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  1. Once among the most feared opening pairs in the world, Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag had an adorable banter on the latter?s 39th birthday. Tendulkar wished his former opening partner while pointing out his gung-ho attitude on the field. ?Happy birthday, viru! have a great start to the new year. you?ve always done ulta of what i have told you on field. so here?s one from me?? Tendulkar tweeted in a message written upside down. Sehwag, not one to be left behind in Twitter wars, quickly replied: ?Thank you God ji.. Uparwala sab dekh raha hai, yeh to suna tha, par aaj samajh aaya, woh neeche waalon ke liye likhta kaise hai !? Other teammates also took to Twitter to wish ?Viru? a very happy birthday.
  2. ISTANBUL: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Friday sought enhanced trade and economic partnerships with D-8 member states, as he represented Pakistan at the ninth D-8 summit being held in Istanbul from October 19 to 21. ?Connectivity-led growth is a good example of South-South cooperation. We seek similar partnerships with D-8 member states ? through road and rail routes, where possible, but also through stronger air and sea connections,? PM Abbasi said while addressing the opening session of the summit. Pakistan, which remained the Chairman of this organisation of eight developing nations since 2012, also handed over the Chair to Turkey at the Summit?s opening session. The 9th D-8 summit, with the theme ?Expanding Opportunities through Cooperation?, was attended by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, Azerbaijani leader Ilham Aliyev, Iran?s first vice president Eshaq Jahangiri and the vice president of Indonesia Jusuf Kalla. Prime Minister Abbasi said as Pakistan celebrated 70 years of its independence, it was confronted with many challenges over the last decade. ?We faced unrelenting terrorism emanating from instability in our neighbourhood and the environment in the region and beyond.? He, however, stressed that as a result of a comprehensive strategy and unwavering resolve, Pakistan had successfully turned the tide. ?Improved security has led to economic recovery. Pakistan?s economy has recorded a significant revival in the past four years. Over this time, we have focused on upgrading our communications and energy infrastructure, and enhancing regional connectivity,? he added. The Prime Minister said the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor would further put the economy on an upward trajectory of robust growth. ?We are also working on energy connectivity projects. Pakistan?s integration into the Eurasian Belt and Road network will provide a firm foundation for Pakistan?s rapid economic development.? He noted that the summit?s theme was in complete harmony with the post-2017 development agenda, visualising sustainable development as one of the core elements of people-centric development. ?Indeed, shared and joint prosperity is the only form of secure and sustainable prosperity. Inclusion based on collaboration ensures that there are no losers in the development effort ? all are winners.? The Prime Minister said Pakistan assumed the Chair of D-8 Organisation for Economic Cooperation in November 2012 at the eighth summit in Islamabad, which adopted two landmark documents: the D-8 Charter and the Global Vision. These documents have provided the essential basis for our joint endeavours, he added. Another significant milestone achieved during this period was the Observer Status for D-8 at the United Nations, he said, adding that this status enabled the organisation to closely interact with various UN agencies and affiliated institutions for cooperative arrangements in priority areas for Pakistan. PM Abbasi said that 20 years ago, a shared vision motivated the leaders of the member states to establish this organisation to promote cooperation in the key areas of agriculture, industry, SMEs, trade, transportation, energy and tourism. ?However, the progress achieved so far falls short of our expectations, necessitating measures to accelerate momentum for stronger partnership,? he added. The premier pointed towards the stagnation of intra D-8 trade, after an initial increase, adding that the apprehension is that the target of US $500 billion in 2018, envisaged in the 2008 Kuala Lumpur Summit Roadmap, might remain elusive. ?While it is imperative for the governments of member countries to facilitate trade and investment by adopting the necessary legal framework for investment protection and creating an enabling environment for business in their respective countries, it is the private sector that can make the best use of emerging opportunities for trade and joint ventures. It is, therefore, of utmost importance that we also actively promote entrepreneurship in our countries,? he said. PM Abbasi handed over to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Chair of the D-8 Organisation for Economic Cooperation. ?Mr. President, I congratulate you on assuming the Chair of the D-8 Summit. I am confident that your wisdom, sagacity, dynamism and firm commitment will bring new vigour to the D-8 Organisation for Economic Cooperation,? he said. The Prime Minster also said he and his delegation were deeply touched by the warm welcome and hospitality they received ever since their arrival. Turkish President Erdogan also addressed the opening session of the Summit and spoke on various challenges faced by the Muslim world in general and the member states in particular, in different spheres of life including economic development.
  3. If you thought you have seen enough of drama in the Bigg Boss house, wait till you hear this piece of news. BB house is all set to get its another rapper who unlike Akash took social media by storm with her cringeworthy pop numbers. The impact was so huge that people just couldn't stop talking about her. Dhinchak Pooja is all set to throw some swag in the Bigg Boss house. Along with Priyank Sharma, she is going to enter the house through wild card entry. Many of you might think why didn't she enter the house before. Talking to a leading daily she said that she was working on a song when the makers approached her the first time and now that she has some time on her hand she is all set to enter the BB house. (c) Twitter Talking about how she plans to play inside she said, “The show is a huge hit and I want be a part of it to gain experience. I don't have any strategy in mind that how I am going to be once I am in. I just want to be myself and deal with situations and issues as they come.” Well, it will be one hell of a ride to see Dhinchak Pooja going on a singing spree. We got to say Arshi and Sapna are going to have a tough time with this singing sensation. Admist all of this, her audition tape is going viral. The clip totally gives us a view about what we can expect from her and how much drama we can expect in the house. We are totally excited about her entry. What's left to see is whether she will write new cringe-worthy songs or collaborate with rapper A-Cash and give us something we can't even think of. Let us know how excited you are!
