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  1. About 31,000 packets of expired imported chocolate was seized from a warehouse in Rawalpindi on Thursday. Photo: Online LAHORE: Punjab Food Authority seized 31,000 packets of imported expired chocolate from Rawalpindi on Thursday, according to PFA. The raid was conducted at a warehouse located on Rawalpindi?s College Road. A huge quantity of expired chocolate was stored at the warehouse. The PFA officials revealed that the chocolates were supplied to super stores and shopping malls. PFA revealed that most of the chocolates had expired even before they were imported. Photo: Geo News screen shot The records reveal that the chocolates had expired even before they were imported, informed the PFA. As a result, the warehouse was sealed and a case was registered against the owners of the warehouse. On June 22, PFA had sealed two sweetmeat production units in Lahore and Rawalpindi. PFA raids, seals sweetmeat production units PFA sprang into action to crack down on sweetmeat vendors in the province ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr The department had sprung into action to crack down on sweetmeat vendors in the province ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr. Nearly 240 kilogrammes of ready-to-sell sweetmeat and 400 kilogrammes of inferior quality ingredients were disposed of, according to PFA Director General Noorul Amin Mengal.
  2. Let's be honest—fashion week is all about clothes, designer wear, FROW seats and maybe a few fake compliments here and there. But everything's merry and frolic, until the mug starts to look messy in public. You can't be hopping around in the #1 piece of the season, with a hairy mess covering your face! But safe to say, these men down here have absolutely aced the game. From Abhishek Paatni's aesthetically done jungle mess to Arunoday Singh's 3-day-old stubble, each of these boys have flexed it just right. Boys and men, presenting our 10 grooming moves from day 1 at Lakme Fashion Week 2017. 1. Sikander Kher's Snipped Handlebar © Siddharth Batra Sikander Kher just did what the rest of us couldn't—snip the handlebar on either sides to flatter his face. Brave move, and a terrific one. 2. Mark Luburic's Side (Burn) Moment © Siddharth Batra Yes, sideburns exist and absolutely love a playful day. Don't be scared to let your freak fly! 3. Gyaltsen Chodar's Clean-Green Risk © Siddharth Batra Lesson 101: The season of summer could almost be over, but it's never a bad time to shave that sh*t. Beards are great, but you could use some change. 4. Elton Fernandez's Partial Ducktail © Siddharth Batra He could be a hair and make-up artist, but that doesn't stop him from being his own personal client. The brows, his version of a makeshift duck tail beard, just wow! 5. Jackky Bhagnani's Amchi-Bombay Beard © Siddharth Batra Bombay boy + Bollywood actor is almost like a combo done right. And with this grooming move here, Jackky just passed our Fashion week litmus test. 6. Daniel Franklin's Central-Messy Fade © Siddharth BatraInstagram Trust a stylist to mix two grooming trends together and absolutely nail it. Daniel's mane is basically our everyday mood—gotta stay in bed but always appear au courant. 7. Tenzing Dakpa's Flys © Siddharth Batra Well, to be honest, we hadn't imagined a photographer to arouse any OCD troubles. Those strands on either sides of his baseball cap, if I may—are peeping quite randomly. But can we say, they look good anyway? Let's just say that. 8. Abhishek Paatni's Mug-Rug Moment © Siddharth Batra You know those times, when you're actually a lazy bum but want to maintain a beard? Yeah, that sounds like most of us. But well, only a few perfect the art of doing it right. Mr. Paatni is one of them! 9. Arunoday Singh's Buzzcut © Siddharth Batra Maybe a little grown by now, but Arunodoy if you're listening—we don't picture you in any other form than in this splendid buzzcut. This David Beckham-approved hairstyle is giving us LIFE! 10. Sanjeet Singh's Realistic Grooming Moment © Siddharth Batra Saving the last for the most realistic, model Sanjeet is basically all of us lesser mortals in real life—messy, but with the ambition of appearing well-groomed in public. Pro-Tip: Even if the rug's messy, pull your mane back to balance the unnecessary scruff on the face.
