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  1. Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, US, December 1, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/Files NEW YORK: Major world stock markets advanced on Thursday and the US dollar rose to a two-week high as risk appetite returned and investors kept an eye on US political developments and awaited a key US jobs report due out on Friday. Wall Street?s main equity indexes rose, while oil prices rebounded a day after hitting two-week lows. A US tax bill moving swiftly through Congress has influenced markets in the past month, with investors hoping that deep cuts to corporate tax rates will help further drive the record-setting run in equities. US Senate Republicans agreed to talks with the House of Representatives on sweeping tax legislation on Wednesday, amid early signs that lawmakers could bridge their differences and agree on a final bill ahead of a self-imposed December 22 deadline. ?We are kind of in a cautious wait-and-see mode trying to determine what the tax policy in the US is going to yield and to what extent that might propel further growth from here,? Peter Jankovskis ? the co-chief investment officer at Lisle, Illinois-based OakBrook Investments LLC ? said. ?Obviously, we have had a very strong run in the markets here in the US in the past year and I think they are probably looking at tax policy as a key to continuing that,? Jankovskis said. Investors were also wary of US negotiations over a spending package. US President Donald Trump will face off with Democratic leaders of Congress on Thursday in a meeting intended to bridge differences over a spending bill and prevent a government shutdown. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 45.15 points (0.19 percent) to 24,186.06, the S&P 500 gained 7.34 points (0.28 percent) to 2,636.61, and the Nasdaq Composite added 45.05 points (0.66 percent) to 6,821.42. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index rose 0.07 percent. Technology stocks gained in the United States and Europe after the high-flying sector had retreated in recent days. MSCI?s gauge of stocks across the globe added 0.24 percent, after declining the past two sessions. The dollar rose to a two-week high against a basket of currencies, recovering losses against the yen, on stronger risk appetite across markets. The dollar index rose 0.08 percent, with the euro down 0.07 percent to $1.1787. ?Tomorrow?s jobs report will play a significant factor in keeping the (dollar) rally alive and heightening hopes for an early 2018 rate hike,? Lennon Sweeting ? the chief market strategist at Toronto-based XE ? said. Bitcoin soared to a record high of $15,000 on the Bitstamp exchange, continuing a surge from less than $1,000 at the beginning of the year. US Treasury yields were little changed, shrugging off a report on US unemployment as investors held off on major moves ahead of the nonfarm payrolls report due out on Friday. Benchmark 10-year notes last fell 1/32 in price to yield 2.3314 percent, from 2.33 percent late on Wednesday. Oil edged higher, regaining ground from sharp losses the previous day brought on by an unexpectedly large rise in US stocks of refined fuels. US crude rose 0.89 percent to $56.46 per barrel and Brent was last at $61.92, up 1.14 percent on the day. Copper rose 0.24 percent to $6,566.00 a tonne but had yet to retrace steep declines from Tuesday?s session.
  2. KARACHI: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has extended the deadline to file annual income tax returns and wealth statements to December 15. The last date for filing the returns for 2016-17 was earlier announced to be November 30. All those whose annual salary from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017 is above Rs.400,000 are required to file their income tax returns along with wealth statement for the financial year 2016-17. Usually, the FBR extends the deadline many times a year to encourage people to file their returns.
  3. KARACHI: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has extended the deadline to file annual income tax returns and wealth statements to December 15. The last date for filing the returns for 2016-17 was earlier announced to be November 30. All those whose annual salary from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017 is above Rs.400,000 are required to file their income tax returns along with wealth statement for the financial year 2016-17. Usually, the FBR extends the deadline many times a year to encourage people to file their returns.
  4. ISLAMABAD: The deadline for filing of income tax returns has been extended till November 30. Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar on Wednesday approved the extension of the due date for filing of Income Tax Returns/Statements by companies, salaried individuals, other individuals and AOPs. It was felt that the taxpayers could not find ample time for filing their tax returns. A recent study of the World Bank has found that Pakistan suffers an annual tax loss of Rs3.2 trillion due to weak enforcement and low compliance by taxpayers.
