Rights Watch | 19th August 2020



Pakistan-born Nergis Mavalvala becomes dean of MIT’s School of Science

Pakistan-born quantum astrophysicist Nergis Mavalvala becomes the first woman to be appointed dean of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) School of Science. Prior to this, Mavalvala was the Associate Head of the university’s Department of Physics since 2015, and a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship in 2010.

Mavalvala’s opus was her work on detecting gravitational waves in the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) project in 2016.

Arifwala woman axed to death for not serving tea

One Arshad of 40EB village near Arifwala, Punjab, hacked his younger sister Sameera, 25, to death with an ax following an argument after she failed to serve him tea with his breakfast. Arshad absconded soon after the murder. An FIR has been lodged at the Sadar police station, while the deceased’s body has been shifted to Tehsil Headquarters (THQ) Hospital Arifawala for a post-mortem examination

NA notes harassment of female journalists

Chairperson of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the National Assembly Standing Committee on Human Rights Bilawal Bhutto Zardari assured on Tuesday, August 18, that the matter concerning the online harassment of female journalists will be taken up with other parties, and their complaints to be pursued. Leading women journalists, anchorpersons and commentators, who were present in Parliament as special invitees, recorded their grievances with the committee.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari stated that these statements would be forwarded to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and that the Information Ministry and ISPR officials to be summoned regarding threats received by female journalists online.

Polio detected in samples from Rawalpindi drain

District health authority detected poliovirus in samples collected from Lai Nullah, a natural stream that runs through Rawalpindi, near the Chok Dalal and Pirwudhai areas. Following the discovery, health officials have marked the identified areas as high-risk zones.

Although the Rawalpindi health department has finalized plans to immunize a target 90,000 children aged five and under, the district administration has yet to announce the launch of their routine immunization campaign, which has remained suspended since early March due to the COVID-19 outbreak.