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  1. Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond attends the BBC's 'Marr Show' in London, November 19, 2017. Jeff Overs/BBC Handout via REUTERS LONDON: Britain will submit proposals on how to settle its divorce bill with the European Union before an EU summit next month and is expected to negotiate hard, finance minister Philip Hammond said on Sunday. The EU told Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday that there was more work to be done to unlock the Brexit talks, repeating its early December deadline for her to flesh out Britain?s opening offer on the financial settlement. ?We will make our proposals to the European Union in time for the Council,? Hammond told the BBC, referring to the December 14-15 meeting of EU heads of government. He was speaking three days before he sets out Britain?s budget plan, where he will have to find room within tight fiscal constraints to help May convince voters that the Conservative government is tackling Britain?s domestic problems at the same time as negotiating its exit from the EU. Last week, May met fellow EU leaders to try to break a deadlock over how much Britain will pay on leaving the bloc, an issue threatening to derail British hopes for a negotiated exit and an agreement on a new trading relationship by March 2019. May has signalled she would increase an initial offer that is estimated at some 20 billion euros ($24 billion) ? about a third of what Brussels wants. But Hammond, who has been criticized by supporters of Brexit for being too conciliatory towards Brussels and lobbying for a ?softer? exit, said Britain would take a tough stance about how much it owes. ?There are some things that we?re very clear we do owe under the treaties, other things where we dispute the amounts or even whether something should be included,? Hammond said in a separate interview with ITV television. ?Of course, we?ll negotiate hard to get the very best deal for the British taxpayer.? Asked about the prospect of Brexit without a trade deal, Hammond said he was ?increasingly confident? that an agreement could be reached because it was in the interests of both parties. Despite scepticism in Brussels over the tight timetable, May and her chief negotiator David Davis have been clear they want to have a full post-Brexit free trade deal sealed by the time Britain leaves. However, Hammond set out a softer stance on the timing of the trade deal. ?We hope that it will be agreed, certainly in principle, that the big elements of it will be agreed before March 2019 so that everybody knows where we are going,? he told ITV.
  2. SARCELLES: A 31-year-old French police officer shot three people dead before turning his gun on himself, in a killing spree sparked by a row with his girlfriend, police the local prosecutor said Sunday. The news comes with France already grappling with the surge in police suicides this year. The Paris officer, Arnaud Martin, finished his shift on Saturday evening and went to meet his girlfriend in Sarcelles, a suburb north of the capital city, to discuss ending their relationship. But after an argument broke out, Martin shot the young woman in the face and killed two men who were nearby, aged 30 and 44, one of whom had tried to intervene, said Eric Corbaux, prosecutor for the Pontoise department, said. He then went to his girlfriend´s home just a few yards away, where he killed the girl´s father and seriously injured her mother in the throat. He also shot the woman´s sister in the leg and killed the family dog. The attacker was later found "dead from a gunshot wound to the head, his gun in his hand, in the back of the garden," Corbaux said. His former girlfriend was in serious condition in hospital on Sunday. "According to his superiors, he was a good civil servant, a very serious former gendarme," Corbaux said. Saturday´s tragedy comes as French officials confront a sharp increase in police suicides, with more than 45 officers and 16 gendarmes killing themselves so far this year. But Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said Sunday that he would not backtrack on allowing officers carry their weapons when off-duty, a practice France introduced after the November 2015 terror attacks in Paris. "It´s something that requires a lot of attention by police supervisors," Collomb said on France Inter radio, though he acknowledged that most police suicides are prompted by events in their private lives.
  3. Rishi Kapoor. Photo: Reuters/File Veteran Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor has expressed a wish to see Pakistan before he dies and hoped his children are able to [go to Pakistan to] see their roots. The actor made the remarks in a late night tweet, where he commented on the statement of Farooq Abdullah, the former chief minister of Indian occupied Kashmir, who recently said the Pakistan side of Kashmir belongs to Pakistan and demanded more autonomy for the Indian side of Kashmir from New Delhi. Kapoor?s tweet stated: Farooq Abdhulla ji, Salaam! Totally agree with you,sir. J&K is ours, and PoK is theirs. This is the only way we can solve our problem. Accept it, I am 65 years old and I want to see Pakistan before I die. I want my children to see their roots. Bas karva Dijiye. Jai Mata Di ! Rishi Kapoor ?concedes?, congratulates Pakistan on victory ?Yes Pakistan, you have defeated us. Well played, outplayed us in all departments! Kapoor, whose activities on Twitter often go viral, originally hails from Peshawar, Pakistan. The family's ancestral haveli is located in the Kissa Khwani Bazaar locality of the old city. The house was constructed by Dewan Basheshwarnath Kapoor, father of Prithviraj Kapoor and grandfather of Raj Kapoor in 1918. The Kapoor family's haveli in Peshawar. Photo: Twitter Among the notable members of the family Trilok Kapoor, Prithiviraj?s younger brother, and Raj Kapoor were born there, according to The Hindu. However, after the Partition in 1947, the family moved to India. Rishi is said to have visited the family home in 1990 while shooting a film in Pakistan, according to some media reports.
  4. Hussain (left) and Hasan Nawaz. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: The thirty-day deadline given to Hussain and Hasan Nawaz, sons of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, to appear before the accountability court hearing corruption cases against them expired today. With the expiry of the deadline, properties of the scions of Nawaz family may be seized at any given time as they both will be declared 'proclaimed offenders'. The two are accused in all three references ordered by the Supreme Court in its July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case: Avenfield properties, Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals Establishment, and Flagship Investment Ltd. At a hearing of the references on October 9, Judge Mohammad Bashir had accepted NAB's plea to declare Hussain and Hasan proclaimed offenders and separated their proceedings in the three references filed against them. SECP ordered to freeze shares of Hussain, Hasan Nawaz in six companies NAB informed accountability court today that Nawaz Sharif's sons own shares in six companies as per SECP's record The accountability court will hear Hasan, Hussain's case on November 14. Their non-bailable arrest warrants, issued at the last hearing on October 2, remain in effect. Earlier, the judge had directed for initiating the process of declaring them proclaimed offenders. This involved publication of notices in newspapers directing the accused to appear in court. Failure to do so would result in seizure of property and issuance of further warrants. On October 12, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) posted the court's proclamation order on the main gate of the Sharif family's residences in Jati Umra and Model Town, Lahore. NAB Rawalpindi said the action was taken in light of the accountability court's directions for the initiation of the process to declare them proclaimed offenders, as they failed to show up in the court's last hearing. Later, the court ordered the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) to freeze the assets of Hasan and Hussain. Proclamation orders against Hussain, Hasan Nawaz - Geo News As the hearing against the brothers, whose trial in the high-profile corruption case has been separated from other family members' owing to their continued absence, went under way, the NAB submitted a report detailing assets owned by Nawaz's sons in Pakistan. NAB said in its report that according to the SECP, Hasan and Hussain own shares in six companies. The court then directed the SECP to freeze their shares and ordered both accused to appear in court by November 8, which they failed to do. Both brothers are based outside the country.
