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  1. ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf Chairman Imran Khan said on Saturday that no financial wrongdoing was found against Jahangir Tareen and he was disqualified "only on interpretation of trust deed". The Supreme Court, in its judgment on Friday, ruled that Tareen cannot be termed honest and stands disqualified for life as per Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution. It also said the PTI leader used suspicious terms in his statements to the court, besides not declaring his offshore company. Imran further said that the difference between Tareen and deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif is stark, as Nawaz is guilty of corruption, money laundering, tax evasion and concealment of assets. Praising Tareen, Imran said he has shown "unswerving commitment to the cause of Naya Pakistan and worked with utmost dedication for our cause". The PTI chairman further added that the disqualified PTI leader will remain next to him as they build Naya Pakistan.
  2. Just imagine you're just cleaning and doing your job, but you stumble upon a dinosaur corpse. How freaked out would you be? This is exactly what has happened to an electrician cleaning out a sub-station that had been left untouched for 35 years in Jaspur, in Uttarakhand. Is this the real life, or is this Jurassic Park? But, the most baffling part about this discovery of a partially-preserved corpse is that it still had flesh on its bones. It does resemble a small dinosaur, but since flightless dinosaurs have been extinct for 65 million years, scientists are struggling to identify it. © Penn News This freaky creature has currently gone for analysis, and after carbon dating, its age will be revealed. According to Dr Parag Madhukar Dhakate, a Conservator with the Indian Forest Service, that even though it looks like a dinosaur, the creature is still a mystery and nothing can be confirmed until the analysis is done. He said, “It looks like a dinosaur, but we can't say anything until all the tests are done.” But, according to Aaryan Kumar, who is pursuing a PhD in Paleontology from Delhi University, it was impossible for a dinosaur skeleton to be so well preserved after so long. © Penn News He said, “Non-avian dinosaurs have been extinct for the past 65 million years but it does resemble theropods, a suborder of dinosaurs which included bipedal carnivores. But a dinosaur skeleton could not have been found in such a well-preserved condition after millions of years without it being in a fossilized state.” “The only even slightly possible way is it was chemically preserved to store it in a museum. But if that was the case, how did it end up here?” © Wikipedia Apparently, the mysterious creature could be the Deinonychus, the Coelophysis or the Dromaeosaurus, but we don't even know for sure yet that it's a dinosaur. Another suggestion could be a genetically distorted goat foetus, but we'll just have to wait for the confirmation.
  3. Police being tested in Multan. Photo: Geo News screen grab MULTAN: One-third of the police force in Multan has been found to be affected by various health conditions, including diabetes and high blood pressure, Hepatitis B and C. A few have also been tested positive for tuberculosis. The Punjab health department screened over 4,000 police personnel and officials during an awareness week in Multan. Out of the 4,606 personnel and officials tested at the three-day screening camp, 873 were found to be diabetic, 250 were suffering from high blood pressure and 247 are affected by Hepatitis C while 129 by Hepatitis B. Besides, there were three from the force who were affected by tuberculosis. Around 400 police personnel did not get themselves screened. When asked, officials in the force told Geo News that the personnel were working day in and day out to fill in for the lack of strength in the force, which is why they were falling ill. However, the officials added, those with ailments will be treated soon and the ones going through critical illnesses will be given early retirement.
  4. A marsupial lion, Thylacoleo carnifex. Credit: Adrie &Amp Alfons Kennis/NG/Alamy/Guardian SYDNEY: A new species of "marsupial lion" extinct in Australia for 19 million years has been discovered at one of the most significant fossil deposits in the world, researchers said Thursday. The predator, with blade-like, flesh-cutting premolars used to tear up prey, stalked the country´s rainforests during the late Oligocene to early Miocene era. "This meat-eating marsupial is estimated to have been about the size of a dog and weighed around 23 kilograms," said Anna Gillespie, lead author of a study on the find in the Journal of Systematic Palaeontology. It was found at the internationally-renowned Riversleigh World Heritage Area in remote north-western Queensland state, where the remains of a bevy of strange new small to medium-sized creatures have been discovered. Last year, a tiny "kitten-sized" marsupial lion was found at the site and named after veteran British naturalist David Attenborough. The latest find includes the fossilised remains of the animal´s skull, teeth, and humerus, or upper arm bone. Gillespie said it was about a fifth of the weight of the largest and last surviving marsupial lion, Thylacoleo carnifex, which weighed in at around 130 kilograms and has been extinct for 30,000 years. It likely pursued its food -- small vertebrates like lizards, frogs, birds and mammals -- through the tree-tops. The marsupials were given the name lion due to their secateur-like teeth by 19th century palaeontologist Sir Richard Owen. There are now nine known species, which increased in size over millions of years.
