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  1. For a man who has played a second fiddle to MS Dhoni in major part of his career, Dinesh Karthik finally had his moment of glory and fame when he smashed a six off the final ball to power India to a thrilling four-wicket win over Bangladesh in the Nidahas Trophy final on Sunday. His blistering cameo of eight-ball 29 allowed his side to pull off a heist in the summit clash which was initially dominated by Bangladesh for large parts of the second innings. Chasing 166 runs, India found momentum hard to come by in the middle and latter stages, with both Manish Pandey and Vijay Shankar struggling to score runs. Wow! What a win. 2 overs , 34 runs to win the finals , #DineshKarthik pic.twitter.com/lGJgxdMoT7 — Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 18, 2018 But, Karthik showcased one of the best knocks of his career where he slammed three sixes and two fours with a strike-rate of over 362, taking India home after walking in with 34 needed off the last 12 balls. Team India began their chase on a high with skipper Rohit Sharma hammering Mehedi Hasan for two sixes and a four in a 17-run second over. Indian Cricket Team win the #Nidahas_Trophy in a final-ball thriller!#Dinesh_Karthik eight-ball 29 pulls. What a match. #INDvBAN #DineshKartik pic.twitter.com/oQDClfzGT0 — Indra Kr MeenA (@IndraKrMeenA) March 18, 2018 However, India stuttered in their chase after the dismissal of Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina in quick succession. A 51-run partnership between Rohit Sharma (56) and KL Rahul (24) did steady their chase, but the latter's dismissal brought Bangladesh back into the contest. No game is over till the fat lady sings. DK, you beauty! @DineshKarthik #INDvBAN #NidahasTrophy2018 #TeamIndia ð®ð³ ðª pic.twitter.com/yKHMaIfc7p — Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) March 18, 2018 The onus was once again on the Indian captain who, in a bid to bring down the asking rate, lost his wicket. With 69 runs required off 40 balls, India made an interesting choice by promoting Vijay Shankar, who had not faced a single ball in international cricket before, ahead of Karthik. As a result, Shankar struggled to get bat on the ball, while Manish Pandey kept India in the hunt. Incredible end to what had been such a great season. What a way to pull off a victory. Magnificent from the entire unit ðð ð®ð³ @BCCI — Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) March 18, 2018 The duo got the equation down to 35 off 18 balls, but Mustafizur Rahman proved too good for Vijay in the 18th over with his off-cutters. Vijay struggled to connect, and only managed a leg-bye on the penultimate ball. The pressure resulted in Pandey holing out to long-on on the last ball. Amazing victory by #TeamIndia. Superb batting by @DineshKarthik. A great knock by @ImRo45 to set the platform. What a finish to a final!!#NidahasTrophy2018 #INDvsBAN pic.twitter.com/ZYDl6jzVWl — Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) March 18, 2018 This was the time when Karthik walked in with India requiring a miraculous 34 off the final 12 balls. The momentum was completely with Bangladesh, but Karthik induced a late twist with 22 runs in the penultimate over, off Rubel Hossain. He started by slamming one over long-on, and ended the over scooping over short fine-leg and got the equation down to 12 off the last over. A struggling Vijay managed a boundary but played two dot balls, including the penultimate delivery where he got out, leaving Karthik with five to get off the last ball. The Indian wicket-keeper brought all his experience into play, standing tall and smashing the fuller delivery flat over deep extra cover. While his heroics helped India eke out a win from the jaws of defeat, the manic eight-ball knock he played left fans and cricket bigwigs flabbergasted. #Dineshkarthik ð­ð­â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ð®ð³ð®ð³ How #DK stole The #NidahasTrophy From Kangladeshis!! ðððð#INDvBAN #India pic.twitter.com/lhR9gyouSp — Shashi Taimur (@Chainakya) March 18, 2018 @DineshKarthik @BCCI .. what a knock .. super — Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) March 18, 2018 What a finish!!! Well played big guy @DineshKarthik. Outstanding effort by the team. #INDvBAN #topstuff — Jasprit bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) March 18, 2018 Well done Team India @BCCI . What an amazing win. @DineshKarthik what a knock under pressure. This is a bunch of youngsters and they've done so well on this tour. #INDvBAN — Yusuf Pathan (@iamyusufpathan) March 18, 2018 You beauty ! @DineshKarthik ðð½ðð¼ — yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) March 18, 2018 Incredible knock from @DineshKarthik under pressureðð — VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) March 18, 2018 DK you beauty @DineshKarthik .. what a nail biting finish!! .. Congrats #TeamIndia #indvsban @BCCI — Wriddhiman Saha (@Wriddhipops) March 18, 2018 Top inn @DineshKarthik very well done.. special hitting.. #indvsBang @BCCI congratulations #TeamIndia captain @ImRo45 ðð®ð³ — Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) March 18, 2018 Take a bow DK, What a terrific knock @DineshKarthik congrats team India for winning the series ðð@BCCI — Vinay Kumar R (@Vinay_Kumar_R) March 18, 2018 What an innings @DineshKarthik paji Top Class, well done Team india @BCCI . Great victory âð» — rishi dhawan (@rishid100) March 18, 2018 Easily the best hand Dinesh Karthik has played in his career. Been saying it for a while, this is the best he has been batting in his career — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 18, 2018 Dinesh Karthik made his debut before Dhoni. But he is still only 32 and batting better than ever before. Could well be a wonderful second wind for him if he can keep his form from the last 2 years — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 18, 2018 DINESH KARTHIK, YOU BEAUTY!ððððððððððð#NidahasOnDSport — Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) March 18, 2018 Finishes with a SIX. Dinesh Karthik, you beauty. Brought India back from the dead. One of the key gains from #NidahasTrophy #INDvBAN — Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 18, 2018
  2. North Korean diplomat Choe Kang Il enters the departure area to board a flight to Helsinki at Capital International Airport in Beijing, China March 18, 2018. REUTERS SEOUL/BEIJING: A senior North Korean diplomat left for Finland on Sunday for talks with former US and South Korean officials, Yonhap News Agency reported, amid a series of diplomatic encounters ahead of a possible US-North Korean summit. North Korea is pursuing its nuclear and missile programs in defiance of UN Security Council sanctions and has made no secret of its plans to develop a missile capable of hitting the US mainland. It defends the programs as a necessary deterrent against a possible US invasion. The United States stations 28,500 troops in South Korea but denies any invasion plans. Tensions have eased in recent weeks, coinciding with North Korea?s participation in the Winter Olympics held in the South last month. Choe Kang Il, a deputy director general for North American affairs at North Korea?s foreign ministry, plans to attend the ?track 1.5 talks?, according to Yonhap, reflecting planned contact between former US officials and current North Korean ones in a broader bid to end the standoff over North Korea?s weapons programs. South Korea?s foreign ministry said in a statement North Korea would participate in the meeting joined by former South Korean officials and academics but did not provide further details. The talks in Finland will add to a flurry of diplomatic activity ahead of the proposed North Korean summits with South Korea and the United States, respectively, in April and May. Arriving at a Beijing airport en route to Finland, Choe declined to comment. In Washington, a State Department representative said they had no information on the meeting in Finland. North Korean and Swedish foreign ministers ended three days of talks on Saturday on security on the Korean peninsula in preparation of the meeting between US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un. South Korea said on Friday it was seeking high-level talks this month with North Korea to prepare for a summit and that South Korean President Moon Jae-in may meet Trump before the US president?s planned meeting with the North Korean leader. In a telephone call, Moon and Trump both voiced ?cautious optimism? about efforts to resolve the crisis over North Korea?s nuclear weapons. In an interview broadcast Sunday by CBS News? Face the Nation, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha noted that Kim has ?in effect? met a condition for talks by making a commitment ?in clear terms? to denuclearization. ?He?s given his word,? said Kang, referring to discussions that South Korean officials held with Kim in Pyongyang earlier this month. ?But the significance of his word is - is quite - quite weighty in the sense that it is the first time that the words came directly from the North Korean supreme leader himself.? Kang stressed that Kim will receive ?no reward? for engaging in dialogue and that South Korea and the United States will be pressing the North Korean leader to take unspecified ?actions? in order for there to be any progress.
