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  1. A security official stands guard at the Constitution Avenue in Islamabad in 2009. Photo: AP ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar took suo motu notice of the closure of a road in Aabpara area of the city on the pretext of security. The notice was taken while the Supreme Court was hearing cases related to the Capital Development Authority (CDA) and other issues. "We will not allow the barricading of roads on the pretext of security," the chief justice remarked. The court inquired from the CDA chairman as to who closed the road and when. The CDA chairman, who was present in court, said similar closures in front of hotels in the capital have been removed. The chief justice also summoned report from the CDA chairman tomorrow. SC orders removal of security barricades outside Sharifs' residences, other sites Appearing in court today, Punjab CM Shehbaz Sharif assured CJP to submit plan in three weeks to deal with water contamination as SC heard suo motu cases on public welfare issues During the hearing, when a counsel of one of the petitioners informed the chief justice that cantonment areas in Rawalpindi face a similar situation, he remarked that a request should be submitted in this regard and the court will have those routes opened too. Chief Justice Nisar observed that the law is equal for all. The adjoining roads around the headquarters of the country's premier intelligence agency, located in Aabpara, have been closed off to the public as a security measure. On February 11, Chief Justice Nisar had ordered the removal of security barricades from several key sites in Lahore, including the residences of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif. SC orders immediate removal of barriers outside Hamza Shehbaz's Lahore residence CJP remarks in case there are genuine security threats to the PML-N MNA, he can shift his residence The court also ordered the authorities to remove barricades outside Nawaz's Jati Umra residence, Shehbaz's Model Town residence and office, Governor House, Aiwan-e-Iqbal, the residence and seminary ? Jamia Al Qadsia ? of Jamaatud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed, residence of late Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, Qilla Gujjar Singh Police Station, passport office and other sites. Earlier, on January 21, the chief justice had ordered authorities on Sunday to immediately remove all barriers outside the house of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz MNA Hamza Shehbaz, the son of the Punjab chief minister. The court was hearing a suo motu notice on security barriers encroaching into public space.
  2. CJP Justice Saqib Nisar. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar took on Tuesday notice of distribution of development funds among lawmakers of the ruling party and its allies. While presiding over a separate case, the chief justice remarked that the court is hearing reports that development funds are being doled out by the government. He questioned whether giving funds worth millions so close to the general elections qualifies as pre-poll rigging, He added that under what law are the funds being distributed to lawmakers. The court then directed the additional attorney general to inform it of the legality of the move after consulting the government. At a public rally in Chitral in November last year, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan had alleged that Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had given Rs94 billion to MNAs of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.
  3. Protests had erupted across the country after the brutal incident came to light. Photo: File LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) has summoned the record of the trial court which convicted and sentenced to death Imran Ali for the brutal rape and murder of seven-year-old Zainab last month. On February 17, the anti-terrorism court (ATC) hearing the high-profile case sentenced Imran to death four times. Appealing against the ATC verdict, Imran claimed innocence before the LHC and pleaded for the verdict to be declared null and void. Hearing the appeal on Monday, a division bench comprising Justice Shahram Sarwar Chaudhry and Justice Sadaqat Ali Khan summoned the case record tomorrow. JusticeForZainab: A timeline, from her abduction till the verdict Imran Ali Naqshbandi, who raped and murdered 7-year-old Zainab has been sentenced to death In the appeal, submitted to the LHC by the jail administration, Imran has said that the ATC rushed the proceedings and failed to adhere to legal formalities. He has pleaded that the ATC order be set aside. Seven-year-old Zainab was kidnapped from near her aunt?s house in Kasur on January 4 and was found dead in a garbage heap five days later. On January 23, the authorities claimed to have nabbed Imran, said to be a serial killer involved in other such crimes, through a DNA match. High-profile case The ATC conducted the trial inside the Kot Lakhpat Jail and concluded proceedings a week after the suspect's indictment, as per the orders of the Lahore High Court. Claiming innocence, Imran challenges Zainab murder case conviction Imran Ali was given four death sentences on Feb 17 in high-profile rape and murder case Imran was sentenced to death for kidnapping, rape, murder and under Section 7-ATA. Additionally, for performing an unnatural act with a minor he was sentenced to life imprisonment along with a fine of Rs1 million and for desecrating human remains by dumping Zainab's body in the garbage he was sentenced to seven years, the Punjab Prosecutor General Ehtesham Qadir had informed the media. The court had recorded witnesses of several individuals, including Zainab?s uncle and brother. The prosecution had also used the forensic report establishing a DNA match and a polygraph test against Imran. Moreover, Imran had confessed to his crime in court on the day of his indictment.
  4. Photo: Geo News screengrab ISLAMABAD: Pakistan?s first-ever Thari Hindu woman to be elected to the Senate arrived on Monday to take the oath along with her parents. ?I?m feeling very proud,? Krishna Kohli said while speaking to Geo News. Kohli was dressed in bright traditional Thari clothes complete with white bangles up to her shoulders. From Thar to Senate, Krishna Kohli recalls tough journey The 39-year-old was tied to bonded labour for two years when she was in grade two ?I?ll try to bring my community to the forefront,? the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader from a village in Tharparkar added. While thanking PPP and party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari for giving her a seat she asserted, ?For the first time in history someone from my community has been selected.? She is is the first-ever senator from a scheduled caste. Newly-elected senators take oath; chairman, deputy to be elected later today 51 of 52 newly-elected senators first took oath after which elections for chairman, deputy chairman will be held The Senate session began a little after 10am today. The first order of business was the administering of oath to the newly-elected 52 senators by presiding officer Senator Sardar Yaqub Khan. Later in the day, the election, via secret ballot, for the chairman and deputy chairman of Senate will be held. Representatives of political parties have taken the nomination papers, which will be submitted later in the day.
