Welcome to Fundayforum.com - Pakistani Urdu Community Forum

Guest Image

Welcome to Fundayforum.com - Pakistani Urdu Community Forum, like most online communities you must register to view or post in our community, but don't worry this is a simple free process that requires minimal information for you to signup. Be apart of Fundayforum.com - Pakistani Urdu Community Forum by signing in or creating an account via default Sign up page or social links such as: Facebook, Twitter or Google.

  • Start new topics and reply to others
  • Subscribe to topics and forums to get email updates
  • Get your own profile page and make new friends
  • Send personal messages to other members.
  • Upload or Download IPS Community files such as:  Applications, Plugins etc.
  • Upload or Download your Favorite Books, Novels in PDF format. 

Search the Community

Showing results for tags 'breaks'.



More search options

  • Search By Tags

    Type tags separated by commas.
  • Search By Author

Content Type


Forums

  • Help Support
    • Announcement And Help
    • Funday Chatroom
  • Poetry
    • Shair-o-Shaa'eri
    • Famous Poet
  • Islam - اسلام
    • QURAN O TARJUMA قرآن و ترجمہ
    • AHADEES MUBARIK آحدیث مبارک
    • Ramazan ul Mubarik - رمضان المبارک
    • Deen O Duniya - دین و دنیا
  • Other Forums
    • Chitchat and Greetings
    • Urdu Adab
    • Entertainment
    • Common Rooms
  • Music, Movies, and Dramas
    • Movies Song And Tv.Series
  • Science, Arts & Culture
    • Education, Science & Technology
  • IPS Community Suite
    • IPS Community Suite 4.1
    • IPS Download
    • IPS Community Help/Support And Tutorials

Blogs

  • Ishq_janoon_Dewanagi
  • Uzee khan
  • Beauty of Words
  • Tareekhi Waqaiyaat
  • Geo News Blog
  • The Pakistan Tourism
  • My BawaRchi_KhaNa
  • Mukaam.e.Moahhabt
  • FDF Members Poetry
  • Sadqy Tmhary
  • FDF Online News
  • Pakistan
  • Dua's Kitchen
  • Raqs e Bismil
  • HayDay Game

Categories

  • Books
    • Urdu Novels
    • Islamic
    • General Books
  • IPS Community Suite 4
    • Applications
    • Plugins
    • Themes
    • Language Packs
    • IPS Extras
  • IPS Community Suite 3.4
    • Applications
    • Hooks/BBCodes
    • Themes/Skins
    • Language Packs
    • Miscellaneous XML Files
  • XenForo
    • Add-ons
    • Styles
    • Language Packs
    • Miscellaneous XML Files
  • Web Scripts
  • PC Softwares

Categories

  • Articles

Calendars

  • Community Calendar
  • Pakistan Holidays

Genres

  • English
  • New Movie Songs
  • Old Movies Songs
  • Single Track
  • Classic
  • Ghazal
  • Pakistani
  • Indian Pop & Remix
  • Romantic
  • Punjabi
  • Qawalli
  • Patriotic
  • Islam

Categories

  • Islam
  • Online Movies
    • English
    • Indian
    • Punjabi
    • Hindi Dubbed
    • Animated - Cartoon
    • Other Movies
    • Pakistani Movies
  • Video Songs
    • Coke Studio
  • Mix Videos
  • Online Live Channels
    • Pakistani Channels
    • Indian Channels
    • Sports Channels
    • English Channels
  • Pakistani Drama Series
    • Zara Yaad ker
    • Besharam (ARY TV series)
  • English Series
    • Quantico Season 1
    • SuperGirl Season 1
    • The Magicians
    • The Shannara Chronicles
    • Game of Thrones