  3. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets members of the special delegation of South Korea's President in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 6, 2018. KCNA/via Reuters WASHINGTON/SEOUL: Feeling the pressure of sanctions, North Korea seems ?sincere? in its apparent willingness to halt nuclear tests if it held denuclearization talks with the United States, President Donald Trump said on Tuesday as US, South Korean, and Japanese officials voiced scepticism about any discussions. Trump declined to say whether he had any preconditions for talks with Pyongyang as officials in the United States, South Korea, Japan, and China responded with caution and guarded optimism to the possibility following months of insults and threats of war between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. ?I think that they are sincere. And I think they?re sincere also because of the sanctions and what we?re doing with respect to North Korea, including the great help that we?ve been given from China,? Trump said at a news conference after meeting with Prime Minister Stefan Lofven of Sweden, which represents US interests in North Korea. Word of possible talks was delivered by a South Korean delegation on its return from the first-ever meeting with North Korean leader Kim in Pyongyang on Monday. A senior Trump administration official said, ?We are open minded, we look forward to hearing more. But ... the North Koreans have earned our scepticism, so we?re a bit guarded in our optimism.? The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said: ?our posture toward the regime will not change until we see credible moves toward denuclearization.? Routine US military exercises with allies in the region would resume, the official said. The next US-South Korean exercises are expected in April. Some US and South Korean officials said a breakthrough on the Trump administration?s top national-security challenge remained unlikely after the failure of previous talks, adding that North Korea may be trying to buy time to develop its weapons programs and seek relief from punishing American and UN sanctions. More than 10 hours since Seoul made the announcement, there was no comment from Pyongyang. ?Positive? statements Earlier, Trump told reporters in the Oval Office as he met with Lofven that the United States had ?come a long way, at least rhetorically? with North Korea and ?statements coming out of South Korea and North Korea have been very positive.? Asked if he had any preconditions for talks, Trump said, ?I don?t want to talk about it. We?re going to see what happens.? US Vice President Mike Pence said the United States would continue to apply ?maximum pressure? on North Korea and that all options were ?on the table? until Washington sees evidence that the reclusive country was taking steps toward denuclearization. Lofven said Sweden could provide a channel for the main parties grappling with the North Korea nuclear issue because of its longtime diplomatic relations with Pyongyang. ?It is not up to us to solve the problem but with our presence ... if the key actors ask us to help we can be there,? Lofven told the news conference. Next month, North Korea and South Korea will have the first meeting between their leaders since 2007 at the border village of Panmunjom, said Chung Eui-yong, head of the South Korean delegation. ?North Korea made clear its willingness to denuclearize the Korean peninsula and the fact there is no reason for it to have a nuclear program if military threats against the North are resolved and its regime is secure,? Chung told a media briefing. Chung cited North Korea as saying it would not carry out nuclear or missile tests while talks with the international community were underway. North Korea has not carried out any such tests since last November. North Korea also is willing to discuss normalizing ties with the United States, Chung said. Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told reporters late on Tuesday that ?it is necessary to assess whether the North-South summit will really lead to the (North?s) abandonment of nuclear and missile development.? Tensions have eased significantly on the Korean peninsula since the Winter Olympics in the South last month, even though the countries are technically still at war because their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce rather than a peace treaty. Since North Korea pulled out of so-called six-party denuclearization talks in 2009, Pyongyang has developed new nuclear capabilities. It tested its largest-ever intercontinental ballistic missile in November, which it said could reach all of the US mainland. China encouraged North and South Korea to continue reconciliation efforts. Despite scepticism about Pyongyang?s intentions, the prospect of talks represents a significant potential development after heightened tensions and rhetoric between Kim and Trump, who last August threatened ?fire and fury? if the North threatened the United States again. White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster and other Trump administration officials are due to meet this week with South Korean officials, including the South Korean national security adviser, two White House officials said. Global stock markets rose on the news about North Korea. The broadest gauge of shares, MSCI?s All Country World Index, rose 0.7 percent. ?Treasured sword? North Korea has vowed never to give up its nuclear program, which it calls a ?treasured sword? against a possible US invasion. The United States stations 28,500 troops in South Korea but denies any invasion plans. If Pyongyang demands the departure of those troops, that could render any summit talk impossible, a South Korean government official said. ?If the North were to move things forward, they would present something more realistic and doable,? said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. In Washington, US intelligence officials said it was too early to assess North Korea?s willingness on denuclearization. ?Hope springs eternal but we need to learn a lot more relative to these talks. And we will,? US Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told a Senate Armed Services hearing. Lieutenant General Robert Ashley, director of the US Defense Intelligence Agency, told the same hearing he did not share a sense of optimism, adding, ?That?s kind of a ?show me,? and so we?ll see how this plays out.?
  4. Kim Jong-Un's meeting with the most senior South Koreans to travel to the North in more than a decade is the latest step in an Olympics-driven rapprochement. Photo: AFP SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un discussed a possible summit with envoys from the South's President Moon Jae-in, both sides said Tuesday, in the latest step of an Olympics-driven rapprochement on the divided peninsula. The delegation from Seoul is the most senior to travel North for more than a decade, and comes as Moon tries to broker talks between nuclear-armed Pyongyang and Washington, after months of high tensions. "Hearing the intention of President Moon Jae In for a summit from the special envoy of the south side, he exchanged views and made a satisfactory agreement," KCNA said of the North's leader. However, Seoul said no agreement had yet been reached on a meeting between Kim and Moon, which would be the first such summit since 2007. The two sides have "discussed" it and "somewhat shared the view" on other points, an official from the South's presidential Blue House said. KCNA said Kim "warmly welcomed" the South Korean officials, who handed over a letter from Moon. "He also made an exchange of in-depth views on the issues for easing the acute military tensions on the Korean Peninsula and activating the versatile dialogue, contact, cooperation and exchange," it reported. Kim's discussions with the South Koreans lasted more than four hours, and included dinner at the North's ruling Workers Party headquarters in Pyongyang, according to the Blue House. Details will be made public after the delegation returns late Tuesday, it said. The delegation from Seoul is pushing for talks between the nuclear-armed regime and the United States, after the North Korean leader sent his sister Kim Yo Jong to the Winter Games in the South and invited Moon to a summit in Pyongyang. Kim Yo Jong's trip was the first visit to the South by a member of the North's ruling dynasty since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War, and her appearance at the Games' opening ceremony -- where athletes from the two Koreas marched together -- made global headlines. The Winter Olympics provided "a good atmosphere of reconciliation, unity and dialogue between the north and the south," KCNA quoted Kim Jong Un as telling the South Korean envoys. Moon has sought to use the Pyeongchang Games to open dialogue between Washington and Pyongyang in hopes of easing a nuclear standoff that has heightened fears over global security. Before leaving for Pyongyang, the South's national security advisor Chung Eui-yong said: "We plan to hold in-depth discussions for ways to continue not only inter-Korean talks but dialogue between North Korea and the international community including the United States." It is a challenging task -- in defiance of UN sanctions, the isolated and impoverished North last year staged its most powerful nuclear test and test-fired several missiles, some of them capable of reaching the US mainland. US President Donald Trump dubbed Kim "Little Rocket Man" and boasted about the size of his own nuclear button, while the North Korean leader called Trump a "mentally deranged US dotard". They traded threats of war and sent tensions soaring before a thaw in the run-up to the Winter Olympics.
  5. As Mobile World Congress is starting to ramp up, a small trend has started to pop up. The concept phone is called Apex FullView, and its headline feature is what Vivo describes as “Half-Screen In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology.” The idea here is that instead of placing your finger on a thumbnail-sized icon to unlock the phone, you'll be able to do so in a much larger area of the display. © Vivo The technology basically means a large part of the screen is converted into a fingerprint scanner. Almost 30-35 percent of the screen is converted into a fingerprint sensor, making it easy for everyone to unlock the phone quickly. Companies have made a lot of compromises when it comes to a fingerprint scanner, Samsung kept it at a very awkward place in the S8 while Apple completely skipped it in the iPhone X to maintain aesthetics. This new technology can simply overcome this challenge and make everyone's life a lot easier. It features the world's highest screen-to-body ratio, as well as a revamped take on the in-screen fingerprint sensor Vivo showed off earlier in the year. The top / left / right bezels measure just 1.8mm, and the bottom bezel comes in at just 4.3mm -- all industry bests by far. © Vivo The iPhone X's screen-to-body ratio is 82%. Xiaomi's Mi Mix 2 comes in at 83%. The Vivo Apex? 95%. Even though the iPhone X, Essential Phone, or even the trendsetting Xiaomi Mi Mix have been called "bezel-less," they are not quite really that. The Mi Mix and its sequel have sizable bottom bezels. The Essential Phone and the iPhone X each have a noticeable notch that cuts into the display at the top. © YouTube/CNET This is exactly why the Vivo Apex Concept has us even more excited. Vivo has given the Apex a hidden front-firing camera that pops up when needed from the top. According to Vivo, the camera can slide out and is ready to snap a photo in less than a second. When it does pop out, it protrudes out of the top like a wide popped stylus. Otherwise, it's a normal 8-megapixel camera. Although Vivo has incorporated all these technologies into a concept phone, the company hasn't made any announcement on whether the phone will be commercially produced.
