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  1. New Zealand T20 team/File photo New Zealand on Wednesday named their T20 squad to face Pakistan in the three-match GJ Gardner Homes series. Ben Wheeler, who last played for the Black Caps in February 2017, will return to the inter-changeable squad, from which selectors will seek to employ various combinations throughout the series. Seth Rance will join the NZ ODI squad for the final match in Wellington, with Trent Boult being rested until the second and third T20. Lockie Ferguson will miss the first T20, Tim Southee the second, while Ross Taylor has been selected for the first T20 only. Boult will also be rested in the final ODI against Pakistan on Friday. New Zealand T20 squad: Kane Williamson (c), Trent Boult, Tom Bruce, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Anaru Kitchen, Colin Munro, Glenn Phillips, Seth Rance, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Ben Wheeler
  2. ISLAMABAD: The US Department of State?s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Ambassador Alice Wells on Tuesday said that the US seeks to move toward a new relationship with Pakistan. In her meetings with different Pakistani officials, she said that the new relationship should be based on mutual interest in realising a stable and prosperous region, according to a press statement issued by the US Embassy in Pakistan. Acknowledging Pakistan?s considerable sacrifices in fighting terrorism, Wells emphasised that the US South Asia strategy represents an opportunity to work together for the establishment of a stable, peaceful Afghanistan, the defeat of Daesh in South Asia, and the elimination of terrorist groups that threaten both Pakistan and the United States. Earlier on Monday, top US military officer Marine General Joseph Dunford had said he was committed to the US-Pakistan relationship, which has been strained in recent weeks as Washington piles pressure on Islamabad to crack down on militants. ?Do we agree on everything right now? No we don?t. But are we committed to a more effective relationship with Pakistan? We are. And I?m not giving up on that,? Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, had told a small group of reporters during a trip to Brussels. The United States has long blamed militant safe-havens in Pakistan for prolonging the war in neighbouring Afghanistan, giving insurgents a place to plot attacks and rebuild their forces. Pakistan is a crucial gateway for US military supplies destined for US and other troops fighting a 16-year-old war in Afghanistan. Earlier this month, US President Donald Trump?s administration, demanding ?do more? from Pakistan, had announced a plan to suspend up to roughly $2 billion in US security assistance. An outcry was triggered in Islamabad following Washington's statement. Pakistan?s military had said its army chief told US General Joseph Votel, head of the US military?s Central Command, that Pakistan ?felt betrayed? by US criticism.
  3. FILE: Jon Huntsman, Ambassador to Russia - REUTERS MOSCOW: A US report detailing new sanctions against Russia will be published on January 29, the TASS news agency reported citing US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman on Tuesday. Washington is expected to impose fresh penalties against Russia for its alleged meddling in the 2016 US presidential vote, an allegation Russia has repeatedly denied.
  4. Were you waiting for the Mercedes C and E Class luxury revive? Remember from nearly half a decade ago the E Class your friend got for his wedding and you wished you were the one getting married? Well, the luxo-sedans are back and with better mechanics-- so impressive, you'll wish you were an Ambani. The cars we're talking about were on display at the Detroit Motor Show 2018. We're talking about the 4MATIC+ luxury sedan entourage, in three different variants, all glammed up with a hybrid powertrain! Source: Mercedes Say hello to the shiny Mercedes-AMG CLS 53, E 53 and E 53 Cabriolet all wheel drives. We hope your heart function remains normal after a look at these gorgeous pieces of high end mechanics, especially the Cabriolet, we've forged a special connection with it! Source: Mercedes From a tastefully done front fascia to the detail on the wheel rims, the exterior of both, the coupe and cabriolet, is nothing short of urban-chic, something you would expect from the design team of the marque automobile maker and they don't fail you. Source: Mercedes The CLS coupe, for instance is moulded to perfection, and in its top-down stance the rear end of the E 53 cabriolet looks like the bodywork of a futuristic cruiser vehicle, especially in its black and silver trim colour scheme. Imagine taking your significant other for a ride in the cabriolet for Valentine's Day next year, if you can manage to get one on rent in India, that is. They are both very satisfying to look at, soothing, almost. Source: Mercedes It is the AMG powertrains kick in the adrenaline though. Both C and E 53 get: - A six-cylinder bi-turbo 3 litre engine. - AMG's latest EQ Boost electric engine support system. - The pull of 430 ponies + a 21hp additional power up generated by the EQ Boost. - A 0-100kmph sprint duration of about 4.3 seconds. - Top speeds of about 200kmph. - 4MATIC+ all-wheel drives. - A 9-speed transmission. If the 53 series are the machines of your dreams then it's time to find yourself a rich partner or work hard and get somewhere in life instead of building sand castles in your head. Deliveries should be made by the latter half of this year, so you barely have any time left. Get on it, chop chop!
  5. Whatsapp logo. Photo: File In its newly introduced feature, messaging service WhatsApp has started allowing users to ?dismiss? administrators of group chats. ?Dismiss As Admin? lets group admins demote other group admins, subsequently taking control of conversations. For instance, if it is used on an admin, the admin would lose all of their admin privileges and become a standard group chat participant instead, but at the same time only group admins are allowed to add participants to an existing chat, and only an admin can remove people from group chats. The feature is available in the beta version of WhatsApp for Android, and is under development on iOS, according to WABetaInfo. If you?re an admin of a group chat, you?ll be able to access the feature simply by tapping Group Info. The unusual feature may or may not roll out to all users in the future.
