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  1. OnePlus confirmed in its forums yesterday that none of its current devices, including the 3/3T and the 5/5T, will support Project Treble, even after they're updated to Android Oreo. In an AMA on the OnePlus forums, OnePlus confirmed that the OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T, OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T won't get Project Treble support. Project Treble is making its debut in Android Oreo, and it's set to potentially be a game changer in how updates are handled. Announced back in May at Google I/O, Project Treble is a new way of handling updates on Android devices. In short, Treble is designed to make it easier for OEMs to update to newer versions of Android. It does this by splitting up portions of Android that don't need to change with updates, such as the work done with part vendors including Qualcomm. © Google This process replaces the existing process that involves a wait-in period for manufacturers in receiving the new software release from chip makers to modify the software specific to their hardware. OnePlus hasn't given a reason as to why it isn't adding this technology as part of the Oreo update that it will be pushing out to its phones. Only devices that ship with Android Oreo installed out of the box will be required to feature Project Treble, and, sadly, OnePlus's most recent phone, the 5T, ships with Android Nougat. © Google Still, Google's first-generation Pixel phone supports Project Treble, and the Essential Phone is attempting to support the feature, even though those phones first shipped with Android Nougat. So it's clear that adding support is possible. Many have been disappointed with the fact that the OnePlus 5T ships with Nougat out of the box. Android Oreo has been out for a couple of months now and smartphone makers like Sony and LG have already started shipping products with Oreo out of the box. It won't be surprising to see OnePlus say that the 5T will receive two major Android updates and this should include the Oreo and N - practically meaning just a year of software support. The good news, however, is that the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T won't be left out in the cold after Android 8.0 Oreo. They (along with the OnePlus 5 and 5T, presumably) are slated to get Android 8.1 Oreo-based firmware 'later'.
  2. [embed_video1 url= style=center] KARACHI: Governor Sindh Mohammad Zubair said on Wednesday the delay in completion of Green Line bus project in Karachi is due to the provincial government, however, added the project would become operational by May, next year. The statement was made as the Sindh governor interacted with newsmen during his visit to Karachi's Hyderi area, where he reviewed progress of work on the project. Zubair said Karachi used to be considered as one of the most dangerous cities in the world. "The megapolis has witnessed a miraculous change over the last four years, with major crimes eliminated from the city." He said Rangers performed brilliantly in the city and the purpose to have the paramilitary force in the megapolis is to not allow the law and order situation to deteriorate again, and for the people to remain satisfied. The Sindh governor further said a major chunk of the Karachi package has been allocated for the city's infrastructure. He said the Green Line bus service would be operational by April or May, 2018.
  3. The 'Gates of Light' (Icoon Afsluitdijk) ? an art project made by Studio Roosegaarde to highlight the key functions of the Afsluitdijk (Enclosure Dam) during renovation work ? illuminates the dam near Kornwerderzand, The Netherlands, November 16, 2017. AFP/ANP/Olaf Kraak1 AFLSUITDIJK: Dutch artists unveiled a design and light show Thursday to highlight one of the country's landmark engineering projects, built more than 80 years ago as part of The Netherlands' famed sea defences. As daylight faded, the art project to celebrate the Afsluitdijk ? a bridge that runs 32 kilometres (20 miles) across a gulf in the northern Netherlands ? was lit up by the lights of passing cars driving across the famous divide. The "Icoon Afsluitdijk" project is designed to shine at night "to enhance and safeguard" the dyke's "rich heritage and anchor its position in the world as a Dutch water engineering and design icon", its creators said. Commissioned by the Dutch government, the project consists of a number of art installations, of which the last ? called "Gates of Light" ? was unveiled Thursday. Artist Daan Roosegaarde and his team applied a reflective layer to the Afsluitdijk's 60 imposing floodgates, which allows the concrete gates to brightly light up at night in the retro style of the 1930s when the dyke was first built by hand. There are also a number of temporary installations, including one called "Windvogel" (Wind Bird), in which huge kites generate enough electricity to light up their specially designed anchor lights with luminous colours. The 'Gates of Light' (Icoon Afsluitdijk) ? an art project made by Studio Roosegaarde to highlight the key functions of the Afsluitdijk (Enclosure Dam) during renovation work ? illuminates the dam near Kornwerderzand, The Netherlands, November 16, 2017. AFP/ANP/Olaf Kraak1 Roosegaarde said the structure ? which was completed on May 28, 1932 ? needed a renovation". "We restored the historical floodgates, renovated them, removed the rotten concrete, and added a layer of reflective material," he told AFP. Referring to the importance of dykes, which help keep out the water in a country where 26 percent of the land is below sea level, Roosegaarde said, "Dykes in The Netherlands are as holy as cows in India." The Afsluitdijk (literally, "cut-off dyke") was built to keep out the North Sea and create an inland lake and polders, or land reclaimed from the sea. It secures hundreds of square kilometres of inland coastline inside its boundaries, creating the vast but shallow IJsselmeer, which quickly turned into a freshwater reservoir. Across the dyke stretches a multi-lane highway providing a shortcut between North Holland and Friesland, letting travellers shave almost 300 kilometres from their journey. Even after 85 years, it is still considered one of the world's civil engineering wonders.