  5. The Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar. Photo: Geo News file LAHORE: Supreme Court's Lahore Registry on Saturday ordered the chief secretary of Punjab to submit a detailed report on the chief minister's use of taxpayers' money for self-publicity. "Why is the Punjab CM's picture being printed on laptops purchased with the taxpayers' money," commented Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar during the hearing of the province's laptop scheme. The apex court had taken a suo motu notice of the printing of Shehbaz's pictures on the laptops distributed under the provincial government's scheme. Justice Nisar expressed his annoyance at political parties utilising public money for their publicity campaigns. "Why do the pictures of Punjab CM surface everywhere...even date sheets have Shehbaz's pictures printed on them," he said. "Government officials are using the money of a nation burdened by debts for self-publicity." The CJP warned the government officials to mend their ways while they still have time. "The court is deeply concerned and apprehensive about the increasing national debt," said Justice Nisar. The hearing was adjourned after the CJP ordered the province's chief secretary to submit a detailed report on the matter, including the total expense incurred on the laptop scheme.
  6. Major Gen (retd) Shahida Malik Pakistan?s first female two-star general, Major General (retd) Shahida Malik spoke with Geo Pakistan about rising through the army ranks. Malik, who was promoted as a major general in the army's medical corps in 2002, said in the army, only merit and not one's gender is considered important. In response to a question, she said women have to work hard, adding that professional women should also give a priority to their homes. "Throughout life one faces difficulties from male colleagues," she said in response to a question, adding that women in the workforce should be upright and professional. Narrating her story, Gen (retd) Malik said no one, including her, could have imagined that she would be promoted to a two-star general but it happened. Highlighting ways to deal with male colleagues who become stumbling blocks in one's profession and suffer from professional jealousy, the former two-star general says women should first ignore them and if they do not stop then "stand up, answer them, and set boundaries". Army chief pays tribute to 'great Pakistani women' Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Thursday that the "great Pakistani women have a role and responsibility towards progress of Pakistan". The message was shared by Pakistan Army spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor on Twitter on account of the International Women's Day. In the message, the army chief was quoted saying: We are proud of role and contributions of our women in uniform, back home and especially the ones who belong to martyrs? families. The great Pakistani women have a role and responsibility towards progress of Pakistan. A video was also shared by Maj Gen Ghafoor which paid tribute to the women of Pakistan.
  7. Photo: Instagram The world?s first computer-generated model is taking the Internet be storm. Celebrity photographer Cameron-James Wilson has created a digital persona called Shudu Gram, which he has dubbed as the ?world?s first digital supermodel?, according to the Independent. Although the 28-year-old British photographer based in London made an Instagram account for Shudu in April last year, he only recently revealed she was entirely computer- generated. Shudu?s current 40,500 followers were previously under the impression that she was a real person. After Rihanna?s cosmetics company, Fenty Beauty, shared a photo of Shudu on their Instagram account that showed her wearing a shade of the makeup line?s lipstick, Wilson shared that he produced her digitally. Wilson who has made a name for himself as a beauty, fashion and celebrity photographer taught himself how to create three-dimensional art online, which is how Shudu was created. Speaking to journalist Isiuwa Igodan, Wilson said he has always enjoyed drawing women and that Shudu initially began as a creative project without any 'purpose'. He said the model is an embodiment of all of his passions. ?The point is really that I'm doing something I love,? he said. ?I love technology, Sci-fi films, gaming, CGI movies like Final Fantasy, Shudu is just everything I?m passionate about brought together. She embodies the best parts of the things that inspire me,? the 28-year-old added. Responding to criticism as to why he chose to digitally produce a model with darker skin, as opposed to photographing a black model in real life, Wilson said, ?I get many comments saying that her beauty is ?rare? but she represents and is inspired by a whole continent of beautiful women.? ?To me she?s special, yes, but as are millions of real-life African men and women. She?s a fantasy trying to break through into reality and I have plans to help her do so," he further said.
  8. Shaolin monks train under a rigid discipline and are supposed to master 72 Shaolin Secret Arts as part of their training. From walking on water (with planks) to breaking bricks with their skulls, there's probably nothing a Shaolin monk cannot do. Exceptionally agile and strong, Shaolin monks are reminders that the human body and mind can do the impossible, if stretched to their limits. © Youtube_Tomo NEws Sci and tech The Slow Mo guys, whose slow motion videos we've all watched with sheer fascination and awe, are back and this time they got Shaolin monks to shatter glass with a needle. If you thought that happens only in movies, you were wrong. Shattering glass with a point-sized needle is actually one of the 72 Shaolin Secret Arts and it can take 10 years for a monk to master this skill. © Youtube_The Slow Mo Guys As one monk holds the sheet of glass with a balloon behind it, another monk aims a needle at it and you can see the sheer force with which he hurls the needle. By the time you finish thinking it's an impossible task, he has already shattered the glass and the needle has pricked the balloon. It's so unbelievable you'd find yourself watching the slo-mo video again and again.
