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  1. KARACHI: A fire erupted in a wood market in Orangi Town area of Karachi, early on Thursday, Geo News reported. No casualties have been reported, although items worth millions came under the wrath of the fire and were reduced to ashes.
  2. Liverpool continued their push towards the Premier League's top four after Mohamed Salah scored two superb goals in a 3-0 win over Southampton on Saturday and broke former striker Robbie Fowler's club record. The result left Liverpool fifth on 22 points from 12 games, one behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur and third-placed Manchester United who were at home to Newcastle later in the day. Juergen Klopp, who was taken to hospital after a health scare on Wednesday and returned to work on Thursday, was able to sit back with no jitters as a flawless Liverpool performance drew praise from their manager. "It was an open game, we had more chances before we scored," Klopp told the BBC. "We need to be patient in a lively way. "The first goal, wow, I have nothing to do with the goal and the second was a fantastic pass and Mo Salah makes great runs. We could have scored more but it was a perfect day for us." Salah became the first Liverpool player to score nine goals in his opening 12 league games, eclipsing Fowler's tally of eight, after two strikes in the first half. The Egypt forward capitalised when Southampton's Dusan Tadic lost possession in a dangerous area and curled a delightful effort past visiting keeper Fraser Foster to fire the home side ahead in the 31st minute. Ten minutes later, Salah tucked the ball home with plenty of composure after Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho, who also enjoyed a fine afternoon at Anfield, released him with a defence-splitting pass. With Southampton subdued, Coutinho made it 3-0 midway through the second half when he swept home a rebound after Foster parried a fierce Roberto Firmino shot into his path. Liverpool, who maintained their unbeaten run at Anfield in all competitions this season, missed several chances to win by a bigger margin as Southampton dropped to 14th place on 13 points, four above the relegation zone.
  3. Manchester City?s all-conquering season reached new peaks as Sergio Aguero became the club?s all-time top scorer with a decisive goal in a thrilling 4-2 victory at Napoli that secured their place in the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday. The Argentine struck his historic 178th goal for City, which took him past Eric Brook?s landmark, in the 69th minute to help to settle a magnificent contest between the English and Italian league leaders. Headed goals from City?s unlikely central defensive strike force of Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones either side of halftime had seen Pep Guardiola?s side overturn a 21st-minute lead deservedly given to the Serie A leaders by Lorenzo Insigne. Yet after Jorginho had equalised with a penalty just after the hour, Aguero?s predatory instinct ensured City were not to be denied in their bid to become the first English team to win a European match in Napoli?s forbidding San Paolo Stadium. Raheem Sterling sealed the triumph in injury time, leaving City, now unbeaten in 22 matches, on a perfect 12-point haul in Group F while Napoli face elimination on just three points in third place. The second clash between two sides who had started the game with 86 goals between them this season always promised to be hugely entertaining but City demonstrated both real quality and heart as they won for the second time in a fortnight against a team Guardiola rates one of the best in Europe. Napoli, after dominating the early stages, sliced apart City?s defence with the same slickness that Guardiola?s side have themselves been demonstrating all season in the Premier League. Insigne charged down the left flank, took out two defenders by forging a swift one-two with Mertens and beat Ederson expertly from close range. It was the first time in 13 matches that City had gone behind but after being a distant second best for the first half-hour, they finally clicked into gear. Aguero came close to the record-breaking goal but soon after, in the 34th minute, Otamendi muscled in at the far post to head home Ilkay Gundogan?s pinpoint cross from the right. With momentum having changed completely, Stones headed against the bar from some distance and three minutes after the break another rocketed header struck the underside of the bar with goal-line technology confirming it had crossed the line. Napoli were far from finished as Insigne hit the woodwork himself with a fine strike and when Leroy Sane brought down Raul Albiol, Jorginho converted coolly from the spot. The defining passages of play saw Ederson make a wonderful save from Jose Callejon before a lightning break from Sane ended with the ball falling to the sharp Aguero, who finished magnificently. As the game continued to throb from end to end, the final word went to Sterling who struck from close range after being freed by the brilliant Kevin de Bruyne. It ensured City?s qualification for the knockout stages for the fifth season in succession.
  4. For any team to succeed in international cricket, there needs to be a good understanding and rapport between its captain and the head of its cricket board. The history of Indian cricket has been witness to such relationships in the past where Sourav Ganguly's partnership with Jagmohan Dalmiya stands out amongst the rest. Similarly, during MS Dhoni's reign as Team India captain, a similar partnership surfaced between the Jharkhand cricketer and then Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief N Srinivasan. While Dhoni himself has had a relatively controversy-free career so far, his relationship with Srinivasan didn't go as others would have expected. At the helm of the 2013 IPL spot-fixing case, the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain was accused of lying to a Supreme Court-appointed probe panel in a bid to allegedly defend Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan. It was a time when Dhoni also held the position of a vide-president in India Cements - a company owned by Srinivasan. BCCL But, while several conspiracy theories came to the fore, Dhoni, himself, never gave a clarification, nor he let it affect his game. But, after more than four years, the former Indian captain has finally broken his silence on the issue and presented his side of the story. Dhoni's side of the story has now been published in a book written by Rajdeep Sardesai. The book, titled Democracy's XI, reveals how Dhoni and Srinivasan really think about each other. “Let me tell you, it is an absolute lie that I told a probe panel that Meiyappan was only a cricket enthusiast, all I said is he had nothing to do with the team's on-field cricketing decisions. I can't even pronounce the word 'enthusiast',” Dhoni is quoted as saying in an excerpt published by ESPNcricinfo. “I really don't care what people say, I found Srinivasan as someone who was always there to help cricketers,” Dhoni further adds. Twitter Apart from Dhoni, Srinivasan also made interesting revelations in the book, including that of saving Dhoni from being removed as captain after India's disastrous tours of England and Australia in 2012. "Yes, it is true that I vetoed the decision to drop Dhoni as captain. How can you drop someone as captain within a year of his lifting the World Cup?" the former BCCI president claimed. Despite all the speculations, Dhoni and Srinivasan continue to share a healthy relationship. Dhoni has been seen dropping by the Srinivasan residence whenever Team India plays in Chennai. He was also seen at the opening ceremony of the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) - a brainchild of Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) headed by Srinivasan.