Found 49 results

  1. Lawmaker scuffle MARDAN: A scuffle broke out in the district's council on Wednesday after members stopped a JUI-F lawmaker from speaking on topics not related to the agenda. As a result of the scuffle, opposition members tore up copies of the agenda and PTI's Abdul Sattar assumed the chair of the council. Opposition members also forced their way into the district nazim's office, after which they exchanged also scuffled with the deputy nazim of the area. After the incident, local ANP workers gathered at district nazim's office and staged a protest. The matter was resolved after the local DPO conducted negotiations with the nazim and the deputy nazim.
  2. Barcelona?s Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their first goal against Chelsea with Andres Iniesta during the Champions League Round of 16 First Leg in Stamford Bridge, London, Britain, February 20, 2018. Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers LONDON: Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi finally opened his account against Chelsea with a 75th-minute equaliser to earn his side a 1-1 draw in a fascinating Champions League last 16, first leg duel at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday. Willian?s superb 62nd-minute effort looked like giving Chelsea a precious advantage for the second leg in Spain but they undid all their good work by handing Messi an equaliser. The Argentine maestro, teed up by Andres Iniesta after some sloppy play by the hosts, struck a low shot past keeper Thibaut Courtois for his first goal in nine attempts against Chelsea. As expected, Barca dominated possession but Antonio Conte?s Chelsea side were unfortunate not to end with a victory after Willian was twice denied by the woodwork before halftime. The second leg is on March 14 at the Nou Camp. One of Europe?s fiercest rivalries had been dormant for six years ? since Chelsea?s shock semi-final victory in 2012. But the renewal of hostilities did not disappoint in a gripping game of cat and mouse in west London. For all Barcelona?s often suffocating possession it was Chelsea who walked in at halftime feeling hard done by. The hosts spent most of the opening period diligently shutting doors at the back as Messi and Iniesta probed for openings in Chelsea?s blue wall. But when the home side did get the ball they were clinical. Bad luck In the 34th minute Paulinho gave the ball away cheaply and as Chelsea worked the ball to Willian, he shuffled to his right and sent a curling right-footer thudding against the post. Willian could not believe his bad luck again shortly before halftime when Barca again invited pressure and this time his left-foot effort smacked the outside of the other post. On both occasions, Barca keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen was a mere spectator. Barcelona had their moments, with Messi, as usual, their chief architect, delivering one cross on a plate for Paulinho who headed wide in front of goal. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte resembled a manic orchestra conductor throughout the first half, going through his full repertoire of gesticulations, while his opposite number Ernesto Valverde was a study in measured calm. Conte was celebrating wildly in the 62nd minute as Willian?s persistence finally paid off. Again Hazard teased the Barca defence and played a pass infield to workaholic Willian who engineered a yard of space before firing a low right-foot shot inside the left-hand post. However, all Chelsea?s great work was undone by a moment of sloppiness that was duly punished. Andreas Christensen?s aimless ball across his own area was seized upon by Iniesta and when it was cut back to him Messi did not break stride as he curled his low effort past Courtois. The goal knocked the stuffing out of the hosts and, although they avoided any more damage, they will need a repeat of their 2012 exploits to keep alive their European hopes.
  3. The organizers of the ongoing 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games should probably consider changing the name to 'World's Most Dangerous Games Are Played Here'; because that's probably the best explanation one can come up with for the event. © Reuters If the games weren't tough already, the life threatening tracks further add to the danger for the players, making it unbelievable and tough for the people watching it on TV. And 30-year-old Austrian Snowboarder Markus Schairer can probably testify the same or agree with us. © Twitter Markus was eyeing for the semi-finals of the Snowcross Board, but his Olympic journey has now come to a tragic halt, after a horrific crash broke his neck. During the last jump, Markus lost control and landed on his back and neck. He was immediately rushed to the hospital after the race when he complained of severe chest pain. Shortly after, it was revealed by the Austrian Olympic Committee