  9. Photo: AFP DOUMA: A humanitarian "pause" announced by Russia in Syria?s deadly bombardment of Eastern Ghouta took effect Tuesday, offering a short window for the enclave?s traumatised residents to emerge from their basements. The daily five-hour respite, which began at 9:00 am (0700 GMT), was announced by Russia under pressure from international powers anxious to stop more than a week of air strikes, artillery fire and rockets that killed more than 500 people. Moscow said it would allow some of the nearly 400,000 people living in the rebel-held area to leave the battered enclave through safe corridors. Russia hinted regime forces had not ruled out targeting certain areas or groups. Rocket fire was reported at least once after the start of the truce but no major breaches were immediately recorded. A spokesman for the UN?s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Geneva said it was not yet clear when aid could be sent in. "We cannot send people on a convoy in any area on the promises of whomever. We have to see a ceasefire actually taking place on the ground" before aid trucks can be deployed, Jens Laerke told AFP. The "pause" falls short of the month-long ceasefire the United Nations had supported in a bid to stop one of the bloodiest assaults in Syria?s seven-year-old conflict. "Five hours is better than no hours, but we would like to see an end to all hostilities extended by 30 days, as stipulated by the Security Council," UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group, more than 550 civilians ? almost a quarter of them children ? were killed in nine days of bombardment. Air strikes, barrel bombs dropped by regime aircraft and heavy artillery shelling have turned several towns in Eastern Ghouta into fields of ruins. Rockets and shells fired from the enclave -- which lies within mortar range of central Damascus -- have also claimed around 20 lives in regime-controlled areas in recent days. ?Truce is a farce? Residents in the enclave were relieved to have some respite from the bombs that have rained on their homes since February 18, but many remained defiant and reluctant to leave the enclave. Some residents left the basements they had been cowering in for days to check on their property and buy food despite skyrocketing prices in the enclave, besieged since 2013. "This Russian truce is a farce. Russia is killing us and bombing us every day," said Samer al-Buaidhani, a 25-year-old resident of Douma, which is the main town in Eastern Ghouta. "I don?t believe it?s safe for me or my family to leave by this system," he told AFP, when asked about the Russian pledge to open humanitarian corridors. A statement by Russia?s Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria said the decision to enforce a "humanitarian pause" was made jointly with Damascus. "The Syrian government forces will cease combat actions against terrorists during this pause," it said, adding however that the measure was effective only in certain areas of Eastern Ghouta. "The required number of buses and ambulance cars has been prepared" at a checkpoint to evacuate the sick and wounded, said the statement by the centre, a Russian body monitoring humanitarian efforts and peace initiatives in Syria. According to the United Nations more than 700 people need urgent medical evacuation from Eastern Ghouta. Syrian state television aired live footage of the checkpoint area but no civilians could be seen boarding the waiting buses. In Hammuriyeh, another town in the sprawling semi-rural enclave, Mohammed Abdullah said the pause left civilians with a choice between two evils. "The truce is not in the people?s interest, we have two options: death or displacement," said the 30-year-old. "The campaign we were targeted with was an extermination campaign, not a simple bombardment. What we want is a full and permanent ceasefire for all of Ghouta," he said. The scenario put in place by the regime and its Russian ally was reminiscent of the deal that saw civilians bused out of the northern city of Aleppo in late 2016.
  10. Brought up by his Indian-born father with the ambition to represent England, Nasser Hussain's desire to excel in the gentleman's game despite many frailties eventually saw him earn plaudits, not only as a batsman, but also as a captain. His success was a triumph of willpower over several technical deficiencies including a dominant bottom hand and unorthodox leg and head positions which often led him to lean back in the drive. One of the most iconic captains of his generation, Hussain, today, is respected across the globe for his know-how of the game. While his mesmerising voice has become sweet music to the ears of cricket fans, his analysis of the game gives insight to many so-called pundits of the sport. For a man who has earned the respect of fans over the years, Hussain, unwillingly, became the butt of all jokes after England wicket-keeper Jos Buttler shared a bizarre photo of the former England captain on social media. Does anyone recognise this former England captain? @WardyShorts @BumbleCricket pic.twitter.com/upIZ7KmIl4 — Jos Buttler (@josbuttler) February 26, 2018 Taking to Twitter, Buttler posted the picture of Hussain who was seen wearing just a towel. The photo also carried a caption where Buttler poked fun at Hussain by asking the fans: "Does anyone recognise this former England captain?". Soon, the photo went viral and many fans including Alan Wilkins got confused whether the man in the picture was actually Hussain or Russian president, Vladimir Putin. Isn't that Vladimir Putin? — Alan Wilkins (@alanwilkins22) February 26, 2018 Is he asking for middle and off? Just glad we can't see middle stump ð® — Stu Bateson (@stubateson) February 26, 2018 ð Nasser Hussain or Russian President ð — PV (@DirPrasanna) February 26, 2018 Jhonny Sins Spotted... — Deepak Sharma (@Imdeepak_s) February 26, 2018 It's Nasser Putin — Jenkins Sahayam (@JenkinsSahayam) February 26, 2018 Vladamir Putin or Nasser Hussain I'm confused @josbuttler ðððð — Hemanth virat (@hemvirat) February 26, 2018 Thank heaven for towels! ð pic.twitter.com/ybU02zu8mE — Sean Brookes (@53BFC53) February 26, 2018 Indian Lungi Dance ðð........Buttler — Ratan Khatik (@RatanKhatik19) February 27, 2018
