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  1. Reuters journalist Wa Lone, who is based in Myanmar, is seen in this undated picture taken in Myanmar. REUTERS TOKYO/YANGON: The arrest of two Reuters journalists in Yangon this week was a signal that press freedom is shrinking in Myanmar and the international community must do all it can to get them released, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Thursday. Guterres said his main concern over Myanmar was the ?dramatic violations of human rights? during a military crackdown in Rakhine State that forced more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee the country for southern Bangladesh, and the arrest of the journalists was probably related. ?It is clearly a concern in relation to the erosion of press freedom in the country,? he told a news conference in Tokyo, referring to the detention of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who had been working on stories about the strife in Rakhine State. ?And probably the reason why these journalists were arrested is because they were reporting on what they have seen in relation to this massive human tragedy,? he added. Myanmar?s Ministry of Information said in a statement on Wednesday that the Reuters journalists and two policemen faced charges under the British colonial-era Official Secrets Act. The 1923 law carries a maximum prison sentence of 14 years. The reporters ?illegally acquired information with the intention to share it with foreign media?, the ministry said in its statement, which was accompanied by a photo of the two reporters in handcuffs. Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh say their exodus from the mainly Buddhist nation was triggered by a military offensive in response to Rohingya militant attacks on security forces at the end of August. The United Nations has branded the military?s campaign in Rakhine State ?a textbook example of ethnic cleansing? of the minority Rohingya. Guterres said the international community should do everything possible to secure the journalists? release and freedom of the press in Myanmar. He called for aid to be delivered, violence contained and reconciliation promoted in Rakhine State, and for the Rohingyas? right of return to be fully respected and implemented. Location Unknown Britain has expressed ?grave concerns? to the government of Myanmar over the arrest of the two journalists, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told reporters in London on Thursday. ?We are committed to freedom of speech and people?s ability to report the facts and bring into the public domain what is happening in Rakhine state,? he said. Canada?s Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland tweeted that she was ?deeply concerned? by the reports about the arrests. ?Freedom of the press is essential for democracy and must be preserved,? she said. And the president of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani also called on Myanmar to protect media freedoms and release the two. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo went missing on Tuesday evening after they had been invited to meet police officials over dinner on the outskirts of Yangon. The authorities have not confirmed where the journalists are being held and, as of Thursday evening, Reuters had not been formally contacted by officials about their detention. At Htaunt Kyant police station, where the journalists were charged, family members of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were told that the pair were being detained at another location by an investigative team. ?They are not here,? said Police Second Lieutenant Tin Htway Oo, according to Pann Ei, wife of reporter Wa Lone. ?The police investigation team took them soon after they were arrested.? He said he did not know where the journalists were, Pann Ei added, but he did tell her they would be brought back to the station in ?two to three days at most.? Reuters could not immediately reach Tin Htway Oo for comment. Police Lieutenant Colonel Myint Htwe of the Yangon Police Division told Reuters the reporters? location would not be disclosed until the investigation was complete. ?It will be known later. Please wait a while,? he said.
  2. ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Jahangir Tareen on Friday questioned the reason for his disqualification shortly after the Supreme Court ruled against him in its verdict. The PTI secretary general took to Twitter to express his views following the verdict disqualifying him. ?Accusations Rejected by SC 1) Misuse of authority,loan writeoff 2) Insider Trading 3) Misdeclared Agri income 4) London Property Full money trail accepted not hidden, declared in children's assets since 2011. And SC disqualifies me on mere interpretation of the trust deed???,? he tweeted. The apex court earlier today disqualified Jahangir Tareen but ruled in favour of PTI Chairperson Imran Khan in its judgment on the disqualification case against the two party leaders. The three-member bench had reserved the verdict in the disqualification petition against the two PTI leaders on November 14. Jahangir Tareen disqualified from Parliament With regards to Tareen, the judgment stated that the PTI secretary general had pleaded guilty to insider trading. Tareen cannot be termed honest and stands disqualified for life as per Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution, according to the Supreme Court judgment. Imran Khan cleared, Jahangir Tareen disqualified by Supreme Court The three-member bench, headed by the chief justice, announced the verdict after 3:20pm Article 62(1)(f) reads: "A person shall not be qualified to be elected or chosen as a member of Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) unless-...he is sagacious, righteous and non-profligate, honest and ameen, there being no declaration to the contrary by a court of law." Moreover, the court ruled that Tareen used suspicious terms in his statements to the court. Tareen did not declare his offshore company, the court stated.
