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  1. FILE photo: Wasim Akhtar KARACHI: Mayor Karachi Wasim Akhtar said on Saturday that after Pervez Musharraf, there is no one to take care of Karachi. The mayor was addressing a ceremony on the occasion of 'Clean Karachi Walk' organised at Sea View, Karachi on Saturday. Akhtar lamented that what's happening here is not seen anywhere in the world. "Garbage is being dumped in water, which has destroyed marine life. As long as a permanent solution is not sought to this issue, the city would not be cleaned." The city mayor said it was his responsibility to know as to where the funds have been spent. He said the conditions at hospitals are poor, where even medicines are not available. "Ninety-five per cent people have been drinking unsafe water," he regretted, contending that issues will not be resolved until the city is cleared of garbage. "After Musharraf, there is no one to take care of this city," Akhtar said in his address. "These people pay taxes and they are questioning." Lamenting lack of funds, he said that he does not have enough funds to initiate anti-epidemic spray drive in the city. The mayor further regretted that he is himself handing bags to citizens for disposing of trash, but no one puts trash in it and it is thrown on the roads. "It is also the responsibility," he reminded. The event was attended by a large number of students and members of the civil society.
  2. Afghan security forces keep watch at a checkpoint near the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, February 24, 2018. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail KABUL: A suicide bomber detonated his explosives near the diplomatic area of the Afghan capital on Saturday, killing at least one person, officials said. "This morning a suicide bomber blew up his explosives in Shash Darak area of Kabul, killing one and wounding six others," interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish told AFP. A security source, who requested not to be named, said the explosion happened near a compound belonging to the National Directorate of Security (NDS), the Afghan intelligence agency. The NDS compound is located near to the headquarters of NATO and the US embassy. In December, a suicide attacker on foot blew himself up near the same compound, killing at least six civilians. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the latest attack in Kabul, which in recent months has become one of the deadliest places in war-torn Afghanistan for civilians. Since mid-January, militants have stormed a luxury hotel, bombed a crowded street, and raided a military compound in Kabul, killing more than 130 people.
  3. It's the 21st century, and on paper, we might be taking a step towards becoming a developing nation, but in reality, we are still backward when it comes to dealing with mental health issues. In India, depression as a mental health problem is still considered a taboo. We aren't a country where we openly talk about it, maybe that's the reason why many who suffer from it are scared to take professional help. We often try shutting down such conversation and often call one dealing with it 'insane'. But what's even more concerning is when an influential figure talks about depression and terms it as 'luxury'. In a recent interview, Salman Khan spoke about how since the age of 15-16, he has been working non-stop and has never taken a time off. Even when the actor isn't shooting, he is out on the field doing something or the other. According to media reports, the actor even talked about mental health and said, “I see a lot of people getting depressed and emotional, but I can't afford that luxury of being depressed or sad or emotional.” He also added, “I see a lot of people going on vacations, but I cannot afford that luxury of taking a vacation.” Dear Salman, you ain't the only one who is missing out on vacations. There are lakhs of people out there who can't afford the luxury of taking a vacation. But you can SURELY afford the vacation. You not taking one is your CHOICE. And to be clear having a vacation and being depressed isn't the same thing. (c) Colors Depression is a serious issue and a bit of research will surely help you understand it. Also, DEPRESSION isn't a LUXURY...no one loves being miserable, sad, dejected, or low-spirited. It's not a CHOICE that someone can make. What stuns us is the fact when someone like Salman Khan who is considered a demigod in India dismisses it as a trivial problem. When a public face who can influence millions of people talks in this way, you can just understand the consequences his words can have and we don't need to tell you that. Depression isn't a temporary phase as if you are having a mood swing or just some random hormonal change which will get better. It is pretty serious and not easy to overcome. It is such a SHAME when a popular figure talks about it as if depression is like choosing a topping on your pizza, which you decided when to have and when not to have. (c) Twitter FYI Mr Khan, as per World Health Organisation (WHO), one in every four children between the age of 13 and 15 in India and 86 million people in the Southeast Asia region suffer from depression. Well, definitely can't call it a luxury now, can we? Mental illness is as serious as your back problem or you getting hurt while doing some stunt that goes viral all over the Internet. Those bruises you get are temporary but not DEPRESSION! Well, you can actually talk to your film fraternity friends to get a better idea about it. last day of tiger zinda Hai shoot n sharing with u 1st day of Race 3 ka pic in a bit ... A post shared by Salman Khan (@beingsalmankhan) on Nov 12, 2017 at 8:30pm PST Actors like Deepika Padukone and Hrithik Roshan have come forward and actually talked about it publically. Believe it or not but confessing that you are depressed or have come out of it ain't an easy job. It requires a lot of strength, hard work, and strong spirit. It is a fight much real than the action sequences you do on-screen. It ain't a fight that gets over with few retakes; in depression, every day is a fight and you are just clueless when it will end. So just a request Salman Khan, you have a crazy fan following and you know it. You know your super fan following and the impact your words have. So stop using terms like RAPE and DEPRESSION so casually, as if it is OK for it to happen. Because it is NOT OK. Think a bit before you speak; just like your on-screen characters, your off-screen one leaves an impression too. Trust me, no one would like to live in the luxury of being sad or depressed, not really an ideal life for anyone. Just give it a thought, because you can't get away with saying just about anything every time.
