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  1. 0.9 million students have not even received any form of primary education in KPK. Photo APP PESHAWAR: The initial results of a survey by the education department of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government showed that nearly 1.5 million children are out of school in the province, informed sources. The survey which took into account 4.5 million households in all 25 districts of the province, revealed that around one million female and 0.5 million male children are out of school. Moreover, among them, 0.9 million students have not even received any form of primary education and more than 0.6 million students dropped out of schools. According to the survey, 0.6 million children are currently studying in schools, and the least number of school enrollment was recorded in Shangla, Kohistan and Torghar districts. The survey report said that the primary reasons behind children not in schools is because of their lack of interest in studies, poverty, unavailability of transport and distance between their residence and school. The survey was completed at the cost of Rs 220.70 million.
  2. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who visited rescuers at the Rebsamen school, warned that the death toll could rise. ? AFP MEXICO CITY: Adriana Fargo nervously bites her lip as she waits for news on the fate of her seven-year-old daughter, feared buried in the earthquake-hit remains of a Mexico City elementary and middle school. At least 21 children died when a three story wing of the Enrique Rebsamen school collapsed after a 7.1 magnitude quake struck Mexico on Tuesday. Thirty children are missing, and some could still be alive. "No one can possibly imagine the pain I'm in right now," said Fargo, wrapped in a blanket as she sat with other anguished parents Wednesday in an improvised shelter near the school. What is the girl?s name? Fargo's fists tighten and she stares at the ground, unable to pronounce her daughter's name. Her lips strain as she holds back what appears to be a mournful wail of pain. After sunrise there was a glimmer of hope amid the torture of uncertainty: rescuers confirmed that they located a girl alive and trapped in the rubble. There was a call for absolute silence as the rescuers slid a thermal scanner down a narrow crack where they had made contact with the child. "We are very, very close to people who could be alive. We're working with thermal cameras and canine units," said volunteer rescuer Pamela Diaz, a bread baker by profession. "We keep moments of absolute silence to listen for survivors. They tend to cry out or bang on walls," she told AFP by telephone. Another rescuer, 42 year-old Flor Gonzalez, gave a grim description her experience. "Last night I counted five cadavers that were removed from the school," said Gonzalez, a dentist who spent the night volunteering at the school. "I saw when they notified one of the parents . ... it was devastating," she said, as tears swelled in her eyes. A third rescuer, speaking on condition of anonymity, earlier told AFP that there were signs of even more survivors -- possibly 20 children trapped inside a classroom with a teacher. He said there also appeared to be nine lifeless bodies in the debris. Up to now, 11 children and at least one teacher were pulled alive from the rubble. However, rescuers also pulled out 26 lifeless bodies -- all but five of them children, said rescue coordinator Jose Luis Vergara. President Enrique Pena Nieto, who rushed to the site late Tuesday, warned that the death toll could rise. At least 217 people were reported killed by the earthquake. Picks, shovels and hands Fargo's husband joined the hundreds of soldiers, firefighters and rescuers clawing away at the debris since the quake struck. Armed with picks, shovels and even their bare hands, the crew worked through the night in their desperate search for survivors. "Silence, please!" a police officer barked through a megaphone. "Don't walk, don't breathe, we're trying to hear voices!" Any sign of life from under the rubble was welcome. A stream of volunteers, many with lamps attached to their helmets, carried long wooden beams to prop up building sections that were in danger of collapsing. Other volunteers formed a human chain to hand baskets of bottled water to the rescuers. The baskets then returned filled with debris. Maria del Pilar Marti, a teacher who works at the Enrique Rebsamen school, said that many children stayed in the building when the quake hit. "We had to take cover in our classrooms until the quake ended," she told Televisa news. "Then we were covered in a cloud of dust when part of the building totally collapsed." Tuesday's earthquake struck as the country was recovering from an 8.2 magnitude quake that hit on September 7 in southern Mexico, killing around 100 people and destroying homes. In the aftermath Mexican authorities said they had inspected the country's schools, and verified that the structures were quake resistant. The earthquake also hit on the anniversary of a massive 1985 quake that killed more than 10,000 people, an event that still haunts a country that has seen its share of disasters. 'It's chaos' Power outages, intermittent cell phone coverage and roads closed due to debris complicate the rescue. In front of the school, two people sat at a table with a computer at an informal control center, keeping track of the children and teachers who died, those who were rescued and those still missing. "It's chaos ... there are children that escaped the school but were injured, and are alone in hospitals without their parents," one of the people keeping track of the victims told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity. "Meanwhile here at school there are desperate parents that can't find their children."
  3. From sci-fi horror series "Stranger Things" to drama "Big Little Lies" and sitcom "black-ish," one notable feature of many contenders for this weekend's Emmy Awards is that they star children. Unlike the elaborate riders sometimes specified by their adult counterparts, these pint-sized thespians have more mundane requirements -- time for homework, regular breaks and the odd afternoon nap. "They are not trained actors like adults, but the kids that get the roles have an inherent ability," said casting director Amanda Lenker Doyle, who worked on "black-ish." "They have the charisma, the willingness to dive into a role. They listen well... They're very smart." Child actors sometimes arrive at auditions better prepared than adults and with scripts memorized from top to bottom, despite not yet being able to read. While the maxim "never work with children or animals" is clearly not worth heeding, there are of course challenges to hiring youngsters for TV or film. "With children I'm dealing with the family dynamics, the family politics. It's a lot about the parents," talent manager Jason MacRay told AFP. MacRay says he will turn a young actor away -- even a kid with clear talent -- if the parents don't give off the right vibe. "I can just tell it'll be a disaster dealing with mum or dad or both, particularly if they don't agree," he said. Complex emotions Another challenge in working with actors who are far from fully mentally developed is getting them to access and express the full range of emotions that they might not yet have experienced in real life. A successful series director who asked to remain anonymous remembers having filmed with a boy for the role of "a six-year-old who has lost his mother and is living with a father who can't come to terms with his wife's death." "Pretty heavy stuff, and I was very worried about how I would get across to this boy all of the complex emotional turns that were needed from him," the director said. "One day I saw that he was playing with Pokemon cards on set and so I sat down and had him explain who all the characters were. There were a lot of them but by the time he was finished, we were friends... It helped both of us." Children are limited in their contracts to about nine hours a day on set, but it's invariably an intense day. They can be required to start at dawn and, on top of all the usual pressures of acting, they have to find time to squeeze in three hours a day for schooling. "There's millions of dollars involved -- each minute on the set costs thousands of dollars -- then you ask a 10-year-old to behave professionally and be at the level of Tom Cruise," said MacRay. The manager said he considers 12 auditions or more a month "too much" for his young clients. Regrets Child actors have to learn to keep their feet on the ground amid the sudden glare of the media spotlight and previously unimaginable wages, which isn't easy if they have pushy parents trying to live vicariously through their newly famous offspring. For every Leonardo DiCaprio or Natalie Portman who transitions successfully from child star to adult actor, there is a Lindsay Lohan or Macaulay Culkin, who cracks under the pressure or just falls by the wayside. "It's about the parents, managers et cetera being in tune... they need grounding in the family. The teens I work with are very reasonable," said MacRay. Edouard Holdener, a 13-year-old French actor living in Los Angeles, has always dreamed of being an actor and is being educated by correspondence course to free up more time to dedicate to his passion. He has already begun chalking up his first feature films, including a leading role in independent picture "Hunky Dory" (2016) and has just shot a series for Amazon with Jean-Claude Van Damme, due to come out in the fall. "I love preparing for auditions, immersing myself in the script and learning my lines, but it's hard when you don't get picked for a role. You cannot help being angry with yourself," he told AFP. Among his biggest regrets is getting to the third round of auditions before missing out on Netflix's "Stranger Things" -- which is up for five Emmy Awards, including for its 13-year-old star Millie Bobby Brown, at Sunday's ceremony in Los Angeles. "I'm still sad when I see the posters," he said wistfully.
