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  1. Rodrigo Alves is a very interesting person, to say the least. He has had over 60 different procedures and surgeries, spending hundreds and thousands of dollars on them, and now looks like this: At my tailors to collect a beautiful outfit to Moscow Fashion Week #moscow #russia for the very first time. #moscowfashionweek #dom2 #tnt #rodrigoalves #moda #fashion #lifestyle #corset #manincorset #пеÑвÑйканал #firstchannel #channel1 #malefemale A post shared by Rodrigo Alves (@rodrigoalvesuk) on Mar 9, 2018 at 9:03pm PST But, he's done with all the plastic surgery and is thinking of settling down, and who would be the perfect partner for a human ken doll? A human Barbie, of course! The 34-year-old has gone to Russia to find his perfect human Barbie doll companion to hang out and party with, according to Daily Mail. I had a fabulous time in #moscow #russia attended to #mbfwrussia also met a lot of very nice people, I attend 2 very good tv shows including man and woman on channel 1 @dom2_tnt #dom2 on @tnt_online and to end my lavish #russian experience I went to @___n_a_r_g_i_z_a___ @nargiza_beautyclub to get my #eyelashes done thank you all ! My next destination this weekend in #saopaulo in #brazil I m truly excited to return to #brasil after so long. #rodrigoalves #jetsetter #globetrotter #jetlife #lifestyle #beauty #style #dollface image credited to @jacknickpro full story on @dailymail @dailymail.co.uk #dailymail #news http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-5511019/Human-Ken-Doll-Rodrigo-Alves-shows-newly-dyed-locks.html #РодÑигоÐÐ»Ð²ÐµÑ #aesthetic A post shared by Rodrigo Alves (@rodrigoalvesuk) on Mar 16, 2018 at 4:28pm PDT He said, “I will be appearing on a TNT TV show called Dom 2, about the most famous Russian human dolls in existence and I'll meet lots of Barbie lookalikes. Russia is the country where the human dolls originated from and they will be talking to me about their experiences with plastic surgery. Most of my girl friends are very glamourous and have had tons of plastic surgery done, such as Sophia Vegas, Pixie Fox and Chloe Khan. So, I'm very intrigued to know what makes those ladies in Russia to look like dolls and hopefully make some new friends in the process.” Man And Female/Channel 1 He is appearing on the show 'Man And Female' in Russia and has even met real-life Barbie Tatyana Tuzova. He has even talked about leaving plastic surgery and wanting kids. While I still fail to understand the entire human dolls thing – why do people want to look like kids' toys – but honestly there is not a better match for our very famous human ken doll than a human Barbie, going by their looks. “With hard-work, honesty and determination you can achieve great things in life “ #rodrigoalves http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-5362127/Rodrigo-Alves-signs-movie-deal-Warner-Bros.html #dailymail #marbella #spain #lifestyle #moda #beleza #fashion #jetsetter #rkoi A post shared by Rodrigo Alves (@rodrigoalvesuk) on Feb 7, 2018 at 9:24am PST It's kind of sweet, almost romantic I would say. I never thought I would say this, but I'm actually kind of happy for him and I hope he finds his fake, I mean real human Barbie.
  2. Punjabi pop singer Daler Mehndi was convicted on Friday in a 2003 human trafficking case. A court in Patiala sentenced the singer to two years in jail, according to ANI News. The Tunak Tunak Tun fame singer was reportedly taken into custody by police as soon as his conviction was announced. Daler and his brother, Shamsher Singh, had been accused of illegally sending people abroad disguised as members of his troupe by charging hefty ?passage money.? The Mehndi brothers allegedly took two troupes in 1998 and 1999 during which 10 people were taken to the US as group members and were ?dropped off? illegally. The Patiala Police had registered a case against the brothers on a complaint filed by Bakshish Singh. However, more complaints of fraud were lodged against Daler and Shamsher. Patiala Police had even raided the offices of Daler at Connaught Place in New Delhi and seized documents, including the case file of those who had paid the alleged ?passage money? to the brothers. In 2006, Patiala Police filed two discharge petitions stating Daler was innocent, but the court had upheld that the singer be prosecuted as there was ?sufficient evidence against him on the judicial file and scope for further investigation?.
  3. Pakistan has called on India to stop killing Kashmiri civilians, end impunity enjoyed by its security forces and allow unfettered access to UN Fact Finding Team ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has raised the issue of grave human rights violations by India in Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK) during the 37th session of UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. Speaking at the Human Rights Council, Pakistan?s Deputy Permanent Representative Tahir Andrabi called on India to stop killing Kashmiri civilians, end the impunity enjoyed by its security forces and allow unfettered access to UN Fact Finding Team to investigate human rights violations in IoK, said a press release issued here from the Foreign Office. India?s denial of access to the UN Fact Finding Team is a ?desperate attempt? to hide its atrocities in ?the most militarised zone of the world?, the representative said. Terming Indian illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir ?root of the problem?, Pakistan demanded the UN to continue documenting human rights abuses by India in IoK. India must end its illegal occupation and resolve the Kashmir despite in accordance with the wishes of Kashmiri people as laid down in numerous United Nations Security Council resolutions, Pakistan said. Later in response to a statement from India, Pakistan said that Kashmiris' struggle for right to self-determination cannot be subsumed under the label of terrorism. India?s illegal occupation, massive human rights abuses, extra-judicial executions and economic exploitation of the territory continue to stir the Kashmiri freedom movement. Pakistan would continue to give its moral and political support to the oppressed people of the IoK in realisation of their inalienable right to self-determination, Pakistan stated. The topic of the debate at the Human Rights Council was the annual report of the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, who had regretted India?s denial of unconditional access in IoK to UN human rights investigators. The report also noted with concern that discrimination and violence directed at minorities, particularly Muslims, is on the rise in India.
