KARACHI / LAHORE / RAWALPINDI / PESHAWAR: Workers from the Geo-Jang Group, along with media organizations and journalists, part of civil society and trade unions, on Wednesday continued their four-month protests across the country demanding easing media freedom throughout the world . the country and to protest the persecution of the Group and Editor in Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman.
In Karachi, condemning the long and unjust arrest of Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, tourist figure Yahya Polani demanded that the government immediately release him and stop his victimization by upholding the truth. Mir Shakil opposed strong government weapons tactics to conquer him to give up on independent editorial policy.
Polani spoke to the demonstration by the Jang-Geo Action Committee for the release of Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman. He said the chief editor was a resident of this country and would not run away from here while his family was a pioneer of journalism in the country.
Referring to the Supreme Court’s decision on NAB in the Khawaja Saad Rafiq case, he said the whole country was surprised to see how the National Accountability Bureau acted as a government tool to defame and blackmail people. Jang Karachi chief editor Mudasir Mirza said that the Jang-Geo Action Committee and the wider community would continue to protest until Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman was released. Others who spoke at the demonstration included the secretary general of the Dara Zafar News Employees Union and the secretary general of the Javed Rana Yusuf Employees Union.
Likewise in Peshawar, Jang Group workers called Rahman’s arrest illegal, unconstitutional, and attacks on independent media. Carrying banners and placards bearing slogans, the protesters demanded the government to release the owner of the country’s largest media group. Speaking on the occasion, senior journalists including Arshad Aziz Malik, Shakeel Farman Ali, Imdad Ali Qazalbash and others said media workers across the country were protesting the release of their Editor-in-Chief. They strongly criticized Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf and the National Accountability Bureau for arresting Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman in a 34-year-old fake property case. Protesters likened the arrest to attacks on independent media. They said the authorities could not suppress the voice of the independent or opposition press through such tactics.
In Rawalpindi, Geo and Jang Group workers together with journalist organizations held a demonstration in front of the Jang building and appealed to the high court to protect Mir Shakil from miscarriage of justice inflicted on him in a false case.
The demonstration was attended by the Chair of the Joint Action Committee of Geo and Jang Group workers and the President of the United Trade Union Nasir Chisti, Chair of Editorial Committee Jang Rawalpindi Hanif Khalid, Chief Reporter Jang Rawalpindi Rana Ghulam Qadir, RIUJ Secretary General Asif Ali Bhatti, PML-N leader Rawalpindi Imtiaz Taji, Muzaffar Bhatti, Munir Shah, Amjad Ali Abbassi, Malik Nusrat besides Jang and The News workers.
Responding to the protest, Chairman of the Geo and Jang Group Workers Joint Action Committee and United Jang Workers Union President Nasir Chisti said tyranny had replaced democracy in the country’s manifestation by suppressing independent press and forcing political and personal competitors. He said Rahman’s detention signaled government policy to silence the media’s free voice.
Chief Reporter Jang Rana Ghulam Qadir said NAB is being used as a tool for political engineering and media coercion and the Supreme Court’s historic ruling has recently proved that. PML-N leader Imtiaz Taji called on the Supreme Court to pay attention to the illegal arrest of Chief Editor of Geo and Jang Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman Group.
In Lahore, senior journalists, civil society leaders, administrators of the media union office and Jang Workers Union continued their protest on Friday over Rahman’s illegal and prolonged detention.
They regretted that those who claimed to make Pakistan a country like Medina had imprisoned Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman to be his victim even though there was no progress in investigating the 34-year-old property case.
Australian sliding contractors and wool producers worry about the lack of a national shaver with the closing of the COVID-19 border and travel restrictions, making it difficult for New Zealand shavers to enter the country.
Every August an incoming wave of 500 shearers from New Zealand arrives in Australia for spring shear – but not this year.
They handled at least seven million sheep for three months and returned to New Zealand for their own season in December.
Secretary of the Australian Shearing Contractors’ Association (SCAA) Jason Letchford said the lack of shadowing labor was a major concern for the industry.
“We are really in a desperate situation to get sheared sheep this year in the spring,” Ms Letchford said.
He said if the sheep were not shaved on time, the season would be extended, which would cause financial losses for producers and also pose a risk to animal welfare.
“If you don’t have good farming practices, you lose your assets,” he said.
SCAA is working with the Department of Agriculture, Home Affairs and the state government to find an agreement on New Zealand shavers coming to Australia.
Letchford believes a fast and appropriate solution is needed.
“I realize that the government is running a very narrow path between security and keeping the virus at stake, but there are jobs and commercial problems at stake,” he said.
“That can’t just be a holistic approach where we rotate taps in one area and that has unintended consequences in other industries.