  3. There is a fierce belief that your mind has the ability to take control over some aspects of your being. This could be a good thing or a bad one but most times, it's bad. Certain parts of your mind function differently from the rest and that can influence your behaviour in unpleasant ways and make you feel uneasy and restless because your mind is not in tune with how ‘you' envision it to be. Freeing your mind of negative thinking and toxicity of any sort becomes an important ordeal, something you need to do, to live a happy and fearless life. To have control over your mind, displaying a high level of self control and positive thinking to change your behaviour is the key! Here are 5 ways you can free your mind of any unwatned thoughts invading it and take control in a more positive and appropriate way! Freedom from toxic and negative thoughts is what eventually helps us flourish in life, after all. Learn To Control Your Emotions We definitely don't mean that you become jaded and don't acknowledge your emotions at all. We mean that your emotions should not take over your mind and become too toxic for you to handle. The limbic system in the brain helps control the reactions we have towards certain emotions. Sometimes there is a chemical imbalance and sometimes we probably can't decipher our emotions well. The best thing to do in this situation is recognise what thoughts to disregard and what thoughts to value. Easier said than done, but if you have a negative emotional thought coming your way, take charge and tell your mind that you're way greater than the toxicity this emotion is bringing to you. Substitute that toxic thought with a happier one and trick your mind in to overcoming bad emotional thoughts! © Thinkstock Photos/Getty Images Believe In Yourself The most clichéd yet relevant practice ever, is self belief. It really helps to free your mind of corrosive layers if you believe in yourself, at all times. Using positive thinking to face your problems and doing that while you're confident that things will change can really rid copious amounts of toxicity stored in your mind. Try it. Tell yourself everyday that you're much stronger than that ridiculous problem at hand. © Thinkstock Photos/Getty Images Meditate Or Practice Silence One of the best ways to make space in your mind and to change your thoughts towards them being more calming is practicing meditation. It helps clear the mind and helps you move to a relaxed physical and mental state. Meditation usually helps de-clutter the mind, rid overwhelming feelings and cut out some prominent stress. There are different forms of meditation you can explore to see which one suits you best. Another way to deal with a cluttered mind is to practice some silence and be very conscious about your own thoughts. It could be a form of silent meditation and you can sit in your room in absolute silence and consciously listen to and acknowledge positive thoughts. © Thinkstock Photos/Getty Images Stop Jumping To Conclusions Jumping to conclusions is another form of assuming something that may or may not happen. More often than not, whatever we assume takes the form of negativity and wrecks havoc in our mind and makes us bitter. Sometimes the force of that negative thought is so strong that the assumption may come to life. The best thing to do to avoid this is to stop jumping to conclusions that are counter-productive or negative in nature. Depend on your own actions and always think positive and happy. © Thinkstock Photos/Getty Images Smile, Even If You Don't Feel Like It It's a great habit to form. No we're not saying smile even when you're going through hell. Well yes, but do it so that you intuitively feel like smiling. Smiling releases a lot of stress naturally and causes happiness. It's a known fact. If you're not happy and there is nothing to smile about, it's fine but if you remember to smile during the times that you're low, you can actually create some happy chemicals in your brain, making your mind believe that the problem is actually quite trivial and change the pattern of that negative thought completely! So smile, always! © Thinkstock Photos/Getty Images There are many other things you can keep in mind on a daily basis to relieve your mind of negativity, stress and heavy emotions. You can trick your mind into believing that every thought coming out of it is a happy thought and that you're free of the negativity - shackles your mind binds you in. Practice these five ways to free your mind, now!
  4. Well, 11th August 2017 was a day that gave many Bollywood makers the relief they have been looking for. After all, finally the reign of sanskari CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani came to an end. The way, makers, and creatives were upset with his way of working is not an unknown fact. In fact, it wouldn't be wrong to say that the man has literally treated CBFC like his own territory and demanded irrational cuts based on his so-called ethics and morals. Even though Bollywood was liberated from his terror, the man did manage to use scissors one last time on none other than Sidharth Malhotra and Jacqueline Fernandez's film, ‘A Gentleman'. © Fox Star Studios As per media reports, Sidharth Malhotra and Jacqueline Fernandez's long smooch has been cut from the film, because of course, our ex-CBFC chief doesn't approve of lovers kissing each other on screen. Apparently, the CBFC asked the co-directors Krishna DK and Raj Nidimoru to reduce the kiss timing. “The lead pair's kiss just went on and on unnecessarily, just like the smooch in the James Bond film and Ranbir Kapoor-Anushka Sharma in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. We've asked them to take it easy. The film is titled A Gentleman, but the hero seems to forget his manners while kissing,” revealed a source to a leading daily. © Fox Star Studios So as per our understanding, what Mr. Nihalani means to say is that a gentleman can't kiss his beau for a long time. Just wondering: how you kiss someone decides whether you are a gentleman or not? Haha! Back to the film, the viewers are already excited to watch the two sizzle the screen once again. ‘A Gentleman' is slated to release on August 25, 2017.
  5. Rescue workers search for survivors after a mudslide in the Mountain town of Regent, Sierra Leone, August 14, 2017. Sierra Leone Red Cross/Handout via REUTERS FREETOWN: Rescue workers have recovered nearly 400 bodies from a mudslide in the outskirts of Sierra Leone's capital Freetown, the chief coroner said on Tuesday, as morgues struggled to find space for all the dead. Dozens of houses were buried when a mountainside collapsed in the town of Regent on Monday morning ? one of the deadliest natural disasters in Africa in recent years. President Ernest Bai Koroma urged residents of Regent and other flooded areas around Freetown to evacuate immediately so that military personnel and other rescue workers could continue to search for survivors who might be buried underneath debris. "As the search continues, we have collected nearly 400 bodies ? but we anticipate more than 500," chief coroner Seneh Dumbuya told Reuters. Hundreds of other people are missing, aid agencies said. Bodies continued to arrive at Freetown's overwhelmed central morgue on Tuesday. Corpses were lying on the floor and on the ground outside for lack of room, a Reuters witness said. "Our problem here is space. We are trying to separate, quantify, and examine quickly and then we will issue death certificates before the burial," said Owiz Koroma, head of the morgue, who also estimated the death toll to be in the hundreds. To relieve pressure on the morgue, authorities and aid agencies were preparing to bury the bodies in four different cemeteries across Freetown, said Idalia Amaya, an emergency response coordinator for Catholic Relief Services. The burials are expected to take place on Thursday, government spokesman Cornelius Deveaux said. Medecins Sans Frontieres is providing hundreds of body bags to authorities that the medical charity kept in Sierra Leone after the 2014-16 Ebola outbreak which killed 4,000 people in the former British colony. Fear of disease Sierra Red Cross Society spokesman Abu Bakarr Tarawallie said by phone he estimated that at least 3,000 people were homeless and in need of shelter, medical assistance and food. The Red Cross said another 600 were missing. "We are also fearful of outbreaks of diseases such as cholera and typhoid," he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation from Freetown. "We can only hope that this does not happen." Contaminated water and water-logging often lead to potentially deadly diseases like cholera and diarrhoea after floods and mudslides. Crowds of people gathered, waiting for news of missing family members. "I've been looking for my aunt and her two children, but so far no word about them," said a tearful Mohamed Jalloh. He said he feared the worst. President Koroma said in a television address on Monday evening that rescue centres had been set up around the capital to register and assist victims. Bulldozers dug through mud and rubble at the foot of Mount Sugar Loaf, where many residents had been asleep when part of the mountainside collapsed. The government said a number of illegal buildings had been erected in the area.