  4. A new report published by The Investor suggests that the Cupertino giant, Apple, is currently in talks with stylus manufacturers for a potential partnership. According to several sources, Apple is leaning towards a supercapacitor stylus instead of the traditional EMR models. EMR stands for electromagnetic resonance which is basically used by the Note series of smartphones by Samsung. © Twitter In order for Apple to accommodate a supercapacitor stylus, Apple will have to upgrade its A-series processors to handle handwriting support. “A supercapacitor type is cheaper to make compared to the EMR stylus. It also offers a more pen-like feel,” one of the Investor's sources said. "Apple had to compromise on some touch performance of the latest iPhone X largely due to the less advanced chipset," one source said. The Apple Pencil currently works with iPad Pros and does an incredible job at handling handwritings. © Apple There is a famous quote by Steve Jobs about styluses before the original iPhone was announced. "Who wants a stylus?" Jobs said while introducing the iPhone. "You have to get 'em, put 'em away, you lose 'em. Yuck! Nobody wants a stylus. So let's not use a stylus.” When Jobs returned to Apple, he killed the Newton, a tablet-like device that used a stylus. "God gave us 10 styluses. Let's not invent another," Jobs said about the project, according to Walter Isaacson's biography. Let's not forget Jobs was discussing a smartphone that was only 3.5-inches in size at the time. Apple has since introduced a stylus for the iPad which note-takers and artists welcomed with great delight. © Samsung Samsung's Galaxy Note series comes with a stylus that is tucked away in a small compartment. The S Pen this year offers a finer point and more levels of pressure sensitivity and the same level of IP68 water resistance as the rest of the phone. We can expect Apple to adopt a similar strategy for the iPhone 8 Plus/7 Plus and for the rumoured 6.46-inch iPhone. Source: The Investor
  5. Salman Khan pioneered fitness in Bollywood. His physique single-handedly drove hoards of fans into pushing iron. 25 years in the business and several transformations later, the man still wields very well balanced physique for a 50-year-old. It's actually not him alone, even Sohail Khan and Arbaaz Khan have sorted out their fitness game; the trio still rocks a six pack and incredible chests. © YouTube While some would say that Salman Khan is on the heavier side of the scale and it's not completely disagreeable but cut the guy some slack. What matters is Salman's fitness ethic. He's been loyal to the lifting game for decades now and can still drive numbers at the box office with one shirtless scene. Same can be said for Sohail Khan as well. While he couldn't ever make it big at the box office but that hasn't really kept him from keeping extremely fit. The takeaway here is that Salman Khan has never done it for the screen, like many do--lights on, tummy in and chest out. He's always been religious about fitness and keeping in shape year round. No matter how busy his schedules are or how hectic his work is, he always finds time for his body. While scrolling through his Instagram recently, I came across an incredible picture of his with his father Salim Khan. Here's the picture. My dad strongest. Salim khan(dullu) urff prince Saleem the original bajrangi bhaijaan, happy father's day daddy. A post shared by Salman Khan (@beingsalmankhan) on Jun 20, 2015 at 11:34pm PDT At almost 70 years, Salim Khan still looks incredibly fit and in super shape. Guess it runs in the family! Now get your act together and hit the weights.
  6. Artefacts and memorabilia are displayed during a preview of 'Harry Potter: A History of Magic' exhibition at the British Library, in central London on Oct 18, 2017, marking the twentieth anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Photo: AFP LONDON: The British Library has conjured to life the magical world of Harry Potter in a new exhibition featuring the oldest objects in its collection alongside never-seen items from J.K. Rowling´s personal archive. "Harry Potter: A History of Magic", which opens in London on Friday, includes Chinese oracle bones from 1192 BC ? the oldest datable items in the library´s vast collection ? as well as annotated sketches, notes and books by the author. Marking the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first book in the world-famous series, the display brings together nearly 100 other historic treasures, including cauldrons and scrolls, with original material provided by Potter publisher Bloomsbury. Chinese Oracle bones, the oldest dateable items in the British Library's collection from 1192 BC, on display at the "Harry Potter - A History of Magic" exhibition at the British Library, in London on Oct 18, 2017. Photo: AP Artworks by Jim Kay, illustrator of the books, including paintings and sketches of key characters, are also among the exhibits. The four-month show, which took a year to curate, has sold a record 30,000 advance tickets, with an additional 11,000 made available free to school groups, which have a day and a half reserved for them each week for exclusive visits. "It´s the biggest, best thing happening in London at the moment," said Jamie Andrews, head of culture at the British Library, as he unveiled the exhibition to the media on Thursday. To tell the history of folklore and magic around the world, the curators set up eight themed viewing rooms based on subjects studied at the books´ Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, from "Alchemy" and "Astronomy" to "Defence Against the Dark Arts" and "Care of Magical Creatures". Among the many dazzling displays is the Ripley Scroll, a six- metre (20-foot) manuscript of symbolic imagery from the 1500s describing how to create the philosopher´s stone, which in the books is able to give everlasting life. A member of British Library staff points at the Philosopher's Stone on the 16th-century Ripley Scroll, which describes how to make a Philosopher's Stone, at the "Harry Potter - A History of Magic" exhibition at the British Library, in London on Oct 18, 2017. Photo: AFP A stunning celestial globe dating from 1693 has been enlivened by a collaboration with Google Arts & Culture with interactive screens offering an augmented reality experience of the stars and constellations. Other highlights include the Battersea Cauldron dating back to 800 BC, which was dredged from the River Thames; a mermaid, reputedly caught in Japan in the nineteenth century; and the first record of the charm "abracadabra", written in ancient Greek. "Our exhibition sets J.K. Rowling´s wonderful Harry Potter stories in the wider cultural context," said Julian Harrison, the lead curator, who said he hoped it would appeal beyond the books´ fans. "It demonstrates that many of the stories that she features relating to cauldrons and broomsticks, unicorns and dragons, they all have historical, mythological precedence," he said. The exhibition also features two rooms showcasing rare Harry Potter material, such as a unique first edition of "Harry Potter and the Philosopher´s Stone" annotated and illustrated by Rowling. Rare international editions from among the nearly 80 different language versions published, including Tibetan, Turkish and Ukrainian, are also on display. Rowling said in a statement the library had done "an incredible job". "Encountering objects for real that have in some shape or form figured in my books has been quite wonderful," she said.
