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  1. The new study suggests, however, that man's best friend may be very well aware of the reaction a scowl or grin will elicit from its master. Photo: AFP file Your dog may be a master manipulator, deliberately making puppy eyes to pull at your heart strings, according to a study Thursday into a ploy many mutt owners have long suspected. The research suggests that dogs may be in control of their facial expressions, using them to communicate, researchers reported in the journal Scientific Reports. Until now, it was assumed that dog expressions were involuntary. The new study suggests, however, that man's best friend may be very well aware of the reaction a scowl or grin will elicit from its master. "The findings appear to support evidence... that expressions are potentially active attempts to communicate," said study co-author Juliane Kaminski of the University of Portsmouth. In a series of experiments with different types of pet dogs, the team discovered that the animals "move their faces" more when humans were paying attention to them. Raising the brows, which makes the eyes appear bigger to produce heart-melting "puppy dog eyes", was the most commonly-used expression, the researchers found. When humans had their backs turned, or were distracted, the dogs' faces were much less active ? regardless of whether the human was offering a food treat or not. Previous research has shown that dogs are aware of how attentive humans are. One study, for example, showed they stole food more often when a human had their back turned or eyes closed. "We now know dogs make more facial expressions when the human is paying attention," said Kaminski. It was too soon, however, to state categorically that dogs have a perception of what a human may be thinking or feeling ? a state of awareness considered a sign of high intelligence displayed by humans, the team added. Research in non-human primates has suggested some of our far-flung cousins may also be aware that others can read their facial expressions ? which changed when they had an audience.
  2. A wrestling camel is paraded through the main street in the western Turkish town of Selcuk January 15, 2005. PHOTO: Reuters GENEVA: The fight against the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), which has killed at least 722 people over the past five years, is honing in on its target: camels. MERS coronavirus (MERS-CoV), a member of a virus family ranging from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, appears to have emerged in humans in Saudi Arabia in 2012 but has now been traced back in camels to at least 1983. Almost all the outbreaks so far originated in the Arabian Gulf, but MERS-CoV could infect humans wherever there are one-humped dromedary camels - two-humped Bactrians are not affected. That means people across a swathe of Africa, the Middle East, Pakistan and South Asia are potentially at risk. So the hunt is on for vaccinations - both for humans, and camels. ?The virus is in camels everywhere. The virus is in Qatar, it?s in the United Arab Emirates, it?s wherever we look,? said Maria Van Kerkhove, a disease outbreak expert at the World Health Organization (WHO), where 130 experts gathered last week to collaborate for the first time on tackling the disease. ?I know so much more about camels than I ever thought I would,? she said. People have probably caught MERS in Africa but the absence of outbreaks recorded there may be due to poor disease surveillance, less contact with camels, or lower rates of underlying conditions like obesity and heart problems that make MERS more severe. Saudi Arabia has been heavily criticized for not being transparent about MERS, but Van Kerkhove said that had totally changed. It is now testing 70,000 human samples a year and generating a vast amount of research. Drive-Thru MERS is hard to spot, and far more deadly than other acute respiratory infections, killing one in three sufferers. It has a habit of infiltrating Saudi hospitals via patients visiting for regular dialysis or cardiac appointments, causing outbreaks that have killed patients and health workers alike. Hospitals are raising their game. ?One hospital even has a drive-thru. Literally a drive-thru in their emergency department,? said Van Kerkhove, explaining how patients are vetted before being allowed in. ?You drive up in the car to the person in the booth and they ask you three questions. It takes less than 13 seconds.? A dozen human vaccines are in development, with vaccine coalition CEPI expected to announce soon which it will fund. But the key to stopping human deaths is controlling MERS in camels. Two camel vaccines have been developed, but only one, developed by the Jenner Institute, is in field trials. The other, developed at the Erasmus Medical Centre, is still seeking funding. The WHO MERS program is also under-funded, Van Kerkhove said. At last week?s meeting, hosted by the WHO, animal health body OIE and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, Saudi and Qatari experts were ?happy to talk to each other? despite their governments? diplomatic friction, she said. Collaboration is vital, because camels must be diagnosed, quarantined and vaccinated as they enter the Gulf from the Horn of Africa. The virus must be tracked like bird flu is in birds, Van Kerkhove said. But there is a long road ahead. ?I?ve never seen a really good map showing where camels move,? she said.
  3. BEIJING: China's seismic service CENC on Saturday detected a zero-depth, 3.4-magnitude earthquake in North Korea, calling it a "suspected explosion". The epicentre is roughly the same as that of a previous shallow earthquake on September 3, which turned out to be caused by a North Korean nuclear test, the official Xinhua news agency said. The earthquake comes after days of increasingly bellicose rhetoric between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's regime over Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions that has raised international alarm. There seemed to be some initial difference of opinion, however, with Seoul´s Korea Meteorological Agency (KMA) saying that it had registered a tremor of a similar size, but judged it a "natural quake". The quake comes amid soaring tensions over Pyongyang's weapons programme, with the firing of two missiles over Japan in recent weeks and its sixth and largest nuclear test earlier this month. The September 3 test was North Korea's most powerful detonation, triggering a much stronger 6.3-magnitude quake that was felt across the border in China. This week marked a new level of acrimony in a blistering war of words between Kim and Trump, with the North Korean leader calling the American president "mentally deranged" and a "dotard". Trump has dubbed Kim a "madman" and sought to ratchet up sanctions against the isolated regime, which says it needs nuclear weapons to protect itself against the threat of invasion. Pyongyang later said it had tested a hydrogen bomb that could be fitted onto a missile - an assertion that no foreign government has so far confirmed. The move prompted global condemnation, leading the UN Security Council to unanimously adopt new sanctions that include restrictions on oil shipments. Hydrogen bombs, or H-bombs, are thermonuclear weapons far more powerful than ordinary fission-based atomic bombs and use a nuclear blast to generate the intense temperatures required for fusion to take place. Kim on Friday threatened the "highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history" in a tirade against Trump´s warning that Washington would "totally destroy" the North if the US or its allies were threatened. Monitoring groups estimate that the nuclear test conducted in North Korea earlier this month had a yield of 250 kilotons, which is 16 times the size of the US bomb that destroyed Hiroshima in 1945. Washington announced tougher restrictions Friday aimed at curbing North Korea´s nuclear and ballistic missile programme, building on new tough United Nations sanctions aimed to choke Pyongyang of cash. Russia and China have both appealed for an end to the escalating rhetoric between Washington and Pyongyang. But on the fringes of the UN meeting this week, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho upped the tensions further, telling reporters Pyongyang might now consider detonating a hydrogen bomb outside its territory.
  4. United Nations sanctions on North Korea?s important textiles industry are expected to disrupt a business largely based in China and pose compliance headaches for clothing retailers in the United States and around the world. The UN security Council imposed a ban on North Korea textile exports and a ceiling on the country?s imports of crude oil on Monday, ratcheting up sanctions designed to pressure North Korea into talks about its nuclear weapons and missile programs. Retailers in the United States and other countries have intentionally limited their exposure to North Korea in recent years, as tensions over the country?s nuclear program have increased. The industry has sought to strengthen control over its supply chain since a textile factory collapse in Bangladesh killed more than 1,100 people in 2013. Larger retailers, such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc, have the ability to keep North Korea-produced goods out of their stores. But smaller brands may face enforcement challenges, said Marc Wulfraat, president of supply chain consulting firm MWPVL International. ?There are still hundreds and thousands of companies that are sourcing from overseas that don?t have the wherewithal or the resources or people or money to chase after these issues,? Wulfraat said. Textiles were North Korea?s second-biggest export after coal and other minerals in 2016, totaling $752 million, according to data from the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency. Nearly 80 percent went to China. Enforcement of the textile ban along North Korea?s 1,400-km (870-mile) border with China - where goods are sometimes smuggled across, often on boats at night - could be challenging, North Korea experts say. ?In the past, we have seen shows of quite convincing enforcement in the major centres, such as at Dandong,? said Chris Green, a North Korea expert at Leiden University in the Netherlands, referring to the largest trading hub on the China-North Korea border. Goods still slip through in less visible areas, he said. Trade in non-banned goods, including food and other daily necessities, continues between China and North Korea. ?Enforcement will depend a lot on China,? said Paul Tjia, an outsourcing specialist who regularly visits North Korea. ?So far, a lot of the North Korean textiles trade to Europe and other places goes via China.? ?It will be up to Chinese companies that deal in the North Korean textile trade to take action and up to the Chinese government to ensure the Chinese companies are taking action.? On a recent visit to the Chinese border with North Korea, several Chinese traders told Reuters the Chinese government is strictly enforcing UN sanctions to the point that some businesses that rely on trade with North Korea have already gone bankrupt or traders have had to start trading in non-sanctioned goods. MORAL QUESTION Another challenge is that clothes can be partly made in China and partly in North Korea with a ?Made in China? label attached to the finished product. ?Even if a label says ?Made in China,? some parts of the product are allowed to be made in North Korea and other places,? Tjia said. ?For example, the buttons may come from Italy, the cotton may come from Australia or India, the labour may come from North Korea or China, the accessories may come from Bangladesh.? A spokeswoman for Target Corp said the company has taken steps to keep even unfinished goods from North Korea out of its supply chain. ?We?re aware of the accusations and have clear guidelines and standards in place for our vendors and suppliers,? said spokeswoman Jenna Rack. ?We don?t source any products from North Korea or any apparel products from Dandong.? North Korea does not release statistics on the number of people involved in the textiles industry, but experts estimate at least 100,000 people are employed at North Korean textiles factories, producing goods both for export and the domestic market. Cheng Xiaohe, a North Korea specialist at Beijing?s Renmin University, estimates the figure may be as high as 200,000 people. Wages at textiles factories grew tenfold around 2010 when North Korea was experimenting with economic reforms, according to Green, so people suddenly went from earning 30 North Korean won to 300 won. ?They were suddenly getting a reasonable wage,? said Green. Supply chain consultant Tjia said North Korea textile workers will be hit by the trade ban. ?If the goal of the sanctions is to create difficulties for ordinary workers and their ability to make a livelihood, then a ban on textiles will work,? he said.