  6. US President Donald Trump speaks before signing a proclamation to honour Martin Luther King Jr. day in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, US, January 12, 2018. Photo: Reuters file1 MOSCOW: Iran said on Saturday it would retaliate against new sanctions imposed by the United States after President Donald Trump set an ultimatum to fix ?disastrous flaws? in a deal curbing Tehran?s nuclear program. Trump said on Friday he would waive nuclear sanctions on Iran for the last time to give the United States and European allies a final chance to amend the pact. Washington also imposed sanctions on the head of Iran?s judiciary and others. Russia - one of the parties to the Iran pact alongside the United States, China, France, Britain, Germany and the European Union - called Trump?s comments ?extremely negative.? The ultimatum puts pressure on Europeans, key backers of the 2015 nuclear deal, to satisfy Trump, who wants the pact strengthened with a separate agreement within 120 days. While approving the waiver on US sanctions related to the nuclear deal, Washington announced other sanctions against 14 Iranian entities and people, including judiciary head Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani, a close ally of Iran?s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Describing sanctions against Larijani as ?hostile action?, Iran?s Foreign Ministry said the move ?crossed all red lines of conduct in the international community and is a violation of international law and will surely be answered by a serious reaction of the Islamic Republic,? state media reported. It did not specify what any retaliation might involve. Iran?s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif had earlier said on Twitter that the deal was ?not renegotiable? and that Trump?s move ?amounts to desperate attempts to undermine a solid multilateral agreement.? Iran says its nuclear program has only peaceful aims and says it will stick to the accord as long as others respect it. But it has said it would ?shred? the deal if Washington quit. ?Last chance? Trump, who has sharply criticized the deal reached in Barack Obama?s presidency, had chafed at having to once again waive sanctions on a country he sees as a threat in the Middle East. ?Despite my strong inclination, I have not yet withdrawn the United States from the Iran nuclear deal,? Trump said in a statement, saying the options were to fix ?the deal?s disastrous flaws or the United States will withdraw.? ?This is a last chance,? Trump said, pushing for a separate agreement and saying the United States would not waive sanctions again to keep Iran in the pact without such an agreement. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov called Trump?s remarks ?extremely negative?, RIA state news agency reported. ?Our worst fears are being confirmed,? he said. The EU said in a statement it had taken note of Trump?s decision and would assess its implications. ?It?s going to be complicated to save the deal after this,? said one European diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity. Britain, France and Germany had called on Trump on Thursday to uphold the pact. Senior US administration officials told reporters Trump would work with Europeans on a follow-on deal to enshrine triggers that the Iranian government could not exceed related to ballistic missiles. Republican Senator Bob Corker said ?significant progress? had been made on bipartisan congressional legislation to address ?flaws in the agreement without violating US commitments.? Conditions Trump laid out conditions to keep Washington in the deal. Iran must allow ?immediate inspections at all sites requested by international inspectors,? he said, and ?sunset? provisions imposing limits on Iran?s nuclear program must not expire. Trump said US law must tie long-range missile and nuclear weapons programs together, making any missile testing by Iran subject to ?severe sanctions.? The president wants US Congress to modify a law that reviews US participation in the nuclear deal to include ?trigger points? that, if violated, would lead to the United States reimposing its sanctions, the official said. This would not entail negotiations with Iran but would be the result of talks with European allies, the official said. A decision to withhold a waiver would have effectively ended the deal between Iran and the other international signatories. The other parties to the agreement would have been unlikely to join the United States in reimposing sanctions. Two EU diplomats said EU foreign ministers would discuss next steps at their next regular meeting on January 22 in Brussels.
  7. Our bowlers bowled very well but the problems continue with the batting which again flopped, said Sarfraz Ahmed after the match DUNEDIN: A visibly disappointed Sarfraz Ahmed slammed his team?s ?disappointing batting flop? after New Zealand bowled out Pakistan for 74 to cruise to a 183-run victory in the third ODI in Dunedin on Saturday. "It was very disappointing, a tough loss," said the skipper during post-match ceremony, after staying not out at 14 as the rest of the wickets crumbled around him. Sarfraz was helped along by Mohammad Amir (14) and Rumman Raees (16) as the three added 42 for the last two wickets, but the captain saw serious problems with the top order batting. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/556daf44f0c311594b1a9c4cf53d308a.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MS8xMy8yMDE4IDk6MjM6MTQgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1sbHJzVEtkQ2pJRmZmcjF0Z0tCa2p3PT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] "Our bowlers bowled very well but the problems continue with the batting which again flopped. The problem is (facing) the new ball,? he lamented. New Zealand, batting first, were restricted to 257 by a vigilant bowling attack by Pakistan. However, Trent Boult removed Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman and Mohammad Hafeez in the space of five balls to put Pakistan in a hole they were never going to get out of. After 10 overs, the tourists were three down for just nine runs and while they struggled to stay afloat, Babar Azam was unnecessarily run out. The Green Shirts had slumped to eight for 32 in the 19th over and threatened two unwanted records -- the lowest ODI score of 35, held by Zimbabwe, and Pakistan´s own lowest score of 43. New Zealand beat Pakistan in 3rd ODI to clinch series Pakistan all out at 74 in chase of 258 Pakistan were all out for 74 in the 28th over. "It was a big game for us. We wanted to get the series done," said man of the match Boult, who claimed figures of five for 17. "To score only 250 on the board we knew we had to fight hard and to come out like that was very satisfying." New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said the target now was to remain unbeaten. "That´s the focus. The focus is trying to win each game. The guys were smart today and that´s something we pride ourselves on," he said. "It was a fantastic performance all round. Trent was outstanding getting five.? Pakistan came to New Zealand on a nine-match winning streak and the promise of providing a more formidable opposition for New Zealand, who had just swept a series against the West Indies. New Zealand have now comfortably wrapped the five-match ODI series 3-0.