  5. Protestors are seen carrying a sign ? reading "Stop climate crime" ? during a march at the COP23 UN Climate Change Conference 2017, held in Bonn, World Conference Center Bonn, Germany, November 6, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay/Files BONN: Emerging nations pressed developed countries on Wednesday to step up cuts in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 to kick-start the Paris climate agreement, saying the rich were wrongly focused on 2030 goals. ?We came here needing to hit the accelerator, not the brakes,? Brazil?s chief negotiator Antonio Marcondes told Reuters on the sidelines of the Nov. 6-17 negotiations in Germany on limiting global warming. In 2015, almost 200 governments agreed on the Paris accord to end the fossil fuel era by 2100 and remained united last year in declaring action ?irreversible? after Donald Trump, who has called man-made climate change a hoax, won the US presidential election. But that unity is fraying. Under the Paris Agreement, most governments set targets for cutting emissions by 2030, with little focus on shorter-term milestones. Brazil and nations including India, China and Iran now want to fill the gap with more action by 2020 to cut greenhouse gas emissions, especially by the rich which have burnt most fossil fuels since the Industrial Revolution. ?While action on (the) post-2020 period under the Paris Agreement has gained momentum, the discussions on pre-2020 actions have lagged behind,? India?s chief negotiator Ravi S. Prasad said earlier this week. Developed nations say they are acting. European Union officials pointed to proposals on Wednesday for tougher car emissions targets including a credit system for carmakers to encourage the rollout of electric vehicles. Nazhat Shameem Khan ? the chief negotiator for Fiji that is presiding at the meeting ? said: ?Clearly there is strong appetite for a constructive and focused discussion on pre-2020. ?I think it?s a generalized view ... that there hasn?t been enough discussion? about what to do before 2020, she said. Overall, she said the talks, also working on a detailed rulebook for the Paris Agreement, were advancing well and that the United States delegation was being ?constructive and helpful?. Trump said in June he would pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement, a process that will take effect in 2020, and instead promote coal and oil. A pullout will isolate the United States as Syria ? the only other nation outside the pact ? said on Tuesday it would join. Under the Paris Agreement, the period to 2020 is a gap partly because backers of the 2015 pact assumed it might take years for parliaments to ratify it. The deal entered into force in record time last November. Camilla Born ? of the E3G think-tank ? said the Paris Agreement was now a victim of its own success. ?It?s right now to shine the spotlight on more action by 2020,? she said.
  6. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar will not appear before the accountability court hearing a corruption reference against him today as well, sources in the Finance Ministry informed Geo News. The minister is accused by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) of possessing assets which are disproportionate to his declared sources of income. Dar also did not appear before the accountability court in the last hearing of the case on November 2. The finance minister?s counsel will present his client?s medical reports in the court. The counsel will also request the court to adjourn Dar?s hearing. Last hearing In the last hearing of the case, the accountability court approved the request by the NAB to freeze the assets of Dar. A request by Dar to spend Rs0.6 million monthly from the accounts for personal expenses was also rejected by the court. All accounts belonging to Dar, except those operated by accountant general revenue, were to be frozen after the court order. The accountability court also ordered that the bailable warrants against the minister would continue as he did not appear in court. The NAB team, as well as four witnesses ? all officials of various private banks ? were present in court. Dar's counsel submitted the minister's medical certificate in court and sought an exemption from appearance. The minister's guarantor informed the court that Dar is in London for medical treatment. After NAB Prosecutor Imran Shafique opposed the request and sought non-bailable arrest warrants, the court reserved its decision on the plea. Ishaq Dar's assets The bureau froze the assets after its chairman ordered to do so on October 18 but it needed the court's endorsement as according to NAB laws, the order is only valid for 15 days. NAB was seeking the freezing of Dar's six bank, properties and vehicles in Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates as well as investments in both countries. NAB has listed the properties and assets of Dar as follows: A house in Gulberg, Lahore, a two-kanal plot in Parliamentarians Enclave, Islamabad, a two-kanal plot with Ayaz Builders (Pvt) Ltd, a plot in Senate Cooperative Housing Society, Islamabad, a two kanal and 19 marla plot in the name of Mrs Tabassum Dar, three plots in Alflah Housing Society, Lahore owned by Dar, his wife and son Ali Mustafa Dar and six acres in Mouza Milot owned by him and his wife. Court approves NAB request to freeze Dar?s assets Finance minister is accused by NAB of possessing assets beyond his known sources of income In the list of foreign properties and assets, the NAB mentioned a flat in Emirates Hills Dubai, owned by Dar, an apartment in Palm Jumairah Dubai, a 2003 Bentley Arnage car, a 2006 Mercedez, two sets of shares/investment in Baraq Holdings (Pvt) Ltd and shares/investments in Al-Nahayan owned by Ishaq Dar. The list of cars in Pakistan include a 2004 Land Cruiser owned by Mrs Dar, a 1999 Land Cruiser, a 2004 Toyota Corolla, a 1998 Mercedez Benz, a 2008 Mercedez and a 2014 Land Cruiser. Moreover, Dar and his wife have made an investment of Rs3,453,060 in Hajveri Holdings (Pvt) Ltd and Rs2,700 shares by in Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Ltd. NAB, in its application, had informed the court of serious apprehensions that the accused, his dependents/benamidars might dispose of, alienate, sell, create charge or change the status of the properties/investments.
