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  1. LAHORE: Pakistan People?s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto said on Saturday that if the government did not complete its tenure then the onus of the failure will be on the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). The PPP scion was addressing media in Lahore, where he said that the party has carried out numerous development projects in Sindh and the media should highlight the same. Referring to the political situation in Balochistan, the PPP chairman said that the political situation in the province was worsening. Responding to allegations that the PPP is involved in disrupting the political process in the province, Bilawal said there is not a single MPA of the party in the province's legislature. ?How can I play any negative part then?? he said. On the subject of PTI Chairman Imran Khan?s alleged third marriage, Bilawal said that it is the Imran?s personal matter. ?If Imran Khan has married then congratulations to him,? said the PPP chairman. According to The News, the PTI chairman inaugurated 2018 by tying the knot on the night of January 1 in Lahore and reached from there the next day to appear before the anti-terrorism court in Islamabad which granted him bail. Democracy present, but needs strengthening: Bilawal The PPP chairperson addresses event on Zulfikar Ali Bhutto?s birthday On Jan 5, addressing an event on the birthday of PPP founder, Bilawal said that though democracy is present in Pakistan, it needs to be strengthened. About the next general elections, Bilawal said the time was approaching and added the PPP would contest the 2018 elections with its might.
  2. CDU's Wolfgang Schaeuble ? the president of the German lower house of Parliament Bundestag ? is seen during a session in Berlin, Germany, November 21, 2017. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt/Files BERLIN: Former German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble urged Chancellor Angela Merkel?s conservatives and Social Democrats on Saturday to quickly form a new government, but said he could not rule out a minority government if no deal is reached. Germany?s constitution does not favour a minority government but that remains an option, Schaeuble ? a leading conservative who is now president of the Bundestag (lower house of the German Parliament) ? told Berlin?s Tagesspiegel newspaper. A deal between Merkel?s conservative camp (Union) and the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) is her best chance of securing a fourth term in office. But Merkel?s possible coalition partners are angling for concessions beforehand. ?A stable alliance between the Union and the SPD would be preferable,? Schaeuble said, adding that the chancellor could still form a minority government. ?It would work one way or another,? he said when asked about that possibility. Coalition talks should be completed ?sooner rather than later?, he said, noting that the Bundestag was not fully capable of action until a government had been formed. He noted that President Frank-Walter Steinmeier ? who stepped in after Merkel?s talks with two smaller parties collapsed in November ? had urged conservatives and the SPD to reach an agreement as soon as possible, and said Merkel and other politicians had supported that call. Horst Seehofer ? the head of the CSU Bavarian sister party of Merkel?s conservatives ? told DPA news agency a new ?grand coalition? should be completed by Easter, which falls on April 1 in 2018. Seehofer said he favoured new elections over a minority government. Merkel's stature waning A new poll conducted for Die Welt newspaper showed waning support for Merkel, who has been unable to form a new government three months after national elections. Her talks on forming a three-way coalition with the environmentalist Greens and the pro-business Free Democrats fell apart in November. The poll showed that 46 percent wished Merkel would resign immediately as chancellor, with an additional 17 percent of those polled saying that she should quit if the coalition talks with the SPD also failed. A separate poll conducted for Bild am Sonntag newspaper showed that 33 percent of Germans trusted Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen to replace Merkel as leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), followed by Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere with 32 percent, if Merkel resigned. FDP leader Christian Lindner told Bild am Sonntag newspaper that Germany?s political system was in the middle of a major transition, and many conservatives also favoured a ?renewal?. Simone Peter, one of the co-leaders of the Greens, told the Funke newspaper chain she hoped a stable new government could be formed, and that the new elections should be ?the absolute last resort?. She said the Greens remained open to dialogue if Merkel?s talks with the SPD failed. SPD members on Saturday rejected a call by the CSU to raise military spending that could strain exploratory talks about a coalition that are due to start on January 7. A draft CSU resolution seen by Reuters on Friday called for military spending to reach NATO?s target of two percent of economic output and rejected the idea of an ?ever closer? European Union backed by SPD leader Martin Schulz. SPD deputy leader Ralf Stegner said on Twitter that his party was focused on spending for families, education, health care and education.
  3. RAWALPINDI: Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor said on Thursday that ceasefire violations by India on the Line of Control (LoC) increased in 2017. ?52 civilians were martyred and 254 injured [in the 1,813 violations],? Maj Gen Ghafoor said during a briefing to the press. He added that India did not want Pakistan to succeed in the war against terrorism. DG ISPR said that Pakistan has deployed personnel along its border with Afghanistan with personnel presence approximately every 1.5-2 kilometres. Maj General Ghafoor added that the ?US needs to check anti-Pakistan role not only from inside Afghanistan but along the line of control and working boundary.? No compromise on honour Addressing the recent diktats being hurled towards Pakistan from the US, the DG ISPR responded with a clear statement that Pakistan will not compromise on its honour. ?What kind of friends or allies are we, that notices are being given, Pakistan cannot compromise on its honour,? he said, adding, ?when it comes to security of Pakistan we all are one.? He clarified that the Coalition Support Fund, received from the US, is reimbursement of money spent for operations in support of the coalition for regional peace. "Had we not supported, al-Qaeda would not have been defeated," the ISPR chief stated. The army spokesperson stated further that the "blame for inaction against [the] Haqqani Network might have been relevant owing to our capacity issues till Zarb-e-Azb". However, he added, the army went into North Waziristan indiscriminately and took action against the Haqqani Network as well. "It is the turn of Afghanistan and US to do more [rather than asking Pakistan to do so]," he added. Sharing terror incidents averted by intelligence agencies, the ISPR chief said 254 incidents were averted in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA, 177 in Balochistan, 28 in Sindh and 18 in Punjab. Moreover, sharing statistics, the DG ISPR said the army implemented 768 development and public sector projects. He added that 96 per cent of temporarily displaced persons have returned to their native areas in the tribal areas. Army chief's message: 'United we rise' Towards the end of the press conference, the army spokesperson shared a special message from Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa: As there is an established conglomeration of anti-Pakistan forces (state/non-state) attempting to destabilise and weaken Pakistan, we must continue to present a united front to defeat their nefarious designs.
  4. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/a432cd2d6976f300b280e5d683005514.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTIvMjAvMjAxNyAyOjQ0OjQ1IFBNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9Mis4bmFBRFdWY1dZQnpEb3l1dVYzUT09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] LAHORE: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Qamar Zaman Kaira on Wednesday said that the party does not wish to ally with Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf. Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri had earlier claimed that he can have Asif Ali Zardari and Imran Khan seated on either side, whenever he wished to do so. Speaking to media in Lahore, the PPP leader said the party would join Qadri's peaceful protest if invited. He added that it is Qadri's right to start a movement. Criticising deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Kaira said the former premier was using unpleasant language towards the judiciary and he fears such language may be used more commonly in the future. PPP's senior leader in Punjab also said that the democratic system in the country does not suit Nawaz and instead of supporting the system, the former premier is moving towards a clash o institutions. Kaira also praised the visit of Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa to the Senate and added that his helped in dispelling wrong perceptions. The statement by Qadri had come days after PTI and PPP chiefs held separate meetings with him in Lahore, and extended their support to him following the release of the Model Town inquiry report. "I would have Zardari and Imran seated on either side, whenever I wished so," Qadri had told the participants of a lawyers' convention organised by Awami Tehreek.