  8. The Trump administration?s draft document, said that Obama-era assumptions of a world where nuclear weapons were less relevant proved incorrect WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump?s administration could pursue development of new nuclear weaponry and explicitly leave open the possibility of nuclear retaliation for major non-nuclear attacks, if a leaked draft policy document becomes reality. The Pentagon did not comment on the document, which was published by the Huffington Post website and prompted sharp criticism from arms control experts, who voiced concerns it could raise the risks of nuclear war. The Defense Department said on Friday it did not discuss ?pre-decision, draft copies of strategies and reviews.? ?The Nuclear Posture Review has not been completed and will ultimately be reviewed and approved by the President and the Secretary of Defense,? the Pentagon said in a statement. One source familiar with the document told Reuters the draft was authentic, but did not say whether it was the same version that will be presented to Trump for approval. The Republican Trump?s predecessor, Democrat Barack Obama, declared his intent to reduce the role of nuclear weapons in his Nuclear Posture Review in 2010, the last time the policy document was crafted. The Trump administration?s draft document, said, however, that Obama-era assumptions of a world where nuclear weapons were less relevant proved incorrect. ?The world is more dangerous, not less,? it said. It more readily embraces the role of nuclear weapons as a deterrent to adversaries, and, as expected, backs a costly modernization of the aging US nuclear arsenal. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that modernizing and maintaining the US nuclear arsenal over the next 30 years will cost more than $1.2 trillion. The document sought to put those costs in perspective, noting that maintenance of the existing stockpile would account for nearly half the projected costs. An effective nuclear deterrent was also less expensive than war, it said. New weapons The draft document noted that Russia and China were modernizing their nuclear arsenals, while North Korea?s nuclear provocations ?threaten regional and global peace.? The draft document said the United States, while honoring all treaty commitments, would pursue development of a new nuclear-armed sea-launched cruise missile. It would also modify a small number of existing submarine-launched ballistic missile, or SLBM, warheads to provide a nuclear option with a lower payload. In what arms control experts said appeared to be a nod to the threat of a devastating cyber attack, perhaps one that could knock down the US power grid, the document also left open the possibility of nuclear retaliation in ?extreme circumstances.? ?Extreme circumstances could include significant non-nuclear strategic attacks,? it said. Kingston Reif, director for disarmament research at the Arms Control Association advocacy group, said the draft document was a departure from long-standing US policy. ?It expands the scenarios under which the United States might use nuclear weapons and therefore increases the risk of nuclear weapons use,? Rief said. Although it reaffirmed an Obama-era pledge not to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear weapons states if they joined and adhered to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the draft introduced a caveat. The United States reserved the right to alter that assurance, given the evolving threat from non-nuclear technologies. Michaela Dodge, senior policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation, said the draft document appeared to be intentionally ambiguous about when and how the United States might retaliate, to better deter adversaries. ?If we are explicit about saying (when) we will not retaliate with the strongest weapons we have, we are implicitly telling our adversaries you can plan for these scenarios more freely,? Dodge said.
  9. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/geo/geonews_abr/playlist.m3u8 style=center] Pakistan batting was ripped apart by New Zealand bowling in the third ODI in Dunedin on Saturday, as the tourists were bowled out at 74 to hand the hosts a 183-run victory. Five wickets down at 15, the team barely managed to go past its worst-ever ODI total of 43 (vs West Indies at Cape Town in 1993). New Zealand have now clinched the five-match series 3-0. Veterans Azhar Ali and Mohammad Hafeez and the young Shadab Khan were all bowled out on duck. The struggling Babar Azam was run out at 8, while Shoaib Malik managed a cautious 3 before getting out. Captain Sarfraz Ahmed remained not out at 14. The tail-enders Mohammad Amir and Rumman Raees showed resistance with 14 and 16 runs, respectively, before getting clean bowled by Trent Boult. Babar Azam was run out at 8/Black Caps Twitter Earlier, half-centuries by Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor helped New Zealand to 257 in the face of a sharply improved performance by Pakistan in the field, after New Zealand won the toss and chose to bat first. With the tourists needing to win to keep the series alive after losing the first two ODIs, they pinned New Zealand down at key times. In the last eight overs, when New Zealand needed to lift the run rate, they were restricted to 48 runs and lost seven wickets of which 11 runs came in the final over. Williamson, who uncharacteristically struggled to penetrate the field for much of his innings, made 73 but it took 101 deliveries to get there. Taylor made 52 off 64 for his 57th ODI half-century, equalling the New Zealand record held by Stephen Fleming and Nathan Astle. Rumman Raees returned figures of three for 51, Hasan Ali took three for 59 and Shadab Khan took two for 51 with his wickets coming of successive balls. Kane Williamson played a refined knock of 73/Getty Images New Zealand made a flying start with Martin Guptill and Colin Munro cracking sixes for their first scoring shots but the innings stalled soon after. Munro only faced three balls from Faheem Ashraf in the second over -- a six, two and caught behind, and New Zealand were 15 for one after 10 balls. Tight bowling and a slow outfield restricted New Zealand to 37 for one after 10 overs and the pressure started to show by the 20th over as the run rate remained around four an over. On the first ball of the next over Williamson wanted to run two on a drive to deep point but Guptill was too slow to respond and was easily run out for 45. With the introduction of Ross Taylor, playing his 400th innings for New Zealand across all formats, the pace started to quicken. Williamson was given out leg before wicket to Shoaib Malik on 43 but the decision was overturned on review and he went on to 73 before he was well caught by Mohammad Hafeez on the second take off Rumman. Tom Latham joined Taylor to maintain the pace with New Zealand 195 for three after 40 overs. But in the 43rd over Taylor was trapped in front by Shadab and wickets fell regularly from there. Henry Nicholls was caught and bowled off the first ball he faced leaving Mitchell Santner to deny Shadab a hat-trick.
