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  1. Rhino, named Sudan, was being treated for age-related complications. Photo: File The last male northern white rhino has died in Kenya at the age of 45, his keepers announced Tuesday, leaving only two females of his subspecies alive. The rhino, named Sudan, "was being treated for age-related complications that led to degenerative changes in muscles and bones combined with extensive skin wounds," according to a statement from the Ol Pejeta Conservancy where he lived under armed guard to prevent poaching. "His condition worsened significantly in the last 24 hours; he was unable to stand up and was suffering a great deal. The veterinary team... made the decision to euthanise him." Theoretically, the death of Sudan assures the extinction of this subspecies of rhino. However scientists have gathered his genetic material and are working on developing in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) techniques to preserve the subspecies. The northern white rhino population in Uganda, Central African Republic, Sudan and Chad was largely wiped out during the poaching crisis of the 1970s and 80s, fueled by demand for rhino horn in traditional Chinese medicine in Asia and dagger handles in Yemen. A final remaining wild population of about 20-30 rhinos in the Democratic Republic of Congo was killed in fighting in the late nineties and early 2000s, and by 2008 the northern white rhino was considered extinct in the wild. Four fertile rhinos, two males and females, were moved from the Dvur Kralove Zoo in the Czech Republic to Ol Pejeta in Kenya, with high hopes that conditions similar to their native habitat would encourage breeding. However, despite the fact that they were seen mating, there were no successful pregnancies. Further efforts to mate a male southern white rhino with the females -- and thus conserve some of the northern white genes -- were also unsuccessful. The other male rhino, Suni, died of natural causes in October 2014. "Sudan was the last northern white rhino that was born in the wild. His death is a cruel symbol of human disregard for nature and it saddened everyone who knew him," said Jan Stejskal, Director of International Projects at the Dvur Kralove Zoo. "But we should not give up. We must take advantage of the unique situation in which cellular technologies are utilised for conservation of critically endangered species. It may sound unbelievable, but thanks to the newly developed techniques even Sudan could still have an offspring."
  2. More than a year ago, during an encounter with terrorists in Bandipora, Jammu & Kashmir, CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) Commandant Chetan Kumar Cheetah was shot nine times in the gunbattle that ensued. He was the Commanding Officer (CO) of CRPF's 45th battalion in Kashmir Valley at the time. Cheetah was in a coma for almost 1.5 months after suffering major injuries in his brain, right eye, abdomen, both arms, and left hand. If Cheetah's survival after receiving nine bullet injuries wasn't miraculous enough, he proved that his love for his country is stronger than any other force in the world. With this spirit, Cheetah has now sprung back into action and has joined active duty. © BCCL After his intense battle with terrorists, Cheetah was awarded the Kirti Chakra, the second highest peacetime gallantry medal on Independence Day, last year. He was also applauded by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat for his bravery. According to a report in The Times Of India, Cheetah has joined the CRPF's directorate at CGO Complex and is waiting for a posting. And reportedly, officials have said that he will be given office related work for the time being, since he hasn't completely recovered to return to combat duties. © Facebook Cheetah's wife Uma Singh spoke to TOI and said, “There are small issues (related to his health) which will take some time. But he is very happy to join back and is even eager to go back to combat duties.”After getting discharged from hospital last year, Cheetah had said that he wishes to join the CoBRA battalion of CRPF, which fights with Naxals in left-wing affected areas. Although it will take Cheetah some time to recover, his bravery, love and strong willpower to serve his country and protect its citizens; deserves all the respect in the world. Cheetah is proof that not all heroes wear capes, some silently protect you from external threats by putting their lives on the line. Cheetah is truly an inspiration for all of us.
  3. There's only one person that the entire nation can seem to talk about right now and it's none other than Dinesh Karthik, after he led India to victory against Bangladesh last night. India needed 34 runs in the last two overs to win, and it was Dinesh Karthik's pyrotechnics that helped India win the Nidahas Trophy 2018. Yay! Nothing brings everyone in India together like cricket, and obviously desi people on Twitter. After the match, the portal was instantly flooded with jokes and memes, like always. Also, remember the hilarious 'Naagin Dance' meme that was floating around a few days ago? During a match, Bangladesh's Mushfiqur Rahim celebrated with an impromptu 'Naagin Dance' after defeating Sri Lanka, but now people are giving it back after India's victory. From 'DK Bose' memes, to hilarious jibes at the infamous 'Naagin Dance', Twitter had everything. But, let's start with Virender Sehwag's tweet, because it deserves a special mention. Wow! What a win. 2 overs , 34 runs to win the finals , #DineshKarthik pic.twitter.com/lGJgxdMoT7 — Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 18, 2018 Role reversal? In mythology, Shankar was the father of Kartik. In cricket, Karthik exchanged the roles with Shankar. #INDvBAN — Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) March 18, 2018 This is exactly how it happened. Dinesh Karthik after saving Vijay Shankar's career. #INDvBAN pic.twitter.com/cd5Uj87qjx — SAGAR (@sagarcasm) March 18, 2018 Yes. Dear Bangladesh, never underestimate an Indian wicketkeeper on the last ball of a T20 match. #IndvBan #DineshKarthik pic.twitter.com/TIg9kkkoBH — Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) March 18, 2018 Literally. The Shot Has His Name All Over... #INDvBAN pic.twitter.com/0l96fejNW3 — Babu Bhaiya (@Shahrcasm) March 18, 2018 It just took two overs. Bangladesh's reaction.. #INDvBAN Pic 1 : Over 17th Pic 2 : Over 18th Pic 3 : Over 19th Pic 4 : Over 20th pic.twitter.com/MBTOuRUozC — THE SKIN DOCTOR (@theskindoctor13) March 18, 2018 Naagin Dance fail. ðBefore Meeting Team India ðAfter Meeting Team Indiaðððª#INDvsBAN #INDvBAN #NidahasTrophy #DineshKarthik pic.twitter.com/thKH7b3K0e — Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) March 18, 2018 One man army. Dinesh Karthik against Bangladesh. Lone warrior. pic.twitter.com/uYvjjBRHUZ — Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) March 18, 2018 Take notes. Final step of Nagin Dance. pic.twitter.com/15qngHKR2P — Swagshank (@zZoker) March 18, 2018 Oops. Pic 1: Before Match Pic 2: After Match#INDvBAN pic.twitter.com/zXwgWuwEUU — PhD in Bakchodi (@Atheist_Krishna) March 18, 2018 Go for it, man. “Ab ek kaam kar, stadium ke roof pe ja, aur jee bhar ke naagin dance kar apni team ke saath” #IndvBan pic.twitter.com/YVxV5N9xOq — The-Lying-Lama (@KyaUkhaadLega) March 18, 2018 Accurate description. This is how Dinesh Kartik came to Batting crease.#INDvBAN pic.twitter.com/x2iuwBNnLZ — Dr. Dang (@Trozanmind) March 18, 2018 What a pun! * Against Sri Lanka * Rahim- Naagin dance. * Against India * Shakib: Kitne run banaye tune? Rahim: Naa-ginð¢ #INDvBAN — Sunil- The Cricketer (@1sInto2s) March 18, 2018 True. MS Dhoni Or Dinesh Karthik Is Temporary. Bangladesh Getting Trolled On Last Ball Of The Match By Indian Wicket-keepers Is Permanent. Congrats Team India ðªð #DineshKarthik #INDvBAN #INDvsBAN #BANvsIND #NidahasTrophy pic.twitter.com/0ZXvdKr4ct — Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) March 18, 2018
  4. After witnessing some intense clashes over a span of nine months, Europe's biggest football tournament - UEFA Champions League - has found its quarterfinalists following the much-anticipated draw for the last eight teams. Europe's elite were whittled down from 32 to 16, and now to eight following some very intriguing match-ups. There are three Spanish teams--Real Madrid, Barcelona and Sevilla; two England giants--Manchester City and Liverpool; two Italian clubs--AS Roma and Juventus; and a lone German powerhouse Bayern Munich. The last eight teams still standing firm in the tournament have had their respective moments of brilliance, while their showpiece performances eventually propelled them into the Champions League quarterfinals. And, if their recent exploits on the pitch is anything to go by, it's safe to say that the football fanatics have got themselves some belter of matches in the last eight stage. The official result of the #UCLdraw. Predict the final... ð¤ pic.twitter.com/YAlLd1tWJK — UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) March 16, 2018 Amongst the four quarterfinals, the clash between Man City and Liverpool undeniably stands out. It was quite unfair for the Premier League clubs to have drawn each other, especially when the three Spanish clubs have successfully managed to avoid each other and potentially an elimination from the tournament in quarters. However, given the previous clashes between the two EPL clubs, there is little doubt over any shortage of excitement in the high-voltage tie. With the exciting quarterfinals slated to begin from 3rd April, here's a look at how the eight teams stack up: FC Barcelona Reuters The current La Liga leaders, Barcelona, would probably be happy with their quarterfinals draw, having drawn Italian side AS Roma. Ernesto Valverde's men have been in scintillating form, not just in the Spanish league but also in the European Cup. The Blaugrana have five out of their eight games in the Champions League this season and continue to