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  1. Last week
  2. File Photo ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) intends to set up thousands of display centres across the country to show electoral rolls, starting March 26. According to the ECP, 14,487 display centres will be set up for the registration, correction or removal of names from voters? lists, with 7,928 in Punjab, 2,585 in Sindh, 2,545 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), and 1,429 in Balochistan. The Commission said it had included in the voters? lists the names of every person who received their national identity card (CNIC) from 2013 to 2018. As many as 8,100,000 new voters have been registered, the ECP went on to explain, while the names of 800,000 others have been removed from the voters? lists. The draft voters' list contains around 104 million voters. The ECP said it had updated its short message service (SMS) number (8300) and asked voters to check their voter registration details by sending a text message with their CNIC number to 8300. On the occasion, Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza, the Chief Election Commissioner, said the registration of country?s youth was essential as their participation is crucial to the democratic process. The Chief Election Commissioner said it was the best chance for them to register as voters before the general elections in 2018.
  3. Past hour
  4. LAHORE: Defending champions Peshawar Zalmi qualified for the Pakistan Super League final, as they beat Karachi Kings by 13 runs at the Gaddafi stadium. And obviously, the social media has no chill. Here is a brief compilation of how the tweetaris reacted to the match. 1) True that, Afridi 2) And in the end, cricket won 3) Ronchi had the last laugh 4) Well played skipper Sammy or ?? ???? ?? ???? 5) 'Phr bhi mai khela' 6) All jokes aside, but they gave a good fight 7) It was something like... Karachi Kings urra kay wings... #terriblelyrics 8) That's an exaggeration, the list is long
  5. A Pakistan Day Special Memorial Service was held at the Westminster Abbey on March 19, 2018. Photo: Pakistan High Commission in London A special memorial service to commemorate Pakistan Day was held at Westminster Abbey on March 19, 2018. The Pakistani flag kept flying on top of the north tower of the Abbey the entire day, according to a press release issued by the Pakistan High Commission in London. Special prayers were offered for the strengthening of Pakistan-UK friendship and the well-being of the people of the two countries. Pakistan Day commemorates the passing of Lahore Resolution, under which a separate nation for the Muslims of the British Indian empire demanded by Muslim League was passed on March 23, 1940. A special feature of last year's parade was the participation of the People's Liberation Army of China, Saudi Special Force contingent and Turkish Janissary Military band. The year before, in 2015, the parade was resumed after a gap of around seven years when it was discontinued owing to the country's precarious security situation.
  6. The Soyuz rocket carrying two Russians and an American to the ISS launched from the Russian-operated Baikonur facility in the steppes of Kazakhstan at 2:05 pm local time (08:05 am GMT). Photo: Reuters BAIKONUR: Two astronauts, a cosmonaut and a ball set to be used in the forthcoming football World Cup in Russia blasted off Wednesday for a two-day flight to the International Space Station. NASA's Drew Feustel and Richard Arnold lifted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a five-month mission in a Soyuz MS-08 under the command of Russian colleague Oleg Artemyev at the expected time of 1744 GMT. All three crew members have been in space before although NASA duo Feustel, 52, and Arnold, 54, have never served on a long-duration spaceflight and have just 40 days in orbit between them. Artemyev, who is commanding a Soyuz craft for the first time, spent 169 days at the International Space Station during his previous mission in 2014. In the build-up to the launch, Russian media coverage homed in on Artemyev taking to the orbital laboratory a football that is expected to kick off the 2018 World Cup the country is hosting this summer. "We are taking a ball with us," Artemyev told a pre-flight press conference on Tuesday. "Possibly the one that will be used in the first game," said the 47-year-old, who attended school in the steppe town right next to the cosmodrome in central Kazakhstan. His colleague from the Russian space agency Anton Shkaplerov is expected to take the ball back down to earth less than two weeks before the national team take on Saudi Arabia in the tournament opener on June 14. The three men will join Expedition 55 commander Shkaplerov NASA's Scott Tingle and Norishige Kanai of the Japanese space agency at the orbital lab on Friday. The ISS laboratory, a rare example of American and Russian cooperation, has been orbiting Earth at about 28,000 kilometres per hour since 1998.
