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  1. Depression is a serious issue. You should never treat it lightly. Hear what these four men have to say about depression.
  2. Even before its release, Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar starrer ‘2.0' has been stirring quite a storm by releasing images and videos from behind the scenes. Earlier this year, the makers shared a glimpse of their magnum-opus project, through a short clip that showed how the team is gearing up for one of biggest releases of 2018 that will be larger than life. Well, when you have two stalwarts in one frame even terms like ‘unparalleled' and ‘exceptional' are understatements. © Lyca Productions While our excitement has already reached the pinnacle, the makers are ensuring that it stays there until the movie's release, by sharing awesome videos of the film's making. Director Shankar is spreading his Midas touch on ‘2.0' and thanks to him our curiosity and excitement is growing with each passing day. And if you feel that we are exaggerating about the potential of this film, then this video is for you. For those who don't know, this movie has been shot using the latest 3D technology cameras directly. While talking about the film, Rajinikanth said “I was mesmerized when I saw the first shot in 3D on the screen. I was repeatedly watching it.” Akshay Kumar too voiced his opinion stating that “Working in 3D was much harder than I imagined. From the film set to every single shot, it was important for everything to be perfect.” The actors were joined by the film's cinematographer Nirav Shah, and lead stereographer Ray Hannisian who further discussed about the challenges and efforts that go in while shooting a 3D movie. Hannisian has earlier worked with big guns like Katy Perry, U2 and The Black Eyed Peas. © Lyca Productions As we all eagerly await the release of this promising film, this 3D featurette gives us an idea of how opulent and kickass this movie is going to be. While Rajinikanth reprises his role as Dr. Vaseegaran, Akshay Kumar is making his Kollywood debut and will play the role of his nemesis. Actress Amy Jackson too is a part of this project. After watching this video, we can say that this movie is going to be one of the biggest blockbusters of 2018, possibly surpassing the likes of ‘Baahubali' and Stephen King's ‘It'. It is slated for a January release.
  3. This week's question is inspired by liquidfractals's reply to last weeks question. What is your favorite music and which bands would you have loved to see live? We learned many things; mostly that our team have poor taste in music. Brandon (Senior tech support and development) I like a lot of different genres. I grew up with rap and pop, but I like R&B, country, electronic and rock too. Krayzie Bone of Bone Thugs n Harmony is probably my favorite rapper (and I've seen the group perform live), with Chamillionaire being a close second (and I've actually met him and talked to him one on one). I'd love to see Pentatonix live, that's on my bucket list I'd say. Mark H (Tech support) My tastes in music are quite eclectic. Given my age, "Rock & Roll" is at the top of the list, but after that it's "anything except Rap and Country". Who I'd like to see? Well.... I did have an invite from an older friend to attend Woodstock with him and his even older brother. Problem being, I was still very much a minor. Dad put the kibosh on that idea. I do wish I had gone. Marc S (Tech Support) I have lots of different genres of music that I listen to. Pretty much everything from Classical to hard trance, Whitney Houston to Marilyn Manson. I think if I was forced to pick just one, then it would likely be Progressive, or uplifting Trance. I could listen to this all day and night, and have produced some tracks, alongside one of my friends in the past. Rhett (Cloud Support) That's a hard one for me, I have kids, and a wife, we listen to all sorts of music, I'm not often in control of the station 😂 Matt (Senior Developer) Music is a huge part of my life. I listen to music all day while I work and I always have a pair of headphones in my pocket. My tastes change considerably depending on my mood but Sigur Ros, Radiohead, The National and Metallica are often on repeat. I quite like Apple Music as it often suggests bands that I've not heard of. I used to be a guitarist in a Metallica cover band in school. Thankfully it was before the internet existed so no shameful footage exists of those days. Mark W (Senior Developer) <looks over to now playing... "Miley Cyrus"> Maybe I won't take part this week... Jennifer (Designer) I listen to a lot of different genres and artists. Honestly my music tastes depend on my mood and what I'm focusing on. Thank god for Spotify. I listen to nearly everything except for Death Metal and Country (although I'm sure there are exceptions to the rule for both of them). I tend to lean to female voices over male voices most of the time. I have a special love for Five Nights At Freddys Fan songs, Portal Music and Pink Fluffy Unicorns (dancing on rainbows). I'd say some of my top artist loves would be: Amanda Palmer, Janelle Monae, Lily Allen, Nicki Minaj, The Pretty Reckless, Muse, Black Veil Brides, Fall Out Boy, Maroon 5 and Skillet Daniel (Senior tech support and development) All kind of electronic music (DnB, Electro, Frenchcore... literally everything) Stuart (Senior tech support and development) I listen mostly to classical music (being married to an Opera singer does that to you). I do also enjoy listening to rock and metal. One band I would have loved to see live is Queen, but unfortunately that was a little (not much) before my time. Drop us a line and let us know what your favorite music is. If you have any questions for the team that you'd like to be featured, let us know and we'll queue them up!
  4. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (left) shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping before their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on September 30, 2017. Photograph: Getty Images BEIJING: Washington has opened channels to North Korea to find out if the regime is ready to talk about giving up its nuclear weapons, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Saturday. Speaking after a day of talks with China´s President Xi Jinping and top diplomats, Tillerson told reporters that US officials are in touch with Pyongyang. The disclosure follows an escalating war of words between US President Donald Trump and North Korean strongman Kim Jong-Un, and Tillerson issued a call for calm. Asked how he could know whether the North would even contemplate responding to new sanctions by coming to the table, the US envoy said: "We are probing, so stay tuned." Washington has no diplomatic ties with Kim´s autocratic regime, and has been leaning on Beijing to rein in its neighbour´s behaviour through tougher sanctions. But Tillerson said US diplomats do not rely on China as a go-between in overtures to North Korea, and have themselves talked directly through "our own channels." "We ask," he said. "We have lines of communication with Pyongyang. We´re not in a dark situation, a blackout, we have a couple, three channels open to Pyongyang." "We can talk to them, we do talk to them," he said. The US has not ruled out the use of force to compel Pyongyang to halt missile and nuclear tests, and last week Trump threatened to "totally destroy" the country. But privately senior figures admit the military options do not look promising, with ally South Korea´s densely populated capital Seoul in range of the North´s artillery. Rocket man Tillerson, meanwhile, has been a proponent of a campaign of "peaceful pressure", using US and UN sanctions and working with China to turn the screw on the regime. But his efforts have been overshadowed by an extraordinary war of words, with Trump mocking Kim as "little Rocket Man" and Kim branding the US leader a "dotard". Even as Tillerson met Xi and China´s top diplomats State Councillor Yang Jiechi and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, the North´s propaganda agency fired a new barrage of insults. The statement proclaimed Trump an "old psychopath" bent on the "suicidal act of inviting a nuclear disaster that will reduce America to a sea of flames". North Korea´s rhetoric has been backed by a provocative series of ballistic missile tests and on September 3 it conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test. In the decade since the North´s first nuclear explosion, it has made rapid progress in developing the kind of missile technology that would allow it to hit US targets. Washington, backed by most of the international community, has declared North Korea´s programme unacceptable, fearing that its own vast arsenal will not deter Kim from attack. With the world on edge, fears are growing that a miscalculation from either side could trigger a renewed deadly conflict on the divided Korean peninsula. Some recent tests saw North Korean missiles flying over Japan en route to the Pacific, and its latest underground detonation seems to have been of a powerful hydrogen bomb. Observers have expressed concern that if the North carries out an atmospheric nuclear test over the ocean, Washington will feel obliged to take risky military action. Heated rhetoric But Tillerson said that decision would be up to Trump alone and that "as far as I know the commander in chief has issued no red lines." Tillerson instead called for calm, singling out Pyongyang´s missile tests for criticism, but not rushing to defend Trump´s own heated rhetoric and bellicose tweets. "The whole situation is a bit overheated right now. I think everyone would like for it to calm down," he said in response to a question about Trump´s threats. "I think if North Korea would stop firing all the missiles, that would calm down things a lot," he said. Tillerson, who was in Beijing to plan for a summit that Xi will host for Trump in November, welcomed recent measures taken by China to crack down on its neighbour. The opening remarks at his three meetings with Xi, Yang and Wang contained no reference to North Korea, but he said afterwards the issue had been discussed. US leaders criticised Beijing for taking too soft a line with Pyongyang, but in recent weeks China has taken more drastic measures to cut off trade and finance. And in public, at least, the Chinese officials were all smiles for their guest. Xi touted what he said was his "good working relationship and personal friendship" with Trump and predicted that the summit "will be a special, wonderful and successful one".
