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  1. In what was earlier intrinsic to mainly football, the advent of fan clubs and groups have now transcended across other sports. But, these aren't your average fans travelling to the ends of the world to follow their teams. In fact, these are a bunch of loyal supporters whose sole purpose in the stadium is to motivate their team and intimidate the opposition. In a sport as static as cricket, the gaze of the television director, and thus the viewer, is invariably drawn to the loudest, the boldest, and most vivid. You could just turn up, buy a ticket and watch the cricket match, but where's the fun in that when you could do a lot more? Especially, start drinking as early as 9AM in the stadium and hurl abuses at the opponents. The descendants of those crazy people are, of course, the various fan clubs we've come across in cricket. From England's infamous Barmy Army to Pakistan's Stani Army, the touring groups of troubadours and sing-song merchants - who so energise their respective teams - provide noise and colour in cricket. © Reuters Similarly, in a country where cricket is considered a religion and cricketers labelled as demigods, India, too, enjoys its fair share of fan clubs and support groups. We all know Sudhir Gautam, the man who diligently followed Sachin Tendulkar or even the Bharat Army which was founded in England and continues to travel with the Indian team. It is often joked about that even if Virat Kohli and his team went on to play on Mars; there would be a couple of fans waiting to cheer them on. So when the visuals of the SuperSport Park in Centurion for the second Test between India and South Africa showed just the Proteas thronging the stadium, it came as a dampener. © BCCL However, just as one started to lose hope, from behind all the jazz, came the sound of the Dhol and a group of noticeable Indian supporters matching the South African fans in every chant and musical note. A group of 40-50 individuals shouting their lungs out and beating the Dhols kept the Indian cricket team motivated on foreign soil. With their Bhangra and chants of 'India, India', the group identified as the 'Punjab United Club' has been stealing the thunder of the jazz music being played at the Castle Corner during the second Test. The group has travelled all the way from Johannesburg to support the Indian team and especially their favourite cricketer, 'King Kohli'. © BCCL “We are a group of about 40-45 people, including the kids, and we have come here to support the Indian players. We belong to the Punjab United Club and we are based in Johannesburg. This is our first visit to the SuperSport Park, but we are always present at the Wanderers in Jo'burg. The kids also wanted to watch their favourite player (Kohli) so we are all here and looking to enjoy ourselves,” Parminder Singh, chairman of the club, told News18. Asked about the atmosphere in the stadium, Parminder said: “We are loving every bit of this. While we are going to be definitely there at the Wanderers for the third Test as well, we will come back for the second ODI, sixth ODI and the second T20I. Not to forget the fourth ODI and the first T20I in Johannesburg. We love our cricket and nothing better than watching our Indian stars in action.” © BCCL Despite a narrow loss in the first Test at the Newlands, the group has little doubt that their team will level the series 1-1 after bouncing back in the ongoing Test. “Wait till Kohli hits a hundred and gets even with the Proteas. The boys will surely win here. Also, we want to wish Kohli a very happy Lohri and Makar Sankranti,” Parminder said. Virat Kohli now has 150+ score against all test teams whom he has played. Sachin Tendulkar and Steve Waugh are the only batsmen to hit 150+ against all test teams. #SAvIND — RVCJ Media (@RVCJ_FB) January 15, 2018 On a track that is not as devious as the one at Newlands, the Indian cricket team has struggled on the back of a disappointing performance by their star-studded batting line-up. But, at a time when other Indian batsmen failed to negate opposition bowlers, Kohli has kept his team in the hunt with a well-fought 150. In the modern era of cricket, where fan clubs and support groups continue to bolster their respective teams, the availability of a group like the 'Punjab United Club' in the stands is almost like an extra player in the stadium for India, especially overseas where the world's no. 1 Test side has struggled to derive favourable results in the past.
  2. Whatsapp logo. Photo: File In its newly introduced feature, messaging service WhatsApp has started allowing users to ?dismiss? administrators of group chats. ?Dismiss As Admin? lets group admins demote other group admins, subsequently taking control of conversations. For instance, if it is used on an admin, the admin would lose all of their admin privileges and become a standard group chat participant instead, but at the same time only group admins are allowed to add participants to an existing chat, and only an admin can remove people from group chats. The feature is available in the beta version of WhatsApp for Android, and is under development on iOS, according to WABetaInfo. If you?re an admin of a group chat, you?ll be able to access the feature simply by tapping Group Info. The unusual feature may or may not roll out to all users in the future.
  3. YANGON: Rohingya insurgents said on Saturday that 10 Rohingya found in a mass grave in Myanmar?s troubled Rakhine state last month were ?innocent civilians?, and not members of their group. Myanmar?s military said earlier this week its soldiers had killed 10 captured ?terrorists? during insurgent attacks at the beginning of September, after Buddhist villagers had forced the captured men into a grave the villagers had dug. It was a rare acknowledgment of wrongdoing by the Myanmar military during its operations in the western state of Rakhine. The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), whose raids against security posts starting last August sparked sweeping military operations in the Muslim-majority northern part of Rakhine, said it ?whole-heartedly welcomes the admission? of ?war crimes? by the ?Burmese terrorist army?. ?We hereby declare that these ten innocent Rohingya civilians found in the said mass grave in Inn Din Village Tract were neither ARSA nor had any association with ARSA?, the group said in a statement on Twitter. A Myanmar government spokesman said in response to ARSA?s statement that sometimes ?terrorists and villagers were allied? in attacks? against security forces. ?We have already said it is very difficult to segregate who is a terrorist and who are innocent villagers,? spokesman Zaw Htay said. ?There will be an ongoing investigating process whether they are members of ARSA or not.? The Myanmar military did not immediately respond to requests for comment. ?NEW STEP? Myanmar?s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Friday it was ?positive? that the country?s military was taking responsibility for the actions of troops. ?It is a new step for our country,? she told a joint news conference with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono in Myanmar?s capital of Naypyitaw. ?I see it that way because a country needs to take responsibility for the rule of law in the country, and this is the first step on the road of taking responsibility and it is a positive thing,? She said, according to a transcript of the news conference posted on her Facebook page. On Dec. 18, the military announced a mass grave containing 10 bodies had been found at the coastal village of Inn Din, about 50 km (30 miles) north of the state capital Sittwe. The army appointed a senior officer to investigate. A statement from the military on Wednesday said its investigation had found that members of the security forces had taken part in the killings and action would be taken against them. Some civilians wanted to kill the 10 men to avenge the death of an ethnic Rakhine Buddhist man in Inn Dinn village named Maung Ni and would face punishment, the military said. On Saturday, a lawyer for one of Maung Ni?s sons said police were seeking murder charges against the son, named Tun Aye, for taking part in the killings. Lawyer Khin Win said a murder complaint against the son was filed with local prosecutors last week in Maungdaw, the nearest town to Inn Din. Tun Aye was one of four Inn Din villagers detained by police on Dec. 15, said Khin Win. The other three had been released, he said. National police spokesman Thet Naing said he was not aware of the murder complaint. The Rohingya crisis erupted after Rohingya insurgent attacks on security posts on Aug. 25 in Rakhine triggered a fierce military response that the United Nations denounced as ethnic cleansing. Myanmar denies ethnic cleansing, saying its security forces had mounted legitimate counter-insurgency clearance operations.