  5. Bob Geldof arrives to return his 'Freedom of the City of Dublin' with Oonagh Casey of Dublin's City Manager's office, after saying he could not continue to hold the honour with Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, in Dublin, Ireland, November 13, 2107. Photo: Reuters DUBLIN: Irish musician and anti-poverty activist Bob Geldof will return his ?Freedom of the City of Dublin? award to his home town on Monday, saying he could not continue to hold the honor with Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Well over 600,000 Muslims from Myanmar?s Rakhine state have fled to refugee camps in Bangladesh after military clearance operations described by the United Nations as ethnic cleansing were launched in response to attacks by Rohingya militants. The plight of the Rohingya has brought outrage from around the world and there have been calls for Suu Kyi to be stripped of the Nobel peace prize she won in 1991 because she has not condemned the Myanmar military?s actions. ?I am a very proud Dubliner but cannot in all conscience continue to be one of the honoured few to have received this great tribute whilst Aung San Suu Kyi remains amongst that number,? Geldof said in a statement. ?In short, I do not wish to be associated in any way with an individual currently engaged in the mass ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people of North West Burma.? Suu Kyi, previously renowned for her human rights activism, was under house arrest when she was given the Freedom of Dublin in 1999 and received her award at a public reception in Ireland in 2012, two years after her release. Last month she was stripped of a similar honor by the British university city of Oxford, where she was an undergraduate. Other foreign recipients of the Freedom of Dublin since it was first awarded in 1876 include John F. Kennedy, Nelson Mandela and Mikhail Gorbachev. Geldof, a former singer for the Boomtown Rats, was given the honor in 2005 in recognition of his charity work which included organizing the 1985 Live Aid concert, which reached an estimated 1.5 billion people and did much to raise the profile of those suffering from starvation and disease in Ethiopia. ?Her association with our city shames us all and we should have no truck with it, even by default. We honoured her, now she appalls and shames us,? Geldof said. ?The moment she is stripped of her Dublin Freedom perhaps the Council would see fit to restore to me that which I take such pride in. If not so be it. Please accept this small gesture and the sadness that accompanies it.?
  6. Larry Mullen Jr, Bono and Adam Clayton of U2 performing at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona in September. The Irish ban will receive MTV's "Global Icon" gong. Photo: AFP Eminem, U2 and David Guetta will take to the stage in London on Sunday for the MTV Europe Music Awards, which returns to the British capital after more than 20 years. British singer Rita Ora will host the ceremony at Wembley Arena, which for the first time will see categories stripped of gender after MTV announced it wants to "break barriers". Taylor Swift could be the big winner of the night, with the US pop sensation nominated in six categories just two days after her sixth album "Reputation" was released. Although up for awards including best artist, video, and look, it's uncertain whether she will attend the ceremony which is filled with live performances. Top-selling rapper Eminem will unveil his single "Walk on Water" ahead of the release of his latest album "Revival", which comes out on Friday. Bieber leads Europe MTV awards, ahead of Gaga Best Video is determined by MTV's editorial team, but most categories are decided through fans' voting Eminem, who is nominated in the best hip-hop category, last month savaged US President Donald Trump in a video aired at an awards ceremony in Miami. Other nominees set to perform at Wembley include Cuban-American artist Camila Cabello, Canadian singer Shawn Mendez, and the French DJ David Guetta. The majority of the winners will be picked by music fans in an online vote, where there are 12 categories listed in addition to 32 separate prizes for different countries and regions. The best worldwide act and best video will be chosen by the MTV team. Irish band U2 will collect MTV's "Global Icon" gong, previously awarded to Queen, Whitney Houston and Eminem. Eminem sears 'racist' Trump at award show Eminem ends the video by demanding that his fans forswear Trump "U2's impact on music, pop culture and social issues around the world has been tremendous," said Bruce Gillmer, producer of the awards ceremony. "For over four decades and counting, they've entertained, influenced, and inspired fans around the globe," he added. U2 performed in London's Trafalgar Square the night before the MTV awards, along with DJ Guetta, to a crowd of 7,000 who won free tickets in a ballot. Created in 1994, the MTV Europe Music Awards returns to London for the first time since 1996. The cable channel also runs the Video Music Awards which are renowned for top performances and the occasional controversy, including pop diva Lady Gaga wearing a dress made of meat to the ceremony in 2010. The previous Video Music Awards saw hip-hop artist Kanye West leap on stage to interrupt an acceptance speech by Swift and argue that Beyonce was better.
  7. US rapper Eminem performs during the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix After Race closing concert at the du Arena on Yas Island, November 4, 2012. REUTERS/Jumana ElHeloueh/Files NEW YORK: Rap superstar Eminem made his long-awaited return Friday with a strikingly fresh sound ? an introspective ballad that features Beyonce. Eminem, the top-selling rapper of all time who earned his fame on the back of aggressive beats and lightning-quick rhymes, is accompanied almost entirely by piano and strings on the new track, "Walk on Water." In a series of social media posts, the 45-year-old indicated that "Walk on Water" was the debut single of Revival ? a new album that would be his first in four years. Eminem gave no further indication on the release date. MTV simultaneously announced that Eminem would perform "Walk on Water" live for the first time Sunday at the network's European Music Awards in London. "Walk on Water" is driven by a Gospel-tinged chorus in which Beyonce sings of how Eminem ? earlier the self-described "Rap God" ? was deeply human. "I walk on water ? but only when it freezes," sings Beyonce, in one of her first appearances since giving birth to twins in June. In the song, Eminem describes his perfectionism and how it fuels his anxiety as he fears his new material will not live up to his standards. "Will this just be another misstep / To tarnish whatever legacy, love or respect I've garnered?" he raps. "The rhyme has to be perfect / The delivery flawless / And it always feels like I'm hitting the mark / 'Til I go sit in the car, listen and pick it apart." Eminem name-checks legendary late artists including Prince, Tupac Shakur, and The Notorious B.I.G. and declares himself to be in a lesser league. The song only hits an older hip-hop sound in its last moments when, in a sarcastic flash of his old self, Eminem alludes to "Stan," his mega-hit from 2000. Eminem first emerged from a year of quiet last month when he delivered an angry freestyle accusing President Donald Trump of bigotry and incompetence in a video aired at the BET Hip Hop Awards. Eminem, a white Midwesterner whose listener base likely includes many voters for Trump, demanded that his fans choose him or the president, of whom he said, "Racism's the only thing he's fantastic for."
