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  1. On Sunday, actor Sonam Kapoor shared screenshots of multiple messages full of hate and abuse that she has been receiving on her Instagram account, on her Twitter handle. The 34-year-old actress disabled comments on her Instagram posts and trolls began sending her direct messages instead. She shared screenshots of some of the hateful comments that she has received with the caption, âThis is some of the comments coming my way. All the media and all the people whoâve encouraged this sort of behaviour and instigated it. This is on you. People talking about how one should have been kind to someone are doing worse to others.â Besides, she also stirred up a controversy on Twitter on Father's Day by saying that her privilege of being born as Anil Kapoor's daughter was "good karma". Today on Fatherâs Day id like to say one more thing, yes Iâm my fathers daughter and yes I am here because of him and yes Iâm privileged. Thatâs not an insult, my father has worked very hard to give me all of this. And it is my karma where Iâm born and to whom Iâm born. Iâm proud â Sonam K Ahuja (@sonamakapoor) June 21, 2020To be his daughter. â Sonam K Ahuja (@sonamakapoor) June 21, 2020Sonamâs reaction came in the wake of hate comments she has been receiving on social media, for the prevailing nepotism and favouritism in the industry, like several other celebrities including Salman Khan, Karan Johar and other star kids, following Sushant Singh Rajputâs sudden and tragic demise on June 14. However, people on the micro-blogging site were quick to remind the Neerja actress of how privileged she was and equally ignorant too. They gave her enough âgyaanâ on casteism as well. Check out some of the reactions here: Mahatma gandhi, Mother Teresa ,Florence Nightingle was also privilege people. Their father also work hard for their family and every father does this.we should speak for humanity ,otherwise it will be proved privilege people are blind. â Pankaj Rai. (@Pankaj2015Rai) June 22, 2020#SonamKapoor's latest tweet is stupid and naive at best while insensitive and super-entitled at worst! Justifying own privileged life with her non-exsiting "Good Karma" is horrible and too low for any human being. And please, oh please, correct your grammar, you dropout fucks! pic.twitter.com/ba1Tj703Yb â barkha singh (@barkhas41223251) June 22, 2020#karma #sonamkapoor After watching Sonam kapoor's movie for 5 mins me: pic.twitter.com/qMvxcaSyTW â World Record Kid (@Worldrecordboy) June 21, 2020"It is my karma where I'm born" ??? Wtf this is your IQ level ? Janam se pahile konsa karma kaisa karma ???ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ #SonamKapoor â KP STRUCTURES (@Ketanpattekar7) June 22, 2020Learn some acting skills first. Even after being so privileged , you couldn't learn https://t.co/vIFZI2do4I are such a big failure. Better that you get lost and be settled with Anand Ahuja now â richa (@dhanricha) June 22, 2020Guide: The next step after acknowledging privilege is being HUMBLE + promising to help others around youâ NOT saying âHey it was my kArMAa, too bad you couldnât be born in my place BOO HOOâ â Hiba Bég (@HibaBeg) June 21, 2020Sorry but also isnt all birth entirely accidental ? Why shd privileges not earned on ones own account be worn like a badge. Karma is perhaps more the work we do not what our parents did ! Trust me throwing the privileged badge about is the last thing this country needs . â Richa Lakhera (@RICHA_LAKHERA) June 21, 2020They believe they deserve all privileges because they are high born. How is this not the worst form of casteism.. and to think star kids will find anything wrong with nepotism. â Akshay Deodhar (@DeodharAkshay) June 21, 2020It is high time these celebrities come out of their âsuperficialâ cocoon that blinds them from ground reality where people actually suffer to no measure because of being âless-privilegedâ. Would you still blame them for their âkarmaâ? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. View the full article
  2. The world hasnât ended yet! Now, donât know if thatâs good news or bad as most of us have been looking forward to it from the past many years. And every time a prediction is suggested, we look forward to that day all scared but then get disappointed. The Mayan Calendar had predicted that the end of the world is on June 21, 2020. A very similar prophecy by another calendar had suggested that the world will end on December 21, 2020. But, this time it felt like that this might happen as we are amidst a pandemic, we have seen cyclones, frequent earthquakes, and thought that the prediction might be true. But, none of the predictions were true and people on Twitter expressed their disappointment through memes and here we are now- very much alive. So, here we go- This is all of us right now. The world did not end today Me: pic.twitter.com/eV7IczsKcm â Shubham Surana (@memejibhai) June 21, 2020 This one is hilarious! #mayancalendar predicts the end of the world...