  3. LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif said on Friday that it is a great day in his political career as he has been 'cleared of all the charges'. The chief minister Punjab?s statement cam after the Supreme Court announced its verdict in the Hudaibiya Paper Mills case, dismissing the National Accountability Bureau?s request to re-open the case. ?All trumped up charges were defeated through truth,? said Chief Minister Punjab, adding that the Supreme Court gave a historic verdict. ?Have seen several ups and downs lately, grateful to those who supported me? said Shehbaz Sharif. Earlier on Friday, a three-member apex court bench dismissed the NAB's appeal to reopen the Hudaibiya Paper Mills case. Hearing the case since November 28, the court announced its judgment today in a majority decision. The one-line order, read out by Justice Alam, states that NAB's appeal to reopen the case is dismissed and a detailed verdict will be issued later. The Rs1.2 billion Hudaibiya Paper Mills case, involving money laundering charges against the Sharif family, was initiated by NAB in 2000 but quashed by the Lahore High Court (LHC) in 2014. The NAB had appealed the LHC decision in the Supreme Court. It was in relation to this case that the Sharif family's trusted aide, Ishaq Dar, recorded a confessional statement on April 25, 2000 in front of a magistrate in Lahore accepting his role in laundering money. That reference was struck down by a referee judge of the LHC on March 11, 2014 in response to a writ petition filed in 2011 stating that Dar's confession was coerced.
  4. Congress leader Sonia Gandhi. Photo taken from NDTV NEW DELHI: The leader of India?s main opposition party Congress, Sonia Gandhi, has retired as the party chief a day before her son Rahul Gandhi replaces her, Indian media reported Friday. ?My role is now to retire,? she told NDTV. The leader has stepped down from her position as the party president after her son was elected unopposed and will take charge as the new chief Saturday. While talking to NDTV on Friday, Sonia said that it has been her son Rahul, 47, who has been helping her make decisions on vital issues pertaining to the party. Sonia, 71, entered politics in 1994, a few years after her husband former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated. She was the president of Congress since 1998 and was elected to the Indian parliament in 1999. Although she is stepping down from her position in the party, Sonia is not retiring from politics and will continue as the member of the parliament, Indian media quoted Congress sources as saying. Rahul Gandhi named Congress president Rahul was names the new leader of Congress on December 11. On the occasion, Senior Congress leader Mullappally Ramachandran had said the 47-year-old had stood unopposed for election as the president of the party that his family had led for generations. "I hereby declare Shri Rahul Gandhi elected as the president of the Indian National Congress," he told reporters outside the Congress headquarters in New Delhi on Monday. The announcement capped years of speculation that the scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty would take over from his mother who led the party for nearly two decades. Rahul, whose father, grandmother and great-grandfather all served as prime minister, has been her deputy since 2013 and led the campaign for the last general election. He will officially take over on Saturday at a ceremony in New Delhi. Congress party workers let off firecrackers and cheered as they celebrated the announcement. "I have waited for this day for so many years. My joy knows no bounds," said Prem Chowdhury, a long-time party member and former municipal councillor. Rahul was strongly criticised for a lacklustre campaign for the 2014 general election, in which Congress recorded its worst-ever showing and lost power to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Since the national election defeat, the party has lost polls in many states to the BJP, exposing him to further criticism. But few inside the party have been willing publicly to criticise the family that has been at its helm for generations.
  5. PTI Chairman Imran Khan talks to the media in Karachi. Photo: Geo News KARACHI: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan thanked God on Friday following his victory at the Supreme Court which cleared him in the disqualification case against him and party leader Jahangir Tareen. Addressing the media, Imran said the case against him was filed by a [suspected] drug smuggler and dragged on for a year. "Thank God all the money trail and evidence was presented to the Supreme Court," he said, adding that, ?I gave 60 documents to the Supreme Court?. He claimed that ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif has to answer for taking out Rs300 billion from the country and only submitted one document ? the Qatari letter ? in the apex court during the Panama Papers case. "I?m hurt that I was compared to Nawaz. I was a cricketer who brought back halal money to the country [while Nawaz is a] money launderer," he claimed. Talking about disqualified party leader, Imran said he is very sad about Tareen as he is the highest tax paying businessman in the country and the trust [on the basis of which he was disqualified] was in his children's name. He criticised the National Accountability Bureau over its role in the Hudaibiya case, which was quashed by the Supreme Court earlier today. Answering a question, he said the party pays when it uses the aircraft of party members.
