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New SOP issued for check-posts of Punjab police

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LAHORE (Dunya News) Inspector General (IG) Punjab Mushtaq Sukhera issued new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on Thursday for the check-post duties of the Punjab police. The order was issued after the death of two brothers by police firing in Rawalpindi.According to the new SOP, the policemen appointed on check-post will work in 8 hours shifts and all of the policemen would need to wear bullet proof jackets and plastic helmets. The SOP stated that policemen will not be authorized to open fire on the people who do not stop on the check-post, instead they should be followed by the police. Police will only be authorized to open fire in self defence.

Islamabad: Office of international NGO 'Save the Children' sealed

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ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) Interior ministry of Pakistans office issued the orders to seal office of international NGO Save the Children in Islamabad on Thursday. The NGO is accused of being involved in anti-Pakistan activities.The officials and workers of the NGO have been ordered to leave the country within a fortnight. Assistant Commissioner Islamabad city, Kamran Cheema sent the written notice of interior ministry to the NGO.

Myanmar operation exposed: Indian soldiers' images proven fake

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NEW DELHI: (Dunya News) Indian claim to have done an operation inside Myanmars territory has on Thursday been proven false and all the images of the Indian soldiers have been proven fake as the Indian Defence Minister himself stated that no images of the operation had been released. Moreover, Myanmar government also denied the Indian claim, reported Dunya News.According to the details, Indian government and army had claimed to have conducted an operation against the insurgents inside Myanmar territory. Later, Modi government and leaders of the ruling party started to say that the operation was also a warning for Pakistan.However, the claim was forced to bite dust when the images of the operation shown by the Indian media were denied by the spokesperson of Indian Defence Ministry who said that no images of the operation had been released.A Clarification: MoD has NOT issued any photo relating to Indian Army action along Indo-Myanmar border in the North East, so far. Sitanshu Kar (@SpokespersonMoD) June 11, 2015 On the other hand, the hawks in the BJP government who had been claiming to have given a message to Pakistan through this operation were snubbed by the Indian army itself. Lieutenant General Subarta Saha said that the situation at the India-Myanmar border has no similarity with that of the Line of Control.Meanwhile, the Myanmar government has outright rejected the Indian claim, terming it a heap of lies. The presidential spokesperson said that India is lying. The operation was conducted inside the Indian territory, he said.Moreover, the opposition party Indian National Congress has also mocked the Modi governments claims. Congress leader Ajay Makeen said that the Indian army had not made any claims of having violated the Myanmar territory. Modi government uselessly boasting off, he added.

Cricket: Australia recover from early setback against WIndies

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KINGSTON (AFP) - Jerome Taylor struck two early blows but pace partner Kemar Roachs no-ball woes proved costly again as Australia recovered to 91 for two at lunch on the opening day of the second and final Test against the West Indies at Sabina Park on Thursday.Put in to bat on a pitch offering considerable assistance to the fast bowlers, the visitors lost David Warner for a duck in the first over, caught by Shai Hope at third slip, and fellow-opener Shaun Marsh lbw for 11 shortly afterwards, both to Taylor, to stand at 16 for two after just 20 minutes play.Taylor was not only effective but miserly, his opening five-over spell completed without conceding a single run. He would return for a sixth maiden in the penultimate over of the session.It should have been 22 for three but Michael Clarke, who popped up a catch back to Roach off his own bowling when on just three, was granted a reprieve when the request by presiding umpire Richard Kettleborough for a television replay confirmed that the fast bowler, not for the first time in his international career, was deprived of a wicket because he overstepped the front crease.Australias captain almost immediately added insult to injury for the Barbadian bowler, smiting him over long-off for six and unfurling a succession of attacking shots in partnership with vice-captain Steve Smith.None of the other bowlers got anywhere close to Taylors miserliness and the runs flowed freely throughout the rest of the morning session in a third-wicket partnership that had already realised 75 runs by the interval.Smith matched his skipper shot-for-shot, especially taking a liking to left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul, and will resume in the afternoon on 38, with Clarke looking well set on 35.In the wake of the second innings capitulation in Dominica that resulted in a nine-wicket defeat inside three days in the first Test a week ago, the home side suffered further setbacks before the start of play with their most experienced batsman, Marlon Samuels, ruled out because of illness while leg-spinner Devendra Bishoos badly-bruised finger on his bowling hand did not heal sufficiently for him to be considered.Taking their places were debutant opening batsman Rajindra Chandrika, which allows Hope to move to a more familiar position in the middle-order, and Permaul.Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel was also ruled out with a fever, paving the way for Roach, the most experienced and successful of the current crop of Caribbean bowlers, to return to the final eleven after he was dropped for a loss of form after two matches of the preceding three-Test series against England.Needing just a draw for their first series success away from home since prevailing in a three-match duel with top-ranked South Africa 15 months ago, Australia retained the same team that won so convincingly at Windsor Park to extend their unbeaten run in Test matches against the West Indies to 13 spanning more than 12 years.

