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  1. In Pakistan, more than 40,000 students from over 250 Cambridge schools made more than 100,000 entries for Cambridge International exams in June 2022
  2. Most of those who attended referendum were Sikh youth and a significant number included women and families
  3. One of the greatest joys in life for most men is becoming a father. Our society says there's always a 'right' age to settle down, get married and have a kid. But turns out, these celebrity dads defied the stereotype and became a parent in their 40s and 50s. This proves that there's never a suitable age to embrace fatherhood and these 8 celebrities are setting an example for that: 1. Saif Ali Khan © Instagram/Kareena Kapoor Khan Saif Ali Khan, besides being an impeccable actor, is also a great father to his four kids. Saif married Amirta Singh at a young age and they had Sara and Ibrahim. After marrying Kareena, he had his first kid with her at the age of 46 and his second child at the age of 50. 2. Prakash Raj © Instagram/Prakash Raj Prakash Raj is one of the most notable actors down South and is a well-known villain of Bollywood. The South Indian actor became a proud parent at the age of 50 and welcomed his first child with Pony Verma, Vedanth Raj in 2015. He wrote on Twitter "Hi .. Me and pony are happy share with you this moment of joy in our life.. We had a lovely baby boy.. Today .. Bless him. Cheers.” 3. Shah Rukh Khan © Instagram/SRK Shah Rukh Khan is father to Suhana and Aryan Khan and he embraced fatherhood once again with AbRam at the age of 47. AbRam was conceived through IVF surrogacy and he is now 8-years-old. SRK is often seen posting pictures with the little one. 4. Sanjay Dutt © Instagram/SanjayDutt_FC Sanjay Dutt had his first child in 1988 in his previous marriage. But, he was in his early 50s, when he had Shahraan and Iqra with Manyata Dutta. Manyata was in her 30s at the time and the couple was blessed with twins. 5. Nawazuddin Siddiqui © Instagram/Nawazuddin Siddiqui_FC Nawazuddin Siddiqui is known for his brilliant acting skills and he isn't just popular on the big screen but he became an OTT star as well, in no time. Even Nawazuddin embraced fatherhood late in his life. He had his son, Yaani Siddiqui on his 41st birthday. 6. Sohail Khan © Instagram/Sohail Khan Sohail and Seema Khan's marriage has been the talk of the town, ever since Seema participated in the Fabulous Lives Of Bollywood Wives show Netflix. The couple had their first kid Nirvaan. The second child though was conceived via IVF surrogacy, after almost ten years. Yohan was born in 2011 and Sohail was 42 years old at the time. 7. Manoj Bajpayee © Instagram/Manoj Bajpayee Manoj Bajpayee has left no stone unturned in the acting arena. His show The Family Man is getting all the attention. On his real family front though, the actor had his daughter, Ava with Neha Bajpayee in 2011. Manoj was 42 years old at the time. 8. Ronit Roy © Instagram/Ronit Roy Ronit Roy started his journey as an Indian TV actor with Kasautii Zindagii Kay and later ventured into Bollywood. Speaking of fatherhood, Ronit became a proud parent at the age of 42, to his son Agasthya with his wife Neelam. View the full article
  4. For many, owning luxury brand bags or shoes is not uncommon. While the appeal of these brands is inevitable, the price can easily burn a big moon-sized hole in our pockets . Unless you have a well-paying job or are organised with money-saving habits, buying from luxury brands can be challenging. © iStock These brands leave no stone unturned with their launches and coming up with styles with a staggering price tag. Recently, Gucci launched croc-like perforated rubber shoes. The style isn't that appealing, but the price will make your jaw drop. © Gucci © Gucci The newly rolled launch costs $420 for men and $470 for women. If converted to Indian currency, it costs Rs 30,607 and Rs 34,250, respectively. Mind you; this doesn't include the customs and import duties that you would have to pay to get this pair. These crocs are made in black, red and blue colours with rubber soles in the men's category. For women, the style comes in black, white and lilac shade. not GUCCI CROCS make it stop pic.twitter.com/EaEJTXCGLR — Natalie 🦇 (@disco_lem0nade) June 3, 2021This pair of slip on is sold by Indian Retail chain STAR Market for $1.2. problem is, entire locality wears the same slip-on and hence avoid them. — mahesh talkad (@maheshtalkad) June 6, 2021They think their brand is only for the rich.... — kavitha (@kavithaleeminho) June 6, 2021The sliders look similar to crocs, the only difference being the G-motif all over and the heel height of the pair. Moreover, the perforated rubber adds luxury appeal. The monogram appears as a cut-out motif on the sandals for a highly effective and precise detail. © Gucci © Gucci This is not the only time Gucci has received backlash for selling such sky-high products. The brand faced flak for selling an embroidered kurta, inspired by desi aesthetics that cost Rs 2 Lakh. A kurta can be bought at a meagre cost in India, but Gucci's price left people scratching their heads. Before this, Gucci had also launched inverted or upside-down effect eyeglasses. The unconventional style retailed for Rs 56,000 approximately. Would you splurge so much money on this pair? Let us know in the comments below. View the full article