  8. [embed_video1 url= style=center] KARACHI: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has extended the deadline to file annual income tax returns and wealth statements to November 15. The last date for filing the returns for 2016-17 was earlier announced to be October 31. All those whose annual salary from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017 is above Rs.400,000 are required to file their income tax returns along with wealth statement for the financial year 2016-17. Usually, the FBR extends the deadline many times a year to encourage people to file their returns.
  9. RIYADH: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Saudi Arabia Saturday, his second visit to the region in recent months as he seeks a breakthrough in a diplomatic crisis gripping the Gulf. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt cut ties with Qatar in June, accusing it of supporting terrorism and cozying up to Iran. Doha denies the charge. Tillerson made an unsuccessful attempt to resolve the dispute during a trip to the region in July. US President Donald Trump, after initially appearing to support the effort to isolate Qatar, has called for mediation and recently predicted a rapid end to the crisis. But before his arrival at Riyadh´s King Salman air base, Tillerson indicated there had been little progress. "I do not have a lot of expectations for it being resolved anytime soon," he said in an interview with financial news agency Bloomberg. "There seems to be a real unwillingness on the part of some of the parties to want to engage." Aside from the Gulf dispute, Iran, the conflict in Yemen and counter-terrorism also are on the agenda in the Gulf, the State Department said. While in Riyadh, Tillerson will also take part in the first meeting of a Saudi-Iraqi coordination council, a sign of warming relations between the Sunni-ruled kingdom and Baghdad as the Saudis seek to counter Tehran´s influence in Iraq. His trip will also take him to India and Pakistan.
  10. We wait for Christmas, we wait for Diwali. Little did I know we'd start waiting for Halloween as well, because, 'Stranger Things' is coming back! If you are a fan, then you are a part of the club obviously. The trailer has dropped and our minds are already busy contemplating so many questions. Besides our excitement meter shooting high, one question that has been hovering over like a helicopter is how the hell does our favourite character Eleven come back to life. The MCM Comic Con aired a small clip which basically answers one major question. How does Eleven find her way back home into the real world? Here we go! @milliebbrown introduces world exclusive, never before seen footage from @Stranger_Things 2! — MCM Comic Con (@MCMComicCon) October 16, 2017 She punches her way back through the wall with a lot of drama that is simultaneously unloading itself around her. Will Byers is back but is clearly not the same boy who left as he still suffers from the consequences of his tryst with the 'other side' even though the doctors say 'it's all in his head'. We still need to know what happens to poor Barb! Winona Ryder is wonderful as the hysterical mom as usual. © netflix The entire town is now aware of the darkness that hangs over their heads but like them, even we are clueless about what the future holds. The plot is offcourse mind boggling, all thanks to amazing work by the writers. Talking about the brilliance of storytelling, let's take out a minute to bestow some serious appreciation on the crazy soundtrack that this show has. Even before the second season airs, the show has been renewed for another season. Well, as a fan, I am the last one to complain about it.
  11. PPP leader Dr Asim speaking in a press conference at Karachi Airport, after his return from London. Photo: Geo News KARACHI: Pakistan Peoples? Party leader Dr Asim Hussain said on Friday that the government?s clash with army leadership is not good for Pakistan. Speaking at Karachi?s Jinnah International Airport after his return from London, he said that the Pakistan Peoples? Party will react to any action taken against the armed forces of the country. ?If you don?t stop your actions against it, then you will see what PPP will do to you. We stood with armed forces before, and we are standing with them today as well,? Dr Hussain said. I will be back, says Dr Asim before leaving for London Former petroleum minister, out on bail in two cases of corruption and one of terrorists' support, was recently allowed by the Supreme Court to travel abroad for treatment The PPP leader said that he wants to tell the Pakistan Muslim League-N leader that he is not one of those who run away from the country. ?Our politics is for Pakistan. We saved the country in past and we will save it again,? adding, ?the PML-N wants to push back the progress of Pakistan.? The former petroleum minister said that that there is a difference between the actions and words of PML-N leadership. Responding over a question, the PPP leader alleged that the PML-N leadership wants to put into action, their design of ?Greater Punjab?. The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader, who is out on bail in two cases left for London on September 10 for medical treatment, after his name was struck off the Exit Control List (ECL). Dr Asim hospitalised in London for surgery Medical reports had recommended that Asim undergo disc replacement surgery in London On August 29, the Supreme Court ordered the relevant authorities to remove Dr Asim's name from the ECL, overturning an earlier Sindh High Court ruling. His name was placed on the ECL in November 2015. Asim has been allowed to leave for abroad for one month for medical treatment and had to submit a surety of Rs6 million. Dr Asim faces trial in two cases of alleged corruption of over Rs450 billion and another of allegedly facilitating and treating terrorists at his medical facility ? Dr Ziauddin Hospital. He was released from the sub-jail at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre in Karachi on March 31 this year after obtaining bail in all the cases lodged against him. He was initially arrested by the Rangers in August 2015 and then transferred into police custody.