“At this point an entry of $ 3,000 for quarantine and actually passing through an Australian port makes it look like no one can find it.”
Letchford said with the drought breaking out in many parts of Australia, the national sheep herd will only surge from 65 million heads now because farmers want to rebuild and maintain more stock and more shearers needed.
Craig Gilbert, who runs the Woolaway Contract Shearing in Naracoorte, South Australia, is concerned he might not be able to secure a full workforce if the agreement for NZ shavers entering Australia does not change.
His efforts bring half of his staff into the area as seasonal workers from abroad and abroad, but he may have to work with a framework workforce and ask farmers for more flexible sliding arrangements.
“We really don’t have the number of shavers in Australia to cover all of that to complete it within the time frame needed by farmers,” Gilbert said.
“It’s not just as you can say we will shave your sheep in December rather than October. Of course the season changes, and it gets a little hotter, animals can suffer from grass seeds, they can suffer flies, and it’s sad for animals that. “
He felt “somewhat frustrated” to see New Zealand shavers refusing to enter Australia and believed that the Department of Agriculture needed to improve and understand the importance of shavers coming from New Zealand, which is now a COVID-19 free country.
Letchford realized that many Australians were not working because of COVID-19 and were looking for work. Cutting is still a skilled trade that must be learned from time to time.
“We do welcome people in the industry but the reality is you will not be able to pick it up overnight, so we will not be able to train Virgin flight people to become shaves suddenly,” Letchford said. .
“People come to this industry and start working on their own and we will like it, and there is a lot of training available for that.”
However, he did not know of anyone from the industry affected by COVID-19 who tried to enter the shear and wool handling industry.
“It is frustrating that we cannot easily access workers in New Zealand.”
But it’s not just the Australian sliding warehouse that is short on staff.
The New Zealand industry is also worried about labor shortages for its peak season from November to March, when hair shavers from Australia and the UK usually flock to the country.
President of the New Zealand Slide Association Mark Barrowcliffe said the delay of their season was on the cards and despite talks with their Immigration Department there was an additional challenge to bringing shears overseas to the country.
“We want to do it faithfully for our employees and countries wherever they come or go.”
While the industry remains hopeful about their discussions with the Immigration Department, Mr Barrowcliffe said they also improved local goods to partially prevent a looming shortage.
However, with the situation of New Zealand shavers heading to Australia, he believes there is a ‘greater reluctance’ of workers due to the increasing cases of corona virus in Australia.
“We are a very family-oriented industry, so once you move from your current family, you cannot immediately return if something happens, and the family that comes first will definitely take care of some people at home,” he said.
The Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment said in a statement given to ABC that Australia’s WoolProducers (WPA) and National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) had identified the need for more than 480 New Zealand shavers and seasonal shedhand for July. -November.
“The department recognizes that the wool industry has traditionally used mobile workers, including groups who have moved from New Zealand to Australia for most workers and that prolonged delays in shaving can cause serious problems with animal welfare, on commercial impacts for wool producers, “the statement said.
WPA and the NFF are seeking support for New Zealand shavers and homeowners to enter Australia using an exemption from the Australian Border Commissioner.
In the statement, the Department of Agriculture said, at this time when the Australian border was closed, the only way to get workers was for travelers to seek release from the Australian Border Commissioner based on workers who provided critical skills.
“In the end, this is the decision of the Australian Border Commissioner to approve or disapprove border liberation.”
The movement of workers between various countries is governed by the country’s health directives, the statement said.
“It is important that prospective workers and employers understand the requirements before they travel.”
“The feedback from the industry to the department is that the recent closure of the border, in general, is well managed and does not cause significant difficulties.”
Indonesia will conduct a labor exchange program with Australia to increase its human resources. The plan was announced by senior government officials just days after the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) entered into force.
Minister of Trade Agus Suparmanto said Indonesian workers in the fields of health care, telecommunications, transportation, tourism and other sectors were eligible to take part in the program and could obtain training and work experience for six months in Australia.
The government is targeting 100 Indonesian workers to take part in the program in the first year, while the number of participants is expected to gradually increase to 500 within five years.
“This is part of Indonesia’s benefits in developing human resources from joining the IA-CEPA, along with the opportunities for our workers’ abilities to be recognized by the Australian government and business,” he said in a video press conference on Friday.
In implementing the program, the government will partner with the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin), the Indonesian Employers’ Association (Apindo) and the Indonesia-Australia Business Council (IABC).
The IA-CEPA, which was ratified by the House of Representatives in February and entered into force on July 5, abolished trade tariffs between the two countries. With the trade pact, the Ministry of Trade hopes to increase exports of several Indonesian products to Australia, especially textiles, automotive products, electronics, fishery products and communication devices.
