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Int’l day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists being observed 

The UN-recognized International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists is being observed today (November 2). The day draws attention to the level of impunity for crimes against journalists, which remains extremely high globally.

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The UN-recognized International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists is being observed today (November 2). The day draws attention to the level of impunity for crimes against journalists, which remains extremely high globally.

Freedom of the press is a cornerstone to every just and free society.

Every year, the day is observed to salute all journalists, especially those who risk their safety and their very lives to inform citizens with accurate reporting.

From 2006 to 2020, over 1,200 journalists were killed around the world and most of these killings remained judicially unresolved.

The days is observed in recognition of the far-reaching consequences of impunity, especially of crimes against journalists.

On 16 September, the European Commission (EC) issued the first-ever Recommendation for the Protection, Safety and Empowerment of Journalists.

The Recommendation includes a set of concrete actions, such as joint coordination centres, support services for victims and early warning mechanisms.

In this regard, that the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted Resolution A/RES/68/163 at its 68th session in 2013—proclaiming November 2 as the ‘International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists’ (IDEI).

The date was chosen in commemoration of the assassination of two French journalists in Mali on November 2, 2013.

The Commission will also present a European Media Freedom Act in 2022, to safeguard the independence and pluralism of media.

Moreover, EC is working on an initiative to tackle abusive lawsuits lodged against journalists and rights defenders to prevent them from informing the public and reporting on matters of public interest.

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Seven die after eating poisonous turtle meat

Tortoise meat consumption is generally considered safe. But selenium toxins, which are rarely found in turtle meat turn the meat toxic and deadly to consume. 

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Seven die after eating poisonous turtle meat

Seven people, including a three-year-old child, have died after eating a poisonous tortoise meat on the island of Pemba in Tanzania, Africa.

As per police, firstly the minor died after eating poisonous tortoise meat followed by two more deaths at night and then four more on Sunday.

Doctors say that the poisonous meat of tortoise affects children the most.

In rare cases turtle meat can be toxic due to a type of food poisoning known as ‘chelonitoxism’. 

Local police commander said that at least five families on Pemba, which is part of the semi-autonomous Zanzibar islands, ate the turtle meat last Thursday.

Moreover, 38 people were admitted to hospital, but most were discharged and the three who remain are said to be in a stable condition. 

Tortoise meat consumption is generally considered safe. But selenium toxins, which are rarely found in turtle meat turn the meat toxic and deadly to consume. 

The meat is a common delicacy among those living on Tanzania's islands and coastal areas but the authorities have now banned the consumption of turtles in the area. 

Earlier in March, 19 people succumbed to death in Madagascar after eating tortoise meat. 

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No case of Omicron variant detected in Pakistan so far: Dr Faisal Sultan

“With more people immunized, we can control the impact of Omicron variant "

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No case of Omicron variant detected in Pakistan so far: Dr Faisal Sultan

Islamabad: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan on Tuesday has confired that no case of Omicron variant of COVID-19 has been detected in Pakistan so far.

According to details, Dr Faisal Sultan that a meeting is scheduled today at the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) during which guidelines and policies regarding the vaccination will be finalised.

The health minister said that it is not possible to bar the Omicron variant from coming to Pakistan but government is working to control its impact by ramping up the immunisation process.

"Our priority is those who have not been vaccinated at all."

“With more people immunized, we can control the impact. It is my appeal to the people to get vaccinated and follow SOPs," he urged.

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18.8 million mobile units manufactured in Pakistan in 10 months: Dawood

Adviser to the Prime Minister on Commerce and Investment, Abdul Razak Dawood on Tuesday said domestic manufacturing mobile plants in Pakistan produced 18.87 million mobile units during the period of January to October 2021.

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18.8 million mobile units manufactured in Pakistan in 10 months: Dawood

During the period of January to October 2021, domestic manufacturing mobile plants in Pakistan produced 18.87 million mobile units, including 7.93 million 4G mobile phones compared to 9.45 million imported mobile phones.

The Ministry of Commerce’s ‘Make in Pakistan’ philosophy is giving the results and “we look forward for sustainable growth for the long run.”

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