  4. Indian fishermen unload their morning catch as sari-clad women carrying buckets on their heads walk past street art that has transformed one of Mumbai?s oldest fishing docks into an exhibition space. Photo: AFP file MUMBAI: Indian fishermen unload their morning catch as sari-clad women carrying buckets on their heads walk past street art that has transformed one of Mumbai?s oldest fishing docks into an exhibition space. Thirty artists from around the world have given the bustling 142-year-old Sassoon Dock, home to Mumbai?s traditional Koli fishing community, a colorful makeover as part of the St+art Urban Art Festival. ?The artworks range from mixed media to graffiti to street-art styles to installations, from using paints to wood to fishing objects,? Arjun Bahl, co-founder and festival director, told AFP. Exhibits include large portraits of Koli fisherfolk ? believed to be Mumbai?s original inhabitants and whose goddess ?Mumbadevi? lends her name to the city ? and brightly painted murals representing women from the community. One installation, entitled ?Parfum Sassoon?, alludes to the dock?s notoriously pungent fishy smell while another has a clear environmental message with its depiction of plastic bottles floating through the ocean. The Sassoon Dock project is part of the seventh edition of the St+art Urban Art Festival which aims to make art accessible to everyone by transforming a public space. ?The whole idea was to bring art to a certain sect of the community who usually don?t interact with art,? explains Bahl, as dock workers push trolleys loaded with fish and boats bob gently in the harbor. Sassoon Dock was built in 1875 and is home to one of Mumbai?s largest fish markets. It is situated in the district of Colaba, in the southern tip of India?s financial capital. The exhibition, which is free to view, opened to the public on November 11 and runs until December 30. It will also feature screenings, talks and tours. Another feature of the festival is a giant, multi-colored mural on the nearby Churchgate railway station showing India?s independence movement leader Mahatma Gandhi stepping down from a train. It was painted by popular Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra.
  5. PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak on Thursday inaugurated Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project, which will be completed over the next six months. The chief minister performed the groundbreaking of the project, which he said would facilitate 400,000 passengers daily. Addressing the ceremony on the occasion, he said the Asian Development Bank provided resources for the BRT project, which is estimated to cost Rs48 billion. "We promised to provide best means of transportation to the people and the project will be completed in six months," Khattak said, claiming the project is "cheaper than similar projects undertaken by other provinces." He said his government has allocated Rs1 billion to compensate citizens affected from the project. "The project will earn enough to pay back loans," the chief minister said, lamenting that corruption was widespread and provincial institutions were damaged during past tenures. "We streamlined the institutions." He said his party has been transforming Peshawar into a "city of flowers" and bringing the change promised by PTI chief Imran Khan in the province.
  6. The 10-storey building may look like a hotel, but it is thought to be the world's biggest large-scale house-share, offering modest rooms and upscale services for hundreds of young adults caught in London's housing crisis. Photo: AFP LONDON: The 10-storey building may look like a hotel, but it is thought to be the world's biggest large-scale house-share, offering modest rooms and upscale services for hundreds of young adults caught in London's housing crisis. The Old Oak building, situated on a canal bank in north-west London, opened in the spring of 2016 and has become a pioneer of "co-living", a concept that is beginning to catch on elsewhere, notably in the United States. "Today in cities, we don't know our neighbours, housing is more and more expensive, we're living behind our devices and this is addressing that challenge," said Ryan Fix, consultant at The Collective, the project's developer. This was no niche market, he insisted: "It's going to be a massive movement in the coming decades." Ed Thomas, who manages the property for The Collective, offers a tour of the 546-room building and its facilities. "You've got a nice spacious room with big window that lets lots of light in," he says as he shows AFP a room measuring 12 square metres (129 square feet). All of the rooms are currently occupied. Some have a tiny ensuite bathroom, with a small wash basin placed almost over the toilet, and a kitchenette. In others, the cooking and washroom areas are shared. Yoga and cinema The Old Oak boasts high-end facilities such as a spa, gym, library, work room, restaurant and even a cinema, which is packed for evening showings of the hit TV series "Game of Thrones". The building is a ten-minute walk from two London Underground stations. And its distinguishing features include its industrial-style architecture and sprawling common spaces filled with colourful armchairs and wooden furniture. There are also communal activities on offer, such as music evenings and yoga classes. The majority of the Old Oak's current tenants are young people aged between 22 and 35 earning an average of £30,000 a year ($40,000, 34,000 euros) ? who might otherwise be sharing a cramped house with strangers. It is common for Londoners to spend "40 to 50 percent of their net salary" on housing, James Mannix, a partner at estate agency Knight Frank, told AFP. "It is extremely difficult to find a place to rent in London and young people are increasingly marginalised," said The Collective's Ed Thomas. "It is very time-consuming, and even once you move into somewhere, the chances that you find a group of people that you get along with are extremely slim. We're trying to tackle that problem." According to Knight Frank, a typical room in shared accommodation costs £1,602 per month in central London and £954 in areas farther out. The Old Oak's prices are largely in line with those of the local area. The majority of the rooms cost between £850 and £1,100 pounds per month, but that includes all bills (energy, internet, cleaning, taxes and common facilities). The largest are advertised at more than £1,400. 