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  1. KARACHI: A woman ? whose body was found hanging by a noose in the metropolis' Liaquatabad a few days ago ? was murdered, Geo News said Thursday morning, refuting earlier media reports that she had died by suicide. Sana, 27, was an officer of Sindh Police's Special Security Unit (SSU) and had married a man of her own free will some months back. Her body was found on October 8 with a rope around her neck in the city's Liaquatabad No. 10 area, authorities said. Law enforcement agencies on Thursday explained that Sana was killed by way of suffocation. They said the deceased's husband Jahanzeb and father-in-law have been arrested, while a case has been registered as well. According to the father-in-law ? one of the two arrestees, the couple often used to have arguments, which started soon after their wedding. He went on to say that the family were sleeping when Sana allegedly took her own life. An investigation in this regard is consequently underway, police stated.
  2. It's National Coming Out Day today, boys and girls. Which means, that as you read this sentence, thousands of men and women are pushing past their sweaters and bad decisions from 2007, and stepping out of their closets (into their out-and-proud sexualities). I'll tell you something – whether you are 14 or 40, coming out can be an ordeal, but that's a story for another time. If your friend is lucky: everything will go well, and the two of you will be downing shots at the bar later tonight. But if it doesn't, you – yes, you – owe it to him to make his life a whole lot easier. To help you in 'your' journey of acceptance, here are a few things you shouldn't say when a friend (or a sibling) comes out to you this National Coming Out Day: 1. 'Oh that's amazing, dude. But wait a minute, you won't hit on me now, will you, ha-ha?' No, because you clearly aren't my type. If you were, we would not be friends in the first place – I'd just be gushing about you to my best friend. 2. 'Do you know what? I always knew it.' When someone comes out to you, it's an exhilarating feeling – it's full of the giddiness that comes with riding a rollercoaster. Telling someone that you already knew (even if you did) is like pulling the handbrakes. 3. 'Maybe if you only started playing more sport, you never know…' This is when I make a list of all the sportsmen in the world who are gay. Stop with the stereotyping – it wasn't cool back in 1966; it isn't cool in 2017. 4. 'Haha, is this just because you've not had a girlfriend yet?' Ditch the biology book when you are wondering what your gay friend does behind closed doors – love has nothing to do with how things fit, because it's not the big 5000-piece jigsaw puzzle that we all assume it to be. 5. 'I don't really know what to say right now, bro.' If you don't, sometimes a hug would do – there's nothing worse than radio silence. Be normal, the best reactions aren't even worth remembering because they felt so natural. © Thinkstock/Getty Images 6. 'So you the guy or the girl?' Get out. 7. 'Whoa, when did you decide you want to be gay?' The same way you decided to be straight. 8. 'But bro, do you have AIDS? Let's get it straight (pun intended). AIDS is not a gay disease. On the other hand, sir, you suffer from something far worse. Ignorance. 9. 'Well, duh!' Read point two, but only slap yourself around your head this time. 10. 'Why didn't you tell me sooner?' Making someone's coming out process about you is usually not the best idea. Focus on them and their experience instead? Let's get out those medals of honour. © Thinkstock/Getty Images 11. 'Man, now you can help me with my shopping!' The fact that gay men love to shop is probably the worst stereotype that ever exists. That, and the jazz hands. Just wear what you want to, you'll look great. 12. 'No, you are not.' Do you know what you are not? A nice person. 13. 'Let's go hit the clubs, mate!' Yes, thank you. But that's not why I just told you something this important, right? 14. 'Are you really sure about this? Maybe it's just a phase, you never know? Remember, back when I was younger and I….' Being able to finally feel comfortable in your skin is the best feeling in the world. Someone wanting to share that feeling with you is like wanting to share a large ice cream sundae on a hot summer day. Cherish it. 15. 'You mean you are bisexual, right?' No. Gay. G-A-Y. Get that? © Thinkstock/Getty Images Now that you've finished reading the guide, how about you go help your friend with the closet door instead? Those shackles can be tough to pry open, and they could use all the help they could get. Move along.
  3. SHAH PORIR DWIP: Rohingya refugees arriving in Bangladesh amid a fresh exodus from strife-torn Myanmar have described whole villages being emptied and thousands marching to the border as security forces redouble efforts to drive remaining Muslims from their homes. More than 500,000 Muslim Rohingya have fled ethnic bloodshed in Myanmar in the past month and numbers are again swelling, with Bangladesh reporting 4-5,000 civilians now crossing the border each day after a brief lull in arrivals. An estimated 10,000 more have reportedly massed in Myanmar near a crossing point into Bangladesh, and are poised to join the hundreds of thousands of mainly Rohingya refugees eking out survival in wretched camps over the border. The spike in new arrivals - prompted by what Rohingya say is a fresh drive to purge Muslims still in westernmost Rakhine state - casts doubt on a Myanmar proposal aired this week to start repatriating the persecuted minority. Rakhine has been emptied of half of its Rohingya population in weeks, and more are on the move as insecurity presses them to leave villages that have so far been spared the worst of the violence ripping through the state. Rashida Begum, who arrived in Bangladesh late Monday, said local officials assured the Rohingya community for weeks they would be safe if they remained in their village. "(But then) the army came and went door to door, ordering us to leave," she told AFP of the military sweep in Maungdaw on Friday. "They said they wouldn´t harm us, but eventually they drove us out and burned our houses." Begum, 30, fled with her daughter to the coast, where hundreds of Rohingya waited to cross the Naf River dividing Myanmar and Bangladesh. Myanmar state media said the fleeing Rohingya had left "of their own accord" despite assurances they would be safe. "I wanted to stay in my village," Hasina Khatun, 25, told AFP in the coastal border town of Shah Porir Dwip. "They (local officials) said 'don't go to Bangladesh. Everything will be fine'. We believed them, but nothing improved. Eventually, we had to leave." Sumaya Bibi, a softly spoken Rohingya teenager, described more than a thousand civilians hiding along the riverbank late Monday. She said they boarded about 10 wooden fishing boats, many overloaded and carrying mainly women and children, and drifted under the cover of darkness across the Naf where they washed up on a remote beach. Reports are difficult to independently verify due to reporting restrictions in Rakhine. Fazlul Haq, a local councillor in the area, said the flow of boats had almost stopped by late September but has resumed in recent days, bringing scores of Rohingya families reporting threats and intimidation by the army. The UN said Tuesday that 509,000 refugees had crossed into Bangladesh as of September 30. 'Burned to the ground' The influx began after August 25, when attacks by Rohingya militants spurred a ferocious Myanmar army crackdown that the UN says amounted to "ethnic cleansing". Myanmar´s government refuses to recognise the Rohingya as a distinct ethnic group and considers them illegal migrants from Bangladesh. On Monday a Myanmar minister proposed taking back hundreds of thousands of Rohingya, many of whom are at risk of disease in packed makeshift camps along the border but offered no timeline. Violence appears to have ebbed in northern Rakhine, although independent reporting is still blocked by an army lockdown, fear has unsettled many of the Rohingya who remain. Nurul Amin, who arrived Sunday after the military ordered his village to be evacuated, described a long column of Rohingya civilians growing in size as it snaked toward the coast. "As we left, people from villages all around us started joining. They (the Myanmar army) weren't killing anyone, just burning houses," he told AFP. Thick plumes of smoke could be seen from Bangladesh rising beyond the border on Tuesday. An EU delegation in Rakhine earlier this week urged an end to the violence after seeing "villages burned to the ground and emptied of inhabitants". Amin said there were just "two, maybe three families in hiding, but no houses" in the villages surrounding his razed home in Maungdaw. "They too will come in time," he said.
  4. The UAE is one of the six Gulf Cooperation Council states to have agreed to introduce VAT at five percent next year as they seek to revitalise their economies-AFP DUBAI: Hard hit by a drop in oil income, energy-rich Gulf states will next year introduce value-added tax to a region long known for being tax-free. Some have hailed introducing VAT as the start of "exciting, dramatic" change in the region, but the measure is also expected to push prices up for all residents including citizens and low-income workers. On Sunday, the United Arab Emirates doubles the price of tobacco and increases soft drink prices by 50 percent, ahead of the more general VAT on goods and services from January 1. The UAE is one of the six Gulf Cooperation Council states to have agreed to introduce VAT at five percent next year as they seek to revitalise their economies. The UAE and Saudi Arabia have said they will implement VAT from January 1, 2018, while the other GCC states of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar are expected to follow suit during the year. Economies in the Gulf -- home to the world´s biggest exporters of oil and liquefied natural gas -- took a major hit after a global supply glut triggered a drop in prices in 2014. Their balance sheets have remained in the red despite government austerity measures recommended by the International Monetary Fund, including freezing wages, benefits and state-funded projects, cutting subsidies and raising power and fuel prices. Governments across the region have also drawn hundreds of billions of dollars from their massive sovereign wealth resources in an attempt to curb the deficit. ´Already struggling´ The six states are now taking austerity measures a step further with the plan to introduce VAT, ending their decades-old reputation for being tax havens. Accounting and consultancy firm Deloitte has said the progressive implementation of VAT from next year "marks the start of some of the most exciting, dramatic and far-reaching socio-economic changes in the region since the discovery of oil" more than half a century ago. But the move is expected to increase prices across the board including for nationals, who make up roughly half of the GCC´s overall population of 50 million. Gulf nationals have for decades benefited from a generous cradle-to-grave welfare system, and have largely been spared by austerity measures so far. VAT, a consumption tax imposed on goods and services, is generally paid by individual consumers to businesses, which then transfer the funds to tax authorities. "Citizens won´t be happy about the price hikes from the VAT. I don´t think it will be acceptable as it will affect people´s budgets," said Khaled Mohammed, a Saudi working in Dubai´s property sector. The IMF has insisted the introduction of VAT will not drive away millions of expatriates until now lured by a tax-free environment. But the future looks daunting for the region´s tens of thousands of low-income workers. "It´s going to be tough for all those who draw small salaries," said Rezwan Sheikh, an Indian restaurant worker in Dubai. "We´re already struggling with finances. How much are we going to save after the VAT?" asked Sheikh, who sends most of his salary home to his parents and pregnant wife. ´Social justice´? Saudi Arabia and the UAE alone make up 75 percent of the GCC´s $1.4-trillion economy and are home to 80 percent of the Gulf population, citizens and expatriates. Under the agreement between GCC states, some goods and services will be exempt from the tax. Bryan Plamondon of the US-based IHS Markit Economics says food, education, and healthcare, as well as renewable energy, water, transportation, and technology, are likely to receive preferential treatment. He estimates that VAT will raise between $7 billion (5.95 billion euros) and $21 billion (17.77 billion euros) annually -- or between 0.5 percent and 1.5 percent of GDP. The IMF has said the returns could reach around two percent of GDP. But inflation rates will also increase. Faisal Durrani, who heads research at Cluttons Dubai, expects inflation to double to four percent in the UAE next year. Capital Economics has projected Saudi inflation could reach 4.5 percent, a stark shift from the current 0.4 percent deflation. Finally, says leading Kuwaiti economist Jassem al-Saadun, governments will need more than numbers to ensure a successful introduction of VAT. "People must be convinced that there is social justice, that raised funds will be used for development projects and that corruption is checked," the head of Al-Shall Consulting told AFP.