  6. ISLAMABAD: Federal minister and Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) leader Daniyal Aziz on Friday said that Jahangir Tareen was sacrificed to save Imran Khan and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf. Aziz's remarks came after the Supreme Court disqualified PTI Secretary General Jahangir Tareen but ruled in favour of PTI Chairperson Imran Khan in its judgment on the disqualification case against the two party leaders. Aziz alleged that political engineering is in play as the apex court has said it, Khursheed Shah and Farooq Sattar have said it too. "If the decision was fair, then Imran Khan and PTI would not be around anymore," said Aziz. The PML-N leader, further criticising the opposition party, stated that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has been ordered to probe PTI's foreign funding for the last five years, while in Nawaz's case, the probe went back decades. He further asked why millions of dollars received by Imran Khan earlier were hidden. Imran Khan cleared, Jahangir Tareen disqualified by Supreme Court The three-member bench, headed by the chief justice, announced the verdict after 3:20pm Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Maryam Aurangzeb added to Aziz's statement and said the decision was not surprising. "Nawaz Sharif, during his GT road rally, had also said that one law can not have two sides," said the minister. She added that on one hand Nawaz was disqualified on the basis of an Iqama and receivable income which he did not withdraw, while on the other hand, existence of an offshore company and foreign funding was said to have no bearing on the case. Aurangzeb also alleged that Imran and PTI receive funds from Jews and Hindus and that money is uded to conduct sit-ins and slow the progress in the country. The three-member bench had reserved the verdict in the disqualification petition against the two PTI leaders on November 14. Reading the judgment, the chief justice ruled that Imran is not disqualified as a parliamentarian as the petitioner was not directly affected in the foreign funding case. The court also ruled that the ECP will impartially investigate the foreign funding claims against the PTI chief by scrutinising accounts up till five years ago. The judgment states that Imran wasn't bound to declare his offshore company, declared his London flat in an amnesty scheme and that his former wife Jemima gave Imran the funds for buying the Bani Gala estate. Jahangir Tareen disqualified from Parliament The judgment stated that the PTI secretary general had pleaded guilty to insider trading. Tareen cannot be termed honest and stands disqualified for life as per Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution, according to the Supreme Court judgment. Article 62(1)(f) reads: "A person shall not be qualified to be elected or chosen as a member of Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) unless-...he is sagacious, righteous and non-profligate, honest and ameen, there being no declaration to the contrary by a court of law." Moreover, the court ruled that Tareen used suspicious terms in his statements to the court. It was also stated in the judgment that the court is not announcing its decision on Tareen's agriculture land matter. Tareen did not declare his offshore company, the court stated. The case The case was heard by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar, who headed the three-member bench, which included Justices Umar Ata Bandial and Faisal Arab. On Oct 18, the chief justice had remarked that the verdict of both the cases will be given together. The petition, filed by PML-N's Abbasi, sought Tareen and Imran's disqualification over non-disclosure of their assets and ownership of offshore companies. Abbasi had filed the petition in November last year. It accused the PTI leaders of not declaring their assets to the Election Commission of Pakistan and violations of the lncome Tax Ordinance, 1979, and Peoples Act, 1974. It also claimed that the PTI is a 'foreign-funded' party.
  7. PTI spokesman Fawad Chaudhry speaking to media earlier today ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) spokesman Fawad Chaudhry said party leader Jahangir Tareen was disqualified on technical grounds in one of the three charges against him. Addressing reporters outside the Supreme Court after the disqualification of the party?s secretary general, Chaudhry said the PTI will file a review petition against the disqualification. "The point under which Tareen has been disqualified is a technical one. We will go for a review petition. The [Supreme Court] decision is 99% in favour of PTI and 1% against it. Overall the judgment has vindicated our stance," the PTI spokesman said. He went on to say that Tareen had declared his property details in his sons? accounts but had not declared them in the election papers. ?There is no competition between Imran Khan and the Panama mafia,? he remarked. Speaking to the media in Lahore, PTI leader Shafqat Mahmood said it was a historic day in the Supreme Court today. In a message, PTI ally Sheikh Rasheed said Imran owes his victory in the apex court to former wife Jemima. He suggested that the PTI chief should marry Jemima [once more]. "No one can stop Imran from becoming the prime minister now," he claimed further. Tareen gone, Imran stays The Supreme Court on Friday disqualified PTI Secretary General Jahangir Tareen but ruled in favour of PTI Chairperson Imran Khan in its judgment on the disqualification case against the two party leaders. Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar, who headed the three-member bench hearing the case, ruled that Imran is not disqualified as a parliamentarian as the petitioner was not directly affected in the foreign funding case. The court also ruled that the ECP will impartially investigate the foreign funding claims against the PTI chief by scrutinising accounts up till five years ago. Imran Khan cleared, Jahangir Tareen disqualified by Supreme Court The three-member bench, headed by the chief justice, announced the verdict after 3:20pm The judgment stated that Imran wasn't bound to declare his offshore company, declared his London flat in an amnesty scheme and that his former wife Jemima gave him the funds for buying the Bani Gala estate. With regards to Tareen, the judgment stated that the PTI secretary general had pleaded guilty to insider trading. Tareen cannot be termed honest and stands disqualified for life as per Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution, stated the Supreme Court judgment. Moreover, the court ruled that Tareen used suspicious terms in his statements to the court.
  8. PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari - AFP File Photo MULTAN: Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari tweeted his response to the Supreme Court disqualifying Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Jahangir Tareen. ?ATM out of order #TareenOUT,? Bilawal said on Twitter after the apex court announced its verdict. The Supreme Court on Friday disqualified Tareen but cleared PTI chairman Imran Khan in the disqualification case against them. Reading the judgment, the chief justice ruled that Imran is not disqualified as a parliamentarian as the petitioner was not directly affected in the foreign funding case. The court also ruled that the ECP will impartially investigate the foreign funding claims against the PTI chief by scrutinising accounts up till five years ago. With regards to Tareen, the judgment stated that the PTI secretary general had pleaded guilty to insider trading. Tareen cannot be termed honest and stands disqualified for life as per Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution, according to the Supreme Court judgment.