When the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted global trade, Indonesia’s exports fell 28.95 percent year-on-year (yoy) to US $ 10.53 billion in May. The country’s exports to Australia totaled $ 920 million in the January-May period, up 15.69 percent yoy.
Agus also said that, with the IA-CEPA agreement, Indonesia aims to cut the country’s export deficit to Australia in half by 2021 to around $ 1.5 billion from $ 3.2 billion last year.
Trade between the two countries totaled $ 7.8 billion in 2019, far lower than bilateral trade with Indonesia’s main trading partner, China, which reached $ 73 billion in the same year.
“We hope that we can achieve an export surplus in the future, but not this year, because the effect of the agreement is likely to be slow, because of the pandemic,” he said. “However, we are optimistic that we can see significant changes in 2021.”
The minister stated that the two countries had also agreed to increase the number of work holiday visas to 4,100 from initially 1,000. He expressed his hope that in the sixth year of the IA-CEPA, the quota for this type of visa would reach 5,000.
In addition, Indonesia and Australia have also decided to prioritize industrial partnerships in food agriculture and electric vehicles as well as technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in the first year of the IA-CEPA, according to the trade minister.
Previously, secretary general of the Indonesian Automotive Manufacturers Association (Gaikindo) Kukuh Kumara said the Indonesian automotive industry might not immediately benefit from a trade agreement because it prioritized trade in electric vehicles (EV), which Indonesia had not yet produced. The Jokowi government has set a target to start producing EV in 2021 or 2022.
“We do not have products from specifications that Australian consumers need,” said Kukuh The Jakarta Post in a telephone interview on July 6.
The Indonesian car industry mostly produces multipurpose vehicles (MPVs) or sedans such as the Toyota Camry, while Australians prefer sports vehicles (SUVs), Kukuh added.
LAHORE: Mazdoor protests took place at Markaz Kot Lakhpat Mazdoor on Tuesday. The protest was attended by workers, political activists, students and women from various organizations. The aim is to speak out against attacks on the working class and to organize workers. These united fronts include the Awami Labor Party, the Federation of Pakistan Trade Unions, the National Trade Union Federation, Mazdoor Mahaz, the Women’s Democracy Front, Mehnatkash Tehreek, the Revolutionary Socialist Movement, Labor Democracy, Workers’ Democracy, National Student Federation, PRSF, and other organizations.
Protests took place in more than 30 cities throughout the country under the auspices of the Workers Solidarity Committee. Protesters in Lahore hold banners and placards with slogans against layoffs, not paying salaries, withholding pay and pensions. Demonstrators also shouted slogans against the boss and the government. Speaking to the participants, the speakers said that it was a labor-hostile government that gave more than Rs 1,500 billion to big bosses and capitalists in various forms. Prime Minister, all ministers and government institutions care about the big capitalists but not the workers, they said. Not to mention, the capitalists who benefit from the government’s aid package are also laying off workers. They demanded from the government to return all dismissed workers and pay their salaries in full by eliminating their salary deductions. In addition, they demanded ‘no pension cuts’. Instead of filling the pockets of the capitalists, the government must provide full pension to the workers, they demand.
They say that this demonstration is the beginning.
A press release issued by the Lahore Workers Solidarity Committee said that if the government and employers did not end the layoffs and pay workers’ cuts, they would hold mass protests and use every option. The government cannot let workers and their children starve and die while filling the pockets of super rich employers, they say.
Illegal structures: In a major operation against illegal construction, the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) destroyed and sealed several buildings and structures in the City here on Tuesday.
The operation was launched under the direction of LDA DG Ahmed Aziz Tarar, officials said adding the LDA DG had announced zero tolerance for illegal construction.
During the operation, the city planning wing team destroyed an illegal commercial plaza in the Huma Block flat and an open air restaurant in Johar Town E-Block while two illegal buildings one in 21-Rachna Block and the other in 83-Jehanzaib Block, Allama Iqbal City.
Another team reached the housing scheme approved by LDA, T&T Abpara and destroyed an illegal building that was built on the site of a public park while the road under construction, the sewage system and other structures of the illegal housing scheme Babar Homes and Zaheer Villas were destroyed. Illegal construction on the road was also demolished in Naz City.
Minority: Minister of Human Rights and Minority Affairs Ijaz Augustine summoned Punjab Chief Secretary Jawwad Rafique Malik at the camp office.
Director General of the Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) Kamran Lashari was also present at the meeting. Provincial ministers on behalf of the minority thanked the Punjab government for providing security to churches, places of worship and health facilities for the treatment of the corona virus. He said that minorities in Pakistan enjoy equal protection and full religious freedom. The minority community ensures the implementation of SOPs issued by the government to contain the spread of the corona virus, he added. The Minister mentioned that work is being carried out to promote religious tourism in the province through the church. The Chief Secretary assured full cooperation from the Punjab government, saying that concrete steps had been taken for the welfare of the minority in the province. Kamran Lashari briefed the Chief Secretary and the Provincial Minister on the steps taken by WCLA to protect and restore historic sites.
