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  1. US President Donald Trump on Saturday issued support for US Senator Rand Paul's proposal to fund infrastructure projects in the US with foreign aid halted from going to Pakistan. Photo: AFP file US President Donald Trump on Saturday issued support for US Senator Rand Paul's proposal to fund infrastructure projects in the US with foreign aid halted from going to Pakistan. "Good idea Rand!" Trump responded on Twitter. In a tweet, Thursday Kentucky Republican Senator Paul said he planned to introduce his proposal soon. "My bill will take the money that would have gone to Pakistan and put it in an infrastructure fund to build roads and bridges here at home," Paul tweeted. The New Year tweet by US President Donald Trump accusing Pakistan of lies and deceit, thinking US leaders to be fools, led to heightened tensions between Pakistan and the US. "They give safe havens to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!" he said on January 1. Later, on January 5, the US announced that it is suspending the transfer of military equipment and security-related funds to Pakistan. In an interview with The Guardian at the PM Office, Abbasi said that reports that the US was considering cuts of up to $2 billion in security assistance were bewildering as the total aid Pakistan ? civilian and military ? actually received was a tiny fraction of that amount. US suspends national security assistance to Pakistan State Dept spokesperson says Pakistan could receive the funding if it takes decisive actions against terrorism ?The aid in the last five years at least has been less than $10m a year. It is a very, very insignificant amount. So when I read in the paper that aid at the level of $250m or 500 or 900 has been cut, we at least are not aware of that aid,? The Guardian reported. ?Pakistan is a sovereign country and Pakistan has always abided by international conventions,? he said in the report. ?We are today fighting the largest war on terror in the world. We are fighting the world?s war on terror with our own resources ... That is something the world has to appreciate." ?We have over 6,500 [killed] almost 37,000 of the civilian population has been killed. There are tens of thousands of people injured. We have suffered a loss of over $120bn in our economy. So the world has to appreciate that. We just want the world to know that Pakistan is on the forefront on the war on this terror," he stated further.
  2. As 2017 is closing out, here's a thought – of all the days and months spent partying, impressing girls and trying cool new things, how much time did we actually spend with our family? Definitely not enough. Well, we can always start fresh. This New Year, let's put our family first and find cool, new ways to spend more quality time with them. To help you out, we've listed down some fun and entertaining activities you can indulge in with your family to make them feel loved. 1. Plan A Weekly Family Night Thinkstock Photos/Getty Images Just one night a week is a great start to make your family feel loved and cared for. You can spend the night karaoke-ing, playing games or simply Netflix and chilling. The important thing is you do it together. 2. Family Vacations Are The Best Way To Bond Thinkstock Photos/Getty Images We often head out for vacations with our friends to discover the different corners of the world, but what about our family? It isn't too difficult or boring to once in a while head out on a vacation with them. You can make it an annual ritual that you'll stick to. Think of places that they would want to visit and get your tickets booked already! 3. Always Have A Meal Together Thinkstock Photos/Getty Images Having every meal of the day together might just not be possible, owing to our different schedules and plan, but what you can do instead is fix one meal, preferably breakfast, as a family meal and spend time conversing with each other. From office banter to your views on politics, share it all with your family. 4. Get Together And Share Family Stories Thinkstock Photo/Getty Images Dig out those old photo albums, sit together in a cosy room and listen to your parents tell you how they first met each other! From stories of their romance to saas-bahu drama's in your family, every situation from the past makes for a great story. The more you pay attention to your family and their stories, the more they'll feel loved and needed. 5. Get Your Hands Dirty In The Kitchen Thinkstock Photos/Getty Images Whoever said that men don't need to step into the kitchen forgot that most of the popular chefs around are men! So stop making excuses and step into the kitchen once in a while to help your mother or partner out. You could do the most basic things like handing her the spices or chopping vegetables, it's the gesture that counts. 6. Secure Their Future Thinkstock Photos/Getty Images You already do so much for your family. You ensure that all their needs are met – be it the best car to go around and have a good time, a big comfortable home to feel good and comfortable in, the best school so that your kids can get the best education, new games and gadgets, the best clothing and accessories, etc. However, we all know that life is uncertain and it's best to be prepared for tomorrow. So you need to ensure that the family doesn't have to compromise on the lifestyle you have given them, even when you aren't around. To ensure this, you need to sit them out and plan a Term Insurance policy that will benefit them. Educate them about the uses and benefits of the same. You can invest in a huge term cover at a small premium and ensure that the cover amount will be enough to meet your family's needs even in the absence of the policyholder – the bread earner of the family. Term insurance plan is a form of a life cover which provides security to your family in case of an unfortunate event. You just have to pay a nominal fee of Rs.32.27/- per day for a cover of Rs.1 Crore. With the help of this amount, it will be possible for your family to meet their daily expenses and maintain the lifestyle you have given them and at the same time manage their future expenses. Take a step towards your family's future by calculating your premium here.
  3. Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman attends a cabinet meeting during the approval of the 2018 budget/Reuters RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday its economy contracted for the first time in eight years due to painful austerity measures as it announced record spending to stimulate growth. The OPEC kingpin said gross domestic product for 2017 shrank by 0.5 percent due to a drop in crude production in line with an agreement with major oil producers aimed at boosting prices. Oil sector GDP fell 2.0 percent in 2017, the ministry said The last time the Saudi economy contracted was in 2009, when GDP fell 2.1 percent after the global financial crisis sent oil prices crashing. Riyadh also posted a higher-than-expected budget deficit in 2017 and forecast another shortfall next year for the fifth year in a row due to the drop in oil revenues. It unveiled plans to spend more than ever in 2018 in a bid to stimulate the sluggish economic, saying it expects GDP to grow by 2.7 percent. The kingdom has set aside 978 billion riyals ($260.8 billion) for expenditure, up 10 percent on this year, said the finance ministry. "The 2018 expansionary budget includes a number of new development projects," said powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who oversees economic affairs. "About 50 percent of the new budget will be financed from non-oil sources," he said, quoted by the official Saudi Press Agency. The contraction comes as the world´s top oil exporter tries to cope with persistent budget deficits that began in 2014 when crude prices plummeted. In the past four years, Riyadh posted a total of $258 billion of budget deficits, drew on $240 billion of its reserves and borrowed around $100 billion. King Salman said the Gulf country would "continue to decrease its dependence on oil to reach just 50 percent" of total revenues. The finance ministry estimated a deficit of $52 billion for 2018. It said the deficit for 2017 came in at $61.3 billion, or 9.2 percent of GDP, and higher than the expected $53 billion. The shortfall is still 25 percent lower than the $82 billion posted in the previous year. Loosening the purse strings King Salman told the cabinet that Saudi Arabia expects to continue posting deficits through to 2023. Revenues in 2018 were estimated to be 783 billion riyals ($208.8 billion), up 13 percent on the previous year´s projections. Actual revenues for the current fiscal year rose by a healthy 34 percent compared with 2016 to $185.6 billion due a sharp increase in both oil and non-oil revenues. Capital Economics said Saudi Arabia had loosened up its purse strings. "After the harsh austerity of 2015-16, the government appears to have loosened fiscal policy in 2017," said the London-based think-tank. It was expected to continue doing so next year, it added. Actual non-oil revenues collected in 2017 reached 256 billion riyals ($68.3 billion), a 38 percent rise on the previous year, reflecting the impact of hiking prices and imposing fees. Riyadh has resorted to a string of austerity measures to contain spending and imposed a variety of subsidy cuts and rises in prices of services. Prince Mohammed, the architect of the "Vision 2030" programme of reforms for a post-oil era, has announced a host of mega projects, including a futuristic megacity with robots and driverless cars, which require about $500 billion in investments. The cornerstone of the reforms is an initial public offering of nearly five percent of national oil giant Aramco planned for next year. Prince Mohammed has also been behind stunning decisions to allow women to drive and to lift a 35-year-old ban on cinemas. Last month, the heir to the throne launched a wide-ranging crackdown on dozens of elites, ostensibly to tackle corruption, but experts say it was also a way of consolidating his grip on power. Since 2015, the ultra-conservative kingdom has introduced a series of price hikes on fuel and electricity. It has also imposed fees on expats and is preparing to introduce value-added tax in the new year. The finance ministry said unemployment among Saudis rose to 12.8 percent in June, up slightly on last year. The government has allocated $13.9 billion for the cash transfer programme called the Citizen Account to compensate the needy for hiking prices.