#Doomsday 21-6-2020 Le corona virus: pic.twitter.com/cZZwC0kxP1 â Curious Soul (@curioussoulllll) June 21, 2020 Hahahaha. After realising that the rumour of end of this world is fake Me to Mayan Calendar: pic.twitter.com/xYLwyQnnuu â Kisslay Jhað®ð³ (@TrollerBabua) June 21, 2020 Some of us are legit disappointed. *me waiting for the end of the world #mayancalendar pic.twitter.com/eO1cFy1OVg â Siddharth Jain (@iamsiddarthjain) June 21, 2020 Lol. Highly disappointed in the Scientists who claimed 21st June might be the end of the world, I'll give you one more chance & wait till E.O.D. C'MON GUYS MAKE IT HAPPEN! #Doomsday #excitedaf â Ashish V. Singh (@Singhscorpius) June 22, 2020 Indeed. World will end on 21st June according to Mayan Calendar .... Le me on 22nd June - #Doomsday pic.twitter.com/mZ42eqOuJo â Mayur Vastrakar (@MayurVastrakar) June 21, 2020 This is too funny. Me waiting outside Astrologer's house, who said World will end on June 21st.. pic.twitter.com/CsMT1Yeobh â Rahul ð®ð³ (@RahulPa20849864) June 22, 2020 Lol. People after successfully surviving June 21st.... pic.twitter.com/ktrkVLVLLp â Rahul ð®ð³ (@RahulPa20849864) June 22, 2020 Not taking this well. Mayan calendar conspiracy theorists who predicted the end of the world today: pic.twitter.com/nJ36AOnxF9 â Srishti Pandey (@TweetsofSrish) June 21, 2020 Ouch When i see world didn't end on 21st june and everyone is alive Le me to everyone: pic.twitter.com/Co6DnkpYSa â Oreo ka pyaaaar (@DuniyaKaunsi) June 21, 2020 Mayan Calendar had also predicted that the world would end on 21st December 2012 which later turned out to be a hoax. This time the theorists suggested that the date was wrong in 2012 and the world will end on June 21, 2020. This theory was explained by a scientist Paola Tagaloguin on Twitter. He wrote, âFollowing the Julian Calendar, we are technically in 2012. The number of days lost in a year due to the shift into the Gregorian Calendar is 11 days. For 268 years using the Gregorian Calendar (1752-2020) times 11 days = 2,948 days. 2,948 days / 365 days (per year) = 8 yearsâ. However, we all are very much alive and the world hasnât ended yet, and clearly, a few of us had given up and thought that this might happen. And now we are left with nothing but disappointment. Jokes apart, hope the pandemic ends soon and we can live a normal life! View the full article
  3. Excuse my language but 2020 really has been a sh*t show and we're just in the fourth month. Starting the year off with Australian bushfires and then the possibility of a third world war, and now we're all locked in our houses because there's a freaking pandemic happening. A lot of people were asking what worse could happen at this point? Well, we have an answer now. I mean, kinda. Wildfires have been spreading in Chernobyl since April 5th and have already engulfed 8,600 acres of land. Tens of thousands of firefighters are on the job trying to control the fire. There's another new concern now - the fire is reportedly getting dangerously close to the nuclear reactor, which exploded back in 1986. Apparently, Ukrainian officials have also discovered a huge radiation spike in the area where the first fires began. The levels of radiation are of course not nearly as high as they were during the explosion, but it's still a cause of concern and can pose a great risk to the residents of the country. Imagine dealing with a fire on top of coronavirus, especially in a place like Chernobyl. Looks like everything that can go wrong is actually going wrong. Not to be dramatic, but this honestly feels so apocalyptic and the end is near. Bingo! January: Australia bush fire February: Potentially WW3 March: C0r0na Pandemic April: Chernobyl radioactive forest fire pic.twitter.com/59seO8ABRe â ããããlly @ ACNH hell (@finowlly) April 9, 2020 It's so eerie. Thereâs a forest fire in Chernobyl and Krakatoa just erupted. If this year was a film about the end of the world, i would turn it off for being too unrealistic. #2020 pic.twitter.com/iWAn914CBD â Rob Forsythe (@RobForsytheNo3) April 11, 2020 I hope it's aliens. Jan - US Iran on the verge of World War 3 Feb - Australia bushfires killing 500 mil animals Mar - World killer Coronavirus Pandemic Apr - Fire in Chernobyl catchment area & explosion of Krakatoa. Year 2020 - Up Next? Tsunami, Aliens, Apocalypse or Netflix documentary?#Krakatoa pic.twitter.com/R6FqZXuIQb â Vishal Verma (@VishalVerma_9) April 11, 2020 It was a typo. The Mayans did not refer to 2012 but to 2020 â Salvador Abad (@Salvatorresof) April 12, 2020 Great meme. pic.twitter.com/QUBeG0XxQi â Thunder â (@Dam100k) April 12, 2020 We're all in a bad place. Jan: WWIII? Feb: Australiaâs on fire March: Corona April: Corona, KRAKATOA, Chernobyl is on fire, Locusts in Africa May: Hurricane and fire season start pic.twitter.com/nXGYL6z5lw â william (@williammemery) April 11, 2020 *insert 'Surprise, bitch. You thought you'd seen the last of me' gif* humans in april: nothing can phase me anymore, life can't surprise me, I have reached peak stoicism the planet setting chernobyl on fire: pic.twitter.com/Uo88FIteha â nera (@em_nera) April 5, 2020 It was great knowing you all. To wrap it up, within the last 24 hours: Chernobyl is on fire, volcano chain in Iceland wakes up for the first time in 800 years, tornados are devastating Mississippi, and Krakatoa erupted. Oh and thereâs a new bird flu that mutated and can infect humans. 2020 is fucked â EDM HR Division (@edmHRdivision) April 12, 2020 View the full article