  5. Nothing has been a longer wait in this country than ‘acche din' and even if you have witnessed some ‘acche din' there will be someone or the other criticising the NDA government, at any given point in time for things they've promised and not delivered. This time we have Radio Mirchi RJ Akash Banerjee, ranting for almost ten minutes about the various deliverables that were promised by the government and have been casually forgotten or not talked about again, especially by our honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi. © Twitter The video of his rant went up live on Twitter yesterday and the Internet is loving the hilarity with which he is using his sarcasm to take pot shots at the present government for failing to live up to their promises. The video starts with him talking about three major developments that came up in the last 24 hours, like FIRs issued against a 1000 BHU students and the PM not saying a word about it, Farookh Ahmed Dar who has been proven innocent and the Saubhagya scheme which promises to provide electricity to all households by December 2018, free for the poor and at very low cost to others. While taunting PM Modi's far fetched modus operandi, Banerjee keeps insinuating these plans as being ‘joomlas' which vaguely translate to empty promises! He also mocks PM Modi's other ‘joomlas' like the scheme of giving INR 15 lakhs to the poor, from the recovered black money or the various Vikas Yojna's (development schemes), or the increasing petrol prices and of course, demonetisation. © Reuters Akash, also talks about how a population of 1.3 billion is suffering from a grave medical condition which affects the eyes and it's like having motiabind (cataract) but instead of motiabind, it's actually Modiabind! The puns are a bit hard hitting but maybe that's his way of reaching out to his listeners and showing them what true democracy actually is, by speaking his mind out. The Modi government, according to him, has been re-packaging their schemes and whatever was promised a year ago, is still in conversation by the government currently; case in point- the Saubhagya Scheme. In the end, Akash urges the janta to take their Modi glasses off and ask the right questions to the government which should mostly involve the original BJP mandate and the various development schemes that were promised by them. He is definitely not asking the people to not vote for the Modi government in the 2019 general elections but instead is asking his listeners and by listeners we mean the ‘aam janta' to thoroughly question the government, before bringing them into power again. Watch the video below: Large number of Indians suffering with a condition called #ModiaBindð±What should be done to deal with this crisisð¤ https://t.co/TjhtVYUAg3 — Akash Banerjee (@akashbanerjee) 26 September 2017
  6. BEIJING: China's seismic service CENC on Saturday detected a zero-depth, 3.4-magnitude earthquake in North Korea, calling it a "suspected explosion". The epicentre is roughly the same as that of a previous shallow earthquake on September 3, which turned out to be caused by a North Korean nuclear test, the official Xinhua news agency said. The earthquake comes after days of increasingly bellicose rhetoric between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's regime over Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions that has raised international alarm. There seemed to be some initial difference of opinion, however, with Seoul´s Korea Meteorological Agency (KMA) saying that it had registered a tremor of a similar size, but judged it a "natural quake". The quake comes amid soaring tensions over Pyongyang's weapons programme, with the firing of two missiles over Japan in recent weeks and its sixth and largest nuclear test earlier this month. The September 3 test was North Korea's most powerful detonation, triggering a much stronger 6.3-magnitude quake that was felt across the border in China. This week marked a new level of acrimony in a blistering war of words between Kim and Trump, with the North Korean leader calling the American president "mentally deranged" and a "dotard". Trump has dubbed Kim a "madman" and sought to ratchet up sanctions against the isolated regime, which says it needs nuclear weapons to protect itself against the threat of invasion. Pyongyang later said it had tested a hydrogen bomb that could be fitted onto a missile - an assertion that no foreign government has so far confirmed. The move prompted global condemnation, leading the UN Security Council to unanimously adopt new sanctions that include restrictions on oil shipments. Hydrogen bombs, or H-bombs, are thermonuclear weapons far more powerful than ordinary fission-based atomic bombs and use a nuclear blast to generate the intense temperatures required for fusion to take place. Kim on Friday threatened the "highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history" in a tirade against Trump´s warning that Washington would "totally destroy" the North if the US or its allies were threatened. Monitoring groups estimate that the nuclear test conducted in North Korea earlier this month had a yield of 250 kilotons, which is 16 times the size of the US bomb that destroyed Hiroshima in 1945. Washington announced tougher restrictions Friday aimed at curbing North Korea´s nuclear and ballistic missile programme, building on new tough United Nations sanctions aimed to choke Pyongyang of cash. Russia and China have both appealed for an end to the escalating rhetoric between Washington and Pyongyang. But on the fringes of the UN meeting this week, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho upped the tensions further, telling reporters Pyongyang might now consider detonating a hydrogen bomb outside its territory.
  7. It seems like people just can't get enough of the newly released movie ‘It' or Pennywise the Dancing Clown, but that doesn't necessarily mean that you would like to spend time with him in the sewer. Or, does it? I think it was quite clear that there's very little – if anything – Pennywise could say to get people to come into the sewers, or so we thought. It all started with one Twitter user asking everyone a very important question: “What would Pennywise have to say to get you to go down there with him?” What would Pennywise have to say to get you to go down there with him? pic.twitter.com/yVq87DfvCY — amber (@MotherOfIncest) September 11, 2017 Soon, that tweet blew up, going viral with people chiming in with what is the specific thing that would get them to risk everything to join a murderous clown in a sewer, giving some pretty hilarious answers in the process. The most retweeted tweet out of the lot is obviously a dig at Trump. "Obama still President down here" https://t.co/Wx1jRPBKaQ — André (@drefromjerz) September 13, 2017 Who doesn't want to get rid of that? "I can cancel your remaining student loan balance down here" https://t.co/RiGv8kgsES — Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) September 13, 2017 Some of us are very simple and don't need much incentive. "Free food" https://t.co/gmQwY9T7F0 — Tristan Tyrrell (@trissytyrrell) September 14, 2017 People really do not like Trump. "I know how to get Trump impeached" https://t.co/alIdLl3k6I — A Grown Ass Kid (@AyeDee704) September 13, 2017 Literally, everyone would go in for that. I have season 8 of game of thrones https://t.co/8yjvs4qbxL — ðjackð¦ (@targaryencrew) September 12, 2017 Well, that was easy. Hey bro come down here with me https://t.co/xtPPnKSd4R — educated shrimp (@yaperboi) September 13, 2017 Quite easy. bet you won't come down here into this drain, bitch https://t.co/IGgzvjCfRi — demi adejuyigbe (@electrolemon) September 15, 2017 You can't tell me how to live my life. "You're not allowed down here" https://t.co/hoNKfeaEeW — Gerry McBride (@GerryMcBride) September 13, 2017 *dives in, head first* "The Chainsmokers stopped making music" https://t.co/6facUlG4mk — Yung Bae (@yungestbae) September 14, 2017 A world without fidget spinners is the world I want to love in. "There are no fidget spinners down here" https://t.co/E6PoeaL59U — Dave Lasercorn Moss (@LaserCorn) September 14, 2017 Then, it got a little dark. Pennywise: I have nothing to offer you I just wanna kill and eat you lol Me: pic.twitter.com/92CEGNhxgn — ben ð (@gutsnoglory) September 14, 2017 Well, what can Pennywise say to get you to come inside the sewer?