  5. US defence minister James Mattis delivers a speech during a press conference at the Nato Defense Council meeting at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels, June 29, 2017. AFP/John Thys/Files NEW DELHI: US Defence Secretary James Mattis during his visit to capital city Delhi this week is slated to hold talks pertaining to India's collaboration with Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and demand it put an end to the alliance, Geo News reported. Mattis' visit will be the first one by a top state official since US President Donald Trump assumed office in January, earlier this year. The matter of Indo-TTP relationship was brought to light by an Indian media outlet, which said the American federal defence chief will be discussing with top state officials the issue of terrorism in South Asia, the trilateral strategic relationship between Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India, as well as the aforementioned banned outfit during his trip. However, the publication acknowledged that it will be challenging for Pakistan's eastside neighbour to accept Mattis' demand to sever ties of cooperation with TTP since India's linkage with the banned terrorist group is a vital element against Pakistan with regard to the protracted tensions in Jammu & Kashmir. "Severing relations with TTP will mean India surrendering an active card in Pakistan and a role in Afghanistan as TTP additionally provides access to certain Afghan Taliban factions. This [?] ensures that no solution for peace in Afghanistan can be cobbled together without India?s help," Bharat Karnad ? an author and blogger and a national security expert ? wrote in the Hindustan Times. The former head of the US Central Command "appreciates Pakistan?s indispensability as a base for military operations to bring the Taliban in Afghanistan to their knees", the report continued. India is the 'world's largest hypocrisy' Maleeha Lodhi ? Pakistan?s permanent representative to the UN ? during her address to the General Assembly (UNGA) early Sunday morning had said India is the "mother of terrorism in South Asia". Voicing her rebuttal to Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj's comment that Pakistan is a "pre-eminent export factory for terror", Lodhi claimed that India's posture is that of a predator. India 'mother of terrorism' in South Asia, Lodhi hits back at Swaraj Pakistan's Permanent Rep to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi, emphasised that India should stop supporting and aiding terrorism across the border Alleging that Swaraj slandered against Pakistan in her comments earlier in the day, she said that Pakistan desires to resolve problems through constructive talks, which are conditional to India doing away with its policy of terrorism. Lodhi also emphasised that India ? a nation ruled by fascist ideology ? should stop supporting and aiding terrorism and related activities across the border. India has fought wars with or in all of its neighbouring countries, she said, slamming the 'largest democracy' as "the world's largest hypocrisy". "Indian leaders have Muslim blood on their hands," Lodhi added. Pakistan calls for an inquiry into the war crimes perpetrated by India in Occupied Kashmir (IoK), the Pakistani UN representative stated, noting that forceful occupation of the troubled, conflict-ridden region is illegal. "Kashmir is not part of India," Lodhi stressed, adding that the global community needs to collectively make India stop violating the ceasefire arrangement between the two countries. 'Valued and influential partner' Fighter jets, drone deals, and shared concerns over Afghanistan's security challenges look set to dominate the agenda of Mattis' visit to India. The US defence minister will be arriving in Delhi late Monday and is expected to meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nirmala Sitharaman ? the new defence minister. "The United States views India as a valued and influential partner, with broad mutual interests extending well beyond South Asia," a Pentagon statement said. Trump and Modi had met in Washington in June and Mattis' visit is a sign "the political leadership in both countries place defence cooperation as a top priority", Mukesh Aghi ? the president of the US India Strategic Partnership Forum ? told AFP. Delhi and Washington share concerns about Afghanistan, and last month, Trump announced a new strategy for the war-torn country, which cleared the way for the deployment of thousands more US troops there. The billionaire businessman-turned-president has urged India to boost assistance to Afghanistan's economy and lambasted Delhi's arch-rival Pakistan for offering safe haven to "agents of chaos". Mattis "will express US appreciation for India's important contributions toward Afghanistan's democracy, stability, prosperity, and security", the Pentagon said. India has long vied with Pakistan for influence in Afghanistan, building dams, roads and a new parliament in the troubled country. Last year, it offered some $1 billion in aid. Delhi frequently accuses Islamabad of stirring up violence in Afghanistan and harbouring militant groups.
  6. The last two days have been nothing less than nightmarish for every Mumbaikar. The city woke up and never slept peacefully for the next 48 hours, at least. The reason being? The floods that have been more of a hindrance than anything else. What every other city-dweller sees is a city that gets a ton of rain in the monsoons that makes everything seem prettier. That's not entirely true and is rarely ever the case for a city that is overcrowded and overtly polluted. Add to that, a lack of space on roads and mediocre infrastructure and you have recipe for disaster when the monsoon sets in. (c) Reuters To put it simply, Mumbaikars live in fear of a repeat telecast—or in this case, weathercast—of August 29th 2017, when the entire city came to a halt; courtesy: the rains. I, personally, am yet to get over the worst memory I've had this season—that of my father falling in one of the potholes; rather manholes on 29th August but still made it back home. The doctor, however, never made it back when faced with a similar incident. (c) Reuters Yes, that's the reality of the Mumbai Monsoon that is often glorified and glossed over in Bollywood flicks. I dare filmmakers to portray the scene more realistically. Rumor mills It all began on 19th September, when heavy rainfall didn't stop; family and friends came out to support each other, call and make sure everyone was safely back home. Early evening on Tuesday, rumours surrounding a cyclone hitting the city started circulating on Whatsapp. However, it was quickly dispelled by the BMC; thank God for that! There were also messages about how the Bandra Worli Sea Link, SV Road and various other routes had been shut due to waterlogging. Mumbai is engulfed in panic and pandemonium during the rains. (c) Reuters ‘'I was trying to find a cab back home, there was none. No Uber No Ola. Rickshaws wouldn't help either. But it was 6 pm and I had nowhere to be, so I decided to stay in one of the hotels, first their café and then their lobby,'' says one Mumbaikar who requested to remain anonymous. Travel Woes At the airport, the main runway was shut, following the skidding of a Spicejet aircraft. Flight operations were badly hit and 108 flights were cancelled, while 51 were diverted to different airports. (c) Reuters This didn't just happen on the 19th; but, also continued till 20th late evening. “I was just hoping my flight would take off. It was supposed to take off at 4:30 pm but it didn't until 9:30 pm. There were massive amounts of crowds at the security and boarding gates. The lounge wasn't empty either, but I managed to sit” says traveller Meghna Petkar. Not just the airports, but even public commuters suffered. A video went viral over the internet when an inter-state train passed by Nalasopara station and splashed water all over the platform. And due to the excessive amount of waterlogging, all trains were delayed, or not working. (c) Reuters The roads were another story altogether, with subways flooded, roads shut, waterlogged, all worked overtime to heighten the panic as Mumbaikars scrambled to get back home. The Spirit of Mumbai – or not? Due to the rains, various Mumbai university students who have been already facing months of delay in results also had to undergo their own dilemmas; which also makes you wonder what kind of a system is our government running, anyway. I mean you lack basic infrastructural elements and to add to that, you're not even well-equipped in the education or medical sections. (c) Reuters One such student, Disha Bhatt, talked to us about her dilemma. “I'm totally troubled by the rains because I had to go to the Mumbai University. Thanks to their faulty system and horrible management, I was given zero in a paper and almost 30% fewer marks in a paper. I couldn't go to the university because of the rains and they refuse to extend the dates. And since they will be shut for 2 days due to rains. Our results of evaluation will get pushed to even further dates. Delaying the whole admission process into the second year of MA,” she told us. (c) Reuters It doesn't stop there. Wait till you read this next bit! “I sense that men just don't see situations. They don't understand the plight of how it's so difficult to manage in a crowded place for women. All you see is, they're pouncing on you like animals,” says Kamakshi Sharma, who was stuck at the Andheri Station, waiting for her father to help get her back home safely. She soon realized that all lecherous men at the station were ogling at her. “While you walk, while you are on a call, while you wait for someone. It irritated me until I reached home,” she complains. “It wasn't a rape case. It was no molestation. But, it doesn't take away from the fact that it was a disgusted feeling, seeing men trying to come to touch you without your knowledge. When you are busy doing your work, they very well know to do their job. Sick.” She managed to reach home safely within an hour. But, let's at least try to imagine how many such Kamakshi's would be out and about facing and overcoming this discomfort. (c) Reuters Yet, there are others who manage to see the brighter side to every situation. One such person is Myron Braganza. “Humanity rekindles again. Animals are struggling for help. But, some men use it as an advantage to harass, grope or molest women. People are on the streets cleaning up the water rather than waiting for BMC. Mumbai is united.” I guess every cloud has a silver lining. And that's probably the irony of a city like Mumbai. Some come out to help; others would pay to just stand on the dry sidelines that are above the water levels, and watch. (c) Reuters The point to remember during the Mumbai floods is that it's best to just stay indoors as much as possible. Order some delicious food, cook or binge watch your favourite show or movie! Thank God for the Swiggys and the Freshmenus of the digital world and of course, Netflix really solves the chill problem. And while you're being grateful, try to help those who have none. (c) Reuters You can follow official social media handles and see through the baseless rumours or panic. You can even use helplines issued by the officials. Avoid areas that are known to be water-logged and flooding and try to spread awareness as much as you can to people around you. Make sure you keep all devices charged, in case of long power cuts that could leave you stranded. Don't go out and play some football and act cool just because they did so in DDLJ, or they do so in the football leagues. Keep your wits about you. Instead, you could go out and help those who are in trouble. That's a much better way of being cool.