  4. Not very long ago, in the modern era of cricket, four batsmen were dubbed as the next big thing in international cricket. Touted as the 'Fab Four', Virat Kohli from India, Steve Smith from Australia, Joe Root from England and Kane Williamson from New Zealand appeared to be in the league of their own, leaving other batsmen looking like mediocre. The popular quartet notched up hundreds, negated opposition bowlers under pressure and eventually thronged the ICC rankings in almost all the three formats. But, in the past few years, while Williamson and Root still continue doing what they do best, the race between the four stars has been narrowed down to two players with Kohli and Smith elevating their game a notch further. BCCL Today, the debate of best batsmen in the world is often discussed keeping Kohli and Smith in mind. While their consistency with the willow has now made them the go-to-players of their respective teams, their personal duel to outperform each other has been a treat to watch for the cricket fans across the globe. But, despite their individual rivalry, Kohli and Smith share a good rapport and have often lauded each other for their exploits on the field. Giving credit where it's due, the Australian captain recently disclosed how his biggest rival Kohli helped him in further enhancing his skills as a batsman. BCCL "I look at some of the best players around the world and sometimes I do try and bat like them. Little bit of Virat and the way he plays spin, his hands and the way he hits the ball through the off-side. Probably learned a little bit out of that. I just try and learn. These guys are best players in the world for a reason. You try and get whatever you can out of them," Smith was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au. It was Smith's technique that he mastered after watching Kohli that helped him during Australia's tour of India in early 2017. Learning from Kohli's skills of negating spinners, Smith ended the Test series as the top run-scorer with 499 runs in four games at an average of 71.28 and three centuries to his name. Reuters "In places like India, for instance, I open my hands up a little bit. I don't feel that I can get nicked off (caught behind the wicket) quite as easily in India as opposed to somewhere like Australia or South Africa," Smith said. Apart from Kohli, Smith also revealed how he picked up a few tricks from the armory of Williamson and AB de Villiers. I've copied a bit of what AB de Villiers does. The way I go back and across to open myself up and set myself for the shots. More so when the ball is reversing. A few years ago I tried to bat like Kane Williamson and play the ball really late," the Australian captain claimed. In the modern age where the ever-increasing level of competition often pins cricketers against each other, Smith's honesty in crediting the players - despite being his opponents - who've been responsible for his transformation as a batsman is laudable.
  5. There are some games that instantly give you a good vibe when it comes to the gameplay mechanics, the lore, and continuity. Not many games are able to achieve such a feat, especially in role-playing games. Up until now, I could not perceive any game surpassing the Witcher 3 and it seems like Capcom's Monster Hunter World has done it. © Capcom The game is now accessible to many new players without alienating the hardcore fanbase, as the world created by the developers is easy to traverse and catching up with the lore didn't take much time. The game has depth, challenging set pieces and variety to keep the player engrossed enough to complete the game without feeling fatigued. If you've played Nioh or Dark Souls, this game is a treat for you as it can challenge every single skill you possess and keep you entertained at the same time. Just like Destiny 2, the game encourages players to upgrade their equipment, weapons and skills in order to be the ultimate Monster Hunter. You need to do enough research to learn about the world and understand why certain Monsters dwell in a certain area. Statistics are attached to almost every component in this game and if you love comparing numbers, this is probably your wet dream come true. The game itself is set in a beautiful world where you can get lost in the early hours of the game — traversing different landscapes and terrains to explore everything you need to know before you go hunting. The beautiful vistas are complimented well with the surroundings and are a sight to see if you are fond of open world games. © Capcom You are a hunter sent as a part of a quest to “The New World” where you have to hunt exotic monsters and collect loot to upgrade your gear. As you progress, you will start hunting bigger and more dangerous monsters which in turn will give you better loot for your equipment. It may sound like a grinding process, however, the game has more narrative than you would expect from other sub-bar RPGs. There are enough NPCs to interact with in “The Fifth fleet” and you will learn much about the world and monsters from these characters. © Capcom As I previously mentioned, The New World is gorgeous and part of the reason for this great feat is entwined with the game's design itself. The developers have smartly used lighting, sound and level design that compliments your world and delivers a seamless experience. The game is packed with a fully living ecosystem that is linked to the world and has a definite consequence if you interact with it correctly. One of the game's environments i.e. the Coral Forest stands out as a compelling example of this. Gameplay When compared to games like Nioh or dark souls, the game is more approachable as you do not have to remember complicated combinations for different weapons. Having said that, your skillset in this game requires you to be better prepared rather than remembering which button to mash. You need to focus more on your weapons' stats more than anything in order to successfully defeat a monster. © Capcom As you progress through the game, you also start learning different nuances of different monsters. You will start picking up on their timings and learn when to dodge or retreat. You will also be required to pay attention to your surroundings as you can use it to your advantage during a battle. You will also not see a traditional health bar that will indicate the monster's health and you will never know how long it takes to defeat a monster. This makes battles a long process and much more exciting as compared to other challenging RPGs. There is a sense of mystery when you battle it out with a monster and encourages the player to be better prepared. As you progress, you also get a companion of some sorts that will follow you and fight alongside to give you a better chance at winning. The Palico (companion) can be customised and can be used a tool during your battles. Alternatively, you can always jump into a cooperative online multiplayer mode where another player can help you defeat the monster. The Final Say Monster Hunter: World is easily the best RPG you can play after Witcher 3 and is probably the only game worth investing your time into. The franchise has not only expanded its lore, but has managed to make it more accessible for newcomers. If you have been looking for a game that is challenging and has a compelling lore to fall in love with, Monster Hunter: World should be your next purchase.
