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  1. LONDON: Investigators said on Friday they would consider manslaughter charges over the London tower block fire that killed at least 79 people, as thousands of apartment-dwellers a few miles away were told to leave their homes due to fire risk. The outside cladding engulfed in June 14's deadly blaze has since been shown to fail all safety tests, police said. They have already seized material from a number of undisclosed organisations. Fire safety checks are now taking place on public buildings across Britain. Late on Friday, one municipal authority in north London began to evacuate nearly 4,000 people from five tower blocks after firefighters said it was unsafe for them to stay. Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack said experts had now concluded that the earlier fire, the mostly deadly blaze in London since World War Two, had started in a fridge freezer. The blaze has provoked anger and heaped pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May, who is fighting for her political survival after her party lost its parliamentary majority in a snap election at a time when Britain is beginning divorce talks with the European Union. The speed at which the fire engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower raised questions about the external cladding on the block. Asked if the insulation and aluminium tiles used were acceptable for such buildings, McCormack told reporters: "No they're not." "All I can say at the moment is they don't pass any of the safety tests. So that will form part of what is a manslaughter investigation." As well as possible manslaughter, police will consider health and safety offences and breaches of other building regulations. McCormack said all companies involved in the building and refurbishment of the building would be reviewed. Britain also ordered an immediate technical examination of the Hotpoint fridge model FF175BP, which had not been subject to any recall to establish whether further action should be taken, but said there was no need for owners to switch off their appliances. Whirlpool's shared closed down 3.3 percent on Friday, wiping almost $500 million off the company's value. Whirlpool owns the Hotpoint brand in the Europe and Asia Pacific regions. In the United States, the Hotpoint brand now belongs to Haier, following the Chinese group's purchase of General Electric Co's appliance business. "We are working with the authorities to obtain access to the appliance so that we can assist with the ongoing investigations," said Whirlpool, the world's largest maker of home appliances. "Words cannot express our sorrow at this terrible tragedy," Whirlpool said in a statement. The company said 64,000 such fridge freezers were made by Indesit between 2006 and 2009 when the model was discontinued, some years before Whirlpool acquired Indesit. FOCUS OF ANGER The fire has acted as a focal point for anger at local authority funding cuts and, if more buildings are deemed unsafe, the government faces the task of rehousing people within existing social housing facilities which are stretched. The government said it was urgently conducting tests on some 600 high-rise buildings in England which have exterior cladding, often added to insulate them or improve the external appearance of ageing blocks. Some councils have begun removing the panels. May, who faced criticism for slow public reaction to the fire, said on Twitter that her thoughts were with the 800 households being evacuated from a group of tower blocks in north London on Friday evening. Residents complained of first hearing about the evacuation from the media and getting very short notice to leave from city officials going door to door. "It was farcical communication. You don't get everyone to leave this quickly," 21-year-old Daniel Tackaberry told Reuters outside a nearby sports centre where the local council had laid out air beds for people for whom they could not find hotels. Broadcaster Sky News showed one resident, Abdul, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, who said he had been told there was no hotel for him and he had to stay on an air bed. The council's leader, Georgia Gould, said in a statement outside the council's offices that it would take up to four weeks to repair the blocks that were evacuated and later added in a radio interview that nearly 4,000 residents were affected. Ed Miliband, the former leader of the opposition Labour Party, said on Twitter that May should have convened a central government emergency committee to assist the local council. Grenfell Tower, in west London, had undergone an 8.7 million pound ($11 million) refurbishment that was completed in 2016, but residents of the more than 120 apartments had complained about its fire safety. McCormack said the police investigation would look at the entire facade of the building, how the building was constructed and the refurbishment work. She said it would examine all aspects of the cladding: the aluminium tiles, the insulation behind it, how it was fitted to building and the installation. In addition to the criminal investigation, police and firefighters were continuing painstaking efforts to locate the victims. So far only nine people have been formally identified and police said the remains of some might never be found, the blaze having been so fierce. Some residents believe the official number of the dead or missing presumed dead was lower than the true figure. McCormack acknowledged they might not know everyone who was in the building as some people might fear coming forward because they were in the country illegally. She said the government had given assurances they were not interested in anyone's immigration status. "I remain really concerned though that we do not have a complete picture," she said. "I fear that there are more."