  7. An inspiration is worth nothing until and unless it leads to the desired result. Also, not everybody has an inspirational story to tell you all the time. There are a very select few who have mastered an art of inspiring others and thus, are able to get the desired result as well. There is a pattern which author, motivational speaker and marketing consultant, Simon Sinek, discovered during his journey. © Success Magazine If you are an entrepreneur, an artist, a storyteller, or anyone who wants to make this world a better place or make a positive impact. You are in the right place. Here is an excerpt from his TED Talks: “How do you explain when things don't go as we assumed or better how do you explain when others are able to achieve things that seem to defy all of the assumptions? For eg, why is Apple so innovative year after year after year after year? They are more innovative than all of their competition and yet they are just a computer company. They are just like everyone else. They have the same access to the same talent, the same agencies the same consultants, the same media then why do they seem to have something different? Why is that Martin Luther King lead the civil rights movement? He wasn't the only man who suffered in pre-civil rights America, and he certainly wasn't the only great orator of the day. Why him? And why is that Wright brothers were able to figure out controlled, powered man flight? When there were certainly other teams, who were better qualified, better funded and they didn't achieve powered man flight, and the Wright brothers beat them to it. There is something else at play here. About three and half years ago, I made a discovery. And this discovery profoundly changed my view on how I thought the world works. And it even profoundly changed the way in which I operate. As it turns out there is a pattern, as it turns out all the great inspiring leaders and organizations in the world, whether it's Apple or Martin Luther King or the Wright brothers, they all think, act, and communicate the exact same way. And it's the complete opposite to everyone else. All I did was codify it and it's probably the world's simplest idea. I call it the golden circle.” This according to Sinek is what the golden circle looks like:- © TED “This little idea explains why some organizations and some leaders are able to inspire where others aren't. People don't buy what you do; they buy why you do it, and what you do simply serves as the proof of what you believe.” I hope this read has ignited that fire in you. Here is the complete video. Watch it till the end and you will get all your answers.
  8. The European football transfer window may now be closed but there was talk of little else this week as the likes of top coaches Zinedine Zidane, Carlo Ancelotti and even German Chancellor Angela Merkel made calls for sweeping changes. The subject is at the centre of attention not only because of the soaring inflation that marked the latest round of transfers, but also because of the mayhem losing top players can wreak on a team's best-laid plans.transfers, but also because of the mayhem losing top players can wreak on a team's best-laid plans. The English Premier League clubs voted on Thursday to shut the 2018 close-season window before the start of the 2018-19 campaign in a move that sparked approval across the European game. The vote followed complaints by managers that transfer activity disturbs their preparations and others in Spain, Germany, Italy and France have been swift to jump on the bandwagon. The windows in Europe's other major leagues run until at least August 31, meaning clubs outside England could buy players from English top-flight teams after the new Premier League deadline. "I think the same thing as most people do," said Real Madrid coach Zidane.do," said Real Madrid coach Zidane. "The transfer window must stop when the league restarts. When official competition restarts, it must stop." Manchester City are believed to be one of the five clubs who voted against the proposal, but their coach Pep Guardiola said the club's only concern was that rival teams in other European leagues will still be able to sign players -- potentially from English clubs -- after the window has closed in the Premier League.are believed to be one of the five clubs who voted against the proposal, but their coach Pep Guardiola said the club's only concern was that rival teams in other European leagues will still be able to sign players -- potentially from English clubs -- after the window has closed in the Premier League. "I am so happy with the decision the Premier League have taken. I think it's really good," he said. "Manchester City, what I know is they agree about that. We just have to reflect that the transfer window in England will be closed sooner than in Europe. "Hopefully we can fix it so all the other clubs in Europe finish at the same time." Bayern coach Ancelotti, who won the 2014 Champions League title as Real's head coach after winning it twice at AC Milan, hopes the Bundesliga follows the example set by English clubs. "No one is happy with the situation, so this is a very good idea," the Italian said. "I hope the Bundesliga will soon follow this rule. "The market has to close before the start of the season." In Italy, Juventus director general Giuseppe Marotta also backed the decision. "It's the right choice. Having such a long transfer window creates turmoil, a well-run club succeeds by planning out a transfer campaign," he said. "The transfer market has to be limited, you can't have players moving when the leagues have already started." Lewandowski disagrees UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has also given his support to making the close-season trading period shorter. But German Chancellor Merkel on Friday urged UEFA and FIFA to focus instead on stamping out spiralling spending on players. "I view the financial developments in professional football as critically as many people," she told regional daily Mittelbayerische Zeitung. "Such sums are comprehensible to no one. UEFA and FIFA should change the rules on player transfers to ensure greater balance," she said. Elsewhere in Germany, Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has said his club must spend more or risk being left trailing their rivals. "Bayern have to think something up and be more creative if the club wants to attract a world-class player to Munich," Lewandowski told magazine Der Spiegel. Earlier in the week, La Liga president Javier Tebas said both Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City were making a mockery of UEFA's Financial Fair-play rules. PSG prised Brazilian superstar Neymar away from Barcelona for a world record 222 million euros ($264 million) and then took Monaco's French star Kylian Mbappe on loan with an option to buy for 180 million euros. Manchester City also spent heavily in the last transfer window, lavishing an estimated £221 million (242 million euros, $288 million) on new players.
  9. It is estimated that 3 people in Mumbai die by suicide every day. Every 3 seconds, a person attempts to die. This number is expected to be higher this year, owing to the decriminalization of suicide, leading to more accurate reporting. Many organisations are trying to help individuals who might be suicidal, by offering mental health support; however, reducing the staggeringly high number of suicides among Indian youth will involve much more than treatment for mental health concerns. Reducing the stigma around suicide will encourage youth in need of help to reach out for support, which will help save many lives. As a starting point, we, as a community, need to change the language we use when we talk about suicide. Unsplash We commit crimes; we commit sins; we commit mistakes. Unfortunately, we also “commit” suicide. When we use that term, there is an inherent assumption that suicide is a wrongdoing. We imply that the person has committed a crime or a sin, unworthy of empathy. Instead, we must use “passed away by suicide,” or even “committed suicide.” Similarly, while talking about a suicide attempt, we should avoid terms such as “succeeded” or “failed.” How might one be successful at suicide, when the result is death, or fail at an attempt to commit suicide when the outcome is survival? This paradoxical language leads to confusion and perpetuates stigma. As our culture makes the crucial shift from viewing suicide as a crime to viewing it as a consequence of depression or other mental health concerns, our language, too, must change to facilitate that transition. Unsplash The information that is propagated while talking about a suicide also contributes to its negative connotation. One cannot imagine the turmoil that the deceased person's family goes through, and although the best thing we can do to support them is to respect their privacy while they grieve, what ends up happening is quite the opposite. Rumours start to creep up about the various reasons for the suicide, and unnecessary information is linked to the event. It is inconsequential that the individual was the son of an influential businessman, the daughter of a politician, or the grand-nephew of a Bollywood celebrity. It is also tremendously insensitive to exaggerate or oversimplify the reason for the young person to have taken his or her life. Suicide is a highly complex outcome of severe distress, not necessarily an impulsive reaction to a breakup, a failure, or a demotion. Pexels We lose far too many young people to suicide every year. Our country has made a monumental step in reducing these rates, by decriminalising suicide; however, there is still a lot to do. While the Government can work on policy, and professionals can work on making mental health services more accessible, what society can do today is start changing the way we talk about suicide. While changing our language around suicide is imperative, it is also crucial to educate ourselves regarding culturally popularised fads related to suicide. One of the newest threats to the safety of youth right now is the infamous Blue Whale Challenge. The internet game, that has claimed many victims in India and around the world, consists of a terrifying series of tasks assigned by an anonymous internet administrator. Each task seems to increasingly desensitise participating individuals to death, such as instructing them to watch scary videos in the middle of the night or dangle their legs off the roof of a building. Pexels Parents and guardians of individuals who display unusual behaviours need to monitor internet activities to make sure they are not involved in such challenges and games. For younger children, setting ground rules on internet usage, using website blockers and parental controls, and discussing risks of unsafe internet use can help prevent them from getting involved in risky activities. If parents do find evidence of suspicious behaviour, they should contact a mental health professional right away. Similarly, friends, teachers, bosses, and other responsible individuals should identify evidence of risky behaviours and approach the person in a nonjudgmental way. Asking if they can help in any way and lending a listening ear can give more information about the person's mental frame of mind. Finally, a mental health professional can assess the individual for risk of suicide and intervene in an effective manner. Nitika Gupta is a Psychologist at Mpower – The Centre, a single window operation designed to develop an effective model for child and adolescent mental health.
