Police ordered to submit response on Cynthia Ritchie’s application by July 9

A local court in Islamabad on Saturday directed the capital police to submit its response by July 9 on US blogger Cynthia D Ritchie’s application for registration of first information report (FIR) against former interior minister Rehman Malik over rape and harassment allegations. The US blogger on Tuesday had submitted her application to an additional district and sessions judge under…

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Facing a boycott by advertisers, Facebook to ban more ‘hateful content’ in ads

Facebook said Friday it would ban a “wider category of hateful content” in ads as the embattled social media giant moved to respond to growing protests over its handling of inflammatory posts. Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook also would add tags to posts that are “newsworthy” but violate platform rules following the lead of Twitter, which has used such labels on tweets…

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PIA moves to assuage concern over ‘dubious’ pilot licences

Pakistan International Airlines has written to foreign missions and global regulatory and safety bodies, assuring them it has grounded all 141 pilots suspected of obtaining licenses through unfair means, the carrier’s spokesman said on Saturday. The move looks to assuage safety concerns after Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan said on Friday that the government had asked various commercial airlines, flying…

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New Coal Power Plants Are Increasing Pakistan’s Circular Debt: IEEFA Report

According to a report by the Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), Pakistan is faced with the increasing financial burden of power capacity payments and overcapacity risk at a time when renewables are the cheapest source of energy available. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, Pakistan’s electricity demand was decreasing. Two more Chinese-financed coal-fired plants have reached financial close…

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Nepra decides to ‘expose’ certain Discos

ISLAMABAD: The National Electric Power Regulatory (Nepra) has decided to expose all those power Distribution Companies (Discos) which are unleashing load shedding despite receiving due allocated quota of electricity. On Friday, the regulator took serious notice of various media reports regarding unscheduled load shedding of up to 12 hours by all the Discos, due to which the public is suffering…

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