  7. Picture Asia Hockey Federation DHAKA: Pakistan drew its match with South Korea in the Super-4 stage of Asia Cup 2017. Pakistan started off well against South Korea with Ijaz Ahmed scoring a goal in the closing moments of the first quarter. The green-shirts maintained the lead in the next two quarters despite several attacks by the Korean?s. South Korea broke through in the fourth quarter of play with an equaliser and the match ended in a draw. In their final match of the tournament, Pakistan will face India in the Super-4 round. Earlier in the Super-4 stage Pakistan lost to Malaysia 3-2. The green shirts won convincingly against Bangladesh 7-0 in the opening match of the tournament, drew 2-2 against Japan and lost 3-1 to India.
  8. LONDON: A new exhibition celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book?s publication is offering ?muggles? with an interest in magic the chance to view rare memorabilia, combined with historic artifacts referenced in the popular series. ?Harry Potter: A History of Magic,? held in the British Library in London, features Potter memorabilia including author J.K. Rowling?s first annotated sketch of Hogwarts school, as well as her handwritten list of its teachers and subjects. As well as the items associated with Rowling and the book series, the exhibition also features historic artifacts from the library?s collection, including alchemists? scrolls from the 1500s and Chinese oracle bones from the 12th century. ?Our exhibition explores the history, mythology and folklore behind the Harry Potter stories,? Julian Harrison, the exhibition?s lead curator, told Reuters. ?We investigate broomsticks and cauldrons and unicorns and dragons. We?ve organized the exhibition around some of the subjects that students would study at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, from potions to charms to astronomy and divination.? The seven Harry Potter books have been translated into 68 languages and have sold more than 400 million copies worldwide, Rowling?s publishers say. The final book in the series was published in 2007, but the series spawned a series of hit films, a US theme park and a hit stage play that have kept the franchise in the public eye. Rowling herself appears to have enjoyed the blend of her fictional world with the library?s collection. ?Encountering objects for real that have in some shape or form figured in my books has been quite wonderful,? she said in a statement. The exhibition runs from October 20 until February 28 2018.
  9. ROME: Italian auction house Sant?Agostino said Wednesday bidders at its next sale will be able to settle up in bitcoin, a world first according to the auctioneers. Early next week, around 600 Italian and foreign design objects, mostly pieces of furniture, will go under the hammer at Sant?Agostino and "bitcoins will be accepted as payment", it said in a statement. Paying with the crypto currency will also be allowed at the following auction at the end of November which will feature paintings, jewelry and watches. Bitcoin is not generally recognised as a proper currency -- lacking a home country, central bank or treasury -- although its real world use is constantly increasing. It is traded through blockchain technology, which publicly records transaction details including the unique alphanumeric strings that identify buyers and sellers -- technology which is gaining increasing currency among banks and companies. Since its creation in 2009, the value of bitcoin against traditional currencies has risen exponentially, although there have been periods of dizzying plunges, too. It broke through the $5,000 level for the first time last week, having surged from $966 since the start of the year.
  10. From hogging food and sweets to dressing our best, Diwali brings the best out in everyone. But this family bonding session is incomplete without some comfort viewing! And to make this day extra special we bring a list of some feel-good shows that you can binge-watch with your entire family and build some memories. 1. Modern Family © ABC Despite their vastly contrasting personalities and endless squabbling, they have each other's backs. 'Modern Family' is a lot like our own crazy families. Whether it's escaping their chaotic extended family, dating troubles or collaborating on adventurous escapades, this family has their priorities in order. This show makes for perfect family viewing with its hysterical comedy! 2. This is Us © NBC This comedy/drama makes for a good dose of retrospection, not scared of delving into the intricacies of familial ties. The series is all about breaking the conventional boundaries that define a sibling relationship and build a meaningful friendship. It's about childhood dynamics and how it still impacts our lives. The spirited threesomes are here to ask those hard-hitting questions that we're all afraid of! 3. Stranger Things © Netflix This Netflix original isn't your regular family drama but takes you on the journey of a mother's worst nightmare to the resilience of those who cling to hope. The perfect blend of an 80s movie, it tells a poignant tale of childhood friendships. The residents of Hawkins, Indiana find themselves on the same page when they have to join forces to kill the Demogorgon. It's an intriguing story will definitely keep you hooked to the edge of your seats! 4. The Middle © ABC This show is all about the adventures of a middle-class family as they attempt to survive life in Indiana. The show is not laugh-out-loud funny but manages to surprise you in tender and whimsical ways. Their problems are very identifiable that each one of us can totally relate with. From juggling work, marriage and children to struggling through the grapples of adolescence, 'The Middle' has it all. 5. Fuller House © Netflix Who doesn't remember the 90s 'Full House'? In a continuation of the series, where DJ, Stephanie, Kimmy and Kimmy's daughter move into the house to help DJ raise her sons. This heartfelt show is rife with moments that teach us what's really important in life. The cheesy humour of the show works for its characters in sunny San Francisco. This Netflix spin-off is definitely one to watch with the kids in your house!