  2. The body size of some whale species diminished by several metres decades before 20th-century factory fishing caused their populations to collapse, researchers said Thursday. If that pattern holds true for other commercially harvested marine species, a drop in body size could serve as early warning that protective measures are needed, they reported in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution.early warning that protective measures are needed, they reported in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution. Once a population has crashed, recovery is difficult at best: 25 years after a moratorium on Canada's decimated northwest Atlantic Cod fishery, the sub-species has yet to bounce back.northwest Atlantic Cod fishery, the sub-species has yet to bounce back. Hunted since the 18th century, many whale species were saved from extinction by a leaky 1982 moratorium that has still allowed more than 1,000 of the majestic sea mammals to be killed every year. Researchers led by Christopher Clements of the University of Zurich looked at annual records -- including size and number caught -- compiled by the International Whaling Commission and reaching back to about 1900, when new technologies emerged that turned the hunt into a harvest. "We show that during this period of commercial whaling, the mean body size of caught whales declined dramatically -- by up to four metres (13 feet) -- over a 70-year period," the study concluded. Industrial whaling wiped out nearly three million of the animals during the last century, according to a tally published recently in the journal Marine Fisheries Review. Factory ships Clements and his colleagues focused of four species that accounted for 80 percent of that haul: sei, fin and blue whales -- the largest animals ever to roam the planet -- are filter feeders, and listed as endangered on the Red List of threatened species. The box-headed sperm whale is probably most recognisable as Ahab's adversary in Moby Dick.feeders, and listed as endangered on the Red List of threatened species. The box-headed sperm whale is probably most recognisable as Ahab's adversary in Moby Dick.of four species that accounted for 80 percent of that haul: sei, fin and blue whales -- the largest animals ever to roam the planet -- are filter feeders, and listed as endangered on the Red List of threatened species. The box-headed sperm whale is probably most recognisable as Ahab's adversary in Moby Dick. "Fishing pressure remained high until whale populations collapsed and become commercially untenable, whereupon whalers moved on to new species," the study said. For blue, fin and sei whales, body size started to shrink a couple of decades before the sudden drop off in numbers caught. For sperm whales, the decline in size was gradual across most of the century, showing up clearly at least 40 years before annual catch levels plummeted. "Early warning signals were present for all four species," the researchers said. Adding catch figures into the picture strengthened the predictive power of their model, which they suggest could be applied to fish and other marine animals under intense fishing pressure. But in the absence of reliable catch data, changes in size and other physical traits "may be used to predict collapse," the study concluded. Tens of millions of sharks, for example, are killed every year for their fins, the size of which may provide clues on the health of regional or global populations for these top-level predators. Wild sole, salmon and lobster could also benefit from such an approach.
  3. Take away a vampire's teeth and he's just a goth that can't handle garlic. Wait for some decent cloud cover and your average werewolf is about as scary as Lassie. But there is one enduring horror trope that can have grown men and women gnawing at their fingernails when things go bump in the night: the creepy, haunted child's toy. From malevolent teddy bears and possessed clowns to murderous porcelain dolls rocking menacingly in their chairs, these evil characters have become a multi-million dollar staple adored by fans and studio executives alike. The killer toy resonates so profoundly because of the cognitive dissonance involved in the idea of a child's cuddly toy going rogue, according to film experts. "There's something very primal about absurdist fears, which is something I posit that most of us never completely grow out of," Shawn Robbins, chief analyst at film industry number-cruncher, told AFP.number cruncher, told AFP. "In a twisted way, that just makes it more fun for adults when it comes to these types of movies." "Annabelle: Creation," which has blown away critics and earned a 100 percent rating on reviews website Rotten Tomatoes ahead of its summer release, is the latest example of a genre-spanning more than 100 movies. Origin story But killer toys have been scaring the bejesus out of theatregoers since Lionel Barrymore played a cross-dressing fugitive selling life-like dolls that were actually shrunken humans in "The Devil-Doll" in 1936. "Child's Play" (1988) introduced perhaps the most famous evil doll of them all, Chucky -- a crude, hard-drinking misogynist who went on to appear in four theatrical sequels and two straight-to-DVD