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  1. Following the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, former Indian president Pranab Mukherjee called the then Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who was in India at the time, out of a press conference and asked him to leave the country immediately, reported News 18. Mukherjee was then serving as India's external affairs minister and revealed the details in his new book, the third volume of his autobiography, The Coalition Years, 1996-2012, launched on Friday. The Indian minister had learned of Qureshi's press conference the day after the four-day attack began. He says in his book that he decided to call a journalist and interrupt the presser, and asked the journalist to inform the Pakistani foreign minister that he wanted to speak to him urgently. During their conversation on the phone, Mukherjee asked Qureshi to immediately leave the country and also offered the latter his official aircraft. However, Mukherjee writes, The Pakistan high commission conveyed Qureshi?s regards to him and said a Pakistani air force aircraft would take him home. The attack in Mumbai had claims over 150 lives and injured more than 300.
  2. You've heard of drag races, Formula One racing and NASCAR racing but have you heard about solar powered car racing, huh? Oh yeah, solar powered car racing is some next level automobile racing that isn't new, by the way, and World Solar Challenge held in Australia is a biennial affair. It's so not new that they are actually celebrating their 30th Anniversary this year, covering a 3000km distance between Darwin and Adelaide in a span of a week. So cool to have Batman swing past scrutineering this morning...of course when we say Batman we mean @stc2.nikola ð¦ #BWSC17 A post shared by World Solar Challenge (@world_solar_challenge) on Oct 4, 2017 at 5:33pm PDT All performance vehicles in the race come with all-electric powertrains that draw energy from solar panels fitted on to the roofs. This gives the race its essence, that is making racing a sustainable environment friendly sport. You can take the vroom out of the enthusiasts but can't take the enthusiasts out of the vroom-- automobile racing will go on for centuries to come, and while more and more vehicles are switching to all-electric or hybrid power trains that draw power from non-renewable resources like coal for electricity or petroleum for internal combustion engines, the need for self sustaining power emitors is imperative. The use of solar power here, makes sense now, doesn't it? But what is car racing if there isn't the deafening sounds of roaring engines and the smell of speed-burnt treads on tarmac? How fast can a solar power vehicle really go? Harnessing solar energy takes time, what's the point of a seven day long race that could've been completed in a few hours? In just ONE DAY, our 2017 teams from all around the world will begin their journey to #Adelaide ððð¼ #BWSC17 A post shared by World Solar Challenge (@world_solar_challenge) on Oct 6, 2017 at 9:27pm PDT Well yes, this isn't the kind of race where the super fast vehicle is just a motion blur, safety regulations have ensured that no vehicle crosses the limit of 110kmph. If you look at the vehicles, they look like boxes with sloping silver roofs and a bubble top; at higher speeds than prescribed, they might just topple over. These vehicles have been designed by young students from all participating countries, not by coachbuilders at Ferrari! The solar panels on the vehicles are immediately converting solar energy to kinetic energy, so it's a no-brainer that the vehicles aren't driven at night. That is why the trip could take up to seven days, although it adds an adventure element to the race because the stopover could be in a wild unsafe environment-- boo! At the end of the day, it may not be a Formula One quality race, but the vehicle that wins the challenge, emerges as the most efficient of the competition. The technology or design used to achieve this efficiency could be further developed to be used in high performance race cars-- only a matter of time! Time to rest in Tennant Creek ðð¼ @blueskysolar77 @teamarrowracing and NITech. #BWSC17 A post shared by World Solar Challenge (@world_solar_challenge) on Oct 8, 2017 at 11:10pm PDT That is exactly why World Solar Challenge isn't the only solar powered car racing programme in the world, there are others like American Solar Challenge, Dell-Winston School Solar Car Challenge, South African Solar Challenge, Formula G, Suzuka and World Green Challenge, who are also working toward the same cause while making it superfun. One last thing, you don't have to be competing to take part in this seven day extravaganza, you can just be out on an adventure in your solar power vehicle as a part of the Adventure Class, or get the best of both worlds as the Cruiser Class, racing like the Challenger class and adventuring on the way.
  3. WASHINGTON: The United States ordered the expulsion of 15 Cuban diplomats on Tuesday, accusing Havana of failing to protect their US counterparts from harm in a series of mystery "attacks" on their health. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said, however, that Washington would maintain diplomatic relations even though the size of the US mission in Havana would be reduced to a minimum. "The decision was made due to Cuba's failure to take appropriate steps to protect our diplomats in accordance with its obligations under the Vienna Convention," Tillerson said. "This order will ensure equity in our respective diplomatic operations," the statement continued. "Until the government of Cuba can ensure the safety of our diplomats in Cuba, our embassy will be reduced to emergency personnel to minimize the number of diplomats at risk of exposure to harm." The attacks, which US officials initially suggested could have come from some sort of covert acoustic device, have affected at least 22 US embassy staff in Havana over the past few months. Those affected have exhibited physical symptoms including ear complaints, hearing loss, dizziness, headache, fatigue, cognitive issues, and difficulty sleeping. Tillerson said the US would "maintain diplomatic relations with Cuba, and will continue to cooperate with Cuba as we pursue the investigation into these attacks." US relations with Havana were only fully restored in 2015 - after a half-century, Cold War break - and have deteriorated since President Donald Trump took office in January. Last week, Tillerson said he was withdrawing more than half the personnel from the US embassy in Cuba in response to the unexplained attacks. 'Protect our people' The Cuban diplomats, who were given seven days to depart, were not declared persona non grata, a US official speaking on condition of anonymity said. Washington, he said, wants "to underscore to the Cubans that they must take more actions to protect our people on the ground." "Our position on assurances is not to presume Cuban culpability. What it does is require the Cuban government to be able to fulfill their obligations with the safety and well-being and protection of foreign diplomats in their country." The US diplomats leaving Cuba are expected to be out of the country by the end of the week. "We would need full assurances from the Cuban government that these attacks will not continue before we can even talk and plan" for resuming operations in Havana, he said. Most importantly, Tillerson wants "to focus on the safety and well-being of our personnel. Once having made that decision we then moved on to consider ensuring that there would be an equitable impact in our two embassies ability to operate." The State Department gave the Cubans a list of which diplomats they wanted to be expelled. Routine US visa operations in Havana were suspended indefinitely in response to the attacks. US officials had previously told reporters they believed some kind of inaudible sound weapon was used on the US staff either inside or outside their residences in Havana. Canadians in Cuba have also been hurt, with a source close to that country's embassy telling AFP that more than five families were affected, including several children. Observers doubt that Cuba would have risked antagonizing its neighbors at the end of 2016 - when relations between the former Cold War enemies were thawing, before they deteriorated under Trump. The head of North American affairs at Cuba´s foreign ministry, Josefina Vidal, earlier told state television that Cuba wants to work with the United States to resolve this case.