  10. Nowadays, our life has become more active on our timelines, than it is otherwise. Even though most of the interactions take place behind the small digital screen, and we may call it 'quality time' but it's still a far cry. Amidst all the facade and commotion, we've forgotten what it's like to be human. We survive behind a macho display picture, and say things which we probably aspire to be someday. To call out this particular shift in the millennial generation, Fastrack is reaching out to the youth in the country to 'Shut The Fake Up'. Seriously, if somebody asks us today to narrate the story of our life, what's going to be the first trail of thoughts that will run through our mind? Let me give you a trailer for the most predictable scenario: Is this picture worth getting me likes? Which hashtag should I use? Is this filter okay? Can I find a better caption to get more likes on this picture? Oh c'mon, why isn't anybody liking or commenting on my post? Did I post it too late? Looks like people are too busy right now to notice...or maybe they unfollowed me! Urgh. Sometimes our FOMO gets to such levels that we forget to enjoy things as they're actually supposed to be enjoyed. We forget to be real and start living a poster-fake life. Instead, what if we focused on experiencing life without qualms about what a thousand other people might think? What if we started living REAL? It's going to make so much of a difference. Don't you think? This video by Fastrack perfectly captures a millennial's social media-frenzied life story. And, it gives us an awesome twist to show us how the REAL STORY could be only if one chooses to stay honestly real. Seriously, if only we take a real resolution to get our life sorted! Watch and let us know if you agree too.
  11. DUNEDIN: New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first in the third ODI at Dunedin on Saturday. The hosts have opted to not change its team combination for today?s match, while, opener Fakhar Zaman after recovering from his injury has made a comeback in place of Imamul Haq. It?s a must-win game for Pakistan to keep their chances of winning the series as the Kiwis have already won two matches of the five-match series. Separately, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has called on his bowlers to be more accurate in the final overs. Though New Zealand are already 2-0 in the five-match series but Williamson is not completely happy, especially with the bowling to lower-order batsmen. Pakistan rocketed from 141 for seven in the 37th over to make 246 for nine in game two, repeating a pattern that has been all too common in recent seasons where New Zealand have let the score get away on them after a solid start. "We learnt a few lessons from the last game," Williamson said Friday. "They bat very deep, the Pakistani side, and that is a sign of a good team," he added." "To see their lower order come out and put together a partnership that gave them a total which could have been a tough chase... it´s important that we learn from that."
  12. Balochistan Assembly. Photo: File QUETTA: Balochistan Assembly will elect its new chief minister in a session scheduled today. Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid nominated candidate Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo, Pashtunkhuwa Milli Awami Party representatives Abdul Rahim Ziyaratwal and Agha Liaquat, have filed their nominations. Along with his party members, Bizenjo has the complete support of disgruntled members of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Jamiat Ulema-s-Islam (Fazl). Meanwhile, National Party has not nominated their candidate neither announced support to any candidate. Following the in-house election, the new chief minister will take oath of his office at 5 pm. Earlier, former chief minister Sanaullah Zehri resigned prior to a no-confidence motion being taken up against him in the provincial assembly. Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo Bizenjo born in Awaran on Januaray 1, 1974, first time contested elections in 2002. He was elected from PB-41. The Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid candidate remained Deputy Speaker from 2013-15. CM Balochistan Sanaullah Zehri resigns ahead of no-confidence motion The prime minister travelled to Quetta as a no-confidence motion against CM Zehri gained momentum Bizenjo was elected as MPA from Awaran after receiving only 544 votes from the constituency, only 1.18 percent were polled in his constituency. He was elected receiving least number of votes in the electoral history of Pakistan. No-confidence motion A no-confidence motion was submitted against Zehri on January 2 by MPAs Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo and Syed Agha Raza and had the signatures of 14 lawmakers. In order to retain his position as chief minister, Zehri required the support of 33 members from a house of 65. A political crisis developed in Balochistan following the no-confidence motion, with efforts stepped up by the PML-N, which has a government both in the centre and province, to defuse the situation. Zehri was forced to resign after some members of his own party, the PML-N, joined the opposition in its demand to remove him from office. The crisis was enhanced further with the resignations of several cabinet members and advisers of chief minister Zehri. Zehri had also been advised by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to step down as chief minister in order to defuse the political crisis that had been brewing in the province since the submission of the no-confidence motion in the assembly.