KARACHI / RAWALPINDI / PESHAWAR: Jang-Geo Group workers along with journalist organizations, civil society and political workers continued their protest on Tuesday against the illegal arrest of their Editor in Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, who was detained for the past 68 days at no charge anything in a 34 year old personal business transaction.
Protests across the country by Jang-Geo Group workers against cruel curbing, intimidation and suppression of the independent editorial policy of the Jang-Geo group continued and they shouted slogans for the release of Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman. Addressing protests outside the Jang and The News offices on Murree Road in Rawalpindi, the speakers called for the release of the Chief Editor and vowed to continue their protest until his release was unconditional and honorable.
Secretary General of the Pakistan Federal Journalists Association, Nasir Zaidi, said the country’s image was tarnished when journalists and teachers were widely arrested. “What kind of image of Pakistan is presented in front of the international community,” he asked. He said in the past, dictators took a crackdown on the free press by arresting reporters and editors to mute voices but they failed. “We are determined to continue our struggle to release Editor-in-Chief Jang-Geo Group,” he said.
Chief Reporter Jang Rawalpindi Rana Ghulam Qadir said workers from the Jang-Geo Group are not afraid of those who throw bullets into their protest camps and will continue their struggle for a free press and the release of Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman. Magazine Editor Jang Rawalpindi Farooq Aqdas said the Editor in Chief was a brave man who had refused to bow before illegal charges. Chairperson of the Joint Action Committee and Trade Union President Jang Nasir Chisti said the group workers were united to free their Editor-in-Chief who always stood with his workers. RIUJ’s secretary general and senior Geo News correspondent Asif Ali Bhatti said we would not divert agitation towards independent press freedom and Rahman’s illegal arrest. “We will achieve media freedom and the release of the Chief Editor with our peaceful struggle,” he said.
PML-N worker Obaid Abbassi said the arrest of Mir Shakil-Ur-Rahman had proved for another time that the NAB nexus was merely an arm of the government to bring opposition and a free press under pressure. He demanded his immediate release. Jang Group workers Munir Shah, Amjad Abbassi and Malik Nusrat also demanded the release of the Chief Editor who carried out undue persecution.
In Karachi, speaking to protests over the release of Jang-Geo Group Editor in Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman in Karachi, Sindh People’s Party vice president Amanullah Mehsud said he was convicted of upholding his honest editorial policies.
Condemning the National Accountability Bureau’s submission to the wishes of the federal government, he said that the anti-corruption watchdog had reduced itself as a government arm used to harass, victimize and blackmail politicians, doctors and journalists. He said, instead of fixing the problem of media workers on the streets for more than two months demanding the release of the chief editor and removing restrictions on independent workers, the government began to threaten them.
He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan’s policies and his revenge against the Jang-Geo Group had placed him on the list of the worst prime ministers in history. He said he was rather holding his cabinet members accountable for causing the wheat and sugar crisis, Khan only after his revenge campaign.
Incharge People’s Secretariat Farid Ansari said that the prime minister had failed in all matters, be it Kashmir or internal policy. He added that Jang-Geo Group will never bow to government pressure because various governments in the past have also tried but failed to do so miserably. Secretary of the Confederation of Employees of Pakistan’s Newspaper Shakil Yamin Kanga condemned the widespread threat to media workers protesting in Rawalpindi by sending them bullets with warnings to stop the campaign and ask the Pakistani court chief to pay attention. He warned that he would hold the government accountable if any losses came to Jang-Geo Group workers protesting the release of Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman. Others who spoke at the demonstration included APNEC information secretary Fawad Mehmud, United Union Press secretary general Javed Rana Yusuf, president of The News Union Saeed Muhiuddin Pasha and secretary general Dara Zafar.
Likewise in Peshawar, Jang-Geo Group workers continued protests against the prolonged arrest of their Editor in Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman. The protesters carried banners and placards bearing slogans in support of their demands. They urged the government to free Mir Shakil and withdraw all cases institutionalized to him. The protesters criticized the Pakistani government Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) for using the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to become victims of political opponents and independent media. They chanted slogans against the government-NAB nexus, saying it was unacceptable to them.
Protesters recalled that editor-in-chief Jang-Geo Group represented the country’s largest media group but has been behind bars for the past 68 days without proving mistakes or bringing any references or cases against him.