remain unbeaten following their emphatic 4-1 (on aggregate) rout of Chelsea in the Round of 16. With Lionel Messi (6) being their top-scorer and Luis Suarez (4) providing most assists in UCL this season, the Catalans are undoubtedly a hard nut to crack for someone like Roma. And, given their recent form and the fact that they have won 14 out of their 19 UCL quarterfinals, it's not hard to predict their progress into the semifinals. Probable XI: Ter Stegen; Nélson Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Paulinho, Busquets, Rakitic, Iniesta; Messi, Luis Suarez. AS Roma Reuters The Italian giants, AS Roma, have not really been on top of their game this season. Eusebio Di Francesco's team is currently 18 points adrift from Series A leaders Juventus at the third spot, and their frailties have been quite visible in the Champions League. The Giallorossi have won just four out of their eight Champions League games this season including two losses and as many draws. Even in the Round of 16, Roma almost got themselves eliminated from the Champions League if it wasn't for the away-goal rule. Ukraine's Shakhtar Donetsk stunned the Italians 2-1 in the first-leg, before a 1-0 second-leg win by Roma got them over the line. As they gear up to face Barcelona in the quarters, Roma will once again need their star-striker Edin Dzeko - who has four goals and three assists this season - to be at his prolific best. But, despite Dzeko's brilliance and given the fact that they have never gone past the quarterfinals stage, Roma will probably need a miracle to reach the semifinals this season. Probable XI: Alisson; Florenzi, Manolas, Fazio, Kolarov; Strootman, De Rossi, Nainggolan; El Shaarawy, Dzeko, Perotti. Bayern Munich Reuters The only German club still standing firm in the competition, Bayern Munich suffered a similar fate like Barcelona. The German side and their fans would have been feeling more confident after drawing Sevilla in the quarterfinals. The Jupp Heynckes side are breezing their way to the Bundesliga title on the back of an unassailable 20-point lead at the top. One of the top contenders to win the Champions League, Bayern were definitely not short in supply of goals in their 8-1 (on aggregate) win over Besiktas in the Round of 16. In fact, their Champions League campaign this season is comprised of seven wins in eight games with just one loss. Robert Lewandowski is their top goal-scorer with five strikes this season, while the likes of Kingsley Coman, Joshua Kimmich and David Alaba have all provided three assists a piece in the ongoing competition. Against the likes of Turkey's Besiktas, the Bavarians should not really have any problem, especially when they boast of 18 wins in 28 UCL quarterfinals. Probable XI: Ulreich; Kimmich, Boateng, Sule, Alaba; Vidal, Tolisso, James; Robben, Lewandowski, Coman. Sevilla FC Reuters For a team that is currently 27 points adrift from La Liga leaders Barcelona and carry a goal difference of minus six, Sevilla has come a long way to reach the Champions League quarterfinals. The Vincenzo Montella side continued their fairy-tale run in the Champions League after knocking Manchester United in a thrilling Round of 16 second-leg. While United were pretty much themselves to blame, the pace and fluency of Sevilla reaped great returns through Wissam Ben Yedder who struck two massive goals in the second-half to ensure Jose Mourinho's men were left red-faced in front of a packed Old Trafford stadium. Thanks to their stunning performance, Sevilla reached the UCL quarters for the first time since 1957/58. But, reaching the quarterfinals stage is one thing and progressing through to the next round is another, especially when their opponent is someone like Bayern Munich. While their fans will once again hope for the miracle to happen, Ben Yedder who has scored eight goals this season will surely be expected to deliver the goods. But, on realistic grounds, Sevilla's chances of reaching the semis are as good as Elon Musk finding his Tesla in space. Probable XI: Rico; Mercado, Kjaer, Lenglet, Escudero; N'Zonzi, Pizarro; Sarabia, Banega, Correa; Ben Yedder. Real Madrid Reuters The Los Blancos did manage to reach the Champions League quarterfinals, but their overall performance this season has been far from what their fans would have expected. Zinedine Zidane's men have stuttered in the Spanish league, trailing behind Barcelona by 15 points at the third spot. They've already been dumped out of Copa del Rey and the only thing they have going now is the European Cup. While their incompetence this season might seem like a weakness, but the fact that the defending champions are now desperate to finish this season on a high - potentially with the UCL title - surely makes them dangerous than ever. Their hunger to save their, otherwise tumultuous, season was visible in their 5-2 (on aggregate) rout of Paris Saint-Germain in the Round of 16 and it could probably help them see through Juventus in what appears to be a cracker of a quarterfinal. Cristiano Ronaldo, with 12 goals this season, has been in prolific form for Real who would need the Portuguese to thwart the advances of the Italian giants. With six wins in eight games this season, expect Real to improve on their quarterfinals record to 29 wins in 35 games when they face Juventus in quarters. Probable XI: Navas; Marcelo, Ramos, Varane, Nacho; Casemiro, Kroos, Modric; Ronaldo, Benzema, Isco. Juventus FC Reuters For a team that has performed consistently this season, it must have been quite unfair for their fans to find out that Juventus had drawn Real Madrid in the quarterfinals. The Massimiliano Allegri side are leading the charts in Serie A this season with a sizeable lead over Napoli and Roma. The Italian giants were initially in a spot of bother in the Round of 16 after a 2-2 first-leg draw against Tottenham Hotspur. However, a spirited performance in the second-leg away from home helped them knock Spurs out of the competition. Their 4-3 (on aggregate) win against Spurs was a testimony to just how effectively this team can perform under pressure or in hostile territory. With four wins in eight games including three draws this season, Juventus surely has the capability of springing in a surprise on a team like Real. But, as much as we'd want Juve to prevail, there's no denying that Real are favourites to come out on top in this encounter. Probable XI: Buffon; Alex Sandro, Benatia, Chiellini, Barzagli; Khedira, Pjanic, Matuidi; Dybala, Douglas Costa, Higuain. Manchester City Reuters Well, if you have been following football lately, then there's no way you could have missed out on the sheer genius of Manchester City this season. The Pep Guardiola brigade has been busy hammering opponents in almost all competitions this season. Their unassailable lead of 16 points has already put an end to the Premier League title race this year. Their Champions League campaign, too, has also tipped the Cityzens as one of the sides to beat this year. They have won six out of their eight UCL games this season. And, even if they lost the second-leg to Basel, their aggregate win of 5-2 propelled them into the tournament's quarterfinals. Faced with quite a task against Liverpool - a side that defeated them in Premier League earlier, City will have to be at their very best to deny the Reds any chance of repeating their previous success. With Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero both scoring four goals apiece this season, it will have to take more than just City's shaky defence to see them out of the Champions League - something that is not expected from the Sky Blues. Probable XI: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Danilo; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Gundogan; Sterling, Aguero, Sane. Liverpool Reuters If City has emerged as the side to beat this season, Liverpool, too, had their share of brilliance across competitions. Given their ever-increasing tally of goals, their attacking prowess has been second to none. And, that's exactly what makes their quarterfinals clash against City one of the most anticipated fixtures this season. Despite being placed fourth in the Premier League, the Jurgen Klopp side has won over football fans with their fluency and pace in their play. With Mohammed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino in the front, Liverpool boast one of the deadliest attacks in the competition and their 5-0 (on aggregate) rout of Porto in the Round of 16 was a testimony to that. However, it's the inevitable collapses of their defence that has allowed their opponents to peg them back. Against the likes of Aguero, Sterling and Sane; Liverpool's backline Reds will have to play their hearts out to keep their side in the contest. Having said that, there is no doubt that Liverpool is more than capable of beating City, but, in all practicality, we don't see them progressing through to the semis. Probable XI: Karius; Moreno, Lovren, Matip, Gomez; Milner, Can/Henderson, Wijnaldum; Mane, Firmino, Salah.
  5. Karachi Kings players celebrate a wicket SHARJAH: Islamabad United and Karachi Kings clash tonight in the last group match of the third edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Sharjah. With Peshawar Zalmi's win over Karachi Kings on Thursday, and following victory over Quetta Gladiators last night, Islamabad United have confirmed their place as the top team on the points table, and will be playing the qualifier in Dubai on March 18. A victory in the qualifier would mean a direct flight to Karachi for the PSL 2018 final. For Karachi Kings, however, the outcome of today's Peshawar Zalmi vs Lahore Qalandars match holds great significance. Both Karachi and Multan will be praying for Lahore's success against Peshawar. If Peshawar lose, Peshawar are out of the competition and Karachi and Multan would join Islamabad and Quetta in the final four of the tournament. But if Peshawar win, then Karachi would have to beat Islamabad convincingly tonight before the playoffs.