  5. Health experts have advised people to avoid eating excessive red meat during Eid-ul-Azha as it can increase the risk of various diseases. Excessive red meat can increase the risk of developing cardiovascular, kidney, liver, diabetes and gastroenteritis diseases. Dr Arif Majeed said eating excessive meat during Eid-ul-Azha could have negative impacts on health and especially for those who stored this meat for several months. He added that use of frozen meat could be harmful as it may affect kidneys and cause cardiac problems. Dr. Wasim Khawaja of the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) said, while speaking to The News, that overeating could cause gastric irritation, high cholesterol, acidity, abdominal contraction, nausea, diarrhea, heart problems, and constipation. ?We, the doctors, don?t stop people from consuming high-calorie food and drinks but as they say excess of everything is bad, all that should be taken modestly. A small intake of meaty food with lots of salad is strongly advised,? he said. Khawaja added the people should not skip meals during Eid days as taking balanced food and drinks at regular intervals would help keep cholesterol level in control. He said compared with fizzy beverages, use of water was better, as it could help avoid intake of excessive liquid calories. He also suggested tea after meals during Eid days. Dr. Masood Ahmad, a dietitian at a private hospital, also recommended low-fat dishes during Eid and said that would help the people enjoy the festival to the maximum. He said since most of the food on Eid-ul-Azha was meat-based, use of fat and high-calorie sauces in their preparation should be avoided. Ahmad added that the people?s focus should be on Eid celebrations and not stuffing themselves with meat and opt for stroll after a meal to burn calories. Suggesting use of oral saline for diarrhea and antacid for gastric problem, he added that in case of any serious condition, a doctor should be consulted without delay.
  6. File photo ISLAMABAD: Authorities must ensure the proper disposal of offal as soon as possible to prevent the spread of diseases. Health and environmental experts have stressed the importance of properly removing blood, offal and other waste after an animal has been sacrificed. Failure to do so may lead to health problems and environmental pollution. Civic agencies involved in keeping an area clean should not throw offal and animal wastes into drains, green areas and in garbage trolleys, but keep these left over at open places near their houses for easy collection by sanitation staff. Citizens should also cooperate with sanitation staff as the health of people depends on the timely removal of leftovers from the sacrifice. Senior physician Akram Sheikh said that animal remains should be dumped at special dumping points in an environment-friendly manner and covered with soil and lime. It is also recommended that the public especially those handling animals and meat wear protective gear, he added.
  7. This NOAA GOES-16 satellite handout image released August 30, 2017 shows a geocolor image of Tropical Storm Harvey the afternoon of August 29, 2017 approximately 80 miles south-southwest of Port Arthur, Texas - AFP PARIS: Scientists say the devastating intensity of hurricanes such as Harvey is consistent with global warming trends -- rising seas, warming oceans, hotter air -- and warn of "bigger and stronger" storms to come. Here are their answers to questions about the link between climate change and the tropical storms known variously around the world as cyclones, hurricanes and typhoons. Does warming bring more cyclone rain? "The rarity of hurricanes, coupled with the difficulty of measuring rainfall, makes this highly problematic. Harvey's rainfall near Houston is more like a thousand year event. But we expect hurricane rainfall to increase substantially this century as a consequence of warming oceans and atmosphere." Kerry Emanuel, Professor of Atmospheric Science, MIT "A logical consequence of global warming is a global increase of extreme rainfall events. In the case of Harvey, it is the heavy rain -- and the resulting flooding -- which is the greatest threat. A global increase of daily rainfall records is indeed seen in the rainfall observations. This trend will continue as long as we keep pushing up global temperatures by emitting greenhouse gases." Stefan Rahmstorf, Co-chair, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research "When storms like this one move inland, they tend to die off. However, lingering near the coast, Hurricane Harvey maintained a healthy energy supply and has been able to continue picking up moisture and dumping it over land through sustained and intense rainfall." Richard Allan, Professor of Climate Processes, University of Reading. A group of Houston residents walk through waist deep water while evacuating their homes after severe flooding following Hurricane Harvey in north Houston August 29, 2017 in Houston, Texas - AFP Is the poleward shift of cyclones significant? "In the poleward migration we see a definite climate signal that matches our expectations... We think that as the century progresses, places that are on the poleward margins of hurricane zones (for example, Japan and New England) may experience more frequent and more intense hurricanes." Kerry Emanuel "The poleward drift -- 53 kilometres (33 miles) per decade in the northern hemisphere, and 62 km (39 miles) in the southern -- is highly relevant to society -- arguably as much as changes in intensity. Places that are more accustomed to these storms and are better prepared for them may see less exposure, but places that are less well prepared may see more." James Kossin, scientist, US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Center for Weather and Climate Rescuers go house-to-house checking for anyone that may need rescue in the Bear Creek neighborhood after it was flooded by heavy rains from Hurricane Harvey August 29, 2017 in Houston, Texas - AFPneighborhood after it was flooded by heavy rains from Hurricane Harvey August 29, 2017 in Houston, Texas - AFP Harvey: aberration or harbinger? "The two most noteworthy aspects of Harvey are the rapid intensification -- aided by the heat in the ocean, some of which is due to global warming -- before landfall, and the stalling over land." James Elsner, atmospheric scientist, Florida State University "Harvey is unusual because it continued to strengthen in the Gulf of Mexico until it made landfall... It is also unusual because the swirling winds in a tropical cyclone usually bring up cooler waters from below, which makes a stationary tropical cyclone decay quite quickly -- but this did not happen." Brian Hoskins, Chair of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College London "When we build a city or build a dam, we must understand and deal with possible vulnerability to flooding at that point... Hurricane Harvey, unfortunately, shows yet again how decades of development and politics, which do not factor in environmental extremes, then causes a disaster." Dr Ilan Kelman, Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction, University College London Will cyclones change in the future? "We expect that Category 3, 4, and 5 storms will become more frequent globally as the climate warms. But this will vary from place to place. Some places may even see a decrease." Kerry Emmanuel "The strongest hurricanes will get stronger as the seas continue to heat. Per-storm losses of life and property will rise. James Elsner "Whether we can attribute Harvey to global warming -- as with any individual weather event -- is a questionable proposition. But it is very likely that many more storms like Harvey and Katrina and bigger ones yet are on the way." Jeffrey Kargel, professor, University of Arizona
  8. Red rice is the new trend in food and dining that is slowly; but surely, gaining pace and favour amongst food enthusiasts, chefs and F&B outlets. But, what's the whole deal with it anyway? I decided to take the discussion to 11 food experts, including chefs, dieticians and FMCG entrepreneurs, to tell you everything you probably need to know about red rice because we know you're going to want to experiment, taste and see what all the fuss is about. © Traditions Wild Rice by Foodhall The Facts Ragini Mehra, Founder, BeautySource.in—an ecommerce wellness website that pioneers the sale of Bhutanese Red Rice—enlightens us, stating, “It (red rice) is a trend as far as a sudden boost in people's awareness of its many incredible benefits is concerned; but, as such, red rice has been a staple for many healthy families particularly in the mountainous regions of India and Bhutan.” The rice derives its colour from anthocyanins, which deliver protective antioxidant properties and anti-carcinogenic activities that aid in cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer prevention. In comparison studies of different rice varieties, red rice has shown the most promising health results. It is said to have 10 times the antioxidants that brown rice has and nutrient dense with 20 percent of the daily values for magnesium, phosphorus, and molybdenum. © The Perfect Pantry Red rice is specifically typical to Himalayan Mountains, southern Tibet, Bhutan, as well as southern India says Abhishek Basu, Executive Chef at The Park, New Delhi. “We get our red rice from Original India Table.” Ashutosh Nerlekar, Executive Chef, The Park Chennai informs us that the concept of red rice is, indeed an old but forgotten one. Neeraj Tyagi, Executive Chef, Shangri-La's - Eros Hotel, New Delhi, adds by saying that before the concept hit mainstream food culture, red rice was popular in Bhutan as Bhutanese red rice and was the staple food of Bhutan. “It has only its hull removed and retains the bran and germ and is not polished as excessive polishing removes much of the nutritional value of any rice,” he explains. Sagar S Bajaj, Chef, at Lazeez Affaire, breaks it down further, stating that its use was started by few small nations in 1990 and has been followed by others ever since. “There has been an ongoing conversation around red rice and Bhutanese red rice and how each contributes towards a healthy lifestyle.” Which brings me to my next question: What's the difference between the two? © BeautySource The Bhutan Connect Mehra tells us that the red rice