  9. Roger Federer picked up a record eighth Wimbledon crown LONDON: Roger Federer has been voted BBC overseas sports personality of the year for a record fourth time after an astonishing season during which he picked up two more Grand Slam titles. The Swiss, 36, returned from six months out with knee trouble to win the Australian Open before picking up a record eighth Wimbledon crown and ended the season with a 52-5 record, ranked world number two behind his great rival Rafael Nadal. Federer previously won the award, which is voted for by the public, in 2004, 2006 and 2007. Muhammad Ali and Usain Bolt have each won it three times. "It makes me incredibly proud that the UK public have chosen me as the BBC overseas sports personality of the year for 2017," said Federer. "The support that the UK crowds give me whenever I´m here is amazing and to be recognised on the shortlist alongside some of the greatest sports people of all time is extremely humbling." He overcame competition from American football quarterback Tom Brady, swimmer Katie Ledecky, para-athlete Tatyana McFadden, athlete Sally Pearson, and darts player Michael van Gerwen. Federer and the other award winners will be honoured during Sunday´s BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony in Liverpool.
  10. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu/File photo JERUSALEM: Fraud squad detectives questioned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his Jerusalem residence on Friday, the seventh time in a nearly year-long corruption probe, reports said. Public radio and two privately-owned TV channels said that investigators arrived at the house shortly before 9:00 am (0700 GMT). Police policy is not to comment until the day´s questioning has been completed. The radio said an investigation into suspicions Netanyahu received luxury gifts from wealthy supporters, including Israeli businessman and Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan and Australian tycoon James Packer, was nearing completion. "This is likely to be his last interrogation" on the gifts case, it said. "After that the police intend to wrap up the case within a short time." The Maariv newspaper reported that detectives believed they had sufficient evidence to pass the file to the state prosecutor. "The police are still deliberating whether to attribute to Netanyahu the offence of bribe-taking or receiving benefits," Maariv said. The prime minister was first questioned on January 2. Investigations are expected to continue in a second case in which police suspect that Netanyahu sought a secret pact for favourable coverage with the publisher of the top-selling Yediot Aharonot newspaper. The alleged scheme, not believed to have been finalised, would have seen Netanyahu receive favourable coverage in return for helping curb Yediot´s competitor, the pro-Netanyahu freesheet Israel Hayom. Netanyahu has consistently denied any wrongdoing, and says he has been the target of a smear campaign by political opponents.
  11. After their fairytale wedding in a medieval Tuscan villa, the blockbuster couple Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma are off to their honeymoon, and it?s nothing less than ?heavenly?. The Bollywood actress shared the couple?s first official honeymoon picture in a European winter wonderland. Her caption ?In heaven, literally? does not seem to be far from reality at all, since the place truly looks like a heaven on earth. Kohli and Anushka tied the knot in a private ceremony in Tuscany, Italy on December 11, which was attended by their family and close friends. The couple on their wedding day The couple will host a reception in New Delhi for relatives on December 21, followed by a celebration in Mumbai on December 26 to be attended by Bollywood stars and cricketers. They will then leave for South Africa where India will play the hosts in a series, before moving into their new home in Mumbai, the cradle of India´s multi-billion-dollar Hindi film industry.
  12. PTI Spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry addressing the media outside the Supreme Court. Photo: Geo News ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Fawad Chaudhry said on Friday that the way the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) presented its appeal before the Supreme Court, "this was bound to happen". He was referring to the apex court's dismissal of NAB's plea to reopen the Rs1.2 billion Hudaibiya Paper Mills reference against the Sharif family. The reference was struck down by the Lahore High Court. Imran submitted all documents before the Supreme Court. Addressing the media outside the Supreme Court, Chaudhry said they have serious reservations over the conduct of NAB's prosecution department in the case. Criticising the "non-serious attitude of NAB," Chaudhry said the "Supreme Court judges were not guided the right way. Basic documents of the case were not attached to the appeal". Supreme Court dismisses NAB's appeal to reopen Hudaibiya Paper Mills case Three-member SC bench was hearing NAB's appeal against LHC decision to quash investigation of case He said the case involves loot of public funds, adding that it is a great disservice to the people if there is no probe into the matter. The PTI leader said if a PTI government is formed, they will take the matter to its logical conclusion. He added that the party will review the detailed order of the case once the detailed judgment is released.
  13. Talal Chaudhry/File photo ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Interior and PML-N leader Talal Chaudhry hailed the Supreme Court?s decision on Friday to dismiss the National Accountability Bureau (NAB)'s appeal to reopen the Hudaibiya Paper Mills case. Speaking to Geo News, Talal said the Supreme Court?s decision is a win for the courts and the judiciary as it protects the courts? dignity. ?I have always said this, the courts should stay away from cases motivated by political gains. Today?s decision by Pakistan?s top court translates into a victory for the courts, as it protects and restores the courts? dignity,? he said. Asked if the decision was a positive development for his party, the PML-N leader said he feels it is a neutral decision because there was nothing to the case from the start. ?[Such] cases are politically motivated. [Hudaibiya] case could not even stand its ground during the black era of Musharraf.? Supreme Court dismisses NAB's appeal to reopen Hudaibiya Paper Mills case Three-member SC bench was hearing NAB's appeal against LHC decision to quash investigation of case He reiterated that courts should not take up cases motivated by political gains, since it went against their dignity. ?As a political worker, I?d say this: the courts and institutions should stay away from political matters so that their dignity is maintained,? he remarked. Analysts? reaction Senior journalist Saleem Safi termed the Supreme Court?s dismissal of NAB appeal as a win for the ruling PML-N party and said if the Hudaibiya case had reopened, the Sharif family?s difficulties would have increased. ?It was clear that if this case had reopened, more difficulties would have been created for the Sharif family and the opposition would have received a boost. Now that the country?s top court has dismissed NAB?s appeal to reopen the case, the only pressure remaining on CM Punjab Shehbaz Sharif is the Model Town report,? he remarked on Geo News. The veteran journalist added that he believes matters of political significance and repercussions should not be brought before the judiciary. Senior journalist Mazhar Abbas said the Hudaibiya case had held a lot of importance for the opposition. ?It is now PML-N?s turn to play on this victory,? he said, noting that if PTI chief Imran Khan emerges victorious in the disqualification case verdict today, ?his position would be strong in the 2018 election since his narrative against corruption would get vindicated.?