  5. Hollywood actor Will Smith, who was in Mumbai recently to promote his upcoming Netflix movie 'Bright', surprised his fans by unleashing his inner 'desi munda' by beatboxing and doing the bhangra like it's nobody's business. Smith needs no introduction. Even today, we can endlessly binge-watch movies like 'Men In Black', 'Hitch', 'Hancock', and 'The Pursuit of Happyness'. © Instagram People broke out in loud cheers the moment Smith started grooving and beatboxing on stage along with his co-stars Joel Edgerton and Noomi Rapace, director David Ayer and the hosts of the premiere Rannvijay Singha and Bani J. Thank You, Mumbai! #bright A post shared by Will Smith (@willsmith) on Dec 18, 2017 at 9:37am PST Smith plays a 'racist' African-American cop in the movie and while talking about his character and the movie 'Bright', he said “To me, this is a film all about Joel's character, who is an Orc. It is a society where Orcs are kind of looked down upon. But he dreams, and so it says that no matter who you are, you should dream. Nobody should tell you who you are nobody should define you.” Director David Ayer thanked Indian fans for this incredible response. #Mumbai @NetflixIndia What an incredible crowd thank you India! @BrightNetflix pic.twitter.com/Vu2VBASv6b — David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) December 18, 2017 He further said, “I play an African-America cop, who is a racist against Orcs. So, the film is an interesting exploration about how we treat each other. Noomi plays an Elf, and in the film the elves are at the top in the society, so, they have it all. In our fantasy world, the humans are in the middle. “What we love about science-fiction is that you get to go in this fantasy world but you are dealing with real things. Because it is a fantasy world, you find it easier to digest it all than when we are talking about actual social issues,” he added. Thanks for justifying Will, because halfway through this we were kind of tripping over the plot. Here's the trailer of 'Bright' that will be releasing on December 22. Will Smith and India are like Rajma-Chawal, possibly one of the best combinations ever. While, we loved him flaunt his desi avatar and learning bhangra from Rannvijay and acing it like a pro; his love for India and Indian food is like a long distance relationship that is only growing stronger with time. Aint nothing like watching #WillSmith beatbox live. @netflix pic.twitter.com/rotgLGvlbD — High Street Phoenix (@gophoenixing) December 18, 2017 How can we forget the time, when he partied with Bollywood's 'Khiladi' Akshay Kumar and we are sure Will remembers it too as he reminisced about his last visit to India. He reportedly said, “Last year, Akshay had a party and it was the best food that I have ever in my life. It was a little bit of everything. My favorite is chicken tikka masala.” © Twitter In fact, in an interview with Vogue, Smith said, “This is my third time to Mumbai and my fourth time in India. I should just move in with Akshay (Kumar). I was just talking about that. We had dinner at his place last time I was here, and it was literally the best food I've ever had. It just didn't feel right to call him and ask him to send food because I'm not gonna be able to stop by. One thing I love about India is the food at Akshay's, that's the absolute best.” We wonder what Akshay has to say about your plans to move in with him.
  6. The Pentagon is shown with the Air Force Memorial in the foreground in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., September 11, 2017. Photo: REUTERS WASHINGTON: The Pentagon acknowledged on Saturday that its long-secret UFO investigation program ended in 2012 when US defense officials shifted attention and funding to other priorities. But as to whether the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program has continued to investigate UFO sightings since its funding ended five years ago could rank as an unexplained phenomenon. The New York Times reported on Saturday that the hush-hush programme, tasked with investigating sightings of unidentified flying objects, or UFOs, ran from 2007 to 2012 with $22 million in annual funding secretly tucked away in US Defense Department budgets worth hundreds of billions of dollars. Its initial funding came largely at the request of former Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat long known for his enthusiasm for space phenomena, the newspaper said. Yet according to its backers, the program remains in existence and officials continue to investigate UFO episodes brought to their attention by service members, the newspaper said. The Pentagon openly acknowledged the fate of the programme in response to a Reuters query. ?The Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program ended in the 2012 timeframe,? Pentagon spokeswoman Laura Ochoa said in an email. ?It was determined that there were other, higher priority issues that merited funding and it was in the best interest of the DoD to make a change,? she said. But the Pentagon was less clear about whether the UFO programme continues to hover somewhere in the vast universe of the US defense establishment. ?The DoD takes seriously all threats and potential threats to our people, our assets, and our mission and takes action whenever credible information is developed,? Ochoa said. What is less in doubt is former senator Reid?s enthusiasm for UFOs and his likely role in launching the Pentagon initiative to identify advanced aviation threats. ?If you?ve talked to Harry Reid for > 60 seconds then it?s the least surprising thing ever that he loves UFOs and got an earmark to study them,? former Reid spokeswoman Kristen Orthman said in a message on Twitter. Or as Reid himself said in a tweet that linked to the Times? story: ?The truth is out there. Seriously.?
  7. Foreign Office building in Islamabad, Pakistan. Photo: Geo News file ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office on Thursday said that Pakistan does not agree with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson?s recent statement about Pakistan. In a town hall meeting with the employees of the US State Department, Tillerson had said that he does not enjoy the task of dealing with countries like Pakistan and North Korea. "We do not agree with the comments and perception of Secretary Tillerson," Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal tweeted. He further said that Pakistan has undertaken largescale operations against terrorists and their safe havens across the length and breadth of the country with notable success. "These operations are being carried out in our own national interest and Pakistan is determined to rid its soil of the scourge of terrorism and extremism." Do not enjoy dealing with Pakistan: US Secretary of State Tillerson?s statement was made during a town hall meeting held with employees of the US State Department According to the US Secretary of State, relations with Pakistan which he termed an important and valued partner had drifted and had to be brought back to one of common interest. Tillerson visited Pakistan in October and held meetings with the country?s top political and military leadership. "Pakistan is important regionally to our joint goals of providing peace and security to the region and providing an opportunity for greater economic relationship," Tillerson was quoted as saying during his meeting with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. The US Embassy, in a statement released, said the secretary of state reiterated President Trump?s message that Pakistan must increase its efforts to ?eradicate militants and terrorists operating within the country?. ?The Secretary outlined the United States? new South Asia Strategy and the vital role that Pakistan can play in working with the United States and others to facilitate a peace process in Afghanistan that can bring stability and security to the region,? said the statement from the US embassy. During the meeting, Tillerson also expressed appreciation for Pakistan?s sacrifices in the fight against terrorism. ?The Secretary also expressed his gratitude to the Government of Pakistan and the Pakistani Army for their cooperation in securing the release of the Boyle-Coleman family from captivity,? added the statement.