'An investment' Adam Saez, a 26-year-old Australian sports trainer who has lived in Old Oak for over a year, sees his rent as "an investment". "I've not only made friends, but I've also done a lot of networking, so I've met lot of people that I now work with as well," he told AFP. Sarah Sinigaglia, a 19-year-old Italian-Swiss student newly arrived in London, agreed. "It's very easy to meet people," she said. "In the evening, you can go downstairs (...) to the lobby or the bar, and there are lots of people like me who are alone." The Collective, whose first shared building was funded by a "Singapore family" for an undisclosed amount, is launching two other projects in east London. One is close to the Olympic Park in Stratford and the other in Canary Wharf, in the business district of the British capital. They are expected to open in 2019, with a combined total of 1,000 rooms up for rent. The Collective is also looking to expand internationally and eyeing different target groups, such as families. Estate agent Mannix said the concept of co-living is "socially a good thing," creating affordable accommodation ? at the same time profitable for the developers ? in a private-sector response to a crisis which the public authorities are failing to tackle sufficiently.
  7. Total´s Chief Executive Officer Patrick Pouyanne said in an interview with International Oil Daily that the company would wait to see the consequences of Trump´s decision, and if there are any laws that obliges it to withdraw from Iran, then it will comply. Photo: Reuters file PARIS: French oil and gas major Total will push ahead with its Iran gas project if the United States decides to slap unilateral sanctions on Teheran after President Donald Trump said he will not certify the landmark Iran nuclear deal. Total´s Chief Executive Officer Patrick Pouyanne said in an interview with International Oil Daily that the company would wait to see the consequences of Trump´s decision, and if there are any laws that obliges it to withdraw from Iran, then it will comply. "If Iran is compliant, if the European Union and China and Russia continue to consider that the JCPOA can be applied, then that means the US would have to take unilateral sanctions and we see what the situation is," Pouyanne said in the interview published on Tuesday. "But we will try on our side to obtain the comfort that we can continue the project, which will be our priority," he added.
  8. File photo The federal cabinet has given a go-ahead to initiation of agreement with Russia for construction of 600MW Natural Gas Combined Cycle (NGCC) power plant in Jamshoro. The cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, on Tuesday approved ?initiation of agreement between Russia and Pakistan on Cooperation for Construction of 600MW Natural Gas Combined Cycle Power Plant at Jamshoro,? said an official statement. ?On agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of Pakistan for the construction of 600MW Natural Gas Combined Cycle Power Plant at Jamshoro, the Cabinet authorised the Power Division to negotiate the details of draft Framework Agreement and bring the agreed version before the cabinet. It would also finalise the terms and conditions of the loan in consultation with the Economic Affairs Division (EAD) and the Finance Division,? the statement read. The cabinet also approved signing of Financial Cooperation Agreement 2015 with Germany and Memorandum of Understanding of Pak-China Cooperation in the field of Intellectual Property.
  9. DUBAI: Saudi Arabia?s Public Investment Fund (PIF) will lead the redevelopment of Jeddah?s waterfront corniche in an 18 billion riyal ($4.8 billion) project that will include housing, shops, museums and a marina, the sovereign fund said on Wednesday. The project, to be built over 10 years, is part of economic reform plans that seek to move Saudi Arabia?s economy beyond dependence on oil exports by expanding industries such as tourism and entertainment. The PIF, which is the country?s main sovereign wealth fund and is believed to have about $180 billion of assets, is being mobilized to support many such projects. Its statement did not specify how much money the PIF would invest or how much would come from other investors including the private sector. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia?s commercial capital, is the largest port city on the Red Sea and the main gateway to Makkah, but its appeal to tourists has been limited by haphazard urban planning and a lack of public transport. The government plans a metro system for the city. The PIF?s waterfront project will have an area of 5 million square meters (54 million square feet) and include hotels as well as 12,000 housing units. Construction is due to start in 2019 with the first phase of the project likely to open in the final quarter of 2022, the PIF said.
