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ADMIN posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogA 'robot priest' wearing a Buddhist robe chants sutras at it beats a wooden fish during its demonstration at Life Ending Industry EXPO 2017 in Tokyo, Japan August 23, 2017. Photo: Reuters TOKYO: A Japanese company has introduced a new role for SoftBank's humanoid robot "Pepper" - a Buddhist priest for hire at funerals. Chanting sutras in a computerized voice while tapping a drum, the robot was on display on Wednesday at a funeral industry fair - the Life Ending Industry Expo - in Tokyo. Nissei Eco Co., an unlisted plastic moulding maker, wrote the chanting software for "Pepper", which was introduced by SoftBank Group Corp. in 2014. With Japan's population ageing and shrinking, many Buddhist priests receive less financial support from their communities, prompting some to find part-time work outside their temple duties, said Michio Inamura, Nissei's executive adviser. The funeral robot could step in when a priest was not available, he said. It also cost less at 50,000 yen (about $450) per funeral compared to more than 240,000 yen ($2,200) for a human priest. Buddhist priest Tetsugi Matsuo said he came to the expo to see if Pepper could "impart the 'heart' aspect to a machine because I believe that the 'heart' is the foundation of religion." The robot has not yet been hired for a funeral.
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi announced on Thursday a state funeral for Pakistan?s leprosy fighter Dr Ruth Pfau, who passed away early morning. ?The entire nation is indebted to Ruth Pfau for her selfless and unmatched services for the eradication of leprosy. We are proud of her exemplary services and she will remain in our hearts as a shining symbol in times ahead,? according to the statement by the PM office. Tributes poured in from across the country after the passing of the humanitarian. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/aa90697c0d549e3ecad064abcc4dafbc.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9OC8xMC8yMDE3IDM6MTg6MzQgUE0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1zWWhWTVB3b3ZxdzJPd3p3aUhGdW13PT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] Dr Pfau, who led a battle against the stigmatised disease of leprosy, passed away early Thursday morning after a long illness. She was 87. She had been hospitalised at a private hospital in the metropolis for two weeks due to age-related illnesses and her condition had been worsening. Dr Pfau, the founder of the National Leprosy Control Programme in Pakistan, was in charge of the Marie Adelaide Society of Pakistan (MASP), where leprosy patients are treated. Last year in July, Revered humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi was given a state funeral due to his humanitarian services. President Mamnoon Hussain, then Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Shareef, Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, the CM Sindh and Sindh Governor attended the funeral held at the National Stadium.
waqas dar posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogFuneral prayers being offered for the martyred Pakistan Navy personnel. KARACHI: The funeral prayers of two Pakistan Navy personnel, Syed Hassan Raza (medical technician) and Khalil Murad (leading fireman) ? who were martyred on Monday ? were held on Tuesday. According to a press release, the personnel were martyred during a terrorist attack on a Pakistan Navy vehicle in Jiwani, Gwadar on Monday. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah, who was present at the funeral in Karachi, condemned the gory attack on the Pakistan Navy personnel and consoled the bereaved families. The naval chief expressed his deep grief and sorrow over the incident, saying that such heinous and cowardly acts cannot deter the national resolve of Pakistan Navy to stand against terrorism. The admiral added that the sacrifices of the martyred people for national defence and to root out terrorism from the country are highly praiseworthy. He maintained that handful of terrorists cannot succeed in their nefarious design of destabilising the country. The naval chief reiterated that Pakistan Navy, in collaboration with other law-enforcement agencies, is committed to eradicate the menace of terrorism in the country. The admiral prayed for eternal peace of the martyred souls and grant of courage to the bereaved families to bear the loss and prayed for the swift recovery of those injured. Two Pakistan Navy personnel martyred in Jiwani gun attack Three other personnel were injured in the attack. The naval chief also visited the injured personnel at PNS Shifa hospital in Karachi and also met families of the deceased and injured. Besides Pakistan Navy senior officials, personnel of sister services, relatives, friends and a large number of people also attended the funeral.
waqas dar posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogPESHAWAR: The funeral prayers for martyred police personnel were held at Peshawar?s Police Lines area on Friday. Unknown motorcyclists opened fire on a police vehicle in Peshawar?s Chamkani vicinity late Thursday, martyring three policemen and injuring one. Firing from police personnel in response to the attack killed one suspect. Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Core Commander, and Inspector General of Police attended the funeral of the martyred policemen.