that Markus has fractured the fifth cervical vertebra in his neck. The good news is that there are no signs of any neurological impairment or long-term damage. © Twitter Just by looking at the video, one can feel how deadly the impact was and how difficult it would have been for him to bear so much pain. Markus has returned to Austria to receive further treatment. Böser Sturz von Markus #Schairer im #Snowboard Boardercross. Halswirbelbruch, aber Ärzte befürchten keine Folgeschäden #PyeongChang2018 pic.twitter.com/iaptkStpYW — Lukas Zahrer (@ZaraLuk) February 15, 2018 It is not miraculous enough that he survived, but it is also unbelievable how he got up on his feet, finished the race and even congratulated his fellow competitors. If this is not the mark of a true fighter and pure sportsmanship, we wonder what else does. Markus deserves all the respect in the world and we hope for his speedy recovery.
  4. US President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House, Washington, US, February 14, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump voiced his disdain for domestic violence Wednesday, breaking a weeklong silence since the departure of a top aide accused by two ex-wives of physical abuse. "I?m totally opposed to domestic violence and everybody here knows that," a visibly annoyed Trump told journalists in the Oval Office. "I?m totally opposed to domestic violence of any kind. Everyone knows that and it almost wouldn?t have to be said. So now you hear it, but you all know." Trump had responded to the departure of top White House aide Rob Porter, who resigned in disgrace last week over domestic abuse allegations, with questions about whether the Harvard graduate was getting a fair shake. "Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation," he tweeted, fueling a firestorm of criticism. "Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused - life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?" Porter was fired after two former wives came forward with allegations that he had abused them during their marriage. A photograph showed one of the women with a black eye. The scandal has been deepened by the White House?s shifting accounts of when top officials learned of the allegations and why Porter had access to the Oval Office and highly sensitive documents without having a security clearance.
  5. Whether you hate Salman Khan or love him, it's impossible that you have never wondered as to when the superstar will take the plunge and finally get married. After being linked with a thousand women, we have still never really seen him talking about his personal life. The most that anybody has even gotten out of him was when he announced on 'Koffee with Karan' that he is still a virgin. Sure Sallu, we believe you! Who's up for some personal conversations with the Khan brothers! Join @BeingSalmanKhan in kick-starting the #KoffeeCentury celebrations! pic.twitter.com/vGTg0E44FZ — Star World (@StarWorldIndia) December 6, 2016 But today, the actor took to his Twitter to announce something that has the capability to send the internet into a meltdown. He wrote, “Mujhe ladki mil gayi”. Nope, we are not making this up. See for yourself: Mujhe ladki mil gayi — Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) February 6, 2018 The tweet instantly went viral and made his fans go crazy as they assumed the obvious: Salman Khan is getting married. And as expected, the internet broke with congratulatory messages and some hilarious reactions: 1. Ummm… Hope Aapka Tiger zinda ho..https://t.co/L59HAoo3cs — Lol Salam (@TrollLalsalam) February 6, 2018 2. Dekh lo Salman Ladki nahi Aunty hogi, dekh lo ache se — Intellectual Taimur (@wallaAlhabiba) February 6, 2018 3. His Female Fans Be Like… Please elaborate before I get an heartattack ð — ℘Ô»á¸á¸Ñáð« (@Being_PreeTy) February 6, 2018 4. Humein Bhi Please. Bhai shaadi mein bulana fir ððð — AarhaN ð¤ #Race3 (@BeingAarhaN) February 6, 2018 5. HAHAHAHA baba aapke pair kha hai. — taimur's girlfriend (@zerokitanvi) February 6, 2018 6. The Memes Are Here! Girl: Hi Me to mom: https://t.co/HIOirAvTr6 — Sahil Rizwan (@SahilRiz) February 6, 2018 7. Bhai 4eva! Arey Bhai Bhai Bhai.... — Hanzala Qureshi (@Hanzalaqureshi1) February 6, 2018 8. Even Durex Couldn't Resist Congratulating Him. Congrats :) https://t.co/82cv0rqu4u — Durex India (@DurexIndia) February 6, 2018 9. Singles Everywhere. Bhai Ab To Salman Khan Ko Bhi Mil Gayi Pata Nahi Mera Time Kab Aaygeaa ððð — Saurav Kumar R (@rsauravkumar) February 6, 2018 10. CANNOT STOP LAUGHING Aise sbke ke samne nahi bolte mere Lallu.. ðð Waise thanks meri jaan sbko batane ke liye ððð — Shilpa Chinde (@shilpa_chinde) February 6, 2018 But before you get excited to know more about his alleged 'wedding', we have to ask you to calm your horses because this was a classic Salman Khan prank. By his cryptic tweet, Salman actually meant that he has