  4. A journalist selfies with cardboard cut-outs of Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha at Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, January 9, 2018. ? Reuters BANGKOK: Thailand?s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, known for his temperamental outbursts, has adopted a unique tactic to avoid tricky questions from reporters -- leave a cardboard cutout of himself for reporters to quiz. But the gesture has been criticised by Human Rights Watch which said it shows the military junta chief?s ?contempt of media criticism? in a country yet to restore democracy since a 2014 coup. Seventeen life-sized cutouts of Prayuth have been set up around the government compound ahead of Children?s Day on Saturday. They show Prayuth in various outfits including sportswear, work suits and traditional Thai attire. On Monday, Prayuth spoke briefly at Government House before a cutout of Prayuth in a suit and tie was brought out. Prayuth, who is known for his abstruse sense of humour, then told journalists to refer any questions to the cardboard cutout. ?Ask this guy,? he said. Reaction to the bizarre gesture was largely muted on social media on Tuesday but Human Rights Watch said it added to a ?long list of his bizarre and bullying reactions to reporters?. ?Thailand?s junta leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha continues to show contempt of media criticism and scrutiny,? Sunai Phasuk, senior Thailand researcher at Human Rights Watch, told Reuters. Children pose next to a cardboard cut-out of Thai PM Prayuth Chan-ocha at Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, January 8, 2018. ? Reuters The general is known for going off-script and for his public outbursts which are sometimes dismissed as mildly amusing even by his staunchest critics. His comments have also been menacing. In 2015, he warned journalists that he had the power to execute them. In another separate incident, he threw a banana peel at a reporter. Prayuth?s government has announced it will hold a general election in November 2018 after repeatedly delaying the vote. However, it has yet to lift a ban on political campaigning despite pressure from groups of all political stripes. ?Even when the junta promises to hold an election, there is no open space for media freedom,? said Sunai. Children?s Day is celebrated annually in Thailand on the second Saturday of January. On the day, armed forces open up military barracks to children to let them pose with weapons and tanks. Children are also invited to sit at the prime minister?s work desk inside Government House.
  5. ISLAMABAD: As the strike against the imposition of taxes in Gilgit-Baltistan entered its eighth day, the government formed a working group of the region's council to examine recommendations of a parliamentary committee, said a notification by GB's secretariat. The group will examine taxation issues of the Gilgit-Baltistan legislative assembly and will prepare a working paper for the council's upcoming session. The shutter-down strike in all four districts of Baltistan was called by the Central Association for Traders and Awami Action Committee on December 21. The committee has been formed on the orders of GB's chief minister and the working group was constituted by the federal minister for Kashmir affairs and Gilgit Baltistan. The working group will be chaired by Malik Ibrar Ahmed, a local MNA and member of the GB council. Leaders of the business community earlier had said that imposition of levies without accepting the constitutional rights of the region is unacceptable. The strike was endorsed by all religious and political parties except the ruling party in the region, as well as lawyers and human rights activists.
  6. YANGON: A group of Myanmar journalists said they would begin wearing black T-shirts on Saturday in protest at the detention of two Reuters reporters accused of violating the country?s Official Secrets Act, as pressure builds on Myanmar to release the pair. The Protection Committee for Myanmar Journalists, a group of local reporters who have demonstrated against past prosecutions of journalists, decried the ?unfair arrests that affect media freedom?. In a statement on Facebook, the committee said its members would don black T-shirts ?to signify the dark age of media freedom? in Myanmar. They demanded the unconditional and immediate release of the two reporters, Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27. ?Journalists all over the country are urged to take part in the Black Campaign,? the group said. It said it also planned to stage official protests and prayers. The group has staged several protests on behalf of arrested reporters from other media this year, including one in June in which around 100 journalists took part. It was not immediately clear how many journalists have joined the black T-shirt protest. The Protection Committee for Myanmar Journalists was formed in response to the arrest in June of a newspaper editor over the publication of a cartoon that made fun of the military, said video journalist A Hla Lay Thu Zar - one of the group?s 21-member executive committee. ?A reporter must have the right to get information and write news ethically,? said A Hla Lay Thu Zar in reference to the case of the two Reuters? journalists. Myo Nyunt, deputy director for Myanmar?s Ministry of Information, told Reuters the case had nothing to do with press freedom. ?It?s related to the Official Secrets Act,? he said. ?Journalists should be able to tell what is secret and what is not... We already have press freedom. There?s freedom to write and speak... There?s press freedom if you follow the rules.? Asked about the local reporters? ?black campaign?, he said: ?Everyone can express his feelings.? Pressure from across the world The journalists were arrested on Tuesday evening after they were invited to dine with police officers on the outskirts of Myanmar?s largest city, Yangon. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani, and government officials from Canada, Britain, Sweden, and Bangladesh, have all called for their release. The two reporters had worked on Reuters coverage of a crisis that has seen an estimated 655,000 Rohingya Muslims flee from a fierce military crackdown on militants in western Rakhine state. The Ministry of Information said the journalists had ?illegally acquired information with the intention to share it with foreign media?, and released a photo of the pair in handcuffs. It said they were being investigated under the 1923 Official Secrets Act, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 14 years. Human rights advocates say press freedom is under attack in Myanmar, where the young civilian-led government of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi shares power with the military that ran the country for decades. At least 11 journalists have been detained in 2017, although some have since been released. Police told Wa Lone?s wife on Thursday that the reporters were taken from Htaunt Kyant police station in north Yangon by an investigation team to an undisclosed location shortly after their arrest. They added the reporters would be brought back to the station in ?two to three days at most?. It is now four days since they were detained. Separately, police lieutenant colonel Myint Htwe of the Yangon Police Division told Reuters on Thursday the reporters? location would not be disclosed until the investigation was complete. Since then, the authorities have not provided any further information on their whereabouts.
