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  1. The loss of a loved one is the hardest thing to deal with and get through and it's also a sad reality that no one knows how to deal with loss better than our military officers. You may have heard of the tragedy that occurred in Assam last week. Two Indian Air Force pilots lost their lives after a microlight helicopter in which they were travelling crashed in Majuli island on February 15. It was a tragic accident and the aftermath of it was equally sad. A heart-wrenching picture of the family of Wing Commander D Vats, one of the pilots who last his life, from his funeral is going viral on the internet. The picture shows his wife Major Kumud Dogra, an officer herself, walking up and paying her last tributes to her late husband while carrying their five day old child. People on the internet can't help but praise the young officer for her strength at a time like this and are showing their love for the new born baby who never got to see her father. Here's what everyone is saying: People sent their best in the comments. So much courage, we salute you as well. This is heartbreaking yet reinstate the emotion of courage in me, both at the same time. This is Maj Kumud Dogra and her five day old baby is in her arms and she is feet marching towards the dead body of her husband Wng Cmdr D Vats. Not only is she strong but courage epitomizes her too. #Salute pic.twitter.com/aZxZF1IZsl — Parul Mathur (@Parul_RajeevM) February 22, 2018 Is it okay to cry now? #Major #Kumud Dogra... In her arms is her five day old baby and her feet marching towards the dead body of her husband Wng Cmdr D Vats... A rare epitome of courage... Salute you #Major #Dogra JAI HINDð pic.twitter.com/NXYwuDTX1q — Shweta (@ShwetaS13301723) February 22, 2018 A big salute. Major Kumud Dogra...in her arms is her five day old baby and her feet marching towards the dead body of her husband Wng Cmdr D Vats... a rare epitome of courage... A very big SALUTE to you Major Dogra ð®ð³ð®ð³ pic.twitter.com/ZtDfrfKTP1 — HFF Pandari Shetty (@bigbullq8) February 23, 2018 This pic is worth a million heartbreaks and a billion salutes to this dedicated family! As an ordinary Indian all I can say is Thankyou! Jai Hind! — Farooq Ahmed (@FarooqAhm) February 22, 2018 What a tragedy. Major #KumudDogra on her way to offer last tribute to her husband Late #WgCdr D. Vats, who lost his life in a Microlight crash in Majuli, Assam. On that fateful day their baby was only 4 days old. We SALUTE the courage, determination and dedication of this young lady officer. pic.twitter.com/hZxOLuP2yd — Shivang Tiwari (@tiwari7_tiwari) February 21, 2018 It's a sad day. So how's the life of an army wife you ask? Major Kumud Dogra on her way to pay last tributes to her husband Wing Commander D. Vats who lost his life in a micro flight crash in Majuli, carrying her 5 days old daughter. That's the life of an #Army wife. SALUTE the courage!ð®ð³ pic.twitter.com/0Z9mi559yM — Nausheen Khan (@DrNausheenKhan) February 22, 2018
  2. LAHORE: Prominent lawyer and human rights icon Asma Jahangir's funeral prayers have been offered at Gaddafi Stadium. Maulana Haider Farooq Maududi led the funeral prayers, which were attended by scores of men, women and children. Asma will be buried at her family's farmhouse on Bedian Road, as per her wishes. Mourners carrying Asma's body before her funeral prayers. Photo: Geo News Jahangir, who co-founded the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and came to be known as a fearless voice of the marginalised sections of the society, passed away on Sunday after suffering a cardiac arrest. She was 66. She was known for speaking against human rights violations and her courageous stand against dictatorships. She was also a vocal opponent of judicial overreach and would often confront the superior judiciary when it would extend its jurisdiction in her opinion. Earlier today, Asma's body was transported to her house in Gulberg from the hospital where it was placed in a morgue. From there, her funeral procession headed towards Gaddafi Stadium, with mourners surrounding the van carrying her body on foot. A view of the funeral procession. Photo: Geo News Condolences poured in from all over the country as well as abroad following Jahangir?s demise, as people paid tribute to her services for democracy and efforts in the movement to restore the judiciary. Prime Minister Abbasi expressed grief at Jahangir?s death, praising her contribution to upholding the rule of law and safeguarding human rights. President Mamnoon Hussain expressed grief over her death, saying she rendered unprecedented services for the rule of law. After Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah's letter to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi requesting for a state funeral for the noted lawyer, various other dignitaries also called for a state funeral in remembrance of her services. Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani, during an ongoing Senate session today, called for her burial with full state honours. PML-N leader Senator Pervaiz Rashid also demanded that her last rites be performed with full state honours. Asma's body being transported to Gaddafi Stadium Also read: CM Sindh seeks state funeral for Asma Jahangir A life of bravery Asma Jahangir was known for taking up court cases of victimised and marginalised sections of society, as well as speaking against human rights violations and her courageous stand against the military rule of General Zia-ul-Haq. Born in Lahore on January 27, 1952, Jahangir completed her bachelors of arts and law from Lahore and then went on to pursue higher legal studies from Switzerland, Canada and US. She taught constitutional law at Quaid-e-Azam Law College, Lahore. geo_embedgallery She also conducted consultancy on judicial reforms in Pakistan and Bangladesh for the Asian Development Bank and World Bank, and remained a member of the Commission of Enquiry for Women from 1994-1997. From 1998-2000, Jahangir served as the special rapporteur of the UN Commission on Extrajudicial, Summary and Arbitrary Executions and was the special rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief of the UN Commission on Human Rights since 2004. Jahangir was also an executive member at the International Crisis Group and chief economist advisory council member of World Bank since 2001. She was also the founding member of Women?s Action Forum, Pakistan. Jahangir received several awards and accolades during her life, including the 2014 Right Livelihood Award, 2010 Freedom Award, Hilal-e-Imtiaz in 2010 and Sitara-e-Imtiaz, UNESCO/Bilbao Prize for the Promotion of a Culture of Human Rights in 2010 and Officier de la Légion d'honneur in 2014 ? France?s highest award.
  3. The late Asma Jahangir LAHORE: Prominent lawyer and human rights icon Asma Jahangir's funeral will be held at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore at 2pm today. Jahangir, who co-founded the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and came to be known as a fearless voice of the marginalised sections of the society, passed away on Sunday after suffering a cardiac arrest. She was 66. She was known for speaking against human rights violations and her courageous stand against dictatorships. She was also a vocal opponent of judicial overreach and would often confront the superior judiciary when it would extend its jurisdiction in her opinion. Jahangir received several awards and accolades during her life, including the 2014 Right Livelihood Award, 2010 Freedom Award, Hilal-e-Imtiaz in 2010 and Sitara-e-Imtiaz, UNESCO/Bilbao Prize for the Promotion of a Culture of Human Rights in 2010 and Officier de la Légion d'honneur in 2014 ? France?s highest award. Condolences poured in from all over the country as well as abroad following Jahangir?s demise, as people paid tribute to her services for democracy and efforts in the movement to restore the judiciary. Prime Minister Abbasi expressed grief at Jahangir?s death, praising her contribution to upholding the rule of law and safeguarding human rights. President Mamnoon Hussain expressed grief over her death, saying she rendered unprecedented services for the rule of law. Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar visited the residence of late Asma Jahangir to condole her demise with the bereaved family. Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif called Jahangir a staunch supporter of democracy, posting a prayer for the deceased on Twitter. PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz called Jahangir?s death a great loss for humanity. Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said Pakistan has become poorer with her demise. ?People like Asma are anchors of a society,? he said. Also read: CM Sindh seeks state funeral for Asma Jahangir A life of bravery Asma Jahangir was known for taking up court cases of victimised and marginalised sections of society, as well as speaking against human rights violations and her courageous stand against the military rule of General Zia-ul-Haq. Born in Lahore on January 27, 1952, Jahangir completed her bachelors of arts and law from Lahore and then went on to pursue higher legal studies from Switzerland, Canada and US. She taught constitutional law at Quaid-e-Azam Law College, Lahore. geo_embedgallery She also conducted consultancy on judicial reforms in Pakistan and Bangladesh for the Asian Development Bank and World Bank, and remained a member of the Commission of Enquiry for Women from 1994-1997. From 1998-2000, Jahangir served as the special rapporteur of the UN Commission on Extrajudicial, Summary and Arbitrary Executions and was the special rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief of the UN Commission on Human Rights since 2004. Jahangir was also an executive member at the International Crisis Group and chief economist advisory council member of World Bank since 2001. She was also the founding member of Women?s Action Forum, Pakistan.