  4. The measures include an obligation to wear masks in public, limits on public gatherings and the rapid tracing of infection chains
  5. Coronavirus has finally been given the status of a pandemic by the WHO (World Health Organisation), it is also officially an SOS alert on Google that can easily scare you with a single search result. However, the extremely communicable disease has been affecting us in very real ways in the past few weeks. With more corporate organisations declaring work from homes, and all major events like fashion weeks, Coachella cancelled, it's only going to get worse from here. The outbreak in the US, especially, has gotten worse to the extent that they're even cancelling NBA season, and have suspended all travel from Europe but more importantly, health organizations like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the US have released a comprehensive guideline for the beards that will be and won't be safe to grow in the coming weeks. Take a look at the chart here: The map points out which style of beard is more prone to catching the virus and which is relatively safer. This map eerily reminds us of the mandated hairstyles for the general population in North Korea. The people in North Korea can only choose among a handful of hairstyles mandated by the government, anything other than these is considered illegal. Here's one of the leaked images of the what the chart looks like: © Reuters However, this is definitely not similar in terms of the motives of this organisation. The CDC is constantly striving to come up with the health precautions to contain the novel Covid-19 as much as possible. Anyway, back to the diagram. It suggests that if you're wearing a surgical mask, your beard shouldn't cross the seal with your face. Moustaches and sideburns are fine if they stay on one side of the mask or another, but any hair that crosses the seal, even stubble, is not advisable. This means all beards are technically not safe. They've also given funny names to certain beards, in case you haven't noticed. 1. The 'Toothbrush Beard' is a safe beard. © Centers FOR Disease Control AND Prevention 2. Zappa is another style approved by the CDC. © Centers FOR Disease Control AND Prevention 3. Apparently, Verdi is not approved. © Centers FOR Disease Control AND Prevention View the full article
  6. For a batsman who was busy hammering opposition bowlers all around the park and, in turn, shattering records at will last year, Virat Kohli, to the sheer frustration of Indian fans, is currently not at his prolific best with the willow. The right-hander had scored 5,775 more international runs than anyone else in the last decade. Last year alone, he had amassed 2,370 runs across formats - the fourth consecutive time he had aggregated 2000-plus runs in a single calendar year. But, this year has been a different story altogether. The so-called 'Indian run-machine' has looked a pale shadow of the world-class batsman he is generally celebrated as. And, his batting woes in the recently-concluded tour of New Zealand further dented his reputation as a modern-day great. © Twitter/@BCCI With scores of 45, 11, 38 and 11, Kohli ended the T20I series against the Kiwis without a fifty to his name. The much-awaited fifty did come in the 1st ODI where he scored 51 at Hamilton, but his cheap dismissals - 15 and 9 - in the next two matches continued to highlight his struggles with the willow. The Indian Captain would have definitely wanted to make amends with a better performance in the two-match Test series, but it wasn't meant to be. The 10-wicket loss at Wellington saw him registering scores of just 2 and 19 across two innings. And, he could only manage 3 and 14 over the course of two innings as India suffered a seven-wicket loss at Christchurch and a subsequent 2-0 Test series defeat. Amid immense criticism, Kohli ended the New Zealand tour with just 218 runs (across 4 T20Is, 3 ODIs and 2 Tests) to his name. © Reuters After enduring one of the worst tours of his otherwise decorated career, Kohli will be eager to silence the naysayers and return to form with a better performance against the visiting South African brigade for the three-match ODI series. But, apart from winning back the fans with a swashbuckling performance, Kohli will have an opportunity to enter the record books in the 1st ODI against South Africa. Taking the field at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) stadium in Dharamsala on 12th March, the Indian captain will have a great opportunity to enter his name in the history books as only the sixth cricketer to reach 12,000 runs