  5. Stocks of 355 companies were traded, of which 127 gained in value, 210 declined, 18 remained unchanged
  6. Close to 355.05 million shares changed hands on Thursday, with a total worth of nearly Rs12.6 billion
  7. Stocks of 374 companies were traded on Wednesday, of which 288 gained in value, 72 declined and 14 remained unchanged
  8. Governments across the world are debating how and when to ease lockdowns that have kept more than 4.5 billion people confined to their homes
  9. The smartphones industry is not the same any more as flagship devices are getting more expensive with each year while mid-range smartphones are charging flagship prices. However, there are still some smartphones that do not cost more than Rs 40,000 and still have some impressive hardware. Some of these smartphones are great for all the specifications they offer while some are great for specific purposes such as gaming. Here's a list of the best smartphones that cost less than Rs 40,000: 1. ASUS ROG Phone II © MensXP/Karthik Iyer When we heard the launch price of Rs 37,999 for the ASUS ROG Phone II, we were quite shocked like everybody else. It is one of the best gaming smartphones you can buy that also doubles up as a daily driver for many. It is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855+ chipset, offers up to 12GB RAM and 256GB internal storage. The marquee feature of the smartphone is its 120Hz refresh rate display that is future proof for competitive games like PUBG that will enable the feature in the near future. 2. OnePlus 7T © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The OnePlus 7T is one of the few smartphones in India that offer Android 10 out of the box and has flagship-level specifications for less than Rs 40,000. It has a 90Hz refresh rate display and is also powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855+ chipset. Apart from having great hardware, the display also has support for HDR content and has UFS 3.0 storage. In our review, we mentioned that this phone should have been the OnePlus 7 Pro in the first place and you can read more about it here. 3. Black Shark 2 © MensXP/Karthik Iyer This is the second gaming smartphone on this list that offers incredible specs for a reasonable price. It is powered by Snapdragon 855 chipset and the base variant comes with minimum 6GB of RAM. This gaming phone is lighter than the ROG Phone II and offers a pressure-sensitive display with very low latency. To know more about the phone, you can read our full review here. 4. Redmi K20 Pro © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla While POCO fans may not have gotten a new smartphone this year, Xiaomi did launch a smartphone to compete with OnePlus phones. It is considerably affordable, keeping the hardware in mind and it is nearly identical to the OnePlus 7. It comes with a pop-up selfie camera, good gaming performance and a better camera than OnePlus 7 Series phones. The 8GB RAM and 256GB internal storage variant costs only Rs 30,999 and is probably the best smartphone deal of the year. Read our review here to know everything about the phone in detail. 5. Google Pixel 3A © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Pixel 3A is the more affordable cousin of the Pixel 3 and comes with mid-range hardware. However, the smartphone shines for two major reasons, awesome software and an incredible camera. It is one of the best camera smartphones you can buy right now and you also get to experience Android 10 on the smartphone. If you love to take pictures and want a smartphone that does not cost a kidney, you can read our review here to know why it is worth your money. 6. OnePlus 7 © MensXP/Karthik Iyer OnePlus may have launched the 7T series last month but the OnePlus 7 is still an incredible smartphone that offers great performance and experience. It comes with great hardware, an attractive price and excellent value for Android users looking to upgrade. OnePlus 7 may not have all the bells and whistles of the OnePlus 7 Pro, but it is still a great phone you can consider. 7. Nubia Red Magic 3 © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla This is the third and final gaming phone on our list that also deserves as much attention as others. It comes with a 6.65-inch 90Hz refresh rate display with HDR support, 8GB RAM, 5,000 mAh battery and costs only Rs 35,999. If you really don't care about taking good pictures and just care about good gaming performance, Nubia Red Magic 3 is an excellent option. View the full article
