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  1. Just before you could think that a plot line from 'Black Mirror' could never become reality, think again. China is now going to impose strict penalties on its citizens with low “scores”. China introduced a “social credit” system just like in one of the episodes in 'Black Mirror' and we cannot imagine what the consequence is going to be. © Reuters From May 1, Chinese citizens with low scores will not be able to travel via train or plane for up to a year. This was made official by the country's National Development and Reform Commission. Now that this has been made official, would we see Chinese citizens obsess with their “social score” in order to be eligible for travelling? Well, we can assume that this outcome is highly likely. © Reuters China's social credit system is planning to score its citizens based on financial and social behaviour just like in 'Black Mirror'. We can already see this taking effect in the United States in the form of a credit score and we won't be surprised to see this hit other countries too. How it Works © Twitter According to Reuters, the social score in China is determined by two basic factors i.e. criminal acts and financial misdeeds. If a citizen is found conducting criminal activity such as spreading false information, using expired travel tickets, failing to pay social insurance, smoking on trains and faulting payments can result in a bad score. An individual's score is measured between 350 and 950 points. How Its Effecting Citizens A Chinese lawyer, Li Xiaolin, was banned from buying a plane ticket as the system rejected the purpose once his national identity card was scanned. He was found to be “untrustworthy” as he failed to carry out a court order. The lawyer's social score was found to be low as he defended a man who was accused of rape a year prior. The scoring system has also been used to ridicule journalists, political activists and ordinary citizens for minor offences that would be deemed legal in other countries. In a separate case, journalist Li Hu, was found blacklisted for accusing a Government official of corruption. The system is expected to evolve by 2020 and will capable of relaying real-time data of citizens to government officials, law enforcement and other organisations. For now, citizens can “voluntarily” participate in the scoring program and will become mandatory by 2020. Source: TheNextWeb
  2. Former PM Nawaz Sharif entering the accountability court earlier today. Photo: Geo News ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif said on Thursday that the country's judicial system requires reforms as delayed and lack of justice are the major issues faced by the public. He made the remarks while talking to journalists inside the accountability court hearing corruption cases against him and his family. With regards to the recent Senate elections and the dissolution of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government in Balochistan at the start of the year, Nawaz said the statement of Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party chief Mahmood Achakzai deserves to be inquired into. Achakzai had claimed that an officer was behind the provincial government's dissolution, Nawaz explained. Referring to allegations of horse-trading during the Senate polls on March 3 and election of the chairman and deputy chairman on March 12, the three-time premier said the entire country witnessed what happened. "Someone should explain who gave Imran Khan and Asif Zardari the address of Sanjrani's house. It was said that everyone should reach Sanjrani's house, there?s a Sadiq named person there who should be voted for," claimed the PML-N supremo, referring to Sadiq Sanjrani, the opposition-backed independent senator from Balochistan who was elected Senate chairman this week. Addressing reporters, Nawaz said he is not in favour of conflict and only desires that the country is run according to the law and constitution, adding that, "is it wrong to wish this?" In response to a question regarding opposition leader Aitizaz Ahsan?s claim that he would stand with Nawaz if he names the conspirators against him, Nawaz said the allegations against other politicians include charges of kickbacks and corruption but the charges against him are of a new kind as they do not contain these allegations. "I should write a book on my experiences," said Nawaz, when asked if he?s authoring a book.
  3. Google has released the preview of the next version Android, dubbed Android P (for now). The new OS version is out in the form of Developer Preview 1 and is likely to get an official introduction in May during Google's annual developer conference I/O 2018. Although the entire list of Android P features is not out yet, a lot has been revealed in the Developer Preview 1 of the new operating system itself. The first built is meant to give developers an idea of the new programming features that can be integrated into apps. Here's what's new in the initial release: 1. Support For The Notch © Android Police Yes, Google is following Apple. The Android P Developer Preview 1 comes with the 'Display Cutout' support. As manufacturers shrink bezels and the front-facing sensors leave a notch on your display, Android P will make it easier to support the cutout in the display with APIs to help create UI around that notch. This means full-screen apps with buttons on the sides will be able to actively avoid those notch areas in the display, which is great for everyone. You can go ahead and run it now, just head into the developer settings and set three different display cutouts on the device. 2. Fresh Colours And Design © Google The clock has moved from the far right to the far left side of Android P's top status bar. And since the new OS is optimized for notches that might cut into the top display area, it starts putting notifications right next to the time. This year, it's making things a bit more colourful with new icons to the right of sections like Network, Display, Battery, etc. The actual layout of things has barely changed, but the grayscale icons from Oreo are gone. The volume slider is now also placed vertically instead of horizontally as seen until now. Its placement has also been changed from top to side. 3. Improved Notifications © Google Image attachments and stickers are appearing in the notification now, replacing that dreaded "person has sent an attachment" message you get now. This new notification style will also give developers the option to add quick replies, similar to the system currently seen in Google Allo and the reply bot in Google's Reply app, though it's unclear yet how much control developers will have over these replies. 4. New WiFi Protocol © Google Android P will bring along the support for the IEEE 802.11mc Wi-Fi protocol also called WiFi Round-Trip-Time (RTT). This feature in will make it possible for apps to know how far you are from the WiFi access point you are connected to, and developers will be able to use that information to give you a more accurate location indoors. 5. More Privacy © CNET Google is doing much to improve the overall security of your information in Android P, but most of that is done in the background. There is a new feature, though, that locks down your device with the push of a button. Systems like sensors, camera and microphones will stop reporting to the apps as soon as it is idle, and any apps looking information from those sources will get nothing in return. 6. Better Image Compression With Android P, images will save more data while transferring and save more space on the handset as well. This will be due to Android P's support for HEIF image encoding. Apple devices are already running on this new images standard for quite some time now.
