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  1. Swiss philosopher Tariq Ramadan speaks during a meeting at the Gregorian University in Rome, Italy, November 6, 2008. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi/Files PARIS: A French court on Thursday dismissed a bid by Tariq Ramadan, the prominent Islamic scholar detained on rape charges, to be released on health grounds, legal sources said. Ramadan?s lawyers had pushed for his release since he was detained on February 2, arguing his multiple sclerosis and nerve damage could not be adequately treated behind bars. The Oxford University professor ? a prominent TV pundit whose grandfather founded Egypt?s Muslim Brotherhood movement ? denies charges that he raped two Muslim women in France. A court-ordered medical examination last Thursday found that the 55-year-old Swiss academic?s condition was compatible with detention. The day after the test, he was hospitalised for four days due to what his entourage said was a worsening of his condition. Ramadan has complained that the medical tests were only cursory and that the doctor examining him did not have access to his medical records. He refused to appear at Thursday?s hearing at the main Paris appeals court. Ramadan?s two accusers went to the police in late October, both alleging that he had raped them in French hotel rooms. Henda Ayari, 41, said she had decided to accuse him publicly after the #MeToo campaign against sexual abuse and harassment encouraged her to speak out. A feminist activist, she says Ramadan raped her in a Paris hotel room in 2012. The second accuser, an unnamed disabled woman, alleges that Ramadan raped and beat her in a hotel in the southeastern city of Lyon in 2009. French authorities ordered Ramadan to be placed in custody after he was charged, judging him a flight risk. His lawyers have unsuccessfully proposed handing over his Swiss passport, bail of 50,000 euros ($62,000), and daily check-ins at the police station to secure his release. A professor of contemporary Islamic studies at Oxford, Ramadan has been on leave since November after the allegations emerged. One of European Islam?s best-known figures, he has dismissed the accusations against him as a smear campaign by his enemies and his lawyers argue there are inconsistencies in the women?s accounts. His supporters ? including two million Facebook followers ? have lashed out angrily at his arrest, with many complaining that he has been unfairly targeted because he is Muslim. Ayari was placed under police protection in November after receiving death threats.
  2. KARACHI: Police on Friday released facial composites, also known as 'police sketches', of dacoits who had looted the owner of a foreign currency exchange company here in the city earlier this week, Geo News reported. Authorities said a case has been filed and an investigation launched into the looting incident, which took place on February 12, 2018, in the metropolis' Ferozabad area. According to the owner of the foreign currency exchange company, his driver had turned their car ? in which he, himself, was riding alongside his two guards ? into a street due to traffic congestion. Three suspects in another car followed and stopped their vehicle after it turned into the street, the owner added.
  3. There are certain movies that don't attract us irrespective of how many sequels it rolls out, and then we have movies like 'The Incredibles' which just like its name, are so brilliant that a mere announcement makes us jump off our beds in excitement. It has been a long, long wait for the sequel and now that it's finally happening, our inner child cannot contain all this excitement anymore. And I am sure I am not alone in jumping up and down like a kid. Come on guys, we waited for more than 14 years for this movie to release, and now that Disney has dropped this kickass teaser trailer, we guess our wait was totally worth it. © Disney More than a decade ago, a family of incredibly talented, powerful superheroes came into our lives and turned it around like no one else. Well, maybe that's an exaggeration I made there, but where else do you see a toddler burning the whole house down, quite literally. Or the kids going invisible and running on water. But, all of that happened in reel life in a span of two hours, and our movie watching experience was never the same again. © Disney Although the teaser was short-lived, 1-minute-30-seconds to be precise; it does not take away from the fact that this was the best 1-minute-30-seconds we spent the whole day. The trailer was released during the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics coverage on NBC sports last night. By the looks of the first teaser, the movie will show the Elastigirl (Helen Parr) in all her glory and badassery, while Mr. Incredible will stay at home and take care of the kids. © Disney Well, good luck taking care of Jack Jack, Mr. Incredible, and feel free to take notes from Kari McKeen, his babysitter. Especially, when we have already seen all the evit sh*t Jack Jack is capable of stirring up. The latest trailer also hints at Mr. Incredible asking for tips from our fashion idol Edna Mode, who rolls out her two cents in the most kickass style, just the way we expected it to be. The first teaser leans more towards family drama and Elastigirl taking over the world, but we fans know that there's definitely something brewing in the background that will be revealed soon. We have complete faith in you Brad Bird, we know you are going to helm it to perfection, yet again. 'The Incredibles 2' is expected to hit the theatres on June 15, 2018.