  11. A-lister, tall actor and Bollywood's (second) favourite Malhotra definitely knows how to dress to impress. If you don't believe us, just look at his past appearances here and here. He is also one of those rare male celebrities who can pull off a tricky trend or a complicated silhouette. And, even though his style isn't as adventurous as ... say ... a Ranveer Singh, or as hipster as Ranbir Kapoor—it definitely is still cool, relatable and above all, tailor-made to his personality. All of the above paired with his supermodel looks make him a stylish man consistently scoring A's in the fashion department. © Viral Bhayani Whether it's a pair of tattered-AF joggers, or statement sweatshirts, a tailored suit, an embroidered sherwani or a pair of dhoti pants by Manish Malhotra—Sid Malhotra can pull it off with ease. Reason? 1) He was a top male model working the circuit before he made his big Bollywood debut with Student Of The Year. And it's a proven fact that models often always have killer off-duty style. 2) Also, good Punjabi genes 3) And, last but definitely not least, good celebrity stylists helping him source top brands. © Viral Bhayani So, why are we talking about Sidharth Malhotra now? Because he just proved that a red kurta with subtle gold embroidery is the manliest thing you can wear this festive and wedding season. Not convinced yet? Hear us out! We (men) often tend to gravitate towards obvious (and cliché) colours like white, off-white, black, grey or midnight blue especially when it comes to festive wear. Why? Because it's easy. Because it'll always look good (at least in our head). Because girls will easily be impressed! © Viral Bhayani So, why are Sid Malhotra's risque blood red kurta paired with dhoti pants and brown sandals so important? Because it showcases a sense of sartorial evolution that is very much needed if we ever want to try out fresh new fashion. It is also a great alternative to the same-old-same-old festive looks. And, trust us when we say it, that you don't have to be Sid to pull it off. Pro-tip: Wear skinny churidars if you think you can't pull off dhoti pants or wear a pair of tapered jeans (for Christ's sake), but just try it once. Because you might just end up with your Alia Bhatt!
  12. Just days after US President Donald Trump called for further isolation of Iran, a Norwegian solar company signed a deal to invest 2.5 billion euros in the country over the next five years. "Norway is fully committed to the JCPOA (nuclear deal) and this is proof that we have taken the opening very seriously, and we will see more investment very soon," Norwegian ambassador Lars Nordrum told AFP. He was hosting the signing at his residence in Tehran between Norway's Saga Energy, which will work with Iran's Amin Energy Developers to install two gigawatts of solar panels in multiple sites around the central desert region. It comes just days after Trump gave a bellicose speech, imposing further sanctions on Iran and calling for European allies to curb their financial dealings with the country. The new solar project is being financed by a consortium of European private and state investors, and backed by a sovereign guarantee from the government of Iran. "We hope to build a factory in Iran to build the panels so that we are also generating jobs," said Saga's development manager Gaute Steinkopf at the signing. "I'd like to thank Norway, which has always been one of the best friends to Iran, for this exciting opportunity," said Saeid Zakeri, head of international affairs for Amin.
  13. Former US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday that ?cavalier? threats to start war on the Korean peninsula are ?dangerous and short-sighted?, urging the United States to get all parties to the negotiating table. Clinton also called on China to take a ?more outfront role? in enforcing sanctions against North Korea aimed at curbing its missile and nuclear development. ?There is no need for us to be bellicose and aggressive (over North Korea),? said Clinton at a forum in the South Korean capital Seoul, stressing the need for greater pressure on North Korea and diplomacy to bring Pyongyang to talks. Tensions between Pyongyang and Washington have soared following a series of weapons tests by North Korea and a string of increasingly bellicose exchanges between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. ?Picking fights with Kim Jong Un puts a smile on his face,? Clinton said, but did not mention Trump by name. Clinton also indirectly referred to Trump?s insults towards North Korea on Twitter, saying ?the insults on Twitter have benefited North Korea, I don?t think they?ve benefited the United States?. The tweets are making future negotiations with North Korea difficult, she said, adding that Washington should ?incessantly, persistently work? to get involved parties to dialogue with North Korea. The war of words has seen Trump call the North Korean leader ?little rocket man? on a suicide mission, and vowed to destroy North Korea if it threatens the United States or its allies. North Korea has in turn called Trump ?mentally deranged?. Clinton, a former US secretary of state, said Washington?s allies have increasingly been expressing concerns over the reliability of the United States, advising Washington to avoid becoming sidelined with North Korean threats and be ?as forcefully patient? as possible. Regarding China?s role in reining in North Korea, Clinton said Beijing would be better off in taking a ?more outfront role? in trying to ?tighten and absolutely enforce sanctions? against North Korea. Clinton said China?s retaliatory actions against South Korean companies doing business in China following the deployment of a US anti-missile system in South Korea would be unnecessary had Beijing done a better job containing and deterring North Korea. China has been curbing South Korean businesses there since Seoul decided to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system, saying its powerful radar could be used to pierce its territory. South Korea and the United States have repeatedly told China that THAAD aims only to defend against North Korea?s missile threats. ?The Chinese can?t have it both ways. They can?t do less than they could to tighten economic pressures on North Korea and same time discount the real threat South Korea and its citizens face,? she said.