  6. Roger Federer is a great player & no one can ever deny that. The Swiss champion has cemented his legacy as the greatest tennis player of all time by reclaiming his number one title after six whole years. And, that's not it! With this, he also became the oldest player to reach world number one at age 36. See, he's so incredible, he's making me stick to the clichés and making me claim that age is just a number. But, in his case it truly is, and no one can deny it. He topped the ranking for the fourth time, and it's still as exciting as the first time. 2004, 2009, 2012 and now 2018.@rogerfederer tops the world rankings for the fourth time in his career, and becomes the oldest singles No.1 ever ð #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/HawyVGHIoA — Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) February 16, 2018 He even acknowledged his 'old age' with one of the most hilarious tweets I've seen in a long time. Apparently I'm the oldest tennis player with a #1ï¸â£ ranking. Somebody might have mentioned that to me already but I had a hard time hearing ð´ — Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) February 16, 2018 He's doing what he loves, and he's great at it. That's quite heart-warming to see. It's been a long road, and sometimes windy, but feels surreal to be back at the top. I'm just happy to be healthy and playing tennis every day ðð — Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) February 17, 2018 Well, he won't stop anytime soon. Roger Federer, 2067, still Nr. 1ï¸â£ (colorized) #Federer pic.twitter.com/tJEXStvUwT — Eduard Goritschnig (@EddiGoritschnig) February 17, 2018 What an inspiration! Congrats. Fantastic to see and so inspirational for all us oldies ð — Clare Sidoti (@ClareSidoti) February 17, 2018 Basically. You rock @rogerfederer ð pic.twitter.com/Gjqni4CCjR — RTS (@RadioTeleSuisse) February 17, 2018 That gif, though! #GOAT Deserved it ððððð pic.twitter.com/cIHLtgz8um — Bharath Kumar (@Bharathsiva19) February 17, 2018 We just have one thing to say – Congrats, man! You totally deserve it.
  7. Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates after defeating Robin Haase of the Netherlands/Reuters ROTTERDAM: Roger Federer became the oldest world number one on Friday when the 20-time Grand Slam title winner reached the semi-finals of the Rotterdam Open. The 36-year-old Swiss overcame an early setback to beat Robin Haase of the Netherlands 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 and will replace old rival Rafael Nadal at the top of the rankings. "What an amazing run it´s been, to be number one again means a lot to me," Federer said. "This is incredibly special, I´m so happy. I didn´t really think I could get back to number one, this is a significant moment in my career." Federer surpasses Andre Agassi, who held the top spot aged 33 years and 131 days in 2003, as the oldest man to claim the world number one spot. It is Federer´s first time back at the summit since October 2012 having first claimed the top position in February 2004. "Reaching number one is the ultimate achievement in tennis. When you´re older you have to work double the amount, you have to wrestle it back from someone who´s also worked hard to get there. It´s a dream come true," added an emotional Federer. "It´s been an amazing journey and to clinch it here, where I got my first wildcard in 1998, means so much." Agassi was amongst the first to congratulate Federer. "36 years 195 days... @rogerfederer continues to raise the bar in our sport. Congratulations on yet another remarkable achievement!!," tweeted the American. Federer had talked on Thursday of his desire to retake the world number one spot but doubted it would ever happen after he underwent knee surgery last year. "I´ve struggled to try and get there. I had to win a lot of matches last year," said Federer, who was as low as 17 in the world in January 2017 before he returned to form with the Australian Open title. The ageless wonder dropped his first set of the week against Haase, who later said he had been sick all week and unable to do any more than play his matches. Federer is back on top after winning three majors in 13 months, including another Australian Open in January. ´Double nice at my age´ Federer was on his heels in the opening set as the aggressive Haase prevailed, but the Swiss top seed regained control to ease to the victory as he controlled the Dutchman in the remainder of the contest. The Swiss triumphed to the cheers of the fans in 79 minutes, ending with six aces. Haase finished on a disappointing note with his second double-fault on match point. Federer will now face a decision whether to try and stretch his leading margin over Nadal by competing in just over a week in Dubai, his Gulf training base. "To rank this high, I don´t know how I did it. This is really big for me, especially because of the gap (between his last time at the top). "It´s double as nice at my age to be number one, there is a lot that goes into it." Despite his achievement, Federer still has a semi-final to play on Saturday. "I hope all this is not a distraction, it may or may not be. I came here to get to number one and then win the tournament. "But I´ve got all day tomorrow to recalibrate. This could also free me up, lay the pressure aside and start to play my best tennis." Second seed Grigor Dimitrov edged towards a possible first final in Rotterdam as he dispatched young Russian Andrey Rublev 6-3, 6-4 to reach the semi-finals. Sixth seed Tomas Berdych withdrew prior to his quarter-final, with the Czech´s absence putting fourth seed David Goffin into the semi-finals.
  8. First dates can be unnerving. Even after managing the Herculean task of landing a date with your crush, your ordeal is not over. An expensive haircut, sticky hair spray and tons of cologne later, you'd think you are all set to charm her pants off. No sire, a date is not a success until you two have talked enough to know each other's embarrassing nicknames. Now you know you can carry on a great conversation, but somehow breaking the ice always throws you off balance. How do you start? What is the first question you ask? How do you break the ice? © Dharma Productions A lot has been said about the 36 questions one should ask on a date, and they do work well. But what if you don't want to make your first date into this heavy mush-fest?! What about breaking the ice with some light quirky harmless fun? The good people of Reddit revealed their go-to questions to ask on a first date and we think these will definitely leave a lasting impression on your date. 1. When You Can't Believe You Got Lucky. © Thinkstock/Getty Images 2. Let's Cut The Crap. © Thinkstock/Getty Images 3. If She Can Understand Your Jokes, She Will Understand You. © Thinkstock/Getty Images 4. Pray She Gets It. © Thinkstock/Getty Images 5. A Great Excuse To Hold Hands Without Being Cheesy. © Thinkstock/Getty Images 6. A Girl Loves A Good Challenge. © Thinkstock/Getty Images 7. If She Does, Marry Her! © Thinkstock/Getty Images 8. If She Is A 'FRIENDS' Fan, This One's Gonna Take You Home! © Thinkstock/Getty Images 9. She Will Be Torn Between Knowing And Not Knowing. © Thinkstock/Getty Images 10. If She Says 'I Don't Know', Tell Her It Said She'd Meet Someone Amazing Today. © Thinkstock/Getty Images 11. Tinder, Hinge, OkCupid. © Thinkstock/Getty Images 12. When All Else Fails, Weather Comes To The Rescue. © Thinkstock/Getty Images 13. Always Does The Trick, Always. © Thinkstock/Getty Images 14. We Have Strong Beliefs. © Thinkstock/Getty Images Women love a good sense of humour in their men and nothing works better than a well-timed harmless joke or two on the first date. The boring “where do you work, where do you live, what are your hobbies?” conversations are only for job interviews, boys. What's your favourite funny question to ask on a first date? Help your brothers a little and tell us in the comments section below!