  5. File CAIRO: An Egyptian-European mission has discovered 27 fragmented statues of the lion-headed goddess Sekhmet across the Nile from Egypt?s southern city of Luxor, the antiquities ministry said on Sunday. The statues of the goddess, known as The Lady of War, were found in the ground at the Colossi of Memnon area on the city?s west bank, which used to be a capital for ancient Egypt, the ministry said in a statement. Sekhmet had the body of a woman and the head of a fierce lioness, with a headpiece featuring the sun disk and was one of the goddesses known as Eyes of Ra, the sun god. The newly found statues were about two meters (six and a half feet) high and carved in black granite, the ministry said citing Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities. The statues had the goddess?s head ?crowned by a sundisk? while a cobra ?adorns her forehead,? Waziri was cited as saying. Some were of Sekhmet ?sitting on the throne, holding the symbol of life in her left hand? while others were of her ?standing and holding the papyrus scepter,? he added. The excavation began on November 7 and lasted till the end of the month, said Hourig Sourouzian, who led the mission. The mission found additional statues at the end of November, bringing the total number to 39, Sourouzian told AFP. The statues that were found closer to the earth?s surface were in good condition, unlike the others found deeper in the ground, Sourouzian was cited as saying. The mission was preparing the discovered statues for display, she said. The mission has discovered 287 statues of Sekhmet since it began its excavation work in 1998, the ministry said, citing Fathi Yassin, director-general of the West Bank Antiquities in Luxor. Luxor, a city of half a million people on the banks of the Nile, a former Egyptian capital known as Thebes during ancient times, abounds with temples and tombs built by Egypt?s pharaohs.
  6. In the last decade and a half, Bangalore has become synonymous with the ever-growing tech industry in India and the never-ending traffic. We complain about the city, crib about the traffic and threaten to move out everytime things get difficult, but we seldom do. Why? Well, because no matter what, we are smitten by this wonderful city. People often wonder what is it about Bangalore that makes one fall in love, is it the climate, the people or the old world charm of the city that not many know about. Ready to answer all of these questions, I decided to venture headfirst into Bangalore's secret places and show you the real city. The day started with me being rejected by auto drivers (just like my tinder dates) till I finally met Rahmatullah Baig, a veteran of 30 years as an auto rickshaw driver. My brief to him was simple, “Show me some beautiful places around Bangalore that I wouldn't know about”. He looked at me for a minute, smiled and said “Chalo Miya”. So, armed with my OPPO F5, Rahmatullah and I began our journey. My first stop was the Bangalore Palace. Tucked in the centre of the city is this Tudor styled palace built in 1878 for the Mysore Royal Family. Siddarth Raj/OPPO F5 Siddarth Raj/OPPO F5 This beautiful piece of architecture is a marvel to the eyes and very picturesque to the camera. I got a great shot of the palace with the blue sky in the background. Next, my auto driver and guide for the day suggested we stop for a quick breakfast at Sri Sagar Malleswaram, famously known as Central Tiffin Room (CTR). With a legacy of more than 60 years, this old but golden joint has one of the best Butter Masala Dosas in the business. Siddarth Raj/OPPO F5 Fun fact: It is one of Deepika Padukone's favourite eateries in the city. After a hearty Masala Dosa and filter coffee, the rickshaw veered a few miles into the bylanes of old Bangalore and our auto stopped at Tippu Sultan's summer palace. This hidden gem in Bangalore is a beautiful piece of architecture and proof that kings were true connoisseurs of art. The courthouse with both gentlemen and ladies court, also acts a history museum. Siddarth Raj/OPPO F5 Even though the interiors were dimly lit, I managed to make the most of the low-light conditions with my OPPO F5 and clicked this selfie portrait. The security guard was gracious enough to even give me some insights on the old fashioned rockets kept in the inner sanctum. Siddarth Raj/OPPO F5 Following this, my charioteer showed me places where old structures once stood but were now replaced by Metro excavations. We finally reached an old fort near K R Market called the Bangalore Fort, whose origins date back to Kempegowda and the Vijay Nagar Empire. Siddarth Raj/OPPO F5 Siddarth Raj/OPPO F5 The doors of the fort gave away the grandeur of the regal surroundings and once inside, the elegant and calm walls of this fort will make you forget that this was actually the busiest part of Bangalore. Siddarth Raj/OPPO F5 Hardened by the Mysore war, this fort in the midst of concrete buildings and flooded markets is a gentle reminder that history stands stills even as the time moves on. Siddarth Raj/OPPO F5 After another cutting chai break with Rahmat, the auto chugged its way to Vidhana Soudha, the house of the state's legislative assembly that is an exemplary architectural wonder. Siddarth Raj/OPPO F5 One of the most expensive Government buildings ever built post-Independence, this huge structure is lit on Sundays and public holidays, unfortunately, I missed that sight but was able to capture a shot on my OPPO F5 with the skyline, wrapping my tour through Bangalore. Siddarth Raj/OPPO F5 Rahmat then dropped me at the metro station, but not before I captured this selfie with the wonderful man who helped me rediscover my city from a traveler's point of view. Siddarth Raj/OPPO F5 This glorious city trail made me fall in love with Bangalore once again and the pictures I clicked on this journey will always remain a precious memory. Thanks to the OPPO F5 that let me capture the city in its real glory with their all-new AI beauty technology feature that gives you an upgraded 'real beauty' experience in a selfie that #CapturesTheRealYou. And in my case, it just managed to capture the real traveler within me with its 20 MP front camera. Hoping to find more hidden gems like this in my city, until then, this is Siddarth signing off. Siddarth Raj/OPPO F5 Miles to go ahead, miles to click ahead.