  4. Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle visit a school in Nottingham, December 1, 2017. REUTERS LONDON: Prince Harry?s fiancee, American actress Meghan Markle, will join Queen Elizabeth and other senior Windsors for their family Christmas celebrations in what commentators said was a break with royal protocol. Last month, Queen Elizabeth?s grandson, the fifth-in-line to the British throne, and Markle, who stars in the US TV legal drama ?Suits?, announced their engagement with the marriage to take place at Windsor Castle in May next year. The queen and her close family usually spend the festive season at her Sandringham estate in eastern England and Buckingham Palace said she and the other senior royals would attend the service at the local church on Christmas Day as they have done for many years. However, in a break with tradition by which royal partners must wait until they are married before being invited, Markle would also be joining Harry?s elder brother William and his wife Kate, the prince?s office Kensington Palace said. ?You can expect to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Ms Markle at Sandringham on Christmas Day,? a spokeswoman said on Wednesday. British media said it was unprecedented for an unmarried partner to join the royals at Christmas and that Kate was not invited to Sandringham after their engagement was announced in 2010. However, William also did not attend as he was working as an air ambulance pilot in Wales at the time.
  5. IPL will let teams splurge up to $12 million each on player salaries in 2018 NEW DELHI: The Indian Premier League, one of the world´s richest sports competitions, will let teams splurge up to $12 million each on player salaries in 2018, an increase of 20 percent. After a meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday, the IPL governing council also said teams will have to spend a minimum of 75 percent of the salary cap each season. The decision means the eight IPL teams are likely to spend anywhere between $72 million and $96 million on players alone for just eight weeks of cricketing action in 2018. "Whatever changes we have come up with are all in the interest of the players," IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla told AFP. "We are also looking to increase the prize money for the players in future." While most of India´s big name players are already attached to franchises, several players bagged lucrative deals in the IPL auction in February. England all-rounder Ben Stokes set a new record for a foreigner by joining the Rising Pune Supergiants for more than $2 million. England pace bowler Tymal Mills went to the Royal Challengers Bangalore for $1.8 million, even though he had only played four Twenty20 internationals before that. The attractions of last-ball winning sixes, extravagant switch-hitting and rapid-fire centuries have made IPL a favourite of the masses, especially the younger generation. The IPL´s 60 games are valued at roughly $8.5 million each, not far off the estimated $9.6 million per English Premier League match -- and well over the $6.2 million price tag attached to home internationals in India.
  6. Tottenham Hotspur and England forward Harry Kane wants to spend his entire career at the London club, he told Germany?s Bild newspaper on Sunday. ?My aim is to play my whole career only for Tottenham,? Kane, who is reportedly a major transfer target for the biggest European clubs but whose current deal with Spurs runs to 2022, told the newspaper. ?At the moment, everything fits well for me here and I am happy. We have a fantastic team, a good coach and a professional training centre and we are getting a new stadium as well.? Kane, Premier League Golden Boot winner for the last two seasons, has scored eight more league goals this season with Tottenham currently in fourth place. Tottenham?s squad, with a young English core of Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Danny Rose, Harry Winks and Kieran Trippier, certainly appears to offer a sustainable future. Promoting home-grown youngsters into the first team is a matter of pride for coach Mauricio Pochettino, who was equally impressive on that front while in charge at Southampton, but Kane?s rise is a particular source of pride for supporters. The 24-year-old, who arrived at the club as an 11-year-old back in 2004, has also scored five times in the Champions League, with Tottenham having qualified for the knockout stage with two games to spare. They travel to Borussia Dortmund next week with the Germans all but eliminated from the competition.
  7. RAWALPINDI: A group of 400 students and faculty members from various Universities, Schools and Colleges of Rawalpindi spent a day with Pakistan Army on Saturday. According to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) wing of the Pakistan Army, the programme was specifically organized by Rawalpindi Corps to enlighten students about the functioning of Pakistan Army, its organization and defence capabilities. The visitors laid wreath at Yadgar-e-Shuhada monument Chaklala. Later the visiting students and faulty members were given a demonstration of combat worthiness of the troops through combat riding, unarmed combat and helicopter repelling. The students were shown various military equipment and given an experience of small arms firing. The students applauded the state of morale, commitment and professional competence of Pakistan Army and expressed their gratitude for being provided with an opportunity to interact with Army troops, the statement concluded.
  8. SHANGHAI: China's smartphone-wielding masses unleashed billions of dollars in e-commerce spending Saturday as they rushed to snap up bargains on "Singles Day" - billed as the world's biggest one-day online shopping festival. Also known as "Double 11" for the November 11 date, the event launched in 2009 by e-commerce giant Alibaba kicked off at midnight and ended up shattering the previous year´s sales mark, as it does every year. Eighteen hours later, at 6 pm on Saturday, Alibaba said the gross value of sales processed by its online payment system Alipay was nearing $21 billion - roughly equivalent to the annual economic output of Honduras or Afghanistan. That blew well past the $17.8 billion logged over the full 24 hours last year, which itself marked a 32 percent year-on-year increase. Alibaba rivals such as JD.com also reported brisk business. The yearly display of rising Chinese consumer spending power has become crucial for manufacturers and retailers across the country, accounting for a significant share of annual orders for many businesses. Five minutes after midnight, Alipay was processing 256,000 payment transactions per second, doubling last year's high-water mark, Alibaba said. More than 90 percent of Alipay orders were placed via mobile, the majority on Alibaba's main e-commerce platform Taobao.com. More than half of China's 1.3 billion people use smartphones, which have become central to daily life, used for messaging, shopping, news and entertainment, ordering taxis and meals, and serving as digital wallets for a range of point-of-sale purchases. The day's transaction volumes are pumped up by many Chinese delaying purchases of mundane items like rice and toilet paper to take advantage of cut-rate prices. Alibaba launched "Singles Day" as the Chinese online answer to the late-November US "Black Friday" shopping rush, capitalising on the Chinese love of a good bargain and the growing national addiction to one-click smartphone payments. E-commerce's huge growth in China has put New York-listed Alibaba neck-and-neck with Amazon as the world's most valuable e-commerce company, while also making Nasdaq-listed JD.com a Fortune 500 company. Alibaba and JD stock have both doubled this year as revenues surged. Going global Alibaba is investing heavily in creating an entire user ecosystem encompassing cloud computing, artificial intelligence, automated stores using face-recognition, and is pushing into overseas markets under much-travelled boss Jack Ma, one of China´s richest men. But environmentalists accuse Alibaba and other e-tailers of fuelling a culture of excessive consumption and mountains of waste. Greenpeace said "Singles Day" deliveries last year created 130,000 tonnes of packaging waste - less than 10 percent of which is recycled. It said e-commerce is actually more carbon-intensive than brick-and-mortar shopping, calling "Singles Day" a "disaster for the environment". But the growth of Chinese e-commerce has proved a boon to hundreds of once-backward interior towns and villages, now dubbed "Taobao villages" after re-orienting their local economies toward manufacturing for online buyers. Analysts say Alibaba will take "Singles Day" global as Chinese e-commerce growth rates are expected to slow in years ahead. It already has a substantial stake in Lazada, an online retailer in Southeast Asia -- a hot e-commerce battleground -- and recently launched an electronic trading hub in Malaysia, its first outside China. Alibaba said hundreds of millions of Southeast Asian consumers will be able to access Taobao this "Singles Day". "This is just the start. We will see tens of billions of dollars injected abroad (by Alibaba)," said Li Chengdong, a Beijing-based independent e-commerce analyst. "It could end up dominating e-commerce in developing countries."