  9. Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins -- shown here performing at The Beacon Theatre on April 4, 2016 in New York -- is headed back on tour with the band, except for bassist D'arcy Wretzky Alternative rock icons The Smashing Pumpkins on Thursday announced a nostalgia tour of their 1990s albums featuring the band's classic line-up -- with one exception. The Chicago group synonymous with frontman Billy Corgan will play its first full concerts since 2000 with both guitarist James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin. But bassist D'arcy Wretzky -- who has had a tense relationship with Corgan and has been arrested on drug charges -- will not take part, calling Corgan "insufferable" and in need of money. The band said that the tour will feature only music from its first five albums including 1993's emotionally intense, guitar-driven "Siamese Dream" and 1995 follow-up "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness," which brought in operatic and electronic elements. The 36-city tour of North America will open on July 12 in Glendale, Arizona and come to major arenas including Madison Square Garden in New York. The tour marks an about-face for Corgan, who for years scoffed at fans who wanted to hear old songs and kept recording and touring as The Smashing Pumpkins with fresh material. The group synonymous with frontman Billy Corgan will play its first full concerts since 2000, with both guitarist James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin Going heavily for nostalgia, The Smashing Pumpkins announced the latest tour with a video that features the two girls -- now adults -- who appeared as conjoined twins on the cover of "Siamese Dream." Wretzky, who has been rarely seen in public since leaving the band in 1999, gave a rare interview ahead of the announcement in which she said Corgan had incurred debt in his side project of starting a professional wrestling league. "Billy always said, 'Oh, I'll never do just a reunion and play the oldies just for money.' That?s exactly what it is now," Wretzky told music site Alternative Nation. Wretzky denounced Corgan, saying he "loved to humiliate people and shame people in front of other people" and pointing to his controversial statements sympathetic to US President Donald Trump. The bassist, who denied drug problems but said she was suffering a shoulder injury, gave the site a lengthy text message exchange she said was with Corgan in which he tries to put her at ease. The person identified as Corgan tells her she would face "zero pressure" on stage and that Jack Bates -- son of Joy Division's Peter Hook -- would play much of the bass. Jeff Schroeder, who replaced Iha as Corgan kept touring as The Smashing Pumpkins, will also take part in the tour, giving the band three guitarists.
  10. Federer will face Robin Haase in Rotterdam Open quarter-finals on Friday ROTTERDAM: Roger Federer moved to within one victory of becoming the oldest man to take the world number one ranking on Thursday with a hard-fought 7-6 (10/8), 7-5 victory over Germany´s Philipp Kohlschreiber at the Rotterdam Open. The 36-year-old will now face Robin Haase in the quarter-finals on Friday. "Tonight was complicated, I had to fight and struggle," said Federer. "I had a good game plan going in, but I was never able to completely pull it off. "He came out with a clean start. I was serving well, that´s a great sign. I´d rather do that and return poorly." Thursday´s win was Federer´s 13th in as many meetings against Kohlschreiber. The first set was a 54-minute struggle with the top seed having to work hard against the veteran German who was broken for the only time in the match when he double-faulted to hand Federer a 6-5 lead in the second set. Federer, the 20-time Grand Slam title winner, then eased to victory in the 12th game with a volley winner on second match point. The Swiss is excited about the possibility of returning to the top of the rankings 19 years after he played Rotterdam in 1999 on his first career wild card. "This is an exciting challenge, I´ve struggled to try and get there. I had to win a lot of matches last year," said Federer, who was world number one for the first time in February 2004. However, he was last at the summit in October 2012 and slumped to 17 in the world in January last year. "I never imagined this after my (February 2016) knee surgery. Number one is a tough place to get to. "The most important thing is to be healthy, I would have had great regrets if I had not come here this week. I´m very excited for tomorrow´s match, I can´t wait for it to come around." Second seed Grigor Dimitrov outlasted Serbia´s Filip Krajinovic 7-6 (7/4), 7-5 to also reach the quarter-finals. Dimitrov has now reached a second straight quarter-final in the Dutch city, advancing with 13 aces and saving all four break points he faced. The Bulgarian will face Andrey Rublev on Friday after the 20-year-old Russian struggled for nearly two hours before finally seeing off Damir Dzumhur 6-4, 7-6 (7/4). Rublev, the world number 34, forced his Bosnian opponent to save 10 of 15 break points while he saved nine of 13. Russian Daniil Medvedev joined his compatriot in the last eight by beating Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France 3-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-4. The two-and-a-quarter-hour contest featured 13 aces from the loser and just four from the winner.
