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  1. Italian motorcycling ace Valentino Rossi has returned to training just 18 days after suffering a double leg fracture, his Movistar Yahama team confirmed. Rossi underwent surgery in Ancona, in eastern Italy, on September 1, a day after a crash in training, discharging himself from hospital the following day. The 38-year-old rode his first couple of laps around the Misano circuit on Monday before the session was cut short by rain, his team said. "The evaluation of Rossi's physical condition was inconclusive," the team said with a decision expected midweek on whether the veteran will attempt to take part in this weekend's Aragon MotoGP. If Rossi cannot compete his place should be taken by Dutch Superbike rider Michael van der Mark. Rossi missed the San Marino Grand Prix but remains fourth in the standings, 42 points behind world champion Marc Marquez of Spain and Italy's Andrea Dovizioso with five rounds to go. Rossi won the Dutch MotoGP in Assen in June to reignite his dream of a 10th world title and is fighting to be fit for the final races of the season which finishes on November 12 in Valencia.
  2. ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau on Friday assured the Supreme Court on Friday that it will be filing an appeal against the Lahore High Court's (LHC) decision quashing the Hudaibiya Paper Mills case against the Sharif family and others. The assurance was made by NAB's prosecutor general during the hearing of Awami Muslim League leader Sheikh Rasheed's petition in the court seeking re-opening of the case. The matter was heard by the five-judge bench, headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, that was hearing review petitions against the court's July 28 judgment in the Panama Papers case. Sources said on Thursday that after the apex court rules on the appeal, the anti-graft body will be able to pursue the case once more. The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) had submitted the entire record of the Hudaibiya Paper Mills to the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing the Panama case. Earlier, the Awami Muslim League chief, one of the three petitioners in the Panama Papers case, had submitted a petition in the apex court against NAB's failure to reopen the Hudaibiya Paper Mills case. The petition stated that on July 21, during the hearing of the Panama Papers case, NAB had informed the apex court it would reply in seven days regarding the reopening of the Hudaibiya case. However, the bureau failed to reply within the stated time period and NAB chairman was even sent a notice in this regard but that too has yet to be replied to, the petitioner claimed. Moreover, it was stated in the petition that the apex court had also directed for probing the Hudaibiya case in its July 28 judgment. NAB had decided to not reopen the Hudaibiya Paper Mills case against the Sharif family. Order NAB to reopen Hudaibiya case, AML chief petitions SC Sheikh Rasheed says failure to do so would strengthen money laundering in the country The decision was taken by NAB authorities on the grounds that earlier in October 2011, a Rawalpindi division bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) restrained the accountability court from proceeding in the matter after former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and members of his family challenged the revival of the references and requested the court to quash the cases. NAB authorities also stated that the Supreme Court had not clearly directed to reopen the Hudaibiya case in its July 28 judgment. The anti-graft watchdog's prosecution branch had also given its advice on the case. Hudaibiya Paper Mills case The Hudaibiya Paper Mills were allegedly used as a cover by the Sharif family to launder money outside the country in the 1990s. It was in relation to this case that the Sharif family's trusted aide, Ishaq Dar, recorded a confessional statement on April 25, 2000 in front of a magistrate in Lahore. On the basis of that confession, a reference was filed by the NAB before an accountability court against the Hudabiya Paper Mills, three Sharif brothers, Dar and others. That reference was struck down by the Lahore High Court on March 11, 2014 in response to a writ petition filed in 2011. Dar had claimed that he had made the 'confession' in duress and disowned the statement.
  3. Switzerland?s Martina Hingis and Taiwan?s Chan Yung-Jan won the US Open women?s doubles title on Sunday when they rolled past the Czech partnership of Lucie Hradecka and Katerina Siniakova 6-3 6-2. It was the first grand slam title for Chan but the second in as many days for Hingis, who won the mixed doubles with Britain?s Jamie Murray on Saturday. The victory took Hingis?s career grand-slam tally to 25, including five singles titles, 13 doubles and seven mixed doubles. ?Two in two days; I was Michael Jordan?s number 23 when I started here and now 25 sounds even sweeter,? said Hingis, who played the U.S. Open singles final on the same Arthur Ashe Stadium court 20 years ago, beating Venus Williams. ?It was an amazing feeling to play here in the singles final against Venus Williams,? Hingis said. ?We were two teenagers making the finals playing here for the first time at Ashe Stadium and coming back 20 years later it is a wonderful journey.? Hingis and Chan stormed through the draw without dropping a set and in the final did not face a breakpoint as they simply overwhelmed Hradecka and Siniakova. Fittingly it was Hingis who sealed victory with a thundering forehand down the line. Hingis and Chan had met the Czech duo twice before this season, winning both meetings including the final in Indian Wells.
  4. Boxer Amir Khan addresses press conference in Islamabad. Photo: Geo News ISLAMABAD: Boxer Amir Khan, while addressing a press conference on Friday, remarked that he is currently only focusing on boxing. ?My next fight is either in November or December,? he told the media, adding that his dedication can be gauged from the fact that he is working rather than celebrating Eid with his family. ?I am dedicated towards boxing,? he remarked. Speaking about his academy, he said that it is open for everyone. ?I made the gym for the betterment of the community. Anyone who wants to come is welcomed.? During the event, he also introduced a young boxer from his academy, Usman Malik. ?Usman will represent Pakistan in the boxing competition in Spain,? he shared. Malik belongs to Islamabad and has been training at Amir Khan Academy, Amir pointed out.