  9. The Netflix logo is seen during a Netflix event in Berlin, March 1, 2017. AFP/John Macdougall/Files OTTAWA: Netflix will spend Can$500 million (US$400 million) over the next five years to make original films and television shows in Canada, the company and Heritage Minister Melanie Joly announced Thursday. This amounts to about five percent of the video streaming service's estimated total US$7 billion production budget for 2018. As part of a deal with Ottawa, Netflix will open its first production company outside of the United States in this country, while avoiding minimum Canadian content regulations and paying into a government arts fund. It agreed also to highlight Canadian-made content in both English and French on its global platform. "It is important for us to see and hear stories that reflect back to us who we are as we are learning about our place in the world," Joly said in a speech. "I hope this (deal) will be a model followed by other countries in the world," she later told reporters. Ottawa had been under pressure by Canadian broadcasters to impose a tax on Netflix, akin to fees paid by broadcasters, that could be used to fund Canadian programming. Canadian broadcasters also must fulfil a quota of Canadian content on air, which streaming services are not required to match. Facebook, Netflix, Spotify, YouTube, and other online firms reach Canadians directly, outside of Canada's regulated broadcast system. Most of their content is produced outside of Canada. The government's deal with Netflix under the Investment Act allows it to claim a victory for Canadian content while also avoiding imposing new regulations on Internet companies. Couch potato trends According to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), there were about 11 million households in this country hooked up to cable or satellite television in 2016. But their numbers are dwindling, with an estimated 200,000 or two percent of television subscribers per year cutting the cord, said an April report titled "The Battle for the North American Couch Potato." The trend started in 2012 ? two years after Netflix began offering streaming services in Canada ? and is expected to accelerate over the coming years, said the Convergence Research Group, which authored the study. Netflix, which government sources say has about five million subscribers in Canada, had lobbied against being treated like a traditional broadcaster. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rejected a so-called "Netflix tax" in the 2015 election that swept his Liberals to power. Joly cited already high rates paid by Canadians for broadband Internet access in her decision not to add a new tax on streaming services. "Our government won't increase the cost of these services to Canadians by imposing a new tax," Joly said. Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said investments like this one would give Canadian producers and creators more access to financing, business partners and ways to connect with audiences around the world. "Fans around the world are already falling in love with Netflix originals produced in Canada," he said. "Today's announcement affirms there's more to come as Netflix launches Netflix Canada, our permanent production presence in Canada." The company has already co-produced a handful of Canadian television series with public broadcaster CBC and others, including Anne, based on the novel Anne of Green Gables, and Canadian author Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace. As part of a swath of new cultural policies, Joly also announced new "cultural trade missions" abroad to help Canadian creators break into new markets. Ottawa will seek to expand international co-production treaties to grow production budgets and attract financing partners, she said. As well, parliament will be asked to review Canada's Copyright Act, as well as update the Broadcasting Act and Telecommunications Act for the digital age.
  10. You may have heard the phrase; 'a dying man never lies', maybe that's why their words count so much. When someone is on the verge of life and death,their words generally resonate with you. Here is a compilation of memorable last words spoken by some famous people 1. Sir Isaac Newton, mathematician, astronomer, and physicist © Open Culture He said, “I don't know what I may seem to the world. But as to myself, I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore and diverting myself now and then in finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than the ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.” 2. Leonardo da Vinci, an Italian Renaissance polymath whose areas of interest included invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, literature, anatomy, and cartography. © Unique Life He died saying, “I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have.” 3. Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the United States © The Philanthropy Roundtable As he lay dying at the age of 84, his daughter told him to change his position in bed so he could breathe properly. Franklin's last words were, “A dying man can do nothing easy.” 4. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, British writer best known for his detective fiction featuring the character of Sherlock Holmes © Goodreads He died at age 71 in his garden. He turned to his wife and said, “You are wonderful,”. He clutched his chest and died. 5. T.S. Eliot, British essayist, publisher, playwright, literary and social critic, and "one of the twentieth century's major poets" © Paris Review He was only able to whisper one word as he died: “Valerie,” the name of his wife. 6. Ernest Hemingway, American novelist, short story writer, and journalist © History Cooperative Before he committed suicide, he told his wife Mary, “Goodnight, my kitten.” 7. Sir Winston Churchill, served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. © ITV His last words were, “I'm bored with it all.” 8. Steve Jobs', co-founder of Apple Inc © EWAO According to his sister Mona, the Apple founder's last words were, "Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow." 9. Archimedes, Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor, and astronomer © Steemit He said, "Stand away, fellow, from my diagram!" He was killed during the Second Punic War. According to historians, a soldier came up to the mathematician and told him to go with him to Marcellus. Archimedes refused to do so until he finished the problem he was working on. Enraged, the soldier killed him. 10. Eugene O'Neill, American playwright and Nobel laureate in Literature © Beaming Notes His last words were, “I knew it! I knew it! Born in a hotel room and, goddamn it, dying in a hotel room.” He was born in a room at the Broadway Hotel on what is now Times Square. He died at age 65 in a Boston hotel. 11. Napoléon Bonaparte, French military, and political leader: © Getty Images His last words were, "France, the army, the head of the army, Joséphine." 12. Charles Darwin, best known for his contributions to evolutionary theory: © YouTube/ C0nc0rdance Just before dying said, "I am not the least afraid to die." 13. Thomas Edison, inventor, and businessman: © Bio "It is very beautiful out there." Right before his death, as he came out of a coma and opened his eyes, he reportedly said the above quote to his wife. He was probably referring to the view outside his window. 14. Bob Marley, musician: © EWAO "Money can't buy life." 15. Ludwig van Beethoven, composer, and pianist: © YouTube/CloudBiography Though his last words are not confirmed but some say the composer, who was deaf by the end of his life, said: "I will hear in heaven" while others say he said: "Plaudite, amici, comedia finita est" (Applaud, friends, the comedy is finished) And some others say that after a publisher brought the composer 12 bottles of wine, his final words were: "Pity, pity, too late!"