  5. NEW YORK: It is 5 pm, otherwise known as rush hour in Manhattan. Julia Lyons, 31, finishes work and heads straight for her daily dose of peace and quiet -- half an hour at meditation studio "Mndfl." Since April 2016, when she discovered the then-brand-new studio, the investment bank employee has abandoned yoga and embraced meditation. "I have been meditating pretty regularly -- probably five times a week, 30-minute sessions," says Lyons, sipping a cup of tea on the studio´s sofa. "I just need a moment to chill out. This city -- you are always running place to place and there are not a lot of quiet spaces," she explains. "I think it´s made me a lot happier and also just helped me make better decisions, more thoughtful decisions." Practiced by millions around the world, meditation promotes mental wellbeing through concentration, breathing techniques and self-awareness. For a long time, those singing its praises were intellectuals, celebrities or people dedicated to spirituality. Its popularity in the West is owed in part to the Beatles, who promoted the practice on their return from India in the late 1960s. But these days, meditation can be found in all areas of life -- from hospitals exploring its benefits for patients with serious illnesses to schools who recommend it for children and television shows. The craze is a result of many factors -- waning attendance at places of worship, lives spent submerged in smartphones, not to mention neuroscientists´ confirmation of the benefits. As a result, demand is spreading across American cities -- perhaps a natural continuation of the yoga craze, which firmly embedded the search for nirvana in the health and wellbeing industry. $10 for half an hour Lodro Rinzler, Mndfl´s 34-year-old "chief spiritual officer," opened his first studio in Greenwich Village at the end of 2015, and now owns two others in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Elsewhere in the US, studios can be found in Los Angeles, Miami, Washington and Boston. Introduced to meditation as a child by his parents, who converted to Buddhism in the 1970s, he says business "is going well." "The people who come here are really a cross-section of all New Yorkers," he explains. "If the common denominator is, ´I am really stressed out, I need to know how to deal with my mind´ -- that´s basically everyone." Rinzler refuses to talk money, revealing only that classes are often full -- and the 75 numbered pads in his studios have been reserved online 70,000 times in just 18 months. The reason for success? A model offering a well-rounded introduction to this ancient practice for a reasonable price. For years, Rinzler explains, Buddhist centres only offered long introductions -- sessions of several hours, or even seminars lasting a number of days and costing up to several thousand dollars. With classes priced at just $10 for half an hour and options for unlimited subscriptions, new studios in New York or Los Angeles hope to capture a wider audience. Their model is similar to gyms, but with "zen" in abundance -- including dimmed lights, plant walls, and unlimited organic tea. CEOs join, employees follow Companies are also reaping meditation´s benefits. More and more organizations in Silicon Valley and other sectors are introducing employees to the practice, convinced of the long-term benefits for the workforce. Emily Fletcher, an ex-actress who has taught meditation since 2012, launched a special program for companies 18 months ago. Starting from 150 students in the first year, she now has over 7,000 -- and hopes to reach tens of thousands more with online courses, including in medium-sized cities such as Cleveland, Ohio or Tallahassee, Florida. "The most common way that I find myself teaching at companies is I teach the CEOs to meditate, and they start to benefit and they bring me on to do a talk with the company," Fletcher, CEO of Ziva Meditation, says. Employees take part on a voluntary basis, mostly "for some selfish reasons," the 38-year-old explains. "Either they want to speak better, please their boss, want to make more money or have better ***..." But Fletcher insists she has no issue with people starting out of self-interest. "If you actually practice you will start enjoying your life more, your brain will function better, your body will feel better, you get sick less often," she says. "Those altruistic things will happen as a result of the practice anyway." Mobile meditation Another aspect of the industry gaining traction is meditation apps. One of the most popular, Headspace, had already been downloaded more than 11 million times in the spring -- and boasts over 400,000 paying users. But meditation´s newfound popularity is of such high intensity, neither Rinzler nor Fletcher is concerned about competing studios popping up over time. "I am sure they are going to be exactly like yoga studios, you are going to find them on every block..." Rinzler predicts. "If you look at it as a business, there is competition," Fletcher reflects, adding, "if you see it as a mission, there are colleagues." "There are not too many teachers when it comes to teaching four billion people in my lifetime!"
  6. Yasir Shah broke a solid opening stand, Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Dubai, 1st day, October 6, 2017/AFP DUBAI: Leg-spinner Yasir Shah struck early to claim his third wicket and break the long-standing Sri Lanka partnership in the opening session of second day of the day-night Test in Dubai. Yasir removed skipper Dinesh Chandimal for 62, leaving Sri Lanka four wickets down at 282 and delivering Pakistan some relief after a frustrating first day of Test. Sri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne compiled a brilliant century to put Sri Lanka in a commanding position at 254-3 on the opening day of the second Test on Friday. The left-hander was unbeaten on 133 at stumps, adding 118 for an unbroken fourth-wicket stand with skipper Dinesh Chandimal after Sri Lanka won the toss and batted on a flat Dubai Stadium pitch. Second Test: Karunaratne puts Sri Lanka in strong position Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bat against Pakistan in Dubai Karunaratne batted with authority and style to reach his seventh Test hundred off 197 balls, hitting Mohammad Amir for two consecutive boundaries to complete three figures. Pakistan, who have never lost a Test series in the United Arab Emirates, also wasted both their reviews off the second new ball to cap a woeful day for them yesterday. Chandimal's team will look to become the first to win a Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, whereas for Pakistan, it is a must-win encounter to save the series.
