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  1. Representational image. A Maryland high school was on lockdown following a shooting on Tuesday morning, the local school district said in a statement, but the incident has since been ?contained.? The shooting took place at Great Mills High School in St. Mary?s County, and it was not clear whether there were injuries. It occurred amid a re-energized national debate over school shootings in the United States following an attack on Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where a gunman killed 17 students and faculty. The St. Mary?s County sheriff?s office confirmed an incident at the school and urged parents in a Twitter post not to approach the school. Federal investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were heading to the school, the agency said. Great Mills is a town about 70 miles south of Washington. FBI's Baltimore field office spokesperson said its agents are on the scene of an incident. The incident comes more than a month after the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. That massacre, carried out by a former student, left 17 people dead.
  2. Chief of Air Staff (CAS) Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan pictured with the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa at the General Head Quarters on Monday, March 20, 2018. Photo: DG ISPR twitter RAWALPINDI: Chief of Air Staff (CAS) Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan was presented with a guard of honour upon his arrival at the General Head Quarters (GHQ) earlier today, said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, who retired on March 19, had pinned the new ranks on Air Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan during a Change of Command Ceremony held on Monday. The air chief was meeting Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa in Rawalpindi. COAS Bajwa congratulated CAS Khan on his promotion and expressed good wishes for the newly appointed air chief. CAS Khan later laid a floral wreath at the Shuhada Monument at the GHQ. Mujahid Anwar has become the 22nd chief of PAF after being appointed by the government. Born on December 23, 1962, Air Marshal Khan was commissioned in GDP Branch in December 1983 and received the coveted Sword of Honour, Best Pilot Trophy and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Gold Medal from PAF Academy Asghar Khan.
  3. Representational image. Photo: AFP China has announced it is building the world´s fastest wind tunnel to develop a new generation of super-fast airplanes, but it could also be used for hypersonic missile technology. Wind tunnels test how air will pass over a solid object, helping designers improve aerodynamics or reduce stress points for objects as they reach high speeds. State-run Xinhua news agency ran a report late Monday revealing the development of what it said would be "the world´s fastest hypersonic wind tunnel". "The 265-meter-long tunnel can be used to test hypersonic aircraft that can travel at speeds of up to 30,625 kph, 25 times the speed of sound," Han Guilai, a researcher with China´s State Key Laboratory of High Temperature Gas Dynamics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, was quoted as saying. To compare, the current fastest generation of fighter jets can travel up to speeds of around 2.5 Mach. The revelation comes as the world´s leading military nations embark on a race to develop the next generation of hypersonic weapons, from missiles and spy planes to railguns that can beat conventional defence systems. Earlier this month Russia´s president Vladimir Putin boasted his nation had developed a new generation of "invincible" hypersonic missiles in his state of the nation address, sparking anger in the United States and other NATO countries. While experts are deeply skeptical about how close to operational such a missile might actually be, US officials in recent weeks have sounded growing alarm about the potential threat from hypersonic weapons -- defined as weapons that can travel at five times the speed of sound or more. Such weapons can beat regular anti-missile defences as they are designed to switch direction in flight and do not follow a predictable arc like conventional missiles, making them much harder to track and intercept. According to reports in the Japan-based Diplomat magazine, China has also developed -- and last year tested -- a new type of hypersonic missile called the DF-17. Though the Pentagon is warning about hypersonics, the United States has itself been developing the technology for years. The Air Force says its X-51A Waverider cruise missile, tested in 2012, could travel at speeds faster than Mach 6. The Xinhua report said the Chinese Academy of Sciences had already simulated a hypersonic plane flight in its current wind tunnel at speeds "ranging from Mach 5 and 9". "The new tunnel will aid the engineering application of hypersonic technology by duplicating the environment of extreme hypersonic flights. Once issues are discovered during these ground tests, they will be ironed out before test flights begin," Han was quoted as saying.
  4. Former Senate chairman Raza Rabbani on Monday, March 20, 2018 said that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) could not intervene in the Parliament's proceedings. Photo: Geo News file KARACHI: PPP leader Raza Rabbani on Monday stressed that the ECP could not intervene in the Parliament's proceedings. The government and opposition, a day earlier, had voiced their objections over the initial delimitation issued by the ECP. On March 5, the body had issued the initial delimitation of national and provincial assemblies on the basis of the population census carried out late last year. "There is no question of transgressing into the domain of the Election Commission of Pakistan," the former Senate chairman said. "But the ECP must have read the terms of reference." "I believe that all institutions working in the country should remain within their constitutional limits and not meddle with one another?s constitutional jurisdiction." Govt, opposition raise objections to delimitation The ECP on March 5 issued the initial delimitation of national and provincial assemblies on the basis of the population census carried out late last year A special parliamentary committee, headed by Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed and formed to mull over the issue, had rejected the initial draft and said delimitation should be according to voter lists. Delimitation in various constituencies have not been done in a clockwise fashion starting from the north, the committee had noted. PML-N?s Daniyal Aziz had earlier termed the delimitation pre-poll rigging and said it is violative of election rules. We will try to gather all information and objections regarding the initial draft by March 25, he added. PTI?s Arif Alvi had said the issue of delimitation without taking into account the constituency?s population could be challenged in court, which would delay the general elections. The ECP secretary, in his briefing to the committee, had said that the delimitation was done according to law. He had admitted that there could be errors and assured the lawmakers that they will be done away with. Final delimitation will be done by May 5 and elections will be held on time, the ECP official added.
