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  1. Shahid Afridi Royals vs Virender Sehwag Diamonds ll Cricket On Ice 1st Match Full Highlights
  2. General Zubair Mahmood Hayat speaking at the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. ? AFP FILE RAWALPINDI: Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Zubair Mahmood Hayat Wednesday highlighted Pakistan's efforts and achievements in counter-terrorism domain at a Chiefs of Staff session of NATO Military Committee in Brussels, the Inter-Services Public Relations said. The meeting was attended by representatives of 66 NATO and partner nations, the ISPR said in a statement, at which the committee discussed peace and security-related matters. General Hayat also informed the participants about Pakistan Army?s efforts towards regional peace by means of special security measures along Pakistan-Afghanistan border, including raising of additional FC forces and fencing, the statement said. On the sidelines of the meeting, the CJCSC met with Chairman European Union Military Committee General Kostarakos and military representatives from Australia, Turkey, Jordan, Canada and Germany, it added.
  3. VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis on Monday called for peace in Jerusalem in his traditional Christmas address and highlighted the plight of children scarred by conflict, after urging the world´s 1.3 billion Catholics not to ignore migrants. Addressing tens of thousands of worshippers gathered at the Vatican to hear the pontiff's fifth "Urbi et Orbi" (To the City and The World) message, Francis called for "peace for Jerusalem and for all the Holy Land". "We see Jesus in the children of the Middle East who continue to suffer because of growing tensions between Israelis and Palestinians," he said. "Let us pray that the will to resume dialogue may prevail between the parties and that a negotiated solution can finally be reached, one that would allow the peaceful coexistence of two states within mutually agreed and internationally recognised borders." The pontiff's plea came as fresh tensions simmered in the West Bank following President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Following Trump's lead, Guatemala's President Jimmy Morales said Sunday his country would move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump's announcement on December 6 unleashed demonstrators and clashes, including in Bethlehem in the Israeli-occupied West Bank where Christians marked the birth of Jesus at a midnight mass. "May the Lord also sustain the efforts of all those in the international community inspired by good will to help that afflicted land to find, despite grave obstacles the harmony, justice and security that it has long awaited," the pope said. The pontiff also mentioned other global flashpoints such as Syria, Iraq, Yemen, South Sudan and Venezuela, after stressing that the "winds of war are blowing in our world". "Let us pray that confrontation may be overcome on the Korean peninsula and that mutual trust may increase in the interest of the world as a whole," the 81-year-old said. Fewer tourists in Bethlehem Earlier, celebrating midnight mass in the ancient town, Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, apostolic administrator of the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, used his homily to lambast the wars that "the Herods of today fight every day to become greater, to occupy more space". Criticising Trump's announcement, Pizzaballa insisted "Jerusalem is a city of peace, there is no peace if someone is excluded. Jerusalem should include, not exclude," stressing the principle that Jerusalem is a city for both peoples and the three Abrahamic faiths. Hundreds had gathered in the cold on Bethlehem's Manger Square to watch the annual scout parade towards the Church of the Nativity, built over the spot where tradition says Mary gave birth to Jesus. But the square was noticeably quieter following the violence between Palestinian protesters and the Israeli army in the past weeks. Twelve Palestinians have been killed since Trump's declaration, including a 19-year-old who died of his wounds on Sunday nine days after he was shot during a Gaza protest. Israel seized east Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war and later annexed it, in moves never recognised by the international community. Palestinians view east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state, and interpreted Trump´s statement as rejecting their right to a capital in east Jerusalem, although the Americans deny this. First Xmas in Homs in years Christmas decorations have meanwhile become more visible in Christian areas of Syria's capital Damascus this year. In the central Syrian city of Homs, Christians will celebrate Christmas with great fanfare for the first time in years after the end of battles between regime and militant forces - with processions, shows for children and even decorations among the ruins. In Iraq too, this year marks a positive turning point for the Christian community in the northern city of Mosul. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II was meanwhile due to pay tribute to the cities of London and Manchester which suffered terror attacks this year. "This Christmas, I think of London and Manchester, whose powerful identities shone through over the past 12 months in the face of appalling attacks," the 91-year-old monarch was to say in the pre-recorded televised message. London suffered two deadly terror attacks, while 22 people - including children - were killed during an attack at Manchester Arena following a performance by US singer Ariana Grande. Meanwhile, a tragic Christmas weekend in the Philippines was compounded Monday by the deaths of 20 people killed in a bus collision while travelling to mass. Dozens of people were feared killed in a fire Saturday in the southern city of Davao. Thousands were displaced by floods and landslides from a storm that also killed more than 200 others on Friday.