  4. LAHORE: Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Thursday said deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif is endangering the system to save himself. "Nawaz Sharif is putting the entire system in jeopardy to save himself." The PPP scion added that the deposed prime minister's approach is to take the entire system down with him. Bilawal further said that Nawaz wants to endanger democracy and the country's strategic position and added that people do not care why Nawaz was kicked out of office. "The people do not care why Nawaz was kicked out." The PPP chairman further alleged that Nawaz, sworn in prime minister of Pakistan a record three times, is not interested in strengthening either democracy or the judiciary. "During his tenure as prime minister, Nawaz only visited the national assembly four times and the Senate twice," said Bilawal. Continuing his criticism of the PML-N chief, the PPP chairman also alleged that Nawaz is a master of horse trading while referring to the upcoming Senate elections on March 3. "For the Senate elections, we will try our best to perform well in Senate elections," added Bilawal.
  5. ISLAMABAD: MNA Ayesha Gulalai announced on Friday that her new party will support presidential form of democracy in the country. Addressing a press conference here, Gulalai announced the manifesto of her party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-Gulalai or PTI-G, would also envision judo karate training for women. Ayesha Gulalai reveals name of her new political party The PTI renegade's new political party to be named Tehreek-e-Insaf Gulalai of PTI-G Gulalai, who announced the name of the new party in December, has still not officially resigned from Imran Khan-led PTI. A reference by Imran to kick her out of the party was rejected by the Election Commission of Pakistan. Gulalai in today?s press conference also said her party will strive for bringing looted money back to the country and referring cases against the culprits in military courts. The MNA also slammed ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and said the party has made the Parliament its ?slave?. PML-N to take legal action against Gulalai after allegations Gulalai alleged she was offered a party ticket by PML-N in return for attacking state institutions ?PML-N is going to be banned now that his leader [Nawaz Sharif] has been disqualified,? she said, adding that PML-N ministers should be sent to jail. Gulalai had announced to quit PTI after alleging sexual harassment by party chief Imran Khan. She has made various allegations of corruption against the party, besides also claiming early this month that PML-N offered her a party ticket in exchange for hurling accusations against state institutions.
  6. Chief Minister of Punjab Shehbaz Sharif. Photo: Geo News LAHORE: Chief Minister of Punjab Shehbaz Sharif has claimed that the Punjab government has successfully eliminated corrupt practices from the province. Addressing a ceremony in Lahore, Shehbaz said that the 150-years old patwari culture was the worst possible system of administration. "The corrupt system is a thing of past," he said. "Punjab's land record system is ranked number one in the world." The chief minister also said that the relevant authorities should take action against corrupt patwaris.
  7. A man using a mobile phone passes the logo of global secure financial messaging services cooperative SWIFT at the SIBOS banking and financial conference in Toronto, Canada Oct 19, 2017. Photo: Reuters MUMBAI: India?s City Union Bank said on Sunday that ?cyber criminals? had hacked its systems and transferred nearly $2 million through three unauthorised remittances to lenders overseas via the SWIFT financial platform. The comments come after the small private lender on Saturday had disclosed it had discovered the three ?fraudulent remittances?, which were sent via correspondent banks to accounts in Dubai, Turkey and China. Chief Executive Officer N Kamakodi called it a ?conspiracy? involving multiple countries, and added the lender was still investigating how it had happened. ?This is basically a cyber attack by international cyber criminals,? he told Reuters in a phone interview. Kamakodi added they saw ?so far no evidence of any internal staff involvement,? but said, ?we are very clear now the account holders are part of this conspiracy.? The disclosure from City Bank comes as India has been gripped by an announcement by Punjab National Bank earlier this week that it had been the victim of a $1.7 billion fraud, although that case is suspected to involve the transfer of unauthorised loans from bank employees. City Union said on Saturday it had been able to block one of the remittances, totaling $500,000, that was being sent through a Standard Chartered Bank account in New York to a Dubai-based lender. A second transfer of 300,000 euros ($372,150) was routed through a Standard Chartered Bank account in Frankfurt to a Turkish account, although the Turkish lender had blocked the transfer from being finalised. A third totaling $1 million was sent through a Bank of America account in New York to a China-based bank, which Kamakodi on Sunday identified as Zhejiang Rural Credit Cooperative Union in Hangzhou, China. Kamakodi said the lender was working with Indian authorities to work with affected countries to investigate what happened. He added City Union was also strengthening its internal monitoring systems. Brussels-based SWIFT has been urging banks to bolster security of computers used to transfer money since Bangladesh Bank lost $81 million in a February 2016 cyber heist that targeted central bank computers used to move funds. Banking security experts said Indian banks that rely on the SWIFT messaging platform needed to be more vigilant. Industry experts say more than 100 financial institutions in India are connected with SWIFT including the central bank.