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  8. Brazilian Philippe Coutinho struck a hat-trick as Liverpool crushed Spartak Moscow 7-0 to move into the knockout stages of the Champions League as Group E winners. Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp fielded an attacking line-up with Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah in attack, with Coutinho playing behind them, and it was simply too much for the Russians to handle. The five-times European champions took the lead in the fourth minute with a Coutinho penalty after Salah was pulled down by Georgi Dzhikiya. Spartak allowed Liverpool?s attacking trident far too much space and they took full advantage in the 15th minute with a super team goal as Mane fed Salah, who slipped the ball inside to Firmino to set up his compatriot, Coutinho, for a simple finish. Three minutes later, Liverpool added their third. Mane chipped the ball into the box, Spartak defender Serdar Tasci failed to clear and Firmino accepted the gift and confidently drove home. But having given up a 3-0 half-time lead in their last Champions League outing in Sevilla, Liverpool were in no mood to drop down a gear and they put the game to bed within five minutes of the restart. James Milner whipped in a cross from the left which Mane met first-time with an unstoppable volley and then a deflected shot from Coutinho completed his hat-trick to make it 5-0. Mane got his second when he scooped in a low cross from Georginio Wijanaldum in the 76th minute, and then Salah, who had been outstanding all evening, made it 7-0, blasting home after some typically clever footwork in the box. It is Liverpool?s second 7-0 win in the group following their victory by the same scoreline against Maribor in Slovenia in October. Spartak finish third in the group, behind second-placed Sevilla, and move into the Europa League.
  9. FIFA president Gianni Infantino delivers a speech next to Russian President Vladimir Putin during the 2018 FIFA World Cup football tournament final draw at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow. -AFP MOSCOW: The 2010 World Cup winners Spain were placed in the same group as Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal in an exciting draw for the 2018 tournament in Russia on Friday. Neymar's Brazil meanwhile will have to negotiate a group including Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia. Holders Germany will face Mexico, Sweden and South Korea as they try to retain the title for the first time since Brazil in 1962. Lionel Messi and his Argentina team which struggled to qualify will play European debutants Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria. England must negotiate Kevin de Bruyne's Belgium, surprise packages Panama and Tunisia after they were placed together in the draw in the Kremlin. Spain's other opponents in a tough-looking Group B are Morocco and Iran. France will play Australia, Peru and Denmark in Group C. Host nation Russia will face Saudi Arabia in the tournament-opening match on June 14 in Moscow.
  10. NICOSIA: Holders Real Madrid sealed a place in the Champions League last 16 with a thumping 6-0 victory at APOEL Nicosia on Tuesday but will still finish runners-up to Tottenham Hotspur in Group H. Cristiano Ronaldo wrapped up Real?s biggest Champions League away win with two goals at the start of the second half. He has 18 in the competition this year, extending his record from 16 and taking his overall Champions League scoring record to 113. Zinedine Zidane?s side, who have been inconsistent in La Liga this season, were already coasting thanks to first-half goals from Luka Modric, a Karim Benzema double and Nacho strike. Spurs? 2-1 win at Borussia Dortmund means they have claimed top spot on 13 points, with a game to spare, ahead of Real on 10 points. APOEL will fight it out with Dortmund for third place and a Europa League spot, with both teams on two points. Modric opened the scoring for Real in the 22nd minute with a bouncing volley from the edge of the penalty area after APOEL?s Vinicius failed to clear a Dani Carvajal cross from the right. Benzema doubled the lead in the 39th when he was put clean through by Toni Kroos, following neat interplay between the German, the Frenchman and Portuguese Ronaldo. APOEL?s defence appeared to freeze in the build-up after they thought the referee would blow for a foul on Ronaldo. Benzema made no mistake though ending his recent goal drought. In the 41st minute Real made it 3-0 when Nacho prodded home from close range, after his central defensive partner Raphael Varane knocked down Marco Asensio?s corner from the left. Real scored again when Benzema doubled his tally following a lightning break in first-half added time, Ronaldo unselfishly finding the Frenchman who passed the ball into an empty net. Ronaldo finally got on the scoresheet himself, scoring his 112th Champions League goal in the 48th with a simple header off Marcelo?s cross from the left. He then netted again in the 54th, firing home after Perez? clearance struck the onrushing Benzema.
  11. The FIA recovered 142 Pakistan passports, latest electronic machines and various other documents from the suspects GUJRANWALA: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) arrested on Tuesday seven people in the city?s Sadoke area suspected to be involved in smuggling of people whose bullet-riddled bodies were found in Turbat last week. The suspects include four people hailing from Balochistan. The FIA recovered 142 Pakistan passports, latest electronic machines and various other documents from the suspects. Turbat killings: FIA arrests suspected human smuggler from Gujrat Suspect?s Germany-based brother, Humayun Shakil, also ran the human smuggling business in coordination with the arrested suspect According to FIA Deputy Director Khalid Anis, the suspects were involved in smuggling of people via Iraq, Iran and Pakistan to Europe. The main accused Husnain was found to be in contact with a wanted suspect, Akhtar Meo, involved in the Turbat killing incident. In a separate operation in Gujrat, the FIA arrested a facilitator of Sohail Shakeel, another suspect in the incident who was nabbed a day earlier from the city. Authorities have made a number of arrests in Quetta and parts of Punjab after the incident. Bodies of five men found in Turbat sent to their hometown Five bullet-riddled bodies were found in Tajban, Turbat on Saturday On November 15, fifteen bodies were found in Buleda area of Turbat tehsil in Kech district of Balochistan. The bodies bore bullet wounds and were of people from different parts of Punjab, including Mandi Bahauddin, Gujranwala, Gujrat and Sialkot. Two days later, five more bodies were found in the same tehsil at a short distance from the same spot.