  6. SEOUL: China and Russia pushed Tuesday for talks to defuse the "confrontational spiral" between the US and North Korea after Kim Jong-Un stepped back from a planned missile strike near Guam. The North Korean leader said he would wait and see how the United States behaved before deciding whether to execute the planned launch of four missiles over Japan towards the tiny US territory in the Pacific. Some analysts suggested Kim was opening a possible path to de-escalating tensions, which spiked dramatically with recent bellicose exchanges between US President Donald Trump and Pyongyang. The North´s official KCNA news agency said Kim was briefed on the "plan for an enveloping fire at Guam" during an inspection on Monday of the Strategic Force command in charge of the nuclear-armed state´s missile units. But it said Kim would "watch a little more the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees" before executing any order. "In order to defuse the tensions and prevent the dangerous military conflict on the Korean peninsula, it is necessary for the US to make a proper option first," he added. His remarks prompted joy in Guam, where officials described themselves as "almost ecstatic that Kim Jong-Un has backed off". China said Tuesday that the North Korean nuclear crisis had reached a "turning point" and it was time to enter peace talks. Beijing, which is Pyongyang´s main diplomatic ally, has repeatedly called on the United States and North Korea to tone down their rhetoric in recent days. "We now hope that all the concerned parties, in what they say and what they do, can contribute to extinguishing the fire, rather than adding fuel to the fire," foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi spoke to his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday in a telephone conversation focused on "ways to get out of the confrontational spiral on the Korean peninsula", according to the Russian foreign ministry. A ministry statement said both countries had "stressed the lack of any alternative to a political and diplomatic resolution" and called for "all the sides involved -- with the support of the global community - to move towards setting up dialogue". De-escalating US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Washington was "interested in finding ways to get to dialogue" but stressed the ball was in Kim´s court. The US has long maintained that the North must show some tangible commitment to denuclearisation before official talks can begin - a pre-condition rejected by Pyongyang. Kim´s remarks about future US conduct were seen as a clear reference to large-scale military exercises held every year by South Korea and the United States that are expected to kick off later this month. The North has always denounced the drills as provocative rehearsals for invasion and has in the past offered a moratorium on further nuclear and missile testing in exchange for their cancellation - a trade-off promoted by Beijing, but repeatedly rejected by Washington and Seoul. Some analysts said Kim was seeking a similar quid-pro-quo this time around, using the Guam missile threat as leverage. "This is a direct invitation to talk reciprocal constraints on exercises and missile launches," said Adam Mount, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. John Delury of Yonsei University in Seoul said Kim was "de-escalating, putting Guam plan on ice" - at least for now. The United States and South Korea insist their annual joint exercises are purely defensive, and cannot be linked to the North´s missile programme, which violates a host of UN resolutions. Fire and fury Tensions have been mounting since the North tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles last month, which appeared to bring much of the US within range. Responding to the tests, President Trump warned Pyongyang of "fire and fury like the world has never seen", while the North responded with the Guam threat. South Korean President Moon Jae-In weighed in on Tuesday, saying Seoul would avoid a second Korean War at all costs and stressing that "no one may decide to take military action without the consent of the Republic of Korea".
  7. Nadal will take the number one position from Briton Andy Murray Roger Federer has pulled out of the Cincinnati Open with a back injury, meaning Rafa Nadal will return next week as the world number one for the first time since 2014. Federer, who has participated in the Ohio warm-up tournament for the US Open on seven occasions, said he had picked up the injury in Montreal, where he lost to Germany´s Alexander Zverev in the final. "I am very sorry to pull out of the Western and Southern Open as I always enjoy playing here," Federer said in a statement issued by the tournament. "Cincinnati has some of the best fans in the world and I am sorry I will miss them. Unfortunately, I tweaked my back in Montreal and I need to rest this week." Federer´s withdrawal assures that Nadal will be top of the rankings when they are issued on Aug. 21. The Spaniard will be back in the top spot for the first time since July 6, 2014. Nadal will take the number one position from Briton Andy Murray, who previously announced he would not play in Cincinnati due to a hip injury. Nadal, who has won one grand slam and two Masters 1000 titles in 2017, was upset by 18-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov at the Rogers Cup last week.
