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  1. Netflix India's latest offering 'Leila' starring Huma Qureshi hit our screens yesterday, and since the show was already pretty hyped-up with the trailer and plot looking very interesting, it was only natural that in less than 24 hours, a myriad of opinions would pop up once the show hit the air. The show is set up in a dystopian future, where a helpless mother is desperately looking for her lost daughter. The show has opened to rave reviews from a lot of peoplem, who are calling it a spine-chilling reality check. #Leila is a scary reality which might knock our doors in the near future. The need to create a better world for our future generations is more than ever. We shouldn't take clean water and air for granted anymore or else we won't have any left. @humasqureshi you were incredible. — Abheshek Garg (@LovelybonE_04) June 15, 2019 The freakiest part of #Leila for me is that the horrors shown are all happening already somewhere in the world...The policing of women's bodies, scarcity of water (those scenes ð±), food rations, fall of law and order, violence in the name of hyper-nationalism.. https://t.co/YGHHEk6WZL — Aliya Curmally (@filminista) June 15, 2019 The Dystopia depicted in the latest @NetflixIndia series #Leila is very Disturbing, Depressing & Disgusting. And in that disgust lies its strength. It is a warning sign for present generations to be careful with natural & ideological 'resources' or else witness mayhem in future. — Abhinav Saxena (@abhinavsaxena25) June 14, 2019 People are in awe of Huma Qureshi and everyone who put their hard work into making this show a success. Leila is the best work of Huma Qureshi.. I am spellbound with her impeccable performance.. Loved the series and hope the period shown in the series never comes.. @humasqureshi @NetflixIndia #leila netflix — Sneha (@beingsnehaa) June 14, 2019 One episode. ONE EPISODE is enough to shake you. Totally. I just hope it goes well ahead too. Wow @humasqureshi #Leila — υ∂αÒ¯ (@imuday02) June 14, 2019 However, there are many viewers who felt that the show was a little weak, in terms of depicting what it wanted to convey and also many felt the borrowed emotion from 'The Handmaid's Tale' to be quite evident . Just because something is controversial and bold, doesn't mean it's actually good#Leila is a copy of the show @HandmaidsOnHulu I have seen them both and I'd recommend skipping #Leila I also didn't like how political and communal they made it when they could've avoided it — ðððð ÙÙØ­ÙÙد ‎ ð­ððððð (@tysaa13) June 14, 2019 Watched ep 1 of #Leila on Netflix. It was quite pedestrian. Very thin direction and substance, poor special effects. All it seemed good for was to massage many people's sense of outrage against the hierarchical & purity-obsessed Indian/Hindu society. — Dhara (@dhar_aa) June 14, 2019 Waste of time..!!! So much hype they created. Seriously all she has is only one emotion throughout the series and nothing else. Or maybe her face is only capable of producing that one and only emotion. #Leila — à²à²¿à²°à²à²à³à²µà²¿ à²à³à²¡ (@Ljs6JuKBeB4wgTI) June 14, 2019 Also, some people feel that the show comes across a politically charged propaganda and is defaming certain religions and strata of the society. I have one question for @netflix When you create a dystopian world for the west, you show all kind of tech and cool guys shitting science and girls riding ð¦ But while creating a dystopian India, you show an entire community in bad light. WTF is #Leila No ð PATHETIC — BRAHMA (@BrahmaUbaach) June 14, 2019 Sheer propaganda nthng else, frm costumes to stereotypes #leila is just another way to show their bigotry. @NetflixIndia hv grt content but y they r stooping to this propaganda, can't undrstnd. If u wnt to see totalitarian nation see documentries on NKorea n saudi on netflix only — Mayank Dua (@MayankDua88) June 14, 2019 Just watched #Leila how disgusting u Morron guys see only one religion bed shame on u @humasqureshi @NetflixIndia — chowkidar sachin soni (@beingsachin_) June 14, 2019 It looks like 'Leila' is one of those shows which cannot be ignored and we feel that we should actually watch it to form an opinion about it. Sounds like an interesting weekend plan, what say?