  4. The Time Warner logo is visible in New York City, US, October 23, 2016. REUTERS/Stephanie-Keith/Files WASHINGTON: The sale of Time Inc. ? the home to some of the most storied American magazines ? highlights the troubled state of print media and raises questions about the politics of the news industry in the Donald Trump era. In a deal announced Sunday, Meredith Corp ? the publisher of Better Homes & Gardens and other titles ? agreed to pay $2.8 billion for the owner of the renowned Time Magazine and other well-known magazines, including People, Fortune, and Sports Illustrated. The deal is backed by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, known for supporting conservative causes and candidates, and largely antagonistic to the mainstream media. The $650 million from the family's Koch Equity Development (KED) was described as a "passive" investment, according to Meredith, which said the group would not have a board seat or any "influence on Meredith's editorial or managerial operations." The backing from Koch has nonetheless raised concerns about wealthy conservatives bankrolling efforts to reorient media organizations away from what some view as a left-wing bias. "Media is a crappy investment and if you're going to take it on, you're doing it for reasons other than fiduciary returns," said Jeff Jarvis, a professor of new media at City University of New York and a former journalist with Time Inc. "I'm not against more conservative investment in media," Jarvis said, but he argued that the Kochs appear to be "more propagandistic than journalistic." Former Time editor Charles Alexander wrote in a Nation essay last week of his concern that the Kochs have been aggressively funding climate change denial efforts, raising fears of an effort to stifle reporting in that area. Alexander said the billionaires ? whose businesses include energy, pipelines, cattle and paper industries ? have "financed a campaign of disinformation designed to convince the public and politicians that climate change is nothing to worry about." Angelo Carusone, president of the left-leaning watchdog group Media Matters for America, said he doubts the claim that the Koch family will remain passive. "I don't buy that for a second," Carusone said. "Why would they make this investment? They don't respect journalism. They hate the news media." 'Person of the Year'? The Meredith-Time deal comes amid heightened skirmishes over political news coverage. It coincides with an effort to relax media ownership rules, which critics said aims to allow Trump-backing Sinclair Broadcast Group to buy Tribune Media, extending its footprint of local television stations. Trump, meanwhile, has stepped up his war against what he calls "fake news" CNN, and, last week, claimed he turned down Time Magazine's "Person of the Year" award, despite denials from the publication. "It will be interesting to see who is 'Person of the Year' next year," said Rebecca Lieb, a media analyst with Kaleido Insights. Lieb said Time Inc. "needed a bailout" but that it remains unclear the degree to which Meredith can help revive the magazines through synergies and cross-marketing deals. "This is similar to the (Rupert) Murdoch deal for The Wall Street Journal when he said the newspaper would not be influenced by his political views," Lieb said. "In fact, he did install his proxies and the newspaper did shift its coverage significantly." Magazines 'left to die' Dan Kennedy, a Northeastern University journalism professor, said he will reserve judgment on the Kochs' political motives, noting his experience with a Boston television station on which one of the brothers held a board seat and "knew how to act as a responsible board member." "The real shame of all this is that (media conglomerate) Time Warner chose to spin off Time Inc. (in 2014) and concentrate on the profitable aspects of its business and left the magazines on an iceberg to die," Kennedy said. Samir Husni, a University of Mississippi journalism professor who heads the school's Magazine Innovation Center, said he does not see politics as a motive for the deal. "This is similar to what happened with newspapers in the 1970s and 1980s," Husni said. "The same consolidation is happening now in magazines." Husni said "there is still a lot of money to be made in magazines" for companies which can adapt their business models in both digital and print. He added that the Kochs "are not dumb" and would not have made an investment without an expectation of a return. As for Meredith, he said, "If you look at the history of the company and its service journalism I doubt they will allow any outside influence to challenge the integrity of the magazines."
