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  1. Supporters of PAT chief Tahirul Qadri look on during clashes with Pakistani police in Lahore on June 17, 2014. ? AFP LAHORE: The joint opposition is all set to hold a protest rally against the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government in Lahore on Wednesday, which seeks to get justice for the victims of Model Town tragedy. The incident on June 17, 2014, had claimed lives of at least 14 people and left over 100 others injured during an 'anti-encroachment operation' by Punjab Police outside Idara Minhajul Quran in Lahore's Model Town. Opposition parties led by Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) leader Tahirul Qadri will hold the rally on Lahore's Mall Road. All preparations have been finalised for the rally, while a stage has been established atop a container in front of the Punjab Assembly building, where from the speakers would address the participants. The arteries connecting to and around the Mall Road remain congested in the wake of preparations for the demonstration. The flow of traffic remains affected on Shahrah-e-Fatima Jinnah, Kachehri Road, Hall Road, Cooper Road, Boharwala Chowk and Egerton Road. Earlier, the PAT chief announced that the rally will begin at 12pm on Wednesday, during which Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan will address the participants from a single container. Police tried to cover up who gave orders to shoot: Model Town inquiry report Punjab govt issued commission report on Tuesday after orders by the Lahore High Court Qadri and Zardari also held a meeting in Lahore earlier in the day, which followed a joint press conference by the two figures. Speaking to newsmen, Zardari said the time had come for the rulers of the country to go home. He said that Sharif brothers still wish to save their rule. He said the purpose of their protest was to get rid of incumbent Punjab government and they would soon get them out of power. It is pertinent to mention here that Qadri announced to launch a movement against the PML-N government from January 17. His announcement came following a meeting of steering committee of a PAT-hosted all parties conference (APC) on January 8. Speaking at the press conference, Qadri said they will not ask for a resignation from Punjab CM Shehbaz Sharif and Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, but take it. The PAT has invited leaders from the PPP, PTI, Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) and other political parties to attend Wednesday's protest rally in Lahore.
  2. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/da1ee045e300c27497d1e7a81f54c5c6.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MS8xNi8yMDE4IDY6MzU6MTEgUE0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1VWnRubjBXK1pCMjR0R0V6SXBqdGZ3PT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said on Tuesday that Pakistan can defend itself despite a nexus between India and Israel. Speaking on Geo News' programme 'Capital Talk', the minister said that Israel has been occupying a huge area that belongs to Muslims. Similarly, India has occupied Muslims' land in Kashmir, he said, adding, "Both India and Israel have same objectives." Asif said that Pakistan never recognised Israel and that the India-Israel nexus is based on their enmity with Islam. He said the Pakistani nation has emotional affiliation with Palestinian people, while the issue of Kashmir is in a way related to Pakistan's survival. "We can defend ourselves despite this nexus between India and Israel," Asif said. He said the Pakistani armed forces were fully fighting terrorism and the country's defence capability has increased. "We achieved success against terrorism after a lot of sacrifices," the minister said, adding that the neither of the government or the nation is perturbed. Earlier, a spokesman for the Foreign Office (FO) said that Islamabad was also keenly observing the budding nexus between India and Israel, as the two countries edged closer towards a free trade pact, which was likely to include defence cooperation. India and Israel will begin work on a free trade pact that Israel has been pushing for, officials said on Monday, as Benjamin Netanyahu began a first visit by an Israeli prime minister in 15 years. Both the countries have built close ties over the years, largely centered on arms purchases, away from the public eye. But under Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, ties have flowered across the economy. ?We have had diplomatic relations for 25 years, but something different is happening now,? Netanyahu said soon after the two sides signed nine agreements covering cooperation in cyber security, space and oil and gas exploration. Israel has given initial approval for Indian energy companies to explore oil and gas in the eastern Mediterranean, in the first such move by Indian firms in that region.
  3. KARACHI: Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Malir Rao Anwar has escaped a suspected suicide attack on his vehicle in Karachi, police officials told Geo News on Tuesday. Police said an explosion took place after an object hit Anwar's armoured personnel carrier (APC) in the city's Malir Cantonment area Tuesday evening. Anwar remained unhurt in the attack, which officials said appeared to be a suicide bombing from initial information. This is not the first time Anwar has been the target of an assassination attempt. In May 2015, assailants targeted his police convoy in a gun-and-grenade attack. The police personnel escaped unhurt, while five attackers were killed in retaliatory gunfire in that incident. His convoy was again attacked near his residence in the Malir Cantt area in June 2015. The policemen remained unhurt while all attackers were again killed in retaliatory fire. In 2012, Anwar escaped a suicide bombing when he was attacked on his way to court.