  2. In January, there were rumours that Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir is joining politics. Back then, he clarified all those rumours saying that there's no truth in it. There have been speculative stories that I am joining politics. Please allow me to clarify that there's no truth in this. At the moment, I am merely a retired cricketer who like all of you is waiting for India's series win in Australia. — Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) January 3, 2019 What sounded as some baseless rumour two months ago has now turned into reality after the left-handed-batsman officially joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today. The announcement was made in the presence of BJP President Amit Shah and Union ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad and Arun Jaitley. Delhi: Former Cricketer Gautam Gambhir meets Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah. He joined the party in the presence of Union Ministers Arun Jaitley and Ravi Shankar Prasad today. pic.twitter.com/jEWTkYrwfw — ANI (@ANI) March 22, 2019 Reportedly, 37-year-old Gambhir is inspired by the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and is honoured to get the opportunity to join this platform. If sources are anything to go by, then Gambhir may contest the upcoming Lok Sabha election that begins in April, from New Delhi. © Twitter Twitter has been buzzing ever since the announcement was made. While some stand in support of his decision to join politics, others are trolling him for denying the news earlier and now joining politics. Wish you well @GautamGambhir. Politics needs honest, committed people. Much as I admired your first innings, I hope your second innings is even better. — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 22, 2019 Delighted that @GautamGambhir who brought glory for India in the field of cricket has joined @BJP4India and has committed to actively serve the country from this platform, under the leadership of PM @narendramodi & BJP President @AmitShah Welcome to BJP Gautam! pic.twitter.com/YbflSWnF2J — Chowkidar Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) March 22, 2019 Welcome, @GautamGambhir and many congrats for the beginning of a new innings. May it be as illustrious as the old one, and may you serve the Nation as part of @BJP4India family for years to come! — Chowkidar Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) March 22, 2019 Congrats @GautamGambhir. Wishing you the best in this new innings too. May your passion and honesty lead you to greater success @BJP4India. — Anjum Chopra (@chopraanjum) March 22, 2019 @GautamGambhir बड़ॠभाठ@BJP4India मà¥à¤ राà¤à¤¨à¥à¤¤à¤¿à¤ पारॠशà¥à¤°à¥ à¤à¤°à¤¨à¥ पर बहà¥à¤¤ बहà¥à¤¤ बधाठà¤à¤° शà¥à¤­à¤à¤¾à¤®à¤¨à¤¾à¤¯à¥à¤, मà¥à¤à¥ à¤à¤®à¥à¤®à¥à¤¦ पहलॠमà¥à¤ हॠधà¥à¤à¤à¤§à¤¾à¤° शतठà¤à¤¡à¤¼à¥à¤à¥ । — Manoj Kumar ð®ð³ (@BoxerManojkr) March 22, 2019 So after 2 and a half months he is joining a vision which we don't see#GautamGambhir pic.twitter.com/a6oDKlPwNI — Ashish Ranjan (@aranjan20) March 22, 2019 Pehli ball par bhi bhut baar out ho chuka hai ye kahin is baar bhi esa hi na ho. — Shaan Saifi (@ShaanSa92459516) March 22, 2019 pehle delhi ki team se kata ab delhi se katega ð¤£ð𤣠#GautamGambhir — Roflol â (@_Roflol) March 22, 2019 BJP is slowly building a cricket team. They always had good spinners. Recently they got a bunch of night-watchmen. And now #GautamGambhir has joined as opener. — Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) March 22, 2019 à¤à¤ सॠ@GautamGambhir भॠà¤à¥à¤°à¤¿à¤à¥à¤à¤° सॠà¤à¥à¤à¥à¤¦à¤¾à¤° बन à¤à¤¯à¥ðð @DrKumarVishwas @ashokshrivasta6 @awasthis @sudhirchaudhary — &Mukesh Singh (@ind_mukeshsingh) March 22, 2019 Why'd you deny and call initial reports baseless when that's what is eventually going to happen? Also had seen this day roll out 6 months ago. https://t.co/BYC39EKK9D — Ankit Mishra (@editedidea) March 22, 2019 #GautamGambhir one he used to be my favourite but after joining political party he lost my respect if he decided to go like independent candidate then may be i respecte him , coz neither BJP nor Congress even AAP party are clean @GautamGambhir — saquib ð®ð³ (@saquib_9524) March 22, 2019 #GautamGambhir is that guy in your group who keeps telling you, "Ni bro kch ni pdha ksm se" and suddenly topped the exam. — Aman ð®ð³ (@TheAlteria) March 22, 2019 Gambhir was recently conferred with the Padma Shri by President Ram Nath Kovind.
  3. India is a rich land of culture, multiple languages and even better food. Now, the government is trying its best to ensure that every sort of tourism and every cultural aspect of this melting pot of our rich history is glorified and promoted. So, as per the latest plan of schemes, the government wants to focus on the development and the promotion of the beautiful Urdu language in India, and to do this, it is tapping into the power of Bollywood with SRK, Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif being considered to do the needful promotion. © Instagram The decision is being steered by the Ministry of Human Resource Development's autonomous body National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language (NCPUL) but the people of the nation are divided over it. A lot of people are opposing this idea, trashing it and ridiculing the actors, claiming that having Salman and Katrina promote Urdu is like ensuring it dies a natural death. Katrina Kaif promoting Urdu! This has to be the biggest joke of 2019 https://t.co/xVLO9S2oFa — Iqbal Grewal (@IqbalGrewal1) March 18, 2019 Didn't know Katrina Kaif spoke Urdu,, let alone promote it... https://t.co/b1cwc4gfJd — shantanudutta (@shantanudutta) March 18, 2019 Now, the problem with trolling is that the target here are the actors who have not given a final word, made no announcement or even endorsed this idea on their own personal social media accounts. Sure, we are all entitled to have an opinion and this is a fair point that just by the virtue of being a Bollywood actor, it doesn't mean that they can actually promote a language, which they probably don't even speak themselves. However, trolling them to be the choice of a decision-making body is actually silly. While various memes and jokes are being generated on social media, there have been some sensible internet consumers who have tried to understand that a Katrina Kaif or a Salman Khan is not a problem , but maybe the people choosing them are making a weird decision, which is not suitable for Urdu lovers across the nation. © Instagram Some people have very respectfully suggested the name of Javed Akhtar and even Salim Khan (Salman's father) to be the endorsers and that makes perfect sense. So the next time one decides to troll, maybe it will be a good idea to think twice before doing it?