found the actress for his next project 'Loveratri' which will star his sister's husband, Aayush Sharma. Nothing to worry na @aaysharma ki film #Loveratri ke liye ladki mil gayi Warina, Toh dont worry na be happy na pic.twitter.com/uetTpUKRdi — Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) February 6, 2018 The beautiful woman in the picture is Warina Hussain, a model who is all set to make her Bollywood debut. Share your smile :) #feelingfestive #diwali A post shared by WARINA HUSSAIN (@warinahussain) on Oct 19, 2017 at 4:24am PDT Aayush too took to Twitter to welcome Warina to the cast. Time to welcome an important member to the #Loveratri family - Warina! ð https://t.co/iiPZ9CIL5N — Aayush Sharma (@aaysharma) February 6, 2018 While we are obviously excited to see this fresh couple on-screen, we do feel a little bummed right now. Swag se pappu bana diya!
  6. Jenner published an 11-minute video on YouTube documenting her pregnancy, complete with tearful ultrasounds, plenty of pregnant selfies and cameos from her Kardashian sisters, that notched up more than 17 million views within the first 12 hours. LOS ANGELES: It wasn´t exactly the best-kept secret but Kylie Jenner still managed to break the internet on Sunday when she finally confirmed she had given birth to a baby girl with her beau, rapper Travis Scott. The announcement had been predicted for weeks in the celebrity pages partly because the 20-year-old reality TV star had embarked on such a prolonged and uncharacteristic media blackout for a member of the wildly popular Kardashian clan. "My pregnancy was one I chose not to do in front of the world," she wrote in a post on Instagram announcing her daughter´s birth, which quickly racked up 8.3 million likes. "I knew my baby would feel every stress and every emotion. So I chose to do it this way for my little life, and our happiness," she added. The announcement was followed up with a carefully choreographed social media blitz typical of a family who have turned the broadcasting of their lives -- and the endorsing of products -- into a hugely lucrative industry. Jenner published an 11-minute video on YouTube documenting her pregnancy, complete with tearful ultrasounds, plenty of pregnant selfies and cameos from her Kardashian sisters, that notched up more than 17 million views within the first 12 hours. The Instagram post announcing the pregnancy quickly became the tenth most liked post of all time on the social media platform. Celebrity babies feature prominently in Instagram´s most popular posts. The current leader is a post from November by footballer Cristiano Ronaldo announcing the birth of his fourth child which has 11.3 million likes. Entries by pop superstar Beyonce and Jenner´s half-sister Khloe Kardashian announcing births or pregnancies are also all in the top ten list of the website´s most liked posts. In her post Jenner said she and Scott had yet to name the baby girl who was born in Los Angeles on February 1.
  7. Suresh Raina may have lost his place in the Indian team, but there is little doubt regarding his abilities in limited-overs cricket. An attacking left-hander who goes for the big shots with impunity and clears the field with a swashbuckling flourish when at the top of his game, Raina is also equally capable of attracting applause as an electric fielder in the circle. In the Indian Premier League (IPL), the left-hander is currently the leading run-scorer with 4,540 runs in 161 matches over the past ten editions, scoring more than 350 runs every season. And, that's exactly the reason why Chennai Super Kings, who finally return to the IPL this season after a two-year ban, didn't think twice before shelling out Rs 11 crore to retain his services. © BCCL Though the eleventh edition of the IPL is still a few months away, Raina is leaving no stone unturned to showcase what Chennai fans can expect from him this year. While his Team India mates are playing their trade in South Africa, Raina is turning heads in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy - a domestic T20 tournament. Playing for Uttar Pradesh, Raina blazed his way to a superb 59-ball 126 - the second highest score by an Indian in the format. Thanks to his blistering innings, UP romped to a 75-run victory over Bengal at the hallowed Eden Gardens on Monday. If Raina's innings fired a warning to CSK rivals for the upcoming IPL season, his exploits on 23 January etched his name in the history books. From one left hander to another. In the former Captain @SGanguly99's presence, @ImRaina hits a 49-ball century #BENvUP pic.twitter.com/knqpuixutZ — BCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) January 22, 2018 Back at the same venue, Raina continued his fine run with a 41-ball 61 including seven fours and a six against Tamil Nadu. In the process, he has surpassed Indian captain Virat Kohli as the country's leading run-getter in the