in ODI history. The Delhi lad is currently 133 runs away from achieving the milestone and entering the elite ODI list which also includes Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar. The Indian skipper, once he reaches 12,000 ODI runs, will become only the second Indian cricketer to achieve the feat. He will also be the fastest to achieve the milestone as other five batsmen including Tendulkar in the elite list took more than 300 innings to get there. When compared with them, Kohli has played just 239 innings so far, with a staggering 11,867 runs to his name. © Reuters While both Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri have publicly played down the importance of the upcoming three-match ODI series against Proteas owing to Team India's focus on World T20 in Australia this October, there is no doubt that Kohli will be eyeing it as an opportunity to hit back at his critics. Also, Kohli's men can ill-afford to lose another series, especially against an inexperienced South African brigade, buoyed with their crushing 3-0 win over Australia recently. The Indian captain will also be in a better headspace this time around with the return of their pivotal all-rounder Hardik Pandya to the side. Pandya proved his fitness on the back of a spectacular performance in the recently-concluded DY Patil T20 tournament. Apart from him, the likes of Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, too, will be seen returning in national colours to bolster the Indian side against dangerous-looking Proteas. View the full article
  7. Harry and Megha had been in discussions with aides and senior royals about using the name following their decision this year to step back from royal duties
  8. At a time when love letters have turned into mushy BF/GF appreciation Posts, first sightings are made up of edited social media pictures, Matches are Artificial Intelligence-ly made, and all it takes for us to find âThe Oneâ (or the flavour of the season) is a right swipe on our phone screen - the rich essence of the good olâ love of the old days has gone amiss. Or has it? Maybe instead of vanishing away, romance has just changed its appearance, shifting along with every other change that modern society brings. Despite this evolution, thereâs a host of toxic behaviors that continue to show themselves in love - that you may have noticed with that less-than-ideal date from last weekend, or even a couple thatâs lasted for years. When the world goes offline, and the prying eyes of âfollowersâ are not to be found anywhere, and the âlikesâ are hard to come by, the face of modern-day love stories undergo a transformation that doesnât quite look like the love we grew up wishing for. Our writers have weighed in with their perspective on the how and what about the five things you definitely need to keep a check on when looking for romance - both big and small. Guilt-TrippingDevlina: âWe could have had a great time out if you didnât insist on attending your grandmaâs birthdayâ, âno wonder your ex left/hated thisâ, âI wonder how I ended up here with youâ - first off, these are HUGE red flags that you shouldnât be ignoring. If your partner has been using these sort of retorts to come back at you and guilt-trip you for doing something you want to/love to do, or holding you hostage emotionally for taking a stand and not siding with them, itâs time you remind them the relationship is not bigger than your individuality and voice. Sharan: I donât think itâs possible to have a relationship without guilt of some kind occuring every now and then - people are different, and sometimes a partner doesnât match up to our expectations (and vice versa). The problem for me arises when someone attempts to induce guilt on the basis of insecurity - say guilt-tripping me for spending time with a friend, instead of having an open and frank dialogue about their feelings. Ignoring Consent © Eros International Devlina: âHow could you say no to such a simple thingâ, âjust give it a try for meâ, âweâre doing this, whether you like it or notâ - if any of these ring a bell, chances are, your partner needs a refresher on âconsentâ. If they are making you feel bad for saying no, or forcing you to do something youâre not okay with or even checking your phone without your permission, these are all signs that they do not respect your right to say no or choose for yourself. That canât ever be healthy for a relationship. Sharan: While consent regarding *** and intimacy is a clear-cut requirement for any healthy relationship, I feel that it matters even on mundane things for a simple reason - practising consent implies respect and the knowledge that you earn a partnerâs trust and that youâre not simply entitled to it. Sure, sometimes we do things in relationships that weâre not particularly enthusiastic about, it happens. However, being vocal and taking the effort to confirm consent shows that you arenât in a relationship for your own desires - but for a shared experience with another human being. Forcing Them To Choose © UTV