  5. ‘Look What You Made Me Do', Taylor Swift's most recent single and the first track from her next album ‘Reputation', just came out five days but has already managed to break four major streaming records. © Taylor Swift/Youtube Being streamed more than any other song in a single day, ‘Look What You Made Me Do' was played a total of 10,129,087 times on Spotify last Friday, the day of its release. On top of that, the song even broke YouTube's one-day streaming record. © Taylor Swift/Youtube When the music video for the song released, which was two days ago, it garnered 43.2 million views in 24 hours, smashing the record set by Psy, whose video for ‘Gentleman' was watched 38 million times in one day back in 2013. © Taylor Swift/Youtube As soon as Taylor's video crossed Psy's record, her director, Joseph Kahn, took to Twitter to celebrate, telling fans "you are all amazing". 39 million youtube views in 24 hours. World record. YOU DID IT. You are all amazing. THANK YOU!#LWYMMDvideo https://t.co/CtJKWQcNo0 — Joseph Kahn (@JosephKahn) August 29, 2017 It wasn't just the music video that went on to break records, though; the lyric video also attracted 19m views on its first day – more than double of the previous record-holder, which was ‘Something Just Like This' by The Chainsmokers and Coldplay. © Taylor Swift/Youtube A few months back, Ed Sheeran made headlines for getting the most Spotify streams in a day for his hit song, ‘Shape of You', but one of Ed's closest friends has come out and snatched that record also, with ‘Look What You Made Me Do' holding the record now. © Taylor Swift/Youtube The song is basically about Taylor Swift owning up to all of her old controversies and bad press, basically taking back her ‘reputation'. There are so many references in the video, and her fans have literally spent the last two days finding out each and every one. You can hate or love Taylor Swift, but you can't ignore the clever imagery and lyrics she has used in this song. After all, it succeeded to capture everyone's attention and the song and video are what everyone has been talking about since its release. Now, we'll just have to wait and see what the whole album has in store for us.
  6. Tropical Storm Harvey caused widespread flooding in Houston that inundated homes and submerged highways on Sunday as residents of the fourth most populous U.S. city hunkered down in anticipation of several more days of "unprecedented" rainfall. Harvey came ashore late on Friday as the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in more than 50 years and has killed at least two people. The death toll is expected to rise as the storm triggers additional tidal surges and tornadoes, with parts of the region expected to see a year's worth of rainfall in the space of a week. The storm has caused chest-deep flooding on some streets in Houston as rivers and channels overflow their banks. More than 25 inches (64 cm) of rain have fallen in some parts of the city, the National Weather Service said, forcing some residents onto their rooftops, while others sought refuge at emergency shelters. Scenes of rising floodwaters in the sprawling metropolis recalled the devastation that struck New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. Total precipitation could reach 50 inches (127 cm) in some coastal areas of Texas by the end of the week, or the average rainfall for an entire year. "What we're seeing is the most devastating flood event in Houston's recorded history. We're seeing levels of rainfall that are unprecedented," said Steve Bowen, chief meteorologist at reinsurance firm Aon Benfield. The center of Harvey was still 125 miles (200 km) from Houston and was forecast to arc slowly toward the city through Wednesday. Harvey was downgraded to a tropical storm on Saturday because its winds had slowed, but days of torrential rain are forecast. Texas Governor Greg Abbott told a news conference that new tornado warnings were expected later on Sunday. President Donald Trump plans to go to Texas on Tuesday to survey damage from the storm, a White House spokeswoman said on Sunday. The storm struck at the heart of the country's oil and gas industry, forcing operators to close several refineries and evacuate and close offshore platforms. The Gulf is home to about nearly half of the nation's refining capacity, and the reduced supply could affect gasoline supplies across the U.S. Southeast and other parts of the country. The swift rise of floodwaters surprised authorities, and Houston residents with boats were asked to help with rescues. Emergency services told the city's 2.3 million inhabitants to climb onto the roofs of houses, if necessary, to escape the water. People in Houston and other areas of Texas were asked not to leave their homes, even if they flooded, as roads were impassable. "The water was right at our door," said Jasmine Melendez, a 23-year-old Houston mother of three, including a week-old infant. "We were also worried about the kids, especially the baby." Melendez was sheltering at the downtown George Brown Convention Center, where hundreds of people had already shown up for water, food and baby supplies. IMPACT SIMILAR TO ALLISON The Harris County Flood Control District said Harvey's impact rivaled that of Tropical Storm Allison, which dropped more than 40 inches (102 cm) of rain in Texas in June 2001, flooded 70,000 homes and caused $9 billion in damage. "This event is unprecedented and all impacts are unknown and beyond anything experienced," the National Weather Service said on Twitter. Harvey slammed into Texas as a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 130 miles per hour (210 kph), making it the strongest storm to hit the state since 1961. Harvey ripped off roofs, destroyed buildings, flooded coastal towns and had cut off power to about 280,000 people in Texas as of Sunday. "Within less than a half hour, we had 7 to 8 inches of water in our first floor," said Brian Hoskins, 25, a petroleum