  10. Minister of Foreign Affairs Khawaja Muhammad Asif reached Beijing Friday evening on a state visit to China to hold discussions on bilateral relations and matters of mutual interest in terms of regional and international strategies, Geo News reported. Top officials of the Chinese Foreign Ministry welcomed Asif as he arrived at the airport accompanied by Lieutenant General Nasser Janjua ? the national security advisor. Asif is said to hold important talks with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi and other leaders of the country, according to a press briefing by Geng Shuang ? the spokesperson for Chinese Foreign Ministry. These discussions will be focused on the ongoing tensions pertaining to regional issues in Afghanistan as well as broader matters of importance. In addition, the two foreign ministers will be talking about Pak-China relations as well as developmental projects in the region. Pakistan and China ? the all-weather strategic partners ? have seen their relationship grow with sound momentum, based on frequent high-level exchanges and fruitful outcome of practical cooperation. With regard to Asif's visit, Shuang said it is another important event that will further help implement the cooperation consensus reached between the two leaders. He said the deep and practical cooperation ?especially in terms of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) ? would enhance coordination and communication on international and regional fronts. Khawaja Asif is visiting China at the invitation of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
  11. Pakistani rights activist Malala Yousafzai on Thursday reached Mexico ? the fifth stop on her Girl Power Trip ? to discuss education for girls and meet Mexican President Peña Nieto. Having already toured the United States, Canada, Iraq, and Nigeria by now, Malala arrived in the Latin American country to talk about and draw attention to education for girls, especially those who hail from marginalised backgrounds. Statistics indicate that Mexico, at present, has over two million out-of-school girls and only half of the country?s young females manage to complete secondary level education. Malala during her audience with Nieto expressed her gratitude to him for successfully making it compulsory for all children to achieve 12 years of education and banning marriages of people under 18 years of age. However, the Nobel laureate went on to ask the president and his government to take additional measures to ensure that laws are brought into action around the country and that education is given to all children, especially girls. In light of crises prevalent in numerous Latin American countries, for example Venezuela, Malala emphasised that it is necessary to offer support to children affected by and fleeing from such conflicts. She requested Nieto to become a champion of girls? education in the G20 summit next year and prioritise the matter over others. Under her Girl Power Trip, Malala travels to various countries to meet young girls, highlight their stories, and push leaders to focus on education, specifically for females.
  12. We all have a love/hate relationship with managing our finances. Especially when it comes to managing our spending habits. This taxing process often leaves us baffled and incredibly confued. Do you feel the same? Then you have to watch this funny video by two comedians who will add some much needed fuel to the tiresome process. The Wolves Of LOL Street by ET Money will tickle your funny bone and simplify things for you. Wondering what is it all about? The series is about two broke comedians who realise that comedy isn't helping them earn enough. So, they decide to become financial advisors and even this turns into comical a situation. Leave your hectic finances right now and watch this funny show. It will not only lighten your mood but also actually help you find something that can take care of your money while you chill.
  13. Memorial cards, candles, and flowers for the victims of Friday's stabbings are placed on the Market Square in Turku, Finland, August 19, 2017. Lehtikuva/Vesa Moilanen/via REUTERS HELSINKI: Police searched premises in the city of Turku and interviewed the chief suspect on Sunday as part of an investigation into Finland's first suspected militant attack. The National Bureau of Investigation said it had organised a reconstruction of Friday's knife rampage in the western city of Turku and raided addresses in its Runosmaki district. "The investigation is proceeding and the picture is getting more accurate," said Detective Chief Inspector Crista Granroth, who is in charge of the investigation. An 18-year-old Moroccan asylum seeker was arrested on charges of killing two women in a knife rampage and wounding eight other people ? six of them women ? in Turku's main market square. The rampage was halted when police shot the attacker in the leg. He was interviewed under guard in a hospital in Turku, a city on Finland's Baltic coast 160 kilometres (100 miles) west of the capital Helsinki. No group has yet claimed responsibility for Friday's attack, though police are investigating possible links to Thursday's deadly van attack by suspected militants in the Spanish city of Barcelona in which 13 people were killed. Violent crime is relatively rare in Finland and police say the knife attack is the first suspected terrorist incident in modern Finland. Four other Moroccan men detained over possible links to the Turku attack have cooperated with police but their role has yet to be fully established, Granroth added. The main suspect, who had lived in Turku's immigration centre after arriving in Finland last year, appeared to have targeted women, police said on Saturday. Arya Rashidi ? a fruit merchant of Kurdish origin ? witnessed Friday's attack and tried to intervene. "I saw the man stabbing several times a woman who was pushing strollers. I shouted to people to give me something to go fight him with. Then I saw a man trying to stop the attacker but he got struck with a knife too," he told Reuters. "Someone gave me a baseball bat and I ran after the man along with some other people. We tried to shout and warn people, as he was running ahead of us." "Then, police came and shot him in the leg. I was furious and I hit him with the bat, and then stepped back," he said. Three people remained in hospital on Sunday in a stable condition following the attack, medical officials said. "Someone called the hospital and threatened to come and kill the main suspect. We reported this to the police. We have also reinforced security in the hospital," said Leena Setala, the head of the hospital district.