Motion Pictures Devlina: Again, this brings us to, âyou either spend your weekend with your family or meâ or âyou either stop doing that or weâre doneâ - choosing for you on your behalf and giving you senseless ultimatums clearly means your partner is coming from a place of selfish needs and narcissistic pleasure of getting the âupper handâ in the relationship - there is no place for this in loving relationships. Sharan: Yeah⦠this one is never fun. Could be a situation like forcing you to choose between groups of friends or even different sides of a family - giving someone a âdo what I want or weâre overâ line is at its best laughably childish, and at its worst, emotionally traumatising. Holding someone hostage in a relationship is a serious red flag, and I donât see any reason why someone should continue to stay - especially when relationships with people who care for you are at risk. Being A Control Freak Devlina: âWhy are you friends with her on Facebookâ, ââyou canât go to that party without meâ , âdonât take his/her callâ - if you have heard anything along these lines from your partner and are turning a blind eye to whatâs an obvious case of insecurity and jealousy, I suggest you pick your poison and get down to having that conversation about drawing the line when it comes to your personal space. Sharan: Itâs one thing to give constructive criticism as a partner, but an entirely different kind of issue when someone begins to control your freedom and choices as an individual. Itâs a hard line to draw as well - sometimes we just want to see our partners happy, and give into that pressure too often. However, if you find yourself constantly compromising on activities and personal choices such as your hobbies or interests, itâs time to speak up and reconsider things. You might be a partner, sure - but youâre an individual first. Playing The Blame GameDevlina: âYou forced me to take this extreme stepâ or âI wouldnât have done that if I werenât so angry at youâ - whether this brings back memories of angry outbursts, physical violence or emotional abuse, we suggest you come clear about how it's totally unacceptable and walk out the door for good. Man or woman, nobody deserves to go through this shit, no matter the âexcuseâ. Sharan: Weâve all seen the pattern before, either in real life or on TV - thereâs that one person who does something awful, and justifies it by seamlessly transferring the blame onto their partner. Classic example of adding insult to injury, huh? I think anyone who resorts to this instead of behaving like a normally functioning adult has some serious issues to unpack - and Iâm not sure if dealing with endless excuses sounds like my idea of a âfun relationship.â View the full article
  9. Michael Ryan said he thinks it´s way too early to try to predict the beginning, the middle or the end of this epidemic right now
  10. Billie Eilish recently made her way to headlines after she publicly called out those sullying her name
  11. ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister of National Food Security and Research Khusro Bakhtiar said Sunday that the prevalent wheat crisis will be solved tomorrow (Monday). Bakhtiar was speaking during a press conference during which he said the crisis will be solved by Monday as the government currently had 4 million tonnes of wheat in its stock. He said that Sindh government's "late lifting" of the wheat from Pakistan Agricultural Storage and Services Corporation (PASSCO) had resulted in the artificial crisis taking place in the province. He said that the transport strike in the province made matters worse. "Sindh did not even procure a grain of wheat this year whereas their target was 700,000 tonnes," he said. "The NLC has gave 9,000 tonnes of wheat to the Sindh government only for Karachi. Today, they will provide 10,000 tonnes [of wheat]. "Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government was receiving 2,000 tonnes of wheat daily while Sindh was only lifting 150 tonnes," he added. Speaking about the flour crisis in KP, Bakhtiar said the Punjab government's food department noticed that wheat was being provided to KP "more than the necessary amount" saying that as checks and balances were introduced by the provincial government, it led to a "suspension in the supply chain". The federal minister said as flour mills open from Monday, wheat prices will start declining. He said about 40,000 metric tons of wheat were smuggled to Afghanistan per month and special measures were also made to check this smuggling to keep the supply smooth in local markets. Bakhtiar said a special helpline was also established to monitor the wheat supply in local markets and wheat procurement targets were also enhanced from six million tons to eight million tons to keep the strategic reserves for local requirements. To a question, he said incumbent government has attached higher priorities with the agriculture sector and initiated development projects worth Rs 300 billion to enhance the output of major crops including wheat.