  4. Growing up in the 80's and 90's, education always played a vital part of our formative years. Apart from usual subjects that we chose to study, we were taught unforgettable value systems and miraculous intellectual transitions. We would embrace everything that we learnt through our teachers and our guides and school was an empirical experience to shape our belief system. School was also our safe space. It was beyond doubt the only institution our parents trusted our safety with and they would feel at ease knowing we're not tainted by any form of negativity, otherwise experienced outside, in society. The relief on their faces when the school bus would safely take us to school was indisputable. We're not negating the fact that education does not play a vital role in the lives of kids these days but we're always struggling with the inevitable decision- which is the best education institution to place our children in? From safety concerns, to the overall development of the child to even debating steep fee structures, everything is a part and parcel of recognising a good school. Unfortunately today, to build great educational value systems in schools, safety is crassly being compromised on and questioned each day. It's ironic how schools are trying their best to keep up with their standards yet they care the least about the environment the child is being exposed to, within their own premises. © Retuers The recent incident of a child losing his life at a reputed school in Gurgaon sent shock waves across the country and an unsparing chill down our spine. The perpetrator, with all the brutality he could conjure, sexually assaulted and murdered the child in cold blood, inside the school bathroom. Two days later, a 5-year-old girl was allegedly raped in another reputed school in Delhi, by the school's security guard. These incidents are not one off and do not stand alone. Have we forgotten the death of a 4-year-old child, when he slipped and fell on the second floor corridor of the school? We're just wondering, where did the ‘flawless' education system go wrong. Where is the essence of safety, the one we look for, for our children inside the school premises? Has it drastically depleted? Can we no longer trust the most trusted institution in our society, today? Along with the rise of molestation and murder cases of children inside school premises, there is a drastic fall in the accountability measures the school should be taking for such incidents. The school, in principle should be accountable for handling the situation in such tardy and tactless ways. It's their responsibility and when parents demand an answer, schools shouldn't shy away from owning up to the incident in question. But leaving all that aside, what is our role to play in this? By our, we mean the society, the parents, the observers and the silent readers. A safe school builds culture of safety, where the authorities stress both on alertness and awareness. Apart from watching out for sexual violence in school, schools should nurture a safe haven for kids on an autopilot. This also means the parents and society in general should be fearless in facing the school management and not crumble under the weight of their threats. The parents should fearlessly ask for stricter rules and regulations within school premises and not exemplify complacency. © Retuers What measures should be taken to make sure schools are safe for your children today? To start with, we would love to stress on the fact that kids today need to be taught the importance of touch and be made familiar with terms like ‘molestation, rape and sexual predators'. Not explicitly but it should be in their purview of ‘right and wrong'. They should be made aware of the right kind of touch from the wrong kind of touch. They should be taught that bullying and emotional exploitation are not part of school curriculum. Teachers and parents alike can partake in this imperative teaching and prepare the child for the worst for him or her to come out of the situation, unscathed. Individualistic attention to every child is important too. Each child sees and reacts to a situation differently. To recognise the stimulus in an individual and take measures accordingly is very important. Even if a school is allowing 40 children in a class, individually, they should all be given adequate attention. Teachers can then form proper safety measure knowing the vulnerability each child displays, in a difficult situation and they can further teach the child to act or react appropriately, in a given situation. Through an evolved study by civil society experts on nation-wide child protection policies, it was revealed that only 10% schools had an active child protection policy and just 1% schools had a sexual harassment policy for school children. Now isn't it the schools responsibility to charter these policies actively till they become a norm? But we see the demise of sincerity in following these safety measures each day and children are left to pay the heavy debt, due to authoritarian callousness. © Retuers We don't wish for a utopian society. We wish for simple, important things in life. Child safety is one of them. It's the most basic measure of protection while growing up, so why is it going unnoticed? It's time to let go of the fear we have to question the right authority and demand stricter rules and laws that should be implemented for nurturing the best years of a child's life and not diminish them altogether.
  5. Swiss Alps train accident, Image Courtesy: CNN GENEVA: At least 30 people ? most of them school children ? were injured Monday when a train engine collided with carriages full of passengers at a station in the Swiss Alps, police and media said. "No one is in critical condition," said a spokeswoman for the regional police in the Swiss canton of Uri. Police initially said 27 people had been hurt. Around 100 people were onboard when the accident happened shortly before midday, including three school classes counting 65 primary and secondary school students, the Swiss daily Blick reported. Eighteen of those injured were children, it said. The accident happened shortly as a train run by the Matterhorn-Gotthard rail company, made up of a locomotive and five carriages, attempted a manoeuvre at Andermatt station. The locomotive was supposed to move to a parallel track to move from the back of the train to the front, and allow the train to head back towards the Alpine resort of Disentis. But Jan Barwalde, a spokesman for the rail company told AFP something had gone wrong and the locomotive had slammed into the carriages. "For some reason, the locomotive drove into the convoy it had just detached from, instead of moving onto the parallel track," he said. He said the locomotive had been travelling at a speed of only 15 to 20 kilometres per hour (9-12 miles per hour), and there appeared to be very little material damage. But the effect was nonetheless dramatic for the school children, many of whom were heading to a camp. "We were just getting into the train when there was a jerk," 32-year-old secondary school teacher Chantal Michel told Blick. She said some students were on the stairs, lifting suitcases into the train when the accident happened had fallen. Twenty-five of those injured had been taken to a hospital, but most were quickly released. Teacher Andre Kobelt told Blick that one child was being kept in hospital overnight with a suspected concussion. Three rescue helicopters and around a dozen ambulances were sent to the scene, Swiss media reported. The regional police and the Swiss Transportation Safety Investigation Board have opened an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the accident.