  4. File Photo JAMSHORO: 22 suspects were taken into custody for questioning following a joint search operation by police and Rangers carried out Saturday night here in the city, as well as in Kotri and Sehwan, Geo News reported citing a police official. Law enforcement agencies (LEAs) conducted a collaborative combing operation, which led to 22 suspected criminals being detained late last night, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Irfan Bahadur said. Chichawatni pillion-riding arrests Seven people were arrested Saturday night in Chichawatni for violating the ban placed on pillion-riding in light of Ashura processions in various cities of Pakistan, police sources revealed. The security officials added that cases had been registered against the detainees. Firing in Karachi One person was left wounded in a random firing incident late last night in Karachi's Gulistan-e-Johar area, rescue officers stated. The victim of the firing incident ? in Block 15 of Gulistan-e-Johar ? was subsequently moved to a nearby hospital, rescue sources said.
  5. LAHORE: British-Pakistani boxer Amir Khan on Wednesday visited Data Darbar where he said that he felt "at peace coming to Pakistan following issues within the family". Speaking about Super Boxing League, Khan said the league will feature teams from eight cities, with one female boxer in each. He said that he wishes the boxing league to start from Lahore. The British Pakistani boxer said that his next fight will be held on December 08. Paying tribute to the Pakistan Army, he said that it has been making the country safe. The internationally acclaimed boxer, however, said that he has never shown interest in politics. Moreover, he said that his boxing academy in Pakistan would be established in Lahore.
  6. KARACHI: Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique on Friday said the flexibility demonstrated by Nawaz Sharif following his disqualification cannot be matched by anyone. Speaking on Geo News program 'Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Sath', the minister said the PML-N does not need any other decision on Nawaz's disqualification. "Our struggle is not for getting Nawaz Sharif qualified for becoming the fourth time prime minister of the country." He also denied that any statements by his party or its leadership were made against the judiciary, maintaining that his leadership speaks in a polite manner. "In so many days, not a single sentence came against the court by our workers, let alone the leadership." Rafique, however, said the verdict was against "requisites of justice and law". Criticising opponents, he said they wanted Nawaz to go home silently, but this would not have happened. "If we would not raise our voice against the injustice done to us, then how would we help others?" The minister added that the former prime minister has always raised his voice whenever injustice was done. "In Pakistan, we cannot accept the idea of a holy cow. There is no holy cow in the country and we never accepted it." Referring to the new US regional policy, Rafique urged to victimising each other and let people make decision of their own choice. "If we would target each other, then who would make the country safe," he questioned.
  7. The US military conducted a test Wednesday of an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), officials said, just days after North Korea conducted its own ICBM launch. Tests at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California are typically scheduled weeks or even months in advance, but this one came at a time of soaring tensions with North Korea over its trial of an ICBM last week. "While not a response to recent North Korean actions, the test demonstrates that the United States? nuclear enterprise is safe, secure, effective and ready to be able to deter, detect and defend against attacks on the United States and its allies," the Air Force Global Strike Command said. The Minuteman III missile went up at 2:01 am (0902 GMT) local California time Wednesday the Air Force Global Strike Command said. The ICBM arced into the night sky from Vandenberg Air Force Base in southern California and traveled approximately 4,200 miles to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. North Korea has alarmed the international community by the pace and progress of its missile development program, and in July leader Kim Jong-Un conducted two tests of an ICBM - the first time he had demonstrated ICBM capability. The first of these trials, which Kim described as a gift to "American bastards," showed the rocket had the potential range to hit Alaska. The second rocket test last week flew even longer, with some experts even suggesting that New York could be in range. Decades after the Cold War, and frequently forgotten by a public preoccupied with the threat of terrorism, the United States still fields hundreds of Minuteman III ICBMs, dotted in silos across rural America. Over the next 20 years, the US Air Force will switch out the entirety of its Minuteman III fleet with a new missile known currently known as the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD).
  8. ISLAMABAD: The official website of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was shortly hacked on Tuesday night by a hacker group that claimed to operate as ?Death Adders Crew?. The website was hacked hours after Aisha Gulalai's press conference in which she announced to quit party with serious allegations against Imran Khan. The hacker posted messages on PTI official website demanding Imran Khan to pay whole respect to the girls, the hacker further wrote in text,?We want old Pakistan, we need not new Pakistan? PTI?s website remained defaced for several hours showing a message from hackers for Imran Khan ?we will not vote you?. The hackers claimed, ?we are not supporters of any political party." Earlier, addressing a press conference, the PTI MNA from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa announced to quit the party, calling Imran Khan a characterless person, she alleged Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman of sending her ?inappropriate? text messages. Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) women came out in defence of their party chairman Imran Khan, calling former member Ayesha Gulalai an opportunist.
