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  1. Burnt out cars and motorcycles are seen at the scene of an oil tanker explosion in Bahawalpur?REUTERS. BAHAWALPUR: The death toll due to Bahawalpur oil tanker fire incident has risen to 157 on Monday as the police have registered the case against the driver, owner and manager of the tanker. More than a hundred victims were being treated in different hospital, many of them badly injured due to the incident. According to health sources, 126 were killed on the spot while 31 died later during the treatment within two days. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also announced to hold an inquiry into the incident and declared that the government has made a policy decision to provide jobs to the injured as well as family members of the deceased. The premier, alongside Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, was holding a press conference during a visit to the site of the accident in Ahmedpur East. 152 burnt to death as oil tanker catches fire in Bahawalpur Scores injured in fire that broke out after oil tanker overturned and crowds rushed to collect fuel PM visits Bahawalpur, announces inquiry into oil tanker fire The prime minister also expressed remorse over the loss of precious lives in the fire incident London trip cut short The premier was in London on a private visit and was expected to return to Pakistan later in the week but cut short his trip after the tragic fire incident. Talking to members of the press after offering Eid prayers in a mosque in central London, the premier said the National Action Plan had significantly reduced the incidents of terrorism in the country. ?[Peace and stability] conditions in Pakistan are steadily improving,? he said. He added that he [recently] met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and both leaders mutually agreed on a few matters. ?We are working to make our relations with Afghanistan better,? the prime minister said. geo_embedgallery COAS visits the injured Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa also visited those injured in the tragedy at Nishtar Hospital, Multan. COAS Gen Bajwa was briefed on the condition and treatment of the injured by Nishtar Medical University vice chancellor and the in-charge of the Burns Centre at Nishtar Hospital, he Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement. During his visit to the hospital, Gen Bajwa appreciated the role and efforts of the ?first responders? to the tragic incident, including the civil administration, motorway and Punjab police, locals and hospitals? staff. Commander Multan Corps Lieutenant General Sarfraz Sattar accompanied the COAS during the visit. Pakistan has an appalling record of fatal traffic accidents due to poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving. At least 62 people including women and children were killed in Karachi in 2015 when their bus collided with an oil tanker, starting a fierce blaze that left victims burnt beyond recognition.
  2. Pakistan team with the Champions Trophy Having already given the nation an early Eid gift by winning the ICC Champions Trophy, the victorious heroes of the Pakistan cricket team shared their Eid wishes and messages of peace and joy. Player of the Tournament Hasan Ali, speaking to Geo News earlier on Monday, wished everyone a very happy Eid and shared his plans for the day. ?Eid Mubarak to all. Please remember the poor in your Eid celebrations and take care of them,? he said. The pacer, who topped the wickets chart with a tally of 13, added with a cheeky smile that he would be defying his physio as he cannot wait to tuck into vermicelli. ?I will eat sawayyan (vermicelli), of course. My family has prepared it with so much love.? ?Last Eid I was in England so couldn?t celebrate with my family. This time I am home with my parents, brother and sister-in-law, so I?m happy to be celebrating Eid with them,? he said. He also took to social media earlier to wish Eid to his fans. Other players of the winning squad also took to social media to share Eid greetings.
  3. 20 years ago a spell was cast and our hearts are still under the magic that the genius JK Rowling weaved for us. Harry Potter completes two decade of existence today and the entire world is dripping in nostalgia. I cannot imagine what life would have been like without Harry Potter and the wizarding world. #20yearsofharrypotter pic.twitter.com/3RcNDOIG76 — Agnes Isabelle (@_isabellissima) June 26, 2017 The boy who lived back then, continues living in our hearts even today. 20 years ago today this book was published for the first time. The magic begins...#20YearsOfHarryPotter #HarryPotter20 pic.twitter.com/xs0OyxiUii — Harry Potter World (@PotterWorldUK) June 26, 2017 Twenty years ago today, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was published. And the world was never the same again#20YearsOfHarryPotter — Harry Potter Fans (@__HpFans__) June 26, 2017 The wonderful tale of Harry Potter and everyone in that tiny universe of magic became the heart of all the muggles who lived it. Harry Potter, always! #20YearsOfHarryPotter 💜 pic.twitter.com/8JOTqjivVL — Patrícia Marques (@Patty_ms) June 26, 2017 #20YearsOfHarryPotter Oh my gosh.. My childhood . Potterhead to 20 years that pride. ( The friends that everyone respects ) pic.twitter.com/I5XCXj2VBO — Emma Donson (@EmmDonson) June 26, 2017 The amount of love that JK Rowling is receiving today is insane. This feeling of magic has given so much joy to my life. Thank you @jk_rowling 💗 #HarryPotter20 #20YearsOfHarryPotter pic.twitter.com/s8sF2bRMOB — Jake (@theknightbuss) June 25, 2017 Hogwarts is home to all of us. My life has been enriched and touched in so many ways by these whimsical tales. Thank you for making us dream. #20yearsofharrypotter pic.twitter.com/vpWYlVG5kL — Blob Marley (@Leopluradon75) June 26, 2017 If you ask a Potterhead if we will continue loving the books with same intensity, you know the answer. Always. Just #20YearsOfHarryPotter pic.twitter.com/Pa2KvSHELn — fodismo (@acciorainbow) June 26, 2017 It's one of those things that inspires an entire generation. Glad I was a part of it!