  7. It's shameful to see how things are taking a gruesome turn in case of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Padmavati'. If you were offended with BJP's Haryana Minister offering a bounty of Rs. 10 crores on Deepika Padukone's head, we don't know how you would react to this. A dead body was found hanging at the main gate of Jaipur's Nahargarh Fort and that's not it. It also had a chilling note with a deadly message, “We don't burn effigies, we kill”. #Rajasthan: Body found hanging at Nahargarh Fort in #Jaipur, threat note on rocks also seen #Padmavati pic.twitter.com/sSx9ONhF7D — ANI (@ANI) November 24, 2017 This is the first time in the history of Bollywood when things have gone so out of hand and have taken a sinister turn. This whole incident makes us question the rapidly plunging levels of tolerance in our country. As per reports by News 18, police are trying to find the cause of the person's death. But it is disheartening to see the extent to which people are going just to crush a film that revolves around the story of Queen Padmini. (c) ANI/ Twitter The body is yet to be identified and the cops were notified about it by the visitors who were shocked to see a corpse hanging from the fort. If you feel that Karni Sena, who has been opposing the release of the film and creating hurdles for it are responsible, then you should know that the organisation has come forward and condemned the macabre incident, making it clear they would never use such means to convey their message. (c) ANI/ Twitter The president of Karni Sena came forward and spoke to News 18 sharing his view and said, “This is not the way to send a message. If anyone wants to send out a message of such sort, it is imparting a wrong message. Opposition to 'Padmavati' is justified, but this is not justified. This could be a suicide. This is not our way of protest. We condemn this” Let's hope this unfortunate development has got nothing to do with the movie, because that would simply become a large blot on our nation. FIRST ON CNN-NEWS18 | This could be a suicide. This is not our way of protest. We condemn this: Mahipal Singh Makrana, Karni Sena President pic.twitter.com/t7UMB1TZoe — News18 (@CNNnews18) November 24, 2017 Looking at the way things are unfolding, we wonder if this magnum opus will ever see the light of the day. However, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee just announced that the film won't be banned in her state and makers are welcome to release it there. Let's hope more ministers come in support of the film and give it a fair chance to release.
  8. Google has been tracking locations of Android phones even with location services turned off, even when no SIM card has been inserted in the phone, an investigation carried out by Quartz revealed. According to the report, Google has been tracking and collecting information including addresses of nearby cell towers since the beginning of 2017. When Quartz reached out to Google, it confirmed the practice. The report states that Google - a subsidiary of Alphabet - has access to data beyond "a reasonable consumer expectation of privacy." "The cell tower addresses have been included in information sent to the system Google uses to manage push notification and messages on Android phones for the last 11 months," Quartz reported, citing a Google spokesperson. However, responding to the queries via email, the Google spokesperson explained; "In January of this year, we began looking into using Cell ID codes as an additional signal to further improve the speed and performance of message delivery," adding that the Cell ID information was not incorporated into the Google system and was immediately discarded. Google has stated that the practice of requesting Cell ID information will be discontinued by the end of November 2017. Most modern smartphones track locations to enable applications to send personalised location-based information from weather forecasts to information about nearby business and traffic updates. These permissions can be denied by users not willing to be tracked. However, the practice that Google was indulging in did not give users this option, nor the knowledge that they were being tracked. The investigation discovered that devices that had been factory reset and where location tracking had been disabled were still sending information to Google every time they connected to a new cell tower. In the case of phones without SIM cards, the information was sent to Google every time the device was connected to a WiFi network. Security experts expressed concern as to why the collection of such data was not by consent and the option to opt out was not given to users. "It seems quite intrusive for Google to be collecting such information that is only relevant to carrier networks when there are no SIM card or enabled services," said Matthew Hickey a security expert at Hacker House while speaking to Quartz.
  9. A forensic technician ties a used police line together to seal off a crime scene in Monterrey, Mexico, February 8, 2012. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril/Files COATZACOALCOS: The mutilated remains of five people were found in plastic bags in the southeastern Mexican state of Veracruz, one of the country's most violent regions, officials said on Monday. The bags were found late Sunday night in the state capital Xalapa, an official from the prosecutor's office said. The remains were established to be male, five of whom were identified as men whose ages ranged from 21 to 57 years. "Based on statements from family members, the deceased were involved in the buying and selling of scrap metal, and some worked as mechanics," the official said. Police said the men may have been killed for possible links to crime groups. Violence in Veracruz has been on the rise this year, and official figures showed a 43 percent leap in the murder rate in September from the previous year. The state government ascribes the rise in violence to power struggles between crime gangs involved in drugs smuggling, illegal immigration from Central America and the theft of fuel from pipelines. Some of the deadliest cartels in Mexico are locked into the regional struggle, including the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, the Zetas and a splinter group known as the Old School Zetas. Around 190,000 people have been killed in Mexico since 2006, when the government launched a military campaign on the drugs cartels. The numbers do not show how many of the victims were linked to crime groups.