  14. Manchester City beat Napoli 2-1 in their Champions League Group F match on Tuesday, maintaining their 100 percent record after three games, but Pep Guardiola?s side were forced to hang on despite going 2-0 up inside 13 minutes. City started as they left off in their 7-2 crushing of Stoke City in the Premier League on Saturday, attacking with a speed and fluency which the Serie A leaders struggled to cope with. Raheem Sterling put the home side ahead in the ninth minute, finishing with his left foot after Kyle Walker?s attempt to convert a David Silva pull-back was blocked. Four minutes later, the in-form Kevin De Bruyne created the second, powering down the right flank and delivering a pinpoint low cross to Gabriel Jesus who made no mistake. The Premier League leaders were producing wave after wave of attacks and the appreciative crowd sensed that this could be another massacre. Belgian midfielder De Bruyne fired a long-range shot against the bar in the 25th minute after a swift City counter-attack, and then Jesus had a goalbound effort cleared off the line by Kalidou Koulibaly. But then City began to lose focus, sloppily giving the ball away in dangerous positions, slowing down their breaks, and Napoli sensed that the game might not be just about damage limitation. The Italians had an opportunity to narrow the deficit in the 38th minute after Kyle Walker gave away a penalty but City?s Brazilian keeper Ederson produced a fine save to keep out Dries Mertens? spot-kick. After the break, Napoli grew into the game, with some clever touches and smart movement troubling the City defence and John Stones needed to use his midriff to stop a Marek Hamsik shot that was heading for an open goal. Napoli?s reward came when they got a second chance from the spot in the 73rd minute, this time Amadou Diawara firing home after Faouzi Ghoujlam was tripped by Fernandinho. Despite some late pressure from Maurizio Sarri?s side, City showed some grit as they held on to secure their third straight win which leaves them on top of the group with nine points. ?We knew they played patient football and had attacking threat. We knew it would be tough but we wanted to play our football,? said City defender John Stones. ?At times it was great to watch. I am upset to concede the goal we did but overall ... a great team performance. We have put ourselves in a good position (in the group). There are a lot of games to play still. This was a good test to see where we are at,? he added. Napoli are third on three points, trailing second-placed Shakhtar Donetsk who are on six.
  15. Total´s Chief Executive Officer Patrick Pouyanne said in an interview with International Oil Daily that the company would wait to see the consequences of Trump´s decision, and if there are any laws that obliges it to withdraw from Iran, then it will comply. Photo: Reuters file PARIS: French oil and gas major Total will push ahead with its Iran gas project if the United States decides to slap unilateral sanctions on Teheran after President Donald Trump said he will not certify the landmark Iran nuclear deal. Total´s Chief Executive Officer Patrick Pouyanne said in an interview with International Oil Daily that the company would wait to see the consequences of Trump´s decision, and if there are any laws that obliges it to withdraw from Iran, then it will comply. "If Iran is compliant, if the European Union and China and Russia continue to consider that the JCPOA can be applied, then that means the US would have to take unilateral sanctions and we see what the situation is," Pouyanne said in the interview published on Tuesday. "But we will try on our side to obtain the comfort that we can continue the project, which will be our priority," he added.
  16. US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announces the indictments of two major Chinese producers of deadly fentanyl, the synthetic opioid blamed for some 20,000 US overdose deaths last year. Photo: AFP WASHINGTON: The US Justice Department announced Tuesday the indictment of two Chinese producers of fentanyl, the synthetic opioid that causes a rising share of the country's 60,000-plus annual overdose deaths. But questions remained over whether the Trump administration will go after the US makers and distributors of legal opioids that have fuelled the nation´s addiction crisis. Early Tuesday President Donald Trump´s nominee to head the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Congressman Tom Marino, withdrew after news reports tied him to legislation that protected prescription drug distributors from prosecution for indiscriminately dumping hundreds of millions of tablets of highly addictive opioids like Oxycodone into the US market. "Rep. Tom Marino has informed me that he is withdrawing his name from consideration as drug czar. Tom is a fine man and a great Congressman!" Trump tweeted. Legal and illegal synthetic opioids were behind most of the 64,000 drug overdose deaths across the country in 2016, a record level expected to further rise this year. US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said Tuesday that 20,000 of those deaths resulted from fentanyl that is cheap to manufacture and is up to 50 times more potent than heroin. With the supply of prescription opioids on the market cut back in the past two years, addicts have turned to the cheapest alternative, fentanyl or heroin cut with fentanyl. Two Chinese, Zhang Jian and Yan Xiaobing, were indicted for supplying two separate distribution networks with fentanyl, one of them also operating in Canada. They said Yan operated at least two chemical plants in China able to produce fentanyl by the tonne. Yan could allegedly alter the chemical makeup of the fentanyl to evade US laws, and had at least 100 distributors working for him. US officials alleged Zhang had four fentanyl-producing laboratories and sold the drug over the Internet, paid for by crypto-currencies and shipped by international parcel services. Zhang and Yan "represent one of the most significant drug threats facing the country -- overseas organized crime group capable of producing nearly any synthetic drug imaginable," said DEA Acting Administrator Robert Patterson. US officials would not say if the two traffickers had been arrested or their plants shut by the Chinese authorities. Tuesday´s announcement came days after The Washington Post and 60 Minutes reported on how intensive lobbying in Congress by producers of prescription opioids and the support of a few legislators including Marino led to a 2016 law that weakened DEA efforts to crack down on them and prevent their drugs from hitting the streets. Patterson insisted that the DEA has not let up on policing the industry and has the tools to do so, but would not say if the agency was investigating any of the major prescription opioid distributors.
  17. Just days after US President Donald Trump called for further isolation of Iran, a Norwegian solar company signed a deal to invest 2.5 billion euros in the country over the next five years. Photo: AFP file TEHRAN: Just days after US President Donald Trump called for further isolation of Iran, a Norwegian solar company signed a deal to invest 2.5 billion euros in the country over the next five years. "Norway is fully committed to the JCPOA (nuclear deal) and this is proof that we have taken the opening very seriously, and we will see more investment very soon," Norwegian ambassador Lars Nordrum told AFP. He was hosting the signing at his residence in Tehran between Norway´s Saga Energy, which will work with Iran´s Amin Energy Developers to install two gigawatts of solar panels in multiple sites around the central desert region. It comes just days after Trump gave a bellicose speech, imposing further sanctions on Iran and calling for European allies to curb their financial dealings with the country. The new solar project is being financed by a consortium of European private and state investors, and backed by a sovereign guarantee from the government of Iran. "We hope to build a factory in Iran to build the panels so that we are also generating jobs," said Saga´s development manager Gaute Steinkopf at the signing. "I´d like to thank Norway, which has always been one of the best friends to Iran, for this exciting opportunity," said Saeid Zakeri, head of international affairs for Amin.
