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Pakistan rejects practice of cosmetics testing on animals!

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LONDON: Humans are selfish and in order to get some boons, sans giving a second thought, they could harm other living beings.

For their shameless greed, every year, poachers trade numerous animals illegally to the manufactures, which use the skins of animals for making bags and shoes. Not to mention that innumerable makeup brands use animals when it comes to testing cosmetics.

Eventually, when people apply cosmetics, they do not even testing about those innocent animals that go through excruciating pain and trauma during the process.

In such, the Pakistan Animal Welfare Rights (PAWS) is joining forces with UK brand The Body Shop for the campaign to eradicate the use of animals for makeup stuff.

The campaign has been initiated here as to urge the United Nations to take measures, embracing a global agreement to contain this dilemma.

The company has collaborated with Cruelty-Free International with the objective to gather eight million signatures internationally whereas, the target here is to reach some 250,000 signatures by August 20, 2018, to urge UN to look into this measure forthwith.

In this context, PAWS press release claims that approx 500,000 animals are affected and even slain during assessments for cosmetics purpose each annum. As a matter of fact, merely a single ingredient in a product can cause the death of 1,400 animals.

It is pertinent to mention here that animal tests are being substituted with speedy, affordable and more authentic non-animal approaches. Such novel techniques have been found to foretell human reactions better than the traditional animal tests.

Moreover, it has been scientifically proven that animal tests foresee human reactions by just 40 to 60 percent, whilst modern methods are 80 percent valid.

As per the figures, 80 percent states have been reported with having no laws against animal testing. In 2013, the European Union imposed a ban on trading the cosmetics tested on animals. Similarly, India, Israel, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, and Turkey have the similar prohibitions.

It is to be noted that products such as lotions, shampoos, mouthwash, makeup, detergents, glues, artificial sweeteners, bug sprays and cleaning supplies (to name the few) are tested on the eyes, skins and digestive systems of animals.

The so-called experts infuse the toxic chemical in their eyes to determine how long it takes to burn their corneas. Also, such creatures have been fed the lethal amount of chemicals to recognize the exact dose that triggers death. Regrettably, the animals are being killed once they are through with the experiments.

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SC directs to shift Anwar Majeed from hospital to jail

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court today directed authorities to shift Omni Group chairman Anwar Majeed his son, Abdul Ghani Majeed, from the hospital to jail.
A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar passed the directions after examining the medical report of Mr. Anwar Majeed. The court had formed a committee under the Surgeon General of Pakistan for the medical examination of the accused, in a money laundering case. Additional Attorney General submitted the medical reports of Majeed and his son, before the bench stating that the Omni Group chairman can be made part of investigations. The Chief Justice remarked, “Is he an official guest? shift him to the jail, he has been enjoying for over a month.” After examining the report, the Chief Justice observed that the accused were in good condition so they should be in jail instead of a hospital.
Former president Asif Ali Zardari’s close aide and Omni Group chairman Anwar Majeed and his son, Abdul Ghani, were arrested by FIA in August in relation to a Rs 35 billion money laundering case. The FIA is investigating 32 people in relation to money laundering from fictitious accounts, including Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur. Zardari’s close aide Hussain Lawai was arrested in July in connection with the probe.
Over 20 ‘benami’ accounts at some private banks were opened in 2013, 2014 and 2015 from where transactions worth billions of rupees were made, according to the sources. The amount, according to FIA sources, is said to be black money gathered from various kickbacks, commissions, and bribes.

 

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Traffic violations: E-ticketing from 24th Sept in Lahore

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LAHORE: The Lahorites would receive electronic challans at their addresses given at the time of registration of vehicles over violation of traffic rules from Monday (24th September).
A spokesman for Punjab Safe Cities Authority (PSCA) said that a test run had already been conducted regarding electronic ticketing to ensure optimum efficiency after its launch.
The e-ticketing contains real-time violation graphics, type, and corresponding penalty numerics initially to be paid to the branches of Bank of Punjab, whereas similar arrangements were underway with National Bank of Pakistan along with various other deposit facilities, the spokesman said.
He said that these operations would be executed from the PSCA electronic ticketing center, in coordination with the City Traffic Police (CTP) and in compliance with the Motor Vehicles Ordinance and the rules, Section 116-A. The back side of E-tickets depicted all the violations, fines, and relevant instructions, he added.
The fine would have to be paid in 10 days; otherwise, the amount would double, the spokesman said and added that frequent violations or non-payment of fines would lead to impounding of vehicles. The PSCA urged people to observe traffic rules and take extra caution to avoid getting ticketed. More information can be obtained by calling at universal emergency helpline 15, the spokesman added.

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Malaysia pardons three Mexicans on death row

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MEXICO: The Sultan of the southern Malaysian state of Johor has commuted the death sentences of three Mexican brothers who were set to be hanged for drug trafficking crimes, Mexico said.
After years of lobbying by Mexican diplomats, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar of Johor – one of Malaysia’s most powerful and wealthiest state rulers – commuted the men’s death sentences to life in prison, Mexico’s foreign ministry said Thursday.
“This was the result of a long process and intense dialogue with Malaysian federal authorities,” it said in a statement.
The brothers — Simon, Luis Alfonso, and Jose Regino Gonzalez Villarreal – were arrested in a raid on a methamphetamine lab in Johor in March 2008.
The brothers, who hail from the Mexican state of Sinaloa — home to jailed drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s Sinaloa cartel — insisted they were innocent, saying they had been hired to clean the building and were unaware what was being made inside.
But a Malaysian court sentenced them to hang to death in May 2012. The conviction was upheld on appeal the following year.
Mexico, which does not use capital punishment, neither accepted nor rejected the court’s guilty verdict, but pushed for the death sentence to be commuted.

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