  10. People say that "A clear conscience is far more valuable than money" and 54-year-old Dhanaji Jagdale is an epitome of the same. Dhanaji, who hails from Satara, Maharashtra barely makes ends meet by doing odd jobs. Around Diwali, Dhanaji was returning from Dahiwadi and was waiting for his bus, when he saw a bundle of cash lying at the bus stop. It was Rs. 40,000 cash and enough to make anyone greedy. But, Dhanaji didn't let the amount affect his conscience, despite having just Rs 3 in his pocket at that time. In fact, he not only returned the money, he even refused to take any reward in return. © BCCL He said, "I had gone to Dahiwadi for Diwali for some work and returned to the bus stop. I found a bundle of notes nearby. I asked people around and finally found a man distressed and looking for something. I soon found out the cash bundle belonged to him." The man had collected the money for his wife's surgery and wanted to reward him, but Dhanaji refused and took only Rs 7 as the bus fare was Rs 10 and he only had Rs 3 in his pocket. He said, "He told me the bundle contained Rs 40,000. He had collected it for his wife's surgery. He wanted to give me Rs 1,000 but I took only Rs 7 as the bus fare to my village is Rs 10 and I only had Rs 3 in my pocket." Dhanaji was later felicitated by Satara BJP MLA, former MP and several other organisations but he refused to accept any money. In fact, reportedly Rahul Barge offered him Rs 5 lakh, but he refused that too. © BCCL Talking about why he didn't take money from anyone, he said "I think by taking someone's money, one would not get satisfaction. The only message I want to spread is that people should live honestly." People like Dhanaji, who make the world a better place to live in, are rare to find these days. View the full article
  11. Successful at 25, retired by 40 – isn't that the life most of us dream about? Maybe, but for the accomplished 82-year-old O. P Khanna, retirement had never been a priority! Unfortunately, after a successful career running a few decades, his retirement phase involved a few setbacks in the face of heart ailments, but that didn't deter him from redefining professionalism at its best. Besides running an NGO for heart patients, this octogenarian has now turned to modelling! With his beautiful wife by his side, he is moving into an unchartered territory, only because he believes his best is yet to come. 25 years of dressing professionals in India, Arrow came across Mr Khanna, retired but an achiever nonetheless. Talking about his journey, he simply put his mantra for life into words, "Be better than you were yesterday because the best is yet to come.” With that one line, something clicked and the team at Arrow knew they found their man. A man with a never-say-die spirit who embodies the Arrow mantra - The Best Is Yet To Come. To celebrate Arrow's 25th Anniversary, the team got Mr O P Khanna on board to celebrate his achievements along with Arrow's – they suited him up in their finest and made him strut for the shutterbugs no less than a model. With just one bold decision and a remarkable campaign by Arrow, Mr Khanna proved that it's never too late to wait for the best to come along. If he can model so confidently for Arrow at 82, we can definitely hope the #BestIsYetToCome for us. This short video of Mr Khanna walking into the Arrow studios to play the perfect muse is everything that Arrow stands for – after 25 successful years, they believe that they are not done achieving everything. Being known as the expert shirt makers and launching innovations such as the smart shirt, the stitch-less shirt, the auto press shirt etc., Arrow still believes its #BestIsYetToCome. Watch this beautiful film and believe that the best in your life is yet to come.
  12. The high-end premium range in India has gotten even more competitive, because of recent new entrants like OnePlus 6 and Honor 10. All the smartphone manufacturers have released their flagships for the year and we now have a pretty good idea of what the benchmarks of a good premium phone are now. The latest fad among Android OEMs is the notch and having a maximum screen-to-body ratio. The camera segment isn't very heated now, because all mobiles manage to capture decently good pictures. The sub 40,000 range in India isn't expected to offer the bleeding edge of technology but can be a perfect package of features for users. Today we've compiled a list of best smartphones in India under Rs 40,000: 1. OnePlus 6: © YouTube The OnePlus was launched this week in India and it is undoubtedly the best smartphone you can buy. The device is the perfect package of a good display, premium design, proficient camera and respectable software. OnePlus has taken software very seriously this time around and fully supports Project Treble, meaning you can easily install Android P Beta and expect to get timely updates in the future. Oxygen OS is a very tasteful cherry on the top, offering some unique features like customizable soft keys, gaming do-not-disturb mode and app locker. In terms of hardware, it runs on the latest