  10. ATHENS: Greek police and emergency workers rescued three bodies in flood-hit areas west of Athens on Saturday, bringing the death toll since Wednesday to 19. "The bodies of three men discovered on Saturday, aged 28, 58, and 35, have been identified by their families," Nikos Papaefstathiou, head of the National Health Operations Centre, told AFP. "We are still searching for at least three people reported missing," he added. Two of the bodies found Saturday were fished out of the gulf of Eleusis, near the town of Mandra west of Athens, by port police. The bodies were those of two men, aged 35 and 55, a police official said. Meanwhile in Mandra itself, rescue workers uncovered a third body buried in the mud. The freak flood struck early on Wednesday the towns of Mandra, Nea Peramos and Megara, some 50 kilometres west of Athens. Before the latest discoveries, the flood toll stood at 16 dead and six missing. Local authorities have begun tallying the damage but with the emphasis still on clearing roads and searching for the missing, there is no clear indication of the cost. The mayor of Mandra said some 2,000 homes and businesses had been gutted, and the Megara mayor said another 500 homes had been hit in his area. Even the local cemetery was submerged in mud, with tombstones broken and strewn about. The Athens authorities and civic groups have been distributing food and water in Mandra. "For the third day, there isn't a single open shop in Mandra, we don't have water, (and) we haven't washed since Wednesday," local shop owner Evangelos Peppas told AFP on Friday. Most of the victims were drowned, carried away by the floodwaters and mudslides, or trapped in flooded cars or basements. Some local residents spoke of a "tsunami". Experts have said ill-conceived building in the area -- some of it by local municipal authorities -- meant this was a disaster waiting to happen. Corrective drainage works for the area were approved in 2016 but work has yet to begin. Stricken areas will request EU solidarity funds, the Athens governor´s office said.
  11. HAWIJA: Mass graves containing at least 400 suspected Daesh group victims have been found near Hawija in northern Iraq, the regional governor said Saturday. The string of grisly discoveries was made at a military base around three kilometres (two miles) from the city that the militants "turned into an execution ground", Kirkuk governor Rakan Said said. "Not less than 400 people were executed," he said, adding that some were clad in the uniform of prisoners condemned to death while others wore civilian clothing. Daesh was forced out of Hawija -- 240 kilometres north of Baghdad -- by Iraqi forces in October in a sweeping offensive that has seen the group lose the vast bulk of territory it seized in 2014. As government troops have advanced across Iraq they have uncovered dozens of mass graves holding hundreds of bodies in areas that fell under the militant's brutal rule. The burial pits near Hawija were discovered "thanks to witness accounts from local residents" given to the Iraqi military, General Mortada al-Luwaibi said. Saad Abbas, a farmer from the area, told AFP that during the three years of Daesh control the group´s fighters could be seen "driving around in cars with their prisoners". "They would shoot them and then throw them to the ground or burn their bodies," Abbas said.
  12. US President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping meet business leaders at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, November 9, 2017. Photo: Reuters BEIJING: US President Donald Trump told Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday that he believes, like Xi, that a solution can be found to the North Korean nuclear issue, a day after warning Pyongyang of the grave danger of developing nuclear weapons. Speaking alongside Xi in the Chinese capital, Trump also said it was disappointing that his predecessors had let the bilateral trade balance get out of kilter. ?But we will make it fair and it will be tremendous for both of us,? Trump said, expressing respect for Xi. Trump is pressing China to tighten the screws further on North Korea and its development of nuclear weapons. At least modest progress is hoped for, although there are no immediate signs of a major breakthrough, a US official said earlier on Thursday. Referring to Xi, Trump said: ?I do believe there?s a solution to that, as do you.? In a show of the importance China puts on Trump?s first official visit, Thursday?s welcoming ceremony outside Beijing?s Great Hall of the People overlooking Tiananmen Square was broadcast live on state television ? unprecedented treatment for a visiting leader. Xi said he had a deep exchange of views with Trump and reached consensus on numerous issues of mutual concern. ?For China, cooperation is the only real choice, only win-win can lead to an even better future,? he said. Xi said China and the United States strengthened high-level dialogue on all fronts over the past year and increased coordination on major international issues, such as the Korean peninsula and Afghanistan. ?Relations between China and the United States are now on a new historical starting point,? Xi said Trump and Xi hit it off at their first meeting in April at Trump?s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida and continued their ?bromance? on Wednesday with an afternoon of sightseeing together with their wives, followed by dinner. However, deep divisions persist over trade and North Korea. And while Xi is riding high after consolidating power at a twice-a-decade Communist Party Congress last month, Trump comes to China saddled with low public approval ratings and dogged by investigations into Russian links to his election campaign. ?Horrible' trade surplus Trump has ratcheted up his criticism of China?s massive trade surplus with the United