  10. source: NASA MOSCOW: Russia and the United States agreed Wednesday to cooperate on a NASA-led project to build the first lunar space station, part of a long-term project to send humans to Mars. The US space agency said earlier this year that it was exploring a programme called the Deep Space Gateway, a multi-stage project to push further into the solar system. The project envisages building a crew-tended spaceport in lunar orbit that would serve as a "gateway to deep space and the lunar surface," NASA has said. And on Wednesday the Russian space agency Roscosmos announced that a cooperation agreement had been signed at an astronautical congress in Adelaide. "The partners intend to develop international technical standards which will be used later, in particular to create a space station in lunar orbit," the Russian agency said in a statement. The Russians and Americans would cooperate to build the systems needed to organise scientific missions in lunar orbit and to the surface of the Moon, the agency added. "NASA has already agreed on standards for a docking unit of the future station. Taking into account the country's extensive experience in developing docking units, the station's future elements will be created using Russian designs." Igor Komarov, Roscosmos´s general director, said no fewer than five countries were building their own rockets and systems. "To avoid future problems over technical cooperation, part of the standards should be unified - for a possibility for various countries to work on their craft and dock to the international lunar station," Komarov was quoted as saying in the statement. Russia and the United States also discussed using Moscow's Proton-M and Angara rockets to help create the infrastructure of the lunar spaceport, the statement said, adding that the main works were slated to begin in the mid-2020s. Space exploration - including joint work on the International Space Station (ISS) - is one of the few areas where international cooperation between Russia and the US has not been wrecked by tensions over Ukraine and Syria. The $100 billion ISS, which has been orbiting Earth at about 28,000 kilometres (17,000 miles) per hour since 1998, is the world´s largest space project.
  11. source: Discovery KABUL: Work for building a 10-megawatt solar power plant has started in Afghanistan's southern province of Kandahar, Afghan power supply company the Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat said in a statement released on Monday. The project costs about 20 million US dollars, with 10 million dollars provided by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the remaining by an Indian firm. The construction will take 12 months, the statement added. Afghanistan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, during his one-day visit to Kandahar province inaugurating the project. According to the statement, the Indian firm, under the agreement, is committed to selling 1 Kilowatt for 3.7 US cents to the Breshna Sherkat, and after 15 years would hand over the solar power plant to Afghan government.
  12. MUMBAI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India?s biggest dam on Sunday, ignoring warnings from environment groups that hundreds of thousands of people will lose their livelihoods. The controversial Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Narmada river in the country?s western state of Gujarat that will provide power and water to three big states was dedicated to the people of India by Narendra Modi. The project has been beset by controversies since the laying of the foundation stone by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in 1961. The construction of the project began in 1987. The dam is the second biggest dam in the world after the Grand Coulee Dam in the United States. Ahead of the inauguration Modi said in a tweet, ?This project will benefit lakhs of farmers and help fulfill people?s aspirations.? (1 lakh = 100,000) The dam is expected to provide water to 9,000 villages and the power generated from the dam would be shared among three states - Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. The Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA), led by social activist Medha Patkar, has been protesting against the project, raising several environmental concerns. Construction on the dam had been suspended in 1996 following a stay by the Supreme Court which allowed work to resume, four years later, but with conditions. Patkar and her supporters started the protest against the inauguration of the dam on Saturday and the opening of its gates which would raise the level of water and risk displacing several villages. ?Today is a very sad day for India, and for one of our biggest peoples? movements and struggle - the Narmada Bacchao Andolan,? Ravi Chellam, executive director at Greenpeace India said in a statement. ?The Sardar Sarovar Project... signals ruin not development for tens of thousands of unsuspecting, hapless and poor farmers,? Chellam added.