  4. Just a few months ago, Disney fired James Gunn, the director of both the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' movies, and that too very famously, might I add. It was all because of a bunch of problematic tweets by the director and despite the outpouring support from fans and the cast of GOTG, Disney stayed firm in their decision. But, that was months ago and so much can happen in that time. Well, he got rehired. Today, James Gunn tweeted a message thanking everyone for all the support they have shown for him. â¤ï¸ pic.twitter.com/gdMQjlqIjs — James Gunn (@JamesGunn) March 15, 2019 While a lot of people are happy that he's back to direct the third GOTG movie, a lot of people have also shown their disapproval of Disney basically backtracking. People are divided over this development and a lot of them are calling out Disney for just waiting for the controversy to die down so they could hire him again. They did lie, tho. disney explicitly saying that they were not going to rehire james gunn but then just waiting a few months for the whole situation to die down is so disgusting — saz (@syndullatano) March 15, 2019 The jokes were not okay. even if they were just 'jokes' (which it's much more than that anyway) this behaviour is what leads to the normalisation of these awful things happening in real life and someone like james gunn shouldn't be given a platform like that in any circumstance — saz (@syndullatano) March 15, 2019 Some people are willing to give him a second chance. I'm not exactly a fan of James Gunn's movies or their messages. And making jokes about sexual abuse is harmful because it contributes to rape culture. However, it's imperative we allow people space to grow and change! It appears Gunn has sincerely learned from his past mistakes. https://t.co/dh8iIBsPbL — Jonathan McIntosh (@radicalbytes) March 15, 2019 Do people change so easily? Disney re-hires James Gunn for Guardians of the Galaxy 3! The controversy was real (and understandable IMO) but I agree there needs to be a way for "redemption" for people like Gunn who have shown remorse and proven over *years* they are not the person those tweets were painting. https://t.co/3UnFLHJLYo — Patrick Beja (@NotPatrick) March 15, 2019 But, is an apology enough? I am incredibly happy about this. Gunn said some Fucked up shit. He was also taken to task about it during GotG vol 1 and apologized. I am cool with punishing people for shit. I HATE double jeopardy. Glad to see this. https://t.co/JNcQ9FLzvx — Ben ðð ðð¦ (@BeninBiloxi) March 15, 2019 Okay, then. I understand if you don't like this and disagree. Trust me I get it. I'm not gonna become a James Gunn stan account but yes I do believe what he said is forgivable. If it ever turns out he really has ever hurt children I'll pour the gasoline FOR you and light the match. — Ben ðð ðð¦ (@BeninBiloxi) March 15, 2019 Let's hope so. this whole situation is very complicated because he wasn't a teenager talking shit on the internet, he was a grown man... but he also apologized more than once. also, the cast is so loyal to him, it makes me think he indeed changed and is a better, decent human being + — ananda (@pilotdanvers) March 15, 2019 Yes, it is. it just feels cheap of marvel/disney dismissing him and then rehiring him less than a year later and even accepting his terms of directing ss2 first... like? much to think about — ananda (@pilotdanvers) March 15, 2019 Dave Bautista would be happy. A lot of us stood by #JamesGunn when all this shit went down. The whole cast stood by him, but no one, not one person, did so more than @DaveBautista who I hope feels vindicated tonight. Watching him stand by his friend was incredibly touching. And now we all get GotG vol.3! — Dantooine (@Danburden1138) March 15, 2019 Quite possible. James Gunn is back on Guardians 3. Bautista must've been standing outside Bob Iger's house like pic.twitter.com/JSTDTa3HmZ — Issa Deadman (@CPerry404) March 15, 2019 Well. The #RehireJamesGunn worked, even though Disney confirmed it like 3 times in a row that that wouldn't happen. I even told some people online that it wasn't worth it. So if that can happen, #ReleaseTheSnyderCut @wbpictures @WBHomeEnt !!!!! — Leonardo Oliveira (@Leo_Rafael99) March 15, 2019 Everyone's happy, I guess. The best thing about this story, besides him getting a second chance, is that he's still going to do both films. https://t.co/zjnDNtTps1 — Mike (Insert Game Here) (@mpallard329) March 15, 2019
  5. This season of 'Bigg Boss', a cult favourite amongst the Indian masses, was one of the lowest ranked, fizz-free season which failed to garner a lot of interest. Gladly, the show is not over and the winning trophy has gone to none other than 'Sasural Simar Ka' actress Dipika Kakar Ibrahim. Winner #BB12 @ms_dipika.#BB12GrandeFinale #BiggBoss12Finale pic.twitter.com/HpBdq4nfnd — COLORS (@ColorsTV) December 30, 2018 The actress defeated none other than her 'bhai' Sreesanth to win the trophy. Sree is the first runner up of the show. The other two finalists in the top 4 included Romil and Deepak, who were a big hit with the masses. However, like every decision, this one has the fans divided over the fact that whether it was a fair decision of the audience or not. Congratulations @ms_dipika on winning #BiggBoss12 ð. You truly deserve it ...Your journey was commendable and inspiring! You were urself and your values made you the winner! Kudos to you! ð¤ð — Rohan Mehra (@rohan4747) December 30, 2018 Yess yess yess #DipikaKakar won #BB12 Deserving one Never abuse Played task with dignity Always take stand for right Happy with this news Let's nacho ðºðºðºðº @Shoaib_Ibrahim1 @SabaIbrahim13 #DipikaTheGracefulWinner — G@nesh__ð¦ (@lm_ganesh_) December 30, 2018 Lets nacho My dipi won Truely deserves ðð #DipikaKakarIbrahim @ms_dipika congratulations princess ð #BB12 #BB12GrandFinale pic.twitter.com/siye6HFNHD — imwithdipikaðµð¸ (@SurbhiC75450574) December 30, 2018 A lot of fans are not happy with the decision and feel that Sree could have won, while many feel that both of them didn't deserve to be in the top 2. Wht the **** ?? Why #DipikaKakar won ?? ISse acha to #SREESANTH Jeet jaata , atleast show mein kuch kra hain nt like #DipikaKakar who just cry 24 hrs. ðð#ShilpaShinde ke worst winner ka tag #DipikaKakar Ko mil Gaya THtz worst .... ðð — NeElMaN (@NeElMan_029) December 30, 2018 #DipikaKakar won #BiggBoss12 has to be the biggest joke of 2018. She didn't even do anything to be a winner. This has to be the worse season in the history of #BiggBoss Screw you @ColorsTV what a waste of time!! — Preet (@mm_preet) December 30, 2018 To be absolutely honest this year @BiggBoss has been BAD. Now with #DipikaKakar winning #bb12 goes down in history as the worst season til date. #MicDrop . — Andy Kumar (@iAmVJAndy) December 30, 2018 Some believe that it is all the 'halwa' that made her win. Worst show ke finale main winner #Dipikakakar congratulation Halwa Halwa kara colors ka chehra thhi winner to makers ko banana hi thha Real Winner Romil — #Romil _choudhary #Romilsquad (@Beingkhanumar) December 30, 2018 From next time plz choose only dignified people n do satsang instead of biggboss, or maybe do a dipika mata ka halwa show @ms_dipika u r not deserving at all. Fake winner of a fake show ! Partial n favoured! I hope u sleep in peace after this non deserving win! — RonitaKrishnaSharma (@ronitasharma) December 30, 2018 While everyone is entitled to an opinion, we cannot ignore the fact that Dipika was indeed a dignified player who didn't indulge in any crass arguments or crossed her line of morality to grab eyeballs. She is also taking home the big prize money with the trophy.
  6. After a goalless halftime and a tough competition from The Red Devils, France finally clinched victory and an entry into the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals last evening, thanks to Samuel Umtiti. Umtiti's kickass header in the 51st minute turned his team's fate for good and sent them into the finals, where they will now compete with either England or Croatia this Sunday. The last time the French football team won the World Cup was in 1998, so it will definitely be a big deal if they get to pick the trophy this time. © Twitter After 2006, Les Bleus have now got another opportunity to prove their mettle on the biggest stage and probably mute England's 'It's coming home' chants that have been doing rounds for some time now. As expected, after the match the French fans went berserk and they have all the reasons to do so because France just paved its way towards bringing the trophy home after 20 years. Twitter was flooded with hashtags like FRABEL and fans had all sorts of memes and jokes to make on both the winning and the losing team. We guess that's the beauty of this game and Twitter, no one and nothing is left unnoticed. Thierry Henry sneaking into the France changing room right now like... pic.twitter.com/rgyB024PzB — Footy Humour (@FootyHumour) July 10, 2018 ð£ Alan Shearer: “How do you defend against a guy like Mbappé?” ð¤·‍âï¸ ð£ Rio Ferdinand: “You look up and say 'Please help'.” ð ððð pic.twitter.com/V0el12JBoH — ð­ð· vs ð´ó §ó ¢ó ¥ó ®ó §ó ¿ Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) July 10, 2018 Thierry Henry after France beat Belgium (ð·: @tzcntzcn ) #FRABEL #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/bCWdqjqiW2 — 9GAG Football â½ (@9GAGFootball) July 10, 2018 1998 was a great year for France... pic.twitter.com/GGUO6ZVUSf — Football Zion (@FootballZion) July 10, 2018 Live images of Kylian Mbappe's legs..#WorldCup #FRA #BEL #FRABEL pic.twitter.com/6F8vB7Q1IX — Witty Footy (@Witty_Footy) July 10, 2018 People lost their money after betting that Belgium is taking itðð#FRABEL pic.twitter.com/L8YLWqGWF5 — KOKETSO DITSHEGO (@koketsomiscutek) July 10, 2018 However, there were some fans who were disappointed with the referee's decisions over giving yellow card to Belgium in case of Kylian Mbappé and not to France when Eden Hazard fell. In fact, many fans even mocked Mbappé. France: *gets touched by 1 finger* ref: yellow card for Belgium vs Belgium: *gets tackled really hard* ref: just keep playing nothing happened uwu#FRABEL — sarah â¡ (@ultschengstin) July 10, 2018 #FRABEL Eden Hazard ganged on the ground = No foul Pogba is brushed or gets his hair messed up = Yellow card Double standard refereeing in a nutshell! This worldcup is rigged to the core. — NeuralQwaruch (@NeuralQwaruch) July 10, 2018 This post and the first comment ðð¼ðð¼ðð¼ #FRABEL #redtogether pic.twitter.com/up0CD72sLT — Laure ð§ðª (@xerual) July 10, 2018 This was not football, smth was going on here that was not right. France was allowed much more mistakes than we were and the ref cut us of about 3 times at the point where we were about to go for the goal... I'm sorry France but Iost all the respect I had for your team. #FRABEL — Charlotte (@charlotte_http) July 10, 2018 Mbappe falls Ref: oh nooo baby, here's a yellow card to Belgium, here have a bandage are u okay??ð Hazard falls Ref: lmao get up ***** #FRABEL pic.twitter.com/oMqi5BbRfA — aycað¸ (@seokjinsocks) July 10, 2018 Kylian Mbappe was running the show while Eden Hazard, De Bruyne and Fellaini were trying their best to get past the French defence. However, when they did manage to sneak past the defenders, Hugo Lloris stood tall and kept making incredible saves.