  6. Nowadays, it's extremely rare to see a person going beyond the call of duty and doing something only for the benefit of others. But Inspector Rekha Mishra is not only an exemplary cop, she is also the reason behind more than 900 kids reconciling with their families in one year © Twitter/PIB Rekha is a Sub-Inspector belonging to the Railway Protection Force (RPF) of Central Railway. She joined the force in 2014 but it was in 2016 when she came into the limelight when she undertook the responsibility of tracing back the parents of three young girls who had fled to Mumbai from Chennai. On spotting the girls getting off a train without adult supervision, she realised that she needs to confront them as to why they were alone. However, when she didn't get any answers from them, she took the help of a translator and discovered that they had run away to Mumbai with the dreams of a glamorous life. That was enough for Rekha to set out on a journey to help runaway and lost kids. © Twitter Her job enables her to spot such kids easily as most of them get off at the last stop of the railway stations. She rescued more than 950 children in 2017 alone, out of which 92 were girls. Since most of these kids belong to the age group of 8-16, she makes sure that sensitivity is a priority when dealing with them. She has also repeatedly taken the help of social media in order to speed up the process. It's difficult to imagine how exhausting- both physically and emotionally, this whole process really is. Dealing with children, especially in cases where there is a language barrier, is definitely not an easy feat. But by now, Rekha has become accustomed to it and has gained massive respect for her work. Meet the guardian angel of lost children. RPF cop who reunited 1000 kids with their kin among the women to be awarded by President today. #Railways4Women #InternationalWomensDay pic.twitter.com/4o28486tyE — Central Railway (@Central_Railway) March 8, 2018 And now, in order to recognise and applaud her efforts, she has been selected for the 'Nari Shakti Puraskar' alongside 100 other women. They will be felicitated with a cash honorarium of Rs 1 lakh and a certificate by President Ram Nath Kovind today, on the occasion of International Women's day. Meet Ms. Rekha Mishra, #NariShakti Puraskar 2017 awardee. She has single-handedly rescued 953 runaway/ lost/ trafficked children from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) Railway Station in Mumbai. pic.twitter.com/4FucSZ88xJ — PIB India (@PIB_India) March 7, 2018 Rekha's exceptional work is just further proof that a woman can achieve whatever she sets her mind to. Her approach towards this issue is commendable and we salute her for her outstanding contribution.
  7. It's Women's Day tomorrow and although women don't need a day to remind them of how special they are, it's still a day to celebrate their very existence, reminding people around the world that notions such as gender equality, honour, respect and practical feministic ideologies are just not rendered as passé and they actually mean something. So in order to establish a circumstantial need for celebrating a day dedicated to the women of the world, there has to be a great way of doing it. How about making the women in your life feel more special than they already do, by giving them something special on this day? Here are some budgeted and utilitarian gifting idea's for the women you love and cherish, in your life! A Neat Collection Of Poems By Rumi The 13th-century mystic poet talks about love and happiness and that's all she needs in her life. If she's an avid reader or even if she's remotely fond of some good poetry, Rumi is the perfect gift for her. Buy the latest compilation here. © Amazon India Laptop Bag She's a working woman and she's always on her toes. How about bringing in some fun with work, for her? A funky artsy laptop bag can make any dull day bright and funky! Here's House Of Tara's funky laptop bag collection you can check out © Amazon India Bluetooth Speaker If music is the food of love, then a Bluetooth speaker is its very essence! So play on, we say! She loves her music and you love her, so why not gift her something to amplify that love even more? JBL is doing portable speakers just about right and you can choose from a variety of bright colours! Check them out here. © Amazon India Body Massager This makes for the perfect gift when she's cramping up or having a rough day. If she's lucky, you'll massage her right where she needs to be massaged and we have the perfect massager you can purchase! Check it out here. © Amazon India Menstrual Cup If she's traveling a lot or loves her sport then there is nothing better than gifting her a reusable menstrual cup. Menstrual cups also promote positive hygiene habits and make you more comfortable with the idea that women bleed 5 days in a row, every month! So go on, get her a cup and trust us, she'll love you for it. The cups come in medium and large, depending on many factors, so make sure you get her the right one. You can buy them here. © Amazon India Fitness Tracker Yes, we know you want her to stay fit or probably want her to join the gym with you but maybe she doesn't fancy the idea of a gym and would rather have her own fitness regime charted out? You can definitely help her out by gifting her a fitness tracker. She can run, cycle, swim or even walk and it will help her calculate her activity points! We've chosen Garmin as the best-budgeted bet so far. Check it out here. © Amazon India Adult Colouring Book No, it's not what you think. Although there are 'adult' colouring books, but colouring books for adults is a new stress releasing phenomena that have hit this generation hard. It's something to do with filling spaces with colours and letting go of the added stress you have. If she seems stressed out on some days, gift her a collection of colouring books so she can release some unwanted stress! Shop for them here. © Amazon India Gardening Tool Kit If she loves her plants and spends time with them often then this gift is very handy. It will take care of all her gardening needs and if she doesn't have a garden yet, she can get started by making one of her own! The toolkit includes a big and small trowel, cultivator, weeder, fork, pruning shear and gardening gloves. Buy it here. © Amazon India Polaroid Camera A bit of an expensive ordeal, a Polaroid camera really comes in handy when you want to make some instant memories. The budget is a bit steep but she'll love the gift for sure. Don't forget to buy the reel though. The reel has to be bought separately. Here's © Amazon India Amazon Gift Card Be it a spa voucher or her favourite book, she can choose whatever she wants to purchase through a gift card. If you're not sure about what she likes or wants as a gift, the safest bet is to get her a gift card. You can get them here. © Amazon India Instead of clichéd gifting ideas like clothes, shoes or make-up, we've thought of some unconventional, functional gifts you can give her tomorrow, or anytime you like really! There isn't an expiry date on the thoughts that count!
  8. FC Porto's Iker Casillas saves a shot from Liverpool's Mohamed Salah during the Liverpool vs FC Porto match in Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg held in Anfield, Liverpool, Britain, March 6, 2018. Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith LIVERPOOL: Liverpool eased into the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a goalless draw against Porto on Tuesday, completing a routine aggregate victory after their 5-0 first-leg win in Portugal. Despite facing old rivals Manchester United in the Premier League on Saturday, Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp fielded a strong side although top scorer Mohamed Salah and record signing Virgil van Dijk both started on the bench. In a predictably low-key game, Liverpool striker Sadio Mane, whose hat-trick in Porto helped ensure there was little at stake at Anfield, came closest to breaking the deadlock. Mane was off target with an effort at full-stretch from a Joe Gomez cross in the 18th minute and then hit the post in the 31st minute after taking down a ball from James Milner and releasing a low diagonal drive. While the night lacked drama, the passion was brought by Porto?s supporters who, despite the heavy loss from two weeks ago, travelled to Merseyside to fill the away section and sang their hearts out all night. They received little in the way of excitement from their team in return with their first real effort on goal not coming until the 52nd minute when Ghanaian winger Majeed Waris? shot from the edge of the box was pushed wide by Liverpool keeper Loris Karius. Substitute Danny Ings then forced a fine save out of Porto?s veteran Spanish keeper Iker Casillas with a looping header in the final stages. Casillas, a three-time Champions League winner with Real Madrid, will be released by Porto at the end of this season and at the age of 36, this may have been his last game in Europe?s elite club competition. The keeper was given an impressive round of applause from Liverpool?s fans as he took his place in front of the Kop for the second half. ?We are through to the next round which is the most important thing - obviously we wanted to win - but we have to give credit to Porto because they played well,? said Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson. ?This is the business end of the season. The next few months are very important for the team. We need to put performances in like we have been and the results will follow,? he added.