  8. A fat paycheck, dimples and six-pack abs might make most men look like they've stepped straight out of a list of ‘The Most Eligible Bachelors In The World', but what makes a guy (read: you) truly attractive? The answer is, how you treat (and respect) women every day. © AA Films Sure, you might be averse to rape jokes, fight for #GenderEquality campaigns online, listen to Beyoncé's ‘Run The World (Girls)' on loop, or stand up for your women friends when they are being harassed at the bar, but then again, that's so 2012. Sometimes, all it takes is a single statement to be an asshole – it's like using #NotAllMen at the end of your tweet – you've literally proved your douchiness in 140 characters or less. Want to know whether you make the cut? Whether you call yourself a feminist on Facebook or are a guy who simply enjoys helping around at home, if you go ahead and say any one of these fifty sexist (or sometimes, misogynistic) things to (or around) a woman, you are probably getting it wrong: 1. ‘Are you sure you can handle that?' 2. ‘You are really funny for a girl!' 3. ‘Wow! You really need to calm your tits!' 4. ‘Okay, there's no reason to start crying about this now, alright?' 5. ‘Will you stop being so dramatic!' 6. ‘Is it that time of the month already?' 7. ‘Are you like, a feminist? Does that mean you hate all men?' 8. ‘Girls don't talk like that.' 9. ‘You aren't looking to get married? That's intense. But wait, are your parents okay with that?' 10. ‘What do you mean you don't know how to cook?' 11. ‘It's got nothing to do with the fact that you are a woman, but I really don't trust your driving skills,' 12. ‘Hold on, when I say that all women are like that, I obviously wasn't talking about you. I was just talking about women in general…' 13. ‘You'd look so beautiful if you just tried a little harder,' 14. ‘ You have got to stop being such an attention whore!' 15. ‘Gross, what kind of girl wants to gain muscle?' 16. ‘What sort of mother leaves her child at home with a nanny? It's such a first world thing to do' 17. ‘I mean, she's sexy, but she's not the kind of girl I'd take home to meet my mom, you know what I mean?' 18. ‘I am not saying she asked for it, or this isn't a stance that supports rape, but why can't women just dress more appropriately when they are out partying late in the night?' 19. ‘How can she be such a bitch at work, dude? I bet she hasn't been getting any…' 20. ‘Whoa, you need to hold on with those drinks, lady!' 21. ‘You're pretty strong for a girl… do you do pull ups at the gym?' 22. ‘Don't mind, but don't you think that your dress is a little too low. Would you be safe going back home later in the night like that?' 23. ‘Wait a minute, what do you really know about football?' 24. ‘Okay, jokes aside, which of the main characters from *** And The City do you most identify with?' 25. 'I am sure she got the promotion because she was sleeping with the boss…' 26. ‘Have you thought about going on a diet?' 27. ‘Have you thought about putting your name down on a matrimonial site?' 28. ‘...But what about men's rights?' 29. ‘What do you mean pink is not your favourite colour?' 30. ‘hy! Wanna b ma frend?' 31. ‘Who takes women's cricket seriously, yaar? I am Team Virat!' 32. ‘Such a beautiful woman like you doesn't deserve to be alone at a bar, so how about I buy you a drink right now?' 33. ‘Don't you want to do something about those stretch marks?' 34. ‘My boss is such a ball-buster, man…I am sure she has her husband whipped at home,' 35. ‘So much drama, man! She must be on her periods….' 36. ‘It's women like her that give women all over the world a bad name, no?' 37. ‘Yes, yes, that's all very good, but what I honestly feel would work for this situation right now is that….' 38. ‘Whoa! Did you see the jugs on that one?' 39. ‘It's just my opinion, but I think that women are their own enemies…' 40. ‘Are you really going to teach me how to play Call Of Duty? No thanks!' 41. ‘Does your boyfriend know you are going out dressed like that?' 42. ‘You must have been such a pretty girl when you were younger…' 43. ‘What are you doing at the gym? Shouldn't you be at home watching Keeping Up With Kardashians or something?' 44. ‘Wow! I didn't know girls could abuse like that!' 45. ‘See, when I told you to ‘go make me a sandwich', I was obviously joking, where's your sense of humour, yaar?' 46. ‘If you can't make round rotis, you are failing as a woman….' 47. Are you really going to have that steak all by yourself? Shouldn't you be having something healthier? Like a salad? 48. ‘Listen, this might sound awkward, but you might want to cover up a bit…your bra strap is showing…' 49. ‘I am telling you, boys will be boys, and you should just get used to it…' 50. ‘You make more than your husband? He must be such a great guy!' Feel like you've said more than half of these to all the important women in your life? Are you hanging your head in shame? Reaching out for your phones to apologize to all your (girl) friends? Writing out a ‘love you' text to your mom? That's great. Now let it sink in as you go make yourself a sandwich.
  9. WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders in the US Congress have agreed to work together on legislation to protect ?Dreamers,? the illegal immigrants who were children when they entered the United States, the lawmakers said on Wednesday, although a dispute erupted over exactly what had been agreed. Following a dinner with Trump at the White House, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said the ?productive meeting? focused on ?DACA,? a program established by former President Barack Obama. ?We agreed to enshrine the protections of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) into law quickly, and to work out a package of border security, excluding the wall, that?s acceptable to both sides,? Schumer and Pelosi said in a statement. All year, Democrats have insisted that they will block any legislation that contains funding for a wall along the length of the U.S. border with Mexico, a top Trump campaign goal that many Republicans in Congress also do not support. While White House officials have suggested legislation on DACA could move forward without wall funding, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders disputed the characterization that a deal had been reached to leave it out of any legislation focused on the Dreamers. ?While DACA and border security were both discussed, excluding the wall was certainly not agreed to,? she said on Twitter. Throughout his 2016 campaign for president and since taking office in January, Trump has demanded the construction of a wall to keep out illegal immigrants and drugs. He initially said Mexico would pay for the wall but has requested money from the U.S. Congress after the government of Mexico refused to pay. The dinner was the latest effort in a new initiative by Trump to work with opposition party Democrats on major legislation. Following the dinner, a White House official said the president, Schumer and Pelosi discussed tax reform, immigration, border security, infrastructure investments and trade as part of Trump?s bid to reach out to Democrats. ?The administration looks forward to continuing these conversations with leadership on both sides of the aisle,? the official said. Over a dinner of Chinese food, Trump and the Democratic leaders also discussed issues related to US-China trade, according to a congressional aide briefed on the meeting. Schumer and Pelosi also said that they urged Trump to make permanent government subsidy payments under the Affordable Care Act, also known as ?Obamacare.? ?Those discussions will continue,? the lawmakers said. Trump and most Republicans in Congress have demanded the repeal of Obamacare but have been unable to agree on a replacement for the healthcare program that became law in 2010. Using his executive powers, Trump canceled Obama?s DACA program in which about 800,000 undocumented young people have escaped the threat of deportation and been able to apply for work permits in the United States. Trump argued that Obama over-stepped his authority in creating the program. But Trump gave Congress six months to come up with a replacement program in the form of legislation to be enacted into law. Democratic Representative Henry Cuellar, who attended a White House meeting with Trump earlier on Wednesday, told reporters the president said he would not insist on wall funding as part of a Dreamers bill, but would pursue it on other, future legislation. Cuellar said Trump urged lawmakers to link a Republican bill to cut legal immigration to the United States with protections for Dreamers. But many Democrats oppose lowering the cap on annual legal immigration.
  10. A scene of destruction from the war in Yemen. Photo: File/Reuters GENEVA: The time is not right for an independent international inquiry into human rights violations in Yemen, Saudi Arabia?s ambassador in Geneva said on Wednesday, responding to calls from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Since 2015, Saudi Arabia and its allies have been bombing the Iran-aligned Houthi movement which controls most of northern Yemen, including the capital Sanaa, in a conflict that has killed more than 10,000 people. The Houthis have in turn fired rockets toward Saudi cities and villages. The Netherlands and Canada are backing a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council mandating an international inquiry, but Saudi Ambassador Abdulaziz Alwasil said a national Yemeni commission would be in a better position to investigate. ?We are working together to hopefully come to a compromise,? Alwasil told reporters. ?We have no objection to the inquiry itself, we just have a discussion about the timing, whether this is the right time to establish an international commission, with the difficulties on the ground,? Alwasil said. Saudi Arabia and its allies are waging their military campaign in support of the internationally recognized Yemeni government and they have the backing of the United States. UN human rights chief Zeid Ra?ad al-Hussein has long called for an independent international inquiry into the conflict and says Yemen?s National Commission is not up to the job of investigating the situation. Zeid said on Monday there had been only ?minimal? efforts at holding people to account in what the United Nations has branded the world?s worst humanitarian crisis. For the past two years, the 47-member Human Rights Council has rejected the Dutch demand for an international probe and backed the Saudi view that favours a Yemeni commission. Alwasil said he again expected the council to back its stance, adding that a locally formed commission would have better access and connections around the country. The Saudi envoy said the international community should focus its efforts on gaining access for humanitarian personnel. The Saudi-led coalition has also has set up a team to investigate civilian casualties. On Tuesday it said it had found a series of deadly airstrikes had been largely justified.