  5. Currently the top ranked test bowler in the world, Rabada is free to play the third test that starts in Cape Town on Thursday CAPE TOWN: South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada has been cleared to play the remainder of the test series against Australia having won his appeal against a Level Two breach of the International Cricket Council's (ICC) code of conduct. Rabada had his punishment for brushing against the shoulder of Australia captain Steven Smith in the second test in Port Elizabeth reduced from a fine of 50 percent of his match fee and three demerit points, to 25 percent and one demerit point. He, however, was found guilty of a lesser charge of "conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game" on appeal by Judicial Commissioner Michael Heron, according to a statement from the ICC on Tuesday. That leaves Rabada´s total of demerit points over the last 24 months on seven, one fewer than the threshold that would trigger an automatic two-match suspension. He received a demerit point for a send-off to Australian opener David Warner in the same game. Currently the top ranked test bowler in the world, Rabada is free to play the third test that starts in Cape Town on Thursday, with the tempestuous four-match series square at 1-1. The 22-year-old admitted he needed to tone down his wicket celebrations in the wake of the Smith incident but maintained that the contact with Smith was accidental and he had not intended to brush against the batsman. Match referee Jeff Crowe believed otherwise when imposing the initial punishment, but that has now been overturned after Cricket South Africa engaged the services of high-profile local advocate Dali Mpofu to fight Rabada's case in an appeal hearing that took place on Monday. "The key issue is whether Mr Rabada made an inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with Mr Smith. I am not comfortably satisfied that Mr Rabada intended to make contact and I therefore find him not guilty of the charge..." Heron said in the summary of his verdict. "I am entitled, however, to consider whether the conduct involved constitutes a lower level offence. I consider the conduct was inappropriate, lacked respect for his fellow player and involved non-deliberate and minor contact. The actions contravened the principle that a dismissed batsman should be left alone. "I consider a penalty of the imposition of a fine of 25 percent of the applicable match fee to be the appropriate penalty for the breach of Article 2.1.1. "As a consequence, 1 demerit point accrues. Mr. Rabada will be well aware of the consequences of any further breaches of the code." Rabada has taken 15 wickets in the series so far at an average of 16.80, the most successful bowler from either side.
  6. Barcelona?s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi. Photo: AFP Lionel Messi has revealed that he no longer gets sick and vomits on the pitch during games owing to a change in his diet. "I ate badly for many years: chocolates, fizzy drinks, and everything. That is what made me throw up during games. Now I look after myself better. I eat fish, meat, salads. Everything is organised and taken care of," Messi told La Cornisa TV. The Barcelona forward admitted he used to get sick "all the time" after he vomited while playing an international friendly for Argentina in 2014. There had been concerns that the five-time Ballon d'Or winner might have an illness or was suffering from stress. "I've learned to live the way I do, to be myself because at the end of the day it's easier to do it that way," the 30-year-old added. "I don't think too much about how I have to act because of constantly being watched. I'm aware that whenever I speak there are many people that listen, that there are repercussions. I always try to think about what I say in order not to generate controversies." During the interview, Messi also talked about how the birth of his first son, Thiago, had a profound impact on him and how he viewed wins and losses as a player. "The arrival of my first son [Thiago] made me open my mind, not to focus solely on my profession, on football," he said. "Of course I don't like to draw or lose but I take it differently. There are many important things other than a result. "In the end it's a game and everyone wants to win, be a champion and be the best. But at times it's not possible. You can't always win and not always the best one wins. I learned that when it's over, there are other things... being with my children, my wife, my family, the rest is secondary."
