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  1. FILE photo. KARACHI: Pakistan Rangers Sindh on Saturday freed two foreign nationals, who were taken hostage, during a raid in Karachi. Rangers' personnel conducted the raid on a bungalow located in Khayaban-e-Muhafiz area of Karachi's Defence neighbourhood, a spokesman for the paramilitary force said. Image shows freed foreign hostages. Three suspects were also apprehended during the raid, who were identified as Wasim Baloch, Naeem Rabbani and Fahad Shabbir. Suspects, Wasim Baloch, Fahad Shabbir and Naeem Rabbani, apprehended during the raid. The spokesman said the raid was conducted following a tip-off regarding hostages being kept at the bungalow. The recovered hostages belonged to Niger and Tanzania. Officials also recovered weapons and ammunition from arrested suspects, he added.
  2. For most Mumbaikars, vada pav is their forever love. But for two Mumbaikars, this delicacy is not just their favourite food but is in fact, their bread and butter. (Pun intended) © Twitter Sujay S Sohani and Subodh Joshi were classmates at Bandra's Rizvi College in 1999 where they studied hotel management. Both of them decided to pursue a postgraduate course from London, after which they both managed to get decent jobs in reputed hotels. Sounds so perfect, right? Well, it was, until 2007, when the recession hit the entire world. Among the unfortunate ones was Sujay, who lost his job at a five-star hotel. © Facebook/Subodh Joshi Disappointed and with no idea as to what he should do, he approached his old friend Subodh and told him how he doesn't even have enough money to buy a vada pav. © Facebook/Sujay S Sohani Little did he know that this joke would change his life forever! The duo decided to take a huge risk and set up a vada pav stall in London. After a lot of research, they decided to settle upon a Police ice-cream cafe in Hounslow. However, the owner of the cafe allowed them to set up two tables for a rent of £400 (Rs. 35,000) a month. In August 2010, they finally opened their stall and started selling vada pav and dabeli at cheap prices. While vada pav was being sold for only £1 (Rs 80) and dabeli for £1.50 (Rs 131), it was still difficult for them to attract the London crowd. They realised soon they need to advertise their product and so they started offering the product for trial in the busy shopping street for free. Their strategy was to sell these 'Indian burgers' for half the price of other burgers that were available. And luckily for them, it worked. Their business started to grow 6 months later and the two tables were soon, not sufficient. © Facebook/Shree Krishna Vada Pav, UK While they did find another stall a few meters away, a Punjabi restaurant called 'Big Bite', approached them and asked if they'd like to do business with them. That was the beginning of the Shree Krishna Vada Pav stall as a restaurant. © Facebook/Subodh Joshi Till then Sujoy retained his old job but after the restaurant opened, he quit his job and started to work full time for the restaurant. Now, they have three branches of their restaurant spread across London and also take orders for weddings and parties. Also, it isn't just vada pav that they are selling now. Their menu now includes 60 street food dishes from India including pav bhaji, vada missal, bhelpuri, paani puri, kachoris , samosa etc. From just two people, Shree Krishna Vada Pav now has 35 employees and an annual turnover of nearly Rs 4.40 crores. Their story is proof that how you react to a crisis is more important that the crisis itself. You can either cry about it for the rest of your life or take it up, heads on and move on to do bigger and better things.
  3. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh twice in two days to condemn yet another killing, this time of a labourer, during unprovoked firing by Indian troops along the Line of Control. According to FO, the labourer was working at a crushing plant in Rawalakot on the bank of a river in Pooch district when unprovoked firing by Indian soldiers claimed his life. A statement issued by FO on Thursday read that India continued to indulge in ceasefire violations despite calls for restraint. So far in 2018, the Indian forces have carried out more than 391 ceasefire violations along the LoC and the Working Boundary, resulting in the killing of 16 civilians and causing injuries to 65 others, the statement read. This unprecedented escalation in ceasefire violations by India has continued from 2017 when the Indian forces committed more than 1,970 ceasefire violations, it added. Pakistan lodges protest with India on killing of minor at LoC Indian deputy high commissioner summoned over unprovoked firing at the de facto border The deliberate targetting of civilian populated areas is indeed deplorable and contrary to human dignity, international human rights and humanitarian laws, the statement read. The ceasefire violations by India are a threat to regional peace and security and may lead to a strategic miscalculation. South Asia Director General Dr Mohammad Faisal has therefore urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 ceasefire arrangement; investigate this and other incidents of ceasefire violations; instruct the Indian forces to respect the ceasefire, in letter and spirit and maintain peace on the LoC and the Working Boundary. The Indian side should permit United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan to play its mandated role as per the UN Security Council resolutions, Dr Faisal added.