  13. It's been quite some time since we've seen Priyanka Chopra on the silver screen in B-town. Fans are eagerly waiting just to get a glimpse of her. She was last seen in Prakash Jha's ‘Jai Gangaajaal', and while the film didn't do that well at the box office, her power-packed performance was loved by the audience. There are many who are looking forward to just getting a glimpse of her, so here's some good news. The actress has already agreed to two films that she will start shooting next year. But before she starts shooting, the actress is all set to don a new hat; that of a producer. Well, you heard us right, PeeCee is all set to produce her first Hindi film. Boat life. #naturalstateofbeing Photo credit : @nellcan and @maneeshkgoyal #nycdiaries @arpitakhansharma A post shared by Priyanka Chopra (@priyankachopra) on Aug 3, 2017 at 8:46pm PDT Looking at the speed she marking her territory with, we wonder if there is anything this woman can't do? She has already loved the script and will be producing it under her banner, Purple Pebble Films. While talking to a leading daily, a source revealed, “The film is about a few kids and stray dogs. On social media, we have all seen nasty videos of people attacking harmless stray dogs. PC, who has pets and is emotionally invested in animal welfare, was touched by this beautiful story. She hopes to bring a change in people's attitude towards strays.” The corridors of the movie theatre playing #GaltiSeMistake giving me Major #FOMO ..Really miss doing my thumkas! #BTS #KaayReRascalaa Boomerang Credit: @chanchal_dsouza A post shared by Priyanka Chopra (@priyankachopra) on Jul 14, 2017 at 12:01pm PDT “Priyanka wants a well-known, established top actress to do five-six scenes in the film for the necessary star power. She needs a big name for that, and someone who'll do the film out of goodwill. She was crushed when she realised that none of the prominent actresses were willing to just do five-six scenes in a film; they want a proper full-fledged movie,” the source added. In an interview, the desi girl revealed that she would want someone from B-town to be the face of the film. Like how it is done in the west, people work on smaller roles if the script is good, without charging a hefty amount. But that might be difficult in India so one can expect her to work on the film herself. Though we would definitely love Priyanka as a canine saviour! The film is yet to be announced. It was thanks to @buzzfeed that @diariesofdiana chose me and found a home… Adoption is the way to go, and I highly recommend it! #NationalDogDay #BestDecisionEver #AdoptAPet A post shared by Priyanka Chopra (@priyankachopra) on Aug 26, 2017 at 4:38am PDT When asked about her upcoming films, Priyanka said in an interview, “I'm sort of very close to two films that I definitely want to do which is going to be next year after Quantico, so not in a rush because it will be after March, next year.” That's Priyanka for you, doing everything she needs to. We truly can't wait for her to produce her first film and stage her much-anticipated comeback in Bollywood.
  14. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japan´s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shaking hands at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar. -AFPshaking hands at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar. -AFP AHMEDABAD: Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday inaugurated India´s first bullet train project - a $19 billion line in the home state of Indian leader Narendra Modi intended to revitalise the country´s vast but dilapidated network. The initiative is seen as emblematic of fast warming relations between New Delhi and Tokyo, who are seeking to combat China´s growing influence. It is also a new beginning for a rail transport system plagued by accidents and chronic delays. The line, using Japanese trains and technology, will link Ahmedabad to India's financial capital Mumbai and is scheduled for completion by the end of 2023. The 500-kilometre journey will be cut from eight hours now to just over two hours when services start. "I hope to enjoy the beauty of India through the windows of the bullet train with Modi on my side when I come to India in a few years," Abe told a ceremony in Ahmedabad. "It marks the beginning of a new chapter in ties between India and Japan." Abe's visit comes just after a border standoff between India and China in a disputed and strategically important Himalayan area. The two prime ministers both hailed the strengthened ties between their countries. "The Indo-Japan relationship is not just about bilateral trade. It has developed into a strategic and global partnership in the Indian-Pacific region," said Abe. Giant step for IndiaModi has pledged to invest billions of dollars to modernise India's creaking railway system that remains the main form of travel for millions. The bullet train is one of his pet projects. "Today India has taken a giant step in fulfilling a long cherished dream," Modi said to loud cheers from the audience. "The bullet train project will bring great speed, great development and great technology to the country." The new train with a capacity to carry 750 passengers is a bright spot for the world's fourth largest network by track length. Much of it dates from the British colonial era however. More than 22 million passengers commute daily on some 9,000 trains across the network despite frequent accidents and delays. Trail derailments have already killed more than 200 people this year, including one last month in which 23 died in northern Uttar Pradesh state. Japan is a pioneer in high-speed rail networks and the project is a joint venture between Indian Railways and Japan´s Shinkansen Technology. Japan proudly hails its ultra-efficient Shinkansen for its punctuality and zero-accident record. The train has a top speed of up to 350 kilometres an hour - more than double the maximum speed of the fastest ones operating in India. Japan, which is providing 85 per cent of the cost of the new train link in soft loans, will also facilitate the transfer of technology through training of local engineers. The two leaders are also tipped to sign several bilateral agreements at the annual India-Japan summit later Thursday. Local media reports said Japan was likely to take up the sale of ShinMaywa US-2 amphibious aircraft that India has been interested in for several years. The aircraft is expected to boost India´s maritime capabilities against a more assertive China. On Wednesday, Modi welcomed Abe at the airport with his traditional big hug before the Japanese premier and his wife changed into Indian dress. The leaders are known to share personal camaraderie that has accelerated crucial ties between two of Asia´s biggest democracies.