  12. Creators' royalties jumped to a record last year on the back of the growth of music streaming, a global body reported Wednesday, but it said compensation from YouTube remained too low. Writers of music, television, film and other content took in 9.2 million euros last year, a jump of six percent from a year earlier, said the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers, a Paris-based body known by its French acronym CISAC. Fueling the growth was music, with digital royalties soaring 52 percent thanks to the rapid rise in paid subscriptions to streaming platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer and Tidal. But within music, royalties from streaming still accounted for a fraction of the proceeds from music's use in television and film as well as music in live performances. The creators' group placed the blame squarely at YouTube, the omnipresent video-sharing site owned by Google, which it accused of not paying back sufficient royalties. Electronic music legend Jean-Michel Jarre, who is the president of CISAC, said in a statement that platforms such as YouTube "are paying mere crumbs to authors." "Collections are nowhere near the level they should be. Large industries that use creative content are driving down the value of our works," Jarre said. The music industry has long feuded with YouTube, which argues that it fairly compensates artists in accordance with the law. The United States in particular legally absolves internet companies of much obligation for the content posted by users. CISAC represents songwriters, screenwriters and others who generally copyright their work with publishers, who distribute back royalties for usage. Performers have a different system of compensation.
  13. Dozens of activists of far-right Shri Rajput Karni Sena on Tuesday stormed through a cinema hall in Kota to protest the screening of a teaser of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's next movie 'Padmavati', which the group claims distort historical facts. The protestors vandalised booking counters, glass windows and gates, and office furniture of the theatre, informs an Indian newspaper. Reportedly the protestors have pelted stones at the theatre. The activists dispersed after the police used light force against them. As many as eight people have been detained following the violence and proceedings were on against 30-40 other people, a police official said. No case has been registered in connection with the violence as local police officials said that were waiting for a complaint from the manager of the cinema hall. Following the protest, the screening of the teaser has been stopped at the theatre. Karni Sena activists had also submitted a memorandum to the theatre manager demanding him to stop the screening of the trailer. Earlier in the day, several activists of Sarv Hindu Samaj and Karni Sena marched through the Kota District Collectorate against the soon-to-be released film. In their memorandum, the far-right activists said the Hindu society will not tolerate distortion of historical facts and the cultural heritage and values of Rajasthan.
  14. ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has asked French medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) to shut its operations in the country's restive northwest, leaving a "major gap" in healthcare for thousands of local people, the humanitarian organisation said. The decision was not immediately confirmed by the government. Azaad Alessandro Alocco, MSF's Country Representative in Pakistan, has said the organisation was "extremely disappointed" by the move. A senior MSF source told AFP Friday that all 120 staff members will be withdrawn from the Bajaur tribal region, part of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas Fata by November 17. "The closure will leave thousands of people in Bajaur... without vital healthcare, and comes just seven weeks after MSF was forced to close its project in Kurram agency, also in FATA," the MSF source told AFP on condition of anonymity. "MSF will now have no presence in the Fata, one of the areas of the country where the need for emergency, maternal and child healthcare is most acute," an MSF statement issued Thursday said. Bajaur and Kurram are two of the seven semi-autonomous regions which make up Fata along the Afghan border. The tribal districts are among the poorest areas in Pakistan. MSF released a statement Thursday saying it was told by Pakistani authorities that the no-objection certificate (NOC) required for carrying out medical activities in Bajaur will not be renewed. It said authorities had given no reason for the decision. MSF has been supporting services at a local hospital in Bajaur since 2013, providing medical care in the outpatient, emergency room, and mother and child health departments. "Healthcare services are very limited in the area and most of our patients cannot afford to pay even for basic medical care", the MSF statement said. "As the only major hospital providing free, quality healthcare in the area, the closure of MSF's activities will leave a major gap and have serious negative implications for the health of people living in Bajaur and the surrounding areas such as Mohmand Agency." MSF has a long history in Pakistan, working with communities affected by natural disasters, conflicts and insufficient healthcare facilities for over 30 years.
  15. PESHAWAR: Former Pakistan skipper, Zaheer Abbas has been appointed as the President of the Board of Zalmi Group. ?It is a great privilege and honour for the entire Zalmi family that one of the biggest names in the cricketing world has acquiesced to join us. The Zalmi vision has always been about the expansion of the sport through the potential of youth,? said Chairman Peshawar Zalmi, Javed Afridi. According to Afridi, Zaheer Abbas as President of the Board would provide input on the foundation plans for Peshawar Zalmi. Zaheer Abbas who is known as the Asian Bradman said Pakistan Super League has helped cricket in Pakistan evolve into a new era and he appreciates the dynamism of Peshawar Zalmi and hopes the franchise will repeat their performance in the third season. A stylish batsman of his era, Zaheer Abbas scored 5,062 runs for Pakistan in 78 test matches and 2,572 runs in 62 ODI's. He is also the only Pakistani batsman to have scored over 100 first-class centuries, 108 to be precise and a mammoth 34,843 runs in first-class cricket
  16. About 3,844 unmarked graves have been discovered in Indian-occupied Kashmir, according to a human rights group in the area. The group, Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP), stated that as many as 2,717 unmarked graves were found in Poonch while 1,127 in Rajouri. APDP shared the findings with a human rights commission in India, which after completing its investigation acknowledged the presence of 2,080 graves in the region. Taking action, the commission told the government in IoK to comprehensively investigate the graves within six months and include DNA tests of the bodies. Earlier in 2011, the commission had directed the government to look into the matter, when a commission?s team had reported that 2,730 unidentified bodies were buried in 38 sites across IoK. In a judgment issued on October 26, 2017, the commission directed the occupational government to identify graves using ?"all available means and techniques like DNA [deoxy nucleic acid] profile, physical description, dental examination, distinctive medical characteristic, fingerprints, carbon dating, forensic pathology.? However, APDP in a statement pointed out that instead of complying with the directions of the commission, the Indian government has avoided the investigation claiming it would cause a ?law and order problem". "We have been demanding that there be an independent commission to do a credible probe on the mass graves," told APDP?s Khurram Parvez to Al-Jazeera, adding that this will provide relief to families of missing persons. Searching for closure A resident of IoK, Tahira Begum shared that investigation of the graves would lead to emotional closure to the families of the disappeared. Tahira?s husband disappeared in 2002 and as a result, she had to leave her three sons in an orphanage. "We want to know whether our family members are buried in these graves. At least, we will get an address to mourn," she remarked. "My kids would run from school and ask me where their father is. For years, I told them he has gone for work outside. But as time passed, I couldn't lie to them anymore."