  6. For most Mumbaikars, vada pav is their forever love. But for two Mumbaikars, this delicacy is not just their favourite food but is in fact, their bread and butter. (Pun intended) © Twitter Sujay S Sohani and Subodh Joshi were classmates at Bandra's Rizvi College in 1999 where they studied hotel management. Both of them decided to pursue a postgraduate course from London, after which they both managed to get decent jobs in reputed hotels. Sounds so perfect, right? Well, it was, until 2007, when the recession hit the entire world. Among the unfortunate ones was Sujay, who lost his job at a five-star hotel. © Facebook/Subodh Joshi Disappointed and with no idea as to what he should do, he approached his old friend Subodh and told him how he doesn't even have enough money to buy a vada pav. © Facebook/Sujay S Sohani Little did he know that this joke would change his life forever! The duo decided to take a huge risk and set up a vada pav stall in London. After a lot of research, they decided to settle upon a Police ice-cream cafe in Hounslow. However, the owner of the cafe allowed them to set up two tables for a rent of £400 (Rs. 35,000) a month. In August 2010, they finally opened their stall and started selling vada pav and dabeli at cheap prices. While vada pav was being sold for only £1 (Rs 80) and dabeli for £1.50 (Rs 131), it was still difficult for them to attract the London crowd. They realised soon they need to advertise their product and so they started offering the product for trial in the busy shopping street for free. Their strategy was to sell these 'Indian burgers' for half the price of other burgers that were available. And luckily for them, it worked. Their business started to grow 6 months later and the two tables were soon, not sufficient. © Facebook/Shree Krishna Vada Pav, UK While they did find another stall a few meters away, a Punjabi restaurant called 'Big Bite', approached them and asked if they'd like to do business with them. That was the beginning of the Shree Krishna Vada Pav stall as a restaurant. © Facebook/Subodh Joshi Till then Sujoy retained his old job but after the restaurant opened, he quit his job and started to work full time for the restaurant. Now, they have three branches of their restaurant spread across London and also take orders for weddings and parties. Also, it isn't just vada pav that they are selling now. Their menu now includes 60 street food dishes from India including pav bhaji, vada missal, bhelpuri, paani puri, kachoris , samosa etc. From just two people, Shree Krishna Vada Pav now has 35 employees and an annual turnover of nearly Rs 4.40 crores. Their story is proof that how you react to a crisis is more important that the crisis itself. You can either cry about it for the rest of your life or take it up, heads on and move on to do bigger and better things.
  7. Hrithik Roshan might have struggled with his 'public persona' for a little while post the Kangana debacle, but one thing that he definitely is not struggling with is his style quotient. In a brazen display of guts, his latest airport look consisted of the most unusual combination of prints we have seen this year. © Viral Bhayani Anyone who is interested in fashion knows that there are a few unwritten rules that one must follow. One of those rules is to never mix camouflage with floral prints. But, this is the thing about fashion: there are no rules. And even if there are, it's just a matter of guts and good taste to break those rules and create new ones for yourself. Hrithik Roshan just proved that by wearing a floral printed shirt with a hardcore camo ensemble. © Viral Bhayani Anyone with a straightforward sense of style would have just paired this cool camo ensemble with a black or white t-shirt. But Hrithik's sense of style is clearly not 'basic'. He went ahead and wore a statement white floral shirt with a bold blue print. The result? A dapper AF look. © Viral Bhayani We love the cut and fit of the outfit. Not everyone can pull off a silhouette that is so authentically, unabashedly 'military' in nature. Hrithik just needed a hat and some stars to look like he belongs in the army. © Viral Bhayani His attention to detail when it comes to making the whole look work is commendable. He is wearing the perfect leather boots and sporting a pair of perfect dark aviators. Plus, did you notice the half tuck of his shirt? Also, the sleeve folds over the jacket? These seemingly trivial details string the entire look together impeccably. © Viral Bhayani All we can say is that we can't wait to see more of such gutsy experiments. Well done, Hrithik!
  8. PYEONGCHANG: Pyeongchang Olympics organisers were looking into a disruption of non-critical systems on the day of the opening ceremony but could not yet confirm if it was a cyberattack, Games spokesman Sung Baik-you said on Saturday. The Winter Olympics opened with a spectacular ceremony on Friday, attended by several heads of state who witnessed the joint march of North and South Korean athletes, as Games systems played up. The ceremony was also attended by North Korean ceremonial leader Kim Yong Nam and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un?s sister, Kim Yo Jong, as well as US Vice President Mike Pence. Some local media reported system problems, including the Games website and some television sets, were due to a cyberattack but Sung said it was still too early to determine whether hackers had attempted to damage them. ?There were some issues that affected some of our non-critical systems last night for a few hours,? Sung told reporters, without detailing what the issues specifically were. ?We apologise for the inconvenience caused. It has not disrupted any event or had any effect on safety and security for athletes or spectators.? Sung said security experts were currently investigating the incident. ?Experts are watching to ensure and maintain any systems at expected service levels. We are currently investigating the cause of the issue. At this time we cannot confirm (a cyberattack),? he added. ?We are investigating the cause and we will share more information. All competitions are running as planned.? It was also not clear whether failure to deploy drones as part of the programme during the two-hour opening ceremony was in any way related to the system problems. The International Olympic Committee said pre-recorded footage of the drones was used instead. ?Due to impromptu logistical changes it (drone deployment) did not proceed,? the IOC spokesman said with elaborating further. The Winter Games, staged only 80km (50 miles) from the North Korean border, saw the two Koreas, who are technically still at war since a 1953 armistice, march together at the opening ceremony for the first time since 2006. South Korea has been using the Pyeongchang Games to break the ice with the reclusive North, which has been trading nuclear threats with the United States recently.
  9. We're going to go ahead and say it- Ryan Reynolds is savage AF and he is the kind of person we would want to be best friends with. Known for his extremely witty sense of humor and for unapologetically trolling his loved ones, Ryan often sends the world in a fit of laughter with his social media posts and interviews. Remember when he wished his wife Blake Lively with this photo? Happy Birthday to my amazing wife. A post shared by Ryan Reynolds (@vancityreynolds) on Aug 25, 2017 at 8:20pm PDT Or when he trolled her look for an upcoming movie? #nofilter A post shared by Ryan Reynolds (@vancityreynolds) on Nov 6, 2017 at 2:27pm PST We feel he is basically 'Deadpool' in real life as well and whatever he does just reinstates that feeling. Much to our delight, the man has done something again that has left all of us laughing out loud. You might not know that Ryan and singer Zayn Malik are good friends. In fact, they are such good friends that Ryan made a video to send the singer a birthday wish. And no points for guessing that his birthday wish was unlike any other that Zayn might have got (Sorry Gigi). Dressed in the full red and black Deadpool outfit, Ryan/Wade said: "Zayn! It's Wade. Don't hang up. I just want to wish you a very happy birthday.” Very average, isn't it? But what he said further will make you love Ryan even more. Zayn took to his Instagram to post this video and didn't even bother to give it a caption. Because obviously, a video of Deadpool doesn't need one. Have a look: A post shared by Zayn Malik (@zayn) on Jan 12, 2018 at 10:35am PST FYI, Horton was a Canadian ice hockey player who died in 1974 from a car crash. He was part of the first group of players to be named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players in history in January 2017. The late player was also the co-founder of popular Canadian restaurant chain, 'Tim Hortons'. © Legends of hockey Although mentioning him was pretty random, but what else do you expect from Deadpool?
  10. ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said on Friday that Pakistan has turned peaceful now which has made it possible to hold national level sports events. The prime minister was addressing the participants of the Quaid-e-Azam inter-provincial games? ending ceremony here. PM Abbasi said that due to the efforts of the civil-military leadership it is now possible to hold sports events peacefully. While congratulating the participants, the prime minister urged the youth to clinch medals at the Olympics for the country. In the same vein, PM Abbasi told the youth that apart from the medals, it is equally important to have participation in the international sports events. The premier said that approval has been given for the establishment of a sports university in the country.