movies. After a fallow period, Australian filmmaker James Wan resurrected the creepy toy trope to huge success with Billy, the Jigsaw Killer's puppet in "Saw" (2004) and its sequels, as well as in "Dead Silence" (2007). His most significant contribution, however, has been Annabelle, a haunted porcelain doll first seen in "The Conjuring" (2013). Based on a real, supposedly haunted "Raggedy Ann" doll that can be visited in a museum in Connecticut, Annabelle -- an altogether darker prospect than Chucky -- is regarded by many as the creepiest doll in cinema history. "Annabelle," a commercially successful but critically unadmired spin-off, came out in 2014. Wan is the producer on the much more impressive origin story "Annabelle: Creation," due out on August 11. says the movie's impressive latest trailer has increased optimism for a healthy $25-30 million domestic opening weekend. "It looks like a film that could help out what's initially been thought of as a very mixed August slate of releases," Robbins told AFP. Extra creepy Filmed over the summer of 2016 at the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, the deliciously bloodcurdling prequel focuses on a dollmaker and his wife, whose daughter died 20 years earlier. Murder and mayhem ensue as they decide to open their home to several girls from a shuttered orphanage, only to reawaken the doll maker?s possessed creation. "Annabelle just has such a rich history," 36-year-old Swedish director David Sandberg told reporters at a preview screening at the Los Angeles Film Festival this week. "She's based on a real doll, and James did such a good job setting her up in 'The Conjuring' that people just associate her with evil." Emmy and Golden Globe-winning Australian actor Anthony LaPaglia, who plays the dollmaker, said he chose not to get to know the movie's talented young female cast -- led by Lulu Wilson, 11, and 15-year-old co-star Talitha Bateman -- so that he "could be extra creepy" on set. "I always like implied violence as opposed to seeing a sword go through someone's head, and this has a lot of implied violence that is way scarier," he told reporters on the red carpet. "For me the best part was going to work and just scaring these kids every day."
  4. Jason Roy's bizarre dismissal turned the second Twenty20 international's South Africa's way as the Proteas won by just three runs at Taunton on Friday. The narrow victory at Somerset's headquarters saw South Africa level the three-match series at 1-1 as bounced back from a nine-wicket defeat by England at Southampton two days earlier to set-up a winner-takes-all clash in Cardiff on Sunday. England were on course for an unbeatable 2-0 lead while Roy (67) and Jonny Bairstow (47) shared a second-wicket stand of 110. But when Roy was given out obstructing the field -- the first time this had happened in a T20 international -- the innings fell away. England's cause was not helped by batting second under increasingly dark skies in a match that started at 1600 GMT despite a lack of floodlights on the ground, although home skipper Eoin Morgan did field first after winning the toss. A target of 12 off the last over became four off the last ball after Liam Dawson hit Andile Phehlukwayo for a boundary. But he could not repeat the trick and South Africa had a morale-boosting victory to follow their first-round exit at the 50-over Champions Trophy, with this win achieved despite the absence of coach Russell Domingo, who had flown home after his mother was involved in a traffic accident. Durban-born Roy, dropped from England's Champions Trophy semi-final loss to Pakistan after a run of low scores, was in superb form. He struck nine fours and went to his fifty with a six against spinner Tabraiz Shamsi. Bairstow fell first, chipping man-of-the-match Chris Morris (two for 18) to mid-on. And then came the turning point. Roy veered dramatically off a straight course, with the result he placed himself between the incoming throw from Phehlukwayo, which hit him on the heel, and the stumps. South Africa appealed and, after on-field umpires Rob Bailey and Michael Gough referred the decision, Roy was given out by TV umpire Tim Robinson, the former England opening batsman. Not controversial Roy was clearly aghast but Morgan insisted it had been a "50-50 call". "Everyone in the changing room thought it could go either way, so it's not massively controversial," Morgan told reporters. "You can see why the umpires gave him out." But England all-rounder Ben Stokes, who was given out obstructing the field in a one-day international against Australia at Lord's two years ago when he reacted to a shy at the stumps from bowler, Mitchell Starc by sticking out a glove, was unimpressed. "Can't believe that @JasonRoy20 was given out in that manner today," Stokes, rested from this match, tweeted before continuing "embarrassment is the only word that can be associated with the decision." South Africa captain AB de Villiers, insisted, however: "We were in the right to ask the question of the umpires. "It's not an easy decision and it's never nice to get out like that." England still had batting to come after Roy's exit. But Somerset 'old boy' Jos Buttler, now at Lancashire, was yorked by Phehlukwayo