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  1. Today
  2. KARACHI: Nine suspects were taken into custody late Wednesday night during various search operations carried out in different areas of the metropolis, Geo News reported. Four drug-sellers were detained during an operation conducted late last night in the Pirabad locale of Orangi Town, Superintendent of Police (SP)-Orangi said, adding that contraband was also recovered from the arrestees. Three suspects were arrested during a raid at the Bakra Piri in Malir last night, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP)-Malir noted. The police officer mentioned that weapons and contraband were recovered from the detainees. Two more suspects were taken into custody during a search operation in New Karachi, SP-New Karachi stated, adding that weapons, mobile phones, and a motorcycle were recovered from the arrestees. Citizens beat up dacoits Citizens caught hold of two alleged dacoits near 2-Minute Chowrangi in the city's North Karachi locale, the area's SP said. Once the police had arrived, people handed over the maltreated dacoits to them. Security officials added that weapons, mobile phones, and a motorcycle were recovered from the suspects. Firing injures one One person was injured in a random firing incident in the Zamanabad locale of the city's Landhi area, rescue sources said. Rescue officials added that the wounded person was subsequently shifted to a local hospital.
  3. This handout picture ? taken and released by the Turkish Presidential press service on August 23, 2017 ? shows Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) shaking hands with and receiving US Secretary of Defense James Mattis at the Presidential Complex in Ankara. AFP/Turkish Presidential Press Service/Kayhan Ozer ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday told visiting US Pentagon chief Jim Mattis of Turkey's uneasiness over Washington arming a Syrian Kurdish militia viewed as a terror group by Ankara, a policy which has strained ties between the NATO allies. Mattis made the one-day visit after stopping in Iraq to review progress in the campaign against Daesh, urging coalition partners to prevent other political issues from disrupting the growing momentum against the extremists. He met with Erdogan at the presidential palace after talks with Defence Minister Nurettin Canikli in Ankara. Turkey ? an important NATO ally of the United States and part of the coalition fighting the Daesh militants ? is incensed that Washington has been arming the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in the assault on the extremists' stronghold of Raqa, in northern Syria. Turkey regards the YPG as the Syrian affiliate of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), but Washington has been impressed with its ability to combat Daesh on the ground. In May, the Pentagon said it had begun transferring small arms, including AK-47s, and vehicles to the YPG to support its role as a leading player in the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a Kurdish-Syrian Arab alliance fighting Daesh. During the meeting, Erdogan told Mattis that Turkey was "uneasy over the US support" for the YPG, presidential sources said. The Pentagon said Mattis addressed Turkey's "legitimate" security concerns in the meeting and both men expressed a shared interest for their countries "to create conditions for a more stable and secure region". 'Whatever the price' Erdogan has repeatedly vowed that Turkey will thwart any attempt by the YPG to carve out a Kurdish state in northern Syria, leaving open the possibility of a cross-border operation to prise the town of Afrin from Kurdish control. "Turkey will not allow a terror corridor reaching the Mediterranean in northern Syria," Erdogan told reporters on his plane back from a visit to Jordan. "Whatever the price, we will conduct the necessary intervention," he said, quoted by the Hurriyet newspaper on Wednesday. Last August, Ankara launched a cross-border operation in northern Syria aimed at clearing the border zone of both YPG fighters and extremists. Complaining about Washington's arming of the YPG, Erdogan said up to 1,000 trucks had crossed from Iraq to Syria carrying weapons for the SDF, which Turkey fears will reach the PKK. The rise of extremists in the Syrian northwestern province of Idlib has also caused concern in Ankara, Moscow, and Tehran. Erdogan alluded to plans for Idlib, controlled by the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham extremists alliance, but would not elaborate, only saying, "What is there now? There is Idlib." 'Cancel Kurdish referendum' US officials said Tuesday that the grinding fight was the "priority" in the campaign against Daesh since the fall last month of Mosul, the extremists' Iraqi hub. The Kurdish regional government in northern Iraq ? whose peshmerga security forces are playing a key role in the fight against Daesh ? is planning its own independence referendum in September. But at the date approaches, the plan is fuelling increasing discomfort in the region. Mattis met Tuesday with Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani in Erbil to express US opposition to the referendum. Erdogan and Mattis reaffirmed their opposition to the vote, Turkish presidential sources said on Wednesday. And Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, in Baghdad to meet Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and other Iraqi officials, reiterated Turkey's opposition to the "wrong" decision to hold the referendum. Cavusoglu also held talks with Barzani in Arbil. The US is concerned at signs of warming ties between Iran and Turkey, whose relationship in the past has been far from straightforward. The Pentagon said Mattis and Canikli discussed "concern over Iran's malign influence in the region", without giving further details. Iranian armed forces chief General Mohammad Hossein Bagheri visited Turkey last week, with both sides agreeing to step up regional security and oppose the Kurdish referendum. Erdogan on Monday said a joint operation with Iran against Kurdish militants based in Iraq was "always on the agenda", but Iran's Revolutionary Guards denied the claim.