  8. JHANG: Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif in an apparent warning to former president Asif Ali Zardari said on Saturday that if the National Accountability Bureau doesn?t hold the Pakistan People's Party co-chair accountable then people will. The CM Punjab was addressing the inauguration ceremony of a power plant in Jhang. ?The NAB should investigate not 56 but 56,000 institutions in Punjab and if they find even one penny of corruption against me then I am here,? said Shehbaz Sharif. The CM Punjab said that if Pakistan was to be in the future as per the vision of Jinnah and Allama Iqbal then all the stake holders will have to be on the same page. ?The politicians, judges, generals, bureaucrats and parliamentarians will have to be sit together and draft a new contract,? said Shehbaz. While mocking Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan, Shehbaz Sharif said that the PTI chief is also surrounded by corrupt aides. Earlier today, the CM Punjab visited the Orange Line Metro Train project site to have an overview of the work, a day after the Supreme Court allowed the provincial government to continue construction work on the project. Shehbaz said that the project will provide people with improved transportation services and the delay will be compensated for by hard work and commitment. The chief minister added that the project was to be inaugurated on Dec 25 according to the original plan. When asked when the project would be operational, Shehbaz said he would inform of the date at a later date. On Friday while talking to media the chief minister blamed the PTI for the 22-month delay caused in the construction of the project. "The PTI had submitted an application to the Supreme Court. Then, as hidden enemies strike, they did the same in the Lahore High Court. The revenge they have taken is not from me. They have taken revenge from the poor people of the city," he said.
  9. Opposition Leader in National Assembly Khursheed Shah on Tuesday said that his party does not wish to take part in politics based on power and religion. Photo: Geo News file KANDHKOT: Opposition Leader in National Assembly Khursheed Shah on Tuesday said that his party does not wish to take part in politics based on power and religion. ?The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) does not wish to take part in politics that is based on power and religion,? Shah said while addressing Pakistan Peoples Party?s (PPP) workers convention in Sindh?s Kashmore District. Lashing out at local political parties, the PPP leader said that it is unfortunate that 'a foundation of politics based on abusive language? has been laid in the country. Shah also addressed the plight of the masses and said that it was Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto who thought for the underprivileged people. ?Bhutto laid the foundation to give power to the masses,? he said, adding that his leader?s ideology was the nation?s ideology and his daughter, Benazir Bhutto, sacrificed her life for the cause. Govt does not exist anymore: Khursheed Shah 'A grand alliance is created each time elections are held' In an earlier address on Monday, Shah had come down hard on the ruling party, the Pakistan Muslim League ? Nawaz (PML-N), stating that the ?government does not exist anymore.? He had said that a grand alliance is created each time elections are held. Shah had also addressed the possibility of early elections, stating that PPP wants the general elections to be held on time and the government to complete its tenure. The ruling party, earlier on Monday, had attempted to approach the PPP in light of the delimitation bill that was to be presented in the Senate. According to a statement by Shah, PML-N had approached him through its ally Chief of Pakhtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) Mehmood Khan Achakzai and requested for support on the delimitation bill. He had also said that his party does not believe in any 'undemocratic and unconstitutional' process. The Constitutional Amendment Bill, 2017 that pertains to the fresh delimitation of constituencies in line with the provisional results of the latest census in light of the general elections next year was expected to be taken up in the Senate today (Monday). The upper house of the Parliament has thrice tried to pass the bill but the absence of lawmakers, from both opposition and treasury benches, has delayed the bill's approval. A two-thirds majority is required by the house that comprises of 104 seats to pass the bill. According to the new delimitation, Punjab's seat share in the National Assembly will decrease by nine seats, while Islamabad will get one more seat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa five and Balochistan three more. Earlier, NA Speaker Ayaz Sadiq had said after chairing a meeting of parliamentary parties that the total NA seats will remain 272 but there would be a change in the allocation of NA seats for the provinces. On November 13, the Council of Common Interests (CCI) approved delimitation of new constituencies on the basis of provisional results of Population Census 2017, paving a way for timely conduct of next general elections.
  10. Opposition Leader in National Assembly Khursheed Shah on Monday said that the ?government does not exist anymore. Photo: Geo News file SUKKUR: Opposition Leader in National Assembly Khursheed Shah on Monday said that the ?government does not exist anymore.? ?A grand alliance is created each time elections are held,? Shah said, adding that the PPP won?t support a unity government. He further said that the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) wants elections to be held on time and the government to complete its tenure. Earlier today, the ruling party ? Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) ? attempted to approach the PPP in light of the delimitation bill that was to be presented in the Senate. According to a statement by Shah, PML-N had approached him through its ally Chief of Pakhtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) Mehmood Khan Achakzai. "Achakzai requested our (PPP's) support on the delimitation bill," he said. He also said that his party does not believe in any 'undemocratic and unconstitutional' process. Senate passes Khatam-e-Nabuwat bill; fails to pass delimitation law due to low strength The National Assembly on Thursday passed the Khatam-e-Nabuwat and delimitation bills with 242 votes The Constitutional Amendment Bill, 2017 that pertains to the fresh delimitation of constituencies in line with the provisional results of the latest census in light of the general elections next year was expected to be taken up in the Senate today (Monday). The upper house of the Parliament has thrice tried to pass the bill but absence of lawmakers, from both the opposition and treasury benches, has delayed the bill's approval. A two-thirds majority is required by the house that comprises of 104 seats to pass the bill. According to the new delimitation, Punjab's seat share in the National Assembly will decrease by nine seats, while Islamabad will get one more seat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa five and Balochistan three more. Earlier, NA Speaker Ayaz Sadiq had said after chairing a meeting of parliamentary parties that the total NA seats will remain 272 but there would be a change in the allocation of NA seats for the provinces. On November 13, the Council of Common Interests (CCI) approved delimitation of new constituencies on the basis of provisional results of Population Census 2017, paving a way for timely conduct of next general elections.
  11. LAHORE: Pakistan Peoples Party Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari slammed political opponent Nawaz Sharif and said that the former prime minister doesn?t even understand the meaning of ideology. Bilawal was taking a jibe at Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz?s claimed that Nawaz Sharif is not a person but an ideology. PPP chair pointed out that Nawaz is being opportunistic by changing his position and statements to favour himself. ?Mian Nawaz Sharif sahab doesn?t understand the meaning f ideology. You can change your position for your own purposes,? he said while speaking to media on Thursday. He went on to further criticise the PML-N head and said that Nawaz has been a part of all conspiracies against democracy in Pakistan. ?Mian Nawaz Sharif sahab is a threat to democracy.? Sharing plans of PPP, he remarked that the party is working hard to strengthen the country?s democracy. Fourth time's not the charm: Zardari refuses to meet Nawaz Sharif again Former president foils ex-prime minister?s attempt for the fourth time in three months Earlier in the day, sources informed Geo News that Pakistan Peoples Party co-chairperson and former president Asif Ali Zardari has, yet again, refused to meet former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, foiling the latter?s attempts for a meeting for the fourth time within three months. Zardari, rejecting once again the possibility of any contact with Nawaz, was quoted by sources as saying that the former prime minister ?only remembers democratic promises where his interests are concerned?. ?Nawaz Sharif is responsible for the current political situation of the country. Meeting him or shaking his hand is [out of the question],? the PPP co-chairperson remarked. Nawaz is name of ideology: Nawaz Sharif Addressing a rally on November 19, Nawaz remarked that his name represents an ideology that will bring about a revolutionary change in the country. "Those who talk about minus Nawaz Sharif, they don?t know today that Nawaz is the name of an ideology. All of you are this ideology. This ideology will bring a revolutionary change in the country." Nawaz is name of ideology for revolutionary change, says former PM The former premier says he is not scared of jail or death Addressing a public gathering at the Abbottabad college ground, the former premier said he has brought his review petition [in the Panama Papers case] to the people. "You have to decide my appeal. Give a decision that echoes far and wide." Maintaining that he is not scared of jail or death, he told the crowd, "You have to promise, we will march together towards our destination. Don?t sit at home, we will walk together and change Pakistan?s destiny."