  4. SAN FRANCISCO/BEIJING: When Apple Inc begins hosting Chinese users? iCloud accounts in a new Chinese data centre at the end of this month to comply with new laws there, Chinese authorities will have far easier access to text messages, email and other data stored in the cloud. That?s because of a change to how the company handles the cryptographic keys needed to unlock an iCloud account. Until now, such keys have always been stored in the United States, meaning that any government or law enforcement authority seeking access to a Chinese iCloud account needed to go through the U.S. legal system. Now, according to Apple, for the first time the company will store the keys for Chinese iCloud accounts in China itself. That means Chinese authorities will no longer have to use the U.S. courts to seek information on iCloud users and can instead use their own legal system to ask Apple to hand over iCloud data for Chinese users, legal experts said. Human rights activists say they fear the authorities could use that power to track down dissidents, citing cases from more than a decade ago in which Yahoo Inc handed over user data that led to arrests and prison sentences for two democracy advocates. Jing Zhao, a human rights activist and Apple shareholder, said he could envisage worse human rights issues arising from Apple handing over iCloud data than occurred in the Yahoo case. In a statement, Apple said it had to comply with recently introduced Chinese laws that require cloud services offered to Chinese citizens be operated by Chinese companies and that the data be stored in China. It said that while the company?s values don?t change in different parts of the world, it is subject to each country?s laws. ?While we advocated against iCloud being subject to these laws, we were ultimately unsuccessful,? it said. Apple said it decided it was better to offer iCloud under the new system because discontinuing it would lead to a bad user experience and actually lead to less data privacy and security for its Chinese customers. As a result, Apple has established a data centre for Chinese users in a joint venture with state-owned firm Guizhou - Cloud Big Data Industry Co Ltd. The firm was set up and funded by the provincial government in the relatively poor southwestern Chinese province of Guizhou in 2014. The Guizhou company has close ties to the Chinese government and the Chinese Communist Party. The Apple decision highlights a difficult reality for many U.S. technology companies operating in China. If they don?t accept demands to partner with Chinese companies and store data in China then they risk losing access to the lucrative Chinese market, despite fears about trade secret theft and the rights of Chinese customers. Broad Powers Apple says the joint venture does not mean that China has any kind of ?backdoor? into user data and that Apple alone ? not its Chinese partner ? will control the encryption keys. But Chinese customers will notice some differences from the start: their iCloud accounts will now be co-branded with the name of the local partner, a first for Apple. And even though Chinese iPhones will retain the security features that can make it all but impossible for anyone, even Apple, to get access to the phone itself, that will not apply to the iCloud accounts. Any information in the iCloud account could be accessible to Chinese authorities who can present Apple with a legal order. Apple said it will only respond to valid legal requests in China, but China?s domestic legal process is very different than that in the U.S., lacking anything quite like an American ?warrant? reviewed by an independent court, Chinese legal experts said. Court approval isn?t required under Chinese law and police can issue and execute warrants. ?Even very early in a criminal investigation, police have broad powers to collect evidence,? said Jeremy Daum, an attorney and research fellow at Yale Law School?s Paul Tsai China Center in Beijing. ?(They are) authorized by internal police procedures rather than independent court review, and the public has an obligation to cooperate.? Guizhou - Cloud Big Data and China?s cyber and industry regulators did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The Guizhou provincial government said it had no specific comment. There are few penalties for breaking what rules do exist around obtaining warrants in China. And while China does have data privacy laws, there are broad exceptions when authorities investigate criminal acts, which can include undermining communist values, ?picking quarrels? online, or even using a virtual private network to browse the Internet privately. Apple says the cryptographic keys stored in China will be specific to the data of Chinese customers, meaning Chinese authorities can?t ask Apple to use them to decrypt data in other countries like the United States. Privacy lawyers say the changes represent a big downgrade in protections for Chinese customers. ?The U.S. standard, when it?s a warrant and when it?s properly executed, is the most privacy-protecting standard,? said Camille Fischer of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Warned Customers Apple has given its Chinese users notifications about the Feb. 28 switchover data to the Chinese data centre in the form of emailed warnings and so-called push alerts, reminding users that they can chose to opt out of iCloud and store information solely on their device. The change only affects users who set China as their country on Apple devices and doesn?t affect users who select Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan. The default settings on the iPhone will automatically create an iCloud back-up when a phone is activated. Apple declined to comment on whether it would change its default settings to make iCloud an opt-in service, rather than opt-out, for Chinese users. Apple said it will not switch customers? accounts to the Chinese data centre until they agree to new terms of service and that more than 99.9 percent of current users have already done so. Until now, Apple appears to have handed over very little data about Chinese users. From mid-2013 to mid-2017, Apple said it did not give customer account content to Chinese authorities, despite having received 176 requests, according to transparency reports published by the company. By contrast, Apple has given the United States customer account content in response to 2,366 out of 8,475 government requests. Those figures are from before the Chinese cyber security laws took effect and also don?t include special national security requests in which U.S. officials might have requested data about Chinese nationals. Apple, along with other companies, is prevented by law from disclosing the targets of those requests. Apple said requests for data from the new Chinese datacenter will be reflected in its transparency reports and that it won?t respond to ?bulk? data requests. Human rights activists say they are also concerned about such a close relationship with a state-controlled entity like Guizhou-Cloud Big Data. Sharon Hom, executive director of Human Rights in China, said the Chinese Communist Party could also pressure Apple through a committee of members it will have within the company. These committees have been pushing for more influence over decision making within foreign-invested companies in the past couple of years.
  5. Virat Kohli has made it to the headlines not only because he is a great cricketer, but also because of his 'angry, young man' attitude. He has been caught swearing on the field more times than he would like. And this time too, the stump mic caught a cricketer abusing during a match but it was someone we'd never expect: MS Dhoni. Dhoni usually appears to be as this calm and composed person but obviously, everyone has bad days. © Twitter In the 2nd T20 against South Africa, both Dhoni and Manish Pandey showcased good performances but that wasn't enough for the team to win. While we did lose to South Africa, it wasn't just that which concerned the Indian fans: it was something that Dhoni said. During the 20th over, Dhoni suddenly shouted at Pandey, who was on the other end, and said, “Oye, Bho***ke, idhar dekh le. Udhar kya dekh raha hai?” If you didn't notice this epic moment, then Twitter has got your back: Really is that you #Dhoni ? ð #SAvIND #INDvSA #manishpandey pic.twitter.com/RuvCehOTV6 — PATRIOT ð®ð³ (@iamchetss) February 21, 2018 We'll admit, the second word of the sentence isn't very clear. Some Twitter users were quick to point out the fact that Dhoni did use cuss words on the field while others were confused and feel that he said, “Oye, Bola tha na idhar dekhle, udhar kya dekh raha hai?” And then there are some who are on a completely different tangent and feel that he said “Bhoot** ke”. 1. Quite An Explanation He said, "oyee...bhootni ke idhar dekh ley, udhar kya dekh raha hai" I guess Dhoni didnt want d strike, as he ws not hitting d ball well, but fortunately after dis incident, he got his shots n rhythm back — Rajneesh kumar (@tararaj1516) February 21, 2018 2. Memes Have Already Started. When you are telling something important to your friend but he is busy on his phone. pic.twitter.com/mOJ2nyAGwa — Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) February 21, 2018 3. Kya Yaar Kohli. Ye kohli ne bc poore team ka jaban gangajal se pavitra kar diya haiððððð — THAKUR साहब (@Amanproudbihari) February 21, 2018 4. Pretty Much Words that have been identified 1. Oye 2. Bhosdike 3. Gaand 4. Dekh le 5. Ghar 6. Hila That kind of summarises the story. — chin2incal (@chin2incal) February 21, 2018 5. This Girl Is Super Disappointed. Am i the only one who still can't believe tht Dhoni gave a gali! Thts not possible... I guess he said 'bole the na'... But even if he gave any plzzz Mahi nahi!? Request!!! — Srishti Jain (@srishtimjain) February 21, 2018 6. But Did He Really? Whats a real match without a few gaalis between boys?ð MS Dhoni saying it like it is ð·"Oye bho**** idhar dekh le"#MSDhoni #MSD #INDvSA pic.twitter.com/Xx9QwoTPdk — Rosy (@rose_k01) February 21, 2018 7. This Could Be It. he is not telling...bhosdike....he is telling...'bole the na idhar dekhne...udhar dekh raha hai...here is jharkhand we speak like that bole the..kiye the etc. — Vikas Kumar (@vprabhat) February 21, 2018 8. And The Debate Continues. Bhootnike bola. Don't spread shit. — Prashant Tiwari (@uniqueTiwari) February 21, 2018 Just like the rest of the country, we are super confused as to what he said. What do you think? Was Dhoni REALLY channeling his inner Kohli or was it just misinterpreted? For a man who has won plaudits for his calm and composed demeanor on the field, Dhoni losing his cool and eventually giving a mouthful to young Manish Pandey has probably highlighted the fact that he is human after all. In the crucial stages of the game, where a budding star like Pandey can easily lose focus, the former Indian captain - despite his choice of words - ensured that his partner was as focussed as he was in a bid to get their team to safety. And, for that, if we can't laud Dhoni, then we surely can't hate him.