  4. US President Donald Trump speaks to reporters in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, US, February 9, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Friday blocked the release of a classified memo written by congressional Democrats to rebut a Republican document that he allowed to be made public last week that claimed FBI and Justice Department bias against him in the federal probe of Russia and the 2016 US election. The Republican president?s decision ? the latest controversy relating to an investigation that has hung over his year in office ? infuriated Democrats. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said, ?Millions of Americans are asking one simple question: what is he hiding?? White House Counsel Don McGahn said the Justice Department had identified portions of the 10-page memo written by Democratic members of the House Intelligence Committee that ?would create especially significant concerns for the national security and law enforcement interests? of the country. The White House also released a letter from the FBI director and the department?s No. 2 official voicing concern about its release in relation to protecting US intelligence sources and methods. A week earlier, Trump had overruled similar objections from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department about releasing the memo written by the same committee?s Republican members that took aim at senior law enforcement officials. ?The president?s double standard when it comes to transparency is appalling, Schumer said. Trump on February 2 allowed the release of the memo written by the committee?s Republicans with no redactions. Democrats said the Republican memo mischaracterized highly sensitive classified information and was intended to discredit Special Counsel Robert Mueller?s investigation of potential collusion between Trump?s 2016 campaign and Russia. Mueller is also investigating whether Trump has committed obstruction of justice in trying to impede the Russia probe. McGahn said the president would be willing to reconsider the release of the memo if the committee decides to revise it ?to mitigate the risks? identified by the Justice Department. FBI surveillance The committee?s top Democrat, Adam Schiff, said the memo Trump blocked puts forth facts that the public needs to know, including that the FBI acted properly in seeking permission from a special court for surveillance of Carter Page, a Trump campaign adviser with ties to Russia. Schiff said the committee?s Democrats ?take seriously? the Justice Department and FBI concerns and will review their recommended redactions. He said he hopes the matter can be resolved quickly so the committee can return to the Russia investigation. The Intelligence Committee voted unanimously on Monday to release the document drafted by the panel?s Democrats, contingent on the Republican president agreeing to reclassify it. ?Although the President is inclined to declassify the Feb. 5 Memorandum, because the memorandum contains numerous properly classified and especially sensitive passages, he is unable to do so at this time,? McGahn said in a letter to Devin Nunes, the Republican chairman of the House panel. The White House also released a letter sent to McGahn by FBI Director Christopher Wray and to Rod Rosenstein, the No. 2 Justice Department official, expressing concerns about the memo?s release ?in light of longstanding principles regarding the protection of intelligence sources and methods, ongoing investigations, and other similar sensitive information?. Democratic Representative Ted Lieu wrote on Twitter that Trump?s action was outrageous, adding that he read the memo and is convinced that Trump ?is now intentionally hiding relevant information from the American people in order to mislead the public. An innocent person would not block the memo.? The Republican memo portrayed the Russia investigation as a product of political bias at the FBI and Justice Department against Trump. The president said the document ?totally vindicates? him in the Russia investigation, a claim disputed by Democrats and some Republicans. Democrats last week warned Trump against using the Republican memo as a pretext to fire Rosenstein, who hired Mueller and oversees the investigation or to remove Mueller himself. The Republican memo singled out Rosenstein and several other officials by name, including former FBI Director James Comey, who Trump fired in May 2017, as the agency investigated the Russia matter. Mueller took over the investigation from the FBI. US intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential campaign using hacking and propaganda, an effort that eventually included attempting to tilt the race in Trump?s favour. Russia denies interfering in the election. Trump denies collusion with Moscow. The Republican document asserted that a dossier of alleged Trump-Russia contacts compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele, and funded in part by US Democrats, formed an ?essential part? of requests to a special court to be allowed to conduct electronic surveillance on Page, an oil industry consultant with numerous contacts in Russia, that began in October 2016.
  5. We've all been waiting patiently for Samsung to announce their plans for 2018 and the day has finally come. The South Korean company has confirmed the release date of their next smartphone i.e. the Galaxy S9. The smartphone is all set to be announced a day before the Mobile World Conference kickstarts in Barcelona. The Mobile World Conference (MWC), is the world's biggest event for all things mobile phones and Samsung plans to outdo the competition by announcing one of the most anticipated smartphones of the year. © Samsung The invitation shows a large “9” indicating the Galaxy S9's launch and with the tag, “The camera. Reimagined”. We can see from the invite that Samsung plans to drastically improve the camera on the smartphone and is expected to use a dual-camera setup—at least the S9+ will. Samsung's event is set to kick of at 6:00 PM (Central Europe Time/10: 30 PM IST) and will streamed live via Samsung's website and probably on YouTube as well. The Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are expected to house the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and a much-improved version of the Iris scanner. The cameras are said to have variable aperture which will aid the smartphone in taking clearer pictures in low-light environments. © Samsung Samsung's move to announce the Galaxy S9 a month earlier has to do with battling Apple's iPhone X. Even though the smartphone will be announced in February, it is expected to go on sale only in March 2018. We'll know for sure when the Galaxy S9 is officially introduced in Spain on February 25th, so stay tuned.
  6. KARACHI: Mother of Zulfiqar Ali, a Pakistani national on death row in Indonesia, has made a plea for her son's release as he has been diagnosed with stage-4 liver cancer. ?Even the doctors have told him that he doesn?t have much time,? said the mother while speaking on Geo News show Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Sath. An enquiry from the Indonesian government has found Ali to be innocent, said Sarah Belal, director for Justice Project Pakistan (JPP), which is a human rights organisation that provides free of charge legal counselling for "vulnerable Pakistani prisoners" in overseas jails. As per a press release issued by JPP, doctors have estimated Ali's life expectancy to be three months. ?His attending physician confirmed last month that Zulfiqar has been suffering from liver cancer in both lobes of the liver. He is also suffering from chronic liver cirrhosis and Diabetes Mellitus. After being detained for nearly 14 years for a wrongful conviction, Zulfiqar may die in prison while waiting to be executed,? said the press release. ?Indonesian President Joko Widodo will be addressing the Pakistani parliament during his state visit scheduled for 26 January 2018. It is imperative that Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi raise Zulfiqar?s case with him. The government of Pakistan must urge President Widodo to pardon Zulfiqar in light of his terminal illness and the suffering he has already undergone as a result of his wrongful imprisonment,? it read. A father of five from Mughalpura area of Lahore, 53-year-old Ali was arrested in Indonesia on drug-related charges in 2004. His case surfaced in 2016, when Indonesia informed Pakistani embassy in Jakarta that Ali would be soon executed over possession of 300 grammes of heroin. His execution was halted after rights groups and United Nations appealed to the Indonesian government and Pakistani diplomatic authorities also intervened. Rights groups including Amnesty International have expressed serious concerns about Ali's conviction, alleging it arose out of beatings and torture and he did not have a fair trial. "During his trial he described this torture, but the judges allowed the 'confession' to be admitted as evidence. There has been no independent investigation into his allegations," Amnesty had said.