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  16. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson answers questions during a news conference in Manila, Philippines, August 7, 2017. REUTERS/Karen Lema MANILA/WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held a door open for dialogue with North Korea on Monday, saying Washington was willing to talk to Pyongyang if it halted a series of recent missile test launches. Tillerson's comments at a regional security forum in Manila were the latest US attempt to rein in Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs after months of tough talk from US President Donald Trump. The UN Security Council on Saturday imposed its toughest round of sanctions yet against Pyongyang over its two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) tests in July. But Tillerson appeared more conciliatory on Monday. "The best signal that North Korea can give us that they are prepared to talk would be to stop these missile launches," said Tillerson, adding that "other means of communications" were open to Pyongyang. Tillerson also said any dialogue would deal with how North Korea can "feel secure and prosper economically". Last week, Tillerson said North Korea needed to cease both its missile launches and nuclear weapons tests for talks to begin. It was not clear why he urged Pyongyang on Monday to halt only missile launches and the State Department did not respond to a request for clarification. However, a senior official familiar with negotiations between the United States and China said, ?it was not an accident or a mistake that Tillerson did not mention nuclear testing.? Washington is leaving it to China to restate world powers' opposition to new nuclear bomb tests while the United States urges a halt in missile launches "which obviously is a much lower rhetorical barrier to resuming talks," the official said. There was no direct reaction from North Korea to Tillerson's remarks but in a statement after the US secretary of state made his comments, Pyongyang responded robustly to the new sanctions by saying it was ready to teach the United States a "severe lesson" if it attacked. Touch sanctions The UN Security Council unanimously imposed sanctions on North Korea aimed at pressuring Pyongyang to end its nuclear program. The sanctions could further choke North Korea's struggling economy by slashing its $3 billion annual export revenue by a third. The United States has remained technically at war with North Korea since the 1950-53 Korean conflict ended in an armistice rather than a peace treaty. The past six decades have been punctuated by periodic rises in antagonism and rhetoric that have always stopped short of a resumption of active hostilities. The Trump administration's attempts to pressure North Korea into abandoning its nuclear and missile ambitions have so far gained little traction, and Pyongyang has only stepped up its tests, launching two ICBM tests last month. Tillerson's remarks might be an attempt to try another tack by the United States, which also has tried to get Pyongyang's ally China to use its influence to prevent North Korean leader Kim Jong Un from building a nuclear arsenal. Tillerson said Washington would not "specify a specific number of days or weeks" before deciding that North Korea had indeed stopped its tests. In a statement to the Manila forum on Monday, Pyongyang said it would never place its nuclear program on the negotiating table as long as the United States maintained a hostile policy against the North. North Korea says its ICBMs are a legitimate means of defence. It has long accused the United States and South Korea of escalating tensions by conducting military drills. Suzanne DiMaggio of the New America Foundation think tank in Washington said there may be some room for dialogue. "The North Koreans contend that they cannot relinquish their nuclear program until the US ends its hostile policies," she said. "This indicates conditionality to some extent and it should be fully pursued. How do they define these ?hostile policies?' How can they be addressed? Can we get to the point where the North Koreans do not see the necessity of having nuclear weapons?" Joel Wit, director of 38 North, a Washington-based North Korea monitoring project, said he did not think North Korea would agree to a suspension of missile tests unilaterally as a precondition to talks without, for example, a suspension of large-scale military exercises held regularly by the United States and South Korea, which it has denounced as a prelude to invasion. The latest UN resolution bans North Korean exports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore, and seafood. It also prohibits countries from increasing the numbers of North Korean labourers currently working abroad, bans new joint ventures with North Korea and any new investment in current joint ventures. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged "the North Korean side to calmly handle the resolutions". He said in Manila on Sunday that Pyongyang should "not do anything unbeneficial towards the international community such as a nuclear test." In a phone call, South Korea's Moon and Trump said they would continue cooperating to rein in North Korea, particularly ahead of a regular joint military drill set for late August, South Korean presidential office spokesman Park Su-hyun said. The White House said the two leaders "affirmed that North Korea poses a grave and growing direct threat" to most countries around the world.
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  18. US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley directs comments to the Russian delegation at the conclusion of a UN Security Council meeting to discuss the recent ballistic missile launch by North Korea at UN headquarters in New York, US, July 5, 2017. PHOTO: Reuters WASHINGTON: The United States said Sunday the time for talk over North Korea was "over," spurning a UN response to Pyongyang´s latest ICBM launch in favour of bomber flights and missile defence system tests. Nikki Haley, the US envoy to the United Nations, said there was "no point" in holding a fruitless emergency Security Council session, warning that a weak additional council resolution would be "worse than nothing" in light of the North´s repeated violations. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un boasted of his country´s ability to strike any target in the US after an intercontinental ballistic missile test Friday that weapons experts said could even bring New York into range -- in a major challenge to Trump. US strategic bombers on Saturday flew over the Korean peninsula in a direct response to the launch, and on Sunday American forces successfully tested a missile interception system the US hopes will be installed on the Korean peninsula. Under Kim´s leadership, North Korea has accelerated its drive towards a credible nuclear strike capability, in defiance of international condemnation and multiple sets of UN sanctions. The US Senate passed new bipartisan sanctions on Pyongyang on Friday. Haley urged China, Japan and South Korea to tighten the screws on Pyongyang. "An additional Security Council resolution that does not significantly increase the international pressure on North Korea is of no value," she wrote. "It sends the message to the North Korean dictator that the international community is unwilling to seriously challenge him. "China must decide whether it is finally willing to take this vital step. The time for talk is over." ´They do NOTHING´ Earlier, US President Donald Trump warned that he would not allow China -- the impoverished North´s sole major ally and economic lifeline -- to "do nothing" about Pyongyang. In two tweets, Trump linked trade strains with the Asian giant -- marked by a trade deficit of $309 billion last year -- to policy on North Korea, after Seoul indicated it could speed up the deployment of a US missile defense system that has infuriated China. "I am very disappointed in China. Our foolish past leaders have allowed them to make hundreds of billions of dollars a year in trade, yet they do NOTHING for us with North Korea, just talk," Trump wrote. "We will no longer allow this to continue. China could easily solve this problem!" Trump has repeatedly urged China to rein in its recalcitrant neighbor, but Beijing insists dialogue is the only practical way forward. Shinzo Abe, the prime minister of US treaty ally Japan, also urged Beijing to act -- along with Moscow -- after telephone talks with Trump on Monday Tokyo time. The North had "trampled all over" efforts to seek a peaceful solution to the situation and "unilaterally escalated" tensions. "The international community including China and Russia must take it seriously and step up pressure," he told reporters. ´Stern warning´ Pyongyang lauded the developers of the missile at the weekend, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported. The US-led campaign only provided "further justification" for the North´s resolve to maintain its weapons programs, Pyongyang´s foreign ministry said in a statement carried by KCNA. The ICBM test "is meant to send a stern warning to the US making senseless remarks, being lost to reason in the frantic sanctions and pressure campaign against the DPRK," it said, using an acronym for the North´s official name. Independent experts say it brings Los Angeles and Chicago within range, and could travel as far as Boston and New York. Pacific Air Forces commander General Terrence O´Shaughnessy called Pyongyang "the most urgent threat to regional stability." "If called upon, we are ready to respond with rapid, lethal and overwhelming force at a time and place of our choosing," he said. In a 10-hour joint mission at the weekend US B-1B bombers along with fighter jets from the South Korean and Japanese air forces practiced intercept and formation drills. It was followed by the successful test of the missile defense system, with the launch of a medium-range missile over the Pacific that was "detected, tracked and intercepted" in Alaska. In a standard response to the test, Beijing urged restraint by all sides, after the US and South Korea conducted a live-fire exercise using surface-to-surface missiles. Japan PM, Trump agree on further action on N. Korea Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with US President Donald Trump. PHOTO: Reuters Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday he spoke with US President Donald Trump by phone and that they agreed on the need to take further action on North Korea in the wake of its most recent missile launch. Abe told reporters that he praised Trump's commitment on North Korea and that he would make the utmost efforts to protect the Japanese public. North Korea said on Saturday it had conducted another successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile that proved its ability to strike the US mainland.