grown in Bhutan is of an extraordinary quality. Bhutan is the world's first country that is working towards being 100 per cent organic very soon and so the rice has been grown without any chemical pesticides or herbicides. The incredibly rich quality of the rice is because of the location of the paddy fields 9000 ft above sea level irrigated by the mineral-rich waters of the glaciers. “I have known about the benefits of red rice for a long time and when I got an opportunity to bring Bhutan's premium brand of red rice to India, it was a no-brainer for me,” she quips. Bhutanese Red Rice is grown only in Bhutan at 8,000 feet in the fertile soil in the eastern Himalayas. “It is red japonica rice that is semi-milled and some of the reddish bran is left on the rice,” explains Tyagi. The whole grain rice has high nutritional value and cooks faster. Bajaj further adds, saying that “The quality of grains is what differentiates red rice from Bhutanese red rice. When cooked, Bhutanese red rice is pale pink, soft and slightly sticky.” © Spicie Foodie According to Chef Saurabh Udinia, Head Chef – Masala Library, Farzi Café & MasalaBar, Massive Restaurants Pvt Ltd., each serving of Bhutanese red rice offers 2 percent of your recommended daily allotment for iron, 80 percent for manganese, 20 percent for magnesium, 20 percent for phosphorus, 35 percent for molybdenum and 6 percent for zinc. Whereas, the red bran layer of red rice contains 95% of the minerals and dietary fibre of the whole rice, which contains iron, zinc, potassium, sodium, manganese and so forth. Inner white portion contains predominantly carbohydrate and proteins. How Healthy Is It? Mehar Rajput, Dietitian and Nutritionist, Fitpass goes on to list out the many health benefits of consuming red rice. “Being loaded with fibre, red rice helps you decrease your desire to eat more and may cause you to feel jam-packed for a longer period of time. It's full of zinc which accelerates the healing of wounds and maintains the mechanism of your body to help it function effectively. It also helps in reducing your body's level of total cholesterol, improves bowel movement and reduces the symptoms of constipation and assists in weight control,” she says. “Being rich in complex carbohydrates, it reduces the risk of many metabolic disorders like diabetes, obesity, PCOS, hypothyroidism and cardiovascular diseases. Red rice also helps in fighting asthma, reduces the elevated sugar level, builds immunity, is considered good for bone health. It is high in antioxidants which counteracts free radicals and improves blood circulation and digestion,” she further adds. © Miso-Sesame Shredded Salad with Red Rice & Gingered Carrots Blue Apron 100 grams of red rice is supposed to contain 405 kilocalories, 7 grams protein, 86.7 grams carbs, 2.7 per cent fibre, 5.5 milligrams iron, 3.3 milligrams zinc and 6 milligrams sodium. Rajput suggests consuming it with a variety of meat curries, exotic salads, pulses and vegetables. “It can be followed up with any kind and variety of cuisines.” The Relish Because red rice also tastes absolutely fantastic and can be used to cook a mind-boggling variety of dishes, its rich, nutty flavour and lovely soft and chewy texture makes it a favourite for anyone who tries it. “Red rice is not only flavourful but also nutritious and that's what we are using to make people healthy without them even suspecting it,” Mehra reveals. “This russet-coloured whole grain goes well with most meats and vegetables, or when served as a pilaf or salad,” says Tyagi. “Because it is a good source of fiber and fulfills the iron needs of the body I am always looking for ways to offer the item to guests in a way that suits their lifestyle.” © Kale and Millet +Red Rice Soup by Smoke House Deli “Red rice is both a treat to the eyes and the palate; and it has a higher nutritional value than polished rice. Along with that, it's earthy taste and complex flavor makes it a preferable choice for the consumers,” explains Glyston Gracias, City Chef at Smoke House Deli, who adds that the item definitely attracts customers. “I do not think it's a trend. Awareness is what is making it sound trendy.” Bajaj brings up a unique element about the item. “It is definitely the new attraction for food photography for its scrumptiousness and visual appeal on a plate,” he says. “It's more ‘instaworthy' and well, we all like capturing the beauty served to us while dining.” © Red rice salad with pickled cucumber, cauliflower & corn by The Roseate “Diners, today, are increasingly conscious of the food they consume and are gravitating towards healthier substitutes, especially when they dine out,” reasons Udinia. “I am extremely glad that people are going back to basics, in terms of their grains selection, cooking techniques and meal balance.” He is of the opinion that rice's unique colour and flavour, coupled with its distinct crunch is what spikes the interest of diners. Chef Nishant Choubey, Corporate Chef, Roseate House and The Roseate New Delhi, reasons that people tend to prefer red rice because it does not break easily and gives a great crunch once consumed. Although, Choubey adds, “As a Chef, I would prefer brown rice to red rice since the availability of the same is not an issue. It has a very consistent supply and guest feedback for it is very positive, too.” The Verdict © Pinterest Nerlekar is of the view that red rice is more of an acquired taste. “Also there has to be conscious effort towards wellness which should be on a continuous basis to achieve result,” he adds. Tyagi explains that there is less awareness about it but since people are moving towards use of organic products and healthy eating. “The chefs are willing to experiment and wish to come up with red rice inspired dishes. There is no way one can go wrong with red rice,” he expresses. Gracias describes it as getting “back to the basics”. Rajput warns people suffering from problems related to indigestion against trying red rice as it is said to be high in complex fibre and can further lead to heaviness in the stomach and severe indigestion. “A healthy life is important but so is a happy one, thus it is all about striking a balance between taste and nutrition when it comes to food,” says Mehra. “But, overall, it's delicious, healthy and suitable for any cuisine. What's not to love?” Options Worth Checking Out 1. Karnataka's Bisibelebath Arancini Served At: Fire, The Park, New Delhi © Karnataka_s Bisibelebath Arancini at Fire by The Park New Delhi 2. Red Rice Kedgeree with Smoked Salmon & Edamame Served At: The Park, Chennai 3. Red Rice with Fish Curry Served At: Tamra, Shangri-La's - Eros Hotel, New Delhi 4. Red Rice Nasi Goreng with Green Peas and Egg Served At: The Roseate, New Delhi © Red rice Nasi Goreng with green peas & egg by The Roseate 5. Red Rice Risottos Served At: Whiskey Samba, Gurgaon 6. Kefir-Soaked Chicken + Organic Red Rice + Brown Rice Flakes (Salad) Served At: All Smoke House Deli outlets across India © Smoke House Deli 7. Scottish Salmon with Red Rice Served At: Lazeez Affaire, New Delhi © Scottish Salmon with Red Rice by Lazeez Affaire 8. Chicken Mizo Stew Served At: Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra
  9. Nawaz Sharif. Photo: Reuters file Following the much-awaited Panama case verdict announced by the Supreme Court early Friday, legal analysts expressed their opinions on the decision to disqualify Nawaz Sharif as the prime minister. Speaking to Geo News, barrister Salahuddin Ahmed said the SC?s verdict based on Sharif not declaring his United Arab Emirates (UAE) company FZE Capital?s income in his nomination papers was puzzling, as this was not a legal basis to dismiss the premier. ?Basic accounting principles dictate that company?s use the accrual system whereby all income ? whether received or not ? is declared,? Ahmed explained. ?However, individuals use the cash-basis system, which allows them to not declare any un-received income.? Based on accounting principles alone, the SC?s judgment holds no legal ground for dismissal, Ahmed said. He further added that all misdeclarations can?t be grounds for disqualification from holding public office. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/722c3935453921ebbaac2fb47f97cf8d.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Ny8yOS8yMDE3IDk6MzI6MTggQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1qOTlIMnoxMk0rTkNqakpaMk5OR0d3PT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] Adding to the analysis on the Supreme Court?s verdict based on article 62 (1)(f), constitutional expert and senior lawyer of the Supreme Court of Pakistan Abid Hassan Minto expressed his disappointment on the decision. ?It is disheartening to see how things are being manipulated,? Minto said. ?Since judges of the country?s highest court are on the deciding end, it leaves no room for contesting or appealing for the defendant.? In response to a question if Sharif could challenge the lifetime ban on holding public office, the seasoned lawyer said that the more pertinent question was where would the former premier challenge the decision of the country?s highest court. ?The constitution says an individual can?t be disqualified for life till a legal provision to do so is present,? Minto stressed. The lawyer added that contradictions in the judgment are ?upsetting legal minds.? Weighing in on the SC?s decision, barrister Masroor Shah said the ?Supreme Court has picked a very dangerous sword in its hands i.e. article 62.? He added that fair trials throughout the world give the defendant right to one appeal including Pakistan?s constitution as per article 10-A, however, the SC has opened a ?Pandora?s box by disqualifying the prime minister on a ground as vague as article 62.? Discussing articles 62 and 63 ? that became the basis for Nawaz Sharif?s disqualification in the Panama case decision -- human rights lawyer and social activist Asma Jehangir highlighted the contradiction in the said parts of the constitution while speaking on Geo News? program Naya Pakistan with Talat Hussain. ?If you are convicted on moral grounds, the disqualification remains effective for a few years, but when 62 (1)(f) becomes the basis of disqualification i.e. you are not Sadiq and Ameen, then the disqualification is for life and the individual can only be a political party?s leader and not member as per the constitution.?