  14. Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb. Photo:File ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb said on Friday that democratic continuity boosts performance and prestige of institutions. Speaking to participants of 4th National Management Development Course at Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services, she regretted that democratic continuity is disrupted repeatedly in the country. She said people derive strength from the Parliament and therefore, it is our responsibility to work for strengthening of the parliament. Aurangzeb said everyone should have access to the Parliament. She lauded the services being rendered by NGOs in the fields of education, health and other social services. The state minister expressed the confidence that such courses for provincial legislators would help increase interaction and understanding between the Parliament and provincial assemblies and expressed her desire that similar courses should also be devised for media persons to give them better understanding of working of the parliament and role of parliamentarians.
  15. ISLAMABAD: The deadline set by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) will expire today (December 15). The deadline was extended on November 30 for filing the returns of 2016-17. All those whose annual salary from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017 is above Rs.400,000 are required to file their income tax returns along with wealth statement for the financial year 2016-17. The original deadline set by the FBR was August 31, but it was extended to encourage people to file their returns.
  16. LOS ANGELES: Once cast aside as a cringe-worthy mistake, "Colgate Lasagna" has at last found fame... as a top flop at the Museum of Failure. The dental care brand's 1980s culinary foray joins the line-up of epic fails on display in Los Angeles at a roving pop-up museum that has proven an ironic success. geo_embedgallery A model of the Titanic, coffee-based Coca Cola and the flashy but under-powered DeLorean car from "Back to the Future" all have a special place among the more than 100 flops of innovation that make up the show, which first opened in Sweden in June before moving to California this month. The inventions may trigger facepalms, but the show aims to prove that failure is indeed an option. "For technological progress, you need a lot of failures along the way," said clinical psychologist Samuel West. Without the all-but-defunct monoski, for instance, the snowboard may never have seen the light of day. "It is the same for any other social innovation, even us as individuals when we learn new things, we are going to fail. So I think we should accept it more," says West, who came up with the idea for the museum because he was "tired of the success stories." Although the infamous Colgate Lasagna features, West said the packaging is actually a well-researched copy. The company known for toothpaste was not keen to provide a sample from its frozen food -- known as one of the biggest marketing duds ever. Spotlight on Trumpian hiccups Though he prides himself on his business acumen, Donald Trump also made the show's cut, for several ventures from the time when he was known not as president but as simply "The Donald." Donald Trump games, books, water, alcohol and other items are displayed at The Museum of Failure in Los Angeles on December 7, 2017 ? AFP What West calls a "shrine" to the former real estate magnate includes a Monopoly-esque board game named simply "Trump: The Game," a bottle of Trump Vodka and a textbook on entrepreneurship from the for-profit Trump University. The glass case also includes one of the now-iconic red caps emblazoned with his presidential campaign slogan: "Make America Great Again." Trump is "a man who built his image on being a successful businessman, it´s his trademark," curator West told AFP. "But if you look at his business adventures, they are misadventures, he failed over and over and over again," he said, noting that he included the cap to hint at pitfalls the embattled leader may yet hit. The lasting impact of failure West has no sponsors -- as "companies don´t want to be associated" with failure -- but every week he receives packages with donations for his collection, from cappuccino-flavoured chips to the astronomically high-priced -- and just as short-lived -- "Juiceiro" juicer. Today, the museum's exhibits are made up of 40 percent donations, and 60 percent his own finds. The collection, which will move to other cities in the United States early next year, fits in well in Los Angeles: the city houses museums dedicated everything from broken relationships to bunnies, and even an art gallery featuring only works created using velvet. The Power Glove (1989), the first mass marketed wearable video game controller, is displayed at The Museum of Failure in Los Angeles on December 7, 2017 ? AFP 1 The Museum of Failure also encourages visitors to own their own botched efforts, confessing to them on index cards and publicly posting them on a wall. "I liked it because I think it was such an unusual idea," said Chris Whitehead, an IT worker who visited the museum -- and wrote on the wall that he failed his driving test six times. "I think the lesson to take away is even if you fail you might actually have a lasting impact anyway."