  7. Photo: AFP Cynthia Nixon, the US actress who shot to fame as workaholic lawyer Miranda on "*** and the City," jumped into the race for New York governor Monday, unveiling a progressive platform championing economic equality and eschewing big business. The 51-year-old declared her candidacy with a two-minute campaign video posted on Twitter that showed her at home with her wife and children, riding the subway, taking one of her children to school and speaking at liberal political causes. The move confirmed speculation that Nixon would challenge incumbent Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo. If elected, Nixon -- who is a vocal opponent of President Donald Trump -- would be New York state´s first woman and first openly gay governor. The actress and liberal activist, who has campaigned for gay marriage, public schools and access to women´s health care, announced that she was "sick of politicians who care more about headlines and power than they do about us." "Our leaders are letting us down. We are now the most unequal state in the entire country with both incredible wealth and extreme poverty. Half the kids in our upstate cities live below the poverty line. How did we let this happen?" she said in the video. "Something has to change. We want our government to work again -- on health care, ending mass incarceration, fixing our broken subway. "Together we can win this fight," finished the New York-born and raised Nixon, who said she grew up with her mother in what she called "a one-bedroom, fifth-floor walkup." The Trump presidency has seen a surge in women -- particularly Democratic women -- running for office. Only eight of the current 50 US state governors are women. In 2004, Nixon accepted an Emmy award -- the highest accolade in US television -- for her role as Miranda Hobbes from Trump, the fellow celebrity-turned-politician whose current presidency she publicly opposes. Left-field candidate New York, the fourth most populous state in the United States, goes to the polls to elect a governor on November 6. But Nixon remains a left-field candidate with Cuomo very much the favored contender ahead of the Democratic Party primary on September 13. Despite the stardom brought by her role alongside Sarah Jessica Parker on the hit HBO comedy from 1998-2004 that spawned two movies, a recent Siena College poll found that Cuomo is overwhelmingly favored by Democrats to Nixon by 66 to 19 percent. The governor, who is seeking his third term, has downplayed the competition and Nixon has never previously run for office. "I´m not nervous about whoever runs," Cuomo said last week. "They´ll be people who run. That´s called elections and that´s fine." Considered a potential Democratic presidential candidate for 2020, Cuomo is shored up by a bevvy of powerful supporters, but it remains unclear whether he will be badly damaged by the recent conviction of a close friend and aide for bribery. According to The New York Times, Cuomo´s name was mentioned 163 times during Joseph Percoco´s eight-week federal trial. Nixon, who is close to left-leaning New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, echoes some of the language used by 2016 Democratic Party presidential contender Bernie Sanders, who electrified the left before ultimately losing to Hillary Clinton. Her campaign fundraising page stipulates that she "won´t be accepting any corporate contributions" and that "instead our campaign will be powered by the people." If Trump has proved a celebrity can win office as a political novice, the mother-of-three is far from the first US actor to venture into politics. Republican president Ronald Reagan got his political start after acting as a two-term governor of California from 1967 to 1975. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Austrian-born body builder, also served as California governor from 2003-2011. And Former television comic Al Franken -- for whom Nixon once campaigned -- was Democratic senator of Minnesota from 2009 until early this year, when he was forced to step down over sexual misconduct allegations.
  8. Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl Chief Fazlur Rehman pictured with Jamaat-e-Islami President Siraj-ul-Haq during a press conference in Karachi here on March 20, 2018. Photo: Geo News KARACHI: Religious-political parties on Monday announced the revival of the defunct Muttahida Majlis Amal (MMA). Senior leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), Liaqat Baloch, made the announcement of the decision to revive MMA and appointment of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman as the president. The newly appointed president congratulated the entire nation on the revival of the party. "We have made way to the beginning of a new era," Rehman told the journalists."We hope to match the expectations of the nation." He further announced to contest the upcoming general elections under the joint platform, noting that the country needs peace and development. Speaking on the occasion, JI Chief Siraj-ul-Haq said that the MMA had begun its journey with a new resolve and it will represent the citizens on all platforms. Baloch, who was appointed as the general secretary of MMA, announced that the central workers' convention will be held in the first week of April.
  9. Sabir Mayar with security personnel. Photo: KP Police MARDAN: Sabir Mayar, one of the primary accused in the Mashal Khan lynching case, has reportedly told the police he was not present when the incident took place last year. Mashal was brutally beaten and shot dead at the Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan over false allegations of blasphemy in April 2017. Mayar, one of the two remaining absconders in the case, handed himself over to the police on Monday. According to sources, Mayar has told the police he was not present when Mashal was murdered. He explained that he had remained in hiding for fear from police after being named an accused in the case. Moreover, police produced Mayar before an anti-terrorism court today which approved his four-day physical remand. Mayar, president of the Pakhtun Student Federation, is said to be the one who hatched the plan for Mashal?s murder at Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan. However, following Mashal?s murder, him and two others, had run away. PTI councillor Arif arrested in Mashal Khan murder case Mardan DPO said Arif was arrested in an operation after he returned to the country Mohammad Arif Khan, a tehsil councillor from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and one of the three absconders, was arrested earlier this month. The punishment for the rest of the 57 accused who were arrested was announced by an anti-terrorism court in Haripur on February 7. According to the verdict, one person was awarded death sentence, five life imprisonment, 25 were jailed for four years each, while 26 were acquitted over lack of evidence. The 26 suspects released by the court received a 'hero's welcome' in their native towns of Swabi and Mardan after their release. Later, Mashal?s family challenged their acquittal as did the provincial government. On February 27, the Peshawar High Court ordered the release on bail of the 25 accused who had been awarded three to four-year sentences in the case. The 25 accused had pleaded that there was a provision in the law under which those sentenced to less than five years in jail could be released on bail while their appeal was being heard.