for 10 and Morgan (six) was well caught in the gloom by de Villiers. England, who had been 133 for two at the start of the 16th over, lost four wickets for 34 runs before finishing on 171 for six. Earlier, Cape Town-born Tom Curran, a Surrey team-mate of Roy, marked his England debut with an impressive three for 33 in his maximum allowed four overs. South Africa's total of 174 for eight, de Villiers' top-scoring with 46, was a significant improvement on Wednesday's 142 for three. Curran, the son of the late former Zimbabwe international Kevin Curran, struck with just his second ball in international cricket when Reeza Hendricks bottom-edged a pull into his stumps. But fellow opener Jon-Jon Smuts made a brisk 45 with star batsman de Villiers, as he so often does, upping the tempo further with three sixes in his 20-ball innings. They included an extraordinary sweep off one knee against left-arm paceman David Willey that flew into the River Tone before he was dismissed next ball. Curran had Morris caught off a slower ball and the 22-year-old then bowled Phehlukwayo for a golden duck with an excellent yorker. But Farhaan Behardien's 32 proved highly useful.
  5. EU leaders on Friday poured cold water on a proposal by French President Emmanuel Macron to hand Brussels more powers to control Chinese investments in strategic European industries. European leaders discussed the divisive topic on the second day of an EU summit in Brussels, as Europe seeks to lead on free trade in response to the protectionist policies of US President Donald Trump. The election of the "America First" tycoon has sown confusion in Europe, with pro-free trade leaders urging that the EU take the lead and sign new trade deals with Japan, Mexico and South America. But the reformist Macron, France's freshly elected president, wanted to put a special focus on the wave of blockbuster investments by China in Europe that has spooked some member states, including Germany. "Fairer trade is preferable than the law of the jungle," said Macron after the summit in a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Macron blames Europe for forgetting EU citizens who are worried about globalisation, so helping stoke the populist sentiment that brought on Brexit. But Macron's idea on investments was significantly watered down after facing opposition from Spain, Greece and Portugal, all unwilling to thwart Beijing investments in their economies. "There was clearly a push by Macron and resistance by others," an EU source said after the summit talks dragged on over the issue. "Countries like Portugal, Greece and Spain are eager to take Chinese money to get their heads out of the water," the source said. Other countries were wary of offending powerful China, or of giving Brussels fresh powers over national economic policy. As a gesture to Macron, EU governments had agreed to include the idea in the summit conclusions, with leaders eager to reward his solid defeat of far-right Marine Le Pen in elections last month. "I personally want a Europe that is open but that isn't handed away on a plate," EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said in support of Macron. But in the summit conclusions, leaders stopped well short of an EU-wide policy of screening strategic investments from third countries, agreeing only to "analyse" them. At the same time, this would be done while "fully respecting member states' competences." Anti-dumping defences The summit was less divided on finding ways to set up stronger anti-dumping defences against China and other countries. Beijing has faced global condemnation for flooding the world with super cheap steel, solar panels and other products, leaving international rivals on their knees. EU leaders also urged EU institutions to swiftly implement anti-dumping measures currently under negotiation in Brussels. In response to the developments, the Chinse foreign ministry said it would continue to "encourage Chinese companies to invest in the EU" and "request them to abide by local laws and regulations." "We also hope the EU can offer a sound, fair and impartial environment for Chinese companies willing to invest and have their business there," said Geng Shuang, spokesman of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  6. As one of the world's largest entertainment companies, Disney is used to adoring fans but one man has topped them all, visiting its California theme park 2,000 days in a row. Jeff Reitz marked the milestone on Thursday, using his Disneyland Resort annual pass which had enabled his trek to the park on a daily basis since January 1, 2012. "What we mostly know about him is that he loves Disneyland," said John McClintock, a spokesman for the theme park. "When I asked him what he likes about the park, he said he likes all the shows and all the attractions but he did mention that he really likes to listen to the music in the park," he added. "I guess he finds it relaxing." McClintock said Disney has yet to come across someone as enamored with the park as Reitz, an Air Force veteran in his 40s who usually shows up after work and spends a few hours. "His girlfriend frequently comes with him but not every day," he said. "That would be true love, wouldn't it?"