  11. Heard of the popular hymn ‘all things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small'? Well, let's take this line out of the hymn and give you some awesome reality check instead! If you're looking for a quaint getaway from the madness Delhi is, there isn't a better place and time to head to All Creatures Great and Small, a beautiful animal farm, off Faridabad-Gurgaon road. © The Hindu Spend a day mollycoddling some animals and helping out at the shelter in the midst of hillocks and small water bodies and make the most of a bright shiny day. What more could you ask for! ACGS has been around for a while and is run by Anjali Goplan who is also the founder of Naz Foundation who were first to file the section 377 petition and bring light to the existing LGBT community in India. When Anjali is not battling with issues related to sexual health and HIV in India, she's found taking sick and abandoned animals to her farm and nurturing them back to good health. Currently there are more than 250 dogs residing at the farm. Along with dogs, you'll also see rescued donkeys, cats, emus, horses, mules and cows! © ACGS There is always help that's required to run the farm flawlessly. Along with supplies there is need for basic medical attention and various amenities and the struggle is beautifully justified with the patience she has, to keep the farm running and the animals happy! So if you ever want to do something fresh and new with your weekend, don't hesitate to turn your Google Maps on and head to this fabulous place with some snacks and supplies. You can carry some basic medical aid and some raw veggies for the animals. Or you can just check with what the farm actually needs at the moment and carry that instead. Once you get there, there isn't a single dull moment you'll experience. © LBB The farm, away from civilization, looks over small hillocks and water bodies. You'll seldom get any cellular network there, but that's the point of a getaway right? You can spend your day deciding which animal to adopt, foster or feed for an entire month and look after their upkeep through a monetary donation or you can spend time helping about at the farm by chopping/cooking vegetables for the four legged, bathing them or just spending time playing with them, understanding the oneness nature is! If you do decide to go make sure you inform Anjali, so she can give you a suitable day and time she would be available too. The farm also practices organic farming and along with cultivating fresh vegetables, they also grow some organic green fodder for the herbivores! So the next time you're looking for a decent getaway and need some animal therapy, definitely get in touch with these kind folks, pack a picnic basket for yourself and the animals of course and drive 1.5 hours to a place you'll never want to eventually leave from!
  12. It was in March of 2017 when Neuralink, an American neuro technology company founded by Elon Musk and eight others was publicly reported. A venture to merge the human brain with Artificial Intelligence was the company's main aim. To simplify it, you can actually call it a man with extraordinary capabilities, a superhuman, so to speak. A photographic memory, improved intelligence and a whole host of other abilites are laying in wait for us to explore. Musk believes that Neuralink's work will be crucial to ensuring the survival of humanity amid advancements in artificial intelligence. Maybe it could be a one step ahead of where artificial intelligence is leading humanity. A chip inside your brain could be smarter than the machine itself. And what if I told you it could help in curing deadly disease like parkinson's and also depression. I mean, the applications of this tech are endless! © Albanian Construction Portal Let's take a trip back in time to June 2016, Musk had discussed a science fiction concept called the "neural lace". The “neural lace” is a part of the fictional universe in 'The Culture', a series of novels by Iain M. Banks. It is set in the same year the San Francisco biotechnology company Neuralink was founded. Thus, it seems obvious that the Tesla and SpaceX chief executive is quite inspired by the series and thus took the plunge into this exciting venture. In the latest advancements on the topic, the Securities and Exchange Commission filing shows that the company has raised $27m from 12 investors. As per the filing, it appears that the company could be seeking as much as $100m within the next 12 months. But, wait, no. Mr. Musk has completely denied of any such advancement with Neuralink. Elon's response to a Wall Street Journal story: “Neuralink is not raising money.” is stated below and what a response it was! Funding round is still open. They likely won't have issues raising the full $100m if they decide they want it all. — Rolfe Winkler (@RolfeWinkler) August 25, 2017 Neuralink is not raising money — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 25, 2017 He said the reporter had “misinterpreted” the filing, and said that, “the WSJ has been laboriously negative for over a decade. I'm surprised they haven't bored their readers to death by now.” Musk responded with these two emojis when asked about the 12 investors clearly backing the company in the filing. It says you have 12 investors including 6 non-accrediteds? — Rolfe Winkler (@RolfeWinkler) August 25, 2017 Let me check on that for you. Found the answer right here: ð¥ð© — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 25, 2017 On the other hand, Bloomberg has also reported that he “has taken steps to sell as much as $100 million in stock to fund the development”. Between so many speculations and Musk denying rumors, it is not easy to find out what is true and what's not. Also if you take a look at the website you should not be surprised with the nontraditional style of the description which very much reflects Mr. Musk's personality. The websites states: - “We are developing ultra high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers”. That means they are working on develpoing electronic devices that can be embedded into the human brain to improve human performance in specific areas, such as memory and more. - When seeking the right talent the website states, “the company is looking for “exceptional engineers and scientists. No neuroscience experience is required: talent and drive matter far more,” “We are primarily looking for evidence of exceptional ability and a track record of building things that work.” Though Mr. Musk is quite famous for announcing his commitments in advance which is quite a contrast to his counterparts in the tech leadership space. There must be some strategic decision in action to keep things secret. All that is fine. But, are you ready for the change? It isn't science fiction anymore. It's all real! Maybe you could one day download your memory into a hard drive! Who knows? Here is an interesting and an explanatory video on the brain interface subject.
  13. There's a reason why Dubai is called ‘the city that never sleeps' and it's why you'll never run short of things to do in the decadent city of the United Arab Emirates. Whether you a stopover flight, or more than a day to yourself; whether it's work or leisure; you will never find a disappointing moment while you're staying in Dubai. And to ensure that you're not left wondering what to do once you get there, we asked the wonderful folk at Dubai Tourism to help devise a 24-hour plan to set you on track, before you land. The desert is calling and so is the exotica! 5am – Al Aweer Central Fruit and Vegetable Market © Dubai Tourism Kick-start your day at Al Aweer Central Fruit and Vegetable Market, home to the country's freshest fruit and vegetables, all available at bargain prices. This buzzing market is full of sights, colours, sounds and smells, offering an experience far removed from your average supermarket. Don't forget your camera! 6.30am – Al Qudra Cycling Track © TripAdvisor Offering breath-taking sunrise views, the Al Qudra Cycling Track is a must-visit for adventure seekers. The 86-kilometre-long bike track boasts amazing vistas of Dubai's desert dunes, and as you make your way along the path you may even get a glimpse of the local wildlife, such as the majestic oryx (plus the odd horse and rider). 8.30am – Breakfast by the waves at Kite Beach © TripAdvisor Foodies will be spoilt for choice by the selection of trendy restaurants, cafés and quirky food concepts, all just a stone's throw from the clear waters of the Arabian Gulf. Kite Beach's promenade boasts some picturesque spots to relax and tuck into tasty fare while feeling the sand between your toes – including Park House, The Surf Café and Al Ijaza Cafeteria, which serves up old-school classics to grab and go. 11am – Visit the viewing deck of Burj Khalifa © National Geographic No visit to Dubai is complete without a visit to the top of Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building – offering an unobstructed, 360-degree view of the city, desert and ocean through a floor-to-ceiling glass-walled perimeter. The open-air terrace features digitally powered telescopes that provide virtual time travel with real-time views of the past and the future. 1pm – Lunch at Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding © Dubai Tourism Located in Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, one of the oldest in Dubai, the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) serves traditional Emirati lunch in the ambience of a beautifully restored wind-tower house where visitors can enjoy a meal with local flair while chatting with an Emirati host about UAE culture, customs and religion. Whatever questions you may have – no matter how sensitive – don't be afraid to ask. © TripAdvisor 3pm – Cool off at Aquaventure © Dubai Tourism Recently named the Best Waterpark in Dubai by TripAdvisor, Aquaventure at Atlantis, The Palm offers the perfect splash-filled break for the entire family. Choose from record-breaking rides and slides, close encounters with sharks and rays, or spread out and relax on 700 metres of private beach. © Dubai Tourism 8pm – Dinner by the dancing fountains © Dubai Tourism Watch the mesmerising Dubai Fountain from a number of dining options in Downtown Dubai. Whether you opt for the faux-French feel at Madeleine Café & Boulangerie, the relaxing ambience at Thai eatery Thiptara, or delicious Italian dishes enjoyed on the outdoor terrace at Serafina, the picturesque settings are prime spots to take in the beauty and charm of Dubai's most popular son-et-lumière show. 10.30pm – Drinks with a view at Madinat Jumeirah © Jumeirah Panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf, the billowing ‘sail' of the Burj al Arab and a beautiful man-made creek make Madinat Jumeirah one of Dubai's top locations to take in the splendour and charm of the city. With more than 40 world-class restaurants and lounges to choose from, visitors can enjoy the views and an accompanying drink at Kalsa Pool Bar, Bahri Bar and The Agency, or groove to the live music at Polynesian-themed Trader Vic's. © Dubai Tourism 12am – Karaoke at Lucky Voice © Whats On Dubai Head to Lucky Voice and belt out your favourite tunes in a private karaoke booth, with more than 15,000 tracks to choose from. The venue has a '70s disco feel complete with dozens of glowing orbs hanging from the ceiling – undulating, pulsing and changing colour. 2am – Post-midnight meals © Zaroob Dubai boasts all manner of after-hour options for a quick bite or even a full-blown meal in the small hours of the night. Bite into a classic cheese manakish at Al Reef Lebanese Bakery, chow down on Levantine street food and shawarmas at Zaroob, or head to SALT for a tasty menu of burgers (the Cheetos Chicken Burger is a must), fries and shakes. © Salt 4am – Sunrise hot air balloon ride over the desert © Dubai Tourism If you're still awake, take in the sunrise and see the golden hues of the desert as you drift 1,200 metres above the dunes, over emerald-green oases with oryx, gazelles and wandering camels in their natural habitat below. Soar the skies with the teams at Balloon Adventures, Sindbad Balloons or Platinum Heritage for a mesmerising sky-high tour, from pick-up to take-off.