  8. KATHMANDU: Elephants were pressed into service to rescue hundreds of foreign tourists trapped in a Nepal jungle safari park, officials said on Monday, as the death toll from flash floods and landslides after four days of heavy rains rose to 70. In Sauraha, 80 km (50 miles) south of Kathmandu, the Rapti River overflowed its banks, inundating hotels and restaurants and stranding some 600 tourists. Sauraha, on the fringe of Chitwan National Park, is home to 605 greater one-horned rhinoceroses, or Indian rhinoceroses, and is popular with foreign tourists, including Indian and Chinese visitors, mainly for elephant ride and rhino-watching. "Some 300 guests were rescued on elephant backs and tractor trailers to (nearby) Bharatpur yesterday and the rest will be taken to safer places today," Suman Ghimire, chief of a group of Sauraha hotel owners, said by telephone on Monday. Shiva Raj Bhatta of WWF Nepal said one rhino had died in the floods. Relief workers said 26 of Nepal's 75 districts were either submerged or hit by landslides after heavy rains lashed the mainly mountainous nation, home to Mount Everest and the birthplace of Lord Buddha. The death toll, which had stood at 49 on Sunday, was expected to rise with another 50 people reported missing in the floods and landslides, Information and Communications Minister Mohan Bahadur Basnet said. Basnet said more than 60,000 homes were under water, mainly in the southern plains bordering India. Estimates of losses were not available, with rescuers yet to reach villages marooned by the worst floods in recent years. "The situation is worrying as tens of thousands of people have been hit," Basnet told Reuters. Large swaths of farmland in the southern plains, Nepal?s breadbasket, are under water and the Himalayan country could face food shortages due to crop losses, aid workers said. "The heavy rains hit at one of the worst times, shortly after farmers planted their rice crop in the country?s most important agricultural region," said Sumnima Shrestha, a spokeswoman for US-based non-profit group Heifer International. Monsoon rains, which start in June and continue through September, are important for farm-dependent Nepal, but they also cause heavy loss of life and property damage each year.
  9. Just yesterday, A-lister and fashion's male equivalent to Sonam Kapoor—Ranbir Kapoor was spotted taking a casual stroll outside the Mumbai International Airport, sporting an international brand that's been on our radar lately. Actually, even on Justin Bieber's, and on Kanye's, Future's and everyone who's remotely into hype beast culture. For a guy who flat-out wears the best pieces in the industry, wearing a brand that's internationally acclaimed, makes sense. But, is this a first for an Indian actor? Absolutely not. Maybe not an actor per se, but Karan Johar is often spotted wearing the brand at airport terminals. In fact, this isn't even first for Ranbir himself. Here's what he wore a while ago, with this then-girlfriend Katrina Kaif. © Viral Bhayani In Hollywood—Bieber, Travis Scott, Kanye West and ASAP Rocky too are absolute Supreme soldiers. In not less than a week, they're spotted in at least 2-3 different outfits from the brand. Some stand-alone pieces off the brand and a few from its recent collaboration with Louis Vuitton, including the pop red trunk bags. But nevertheless, every outfit they wear, every logo sweat-shirt they don, almost becomes like catnip for every Hypebeast out there. And quite evidently, for Ranbir Kapoor too! © Just Jared © Just Jared © Complex Look, when you're as famous as Ranbir Kapoor, you can't afford to copy another celebrity. So to be clear, Mr. Kapoor's not a copy cat. He's just wearing the finest out there and Supreme happens to be one of the finest brands to own. From their OG logo T-shirts (that come in endless color variants) to layering pieces, to even blaring logo bags—Supreme is officially the biggest show off for Hollywood celebrities today. Plus, they've always been about limited edition gear. There's no reason why the cobbled streets of Hollywood have always been the brand's runway. Back to Mr. Kapoor, who's no less than a dope Indian Hypebeast himself, trusts his shoes before he trusts the world. Now that's a typical trait! But just like the textbook definition of a Hypebeast, he's also au courant with the biggest trends of the industry. Pairing a classic Supreme T-shirt with some true-blue layering, with distressed or at least what they're appearing as—glitter distressed jeans, Ranbir completed this Holly-approved outfit with high-top sneakers. But can we say these so-well-put-together pieces are just another example of the man's sartorial excellence? Well, let's absolutely say that.
  10. Continuing his fine run, Shikhar Dhawan notched up his sixth hundred during the third and final Test between India and Sri Lanka at the Pallekele International Cricket stadium. The Delhi southpaw slammed a 123-ball 119 including 17 boundaries in India's first innings. Starting his innings briskly, Dhawan batted with intent as he thrashed the Sri Lankan bowlers all around the park. Thanks to his blazing knock, India romped to a mammoth total of 487 runs in the first innings. His 119 also made Dhawan the leading run-scorer in the series with 358 runs to his name. © Reuters With the social media buzzing, Dhawan's knock garnered plaudtis from all corners of the country. His teammate, too, took to Twitter and sent out a congratulatory message to the 31-year-old. Usually known as 'Gabbar' and 'Jatt Ji', Dhawan also got a new nickname from Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul. Big daddy D got it right ð¤#daddyD top knock ðð@SDhawan25 pic.twitter.com/aCxMns4rs5 — hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) August 12, 2017 Hardik shared a boomerang video on the micro-blogging website and captioned it: "Big daddy D got it right". Big up yourself Daddy D ââ enjoyed watching you smash it like that from the other end. To many more big partnerships. ð¾ #clapyourself pic.twitter.com/UVHsLNCqBo — K L Rahul (@klrahul11) August 12, 2017 Apart from Hardik, Dhawan's opening partner Rahul also congratulated the marauding batsman for his latest feat. "Big up yourself Daddy D enjoyed watching you smash it like that from the other end. To many more big partnerships," Rahul tweeted. Along with Dhawan, Rahul also played a tidy knock 85 runs including eight fours. Dominating the opposition bowlers, the two batsmen gave India a flying start of 188 runs. With a late onslaught from Hardik, India managed to post a healthy total against the hosts who were eventually bowled out for 135 in the first innings.