  9. <p>Heard of a sweet stroke? Indian cricketer and curly grizzly, Sachin Tendulkar, does it almost all the time (on and off the field). Though, saying this today, seems like completely wrong to us. Simple reason: on the field maybe yes, but Sachin has never been a sought-after sartorial star. Besides his jersey, well-cut suits for press conferences is probably the farthest he's gone. Or on a day-out with family, he turns to solid-coloured polos. Base line: he's not the man rubbing shoulders with the best-dressed men out there. He looks terrific anyway, but he's no pro either. But since his entry into the Style Paparazzi Club during the 2017 elections, that featured him in the perfect sky-blue checked summer shirt, the man's only gotten better...</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="Sachin Tendulkar Is The Unlikely Style Star You Should Be Following Right Now" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/image-1-1501321813.jpg" alt="Sachin Tendulkar Is The Unlikely Style Star You Should Be Following Right Now" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/image-1-1501321813.jpg" />©New Indian Express</p> <p>Pairing this LIT day shirt with dark wash denims, Sachin brought about an impending change in the wardrobe he had been sporting lately. First off, the checked shirt was a very safe choice to make. But that's fine—it's a menswear must-have and he knows it. But as they say, the biggies don't do normal. His checks, of course, weren't very ordinary. They were neither too dainty, nor safe AF—they were plain stand-out checks, so to say. Plus, the colour—it's almost as blue as the sky. But...a pop sky. All said and done, this outfit was a far cry from what we had started to term as 'The Boring Wardrobe Of A Legendary Cricketer'.</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="Sachin Tendulkar Is The Unlikely Style Star You Should Be Following Right Now" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/image-2-1501321879.jpg" alt="Sachin Tendulkar Is The Unlikely Style Star You Should Be Following Right Now" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/image-2-1501321879.jpg" />©Tell Me Boss</p> <p>But he didn't stop there. The next time we him spotted at Neerja's National Award victory bash, he gave the bugs one hell of an outfit to click. Not because it looked like he had shed a few kilos but because, his polka dotted shirt + jeans + suede penny loafers look was so 20-something, which was baffling coming from an usually-very-ordinarily-dressed Tendulkar. Let's prove this to you by bringing in Varun Dhawan for once. Here's him sporting a summer shirt + dark jeans + suede footwear almost around the same time as Sachin....</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="Sachin Tendulkar Is The Unlikely Style Star You Should Be Following Right Now" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/image-3-1501321942.jpg" alt="Sachin Tendulkar Is The Unlikely Style Star You Should Be Following Right Now" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/image-3-1501321942.jpg" />©Sulekha.com</p> <p>Sure, Varun Dhawan looks absolutely well put-together. There's no power in the world that can quiver the fit of his outfit. But the takeaway here is that, Sachin's polka-dotted outfit above is basically just a more matured, 30-something version of Varun summer look. The jeans are more relaxed, the shirt's not too tight and Varun's suede chelsea boots have made way for a menswear daddy essential, suede penny loafers on Sachin. There's no difference in a 20 year old A-list actor's style aesthetic and that of a big cricket legend. Who, in his justification, has started to dress like the legend he actually is.</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="Sachin Tendulkar Is The Unlikely Style Star You Should Be Following Right Now" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/image-4-1501321991.jpg" alt="Sachin Tendulkar Is The Unlikely Style Star You Should Be Following Right Now" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/image-4-1501321991.jpg" />©Viral Bhayani</p> <p>And to update you with the latest, here's what the man wore in the morning today. Now, where shall we begin? The relaxed pink linen shirt (eyeballs on the colour), his classic black jeans, smokey leather heeled dress shoes or the rad, tinted sunnies that Ranveer Singh's been sporting? Our opinion: let's pass with a discussion that's self-explanatory. He's wearing everything right and has even styled it well. However, the bottom line here is the simplest one you'd hear—if you haven't been following Sachin's personal style till now, it's time you do. Because Sachin Tendulkar, boys and men, is MensXP's most unlikely style star of the year 2017. Aila! </p>
  10. Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud at a summit of Gulf Cooperation Council leaders in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 21, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo DUBAI: Saudi King Salman on Thursday decreed the consolidation of counter-terrorism and domestic intelligence under a new body, in a major overhaul of the security apparatus weeks after the interior minister was ousted from the royal succession. The string of late night royal decrees also ordered a shakeup of senior personnel, replacing the head of the elite royal guard and elevating the head of the newly-created Presidency of State Security, Abdulaziz bin Mohammed al-Howairini, and his deputy to the rank of ministers. The moves inside the world's biggest oil exporting nation centralise authority in security matters to the king and his young son, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has made a rapid rise to the pinnacle of power at the expense of his cousin, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef. The decrees published by the state news agency said the changes were made in order "to face all security challenges with a high degree of flexibility and readiness and the ability to move quickly to face any emergency". The move removes important authorities from the Interior Ministry, which was run by Mohammed bin Nayef, also known as MbN, until last month, when he was stripped of his positions and removed as crown prince. MbN has long been considered a steady partner for security cooperation with the West as the kingdom sought to quell militant groups al Qaeda and Daesh both domestically and abroad. Thursday's orders also raised the head of Mohammed bin Salman's personal office to the rank of minister. A Saudi analyst described the move as a long-overdue reform that would benefit the state but said it "clips the wings of the Interior Ministry and bolsters the powers of the king". The elevation of 32-year-old Mohammed bin Salman, also known as MbS, ended two years of speculation about a behind-the-scenes rivalry with MbN over who will eventually take over from King Salman, 81. Reuters reported on Wednesday that the king had asked MbN to step down citing an addiction to painkilling drugs that were clouding the latter's judgment. A senior Saudi official denied the account, calling it "a complete fantasy worthy of Hollywood". The high-stakes power grab has placed sweeping powers in the hands of MbS and appears designed to speed his accession to the throne, though he still has to win over powerful relatives, clerics and tribesmen. Homeland Security A Saudi official compared the new agency to the US Department of Homeland Security and said the move was aimed at streamlining security services and making counter-terrorism efforts directly accountable to the king. "The Ministry of Interior is such a massive bureaucracy," he said. "The purpose is that you want to create new efficiencies for both entities and elevate the work especially in counter-terrorism." Saudi Arabia crushed a campaign of al Qaeda attacks in 2003-06 but has been hit by Daesh bombings in the past two years. Saudi security police closely monitor Saudis with suspected connections to militants and have detained more than 15,000 suspects in the years since al Qaeda's campaign. The official said Howairini was a "known quantity" who had worked in the Interior Ministry for 30 years, including on the US-Saudi counter-terrorism partnership. MbN's removal had unnerved some officials in Washington who saw him as a steady hand that had put down the al Qaeda bombing campaign and kept close ties to the US intelligence community where he had a reputation as safe and reliable. As part of Thursday's decrees, the king also appointed Mohammed el Kuwaiz as the head of the Saudi Arabian Capital Markets Authority (CMA), which regulates investments in the kingdom.