  7. Today
  8. LAHORE: It appears that the chief justice of Pakistan, Justice Saqib Nisar, is just as much a cricket fan as any other Pakistani. In photos tweeted by the Pakistan Cricket Board, the country's top judge could be seen enjoying the Karachi Kings vs Peshawar Zalmi match at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Photos showed the chief justice sitting next to Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Najam Sethi in the stadium's VIP enclosure. According to reports, the chief justice came to watch the match on the special invitation of Najam Sethi. The PSL's initial matches have concluded in Dubai and Sharjah and the tournament moved to Lahore, before concluding with the final in Karachi on March 25. Gaddafi Stadium hosted its first elimination match on March 20, between Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators. The winner of today?s match will qualify to play final against Karachi Kings on March 25 in National Stadium, Karachi ? after over nine years since the city last hosted foreign cricketers.
  9. Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan is vacationing with his family in Switzerland and fans can?t get enough of the adorable pictures Gauri has shared on twitter. A photo of Shah Rukh with his son AbRam as they get ready to go skiing captioned ?snowmen? is the cutest picture you?ll come across on social media today. Little AbRam looks super-cute in his ski suit as the father-son duo pose away. The actor also took to social media to post a video of AbRam and captioned it, ?@gaurikhan here?s the rest of it...My lil holiday with the lil big skier...in the bed, in the lift, in the Alps...With him, one does get more than one can ski...always.? The family is surely enjoying the snow and making the most of their time in the Alps. AbRam has often caught the media's attention for accompanying his mega-star dad on their public outings. He is often spotted with Shah Rukh during his shoots and commitments abroad.
  10. JERUSALEM: A teenage Palestinian girl who was filmed kicking and slapping an Israeli soldier in the occupied West Bank accepted a plea deal on Wednesday under which she will be sentenced to eight months in prison, Israel?s Haaretz news website said. Ahed Tamimi, 17, became a hero to Palestinians after the Dec 15 incident outside her home in the village of Nabi Saleh was streamed live on Facebook by her mother and went viral. Tamimi?s attorney was not immediately available to comment. The attorney had earlier told Reuters that a plea bargain had been offered by military prosecutors at the court in Ofer military prison in the West Bank, near Ramallah. Tamimi was 16 at the time of the offense. Her trial began last month and she faced 12 charges, including aggravated assault. Israeli news websites said that under the plea agreement, Tamimi, who was 16 at the time of the incident, would plead guilty to a reduced charge sheet that included assault, and would be sentenced to eight months in jail. The incident prompted criticism from right-wing Israelis that the military looked weak by allowing the teenager to strike a soldier and an officer with impunity. The army said the soldier ?acted professionally? by showing restraint. Tamimi?s mother, Nariman, and a cousin were also arrested. Both have accepted plea bargains, a family lawyer said. The case drew global attention. Amnesty International called Tamimi the ?Rosa Parks of Palestine?, and the small courtroom was often packed with journalists, diplomats and international observers during hearings, during which Tamimi was led into court in shackles. A group of American cultural figures, including actors Danny Glover and Rosario Dawson and novelist Alice Walker, signed a petition calling for her release and comparing her case to those of ?the children of immigrants and communities of color who face police brutality in the United States?.
  11. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, said that Pakistan wants to strengthen bilateral ties with Afghanistan. Photo: Geo News file ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Wednesday said that Pakistan wants to strengthen bilateral ties with Afghanistan. The statement was made during a meeting of the premier with Afghan Ambassador Omer Zakhilwal in the federal capital earlier today. "We want to strengthen ties with Afghanistan in areas of mutual interest," said PM Abbasi during his meeting with the visiting Afghan official. Abbasi also condemned an attack in Kabul that killed at least 26 people and wounded 18 others in the meeting. A suicide bomber blew himself up near the Kart-e Sakhi shrine in Kabul earlier today as the Afghan capital celebrated the Nawruz holiday marking the start of the Persian new year. The latest explosion to hit Kabul underlined the threat to the city from militant attacks despite government promises to tighten security in the wake of an attack in January that killed around 100 people.
