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  1. After staking her claim as Bollywood's queen bee, our very own 'desi girl' has managed to wrap Hollywood around her finger as well. And now, she is back in Mumbai and is already working on making her Indian fans very happy. It's been a while since we have seen her in Bollywood movies and we do miss her. And now that she is back, she is already making her move and deciding on which movie she would like to work in. In fact, taking to her Instagram she even shared the story of a table filled with almost 6-7 scripts and wrote, “Which one will it be? Homework.” While we are still biting our nails thinking which film will PeeCee pick to entertain us, reports claim that she already has picked a project. And if everything being said is true, then she will soon be seen reuniting with Salman Khan after 14 years. © Colors Yay! We know that's pretty exciting. According to a report in DNA, she has come on-board for Salman Khan's 'Bharat' which will be helmed by Ali Abbas Zafar. Salman has already worked with Ali in 'Tiger Zinda Hai' and a lot is being expected from 'Bharat' as well. If the reports are true, then it will be after 'Good Tusi Great Ho' that we will get to see them together. © Twitter Spilling beans over the development, a source said, “Priyanka has also worked with Ali in 'Gunday' (2014) and shares a good rapport with him. This film will see the three of them collaborate for the first time.” © ABC Wondering when all of this actually happened? Ali actually met the actress in New York when she was busy giving an action-packed performance for her series 'Quantico'. 'Bharat' is expected to go on floor by mid-2018 and the team is prepping for the shoots already. Dusk #Bharat the film ,location scout , London. pic.twitter.com/zuhMD36fu0 — ali abbas zafar (@aliabbaszafar) March 13, 2018 However, nothing has been officially announced but we really want this one to work. If this goes to floors, then it will be a huge film with a stellar cast.
  2. ZIARAT: After six long years, Ziarat Valley on Monday received its first snowfall of the spring season, Geo News reported, as the weather turns colder in the region. The valley, as of now, has received four inches of snowfall, resulting in traffic on the Quetta-Ziarat road being halted for the time being. Furthermore, numerous areas of Balochistan, including Nushki, Kalat, Chaman, Khuzdar, and Nasirabad, experienced heavy rainfall with thunder.
  3. Pakistani pop rock band Strings released their first single of the year on Saturday. Exploring their roots and channelling the energy from their maiden and sophomore albums, Strings cultivates a fresh sound to celebrate 30 years of making music with the release of ?Sajni?, the band said on its Facebook page. ?Amidst bursts of colour and quirky moments, the duo channel a retro vibe in the music video, directed by Yasir Jaswal, keeping with the playfulness of the song,? it added. The song has gathered over 13,000 views within an hour. Strings earlier confirmed that they will celebrate three decades of playing music together with the release of eight singles, with the first two songs being ?Sajni? and ?Urr Jaon?. Last year in October, the band bid farewell to Coke Studio. Further in December last year, the band returned to stage after a hiatus of four years. You can listen to the song here:
  4. Much has been speculated about the disappearance of Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. The aviation pioneer who has set one a journey to fly across the globe had disappeared over the Pacific Ocean in 1937. Her or her plane's remains had not been found and a number of urban myths have taken birth ever since. © Twitter_ Chris Moore Besides the obvious crash and sink theory, it was proposed that she could have landed on a tiny island in the middle of the Pacific, and ended up as a castaway. The more outrageous theories suggested that she, along with her navigator Fred Noonan, was captured and killed by Japanese forces after her aircraft crashed in an area under the Japanese South Pacific Mandate. There have been various claims supporting the truth of this theory, but none have been proven to be authentic. A TV series titled 'Unsolved Mysteries' aired a clipping of a Saipanese woman who claimed she had witnessed Amelia Earhart being executed by the Japanese. © Wikimedia Commons Earhart was flying from Lae Airfield in Papua New Guinea to a small island called Howland Island, where her aircraft was supposed to be re-fuelled, a trip that covered over 4,100 kms. They had only enough fuel for the plane to reach Howland Island, but the plane never reached Howland. It is believed they ran out of fuel and crashed either into the sea or onto another island nearby, probably Gardner Island, also called Nikumaroro. © Wikipedia The story of her disappearance and the theories surrounding it have almost become an urban legend today. Turns out there is finally a conclusive explanation to her disappearance now. A recent study has claimed that the bones found on Nikumaroro Island indeed belonged to Earhart. The bones, along with a human skull, had been found by a British expedition while exploring the island. The group also found a bottle of Benedictine, a herbal liqueur, and a box used to carry a Brandis Navy Surveying Sextant. The bones were carried to Fiji where they were analysed upon by Dr. D. W. Hoodless of the Central Medical School, and it was concluded that they probably belonged to a male. The enigma of Earhart's disappearance continued to stay alive after that. Debunking the earlier theory, the latest study on the Nikumaroro bones by University of Tennessee professor Richard Jantz now claims that the bones could in all probability be that of Amelia Earhart. Talking about the earlier study, Jantz explains how forensic science has advanced since then and has better tools and techniques today. In his study, Jantz analysed her bones taking measurements from her height, weight, body build and other statistics derived from her pilot's and driver's license. After almost 80 years since she disappeared, the mystery behind the crash is finally coming to a conclusive end.
