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The Sindh government repatriated 32 Karachi DMC officials to the parent department | Instant News


KARACHI: In accordance with the decision of the Supreme Court (SC) Pakistan, the Sindh Local Government Department repatriated around 32 officials from lower levels working at the top level illegally at the West District Municipal Corporation (DMC), Karachi, to their former positions to their parents department.

These employees were illegally promoted to the upper class against the top service laws and court orders, and without approval from the administration department of the Sindh Local Government Department.

The officials mentioned above, originally computer operators, drivers, teacher assistants, clerks, guards, coolies, class assistants 1 to 11, were illegally promoted as director, deputy director, purchasing officer, supervisor, administrative officer and deputy classroom district education officer 16, 17 and 18. The Sindh Local Government Department Authority directs the city administrators and commissioners of the West District City Corporation (DMC), Karachi to return them to their former positions to their parent department, not to relinquish their salaries and benefits from these employees.

According to official correspondence, a copy is available with The News, M. Javed Qamar, originally a Class 11 computer operator of the Department of Rural Development, was transferred and later promoted to Class 18 Director at DMC West. Muhammad Khaliq, originally a driver from the DMC Class 5 Central Education Department, was transferred and then illegally promoted as an education officer in class 18 in the West DMC. Zahid Iqbal, originally an 11th grade employee of the South DMC, was illegally transferred to DMC, West and then promoted to director in the 18th grade. Sanjeeda Khatoon, formerly Assistant Teacher for Class 1, was promoted to director of 18th grade education. Muneer Ahmad, originally an 11th grader, was promoted to assistant town officer in grade 16.

Faheem Jamal, originally a class 5 pump driver, was promoted to deputy city officer class 17. Naik Muhammad, originally a grade 5 driver was promoted to deputy director of Class 17 Computer Education.Shakeel Ahmed, originally a class 5 driver, was promoted to Librarian in grade 17 , Muhammad Rashid, originally a grade 7 teacher from the Ministry of Education, was absorbed in the DMC, West and was promoted to Deputy Town Officer (DTO) in grade 17 and others were promoted illegally and against the rules of service and without the approval of the Administration Department, Sindh Regional Government Department .

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Foreign players, officials arrived for PSL | Instant News


KARACHI: Various franchises on Monday confirmed the arrival of several foreign players and team officials ahead of the country’s tent professional cricket league, Pakistan Super League (PSL) HBL 2021.

The Karachi kings said that their former Australian supporter Daniel Christian had reached Karachi. Their other players including Joe Klarke, assistant coach Douglas Brown, head coach Herschelle Gibbs, Colin Ingram and Noor Ahmed from Afghanistan have arrived.

Meanwhile, the former Quetta Gladiators winners confirmed the arrival of their Afghanistan leg-spinner Qais Ahmed and their England fielding coach Julien Fountain. South African left-hander Cameron Delport has arrived. Meanwhile, Peshawar Zalmi held a training session at the National Stadium on Monday under their head coach Darren Sammy, who arrived a few days ago.

Skipper Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Irfan, Kamran Akmal, Imam-ul-haq and fast bowler Umaid Asif also took part in the training session. A spokesman for Zalmi said Shoaib Malik and foreign players will attend a training session after completing their isolation period.

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The official name for PSL-VI | Instant News


KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday announced match officials for the Pakistan Super League HBL 2021, which kick off in Karachi from February 20.

Aleem Dar, Michael Gough and Richard Illingworth of the ICC Elite Oversight Panel will join the seven members of the PCB Elite Oversight Panel to share referee responsibilities, PCB said.

The seven local referees are Ahsan Raza, Asif Yaqoob (PCB Umpire 2020), Faisal Khan Afridi, Imran Jawed, Rashid Riaz, Shozab Raza and Zameer Haider.

Former ICC Elite Match Referee Panel member, Roshan Mahanama, along with elite PCB panelists Ali Naqvi, Iftikhar Ahmed, Muhammad Anees and Javed Malik, will lead the game control team in 34 tournament matches.

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Karachi: Customs officers thwart gold smuggling attempt – Crime | Instant News


Published in 08 February 2021 16.59

500 grams of pure gold valued at over Rs4.8 million were found

KARACHI (Dunya News) – Customs officials in Karachi thwarted a gold smuggling attempt by conducting an operation at the Jinnah Terminal of Karachi International Airport.

According to customs officials, pure gold was recovered from a passenger who had come to Pakistan. Pakistani passengers have reached Karachi on Qatar Airways flight QR604.