  6. NEW DELHI: Indian Nobel peace laureate Kailash Satyarthi on Monday started a cross-country march aimed at forcing authorities to clamp down on the widespread sexual abuse and trafficking of vulnerable children. Satyarthi and scores of supporters embarked on the ?India March? at Kanyakumari on the country?s southernmost tip. He hopes to get one million people involved in various stages of the march to New Delhi. ?If our children are not safe in India, if our children are not safe in schools, then we have to change it,? 63-year-old Satyarthi told NDTV television. ?We cannot just wait and watch. One cannot be a silent spectator,? he said, calling child sexual abuse a ?growing menace, a growing epidemic?. The march will finish in New Delhi on October 16 after he and his supporters travel across all 29 states and seven union territories, covering 11,000 kilometres (6,835 miles). More than 9,000 children were trafficked in India in 2016, up nearly 25 percent from the previous year, according to the Ministry of Women and Child Development. About 14,000 children were victims of rape and sexual harassment in 2015, data from the National Crime Records Bureau showed. But those figures may only be the tip of the iceberg, with experts saying the government underestimates the numbers in a country where a shroud of silence surrounds such crimes.
  7. File Photo-Reuters SOUTH OF MOSUL, IRAQ: Iraqi authorities are holding 1,400 foreign wives and children of suspected Daesh fighters after government forces expelled the group from one of its last remaining strongholds in Iraq, security and aid officials said. Most came from Turkey. Many others were from former Soviet states, such as Tajikistan, Azerbaijan and Russia, Iraqi army and intelligence officers said. Other Asians and a ?very few? French and Germans were also among them. The wives and children are being held at an Iraqi camp south of Mosul. Most had arrived since Aug. 30, when Iraqi troops drove Daesh out of Mosul. One intelligence officer said that they were still in verifying their nationalities with their home countries, since many of the women no longer had their original documents. It is the largest group of foreigners linked to Daesh to be held by Iraqi forces since they began driving the militants from Mosul and other areas in northern Iraq last year, an aid official said. Thousands of foreigners have been fighting for Islamic State, or Daesh, in Iraq and Syria. ?We are holding the Daesh families under tight security measures and waiting for government orders on how to deal with them,? said Army Colonel Ahmed al-Taie from Mosul?s Nineveh operation command. ?We treat them well. They are families of tough criminals who killed innocents in cold blood, but when we interrogated them we discovered that almost all of them were mislead by a vicious Daesh propaganda,? he said. Reuters reporters saw hundreds of the women and children sitting on mattresses crawling with bugs in tents without air-conditioning in what aid workers called a ?militarized site?. Turkish, French and Russian were among the languages spoken. ?I want to go back (to France) but don?t know how,? said a French-speaking veiled woman of Chechen origin who said she had lived in Paris before. She said she did not know what had happened to her husband, who had brought her to Iraq when he joined Daesh. A security officer said the women and children had mostly surrendered to the Kurdish peshmerga near the northern city of Tal Afar, along with their husbands. The Kurds handed the women and children over to Iraqi forces but kept the men - all presumed to be fighters - in their custody. Many of the families had fled to Tal Afar after Iraqi troops pushed Daesh out of Mosul. Iraqi forces retook Tal Afar, a city of predominantly ethnic Turkmen that produced some of Daesh?s senior commanders, last month. Most of its pre-war population of 200,000 have fled. An interior ministry official said Iraq wanted to negotiate with embassies the return of the women and children. ?We can?t keep this number in our custody for a long time,? he said. Officials had counted so far at least 13 nationalities, said Army Lieutenant Colonel Salah Kareem. Tensions Aid workers and the authorities are worried about tensions between Iraqis, who lost their homes and are also living in the camp, and the new arrivals. Many Iraqis want revenge for the harsh treatment they received under the extremists? interpretation of Sunni Islam, which they imposed in Mosul and the other areas they seized in 2014. ?The families are being kept to one side (of the camp) for their own safety,? an Iraqi military intelligence officer said. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), which is supporting the 541 women and their children, said Iraq ?must swiftly move to clarify its future plans for these individuals?. ?Like all those fleeing conflict, it is imperative that these individuals are able to access protection, assistance, and information,? NRC said in a statement. ?They are in de-facto detention.? Western officials are worried about radicalised fighters and their relatives coming home after the collapse of Daesh?s ?caliphate?. French officials have indicated a preference for citizens found to be affiliated with Daesh to be prosecuted in Iraq. ?The general philosophy is that adults should go on trial in Iraq,? a French diplomatic source told Reuters last month, of those found to have been fighters. ?We think children would benefit from judicial and social services in France.? ?Tricked? The women in the camp were cooking noodles or lying on mattresses with their babies in the hot tents. Many were still wearing the black abayas and face veils, which were mandatory in areas the militants controlled. ?My mother doesn?t even know where I am,? said a 27-year-old French woman of Algerian descent. She said she had been tricked by her husband into coming with him through Turkey into Syria and then Iraq when he joined Daesh last year. ?I had just given birth to this little girl three months before,? she said holding the infant and asking not to be named. ?He said ?let?s go for a week?s holiday in Turkey.? He had already bought the plane tickets and the hotel.? After four months in Mosul, she ran away from her husband to Tal Afar in February. She was hoping to make it back to France but he found her and would not let her leave. She tearfully recounted how her five-year-old son was killed in June by a rocket while playing in the streets. ?I don?t understand why he did this to us,? she said of her husband, who she said was killed fighting in Mosul. ?Dead or alive - I couldn?t care less about him.? She and a few other families had walked for days to surrender at a Kurdish peshmerga checkpoint beyond al-Ayadiyah, a town near Tal Afar where the militants made their last stand. ?We were getting bombed, shelled and shot at,? she said. Kurdish officials said dozens of fighters surrendered after the fall of Tal Afar but gave no details. One Tal Afar resident said he had seen between 70 and 80 fighters fleeing the town in the final days of the battle.