  17. Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has referred to video as a major trend at the social network SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook on Thursday moved to bolster its appeal and money-making potential as an online platform for viewing video similar to YouTube. The leading social network will next year test showing short ads before videos on a new 'Watch' section devoted to just that activity, according to a blog post by product manager director Maria Angelidou-Smith and product manager Abhishek Bapna. "While pre-roll ads don't work well in News Feed, we think they will work well in Watch because it's a place where people visit and come back to with the intention to watch videos," they said in the post. Pre-roll ads are commonly used to support online videos, but Facebook has long opted for 'ad breaks' during videos. The social network also said it is updating its News Feed content ranking system to ramp up distribution of videos by popular publishers or other creators. "With this update, we will show more videos in News Feed that people seek out or return to watch from the same publisher or creator week after week," said Bapna and Angelidou-Smith. "Over time we expect more repeat viewing and engagement to happen in places like Watch." Facebook will continue ad breaks in videos lasting at least three minutes but planned to delay showing ads for at least a minute. It will also update ad breaks in live video, supporting them only on pages with more than 50,000 followers, according to the blog post. Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has referred to video as a major trend at the social network, predicting it will dominate the platform in a few years.
  18. Ghulam Bibi Bharwana. Photo:File ISLAMABAD: National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq received the resignation letter of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz?s lawmaker Ghulam Bibi Bharwana on Friday, confirmed officials of assembly secretariat. Ghulam Bibi Bharwana, elected from NA-87, earlier announced to rest her political future with Pir Khawaja Hameeduddin Sialvi in the Khatam-e-Nabuwwat (PBUH) Conference at Faisalabad's Dhobi Ghat. Sialvi is a spiritual leader and custodian of Sial Sharif Shrine of Sargodha. Already three provincial lawmakers of the ruling party have submitted their resignations to the secretariat of the Punjab Assembly on the directives of Pir Sialvi. Five PML-N lawmakers rest their political future with Pir Sialvi The announcements were made at the Khatam-e-Nabuwwat (PBUH) Conference in Faisalabad In her resignation letter, Bharwana stated: "A member of the Punjab government's cabinet has had a blasphemous attitude towards the finality of Prophet Muhammad's prophethood." She adds that her protest was not taken into consideration hence she is now resigning from the NA-88 seat. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) MPAs Maulana Rehmatullah, Ghulam Nizamuddin Sialvi and Muhammad Khan Baloch have tendered their resignations in protest against the government for not sacking Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah. Three PML-N lawmakers submit resignations to Punjab Assembly secretariat Maulana Rehmatullah, Ghulam Nizamuddin Sialvi and Muhammad Khan Baloch gave their resignations on the directives of Pir Khawaja Hameeduddin Sialvi Authorities of the assembly secretariat informed that the resignation submitted by courier have not yet been reviewed by Speaker Ayaz Sadiq.
  19. Lawyers at their sit-in in Multan. Photo: Geo News MULTAN: Lawyers across various parts of the country are continuing a protest over the recent arrest of their colleagues in Multan following an incident of vandalism. On Wednesday, lawyers protested the shifting of the judicial complex and resorted to vandalising the new building. The police booked over three dozen lawyers and arrested a number of them the following day. At present, a group of lawyers is observing a sit-in to press the authorities to release their colleagues and quash the criminal cases against them. Similarly, several members of the legal fraternity are protesting across the country and boycotting courts, which is causing difficulties for litigants seeking adjudication of their cases. 40 lawyers booked, several arrested for vandalising judicial complex in Multan Case also registered against Lahore High Court Bar Multan bench president On Wednesday, the enraged lawyers broke the windows and doors of the judges' rooms and courtrooms inside the new judicial complex and chanted slogans. The members of the legal fraternity claimed that they are against the decision to shift the judicial complex. The new judicial complex does not have sufficient facilities, according to the protesting lawyers. Lawyers not involved in chaos at Multan judicial complex: sessions judge Members of the legal fraternity vandalised judicial complex in Multan, claiming it does not have 'adequate' facilities The lawyers also remarked that they had given the relevant officials a month to meet their demands. Superintendent judicial complex lodged an FIR against 40 lawyers at the Bahauddin Zakariya police station on Thursday. The case was registered under Section 7 of Anti-Terrorism Act and Section 16 of the Punjab Maintenance of Public Order Ordinance.