  12. Apparently, the answer is 3. No, we're not talking about three pictures. We all remember Kim Kardashian's #BreakTheInternet photoshoot from back in 2014, right? Here's a reminder! A post shared by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on Nov 11, 2014 at 6:13pm PST That post managed to get a total of 977,930 likes. But, it is nothing more than a footnote as far as the most liked posts on Instagram are concerned. Anyway, that's not what we're here to talk about. This is not a list of the most liked posts on Instagram. We repeat! This is not that kind of list! What this list is about is the hashtag 'Break The Internet.' Let's give you some context first! The photo above is from a Paper mag shoot. But, it's the one below is far more satisfying for the Indian man! A post shared by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on Mar 7, 2016 at 12:07am PST Now that we've got your attention, let us try to keep it. Bear with us, Nicki Minaj is coming up! The above post got 1.8 million likes on Instagram. That's an awful lot wouldn't you agree? All of that with a caption that's as simple as "When you're like I have nothing to wear LOL." Guess it's all about the picture, right? But (yes, we say but a lot), this article is not about Kim Kardashian. Even though she has 104 million followers, she lacks that "je ne sais quoi" that made her famous at one point. You want to know who the new Kim K is? Of course we're talking about Nicki Minaj! Just look at that booty! A post shared by Barbie® (@nickiminaj) on Nov 15, 2017 at 2:06pm PST That booty itself managed to get Nicki 896,000 likes. Again, that's nothing compared to the post we're talking about! The post that proved Nicki Minaj is the new owner of #BreakTheInternet. Yes, it did take three of her but still! Nicki surpassed the original and how! 977K? Check this out... A post shared by Barbie® (@nickiminaj) on Nov 14, 2017 at 6:07pm PST Over 2 million likes in just a little over a day. Nicki Minaj isn't just the undisputed owner of the #BreakTheInternet title, she is also in the running to become one of the most liked posts on Instagram. She may not be able to break Beyonce's record of 11 million for her pregnant picture but she's definitely going to break into the top 5. At least that's what it looks like! So, if your name is Taylor Swift or Selena Gomez, watch out, Nicki is coming for you! Before you go, here's one more for you! This one has a million likes already. Enjoy! A post shared by Barbie® (@nickiminaj) on Nov 15, 2017 at 1:39pm PST
  13. It's not uncommon to come across dudes in the gym complaining about an irritated or bloated stomach after consuming whey protein. In fact, it's not only whey in particular but in some cases, milk also has the same effect on our digestive systems. A lot of people send us messages about this problem and ask us for alternatives. With this article, I'll break down the cause of 'milk or whey bloat' and suggest an effective cure. If You Feel Bloated After Consuming Milk Or Whey, You Are Lactose Intolerant © Thinkstock/Getty Images Lactose is a type of sugar found in milk and is made up of two compounds called galactose and glucose. As much as up to 8% of milk is lactose. Since whey is a milk derivative, it also contains lactose. Once in the system, lactose is broken down (or digested) by an enzyme called lactase. Now, while some people have enough lactase production in their body, some have very little to none. Since their system isn't able to actively break down lactose, the undigested lactose serves as fodder for gas producing gut bacteria which eventually causes diarrhea, bloating, farting and indigestion. We Aren't Born Lactose Intolerant But Develop This Condition While Growing Up © YouTube As infants and toddlers, we have immense lactose digestion capability. That's why most kids have no issues consuming milk multiple times a day. The production of lactose, as a result of bad eating habits, tend to lower as we age. This leads to an increase in the degree of lactose intolerance. How Do You Test Lactose Intolerance? The most common symptoms are usually an upset stomach, bloating and continuous flatulence. Hydrogen testing is one of the most accurate medical tests to detect lactose intolerance. Another test is the lactose intolerance test. Both these tests are performed on acute lactose intolerant subjects. A Cheap And Effective Solution There's a gut bacteria called the Lactobacillus Acidophilus that breaks down sugar (lactose in this case) into lactic acid. This strain of bacteria occurs naturally in our gastrointestinal tract and mouth. But then again, it isn't produced enough in lactose intolerant people. Luckily, you can find it as a supplement and it isn't very expensive. What Lactobacillus Acidophilus essentially does is that it breaks down lactose through the process of fermentation. That's why milk and whey intolerants can easily break down cheese, paneer and curd. The Takeaway So, in case you are lactose intolerant, this is the best bet to keep your stomach functioning properly. Now, please note that I am not saying that this will completely eradicate your problem. Lactose intolerance occurs at various degrees and your response to this depends on the severity of your condition.
  14. Your squat should be deep and if it is not deep enough, it's not a good squat. Well, this is what a lot of lifters think and guess what, this statement isn't entirely true. Biomechanically, not everyone is made for a deep squat. In fact, deep squatting can even be dangerous for some people. Now that I have your attention, here's the logic behind not squatting ass-to-grass. © the strengthdoc The squat is one of the best compound movements out there. It's functional in nature, boosts strength, helps in testosterone production, and of course, burns more calories. Moreover, it is one of the most scrutinized exercises from a kinesiological perspective. This Is What Happens When You Squat Joint Action: Knee Extension and Hip Extension Muscles Involved: Quadriceps, Hamstrings, Glutes, and Core When you move into a squatting position, apart from the obvious knee flexion, there is a slight anterior pelvic tilt that happens at the hip joint which further allows your spine to move in the flexed position. When you stand up, the knees and hips extend, allowing you to stand while keeping your spine erect (standing position). In the process of knee extension/flexion and hip extension/flexion, there is one more thing that happens at the hip joint and that is the posterior pelvic tilt aka the butt wink. What Exactly Is The Butt Wink? © the abrbellphysio When a person gets in a full deep squat position, his hips rotate inwards. This is called posterior pelvic tilt aka the butt wink. For some people, this rotation happens when they squat below parallel and for some, it could happen even in the partial squat position. In fact, in some cases, there will be no butt wink at all even in the deepest squat position. Why Does The Butt Wink Happen? Well, there's no concrete answer to this as the butt wink can happen due to varied reasons. However, researchers have come up with two common reasons that cause the butt wink. Reason 1 Length of Femur Bone and Depth of Hip Joint Socket During the descent in a squat, the thigh bone (femur) rotates in the hip socket which is also known as the acetabulum. As we go deep during squats, the femur eventually comes in contact with the front rim of the hip socket. Now, the timing of this contact depends on the size of the femur and the depth of the socket. When the femur can no longer rotate at this point, there's a posterior pelvic tilt that takes place in order to continue the descent. Therefore, the butt wink happens due to a limited joint range. Reason 2 Lack Of Mobility Now, this factor has a very limited impact over the butt wink. If a lifter has tight hamstrings, while in the descending phase of a squat, the hamstrings will pull the pelvis inwards which will result in the posterior pelvic tilt. However, by incorporating post-workout static stretches, one can surely work at it and overcome the mobility issue, which will further prevent the posterior pelvic tilt during a squat. What Is The Issue With The Butt Wink? Whenever you are in a squatting position, there's a ton of force acting on your spinal vertebras. The rounding of the upper back or the lower back in the presence of such force could result in some serious spinal issues like slipped discs and spondylolysis. This is the key reason as to why we need to keep our spine neutral during squats and deadlifts. Therefore, at the point of the butt wink, there is a rounding of the spine that happens around our lower back area which is not safe at all, especially if you are performing weighted squats. The Take Home Point © YouTube There are no fixed exercise rules (there are basic guidelines) but there are fixed human body rules. To be a successful lifter you need to understand these rules. If you want to squat safely, just go deep until the point when you don't see a butt winks. Rachit Dua is an advanced K11 certified fitness coach for general and special population (people with medical issues, old age people, pregnant women, and children) and a certified sports nutritionist. You can get in touch with him on facebook and Instagram.