Snapdragon 846 SoC coupled with 6/8GB of RAM and three variants of storage - 64GB, 128GB & 256GB. OnePlus has also increased the screen-to-body ratio as well as bumped up the camera. Portrait Mode has been drastically improved thanks to better hardware and continuous software updates. Overall, you don't have to worry about anything after buying this phone. Buy from Amazon.in 2. Honor 10: © MensXP The Honor was launched in China a few weeks back and has been in high demand ever since. Honor launched the device globally last week and the design is among the best we've seen so far. It takes a lot of inspiration from its elder sibling, the Huawei P20 Pro. The device runs on a HiSilicon Kirin 970 SoC that has a dedicated NPU for onboard AI features. The rear camera is a dual camera setup consisting of a 16 + 24-megapixel camera and a 24-megapixel front-facing camera. The camera can detect the objects in the viewfinder and adjust the camera setting like exposure, focus speed, and ISO automatically for the best possible picture quality. The battery is rated at 3400mAh, which is a little small when compared to the competition, but manages to get you through at least one day of heavy usage. Buy from Flipkart 3. Nokia 7 Plus: © MensXP Nokia 7 Plus successfully continues the legacy of previous generation Nokia phones. The build quality is the best we've seen with metals and the finish is ultra-premium. It is based on Android One program which ensures that the latest Android builds are directly sent out by Google. If you're looking for a phone with an exceptionally good lifespan, look no further. On the front, it sports 6-inch display and runs on the Snapdragon 660 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. On the rear, it has a 12 + 13-megapixel dual camera setup and a 16-megapixel front camera. Backing all this hardware, is a 3800mAh battery which Nokia claims can get you through 2 days of usage. What matters the most here, is that the device is priced considerably lower than the competition thus crowning itself as the best mid-range you can buy right now. But from Amazon.in 4. Samsung Galaxy S8: © MensXP This was Samsung's flagship for 2017, but it doesn't mean the device has lost its charm or abilities. It is now available for a much lower price and still holds the crown of being one of the most beautifully crafted phones. It sports a 5.8-inch edge to edge with minor curves on the side. The back is made of glass and the chin is considerably smaller. Powering this unit is an Exynos 8895 SoC that performs on par with the Snapdragon 835 chipset and sometimes even better. On the back is a single 12-megapixel sensor along with an 8-megapixel front camera. Backing all this hardware is a 3000mAh battery, for authentication the device also supports Iris scanning along with a fingerprint scanner. Buy from Amazon.in 5. Mi Mix 2: © MensXP The Mi Mix 2 is the best looking phone in the sub-40K segment. The phone feature a beautiful bezel-less display, which goes almost edge to edge and only has a small chin. The performance is quite good as it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC and features 6GB RAM. The phone also has one of the best battery life we have seen on a sub-40K phone in recent times. Buy from Flipkart
  13. Like most guys in their late 30s working in the City, I was stuck in a rut, completely sedentary, working too many hours and spending too many nights in pubs & bars around London. I was 38 with the energy of a 78 year old, and sporting a waist that was expanding past all my belt buckles. After a very close bereavement in the family, it suddenly brought it home to me – I needed to make a change. For months I spun my wheels on cookie cutter diets and training plans with no real idea of what I was doing. I lost some weight, but I quickly failed, fell off the wagon and slipped back into old habits. With the Big 'Four 0' quickly approaching, I reached out to Akash at RNT Fitness. The journey wasn't easy by any means. I thought I could wing it with pre-cooked meals, skipped sessions and the odd beer. How wrong I was! I told Akash I wanted a 'champion's physique' on my 40th birthday, so the excuses had to stop. We set a goal of booking a photoshoot for my 40th birthday – which was now 5-6 months away. From here on, the results I achieved blew past my expectations. I can put my results down to three key attributes. 