  12. De Villiers gave up the one-day captaincy after the Champions Trophy in England earlier this year JOHANNESBURG: AB de Villiers will be back in South African colours for the three-match one-day international series against Bangladesh starting on October 15. Star batsman De Villiers was not available for the Test series against Bangladesh, but is due to play for the Titans in a first-class match this weekend - his first appearance in a first-class match since January 2016. De Villiers gave up the one-day captaincy after the Champions Trophy in England earlier this year, enabling Faf du Plessis to be captain in all three international formats. Left-handed batsman JP Duminy, who retired from Test cricket after a poor tour of England, will also be in what looks a powerful batting line-up. Fast bowler Dane Paterson is the only player in the squad who has not yet appeared in a one-day international. South Africa squad: Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock (wkt), AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Wayne Parnell, Dane Paterson, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada. Fixtures October 15, Kimberley October 18, Paarl October 22, East London
  13. India's Shikhar Dhawan celebrates as he reaches his century during the ICC Champions Trophy group B match against the West Indies at The Oval cricket ground. Image Courtesy: Sportzwiki NEW DELHI: Opener Shikhar Dhawan has been added to India's Twenty20 squad for the three-match series against Australia starting this week in Ranchi. The left-handed batsman, who missed the five-match ODI series against the Steve Smith-led Australia to be with his ailing wife, returns to the 15-member T20 team. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the side on Sunday after the hosts wrapped up the one-day series 4-1 in Nagpur. Batsman Dinesh Karthik made his way back after leading his domestic side India Red to victory in the recent Duleep Trophy competition. Veteran fast bowler Ashish Nehra also made the cut while rookie paceman Shardul Thakur and batsman Ajinkya Rahane were kept out. India, who are currently ranked number one in ODI and Test cricket, are scheduled to play the first T20 against the visitors on Saturday. Indian cities of Guwahati and Hyderabad will host the second and third match on October 10 and 13 respectively. Squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Axar Patel.
  14. ISLAMABAD: The deadline for filing of income tax returns has been extended till October 31. Federal Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar on Friday approved extension in the due date for filing of Income Tax Returns/Statements by Companies, salaried individuals, other individuals and AOPs, till October 31, 2017. The minister approved the extension in view of requests made by tax bars and various trade and other associations due to Eid-ul-Azha and Muharram holidays, both falling in September. It was felt that the taxpayers could not find ample time for filing their tax returns. A recent study of the World Bank has found that Pakistan suffers an annual tax loss of Rs3.2 trillion due to weak enforcement and low compliance by taxpayers.
  15. LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif returned to country from London on Tuesday, the same day former prime minister Nawaz Sharif appeared before the accountability court in relation to the corruption references against the Sharif family. Shehbaz Sharif returned to Lahore early today via PK-758 flight. Shehbaz arrived in London on Saturday, his second trip this month and held a detailed meeting with Nawaz at his son Hasan?s residence. During his stay, Shehbaz rejected reports of a rift in Sharif family, emphasising his unrelenting support for his brother, the ousted former prime minister. ?Those trying to create misunderstandings, note this: I will always stand with Nawaz Sharif,? he said, stressing that he has always been and will always be sincere with his brother. Nawaz reaches accountability court to appear for corruption hearing Around 1,500 security personnel have been deployed to secure the route from Punjab House to Sector G-11, where the court is located, as well as the courts complex On the other hand, Nawaz has been residing in London since August 30 to spend time with his wife, Kulsoom Nawaz, who is undergoing treatment for lymphoma. The Nawaz family is wanted by the Islamabad Accountability Court which is hearing corruption cases against it. Nawaz, his daughter Maryam, sons Hussain and Hasan, and son-in-law MNA Capt (retd) Safdar have all been summoned by the accountability court. However, only Nawaz appeared in person today. The cases have been filed by the National Accountability Bureau in light of the Supreme Court's judgment in the Panama Papers case.