  7. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/52ad89f109be6b36933a467ca4e45846.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MS8yNC8yMDE4IDc6MTM6MTIgUE0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1USGFSYVpWT0cvdDBVVXZDdFJXTnlBPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] KARACHI: Mother of Zulfiqar Ali, a Pakistani prisoner on death row in Indonesia, has made a plea for her son's release as he has been diagnosed with stage-4 liver cancer. ?Even the doctors have told him that he doesn?t have much time,? said the mother while speaking on Geo News show Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Sath. An enquiry from the Indonesian government has found Ali to be innocent, said Sarah Belal, director for Justice Project Pakistan (JPP), which is a human rights organisation that provides free of charge legal counselling for "vulnerable Pakistani prisoners" in overseas jails. As per a press release issued by JPP, doctors have estimated Ali's life expectancy to be three months. ?His attending physician confirmed last month that Zulfiqar has been suffering from liver cancer in both lobes of the liver. He is also suffering from chronic liver cirrhosis and Diabetes Mellitus. After being detained for nearly 14 years for a wrongful conviction, Zulfiqar may die in prison while waiting to be executed,? said the press release. ?Indonesian President Joko Widodo will be addressing the Pakistani parliament during his state visit scheduled for 26 January 2018. It is imperative that Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi raise Zulfiqar?s case with him. The government of Pakistan must urge President Widodo to pardon Zulfiqar in light of his terminal illness and the suffering he has already undergone as a result of his wrongful imprisonment,? it read. A father of five from Mughalpura area of Lahore, 53-year-old Ali was arrested in Indonesia on drug-related charges in 2004. His case surfaced in 2016, when Indonesia informed Pakistani embassy in Jakarta that Ali would be soon executed over possession of 300 grammes of heroin. His execution was halted after rights groups and United Nations appealed to the Indonesian government and Pakistani diplomatic authorities also intervened. Rights groups including Amnesty International have expressed serious concerns about Ali's conviction, alleging it arose out of beatings and torture and he did not have a fair trial. "During his trial he described this torture, but the judges allowed the 'confession' to be admitted as evidence. There has been no independent investigation into his allegations," Amnesty had said.
  8. BEIJING: The European Union?s Ambassador to China said on Wednesday he expects Chinese authorities to immediately release Swedish citizen and Hong Kong-based bookseller Gui Minhai, echoing demands from Stockholm. Sweden confirmed on Tuesday that Gui, who has published books on the personal lives of Chinese Communist Party leaders, was taken into custody at the weekend while traveling with Swedish diplomats to seek medical treatment in Beijing. EU Ambassador to China Hans Dietmar Schweisgut told reporters at a briefing that the EU ?fully supports? Sweden?s efforts to resolve the issue with China. ?We expect the Chinese authorities to immediately release Gui Minhai from detention and to allow him to reunite with his family, to get consulate support and medical support in line with his rights, because he is a Swedish citizen and also a citizen of the European Union,? Schweisgut said. Gui was abducted in Thailand while on holiday in 2015, one of five Hong Kong booksellers who went missing that year and later appeared in custody on mainland China. The four others have returned to Hong Kong. Chinese authorities said Gui was freed in October after serving a two-year sentence for a traffic offense in 2003. Sweden?s Foreign Ministry said in an earlier statement that, before Gui?s latest detention, it had been ?repeatedly assured? by Chinese authorities that Gui was a free man and that it could ?have any contact? with him. It has said it expects China to release Gui so that he can meet diplomatic and medical staff, and has also twice summoned China?s ambassador to Stockholm to explanation the situation. China?s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday it had no specific information on Gui, who his daughter Angela says was taken off a train by plainclothes police while en route to the capital to get medical attention for a neurological ailment. Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said then that Sweden and China enjoy good communication and ?if there are any problems ..., (we) can conduct timely and effective dialogue. This is no problem at all?. China?s Ministry of Public Security has not responded to a request for comment on the incident and it has not been possible to reach the Ministry of State Security, which has no website and does not have a publicly available telephone number.
  9. Sadiq Khan ? the Mayor of London ? speaks at the Fabian Society New Year Conference, in central London, Britain, January 13, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson/Files LONDON: Mayor Sadiq Khan joined a chorus of protest on Friday against a government decision not to block the release from jail of a former black-cab driver suspected of assaulting dozens, possibly hundreds of women. Khan said it was ?extremely disappointing? that the government was not challenging a decision by the Parole Board to free John Worboys, 60, after nine years in prison. The opposition Labour Party, of which Khan is a member, also called it deeply regrettable. Worboys ? one of Britain?s most prolific *** offenders ? was convicted in 2009 of raping or sexually assaulting 12 women. However, police fear he may have had more than 100 victims. On Friday, justice minister David Gauke told parliament he had received legal advice that suggested launching a judicial review of the Parole Board decision would not be successful. Mayor Khan ? who has previously said Worboys should not be allowed to set foot in London ? said he had instructed lawyers to explore the possibility of a legal challenge from him. The decision to release Worboys is ?astonishing and it is extremely disappointing that the government is accepting this without challenge,? Khan said in a statement. Worboys? release has provoked outrage from campaigners against sexual violence and exposed failings in the justice system after some of his victims were not informed of the decision to release him. Gauke declined to explain his decision further, saying that publishing the legal advice could harm attempts by other groups to challenge his release. Worboys ? a licensed London black-cab driver ? used alcohol and drugs to incapacitate his victims between 2002 and 2008. He told some women he had won money at a casino or lottery and offered them spiked champagne, laced with sedatives in an invitation to celebrate with him. He then pounced on the victims in the back of his black cab and many were left with little memory of their ordeals and could only recall falling asleep in the back of the vehicle before waking up at home. In 2009, the former male stripper was convicted of 19 offences of drugging and sexually assaulting women and ordered to serve at least eight years in jail. Worboys spent just under 10 years in custody, including a period on remand. A three-member panel of the Parole Board decided at the end of last year Worboys could be released as he no longer presented a risk to the public.