  4. The fishermen tried to rescue to fish but to no avail as the fish soon died. Photo: Geo News screen grab KARACHI: A needle fish was found stuck in a plastic cup from Karachi?s coast, according to World Wide Fund for Nature- Pakistan spokesperson on Friday. The fishermen tried to rescue to fish but to no avail as the fish soon died. About 50 percent plastic is found in garbage which is dumped in sea near Clifton, according to WWF representative. Karachi coast under threat from waste KARACHI: There is a threat lurking in the waters of Pakistan?s largest city which will have a long-lasting impact. Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping Mir Hasil Khan Bazenjo has revealed that... The polluted Arabian Sea has become a nuisance for not just humans but also marine life. One in three marine animals are killed across the world due to marine pollution, pointed out the spokesperson. Needlefish generally swim near the coast and are known for their thin streamlined bodies and needle-like beaks. Generally, they have a lifespan of about eight years and some are capable for growing more than a metre in length.
  5. Apple is currently in the process of building their brand new flagship store in Chicago and some of the initial shots of the store suggest one thing: It will look like MacBook Air. DNAInfo took some shots of the construction that is underway and it looks like they have planted a massive MacBook Pro on the top of the store. One can see a curved glass and the roof of the upcoming store and DNAinfo reports that the giant Apple logo can bee seen from the top which makes it resemble Apple's laptop. “The Apple logo is a new addition that wasn't revealed when renderings of the new store were shared in 2015. The electronics giant is moving its flagship Chicago store from 679 N. Michigan Ave. to the north bank of the Chicago River, a development real estate observers say marks a shift in the Mag Mile's centre of retail gravity. “Our store on North Michigan Avenue has welcomed more than 23 million customers since it opened in 2003 and we're now creating something even more remarkable for Chicago,” Nick Leahy, an Apple spokesman, told DNAinfo in 2015. Previous shots of the Apple Store showed no sign of this new development but one should know that the MacBook type roof will not be visible from street level. You can check out the video footage below to see how it looks. Source: 9to5Ma
  6. Fakhar Zaman after scoring his maiden ton during Champions Trophy final against India MARDAN: Fakhar Zaman was once banned from playing cricket in his village and beaten by his brothers because he was simply too good -- but he has returned a hero after his starring role in Pakistan´s Champions Trophy win. His eyes bright, the tall 27-year-old posed for selfies and was garlanded with flowers as he was welcomed back to his home in Katlang in northwestern Pakistan. Fakhar said he was still taking it all in after he top-scored with 106 off 114 balls to lead Pakistan to a shock victory over arch-rivals India in the final, after making his ODI debut earlier in the tournament. "I did not feel much at that time," Fakhar told AFP, referring to Sunday´s final in London. "Then I came here, and people started coming here... They all are giving me love, so now I feel that I have done some great heroics." Fakhar reveals secret to his fearless batting Captain Sarfraz, Fakhar Zaman, Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan discuss their victory on Geo News Bottom-ranked Pakistan produced a breathtaking display in the climax of a tournament featuring the world´s top eight one-day international nations. They piled up 338 for four, bolstered by left-handed opener Fakhar´s maiden hundred, in what was just his fourth one-day international. His efforts set social media alight during the match, with laudatory articles and memes quickly going viral. But, Fakhar said, it was not always so: in fact his village once refused to allow him to take part in local cricket games. "I played one or two hard-ball matches in school and scored some runs. I then became popular in the whole region and people used to say wherever I went that, ´He is a hard-ball player, don´t play with him,´" he said. His brothers even used to beat him up to stop him from playing, elder sibling Asif told AFP sheepishly. "But he never quit cricket, and has become a hero today," Asif added, joking: "He has become a lord for us". Sea change Fakhar said he had devoted most of his time to cricket as a child, but had never dreamt of playing beyond club level. Instead, he wanted to be a navy commando. "Joining the Pakistan Navy was the biggest turning point in my career," he said. Fakhar Zaman: From the Navy to cricket stardom Get to know the journey of Pakistan's opening batsman Recruited as a sailor, he appeared in a forces tournament where navy coach Nazim Khan spotted his talent immediately -- and encouraged him to quit the armed forces to focus on cricket. "(He) said, ´You can play cricket at a high level,´" Fakhar recalled. For five years he played in domestic tournaments, but it was his performance with the Lahore Qalandars in the popular Pakistan Super League T20 tournament that prompted national selectors to take notice. Fakhar got his first cap when he was included in the national T20 side for Pakistan´s West Indies tour in March this year. It was a slow start -- only 26 runs in two innings -- but it was enough to earn a place in the Champions Trophy squad. When regular opener Ahmed Shehzad failed to deliver in Pakistan´s opening game, a one-sided defeat to India, Fakhar had his chance. He grabbed it with both hands, scoring a valuable 31 in his debut game, two half-centuries in the following two matches and the century in the final to guide Pakistan to their historic victory. Now Pakistan´s newest star has no intention of resting on his laurels and, he said proudly, plans to play for his country "for a long time".