  7. PESHAWAR: At least two police officers were injured, while three terrorists were killed in an exchange of fire between police and terrorists near Chamkani area of Peshawar, in the wee hours of Saturday. According to police, three terrorists were killed during a raid near grid station of Chamkani area. Terrorists opened fire on police while the raid was being conducted, as a result two police officers were injured.
  8. Security forces found two groups of terrorists in Makkah and a third group in Jeddah: state TV DUBAI: Saudi security forces foiled an attack on the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Makkah on Friday, state television Al-Ekhbariya and Al Arabiya TV reported. Al Arabiya said security forces had found two groups of terrorists in Makkah and a third group in the city of Jeddah. The foiled attack targetted worshipers at the mosque, it said. Neither Al Arabiya nor Al-Ekhbariya gave any further details.
  9. An image of the well wherein the arms cache was hidden. ? Geo News screengrab KARACHI: Pakistan Rangers Sindh on Friday recovered a sizeable cache of arms and ammunition buries inside a well in Karachi, a spokesman for the paramilitary force said in a statement. "Rangers received intel about presence of the arms cache inside a well located in Nazimabad no. 3, which was hidden by miscreants affiliated with Muttahida Qaumi Movement-London before the start of Karachi operation," said a Rangers spokesman in the statement. After burying arms and ammunition, the miscreants had refilled the well with mud, it read. Upon receiving information, Rangers personnel immediately sprang into action and recovered the cache after digging up the well. The recovered weapons included an RPG-7 rocket launcher, four RPG-7 shells, four 7mm rifles and four secondary fuses, the statement detailed. The spokesman further appealed the masses to support law enforcement agencies in preventing terrorism, and immediately inform the paramilitary force about any suspicious activity or persons involved in it. Citizens can inform Rangers about suspicious activities around them at the nearest check-post, or Rangers helpline 1101.
  10. Photo: FILE GUJRANWALA: The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) on Friday rounded up three suspected terrorists in Gujranwala, a CTD spokesman said, seizing a sizeable quantity of arms and explosives from them. The suspects were apprehended from a park on GT Road following a tip-off, the spokesman said. "They were planning to target sensitive installations in the city," he added. The suspects, Yousuf Tariq, Samiullah and Mansoor, were affiliated with an outlawed group. They were trained in Afghanistan to carry out terrorist attacks. A case has been lodged against the suspects and they are being further interrogated.
  11. KARACHI: A gas cylinder inside a passenger bus exploded in Karachi on Friday, rescue sources said, which left multiple people injured. The incident took place in Quaidabad area of the megapolis, when the gas cylinder inside a passenger bus exploded with a loud bang, rescue sources said. Multiple injuries were reported in the wake of the blast, they added. The wounded persons were shifted to hospital.
  12. Special intelligence based and search operations have been launched across the country and security has been tightened, said a statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). The army?s media wing added the operations have been launched in coordination with intelligence and law enforcement agencies. The announcement by the Army comes after the country was rocked by multiple terror attacks on Friday which claimed at least 36 lives. The ISPR quoted the army chief as saying that the ?enemy was trying to mar the festive mood of the nation through such cowardly acts?. Security forces launched a nationwide military operation 'Radd-ul-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).