  4. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/86d821dc845cf2f42c3d2d4c2fe7be16.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Mi80LzIwMTggMTI6NTY6MDcgUE0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1laSsvQ0JRRVJ1QWZtMHhlTkVTMzFRPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff ( COAS ) General Qamar Javed Bajwa attended the funeral prayers of 11 security personnel, including an officer, martyred in a suicide attack on Saturday. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, Commander Peshawar Corps and other senior civil and military officials were also present at the prayers held in Peshawar. General Bajwa later visited the CMH Hospital in the provincial capital to meet those injured in the incident. Swat suicide attack A suicide attack targetted at an Army unit in Swat's tehsil Kabal on Saturday evening claimed lives of 11 security personnel and left 13 others injured. The attacker had targetted the sports area of the armed forces' unit in the Shareefabad area of the tehsil. A large contingent of security personnel had secured the area after the attack and started an initial investigation into the blast. Government sources had said rescue teams reached the area and shifted the injured to a hospital in Saidu Sharif. Earlier in December, security forces conducted an intelligence-based operation in Swat's Jahan Abad area and killed two wanted terrorists. The operation was conducted after intelligence agencies received accurate information regarding movement of terrorists, who were crossing over from Afghanistan and entering Swat valley. Operations in the valley Swat in northwest Pakistan referred to by some as the ?Switzerland of Pakistan?, is known for its stunning natural beauty. The valley was briefly controlled by the Taliban between 2007 and 2009. The armed forces have carried a series of military operations against local and foreign terrorists in the scenic Swat valley. Operation Rah-e-Haq was launched thrice in the valley and Shangla district in 2007, 2008, and 2009 respectively. The army advanced toward Mingora, the largest city in the valley after it launched the Swat Operation, also known as Operation Rah-e-Rast, in May 2009.
  5. KARACHI: The funeral prayers of Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, Sindh's minister of planning and development who was found dead alongside his wife earlier on Thursday, will be offered in Kashmore, his ancestral village, today (Friday). The provincial minister and his wife, Fariha Razak Haroon, were found dead Thursday morning at their residence here in the city's Defence locality. While the guard and servants heard some noise and the gunshots in the house, they did not open the room as per orders until the son of the deceased arrived. Bijarani's body was moved from Sukkur to his ancestral town Kurrampur in Kashmore District in the form of a procession. Earlier, the body was flown via helicopter from Karachi to Sukkur Airport. On the other hand, the funeral prayers and burial of his wife, Fariha Razak, will take place in Karachi today. Sounds of gunshot at 6:30 AM Members of the Bijarani family and officials of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) confirmed to Geo News Thursday that Bijarani and his wife were found dead at their home, having suffered gunshot wounds. Soon after, a large number of law-enforcement personnel reached the residence and cordoned off the premises. An investigation was subsequently launched into the deaths of Bijarani and his wife, with the police stating that this seems to be a very open case. According to the authorities, a statement from the Bijarani's guard during the investigation revealed he heard noises at 6:30 AM, on Thursday morning, following which he heard what sounded like gunshots. None of the servants was allowed to go to the first floor by themselves, where Bijarani and his wife lived. After the ruckus, the guard said he woke up a servant but said both waited for the minister to open the door until 10:30 AM, which is when his son was called. Upon the son's arrival, the door was opened to the bodies lying near the bathroom of the study room; Bijarani's body was on the sofa, with a pistol lying near his legs, while that of his wife was on the floor, a few feet away. The minister was shot at in the temple from a very close range. However, authorities said there was no sign of struggle. Police said they are waiting for the fingerprints and forensics report as well as the complete post-mortem, after which an official statement will be released to the media as a press note. Bijarani's life and political career Bijarani was born on July 10, 1946, in Karampur, Sindh, and belonged to a family that was prominent in the PPP as well as Sindh politics. He completed his Bachelors from National College Karachi, later doing his MA in political science and LLB from Sindh Muslim Law College. In 2013, Bijarani was elected from the PS-16 constituency of Jacobabad-Kashmore. He also represented the constituency in 1974 and 1977.