  8. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/3c9ecead7bb8ea38cde21e4c38611f80.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9OS84LzIwMTcgMzowOToyNyBQTSZoYXNoX3ZhbHVlPUd6Mjk5L0lES3NtK1dYcTRnd0w0YWc9PSZ2YWxpZG1pbnV0ZXM9NjAmaWQ9MQ== style=center] ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan has fixed the date for hearing the review petitions filed by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his children against the Panama case verdict. A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Aijaz Afzal, will hear the petitions on September 12. The other two members of the bench include Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Aijazul Ahsan. Three different review petitions were filed by Nawaz Sharif and one by his daughter, Maryam Nawaz. On July 28, Nawaz Sharif stepped down as the prime minister of Pakistan after being disqualified from holding public office by the Supreme Court in a landmark decision on the Panama Papers case. Disqualified by SC, Nawaz Sharif steps down as prime minister Nawaz Sharif disqualified for failing to disclose his un-withdrawn receivables constituting assets from UAE-based Capital FZE in his 2013 election nominations papers Announcing its verdict, the five-member bench unanimously disqualified Nawaz Sharif for failing to disclose his un-withdrawn receivables constituting assets from UAE-based Capital FZE in his nominations papers for the 2013 general election, stating that this meant he was not ?honest? and ?truthful?, as per the Constitution. Sharif, in his review petitions filed on August 15, pleaded the apex court to dismiss the petitions filed by Sheikh Rasheed, Imran Khan and Siraj-ul-Haq, which sought his disqualification. The petitions added that the five-member bench did not have jurisdiction to rule over case 184-3 to disqualify the prime minister ?without fair trial? and added that the apex court overseeing the NAB probe is violation ?against the trichotomy Article 175?. The former prime minister, through his petitions, argued that the decision passed by the court on July 28 should have been passed by a three-member bench as Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and Justice Gulzar Ahmed's jurisdiction had expired after their dissenting judgement on April 20. Accountability court accepts all references against Sharifs, Dar: NAB Sharif family members and Dar can face up to 14 years imprisonment, heavy fine, and freezing of property as well as lifelong disqualification from public office if found guilty Earlier on Friday, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) submitted four interim references against the Sharif family and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar before an accountability court in Islamabad. Under tight security, cartons full of documents from the NAB regional offices were ushered into the Islamabad Accountability Court amid much media hype as the Supreme Court's deadline was to expire on September 8. Nawazish Ali, a spokesman for NAB, told Geo News that all the references have been accepted for trial and nothing was sent back. The references were filed in light of the Supreme Court's July 28 decision in the Panama Papers case. NAB was given six weeks, from the date of the court's order, to file the reference in an accountability court while the court was granted six months to wrap up the proceedings.
  9. Rohingya refugees from Myanmar's Rakhine state arrive near the Khanchon border crossing near the Bangaldeshi town of Teknaf on Septebmer 5, 2017/AFP COX´S BAZAR, Bangladesh: At least five children drowned when boats carrying Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar sank early on Wednesday, Bangladesh border guards told AFP. Authorities said three to four boats had sunk at the mouth of the Naf river, which divides Bangladesh and Myanmar´s violence-wracked Rakhine state, raising fears there could be many more casualties. Scores of people have already been killed attempting to cross the Naf border river since a fresh upsurge in violence in Rakhine on August 25, many using small fishing boats unsuited to the rough coastal waters. Myanmar's Suu Kyi denounces terrorists, silent on Rohingya exodus The leader of the Buddhist-majority country has come under pressure from countries with Muslim populations over the crisis Border Guard Bangladesh officer Aloysius Sangma said three to four boats packed with Rohingya refugees had gone down early Wednesday. "So far, the bodies of five male and female children have been found at different locations," he told AFP. Local police chief Main Uddin said authorities were travelling to the spot to investigate. More than 125,000 refugees have flooded across the border into Bangladesh. Most are Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic minority that the government of Buddhist-majority Myanmar largely does not recognise as citizens.
  10. New York and Washington state on Monday vowed to sue President Donald Trump if he scraps a program shielding from deportation immigrants who came to the United States illegally as children. The Trump administration is expected to announce on Tuesday that he will end the so-called Dreamers program but give the US Congress six months to craft legislation to replace it, according to sources familiar with the situation. US Attorney General Jeff Sessions will announce plans for ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program at 11 a.m. (1500 GMT) on Tuesday, but will not take questions, the Justice Department said on Monday. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, in a joint statement with the state?s attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, said, ?The president?s action would upend the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people who have only ever called America their home.? The attorney general of Washington state, Bob Ferguson, also threatened legal action. ?I will use all the legal tools at my disposal to defend the thousands of Dreamers in Washington state,? he said in a statement. Ferguson and Schneiderman were among 20 attorneys general who wrote to Trump in July to say that if he ended the program, they would defend it ?by all appropriate means.? Nine Republican state attorneys general have said they would file suit on Tuesday if Trump did not end the program. The White House declined to comment on Monday. DACA is a policy created by former President Barack Obama that protects nearly 800,000 young people, often called ?Dreamers,? from deportation and allows them to work legally. Under the shift Trump is considering, any Dreamer with a valid work permit would be able to remain in the United States until the permit expires, in the absence of congressional action, sources familiar with the matter said. At the same time, the Department of Homeland Security would not target Dreamers for deportation, one of the sources said. Dreamers are a fraction of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States, most of them Hispanic. Trump as a candidate promised to deport all of them, but many Americans have rallied to support the young adults, who have spent large parts of their lives in the United States. While Republicans in Congress have generally taken a hard line on illegal immigration and are sympathetic to the argument that Obama overstepped his bounds in creating DACA, several have stepped forward to call for action to protect the Dreamers. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, the top elected Republican official, on Friday urged Trump not to rescind the program, as did Senator Orrin Hatch. Senator James Lankford said on Monday it was not appropriate to ?hold children legally accountable for the actions of their parents.? Another Republican, Senator Tom Cotton, who has been particularly outspoken on reforming immigration laws, told the Washington Examiner he supports legislation that would protect dreamers and take legal steps to reduce illegal immigration. Many prominent business leaders, including the chief executive officers of Microsoft, General Motors and Facebook Inc -- Satya Nadella, Mary Barra and Mark Zuckerberg, respectively -- have also urged Trump not to reverse the Dreamer program.