  4. GILGIT: Strong jolts were felt here in the city and its surrounding areas late Wednesday night, Geo News reported. The earthquake magnitude was recorded as 4.7 on the Richter scale, the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) said, adding that its depth was registered at 15 kilometres. The PMD also mentioned that the earthquake's epicentre was 37 kilometres southwest of Skardu.
  5. Past hour
  6. A van with a Spanish number plate near the concert venue Maassilo is seen during police investigations after a rock concert was cancelled due to a terror threat, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, on August 23, 2017. AFP/ANP/Arie Kievit MADRID: A van with Spanish license plates and containing gas bottles ?found near a concert hall in Rotterdam on Wednesday ? is not connected to the attacks in Catalonia last week, a judicial source told Reuters. The source said a tip given to Dutch authorities by their Spanish counterparts, which was the result of an investigation by the Spanish Civil Guard. The probe had been underway for some time and had no direct relation to the two vehicle attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils in Catalonia that killed 15 people. A separate police source said the man arrested in Rotterdam was Spanish.
  7. Today
  8. Firefighters ? battling a fire at a department store in Chingford, London, Britain, on August 23, 2017 ? are seen in this still image obtained from social media. Jonathan Boyce via REUTERS LONDON: The London Fire Brigade said on Wednesday 15 fire engines and 97 firefighters and officers were tackling a huge blaze in a department store in the east of the city. Half of the ground floor of the Poundland discount store in Chingford was alight, the London Fire Brigade said in a statement. "Part of the first floor and roof is also on fire." No casualties were initially reported. The cause of the fire was not known, the brigade said. The website of the London Evening Standard quoted police as saying however that an investigation had been launched. "At this early stage, the fire is being treated as suspicious. Three suspects were seen to leave the area soon after the fire started," a police spokesman said. Police said nearby homes had been evacuated.
  9. Image Courtesy: Khartoum Center KHARTOUM: Russia's ambassador to Sudan, Mirgayas Shirinskiy, was found dead at his home in Khartoum on Wednesday, the Sudanese police said. The cause of death remains unknown, but Shirinskiy was known to have suffered from high blood pressure, a spokesman for the police told Reuters. Sudan's foreign ministry expressed its condolences to Russia in a statement, hailing Shirinskiy's diplomatic efforts.