  15. Pakistan Peoples Party leader Qamar Zaman Kaira on Tuesday claimed that the Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) doesn't want the democratic process to operate smoothly. Photo: Geo News file ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party leader Qamar Zaman Kaira on Tuesday claimed that the Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) doesn't want the democratic process to operate smoothly. "Democracy doesn't suit the ruling party right now," Kaira claimed, "so the PML-N has been trying to push the institutions to their limits." Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, Kaira went ahead to say that the PML-N has tried its level best to destablise the democratic process, though the institutions have exhibited patience in the face of PML-N's political tactics. "Nawaz Sharif?s interests are not aligned with democracy." He further claimed that the PML-N president would be unable to contest elections even if he manages to emerge safely from the ongoing corruption references against him. Discussing the possibility of early elections in Pakistan, Kaira remarked that his party believes in democracy and doesn't support the notion of early elections. "Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf?s demands for early elections are not unconstitutional but they are not the need of time and neither do other political parties support this demand," the PPP leader said. PTI leaders have time and again reiterated their demand for early elections. Earlier on Sunday, the party's spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry said that the party does not want a delay in elections but instead demands early elections in the country. In a video message, he suggested that all the assemblies, provincial and national, should be dissolved after consultation with the stakeholders. Assemblies will complete tenure, no chance of early elections: Ahsan Iqbal Would be unfair to the smaller provinces if the elections are held on the results of the '98 census, says interior minister Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, however, has rejected calls for early elections on Monday and said the assemblies will be dissolved on June 5, 2018, after completing their constitutional tenure. Iqbal, accompanied by other PML-N leaders, had said that Pakistan is a democracy and the only National Reconciliation Order (NRO) in the existing in the country is the one in the hands of the people.
  16. When we talk of Nawazuddin Siddiqui, we talk about how brilliant an actor he is. We talk about how he comes from a humble background and once worked as a watchman while struggling as an actor. What we don't know is how he faced an acute sense of rejection at every step and the ordeal became so insufferable that he began to believe death was close. Nawazuddin's life is as dramatic and inspirational as a cinematic story rolling on a 70mm screen. A simple village boy whose mother had to pawn her jewellery to make him go to college, arrives in Mumbai to make it big and he does. It makes you feel good about life and gives you hope. But it's not as simple as that. When you go through the story holding his hand and see every struggle, you realise success is not a reward, it's what keeps you alive. © BCCL In his memoir 'An Ordinary Life', Nawazuddin pens down his story (along with co-author Rituparna Chatterjee) and it's a tale of sweat, blood and tears. A quiet village in Budhana, Uttar Pradesh, a family of 9 children and a meager income – it was as ordinary a life in rural India as can be. In a place where making ends meet is an everyday priority and where discrimination is inherited, dreams often go only as far as getting a college degree and a job. But Nawazuddin, even though deeply grounded in his reality, never shied away from ambition. © Facebook/Nawazuddin Siddiqui One particular incident proved life-changing for him. When he was merely 12, he took up a summer job as an assistent in a chemist shop. His heart was not in the job and he was subject to a lot of humiliation from his boss. That day the 12-year-old boy learnt a lesson that would stay with him forever. “I realized that I might not be good at doing this particular thing, but this was not the only thing in the world,” he writes in his biography. © Facebook/Nawazuddin Siddiqui There are certain moments in life when we realise we are not going to give up. This was one of them for Nawazuddin. But tinsel town is capable of breaking the strongest of spirits. Years later, he was to experience the hardest phase of his life. As a struggling actor in Mumbai, Nawazuddin had reached the farthest point of his endurance. No work, no money, no love. Having spent years mastering acting at Bhartendu Natya Academy and National School of Drama, he found himself begging for work. The fact that he was dark and skinny ensured he got roles that stereotyped him into being a nobody. “I was getting rejected from all corners. Women rejected me. Bare necessities like food rejected me. Between 2005 and 2007, I was secretly homeless. I would sleep at one friend's house, have breakfast at another friend's, lunch at yet another friend's house.” © Anurag Kashyap Films Nawaz was at a point where he had no money for food and went days without eating. When they ask you how badly you want something, it is this. Nawaz had the option of giving up, of returning home or finding a 9-to-6 job and live a life of no ambition. He was at a point where he was so wasted he was sure he was going to die. Famished to the point that his bones stuck out from his flesh, Nawaz was consumed by a belief that death was round the corner. This is how it'd end, he thought. This is how the curtain would fall on his story. “I was so weak that I fainted out of hunger on the streets […] I felt that I would die soon. […] So I stayed out of the house all the time. I watched every little mundane detail with great interest so that I would have no regrets left that I had not seen stuff. Streetlights, buildings, buses and all kinds of banalities.” © Facebook/Nawazuddin Siddiqui In the book, he talks about how he would drop by at his friends' houses unannounced at lunch time, hoping people would offer him food. Penniless, homeless, jobless, Nawazuddin Siddiqui was waiting for a miracle. He reveals he did not have enough money to afford an auto to his friend's place at Yari Road and he'd walk the stretch in the muggy Mumbai afternoons just to get a morsel of food. Back in his hometown, his wealthy Zamindar grandfather, in his heyday and much before Nawaz was born, would donate land the size of Yari Road on a whim. The contrast of what could have been and what was his life was huge. And yet, he did not return home. When you want success as badly as your dear life, you can be sure you'd succeed. He stayed in the city that showed him the worst phase of his life, and he kept moving. His was the story of thousands of aspiring actors who come to Mumbai every year, only to have their back broken with the industry's relentless impenetrable exterior. Some gave up and returned, some gave in and compromised, some persisted and got spent. Nawazuddin Siddiqui went on. © Anurag Kashyap Films With constant rejection, both from his profession and from women around him, Nawazuddin decided to focus on his work. Success finally came but Nawaz had seen enough of life to be swayed by it. Despite the huge amount of critical acclaim of his work, he remains humble and is quick to admit to his fallacies. Talking about the role that he catapulted him to fame, that of Faisal Khan in 'Gangs of Wasseypur', he reveals he had almost messed it up. “Many think that I delivered an astounding performance in 'Gangs of Wasseypur'. But the truth is that I had almost ruined the character of Faisal Khan—by trying too hard, way too hard to exude power, because, well, isn't a gangster supposed to be powerful? Should he not display power to invoke fear wherever he goes? 'No way, Nawaz!' Anurag quipped. 'Just calm down. You are a gangster. They are already afraid of you, dude. You don't need to do anything.'” Nawazuddin Siddiqui's success was not accidental, it was a long hard journey to brilliance. One that took sweat, blood and tears. His very humble background helped him stay in touch with reality and portray roles with a realism that comes from living them firsthand. In the end, life has come full circle and his talent has found due credit.