  11. Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the Cincinnati Open with a nagging left arm injury she suffered during competition earlier this month, the former champion said on Sunday. Sharapova, who suffered the injury during her first-round match at the Stanford Classic, said her decision to withdraw from the Cincinnati event, which granted her a wildcard, was a precaution ahead of the year's final grand slam. The 2011 champion said she arrived in Cincinnati on Saturday eager to play but following the doctor's advice on site decided to withdraw from the US Open tune-up, where first-round action begins on Monday. Sharapova was scheduled to play French Open champion and world number 12 Jelena Ostapenko in a highly-anticipated first-round clash. The Russian's decision to withdraw marks the latest setback in her comeback this year after a 15-month doping ban. Sharapova, banned after testing positive for the heart drug meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open, has had mixed results since rejoining the WTA Tour. The 30-year-old reached the semi-finals as a wildcard in Stuttgart, fell in the second round at Madrid and retired from her second-round match at the Italian Open in mid-May after injuring her left thigh. After pulling out of Stanford, Sharapova withdrew from the Rogers Cup in Toronto. The arm injury casts a cloud on Sharapova competing in the Aug. 28-Sept. 10 US Open since the former world number one would need a wildcard to compete in the event.
  12. Tiger Shroff is the man who's known for his perfect body. What can we say, he does have a stunning body and he often totally knows how to flaunt it. Setting the Sunday mood right, Tiger has shared a picture on Instagram where he can be seen shirtless and boy, people just love it. But could we expect anything less? Take number 24....body slowed down...got weaker...but thinking about the king kept me going. #beparwah #bts #munnamichael #21st A post shared by Tiger Shroff (@tigerjackieshroff) on Jul 13, 2017 at 10:46pm PDT Looking jaw-dropping handsome, he can be seen proudly flaunting his chiseled body. Well, who wouldn't do that with a body like his? Seeing his perfectly toned and sculpted chest, we totally feel inspired. Maybe, it's time to hit the gym after all. Adding more to the picture is his messy hair and stubble that makes him look more alluring. But to get this kind of body, one needs to sweat it out a lot and looking at his latest picture we already know he follows a hard workout regime. A post shared by Tiger Shroff (@tigerjackieshroff) on Aug 11, 2017 at 8:00am PDT People who wonder how can one get such fantastic body, the answer is simple: lots and lots of workout and training. Just few days ago, Tiger shared a video of him working out in a gym, giving us a glimpse of what he does to get that bod. Dola re dola re... ð A post shared by Tiger Shroff (@tigerjackieshroff) on Aug 1, 2017 at 10:56pm PDT We hope, this has inspired you enough. He is currently shooting for 'Baaghi 2' with his rumoured girlfriend Disha Patani. Here we go...again ð #Baaghi2 #SajidNadiadwala @khan_ahmedasas @NGEMovies @foxstarhindi pic.twitter.com/G0WYbFMWfY — Tiger Shroff (@iTIGERSHROFF) May 2, 2017 The two were seen together in a music video ‘Befikra' that was loved by everyone and they can't wait to see him sizzle on the silver screen once again. After wrapping up ‘Baaghi 2', he will be seen in the remake of popular Hollywood film ‘Rambo' which will be directed by Sidharth Anand. There are reports that he will be meeting Sylvester Stallone before portraying his character in the Hindi remake.
  13. ISLAMABAD: State Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb said on Saturday that the sacrifices of Benazir Bhutto for democracy are before everyone and said she hopes the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) will not back out from strengthening the democratic process in the country. Addressing media after the inauguration of Azadi Train project here, Aurangzeb implored other political parties to also take steps to strengthen democracy. Taking a jibe at Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan, the minister said that Imran can?t fathom the support being shown by masses for Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif and that it is Imran?s time to ?go home?. She also said that the country is on its path to become an economic hub and that Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will continue with Nawaz?s policies of economic growth.
  14. ISLAMABAD: A special ?Azadi? train, prepared by the Pakistan Railways to mark the 70th Independence Day of Pakistan, starts its countrywide journey from Margalla Railway Station, Islamabad on Saturday. Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb inaugurated the train and saw it off earlier today. The Azadi train consists of five art galleries, illustrated with pictures of people who sacrificed their lives during the independence movement, while six floats are also part of the train. Sacrifices of Pakistan Armed Forces and Indian aggression in occupied Kashmir have also been displayed at the picture galleries. The floats highlight the culture of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir. According to the schedule, the train leaves Islamabad at 12:30pm today and will reach Peshawar at 4:30pm on the same day. It will restart its journey at 10:30am on the next day from Peshawar and arrive at Rawalpindi at 7:15pm, where it will stay for two nights. The train will again set off at 9:15am on August 15 for the next destination, Lahore, where it will reach at 10pm. Illustrations of Pakistan Armed Forces inside the 'Azadi' train It will stay at Lahore station for two nights and leave for Multan at 9am on August 17. It will arrive at Multan at 11:30pm and after a night?s stay, start its journey at 9am and reach Khanpur at 7:19pm on the same day. The Azadi train will stop at Khanpur for one night and on August 19 at 8:30am, it will depart Khanpur for Sukkur, where it will reach at 8pm. After a night?s stay at Sukkur, the train will leave 9:30am on August 20 and will break its journey at Sibbi at 7pm to stay for the night. The train will leave Sibbi at 7am on August 21 for its next destination Quetta, where it will reach at 5pm. The train will stay there for two nights and start its journey back to Sukkur at 7am on August 23. It will reach Sukkur at 7:30pm and stay for another night and on August 24, it will leave for Nawabshah at 8am. It will reach Nawabshah at 7pm and then reach Hyderabad via Tando Adam. The train will stay at Hyderabad for one night and leave for Karachi Cantt via Kotri. It will conclude its journey in Karachi at 6pm on Aug 25. Pakistan Railways police will provide special security to the train with the help of local police.