  10. Photo: AFP Billionaire Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal says all is forgiven after his three-month detention in an anti-corruption crackdown, dismissing speculation he had forfeited control of his assets in exchange for his freedom. The prince, dubbed the Warren Buffett of Saudi Arabia, was released from the now-notorious Ritz-Carlton hotel in early January after an undisclosed financial agreement with the government. "I am not a person who is going to say I forgive but I don't forget. I say I forgive and I forget at the same time," Prince Al-Waleed said in an interview with Bloomberg News published on Tuesday. "It's business as usual. We are going to continue investing in Saudi Arabia. I was born in Saudi Arabia, I will die in Saudi Arabia." The prince refused to divulge the terms of his release, which he described as a "confidential and secret agreement". The agreement had, however, left him free to function normally with "zero guilt" and "zero conditions", he said. Al-Waleed was the most high-profile detainee among 350 suspects rounded up since Nov 4, including business tycoons and ministers, who were held in Riyadh's luxury Ritz-Carlton. The prolonged detention of Prince Al-Waleed, ranked among the richest men in the world, had sent shock waves across a host of companies that count him as a major investor. A Saudi official told AFP that the prince's release came after a monetary settlement similar to deals that authorities struck with most other detainees in exchange for their freedom. He revealed no figures. Attorney General Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb, however, has said that US$107 billion has been recovered in the crackdown in various forms of assets handed over that included property, securities and cash. Al-Waleed also denied reports he had been tortured or subject to mistreatment behind bars. "I was never tortured," he said. "Actually, I was given the best service. Doctors used to come twice a day. We had the best service, best food, best everything." The prince asserted that he was firmly in control of his Riyadh-listed Kingdom Holding company and was working with advisers, including Goldman Sachs, to find investments as large as US$3 billion. "Some people in business community will be doubtful, will say: 'What?s going on?' "However, I assure them that everything is normal and we are functioning as we were before and we welcome them to come here to see what we?re doing in Saudi Arabia and life is back to normal." Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the 32-year-old son of the king, is behind the unprecedented crackdown on corruption among members of the government and royal family, as he consolidates his grip on power. Some critics have labelled Prince Mohammed's campaign a shakedown and power grab, but authorities insist the purge targeted endemic corruption as the country prepares for a post-oil era.
  11. Interior minister black listed on Tuesday former Lahore Development Authority (LDA) director Ahad Cheema from obtaining a passport due to the National Accountability Bureau?s investigation against him. Photo: file1 ISLAMABAD: Interior minister black listed on Tuesday former Lahore Development Authority (LDA) director Ahad Cheema from obtaining a passport due to the National Accountability Bureau?s investigation against him. Ashiana housing case: Punjab govt suspends Ahad Cheema Suspension period will start from the day of his arrest by NAB and will last for three months NAB is investigating allegations that Cheema, by misuse of authority and with criminal intent, awarded a contract of the Ashiana-e-Iqbal project of approximately Rs14 billion to Lahore Casa Developers ? a joint-venture which was ineligible for the contract. Cheema was arrested on February 21. An interior ministry?s notification stated that Cheema has been blacklisted due to the probe against him. Moreover, seven other citizens have also been put on the blacklist by the ministry. Ashiana housing scheme case hearing Earlier in the day, Lahore accountability court started hearing the Ashiana housing scheme case against Ahad Cheema. Prime suspect Cheema among others appeared before the court. Prosecution informed the court that important data has been recovered from Cheema?s laptop and mobile phones, adding that further investigation of the Cheema is required due to newfound data. During the court proceedings, arguments against Ahad Cheema and Arguments regarding Cheema and another suspect Shahid Shafeeq were concluded, while arguments against other suspects are being presented. On March 17, the Punjab government suspended Cheema from service for three months. According to a notification issued by the Punjab government, Cheema?s suspension will start from the day he was arrested by the NAB and will last for three months. Cheema, a grade-19 employee, was serving as the chief executive of Quaid-e-Azam Thermal Power Limited when he was arrested. The sources in Punjab Civil Secretariat said that notification of Cheema?s arrest was issued after approval from the federal government. Cheema was arrested after NAB detected illegalities and corruption worth billions in a deal between Paragon Housing Society and Punjab Land Development Company to construct the Ashiana-e-Iqbal Housing Society, a low-cost project of the Punjab government.
  12. Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar remarked on Tuesday that the apex court wants to assist the government in bringing back funds taken out of the country and parked in foreign bank accounts. The chief justice made the remarks while heading a three-member bench hearing a suo motu case of foreign bank accounts held by Pakistanis. During the hearing, the chief justice observed that the court will not rush the case, as it seeks to see how the capital taken abroad can be brought back to the country. Justice Umar Ata Bandiyal remarked that money is taken out from illegal channels and brought back legally, adding that dollars are bought in the open market and everything is ?pured?. Justice Ijazul Ahsan observed that if money changers are given a decent percentage, they can arrange the foreign exchange. CJP laments lack of information on Pakistanis' names in Panama, Paradise leaks Supreme Court has taken suo motu notice of foreign bank accounts of Pakistanis State Bank of Pakistan Governor Tariq Bajwa informed the court that the National Accountability Bureau has requested countries for assistance. He added that it will take time to verify foreign assets of Pakistanis. Bajwa further said that a law is needed to control strictly the operations of foreign currency exchange companies. The chief justice remarked that chartered accountants will not aid the court in getting back the money. ?We will not run away from Pakistan. We intend to leave a country for our children where they can be happy and satisfied,? Chief Justice Nisar observed. During the hearing, the chief justice observed that it can call the richest 100 Pakistanis in court and ask them to provide details of their assets. Chief Justice Nisar observed further that the court is accused of exceeding its jurisdiction, adding that it does not wish to create a fear that will have an adverse impact on the economy. On February 1, the Supreme Court had taken suo motu notice of funds deposited in foreign bank accounts and foreign assets held by Pakistani citizens.