  14. Every time a long weekend passes us by, we keep contemplating where to head to, to escape the madness that is Delhi. More often than not, the plan surfaces because your partner needs your time and you perhaps want to spend some quality time doing things you would rather do, away from the city. Well, maybe this weekend you can make it happen! Forget the world and re-connect and rekindle the flame with your significant other. Here are five beautiful romantic getaways, near and yet so far, from the city that you and bae might want to explore. Taara House, Manali Fathom a glass ceiling, where the stars are as bright as your future with your girl, with a classic glass of fine wine and the two of you snuggling in warmth, right next to a traditional fireplace. That's Taara House for you. Nestled in the Himalyas, it's further away from Manali. The place is done up beautifully by an interior decorator and a lot of old oak and teak is used to make the place as aesthetically appealing as it can be. Sunny glass house, with big French windows and a beautiful garden to sip your morning tea, this place is the perfect getaway from the city. Check them out here © Taara House Manali Lakshman Sagar, Pali This pace is just a few hours away from Delhi and a great place to unwind if you want to experience a rustic, slow life, whilst in the lap of luxury. This simple looking cottage was actually a hunting lodge in the 19th century, built by Lakshman Singh, the thakur of Raipur then. Now it's a gorgeous property with cottages built from mud, stone and wood, keeping them as sustainable as possible. Wanna know the best part? Each cottage opens up to a private plunge pool, where you can splash about anytime of the day or night. So what're you wating for? Rajasthan it is, for the long weekend! Check them out here © Lakshman Sagar Sewara Peepal Kothi, Gurgaon This place is barely half hour away from Gurgaon and its gorgeous three acres of pure bliss. Peepal Kothi is not too far away from Delhi but it will definitely take you away from all that nasty dust and pollution you'll face in the city. Once you're there, you can sip tea in the gardens surrounded by kothis all around, mirroring a typical colonial era Punjab. There is a lot to do there. If you want to tee off at their fabulous golf course which overlooks the beautiful gardens, you can spend an afternoon just playing or perhaps head to the Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary, which is stones throw away from the property. Check them out here © peepal kothi Bob's Place, Nainital Bob's place is nestled in the heart of the Kumaon Himalayas and they have beautiful cottages spread across the property. You can choose a cottage according to the preference of the view you're looking for. They have some delectable home-cooked food for you and some sought after walking trails around the place. Apart from that, they have all the basic amenties in place and a gorgeous fireplace that you can warm your feet at. It's the perfect place to get lost! Check them out here © bob's place Jim's Jungle Retreat, Corbett National Park Jim's Jungle retreat offers a beautiful and unforgettable experience in the wild. The property lies at the periphery of the Corbett Tiger Reserve and you may just spot a tiger whilst walking in the wild! Everything is built on sustainable means and they have everything in place, including a beautiful pool, spa, trail walks, a well equipped library, recreational games and sports and a yoga hall. Definetily visit this place if you want to spend your three day getaway in the wild. Check them out here © Jims Jungle Retreat
  15. Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa (COAS) offered Eid prayers with troops at the Line of Control. A press release issued by the Inter Services Public Relations stated that the COAS prayed for the prosperity of Pakistan and hailed the morale of troops, their devotion and operational preparedness. Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal (ACM) Sohail Aman also visited an operational base where he met all on-duty personnel and exchanged Eid greetings with them. ACM Aman also appreciated the high morale of all personnel and inspected the operational preparedness of forces. ?Pakistan?s sovereignty is our top priority,? a statement by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) quoted the air chief as saying. The ACM also said that ?we have established peace in the country after tremendous sacrifices. Instead of fomenting terrorism inside Pakistan, neighbouring countries should fight terrorism on their own soil.? He also said that the PAF will continue to befittingly respond to all airspace violations at all costs. The air chief also suggested that Islamic countries should work together to fight terrorism. Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah visited forward bases on Eid. He offered Eid prayers with troops at the 31 Marine Battalion Headquarters in Sujawal, Sindh. The naval chief also visited the navy?s forward post at Ghani near the Indian border.
  16. Ever felt a certain tingle deep inside you when you’re with someone? The kind that makes you just wonder… what if? You see, one doesn’t always meet someone who could change the course of life, itself. And there are so very few people who can do that. It doesn’t take them an entire lifetime. All it takes is one look and a whirlwind revelation that happens so silently deep within your soul. But, in that moment, you know that life, as you know it is about to change and you can’t wait to see where it goes. For the first time, you’re looking forward to this change with eyes and arms wide open. And it all happens because of this one person who has the single most profound potential to influence you in ways that could only be written in the stars. Pexels And yes, while sometimes, all you need is that one look, that one spark and that one small flame rising up within you. Other times, the many of us who are once bitten twice shy don’t want to rely simply on our intuition, lest it prove us wrong, yet again. We always want to be sure—of ourselves and everyone else in our lives. And so, we seek out the signs. Signs, that tell us, we might just be right this one time; that this person might just stay; that they might be unlike everyone we’ve ever known, or dated before and that maybe… just maybe, this might be it. Signs, like these… 1. They Feel Like Home It’s that sense of familiarity that instantly lets you slip into comfort, without having to try at all. Home no longer resembles four walls, a room. Home now resembles their face; then, you could be anywhere in the world; hell, you could be stranded in the middle of nowhere and you’d still feel like home as long as you’re with them. Pexels 2. You Knew Them Before You Met Them It’s almost cosmic the way you saw this person coming, without actually seeing them coming. From the very first time you met, and exchanged your first words, you feel an other-worldly connection, like you know this person from another lifetime, from before this time. 3. It Was The First Look Back then, it might have been just another person you noticed; but, each time you glance their way, you can’t shake off the possibility of this person. It’s from the very first look. It’s like an unspoken language when you see each other and from that very first glance, you can’t stop looking at them and you don’t really know why. Pexels 4. The Timing Is Just Right The most incredulous thing about meeting this person is the timing. Sure, it might not be the most perfect timing in your life, overall. But, emotionally, you were ready, unattached and ready to welcome something new and transcendental. And what’s fascinating is how they’re on the exact same page. It’s like all your lives, you had been working up just so you could come to this moment and this person. It all fits. 5. They Seek You Out No matter you may be, doing whatever it is that you may be doing. They don’t need a phone, or a message to seek you out. It’s like you’ve been to the same places at close, yet different times, almost as if it was just a bit of a glitch in the seconds. But, you seek each other out, always; even if you don’t consciously intend to. Pexels 6. You Become A Priority This person becomes the single most important person in your universe. Every thought and every action that you work on is somehow, or the other, intended not just for your betterment, but, for theirs, too. And it’s vice versa with them. For the first time, you’re not the only one who’s factoring in this person. For the first time, this person is doing exactly the same, or more to be a part of your life. 7. It Comes Easy To You Being around this person, emoting, talking, smiling and laughing and just generally, being yourself comes so easily around this person. It’s effortless. And as soon as you’re hit by this realization, you realize how much more you like yourself when you’re with them. This makes you want to be around them even more; and, just like everything else, it comes easy. It’s natural. Pexels 8. There’s A Deeper Understanding They can sense you. And you, them. It’s unreal. But, it’s just as real as the blood running through your veins. They can sense when you’re upset, worried, sad, disappointed, angry or even just trying to avoid something. They know you better than you know the back of your hand. They can tell what you’re thinking better than your thoughts. It amazes and frightens you at the same time. 9. You Can Trust Them There is just something about them that makes you want to trust them. Again, it comes to you naturally. You can trust that they’ll be there for you—for a late night conversation, a long drive out to nowhere, to catch you when you fall, or stagger. They’ve got you. And you never have to second-guess their actions, or intentions. Pexels 10. It’s No Longer About *** From the beginning, you cannot comprehend how, but this person being with you in the moment is thousand times better than all the *** you’ve had in your life, cumulatively. You do want the ***; but, it’s just a means to an end at the very best. This is the person you were meant to grow old with; so that even when your body stops functioning like when you’re young, you’d still search for their face every morning and night.