  7. The reunion of Karan-Arjun on the big screen is a dream come true for every Bollywood fan. Whether they're at an award or reality show, people love to see Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan sharing screen space together. Kabir Khan's ‘Tubelight' is going to be a delight for many as the two Khans will be seen together in a film, almost after a decade. Since the trailer gave us a glimpse of SRK's silhouette, the anticipation for the movie grew even more. For people who just want to get a glimpse of what Khan King is doing in the film, you can just scroll through these photos. A video was leaked online by a fan club of the actor and since then, it has gone viral. © Tubelight © Tubelight © Tubelight © Tubelight © Tubelight There was a lot of buzz around what King Khan was doing in the film? However, it's no more a mystery! According to the images, SRK is a magician who plays a pivotal part in finding Salman's life. Many trade experts believe that SRK's cameo will help in boosting the box office collection. In an interview, Kabir Khan, “Both of them are powerhouses and to see them after 20 years, it's going to be a treat. You may or may not like the movie but that scene, everybody will enjoy because first, it is a very important scene, it is a very sweet scene and secondly, shooting it was a treat,”. In fact, even about SRK's role, Salman said, “When Kabir narrated the subject to me, he said, 'For this role, we should get Shah Rukh.' So, when I called him and I told him that there is a small role in ‘Tubelight' which I would like you to do it, before completing my sentence, Shah Rukh said, 'I will do it.' That's how he made his entry into the movie.". The film was released today and is one of the most-awaited films of the year. The film also stars actor Zhu Zhu, Sohail Khan, Om Puri and Matin Rey Tangu.
  8. Maleeha Lodhi asserted that Pakistan is committed to not allow its territory to be used for terrorism against other countries. Photo: Geo News NEW YORK: Pakistan hosts over two million Afghan refugees. We expect gratitude and not hostility from Afghan government, said Ambassador of Pakistan to the United Nations Dr Maleeha Lodhi while addressing the 15-member UN Security Council on Wednesday. She remarked that Taliban ?safe havens? are inside Afghanistan not outside, given that large areas of that country are now under the Taliban?s control. She reasoned that the resilience of the insurgency in Afghanistan cannot be explained away by convenient references to external "safe havens" or ?support centres?. Pakistan, she asserted, is committed to not allow its territory to be used for terrorism against other countries. Pakistan's successive military operations are eliminating all terrorist and militant groups from its tribal territory bordering Afghanistan. She told the council that Pakistan is ?implementing border controls, including the fencing and monitoring of vulnerable sections of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.? Both the countries, she stated, have suffered at the hands of terrorism and should cooperate with one another in order to eliminate terrorism from the region. Maleeha Lodhi points to ?nuclear doublespeak? at UN Some nuclear weapons states are intent upon upgrading and modernising their inventories while preaching non-proliferation to others, says Lodhi She said that apart from Afghanistan itself, there is no country other than Pakistan, which has suffered more from the wars and violence that have engulfed Afghanistan for over 35 years. ?There is no other country, which will gain more from peace in Afghanistan,? she added She further added that a political strategy is needed since it was impossible to reach a political solution with only an increase in troops and military involvement.
  9. WELLINGTON: New Zealand wicket-keeper Luke Ronchi has retired from international cricket but will continue to play in franchise-based Twenty20 tournaments around the world, the country´s cricket board said on Thursday. The 36-year-old played four one-day internationals and three T20 matches for Australia in 2008 and 2009 before switching his allegiance back to his native New Zealand in 2013. Ronchi went on to play four tests, 85 ODIs and 32 T20 matches in total with this month´s Champions Trophy match against Bangladesh his last for the Black Caps. "It was a dream come true," Ronchi said in a statement released by New Zealand Cricket. "I can´t think of a better time to have been involved with New Zealand cricket. "From the 2015 World Cup campaign, through to the overseas tours of that time and some amazing games and series, it´s been a genuine highlight for me." New Zealand coach Mike Hesson called Ronchi, known for his ability to score briskly with the bat, the perfect team man. "We´ll remember Luke fondly for the energy he created in the field and his selfless attitude towards the team," Hesson said. "He was always prepared to play a role for the greater good of the team; to do what was required even if that risked sacrificing his wicket. "Luke was one of the best glovemen going around and I think that´s often overlooked in a game increasingly dominated by batting and run-scoring. He was a very skilful wicket-keeper, and a very destructive batsman." Ronchi´s sole one-day international century, 170 not out off 99 deliveries, came against Sri Lanka in 2015. His highest test score of 88 was made on his debut against England in Leeds the same year.