  11. Users can view the film by downloading a free app onto their smartphone, which they then insert into an inexpensive virtual reality headset-Reuters HINDHEAD, ENGLAND: For 93-year-old Daphne Padfield, a dementia sufferer in an English care home, the arrival of a virtual reality (VR) headset offered a window back to the day in 1953 when Britain crowned its new queen. ?Those things don?t happen too often, so we were very privileged that day,? said Padfield, casting her mind back to the coronation. The VR film she watched is the work of a project called The Wayback, designed to trigger memories and emotions in people with dementia and help them re-engage with relatives and carers. The first film in a planned series saw filmmakers and a 170-strong volunteer cast recreate a street party held to celebrate Queen Elizabeth?s coronation on June 2, 1953. Users can view the film by downloading a free app onto their smartphone, which they then insert into an inexpensive virtual reality headset. ?It was born of frustration, really. I wished there?d been something around at that time that would have helped me and my family through a difficult period,? said co-creator Andy Garnett, who lost a family member who suffered from dementia. ?Using VR just seemed like a really interesting way to perhaps create a memory ...and spark a bigger conversation.? Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by strokes or diseases such as Alzheimer?s. People with dementia can suffer from memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. There are over 850,000 people living with some form of dementia in Britain, with that number estimated to rise to one million by 2025, according to the Alzheimer?s Society, a charity. At Langham Court Dementia Home in Surrey, The Wayback has been introduced for relatives and carers to use with some residents. Sarah Chapman, a director at the home, told Reuters that the film evoked detailed recollections in those who viewed it. ?It was just amazing to see them so happy,? she said. A senior researcher at a British dementia charity welcomed VR technology as a means of helping suffers, but cautioned the technology needed to be used with care. ?For instance, some people with dementia experience what are called misperceptions,? Dr Karen Harrison-Dening, head of research and publications at Dementia UK, told Reuters via email. ?...This can lead to confusion over which images are ?real? or not, and may prove unsettling for the person.? The filmmakers are planning their next work around England?s 1966 soccer World Cup victory celebrations, and also hope to expand the project to other countries.
  12. “Stunt itself is a very frightening word. When you talk about the stunt, when you talk about the action it's always about something risky. It's not a matter of pride for me to say that I don't have any fear or I don't feel scared, of course I feel scared, I'm a human being and to overcome those fears and be victorious is why I am in this field.” This is how Bollywood stuntman, Amritpal Singh describes his work in the film industry. Being an action hero in Bollywood is thoroughly demanding because whether it's jumping from one skyscraper to the next or a high-intensity action scene with the baddies, it's the stuntmen who risk their lives to film gravity-defying stunts. Amritpal Singh who hails from the Judo capital of the country, Gurdaspur in Punjab, is one of those kinds. He wasn't always into stunts but it's something that's in his blood. His father was a renowned actor duplicate who worked for none other than Amitabh Bachchan for a number of years. © MensXP “At one point Amit Ji's dupe was not available and my dad coincidentally was available at that time, so he worked as a duplicate for Mr. Amitabh Bachchan. That was the fortune that turned my father's way and after that, my father became Amitabh Bachchan's personal duplicate. Even though he was famous in our village at the time, I always thought that I was born on this earth to do something else, to do something great.” But destiny had other plans for Amritpal Singh. “Since I was in school, 9th standard or 10th standard, I was very keen on cricket. I used to watch cricket matches, I used to practice a lot. But my dad used to oppose me as he thought it was a waste of time. Finally, in 12th standard, I got the opportunity to play for the under 19's for my district. When I told my father he was very happy and I was also really happy that this is something that's working for me. But a week later my father passed away.” © MensXP After that, Amritpal Singh strayed away from cricket and started to focus on stunts and action. “My friend and my roommate told me to focus on action as he thought my education would help me make it big in this field. My mother, though, always used to tell me you should never go to Mumbai. She said that Mumbai took your father and it going to take you as well.” Stunt and action are almost like an art form for Singh. “When we have an action choreography of a particular sequence we go for a recce, we check out the location and we discuss the choreography and finally we do the rehearsals with our boys. It's not fake at that point and time; we practise as if it's a real situation.” © MensXP Although action is in his genes, Amritpal Singh doesn't take fitness in his profession lightly. It's one of the things that sets him apart from others as most of the actors in Bollywood today are fit and bulked. “I do weight training and at the same time make sure that I stay flexible as well. People get injured because they are stiff at the time of performing stunts.” He, however, does hope that the work environment for the stuntmen in the industry gets safer considering the current scenario. The stuntmen most of the times get around Rs. 4000 for an eight-hour shift and considering the dangers involved in the shoot it's nothing but peanuts. Breaking through glass screens and jumping off buildings comes easily for Amritpal now and it's not because of this that he's considered the toughest action figure in the action industry, it is because of his will to get better and be victorious at the end of the shoot that makes him a true hero, even if his shadow gets all the accolades in front of the camera. https://www.facebook.com/mensxp/videos/vl.762863327243128/2314215708604698/?type=1