  4. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/5ec39d4a1fa306cc582254cc60acbfb3.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Mi8xOS8yMDE4IDk6MDg6MjQgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1PSTFHa0VCNVNXV0ZpUng2RFZ1R0pRPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] RAWALPINDI: The Pakistan Army claimed on Monday to have foiled a "major terrorist action" in Islamabad, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. A statement by the army's media wing, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), said that two suicide bombers belonging to Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan were tracked, in an intelligence-based operation, after they entered Bajaur Agency from Afghanistan through the Kagha Pass. The items recovered from the terrorists ? ISPR The terrorists were cordoned near Ghatki Kaga, Mena, Bajaur Agency, the ISPR statement said, adding that the suspects tried to escape but were killed by security forces. A suicide jacket, anti-tank mines, magnetic mines, prepared remote-controlled IEDs, remote-controlled receivers, detonators and communication equipment bearing Afghan mobile company signatures were recovered from the suicide bombers, the army said further. The action was taken as part of Operation Raddul Fasaad, a nationwide military operation involving all law-enforcement agencies launched in February 2017.
  5. A wounded Palestinian man arrives at the Rafah hospital in the southern Gaza Strip, on February 17, 2018. Photo: AFP GAZA: Israeli fire killed two Palestinian teenagers in Gaza, local health officials said on Sunday, after Israel launched attacks against 18 targets allegedly belonging to militant groups in the enclave in response to an explosion that wounded four Israeli soldiers. The flare-up, which started on Saturday and had died down by Sunday morning, was one of the biggest in the Gaza Strip since a 2014 war between Israel and Palestinian militants. It began with a bomb blast on the Israel-Gaza border that wounded the Israeli troops. Israel responded with what the military said were air strikes and tank fire against 18 targets belonging to Hamas, the dominant political and militant group in Gaza, and Islamic Jihad. The Israeli military said weapons-making facilities, training camps and observation posts were hit. Gaza medics said that on Sunday they retrieved the bodies of two 17-year-old Palestinians killed by the Israeli tank fire. According to Press TV, the deceased were identified as Salam Sabah and Abdullah Abu Sheikha, both 17. The Israeli military said the tank targeted suspects whom troops thoughts were trying to cross into Israeli territory. No militant group in Gaza claimed responsibility for Saturday?s explosion. Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the Popular Resistance Committees, one of the smaller armed groups in Gaza, had detonated the bomb that wounded the soldiers. ?We will hunt down those responsible for yesterday?s incident,? Lieberman told Israel Radio on Sunday, adding Hamas was ultimately responsible for what happens in Gaza. Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum blamed the violence on Israel. ?Hamas holds the Israeli occupation fully responsible for the consequences of its continued escalation against our people,? said Barhoum in a statement. Tensions have risen along the Gaza border since US President Donald Trump?s recognition in December of Jerusalem as Israel?s capital.
  6. Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, US, February 7, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/Files NEW YORK: The dollar rose and stocks around the globe rallied for a sixth straight session on Friday to post their best week in more than two years, but a US indictment over alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election cooled gains on Wall Street. The 37-page indictment of a Russian internet agency filed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller described a conspiracy with the aim of supporting Donald Trump and sowing discord in the US political system. Wall Street turned south on news of the indictment but soon rebounded as the fundamental story has not changed, Ben Phillips ? the chief investment officer at EventShares ? said, referring to a strong corporate earnings outlook and robust economy. Analysts continue to underestimate the pace of global growth, which has led more companies to meet or beat analysts? earnings expectations than in any quarter in 20 years, according to calculations earlier this week by Credit Suisse. Fourth-quarter results for European companies in the STOXX 600 index are expected to increase 14.6 percent from a year ago, while the blended earnings growth estimate for the S&P 500 is 15 percent, Thomson Reuters data shows. Since a market rout was sparked two weeks ago on fears of rising inflation and its impact on interest rates, a tug of war has ensued between investors seeking safety in bonds or betting a nine-year bull market in stocks is still alive. Investors also are concerned about how the Federal Reserve will deal with still-low inflation without killing an economy and inflate asset bubbles, Michael Arone ? the chief investment strategist at Boston-based State Street Global Advisors ? said. ?That?s a very difficult spot. The market recognizes that challenge and is wondering how the Fed will address it,? he said. But investors are getting comfortable with the idea that growth is sufficient enough to withstand the expected rate increases the Fed has projected this year as well as signs of rising inflation, Arone said. MSCI?s index of stock markets across the globe rose 0.26 percent to gain 4.3 percent for the week, the best weekly performance since December 2011. Stocks were poised for their best week in six years until news of the special counsel indictment pared some gains. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index of leading regional shares rose 1.11 percent to 1,491.71. On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 19.01 points (0.08 percent) to 25,219.38. The S&P 500 gained 1.02 points (0.04 percent) to 2,732.22 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 16.97 points (0.23 percent) to 7,239.47. Investors are trying to determine whether the market is in an overdue correction or the beginning of something worse, Arone said. ?It looks like this week they?re comfortable about uncertainty and the risks that are associated with it, and stocks are moving higher based on fundamentals,? he said. US Treasury prices rose as investors bought back bonds after a sell-off earlier in the week as investor jitters over rising inflation raised the possibility the Federal Reserve may hike interest rates at a faster pace than expected this year. Borrowing costs across the euro area fell, though the prospect of higher inflation and a move toward tighter monetary policy from major central banks weighed on sentiment across world bond markets. Short-dated bond yields in Germany ? the euro zone?s benchmark bond issuer ? have risen by about 7 basis points this week and are set for their biggest weekly rise in eight weeks. Benchmark 10-year US Treasury notes rose 6/32 in price to push their yield down to 2.8713 percent. The dollar rose on the day but remained on track to post its biggest weekly loss in nine months as negative sentiment offset any support the greenback had from higher Treasury yields. The dollar index ? tracking a basket of major currencies ? rose 0.58 percent, with the euro down 0.81 percent to $1.2404. The Japanese yen weakened 0.18 percent versus the greenback at 106.33 per dollar. Oil prices rose, as the rebound in the global equities market and the dollar?s recent weakness supported their recovery from last week?s slide. US West Texas Intermediate crude for March delivery rose 34 cents to settle at $61.68 a barrel. Brent settled up 51 cents at $64.84. US April gold futures settled up $0.9, or 0.1 percent, at $1,356.20 per ounce.
  7. GUJRANWALA: Three brothers died Friday night here in Ilyas Colony after one of them committed suicide and the other two, consequently, had heart attacks, Geo News reported. Zahid Ali, 35, committed suicide on Friday for unknown reasons by shooting himself, a statement from the Saddar police station said. He was a welder by profession and left behind a daughter. His two brothers ? one younger, the other older ? passed away when they suffered heart attacks after hearing the news of Zahid's death. Abbas Ali, 40, became unwell following the news of his younger brother's suicide and was being moved to the hospital when he suffered a heart attack and passed away en route. As the two brothers' bodies were brought back to their residence, Saddam Ali, 28, the third and youngest brother, also suffered a stroke and died. The tragic news put the entire neighbourhood in mourning as the bereaved family prepared for three funerals.
  8. Representational image NEW DELHI: The Indian Air Force said two of its pilots were killed Thursday after their plane crashed in a remote northeastern state. The microlight plane crashed soon taking off for a routine sortie from Johrat airbase in Assam state. An air force official said the pilots attempted an emergency landing but the plane crashed and burst into flames. "Both the pilots died in the crash and a court of enquiry has been ordered," the official told AFP. It was not immediately clear what caused the two-seater to crash, but accidents are not uncommon. More than 170 air force pilots have lost their lives in accidents in the past three decades, with crashes blamed on its ageing fleet. Most of the accidents involve Soviet-era MIGs unflatteringly dubbed "flying coffins". Last May two air force pilots were killed in Assam after their Russian-made fighter jet crashed near the border with China. India is investing billions of dollars to modernise its decades-old fleet.
  9. Rescue officials said that a transformer in the market blew up, after which a shop adjacent to it caught fire-Geo News FAISALABAD: A female customer and a shopkeeper were burnt to death after a number of shops caught fire in the city?s Tata Bazar, rescue sources said. Rescue officials said that a transformer in the market blew up, after which a shop adjacent to it caught fire. The fire then spread and quickly engulfed a number of shops. Fire breaks out at factory in Faisalabad Rescue workers said the roof of power loom factory collapsed due to the fire Over 10 fire tenders managed to extinguish the fire after 2.5 hours, rescue officials said. Locals added that a complaint regarding the ?faulty? transformer had been made with the Faisalabad Electric Supply Company (FESCO) but no action was taken. They blamed the power supply company for the incident and demanded action against those responsible.