  10. Last night, just as I was about to close my eyes, they opened wider than ever before; courtesy of the latest Game of Thrones trailer that is going to give us sleepless nights and restless days till 16th July 2017. The trailer starts with Sansa walking and the voice of Petyr Baelish, saying, “Don't fight in the north, or the south. Fight every battle everywhere. Always… in your mind.” And you noticed that Sansa is walking away from something, or someone and fighting the urge to turn around, just for one last look, or to save someone…? Then, there's the background score. Who remembers the Season 6 finale, Light Of The Seven? I'll jog your memory. To say the least, the latest ‘Game of Thrones' Season 7 trailer gives you goosebumps—the visuals, the characters, the scenarios that have been shown and through it all, the background score that never failed to raise our sense of alarm the last time we watched it. It only means one thing; that Game of Thrones Season 7 is, in a lot of ways, doom and it might be so for more than one characters. But, aside from all the speculation and theories we can't wait to see proven true, or dispelled, what we can know for sure after watching the trailer is what follows. 1. The Identity Of Jon Snow © HBO We know that Jon really is a Targaryen. In the coming season, we will see how his true identity is revealed to him. If indeed Jon Snow is Jaehaerys III Targaryen like we presume he is, then, it's going to get a lot more interesting to see how he takes his battle forward from thereon. 2. Who Really Is Azor Ahai Reborn © HBO Is it really Jon Snow? Is it Ser Davos? Or is it Berrick Dondarion? According to the prophesy of Azor Ahai, When the red star bleeds and the darkness gathers, Azor Ahai shall be born again amidst smoke and salt to wake dragons out of stone,” Melisandre says. “In the ancient books it's written that a warrior will draw a burning sword from the fire, and that sword shall be Lightbringer.” And in one of the stills in the latest trailer, we see Dendarion holding a sword that lights up. Then again, are Azor Ahai and the Prince That Was Promised one and the same? We cannot wait to find out. 3. The Fate Of Petyr Baelish © HBO I'll say what everyone's thinking; especially you've watched the latest trailer. This might be Little Finger's last season on Game of Thrones. Let's face it, we've been speculating it for the longest time and from what we remember of the last trailer, we agreed that he is going to have a particularly difficult time this season. And then, when you watch the intro of the latest trailer, Baelish's voice and words sound like a grim. It's as if it's the end and it fits, with Sansa walking away with what could be foreseen as his last words to her… Is it me or are we starting to feel really bad about Petyr? 4. An Attack On Westeros © HBO We see Dany's ships sailing to Westeros; we see Jaime Lannister clad in what looks like an armour suit. We see Dany's dragons raising hell and we see Greyworm giving what look like a nod of consent to attack. In the previous trailer, we did see soldiers break in to Casterly Rock. This could be the battle we've all been waiting for… well, one of the battles. 5. The Stark Reunion © HBO We have been waiting for this one for so long it almost seems like a myth now. But, this might just be the season when the Starks finally reunite as one and that's what we're all hoping for. We've seen Arya clad in leather and fur; we've seen Bran in what looks like Winterfell, warging. This might just be the big reunion we've been waiting for; even if it is a short-lived one, given that we see Snow out in the cold, leading wildlings and fighting white walkers. Nevertheless, we're waiting desperately for this reunion. 6. The Union Of Euron & Cersei © HBO We all know and see this coming, just like we see impending doom now that winter is almost here. Given that the Lannisters at Casterly Rock are terribly outnumbered at the moment with enemies approaching from all sides, Cersei might just agree to a matrimonial alliance with Euron Greyjoy who is just waiting to plot his own scheme of being seated on the Iron Throne, himself. In fact, the rejoicing procession we see at Casterly Rock during the initial minutes of the latest trailer could signify a marriage celebration… and it could very well be Cersei and Euron. I'm just saying. The question is about when it happens, what happens to Cersei and Jaime? 7. The Jon & Dany Meeting © HBO This is definitely happening this season; we know that for certain. However, we don't know if it's going to be the “romance” that all Jon and Dany fans are hoping for. In the trailer, Jon's voice is heard saying, “For centuries our families fought together against their common enemy. Despite their differences. Together. We need to do the same if we're gonna survive. Cause the enemy is real. It's always been real.” If we go according to theory, Snow could very well be talking about how, under the earlier Targaryen rule, the kingdoms of the Starks fought together with the Targaryens, despite differences. If this is so, then, he's definitely talking to Dany. Or, he could also be referring to differences between the kingdoms in the North and how, the lords and ladies need to put that aside and fight together. 8. The Significance Of Sansa Stark © HBO Sansa Stark is an important person. Learn this well. Season 6 saw Sansa emerge as one of the most crucial players by the end of the season. She has been through hell and through it all, she has arrived at Winterfell and helped Jon Snow claim his seat as King in The North. The opening of the latest trailer sees Sansa making quite an impression—grave or otherwise—on us all. And then, as the trailer draws to a close, you hear her voice again, eerily serious this time, saying, “When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives.” These are the words of her dead father, Ned Stark from the first season when he tells Arya to hate her enemies, instead of her sister. It could be an ode to her father's words. Or, it could mean something more sinister, like impending doom for the lone wolf—Jon Snow, or is it Arya Stark? It's going to be an important role for her and how she shapes Winterfell. 9. There's Probably Only One Romance To Look Forward To © HBO While ‘Game of Thrones' was never really big on romance anyway, the series managed to give us glimpses of love, in some of the most twisted ways—Jaime and Cersei take the cake with this one, of course… or was it Ramsay Bolton and Myranda? The verdict's out on that one. However, we can root for the one glimmer of hopeful romance that we've all been waiting to materialize—Greyworm and Missandei. It's about time, anyway. The stills from both the first and the latest trailers give us some show of intimacy between the two. Question here is this: Is it because Greyworm is about to go to battle and well, might die? 10. The Coming Of Winter © HBO It's definitely coming in full force. The writers did mention that season 7 was going to be a whole lot more fast-paced than previous seasons which means, things are going to get escalated quicker than we can imagine. The Night King is definitely headed south and you can see that the winter has got the north well under its grip. It's only a matter of time… or in this case, an episode.
  11. RAWALPINDI: The Airport Security Force (ASF) on Thursday seized contraband from a local travelling to Bahrain via a private airline. According to the ASF, 1KG ice and heroin were seized from the accused, Saeed Shah, in the operation at Benazir Bhutto International Airport. Shah, who hails from Mardan, was hiding illegal drugs in his baggage, an ASF spokesperson said. The accused was taken to ASF control room for further investigation. Heroin recovered from Umrah passengers at Lahore airport ANF seized about one kilogramme heroin from the possession of a mother and son A mother and her son were arrested on Wednesday from Lahore airport over smuggling allegations, the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) said. One kilogramme heroin was seized from the possession of the mother and son.