  17. KARACHI: Rangers and Sindh Police have uncovered a group involved in theft of various cars used in criminal activities across Pakistan, Commander Rangers, Sachal Brigadier Naseem said on Saturday. Addressing a press conference in SITE area, Brigadier Naseem said that the Rangers and Sindh Police had initially nabbed two suspects in a joint operation in Nazimabad, who were found in possession of illegal weapons and a stolen car. ?Unprecedented revelations? followed after further investigation, which showed the two were part of a group involved in selling and using stolen cars in different parts of Pakistan, the brigadier said. ?In the biggest car recovery operation in the country?s history, 51 cars were recovered and returned to their owners in record time. Most of the cars were various models of Toyota,? he said. The operation was conducted by a team comprising Rangers and Sindh Police personnel after the instructions of DG Rangers Sindh, he added.
  18. Whether you run an existing community or are taking tentative first steps into setting up an online community forum around your brand, an important choice you need to make is between social networks like Facebook or having a community you own and control. Let's take a look at the benefits of an owned community versus a Facebook group - as well as how you can still use Facebook (and other social media platforms) to your advantage. You own your data The biggest point to consider when using Facebook groups is that you do not own your own data. Facebook owns it and does not even allow you direct access to it. If you decide later to move to a different platform, need to run reports to extract meaningful insights, or otherwise work with your community data: you are out of luck. In contrast, with an Invision Community, your data is your data. You can use it in any way that makes sense for your goals; be it analyzing trends, sending promotions to users, or generating reports and statistics. We never hold your data hostage and there's no fee to get it. Beyond owning the data, you also control how it's used and presented. Facebook is notorious for changing algorithms for when (or even if) people see your posts. When you run your own community the experience for your and your users is in your control. Branding opportunities This is a big one. An owned community gives you the tools you need to make your community a seamless part of your user's interaction with your business. This naturally includes your brand styles (your logo, colors, site navigation and so on) but also your community web address (URL). With an owned community, your URL will be easy to find - customers normally opt for something like or Users will have more confidence that they're in the right place, and more closely associate your community and your message with your brand. Emails sent out by your owned community can also carry your branding, consistently reinforcing that connection between your business and your community. And, of course, when users share content from your community to Facebook and other social networks, they're sending users directly to your website where you have the opportunity to lead with your most important call to actions. More control over user experience All Facebook groups are, essentially, the same experience and yet your business needs almost certainly aren't the same as every other. One size doesn't necessarily fit all when it comes to community! When you control your own community, you have the ability to control your user's experience. Need to show specific types of data in specific places? You can do that (and more) with Invision Community's easy to use Blocks feature. Need to create a custom community application to serve as a resource center for product support? You can do that too. Another huge benefit of this control is that, unlike a Facebook Group, users won't be seeing ads and 'recommended content' from competing businesses and communities. With user attention being pulled in so many directions these days, the last thing your community needs is for users to leave because Facebook has suggested a competitor! No barriers to monetization Not all communities require a monetization strategy. In many cases, the community is part of a larger customer relationship strategy rather than a revenue-generating destination in its own right. But for those communities that do plan to monetize, options with a Facebook group are at best difficult to act upon, and at worst practically non-existent. In contrast, Invision Community gives you the opportunity to explore monetization strategies that work for you. These might include paid subscription plans (a particularly attractive option for fan club communities), traditional advertising through Google AdSense and other networks, or sponsorship deals with other businesses that might be relevant to your members. Invision Community has tools for each of these approaches built in, allowing you to start monetizing with minimum fuss. Fine-grained permission controls Facebook groups struggle to reflect the real-world roles that staff members play in your organization, limiting your choices to 'administrator' or 'moderator'. And the same is true of users, too - your options for recognizing different levels of user (such as VIPs, or brand ambassadors) are limited. Invision Community is different. Since you are creating and configuring each member group, you can precisely control who can see what, and how they are recognized within the community. You can even sync these roles via Single Sign-On (SSO) making setup and assigning users to groups painless. For staff groups, you can limit access to key community functions based on roles or responsibilities, ensuring access is granted on an as-needed basis only. For users, you can get creative and find a group structure that works best for your specific needs. For example, support communities often find that recognizing the most knowledgeable and helpful members with a new member group (complete with elevated permissions) is a great way of engaging users. And finally, with this control over access, it's very easy to create restricted areas of the community. Whether you want to create a private subforum that staff can use to coordinate tasks or a file repository that's only available to subscribers, Invision Community can achieve it. You can still reap the Facebook benefits Setting up your community within Facebook's walls might not be the best approach for you. That doesn't mean you should ignore Facebook, however. On the contrary, it's an influential platform and there's a very good chance your users are already using it. Invision Community offers a number of tools that allow you to benefit from Facebook while avoiding the drawbacks we discussed. We'll go into more detail on utilizing social media in a future article, but to summarize: Invision Community features social sign-in options, enabling users to register and log in using their existing social media accounts, substantially reducing onboarding friction. Content can promoted by staff back to your social network pages, automatically and on a schedule you decide. Invision Community supports automatic embedding of a wide number of social networks (and other services), allowing users to share their favorite Facebook and Twitter posts and spark a whole new conversation - but this time in your community. Summary When you are creating an online community for your business or hobby it is important to think about your goals and future growth by choosing a platform that is there to work for your needs. When you establish your community on Facebook, you're helping to grow someone else's business (including, potentially, your competitors!) and hoping that some of those spoils fall to you. With an owned community, the rewards of your hard work belong to you and your business alone. Invision Community has been enabling users and businesses to communicate online since 2002, and we're proud of our reputation as a platform that puts control in your hands. Contact us if you'd like to discuss how we can help you too.