  12. Not all movies that are deep in nature need to end on a sad note. Catharsis is sure a brilliant literary device which many movies use brilliantly as they make the audience cry and feel bad for the protagonist, but some sad movies do have a happy ending. Here are 5 movies which have a sob story but do end on a happy note. 1. Room A heartbreaking, life-affirming movie which follows the story of a mother and her young kid who, after years of confinement in a small room, manage to taste freedom. The movie makes you feel claustrophobic, sad and just uneasy at the same time but the ending gives you hope. 2. Masoom If this movie has not given you âthem feelsâ and made you drop a tear or two, then I donât know what else can or will. A small boy looking for his father and wanting to be accepted in a family he loves is what this movie is about. The movie will make you question how life can sometimes be cruel but the ending reminds you that eventually good things happen to good people. 3. Shawshank Redemption It is one of the best movies of all time and once you watch it, you will understand why. The story is based on a banker who is sentenced to life imprisonmetnt after being accused of murdering his wife and her lover. The ending with Red and Andy being together explains that when we think life has nothing to offer, it often surprises us with something much bigger. 4. Kabir Singh One of the most controversial movies of 2019 but also a sad one if one may call it. A bright doctor takes the help of alcoholism as a coping mechanism for his lost love. While the character is problematic in parts, one does feel sorry for his sad and traumatic state. When the two unite in the end, one does feel happy for them. True love does exist. 5. Tamasha Trust Imtiaz Ali to express emotions and show anyoneâs sentiments like no one else can make that happen. Two people trying to make a relationship work with different views in life. You feel sad for Ved but also relate to him on an intimate level. Eventually, when the two unite as his struggle to find his âtrue selfâ ends on a happy note, all is well in the end. View the full article
  13. Photo: FileThe stock market closed on a positive note in the outgoing week as it scaled above 43,000 points despite geopolitical tensions arising due to the US-Iran conflict, dealers told The News and are expecting the market to sustain its recent upward momentum. Dealers also shared that the recent spiraling of tensions between Iran and the US led to a surge in oil prices and people also rushed to havens such as gold. However, the equity market showed resilience to the conflict, which suggests investors have become familiar with how messy situations could unlock other avenues of opportunity. Also read: Pakistani stocks recover slightly after US-Iran showdown scare Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) benchmark KSE100-shares index ended the week on gains of around 2.1 per cent or 885 points and closed at 43,207.05. Average Volumes settled at 303 million shares, up 8 by per cent on weekly basis, while average value traded clocked-in at 78 million dollars, up by 13 per cent on weekly basis. Foreign buying clocked-in at 7 million dollars, compared to last week’s net sell of 7.3 million dollars. Buying was witnessed in fertiliser sector was 5.9 million dollars and exploration and production sector gained 1.8 million dollars. On the domestic front, major selling was reported by mutual funds at 5.9 million dollars, and individuals at 4 million dollars. “The assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani by US was followed by a sharp rise in global commodity prices and decline in global equity markets,” said Amreen Soorani from JS Capital. Also read: US stocks down amid geopolitical uncertainty However, President Donald Trump's speech midweek that addressed the current stance of US eased the tensions between the two countries. This boosted investor confidence, supporting a bounce back in the equity markets, and correction in commodity prices. “As the market broke through its key resistance levels this week, we believe the upwards trajectory may continue next week.Fundamentals appear intact with stable rupee, compressing current account deficit, and inflows in T-bills, PIBs and the local bourse, which bode well for the index,” said sn analyst from Arif Habib. “With macro-economic indicators improving and political volatility low, we expect the market to sustain its recent upwards momentum,” an analyst from Habib Metro-Financial Services said. “We recommend investors to find exposure in fundamentally sound scrips trading at attractive levels.” BMA Capital Management said the US-Iran tension has been largely resolved, reflection of which has also been witnessed in the markets across the globe. Also read: Stocks end week on bearish note over cross-border tensions Furthermore, ample domestic and fresh foreign liquidity would likely set the pace of KSE-100 towards the year-end target of 55,000 points. In upcoming weeks, earnings season is expected to guide the market sentiments. In terms of financial results, banking sector would likely outshine other sectors, with financial performance of cyclicals expected to remain disappointing.