  5. geo_embedgallery SAN FRANCISCO: Google on Wednesday unveiled new versions of its Pixel smartphone, the highlight of a refreshed line aimed at weaving artificial intelligence deeper into modern lives. Google software and artificial intelligence were common threads in the gamut of new devices it unveiled to step up its challenge on the hardware front to rivals such as Apple and Amazon The new Pixel 2 and larger Pixel 2 XL are the first Google-made phones to be released since the California tech giant announced the acquisition of key segments of Taiwan-based electronics group HTC. The upgraded smartphones will be available for order as of Wednesday in six countries starting at $649 for five-inch display Pixel 2, and $849 for the six-inch Pixel 2 XL. The new aluminium-body smartphones along with Google's upgraded connected speakers and new laptop computer all aim to infuse artificial intelligence to make the devices more user-friendly, built around the Google Assistant ? the rival to Amazon's Alexa, Microsoft's Cortana and others. Google vice president Rick Osterloh said Google's new devices "are simple to use and they anticipate your needs." Osterloh told the product launch event in San Francisco: "You interact with your devices naturally with your voice or by touching them." Google, by bringing in a team of engineers from HTC, aims to emulate the success of Apple iPhones by controlling the hardware as well as the software used in the premium-priced handsets. The revamped camera in the smartphone retains a single lens but seeks to improve images via "computational photography," an artificial intelligence tool that can enhance pictures. Analyst Ian Fogg of IHS Markit said in a tweet that the new smartphone "adds incremental improvements on the great v1" while noting that "Google's challenge is to solve production limits which hurt the original." Fogg said the use of computation to improve images with a single lens "is technically impressive." Mini speaker, mini camera Google announced a slimmed down version of its connected speaker called Google Home Mini starting at $49 in the United States, stepping up its challenge to market leader Amazon. The new Google Home Mini is available for pre-order in the seven countries where the device is offered and will go on sale in stores October 19, the company said. The new speaker, which responds to voice commands using artificial intelligence, is less than half the price of Google's first generation speaker and makes this "more accessible to more people," said Google hardware designer Isabelle Olsson. A premium version of the speaker ? a $399 Google Home Max unveiled Wednesday ? offers more power and audio quality for music aficionados. The new Google Clips camera ? one of the surprises of the event ? "looks for smiles (and) moments, because the software is in the camera," said Google product manager Juston Payne. "It's like having my own photographer shooting and choosing my best moments for me," Payne said of the $249 device. Another surprise from the event was the wireless Pixel Buds, which can deliver audio from a smartphone and also include the Google Assistant and real-time translation. A demonstration at the event included a two-way conversation with one person speaking English and the other Swedish. "The camera and the earbuds were really held up as examples of what the company can do by leveraging the Google Assistant," said Ross Rubin of Reticle Research. A new Pixelbook laptop was touted as a "high performance" computer powered by its Chrome operating system and designed as a rival to Microsoft's Surface and Apple's iPad Pro. With a 12.3-inch display, the device is a convertible PC that can be used as a tablet and is sold starting at $999 for US customers. 'AI-first world' Google chief executive Sundar Pichai said the new devices showcase the tech giant's artificial intelligence. "We've been working hard continuing our shift from a mobile-first to an AI-first world," he said. "We are working on software and hardware together because that is the best way to drive computing forward." The launch comes in the wake of Apple's announcement of a new line of iPhones, and Amazon's upgrades to its Echo speakers powered by its Alexa digital assistant "It is a portfolio designed to take Google into more parts of your life, particularly in your home," Reticle Research analyst Ross Rubin said of the array of devices the internet giant unveiled on Wednesday. "Amazon is focusing on a range of price points and designs; Google is focusing on a range of experiences." COVER IMAGE: The new Google Pixel 2 XL smartphone is seen (front-side) at a product launch event at the SFJAZZ Center, October 4, 2017. AFP/Elijah Nouvelage
  6. The four day Pakistan Fashion Week concluded in Karachi on Thursday. The last day showcased collections from Tena Durrani, Nauman Arfeen, Saira Shakira, Andan Pardesy, Maheen Khan and Sana Safinaz. A model presents a creation by designer Maheen Khan on the last day of the Fashion Pakistan Week - AFP Models presents a creation by designer Maheen Khan on the last day of the Fashion Pakistan Week Models presents a creation by designer Nauman Arfeen on the last day of the Fashion Pakistan Week - AFP Models present creations by designer Saira Shakira on the last day of the Fashion Pakistan Week - AFP Models present creations by designer Tena Durrani on the last day of the Fashion Pakistan Week - AFP Models present creations by designer Tena Durrani on the last day of the Fashion Pakistan Week - AFP [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/9209051f6c6479ff3d81f2bd3c01caeb.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9OS8xNS8yMDE3IDg6NDI6MzAgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT15a2hqQ2lVd1RhZzd5bDJqMGduRmR3PT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center]