  13. Pakistan bat very deep and that is a sign of a good team, says NZ captain Kane Williamson/AFP WELLINGTON: New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has called on his bowlers to be more accurate in the final overs as they look to take an unbeatable lead over Pakistan in the third one-day international in Dunedin on Saturday. New Zealand are already 2-0 in the five-match series but Williamson is not completely happy, especially with the bowling to lower-order batsmen. Pakistan rocketed from 141 for seven in the 37th over to make 246 for nine in game two, repeating a pattern that has been all too common in recent seasons where New Zealand have let the score get away on them after a solid start. "We learnt a few lessons from the last game," Williamson said Friday. "They bat very deep, the Pakistani side, and that is a sign of a good team," he added." "To see their lower order come out and put together a partnership that gave them a total which could have been a tough chase... it´s important that we learn from that." Despite the big hitting, particularly by Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan who both made half centuries, New Zealand won the match in Nelson by eight wickets after the rain swept in. The hosts were set a revised target of 151 in 25 overs. The first match in Wellington, which New Zealand won by 61 runs, was also affected by the weather and further rain is forecast for game three in Dunedin on Saturday. If a result is achieved, a win would not only give them New Zealand the series but they would also equal their longest streak across all formats of 10 wins. New Zealand have Colin de Grandhomme back in their squad after the allrounder returned from bereavement leave, but Williamson said they would wait to view the pitch Saturday morning before settling on their playing XI. Fakhar Zaman, who scored an unbeaten 82 in the opening game, is expected to return to the Pakistan side after missing game two because of a thigh injury.
  14. Kangana Ranaut is making headlines again, but thankfully they're not about her being in the middle of a new controversy. Starting off the year right, the actress has finally made up with Karan Johar after calling him the 'snooty movie mafia' and the 'torchbearer of nepotism'. © Instagram And, now pictures of her new Himalayan abode is making the rounds on the internet. This is how you make news for all the right reasons. Recently, the pictures of Kangana's 'piece of heaven' created a lot of buzz online. In the last month, we got a glimpse of Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma's new â¹34 Crore Sea-Facing Mumbai Apartment and then obviously the Bachchan's luxurious â¹21 Crore Mumbai Apartment. And now, Kangana is again redefining home goals for us with her palatial bungalow nestled in the hills of Manali, her hometown. Her European themed abode is obviously breath-taking at first look, but what makes it all kinds of goals is the details. Well, who wouldn't want to live in an eight-bedroom house with step-out balconies attached to every room? âªMs Ranaut and Shabnam Gupta are shooting for a cover story in the month of Feb with Architectural Digest for their May issue. Stay tuned for more inside pictures! ðð¡ A post shared by Kangana Ranaut (@team_kangana_ranaut) on Jan 4, 2018 at 8:11pm PST According to DNA, she purchased the bungalow for â¹10 crores right after the success of her 2014 movie 'Queen' and then went on to invest a whopping â¹20 crores over the years for luxury additions and other renovations. And, going by the pictures, it was totally worth it. Speaking to DNA, a source close to the actress said: “It's an eight-bedroom house with all the windows opening to a view of the mountains. Each room has a step-out balcony. There is a rooftop glass conservatory, so that there is ample sunlight during the winters.” But, that's not it! The house also boasts of a living room with an incredible view, along with a fireplace, since the temperature dips during the cooler months. The whole thing has been designed by Shabnam Gupta, and moreover, Kangana also plans on getting more home decor products from local handicrafts and handloom collections. âªLook what #KanganaRanaut gifted herself on the New Year's! ð‍âï¸ð¡ #NewYearEve #Gift #HomeSweetHome #Architecture #Design #KanganaRanaut #Manali A post shared by Kangana Ranaut (@team_kangana_ranaut) on Jan 4, 2018 at 8:06pm PST The source added, “Kangana has been making regular visits to her hometown to check on the progress of the place. She just got back from Manali two days ago in time for the shoot of a reality show.”
  15. Anushka Sharma is back in the country and is finally done with the whole wedding madness. She is currently shooting for 'Zero' with SRK and is gearing up for the release of her upcoming movie, 'Pari'. Sweet dreams guys... #HoliWithPari https://t.co/aMePVg992G — Anushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) January 9, 2018 Now the teaser looks interesting simply because we haven't seen the actress in this avatar till now. So fans are obviously excited. However, the beloved twitterati crew cannot help but crack a few legit jokes on the look. This look from her movie has now started a new league of 'Virushka' jokes which are actually funny. This is #KohliWithPari ð Not #HolyWithPari #Pari P.C.- @ItsOnkarx pic.twitter.com/N3k2BPeYRA — Illusion ðª (@DishaDeclares) January 10, 2018 Anushka Sharma's next movie is called #Pari. As soon as she got married, she is making 'Pari-varik' movies. — Bade Chote (@badechote) January 10, 2018 Some imagined what Virat's reaction on watching the teaser was. Virat Kohli before marriage and after marriage ððð #Pari bani Chudail pic.twitter.com/0QEOVvyy7y — Mayank (Petrol++) (@Mayankaryan084) January 10, 2018 After watching anushka sharma in #Pari , Virat kohli is like.. pic.twitter.com/MmLISZDJnB — crime master gogo (@vipul2777) January 10, 2018 Even KRK joined the bandwagon to crack his own weird joke. This poster is really scary Anushka shown this poster to Virat Kohli before test match and he shown to entire team. Result is in front of you all ðð��#Pari pic.twitter.com/0FoUBLB0BV — Kamaal R Khan- KRK (@KamalRKaan) January 10, 2018 On a serious note, we are totally digging her look and given her track record of pelting out hits and doing full justice to her roles, we have no doubt about Anushka nailing this one as well. Gear up for Holi with Mrs. Kohli now!