  5. England´s previous tour of Sri Lanka was in 2012 for a two-match Test series they drew 1-1 COLOMBO: England will tour Sri Lanka for the first time in over six years to play three Tests, five one-day internationals and a one-off Twenty20 match, organisers said Thursday. The tour will begin on October 10 with a day-night ODI at Dambulla, Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement. There will be three day-night ODI matches in all while the T20 will also be a day-night game. The First Test will be at the picturesque Galle International Stadium while the other two tests are slated for Pallekele stadium in Kandy and in the capital Colombo. The Third Test is scheduled to be played from November 23 to 27 when the tournament ends. England´s previous tour of Sri Lanka was in 2012 for a two-match Test series they drew 1-1. Sri Lanka toured England in 2016 for a full tour of three Tests, five ODI matches and a one-off T20 game. England won the series.
  6. Neither will it be an exaggeration, nor will it be wrong for me to say that Stephen Hawking was one of the greatest men to have ever walked on this earth. And one of the greatest minds of our time. In the 76 years of his life, there was not a single day when Hawking did not inspire people around him and the world, be it with his achievements, his intelligence, his findings, his courage, his humour or his strong willpower to succeed. © Reuters Renowned physicist, cosmologist and the author of 'A Brief History of Time', Stephen Hawking passed away today, leaving a giant black hole in our hearts. When he got diagnosed with a rare early-onset of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, which paralysed him over the years, the doctors told him he might live for only a few more years. But, Hawking proved everyone wrong and went on to live for another 55 years, in which he made some of the most groundbreaking contributions to science. © Reuters Hawking was an inspiration for the whole world, not only for his contribution to science and the world, but also for giving the world some valuable lessons on life, courage and success. So, as we remember this great mind who is credited for Hawking radiation, Hawking energy and who explained cosmology using the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics, let's take a look at some of his inspirational quotes: Although he has left the world, his work and legacy will continue to live for many generations to come.
  7. LAHORE: A Pakistani citizen was released from an Indian prison on Tuesday, after spending 25 years in the neighbouring country. The citizen named Siraj-ud-din Mohammad reached Pakistan today after obtaining his freedom from the prison. The Ansar Burney Trust played a major role in bringing Siraj to Pakistan. Siraj erroneously made his way into India at the age of 11. After running from his home in Mansehra, Siraj reached Lahore and mistakenly took Samjhota Express to India. After spending a great deal of time in India, Siraj married a woman from a Muslim family in 2005. In 2009, Siraj presented himself before police and expressed the desire to go to Pakistan with his family. Following which the police sent him to jail, from which he gained freedom today. An Indian NGO fought for Siraj?s right to Indian citizenship, however, he was sent to jail again. After Siraj?s plight made rounds on Indian media, the Ansar Burney Trust jumped into action to bring him home. After reaching Pakistan, Siraj was handed over to Edhi Welfare Organisation. Despite reaching his home country, Siraj's heart aches for his wife, two twin sons and a daughter back in India.
  8. How much do you think a cab driver earns in a year? Maybe just enough to provide his children with basic education and necessities of life, right? But enough to build a hospital? Definitely not. At first glance, Saidul Laskar looks like just another taxi driver struggling to make ends meet but after you get to know about his mission and vision in life, you'd realise he is like no other man. © Twitter Saidul's sister was only 17 when she died of a chest infection in 2004 because he couldn't afford to get her treated in a hospital. Her death obviously left him crushed and the fact that he couldn't find an affordable hospital in time gave him a new purpose in life; he vowed that he would not let anybody in his village suffer the same way as his sister. That's where his journey of building an affordable hospital in his village, Punri (Kolkata) began. But how can a taxi driver have enough money to do so? Saidul decided to convince his wife to sell off whatever jewellery they had to raise around Rs. 3 lakh to buy the land for the hospital. His wife showed immense faith in him and handed over all her jewellery. © Facebook He then moved on to the next step: raising funds by requesting donations from his passengers. Now it's pretty obvious that not every passenger would have contributed to his mission so no wonder he had to struggle for about 12 years. © Twitter However, there was one donor who decided to give up her entire first month's salary. 23-year-old mechanical engineer Shrishti Ghosh and her mother boarded Saidul's cab and learned about his goal. At that time she handed over a Rs 100 note to him but also took down his number too. Soon after, she came to him and gave him Rs. 25,000. And after struggling, saving up and raising funds for 12 long years, Saidul was finally able to achieve his dream last month when the Marufa Smriti Welfare Foundation — the hospital named after his late sister opened. And for her generous contribution, Saidul specially invited Shrishti to inaugurate the hospital. © Times of India This hospital, which will serve people from at least 100 neighbouring villages, is the first one in the area and began its outdoor department operations recently with six beds. However, it is expected to have another 30 beds in the next six months and many locals are coming forward to donate money so that the same is achieved. NGOs and other organisations are also contributing in kind such as in the form of an X-Ray machine and an ECG machine. But this tough journey isn't over yet. The next step is to collaborate with a nursing school and help train local girls to work as nurses at the hospital. We can't help but salute Saidul for his mission and his dedication to achieving his selfless dream for the benefit of other people.