  8. We are sure most of you must have seen movies like 'Dunkirk', 'Blade Runner 2049', 'Rampage', 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales', 'The Hobbit', 'Spectre', or 'Spider-man: Homecoming'. While, we thoroughly loved watching them and their drop-dead striking aerial shots, I'm sure most of us barely gave a thought to the hard work and technology that went behind it. But, Oscars did. Hence, they decided to acknowledge and appreciate their efforts at the Scientific and Technical Awards that took place over the weekend in Beverly Hills. The 90th Academy Awards aka the coveted Oscars 2018 is still a few weeks away. © Twitter However, this is not the reason why we are jumping up and down in excitement and beaming with pride at the same time. It's the fact that India received a great reward for its contribution in movies. In case you are scratching your heads in confusion, here's what happened. Vikas Sathaye, a genius Indian engineer raised in Mumbai, proved his mettle in front of the whole world and made the nation proud with his achievements; after he won an Oscar for Shotover K1 Camera System. Sathaye was a part of the esteemed four-member team that was honoured with the scientific and engineering award “for the concept, design, engineering and implementation of the Shotover K1 Camera System.” Brad Hurndell, John Coyle and Shane Buckham were the other team members. © Reuters We realize most of you will be confused right now wondering what did they really do, but trust us, you're not alone. So here's how the Academy broke down the explanation. Apparently, this is a “six-axis stabilized aerial camera mount” that has an “enhanced ability to frame shots while looking straight down.” Reportedly, Sathaye joined Shotover Camera Systems, located in Queenstown, New Zealand in 2009. He worked on the aerial mount there. In fact, Sathaye said, “One of the reasons to start this company in Queenstown was the natural beauty and stunning scenery which attract a lot of film producers and directors.” He further explained, “The camera mount gets attached to the base of a helicopter, which carries the camera and lens. Its primary function is to eliminate any vibration from reaching the camera and thus getting steady footage. The other function for the camera mount is to move the camera head in the desired direction as required by the camera operator, who sits inside the helicopter and uses a joystick to control the camera head movement.” Isn't this so cool? Sathaye was born in 1967 in Pune and spent most part of his life in Mumbai. After school, he completed a diploma in instrumentation from VPM's polytechnic, Thane. Then, he studied BE in electronics from VIT Pune and MTech in instrumentation from IISc. Sathaye was earlier a teacher, who taught at Pune Cummins College of Engineering for Women for a couple of years, during which he was sent to Italy for a project and it was there that he got inspired to take up this field. © Shotover So what do we learn from this folks? First, Oscars 2018 is around the corner and it's becoming difficult to contain our excitement. Second, let's not judge or make memes and jokes on engineers anymore guys; if they can create such brilliant and Oscar-worthy concepts, we guess they can do anything in the world and outer space and any other dimension they might have accidently found.fww
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    Staff Applications System Are you looking for staff? Developers? Designers? Or anything else? This application will help admins/moderators to find people to help in their boards. Here's a quick rundown of some of the features for this resource: Extra Fields Module to add Positions on ACP (moderator, webdesigner, developer, etc) Ability to inform how many places the position has. Example: you can create an application record to "hire" 3 moderators. Ability to move the "winner" member to a group chosen group (you inform the group when you're adding the application record) Ability to restrict the application by: Content count, Reputation points/likes, Number of days as member, Minimum age and groups Ability to create a topic at every new application submission. Module on ModeratorCP to view all pending records from all applications Compatible with most important features from IPS 4.2 (Recommended Comments, Content Message, Reactions, Member History, Richer Embeds, etc.) Integrated to the framework: Tag system, Follow System, Report system, Search system, Share Links, etc. Moderator actions on applications and comments/reviews Moderator permission to approve/reject applications Ability to create RSS feeds from member applications Etc. Permission: NO ONE except staff (with proper permisison) will be able to view/read or know who are the applicants. All that regular members will know is the number of users who applied to it. New Feature: Added support to Forums app as a new setting in the category A topic will be created when a new application is submitted This topic will be udpated everytime the application is edit to reflex the changes
  10. Just recently, news broke that Elon Musk had built a secret private school for his kids. Did he feel like the current education system was not up to the mark and was essentially outdated? This is the big question we all are aware of but are struggling to answer. Our education system has remained the same since it was introduced a century ago. Everything has advanced but we are still sending our children to the 'factory model of education' which no longer syncs with the requirements of the modern world we live in. Industrialization was an era where mass production was the deal for which an army of trained people were being prepared in the self-interest of the ones in power. As a result, we have been brainwashed into believing that there is no better system of education for our children. Again, thanks to our habit of procrastination, we do not even care anymore. As a consequence, dropping out from college has become the need of the hour for youngsters these days. After all, who wants to waste away in an outdated system which only results in negative employment? Here is what some famous and successful people have to say about the formal education system. Do you feel the same? 1. Plato © The Imaginative Conservative “Knowledge that is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.” - Plato 2. Chuang Tzu © The Unbounded Spirit This famous Chinese philosopher simplified formal education saying that, “Reward and punishment is the lowest form of education.” 