  13. Wasim Akram has revealed his picks for the top local talent during the third edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). In an interview with Geo News, the Sultan of Swing said he was not impressed with the batting talent during the tournament, however, Hussain Talat was the lone exception. Talat has an average of 38.80 - Photo PCB ?He is definitely the find of this year. After seeing his attitude and fitness I can say that my guy is Hussain Talat.? Islamabad United?s left-handed batsman Hussain Talat has played 11 matches and scored 194 runs at an average of 38.80. His highest score was 48 not out. Commenting on the bowlers, Akram said he was impressed by Mohammad Sami and Rahat Ali. ?Rahat is a different bowler. I do not know what Sami eats for breakfast but he is as fit as any young player in the PSL. If he continues to bowl well, he should be selected for the T20 format.? 37-year-old seamer Mohammad Sami of the Islamabad United has picked up 12 wickets in 10 matches an average of 21.66. His best figures have been 3/21. Left-arm seamer Rahat Ali of the Quetta Gladiators has played 10 matches and picked up 11 wickets at an average of 27.81. His best figures have been 2/29. Shaheen Afridi during Lahore Qalandars match against Multan Sultans - Photo PCB A young bowler who has been on everyone?s radar is 17-year-old Shaheen Shah Afridi who was expected to perform well after his dominance at the under-19 World Cup. Afridi who played for the Lahore Qalandars had a decent tournament picking up seven wickets in seven matches. ?Shaheen had one spell against Multan Sultans. He has potential,? Akram told Geo News. The former skipper also stressed the importance of having young local players being exposed to foreign coaches. ?The style of foreign coaches is very different. I am not saying that our coaches are bad but they do not have the same impact.?
  14. Emergency vehicles surround a FedEx facility in Schertz, TX after a package exploded shortly after midnight March 20, 2018. Photo: CBS Austin One employee was injured when a package containing nails and shrapnel that was bound for Austin, Texas, exploded at a Texas FedEx facility, the local fire department said. The package exploded shortly after midnight local time at a distribution facility in Schertz, Texas, outside of San Antonio, about 65 miles south of Austin, the San Antonio Fire Department said in a Tweet. Austin on edge: Police fear serial bomber behind Texas blasts Investigators have publicly reached out to the bomber, urging him or her to contact them to explain demands It was unclear if the explosion was related to a string of bombings in the Texas capital over the past two weeks that have killed two people and wounded four. The first three devices in Austin were parcel bombs dropped off at night in front of homes on the city?s east side, with the fourth a tripwire device that went off in a west side neighborhood on Sunday. All four devices were similar, police said on Monday. Investigators said they have no clear idea what motivated the series of attacks, which began 17 days ago, and have publicly reached out to the bomber, urging him or her to contact them and explain what his demands are. The first three devices were parcel bombs dropped off at night in front of homes on the city?s east side, with the fourth a trip wire device that went off in a west side neighbourhood on Sunday. All four devices were similar, police said on Monday. ?We are clearly dealing with what we expect to be a serial bomber at this point,? Austin Police Chief Brian Manley told a news conference near the site of Sunday?s bombing. Two men were injured on Sunday by the latest bomb, which police said may have been activated by a trip wire across a sidewalk. It was a more advanced design than the previous bombs. Two injured in mysterious Texas bombing, fourth in a month Blast came just hours after police made a direct public appeal to the unknown bomber or bombers suspected of leaving packages The men, 22 and 23 years old, were taken to a hospital with what police described as ?substantial? but not life-threatening injuries. Manley said more than 500 federal agents were involved in the investigation, including from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. ?There is an army of law enforcement folks on the scene right now,? Austin Mayor Steve Adler said on CNN. ?I am confident that we?re going to find whoever is responsible for this and then we?re going to stop it.?
  15. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/7ca46a9765644adb61cc53c0f57ce2df.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9My8yMC8yMDE4IDEwOjEwOjQwIEFNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9dldxeEtRaGFjZFNSZ3Q0d29QUlFxZz09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] An air of celebration and joy grips Lahore as the walled city is set to host Pakistani and foreign players for the Pakistan Super League (PSL) eliminator matches. To add to the cheer, a female traffic warden in the city of gardens has been distributing roses and chocolates to those passing by. ?I am giving out chocolates and flowers to get people excited about the match and promote a positive image,? the warden said while speaking to Geo.tv. She added that people appreciated her gesture. The PSL's initial matches have concluded in Dubai and Sharjah and the tournament will now move to Lahore, before concluding with the final in Karachi. Gaddafi Stadium will host elimination matches on today (March 20) and tomorrow (March 21). The final will take place at the National Stadium in Karachi on March 25. Arrival of players Foreign players associated with the Gladiators, Zalmi, and Kings arrived in Lahore at different times today. Foreign players get hearty welcome as Lahore gears up for PSL playoffs PSL matches have concluded in Dubai and Sharjah and the tournament will now move to Lahore. Gaddafi Stadium will host elimination matches on March 20 and 21 Except for Dwayne Smith, all foreign players of Peshawar Zalmi ? including skipper Darren Sammy, Liam Dawson, Evin Lewis, Andre Fletcher, Tamim Iqbal and Chris Jordan ? arrived on Tuesday along with the Kings' Ravi Bopara, Tymal Mills, Joe Denly, David Wiese, Lendl Simmons, and Colin Ingram. Quetta Gladiators? Rilee Rossouw and Chris Green also arrived in the city, followed by teammates Mehmoodullah and Thisara Perera who joined them later in the day. The players travelled to Pakistan in foreign airlines and arrived here in Lahore at different times during the night, following which they reached their hotel amid stringent security protocol.