  11. United Nations sanctions on North Korea?s important textiles industry are expected to disrupt a business largely based in China and pose compliance headaches for clothing retailers in the United States and around the world. The UN security Council imposed a ban on North Korea textile exports and a ceiling on the country?s imports of crude oil on Monday, ratcheting up sanctions designed to pressure North Korea into talks about its nuclear weapons and missile programs. Retailers in the United States and other countries have intentionally limited their exposure to North Korea in recent years, as tensions over the country?s nuclear program have increased. The industry has sought to strengthen control over its supply chain since a textile factory collapse in Bangladesh killed more than 1,100 people in 2013. Larger retailers, such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc, have the ability to keep North Korea-produced goods out of their stores. But smaller brands may face enforcement challenges, said Marc Wulfraat, president of supply chain consulting firm MWPVL International. ?There are still hundreds and thousands of companies that are sourcing from overseas that don?t have the wherewithal or the resources or people or money to chase after these issues,? Wulfraat said. Textiles were North Korea?s second-biggest export after coal and other minerals in 2016, totaling $752 million, according to data from the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency. Nearly 80 percent went to China. Enforcement of the textile ban along North Korea?s 1,400-km (870-mile) border with China - where goods are sometimes smuggled across, often on boats at night - could be challenging, North Korea experts say. ?In the past, we have seen shows of quite convincing enforcement in the major centres, such as at Dandong,? said Chris Green, a North Korea expert at Leiden University in the Netherlands, referring to the largest trading hub on the China-North Korea border. Goods still slip through in less visible areas, he said. Trade in non-banned goods, including food and other daily necessities, continues between China and North Korea. ?Enforcement will depend a lot on China,? said Paul Tjia, an outsourcing specialist who regularly visits North Korea. ?So far, a lot of the North Korean textiles trade to Europe and other places goes via China.? ?It will be up to Chinese companies that deal in the North Korean textile trade to take action and up to the Chinese government to ensure the Chinese companies are taking action.? On a recent visit to the Chinese border with North Korea, several Chinese traders told Reuters the Chinese government is strictly enforcing UN sanctions to the point that some businesses that rely on trade with North Korea have already gone bankrupt or traders have had to start trading in non-sanctioned goods. MORAL QUESTION Another challenge is that clothes can be partly made in China and partly in North Korea with a ?Made in China? label attached to the finished product. ?Even if a label says ?Made in China,? some parts of the product are allowed to be made in North Korea and other places,? Tjia said. ?For example, the buttons may come from Italy, the cotton may come from Australia or India, the labour may come from North Korea or China, the accessories may come from Bangladesh.? A spokeswoman for Target Corp said the company has taken steps to keep even unfinished goods from North Korea out of its supply chain. ?We?re aware of the accusations and have clear guidelines and standards in place for our vendors and suppliers,? said spokeswoman Jenna Rack. ?We don?t source any products from North Korea or any apparel products from Dandong.? North Korea does not release statistics on the number of people involved in the textiles industry, but experts estimate at least 100,000 people are employed at North Korean textiles factories, producing goods both for export and the domestic market. Cheng Xiaohe, a North Korea specialist at Beijing?s Renmin University, estimates the figure may be as high as 200,000 people. Wages at textiles factories grew tenfold around 2010 when North Korea was experimenting with economic reforms, according to Green, so people suddenly went from earning 30 North Korean won to 300 won. ?They were suddenly getting a reasonable wage,? said Green. Supply chain consultant Tjia said North Korea textile workers will be hit by the trade ban. ?If the goal of the sanctions is to create difficulties for ordinary workers and their ability to make a livelihood, then a ban on textiles will work,? he said.
  12. The very first message was sent over the ARPANET( a project funded by the US Department of Defense) in 1969. It was sent from a computer science Professor Leonard Kleinrock's laboratory at UCLA to the second network node at Stanford Research Institute (SRI). © informatiknerd - blogger The period from 1950 to 1980 was a period of incubation for the internet. Very few people got a glimpse of what later came to be known as the Internet. It was only in 1980 when a researcher at CERN in Switzerland by British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee resulted in the World Wide Web or Internet. But at that time no one knew that the internet will grow to be something as big as it is today. Today it has become a basic need just like food shelter and clothing. The founder of W3C and inventor of the Web, Tim Berners-Lee, once said, “The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone, regardless of disability, is an essential aspect and it does not just connect machines, it connects people.” © newsby2 Today in 2017, we can not imagine our lives without it. Our generation is highly dependent on the internet. No Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp or Google for a few days. Won't you feel suffocated? People will go mad. The whole system will come to a halt. If the internet is inevitable, so are its pros and cons. People are suffering and people are rising to new heights. If you have ever thought deeply about the fact that you could be a victim or beneficiary of this. Then this article is just for you. 18,180 people were quizzed across 23 countries in a survey carried out by Ipsos. They wanted to know public attitudes towards technology. And you know what came out of this study? Two-thirds of the people said they couldn't imagine their life without the Internet. Time changes quickly my friend, and along with that, it changes a lot of things too. This is how the picture looks like as of now- © Quartz According to the study, India has the highest proportion of people, i.e. 82 percent, who said they can not live without Internet access. That's even higher than the UK, China, and the US. Apart from the fact that India is just second to China in term of population count, there are of course some obvious reasons behind this proliferating positive curve of Internet usage in our country. - Increasing market trends dictating the pace of Internet adoption in the country. - Increasing number of Internet users in India credits to the rise of Internet-connected smartphone sales. According to an IAMAI-IMRB report, today there are more than 450 million internet users in India. - The rapid decrease of cellular data costs is another major factor causing this change. - The increasing data speed. Though, we are still at just 4.2 Mbps which falls quite far from the average global speed for an LTE, or 4G, connection of 17.4 Mbps. © Forbes/Statista Besides that, we are also downloading the highest number of smartphone apps in the world. We downloaded over 6.2 billion apps through Google Play on Android phones in 2016 alone! Amazing. right?
  13. A professor during my college years once quoted, “if the rape is inevitable, enjoy it”. He silenced the classroom with what he through was a half witted metaphorical remark. His words pierced through our morale like a wisely crafted, shapeless dagger and we gave each other a questionable look, unlearning what we always thought was right…or wrong. What did that statement even imply? He came from a fairly staunch army background and he used the statement as a metaphor to denote the existence of helplessness and stagnancy in society. But was there any literal truth behind his fastidious statement? The statement, if taken literally could indicate the repugnant thought process behind most heinous crimes committed in today's day and age, rape being at the frightening brink of it. The callousness with which a rape crime is dealt with today is appalling and breeds contempt in our otherwise highly moralistic society, ironically so. Cultural superiority shown by the men in our society, condemns any act of forced sexual violence in a marriage as rape in today's day and age and there is nothing women can do about it. Nothing. © Thinsktock Where does this superiority stem from? Is it believed to come from thoroughbred conditioning, where a boy sees or hears his mother being forced into vile sexual acts by his father, against her will and normalcy prevails in the household a minute later, for the boy to deem the experience as ‘normal'? Or has been engraved in our psyche through Bollywood movies, that showcase the idea of marital rape as ‘just another scene to fill irregular voids in the film'. I mean we all remember these movies well. There was Raani Mukherji displaying her angry goddess avatar in 'Mehendi', when she was raped and beaten up and asked to bring dowry from her father if she wanted her status as the ‘bahu' restored, in her in-laws house. The film didn't talk about bringing in the ‘laws' that surround these crimes, when they were committed on her. It didn't talk about what the law says for crimes like marital rape and emotional abuse. It just had Mukherjee seeking vengeance and physically beating up the entire family to pulp, for whatever they had put her through. Marital rape is real and legal and according to United Nations Population Fund, 75% of Indian women suffer through it everyday, behind closed doors. A committee set up by justice SC Verma after the Delhi gang rape recommended marital rape to become a punishable offence under IPC but the government showed deterrence towards bringing this recommendation to life. The government in fact stated that marriage inevitably presumes consent and there is no question of forced sexual violence. So in a “progressive” country like India, if a women is married at the 15 and above, and she is subjected to forced sexual violence by her husband, it doesn't fall under the realm of a crime committed. If she is younger than 15 and raped by her husband, it's only then that the act is a punishable crime, which also brings to question the hypocritical duality of underage marriages in our society and the government's weak stance on it. After these recurring arguments whether or not martial rape should be criminalised in India, I was curious enough to ask 19 young Indian married/unmarried men what their opinion was on this age old draconian law and most men had some severe standpoints and felt strongly about rape in general. © Thinsktock Here's what the youth had to say: Parakram Kakkar, Lawyer & Public Policy Expert Age: 27 The recent court rulings discounting marital rape are disconcerting. My opinion is the same as any reasonable liberal. The build up of a narrative against criminalizing a marital rape based on the notion that doing so would destabilize the institution of marriage should get the award for being the most draconian legal argument of 2017. While the Supreme Court is taking a stand on issues like privacy and triple talaq- the establishment is drilling holes in this progressive and liberal approach. Tamseel Hussain- Millennial Expert Age: 30 Let's get our terms correct, marital rape is the act of sexual intercourse with one's spouse without the consent of the spouse. Consent which is a term that struggles to breakthrough our social norms, spouses in this context are mostly women who are the victims. It's outrageous that India still doesn't have a law that protects women from marital rape. Data suggests that most rapes take place within the confines of home. Most of the developed world has penalised marital rape, surprisingly yet, there is no law to protect married women against marital rape in India- we still don't understand consent and gender social norms it seems. Anonymous Age: 38 Without question the issue of marital rape must be addressed and is being so by the courts. A decision in favour of accounting for marital rape would have significant and positive ramifications. But that's the obvious part. What maybe required though is to see this entire step as major reform of archaic and more often than not patriarchal institutions. If this is truly being seen as a reform then the resistance in terms of concerns like ‘saving the institution of marriage' is but natural, no matter how absurd that may sound. After all, reforms in society have met with similar resistance. The reformers of the past were clever though, the likes of Raja Ram Mohan Roy's and Annie Besant's adopted a bottom up approach to bring awareness of the need for the reforms at grassroots level. The point being, that even if the court gives a favourable verdict, which seems logical to assume, there is need of building