  7. Rangana Herath led Sri Lanka to a thrilling victory with a six-wicket haul/Getty Images ABU DHABI: Wily left-arm spinner Rangana Herath was left delighted as he joined the 400-wicket club with a six-wicket haul that helped Sri Lanka to a narrow 21-run win over Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Monday. The 39-year-old finished with 6-43 -- 11-136 in the match -- to help Sri Lanka dismiss Pakistan for 114 after they were set a target of 136 to win on the fifth and final day at Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Herath´s dismissal of last batsman Mohammad Abbas was his 400th wicket in his 84th Test, becoming the 14th most successful bowler and fifth spinner in the five-day format to reach the milestone. He also completed 100 wickets against Pakistan in 20 Tests when he took the fifth wicket. He is the first bowler to take a century of wickets against Pakistan, beating Indian paceman Kapil Dev who fell one short with 99. Herath was delighted at reaching the milestone. "I´m so happy with the remarkable achievement of 400 wickets," said Herath after the match. "All credit should go to the people behind me, from my parents to the team and the supporting staff." Herath, who took 5-93 in Pakistan´s first innings of 422, admitted there was help from the pitch on which 16 wickets fell on the last day. "There was some assistance from the surface. There was something for the spinners so I got this success," he said. Herath took 23 wickets against Pakistan in 2014 -- a world record in a two-match series, and he said he had no clue why he was continually so successful against the nation. "I have no idea. I´ve played nearly 20 Tests, maybe that´s why," he said. He is the second Sri Lankan to take 400 or more wickets behind Muttiah Muralitharan who is the highest wicket taker in all Test cricket with 800. He also became the fourth fastest to the milestone behind Muralitharan (72 Tests), New Zealand´s Richard Hadlee (80 Tests) and South Africa Dale Steyn (80 Tests). The second Test -- a day night affair -- will start in Dubai from Friday.
  8. Moeen Ali's late dart got England ahead of the DLS, England v West Indies, 4th ODI, The Oval, September 27, 2017/Getty Images LONDON: Moeen Ali again proved England´s hero with the bat as they beat West Indies by six runs in a rain-marred fourth one-day international at The Oval to go an unbeatable 3-0 up with one to play in the series. England, without Ben Stokes after he was dropped following his arrest, were on course for defeat at 181 for five chasing 357 to win. But Ali, fresh from his match-winning century in the third ODI at Bristol on Sunday, made an unbeaten 48 off 25 balls including six fours and two sixes. Together with Jos Buttler (43 not out), he added 77 in eight overs. England were ahead under D/L when rain stopped play with their score on 258 for five off 35.1 overs Yet the match might have been beyond them had Evin Lewis, who made a stunning 176, not retired hurt in the 47th over after deflecting a Jake Ball delivery onto his right ankle. It was later announced that man-of-the-match Lewis, who had to be wheeled off the field on a stretcher and went to hospital without fielding, had suffered a hairline fracture that would sideline him for at least two weeks. Defeat was also tough on West Indies paceman Alzarri Joseph, who took all of England´s wickets during an ODI best haul of five for 56. ´Unfortunate´ "Evin set the tone for us up front," said West Indies captain Jason Holder. "Unfortunately he was unable to bat in the last few overs. "It´s not often one guy scores 170, another gets five wickets and you lose the game." Lewis´s innings, which surpassed his previous ODI hundred of 148 against Sri Lanka in Bulawayo in November last year, was the cornerstone of West Indies´ 356 for five. He was eyeing a double century until his freak injury left him writhing in agony. The 25-year-old Trinidad left-hander remained unbeaten, having faced 130 balls including 17 fours and seven sixes. His innings was the fourth highest in ODIs by a West Indies batsman. The Windies had slumped to 33 for three following Chris Woakes´s treble strike that included the fourth ball exit of Lewis´s fellow left-handed opener Chris Gayle who made a dashing 94 in Bristol. This match took place just hours after England unveiled their Ashes squad. They knew they would be without all-rounder Stokes -- included in the Ashes party and retained as Test vice-captain -- after his arrest in the early hours of Monday morning. Stokes, who has a broken finger, remains under investigation after being released without charge. Victorious England captain Eoin Morgan told reporters there might need to be a re-think regarding nights out. "We´ve always policed it ourselves, (but) it´s something we´re going to look into -- in light of what´s happened -- because we need to look after each other as a team," he said. As for the match, Morgan said: "Evin Lewis played well. We were up against it, but it was an extremely confident innings (from Ali)." Lewis completed a chanceless century, off 94 balls. Often billed as Gayle´s heir apparent, Lewis -- a far shorter and less muscular batsman -- hit two sixes in as many balls off fast bowler Liam Plunkett, the second a magnificent straight drive. He was missed on 122 when Jason Roy, running back from cover, dropped a tough chance. Roy, only recalled after fellow opener Alex Hales was omitted together with Stokes after the pair were out late prior to the latter´s arrest, cashed in with 84 on his Surrey home ground. His 66-ball innings ended when he was caught behind off Joseph to end an opening stand of 126 with Jonny Bairstow (39), who fell in similar fashion. West Indies must have thought it was their night when Joseph took his fifth wicket via a diving slip catch by Gayle, not renowned for his athleticism, that dismissed Sam Billings. But Ali and Buttler, together with the London weather, combined to give England a 15th win in 16 completed ODIs against West Indies.