  10. By now, everyone knows that the release date of 'PadMan' has been pushed to February instead of releasing on Republic Day weekend. This was done so that 'Padmaavat', which has met with controversy at every turn over every little thing, can have the spotlight alone, because honestly it deserves to have a fair chance. Akshay Kumar made this important announcement, along with the new release date – 9th February - at a press meet, which also had 'Padmaavat' director Sanjay Leela Bhansali in attendance. He said, “My film was going to come on January 25 and 'Padmaavat' was also releasing on the same date. I was rehearsing for the Filmfare Awards, and Bhansali sir came there and said I have done a lot of films with him, and if I can move my film. See, we are one family and I can understand he has gone through a lot, he has put a lot of money, the studio people have put a lot of money. I would want 'Padmaavat' to release solo and would like to wish him luck. 'PadMan' will now release on February 9.” .@akshaykumar reveals how Mr Bhansali requested him to shift the release date and since everyone is part of the film fraternity, he agreed.. pic.twitter.com/zjm7pHlNKh — Faridoon Shahryar (@iFaridoon) January 19, 2018 He went on to say, “Sanjay is a very personal dear friend of mine. He asked for it, so I went for it. They have a reason to release it this time. It is very essential for them to release it as quickly as possible. So, I understand that. The point is not about fighting or clashing. We both (the films) can easily come on this date because the business will still happen. There are around 5,000 theatres and we both can share it, but at the moment, the stake of their film is much more higher than mine.” Twitter Such big celebrities, and so humble and gracious, it's very rare to see such selfless acts. Akshay Kumar has once again proved that he's one of the most genuine guys in the film industry and this generous gesture is just too heart-warming, to be honest. This deserves every bit of respect, and rightly so. People on Twitter are just as much in awe of Akshay as we are. Even the stars of 'Padmaavat' took to Twitter to thank him. Such a big heart. Big Man with a Big Heart! @akshaykumar ... Grateful to you, Sir ....â¤ï¸ Mad Love and Respect ðð½ — Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) January 19, 2018 Shahid Kapoor sends his love. Thank you @akshaykumar for being ever so gracious. Can't wait to see #padman. Much love and luck. From team #padmaavat — Shahid Kapoor (@shahidkapoor) January 19, 2018 The generosity is unparalleled. pic.twitter.com/4DZrQeVpkN — Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) January 19, 2018 What a legend! That's why @akshaykumar is where he is at. Setting legendary examples for the entire film industry! ðð¼ðð¼ðð¼ — Amul Vikas Mohan (@amul_mohan) January 19, 2018 If it works, it works. When you are sure of your product then the release date does not matter! Kudos to @akshaykumar and @mrsfunnybones for delaying #Padman for #Padmaavat — Atul Khatri (@one_by_two) January 20, 2018 It's so rare. Happy to see the Industry uniting ! Great Job @akshaykumar @mrsfunnybones for shifting date and avoiding clash ! What a magnanimous gesture. Practical & wise — rahul dholakia (@rahuldholakia) January 20, 2018 Hats off. Hats off to @akshaykumar On moving ahead #PadMan to make way for #Padmaavat, he said: “...stakes are higher for #Padmaavat and Sanjay Leela Bhansali ke liye yeh date zyaada zarooori hai.” He also thanked @KriArj and @SonyPictures for supporting his decision! — Joginder Tuteja (@Tutejajoginder) January 19, 2018 First day, first show. Wat a great gesture @akshaykumar .. I was surly gonna watch #padman in de 1st week of de release, now I'll go n watch it on de 1st day ððð pic.twitter.com/LEsDoFOevV — Aamir Ali (@ali_aamir) January 20, 2018 No ego, just compassion. Kudos to @akshaykumar & the whole team of #Padman for having such a large heart to shift its release. For understanding what #Padmavat as a film has gone though & the sort of release a magnum opus like that needs. You have set aside egos & competition & shown true compassion! — Rahul Nanda (@rahulnanda86) January 19, 2018 Both will definitely be hits. Akshay Kumar shows great character when bollywood industry is in crisis. Huge respect for him. I wish both #Padman and #Padmaavat becomes hit movies. — Vignesh (@vigneshbamne) January 19, 2018 A lion heart, indeed. Mans got a #lionheart @akshaykumar theres a reason why hes gaining so much respect in the industry ... lets hope #Padmavaat soars now — Salilacharya (@Salilacharya) January 19, 2018
  11. Bollywood isn't confined to the same age old clichéd storyline anymore, where every other movie focuses on woman running away with another man, hero going against his family to marry the love of his life or evil in-laws trying to create problems in the lead couple's life. The movies today are focusing more on the socially relevant and sensitive issues that were left untouched until now. The directors and actors are trying to bring about a positive change through their movies and we saw a glimpse of this last year when Akshay Kumar's 'Toilet: Ek Prem Katha' was released. © Hope Productions 2017 was probably a great year for Akshay Kumar and by the looks of it, 2018 is going to be a great one as well. Not because of his killer line up of movies that are expected to release, it's because of a certain piece of information that will not only make his chest swell up with pride, but leave us overjoyed too. *Drum rolls*, Akshay Kumar's 'Padman' has become the first Indian movie to be screened at The Oxford Union, which is considered to be the world's most prestigious debating society. Twinkle Khanna has been invited to speak at The Oxford Union, where she will showcase the movie 'Padman'. © Twitter Akshay Kumar is one of the very few actors, who not only dared to pick a social cause for his movie but also turned it into one of the biggest blockbusters of the year. And now Bollywood's Khiladi is all set to impress us with his upcoming movie 'Padman', which is inspired by the life of Coimbatore-based social entrepreneur, Arunachalam Muruganantham. Arunachalam fought all odds and overcame several struggles to find a cheaper way to manufacture affordable sanitary napkins for women in his village. © Hope Productions Arunachalam tried to create awareness about the unhygienic practices around menstruation, which is till date considered as a taboo in several parts of the country. And now the whole world will come to know of his efforts through R. Balki's movie that is expected to release on January 25. The Oxford Union was founded in 1823 and stalwarts like Dalai Lama, Salman Rushdie, Malala Yousafzai, Morgan Freeman and Shashi Tharoor, have earlier been a part of this society. And this news was shared on their official Twitter page as well. .