  10. Election Commission of Pakistan. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan rejected the nomination papers of two members of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan and Pak Sarzameen Party each. According to a document available with Geo News, the ECP rejected nomination of the MQM-P member Amir Waliuddin Chishti on General category for being a bank defaulter, the institute also did not entertain the nomination of other party nomination on Technocrat, former Citizen-Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) chairman Ahmed Chinoy, as he failed to produce 16 years of his educational qualification as required. Pak Sarzameen Party?s nominee Hassan Sabir?s papers were rejected as his proposer/seconder subscribed more than one nomination paper which is not permissible under Election Act 2017. Meanwhile, the other nominee of the party Mrs Sofia Saeed Shah?s nomination papers filed on Technocrat and Women seats were also rejected for the same said reasons. Earlier on Monday, the ECP rejected former finance minister and sitting senator Ishaq Dar's nomination papers for the Senate elections. Dar had applied on a technocrat seat from the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz. ECP rejects Ishaq Dar's Senate nomination papers The returning officer ruled that Dar is not 'sadiq' and 'ameen' as he submitted a false assets declaration The returning officer rejected his nomination papers during scrutiny today as the counsel for a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf candidate objected that Dar had not submitted an authentic declaration of his assets. The returning officer ruled that Dar, thus, is not 'honest' and 'truthful' as per the Constitution. Dar, in London for medical treatment since October last year, is facing a corruption case in the accountability court for amassing assets beyond his known sources of income. The Senate elections take place on March 3.
  11. Officers Eric Joering, 39, and Anthony Morelli, 54, of Westerville Division of Police (WPD) are seen in this undated photo in Westerville, Ohio, US, released February 10, 2018. City of Westerville/Handout via REUTERS Two Ohio police officers were shot to death on Saturday while responding to a domestic disturbance in the Columbus suburb of Westerville, and a suspect was wounded and is in custody, officials said. The two officers were immediately fired upon when they entered an apartment responding to a 911 call that had hung up, Westerville Police Chief Joe Morbitzer said at a news conference. ?These were two of the best we had. This was their calling and they did it right,? said Morbitzer, his voice halting and thick with emotion. Officer Eric Joering, 39, died at the scene, and Officer Anthony Morelli, 54, died from his wounds at a hospital. Morbitzer said they had been responding to a ?domestic situation.? The suspect was wounded and taken to a hospital, a city spokeswoman said. The suspect?s condition and identity have not been released. Columbus police are heading the investigation into the shooting, Morbitzer said. Excluding Saturday?s shootings in Ohio, 12 US law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty this year, nine in firearms-related incidents, according to the non-profit National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. The Westerville shootings came a day after a Georgia police officer was shot and killed and two sheriff?s deputies were wounded by a gunman who was then killed. US President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter, ?My thoughts and prayers are with the two police officers, their families, and everybody at the @WestervillePD.?
  12. File photo ANKARA: Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said two Turkish military personnel were killed when a helicopter was downed during Ankara's military offensive against a Kurdish militia in northern Syria. "At this stage, we can say that one out of two helicopters was downed. We have two martyrs," Yildirim said in televised remarks, but added that there was: "no evidence (yet) in our hands to prove that it was a result of outside intervention." On January 20, Turkey launched a military operation against the Kurdish People´s Protection Units (YPG) militia in its western enclave of Afrin, backing Syrian rebels with air strikes and ground troops. Ankara says the YPG is a "terrorist" offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has waged a three-decade insurgency inside Turkey and is blacklisted by Washington and the European Union. State-run news agency Anadolu said the incident happened in the southern border province of Hatay, with private run Dogan news agency saying authorities were trying to reach the wreckage in the Kirikhan district. However, in a posting on Twitter, Mustefa Bali, spokesman for the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces dominated by the YPG, said a helicopter had been hit in the Rajo area of northwest Afrin, near the Turkish border. Earlier, Erdogan said a helicopter had been shot down without saying who was responsible, admitting that such incidents were expected in times of conflict. "Of course, these kinds of things will happen. We are in a war. We will have losses, but we will cause the other side to have losses as well," he said in a televised speech, vowing to make the perpetrators pay "a much heavier price." On Friday, the military said one soldier was killed during clashes with the YPG the Afrin region. Last Saturday, seven Turkish troops died in the worst single-day loss of the operation so far, with five killed in a tank attack.
  13. Who knew going green meant going straight to jail? Well, two men from Chennai definitely did not know that. And tbh, they had it coming for basically being so freaking stupid. If you were doing something illegal, would you like to advertise it to the whole world? Maybe, someone would, because people like to think that they won't get caught. But, no one is safe and these two learned it the hard way. BCCL I can't even comprehend how stupid you would have to be to pose with your marijuana plant and then post it on social media. But, maybe they didn't realize that their picture would go viral. So, basically what happened was that since the picture went viral, Chennai police arrested the man who was posing, along with his friend who clicked the picture. According to the police, the first guy – Kamal – was growing the plant, which is illegal in India, and then his picture was clicked by his friend, Sasikumar, who ended up sharing it online, despite Kamal warning him against it. After the police came, Kamal was probably like – Without the dancing, of course, because well they were going to jail (for the stupidest reason). The picture went viral because when it was shared, people started asking questions and wanted to know where the 'ganja garden' was in the city. Are all of them going to be arrested as well? They did ask about illegal stuff. You know the old saying 'Think before you speak'? Everyone just forget about that and just f*cking think before you post. Stop thinking that you're the exception and risk becoming the rule.