  7. Over a million Android users fell prey to an imposter WhatsApp app on the Google Play Store. The WhatsApp clone named "Update WhatsApp Messenger" and developed by "WhatsApp Inc.," looked pretty much identical to the real one, reported Mashable. Soon after the app was flagged by a Reddit user, its name was changed and it was later deleted altogether. The fake app had many ads and a code to download a second piece of software to the users' devices, according to some Reddit users. It is a point of concern that the developers of the malicious app managed to sneak through Google Play without being noticed. Here's the legit one: And here's the fake:
  8. ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, along with Maryam Nawaz, reached Islamabad from Lahore on Monday to appear before the accountability court on Tuesday. Nawaz will be holding a meeting at Punjab house to discuss political strategy and course of action for the general elections in 2018. Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and ministers will be attending the PML-N meeting. Earlier on October 26, the accountability court hearing corruption references against the Sharif family issued bailable warrants for former premier Nawaz Sharif in two references. Bailable warrants issued for Nawaz; hearing adjourned until Nov 3 Warrants issued with regards to Azizia Steel Mills and Flagship Investment Ltd references against Nawaz; notices sent to former PM's bail guarantor in London flats reference The hearing was then adjourned until November 3, with the last chance for the former premier to ensure his presence in court. The cases have been filed by NAB in light of the Supreme Court's order in the Panama Papers case. At the hearing on October 19, Nawaz, in his absence, was indicted in the Avenfield properties case alongside Maryam and Safdar. Nawaz has also been indicted in the two other references against him. As Nawaz was in London, he was represented by his legal representative Zafir Khan who heard the charges and pleaded not guilty. The references The NAB has in total filed three references against the Sharif family and one against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the accountability court, in light of the Supreme Court's orders in the Panama Papers case verdict of July 28. The anti-graft body was given six weeks, from the date of the apex court's order, to file the reference in an accountability court while the accountability court was granted six months to wrap up the proceedings. The references against the Sharif family pertain to the Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals Establishment, their London properties and over dozen offshore companies owned by the family. Maryam and Safdar are only nominated in the London properties reference. At an earlier hearing, the court also approved Maryam and Safdar's bail in the Avenfiled properties case and ordered them to submit surety bonds worth Rs5 million each. Safdar was also directed to take the court's permission before leaving the country from now on. The judge also provided a copy of the reference ? spread over 53 volumes ? to Maryam and Safdar. NAB's Rawalpindi branch prepared two references regarding the Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals Establishment, and the nearly dozen companies owned by the Sharif family. Its Lahore branch prepared a reference on the Sharif family's Avenfield apartments in London and another against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar for owning assets beyond his known sources of income. If convicted, the accused may face up to 14 years imprisonment and lifelong disqualification from holding public office including the freezing of bank accounts and assets.
  9. The final of the world championships for League of Legends, one of the most-played video games on the planet, took place Saturday in Beijing?s "Bird?s Nest", the national stadium built for the 2008 Olympic Games. Photo: AFP file BEIJING: More than 40,000 spectators, giant screens, players glued to their keyboards and more than $1 million prize money for the winners: welcome to the world of eSports in China, a country that has become a leader in competitive video game playing. The final of the world championships for League of Legends, one of the most-played video games on the planet, took place Saturday in Beijing?s "Bird?s Nest", the national stadium built for the 2008 Olympic Games. "The atmosphere is great! It?s better than at home, no?" said Yu Yating, a 23-year-old customer service manager dressed in a cosplay outfit: long green wig, white minidress and a plastic golden sceptre. "I?ve been playing League of Legends since 2013 because I love the monster fights ? it relaxes me," she explained, as screams broke out in the stands when the competitors arrived, ready to do battle. Soon, one of the players slaughtered a virtual dragon, prompting howls of excitement. "Oh, huge!", said 19-year-old student Qian Feng, one of the spectators following the multi-player game on three giant screens that were practically the height of the stadium. Two-thirds of the audience were male, between 15 to 35 years old. Some, like Qian, had travelled hundreds of kilometres to watch the final in person. "eSports have taken off in China because all young people have a computer now," he said. "When I have school, I play League of Legends with my friends an hour a day, otherwise we play all afternoon." Tickets for the event cost between 280 to 1,280 yuan ($40 to $190) and sold out in minutes, with touts hawking them on the black market for up to 13,000 yuan. The size of the audience for the League of Legends final, a game owned by Chinese internet giant Tencent, matched that of the 2017 Europa League final between Manchester United and Ajax ? without including the tens of thousands of fans streaming the match live through specialist websites. 'A computer is enough' The packed event showcased China?s ambition to become the world leader for electronic sports, or eSports. The fast-growing sport sees teams of professional video game players fight for large sums of money in front of an audience, usually in multipurpose arenas or stadiums. And its popularity is only expected to grow. There are currently 191 million eSports fans around the world, and numbers are projected to increase by 20 percent by 2020, according to video game specialists Newzoo. As purists question if video games even qualify as a sport, eSports are inching closer to official recognition after last weekend?s meeting of Olympic representatives in Lausanne, Switzerland left open the possibility for a future Olympics event. Meanwhile, eSports is set to have its own category at the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou in China. That comes as little surprise since Asia is a fast-growing market for video games. "I also play traditional sports, badminton," said Li Hangtian, a 22-year-old student. "But China is very populous, it is sometimes difficult and expensive to reserve a court, whereas I can practise eSports with my roommates where and when I want: a computer is enough." Enthusiasm for the games shows no sign of slowing down. Global turnover from eSports is currently $696 million, with Newzoo saying it will climb to $1.5 billion in the next three years. And Asia could be its future, with China currently accounting for "around 15 to 20 percent of global eSports revenue", said Ignat Bobrovich, chief executive of TwogNation, an international eSports management agency. "North America is the biggest market for now, at 35 to 40 percent. But in two years? time, Asia, which is home to half the world?s eSports fans, will easily outstrip this," he added. Indeed, Saturday?s face-off featured two South Korean teams, with Samsung Galaxy vanquishing SK Telecom T1 3-0 and pocketing around $1.7 million in winnings.