@mrsfunnybones is coming to the Union! ð®ð³ð½ï¸ Check out the event and how to ballot for a chance to meet India's bestselling female author, dedicated activist, and former actress here: https://t.co/lqSBMcnKSh.#PadManInOxford — Oxford Union (@OxfordUnion) 17 January 2018 The films today aren't restricted to the Indian audience alone and the immense success that movies like 'Dangal', 'Newton' and 'Baahubali' franchise have enjoyed globally, only cements the same. And now that 'Padman' has paved its way to the Oxford Union, all we can say is there is no looking back for Bollywood now.
  12. A still from ?Padmaavat? The Indian Supreme Court on Thursday lifted the ban on the highly anticipated epic ?Padmaavat? in four states, paving way for its all-India release on January 25. The controversial movie, which stars Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, was banned in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana, prompting its makers to move the top court against the ban. Giving its green signal to the movie, the Supreme Court said that the decision of the states violated Article 21, which guarantees personal liberty. The court added that it was the duty of the state to provide security to all those persons who are going to watch the film. Padmaavat is based on the poem Padmavat, written by Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi in the 15th century. The ballad narrates the tale of the beautiful Rani Padmini of Chittor (played by Deepika) and Turkish invader Alauddin Khilji's (Ranveer) pursuit of her. The film angered many after the Shree Rajput Karni Sena alleged it distorted historical facts related to the Rajput community. Deepika-starrer Padmaavat banned in four Indian states Padmaavat was earlier slated for release on Dec 1, but it was deferred amid controversy it stirred up in India Controversial Haryana BJP leader Suraj Pal Amu, who had quit as party's chief media coordinator in November, had led protests against the film and even offered 10 crore as "reward to behead" Bhansali and the film's lead actor Deepika Padukone. Padmaavat was earlier slated for release on December 1, but the studio had to defer it amid the controversy the film stirred up in sections of the country.
  13. Hrithik Roshan's career changed forever when he starred in the first part of the 'Krrish' franchise. Actually, it changed when 'Koi Mil Gaya' came out and we got to see Rohit's unique abilities. But with 'Krrish', we got to see his character in full form which eventually went on to become one of our favorite Indian superheroes. © Filmkraft Productions The first three installments were blockbuster not just in India but overseas too. Shattering many box office records became the norm with all the 'Krrish' films and his fans definitely wanted a fourth installment. © Filmkraft Productions Last year, Rakesh Roshan did announce that he'll now start working on a fourth part but nothing else was revealed. In fact, some even thought that it might even get cancelled eventually. But on Hrithik's 44th birthday yesterday, Rakesh took to his social media to make an announcement that made Hrithik's fans go crazy. 'Krrish 4' indeed is happening and it is set for a Christmas release. via GIPHY Squealing with joy? Don't. Because we aren't talking about this year's Christmas. In fact, not even next year. via GIPHY You're going to have to wait till 2020 for the movie. Today is perhaps the best day to make the release day of Krrish 4 official. Christmas 2020 it is. A gift for all of you on Hrithiks birthday. Happy birthday @iHrithik — Rakesh Roshan (@RakeshRoshan_N) January 10, 2018 Obviously no other details were given, it is being reported that Hrithik might play the role of the villain as well. As for the female lead, Yami Gautam's name has been floating around. Nevertheless, we are just excited over the fact that we'll get to see more of Hrithik as Krrish even if it takes two years.
  14. Police sketch of Kasur suspect Police have released a sketch of a suspect believed to be in involved in the alleged rape and murder of an eight-year-old whose body was discovered in a garbage pile on Tuesday. The minor had been abducted on January 5. Violent protests have erupted in the city, with protesters demanding the immediate arrest of those involved in the incident. During a news conference, RPO Sheikhupura Range, Zulfiqar Hameed said it was not correct to term the incident negligence on the part of the police. While speaking to media, he shared that the minor was strangled to death after being raped and everyone is grieving over the incident. "The minor's family provided the CCTV footage and neighbours also helped in the case but it is incorrect to think that police is being negligent, Hameed said. He remarked that footage reviewing footage from more than a dozen CCTVs installed in the area is an arduous task. However, police travelled quite far to search and review the footages. The RPO assured that all possible steps will be taken for the sake of security. Zulfiqar Hameed shared that 96 samples of DNA have been sent for testing, adding that police hope to find DNA match in at least five cases. Earlier, DPO Kasur, Zulfiqar Ahmed revealed that over 5,000 people have been questioned in eight cases related to minor girls being allegedly raped and then murdered in the city, while medical checkups of 67 individuals have taken place. The police official added that police is using video from CCTV as part of the investigation.