  12. Kemar Roach celebrates the wicket of Kyle Coetzer , West Indies v Scotland, ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier, Harare, March 22, 2018/Getty Images HARARE: The West Indies snatched a spot at next year´s World Cup by edging to a five-run victory over Scotland on DLS method in Harare on Wednesday. The two-time World Cup winners were bowled out for just 198 batting first, but rain forced an early finish with the game in the balance and Scotland on 125-5 with 14.4 overs remaining. Jason Holder´s Windies claimed the penultimate place for the tournament in England and Wales, with Scotland knocked out of contention. With no reserve days in the crucial qualifying tournament, Scotland were left agonisingly short of a massive upset. A controversial lbw decision also proved key as Richie Berrington fell to Windies spinner Ashley Nurse for 33, with no DRS in place for the qualifiers. Had the rain come with Scotland on the same score but four wickets down, they would have qualified instead. Earlier, the underdogs had a dream start to the winner-takes-all clash, with Safyaan Sharif dismissing star West Indies opener Chris Gayle with the first ball of the match. Sharif and Bradley Wheal each finished with three wickets, as Scotland restricted their opponents to under 200 despite 66 from Evin Lewis and a gritty half-century by Marlon Samuels. The Scots rebuilt after being reduced to 25-3 as Kemar Roach claimed two early wickets, but were left high and dry by Berrington´s dismissal and the rain. Zimbabwe will claim the final place at the reduced 10-team World Cup if they beat the United Arab Emirates on Thursday.
  13. JERUSALEM: Israel for the first time admitted that it bombed a suspected Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007 and said on Wednesday the strike should be a warning to Iran that it would not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons. The Israeli military released previously classified cockpit footage, photographs and intelligence documents about its Sept. 6, 2007, air strike on the Al-Kubar facility near Deir al-Zor in eastern Syria. It said the reactor was being built with help from North Korea and the facility had been months away from activation. Reuters has been unable to immediately verify the Israeli material. Israel?s decision to go public comes after repeated calls in recent months by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the United States and international community to take tougher action on Iran, Syria?s ally. Israel?s intelligence minister, Israel Katz, said on Twitter: ?The (2007) operation and its success made clear that Israel will never allow nuclear weaponry to be in the hands of those who threaten its existence - Syria then, and Iran today.? The Israeli military described in detail events leading up to the night of Sept 5-6, 2007, in which, it said, eight warplanes, F-16s and F-15s, carried out the mission after taking off from the Ramon and Hatzerim air bases and flying to Deir al-Zor region, 450 km northwest of Damascus. Eighteen tonnes of munitions were dropped on the site, it said. In his 2010 memoir ?Decision Points,? former US President George W. Bush disclosed that he discussed intelligence about the Syrian facility with then Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert before it was destroyed but did not give him the green light for the raid. James Jeffrey, Bush?s deputy national security adviser, said on Wednesday the former U.S. president had been ?absolutely supportive? of Israel. ?(He) made it clear that we were very happy that events had eliminated this threat and that if there were any threats to Israel that would emerge from this situation, the United States would stand with Israel, period,? Jeffrey told Israel?s Army Radio. In 2008 the United States presented what it described as intelligence showing that North Korea had helped Syria with ?covert nuclear activities.? At the time Syria dismissed the accusations as part of a campaign to discredit the Damascus government. ?The Syrian government regrets the campaign of lies and falsification by the U.S. administration against Syria, including allegations of nuclear activity,? said a government statement issued on the Syrian state news agency. Iran, which says its nuclear program has only peaceful aims, signed a 2015 deal under which it accepted curbs on its nuclear program in return for sanctions relief. U.S. President Donald Trump and Netanyahu have both been critical of the deal. ?TOP SECRET? The Israeli military declassified internal ?top secret? intelligence reports, in Hebrew, some of them partly redacted. One, dated March 30, 2007, said: ?Syria has set up, within its territory, a nuclear reactor for the production of plutonium, through North Korea, which according to an (initial) worst-case assessment is liable to be activated in approximately another year. To our assessment [REDACTED] secretive and orderly [REDACTED] for achieving a nuclear weapon.? Israeli intelligence predicted that the suspected reactor ?would turn operational by the end of 2007?. The mission to destroy the facility started at 10.30 p.m. on Sept. 5 and ended with the return of the warplanes at 2.30 a.m. the next day, the Israeli