  10. <p>Foodies around the world, there's a new food trend that's been doing the rounds for quite some time now and it's black! If you're any bit familiar with social media and have a penchant for keeping up with the latest foods to try, then you know better than most about the charcoal-infused food trend that's been taking not just restaurant owners and chefs; but also, Instagram users and foodies, by storm.</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="Food Experts Tell You All About The Charcoal Food Trend" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/food-experts-tell-you-all-about-the-charcoal-food-trend-740x400-1-1501077839.jpg" alt="Food Experts Tell You All About The Charcoal Food Trend" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/food-experts-tell-you-all-about-the-charcoal-food-trend-740x400-1-1501077839.jpg" />© Bahn Mi Sliders by Freshmenu (Veg)</p> <p>The first time I heard about a black burger was roughly two years ago when Burger King and Carl's Jr were introducing their signature black burgers—that's what we lesser informed called them—in India. Today, since we're better informed, we know that charcoal has become a trendsetting food fad that cafes, restaurants and chefs are experimenting with. And it's not just limited to burgers anymore. From freakshakes to icecreams and every edible morsel in between, charcoal is painting our palates black.</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="Food Experts Tell You All About The Charcoal Food Trend" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/food-experts-tell-you-all-about-the-charcoal-food-trend-740x400-2-1501077868.jpg" alt="Food Experts Tell You All About The Charcoal Food Trend" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/food-experts-tell-you-all-about-the-charcoal-food-trend-740x400-2-1501077868.jpg" />© Inquisitr</p> <p>“Pitch-black indeed is the new food colour with the evolution and inclusion charcoal powder as an ingredient in dishes. It adds a unique character to the presentation like color, texture, and flavor which enhances the aesthetic appeal of the dish,” says Saurabh Udinio, Chef de Cuisine at Modern Indian Massive Restaurants Pvt. Ltd.</p> How Is It Created? <p>The activated charcoal used as an ingredient in foods, is a bi-product of burning coconut shells, wood, or other plant materials. Nishant Choubey, Corporate Chef, The Roseate and New Roseate House, tells us, that activated charcoal should not be heated directly. “One can make it easily at home by burning wood, coconut shell or coal. The ash can then be filtered with calcium chloride and used. Activated charcoal tablets can also be easily sourced from chemists. Unless used properly it might get the dish totally wrong,” he says. </p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="Food Experts Tell You All About The Charcoal Food Trend" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/food-experts-tell-you-all-about-the-charcoal-food-trend-740x400-3-1501077897.jpg" alt="Food Experts Tell You All About The Charcoal Food Trend" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/food-experts-tell-you-all-about-the-charcoal-food-trend-740x400-3-1501077897.jpg" />© Theory</p> <p>According to Dr. Jeffrey Morrison, a family practice physician and certified nutritional specialist, the charcoal is ‘activated' due to the negative charge which is basically the substance's ability to bind positively charged ions (such as chemicals) together, removing them from the body.</p> <p>For some more in-depth information on charcoal as a food ingredient, we decided to catch up with some of the most popular and prominent names in the food business at the moment to get the lowdown on what's the big deal about charcoal. And here's everything they said, that you need to know.</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-500" title="Food Experts Tell You All About The Charcoal Food Trend" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/food-experts-tell-you-all-about-the-charcoal-food-trend-740x400-4-1501077915.jpg" alt="Food Experts Tell You All About The Charcoal Food Trend" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/food-experts-tell-you-all-about-the-charcoal-food-trend-740x400-4-1501077915.jpg" />© Reddit</p> Why Is Charcoal Suddenly So Cool? <p>“The use of activated charcoal in food is not just different but a completely new ball game altogether,” says Sohrab Sitaram, CEO & Director, Keventers. “Using activated charcoal along with milk to create a brilliant milkshake concoction is beyond one's normal thought process. This surprise element, according to me, makes this new food trend inspiring and intriguing at the same time.”</p> <p>“As a chef while making a menu, we always look at adding a few dishes that stand out and give the ‘wow' element, or the ‘oomph' factor to give to enthusiastic customers,” reasons Rashmi Daga, Founder & CEO, Freshmenu. </p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="Food Experts Tell You All About The Charcoal Food Trend" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/food-experts-tell-you-all-about-the-charcoal-food-trend-740x400-5-1501077948.jpg" alt="Food Experts Tell You All About The Charcoal Food Trend" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/food-experts-tell-you-all-about-the-charcoal-food-trend-740x400-5-1501077948.jpg" />© Charcoal Crystal Dimsum at Kiyan The Roseate</p> <p>Choubey sheds some more light on the subject, “The trend of activated charcoal is great because it is natural, odorless and very healthy as it removes toxins from the body when taken in adequate quantity.” Choubey who curates the menu for Kiyan, at The Roseate, is the brain behind a cleverly devised charcoal-based menu at the outlet, which includes preparations, like Charcoal Chicken Breast with lime, Charcoal Mojito, Charcoal Gnocchi with sage butter sauce, Charcoal Crystal Dimsum and Charcoal Crusted Rare Reared Salmon, just to name a few.</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="Food Experts Tell You All About The Charcoal Food Trend" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/food-experts-tell-you-all-about-the-charcoal-food-trend-740x400-6-1501077980.jpg" alt="Food Experts Tell You All About The Charcoal Food Trend" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/food-experts-tell-you-all-about-the-charcoal-food-trend-740x400-6-1501077980.jpg" />© Charcoal Crusted Rare Reared Salmon at Kiyan The Roseate</p> <p>For many centuries, ancient Chinese medicine used activated charcoal to improve intestinal health and soak up poisons. Now, activated charcoal is enjoying its moment in the spotlight in the food & beverages industry. This black, odourless additive is now making its way into people's food & drinks. “Due to its tasteless nature, it's one of the easiest ingredients that I have had the chance to play with! At Shizusan Shophouse & Bar our dishes are inspired by local ingredients from across Southeast Asia, given its extensive use in ancient Chinese culture, it became inevitable for us to jump onto this bandwagon,” quips by Chef Paul Kinny, Culinary Director Bellona Hospitality.</p> <p>“Activated carbon boasts of wide potential to do so much in terms of giving food a new look,” says Clyde Comello, Chef de Cuisine, Theory. “The inspiration for me is to be different and have a different look at presentation.” </p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="Food Experts Tell You All About The Charcoal Food Trend" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/food-experts-tell-you-all-about-the-charcoal-food-trend-740x400-7-1501078003.jpg" alt="Food Experts Tell You All About The Charcoal Food Trend" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/food-experts-tell-you-all-about-the-charcoal-food-trend-740x400-7-1501078003.jpg" />© Instagram</p> <p>Choubey further elaborates to us that since the element doesn't really have any taste of its own, it mixes very well with any flavour, or raw material and is visually appealing as well with its black colour that never goes out of fashion. Sitaram seconds this, adding that “black, as a colour has always attracted food curators and enthusiasts across the world, to be able to create a delicacy, which is tasty, flavourful and to top it all - black makes it more appealing.” </p> Why Is It So Popular? <p>Comello iterates, “The whole idea of seeing something different gives customers something different to order; it instils a sense of curiosity.” But, what happens once the curiosity dies down? Here, SItaram reasons that charcoal-infused food is more of a visual treat than a recipe, which has been created to lure taste buds. “Moreover, black is not a very warm and quick appeasing colour, so I would rather interject that charcoal based food is not everyone's cup of tea,” he explains. “But, for the thrilling, bold adventure seekers who want to live life one day at a time, it's a great palate experiment that I would highly recommend they indulge in.”</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="Food Experts Tell You All About The Charcoal Food Trend" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/food-experts-tell-you-all-about-the-charcoal-food-trend-740x400-8-1501078131.jpg" alt="Food Experts Tell You All About The Charcoal Food Trend" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/food-experts-tell-you-all-about-the-charcoal-food-trend-740x400-8-1501078131.jpg" />© Ashen Kulfi - Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra</p> <p>Udinia reasons that while such dishes have seen an increase in interest amongst customers, the regulars will always come back for signature preparations. “But, more than a gimmick, it is important to impress customers with the taste and services at our restaurants,” he adds. According to Comello, the trend is still relatively new to the Indian F&B market and so, is taking its own sweet time to make its presence felt.</p> <p>Sitaram explains, “Food prepared with activated charcoal is very attractive to consumers; especially the Gen Y who are always on the lookout for newer and cooler things to try. But again, like all good things in life, food with activated charcoal is an acquired taste and one will need to revisit it multiple times before it stays with you.” For Shizusan, Kinny informs that the trend has worked. He reasons, “The ratio between special to regular menu is almost 7:3 considering it's just a 2017 fad. Also, the limited time that it is available for the specialties creates that buzz and demand.”</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="Food Experts Tell You All About The Charcoal Food Trend" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/food-experts-tell-you-all-about-the-charcoal-food-trend-740x400-9-1501078152.jpg" alt="Food Experts Tell You All About The Charcoal Food Trend" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/food-experts-tell-you-all-about-the-charcoal-food-trend-740x400-9-1501078152.jpg" />© Lamborghini Burger (Non Veg) by Freshmenu</p> Is It Safe, Though? <p>Charcoal is known to be great for skin and is a good detox agent. But, how healthy, or risky is it in your food?</p> <p>While the trend has been approved by the HACCP—Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point—as well as the FSSAI—Food Safety and Standards Authority of India—and the experts agree that activated charcoal in your food is safe, a lot of them advise trying the trend in a limited portion to test the waters. Daga informs that, at Freshmenu, they're limiting the infusion of activated charcoal to their breads. </p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="Food Experts Tell You All About The Charcoal Food Trend" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/food-experts-tell-you-all-about-the-charcoal-food-trend-740x400-10-1501078175.jpg" alt="Food Experts Tell You All About The Charcoal Food Trend" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/food-experts-tell-you-all-about-the-charcoal-food-trend-740x400-10-1501078175.jpg" />© Carbon bhaji, carbon pao at MasalaBar</p> <p>Chef Kinny opines, “Like everything else in small quantities, activated charcoal is perfectly safe to consume. However, it is good idea to wait a few hours after taking prescribed medicines since it's tough to judge how the body will process it.” Udinia if of the opinion that the trend can be overdone in a particular food preparation—and that becomes something consumers need to look out for.</p> <p>Here, Chef Kinny shares some interesting insight of his own encounter. “While I experimented with it when working on the menu, at Shizusan, I found that when I added too much of the charcoal powder, it gave the sushi a bitter taste. Hence, if you see our Jamaican Maki Roll it's brownish and not jet black.”</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-500" title="Food Experts Tell You All About The Charcoal Food Trend" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/food-experts-tell-you-all-about-the-charcoal-food-trend-740x400-11-1501078206.jpg" alt="Food Experts Tell You All About The Charcoal Food Trend" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/food-experts-tell-you-all-about-the-charcoal-food-trend-740x400-11-1501078206.jpg" />© Jamaican Roll at Shizusan</p> <p>Sitaram firmly believes that when one is experimenting with new trends in the food space, limiting the use of such things to small quantities is most important. “It is always advisable to not, over indulge in the experiment and the same thought holds for any food fusion with activated charcoal,” he says.</p> <p>Comello adds to this by saying that while activated carbon is safe, it should be consumed within a prescribed limit, or in accordance with a recipe. “If a person is on medication, activated carbon should not be ingested as a food as they will neutralize the effects of the medication,” he further informs. “The substance is good at absorption. Hence, it may give a good look to food but may also absorb the nutrients and minerals from the food itself. It should be used perfectly while making a dish; too much of something is never good.”</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="Food Experts Tell You All About The Charcoal Food Trend" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/food-experts-tell-you-all-about-the-charcoal-food-trend-740x400-12-1501078257.jpg" alt="Food Experts Tell You All About The Charcoal Food Trend" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/food-experts-tell-you-all-about-the-charcoal-food-trend-740x400-12-1501078257.jpg" />© Miso marinated black cod, bonito and parmesan risotto at KODE</p>
  11. Officials bringing in the JIT's final probe report to the Supreme Court on Monday. Photo: Geo News Leading legal experts are of the opinion that it has become nearly impossible for the prime minister to save himself from being disqualified after the Panama case Joint Investigation Team (JIT) report. Barrister Farogh Naseem claimed the premier?s disqualification is writing on the wall. ?It is better if he resigns as he cannot escape disqualification,? he said. Advocate Faisal Chaudhry said the Supreme Court cannot do anything but disqualify the prime minister following the JIT?s report. ?It was the prime minister?s mistake to not appeal the minority judgment of two Supreme Court justices in the Panama Papers case,? opined Advocate Rashed A Rizvi. JIT recommends filing of reference against PM Nawaz, daughter and sons with NAB JIT cites Nab Ordinance Sectio 9(a)(v) in its report The JIT, in its final probe report into the Sharif family?s assets submitted to the Supreme Court on Monday, held that the prime minister and his three children ? Maryam, Hussain and Hasan ? have accumulated wealth beyond their own known sources of income. The next hearing of the case is on July 17.