  18. Interior Minister and senior leader of Pakistan Muslim League ? Nawaz (PML-N) Ahsan Iqbal. Photo: Geo News ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister and senior leader of Pakistan Muslim League ? Nawaz (PML-N) Ahsan Iqbal on Tuesday said that the government believes in the stability of institutions and he never had a dispute with the Pakistan Rangers. Speaking on Geo News? programme Capital Talk, the interior minister said that his participation in a passing out parade ceremony of the rangers is a 'loud and clear message' that the government respects the country's institutions. "My participation is proof of my solidarity with the institutions," the minister said. Responding to a question about the October 2 incident when rangers, deployed outside an accountability court, blocked entry to the premises where the hearing of the former premier Nawaz Sharif was underway, Iqbal said that the specific incident occurred due as a result of a certain policy. Islamabad administration denies ordering Rangers deployment at NAB court Deputy commissioner acknowledges receipt of letter from SSP Operations, but says no action was taken after discussion "An internal probe by the paramilitary force into the incident is underway and we will soon sort it out," he said. "It was an administrative situation and we are waiting for their report." The interior minister insisted that the government has 'no tensions with any institutions.' "They [armed forces] are our front line, and we have the utmost respect for all of the institutions that are protecting our motherland," Iqbal said.
  19. KARACHI: In the series of knife attacks, a new incident emerged on Tuesday when a girl was allegedly attacked with a sharp object in Karachi?s Azizabad. According to police, a girl was traveling with her brother on a motorcycle when she was attacked with a sharp object on her back. SSP Central said that after the medical report it will be ascertained what was the object used to attack the victim, adding that she was shifted to a hospital. The girl received a wound below her shoulder, the SSP Central added. Police had claimed on Sunday that the infamous Karachi knife attacker was nabbed from Mandi Bahauddin, Punjab, in a joint police operation. Legal complications restrict transfer of Karachi knife attacks suspect from Punjab The Karachi police managed to get the suspect nabbed by CIA Punjab without informing Punjab Home Department Since September 25, at least 15 attacks by a knife attacker, riding a motorcycle, have occurred in Karachi's eastern district. The suspect, evading arrest, posed a challenge to the authorities and caused a scare among the public after repeated attacks by a sharp object. ?
  20. Photo: File Social media was flooded with women who took to Twitter and Facebook to indicate they have been sexually harassed or assaulted. On Sunday actress Alyssa Milano tweeted a note that read "Suggested by a friend: If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote "Me too" as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem." "If you've been sexually harassed or assaulted write 'me too' as a reply to this tweet," she wrote. The movement started in response to the sexual harassment allegations against the American film producer and former studio executive Harvey Weinstein. Weinstein lost his job and wife after several women accused him of sexual misconduct. He was also stripped of his membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Saturday. Through a spokesperson, Weinstein "unequivocally" denied "any allegations of non-consensual ***." Milano?s tweet brought a huge response from women across the world, including celebrities, who tweeted "Me too" and shared their experiences. Even some men added their voices to the #MeToo hashtag that started trending following the response to Milano?s tweet. French women also joined in as they tweeted their experiences of being sexually harassed by using the hashtag "balancetonporc" or "squeal on your pig." Milano costarred with Rose McGowan on the show "Charmed." McGowan, who has become an outspoken online critic of both Weinstein and Hollywood?s culture of objectification, has alleged that the film producer raped her. In an essay written last week, Milano said that giving a statement on Weinstein was "complicated" for her for "personal reasons." She is friends with Weinstein's now-estranged wife, Georgina Chapman, whom she has worked with on "Project Runway All Stars." Milano says she is passionate about women's rights. "Sexual harassment and assault in the workplace are not just about Harvey Weinstein," she wrote." We must change things in general. We must do better for women everywhere."
  21. If the name Kavita Devi and WWE does not ring a bell, then chances are that you might have been living under a rock all this while. This professional wrestler has been hogging the limelight for quite some time now, after she savagely overpowered Dakota Kai in an epic combat in the Mae Young classic tournament. To refresh your memories, this is what we are talking about. Although she failed to knock out Dakota, she did manage to win our hearts by the end of the match. However, more than her killer moves, it was her appearance that was a shocker for people. After all, a salwar-kameez clad woman beating the sh*t out of her opponent in the ring is not an image you would associate with WWE matches. But after this, we don't think there's any room for the word impossible here. After proving her mettle on an international platform like the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), Kavita recently added another feather to her hat of achievements by becoming the first ever Indian female wrestler to be signed by WWE. Following in the footsteps of The Great Khali and Jinder Mahal, this 31-year-old will now represent India on the coveted ring of WWE and we don't think there's anything stopping her from making it big in the wrestling world. This announcement was reportedly made by Jinder Mahal during his visit to Delhi. Kavita's training will most likely begin in January, in Orlando at the WWE Performance Center. © BCCL According to a report in The Times Of India, Devi said, “It was a privilege to be the first Indian woman to compete in WWE.” She further added, “Participating in the Mae Young Classic with some of the best female performers in the world was a great learning experience. Now I am looking forward to pursuing my dream of becoming the first WWE Women's Champion from India.” In fact, the legendary Jinder Mahal too wished Devi for this achievement and said, “I'm extremely proud to welcome Kavita to WWE where she has a great opportunity to become India's first female WWE Superstar. She is an inspiration to the youth of India and I wish nothing but success for her.” © BCCL Under the guidance of The Great Khali, Devi learned her ring skills and went on to win gold at the 2016 South Asian Games. Devi also happens to be the first Indian woman to compete in a WWE ring (her iconic Mae Young Classic tournament). While talking about the fresh recruitments, Triple H, WWE executive vice president of talent, live events and creative said, “Recruiting Kavita and Shadia to join our developmental system underscores WWE's ongoing commitment to building a talent roster as diverse as our fan base.” He further added, “We're confident Kavita and Shadia will inspire future WWE superstars.” Shadia Bseiso is from Jordan who is now the first Arab woman from the Middle East to sign a WWE developmental contract. With this achievement Kavita has inked her name in the golden pages of wrestling and we are brimming with pride.