  4. LONDON: Bitcoin slid as much as 18 percent on Tuesday to a four-week low, as fears of a regulatory crackdown on the market spread after reports suggested it was still possible that South Korea could ban trading in cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin?s slide triggered a selloff across the broader cryptocurrency market, with biggest rival Ethereum down 23 percent on the day at one point, according to trade website Coinmarketcap, and the next-biggest, Ripple, plunging by as much as a third. Bitcoin traded as low as $11,191.59 on the Luxembourg-based Bitstamp exchange. By 1400 GMT it has edged up to $11,650, but that was still down more than 14 percent, leaving it on track for its biggest one-day fall since September. Jamie Burke, chief executive of Outlier Ventures, a venture capital firm that is one of the biggest holders of top-10 cryptocurrency IOTA, said the belief the market was overdue a correction was making traders jittery and that was exacerbating the scale of the moves. ?Anybody that understands the technology knows there?s going to be a correction - it?s going to be a big correction and it?s going to be indiscriminate, because there are no established fundamentals for anybody to distinguish between where there is and isn?t value,? Burke said. ?There?s no way you can rationalise that there?s any value in the market at the moment; everything is significantly overpriced,? he added. Burke holds a number of top-20 cryptocurrencies in a personal capacity. South Korean news website Yonhap reported that Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon had told a local radio station that the government would be coming up with a set of measures to clamp down on the ?irrational? cryptocurrency investment craze. South Korea said on Monday that its plans to ban virtual coin exchanges had not yet been finalised, as government agencies were still in talks to decide how to regulate the market. Further China crackdown That came amid news that a senior Chinese central banker had said authorities should ban centralised trading of virtual currencies and prohibit individuals and businesses from providing related services. China shut down exchanges operating on the mainland last year - a move that also sparked a selloff, though the market later recovered. ?It?s mainly been regulatory issues which are haunting (bitcoin), with news around South Korea?s further crackdown on trading the driver today,? said Think Markets chief strategist Naeem Aslam, who holds what he described as ?substantial? amounts of bitcoin, Ethereum and Ripple. ?But we maintain our stance. We do not think that the complete banning of cryptocurrencies is possible,? he said. Cryptocurrencies enjoyed a bumper year in 2017 as mainstream investors entered the market and as an explosion in so-called initial coin offerings (ICOs) - digital token-based fundraising rounds - drove demand for bitcoin and Ethereum. The latest tumble leaves bitcoin down around 40 percent from a record high near $20,000 hit in mid-December, wiping about $130 billion off its total market value - the unit price multiplied by the number of bitcoins that have been released into the market. A director at Germany?s central bank said on Monday that any attempt to regulate cryptocurrencies must be on a global scale as national or regional rules would be hard to enforce on a virtual, borderless community. The latest plunge in the market came as wealth management firm deVere Group, which has $12 billion under advisement, said it was launching a cryptocurrency app that would allow users to store, transfer and exchange five of the biggest digital coins, citing ?soaring global demand?.
  5. Photo shows the offices of Axact in Karachi.?File photo Thousands of UK nationals have bought fake degrees from from the Pakistani fake diploma mill Axact, according to a report by the British Broadcasting Service (BBC) on Tuesday. The investigation by the BBC Radio 4's File on Four programme found that fake degrees were bought by National Health Service (NHS) consultants, nurses, and a large defence contractor in the UK, with one British citizen spending as much as £500,000 on bogus documents. According to the BBC, more than 3,000 fake Axact degrees were sold to UK-based buyers in 2013 and 2014, including master's degrees, doctorates, and PhDs. The UK buyers included a consultant at a London teaching hospital who purchased a degree in internal medicine from the fake Belford University in 2007. A defence contractor, FB Heliservices, got seven of its employees, including two helicopter pilots, fake degrees from Axact between 2013 and 2015. Axact executive pleads guilty in 'diploma mill' scam, faces 20 years in US prison Umair Hamid pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison: US Dept of Justice The company has now has now branched out into extortion and blackmail, former FBI agent Allen Ezell, who has been investigating Axact since the 1980s, told the BBC. A British engineer based in Saudi Arabia is still receiving threatening calls from Axact agents after paying nearly £500,000 for fake documents, said the BBC. In response to the BBC investigation, the UK's Department for Education said it was taking "decisive action to crack down on degree fraud" that "cheats genuine learners". Axact claims to be the "world's largest IT company", and operates hundreds of fake online universities run by agents from a Karachi call centre. In 2015, it sold more than 215,000 fake qualifications globally through approximately 350 fictitious high schools and universities, making $51m (£37.5m) that year alone. US court sentences Axact VP to 21 months in ?international diploma mill? case Hamid pled guilty on April 6 this year to conspiracy to commit wire fraud Axact's chief executive was arrested and an investigation launched by the Pakistani authorities after a New York Times expose in 2015. A senior manager of the company, Umair Hamid, was sentenced to 21 months in a US prison in August 2017 for his part in Axact's fraud. The BBC said Axact did not respond to a request for an interview.
  6. Dyed in the wool: Not happy to see ewe: A stubborn farmer is battling the US military over a flock of sheep near a military base in southern Romania. Photo: AFP file One of the most important strategic sites in Europe for the US military has come under threat from a rather unexpected enemy: a flock of sheep. It is their random meanderings near the Deveselu base in southern Romania that has triggered an unusual power struggle between US commanders and a stubborn local sheep farmer. Dumitru Bleja's 250 or so sheep "grazed without problem" in the area for years before the Americans arrived at the end of 2013, says Alexandru Damian, mayor of Stoenesti, a community on the vast Danubian plain 40 kilometres (25 miles) north of the border with Bulgaria. "Sheep are not like people. They don't respect the rules, they go into areas where security sensors are active, touching the fence and setting off alarm systems," he says. Photo: AFP But this is unthinkable for the US military, which chose the site as one of its two anti-missile defence systems to help defend NATO members against the threat of short and medium-range ballistic missiles, particularly from the Middle East. A security threat? In 2014, the top US official at Deveselu informed Romania's defence ministry that having a shelter for sheep some 10 metres (yards) from the fence "undermines the minimum security requirements and is incompatible" with the running of the base. The complaint has spiralled into a more than three-year legal saga between the Romanian defence ministry and the farmer that has now reached the country's highest court, which on Wednesday will rule on one of the aspects of the case. Photo: AFP According to the mayor, Bleja had in 2007 bought nearly a hectare (2.5 acres) of land adjacent to the area later taken over by the base, and a year later, he built a shelter for his sheep ? well before work began on the military site. But, the farmer never applied for planning permission to build, he says. With the ministry pursuing him for building without a permit, the shepherd has responded with his own claims ? for damages of up to 18,000 euros ($22,000) in the event of the demolition of his 132-square-metre (1,420-square-foot) sheep pen. For the mayor, the situation is "embarrassing". "We have signed a treaty with the Americans and we should respect it," he says. Contacted by AFP, the US military declined to comment "on a dispute between the Romanian government and a private citizen". "We sincerely appreciate the strong and continued partnership between the United States and our Romanian allies that allows for continued operations at Naval Support Facility Deveselu," said Lieutenant Tim Pietrack, spokesman for the US Navy's Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia region. The base at Deveselu, which is part of the NATO missile shield and was built at an estimated cost of $800 million, was inaugurated in May 2016, infuriating Russia which views it as a security threat right on its doorstep. 'Exaggerated' demands In Stoenesti, residents are largely reluctant to talk "to avoid getting into trouble" with Bleja, but some believe that he is the one at fault. "Even if we're talking about building a road, people should just accept the conditions laid out" by the authorities responsible for expropriations, said one bar owner. "You can't just dig in your heels and do things of your own accord. The landowner must reach an agreement with the military and with the local authorities," said a 69-year-old retiree, Nicoleta Nacu. "And the damages he is asking for are exaggerated because after all, the sheep pen is not all that big." One local councillor even accused the farmer of buying the land and building the shelter there "on purpose, to be able to demand significant compensation from the Americans." But the idea is dismissed out of hand by Bleja's lawyer Serban Dinu. "Out of the question," he says. "Back in 2007, nobody knew that Deveselu would be chosen" as the site for a US base, he told AFP. Ahead of Wednesday's verdict, the farmer ? who declined to be interviewed ? has gone with his sheep to his hometown of Caracal, which lies 15 km west of Stoenesti.