  19. From the invention of simple tools to the advent of computers, the synergistic relationship between the society and technology dates back to the dawn of mankind. Since then, technology has been a key contributor to the evolution of the society. After it has been presented and promoted, when an innovation reaches a certain level, it thereby becomes a part of the society eventually aimed to aid humans. But, while it enabled James Cameroon to make Avatar or empowered Tesla to achieve the dream of making electric cars, technological advancements have similarly played their part in helping the negative elements evolve with time in the society. From the days of Taliban to Al-Qaeda, terrorism has also exponentially evolved over the years. While at the surface it remains the calculated use of unlawful violence or threat of unlawful violence to inculcate fear, terrorism has rapidly become a predominant strategic tool of our adversaries. From the days of planting bombs in crowded places, terror outfits have evolved to ram passenger planes into symbolic buildings and pull-off coordinated attacks on a city while setting ablaze a five-star hotel and taking its guests hostage. © Reuters And, as we entered in the digital age, so did these terror outfits, paving way for a more notorious and technologically sound group we all came to know of as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Whether it's their enhanced ability to operate, procure funding or even the recruitment via social media, if we all have benefitted from the digital age, so did ISIS. Continuing to change the dynamics, overcome security measures and define the new age of terrorism, the notorious ISIS have come up with another threat that looms large on one of the world's biggest sporting event - the FIFA World Cup. Pro-#ISIS media unit Wafa' Foundation continues to threaten 2018 FIFA #WorldCup, this time using an image of #LionelMessi in a prison outfit — SITE Intel Group (@siteintelgroup) October 24, 2017 Recently, the al-Wafaa Media Foundation - a pro-ISIS media group - released a spine chilling poster which showed one of the world's best footballer Lionel Messi mocked up in a prison outfit, behind bars, and with blood dripping from his eye. On top of that, the message in the post which read: "You are fighting a state that does not have failure in its dictionary", highlighted their threat to disrupt the proceedings at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. There poster also used Nike's famous tagline 'Just Do It' which was moulded into 'Just Terrorism' to suit their cause. With the image has already taken social media by storm and sent shockwaves across the world, ISIS' threat has all the makings of the infamous Munich massacre during the 1972 Summer Olympics which remains one of the most tragic events in the history of sports. Birth Of ISIS © Reuters You cannot understand ISIS without understanding al-Qaeda and the history they share, as well as the differences, there at the beginning that would eventually divide them. With the emergence of al-Qaeda - a group of foreign fighters supposedly helping Afghans resist the 1979 Soviet invasion, a number of young radicals including Osama bin Laden formed the core network of what eventually turned out to be the most notorious terror outfit at that time. The Soviets eventually withdrew in 1988, but they left a puppet regime in place, and the war continued. The next year, a Jordanian man named Ahmad Fadhil Nazzal al-Khalaylah joined them and achieved global infamy under his nom de guerre - Abu Musab al-Zarqawi - a name that would later echo with every scream of an ISIS' victim. Working his way through the ranks, al-Zarqawi formed a group of his own called 'al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI)' in 2004. But, his methods were too vicious even for al-Qaeda. Despite warnings from his parent gorup, al-Zarqawi continued his wrath on Iraq's Shia majority which eventually turned him into a target for the US. And, in 2006, he was killed by a US airstrike. With US cutting the head of the snake, majority of the AQI's terrorists were either dead or in prison by 2009. But, just when the group appeared to have become a shadow of itself, it fed on Iraq's internal politics and rose as ISIS. With new leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi at the helm, AQI found the opening they were looking for in the Arab Spring which erupted in Syria. In 2011, Baghdadi brought AQI to fight off the Syrian regime under Bashar al-Assad. With financial backing from Gulf Arab states - including Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, AQI spread like wildfire in Syria on the back of a huge infusion of recruits who were freed by the terror outfit from Iraqi prisons. And, in April 2013, Baghdadi asserted control over operations in both Syria and Iraq, spelling an end to his stint with al-Qaeda and giving birth to ISIS. New Face Of Terror © Reuters While the preceding terror outfits like Taliban believed in abolishing modern means as part of their propaganda, the ISIS didn't just accept it with both hands, but it continues to make the most of it. Unlike their parent group al-Qaeda, ISIS is more media sophisticated and excels in using social media as a tool of terrorism with active Twitter and YouTube accounts helping them influence the masses. It is the most heavily-armed Islamist extremist group in history, having captured huge amounts of military weapons and equipments in Iraq and Syria. In fact, an ISIS video released on 12 October titled "The Descendants of Ibn Jubayr" - showcasing the group's sniper capabilities using graphic footage of militants firing on Syrian troops and their allies in Khayr (which includes Syrian province of Deir Ezzor) which claims around 2,500 sniper kills in the region in the past three years is a proves that they are equally skilled in warfare. But, that's not the only thing that sets them apart from their predecessors. Their attacks in Nice and at the Christmas market in Berlin last year where motor vehicles were weaponised have caused headaches to the security agencies. The lesson is plain: anyone with access to a motor vehicle can be mobilized to use it in a terror attack and there us simply nothing much to stop that. It's low tech, it's suicidal or semi-suicidal, and it's as indiscriminate as any other iteration of terror. History With Russia © Twitter Russia has enjoyed a historically strong, stable, and friendly relationship with Syria, as it did until the Arab Spring with most of the Arab nations. After establishing diplomatic relations with Syria in 1944, Russia signed an agreement ensuring their support for Syrian independence ahead of the evacuation of French troops in April 1946. But more recently in 2011 and 2012, Russia used its veto-power in the United Nations Security Council - against resolutions promoted by Western and Arab countries - to prevent possible sanctions or military intervention against their old ally. And, in 2015, they began a military intervention in the Syrian Civil War in support of the al-Assad government which included air strikes against military groups