  6. Asma Jahangir remained associated with the UN on various positions. Photo: UN United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed sorrow at the demise of prominent human rights defender and UN Special Rapporteur Asma Jahangir, who passed away at the age of 66 on Sunday. ?We have lost a human rights giant,? said Guterres in a statement by the UN office on Monday. Doctors said Jahangir suffered brain hemorrhage following a stroke and passed away at the hospital. Her funeral is scheduled to be held at 2PM on Tuesday, February 13, at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. CM Sindh seeks state funeral for Asma Jahangir Nation in mourning after the untimely demise of prominent lawyer and human rights icon Asma Jahangir ?Asma was brilliant, deeply principled, courageous and kind [?] She will not be forgotten,? Guterres added, expressing his condolences to Jahangir's family, friends and colleagues, including in the UN and civil society. According to the statement, Jahangir was the current UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, having assumed the position on November 1, 2016. Earlier, from 1998 to July 2004, she was the special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, and from August 2004 to July 2010, the special rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief. Human rights icon Asma Jahangir passes away in Lahore The leading lawyer and activist suffered a cardiac arrest and was hospitalised but could not make it The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), which supports special rapporteurs and independent experts in the discharge of their mandate, also expressed its sadness at Jahangir's passing. ?She was a legendary human rights defender: pioneering, determined, calm, courageous ? and a lovely human being,? the office said in a tweet posted on its official account.
  7. An undated picture shows a magnification of a lab-grown fully matured human egg ready for fertilization. Doctor David Albertini/University of Edinburgh/Handout via REUTERS LONDON: Scientists have succeeded for the first time in growing human eggs in a laboratory from the earliest stages in ovarian tissue all the way to full maturity ? a scientific step that had previously been taken in mice. Publishing their result in the journal Molecular Human Reproduction on Friday, scientists from Britain and the United States said it could one day help in developing regenerative medicine therapies and new infertility treatments. In previous studies, scientists had developed mouse eggs in a laboratory to the stage where they produced live offspring and had also matured human eggs from a relatively late stage of development. This latest work ? by scientists at two research hospitals in Edinburgh and the Center for Human Reproduction in New York ? is the first time human eggs have been developed outside the human body from their earliest stage to full maturity. ?Being able to fully develop human eggs in the lab could widen the scope of available fertility treatments. We are now working on optimizing the conditions that support egg development in this way and studying how healthy they are,? Evelyn Telfer ? who co-led the work ? said. Independent experts not directly involved in this work praised it as important but also cautioned that there is much more to do before lab-grown human eggs could be safely be made ready for fertilization with sperm. ?This early data suggests this may well be feasible in the future,? Ali Abbara ? a senior clinical lecturer in Endocrinology at Imperial College London ? said. ?(But) the technology remains at an early stage, and much more work is needed to make sure that the technique is safe and optimized before we ascertain whether these eggs remain normal during the process, and can be fertilized to form embryos that could lead to healthy babies.? Darren Griffin ? a genetics professor at Kent University in the UK ? said the work was ?an impressive technical achievement?. If success and safety rates were improved, he said, it could in future help cancer patients wishing to preserve their fertility while undergoing chemotherapy treatment, improve fertility treatments, and deepen scientific understanding of the biology of the earliest stages of human life.
  8. Supreme Court. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court summoned on Tuesday the interior and foreign secretaries and advocate general Punjab in the human smuggling suo motu case. During the hearing, the chief justice observed that human smuggling gangs are operating from Gujrat, Lala Musa, Sira-e-Alamgir and Mandi Bahauddin areas of Punjab, adding that this menace has to be curtailed. The crime is not being tackled adequately as there are issues of coordination between government institutions, he observed further. Federal Investigation Agency Director General Bashir Ahmed Memon admitted before the court that human smuggling is a pressing issue in Gujranwala. The chief justice stated that the court will direct the Punjab government to set up an FIA office in Gujranwala and Gujrat to tackle the situation on ground. Libya shipwreck tragedy: FIA claims key arrests in crackdown against human smugglers Suspects smuggled 32 Pakistanis who are believed to have drowned after their boat capsized off the coast of Libya, says FIA Separately, as many as three alleged human smugglers were arrested in raids conducted in Sheikhupura and Mandi Bahauddin today, informed a deputy director of the FIA. On Feb 4, FIA apprehended the central character of a human smuggling network that facilitated illegal transportation of Pakistani nationals, who drowned in a shipwreck off Libya on January 31. As many as 32 Pakistani nationals were aboard the ship that wrecked off Libyan coast on January 31. Turbat Turbat ? In November 2017, twenty bullet-riddled bodies were discovered in Turbat, Balochistan. The victims were residents of Punjab who were attempting to reach Europe illegally via Iran. The prime suspect, Mehboob Shah, was apprehended along with an accomplice, Mudassir, during a raid in Gujrat, said Mufakhir Adeel, deputy director of the FIA. The apex court had taken a suo motu notice of human smuggling after the tragic discovery in Turbat, Balochistan of bullet-ridden bodies of around a dozen men, mostly from Punjab, who were attempting to illegally crossover into Europe via Iran.