  15. National Cricket Academy, Lahore. Source: Twitter LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to call back centrally contracted players from their ongoing Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and English county stints, the board said in a statement on Friday. The PCB said it was obliged to call back the players owing to the late finalisation and re-scheduling of the ICC World XI series, because of which it also had to re-schedule the National T20 Cup to start end of August and finish before the World series, so that the national team can leave for UAE to play Sri Lanka starting September 24. The centrally contracted players were given permission for participation in the CPL and English county season subject to recall if the World XI series took place mid September. The World XI series has been brought forward to end mid September instead of last week of September because the Punjab government wants it to be held before the NA-120 by-election on September 17. It cannot be held after September 17 because there is no time to both hold the series and also give head coach Mickey Arthur time for training his team before the Sri Lanka series starts on September 24, the PCB said. The players have been asked to report for a pre-series fitness testing/training camp, as planned by the national team management and the National T20 tournament that starts in Multan on August 25. The players will report to Mickey Arthur, head coach at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) on August 22 for fitness and medical screening followed by participation in the National T20 tournament and preparatory camp under the supervision of Pakistan team management (for the World XI series in Lahore). The National T20 tournament is scheduled to run from August 25-September 10, with three-day Eid break from September 1 to 3, 2017.
  16. Eggs are pictured at an egg farm in Gaesti on August 11, 2017. AFP/Daniel Mihailescu BRUSSELS: A scandal involving eggs contaminated with insecticide spread to 15 EU countries, Switzerland, and as far away as Hong Kong on Friday as the European Commission called for a special meeting on the growing crisis. Ministers and food safety chiefs from around the European Union are set to meet on September 26 in a bid to get countries to stop "blaming and shaming" each other over the scare involving the chemical fipronil. Millions of eggs have been pulled from supermarket shelves across Europe and dozens of poultry farms closed since the discovery of fipronil, which can harm human health, was made public on August 1. The issue has sparked a row between Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany, the three countries at the epicentre of the crisis, about how long they knew about the problem. "Blaming and shaming will bring us nowhere and I want to stop this," Vytenis Andriukaitis, the European Commissioner for health and food safety, told AFP as he announced the meeting. "We need to work together to draw the necessary lessons and move forward instead." European Commission spokeswoman Mina Andreeva said that "this is not, let's be clear, a crisis meeting" and it is being held next month to get "distance to the events". Fipronil is commonly used to get rid of fleas, lice, and ticks from animals but is banned by the European Union from use in the food industry. The EU insists there is no threat to human health, but the World Health Organization (WHO) says that when eaten in large quantities it can harm people's kidneys, liver, and thyroid glands. Dutch admit 'errors' Brussels said the 15 affected EU countries were Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Sweden, Britain, Austria, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Denmark, along with non-EU Switzerland. But in a sign the crisis is going global, Brussels also announced that Hong Kong had received some tainted eggs from the Netherlands, with the southern Chinese city becoming the first place in Asia known to be affected. As well as dealing with the immediate food safety issue, the EU is also seeking to calm tempers over the egg row after a series of divisive crises in the bloc in recent years, from Brexit to migration. Belgium earlier this week accused the Netherlands of knowing about the fipronil eggs since November 2016 and failing to notify other countries. On Thursday Dutch Health Minister Edith Schippers admitted the government had made "errors" but denied a cover-up. "We were well aware of a report of the presence of fipronil in the pens of egg-laying hens in November 2016, but there was no indication at the time that fipronil itself was found in the eggs," said Schippers. A Dutch whistleblower separately said he had told the authorities that Chickfriend, the Dutch company at the centre of the scandal, was illegally using fipronil in the treatment of lice in chicken pens in The Netherlands. "I am the anonymous whistleblower," Nick Hermens told the NPO public broadcaster. A Belgian company, Poultry Vision, has said it provided Chickfriend with the chemical. Dutch and Belgian investigators carried out coordinated raids on several premises on Thursday, arresting two people at Chickfriend. However, Belgium itself has been forced to admit that it knew about fipronil in eggs back in June but kept it secret for nearly two months because of a criminal investigation. Fresh discoveries Fresh discoveries of contaminated eggs have continued daily. Denmark said on Friday it had found two tonnes of fipronil-tainted scrambled eggs, bringing the total of contaminated eggs to 22 tonnes, mainly from Belgium. Poland said it had discovered about 40,000 eggs imported from Germany. French Agriculture Minister Stephane Travert said that since April the country had sold nearly 250,000 contaminated eggs, imported from Belgium and the Netherlands, but the risk for consumers was "very low" given French eating habits. The food scare is one of the biggest to hit Europe since the 2013 horsemeat scandal when equine meat was falsely labelled and mis-sold. Previous food scandals include contamination of chickens and eggs by dioxin in 1999, which began in Belgium, and mad-cow disease ? cattle feed contaminated by the ground-up carcasses of animals infected with a deadly brain disorder ? which ran from roughly 1986-1998 and started in Britain.