  11. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/3c5e725abaf2c2b797a13915a3fb3eba.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTIvMTEvMjAxNyA4OjQzOjQ5IEFNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9SGNhcW1zMHlpb3NxemtOUU5EY24yQT09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan on Monday rejected the possibility of any political alliance with the Pakistan Peoples? Party under the leadership of its chairman, Asif Ali Zardari. Responding to a question, after appearing before the anti-terrorism court, he said: ?There should be no misunderstanding that till the presence of Asif Ali Zardari as leader of PPP there cannot be any political alliance,? adding, ?if my struggle was to get power, I could have made alliances with Nawaz and PPP, how can I be with Zardari when my fight is against corruption.? ATC dismisses Imran Khan's plea to quash terror charges The ATC is hearing four cases against the PTI chief regarding the violence during the 2014 protest sit-in Khan said that the open firing by the police in Model Town incident against the Pakistan Awami Tehreek activists was not justified constitutionally. ?There is no precedent of such incidents in democracy. The protestors were innocent, they (PML-N government) killed 14 innocent people through police.? PTI Chairman said that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government is trying to give the impression that if they are thieves so are everyone else. ?They filed cases against me in Election Commission of Pakistan, Supreme Court and in ATCs, in a bid to silence me,? he said.
  12. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker leave after making statements at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, December 4, 2017. REUTERS/Yves Herman/Files BRUSSELS/DUBLIN: The United Kingdom and Ireland could reach agreement in hours on how to run their post-Brexit Irish land border, paving the way for a deal that would remove the last obstacle to opening free trade talks with the European Union (EU). A carefully choreographed attempt to showcase the progress of Brexit talks collapsed at the last minute on December 4 when the Northern Irish party ? which props up Prime Minister Theresa May?s government ? vetoed a draft deal already agreed with Ireland. Since then, May has been scrambling to clinch a deal on the new UK-EU land border in Ireland that is acceptable to the European Union, Dublin, her own lawmakers, and Northern Ireland?s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) ? which keeps her government in power. May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker could meet early on Friday to seal a border deal, the European Commission?s chief spokesman said. ?We are making progress but not yet fully there,? Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said. ?Talks are continuing throughout the night. Early morning meeting possible.? A spokesman for PM May said Brexit discussions were ongoing while a senior Irish official that talks were moving swiftly and that a deal was possible in hours. ?It is moving quite quickly at the moment,? the Irish official told a British Irish Chamber of Commerce event in Brussels. ?I think we are going to work over the next couple of hours with the UK government to close this off. I say hours because I think we are very close.? Moving to talks about trade and a Brexit transition are crucial for the future of May?s premiership as well as to keep trade flowing between the world?s biggest trading bloc and its sixth largest national economy after Britain leaves on March 29, 2019. But the EU will only move to trade talks if there is enough progress on three key issues: the money Britain must pay to the EU; rights for EU citizens in Britain and British citizens in the EU; and how to avoid a hard border with Ireland. Brexit deal? As speculation swirled about whether London, Dublin, and Brussels were about to clinch a border deal, European Council President Donald Tusk?s office said he would brief reporters at 0650 GMT (11:50 PM PST) on Friday before departing for Hungary. The EU says May has an effective deadline of Sunday night if she wants to seal a deal and hope to have agreement on trade talks in time for the EU summit on December 14-15. All sides say they want to avoid a return to a hard border between EU member Ireland and the British-ruled province of Northern Ireland, which might upset the peace established after decades of violence. The DUP insists that Northern Ireland ? as part of the UK ? must leave the EU in the same way as the rest of the UK. To clinch a deal, though, May must ensure she has the support of the DUP ? whose leader told her bluntly on Monday that it would not support her minority government?s legislation unless the Irish border draft deal was changed. She must also convince her divided Conservative Party that the deal she makes is acceptable. British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson ? a leader of the Brexit campaign ? insisted the whole of the United Kingdom must ?take back control? when it left the EU. ?Whatever way we devise for getting onto the body of the (Brexit) talks, it?s got to be consistent with the whole of the United Kingdom taking back control of our laws, of our borders and of our cash,? Johnson told reporters.
  13. Boy carries a bunch of twigs. Photo: File GENEVA: The UN rights chief called Tuesday for a fresh international investigation into Myanmar?s abuses against its Rohingya Muslim minority, warning of possible "elements of genocide". Speaking before a special session of the UN Human Rights Council on the abuses against the Rohingya, Zeid Ra?ad Al Hussein condemned "widespread, systematic and shockingly brutal" attacks against the Rohingya, as well as decades of discrimination and persecution. An army-led crackdown has forced some 626,000 people to flee from northern Rakhine state and across the border into squalid camps in Bangladesh in recent months, leaving hundreds of villages burned to the ground. Myanmar?s military denies accusations by the UN and US that it has committed ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya. But Zeid decried policies that had dehumanised and segregated the minority, and left it wallowing in statelessness for decades. He described horrific violence and abuse, including allegations of "killing by random firing of bullets, use of grenades, shooting at close range, stabbings, beatings to death and the burning of houses with families inside". ?Given all of this, can anyone rule out that elements of genocide may be present?? Zeid asked the 47-member council. Dehumanisation Myanmar?s ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Htin Lynn, did not address those accusations, but insisted to the council that the humanitarian situation at its border with Bangladesh was of ?paramount concern?, and that Yangon was ?making every effort to resolve the issue?. He also denied Zeid?s claim that Yangon was doing little to rein in hate speech and incitement to violence against the minority, insisting "my government is doing everything possible to deter these individual acts." But Zeid slammed the government?s inaction, warning that ?by continuing to dehumanise the Rohingya, the state authorities will fuel even wider levels of violence in the future, drawing in communities from across the region.? He urged the rights council to ask the UN General Assembly to launch a new ?impartial and independent mechanism?, to work alongside a fact-finding mission already dispatched by his office. In March the rights council approved the fact-finding mission to investigate alleged crimes by security forces, particularly in Rakhine. But Myanmar has so far refused to cooperate and has blocked access to the team of investigators, who have begun their work outside the country. ?Comparable to Rwanda? The rights council rarely holds special sessions, which can only be convened at the request of at least a third of its 47 member states, or 16 countries. Tuesday?s session was held at the request of Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia, with the support of 33 council members and more than 40 observer states. Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Shahriar Alam warned that the massive exodus over such a short period was ?comparable only with the exodus following the 1994 Rwanda genocide?. After months of wrangling, Myanmar and Bangladesh signed a deal on November 23 to start repatriating refugees within two months. But rights groups say the conditions are not in place to ensure safe, voluntary and dignified returns. According to the UN?s top expert on the situation in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, Myanmar authorities appear to have already started building camps for returnees, raising serious concerns about the conditions the Rohingya would return to. Comments from the top UN representative on sexual violence, Pramila Patten, also painted a harrowing picture of the dangers faced by the minority inside Myanmar. She warned that rampant sexual attacks on Rohingya appeared to be ?used as a tool of dehumanisation and collective punishment,? citing witness accounts of women and girls tied to rocks or trees ?before multiple soldiers literally raped them to death?. Denied a name Civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been the target of global vitriol for a perceived failure to stand up for the stateless minority. But she remains a heroine for most of her compatriots, who largely consider the Rohingya as unwanted illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. Zeid meanwhile lamented the refusal inside Myanmar but also by some international players to even name the Rohingyas, creating "a shameful paradox: they are denied a name, while being targetted for being who they are?.