  7. Salman Khan. Photo: FileSearch giant Google has divided Twitter once again after it named Salman Khan the ?worst Bollywood actor?.Upon searching for ?worst Bollywood actor?, Google showed Salman?s profile.While Salman?s fans lashed out...
  8. Photo: FileAn audio snippet with just two syllables has ignited an internet meltdown, dividing social media users into staunchly opposed camps: do you hear 'Yanny' or 'Laurel'?The collective sensory experiment causing a Twitter tizzy mushroomed...
  9. PPP is divided over nominating Raza Rabbani or Saleem Mandviwalla as the nominee for Senate chairman ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) is divided over the party?s nominee for the post of Senate chairman, sources informed Geo News on Thursday. According to reports, several party stalwarts have expressed their reservations over not naming Raza Rabbani as the nominee. There has also been resistance to naming Saleem Mandviwalla as the party?s nominee for the post. Sources add that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) and Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) have also backed Rabbani for the Senate chairman post. On Wednesday, PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari in a news conference alongside JUI-F chief Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman was asked about the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz?s (PML-N) willingness to support Rabbani. Zardari responded: ?Thank you very much, I do not want that.? Later, JUI-F sources informed Geo News that the PPP co-chairman had expressed his wish to get Saleem Mandviwalla elected as chairman of the upper house. Meanwhile, the PML-N has claimed that the party has a majority in the Senate to appoint the chairman and deputy chairman. The party has, however, not announced any nominees for the post. PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif appearing before the accountability court reiterated that he personally wanted Rabbani as the next Senate chairman. PTI chairman Imran Khan has announced that his party would try to stonewall attempts by the ruling party in its effort to have a PML-N nominee appointed Senate chairman. Sources have informed Geo News that the PTI has entered into an agreement with PPP to elect Saleem Mandviwalla as the chairman. Senate composition following March 3 election
  10. (L to R) Iranian ambassador to the United Nations Gholamali Khoshroo speaks as US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley looks on during a UN Security Council (UNSC) ? concerning Iran ? New York City, US, January 5, 2018. Angerer/Getty Images/AFP UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council headed divided into an emergency meeting Friday to discuss the deadly wave of protests in Iran, as the Tehran regime sought to put the unrest to bed. US Ambassador Nikki Haley -- whose country sought the talks -- has argued that the week of demonstrations -- against the government and now for it -- could escalate into full-blown conflict, drawing a comparison with Syria. "The Iranian regime is now on notice: the world will be watching what you do," Haley warned the Security Council meeting. Russia has strongly criticized the US push for Iran to be discussed at the UN´s top body, arguing the protests pose no threat to international peace and security. But Moscow stopped short of seeking to block the meeting. A total of 21 people have died and hundreds have been arrested since December 28 as protests over economic woes turned against the regime as a whole, with attacks on government buildings and police stations. Pro-regime rallies were held around Tehran Friday for the third day running with authorities seeking to put a lid on the violence. Iranian officials have blamed a plot by the CIA, Israel and Saudi Arabia for the unrest that convulsed much of the country for five days -- part of the increasing tensions playing out between Iran and its neighbors since President Donald Trump came to power. The United States has meanwhile piled pressure on Iran, with Trump pledging to help Iranians "take back" their government. The Security Council meeting also came as Washington imposed unilateral sanctions on five Iranian companies linked to Tehran´s ballistic missile program. "The Iranian people are rising up in over 79 locations throughout the country," Haley told the council. "It is a powerful exhibition of brave people who have become so fed up with their oppressive government that they are willing to risk their lives in protest." ´Absurd tweets´ Iran´s UN Ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo wrote to the council accusing the United States of meddling in its internal affairs and urging countries to condemn Washington´s statements. "The president and vice president of the United States, in their numerous absurd tweets, incited Iranians to engage in disruptive acts," said Khoshroo in the letter also sent to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. That stance was echoed by Russia, which along with Turkey has jumped to Iran´s defense. "The United States continues to interfere both openly and covertly in the internal affairs of other countries. They do so shamelessly," Russia´s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said, quoted by Interfax news agency. It remains difficult to gauge who was involved in the anti-government unrest. President Hassan Rouhani´s supporters have blamed conservative rivals for stoking anger over economic issues, which quickly spiralled out of control. The conservatives deny the accusations and say Rouhani must do more to help the poor. ´CIA plot´ Chief prosecutor Mohammad Jafar Montazeri blamed the unrest on a plot dating back four years by the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia, while also claiming there were efforts to infiltrate the Islamic State group into the country. Many officials have nonetheless recognized the genuine economic grievances of many Iranians, particularly a jobless rate at close to 30 percent for young people. Iran´s economic growth rebounded to more than 12 percent last year after sanctions were lifted under a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, but analysts say much of the windfall has come from renewed oil sales that generate few jobs. Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said 42,000 people had taken part in the unrest nationwide. It was higher than a previous figure of 15,000 given by the head of the Revolutionary Guards, but still far below the hundreds of thousands that took to the streets during the last major protest movement in 2009. Nuclear waivers Trump must decide next week whether to continue waiving nuclear-related sanctions suspended under the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers. Under the deal, Trump must actively lift certain sanctions every few months and the next deadline falls on January 12. Trump repeatedly tweeted his backing for the protesters during Iran´s unrest, at one point saying: "Such respect for the people of Iran as they try to take back their corrupt government". That was rebuffed by marchers on Friday. "Mr Trump passed laws against Iranians such as the immigration ban, and he called Iranians ´savages´... and suddenly he is sympathizing and supporting Iranians and it is ridiculous," said Khalili, a government worker in Tehran.
  11. Yellow ribbons, used as symbols of the demand for the release of jailed Catalan politicians, are tied to the railings of a bridge in Girona. -AFP BARCELONA: Catalans were anxiously preparing Wednesday for a decisive regional vote, hoping it will help settle the bitter dispute over independence from Spain that has divided their region and rattled Europe. The election pits leaders of the wealthy northeastern region's separatist movement against candidates who want to stay part of Spain. Record turnout is expected but with pro- and anti-independence candidates neck-and-neck in opinion polls, neither side is likely to win a clear majority. The election is being closely watched across a European Union still reeling from Britain's shock decision to leave the bloc, and wary about any breakup of the eurozone´s fourth-largest economy. 'Extreme' positions The separatist drive has inflamed passions not just in Catalonia but across Spain, with the government in Madrid taking the unprecedented step of stripping the region of its autonomy after its parliament declared independence on October 27. "I think many positions have become very extreme," said Assumpta Corell, a 21-year-old university student from the seaside city of Castelldefels who says she will vote for Ciudadanos, the centrist, anti-independence party that is scoring high in opinion polls. "People who have one opinion will maintain it, people who have a different opinion will continue thinking differently, which is great, but the problem comes when politics play at dividing people even more," she said. The election campaign has been tense and often surreal, with axed regional president Carles Puigdemont holding rallies via video link from exile in Belgium, and his former deputy Oriol Junqueras sending out messages and even poems to supporters from behind bars. "This is not a normal election," Puigdemont told supporters Tuesday evening in a final, virtual rally from Belgium. "What is at stake is not who gets the most votes, but whether the country (Catalonia) or (Spanish Prime Minister Mariano) Rajoy wins" the standoff, he added. End of a 'nightmare'? While opinion polls suggest a narrow lead for Junqueras's leftist, pro-independence ERC, voters could ultimately hand victory to Ciudadanos, whose charismatic candidate Ines Arrimadas has campaigned on a fierce anti-nationalist ticket. She is fighting to replace Puigdemont, who is wanted by the Spanish courts on charges of sedition, rebellion and misuse of public funds over his role in the independence drive. "We are very close to making our dream come true," Arrimadas told supporters at a rally Tuesday in a working-class district of Barcelona. "We are going to wake up from this nightmare on Thursday," she added. But ordinary Catalans on both sides of the divide appeared unsure the election would bring the independence crisis to an end, regardless of who wins. "I'm anticipating problems, whoever wins," said Marc Botey, a 47-year-old musician, as he prepared to teach guitar to a student in Poblenou, a former industrial district of Barcelona that has since become hip. He says he will be voting for the ERC, and hopes that the vote will at least clarify once and for all how many independence supporters there are in Catalonia. "We want to know how many we are to be able to decide if it´s worth it," he said. Secessionist bid on hold With the separatist camp in disarray, secessionists will probably put their independence drive on hold even if they win the vote. "Even if a pro-independence government is formed it will be very cautious how it acts because it won´t want to lose the restored authority the Catalan government has," Andrew Dowling, contemporary historian in Hispanic studies at Cardiff University, told AFP. "It won't want to see that suspended again," he said. The deposed government's independence declaration prompted more than 3,000 companies to move their headquarters out of the region, and no country has recognised the new "republic". The Catalan crisis kicked off in earnest on October 1, when the regional government held a referendum on independence despite a ban by Spain's Constitutional Court. The vote was marred by a brutal police crackdown and triggered Spain's worst political crisis in decades. Neither separatist nor pro-unity parties are predicted to win a decisive majority in the 135-seat regional parliament, which could lead to lengthy negotiations to form a government. If parties cannot agree a governing coalition, Catalonia could face elections again next year, prolonging the political uncertainty. In another indication of how the stakes involved, the Spanish government is seeking to allay fears of fraud with a slew of measures intended to limit the spread of false reports. And separatist camps plan to deploy about 4,000 volunteers on Thursday night for a parallel recount of the votes, though the government has made it clear that only the electoral commission in Madrid has the authority to conduct an official audit.