  11. Rioting followers of local spiritual leader Amjad Ali Shah pictured on Sunday. FATEH JANG: Followers of a local spiritual leader Amjad Ali Shah injured two including an SHO after the police arrested Shah in Qutbal on Sunday. The rioting mob vandalised the Airport Police Station, set public records on fire, and damaged cars parked in the vicinity. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/858ccb4b5908c5d07ce2bd5458c4067c.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Ny8xNi8yMDE3IDEwOjIwOjI0IEFNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9UHFyUWJqbzVDbTRPU090YWFyYzhWZz09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] Long queues formed on the Fateh Jang Rawalpindi road after the mob created roadblocks. A large contingent of police was summoned to the scene of incident to restore law and order. Negotiations with protesters were underway at the time of publication.
  12. ISLAMABAD: Following Maryam Nawaz's address before the media after she appeared in front of the joint investigation team (JIT) probing the Sharif family's assets, senior journalists analysed the importance of her comments and body language. Rana Jawad Director Geo News Rana Jawad used the terms ?blunt? and ?defined? to describe Maryam's speech. He opined that the premier?s daughter appeared to be ?gusty and blunt? and spoke openly. ?She came across as a heavyweight, mature politician,? Jawad said. ?Her speech sounded like it was coming from someone who had been politically trained for many years, it seemed like coming from a person who understands the nitty-gritties and sensitivities of political matters.? He added the premier?s daughter made blunt and bold statements about the Panama Leaks case and rejected its authenticity. Talat Hussain Senior anchorperson and analyst Talat Hussain praised Nawaz?s body language and said her address proved favourable in increasing her political stature. ?She seemed angry but her defiance was contained,? he said. ?Not taking questions from members of the press goes on to show that she [Nawaz] is well aware of how to handle the press; overall she played well.? He added that there could be three possible audiences to her address including PML-N?s party workers and the establishment. Mazhar Abbas Senior journalist and analyst Mazhar Abbas made strong allegations against the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in his comments. ?It seems like Imran Khan is part of the JIT when PML-N leaders speak to the media after they appear before the team,? he said. ?And PTI?s reaction to PML-N workers sounds like the party is speaking on behalf of the JIT but both reactions are not suitable.? Commenting on Maryam's body language, he said the prime minister's daughter ? unlike Finance Minister Ishaq Dar ? neither raised her voice, nor became emotional. ?I saw Maryam in 2000 in a courtroom when the prime minister was sentenced to life,? he said. ?Her face had shadows of anger and reservations but today, she seemed to be in control.? He added that neither did she read a written statement like her father recnetly, nor did she resemble her brother Hussain Nawaz in her body language. ?It seemed like she was clear on what she had to say, and it was a good political response,? Abbas said. ?She made it clear that she is the one who will take Nawaz Sharif?s political legacy ahead.? Shahzeb Khanzada While commenting on her body language, anchor person and journalist Shahzeb Khanzada said Nawaz expressed herself far better than many senior PML-N leaders, including Ishaq Dar. ?Her body language was positive and she didn?t make any personal attacks,? he said. ?Her press talk can be considered a good launch for her political career.? He added that she has proved to be a better political player than her brothers and cousins. Khanzada opined that PML-N had been trying to portray the premier?s daughter as a weak woman but she didn't play the woman card. However, the anchor person stressed that democracy is not associated with the Sharif family and the prime minister must share with the public the information he has about the elements conspiring against his government. ?PML-N leaders have been talking about a conspiracy since the past three years and it is high time now that they share this secret with the public,? Khanzada said. ?Will Nawaz Sharif only share this secret if his government is dissolved?? Discussing the Qatari prince?s letter, the political analyst said that some, not all, questions raised by the PML-N are valid and if these questions are not addressed, the JIT?s verdict will then give a huge opportunity to the ruling party to push their point that a conspiracy was hatched against it. Hamid Mir Although he praised Maryam's body language, the senior political analyst and anchor person lashed out at her speech, calling it ?incomprehensible narrative.? ?She [Maryam] doesn't have the mandate to pose questions to the JIT,? Mir said. ?And when her father presented himself and his family for accountability, then why did she question her summoning before the investigation team?? Mir added that he failed to understand the audience to Maryam's narrative. Commenting on her press conference, he said while she kept asking the journalists to let her complete her speech, she didn?t give them a chance to ask questions. ?It only goes on to show that she prefers answering her favourite journalists,? he said, adding that he disagreed with the opinion that her media address served as a good political launch for her. ?It would have been better had she answered a few questions.? Comparing her to Hussain, Mir said not only the content of his speech but the latter?s body language was also better than her's. The senior journalist said the conspiracy allegation made by the premier?s daughter could be targeted to only two institutions: the judiciary or the military leadership. ?No other power apart from the judiciary or military leadership can hatch a conspiracy against the ruling party,? Mir said, citing the 2011 Memogate scandal where the military leadership and judiciary allegedly conspired against the then PPP-government.