  14. KASUR: Two police officials were arrested on Friday after being accused of conducting a fake encounter in which they had claimed that the rapist of five-year-old Iman Fatima was killed. Inspector Riaz Abbas Doggar and Inspector Younis are suspected of killing Mudassir in a fake encounter, said police officials. Earlier, police also arrested Deputy Superintendent of Police Mirza Arif Rasheed in the same case. He was arrested under instructions from the Joint Investigation Team (JIT). The police allegedly shot and killed Mudassir in an encounter on February 25, 2017. Police had claimed that Mudassir had confessed to raping and killing Iman Fatima. However, when Imran Ali was caught in the Zainab murder case, his DNA matched with the sample taken from Fatima?s body. The case was reopened and the JIT assured Mudassir?s mother that she will receive justice. Mudassir?s mother had alleged that SSP Ali Nasir Rizvi and DSP Mirza Arif Rasheed were involved in the case.
  15. KARACHI: As many as two eyewitnesses in Naqeebullah Mehsud murder case on Thursday were provided security under Witness Protection Act, sources within Sindh Police informed Geo News. Five policemen are deployed for the security of the witnesses of the high-profile murder case. Naqeebullah Mehsud, a 27-year-old native of Waziristan was among three others who were accused of being terrorists and killed on the orders of Malir SSP Rao Anwar, in what was later termed a fake encounter. Naqeebullah killing case: Sindh IGP gets 10 days to nab Rao Anwar SC directs intelligence agencies to provide complete support to Sindh Police for Anwar's arrest Following claims of innocence from Naqeebullah?s family, an inquiry committee was formed which cleared the 27-year-old of any wrongdoing. An FIR was registered against Anwar and others in the case. Since then, Rao Anwar has been in hiding. However, the law enforcement authority has not yet provided safe and secret residence, neither new identity cards. According to the Act, the police is bound to provide full-proof security to eyewitnesses till their arrival at the court. Sources have informed that despite clear-cut court orders there is no availability of funds for complete implementation on Witness Protection Act. Meanwhile, the sit-in at Islamabad by protestors demanding immediate arrest of former Malir SSP Rao Anwar has entered its ninth day today.
  16. NORTH WAZIRISTAN: At least two people died, including a banned outfit's deputy commander, in an American drone strike Thursday night near the Pak-Afghan border, Geo News learnt. Among those killed is Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) deputy leader Sajna Mehsud, sources said. Last month, on January 24, a drone strike conducted by coalition forces close to the Orakzai Agency and Kurram Agency border killed two people, including a commander of the Haqqani Network. Pakistan had susbequently condemned the drone strike and called the unilateral action detrimental to the spirit of cooperation with the US in the fight against terrorism. The US, through a statement by the US Embassy, had denied Islamabad's claim that the drone strike struck an Afghan refugee camp, with its spokesperson saying, ?The claim in an MFA [Ministry of Foreign Affairs] statement yesterday that US forces struck an Afghan refugee camp in Kurram Agency yesterday is false.?
  17. FAISALABAD: Police raided a women?s clothing store in People?s Colony area of the city after a customer alerted authorities over alleged discovery of hidden cameras in the store?s changing (trial) room. According to sources, police detained two of the store?s employees during the raid on Wednesday, and registered a case against the incident at the People?s Colony Police Station. Alleged hidden camera The authorities have nominated four individuals in the case, including the store?s owner and manager. The two detained employees, meanwhile, are being interrogated over the incident. Police sources said the raid was carried out after a young man complained that there were hidden cameras installed in the store?s changing room. The store belongs to a famous clothing brand, the sources added.
  18. Asma, a third-year medical student in Abbottabad, was in her hometown of Kohat on vacation when, on January 27, Mujahid Afridi allegedly opened fire on her over a marriage proposal PESHAWAR: Two more suspects in the murder of medical student Asma Rani have been arrested, Inspector-General Salahuddin Mehsud said on Wednesday. Addressing a press conference here, Mehsud said two weapons used in the murder were also recovered. ?More evidence will also be brought forward,? the IG said. Asma, a third-year medical student in Abbottabad, was in her hometown of Kohat on vacation when, on January 27, Mujahid Afridi allegedly opened fire on her over a marriage proposal. SC warns to shift Asma Rani murder case from KP in case of 'pressure' Chief Justice Saqib Nisar questions PTI's claims of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's 'model' police Mujahid, the nephew of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) district president Aftab Alam, left the country after the incident but his accomplice and brother, Sadiqullah Afridi, was nabbed by the police later. Police also on Saturday arrested Shahzeb, an accomplice of Mujahid, who confessed to helping Mujahid flee the country to Saudi Arabia. Shahzeb, a resident of KDA area of the city was later remanded by a local sessions court into one-day police custody. Following expiry of his remand, police transferred Shahzeb to Kohat prison on Sunday. On his pointation, police also recovered a motorcycle used in the murder from his house, as well as the car in which Mujahid fled. The Supreme Court also took notice of the murder on February 2, and threatened in a hearing on February 6 to shift the case out of the province if it sees any "pressure" hampering investigation in the case.
