has announced that the multi-billion Green Line bus project will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Imran Khan on December 10.

Asad Umar took to his official Twitter handle and made the announcement.

Umar said in his tweet that the premier will inaugurate Karachi’s first modern transport system, Green Line BRT, on the 10th of December.

The minister earlier in the day announced that the commercial operation of the Green Line bus project will begin from December 25

Karachi’s Green Line BRT project with intersections is 24 km long which includes 12.7 km elevated, 10.9 km at grade, and 422 meters underground, and has 25 stations.

The phase-II common corridor from Gurumandir up to Municipal Park with a length of 2.5 km has two underpasses at M.A Jinnah Road.

The state-of-art subversive bus terminal with a parking facility and the commercial mezzanine floor was being also being constructed at Numaish. The construction work on Phase-I was started in 2016.

 

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Death toll rises to 13 in Indonesia volcano eruption 

As per details, more than 300 families with children took shelter in badly hit Curah Kerobokan village in Lumajang after their houses were destroyed by volcanic ash and lava.

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Death toll rises to 13 in Indonesia volcano eruption 

Jakarta: The death toll following the eruption of a volcano on Indonesia’s island, Java has risen to 13, with seven people still missing, officials said Sunday.

As per details, more than 300 families with children took shelter in badly hit Curah Kerobokan village in Lumajang after their houses were destroyed by volcanic ash and lava.

Several villages were blanketed with falling ash in Indonesia’s most densely populated island.  

As per Eko Budi Lelono, who heads the geological survey center, a thunderstorm and days of rain, which eroded and collapsed the lava dome atop the 3,676-meter (12,060-foot) Semeru, triggered the eruption.

Videos shared on Saturday by the country’s disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) showed residents running in panic as towering smoke and ash blanketed some nearby villages in Lumajang district.

As per reports, thick columns of ash have turned several villages to darkness and several hundred people were moved to temporary shelters or left for other safe areas.

Authorities were setting up evacuation tents, but evacuations have been hampered by thick smoke, BNPB chief Suharyanto said.

The eruption took place at about 14:30 local time (07:30 GMT). Local authorities have set up a restricted zone within 5km (3 miles) from the crater.

Airlines have been warned of an ash cloud rising up to 15,000m (50,000 ft).

Mt Semeru was quite an active volcano that regularly spewed ash up to about 4,300m, but Yesterday’s eruption was a pretty intense.

Mt Semeru rises 3 676m above sea level and previously erupted last December, forcing thousands of residents to seek shelter. It is among Indonesia’s nearly 130 active volcanoes.

Moreover, Indonesia is on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” where continental plates meet, causing frequent volcanic and seismic activity.

Videos shared by emergency officials and local media showed residents running away as a giant ash cloud rose behind them.

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PDM prepares recommendations for long march, resignations

Recommendations will be presented at the meeting heads of PDM parties.

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PDM prepares recommendations for long march, resignations

Lahore: Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) has prepared recommendations regarding long march and resignations from assemblies.

According to details, the steering committee of PDM chaired by Shahid Khaqan Abbasi discussed the option of long march and resignations from assemblies.

During the meeting, recommendations were made in support of the resignations, which will be presented at the meeting heads of PDM parties.

The members also agreed to hold protest demonstrations and conventions in all provinces before the long march. However, the time and date of the long march and resignations will be decided in the tomorrow’s meeting.

According to details, conventions and protest rallies will be held in all the four provinces before the long march.

PDM spokesperson Hafiz Hamdullah, the Pakistan Democratic Movement will hold a summit on December 6 where the central leaders of the opposition alliance will decide on a long march, Lahore march and tendering resignations from assemblies.

The session will be held in Islamabad with Maulana Fazlur Rehman in the chair.

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