  13. Protesters hold the Pakistan flag during a protest in Srinagar in 2016. Photo: Reuters SRINAGAR: Thousands of people in Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK) staged anti-India and pro-Pakistan demonstrations and hoisted Pakistani flags and banners in Srinagar, Kulgam, Pampore, Pulwama, Shopian Sopore, Kishtwar and other parts of the territory, the Kashmir Media Service reported on Monday. Immediately after Eid prayers, people in large numbers took to the streets and shouted high-pitched slogans of 'Jeevei-Jeevei Pakistan', 'Teiri Jaan Meiri Jaan Pakistan Pakistan' and 'We Want Freedom'. The protesters demanded that Indian troops leave Jammu and Kashmir without any further delay. Dozens of people were critically injured after Indian police personnel used brute force, fired pellets and teargas shells on protesters at Eidgah, Hyderpora, Sopore, Pattan, and Pulwama areas. The authorities had placed all Hurriyet leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Mohammad Yasin Malik, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Mohammad Ashraf Sehraee, Ayaz Akbar, Zafar Akbar Butt, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza and Showket Ahmad Bakshi under house arrest and in police stations. The authorities did not even allow them to attend the Eid-ul-Fitr prayers. Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in their statements in Srinagar, denounced the curbs by the authorities on Hurriyet leaders and called upon the international community to play its role in the early settlement of the Kashmir dispute.
  14. WASHINGTON: Google is stepping up its efforts to block "extremist and terrorism-related videos" over its platforms, using a combination of technology and human monitors. The measures announced Sunday come on the heels of similar efforts unveiled by Facebook last week, and follow a call by the Group of Seven leaders last month for the online giants to do more to curb online extremist content. "While we and others have worked for years to identify and remove content that violates our policies, the uncomfortable truth is that we, as an industry, must acknowledge that more needs to be done," said a blog post by Google general counsel Kent Walker. Walker said Google would devote more resources to apply artificial intelligence to suppress YouTube videos used in support of extremist actions. "This can be challenging: a video of a terrorist attack may be informative news reporting if broadcast by the BBC, or glorification of violence if uploaded in a different context by a different user," he said. "We will now devote more engineering resources to apply our most advanced machine learning research to train new ´content classifiers´ to help us more quickly identify and remove extremist and terrorism-related content." Google acknowledged that technology alone cannot solve the problem, and said that it would "greatly increase the number of independent experts" on the watch for videos that violate its guidelines. "Machines can help identify problematic videos, but human experts still play a role in nuanced decisions about the line between violent propaganda and religious or newsworthy speech," Walker said. Google plans to add 50 non-government organisations to the 63 it already works with to filter inappropriate content. "This allows us to benefit from the expertise of specialized organizations working on issues like hate speech, self-harm, and terrorism," Walker wrote. "We will also expand our work with counter-extremist groups to help identify content that may be being used to radicalise and recruit extremists." A similar initiative was announced last week by Facebook, which earlier this year said it was adding 3,000 staff to track and remove violent video content. Google´s Walker said the online giant would start taking "a tougher stance on videos that do not clearly violate our policies," including videos that "contain inflammatory religious or supremacist content." He said YouTube would expand its role in counter-radicalisation efforts using an approach that "harnesses the power of targeted online advertising" to reach potential recruits for extremist groups and offers "video content that debunks terrorist recruiting messages."
  15. TEHRAN: Iran has targeted militants in Syria with missiles in retaliation for deadly attacks in Tehran. Late Sunday, the elite Revolutionary Guards launched six missiles from western Iran into Syria´s mostly Daesh held Deir Ezzor province, hitting their command base, the Guards said. The strike was "revenge" for twin attacks in Tehran on June 7 that killed 17 people in the first Daesh claimed attacks inside Iran, a Guards spokesman added. As well as punishing "terrorists", it was intended to show that Iran is capable of projecting military power across the region, officials and experts said. Sunday´s strike was the first known missile attack launched from Iran into foreign territory since the Iran-Iraq war of 1980-88. "The missile attacks were only a small part of Iran´s punitive power against terrorists and enemies," Guards spokesman General Ramezan Sharif said Monday. "International and regional supporters of the terrorists must realise the warning message of the missile operation." Iran has long accused the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia of backing "terrorists". US President Donald Trump meanwhile accuses Iran of backing terrorism, a charge it denies and has threatened to tear up a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers.
  16. David Bonderman, Founding Partner, TPG, takes part in Private Equity: Rebalancing Risk session during the 2014 Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California April 29, 2014. Photo: Reuters Uber Technologies Inc director David Bonderman said on Tuesday that he has resigned from the company's board following a remark he made during an Uber staff meeting that was widely seen as offensive to women. Bonderman's ill-timed remark came during an all-staff meeting Tuesday to discuss of how the ride-services company plans to transform itself following a probe into sexual harassment at the company. Bonderman said in a statement sent to Reuters that he did not want his comments to create distraction for Uber, which is working to rid its culture of sexual harassment and discrimination. His resignation from the board is effective Wednesday morning. During Tuesday's meeting, Uber board member Arianna Huffington spoke to employees about the importance of adding more women to the board of directors. "There's a lot of data that shows when there's one woman on the board, it's much more likely that there will be a second woman on the board," Huffington said. In response, Bonderman said: "Actually, what it shows is that it's much more likely to be more talking." The comment was disclosed through a recording of the meeting that was published by Yahoo. An Uber spokesman verified the authenticity and accuracy of the recording. Bonderman, who is a founder of private equity firm TPG Capital, an Uber investor, shortly after wrote an email to Uber staff to apologize. In his resignation statement that followed on Tuesday evening, Bonderman reiterated his regret, calling his remarks "careless, inappropriate, and inexcusable" and "the opposite of what I intended." "I take full responsibility for that," he said. "I need to hold myself to the same standards that we're asking Uber to adopt." Bonderman and other board members had joined Tuesday's staff meeting to lay out recommendations from an investigation into sexual harassment, diversity, inclusion and other employee concerns led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Holder's law firm was retained by Uber in February after former Uber engineer Susan Fowler wrote a public account of her time at the company, which she said was marred by sexual harassment and an ineffective response by management. The recommendations, which were unanimously adopted by the board on Sunday, call for reducing Chief Executive Travis Kalanick's sweeping authority at the firm and instituting more controls over spending, human resources and the behavior of managers.