  11. The National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters is located outside Washington in Fort Meade, Maryland. Photo: AFP file WASHINGTON: A shooting erupted Wednesday outside the suburban Washington headquarters of the National Security Agency, a secretive intelligence organisation responsible for global US electronic eavesdropping, leaving at least one person injured, officials said. NBC News aired aerial images of what appeared to be police surrounding a man on the ground in handcuffs outside the NSA facility in Fort Meade, Maryland. A black SUV appeared to have crashed into a concrete barrier surrounding the site, and bullet holes were visible in the vehicle?s front windows. "We can confirm there has been one person injured and we don?t know how the injuries occurred," an NSA spokesman told AFP. The local ABC affiliate put the number of injured at three and said a suspect was arrested. The NSA said the situation was under control, advising motorists that a highway leading to the complex was closed in both direction "due to a police investigation." "The president has been briefed on the shooting at Ft. Meade," the White House said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone that has been affected." A law enforcement source said the FBI?s Baltimore office was handling the investigation but it was "too soon to tell" whether it was an attack. They are "still trying to ascertain the facts," the source said. Known as the "Puzzle Palace," the NSA is the nerve center for US electronic espionage as well as the main protector of US communications and information systems from cyber attack. The agency was thrust into the spotlight in 2013 when former contractor Edward Snowden leaked details of its global surveillance programs, including its collection of data on Americans. Snowden has been charged with violating the Espionage Act and theft of government property. He now lives in exile in Russia. The NSA was the scene of a similar incident in March 2015 when police fired on an SUV, killing the driver and wounding a passenger after they failed to obey orders to stop at its heavily guarded entrance. In that incident, the two men in the Ford SUV were dressed in women?s clothes "but not in an attempt to disguise themselves from authorities," an FBI spokeswoman said at the time.
  12. Seeing someone grieving the death of a loved one is heartbreaking. Even when you know you mean well and want to help, finding anything to say and especially, the right thing to say is a hell of a difficult task. Words often fail us at such times and we are left stammering for the right thing to say. Some people are so afraid to say or do something that could hurt the griever that they choose to do and say nothing at all. And while that certainly is an option and a choice, it's often not a good one. While there's no rule book on what to do and what not to do, the following golden rules could act as a guide to help you console your friend through the death of their loved one: 1. Reach out as often as possible Thinkstock Photos/Getty Images Don't think you're disturbing them if they don't take an initiative to talk to you or reply to your messages on time. They may be in a fog because loss and grief are disablers and destabilising. Be more proactive and reach out, repeatedly. 2. Don't say empty things Thinkstock Photos/Getty Images Don't tell them you're there for them or thinking about them when you aren't even able to take some time out for them from your busy schedule. Make sure you live up to what you have said to them because empty promises are an additional setback for those in grief. 3. Be prepared to hear things that will make you uncomfortable Thinkstock Photos/Getty Images Don't ask them how they are because their answers will more often than not make you feel uncomfortable. A person who has lost a loved one is not well and might not be for a really long time. And unless you're ready to hear them talk about it, don't ask them how they are. 4. Don't be judgmental Thinkstock Photos/Getty Images If you do ask them how they are, please be willing to hear them talk about their pain. It's not easy for you to hear it, but it's necessary for them to express it. It is, again, socially weird, so just try to be totally non-judgmental. They could even show anger towards the deceased person, but that's just how some people process grief. 5. Talk about the person they have lost Thinkstock Photos/Getty Images It may seem counterproductive to some to talk about the deceased person to a friend who is grieving, especially, when you're trying to make them feel better. But it's really helpful to share some happy anecdotes of the deceased person with your friend. 6. Don't tell them what to do Thinkstock Photos/Getty Images Don't pressurize your friend to be strong for others. If they bottle up their feelings and tweak their actions to suit others, things will get accumulated and they may face a meltdown in the future. Let them soak the reality in and know that the only way out of this is through accepting life. 7. Pay extra attention to them on special days Thinkstock Photos/Getty Images Even when you think your friend has moved on in their lives after the loss of their loved up, know that some special days might act as triggers. Days, in particular, that had some meaning and connection to the person they have lost- birthdays, anniversaries, etc. need your special attention. While it's true that grief is not a one-size-fits-all situation, this list might be a good way to start. Everyone's grief is extremely individualistic and complicated, but all you really need to do is be there for them. Death is a grave thing to learn lessons from. The person lost could have been the sole source of income in the family. And losing them can not only lead to emotional issues but financial as well. And that's why you need to understand the importance of securing your family from unseen situations. Take precautions. Opt for a regular income plan for your family, if you're the bread earner. A monthly premium of a mere Rs. 380 can get your family a regular income of Rs. 50,000 per month to cope with the monthly expenses if you're not around. Although, there will be no payout made if you survive the policy term. It can be purchased online directly from the insurer's website in just 10 minutes. One added bonus is that these plans also give us a tax benefit u/s 80C. It's smart to prepare for your death for your family, no matter how young you are. Calculate your monthly premium here.
  13. Fawad Alam receives Man of the Final award for his 149. Photo: Fawad Alam Twitter RAWALPINDI: A dazzling innings of 149 by Fawad Alam steered Karachi Whites to the National One Day Cup on Sunday. Fawad Alam hit 149 off 130 balls with 18 4s as Karachi Whites beat Islamabad by five wickets in the final of the National One Day Cup? Regions 2017-18 at Pindi Stadium, Rawalpindi. Batting first after winning the toss, Islamabad Region piled up a total of 347 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in 50 overs. Babar Azam scored 105 runs on 95 balls including 8 4s and 2 6s, followed by Shahid Yousaf 96 not out, Shan Masood 51, Abid Ali 37, Faizan Riaz 27 and Saad Ali 26 not out. For Karachi Whites, Asad Shafiq took 1 wicket for 29, Danish Aziz 1 for 31, Zia-ul-Haq 1 for 71 and Muhammad Asghar 1 for 86. In reply, Karachi Region Whites hit 349 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 49.3 overs to clinch the title. Fawad Alam was helped along by Danish Aziz 86 not out, Akbar-ur-Rehman 41 and Asad Shafiq 22. For Islamabad, Raza Hasan took 1 for 49, Nouman Ali 1 for 61, Hamza Nadeem 1 for 70, Ahmed Bashir 1 for 76 and Shahzad Azam 1 for 80. Karachi Whites grabbed a prize money of Rs1,000,000 while Islamabad took away Rs500,000. Man of the Match Fawad Alam got Rs 100,000 while Shan Masood (Islamabad Region, best batsman, 656 runs), Muhammad Imran (Faisalabad Region, best bowler, 14 wickets) and Abid Ali (509 runs & 9 dismissals, outstanding player/all-rounder) were given Rs100,000 each.