  10. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not an economist and he doesn't pretend to think like one too. That is both a good and a bad thing. While many would agree that the current growth rate of 5.7% is just a temporary blip brought upon by the double whammy served by demonetisation and the implementation of GST, the intention behind those decisions cannot be questioned. So, with the next general elections coming closer, has the Modi government opened itself to severe criticism in case the economy does not get back on track in time for the elections in 2019? Probably, yes. It is worrying as to why the two big decisions by the government could not be spaced out a little. While GST implementation would have been better had the government and administration got some more time to thrash out the details, demonetisation put more stress on the economy than what was initially estimated. For example, many Indian firms and manufacturers work based on cash-only model and demonetisation invariably wiped their businesses overnight. It was therefore necessary for the government to take measures to spur growth and get the Indian economy back on track. In that respect, Modi government's road building and bank recapitalisation program could not have been introduced at a better time. ©Reuters The Indian government, through the newly introduced mega road construction programme, will build 83,000 kilometres of highways in the next five years with a total investment of $107 billion or approximately Rs 7 lakh crore. This is expected to generate 14.2 crore man-days of jobs in the next five years. In addition to this, the government also infused the struggling Indian banks with Rs 2.11 lakh crore in a massive recapitalisation plan to help stimulate the economy. This plan by the Modi government seems to be on point and created with good intentions. But the government's purpose has never been in question. The issue is with its implementation, as we've seen it earlier with demonetisation and GST. Take for example the 'Bharatmala' highway project that is being touted as the big idea that'll provide jobs and thus generate economic activity at the ground level. For the project to be successful, the government will have to build 16,735 km of roads every year for the next five years. This is 11,600 km more than the average of last three years (5100 km) of the Modi government, under the highly efficient Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari. © Twitter/Narendramodi Implementation of projects in India is subject to a lot of variables. The highways, for example, are stuck in the vicious circle of securing land without litigation or getting approvals from various authorities involved. The Delhi-Mumbai economic corridor is a classic example of a good project getting road-blocked because of unnecessary red-tape. Similarly, the bank recapitalisation plan will work only if the banking institutions put some effort in improving their lending practices. Most national banks are suffering from bad debts and that has in turn hampered their lending capabilities. Going forward, the banks will have to significantly recover their NPAs and ensure that the government's money is well spent hereon. The government's two pronged strategy, of building a highway network and boosting the banking sector, has been welcomed by critics all over the world. This, however, doesn't mean that it will bring results in time for the Modi government. The 2019 general elections are just two-years away and the mammoth Indian economy might take some time to get up and run again. That, in retrospect, will bring Modi many sleepless nights. Modi's decision to clean up the system and then implement GST, while popular, served as an economic harakiri. In times like these when politics is more about perception rather than deliverables, Modi, for the first time in three years will feel a burgeoning scale of expectations from the common man. If the economic situation does not improve quarter by quarter, it might well end up serving the opposition with a massive 'Bhramastra' during the election season, just 24 months away. ©Twitter/Narendramodi But all is not lost. “Fortunately, there are signs that revival of the growth momentum may be just around the corner. The reason for this optimism lies in the trends in exports and imports in September 2017,” said D.K. Srivastava, chief policy advisor at EY recently. Data from many sources, including macro-indicators show the inflation cooling and a rebound in exports and factory output in October. This means that the Indian economy might be finally recovering from the disruption in the economic activity because of the big bang decisions by the Indian government (namely GST and demonetisation). The growth, if any, in the next quarter will bring in some cheer for the industries in India after six consecutive quarters of growth decline. And nobody, not even the opposition, has any doubts about the strength of the Indian economy to bounce back. Even the staunchest critics of the Modi government think that the Indian economy is currently at a critical juncture but can be reinvigorated through various steps. “Economy is at inflection point. If you take right steeps, it will go up but will go down if wrong steps are taken. The growth rate must not go down below 5.7 per cent. India doesn't deserve growth rate less than this. And I have faith there are people in this country who can take right steps and there will be future a govt will do it,” said Senior Congress leader and former finance minister Chidambaram. While Modi might have thought that the Indian economy was in need of his big ideas to take it to the next level, his big bang approach did end up disrupting the entire macro-economic environment. That being said, the Modi government will be defined by how well it handles this crisis rather than the 5.7 percent GDP figure that brought upon a cloud of gloom over the Indian growth story. As for the 2019 elections, Narendra Modi, despite his directional fallacies, will breathe a little easy because despite Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi's recent resurgence, the opposition still appears to be a headless chicken as of right now.
  11. KARACHI: Inspector General of Police Sindh AD Khawaja gave a recommendation on Saturday that a police officer should not be transferred before the end of tenure without substantial grounds. The IG Sindh was briefing a session of Sindh cabinet under Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah. Khawaja said that the posting of Additional IG, DIG and SSP is for two years and for the rest of the ranks it should be one year. He said that the IG police should have the right to transfer police officers. In his recommendation, Khawaja said that SHO should be upper school course qualified and should not be more than 55 years old. The SHOs should be of inspector or sub-inspector rank, he added. Following Khawaja?s briefing, Home Secretary said that the committee comprising Home Minister and Advocate General was made by the CM Sindh and IG Sindh named four police force categories, however, those were declined by the committee. In April this year, the Sindh government ?surrendered? Khawaja?s services to the federal government as it appointed Additional IG Abdul Majeed Dasti as the force?s top boss. However, the Sindh High Court (SHC) suspended the provincial government's notification for Khawaja's removal.
  12. 'Tis the season to get spooked. With Halloween almost here, we have compiled a list of horror movies to get in the festival mood. Even though Halloween falls on a Tuesday this year, binge watching these movies will be the perfect way to kickstart the festival. 1. Trick 'r Treat (2007) © Legendary Pictures This movie focuses on four different Halloween related horror stories, but the one element that ties all of them together is the presence of Sam, a child trick-or-treater wearing orange pajamas. But, he also has a burlap sack over his head, and this mysterious kid makes an appearance in all the stories whenever a character breaks Halloween traditions. 2. Carrie (1976) © Red Bank Films Based on Stephen King's 1974 novel of the same name, the titular character of Carrie, played by Sissy Spacek, is bullied by the meanest of the mean girls, but gets her revenge using her telepathic powers. But, watch out for the surprise, creepy ending! 3. The Others (2001) © Canal+Cruise/Wagner Productions Set in the aftermath of World War II, 'The Others' doesn't really rely on CGI or any other special effects to be scary, unlike a lot of horror movies we see. This movie is all about brilliantly building the tension through the old fashioned dramatic tricks. 4. Sleepy Hollow (1999) © Mandalay Pictures Probably one of Tim Burton's most underrated efforts, this movie follows a police constable, played by Johnny Depp (obviously, after all it's a Tim Burton movie), as he goes to New York City to investigate a series of murders that have taken place in the village of Sleepy Hollow by a mysterious headless horseman. Intriguing enough, right? 5. Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010) © Magnet Releasing This comedy horror movie follows Tucker and Dale, played by Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine respectively, a couple of well-meaning hillbillies. But, trouble starts when they are accidentally mistaken for killers by a bunch of clueless college students. 6. Urban Legend (1998) © TriStar Pictures A slasher movie directed by Jamie Blanks and starring Jared Leto, the plot of 'Urban Legend' follows a series of murders on the campus of a private New England university. As the name suggests, all of the killings appear to be modelled after popular urban legends. 7. The Mist (2007) © Dimension Films Based on the 1980 novella 'The Mist' by Stephen King, it is basically a monster movie, but the central theme also focusses on what ordinary people will be driven to do under extraordinary circumstances. After a thunderstorm cuts of the power, members of a small town go out to pick up supplies. While they are struggling to survive an unnatural mist that has enveloped the town and conceals vicious monsters, extreme tensions rise among the survivors. 8. Grave Encounters (2011) © Tribeca Film Shot in a found footage style, 'Grave Encounters' follows the crew of a paranormal reality television program who lock themselves in a haunted psychiatric hospital. They are looking for paranormal activity for one of their episodes, but unfortunately it ends up being their final episode ever. 9. Halloween (1978) © Compass International Well, duh! This one is called Halloween, it would just be wrong to not watch this movie on Halloween. It's basically about a murderer who killed his brother and sister when he was little, and he ended up being institutionalized. But, then he escapes and starts stalking someone. Sounds scary, doesn't it? 10. Final Destination (2000) © New Line Cinema What makes 'Final Destination' franchise stand out is how the antagonist is basically death itself, unlike other movies in the horror genre, where it's a stereotypical slasher or any other physical being. The movie is about how a group of teenagers cheat death when one of them had a premonition of a catastrophic plane explosion. But, as fate would have it, Death later comes and takes the lives of those who were meant to die on the plane. Some honourable mentions : It Follows (2014), Drag me to Hell (2009), Cabin in the woods (2012), Devil (2010), Poltergeist (1982), The Shining (1980) Well, go and get in the spirit of the festival!