  7. Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal - File Photo ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal said on Tuesday that India has violated the ceasefire agreement more than 100 times in 2017, making the entire situation quite alarming for Pakistan. The foreign office spokesman was speaking to Hamid Mir in Geo News programme ?Capital Talk?, where he responded to a question pertaining to back door diplomacy keeping in view the terse relations between the neighbouring countries. Dr Faisal said that Pakistan cannot ignore the situation at the Line of Control, giving the example of the recent loss of lives in the past few days. The FO spokesman said that Pakistan is also keenly observing the budding nexus between India and Israel, as the two countries edge closer towards on a free trade pact, which will likely include defence cooperation. The foreign office spokesman welcomed the statements given earlier by Department of State?s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Ambassador Alice Wells. Wells earlier said that the US seeks to move towards a new relationship with Pakistan, based on mutual interest in realising a stable and prosperous region. Dr Faisal Javed said that the US diplomat?s statements are in accordance to the United Nations charter, respecting sovereignty of other countries and not interfering in their personal matters. On Jan 11, the Pakistan Foreign Office said it was in talks with the United States over matters of mutual interest, including security assistance, but it was too soon to reveal more at this point in time. In his briefing last week, Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said the two countries were in talks over matters of mutual interest, including security assistance, details of which cannot be revealed to media just now. Indian ceasefire violations may lead to strategic miscalculation, warns Pakistan On Monday, Pakistan had warned New Delhi over its deliberate targeting of civilian populated areas across the LoC, saying ceasefire violations by India may lead to a "strategic miscalculation." "The deliberate targeting of civilian populated areas and troops carrying out maintenance activities is indeed deplorable and contrary to human dignity, international human rights and humanitarian laws," a statement by Pakistan's Foreign Office. The statement came after Islamabad summoned Indian Deputy High Commission JP Singh to its Foreign Office following the martyrdom of four Pakistani troops in unprovoked Indian firing across the LoC. "In 2018, the Indian forces have carried out more than 100 ceasefire violations along the Line of Control and the Working Boundary in just 15 days," the statement said. "This unprecedented escalation in ceasefire violations by India is continuing from the year 2017 when the Indian forces committed more than 1900 ceasefire violations."
  8. ISLAMABAD: The US Department of State?s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Ambassador Alice Wells on Tuesday said that the US seeks to move toward a new relationship with Pakistan. In her meetings with different Pakistani officials, she said that the new relationship should be based on mutual interest in realising a stable and prosperous region, according to a press statement issued by the US Embassy in Pakistan. Acknowledging Pakistan?s considerable sacrifices in fighting terrorism, Wells emphasised that the US South Asia strategy represents an opportunity to work together for the establishment of a stable, peaceful Afghanistan, the defeat of Daesh in South Asia, and the elimination of terrorist groups that threaten both Pakistan and the United States. Earlier on Monday, top US military officer Marine General Joseph Dunford had said he was committed to the US-Pakistan relationship, which has been strained in recent weeks as Washington piles pressure on Islamabad to crack down on militants. ?Do we agree on everything right now? No we don?t. But are we committed to a more effective relationship with Pakistan? We are. And I?m not giving up on that,? Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, had told a small group of reporters during a trip to Brussels. The United States has long blamed militant safe-havens in Pakistan for prolonging the war in neighbouring Afghanistan, giving insurgents a place to plot attacks and rebuild their forces. Pakistan is a crucial gateway for US military supplies destined for US and other troops fighting a 16-year-old war in Afghanistan. Earlier this month, US President Donald Trump?s administration, demanding ?do more? from Pakistan, had announced a plan to suspend up to roughly $2 billion in US security assistance. An outcry was triggered in Islamabad following Washington's statement. Pakistan?s military had said its army chief told US General Joseph Votel, head of the US military?s Central Command, that Pakistan ?felt betrayed? by US criticism.