  16. ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif returned to country early Monday morning as the ex-premier once again questioned his disqualification by the Supreme Court. Sharif, who was in London on account of his wife's treatment for cancer, decided to immediately return to country. Reports previously suggested the former premier would stay in London until complete recovery of his wife. Confirming Sharif's return to country, PML-N spokesman Mushahidullah Khan said that Nawaz Sharif is the most popular leader in the country. "He is the leader of PML-N and the people of Pakistan and is returning to country to play the very role," Mushahidullah said, adding that opponents' claims that Nawaz would now be working from London have proven wrong. Sources said that Sharif made the decision following a consultation meeting with PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Punjab CM Shehbaz Sharif in London. They said the former PM wanted to appear before the accountability court to face references filed against him by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). NAB has filed three references against Nawaz Sharif and his children, pertaining to which an accountability court summoned them on September 19. However, Sharifs failed to appear before the court. At this, NAB moved the court to issue arrest warrants for the former prime minister, but the court rejected NAB's request and again issued summons for Sharifs to appear on 26 September. Sharif will appear before the accountability court on September 26, sources said, where he would present his stance on the references filed against him. They said the former premier will appear before the court without his lawyers and will represent himself in the case. After no-show, NAB court again summons Sharif family on Sept 26 According to sources, the former prime minister has been advised by his lawyers to appear before the accountability court and seek exemption in cases against him. However, other members of his family will be staying away from court proceedings, sources said. The ex-premier is returning with his staff, while his children, Hasan, Hussain and Maryam, will be staying with their mother in London. Upon reaching the country, Sharif will reportedly hold a high-level party meeting to decide on future strategy and establishing contacts with rest of the political parties. Sharif questions his disqualification over Iqama Speaking to newsmen before leaving for London's Heathrow airport, the ex-prime minister said they have not done any corruption in public funds. "We have repeatedly said this is not a case of corruption or kickbacks. If it was about Panama Papers, then I should have been disqualified on same grounds, but we need to think over as to why was I sentenced over Iqama (employment contract)." Sharif also questioned the references filed against him saying, "What kind of references are they? References are filed if someone has received kickbacks in giving contracts to people or done any corruption." Disqualified by SC, Nawaz Sharif steps down as prime minister He said things were revolving around their family business dating back to 1972. "They announced the verdict; they were the ones to listen to our appeal and now they would also be supervising the [NAB] proceedings," the former premier said. "What kind of accountability and justice is this," he questioned. Asked about his decision to immediately return to country, Sharif said he did not intend to stay there for long and not to return home. 'Battle of 200 million people' Maryam Nawaz, Sharif's daughter, hailed her father in a tweet stating, "It takes great amount of courage & valour to be willing to pay the price for challenging what needs to be changed." "It is not about his person anymore. It is the battle of 200 million (people)," she said further. 'Nawaz, Shehbaz fail to agree on political issues' Nawaz Sharif and his brother, Shehbaz Sharif, failed to agree on any political issue during the meeting in London, sources informed. Sources said that Shehbaz reached London to speak to the former premier about a complete agenda. But the Punjab CM failed to convince his elder brother. Shehbaz was even unaware of Nawaz?s decision to return to Pakistan, sources said. The Punjab CM is expected to return to country sometime between September 28 to 30.
  17. Bollywood star Kareena Kapoor after her pregnancy is back to the acting arena, starting with her comeback film 'Veere Di Wedding'. Though the Bollywood diva had the spotlight the entire time, from her early pregnancy to giving birth to son Taimur, Kareena is finally back in her element by acting in the film co-produced by Rhea Kapoor. In a video, Kareena speaks how she?s back to acting and introduces the director of Veere Di Wedding, Rhea Kapoor, who is the sister of Sonam Kapoor. Later on, Kareena answers the question on everyone?s mind ? where?s tiny Taimur? The ?Jab We Met? actress said in the video that ?her baby is in the hotel?. Kareena then lauds Rhea Kapoor, saying that when the film is out Rhea will be known as the biggest female producer in India. The movie also stars Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhaskar, Sumeet Vyas and Shikha Talsannia. Apart from Rhea, Ekta Kapoor is also a co-producer of Veere Di Wedding.