shortest format of the game. Before today's match, Raina had amassed 7,053 runs from 265 T20s. He needed another 16 runs to surpass Kohli who has so far played 226 T20s and accumulated 7,068 runs. Thanks to his brilliant half-century against Tamil Nadu, Raina now has 7,114 runs to his name in 266 T20s. © BCCL Kohli and Raina are the only two Indians to have crossed the 7,000-run mark in T20s. The next best from India is Rohit Sharma with 6,825 runs. Overall, only nine batsmen have managed to breach the 7,000-mark. West Indies' marauding opener Chris Gayle leads the table with over 11,000 runs. In T20 Internationals, Kohli is India's highest run scorer with 1,956 from 55 games. He is second in the world behind the leader Brendon McCullum (New Zealand), who has 2,140 runs from 71 matches.
  8. Photo: Jeff Levi (Twitter) NEW YORK: Firefighters responded to an early morning fire at Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan, but no injuries were reported, the New York Fire Department said on Monday. According to US media outlets, the fire was caused by an electrical box and no one was injured as a result. US President Donald Trump was in Washington at the time. The fire was believed under control and no injuries were reported, NBC News reported on Twitter. CBS News said the fire broke out shortly before 7 am EST (noon GMT) near the roof of the 68-story structure, which had been Trump´s primary residence before his election victory and inauguration nearly a year ago. It posted a picture of firefighters on the rooftop with smoke pouring from a portion of it.
  9. BEIRUT: Syria?s army has broken the siege of an army base encircled by opposition forces on the eastern outskirts of Damascus, state-run al-Ikhbariya TV and a war monitor reported on Sunday. Last Sunday, rebels, mainly belonging to the Ahrar al Sham faction, widened their control of parts of the Military Vehicles Administration base in the Eastern Ghouta town of Harasta. Army elite forces, backed by Russian jets, launched an offensive to break the siege and liberate at least 200 troops who were believed to be trapped within its sprawling, heavily defended grounds. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the Syrian forces have ?opened a loophole? that led them into the base. Rebel fighters had stormed the base last November in a drive to relieve pressure on Eastern Ghouta?s towns and villages. The base has long been used to strike at the densely populated Eastern Ghouta in an attempt to force the rebel enclave into submission. More than 300,000 people there have lived under siege by army troops since 2013.
  10. The then-White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon attends a meeting between US President Donald Trump and congressional leaders to discuss trade deals at the at the White House's Roosevelt Room, Washington, US, February 2, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/Files WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Wednesday blasted former White House adviser Steve Bannon as having ?lost his mind? in the fallout over damaging comments Bannon made about Donald Trump Jr. ? Trump?s son ? in excerpts of a new book. Trump ? who had continued to speak privately with Bannon in the months after firing him as the White House chief strategist last August ? essentially cut ties with Bannon, at least for now, in a blistering statement issued after Bannon?s comments about Don Jr. came to light. ?Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind,? Trump said in a statement. Trump had relied heavily on Bannon ? the chairman of right-wing news website Breitbart News ? for advice in the months leading up to the November 2016 election that Trump unexpectedly won. Bannon helped Trump shape a populist, anti-establishment message and has been the president?s link to his conservative base of support. In excerpts of the forthcoming book, Bannon called a June 2016 meeting with a group of Russians at Trump Tower in New York arranged by the president?s son and attended by top Trump campaign officials ?treasonous? and ?unpatriotic.? While in the past Trump has praised Bannon for his friendship, in his statement on Wednesday he said Bannon had little to do with his presidential victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton, calling him ?a staffer who worked for me? after he had already won the Republican nomination. Trump said Bannon was to blame for the loss of a Republican-held US Senate seat in Alabama in December when Republican Roy Moore, whose campaign was derailed by accusations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls, lost to Democrat Doug Jones. During the campaign, Trump joined Bannon in backing Moore. ?Now that he is on his own, Steve is learning that winning isn?t as easy as I make it look. Steve had very little to do with our historic victory, which was delivered by the forgotten men and women of this country. Yet Steve had everything to do with the loss of a Senate seat in Alabama held for more than thirty years by Republicans,? Trump said. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ? who had despaired over Trump?s backing of Moore at the urging of Bannon ? was clearly pleased that Trump was now willing to rid himself of the former aide. McConnell?s campaign organization tweeted an image of the normally taciturn McConnell with a beaming smile. Trump, an expert at self-promotion, said Bannon was trying to promote himself by ?leaking false information to the media to make himself seem far more important than he was.? ?Steve was rarely in a one-on-one meeting with me and only pretends to have had influence to fool a few people with no access and no clue, whom he helped write phony books,? said Trump, who famously values loyalty in associates and employees. US President Donald Trump talks to former chief strategist Steve Bannon during a swearing-in ceremony for senior staff at the White House, Washington, US, January 22, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/Files With midterm elections looming in November that could cost Republicans control of Congress, Trump praised Republican lawmakers and candidates, words likely to be welcomed by McConnell and House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan. ?Like me, they love the United States of America and are helping to finally take our country back and build it up, rather than simply seeking to burn it all down,? Trump said. As with much in the Trump White House, the story that triggered the harsh back and forth was an offshoot of the investigation into whether Trump campaign aides colluded with Russia to sway the election to Trump over Clinton. Bannon expressed derision and astonishment over the June 2016 in which a Russian lawyer was said to be offering damaging information about Clinton, according to the book ?Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House? by Michael Wolff. The book is due to be released on Tuesday. The meeting was attended by Trump?s son, his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and then-campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. Bannon also was quoted as saying he was sure Trump Jr. would have taken the Russians who took part in the meeting to meet his father in Trump Tower. ?The three senior guys in the campaign thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the 25th floor - with no lawyers. They didn?t have any lawyers,? Bannon said in the book in excerpts seen by Reuters. ?Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad shit, and I happen to think it?s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately.? When an intermediary proposed the meeting, saying the Russians were offering damaging information about Clinton, Trump Jr. responded in an email, ?I love it.? Bannon was incredulous about the meeting shortly after it was revealed, according to the book, concluding sarcastically, ?That?s the brain trust they had.? The Wolff book, parts of which were published by New York Magazine, portrayed Trump as shocked that he won the election and said his wife, Melania Trump, was in tears, and ?not of joy.? White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders called the book ?trashy tabloid fiction? with false and misleading accounts. The first lady?s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, added: ?The book is clearly going to be sold in the bargain fiction section. Mrs. Trump supported her husband?s decision to run for President and in fact, encouraged him to do so. She was confident he would win and was very happy when he did.?
  11. A fire broke out at London Zoo early on Saturday morning, engulfing a cafe and shop near an animal petting area. Photo: AP LONDON: A fire broke out at London Zoo early on Saturday morning, engulfing a cafe and shop near an animal petting area, although it was not immediately clear if any of the creatures were hurt. "Ten fire engines and 72 firefighters and officers have been called to a fire at a cafe and shop at London Zoo," the London Fire Brigade said in an initial statement. "Approximately three quarters of an adventure cafe and shop and half of the roof is currently alight. "An animal petting area is nearby. It is not known if any animals are involved at this stage." The alarm was raised shortly after 6:00 am (0600 GMT), and it was not until around 9:30am that the fire was brought under control. "Crews will remain on the scene throughout the morning damping down the fire," the fire brigade said in a second statement. The cause of the fire is not yet known. The zoo, in Regent´s Park in central London, opened in 1828 and is now a leading conservation organisation as well as a major tourist attraction. The zoo said it was "dealing with an incident on site".