more and more awareness of why this reform is so crucial to Indian society, all over India. We should not find ourself in a situation where a section of society is at odds with generational practices and a law they may not fully understand. There is a need for patience and perseverance, to dispel archaic notions as much as, as it is important to modernise the legal system. Nipun Bhalla- Sports Marketing Professional Age: 28 Let's get one thing straight from the get go; rape is rape and as such should not be shrouded under the garb of a particular type. Rape is one of the few words in the English language which in today's world, especially India is no longer subjective and its centre lies the agreement of both individuals, i.e. consent. If both people involved in the act of *** are not in agreement, the act itself should be termed rape and treated as a criminal offense. Marital rape is no different. The holy bond of matrimony as per a piece of document certifying marriage does not give either person the right to engage in any activity constituting intercourse with the other, without consent, including any and all instances of inebriation. India unfortunately has too many closed doors and very little conversations regarding what constitutes rape. We as people are either too afraid and the consequences or bound by the shackles of judgement by our peers and our society to speak the truth or hold people accountable for their actions which make terms like harassment, rape, sexual abuse subjective. Anonymous Age: 31 Marital rape should be illegal and the legal system should offer foolproof protection on the same but the governments stand that it will negate the institution of marriage is bullshit and this decision panders to the Hindu conservative base just like the triple talaq pandered to the Muslim women base. No is no, marriage or no marriage. Amitesh Singhal – Filmmaker & Entrepreneur Age: 35+ I believe there is no difference between marital rape and normal rape. Its about consent. It has to be criminalised because women should have control over their own bodies and men need to stop looking at them as possessions. © Thinsktock Anonymous Age: 34 Marital rape exists whether judges in the SC believe it or not. That criminalising marital rape will “destabilise the institution of marriage” is an inane statement to make. You shouldn't be married to one another if you have force yourself on the other person. That too for ***. Having said that, there is a lot of misuse (on both sides) of the law. I also think a completely new/different set of laws should be drafted. Amending a 100-year-old law makes no sense whatsoever. Shubham Jain – Entrepreneur Age: 28 According to me, *** without consent under any circumstances, with a guy or a girl is considered as rape, using any kind of force, physical or mental. I also believe if the husband or the wife doesn't want to have *** they should be allowed to get a divorce on the basis of that decision, without any form of alimony. But other questions arise out of this situation such as the husband or the wife seeking divorce on the grounds of “*** not being allowed” should he or she be entitled to any kind of compensation? This is directly connected to marital rape because if the guy is asked to give alimony to his wife on the basis of false accusations of marital rape made by her, then it's wrong. There are cases like that too. Rohan Raj – Sports Editor Age: 27 Consent is very important, not just in a marriage but also in a relationship. Basic human rights cannot be overlooked in the name of culture, even if it comes at a cost of people losing their faith in the institution of marriage. Abhinav Rajpal – Managing Director, Indian Surgical Equipment Company Age: 29 It comes down to how consent is defined in India today. Everyone has a right on their body which cannot be violated, even when you're married but if the law is not clearly defined, it can be taken advantage of, for sure. Shriram Srinath – Marketing Proffessional Age: 29 I think there should be laws recognising and criminalising marital rape but there should be deterrents against pressing false charges as well. Nishank – Musician & Marketing Professional Age: 29 I am totally against it. No one has the right to inflict mental ( and possibly physical) trauma to anyone. Sikandar Kamal – Marketing Professional Age: 30 Marital rape has been a prevalent stigma that haunts our society even in the 21st century. It is imperative that this should be treated as a criminal offense with a case in point being dowry and most importantly proof of innocence should rest with the accused party. Avinash Bajaj – Advertising Professional Age: 29 I feel it's a ridiculous practice! But, it goes much deeper than just the surface level. There is dissatisfaction or an inherent problem (either of too much libido and not enough outlets, or not getting enough *** at home or not having healthy, open conversations about the same or addiction to too much porn). Sometimes, it is one party's refusal to *** altogether. Other times, generally more prevalent, it is the fact that people don't discuss these things or don't respect each others boundaries. I feel, not having enough conversation and not understanding the other party's need is the problem. Conversation, empathy and understanding is what we lack. And it leads to non-consensual *** from either side. © Share Your Essays Alok Yepuri – Creative Director Age: 31 There is nothing like marital rape. Rape is rape, whether it's by a known person or an unknown one. Just because you're officially sharing a bed with someone, doesn't give him or her right to invade your body without consent. Unfortunately, most illiterate women don't even know the meaning of it, or the fact that they are being raped. They think that's what marriage and life is about. Shantanu Prasher – Health Editor Age: 26 If you think the recent government ruling on marital rape is justified, your understanding of marital rape is just like your erection. Weakand limp! Pranav Kapoor – Entrepreneur Age: 30 Be it marriage, or without, the punishment should be the same. Life imprisonment or death. You can't treat it differently just because it happens in a marriage. Harsht Jain – Audio Engineer Age: 26 Marital rape should classify as a criminal offence. Any form of rape should be treated equally. Saurabh Sharma – Entrepreneur Age: 35 I personally believe that there is nothing worse than legitimizing crime. Marital rape is an example of this. I can't think of what is worse than rape, as it not only ensues safety of the oppressor (thereby encouraging them) but also not legally supporting the victim which silences and torments them further. I request everyone to support and spread awareness about the evil of marital rape to ensure we have legal support for the cause. What I gathered from these heartfelt responses was that rape really shouldn't be categorised or bracketed. If that be the case, we would incorporate it under any circumstance or occasion even. Rape is simply, rape and it takes terminological form when there is absence of consent. The government fails to recognise the nuances of this brutal crime and the hegemony or the lack of it present to make stricter laws against such crimes, simply loses faith, altogether. I'm going to leave you with a quote from Om Prakash Chautala, the former chief minister of Haryana, “Girls should be married at the age of 16, so that they have their husbands for their sexual needs, and they don't need to go elsewhere. This way rapes will not occur”. Are you as astounded by the classless and distasteful “intellect” and crass hypocritical stance by our “leaders”, as I am?
  14. Dutch researchers claimed Thursday to have discovered the maximum age "ceiling" for human lifespan, despite growing life expectancy because of better nutrition, living conditions and medical care. Mining data from some 75,000 Dutch people whose exact ages were recorded at the time of death, statisticians at Tilburg and Rotterdam's Erasmus universities pinned the maximum ceiling for female lifespan at 115.7 years. Men came in slightly lower at 114.1 years in the samples taken from the data which spans the last 30 years, said Professor John Einmahl, one of three scientists conducting the study. "On average, people live longer, but the very oldest among us have not gotten older over the last thirty years," Einmahl told AFP. "There is certainly some kind of a wall here. Of course the average life expectancy has increased," he said, pointing out the number of people turning 95 in The Netherlands had almost tripled. "Nevertheless, the maximum ceiling itself hasn't changed," he said. Lifespan is the term used to describe how long an individual lives, while life expectancy is the average duration of life that individuals in an age group can expect to have -- a measure of societal wellbeing. The Dutch findings come in the wake of those by US-based researchers who last year claimed a similar age ceiling, but who added that exceptionally long-lived individuals were not getting as old as before. Einmahl and his researchers disputed the latter finding, saying their conclusions deduced by using a statistical brand called "Extreme Value Theory", showed almost no fluctuation in maximum lifespan. Einmahl said, however, there were still some people who had bent the norm, like Frenchwomen Jeanne Calment who died at the ripe old age of 122 years and 164 days. Calment remains the oldest verified woman to date. Extreme Value Theory is a brand of statistics that measures data and answers questions at extreme ends of events such as lifespan or disasters. Einmahl said his group's findings will be submitted for publication in a peer review magazine "within the next month or so."
  15. Independence Day has come and gone and we're still struggling to free ourselves from our inner demons. Well that may take time but men, if you're struggling to be a free bird in your relationship from the tinniest, annoying nitty gritties your girlfriends puts you through, it's time to address these issues with them so they realise that there are bigger things in life to complain about, other than small inconsequential stuff !` We asked some men to tell us about some annoying habits their girls have, they truly need freedom from and here's what they had to say: Nagging Nagging really gets the better of every man. What is nagging? Well to be honest it's an art women have perfected over time and use it to get things done the way they think they're supposed to be done. It's beautiful really but not at the cost of pissing off a man who really doesn't deserve it. So the next time your girl nags you about a pair of your shoes that have been lying in the living room for four days, tell her they're furniture now. © Thinkstock Photos/Getty Images Indecisiveness Not about let's set the date and get married but more about where and what to eat. The indecisiveness is almost palpable! If this is an eternal issue with your girl then it's time you take charge and start making concrete plans and stick to them and make sure she does too! Directions! Why Bother? Most women have an inherent need to navigate. If they're not doing it in bed, they're surely doing it on the road! If a man knows where he is going, he probably knows best, so it's best to leave it to that. Unless of course he's lost and confused; leave him be even then. He'll figure it out eventually. Unless of course the girl is driving, then it's all sorted. © Thinkstock Photos/Getty Images The Office Hour Calls Gotta Stop Most men complained about the fact that their girl calls them every one hour during office hours. While that's truly endearing it's also annoying. If there is a lot of work at office no one really likes entertaining calls that are not important to the hour. Maybe a long conversation after work gets done can sort this dilemma out. © Thinkstock Photos/Getty Images The ‘Nothing' Game This is one of the most pressing and nerve wrecking issues men have to deal with. It takes a while to get to know a woman. So when they get to know her eventually and make an effort to ask her if something is wrong (when something actually is wrong) they always get an inevitable ‘nothing' out of their ladies. Maybe the women want their men to coax them into telling them the real deal but that's really not how it should work. Being straight up with the problem any woman has is really quite a relief for most men. Answering A Question With A Question! Is that even a thing? Well to most men it is. Men hate it when their questions aren't answered and then the question game is played, probably picked up from the popular show ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway'. For instance, if a man asks his woman what she would like to eat, hearing “what do you like to eat” back is really not a field trip for most men. Just answer the question and move on with the finer things in life! It would be so much simpler if women understood these annoying habits and curtailed them but that's what makes them irresistible too and men really come around and learn to deal with these things knowing they have annoying habits as well. But if your girl does any of the following more than once a day, it's time to address the issue immedietly.