3. Woody Allen © Mulierchile The famous American filmmaker, writer, actor, comedian, and musician said, “I loathed every day and regret every moment I spent in a school.” 4. Winston Churchill © YouTube/Robert Helmick Former British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill curses his school days saying, “How I hated schools, and what a life of anxiety I lived there. I counted the hours to the end of every term when I should return home. I always like to learn, but I don't always like to be taught.” 5. Thomas Edison © YouTube/Motivational Stories & Quotes The man who invented the light bulb claimed to be 'too stupid' to learn anything from his teachers. Edison recounted his days at school as “I remember that I was never able to get along at school. I was at the foot of the class.” 6. Richard Branson © Reuters The founder of the Virgin group has always been vocal about his distaste for formal education. He left school when he was labelled with several learning disorders and one of them was dyslexia. Richard says, “I constantly pushed against rules and authority, and I liked to challenge the way that things were “always” done. My curiosity often got me into trouble with teachers.” 7. Albert Einstein © YouTube/Ali Baba One of the greatest scientists of all time, Albert Einstein was never happy with the way schools worked. He once said, “One had to cram all this stuff into one's mind, whether one liked it or not. This coercion had such a deterring effect that, after I had passed the final examination, I found the consideration of any scientific problems distasteful to me for an entire year.” 8. Mark Twain © YouTube/dzvero007 Mark Twain expressed his distaste for formal in a very beautiful quote, saying, “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” 9. George Bernard Shaw © B2B International This famous Irish playwright says, “There is nothing on earth intended for innocent people so horrible as a school.” “When young people are as free to walk out of a classroom where they are bored by a dull teacher as grown-up people are to walk out of a theatre where they are bored by a dull playwright, schools will be far more crowded than the theatres, and the teachers far more popular than the actors. Until then, we shall remain the barbarians we are at present.” 10. Ang Lee © What Shih Said One of the finest directors in Hollywood, Ang Lee, failed his college entrance exams. He said, “I struggled to focus on the books but I had enough beauty in my mind to create the wonderful 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon'.” The unfortunate part for Lee was that his father was the principal of the college. Yikes! 11. Oscar Wilde © Wikimedia Commons The famous Irish poet, Oscar Wilde, believed that, “Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.”
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    With this app you can allow your members invite other members. Features: enable/disable system, select allowed groups to use this mod, three invite types: free -> user may or may not enter inviter name; force -> user must enter inviter name; invite only: user must be referred by invite form (with hashed keycode), list of all invited users, list of all invited users in ACP with filter options, invites by referral link, points system integration (any system!), promotion to the new group after reaching specific amount of referred users, ability to enable/disable member powers to raising people via ACP, info in member profiles about referrer, ability to add/edit/remove referred transactions, ability to turn off the "Referrer Information" block in profiles, ability to award referrer if his referrred member made topic/post, invite form, option to enable/disable custom invite message, option to disable invites from the same IP and much more, resend option to resend sent invites, option to approve transaction only if referrer add more than X defined post.
  13. We all know at least a handful of people who regularly send 'good morning' greetings every day. Every WhatsApp group ranging from family to colleagues has this one person who finds it absolutely necessary to greet everyone EVERY DAY! Not to forget those who find it necessary to even wish the rest of us 'good night' or good luck for each and every festival out there. While millennials have very well immunized themselves from these kinds of messages, the huge generation and technological learning gap that India has is actually creating trouble for Instant Messaging companies out there. Google researchers in Silicon Valley were trying to figure out why so many smartphones were freezing up half a world away. One in three smartphone users in India run out of space on their phones daily. The answer? Two words. “Good Morning!” according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. © Google Trends for 'good morning images' in India/MensXP WhatsApp reportedly crashed the world over at least twice this month after many users forwarded tons of 'Happy New Year' messages. WhatsApp downtime was witnessed for at least 12 hours in some countries. In the past five years, Google searches for “Good Morning images” rose tenfold. There was a nine-fold increase on the visual-search platform, Pinterest. Messaging service WhatsApp, which has 200 million monthly active users in India, making the country its biggest market—added a status message last year so users could say good morning to all of their contacts at once. © MensXP To help users running out of space on their phones, Google even launched a new app called Files Go that helps users delete unnecessary content. The researchers used Google's huge image database and artificial intelligence tools to programme the app to find 'good morning' messages and prompt users to delete them. Even India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a good-morning message enthusiast according to NDTV. He reportedly remarked at the BJP parliamentary meet that he sent messages to lawmakers every morning but few acknowledged his greetings. "I send good morning messages but apart from five or six MPs, no one responds," he said, urging them to keep up on the Narendra Modi app and use it regularly. Source: WSJ
