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Indian journalist refused entry on arrival in Lahore because she is on blacklist

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first_imgNews January 28, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Pakistan Organisation News RSF_en April 21, 2021 Find out more News to go further Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists PakistanAsia – Pacific center_img July 25, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Indian journalist refused entry on arrival in Lahore because she is on blacklist Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder June 2, 2021 Find out more News PakistanAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire Reporters Without Borders wrote to Pakistani foreign affairs minister Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar today voicing astonishment at the action of the authorities in refusing entry to Indian journalist Harider Baweja of the independent weekly Tehelka on her arrival at Lahore international airport (in the eastern province of Punjab) on 22 July although she had a valid seven-day visa. She was told she was on a blacklist.”Such archaic practices run counter to the Pakistani government’s commitment to new, peaceful relations in south Asia,” the press freedom organisation said. “Indian journalists must be able to visit Pakistan freely. We urge you to explain the reasons for this measure and to order the destruction of blacklists of journalists banned from entering your country.”An immigration official at Lahore airport told Baweja she was being refused entry because she was on a “visa violation” blacklist. She told Reporters Without Borders she had no idea why her name appeared on such a list. The immigration department, which comes under the interior ministry, declined to give her any further explanation. Foreign ministry officials denied that her name was on any list.Speaking to Reporters Without Borders from New Delhi, Baweja said she had visited Pakistan dozen of times in the past 15 years and did not understand why she was barred this time. “All countries have the right to refuse someone a visa, but Pakistan granted me one and I landed in Lahore with a valid visa,” she said.A Pakistani information ministry official responsible for relations with foreign journalists told Reporters Without Borders he knew nothing about Baweja’s case.In an earlier case, Sandhu Kanwar, an editor with the Hindustan Times daily newspaper, was denied entry in Lahore because of a visa problem, in September 2004. Receive email alertslast_img read more

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People’s United Bank donates $15,000 to Shareheat

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first_imgHoping to ensure crisis heating funds are available to assist low-income Vermonters this winter, People’s United Bank has donated $15,000 to the CVPS Shareheat Fund.The People’s United Bank donation will go into a pool of funds that will be used to match customer donations to the heating assistance program. Customer donations, along with the matching dollars, are distributed to five community action agencies across the state to assist those in need.‘People’s United Bank’s generosity will help protect families across our service territory,’ CVPS President Bob Young said. ‘Combined with CVPS’s donation and grants from other Vermont businesses, the matching pool now totals $145,000.’‘People’s United Bank supports the Shareheat program because its design leverages additional funds and addresses a critical need in Vermont,’ said Kathy Schirling, director of marketing and community services of People’s United Bank. ‘We encourage anyone in a position to do so to join us in protecting our friends and neighbors who may be struggling to stay warm.’CVPS shareholders will provide $100,000 to Shareheat this season. People’s United joins Carris Reels, Passumpsic Savings Bank, Weidman Electrical Technology, and The Vermont Country Store as Shareheat Business Partners. Carris Reels, Passumpsic Savings Bank and Weidman Electrical Technology donated $5,000 each, while The Vermont Country Store provided $15,000.‘Each of these businesses has supported the program over a period of years, making an enormous contribution to the fabric of our communities,’ Young said. ‘These are outstanding companies that share a common belief that businesses like ours have a collective responsibility to our communities and customers.’Businesses that would like to join the Shareheat Business Partnership Program may call Steve Costello at 747-5427 for more information. Anyone needing crisis fuel assistance should contact their local community action agency.CVPS Shareheat is a program of last resort for over 1,000 Vermont families each year. Funds are available to assist people who face heating emergencies, often because they never expected to need assistance, lost a job, or have exhausted all other available assistance.Contributions should be made payable to the CVPS Shareheat Fund. Donations may be mailed with a CVPS payment, or sent separately to CVPS Shareheat, 77 Grove St., Rutland, VT 05701.last_img read more

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