  9. KARACHI: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said that he is part of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) for 30 years and Nawaz Sharif is his leader since the day one. Speaking on Geo News? programme ?Jirgah?, the prime minister said that his office requires taking difficult decisions and there are huge responsibilities. ?It?s been some 30 years in PML-N and Nawaz Sharif has been my leader since the day one,? he said. Abbasi, however, said that he is the premier and all powers rest with him. ?Decisions are made by the cabinet; Nawaz hands over powers and seeks results." He said the next elections will be held on time, adding that the country and democracy require timely elections. The prime minister further said there is no threat to Senate elections and they too would be held on their due time. "All political parties want the democratic process to continue."
  10. Hacked website of PTI. Photo: Website screen grab The website of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf was hacked Tuesday. The text on the hacked page states that whether or not change comes in PTI, change has come on the party?s website. Earlier, the official website of the party was hacked by a hacker group claiming to be ?Voice of Pakistan; Death Adders Crew?. The website was hacked in August, hours after Aisha Gulalai held a news conference where she levelled serious allegations against PTI Chairperson Imran Khan after announcing to quit the party. The hackers posted messages on PTI's website criticising the party for disrespecting women. PTI website hacked following Gulalai's press conference PTI website hacked by a group self-proclaimed as 'Voice of Pakistan; Death Adders Crew' ?We don?t need new Pakistan, we need our old Pakistan, Pakistan Zindabad,? the text stated. The hackers also posted that they are not supporters of any political party but "will never vote for Imran Khan".
  11. LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Fawad Chaudhry said on Tuesday that fake encounters have become a norm in Punjab. The PTI leaders were addressing a press conference here, where party spokesman Fawad Chaudhry said that the Kasur incident was a failure of the Punjab police. ?Over nothing a Pakistan Peoples Party and PTI alliance is possible,? said Fawad while referring to the Pakistan Awami Tehreek's protest in Lahore on January 17. He said that the PPP has a different ideology while the PTI has its own, said the party spokesman. The PTI spokesman said that the suggestion to divide the sessions has already been floated. ?In one session Imran Khan will be on the stage, and in another session will be Asif Ali Zardari,? said Chaudhry. He said that the protest isn?t a rally it is only a one-day protest and will end over Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif?s resignation. Earlier today, PAT Chief Dr Tahirul Qadri said that the party?s ?grand protest? will start at noon tomorrow. The PAT is protesting over the 2014 Model Town incident, in which its workers were killed in police firing, and demanding the dissolution of the government.
  12. The Mayon volcano spews column of ash - January 16, 2018 - REUTERS MANILA: A central Philippine province declared a state of calamity on Tuesday as a volcano spewed lava that reached the limits of a six-km radius no-go zone and spread ash on nearby farming villages. Mount Mayon, a volcano in Albay province in the coconut-growing central Bicol region, has been erupting since Saturday and the number of people fleeing their homes had more than doubled on Tuesday to about 25,000, said Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council gave a smaller estimate, saying there were close to 22,000 evacuees. Placing the province under a state of calamity will give the province access to extra funds. ?This kind of eruption, it will take about weeks, so we have to sustain the operations in the evacuation centers,? Bichara told ANC news channel. ?We need to use the calamity funds.? The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said it had recorded nine more tremors, four of which accompanied lava fountains, as pressure leads to lava flows and ash plumes. It reiterated that the activity signified a possible hazardous eruption within weeks or even days from the near perfectly cone-shaped volcano. The provincial government has also expanded its suspension of school classes to more towns around the 2,462-metre (8,077-foot) volcano, about 340 km (210 miles) southeast of Manila. Class suspensions have allowed the government to use schools as temporary shelters.
  13. This week Aziz Ansari's name was added to list of most high profile hollywood celebrities embroiled in sexual assault allegations. Aziz was accused by a young photographer identified as Grace in a story published by the website Babe. In the interview, Grace accused Ansari of sexual assault and ignoring her verbal and non-verbal clues after they arrived at his apartment. Aziz apologized to Grace the next morning after learning of her trauma the night before, replying, “Clearly, I misread things in the moment and I'm truly sorry.” Most men don't understand the power of desire, especially when it's the result of a chance sexual encounter. Every bit of sanity goes out the window when the guy involved in that sexual encounter is a celebrity and the girl is a charmed fan looking for the virtues of the character he's played on screen. And so, Aziz Ansari's behaviour on the date with Grace falls under that realm. Most social reactions to the story say that Aziz Ansari is no Harvey Weinstein even though both cases reinforce the culture of sexual exploitation, irrespective of whether it amounts to abuse and harassment or not. It is here that we find ourselves at the crossroads of sexual liberties we've often enjoyed and what it means for how we (men), understand consent. We've been taught to pursue the woman we like and keep at it no matter what, to never give up unless she agrees to be courted. It is this culture that instills the sense of entitlement in us and it's the same culture that is responsible for the kind of 'chivalry' some women drool over. There's a need for an overhaul because most of us, like Aziz, do not know how to handle and live in a culture that de-normalizes forced intimacy. Most of us won't acknowledge it publicly but they know exactly what Grace means when she compared the sexual encounter in the apartment to a football play. “But the main thing was that he wouldn't let her move away from him. She compared the path they cut across his apartment to a football play. “It was 30 minutes of me getting up and moving and him following and sticking his fingers down my throat again. It was really repetitive. It felt like a fucking game.” In short, Aziz just couldn't understand why this girl he took to a date wasn't actually going for it even though they had performed oral *** and that's the dilemma that's polarized the discussion around the issue on social media. In an environment that demands more freedom for women to have a say in their sexual desires, we must understand one thing first; that everyone has the right to say yes to one thing and no to another. If a woman agrees to make out, it does not necessarily give us the license for ***. In fact, if at any point during a sexual encounter she isn't comfortable, it has to stop. It cannot be emphasised enough that it's only consensual when it's enthusiastic and not regretful. The problem in Aziz's case is the lack of the basic understanding of the word 'No'. What everyone across the board seems to agree on and demand is the recalibration of our ideas related to consent because if she feels violated, it's a no; if she feels pressured, it's a no; if you think you're getting mixed signals, it's a no; if she politely asks to take it slow, it's a definite no. But this still doesn't resolve the issue because what happens when a girl refuses to go for it 'in the moment'? Can women expect us to be respectful of their wishes? Or should we just try and go for it even though they might not actually want it because that's 'okay'? Is goading your date into *** knowing fully well that it's against her wish, a sign of a bad date or abuse? These are just some of the issues that need to be discussed if we are going to tarnish every Aziz with the Weinstein paint. Aziz exhibited all the traits of a typical entitled man and Grace found herself unable to do anything about it leading up to the eventual goodbye even though she clearly had the freedom to say no. But with so many conventions related to dating and *** being questioned since the #MeToo movement started, it's really difficult to distinguish between sexual assault and sexual coercion. This particular case, however, warrants a deeper understanding of consent by men and a stronger will to say stand up and say no by women. Only if this is taken care of will we see some headway in the modern feminist movement.