  13. PARKLAND: Physically, Nicole Suarez is fine -- but she can´t sleep, and from now on, she´ll be afraid to go to school. Suarez and fellow students heard a "bap, bap, bap" before fleeing back into their classroom and squeezing against the wall to hide as a 19-year-old gunman began unleashing terror at her Florida high school. As shooter Nikolas Cruz carried out a bloody Valentine´s Day rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, a city some 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Miami, Suarez´s father begged her to text even a single letter, just so he would know she was okay. "There were about 40 kids in there with a teacher on top of a desk; everybody freaking out, calling their parents, calling police," she said. "We could hear the guy outside our door." "One teacher who died, he was in the classroom two doors from us when he got shot." In the morning the school had conducted a fire drill, and the school´s approximately 3,000 students had been told at the beginning of the year that a simulation shooting might be held. So maybe, they thought, it was a test. But shots and fearful cries from students told another story. From her locked-down classroom Suarez texted a chilling message to her parents: "Call the police there is a shooting at the school." "I love you," she added, after warning her parents not to call. ´Please answer me´ Her father replied with a string of texts that went unanswered: "Nicole are you okay?" "Please answer me." "Nicole where are you?" "Please just write me with something to know you´re okay." "Even if it´s just a letter." Her daughter is now safe at home in Coral Springs, a wealthy town near Parkland, but Suarez´s mother Mavy Rubiano recalled the "distressing" wait on Wednesday to hear from her daughter. "You send your child to school sure that she will be protected!" said Rubiano, a 47-year-old of Colombian origin. As her parents waited in anguish, Suarez felt her legs fall asleep, her circulation cut off from squatting as she hid from the heavily armed Cruz. "Obviously you´re going to feel fear," she said. "I´m 15 years old! You would never expect this." When a SWAT team found the group, she was one of the first evacuated. "Do not look. Just keep running -- do not stop running no matter what," an officer told her. But when she got into the hallway, Suarez saw the bodies: "I don´t know if they were alive or dead," she said. "But they looked pretty, like, stone cold to me." Finally, she met her father at a hotel near the school, where authorities had set up a meeting zone for parents and kids. "I didn´t cry the whole time," Suarez said. "Until you see your parents -- it´s a feeling, like, ´ahh.´" "It´s relief but sad," she said. "I didn´t even know whether to cry or to be happy -- because I was out."
  14. Staff dressed as flight attendants perform a safety demonstration at the ?First Airlines?, virtual first-class airline experience facility in Tokyo, Japan Feb 14, 2018. Photo: Reuters TOKYO: Fasten your seatbelts for a flight departing to Paris, and never leave the ground. That?s exactly what 12 passengers did at First Airlines in central Tokyo this week, where they relaxed in first and business-class seats and were served four-course dinners, before immersing themselves in 360-degree virtual reality (VR) tours of the City of Light?s sights. ?A real trip is a hassle to prepare for, and expensive, and takes time. So I think it is good that we can enjoy all this hassle-free?, said Takashi Sakano, 39, who was on his first VR trip, adding that he wanted to ?travel? to Rome next time. Staff dressed as flight attendants help guests to wear VR goggles at the ?First Airlines?, virtual first-class airline experience facility in Tokyo, Japan Feb 14, 2018. Photo: Reuters At 6,600 yen ($62), a fraction of the cost of an actual trip overseas, it?s easy to see why First Airline?s two-hour ?flights? to Paris, Rome, Hawaii and New York have been fully booked since the company opened in 2016. ?We have lots of elderly customers, who want to go overseas but are not able to easily, given their physical limitations?, Abe said, explaining that the majority of First Airlines? visitors are older Japanese from around the country. Abe added that domestic flights around Japan will be added soon, with meals highlighting the region?s cuisine.
  15. KARACHI: Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Tuesday took notice of Shahrukh Jatoi's transfer to Jinnah, the prime accused in the murder of Shahzeb Khan The CJP demanded a report on the matter from Inspector General of Police Sindh and IG prisons within 24 hours. It is pertinent to mention that Shahrukh Jatoi was shifted to Jinnah Hospital on Friday after complaining of back pain. He was shifted to the hospital from jail premises on Friday night upon the recommendation of the jail?s medical officer. The MO made the request citing unavailability of resources to tackle the ailment within jail premises. Jatoi had previously also served most of his incarceration at the JPMC citing medical issues. The Supreme Court had ordered the re-arrest of Jatoi, Siraj Talpur and other convicts in the Shahzeb Khan murder case. Following the order, Shahrukh Jatoi and others were taken into custody from the court premises. The apex court had been moved by members of the civil society against the Sindh High Court's (SHC) decision ordering a re-trial and removal of terrorism charges from the conviction against the accused. The apex court, instead of accepting the civil society appeal, took a sou motu action and nullified the SHC order. On December 23, 2017, Jatoi, the son of an influential feudal, and other defendants in the Shahzeb Khan murder case, were released from custody on bail after Shahzeb?s father submitted an affidavit in support of the defendant's bail application. Shahzeb was gunned down by Jatoi in a posh locality of Karachi on December 25, 2012. An ATC in 2013 had awarded death sentences to Jatoi and Siraj Talpur for the murder of Shahzeb, while life sentences were awarded to Sajjad Ali Talpur and Ghulam Murtaza Lashari.