  17. US President Donald Trump attacked the news media and dismissed leaks from the White House as "fake news" on Sunday, following reports his son-in-law tried to set up a secret channel of communications with Moscow before Trump took office. Shortly after Trump's remarks on Twitter, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly made the rounds of Sunday television news shows to praise any so-called back channel communications, especially with Russia, as "a good thing." The Republican president returned to the White House after a nine-day trip to the Middle East and Europe that ended on Saturday to face more questions about alleged communications between Jared Kushner and Russia's ambassador to Washington. "It is my opinion that many of the leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies made up by the #FakeNews media," Trump wrote in a series of Twitter posts on Sunday. The White House faces mounting questions about potential ties between Russia and Trump's presidential campaign, which are also the subject of criminal and congressional investigations. Trump officials were preparing to establish a "war room" to address an issue that has begun to dominate his young presidency. Aides said Trump was expected to meet with lawyers as early as Sunday, the New York Times reported. Two Republican US senators played down the Kushner reports on Sunday, while the former director of national intelligence, James Clapper, took a darker view of such contacts with representatives of Russian President Vladimir Putin. "My dashboard warning light was clearly on and I think that was the case with all of us in the intelligence community - very concerned about the nature of these approaches to the Russians," Clapper told NBC's "Meet The Press." Kushner, who is married to Trump's daughter Ivanka, had contacts with Moscow in December about opening a secret back channel of communications, according to news reports published while Trump was away on his trip. The 36-year-old Kushner, a real estate developer with no previous government experience, had at least three previously undisclosed contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States during and after the 2016 presidential campaign, seven current and former US officials told Reuters. "Whenever you see the words 'sources say' in the fake news media, and they don't mention names," Trump wrote, "it is very possible that those sources don't exist but are made up by fake news writers. #FakeNews is the enemy!" Contacts between Trump associates and Russian officials during the campaign coincided with what US intelligence agencies concluded was a Kremlin effort through computer hacking, fake news and propaganda to boost Trump's chances of winning the White House. 'A good thing' White House officials defended the concept of secret communications channels without commenting specifically on the Kushner case. National security adviser H.R. McMaster told reporters on Saturday that so-called back-channeling was not unusual. Kelly, the homeland security secretary, carried the same message on Sunday. "It's both normal, in my opinion, and acceptable," he said on ABC's "This Week" program. "Any way that you can communicate with people, particularly organisations that are maybe not particularly friendly to us, is a good thing." Kelly told "Fox News Sunday" there was nothing wrong with the Trump transition team trying to build relationships with the Russians as they prepared to take over the White House. US Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said such secret channels may be used in situations including peace talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan or for the release of American hostages. "But for people associated with the campaign after that campaign has ended and where the Russians during that campaign were helping you, to try to establish a back channel and hide it from your own government, that's a serious allegation," he said. Schiff was particularly concerned about a Washington Post report that the back channel would have been conducted at a Russian diplomatic facility to avoid monitoring in US communications systems. "You have to ask, well, who are they hiding the conversation from?" he said on ABC. Schiff said he expected Kushner, who serves as an unpaid adviser to Trump, to appear before his committee and suggested his security clearance be reviewed. Kushner initially had come to the attention of FBI investigators last year as they began scrutinising former national security adviser Michael Flynn?s connections with Russian officials, the two sources told Reuters. Republican US Senator Lindsey Graham told CNN he doubted the Kushner reports were accurate. Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, noted that Kushner has been willing to answer questions. "They reached out to us yesterday to make sure that we knew that was the case and I?m sure he?s willing to do so,? Corker said on NBC's "Meet the Press." Though he had not seen evidence of collusion when he stepped down on Jan. 20, Clapper said all the signs made an FBI investigation not only appropriate but necessary. "Russia, at least for my money, is our primary adversary," he told NBC. "They are not our friends. They are in to do us in."
  18. Uzma returned to India after a 25-day controversial stay in Pakistan. Photo: Geo News screen grab ISLAMABAD: Indian national Uzma, who had alleged that a Pakistani man forced her into marriage, has safely returned to India after a 25-day controversial stay in Pakistan. A contingent of police escorted Uzma to Wagah Border from whereon she travelled to India. A video of Uzma reaching India in a black car, which was surrounded with journalists, also surfaced on Indian news channel, Times Now. On Wednesday, Islamabad High Court had allowed Uzma to return back home and even handed over her original immigration form. Photo: Geo News screen grab On Wednesday, Islamabad High Court had allowed Uzma to return back home and even handed over her original immigration form, which her husband Tahir Ali had submitted to the court on Tuesday. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/a55527d6b070a9bd08d0c6511b06adb0.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9NS8yNS8yMDE3IDY6NTk6NDcgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1kdkt6NXR5ekpJS0tPbkN4Y1Q1eTh3PT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] On May 19, Uzma had submitted a six-page reply to the high court and reiterated her earlier claims and said that she was forced to sign the Nikkahnama [nikkah papers] with Tahir. Indian woman Uzma coerced into marriage, claims brother Waseem Ahmed said that Uzma had only travelled to Pakistan just to see Tahir The reply also claimed that Tahir?s affidavit was based on lies, and requested that Uzma be allowed to travel to India as her visa will expire on May 30. How it started? The case of Indian woman Uzma?s marriage to Pakistani man Tahir became more confusing as it was unraveled in front of the media. It came to the forefront after her husband claimed that Indian High Commission has stopped her wife from leaving the premises during their visit to apply for visa on May 7. Uzma, who belongs to New Delhi, and Tahir 'fell in love' in Malaysia, after which she travelled to Pakistan on May 1 via the Wagah Border, and got married to him on May 3, according to Tahir. Uzma allowed to return to India IHC also returns original immigration form to Indian national Later, Indian High Commission claimed that Uzma has been staying there out of her own will. Following this, Uzma remarked that she was forced to marry Pakistan citizen Tahir Ali at gunpoint. She further remarked that she was unaware that Tahir was married and was the father of four children while speaking to the media. However, these claims were challenged by her husband, who even provided details of a private conversation in which Uzma seemed to know about his first marriage. Uzma had claimed that she was forced to marry Pakistani man Tahir Ali at gunpoint. Photo: Geo News screen grab Moreover, their Nikkah video also surfaced in which there were no signs of violence or intimidation. Later, Uzma?s brother, Waseem Ahmed, in a statement had claimed that Uzma had only travelled to Pakistan just to see Tahir. However, she informed him that she was coerced into marriage, adding that she was berated, beaten and threatened by Tahir.