  9. Until last month, every time someone made plans for a horror movie, there were a handful of options to pick from like ‘The Exorcist', ‘The Conjuring', ‘The Ring' or ‘The Sinister'. But after September 8, our choices changed and how. Now we just cannot look past the movie adaptation of Stephen King's ‘It' and it seems we are not the only ones affected by the movie's charm. Within first few days of its release, this movie and its scariest yet beloved clown ‘Pennywise' has stirred up quite a storm globally and majorly in their home country. People lost their sh*t over an evil clown who loves to feast on innocent children and there are obviously no points for guessing that this movie is hands down one of the biggest blockbusters of this year. © New Line Cinema Having said that, it seems this Pennywise's terror or should we say charm isn't going to die down anytime soon, as the movie has now become the highest grossing horror movie ever, exceeding ‘The Exorcist', on the domestic level. It took one devilish clown and Stephen King's mind-numbing imagination to break the latter's 44-year-old record of being the highest grossing horror movie domestically. ‘It' has reportedly minted $236.3 million as the US box-office within the first few days of release, easily beating ‘The Exorcist' that garnered $232.9 million. However, this achievement is just a small step as the 1973 release ‘The Exorcist' still rules at the top position of being the highest grosser globally at $441.3 million, while ‘It' is at $404.3 million. © New Line Cinema Pick up any of Stephen King's novels, and you know that you are in for some spine-chilling and gruesomely fascinating read. Well, their adaptations only get better and we are thankful to all the directors for keeping the mystery and charm intact. Talking about the movie and Pennywise in particular, we think there couldn't have been a better choice than Bill Skarsgard, who did a fabulous job in reintroducing us to coulrophobia all over again. The movie is directed by Andrés Muschietti. Given the gigantic tremors of fear that people felt after watching the movie, the makers are now gearing up for a sequel, which will only get scarier from here on. As for the smashing record-breaking performance, can you hear confetti being thrown and wine glasses clinked at Pennywise's sewer? Well, we surely can hear the party beats and who knows this might be one of his sinister plans to pull us into his charm. Source: Variety
  10. England´s selectors now face an anxious wait to discover the extent of Hameed´s injury LONDON: Haseeb Hameed, a contender for England´s Ashes tour to Australia, suffered a fractured finger batting for Lancashire against Middlesex at Lord´s on Thursday. "We can confirm that @LancsCCC opener Haseeb Hameed has fractured a finger on his right hand at Lord´s," said a statement on Lancashire´s Twitter feed after close of play in their County Championship match. The opener retired hurt after being struck on the glove by James Harris on the third day of the First Division match. Hameed´s injury came just two days after Middlesex seamer Toby Roland-Jones, a likely candidate for a place in the Ashes squad, suffered a lower back problem requiring scans to discover the full extent of the damage. The 20-year-old Hameed had to fly home early from England´s tour of India late last year for an operation on a broken left hand. He has yet to add to the three Test caps he won in India following a poor start to the domestic county season. But with England still having several doubts over top order positions, Hameed has been touted to be included in the Ashes-holders´ squad for a five-Test series starting in November. Thursday saw Hameed resume his innings in a bid to stave off defeat but he was left not out as Middlesex completed a 36-run win with England paceman Steven Finn taking 8-79. Victory boosts the champions´ hopes of retaining their place among the elite -- a win over fellow relegation rivals Somerset, who finished runners-up last season, would ensure their survival. "With only three bowlers it was important we all stood up," said Finn, a member of three previous Ashes-winning sides. "We stuck to our plans and that paid dividends. "It was a big game for the club. We came into it really needing the points. And it was about time I did something for the boys this season. I felt I bowled pretty consistently." England´s selectors now face an anxious wait to discover the extent of Hameed´s injury, with the Ashes squad due to be announced next week.
  11. ISLAMABAD: Firefighters are battling a blaze that erupted inside the building of the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) in the capital. Sources said the fire erupted in the upper floors of the six-storey building. At least three fire tenders are on site and attempting to douse the flames, according to rescue officials. Sources said the fire was reportedly caused by short-circuiting. The ETPB building is located in the capital?s Red Zone, close to other important government buildings and a five-star hotel. This is a developing story and will be updated as reports come in.
  12. This picture ? taken on September 5, 2017 ? shows singer Jake Zyrus, formerly known as Glee star Charice Pempengco, singing during an interview with AFP prior to a press conference in Manila. AFP/Ted Aljibe MANILA: With a wisp of a moustache and an increasingly confident tenor, Philippine singer Jake Zyrus proudly talks about being a different person from his former self, global teenage music sensation Charice Pempengco. Before revealing his transgender identity in June, Zyrus was the pride of the mainly Catholic nation, a diminutive girl belting out ballads on the US television series Glee and duetting with Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli. But Zyrus, now 25, said Charice's success never felt right prompting him to make a rare, courageous move in the conservative society by announcing he was a man. "I felt like I had a wall. I could not express what I wanted to say, what I wanted to show. I could not show who I really was," Zyrus told AFP in an interview ahead of his first concert slated for next month. "A lot of young people will kill for all those achievements. I was happy with the achievements but I was not happy with who I was. Now I feel so light." In a nation where same-*** marriage and divorce are outlawed, Zyrus admits his journey from the pigtailed girl in a dress to a man was a long and painful one. He has been in the public eye since rising from poverty to becoming a YouTube star whose covers of pop hits landed him on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, the Oprah Winfrey Show, Barack Obama's pre-US presidential inauguration galas, and Oscars parties. Zyrus first came out as a lesbian in 2013, a statement he now calls a "lie". "I thought that would be enough. For us here, you were either lesbian or gay. I was afraid that if I explained who I really was, people would not understand," he said. 'Not illness' The decision to announce his transgender name on social media drew praise ? but also ridicule. "(It) is a very empowering image especially for individuals who are 'closeted,'" Anastacio Marasigan, executive director of LGBT rights group TLF Share, told AFP. A popular Filipino television presenter laughingly compared the gender transition to "climate change", while the local edition of Esquire magazine was forced to issue a public apology after mocking Zyrus' name. "I was still a child, that was already my dream," Zyrus said, adding *** reassignment surgery was another goal. "This is the first time I decided it did not matter whatever negative things other people say because this time what mattered to me ? my priority ? was myself." However, Zyrus, who started out by joining singing contests to help his single mother, had struggled to find acceptance from his estranged family who he said was deeply influenced by their Catholic faith. The star said he attempted suicide three times because of his family's reaction to his decision. "I know someday they will understand that I am not doing this to ride on a fad, because I am being stupid or because I have an incurable disease," Zyrus said. He added, "It's because simply this is who I am." Golden voice Zyrus has turned to a support system composed of fans, friends, and mentors including Canadian producer David Foster and Winfrey. "Even before we did the interview, she said, 'You know I am so proud of you,'" Zyrus said. Zyrus is attempting to start his own career despite criticism that his gender transition destroyed the voice that made him the first Asian solo singer to land a top 10 spot on the Billboard 200 albums with 2010's Charice. "I feel silly if I compare myself to her," Zyrus said, adding he views Charice as a sister. "People just said Charice had a golden voice because she hit high notes. It's more than that. For me, the real golden voice is when you hear a person singing, you feel it. It's from the heart." Zyrus says he is focused on introducing himself to a Philippine audience but dreams of having an international following. He admits it will be tough without the looks and height other male singers bank on. But he insists his message is not just for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. He explained: "It's not just about you coming out. It's more than that. It's about your confidence in your self, the strength, the pain, the struggle."