  18. A record-shattering NASA astronaut returns to Earth on Sunday, finishing a 288-day mission that put her over the top as the American who has spent the most cumulative amount of time in space. Peggy Whitson, 57, is also the oldest female astronaut in the history of space exploration, was the first female International Space Station commander, and holds the record for number of spacewalks by a woman. The biochemist is completing a mission at the International Space Station that began in November 2016, covering 122.2 million miles (196.7 million kilometers) and 4,623 orbits of Earth. She and crewmates Jack Fischer of NASA and Fyodor Yurchikhin of Russian space agency Roscosmos were expected to land in Kazakhstan at 9:22 pm (0122 GMT Sunday) in a Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft. Upon her return, Whitson will have racked up 665 days in space in her career, more than any other American astronaut. She is eighth on the all-time space endurance list, NASA said. After earning a doctorate in biochemistry in 1985, Whitson worked as a NASA scientist for seven years before starting as an astronaut in 1997. On this most recent mission, Whitson conducted experiments with human stem cells, blood samples and grew several crops of Chinese cabbage, according to posts on her Facebook page. "The best part, was that after we harvested for the science, we got to eat the rest!" she said of her greens. In an interview before departing the space station, Whitson said she was looking forward to flush toilets ("Trust me, you don't want to know the details") and pizza. But, "I will miss seeing the enchantingly peaceful limb of our Earth from this vantage point. Until the end of my days, my eyes will search the horizon to see that curve," she said, according to a transcript of the interview posted on the NASA website. She noted that she's not totally comfortable with the attention she receives for her various records and her status as a role model. "I honestly do think that it is critical that we are continuously breaking records, because that represents us moving forward in exploration," Whitson said. The scientist also has a silly side. To celebrate the July Fourth holiday, she posted photos and a video of herself and Fischer wearing loud red, white and blue outfits, striking poses in zero gravity. "I am not sure what the future holds for me personally, but I envision myself continuing to work on spaceflight programs. My desire to contribute to the spaceflight team as we move forward in our exploration of space has only increased over the years," she said of her plans. The astronauts' return comes as the Texas city of Houston, home to NASA's Johnson Space Center, has been struggling to get back to normalcy after a week of deadly flooding triggered by Hurricane Harvey. "As a result of the impacts of Hurricane Harvey, NASA is reviewing return plans to Houston of Whitson, Fischer and the science samples landing in the Soyuz spacecraft," the space agency said.
  19. KARACHI: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has extended the deadline to file annual income tax returns and wealth statements to September 30. The last date for filing the returns for 2016-17 was earlier announced to be August 31. All those whose annual salary from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017 is above Rs.400,000 are required to e-file their income tax returns along with wealth statement for the financial year 2016-17. Usually, the FBR extends the deadline many times a year to encourage people to file their returns.
  20. Dr Tahir ul Qadri addressing media at Lahore Airport. Source: Geo News LAHORE: Pakistan Awami Tehreek Chairperson Dr Tahirul Qadri arrived in Lahore on Thursday morning after a brief stay in London. Speaking to the press at Allama Iqbal International Airport, Qadri said that he hopes that the courts will make Justice Ali Baqar Najafi Commission report public, adding that as according to the NAB ordinance National Accountability Bureau cases against Sharif family should be heard on daily basis and their decision should come within a month. The PAT chief said that the institutions don?t hold power to give justice to the poor segment of the society. LHC seeks govt response on Model Town incident report by Sept 12 Families of Model Town incident victims have filed petition demanding commission report be made public "It is difficult for a common man to get a clean chit from NAB but despite being served three notices Sharif family didn?t appear before it," he said. Meanwhile, the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday summoned a response from the government by September 12 on a petition filed for the release of a judicial inquiry report conducted by Justice Ali Baqar Najafi into the killings of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT)?s workers in 2014. The petition is filed by the families of victims killed in Model Town during an ?anti-encroachment? operation conducted by police. At least 14 people were killed and 100 others injured in the police action. Report cannot be made public: Rana Sanaullah Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanullah, however, talking to Geo News earlier, said that the case is still being heard by the court and the report cannot be made public till then. If the court deems fit it can make the report public, he added. Sanaullah said that lawyers representing PAT had themselves challenged the constitution of the commission, adding that Qadri is using the incident for political means.
  21. Spain's Garbine Muguruza returning a shot. ? AFP NEW YORK: Reigning Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza advanced and British seventh seed Johanna Konta was ousted Monday at the US Open as Maria Sharapova´s long-awaited return to Grand Slam tennis neared. Spanish third seed Muguruza defeated American Varvara Lepchenko 6-0, 6-3 for her first triumph in Arthur Ashe Stadium, which celebrated its 20th anniversary on the first day of New York hardcourt matches. Muguruza, last year´s French Open champion, can reach the US Open third round for the first time Wednesday by defeating China´s Duan Ying-Ying. "Very happy I´m in the second round," said Muguruza. "I´ve been here so many times and I´ve never done very well. I will try again and hopefully it will happen." Serbia´s 78th-ranked Aleksandra Krunic upset Australian-born Konta 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, ending her slim hopes at taking the world number one ranking at the tournament. "I´m happy I had everything together and was able to put some serves in," said Krunic, whose deepest Slam run was to the last 16 here in 2014. "It´s definitely not an easy loss to take. I would have liked to have been here much longer," Konta said. "She played consistently much better than I did." Five-time Grand Slam champion Sharapova was set to face Romania´s second-ranked Simona Halep in the night feature, the Russian´s first Grand Slam match since serving a 15-month doping ban and only her second on hardcourts. Former world number one Sharapova is 6-0 lifetime against Halep, although she last played the 25-year-old Romanian in the 2015 WTA Finals. "It´s going to be a big challenge, first round of a Grand Slam, to face her," Halep said. "I feel