  10. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/29f80a2395f21fff5bbc44aaa86ca3b0.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9OC8yMy8yMDE3IDY6NDc6NDYgUE0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1wUWdGK1Q1MVVMTDBwNU1seC9RdDlnPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] KARACHI: Tej Bahadur Yadav, a sepoy in India's Border Security Force (BSF) who a couple of months ago exposed corruption of senior army officers, has warned Modi government of taking up arms in case an inquiry was not ordered over his allegations. Yadav issued the warning in his fresh video message on Wednesday. He said that complaints had been forwarded to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and home minister about massive embezzlement of funds by Indian army officials, but no investigations were held. Indian soldier shames Modi govt over deplorable working conditions Tej Bahadur Yadav, a BSF soldier, alleges higher officials of selling off supplies meant for troops, say they are often forced to go to beds hungry The disgruntled soldier is seen in the video giving a month's time to his government to order an inquiry. "If an inquiry was not ordered, I would take up arms. In that case, Narendra Modi would be responsible for the consequences." Yadav, in his first video shot during his deployment in Indian-occupied Kashmir in January this year, had shamed the government of PM Modi by sharing the plight of troops serving at the border. In the video shared on Facebook, Yadav revealed some bitter truths about the forces, alleging that the higher officials sell off supplies meant for troops, often forcing them to go to bed on empty stomachs. Indian soldier who exposed corruption dismissed by BSF Indian soldier Tej Bahadur Yadav dismissed by BSF: sources Indian BSF soldier punished with plumber's duty for exposing corruption In a video shared on Facebook, sepoy Tej Bahadur Yadav had alleged higher officials of selling off supplies meant for troops Following circulation of the video on social networking sites, the BSF had dismissed Yadav in April on charges of indiscipline. He was then punished with relegation to a plumber's job. However, the disgruntled soldier appears to have been reinstated as he is seen in uniform in his fresh video message.
  11. Yesterday
  12. JOHANNESBURG: Star batsman AB de Villiers quit as South Africa one-day international (ODI) skipper Wednesday, but committed to representing his country in all three cricket formats. "Faf du Plessis has proved to be an outstanding captain of the Twenty20 (T20) and Test teams," he said in a statement. "Bearing this in mind, I have informed Cricket South Africa that I would like to step down as ODI captain. "It has been an honour to lead the team for the past six years, but it is now time for someone else to take the ODI side forward. "Whoever is chosen as the new ODI captain will have my complete support." De Villiers last skippered the ODI team two months ago in the Champions Trophy in England, where South Africa failed to reach the semi-finals after defeats by Pakistan and India. He has averaged 53.56 runs in 221 appearances in the one-day format since debuting against England 12 years ago. De Villiers rejected media claims that he was cherry-picking when to play for South Africa and putting himself before the team. "That is simply not true. That has never been true. Playing for South Africa is, and will always be, the greatest privilege of my life," he said. He missed the recent 3-1 Test series defeat in England, last playing for South Africa in the longest format at the beginning of 2016. De Villiers said mental and physical tiredness and raising a young family had forced him to take a temporary international break. "I really do feel refreshed and revived," said the 33-year-old. "I want to get back on the field and today assured the national selectors that I will be available for selection in all three formats of the game during the coming season. "There is plenty of hard work ahead in the nets and I must prepare properly, but I will be ready to play, if required, from the middle of October. "If I am lucky enough to be selected, I cannot guarantee runs and catches. Nobody can do that. "But what I can absolutely guarantee is 100 percent commitment to the Proteas in every format of the game, as and when required. "That was my promise when I made my debut in 2004, and that is my promise today." South Africa host Bangladesh (all formats), India (provisionally all formats) and Australia (Tests only) during the 2017-2018 season. Apart from his batting prowess, De Villiers bowls medium right-arm deliveries and has fulfilled the wicketkeeper role.
  13. Pakistani Nobel laureate Malala Yousufzai. Photo: File Pakistani Nobel laureate Malala Yousufzai and her mother Turpakai on Wednesday called Begum Kulsoom Nawaz and inquired about her health. During the conversation, Begum Nawaz congratulated Malala on getting accepted at Oxford University and wished her well. Malala and her mother told Begum Nawaz that their family was praying for her recovery. According to British doctors treating the former premier's wife in London, her ailment is curable and ?treatment shouldn?t be too complicated.? Doctors discussed various options of treatment and agreed that surgery and radiation therapy will not be used because Kulsoom can be treated through chemotherapy, sources said. Geo News, on Monday, reported that Begum Nawaz had undergone three medical check-ups after reaching London a week ago, and results of her blood tests were due this week. Kulsoom is the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz candidate for the NA-120 by-election due on September 17. The seat fell vacant after former premier Nawaz Sharif was disqualified by the Supreme Court in the Panama Papers case.