  17. The anti-migrant C-Star boat has endured a wretched time in the Mediterranean. AFP/Angelos Tzortzinis ROME: Anti-immigration activists whose boat was reported in trouble said Friday they had got their engines going again after a migrant rescue ship said it had been dispatched to help. The C-Star ? which has vowed to expose what it describes as "collaboration" between privately-funded rescue ships and people traffickers ? said earlier on Twitter it had "developed a minor technical problem during the night", leaving it adrift but not in distress. Germany's Sea-Eye ? one of nine NGOs involved in migrant search and rescue (SAR) operations and a target of the C-Star's campaign ? said it had been "asked by the MRCC (command centre in Rome) to assist the ship". Later, on Friday, however, a spokesman for C-Star told AFP that the boat ? which had only just got going against after being blocked for five days off the coast of Tunisia ? simply stopped its engines to resolve a technical problem. This was what set off a signal to other boats in the nearby area, but not asking for help, he said. The Sea-Eye returned to its previous route and activities once it was told its help was not needed by the C-Star. The Italian coast guard could not be reached for a comment. The C-Star has been plagued with problems since its mission began last month. It was initially refused permission to travel through the Suez Canal, before later being blocked over legal questions in Cyprus. After finally making it to Libya's SAR zone, it needed to refuel but found itself stuck off the coast of Tunisia earlier this week after fishermen and a powerful Tunisian union refused to allow passage. The 40-metre long ship, which is flying under a Mongolian flag, is leased by the far-right group "Generation Identity". Funded by Internet-collected donations of more than $212,000 (180,000 euros), the Austrian, French, German and Italian activists on board have vowed to ensure migrants rescued at sea off Libya be returned to Africa. Two NGO ships were badgered at sea by the C-Star last week with a radio message telling them to "leave the rescue zone" and "stop acting as an incentive for human traffickers". The message echoed one transmitted Thursday by the Libyan navy, which has banned any unauthorised foreign ships from entering the SAR zone off its coast.
  18. Media personnel covering PML-N's GT Road rally on Wednesday. Photo: Geo News ISLAMABAD: Legislators of Pakistan Peoples Party in National Assembly have demanded a prompt response from the information minister over attacks on media workers while covering Nawaz Sharif's ongoing 'homecoming' rally. The GT Road rally remained largely peaceful, however, the supporters and activists of Pakistan Muslim League?Nawaz reportedly assaulted the crew of two local TV stations that had been critical of him during the Supreme Court proceedings, a police official Hafeez Khan informed. Calling Attention notice. Photo: Geo News The calling attention notice submitted to the National Assembly Secretariat and signed by PPP legislators Shahida Rehmani, Shazia Marri, Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani, Imran Zafar Leghari, Dr Nafisha Shah, Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani and Mohammad Ayaz Soomro said: ?We the undersigned would like to draw the attention of the Minister for Information towards the repeated incidents of brutal attacks on media persons?.. Such incidents are highly condemnable and totally unacceptable.? The statement concluded: ?It?s a serious matter which warrants prompt response from the Minister on the floor of the House immediately?. On Wednesday, Nawaz, the chief of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, set out from Punjab House, Islamabad after deciding to go home to Lahore via the GT Road. Nawaz began the second leg of his 'homecoming rally' earlier after leaving in his cavalcade from Punjab House, Rawalpindi.
  19. Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: Disgruntled Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) senior figure Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Thursday that he has been away from the ongoing ?homecoming? rally of Nawaz Sharif owing to ?back pain?. According to Geo News, interacting with members of the National Assembly during today?s session, Nisar said: ?Mian sahib himself recommended that I rest?. Nisar, the former interior minister, did not see off Nawaz when he departed from Islamabad for his ?GT Road rally? on Wednesday. Had decided to resign, but changed mind after consultations with friends: Nisar Interior ministry clarifies that Nisar's statement regarding resignation was about his earlier decision Earlier, before Nawaz?s ouster by the Supreme Court on July 28, Nisar had held a much-awaited press conference confirming reports of a rift with the senior party leadership. Talking with lawmakers on Thursday, Nisar said, ?We have to play our part to keep the assembly sessions running,? adding that the lack of interest from government officials is not sending a good message. The National Assembly session was postponed till August 17 due to lack of the necessary number of lawmakers for holding the session. till August 17 due to lack of the necessary number of lawmakers for holding the session.