  17. PM Modi was just going about his day when he was snapped by shutterbugs setting his hair. That was enough to make him trend on Twitter. People attached some hilarious one liners to his pose. When you have 0.001 seconds to set your hair for that picture. When someone​ said cameraman is ready for photo clicks ... pic.twitter.com/RmiYsVKnAA — STRIKE ON !!! (@disha_in_way) April 26, 2017 SRK got nothing on Modi, please. Close Enough!! Kiska hai ye Tumko Intezaar Mai Hoon Naa!! pic.twitter.com/ReUSkzudXi — Virender Swag (@virender_swag) April 26, 2017 Handsome bwouy! When BAE says you look handsome today. pic.twitter.com/n3fisFvm6J — Angoor 🍇 (@ladywithflaws) April 22, 2017 Hua chokra jawan re? @Atheist_Krishna When Friends say ..Bhai tujhe Dekh rahi thi pic.twitter.com/SBEnfbDCfa — Lady Tha Tha (@Bandit_kueen) April 26, 2017 When your crush is passing by @disha_in_way @Atheist_Krishna When OUR FRIEND say "BABHI AA RAHI BHAI" pic.twitter.com/0S3H5N7jsI — ✡SHAKTIMAAN✡™ (@AsliSHAKTIMAAN) April 26, 2017 Twitter is a fun place where memes actually fly around like Frisbees.
  18. Google has updated their “Maps” app, which can now remember where exactly you parked your car. There have been many instances in Indian markets where I tend to forget where I parked my car since there is always a plethora of vehicles swarming in parking lots. (c) Google The feature was originally a part of the Google Maps beta (exclusive to Android) and is now live as a key feature on iOS and Android. You can activate the feature by tapping the blue icon and choose the option to “Save your parking”. There is also an additional option for you to add notes such as “on K.G. Marg” to leave yourself precise instructions. You can even send the location of your parked car to your friend or click a picture of the spot for better reference. (c) Google The Google blog said “"This is in addition to the automatic parking detection you might have already noticed in Google Maps for iOS. If you connect to your car using USB audio or Bluetooth, your parking spot will be automatically added to the map when you disconnect and exit the vehicle." (c) Youtube This new feature is different from Google Maps’ automatic parking detection which can track the location of your car without any intervention from your end. You can update the app for Android and iOS to start using the new feature now.
  19. You have heard her sing ‘Yaar na mile’ from ‘Kick’(the one where Nargis Fakhri is gyrating with Salman) and even heard her with Honey Singh in ‘Raat Jashn Di’, but my onus over here is not just her singing. Can we please spare a few minutes and graze on the fact that what a ‘patola’ this bomb called Jasmine Sandlas is? Shooting 4 music videos this week #beastmode ? A post shared by Jasmine Sandlas (@jasminesandlas) on Jul 13, 2016 at 4:21am PDT Ik meri akh #kashni Dooja raat de uneendre ne mareya ? A post shared by Jasmine Sandlas (@jasminesandlas) on Jul 22, 2016 at 6:16pm PDT She hails from Jalandhar and her singing talent came in front of the world when she was probably just six years of age. Everyone particularly loved her in the Coke Studio performance. Thank you #mtvcokestudio ? #sawanmein #jasminesandlaslive A post shared by Jasmine Sandlas (@jasminesandlas) on Jul 5, 2016 at 10:47pm PDT Sheeshe nu tared pe gayi, Vaal vaundi ne dheyaan jadon mareya. Ik meri akh #kashni A post shared by Jasmine Sandlas (@jasminesandlas) on Jul 22, 2016 at 10:22pm PDT She is au-de natural and her vibe is infectious. What's your favorite verse in #kashni ? A post shared by Jasmine Sandlas (@jasminesandlas) on Jul 27, 2016 at 3:22am PDT #missisauga Thank you for having me. I will be performing live for you tomorrow at the celebration square at 9 pm. A post shared by Jasmine Sandlas (@jasminesandlas) on Aug 11, 2016 at 5:44am PDT She is hot, she is sexy, aesthetically blessed and the perfect amalgamation of atoms. Aaja dance floor pe is out now ! #teamsandlas watch the video on YouTube. A post shared by Jasmine Sandlas (@jasminesandlas) on Sep 26, 2016 at 1:49am PDT Aja dance floor pe is out now. #teamsandlas Have you heard it ? A post shared by Jasmine Sandlas (@jasminesandlas) on Sep 29, 2016 at 12:46am PDT Her ‘swag’ is omnipresent! Burrrraaahhhh ! Angels of Rock is in Punjab. Watch Episode 8 tomorrow at 8pm on @mtvindia A post shared by Jasmine Sandlas (@jasminesandlas) on Sep 16, 2016 at 10:00pm PDT A still from 'aaja dance floor pe' video shoot. Check out the music video on YouTube. A post shared by Jasmine Sandlas (@jasminesandlas) on Oct 3, 2016 at 7:12am PDT Happy girls are the prettiest, they say! I love you #teamsandlas Lots of music dropping before this year is over ? A post shared by Jasmine Sandlas (@jasminesandlas) on Oct 7, 2016 at 4:17am PDT Just woke up in Dubai. Sound check in an hour ? #jasminesandlaslive A post shared by Jasmine Sandlas (@jasminesandlas) on Oct 27, 2016 at 8:49am PDT She personifies the word ‘patola’. Nothing like a girl raising the temperature in a beautiful suit! Aj saara pind mitra da ? A post shared by Jasmine Sandlas (@jasminesandlas) on Apr 11, 2017 at 1:59pm PDT Loved this Punjabi suit i wore in #laddu created by @kirensandhu_designer A post shared by Jasmine Sandlas (@jasminesandlas) on Feb 8, 2017 at 11:56pm PST Slayer, if you ask me. Oh mitro agayi oye ? #ootd A post shared by Jasmine Sandlas (@jasminesandlas) on Dec 27, 2016 at 12:19am PST Today, we are shooting #bombjatt with @amritmaan106 A post shared by Jasmine Sandlas (@jasminesandlas) on Feb 1, 2017 at 8:02am PST You are just like your name Jasmine. Pretty and happy, like a pristine flower.