  22. ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Daniyal Aziz on Monday said the ongoing assets reference case filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has ?nothing to do with the Panama case?. Speaking to media here earlier today, Aziz hit out at the opponents saying the case against Ishaq Dar was not even remotely related to Panama case. ?There is no corruption allegation against Ishaq Dar. All of this is false propaganda created to portray it as a case about corruption,? he claimed. ?No corruption allegation has come forward. The question therefore arises: what is this [Ishaq Dar case] about, then?? he said, pointing out that the petitioner in the case has not even alleged corruption against the finance minister. ?It?s not about corruption. Their [opponents?] motivations revolve around something else. That?s why they are hiding behind the iqama.? ?Reservations about justice? State Minister for IT and PML-N leader Anusha Rehman said her party has reservations that justice might not be meted out due to the oversight from Supreme Court in the reference case. She also questioned why the accountability courts have not taken any action against Imran Khan and former president Pervez Musharraf. Court resumes corruption hearing against Ishaq Dar Finance minister's lawyer Khawaja Harris was not present in court in the morning after which they were adjourned until noon ?Do retired generals have immunity in this country? Do the accountability courts have no authority to take action against Musharraf? Why isn?t Imran khan arrested?? she asked. The accountability court resumed hearing the assets reference case against Dar on Monday. This is the finance minister's fifth appearance in the court of Accountability Judge Mohammad Bashir.
  23. Our 20s are perhaps the most important years of our life, at least in terms of our career. It's that time of one's life where usually, you get your first job, learn a thousand lessons and if you are lucky enough, you might even realize what your ultimate goal in life is going to be. But of course, the amount of hard work that this decade of your life requires you to put in is what we consider insane. Or at least, we did till now. Hard work and passion got a new meaning when we learnt about Varun Khullar, an Indian music producer and DJ. And trust us when we say this, he's unlike any other DJ you've seen. © Facebook (Varun Khullar) Varun is India's first differently-abled DJ and the world's second after Sir Paul Johnson. © Paul Johnson_5 Magazine 3 years back, in 2014, Varun was a regular 24-year-old pursuing a marketing course. Just like people his age, he too was a travel freak and his favorite destinations to spend his vacations were the hills. He secured a marketing job with a firm in Gurgaon while his passion for music took a back seat. But an accident in the year 2014 changed his life and career. On a June trip to Manali with a group of friends, all was well and good as they drove through the mountains, until 4th of June. At 4:30 in the morning, an accident with a truck resulted in their car falling in the deep abyss of the mountain shaft. They fell 25 feet below the mountain road only to be saved by a solid stone protruding from the mountain. Luckily enough, the truck was an army truck, so Varun and his friends were rescued immediately from the spot and were admitted to the nearest hospital. Although they were all out of danger, Varun's fate had something else. His spinal cord was injured badly which meant that for the rest of his life, he would be paralyzed below the waist. © Facebook (Varun Khullar) Paralysis, whether partial or complete, is one of the worst conditions known to mankind. Besides the physical trauma, the thoughts that cross one's mind could easily be suicidal. For the next two years, Varun's life was limited within the four falls of his home for two years resulting in depression. But eventually, he decided to make the best out of the fact that he was alive. He started learning music production on his own by watching YouTube videos and reading books by different artists for two years. © The Better India He then went on to apply at all the best DJ schools in India only to be rejected by them. He finally made it to a DJ school- ILM Academy in Gurgaon that marked the beginning of his career as a DJ. His first gig, however, did not come easy. After lots of rejections, exchange of emails and depressing moments, Varun finally got his first chance at one of the top hotels in Delhi. © Facebook (Varun Khullar) Soon he became a sensation and an inspiration to youngsters all over the country. So much so, that he will now be opening the multi-genre music festival 'Time Out 72', which will have performances by American singer Jason Derulo and Dutch DJ Martin Garrix, in Goa in the month of December this year. Varun is currently working as a resident DJ for Kitty Su, ranked the 87th best club in the world, owned by Lalit Group of Hotels and Keshav Suri and goes by the name of DJ Amish. © Facebook (Varun Khukkar) His never-say-die spirit is a constant which clearly reflects in his words. In an interview with 'The Better India' he said, “If you want to achieve anything, NOTHING COMES EASY. I am not an expert, even I am learning. You only learn from your mistakes. It will take time, took me 4 years. Never forget, dreams are all we're made of.” In case you want to get in touch with him, you can write to