  17. We feed on the personal lives of celebrities – who they are dating, what they are eating, what they wear, where they holiday – and we love it. We love living the good life vicariously, a lifestyle we know we will never lead. In the process, we treat their lives as fodder for public consumption. Of course, most of them thrive on this fact – they must keep the public interested in them and often, details from their lives are carefully and selectively given away to keep our interest piqued. Remaining in the public eye is important. © Reuters But where do you draw the line? Their problems, no matter how public, are real – even more in the cut-throat ugly world of glamour. When something wrong happens in a celebrity's life (and it's not as tragic as a death or fatal injury), there is a lack of sympathy and trust. It grabs more eyeballs than sympathy. It becomes more of a subject of scrutiny and mockery. 'Oh she is just seeking publicity.” “Pff! Why is he crying about that girl – he is surrounded by hot women all the time!” To every controversy, there is an argument questioning their credibility. © Instagram/Arjun Kapoor Is it because they are living the lives we dream of living, but we can never actually live out those fantasies. We look at pictures of them partying on their yachts, hot men and women by their side, and we know it can never be us. There is envy and contempt – why should destiny be so kind to some people, we ask. By dismissing their problems, are we mirroring the opinion that money IS everything? That once you are rich, your problems are not real. “Had a bad breakup? Just go for a drive in your damn Lamborghini.” While, of course, money can change your life and it makes things easier but it is not an immunity against heartbreak, depression, or losing a loved one. When you are troubled, your big house or swanky car doesn't make the pain go away. Love and comfort does. If you are depressed about not earning enough to start a family, and your house help tells you your worries are baseless because you still earn way more than her, would it help? © Instagram/Alia Bhatt Every class has a certain contempt and lack of sympathy for the class above it. While the lower middle classes would loathe the upper middle classes for their big cars and exotic holidays, and the upper middle classes could hate the filthy rich for their jet planes and opulent mansions. It's natural. But along with the hate, comes insensitivity and a lack of sympathy. So when something bad happens with someone more privileged than you, it fails to evict a sympathetic response. 'Oh but it ain't so bad for them. They will get over it. They have a holiday home in Goa, for god's sake.' It's hard to sympathise with someone who is doing so much better than you and none of us are an exception to it. © Reuters When Deepika Padukone spoke about her depression, there were many who sympathized with her. But over time, there were voices that questioned the credibility of her confession. When Mallika Sherawat was robbed and attacked in a Paris apartment, the reactions on social media were not entirely sympathetic. We wouldn't react the same way if it happened with someone close to us. © Instagram/Priyanka Chopra Why is depression amongst the rich and famous is so hard for us to believe? It is As we climb the social ladder, our ways to deal with anxiety and pressures also change. We exercise more restraint, often more secrecy even – there is more at stake. We keep pushing those doubts and conflicts to the dark corners of the mind where they wouldn't hinder our race to the top. Succumbing to a deep-seated and oft-ignored depression is very easy at this point. © Instagram/Arbaaz Khan There's a sadist pleasure taken in passing judgment on the life of someone who, we think, has it easy. And the two things that apparently make everything easy are money and fame. When Arbaaz Khan and Malaika Arora Khan decided to part ways, there were all kinds of ugly on social media. While some shamed Arbaaz, there were others pointing fingers at Malaika. The realization that it must have been one of the most painful decisions of their lives was unsurprisingly missing from public conscience. © Reuters While we complain about the pressures of doing well and meeting society's expectations in our lives, we find it rather easy to write off celebrities who don't match up to our expectations of success. Abhishek Bachchan was never able to come out of the huge shadow cast by his superstar father and we fans made sure it was always out there in the universe at all times. When we mentally curse our neighbourhood aunty for reminding us that her son, and not us, is an MBA, we somehow forget we are doing the same when we shame a star for not matching his father's success. When did we start acting like a middle-aged conservative parent whose children are never good enough for him/her? © Instagram/Farhan Akhtar Public conscience is often as good as the last meal eaten, last movie watched and the last pothole our car/scooter jerked at. We are far removed from the people we see onscreen; we see them in all their starry glory, glittery costumes, swanky cars. While they are all that, they are human too. To strip them of a dignity to grieve and deal with the tragedies in their lives is a little too harsh, isn't it? Surely, we can be better than that. Disclaimer: The author is not a celebrity, nor does she have any celebrity friends.
  18. People with diabetes may not always feel classic symptoms like acute chest pain when they have a heart attack, according to a small study that offers a potential explanation for why these episodes are more deadly for diabetics. Researchers examined data from detailed interviews with 39 adults in the UK who had been diagnosed with diabetes and had also experienced a heart attack. Most of the participants reported feeling some chest pain, but they often said it didn?t feel like they expected or that they didn?t think it was really a heart attack. ?Long term diabetes damages your heart in many ways (increased blocking of the heart?s blood vessels), but it also damages your nerves,? said study co-author Dr. Melvyn Jones of University College London. ?So a bit like a diabetic might not feel the stubbing of their toe, they also feel less pain from damaged heart muscle when the blood supply gets cut off, so they don?t get the classical crushing chest pain of a heart attack,? Jones said by email. People with diabetes are three times more likely to die from heart disease than the general population and possibly six times more likely to have a heart attack, Jones added. All patients in the study received care at one of three hospitals in London, and they ranged in age from 40 to 90. Most were male, and roughly half were white. The majority had what?s known as type 2 diabetes, which is tied to aging and obesity and happens when the body can?t properly use insulin to convert blood sugar into energy. Four of them had type 1 diabetes, a lifelong condition that develops when the pancreas produces little or no insulin, a hormone needed to allow blood sugar to enter cells. Many of the participants described heart attack symptoms such as chest pain and discomfort. However, many felt like their pain wasn?t severe enough to be a heart attack or didn?t consider the discomfort they felt in their chest as similar to what they would expect with a heart attack. This may have contributed to delays in seeking care, which are in turn associated with lower survival odds and a higher risk of complications and disability for people who do live through the event, researchers note in the journal BMJ Open. The study was small, and it wasn?t a controlled experiment designed to prove whether or how diabetes might lead people to experience different heart attack symptoms. Still, it confirms a longstanding belief that people with diabetes may be prone to atypical heart attack symptoms, said Dr. Deepak Bhatt, executive director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women?s Hospital Heart and Vascular Center and a researcher at Harvard Medical School in Boston. ?Atypical means instead of the more classic chest pain or chest pressure, patients experience symptoms such as extreme fatigue or breathlessness, for example,? Bhatt, who wasn?t involved in the study, said by email. ?The biology of the heart attack is the same,? Bhatt added. ?But the thought is that patients with advanced diabetes may have a degree of nerve damage (neuropathy) and therefore may be less likely to experience the more common chest pain or chest pressure from a heart attack.? Patients with diabetes should understand that they?re more likely to have a heart attack than other people, said Dr. John Wilkins, a researcher at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago who wasn?t involved in the study. ?They should have regular follow-up with their physicians, keep their blood sugars well controlled, lead a heart-healthy lifestyle, avoid the development of cardiovascular risk factors like high blood pressure and high cholesterol, and if they have risk factors they should make sure they are appropriately managed,? Wilkins said by email. ?They should also be familiar with the symptoms that suggest that they might be having a heart attack or an impending heart attack and know how to respond if those symptoms develop,? Wilkins advised.