  13. ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet in its meeting held here Wednesday with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the chair decided to place the Delimitation [of constituencies] Bill before the National Assembly for debate and consideration. Earlier, the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics gave a presentation to the Cabinet on Census 2017, a press release issued after the meeting said. The meeting ratified recommendations of the Cabinet Committee for Disposal of Legislative Cases in its meeting held last week. The cabinet approved establishment of Drug Court at Quetta and appointment of Justice Aftab Ahmed Gorar as Judge Special Appellate Court under Section 46(1) of the Prevention of Smuggling Act, 1977 in the province of Sindh. Appointment of Secretary Ministry of Information Technology & Telecommunication as Chairman of Management Board of National Telecommunication Corporation was also approved by the cabinet. The cabinet also assented to the re-constitution of the Board of Governors of Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC). The cabinet accorded Ex-Post Facto approval to initiate negotiations and for signing of an Agreement on Scientific Exchange and Cooperation between Pakistan Agriculture Research Council and Lanzhou University, China. Amendments in the Rules of Origin (ROO) under Malaysia ? Pakistan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (MPCEPA) was also approved by the cabinet. Cabinet to be presented with formulas for delimitation based on census data Three formulas for proposed changes in the National Assembly seats have been put forward The cabinet approved signing of MoU between the Government of Mozambique and the Government of Pakistan in Defence Domain. The cabinet accorded approval to sign Convention for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to Taxes on Income between Pakistan and the Republic of Bulgaria. The cabinet also approved extension in deputation period of Bebu Ram, Deputy Chief Engineer, Sui Southern Gas Company Limited, Karachi. Before the start of formal proceedings of the cabinet meeting, Imam-e-Ka?aba Sheikh Dr Salih Bin Abdullah, who was invited to the opening session of the cabinet meeting as a special guest, in his remarks thanked the Prime Minister for inviting him to address the cabinet. Imam-e-Ka?aba said Pakistan and Saudi Arabia share historical and strong brotherly bonds. He further stated that success lies in unity and the best decisions made for the benefit of the people. Imam-e-Ka?aba also conveyed good wishes to the cabinet and the people of Pakistan on behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Crown Prince, Religious Scholars and the people of Saudi Arabia.
  14. DUBAI: Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed recorded his statement on being approached by suspected bookie before the International Cricket Council?s Anti-Corruption Unit on Saturday. The Anti-Corruption Unit also conducted a detailed interview of Sarfraz regarding the matter. Earlier in the day, sources revealed that Sarfraz was approached by a bookie who made a spot-fixing offer to him during the ongoing ODI series against Sri Lanka in UAE. The officer of the Anti-Corruption Unit probed Sarfraz and asked questions such as ?how long have you known the suspected fixer,? ?have you ever taken money from the fixer?, and ?have you ever accepted any gift from the suspected fixer.? Sarfraz approached by bookie for spot-fixing during Sri Lanka series The skipper rejected the spot-fixing bid and immediately reported the approach to PCB Sarfraz, however, rejected the offer and immediately reported the approach to the Pakistan Cricket Board?s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU), sources said. A day ago, it was reported that an ?important? member of Pakistan squad had been approached by an international fixing syndicate, but the cricketer had foiled the spot-fixing bid and alerted the ACU officials. Sources revealed later that the cricketer in question was skipper Sarfraz, who was shopping with his family at a mall in Dubai when he was approached by a bookie ahead of the second ODI against Sri Lanka. The bookie came up to the captain, who first thought he was a fan requesting for a selfie. The man, however, made a spot-fixing bid to Sarfraz who turned it down on the spot and reported the approach to PCB?s security officials staying with the team. Sarfraz also reported the approach to Director Security Colonel Azam in Lahore. Following the incident, the PCB forwarded the investigation into the spot-fixing approach to the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Anti-Corruption Unit. PCB chairman Najam Sethi confirmed the approach, without naming the player. "A player was approached. As per rules he immediately reported to PCB who informed ICC. Matters are jointly in hand. No further comment," he tweeted.
  15. A Japanese software company is suing Apple in a US court over the trademark for the term ?animoji?, alleging the US technology company stole the name to use on a feature of its iPhone X. Tokyo-based Emonster kk sued Apple on Wednesday in federal court in San Francisco, saying it holds the US trademark on the term animoji and that Apple?s use of the word is a ?textbook case? of deliberate infringement. An Apple spokesman declined to comment. Apple?s animoji feature allow users to animate the facial expressions of emojis using facial recognition technology. It will be included on the iPhone X which is scheduled for release in November. Phil Schiller, Apple?s chief marketing officer, touted the animoji feature during the iPhone X launch event on Sept 12, calling it a ?great experience? for communicating with family and friends. Emonster chief executive Enrique Bonansea launched an animated texting app in 2014 called Animoji and registered a trademark on the product name, according to the lawsuit. Apple had full knowledge of Emonster?s app because it is available for download on Apple?s App Store, the lawsuit said. ?Apple decided to take the name and pretend to the world that ?Animoji? was original to Apple,? Emonster said in the complaint. Emonster said it is seeking unspecified money damages and a court order blocking Apple from using the term while the lawsuit is pending. Investors see the iPhone X, which will sell for $999, as an opportunity for Apple to refresh a smartphone lineup that had lagged the competition in new features. The iPhone X has wireless charging, an infrared camera and hardware for facial recognition, which replaces the fingerprint sensor for unlocking the phone.