  9. Former drug company executive Martin Shkreli arrives at US District Court for the third day of jury deliberations in his securities fraud trial in the Brooklyn borough of New York, US, August 2, 2017. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky/Files NEW YORK: US prosecutors on Tuesday said former drug company executive Martin Shkreli should spend at least 15 years in prison after being convicted of fraud, saying his lack of remorse and respect for the law justified a long time behind bars. The request by the Department of Justice came three days before Shkreli?s scheduled sentencing by US District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto in Brooklyn federal court. Prosecutors called Shkreli ?a man who stands before this court without any showing of genuine remorse, a man who has consistently chosen to put profit and the cultivation of a public image before all else, and a man who believes the ends always justify the means.? Shkreli, 34, had requested a 12-to-18-month term following his conviction last August for lying to investors about the performance of his hedge funds MSMB Capital and MSMB Healthcare and conspiring to manipulate the stock price of the drug company Retrophin Inc. Known as ?Pharma Bro,? in part for his ability to attract attention, Shkreli is perhaps best known for raising the price of the anti-parasitic drug Daraprim by more than 5,000 percent in 2015, while serving as chief executive of Turing Pharmaceuticals, now called Vyera Pharmaceuticals. Benjamin Brafman, a lawyer for Shkreli, declined to comment on the government?s sentencing request. Shkreli has been in jail since September when Matsumoto revoked his bail after he offered social media followers $5,000 for a hair from former US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. On Monday, Matsumoto ordered Shkreli to forfeit $7.36 million of ill-gotten gains. She said he may be forced to give up assets such as a Picasso painting and a one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album if he cannot find the money. In a letter to the judge last week, Shkreli said he accepted that he had made ?serious mistakes,? but still considered himself ?a good person with much potential?. But prosecutors said that while in jail, Shkreli has privately expressed disdain for his conviction and the judicial process, providing further evidence he does not deserve mercy. It cited a January email conversation where Shkreli allegedly expressed hope for a big tax refund because only his ?liquid money? was affected by the forfeiture. ?Shkreli?s email communications confirm that any remorse he may express publicly is a carefully constructed facade,? prosecutors said. A 15-year term is shorter than the minimum 27 years recommended under federal guidelines. Brafman has called that length ?draconian and offensive?.
  10. Photo: Riz Ahmed Facebook Riz Ahmed is still 'buzzing' from his recent visit to Pakistan. The Emmy-winning actor, who attended the Lahore Literary Festival in February, took to social media to express his views about Pakistan. "Buzzing from my first trip to Pakistan in 13 years. I?ll be posting photos/ videos/impressions from this amazing country over the next week. Stay tuned...," he wrote on his Twitter account. The actor also shared two photos from his trip to Karachi. Photo: Riz Ahmed Facebook He had earlier said that returning to Pakistan after 13 years ha been 'emotional' for him. ?It is like visiting an ex,? he had said amid raucous cheers. On his earlier visit to Pakistan, the actor had expressed hope that Pakistanis and the Pakistani diaspora can reach out to each other. ?I would love to know about and collaborate with artists here. I think we just need to know that it is okay and that we are welcome here.? Ahmed became the first man of Asian descent to win an acting award at the Emmys.
  11. Shaolin monks train under a rigid discipline and are supposed to master 72 Shaolin Secret Arts as part of their training. From walking on water (with planks) to breaking bricks with their skulls, there's probably nothing a Shaolin monk cannot do. Exceptionally agile and strong, Shaolin monks are reminders that the human body and mind can do the impossible, if stretched to their limits. © Youtube_Tomo NEws Sci and tech The Slow Mo guys, whose slow motion videos we've all watched with sheer fascination and awe, are back and this time they got Shaolin monks to shatter glass with a needle. If you thought that happens only in movies, you were wrong. Shattering glass with a point-sized needle is actually one of the 72 Shaolin Secret Arts and it can take 10 years for a monk to master this skill. © Youtube_The Slow Mo Guys As one monk holds the sheet of glass with a balloon behind it, another monk aims a needle at it and you can see the sheer force with which he hurls the needle. By the time you finish thinking it's an impossible task, he has already shattered the glass and the needle has pricked the balloon. It's so unbelievable you'd find yourself watching the slo-mo video again and again.