LAHORE: Two people were killed when a cylinder exploded at an aluminum factory in Karool Ghatti, Gujarpura, on Wednesday. The deceased was identified as Asif, 35, son of Lateef and Abdul Salam, 27, son of Azeem, serving as a laborer in the factory. The fire erupted after an explosion at the factory, rescue teams said.
The bodies were handed over to their heirs after completing legal formalities.
shot dead: A young man was shot dead by an unknown person at the Green City boundary on Wednesday.
The victim was identified as Arsalan Ahmad, the son of Abbas from Bagrian village. The victim was on his way back from his workplace when several unknown people shot him in the neck, resulting in instant death. The victim and his family belong to Pakpattan and live here in the village of Bargian. The police registered a murder case against an unknown person on the complaint of the victim’s father and moved his body to the morgue.
Two kite makers were arrested: Gujarpura police arrested two kite producers here on Wednesday. The captured manufacturers were identified as Ubaid and Hamza. The police found the kite and the kite’s raw material from their own.
200 ordered to protest: police Qila Gujar Singh filed a case against 200 workers of the Pakistan Wapda Hydroelectric Union, including its secretary general Khurshid Ahmad for holding a demonstration the day before.
This case is registered under the Punjab Infectious Disease Prevention & Control Ordinance 2020 and the Sound Act.
accident: Ten people were killed and 754 injured in road accidents in the Punjab province during the past 24 hours.
RAWALPINDI / Lahore / PESHAWAR / Karachi: Geo-Jang workers protesting intimidation and unrelenting coercion from the government to silence their media houses with a long campaign that ends in unreasonable arrests and illegal arrests of Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman is revived on May 13 (Wednesday) across the country as Remembrance Day for the four journalists who were publicly flogged and given prison sentences for opposing the cruel media censorship of the military regime of Zia-ul-Haq.
As it is today, it is about controlling perceptions and group workers pledging to continue rejecting the government’s design of press freedom, protecting the rights of media workers and the release of Chief Editor Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman.
At the Rawalpindi protest camp outside the Jang and The News offices on Murree Road, Geo-Jang Group workers along with civil society and political workers decided to continue the struggle to release the Chief Editor, who has been in illegal custody for the past 62 days.
They criticized the NAB-government axis for suppressing different voices including free media and opposition.
PFUJ Secretary General Nasir Zaidi was one of four journalist victims convicted of lashing during the Zia dictatorship, saying Shakil-ur-Rahman has now turned into a voice of media freedom and has refused to bow down even though he has been detained for two months. Rahman will be long remembered for his struggle for media freedom, he said.
He said that the names of journalists who were victims during the 80s dictatorship were fresh in the minds and hearts of people as “champions of freedom” but the dictators who seized people’s rights had long been moved to the trash of history.
Editor Jang Rawalpindi Hanif Khalid called for a higher court to pay attention to the illegal arrest of Shakil-ur-Rahman.
Chief Reporter Jang Rawalpindi Rana Ghulam Qadir, Chairperson of the Joint Action Committee and Trade Union President Jang Nasir Chishti, Jang Munir Shah Group media worker Malik Nusrat, Amjad Abbassi said false accusations against Editor-in-Chief will be dismissed in the first court hearing.
In Karachi, Jang-Geo Action Committee protests continued in Karachi on Wednesday when leaders from political parties, trade unions and civil society organizations gathered to express solidarity with imprisoned Jang-Geo Group editorial leaders and to denounce cruel restrictions by the government federal in independent media.
Speaking at the demonstration, Pakistani People’s Party leader Sardar Nazakat said Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf government was working on its agenda to eliminate truth and dissent from the public and for this they attacked media houses and independent journalists.
Referring to the service of the Jang-Geo Group in the field of journalism, Nazakat said that Mir Shakil continued the vision and mission of his father’s pre-Separation Mir Khalil-ur-Rahman and that he was persecuted. He said that it was the first democratic government called in the history of the country that could not withstand criticism and was involved in personal revenge. He demanded that Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman be released from prison immediately and the government should apologize to him for causing severe damage to him.
Secretary of the Confederation of Employees of Pakistan’s Newspaper Shakil Yamin Kanga said that 42 years ago, today – May 13 – journalists were flogged and held openly by dictator General Ziaul Haq. He said that today is still celebrated as a black day in the history of journalism. He said that Rahman’s arrest had added another black chapter to history and ironically this happened in a government that called itself democratic.
Referring to the illegality in the arrest and detention of Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, Javed Qureshi said that it cannot be understood how he could be arrested in the matter of a 34-year-old personal transaction that spoke volumes about the government’s design to control independent media. He demanded the immediate release of Mir Shakil and commented that no matter how difficult the road, independent media would still be alive because those who wanted to see the country develop and progress stood together with the Jang-Geo Group.