  16. Barrister Farrogh Naseem. Photo: File KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan leader Barrister Farrogh Naseem said on Monday that there is no legal value of Dr Farooq Sattar-called general workers meeting because as per party's constitution Rabita Committee is the sole decision-making body. Barrister Naseem warned that as Dr Sattar is not party's leader anymore hence the MQM-P reserves the right to take legal action against him if he undertakes any unconstitutional measure. "Only a convener can call worker's meeting. Rabita Committee has relieved Sattar from his duties as convener," he said, "Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui has submitted a resolution to the ECP that he is now the new party chief and convener." MQM-Pakistan Rabita Committee removes Farooq Sattar as party convener 'Sattar changed party's constitution without bringing it into the knowledge of Rabita Committee' Naseem said that Sattar should refrain from doing any madness and should let the party work under law and constitution. He added that the Rabita Committee as the last measure took back powers from Dr Sattar. "Sattar should not ruin a party for a person. He should apologize to Rabita Committee so that he can be taken back in the party," he said. "Or he can make his own party and induct Saleem Shahzad. No one is going to accept MQM-Haqiqi leader or Shehzad." He said that the MQM-Pakistan will contest the election on the kite symbol. Meanwhile, the Election Commissioner Sindh and Senate election Returning Officer Yousuf Khattak said that other than Ahmad Chinoy all nominations from MQM-Pakistan have been accepted. He said that all the party nominations have come under the signature of Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, adding that the issues within MQM-P is its internal matter.
  17. A file photo of police in Multan. Photo: AFP LAHORE: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar took on Sunday a suo motu notice of extrajudicial police encounters in Punjab. The chief justice ordered the Inspector General of Police to submit a report in a week on the total encounters conducted in the province and the people killed. The notice was taken while the three-member bench of the Supreme Court was hearing the suo motu case on the provision of clean drinking water and removal of security barricades, among other public issues. Reacting to the suo motu notice, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry welcomed the development, saying that PTI Chairman Imran Khan had already demanded a judicial commission on encounters. Imran addresses Lodhran rally despite ECP warning, says Shehbaz using police to carry out extrajudicial killings Imran Khan addressed by the Lodhran by-poll rally despite an ECP warning He added that in Kasur District alone, 137 people have been killed by police in fake encounters. Speaking to a rally in Lodhran on Friday, Imran said Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif asks the police to carry out his "dirty work" and blamed him for asking the police to carry out extrajudicial killings. The PTI chief slammed Shehbaz for politicising police and said a number of extrajudicial killings occurred in his tenure as chief minister. CJP takes suo motu notice of Naqeebullah?s extrajudicial killing SSP Malir Rao Anwar claimed killing four terrorists, including Waziristan native Naqeebullah, in an encounter on Jan 13 Former policeman Abid "Boxer" in a statement had admitted that he carried out killings on the orders of Shehbaz, claimed Imran. The Supreme Court has already taken a suo motu notice of the extrajudicial killing of Naqeebullah Meshud, a Waziristan native who was gunned down in a fake police encounter in Karachi last month.
  18. US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan in Cancun, Mexico, June 20, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso/Files WASHINGTON: The United States could consider ending a suspension of security assistance to Pakistan if Islamabad takes ?decisive and sustained? actions against militant groups in the country, the State Department?s No. 2 official said on Tuesday. ?We may consider lifting the suspension when we see decisive and sustained actions to address our concerns, including targeting all terrorist groups operating within its territory, without distinction,? Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Sullivan, however, told the committee the Trump administration has so far seen no evidence that Pakistan has met its demands for a crackdown on extremist groups operating on Pakistani territory. The US government last month said it was suspending at least $900 million in security assistance to Pakistan until it takes action against the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network militant groups. Pakistan has long rejected accusations that it fails to tackle militants battling the government in neighbouring Afghanistan and US-led foreign forces there, from sanctuaries on its side of the border. After Washington announced the aid suspension, Pakistan criticized what it called ?shifting goalposts? and said the move was counter-productive.
  19. Shah Rukh Khan in Zero teaser Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif seem to be having the time of their lives on the sets of their upcoming film ?Zero?. The star trio recently went around the city of Mumbai in a rickshaw ride, and shared a snap from their adventure on social media. ?Best memories begin with insane ideas...Girls taking me along for a ride called #Zero @aanandlrai #Katrina @AnushkaSharma,? tweeted Shah Rukh Khan. ?The best ride in town with these two!..? Anushka shared. Anand L. Rai's Zero is set to release on December 21, 2018. A teaser of the film released at the start of the year showed Shah Rukh as a vertically-challenged man who seems to be fond of Bollywood. The short video sparked immense interest in a matter of hours and started trending on social media.