  19. Aseefa Bhutto-Zardari. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: The senior leadership of Pakistan Peoples Party decided to nominate Aseefa Bhutto-Zardari as its candidate from two seats in the next general elections, sources informed Geo News on Wednesday. The youngest daughter of late former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and former president Asif Zardari is expected to contest elections from Lyari and Tando Allahyar respectively. Aseefa has recently completed her Masters degree from University College London in Global Health and Development and is known for her work as Rotary International Ambassador for Polio. The sources have also informed that Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will also contest on a general seat in the next polls.
  20. Officials of Pakistan Army. Photo: AFP/File TANK: Two armed forces personnel were martyred in a terrorist attack in North Waziristan Agency, sources informed on Wednesday. Sources said a vehicle of the Pakistan Army was targeted in a rocket attack in Mir Ali Tehsil of the agency, resulting in the deaths of two army officials. The Pakistan Army launched Operation Zarb-e-Azb in June 2014 to clear the agency, the only remaining stronghold of militants. Since then, the area has been cleared of militants except for sporadic terrorist and cross-border attacks.
  21. PCB chairman Najam Sethi/File photo Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi is confident international cricket will be fully restored in Pakistan within a maximum of two years. In a recent interview to BBC Urdu, Sethi expressed hope that in view of the improving security situation in the country and the successfully-hosted T20 matches in Lahore, the time is not far when Pakistan is able to host complete ODI and Test series. ?If we prepare our stadiums, we will be able to host matches with time. I believe international cricket will be fully restored in Pakistan within two years, at most,? he said. The PCB chief pointed out that Pakistan has already successfully hosted international cricketers [in the ICC World XI team], Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka. ?And West Indies will be touring in March,? he added. About Pakistan team?s recent ODI whitewash in New Zealand, Sethi said it would take some time for the youngsters in the side to become ?stars?. ?The PSL has prepared us for T20s. Now we have to prepare for ODIs and Tests.? Pakistan team poses with the T20 trophy, Pakistan v New Zealand, 3rd T20I, Mount Maunganui, January 28, 2018/AFP/Getty Images He expressed concern that some of the veteran players in the team no longer have the required reflexes needed for modern cricket. ?That?s why we are building a young team. It takes time for young players to become stars.? Sethi admitted that the team tends to struggle in ODI cricket. ?Now our focus in on the 2019 World Cup, and we are getting ready for it.? He assured that cricket in Pakistan would receive a huge boost due to the new talent being discovered at school and club-level cricket and in PSL. ?You will see that the [inconsistency] will go away soon.? On spot-fixing, Sethi said he has ensured there is zero tolerance for violators of the board?s anti-corruption code. ?There is no room for forgiveness. We are monitoring with strict vigilance. There is absolutely zero tolerance,? he added.
  22. File photo. PESHAWAR: At least two people were killed on Tuesday evening when unknown assailants opened fire on a vehicle near a petrol pump situated on the provincial capital's Ring Road, said police. Two other people were injured in the incident and were shifted to hospital for medical treatment. The assailants managed to flee the crime scene after the incident.
  23. Emergency crews attend to the site of a train collision near Pine Ridge, Lexington County, South Carolina, US, February 4, 2018 in this image obtained from social media. ? REUTERS COLUMBIA: An Amtrak passenger train collided with a CSX freight train in South Carolina, US on Sunday, killing at least two people and injuring at least 70, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) reported. The train with 139 passengers and eight crew members aboard was traveling between New York and Miami when it collided with the freight train and derailed, Amtrak said in a statement. ?Amtrak Train 91, operating between New York and Miami, came in contact with a CSX freight train at around 2:35 a.m. in Cayce, South Carolina,? Amtrak said in a statement on its website. ?The lead engine was derailed, as well as some passenger cars.? The train was part of Amtrak? Silver Star Service and was headed for Miami, local media reported. ?The injuries range from cuts and bruises to severe broken bones. All the injured have been transported to local hospitals,? said SCEMD public information officer Derrec Becker. The Lexington County Sheriff?s Department said on its website that a shelter for passengers was set up at a nearby middle school and that everyone was off the train and the Red Cross was assisting them. Amtrak and the Lexington County Sheriff?s officials were not available for immediate comment.