  19. Whatever allegations PTI has levelled are wrong, otherwise, they would have provided evidence had those allegations been correct. They have not provided any evidence till date, neither have they given any evidence in the past. They do not appear in the courts. They allege that God forbid we were involved in rigging. They have been consistently accusing us but those allegations did not even reach the court. Those allegations are absolutely false. We are preparing cases against their allegations and PTI will have to come to court to answer. They should face the courts and not run away from them. The matter should be cleared in a couple of hearings. We issued them a notice four years ago, but it was decided that we should not pursue the notice and hence a committee was formulated. Our three to four journalists and a few members from PTI were included in the committee so that both parties can meet. I myself met Imran Khan thrice and requested him to call a committee meeting and prove all the allegations that they levelled upon us and all this was documented. He, himself said many times that he will call a meeting but he never did, hence we are preparing to file a fresh case. As you all know that we won a case in London which had multiple allegations and Imran Khan was present in all those programs. When we went to courts in UK, ARY`s lawyer had to concede that they do not have any evidence against us. ARY had accepted this and they were punished severely. This was a unique decision in UK`s history, so if anyone, including Imran Khan or anyone who alleges a media group, should also back it with evidence. Question: Your media group is accused of supporting the government?s propaganda, what do you have to say about it? Remarks have been revealed about your biased attitude, your inclination toward the government is obvious, do you want to say something about it? Answer: I just want to say that whoever is saying that our inclination is towards the government is a slave of his own thoughts or he must be in a hateful relationship with the government or Nawaz Sharif. Nawaz Sharif and his supporters, Imran Khan and his supporters, do not want to see any news which is published against them. They do not want to see if we show Imran Khan?s wrong doing. They don?t want to see the other side of the story. Because we are the only channel which is showing the other side of the story. It might be that they don?t like our policy, but we show both sides of the story. It does not matter if its Nawaz Sharif, Imran Khan or the People`s Party, no one wants to see anything published against them. This is the real situation. Question: Does that WhatsApp story have any evidence? Answer: I have presented the case of the entire media today in front of the court. Our editors, as well as our legal team, are of the opinion that most of our published news have been correct except for one for which we have apologised. Mistakes can occur in journalism, but the correct thing is to accept the mistake and apologise. Our team works hard. Our news is not supposed to look after JIT and ISI. I have repeated several times that even this story, and also other stories are true till now. I have requested the honourable judges to take action if the story is wrong. Till now the action has been taken against one matter and which was misreporting. I even stated this in the court room and all the newspapers and channels also aired wrong headlines. It happens. Question: It is not written in the decision that the JIT has been given in ISI`s control, do you want action to be taken against you? Answer: I have said this several times, and also in front of you, why was action not taken against us if we are wrong? If we are wrong, then it should be exposed in front of everyone. Question: Sir, can you tell about the advertisements? Answer: Related to the advertisements, I have complained to the judges with respect and also revealed my pain to them regarding the matter. It was said that judges have given remarks and in my opinion, the remarks which are not present in the order sheet have zero value. So if the remarks of honourable judges have no value in the order/decision, then it has literally no value. We media people, which also includes us, build it as a 1000 floor building and also put marble on it. We also put wonderful black glasses and then polish it but eventually, it has no value. First time ever I have felt that we do wrong by valuing it too much and I realised this after today`s remarks. We have done the same mistake in the past and we are doing it again. I said one thing when talking regarding the remarks and everyone started criticising. I gave an example to them that If my colleagues who work hard with me, ask me on whose behest am I publishing this news, then I can ask in return ask on whose behest are you asking me this question? So I can answer them if they ask me. But I cannot give the same answer to you all, everything should be backed by evidence. As far as the advertisements are concerned, Mr Imran Khan started this and may Allah guide him towards the right path and may Allah guide us as well, Imran Khan talks without evidence. I have told him several times, and we have published and aired this in channels and newspapers, that he, Imran Khan visits the UK too and if these allegations are true, then he should try and accuse us in UK as well. We have given our stance openly in the newspapers and on the channels. I am not talking about all the channels but a few channels in our industry edit programs when they broadcast in London. The law is the same for allegations throughout the world. This practice in journalism of blaming is only seen here; they all edit their content elsewhere. As far as the advertisements are related, the KP government comes on top in giving advertisements to us. We also get more advertisements from the private sector. Readership and viewership are high, which is why we get more business. Same is the case with the government, whichever channel has the highest viewership and whichever newspaper has the highest readership will be given more advertisements so the argument that I am providing is very logical and they have asked for an entire table from the government. I have also asked requested the honourable judges to give us an opportunity to provide our data and they have agreed to it. We weren?t asked to present it at first but the government was and probably the government has not provided it yet. We want to provide our data and wanted to bring it today, but it wasn?t complete and it will include all the things which I have mentioned. We have more market share. The government has been unfair to us, as we have been saying for quite long that we should be given advertisements many more times than our closest competitor in newspaper and TV. We get a lesser number of advertisements than we should be getting. Number two and three get more advertisements than us. Their rating is much lower in percentage than us and we have been treated unfairly. Question: The record which has been revealed shows that you got ads worth Rs4.5 billion while the others got Rs40 million worth of ads. In relation to Imran Khan, you said that you have had quarrels with Imran Khan before, your offices have been stoned and you made peace afterwards, don?t you trust the Pakistani courts? Answer: This is a good question. All the cases are also currently filed in Pakistan, also the one that we took to UK. We have filed a case against Zaid Hamid which has proceeded a bit. We filed cases against him in Pakistan four years ago and they are moving forward. As far as your argument of Rs4bn is concerned, kindly wait for the report, everything will be revealed once the report is exposed. Rubbish is being peddled on social media currently. 75pc of social media is rubbish in the world. International people term it as gutter, Imran Khan uses social media because it's free for him and for all the politicians, even for PML-N to post whatever they want. They can post 1,000 emails at once and start useless propaganda. It is a rule in Pakistan that a defamation case has to be decided in three months. It is necessary that the honourable judges realise that everything would be fine in Pakistan if decisions are made. If there is a difference between me and you, then it should be cleared because it progresses with time and then turns into a rivalry. Judgements are not made in Pakistan, while it took only 15 months in the UK to make a decision and hard work was put in the case. Question: Geo is a big name in media, especially during the PPP?s government, but after the sit-ins, a perception in the general public was that PTV and Geo have very similar news/content. What do you want to say about it? Answer: I have said this before too, we show every perspective. The perspective which is not acceptable to Imran Khan and his supporters, they dislike it and say that we are trying to save PML-N and Nawaz Sharif. But our policy is different. Someone should tell me if we have not given coverage to Imran Khan. Although he has boycotted us, we still give him coverage. We have never boycotted his coverage. Hence, his goal is to make individuals controversial by accusing them and discrediting them, making the people not believe our reporting and having them read our news with a sense of doubt. This is his game and he will never be successful in this. We have faced this in the past as well and you all know what we have been through even during Nawaz Sharif`s era when Saif-ur-Rahman was there. We faced everything when Musharraf was in power. You all know what he did to us. When Zia- ul-Haq was there, my father had to write an editorial on the first page with his signature. Ayub Khan also did a lot. Bhutto also did a lot. All the rulers did a lot to us. This is not something new for us. All the allegations that they associate with the media and the Jang Group, no one has ever proved any allegation. I request Imran Khan to please go to the courts and prove all the allegations. There is a council of complaints, PEMRA and the courts, he should go there and prove. I request you to select 10 people and tell Imran Khan to send 10 people as well and I give you permission to decide independently on whose fault is it, in order to resolve this situation. And I request Imran Khan and his supporters to approach this is a positive manner and avoid negativity. Question: What is your complaint with Tehreek-e-Insaf that you are explaining yourself so much? Why are you diving into politics? The reason why the Supreme Court summoned you is, because you are not doing journalism but manipulating and this is the only reason why you have been sent a notice. A trend has started in your organisation regarding fake reporting. Answer: Mine and your brother questioned me about PTI and that is why I answered. Secondly, I have no idea what you are talking about and about what the honourable judges have said and what they have not. With due respect, they did not prove everything then how did the honourable judges pass their remarks? And If they have said, till date, the judges, if they have said, it is wrong because no one has provided any evidence and no action has been taken yet. The proof which has been provided in front of you discusses only one news item. Why did they make a second call for Noorani Sb? On which the honourable judge said; How dare he? This is the action he has taken and he did not take any other action. All the news has been already published, no action has been taken against them which technically means they are correct. They are not wrong it means and if they do take action then court proceedings will be held on that news. Question: Today you talked about judicial remarks. However; you used to air remarks of Ch. Iftikhar with pleasure, then why do you have a problem with the remarks now? Answer: Yes, I have said this there, how my parents have brought me up and what our policy Is what I have said clearly that today we are realising this when we have been made to face it. Call the order sheet. Now, we have got to know that the value of these remarks is zero as our lawyers have told us that whatever is not in the order sheet, has zero value. And I realised that even in Chaudhry Iftikhar's era, we used to build a whole building over remarks with windows and polished it, which was wrong. It has no value and we have been defaming, which should not have been done. Every media, which includes our media group, considers remarks as if they are a very big deal Question: Have you ever met Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry? Answer: Yes, I met him after his retirement. I never met him during his tenure. Question: Justice Azmat Saeed has said that you have discussed everything related to the JIT. You said that no news has bounced. His stance was that your news was related to the JIT and the court did not make the decision which you quoted. He said it has to do with something with the stock exchange as well, what do you have to say about it? Answer: I haven?t heard this statement but if you are saying it, and if it is true, then it is a shameful statement. If I can, then I would prefer to file a case against the judge who has said this. Whichever judge said what you are saying, and if he said it then it is a shameful statement and he should not have said this about anyone. We media persons and politicians have the same complaint about these remarks which shall not be passed as defaming someone is not good Question: You used to put all things related to Ch. Iftikhar as a headline? Answer: Not only us but the entire media was doing it. We are also humans and not God/Allah. We accept that we have committed mistakes and we might keep on committing mistakes. We all should accept that since this world has been created, everyone has committed mistakes. We are not trying to become a party. The assumptions of manipulation are absolutely wrong and defaming. If I say, that you are saying all this because you have been bribed by someone then how would you feel? Although it will sound wrong If I say this. I am not saying this, you haven?t taken any money but I am putting forward an example, that if I say this then how wrong it will sound and should not be said. And I will also not say this without evidence Question: You have said this again and again that you have published all the right news so will you apologise? Answer: We will definitely apologise if we are wrong and why shouldn?t we apologise if we are wrong. But we have seen this in the past, we take a stand for our reporters if they aren?t proven wrong and this is the reason why we have differences with the governments and opposition, such as we have with Imran Khan. We have created differences with the opposition many a time. There have been differences with the MQM, with the government. A journalist is the one who brings in the news and our organisation stands by it, then we get punished horribly for it, an example being TV closure as everyone knows what happened in Musharaf's era and also after Hamid Mir incident. You guys bring in the news but we face the music. and you guys get the right news and if they are wrong then we ourselves take action against them. So whatever news till now we have published and our team has published, and I am proud of my team and Inshallah, whoever is claiming them to be wrong should prove them wrong and I am proud of my team because they work hard. Supreme Court should take action If they are wrong as they took action on that news. It has been over 2 months now and Supreme court hasn?t taken any action against it, I ask why? Question: Reporters are often accused of siding with Nawaz Sharif. Imran Khan quotes Ansar Abbasi on his news against the SECP and then it is said that our group also reports against PML-N. Reporters have this perception, what will you say about this? Answer: We are airing and publishing a lot of news against PML-N. You tell yourself that didn?t we give that news? This is our business and we know how to earn halaal. Why would we cause loss to our own business? Forget about journalism. How can I publish only one perspective? Today we are the biggest group with Allah's blessing.