military said. The event was first made public by Syria, which, as reported by Reuters at the time, said in the early hours of Sept. 6 that Syrian air defenses had repelled an incursion by Israeli warplanes. Syria, a signatory of the 1970 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), has always denied that the site was a reactor or that Damascus engaged in nuclear cooperation with North Korea. The Israeli military?s announcement on Wednesday noted that the area in question, around Deir al-Zor, was captured by Daesh after the Syrian civil war erupted in 2011. Had there been an active reactor there, the Israeli military said, it would have had ?severe strategic implications on the entire Middle East as well as Israel and Syria?. The Israeli release contains a black-and-white aerial photograph captioned ?before the attack? and showing a box-like structure amid desert dunes with smaller outlying buildings. A series of black-and-white videos, taken above the target, shows the structure in cross-hairs. A male voice is heard counting down three seconds, a cloud of black smoke rises from the structure as it explodes. Other footage appears to show the aftermath - a smoldering hole in the ground. Wednesday?s release came ahead of the publication of a memoir by Olmert containing passages about the 2007 strike.
  14. Moody's does not expect Pakistan's inclusion in the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) grey list to have a material impact on its external financing. Pakistan had perviously been included in the list between 2012 and 2015 but managed to negotiate when its entered into an IMF program. Moody's does not anticipate any disruptions on borrowing from multilateral sources. The credit ratings service noted that a strong domestic demand was increasing pressure on Pakistan's external account while external borrowing accounted for a significant portion of Pakistan's debts. Pakistan's current account deficit has widened driven by a large increase in the good deficit, which is higher due to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor-related (CPEC) capital goods imports. Moody's noted brighter prospects were expected from exports and remittances, where rising oil prices were likely to translate into a higher remittance inflow from GCC countries. Exports are expected to rise considering most energy related projects under CPEC were nearing completion and the resulting energy suplly would play a role in boosting production activity. Given that foreign reserves dipped to a thirty-four month low of $12.1 billion; the State Bank of Pakistan had 2.5 months of import cover on a three month rolling basis, below the IMF's minimum adequacy guideline. On Pakistan's economy, Moody's noted that the country's economy has maintained its solid momentum through the first half of FY2018. Economic growth has been supported by the ongoing recovery in the agricultural sector, according to the rating agency. Moody's noted positive signs in the form of an increase in credit disbursements and more favourable weather conditions, robust activity in large-scale manufacturing owing to improved energy availability and capacity expansions. In light of domestic factors and ongoing investments related to CPEC will likely result in strong growth, Moody's noted, expecting a GDP growth of 5.5 percent for FY2018. The ratings agency does not anticipate the central bank to aggressively raise rates ahead of the upcoming general elections.
  15. A meeting of the Federal Cabinet is underway in Islamabad with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the chair. Photo: Geo News file ISLAMABAD: A cabinet committee to review names of the people on the Exit Control List (ECL) was formed on Wednesday, sources informed Geo News. The decision was taken during a meeting of the federal cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, while addressing the media in Islamabad earlier today has said that the names of 600 people who were placed on the Exit Control List (ECL) has been sent to the cabinet. ?These people were placed on ECL in August 2016,? said the interior minister.
  16. GUJRANWALA: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Imran Khan on Wednesday said that it was Punjab CM Shehbaz Sharif's turn next after his brother, Nawaz Sharif's disqualification. The PTI chief was addressing party workers in Gujranwala where he was present to participate in the party's membership campaign. "We have to rid Punjab of the Sharifs in 2018," he said, promising party workers that PTI would provide relief to the masses if it comes to power in the upcoming general elections. Imran alleged that Shehbaz had spent six and a half trillion rupees of Punjab's development budget in the past ten years yet he had failed to construct a single reliable hospital in the province. "Do you know why Shehbaz is in London...he is there for a medical checkup," Imran said. "Kulsoom Nawaz is also being treated in London but the common man cannot afford to go abroad." He claimed that the same medicines available in Punjab for a hundred rupees can be purchased for fifty rupees in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa ? where his party formed the government after the elections in 2013.