  14. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/bf8c1a739299c9a93ea5c2169a05909f.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9OC8yMy8yMDE3IDU6MjI6MTQgUE0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1HdW4rMldGZGR0MEV4UDh1a0t1UlF3PT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] ISLAMABAD: The government has announced four-day holiday on account of Eid-ul-Azha from September 1 to September 4, according to a notification issued Wednesday. The Ministry of Interior issued the notification announcing that Friday September 1 to Monday September 4 will be public holidays on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha. On Tuesday, the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee announced that Zil-Hajj moon was not sighted anywhere in the country, hence Eid-ul-Azha will be observed on September 2 across Pakistan. In Saudi Arabia, the Supreme Court had announced on Tuesday that the crescent of the month was sighted, and Zill Hajj will begin from Wednesday onwards. Similarly, August 31 will be the Day of Arafah, and September 1 will be the first day of Eid-ul-Azha in the kingdom.
  15. ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi reached Jeddah on Wednesday to discuss with Pakistan?s ally the new policy announced by United States President Donald Trump. According to sources, the Pakistani premier, who was accompanied by Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, met Saudia Arabia Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. During the meeting, the Pakistan-Afghanistan policy announced by Trump came under discussion, sources said. Moreover, Shahid Khaqan informed the Saudi prince about Pakistan?s efforts against terrorism. The Pakistani prime minister was received by Makkah Deputy Governor Prince Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz at the Jeddah airport. He is expected to return to the country after performing Umrah.
  16. KARACHI: Chairman of Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Wednesday expressed deep grief and sorrow over losses of human lives in Karachi during two-day heavy rains and asked concerned authorities to provide relief to the people without any delay. In a statement issued here, the PPP chairman said that deaths of innocent people in rain-related incidents in the provincial capital have saddened him and the fellow citizens. Torrential rain claims five more lives in Karachi, death toll at 13: rescue officials Two people were electrocuted to death in Zaman Town, Korangi, while two others died in Orangi Town, Block L, and New Karachi, Sector 5D On Tuesday night, a fresh spell of torrential rainfall lashed the metropolis leaving at least five people dead and bringing the total death toll in rain-related incidents to 13 since Monday. "Steps should be taken to prevent and avert such incidents in future while war-footing basis engagements should be carried out to drain away stagnant water from the city?s low-lying areas," he added. Bilawal said that both the provincial and local governments should work in coordination to minimise negative impacts of heavy downpour in the city and other areas of the province.