  12. ISLAMABAD: Health experts on Friday expressed concern and urged those responsible to formulate a Chikungunya management plan along with providing technical support to hospitals and creating awareness among the public to prevent being affected by the disease. According to them, concerned departments need to improve their reporting systems, provide training on clinical management and diagnosis and vector control strategies. They said it was high time develop and maintain the Highlighting the need to build capacity to detect and confirm cases, manage patients and implement social communication strategies to reduce the presence of the mosquito vectors, was the need of the hour. According to Dr Wasim Khawaja from the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) the viral disease transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes causes fever and severe joint pain while other symptoms include muscle pain, headaches, nausea, fatigue and rashes. He added, that the joint pain caused by Chikungunya is often debilitating and can vary in duration, from a few days to a few weeks. Since the disease shares some clinical signs with dengue it can be misdiagnosed in areas where dengue is common. The virus can cause acute, subacute or chronic disease, he added. What is Chikungunya Dr Wasim Khawaja said that after the bite of an infected mosquito, the onset of illness occurs usually between four and eight days but can range from two to 12 days. While most patients recover fully, in some cases joint pain may persist for several months, or even years according to Dr Khawaja. Occasional cases of eye, neurological and heart complications have been reported, as well as gastrointestinal complaints. He said that serious complications are not common, but in older patients, the seriousness of the disease can reach serious levels. Often symptoms in infected individuals are mild and the infection may go unrecognised, or be misdiagnosed in areas where similar diseases - such as Dengue - occur. He said that both prevention and control rely heavily on reducing the number of natural and artificial water-filled container habitats that support the breeding of mosquitoes. Dr Sharif Astori from the Federal Government Poly Clinic (FGPC) said that basic precautions should be taken by people travelling to high-risk areas. He recommended using repellents, wearing long sleeves and pants and ensuring rooms are fitted with screens to prevent mosquitoes from entering. For those who sleep during the daytime, particularly young children, or sick or older people, insecticide-treated mosquito nets afford good protection, Dr Astori advised. Mosquito coils or other insecticide vaporisers may also reduce indoor biting, he added. He advised to use clothing which minimises skin exposure to the day-biting vectors for protection during outbreaks of chikungunya and repellents can be applied to exposed skin.
  13. Desi gym trainers have some high flying degrees - starting from a post graduate degree in how to **** biomechanics up to a degree in selling steroids and unwanted supplements to young chaps; they know everything. Their practices are just as ridiculous as are their juiced physiques. Thanks to their ignorant attitude, people are more often at the doctor's than at the gym. Injuries like slipped disc, dislocated shoulders and spondylitis have become common, when working under desi trainers. More than 80% of the total trainers working in the Indian fitness industry are still far from being certified. If your trainer is making you do these things, it's time to hire a qualified person. 1) Cardio Before Workout © YouTube A very common ritual followed in desi gyms is that they make you work on cardio before your weight training. According to desi trainers, cardio before weight training ‘warms you up'. Well, sure it does but don't keep doing it for hours. They ask their clients to run on the treadmill or use spin bikes for at least half an hour and then they push them to do weight training. By the time they are in the weights section, their energy levels are already dusted. This results in ineffective weight training. You are not able to lift as many weights as you could have, if you did weight training before cardio. The logic is simple- when you are full of energy, hit the weights. If you've got energy left, get some cardio in. 2) Hitting A Weak Body Part Everyday © YouTube Have weak biceps? Do biceps daily. This is the solution that desi trainers have for weaker muscle groups. Though their concept is simple, it's also hugely flawed. By doing this, you are hardly giving your muscles time to recover from the trauma that it received from the previous workout. Muscles don't grow when you train them. They grow when they are at rest. Rest is just as important as training. Maybe, even more in some cases. Since desi trainers don't know the concept of slow twitch fiber and fast twitch fiber or muscle imbalances, they hardly know why you have a weak muscle and how to make it grow. They think that weak muscles will only grow by lifting heavy weights daily. Now this may be true for someone who is fast twitch fiber dominant but for people who are slow twitch fiber heavy, more number of reps with lighter weights might do the trick. 3) Make you lift too heavy, too early © YouTube Another unwarranted thing that desi trainers are obsessed with is ‘beast mode'. Since a majority of them are always on the juice, they tend to push amateurs equally as hard. That's idiotic, at best. Of course they have no idea who's an amateur, a beginner, an intermediate and an expert level client. Since they lift heavy and experience gains, they are eager to make their clients lift heavy weights in every session. Desi trainers themselves are ego lifters and that's exactly what they pass on to their clients as well. Guys, beware of these desi trainers who are post graduates in Bro Science/Bullshit. Please Beware! Not every guy who has huge biceps and wears a T-shirt that has trainer written on it is a professional. More than half of these desi trainers call themselves trainers just because they work in a gym and not because they hold a degree or certification in fitness. 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.
  14. A Saudi family embraces as members arrive at Washington Dulles International Airport after the US Supreme Court granted parts of the Trump administrations' emergency request to put its travel ban into effect later in the week pending further judicial review. Photo: Reuters WASHINGTON: The Supreme Court's criteria for who can be barred from entering the United States under President Donald Trump's travel ban may confuse the US officials overseas charged with implementing it and trigger a new round of lawsuits, experts said. People with a "bona fide relationship with a person or entity" in the United States are spared from the temporary ban affecting people from six Muslim-majority countries and all refugees that the justices on Monday allowed to go partially into effect. "There's no precedent for something like this that I'm aware of," said Jeffrey Gorsky, a former legal adviser to the State Department's Visa Office, referring to the new "bona fide" standard. Gorsky said the standard is likely to sow confusion among US consular officials who have to make visa decisions and could require another court decision to determine what constitutes a connection to the United States sufficient to allow entry. The Supreme Court agreed to decide the legality of Trump order in its next term, which begins in October. Justice Clarence Thomas argued that the court should have granted Trump's request to implement the travel ban in full while the legal fight continues. "Today's compromise will burden executive officials with the task of deciding ? on peril of contempt ? whether individuals from the six affected nations who wish to enter the United States have a sufficient connection to a person or entity in this country," Thomas wrote, joined by two fellow conservative justices. In Monday's ruling, the court gave a few examples of connections that qualify. For individuals, a close family relationship is required. Bona fide connections to entities, it said, must be "formal" and "documented." That would include students who have been admitted to a US school and workers who have accepted an offer of employment from an American company, the court said. It noted that Trump's executive order already allowed for case-by-case waivers for people with connections to the country. On the other hand, the justices said, relationships created for the purposes of evading the travel ban will not be considered valid. For instance, an immigration agency cannot add foreigners to client lists "and then secure their entry by claiming injury from their exclusion." The March 6 order called for a 90-day ban on travelers from Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen and a 120-day ban on all refugees to enable the government to implement stronger vetting procedures. Trump cited national security concerns as the reason for the order. Litigation predicted Stephen Legomsky, chief counsel for US Citizenship and Immigration Services under former President Barack Obama, said lawsuits could claim that a bona fide relationship was ignored. While Legomsky said he believes the vast majority of cases will be clear cut, courts will have to determine whether visiting a close friend or taking part in a wedding could also qualify. "In theory, you could say if somebody is coming for tourism and has made a reservation for a hotel, there's now a US interest in bringing them to the United States. The hotel is a US entity," Gorsky said. Some lawyers also said the vagueness of the "bona fide" standard was license for the Trump administration to interpret it broadly. "It's just like a green light to the government to do what it wants to do," said Kiyanoush Razaghi, a Maryland-based immigration attorney who deals with primarily Iranian clients. "Who is going to tell us what is the definition of 'bona fide relationship?'" The difficult job of judging foreigners' claimed connections could land back in the lower courts in Maryland and Hawaii that had originally blocked Trump's travel ban, said Stephen Vladeck, a professor University of Texas School of Law. "We could have dozens of these cases between now and September," Vladeck said, adding that the Supreme Court would not be likely to weigh in on them on a case-by-case basis. David Martin, a former US Department of Homeland Security official and now a professor at the University of Virginia, said the ruling was "carefully tailored" and should be manageable for officials to enact. Part of the reason, Martin said, is the case-by-case waiver process that was already envisioned in the executive order. "I think there will be some litigation over the extent of the reach of this bona fide relationship but I don't think it will be as burdensome as the dissenters suggest," Martin said.
  15. WASHINGTON: Six top health advisors have resigned from Donald Trump´s advisory council on HIV/AIDS, complaining that the US president doesn´t really care about combatting the illness. In a letter published Friday in Newsweek, Scott Schoettes said the Trump administration has "no strategy" on AIDS and that he and his five colleagues will be more effective advocating for change from the outside. Schoettes, counsel and HIV project director at Lambda Legal, resigned Tuesday from the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, along with Lucy Bradley-Springer, Gina Brown, Ulysses Burley III, Michelle Ogle and Grissel Granados. The council can have up to 25 members. "The Trump administration has no strategy to address the on-going HIV/AIDS epidemic, seeks zero input from experts to formulate HIV policy, and -- most concerning -- pushes legislation that will harm people living with HIV and halt or reverse important gains made in the fight against this disease," Schoettes wrote. "If we do not ensure that US leadership at the executive and legislative levels are informed by experience and expertise, real people will be hurt and some will even die," he said. "Because we do not believe the Trump administration is listening to -- or cares -- about the communities we serve as members of PACHA, we have decided it is time to step down." PACHA, which was created in 1995, includes public health officials, researchers, health care providers, faith leavers, HIV advocates and people living with HIV. Its helps inform the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, which was last revised in 2015. Schoettes noted that Trump failed to appoint a head of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, a senior advisory position, and took down the Office of National AIDS Policy website the very day he took office -- on January 20 -- and has yet to replace it. He also stressed that changes Trump and his fellow Republicans in Congress are seeking to the sweeping health care reform initiated by former president Barack Obama would be "extremely harmful" to people living with HIV or AIDS. Schoettes cited data showing that only 40 percent of people living with HIV in the United States can access life-saving medications.