  9. Every cricket playing nation has been following a simple protocol of hosting domestic tournaments in a bid to unearth new talent. Similarly, India, too, counts on their domestic tournaments like Ranji Trophy, Vijay Hazare Trophy and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy to nurture budding cricketers who can eventually make a difference on the international stage. But, while the domestic tournaments serve as a great platform for upcoming stars to prove their mettle and secure a call-up for the senior team, it also helps many players to sustain their livelihoods. And, for someone like the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), you'd expect the richest cricket board in the world to be on their toes in a bid to ensure the domestic cricketers are taken care of. However, contrary to popular perception, the cash-rich BCCI has failed to pay the match fee to over 500 domestic players in the past two years. While most players have received part of their payment from the state authorities, none have been reimbursed by the Indian cricket board, who are supposed to pay the players from 10.6 percent of their total gross revenue. BCCL So, how on earth a board, that claims to provide best-available facilities to its cricketers on the back of an envious revenue, has failed to pay the domestic players? Well, the answer is as sad as the state of our domestic stars. It appears that the ongoing impasse between BCCI and the Committee of Administrators (CoA) has cut a sorry figure for the domestic players. CoA, a Supreme Court-appointed panel, has blocked the funds of all defiant states for not implementing the RM Lodha committee's reforms. Almost 26 per cent of BCCI's annual revenue is reserved for players. Out of that, half is given to international cricketers and from the remaining sum, almost 3/4th is distributed among domestic players before the rest being allocated to women and junior cricketers. The BCCI is yet to hold an Annual General Meeting (AGM) since the CoA took charge. And, the SC-appointed body is also reported to have been working on a so-called new payment plan which has further delayed the payments. “The players have not received money from the Board. I have been told players will receive their full payment once the AGM takes place. BCCL "But we don't know when the AGM will happen. As far as MCA is concerned we have paid our players what we owe them but we are yet to receive the Board's money,” Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) joint secretary Unmesh Khanvilkar told the Indian Express. A country that takes immense pride in its rich cricketing history, the ongoing issue has left players - especially the juniors across India who have no other source of income - in a bad state. The players have reportedly approached their respective states to take the matter up with the BCCI and CoA, but to no avail. On the other hand, the situation is even worse in Jammu and Kashmir whose cricketers have not received money from the state association as well. J&K's senior cricketer Parvez Rasool disclosed that his team has not received money from their home association and BCCI for the past three years. BCCL “We stay in five-star hotels across India for our domestic games. But the players have to spend their own money for food. We haven't even got daily allowance over the last three years. Forget the BCCI revenue money,” Rasool said. Back in August 2017, BCCI's acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary had revealed that the matter was taken up during meetings and it was decided to bypass the states in a bid to make the payments directly to players. When asked about the deadline, he claimed that the payment "should be made before the next season (2017-18) starts". Sadly, the season is now over, but the domestic cricketers remain unpaid. While the BCCI and CoA continue to remain at loggerheads, it appears that the players - who have been performing with bare minimum motivation - are eventually paying the price.
  10. It rarely happens when you actually get to live the fairytale love story; and Sridevi and Boney Kapoor's was one such story. The couple was head over heels in love with each other for 20 years. Through thick and thin, and long and short, the two stayed with each other proving that you can love each other unconditionally. â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ A post shared by Sridevi Kapoor (@sridevi.kapoor) on Oct 22, 2017 at 12:01am PDT The sudden demise of Sridevi is a huge loss for Boney Kapoor, more than one can imagine. The first time he saw Sridevi he knew he wanted her in her life. â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ A post shared by Sridevi Kapoor (@sridevi.kapoor) on Dec 18, 2017 at 4:25am PST Call it love, obsession or the will to have Sridevi in his life, he even left his first wife and kids Arjun and Anushula Kapoor to start a life with the beautiful diva. Sridevi was the centre of his life and her sudden death has shocked the entire nation and the Kapoor family. My number 1 ð A post shared by Sridevi Kapoor (@sridevi.kapoor) on Oct 21, 2017 at 2:24am PDT Called as the first female superstar of Bollywood, Sridevi was in Dubai when she breathed her last. The actress was there to attend her nephew Mohit Marwah's wedding. â¤ï¸ A post shared by Sridevi Kapoor (@sridevi.kapoor) on Feb 22, 2018 at 4:43am PST While Sridevi was quite an introvert, she was often seen sharing pictures of herself and her beloved husband on Instagram professing her love and admiration for him. Florence with my best friend â¤ï¸ A post shared by Sridevi Kapoor (@sridevi.kapoor) on Jan 13, 2017 at 2:22am PST Most recent example of their beautiful moment was a video that went viral from Mohit Marwah's wedding where the duo danced for the last time. Well, when two people are in love, the spark just never fades away and this video is just a beaming example of it. In the video, Sridevi is seen dancing alone on Kaala Chasma till Boney Kapoor surprises her, embracing her from behind. That little moment is cute, heart-warming and everything beautiful. A happy sight of late Sridevi with husband Boney Kapoor dancing at #antumoh's wedding a few days back! . . For more updates follow @peepingmoon . . #sridevi #sridevikapoor #ripsridevi #sridevibkapoor #srideviboneykapoor #gonetoosoon #boneykapoor A post shared by Peeping Moon (@peepingmoon) on Feb 25, 2018 at 2:29am PST The Internet is flooded with lovely memories of our beloved 'Chandni' and all we can say is “Thank you Sri ji for making our childhood a bit more delightful and colourful.”
  11. While the nation is still shocked with the news of Sridevi's untimely demise, there is one thing in particular that is making the internet go crazy right now. Around an hour before the news of her death broke; Amitabh Bachchan took to Twitter to express an unusual thought. He tweeted about how he felt 'uneasy'. T 2625 - न à¤à¤¾à¤¨à¥ à¤à¥à¤¯à¥à¤ , à¤à¤ à¤à¤à¥à¤¬ सॠà¤à¤¬à¤°à¤¾à¤¹à¤ हॠरहॠहॠ!! — Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) February 24, 2018 People on the internet are convinced that his 'intuitive' tweet was like a premonition about her death. The coincidence is too strong actually. Talk About Sixth Sense. ð #Sridevi #RIPSridevi pic.twitter.com/Lc69y5Ygx0 — Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) February 24, 2018 @SrBachchan सर, à¤à¤ªà¤à¥ à¤à¤¬à¤°à¤¾à¤¹à¤ बिलà¤à¥à¤² à¤à¤¾à¤¯à¤à¤¼ थà¥, à¤à¥à¤¯à¥à¤à¤à¥ à¤à¤ªà¤à¥ दिल नॠà¤à¥à¤ à¤à¤¨à¤¹à¥à¤¨à¥ हà¥à¤¨à¥ à¤à¤¾ à¤à¤à¤¦à¥à¤¶à¤¾ à¤à¤ªà¤à¥ पहलॠहॠदॠदिया था। शायद वॠà¤à¤¬à¤°à¤¾à¤¹à¤ शà¥à¤°à¥à¤¦à¥à¤µà¥ à¤à¥ à¤à¥ à¤à¤¸ दà¥à¤¨à¤¿à¤¯à¤¾ सॠà¤à¤¾à¤¨à¥ à¤à¤¾ सà¤à¤à¥à¤¤ था। #RIPSridevi @SrideviBKapoor — Chandan Kumar (@chandansingh_83) February 24, 2018 Strangely, back in the 80's when Sridevi was ruling Bollywood, everyone called her the female 'Amitabh Bachchan' of Bollywood as no other actress managed to garner so much love and appreciation like she did. Extreme premonition!! Some things are still beyond all scientific explanations. RIP SriDevi Ji. — THE SKIN DOCTOR (@theskindoctor13) February 24, 2018 Sridevi passed away. Sir you had intution she was your coactor. ð¢ ॠशाà¤à¤¤à¤¿à¥¤ — hindustani (@important_talk) February 24, 2018 It's not everyday that coincidences like these happen. Many people believe that when something disastrous is bound to happen, we do get the vibe from the Universe. I am sure even Big B would be shocked to realise this, but such is life and it's astonishing ways of keeping us dazed. We hope her beautiful soul rests in peace.
  12. Former finance minister Senator Ishaq Dar has been a no-show in the proceedings of the assets reference against him after he departed for London in October last year seeking medical treatment. He has since been declared a proclaimed offender. Photo: Geo News file ISLAMABAD: Two prosecution witnesses are expected to record their statements in the accountability court hearing the corruption reference against former finance minister Senator Ishaq Dar on Friday. Dar, a close aide of Pakistan Muslim League-N chief Nawaz Sharif, is accused of possessing assets disproportionate to his declared sources of income. A reference against him was filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in light of the Supreme Court's July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case. In the last hearing, on February 14, NAB had informed the accountability court that it planned to file a supplementary reference in the case. The prosecution had also pleaded the court to issue warrants for the production of its last witness, Inamul Haq, as he had once again failed to appear in court to record his statement. The court had not issued the warrants but gave a last warning to Haq to appear in court and adjourned the hearing. Wajid Zia records statement During the case's hearing on February 12, FIA Additional Director Wajid Zia, who headed the Panama case Joint Investigation Team (JIT), had appeared before the court. Zia had presented the volume one and nine of the JIT report and also recorded his statement. Zia had also informed the court of the work of the JIT related to the former finance minister, stating that Dar's assets were shown to be Rs9.1 million according to his wealth statement in 1991 and Rs831.6 million in the 2008-09 statement. He had added Dar failed to prove the enormous growth in his assets before the JIT. Dar has been a no-show in the proceedings after he departed for London in October last year seeking medical treatment. He has since been declared a proclaimed offender.