  20. The 4th episode of Game of Thrones season 7 was the most satisfying episode ever! While Arya's reunion with Sansa left us with too many emotions, her comeback as a merciless assassin had us pumping our fists in the air. ‘Spoils of War' finally gave us some explosive dragon action and we loved every bit of it. Watching Daenerys unleash brutality at the Lannister army with her fire-breathing dragon was the most orgasmic moments of the season. Let's decode the images from Episode 5 and hope it is as exciting as this one. Looks like Daenerys has begun to look up to Jon Snow more than her advisor Tyrion. Overruling Tyrion's word of caution, she goes up to Jon to ask for his advice in the 4th episode. Though she still does what she wants to, it's clear the Khaleesi is developing a soft corner for the king in the North. We hope sparks fly in the next episode. © Game of Thrones, HBO and related service marks are the property of Home Box office, Inc. All rights reserved We think Dany is stressing a little too much on ‘Bend the knee'! Considering Jaime and Bronn are nowhere to be seen, we can assume Jaime will have a little of his adventure getting out of that lake. © HBO With the Dothraki army rallying behind her, Daenerys could be unstoppable. © HBO Do we have any new visitors to Dragonstone? © HBO Finally, Littlefinger might get going with some sneaky plan of his and finally, he will be digging in his own grave. © HBO We expect nothing less than a plot-twisting discovery from Sam and Gilly. © HBO Err..one question: now that he is not in the North anymore, why does Jon Snow still wear that thick furcoat? © HBO Looks like Dany might have additions to the court, now that she has successfully defeated a part of the Lannister army. © HBO There's a bigger better war coming, and everyone needs a little more than just dragons to win it. © HBO We feel for Tyrion. One of the sharpest characters on GOT, he is advising a queen against his own family and the queen is beginning to undermine his judgment. © HBO Hard news for Cersei. Jaime is still missing and Cersei will have to come up with a better plan to save herself. © HBO
  21. ISLAMABAD: Candidates for the NA-120 by-election will be filing nomination papers from today. The seat was left vacant after the Supreme Court, in its Panama Papers verdict, disqualified them premier Nawaz Sharif. According to media reports, as many as thirty-five candidates have received nomination papers for the by-poll scheduled to be held on September 17. NA-120 by-election on Sept 17: ECP The seat fell vacant after Nawaz Sharif was disqualified by the Supreme Court Submission of the papers will take place between August 10-12. The scrutiny of the papers will be held between August 15 and 17, while the final list of candidates will be issued on August 26, according to the ECP. Kalsoom Nawaz for NA-120? Sources claimed that Sharif?s wife, Begum Kalsoom Nawaz, has been finalised to be the PML-N candidate for the NA-120 by-poll. During the course of the PML-N's political consultations in Murree last week, sources had claimed that Shehbaz Sharif could be appointed the party president.
  22. RAWALPINDI: Khawaja Saad Rafique ? the Minister of Railways ? toppled over from the roof of a vehicle during Nawaz Sharif's rally here late Wednesday night. Rafique was attempting to step down from the car's roof when his foot slipped and he tumbled to the ground ? taking a police officer with him in the process. However, both the police officer and the Railways Minister were unharmed. Following his short fall, Rafique proceeded to enter the container and disappeared for the night.
  23. Having spent almost two decades in the industry, Akshay Kumar is one of the most bankable actors today. While many big actors' films are tanking at the box office, Akshay's films not only makes big bucks but also are loved and appreciated by the viewers for the social message they often have. But when a successful actor like him feels that he hasn't got his due as an actor from the industry, it's pretty disheartening. Swag is for boys, class is for men ð A post shared by Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) on Mar 15, 2017 at 3:15am PDT While talking to a leading daily about his upcoming social satire film ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha', he said, "I still haven't got my due as an actor from the industry, I just got the National Award.” Well, many of you might point out that he is a recipient of National Award and a Padma Shri to which he stated, "That is recognition from the government, not the industry." People who are ardent Akshay followers or have read about him, are aware of his success and failures. There was been a time when the actor has delivered 12 flops in a row and despite that, he has he has overcome everything and reached the top. There are very few actors who stick with the same people despite a film tanking at the box office and Akshay is certainly one of those guys. "I'm friends with every producer and director I work with. Our association is not limited to the films we're doing that point in time. There are directors with whom I have had three flops, yet I have trusted them with the fourth film. A lot of people didn't give up on me, so I don't give up on the director if a film doesn't work." âªIn Lucknow today,ending the promotions where the journey of Jolly started!Now the case is in your hands,see you on Fridayð #2DaysToJollyLLB2⬠A post shared by Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) on Feb 7, 2017 at 11:35pm PST When asked about how he often detaches himself after the film recovers from the box office collection, the actor stated, "Well, anyone would be nervous, but I'm lucky that I get to experience it three-four times a year. I feel less nervous than those who have only one film a year because then, the pressure is more. At the most, I'll be sad till the weekend. Also, it's not that I want to vanish when my film releases, as some sections of the media report. For example, I've taken a 15-day break from the schedule of Gold in London, to promote Toilet: Ek Prem Katha. Once this film releases, I'll return and resume shooting as people are waiting for me there." It's truly alarming when someone like him who is at such a stature feels that the industry still hasn't given him his due as an actor. Despite the fact that when the Khans' films are failing big time, his films are the saving grace of the industry. It's not just about the box office collection but also the reality that he has proved himself again and again and now is the time the fraternity paid its debt. It's a Jolly good morning here in Manalið Just arrived and already afraid of missing it when I leave...the crew & the film. #lastschedule A post shared by Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) on Oct 5, 2016 at 8:27pm PDT Well, whether the industry does what it is supposed to do or not, we truly love, admire and respect Akshay for being such an amazing actor.
  24. RAWALPINDI: The body of martyred pilot Wing Commander Mohammad Zeeshan was recovered on Wednesday from the Sabzazar area of Mianwali, said a statement released by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF). The PAF pilot's plane had crashed in the area on Tuesday night. The aircraft, a F-7P used for training purposes, had crashed due to a technical fault, added the PAF statement. The body of the martyred pilot was taken to PAF's M.M Alam base after it was recovered from the crash site.
  25. The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has directed cable operators in the country to abide by laws and ?refrain from illegally off-airing of transmission and complete suspension of transmission? of licensed TV channels, said a press release from the regulatory authority. ?[Cable operators should] refrain from being part of any illegal activity including but not limited to disturbing, shuffling or repositioning the transmission of PEMRA?s licensed TV channels?,? added the press release. The regulatory authority also said that strict action would be taken against licensees or other elements found violating the laws including ?imposition of fine and/or suspension of revocation of license?.