  16. PMDC. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court dissolved on Friday the governing council of the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), which regulates medical educational institutes across the country. Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, while heading the three-member bench hearing a case regarding the council's functioning, also ordered the formation of an interim committee headed by former Supreme Court Justice Shakirullah Jan. The committee will hold fresh elections of the council and run its affairs until the new council takes charge. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/34e1e23f438748181969e055bb40fe76.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MS8xMi8yMDE4IDY6Mzk6MDcgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1CdEF5bE9ick1NY0RrRi81REpiNUJRPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] Medical colleges' representatives of four provinces, Islamabad and the attorney general will be part of the committee, the court ruled. Talking to the media after the hearing, Sardar Latif Khosa, the council of former PMDC president Dr Masood Hameed Khan, said this is a historic decision. He criticised the government for operating PMDC despite the expiry of the related ordinance. Hearing the case on Thursday, the chief justice had observed that they will not allow the PMDC to function if it is operating illegally. The court was hearing the PMDC's appeal against a Lahore High Court decision of December last year ordering the dissolution of the PMDC council. The Supreme Court had regretted that the government failed to introduce a new law after the PMDC (Amendment) Ordinance 2015 lapsed in April of 2016 and the matter went to the high court.
  17. QUETTA: The process for submitting nomination papers for the new chief minister of Balochistan is under way. The nomination papers can be taken from the secretary of the Balochistan Assembly and have to be submitted before 3pm today. The election for the new provincial chief executive will be held in the assembly session on Saturday (tomorrow). The election follows the resignation of chief minister Sanaullah Zehri, who quit on January 9 before a no-confidence motion against him could be taken up in the assembly. On Thursday, Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) and the disgruntled members of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) nominated PML-Q's Abdul Quddus Bizenjo as the candidate for the new chief minister. Holding a joint press conference in Quetta, PML-N MPA Jan Mohammad Jamali announced Bizenjo as their candidate. PML-Q, dissident PML-N MPAs nominate Quddus Bizenjo as CM candidate Those backing Bizenjo include five members of Balochistan Assembly from PML-Q, 15 from PML-N, it has been learnt Those backing Bizenjo include five PML-Q MPAs and 15 from the PML-N. Following the announcement, Bizenjo thanked all the lawmakers who named him their candidate. "We would continue to serve the people of Balochistan," he said, adding that they still have respect for former chief minister Zehri. He further said that they would approach all other parties, including Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP), for voting for him. On Wednesday, opposition parties in the Balochistan Assembly announced they would not field a candidate for chief minister. Maulana Abdul Wasay, the leader of the opposition in the provincial assembly, said the opposition would not join the new provincial government. CM Balochistan Sanaullah Zehri resigns ahead of no-confidence motion The prime minister travelled to Quetta as a no-confidence motion against CM Zehri gained momentum Zehri's resignation Zehri was forced to resign after some members of his own party, the PML-N, joined the opposition in its demand to remove him from office. The crisis was enhanced further with the resignations of several cabinet members and advisers of chief minister Zehri. Zehri had also been advised by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to step down as chief minister in order to defuse the political crisis that had been brewing in the province since the submission of the no-confidence motion in the assembly on January 2. The prime minister had also taken notice of the role of provincial lawmakers for letting the situation come to its present stage.
  18. The demand for more Netflix Original Series has been increasing over the last few years because let's face it, most of them are insanely good. And Netflix, being the excellent streaming service that it is, has been giving in to these demands. Venturing into different, unexplored genres is what Netflix has been trying to succeed at and its latest series is just another attempt at it. And from what we have seen till now, we have to say that it has done a good job. © Netflix 'Altered Carbon' is based on the classic cyberpunk noir novel by Richard K. Morgan. Set more than 300 years in the future, the series will portray a society which has been transformed by new technology. But before you dismiss it as another sci-fi series, read further and think again. It is set in a world where death is no longer permanent as consciousness can be digitized and transferred from one human body to another. The series would revolve around Takeshi Kovacs (played by both Joel Kinnaman and Will Yun Lee), a trained 'Envoy' soldier whose mind was imprisoned "on ice", for centuries after he survived a defeat in an uprising on another planet. © Netflix He wakes up again 250 years later on Earth as he is resurrected by a wealthy man named Laurens Bancroft (James Purefoy) to investigate Bancroft's own death. © Netflix Bancroft was killed and the last automatic backup of his stack was made hours before his death. As a result of which he has no memory of who killed him and why. While police ruled it a suicide, Bancroft is sure he was murdered and wants Kovacs to find out the truth. © Netflix The story might be mind-boggling and even confusing for some, but the trailer shows some stunning action sequences in a futuristic world, offering a little more clarity. © Netflix Netflix describes the series as an "intriguing story of murder, love, ***, and betrayal." We aren't so sure about the 'love' part but the trailer has got us hooked. Have a look: The best part is that we don't have to wait much longer. All 10 episodes of Altered Carbon will begin streaming on Netflix on February 2, 2018.