  16. The biggest battle of the cricketing world is set to take place on Sunday when arch-rivals Pakistan and India face each other in the Champions Trophy final at the Oval. A resurgent Pakistan and defending champions India look to outclass and outplay their opponent ? with both teams eyeing the trophy. The highly anticipated thriller will showcase Pakistan?s formidable bowling and India?s firm batting. Can the ?predictably unpredictable? turn the tables and make history? Our experts will share their opinion with you. A joint-production of Geo News (Pakistan) and Aaj Tak (India), Takra, hosted by Shahzaib Khanzada and Vikrant Gupta will feature Wasim Akram, Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Yousuf, Ramiz Raja and Sikandar Bakht from Pakistan and Saurav Ganguly, Harbhajan Singh and Mohammad Azharuddin from India.
  17. KARACHI: Experts have opined that Pakistani batsmen have still been playing old-fashioned cricket and that domestic cricket needs to be streamlined to yield better results in future. Speaking in Geo News special transmission on Sunday, former Pakistani pacer Shoaib Akhtar regretted, "Pakistan has shown such immaturity in run chase that we have raised our hands." He said that scoring 300 runs in modern-day cricket was a common thing, but Pakistani batsmen were still playing conventional game. Muhammad Yousuf criticised the decision to not induct Junaid Khan in playing 11, saying, "It was injustice with him". He added that Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur should be questioned about his "planning", which could not be witnessed during the match. Former cricketer Sikandar Bakht said domestic cricket in the country needs to be streamlined to yield better results. He lamented that tournaments are held without planning. Former Pakistan skipper Imran Khan said the he knew winning or losing was part of the game, but it was painful to see Pakistan lose against India without competing. He said that it was necessary to restructure Pakistan cricket to come out of present situation. "As long as, our cricket structure is not streamlined, the vacuum between India and Pakistan will continue to increase. Khan further said streamlining cricket was not possible without appointment of Pakistan Cricket Board chief on merit. "We will continue to face disappointment resulting from defeats like today's," he added.
  18. KARACHI: Experts have opined that Pakistani batsmen were playing old-fashioned cricket and domestic cricket needs to be streamlined to yield better results in future. Speaking in Geo News special transmission on Sunday, former Pakistani pacer Shoaib Akhtar regretted, "Pakistan has shown such immaturity in run chase against India that it appeared as if we had raised our hands." He said that scoring 300 runs in modern-day cricket has become an easy task but Pakistani batsmen were still playing a "conventional, old-fashioned" brand of the game. Muhammad Yousuf criticised the decision to not induct Junaid Khan in playing 11, saying, "It was an injustice to him". He added that Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur should be questioned about his "planning", which could not be witnessed during the match. Former cricketer Sikandar Bakht said domestic cricket in the country needs to be restructured in view of getting better results. He lamented that the domestic tournaments are being held without planning. Former Pakistan skipper Imran Khan said though winning or losing is part of the game, it was painful to see Pakistan lose against India without competing. He said that it was necessary to restructure Pakistan cricket to come out of the dire situation. "As long as, our cricket structure is not streamlined, the vacuum between India and Pakistan cricket will continue to increase." Khan further said streamlining cricket was not possible without the appointment of Pakistan Cricket Board chief on merit. "We will continue to face disappointment resulting from defeats like today's," he added.
  19. With only a few hours remaining for the much-awaited Pakistan-India clash, a panel of exceptional cricket experts have come together to share their analysis and predictions for tomorrow`s match. The joint-production of Geo News (Pakistan) and Aaj Tak (India) features Wasim Akram, Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Yousuf and Sikandar Bakht from Pakistan, while, Saurav Ganguly, Harbhajan Singh and Mohammad Azharud din from India. The show is hosted by Shahzeb Khanzada and Vikrant Gupta.
  20. On May 26, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz led government unveiled its fifth, and final, budget before the upcoming national elections. The proposed Rs. 4.75 trillion expenditure plan is slanted to focus on boosting growth and is more than 8 percent higher than last year?s budget. For the fiscal year 2017/2018, Finance Minister Mohammad Ishaq Dar promises a growth rate of almost 6 percent. But the government?s development-heavy budget has been immediately met with skepticism. Economists and opposition lawmakers say the Rs. 1 trillion earmarked for federal development and infrastructure projects ? up by 25 percent from last year ? is only to woo voters before elections. The ruling party is further being excoriated for underplaying the Rs. 1,479 billion fiscal deficit. How will the government be spending your ? the taxpayer?s ? money? Can the promises be sustained? Here, Geo.TV takes a deeper look at the proposed budget and records the reactions of experts and onlookers: The Weakest Link Dr Akmal Hussain - Economist, author and dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Information Technology University, Lahore The strength of this year's budget, unlike earlier years, is that it claims to be part of a new growth strategy: inclusive and sustainable growth. The weakness lies in the fact that it does not put its money where its mouth is, and merely makes inadequate gestures in that direction. For example, the most important sector through which high and long-term growth could be sustained is human development. Yet, health expenditure has been only increased from Rs. 29 billion to Rs. 49 billion. We would need to increase our health expenditure fourfold even to reach Sri Lankan?s standards. Pakistan's health expenditures as a percentage of GDP are the second lowest in the world. Similarly, the paltry sum allocated to education is nowhere near what is required to provide high-quality education to all. Here again, Pakistan's expenditure on education as a percentage of GDP is amongst the lowest in the world being ranked 164th out of 173 countries. Historical evidence shows that European countries, namely Germany, Scandinavian countries and some Asian countries, Japan and China, which achieved high long-term per capita income growth gave a commitment to providing quality healthcare, education and social protection to all its citizens. And this was done at a time when their per capita income was lower than that of Pakistan today. Another example of gesture without substance in the budget is that there is only a 10 percent increase in the salaries of officers and men of the armed forces. They are after all fighting the battle for Pakistan and sacrificing their lives in the process. The government should have increased the salaries of those performing operational duties in the armed forces by at least 50 percent to acknowledge their courage, commitment and sacrifices for our country. SOS: Exports Under Pressure Dr Vaqar Ahmed - Deputy Executive Director of the Islamabad-based Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) The budget 2017/2018 is an opportunity to capitalise on the newfound economic growth and step up the efforts towards structural reforms. It is a pity that even after four years of this government the budget preparation process is marred by the soaring circular debt in the energy sector - a key reason why industry and residential consumers are not getting certain and affordable power and gas supplies. Similarly, losses of public sector enterprises need to be curtailed, which in turn will provide increased fiscal space for pro-poor expenditures. Furthermore, the budgetary policies are not leading to a revival of local investor?s confidence, as the private investment to gross domestic product (GDP) ratio remains one of the lowest in the region. With no paradigm shift in the overall budgetary policy, it seems difficult to envisage how the growth in agriculture and industry will translate into revival of exports. The key impediments to exports, including rising cost of doing business, lack of trade facilitation reforms, multiplicity of taxes at federal and provincial levels (leading to higher compliance cost to taxpayers), slow process of exporter?s refunds at Federal Board of Revenue, lack of optimal utilization of export development fund, misalignment of exchange rate, and dwindling trade relations with neighbors ? Afghanistan, Iran and India, will continue to keep the exports under pressure. Stop Taking The Budget Seriously Dr Qaiser Bengail - Economist Budgets speeches are an opportunity for the government to make tall claims. Take our former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz for example. He promised boosting Pakistan?s growth, but in the end he took us nowhere. Personally, I have stopped taking the federal budget seriously, because the sanctity of the exercise has been lost since a few years now. When tabled in the National Assembly, the attendance in the house is usually low, and debate is not encouraged. Presenting the budget has turned into a PR exercise for the incumbent government. Budget plans should instead guide the government on what to do and what not to do in terms of expenditure. But no government has ever followed this rule. The opposition, as expected, berates the bill, with little understanding of its shortcomings. The Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz government has a habit of going overboard with current expenditures. It has now become its legacy. As for the almost Rs. 1 trillion allocated for defense that seems to be only a white flag that it is waving. 'This Is Deceit' Mustafa Nazir Ahmad - Islamabad-based development professional specialising in budget analysis One had hoped against hope that the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz government would wake up to reality while presenting its last federal budget of the current tenure and, for once, share the real picture ? albeit dark and gloomy ? of the economy with the people. Instead, the short-sightedness, mockery of economic policymaking or, if you want to put it plainly, deceit it has resorted to is unparalleled in Pakistan?s history, which has seen ?ingenious? bankers like Shaukat Aziz at the helm of affairs. Take the current expenditure, for example. The government estimates to spend Rs. 3,477 billion on account of current expenditure during the next fiscal year. Despite its rhetoric of keeping current expenditure ?under tight control?, this is laughable, to say the least. In 2013-14, our current expenditure as per the Ministry of Finance?s data, still available on its website, stood at Rs. 4,005 billion. In 2014-15, it increased by 11 percent and in 2015-2016 it further went up by 6 percent to Rs. 4,694 billion. In the first nine months of the outgoing fiscal year (July 2016-March 2017), Rs. 3,605 billion have been spent on account of current expenditure, thereby implying that by June the figure would reach at least Rs. 5 trillion. Now, how would the government be able to reduce the current expenditure in the next fiscal year is a million dollar question, particularly with 10 percent increase in the salaries of civil and armed forces employees. Even by a conservative estimate, considering the populist measures necessitated by an election year, Pakistan would be spending something to the tune of Rs. 5,300 billion on account of current expenditure in the next fiscal year. What would this leave us with? To answer this question, just add Rs. 1,800 billion to the budget deficit, as well as the interest all of us Pakistanis would be paying on it as Ishaq Dar resorts to bank borrowings at higher rates. Where's The Money For Education? Baela Raza Jamil is the CEO of Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) and Commissioner for the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity The budget speech by the finance minister was peppered with bold assertions of achievements. What was worthy to note is the enhanced fiscal space this budget has offered, due to the increase in tax to GDP ratio from under 10 percent to 12.6 percent (ideal it is 20 percent). What does this improvement mean? Will Pakistan now have more funds to spend, in sector such as education? Will our GDP allocation to education go up to four percent, as promised by the prime minister? According to the finance minister, Pakistan's gross national income per capita in 2017 is now $1,610 - up from $490 in 2000 - whilst development indicators, such as life expectancy and infant mortality, have also improved. Yet, even as Pakistan?s income levels go up, some 22.6 million children in the country are deprived of an education in spite of Article 25 A being passed in 2010. So while incomes in Pakistan have grown, the country?s education investments are too limited and the existing resources often do not produce the needed results. Even today, in the fifth budget, the education allocation remains low. Pakistan, like many other lower-middle-income countries, will require additional external help estimated at about $1 billion annually over the next 15 years. Will Pakistan be eligible to borrow as it moves up the income ladder, but has tragically low indicators of human development? These are the hard questions to ask at this point Note: The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Geo News, The News or the Jang Group