  12. Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab arrives for his appeal hearing at a court in Manama, Bahrain, February 11, 2015. REUTERS/Hamad Mohammed/Files DUBAI: A Bahraini human rights activist was sentenced to five years in prison on Wednesday for criticizing Saudi Arabia?s air strikes in Yemen and accusing Bahrain?s prison authorities of torture, his lawyer and fellow activists said. The United States, which has a major naval base in the country, has expressed concern about the case of Nabeel Rajab, a leading figure in pro-democracy protests that swept Bahrain in 2011, who was already serving a two-year sentence over a news interview in which he said Bahrain tortured political prisoners. The new convictions were for ?insulting a neighbouring country? and ?insulting national institutions? in comments posted on Twitter, activists said. The Bahraini Embassy in London said the prosecution and Rajab?s defence team had had ample opportunity to present their cases. ?The trials for the cases were overseen by numerous observers, including representatives from foreign embassies and NGOs,? the embassy said in a statement. ?Bahrain continues to make it clear that both cases ? or indeed any other criminal cases within Bahrain ? do not relate to political views or political expression,? it added. Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, an activist with the London-based Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD), said Bahraini courts were barring citizens from criticizing the authorities. ?Instead of rewarding Nabeel Rajab for his brave and commendable exposure of human rights abuses and advocacy for peace, the authorities have chosen to punish the messenger.? International rights groups denounced the ruling. ?They are basically trying to clamp down on every kind of dissent. They don?t seem to tolerate any criticism,? Hanan Salah, senior researcher on Bahrain for Human Rights Watch, told Reuters in Geneva. Amnesty International?s regional director for the Middle East and North Africa Heba Morayef, said: ?It is absolutely outrageous that he (Rajab) be forced to spend a further five years in jail simply for daring to voice his opinions online.? Bahrain has cracked down on perceived threats since Arab Spring protests in 2011 were quashed with help from Gulf Arab neighbours. The Muslim-led monarchy has closed two main political groups ? the Islamic al-Wefaq and the secular Waad, revoked the citizenship of a top cleric, and banned activists from travel and put some on trial. Bahraini newspapers reported on Wednesday that parliament has passed a legislative amendment that would bar members of the two dissolved groups from competing in the upcoming parliamentary election expected in October or in November. Blaming Iran Authorities accuse Iran, the region?s majority power, of being behind several bomb attacks on its security forces since 2011, something Iran denies. Bahrain hosts the US Fifth Fleet, a key naval base in the oil-exporting region riven by animosity between Bahrain?s main ally, Saudi Arabia, and Iran. A US embassy representative attended an earlier hearing for Rajab, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said on Tuesday, adding that Washington was ?disappointed? his earlier verdict had been upheld. ?He?s a prominent human rights activist ... we continue to have conversations with the government of Bahrain about our very serious concerns about this,? Nauert said. Rajab?s son Adam tweeted on Wednesday that, on hearing the verdict, his father laughed in the courtroom and flashed a peace sign. The German government?s human rights commissioner Baerbel Kofler urged Bahrain to honour its constitution?s commitment to freedom of speech and the press. ?Every government must face up to the critiques of its citizens and engage with them with factual arguments,? she said.
  13. Abuse victims of former football coach Barry Bennell Chris Unsworth (2L) and Steve Walters (2R) arrive at Liverpool Crown Court on February 19, 2018 for the sentencing of former football coach Barry Bennell who was found guilty of sexual abuse. Disgraced former British youth coach Barry Bennell was on February 15 found guilty of 43 counts of sexual abuse against 11 boys aged between eight and 15 in a case that has rocked English football. ? AFP LIVERPOOL: Former British football trainer Barry Bennell was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Monday for abusing 12 boys he coached between 1979 and 1991, with the judge branding him "sheer evil." Bennell, 64, who coached at Manchester City and other teams, was found guilty last week of dozens of child sexual offences, including indecent assault. Police have said scores more complainants have come forward since the case started, bringing the number of possible victims to more than 100. "You were the devil incarnate. You stole their childhoods and their innocence to satisfy your own perversion," Judge Clement Goldstone said as he read out the sentence in a court in Liverpool, northwest England. "Your behaviour towards these boys in grooming and seducing them before subjecting them to, in some cases, the most serious, degrading and humiliating abuse was sheer evil." Bennell, who has already served three jail terms totalling 15 years for similar offences involving 16 other victims, stared at the floor and nodded as Goldstone handed down the sentence. Some members of the public began to applaud as he was sent down, but the judge ordered them to stop. He outlined how Bennell's abuse had destroyed the enthusiasm his victims felt for football and caused them to suffer problems including suicidal thoughts, alcoholism and depression. Earlier in the hearing on Monday, one of his victims walked over to the courtroom dock and calmly said: "Barry. Barry. Why?" During his six-week trial, Bennell was accused of committing "industrial scale" levels of abuse against vulnerable pre-pubescent boys in his care. Victims told how he had a "power hold" over them as they dreamed of becoming professional footballers. Bennell's latest crimes emerged in late 2016 when former Liverpool and Tottenham star Paul Stewart broke his 40-year silence and revealed how he was abused as a teenager, shortly after former Crewe player Andy Woodward went public with allegations against Bennell. The case has sparked wider allegations of sexual and physical abuse of boys at football clubs across Britain in the 1970s and 1980s, some of whom went on to become heroes of the terraces and international stars. Nearly 800 victims have come forward against more than 100 coaches, leading to accusations that some of the game's most famous and loved clubs covered up allegations of abuse of boys in their care.