  14. 12th January 2018 will go down in history with regard to an extraordinary event that took place in the capital of India. The unprecedented press conference held by four senior judges of the Supreme Court including Justice Chelameswar, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Madan Lokur and Justice Kurian Joseph, is now being perceived as both consequential and calamitous. The remarkable address has debunked a major tiff existing inside the highest echelon of the judiciary. However, at the same time, it is deplorable that a cold war has been initiated against the Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra. Source: Twitter It all started with Justice Chelameswar's address, “It is an extraordinary event in the history of any nation and more particularly this nation. An extraordinary event in the history of this institution of the judiciary. It is with no pleasure in our hearts that we are compelled to take this decision to call for a press conference. But sometimes, the administration of the Supreme Court is not in order, and many things which are less than desirable which have happened in the last few months.” While Justice Chelameswar clearly mentioned that they are not accusing anyone or trying to make it a controversial issue, journalists at the press conference raised their concern about how this unprecedented event will be perceived by the millions of people who are watching it live. Justice Chelameswar further clarified that when a couple of months back a signed letter was submitted to the Chief Justice of India, expecting for a particular matter to be done in a particular manner, though the matter was solved, it left too many questions. “Chief Justice is only the first amongst the equals — nothing more or nothing less”, stated the letter. The quintessence of the historic address is not only a clear indication of the fact that something radically grave and unfortunate has happened within the highest law enforcing body, of the nation, in-fact ultimately heaves a doubt on the institution's forthrightness. Source: Twitter The matter is also being associated with the petition that sought inquiry into the death of special CBI judge, B.H. Loya. Justice Loya died under mysterious circumstances, at the time he was spearheading the Sohrabuddin Sheikh Encounter case (in which various police officers and BJP president Amit Shah were named as the parties involved). The airing of differences in the public eye must not become a matter of political scrutiny as it also facades the perils of wounding the image of the judiciary. This is a decidedly a crucial time in the last 68 years where the internal conflict in the Judiciary has finally come to light. This is also one moment in the history of the existence of the Indian law making and law enforcing system when a meaningful example has been set by people who abide by the truth. For the truth is something powerful beyond any measure, it can be shut down for a while but cannot be avoided. Today, when dark clouds of apprehension have surrounded the highest law-making force in the country, it is the need of the hour to get down to brass tacks, collectively and truthfully. Breaking the code of conduct and holding a meeting against the CJI may have some dreadful repercussions for the four judges. However, this step can also be just a small beginning to a bigger change that the country desperately needs.
  15. President Donald Trump lashed out Wednesday at the US judicial system as "broken and unfair" after a judge blocked his decision to end a program that protects so-called "Dreamers" from deportation. Photo: AFP file WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump lashed out Wednesday at the US judicial system as "broken and unfair" after a judge blocked his decision to end a program that protects so-called "Dreamers" from deportation. Earlier, the White House had called the ruling Tuesday by US District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco "outrageous," coming the same day Trump met lawmakers from both camps on the so-called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. "It just shows everyone how broken and unfair our Court System is when the opposing side in a case (such as DACA) always runs to the 9th Circuit and almost always wins before being reversed by higher courts," Trump said in a tweet. The DACA program, instituted by Trump?s predecessor Barack Obama in 2012, protects from deportation hundreds of thousands of immigrants who arrived in the country illegally as children.
  16. Former Sindh information minister Sharjeel Memon speaking to media outside accountability court on December 23, 2017. Photo: Geo News screen grab1 KARACHI: Former Sindh information minister Sharjeel Memon lashed out at the 'open discrimination' in judicial system on Saturday. While speaking to journalists outside an accountability court, Memon took a jibe at the Sharif family and said: "the people who have been given protocol are roaming the streets of London yet they are crying and complaining." "We have our reservations, but won?t start any movement against the judiciary. We are not Nawaz Sharif that we will attack the courts," said the former information minister. When the verdict came in his favour Nawaz distributed sweets among party workers, but when the verdict was against him he threatened to start a movement, Memon added. Nawaz slates 'dual standard' of justice, case adjourned till Jan 3 The former premier is accused in all three references filed by the NAB against Sharif family Sharif?s politics has been buried, now he is trying to pose himself as a political martyr. ?He will not succeed in his plans." Memon was referring to Nawaz Sharif's remarks made on December 19, in which he claimed to start a movement against 'dual standards' of the judiciary. Nawaz had remarked that the same law should be there for everyone. Upon comparison of his disqualification case with that of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairperson Imran Khan?s, he remarked: ?Compare the decisions, and the duality of law would be clear.? He explained: ?Imaginary income was portrayed as my asset, whereas he [Imran Khan] has himself admitted to his assets, yet it was said he doesn?t have those assets.? There should be same laws for everyone, he urged. ?A joke is being played with the people of Pakistan. The nation cannot tolerate this joke anymore.? The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief said that he will ensure that justice is dispensed to everyone. ?Without the benefit of a doubt, a sitting PM was removed. This murder of justice won?t work. We will take it to its logical conclusion.?