  21. THE HAGUE: An 11-year-old "cyber ninja" stunned an audience of security experts Tuesday by hacking into a teddy bear via bluetooth to show how interconnected smart toys "can be weaponised". American wunderkind Reuben Paul may be still only in 5th grade at his school in Austin, Texas, but he and his teddy bear Bob wowed hundreds at a timely cyber security conference in The Netherlands. "From airplanes to automobiles, from smart phones to smart homes, anything or any toy can be part of the" Internet of Things (IOT)," he said, a small figure pacing the huge stage at the World Forum in The Hague.smart phones to smart homes, anything or any toy can be part of the" Internet of Things (IOT)," he said, a small figure pacing the huge stage at the World Forum in The Hague. "From terminators to teddy bears, anything or any toy can be weaponised." To demonstrate, he deployed his cuddly bear, which connects to the icloud via wifi and bluetooth smart technology to receive and transmit messages. Plugging into his laptop a rogue device known as a "raspberry pi" -- a small credit card size computer -- Reuben scanned the hall for available bluetooth devices, and to everyone´s amazement including his own, suddenly downloaded dozens of numbers including some of top officials. Then using a computer language programme, called Python, he hacked into his bear via its bluetooth address to turn on one of its lights and record a message from the audience. "Most internet-connected things have a bluetooth functionality ... I basically showed how I could connect to it, and send commands to it, by recording audio and playing the light," he told AFP later. "IOT home appliances, things that can be used in our everyday lives, our cars, lights, refrigerators, everything like this that is connected can be used and weaponised to spy on us or harm us." They can be used to steal private information such as passwords, as remote surveillance to spy on kids, or employ a GPS to find out where a person is. More chillingly, a toy could say "meet me at this location and I will pick you up," Reuben said. Timebombs His father, information technology expert Mano Paul, told how aged about six Reuben had revealed his early IT skills, correcting him during a business call. Using a simple explanation from dad on how one smart phone game worked, Reuben then figured out it was the same kind of algorithm behind the popular video game Angry Birds.smart phone game worked, Reuben then figured out it was the same kind of algorithm behind the popular video game Angry Birds. "He has always surprised us. Every moment when we teach him something he´s usually the one who ends up teaching us," Mano Paul told AFP. But Paul said he been "shocked" by the vulnerabilities discovered in kids´ toys, after Reuben first hacked a toy car, before moving onto more complicated things. "It means that my kids are playing with timebombs, that over time somebody who is bad or malicious can exploit."timebombs, that over time somebody who is bad or malicious can exploit." Now the family has helped Reuben, who is also the youngest American to have become a Shaolin Kung Fu black belt, to set up his CyberShaolin non-profit organisation. Its aim is "to inform kids and adults about the dangers of cyber insecurity," Reuben said, adding he also wants to press home the message that manufacturers, security researchers and the government have to work together. Reuben also has ambitious plans for the future, aiming to study cyber security at either CalTech or MIT universities and then use his skills for good. Failing that maybe he could become an Olympian in gymnastics -- another sport he excels in.
  22. FILE PHOTO: A man types on a computer keyboard in front of the displayed cyber code in this illustration picture taken March 1, 2017. Two-thirds of those caught up in the past week's global ransomware attack were running Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system without the latest security updates, a survey for Reuters by security ratings firm BitSight found. Researchers are struggling to try to find early traces of WannaCry, which remains an active threat in hardest-hit China and Russia, believing that identifying "patient zero" could help catch its criminal authors. They are having more luck dissecting flaws that limited its spread. Security experts warn that while computers at more than 300,000 internet addresses were hit by the ransomware strain, further attacks that fix weaknesses in WannaCry will follow that hit larger numbers of users, with more devastating consequences. "Some organisations just aren't aware of the risks; some don't want to risk interrupting important business processes; sometimes they are short-staffed," said Ziv Mador, vice president of security research at Israel's SpiderLabs Trustwave. "There are plenty of reasons people wait to patch and none of them are good," said Mador, a former long-time security researcher for Microsoft. WannaCry's worm-like capacity to infect other computers on the same network with no human intervention appear tailored to Windows 7, said Paul Pratley, head of investigations & incident response at UK consulting firm MWR InfoSecurity. Data from BitSight covering 160,000 internet-connected computers hit by WannaCry, shows that Windows 7 accounts for 67 percent of infections, although it represents less than half of the global distribution of Windows PC users. Computers running older versions, such as Windows XP used in Britain's NHS health system, while individually vulnerable to attack, appear incapable of spreading infections and played a far smaller role in the global attack than initially reported. In laboratory testing, researchers at MWR and Kyptos say they have found Windows XP crashes before the virus can spread. Windows 10, the latest version of Microsoft's flagship operating system franchise, accounts for another 15 percent, while older versions of Windows including 8.1, 8, XP and Vista, account for the remainder, BitSight estimated. Computer basics Any organisation which heeded strongly worded warnings from Microsoft to urgently install a security patch it labelled ?critical? when it was released on March 14 on all computers on their networks are immune, experts agree. Those hit by WannaCry also failed to heed warnings last year from Microsoft to disable a file sharing feature in Windows known as SMB, which a covert hacker group calling itself Shadow Brokers had claimed was used by NSA intelligence operatives to sneak into Windows PCs. "Clearly people who run supported versions of Windows and patched quickly were not affected", Trustwave's Mador said. Microsoft has faced criticism since 2014 for withdrawing support for older versions of Windows software such as 16-year-old Windows XP and requiring users to pay hefty annual fees instead. The British government cancelled a nationwide NHS support contract with Microsoft after a year, leaving upgrades to local trusts. Seeking to head off further criticism in the wake of the WannaCry outbreak, the U.S. software giant last weekend released a free patch for Windows XP and other older Windows versions that it previously only offered to pay customers. Microsoft declined to comment for this story. On Sunday, the U.S. software giant called on intelligence services to strike a better balance between their desire to keep software flaws secret - in order to conduct espionage and cyber warfare - and sharing those flaws with technology companies to better secure the internet. Half of all internet addresses corrupted globally by WannaCry are located in China and Russia, with 30 and 20 percent respectively. Infection levels spiked again in both countries this week and remained high through Thursday, according to data supplied to Reuters by threat intelligence firm Kryptos Logic. By contrast, the United States accounts for 7 percent of WannaCry infections while Britain, France and Germany each represent just 2 percent of worldwide attacks, Kryptos said. Dumb and sophisticated The ransomware mixes copycat software loaded with amateur coding mistakes and recently leaked spy tools widely believed to have been stolen from the U.S. National Security Agency, creating a vastly potent class of crimeware. "What really makes the magnitude of this attack so much greater than any other is that the intent has changed from information stealing to business disruption", said Samil Neino, 32, chief executive of Los Angeles-based Kryptos Logic. Last Friday, the company's British-based 22-year-old data breach research chief, Marcus Hutchins, created a "kill-switch", which security experts have widely hailed as the decisive step in halting the ransomware's rapid spread around the globe. WannaCry appears to target mainly enterprises rather than consumers: Once it infects one machine, it silently proliferates across internal networks which can connect hundreds or thousands of machines in large firms, unlike individual consumers at home. An unknown number of computers sit behind the 300,000 infected internet connections identified by Kryptos. Because of the way WannaCry spreads sneakily inside organisation networks, a far larger total of ransomed computers sitting behind company firewalls may be hit, possibly numbering upward of a million machines. The company is crunching data to arrive at a firmer estimate it aims to release later Thursday. Liran Eshel, chief executive of cloud storage provider CTERA Networks, said: "The attack shows how sophisticated ransomware has become, forcing even unaffected organisations to rethink strategies." Escape route Researchers from a variety of security firms say they have so far failed to find a way to decrypt files locked up by WannaCry and say chances are low anyone will succeed. However, a bug in WannaCry code means the attackers cannot use unique bitcoin addresses to track payments, security researchers at Symantec found this week. The result: "Users unlikely to get files restored", the company's Security Response team tweeted. The rapid recovery by many organisations with unpatched computers caught out by the attack may largely be attributed to back-up and retrieval procedures they had in place, enabling technicians to re-image infected machines, experts said. While encrypting individual computers it infects, WannaCry code does not attack network data backup systems, as more sophisticated ransomware packages, typically do, security experts who have studied WannaCry code agree. These factors help explain the mystery of why such a tiny number of victims appear to have paid ransoms into the three bitcoin accounts to which WannaCry directs victims. Less than 300 payments worth around $83,000 had been paid into WannaCry blackmail accounts by Thursday (1800 GMT), six days after the attack began and one day before the ransomware threatens to start locking up victim computers forever. The Verizon 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report, the most comprehensive annual survey of security breakdowns, found that it takes three months before at least half of organisations install major new software security patches. WannaCry landed nine weeks after Microsoft's patch arrived. "The same things are causing the same problems. That's what the data shows," MWR research head Pratley said. "We haven't seen many organisations fall over and that's because they did some of the security basics," he said.