  16. source: NASA NASA is seeking suggestions from the public for a message to beam far, far out into space to the probe Voyager 1 in time for the 40th anniversary of its launch. The US space agency wants input via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and other social media, and the public will vote on what short message we on earth should send to the intrepid, overachieving little space traveler. NASA said on its website that people have until August 15 to make submissions of a maximum of 60 characters. NASA, its Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Voyager team will cull them, and the public will vote to pick the winner to send toward Voyager 1 on September 5. That probe is now almost 13 billion miles from Earth. It is the most distant human-made object ever. And it is the first spacecraft to enter what is known as interstellar space. NASA defines this as beginning where the sun's flow of material and its magnetic field stop affecting its surroundings. Voyager 1 was launched on September 5, 1977, and a sister ship, Voyager 2, actually went up about two weeks earlier. Both traveled on Titan-Centaur rockets. The mission of both was study the solar system's giant, gaseous outer planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Voyager 2 went up first because its trajectory was a longer, slower one. It is now almost 11 billion miles from home. The resumes of both on a project that was never designed to last so long or reap so much treasure are simply eye-popping. For instance, NASA says Voyager 1 was the first spacecraft to detect lightning on a planet other than Earth. It was on Jupiter. And both Voyagers found suggestions of an ocean beyond Earth. This was on Jupiter's moon Europa. The list of other achievements is long.
  17. Sometimes diving head on towards a commitment of a lifetime takes away the basic nuances of understanding if you're ready emotionally and mentally for it. Marriage comes with a lot of thought-provoking questions and sometimes people delve into the monetary aspect of it and forget the emotional bandwidth they need to commit to someone for a lifetime. Hence without realising, certain realisations set in at earlier stages of marriage that need to be quantified with various validations like – how am I ever going to spend the rest of my life with just one person? Because let's face it, some people can't settle for just one. Thinkstock Photos Webster's defines open marriages as a marriage in which both partners agree that each may have sexual relations with other. So if someone walks in to a marriage with a mind that's fickle and realises they probably want something more voracious out of it, is it fair to talk about or experience an open marriage instead? Do open marriages need to be normalised just like monogamy? How do you broach the topic of an open marriage with your partner? Thinkstock Photos Here are some thoughts people shared with us, on their idea of an open marriage. Rattika, 31 I have been married for over five years and my husband and I are quite happy together, sharing what makes the two of us happy. The concept of an open marriage never occurred to us because we didn't feel a void that needed to be filled both physically and emotionally. Sure open marriages can be normalised in society but only if both the people in the marriage are as open to it as the definition for it goes. Anonymous, 30 For some couples an open marriage is a commitment too. You commit to have your share of fun but come back home to your partner at the end of the day. Maybe you want to experience the thrill of another sexual experience like strip clubs or have an orgy, as long as emotionally you're still connected with the person you married, I see no issues at all, so yeah, maybe its normalcy. Thinkstock Photos Aparna, 28 Both the people in the marriage have to define what counts as ‘open' first off. What do you want to experience in an open marriage is vital for discussion. My husband and I have encountered various sexual experiences but together. For us the sanctity of an open marriage is to experience things together, with other people. Rehan, 32 It's very easy to bring up the topic of open marriage with your partner, if you're both on the same page and open with each other. Usually you would just talk about your likes and dislikes and if they match then you can talk more about it. Sometimes open marriages can be very healthy and can bring two people closer together because the openness is a big aspect for bringing two people close together. Anonymous, 32 The concept is confusing to me actually. Marriage to me only makes sense if you stay with one partner, otherwise why bother going through paperwork ordeal when things can be simpler with an open marriage. Pratik, 27 Open communication is the key to an open marriage. Of course it should be normalised, only if both parties have equal say and consent. Sometimes my wife and I talk about it and we usually don't reach a common ground, so it's redundant for us really. Both partners have to be in agreement. Thinkstock Photos Payal, 29 I believe in the sanctity of marriage and there is no place for a third person between two married people. So no, it should not be normalised. Jaskiran, 30 I think all relationships should be normalised. Wether it's open, monogamous, homosexual or heterosexual. Times they are a'changing. Shivani, 28 It's important that we are allowed to design our marriages the way we want to. Two consenting people enter this institution and if they consent to having emotional/sexual relations outside of marriage, why not. Parikshit, 30 I don't see the idea of it lasting too long. What if your partner falls in love with someone? How much trust is too much trust? If I am having *** outside of my marriage, I am bound to get attached with the people I am sexually involved with. Trust is a very thin thread in this case. Thinkstock Photos An open marriage, from what we gathered, could be a complex experiment to follow through. If you're open to something and your partner isn't, they might think they're not enough. If you both are ready to experiment outside of your marriage it could probably draw you closer with the trust you share or you could fall apart tremendously because you are treading on thin ice as well. So the best thing to do, if you want to normalise an open marriage with your partner is establish some ground rules, have a very open conversation with them about the idea and the concept behind it and trust each other to the fullest and involve each other in as many experiences you can figure, together.
  18. Things have been going pretty well for the mother of the dragons lately, barring the moment Drogon is shot. Everyone is rallying behind her and Cersei is left with practically nobody. With 3 dragons and a Dothraki army, there's nothing much that can baffle you. But if fan theories are to be trusted, then there's some tough times ahead for Dany. © HBO According to the prophecy that was made for her in Qarth, Daenerys would be betrayed 3 times : once for gold, once for blood, and once for love. She was betrayed for blood when a Dothraki witch takes revenge for her people's blood by killing Daenerys' son on the pretext of saving Khal Drogo's life. © HBO Then she was betrayed for gold when it is revealed that Jorah Mormont had been sent by Robert Baratheon to spy on her. Of course, Jorah comes around and becomes her biggest protector later. © HBO So, that leaves being betrayed for love, which she hasn't been yet. It is speculated that it might be Jon Snow – they are already falling in love – who will have to sacrifice her to fulfill the prophecy of Azhor Azhai. Considering he will have a whole kingdom to protect from the White Walkers, it might be the only way. But Jon Snow is no Stannis, and he could refuse to do the unthinkable. © HBO If not Snow, it could be Tyrion too. His sympathy towards his brother Jaime was well evident during the battle scene in ‘Spoils of War' when he is desperately wishing for the latter to flee. The mother of dragons has been ignoring her Hand for far too long now and Tryion's role has been pushed to the background. The character is being under-utilised and we think the reason could be a future betrayal. © HBO Another close ally whose betrayal would affect Daenerys is Missandei. There has been some character development for her and her conversations with Ser Davos about her hometown subtly push towards a sub-plot that may unfold in the future. The girl is in love with Greyworm and she is also sure that if she were to leave Daenerys, the queen would be perfectly okay with it. The lure of starting a family and settling down in her hometown could be greater than serving a queen.
  19. Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheik Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa speaks to media after the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt meeting to discuss their dispute with Qatar, in Manama, Bahrain July 30, 2017. PHOTO: Reuters DUBAI: The four Arab countries that have cut ties with Qatar said on Sunday they were ready for talks to tackle the dispute if Doha showed willingness to deal with their demands. The foreign ministers of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates met in the Bahraini capital, Manama, to discuss the crisis that has raised tensions across the region. The Saudi-led bloc cut ties with the Gulf state on June 5, accusing it of backing militant groups and cosying up to their arch-foe Iran, allegations Doha denies. Diplomatic efforts led by Kuwait and backed by Western powers have failed to end the dispute, in which the four states have severed travel and communications with Qatar. "The four countries are ready for dialogue with Qatar with the condition that it announces its sincere willingness to stop funding terrorism and extremism and its commitment to not interfere in other countries' foreign affairs and respond to the 13 demands," Bahrain's foreign minister, Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa, told a joint news conference after the meeting. They announced no new economic sanctions on the Gulf state. Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain previously issued a list of 13 demands for Qatar, which include curtailing its support for the Muslim Brotherhood, shutting down the Doha-based Al Jazeera channel, closing a Turkish military base and downgrading its relations with Gulf enemy Iran. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Qatar was not serious in tackling the countries' demands. "We are ready to talk with Qatar on the implementation of the demands, on the implementation of the principles, if Qatar is serious, but it has been clear that it is not," he said. The four countries have also listed "six principles" they want Qatar to adopt. Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani dismissed Sunday's statement from the four countries and said sanctions were violating international laws. "There isn't a clear vision (from Manama's meeting), there is only a stubborn policy from the blockading countries and refusal to admit that these are illegal actions," Sheikh Mohammed told Al Jazeera TV channel. Earlier on Sunday, al-Hayat newspaper said, citing unidentified Gulf sources, that the four countries "are expected to impose sanctions that will gradually affect the Qatari economy." Saudi Arabia has closed its land border with Qatar, while all four countries have cut air and sea links with Doha, demanding the gas-exporting country take several measures to show it was changing its policies. Turkey and Iran have stepped in to provide fresh produce, poultry and dairy products to Qatar instead of Saudi Arabia and the UAE, with Oman providing alternative ports to those in the UAE. The four Arab countries added 18 groups and individuals they say are linked to Qatar to their "terrorist" lists last week.