engineer who lives in Houston. Many people were stuck in vehicles on raised highway sections with dips in the roads ahead of them flooded. The Twitter account of the sheriff of Harris County, which includes most of Houston, was inundated with rescue requests and his team was unable to respond quickly to all of them. The Twitter account for Harris County 911 said people should not call if their lives were not threatened. "There are a number of stranded people on our streets, calling 911, exhausting needed resources. You can help by staying off the streets," Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said on Twitter. Two deaths had been confirmed so far - one in Rockport, 30 miles (48 km) north of Corpus Christi, and in west Houston on Saturday. Millions of barrels per day of fuel production have been halted, and gasoline prices rose ahead of the storm. Benchmark gasoline futures were likely to rise again as shutdowns extended from to the refining hub of Houston, including Exxon's Baytown refinery, the second largest U.S. refinery. Houston's Bush International and William P. Hobby airports canceled all commercial flights on Sunday. The Ben Taub Hospital in Houston's Medical Center was being evacuated on Sunday. An American Red Cross emergency shelter was forced to shut due to flooding and the group opened two more. Abbott said 1,800 members of the military would help with the statewide cleanup. A further 1,000 people were conducting search-and-rescue operations, and several other states were sending emergency personnel. The size and strength of Harvey dredged up memories of Katrina, the 2005 hurricane that killed 1,800 people in a disaster made worse by a slow government emergency response. Trump, facing the first big U.S. natural disaster since he took office in January, signed a disaster proclamation on Friday, triggering federal relief efforts. Abbott said 50 counties had been declared state disaster areas. Jose Rengel, a 47-year-old construction worker who lives in Galveston, was helping with rescue efforts in Dickinson, Texas, southeast of Houston, where he saw water cresting the tops of cars. "I am blessed that not much has happened to me, but these people lost everything. And it keeps raining," he said.
  7. A man looks at motorcycles tipped over by strong wind from tropical storm Pakhar in Macau, China August 27, 2017. Photo: Reuters HONG KONG: Tropical storm Pakhar brought strong winds and heavy rain to Hong Kong and Macau on Sunday, just four days after one of the strongest typhoons on record, Hato, caused serious flooding and damage in the territories and killed at least 10 people in the gaming hub. The two cities lowered their typhoon signal to Number 3 in the early afternoon, after Pakhar brushed passed and landed in the southern Chinese city of Taishan in the morning. Both cities issued their third-highest weather warnings, storm signal Number 8, early in the day as winds intensified and heavy rain lashed down, churning up rough seas and prompting alerts of flooding in low-lying areas. No serious damage has been observed in Hong Kong so far. The government said it has received 13 reports of flooding and 159 reports of fallen trees. Hong Kong?s weather observatory said in the early hours that winds occasionally reached storm force in the southern part of the territory and hurricane force on high ground on Lantau Island to the west of the city where the airport is situated. Pakhar?s arrival comes as the cities are still reeling from Hato. While Hong Kong escaped major damage, Hato devastated Macau, the world?s largest gambling hub, killing at least 10 people, injuring 244 and exposing critical infrastructure flaws after it left the city without water and power for days. The maximum sustained winds recorded at Cheung Chau and Chek Lap Kok were 114 and 76 kilometers per hour (71 and 47 miles per hour), respectively, in the morning, with maximum gusts at 136 and 101 kmh. China?s Meteorological Administration maintained its yellow typhoon warning, the third-highest of four levels, as of midday Sunday and said torrential rains are expected in several southern provinces through Monday afternoon. Typhoon Hato leaves 16 dead after lashing southern China Eight died in the gambling hub of Macau, where images showed cars underwater and people swimming along streets Airport Authority Hong Kong reported 300 flights have been canceled or delayed, and around 30 diverted to other places by noon. Hong Kong?s flagship carrier, Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd, said the storm would cause delays and cancellations to flights arriving and departing on Sunday and Monday. Some ferries to Macau and outlying islands in Hong Kong resumed service after the typhoon signals were lowered. In Macau, the storm will pose a major setback to clean-up efforts that saw Chinese People?s Liberation Army troops deployed to help remove mountains of stinking debris strewn across some heavily flooded districts battered by Hato. Power has been restored in the territory but some areas still lacked water supply as of Saturday evening, the Macau Government Information Bureau said on its official website. The government said the city still faced a severe challenge in removing huge piles of waste from the streets, with 2,600 tonnes of debris collected on Saturday alone. Shower facilities and changing rooms at four public swimming pools have been opened to accommodate residents with no water facilities. Four Hong Kong journalists were denied entry to Macau on Saturday to cover the storms and relief effort on grounds they "posed a risk to the stability of internal security," according to reports from the media companies they represented. The Hong Kong Journalists Association expressed "deep regret" over the incident and urged Macau to respect press freedom. Police chief Ma Io-kun told a press conference on Saturday he was not aware of the case, but said the government respects press freedom "very much".