  14. A flag is pictured outside the Permanent Mission of North Korea in Geneva, Switzerland, November 17, 2017. Photo: Reuters file TOKYO/WASHINGTON: Japan has detected radio signals suggesting North Korea may be preparing another ballistic missile launch, although such signals are not unusual and satellite images did not show fresh activity, a Japanese government source said on Tuesday. After firing missiles at a pace of about two or three a month since April, North Korean missile launches paused in September, after it fired a rocket that passed over Japan?s northern Hokkaido Island. ?This is not enough to determine (if a launch is likely soon),? the source told Reuters. Japan?s Kyodo news agency reported late on Monday that the Japanese government was on alert after catching such radio signals, suggesting a launch could come in a few days. The report also said the signals might be related to winter military training by the North Korean military. North Korea is pursuing its nuclear weapons and missile programmes in defiance of UN Security Council sanctions and has made no secret of its plans to develop a missile capable of hitting the US mainland. It has fired two missiles over Japan. South Korea?s Yonhap news agency, citing a South Korean government source, also reported that intelligence officials of the United States, South Korea and Japan had recently detected signs of a possible missile launch and have been on higher alert. South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon told reporters on Tuesday there have been ?noteworthy? movements from the North since its last missile launch in mid-September, but there was no hard evidence of another nuclear or missile test. ?North Korea hasn?t been engaging in new nuclear or missile tests but recently we?ve seen them persistently testing engines and carrying out fuel tests,? said Cho at a media event in Seoul. ?But we need some more time to see whether these are directly related to missile and nuclear tests.? Asked about the media reports, Pentagon spokesman Colonel Robert Manning told reporters the United States continued to watch North Korea very closely. ?This is a diplomatically led effort at this point, supported by military options,? he said. ?The Republic of Korea and US alliance remains strong and capable of countering any North Korean provocations or attacks.? Two US government sources familiar with official assessments of North Korean capabilities and activities said that while they were not immediately familiar with recent intelligence suggesting that North Korea was preparing to launch a new missile test, the US government would not be surprised if such a test were to take place in the very near future. Other US intelligence officials noted North Korea has previously sent deliberately misleading signs of preparations for missile and nuclear tests, in part to mask real preparations, and in part to test US and allied intelligence on its activities. South Korea?s Cho said North Korea may announce the completion of its nuclear programme within a year, as it is moving more faster than expected in developing its arsenal. North Korea defends its weapons programmes as a necessary defence against US plans to invade. The United States, which stations 28,500 troops in South Korea, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean war, denies any such intention.
  15. The German car industry risks running short of key raw materials for automotive batteries, hampering a planned boost in the production of electric vehicles (EVs), Germany?s largest industry association BDI warned. ?The risk of running into bottlenecks in raw material supply is increasing because demand is growing faster than production capacity,? Matthias Wachter, head of security and raw materials at the BDI was quoted as saying by Sunday paper Welt am Sonntag. ?Without sufficient supplies for instance of cobalt, graphite, lithium or manganese there won?t be any future technology ?made in Germany?,? he added. Demand for these materials is expected to soar as carmakers rush to embrace EVs in response to governments around the world cracking down on pollution. German carmaker Volkswagen said it is pushing to secure long-term supply contracts to avoid material shortages as it aims to invest 34 billion euros (30.42 billion pounds) in battery-powered cars by 2022 to challenge Tesla Daimler?s Mercedes brand plans to offer an electric version of every model it sells by 2022, while rival BMW, a pioneer in electric cars with its i3 model, has vowed to achieve mass production by 2025 with 12 fully electric models. Recycling companies such as Belgium?s Umicore or US group Retriev Technologies are preparing to extract metals from old batteries so they can capitalise on an expected shortfall in materials.
  16. The Argentine navy raised the possibility on Thursday that a navy submarine missing in the South Atlantic suffered an explosion, heightening concerns over the fate of the 44 crew members. An abnormal sound detected underwater by an international agency on the morning of Nov. 15, around the time that the ARA San Juan sent its last signal and in the same area, was ?consistent with an explosion,? navy spokesman Enrique Balbi told reporters. The navy did not have enough information to say what the cause of the explosion could have been or whether the vessel might have been attacked, Balbi said. He was commenting on information the navy received on Thursday from the Comprehensive nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), an international body that runs a global network of listening posts designed to check for secret atomic blasts. The Vienna-based agency, which has monitoring stations equipped with devices including underwater microphones that scan the oceans for sound waves, said in a statement that two of its stations had detected an unusual signal near where the submarine went missing. But the agency was more guarded about whether this was caused by an explosion. A huge sea and air hunt is being conducted for the San Juan, a German-built, diesel-electric powered submarine that was launched in 1983, as crew members? relatives wait anxiously for news more than a week after the vessel disappeared. The relatives, camped out in a naval base in the coastal city of Mar del Plata, have been largely optimistic until now, but they shed tears and insulted authorities after being briefed on the news of the possible explosion. They were told about it before the public announcement. Balbi said that the news of the abnormal sound was consistent with a separate report received Wednesday of an ?acoustic anomaly? in the same area and around the same time. The San Juan was some 430 km (270 miles) off the Patagonian coast when it sent its last signal. ?This is very important because it allows us to correlate and confirm the acoustic anomaly from the US report yesterday,? Balbi said. ?Here, we?re talking about a singular, short, violent, non-nuclear event, consistent with an explosion.? In Vienna, CTBTO hydroacoustic engineer Mario Zampolli said the signal his agency had detected, ?could be consistent with an explosion but there is no certainty about this.? Speaking to Reuters, he agreed with Balbi?s description of the signal as unusual and short, adding that the cause was non-natural. The submarine was en route from Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, to Mar del Plata, some 400 km (250 miles) south of Buenos Aires, when it reported an electrical malfunction shortly before disappearing. The vessel had seven days of oxygen supply, meaning the crew would be running low if it had not been able to surface. HOPE FADING The news of the possible explosion prompted some family members to fear the worst, and many criticized the authorities? response to the crisis. ?They kept us here for a week. Why did they not tell us?? Itati Leguizamon, the wife of a crew member. ?I do not have any more hope, it is over.? Some relatives have questioned authorities for letting the crew navigate on an ageing submarine - criticism that has highlighted the armed forces? dwindling resources since the end of a military dictatorship in the 1980s. Authorities have said the level of maintenance, not the age, was what mattered, and that the vessel was in good condition. It received a major mid-life upgrade in 2009, in which its four diesel engines and electric propeller engines were replaced, according to specialist publication Jane?s Sentinel. Earlier on Thursday, a US embassy spokeswoman said an object detected by a US Navy plane near the area where the submarine sent its last signal turned out not to be the missing vessel. The plane, a P-8A Poseidon, was one of dozens of Argentine and foreign boats and planes involved in the hunt.
  17. A general view of the US Supreme Court building in Washington, US, November 15, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/Files WASHINGTON: In a move certain to please conservatives, President Donald Trump on Friday added five names to his list of candidates for a prospective US Supreme Court vacancy as he presses ahead with a campaign to move the federal judiciary to the right. Two of them ? Amy Coney Barrett and Kevin Newsom ? are appellate judges who were nominated by Trump earlier this year and confirmed by the Senate. Another, Brett Kavanaugh, sits on the US Court of Appeals in Washington, long viewed as a stepping-stone to the high court. The others were Britt Grant, a Georgia Supreme Court justice, and Patrick Wyrick, an Oklahoma Supreme Court justice. There is no current vacancy on the US Supreme Court but three justices are 79 or older. During his presidential campaign last year, Trump identified 20 conservative candidates for the Supreme Court. Upon taking office, he named Neil Gorsuch to the court to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia, restoring the Supreme Court?s conservative majority. Gorsuch was confirmed by the Senate in April and has established himself as one of the Supreme Court?s most conservative justices. Speaking at a Federalist Society conference of conservative legal advocates, White House Counsel Donald McGahn said Trump is ?very committed? to appointing judges who are ?committed originalists and textualists,? referring to a legal philosophy that relies on the actual wording of laws and the original meaning of the US Constitution. ?They all have paper trails. They all are sitting judges. There is nothing unknown about them. What you see is what you get,? McGahn said. The five jurists, all with strong conservative credentials, were added to the list with input from conservative leaders, and should another seat on the court open up, Trump will nominate a candidate from the updated list of 25, the White House said. Leonard Leo, an advisor to the president on Supreme Court nominations, said Trump thought it was time to refresh the original list. ?When you?re committed to picking from a list you want to make sure it?s as complete as possible,? Leo said in an interview. Kavanaugh, who was appointed to the federal bench in 2006 by Republican former President George W. Bush, served as a White House counsel under Bush and worked as an assistant to Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel who investigated Democratic former President Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Grant and Wyrick both joined state challenges to the Affordable Care Act, Democratic former President Barack Obama?s signature healthcare law, and Obama regulations aimed at reducing emissions from coal-burning power plants, said Carrie Severino, chief counsel of the Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative legal advocacy group. Kennedy is pivotal Justice The court currently consists of five conservatives and four liberals, with conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy sometimes joining with the liberals on high-profile issues such as gay rights and abortion. At 81, Kennedy is the second-oldest justice on the court behind liberal Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 84, and some former Kennedy clerks have said he is considering retirement. Liberal Justice Stephen Breyer is 79. Should any of those step down, Trump would get a historic opportunity to shape the court in a more conservative direction for decades to come. Supreme Court appointments are lifetime jobs. Conservatives criticize the federal judiciary as too liberal, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the same conference lashed out at ?activist judges.? Trump already has taken steps to make the federal judiciary more conservative, with 14 judicial appointees already confirmed by the Senate and more in the pipeline. Catherine Glenn Foster, president of the anti-abortion advocacy group Americans United for Life, said she was pleased with the new selections. ?From their known records they tend to be strong on recognizing the protections for life,? she said in an interview. On Friday, Republican Alabama Governor Kay Ivey said she would support her party?s Senate candidate Roy Moore, who has been accused by several women of unwanted sexual contact, because of the importance of keeping the Senate under Republican control should another Supreme Court vacancy arise.