  19. Most of you have seen TRX suspension equipment at your gyms. For those who train at local gyms, this equipment may not really have found its place, but the TRX suspension has made its mark. What exactly is a TRX suspension and how does it work? Is it better than traditional weight training? And is it good for hypertrophy? And most of all is it what people call functional training? This Is What It Is © Thinkstock Started in the US, by the navy SEALs, TRX bodyweight exercise develops strength, balance, flexibility and core stability simultaneously. It requires the use of the TRX Suspension Trainer, a highly portable performance training tool that leverages gravity and the user's body weight to complete tons of exercises. This equipment was initially made out of convenience as traditional weights were heavy and shifting equipment during logistics was an inconvenience. You have to use your core stabilizers to work out with TRX, so you build your core, strength, balance, agility and power. It's Not The Best To Build Muscle © Thinkstock Resistance training provides an incredible boost to your metabolism from workout to workout, plus it will help to lower your total body-fat percentage by increasing lean muscle mass. Adding resistance training to your routine with the TRX Suspension Trainer can really help accelerate your fat loss provided you follow a diet which will promote fat loss as well. TRX training may not be the best tool if you are looking for traditional bodybuilding as progressive overload plays an important role in muscle growth. The TRX has different levels of progression and regression which can challenge the muscles the same way adding a progressive load but the draw back about this is that it if you are looking at pure strength and muscle building, there are better methods. Using an advanced technique to increase resistance requires a lot of skill and practice which is a little time consuming and takes your focus and attention out of your main goal that is strength and muscle building. © Thinkstock The TRX suspension form of training is mostly based on endurance, unlike traditional strength training where people like for 8 rep maxes or even lesser, the TRX can be used in different style of endurance workout such as AMRAP (As many rounds as possible) EMOM (Every minute on the minute, which is time based) or even TABATA style of training where you perform a set with maximum reps for 20 seconds and rest for 10 seconds. Hence TRX training is open to a lot of creativity when it comes to training. It is very convenient to use and also one of the best equipment when it comes to home workouts. However there are different rules and guidelines when it comes to using a TRX, which will be a topic of discussing in my next article. Helius is one of Mumbai's most promising fitness professionals and part time kettle bell lecturer. His knowledge on nutrition and trainer soft skills management is well recognized. To know more about him CLICK HERE, and mail your queries about fitness to heliusd@hotmail.com.
  20. Bollywood diva Priyanka Chopra is roaming the streets of Italy for the new season of her American TV series ?Quantico?. And while she?s at it, she hasn?t forgotten to keep her fans updated on her Italian adventures. ?There is no easy walk to freedom,? she captioned one of her pictures, showing her in a pensive mood. No trip is complete without the Colosseum. Another shot shows the actress having the time of her life at Castel Sant'Angelo. PeeCee enjoyed a few quiet moments at the Vatican ?of purity, faith and silence?. She also posed with the fans who bumped into her. Following her Hollywood debut in ?Baywatch?, Priyanka has now moved on to season three of her popular espionage-drama Quantico.
  21. ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Thursday said the recent statement by Captain (retd) Safdar was pointless and no one in the ruling party agrees with his point of view. In an interview on Thursday, PM Abbasi said, "Neither Nawaz Sharif nor the party or I am responsible for what Capt (retd) Safdar said [in the assembly]." The premier said he would inquire from the son-in-law of the ousted prime minister with whose permission he made the statement. "I must tell Safdar to refrain from provocative statements. As the son-in-law of Nawaz Sharif, he has a lot of responsibility on his shoulders." The prime minister said Safdar does not represent the government's policy and he will have to furnish an explanation. He further said that any measure which causes instability in the country is deemed as a conspiracy. Abbasi said the July 28 verdict, in which the Supreme Court disqualified Nawaz Sharif as the prime minister, should be left to history, for it will better judge the decision. Speaking about the finance minister, he said Ishaq Dar used to work up to 16 hours a day, but now he works for 12 hours. "Dar now spends those 4 hours on the cases made against him," he said, terming the finance minister best individual in the assembly. He also denied the rumours of having asked Dar to step down saying reports suggesting so are "baseless." Responding to Sheikh Rasheed's accusation against him, the prime minister said only a person, who has his own hands clean, should level an allegation against him. Commenting on economic situation of the country, the PM said challenges are there, however his government is trying to deal with them. "Economic challenges are there, but we will overcome them. There are exports issues as well; we are trying to increase our exports, but the export policy does not get implemented in a day," he said, maintaining that after the incumbent government took over the country is in better position. The prime minister also lauded Saad Rafique for bringing railways out of deficit. Speaking of Pakistan International Airlines, he said he admits PIA's failure first of all and maintained the only way to improve the situation of the national flag-carrier is to privatise it.
  22. The debate of whether or not to include carbohydrates and fat in a post workout meal seems to never end. In fact, fat should not even be an option when it comes to post workout nutrition. Do carbs and fat really score that low when it comes to their importance in a post workout meal? Well, you are about to find out the science behind this myth. Also, we will discuss if consuming whey protein or lean protein along with fat in a post workout meal renders it useless. Why Is Post Workout Nutrition Important © Thinkstock/Getty Images To understand the importance of post workout nutrition, we first need to understand what goes on inside our bodies when we workout. When we exercise, our body needs fuel in the form of energy. Your muscles use the glycogen stores in your body for this. This results in the partial depletion of glycogen from the muscles. During a workout, a few muscle proteins are also broken down. The rate of your protein breakdown depends on the intensity of your training session. However, even trained athletes experience muscle protein breakdown. After a workout, your body tries to rebuild its glycogen stores and repair/regrow the muscle protein. Why Is Protein So Important © Thinkstock/Getty Images As discussed above, exercise stimulates the breakdown of muscle protein. Your body needs amino acids to rebuild and repair the muscle protein. Amino acids also initiate the process of building new muscle tissue. Studies show that consuming 20 to 40 grams of protein is enough to begin the process of muscle protein synthesis. Why Are Carbs Important Like muscle protein breakdown, glycogen depletion levels also depends on the kind of activity performed as a workout. Endurance sports like distance running depletes far more glycogen stores than regular weight training, therefore, carb intake for endurance runners might be more than a bodybuilder. A statement issued by the International Society of Sports Nutrition states that consuming 0.5-0.7 grams of carbs per pound of body weight after training results in adequate glycogen resynthesis. A study conducted by the University of Texas states that consuming both protein and carbs together after exercise can maximize protein and glycogen synthesis. Does Fat With Protein Make It Useless? © Thinkstock/Getty Images This is a myth that has been created and circulated by Youtubers based completely on 'bro science'. No science or logic explained whatsoever, just giving their biased opinion as usual. While including fat in your post workout meal may slow down its digestion, there is no possible way that it will reduce the benefits of protein. In fact, a study published in U.S. National library of Medicine, states that whole milk (Non-skimmed) was more effective in triggering muscle protein synthesis than skimmed milk. Though the primary preference in your post workout meal should be given to protein and carbs, adding a little fat to it won't make a difference and won't render it useless or ineffective. Anuj Tyagi is a Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist From American Council on Exercise (ACE) . He is the Founder of the website where he provides online Training. Though a Chartered Accountant by education, he has been closely associated with Fitness Industry since 2006. His motto is to transform people Naturally and he believes that the secret formula for Fitness is Consistency and commitment towards your Training and Nutrition. You can connect with him through Facebook and Youtube.