  9. A boat capsizes on the Mediterranean in May 2016. Photo: Italian Navy The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) claimed on Sunday to have arrested from Gujrat a human smuggler linked to the recent capsizing of an immigrants' boat in Libya in which several Pakistanis were killed. The Foreign Office (FO) on Saturday said that 16 Pakistanis died in the boat sinking incident off the Libyan coast. A boat carrying migrants capsized off the coast of Zuwara, Libya early Friday, International Organization for Migration (IOM) spokesperson Olivia Headon confirmed to reporters in Geneva by phone from Tunis. 11 Pakistanis feared dead as boat capsizes off Libyan coast: FO Details of the deceased will follow as soon as FO gets them from Tripoli, Dr Faisal said "At least 90 migrants are reported to have drowned when a boat capsized off the coast of Libya this morning", the agency added in a statement. The Pakistanis belonged to Gujrat, Mandi Bahauddin, Rawalpindi and Sargodha areas of Punjab. FIA officials said Sunday that the suspected human smuggler was connected with Ismail, whose wife and two children are among the deceased migrants. Gujar Khan resident Fareed, also among the deceased, contacted his family three days ago, said his family, adding that their loved one had gone to Libya to look for work. 'Working round the clock' FO Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal shared on Twitter the names and details of the Pakistanis who were on the boat. Turbat Turbat ? In November 2017, twenty bullet-riddled bodies were discovered in Turbat, Balochistan. The victims were residents of Punjab who were attempting to reach Europe illegally via Iran. Eight bodies were recovered and identified while four were recovered but only identified by the deceased persons' friends and their identification documents were yet to be found, Faisal wrote. He further stated that documents of six individuals were found but their bodies have yet to be recovered. "[The] Pakistani Embassy [is] working around the clock," the FO spokesperson assured in a tweet. Previously, a number of similar cases have occurred in which people ? mostly from Punjab ? have lost their lives en route to illegally sneaking into another country. In November 2017, over a dozen bodies were found in Turbat, Balochistan from where people, mainly from Punjab, were trying to illegally cross the border into Iran so as to reach Europe for better employment opportunities. Libya, Italy net 5,000 migrants in a week The tally was the highest reported out of Libya for a one-week period since mid-July IOM had said on Friday that more than 6,600 migrants and refugees had already entered Europe by sea since the beginning of the year, with central Mediterranean route crossings to Italy accounting for nearly 65 per cent of the entries. Worst crisis since WW2 Drownings in the Mediterranean began surging in 2013 as Europe's worst migration crisis since World War II began picking up speed, with hundreds of thousands of people fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and elsewhere. Over the past five years, more than 16,000 people have died trying to make the perilous crossing to Europe, according to IOM numbers. Excluding Friday's tragedy, 246 migrants and refugees have already died trying to cross the Mediterranean since the beginning of the year, compared to 254 casualties during the first month of 2017. Sale of migrants in Libya 'slave markets' sparks global outcry Six years after the fall of Gaddafi, Libya is still a lawless state Two hundred and eighteen of those deaths occurred on the central route in 2018, IOM said, while 28 happened on the western route that links North Africa to Spain. Meanwhile, on the eastern Mediterranean route that connects Turkey and Greece, used by 1,089 so far this year, no fatalities have yet been recorded in 2018. The EU last year reached controversial agreements with chaos-wracked Libya to stem the flow of migrants from that country, following a more comprehensive deal with Turkey in 2016, which sharply reduced the numbers crossing to Greece. EU countries pledge to take 34,000 refugees Scheme is aimed at discouraging migrant boats from making the risky Mediterranean crossing Casualties in the eastern Mediterranean have dropped dramatically since then. In the 22 months since the deal with Turkey was reached in April 2016, fatalities on that route have fallen to an average of 6.75 per month, from 96.25 per month during the year prior to the agreement, IOM said
  10. Female orca Wikie (L), seen in 2011 with her calf, can mimic human words such as ?hello? and ?bye-bye?. Photo: AFP/file PARIS: Her head above water, Wikie the killer whale looks at the human trainer next to her pool, listens, then loudly vocalises: "Hello." It is not a perfect imitation, but, astonishingly, recognisable. It is the first scientific demonstration of an orca mimicking human words, which also included "Amy" -- the name of Wikie´s handler -- "Bye-Bye", and "One-Two-Three". "We were not expecting a perfect match, like a parrot," researcher Jose Abramson of the Complutense University of Madrid said of the experiment reported Wednesday in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Yet in a trial with six different words or phrases, some of Wikie´s attempts were "a very high quality match", especially given that orcas´ vocal anatomy is "totally different" to ours. It was hard not to jump for joy when Wikie first "spoke", Abramson told AFP, adding the research team had not quite known what to expect. "When we tried ´hello´ and she did the sound... some emotional responses came from the trainers. For us (the scientists) it was very difficult not to say anything..." Seeking to measure orcas´ ability to copy new sounds, Abramson and a team turned to Wikie, a captive killer whale at the Marineland Aquarium in Antibes, southern France. Trained to perform tricks for Marineland visitors, Wikie was a good candidate as she had already learnt the gesture commanding her to "copy" what her trainer does. As part of the trial, the killer whale was asked to mimic never-before-heard sounds made by other orcas with different dialects from different family groups. Then, she was made to repeat human words. In recordings of the experiment, Wikie takes several stabs at "hello". Every time, she voices two syllables with something resembling an "l" in the middle and an "o" at the end. Sign of culture The most convincing attempt is a deep, throaty sound, a bit like a cartoon demon might say "hello". The orca also manages an eery whisper that does sound remarkably like "Amy". But she seems to have more trouble with "One-Two-Three". The last syllable sounds a bit like a "raspberry" -- that sound of contempt humans make by pushing the tongue between the lips and forcibly expelling air to produce a vibration. Abramson said the orca´s ability to mimic does not mean she understands what she is saying. The experiment was designed in such a way that no meaning or context was attached to any of the words. But it does show, once more, that orcas are very smart animals indeed, he added. Imitation skills are a sign of intelligence, as they allow animals to learn lessons from peers. The alternative, learning through trial and error, "can be every expensive... you can die just trying poisonous fish, for example, for killer whales. But if you learn from the experience of the others it´s more safe," said Abramson. "One of the main things that fired the evolution of human intelligence is the ability to have social learning, to imitate, and to have culture. "So if you find that other species have also the capacity for social learning, and of complex social learning that could be imitation or teaching, you expect a lot of flexibility in that species." This in turn, allows a species to adapt more easily to changes in their environment, improving survival chances, said the researcher. Killer whales have previously been shown to mimic dolphin sounds. Apart from parrots whose copycat skills are well-documented, beluga whales, dolphins, seals, and an Asian elephant were previously reported to have tried mimicking human language.
  11. Everyone knows Christian Bale is an extremely dedicated person. No matter what he does, he gives it his all, and then some. But, let's start a new conspiracy theory – Christian Bale is not even a human being, he's just a shapeshifter. Actually, I'm pretty sure this theory already exists but let's just take a minute and review all the evidence, because come on, someone who can do this is not real, he can't be. © Twitter So, let the investigation begin. In 2000, he bulked up to play killer perfectionist Patrick Bateman in 'American Psycho'. But, then in a few years, he undid all the hard work he put in to achieve that enviable physique by putting in more work to shed a ton of weight for 'The Machinist' in 2004. It looks so scary, honestly. His famous skeletal frame for this movie was achieved through a diet of "water, an apple and one cup of coffee per day, with the occasional whiskey." Apparently after losing about 30kgs, he wanted to go even further, but producers had to stop him because he could have died. Okay, this could be believable, but then, in just 6 short months he looked like this to play the lead role in 'Batman Begins'. Like, do you really expect me to believe that no supernatural power wasn't involved in this? Apparently, he achieved this with a high-protein diet and regime involving heavy-core, plyometrics and resistance training, and packed on a whopping 45kgs, only for Christopher Nolan to turn around and tell him to lose about 10 because he got a bit too fat. But, the whole working out so much is just a cover story, right? Changing how he looks shouldn't have been a problem for him as it is. Because the next big transformation was of a crackhead for 'The Fighter' in 2010. © Paramount Pictures Who is this guy? He doesn't look like Christian Bale one bit. Now, let's bring out the big guns. For 'American Hustle' in 2013, he gained a ton of weight and made everyone question that how was this guy ever Batman. © Columbia Pictures He claims that he achieved this by gorging on an endless amount of junk food, but you're not fooling us, Christian. And, now the last bit of evidence in this very serious investigation. A few months ago, he debuted his latest look where he looked so unrecognizable while preparing to portray former US Vice President Dick Cheney in an up-coming bio pic 'Basketcase'. © Twitter Apparently, the actor credits his transformation to 'eating a lot of pies'. I think this is enough proof for now that this guy is definitely not human. Christian, we're on to you.