better and I feel that I´m ready to face her again." Marin Cilic, the 2014 US Open champion and last month´s Wimbledon runner-up, had not played since losing the All England final to Roger Federer due to an adductor strain. But the Croatian fifth seed ousted 105th-ranked American Tennys Sandgren 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. "I feel just a little bit rusty," Cilic said. "I need a few matches to get into the rhythm. It´s a matter of me getting consistency point after point and match after match and I´ll be working on that." Serena gives ´great advice´ Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams, this year´s Australian Open and Wimbledon runner-up, outlasted Slovakia´s 135th-ranked Viktoria Kuzmova 6-3, 3-6, 6-2. Williams won only 4-of-16 break chances in the match but denied WTA-level debutant Kuzmova´s four chances in the final set to advance. Younger sister Serena Williams, a 23-time Slam champion on pregnancy leave, talks with Venus "only all the time" and warned her to be ready for a fight from Kuzmova. "She gives me great advice," said Venus. Sharapova, whose major titles include the 2006 US Open, tested positive for the banned drug meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open but returned in April and was given a wildcard into the field. Sharapova, ranked 146th, has played only one hardcourt tuneup match due to a forearm injury. Halep has lost three times in three months with a chance to claim the world number one ranking, falling in the French Open final and Wimbledon semi-finals and to Muguruza in the Cincinnati final. ´A dark past´ at US Open Muguruza improved to 17-2 since the start of her London Grand Slam title run, but the 23-year-old Spaniard resists the notion she can be favored with a poor US Open history. "Coming to US Open and having a dark past in the results, I keep it with low expectations," Muguruza said. "I take every match as a final." US 10th seed John Isner blasted 22 aces in eliminating France´s Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. Herbert won 14 points in a row at one stage, including the final 12 of the third set, but Isner took the next 10 and advanced to a second-round affair with South Korea´s Chung Hyeon. "I was playing well out there," Isner said. "He won the third set but I just had to have faith in what I was doing and I´m moving on."
  22. Taylor Swift returns to social media with cryptic snake clip. Photo: Getty Images Taylor Swift, on Monday morning, returned to social media with a cryptic, 10-second video of what appears to be a snake slithering against a black backdrop. The video was posted to all of her social media accounts without a caption. Excited fans were unable to express themselves on the singer?s Insta account after she turned off the commenting feature for the post. Director Joseph Kahn ? who has previously worked with the pop star on her "Blank Space," "Bad Blood," ?Wildest Dreams" and "Out of the Woods" videos ? retweeted the video with a smiling emoji. In a tweet, he said, "In 30 minutes, as a show of power, @taylorswift13 will blot out the sun." Swift's post comes just days after the "Blank Space" singer went blank on social media Friday, clearing out the entirety of her Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr accounts. Speculations about the announcement of her sixth album are rampant. An Australian radio show cited a Swift ?expert? on the singer making a big announcement at 2pm on Monday ? during the solar eclipse.
  23. Inc is quickly ramping up the billions of dollars a year it spends on creating and licensing TV shows and films, signaling the retailer plans to be in show business for the long haul. The issue came to the forefront of investors' attention last week, when Amazon said a step up in its spending on video projects could be one of several reasons it might report a loss this quarter, even as it expects more than $39 billion in overall sales. The company's shares, though up 33 percent this year, have dipped 5 percent since that warning. Wall Street analysts estimate Amazon's spending on content will have tripled to more than $4.5 billion by the end of this year from 2014. Catching customers' attention with video now represents one of the company's biggest investments, people familiar with the matter said. Amazon does not break out spending figures, and it declined comment on the subject. The company has visibly increased its footprint in Hollywood since opening a nearby studio in 2010, and picked up its first Academy Awards earlier this year. "We expect Amazon to quickly exceed Netflix's annual spending on video," said Needham & Co analyst Laura Martin, who estimates that Netflix Inc, the top online television service, will spend $6 billion on content this year. Means to an End? The fast-growing investment in original video is just one of many simultaneous moves by Amazon into new areas, including brick-and-mortar retailing with its planned acquisition of Whole Foods Market Inc. Amazon has offered little detail for investors on where it is spending extra on content, or why, making it hard to evaluate if the investment is working. Broadly, it has said video is a key benefit of its money-spinning Prime shopping club, whose members tend to buy more goods from Amazon on top of paying a yearly fee. "When we win a Golden Globe, it helps us sell more shoes," Chief Executive Jeff Bezos said at a Recode tech conference last year. "People who use Prime Video ... renew at higher rates, and they convert from free trials at higher rates." One of the people familiar with the company's operations said Amazon has data scientists and economists running computer models to determine how video influences whether shoppers sign up for Prime after a free trial period. In turn, deciding the budget for video spending involves a complicated set of factors, including subscription fees and the value of extra spending by Prime members, the person said. Success Not Assured Despite its award wins for distributing "Manchester by the Sea" and producing TV shows such as "Transparent," Amazon's Hollywood push has not been entirely successful. An early plan to let anyone submit scripts online and crowd-source opinions on what shows to produce - an effort to disrupt Hollywood's lengthy and expensive greenlight system - has effectively been abandoned. Some have expressed concern that Amazon is focusing on niche audiences that likely are already Prime Video users, such as recent projects with director Woody Allen. Meanwhile, costs mount. Amazon paid $10 million to score distribution rights to "Manchester by the Sea" - one of the largest deals ever at the Sundance Film Festival. And it is paying about $50 million to stream 10 Thursday-night games for the U.S. National Football League this year, five times what Twitter Inc had paid for the same rights. The famously frugal company threw lavish awards show parties, too, a sign it has not been able to shave off as much of Hollywood's notoriously high costs as it may have hoped. "The bets they have to make on content are subject to the vagaries of the movie business," said Paul Verna, an analyst at research firm eMarketer. Being in Hollywood is "entirely different from being a data company or a tech company or a devices company."