Others who spoke about the demonstration included PPP leaders Sheraz Saleh Tanoli and Sardar Zulfiqar Ali, United Union Secretary General Javed Rana Yusuf, The News Union president Saeed Muhiuddin Pasha and Secretary General Dara Zafar.
In Peshawar, media workers from Jang Group continued Wednesday’s protest against the arrest of their Editor in Chief, Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman. Carrying banners and placards bearing slogans in support of their demands, they demanded the immediate release of Mir Shakil and the withdrawal of cases instituted to him.
Deputy Secretary General Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) and former provincial minister Amanullah Haqqani joined the camp to express solidarity with the Jang Group. He condemned the arrest of Mir Shakil and called it an attack by the government against the free press. Criticizing the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), he said it had become a tool by the government to pursue its opponents. Haqqani demanded the immediate release of Mir Shakil and the withdrawal of the case against him.
Arshad Aziz Malik, Editor of Resident Jang, called the arrest of Mir Shakil a victimization and attack on a free press that journalists would not tolerate. He said journalists were flogged during General Ziaul Haq’s martial law regime but media workers were never subject to brutal force.
In Multan, Jang, The News and Geo News daily workers observed protests against their Chief Editor’s arrest and demanded his release.
Lawyers along with trade representatives joined the protest and expressed solidarity with Jang-Geo Group.
Senior lawyer Syed Zia Haider Zaidi, Chaudhry Khalid, Assistant Lawyer Abid Hussain Bhutta, president Tajuman Anjuman Chaudhry Riaz Shaheen and others visited the camp.
Speaking on the occasion, Syed Zia Haider said that ongoing detention was part of the government’s efforts to remove Geo Network from the screen and stop the circulation of The News and Jang’s newspapers. He said that NAB had become a controversial institution. He demanded the immediate release of Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman.
Senior reporters, civil society leaders, administrators of the media and trade union offices in Lahore deplored that those who claimed to make Pakistan a country like Medina had imprisoned Jang / Geo Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman in politics-motivating cases during The last 62 days and he has remained detained even in the holy month of Ramazan despite no progress in the investigation of 35 years of property exchange charges against him or officially registered cases.
They greeted the protest camp of Jang, Geo and The News employees who were formed at the request of the Joint Action Committee and Jang Workers Union for the release of Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman outside Jang’s office on Wednesday.
They demanded the immediate release of MSR and warned that the PTI government could not continue its dictatorial policy by curbing freedom of expression and forcing the economic killing of media workers for a long time.
Those who expressed solidarity at the protest camp with Jang Group employees included Editor of the Shaheen Qureshi Group, advocate civil society leader Abdullah Malik, Comrade Zawwar Hussain Bukhari, Zaheer Anjum, head of the Lahore Geo Bureau Raees Ansari, administrators of the Jang Workers Union office and others.
Shaheen Qureshi called the fascist regime of the PTI government and the worst type of authoritarian government determined to silence the voices of independent media. He warned that Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman was the first victim in the media to stifle the PTI government, while other owners of the media house were the next target. He said the clogging up of media voices would become an easy target for the ruling elite and the establishment when several high-ranking media houses would be closed or dismembered with a small number of employees. He said media owners must realize that if they do not empower their workers and professional journalists, their own strength will be seriously restricted, and they will become easy prey for the ruling and ruling elite, adding that the Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman case must function as an eye opener for all media owners.
Zaheer Anjum said that the media cannot work for truth without freedom, because the media play the role of watchdog for society.
Comrade Zawwar Hussain said the fake and fake cases against Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman must be withdrawn and he must be released.
In April, flights arrived in Canada with thousands of temporary foreign workers destined to begin work on agriculture throughout the country. Their workforce is very important for food production in Canada, so the federal and provincial governments decide to ensure they can arrive, even though the border is closed because of COVID-19.
Ottawa enforces regulations requiring employers to ensure that newly arrived workers can be quarantined at their workplaces for two weeks and have adequate access to food and health supplies. Federal government announced support for agriculture and food producers for $ 1,500 for each worker to help cover additional costs to ensure workers can be isolated for two weeks.
Around the same time, two planes carrying hundreds of foreign workers temporarily landed in Vancouver. But the workers were not taken away to the farm where they would be employed for the season. Instead, they were escorted to a government-operated place where they were quarantined for two weeks in hotels vacated for that purpose. Only B.C. and Prince Edward Island requires workers to enter government-operated isolation.
Today, Justine Hunter reported that eight of the workers tested positive for novel coronaviruses when quarantined. The eight workers all headed to different farms, which might mean COVID exposure for hundreds of agricultural workers.
“They could have infected other staff and completely closed the operation,” Agriculture Minister Lana Popham noted. Seven of the eight workers have recovered and have been cleared for work.