  16. LAHORE: A parasitic disease claimed the life of another Bengal tiger in Lahore zoo, third in a span of a week. The zoo authorities confirmed that the nine-year-old tiger, Rawal, died due to the disease on Tuesday, adding that he had been under treatment since the last 10 days. Rawal was brought to the zoo when he was three-years-old, the zoo authorities told Geo News. The authorities also expressed concern over the outbreak of the parasitic disease in the zoo, adding that it can?t be treated. Bengali tigress dies at Lahore zoo Zoo spokesperson says eight-year-old tigress died of a parasitic disease The body has been sent to the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences for postmortem. The total population of Bengal tigers in the zoo is recorded to be 18. Previously, two Bengal tigresses have died due to the same disease. A 12-year-old tigress died on March 17, while an eight-year-old tigress died on March 13. The frequent deaths of animals at Lahore zoo has raised a fresh wave of questions against its management. In November 2017, a male cheetah passed away due to diarrhoea after spending just 30 days at the zoo. The four-year-old cheetah and its female pair were imported from South Africa on October 29, 2017. However, the female cheetah had died earlier. Similarly, frequent deaths of animals have also been reported at Peshawar zoo, which was inaugurated last month. As many as three animals have died at the zoo, including a 10-year-old snow leopard , 10-year-old monkey and four-year-old fallow deer.
  17. We're thrilled to announce that Invision Community 4.3 Beta is available to download now. After months of development, over 2500 separate code commits and quite a few mugs of coffee you can now get your hands on the beta release. You can download the beta from your client area. Be sure to read the full information on support and service limits that go along with beta releases. You will see this in client area prior to downloading. If you need a recap of what was added, take a look at our product updates blog which takes you through the highlights. If you you find a bug, we'd love for you to report it with as much detail as you can muster in the bug report area. We'd love to know what you think, let us know below.
  18. A powerful tropical storm that lashed the island of Madagascar has left 20 people dead and affected 19,000 more, according to an official toll. Photo: file ANTANANARIVO: A powerful tropical storm that lashed the island of Madagascar has left 20 people dead and affected 19,000 more, according to an official toll. The storm also closed several national highways that were flooded by the heavy rain, the country´s disaster management office said late Monday. In a previous toll late Sunday it said 17 people had died and 15,000 had been affected. Storm Eliakim slammed into the northeastern Masoala peninsula on Friday before barrelling south down the coast. By Monday it had moved away from the Indian Ocean island and "presents no more danger". Madagascar, one of the world´s poorest countries, is frequently hit by cyclones and tropical storms. In January, cyclone Ava claimed 51 lives and in March last year at least 78 people perished in cyclone Enawo.
  19. Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif departed for London Tuesday afternoon for his regular medical check-up. Photo: file1 LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif departed for London Tuesday afternoon for his regular medical check-up. The politician, who recently became the president of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, will also hold video-linked meetings during the stay, according to the statement of Government of Punjab. CM Shehbaz left for London from Allama Iqbal International Airport at 1:30PM. He is expected to return on early morning April 1. Shehbaz will also where he will inquire into the health of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's wife, and his sister-in-law, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, sourced informed Geo News. Kulsoom, who recently underwent a throat surgery and at present is residing at her son Hasan's residence, is in London for treatment of lymphoma. While addressing a gathering of PML-N supporters on March 17, Shehbaz Sharif claimed Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf Chairman Imran Khan and Pakistan Peoples Party Co-Chair Asif Ali Zardari have entered into an alliance. Taking aim at his political rivals, Shehbaz said the PTI and its chief Imran Khan have continuously lied during their years in power and added that Zardari and Imran have compromised with each other. "Niazi and Zardari have come together. Niazi has told Zardari to do what he likes in Sindh and Zardari has said the same to Niazi," alleged the chief executive of Punjab.