  13. The news of the unveiling of Lucknow's metro line got everyone quite excited, obviously. The express service has proved to be quite beneficial in improving transportation in cities like Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore. So, it was time Lucknow also followed suit. The inauguration of the metro line was yesterday, and it was most definitely a big deal. Transport Nagar to Charbagh Lucknow Metro line inaugurated in presence of UP Governor, CM Adityanath and HM Rajnath Singh — ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) September 5, 2017 Yesterday, UP Governor Ram Naik, CM Yogi Adityanath and Home Minister Rajnath Singh also enjoyed the maiden ride of the metro, which will run from Transport Nagar to Charbagh. Enjoyed my maiden ride in Lucknow Metro today. Now Lucknow will also be known as 'Metro Ka Shahar'. Thank you E Sreedharan ji & Team LMRC — Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) September 5, 2017 But, trouble came a little too early. On the first day only, the Lucknow Metro Service was temporarily stopped because of some technical glitch. Lucknow Metro Rail service temporarily stopped near Alambagh station due to technical glitches, on its first public run. — ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) September 6, 2017 More than 100 passengers boarded the metro for the first public ride, but it went horribly wrong. The metro came to a sudden stop, with all the passengers stuck inside the coaches without any light and air-conditioning for over an hour. A press release on the incident from the Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation stated: “Around 7.15 am, the metro train that was on its way from Charbagh to Transport Nagar developed a technical snag. The Emergency Brakes (EB) were applied in the train when the train was travelling between Durgapuri and Mawaiya Metro stations.” People on Twitter can't believe that this is how the metro's first ride went, and are obviously cracking jokes about the whole thing. Paan kha kar kisi ne metro rail control system ke. Control cabinet pe thoonk diya hoga — Amit Dubey (@iAmitDubey_) September 6, 2017 I can't stop laughing... Jaisa raja waisi praja waisa system — Deepak Mishra (@DeepakmishraIND) September 6, 2017 पहलॠहॠदिन ? ððð — Nitesh pandey (@niteshpandey28) September 6, 2017 Fastest it completed, quickest it stops — JEEVAN T BHATIA (@JeevanBhatia) September 6, 2017 Dis can happen only in india...btw nyc udghatn — Hermit (@Amitkala47) September 6, 2017
  14. DAMASCUS: Syria's army broke a years-long Daesh siege on the government enclave of Deir Ezzor city on Tuesday, entering into a military base, state media said. "The Syrian Arab Army has advanced on the Brigade 137 base front on the western side of Deir Ezzor city and broken the siege imposed by the Daesh organisation," state news agency SANA said. Syrian government troops and allied fighters, backed by Russian air support, have been advancing for weeks towards Deir Ezzor city, capital of oil-rich Deir Ezzor province, which borders Iraq. Government forces and tens of thousands of civilians in the city have been trapped under Daesh siege for over two years, facing severe food and medical shortages. Early this year, the government-held parts of the city were cut in two by an Daesh offensive. The army´s advance to the Brigade 137 base Tuesday breaks the siege on the northern part of the city, to which it is connected by a road. But a southern government-held section, including the key military airport, remains surrounded. Government forces are heading towards the southern sector, however, and are currently around 15 kilometres away, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor. Around 100,000 people are believed to be inside government-held areas of Deir Ezzor, with perhaps 10,000 more in parts of the city held by IS. Earlier Tuesday, a local journalist inside the government-held northern part of Deir Ezzor reported the sound of fierce clashes and heavy artillery as the army approached. He said the national flag had been raised throughout the area in anticipation of celebrations upon the arrival of government soldiers. Some residents, who have faced shortages of food and medicine throughout the siege, had begun greeting each other with "Good morning of victory," he added.
  15. FAISALABAD: A fire erupted in a power loom factory in the industrial town of Faisalabad on Sunday, Geo News reported. Rescue workers said the blaze caused the roof of the factory to collapse. In Karachi, a fire had broken out late Thursday night at a shoe factory in SITE area which was doused after 17 hours. Karachi shoe factory fire doused after 17 hours Fire tenders have been busy extinguishing the inferno A few workers in the factory had allegedly set fire to a chemical drum? leading to the blaze?following an altercation with the accounts department over payment of salary, Chief Fire Officer Tehseen Siddiqui claimed. This is a breaking story and will be updated as reports come in.
  16. A huge fire that broke out at an apartment complex in London's west side area late Saturday night is now under control, London Fire Brigade said. Over 60 firefighters were engaged in the attempt to douse the blaze, which took place in Bayswater's Kensington Gardens Square. London Fire Brigade responded to the call at around 6:50 PM (local time), it said, adding that more than eight fire tenders were deployed in the process. Two flats in the apartment complex were seriously damaged, officials explained. ?This was a challenging fire and crews worked hard to contain it and to stop it from spreading further than the two affected flats," Nick Saunders ? the station manager present at the scene ? said, according to British tabloid The Sun. Saunders added, as per the publication, that ?a turntable ladder was also used to fight the fire?. No casualties were reported.