States ? calling it ?embarrassing? and ?horrible? last week ? and has accused Beijing of unfair trade practices, fuelling worries of increased tension between the world?s two largest trading countries. For its part, China says US restrictions on Chinese investments in the United States and on high-tech exports need to be addressed. More than $250 billion in commercial deals between US and Chinese firms were signed during the visit, China?s commerce minister said. Several corporate CEOs are in Beijing as part of a delegation led by US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. Some in the US business community have expressed worry that contract wins could come at the expense of resolving long-standing complaints over market access restrictions in China. ?This shows that we have a strong, vibrant bilateral economic relationship, and yet we still need to focus on leveling the playing field because US companies continue to be disadvantaged doing business in China,? said William Zarit, chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China. Trump railed against China?s trade practices during the 2016 US presidential campaign and threatened to take action once in office. But he has since held back on any major trade penalties, making clear he was doing so to give Beijing time to make progress reining in North Korea. ?In sync? A US official said both sides are ?in sync? about wanting to minimise friction during the visit and recreate the positive tone of the Mar-a-Lago summit. Trump was not expected to put much emphasis in his talks with Xi on thorny issues like the disputed South China Sea and self-ruled Taiwan, claimed by China as its own, although the two presidents? aides may deal with those matters privately, the official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity. China has repeatedly pushed back at suggestions it should be doing more to rein in North Korea, which does about 90 per cent of its trade with China, saying it is fully enforcing UN sanctions and that everyone has a responsibility to lower tensions and get talks back on track. Trump used some of his toughest language yet against North Korea in a wide-ranging address in Seoul on Wednesday that lodged specific accusations of chilling human rights abuses, although he offered no evidence to support the accusations. He also called on countries around the world to isolate Pyongyang by denying it ?any form of support, supply or acceptance?. Chinese state media praised the tone of the initial get-together on Thursday, part of what China has promised will be a ?state visit plus? for Trump. ?Trump seems to be pragmatic on his Beijing policy, and has no interest in ideological diplomacy. He hasn?t used the issue of human rights to make trouble for China so far, and this means the Sino-US relationship can focus on substantive matters,? influential tabloid the Global Times said in an editorial.
  13. UK politician Carl Sargeant was found dead Tuesday just days after resigning over misconduct allegations as part of a wider harassment scandal embroiling parliament. Photo: AFP file LONDON: UK politician Carl Sargeant was found dead Tuesday just days after resigning over misconduct allegations as part of a wider harassment scandal embroiling parliament, police said. Sargeant?s body was found on Tuesday morning at an address in Connah?s Quay in north Wales, the local police said. The force said his death was not being treated as suspicious, while the Press Association news agency said Sargeant was understood to have committed suicide. The former Welsh government minister resigned on November 3 and was suspended from the Labour party after he was informed of allegations against him. Sargeant was one of a number of British politicians to have faced allegations of misconduct in recent weeks, prompting party leaders to introduce new safeguards for parliamentary staff on Monday. His family said he was ?the glue that bound us together? and ?the most kind and caring husband, father, son and friend?. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tweeted he was ?deeply shocked to hear of the terrible news about Carl Sargeant. My thoughts and profound sympathy are with his family and friends.? The National Assembly for Wales cancelled all business at the 60-seat regional government following the announcement. ?We will all want to gather our thoughts before paying proper tribute to him over the coming days,? said the Assembly?s presiding officer Elin Jones.
  14. RAHIM YAR KHAN: A white-backed vulture was released back into the wild in Rahim Yar Khan on Thursday, according to the provincial wildlife department. The rare vulture was caught and entrapped by some residents of Basti Shera, said an officer of the wildlife department. The population of this type of vulture has declined by more than 99 percent in Pakistan, India and Nepal since the early 1990s, and is now classified as critically endangered. The officer from the wildlife department stated that they had freed the vulture and released it in the desert. He further stated that the black-backed vulture is not as rare as white-backed one. Wildlife officer also shared that white-backed vulture is good for the environment as they feed on remains of dead bodies around its habitat.
  15. LAHORE: Body of a woman was found in the room of a hotel situated in the defence area of the city, on early Thursday morning, informed Police. Police have identified the deceased as Nazia, a resident of Sheikhupra and claims that the initial investigation suggested that she was killed by her husband, Ali. The suspect is on the run. The cause of her death is believed to be strangulation. Moreover, the law enforcement personnel have claimed to arrest the man on whose name the said room was booked. The body of deceased has been shifted to a morgue for medico-legal examination.