  20. <p>I am not going to give you thirteen reasons why this is important, because this isn't your tape. Think of this as your awakening.</p> <p>My relationship with straight men has always been complicated and awkward, just like my relationship with protein supplements (How do they work? When am I supposed to have them? Is one scoop enough? Should I have it with milk or Greek yoghurt?). When I was younger and a less self-aware man, I remember getting nervous sweats every time I was introduced to a straight guy, in case they dissed me or disliked me. Instead, I would scuttle over to their sisters, girlfriends, and mothers – and talk about the latest episode of Gossip Girl, or which bar made the best cocktails in town. Honestly, I didn't want them to think I was trying to hit on them. What if they thought I was looking at their biceps, their abs, or worse, their crotch?</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="Dear Straight Men, We Need To Talk About How You Feel About Gay Men" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/dear-straight-men-we-need-to-talk-about-how-you-feel-about-gay-men1-1500997550.jpg" alt="Dear Straight Men, We Need To Talk About How You Feel About Gay Men" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/dear-straight-men-we-need-to-talk-about-how-you-feel-about-gay-men1-1500997550.jpg" />© Unsplash</p> <p>Almost never, boys; almost never. It strengthened a bit over the years, this confused relationship with straight men—where I would occasionally guffaw over Sunny Leone's vital stats or nod my head (a little too energetically) over a football reference, but that was it--my girlfriends' husbands and boyfriends were just that, husbands and boyfriends - men who I always shared a degree of separation with. No life long bonds were formed; only ‘this-was-fun-we-should-do-it-again' plans were made.</p> <p>Plans that were never followed up, just like most alcohol-induced plans never are. Why did I not try? Could I have made an effort that went beyond telling them their choice in women was impeccable (Sunny Leone included)?</p> <p>Not really, because we had nothing in common – apart from the fact that we were crazy about the same women (platonically, in my case). What would I say to them? What if they thought I was weird, what if they thought I was different, but most importantly what if they thought I didn't fit in?</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="Dear Straight Men, We Need To Talk About How You Feel About Gay Men" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/dear-straight-men-we-need-to-talk-about-how-you-feel-about-gay-men2-1500997577.jpg" alt="Dear Straight Men, We Need To Talk About How You Feel About Gay Men" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/dear-straight-men-we-need-to-talk-about-how-you-feel-about-gay-men2-1500997577.jpg" />© Unsplash</p> <p>I couldn't bear to go through high school in my twenties all over again.</p> <p>I got the validation at the beginning of this year. An acquaintance once stopped me on the way to the washroom, at a bar just a few months ago. ‘I've been meaning to tell you something for a really long time,' he slurred down my ears, his breath reeking of vodka and bad choices.</p> <p>‘What is it?' I asked, keeping a polite distance. Bad choices always give off a really strong odour.</p> <p>‘I don't want this to sound rude, but…' he trailed off.</p> <p>‘But?' I asked, slightly worried.</p> <p>Was my fly open? Did I have something stuck in my teeth? Had he seen me swipe my beer coaster? Did I have ketchup on my butt? Had he managed to catch me checking the cute waiter out? Could he know about that one time in 2013 when I shoplifted?</p> <p>Fortunately, it was none of the above.</p> <p>‘Dude, you are gay, but you are so…so...normal!' he lisped out, downing his fourth (or was it fifth?) shot for the night. He made me have a shot as well, but that's another story.</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="Dear Straight Men, We Need To Talk About How You Feel About Gay Men" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/dear-straight-men-we-need-to-talk-about-how-you-feel-about-gay-men3-1500997604.jpg" alt="Dear Straight Men, We Need To Talk About How You Feel About Gay Men" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/dear-straight-men-we-need-to-talk-about-how-you-feel-about-gay-men3-1500997604.jpg" />© Unsplash</p> <p>The list of dull clichés attached to being a gay man is as endless as the number of players on standby in a cricket match – we are stylish, great at whipping up Pinterest DIY projects, love the colour lilac (and know what it is), hedonistic, ***-crazed and drug-addled party junkies to just name a few. Some of these will be self-perpetuating – there will always be hookup apps, there will always be drugs, there will always be clubs – and the only reason these clichés exist is because such people exist. But there's strong resistance by anyone who even slightly lives beyond these (terribly) narrow parameters to see beyond them – it's not always Grindr, gay bars and glory holes for us gay men.</p> <p>We also love our gimlets.</p> <p>It's unfortunate, though. I get that some straight men don't get gay men, just like they don't get independent, career-driven women. But then again, there's no magical cure for homophobia – no pill that wipes off strains of hate, and strands of intolerance from the bodies of the most right-wing, misogynistic bigots.</p> <p>But it's 2017, bro (for lack of a better word).</p> <p>Now the lines are blurring, all thanks to underground music and undercover drugs. The new age gay man has become your ‘quintessential straight guy'. He likes his beer (gluten-free), trips on techno music, loves to mansplain and isn't just guilty of sending (and receiving) dick pics; but also has them for breakfast (or brunch, which is the single favourite meal of the gay).</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="Dear Straight Men, We Need To Talk About How You Feel About Gay Men" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/dear-straight-men-we-need-to-talk-about-how-you-feel-about-gay-men4-1500997626.jpg" alt="Dear Straight Men, We Need To Talk About How You Feel About Gay Men" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/dear-straight-men-we-need-to-talk-about-how-you-feel-about-gay-men4-1500997626.jpg" />© Unsplash</p> <p>The modern gay dude (because that's what he is) goes to the gym, and exchanges notes on HIIT workouts and keto diets with his gym buddies. They sometimes even do the MetaShred together. This new gay guy shares dank memes and gets excited about the Marvel Universe. He follows the Wimbledon, and also has a favourite football team, which is entirely unbiased of how attractive the players are.</p> <p>The gay man of 2017 has a ‘bro'verload of emotions and adrenaline - he follows the same rules of dating as the next red-blooded heterosexual down the corner (only he's better dressed, and well-groomed), rating his potential plus ones from fantastic to fuckboy – there's no difference really, unless one has to think about who fits the bill when things are going so bad, they might probably never see each other ever again.</p> <p>And this is just the beginning, my heterosexual peers. We are officially here, and we aren't going anywhere anytime soon.</p> <p>So how about we start up a bromance and just share our beers instead?</p>
  21. Photo: HBO SAN DIEGO: "Game of Thrones" dropped a new trailer at San Diego Comic-Con Friday, showing the armies of the Seven Kingdoms gearing up for war, with an undead horde on the march. Queen Cersei warns the people in King´s Landing to beware of the incoming Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen, who finally landed in Westeros in Sunday´s season seven premiere. There were the usual battles, sweeping panoramas and politicking, as well as an appearance from Melisandre, who is seen counseling Daenerys that she may not be the only "chosen one." "I believe you have a role to play, as does another," the Red Woman tells the Mother of Dragons at the close of the trailer. According to "Game of Thrones" mythology, a hero who saved humankind from the White Walkers thousands of years ago is destined to be reborn and save the world again. It is unclear who Melisandre is thinking of, but the most likely candidate would be Jon Snow, the newly crowned King in the North whom she met in season five. Since its debut in 2010, the fantasy epic has picked up 38 Emmys, more than any other fictional show, but showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss announced last year it would finish with 13 episodes spread over a final two seasons. The season seven trailer shows Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish telling the eldest Stark daughter Sansa: "Every possible series of events is happening all at once." As this season started later than usual, it was the first ever "Game of Thrones" Comic-Con panel to take place with the show still on air and the premiere fresh in fans´ minds. Nine cast members -- and Alfie Allen´s tiny dog, Abby -- took to the stage at the San Diego Convention