  8. 39 and fresh-faced: France´s President Emmanuel Macron PARIS: He´s only 39 and fresh-faced, but France´s President Emmanuel Macron has run up a make-up bill of 26,000 euros in his first 100 days in office, offering fresh ammunition to his critics. The bill, revealed by Le Point magazine and confirmed by the presidency to AFP on Friday, was paid to a freelance make-up artist for work since the centrist took power in mid-May. It recalled an embarrassing revelation about the balding former president Francois Hollande who was forced to admit to employing a private hairdresser on a pre-tax monthly salary of nearly 10,000 euros ($11,800). Opponents seized on the total of the make-up bills -- one for 10,000 euros and another for 16,000 euros -- with most of the French media publishing stories about the issue. "While France is slaving away, Macron is spreading (the equivalent of) 23 times the minimum wage on his face," wrote far-right strategist Florian Philippot on Twitter. A source in the presidency told BFM television that future costs would be "significantly reduced," while claiming that that both Hollande and former right-wing president Nicolas Sarkozy spent more on make-up. A beauty writer in Britain´s The Telegraph newspaper offered some tips for some cheaper male cosmetics in an article entitled "How President Macron could save himself £8000 on make-up a month." Macron with wife Brigitte Many male politicians in the West wear foundation while making media appearances to counter the bleaching effect of studio lights or flash photography, as well as concealer to cover up signs of under-eye fatigue. The leak to Le Point comes at a bad time for France´s youngest-ever president whose approval ratings have fallen sharply since his victory in May standing in his first ever election. A recent poll showed that only 37 percent of French people were happy with his performance so far and he faces a tricky battle to ram through promised labour market reforms next month. Earlier this month, Macron´s wife Brigitte, his former school teacher who is 25 years older than him, joked about the difficulties of living with her youthful husband during an interview with Elle magazine. "The 20 years of age difference... it´s really nothing," she said. "Of course, when we´re having breakfast, there´s me with my wrinkles and him looking fresh, but it´s like that."
  9. LAHORE: The government on Friday extended Rangers' special powers in the province for a period of 60 days, according to a notification issued Friday. The powers have been extended on the request of Punjab Home Department for the second time, read the notification issued by the Ministry of Interior. The paramilitary force will be able to discharge functions specified in Section 5 of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997, against terrorists in areas specified by the Government of Punjab, the notification added. In the past, the request to deploy Rangers was made under Article 147 of the Constitution, which allows the provincial government to entrust its functions to the federation, and the ATA.
  10. The body of one of the victims of a boat wreck, after a ferry sank off the northeastern state of Bahia, is brought ashore at the Maritime Terminal of Salvador on August 24, 2017. Photo: AFP Two Brazilian ferry wrecks in as many days left at least 39 people dead, authorities said Thursday, as rescuers searched for several more who were still missing. "We deeply regret the loss of tens of lives in the boat accidents in Para and Bahia," two states in the north of the country, President Michel Temer said on Twitter. Regional authorities in north-central Para state said 21 people were confirmed dead so far after a boat sank on the Xingu river late Tuesday. That vessel, the Capitan Ribeiro, had 49 people on board, 23 of whom were rescued. Emergency teams were still searching for five more, the department said in a statement. Separately, the navy said 18 people died when a ferry sank early Thursday off the northeastern state of Bahia. Naval commander Flavio Almeida lowered the death toll in that accident from an earlier count of 22. That boat reportedly had at least 120 people on board. Almeida told AFP at least 21 of them had been rescued by official means, but he added that many more were believed to have been picked up by civilian vessels. The boat was running the short route from the island of Itaparica across the bay to the city of Salvador, capital of Bahia state, when it went down in a storm. "It was raining... a wave came and the boat turned over. There were a lot of people" on board, one survivor, Edvaldo Santos de Almeida, told top news website G1. The naval commander said scores of military personnel were working on rescue efforts at the site. The state government declared three days of mourning. "I have been personally following this difficult operation from an early stage and all measures have been taken immediately," said Bahia governor Rui Costa. Wreck of the boat Cavalo Marinho I that suffered an accident in the Todos Os Santos Bay on August 24, 2017. Photo: AFP Search for survivors In the incident in Para, in a northern Amazon region, survivors told local media that the boat got caught in a rainstorm. The vessel had left the port of Santarem bound for Vitoria de Xingu. The regional public safety department said 21 people were confirmed to have died in that sinking, including two children. Rescuers were searching for others missing in the Xingu river. "It's a hard-to-access area," Colonel Augusto Lima, from the Para firefighters' service, was quoted as saying on Wednesday by the newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo. The victims who were rescued got out by swimming, Globo news reported, saying the boat went down about 500 metres (1,640 feet) from the riverbank. Ferries, fishing vessels and big commercial ships ply the Amazon waterways as one of the main forms of transport in a region with relatively few roads. Some 1,160 people have been killed in accidents on rivers in the Amazon since 1981, according to Folha.
  11. When it comes to horror movies, most of them never fail to frighten and entertain us, at the same time. With the onset of filming dreadful plots along with a captivating storyline, the filmmakers have used every opportunity to scare the audience. The essence of fear and what might go wrong is in itself, a thrilling experience. With a reliance on special effects and 3D sound effects, such movies can be extremely potent film forms, tapping into our dreams and invading our nightmares. Director David Sandberg is here with his new film ‘Annabelle: Creation', another terrifying story to the paranormal demon-hosting doll franchise. ‘Annabelle: Creation' is the third time the doll has been on the silver screen, after a guest appearance in ‘The Conjuring' (2013) and as the lead in ‘Annabelle' (2014). In many ways, this film is probably the scariest of the lot. © New Line Cinema Back in 1940's, a doll-maker and his wife, played by Anthony LaPaglia and Miranda Otto living in the demonic bungalow in the suburbs, suffers the loss of their only daughter in a tragic accident. The wife, Esther Mullins is a simpering loner and Samuel Mullins is in a bizarre state of lament. Still grieving the death of their daughter, they both decide to open up their California farmhouse as an orphanage to young girls. The couple don't realise that they are giving the demon exactly what it wants, more hosts! Finding the house open to the victims of its terrifying tricks, the doll starts terrorizing the youngsters using jump scares, deafening audio stabs, flickering bulbs and more supernatural events. As it is in most movies, the evil doll preys on the weak first, and this one is no different. © New Line Cinema Mr. Mullins seems to be a good man but his wife is more discreet, injurious and bed-ridden. The focus falls on Janice, who finds the damned doll in an abandoned room and feels connected to the dark side. The possessed doll tries to contact her and preys on her. Before they know it, souls are being fought over and crosses are being subverted everywhere. It is revealed later in the film, the same doll was in the hands of their little daughter when she died. Her tormented spirit is hijacked by the demon who uses the same doll to get a foothold on Earth. The movie shows a trail of monstrously awful instances affecting the lives of those girls and their family. However dark or primitive the plot may be, viewers are always attracted to the horror genre. And, for the most part, ‘Annabelle: Creation' keeps the fear alive.