  14. PERRIS, CA: The 13 California siblings who police say were starved and chained to beds by their parents rarely left their dishevelled house and, when they did, they appeared small and pale and acted strangely, neighbours said. David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, were arrested on Sunday and each charged with nine counts of torture and 10 counts of child endangerment after a 17-year-old, emaciated girl escaped their house in Perris, about 70 miles (115 km) east of Los Angeles and called police, the Riverside County Sheriff?s Office said on Monday. Police said in a statement that they found several of the couple?s 13 children, ranging in age from 2 to 29, ?shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings?. ?The victims appeared to be malnourished and very dirty,? it said. Kimberly Milligan, 50, who lives across the street from the family, told Reuters that she only saw the infant in the mother?s arms and three other children since she moved in across the street two years ago, describing them as small and pale. ?Why don?t we ever see the kids?? Milligan said. ?In hindsight, we would have never thought this, but there were red flags. You never don?t hear or see nine kids.? Two years ago, while walking around the neighbourhood admiring Christmas lights and decorations, Milligan said she encountered three of the Turpin children and complimented them on the manger with a baby Jesus that they had outside their home. She said the children froze if by doing so they could become invisible. ?20-year-olds never act like that,? she said. ?They didn?t want to have a social conversation.? Nicole Gooding, 35, who has lived in the neighbourhood for three years, said that the first time she saw the family was two months ago when the mother and children cleaning up yard that was full of weeds and overflowing trash cans. ?I had never seen them at all until that day,? she said.
  15. COAS Gen Bajwa in Sri Lanka - Photo ISPR Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa reached Sri Lanka on Tuesday for a two official visit on the invitation of his counterpart. During the visit, General Bajwa remarked that Pakistan and Sri Lanka were probably the only countries which understand what it takes to defeat the menace of terrorism. COAS held meetings with the Sri Lankan military leadership including the Chief of Defence Staff, the Chiefs of all three services. Upon arrival, General Bajwa was given guards of honour at the headquarters of all three services. The COAS also visited the Command and Staff College Sri Lanka and interacted with faculty and staff. The leadership of Sri Lankan expressed their gratitude and appreciation for Pakistan's unequivocal moral and material support during Sri Lanka's successful war on terror. They also appreciated successes of Pakistan Army in ongoing War on Terror. COAS highlighted that having cleared troubled areas from terrorists of all hues and colours, Pakistan is now going after their disorganised residual presence under Operation Radd-ul-Fasad. During the meetings, various new initiatives and ongoing projects were discussed to improve the existing defence ties between the two brotherly countries.
  16. Good news! We've taken Invision Community's Blog app by the scruff of the neck and dragged it into 2018! There has been a growing trend for imagery to play a very important part of a blog entry. This update reflects that. Introducing Grid View We have added a new view that shows your blog entries as cards with space for a cover photo. We've very visual creatures, and a good photograph can entice readers into your blogs to read more. As you would expect, you can disable this mode from the Admin CP for purists that prefer the traditional list format. For those who's sense of adventure runs deep, the new grid mode allows you to show a list of latest blog entries as the blog home page. This puts valuable and engaging content right in front of your audience. This list view persists when you view a blog's entries giving a consistent feel. Viewing an entry We've given the blog entry page a little make-over by featuring the cover photo above the content. The slimmed down blog details bar allows your audience to focus on the content. Default Cover Photos You may have spotted that entries without a cover photo have a rather fetching geometric pattern in different colors. This is a new micro-feature of Invision Community 4.3. Currently, if you do not have a cover photo on a blog, profile or event, the bar is a rather sad shade of black. The new default cover photo feature makes it much more cheerful. Here's what a profile looks like. Much better. Here's a few technical details for those that love to know all the things. The grid view feature can be turned off in the ACP (but doing so will make me very sad) You can choose the default home page view: Latest Entries or List of Blogs. You can still view a list of blogs when you're on the latest entries page. This choice is stored in a little cookie (GDPR friendly, it doesn't contain any identifying data) so navigating back gets you the last view you chose. Let us know what you think! We love it, and hope you do too.
  17. PAT chief Dr Qadri at Nasir Bagh, Lahore on August 8 2017. Photo: Geo News LAHORE: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) supremo Dr Tahirul Qadri said on Tuesday that the party?s ?grand protest? will start at noon tomorrow. The protest, to be held at Mall Road and attended by major opposition parties, seeks the resignations of the ruling party, including the Punjab chief minister and law minister, over the 2014 Model Town incident. Addressing the media, Qadri said tomorrow?s protest will be divided into two sessions, adding that, ?we are not asking for resignations?they will have to give their resignations?. Qadri also stated that they cannot even think of violating the Constitution as their movement is for the restoration of democracy.