  17. Photo: File Bollywood star Rani Mukerji has penned a letter to her fans highlighting the good memories and challenges she has faced during her 22-year journey in Bollywood. The letter penned by the actor on her 40th birthday (today) was shared by Yash Raj Films on their social media. Having worked in close to 50 movies over the years, Rani in her letter shared the importance of breaking stereotypes via films and her plans to continue changing mindsets about women in the future. ?It feels great to be 40! It feels great to have also worked for 22 years and having been incredibly lucky to get so much love and appreciation. Very rarely do we artists get material that can genuinely cause social change, cause change in attitude and thinking and I have been fortunate enough to get such content multiple times. I truly feel blessed. I thank all the film-makers who have trusted me with their characters. Your characters, your films, became my identity,? she wrote. The actor, while expressing gratitude also called out the discrimination in the entertainment industry. "I had to prove myself every day. Actresses have to prove themselves every day. A woman has a short career span, a married woman?s equity dies, women are not bankable commodities at the box office, ?female-centric? (I hate this word!) films are huge risks, a married actress who is also a mother is the final nail in the coffin of her dreams, ambitions and aspirations? these are some of the discriminatory stereotypes that we have to live with and try to overcome every single day." The actor continued, ?For a woman, the disparity with a man is huge and glaring in this industry. We are judged for our looks, our dancing skills, our height, our voice, our acting, how we carry ourselves every time we step out of the house ? we have to be the best and yet we are thought to be extremely dispensable. I have been asking my friends to talk about their weaknesses and how they overcame them. On my birthday, I cannot skirt these massive ?hichkis? that my fellow actresses and I have faced/face and will face every day. However, Rani pointed out that these factors will not stop her. ?I have tried to take on this sexist stereotype by coming back to acting after my marriage and motherhood. And I promise you, I will continue working and battling these stereotypes with all my fellow stunning, beautiful, kind and talented actresses and hope to see our society and the film industry mature further. I can already see the changes for the better and it fills me with joy. It makes my journey my career meaningful. I want to see many more victories for all of us. It?s about time. I will be back soon ? to try and entertain you, to push the envelope again. Till then, love you all.? Rani will return to the silver screen for the first time after the birth of her daughter Adira Chopra with Hichki.
  18. Ross Taylor gets treatment during his century, New Zealand v England, 4th ODI, Dunedin/Getty Images AUCKLAND: New Zealand received a boost Wednesday, on the eve of the first Test against England at Auckland´s Eden Park, with confirmation senior batsman Ross Taylor is fit to play. Taylor, who has a Test average of 48.04, had been battling a groin injury and a stomach bug but captain Kane Williamson said he had completed a full training session without problem. "He´s good to go so that´s great news for us," Williamson said. "Roscoe has played beautifully every time he´s walked out to the crease, the calmness at the crease, the confidence. "It´s reflected in how much success he´s had this year. It´s important for us as a team that he´s there." The clash will be the ninth day-night Test and the first to be played in New Zealand. Williamson described it as a "slightly unique and an exciting opportunity", but did not want to over-think the possible pitfalls of heading into the unknown. "There is probably a danger of over complicating some of the finer parts of the pink-ball game," he said, pointing to variable characteristics at different stages of the ball, times of day and in different climates. "There´s definitely some unknowns. There´s a lot of talk about the evening session and the condition of the ball in that time. "There´s heaps of different stats but there´s still unknowns. The sample size of pink-ball cricket is fairly small but it´s important that you adapt as a change of conditions may happen coming into different stages of the day." New Zealand are likely to make two changes from their last Test, against the West Indies. Williamson said Todd Astle would replace Mitchell Santner as the spinner in the side and BJ Watling would return as wicketkeeper. Watling has recovered from the hip injury which sidelined him from the West Indies´ Tests in December. New Zealand have played one day-night Test when they lost the inaugural match under lights against Australia in 2015. England have played twice with the pink ball, winning at home against the West Indies last August and losing to Australia at Adelaide Oval in early December.