  15. Padmavati was earlier slated for release on December 1, but the studio had to defer it amid the controversy the film stirred up After months of uncertainty, controversial Bollywood film ?Padmavati?, now renamed ?Padmavat?, is set to release on January 25. ?It will release as Padmavat on January 25. The film has got U/A certificate,? sources in Viacom18 Motion Pictures told Indian media. ?Padmavat? was earlier slated for release on December 1, but the studio had to defer it amid the controversy the film stirred up in sections of the country. The film, starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, angered many after the Shree Rajput Karni Sena alleged it distorted historical facts related to the Rajput community. The group has been persistent in its demand for a ban on the movie ever since. "It's a complex situation for 'Padmavat',? film and trade business expert Girish Johar told Indo-Asian News Service. ?They have too short a time before the release, plus there are hurdles for it as certain states have announced a blanket ban, and the Karni Sena continues to oppose the movie.? "However, from the box office point of view, it's a great thing that two big films -- 'Padmavat' and 'Pad Man' -- will release on the extended weekend.?
  16. In case you have been living under a rock over the last few weeks, let us first tell you that 'Padmavati' has now become 'Padmavat'. Now before you start to think and analyze how rational or irrational this change in the title of the film is, we should also tell you that it's done and there's nothing we can do about it now. So, moving on. © Bhansali Productions After seeing the film in headlines for months and being a part of a hundred controversies, all we wanted was the film to just release. What else would you want after seeing a trailer that gives you goosebumps, only to realize that the film is not releasing anytime soon? Have a look at this piece of art again: And it now looks like that our prayers for the film to release have been heard because the film has finally got a release date. Well, sort of. According to Mumbai Mirror, 'Padmavat' is set for a release on January 25th. Yes, this month itself. However, if this indeed is true, it would clash with Akshay Kumar's 'PadMan' which was earlier slated for a release on January 26th but was preponed. Superhero ke saath Super Republic week. #PadMan releasing on 25th January, 2018!@PadManTheFilm @sonamakapoor @radhika_apte @mrsfunnybones @SonyPicsIndia @kriarj #RBalki pic.twitter.com/IX4qjpgbZd — Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) January 4, 2018 On the other hand, some reports also say that it might release on Republic Day, which would make total sense because a clash like this obviously won't be good for either for the films. Nevertheless, it is highly likely that the film would be released around Republic Day which is just a few weeks from now. And since we all have already waited for so long, a few more weeks won't do us any harm.
  17. Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal. Photo: Geo News RIYADH: The Saudi Arabian authorities are demanding $6 billion from Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal, in return for his release after he was arrested in an anti-corruption purge last month in Riyadh, according to a foreign media report. The prince is the 57th richest man in the world, and was one of dozens of businessmen, detained last month in the capital?s Ritz Carlton hotel in a move led by the country?s crown prince Mohammad Bin Salman. The fee demanded for Prince Al-Waleed is believed to be one of the highest. Extortion, bribery and money laundering are allegations leveled against Prince Al-Waleed. However, reportedly the prince has refused to pay any fee for his release, as he claim that paying the fee would amount to an admission of guilt. A source close to the prince told The Wall Street Journal ?He wants a proper investigation. It is expected that al-Waleed will give [Prince Bin Salman] a hard time,? In an interview with the New York Times last month, Prince Mohammad Bin Salman claimed that as many as 10 per cent of government funds had been lost to corruption each year since 1980. He added that 95 per cent of those caught up in the corruption probe had agreed to such settlements, but said: ?About 1 per cent are able to prove they are clean and their case is dropped right there. About four percent say they are not corrupt and with their lawyers want to go to court.?
  18. One of two official engagement photos released on December 21, 2017 by Kensington Palace of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle taken by Alexi Lubomirski at Frogmore House in Windsor, Britain. Picture taken in the week commencing December 17, 2017. REUTERS LONDON: Britain?s Prince Harry and his American fiancée Meghan Markle have released a series of portraits by New York-based fashion photographer Alexi Lubomirski to mark their engagement. Lubomirski, a former assistant to Mario Testino, famed for his photos of Harry?s mother Princess Diana, took the pictures this week at the royal retreat of Frogmore House, near Windsor Castle, west of London, where the couple are due to marry on May 19. ?I cannot help but smile when I look at the photos that we took of them, such was their happiness together,? Lubomirski said. Queen Elizabeth?s 33-year-old grandson, Harry, fifth-in-line to the throne, and Markle, 36, who stars in the US TV legal drama ?Suits?, announced their engagement last month.