  12. Patients suffered during the past two weeks as young doctors boycotted duties LAHORE: Following successful negotiations with the Punjab government, Young Doctors Association (YDA) on Tuesday announced to end the strike after 15 days of protest. After two weeks of boycotting their hospital duties, the young doctors are to resume their duties in state hospitals? OPDs from today. Patients suffered as the young doctors boycotted outdoor, indoor, and emergency wards in state-run hospitals across Lahore, Faisalabad and Multan. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/deec49a5df6ac7dc603560e59f0225f5.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9OC8xNS8yMDE3IDU6MDU6MjAgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT0vZkl0N3dRZ2ZnUFFHTEVubHJmZnlBPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] The association demanded that the provincial health secretary, Najam Ahmad Shah, be removed from his position and the Centralised Induction Policy (CIP), introduced by him, be revoked. According to the protesting doctors, the CIP discriminates between doctors who have graduated from government institutes and those who have received their education from private ones. Since a majority of the doctors have graduated from private medical colleges, they want a ?fair? system to be put in place. Punjab Minister for Specialised Healthcare and Medical Education Khawaja Salman Rafique invited the YDA for negotiations last week.
  13. People walk by New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in the financial district in New York, US, August 10, 2017. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz NEW YORK: US stocks ended higher on Friday, snapping three days of losses, as investors bet on a slower US rate hikes, but gains were muted by increasingly aggressive exchanges between the United States and North Korea. Based on the latest available data, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 14.31 points (or 0.07 percent) to 21,858.32, the S&P 500 gained 3.11 points (or 0.13 percent) to 2,441.32, and the Nasdaq Composite added 39.68 points (or 0.64 percent) to 6,256.56.
  14. Guards outside the bank. Photo: Geo News KARACHI: As many as five robbers looted millions of rupees from a private bank in Kharadar Cloth market and managed to flee along with the guards' weapons on Wednesday, in the second bank robbery within two days in the metropolis. According to reports, the robbers entered the bank with their faces covered with masks and helmets. Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah expressed displeasure over the bank robbery and demanded an immediate report from Additional IG Karachi. He questioned the police to inform him about the group behind the bank robberies. Shah has also reportedly said why police have chosen to remain silent over the unfortunate developments and questioned what is the intelligence network doing in the city? The chief minister has also demanded security details of all banks and markets in the metropolis. On Tuesday, the branch manager of a private bank was shot dead by robbers in Karachi's Tariq Road vicinity. Abdul Rahim Motiwala, 40, was shot in the head twice after he attempted to stop the four robbers as they left the branch after looting nearly Rs0.65 million rupees in cash, SP Jamshed Town Dr Rizwan said. Robbers used a red car for their getaway, sources told Geo News. Security guards Muhammad Hanif and Ghulam Rasool were taken into custody by law enforcement agencies for further questioning.