waqas dar posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogSmoke rises from the site of a suicide attack after a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan June 3, 2017. ? REUTERS KABUL: A series of blasts in Kabul on Saturday killed at least 19 people at a funeral for one of the victims of clashes between police and protesters a day before. The latest explosions continued a wave of violence in the capital since a devastating truck bomb on Wednesday. Saturday's blasts shattered an uneasy calm which had descended after authorities blocked the streets of Kabul in a bid to prevent a repeat of the bloody confrontation between protesters and police on Friday. The violence, fueled by public anger over the inability of President Ashraf Ghani's divided government to ensure security in Kabul, has exacerbated political tensions between rival factions, and Ghani issued a call for unity. "The country is under attack," Ghani said in a message on Twitter. "We must be strong and united." Kabul's Italian-run Emergency Hospital, which has treated a stream of wounded over the past few days, said 19 people had been reported killed and 16 wounded had been brought to the hospital. The interior ministry said there were six dead and 87 wounded. Government Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah was at the funeral but was unharmed, while survivors said a series of explosions had ripped through the crowd, most of whom appeared to be linked to Abdullah's mainly Tajik Jamiat-e-Islami party. "There were sounds of explosions everywhere and I saw my hands and face were on fire," said Mohammad Azim, who was being treated for burns at the Emergency Hospital. "There were parts of human bodies everywhere." One of the most bloody weeks in Kabul for months began with the devastating truck bomb attack in the city's diplomatic zone on Wednesday morning which killed more than 80 people and wounded more than 460. That was followed by five more deaths on Friday during clashes which broke out between protesters and police at a rally demanding the resignations of Ghani and Abdullah over repeated security failures. As the violence has continued, it has become increasingly politicised, exacerbating tensions between rival ethnically-based political groups. FUNERAL The Taliban, which have often carried out bomb attacks in the past, issued a swift denial that it had any role and instead blamed factional rivalries in the government's own camp, the group's spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said. Saturday's blasts occurred at the funeral of the son of the deputy Senate speaker, Mohammad Alam Izadyar, an ethnic Tajik ally of Abdullah. He died after being seriously injured in clashes during Friday's protest. Rahmatullah Begana, who was at the funeral, said the first explosion occurred as the prayer leader made the first call to prayer and as people scattered, it was followed by another. "I saw a lot of people lying on the ground," he said. The violence further complicates the situation confronting US and coalition officials as they work on plans expected to see an increase of between 3,000 and 5,000 in the number of foreign troops in Afghanistan. As anger against the government has grown, Ghani's international partners have become increasingly alarmed, with the United Nations calling for restraint and the US embassy in Kabul warning against letting protests be taken over. "While peaceful demonstrations are welcome in a democracy, some narrow political elements used this opportunity to spark violence, resulting in more death and suffering," the embassy said. The statement was released after Friday's clashes but before the latest attacks on Saturday. With much of the capital locked down by security forces, a group of around 200 protesters remained near the blast site in the center of town, sheltering from the sun in open tents. Otherwise, security authorities in Kabul told people not to attend protests and demonstrations, citing the risk of attacks on large gatherings of people. While unusually large, Wednesday's truck bomb scarcely differed from a long series of previous high-profile militant attacks that have killed hundreds of civilians in Afghanistan since most international forces left the country in 2014. In the first three months of the year at least 715 civilians were killed across the country, after almost 3,500 in 2016, the deadliest year on record for Afghan civilians.
waqas dar posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogBollywood actor Rishi Kapoor who is quite famous for his straight forward and blunt style has recently slammed the new generation stars. The Amar Akbar Anthony star and a close friend of Vinod Khanna shared a series of angry tweets as no young star of Bollywood attended Vinod's funeral. The Kapoor and Sons actor didn't hesitate to thrash the stars for their absence and tweeted in anger. Shameful. Not ONE actor of this generation attended Vinod Khanna's funeral. And that too he has worked with them. Must learn to respect. — Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) April 27, 2017 The actor not only showed his disappointment at the film fraternity for attending the funeral in such small numbers but also called 'Chamcha' to those who attended Priyanka Chopra's birthday bash in large numbers night before the death of Vinod Khanna. Angry. Met so many chamcha people last night at Priyanka Chopra's do last night. Few at Vinod's. So fuckn transparent. So angry with them. — Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) April 27, 2017 Rishi Kapoor earlier shared a picture of him with Vinod Khanna as a tribute to the departed actor. He captioned the picture with, "Remembering the good times with you, Vinod. Thank you for being my friend. Remembering the good times with you,Vinod. Thank you for being my friend. pic.twitter.com/hvZoYeQMEF — Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) April 27, 2017