  23. Despite of being one of the most researched supplements on Earth, creatine is considered to be a rather notorious supplement by many. The reason for that is either its misuse or misinformation about it. The truth is that creatine is completely safe to use and is one of the most widely used supplements for both sportsmen and bodybuilders alike. One of the biggest myths related to creatine usage is hair loss. A lot of people have been made to think that creatine supplementation causes baldness. Does this statement true? Well, lets dig into the details of what creatine really is. What is Creatine Monohydrate? © Thinkstock Before we start correlating creatine to various other supplements, let us tell you a little bit about creatine. Creatine is already available in your body and 95% of it is stored in the skeletal muscle. Being an ATP amplifier, it provides your cells with short bursts of explosive energy for athletic and short workouts. The Creatine and Hair Loss Connection © Thinkstock People correlate creatine with hair loss because creatine increases DHT levels in the body. DHT is short for Dihydrotestosterone, which is a potent androgen. An enzyme called 5-alpha reductase converts testosterone into DHT. Higher DHT levels are responsible for hair loss and baldness. This theory actually came to light when there was a study conducted on 40 rugby players. The players were put on creatine monohydrate supplementation for 7 days and after 7 days of creatine loading and 14 days of creatine maintenance dose. The level of DHT increased by 56% after seven days and remained 40% above baseline on the maintenance dose. This study is the only reason why creatine monohydrate is said to cause baldness in men. No Study To Show A Direct Relation The study that has been discussed above shows a relation between higher DHT levels and consumption of creatine monohydrate. It does not establish a direct relationship between creatine monohydrate and hair loss. The purpose of the study was to establish the effects of creatine monohydrate on selected androgens. In fact, there hasn't been any other study on creatine monohydrate and male hair loss pattern. Another thing to note here is that in conclusion of the above study, it was clearly mentioned that further investigation is warranted before coming to a conclusion as the group was too small to establish the findings. Creatine Monohydrate is Safe, Completely Safe © Thinkstock Personally, I am yet to see a case where creatine usage has caused baldness. This myth starts making inroads as people started relating a study that actually was conducted for a totally different objective altogether. Hair loss and baldness has more to do with hereditary factors than anything else. If your father and grandfather had good hair growth, chances are you will also have the same, irrespective of the fact that you take creatine or not. And if they were bald, no matter how many precautions you take, chances are that you will also lose your hair. So, go ahead and supplement with creatine and don't worry about losing your hair. Anuj Tyagi is a Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist From American Council on Exercise (ACE) . He is the Founder of the website where he provides online Training. Though a Chartered Accountant by education, he has been closely associated with Fitness Industry since 2006. His motto is to transform people Naturally and he believes that the secret formula for Fitness is Consistency and commitment towards your Training and Nutrition. You can connect with him through Facebook and Youtube.
  24. ‘Padmavati' stirred more controversy when it was announced than most movies when they are being edited by the censor board. The historical epic story idea was picked up by none other than Bollywood's magnum-opus specialist Sanjay Leela Bhansali and stars Deepika in the titular role, along with Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, who will essay a negative character. © Facebook The first look of the movie was awaited form quite a while now but vandalism on the movie sets and people protesting against the storyline kept pushing the date further. However, the wait is coming to an end. Deepika Padukone took to social media and unveiled her fierce princess look. दà¥à¤µà¥ सà¥à¤¥à¤¾à¤ªà¤¨à¤¾ à¤à¥ शà¥à¤­ à¤à¤µà¤¸à¤° पर मिलिठरानॠपदà¥à¤®à¤¾à¤µà¤¤à¥ सॠ#Padmavati @FilmPadmavati A post shared by Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) on Sep 20, 2017 at 5:54pm PDT #Padmavati @FilmPadmavati A post shared by Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) on Sep 20, 2017 at 6:14pm PDT You have never seen her mix fierce with eloquence like she does in the poster! We are used to watching the beautiful lady leave us in awe of how gorgeous she looks every time, that we forget she is a stunning actor first. If you noticed what I did, then the first thing that comes to the mind when you look at her in the poster is Frida Kahlo. The unibrow resemblance is uncanny. © Twitter The reason is easy to decrypt. Kahlo's unibrow was a symbol of repression, courage, boldness and a refusal to bow down to anything. The director seems to have taken a clear inspiration from the late historical figure. The movie will see Shahid playing the role of her husband, while Ranveer will play Alauddin Khilji.
  25. NEW YORK: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Wednesday said Pakistan did not expect any significant shift in the United States' policy towards it and the country was ready to work with the Trump administration, especially to fight terrorism. Speaking to Christiane Amanpour of CNN in an interview during his visit to New York to attend the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, the prime minister believed that there could be the difference of opinions on the modalities as how Pakistan operated in the region. "Relations have ups and downs. We believe this relationship is not defined by Afghanistan. It is a 70-year-old relationship. We have always been an ally especially the partners in the war against terror. That is how we look at it," the Prime Minister remarked. Asked to comment on US President Donald Trump's policy statement, Prime Minister Abbasi again termed it a difference of opinion saying that Pakistan looked at the situation differently as the country had fought the war against terrorism, suffering huge casualties. Even today, he said, thousands of soldiers were fighting the menace, he maintained. Responding to a query, the Prime Minister said, "Terrorism is a threat to everybody. For us, India was the force that we have fought three wars with. India is a threat to Pakistan. We accept that. They are a nuclear power. We have to defend ourselves several times against India." On being asked by the interviewer that Pakistan too had nuclear power, the Prime Minister said that Pakistan had developed nuclear weapons against the threats India posed. To another question about the possible US policy shift, the prime minister said he had met US Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday and explained to him Pakistan's role in that regard. He reiterated Pakistan's willingness to work with US in the war against terrorism, considering it as a common enemy. About the North Korean nuclear programme, Prime Minister Abbasi said North Korea should follow the requirements of international regulatory authorities. He categorically denied that Pakistan had contributed anything to the North Korean nuclear programme rather stressed Pyongyang to behave responsibly. To a question, whether Pakistan was concerned over the North Korean nuclear programme, he said, "Definitely, it is a cause for concern. We have also condemned their nuclear tests."