  20. Megastar Amitabh Bachchan is the biggest name in Bollywood today, and the iconic actor even commands respect in the West as well. From his acting, fashion sense to his sharp wit, he literally rules the tinsel town and millions of hearts. At present, the veteran actor is busy shooting for 'Thugs of Hindostan' in Jodhpur. The movie also features stellar performers like Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Shaikh. The film is already the talk of the town and here's the latest picture from the sets. © Instagram Big B often posts interesting content on his social media that goes viral within no time and his latest post was no exception. Taking to his Instagram, he shared a vintage picture of himself from 1968. Talking about it, he revealed that it is the same picture that was on his job application for a movie when he was rejected. Well, we did tell you he has a great sense of humor! My application picture for a job in movies .. 1968.. no wonder I was rejected !! A post shared by Amitabh Bachchan (@amitabhbachchan) on Mar 20, 2018 at 3:24am PDT This reminds us of the time when he penned down a few lines applying for a job to work with tall actresses like Deepika Padukone and Katrina Kaif. Job Application : Amitabh Bachchan DOB 11.10.1942 .. age 76 .. 49 yrs experience in films .. approx 200 films acted .. speaks Hindi .. HEIGHT 6'2'' .. available .. You shall never have height problem !! A post shared by Amitabh Bachchan (@amitabhbachchan) on Feb 17, 2018 at 8:07am PST Not many know that the legendary actor had faced a lot of rejection before he made it big in the industry. Back in the day, when Ameen Sayani was a well-known presenter on Air India Radio, Amitabh Bachchan wanted to be one as well before he tried his luck in Bollywood. AB visited the studio multiple times but couldn't make it to the list, as Sayani never cleared him. Unimaginable right? © AB_Twitter Well, we guess little did anyone know that he would become a success story one day and sit on Bollywood's throne.
  21. Warning – This video and article are not for the faint-hearted, and it might cause a lot of pain. Imagine watching one of your most prized possessions being destroyed, and there's nothing you can do about it. Whatever it may be, it always hurts. Now think about the guy who had to see his beautiful Ferrari 458 Spider supercar get crushed by a bulldozer. I can honestly feel his pain, especially considering that the car is worth almost Rs. 2 crore. If it was my car, I would have literally climbed on top of it, and if getting crushed along with my baby was the way to go, then fine. So basically, the car belonged to Zahid Khan, a millionaire from UK, before the poor car was taken away by the police. Apparently, Zahid had parked his 458 Spider on the pavement outside Birmingham Crown Court during a trial he was taking part in. The car was seized by the police because they suspected it was stolen. They claimed that since there was no valid insurance, it was a Category B vehicle, meaning it suffered serious damage in the past, thus making it unroadworthy. But, Zahid insists he was the rightful owner. Sharing the footage of his car being destroyed on YouTube, he wrote, “I was the owner. They went behind my back and removed a court order that was imposed on the car without notifying my self or my legal team.” He also said, “I saved my ass off to buy this car and it was a sentimental car to me and my family. The police had no right to do what they did. It is very sad, as this money could have gone to a good cause, as a Ferrari broken in parts is worth more than the car itself. We pay our taxes for officers who act like this in a public office.” While we don't know exactly what will happen to him, just watch this video because it honestly is quite painful.
  22. British privacy regulators are seeking a warrant to search the offices of the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica late Monday following reports that the company may have improperly gained access to data on 50 million Facebook users, according to a Channel 4 television report. The move came as US and European lawmakers demanded an explanation of how the consulting firm, which worked on President Donald Trump's election campaign, gained access to the data. In the US, members of Congress called on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify about Facebook's actions. Facebook said on Monday it had hired forensic auditors from the firm Stroz Friedberg to investigate and determine whether Cambridge Analytica still had the data. ?Auditors from Stroz Friedberg were on site at Cambridge Analytica?s London office this evening,? the company said in a statement late Monday. ?At the request of the UK Information Commissioner?s Office, which has announced it is pursuing a warrant to conduct its own on-site investigation, the Stroz Friedberg auditors stood down.? Facebook shares closed down nearly seven percent on Monday, wiping nearly $40 billion off its market value as investors worried that new legislation could damage the company?s advertising business. ?The lid is being opened on the black box of Facebook data practices, and the picture is not pretty,? said Frank Pasquale, a University of Maryland law professor who has written about Silicon Valley?s use of data. Also on Monday, a source said that Facebook head of security, Alex Stamos, plans to leave the company over disagreements about the company?s policies on misinformation. He had been a strong advocate for an aggressive approach to alleged Russian activity on the platform aimed at manipulating elections. His departure was first reported by the New York Times. Facebook declined immediate comment. In a tweet, Stamos did not deny he was leaving but said: ?Despite the rumors, I?m still fully engaged with my work at Facebook. It?s true that my role did change.? The criticism of Cambridge Analytica presents a new threat to Facebook?s reputation, which is already under attack over Russia?s alleged use of Facebook tools to sway US voters with divisive and false news posts before and after the 2016 election. London-based Cambridge Analytica said it strongly denied the media claims, and that it deleted all Facebook data it obtained from a third-party application in 2014 after learning the information did not adhere to data protection rules. However, further allegations about the firm?s tactics were reported late Monday by British broadcaster Channel 4 which said it secretly taped interviews with senior Cambridge Analytica executives in which