  14. Pristina-born British pop star Rita Ora headlined a concert for thousands of Kosovars. Photo: AFP Security forces marched through the capital of Kosovo today as it celebrates a decade since declaring independence, a moment of pride for its ethnic Albanian majority although sovereignty remains fiercely contested by Serbia. The parade is part of a weekend of festivities and comes a day after Pristina-born British pop star Rita Ora headlined a concert for thousands of Kosovars who packed the main square of the capital covered in the blue and yellow colours of the flag. "It's been a long journey to get to this point and I think it's just a start of an ongoing incredible journey for our country," the 27-year-old told reporters after flying in for the show, which ended with fireworks over the city. The singer's family left Kosovo in 1991 to escape the repression imposed by Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic after he stripped the Yugoslav province of its autonomy. In 1998, a war broke out between Kosovo's ethnic Albanian rebels and Serbian troops that left 13,000 people dead, most of them Albanians. Belgrade withdrew its forces the following year after a NATO bombing campaign against Serbia. Kosovo, which has no army of its own, subsequently became a United Nations protectorate and, with the support of Washington and other Western powers, declared independence from Belgrade on February 17, 2008. "The state of Kosovo has upheld the people's demand for freedom," Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj said during a special government session in Pristina on Saturday. But "we are aware that citizens' expectations for a modern state have not yet been fulfilled". Although more than 110 countries have recognised Kosovo's independence in the past 10 years, Serbia and dozens of other states have not. Sovereignty is rejected by Russia, whose Security Council veto prevents Kosovo from joining the United Nations, and five EU countries including Spain and Greece. Economic woes, ethnic division Kosovo's ethnic Albanian schoolchildren began the day on Friday with lessons dedicated to the anniversary. Photo: AFP Kosovo's unemployment rate of around 30 per cent ? and 50 per cent among young people ? has led tens of thousands to move abroad in search of work over the past decade. Home to 1.8 million people, Kosovo is one of the poorest parts of Europe and hugely dependent on remittances from its diaspora to drive economic growth of around four per cent. "Our expectations have not been met at all," said retired teacher Pashk Desku, 66. "I am afraid that instead of improving, the situation could get worse," he told AFP. On Friday, Kosovo's ethnic Albanian schoolchildren began the day with lessons dedicated to the anniversary. But this was not the case in the separate education system of Kosovo's Serb minority, which remains loyal to Belgrade. The two ethnic communities rarely mix. In the Serb part of the divided northern city of Mitrovica, black-and-white posters appeared on Saturday lamenting "10 years of occupation", with pictures of hands in cuffs. The "normalisation" of ties between Belgrade and Pristina is crucial to both sides' bids to join the European Union. The former foes have reached deals on issues such as freedom of movement since EU-brokered talks began in 2011, but the dialogue has stalled over the past two years. "Despite the great support it enjoys from Western powers, Kosovo is far, far from being recognised," said Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic. "Without an agreement with Serbia, this issue cannot be solved." Pristina is covered in the blue and yellow colours of the Kosovan flag for a weekend of festivities. Photo: AFP1 Despite Belgrade's uncompromising stance, just a few dozen protesters gathered in the Serbian capital on Saturday to rally against Kosovo's independence, in contrast to frenzied demonstrations 10 years ago that left the US embassy in flames. Partition concerns Some officials in Belgrade have raised the prospect of redrawing borders along ethnic lines. But Kosovo's President Hashim Thaci insists that the country is "indivisible" and many fear a partition deal would destabilise the fragile Balkans. US President Donald Trump sent his congratulations to Kosovo for making "great strides in strengthening its sovereignty and multi-ethnic democracy". "While more work must be done, we applaud your progress," he said. Kosovo's ties with the West have at times been strained over the past year, as it awaits the first indictments from an EU-backed war crimes court trying members of the 1990s Kosovo Liberation Army. Recent efforts by ruling coalition MPs to block the tribunal sparked strongly-worded warnings from the US and other Western allies.
  15. Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, US, February 7, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/Files NEW YORK: The dollar rose and stocks around the globe rallied for a sixth straight session on Friday to post their best week in more than two years, but a US indictment over alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election cooled gains on Wall Street. The 37-page indictment of a Russian internet agency filed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller described a conspiracy with the aim of supporting Donald Trump and sowing discord in the US political system. Wall Street turned south on news of the indictment but soon rebounded as the fundamental story has not changed, Ben Phillips ? the chief investment officer at EventShares ? said, referring to a strong corporate earnings outlook and robust economy. Analysts continue to underestimate the pace of global growth, which has led more companies to meet or beat analysts? earnings expectations than in any quarter in 20 years, according to calculations earlier this week by Credit Suisse. Fourth-quarter results for European companies in the STOXX 600 index are expected to increase 14.6 percent from a year ago, while the blended earnings growth estimate for the S&P 500 is 15 percent, Thomson Reuters data shows. Since a market rout was sparked two weeks ago on fears of rising inflation and its impact on interest rates, a tug of war has ensued between investors seeking safety in bonds or betting a nine-year bull market in stocks is still alive. Investors also are concerned about how the Federal Reserve will deal with still-low inflation without killing an economy and inflate asset bubbles, Michael Arone ? the chief investment strategist at Boston-based State Street Global Advisors ? said. ?That?s a very difficult spot. The market recognizes that challenge and is wondering how the Fed will address it,? he said. But investors are getting comfortable with the idea that growth is sufficient enough to withstand the expected rate increases the Fed has projected this year as well as signs of rising inflation, Arone said. MSCI?s index of stock markets across the globe rose 0.26 percent to gain 4.3 percent for the week, the best weekly performance since December 2011. Stocks were poised for their best week in six years until news of the special counsel indictment pared some gains. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index of leading regional shares rose 1.11 percent to 1,491.71. On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 19.01 points (0.08 percent) to 25,219.38. The S&P 500 gained 1.02 points (0.04 percent) to 2,732.22 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 16.97 points (0.23 percent) to 7,239.47. Investors are trying to determine whether the market is in an overdue correction or the beginning of something worse, Arone said. ?It looks like this week they?re comfortable about uncertainty and the risks that are associated with it, and stocks are moving higher based on fundamentals,? he said. US Treasury prices rose as investors bought back bonds after a sell-off earlier in the week as investor jitters over rising inflation raised the possibility the Federal Reserve may hike interest rates at a faster pace than expected this year. Borrowing costs across the euro area fell, though the prospect of higher inflation and a move toward tighter monetary policy from major central banks weighed on sentiment across world bond markets. Short-dated bond yields in Germany ? the euro zone?s benchmark bond issuer ? have risen by about 7 basis points this week and are set for their biggest weekly rise in eight weeks. Benchmark 10-year US Treasury notes rose 6/32 in price to push their yield down to 2.8713 percent. The dollar rose on the day but remained on track to post its biggest weekly loss in nine months as negative sentiment offset any support the greenback had from higher Treasury yields. The dollar index ? tracking a basket of major currencies ? rose 0.58 percent, with the euro down 0.81 percent to $1.2404. The Japanese yen weakened 0.18 percent versus the greenback at 106.33 per dollar. Oil prices rose, as the rebound in the global equities market and the dollar?s recent weakness supported their recovery from last week?s slide. US West Texas Intermediate crude for March delivery rose 34 cents to settle at $61.68 a barrel. Brent settled up 51 cents at $64.84. US April gold futures settled up $0.9, or 0.1 percent, at $1,356.20 per ounce.