  14. File photo BENGHAZI: Twin bomb blasts struck a mosque in Benghazi in eastern Libya on Friday, killing one person and wounding more than 62, the city's main hospital said. The explosions hit the mosque at the start of weekly prayers in Libya's second city, which lies 1,000 kilometres east of Tripoli, a security source told AFP. One bomb was hidden in a coffin in the courtyard of the mosque and another in a shoe cabinet at the entrance, the source added. At least one person was killed and 62 wounded, according to a spokeswoman for the city´s Al-Jala hospital, Fadia al-Barghathi. The blast follows twin car bombings on January 24 outside a mosque in Benghazi that left nearly 40 people dead. There was no claim of responsibility for that attack, which underscored the ongoing chaos in the Benghazi region which is controlled by the forces of military strongman Khalifa Haftar. Haftar, who opposes a UN-backed unity government based in Tripoli, announced Benghazi's "liberation" from militants in July last year after a three-year campaign, but sporadic violence has continued. Libya has been wracked by violence and divisions since dictator Moamer Kadhafi was toppled and killed in a 2011 NATO-backed uprising. On September 11, 2012, suspected militants linked to Al-Qaeda attacked the US consulate in Benghazi, killing ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.
  15. Karachi Whites beat Peshawar Region by five wickets ISLAMABAD: Karachi Region Whites beat Peshawar Region by five wickets on Thursday in the first semifinal of the National One Day Cup ? Regions 2017-18 at Pindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi. Batting first after winning the toss, Peshawar Region piled up 281 runs, losing all wickets in 49.5 overs. Mohammad Rizwan 72, Akbar Badshah 40, Adil Amin 33 and Zohaib Khan 31 stood out. For Karachi Whites, Mohammad Asghar and Anwar Ali took 3 wickets each for 43 and 49 runs, respectively, while Zia-ul-Haq took 2 wickets giving 66 runs. In reply, Karachi Whites scored 285 runs and achieved the target in 49.1 overs for the loss of five wickets. Khurram Manzoor hit 100 on 102 balls smashing 11 4s while Akbar-ur-Rehman scored 82 runs off 107 balls including 3 4s. Asad Shafiq 36, Fawad Alam 25 and Danish Aziz 20 not out also contributed with the bat. For Peshawar, Israrullah took 1 wicket for 36, Taj Wali 1 for 44 and Zohaib Ahmed 1 for 48.
  16. Tallal waves as he arrives in court today along with senior party leaders. Photo: Geo News ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Interior Affairs Tallal Chaudhry was served on Tuesday a show-cause notice by the Supreme Court over his contemptuous remarks and given a week to file a response. Chaudhry arrived in court along with senior party leaders, including Senator Pervaiz Rasheed and state minister Tariq Fazl Chaudhry, to appear before a three-member bench, headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and comprising Justices Maqbool Baqar and Faisal Arab, in the contempt of court case initiated against him. As the interior minister requested the court for three weeks to finalise counsel, Justice Ejaz questioned why he has not sought adjournment for three months or three years even. Chaudhry responded that lawyers are busy with cases and thus he could not arrange one. The bench then gave the defendant a week to finalise his counsel and adjourned the hearing until February 13. Chaudhry was also directed to submit a response to the show-cause notice at the next hearing. 'Derogatory and contemptuous' The apex court initiated contempt proceedings against Chaudhry on account of "derogatory and contemptuous speeches/statements" with regard to the honourable court, read a notification issued on February 2. "You have made derogatory and contemptuous speeches/statements at public gatherings, telecast by different TV channels, which prima facie constitute interference with and obstruction of the process of the Court as well as aimed at belittling the stature of this Apex Court within the contemplation of Article 204 of the Constitution of Pakistan, 1973, read with Section 3 of the Contempt of Court Ordinance, 2003," the notification stated. SC issues contempt of court notice to Tallal Chaudhry Apex court registrar said the state minister insulted judiciary in some of his speeches Also on Friday, the Supreme Court issued a contempt of court notice to Federal Minister for Privatisation Daniyal Aziz. Earlier that day, the apex court announced its verdict in the contempt case of Senator Nehal Hashmi, sentencing him to one-month imprisonment and Rs50,000 fine. The court also ruled that Hashmi stood disqualified from holding public office for of five years under Article 63 (1)(g) of the Constitution. Never committed contempt of court: Tallal Speaking in Geo News? programme ?Aapas Ki Baat? Monday night, Tallal Chaudhry said he never committed contempt of court and never held any intention to do so, either. ?What I said was about PCO [Provisional Constitutional Order] judges. I never took the name of any [particular] judge nor hinted at any [judge],? said the minister.