  6. RAWALPINDI: Indian forces targeted a funeral procession in fresh violation of the ceasefire agreement late Thursday resulting in martyrdom of two Pakistani civilians, the Inter-Services Public Relations said in a statement. Indian army targeted the funeral procession in Chaffar village in Chirikot sector along the Line of Control (LoC), the ISPR said in a statement. As a consequence, two civilians embraced martyrdom, while a woman was injured. In retaliation, Pakistan Army targeted Indian posts from where the unprovoked fire initiated, the statement read. The retaliatory fire destroyed an Indian post leaving at least one Indian troop dead, and four to five other soldiers wounded, it added.
  7. Australian rock legend and AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young was remembered at a private funeral in Sydney on Tuesday attended by family, friends and fellow musicians. Photo: Reuters file SYDNEY: Australian rock legend and AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young was remembered at a private funeral in Sydney on Tuesday attended by family, friends and fellow musicians. Former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd, promoter Michael Chugg and Australian rocker Jimmy Barnes attended the service at St Mary?s Cathedral. Younger brother Angus placed a guitar on the casket, according to the Australian Associated Press (AAP). Eulogies read by family member Bradley Horsburgh and David Albert, of the band?s recording label, generated laughter and tears, the AAP said. Hundreds of fans lined the streets outside the cathedral as the funeral procession left the church to the strains of Waltzing Matilda played by a pipe band, the AAP said. Young died on Nov 18 at age 64 after years of ill health. In a statement after his death, Angus described him as ?the driving force behind the band...a perfectionist and a unique man.? He last performed with the band in 2014, also the year in which his family confirmed he was suffering from dementia. Best known for hits including ?Highway to Hell? from 1979 and ?Back in Black? from 1980, AC/DC was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. The band has sold more than 200 million albums across the world and continues to find younger fans.
  8. ISLAMABAD: Funeral prayers of Captain Junaid Hafeez, the soldier martyred in an attack on a border post of the Pakistan Army by terrorists from Afghanistan, were held on Tuesday. Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal and Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Tariq Fazal Chaudhry attended the prayers. Along with Captain Hafeez, Sepoy Raham also embraced martyrdom in the attack. Four other Army troops were injured in the assault on the border post. At least eight terrorists were also killed in the attack and others were injured in retaliatory fire from the Army. The Army's media wing added that remaining terrorists withdrew across the border after sustaining casualties. "Absence of Afghan writ on Afghan side of the border like many other areas facilitate terrorists to undertake such attempts," said the ISPR. More efforts required on Afghanistan's side of border DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor, in a series of tweets, said Pakistan has done its part and has cleared areas on its side of the border from terrorist presence. He referred to the martyrdom of the soldiers as the price Pakistan is paying for the security vacuum on the Afghan side of the border. Elaborating further, he said more efforts and enhanced presence along the border is required by all stakeholders, including establishments of new posts, border fencing and increased patrolling.