  19. PML-Q member of Balochistan Assembly Abdul Quddus Bizenjo. QUETTA: Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) and disgruntled members of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Thursday nominated Abdul Quddus Bizenjo as their candidate for new chief minister of Balochistan. Holding a joint press conference here, PML-N MPA Jan Mohammad Jamali announced that Bizenjo would be their candidate for the leader of the House. Bizenjo's nomination papers would be submitted on Friday, Jamali added. Those backing Bizenjo include five members of the Balochistan Assembly from PML-Q and 15 from the PML-N. Balochistan Assembly session to elect new CM summoned on Jan 13 Session is summoned by Balochistan governor following Sanaullah Zehri's resignation as chief minister Following the announcement, Bizenjo thanked all the lawmakers who named him as their candidate for the new chief minister. "We would continue to serve the people of Balochistan," he said, adding that they still have respect for former chief minister Sanaullah Zehri. He further said that they would approach all other parties, including Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP), for favouring him in voting for the new CM. The Balochistan governor has already summoned an assembly session on January 13 to elect the new chief minister. On Wednesday, opposition parties in the Balochistan Assembly announced they would not field a candidate for the leader of the House. Maulana Abdul Wasay, leader of the opposition in the provincial assembly, said the opposition would not join the new provincial government. CM Balochistan Sanaullah Zehri resigns ahead of no-confidence motion The prime minister travelled to Quetta as a no-confidence motion against CM Zehri gained momentum The announcement came a day after Zehri's resignation as the chief minister in the face of a no-confidence motion by opposition parties, which also had backing from some members of his own party. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and PML-N head Nawaz Sharif, after Zehri's resignation, had decided the opposition would be offered to field their candidate for the vacated position. Zehri had been advised by PM Abbasi to step down as the chief minister in order to defuse the political crisis that had been brewing in the province. The prime minister had also taken notice of the role of provincial lawmakers for letting the situation come to its present stage.
  20. 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."
  21. Players could forfeit their prize money if they retire from first-round singles matches at the Australian Open MELBOURNE: Players could forfeit their prize money if they retire from first-round singles matches at the Australian Open, under new rules aimed at limiting the early injury withdrawals which have long caused controversy at Grand Slams. Players will also be able to claim 50 percent of their prize money if they pull out before their first match, an incentive designed to allow a replacement to play instead. With tens of thousands of dollars at stake just for playing in round one, early injury pull-outs have often caused suspicion at Grand Slams, particularly at last year´s Wimbledon. Eight players retired from the first round at the All-England Club, including the opponents of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic during the second sets of their matches on Centre Court. "A player should not go on court if he knows he should not finish," Federer said at the time, while Djokovic noted his opponent, Martin Klizan, even "had issues walking onto court" with a calf injury. Now, under new rules by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), any Grand Slam player who withdraws after 1200 local time on the Thursday before the tournament draw will still receive 50 percent of first round prize money. Their replacement -- a ´lucky loser´ from the qualifying tournament -- will get the other 50 percent of the first-round prize money. But players who do not "perform to the required professional standard" in round one, including by retiring, also risk being fined their prize money, the new rules say. ´Couldn´t care less´ Australian bad boy Bernard Tomic was fined a third of his £35,000 ($47,500) prize money for unsportsmanlike conduct at Wimbledon, after saying he felt "bored" and "couldn´t care less" following a straight-sets defeat on day one. Any repeat this year and he would lose the lot. Bernard Tomic said he felt "bored" and "couldn´t care less" following a straight-sets defeat at Wimbledon A similar controversy blew up at the Auckland Classic this week when four players pulled out before their opening matches, citing injury or illness. Simply by turning up, they were eligible for prize money and avoided a fine. Chris Kermode, executive chairman of the men´s tour, the Association of Tennis Professionals, promised a shake-up, although he accepted the players´ reasons for withdrawing. "Ranking points, player withdrawals and how we deal with that is something we´ve got to and are looking at," he told Fairfax Media in Auckland. In a separate rule change designed to get matches started more quickly, warm-up times will be strictly enforced. Players will be fined up to US$20,000 for taking more than one minute after walking on court to get to the coin toss. They will also be restricted to five minutes´ warm-up time on court, and another one minute before the first point. However, plans for a shot clock to enforce a 25-second time limit between points have been shelved, and will only be used in the qualifying tournament at Melbourne Park. New rules reverting Grand Slams to 16 seeds from the current 32 are due to come into force in 2019.