  24. Admit it, most of us have a Netflix subscription with an undying hope that we'll binge watch something over the weekend. However, most Saturdays and Sundays go away in sleeping, procrastinating, avoiding the laptop screen and adding goodies to your online shopping cart. Diwali is approaching and so is a long weekend. Here's a list of ten horror flicks you can watch over the weekend while you 'Netflix and chill' on the couch with a box full of Diwali mithai: 1. The Devil's Candy A family full of metal heads stuck under the roof of a demonic house make a good combination. The story follows a struggling painter who has been plagued by Satanic forces and his family is pulled into it. 2. Hush A horror movie that shall pique your interest for sure. The protagonist is a deaf writer hibernating in the woods, and there's a creepy killer on the loose. What is not to be liked about this mind twisting horror flick? 3. A Dark Song A dark movie just like the title. A young woman is grieving her dead son who was murdered by a group after he was taken away for an occult ritual. She gets adventurous and gets an occultist on board to summon her son, and then… stuff happens. Bad stuff. 4. Clown This one is directed by Jon Watts, the brain behind 'Spiderman: Homecoming'. Clown films are the 'it' thing in the horror genre right now as we all know. The story follows a real estate agent who finds a clown suit in a house, decides to wear it for a kid's party, only to realise that he cannot take it off now. Please stop laughing! It's scary AF! 5. Sleepy Hollow Johny Depp is reason number one to watch it. Secondly, the story is a take on Washington Irving's 1820 short story. A constable is sent to examine the murders in the 'sleeping hollow'. 6. The Void It involves a hospital which is like a gateway to hell and everyone in there is trapped. Oh, and please add cult figurines in cloaks smirking around to add to the spookiness. Boo! 7. Baskin It's a Turkish surreal horror flick centred on a group of cops who face violent and gory situations when they answer a call for a crime scene. A lot of plots are entwined together and it might be a turn off for some, but it makes you want to know what happens next. Pure gore central. 8. The Babadook If you have watched it already…just watch it again. But if you belong to the other category which is still ignorant to the existence of this movie, then don' Babadook is an evil spirit unleashed from a children's book while the mother tries very hard to keep her sanity intact as she deals with the situation in her house with her son. 9. The Sixth Sense Trust M.Night Shyamalan's brilliance to cater you a great watch. The film follows Cole, a young boy who can see and talk to the dead. 10. The Den This movie might make you wanna cover your webcam! It's a found footage horror film. Elizabeth is logged into a webcam based media site called 'The Den' and decides to chat with random strangers for her project. Eventually her camera is hacked and she is recorded in a lot of events while her laptop is still turned on. Who is this stranger forcing contact and what happens next is what this millennial horror flick deals with.
  25. If you are an ardent fan of MS Dhoni, then you must be aware that cricket was not always his first choice of sport. During his school days, he was the goalkeeper of his school football team and of course, he was excellent at it. So, the story goes something like this. When the wicket-keeper of the school cricket team was absent, the coach who was mighty impressed with Dhoni's goalkeeping skills, approached him to take up the role of the wicket-keeper. And that was the turning point in his life. But since this legendary cricketer grew up playing football, it was pretty obvious that those skills were embedded in him. And he proved so during the Celebrity Clasico. First things first, Celebrity Clasico, an initiative by Cornerstone Sport and GS Entertainment, is a football match where the proceedings go to charity. It sees sports stars and Bollywood celebrities playing against each other. Last year was the first time that a match of such magnitude was held and it saw several Indian stars, including MS Dhoni, KL Rahul, Ajinkya Rahane and Umesh Yadav feature on Virat Kohli's side. On the other side, several Bollywood stars including Ranbir Kapoor, Dino Morea, Shoojit Sircar, Arjun Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan and Raj Kundra showed their footy skills. The 2017 edition of the match was held yesterday between the Virat Kohli-led team 'All Heart Football Club' and Abhishek Bachchan's 'All Stars Football Club. But what or rather who caught everyone's attention was former Indian team skipper MS Dhoni's spectacular goals. His first goal was a deflected strike in the fifth minute of the game that gave his team a 1-0 lead. Live that super Mahical moment! â½ð¦ð — Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) October 15, 2017 While his second goal was a direct free-kick in the 39th minute. @msdhoni #CelebrityClassico what a goal mahi bhai. I love that strokes. Absolutely you're a mystery man. Love u dhoni bhai.. — Karthi Nithesh (@KarthiNithesh) October 15, 2017 Although Kedar Jadhav, Virat Kohli, Anuruddha Srikant and Ranbir Kapoor also impressed the audience with their scoring skills, the audience was smitten with Dhoni and chants of 'Dhoni, Dhoni' kept ringing across the stadium. Stadium erupts in "Dhoni..Dhoni" chants #CelebrityClasico — MSDian Harshalið®ð³ (@DhonixFaithful) October 15, 2017 Soon after he scored the goals and rightly won the 'Man of the Match' award, the internet went gaga over his skills. Yes!! Yes!! This is me when maahi scored the 2nd goal, and I shouted the hell out... #MSDhoni #CelebrityClasico Maahi maar rha hai â½ — Ankush Aggarwal ð®ð³ (@Anku_2052) October 15, 2017 When it comes to sport No. 7 is master...@msdhoni What a goal ð#CelebrityClasico2017 #AllHeartFC N Don't stay in dugout for long — Ketan Phadke (@KetanPhadke01) October 15, 2017 Arsenal should really sign @msdhoni for @Alexis_Sanchez ? ð ð What say? @tejarane @atulkasbekar #CelebrityClasico2017 — Yashraj Waghela (@WaggyWaghela) October 15, 2017 People doubting Dhoni for 2019 WC...Man he can play football for the countryðð..2 goals already ð¤ð¤ #CelebrityClasico — Kunal (@desipatrakaar) October 15, 2017 Legend Dhoni scored 2nd goal of the match. This goal was as good as like a professional footballer #CelebrityClasico2017 — ßÑà¸É¾É Gu᧠ð®ð³ð (@BeingFlicked) October 15, 2017 Any reason to remind why DHONI is the BEST always and anywhere!Cmon he creates a new reason everytime,TheLegendForaReason #CelebrityClasico — Deepish (@I_am_deepish) October 15, 2017 #CelebrityClasico @msdhoni I cn imagine, if Mahi starts Ftball ,FifaWC will no more be a myth #FootballUndermahi #IamSeven #Msdians â¤ð — Arya Pradeep Dubey (@arya_dubey) October 15, 2017 In the end, goals from Virat Kohli, Kedar Jadhav and a brace from Aniruddha Srikant helped the All Hearts win by a major lead of 7-3.