  9. The funeral prayers of a Pakistani diplomatic staffer in Afghanistan, Rana Nayyar, were held in the federal capital on Tuesday. Photo: Geo News ISLAMABAD: The funeral prayers of a Pakistani diplomatic staffer in Afghanistan, Rana Nayyar, were held in the federal capital on Tuesday. The funeral prayers were attended by Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif. Nayyar's body was handed over to the Pakistani authorities at the Torkham border Tuesday morning, from where it arrived in Peshawar and was sent to Islamabad. Pakistani diplomatic staffer shot dead in Afghanistan's Jalalabad Unknown assailants shot Rana Naiyyer outside his residence in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, family sources say He was shot dead outside his residence in Jalalabad, Afghanistan by unidentified persons a day earlier, family sources told Geo News. The Pakistani Foreign Office condemned the killing of the staffer in the eastern city of the war-ravaged country and demanded increased security from Afghan authorities for its diplomatic staff and missions in the country. Nangarhar governor spokesperson Attaullah Khogyani confirmed the d
  10. Journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia's sons Matthew and Paul carry the coffin of their mother ? who was murdered in a car bomb attack ? as they leave the Rotunda Parish Church in Mosta, Malta, November 3, 2017. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi VALLETTA: Thousands of mourners at a funeral on Friday for slain Maltese anti-corruption blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia heard a plea for the protection of journalistic freedoms and a warning to her unknown killers that they face ?the justice of God?. The island?s president, the prime minister and opposition leader, all targeted in Caruana Galizia?s writing, stayed away from the private ceremony, but European Parliament President Antonio Tajani attended as a guest of the family. The island observed a day of mourning and flags flew at half mast in Brussels during the funeral at Malta?s biggest church, near the capital Valletta and two miles from the site where the 53-year-old was killed by a car bomb as she left her home on October 16. Archbishop Charles Scicluna, who led the funeral mass, addressed the unknown killers, saying, ?However hard you try to evade the justice of men, you will never escape from the justice of God. Repent before it is too late.? He then told journalists not to be afraid. ?I encourage you never to grow weary in your mission to be the eyes, the ears, and the mouth of the people ... We need people in your profession who are unshackled, who are free, intelligent, inquisitive, honest, serene, safe, and protected.? Some mourners chant 'justice' Reflecting concern in neighbouring countries about possible failings in democracy and the rule of law in Malta, the European Union vowed earlier on Friday to make sure its smallest state found the ?barbarous? killers. Tajani was also due to visit the offices of a newspaper for which she worked as a contributor, and Caruana Galizia?s family was invited to a sitting in parliament to commemorate her. The island?s government is offering a one-million-euro ($1.16-million) reward for information about the culprits and has asked the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to help. But the Caruana Galizia family refused to endorse the reward, called for the resignation of the prime minister, the police commissioner and the attorney general, and insisted there could be no justice without institutional change. Their calls have been echoed by opposition leader Adrian Delia, who said the police commissioner and attorney general?s failure to act when Caruana Galizia revealed corruption created the circumstances leading to the assassination. Mourners applauded, made ?V? for victory signs, and sung the national anthem as the coffin was carried to a hearse. Some chanted ?Justice?. Caruana Galizia?s husband and three adult sons stood solemnly, occasionally hugged by mourners. Malta?s chief justice and former prime ministers Lawrence Gonzi and Eddie Fenech Adami also attended. A household name in Malta, Caruana Galizia was well-known for stirring up passions and dividing opinion. Her murder shocked the tiny country and was condemned by all political parties, but controversy continued on the day of her burial. Maltese news websites reported several critical Facebook posts including one referring to a demonstration outside police headquarters planned by a group of NGOs which is demanding the commissioner?s resignation. ?You?d have to wonder why you never get a truck mowing people down here in Malta. Who knows? Maybe that will happen at Sunday?s protest. I?d love to see them crushed in the middle of the road,? one read.