  17. MOSCOW: Russia said Thursday that it had completed negotiations with Turkey for the sale of an S-400 air defence missile system, with delivery scheduled for late 2019. "Practically speaking, the contract is entering the phase of realisation," said Vladimir Kozhin, a presidential aide who oversees matters of military cooperation. "All parameters, all technologies, the entire deal has been agreed." "All aspects have been resolved over the past few days," Kozhin said. "The contract will consist of two parts financially: part of it will be paid by Turkey and part through a credit provided by Russia." "The first deliveries are likely to begin at the end of 2019, beginning of 2020," Kozhin was reported as saying by Russian news agencies. Russia's President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan had discussed the deal during Putin's visit to Ankara last week. The agreement to purchase the latest Russian surface-to-air missile defence batteries is Turkey's most significant deal with a non-NATO military supplier and comes amid strained relations between Ankara and several Western countries. The deal has been valued at about $2 billion according to reports. Turkey's decision to buy the Russian system has raised eyebrows of other NATO members, with the Pentagon saying previously that "generally it´s a good idea" to buy equipment that is inter-operable with the military alliance´s other systems. Besides Turkey, Russia is also in talks to sell the system to Saudi Arabia, with Kozhin saying Thursday that both sides were aiming to finalise the remaining issues on that contract before the end of the year.
  18. This NASA FILE photo shows an artist's rendition of the Kepler space telescope. MIAMI: A solar system with as many planets as our own has been discovered with the help of NASA?s Kepler space telescope and artificial intelligence, the US space agency said Thursday. "Our solar system now is tied for most number of planets around a single star," NASA said in a statement. However, none of the planets are expected to be hospitable to life. The eight-planet system -- the largest known outside of ours -- orbits a star called Kepler 90 some 2,545 light-years away. "The Kepler-90 star system is like a mini version of our solar system," said Andrew Vanderburg, an astronomer at the University of Texas at Austin. "You have small planets inside and big planets outside, but everything is scrunched in much closer." The newly identified planet, Kepler-90i, is a rocky planet like Earth, but orbits its star once every 14.4 days, meaning a full year there is the same as two weeks on Earth. "Kepler-90i is not a place I?d like to go visit, though," said Vanderburg. "Its surface is likely far too hot." NASA calculated its average temperature at about 800 degrees Fahrenheit (426 Celsius) -- as hot as Mercury, the closest planet to the Sun. Artificial intelligence Scientists found it by using machine learning from Google. The process involved teaching a computer to scan a trove of 35,000 possible planetary signals collected from NASA?s Kepler space telescope for search for signs of planetary transits. Transits are the dimming of light when planets pass in front of a star. The Kepler space telescope launched in 2009, and has scanned some 150,000 stars. Astronomers have already confirmed the existence of some 2,500 far-away worlds using Kepler data. "I became interested in applying neural networks to astronomy when I learned that the Kepler mission had collected so much data that it was impossible for scientists to examine it all manually," said Christopher Shallue, a senior software engineer with Google?s research team. "Instead scientists selected the strongest signals, which are the most likely to be actual planets, to receive the most attention." Shallue likened this process to "looking for a needle in a haystack." "Machine learning really shines when there is too much data for humans to examine for themselves." More planets are expected to be found, because researchers plan to apply their neural network to Kepler?s full set of more than 150,000 stars. "There is a lot of unexplored real estate in the Kepler 90 system," said Vanderburg. "It would almost be surprising to me if there weren?t any more planets in around that star." One day, artificial intelligence might even be used to search specifically for more Earth-like planets, which have proven difficult to pin down. "For the first time since our solar system planets were discovered thousands of years ago, we know for sure that the solar system is not the sole record holder for the most planets, and we have just scratched the surface," Vanderburg added. "Maybe there are systems out there with so many planets that they make our eight-planet solar system seem ordinary." The findings are published in The Astronomical Journal.
  19. As human beings, we are aware that procrastination is in our genes and we do not want to change until & unless something starts biting our toes. We do not care about it until nature shows us what it is capable of doing. The fact that we are downright lazy and practically resistant to change is something that needs to be addressed. Even when it comes to education. Our education system has remained the same it was a century ago. Everything has advanced but we are still sending our children to the 'factory model of education' which no longer syncs with the requirements of the modern world we live in. Industrialization was an era where mass production was the deal for which an army of trained people were being prepared in the self-interest of the ones in power. As a result, we have been brainwashed into believing that there is no better system of education for our children. Again, thanks to our habit of procrastination, we do not even care anymore. © PROPEL STEPS As a consequence, dropping out from college has become the need of the hour for youngsters these days. After all, who wants to waste away in an outdated system which only results in negative employment? But some men dare to change and challenge the system one at a time and what's a better place to start other than your own home and that's what hopefully Elon Musk is doing. © thesocialbrigde Almost 4-years-ago, the iconic engineer and inventor Elon Musk pulled his kids out their prestigious private school and launched the secretive Ad Astra School. In an interview in 2015 Musk shared his thoughts on his school, "There aren't any grades. It makes more sense to cater the education to match their aptitudes and abilities." Since then he hasn't spoken about the topic, but recently, Peter Diamandis, chairman of the X Prize Foundation, toured Ad Astra, and shared his thoughts about the school. Also, there is no public website for the school! This is what one of the discussions between the students and teachers at the private school look like: "Here's an example of the sort of gameplay/roleplay that I heard about at Ad Astra that might be implemented in a module on morals and ethics. Imagine a small town on a lake, in which the majority of the town is employed by a single factory. But that factory has been polluting the lake and killing all the life. What do you do? It's posed that shutting down the factory would mean that everyone loses their jobs. On the other hand, keeping the factory open means the lake is destroyed and the lake dies. This kind of regular and routine conversation/gameplay allows the children to see the world in a critically important fashion." © ResearchGate Diamandis told Huffington Post, "One element that is persistent in that small school of 31 kids is the conversation about ethics and morals, a conversation manifested by debating real-world scenarios that our kids may one day face." Isn't that a fair education system? Now, if you are interested in exploring more about the history of education, then here is a video explaining the same.