  17. A man carries a boy as he shouts for an ambulance after gunmen attacked the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church in Quetta, Pakistan, December 17, 2017. REUTERS/Naseer Ahmed/Files QUETTA: An explosion in southwest Pakistan left at least one person dead and seven others wounded on Monday, officials said. A remote control bomb, targeting civilians, was planted in a motorcycle that went off in Panjgur city of the restive Baluchistan province, according to authorities. "It was an improvised explosive device [IED] planted in the motorcycle parked in a busy area of the Panjgur city and was detonated through a remote control," Ghulam Ali ? the provincial home secretary ? told AFP. Bashir Bangulzai ? the commissioner of Makran region, of which Panjgur is a part ? confirmed the details and said two of those wounded were in critical condition. On Sunday, a six-year-old girl and her mother were also killed in the outskirts of Panjgur when the child was playing with a hand grenade found near her house. China is investing in the area under a $54-billion project known as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), upgrading infrastructure, power, and transport links between its far-western Xinjiang region and Pakistan?s Gwadar port. Pakistan accuses arch-rival India for the unrest in the province in order to hurt the CPEC and destabilise the country.
  18. People walk along Red Square with St Basil Cathedral seen in the background during snowfall in central Moscow on February 3, 2018. Photo: AFP MOSCOW: At least one person died and several were injured after Moscow experienced its heaviest day of snowfall since records began, the city?s mayor and agencies said Sunday. Russia?s meteorological service said Moscow had seen more than half its average monthly snowfall in the space of 24 hours, with 17 inches blanketing the capital by Sunday morning, agencies reported. ?One person died from a falling tree that hit an electric power line,? Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin said on his VKontakte social media page, adding that 2,000 trees had already been brought down by the extreme weather. ?According to the latest information, five have been injured. Be careful. The forecast says the weather will get worse,? he later said via Twitter, warning of strong winds to come. Nearly 150 flights were delayed and dozens cancelled at the city?s airports. ?There will be a blizzard, poor visibility... heavy snowfall on the roads,? said meteorologist Evgueni Tichkovets, quoted by news agency Ria Novosti. Nearly 70,000 City Hall employees have been mobilised to clear snow off the roads and authorities have asked people to avoid driving. Earlier an official from Moscow?s meteorological office told Interfax news agency the equivalent of 14 millimetres of water had fallen in 12 hours on Saturday, topping a previous record from 1957.
  19. RAWALPINDI: A civilian was martyred and two children were injured after Indian security forces opened unprovoked fire across the Line of Control (LoC), the Inter-Services Public Relations said on Sunday. According to army?s media cell, Indian forces opened unprovoked firing in Nezapir and Rawalkot sectors, targeting civil population. Pakistan army responded effectively to Indian posts targeting civilians, said the ISPR. On Jan 28, three civilians were injured after Indian forces opened unprovoked fire across LoC in Kashmir. "Indian troops resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violations in Khuiratta, Kotli and Battal in Rawalakot,? said the ISPR. Earlier on Jan 20-21, the Foreign Office had informed of an Indian ceasefire violation across the LoC in Nikial Sector. A man and a woman, both villagers, were said to have been martyred in the incident and three, including a six-month-old, injured. The Foreign Ministry had summoned the Indian deputy high commissioner that day to record a protest. On January 22, at a visit to the LoC and Working Boundary in Khuiratta and Ratta Arayan sectors, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa said Indian aggression or any misadventure will always get a befitting response. In 2018, Indian forces carried out more than 150 ceasefire violations along the Line of Control and the Working Boundary in just 20 days, resulting in the martyrdom of nine innocent civilians, while injuring 40 others. In 2017, Indian forces committed more than 1900 ceasefire violations.
  20. File photo. SWAT: An explosion in Swat's tehsil Kabal on Saturday evening killed at least one person and injured 15 others. The explosion took place in the Shareefabad area of the tehsil. Security forces reached the spot of the incident and established a cordon and initiated their investigation into the blast. Government sources said rescue teams reached the area and shifted the injured to Saidu Sharif hospital. Earlier in December, security forces conducted an intelligence-based operation in Swat's Jahan Abad area and killed two wanted terrorists. The operation was conducted after intelligence agencies received accurate information regarding movement of terrorists, who were crossing over from Afghanistan and entering Swat valley. This is a developing story and will be updated accordingly.
  21. Lakmé Fashion Week is here and we have our eyes wide open so that we don't miss out on the latest trends. Menswear is going through a major transformation, courtesy the new crop of designers and a few adventurous souls like Ranveer Singh. They are leading the way, and we are keeping a close watch. After all, they say 'What Bollywood wears today, the country wears tomorrow'. The Day 1 of Lakmé Fashion Week had one such outfit that we predict will become the new rage. Take a look. © Viral Bhayani Saqib Saleem wore this super cool jumpsuit on the ramp for the debut of Two Point Two Design And Styling House. He was a vision in grey. © Viral Bhayani Newer silhouettes are what everyone has been looking forward to as of late. It can be quite tricky, delivering that to the masses in a country like ours, given our reluctance to divert from the 'set rules' in terms of men's fashion. This jumpsuit is the perfect balance of an adventurous silhouette that is based on established cuts. © Viral Bhayani The dictionary definition of the jumpsuit is a garment incorporating trousers and a sleeved top in one piece, worn as a protective garment or uniform. It was originally worn by parachuters (hence the 'jump'). It's fascinating how something purely functional can be turned into an avant-garde outfit and placed on a fashion runway. © Viral Bhayani We are in love with the black and white stripe patched details on the pockets. The inclusion of that patched detail on the belt that gives the jumpsuit its shape is a very fashion-forward move. © Viral Bhayani It's 2018 and everything around us is changing. The same should hold true for menswear as well. Gone are the days when only women used to be at the centre of everything aesthetic and fashionable. Outfits like these are helping men reach the forefront of fashion and we hope to see more outfits like this over the next few days.