  20. Nawaz Sharif. Photo: Reuters file Following the much-awaited Panama case verdict announced by the Supreme Court early Friday, legal analysts expressed their opinions on the decision to disqualify Nawaz Sharif as the prime minister. Speaking to Geo News, barrister Salahuddin Ahmed said the SC?s verdict based on Sharif not declaring his United Arab Emirates (UAE) company FZE Capital?s income in his nomination papers was puzzling, as this was not a legal basis to dismiss the premier. ?Basic accounting principles dictate that company?s use the accrual system whereby all income ? whether received or not ? is declared,? Ahmed explained. ?However, individuals use the cash-basis system, which allows them to not declare any un-received income.? Based on accounting principles alone, the SC?s judgment holds no legal ground for dismissal, Ahmed said. He further added that all misdeclarations can?t be grounds for disqualification from holding public office. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/722c3935453921ebbaac2fb47f97cf8d.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Ny8yOS8yMDE3IDk6MzI6MTggQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1qOTlIMnoxMk0rTkNqakpaMk5OR0d3PT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] Adding to the analysis on the Supreme Court?s verdict based on article 62 (1)(f), constitutional expert and senior lawyer of the Supreme Court of Pakistan Abid Hassan Minto expressed his disappointment on the decision. ?It is disheartening to see how things are being manipulated,? Minto said. ?Since judges of the country?s highest court are on the deciding end, it leaves no room for contesting or appealing for the defendant.? In response to a question if Sharif could challenge the lifetime ban on holding public office, the seasoned lawyer said that the more pertinent question was where would the former premier challenge the decision of the country?s highest court. ?The constitution says an individual can?t be disqualified for life till a legal provision to do so is present,? Minto stressed. The lawyer added that contradictions in the judgment are ?upsetting legal minds.? Weighing in on the SC?s decision, barrister Masroor Shah said the ?Supreme Court has picked a very dangerous sword in its hands i.e. article 62.? He added that fair trials throughout the world give the defendant right to one appeal including Pakistan?s constitution as per article 10-A, however, the SC has opened a ?Pandora?s box by disqualifying the prime minister on a ground as vague as article 62.? Discussing articles 62 and 63 ? that became the basis for Nawaz Sharif?s disqualification in the Panama case decision -- human rights lawyer and social activist Asma Jehangir highlighted the contradiction in the said parts of the constitution while speaking on Geo News? program Naya Pakistan with Talat Hussain. ?If you are convicted on moral grounds, the disqualification remains effective for a few years, but when 62 (1)(f) becomes the basis of disqualification i.e. you are not Sadiq and Ameen, then the disqualification is for life and the individual can only be a political party?s leader and not member as per the constitution.?
  21. <p>Sexual violence has claimed another life in the country, this time a boy's. A 13-year-old boy from Mumbai has died after consuming rat poison after he was raped by 4 men. The class 8th student died of multiple organ failure. He had been sexually assaulted, allegedly along with his 10-year-old friend who has also died. The parents of the 10-year-old boy didn't even inform the police and quietly buried their child's body.</p> <p>The older boy had been admitted to KEM Hospital where he told his parents that he had been raped multiple times by the 4 men. His rapists had threatened to kill his entire family if he told anyone about it. And he didn't. He had probably seen rapists being pardoned by the society, girls being told to not venture out at night to avoid rape, victims being blamed for the assault. He found death easier. </p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="13YO Boy Dies After Rape By 4 Men" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/13yo-boy-dies-after-rape-by-4-men-740x400-1-1501164658.jpg" alt="13YO Boy Dies After Rape By 4 Men" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/13yo-boy-dies-after-rape-by-4-men-740x400-1-1501164658.jpg" />© Thinkstock/Getty Images</p> <p>Reports said there was severe sepsis due to the rape. "The nature of the injuries on the boy's private parts suggests he was sexually assaulted many times. There is evidence of forced penetration," a forensic expert told the ‘Mumbai Mirror'. </p> <p>Yes, it's not just women who are at the receiving end of the violence; men too bear the brunt of rape culture. And the worst thing is they don't know who to tell. Male rape is laughed at. Why? You are not man enough to protect yourself? This skewed definition of masculinity has fucked up an entire country, literally. </p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="13YO Boy Dies After Rape By 4 Men" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/13yo-boy-dies-after-rape-by-4-men-740x400-2-1501164689.jpg" alt="13YO Boy Dies After Rape By 4 Men" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/13yo-boy-dies-after-rape-by-4-men-740x400-2-1501164689.jpg" />© Thinkstock/Getty Images</p> <p>And what kind of a society is ours where a young child finds death easier than talking about a horrific thing that happened to him? Young girls and boys, infants, newborns even – no one has been spared from the bestial face of our society. And it doesn't stop. A hundred candle-light marches, heated newsroom debates, political jibes, online petitions, night vigils later, and it still continues. </p> <p>The victims keep getting younger and the crimes heinous. One of the accused in the Nirbhaya case showed no regret and still believed it was the girl's fault. We thought the hills were safe but the recent Shimla rape case jolted us out of our delusion. </p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="13YO Boy Dies After Rape By 4 Men" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/13yo-boy-dies-after-rape-by-4-men-740x400-3-1501164703.jpg" alt="13YO Boy Dies After Rape By 4 Men" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/13yo-boy-dies-after-rape-by-4-men-740x400-3-1501164703.jpg" />© BCCL</p> <p>How many more cases will happen before we can finally and truly blame only the rapist for the crime? It is not a mistake men make, as some politicians have claimed in the past. It is not pardonable when it happens as revenge, nor when the rapist is drunk. Rape is non-consensual ***; it is a crime, period. </p> <p>It is a crime even if the victim is walking naked on the road, even if the victim is drunk, if he/she is mentally unstable, if he/she is the son or daughter of your biggest enemy. A victim is never part of the blame.</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="13YO Boy Dies After Rape By 4 Men" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/13yo-boy-dies-after-rape-by-4-men-740x400-4-1501164748.jpg" alt="13YO Boy Dies After Rape By 4 Men" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/13yo-boy-dies-after-rape-by-4-men-740x400-4-1501164748.jpg" />© BCCL</p> <p>It is not a matter of shame for the victim; it is a matter of shame for the criminal. Shaming a rape victim is almost approving of the criminal's action. “Oh what did she expect going out that time of the night”, “She shouldn't have taken a lift from him” – it's ironic how readily we accept and oversee the rapist's fault and jump to shift the blame to the victim. We shrug our shoulders with a ‘men can't help it, but she should have been more cautious' approach. Men are not animals; they should be able to ‘help it'. </p> <p>To all those who shout #NotAllMen every time a man is blamed for rape – before you jump to defend men, take a look at what rape culture has done to your society. Not all men rape, of course, it's a given. But every woman, child, girl or boy faces the threat of rape in their daily life. I'm a man and my blood boils every time a sister or a brother is raped. Their gender doesn't matter; their plight does. I am not so concerned to defend my gender than I am to see a safer society. </p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="13YO Boy Dies After Rape By 4 Men" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/13yo-boy-dies-after-rape-by-4-men-740x400-5-1501164788.jpg" alt="13YO Boy Dies After Rape By 4 Men" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/13yo-boy-dies-after-rape-by-4-men-740x400-5-1501164788.jpg" />© Thinkstock/Getty Images</p> <p>Every time you told your daughter to not go out, should you have told your son the same? Every time you ask your teenaged boy to go out and buy ice cream from the market at night, will you be scared? Or do you want to see the rapists blamed squarely and punished without mercy? How many friends and family members will you protect?</p>
  22. Don Ingabire (L), 16, and Audrey Mwamikazi, 17 ? members of a teenage robotics team from the African nation of Burundi, reported missing after taking part in an international competition and later spotted crossing the United States border into Canada ? are seen in pictures released by the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC, US, July 20, 2017. Metropolitan Police Department/Handout via REUTERS WASHINGTON: Two members of a teenage robotics team from Burundi who went missing after a competition in Washington last week have been located and are safe, the city's Metropolitan Police Department said on Tuesday. The teens, Don Ingabire, 16, and Audrey Mwamikazi, 17, were spotted last week crossing the border into Canada. The Metropolitan Police Department would not say on Tuesday where or when they were found, citing department procedures for missing persons. "The others are still missing, so the case is still under investigation," police spokeswoman Karimah Bilal said. Four boys and two girls from the African nation were last seen on July 18 after the FIRST Global Robotics Challenge concluded. Organisers have said the disappearance may have been "self-initiated" because the students' hotel keys were left in a chaperone's bag while their clothes were taken. Burundi teenage robotics team goes missing after US contest: police The four males and two females were last seen late Tuesday afternoon when the robotics contest ended Police have said they did not suspect foul play. The Burundian embassies in Ottawa and Washington said they were unaware on Tuesday that two of the students had been found. The other missing Burundians have been identified as Nice Munezero, 17; Kevin Sabumukiza, 17; Richard Irakoze, 18; and Aristide Irambona, 18. High school students from more than 150 countries took part in the FIRST Global competition. An all-girl squad from Afghanistan drew worldwide attention when President Donald Trump intervened after they were denied US visas. Burundi has long been plagued by civil war and other violence. Fighting has killed at least 700 people and forced 400,000 from their homes since April 2015.