  23. KARACHI: Legal experts have opined on Thursday that the decision of International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Kulbhushan Jadhav's case is provisional and the court will take its time to reach a final decision on the matter. Speaking in Geo News' show 'Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Saath' International Legal Advisor South Asia of International Commission of Jurist Reema Omer said: ?In the laymen`s term, it is an interim order. Till now the jurisdiction of the court and merit has not yet been decided,? Talking about the decision, she said that Pakistan cannot execute Jadhav till the ICJ's proceeding are going on. She further said that the ICJ`s proceedings will continue for a number of months or years. ?It takes two-three years in such cases and often the provisional judgment calls for a stay,? Omer added. ?Pakistan is a party to the Vienna Convention. It has to abide by the rules. To say that Pakistani lawyer talked for 40 mins, not 90 ? is an excuse and a diversion.? ICJ stays execution of Indian spy Jadhav pending final decision Pakistan shall take all measures to ensure Jadhav isn't executed till court's final decision: ICJ ICJ press release on Kulbhushan Jadhav case The International Court of Justice stated that it had jurisdiction in the case The legal expert said that Indians have raised an article of Vienna Convention in their argument. ?Indians have raised Article 36 which is simple that if there is a dispute on a treaty signed by two parties then ICJ will resolve the dispute,? she said. ?The discussion on the case turned political than legal that is why people became little surprise but those who have followed such cases knew that this is the decision which was meant to come. It?s a death penalty case ? a matter of life and death for someone.? Meanwhile, former judge of the International Criminal Tribunal Justice Ali Nawaz Chohan also said that the decision was an interim order. ?It's still in Pakistan's domestic jurisdiction to make a new court or tribunal while keeping in light the due process of law.? The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Thursday ordered Pakistan to halt the execution of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav until a final decision in the proceedings. "Pakistan shall take all measures at its disposal to ensure that Jadhav is not executed pending the final decision in these proceedings," ordered Judge Ronny Abraham, president of the court, as he announced the decision. The ICJ rejected Pakistan's stance and stated that the court had jurisdiction and would hear the case and seek arguments from both parties. Judge Abraham stated that the ICJ had prima facie jurisdiction under Article 1 of the Optional Protocol to the Vienna Convention. The court further observed that the existence of a 2008 bilateral agreement on consular relations between India and Pakistan does not change its conclusion on the issue of jurisdiction. ?Pakistan shall inform the court of all measures taken in implementation of the present order. The court also decides that, until it has given its final decision, it shall remain seized of the matters which form the subject-matter of this order,? the order stated Explaining its reasoning, the court began by establishing that based on the initial facts, it has jurisdiction over the case. According to the judgment, it then turned to the question whether the rights alleged by India are at least plausible and decided in the affirmative. The court then focused on the issue of the link between the rights claimed and the provisional measures requested and observed that a link exists between the rights claimed by India and the provisional measures being sought. The court then examined whether there is a risk of irreparable prejudice and urgency. It considered that the mere fact that Jadhav is under a death sentence and might, therefore, be executed is sufficient to demonstrate the existence of a risk of irreparable prejudice to the rights claimed by India. The court further observed that Pakistan has indicated that any execution of Jadhav would probably not take place before August 2017. ?This means that there is a risk that an execution could take place at any moment thereafter before the court has given its final decision,? it stated, adding that Pakistan has [also] not given any assurance that Jadhav will not be executed before the court has rendered its final decision. ?In those circumstances, the court is satisfied that there is urgency in the present case,? it stated. Following the judgment, Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria stated that Pakistan had challenged the authority of the ICJ after consulting with all institutions and agencies. "No institution can be party to Pakistan's national security," Zakaria said.
  24. KARACHI: Legal experts have opined on Thursday that the decision of International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Kulbhushan Jadhav's case is provisional and the court will take its time to reach a final decision on the matter. Speaking in Geo News' show 'Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Saath' International Legal Advisor South Asia of International Commission of Jurist Reema Omer said: ?In the laymen`s term, it is an interim order. Till now the jurisdiction of the court and merit has not yet been decided,? Talking about the decision, she said that Pakistan cannot execute Jadhav till the ICJ's proceeding are going on. She further said that the ICJ`s proceedings will continue for a number of months or years. ?It takes two-three years in such cases and often the provisional judgment calls for a stay,? Omer added. ?Pakistan is a party to the Vienna Convention. It has to abide by the rules. To say that Pakistani lawyer talked for 40 mins, not 90 ? is an excuse and a diversion.? ICJ stays execution of Indian spy Jadhav pending final decision Pakistan shall take all measures to ensure Jadhav isn't executed till court's final decision: ICJ ICJ press release on Kulbhushan Jadhav case The International Court of Justice stated that it had jurisdiction in the case The legal expert said that Indians have raised an article of Vienna Convention in their argument. ?Indians have raised Article 36 which is simple that if there is a dispute on a treaty signed by two parties then ICJ will resolve the dispute,? she said. ?The discussion on the case turned political than legal that is why people became little surprise but those who have followed such cases knew that this is the decision which was meant to come. It?s a death penalty case ? a matter of life and death for someone.? Meanwhile, former judge of the International Criminal Tribunal Justice Ali Nawaz Chohan also said that the decision was an interim order. ?It's still in Pakistan's domestic jurisdiction to make a new court or tribunal while keeping in light the due process of law.? The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Thursday ordered Pakistan to halt the execution of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav until a final decision in the proceedings. "Pakistan shall take all measures at its disposal to ensure that Jadhav is not executed pending the final decision in these proceedings," ordered Judge Ronny Abraham, president of the court, as he announced the decision. The ICJ rejected Pakistan's stance and stated that the court had jurisdiction and would hear the case and seek arguments from both parties. Judge Abraham stated that the ICJ had prima facie jurisdiction under Article 1 of the Optional Protocol to the Vienna Convention. The court further observed that the existence of a 2008 bilateral agreement on consular relations between India and Pakistan does not change its conclusion on the issue of jurisdiction. ?Pakistan shall inform the court of all measures taken in implementation of the present order. The court also decides that, until it has given its final decision, it shall remain seized of the matters which form the subject-matter of this order,? the order stated Explaining its reasoning, the court began by establishing that based on the initial facts, it has jurisdiction over the case. According to the judgment, it then turned to the question whether the rights alleged by India are at least plausible and decided in the affirmative. The court then focused on the issue of the link between the rights claimed and the provisional measures requested and observed that a link exists between the rights claimed by India and the provisional measures being sought. The court then examined whether there is a risk of irreparable prejudice and urgency. It considered that the mere fact that Jadhav is under a death sentence and might, therefore, be executed is sufficient to demonstrate the existence of a risk of irreparable prejudice to the rights claimed by India. The court further observed that Pakistan has indicated that any execution of Jadhav would probably not take place before August 2017. ?This means that there is a risk that an execution could take place at any moment thereafter before the court has given its final decision,? it stated, adding that Pakistan has [also] not given any assurance that Jadhav will not be executed before the court has rendered its final decision. ?In those circumstances, the court is satisfied that there is urgency in the present case,? it stated. Following the judgment, Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria stated that Pakistan had challenged the authority of the ICJ after consulting with all institutions and agencies. "No institution can be party to Pakistan's national security," Zakaria said.
  25. Surgery won’t cure chronic knee pain, “locking,” “clicking,” a torn meniscus, or other problems related to knee arthritis, according to a panel of international experts. Every year, more than two million people with degenerative knee problems have arthroscopic surgery, in which a surgeon inserts a tiny camera into the knee and uses small instruments to try to fix what’s wrong. But guidelines published Wednesday in the British Medical Journal recommend against the procedure for just about everyone with knee arthritis. “It does more harm than good,” Dr Reed Siemieniuk, chair of the guideline panel, told Reuters Health by email. “Most patients experience improvement after arthroscopy, but in many cases, this is probably wrongly attributed to the surgery itself rather than to the natural course of the disease, a placebo effect, or (other) interventions like painkillers and exercise.” In addition, the procedure is costly - up to $3 billion annually in the US alone - and there’s a risk of rare but serious adverse effects such as blood clots or infection, said Siemieniuk, who works in the department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The panel, made up of surgeons, physical therapists, clinicians and patients, analysed data from 13 randomised controlled trials - the gold standard way to test medical procedures - involving a total of 1,668 patients. The trials compared knee arthroscopy to conservative treatments such as exercise and painkillers. The panelists also reviewed 12 less-rigorous studies of close to two million patients that looked at complications from the procedure. After considering the balance of benefits, harms and burdens of knee arthroscopy, as well as the quality of the evidence for each outcome, the panel made a “strong recommendation against arthroscopy.” The evidence shows a less than 15 percent probability of “small or very small improvement in short-term pain and function” from the procedure, and improvements would likely last less than a year, the panelists noted. They thought it was more important to avoid postoperative limitations such as pain, swelling and restricted activity, and the risk of adverse effects. “Chronic knee pain can be incredibly frustrating to live with - both for the person experiencing the pain and for their doctors,” Siemieniuk said. “The problem is that none of the current options cure the pain. Most people will continue to live with some pain even with weight loss, physical therapy, and painkillers. Knee replacement surgery also has important limitations and should be delayed as long as possible. So it's no surprise that many placed their hopes in arthroscopic knee surgery.” Still, he said, “We believe that no one or almost no one would want this surgery if they understand the evidence.” If you have chronic knee pain, “double down on efforts for things we know work - for example, weight loss and physical therapy,” he advised. “Also, talk to your healthcare provider (doctor, physical therapist) about strategies to reduce the physical stress on the knee that exacerbates the pain,” he added. Dr Joseph Bosco, vice-chair at NYU Langone Orthopedics in New York City, told Reuters Health, “In general I agree with the findings and support most of the conclusions.” “The only issue is that in the study with the strongest evidence, the operative group did not do physical therapy,” he said by email. “That is not consistent with how we treat our patients. Almost all patients get physical therapy following knee arthroscopies.” “Cortisone injections, physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medications work as well or better than surgery for most degenerative meniscal tears,” said Bosco, who was not involved in developing the guidelines. However, he added, a small group of people “who (also) have mechanical symptoms, localised pain, and acute onset of pain will benefit, so a blanket recommendation against all surgery for degenerative meniscal tears is not appropriate.”