  12. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg are some of the names many of us grew up idolizing. Their success stories have time and again given wings to our ‘distant dreams' of changing our fate and that of the world, by doing something that is deemed unachievable. However, while only a select few find ways to achieve that dream, most of us end up finding excuses for not doing it. Well, success can only occur when your dreams become bigger than all those excuses, and this man from Ratnagiri has proved exactly that. His heart and courage were bigger than his dreams which is why there was nothing that could stop his from getting what he wanted; not even the fact that he failed in class 10 or that he was once living on the streets. He belongs to a family of barbers, so becoming one was something that he had to fulfill. But, he didn't want to settle for that, he wanted to do be something bigger – a professional hairdresser and stylist in Bollywood. © wikimedia /representation Despite being mocked by his cousins, this 33-year-old man's heart encouraged him to give his best shot and the rest is history. He even had to live on the streets for a few months, since he couldn't afford anything. It was his willpower to change his life for good that he not only learned Hindi, but also taught himself English by ovserving foreigners who came to the salon. With time and practice, he has now learnt to speak fluent English. From living on the streets to flying to Europe as a professional for a wedding and working with Sonam Kapoor and Abhay Deol in ‘Aisha'; he has come a long way and there is nothing that can stop him from making it big. Today he owns an apartment of his own, supports his family and has also been featured in Vogue magazine. He said, “All my dreams came true…Why? Because I believed in myself so stubbornly that the world had no other option but to believe in me too” and we couldn't agree more.
  13. RAWALPINDI: Security forces on Wednesday recovered cache of arms and ammunition from North Waziristan agency during a search operation. According to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the intelligence-based operation was part of Operation Raddul Fasaad. Security forces launched a nationwide military operation Raddul Fasaad earlier in February, which includes broad-spectrum security and counter-terrorism operations in Punjab, and continuation of ongoing operations across the country. The operation includes a countrywide deweaponisation drive and explosive control as additional cardinals of the effort. The hallmark of this operation is the pursuance of the National Action Plan (NAP).
  14. The French capital has been placed on heatwave alert - AFP PARIS: Europe sizzled under a continent-wide heatwave on Wednesday, with London bracing for Britain's hottest June day since 1976 as Portugal struggled to stamp out deadly forest fires. More than 1,000 firefighters were still battling to control the flames that broke out in central Portugal at the weekend, killing at least 64 people. Two forest fires have also broken out since Sunday on Croatia's southern Adriatic coast, prompting the authorities to evacuate 800 tourists, although the blazes have now been brought under control. "We were scared, it's true," Swedish tourist Karolina told local media. "From the hotel room window it seemed like the fire was at our doors." As the northern hemisphere marked the summer solstice -- the longest day of the year -- the mercury hovered around 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) across oven-like swathes of Europe, including Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and even alpine Switzerland. Deadly heatwaves becoming more frequent - AFP Firefighters were on alert in Austria, where revellers were set to mark the solstice by setting light to hundreds of bonfires to celebrate the festival of Saint John -- a tradition that goes on until the end of the month. Local authorities also announced a ban on barbecues in public parks, another popular tradition, to reduce the fire risk. In Italy, forecasters say the current heatwave could turn out to be the most intense in 15 years, with temperatures around eight degrees above the seasonal average -- 39 degrees Celsius in Milan and up to 30 in the Alps at an altitude of 1,000 metres (3,300 feet). A study released Monday warned that deadly heatwaves will become more and more common around the world even if the rise in temperatures is capped at 2.0 degrees C as targeted by the Paris Agreement to combat climate change. "Even if we outperform the Paris targets, the population exposed to deadly heat will be about 50 percent by 2100," Camilo Mora, lead author of the study published in the journal Nature Climate Change, told AFP. Britain is set to see its first five-day stretch of temperatures over 30 degrees Celsius in June since 1995 - AFP London sizzles Britain was set to see its first five-day stretch of temperatures over 30 degrees C in June since 1995. The thermometer was forecast to hit 34 C in west London -- a record for the month since 1976. In Guildford, southwest of the capital, a road surface melted on Tuesday, with motorists likening it to a a bar of chocolate left out in the hot sun. At the prestigious Royal Ascot horse races, organisers said they were considering relaxing the strict dress code for the first time. And a thunderstorm was looming over the Glastonbury Music Festival, threatening mud just as an expected 200,000 revellers begin pitching their tents. Music lovers in France were also braving the heat, as the annual Fete de la Musique -- a nationwide celebration with thousands of free street performances -- kicked off under an official heatwave declared across swathes of the country. Temperatures were due to peak Wednesday at 37 degrees in the Centre-Val de Loire area south of Paris, while a peak in pollution in the capital linked to the heat prompted police to reduce speed limits in some areas and divert heavy goods vehicles. On Tuesday, the body of a 31-year-old man was pulled out of the Loire river after he got dragged down by the current while trying to cool down. In Russia, Siberia was also suffering a heatwave, with temperatures of up to 37 C in the city of Krasnoyarsk, Channel One television reported. But at the other extreme, it was just one degree Celsius and snowing in Murmansk in northern Russia, the RIA Novosti news agency reported. Many residents are having to get by with no heating in their flats as centralised systems have been switched off for the summer.