  17. Acupuncture is one form of alternative medicine that cancer patients sometimes choose over standard medical treatments, but a new study shows that people who choose alternative cures have a far higher death rate. Photo: AFP/File People who decide to tackle their cancer using only unconventional methods are likely to die sooner than patients who opt for conventional treatments, according to a new study. People with various kinds of cancer who turned down treatments like chemotherapy or radiation in favour of alternative medicine were two to six times more likely to die within six years, compared to people who accepted medically proven therapies, researchers found. "In our clinical practice, we started seeing patients coming in with more advanced cancer . . . because they first tried alternative therapies that failed," said lead author Dr Skyler Johnson, of the Yale School of Medicine and the Yale Cancer Center in New Haven, Connecticut. Many cancer patients add nonmedical therapies to the treatments prescribed by their oncologists. But little is known about patients who choose only unconventional methods to address their cancer, Johnson and colleagues write in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, online August 10. To find out more about this group of patients, they used information collected on prostate, breast, lung and colon cancers for the US National Cancer Database between 2004 and 2013. The researchers had data on 280 people who tried only unproven methods administered by nonmedical personnel. They compared each of these patients to two people with similar cancer type, disease stage, age, race and other attributes, but who received conventional treatments. Half of the patients were followed for at least five and a half years. Compared to patients who chose evidence-based cancer treatments, those who used unconventional methods tended to have high social and economic status, be from northwestern US states, have advanced cancers and be in otherwise good health. Overall, patients who chose unproven methods were more than twice as likely to die during the follow-up period than those who received treatments like chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. Compared to those receiving evidence-backed treatments, patients with breast cancer who opted for unproven methods were more than five times as likely to die, those with lung cancer were more than twice as likely to die and those with colon cancer were about five times as likely to die. "Our findings highlight the importance of timely proven care for cancer," Johnson told Reuters Health. If the patients were followed for a longer period of time, it's possible the differences could be greater, he said. Some prostate and breast cancers develop slowly even if untreated and may not be deadly within five to six years. In addition, Johnson said, the researchers couldn't account for people who received science-based treatments when their unconventional methods failed. He said people should be cautious about what treatment advice they receive from the internet or through word of mouth. "This is something they need to think a lot about because choosing alternative medicine for their cancer treatment could risk their lives," Johnson said.
  18. LAHORE: The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has constituted the party's central election commission for electing its new president, according to a notification it issued Wednesday. Sardar Mohammad Yaqoob Khan Nasar, the acting PML-N president, notified formation of the electoral body, with Chaudhry Mohammad Jaffer Iqbal as its chairman. The other four members of the commission include Babu Sarfraz Jatoi, Ali Afzal Jadoon, Najma Hameed and Ameer Afzal Mandokhel. Following disqualification of Nawaz Sharif as the prime minister, the Election Commission of Pakistan had on August 8 directed the ruling party to appoint a new president. The ECP had informed that according to the Political Parties Order 2002, a disqualified MNA could not hold any position in the party. It said the party needed to appoint a new president and then inform the ECP of the same. The PML-N had then appointed Senator Sardar Mohammad Yaqoob Khan Nasar as its interim president on August 17. He was chosen by former premier Nawaz Sharif as the interim party president. Later, the party's central working committee met in Islamabad and gave formal approval of his appointment.
  19. The latest model is the first Google driverless car consisting of all the different elements needed to get around, including steering and brakes. Photo: Google/EPA BERLIN: Protecting people rather than property or animals will be the priority under pioneering new German legal guidelines for the operation of driverless cars, the transport ministry said on Wednesday. Germany is home to some of the world's largest car companies, including Volkswagen, Daimler, and BMW, all of which are investing heavily in self-driving technology. German regulators have been working on rules for how such vehicles should be programmed to deal with a dilemma, such as choosing between hitting a cyclist or accelerating beyond legal speeds to avoid an accident. Under new ethical guidelines - drawn up by a government-appointed committee comprising experts in ethics, law and technology - the software that controls such cars must be programmed to avoid injury or death of people at all cost. That means that when an accident is unavoidable, the software must choose whichever action will hurt people the least, even if that means destroying property or hitting animals in the road, a transport ministry statement showed. The software may not decide on its course of action based on the age, *** or physical condition of any people involved. "The interactions of humans and machines is throwing up new ethical questions in the age of digitalization and self-learning systems," German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt said in a statement. "The ministry's ethics commission has pioneered the cause and drawn up the world's first set of guidelines for automated driving," he added. Germany earlier this year passed legislation under which a driver must be sitting behind the wheel at all times ready to take back control if prompted to do so by the autonomous vehicle, clearing the way for the development and testing of self-driving cars.