  18. Number of mobile phone users in Pakistan reaches 144 million ISLAMABAD: The number of broadband subscribers including those using 3G and 4G in Pakistan has crossed the 50 million mark, showing a 24.5 per cent penetration until November 2017. According to statistics revealed by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), of the total users, mobile broadband remained the major contributor, sharing 48 million 3G and 4G subscribers till the period. 3G and 4G subscription registered 23.5 per cent penetration. revealed Till the period, the number of mobile phone users reached 144 million as compared to 142.5 million by October 2017. The tele-density for cellular mobile reached 70.83 percent. PTA is also in process of formulating a framework for testing of 5G in Pakistan.
  19. Pele won three World Cups with Brazil in 1958, 1962 and 1970 RIO DE JANEIRO: Footballing legend Pele said that Brazil are favourites to win the World Cup in Russia, four years on from their humiliation on home soil. Five-time winners Brazil were thrashed 7-1 in the 2014 semi-finals by eventual champions Germany at the Maracana, but Pele, considered one of the best players of all time, insisted that new coach Tite has formed a team ready to put his country´s painful memories to rest. "Those who are Brazilian and believe in Brazil always point to Brazil as the favourites," the 77-year-old said while attending the opening ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro league on Monday. The Selecao romped to qualification as winners of the South American group, with Tite building an exciting side featuring the world´s most expensive player Neymar and new Barcelona signing Philippe Coutinho. "One of the good things that happened was the arrival of Tite, he´s making a team," Pele added. "In the last World Cup we had the best players in the world but the team was disorganised. "It seems that now we´ll have a team and a Selecao that gives us confidence." Pele, who won three World Cups with Brazil in 1958, 1962 and 1970, has been struggling with ill health and Monday was his first public appearance with a zimmer frame, having attended December´s World Cup draw in a wheelchair. "I´m fine, thank goodness, and I want to thank all those who sent me messages wishing me a good recovery from all over the world," he said. Pele, who scored over 1,000 goals during his career, also claimed that modern football produces fewer great players than in his era, despite the presence of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar. "Today, there are only three players who really stand out; Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar," he said. "Before, at the time of Cruyff or Beckenbauer, there were three in each team."
  20. Bitcoin?s slide triggered a massive selloff across the broader cryptocurrency market, with biggest rival Ethereum down 23 percent on the day, according to trade website Coinmarketcap, and the next-biggest, Ripple, plunging 33 percent LONDON: Bitcoin tumbled 18 percent on Tuesday to a four-week trough close to $11,000, after reports that a ban on trading of cryptocurrencies in South Korea was still an option drove fears grew of a wider regulatory crackdown. Bitcoin?s slide triggered a massive selloff across the broader cryptocurrency market, with biggest rival Ethereum down 23 percent on the day, according to trade website Coinmarketcap, and the next-biggest, Ripple, plunging 33 percent. South Korean news website Yonhap reported that Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon had told a local radio station that the government would be coming up with a set of measures to clamp down on the ?irrational? cryptocurrency investment craze. South Korea had said on Monday that its plans to ban virtual coin exchanges had not yet been finalised, as government agencies were still in talks to decide how to regulate the market. Bitcoin slid on the latest news, trading as low as $11,191.59 on the Luxembourg-based Bitstamp exchange, down 18 percent on the day, for a short period putting the digital currency on track for its biggest one-day fall in three years. ?It?s mainly been regulatory issues which are haunting the cryptocurrency, with news around South Korea?s further crackdown on trading the driver today,? said Think Markets chief strategist Naeem Aslam, who holds what he described as ?substantial? amounts of bitcoin, Ethereum and Ripple. ?But we maintain our stance. We do not think that the complete banning of cryptocurrencies is possible,? he said. Cryptocurrencies enjoyed a bumper year in 2017 as mainstream investors entered the market and as an explosion in so-called initial coin offerings (ICOs) - digital token-based fundraising rounds - drove demand for bitcoin and Ethereum, the second-biggest digital unit. The latest tumble leaves bitcoin down more than 40 percent from the record high around $20,000 it hit in mid-December, wiping about $130 billion off its ?market cap? - the unit price multiplied by the total number of bitcoins that have been released into the market. The news from South Korea came as it emerged a senior Chinese central banker had said authorities should ban centralised trading of virtual currencies as well as individuals and businesses that provide related services, according to an internal memo from a government meeting seen by Reuters. Bloomberg reported on Monday that Chinese authorities plan to block domestic access to Chinese and offshore cryptocurrency platforms that allow centralised trading. ?(It) seems like it?s uncertainty spooking the markets,...with regulations unclear,? said Charles Hayter, founder of data analysis website Cryptocompare. ?(Traders) are taking profits on the increased risk scenarios going forward.? A director at Germany?s central bank said on Monday that any attempt to regulate cryptocurrencies must be on a global scale as national or regional rules would be hard to enforce on a virtual, borderless community. By 1000 GMT bitcoin was trading down 16 percent on the day at around $11,500 on Bitstamp.