  12. Facial fragments, including a jawbone and several teeth, were found at a site called Misliya Cave in Israel, one of several prehistoric cave sites located on Mount Carmel-Binghamton University/AFP MIAMI: The oldest remains of a modern human outside Africa have been dug up in Israel, offering evidence of what genetic studies have already suggested -- that humans migrated out of Africa some 50,000 years earlier than previously thought. Facial fragments, including a jawbone and several teeth, were found at a site called Misliya Cave in Israel, one of several prehistoric cave sites located on Mount Carmel. The bones date to between 174,000 and 188,000 years old, said the report in Thursday´s edition of the US journal Science. Until now, the earliest modern human fossils found outside of Africa were estimated to be between 90,000 to 120,000 years old. "Misliya is an exciting discovery," said co-author Rolf Quam, an anthropology professor at Binghamton University. "It provides the clearest evidence yet that our ancestors first migrated out of Africa much earlier than we previously believed." The fossil, named Misliya-1, "exhibits teeth that are in the upper size range of what´s seen in modern humans, but that otherwise shows clear patterns and features of our species," said the report. Other archaeological evidence in the cave showed that the inhabitants hunted big game and used fire. Stone tools that were chipped in places to make them sharper were also found nearby, marking the "earliest known association of the Levallois technique with modern human fossils in the region." Older fossils of modern humans have been found in Africa, including some with similar facial characteristics excavated from the Ethiopian sites of Omo Kibish and Herto, dating to around 195,000 and 160,000 years old. Even older primitive human remains -- though still members of our species -- have been found in Morocco (315,000 years old) and South Africa (259,000 years old). In China, the human fossils known to science are younger, with fragments from the Zhiren and Daoxian Caves ranging in age from 80,000 to 113,000 years ago. But the discovery in Israel sheds new light on the routes of modern human migration out of Africa, and helps scientists better under the evolution of our own species. "It also means that modern humans were potentially meeting and interacting during a longer period of time with other archaic human groups, providing more opportunity for cultural and biological exchanges," said Quam. Previous research, based on ancient DNA analyses, has suggested that modern humans left Africa even earlier, as far back as 220,000 years ago.
  13. Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan received a Crystal Award from Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship/Reuters Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan received an award at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland on Monday for his work raising awareness about human rights issues. Shah Rukh was given a Crystal Award by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship in recognition of his work championing the rights of children and women in India. The actor is a founder of a non-profit foundation, which provides support to female victims of acid attacks and major burn injuries through medical treatment, legal aid, vocational training, rehabilitation and livelihood support. "We, the powerful, need to get out of the way, to pick the barriers apart, the ones that give us names and races and colours and hierarchies," he said at the ceremony. "That is what I have learned from my beautifully scarred women," he added, referring to the acid victims. Shah Rukh Khan with Sir Elton John and Cate Blanchett at WEF in Davos/Reuters Australian actor Cate Blanchett received a Crystal Award for her work with people who have fled their homes. British singer-songwriter Sir Elton John also received a Crystal Award for his charitable work with his AIDS foundation. The Crystal Award is given by the WEF to artists who make a positive change in society. And while in Switzerland, King Khan did not miss an opportunity to enjoy the cold and the snow in the picturesque Swiss Alps village of Davos. "Switzerland main aake yeh na kiya toh kya kiya...?!" he tweeted. Some of the world?s top policy makers and executives have begun gathering at Davos for the annual meeting, where powerful politicians will rub shoulders with titans of industry, screen stars and influential activists for a week of earnest discussions.
  14. Forpheus, a fourth-generation table-tennis robot developed by automation parts maker Omron, returns a shot to a human player during a press preview at the Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies (CEATEC) Japan in Chiba, suburban Tokyo on October 2, 2017. The robot called does more than play a mean game of table tennis. It can read body language to gauge its opponent?s ability, and offer advice and encouragement. Photo: AFP3 LAS VEGAS: The robot called Forpheus does more than play a mean game of table tennis. It can read body language to gauge its opponent´s ability and offer advice and encouragement. "It will try to understand your mood and your playing ability and predict a bit about your next shot," said Keith Kersten of Japan-based Omron Automation, which developed Forpheus to showcase its technology. "We don´t sell ping pong robots but we are using Forpheus to show how the technology works with people," said Kersten. Forpheus is among several devices shown at this week´s Consumer Electronics Show which highlight how robots can become more human-like by acquiring "emotional intelligence" and empathy. Although this specialisation is still emerging, the notion of robotic empathy appeared to be a strong theme at the huge gathering of technology professionals in Las Vegas. Honda, the Japanese auto giant, launched a new robotics program called Empower, Experience, Empathy including its new 3E-A18 robot which "shows compassion to humans with a variety of facial expressions," according to a statement. Although empathy and emotional intelligence do not necessarily require a humanoid form, some robot makers have been working on form as well as function. "We've been working very hard to have an emotional robot," said Jean-Michel Mourier of French-based Blue Frog Robotics, which makes the companion and social robot called Buddy, set to be released later this year. "He has a complex brain," Mourier said at a CES event. "It will ask for a caress or it will get mad if you poke him in the eye." Other robots such as Qihan Technology´s Sanbot and SoftBank Robotics´ Pepper, are being "humanized" by teaching them to read and react to people´s emotional states. Pepper is "capable of interpreting a smile, a frown, your tone of voice, as well as the lexical field you use and non-verbal language such as the angle of your head," according to SoftBank. Robot in human shoes Developing emotional intelligence in robots is a difficult task, melding the use of computer "vision" to interpret objects and people and creating software that can respond accordingly. "Empathy is the goal: the robot is putting itself in the shoes of the human, and that´s about as hard as it gets," said Patrick Moorhead, a technology analyst with Moor Insights & Strategy. "It´s not just about technology, it´s about psychology and trust." Moorhead said this technology is still in the early stages but holds promise in some areas, noting that there is strong interest in Japan amid a lack of caretakers for the elderly population. "In some ways it can be a bit creepy if you´re crying and the robot is trying to console you," he said. "If you have no friends, the next best thing is a friend robot, and introverts might feel more comfortable talking to a robot." 'Emotion chip' One CES exhibitor offered a promise of going further than the current devices by developing an "emotion chip" which can allow robots to process emotions in a manner similar to humans. "There has been a lot of research on detecting human emotions. We do the opposite. We synthesize emotions for the machine," said Patrick Levy-Rosenthal, founder of New York-based Emoshape, which is producing its chip for partners in gaming, virtual and augmented reality and other sectors. It could be used to power a humanoid robot, or other devices. For example, an e-reader could better understand a text to infuse more emotion in storytelling. As for Forpheus, Kersten said the robot´s ability to help people improve their table tennis skills could have numerous applications for sports, businesses and more. "You could sense how people are feeling if they are attentive or in a good state to drive," he said. Another key application could be in health care, he said: "In an elderly patient facility, you can determine if someone is in distress and needs help."
  15. French President Emmanuel Macron (R) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speak ahead of a meeting on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium, May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Eric Feferberg/Pool/Files PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron will raise human rights issues with Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan when they meet next Friday, the Elysee said on Saturday. Erdogan's visit to France comes as he faces widespread criticism over a far-reaching crackdown against opponents linked to last year's failed coup attempt ? which has seen the arrest of opposition politicians, journalists and activists ? and led to accusations of human rights abuses. The meeting "will be an opportunity to discuss issues related to bilateral relations between our two countries, as well as regional issues including a particular focus on the Syria issue? but also the on the Palestinian issue," said the Elysee, adding that "the issue of human rights" would be discussed. Earlier, on Saturday, Erdogan announced he would travel to France to discuss bilateral relations in a televised speech to members of his ruling AKP party. After a year of particularly strained ties with European countries, Erdogan has recently expressed hope for a better relationship with the EU, telling Turkish journalists on Thursday, "I always say this. We must reduce the number of enemies and increase the number of friends." Erdogan launched a huge purge of state institutions after the attempted coup in July 2016; more than 55,000 people have been arrested since then and human rights groups have regularly reported accusations of torture and abuse. Loup Bureau ? a French journalist who was detained in a Turkish prison for more than seven weeks on "terror" charges ? returned to France in September after Macron appealed to Erdogan for his release. Also in September, Macron ? in an interview with Greek daily Kathimerini ? said "Turkey has objectively moved away from the European Union in recent months, with disturbing drifts that can not remain without consequence".