  11. Thousands of people turned out in Bangkok to watch the funeral procession of Thailand?s late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Thursday, with buildings draped in yellow marigolds and mourners lining the streets on the eve of his cremation. Mourners dressed in black slept overnight on thin plastic mats on pavements near the Grand Palace in the Thai capital in order to secure a good view of the procession, which was expected to begin at 7 a.m. (1200 GMT). The king?s cremation will feature ancient rites and a series of processions winding from the Grand Palace in Bangkok?s historic quarter to the 50-metre (165-feet) high Royal Crematorium that has been erected in a square near the palace. His body will be pulled from the Grand Palace to the cremation site on a golden chariot. A sum of $90 million has been set aside for the funeral, the likes of which has never been seen in Thailand, officials in preparations have said. King Bhumibol, also known as King Rama IX, died last October aged 88 after ruling for seven decades. He played a pivotal role in maintaining stability during years of political upheaval and rapid development. Piyamat Potsopho, 38, said she had been waiting for the king?s funeral procession since Wednesday night. ?I was very fortunate to have been born under the reign of King Rama IX,? she said. Another Bangkok resident, Suchinda Samparp, 67, said: ?It?s so hard to describe the dedication I?ve seen, how people have come out to help each other and how the late king has inspired this.? Analysts say the king?s death has left a large vacuum in the Thai psyche. Thailand has observed a year of mourning for King Bhumibol and radio and television stations have played songs dedicated to the monarch almost non-stop since his death. The songs urge Thais to follow in ?father?s footsteps?. King Bhumibol is often referred to as ?father? by Thais and is credited with reviving the popularity of the monarchy in Thailand. Days of heavy rain failed to deter mourners, many of whom pitched tents in order to gain the best access to the funeral. Many businesses around the Southeast Asian nation were shut, while Bangkok?s old quarter was draped in floral garlands made of marigolds early. Some government buildings placed potted yellow marigolds around portraits of the late king. King Bhumibol was born on a Monday, a day which Thais associate with the colour yellow. Thai Buddhists traditionally keep the bodies of their dead for seven days before a cremation. Funerals of Thai royals, however, have historically taken place months after death.
  12. BANGKOK: Drums and a band played as officials in black tops and ancient costumes rehearsed on Saturday for the funeral procession of Thailand?s late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, whose cremation next week is expected to be attended by a quarter of a million mourners. Some held a mock-up of a golden urn that had held the remains of dead kings in the past. In the present, the king?s body is placed in a coffin but the urn is still used to represent the monarch?s remains. The procession rehearsal, which was expected to take up to five hours, passed crowds of black-clad mourners in Bangkok?s historic quarter. Some were visibly moved by the proceedings. Others held gold-framed portraits of the late king. The military government has set 3 billion baht ($90 million) aside for the lavish funeral. Preparations took almost a year to complete, with thousands of artisans working to create an elaborate structure of gold-tipped Thai pavilions in a square in front of the glittering Grand Palace. King Bhumibol, who died on Oct. 13 last year at the age of 87, ruled Thailand for seven decades and is credited by some as having revived the prestige of the monarchy. A revival in the monarchy?s popularity was helped by a formidable public relations machine ?- the evening news in Thailand includes a daily segment dedicated to the royals and the late king was often featured in his younger days crisscrossing the country to meet the poor and disenfranchised. That public relations drive helped to enshrine the king?s status as a demi-god among some of his 68 million subjects. The five-day funeral will be attended by dozens of heads of state including King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan and Japan?s Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, among others. The post-funeral period could be one of uncertainty for many Thais, say analysts, who point to the king?s role over the years as a moral compass and arbiter during decades of political upheaval. His only son King Maha Vajiralongkorn formally ascended the throne last year but his coronation will not take place until after his father?s funeral. The king?s cremation will take place on Oct 26. The day has been a declared a national holiday and many businesses have announced they will shut all day or close at midday. More than 10,000 7-Eleven convenience stores across the country, a staple for many Thais, will be shut on the day.
  13. A '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.
  14. 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.
  15. Funeral 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.
  16. PESHAWAR: 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.
  17. Smoke 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.
  18. Bollywood 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