  21. Marine General Joseph Dunford says he remains committed to US-Pakistan relationship Top US military officer, Marine General Joseph Dunford, has said he remains committed to the US-Pakistan relationship, which has been strained in recent weeks as Washington piles pressure on Islamabad to crack down on militants. ?Do we agree on everything right now? No we don?t. But are we committed to a more effective relationship with Pakistan? We are. And I?m not giving up on that,? Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a small group of reporters during a trip to Brussels. The United States has long blamed militant safe-havens in Pakistan for prolonging the war in neighboring Afghanistan, giving insurgents a place to plot attacks and rebuild their forces. Still, Pakistan is a crucial gateway for US military supplies destined for US and other troops fighting a 16-year-old war in Afghanistan. Earlier this month, US President Donald Trump?s administration, demanding ?do more? from Pakistan, announced a plan to suspend up to roughly $2 billion in US security assistance. That triggered outcry in Islamabad, as Pakistan?s military said its army chief told US General Joseph Votel, head of the US military?s Central Command, that Pakistan ?felt betrayed? by US criticism. Pakistan?s enemy is our enemy, says US State Dept official Jouranlist Hamid Mir informed that the US diplomat also said that the US doesn?t support the separation movement in Balochistan In a possible sign of efforts to improve relations, Alice Wells, principal deputy assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asia, met with Pakistan Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua in Pakistan on Monday. A statement from Pakistan?s Foreign Ministry said Wells ?acknowledged Pakistan?s efforts in eradicating terrorism? and ?underlined the need for strengthening intelligence cooperation? to fight terrorism. Dunford was careful in his public remarks but made clear that Votel would continue to lead the military-to-military discussions. Dunford said he and US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis would also contribute to that dialogue. ?I?m not going to talk about the relationship in public because I?m committed to try to improve the relationship and I do believe that the military-to-military dialogue led by General Votel, with occasional reinforcement from Secretary Mattis, myself and others, is the right approach,? Dunford said.
  22. Ever since the retirement of MS Dhoni from the longest format, Indian selectors and Captain Virat Kohli have put their faith in Wriddhiman Saha, making him their first-choice wicket-keeper in Test cricket. But, despite Saha's wicket-keeping record in the first Test, his failure with the willow at Newlands saw him getting axed for the second Test. Saha's loss quickly became Parthiv Patel's gain as the latter found his way back into Test cricket after almost four years. While it was surely an opportunity for Patel to impress his skipper and the selectors in a bid to cement his spot, there is no denying that a slip-up would bring the century-old jokes on Patel back on the social media. In act, ahead of the second Test in Centurion, former Indian cricketer and 'Twitter King' Virender Sehwag targeted Patel even before his selection was confirmed. Few days back, Sehwag shared a photo a picture of two chappattis which were shaped in the form of gloves. नठनवà¥à¤²à¥ दà¥à¤²à¥à¤¹à¤¨ à¤à¤¯à¥z पति बà¥à¤²à¤¾ à¤à¤ªà¤¨à¥ हाथ à¤à¥ रà¥à¤à¥ बना à¤à¥ à¤à¤¿à¤²à¤¾à¤ । pic.twitter.com/9CG0LoGUlN — Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 10, 2018 He also captioned the image with a funny one-liner in Hindi that read: "A husband asked his newly-wedded bride to cook him a meal using her own hands". However, in a funny dig at Parthiv, Sehwag said: "Nikke @parthiv9 , Bhai wicket keeping gloves hain wahaan ya bhejoon!". Idhar meri perfect size wale bahut gloves le ke aaya hu.. ise udhar hi rakhe aap..delhi mai thand Badh gayi hai to ghar me kisi ke Kaam aaynege... — parthiv patel (@parthiv9) January 10, 2018 In reply, Parthiv, himself, fired a witty comment at Sehwag saying: "Idhar meri perfect size wale bahut gloves le ke aaya hu.. ise udhar hi rakhe aap..delhi mai thand Badh gayi hai to ghar me kisi ke Kaam aaynege". While it was all fun and games back then, the present-day scenario is completely different. The pocket-sized attacking wicket-keeper batsman has struggled to score runs, while his glovework behind the stumps is absolutely shambolic. While many would have expected the Gujarat cricketer to come good, Patel, so far, has only managed to score 19 runs alongside several dropped catches behind the stumps. © Reuters If Patel was not already the subject of immense criticism, his exploits on Day 3 at the SuperSport Park left his captain Virat Kohli, teammate Jasprit Bumrah and a whole lot of fans baffled. In the 25th over of South Africa's second innings, Bumrah created a chance against Dean Elgar, who edged one of his deliveries behind the stumps. But, to the sheer horror of Indian fans, Patel didn't even attempt to catch the ball. When I die I want Parthiv Patel to lower me into my grave so he can let me down one last time -Kohli#SAvIND pic.twitter.com/zIs26oKQWD — ambar_hitmanð (@ambar_hitman) January 15, 2018 What was more frustrating to see for the fans, was the fact that instead of realising his mistake, he immediately pointed towards Cheteshwar Pujara at the first slip and suggested that it was his catch. As a huge opportunity was missed, Bumrah and skipper Virat Kohli looked livid at Patel, who kept insisting it was a catch for the fielder at first slip. Sadly, it wasn't the only catch that Patel had dropped in the game. He had also failed to send Hashim Amla back into the hut after he edged one off Ravichandran Ashwin's bowling. Patel has been so poor that it beggared belief. In fact, former Indian cricketer and commentator Sanjay Manjrekar even claimed that he had never seen a Test match where Patel did not drop a catch. The folks on Twitter echoed similar sentiments against Patel who attracted more criticism on the micro-blogging website. When I die I want Parthiv Patel to lower me into my grave so he can let me down one last time -Kohli#SAvIND pic.twitter.com/zIs26oKQWD — ambar_hitmanð (@ambar_hitman) January 15, 2018 Meanwhile parthiv patel in dressing room.. #indvssa #SAvsIndia #ParthivPatel pic.twitter.com/P8Dp2YKPjj — Nishant Gupta (@nishantgupta870) January 15, 2018 An injured Saha or a retired Dhoni can do better than a fit & fine Parthiv Patel. #SAvInd — SAGAR (@sagarcasm) January 15, 2018 Great leave by Parthiv Patel.Oops he ws keeping wkts.𤣠Could've saved his wicket if he'd left d ball like dis while he ws batting #SAvsIndia — Sushil Kulkarni (@sushilk15) January 15, 2018 #INDvSA #SAvsIND people will understand importance of Saha behind the wicket. Useless parthiv patel — mohit kashyap (@Kingmohitkk) January 15, 2018 An injured Saha or a retired Dhoni can do better than a fit & fine Parthiv Patel. #SAvInd — SAGAR (@sagarcasm) January 15, 2018 Parthiv Patel has left the ball better than any other Indian player on this tour. #SAvInd — Raunak Kapoor (@RaunakRK) January 15, 2018 Parthiv Patel is like that guy from school who used to fart in the class but always put blame on other innocent guys. — Sunil- The Cricketer (@1sInto2s) January 15, 2018 Parthiv Patel has taken a catch. It is a miracle. He moves one step away from initiation into the Akmal family. — Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) January 16, 2018 #SAvIND #SAvsIndia If there is a competition of dropping catches, Parthiv Patel and Kamran Akmal would fight for top honors. — Chandan (@sportsbloggerCK) January 16, 2018 Parthiv Patel's keeping explained #INDvSA #SAvIND #INDvsSA pic.twitter.com/I3VsJkf8Sn — Mahendra Singh Dhoni (@FarziCaptain) January 16, 2018 If only poor Parthiv could foresee what was going to happen on his return to Test cricket, we reckon he would have surely taken Sehwag's special gloves. After all, who knows those two chapattis - looking like gloves - might have helped him catch the ball because this lad is surely not catching them with regular ones. Given the present-day situation, we wonder what Viru must be thinking about tweeting now.