  14. LAHORE: All Pakistan Transport Owners Federation (APTOF) on Thursday announced an end to the countrywide strike after successful negotiations were held with Punjab Governor Chaudhry Ghulam Sarwar who assured them that their issues will be resolved by the month's end. After a meeting was held between members of the transport alliance and the provincial government during which Sarwar convinced transporters that their issues will be resolved by January 31, the APTOF said they were ending the countrywide strike. The transporters went on strike today (Thursday) after the government announced imposition of heavy fines on violation of rules and regulations. Last year in November, the Federal Cabinet had given approval for a massive increase in fines on highways and motorways. An eight-member committee comprising representatives from the government and the transport alliance have been formed to solve the crisis that was caused by the government's act of imposition of heavy fines. Sarwar announced the release of all drivers and conductors who were arrested by police. "We are ending the strike after being given assurances [that the crisis will be solved] by the governor," he said. "We hope our problems will be solved soon." The government had decided to increase the fine which was Rs750 across the board for every violation to Rs1,500 for motorbikes found guilty of overspeeding, Rs2,500 for cars, Rs5,000 for trucks and Rs10,000 for public service vehicles, according to a report. Other fines included Rs1,500 if motorcycles and cars were found to be overtaking other vehicles. While those car drivers and motorcyclists who are found taking a wrong U-turn would have had to pay Rs1,000, while heavy vehicles would have been fined Rs3,000. Federal Minister for Communications and Postal Services Murad Saeed had announced in parliament that the government had taken back the decision to impose heavy fines after the strike. Murad had said the government had taken the decision to bring down the number of accidents to 50 percent.
  15. âFloat like a butterfly, sting like a bee,â although this phrase was introduced to us by the all-time great Muhammad Ali, it is also the best way to describe the now 46-year-old Leander Paes - humble in his words, so joyous to talk to, and full of experience at the top level. I first met the star at a sports award show a couple of years ago. He was being honoured with the âLifetime Achievementâ award for a professional career spanning 29 years. 29 years of winning everything there was to win. Eight doubles and ten mixed doubles Grand Slams including the historic 6â7, 6â3, 6â4, 7â6 win with partner Mahesh Bhupathi at the 1999 Wimbledon final and Paes will still greet you with so much warmth and affection and will always be the first to introduce himself, as if the world did not know who he was. If you get the opportunity to be in the legendâs vicinity when he is talking about his parents and how they created a sense of discipline in his life, consider yourself to be lucky. The way Paes articulates even the smallest of the details of his journey, the way he talks about the most important episodes of his life with a smile on his face will make you admire how unique yet how humble this athlete is. He may not be the skinniest guy on the court, heâd definitely not be the most athletic either , but the man covered all of it up with his heart. He will burn himself out to chase the farthest of shots. Every point mattered the same to him and nothing seemed to be impossible until the ball bounced twice. âIn the semis I meet Leander Paes, from India. Heâs a flying jumping bean, a bundle of hyperkinetic energy, with the tourâs quickest hands. Still, heâs never learned to hit a tennis ball. He hits off-speed, hacks, chips, lobs â heâs the Brad of Bombay. Then, behind all his junk, he flies to the net, covers so well that it seems to work. After an hour, you feel as if he hasnât hit one ball cleanly â and yet heâs beating you soundly. Because Iâm prepared, I stay patient, stay calm, and beat Paes 7-6 6-3.â This is how former world No. 1 and all-time great, Andre Agassi described his first encounter with a then 23-year-old Paes in the semi-final of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. âHe hit like maybe 25 drop shots. Thatâs strange. But just because he plays strange doesnât mean itâs not good. Itâs just strange,â Agassi added. Iâll never get over this day. Just another boy who believed he could. But it took a LOT more than just belief. Look Dada, now we can finally sit on the same table as two Olympic champions I earned that for you, me, for our people and for our country. It feels GOOD pic.twitter.com/y9AHyM87JZ â Leander Paes (@Leander) August 3, 2019 It was also during the same tournament that Agassiâs father Mike told Dr Vece Paes (Leanderâs dad): âAmazing. My boy is supposed to play well, but your boy has been playing this week like a Top 4 player.â Courage and the will to take on the most renowned tennis superstars of the world is what the story of Paesâ career is all about. #OneLastRoar pic.twitter.com/WwALCVF5LO â Leander Paes (@Leander) December 25, 2019 And now that the Calcuttan has decided to have that âone last roarâ before saying goodbye to the sport, there is nothing but immense pride and honour in the hearts of his people. There is no greater way to sign off than this. This is the legacy of Leander Paes, and it is as magnanimous as he is. View the full article