they boasted of their ability to sway elections in countries around the world with digital manipulation and traditional political trickery. Cambridge Analytica rejected the allegations, saying in a statement that the Channel 4 report ?is edited and scripted to grossly misrepresent the nature of those conversations and how the company conducts its business.? Facebook was already facing calls on Saturday for regulation from the US Congress after the reports in the New York Times and London?s Observer over the weekend. Republican Senator John Kennedy called on Zuckerberg to testify before Congress, and Democratic Senator Ron Widen sent a letter to Zuckerberg asking about company policies for sharing user data with third parties. Facebook usually sends lawyers to testify to Congress, or allows trade organizations to represent it and other technology companies in front of lawmakers. Facebook and other social media companies including Twitter Inc. and Alphabet Inc.?s YouTube have taken voluntary steps to restrict possible foreign interference and combat false news, but they have not been forced by law or regulation to make changes and legislation on the issue has stalled. Late on Monday, the Connecticut Attorney General said the office will initiate an inquiry into Facebook data policies. The Senate was expected to move forward on Monday with a bill that would chip away at the internet industry?s legal shield, a decades-old law known as Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, with a bill intended to address online *** trafficking. The measure has already passed the House and is expected to soon become law. Facebook said on Friday it had learned in 2015 that a Cambridge University psychology professor lied to the company and violated its policies by passing data to Cambridge Analytica from a psychology testing application he had built. Facebook said it suspended the firms and researchers involved and said the data had been misused but not stolen, because users gave permission. Facebook shares fell six point eight percent to $172.56, dragging the US S&P 500 technology sector index down two point one percent and broadly weighing on US equities. Fears of increased regulation also weighed on shares of Twitter, Google parent Alphabet and Snapchat parent Snap Inc. ?(Tech companies) are going to get a lot more scrutiny over what data they are collecting and how they are using it,? said Shawn Cruz, senior trading specialist at TD Ameritrade in Chicago.
  23. Gaddafi Stadium The city of Lahore is all set to host the elimination matches of the Pakistan Super League on Tuesday and Wednesday. In the first match, Quetta Gladiators will take on Peshawar Zalmi in a rematch of last year?s final. Photo: accuweather.com The teams have arrived and have been met with light showers. The MET office said that intermittent light showers will continue throughout the day in the city. According to Accuweather, there is a 51 per cent chance of rain at 7pm which is when the match will start. In case the match is rained out, Peshawar Zalmi will face Karachi Kings in the second eliminator match with the winner facing Karachi Kings in the final in Karachi on March 25.
  24. Commentators Alan Wilkins, who hails from the United Kingdom, and Daren Ganga, who hails from West Indies, went on the tour with former Pakistan cricket captain Majid Khan. LAHORE: The foreign commentators of Pakistan Super League, who arrived on Monday, went on a tour of Lahore?s old city on Tuesday. Commentators Alan Wilkins, who hails from the United Kingdom, and Daren Ganga, who hails from West Indies, went on the tour with former Pakistan cricket captain Majid Khan. Commentators Alan Wilkins and Daren Ganga also took a ride of rickshaw during the tour. The commentators were left mesmerised after the tour. Ganga shared on social media that the tour was ?breathtaking?. The West Indian commentator wrote: ?Touring Lahore?s Old City today was breathtaking, seeing Shahi Hammam and the Wazir Khan Mosque alongside the Fmr. Pakistan Captain Majid Khan was divine...Pakistan Zindabad !!!? Alan Wilkins and Daren Ganga will fulfil their duties not only in the PSL 3 play-offs, which are being played in Lahore, but also come for the final to Karachi. The PSL final will be held at Karachi's National Stadium on March 25.
  25. Ahead of the Nidahas Trophy final, cricket fans or pundits wouldn't have even bothered about the future of Dinesh Karthik in the Indian team, let alone praise him for one of the best finishes in a T20 match. But, during India's thrilling contest against Bangladesh on Sunday, Karthik's artistry with the willow propelled him to one of the rare moments of glory in his, otherwise tumultuous, career. His manic eight-ball 29 meant that India pulled an emphatic win from the jaw of a certain defeat, while Bangladesh - who dominated the better part of the second innings - were left stunned and, later, red-faced. His blistering knock didn't just earn him the Man of the Match award but also allowed the Indian wicket-keeper to find a special place in the hearts of a billion emotional cricket fans across the country. © Twitter From cricket bigwigs to Bollywood celebrities, the congratulatory messages poured in from every corner of the country. But, amidst all the praise, there was a special message from arguably one of the most important people in Karthik's life - his wife Dipika Pallikal. â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ pic.twitter.com/E7HQHWEVAF — Dipika Pallikal (@DipikaPallikal) March 19, 2018 The acclaimed squash player was over the moon and couldn't hide her excitement before tweeting out hearts to laud her husband. The duo, who got married in 2015, make one of the most glamorous couples in the country. Pallikal, being an acclaimed squash player herself, knows too well the effort it takes to succeed at the international level. #proudwife â¤ï¸ A post shared by Dipika Pallikal Karthik (@dipikapallikal) on Mar 18, 2018 at 11:19pm PDT Later, she took to Instagram and shared her happiness following the heroics of her husband. She posted a picture of Karthik and added the hashtag 'proud wife'. Karthik's explosive innings will also serve as a major boost to the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the upcoming eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) teams. After former skipper Gautam Gambhir moved back to Delhi Daredevils, the right-hander will be seen calling the shots as the KKR captain this season.
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