  7. The annual awards of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) were held in Lahore on Wednesday. The star-studded event which is the country's grandest sports awards was a top twitter trend in Pakistan. Here are some of the highlights from the green carpet of the awards. Pakistan's favourite couple Wasim and Shaniera Akram were excited to be at the awards. Wasim and Shaniera Akram arrived at the awards alongside Rawalpindi Express Shoaib Akhtar. The award ceremony was also attended by members of World XI who are touring Pakistan. Opener Ahmed Shahzad gave a thumbs up to the camera on the green carpet. Ahmed also had a picture snapped with Shoaib Malik on the green carpet. PCB Chairman Najam Sethi and former national team coach Waqar Younis were all smiles on the green carpet. Pakistan's former leg spinner Mushtaq Ahmed spoke to our team. ICC match referee Sir Richie Richardson said he was excited to be in Pakistan.
  8. When we talk about professional badminton players, Prakash Padukone is at the top of the list. The man has made significant contributions towards the growth of badminton in the country. And so, the Badminton Association of India (BAI) has decided to bestow its first Lifetime Achievement Award to him. He will be awarded with a cash award of INR 10 Lakhs and a citation. This is for the first time that BAI has come up with Lifetime Achievement Awards and Prakash Padukone is definitely the ideal choice to confer the first award. A grand ceremony will be organized in Delhi soon to felicitate him. The Padukone family has been in the limelight since decades now. Rightly so, since the daughter-father duo are extraordinarily talented. But way before Deepika Padukone entered the film industry and became one of the best actresses the country has seen, her father was taking the world by storm with his talent. Born in Bangalore on June 10, 1955 Prakash started playing badminton at very young age as he was introduced to the game of Badminton by his father Ramesh Padukone, who was the Secretary of the “Mysore Badminton Association”. That marked the beginning of his legendary career. © Twitter His first match however was more memorable than legendary. In 1962, he lost his first match but refused to leave the court and blamed his racquet. Two years later, he won the Mysore State Junior Championship (with a better racquet of course) and in 1970 he won the Junior National Championship. Creating history, he went on to win the Senior National Badminton title in the year 1972, at the mere age of 16 years and continued to win the National Senior title for 9 years in a row, a record that has still not been matched. The highest point in his career arrived when in the Final Match of the All England Badminton Championship; he managed to upset Lim Swie King of Indonesia, who was a reigning champion, to win the coveted title considered to be the Wimbledon of Badminton. This victory earned him a World No. 1 ranking. Also, he is one of the few lucky ones, who get to compete against their idols and even managed to beat them. In the Swedish Open tournament of 1980, he got to clash against his Idol, Rudy Hartono and beat him by 9-15, 15-12 and 15-1 and later revealed that he could've easily won by 15-0 in the last set but he didn't want to embarrass his Idol. (Humble much!?) Now for most of us, winning national awards during teen age constitutes the stuff of dreams. But if you are as talented as Prakash Padukone, you become an award magnet. As an honor to his extra-ordinary performance as a player at the National and International level, Prakash was conferred upon the Arjuna Award by the Government of India in the year 1972. Further, he was honored with the Padma Shri award in 1982. He won approximately 15 international titles between the years 1980 and 1985 and by 1990s, he retired from the competitive badminton circuit. © Twitter/Synergy Speak Post retirement, for a short period, he served as the chairman of the Badminton Association of India and co-founded the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy in Bangalore, which has nurtured many talented players including Pullela Gopichand. Besides running the badminton academy, he is part of an initiative called the Olympic Gold Quest which supports Indian athletes in their pursuit of the Olympic Games. Apart from being a legendary sportsman, Prakash is also a doting father. His constant support to his daughters' endeavours- whether its Deepika's movies or his other daughter, Anisha's career as a professional golfer; and his letter to Deepika are enough evidences to prove what an excellent job he is doing as a parent. © Twitter/News 24 The fact that Prakash is one of those rare sportsmen who are still putting in their best efforts to contribute towards sports in the country makes us respect him even more and makes this exceptional man worthy of all the awards.