  13. Today is the last day to withdraw nomination papers for the Senate elections from the provinces. According to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), candidates can take back their nominations by 4pm today, after which the final list of candidates will be issued. The Senate elections from the provinces, Islamabad and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) will be held on March 3 as 52 out of the 104 senators retire on March 11. In Balochistan, a total of 26 candidates, 15 on general, six on women and five on technocrats? seats, are in the run against 11 vacancies. In Punjab, Ishaq Dar withdrew his nomination papers on the general seat and will contest from the technocrat?s seat. Punjab Election Commissioner Sharifullah said for the 12 total Senate seats from Punjab, there are 27 candidates. Deadline to file Senate nomination papers from provinces ends Senate elections from four provinces, FATA and Islamabad will be held on March 3 He added that for the seven general seats, there are 14 candidates in the run whereas five each for the two women and two technocrats? seats. Moreover, three candidates are in the run for the minorities? seat. According to the ECP's schedule for the election of four senators from FATA, the decisions on the appeals against approval of nomination papers will be announced on Feb 20 while Feb 21 will be the last date for the withdrawal of candidature. Similarly, for the election on Islamabad?s two Senate seats, the election tribunal will dispose of appeals against acceptance or rejection of nomination papers today whereas the last date for the withdrawal of candidature is Feb 21. The ECP issued the polling schedule for the provinces, FATA and Islamabad separately owing to the delay by the president in extending the recently passed Elections Act, 2017 to FATA and Islamabad. A total of 11 senators will be elected from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan each, and 12 each from Sindh and Punjab ? including seven on general seats, two on technocrats' seats, two on women's seats and one on a minorities' seat. The process and numbers The Senate consists of a total of 104 members ? 23 each from the four provinces, eight from FATA and four from Islamabad Capital Territory. The 23 seats of each province break down into 14 general seats, four each for women and technocrats and one for minorities. While the total term for a senator is six years, half of the Senate retires after every three years. The Senate elections depend on the party positions in the provincial assemblies as well as the National Assembly. Four of the provincial assemblies vote for their representatives, whereas the FATA senators are elected by the MNAs from the tribal areas and the Islamabad senators by the National Assembly. A person seeking election to the Senate should not be less than thirty years of age and should be registered as a voter in an area or province from where he or she seeks election and should meet other qualifications prescribed under Article 62 of the Constitution.
  14. Protesters during November 2017 demonstration. Photo: AFP/File ISLAMABAD: The interior ministry submitted details regarding expenditure on security for protests, sit-ins and rallies in the federal capital during the past five years, showing the most was spent on PTI?s sit-in of 2014. During a Senate session headed by Senator Tahir Hussain Mashhadi on Friday, the interior ministry submitted its written response stating Rs755.9 million were spent on security arrangements during Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf?s marathon sit-in in Islamabad in 2014. Rs755.9 million on 2014 sit-in The 2014 sit-in lasted for 126 days, which started on August 14 that year with a march from Lahore to Islamabad to protest the results of 2013 general elections. In the federal capital, the supporters and leadership of PTI camped in Aabpara, close to the city?s Red Zone. The protesters and PTI leadership demanded the then prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, resign from his position. During the sit-in, PTI was joined by Pakistan Awami Tehreek for some time. Both the parties and their workers also marched to the capital?s red zone. However, the sit-in was called off in December 2014 following the Army Public School, Peshawar attack. The expenditure on security arrangements for 2014 sit-in was parts of the total of Rs1.145 billion spent on the Islamabad police for major sit-ins, protests and rallies during the past five years. Rs210 million on 2016 lockdown The next big amount ? Rs210 million ? was spend on the security for PTI?s 2016 lockdown. The PTI Chairperson Imran Khan had announced of causing Islamabad to close down on November 2, 2016 if the Supreme Court did not start probe against the Sharif family for their name in the Panama Papers. The days leading to November 2 saw containers blocking roads in the federal capital. However, the decision was taken back following Supreme Court?s announcement of forming a judicial commission to probe the allegations against the Sharifs. Rs133.8 million on Faizabad sit-in In 2017, religious groups carried out a sit-in at Faizabad Interchange, which lies in the middle of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, against the controversial amendment to the Finality of Prohphethood clause in the declaration for elected candidates taking oath. The groups demanded resignation of the then law minister, Zahid Hamid, as they said it was him who make amendments to the declaration. However, the sit-in was called off following negotiations with the authorities in Islamabad. To avoid any untoward incident during the sit-in, the government spent Rs133.8 million. Rs33.2 million on PAT sit-in The demonstration on which Rs33.2 million were spend was led by PAT chief Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri. On January 14, 2013, Qadri and his supporters marched from Lahore to Islamabad and camped out at Jinnah Avenue for over four days. The protest was against corrupt politicians, demanding electoral reforms for the general elections that were coming up. Besides the political protests, Rs12.6 million were spend on rally by parties against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. Thousands of Rohingya Muslims were killed in 2017 in a crackdown that started against them in Rakhine state of Myanmar.
  15. A total of 52 senators are retiring on March 11 this year. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: Candidates seeking a seat in the Senate from the provincial assemblies can submit their nomination papers until 4pm today. According to Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), nine candidates have submitted nomination papers from Punjab, including three each of the Pakistan Peoples Party and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, one of PML-Quaid and two independents. Moreover, members of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and more candidates from the PML-N will submit their nomination papers today. According to the ECP schedule for the Senate election from provinces, a list of candidates will be published on Feb 9 while the last date for the scrutiny of nomination papers has been fixed for Feb 12. Moreover, Feb 15 will be the last date for filing appeals against the rejection or acceptance of nomination papers, which will be disposed of by Feb 17. A revised list of the candidates will be published on Feb 18 whereas Feb 19 will be the last date for withdrawal of candidature. Schedule for Islamabad According to the ECP schedule for the election on the capital's two Senate seats, the nomination papers can be submitted by February 10 while their scrutiny will be conducted on February 13. Appeals against the returning officer?s decision can be filed until February 16 after which a final list of candidates will be published. The schedule for Islamabad was issued separately as the matter was delayed owing to some legal hurdles. Schedule for FATA February 12 is the last date for filing nomination papers for the four Senate seats from FATA. The schedule for the tribal areas was also issued after a delay as the Elections Act 2017 had not been extended to the tribal areas by the president. A list of final candidates will be published on Feb 13 whereas scrutiny of nomination papers will be conducted by the returning officer on Feb 15. Meanwhile, appeals against acceptance or rejection of the nomination papers will be heard on Feb 17, the decisions on the appeals will be announced on Feb 20 while Feb 21 will be the last date for the withdrawal of candidature. A total of 52 senators are set to retire on March 11 this year. According to the ECP, four senators will be elected on general seats from FATA, 11 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan each, and 12 each from Sindh and Punjab ? including seven on general seats, two on technocrats' seats, two on women's seats and one on a minorities' seat. Islamabad too will elect two senators ? on general and technocrat seats. The process and numbers The Senate consists of a total of 104 members ? 23 each from the four provinces, eight from FATA and four from Islamabad Capital Territory. The 23 seats of each province break down into 14 general seats, four each for women and technocrats and one for minorities. While the total term for a senator is six years, half of the Senate retires after every three years. The Senate elections depend on the party positions in the provincial assemblies as well as the National Assembly. Four of the provincial assemblies vote for their representatives, whereas the FATA senators are elected by the MNAs from the tribal areas and the Islamabad senators by the National Assembly. A person seeking election to the Senate should not be less than thirty years of age and should be registered as a voter in an area or province from where he or she seeks election and should meet other qualifications prescribed under Article 62 of the Constitution.
  16. Dan Carter currently plays for French club Racing 92, after a legendary career with the All Blacks HONG KONG: All Blacks great Dan Carter dropped a clear hint that he will retire in 2020 after his upcoming stint in Japan -- but said he had no ambitions to coach his world-beating national team. Speaking to AFP in Hong Kong, where Carter arrived this week with his French club Racing 92, for the Natixis Cup exhibition fixture against South Africa´s Sharks, the 35-year-old said retirement was looming fast. Carter, widely hailed as the best fly-half to grace the game, will see out this season with Racing before embarking on a two-year stint with Kobelco Steelers, which will straddle the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. "It´s (retirement) obviously just around the corner... but exactly what I do, I´m not a hundred percent sure yet," he said, ahead of Saturday´s game. "But you know I´m still really enjoying playing and that´s why I signed to play a couple more years in Japan so that´ll take me through to 2020, sort of mid-2020... that´s when my contract finishes in Japan." Speculation has been high about Carter´s plans after he stops playing but the two-time World Cup winner, now retired from national duty, said he had his eye on the commercial side of rugby, rather than coaching. "I think immediately after rugby going straight into coaching you know, I don´t think I´ll be ready for that," he said, when asked about coaching the All Blacks. "To be honest the coaches work harder than players. They´re away every weekend for games, it´s quite a big commitment." ´One-legged players´ Carter played 112 times for New Zealand and remains the highest points-scorer in Test history. He moved to Racing in 2015, winning the prestigious Top 14 in his first season and helping the team reach the European Champions Cup final in 2016 -- a first for the club and "a huge achievement" for Carter. Though he has suffered a string of injuries in recent months, he says he is working hard to be fit and return to the team for the latter part of the season. His decision to join the Steelers was mocked by outspoken Toulon boss Mourad Boudjellal, who scoffed that he would be playing against "one-legged players" in Japan´s Top League. Dan Carter played 112 times for New Zealand and remains the highest points-scorer in Test history But it has been met with enthusiasm in Japan, where the Steelers´ team director is hoping Carter will boost rugby´s profile as the country prepares to host the World Cup. Carter said the sport had already caught on, particularly after Japan´s shock upset of South Africa in the 2015 World Cup. "I´ve seen how much rugby has grown in Japan and also Asia over the last couple of years," he said. "Obviously it doesn´t compete with the likes of baseball and sumo wrestling and things like that, but I think leading into the World Cup it´s going to increase." Dan-san Carter is not the first big name to make the switch to the East Asian country, which often attracts top-level veteran players -- with mixed results. Ex-Wallaby George Smith, who plays for Suntory Sungoliath, was arrested in Tokyo recently for allegedly assaulting a taxi driver, and in 2013 the late former All Blacks flanker Jerry Collins was arrested for illegally carrying a kitchen knife. But Carter, who suffered a dent to his own image after a drink-driving charge in Paris last year, said having more top players in Japan could inspire a new generation of fans. He said the shorter rugby season made Japan appealing for foreigners, and named Australians Matt Giteau and Adam Ashley Cooper, as well as New Zealand´s Andy Ellis, as among the familiar faces he hoped would help him settle in. "With the season structures, you know it works out pretty well and a lot of guys are starting to play in Japan and also play Super Rugby as well... Not for me, bit old for that now," he said. Asked if he planned to learn Japanese -- after trying his hand at French -- Carter promised he´d give it a try. "I think it´s one of the requirements as well to learn Japanese. I don´t think I´ll be very good at it... but I think it´s important that you learn the basics and are able to communicate, so yeah, give it a go."