  16. A "monster" planet, which should in theory not exist, has been discovered orbiting a faint dwarf star far, far away, surprised astronomers said Tuesday. The existence of the gassy giant challenges long-standing theories that such a big planet -- about the size of Jupiter -- cannot be formed around a star so small. The star has a radius and mass about half that of the sun. Theory had predicted that small stars can form rocky planets, "but do not gather enough material together to form Jupiter-sized planets," Britain's Royal Astronomical Society said in a statement. Planets are thought to form as gas and dust left over from massive galactic explosions, and swirling in disks around newborn stars, clump together to form bodies. The planet was discovered by the Next-Generation Transit Survey (NGTS), based in Chile's Atacama Desert. The project gave its name to the star -- NGTS-1 -- and dubbed the planet NGTS-1b. The "b" signifies it is the first planet found around this star. The survey uses an array of 12 telescopes to scour the sky and identify dips in light emitted by stars -- a sign that a planet is moving in front of the star as perceived from Earth. "The discovery of NGTS-1b was a complete surprise to us -- such massive planets were not thought to exist around such small stars," said Daniel Bayliss from the University of Warwick, a lead author of the study accepted for publication in the science journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. "The planet is about 25 percent the radius its host star. This makes is very large compared to its host star! For comparison, Jupiter is only about 10 percent the radius of our sun," Bayliss told AFP. Once they found it, astronomers measured how much the planet's gravitational impact caused its parent star to "wobble", so as to determine its size, position and mass. The planet orbited very close to its star, the team found -- just three percent of the distance between the Earth and the sun, and completes an orbit every 2.6 days, "meaning a year on NGTS-1b lasts two and a half Earth days." The planet and star are about 600 light-years from Earth in a constellation called Columba. "Despite being a monster of a planet, NGTS-1b was difficult to find because its parent star is so small and faint," said Bayliss's colleague Peter Wheatley. The planet's parent star is described as an M-dwarf -- the most common type in the universe, which means there may be many more unpredicted giant gas planets to be found, the team said. "I'm looking forward to seeing what other kinds of exciting new planets we can turn up," Wheatley said.
  17. Members of the media gather in front of an apartment building where media reported nine bodies were found in Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan in this photo taken by Kyodo on Oct 31, 2017. Kyodo/Reuters TOKYO: Japanese police have found nine bodies, including two with their heads severed and dumped in a cool box, in a flat in the Tokyo suburbs, media reported on Tuesday. Police confirmed to AFP they had arrested 27-year-old Takahiro Shiraishi, who lives in the apartment in Zama, south of Tokyo. According to public broadcaster NHK, Shiraishi told police: "I killed them and did some work on the bodies in order to hide the evidence." Jiji Press said Shiraishi had told police that he chopped up the bodies in a bathroom and a saw was found in his room. The bodies were of eight women and one man, several media reported. A police spokesman could not immediately confirm these reports. According to Jiji Press, police found the two heads inside a cool box at the entrance of the apartment before making the grisly discovery of the other bodies. Police found the other bodies in a number of large boxes in the apartment, reports said. Authorities had been investigating the disappearance of a 23-year-old woman and discovered a connection between her and Shiraishi. This woman had earlier tweeted "I´m looking for someone to die with me," according to the Sankei Shimbun daily. Other media said Shiraishi and the woman had connected via a website featuring information about suicides. Television pictures showed a heavy police presence blocking off a nondescript white-tiled terraced apartment. CCTV captured Shiraishi and the 23-year-old woman walking together last Monday. She had been missing since September 21 and her older brother called in her disappearance to police on Tuesday, the Asahi Shimbun reported.
  18. Ship "Polarsyssel" at Barentsburg, Svalbard, September 28, 2016. AFP/NTB Scanpix/Jan-Morten Bjoernbakk/Files OSLO: The body of a man who died when a Russian Mi-8 helicopter crashed off the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard on Thursday was found near the crash site at the bottom of the sea, the office of the governor of Svalbard said on Monday. Eight Russian men ? five crew and three passengers ? died on board a helicopter that crashed on Thursday on its way from the abandoned Pyramiden settlement to the coal mining port of Barentsburg. Norway searches for Russian helicopter missing in Arctic sea Snow and big waves hampered the search after nightfall ?The deceased was located by an ROV (remotely operated underwater vehicle) on the ocean floor approximately 130 meters (142 yards) from the helicopter,? the office of the governor of Svalbard said in a statement on its website on Monday. This was the first body located after the crash. The other seven individuals are missing, presumed dead.