  16. MULTAN: Mufti Abdul Qavi appeared before a judicial magistrate's court on Tuesday in connection with Qandeel Baloch's murder case. Qavi appeared before Sessions Judge Chaudhry Ameer Muhammed. However, since he appeared without legal counsel he was asked to appear again on Wednesday with legal representation, after which the hearing was adjourned for the day. Qavi told journalists following his appearance that he appeared today, will appear tomorrow and will continue to cooperate with the police and the courts. Other accused in the case, Haq Nawaz and Qandeel's brother Muhammed Waseem were expected to be presented before the judge today. Earlier non-bailable arrest warrants had been issued for the cleric on request of the investigation officer who informed the court that the cleric was not cooperating with the police. Qavi had at the time told Geo News, that he was always present in his seminary and was available for any cooperation the police wanted, adding that he had obtained interim bail and therefore could not be arrested. Qandeel Baloch Murder Baloch, who shot to fame for her provocative selfies that polarised Pakistan, was allegedly strangled in July by her brother Muhammad Waseem. In his confession Waseem claimed she had brought shame on the family and owned up to his crime in a press conference after his arrest. Qandeel Baloch murder case: Police gains access to Mufti Abdul Qavi's mobile data The records also showed that telephonic contact between the two took place even before June 22 Prior to her death, Baloch, whose real name was Fauzia Azeem, spoke of worries about her safety and had appealed to the interior ministry to provide her with security. In Facebook posts, Baloch, 26, spoke of trying to change "the typical orthodox mindset" of people in Pakistan. She faced frequent abuse and death threats but continued to post provocative pictures and videos. The so-called 'honour-killing' had sent shockwaves across the country and triggered an outpouring of grief on social media for Baloch.
  17. ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf Chairman Imran Khan has decided to voluntarily present himself before the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on October 26. The decision was taken in a high-level PTI meeting held in the federal capital. Imran decided during the meeting to present himself infront of the ECP on a voluntary basis, reported Geo News. According to sources, the ECP was criticised during the high-level PTI meeting and some PTI leaders were quoted as saying that the ECP had failed in performing its basic functions and damaged the credibility of PTI through certain cases. Sources also quoted the PTI leaders as saying that the ECP should have learned from the proceedings in the Federal Judicial complex. The ECP had issued non-bailable arrest warrants Imran in relation to a contempt of court case against him earlier. A five-member ECP bench, headed by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice (retd) Sardar Raza Khan, had heard the case. The ECP had also ordered the police to arrest Imran and present him before the commission on October 26. ECP issues bailable warrants against Imran to ensure presence on Sept 25 The decision came when the PTI chief failed to appear before the ECP in the contempt case against him At a previous hearing on September 25, the PTI chief, in his reply submitted through his lawyer Babar Awan, stated that "I respect the ECP and believe in the supremacy of institutions." Khan stated that he confirms the apology tendered by his previous counsel, Saqlain Haider, regarding the "contemptuous" remarks, adding that the contempt of court matter is a "closed transaction belonging to the past." The PTI chief's counsel then requested the ECP to withdraw the show-cause notice issued on September 24. Earlier warrants On September 14, the ECP had issued bailable warrants against Imran to ensure his presence in the case. The ECP had ordered Imran to submit a surety bond of Rs100,000 until September 25 and nominate two persons who would ensure payment of the amount and be held responsible otherwise. Imran was also ordered to appear on that day in the commission in person. However, the PTI approached the IHC which, on September 20, suspended the bailable arrest warrants. Hearing the case, Justice Aamer Farooq, who headed a three-member larger bench, directed the PTI chief to reply to the ECP's show-cause notice. Babar Awan assured the court that the PTI chairman would reply to the ECP's show-cause notice with regards to contempt proceedings against him. The ECP had issued the contempt notice to Khan on January 24 over his ?scandalous remarks? about the commission. Babar, the petitioner who had filed the foreign funding case against the PTI leadership, had informed the ECP that the PTI chief had accused it of being biased in the foreign funding case following which his counsel tendered an apology with the commission. Babar is also one of the founding members of the PTI. Several times since then, Imran has accused the ECP, among other government bodies, of being compromised and working for the benefit of Nawaz Sharif, the former prime minister and head of the ruling party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.
  18. Malaysia's opposition is set to contest the country's elections --which are due in 2018-- against Prime Minister Najib Razak's powerful Barisan Nasional coalition, which has never lost an election Thousands of Malaysian protesters demonstrated Saturday against scandal-hit Prime Minister Najib Razak as political tensions rise ahead of an election expected within months. Led by opposition politicians from the Pakatan Harapan coalition, or Pact of Hope, the carnival-like rally was the latest outburst of anger linked to claims that huge amounts of money were looted from a state investment fund set up by Najib. Both Najib and the fund, 1MDB, deny wrongdoing. Speaking in a field in the city of Petaling Jaya, some 10km from Kuala Lumpur, the country's former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad said it was time for Malaysians to vote out Najib's Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition. "We can bring down Najib only by (voting) Pakatan Harapan," he said in a speech, addressing a crowd clad in mostly red T-shirts, a colour similarly worn by members of Mahathir's Bersatu party. Protesters were heard chanting "Reformasi" ("Reformation"), "Long live the people", and "Down with BN" during the eight-hour-long rally, which organisers claimed some 25,000 people showed up for. Police did not immediately respond to requests for an estimate on the figure, but an AFP reporter said there appeared to be at most several thousand. Malaysia's opposition is set to contest Malaysia's elections --which are due in 2018-- against Najib's powerful Barisan Nasional coalition, which has never lost an election. Mahathir recently stepped out of retirement in politics to form his own party, and joined the opposition alliance in a bid to unseat Najib at the elections.