This program is carried out after breeding in SM. The interior was closed after the COVID outbreak infected 23 workers, believed to be tracked by the arrival of temporary foreign workers who arrived in Kelowna in early March. The workers live in shared housing provided by the nursery.
PEI is the only other province that provides accommodation for workers before they travel to their workplaces. Other provinces have helped agricultural businesses to manage the quarantine period on their farms. Ontario has dozens of COVID cases among temporary foreign workers who come to Canada to work on agriculture.
In BC, if new arrivals have no symptoms when they land, they are sent to a hotel near Vancouver International Airport. The province pays for room costs, food service, and worker support during the 14-day self-isolation period. During that time, employers are responsible for paying their temporary foreign workers for a minimum of 30 hours per week, at an hourly rate that they will do if they work.
Ms. Popham said he hoped B.C. will be able to bring a total of 6,000 agricultural workers to the province this year.
“This is embedded in the way we do business here,” he said. “If we don’t find a solution, we will have a very different situation in this sector.”
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MURAL: With more than 55 murals throughout Gastown, BIA is preparing plans for the summer by taking the mural and making outdoor galleries in the alleyways of the area. And there is interest from the Vancouver Art Gallery to do something with them in the future. Organizers of the Vancouver Mural Festival, noting Gastown’s grassroots efforts, were mobilized to send artists to more than 40 riding locations downtown and outside for what they called #MakeArtWhileApart. VMF artists share their thoughts how the pandemic has affected their lives, what they do to stay afloat and what role public art might play in physical distance.
DEATH CARGILL: Benito Quesada spent the last few days at Cargill Ltd’s slaughterhouse. at High River to check the welfare of his colleagues. He fills in for a union representative as a running servant, which means he will be in contact with the Cargill employee plots throughout the facility. Now, the factory flag is flying at half mast to honor the second factory worker who died from the COVID-19 outgreak at the factory. Mr. Quesada, who came to Canada from Mexico in 2007, died last weekend after being infected with a novel coronavirus. He is 51 years old, according to the union representing workers at Cargill.
LAKE KEARL: The outbreak at the Northern Alberta oil sands site is now linked to more than 100 cases of COVID-19 in four provinces, including the remote village of Dene in North Saskatchewan, which has increasingly raised concerns that the disease can spread like wildfire through labor camps that house thousands of people. oil and gas workers. On April 14, two cases of COVID-19 appeared Lake Kearl, a labor camp managed by Civeo Corp. based in the U.S. serving the Imperial Oil Ltd. oil sands project On April 15, with another case confirmed on the site, the Alberta Health Service announced an outbreak. Two days later, Lake Kearl had 12 cases. On May 8, the number exceeded 100, including 23 located outside the Alberta border in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia. Workers have gone home, carrying viruses.
MANITOBA HYDRO: Hundreds of Hydoba Manitoba employees will receive layoff notifications after the province directed Crown utilities to save costs during the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Hydro spokesman Bruce Owen said the temporary layoffs would last for four months and affect 600-700 employees. Utilities expects layoffs will translate to around $ 11-million in savings.
MONEY FOR OIL AND GAS SECTORS: Long-standing federal government support for airlines and oil and gas companies came Monday in the form of a loan program for large companies affected by the pandemic economy. The new program, called Large Entrepreneur Emergency Funding Facility (LEEFF), is intended to provide short-term bridge financing to Canada’s largest employers in situations where they cannot obtain loans from private lenders. But Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said any federal money would come with “stringent” conditions, including dividend limits, share repurchases and executive payments, and requirements for companies to show how they contributed to Canada’s climate change goals.
DAYCARES: Parents throughout Alberta, and in other provinces who are preparing to reopen child care as part of their planned economic re-launch, now weigh risk when they decide whether to return their children to daycare. Alberta outlines a number new rules to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in child care facilities, which is permitted to reopen on Thursday. The new guidelines specify a maximum of 10 people, including children and staff, for each room. Centers with several rooms can have as many as 30 programs, as long as they are separated into groups consisting of 10 different rooms and not gathered.
SASKATCHEWAN TRAVEL CHECKPOINT: Leaders in northwest Saskatchewan called on provinces to clear up confusion checkpoints that limit travel in this region during the COVID-19 pandemic. A letter from the northern leaders to the head of the provincial medical health officer outlining their concerns about the lack of consultation about travel restrictions and confusion about how to interpret it. It said there were no native language speakers at the checkpoint and the staff did not respect the notes of the head and council that allowed certain people to travel.