  19. LONDON: A British-based shipwreck hunter said Tuesday a navigation tool he found that guided Portuguese explorers on a perilous voyage to India in the 16th century has been confirmed as the world´s oldest astrolabe. David Mearns found the bronze disc during a dive on a shipwreck off the coast of Oman in 2014 but said Warwick University had only recently confirmed what it was after laser scans revealed etches on it. "I knew immediately when I saw it that this was a very, very important object. I could see the royal coat of arms on it," Mearns told AFP. "This is the oldest maritime astrolabe," he said, dating it to between 1,496 and 1,500 -- around 30 years earlier than the previous oldest known astrolabe. Astrolabes have been in use since ancient times and the mariners´ version was developed by Portuguese explorers using the altitudes of the sun or stars to determine the latitude of a ship at sea. Warwick University professor Mark Williams carried out the scans of the 17.5-centimetre wide artefact, finding etches separated by five degrees intervals to calculate the height of the sun. "It was fantastic to apply our 3D scanning technology to such an exciting project and help with the identification of such a rare and fascinating item," Williams said in a statement. Mearns's company Blue Water Recoveries found the shipwreck in 1998 after researching it but excavations on the site did not begin until 2013 in collaboration with Oman's culture ministry. Mearns said he believes the shipwreck is of a ship called the Esmeralda, which was part of Vasco da Gama´s second expedition to India of 1502-1503 and was captained by the explorer´s uncle. Da Gama was the first European to reach India by sea in 1498, a discovery that opened the way for an age of colonialism and trade between Europe and Asia. US-born Mearns, who has worked on shipwrecks around the world, said the astrolabe carried the personal emblem of King Manuel I of Portugal, who came to the throne in October 1495. "The Portuguese were at the forefront of developing astrolabes at sea. The oldest reference of them using them at sea is about 1480. The previous oldest was on a ship from 1533," Mearns said. The astrolabe is with Oman´s National Museum.
  20. German ambassador Martin Kobler (left) and Federal Minister for Interior Affairs Ahsan Iqnal. Photo: Twitter ISLAMABAD: Links of current terrorist attacks have been found with anti-social elements across the western border, said Federal Minister for Interior Affairs Ahsan Iqbal during a meeting with German ambassador Martin Kobler on Friday. While discussing the security situation of the region, Iqbal said peace and stability in Afghanistan is important for Pakistan. However, he added, Pakistan wants peace be restored in Afghanistan through dialogue. Moreover, the interior minister said Pakistan has paid a high price in its fight against terrorism. ?The tribal areas have been cleared of terrorists.? He added all the countries of the region should join hands to fight terrorism. Regarding partnership with Pakistan and commending the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, Kobler said Germany was interested in investing in the projects. In a tweet, Kobler said CPEC is an opportunity for Pakistani and German companies and that it could improve cooperation between both the countries. Besides discussing the security situation of the region during their meeting, Iqbal and Kobler spoke about partnership between Germany and Pakistan for upgrading technology.
  21. Scientists at Japan?s space agency have discovered a huge moon cave that could one day house a base that would shelter astronauts from dangerous radiation and wild temperature swings. Photo: File TOKYO: Scientists at Japan?s space agency have discovered a huge moon cave that could one day house a base that would shelter astronauts from dangerous radiation and wild temperature swings, officials said Thursday. Data taken from Japan?s SELENE lunar orbiter has confirmed the existence of the 50 kilometre (31 miles) long and 100 metre wide cavern that is believed to be lava tube created by volcanic activity about 3.5 billion years ago. The major finding was published this week in US science magazine Geophysical Research Letters. "We?ve known about these locations that were thought to be lava tubes...but their existence has not been confirmed until now," Junichi Haruyama, a researcher at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, told AFP on Thursday. The underground tunnel, located under an area called the Marius Hills, would help protect astronauts from huge swings in temperature and damaging radiation that they would be exposed to on the moon?s surface, he added. "We haven?t actually seen the inside of the cave itself so there are high hopes that exploring it will offer more details," Haruyama said. The announcement comes after Japan in June revealed ambitious plans to put an astronaut on the Moon around 2030. That was the first time the agency had said it aimed to send an astronaut beyond the International Space Station. The idea is to first join a NASA-led mission in 2025 to build a space station in the moon?s orbit, as part of a longer-term effort by NASA to reach Mars. The US also announced the country is committed to send astronauts to the moon. "We will return American astronauts to the moon, not only to leave behind footprints and flags, but to build the foundations we need to send Americans to Mars and beyond," US Vice President Mike Pence said this month. China and India are also developing their space programmes. In November, China?s Shenzhou-11 spacecraft returned to Earth, bringing home two astronauts from the rising power?s longest-ever orbital mission. Beijing has also unveiled illustrations of a Mars probe and rover it aims to send to the Red Planet at the end of the decade. NASA and other global space agencies are working hard on sending astronauts to Mars by the 2030s.
  22. Bomber Ahmad Khan Rahimi attending the first court hearing on screen in Elizabeth, New Jersey, while he remains in University Hospital in Newark, October 13, 2016. AFP/Kena Betancur/Files NEW YORK: A New York jury on Monday convicted an American of Afghan descent for a bombing that wounded 31 people last year in a bustling Manhattan neighborhood. Ahmad Khan Rahimi, 29, was found guilty on all eight counts linked to the homemade bombs he was accused of planting in Manhattan as well as New Jersey. Rahimi faces a mandatory life term in prison when he is sentenced on January 18. Following the two-week trial, the federal court jury rapidly returned its verdict on the charges, which included the use of a weapon of mass destruction and the bombing of a public place. During the trial, a prosecutor called it a "miracle" that nobody was killed on the chaotic night of September 17, 2016. One bomb exploded in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, lightly wounding 31 people. Police defused a second device in Chelsea and found five additional pipe bombs in Rahimi's hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey. The prosecution said police discovered a notebook containing references to slain Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and Daesh after arresting Rahimi. The FBI believes Rahimi acted alone and is not connected to any extremist groups. "He believed he was a soldier in a holy war against America, and New Jersey and New York City was his battling ground," Assistant US Attorney Shawn Crowley said during the trial. Rahimi's fingerprints were found on the debris of the bomb that exploded, while the unexploded munitions revealed "more than 40" of his other fingerprints, the prosecution said. Rahimi pleaded not guilty. He was seriously wounded in a shootout with police that culminated in his arrest two days after the blast. New York Police chief James O'Neill on Monday said the verdict "is the most forceful deterrent for anyone considering waging terror in our city". New York has stepped up security with police deployed in force at numerous public sites since the attacks of September 11, 2001, which left nearly 3,000 people dead.