  11. KARACHI: Forty-nine children died at a hospital in Indian state of Uttar Pradesh over a month, Indian media reported on Monday, after a probe blamed lack of oxygen supply for the deaths. The deaths were reported at Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in Farrukhabad city between July 21 and August 20, according to the Hindustan Times. Overall, 30 children died at the hospital?s unit for newborns, while 19 died during delivery. The deaths have revived memories of a similar incident in Gorakhpur, in which at least 64 children died over six days at a government hospital in August, this year. The government has transferred Farrukhabad district magistrate and two top medical officials over the tragedy.
  12. On one hand, where some people didn't think twice before putting others' lives in danger and even killed some for a man convicted as a rapist; this cop from Madhya Pradesh, on the other hand, put his life on the line and ran with a 10kg bomb to save the lives of as many as 400 children. Abhishek Patel, a head constable in Madhya Pradesh's Sagar district, with his extraordinary courage proved that one doesn't need superpowers to save the world. Keeping this attitude in mind, Patel tucked a 10kg bomb in his arms and sprinted 1km in a direction away from the residential areas. “My only objective was to take it away as far from the children as possible. Far away from all residential areas,” Patel reportedly said while trying to catch his breath after his nonstop run. © BCCL The unexplored artillery shell was found on Friday morning in a school in Sagar's Chitora village. The police too responded swiftly after an unknown source informed them of this incident. According to the report published in The Times Of India, Ajay Kumar, school's senior teacher said “Police saw the bomb and immediately asked us to close for the day, almost two hours early. We asked the students to leave at once.” Amid all the tension with so many lives at stake, Patel came forward picked the bomb and started running. After coming back, Patel explained that he was a part of a police drill a few months ago, where a similar bomb was spotted and they had to run with it. He further added, “Had it exploded, we were told, it would have damaged a radius of 500 meters. I was afraid it would blow up and decided to take it as far away as possible.” While the entire incident looks like it was taken out directly from an action movie, Patel's efforts are truly commendable. In fact, there are many who are drawing parallels between this incident and Tom Hank's ‘Forrest Gump'. However, the shell hasn't been defused yet and it's still unkown how a bomb that big a size managed to make its way into a school. The case is being investigated. Patel's courage will be acknowledged with a reward of Rs. 50,000. Source: The Times Of India
  13. BAHAWALNAGAR: A man committed suicide on Tuesday after allegedly strangling his daughters in Bahawalpur's area of Darbari, informed local police officials. Police believe that Riaz Ahmed killed his daughters and self following a serious verbal spat with his wife. The law enforcement personnel shifted the bodies to a nearby hospital. Police have started further investigations over the case.
  14. Michael Kellar (L), 56, and Gail Burnworth (R), 50, are pictured in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters August 8, 2017. San Jose Police Department/Handout via REUTERS Impromptu detective work by a woman on an airline flight resulted in the arrest of another passenger whose text messages about sexually abusing children she photographed and gave to police, federal prosecutors said on Tuesday. Michael Kellar of Tacoma, Washington, will be charged on Tuesday with conspiring to make child pornography, prosecutors said, after he exchanged the explicit messages with a woman he met a year ago on a dating website. He sent the messages to Gail Lynn Burnworth, also of Tacoma, while he was flying from Seattle to San Jose, California, on July 31, according to a criminal complaint. The woman behind Kellar became alarmed as she could see the couple describe sexually abusing two children in Burnworth's care. Burnworth promised to send Kellar pictures of her molesting the children while they slept. "You can do this or are you just saying this???" Kellar replied in one message, apparently unaware the passenger behind him was taking photographs of his phone's screen. "No I think I can do it if I don't have parents over my shoulder," Burnworth responded. "And then on Sunday, I will have the kids no parents just kids." The alarmed passenger, who has not been named, told flight attendants and later shared her photos with police who arrived to meet Kellar at the airport, the complaint said. Kellar gave police his phone and told them he "likely" had a sexual interest in children, according to the complaint, but that the discussion of abusing the children in Burnworth's care was fantasy. Kellar remained in custody on Tuesday and it was not clear whether he had a lawyer. Later that day, police arrested Burnworth, who also acknowledged a sexual interest in prepubescent boys and girls, the complaint said. Burnworth lives in Tacoma, Washington, with a man she referred to in messages as her former husband, along with his three children and the children's mother. She told authorities she had made up to 20 sexual images of the youngest two, a boy and a girl under 12 years old, to send to Kellar. On her phone, police saw the full-text message exchange in which the couple discussed drugging the children in order to rape them while the parents were away. Both Kellar and Burnworth, who appeared in federal court in Tacoma on Monday, are charged with conspiring to produce child pornography, while Kellar, who is due to appear in federal court in San Jose, also faces a charge of attempted enticement of a minor. Burnworth's lawyer, a public defender, did not respond to a request for comment.
  15. Human rights and education activist Malala Yousafzai early Thursday night took to Twitter to announce she has received the first copy of her picture book. Malala was ?thrilled to find a copy of my first picture book, Malala's Magic Pencil!? she posted. The 20-year-old also revealed that her mother is the first person to open and read Malala?s picture book. ?So happy that my mother, Toor Pekai, who is learning English, is the first one to read the book,? she said. Published by Puffin, ?Malala's Magic Pencil? is aimed for readers aged 4-8, and is categorised as "Juvenile Nonfiction" and "Children's Social Activists Biographies" on Hachette Book Group and Amazon, respectively. The 48-page-long book?s description says it helps children see ?the worldview that allowed Malala to hold on to hope even in the most difficult of times? since the world ?needed fixing?. It encourages little kids to see they ?could still work hard every day to make her wishes come true?. ?Speak up for your rights? ? Malala?s exclusive message on her 20th birthday 'Believe in yourself, speak up for your rights, [acquire] education because it is very important for the future of Pakistan' Yousafzai, a citizen-turned-celebrity and Nobel Laureate, celebrated her 20th birthday on July 12, 2017, by talking about the importance of education for young girls. In a special message delivered via Geo News, she advised her fellow countrymen and women to prioritise education. ?Believe in yourself, speak up for your rights, [and acquire] education because it is very important for the future of Pakistan. It is only through education you can change the future of your country and take it forward,? she said. In addition, she said to parents, ?If you can give something [precious] to your children, it is education. Through education, they can progress and contribute to their country and family.? Malala was shot by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan terrorists in 2012 in her hometown of Swat, Pakistan. She was designated the UN Messenger of Peace in 2017 and has advocated for education since a very young age. She joined Twitter earlier this year.