  13. WASHINGTON: The memorial of 17-year-old Muslim teen Nabra Hassanen, who was abducted and murdered after leaving a mosque in Virginia, was vandalised on Wednesday morning in Washington DC, reported Fox 5. According to DC Fire department, the memorial on Dupont Memorial Fountain on Connecticut Avenue was set on fire. The fire was later extinguished by fire fighters. Jonathon Soloman of South Carolina was arrested in connection with the fire, said DC police. The United States Park Police said it did not appear that Soloman was intentionally setting fire to items from Nabra's memorial as he was setting several items from the park on fire. Soloman was charged with vandalism. Nabra was attacked earlier in June after she and several of her friends walking outside a mosque got into a dispute with a motorist in the community of Sterling. The teen was reported missing by her friends who scattered during the attack and could not find her afterwards. Her body was later found dumped in a pond. During the search for the missing teen, authorities stopped a motorist "driving suspiciously in the area" and arrested the driver, later identified as Darwin Martinez Torres, 22. Police obtained a murder warrant that charges Torres for her death The number of anti-Muslim bias incidents in the United States jumped 57 percent in 2016 to 2,213, up from 1,409 in 2015, the Council on American-Islamic Relations advocacy group said in a report last month. While the group had been seeing a rise in anti-Muslim incidents prior to Donald Trump's stunning rise in last year's presidential primaries and November election victory, it said the acceleration in bias incidents was due in part to Trump's focus on militant groups and anti-immigrant rhetoric.
  14. AMRITSAR: The provincial government of India's Punjab state has announced free education for girls in government schools and colleges from nursery to PhD, reported the India Times. The chief minster of the Indian state also announced provision of free books, both in hard and soft copies, to students. He also announced free Wi-Fi services for 13,000 primary schools and all 48 government colleges in the province. The Indian publication further added that the literacy rate in Punjab is 75.84 per cent while the national average of literacy in India is 73pc.
  15. RAWALPINDI: Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) has busted a gang of drug-peddlers involved in smuggling of drugs abroad through Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aircraft, top ANF officials said Friday. The ANF rounded up 12 suspects from Karachi, Lahore and Rawalpindi, said DG ANF Major General Musarrat Nawaz at a press conference here. DG ANF Maj. Gen. Musarrat Nawaz speaks at a press conference in Rawalpindi. ? Geo News screengrab The suspects included PIA employees and personnel of Airport Security Force (ASF). The suspects would stash heroine and other drugs in hidden chambers of PIA planes and smuggle it abroad.
  16. Iconic Bollywood actor Dilip Kumar. Dilip Kumar, the iconic Bollywood actor of his time, once again fell victim to internet rumors about his death late Thursday. The veteran actor and his wife, Saira Bano, were in utter shock when they received a huge number of phone calls and messages inquiring about Kumar's well-being. Kumar put an end to all rumours writing on Twitter that "Allah's mercy has been upon us, my health has been much better this Ramazan." He thanks the ones concerned about his well-being, saying that he was "immensely touched" by the prayers, wishes and greetings from his fans and well-wishers.
  17. KARACHI: Pakistan Tehreek Insaf gained one more veteran politician on Friday when Dr Babar Awan quit Pakistan People?s Party and joined the Imran Khan-led platform. On the occasion of joining, Awan said that he left the party after 21 years. ?It?s time that I join the real opposition party,? the senator said. The PPP is rapidly loosing its members to the PTI, as former PPP leaders Firdous Ashiq Awan, Noor Alam Khan and Nazar Gondal also recently joined the party. Noor Alam Khan, who is a close aide of Asif Zardari, and former federal minister Firdous Ashiq Awan joined PTI on May 23rd and 30 respectively. Later, Nazar Gondal, who formerly served as a Federal Minister for Capital Administration & Development, joined the PTI on June 6. The PTI Chairman has welcomed the leaders into the party fold. Former PPP leader Firdous Ashiq Awan joins PTI PTI?s official Twitter account tweeted out two photos announcing the joining of the former PPP stalwart At the time of Nazar?s joining, Imran Khan had said that many members of the PML-N wanted to join his party but could not due to fear of reaction. PTI chief had also said that along with the old PPP members (who are joining the PTI) a new Pakistan would be formed.