  19. GUJRANWALA: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Imran Khan on Wednesday said that it was Punjab CM Shehbaz Sharif's turn next after his brother's disqualification. The PTI chief is addressing party workers in Gujranwala.
  20. Commander Southern Command Lieutenant General Asim Saleem Bajwa on Wednesday said he hopes to put Balochistan on the path of development. ?We want to put Balochistan on the path of development,? Lt-Gen Bajwa said while speaking at the closing ceremony of the Bolan Jeep Rally held near Mach area of Bolan district. The three-day rally organised by the Balochistan government and Head Quarters Southern Command concluded today. ?A unique collaborative model exists in Balochistan,? the commander Southern Command said. He stressed the need to prepare the youth to benefit from the development of Balochistan. ?It is our responsibility to make sure the youth take Balochistan ahead,? he said. Lt-Gen Bajwa thanked the participants of the rally and said he ?felt proud? that motorists from across Pakistan were present in the province. ?We will try our best to work with these professional motorists and invite foreigners to take part in the rally next year,? he added. To make this a reality, he urged the elders and youth of the area to help them make the area more secure. ?I also request mediamen to cover the progress in Balochistan,? Lt-Gen Bajwa added.
  21. ISLAMABAD: Awami Muslim League (AML) Chief Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed on Wednesday said that a caretaker prime minister not approved by Imran Khan will not be acceptable. Awami Muslim League Chief Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed pictured while speaking to the media in Islamabad on March 21, 2018. Photo: Geo News The veteran politician was addressing the journalists in a press conference in the federal capital. "The caretaker government should be as per the nation's standards," he said, as he discussed the retirement of the president. Rasheed expressed his disappointment with the assemblies for wanting to appoint a new president. "Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani will be the caretaker president after the president's retirement," Rasheed said.
  22. ISLAMABAD: As differences between Chaudhry Nisar and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) continue to grow, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Wednesday said the former?s future role will be decided by the party. ?Issues pertaining to the party are resolved internally and the future of Nisar will also be decided by the PML-N,? Iqbal said while addressing the media in Islamabad. Responding to a question regarding the caretaker government setup, Iqbal said Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has started consultations. Hopeful the ?best names would be agreed upon? in the interest of democracy, the interior minister assured, ?People who can ensure transparent elections would be chosen?. The interior minister further said that the names of 600 people who were placed on the Exit Control List (ECL) has been sent to the cabinet. ?These people were placed on ECL in August 2016,? the interior minister added. Difference of opinion suppressed in PML-N: Ch Nisar 'Do not need a political party?s ticket to contest elections' On Monday, disgruntled senior leader Chaudhry Nisar said that PML-N has suppressed the right to have a different opinion. The PML-N leader, who has been associated with the party for over three decades, was expressing his opinions during an interview with a private television channel on Monday. Discussing the party's incumbent leadership, the veteran politician said that he would not become part of any decision that makes Maryam Nawaz the party's leader.
  23. Photo: File Bollywood actors Priyanka Chopra and Salman Khan will share the silver screen after a decade. According to reports, PeeCee and Salman will be seen together in Bharat directed by Ali Abbas Zafar. The two have previously co-starred in films such as Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, Salaam-E-Ishq and God Tussi Great Ho. A report stated that Ali Abbas Zafar had met Priyanka in New York. "Priyanka has also worked with Ali Abbas Zafar in Gunday (2014) and shares a good rapport with him. This film will see the three of them collaborate for the first time. The fact that their jodi is coming together after such a long time will surely be exciting news for their fans," a source told DNA. Ali Abbas Zafar has directed Salman Khan in Sultan and Tiger Zinda Hai, which were extremely successful at the box office. While, Priyanka has worked with the director in Gunday. Bharat is a remake of Korean movie Ode To My Father and scheduled to release on Eid 2019.
