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Pakistan approves bill to protect women against harassment

November 5, 2008

ISLAMABAD (AFP) – Pakistan’s cabinet on Wednesday approved a bill aiming to protect women against workplace harassment and provide them with a safe working environment, the information minister said.

Under the proposed legislation, the government plans to set up a special federal ombudsman to handle complaints from women who face harassment at work, minister Sherry Rehman told a press briefing.

“Safe environment will be provided to all working women,” she said.

The minister said that the bill, which will be sent to parliament for approval, would also amend certain criminal laws to increase punishments for offences related to the harassment of women.

Currently there are no specific laws dealing with workplace harassment in Pakistan and women have no legal recourse to justice against their colleagues, supervisors or employers.



Bush sees serious signs U.S. economy is weakening

February 1, 2008

By Tabassum Zakaria
Friday, February 1, 2008

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) – President George W. Bush on Friday said there were troubling signs of economic weakening and urged Congress to move on a stimulus package to help prop up the economy, which has been hit by a housing slump and credit crisis.

U.S. President George W. Bush talks about the economy after ...
U.S. President George W. Bush talks about the economy after touring Hallmark Card headquarters and visitors’ center in Kansas City February 1, 2008.

Bush’s comments mirrored his efforts in his State of the Union address on Monday to calm Americans’ recession fears and came on the heels of a government report earlier on Friday showing U.S. employers cut payrolls for the first time in 4-1/2 years in January.

“There are certainly some troubling signs, serious signs that the economy is weakening and we’ve got to do something about it,” Bush told employees at Hallmark Cards Inc. in Kansas City, Missouri.

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