  15. DERA BUGTI: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will visit Dera Bugti?s Sui area in Balochistan, where he will inaugurate the Kachhi canal project. The prime minister will also address the participants of the groundbreaking ceremony. According to official sources, the prime minister will reach Sui on a one-day visit at 11 AM. Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Zehri, Home Minister Balochistan Mir Sarfaraz Bugti and other leaders will also address the gathering. Upon the premier?s visit, a holiday has been declared in the district of Dera Bugti today. On Sept 8, PM Abbasi inaugurated the country's fifth nuclear power plant, C-4, at Chashma. The plant has a capacity to generate 340 megawatts of electricity. Kachhi canal project is of great importance for the development of water infrastructure and irrigated agriculture in Balochistan. The total estimated cost of the project is around Rs80 billion. The 363km long main canal (of which 351km is lined canal) takes off from Taunsa Barrage in Muzaffargarh district and comes to an end at Dera Bugti district.
  16. If you don't get hyper looking at this hyper car, you might want to see a endocrinologist because the all new AMG Project ONE should get your adrenalin pumping, probably have it sprouting holes you didn't know you had in your body. Mercedes AMG finally unveiled the much anticipated F1 inspired hybrid car for the roads at the IAA, Frankfurt Motor Show, and we can't take our eyes off of it! © Instagram/Mercedes No, you look at that perfect mix of a edgy and round exterior, also look at the tasteful sure carbon composite interior with what looks like leather and alcantara upholstering. A clean swept dash with an infotainment system that is composed of two screens in a futuristic UI-- the damn teaser shots and videos did no justice to the beauty that is this beast. The rectangular steering wheel with button-operated car controls complete the Formula One experience. © Instagram/Mercedes Its seamless front will give you 50 times the thrill you experienced watching your girlfriend tease to take her seamless bodycon dress off. The rather menacing looking angular headlamps compliment the dumble-esque grille. Even the AMG insignia on the grille looks like it means business and this is a car you don't mess around with. © Instagram/Mercedes Whether the rear of the Project ONE could hinder hind visibility was under speculation for days befor the launch, especially because of the shark fin that runs along its rear centre and ends in a rounded T-Wing. The T-Wing and shark fin are supposed to improve the aerodynamics of the vehicle, even though, according to a report, they have been banned by Formula One for 2018, due to safety concerns. From an aesthetic point of view, the Project ONE T-Wing and fin are on point, whether they'll be able to stand the test of sustained high speed driving, will become known in the near future. As for the question on rear visibility, the automaker fit in a split window in the back, one panel on either side of the fin. © Instagram/Mercedes The vehicle boasts of an acceleration of 0-100mph in under six seconds, a feat that could make a lot of speed record breakers sweat. 1000hp churned out by a 1.6 litre V6 engine that has its own electric motor to reduce turbocharge drag and one on the crankshaft, and four more motors that assist in torque vectoring, is enough to get a lot of speed junkies curious on how far the limits can be pushed on this $2.3 million baby.
  17. KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has decided to scrap his plans to construct a swimming pool in his official Peshawar residence following a public backlash. An advertisement published recently in different newspapers inviting tenders for a swimming pool in CM House Peshawar, at an estimated cost of Rs18.528 million, had drawn fire from the public and media alike. The outrage appears to have led the CM House to announce the cancellation of the project. ?The Chief Minister after becoming aware of the politicisation of the project by political opponents has decided to cancel the construction of the swimming pool,? the CM House issued a statement on Thursday. The tender advertisement, published by the KP Communication and Works department, had gone viral on social media as many criticised Khattak and his provincial government for spending millions on a swimming pool at a time when Peshawar faces a severe dengue outbreak which has prompted authorities to declare a health emergency in the province.
  18. Post ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal', SRK fans are now awaiting a real visual fest where you'd get to acknowledge his brilliant acting prowess. The king of B-town is known to dabble in movies that are high on entertainment and also do stuff that reflects his talent. His upcoming movie with Aanand L Rai is going to be an interesting project, primarily because he is essaying the role of a dwarf. © Twitter While the comparisons with Kaman Hassan's ‘Appu Raja' are only natural, you must remember that for essaying a role of this kind, the only thing an actor can use are his acting skills. So the charm and music take a back seat. Kamal Hassan is still remembered for his iconic performance. © Raaj kamal Films However, according to the latest reports about this untitled project, SRK's character is actually inspired by Tyrion Lannister from the epic series called ‘Game Of Thrones.' © HBO A close source was quoted as saying ,“The source of Shah Rukh's character is definitely on the lines of Tyrion Lannister, who is happy and always celebrating his life. Shah Rukh will play a happy dwarf, who brings families together.” In the show, Tyrion is initially looked down upon by his own family and being a dwarf only makes him stand out. Apparently Shah Rukh's character will be on the similar lines. The movie is yet to have an official announcement regarding the leading lady but for long, the rumours of Katrina Kaif being a pivotal part of it have been floating around. The movie is probably going to release in December 2018.