  16. Protesters during November 2017 demonstration. Photo: AFP/File ISLAMABAD: The interior ministry submitted details regarding expenditure on security for protests, sit-ins and rallies in the federal capital during the past five years, showing the most was spent on PTI?s sit-in of 2014. During a Senate session headed by Senator Tahir Hussain Mashhadi on Friday, the interior ministry submitted its written response stating Rs755.9 million were spent on security arrangements during Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf?s marathon sit-in in Islamabad in 2014. Rs755.9 million on 2014 sit-in The 2014 sit-in lasted for 126 days, which started on August 14 that year with a march from Lahore to Islamabad to protest the results of 2013 general elections. In the federal capital, the supporters and leadership of PTI camped in Aabpara, close to the city?s Red Zone. The protesters and PTI leadership demanded the then prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, resign from his position. During the sit-in, PTI was joined by Pakistan Awami Tehreek for some time. Both the parties and their workers also marched to the capital?s red zone. However, the sit-in was called off in December 2014 following the Army Public School, Peshawar attack. The expenditure on security arrangements for 2014 sit-in was parts of the total of Rs1.145 billion spent on the Islamabad police for major sit-ins, protests and rallies during the past five years. Rs210 million on 2016 lockdown The next big amount ? Rs210 million ? was spend on the security for PTI?s 2016 lockdown. The PTI Chairperson Imran Khan had announced of causing Islamabad to close down on November 2, 2016 if the Supreme Court did not start probe against the Sharif family for their name in the Panama Papers. The days leading to November 2 saw containers blocking roads in the federal capital. However, the decision was taken back following Supreme Court?s announcement of forming a judicial commission to probe the allegations against the Sharifs. Rs133.8 million on Faizabad sit-in In 2017, religious groups carried out a sit-in at Faizabad Interchange, which lies in the middle of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, against the controversial amendment to the Finality of Prohphethood clause in the declaration for elected candidates taking oath. The groups demanded resignation of the then law minister, Zahid Hamid, as they said it was him who make amendments to the declaration. However, the sit-in was called off following negotiations with the authorities in Islamabad. To avoid any untoward incident during the sit-in, the government spent Rs133.8 million. Rs33.2 million on PAT sit-in The demonstration on which Rs33.2 million were spend was led by PAT chief Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri. On January 14, 2013, Qadri and his supporters marched from Lahore to Islamabad and camped out at Jinnah Avenue for over four days. The protest was against corrupt politicians, demanding electoral reforms for the general elections that were coming up. Besides the political protests, Rs12.6 million were spend on rally by parties against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. Thousands of Rohingya Muslims were killed in 2017 in a crackdown that started against them in Rakhine state of Myanmar.
  17. ISLAMABAD: Opposition Leader Khursheed Shah said on Wednesday that the United States despite being our ally since 70 years, is still not willing to easily grant visas to Pakistanis. The opposition leader was addressing a session in the National Assembly, where he heavily criticised the government. He said that the as a Pakistani he feels concerned about the situation, adding that small countries even such as Afghanistan have started threatening Pakistan. ?When Zulfikar Ali Bhutto as a ruler would signal, kings and rulers would come to Pakistan immediately as they were curious what message Pakistan has,? said Khursheed Shah. He further said that everyone including himself wants to see Jinnah?s Pakistan and not a poor, underprivileged and hungry version of it in future. On Wednesday, Khursheed Shah while alluding to the National Accountability Bureau's (NAB) request to add Sharif family members name to the Exit Control List (ECL), said that the law and rules in the country should be the same for everyone. NAB formally requested the Ministry of Interior to place former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt (retd) Safdar's names on the ECL.