  16. <p>The thrill of horror movies goes back as far as the onset of movies itself. From the earliest days, people have felt connected to the unknown and perceived the dark side of life, improbable to many cognitive heads. The vivid imagination of the human brain has paved a way to filming such terrifying plots, while captivating and entertaining us at the same time. The dark, primitive and revolting traits that simultaneously attract and repel us are featured in the horror genre. Developed out of a number of sources like folktales with devilish characters, myths, fables and witchcraft, these are designed to frighten and panic, to cause dread and to invoke our hidden fears. These movies often display the forbidden and strangely alarming events.</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="Horror Movies And Children Make A Perfect Box Office Formula" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Aug/horror-movies-and-children-make-a-perfect-box-office-formula-740x400-1-1501673439.jpg" alt="Horror Movies And Children Make A Perfect Box Office Formula" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Aug/horror-movies-and-children-make-a-perfect-box-office-formula-740x400-1-1501673439.jpg" />© Facebook</p> <p>Watching a horror movie gives our mind an opening to a dreadful world, to the essence of fear itself, without actually being in danger. To be true, there is a real thrill and fun factor in watching horrifying images. From ‘The Exorcist' (1973) to ‘The Grudge' series, filmmakers have successfully scared the hell out of viewers every time. With less reliance on special effects, such movies can be extremely potent film forms, tapping into our dreams and scaring our souls.</p> <p>Nevertheless, viewership is steadily increasing despite these spooky facts. Dealing with one's nightmares and vulnerability, they often end with a return to normalcy and victory over the monstrous.</p> <p>But have you ever noticed the fact that horror movies in Hollywood are mostly built around a child protagonist! That's true, so by now, you must have imagined some horror movies built around children. Let's go down memory lane and throw some much needed light on such movies one by one. </p> <p>The Conjuring series – ‘The Conjuring' and ‘Conjuring 2', depicts the theme building around children. In the first part, paranormal activities happen when Roger and Carolyn Perron move into a farmhouse with their daughters, five in number. Remember how the story became clear when the demonologist sees a woman's spirit whom Bathsheba had long ago possessed and used to kill her child? That was completely child centric and yet so horrific. </p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="Horror Movies And Children Make A Perfect Box Office Formula" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Aug/horror-movies-and-children-make-a-perfect-box-office-formula-740x400-2-1501673570.jpg" alt="Horror Movies And Children Make A Perfect Box Office Formula" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Aug/horror-movies-and-children-make-a-perfect-box-office-formula-740x400-2-1501673570.jpg" />© Facebook</p> <p>While in ‘Conjuring 2', Janet (the second oldest of the four children) sleepwalks and converses in her dreams with an entity of an old man. Children's involvement in the film makes it a worth watch affair.</p> <p>On the other hand in ‘Annabelle', as John and Mia Form expect their first child, a series of paranormal incidents surround their lives, followed by the birth of the baby. The story line links the newborn and the doll named ‘Annabelle'.</p> <p>Taking a look at the more classic films, ‘Rosemary's Baby' chronicles the story of a pregnant woman, who suspects that an evil cult wants to take her baby for their own rituals. ‘The Shining' which is deemed to be one of the greatest horror films of all time starring Jack Nicolson, is also built on the storyline of a child protagonist - Danny Torrance, who keeps the audience hooked with his stellar performance.</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="Horror Movies And Children Make A Perfect Box Office Formula" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Aug/horror-movies-and-children-make-a-perfect-box-office-formula-740x400-3-1501673937.jpg" alt="Horror Movies And Children Make A Perfect Box Office Formula" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Aug/horror-movies-and-children-make-a-perfect-box-office-formula-740x400-3-1501673937.jpg" />© Facebook</p> <p>The latest one on the list is Stephen King's novel adaptation - ‘It', which has already made headlines with its spooky trailer and the return of Pennywise, the clown. And yet again, a bunch small young boys lead the film. </p> <iframe title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="1" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/hAUTdjf9rko"></iframe> <p>It cannot be concluded if these films have any negative impact on the young minds, however, children in horror films is now quickly become a trend. It seems that every other horror film has this essential factor, which may also be one of the reasons behind the high box office collection of ‘The Conjuring' series.</p>
  17. George and Amal Clooney UNITED NATIONS: George and Amal Clooney plan to help nearly 3,000 Syrian refugee children go to school this year in Lebanon, where the United Nations says around 200,000 Syrian refugee children are out of education. More than one million Syrians -- including over 500,000 children -- are registered as refugees in Lebanon after fleeing the devastating war that has lasted more than six years in neighboring Syria. UNICEF said Monday that close to 200,000 Syrian refugee children in Lebanon are out of school. Human Rights Watch estimates the number at more than 250,000. The nearly 3,000 Syrian children´s education will be funded through a $2.25 million partnership announced by The Clooney Foundation for Justice with Google, in addition to a $1 million technology grant from HP. The partnership with UNICEF will help seven public schools educate the students, who are not currently in school, and will support a pilot of technology tools in these schools for refugee and Lebanese children, the Clooneys said. "Thousands of young Syrian refugees are at risk -- the risk of never being a productive part of society. Formal education can help change that," the couple said in a statement. "We don´t want to lose an entire generation because they had the bad luck of being born in the wrong place at the wrong time," they added. More than 330,000 people have been killed in Syria since war broke out in March 2011 with anti-government protests that have evolved into a complex proxy war. The Clooneys welcomed their first children -- a twin boy and girl -- in Britain last month. Amal Clooney, a prominent British-Lebanese human rights lawyer, married her Hollywood movie star husband in 2014.