Center, although fan favorites Peter Dinklage (Tyrion), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys) and Lena Headey (Cersei) were missing. Sansa is ´woke´ The conversation -- moderated by Kristian Nairn, who played the tragic Hodor until last season -- focused on how various romantic relationships might play out during the seven-episode penultimate season. Gwendoline Christie, who plays Brienne of Tarth, was asked how she feels about the amorous overtures from giant ginger wildling Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju) towards her character. "What I love about Brienne of Tarth, I don´t think at the foremost of her consciousness is a value system based on how men appreciate her," she said. But she hinted that he character may be secretly enjoying the attention, despite the awkwardness. And on the subject of the "Thrones" women´s attitudes to men, Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa, was asked if her character still harbored ideas of romantic love. "She´s not like season one Sansa and looking for a relationship or love at the moment, she´s done with that," she said. "She´s always on the search for happiness but she doesn´t see the world through rose-colored glasses now... She´s woke now guys. She trusts no one now, man or woman, family member or not. And that´s important if you play the Game of Thrones." Jacob Anderson -- who plays Grey Worm -- was asked if there was the potential for a relationship with Daenerys´s advisor Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel). "There are things firing between them. I want those kids to be happy and find happiness between them, everything´s so sad" he said. Season 7 premiered to record-breaking ratings -- more than 10 million live tune-ins and a further six million streaming the show later. The last season averaged 25.7 million viewers per episode across all platforms, including delayed viewing, making it the most watched season of an HBO series on record.
  22. Attention isn't just about what we focus on -- it's also about what our brains filter out. By investigating patterns in the brain as people try to focus, computational neuroscientist Mehdi Ordikhani-Seyedlar hopes to build computer models that can be used to treat ADHD and help those who have lost the ability to communicate. In his recent TED Talk, Seyedlar breaks down how our brain transforms when we pay attention, instead of losing focus and getting easily distracted. He starts his talk by pointing out that being able to stay focused on a particular task at a particular moment is in fact, impressive. He says that when we're actively paying attention to something, our brain is filtering information. “There are two ways you direct your attention,” he says. “First is over attention… you move your eyes over something in order to pay attention to it. Then, there's covert attention… you pay attention to something but without moving your eyes.” © BBC UK He goes on to elaborate on how understanding brain patterns is important to build models for computers that can determine how well a brain functions. “And if it doesn't function, well, then these computers themselves, can be used as devices for therapy,” he adds. If there's one thing you should listen to today, it's this neuroscientist talk on why and how our brain changes when we pay attention to certain things.
  23. Xi and Putin slammed the US THAAD missile system installed in South Korea. -AFP MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping met Tuesday against a backdrop of mounting tensions over North Korea ahead of G20 summit talks with US President Donald Trump. The sit-down in Moscow is meant to focus on bolstering trade ties between the two partners, with deals worth billions of dollars expected to be signed. But the talks were also expected to discuss North Korea after Pyongyang claimed the launch of its first inter-continental ballistic missile, and Trump urged China to "end this nonsense once and for all". "Economic questions are always at the centre of our attention but we are also engaged in coordinating our efforts on the international arena," Putin told Xi at the start of the talks. It is their third official meeting this year. Xi in turn praised the "special character" of China´s ties with Russia. He called the two nations "good neighbours, faithful friends and reliable partners" in comments translated into Russian. Chinese state news agency Xinhua reported earlier that Putin and Xi "agreed to jointly push for a proper settlement of the peninsula issue via dialogue and negotiation" at a closed Kremlin meeting Monday evening on the eve of the official talks. Beijing - North Korea´s closest diplomatic ally - and Moscow have called repeatedly for calm on all sides, but Trump has warned Washington´s patience with Pyongyang is nearing an end. Xi and Putin once again slammed the US THAAD missile system installed in South Korea to protect against the North, Xinhua said. Both leaders argue that it threatens the strategic balance in the region. The Kremlin gave no details on what was discussed at the "informal" tete-a-tete Monday. The leaders of the two giant neighbours are expected to oversee the inking of a raft of deals worth billions of dollars as Moscow continues a pivot towards China it has ramped up since ties with the West slumped over Ukraine. Ahead of his arrival in Moscow Xi said that relations with Russia were currently enjoying their "best time in history" as he and Putin have struck up a close relationship. The Kremlin strongman is set to present Xi with a prestigious Russian state award at the Kremlin. After their meeting in Moscow the two leaders are set to head to the G20 summit in Hamburg where they will come face-to-face with Trump, a first meeting for Putin with the US president.
  24. Pentagon forecast that Beijing would likely build more bases overseas. BEIJING: China said on Thursday that talk the country was building a military base in Pakistan was pure speculation, after a Pentagon report earlier this month singled out Pakistan as a possible location for a future Chinese military base. The Pentagon forecast that Beijing would likely build more bases overseas after establishing a facility in the African nation of Djibouti. Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman Wu Qian was asked at a regular monthly news briefing if China would build a naval base in the Chinese-invested Pakistani port city of Gwadar. "Talk that China is building a military base in Pakistan is pure guesswork," Wu said, without elaborating. Djibouti´s position on the northwestern edge of the Indian Ocean has fuelled worries in India that it would become another of China´s "string of pearls" of military alliances and assets ringing India, including Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Sri Lanka. China has repeatedly downplayed expectations it could be about to embark on a plan to build military bases around the world, even as it ramps up an impressive military modernisation programme.
  25. The Russian Army has some of the fiercest ground forces in the world. A fierce army needs fierce weaponry, no? In steps the AK-47, developed by Mikhail Kalashnikov in 1949. Over the course of almost 70 years, the AK-47 has been the weapon of choice around the world. But, with the AK-12 and AK-15 ARs all set to replace this weapon in the Russian military, we can't help but wonder, does Russia have any other guns? Well, of course they do. This is not Counter Strike where everyone chooses the AK-47. So, let's take a look at 6 guns used by the Russian Army which don't get as much attention as they should because, AK-47 is life: #1 AK-100 Twitter The first gun on this list is part of the same AK family. It is meant for use in undesirable conditions and is cheap to make. It isn't suitable for long range attacks since it isn't the most accurate gun out there. #2 AK-74M Twitter Another gun that's a part of the AK family. We're starting to wonder if anyone apart from Kalashnikov made guns in Russia. Or maybe he was so good that no one else tried? Nonetheless, this gun is supposed to be better than the AK-47, but is it as popular? Hell no! #3 G3 Assault Rifle Twitter This was a popular weapon for the Russian forces from the 50s to the 90s. It was used by 75 countries at one point. Many countries still use it to this day. #4 AN-94 Twitter This rifle was created as a replacement for the AK-74. It was an excellent weapon but since it was too expensive to construct, only special units in the Russian military got to use it. So, it didn't achieve the same popularity as the AK-47. #5 SR-3M Twitter This light machine gun is effective and deadly. It's supposed to be a compact version of an Assault Rifle with roughly the same capabilities. Who wants to lug around an AK-47 in close quarters, right? #6 AS Val Twitter This is the favourite gun of the Russian Spetsnaz Elite. It is used mainly for covert operations since it came with a suppressor which prevented it from making much noise while firing rounds. It is also used by the KGB. We guess the only reason this gun isn't as popular as the AK-47 is because the Spetsnaz didn't want it to be.