  17. A cosmic phenomenon that happens only once in 150 years is bound to make people have extremely high expectations and feel excited. So much so, that most of us even set our alarms to witness it. But alas, not all our expectations were met. And the recent 'super blue blood moon' was no exception. Yesterday, the entire world waited with bated breath to see a blue moon, a supermoon and a complete lunar eclipse — all rolled into one. The pictures that came out were mesmerizing to say the least. Whoa! This north London, right now! Photo by @eddie_keogh#SuperBlueBloodMoon #supermoon pic.twitter.com/iClwuXGbrn — Derek Momodu (@DelMody) January 31, 2018 While some were lucky enough to see the reddish/copper-hue moon in its full glory, most of us couldn't. One of the most amazing cosmic events I've ever experienced. Lucky enough to have taken photos of it. <3#lunareclipse #supermoon #bluemoon #bloodmoon #SuperBlueBloodMoon pic.twitter.com/s5bbg2jWG3 — Bryan ng Buhay Mo (@bryanngantipolo) January 31, 2018 For some weird and unknown reason, a few people took the name a little too literally and were expecting a true 'blue' colored moon. And you know what happens when Twitter users do not get what they want and expect? They rant away with tweets and memes. 1. You Are Bound To Be Disappointed With Such High Expectations. "Super Blue Blood Moon" Expectation vs Reality pic.twitter.com/iyazXGLooJ — K l e ᥠŠ(@AkoSiKalvnKlein) January 31, 2018 2. Nope, Not Happening. Super blue blood moon. Expectation vs Reality ððð pic.twitter.com/90OlfrnqCC — Boyd ð (@badbooooyd) January 31, 2018 3. Over-Hyped. biggest scam of 2018 so far #SuperBlueBloodMoon pic.twitter.com/NHf6TLDXOi — ð» (@gvrla) January 31, 2018 4. Most People Actually. Actually me right now. #SuperBlueBloodMoon pic.twitter.com/ZiTq7xb957 — Patback_ (@Patback_XC) January 31, 2018 5. Waiting… I got a great picture of the Super Blood Blue moon this morning. ....wait a minute pic.twitter.com/jUtQOpO7C5 — Steve Lewis (@slewis6363) January 31, 2018 6. If You Can't See, You Make It. Rare 'super blue blood moon' eclipse as seen from my neighborhood pic.twitter.com/Gpnzag8flj — kama (@kmrlshhrin) January 31, 2018 7. All Day, Every Day. A lot of people are saying the Blood Moon and Eclipse and Blue Moon and Super Moon all happening on the same day could have effects on certain kinds of human behavior but I feel perfectly normal kill all men. — Bess Kalb (@bessbell) January 31, 2018 8. Tumse Na Ho Paayega! #BloodMoon photography 1. Expectations 2. Reality pic.twitter.com/uLib32WvaZ — Item ð¤·ð¿‍âï¸ (@ltem_boyy) January 31, 2018 9. At Least Let The Moon Be Politics-Free. Even Moon Has Become Sanghi. PM Modi Must Resign. ð¤£ððð®ð³ #SuperBlueBloodMoon #SuperMoon #LunarEclipse #LunarEclipse2018 pic.twitter.com/ItUvRRQnS1 — Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) January 31, 2018 10. LMAO What they see vs what I see #supermoon #Supermoon2018 #SuperBlueBloodMoon pic.twitter.com/A1MGPWsuoT — President Duterte (@impresduterte) January 31, 2018 This super rare phenomenon isn't going to happen anytime soon again, but these memes might just make you feel a little less guilty for missing it. In case it doesn't help, just make do with the good quality, high-resolution pictures across the internet, just like the rest of us.
  18. Sergei Naryshkin ? the speaker of the Russian Duma ? and Russia's President Vladimir Putin near Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, June 22, 2016. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor/Files WASHINGTON: Russia?s foreign spy chief ? who is under US sanctions ? met last week outside Washington with US intelligence officials, two US sources said, confirming a disclosure that intensified political infighting over probes into Moscow?s alleged meddling in the 2016 US election. Sergey Naryshkin ? the head of the Russian service known by its acronym SVR ? held talks with US Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and other US intelligence officials, the sources said. The sources did not reveal the topics discussed. A Russian Embassy tweet disclosed Naryshkin?s visit. It cited a state-run ITAR-Tass news report that quoted Anatoly Antonov ? Russia?s ambassador to Washington ? as telling Rossiya-1 television that Naryshkin and his US counterparts discussed the ?joint struggle against terrorism?. Antonov did not identify the US intelligence officials with whom he met. The Central Intelligence Agency declined to comment. Coats? office said that while it does not discuss US intelligence officials? schedules, ?any interaction with foreign intelligence agencies would have been conducted in accordance with US law and in consultation with appropriate departments and agencies.? News of Naryshkin?s secret visit poured fresh fuel on the battles pitting the Trump administration and its Republican defenders against Democrats over investigations into Moscow?s alleged 2016 election interference. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer demanded that the administration ?immediately come clean and answer questions ? which US officials did he meet with? Did any White House or National Security Council official meet with Naryshkin? What did they discuss?? Sergei Naryshkin ? the speaker of the Russian Duma ? on a visit to Finland, April 3, 2013. Image Courtesy: Finland Today/Tony Öhberg The key question, Schumer told reporters, is whether Naryshkin?s visit accounted for the administration?s decision on Monday not to slap new sanctions on Russia under a law passed last year to punish Moscow?s purported election meddling. ?Russia hacked our elections,? Schumer said. ?We sanctioned the head of their foreign intelligence and then the Trump administration invites him to waltz through our front door.? A January 2017 US intelligence report concluded that Russia conducted an influence campaign of hacking and other measures aimed at swinging the 2016 presidential vote to Trump over Hillary Clinton ? his Democratic challenger. Last week, the Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant reported that the Netherlands intelligence concluded that some of the Russians running a hacking operation ? known as ?Cozy Bear? ? against Democratic organizations were SVR agents. CIA Director Mike Pompeo told the BBC in an interview last weekend that he had not ?seen a significant decrease? in Russian attempts at subversion in Europe and the US, and he expects Moscow to meddle in November?s US mid-term elections. Congressional panels and Special Counsel Robert Mueller are investigating Russia?s alleged interference and possible collusion between Moscow and Trump?s election campaign. Russia denies it meddled and Trump dismissed the allegations of collusion as a political witch hunt. Naryshkin?s visit coincided with other serious disputes in US-Russian relations. They include Russia?s 2014 seizure of Crimea and its interference in Ukraine and Russia?s military intervention on the government?s side in the Syrian civil war. Washington and Moscow cooperate in some areas, including the fight against Islamic militant groups, officials said. For example, a month ago the United States provided advance warning to Russia that allowed it to thwart a terrorist plot in St. Petersburg, the White House said. Naryshkin ? who was appointed by Russian President Vladimir Putin to head the SVR in September 2016 ? was sanctioned by the Obama administration in March 2014 as part of the US response to Russia?s annexation of Crimea. At the time, he was speaker of the lower house of the Russian parliament. He was banned from entering the US but sanctions experts said there are processes for providing people under sanction permission to enter for official business. Meetings between foreign intelligence chiefs, even from rival nations, are mostly kept secret but are not unusual.