  9. RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday arrived in Australia on a two-day official visit, where he highlighted the regional security situation and Pakistan's concerns at meetings with the Australian leadership, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). The COAS reached Australia on an invitation by the Australian army chief, the ISPR said in a statement. Upon arrival at Defence Forces Headquarters in Canberra, General Bajwa was given a tri-service guard of honour, after which he called on Australian Army Chief Lieutenant General Angus J. Campbell and Naval Chief Vice Admiral Timothy Barrett, the statement read. During his meetings with Australian military and civilian leadership, the COAS highlighted regional security situation and Pakistan Army's contributions towards peace and stability. "While Pakistan will continue to support all peace efforts, we expect that our security concerns are also addressed. The country has improved the security situation and a key role in regional economy," the ISPR quoted General Bajwa as saying. The Australian leadership appreciated Pakistan's efforts against terrorism and expressed commitment to further improve the bilateral collaboration in defence and security.
  10. Twitter shares were hammered Thursday after the company reported no gain in its user base in the past quarter, raising fresh fears about the future of the service as it loses more ground to Facebook. Twitter, which has been struggling to keep pace in the fast-moving world of social media, reported a net loss of $116 million in the second quarter, slightly wider than its $107 million loss a year ago. More significantly, Twitter reported its base of monthly active users was unchanged at 328 million compared to the first three months of the year and up just five percent from a year earlier. Twitter said revenues in the quarter slipped five percent from a year ago to $574 million, and advertising revenue fell eight percent to $489 million. Shares in Twitter sank 14.1 percent to close at $16.84. Twitter's results came in sharp contrast with those of Facebook a day earlier. The world's leading social network reported a 71 percent jump in profits to $3.9 billion, fueled by growth in ads delivered to its more than two billion users worldwide. Analyst Trip Chowdhry at Global Equities Research said Twitter's "fundamentals are broken" and reiterated his view that it is on a downward spiral that will cost advertising revenue. "I don't see any way Twitter can come out of it," Chowdhry said. He expected Twitter shares to sink to $10 or less, saying the company lacks mass market appeal and is "trading on entertainers and politicians." Lou Kerner, a venture capital investor and founder of the Social Internet Fund, said Twitter is likely to see more troubles ahead as Facebook asserts its dominance. "Facebook has managed to drive engagement in a way that Twitter hasn't," Kerner told AFP. "On average, more than 10 years after their founding, Facebook users on average are still spending more time on Facebook today than they did yesterday. Twitter's engagement has largely been falling." Opposite directions As Twitter's growth has stalled, Facebook has been gaining new users for its main social network as well as Instagram, the social network focused on images and video. Facebook hauled in some $9 billion in revenue in the past quarter, mostly from advertising delivered via mobile devices. "The contrast with Facebook's results last night couldn't be starker, with the two companies moving in seemingly opposite directions," said Jan Dawson of Jackdaw Research in a blog post. "The one thing they have in common is that both are working to convince advertisers of the value of spending money on their platforms. But Facebook is doing so from a position of strength, trying to win more TV ad dollars with its targeting and attribution features, while Twitter is mostly still trying to convince advertisers that it has a world-class ad platform at all." Twitter, which has never delivered a profit, said it is making progress on improving its product, in the expectation this will boost growth and help it move to profitability.in the expectation this will boost growth and help it move to profitability. "We have developed what we believe are steady, stable and sustainable engines of growth," Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey told a conference call.are steady, stable and sustainable engines of growth," Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey told a conference call. "Twitter is what's happening in the world and what people are talking about." Daily vs. monthly users Dorsey said Twitter was focusing on the metric of "daily active users" rather than the more closely watched monthly figure, and said daily usage was up 12 percent, without offering a specific number.figure, and said daily usage was up 12 percent, without offering a specific number. Twitter has built a loyal base of celebrities, journalists and political figures -- and had been expected to see more engagement following the election of US President Donald Trump, a prolific tweeter who frequently makes policy announcements by tweet. "The president tweeting doesn't seem to be helping much, because it demonstrates what bad things can happen when there is no filter between your fingers and your head," said Silicon Valley analyst Rob Enderle of Enderle Group. "Twitter just has not found a path to monetize the ad stuff effectively. There is no obvious path there without breaking it." The San Francisco group has been seeking to draw in users by offering more video including live streaming of sporting events, in a bid to broaden its appeal. The research firm eMarketer predicts that Twitter's total ad revenue will grow 1.6 percent this year to reach $2.28 billion worldwide -- but that its share of total worldwide digital ad spending will shrink to just one percent. Facebook meanwhile is expected to generate $36.29 billion in digital ad revenue, or some 16 percent or the worldwide total, according to eMarketer. Facebook shares jumped 2.9 percent to close at $170.44.