  20. ISLAMABAD: The smog blanketing large parts of Punjab is not only affecting the air people breath but is also affecting power distribution. A statement released by the power division stated that the National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC) on Friday acted to save different cities of the country from a blackout after 200 and 500KV grid stations were affected by smog. The thick fog blanketing areas of Punjab is proving to be a challenge for the transmission system, added the Power Division statement. Four nuclear power plants, Chashma I-IV, have been shut down in addition to four other power plants producing 4,250mw of electricity. Due to various power plants being shut down, there is a likelihood of load-shedding increasing in the country. An emergency plan will be put into action to deal with the issues faced by power division, added the statement. Residents of various parts of Punjab continue to face health and commutation problems as smog engulfs most parts of the province, including province's capital Lahore. What is smog? Smog, also known as ground-level ozone, is a thick yellowish black fog which suspends in the air. It is caused when air pollution, emissions and fumes combine with fog and sunlight, forming a thick layer of smoke-like film in the atmosphere. According to experts, emissions from industries and vehicles and cutting of trees worsen the phenomenon. Smog continues to choke Punjab As many as 12 people have been injured in a traffic accident involving a tractor trolly due to smog at Vehari The Met Office has released a weather warning describing the smog ? comprising nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide and other aerosols ? as a result of cold high pressure in the upper atmosphere. Suspended matter accumulates in the lower atmosphere, colliding with water vapour which causes a chain reaction that produces smog. People may experience short-term skin and respiratory conditions such as eye irritation, coughing, throat/chest irritation and skin irritation as a result of smog. Health experts recommend artificial tears for eyes as one way of dealing with smog. The public is also advised to adopt preventative measures such as avoiding the outdoors and using face masks when going out, especially young children, elderly and patients.
  21. There is no doubt in my mind that the Pixel 2 XL is a great smartphone. I've been using it for a week and I have not faced a single issue. Having said that, the smartphone has been plagued with a few issues since launch, such as the troublesome OLED display. However, a new problem has been discovered by a Reddit user who claims he received a Pixel 2 XL that did not even have an operating system installed. Something is missing here.. Pixel 2 XL Basically, this is a smartphone from the production line that may have missed the stage where the operating system is installed. This is not the first time a fiasco like this has occurred with the Pixel smartphone. If you do a simple a Google search, you can find one other person who has faced a similar problem. The Pixel 2 XL is not available in India until November 15th and there is no way to say whether this problem might be present in some Indian variants as well. © BCCL The user who suffered the problem went on to add that Google is replacing the device and has been compensated with a Google Play Gift Card. Google is also expediting the shipping of the replacement phone to reduce any inconvenience caused. © BCCL Google has not commented on whether this is a one-off problem or an endemic issue with the Pixel 2 smartphones. Needless to say, Google has to step up their quality control game in order to avoid a PR disaster in the near future that may affect sales. As for this little incident, let us hope that Google puts more work in ensuring that its Pixel 2 XL comes with an OS before it ships out to the owner. Source: 9to5Google
  22. LAHORE: Pakistan People's Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari Monday said the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is bent on "destroying the entire system of the country." Speaking to party members at Bilawal House, the former president said there could be no contact with the ruling party under present circumstances, let alone a meeting. He added that he could not even speak to Nawaz Sharif on phone. "Our reconciliation policy was meant for democracy, not for Nawaz Sharif," he said, adding that they had decided to stand against the "evils" of the ousted premier. "People's Party laid sacrifices for democracy, but the PML-N is wasting those sacrifices by harming democracy in the state," Zardari said. "Nawaz-league is negating democracy by confronting institutions." The PPP co-chairman said they even faced false cases in the courts and the PML-N should also do that. "Instead of facing cases, Nawaz-league has resorted to intimidation; Nawaz Sharif is fighting the courts instead of fighting cases." He alleged that for saving himself, Nawaz wants to fail democracy and judiciary. The former president said the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was also their brainchild, but the PML-N today wants to take its credit. "The plan of a barter system with China, Turkey and Iran was also ours, but it was not allowed to progress," he added.