  20. The Supreme Court of Pakistan ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Thursday took suo motu notice of funds deposited in foreign bank accounts and foreign assets held by Pakistani citizens. Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP), Justice Mian Saqib Nisar remarked that many Pakistanis in positions of power hold accounts in foreign banks and have been looting the country?s money and transferring it abroad through illegal channels. The CJP observed that the money looted and deposited in overseas bank accounts is a national asset and has to be brought back to Pakistan. The Supreme Court directed the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) and the Securities and Exchange Commission to submit details of all such wealth stored abroad by Pakistanis. The SBP, Intelligence Bureau, Inter-Services Intelligence, Military Intelligence and Federal Investigation Agency should share their information with the court, the chief justice instructed.
  21. Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga of the National Super Alliance (NASA) holds a bible as he takes a symbolic presidential oath of office in Nairobi, Kenya January 30, 2018. REUTERS NAIROBI: Kenyan authorities shut television and radio stations on Tuesday as supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga watched him take a symbolic presidential oath on the Bible in a Nairobi park in a direct challenge to President Uhuru Kenyatta. The government responded by declaring the ?National Resistance Movement? - a loose grouping led by Odinga and other opposition lawmakers - a criminal group, paving the way for potential arrests. So far, the movement?s major achievement has been leading a largely-ignored boycott of some products whose owners it says are aligned with government interests. Odinga?s supporters say he is Kenya?s legitimate leader and Kenyatta?s election was neither free nor fair. Kenyatta?s victory in August was annulled by the Supreme Court over irregularities, but he then won a re-run, which Odinga boycotted over a failure to revamp the electoral commission. Kenyatta was sworn in for a second term in November and state institutions report to him. ?I, Raila Omolo Odinga, do swear that I will protect the nation as people?s president, so help me God,? Odinga said to the cheers of more than 15,000 people in Uhuru Park, next to Nairobi?s main business district. During a speech lasting less than five minutes, Odinga declined to give details of his plans and said they would be disclosed in ?due course?. In a possible sign of division within the opposition alliance, Odinga?s vice presidential candidate and two other senior leaders were absent. Odinga said the vice president would be sworn in at a later date. The attorney-general had warned that Odinga could be charged with treason if the event went ahead - an offense that can carry the death penalty. As people assembled, authorities forced independent television and radio stations reporting on the gathering off air, several outlets said - the most widespread censorship for a decade.
  22. ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Tuesday took suo motu notice of the murder of a medical student in Kohat. Aasma Rani, a third-year medical student was killed in her hometown of Kohat after she refused a marriage proposal. The victim?s family claims she was shot dead by the prime suspect Mujahid Afridi who fled the country to Saudi Arabia on Monday. The chief justice has summoned a report from the Inspector General Police Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Salahuddin Mehsud within 24 hours. Chief Justice Nisar remarked while hearing a separate case on Tuesday that the suspect is said to be a relative of a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader. The chief justice questioned how the suspect was able to flee the country. Kohat police arrest accomplice in Aasma Rani murder case Interpol's help to be sought for arresting the primary accused, who has fled to Saudi Arabia Earlier on Tuesday, DPO Kohat announced that Sadiqullah, the brother of primary accused Mujahidullah, who was present at the time of the shooting had been arrested. Rani?s family has alleged that Mujahid Afridi had issued threats to her in the past. In a disturbing video made just before her passing, Aasma named Mujahid as her killer. On January 27, Mujahid, who the victim's family claims is the nephew of PTI district president Aftab Alam, along with his brother, Sadiqullah Afridi, was waiting outside Aasma?s residence. The suspect shot her thrice after she stepped out of a rickshaw with her sister-in-law. Aasma succumbed to her wounds a day later. PTI's Aftab Alam, in a video statement, condemned the murder and said he was as sorrowful as the victim's family. The PTI district president added that Aasma?s murderers will be brought to justice.
  23. ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court will take up today several petitions by legislators disqualified for violating Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution. The larger bench which will take up the matter comprises Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Sajjad Ali Shah. Article 62(1)(f) reads: "A person shall not be qualified to be elected or chosen as a member of Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) unless-...he is sagacious, righteous and non-profligate, honest and ameen, there being no declaration to the contrary by a court of law." Though the over dozen petitioners are lawmakers disqualified for possessing fake degrees, the case has ramifications for former prime minister Nawaz Sharif as well as Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's (PTI) senior leader Jahangir Tareen ? both were unseated from Parliament on violation of the said article. On December 15, last year, the Supreme Court had disqualified Tareen for failing to declare an offshore company and a foreign property in his election nomination papers. Imran Khan cleared, Jahangir Tareen disqualified by Supreme Court ECP denotifies Tareen from his constituency of NA-154 Lodhran-1 Similarly, then-prime minister Nawaz Sharif was disqualified on July 28, 2017 for concealing in his nomination papers the receivable income from his son's company in UAE. The court had summoned both Tareen and Nawaz today. On his way to the apex court, Tareen said an interpretation of the law is necessary, adding that disqualification durations over a dubious money trail and having a fake degree should be different. As the hearing went under way, the bench issued another notice to Nawaz to appear in court tomorrow. The court also declared senior advocate Muneer A Malik as amicus curiae (friend of the court), whereby he will assist the bench in the case. Hearing a separate matter on Friday, the chief justice had remarked that they have to decide the length of disqualification per Article (62)(1)(f) ? whether it will be a year, five years or lifelong. "We will begin hearing petitions on the subject from January 30," he remarked, adding that the larger bench?s decision on the matter will apply in the future. Nawaz Sharif tried to fool people, says SC in Panama review order The detailed verdict on dismissal of Sharif family's review petitions is spread over 23 pages Taking up a case of the article's interpretation earlier, then-chief justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali had observed how the disqualified on the basis of articles 62 and 63 could be forever as a person could reform his or herself and then be considered qualified as per the law.