  18. Picture credit: West Yorkshire police/PA In a bizarre ruling, a 30-year-old man was jailed for 10 years because of his pet bull terrier, who killed his neighbour in 2016, reported The Guardian. The man named Aaron Joseph was the owner of the dog that killed his 52-year-old neighbour David Ellam. Ellam died while saving his own pet from Joseph?s terrier in August 2016, in West Yorkshire. He sustained serious injuries and after 12 hours succumbed to them at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary. Police had taken the dog into custody after it attacked two people earlier, however, he was returned to the owner after it was determined it wasn?t of a banned breed. The Independent Police Complaints Commission launched an investigation after Ellam?s death. Judge Sally Cahill while giving sentence to Joseph said that his offence was nothing short of ?horrendous?. ?Because of your arrogance, this dog, which should have been carefully and strictly controlled, was kept in circumstances whereby she was able to escape and attack Mr Ellam. ?You did things and failed to do things which in my judgment were not minimal, they were the root cause of this death. You could have muzzled Alex. That one simple act, in compliance with the court order, would have prevented this tragedy,? the judge was quoted as saying by the publication.
  19. Image: Reuters via Harris & Ewing/US Library of Congress LONDON: A century after women won the right to vote in Britain, the ideals of equality are resonating again in the global wave of sexual harassment allegations seen in recent months, a leading academic told AFP. "In both cases, it?s a discussion of equality," Myriam Boussahba-Bravard ? a professor of women?s history and gender studies at Paris Diderot University ? said ahead of the February 6 anniversary. "The right to vote gave formal equality... But the question now is real equality," Boussahba-Bravard said, adding, "The Suffragettes... knew this." "They too were confronted with sexual harassment, particularly at their demonstrations. Except that at the time that was not their priority because formal equality was not there yet," the academic said. Scores of women came forward in October last year to accuse US movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of harassment and abuse, sparking a chain reaction of denunciations in the world of entertainment and far beyond. "Women have always had a voice... but perhaps it is being heard for the first time... by other women but also by many men," Boussahba-Bravard ? editor of Suffrage Outside Suffragism: Women?s Vote in Britain, 1880-1914 ? told AFP. The academic said there was "common ground" between Suffragism and groups such as the recent #MeToo movement against sexual harassment. "It?s a question of network, which is now done via internet. At the time, it was associations communicating with each other and building numbers. "Membership was possible for all women and from all social classes," which helped in building momentum, she said. ?Snowball effect? Boussahba-Bravard said that movements ? such as #MeToo in the United States or #balancetonporc ("expose your pig") in France ? had attained "a snowball effect sufficiently large that it can no longer be stopped". The fact that celebrities are speaking out gives ordinary women the courage to speak out, she said, describing this new trend as "liberating". "It helps women who are victims of harassment... They are not just victims, they are also agents of change. ?We are discriminated against but we fight?". She said attitudes were also changing among men, particularly those who would have previously dismissed "feminist" arguments. "It shows them that there is still a difference between formal equality and real equality." For the future, Boussahba-Bravard said tackling workplace harassment would be a good start but there should also be a wider emphasis on education. "There are cultural norms which are still very firmly fixed in people?s minds. Men internalise these norms that women are in some way inferior and women, that they are less good than men," she said. "Women have to reject being taken for fools."
  20. When was the last time you felt sad for a bird? After reading this heart wrenching tale about Nigel, and why was he called the loneliest bird in the world, you will feel heart broken. Nigel, a handsome gannet bird was found dead on an island off the coast of New Zealand. The reason is not poisoning or hunting, it's actually sheer heart break. © Twitter The officials at the Mana islands wanted to establish a gannet colony and in order to lure the birds, they put concrete, fake gannet decoys all around the place. Turned out, only Nigel took the bait and after he landed in 2013, he decided to make it his home. The sad part is that no other gannet followed and Nigel, led by his innocence, fell in love with a 'fake' gannet and wooed it for years. According to the officials, he built it a nest, groomed its feathers and what not. Eventually Nigel was found dead in his unrequited love. Actually, a few gannets did fly in for a while last month, but nothing happened between them and Nigel. Even though the new batch of gannets continue to live on the islands, Nigel, who was nicknamed as 'no mates', is not there. Internet has currently turned into a sobbing ground of empathy for Nigel. I never thought a story about an isolated New Zealand bird would break my heart but it has. No point making any more plans for Nigel. ð¢ https://t.co/dmXSkLPwFm — Reetu Kabra (@ReetuKabra) February 2, 2018 jesus christ who the **** is cutting onions in here pic.twitter.com/Cs8Ee0gtr5 — Zack Whittaker (@zackwhittaker) February 2, 2018 Some people took it personally and even related life lessons to Nigel's death. I was in a relationship like that once. — Doctor Evil (@DrStrangeLohv) February 2, 2018 i read this story of sad bird nigel falling in love with a concrete bird and my life makes sense now https://t.co/6pjwFf3gSq — Teresa Lee ð³ï¸ð (@leresatee) February 2, 2018 Concrete love is not true love, after all. We feel very sad for you Nigel. The next time you complain about being 'forever alone', please remember this plague is not just limited to humans.