  22. Tell me, how many great people do you know who are changing the world or did so in the past? I hope you can come up with a list. The next question is how did they achieve it? Did someone guide them? It seems practically impossible for a person to be tutored by a mentor all his life but still, there are people who seem to have abundant knowledge on several different subjects and are very successful. When you listen to their speeches they seem full of wisdom and knowledge. It is a well-known fact that Elon Musk has been a bookworm all his life and people like Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Mark Zuckerberg keep sharing lists of the best books they've read during the year. They read a lot and they do it consistently. Either it is fiction or something about the upcoming economic trends, they simply read what excites them and what seems important. © Gates Notes Now, we know it is not always possible for the common man to personally meet Jack Ma or learn priceless life lessons from the Dalai Lama in person but one surely can read a book on them. That is always a good idea. Steve Jobs is not around anymore but there are a ton of books about him and his extraordinary life and achievements. So, you see, you do not need to be dependent on schools to make you smarter because there is a pool of knowledge contained in a ton of books which you can learn from. Well, if you are still hungry to learn and make it big in life here are few tips for you: © bookstr 1. Treat your books like the ultimate mentor. With Amazon, it has become very easy to pick a book of your choice these days. When buying a book, you can think of it as the payback you give to your mentor. It is also wise to invest in things that will help you grow in your career. When you read multiple books, you will get more ideas which you can correlate to and thus become more creative in your work. 2. Read them multiple times. You may not grasp it all at once so it is important to read a book more than once. You can look at them as the friend you meet every day. 3. Read one book a week. Mark Zuckerberg follows this rule and many other successful people do it too. It makes you more consistent. The more you read, the better you get at reading and your appetite for consuming more and more knowledge increases. 4. Embrace doing things that seem like difficult tasks. We are not saying it will be an easy start. Your current habits will come as a distraction to you. Start with practicing things which will help you strengthen your willpower. It could be being consistent with your workout or not skipping a bath even if it is cold outside. This way you will boost your self-confidence and have better chances of doing what you really want to do. For a start, you can choose from 5 books that Bill Gates read in 2017. Happy reading!
  23. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/798a7664f84d3c6c07d9ca23f93673db.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MS8zMC8yMDE4IDc6Mjg6MDQgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1CZnRFWWNmbzc0eXZRUGVDVk5JSEpRPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] KARACHI: Fast bowler Rumman Raees said on Tuesday that he is happy to see Team Pakistan at the number one spot in the T20 format of the game. While speaking to the press at the Karachi Airport, Raees said that the New Zealand team was playing with high moral against visiting Pakistan as they lately had defeated a strong West Indian side. The fast bowler said that though the team tried its level best to win the ODI series but unfortunately batting and bowling did not work in tandem. Pakistan laid claim to being the best Twenty20 side in the world Sunday after beating New Zealand in the series-deciding third Twenty20 match in Mount Maunganui. The 18-run victory gave Pakistan a come-from-behind 2-1 series win that will see them overtake New Zealand at the top of the world rankings. Captain Sarfraz Ahmed leapt with delight after the final ball as Pakistan pulled off back-to-back wins over the hosts.
  24. FILE PHOTO - A cloud of dust rises from a dynamite blast, as part of construction work, at Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam during a media tour along the river Nile in Benishangul Gumuz Region, Guba Woreda, in Ethiopia March 31, 2015. REUTER/ ADDIS ABABA: The leaders of Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan on Monday set a one-month deadline for laying out the ways to break a deadlock in talks over a mega dam Addis Ababa is building along its share of the Nile, an official said. Egypt and Ethiopia are at loggerheads over the construction of the Grand Renaissance Dam, a $4 billion-hydroelectric project that Cairo fears will reduce waters that run to its fields and reservoirs from Ethiopia?s highlands and via Sudan. Ethiopia, which is financing the project alone and hopes to become the continent?s biggest power generator and exporter, dismisses the claims. Sudan supports the dam because it will regulate floods and provide electricity and irrigation. Talks between the three governments have stalled for months over disagreement on the wording of a study on the dam?s environmental impact. On Monday, Egypt?s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and his Sudanese counterpart Omar Hassan al-Bashir met Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on the sidelines of an African Union summit in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. ?They instructed their water and energy ministers to draw up in one month a report that thrashes out ways to resolve all outstanding issues regarding the dam,? an Ethiopian official who attended the talks told Reuters. The leaders have also agreed to hold heads of state meetings annually, and to set up a fund with the aim of building infrastructure such as a railway linking the three countries, he said. At the meeting, Hailemariam said the project ?was never intended to harm any country but to fulfil vital electricity needs and enhance development cooperation in the region?, according to a report by state-run Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation. Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia have agreed to finish the initial technical study within one month, the Egyptian state news agency said, citing the foreign minister. Tensions over the use of the world?s longest river have long simmered between the Egypt and Ethiopia, raising fears the disputes could eventually boil over into conflict. A major source of disagreement over the construction of the Grand Renaissance Dam is the speed at which its reservoir would be filled. Now over 60 percent complete, the dam will produce 6,000 MW upon completion. It is centerpiece to Ethiopia?s ambitious power exporting plans. Sudan and Ethiopia have also previously expressed concern over a proposed baseline from which a study by a French firm commissioned to assess the dam?s environmental and economic impact would measure the dam?s effects.
  25. THE HAGUE: A shooting in downtown Amsterdam on Friday night left one person dead and two injured, Dutch police said. "One person has died and two wounded ? a man and a young woman ? were taken to hospital after a shooting on Grote Wittenburgerstraat, in the city centre," Amsterdam police spokesman Leo Dortland told AFP. "This is clearly not a terror attack, but a criminal incident," he said, adding that police were still looking for the attacker or attackers. Witnesses heard several gunshots and saw a hooded man run away, Dutch media reported. "The research unit has launched a broad investigation," Dortland said, adding that the streets in the area had been cordoned off. The police were interviewing witnesses and taking fingerprints at the crime scene.