  16. 63 Israeli teenagers have refused to be enlisted in the army due to the human rights violations committed by Israeli forces, Yedioth Ahronoth reported yesterday, the Middle-East Monitor reported. The twelfth-grade students, in a letter, addressed to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Israeli army Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot, wrote that their decision was motivated by ?a commitment to the values of peace.? ?The army implements a racist government policy that violates basic human rights and carries out one law for Israelis and another law for Palestinians in the same territory? the letter reads. In the letter, the students also criticised the Separation Wall, the blockade on the Gaza Strip and illegal settlements in occupied territories, which they claimed ?sever the Palestinians from each other in enclaves and strive to prevent territorial continuity?. ?Therefore we have decided not to take part in the occupation and oppression of the Palestinian nation, which has divided human beings into two antagonistic camps. This ?temporary? situation has gone on for 50 long years now, and we won?t contribute to it.? The Israeli army?s attempts to prevent the truth about arrests from being heard was also highlighted in the letter: ?The freedom to report and disseminate the information about what goes on is also denied, by journalist detentions and censorship.? The protesting students have appealed to other high school students to join them in their boycott and refusal to join the army until the end of Israeli occupation in the West Bank. They intend to take to the streets to further their protest call and gain more support. One of the signatories, twenty-year-old Matan Helman, is currently serving jail time after his refusal to be drafted into the army. The Israeli army and education ministry, earlier this month, announced plans to boost enrolment after enlistment rates fell and the number of dropouts increased.
  17. LAHORE: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Saturday arrested as many as six human smugglers from raids conducted in Narowal, Mandi Bahauddin, Gujranwala, Bhakkar and Sialkot. Two proclaimed offenders, Nazim Ali, Noor Hussain, were among those arrested by the law enforcement authority. Three land route agents: Muhammad Rasheed, Rashid and Mubasher Hasan, along with the owner of an illegal travel agency, Muhammad Bilal, were also arrested. Nine Pakistani passports, travel documents, photocopies of visas and fake stickers were recovered from the suspects. Separately, FIA Immigration arrested two human smugglers, Qurban Anum and Shafqat Ali, from Lahore Airport along with eight passengers. The FIA authorities filed cases against the smugglers and passengers, and have shifted them to police stations.
  18. Families sit at the back of a van with their belongings, while fleeing a military offensive against terrorists in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Jan. 22, 2014/Reuters ISLAMABAD: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) claimed it nabbed 7,381 persons involved in human trafficking during two years but registered 7,430 cases of the crime, as part of its countrywide campaign. A break-up of registered cases against human traffickers showed that a total of 4,096 cases were filed in 2016, of which 3,349 were in Punjab, 140 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), 77 in Sindh, 181 in Balochistan, and 349 cases in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT). Similarly, a total of 3,334 cases were registered during 2017, of which 2,784 were in Punjab, 85 in KP, 82 in Sindh, 59 in Balochistan, and 324 cases in ICT. The total number of persons arrested and involved in human trafficking during 2016 and 2017 were 4,233 and 3,148, respectively. Of the aggregates, 3,635 were arrested in Punjab, 138 in KP, 29 in Sindh, 11 in Balochistan, and 420 in ICT as opposed to 2,746, 69, 31, 4, and 298, respectively. When contacted regarding action taken against traffickers and agents involved in the Turbat incident ? in which 15 persons lost their lives recently ? sources at the Interior Division said Thursday that a video was uploaded on social media on November 15, 2017, regarding the murder of 15 innocent Pakistani nationals in Turbat, Balochistan. The deceased were from different districts of Gujranwala, Punjab, and were en route to cross the Pak-Iran border illegally, with the facilitation of local and cross-border human smugglers to Europe via a land route passing through Iran, Turkey, and Greece. Later, the sources said the same video was telecast in electronic media. The FIA took immediate action and initiated legal proceedings against the human smugglers and other suspects involved in this incident. After three days, on November 18, another media report was run, according to which five more innocent persons were killed by unknown murderers in Balochistan's Kech District. These people were also from Gujranwala and were being smuggled to Europe via the same route. The sources said the FIA's Gujranwala and Gujrat branches immediately contacted the bereaved, discovering during preliminary interrogation the fact that local agents took the deceased to Quetta on October 31 via a bus from Gujrat. It was further disclosed by their families that the deceased were then to be taken to Iran. Turbat killings: SC seeks human smuggling reports from FIA, Balochistan government CJP was hearing suo motu case on killing of 20 Punjab-based men in Balochistan last month The agents based in Turkey, Greece, Italy, and Germany were also in contact with local agents in Quetta as well as those in Iran for getting the deceased to Italy and Germany through the aforementioned route. The FIA's Gujranwala and Gujrat branches then contacted the victims' families to obtain information pertaining to the agents involved, and, upon disclosure, 7 First Information Reports (FIRs) were registered. Of these, 17 have been identified and 7 arrested. Two of those identified presently reside abroad, while one has been identified by the FIA's Balochistan wing during the investigation. Other law enforcement agencies (LEAs) and intelligence agencies have also been taken onboard to finalize the investigation. As the call date records (CDRs), VeriSys and locations of the victims' mobiles, and the agents involved are being compared and analyzed, 14 Iranian agents have also been identified. Letters have been issued to the Interpol and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for contacting the Iranian authorities for apprehending the 14 agents based in the neighbouring countries. LEAs and other authorities are sharing valuable information as and when received.
  19. Funeral prayers of Turbat victims ? APP ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court directed on Thursday the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) director general and the Balochistan government to submit a report on human smuggling. A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar heard the suo motu case regarding the killing of 20 people being smuggled to Europe via Iran. Turbat Turbat ? In November 2017, twenty bullet-riddled bodies were discovered in Turbat, Balochistan. The victims were residents of Punjab who were attempting to reach Europe illegally via Iran. During the proceedings, the FIA chief informed the court of lack of resources and tools to investigate such crimes, to which the chief justice replied: ?If you do not have the resources, accept that you cannot do anything. Should we remain silent after hearing complaints of lack of resources?? The chief justice remarked that the FIA DG should admit failure over human smuggling. ?Preventing a crime before it happens is the real skill,? the chief justice asserted. Chief Justice Nisar asked him to provide assurance that such an incident won?t happen again, adding that the judiciary was ready to lend its shoulder in support. According to the FIA DG, the 20 individuals were killed by a terrorist outfit on the basis of their ethnicity. He added that an international human smuggling gang was operating in Pakistan, Iran and Turkey. CJP takes suo motu notice of Turbat killings, seeks report in three days Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar has sought a detailed report on the incident from IG Balochistan and DG FIA The chief secretary of Balochistan informed the apex court that all agencies were in contact over human smuggling and due to their efforts the militants had been confined to two districts. The court then directed the provincial government and FIA to submit new reports on the issue. The hearing of the case was adjourned until the first week of February.