  18. Today is a special day. Is it my birthday? Is it the day Ryan Gosling finally tells me he loves me? Is it the day I inherit a trust fund? Is it the day I find the miracle cure to obesity? No. It gets better. Today is Delhi's Queer Pride Parade – the city's tenth, with people marching in from across the city (and the world) – it's the day we all get to stand together for equality. Stand together forbasic rights. Stand together for love, but most importantly; stand together because we make a really good-looking picture. That includes you, straight folks. Are you a red-blooded heterosexual who doesn't understand why he needs to walk the talk? ('Why do I need to meet gay guys?' the average straight bloke would guffaw in my face, 'How will it help me?') Source: Delhi Queer Pride Support for your LGBT friends aside, here are four selfish reasons why you need to keep those PlayStations away and start walking for Pride today: 1. We'll motivate you to join the gym if you haven't already. Let me tell you a secret. We got to Cross Fit when you were still struggling with crunches – it's no surprise that gay men are more aware of their bodies than their straight counterparts. We might come in all shapes and sizes, but we'll still make sure we look the best version of ourselves whichever way we are packaged – we are giftwrapped with gym memberships and protein supplements. And we also do Pilates. Forty-five minutes at Pride can do what hours of staring at fitness videos on YouTube can't. After that, a few months of motivation is all you need to end up looking like the next big underwear model. 2. Get style advice straight from the expert! When your idea of making a style statement is cycling through your three Zara shirts with a pair of cream khakis, you need help. I am not saying every gay man is a writer with GQ magazine, but when it comes to fashion, we have the common sense not to wear socks with our sandals. Pride walk is the fashion parade that tells you what works and what doesn't. Source: Facebook - Delhi Queer Pride Want to know what colour belt works with your Italian shoes? Do stripes really go with spots? What's the point of wearing a bow tie? Now you know whom to turn to, oh sweet summer child, so keep your Crocs where they rightfully belong. Back in your closets. 3. Find a gay best friend Carrie Bradshaw isn't the only person who needs a gay best friend – everyone could do with one. We know the best places to get brunch, we understand how cufflinks work and we'll honestly tell you what not to say to your girlfriend when she's threatening to break up with you. We are the Chandler to your Joey, without the girlfriend who got in the way. 4. And finally stop being homophobic and go! Fashion tips and gym buddies aside, the main reason you should go walk the pride is to show your support for the LGBT community. Contrary to popular belief, the gay men who are at the parade won't hit on you. They won't even look at you. We have other important things to worry about – like inequality and basic rights. Also, walking for the LGBT Pride won't make you gay – because surprisingly, things don't work that way. Throw those old fashioned ideas in the trash can and step out. We did it ages ago, and let me tell you that it's very fulfilling. Or at least most gay men did. 'Why should I go?' asks Rohan, a flamboyant digital marketing manager who's a year older, but eons cuter. 'I am not an activist; plus it's a Sunday afternoon, I'll rather sleep in!' he sips at his peppermint tea, handing me his almond biscotti. Sigh. If only his sensibility matched his swagger. Source: Facebook - Delhi Queer Pride If like Rohan, you are one of the many gay men who don't think it's their calling (or place) to participate in the parade, don't fret. I've got you covered too. Here are a few reasons for you to pull back those bed covers and pull up your socks just in time for the walk today: 1. It gives you the same sense of belonging that a clearance sale does. Let's face it – you might love your straight friends to death, but they'd never be able to relate to the bad Grindr date you had last week, the one with the man who thought it'd be okay to get his ex along. It's different at the parade – here, as you are surrounded by fun (read: fabulous) people who are just like you, you feel the same way you felt when you bought clothes at half price. Do you know what that lovely feeling is? It's the overwhelming sense of community. The feeling that you belong. Without any dates with exes involved. 2. It's better than finding love on Grindr. Sick of rummaging around the dregs of online dating, sifting through the same pool of shirtless men? Source: Facebook - Delhi Queer Guide You have more chances of running into the love of your life here than you have of having a decent, fulfilling conversation on Grindr. Can you imagine the possibilities of not having your heart broken by yet another torso that asks you for 'a dick pic?' Well, now you can. How about you go say hi to the cute boy waving the pride flag across the road instead? You no longer need to lie to people about meeting your future boyfriend at Starbucks. 3. A chance to dress fabulously. Remember that multicoloured jacket you drunkenly bought online after a bitter break-up and an even bitter bottle of wine? Now's your chance to tear out the plastic wrapping and wear it like you own it (side note: because in this case, you actually do.) Pride's the perfect excuse to be proud of your identity and keep the inhibitions at bay – feather boas or floral shirts, if you think you can pull it off, pull it out of your closets right now. 4. And finally, stop the internalized homophobia. Source: Facebook - Delhi Queer Pride The only people who hate gay men more than bigoted straight men are gay men themselves. The twinks hate the chubs. The bears hate the cubs. The intellectuals hate the social butterflies. The mascs hate the femmes. The models hate the geeks. The activists hate the slackers. The queens hate the discreet. And everyone hates me. It's finally time to end the internalized homophobia, guys, and there's no better place to start than walk for Pride itself. What about me? I'll see you at the finish line. Pssst. Did my words stir you enough to attend? Here are a few quick details for you if you plan to swing by The LGBT Pride Parade: When: 3 PM Onwards, Sunday, November 12th, 2017. Where: Intersection of Barakhamba Road and Tolstoy Marg, central Delhi.
  19. KARACHI: Former Sindh governor Ishratul Ebad Wednesday welcomed a possible alliance between Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) and Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP), however said that it would also be a "test" for leadership of both the parties. The MQM-P and PSP have agreed upon working together in an effort to resolve Karachi's issues including delimitations and those relating provisional results of the census, according to sources. The working formula is based on the MQM-P's agreement to not demand resignations of its party members who switched to the PSP, some reports suggest. Speaking to Geo News, Ebad said it's a good thing if the MQM-P and PSP form an alliance. "I have not had any contact with either of the two parties of late, nor do I have any role [in the alliance]." He said that at times a person cannot determine his role, but the time does. Commenting on the predictions of Manzoor Wassan, former Sindh governor said he is in contact with Wassan. "If Wassan had a dream, then he would have also seen the person," Ebad said, adding that he would not have been the person Wassan had seen. He said fighting each other would serve no one and the possible alliance would be a "test' for leadership on both sides. "It would be difficult in the beginning. Changing the mindset of workers is a difficult stage," the ex-governor said, explaining when MQM-Haqiqi was formed, it took people a lot of time to accept it. Rejecting reports about him leading the [unified] party, he also presented a clarification on behalf of former president Pervez Musharraf saying, "Musharraf has his own party and he is focusing on that." Ebad explained that a person leads a party on the wish of the people and said he is not mentally prepared for assuming possible leadership. He said even if Haqiqi isn't made part of the alliance, then there can be a working relationship with it. "It would be in favour of Karachi even if it turns out to be a working relationship formula," he added.