  11. The documentary focuses on Bedouins in five different communities throughout Area C, which makes up 60 percent of the occupied West Bank. Photo: AP/file PALESTINE: In a newly released documentary, In the Enclosure, Canadian filmmaker Simon Trepanier highlights the plight of Palestinian Bedouins. The documentary focuses on Bedouins in five different communities throughout Area C, which makes up 60 percent of the occupied West Bank and is currently under Israeli control. There are currently over 30,000 Palestinian Bedouins in 183 residential communities in Area C with 7,000 of them still at the risk of forcible transfer. Produced by Oxfam, the interactive web-based documentary seeks to "give a human face to the situation facing Bedouins in Area C" by letting them tell their own stories, Trepanier told Al-Jazeera. Divided into three parts, the films aims to take the viewer through a journey involving home demolitions, restrictions on movement and labour, and finally, relocation - realities that many Bedouin communities live through daily, according to Al-Jazeera. Trepanier uses the separation wall surrounding the occupied West Bank, for his documentary, to highlight the physical barrier that restricts many Bedouins from travel. The wall, still under construction, runs for more than 700km, annexing Palestinian land. Israel has denied the Bedouin?s, water, electricity and building permits. Access to water and electricity poses a big problem for the survival of Bedouin villages. Water pipelines run directly under many Bedouin homes, but Israel prohibits residents from using them. Instead, Bedouins must buy their water from a vendor and store it in tanks, making them spend more than they can afford. The lack of access to building permits allows the Israeli?s to expand its illegal settlements into Area C demolishing the structures. The traditional life of farming, herding and dairy production provides Bedouins with the income to buy water, a scarce resource in their communities. The film also takes into account the psychological effects that demolitions have had on residents, especially children - everything from bed-wetting to regression in academic progress, according to a study by Doctors of the World.
  12. ‘Billion Color Story' is a special movie for more than one reason. Firstly, it's a film under the banner of Satish Kaushik who is largely known for his comic movies. Secondly, this fantastic movie tells the innocent tale of a young boy who is born to a Hindu mother and a Muslim father, and sees the religious intolerance through his young eyes. © Youtube The movie is winning accolades all over the world and has won many awards at the London Indian Film festival. The major factor that is the reason for its popularity is the fact that the sentiments are for all Hindus and Muslims around the world who are dragged in the fight for religion. Cinema is a wonderful medium to sometimes show what we glorify and sometimes to show what we wrongly glorify in the name of love and communalism.