  20. ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister of Pakistan Khawaja Asif, in a statement, reaffirmed on Sunday country?s resolve to promote and protect fundaments rights of humans on Human Rights Day, which is being marked today (Sunday). The statement, issued by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, stated: ?This year, the Human Rights Day assumes special significance as it coincides with the 70th anniversary of the adoption of Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). In the last seven decades, considerable progress has been made in advancing and safeguarding human rights across the world. This day provides us an opportunity to reaffirm our resolve to promote, and respect human dignity, rights as well as needs.? Foreign ministers added, ?on behalf of the people and Government of Pakistan, I wish to reiterate our strong commitment to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms, as well as needs. Pakistan has demonstrated its resolve by enacting wide ranging legislation, establishing strong institutional machinery and putting in place robust policy measures in the field of human rights. Pakistan's Constitution serves as an anchor and guarantor of fundamental freedoms and human rights of all Pakistanis.? The statement said that Pakistan?s government is emphasising on the creation of an inclusive society as envisioned by the Father of the Nation, Quaid-e-Azam, Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Protecting, strengthening and promoting respect for human rights is a solemn duty of every State towards its people.? Foreign Minister remarked: ?Pakistan's success as the newly elected member of the Human Rights Council (HRC) this year is a testimony to the confidence reposed in Pakistan by the international community as a consensus builder within the international human rights policy framework.? On the day, Pakistan also demanded full respect for the people in Indian-occupied Kashmir and Palestine. ?This day should serve as a reminder for realisation of one of the fundamental rights - right to self-determination.? Pakistan wishes to reaffirm its full diplomatic, political and moral support to the Kashmiri people in the just cause for human dignity, respect and inalienable right to self-determination, according to the statement. ?While we commemorate this day, we should not lose sight of the worrying trends such as xenophobia, Islamophobia, intolerance, discrimination, and hate crimes against migrant communities that have clouded the achievements in the field of human rights. Let us redouble our collective efforts in making sure that the true spirit of UDHR is fully adhered to by states across the world,? foreign minister added.
  21. A few months ago, on September 21, 2017, a man was stopped by authorities at the Dubai airport. He did not resemble his passport photo. The man in question was Rodrigo Alves, popularly known as the Human Ken Doll. The 34-year-old has had 51 plastic surgeries and 103 cosmetic procedures. He no longer resembled his passport photo. It was a complete change of identity. © Daily Mirror It all started at the age of 19 when he got his first surgical procedure done. It was a nose job, the most innocuously common cosmetic procedure in popular culture. Rodrigo has spent over 373,000 pounds (which is Rs 324,97,821) on his cosmetic procedures so far. Ironically, pictures from his teenage years, before he transformed his appearance with surgeries, are perfectly normal. You could even say it's a handsome face. © thesun Over the years, Rodrigo has undergone surgeries to make his face chiseled, his jawline sharper, his abs more sculpted and his shoulders broader. He told The Sun: “I have had a hair implant, a brow lift, eye lifts, my ears pinned back, cheeks redesigned, my jawline shaped, I've had cheek implants twice, the sides if my lips cut out in order to give me a bigger wider smile. I have had fillers injected into my shoulders, biceps, triceps, my abs – my six pack is purely plastic surgery.” © Daily Mirror He reportedly plans to get 6 of his ribs removed to get the perfect slim figure. He has already planned the surgery which will make his waist look slimmer. The 34-year-old was in India a few months ago and cut an unreal picture in the quintessentially touristy pictures he got clicked against the backdrop of the Taj Mahal. True to the name given to him, Rodrigo now looks like a human doll, more so when pictured amongst ordinary people far removed from the glamour of the plastic world. © thesun The question is – how far can you go to look perfect? Often, the ones who go for multiple surgeries are people with above average looks. They would pass off as handsome and good-looking men and women in the normal world. But in the plastic world of size zero models and photoshopped abs, anything less than their idea of 'perfect' is not worth a dime. Pop sensation Michael Jackson, despite his immense success, transformed himself completely with multiple surgeries. It was more than just a desire to be white, that must have had at its roots the deep-seated prejudice against the black race. From botox fillers to nose jobs and lip enhancement, Jackson spent 30 years of his life and millions of dollars in trying to become a perfect portrait of a good-looking human. © Youtube_MJJFanVideos, Reuters Our timelines, televisions screens, billboards and drawing room magazines are filled with pictures of men and women with the perfect jaw lines, chiseled bone structures, hourglass figures and six-pack abs. They are touted as the perfect men and women, the highest level of aspiration and of desire. Our glamorous culture tells us anything that's beautiful is the most valued. Outward beauty is the stepping stone to success, wealth, social acceptance and happiness. There are big and small enterprises at every nook and corner promising to change your life through cosmetic procedures. A little nip and tuck there, a slight lift, enhancement and face fillers later, you are ready to take on the world. Steroids and hair transplants are as routine as a monthly visit to the salon today. Teenagers are going for quick nips and tucks while those with more money are getting more adventurous. From injections sucking out fat from the hips to filling collagen on the face, one's face is now purely a work of fiction. © Reuters There are hundreds of stories of men and women who have repeatedly gone under the knife in a bid to carve out a body of their dreams, no matter how unreal those dreams are. Of course, the craze is more common among women than in men, because the beauty standard for women is much higher than that accorded to men. A huge part of our capitalist culture depends on our dislike of our bodies and appearance. The number of companies that would shut shop if we were to start loving the way we look would be enough to bring the world economy to a halt. The most recent horror tale to hit the internet was that of Sahar Tabar, an Iranian woman who was obsessed about looking like Angelina Jolie. After the 50 odd surgeries she went through to look like Jolie, she ended up looking like a character straight from a zombie film. It didn't matter nature had endowed her with a beautiful face originally. She wanted to be Angelina Jolie, the most beautiful woman in the world. © Instagram, Reuters In a world where Kim Kardashian's butt can break the internet and 60-year-olds can give teenagers a run for their money, the obsession with how we look is all too real. We might dismiss these people as anomalies of the lot who have gone too far, but we must not forget they are just mirroring an obsession we all are victims of, just the levels of which are different. They have gone overboard while we are just at the edge, standing in front of our mirrors inspecting our faces and bodies from all angles before deciding which shirt to wear to office today.