  20. It seems like Google is already looking to introduce a brand new curved screen to the follow up of their already popular and all-rounder flagship phone. A report from South Korea’s Electronic Times suggests that the Search Engine giant has already started negotiation with LG and has offered to invest at least $880 million in LG display Co. This investment comes for the sole reason so that Google can have a stable supply of flexible OLED screen so that it can be used in the company’s next flagship smartphone. © YouTube Google investing exorbitant amounts of money into curved displays is not really a shocker since Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 features one and so will the next iPhone. Apple has apparently come to an understanding with Samsung to secure at least 160 million screens for the next iPhone. © YouTube However, LG has not inked a deal with Google yet and is still considering the offer. Google might have to sweeten the deal since they do not have many options to obtain a curved screen for the next Pixel smartphone. Since Samsung has already penned a deal with Apple, it is unlikely that the Korean company will be able to manufacture and meet Google’s demands for flexible OLED screens. Rival OLED screen manufacturer Japan Display Inc. has also said in a statement that they will not be ready to produce flexible OLED screens until 2018.
  21. This is a special feature that we’ve started to give you a better idea of the kind of stuff we here at MensXP like. For this week, we’ve gotten one of our writers, Rimi to take us through her binge watch list for the weekend. We hope you can find something here you might like. While some of you won't give two flying f**ks to Korean movies, being a true fan of K-dramas and movies, I can assure you guys one thing, don’t look anywhere else if you want fancy – quirky plots, passionate romance fused with intense action, rib-tickling comedy and the ultimate climax that turns the entire game around. The gigantic international fanbase of South Korea, K-pop or Kdrama or movies is no joke. Right from cinematography, direction, screenplay to script; everything is ‘Daebak’ (awesome in Korean.) So, without further ado, let me introduce you to some of the most brilliant action-packed movies that will make your hearts skip a beat while you wait to see what’s going to happen next. Although this list has some movies that I am re-watching for the nth time now, despite this fact, every movie in this list sends chills down my spine as if I am watching it for the first time. You can take my word for it; your weekend is going to be way better than those who are still watching ‘The Avengers’ on a loop (although we love this movie equally). Oldboy © YouTube For a movie which is more than a decade old, yet very fresh in our memories and loved by those who have watched it, this has to be on your binge-watch list. To be honest, initially when I came across this movie, there wasn’t any particular reason for me to like it, partly because of the messed up story that centers around suicide, murder, incest and revenge. After watching it, I deeply regretted for holding myself back for a long time. The movie talks about a guy who was held captive for 15 years without knowing the identity or the reason for his imprisonment. After being released from captivity he seeks vengeance and the story unfolds thereon. Don’t worry folks, I won’t spill any beans or give away spoilers here. The Man From Nowhere © CJ Entertainment If I start explaining how brilliant this movie is, this post will probably turn into a thesis. For those who don’t know, John Abraham’s ‘Rocky Handsome’ was a remake of this Korean super hit movie, and trust me the desi version isn’t even close to the badassery the original one displays. By the end of the movie, I was left with a void in my mind, wondering about the parallel plots, alternate climax or simply wishing for a sequel to the movie. ‘The Man From Nowhere’ talks about a former covert soldier for South Korean Army Intelligence, who sets out on a bloody rampage when the next-door kid whom he befriended is kidnapped by crime lords. War Of The Arrows © Lotte entertainment Period dramas always fascinate me, especially when they have a gripping plot which includes romance, revenge for their loved ones and bang on action scenes that makes you jump off your sofa or bed in excitement. This was one such movie that compelled me to re-watch it and this weekend I am going to keep you guys company, by watching this marvel for sure. The story unfolds the journey of one of the most skilled archers and hunters of his time, who sets out to find his sister after she gets abducted by the Qing Army. Nameless Gangster: Rules Of The Time © Palette pictures Of all genres, gangster movies are the ones that really get to me and that is why I am going to forget everything else and watch it this weekend. Set in the 1980s and 90s in Busan, South Korea, this movie touches base with the rising corruption and crime and how the government declares war on it. By the looks of the trailer, this movie looks really intense. So I am totally excited to watch this and I am hoping that you guys would like it too. The Admiral: Roaring Currents © Big stone pictures Just like I mentioned earlier, period movies always excite me and I don’t know why I was holding myself back from watching this movie, but this time I have decided that I am going to give it a try (although I tried to watch it in bits and pieces but failed). We all hear stories of our nation’s glorious past, but it doesn’t create much impact. However, when someone reenacts and brings it to the big screen, we actually feel as if we are personally witnessing the whole event. This movie will make you feel the same way. ‘The Admirals’ talks about the epic battle of Myeongyang (1597) where a legendary admiral singlehandedly led 12 ships that were left to fight against an invading Japanese fleet of more than 300 vessels. The movie is really gripping and the cinematography is par excellence.
  22. Scorned lover, celibate male, and Bollywood A-lister, Ranbir Kapoor has apparently gone full method for his role in Rajkumar Hirani’s upcoming biopic on Sanjay Dutt. Whether it’s putting on 13kgs, growing out his hair to look like a ‘90s hero or spending a full week in jail—Ranbir is determined to go balls deep into his role. Patrika.com is reporting that Kapoor has already reached Bhopal and plans to spend a week in the city’s jail. Because if you ACTUALLY want to play ‘Baba’—you need to hit the slammer, ‘cause if you remember, Sanjay Dutt spent years in Pune’s Yerwada Jail—allegedly—for possession of illegal arms. © Twitter Guys! This is what true dedication looks like!