  24. A total of 52 senators are set to retire on March 11 this year. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) issued on Sunday the polling schedule for the two Senate seats from Islamabad. The announcement followed approval of the polling scheme by President Mamnoon Hussain. The Senate elections will be held on March 3 as 52 members of the Upper House of Parliament retire on March 11. According to the ECP schedule for the capital, nomination papers can be taken by February 10 while their scrutiny will be conducted on February 13. Appeals against the returning officer?s decision can be filed until February 16. The National Assembly elects the two Senate members from Islamabad. The ECP is yet to issue the schedule for the elections of senators from the tribal areas as the president has not approved for FATA the Elections Act, 2017. Moreover, the local ECP offices in the provinces were open today as contestants collected nomination papers for the Senate polls. ECP issues Senate elections schedule for four provinces Senate contestants can take back their nomination papers till February 16 Earlier, on Friday, the ECP issued the election schedule of all four provinces. According to the ECP, nomination papers can be submitted from February 4-6 and their scrutiny will be completed by February 9. The final list of the contestants will be issued on February 15 while contestants can take back their nomination papers till February 16. According to the ECP, four senators will be elected on general seats from FATA, 11 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan each, and 12 each from Sindh and Punjab ? including seven on general seats, two on technocrats' seats, two on women's seats and one on a minorities' seat. Islamabad too will elect two senators ? on general and technocrat seats. Raza Rabbani, Ishaq Dar among those retiring Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani, Opposition Leader Aitzaz Ahsan, Taj Haider and Farhatullah Babar are among 18 of 26 Pakistan Peoples Party senators who will be retiring. Similarly, from the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, nine of its 27 senators will be retiring this year. They include senior party leader and former finance minister Ishaq Dar, who has been in London on medical grounds since October last year while a corruption case is under way against him in the accountability court. The Awami National Party will lose five of its six senators, including party veteran Ilyas Bilour and Karachi-based Shahi Syed. Similarly, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan will bid farewell to four of its eight senators, including Col (retd) Tahir Mashhadi, Nasreen Jalil and Dr Farogh Naseem. The four PML-Quaid senators retiring this year include Mushahid Hussain Sayed ? the head of the Senate Defence Committee. The Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl will see three of its five senators leave. Azam Swati of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is the party's only senator who will be retiring in March and will leave behind six colleagues. The PTI is expected to gain more seats in the Senate due to its majority position in the KP Assembly. The process, the numbers The Senate consists of a total of 104 members ? 23 each from the four provinces, eight from FATA and four from Islamabad Capital Territory. The 23 seats of each province break down into 14 general seats, four each for women and technocrats and one for minorities. While the total term for a senator is six years, half of the Senate retires after every three years. The Senate elections depend on the party positions in the provincial assemblies as well as the National Assembly. Four of the provincial assemblies vote for their representatives, whereas the FATA senators are elected by the MNAs from the tribal areas and the Islamabad senators by the National Assembly. A person seeking election to the Senate should not be less than thirty years of age and should be registered as a voter in an area or province from where he or she seeks election and should meet other qualifications prescribed under Article 62 of the Constitution.
  25. It's a well-known fact that there are more remakes of Sherlock Holmes than the number of brain cells required to predict the ending of 'Tiger Zinda Hai'. Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, Batman have become characters done, just like Batman's parents, to death. There are so many more layered, unconventional and unique male characters in modern literature. These characters are not pop culture favourites, but their stories are inspirational or at the very least, instructional. 1. Captain John Yossarian Yossarian is the protagonist of Joseph Heller's satirical masterpiece, 'Catch 22', the first book to use the phrase “catch-22” to represent a paradox. He serves as a bombardier in the 256th Squadron of the Army Air Forces during World War 2. He is an antihero, that is, he doesn't possess great physical strength, doesn't have superior mental faculties and cannot control supernatural forces. When James Bond is in trouble, the audience knows that he'll get out of it one way or another because he's James Bond. James Bond is a hero. He will deliberately run into trouble, comfortable in the knowledge that his skills will bring him out alive. In stark contrast, the aim of Yossarian's life is to avoid the war entirely. He fakes disease, lies to his superiors, misuses his own position as Captain and anything else that he can to not be a hero. © Paramount Pictures Joseph Heller, a World War 2 veteran himself, emphasises on the circular logic and bureaucracy that is employed to make young men willingly give their lives for their country. For example, in the book, any soldier who thought he was becoming crazy could ask to be grounded and hence, relieved of his duties. But if he asked to be grounded, he would