  15. There wasn't any organisational backing, no trainers, physiotherapists or dietitians; all that Samir Singh needed was mere Rs 190 a day, some donated equipment and clothes, a GPS watch and a basic mobile phone for emergencies to pursue his unearthly quest of running a staggering 10,000km in just 100 days. It was a hot summer morning on 29 April, when Singh left his house in suburban Mumbai - barefoot and with his childhood friend Ramesh in tow - to begin the daunting task he believed he was destined to undertake. One leg in a bandage, arms moving in rhythm and eyes set on his goal; the 44-year-old ran for about 20km to reach the southern tip of the city. But there was no stopping to Singh who was hellbent on testing his endurance by running 100km in 100 days. To put his goal in perspective, that's more than the length of Mumbai-Pune Expressway (94.5km), or like running from Gurugram to Noida and back (102km), all in a single day. © Facebook/The Faith Runner Somedays it was scorching hot, other times, it was rain hammering down on his scrawny body. Running barefoot on the road even gave him blisters. But, none of them were good enough to deter Singh's ambitions as he went from strength to strength every day. But, his biggest hurdles came later in his journey when he was plagued by injuries and a gastro-intestinal infection that saw him contracting viral fever. After falling behind schedule through illness, the 5-feet-7-inche tall 'Faith Runner' needed to clock 150km on the final day of his run. His attempt to register an inhuman feat finally came to an agonising end as he fell short by a mere 36km. It was undeniably heart-breaking for Singh to falter at the very end, but the fact that he still covered 9,964.19km in 100 days is an astronomical feat in itself. Upon completion of his run, India's very own 'Faith Runner' weighed a skinny 40kgs. While he lost a staggering 15kgs over the past three-and-a-half months, the weight of his achievement is clearly strong enough to make a billion individuals feel proud. Running: A Love Affair © Facebook/The Faith Runner Hailing from a village called Kanhakheda in the Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh, Singh started running at the age of 35. He ran a short distance every day and within 50 days, he had run 42km. Singh had fallen in love with running. “Running is all that I know, ever since I started a decade ago. I'm from a village called Kanhakheda in the Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh. When my school building collapsed, it wiped out all records of my education. So, when I came to Mumbai, I could never find a proper job,” Singh told Livemint. “When I realized I could run, I fell in love with it. Soon, I became a running coach. It became my bread and butter and it's all that I know today,” he added. Devotion Meets Preparation © Facebook/The Faith Runner A Lord Krishna devotee, Singh decided to move to Vrindavan in November 2016 in a bid to train for five months. In between chanting and praying, he continued his other religious practice of running and ran an average of 75km a day. Since many devotees visit Vrindavan and Govardhan to do the 'Parikrama' as part of their religious expedition, Singh found the best possible way to train. Unlike in Mumbai, where he was chased by dogs while people on the street laughed at him, the locals in Lord Krishna's birthplace thought Singh was another baba who was performing a pilgrimage by running. It was the perfect aid for his training as Singh continued to push himself till he managed to do more than a few 100km runs in a single day. Content with his training, the 'Faith Runner' returned to Mumbai and did a few practice runs of 100km a day before embarking on 'Mission Impossible'. Sticking To A Diet & Routine © Facebook/The Faith Runner Since Singh is a vegetarian, he doesn't follow a diet or fixed meal plan. Instead, he tries to make sure he eats regularly, snacks through the day and remains hydrated. His meals are simple - dal and rice, boiled potatoes and lal chana (red gram) with an accompanying vegetable. During his challenge, he divided his run in two parts - covering 60-75km in the first half of the day followed by some rest and then resuming in the evening again. Staring daily at 4AM, Singh would run around 60-70km until 1pm. After some food and rest, he would go back to running till he attained his daily mileage of 100km. A Helping Hand © Facebook/The Faith Runner Driven by his passion for running, the 44-year-old didn't have backing of any sorts - neither from an organisation, nor from an individual. With his eyes set on the road, Singh had just begun a potential life-threatening task without informing anyone. But, on the 47th day of his run, Singh was spotted by documentary filmmakers Vandana and Vikram Bhatti. The brother-sister duo were taken aback by his story and soon christened him 'The Faith Runner'. Since then, the two filmmakers have been busy running a Facebook campaign to create awareness and generate funds for Singh. Not Your Average Ultra-Marathoner © Facebook/The Faith Runner Since he learnt about running on his own, his story is, therefore, undoubtedly different from the general focus on science, nutrition and recovery that modern-day ultra-marathon runners comply with. He began running late in his life when he saw the Kenyans at the Mumbai marathon. And, immediately, he wanted to compete with them. After a few marathons, the 'Faith Runner' realised he was better at the ultra-marathons. At the Mumbai Ultra (a 12-hour run), for instance, Singh finished on top after having logged 121km in 2016 and 107km in 2015. But, his hunger to reach his true potential propelled him to run longer distances. While the Milind Somans, Gul Panags and Rahul Boses in the country become a spectacle at the marathons (that don't last for more than 43km), Samir Singh had no crew tailing him, nor anyone to cheer him as he almost achieved the 10,000km mark in 100 days.
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  17. We all know how much of a dancer Salman Khan is. No matter whether you love his dancing style or not, the man invents steps that each one of us can easily use on the dancing floor. His dancing steps still create a buzz, from his signature step in 'Dabangg' to Sajan Radio in 'Tubelight', his moves become the talk of the tinsel town. But not everytime Bhaijaan can get away with dancing in his style. It has been reported that Salman Khan is actually becoming very serious about his dance moves. And in order to get it right, he has hired a group of dancers to teach him hip-hop. This is exactly what he has been doing since the last 20 days. Wondering why? Well, it is all for choreographer-director Remo D'Souza's next, who is known for his dance. Salman will start shooting for the film from this October and will be seen romancing Jacqueline Fernandez. (c) Giphy As per reports, the name of the film is ‘Dancing Dad', where Salman will play a role of an aging dad and will play the father of a nine-year-old. Talking about the film, Remo said, “He is already training for this movie. I can't tell you the dance form as it's the main element in the film.” He also added that the film would be to dance, what 'Dangal' is to sports. Salman will start shooting for this film as soon as he wraps up 'Tiger Zinda Hai', which is scheduled to hit the theatres this December.