  24. Wayne Rooney made his second competitive 'debut' for his boyhood club Everton on Thursday, as Leighton Baines grabbed a 1-0 Europa League third-round qualifying victory over Slovakian side MFK Ruzomberok. The former Manchester United and England captain had revealed in the build-up to the match at Goodison Park that it had been a lifelong ambition to play for Everton in Europe. Thirteen years after leaving Merseyside for Old Trafford, Rooney finally fulfilled that ambition although it was a frustrating evening for manager Ronald Koeman and his new-look Everton side. "It's something I've been looking forward to for the last few weeks," said 31-year-old Rooney. "It's obviously great to be at Goodison wearing the blue shirt, it was a great feeling. "But it was an important game for us so I had to put my emotions to one side. I've done that now and can get down to focusing more on the football." The £75-million ($98m) sale of Romelu Lukaku to United has funded a close-season of big expenditure by the club and Rooney joined England defender Michael Keane, former Ajax captain Davy Klaassen and ex-Southampton full-back Cuco Martina in making debuts. And while Rooney's return was greeted with the expected enthusiasm by a sold-out, if reduced-capacity, Goodison Park crowd, last season's third-placed Slovakian team provided dogged opposition. It was not until the 65th minute, when a Kevin Mirallas corner was headed out to Baines 25 yards from goal, that Evertonians could finally relax in this first leg tie. Baines struck a magnificent shot but it still required a kind deflection off Erik Daniel to wrong foot goalkeeper Matus Macik and fly into the visitors' goal. Early signs had been promising for Everton when Ruzomberok captain Dominik Kruzliak sliced the ball horribly as Klaassen surged into the area and almost put the ball into his own goal before the keeper cleared. Then, on 19 minutes, Rooney spied his first sight of goal back in an Everton shirt after another flowing attack, which ended with Klaassen sweeping the ball wide for Baines to pick out the striker who spun and sent a powerful shot wide. Just before the half-hour, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, hero of England's under-20 World Cup win this summer, showed great skill to win a tackle on his way into the box and his short cross found Rooney who slipped as he shot goalwards. Calvert-Lewin was involved again a minute later, this time setting up Klaassen with an intelligent pass, but the Dutchman shot into the side-netting with the goal seemingly at his mercy. Wins for Milan, Marseille It was looking an increasing danger that those misses might prove costly and before the break Daniel was given acres of room to deliver a 22-yard shot which Maarten Stekelenburg kept out, diving sharply to his right. Everton's concerns continued after the restart when uncertain defending allowed Daniel a shot which, fortunately for the home side, he miskicked wide. Yet Rooney, and Everton's, big occasion might have been spoiled just before the hour when Dalibor Takac's free-kick picked out Jan Maslo, whose powerful header was tipped onto the bar by Stekelenburg although replays showed the defender was clearly offside. That was a scare that prompted Koeman into bringing on another new signing, Spanish striker Sandro Ramirez, and his pace and energy enlivened his team with the goal coming soon afterwards. Mirallas might have claimed the second goal Koeman would have wished for, ahead of next week's second leg, but Macik made a superb reflex stop before Ruzomberok substitute Milos Lacny wasted a glorious late chance to equalise. Elsewhere in qualifying on Thursday, AC Milan began their new era under Chinese ownership with a scrappy 1-0 over Universitatea Craiova in Romania, as Swiss full-back Ricardo Rodriguez scored the winner on his debut. Marseille forward Valere Germain scored a debut hat-trick after joining from French champions Monaco, as his new team beat Ostend 4-2, while PSV Eindhoven suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at home by Croatians Osijek.
  25. ISLAMABAD: Nawab Laghari, former adviser in the Sindh government, returned home on Monday after remaining missing for weeks. Relatives have said Laghari's health has suffered during his disappearance. Unidentified men left Laghari in a car near Sawan. A case for his recovery was underway at the Islamabad High Court. Laghari was whisked away by unidentified men in Islamabad in April. He was taken after his identity was confirmed by his national identity card.