  22. The fossilised remains of a giant burrowing bat that lived millions of years ago have been found in New Zealand WELLINGTON: The fossilised remains of a giant burrowing bat that lived millions of years ago have been found in New Zealand, an international team of scientists announced Thursday. It belonged to "a bat super-family that once spanned the southern landmasses of Australia, New Zealand, South America and possibly Antarctica," according to study author Sue Hand from the University of New South Wales. The teeth and bones of the animal, which lived 16 to 19 million years ago, were discovered near St Bathans in Central Otago where the scientists have been working for the past 16 years. It is estimated to be three times the size of an average modern bat and weighed 40 grammes (1.4 ounces). In findings published in the journal Scientific Reports, the scientists said the bat was peculiar because it not only flew but also scurried about on all fours over the forest floor, under leaf litter and along branches foraging for food. Its "specialised teeth and large size suggest it had a different diet, capable of eating even more plant food as well as small vertebrates -- a diet more like some of its South American cousins. We don´t see this in Australasian bats today," Hand said. The bat has been named Vulcanops jennyworthyae after team member Jenny Worthy, who found the fossils, and Vulcan, the Roman god of fire and volcanoes -- a reference to New Zealand´s tectonic nature and also to the historic Vulcan Hotel in St Bathans. "This weird bat is among the most bizarre of all the fossils that we´ve found," said Te Papa museum curator Alan Tennyson, a New Zealand member of the team which also included scientists from Australia, Britain and the United States. "This new bat was a relative of New Zealand´s peculiar short-tailed bats, extinct Australian species, and the Americas´ vampire bats, suggesting that ground-dwelling forms of bat were more common in the past." The St Bathans dig has found several other extinct animals over the past 16 years, including species of tuatara, moa, kiwi, frogs, parrots, pigeons as well as land turtles and crocodiles. Around 50 million years ago, the landmasses of Australia, New Zealand, South America and Antarctica were connected as the last vestiges of the southern supercontinent Gondwana. With subsequent fragmentation of Gondwana, cooling climates and the growth of ice-sheets in Antarctica, the report said Australasia´s burrowing bats became isolated from their South American relatives.
  23. ISLAMABAD: The governor of Balochistan has summoned an assembly session for January 13 to elect a new chief minister for the provincial cabinet. After Nawab Sanaullah Zehri resigned from the position of chief minister on Tuesday, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and former premier Nawaz Sharif held a meeting where they decided the opposition would be offered to field their candidate for the vacated position in the provincial cabinet. However, leader of the opposition in the Balochistan Assembly, Maulana Abdul Wasay, said the government should unanimously bring in a candidate as the opposition would be a part of the government. He said this while talking to the media on Wednesday. CM Balochistan Sanaullah Zehri resigns ahead of no-confidence motion The prime minister travelled to Quetta as a no-confidence motion against CM Zehri gained momentum The names that have surfaced for the position of the chief minister are Saleh Bhootani and Jan Mohammad Jamali. The former has also served as the caretaker chief minister of Balochistan in 2007. Zehri?s decision had come after he was advised by the incumbent prime minister to resign in light of the no-confidence motion. According to sources, Abbasi advised the chief minister to resign to control the political situation in the province following his visit to Quetta. The prime minister has also taken notice of the role of provincial lawmakers for letting the situation come to its present stage.
  24. Ahmed Shehzad - File Photo LAHORE: Pakistan on Wednesday named its 15-member squad for T20 series against New Zealand. The three-match series will commence from January 22 and conclude on January 28, 2018. ?Imad Wasim was yet to recover from his knee injury and was told to continue his rehabilitation at the NCA. Mohammad Nawaz has been named to replace Imad Wasim. Sohaib Maqsood was not considered for selection due to a back injury, and will undergo rehabilitation at the NCA,? said chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq. Pakistan's 15-member T-20I squad 1) Sarfraz Ahmed (C)/W-K 2) Fakhar Zaman 3) Ahmed Shehzad 4) Babar Azam 5) Shoaib Malik 6) Harris Sohail 7) Muhammad Hafeez 8) Muhammad Nawaz 9) Shadab Khan 10) Faheem Ashraf 11) Amir Yamin 12) Muhammad Amir 13) Hasan Ali 14) Rumman Raees 15) Umar Amin
  25. The Malaysian airline MH370 disappeared in March 2014 with 239 people on board. Photo: MH370 KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia signed a deal with an American firm on Wednesday to resume the search for MH370 almost four years after the plane disappeared, with the company to receive up to $70 million if successful. The new hunt, which will last 90 days, is expected to start in mid-January when a high-tech vessel leased by the seabed exploration firm, Ocean Infinity, reaches a new search zone in the southern Indian Ocean. The Malaysia Airlines jet disappeared in March 2014 with 239 people -- mostly from China -- on board en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, triggering one of the world´s greatest aviation mysteries. No sign of the plane was found in a 120,000 square kilometre (46,000 square miles) search zone selected by satellite analysis of the jet´s likely trajectory. The Australian-led sea search, the largest in aviation history, was suspended in January last year. But three firms submitted bids to resume the hunt privately and after lengthy negotiations, the Malaysian government agreed to engage Ocean Infinity on a "no find, no fee" basis. "I would like to reiterate our unwavering commitment towards solving the mystery of MH370," Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said Wednesday at a signing ceremony for the deal. The new search zone is an area of approximately 25,000 square kilometres in the Indian Ocean. If the company finds the Boeing 777, the amount they are paid will depend on where it was located, said Liow. If it is found within the first 5,000 square kilometres, they will receive $20 million. The amount rises gradually to a maximum of $70 million if the jet is found outside the 25,000 square kilometre search zone. Relatives of MH370 passengers welcomed the decision. "We are grateful the Malaysian government is resuming the search for MH370," VPR Nathan, whose wife Anne Daisy was on the plane, told AFP. "We do not know what happened, we need to know what happened before we can get closure." The ship that will conduct the hunt is a Norwegian research vessel named Seabed Constructor, which is carrying 65 crew members and set off from South Africa in early January for the search zone. It is carrying eight autonomous drones, equipped with sonars and cameras, that will scour the waters in the hunt for the wreckage and can operate in depths up to 6,000 metres (20,000 feet). Only three confirmed fragments of MH370 have been found, all of them on western Indian Ocean shores, including a two-metre wing part known as a flaperon.