  19. Reuters journalist Wa Lone, who is based in Myanmar, is seen in this undated picture taken in Myanmar. REUTERS TOKYO/YANGON: The arrest of two Reuters journalists in Yangon this week was a signal that press freedom is shrinking in Myanmar and the international community must do all it can to get them released, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Thursday. Guterres said his main concern over Myanmar was the ?dramatic violations of human rights? during a military crackdown in Rakhine State that forced more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee the country for southern Bangladesh, and the arrest of the journalists was probably related. ?It is clearly a concern in relation to the erosion of press freedom in the country,? he told a news conference in Tokyo, referring to the detention of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who had been working on stories about the strife in Rakhine State. ?And probably the reason why these journalists were arrested is because they were reporting on what they have seen in relation to this massive human tragedy,? he added. Myanmar?s Ministry of Information said in a statement on Wednesday that the Reuters journalists and two policemen faced charges under the British colonial-era Official Secrets Act. The 1923 law carries a maximum prison sentence of 14 years. The reporters ?illegally acquired information with the intention to share it with foreign media?, the ministry said in its statement, which was accompanied by a photo of the two reporters in handcuffs. Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh say their exodus from the mainly Buddhist nation was triggered by a military offensive in response to Rohingya militant attacks on security forces at the end of August. The United Nations has branded the military?s campaign in Rakhine State ?a textbook example of ethnic cleansing? of the minority Rohingya. Guterres said the international community should do everything possible to secure the journalists? release and freedom of the press in Myanmar. He called for aid to be delivered, violence contained and reconciliation promoted in Rakhine State, and for the Rohingyas? right of return to be fully respected and implemented. Location Unknown Britain has expressed ?grave concerns? to the government of Myanmar over the arrest of the two journalists, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told reporters in London on Thursday. ?We are committed to freedom of speech and people?s ability to report the facts and bring into the public domain what is happening in Rakhine state,? he said. Canada?s Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland tweeted that she was ?deeply concerned? by the reports about the arrests. ?Freedom of the press is essential for democracy and must be preserved,? she said. And the president of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani also called on Myanmar to protect media freedoms and release the two. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo went missing on Tuesday evening after they had been invited to meet police officials over dinner on the outskirts of Yangon. The authorities have not confirmed where the journalists are being held and, as of Thursday evening, Reuters had not been formally contacted by officials about their detention. At Htaunt Kyant police station, where the journalists were charged, family members of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were told that the pair were being detained at another location by an investigative team. ?They are not here,? said Police Second Lieutenant Tin Htway Oo, according to Pann Ei, wife of reporter Wa Lone. ?The police investigation team took them soon after they were arrested.? He said he did not know where the journalists were, Pann Ei added, but he did tell her they would be brought back to the station in ?two to three days at most.? Reuters could not immediately reach Tin Htway Oo for comment. Police Lieutenant Colonel Myint Htwe of the Yangon Police Division told Reuters the reporters? location would not be disclosed until the investigation was complete. ?It will be known later. Please wait a while,? he said.
  20. Lawyers at their sit-in in Multan. Photo: Geo News MULTAN: Lawyers across various parts of the country are continuing a protest over the recent arrest of their colleagues in Multan following an incident of vandalism. On Wednesday, lawyers protested the shifting of the judicial complex and resorted to vandalising the new building. The police booked over three dozen lawyers and arrested a number of them the following day. At present, a group of lawyers is observing a sit-in to press the authorities to release their colleagues and quash the criminal cases against them. Similarly, several members of the legal fraternity are protesting across the country and boycotting courts, which is causing difficulties for litigants seeking adjudication of their cases. 40 lawyers booked, several arrested for vandalising judicial complex in Multan Case also registered against Lahore High Court Bar Multan bench president On Wednesday, the enraged lawyers broke the windows and doors of the judges' rooms and courtrooms inside the new judicial complex and chanted slogans. The members of the legal fraternity claimed that they are against the decision to shift the judicial complex. The new judicial complex does not have sufficient facilities, according to the protesting lawyers. Lawyers not involved in chaos at Multan judicial complex: sessions judge Members of the legal fraternity vandalised judicial complex in Multan, claiming it does not have 'adequate' facilities The lawyers also remarked that they had given the relevant officials a month to meet their demands. Superintendent judicial complex lodged an FIR against 40 lawyers at the Bahauddin Zakariya police station on Thursday. The case was registered under Section 7 of Anti-Terrorism Act and Section 16 of the Punjab Maintenance of Public Order Ordinance.
  21. TEHRAN: Britain's foreign minister visited Iran on Saturday to press for the release of British-Iranian woman Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe amid accusations at home that one of his gaffes has seriously harmed her case. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson held talks with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif also expected to focus on a 2015 landmark nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers whose future has been thrown into doubt by US President Donald Trump. Johnson did not speak to reporters before heading into the meeting, but earlier released a statement saying: "I will stress my grave concerns about our dual national consular cases and press for their release where there are humanitarian grounds to do so." Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian citizen, was arrested at Tehran airport on April 3, 2016, after visiting relatives with her young daughter. Iranian authorities accused her of links to mass protests in 2009, which she denies, and sentenced her to five years in jail for sedition. They do not recognise dual nationality. Last month, they filed additional charges of "spreading propaganda" and will present her in court again on Sunday. Her case has become highly politicised, especially after a "slip of the tongue" by Johnson last month when he stated that Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been training journalists in Iran, which has been used by the Iranian authorities to help justify the new charges. Husband Richard Ratcliffe, who had lobbied to join Johnson on the visit, has raised concerns about his wife's mental health, citing the mounting toll of her prolonged incarceration in Tehran's notorious Evin prison. Johnson is on a three-day trip to the region, stopping in Oman on Friday and moving on to the United Arab Emirates on Sunday. It is the first visit of a foreign secretary to Iran since 2015 when the nuclear deal was signed. It unfolds amid mass protests across the Muslim world over Trump´s decision to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. "Iran is a significant country in a strategically important, but volatile and unstable, region which matters to the UK's security and prosperity," Johnson said. "While our relationship with Iran has improved significantly since 2011, it is not straightforward and on many issues we will not agree." Britain severed diplomatic relations in 2011 after protesters stormed its embassy in Tehran in response to sanctions over the nuclear dispute. The embassy was reopened in 2015 and full relations restored last year.