RESTAURANT: When will the SM restaurant reopen for dinner – maybe on June 1 – the table can be two meters apart and the booth will be separated by high plexiglass sheets. Buffet, waiting room and seating at the bar or counter that is not wide enough will remain closed, below Blueprint for Reopening Places to Eat in Restaurants submitted last week to the provincial government by the BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association. These are just a few of the changes outlined in the blueprint, which are awaiting approval from WorkSafe BC.
METAN: Alberta is tighten the methane regulations, bringing it closer to controlling emissions from greenhouse gases, relies on reviews from Ottawa to ensure they meet the federal government’s mandated targets. The province issued a new regulation on Tuesday that Alberta hopes will be in line with Ottawa’s minimum standards to provide provincial oversight of emissions from its oil and gas sector.
HAIR SALON: Some of the little pleasures of going to the salon will be sacrificed because of the risk of spreading the new corona virus. In Alberta, hair salon can open as early as May 14 as part of Phase 1 of the planned relaunch of the province. According to the British Columbia Restart Plan, hair salons and barber shops will be allowed to open during Phase 2, which will begin mid-May. Many salons across the country are considering improving strong hygiene and sanitation practices, as well as installing plexiglass glass barriers and minimizing certain services, such as shampooing. These additional cleaning and protection measures are additional costs. Salons also need to limit the number of customers to comply with physical distance regulations, which will reduce their income compared to before the pandemic.
WATER POLO: Kyra Christmas, 23, a member of the Canadian national women’s water polo team, came up with an idea with her family to build ponds of hay bales because he could not practice in the pool with his team because of COVID-19. The pool is 16 feet long, eight feet wide and six feet deep and is on his parents’ farm in southeastern Airdrie in Rocky View, Alta.
Justine Hunter in SM Plans to address operations savings: “This week, Health Minister Adrian Dix announced his plan to pursue a delayed operation of COVID, with the operating room reopening next week. He called it ambitious, and rightly so. What Mr. Dix suggested was not only dealing with COVID’s deposits, but also trying to fixing these difficult problems, even when the COVID-19 crisis remained alive.
Roxanne Robinson, Danielle Shaw, Marilyn Slett and Wally Webber in revealed COVID-19 data to the customary government: “Here in British Columbia, the First United Nations Health Authority (FNHA), which operates under Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), continues not to disclose to the indigenous government where the COVID-19 case occurred, citing potential social harm to patients Health Officer Bonnie Henry has stated that this non-disclosure is intended to ensure that infected people are protected from stigma which can make them not report it, cumulative number of positive cases, rather than death and recovery, with respect, and in a spirit of reconciliation. “It is our view that this reason misunderstands the role of indigenous government, and that this non-disclosure policy puts the lives of indigenous peoples at risk.”
Jeffrey Jones on tLEEFF Announcement: “But, like previous federal and provincial support, the big problem remains that taxpayers take on obligations – stepping in which banks might be afraid to step in – and not getting equity and a little recourse if the company’s plans go terribly wrong. That is the level of risk that is not prepared other people. “
LAHORE: Hundreds of workers from the electricity distribution company and Wapda celebrated Protest Day on Monday.
They held meetings across the country under the auspices of the CBA Pakistan Wapda Hydropower Union, demanding electricity management to ensure safe working conditions for line staff who meet with fatal accidents due to unsafe working conditions and serious staff shortages. Three line staff members suffered fatal accidents due to electric shock within two days at the KPK, Lahore and Sukkur.
This Ramazan workers do not get special benefits (one month salary) as in previous years on the eve of Eid. They demanded from the electricity and management of the Wapda to provide special benefits to the workers as it became practice. Electric workers do the most dangerous work. They provide electricity to more than 25 million consumers throughout the country.
These meetings were held in various major cities including Lahore, Quetta, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Multan, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Rawalpindi, and Peshawar. Workers gathered in large numbers in front of the Lahore Press Club, carrying national flags to support their demands.
Khurshid Ahmad, Secretary General of the United Nations, addressed the rally paying homage to national heroes who sacrificed their lives during the implementation of the most dangerous work, ensuring the provision of electricity to the community. He urged workers to maintain unity in their ranks and records and comply with safety regulations at work.
He assured them that the union would continue to strive to improve the living and working conditions of the workers. It has accepted demands for an increase in the scale of their salaries, increased hazard benefits, marriage grants for their children and other special benefits, bringing in 9,500 workers on a regular basis.
The demonstration was also overcome by Haji Muhammad Younas, Osama Tariq, Nosher Khan, Rana Shakoor, Muzaffar Mateen, Naveed Dogar, Ch. Muhammad Akram, Malik Zahoor and other union representatives. On this occasion, the house demanded the federal and provincial governments to increase workers’ wages by at least 30 percent, examine rising prices of important commodities and ensure safe working conditions for all industrial, commercial and media workers.