  19. Arguably one of the most popular sports in the world, football enjoys a fanbase that seems to go break down various barriers including race, language, age and gender. Rightly labelled as a universal sport, football continues to grow in popularity with many countries - irrespective of other popular sports including cricket - thoroughly adopting and promoting the game. No matter where you watch a football match - in the stadium, a sports bar or even in your living room, the passion never seems to change. Regardless of what part of the world you are in, the passion for the sport remains the same. As much as it is seen in households, the same passion resonates on the football pitch. And, that's exactly what fuels the ever-increasing revenues of the football clubs across the globe. Capitalising on their popularity amongst the fans, football clubs are often seen making a killing through the sales of television rights, tickets and commercial income. © Reuters So, when the accountancy firm Deloitte released its 'Football Money League' - a list of richest football clubs for the 2016-17 season, it came as no surprise to see Europe's biggest football clubs charting massive revenues. While Spain's La Liga tends to attract a lot of eyeballs for the scintillating rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona, the English Premier League (EPL) - for its unpredictability - also remains one of the most popular domestic football tournaments amongst the fans. In fact, going by Deloitte's latest annual report, the Premier League has emerged as the biggest winner amongst its counterparts with 10 of its clubs making their way to the top 20 list - the most from one single league in history. The financial power of English clubs was largely thanks to Premier League contracts worth in excess of £8 billion over three years. However, clubs from the Ligue 1 in France, La Liga in Spain, and Germany's Bundesliga all competed for the top spot, along with one of the very best from England. And, the battle for the top spot this year was "the closest in Money League history" with only 1.5 million pounds separating the no. 1 club from the one placed second in the list. Here's a look at the top 10 revenue-generating football clubs this year: 10. Juventus © Reuters Generating a total revenue of 348.6 million pounds, Italian giants Juventus managed to secure the tenth spot in the list of top revenue-generating football clubs for the 2016-17 season. The Bianconeri made its second UEFA Champions League final appearance in three years last season. And, the fact that they won Serie A - the Italian championship, for a sixth time in a row (also a national record), surely helped them rake in the big bucks. While Juventus is the highest-ranked club from Italy in the list, Deloitte claims that it may struggle in years to come as broadcast deals in Italy are considerably lower than in England. 9. Liverpool © Reuters At a whopping 364.5 million pounds, Liverpool posted record overall revenue last year. Thanks to a new TV deal, the Reds' broadcast income blazed through the roof. And, that's not all, Deloitte further tips Jurgen Klopp's side to rise through the ranks in years to come. "Successful performance on the pitch, together with commercial growth and increased matchday revenue, could see [Liverpool] into a higher position this time next year," the Football Money League report claimed. 8. Chelsea © Reuters Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich's financial aid continues to bear fruits for Chelsea as they generated 367.8 million pounds last season. The Blues' ship was steadied somewhat last year after the club won the Premier League title for the 2016-17 season. And, while they are currently 15 points adrift at the top, a new sponsorship deal with drinks firm Carabao also boosted commercial income to £139.8 million for the year. 7. Paris Saint-Germain © Reuters Ever since Qatar Sports Investments group took over PSG as owners in 2011, the French club has undeniably flexed its muscles to stake claim one of the most popular football clubs around the world. If the big-bucks takeover made PSG the richest football club in France, their recent exploits saw them generate 417.8 million pounds last season. The French giants may have lost out on the Ligue 1 title last season, but they certainly gained big through the signing of Neymar for a world record transfer fee of 200 million pounds before adding Kylian Mbappe on loan (with an option to buy). Their high-profile signings "reflect a clear desire for PSG to regain its superiority in France and ultimately win the Champions League" which will propel them further upwards in the list. 6. Arsenal © Reuters Despite their struggles this season and a disappointing fifth-place finish last year, Arsenal managed to generate 419 million pounds - a new club record. Their FA Cup win triumph - third in four seasons - didn't just help Arsene Wenger save his job, but, looks like, it also added to their revenue. Irrespective of that, their ongoing troubles and, more importantly, the failure to qualify for this season's Champions League could very well see the Gunners drop down the Football Money League ladder next year. 5. Manchester City © Reuters A developing football and economic powerhouse, Manchester City has grown leaps and bounds to sit comfortably in the top-five of the richest football clubs list. With 453.5 million pounds in revenues last season, City has managed emerged as the top five Money League constituent for the second year in a row. Their third-place finish in the Premier League last season had already led to a massive growth in broadcast and commercial revenue, but with the Pep Guardiola's side well on course to win the title this year, City could even rank higher next season. 4. Bayern Munich © Reuters The only club to generate the most commercial revenue globally, Bayern Munich posted a staggering 505.1 million pounds in total revenue last season. Out of their overall revenue last year, Bayern's commercial revenue accounted for 295.1 million pounds. The German club won the Bundesliga title for the fifth consecutive season, but its quarter-finals exit at the hands of Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League impacted their overall revenue. 3. Barcelona © Reuters With 557.1 million pounds in revenues, Barcelona did manage to register a record turnover last season but they still dropped from the second spot to the third in the Money League list. They might be leading the charts this season, but their second-place finish in the Spanish league and failure to reach the Champions League semi-finals last year did affect their revenues. Unfortunately, since transfer income is not factored into Deloitte's ranking, Neymar's 200-million-pound move from Barcelona to PSG couldn't help the Blaugrana improve their overall revenues. 2. Real Madrid © Reuters Zinedine Zidane's side might be struggling to match arch-rivals Barcelona on the pitch this season, but Real Madrid did jump ahead of the Catalans in the Money League following an increase of 33.32 million pounds in commercial revenue to 259 million pounds, taking their overall revenues to a staggering 579.7 million pounds for the 2016-17 season. The Los Blancos became the first team to retain the UEFA Champions League title in its modern format after winning the trophy last season. On top of that, their La Liga triumph ahead of other contenders Barcelona and Atletico Madrid also helped them secure the second spot in the list of top earning football clubs. 1. Manchester United © Reuters For a second year in a row, Manchester United topped the Football Money League list after recording massive overall revenues amounting to 581.2 million pounds for the 2016-17 season. It was also for the tenth time they secured the top spot in Deloitte's list since its advent. As many as 12 sponsorship deals and improved broadcasting contracts were key in boosting the Red Devils' revenue figures from £515.3 million to £581.2 million. With just 1.5 million pounds separating United from Real Madrid at the top, it is believed that the clinching factor for Jose Mourinho's men was their UEFA Europa League triumph in Stockholm last season.
  20. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi CAIRO: A rights lawyer seen as the last real challenger to Egypt´s Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Wednesday quit the race to be president, the latest in a string of potential candidates to withdraw or be jailed. Sisi, who has ruled the North African country with an iron fist since being elected in 2014, earlier in the day became the only candidate so far to formally submit his bid to stand in the election. Since December, one by one, all of his other likely challengers have either ruled themselves out of the race or been sentenced to time in prison. On Wednesday it was the turn of Khaled Ali, a leftist human rights lawyer who was seen as the strongest candidate still standing against Sisi following the elimination of two others. "Today we announce our decision that we will not run in this race," Ali said at a news conference in Cairo. A presidential candidate in 2012, the 45-year-old Ali said he had been forced to pull out of this year´s election to be held on March 26-28. There were, he said, "signs that pointed to a will to poison the whole operation and to corrupt and empty it of its supposedly democratic content." They included the arrest of some of his campaign activists, a tight schedule that made it difficult for potential candidates to gather the needed endorsements for their applications, and a generally unfair climate. Ali had yet to submit his candidacy for the election. As a lawyer, Ali has handled high-profile cases including one where he tried to get the courts to stop the transfer of the islands of Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia, a move Sisi completed despite rare street protests after the agreement was signed in 2016. ´Large number´ of arrests From the start "our announcement was met with an angry and irresponsible reaction, manifested in the arrest of a large number of the campaign´s youth," he said. The arrests had started a few months "before we officially announced our intent to run... with some referred to urgent trials," said Ali, who had announced his intention to run in the race in November. The short timetable meant it was difficult for candidates to gather the necessary endorsements ahead of Monday´s deadline, he said. The National Election Authority announced on January 8 that the deadline for applications would be January 29. Presidential hopefuls must collect endorsements from at least 20 lawmakers, or at least 25,000 registered voters, with a minimum of 1,000 signatures from each of at least 15 provinces, according to Egyptian law. Ali also cited a case filed against him, where he was sentenced in September in absentia to three months in jail on accusations of "offending public decency", a ruling he appealed. This was in relation to a photograph that appeared to show Ali making an obscene gesture while celebrating a court ruling in the case of the islands´ transfer to Saudi Arabia. Ali alleges the picture was fabricated. The case was pursued "for nothing except to provide a legal excuse that would prevent us from running," he said. Ali also said the elections authority "ignored the larger part of our complaints, especially related to the continuation of electoral campaigning for the current president in the streets and squares." Challengers whittled away Sisi, who was elected president a year after heading the 2013 military ouster of leader Mohamed Morsi, on Wednesday officially submitted his application to run for a second four-year term. The list of those hoping to challenge him has been whittled away -- either by people ruling themselves out or being sentenced to prison terms in the past few weeks. On Tuesday a bid by General Sami Anan was plunged into doubt after the armed forces accused him on state television of "infractions and crimes" that require investigation. The authorities issued a gag order on the details of his case which is being handled by military judiciary. Other top challengers to drop out include Ahmed Shafiq, a prime minister under former long-serving president Hosni Mubarak, and Mohamed Anwar Sadat, a dissident and nephew of the former president of the same name. Shafiq reversed a pledge to run after he was returned to Egypt from exile in the United Arab Emirates, while Sadat said the climate was not right for free elections. Last month a military court sentenced Colonel Ahmed Konsowa to six years in jail after he announced his intention to stand. The only remaining well-known potential candidate is now Mortada Mansour, the head of Egypt´s legendary Zamalek football club.