  20. PARIS: "The Muscles from Brussels" is back, and this time it isn't serious. The Belgian action hero actor Jean-Claude Van Damme returns to the screen Friday as the bungling star of a new Amazon comedy series. The "Universal Soldier" actor, whose career went into a tailspin after "Timecop" made him a worldwide star in 1994, plays a comic version of himself in the new streaming series, "Jean-Claude Van Johnson". Fiction and reality cross over in the show written by "Godzilla" and "Wonder Woman" screenwriter Dave Callaham, in which Van Damme sends up his own desperation to get back into the big time. But the star has a secret double life. Operating under the alias "Johnson", the martial arts expert comes out of retirement to hire himself out as the most easily recognisable undercover agent in the world. For Van Damme, 57, most of whose recent work has gone straight to video, the "burlesque, clownesque" series produced by "Blade Runner" creator Ridley Scott is "maybe a way to save my career". "I wanted to do television for the last nine or 10 years," he told AFP, but realised he was not "Brad Pitt, who can just raise his hand and he would have TV shows calling him." Nor did Van Damme have any problems playing a parody of himself. 'Used to be super famous' "It is difficult to make fun of yourself. But since I'm a good actor, why not?" Van Damme said the show walks the thin line between comedy and tragedy. "It's almost poignant," said the actor just before the series had its world premiere in Paris on Tuesday. "It takes a lot out of you." He said he would not have done it without trusting the team behind the camera. "Having Ridley Scott, Dave Callaham and Amazon all together is less of a risk than a movie like 'Pound of Flesh'," Van Damme added, referring to the 2015 Vietnamese action flick where he played a man who woke up one morning to find someone had stolen his kidney. "The trust was there right away. You can see love in the eyes of a person, you can see if a person doesn't like you," said the actor, who still works out and has not lost his trademark Belgian accent. Indeed the series opens with the actor staring straight at the camera and saying, "My name is Jean-Claude Van Damme. I used to be super famous." JCVD, as he is known in Hollywood, had to take risks in the series that few other well-known actors would, according to director Peter Atencio. "For me, he has always been the most sensitive action hero. We challenged him like he had not been challenged before. He had to do a huge amount of work, way more than one actor would normally do in a movie, and his performance is very brave," he said. Van Damme's missed talent The series' creator told AFP he was convinced Van Damme had hidden depths others had missed. "I have waited my whole life to write something for Jean-Claude," said Callaham, who grew up on Van Damme films. "My mother is from China, so she raised me watching martial arts films. "Jean-Claude is still a gigantic international star", particularly in Asia, the writer added, "and I felt very strongly from watching so many of his movies that he had a side to him that no one had fully taken advantage of." Van Damme's only demand was that the series be premiered in Paris so he could invite his mother to walk the red carpet with him. "Ten or 15 years ago I was gone in terms of theatrical openings," the world´s best known Belgian after Tintin said. "But I promised Mama and I knew that one day I would come back, and we´ll do the premiere in Paris," he said. As good as his word, he brought his parents from their home in Knokke near Bruges to the French capital for the premiere at the Grand Rex. "I am very proud of him," his mother Eliana Van Varenberg told reporters. His father Eugene had also recorded a surprise video message for his son, telling him how proud he had made them. "No one would have believed that a European could have made it like that in Hollywood," he said. "But I have a wish," he continued, as tears welled up in his son's eyes. "I would love you to put your feet up a bit and enjoy life. "I know that is difficult for you, but you have looked after the whole family, and I don´t see why you have to continue to work so hard."
  21. PPP leader Qamar Zaman Kaira - File photo LAHORE: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Qamar Zaman Kaira said on Friday that statements made by National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq have raised several questions. Sadiq on Wednesday night during an interview on Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Sath said he feared assemblies would not be able to complete their tenure. According to Sadiq uncertainty was looming which was being fueled by instances such as the delimitation bill not being passed. ?Imran wants early elections and Fazlur Rehman is with him,? Kaira told reporters. The PPP leader said his party would not allow democracy to be derailed. A day earlier, Opposition Leader in the National Assembly, Khursheed Shah had said Sadiq?s statement was the ?inside story?. Shah stressed that the speaker had more sense and understanding of the situation. ?It is my personal opinion that elections would be held on time and assemblies will complete their tenure,? Shah added. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi also responded to Sadiq?s statement, telling reporters in London that the government would complete its tenure. "The reservations the speaker have spoken of are in reference to the events of the last three to four months. He made this in reference to the July 28 order which has impacted the economy and politics. Maybe it [Sadiq?s statement] is being taken out of context. This is his opinion,? the prime minister said.
  22. ISLAMABAD: A three-member Supreme Court bench, headed by Justice Mushir Alam and comprising Justices Qazi Faez Isa and Mazhar Alam Miankhel, resumed on Friday the proceedings of the Hudaibiya Paper Mills case. The Rs1.2 billion Hudaibiya Paper Mills case, involving money laundering charges against the Sharif family, was initiated by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in 2000 but quashed by the Lahore High Court (LHC) in 2014. The NAB has now appealed the LHC decision in the Supreme Court. As the hearing began, NAB counsel Imranul Haq stated that the LHC decision has flaws and sought the reopening of the Hudaibiya case so that legal responsibilities are fulfilled. He informed the bench further that Senator Ishaq Dar, on whose 'confession' NAB initiated the reference in 2000, submitted an apology in court. Justice Isa remarked that the statement on which the case is based has not been attached to the documents by NAB. Similarly, Justice Alam observed that if Dar?s statement is taken out of the case, then his status will be that of an accused, adding that he [Dar] has not been made a respondent in the case. "We are hearing the [Hudaibiya] appeal and not [the Hudaibiya] reference," observed Justice Alam, and directed NAB to satisfy the court on its delay in filing the appeal. Justice Isa observed that the case went on for years and the charges were not framed. The NAB counsel also informed the bench regarding the procedure of its chairman?s appointment. The hearing is under way. Hudaibiya Paper Mills case The Hudaibiya Paper Mills was allegedly used as a cover by the Sharif family to launder money outside the country in the 1990s. It was in relation to this case that the Sharif family's trusted aide, Ishaq Dar, recorded a confessional statement on April 25, 2000 in front of a magistrate in Lahore accepting his role in laundering money. On the basis of that confession, a reference was filed by the NAB in 2000 before an accountability court against the Hudabiya Paper Mills, three Sharif brothers, Dar and others. Dar was not charged as he had become an approver for the prosecution. That reference was struck down by a referee judge of the LHC on March 11, 2014 in response to a writ petition filed in 2011 stating that Dar's confession was coerced. Dar had claimed that he had made the 'confession' under duress and disowned the statement.