  19. Uzma returned to India after a 25-day controversial stay in Pakistan. Photo: Geo News screen grab ISLAMABAD: Indian national Uzma, who had alleged that a Pakistani man forced her into marriage, has safely returned to India after a 25-day controversial stay in Pakistan. A contingent of police escorted Uzma to Wagah Border from whereon she travelled to India. Uzma touched the ground to pay respect to her homeland after crossing the border. Photo: Geo News screen grab A video of Uzma reaching India in a black car, which was surrounded with journalists, also surfaced on Indian news channel, Times Now. On Wednesday, Islamabad High Court had allowed Uzma to return back home and even handed over her original immigration form, which her husband Tahir Ali had submitted to the court on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Islamabad High Court had allowed Uzma to return back home and even handed over her original immigration form, which her husband Tahir Ali had submitted to the court on Tuesday. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/a55527d6b070a9bd08d0c6511b06adb0.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9NS8yNS8yMDE3IDY6NTk6NDcgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1kdkt6NXR5ekpJS0tPbkN4Y1Q1eTh3PT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] On May 19, Uzma had submitted a six-page reply to the high court and reiterated her earlier claims and said that she was forced to sign the Nikkahnama [nikkah papers] with Tahir. The reply also claimed that Tahir?s affidavit was based on lies, and requested that Uzma be allowed to travel to India as her visa will expire on May 30. How it started? Security forces surrounded Uzma as soon as she reached India after crossing the Wagah Border. Photo: Geo News screen grab The case of Indian woman Uzma?s marriage to Pakistani man Tahir became more confusing as it was unraveled in front of the media. It came to the forefront after her husband claimed that Indian High Commission has stopped her wife from leaving the premises during their visit to apply for visa on May 7. Uzma, who belongs to New Delhi, and Tahir 'fell in love' in Malaysia, after which she travelled to Pakistan on May 1 via the Wagah Border, and got married to him on May 3, according to Tahir. Uzma allowed to return to India IHC also returns original immigration form to Indian national Later, Indian High Commission claimed that Uzma has been staying there out of her own will. Following this, Uzma remarked that she was forced to marry Pakistan citizen Tahir Ali at gunpoint. She further remarked that she was unaware that Tahir was married and was the father of four children while speaking to the media. However, these claims were challenged by her husband, who even provided details of a private conversation in which Uzma seemed to know about his first marriage. Uzma had claimed that she was forced to marry Pakistani man Tahir Ali at gunpoint. Photo: Geo News screen grab Moreover, their Nikkah video also surfaced in which there were no signs of violence or intimidation. Later, Uzma?s brother, Waseem Ahmed, in a statement had claimed that Uzma had only travelled to Pakistan just to see Tahir. However, she informed him that she was coerced into marriage, adding that she was berated, beaten and threatened by Tahir.
  20. Police attempting to quell the clashes - Geo News screen grab ISLAMABAD: Classes at the Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) resumed on Thursday after they were suspended following clashes between students? groups over the weekend. A notification issued by the varsity banned has all students? councils on campus. On Saturday, around three dozen students were injured after clashes erupted between students? groups from Sindh and Balochistan. After being called in, police resorted to tear gas shelling and baton charge to disperse the students. Later, FIRs were also registered against several students at the Secretariat Police Station on the complaint of a QAU official. The students were accused of possession of illegal weapons, wreaking havoc and attempted murder. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/02d3fe45455b600ead066797da74e3ff.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9NS8yNS8yMDE3IDU6NTc6MDMgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1XbXBUV3Bnb2ZEbU5BS2M1SjB4V1lnPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center]
  21. All forward operating bases of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) have been made operational in response to Indian ?threats?. This was stated on Wednesday after Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman visited the Qadri Airbase in Skardu where war exercises by fighter jet squardons are being held. Air chief leads from front in Zarb-e-Azb air strikes Air chief leads from front in Zarb-e-Azb air strikes The air chief also took part in the exercises, flying a PAF Mirage jet himself. Talking to the media at the airbase, the air chief said no situation is difficult for the PAF. "The nation should not worry about the enemy?s statements," he said, adding that we are peace loving people but are ready to face all kinds of challenges. Also read: CJCSC calls on air chief On May 20, Indian Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa wrote a personal letter to each officer of the Indian Air Force (IAF), asking them to be prepared for operations, with the present scenario, at a very short notice. The Indian Express reported that the letter ? signed and sent to the IAF officers on March 30 ? covers a range of issues, especially those in the conflict-ridden state of Jammu and Kashmir. Nearly 12,000 officers of the IAF have received the letter, which was written by Dhanoa after he assumed the role of IAF chief three months ago, the report adds. ?In the present scenario, there is an ever persistent sub-conventional threat. Therefore, we need to be prepared for operations with our present holdings, at a very short notice. Training needs to be focused towards this,? states the letter. Naval chief's address at Lahore war college A strong, well-equipped navy is required to deal with the regional challenges facing the country, stated Chief of Pakistan Navy Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah on Wednesday. He was addressing the 46th staff course convocation at the Naval War College in Lahore where cadets from several other countries were also in attendance. "The navy will utilise all its resources to secure our coastal border," said Admiral Zakaullah. Naval chief Admiral Zakaullah - File photo The naval chief stated that the latest technologies will be brought to use to strengthen the navy. He added that Pakistan is a peace-loving country.