  17. US actor Tom Cruise arrives for the world premiere of 'Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation' in front of the State Opera House in Vienna, Austria, July 23, 2015. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/Files Tom Cruise broke his ankle while performing a stunt on the set of the upcoming Mission: Impossible 6, causing production on the film to go on hiatus while the actor recovers, Paramount Pictures said in a statement on Wednesday. Paramount ? a unit of Viacom ? said the action movie, which is one of it biggest franchises, remains on schedule to open on July 27, 2018. The 55-year-old Cruise, who is known for doing his own stunts, was seen in a video on celebrity news website TMZ trying to jump between the roofs of two high-rise buildings and landing hard against a wall during filming in London at the weekend. He was later seen limping off the set. "During production on the latest Mission: Impossible film, Tom Cruise broke his ankle while performing a stunt. Production will go on hiatus while Tom makes a full recovery," Paramount said. "Tom wants to thank you all for your concern and support and can't wait to share the film with everyone next summer," it added. Paramount did not say how long production would be delayed. Hollywood trade paper Variety said filming could be halted anywhere from six weeks to three months while Cruise recovers. Variety said the actor also injured his hip. Mission: Impossible ? Rogue Nation, in which Cruise reprised his role as agent Ethan Hunt, made more than $680 million at the worldwide box office in 2015, according to movie tracker Cruise has carved a career as one of Hollywood's top-earning and longest-running action stars, much of it built on his reputation for doing his own stunts, including swinging around a Dubai skyscraper and hanging off a plane as it taxied down a runway and took off. "I just don't sleep, I just keep going," he told Reuters in 2015 while promoting Mission: Impossible ? Rogue Nation. Mission: Impossible 6 director Christopher McQuarrie told Britain's Empire magazine in an interview posted on Wednesday that the production schedule would be rearranged to shoot around Cruise while he recovers. McQuarrie said he did not know how long the immediate hiatus would be and said there are still seven or eight weeks left of filming.
  18. <p><iframe width="480" height="360" title="YouTube video player" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> </iframe></p><p class="MsoNormal">Have you ever met someone who has looked at you once and judged you about a 1000 times over? Well, we are pretty sure you have! Each one of us has come across those so-called societal people who are quick to judge our lifestyle, be it us partying with friends all night long or just being in a relationship. Judge all they may, but some are too keen to share their wisdom (like you haven't heard enough of that already!). From tips on how to become a good married family guy to how to financially settle down with a respectable job, boys have heard it all. The society has been stereotyping everyone without a second thought. But who are these people to tell anyone when to sleep, who to sleep with, where to work, what to wear or how to look?</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Addressing all these and many more societal barriers that boggle us, Macroman M-Series got on board Bollywood's poster boy, Ranbir Kapoor to speak about living openly - doing what you want to and living without the worry of what people will think or say about you. From being judged about his live-in relationships to being blamed for his break up, Ranbir has braved the societal intrusion all along. In this new video for Macroman M-Series, Ranbir hits out at all those who question his lifestyle, his relationships, and his choices. He makes a strong case for the Macroman M-Series ideology - Live Open. We can't help but agree with him, after all, it is our life and only we can choose how to live it. What do you think?</p>
  19. Mithali Raj in action during Women's World Cup/Getty Images LONDON: Indian cricket captain Mithali Raj broke the record for runs in women´s ODIs, taking her total to 6,028 after hitting 69 in the World Cup match against Australia on Wednesday. The 34-year-old -- who made her debut back in 1999 and averages a superb 51.52 after 183 ODI appearances for her country -- surpassed retired England legend Charlotte Edwards? total of 5,992. "I don´t think Mitahli Raj gets the credit she deserves at times," said Edwards. "She is a quality player. The big hitters get the plaudits, but to average over 50 in ODI cricket is an outstanding achievement." Raj´s Indian male counterpart Virat Kohli also chipped in with his congratulations. "A great moment for Indian Cricket, M_Raj03 becomes the highest run scorer in Women´s ODI Cricket History today. Champions Stuff!" tweeted Kohli. Felicitations also poured in from cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar. "Congratulations, @M_Raj03! Becoming the highest run scorer in Women's ODIs is a huge achievement. Also, superb knock today!"
  20. The crack in the Larsen C ice shelf that resulted in the new iceberg/John Sonntag, NASA via PARIS: A trillion-tonne iceberg, one of the largest ever recorded, has snapped off the West Antarctic ice shelf, scientists who have monitored the growing crack for years said on Wednesday. "The calving occurred sometime between Monday, July 10 and Wednesday, July 12, when a 5,800-square kilometre (2,200-square mile) section of Larsen C (ice shelf) finally broke away," the Swansea University said in a statement. The massive ice cube, larger than the US state of Delaware, has a volume twice that of Lake Erie, one of the Great Lakes. It is about 350 metres (1,100 feet) thick. "The iceberg weighs more than a trillion tonnes, but it was already floating before it calved away so has no immediate impact on sea level," the team said. It will likely be named A68. With the calving, the Larsen C ice shelf lost more than 12 percent of its total surface area. Icebergs calving from Antarctica are a regular occurrence. But given its enormous size, the latest berg will be closely watched as it travels, for any potential risk to shipping traffic. The calving may have heightened the risk of the remaining ice shelf disintegrating, the Swansea team said. Ice shelves float on the sea, extending from the coast, and are fed by slow-flowing glaciers from the land. They act as giant brakes, preventing glaciers from flowing directly into the ocean. If the glaciers held in check by Larsen C spilt into the Antarctic Ocean, it would lift the global water mark by about 10 centimetres (four inches), researchers have said. The calving of ice shelves occurs naturally, though global warming is believed to have accelerated the process. Warmer ocean water erodes the underbelly of the ice shelves, while rising air temperatures weaken them from above. The nearby Larsen A ice shelf collapsed in 1995, and Larsen B dramatically broke up seven years later. The final break was detected by a NASA satellite. "We will continue to monitor both the impact of this calving event on the Larsen C ice shelf and the fate of this huge iceberg," said lead investigator Adrian Luckman of the university´s MIDAS project. The fate of the berg is hard to predict. It may stay in one piece, but could also break into fragments. "Some of the ice may remain in the area for decades, while parts of the iceberg may drift north into warmer waters," said Luckman. The team said the calving at the iceberg cannot be directly placed at the door of global warming, describing it as a "natural event". Human actions have lifted average global air temperatures by about one degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) since pre-industrial levels, according to scientists. Antarctica is one of the world´s fastest-warming regions.