opposed to the government - predominantly the ISIS. Since then, Russia has witnessed some retaliatory attacks in the form of bomb blasts and shooting. The latest being the blast triggered via a briefcase which detonated in St Petersburg - the second-largest city and the former capital - in April 2017 where 14 individuals were killed. To make matters worse, thousands of Russians from mainly central Asia have travelled to the Middle East to fight for ISIS. According to media reports, experts in Moscow have conformed that around 2,400 Russians have joined the regime in 2015 alone. The Islamic extremism has been a major concern for Putin who recently became the posterboy of ISIS' poster which carried his bullet-ridden photo alongside US President Donald Trump. More Than A Threat © Twitter Whether intentional or unintentional, ISIS has had a close relation with football. Most famous instance being the 2015 Paris attacks where its members had set off a series of bombs around the French capital. Three suicide bombers triggered blasts outside the Stade de France in Saint-Denis ahead of a friendly match between Germany and France. Just 20 minutes ahead of the game, the first suicide bomber detonated his vest moments after being prevented from entering the stadium on suspicion of a terror threat. The initial plan was to trigger the blast inside the stadium, instigating the crowd's panicked exit onto the streets where two other bombers were patiently waiting to cause more damage. But, the failure of the first bomber to enter the stadium restricted the casualties to four individuals including three suicide bombers. While their terror bid failed to disrupt the football friendly, ISIS eventually had their say the same night after mass shootings across multiple locations in the city - including the Bataclan theatre - which claimed the lives of 130 individuals and injured another 413. After their threats to disrupt proceedings at football tournaments - namely the 2016 Euros and the 2017 Women's Euro Championships - came through unscathed, it's difficult to ascertain the seriousness of the latest threats from the ISIS. But, going by their ever-growing reputation as most notorious terror outfits ever, it will arguably be a big test for any nation to contain ISIS and successfully host one of world's biggest sporting events.
  20. An Apple logo is seen at a store in Los Angeles, California, US, March 24, 2017. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/Files Apple Inc, General Motors Co, and Best Buy Co Inc, among others, have joined a coalition of top companies lobbying the US Congress for young, illegal immigrants to have a path to permanent residency, the group said on Thursday. The Coalition for the American Dream counts more than 60 businesses and organizations as members, according to a Thursday press release announcing the group?s launch. It was reported by Reuters that the coalition was being formed, including top tech companies Inc, Microsoft Corp, and Facebook Inc. The push for this legislation comes after President Donald Trump?s September decision to allow the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to expire in March. That program ? established by former President Barack Obama in 2012 ? allows illegal immigrants known as ?Dreamers? to obtain work permits. Trump campaigned for president on a pledge to toughen immigration policies and build a wall along the US border with Mexico. He has left the fate of DACA up to Congress. ?Roughly 800,000 Dreamers who are working, going to school, and serving in our nation?s military will lose their ability to work and study legally, will be forced from their jobs, and will be subject to immediate deportation from the country they grew up in,? the coalition said in an ad on Politico on Thursday. The coalition is pushing for Congress to pass bipartisan legislation this year. A number of its members employ Dreamers.
  21. WhatsApp?s latest beta version for iPhone shows good days are coming. The app is on its way to launch a group calling feature soon ? a much-needed addition to the platform. According to WABetaInfo, which reports on upcoming features of WhatsApp, the WhatsApp v2.17.70 beta for iPhone update has code references to group calls. "The 2.17.70 iOS update has very hidden references to group calls! Before it was an internal news, now it's all confirmed," WABetaInfo tweeted on Sunday. "There are a lot of hidden references about group voice calls, but there is only one reference to group video calls. So group video calls are partially confirmed at the moment." "WhatsApp 2.17.70 sends a request to the server to ask if the user you are calling is in another group call!" WaBetaInfo tweeted. "Note that these references we found are very strong (but they aren't visible for you at present) and they have allowed us to understand what WhatsApp is going to add in the application, as we did for WhatsApp for iPad," it added. According to the WhatsApp watcher, the iPhone app will soon give group administrators more power, with the ability to remove a greater number of participants from a group at once. Separately, the WhatsApp v2.17.387 beta for Android brings new administrator features for groups, including the ability to choose whether participants can modify the subject of the group, its icon, and its description. An option to prevent the group creator from being deleted by other administrators has also been added. The messaging app is also testing the Unsend and Delete for Everyone features, WABetaInfo claims.
  22. Producer Harvey Weinstein (R) and US director Woody Allen arrive on the red carpet at the Los Angeles Premiere of 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona' at the Mann Village Theatre, Westwood, California, August 4, 2008. AFP/Getty Images North America/Kevin Winter/Files LOS ANGELES: A film industry group representing thousands of workers on Monday began expulsion proceedings against Harvey Weinstein, in the latest industry action against the disgraced movie mogul facing sexual assault allegations. The Producers Guild of America "decided by unanimous vote to institute termination proceedings concerning Harvey Weinstein's membership", a statement from the group said. Weinstein will have a chance to respond before the Guild makes its final decision on November 6. According to its website, the PGA promotes "the interests of all members of the producing team in film, television, and new media." PGA said that on Monday it created a task force to study sexual harassment, which should be "eradicated from the industry". More than two dozen actresses including Mira Sorvino, Rosanna Arquette, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, and Lea Seydoux have come forward saying they were sexually harassed by the producer. Since the allegations emerged this month, Hollywood has largely turned its back on Weinstein. On Saturday the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences expelled Weinstein, whose films received more than 300 Oscar nominations and 81 statuettes, according to The Weinstein Company. The company, which he co-founded, fired him more than a week ago.