  23. SC's Karachi Registry. Photo: File KARACHI: The Supreme Court, in the written judgment of the VVIP movement notice released on Tuesday, has ordered that traffic can only be stopped for two minutes to facilitate VVIP movement. The hearing of the case was held on January 13 in the Supreme Court?s Karachi Registry. During the hearing, Sindh IG AD Khawaja informed the court that a blue book law is present for the VVIP movements. The Supreme Court directed the provincial police chief to ensure concrete steps are being taken to facilitate commuters during the VVIP movement. Public should not face difficulties due to VVIP road blockades: CJP Chief Justice directs IG Sindh to submit affidavit in VVIP road blockades case On January 8, Supreme Court Chief Justice Saqib Nisar had taken suo motu notice of the condition of government hospitals in Karachi and traffic blockades on public roads across the country due to VVIP movement. In the previous hearing, the CJP directed IG Sindh to submit an affidavit stating that the roads are not blocked for [longer periods of time]. He further remarked that the court would review the affidavit and ensure the public?s rights are protected.
  24. You're never too cool to eat "bhutta" during the monsoon and there will come a time when you'll see it being roasted on the roadside, to which you'll instinctively roll your car window down and garishly yell at the vendor to have a freshly masala-d one sent to you. Should we put a spoke in your wheel though? Did you know that if you were driving the GAC Enverge, you'll probably be forced to skip the "bhutta" unless you decided to get out of the car and get it yourself-- it looks like you can't roll down the car windows in the Chinese automaker's ridiculous concept! How will you ever ash your cigarette outside the car, waiting for an epiphany wave to wash over you while listening to "Bittersweet Symphony". Welcome to the future, it looks bleak: boo fricken' hoo, no window roll downs for you! © AP It appears that the car windows have VR screens in-built for infotainment. Does that mean you'll probably not even see the "butta"? If you have the screens on? Probably. Bummer. Mind you, the car is a beauty queen with a shiny disposition and a body so rounded that Beyonce would suffer a bruised ego! The head and tail lamps are what could give the city lights at Madison Square, a run for their money. That's what will attract you to it, in the first place. Is giving up bhutta a small price to pay for this piece of art? Probably not. © AP Car windows aside, the car in itself may be a little "meh", even if in its concept stages. It's a crossover in a time of clear classifications-- either a sedan or an SUV for you, not many appreciate the middle. We love the dihedral doors and the snazzy air intakes but that's not enough to make it user compatible! © AP Now, look at the dash, for instance-- minimal, in a world where there is an information overload, and the acid green glow on it is definitely not its most charming feature. The dodgy looking rectangular steering is not enough to redeem the poorly done interiors, either. What about the powertrain? It's a current-arian, alright, an all-electric vehicle capable of doing nearly 600km on a full charge. But, the Chinese automakers threw in some fancy engineering by giving it a fast charge range of up to 385km in merely 10 minutes. That is something you could give up the "bhutta" for, if green energy is what you swear by. © AP Could you challenge someone to a quick straight line in the vehicle? Can't say, but we'll know in the latter half of 2019 because that's when the brand claims it will make its first deliveries. Ok GAC, we'll put the "bhutta" dilemma aside and wait for the Enverge production variant to make it worth the sacrifice (if we sacrifice it, that is) Just check out the reveal:
  25. A collection of Bitcoin (virtual currency) tokens are displayed in this picture illustration taken December 8, 2017 - Reuters File Photo LONDON: Bitcoin slid as much as 14 percent on Tuesday to hit a four-week low below $12,000, as fears grew of a regulatory crackdown after reports that South Korea?s finance minister had said banning trading in cryptocurrencies was still an option. South Korean news website Yonhap reported that Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon had told a local radio station that the government would be coming up with a set of measures to clamp down on the ?irrational? cryptocurrency investment craze. Bitcoin slid on the news, trading as low as $11,730 on the Luxembourg-based Bitstamp exchange, down 13.6 percent on the day. The latest tumble leaves bitcoin more than 40 percent down from the record highs of around $20,000 reached in mid-December, wiping about $125 billion from its ?market cap? - the price of bitcoin multiplied by the total number of bitcoins that have been ?mined?, or released into the market.
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