  24. Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif meeting with Pir Sialvi. Photo: Geo News SARGODHA: Spiritual leader and custodian of Sial Sharif Shrine of Sargodha Pir Khawaja Hameeduddin Sialvi has taken back his call of protest after meeting Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday. While speaking to media after the meeting, the chief minister said that a committee has been constituted to resolve differences between the government and Pir Sialvi, adding that political rivals tried to create acrimony between them. Punjab Auqaf Minister Zaeem Qadri, Pir Riazud Din from Rawalpindi, Pir Mudassir Taunsvi of Taunsa Sharif and Speaker of Data Darbar shrine Ramzan Sialvi were present during the meeting. Three PML-N lawmakers submit resignations to Punjab Assembly secretariat Maulana Rehmatullah, Ghulam Nizamuddin Sialvi and Muhammad Khan Baloch gave their resignations on the directives of Pir Khawaja Hameeduddin Sialvi The spiritual leader was heading a campaign, demanding resignation and apology of Law Minister Rana Sanaullah over his remarks in a tv show. As many as three provincial lawmakers of the ruling party, Maulana Rehmatullah, Ghulam Nizamuddin Sialvi and Muhammad Khan Baloch had submitted their resignations, on the direction of Pir Sialvi. Earlier, Sialvi while addressing a public gathering in Lahore had also set a seven-day deadline for the government, for enforcing Shariah or risk protests across the country. The Pir also called for the ?jail bharo? movement starting from Jan 27.
  25. Real Madrid crashed to a humiliating Copa del Rey exit, knocked out by Leganes in the quarterfinals MADRID: Real Madrid crashed to a humiliating Copa del Rey exit on Wednesday when they were knocked out by little Leganes in the quarter-finals with under-fire coach Zinedine Zidane taking the blame. European champions Real lost 2-1 in the second leg at their Bernabeu home as the tie finished 2-2 on aggregate with their modest city neighbours going through on away goals despite having lost the first leg 1-0 last week. "I am responsible for all of this. It´s a failure for me," said Zidane who recently penned a contract extension until 2020. Admitting that it had been his worst night as a coach, the Frenchman added: "It´s a logical result, our opponents played their match and we did not. "It is a big blow. We did what we had to do in the first leg. Nobody expected this, especially me but this is football. "I am the manager. I picked the team and I was wrong in many regards. It´s up to me to find the solutions. I will continue to fight, to work, to battle and to find the things the team needs." Javi Eraso gave Leganes a 32nd-minute lead with a spectacular curling shot from long range. Karim Benzema levelled on the night after 47 minutes thanks to a pass from Lucas Vazquez but Brazilian striker Gabriel Pires then hit the winner with a firm header eight minutes later. It was a depressing evening for Zinedine Zidane´s side who, despite being in the Champions League last 16 where they face Paris Saint-Germain in three weeks´ time, are 19 points behind Barcelona in the Spanish title race. The fans let their feelings known by booing off the team at half-time. Leganes have a budget of just 45 million euros -- 15 times less than the 675 million euros commanded by mighty Real. Even without Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, who were rested Wednesday after starring in the 7-1 rout of Deportivo La Coruna at the weekend, Real should still have had enough firepower for a side languishing in 13th spot in La Liga. Zidane started with Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio, who scored in the first leg but he got a warning of what was to come when Claudio Beauvue saw a free-kick come back off a post. But Leganes put on an inspired display, despite having their backs to the wall late in the game, to make the semi-finals for the first time. In the night´s other game, Valencia made the semi-finals but needed a 3-2 penalty shoot-out to defeat Alaves who won 2-1 for a 3-3 aggregate. On Tuesday, Sergio Escudero´s goal after just 24 seconds set Sevilla on their way to a 3-1 win over Atletico Madrid and a place in the semi-finals. Sevilla, finalists in 2016, had won the first leg 2-1. Meanwhile, Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho has been named in the Barcelona squad for Thursday´s Copa del Rey clash against Espanyol, his first call-up since his 160 million euros ($194 million, £142 million) move from Liverpool. Coutinho, who has been handed the number 14 shirt vacated by China-bound Javier Mascherano, had been sidelined by a thigh injury since his drawn-out transfer saga came to an end on January 6. The 14 shirt was also worn by the club´s Dutch legend Johan Cruyff who died in 2016. Coutinho has been cleared to make his debut at Camp Nou as Barcelona look to overturn a 1-0 defeat to Espanyol in the first leg of their quarter-final clash. Coutinho spent six months with Barcelona´s city rivals on loan in 2012. Club captain Andres Iniesta and striker Paco Alcacer were also included in the 19-man squad for Thursday´s game as was Colombian defender Yerry Mina, another transfer window recruit.