  18. ISLAMABAD: Chairman Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Dr Muhammad Arshad said on Friday that the institution has provided all the records which were requested by the Joint Investigation Team, probing the businesses and financial dealings of the Sharif family. According to the Chairman FBR, the JIT has not hidden anything from the JIT. The FBR has provided the record of the Sharif family from 1980 to date, he said denying the allegation of concealing records. ?Don?t understand which record we have failed to provide the JIT,? said the chairman. According to law, the wealth statement needs to be filed every year, said Dr Arshad. ?The JIT demanded wealth statement of the year which wasn't available,? he added. The Panama case JIT had alleged that certain state institutions are tampering records and creating impediments in its work, besides threatening some members of the team. The JIT in one of its reports had alleged the FBR of non-provision of records.
  19. Zuckerberg has his first iftar dinner with Somali refugees- Photo: Facebook Mark Zuckerberg observed his first iftar dinner with a group of Somali refugees in Minneapolis, the Facebook founder said in a post on the social media site. ?As a refugee, you often don't get to choose which country you end up in. When I asked one man, who had spent 26 years in a refugee camp, whether America now felt like home, he gave a simple and profound answer: ?Home is where you are free to do what you want. Yes, this feels like home,?? the post read. Zuckerberg has won some praise for emphasising on the need for using technology to battle poverty, supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and acknowledging that the tech industry has a diversity problem. He has also criticised Trump?s efforts to curb immigration and entry of refugees in the United States. ?There are few places in the world he felt comfortable to be who he is: the country he was born, and our country that values freedom,? Zuckerberg said in the Facebook post. ?What a beautiful tribute to America. Thanks to my hosts for being so gracious at the very end of Ramadan. I left impressed by your strength and resilience to build a new life in an unfamiliar place, and you are a powerful reminder of why this country is so great,? he concluded.
  20. LONDON: The British van driver who mowed down Muslim worshippers near a London's Finsbury Park mosque this week was charged Friday with terrorism-related murder and attempted murder, officials said. Darren Osborne, 47, will appear before magistrates in central London later Friday in relation to the charges, police and prosecutors said. One man died in the incident early Monday near Finsbury Park Mosque in north London, and another 11 people were injured. Makram Ali, 51, died from multiple injuries following Monday´s attack. He had collapsed with a leg problem and was being attended to by fellow worshippers leaving late-night Ramadan prayers at the mosque when the hired van careered into them. Ali came to Britain from Bangladesh when he was 10. He was married with four daughters and two sons, and had two grandchildren. His family has said they were "devastated" by his death. "Our father was a quiet, gentle man," they said in a statement. The attack was the fourth in Britain in three months, killing a total of 36 people and injuring around 200. The three previous attacks were all militant-linked.
  21. A six-year-old girl in India was killed for soiling the bed, reported India Times. According to the police, Rabi, was killed by her mother's lover whom they were living with. The police added Rabi and her mother Parul were living with the latter's lover Saurabh. On Monday night, Rabi urinated on the bed. When Saurabh got to know he got enraged, banging the six-year-old's head against a wall due to which she fell unconscious. However, after a while, he took Rabi to the hospital where the doctors pronounced her as brought dead. Hospital staff informed the police about the incident. Subsequently, Saurabh was arrested and a murder case registered against him. Parul had separated with her husband three years ago, after which she along with Rabi started living with Saurabh, said the police.
  22. MOSCOW: Two Russian warships and a submarine in the Mediterranean have fired missiles at Daesh targets in Syria, the defence ministry said Friday. It said that Turkish and Israeli military "were informed in a timely manner of the missile launches through communication channels," but it did not mention the United States. Russia has suspended its communication channel with the US on military operations in Syria after a US jet shot down a Syrian warplane on Sunday, with Moscow accusing Washington of failing to issue a warning. The defence ministry said that Russia´s Admiral Essen and Admiral Grigorovich warships and the Krasnodar submarine fired six Kalibr missiles at command centres and weapons stores in Syria´s Hama region. "As a result of the surprise mass missile strike, command points were destroyed and also large stores of weapons and ammunition of the IS terrorists in the area of Aqirbat in the Hama province," it said. The ministry added that Russian planes then carried out aerial strikes that "destroyed the remainder of the Daesh fighters and their facilities." The ministry released video footage of missiles being fired from underwater by the submarine and from the ships as well as aerial footage of the missiles striking two-storey buildings in what appeared to be semi-desert areas. The most recent such strikes from ships and submarines were announced by the ministry on May 31, aimed at targets around Palmyra. The defence ministry said Friday that Daesh fighters have been moving forces into Hama province this week under cover of night and using large buildings there as command points and weapons stores. It said the fighters were trying to move out from Raqqa towards Palmyra.
