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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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Educational institutions with COVID high positivity to be closed for one week

Data suggests a strong correlation between vaccination levels and infection rate in various cities

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Educational institutions with COVID high positivity to be closed for one week

Islamabad: The National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) has decided to close educational institutions with COVID-19 high positivity for one week.

According to the reports, COVID testing in education institutes was carried out in major Omicron hit cities to ascertain disease spread among students and ensure accurate disease mapping.

Data suggests a strong correlation between vaccination levels and infection rate in various cities. In this regard, the NCOC decided that aggressive testing in education institutes will be conducted for next two weeks especially in high disease prevalence cities. 

Following to the COVID-19 cases, education institutions or specific classes with high positivity will be closed for one week. “Provincial Administration in consultation with District Health, Education Authorities and School Administrations to set a threshold of cases for deciding such closures,” it added.  

The NCOC further decided that the federating units to carry out special vaccination drives in schools to ensure 100 per cent vaccination of students over 12 years of age.

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Pakistan wants to establish friendly relation with India

FO says Pakistan is committed to have meaningful, constructive and result-oriented dialogue with India

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Islamabad: Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Asim Iftikhar Ahmed has said that Pakistan wants to establish peaceful and friendly relations with all its neighbours including India.

Responding to questions during his weekly press briefing in Islamabad on Friday, the FO spokesperson maintained that Pakistan is committed to have meaningful, constructive and result-oriented dialogue with India, but the onus is on New Delhi to take necessary steps to create an enabling environment.

Talking about Pak-India relations, he said ties are not good since the unilateral and illegal actions taken by the Indian regime on August 5, 2019 in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

Responding to another question regarding continued oppression by the Indian forces in the held territory, the spokesperson said the international community needs to do more in checking atrocities against the innocent people of Kashmir.

Answering a query regarding return of Pakistani students to China, Asim Iftikhar said Pakistani authorities are taking up this issue with the relevant Chinese quarters so that Pakistani students can go back to China to pursue their education

 

 

 

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Two children dead, 7 family members injured as landslide hits Shangla house

The landslide also blocked the main Bisham-Swat road

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Two children dead, 7 family members injured as landslide hits Shangla house

Shangla: At least two children died while their seven family members were injured after they were buried in a landslide that struck their house in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Shangla district on Friday, rescuers and police said.

Rescuers said the two deceased children aged three and two months were among six people who were pulled out of the rubble, while efforts were continuing to trace the remaining three family members.

A massive landslide hit the Khurshid Khan house in Kuz Alpuri area of Shangla, destroying it completely and burying its residents. The landslide also blocked the main Bisham-Swat road.

Rehman said Rescue 1122 workers were making efforts to recover the rest of the people trapped underneath the debris.

Two children and four women were brought to the District Headquarters Hospital, Alpuri, where the two minors died and the women were being treated for their injuries.

Bisham-Swat road was also blocked due to the landslide and motorists were stuck on both sides.

The injured were shifted to the DHQ hospital.

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