  21. Pakistan?s historic win over India in Champions Trophy finale has not only lifted the team to number six position but also boosted the rankings of the young match-winning heroes. Bowling superstar Hasan Ali, who took home the Golden Ball award for the most wickets (13) in the tournament, has catapulted to number seven spot in the latest ICC ODI bowlers rankings. The 23-year-old pacer, who was also named Player of the Tournament, jumped 12 positions to reach the seventh spot. Batting sensation Fakhar Zaman, who thrashed Indian bowling with his quickfire hundred in the finale, has broken into the Top 100 batsmen for the first time after just four ODIs to his name. Fakhar?s Player of the Match effort of 114 in the final and 57 in the semifinal helped him gain 58 positions to reach 97th rank. Mohammad Amir, whose pace and swing overpowered Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan and broke the back of Indian batting, has climbed 16 slots to reach 21st place, while Junaid Khan has moved up nine places to 47th position. Babar Azam has reached a career-best fifth position after moving up three positions with scores of 46 in the final and 30 not out in the semifinal. Mohammad Hafeez has gained two slots to reach 20th rank while opener Azhar Ali has moved up 11 slots to 31st position. Read the complete rankings here.
  22. Photo from Indian media shows disgruntled fans breaking their TV sets in anger. It appears that some Indian citizens have taken their national cricket team's defeat against Pakistan a little too hard. Shocked silence reverberated across New Delhi on Sunday night following the historic upset by Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final at The Oval in London. Delhi's streets were all but deserted after the game ended with fans storming out of public screenings after Hardik Pandya?s 76-run blitz ended with India staring down the barrel at 152-7. "I am shocked... we thought we would have them for dinner, but it has turned the other way," Amit Sharma told news agency AFP at Delhi's Connaught Place. Rishi Kapoor ?concedes?, congratulates Pakistan on victory ?Yes Pakistan, you have defeated us. Well played, outplayed us in all departments! "We had planned big celebrations for what seemed like a sure shot victory for us with the way we were playing and also how Pakistan had just scraped into the final," Sharma added. Disgruntled Indian fans quietly walked away from open air screenings in disbelief. While some fireworks were ignited at the National Stadium near India Gate, Sanjay, a disappointed fan, said they were "fireworks of anger". "A loss against Pakistan is always a bitter pill to swallow. But you have to applaud their brand of cricket and their comeback in this tournament after being crushed by India," Raju Verma, an auto driver, said. Disappointed fans break TV sets in anger Some heart-broken Indian fans responded with anger. India media showed one emotional fan crying as he spoke to journalists after India's defeat at the hand of the Green Shirts. Photos showed others breaking their television sets in anger on the streets of Delhi. The rather extreme reaction, ironically, came after Indian sports journalist Vikrant Gupta claimed that if India loses the match against Pakistan, "at least nobody in India would react by breaking TV sets in anger". Gupta's claim was a jab at emotional Pakistani cricket fans, some of whom have in the past reacted to Pakistan's defeat against India in a similar manner. Photo from Indian media shows disgruntled fans breaking their TV sets in anger. Meanwhile, residents of Indian Occupied Kashmir celebrated Pakistan's victory over their arch-rivals with defiant pro-Pakistan chants and fireworks. Young men gathered in mass at TV shops across Srinagar as Pakistan belied expectations to thrash Virat Kohli's team by 180 runs at the Oval. This is how Indian Occupied Kashmir reacted to Pakistan's victory in Champions Trophy 2017 Pakistan's win against arch-rivals brings fireworks, 'early Eid' to Indian occupied Valley Muslims in Indian Occupied Kashmir took to the streets after the win waving Pakistani flags and chanting "Jive Jive Pakistan (long live Pakistan)" as fireworks exploded over Srinagar's skies. "This is the moment we were waiting for... It is a dream come true," a Kashmiri youth shouted in support of the Sarfraz Ahmed-led Pakistan team. "Winning this trophy apart, I am celebrating my political sentiment as well," Amir, who gave only his first name, told AFP outside the grand mosque in Srinagar's old town of Nowhatta. "This was long overdue." Photo shows Srinagar residents celebrating Pakistan's victory.?AFP photo Underdogs Pakistan, who lost their opener to India by 124 runs, turned around their fortunes in the 50-over tournament to clinch their maiden Champions Trophy crown. Pakistan, the bottom-ranked side in the eight-team event, rode on opener Fakhar Zaman's maiden one-day international century to post 338-4 and then bundled out India for a paltry 158 in 30.3 overs. It was Pakistan's first global 50-over title since the 1992 World Cup.
  23. Katy Perry broke down with emotion when describing her depression and offered to bury the hatchet with fellow pop superstar Taylor Swift as she livestreamed her life for 96 hours. To promote her fifth album "Witness," Perry invited fans to watch her inside a Los Angeles home for a full weekend through Monday as the 32-year-old singer slept, cooked, did yoga, cuddled with her dog Nugget and chatted with a stream of celebrities who showed up at her door. Despite putting her life temporarily under observation with 41 cameras, Perry -- born Katheryn Hudson to conservative Christian parents in California -- said she struggled to handle the attention to her life more broadly. "I built up this Katy Perry thing that everybody knows and that's the reason why they're tuning in and it's fantastic, but it's more of a facade," she told the therapist Siri Singh. Perry, who said that therapy has helped her, cried at length as she said she struggled with depression. "I'm ashamed because of course Katy Perry is so strong, but it's hard because I feel ashamed that I would even have those thoughts and feel that low or that depressed," said Perry, the most followed person on Twitter with nearly 100 million followers. "I'm human and I'm living under this crazy microscope," she said, tears smudging her mascara. "Look at Katy Perry -- she's so glamorous, she's rich, she's luxurious, successful and, like, Katheryn Hudson -- I didn't have any money, I didn't have any influence, I didn't have anything." The former brunette said that her new hairdo -- cut short and dyed blonde -- was an effort to "be my authentic self 100 percent, so it hurts when I don't feel that I can." At another point of the weekend, Perry said she wanted to end her feud with Swift -- and broke out into "Let It Go," from the Disney film "Frozen." "I forgive her and I'm sorry for anything I ever did. And I hope the same for her," she told Arianna Huffington for the media entrepreneur's new Thrive Global project on wellness. "There's a lot of other things out there in the world that people need to be focused on," she said, adding: "God bless her, honestly." The two stars' rivalry blew into the open when Swift wrote the song "Bad Blood" after appearing to accuse Perry of poaching back-up dancers. Swift, one of the most prominent foes of Spotify, suddenly released her music on all streaming platforms Friday at the exact moment Perry's "Witness" came out.