  23. Customers use the internet at a Starbucks in the financial district in New York City, US, December 14, 2017. Photo: Reuters WASHINGTON: The US Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines on Thursday to repeal landmark 2015 rules aimed at ensuring a free and open internet, setting up a court fight over a move that could recast the digital landscape. The approval of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai?s proposal in a 3-2 vote marked a victory for internet service providers such as AT&T Inc, Comcast Corp and Verizon Communications Inc and hands them power over what content consumers can access. It also is the biggest win for Pai in his sweeping effort to undo many telecommunications regulations since taking over at the agency in January. Democrats, Hollywood and companies such as Google parent Alphabet Inc and Facebook Inc had urged Pai, a Republican appointed by US President Donald Trump, to keep the Obama-era rules barring service providers from blocking, slowing access to or charging more for certain content. The new rules give internet service providers sweeping powers to change how consumers access the internet but must have new transparency requirements that will require them to disclose any changes to consumers. The meeting, held amid protests online and in front of the FCC headquarters in Washington, was evacuated before the vote for about 10 minutes due to an unspecified security threat, and resumed after law enforcement with sniffer dogs checked the room. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters the administration ?supports the FCC?s efforts. At the same time, the White House certainly has and always will support a free and fair internet.? New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat, said in a statement he will lead a multi-state lawsuit to challenge the reversal. Shares of Alphabet, Apple Inc and Microsoft Corp moved lower after the vote. The FCC said the rules would take effect in a few months after the White House Office of Management and Budget formally approves them. Pai has argued that the 2015 rules were heavy handed and stifled competition and innovation among service providers. ?The internet wasn?t broken in 2015. We weren?t living in a digital dystopia,? he said on Thursday. Next steps Consumers are unlikely to see immediate changes but smaller startups worry the lack of restrictions could drive up costs or lead to their content being blocked. Internet service providers say they will not block or throttle legal content but may engage in paid prioritisation. They argue that the largely unregulated internet functioned well in the two decades before the 2015 order. Republican FCC Commissioner Mike O?Rielly noted that self-driving vehicles and remotely monitored medical procedures may require internet service and that their needs could be given priority ?over cat videos.? O?Rielly said it is unlikely any internet provider would voluntarily submit to a ?PR nightmare? by ?attempting to engage in blocking, throttling or improper discrimination. It is simply not worth the reputation cost.? Still, Democrats have pointed to polls showing a repeal is deeply unpopular and say they will prevail in protecting the rules, either in the courts or in US Congress. Immediately after the vote, Senator Edward Markey, a Democrat, said he and 15 other senators planned to introduce a resolution to undo the FCC action and restore the net neutrality rules. FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democrat, said in a written dissent released on Thursday that the decision grants internet providers ?extraordinary new power? from the FCC. ?They have the technical ability and business incentive to discriminate and manipulate your internet traffic,? she said. ?And now this agency gives them the legal green light to go ahead.? Several state attorneys general said before the vote they would oppose the ruling, citing issues with the public comment period. Other critics have said they will consider challenging what they see as weaker enforcement.
  24. Chairs being placed at the rally's venue. Photo: Geo News SANGHAR: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) plans to show its political might in Tando Adam Khan today. PTI Chairman Imran Khan, central and provincial leaders of the party will address the party workers. Party sources have informed that more than 15,000 chairs have been set up at the Sohri sugar mills ground. Imran is presently on a four-day visit to Karachi. The party has been holding a string of public rallies in Punjab and Sindh since the past few months. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court will announce its earlier-reserved judgment in the disqualification case against Imran and PTI secretary general Jahangir Tareen today. The apex court had reserved the verdict against the two PTI leaders on November 14. The decision is expected to be announced at 2pm today.
  25. PPP leader Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. Photo:File MULTAN: In a bid to show its political strength, Pakistan Peoples' Party will hold its rally today in Multan today. Pakistan Peoples' Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will address a rally in Multan. Khawaja Rizwan Alam, party's senior vice-president for South Punjab informed that as many as 80,000 chairs have been set up for the party workers at the Qasim Bagh stadium, and the party is expecting 150,000 people to attend the gathering. The rally organisers have claimed that the stage will have the capacity to accommodate 200 leaders. PPP's Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari, former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gillani, Opposition leader Khursheed Shah, Raja Pervaiz Asharf, Makhdoom Ahmed Mehmood and other party leaders are also expected to address participants of the gathering today.