  23. An astonishing discovery was made by Uppsala University researchers in Sweden recently, according to which they found Arabic characters woven into funeral clothes of the Viking graves. The words were ?Allah? and ?Ali?. The recent findings have opened a gateway of questions regarding the civilisation and the influence of Islam on the Vikings, whose age spanned from late 8th century to the mid-11th century. The clothes, belonging to the 9th and 10th century, were left ignored as they were considered as conventional Viking grave clothes. The researchers were trying to reconstruct textile patterns for an upcoming exhibition at the museum of Enkoping when the Kufic character patterns were discovered on the silk clothes. Annika Larsson, a researcher in textile archaeology at the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History at Uppsala University, spoke to Swedish science portal Forskning and said: ?Presumably, Viking Age burial customs were influenced by Islam and the idea of an eternal life in Paradise after death". She said that the possibility of the graves being of Muslims cannot be ruled out. The team is now collaborating with the university's department for immunology, genetics and pathology to ascertain the geographic origins of the bodies inside those graves.
  24. If you are a OnePlus user, you may have something to worry about as it has been discovered that the Chinese company might be collecting user data. A report by security researcher Chris Moore detailed that the Chinese company is transmitting data to a sever, along with each device's serial number, and other details. © Chris Moore Moore discovered that OnePlus' operating system 'OxygenOS' records data such as when a user locks or unlocks a screen, what type of apps and when they are used/closed. It also records which Wi-Fi networks the device connects to. This data is normally collected by every smartphone for analytics purposes, however, Moore discovered that OnePlus is also collecting IMEI numbers, phone number and mobile network names. This makes the data identifiable to a specific user which is a direct conflict of privacy. According to Moore, the data collection is part of the OnePlus device manager and OnePlus Device Manager Provider. His findings concluded that these services had transmitted 16MB of data in 10 hours. © MensXP OnePlus responded with a statement saying, “We securely transmit analytics in two different streams over HTTPS to an Amazon server. The first stream is usage analytics, which we collect in order for us to more precisely fine-tune our software according to user behaviour. This transmission of usage activity can be turned off by navigating to 'Settings' - 'Advanced' - 'Join user experience program'. The second stream is device information, which we collect to provide better after-sales support.” Source: Chris DC Moore
  25. We understand that it's too early to talk about Christmas, since most of us are prepping up for Diwali and Halloween, but this is an important piece of information that we can't help share with you guys. First of all, if people ever called you crazy for believing in Santa Claus or said that Santa was actually some random grandpa with a fake white beard and red costume going ‘ho ho ho' over our fanciful wishes, you can now go and slap this article on their faces because Santa aka Saint Nicholas is for real. But as we rejoice over this revelation, we also came across some bad news that Santa is now dead, at least that's what these Turkish archeologists have found. © Wikimedia Apparenty, archeologists have unearthed a tomb, beneath the ancient St. Nicholas church in Demre, southern Turkey, which they believe is of original Santa Claus. According to Cemil Karabayram, head of Antalya's Monument Authority, it was unraveled during electronic surveys that found gaps beneath the church and the tomb has not been damaged at all. In a report published in The Telegraph, he was quoted as saying, “We have obtained very good results but the real work starts now. We will reach the ground and maybe we will find the untouched body of Saint Nicholas.” © Facebook In Demre that was earlier known as Myra, St. Nicholas was known for his generosity, especially towards kids. In fact, people believed that he would secretly givechildren gifts on his feast day and put coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him. Earlier, it was believed that his remains were smuggled to Italy by merchants around the 1080s. However, it is only now that Turkish experts claim that bones of a local priest were removed instead of St. Nicholas'. This means, people have been offering their prayers to the wrong guy at the Basilica di San Nicola. © Wikimedia/ For Representation So how did the generous St. Nicholas become the legendary sleigh-riding Santa Claus? Well, in Europe in the 16th century, he came to be known as Father Christmas. Later in the United States, after the arrival of Dutch settlers, he came to be apparently known as “Sinterklaas”. Many kids around the world will be disappointed to know that Santa is now dead. It is definitely a big revelation and although still in the nascent stage, it has already affected the whole world. But once the archeologists complete the whole excavation process and the remains turn out be Santa's, then he will once again bestow Demre with an anonymous gift i.e. booming tourism. Source: Telegraph