  12. If we look at the social media platforms today, one will realize that we Indians love to fight, sometimes even without a cause. Until last year, we were fighting over intolerance, only to prove our opponents right. This time around, we are fighting over standing up during national anthem being played inside a movie hall. © Reuters Some even argued whether the national anthem should even be played during a movie screening, or whether we have come to this point where one's nationalism or patriotism is judged using such parameters. If the situation wasn't turbulent already, former Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir too jumped into this discussion and added fuel to the debate that's already peppered with controversies. Recently, Gambhir wrote about standing up during the national anthem on Twitter, “Standin n waitin outsid a club:20 mins. Standin n waitin outsid favourite restaurant 30 mins. Standin for nation anthem:52 secs. Tough?” Standin n waitin outsid a club:20 mins.Standin n waitin outsid favourite restaurant 30 mins.Standin for national anthem: 52 secs. Tough? — Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) 27 October 2017 On one hand where some people completely agreed with Gambhir's point, there were some who felt that their patriotism wasn't that fragile that it needs a 'forced' validation in the form of singing or standing up for national anthem. People argued that it should a matter of choice and not enforced on them. Standing outside the club: personal choice. Standing outside fav restaurant: personal choice. Standing for anthem : personal choice. Tough? — Aadesh Chaudhary (@fightadeshfight) 27 October 2017 @GautamGambhir U are 100% right But it's not about standing for national anthem. No one can ask anyone to prove their patriotism. — Anil Kumar Singh (@Anilsingh0207) 27 October 2017 No one Compelled you to stand outside restaurant. No one Compelled you to stand outside a club. But National Anthem is being Imposed upon. — Free Worldð¤ð®ð³ (@tarunkadian00) 27 October 2017 Even before the cricket match it's requested to stand up for national anthem.Same is at theaters & you say it's IMPOSED ON! just 52 secs man — sambit kumar rout (@rout_sambit) 27 October 2017 There were many who felt that arguing about standing during national anthem is pointless and that there are many more grave issues that are losing its importance in the process. more than 100 children died in Gorakhpur hospital in 3 days, not for lack of National Anthem! But for lack of Oxygen! Tough? — nknair (@nknairvm) 27 October 2017 11 year old Santoshi died not for lack of National Anthem, but was denied ration for 8 months. PROVIDE FOOD FOR POOR! Tough? — nknair (@nknairvm) 27 October 2017 Its really pathetic n embarrassing that people r discussing about national anthem as matter of choice... Well said Gauti — Heramb Mishra (@MishraHeramb) 27 October 2017 People are ready to stand for hours at the Ticket Counters on their favorite Hero's movie release but finds it tough to stand for 52 secs — Aditya Yellanki (@adityayellanki) October 27, 2017 Well, it's sad to see some people getting triggered over standing during national anthem and how they feel they are being 'forced' to do something that's against their wish. Honestly, we don't want to take any sides here, but arguing about something that can be resolved in less than '52 seconds' is saddening. And to raise this issue, Gambhir shared another heart-wrenching post, where a young kid is dancing and begging on the streets to make a living. He mentions how there's no one to stand up for him since everyone is busy debating whether one should stand for national anthem or not! Am sorry my young friend at d moment we don't have time to stand for u as we r busy debating whether to stand for national anthem or not! pic.twitter.com/gzbwZKffPW — Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) 29 October 2017 Twitteratis were quick to echo similar sentiments and came out in support of Gambhir's post. You are awsome @GautamGambhir .. Seriously people are focusing on unnecessary things, leaving behind the Important things.. — Ambedkar (@Ambedkar2008) October 29, 2017 National anthem became the important issue for our country, government and opposition. No one want to talk abt farmers, education, jobs etc. — Mayanti Langer (@Langer_Mayanti) October 29, 2017 Sad tos ee kids on the street doing this. This is the situatiom which needs to be resolved the most. Kids can't be doing this for money — cricketics (@cricketics) October 29, 2017 In schools, debates were considered to be a healthy form of discussion, where both the parties will put forward their point of view about any crucial topic. Even if the two have differing opinions, each person and their views were respected regardless of who is speaking against and in favour of the topic. Today, debates have turned into boxing rings, where people have shifted their focus on pointless and unnecessary arguments (fighting for things) that do not really affect anyone in any manner.