  20. Fat loss is a systematic and gradual process. You don't get fat in just 4 weeks, so you can't get fit in just 4 weeks either. However, even if after consistent training and dieting you're still not losing fat, then you might be doing one or more of the following things. 1) You're Not In A Caloric Deficit Diet © Thinkstock/Getty Images You might think it is quite obvious not being in a caloric deficit while dieting but as a coach I have learned it is a basic mistake that a lot of people make. They start consuming whey protein, brown rice, oats, chicken breast and peanut butter (so-called clean foods) and think they are eating less than usual. But the problem is they're eating too much and they don't know the right process. Hence, they stay fat. It doesn't matter if you're not consuming carbohydrates at night or using an isolate-whey supplement, if you're not in a caloric deficit, you will not drop fat. Therefore, if you're stuck at a particular weight, I highly suggest re-evaluating your diet. Please understand that you can easily be in a surplus despite 'eating clean'. 2) You're Not Being Patient Like I said earlier- just like you can't get fat in just 4 weeks, you're not getting fit in just 4 weeks. The body takes time to adjust to a caloric deficit diet. So be patient, don't jump from one coach to another and one diet to another. For the first 2-3 weeks don't adjust anything in your diet even if you're not losing weight. Just focus on fulfilling your protein, fat and micronutrient requirements. If things don't work out even after 2-3 weeks, then it's time to re-evaluate your diet. 3) Your Diet Is Too Strict & Tasteless © YouTube Some people go too hard on themselves. They consume the same meals every day which includes boiled and tasteless food. As a result, they burn out and binge on junk food over the weekend. These are the same people who also regain a majority of their weight back as soon as they go off the dieting phase. The idea of healthy eating is to develop a healthy relationship with food. This kind of extreme dieting results in black and white thinking and isn't suitable if you want to get lean and maintain that lean body for the rest of your life. 4) Your Diet Is Too Flexible In opposition to the above point, if your diet is too flexible, it can create problems as well. Instagram fitness models love showing off how they stay ripped even after consuming donuts for breakfast and pizza slices post-workout. Of course, IIFYM (if it fits your macros) works but if you're consuming different foods in every meal every day, calculating macronutrients and ensuring your calories are in check becomes very troublesome. Hell, it's painful! I suggest fixing your food items and quantity for every meal but changing the style of cooking. 5) You're Dieting At The Wrong Time © Thinkstock/Getty Images Your body doesn't understand that you're dieting on purpose to get lean. All it understands is that you're getting less food and you're starving. Being in a caloric deficit diet is a major stress point for the body. Therefore, if you already have other major sources of stress in your life like competitive exams, final year projects, managing your sister's wedding etc. losing fat at this time isn't the best idea. In such periods you can consider maintaining your weight, developing healthy habits of consuming nutritious whole foods and working out regularly. Yash Sharma is a well-regarded strength coach and nutritionist from New Delhi, India. He believes in enhancing the quality of his clients' physiques, as well as life. You can connect with him on Instagram, Facebook, and Gmail. You can also check out his YouTube Channel: Yash Sharma Fitness for training and nutrition videos.
  21. TEKNAF: Authorities in Bangladesh were bracing Sunday for another possible surge in Rohingya refugee arrivals, with thousands from the Muslim minority believed stranded along the border with Myanmar waiting to cross. Border guards are also concerned that the relaxing later Sunday of a temporary ban on fishing in the Bay of Bengal could see a surge in people-smuggling along the coast as unscrupulous captains return to the seas. Rohingya refugees already in Bangladesh have received videos from families across the border showing thousands of displaced Muslims massing near crossing points, waiting for an opportunity to cross. "We have seen some videos sent by people across the border. There are many gathered there. The number could be big," Border Guard Bangladesh commander Lieutenant Colonel S.M. Ariful Islam told AFP, without giving an estimate. Almost 600,000 Rohingya refugees have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh since late August, when militant attacks on Myanmar´s security forces in Rakhine state sparked a major army crackdown on the community likened by the UN and others to ethnic cleansing. Around 10,000 were left stranded in no man´s land near Anjumanpara village for three days last week after being prevented from crossing into Bangladesh. They were finally permitted by authorities to enter Thursday. The influx has slowed since then, with charities and officials reporting about 200 people crossing the Naf River dividing the two countries. "(But) those that came told us thousands were still stranded on the other side of Naf," Jashim Uddin, a volunteer for the International Organisation for Migration, told AFP. Another border guard told AFP an estimated 10-15,000 refugees were heading to Anjumanpara but had been pushed back. "We heard from their relatives that the Myanmar army has stopped them from heading to the border," said a Border Guard spokesman, Iqbal Ahmed. Refugees arriving Sunday described violence in their villages in Rakhine and food shortages that had forced countless numbers to flee. "We hardly had any food for the last 10-15 days. They torched our home. We did not have any choice but to leave," Yasmin, who goes by one name, told AFP at the coastal village of Shah Porir Dwip. Authorities meanwhile are on high alert for fishermen seeking to ferry refugees to Bangladesh via the open sea as the temporary fishing ban expires later Sunday. "It is risky, but you can make a lot of money ferrying Rohingya to Bangladesh," said local fisherman Shawkat Hossain.
  22. Mossos d'Esquadra, Catalan regional police officers, carry barriers near the Catalonian regional parliament in Barcelona, Spain, October 10, 2017. Photo: REUTERS BARCELONA: Catalan police tightened their protective ring around the region?s parliament on Tuesday where secessionists have pledged a unilateral declaration of independence from Spain despite warnings from Madrid of swift counter-measures. Regional leader Carles Puigdemont held a meeting of his cabinet to decide how to press an independence drive that has stirred powerful emotions across Spain and raised fears of turmoil among European Union partner states. Catalan police armed with automatic rifles guarded Barcelona?s Parc de la Ciutadella that houses the elegant 18th century parliament as it prepared to convene at 6 p.m. (1600 GMT). About 20 armoured Catalan police vans blocked every entrance to the park and the entrance to parliament itself was guarded by three armoured vans and officers wearing balaclavas. Spanish national police, denounced by separatists for their use of force to hinder the region?s Oct. 1 referendum, were not to be seen. However, the Spanish government was reinforcing security at airports and rail stations in Catalonia. Pro-independence activists were gathering around the parliament, where big screens had been set up for them to watch proceedings. Farmers parked half a dozen tractors near the assembly, flying the separatist Catalan flag. A declaration of independence would deepen Spain?s biggest political crisis since an attempted military coup in 1981 and would almost certainly draw a crackdown from Madrid, possibly including suspension of Catalonia?s autonomous government. Both Spain?s government and European Council President Donald Tusk appealed to Puigdemont not to proclaim independence. ?I ask you to respect, in your intentions, the constitutional order and not to announce a decision that would make such a dialogue impossible. Diversity should not, and need not, lead to conflict, whose consequences would obviously be bad for the Catalans, for Spain and for the whole of Europe,? Tusk said in a speech in Brussels. The government of Spain?s wealthiest region says 90 percent of those who voted on Oct. 1 backed independence, but turnout was only 43 percent as many opponents of statehood stayed at home. IRREVERSIBLE STEP The Spanish government appealed to Puigdemont to reflect and not to take an irrevocable step by declaring independence. ?I want to ask Mr. Puigdemont not to do anything irreversible, not to take a path of no return, not to carry out any unilateral declaration of independence and to return to legality,? Madrid government spokesman Inigo Mendez de Vigo told reporters. A woman walks past a graffiti which reads "Franco has returned" in Barcelona, Spain. Photo: REUTERS French President Emmanuel Macron said the EU should not play a mediating role in the Catalonia crisis, expressing confidence in Madrid?s ability to handle the situation. The Catalan parliament and other buildings, such as the regional high court building, could become a focus of contention between Spanish and Catalan authorities. Thousands of national police reinforcements sent by Madrid for the referendum remain in the area, many of them in two cruise ships docked in Barcelona harbour. Supporters of independence were already congregating near the parliament hours before a pro-independence rally called for 6 p.m. to coincide with Puigdemont?s speech to the assembly. ?We?re very excited, it?s another historic day and we?re hoping they will declare independence,? said Laura Moreno, a 21-year-old literature student, sitting wrapped in a Catalan flag near the parliament. If independence is not declared, she said, ?the fight will go on and we?ll try again ... If it doesn?t happen now, it will in the future.? Aitor Llado, 30, walking near the Catalan parliament carrying a Catalan separatist flag, also said it was an historic day. ?Today is the day they are going to declare independence and we hope to leave Spain because it?s an oppressor country.? The issue has deeply divided the northeastern region as well as the Spanish nation. Opinion polls conducted before the vote suggested a minority of around 40 percent of residents in Catalonia backed independence. Losing Catalonia, which has its own language and culture, would deprive Spain of a fifth of its economic output and more than a quarter of exports. Hundreds of thousands of people demonstrated in Barcelona against independence at the weekend, waving red-yellow Spanish flags through the city centre. Mossos d'Esquadra, Catalan regional police officers, stand guard outside the Catalonia regional parliament in Barcelona, Spain. Photo: REUTERS That rally occurred a week after some 900 people were injured when police fired rubber bullets and stormed crowds with truncheons to disrupt a referendum ruled illegal in Madrid. Puigdemont has said he is determined to apply a law passed by the Catalan assembly that called for a declaration of independence within days if Catalans voted ?yes? on Oct. 1. Puigdemont could ask the parliament to vote on a motion of independence, which lawmakers say would start a period of up to six months during which Catalonia would write a new constitution and negotiate a divorce with Spain. Or, he could make a statement of intent on a future independence declaration. Catalan government spokesman Jordi Turull refused to disclose what Puigdemont would say but told a news conference after the cabinet meeting he would be ?clear and explicit? and Tuesday would be an historic day. The Madrid government has said it will respond immediately to any unilateral independence proclamation. Spanish ruling party lawmakers said Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy was considering taking the unprecedented step of dissolving the Catalan parliament and triggering new regional elections, the so-called ?nuclear option?. The European Commission repeated its call for dialogue in Spain to end the crisis in Catalonia. Puigdemont has also called for talks and international mediation, but Rajoy has said he will not negotiate with the Catalan leaders unless they abandon plans to declare independence.