  12. EDINBURGH: Scotland?s government said on Thursday it will raise taxes on higher earners and increase public sector pay, using powers to levy higher income tax rates than the rest of Britain for the first time since it was given its own parliament 20 years ago. The budget, set out by the pro-independence Scottish government, aims to draw a contrast between Scotland?s policies and those of the national government in London, which has kept tight controls on public-sector pay to hold down deficits. Despite imposing top rates 1 percentage point higher than in the rest of Britain, the Scottish government said 70 percent of Scottish taxpayers will not pay more than they previously did, and 55 percent would pay less than elsewhere in Britain. ?The 2018-19 budget will demonstrate beyond doubt where the Scottish government?s priorities are: stopping UK cuts, protecting public services and unlocking Scotland?s economic potential,? finance secretary Derek Mackay said. London granted Scotland more powers to set its own income tax rates last year under a law passed to fulfill a promise made to woo voters on the eve of an independence referendum in 2014, when Scots voted to stay in the United Kingdom. Last year the Scottish government set income tax earnings thresholds that were slightly different from those elsewhere in Britain for the first time, but kept the same overall rates. The Scottish administration hopes to show voters that it can manage the country?s economy while setting different priorities from London. That would burnish the case for independence, still the long-term goal of the Scottish National Party that runs the Scottish government. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said a new independence referendum should be held after Britain voted last year to leave the European Union while most Scots voted to stay. She is not pushing for a quick new vote after the SNP lost support in a national election in June. Thursday?s budget plan offered public sector workers such as nurses, firefighters and teachers earning less than 30,000 pounds ($40,242) a year a 3 percent pay rise, and those earning more than that a 2 percent pay rise. The proposals were more generous than a recent relaxation of a public sector pay cap announced by Britain?s government. LITTLE ROOM Scotland still has little room for maneuver on spending. Forecasts published with the budget showed it is set to grow at a much slower clip than Britain as a whole. Annual growth in Scotland is due to reach only 1 percent in 2022, according to the Scottish Fiscal Commission, an official forecaster independent of the Scottish government. It cited waning oil and gas output as well as slow productivity growth which is a problem for the overall British economy. Britain?s government said it was ?deeply disappointed? by the tax hikes. ?By making Scotland the highest taxed part of the UK, the Scottish government risks damaging, rather than growing, our economy,? said David Mundell, who serves as the Scotland secretary in the British cabinet in London. Mackay said his income tax changes would make the tax system in Scotland fairer. The top two rates of income tax will be raised by one percentage point to 41 and 46 percent. The United Kingdom comprises England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. Scotland was given some spending powers in a devolution process that began in the 1990s, and has slowly been given powers to raise its own funds. But the lion?s share of its finances are still set by the UK government in London. The Scottish Chambers of Commerce said it was worried the tax changes could hurt investment. ?Our continuing concern is primarily with outside investors? perception of even slight increases in tax rates, on the overall costs of doing business here against the rest of the UK,? it said. The Scottish Fiscal Commission also underscored the risk of economic weakness derived from Brexit, a weaker outlook for global trade and an aging population straining public services. ?In combination, this means limited increases in average earnings and a more modest outlook for employment growth in the coming years compared to the recent past,? it said.
  13. Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to ever score in all six Champions League group games in one season as Real Madrid edged out a dispirited Borussia Dortmund 3-2 on Wednesday. Lucas Vazquez grabbed the winner nine minutes from time for the European champions, who were already guaranteed to go through to the last 16 as runners-up in Group H to Tottenham Hotspur. Ronaldo took his tally to nine goals in six Europan appearances this season with a spectacular long-range effort into the top corner after Borja Mayoral's opener gave Real a 2-0 lead inside 12 minutes. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang continued his excellent record against Madrid with a quickfire double either side of half-time to bring Dortmund level. But despite Vazquez's late strike, the Germans drop into the Europa League with a record low two points thanks to their better goal difference over APOEL Nicosia, who were defeated 3-0 at Spurs. Real were, though, hit by a fresh injury blow as Raphael Varane limped off just before half-time. Zinedine Zidane now faces a defensive crisis ahead of the visit of Sevilla on Saturday with captain Sergio Ramos, right-back Dani Carvajal and holding midfielder Casemiro all suspended. Zidane made six changes from the side that started Saturday's 0-0 draw at Athletic Bilbao, but the hosts still made a flying start. Ronaldo's fine through ball just evaded Isco, but fell perfectly into the path of Mayoral and the 20-year-old kept his cool to chip the onrushing Roman Burki for his first Champions League goal. By contrast, Ronaldo had his 114th in the competition moments later as he lined up a sumptuous strike from 25 yards. However, the warning signs of a Dortmund recovery were in evidence as the first-half wore on as Varane had to make last-ditch challenges to deny Aubameyang and Shinji Kagawa. Aubameyang has spoken openly of his desire to play for Madrid one day and did his case of a dream move no harm with two classy finishes either side of half-time. Once Varane limped off, Aubameyang was left free inside the box to plant a diving header inside the far corner two minutes before half-time. And just four minutes after the break Dortmund were level as Aubameyang dinked a lovely finish over Keylor Navas after his initial effort had been saved by the Madrid goalkeeper. Ronaldo was wrongly denied his second of the night by the offside flag as he prodded home from close range. But moments later Madrid did grab the winner when Vazquez's effort trundled past Burki, who was slow to react as the ball nestled in the bottom corner. Dortmund should still have earned a share of the points, but Kagawa blasted a glorious chance over the bar as the German giants' run without a win in the Champions League or Bundesliga stretched to 11 games.
  14. Amal Hijazi Lebanese pop star Amal Hijazi has come out of retirement with a naat paying tribute to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Earlier this year, Hijazi, one of Arab world's biggest singing stars of the last decade, had decided to retire from singing and begin life as a devout Muslim. Many of her fans were left in shock when she announced in September she was retiring from popular music. "God has finally answered my prayers," she had written on her Facebook account. "I have struggled for years with the art I loved and the closeness to the religion I have cherished. I've lived this internal struggle and finally, God has answered my prayers." She had added that she had finally "found happiness". Her latest release, a naat marking the birthday of Holy Prophet (PBUH), has been viewed nearly eight million times and shared more than 250,000 times. Hijazi had released her first album in 2001 and became a breakthrough artist after the release of her second record, Zaman, next year. Zaman is also one of the top-selling Arabic pop records of all time. Many Pakistani singers and celebrities have also left their careers for religion. In 2002, the late Junaid Jamshed, associated with Vital Signs, had announced he was going to quit singing to become a preacher. Junaid continued with his missionary work till he died in a plane crash on December 7, 2016. Another pop star Ali Haider, famously known for songs such as Chand Sa Mukhra and Purani Jeans, also announced to quit singing and become a devout Muslim after serious illness of his son. Haider is partially associated with the showbiz and now sings Sufi Kalams. Najam Sheraz is another pop singer who promised to devote his life to peace and brotherhood. His rendition of Na Tera Khuda Koi Aur Hai is said to be a major turning point in his life.
  15. File SANTIAGO: A large iceberg broke off the Grey glacier in southern Chile, authorities said on Tuesday, adding that the cause of the rupture was unclear. Chile?s CONAF forestry service shared photos on social media of the enormous block of blue-white ice, which measured 350 meters (1,148 feet) long by 380 meters (1,247 feet) wide, as it floated free in waters of a glacial lagoon near the southern tip of the South American continent. Park officials at Chile?s Torres del Paine National Park, home to the glacier, said such ruptures were rare and had not occurred since the early 1990s. Torres del Paine is one of Chile?s most popular tourist attractions, famous for its mountain views and visited by more than 115,000 tourists annually, according to CONAF.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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!"
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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
  25. 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.