  24. Former Muttahida Qaumi Movement member Irum Azeem Farooque remarked that the two factions of the political party, Bahadurabad and PIB, can never be one. Photo: Facebook/Irum Azeem Farooque Former Muttahida Qaumi Movement member Irum Azeem Farooque remarked that the two factions of the political party, Bahadurabad and PIB, can never be one. In a video message on social media, Farooque lashed out at Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, the convener of the party?s Bahadurabad faction. She lambasted Siddiqui for the words he used against women while addressing the supporters during party?s 34th foundation day. She claimed that Maqbool would send his marriage proposal to young girls while he was in the United States. ?You said that mahjabeens [women] won?t get tickets ?I just want to let you know that people like me will not return to your party,? she remarked, adding: ?Your [Siddiqui?s] politics is coming to an end. You should be cautious before using such words. What a shame.? Farooque then targeted MQM leader Amir Khan and called him a ?hypocrite? and ?mafia don?. She remarked that Khan rushed to Siddiqui?s aid after his harsh words against women and clarified that the remarks were targeting Irum Azeem Farooque. She further shared that she will reveal what grudge Khan has against her. "When Amir rejoined the party, I did not know him. However, he would make efforts to speak to me.... he would stare at me. I even filed a complaint against him with Haider Abbas." Addressing Amir, she said: "I have suffered through all of this silently but not anymore. "You all are engaging in character assassination because you have nothing else to do. I think this party will also be banned due to some people," she added. "You should all be ashamed of yourselves."
  25. Can you guess the most expensive Hollywood project of 2017? 'Wonder Woman'? 'Dunkirk'? or 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2'? Well, sadly all of you are wrong. The most expensive project of 2017 was released by the CGI team of 'Justice League'. Honestly, this project should have been listed as a case study in universities across the world with the title – 'How to spend $25 million to remove a moustache and get trolled for free'. While people were busy trolling and making memes on the shoddy CGI job, Henry Cavill was the one who became the butt of all jokes. Twitter Fast forward to the present time, and Cavill has tapped into his inner Faizal from 'Gangs of Wassepur' to take the ultimate revenge for all the jokes and memes made on him. After rocking 'Kingstache' for 'Mission: Impossible – Fallout' for the longest time now, Henry Cavill has decided to shave his moustache and there couldn't have been a better farewell than the one he gave to his beloved buddy. Just finished a quick workout before my first day of press in Beijing for Justice League! Here we go! #JusticeLeague #China #Beijing @prideofgypsies @gal_gadot @benaffleck @rehsifyar #EzraMiller A post shared by Henry Cavill (@henrycavill) on Oct 25, 2017 at 7:26pm PDT The video begins with a clean-shaven Cavill greeting his fans, “Hello, don't be alarmed. It's me, Henry Cavill. Sometimes superhero and former secret agent. But now, I am completely clean-shaven. I know, it's hard to recognize me without KingStache. Sometimes, I even have trouble recognizing myself.” Kal working on his side control! #BJJ @RogerGracie @RogerGracieAcademy A post shared by Henry Cavill (@henrycavill) on Feb 12, 2018 at 7:03am PST But, that's not even the best part. He further says, “It's hard for me to admit: this is not CGI. He's really gone. I can tell you this though, I will remember him, always.” Did y'all just see what he did there? His subtle dig is the ultimate revenge one can ever take on someone. Dany Garcia's shoe game may be strong but my hat game is coming a close second @danygarciaco #HenrysHats A post shared by Henry Cavill (@henrycavill) on Jul 19, 2017 at 5:40am PDT The video then ends with a montage of Cavill in moustache and even there he throws low-key shade at the CGI job by including stills of Superman from 'Justice League'. This is the kickass video we're talking about. #ShavedButNotForgotten A post shared by Henry Cavill (@henrycavill) on Mar 21, 2018 at 2:10am PDT With literally just one video, Henry Cavill has owned the internet and has now become our spirit animal.