  23. Iranian revolutionary guard corps chant slogans during Friday prayers in Tehran in 2006. Photo: Reuters TEHRAN: Iran said Tuesday that the United States would be siding with Daesh if it designated the Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organisation. "The Guards are the defender of the nation," government spokesperson Mohammad Bagher Nobakht told reporters, adding that if the US wants to put the Guards on the terrorist list, it puts itself in the camp of terrorists. "Any country that wants to have such a position about the Guards will share this view with the Daesh terrorists." Reports in the Financial Times and other media have suggested US President Donald Trump may call for the Guards to be designated a terrorist group as part of a tougher strategy against Iran to be announced in the coming days. Analysts say such a move would have a very limited impact on the Guards, who are already subject to a wide range of sanctions. But Iran's foreign ministry spokesperson Bahram Ghasemi threatened a "firm, decisive and crushing" response if it went ahead. The threat also appears to have unified Iran's establishment, which have often been bitterly divided over the current government's efforts to improve ties with the West. On Monday night, there was the rare sight of Iran's urbane, globe-trotting foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, alongside Guards commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari appearing together for reporters on the sidelines of a conference in Tehran. "Diplomatic language is different to the language of defence forces but the content and the objective is the same," Jafari said. "Americans would isolate themselves" if they designated the Guards as a terrorist group, Zarif chimed in. "If American officials make such a strategic mistake, the Islamic Republic of Iran will definitely take a reciprocal action. Of course, some measures have been planned which we will announce in due time," he added. Trump must decide by October 15 whether to recertify Iran's compliance with the nuclear deal it signed with world powers in 2015. It is widely expected that Trump will not recertify Iran, saying it is no longer in the US national interest, giving Congress 60 days to decide whether to reimpose sanctions. All the other signatories to the agreement ? Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia ? have urged the US to stick with the deal, saying Iran has so far stuck to its commitments to restrict its nuclear programme.
  24. BACKGROUND: Heinz-Christian Strache ? the head of the Austrian far-right Freedom Party (FPO) ? delivers his speech during an election campaign rally in Vienna, Austria, September 1, 2017. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger; SUPERIMPOSED: Visegrad Group (V4) member nations' Prime Ministers ? Bohuslav Sobotka of the Czech Republic, Hungary's Viktor Orban, Poland's Beata Szydlo, and Slovakia's Robert Fico ? pose for a family photo during a summit in Warsaw, Poland, March 2, 2017. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel VIENNA: The far-right Freedom Party (FPO) ? set to become kingmaker after elections on October 15 ? wants Austria to join the Visegrad Group of central and east European states opposed to immigration. Eurosceptic leaders in Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia have refused migrant quotas approved by a western-dominated majority of European Union (EU) member states. They also reject proposed EU reforms that would transfer more power from national governments to Brussels institutions. The FPO ? likely to be a part of Austria?s next ruling coalition ? also wants a more decentralized EU. ?We will? strengthen contact with the Visegrad states and it would be nice and good if we could maybe even become a member of the Visegrad Group,? FPO chief Heinz-Christian Strache said in an election debate with Social Democrat Chancellor Christian Kern focusing on curbing migrant flows and Brussels? powers. The Freedom Party and centre-left Social Democrats are fighting for second place in Sunday?s election with both commanding about 25 percent of the vote in the latest polls. The Freedom Party appears ticketed for a place in the next coalition given that the conservative People?s Party?s rating of around 33 percent is unlikely to improve enough for an absolute majority, and bitter disputes between the two centrist parties. Conservative leader Sebastian Kurz has, like Strache, praised far-right Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban for building a border fence to keep migrants out of EU territory. To avoid losing votes, Austria?s mainstream conservatives have drifted recently towards the FPO?s anti-immigration positions and joined calls to shrink and refocus the EU?s powers. Jean-Claude Juncker ? the head of the European Commission ? has invited Visegrad Group leaders to a meeting on October 18 to try to ease tensions between them and wealthier western Europe.
  25. International passengers arrive at Washington Dulles International Airport after the US Supreme Court granted parts of the Trump administration's emergency request to put its travel ban into effect later in the week pending further judicial review, Dulles, Virginia, US, June 26, 2017. REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan/Files WASHINGTON: The American Civil Liberties Union on Friday launched the first legal challenge to President Donald Trump?s new restrictions on people entering the United States from eight countries. The civil rights group said in a statement that it will seek to amend an existing lawsuit in Maryland federal court that was filed against Trump?s previous March 6 ban. In a letter filed with US District Court Judge Theodore Chuang, the ACLU said the new proposal announced on Sunday violates the US Constitution as well as federal immigration law. Trump?s new ban places indefinite restrictions on travel to the United States for citizens from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad, and North Korea. Certain government officials from Venezuela will also be barred. The ACLU will seek an injunction that would block visa and entry restrictions on those affected. Challengers of Trump?s immigration restrictions have said the bans are aimed at following through on a pledge he made on the campaign trail in 2016 to block Muslims from entering the country. ?President Trump?s newest travel ban is still a Muslim ban at its core, and it certainly engages in discrimination based on national origin, which is unlawful,? Anthony Romero ? the ACLU?s executive director ? said. ?We?ll see President Trump in court ? again,? he added. The new ban ? Trump?s third ? could affect tens of thousands of potential immigrants and visitors. Trump has argued that the restrictions fulfil his campaign pledge to tighten immigration and security. ?The Department of Justice will continue to vigorously defend the president?s inherent authority to keep this country safe,? said Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior. The ACLU represents several nonprofit groups, including the International Refugee Assistance Project as well as individuals who say they would be affected by the ban, which goes into effect on October 18. Chuang was one of two district court judges who blocked Trump?s second travel ban, saying ?it is likely that its primary purpose remains the effectuation of the proposed Muslim ban?. Legal experts say the new ban is likely on more solid footing than the previous bans, in part because it was implemented following a detailed review by federal agencies. Trump?s first travel ban aimed at seven Muslim-majority countries, issued soon after he took office in January, was blocked by courts following chaotic scenes at airports. The second ban ? targeting six countries ? was blocked by lower courts and partially revived by the Supreme Court in June.