According to Deputy Collector of Customs and Excise Inam Wazir, 500 grams of pure gold valued at more than Rs 4.8 million were recovered from passengers. The passenger hid the gold biscuits in his trouser pocket. The case has been registered and the passenger has been arrested.

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The Minister is considering legal changes to the privacy of browsing data | Instant News


Covid-19 Minister Chris Hipkins has sought advice from officials on potential changes to the law that could address lingering privacy concerns with the NZ Covid Tracer app. Photo / Bevan Conley

Covid-19 Countermeasure Chris Hipkins has sought advice from officials on potential changes to the law that could address lingering privacy concerns with the NZ Covid Tracer app.

It comes after a prominent data expert and Privacy Commissioner John Edwards suggested changes to the law would ensure agencies can’t use tracking data for spying or criminal investigations.

The New Zealand app remains an important tool for helping tracers quickly trace the close contacts of people infected with Covid-19 – but at the same time, gathering large amounts of personal information from users.

The government has moved to ease surveillance concerns by creating “decentralized” applications, leaving location data – such as those loaded via QR codes – and interaction information, entered via Bluetooth tracking, on people’s phones until needed for contact tracing.

While this approach, widely used by other countries, helps protect user privacy, there is still little legislative protection against data used for other purposes by Governments.

Dr Andrew Chen, a researcher at Koi Tū: The Center for Informed Futures based at the University of Auckland, said one concern is that police or intelligence agencies could request a warrant for a phone call and then retrieve tracing data from it.

The Singapore government recently sparked protests when it passed a law allowing police to access data from the TraceTogether app for serious crimes such as murder, rape and drug trafficking.

In New Zealand, Chen noted that a recent police review of emerging technology suggests police have the tools and the ability to search data on cell phones.

This month, he wrote to Hipkins and Director General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield, suggesting New Zealand could take similar steps to Australia, which introduces amendments that define who and who is not allowed to use tracer app data, and for what purposes.

That effectively means that intelligence agencies that accidentally collect tracking data from cell phones have to erase the data and can’t use it.

But Chen told the Herald that there were still concerns surrounding the two scenarios.

“One of them is that law enforcement officers get access, as happened in Singapore, which is a major concern,” he said.

“The other thing is, just because the NZ Covid Tracer app is well designed, it doesn’t mean that other digital contact tracing tools are designed as well.”

For example, he said, there were about 30 different providers for QR code digital contact tracing in the past.

“We know, last year, there were companies that collected personal information from contact tracing and then used it for marketing purposes.

“So it’s actually nice to have some rules that specifically state data collected for the purpose of the Covid-19 pandemic should only be used to respond to it.”

Data expert Dr Andrew Chen.  Photo / Provided
Data expert Dr Andrew Chen. Photo / Provided

Chen previously suggested that the Government could amend the Public Health Response Act, but now believes the reforms would fit better elsewhere in the current law.

In a written response to Chen last week, Hipkins noted that Bluetooth location and contact data were recorded centrally only when given to the tracker – and even then, people can still decide if they want to release it.

“With the relatively small number of cases in New Zealand, there are very few people whose data is stored centrally,” said Hipkins.

“This data is well secured in the ministry system and the ministry has done only to use it for contact tracing purposes.”

Furthermore, he said, the application has protection that limits the time period for data storage.

Manually scanned and recorded locations are stored on the user’s phone for 60 days and then deleted automatically, while the Bluetooth interaction key is stored on the user’s phone for 14 days and then deleted.

Although data from apps uploaded to the ministry’s system is kept longer because some of it becomes part of a person’s health records, the ministry has committed to deleting it “in a specific category” at the end of the pandemic – including all contact details.

Hipkins claims that the risk of being used for surveillance is low, and has been told that the threshold for agencies forcing access to it is “quite high.”

The police also told Chen that they did not – and would not – seek or access any data from the app to aid in the investigation.

However, Hipkins acknowledged that the existing safeguards were “incomplete” – and pointed to similar suggestions for reforms being made by privacy commissioners.

“While digital contact tracing options are now more limited than ever before, I notice nothing is preventing people from using other existing options, or preventing new ones from emerging,” Hipkins said in the letter.

“I understand that the ministry has published standards and certification regimes for applications that use Government QR codes that include privacy expectations.

“However, alternative approaches are not prohibited, and for that reason the Government supports ensuring there is protection for all digital applications and tools used for contact tracing.”

He has asked the ministry for advice on possible legislative changes – a move that encourages Chen.

“It’s great to look at. At the same time, I think it’s important to convince people that the risk here is low – and that we should all use this app as much as possible.”

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