  21. Fans hold banners comemmorating the 1958 Munich Air Disaster in the 60th anniversary year of the crash that killed 23 showing the face of former manager Matt Busby. -AFP1 MANCHESTER: Manchester United paid homage to the victims of the 1958 Munich disaster that killed eight of the great United Busby Babes side with a silence before Saturday's home match against Huddersfield Town. Before the home game that fell closest to the 60th anniversary of the crash, there was a minute's pause before kick-off and fans at the game received a commemorative pack containing a limited-edition book telling the story of the disaster. Fans at the Stretford End waved a huge banner picturing the Busby Babes and the legend "WE´LL NEVER DIE". Some supporters also attended a service at the permanent memorial to the victims at the stadium. In 1958, United were returning from a European Cup tie against Red Star Belgrade when their plane crashed attempting to take off at Munich airport, killing 23 people. The club will also hold a commemorative service inside Old Trafford on the anniversary of the crash on Tuesday, February 6. "This is something that is part of my life, or part of my football culture before I become Manchester United manager," United manager Jose Mourinho said, sporting a Munich badge, on Friday at his pre-match press conference. "As Manchester United manager, obviously it means much more but I think it belongs to every sportsman as one of the biggest tragedies and at the same time is a crucial point in Man United history. "The reaction, the strength, the union after that situation and I think tomorrow is an amazing day to show the respect, to show the passion for the club, respect for them, the families and I think is a day to play well." United´s legendary manager Matt Busby survived the crash despite being badly injured and led the club to their first ever European Cup triumph 10 years later.
  22. Morgan Geyser and her friend Anissa Weier were both 12-years-old when they stabbed classmate Payton Leutner 19 times in 2014 in a woodland area near their home in a suburb of Milwaukee-BBC/Police photo CHICAGO: One of two US girls who pleaded guilty to stabbing their friend to appease a fictional internet character, was sentenced to 40 years in a mental hospital on Thursday. Morgan Geyser and her friend Anissa Weier were both 12-years-old when they stabbed classmate Payton Leutner 19 times in 2014 in a woodland area near their home in a suburb of Milwaukee. Leutner survived the attack. Geyser and Weier, both now 15, said they believed a sinister fictitious internet character known as "Slender Man" was real and demanded they commit the murder or their own families would be harmed. A judge sentenced Geyser to 40 years in a restrictive adult mental health facility, as opposed to the lesser 25 years her attorney was seeking at a juvenile facility where she would have been eligible for supervised release if she was considered well enough. "I´m sorry. I never meant this to happen. I hope that she´s doing well," a tearful Geyser said in court prior to sentencing. Both Weier and Geyser were found not responsible for their crime due to mental illness. Their case inspired the 2016 documentary "Beware the Slenderman," which featured video of the girls´ interrogations in which they admitted to stabbing Leutner. Weier was sentenced in December to 25 years in a mental institution -- a shorter period than Geyser because she had reached a plea agreement on a lesser charge. Geyser is still eligible to petition for supervised release every six months, but would have to appear before a judge who would decide on her mental fitness.
  23. LONDON: A Briton who deliberately drove a van into a group of worshippers near a London mosque, killing one man, was on Friday sentenced to life in prison with a minimum 43-year term. Darren Osborne, 48, from the Welsh capital Cardiff, was found guilty of murdering 51-year-old Makram Ali and trying to kill others in the Finsbury Park area of north London in the June 19 attack. Passing sentence at a London court, judge Bobbie Cheema-Grubb told Osborne: "This was a terrorist attack. You intended to kill." She added that he had been "rapidly radicalised" and that his "mindset became one of malevolent hatred". Darren Osborne. -File/AFP "In short you allowed your mind to be poisoned by those who claimed to be leaders." The unemployed "loner" had pleaded not guilty, telling the court that a man called "Dave" was driving at the time - a claim police denounced as a fabrication.The May Manchester suicide bombing and the June London Bridge van attack and stabbing rampage further fuelled his obsession. Witnesses recalled Osborne saying: "I've done my job, you can kill me now" and "at least I had a proper go" in the immediate aftermath of the attack. After two weeks of evidence, the jury took one hour on Thursday to find him guilty. Osborne had watched a BBC television drama which told the story of three victims of a child abuse ring, and quickly grew angry at what he deemed as inaction over the scandal, the court heard. The May Manchester suicide bombing and the June London Bridge van attack and stabbing rampage further fuelled his obsession, the court was told. Osborne began researching far-right material online, police said. He then hired a van and drove to London intent on ploughing into a pro-Palestinian march, but was prevented from doing so by road closures. Osborne then drove around London looking for a target before heading to Finsbury Park, where worshippers were leaving a mosque and an Islamic centre after Ramazan evening prayers.
  24. ISLAMABAD: The government on Tuesday extended an agreement with India for the rail link between the two countries originating from Pakistan's southern border. The two nations extended the agreement for three years and the agreement will now last until January 31, 2021. The rail link extends from Khokhrapar in Pakistan to Munabao in India. Pakistan and India signed the agreement in 2006 to facilitate people to people contacts, which Pakistan believes is essential for improving relations between the two countries, said a statement released.
  25. 'Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham' is a movie that never gets old. You can watch it a million times and it's still as good as the first time. And, not a lot of movies have that kind of rewatchable ability. So basically, even after 16 years, we're still talking about K3G, and it's just so quotable that we use the phrases so often, without even realizing it. And, here we have some gifs that are all the proof you need to see how relatable K3G is still, to all of us. 1. All of us welcoming 2018, hoping for some metal stability 2. When that shot finally hits 3. All of us showing up to a party with our squad 4. Us on 1st January 5. And then pretending not to hear the alarm clock the rest of the year 6. When our friends try to get us out of the house on weekends 7. When you're trying to control your drunk friend 8. When the autowala ignores you and drives past you 9. Unleashing those killer dance moves to impress your crush 10. And, when the crush is totally vibing with that 11. When you open a pack of gum and everyone is like