  24. BIRMINGHAM: Young spinner Shadab Khan gave Pakistan a much-needed breakthrough by breaking the Indian opening partnership with Shikar Dhawan's wicket. Shadab's strike ended the opening stand of 136, after sure-footed fifties by openers Rohit Sharma and Shikar Dhawan put India in control after play resumed at 46-0 (9.5 overs) as rain cleared after a brief interruption at Edgbaston. Pakistan bowlers earlier kept Indian openers quiet in the starting overs of the match before rain intervened. Mohammad Amir kickstarted the match with a fiery maiden, after Pakistan won the toss and opted to field against India to begin their Champions Trophy campaign at Edgbaston on Sunday. geo_embedgallery But India were soon back in command as Sharma hit a fifty off 71 balls, followed by Dhawan who brought up his half-century soon after. The two teams are expected to draw a global TV audience of over a billion for their high-octane clash Sunday, in the fourth match of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. This is the first encounter between the subcontinental rivals in a year, and only the fourth time the two teams are meeting competitively on British soil. India left out star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and experienced seamer Mohammad Shami from the side that launched their title defence in a 50-over tournament featuring the world´s top eight one-day international teams. Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja was the lone specialist slow bowler in an India attack also featuring pacemen Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Hardik Pandya. Pakistan left out all-rounder Fahim Ashraf but included 18-year-old leg-spinner Shadab Khan for just his fourth one-day international. "It is a good pitch and won´t change much," said Pakistan captain Sarfraz at the toss. "India-Pakistan is a pressure game, hopefully we play a free game," the wicket-keeper added. India captain Virat Kohli, who on Saturday denied reports of a rift with coach Anil Kumble, was not too concerned at having to bat first. "It is a pretty good wicket, it will stay even," he said. "We need a complete performance to win a game of cricket, today is going to be no different," the star batsman added. ?Completely calm? Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur insisted his side were "completely calm" ahead of their Champions Trophy opener against archrivals India. Arthur, after seeing Pakistan train Saturday, told reporters at Edgbaston on Saturday: "They have topped their skills up, and they´re ready for a big game. Sarfraz and Arthur share laughs during a pre-match press conference/AFP "Our changing room was completely calm. It´s amazing. It´s the outside noise that there is. "Within the dressing room, it is unbelievably calm, unbelievably focused and very, very excited for the challenge that presents itself (Sunday)." Young and energetic skipper Sarfraz Ahmad brushed aside all talks of being under pressure before the match against India. ?Pressure is on India not Pakistan,? says Sarfraz Pakistan skipper says the team has prepared a plan to overpower India?s batting line ?We are placed at 8th, so we have got nothing to lose from here, so it is India who?s under pressure of being the favourite and on-paper strong team,? Sarfraz said. ?We have our plans in place, we will go with the best and do some out of box things which you haven?t seen us doing against India in the past,? he added. Young all-rounder Faheem Ashraf, who made headlines with his impressive batting in the warm-up game against Bangladesh, is expected to debut against India today. ?Pakistan can surprise opponent any time? Indian captain Virat Kohli said during a pre-match presser Saturday that Pakistan cannot be taken lightly. ?As a team, I think they can surprise you because you don't play against them so much. You know of their abilities. But you're not too aware of how they react in different situations. All you can do in that situation is focus on your skill,? he said. Numbers crunch Pakistan and India have faced off on three occasions in the ICC Champions Trophy, with Pakistan having the upper hand with two wins and one loss. The Green Shirts beat India by 3 wickets in Champions Trophy 2004 and by 54 runs in the 2009 edition of the tournament. India beat Pakistan by 8 wickets in 2013. Pakistan's Champions Trophy stats [embed_video1 url= style=center] India's Champions Trophy stats [embed_video2 url= style=center] Playing XI Pakistan India
  25. Rules can’t really contain human emotion. When you feel for something from your heart, chances are that you will end up doing going in that direction. Godhraj Meena, a BSF constable would have never expected that Home Minsiter Rajnath Singh would break a protocol to thank him for his service to the country. In 2014, during the J & K, Udhampur attacks, Meena suffered an attack that caused an 85% disability. The bus he was travelling in with his fellow soldiers was ambushed mid-way on 5th August 2014 near the Narsu Nalah area. The convoy took heavy fire and shelling. Meena’s brave efforts and swift presence of mind kept two armed assailants away from the vehicle, which eventually saved 30 lives. Credit: BCCL Meena suffered collateral damage. A bullet pierced through his mouth and eventually robbed him of his speech. His limbs and upper body also suffered major injuries. But like a classic Indian Army soldier, he took the beating and did his duty. Right after pinning the gallantry medal on Meena’s chest, the home minister hugged him as a gesture of how grateful the country is in to Meena’s sacrifice. Usually, as per the protocol, after pinning the medal, there’s a handshake and the jawan moves forward. The internet loved it and acted accordingly Heart touching gesture indeed @rajnathsingh Ji — Smita (@DikshitSmita) June 1, 2017 Great act @rajnathsingh. U just didnt hug the soldier but u hugged the heart of billions n billions — Shakir Khan (@shakir69) June 1, 2017 Meena, will now be undertaking administrative duties. The 3 other brave hearts were constable Subhendu Roy, driver Daljit Singh and constable Rocky who was awarded the Shaurya Chakra. We salute their bravery. Here the video from the event.