  22. Ariana Grande returned to the United States on Tuesday, one day after a suicide bomber killed 22 people at the pop singer's concert in Manchester, England, People magazine reported, as questions lingered over whether she would continue her European tour. Grande, 23, was photographed landing at an airport in her hometown of Boca Raton, Florida, and being met by family members, the magazine said. The pop star has not been seen publicly since an explosion ripped through the packed Manchester Arena at the end of her performance there. Some of the 22 people who died in the attack were teens or young girls. Grande was apparently unharmed. British police have identified the man suspected of carrying out the massacre as 22-year-old Salman Abedi, who was born in Manchester to parents of Libyan origin. Daesh claimed responsibility for what it called revenge against "Crusaders," but there appeared to be contradictions in its account of the operation. In her only statement so far, Grande took to Twitter some five hours after the bombing to describe herself as "broken" in the aftermath of the attack. "from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words," she said in the tweet. Grande was performing in Manchester during the European leg of a tour to promote her third album, "Dangerous Woman," which also has her scheduled to perform in London, Belgium, Poland, Germany and Switzerland in the coming weeks. Despite speculation that she would cancel the rest of the tour, no formal announcement had been made as of Tuesday afternoon. Grande's manager, Scooter Braun, did not respond to requests for comment by Reuters. "We mourn the lives of children and loved ones taken by this cowardly act," Braun said in a statement posted on Twitter on Monday evening. "We ask all of you to hold the victims, their families and all those affected in your hearts and prayers." Grande, a native of Boca Raton, starred in the Broadway musical "13" and on the Nickelodeon TV series "Victorious" before releasing her solo debut album, "Yours Truly." Best known for her singles "Problem" and "Break Free," Grande is credited with having an exceptionally broad vocal range for a pop star.
  23. KARACHI: Police killed one suspect, arrested at least nine, while ten others were detained during operations in the metropolis. The police shot dead an assailant during exchange of fire in the area of Baghdadi of Lyari. According to police, the suspect belonged to Ghaffar Zikri group. During operations in various areas of Karachi, including Jamshed Quarter, Baloch Para and Jahangir Road; nine suspects were arrested, while the police took ten other suspects in custody for further interrogation.
  24. Whenever we talk about any kickass action-adventure-thriller movies, we instantly look up at our ‘big bruh’ aka Hollywood for inspiration. In fact, right from the picturesque landscapes, technical assistance to visual effects (VFX); half of the things you see in our big-budget films are borrowed from the west. Well, we have nothing to complain about, they are super f**king awesome. But, when actor Rajinikanth is here, you can expect even the sun to wake him up first and then rise for the rest of the world. Well, putting all the exaggerations aside, Rajinikanth’s movie ‘Robot 2.0’ is bucking the trend and is evolving to an inspiration for the entire media industry to follow. © BCCL This sequel to the blockbuster ‘Robot’ will have everything desi i.e. all the scenes are shot in India, the technical heads and the VFX technology are entirely Indian. Well, looks like it isn’t only Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is promoting the ‘Make In India’ campaign, Rajinikanth and the makers of the movie too are working hard towards it. According to the report published in The Economic Times, BJP sources hinted (off record) that ‘the PM had a word with superstar Rajinikanth when the work on ‘Robot’ had just begun and suggested that the film can promote the ‘Make in India’ theme.’ In fact, the film has been entirely shot in Delhi and Chennai and the climax was shot in none other than Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru stadium. © Twitter Raju Mahalingam, COO of Lyca Productions, makers of ‘Robot 2.0’ said, “As a group, we are U-based. But we decided to shoot everything in India this time. This movie will be India’s ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’, the internationally acclaimed Chinese movie.” Honestly, we feel that when Thalaiva is on screen, no other movie can ever come close to it. He further added, “The attempt to give a futuristic feel to the movie has resulted in high production costs, but the quality of filming will make many Indian cinemas shift to 3D screens.” According to Raju, usually movies are shot in 2D and then converted to 3D, but this one is shot using 3D techniques. This is something that has been done for the first time in India. If this fact hasn’t raised your adrenaline levels, then here’s something that will definitely pump you up to watch the movie. The action shots between Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar have been shot using animatronics technology and helicams. © Lyca Productions This Rs. 350 crore film includes all the big names that you can imagine – Akshay Kumar (plays the villain), Composer AR Rahman, cinematographer Nirav Shah, VFX designer Srinivas Mohan (‘Baahubali’ fame), and sound designer Resul Pookutty who won an Oscar for ‘Slumdog Millionaire’. This movie which is said to be the most expensive film ever made is expected to hit the theatres in October and will be released in seven languages (including Japanese, Korean and Mandarin). Source: The Economic Times
  25. Talk to anyone about DLF Cyber Hub and the first word they will utter is ‘booze’ and we can’t agree any less because it hosts some amazing pubs and bars of Gurugram. But, thanks to the Supreme Court’s mandate, the pub owners and ‘Guru-grammars’ are biting their nails fretting that the place might go dry soon, and by soon we mean post April 1st. This better be an April Fool’s prank but it doesn’t really look like that. © Facebook The Supreme Court, in December, had issued a ban on the sale of liquor within 500 metres of national and state highways. Cyber Hub, which is right next to the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway, and the bars in five-star hotels and resorts on the expressway too seem to fall under this radar. Further, the excise department has also shortlisted some 109 pubs and 43 liquor vendors that would lose their licences on April 1. Amidst this ban, we are still hoping that it turns out to be a prank played by a parody account. © Facebook Aruna Singh, deputy excise and taxation commissioner, Gurugram told HT, “We will comply with the orders of the Supreme Court. We have conducted a survey and will shortly submit the report to the headquarters.” Further owner of the Raasta Café, Goumtesh Singh, said “Due to a lack of description in the ruling, all food and beverages outlets have come under the scanner. Let’s hope that the Supreme Court will explain this and give us a realistic guideline of the ruling.” © Facebook Reportedly, over Rs. 70 crore revenue per year will be lost if the 43 liquor vendors are shut. Just in case you guys are planning to switch from Cyber Hub to Sector 29 which is another happening party place in Gurugram, with a heavy heart we will have to break this news to you – some pubs and bars in Sector 29 too will be affected. So basically, post April 1st our lives will be f**ked and we will have to go to some shady and sneaky thekas wearing hoodies to buy our drinks. Source: Hindustan Times