  23. US Senator John McCain (C) departs after the weekly Republican caucus policy luncheon at the US Capitol, Washington, US, September 19, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst WASHINGTON: US Senator John McCain said on Friday he opposes the latest Republican bill to dismantle Obamacare, dealing the measure what could be a fatal blow given the party?s slim Senate majority. With several other Republicans still undecided on the measure, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said earlier this week he intended to bring it to the Senate floor for a vote next week, though he did not promise to do so. A vote would set the stage for another dramatic Capitol Hill decision on the 2010 law that brought health insurance to millions of Americans and became former Democratic President Barack Obama?s signature domestic achievement. For seven years, Republicans have hammered Obamacare as an unwarranted government intrusion into American healthcare. President Donald Trump made repealing Obamacare one of his top campaign promises in 2016. Democrats have fiercely defended it. The announcement by McCain ? a Republican who has often been at odds with Trump and who cast a crucial ?no? vote in July that helped defeat an earlier Republican repeal bill ? had the potential to up-end McConnell?s plans. McConnell?s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment. At a rally in Alabama, Trump said McCain?s decision was ?totally unexpected, terrible?. Despite the setback, Trump said, ?We still have a chance. We?re going to do it eventually.? Republicans have only a narrow Senate majority and cannot afford to lose many votes on the bill. They are also on a tight timetable. McConnell has been trying to schedule a vote on the bill by September 30 ? the last day on which the bill could pass with only a simple majority of 51 votes in the Senate. A vote taken any later than that would have to garner at least 60 votes for passage. Weeks after the humiliating defeat in July when the Obamacare repeal fight seemed to be over, the current bill was introduced by Republican Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham ? a close friend of McCain?s ? and seemed to gain momentum. McCain says details on impact needed But McCain in a statement on Friday laid out his opposition, ?I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal.? He said he took no pleasure in announcing his opposition and noted that the bill?s authors ?are my dear friends?. McCain complained about the rushed process Republicans used to push the bill forward. He said he would consider supporting a bill like it if it had emerged from extensive hearings, debate and amendment. ?But that has not been the case,? he said. McCain ? who cast his ?no? vote in July just days after being diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer ? said he could not support the bill without knowing how much it would cost, how it would affect insurance premiums, and ?how many people will be helped or hurt by it,? information that will not be available until the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office provides a full assessment at the end of September. The Graham-Cassidy bill would take the federal money spent on the Medicaid program for the poor and disabled, as well as subsidies to help Americans buy private insurance, and divvy it up to the states in block grants. Advocates say that would give states more discretion to manage their own healthcare schemes. Although the CBO has not yet fully assessed the bill?s effects, independent analyses indicate it would fundamentally redistribute federal healthcare money, generally with Republican-leaning states benefiting and Democratic-leaning states losing, largely because a majority of the states that opted to expand Medicaid under Obamacare were Democratic-leaning. A Washington Post-ABC News opinion poll said Americans prefer Obamacare to the Graham-Cassidy alternative by 56 percent to 33 percent. Graham said in a statement he was not giving up. ?We press on,? he said. Shares of health insurers turned up after McCain announced his opposition. Centene ended 1.6 percent higher while Humana closed up 0.2 percent, reversing earlier losses. Winners and losers among states State-by-state impacts from Graham-Cassidy would vary, the Axios news website reported on Friday, citing a study by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) ? the unit of the Department of Health and Human Services that oversees Medicaid and the Obamacare program. The CMS study found that by 2026, Alaska would lose 38 percent of its federal funding for insurance subsidies and Medicaid; Arizona would lose 9 percent; Maine would gain 44 percent; Ohio would lose 18 percent; and West Virginia would lose 23 percent, Axios reported. These states are home to Republican senators who are under pressure on healthcare. Both of Alaska?s Republican senators, Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, are still on the fence over Graham-Cassidy. The CMS had no immediate comment on the Axios report. Besides McCain, Kentucky?s Rand Paul is the only other Republican senator who has publicly said he opposes the bill. Maine?s Susan Collins said she was leaning against the bill, the Portland Press-Herald newspaper reported on Friday. Kansas? Jerry Moran is also undecided. No Democrats support the bill. To pass Graham-Cassidy, the Republicans need at least 50 votes in the 100-seat Senate, which they control 52-48, with Vice President Mike Pence casting a potential tie-breaking vote. The insurance industry, hospitals, medical advocacy groups ? such as the American Medical Association, American Heart Association, and American Cancer Society, the AARP advocacy group for the elderly, and consumer activists oppose the bill. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a liberal think tank in Washington, estimated the bill would cause more than 30 million people to lose insurance.
  24. The most tweaked feature of the latest iOS update, the Control Center comes with a new look and several new toggles. But there seems to be a problem reported with the tweaks to the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi toggles in Control Center. In iOS 11, Apple lets you disconnect devices or disconnect from networks by toggling off those two buttons from within the Control Center. Those buttons do not, however, deactivate the actual radios in the device. This might seem like a bug, but this is exactly what Apple intended to do. Another classic example of Apples knows best, at the expense of taking away choice from the user. No need to worry though, if you want to conserve battery or fend off potential attacks, you can still properly turn off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi from the Settings app. This new update could trigger a meltdown in Apple users who may feel they're not getting what they're asking for.
  25. Oil prices rose on Wednesday after Iraq?s oil minister said OPEC and other crude producers were considering extending or even deepening a supply cut to curb a global glut, while a report showed a smaller-than-expected increase in U.S. inventories. US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures CLc1 were up 34 cents at $49.82 a barrel at 0018 GMT. On Tuesday, the contract declined 43 cents to $49.48. Brent crude futures LCOc1 were 24 cents higher at $55.38. They settled down 34 cents at $55.14 a barrel the previous session, not far off a five-month high of $55.99. While options being considered by the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and other producers include an extension of cuts in output by months, it is premature to decide on what to do beyond March, when the agreement expires, Iraqi oil minister Jabar al-Luaibi told an energy conference in the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday. OPEC and producers including Russia have agreed to reduce output by about 1.8 million barrels per day until March 2018 in a bid to reduce global oil inventories and support prices. Some producers think the pact should be extended for three or four months, others want an extension until the end of 2018, while some, including Ecuador and Iraq, think there should be another round of supply cuts, al-Luaibi said. Nigeria?s oil minister and the head of Libya?s state oil company are likely to attend a meeting between OPEC and non-OPEC nations on Friday, two OPEC sources said. Both are exempt from the deal to curb output and their resulting boost to production has weighed on prices. This has prompted more talk about including Libya and Nigeria in the pact. Meanwhile, US crude stocks rose last week while gasoline and distillate stocks decreased, data from industry group the American Petroleum Institute (API) showed on Tuesday. Crude inventories rose by 1.4 million barrels in the week to Sept. 15 to 470.3 million, compared with expectations for an increase of 3.5 million barrels. Crude stocks at the Cushing, Oklahoma, delivery hub rose by 422,000 barrels, API said. Official figures on stockpiles and refinery runs will be released by the U.S. Department of Energy later on Wednesday.