1) Accountability This was big for me. Throughout my journey I had two levels of accountability: to my coach but also to a photoshoot! There's nothing more unforgiving than being half naked in front of a camera. If you're not ready, you'll be exposed and embarrassed. © RNT Fitness 2) Finding the right diet for my lifestyle It took a lot of trial and error to get this right, but when I did, it made a huge difference. I began to meal prep in advance, and started eating five meals a day of the following: Meal 1 – 4 Eggs and Spinach Meal 2 – 125g Chicken, ½ Avocado, Greens Meal 3 – 150g Lean Lamb Mince, Greens Meal 4 – 40g Whey, 20g Almonds Meal 5 – 150g Salmon, 150g Greens, 60g Rice or 200g Sweet Potato If I trained, I also added 30g fast carbs, 15g essential amino acids and 5g creatine. This diet formed the base for me to work off, and we made tweaks through the process till I reached my goal © RNT Fitness 3) Hitting my step target everyday This was real game changer for me. I went from sedentary office worker doing 1-2,000 steps a day to doing over 20,000 steps a day. This basic change made a crazy difference in my level of fat loss, energy, digestion and overall well being. Life changing is a phrase thrown around all the time, but when you lose 30kg, go from wearing 'stretchy' 36-inch to 28-inch trousers, and sport a better body than most 20-somethings, it really is. If you're looking to get results, look no further than RNT. I can't recommend them enough. © RNT Fitness
  14. The final of the world championships for League of Legends, one of the most-played video games on the planet, took place Saturday in Beijing?s "Bird?s Nest", the national stadium built for the 2008 Olympic Games. Photo: AFP file BEIJING: More than 40,000 spectators, giant screens, players glued to their keyboards and more than $1 million prize money for the winners: welcome to the world of eSports in China, a country that has become a leader in competitive video game playing. The final of the world championships for League of Legends, one of the most-played video games on the planet, took place Saturday in Beijing?s "Bird?s Nest", the national stadium built for the 2008 Olympic Games. "The atmosphere is great! It?s better than at home, no?" said Yu Yating, a 23-year-old customer service manager dressed in a cosplay outfit: long green wig, white minidress and a plastic golden sceptre. "I?ve been playing League of Legends since 2013 because I love the monster fights ? it relaxes me," she explained, as screams broke out in the stands when the competitors arrived, ready to do battle. Soon, one of the players slaughtered a virtual dragon, prompting howls of excitement. "Oh, huge!", said 19-year-old student Qian Feng, one of the spectators following the multi-player game on three giant screens that were practically the height of the stadium. Two-thirds of the audience were male, between 15 to 35 years old. Some, like Qian, had travelled hundreds of kilometres to watch the final in person. "eSports have taken off in China because all young people have a computer now," he said. "When I have school, I play League of Legends with my friends an hour a day, otherwise we play all afternoon." Tickets for the event cost between 280 to 1,280 yuan ($40 to $190) and sold out in minutes, with touts hawking them on the black market for up to 13,000 yuan. The size of the audience for the League of Legends final, a game owned by Chinese internet giant Tencent, matched that of the 2017 Europa League final between Manchester United and Ajax ? without including the tens of thousands of fans streaming the match live through specialist websites. 'A computer is enough' The packed event showcased China?s ambition to become the world leader for electronic sports, or eSports. The fast-growing sport sees teams of professional video game players fight for large sums of money in front of an audience, usually in multipurpose arenas or stadiums. And its popularity is only expected to grow. There are currently 191 million eSports fans around the world, and numbers are projected to increase by 20 percent by 2020, according to video game specialists Newzoo. As purists question if video games even qualify as a sport, eSports are inching closer to official recognition after last weekend?s meeting of Olympic representatives in Lausanne, Switzerland left open the possibility for a future Olympics event. Meanwhile, eSports is set to have its own category at the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou in China. That comes as little surprise since Asia is a fast-growing market for video games. "I also play traditional sports, badminton," said Li Hangtian, a 22-year-old student. "But China is very populous, it is sometimes difficult and expensive to reserve a court, whereas I can practise eSports with my roommates where and when I want: a computer is enough." Enthusiasm for the games shows no sign of slowing down. Global turnover from eSports is currently $696 million, with Newzoo saying it will climb to $1.5 billion in the next three years. And Asia could be its future, with China currently accounting for "around 15 to 20 percent of global eSports revenue", said Ignat Bobrovich, chief executive of TwogNation, an international eSports management agency. "North America is the biggest market for now, at 35 to 40 percent. But in two years? time, Asia, which is home to half the world?s eSports fans, will easily outstrip this," he added. Indeed, Saturday?s face-off featured two South Korean teams, with Samsung Galaxy vanquishing SK Telecom T1 3-0 and pocketing around $1.7 million in winnings.
