LAHORE: After hours-long delay, the crucial session of the Punjab Assembly with the no-confidence motions against the speaker and deputy speaker on the agenda has been postponed till June 6. The crucial session of the provincial assembly was held with Panel of Chairmen Waseem Khan Badozai in the chair. Bells were rung to inform lawmakers about the start of the session. However, the Punjab Assembly session could last only a few minutes. As the assembly’s proceedings started, the speaker called out the name of PML-N MPA Sami Ullah Khan, who had filed the no-trust motion against Pervaiz Elahi, but he was not present in the House. Due to his absence from the House, the Panel of Chairmen disposed of the motion and adjourned the session till June 6, said sources. Earlier, the PTI and PML-Q submitted the no-trust motion against PA Deputy Speaker Dost Muhammad Mazari, while PML-N submitted the motion against PA Speaker Pervaiz Elahi under Article 127 of the Constitution of Pakistan. … [Read more...] about Punjab Assembly session postponed till June 6
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As the first president to address the National Rifle Association's annual gathering in nearly 34 years, President Donald Trump, without explicitly saying it, thanked his thousands of "friends" gathered in the audience for helping him to win the election. "You came through for me, and I am going to come through for you," he said. His words were met with multiple rounds of applause. Related: Here's what Ronald Reagan told the NRA in 1983 Below is the full transcript of his Friday remarks from the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, per the White House. THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Chris, for that kind introduction and for your tremendous work on behalf of our Second Amendment. Thank you very much. (Applause.) I want to also thank Wayne LaPierre for his unflinching leadership in the fight for freedom. Wayne, thank you very much. Great. (Applause.) I'd also like to congratulate Karen Handel on her incredible fight in Georgia 6. (Applause.) The election takes place … [Read more...] about Read: President Trump’s speech fires up the NRA
Six months after issuing an injunction against a Mississippi state law severely restricting abortions after 15 weeks, a federal judge has enjoined a newer, stricter law that seeks to bar most abortions after only eight weeks. "Here we go again," wrote U.S. District Court Judge Carlton Reeves in his order (see full document below) granting the injunction. "Mississippi has passed another law ban- ning abortions prior to viability." Reeves was the same federal judge who in November ruled against the Mississippi law banning most abortions after 15 weeks gestation. "The Court ruled that the law was unconstitutional and permanently enjoined its enforcement," wrote the judge Friday. "The State responded by passing an even more restrictive bill." Explained the judge: "This Court previously found the 15-week ban to be an unconstitutional violation of substantive due process because the Supreme Court has repeatedly held that women have the right to choose an abortion prior to … [Read more...] about Federal judge blocks Mississippi “heartbeat” abortion bill, six months after enjoining less-restrictive law
Voters in Louisiana and Colorado took almost opposing stances on abortion rights issues on Election Day, with the southeastern state approving an amendment stating terminations are not a constitutional right, and its western counterpart rejecting a ban on abortions after 22 weeks of gestation. Louisiana is projected to approve Amendment 1, with 62.1 percent voting for and 37.9 percent against. The amendment allows Louisiana to update its Declaration of Rights to state that it should not be interpreted to secure, protect, or fund abortion. Similar constitutional amendments have been passed in West Virginia, Tennessee, and Alabama in recent years. The result comes five months after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law that would have restricted access to abortions in the state. The decision prompted a spike in people searching Google to check whether Louisiana had banned abortion. This is not the case, as the right to abortion is enshrined in Roe v. Wade. … [Read more...] about Louisiana votes abortion not a right, while colorado rejects ban on terminations at 22 weeks
More than 1,700 Ukrainian soldiers defending the Azov steel plant in Mariupol have been taken into Russian custody since May 16, according to the Russian Defense Ministry. Wounded soldiers were among them, some of whom were taken to Novoazovsk, in the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic, for treatment. Ukraine officials have offered assurances that soldiers held could return home through an exchange, and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy also expressed hope of saving the soldiers' lives, saying: "Ukraine needs living Ukrainian heroes." Death penalty for Azov fighters? However, Russia has not rushed to negotiate an exchange . The chairman of the State Duma, Vyacheslav Volodin, has even gone so far as to claim that Ukrainian prisoners of war — whom he described as "Nazi criminals" — cannot be handed over. On May 26, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation is scheduled to rule on designating the Azov Battalion a "terrorist organization," which would mean a ban in Russia. The … [Read more...] about Prisoners of war from Azov: Do the fighters face the death penalty in Russia?
President Donald Trump's moves to restrict abortion and birth control protections appear out of sync with the majority of Americans, according to recent polling by Kaiser. The Trump administration has repeatedly tried to finalize rules limiting women's reproductive rights—only to be held up in court . Most recently, the 9th Circuit said various federal wings lacked the authority to enforce rules that let various business, citing moral and religious reason, off the hook for covering birth control. Outside the appeals court, it appears Trump's moves are similarly unpopular. Fifty-seven percent of 1,201 respondents, as well as most Democrats, independents and women opposed the exceptions to birth control coverage as of November 2018, according to Kaiser's ongoing public opinion project on women's health and preventative care. Kaiser issues similar surveys a monthly basis. An October poll of more than 1,000 respondents found Democrats want their presidential candidates to pay … [Read more...] about A majority of Americans oppose Trump’s crack down on birth control, women’s health care, polls show