Text Bulletin 1200 hrs
Polling for the by-election in NA-120- Lahore is in full swing.
Government is taking appropriate measures for the protection and promotion of Women Rights.
An anti-polio drive begins in different parts of the country from on Monday.
Bangladesh has restricted movement of Rohingya migrants who have fled from Myanmar into crowded border camps.
Polling for the by-election in NA-120 constituency Lahore is in progress in a peaceful manner.
According to reports, polling started 8:00 am in the morning and it will continue till 5:00 pm without any break.
Election Commission of Pakistan has finalized all arrangements to hold election in a free, fair, transparent and peaceful manner.
In all forty-four candidates, including 32 independent and 12 from different political parties are taking part in the bye-election.
Begum Kalsoom Nawaz of Pakistan Muslim League (N), Faisal Mir from Pakistan People's Party and Dr. Yasmeen Rashid from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf are the main contestants.
The ECP said that the constituency has over three hundred twenty one thousand registered voters and two hundred and twenty polling stations have been set up.
Under a pilot project, one hundred biometric verification machines are being used on trial basis in 39 polling stations of the constituency.
To ensure smooth and peaceful polling process, strict security measures are in place inside and outside the polling stations and fifteen hundred Army personnel will also remain vigilant till the results are announced.
The government is taking appropriate measures with regard to protection and promotion of Women Rights in Pakistan.
According to the spokesperson of Human Rights Ministry, the Criminal Law' has been passed by the joint session of the parliament which includes offences relating to rape and honour killing.
He said that the government has also initiated the Action Plan for Human Rights which provides for specific intervention in order to ensure protection of Women's Rights.
He said a national Commission for Human Rights has also been established with a broad mandate and powers to take suo-moto actions against violations and a toll free helpline 1099 was also established for legal advice on Human Rights violation with special focus on women related issues.
A Family Protection and Rehabilitation Centre for Women is also working in the federal capital to provide protection and legal assistance as well as psycho-social support to the women victims of violence.
An anti-polio drive begins in different parts of the country on Monday to eradicate the decease.
In Punjab, four-day anti polio campaign will also be started in Sargodha, Multan, Lodhran, Vehari Khanewal, Hafizabad and Rajanpur districts from on Monday.
In Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, around 5.620 million children will be vaccinated in anti-polio campaign beginning from on Monday.
In Balochistan, a three-day anti-polio drive will begin from on Monday. The campaign has already kicked off in Quetta on Sunday. More than 2.4 million children less than the age of five years will be administered anti polio drive.
Strict security arrangements are being made to avoid any untoward incident.
In Sindh, mobile health care units are being strengthened to provide basic health facilities to the people at their doorsteps in remote and far-flung areas of the province.
Our Karachi Correspondent, reports that an amount of three hundred seventy-five million rupees has been earmarked in the provincial budget for current financial year to strengthen the mobile healthcare units.
Complete diagnostic, treatment, laboratory tests, X-rays, ultrasound facility, emergency cardiac treatment and other related facilities are being provided to the people.
A prominent artist Iftikhar Qaisar passed away in Peshawar on Sunday morning after protracted illness.
He was about sixty.
Iftikhar Qaisar acted in Urdu, Pashto and Hindko plays of Pakistan Television for more than forty years.
He had received the President's Pride of Performance Award for his outstanding performance.
In Occupied Kashmir, the joint separatist leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik have expressed resentment over repeated and arbitrary imposition of curfew and restrictions in Srinagar.
In a statement in Srinagar, the leadership said locking down the central Jamia Masjid especially on Fridays to bar people from all across the Valley to assemble and offer prayers is aimed at weakening the centrality and significance of the grand mosque.
The leaders expressed serious concern over the continued policy of oppression and persecution of the people by the authorities in one form or other.
Bangladesh has restricted the movement of more than 400,000 Rohingya migrants who have fled from Myanmar into crowded border camps and have started immunizing tens of thousands of children against diseases.
According to health official in Cox's Bazar, some 150,000 children will be immunized over seven days for measles, rubella and polio while United Nations says there are some 240,000 children in dire conditions.