  26. Aside from the over 2,500 guests that will be attending Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, millions will be watching on television screens and on live-streams online. Since the announcement of their engagement back in November 2017, plenty of rumours have been flying around as to who will be designing the dress, to who will be getting a royal invite to the most anticipated wedding of 2018. The Wedding Dress No wedding can be complete without a specular wedding dress that will put the bride in the spotlight. Close friend and designer Roland Mouret, has been dubbed as the man who will design the gown, Markle is set to flaunt on her big day. So far, the French native has remained tight lipped about whether he has received the commission or not. Another contender, is the brain behind Ralph & Russo, Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo who designed the $75,000 dress, she wore in her engagement photos. The actress is expected to wear two gowns on the big day: one for the ceremony and the other for the private reception later in the evening. The Royal Guest List The soon-to-be royal couple have invited 2,640 people into the grounds of Windsor Castle, to watch the pair's arrival and carriage procession. These will be members of the public selected from different regions of the U.K. with a special emphasis on those who have served their community. 100 students from two local schools in Windsor that have a strong affiliation with Windsor Castle. There will be an addition 200 invites that will be given to various members of charities and organizations that Prince Harry serves as a patron. The Queen will be in attendance as expected along with the other Royals and Markle?s parents Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland. Star Power This is thought to be of as one of the most star studded wedding with guests ranging from Barack Obama. Serena Williams to Priyanka Chopra. Markle has also invited her Suits co-stars with whom she starred on for seven seasons. Also expected to attend the wedding ceremony is Elton John, one of Diana?s closest friends, Ed Sheeran, Rihanna and members of Coldplay. According to Mel B, Spice Girls have also been extended an invitation. It is yet to be seen whether they will be performing at the wedding reception. Best Man and Maid of Honour The Duke of Cambridge is expected to be Harry?s best man. However, if Prince Harry decides to go in a different direction, it could be one of his childhood pals Guy Pelly, Tom Inskip, Arthur Landon or Tom Straubenzee. For the title of Maid of Honour there are several choices. Top of the list is Lindsay Roth Jordan who Markle knows from her days at Northwestern. Markle served as Jordan's maid of honour at her 2016 wedding in New York. Jordan was also one of the small group of women who attended Markle's bridal shower and attended a dinner for family and close friends after Markle's baptism. Heather Dorak, who runs a Los Angeles based Pilates studio is another possible candidate for the role. Close friends and designers Misha Nonoo and Markus Anderson are also possible candidates. The royal kids, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, are expected to take on the roles of page boy and flower girl. The Royal Cake Harry and Meghan have chosen author and food stylist, Claire Ptak, the owner of London-based Violet Bakery, to create a lemon and elderflower cake for the royal wedding on 19 May. She is known for serving American-style cupcakes, brownies and pastries at her widely-acclaimed bakery in East London. The cake chosen for the wedding will be a lemon elderflower cake to incorporate the bright flavours of spring. It will be covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers.
  27. Photo: Reuters India´s information technology minister on Wednesday warned against any abuse of social media in elections, following reports that a British consultancy improperly accessed information on millions of Facebook users to target US voters. India is due to hold a national election in 2019 and there are several states electing new assemblies this year and the next. "Abuse of social media including Facebook cannot be allowed to impact the fairness of elections," Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters. "In the wake of recent data theft from Facebook, let my stern warning be heard across the Atlantic, far away in California. Any covert or overt attempt to misuse social media, including Facebook, to influence India´s electoral process through undesirable means will neither be tolerated, nor be permitted.? How Facebook data helped Trump find his voters It was one of hundreds of cute questionnaires that were shared widely on Facebook and other social media An India-based spokesperson for Menlo Park, California-headquartered Facebook did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment. Cambridge Analytica has denied media accusations and said it deleted the data after learning the information did not adhere to data protection rules. Facebook has said it has tightened its controls on such practices since it discovered the alleged abuses by Cambridge Analytica in 2015, but the issue has continued to rock the companies involved as well as some political parties across the world.
  28. Police investigate an incident involving explosives in Austin on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters A man suspected of a series of deadly bombings around Austin, Texas, blew himself up early on Wednesday on the side of a highway as police closed in on him, police officials said. Police had tracked the suspect to a hotel near Austin, the state´s capital city, and were following him when he pulled to the side of the road and detonated a device, killing himself, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley told reporters near the scene. Two people were killed and more injured by a string of bombings in Austin, Texas´s capital city, that began early this month. The bombings began with parcels left on doorsteps, then continued with a bomb apparently set off by a tripwire on Sunday and two packages that detonated at FedEx Corp facilities on Tuesday.
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