  13. Pakistan and England are playing in the first semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy. Below are highlights form the match and reactions on social media. FIRST INNINGS geo_embedgallery
  14. Pakistan and Sri Lanka are playing a must-win match for both sides with the winner qualifying for the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy. First Innings geo_embedgallery
  15. Photo: Reuters NEW DELHI: China invited Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and six cabinet colleagues to its "new Silk Road" summit this month, even offering to rename a flagship Pakistani project running through disputed territory to persuade them to attend, a top official in Modi's ruling group and diplomats said. But New Delhi rebuffed Beijing's diplomatic push, incensed that a key project in its massive initiative to open land and sea corridors linking China with the rest of Asia and beyond runs through Pakistani controlled Kashmir. The failure of China's efforts to bring India on board, details of which have not been previously reported, shows the depths to which relations between the two countries have fallen over territorial disputes and Beijing's support of Pakistan. India's snub to the "Belt and Road" project was the strongest move yet by Modi to stand up to China. But it risks leaving India isolated at a time when it may no longer be able to count on the United States to back it as a counterweight to China's growing influence in Asia, Chinese commentators and some Indian experts have said. Representatives of 60 countries, including the United States and Japan, travelled to Beijing for the May 14-15 summit on President Xi Jinping's signature project. But Ram Madhav, an influential leader of Modi's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) involved in shaping foreign policy, said India could not sign up so long as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) - a large part of the "Belt and Road" enterprise - ran through parts of Pakistan-administered Kashmir that India considers its own territory. "China routinely threatens countries when it finds issues even remotely connected to its own sovereignty question being violated," Madhav said. "No country compromises with its sovereignty for the sake of trade and commerce interests." Economic Potential India, due to the size and pace of expansion of its economy, could potentially be the biggest recipient of Chinese investment from the plan to spur trade by building infrastructure linking Asia with Europe, the Middle East and Africa, according to a Credit Suisse report released before the summit. Chinese investments into India could be anything from $84 billion to $126 billion between 2017 to 2021, far higher than Russia, Indonesia and Pakistan, countries that have signed off on the initiative, it said. What I found out about the OBOR during a trip to China With the One Belt One Road project China hopes to bring South Asia on one platform and transform it into a powerful force. China has not offered any specific projects to India, but many existing schemes, such as a Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor that has been planned for years, have now been wrapped into the Belt and Road enterprise. China is also conducting feasibility studies for high-speed rail networks linking Delhi with Chennai in southern India that would eventually connect to the modern day "Silk Road" it is seeking to create. But if India continues to hold back from joining China's regional connectivity plans the commercial viability of those plans will be called into question, analysts say. China has held talks with Nepal to build an $8 billion railway line from Tibet to Kathmandu, but it ultimately wants the network to reach the Indian border to allow goods to reach the huge Indian market. Strategic Fears India has other worries over China's growing presence in the region, fearing strategic encirclement by a "string of pearls" around the India Ocean and on land as China builds ports, railways and power stations in country such as Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Ashok Kantha, who was India's ambassador to China until 2016, said India had repeatedly conveyed its concerns to China, especially about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and the need to have open discussions about it. "Where is the economic rationale for CPEC?" he said. "There is no major economic driver, the drivers are essentially political and strategic in character." Just a week before the summit, China's ambassador to India, Luo Zhaohui, offered to change the name of CPEC to placate New Delhi and ensure it didn't boycott the Beijing conference. Luo did not elaborate on the proposal, made during a speech at an Indian military think-tank, according to people who attended the meeting and local media reports. A transcript released later by the Chinese embassy did not include a reference to changing the project's name. But Chinese officials in the past have suggested this could mean adding India to the name to make it the "China-Pakistan-India Economic Corridor". A Chinese diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, suggested India could build infrastructure on its side of Kashmir which could eventually be linked to the roads and power lines China planned to build in Pakistani Kashmir. Indian experts said another proposal explored in meetings between former diplomats and academics from the two sides was renaming the project the "Indus Corridor" to overcome India's objection that the "China-Pakistan" name endorses Pakistan's claim to Kashmir. Pakistan and India have fought two of their three wars over Kashmir, which they both claim in full. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying did not comment directly on any offer to change the name of CPEC, but drew attention to President Xi's remarks during the summit that China would follow the principle of peaceful co-existence and that New Delhi need not worry. "I think the concerns from the India side should be able to be resolved," she said. Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Gopal Baglay said New Delhi had not received any suggestions through proper channels and that India wanted a meaningful discussion with China on the whole project.