  15. Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis, one of the most acclaimed performers of his generation, has announced he is retiring. Citing the 60-year-old star's spokeswoman Leslee Dart, trade magazine Variety said he "will no longer be working as an actor." "He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years," Dart said. "This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject." Day-Lewis, a master of method acting known for being extremely selective about his roles, is the only performer to have won three best actor Oscars. He has a yet untitled final film slated to hit theaters in December. He earned a golden statuette for "My Left Foot" (1989), in which he plays writer and artist Christy Brown, who was confined to a wheelchair because of cerebral palsy; a second one for "There Will Be Blood" (2008), in which he plays a fierce oil man; and a third for "Lincoln" (2013). He also earned Oscar nods for "Gangs of New York" and "In the Name of the Father." Born in London, Day-Lewis is the son of British poet Cecil Day-Lewis and actress Jill Balcon. He made his film debut in 1971 in "Sunday Bloody Sunday" but then turned to the stage. He appeared on screen again more than a decade later in 1982. His strong on-screen presence and remarkable range set him apart, earning him praise from critics and audiences alike. Some of his most memorable early roles were in "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" (1988) and "The Last of the Mohicans" (1992).
  16. Emergency crews attend to the scene after a vehicle collided with pedestrians near a mosque in the Finsbury Park neighbourhood of North London, Britain, June 19, 2017. REUTERS/Neil Hall WASHINGTON: The US government and Ivanka Trump on Monday expressed sympathy with worshippers attacked while leaving a London mosque ? while the president himself remained silent. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert issued an official condemnation of the deadly assault but Donald Trump ? often quick to comment on Twitter after extremist violence ? kept his counsel. "The United States strongly condemns last night's attack that appears to have targeted Muslim worshippers in London," Nauert said. "We extend our sympathies to the families and community of the victims and our hopes for the quick recovery of those wounded." Trump's daughter and adviser Ivanka also reacted to the attack. "Sending love and prayers to the victims in #FinsburyPark London. We must stand united against hatred and extremism in all it's ugly forms," she tweeted. President Trump has taken to Twitter during previous terror attacks to make the case for tighter restrictions on travel from predominantly Muslim countries. He has also yet to offer public comment on the deaths of seven US sailors, killed during a collision between their navy destroyer and a Philippine-flagged cargo ship. In London, a van ploughed into a crowd near a mosque early on Monday, leaving one person dead and injuring 10 others in the second terror attack this month in the city. Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the "sickening" incident, reaffirming Britain's determination to fight "terrorism, extremism and hatred."
  17. WASHINGTON: Six top health advisors have resigned from Donald Trump´s advisory council on HIV/AIDS, complaining that the US president doesn´t really care about combatting the illness. In a letter published Friday in Newsweek, Scott Schoettes said the Trump administration has "no strategy" on AIDS and that he and his five colleagues will be more effective advocating for change from the outside. Schoettes, counsel and HIV project director at Lambda Legal, resigned Tuesday from the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, along with Lucy Bradley-Springer, Gina Brown, Ulysses Burley III, Michelle Ogle and Grissel Granados. The council can have up to 25 members. "The Trump administration has no strategy to address the on-going HIV/AIDS epidemic, seeks zero input from experts to formulate HIV policy, and -- most concerning -- pushes legislation that will harm people living with HIV and halt or reverse important gains made in the fight against this disease," Schoettes wrote. "If we do not ensure that US leadership at the executive and legislative levels are informed by experience and expertise, real people will be hurt and some will even die," he said. "Because we do not believe the Trump administration is listening to -- or cares -- about the communities we serve as members of PACHA, we have decided it is time to step down." PACHA, which was created in 1995, includes public health officials, researchers, health care providers, faith leavers, HIV advocates and people living with HIV. Its helps inform the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, which was last revised in 2015. Schoettes noted that Trump failed to appoint a head of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, a senior advisory position, and took down the Office of National AIDS Policy website the very day he took office -- on January 20 -- and has yet to replace it. He also stressed that changes Trump and his fellow Republicans in Congress are seeking to the sweeping health care reform initiated by former president Barack Obama would be "extremely harmful" to people living with HIV or AIDS. Schoettes cited data showing that only 40 percent of people living with HIV in the United States can access life-saving medications.
  18. QUETTA: A mortar shell fired from Iran landed in the Prom area of Panjgur District in Balochistan early Sunday morning. Officials of the district administration said on Monday that no loss of life or damage was reported in the incident. They informed that a strong protest has been lodged with the Iranian border officials, and that a flag-meeting has been called on Tuesday (tomorrow) to resolve the matter as this is the third such violation in recent weeks. Five mortar shells fired from Iran land in Chaghai No casualties reported, according to security officials On May 27, a man was killed in mortar shelling from the Iranian side of the border in Panjgur. The district commissioner had informed that a mortar shell landed on a vehicle, instantly killing one man inside and causing extensive damage nearby. A ?strong protest? as well as a ?flag meeting? was called then too. A week prior to that, five mortar shells fired from Iran landed in the Chaghai area of the province. No casualties were reported in the incident.