  20. A 'robot priest' wearing a Buddhist robe chants sutras at it beats a wooden fish during its demonstration at Life Ending Industry EXPO 2017 in Tokyo, Japan August 23, 2017. Photo: Reuters TOKYO: A Japanese company has introduced a new role for SoftBank's humanoid robot "Pepper" - a Buddhist priest for hire at funerals. Chanting sutras in a computerized voice while tapping a drum, the robot was on display on Wednesday at a funeral industry fair - the Life Ending Industry Expo - in Tokyo. Nissei Eco Co., an unlisted plastic moulding maker, wrote the chanting software for "Pepper", which was introduced by SoftBank Group Corp. in 2014. With Japan's population ageing and shrinking, many Buddhist priests receive less financial support from their communities, prompting some to find part-time work outside their temple duties, said Michio Inamura, Nissei's executive adviser. The funeral robot could step in when a priest was not available, he said. It also cost less at 50,000 yen (about $450) per funeral compared to more than 240,000 yen ($2,200) for a human priest. Buddhist priest Tetsugi Matsuo said he came to the expo to see if Pepper could "impart the 'heart' aspect to a machine because I believe that the 'heart' is the foundation of religion." The robot has not yet been hired for a funeral.
  21. Morgan Freeman. Photo: AFP LOS ANGELES: Morgan Freeman, the versatile actor known for playing gods, presidents and pimps, will be honoured with the 2017 lifetime achievement award by the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) at its annual ceremony in January. Freeman, 80, whose prolific career spans 50 years and more than 100 movies, will join the likes of past recipients Lily Tomlin, Debbie Reynolds and Dick Van Dyke when he gets the honour at a Los Angeles ceremony on Jan. 21. SAG announced the award on Tuesday. "Some actors spend their entire careers waiting for the perfect role. Morgan showed us that true perfection is what a performer brings to the part," SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris said in a statement. "He is innovative, fearless and completely unbound by expectations," she added. The award is given annually to the actor who fosters the finest ideals of the acting profession. Freeman's calm demeanour and authoritative voice has seen him cast as God, or the voice of God, in movies including "Bruce Almighty," and he played the role of president in "Invictus" and "Deep Impact." In 2005 he won an Oscar for playing a former boxer in "Million Dollar Baby."
  22. ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan Wednesday said that US President Donald Trump has no understanding of Afghanistan and the region's history. Speaking to media here, Khan said no Afghan had been involved in 9/11 attacks in the United States, nor there was any terrorist outfit in Pakistan at that time. "We participated in this war at the behest of the US, it wasn't our war," he maintained.
  23. ISLAMABAD: In a press conference on Wednesday, Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique said the Joint Investigation Team discriminated against the former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family. Commenting on the Supreme Court's decision to disqualify former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Rafique said that despite accepting the court's decision and giving it due respect, the Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) does not agree with the decision. Railways Minister Saad Rafique, during the press conference, said the impression that Nawaz and his family were unwilling to appear before NAB was incorrect. Photo: Geo News He reiterated that Nawaz was disqualified for not disclosing a salary that he never received. "Our point of view was heard but it wasn't mulled over," Rafique said. The minister said PML-N will continue to question why Nawaz and his family are being discriminated against. "The impression that Nawaz and his family are unwilling to appear before the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) is being given," he said, adding that this impression was incorrect. He added that the JIT, which was instructed to complete its investigation in a set time, was being controlled by certain people. "Our reservations should be given attention," Rafique said, emphasising that the party doesn't have any differences with any institution. "We are fighting for justice." Taking over the press conference after the railways minister, PML-N leader Advocate Amjad Pervez said no further inquiry of Panama verdict is required. PML-N leader Rana Sanaullah, on Wednesday, said the decision regarding the ongoing investigation of the Sharif family has already been made. Photo: Geo News. PML-N leader Rana Sanaullah added that the decision regarding the ongoing investigation had already been made. ?NAB is a dead organization?it has even been buried,? he said, adding that treatment of Sharif family has been unjust.