  16. Priyanka Chopra has been ruling the Internet for quite some time now. First it was ‘Baywatch’, then her iconic Ralph Lauren trench coat dress at the Met Gala 2017, which turned several heads and won our hearts. Whatever the reason, Priyanka took the entire world by storm and we are in love with her no-f**ks-given attitude. Hahahah I really was scared! Lol! No pole dancing for me! #UNICEF #SafePark A post shared by Priyanka Chopra (@priyankachopra) on May 7, 2017 at 10:01am PDT For those who don’t know, she isn’t just Bollywood’s heartthrob or Hollywood’s resident bae, she is UNICEF’s goodwill ambassador too, who is leaving no stone unturned in spreading happiness among the children residing in Zimbabwe. And my #bindibonding continues.. the kids loved them! #SoPretty #EndViolence #UNICEF A post shared by Priyanka Chopra (@priyankachopra) on May 7, 2017 at 9:59am PDT Recently, her Instagram has been flooded with posts related to her visit, and looking at the joyous and cheerful faces of the kids and Piggy Chops will make you forget your own problems or Monday blues. Priyanka may be slaying the world with some of the blockbuster movies and events, but among the kids from this South African country, she looked like a kid herself who enjoyed every ounce of dancing and playing around with them. Sindi(3) was very curious about my tattoo.. I told her we r all daddy's little girls... a lot of these girls are vulnerable to predators who are father figures. Its heartbreaking. But she was just precious. My tail all day. Following me around like lil bo peep. ❤️ A post shared by Priyanka Chopra (@priyankachopra) on May 7, 2017 at 9:42am PDT From showing off her ‘thumkas’, playing with a pole to putting bindi on the kids’ foreheads, these adorable videos and pictures do not need words to accompany them. She even jokingly said that she will never do pole dance as she was scared of them. Mbali showed me around this amazing Safe Park that gives kids a chance to be kids in a safe environment . She is the Vice Chairman of her park (Freedom Park.) At all of 11! She takes her responsibilities very seriously. Thank u Mbali. A post shared by Priyanka Chopra (@priyankachopra) on May 7, 2017 at 7:31am PDT This field visit to the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, was a part of their efforts to “End Violence Against Children.” Big group hug!! Final goodbyes.. so hard letting them go. We had so much fun. #SafePark #UNICEF #EndViolence A post shared by Priyanka Chopra (@priyankachopra) on May 7, 2017 at 10:04am PDT After they taught me their dance moves I showed them one of mine.. it's called the "thumka" #DanceParty #EndViolence #UNICEF #thistimeforafrica #SafePark A post shared by Priyanka Chopra (@priyankachopra) on May 7, 2017 at 6:54am PDT My start to a beautiful morning before ending an amazingly insightful trip. This is an Isibindi ("courage" in Zulu) Safe Park. The parks and program are all about prevention and early intervention to protect children from the HIV/AIDS crisis and many other vulnerabilities that can lead to violence in South Africa..The volunteer child and youth care workers (CYCW) help create a safe environment for children to play and be counseled in a controlled and protected environment. The National association of child and youth care workers (NACCW) is responsible for training almost 10,000 CYCWs and deliver services to almost 1.4 million children in SA..These workers connect with the children on a personal level, in their homes and in the park, and involve themselves in their daily life events like homework, household chores, and family issues. They use ordinary human interaction to feed these children teach them life skills and take care of the emotional needs of children -especially in child headed and parent less families. I've never seen so much commitment on such a personal level. I salute them 🙏🏻 A post shared by Priyanka Chopra (@priyankachopra) on May 7, 2017 at 5:23am PDT Big group hug!! Final goodbyes.. so hard letting them go. We had so much fun. #SafePark #UNICEF #EndViolence A post shared by Priyanka Chopra (@priyankachopra) on May 7, 2017 at 10:04am PDT
  17. We might have advanced, made records in launching satellites and gained immense respect in the world, but one thing that hinders our progress , as a nation and as humans, is the fact that the women in our country still don’t feel safe. And sadly, we, as a society, are solely responsible. The recent kidnapping and molestation of South Indian actress Bhavana proves that even celebrities are not spared of this lechery. © Facebook The men who molested her took inappropriate pictures as well. Even though 3 of them have been arrested, we cannot fathom the scars these kinds of incidents leave in the victim’s mind. In this grave scenario, Southern superstar Prithviraj took to his official Facebook account and shared his thoughts in an open letter. He was scheduled to star in a movie with Bhavana, and, apparently, this incident has shocked him beyond words. His words highlight something that we all are aware of, but yet ignore. Be it a patriarchal society, or a matriarchal one, we cannot call ourselves an ‘evolved’ nation until we treat our women like human beings.