  23. Laylat al-Barat – Night of Salvation The 15th night of Shabaan is a very blessed night. According to the Hadith Shareef, the name of this Mubarak night is “Nisf Sha’baan” which means 15th night of Shabaan. The reason for this special night to attain its name of Laylat al-Bara’ah, meaning the Night of Salvation, Seeking Freedom from Azaab and Calamity, is that in this night the Barakaat and acceptance of repentance may be accomplished. Laylat al-Baraa’ah in Persian, as well as in Urdu, is called Shab-e Bara’at. It is the special night of seeking forgiveness and repenting to Almighty Allah, remembering our past sins and sincerely settling the mind that one will never commits sins in the future. All the deeds that are against Shari’ah must be totally avoided so that our Du’a and Istighfaar, hopefully, will be accepted. Advise from Imam of Ahlus Sunnah: Muslims should check themselves and AlaHadrat, Imam Ahmad Rida al-Qadiri Fadhil e-Bareilly (Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhu) has given a beautiful advise in this regard. This great Imam said: “Verily the auspicious night of Shab-e- Bara’a is drawing near when the deeds of the slave will be presented to the Almighty Allah. I humbly supplicate in the Darbar-e-Aqdas of the AlmightyAllah that through the Wasila-e-Uzma of Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam) He forgives the sins and transgressions of all Muslims. Aameen. On this occasion, it should be the duty of all Sunni Muslims to forgive one another and to make sure that whatever debts owed to one another is settled. The importance of Huqooq al-Ibaad cannot be over-emphasised as this is among the pre-requisites for proper Ibaadat. I pray that all Muslims humbly remember this night and try as much as possible to perform Ibaadat and other pious deeds so that their Record of Deeds be presented in all dignity. Finally, I pray that the Almighty Allah assists you and I and the Muslim Ummah wherever you may be. Muslims should be aware of sincerity and honesty in all their deeds. May Almighty Allah forgive all of us. Aameen. — Faqeer Ahmad Rida Qadiri ” How to welcome the Night? On this auspicious night, you should perform fresh Ghusal and Wudhu and perform the two Rakaat of Tahhiyatul Wudhu. In every Rakaat, after the Suratul Fatiha, you should read Ayatul Kursi once and Surah Ahad 3 times. Also perform eight Rakaats of Salah with fourSalaams.In each Rakaat after the Surah Fatiha, you should read the Ayatul Kursi (once) and Surah Ahad fifty times. What to Recite immediately after Sunset? After sunset, you should recite “La Hawla walaa Quwwata illa Billahil-aliyil Azeem” forty times with three times Durood Shareef before and after. It is mentioned that by reciting this, Almighty Allah will forgive forty years of your sins and forty Hoors will await to serve you in Jannat al-Firdous. Countless Mercies: Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam) has stated: “Verily! Almighty Allah directs His Special Grace on the world on this Night. He forgives my Ummah more than the number of wool that is found on the sheep of the Bani Kalb”. We should remember that in those days the Bani Kalb possessed the most number of sheep that any other tribe. How great is the Mercy of Almighty Allah on this night that He forgives millions of Muslims. We also realise from this that these numbers can only pertain to the Ahl as-Sunnah Wah Jama’ah collectively, for the righteous followers of the Hanafi, Shafi’i, Maliki and Hanbali indeed number millions of Muslims. The visitors of this Night: It is narrated that the departed souls (Arwaah) of the Muslims visit the houses of their friends and relatives on this night and proclaim: “O people of the house! You stay in our houses and enjoy the wealth that we have left behind. You use our children and take work from them, please perform our Esaale Sawaab. Verily our deeds have become complete, while your record of deeds is still spread”. If the people of the house perform the Esaale Sawaab and Khatam Shareef on this night, then the Arwaah depart will the Sawaab extremely happy and overjoyed all the time making Du’a for the people. Visit to the Cemetery: Hadrat Ayesha Siddiqa (radi Allahu ta’ala anha) reports: “One night, which was the 15th of Shabaan, I did not find the Beloved Prophet (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam) in the house so I went in search of him. After a long search, I found him in Baqiah (the cemetery of Madinah) offering Du’a for the deceased and praying for their forgiveness”. (Baihaqi) A special point must be made to visit the cemetery during this night and pray for the deceased buried therein, as the Most Beloved Prophet (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam) is been reported as having visited the cemetery on this night and spending a long time therein, lamenting, reading and praying for the deceased. To keep Fast: According to the Hadith Shareef which is narrated by Ibne Habaan (radi Allahu ta’ala anhu) that Rasoolullah (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam) said: “When the night of 15th Shabaan arrives spend the night awake and keep fast the next day”. Hadrat Abu Hurairah (radi Allahu ta’ala anhu) reports that the Most Beloved (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam) of Allah ta’ala said often in his Khutba (sermon): “O people! Lighten and cleanse your bodies by way of fasting during Shabaan, so that it shall be easy and helpful to you for the fast during Ramadan. Whoso fasts for three days during Shabaan, all his past sins are wiped off”. (Baihaqi) Fasting is also recommended on the 13th, 14th and 15th of Shabaan. How to spend the Night? On this night, perform Nawaafil, recite the Qur’an Shareef, recite abundant Durood Shareef, Istighfaar and Kalima Tayyibah. It is also mentioned that if one reads Surah Dukhan seven times on this night, Almighty Allah will reward you with 70 worldly needs and 70 deeds for the Hereafter. Do not be amongst deprived of Mercy: Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam) said: “Almighty Allah forgives all Muslims on this night, besides the fortune tellers, the magicians, the alcoholics, those who disrespect their parents and those who take part and encourage adultery”. In another narration, the following people have also been mentioned: One who deals in usury (Riba), One who wears his trousers below his ankle with pride and arrogance (In Arabia, people displayed their wealth and boasted in this manner), One who creates disunity among two Muslims, The person who unjustly takes away the right and property of another Muslim and has not yet rectified himself. All these persons are not shown Mercy on this auspicious Night. A humble appeal to seek pardon and ask Allah’s forgiveness Dear Muslim brothers, the Bountiful Allah in His Infinite Mercy has provided us with such an auspicious night so that we may take advantage of it and repent for our sins,and thus obtain His Grace and Favour. It is for us to take full advantage of it. During this night, offer special prayers and repent sincerely for our past sins and ask for His Forgiveness. Also on this night the Doors of Mercy and Forgiveness are opened wide, and those who sincerely grieve over and repent for their past sins and seek forgiveness from Allah are pardoned and forgiven by the Grace of Allah the Merciful. Each Tasbih or Du’a should begin and terminate with the recital of Durood Shareef and one who wishes for the acceptance of his Du’as should use the Wasila of Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam). It is mentioned in “Gunyah at-Talibeen” that the month of Shaban according to some narrations is related to Rasoolullah (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam). So, it is our duty, as the Ummat of Rasoolullah (SallAllahu Ta’ala Alaihi wa Sallam) to love and respect this month more than any other month (besides Ramadan). We should also offer abundantly salutations (Salaat-o-Salaam) upon the Most Beloved Prophet (SallAllahu Ta’ala Alaihi wa Sallam). While we are praying and asking for ourselves and family, we should also remember in our Du’as the Muslim Ummah facing calamities in many parts of the world, that may Allah Ta’ala grant them the strength and Istiqaamat (steadfastness) in Deen. Those weak Muslims who are under pressure from the West and modernisation, may Allah Ta’ala guide them and show them the right path so that they be in touch with their glorious past. Aameen. May Almighty Allah guide us on the path of the Ambiya and the Awliya. Aameen. Nafil Salaah to be read on Shab-e-Baraat: Basharat of Jannat: Sayyiduna Rasulullah (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam) is reported to have said that Allah Ta’ala instructs and assigns 100 angels to the person who performs 100 Nafil Salaahs on this auspicious night – 30 of which will bring the good news of Jannat, 30 angels to protect one from the Azaab (Punishment) of Dozakh (Hell), 30 to remove all misfortunes and miseries of this world and 10 angels to protect one from Shaitaan. The Guardian of Imaan: After performing Maghrib Salaah, read 2 rakaahs of Nafil. In the first rakaah, after Surah Fatiha, recite Surah Ikhlaas 3 times and Surah Falaq once.In the second rakaah, after Surah Fatiha, recite Surah Ikhlaas 3 times and Surah Naas once. After Salam, make Du’a and ask Allah to protect your Imaan. Barakah in Rizq: After Maghrib Salaah, read 2 rakaahs of Nafil. Thereafter, read Surah Yasin once, Surah Ikhlaas 21 times and Du’a Nisf Shabaan once. Then, make Du’a for Barakah in Rozi and ask Allah not to make you dependent on anyone. Long Life filled with Piety: After Maghrib Salaah, read 2 rakaahs of Nafil. Read Surah Yasin once. Then read Du’a Nisf Shabaan once. Thereafter, make Du’a for long life filled with piety and righteousness. Reward for ten thousand good Deeds: Anyone who performs 20 rakaahs of Nafil after Maghrib in such a way that after Surah Fatiha, recites Surah Ikhlaas 10 times in every rakaah, will be rewarded abundantly by Allah Ta’ala, and ten thousand good deeds will be recorded in his Amal Namaa (Book of Deeds). Death with complete Faith/Imaan: Anyone who performs 2 rakaahs of Nafil on the last Friday of Shabaan between Maghrib and Esha will die with full faith and Imaan. After Surah Fatiha, one should read Ayatul Kursi once, Surah Ikhlaas 10 times and Surah Falaq and Surah Naas once in both rakaahs. If the person who reads Nafil in such a way dies until the next Shabaan, will die with Imaan, Inshaa-Allah. — Sincere Advice — The performing of Salaatul Tasbeeh on this night is also very virtuous.