  24. RAWALPINDI: US Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday at the GHQ. According to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) wing of the Pakistan Army, during the meeting, Ambassador Hale said the US values Pakistan's role in the war against terror and is seeking cooperation from Pakistan to resolve the Afghan issue. Laying emphasis that peace in Afghanistan was important for Pakistan as for any other country the Army Chief added that Pakistan has done a lot towards that end and shall keep on doing its best; not to appease anyone but in line with Pakistan's national interest and national policy. The COAS said that Pakistan is not looking for any material or financial assistance from the United States but rather trust, understanding and acknowledgment for Pakistan's contributions. Collaboration and synergy and effort between stakeholders is the key to success to bring this long drawn was in Afghanistan to its logical conclusion, the Army Chief concluded.
  25. Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: A high-level security meeting chaired by Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal is underway in Islamabad. Chaired by Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, the meeting is being attended by Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif, Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah, Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak, and Chief Minister of Balochistan Sanaullah Zehri. Head of National Counter Terrorism Authority Ahsan Ghani, DG IB Aftab Sultan, Governor KP Iqbal Jhagra and senior officials of the interior ministry are also in attendance. This is the first official law and order meeting called by Ahsan Iqbal after he took over as the interior minister on August 4. Prime Minister Azad Jammu and Kashmir Raja Farooq, and National Security Adviser General (retd) Nasser Khan Janjua are also part of the meeting.
  26. It's been a while that we've seen a Galaxy Note device since the last one was caught up in a fiasco that could not be ignored. But, Samsung is back with a BANG, as they announced the Galaxy Note 8 today at an event in New York. A lot of things transpired since the Note 7 fiasco took place last year and Samsung announced the highly successful Galaxy S8 today. Clearly, they are back with a brand new flagship device. (c) Samsung The brand new Note 8 will come in four colours i.e. midnight black, maple gold, deep sea and orchid grey. The new device has a near edge-to-edge display as many of the previous leaks suggested and is in line with the Galaxy S8 design. The home button is embedded underneath the display just like the S8 and the display is 6.3-inches and the resolution on the Super AMOLED display is 2,960 x 1,440 (522 ppi) pixels. The Note 8 was touted as having a beautiful screen that stretches across the entire front and the “Infinity Display” has made a return with the 18.5:9 aspect ratio. (c) Twitter Samsung has also adopted the dual-camera setup for the Note 8 which aids the device in taking bokeh shots. The rear is equipped with two 12-megapixel cameras. The wide-angle camera has an aperture of f / 1.7 and dual-pixel autofocus; the telephoto lens offers 2x optical zoom with an aperture of f / 2.4. Both videos and photos will benefit from the dual OIS technology. The front facing camera has an 8-megapixel camera just like the Galaxy S8. The phone can also shoot with both the telephoto and wide-angle lens at the same time, in a feature called Dual Capture. Since the Note 7 suffered issues due to a faulty battery, Samsung is playing it safe with a 3,300 mAh capacity which can be fast charged via USB Type-C. The device also supports wireless charging and it seems like the Note 8 has gone through a similar 8-point safety check as the Galaxy S8. The Note 8 has Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processor under the hood, however, this variant will not be coming to India. Much like the Galaxy S8, the Indian variant is expected to have Exynos 8895 chipset. The device is equipped with 6GB of RAM and has 64GB of internal storage which can be expanded via microSD card. Samsung has also incorporated the Iris scanner for better security along with the awkwardly placed fingerprint sensor. The device also has facial recognition capabilities. On the left side of the new Note is the Bixby button which launches the Samsung assistant. (c) Samsung The Note 8 has a multi-window feature where you can pair two apps that can run simultaneously. This can be used to multitask more effectively such as copying things from one app to the other. The S-Pen also makes a return and can be used to take notes right from the lock screen. The Note 8 has an 'always on' display which makes it possible to scribble down notes. (c) Samsung You can even create animated GIFs with the S-Pen and send them as messages to people. Here are the official specs of the Samsung Note 8:- DIMENSIONS: 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm WEIGHT: 195 g BATTERY SIZE: 3300 mAh SCREEN SIZE: 6.3 in DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY: AMOLED SCREEN: 2960 x 1440 pixels (522 ppi) FRONT CAMERA: 8 megapixels REAR CAMERA: 12 megapixels FLASHLIGHT: LED ANDROID VERSION: 7.1.1 - Nougat RAM: 6 GB INTERNAL STORAGE: 64 GB REMOVABLE STORAGE: microSD NUMBER OF CORES: 8 MAX. CLOCK SPEED: 2.3 GHz CONNECTIVITY: HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0 Samsung has shown off their flagship killer today and it is too early to say if it'll topple the iPhone 8, however, it is interesting to see how the device will perform since the Galaxy S8 is now the world's highest selling Android smartphone. We can only know for sure when Apple announces the iPhone 8 in September. Until then, we just gots to wait and see!