  23. Apple Inc?s newest operating system for iPhones and iPads introduces changes to its marketplace for third-party software to satisfy app developers and add new so-called augmented reality apps. The system, called iOS 11, is being released on Tuesday ahead of its two newest phone handsets, the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, set to start shipping to customers on Friday and Nov. 3, respectively. The most visible changes will come to App Store. The App Store is the backbone of Apple?s services segment, which brought in $21.5 billion in revenue in the past nine months, a 19 percent increase over the previous year and a bright spot as overall sales grew only 5 percent. The store has been redesigned to give app developers more space for images and text to describe their software. Developers have long grumbled that their software is hard to find in Apple?s store unless users type in the precise name of the app or follow a link to it. ?The redesign make it much cleaner and speaks to the pain point of the store: You had so many apps that if you didn?t know exactly what you were looking for, it was really hard to find anything,? said Carolina Milanesi, an analyst with Creative Strategies. The new store also gives prominent display to games. Games are expected to make up 75 percent of all revenue for Apple?s App Store, according to App Annie, which collects and analyzes market data on mobile apps. Most of that revenue comes in the form of so-called in-app purchases, where gamers make purchases of tokens, gems and other digital items to unlock new parts of the game. ?It?s really the gift that keep on giving from the developer perspective,? Milanesi said. But perhaps the biggest change in iOS 11 will the debut of augmented reality apps, or AR, in which digital images float over the real word. Apple has made much of those a capabilities, but an ostensibly minor feature may help AR apps spread: Screen recording. In testing, Adam Debreczeni, maker of an app that lets users see a three-dimensional map of a fitness activity like a bicycle ride or run they?ve gone on, was surprised at how enthusiastically users took to sharing screen recordings of AR apps like his. ?I think that?s going to help AR games go viral and get better distribution,? he said.
  24. US President Donald Trump stops to answer reporters' questions as he and First Lady Melania Trump depart for a weekend retreat with his cabinet at Camp David from the White House, Washington, US, September 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst A former top security official ? who helped put in place a program protecting people brought to the United States illegally as children ? is suing the Trump White House as head of the University of California system over plans to roll back the policy. Janet Napolitano ? the former US Secretary of Homeland Security under President Barack Obama ? said in a lawsuit filed on Friday that ended the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program violates the due process of about 800,000 beneficiaries, known as ?dreamers,? who were granted permits that protected them from deportation. ?The University has constitutionally-protected interests in the multiple educational benefits that flow from a diverse student body,? the lawsuit in US District Court in Northern California said. ?If these students leave the University before completing their education, UC will lose the benefits it derives from their contributions, as well as the value of the time and money it invested in these students.? The lawsuit also argues Trump did not follow the proper procedures needed to cancel a program of this magnitude. California has more DACA recipients than any other state, many are in their 20s and are current students. ?They?ve grown up here, they?ve gotten their educations here, many of them don?t even speak the language of the country to which they would be deported if this decision were allowed to stand,? Napolitano said on a call with reporters. The legal challenge comes on top of a separate lawsuit filed earlier in the week by 16 Democratic Attorneys General saying the president?s decision to end the program was based in part on racial animus towards Mexicans, who are the largest beneficiaries. Department of Justice spokesman Devin O?Malley gave the same comment about Napolitano?s lawsuit as he did in response to the lawsuit by the states. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in announcing his decision to end the program said it was ?inconsistent with the Constitution?s separation of powers.? Obama enacted DACA through an executive action implemented by the Department of Homeland Security after Congress failed to pass legislation. ?While the plaintiffs in today?s lawsuit may believe that an arbitrary circumvention of Congress is lawful, the Department of Justice looks forward to defending this Administration?s position,? O?Malley said in a statement. Trump, who delayed the end of the program until March 5, shifted responsibility to a Congress controlled by his fellow Republicans, saying it was now up to lawmakers to pass immigration legislation that could address the fate of those protected by DACA. Trump?s move was criticized by business and religious leaders, mayors, governors, Democratic lawmakers, unions and civil liberties advocates. Legal experts have said that court challenges to Trump?s actions could face an uphill battle since the president typically has wide authority when it comes to implementing immigration policy.
  25. SUKKUR: Opposition Leader Syed Khursheed Shah commenting on IG Sindh AD Khawaja's case on Friday said that if the courts started exercising government's authority then this would affect the system. Speaking to media here, Shah said that courts can direct, but not dictate [the executive]. "The matter of IG Sindh is related to governance and it creates problems if the courts start using administrative powers." He said the courts can work remaining within their ambit. In April, the Sindh government had removed the IG and replaced him with an officer already posted in the province. The Sindh government did not take the federal government on board and appointed another officer without waiting for the Establishment Division to appoint a new police chief. Sindh IG AD Khawaja to continue on post, rules SHC IG AD Khawaja had been removed by the provincial govt earlier this year Pakistan Institute of Labour, Education and Research head Karamat Ali and singer/activist Shahzad Roy filed petitions in the Sindh High Court (SHC) against the verdict, after which the court stayed Khawaja's removal as IG Sindh. On Thursday, the SHC annulled the provincial government's order removing Khawaja and ordered that he will continue on his post until completion of his due term. The opposition leader said there is same situation in Punjab on the basis of which there have been reservations on Sindh administration, adding, "Courts should give similar verdicts everywhere". Commenting on Panama case, he said Nawaz Sharif succeeded whenever he acted on his advice, but in this case the former premier did not, which led him to this point.