  19. In what was touted to be the mother of all battles, the high-octane final between India and Pakistan in the coveted ICC Champions Trophy failed to live up to its billing following a complete domination of Sarfraz Ahmed's men who clinched a massive 180-run win. The clash that was expected to entertain a global cricket audience eventually turned out to be a nightmare for Team India and its fans who were beaten in almost all the departments of the game. Clearly, their fans were miffed and the mood in the Indian camp wasn't hard to imagine. But, despite a forgetful outing in the game, Indian captain Virat Kohli managed to win everyone's heart by showing grace in defeat and giving proper credit to the Pakistani side for a commendable show. However, the drama continued in the post-match press conference where Kohli was stunned by the very first question he was asked by a journalist. Here are the excerpts from the press conference: Journalist: Captain, you won the toss and a wicket on the no-ball. Did you feel any pleasant moment in this match? Kohli: Any what? Pleasant moment? Journalist: Pleasant moment. You won the toss and got a wicket on the no-ball. Did you think any more pleasant in the match? Kohli: Pleasant moment in the match? For who? Journalist: For you. Kohli: How can a no-ball be pleasant for me? Journalist: Because you got the wicket. Kohli: Was that even sensible? I mean, what’s happening. Now, that's definitely not the way you'd want to start your press conference, especially after your team has endured a crushing loss on the biggest stage.
  20. The buzz about Salman Khan starrer film ‘Tubelight’ being a remake of the Hollywood movie ‘Little Boy’, has been doing rounds since last year, but the makers have finally come out and given credits to the Alejandro Monteverde movie in the end section claiming it as the Official Story Adaptation. ‘Tubelight’ is an Indian War drama that revolves around two brothers - Sohail Khan playing the ideal elder brother who goes to war and Salman the younger one waiting for his return. The title of the movie itself is inspired by Salman’s character, as someone who takes a while to process things. He has the brain and innocence of a child, as shown in the official trailer with him being addressed as “Tubelight”. © Metanoia Films - Salman Khan Films Kabir Khan clears all doubts in an interview – “it’s just the seed of an idea. Everything else has been completely changed in ‘Tubelight’”, says the director. But then again, it doesn’t seem so considering the pictures and the videos that are surfacing on the internet which highlight similar scenes from the American production. © Salman Khan Films However there seem to be slight differences in the plot as ‘Little Boy’ focuses on dwarfism and the title of the movie explains the concept when Pepper Flynt asks his doctor if he has dwarfism, and the doctor tells him, "For now, Pepper, let's just say you're a 'little boy'. Similarly, ‘Tubelight’ seems to be an extension of Salman Khan’s character, for which the makers have bought a no objection certificate from the Kannada movie ‘Tubelight’, albeit the Kannada movie has an entirely different plot than the Bollywood one. What seems to be a Hollywood movie revolving around a father and son, the Kabir Khan production decided to focus on two brothers instead. © Salman Khan Films Trailer of Little Boy Salman Khan who is known to launch newcomers in the industry has always been seen pairing up with new faces or with the bigger actresses of B-town. The buzz this time is tenfold as Chinese actress Zhu Zhu is playing his love interest in ‘Tubelight’. And It's a film wrap for the beautiful @zhuzhuclubheaven . We will miss you... #tubelight #behindthescenes #Eid2017 A post shared by Kabir Khan (@kabirkhankk) on Dec 12, 2016 at 11:23pm PST Looks like Khan is all set to rule the box office and keep his fans craving for more.
  21. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/ee6019816170570139f636b857b4f1c5.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Ni8xOC8yMDE3IDU6MTQ6NDAgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1hY1ZTcmcveDdvdlVVV3A0SC9XM3V3PT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] Sheikhupura: Punjab Food Authority (PFA) officials seized 500,000 packets of foul juice from a factory on Sheikhupura Road early Sunday morning. Following the action, the factory was sealed, informed PFA Director General Noorul Amin Mengal. He also explained that the raid was conducted upon information provided by the vigilance cell of the authority. It came to PFA?s notice that the factory workers were using rotten pulp and chemicals to prepare juices. Moreover, eight tonnes rotten and substandard pulp was also seized from the factory. The factory which prepares juices of various fruits for a well-known brand does not even use pulp in many of its juices, according to Mengal. PFA seizes 400,000 fake soft-drink bottles from Lahore factory Factory owner opened fire on the PFA team during the raid All the bottles of juice were tested in a laboratory for quality, but they failed to pass. The pulp tank stored inside the factory?s store contained flies and bugs as well, according to the PFA. On Saturday, the PFA had seized 400,000 spurious soft-drink bottles from a factory in Lahore?s Shahdara area. During the raid, the factory owner first threatened the PFA team and then opened fire on them. He managed to escape under the cover of the fire, according Mengal. The factory, which is located on Bara Deri Road, has sold about 3.37 million fake soft-drink bottles of a well-known brand, according to Mengal. The team also confiscated the factory records. A case has also been registered against the suspects.
  22. KARACHI: Law enforcement officials recovered a machine gun as they dug at an unidentified house in Federal B. Area here late Friday night, Geo News reported. Police, which acted on a confidential tip received earlier, explained the machine gun will be sent for forensic testing, which, according to Superintendent of Police ? Gulberg Bashir Brohi, will help them understand any previous operations the recovered item was used in. While police did surround the bungalow as they carried out the operation, no one was inside, and thus, no arrests were made. However, a search is underway for the house owners, the SP stated. The tip, based on which the raid was initiated, had claimed there were ammunition and weapons and buried around the house, the SP said.