  19. Apple has released the episode of Carpool Karaoke featuring Chester Bennington and the rest of Linkin Park and actor and comedian Ken Jeong. But, unlike all the other ones, this video is available to watch for free and the whole 24-minute episode is uploaded on Linkin Park's Facebook page. The video, which was filmed less than a week before Chester's death, shows him singing and laughing alongside his bandmates Mike Shinoda and Joe Hahn, and Ken Jeong. It opens with a message that reads: “With the blessing of Chester's family and his bandmates, we share this episode, and dedicate it to the memory of Chester. © Apple Music The light-hearted video opens with Jeong joking that he wanted to join the band, and even had the new band name ready – Linken Park. When that didn't work out for him, he even got them to pull over as he tried to wow them with his moves in a bid to become the band's dancer. © Apple Music Throughout the episode, all four of them jam to some of Linkin Park's best songs, including 'Numb' (which Chester nails even while driving) 'In The End' and 'Talking To Myself'. Along with that, staying true to the show, the group also rocked out to other people's music, like Outkast's 'Hey Ya', the Red Hot Chili Pepper's 'Under the Bridge', Lynyrd Skynyrd's 'Sweet Home Alabama' and Aerosmith's 'I Don't Want to Miss a Thing' Apple Music Chester also revealed how he came up with his trademark scream, saying, “One day we're in the studio and we're working on a song and Mike was just like 'do you think you could just scream just like this thing' and I was just like 'rahhhhhhh' and he was like 'yeah can you just do that all the time.” © Apple Music After giving a quick tutorial on 'scringing', he even talked about how he was a leaf blower, earning just $4 an hour before he became the lead singer of the band. © Apple Music When asked whether he'd want any of his kids to go into the music industry, he said: "For me, I just want my kids to find something that they're passionate about. One of my kids loves sports, great, my daughters, they love music, they want to learn how to play instruments. I just want them to find whatever it is." Watch the whole video here:
  20. Opposition Leader Khursheed Shah while speaking to media on October 12, 2017. Photo: Geo News screen grab KARACHI: Opposition Leader Khursheed Shah advised the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairperson Imran Khan to appear before the Election Commission of Pakistan. While speaking to media on Thursday, the Pakistan Peoples Party leader remarked that Imran should avoid the embarrassment of being taken to the court by police officials. ?It is better for Imran to appear before the court himself and show that he respects the institutions,? added the opposition leader. Earlier in the day, the ECP had issued non-bailable arrest warrants of Imran in relation to a contempt of court case against him. Contempt of court: ECP issues non-bailable arrest warrants for Imran The ECP ordered that the PTI chief should be arrested and presented before it on October 26 The five-member ECP, bench headed by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice (retd) Sardar Raza Khan, heard the case. The ECP ordered the police to arrest Imran and present him before the commission on October 26. However, the PTI has said it will challenge the decision in the Islamabad High Court (IHC). Addressing the media, PTI's Babar Awan said the ECP has issued a non-bailable warrant in a case where a bailable warrant has already been dismissed by the IHC. Moreover, the petitioner in the case, Akbar Babar, said Imran challenges the authority of every institution that takes action against him. He said Imran cast aspersions against a constitutional body.
  21. ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's daughter, Maryam Nawaz, is appearing before an accountability court today with regards to a corruption reference against her and other Sharif family members. The accountability court, hearing corruption cases against the Sharif family, is also likely to fix a date for the indictment of the accused. Sources said around 1,000 police and Frontier Constabulary (FC) personnel have been deployed for securing the judicial complex where the hearing will take place. NAB arrests Captain (retd) Safdar from Islamabad airport Maryam Nawaz leaves the airport premises alone, Safdar whisked to NAB headquarters in Islamabad State Interior Minister Talal Chaudhry, Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb, CADD Minister Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, IT Minister Anusha Rehman, Senator Asif Kirmani and other senior PML-N officials are accompanying Maryam to the court. Officials of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) are also en route to the court along with Maryam's husband, MNA Capt (retd) Safdar, who was taken into custody last night. Sources said NAB officials escorted Safdar from the rear entrance of the NAB office in Islamabad as PML-N workers had gathered outside the main gate of the office. Maryam and her husband returned to Islamabad from London late Sunday night. Following their arrival, Safdar was arrested by NAB officials as the accountability court had issued non-bailable arrest warrants to ensure his presence in court. Maryam, Safdar to appear before accountability court today Around 1000 police, FC personnel will be deployed for security during the hearing A six-member NAB team waited outside Rawal Lounge of the airport for the arrest of Safdar, as the airport authorities stopped them from entering the lounge. Maryam, after having left the airport, arrived at the residence of Chaudhry Muneer - her daughter's father-in-law - in Islamabad's Sector F-6. Nawaz has been appearing before the court since it began its proceedings. However, at present Nawaz is in London to spend time with his wife, Kulsoom, who is undergoing treatment for lymphoma. It is unclear when the former premier will return. The court is yet to decide on his plea for exemption from appearance.
  22. Villagers stand with the python which attacked an Indonesia man nearly severing his arm. Photo: AFP PEKANBARU: A giant python attacked an Indonesian man, nearly severing his arm, before hungry villagers chopped up the reptile and ate it, a police chief said Wednesday. Security guard Robert Nababan crossed paths with the giant creature while patrolling an oil palm plantation in the remote Batang Gansal subdistrict of Sumatra island on Saturday. "The python was 7.8 metres long (25.6 feet), it was unbelievably huge," local police chief Sutarja, who like many Indonesians only has one name, told AFP. Sutarja said the 37-year-old Nababan, who sometimes liked to eat snake, tried to catch the giant python and stuff it in a gunny sack. But the huge serpent fought back and bit him on his left arm, nearly severing it from his body. Nababan was then rushed to a hospital in a neighbouring town for treatment. The police chief said the intervention of another security guard and several local residents, one of whom hit the snake with a log, helped to save the man´s life. Hungry locals later killed the snake and displayed its body in the village before dicing it up, frying it and feasting on it. Giant python, which regularly top 20 feet in length, are commonly found in Indonesia and the Philippines. In March, a 25-year-old Indonesian farmer has been discovered inside the belly of a giant python after the swollen snake was caught near where the man vanished while harvesting his crops on the eastern island of Sulawesi.