be exhibiting a rational sense of fear and self-preservation and thus, become disqualified from being crazy. Damned if you do, damned if you don't. That's a catch and the book is filled with them. Yossarian is a man stuck in a situation beyond his control. He doesn't buy into the traditional ideas of the glory of war. He doesn't want his zest for life to be exploited by the government. He responds in silly, stubborn ways but never gives in to the concept of war. He understands that some people have to die, but doesn't see the point of him being one of them. Yossarian realised that in a war, “The enemy is anybody who's going to get you killed, no matter which side he is on.” If war is won by survivors, Yossarian found a way to win every day, regardless of his country's fate. 2. Sergeant Scheisskopf © Paramount Pictures A minor character in the same book is Sergeant Scheisskopf. He is obsessed with the Sunday afternoon parade. He reads books on marching, uses tiny plastic cowboys to simulate the perfect parade, berates his juniors, i.e. the cadet officers who march in the parade, punishes them for minor mistakes and ignores his own wife to focus on getting recognised for an entirely useless skill like parades while there's a war going on. His life is just mindless drudgery to reach a meaningless destination. Sounds a bit like college, doesn't it? Scheisskopf serves as a warning to those who devote their lives to patently worthless pursuits, never realising the futility of their worship, nor the pain that it causes to real people. Given the religious and nationalistic fanaticism that has become all too common in our country, the stubborn Scheisskopf is unfortunately a character that we are all too familiar with. 3. Hank Rearden © The Strike Productions Hank Rearden is a pivotal character in 'Atlas Shrugged'. Like most characters in the novel, he symbolises hard work, productivity and ethics in business. He is like a fictional Elon Musk. He creates a special metal alloy that's so good that the government feels it's unfair to his competitors. Imagine if the US government asks Elon to hand over the rights to launching SpaceX rockets to other companies. That is the conflict that Rearden faces in the novel. He almost ends up losing too because of his massive guilt complex. He constantly lets his family and his wife torture him for being an “evil industrialist” when he's really just a hard-working person who deserves all the credit he gets. There's a Hank Rearden in all of us. We have the talent and the ability to create value and earn wealth but it's often toxic relationships that hold us back from believing in ourselves. In the novel, towards the end, Hank loses everyone in his life in the process of defending his values and realises that he didn't need their validation after all. 4. Hercule Poirot © Carnival Film & Television Although he's seen enough screen time in the UK before the 2017 movie, he's not as well-known as Sherlock among Indian audiences. For those who missed 'Murder on the Orient Express', Hercule Poirot is an obsessive compulsive Belgian detective. He is mature, suave and solves crime by talking to people to understand the psychology of the suspects unlike Sherlock Holmes who is more of a 'bloodhound' detective. Poirot uses conversation, not clues, to form his theories. This makes him feel more 'human' than Sherlock even though he is just as narcissistic, often expecting people to be excited when he tells them his name. Where Sherlock is associated with drugs and photographic memory, Hercule Poirot is a subtle, refined showman but a showman nonetheless. His compulsive attitude towards balance and justice enable him to be deceptive, sacrificing his morals if the nature of the crime warrants it. In summary, less deductive superpowers, more mind games, hence, more real. 5. Atticus Finch © Universal Pictures In Harper Lee's book, 'To Kill A Mockingbird', Atticus Finch is Jean Louise Finch's (a little girl fondly known as Scout, also the narrator) father. He is a lawyer and appears to be a simple, timid person just like everyone else in the small fictional town of Maycomb. But, when a black man named Tom Robinson is unfairly charged with the rape of an underage white woman, he decides to defend Tom in court, inviting criticism and death threats from the rest of the people. The book explores complex themes like race and religion, and does so humorously through the innocent eyes of Scout. Atticus represents morality and justice in the book. He is a man without a facade, a person with a concrete belief system and one who's unafraid to stand by it. This is unheard of in this era where people change their personality based on which social media platform they're on and worse, they exploit their anonymity. Given the racial divide that existed in Maycomb, Tom Robinson was bound to lose the case but that didn't stop Atticus from giving him the best possible defence. He doesn't believe in showing off his skills. When a mad (rabid) dog wanders down the main street in Maycomb, Atticus, described as an old bespectacled fellow, borrows a rifle from the sheriff to put it down in one shot from a considerable distance. It's later revealed that in his youth, he was known as Atticus “One-Shot” Finch, a skill he never revealed to his children. Atticus Finch is a humble, righteous man who exemplifies living a peaceful life without ever compromising on his personal moral code. Some of these characters may appear to be perfect, while some appear to be painfully flawed. Looking at the portrait of a good man is like wearing glasses, it helps you see the world around you a bit clearer but how you move around in it is still up to you. These characters show that "being a man" is not about torn shirts and big guns. Being a man is straightforward – have an identity, believe in something and live in a way that both are in agreement.