  18. ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court?s Panama case implementation bench on Friday began its proceedings around 9:30am in what is its fifth consecutive hearing following the submission of the Joint Investigation Team?s (JIT) final probe report into the Sharif family?s businesses. On Thursday, the three-member bench, headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and comprising Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijazul Ahsan, heard arguments from the counsel of the prime minister?s children, Salman Akram Raja. The counsel is continuing his arguments today. On Thursday, the bench observed that prima facie, the case relates to submission of forged documents. During the hearing, the bench was informed that there is a seven-year imprisonment term for those who submit false documents in court. Throughout Thursday?s hearing, the members of the bench remarked at different times the absence of any money trail with regards to the Sharif family's London properties as well as the Azizia Steel Mills in Jeddah. SC says Panama case about forged documents, warns of action Counsel for PM's children submits petition listing objections to JIT report; pleads dismissal of report and Panama Papers petition Justice Ejaz observed that in case the ownership and money trail of the London properties is not proved by the premier?s children, they will question the public office holder. Counsel for PM?s children submits objections to JIT report During the hearing, Raja also submitted a 17-page petition listing objections on the JIT report, pleading for dismissal of the report and its 'evidence'. Justice Ijaz observed that producing the Qatari prince before the JIT was Hussain?s responsibility as the sheikh was his star witness. Earlier this week, the bench heard arguments of the petitioners over the JIT report, submitted on July 10, and is now hearing the replies of the respondents. Pre-hearing talks Sheikh Rashid. Photo: Geo News Prior to the start of Friday's proceedings, Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rashid, one of the three petitioners in the Panama Papers case, addressed the media. He said he expects the case to finish today, adding that ?Millions want to be rid of Nawaz Sharif?. Jamaat-e-Islami chief Sirajul Haq, another petitioner in the case, said whatever the decision of the apex court is, the country and people?s future is attached to it. JI chief Sirajul Haq. Photo: Geo News ?We pray, believe and hope that the country is rid of corruption as a result of the decision,? he said, adding that Pakistan is the only country in the world where the rulers think they are above the law. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Vice-Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi, addressing the media, said it is expected the court will reserve its decision today. ?The PTI?s fight isn?t with a person or a family but with corruption,? he said. PTI's Shah Mehmood Qureshi. Photo: Geo News Qureshi argued that the PTI is fighting for the rule of law. ?I hope the Supreme Court won?t let the people down [with its decision],? he added. Addressing the prime minister, Pakistan Peoples Party?s (PPP) senior leader Sherry Rehman said if you don?t recognise this accountability then you are questioning the Supreme Court. The PPP leader was referring to the premier?s remarks at the Lowari Tunnel yesterday wherein he lashed out at the JIT and the PTI for their ?victimisation? not ?accountability?. PPP's Sherry Rehman. Photo: Geo News ?If a PPP prime minister had said what Nawaz Sharif did in Lowari, then he would have been held in contempt of court,? she said. Sherry pleaded the premier to step down as he is making every state institution controversial. State Water and Power Minister Abid Sher Ali lashed out at PTI chief Imran Khan, saying a room should be prepared for him in a mental asylum as he will go insane following the court?s verdict [in Nawaz Sharif?s favour]. Criticising the stance of PPP leaders against corruption, Ali said ?I was shocked to see [Qamar Zaman] Kaira and Sherry talk about money trails and lecture on corruption yesterday?. State minister Abid Sher Ali. Photo: Geo News He quipped that the walls of the Supreme Court shake when these PPP members talk against corruption. The minister vowed to resign if AML chief Sheikh Rashid can prove the money trail of his properties in Murree, Islamabad and Fatehjang. Continuing his tirade against Imran?s father, the minister reiterated his allegations terming the PTI chief?s father a corrupt man. PTI Spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry said the prime minister should have resigned earlier. ?There?s still time, don?t wait for the court?s decision,? he suggested. When asked to comment on the presence of PPP leaders in the hearing, he said ?they have to come to take the winning cup of a match they didn?t even play?.
  19. Iraqi teenagers, who were separated from their families during the fighting between Iraqi forces and Daesh near Mosul, use tablets at the Terres des Hommes Italia, a children's aid organisation, in Debaga region/AFP DEBAGA, IRAQ: Adel, 15, hasn´t seen his parents for the past nine months, but that was the price to pay to escape the brutal rule of Daesh militants in his northern Iraqi hometown. "I miss my family, nine months is too long," said the teenager, among hundreds of youngsters separated from their parents because of Daesh and the months-long battle that has expelled the militants from Mosul, the main city of northern Iraq. Adel remembers the long trek on foot out of Hawijah -- a town in Kirkuk province that is still held by Daesh -- as he and others made their way to Iraq´s autonomous Kurdish region. "We walked all night, around 14 hours," said the teenager. He now lives in a camp for the displaced in Debaga region, southeast of Mosul, where he has been reunited with one of his brothers and some cousins. Adel is not from the area, but the battle for Mosul has displaced hundreds of thousands of other civilians, many of whom now reside in camps near Iraq´s second city. According to the UN´s children agency, UNICEF, more than 1,000 children under the age of 18 have been separated from their parents. Adel is cared for by the Terres des Hommes Italia, a children´s aid organisation, and is among 17 teenagers being sheltered by the charity, which organises English and computer science classes and sports activities. "The teachers treat us well. It´s like I´m at home here now," said Adel. Tracing families In the common room, boys wearing T-shirts took turns to play ping pong or table football. Others lay on mattresses in the dormitory next door busy with their mobile phones, while in the background Arab music blared out at full volume. In the kitchen, three teenagers were helping the head cook prepare the day´s lunch, and they were learning how to bake bread. The Terres des Hommes Italia, a children's aid organisation, currently shelters 17 Iraqi teenagers who are being offered English and computer science classes and sports activities/AFP Six months after Adel fled Hawijah, his parents also left for a camp for the displaced in Kirkuk province. "The only way to contact them is by phone and sometimes on Facebook," said Adel. He hopes to go visit them after September, when he is due to re-sit his school exams after failing at a first attempt. "There are just over 1,000 children who are separated and unaccompanied," UNICEF´s Maulid Warfa said after a tour of the Mosul area. His visit to eastern and western Mosul came after the Iraq government declared the city "liberated" from the militants who overran it three years ago. "Separated means they are with relatives, but not their parents. Unaccompanied means they are all alone, and this group is our top priority," said Warfa. He said UNICEF was working to trace the families. "If we can´t find them, the courts will put them in a state institution." Trouble sleeping The UN official said he had met a boy of around seven whose left hand had been badly damaged in an explosion. "He was clearly very distressed, not talking or interacting, even when we gave him a small ball to play with, he didn´t touch it. We were told his parents were killed in the blast," he said. Terre des Hommes official Abdulwahed Abdullah said children and teenagers separated from their families were at risk of psychological scarring. Iraqi youth, who were separated from their families during the war/AFP "They are suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome and most of them have trouble sleeping due to anxiety," he said. Some of the youngsters also "feel guilty they were able to escape from (Daesh) but not their families", Abdullah said. When they arrive at a centre like the one run by the charity, they have to relearn some basic facts of life: boys and girls can mix and listening to music is allowed. Under Daesh rule, all that was "haram" -- Arabic for forbidden. Twenty-year-old Ahmed also escaped from Hawijah but with his seven sisters and brothers, all younger including the baby of the family, a girl of two. Ahmed and his siblings left seven months ago without their parents and have found refuge in another camp in the Debaga region. "We speak on the phone every two or three days but only for five minutes each time," said Ahmed. Abdullah, his 15-year-old brother, said they had to keep conversations short because if the militants were to find out that their parents have a phone "they could kill them". Ahmed says he has learnt to remain patient with his younger brothers and sisters, who often cry and keep asking after their parents. "I tell them a story, anything to keep them quiet, I tell them that they (the parents) will come today or I give them some money to buy sweets," he said.