  22. Lethal Autonomous Weapons. Weapons that are unmanned. Weapons that are powered by Artificial Intelligence, a data programming system that studies human behaviour and compartmentalises it as good and evil, civilian or threat. A scientific marvel, the pinnacle of human safety, the crowning glory of world defence. But, what happens when weapon autonomy goes rogue? Take a look at this video and we'll unfold the issue, one step at a time. Are you alarmed? We hope you are. As enthusiasts of intelligent machines that are capable of bringing about annihilation, literally or figuratively, we appreciate autonomous weapons for the sake of posterity. But, according to the M. L. Cummings, of the Humans and Autonomy Laboratory at Duke University, "An autonomous system is one...that makes guesses about best possible courses of action given sensor data input. Unlike automated systems, when given the same input autonomous systems will not necessarily produce the exact same behaviour every time; rather, such systems will produce a range of behaviours" Because we are sane, we are immediately worried about the dissimilar "range of behaviours" clause. A weapon with uncontrolled and unaccounted for dynamic behaviour is an immediate cause for concern. Here's a list of Lethal Autonomous Weapons (LAW) we find absolutely fascinating: -Sentry guns The best way to define a LAW is sentry guns operate unmanned, gather intelligence through a network of media channels like drones, TV's, cameras and sensors, and fire at will. They will gun down what they are programmed to read as deviants/trespassers and will take on anybody that gets in their way. Source: Wikimedia Commons -Fire and Forget Munition A tad different from sentry guns, fire and forget munition can include missiles, guns and drones that once set off by its operator will attack anything or anybody that leaves a heat signature on its radar. Source: Wikimedia Commons - Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) This weapon is said to be automated, which means it is programmed by a human operator, but once in motion, how it selects its targets is still under scrutiny. According to a report, there is no clarity on the LRASM's target identification process, whether it human-like shapes and shadows, heat or radar positioning of a target to strike, is unclear. Source: Lockheed Martin -Combat Drones Or unmanned aerial vehicles, like the ones shown in the video, are capable of dodging attacks and can be set off remotely by its operator to take on targets via complete autonomous function. They may lock on to a target before or post launch. Source: Kratos Defense Brilliance aside, one can't, however, ignore the dangers that are brought in with this sort of advancement. Human intelligence has given birth to great things like the atom bomb, which deserves to be admired for its ingenuity, but can we overlook the lives it took and the city blocks it wiped out in the name of war? Similarly, autonomous weapons are every bit worth boasting about for their technical prowess, but in the hands of an unstable programmer or terrorist groups, they can bring about destruction of epic proportions. In a letter to the U.N., imploring a ban on AI weaponry, companies involved in building the technologies in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics wrote: "(AI Weapons) can be weapons of terror, weapons that despots and terrorists use against innocent populations, and weapons hacked to behave in undesirable ways. We do not have long to act. Once this Pandora's Box is opened, it will be hard to close" Geniuses like Elon Musk, who was also an alarmed contributor to the letter, also exclaimed that a ban on AI weaponry holds merit and needs to be viewed with utmost seriousness. His statement that there is only a 5-10% chance of preventing AI from going rogue is rather frightening. Are we in a position to put his statement to the test? Source: Ted.com We'd been following the television show 'Black Mirror' very closely for the simple reason that it was a reflection of the flipside of technological advancement. It pulls the curtain off the idea that technology that is meant to reduce human effort and improve standard of living can turn around and become a bane to human life in a snap second. The drones in this video are frighteningly similar to the AI powered bees in the episode "Hated In The Nation" in 'Black Mirror', and the operators in both videos display contempt for democracy. They assume the roles of judge, jury and executioner and misuse Artificial Intelligence. That however, isn't the only issue. Any AI device evolves by learning, much like core human behaviour. Imagine, if the fully autonomous sixth gen Russian MiG41 stealth fighter gained sentience! Remember that this is a machine that can gather information from satellites while on the fly and evolve enough to decide what its target is without input from its operator; it can not only set the other aircrafts in its network rogue, but also trigger uncontrolled destruction. How ironic is it that these weapons are being designed to reduce casualties on the battlefield? This is why we feel that AI powered systems need to be kept under check or that combat should be limited as far as automated weaponry is concerned. What are your thoughts?
  23. Potterheads know for a fact that the life-altering seven-book series written by Queen J.K. Rowling about a boy with a scar on his forehead are nothing short of pure magic which brought unmeasurable amounts of joy and happiness into their lives. But now there is another reason why Harry Potter fans can puff out their chests with pride. Turns out, all those who have read the Harry Potter series are way better humans than their peers, as they are more open-minded and have less prejudice than other, particularly towards groups and communities that are frowned upon by the common society. No this is not a random opinion, but a solid conclusion that was reached following a detailed study which was published in the Journal of Applied Psychology. The paper claims that those “reading the Harry Potter series significantly improved young peoples' perception of stigmatised groups like immigrants, homosexuals or refugees”. The research which was titled 'The greatest magic of Harry Potter: Reducing Prejudice', conducted three studies to ascertain if extended contact through reading the best-selling books "improves attitudes toward stigmatized groups (immigrants, homosexuals, refugees)". It was found that identification with Harry Potter and disidentification from negative characters such as Voldemort and his team of Death Eaters "moderated the effect" of prejudice among the young readers. This does not come as a surprise as several plots in the stories have underlying comparisons to real historical events. For example, “Mudblood” is a foul term akin to a curse word, used for witches and wizards born to non-magical (Muggle) parents. Somehow it reminds one of the Nazis who treated Jews in a similar manner under the rule of Hitler. The Harry Potter books take a strong stand against the use of the term, and we even have characters fight back against those who think on the lines of “purity of blood”. In the seven-book series, most of Harry's friends and acquaintances comprise of those who are often looked down or frowned upon by society. The Weasleys- poor background, Hermione Granger- Muggle-born, Remus Lupin- Werewolf, Hagrid- half-giant, Luna Lovegood- eccentric daughter of an eccentric publisher. The list goes on with many more such names. It was a subtle yet strong message calling on young readers to make friends irrespective of a person's background or upbringing, a message that hit home for many. Honestly, Potterheads (including myself! Proud Hufflepuff) are not surprised by this revelation, after all, Voldemort was not just a twisted wizard gone wrong that everyone hated, but he symbolised everything wrong with the world. From killing innocents to playing politics behind the shadows and using people as pawns, Rowling wrote him as a character who was more than the embodiment of evil and Harry Potter's nemesis, but someone whom the people needed to rise and stand up to. It taught us the importance of faith, friendship and family. No wonder Potterheads are better humans! Now, here are 10 quotes that prove the books are not just about magic and teenagers, but also life lessons that are pure gold. 1. “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” 2. “There are all kinds of courage. It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” 3. “Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic, capable of both influencing injury, and remedying it.” 4. “Fear of a name only increases fear of the thing itself." 5. “If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” 6. "We've all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That's who we really are.” 7. "Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it." 8. “The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.” 9. “"It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that." 10. “Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect.”
  24. 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.
  25. Sohail Shakeel, the suspect arrested in connecting with human smuggling. Photo: Geo News LAHORE: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) arrested an alleged human smuggler from Gujrat on Monday in connection with the Turbat massacre of twenty people. 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. On November 17, five more bodies were found in the same tehsil, Turbat, albeit at the distance from the previous spot. It was found out the deceased were en route to Europe through Iran for jobs. FIA arrests 'human smuggler' linked to Turbat massacre Suspect was arrested on pointation of another under custody agent, FIA Deputy Director Khalid Anees says Speaking to Geo News, FIA Deputy Director Khalid Anis claimed that the suspect, Sohail Shakeel, was arrested on the charge of facilitating the illegal journey to Germany via Turbat, during which five laborers were killed by the terrorists. Anis said that the suspect?s brother, Humayun Shakil, is based in Germany, and also ran the human smuggling business in coordination with the arrested suspect. The FIA has also claimed to have arrested one person from Quetta. Sadiq, known as Talib within the human smuggling network, has also been arrested, Anis said. Bodies of five men found in Turbat sent to their hometown Five bullet-riddled bodies were found in Tajban, Turbat on Saturday The suspect would impersonate an Iranian national and illegally take people from Quetta to Iran, he said, adding, "The victims had stayed with Sadiq in Quetta." He was arrested on the pointing out of another under-custody human smuggler, Waheed, said the official. "Waheed had handed over one of the Turbat victims, Zulfikar, to Sadiq in Quetta," he explained further.