Spain passes citizenship plan for ancestors of Jews expelled in 1492

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MADRID (AFP) - Spains lower house of parliament approved Thursday a law that eases the path to citizenship for descendants of Jews who were forced to flee the country five centuries ago during the Inquisition.The measure aims to correct what Spains conservative government calls the historic mistake of sending Jews into exile in 1492, forcing them to convert to Catholicism or burning them at the stake.This law says much about who we were in the past and who we are today and what we want to be in the future, an open, diverse and tolerant Spain, Justice Minister Rafael Catala said before it was approved.The law -- which comes into force in October -- grants dual citizenship rights for Jews with Spanish ancestry, who are known as Sephardic Jews.Under the previous 1924 law the government had discretionary powers to award Sephardic Jews nationality but candidates had give up their previous citizenship and they had to be residents of Spain.The new law gives Sephardic Jews the same dual citizenship privilege Spain currently grants only to people from its former colonies and neighbouring Portugal and Andorra.The law had the backing of Spains two main parties and it comfortably cleared its final reading.The Spanish government estimates that about 90,000 people will apply for citizenship, although officials admit there is no precise way of knowing how many descendants meet the criteria.This is a historic day, an important day, an emotional day, said the president of the Spanish Federation of Jewish Communities, Isaac Querub, whose ancestors took refuge in North Africa after they were expelled from Spain.Kelly Benoudis Basilio, 70, a retired French literature professor who lives in Lisbon, is already preparing to apply for Spanish citizenship even though she has no plans to live in Spain.For emotional reasons it is very important, said Basilio, a descendant of Jews expelled from Spain who was born in Ksar el-Kebir in northwestern Morocco and has Portuguese citizenship through marriage.She said she learned to sing lullabies in haketia, one of several Jewish languages that is rooted in Spanish, as a child in Morocco.Tradition and memory are very important in Jewish culture, said Basilio.- Bureaucratic hell -Applicants do not have to be practising Jews but they must have their Jewish heritage vetted by the Spanish Federation of Jewish Communities or by rabbis where they live.They will also have to pass tests on Spanish language, culture, prove they have a special connection to Spain and travel to the country at their own expense to apply.The law will expire after three years although it could be extended by another year if deemed necessary.While Jewish groups have welcomed the move, some Jewish leaders have complained that the requirements are too burdensome.Leon Amiras, who heads an association of immigrants to Israel from Latin countries, said the length of the process and costs involved will deter most Sephardic Jews from applying.They will have to go through a Via Crucis, a bureaucratic hell, they will say they dont want it. I am disappointed with the law, he told AFP.During the debate in parliament Gabriel Elorriaga, a lawmaker for the ruling Popular Party, said the law needed to be precise to correctly identify the descendents of Jews who were expelled.Though estimates vary, historians believe at least 200,000 Jews lived in Spain before the Catholic monarchs Isabella and Ferdinand ordered them to convert to the Catholic faith or leave the country.Many found refuge in the Ottoman Empire, the Balkans, North Africa and Latin America.They risked the death penalty if they returned to Spain.Up to 3.5 million people around the world are thought to have Sephardic -- Hebrew for Spanish -- Jewish ancestry.The citizenship law is the latest step in Spains modern efforts to atone for its past harsh treatment of Jews.In 1992 Spains former King Juan Carlos visited a Madrid synagogue to recognise injustices of the past.

Catastrophe averted: 4 arrested for trying to board Thailand-bound flight carrying guns

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LAHORE (Dunya News) The Air Security Force (ASF) at Allama Iqbal International Airport arrested at least four men for trying to board Thailand-bound flight while carrying guns, preventing a possible attempt of hijacking.After recovering the weapons, the suspects were transferred to an undisclosed location and cases have been registered against all four men.Reportedly, the suspects wanted to board a Bangkok-bound Thai Airways flight at the midnight on June 9 but were intercepted right at the check post leading to the airports gate.All four suspects were carrying 9MM pistols. The possibly would-be hijackers hailed from a madrassa in Swat.They have been booked under Anti-Terrorism Act among other sections and the law enforcement has begun further investigation.

Karachi: NADRA employees protest against forced transfers

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KARACHI (Dunya News) NADRA employees protested on Thursday against forced transfers in Karachi. Employees were also demanding for health allowance and house allowance. Rangers blocked the way when the protesters tried to reach NADRA head office. NADRA employees said that high officials are demanding a bribe of 50 thousand rupees to fulfill the employees demands.The protesters dispersed after a 6-hour-long demonstration outside NADRA office. The angry employees said that they will decide about their future plan of strike in the meeting of their country-wide representatives.

Daska incident: SHO plea against inclusion of terrorism clauses

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DASKA: (Dunya News) The Daska SHO, who had shot two lawyers of Daska Bar dead on May 26, has requested that the terrorism clauses should be excluded from the case against him, reported Dunya News.According to the details, the accused has said that none of his actions had spread terror. It is pertinent to mention here that the suspected SHO had shot 2 lawyers dead after which the lawyer community had protested across the country.