  27. Bahria Town chief Malik Riaz and Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhtar address ceremony in Karachi KARACHI: The Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) and Bahria Town have signed an agreement for providing garbage lifting services in the metropolis. This was announced by Bahria Town chairman Malik Riaz and Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhtar in a ceremony held here. Akhtar said that Malik Riaz decided to work with KMC after seeing the city lined with heaps of garbage and dirt. ?I consider this day a lucky day [for Karachi],? the mayor said. Speaking on the occasion, Malik Riaz said that he was inspired to work with the mayor on seeing Akhtar?s motivation to work for the betterment of the city. ?I said to the mayor that I am with you. We will improve Karachi?s condition [and] work under the guidance of the mayor,? Riaz said.
  28. It has been nearly two weeks since lyricist and screenwriter Prasoon Joshi succeeded Pahlaj Nihalani to take over the position of the CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification) chief. And it seems that within 12 days of his joining, Joshi has already sent a movie into his recycle bin. ‘Toofan Singh', the first film sent to Joshi for certification has been reportedly banned in India on the grounds of excessive violence. It is a Punjabi film directed by Baghal Singh and narrates the story of Ranjit Bawa, who adopted terrorism to fight politics and corruption in the Indian bureaucracy. © Royal Cine Arts According to a report published in DNA, a source from the CBFC said, “Toofan Singh is a terrorist, who goes on a rampage killing corrupt cops and politicians. And they've compared him to Bhagat Singh. The film is brutal and anarchic. We couldn't empathise with its message of brute power, let alone grant it a censor certificate.” The film, however, has already been released overseas. Ranjit Bawa plays the titular role of Toofan Singh. Joshi joined as the CBFC chief after Pahlaj Nihalani was fired by the government and we are sure Bollywood must have breathed a sigh of relief after his ousting. Nihalani was often at loggerheads with the directors for his unnecessary ‘cuts' in films. If you think the word unnecessary is kind of weird to use here, well, don't forget that he is the guy under whose leadership the censor board released a list of banned words that included ‘Bombay' and over 30 other cuss words. Had Bollywood listened to him, then National award-winning movies like ‘Darr', ‘Dabangg', ‘Vicky Donor', ‘The Dirty Picture' or ‘Omkara' wouldn't have captured our attention like they did. Source: DNA
  29. QUETTA: Two Frontier Corps (FC) personnel were martyred when their check-post was attacked in Turbat area of Balochistan on Wednesday. Security officials said three FC personnel were also injured in the attack, adding that the attackers fled as FC personnel returned fire following the assault. The injured were shifted to a hospital for treatment. Following the incident, authorities launched a search operation to look for the attackers. The FC, a paramilitary force, is deployed across the restive Balochistan province and is responsible for internal security as well as protection of the border with Iran and Afghanistan. Four FC soldiers martyred in IED blast in Turbat The incident occurred in Gawak area in Turbat when the vehicle was on routine patrolling FC repulses attack in Zhob, kills four 'terrorists' Suspected terrorists attacked Shoaib Nikka post in Zhob with machine guns and rockets late last night, the ISPR said
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