  13. People watch fireworks in Lahore to celebrate Pakistan's Independence Day on the 70th anniversary of the country's creation/AFP NEW DELHI: As Pakistan marks 70 years of independence, here is a look at some of the numbers behind this defining event known as Partition. 190 The number of years the British ruled in India, first through the East India Company and then the Crown. The Company, however, had managed trading posts in India for more than a century before assuming more official control after 1757. 400 million The population across British India -- including modern-day Pakistan and Bangladesh -- at the time of Partition in 1947. 40 The number of days British judge Cyril Radcliffe was given to draw the new boundaries that would divide the subcontinent into India and Pakistan. 3,800 Miles (6,100 km) of new borders between India and Pakistan created by Partition. More than 1000 miles overland separated West and East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). 0 The number of times British Prime Minister Clement Attlee and Lord Louis Mountbatten, Britain´s final Viceroy, uttered the word "Pakistan" when publicly announcing plans for the Partition of India on June 3, 1947. 48 Hours after India declared independence on August 15 before British troops began sailing for home. Their withdrawal was completed the following February. 1 million The widely-held estimate of the number of people killed in the brutal violence that followed Partition. Some estimates put the toll at double this figure. 83,000 Women and girls raped or abducted by both sides during the violence of Partition. 15 million The number who migrated, often by foot, during Partition -- Hindus and Sikhs to India, and Muslims to Pakistan. 400,000 The number of refugees walking in a single column from modern-day Pakistan to India. 200,000 The number of miles covered by "refugee specials" -- trains carrying evacuees between India and Pakistan -- on the north-western line alone in 1947. 3 The number of wars fought between India and Pakistan since independence in 1947.
  14. Rehana Khursheed Hashmi, 75, migrated from India with her family in 1960 and whose relatives live in India, goes through a family photo album at her residence in Karachi KARACHI/NEW DELHI: As Pakistan and India prepare to celebrate 70 years of independence from Britain next week, thousands of families in the nuclear-armed neighbours remain divided by a border that strained diplomatic ties make harder to cross. Pakistan and India have fought three wars since 1947, and relations remain tense, particularly when it comes to Indian occupied Kashmir. "The people who have migrated are not able to come to India, nor can we go there freely," said Asif Fehmi, a resident of a New Delhi neighbourhood where thousands of Muslim families divided by Partition have blood ties over the border. "We can't meet them freely, and there was a time when we couldn't talk to them freely." Rehana Khursheed Hashmi, 75 (2nd L) prepares pan (beetle leaf) while sitting with her grandsons and daughter in-law at her residence in Karachi Fehmi's family was among the millions of people whose lives were disrupted in 1947, after departing British colonial administrators ordered the creation of two countries - one mostly Muslim and one majority Hindu. A mass migration followed, marred by violence and bloodshed, as about 15 million Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs, fearing discrimination, swapped countries in a political upheaval that cost more than a million lives. Many survivors of the bloodshed found themselves separated from family on the other side of a hastily drawn-up border. "I was unable to understand what Partition was, because I was not old enough," said Rehana Hashmi, 75, whose family migrated from India to Pakistan's southern city of Karachi in 1960. "My brother told me that India and Pakistan had emerged." The move to Pakistan, when Hashmi's father retired from a career in India's railways, left behind many close relatives, but they kept in touch. Rehana Khursheed Hashmi stands at the entrance of her house as her five year-old grandson Faraz Hashmi plays in Karachi When Hashmi's husband, Khurshid, died in 1990, bringing to a close a 26-year-long marriage, his first cousin, Asif Fehmi, sought a Pakistani visa to attend the funeral. "I knew some people in the Pakistan embassy," said Fehmi. "I finally got the visa, but when I reached there, it was already over. So, at a time when we should have been there, we weren't." For the Hashmis and the Fehmis, as for thousands of other families, the quarreling has meant fewer visits across the border.
  15. ISLAMABAD: PML-N leader Talal Chaudhry on Saturday claimed that the PML-N can never be divided and the party remains strong under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. ?Whenever the PML-N has come under pressure, our opponents think that the party will be weakened and divided. During such times we are more united than ever under Nawaz Sharif?s leadership.? Chaudhry?s remarks come after Leader of the Opposition Khursheed Shah said the premier needs to decide by tonight regarding his resignation. ?I suggest that Shah think over his statement as neither has he given the prime minister this power nor he can threaten to take it,? said the PML-N leader. He added that it has become a norm for political opponents of Nawaz Sharif to ask for his resignation. ?We have said it before; the prime minister will not step down from his post.? The Supreme Court on Friday reserved its judgement in the Panama Papers implantation case. The PML-N held a meeting following the development and decided the verdict of the apex court would be accepted even if it was unfavourable. According to sources it was decided during the meeting that Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif would replace Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif if he was disqualified. Khawaja Asif would become the interim prime minister for 45 days until Shehbaz Sharif was elected to a National Assembly seat.
  16. KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan leader Farooq Sattar on Monday said that the party’s vote bank is not divided, adding that if a change in Pakistan occurred it will be through the MQM-P’s platform. The MQM-P chief was addressing a workers’ convention in Punjab. He said that to make the local bodies system powerful, the party would approach the Supreme Court or high court. Sattar said that he welcomed Imran Khan’s statement, which supported MQM-P’s stance over powers of the local government’s representatives. He said that the party’s campaign is to empower people and local bodies’ institutions, and if they are weak then democracy in the country does not have a future. He said that his party clinched 17 seats from Karachi in the National Assembly, and this time would get 18 seats. He also gave a friendly advice to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that he should avoid conflict and take measures that dispel the impression that the institutions are in disagreement.
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