  23. Pakistan's High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit -Photo: File Pakistan's High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit has said that Pakistan is not begging for talks with India and long-lasting peace cannot be achieved in South Asia without solving the Kashmir dispute in accordance with wishes of its people. Abdul Basit, in an exclusive interview with Rising Kashmir, said that Jammu and Kashmir was the basic and core dispute with India. One day Pakistan and India would have to come on the negotiation table as without dialogue, the two countries could not resolve their problems, he said. When asked how the deadlock in talks can be broken, he said, "The present stalemate between the two countries would be over sooner or later as without dialogue we cannot solve our problems.? The high commissioner added that it is pleasing to note that the two countries have a framework for comprehensive bilateral dialogue. When Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj visited Pakistan in December 2015, both the countries agreed and signed on this framework, he said. Emphasising that Islamabad does not believe in wasting time in talks for the sake of talks, Basit said that Pakistan wanted talks on substantive issues, specifically on Kashmir. "We consider Kashmir issue as the basic and core dispute between Pakistan and Indiaand it should be resolved by taking into account the wishes of Kashmiri people. He said without solving the Kashmir dispute, durable peace between the two countries as well as in South Asia could not be established. Replying to a question, the Pakistani envoy said the two countries had wasted 70 years in wars and bitterness and "the time has now come that we should search for peace. We need to decide whether we would like to continue with status quo or want to make a new beginning in our ties. He said the situation in Kashmir was alarming and ?reinforces the argument that there should be a dialogue and by using force one cannot solve any problem?. When told that India says Islamabad is not addressing the concerns about "cross-border terrorism" for resumption of dialogue process, Basit said, "There should be no condition for dialogue. Our position is very clear that there can be no talk with pre-conditions. Talks should be with open mind and it should be done in a sincere and cordial atmosphere, he said. Basit said that many rounds of talks were held between Pakistan and India during 2004 to 2008 and those talks brought some good results. "It is not fair to put condition for talks. Whenever talks were held, it brought results," he said. When asked whether domestic compulsions are coming in Pakistan's way of improving relations with India, Basit said, "The foreign policy is basically extension of domestic policies and you cannot separate it. However, I must say, there is a national consensus in Pakistan for improving ties with India. I can say that Pakistani nation has come of age or became mature enough as nobody wants to bedevil relations with India.? The high commissioner emphasised that Pakistan does not want to live in perpetual hostility with India but that does not mean ?we are begging for talks?. ?Pakistan is positive and constructive, but it takes two to tango.?
  24. LAHORE: The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) on Friday in yet another raid sealed two sweetmeat units in the city for using substandard food colour in sweetmeats. The units were found to be using low quality ingredients and food colour. Eighteen tonnes of unhygienic sweetmeat and 21 tonnes of raw material were also seized from the units. Led by DG Punjab Noor-ul-Amin Mengal, a number of sweatmeat units have been sealed across the province for using inferior quality and substandard products. Mengal said that 400 tonnes of substandard sweetmeat and 300 cakes have been seized and a fine of Rs100 million has been levied on a renowned sweatmeat unit. Nine units have been sealed in Lahore, while the PFA has sealed six units each in Multan and Rawalpindi. The authority conducted raids and sealed eight units in Faisalabad and seven in Gujranwala. ?All units were selling cheap, unhealthy, cancer-causing food colour and chemicals,? Mengal told Geo News. Up till now 36 units have been sealed across the province and fines of Rs1.9 million have been levied. Yesterday, the PFA sealed two sweetmeat production units in Lahore and Rawalpindi. Nearly 240 kilogrammes of ready-to-sell sweetmeat and 400 kilogrammes of inferior quality ingredients were disposed off, said Mengal.
  25. 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.