  18. This news comes after a soft leak from inside the company that revealed over 40 per cent layoffs within the online music service. According to reports by TechCrunch, the worldwide popular music startup that functions primarily on user submissions, suddenly laid off around 40 per cent of its work force, which roughly amounts to about 173 employees. The company has reportedly even shut their San Francisco and London divisions for good, owing to a lack of financial buffer. Soundcloud According to sources at Soundcloud, “founders Alex Ljung and Eric Wahlforss confessed the layoffs only saved the company enough money to have runway ‘until Q4'”. This comes into direct conflict with the statement that Ljung had initially released, stating “With more focus and a need to think about the long term, comes tough decisions.” And apparently, with more and more employees expressing discomfort and dissatisfaction, along with expressing their need to leave the company, Soundcloud could be headed towards inherent doom. The Source This is extremely sad given that for a lot of musicians across the world, the app became a platform where they could express themselves and showcase their work for little or no charge; and yet get a great platform to connect and network with artists around the globe. Pexels This isn't the best news for fans of Soundcloud and we hope, for our own sakes that it is as the founders, Ljung and Wahlfross say and not the other way around. Needless to say, only time will tell what's going to be the way forward. In the meantime, it will serve you well to backup your Soundcloud music files to another source before it's too late.
  19. Photo: File Monsoon currents are penetrating southern parts of the country and likely to continue during the next three days, the Pakistan Meteorological Department said on Saturday. A shallow westerly wave is affecting western parts of the country and likely to persist during the next few days. Rain-thunderstorm (with isolated heavy falls) with gusty winds are expected at a number of places in lower Sindh (Mirpurkhas, Hyderabad, Karachi divisions), Balochistan ( Zhob, Kalat, Sibbi, Naseerabad, Makran) while at scattered places in Sukkur, Larkana, Shaheed Benazirabad, D.G. Khan, Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Lahore, Gujranwala, Rawalpindi divisions, FATA & Kashmir in the next twenty-four hours. Hot and humid weather is expected in all other parts of the country. Past weather Rain-thunderstorm occurred at a number of places in Mirpur Khas divisions and at isolated places in Karachi, Makran, and upper FATA in the last twenty-four hours. Rainfall (mm) in the last 24 hours Sindh: Islam Kot 57, Badin 40, Mithi 31, Diplo 20, Chhor 16, Nagarparker 14, Chachoro 12, Dahli 08, Karachi 01, Punjab: Lahore ( City 47, Airport 08), Okara 03, FATA: Parachinar 30, Balochistan: Ormara 02. Yesterday's highest maximum temperatures Nokkundi 45°C, Sibbi 43°C, Dadu 42°C. Data courtesy: Pakistan Meteorological Department
  20. Back in 2011, while travelling from London to Mumbai, Badri Baldawa was so mesmerized by the mountains below that he was taken over by the idea of driving through those places. Fast forward to this year and he finally managed to do that. © Badri Baldawa/Facebook The 73-year-old steel exporter and chartered accountant, along with his wife and their 10-year-old granddaughter, set out on this unique road trip from his hometown of Mumbai till London. Embarking on their journey on 23rd March of this year in a BMW X5, the trio were on the road for 72 days, crossing 19 countries and covering 22,200 km, before reaching London. Mr. Baldawa documented the whole journey on Facebook, updating all of his friends and family about the new places they visited. Seems like the whole family is no stranger to long, spontaneous trips. According to The Hindu, Mr. Baldawa has previously hiked up to one of the base camps of Mount Everest, driven across Iceland in 2015 along with his 10-year-old granddaughter Nishi, and undertook a 46-hour non-stop drive through Norway to reach North Cape, just in time to witness the longest night. The planning for this road trip began last year and it may have taken some time, it surely was worth it. They started out by driving till Imphal, and from there, south to Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, China and then Russia. Mr. Baldawa told The Hindu, “There was no other alternate route to drive to London from Mumbai: if I were to drive via Pakistan and Afghanistan, there was no guarantee that I would make it alive. We could not go north via Tibet either, as China would not allow it.” On an average, they were covering 400kms every day by driving for around 12 hours while taking breaks, but the longest distance they managed to cover in a single day was 930 km, from Warsaw to Brussels. “On that day we had breakfast in Warsaw (Poland), lunch in Cologne (Germany), and dinner in Brussels (Belgium),” said Ms. Baldawa. This seems like one hell of a journey, and it does have a lasting impact on the couple. “It is difficult for me to think of the highlight of the trip, apart from the constant feeling of wanting to revisit those places and spend more time in almost all of them,” says Mr. Baldawa. Did this inspire you to start planning your next trip?