  23. The Moon, long thought to be a dry, inhospitable orb, hosts surprisingly large sub-surface water reserves, which one day may quench the thirst of lunar explorers from Earth, scientists said Monday. "We found the signature of the lunar interior water globally using satellite data," Shuai Li, co-author of a study by scientists at Brown University in the United States, told AFP. "Such water can be used as in situ resources for future exploration," said Li, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Hawaii and Brown PhD graduate. Li noted scientists had believed the Moon to be "bone dry" until about a decade ago, when scientists found evidence of water -- an essential ingredient for life -- in pebble-like beads brought back by Apollo missions. The Brown findings show numerous volcanic deposits distributed across the surface of the Moon contain "unusually high amounts of trapped water" compared with surrounding terrain. They say discovery of water in the ancient deposits, which are believed to consist of glass beads formed by the explosive eruption of magma from beneath the Moon's surface, boosts the idea that the lunar mantle is surprisingly water-rich. "The key question is whether those Apollo samples represent the bulk conditions of the lunar interior or instead represent unusual or perhaps anomalous water-rich regions within an otherwise 'dry' mantle," said Ralph Milliken, lead author of the new research, published in the Nature Geoscience journal on Monday. "The distribution of these water-rich deposits is the key thing," Milliken said. "They're spread across the surface, which tells us that the water found in the Apollo samples isn?t a one-off," he added. "By looking at the orbital data, we can examine the large pyroclastic deposits on the Moon that were never sampled by the Apollo or (Soviet) Luna missions," said the associate professor at Brown's Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences. "The fact that nearly all of them exhibit signatures of water suggests that the Apollo samples are not anomalous, so it may be that the bulk interior of the Moon is wet." Scientists believe the Moon formed from debris left behind after an object about the size of Mars slammed into the Earth early in solar system history. They had assumed it was unlikely that any of the hydrogen needed to form water could have survived the heat of that impact. "The growing evidence for water inside the Moon suggests that water did somehow survive, or that it was brought in shortly after the impact by asteroids or comets before the Moon had completely solidified," said Li. The volcanic beads contain only tiny amounts of water but the deposits are large and the water could potentially be extracted. "Other studies have suggested the presence of water ice in shadowed regions at the lunar poles, but the pyroclastic deposits are at locations that may be easier to access," said Li. "Anything that helps save future lunar explorers from having to bring lots of water from home is a big step forward, and our results suggest a new alternative."
  24. Doesn't matter you are a diehard series fan or not, we bet you have heard of 'Sherlock'. If not, then you are living under a rock man! From dominating Emmy Awards in 2014 to making it this popular around the globe, 'Sherlock' is one of the best TV series and many would agree with me. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are mind-blowing fantastic and don't even get me started on their bromance that makes you adore these two even more. But still, there are many who are cynical about this show and fail to understand why is it so well-liked by the viewers. Believe it or not, being so skeptical can be dangerous for you, keeping in mind how crazy people are for this show. Understanding that many of you still fail to get the aforesaid points, here are few things you might want to think twice before you utter it in front of a 'Sherlock' fan. Just 3 episodes per season? That's ridiculous! (c) Giphy Ever heard of the expression quality over quantity? You know what else sounds ridiculous, you and your words. If you would have ever tried to watch even one episode of the show, you would understand why Sherlock doesn't need lavish amounts of screen time. Just a few minutes into the show and you instantly end up loving it, but then you are used to watching Ekta Kapoor drama, so it's obvious for you to say this. I hate that British accent (c) Giphy Bullshit, darling. You just don't get it, isn't it? But then have you ever heard of a thing called subtitles? They're meant for people like you! Now you get it? Sherlock's deductive skills are just so unrealistic! (c) Giphy Oh is that the thing? Have you ever heard of something extraordinary? If you so want realistic drama then just stop visiting TV series. Still, want to stick to your opinion? Then I disown you. Martin Freeman is in Sherlock! I loved him in Bruce Almighty (c) Giphy *Slow claps* You spotted Morgan in Sherlock? I am sure the makers missed that bit too. Besides their last name and the knack to express on-screen, the two actors have nothing in common. Now please get your facts straight, and then open your mouth. All the skills in the world but no money! (c) Giphy Well, you don't have either of them. So please stop talking.....right this moment! I can't believe that Sherlock won so many Emmy awards. He just spoke very fast, not really acted (c) Giphy You don't like peace, do you? Only if your intellect was straight would you appreciate that awesomeness of Sherlock and the well-deserved recognition that it is finally getting. But then you have a low IQ, not your fault! Byomkesh Bakshi is better than Sherlock (c) Giphy What is it exactly that you don't find appealing? His perfect cheekbones? His amazing one-liners? Is there anything you like except your douche face? Now, that's the door! Sherlock is simply a psycho (c) Giphy If you don't know the difference between a high functioning socio path and a psycho, God Bless you, child! Feel, the need to watch Sherlock now and understand what is this craze all about? Then watch the Sherlock marathon airing in India from 24th July and experience the fever yourself. There are high chances you might become a fan yourself and if you still can't get it...then it's all about IQ, darling.
  25. If there's something after memes that we absolutely love and can't live without, it's emojis. Nothing helps us escape conversation better than a double-meaning stock emoji. In the virtual world of social media where everybody speaks and nobody listens, it's the emojis that have helped us stay relevant. Imagine actually replying with words to a WhatsApp forward in your relatives' group. Imagine having to tell your girlfriend you love her instead of just sending her a heart emoji! :P © Vulcan Post We all have a favourite emoji. The one that we always use, changing its meaning with different contexts. No matter what the situation, you somehow always end up using the same emoji, and your friend theirs. The emojis we use say a lot about our personality and the kind of people we are. So which is your favourite emoji? Let's see what kind of person you are! 1. Jolly Good Fellow You take things easy and have the ability to see humour in life. When things go wrong and everybody around is tearing their hair apart, chances are you are already half drunk and laughing at the absurdity of it all. You are easy to be with, and have zero stuck-ups in life. You may have a hundred troubles in life, but you will still find a way to smile through it all. 2. Tongue Firmly OUT Of Cheek You are a child at heart, and a naughty one at that. You can say the most scandalous of things and follow them up with a sticking-out-tongue emoji. You are flirty, you are fun, you are experimental. You don't usually limit yourself to conventional boundaries of doing things. You are a rebel at heart. 3. The Inappropriate One You are someone who can cross boundaries and get away with it. You are a master flirt. You are quick to offend people and they don't really mind it because that's the reputation that precedes you. More than once, you've gotten into trouble for crossing the line or for giving it back to people who annoy you. 4. The Queen Of Hearts You are a loving person and a very expressive one at that. You love hugs; you are a hugs distributor. You see the world as a beautiful lovely place although you are not blind to its flaws. You just choose love over hate. You are a happy soul and know how to start the day on a happy note. People find it easy to confide in you because you know how to empathise. 5. The Escapist Monkey You are an escapist; you find it easier to walk out of a room rather than have a difficult conversation. You are the kind of person who will secretly observe all the bs in the world, stay silent and then tweet about it in the most savage way. You like to enjoy a good cup of hot chocolate rather than get involved in all the drama. 6. The Sarcastic Eye-Roll You have had enough and you don't suffer people. You are sassy and outspoken. You don't shy away from calling people out and telling them how stupid they sound. Your friends love you for your no-nonsense outlook and trust you to start a good gossip session. 7. The Crier You are tired of everything going wrong in your life. You are a victim of Murphy's Law – “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” You get bogged down easily; it's a bad day for you if your Uber guy cancelled, if your boss sent you a stinker. You are probably the crier of your group. And you love overreacting. You are most probably the youngest child in your family. 8. Too Sad A Life You are a just a step behind the crier, on your way to becoming one. You are easy to lease but easier to displease. You are an innocent soul swimming in the big bad world, trying to look for happiness in dark corners. 9. Tight-Lipped You facepalm yourself 40 times in a day. The level of stupidity around you often leaves you speechless. The world often doesn't match your wit and intelligence and there's nothing more you can do than giving them a cold shoulder. You prefer to shut up and let them expose their own stupidity. 10. Lazy And Proud Of It You are lazy; you are bored; and you are lazy. Also, you don't take bullshit. Too much work for the brain to process anything that's not useful. You are chilled out and like to breeze through life with a beer bottle in hand. Your friends love your company and swear by your sense of humour. 11. Smug As*hole Sarcasm is thy second name. Your friends and frenemies have many a times been at the receiving end of your brutal sarcasm. You do things almost to perfection and are ruthless when other people don't display the same excellence. Oh and you are allergic to stupidity. 12. Straight-Faced Knight You don't indulge people; you don't call them out. You just hit them with a savage retort with a resting b*tch face. You come up with the best comebacks followed by a straight face. A straight face is more brutal than a hundred smirks, and you know that. If Chandler had an alter ego, you are it. 13. Upside Down Smile You hide as much as your reveal, and you always hold something back. You don't believe in opening all your cards at the same time. people find you intriguing and mysterious at times, and are never sure of how you'll react. Sometimes, the target of your jokes laugh at them with you not realizing they have just been annihilated. And you love that. 14. Forever Shocked Your naivety is what people like most about you. You are so good at heart, you can never see the bad in others. You underestimate people's ability to bring the house down and they surprise you all the time. Chances are you are as vanilla as it can get. You will get along well with people who are over the top and dramatic; you complement each other. 15. Thumbs Up You are not a person of too many words and can appear cold to people even though your intentions may be good. Do you also find yourself being misunderstood a lot? People don't really get your sarcasm. 16. Anger Issues Calm the f*ck down, buddy!