  19. KARACHI: Inspector General of Police Sindh AD Khawaja said on Thursday that a project to install 10,000 CCTV cameras in the city is underway in order to tackle street crimes. The IG Sindh was addressing a ceremony in Karachi. He said that street crimes in Karachi are a serious challenge and ordinary measures will not suffice to put an end to them. To deal with street crimes, a comprehensive strategy is required, said AD Khawaja. ?A new 15 centre is being established in collaboration with the CPLC,? said Khawaja. IG Sindh said that for tackling the issue the most effective strategy will be to improve the infrastructure of the city, adding that judicial system needs improvement. IG Sindh claimed that a group involved in the killing of policemen has been killed, but there is more than one group involved in the killings. Recently, a Quick Response Force has been constituted to help curb the recent surge in street crimes and bank robberies in the city?s District East. The force comprises 100 police personnel who have been provided 45 motorcycles and vehicles to patrol vulnerable areas, said SSP Karachi East Irfan Baloch on Thursday. Quick Response Force formed to curb street crimes in Karachi District East puts together a special unit to tackle muggings, bank heists The metropolis has seen a rise in incidents of bank heists and street crimes over the past few months.
  20. Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman waves as he meets with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, April 11, 2017. PHOTO: Reuters file RIYADH: Saudi Arabia plans to develop resorts on about 50 islands off the kingdom's Red Sea coast backed by its Public Investment Fund (PIF), according to a statement carried by state news agency SPA on Tuesday. The Red Sea Project, to be built between the cities of Amlaj and al-Jawh, will offer a nature reserve, diving in coral reefs and heritage sites. It will break ground in the third quarter of 2019 and complete its first phase in the fourth quarter of 2022. The PIF will make initial investments in the project and seek partnerships with international investors and hoteliers, the statement said, without elaborating on the cost of the project. The fund, chaired by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, is believed to have assets totalling about $183 billion and is set to receive a cash infusion next year after the share sale of state oil giant Saudi Aramco. The crown prince has said more than half of the proceeds from that sale would be reinvested domestically to develop promising Saudi non-oil sectors.
  21. If you made plans to watch Pakistan?s first ever superhero film, Project Ghazi, over the weekend then we have some bad news for you. The film, which was scheduled to release across cinemas on July 14, has pushed forward its release to an unannounced date. Following its premiere at Nueplex Cinema, Karachi on Thursday night, Project Ghazi team updated their Facebook page and informed their fans of the delay. The post read, ?It is with a heavy heart that we are making the announcement that Project Ghazi's release date has been postponed. We understand that this was a highly anticipated movie, but films of this magnitude require extensive technical work and hence to do justice to this film genre, we have decided to delay the release from July 14, 2017. The new release date will be announced soon.? Reports suggest that the decision to postpone movie?s release was taken after the movie received a negative response on its premiere. The movie screening suffered from technical, sound and dubbing issues along with mismanagement. It was even mentioned that audiences and movie stars left the cinema after forty minutes into the film. The producers hope to re-edit the movie and then release it officially. The movie, which stars Sheheryar Munawar, Syra Shahroz and Humayun Saeed, had created a buzz being a first of its kind movie in Pakistan. Shahroz plays the role of scientist in the movie, while Saeed and Munawar both play super soldiers. The makers of the film stated that the science fiction movie highlights the intolerance prevalent in the society which is eventually dealt with by highly skilled soldiers as a result of their bravery and the spirit of nationalism.
  22. RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Wednesday that the One Belt One Road (OBOR) project would open a world of new opportunities and said the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is the most important part of this plan. The army chief was addressing a gathering on CPEC logistics which was attended by ambassadors, civil and military officers. Gen Bajwa said that the project would bring an economic revolution for the economies of both Pakistan and western China. The COAS said that the Army would fully guard the CPEC plan, adding that national institutions would also have to play their part. The CPEC is duly considered to be a game changer, said Gen Bajwa. ?Pak-China relationship is based on the principles of peaceful co-existence, commonality of interest and shared perception on regional and global issues. We have always stood by each other through thick and thin and at every critical juncture of our history,? the COAS said, according to an ISPR release. CPEC is a collection of projects currently under construction at a cost of more than $50 billion. The major portion will be spent for enhancing energy capacity of the country and almost $12 billion on infrastructure-related projects. CPEC-related construction work has been expedited after ships carrying construction material arrived in Gwadar at the end of October 2016.