  23. Prime Minister Theresa May was rushed away under heavy police guard on Friday as protesters shouted "Shame on you" after she met residents who live near a tower block in London where at least 30 people died in a fire. May, already under pressure after a botched snap election, is facing widespread criticism for her response to the blaze. She has promised to set up a public inquiry and pledged 5 million pounds to help the victims. Separately, hundreds of protesters stormed the local town hall chanting: "We want justice." May has outlined a series of measures to help those left homeless by the devastating fire which engulfed the 24-storey apartment block on Wednesday. But fury has grown in the local community at what people say is the slow response from authorities to the fire and a failure to inform families and friends about the fate of loved ones. Media reports have said about 70 people are expected to have been killed, although police have not confirmed this. Local residents also say they are angry that their safety concerns had been ignored and that people had been told to stay in their flats in the event of a fire. May, who on Thursday met emergency services at the fire site but did not meet locals, visited residents, volunteers and community leaders at a nearby church on Friday and was rushed away afterwards by police as an angry crowd outside shouted "Coward" and "You're not wanted". A couple of miles away in west London, several hundred protesters stormed Kensington and Chelsea council town hall. The protesters barged their way through an automatic door at and sought to gain entry to an upper floor. Police barred their way and scuffles broke out, a Reuters reporter said. The protesters chanted: "We want justice", "bring them out" and "shame on you". The protesters were angered when no one from the council came out to address their concerns, reporters said. The local authority, which owns the tower block where families rent their homes, says it is doing all it can to support the victims and to help the relief operation. It issued a statement before the protest to try to address the concerns of residents. "We entirely support the calling of the public inquiry and will cooperate in whatever way we can with it so that local people have all the answers about what has happened," the council, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, said. DIVIDED SOCIETY While the deadly blaze at the Grenfell Tower in north Kensington has prompted an outpouring of generosity, it has also unleashed rage at the authorities as the charred tower was cast as a deadly symbol of a divided society. The block, which housed some 600 people in about 120 apartments, is in a low-rent housing estate next to one of the most affluent areas of Britain. There have been demands for answers as to how the blaze was able to engulf the building, trapping many on the upper floors. Exterior cladding that was added during a recent refurbishment might have played a part, local residents have said. The fire broke out less than a week after a election in which May lost her parliamentary majority. The criticism over the blaze has added to pressure on May who is trying to strike a deal with a Northern Irish party to stay in power. Her government is also due to launch difficult Brexit talks with the European Union on Monday. Earlier on Friday, May met victims privately at a central London hospital. "I spoke with people who ran from the fire in only the clothes they were wearing," she said in a statement. "They have been left with nothing ? no bank cards, no money, no means of caring for their children or relatives. One woman told me she had escaped in only her top and underwear." She has promised those left homeless by the blaze would be rehoused locally within weeks, and the 5 million pound fund would pay for emergency supplies, food, clothes and other costs. But even those within her own party said May should have faced the locals herself earlier. "She should have been there with the residents. You have to be prepared to receive people's emotions, and not be so frightened about people," former Conservative cabinet minister Michael Portillo told the BBC. QUEEN VISITS London Mayor Sadiq Khan wrote to May on Friday, saying residents felt increasingly enraged and frustrated by the slow response from the authorities. "The local community feels their grief has been made worse by the lack of information about their missing family members and friends," he wrote. Residents in other blocks with the same exterior cladding as Grenfell Tower were concerned, he wrote. "People are terrified that the same thing could happen to them," said Khan. However, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who was London mayor until last year, took to Facebook to attack opposition Labour politicians for "political game playing". Queen Elizabeth, 91, and her grandson Prince William also visited residents and emergency workers on Friday. "That's one of the most terrible things I have ever seen," William said of the tower's blackened shell. Some desperate residents pleaded to speak to the queen and her grandson about their plight and the fate of missing children as they left the site, with William promising he would return. London police said an investigation, led by a detective from its homicide and major crime unit, would examine whether criminal offences had been committed although they said there was nothing to suggest the fire was started deliberately. Commander Stuart Cundy said they had been able to remove the remains of only 12 victims from the building. "Sadly, it is expected that the total will rise and it is not expected that any survivors will be found," he said. Police have said it could take months to search the building and some victims might never be identified.
  24. Weapons recovered from North Waziristan. -ISPR Security forces on Friday seized a large quantity of weapons and ammunition from vilages in Datta Khel tehsil in North Waziristan Agency, said a statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). Recovered weapons included 12.7mm heavy machine guns, sub-machine guns, missile launchers, RPG-7 rocket launchers and ammunition of various calibres. Security forces also recovered 107mm rockets and improvised explosive devices with detonators, added the statement by the military?s media wing.
  25. Qatar's Ministry of Defense said on Wednesday the country signed a deal to buy F-15 fighter jets from the United States for $12 billion. The deal was completed despite the Gulf country being criticised recently by US President Donald Trump for supporting terrorism. US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and representatives from Qatar were set to meet Wednesday to seal the agreement, a source familiar with the deal told Reuters. Bloomberg News reported the deal was for 36 jets. The sale will increase security cooperation and interoperability between the US and Qatar, the Pentagon said in an emailed statement on Wednesday. Defense Secretary Mattis and Qatari Minister of State for Defense Affairs Khalid al-Attiyah also discussed the current state of operations against the ISIS and the importance of de-escalating tensions so all partners in the gulf region can focus on next steps in meeting common goals, the Pentagon added. In November, the United States approved possible sale of up to 72 F-15QA aircraft to Qatar for $21.1bn. Boeing Co is the prime contractor on the fighter jet sale to the Middle East nation. Boeing declined to comment. Trump on Friday accused Qatar of being a "high-level" sponsor of terrorism, potentially hindering the US Department of State's efforts to ease heightening tensions and a blockade of the Gulf nation by Arab states and others.