  21. We've seen them in the movies, we've seen them off-screen, at airports, in parties. We've seen them in their best attire, makeup on point, muscles flexing, and practised smile. But how were they back in school when they weren't celebrities? Were they as nerdy as us? Was puberty as cruel to them as it was to us? We came across these childhood pictures of our favourite Bollywood celebrities and we now know puberty can work wonders too. 1. We're glad Ranbir Kapoor was as nerdy as we were at that age © Facebook_TOI Photogallery 2. Looks like Ranveer Singh didn't have to struggle much during puberty © Facebook_TOI Photogallery But, of course, he is always short of f*cks to give © Twitter 3. Guess who! © Facebook_TOI Photogallery That's right – Salman Khan © Yash Raj Films 4. You know her! © Facebook_TOI Photogallery Deepika Padukone has always stood tall © Filmfare 5. Always on top! © Facebook_TOI Photogallery Can't be anyone else other than Priyanka Chopra © Instagram_Priyankachopra 6. Now that's a tough one © Facebook_TOI Photogallery Puberty is generally a bitch, but sometimes it does wonders too © Instagram_sonakshisinha 7. You'd never be able to guess this one © Facebook_TOI Photogallery if we didn't tell you, it was Khiladi Kumar © YouTube
  22. File NEW YORK: Oil prices tumbled about 4 percent on Wednesday, ending their longest string of daily gains in more than five years, as climbing OPEC exports and a stronger dollar spurred selling. Brent crude futures LCOc1 settled down $1.82, or 3.7 percent, at $47.79 a barrel. Prices had climbed for eight straight sessions to Monday. US West Texas Intermediate crude CLc1 fell $1.94, or 4.12 percent, to settle at $45.13 a barrel. "It's a transition from being overbought for a while," said Tyche Capital Advisors senior research analyst John Macaluso. "I really don't think it's too much fundamentals driving the move today - seems more like a reversal of the trend. Eventually someone comes out of the market and everyone follows and you have to take profits." Prices pared losses in post-settlement trade after data from industry group the American Petroleum Institute showed US crude inventories fell 5.8 million barrels in the week to June 30 to 503.7 million barrels, exceeding forecasts for a draw of 2.3 million barrels. The API data, normally released Tuesday, was delayed by the US Fourth of July holiday. Official data from the US Department of Energy is due on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT), also delayed a day. Oil traders hope vacationing motorists heading for the beach in July will help US gasoline demand heat up along with sweltering summer temperatures, helping drain crude inventories. Oil exports by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries climbed for a second month in June, Thomson Reuters Oil Research data showed. OPEC exported 25.92 million barrels per day (bpd) in June, up 450,000 bpd from May and 1.9 million bpd more than a year earlier. The rise came despite OPEC's vow to rein in production until March 2018 and came on the heels of Reuters' monthly OPEC production survey which found output jumped to a 2017 high last month as Nigeria and Libya continued to pump more. Both OPEC members are exempt from the output cut deal. Russia, which led other non-OPEC producers to join the deal, would oppose any proposal for deeper cuts at OPEC ministerial meeting later this month, Bloomberg reported, citing four Russian government officials. "The air is getting thin for oil prices. The price increase just ran out of steam, which is not very surprising, given the news flow of rising OPEC supplies," said Carsten Fritsch, senior commodity analyst at Commerzbank. Another analyst said the strong dollar provided less incentive to invest in greenback-denominated commodities such as crude oil. The dollar pared some early gains but remained near a one-week high. The head of the International Energy Agency told Reuters that rising output from key oil producers could hamper expectations that the oil market would rebalance in the second half of the year. Saxo Bank cut its year-end Brent crude price forecast to $53 a barrel from $58. Yet traders and analysts pointed to some technical signs that could lead to a recovery. "The longer term moving average systems need stronger moves over $51.50 in Brent and $49 to $49.50 in WTI which is where the 100-day and 200-day moving averages are," said Scott Shelton, broker at ICAP in Durham, North Carolina. "Spending more time up here to get the shorter term moving averages to cross would also generate buying."
  23. Saudi Arabia and three allies accusing Qatar of supporting terrorism have agreed to a request by Kuwait to extend by 48 hours Sunday's deadline for Doha to comply, according to a joint statement on Saudi state news agency SPA. Without stating whether Qatar had rejected the ultimatum as was widely expected, Kuwaiti state news agency KUNA said Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah had asked Saudi Arabia and the three other countries boycotting Qatar to grant it an extension. Kuwait has been acting as a mediator after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed diplomatic and travel ties with Doha, accusing it of supporting terrorism and being an ally of regional foe Iran. Qatar has called the charges baseless and its foreign minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, said the stiff demands - including closing Qatar-based al Jazeera TV and ejecting Turkish troops based there - were made to be rejected. The countries have threatened further sanctions against Qatar if it does not comply with their list of 13 demands presented to Doha through Kuwait 10 days ago. Egypt said on Sunday that foreign ministers from the four boycotting countries would meet in Cairo on Wednesday to discuss Qatar, without providing further details. They have not specified what further sanctions they could impose on Doha, but commercial bankers in the region believe that Saudi, Emirati and Bahraini banks might receive official guidance to pull deposits and interbank loans from Qatar. The US State Department, which is an ally of all countries involved, endorsed Kuwait's role as a mediator and called for both sides in the dispute to exercise restraint.
  24. Rocket has been tested and assembled since arriving at the launch center in May. WENCHANG: China is expected to launch its second heavy-left carrier rocket, Long March-5 Y2, from its space launch center in Wenchang, said Xinhua news agency. The rocket will propel the Shijian-18 communication satellite into orbit. Propellant was being pumped into the rocket on Saturday, signalling that the launch is imminent. The rocket has been tested and assembled since arriving at the launch center in May. The Long March-5 series of rockets made their maiden flight in November 2016 in Wenchang.
  25. As one of the world's largest entertainment companies, Disney is used to adoring fans but one man has topped them all, visiting its California theme park 2,000 days in a row. Jeff Reitz marked the milestone on Thursday, using his Disneyland Resort annual pass which had enabled his trek to the park on a daily basis since January 1, 2012. "What we mostly know about him is that he loves Disneyland," said John McClintock, a spokesman for the theme park. "When I asked him what he likes about the park, he said he likes all the shows and all the attractions but he did mention that he really likes to listen to the music in the park," he added. "I guess he finds it relaxing." McClintock said Disney has yet to come across someone as enamored with the park as Reitz, an Air Force veteran in his 40s who usually shows up after work and spends a few hours. "His girlfriend frequently comes with him but not every day," he said. "That would be true love, wouldn't it?"