  21. ISLAMABAD: Today, January 24, marks the last day for submission of Hajj applications in the country. The designated banks would continue receiving applications till working hours today. Balloting would be held on January 26. Branches of 13 designated banks have so far received over 325,000 applications under Government Hajj Scheme, said an official of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony. Over 60,000 applications have been received from Peshawar, Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore. As many as 28,000 applications have been received from Multan, 16,000 from Quetta, 15,000 from Faisalabad, and over 11,000 from Sialkot. Over 18,000 Hajj applicants belong to age group of over 70 years. As many as 120,000 pilgrims would perform Hajj under Government Hajj Scheme, out of 179,210 Pakistani pilgrims for the upcoming Hajj 2018. The remaining 59,210 would perform Hajj under Private Hajj Scheme. The designated banks include: Habib Bank Limited; United Bank Limited; National Bank of Pakistan; Muslim Commercial Bank; Allied Bank Limited; Agriculture Development Bank Limited; Bank of Punjab; Bank Alfalah; Meezan Bank; Habib Metropolitan Bank; Dubai Islamic Bank Limited; Faysal Bank Limited and Askari Bank Limited.
  22. Oxfam found chief executives of the top five global fashion brands made in just four days what garment workers in Bangladesh earn over a lifetime-AFP The world's richest one percent raked in 82 percent of the wealth created last year while the poorest half of the population received none, Oxfam said Monday, as the world's elite prepared to mingle at the World Economic Forum in Davos. A new report from the charity also found that the wealth of billionaires has grown six times faster than that of ordinary workers since 2010, with another billionaire minted every two days between March 2016 and March 2017. Oxfam used its findings to paint a picture of a global economy in which the wealthy few amass ever-greater fortunes while hundreds of millions of people are "struggling to survive on poverty pay". "The billionaire boom is not a sign of a thriving economy but a symptom of a failing economic system," Oxfam executive director Winnie Byanyima said in a statement. Oxfam also emphasised the plight of women workers, who "consistently earn less than men" and often have the lowest paid, least secure jobs. Nine out of 10 billionaires are men, it added. The report, titled "Reward Work, not Wealth", used data from Credit Suisse to compare the returns of top executives and shareholders to that of ordinary workers. It found that chief executives of the top five global fashion brands made in just four days what garment workers in Bangladesh earn over a lifetime. "The people who make our clothes, assemble our phones and grow our food are being exploited to ensure a steady supply of cheap goods, and swell the profits of corporations and billionaire investors,"said Byanyima. To fight rising inequality, Oxfam called on governments to limit the returns of shareholders and top executives, close the gender pay gap, crackdown on tax avoidance and increase spending on healthcare and education. The study was released on the eve of top political and business figures meeting at a luxury Swiss ski resort for the annual World Economic Forum, which this year says it will focus on how to create "a shared future in a fractured world". "It's hard to find a political or business leader who doesn't say they are worried about inequality," said Byanyima. "It's even harder to find one who is doing something about it. Many are actively making things worse by slashing taxes and scrapping labour rights."
  23. MELBOURNE: World number two Caroline Wozniacki kept her bid for a first Grand Slam title on course as she stormed into the last 16 of the Australian Open on Friday. The second seed only scraped through to the third round by the skin of her teeth, saving two match points at 5-1 down in the third set against 119th ranked Jana Fett. But on Friday she gave her most assured performance of the tournament so far, cruising past Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 6-4, 6-3 in an hour and 26 minutes. Wozniacki had called her second round comeback her "greatest escape" but she was never in need of a rescue act as she easily dealt with the challenge from the number 30 seed, who was playing in the third round for the first time. "Right now I'm playing with house money, playing with nothing to lose," said the Dane. "I was already out of the tournament." And it showed as the former world number one was fast out of the blocks, breaking Bertens´ opening service game. Apart from one dropped serve of her own in the first set and a row with the umpire over a slippery patch on the court, she remained composed and in control throughout, taking the opener in 41 minutes. Wozniacki, unlike her previous match, kept the unforced errors to a minimum, committing just 12, while forcing her opponent into making 34. The Dane, who is drawn to face fourth seed Elina Svitolina in the semi-final, raced into a 4-0 lead in the second. She had a brief moment of anxiety at 0-30 when leading 4-2 but banged down two unreturned first serves to quell any nerves. Serving for the match, however, Wozniacki wobbled again. She had to save four break points and at one point slammed her racquet to the ground after another altercation with the umpire about an overrule. Eventually, she secured victory in on her fourth match point. She next faces 19th seed Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia for a place in the quarter-finals and said she expected a similar challenge. "She has a good forehand and a good serve so I will need to be ready for everything. Serve well and get my returns in," said Wozniacki.
  24. Instagram is no longer an image-sharing social media platform as the company is trying to build its messaging section with a new feature. The feature is already present in many other instant messaging apps such as Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. If you have updated the application recently, you can notice in the direct message section that people you follow or those who have previously messaged you can now see when you were last using Instagram. © MensXP The new feature is called “Show Activity Status” and is enabled by default which you can choose to turn off if you wish to (I know I have). If you are a private person like me and don't really want people to know when you are active on Instagram, you can disable the activity status from the setting menu. Instagram is probably testing this feature for a number of users. However, it is available for many users already and you may not have noticed it by now. Your followers cannot see when you were active most recently on Instagram unless you follow them or have DM-ed them in the past. It will show how many minutes, hours or days ago you were last active. If you are on Instagram, it will show “active now” which can be a bit intruding if you like your privacy. © MensXP This feature is already being rolled out in an update for both iOS and Android users. The move came shortly after Instagram launched its standalone messaging app called “Direct”. The application basically works as a separate messaging app which is designed to steer away even more users from Snapchat. © Pexels However, if you are a nosy person and like to be up in everyone's business, disabling the feature won't let you see your friends' activity either. This is the only fair feature of the “Show Activity” feature, because why should you be able to stalk someone when they can't do the same to you? Sounds legit, right? Source: The Next Web
  25. GENEVA: The last three years were the hottest on record, the United Nations weather agency said Thursday, citing fresh global data underscoring the dramatic warming of the planet. Consolidated data from five leading international weather agencies shows that "2015, 2016 and 2017 have been confirmed as the three warmest years on record", the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said. It added that 2016 remains the hottest year ever measured due to the warming effect of El Nino, while 2017 was the warmest non-El Nino year, beating out 2015 by less than one-hundredth of a degree. "The long-term temperature trend is far more important than the ranking of individual years, and that trend is an upward one," WMO secretary-general Petteri Taalas said in a statement. The 21st century has so far been a period of the hottest weather, accounting for 17 of the 18 warmest years on record. "And the degree of warming during the past three years has been exceptional," Tasslas added. The WMO also highlighted the intensification of weather and climate related disasters, which hit record levels in the United States last year, while multiple countries were devastated by cyclones, floods and drought. The WMO findings were based on data provided by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US space agency NASA, Britain's Met office, the European Centre for medium range weather forecasts and the Japan Meteorological Agency. Using those inputs, the UN said that the average global surface temperature last year was 1.1 degrees Celsius (1.98 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels. Reacting to the results, experts warned that the planet was moving closer to a set of red lines laid out in the historic 2015 Paris climate agreement. That treaty calls for capping global warming at "well under" two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit). "When even 'colder' (non-El Nino) years are rewriting the warmest year record books we know we have a problem," said Dave Reay, the Carbon Management chair at the University of Edinburgh. "Global temperatures will continue to bob up and down from year to year, but the climate tide beneath them is rising fast." 'Focus' needed There is mounting global consensus on the need to slash CO2 and methane emissions, improve energy efficiency, and develop technologies to remove CO2 from the air. But US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris accord has rattled the international community and complicated efforts at forging joint action -- even though many US state governments insist they remain committed to cut emissions. Since industrialisation took off in the early 19th century, CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere have increased by nearly half, from 280 parts per million to 407 parts per million. Trump will head to the World Economic Forum in Davos next week, an annual gathering of global elite, where he will confront some of the political and civil society leaders who fought hard for the Paris deal. "Collaborative efforts" to combat unprecedented shared challenges will be a major theme of meeting, WEF boss Klaus Schwab said this week. "The record temperature should focus the minds of world leaders, including President Trump, on the scale and urgency of the risks that people, rich and poor, face around the world from climate change," said Bob Ward, policy director at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the London School of Economics.