  20. KARACHi: Two children drowned on Thursday in the metropolis' Punjab Chowrangi area. The children were playing in a pool of water which had accumulated in an under-construction underpass, said rescue sources. Rescue services added that they have recovered a body from the area while the search for the second body is underway. The children were between the age of eight and ten. The underpass is slated to be completed by September 2017. The cost of the project is estimated at Rs600 million. After the completion of the underpass, traffic at Punjab Chowrangi will be signal-free. The length of the underpass will be 750 meters.
  21. Emergency services at the site of the accident in Shahkot. Photo: Geo News FAISALABAD/LAHORE: Four women and as many children were killed while 14 were injured in two road accidents in Bhera and Nankana Sahib on Thursday. In the first incident, a passenger van travelling to Murree from Lahore collided with a speeding car, resulting in the death of two women identified as Noreen and Sidra and three children, identified as Hamza, Hadia and Wasiq. Eight passengers injured in the incident were taken to a hospital in Bhera. The second accident occurred in Shahkot, Nanakana Sahib when a vehicle travelling to Faisalabad from Jaranwala caught fire due to an alleged CNG cylinder leak. Two women and a child died as a result of the fire. Passersby rescued the people from the burning car and transferred them to a hospital. Fire tenders also reached the site and doused the burning vehicle.
  22. PESHAWAR: A bomb resembling a toy killed at least six children Sunday in Speenmark village in the South Waziristan, officials said. The bomb exploded while the children were playing with it in the tribal district. "Six children aged between six to 12 years, all boys, were killed by a toy bomb and two others wounded critically," a local government official told AFP on condition of anonymity. Another local security official confirmed the incident and casualties. The origin of the bomb was unclear. Dozens of children, mostly in north-west Pakistan, have lost their lives in the past when playing with "toys" that turned out to be explosive devices. South Waziristan is also one of the seven tribal areas, where the army has for more than a decade been battling militants linked to the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. Pakistan army launched an operation in June 2014 in neighbouring North Waziristan to wipe out terrorist bases in the tribal areas and end an insurgency that has cost thousands of civilian lives since 2004. As a result, security has improved.
  23. From left to right: Moheeb, 11, Shahrazad, 8, Saif, 11, and Enan, 10. Photo: Mic There has been a surge in Islamophobia in the United States recently. Even the children are being targeted and called ?terrorists? in their schools. However, this has not resulted in any concrete action by the authorities. Mic interviewed four school-going Muslim children, who are based in New York, to ask about their experience in the classroom. The participants included 11-year-old Moheeb, 8-year-old Shahrazad, 10-year-old Enan and 11-year-old Saif. The children do not know anything about US President Donald Trump except that he is the president and wants to ban Muslim. However, this does not bode well for Shahrazad. "I have family in Yemen," Shahrazad said. "[They] can't come if Donald Trump makes another ban. When I pray, I ask God to help America and Yemen." Despite their lack of the awareness of the political situation, the children are fed up constant bullying by their classmates and lack of response from schools? administration. Moheeb recalled that two of his classmates have called him a ?terrorist?. He even complained to his principals and teachers but no action was taken. Now, he prefers ignoring the bullying. "I feel mad, because I don't think [students and teachers] understand how I feel," Moheeb said. "I sometimes ignore [the bullying]. If I cry about it, they'll do [it] more." Surge in anti-Muslim bullying About 42 percent of Muslims families have reportedly faced anti-Muslim bullying, according to a study by Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. To make matters worse, one in every four reported the incident came from teachers or other school officials. Courtesy: ISPU Muslim families most likely to be bullied Another survey revealed that Muslim Families are most likely to be bullied in US. The data showed that about 57% Muslim families have never faced bullying as opposed to 75% Jewish families, 94% Catholic families, 80% Protestant families, 99% non-affiliated and 90% general public. Courtesy: ISPU Respondents included people who have children who attend K-12 public school
  24. MULTAN: At least three schoolchildren and a driver were killed and nine children critically injured when a speeding oil tanker crushed a school van in Multan on Monday, confirmed rescue sources. The unfortunate accident took place at Makhdoom Rasheed Road when the oil tanker crushed the school van due to alleged over-speeding. According to reports, the injured and deceased were immediately shifted to Nishtar Hospital. A total of 11 children were on their way home in the school van. According to rescue sources, the van had to be cut to extricate the children Local authorities have informed that the oil tanker driver immediately fled the scene after the accident and that details of the oil tanker have been sent to the excise department to ascertain the owner’s identity. One of the deceased children was identified as Waqas. In Feb 2017, six schoolchildren and a van driver were killed when the van and a truck collided in Fatehpur area of Layyah. Nine other children were injured in the accident. The van was carrying at least 15 children en route to a private school. In Lodhran a motorcycle-rickshaw collided with a train killing eight including six schoolchildren and the driver. According to reports, 15 children were on their way to school when the crash took place. Railways Minister, Khawaja Saad Rafique ordered an investigation into the crash. Speaking to journalists, Rafique said there were questions related to the crash which would only be answered when the investigation is complete. He added that human error and the presence of dense fog could not be ruled out as the reason for the crash. School vans unregistered Meanwhile, over 18,000 school vans remain unregistered in Karachi in gross negligence of the traffic police’s directives. Orders issued month backs by the traffic police department require school vans to be painted yellow with the school’s name visible on the vehicle. The instructions included a strict prohibition of installing or overloading gas cylinders. The police had directed schools to employee a helper for each van, to facilitate students in getting on and off the van. Local schools have failed to follow the code of conduct issued for school vans months after it was issued. Numerous schoolchildren continue to face safety hazards in their daily commute to and fro their respective educational institutions.
  25. KARACHI: A man brutally killed his wife, two children and brother-in-law over a domestic dispute in Karachi late Friday, police said. The suspect, Mannan Bangali, killed his wife, children and brother-in-law with deadly blows of an iron rod in Karachi's Orangi Town area. The deceased woman, Rabia, was his second wife, while his first wife had died, the suspect told police while confessing to the gruesome act. The husband and wife would often quarrel over domestic issues. Mannan, in his confessional statement, claimed that Rabia had attacked him with the rod, which raged him and he killed her, their two children and his brother-in-law. The suspect was also injured during the episode. Police have also been investigating the suspect's son from his first marriage, sources told Geo News. His son, Asif, was called by neighbours to the suspect's home, they added.