  15. Firefighters work to defend homes from an approaching wildfire in Sonoma, California, U.S. October 14, 2017. REUTERS SANTA ROSA: Fast-moving fires spread by shifting winds forced thousands more Californians to evacuate their homes on Saturday as the death toll from the deadliest blaze recorded in the state?s history rose to at least 40, with hundreds of people still missing. More than 10,000 firefighters supported by air tankers and helicopters overhead were battling 16 major wildfires, some encompassing several smaller merged blazes, in areas north of San Francisco that have consumed nearly 214,000 acres (86,000 hectares) over seven days, or roughly 334 square miles (865 sq km) - an area larger than New York City. The 40 confirmed fatalities, including 22 in Sonoma County, already make it the deadliest fire event in California history. Some 100,000 people have been forced from their homes, including 3,000 evacuated on Saturday from the city of Santa Rosa, about 50 miles (80 km) north of San Francisco. ?This is truly one of the greatest tragedies that California has ever faced. The devastation is just unbelievable. It is a horror that no one could have imagined,? California Governor Jerry Brown said on a visit to a devastated Santa Rosa. The fires have damaged or destroyed about 5,700 structures, reducing homes and businesses to ash. The fires? death toll surpassed the 29 deaths from the Griffith Park fire of 1933 in Los Angeles. Janis and Roberto Lucha joined scores of people lining up at a temporary Federal Emergency Management Agency office in Santa Rosa, seeking help after losing their home of 27 years in the city?s Coffey Park neighborhood, where most homes burned to the ground. Molly Kurland, 63, has lived in her Santa Rosa home for nearly as long and her house was still standing. She joined a packed community meeting with worried residents at the Santa Rosa High School gymnasium. ?Even for people who haven?t lost their house, the uncertainty and anxiety is tremendous,? she said. ?We are seeing the places where we shop for groceries disappear. My favorite restaurant is gone.? Glimmers of hope There were some glimmers of hope as winds weakened and firefighters made progress with blazes such as the Cascade Fire, about 80 miles northeast of Santa Rosa, which was nearly 10,000 acres and 87 percent contained on Saturday, Cal Fire said. Winds are expected to weaken overnight, which should help in fighting the fires but high temperatures and dry conditions that feed the fires will remain through the weekend, forecasters said. ?This is still very much in play. The danger is still very present,? said U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, a Democrat from California, who accompanied Brown on the visit. At least a dozen Napa Valley and Sonoma County wineries were damaged or destroyed, throwing the state?s wine industry and related tourism into disarray. For the picturesque Napa Valley town of Calistoga, the winds were a double-edged sword. The town was spared by hazardous winds when they shifted, Mayor Chris Canning said, though he warned a resurgence could pose a new threat. The town of roughly 5,000 people had been evacuated, he said. Firefighters from states including Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Colorado and Nevada have joined crews from California to battle the blazes. From the air, some 70 helicopters and large aircraft including a 747, two DC-10s and about a dozen air tankers doused flames across the affected area with fire retardant, officials said. Aircraft have dropped more than 2 million gallons (7.6 million liters) of fire retardant. Cal Fire had estimated the fires would be contained by Oct. 20. Inmates and immigrants On the ground, prison inmates were helping firefighters - sometimes digging lines to help contain fires, other times preparing meals at command centers, always watched over by guard. In an area largely dependent on immigrant farm labor, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said they would temporarily suspend routine operations during the emergency, ?except in the event of a serious criminal presenting a public safety threat,? spokesman James Schwab said in a statement. US Senator Dianne Feinstein, another California Democrat accompanying the governor, pledged more federal aid to the region to help it through the devastation. Whole neighborhoods of Santa Rosa have been reduced to landscapes of ash, smoldering debris and burned-out vehicles. Some victims were asleep when flames engulfed their homes, and many survivors had only minutes to flee. With 235 people still missing on Saturday in Sonoma County alone, and rubble from thousands of incinerated dwellings yet to be searched, authorities have said the number of fatalities from the North Bay fires would likely climb. The year?s wildfire season is one of the worst in history in the United States, with nearly 8.6 million acres (3.5 million hectares) burned, just behind 2012, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. Even with the ever-present danger of wildfires in California, where many prepare bags for quick evacuation, the ferocity of these fires stunned residents. ?Everything went up like a blow torch. No warnings. No firemen. Just neighbors honking horns,? said Steve Spencer, who, with his wife Kay, lost their home in the Coffey Park neighborhood.
  16. KARACHI: The Pakistan Stock Exchange continues its steep decline after a fall of over 1,200 points around 1pm on Wednesday, taking the KSE-100 index to below 40,000 points. On Tuesday, a similar bearish trend was witnessed as the KSE-100 index closed below 41,500 after witnessing a negative change of 2.15 per cent. The index lost 903 points during the day's trading session with investors trading shares valuing more than Rs5.74 billion. The market closed at 41,115 points, reaching a high of 42,043 points during the day's trading. Speaking to Geo News on Wednesday, economist Mohammad Sohail said investors are wary of the political uncertainty in the country. He said the secret nature of Tuesday's 'special' corps commanders conference, as well as fears of an institutional clash, are the main reasons for the recent decline in the market.
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