  23. RED is a company that makes high-end cameras and they have now announced their intention to get into the smartphone game. The smartphone that they've come up with is a premium device that costs $1200 and has a holographic display. The smartphone is called the Hydrogen One and has a 5.7-inch display that uses nanotechnology to show 2D content and can easily switch to projecting 3D content like a hologram. © Wookiepedia RED founder Jim Jannard says, “there is no good way to describe it until you see it.” He also writes that, “our display is a technology you haven't seen before. It is not lenticular, which is an inferior tech in every way, has been tried many times before and failed for good reason. (see Amazon 3D Fire, LG Optimus, etc).” © RED RED also details that the Oxygen One can use an algorithm to convert stereo sound to multidimensional audio. The smartphone also has modular attachments like the Moto Z2 Play and the recently announced Essential Phone. The smartphone will pay close attention to its camera to capture high-quality images and will also be compatible with RED's cameras. The company said that the Hydrogen One will be released in early 2018 and is now available to pre-order on their website. There's an even more expensive version of the smartphone that is priced at $1,595 as it is made of titanium. The company does go out on a limb and say, “after this initial release we will NOT be able to fill all orders on time due to display production limitations. We will NOT guarantee these prices at the time of release.” The modular attachments won't be available at launch, either. The smartphone is clearly intended for photography enthusiasts and it also appeals to nerds that like holographic technology. However, due to the expensive nature of the smartphone, the rear camera better be awesome.
  24. Irrfan Khan is a talent house who wears the skin of a character with amazing ease. His latest release, ‘Hindi Medium' has garnered a lot of appreciation at the box office. © Twitter His next Hollywood project keeping him busy right now is titled as ‘The Puzzle' that will tell the tale of a 40-something woman who is gifted with the ability of assembling puzzles. Irrfan will be sharing the space with Kelly MacDonald. The interesting part of Irrfan's look is that he is going to don the role of a hipster, or that's what the pictures seem to depict. Channeling my inner hipster ... kaisa laga? #newyorkinfluence — Irrfan (@irrfank) June 27, 2017 The actor has been pretty active on social media and has been sharing pictures from the shoot location with the world. With our cameraman #ChrisNorr at upper west NY shooting movie #thepuzzle #lifeofanactor #newyork #movieshooting — Irrfan (@irrfank) June 19, 2017 Kimono walk #newyork street shooting for the movie #thepuzzle . #actorslife #shooting — Irrfan (@irrfank) June 22, 2017 Wondering whether Samantha's hair colour would look good on me 🤔 ... #thepuzzle #actorslife #newyork #hairstyles — Irrfan (@irrfank) June 23, 2017 This looks like an exciting project and one can always trust Irrfan to live up to our expectations.
  25. When Sanjay Leela Bhansali decides to make a film, there is a buzz in B-town. The air is filled with speculation and that’s exactly what happened with his dream project ‘Gustakiyaan’. Various names were thrown around about who would play poet Sahir Ludhianvi and his muse Amrita Pritam. We can finally say that the director has finally sealed his leading man and lady for the much-talked about film. And let us tell you his choice won’t disappoint you even one bit. As per various media reports, Irrfan Khan will be playing thr famous poet Sahir Ludhianvi’s character while Priyanka Chopra will be seen playing his muse, author Amrita Pritam. © Twitter Priyanka and Irrfan have last been seen together in Vishal Bhardwaj’s ‘Saat Khoon Maaf’ and boy, one has got to say, these two gave one hell of a performance. Priyanka as Susanna Anna-Marie Johannes and Irrfan as Wasiullah Khan were spectacular. Their story showed a very unexpected side of love, which was decrepit, demented, unbearable and pathetic. No one could have played that bit in the film better than these two. And now with a chance to witness these two stellar artists together on 70mm screen romancing each other will definitely be a treat for many. A daily paper quoted a source saying, “Irrfan has been on board from the start. He was our first choice and he remains our only choice to play Sahir Ludhianvi.” About Priyanka, the source shared, “With her smouldering sensuality, outgoing personality and husky diction, Priyanka is the perfect fit for Amrita Pritam.” Various names from Fawad Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Abhishek Bachchan were thrown around for the poet’s role and apparently, Deepika Padukone was being considered for the female lead. However, we are glad that these two have been finalised. Irrfan and Priyanka have done some great films in Hollywood and Bollywood both and getting a chance to watch them together calls for a celebration indeed. ‘Gustakiyaan’ will portray the uncertain love relationship between the poet Sahir Ludhianvi and author Amrita Pritam, a relationship that lasted for almost 40 years but didn’t really have a happy ending. However, nothing has been confirmed yet from PeeCee’s or SLB’s team. We look forward to hearing the official announcement. The film will be directed by debutante Jasmeet Reen and will be produced by Bhansali.