  22. Cameroonian author Patrice Nganang, Image Courtesy: Chez Gangoueus DOUALA: Writers and activists on Friday appealed for the immediate release of the Cameroonian author Patrice Nganang, arrested after publishing a critical opinion piece about the country?s president. The group of 17 writers from both Africa and the West launched an online petition calling on authorities to free Nganang, who was taken into custody on Wednesday. The Central Africa Human Rights Defenders Network and Tribunal Article 53 ? a local human rights organisation ? on Friday denounced "the abduction, arrest, and arbitrary detention" of the author, calling for his unconditional release. Cameroon arrests author who criticised president 'He drew attention to himself in recent days with several acts of provocation' Nganang ? who teaches literature at New York University ? published an opinion piece in French on Tuesday on the Jeune Afrique news site that was critical of Cameroonian President Paul Biya?s handling of the anglophone crisis. He was arrested the following day, after finishing a visit to mainly French-speaking Cameroon, during which he visited the restive anglophone regions that have been hit by an anti-secession government crackdown. "It will probably take another political regime to make the state understand that the machine gun cannot stem a movement," wrote Nganang, who lives in the United States. "Only change at the head of the state can settle the anglophone conflict in Cameroon," he said. Calls for greater autonomy in the Northwest and Southwest Regions ? Cameroon?s two English-speaking areas ? have been rejected by Biya whose government has led a crackdown on the separatist drive. Anglophones make up about a fifth of the country?s 22 million people, and often say they suffer from economic inequality and discrimination, especially in education and the legal system.
  23. Protesters pelt stones at police in Faizabad/AFP LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif has ordered release of all the protesters detained during sit-ins over the past few days. Kot Lakhpat prison in Lahore has received instructions to release 170 workers of a religious group, which had been protesting and staging sit-ins countrywide over the past three weeks demanding the resignation of Federal Law Minister Zahid Hamid. The weeks-long protest at Faizabad Interchange in Islamabad was called off on Monday following the voluntary resignation of Zahid Hamid and an agreement signed between the government and protesters. Following the negotiations, the leader of the religious group appealed to protesters across the country to disperse. However, protesters belonging to a separate faction of the religious group have refused to wrap up their sit-in at Lahore?s Mall Road Charing Cross, saying they will not leave until their demands are met. These protesters, from a different faction of the same religious group, are demanding the resignation of Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, and have said they will not disperse even after demonstrations across the country ended earlier this week, restoring life to normalcy in Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Karachi and other cities. The rest of the city, meanwhile, is back to normal as traffic flow has been restored after road blockades were removed. Metro bus service was restored earlier this week after it remained closed over the weekend due to the protests. Sit-in continues in Lahore despite Faizabad agreement Protesters in Lahore demand resignation of Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Educational institutions in the province re-opened on Wednesday, after remaining closed on Monday and Tuesday in view of the law and order situation. The demonstrations and sit-ins held in Sindh, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa after the Faizabad operation resulted in at least one death and left dozens injured, besides over 200 injuries reported in Islamabad.
  24. Hafiz Saeed - File photo WASHINGTON: The White House said on Saturday there would be repercussions for US-Pakistan relations unless Islamabad took action to detain and charge newly freed Hafiz Saeed, accused of masterminding a 2008 assault in Mumbai, India. A Pakistani court ordered the release on Wednesday of Hafiz Saeed, who was put under house arrest in January. The White House on Saturday urged Pakistan to arrest Saeed, calling for him to be prosecuted over the Mumbai attack that killed 166 people, including Americans. ?If Pakistan does not take action to lawfully detain Saeed and charge him for his crimes, its inaction will have repercussions for bilateral relations and for Pakistan?s global reputation,? the White House said in a statement. This is the first time the United States has acknowledged that the recent decision could have an impact on relations between the two countries, who are allies but view each other with suspicion. Saeed has repeatedly denied involvement in the Mumbai attacks in which 10 gunmen attacked targets in India?s largest city. The violence brought nuclear-armed neighbours Pakistan and India to the brink of war. The United States had offered a $10 million bounty for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Saeed, who heads the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD). The White House said Pakistan?s failure to charge Saeed sent a ?a deeply troubling message about Pakistan?s commitment to (combating) international terrorism.? It added that it also was counter to Pakistan?s claim that it did not provide sanctuary to militants. On Friday the US State Department spokesperson said Washington is ?deeply concerned? at the release of Hafiz Saeed. US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Saeed?s organisation, Lashkar-e-Taiba, a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of civilians, including American citizens. ?The Pakistani government should make sure that he is arrested and charged for his crimes,? Nauert said in a statement. In response to the US State Department, Jamaat ud Dawa (JuD) spokesman Yahya Mujahid said the US had announced $10 million reward, but was unable to produce any evidence against Hafiz Saeed in the last five years. The JuD spokesman further said that Pakistani courts were free and expressing concerns over their verdict was akin to interfering in the internal matters of the country.
  25. While Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Padmavati' starring Deepika Padukone is facing protests in India, the movie has been cleared by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC). The movie has been given a 12A rating by the BBFC citing "moderate violence, injury detail," and has given the movie a go-ahead for screening without any cuts. In India, Rajput groups and politicians have accused Bhansali of distorting history, with a bounty also being placed on Padukone and Bhansali. Meanwhile, historians are unsure whether the queen depicted in the movie ever existed. She is first mentioned in a 16th-century poem 'Padmavat' according to the Press Trust of India (PTI). As yet it is still unclear when 'Padmavati' earlier scheduled to be released on December 1 will be released.