  23. The notorious leaker Evan Blast, is in action again and this time his attention is on the Pixel 2. Google is surrounded by a lot of leaks for the upcoming Pixel 2 launch and a new leak confirms that the Pixel 2 will have a massive near bezel-less screen. Based on the new leak we can confidently assume that the two smartphones are the final Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL as Glass has an impressive track record when it comes to leaks and rumours. The images are of extremely high-quality resolution, mostly used for press images and it reveals a lot of information that was unknown to us, previously. The Pixel 2 will have bezels on the top and will have a 5-inch display in a smaller body. The Pixel 2 XL will have a massive 6-inch display, an increase from the previous model. Google has also opted to re-design the home screen by putting the search bar at the bottom even though you can fire up Google Assistant by long-pressing the home screen. If you pay close attention to the Pixel 2 XL image, you might feel as if you have seen something similar before. The Pixel 2 XL is manufactured by LG and looks eerily similar to the LG V3. It has a similar 18:9 aspect ratio which translates into a smaller and narrower body. Previous leaks have also pointed towards the handset featuring dual stereo speakers which were one of the key missing features from the predecessor. In terms of specs, the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will have top of the line specifications that are already present in other 2017 flagship phones. Leaks suggest the two devices will sport Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 SoC and will be coupled with 4GB of RAM. There will two variants when it comes to storage options i.e. 64GB and 128GB. Both devices are said to have 12-megapixel cameras, however, it will lack the dual camera setup since stock Android still does not have support for dual-lens cameras. Google Pixel 2 XL, encased — Evan Blass (@evleaks) October 2, 2017 The Google Pixel had the highest rated camera on a smartphone in 2016 and it was thanks to exceptional image processing on the custom operating system. The Pixel 2 may not require a dual camera setup in order to achieve the same results as an iPhone 8 Plus or the Galaxy Note 8 simply because of the superior image processing power. The Pixel 2 is expected to go on sale on October 19th while the Pixel 2 XL is expected to be delayed until November 5th. Google is holding an event on Wednesday (October 4th) to announce the two Pixel smartphones and a bunch of their gadgets that might be of interest.
  24. Unless your mind still wanders in the mystical world of ‘Aladdin' where you fantasized about riding on some swanky flying carpet, everyone will agree that carpets are the most comfortable surface to walk on. But, what if we tell you that there is one carpet, which is making people lose their minds and forcing them to think twice and dread before taking each step. If our minds weren't already twisted enough to think straight, one branch of French retailer FNAC is making things tough for everyone with their bizarre carpet flooring. People went berserk when Australian YouTuber Muselk tweeted this picture saying the person who designed this floor is evil and we couldn't agree any more. Whoever designed this floor is evil. THATS A FLAT CARPET. — Muselk (@MrMuselk) 21 September 2017 At first glance, it will appear as if the carpet is hiding some huge potholes or craters beneath it. However, the surface is actually flat and is an optical illusion created by curvy lines and inspired by space-time continuum design. People weren't wrong when they said “There's more to it than what meets the eye”, and this statement stands true particularly in this carpet's case. And thanks to someone's ingenuity and creativity that we came across the most mind-numbing illusion of all time, making people question their own sanity. Here we go. Here's the FNAC carpet — WHS_Carpet (@WHS_Carpet) 15 September 2017 Well, some brave souls did try to walk on it and here's how it looked like. Thanks to them, our confusion got cleared to some extent. And another. Back of the net. — WHS_Carpet (@WHS_Carpet) September 15, 2017 Within no time, this picture broke the internet and people had some of the most hilarious things to say about it. There were some who stated how it will be hilarious to place the carpet in a bar or pub, just to confuse the people who are already tripping on drinks. Others went on to share their stints with optical illusion and how they like to mess things up for everyone else. Honestly, this is the most sadistic-factory thing to look at. Like our entrance floor made from tiles #sorrynotsorry ð — Duncan Cook (@DuncanCook10) 21 September 2017 Correct, here is the view back the other way @casaceramica — Duncan Cook (@DuncanCook10) September 22, 2017 I love that, though I'd probably have trouble walking on it. Puts me in mind of this little beauty: — hypno (@ccluster99) 21 September 2017 — The Nic 2017/18 (@CricketTragic58) September 21, 2017 I just keep picturing some kid throwing a skateboard on the floor and being totally bummed. — Jae (@RadicallySoft) September 23, 2017 — Devansh (@devansh1103) September 21, 2017 Think how fun it would be to put that rug in a bar ð — ðð Chellraiser â ð» (@MortarChelle) September 21, 2017 Plot twist: Fit this carpet over an uneven floor and watch people stepping carefully in all the wrong places — Sarah Pantry (@anigeluk) September 21, 2017 Honestly, we think whoever has created this carpet is more evil than Pennywise from Stephen King's ‘It'.
  25. [embed_video1 url= style=center] ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has reached Islamabad and is set to appear before an accountability court hearing three corruption references filed against him and his family. The accountability court had summoned Sharif, his children Maryam Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz, Hassan Nawaz, and son-in-law retired Captain Mohammad Safdar on Oct 2 (Monday) in references pertaining to Avenfield apartments, Azizia Steel Mills and offshore companies filed against them by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). Judge Mohammad Bashir will conduct the hearing, during which the former premier is expected to be indicted. In the last hearing, the ousted prime minister was provided copies of references against him. NAB references: Nawaz Sharif to be indicted on October 2 Around 1,500 security personnel were deployed to secure the route from Punjab House to Sector G-11, where the court is located, as well as the courts complex On September 26, the court had also issued bailable arrest warrants for Nawaz's daughter Maryam, sons Hussain and Hasan, and son-in-law Capt (retd) Safdar as they failed to appear it, despite two earlier summons. However, speaking to the media on Sunday, Sharif said his children would return from London and appear before the court once his wife's health improves. He made the remarks after visiting the grave of his father along with his brother Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif earlier today in Lahore. The former prime minister is also expected to hold consultations with his political and legal aides on various issues during his stay in Islamabad. Nawaz's appearance in court will follow the indictment of Finance Minister Ishaq Dar by the same judge last week in a reference pertaining to his owning 'assets beyond his known sources of income'. The references NAB had in total filed three references against the Sharif family and one against Dar in the accountability court, in light of the Supreme Court's orders in the Panama Papers case verdict of July 28. The anti-graft body was given six weeks, from the date of the apex court's order, to file the reference in an accountability court while the accountability court was granted six months to wrap up the proceedings. Children will appear in court once Kulsoom's health improves: Nawaz Former PM and Punjab CM visited the grave of their father in Lahore today The references against the Sharif family pertain to the Azizia Steel Mills, their London properties and over dozen offshore companies. NAB's Rawalpindi branch prepared references regarding the Azizia Steel Mills and the nearly dozen companies owned by the Sharif family. Its Lahore branch prepared a reference on the Sharif family's Avenfield apartments in London and another against Dar for owning assets beyond his known sources of income. If convicted, the accused may face up to 14 years imprisonment and lifelong disqualification from holding public office including the freezing of bank accounts and assets.