  16. MOSCOW: Russia and Japan´s foreign ministers met on Thursday to try and find a solution to a territorial dispute that has prevented them from signing a formal WWII peace treaty. The Soviet Union seized the strategically located volcanic archipelago north of Japan´s Hokkaido in the final days of World War II and has maintained a military presence there ever since. It´s the third time in four months that Russia´s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Japanese counterpart Toshimutsu Motegi have met. "The talks were constructive and substantial," said Lavrov after a meeting with his Japanese counterpart in Moscow. Atsushi Kaifu, a spokesman from Japan´s foreign ministry, said the discussions lasted for about five hours and focused on the peace treaty. "It was an intense and fruitful discussion," he said, adding, the foreign ministers would meet again on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference in February. Called the Kuril islands by Russia and the Northern Territories by Japan, talks to resolve the disputed territory stalled for decades due to Japan´s claim to the four strategic islands seized by the Soviet army in the final days of the war. The islands´ current population is around 20,000 people. Russia has had military bases on the archipelago since WWII and has deployed missile systems on the islands. President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have met many times to try to find a way to break the impasse. The pair have discussed joint economic activity in the region. "The most important thing is that we want to find a solution," Putin said on Thursday during his annual press conference, praising "trusting relations" with Tokyo. But he questioned if a solution could be found to appease public opinion in both countries.
  17. The 13th edition of the South Asian Games ended on a high for the Indian contingent that broke their own record in medal tally with 312 medals against the other nations of the region like Nepal, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. With 174 golds, 93 silvers and 45 bronze earned between December 1 and December 10, Team India maintained their top-level stature in the regional games ever since its inception back in 1984. India sets new record! India create a new record at the #SouthAsianGames with as they reach 312 medals, three more than their tally in 2016. India won 174 golds, 93 silver and 45 bronze medals. Many congratulations to all the athletes for the fantastic feat.#SAG2019 #TeamIndia https://t.co/sc5nCvfVDe pic.twitter.com/7MOWjMTKye — SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) December 10, 2019 On the final day of the event, Indian boxers had their best outing at the South Asian games and they won 12 golds, three silvers and a solitary bronze to take their nation over the record-breaking mark of 309 medals that they had set in 2016. Sona ka Punch!ð¥ It is a ð¯show for Indiað®ð³ as the women boxers pick up goldð¥Here are the winners! -@boxer_pinkij -@SoniaLatherBoxe -#ManjuBamboriya #PunchMeinHaiDum#boxing pic.twitter.com/MtnKRfzXFH — Boxing Federation (@BFI_official) December 10, 2019 Even though this is a phenomenal achievement and the athletes worked hard day in and out to represent their country on such a high stage to win and earn medals, the reality of the Indian contingent as a whole might not be as rosy as it looks. Sure, the overall medal tally went up since 2016 but the number of gold medals between 2016 and 2019 has depreciated by 15. Another important aspect of the 2019 South Asian Games is that this edition had 75 more medal events offering 225 medals more than the previous edition. So, when you look at the percentage of India's medal earnings this year, it has gone down by approximately 10 percent. This turns out to become a bigger cause of worry for the Indian sports fraternity especially as the 2020 Olympics, which is to be held in Tokyo, is just eight months away. If we have learnt anything from our past it is that regardless of how many miles ahead of competition India has been in the South Asian region in sports, we have always ended up disappointed at the greatest stage of them all. © Reuters If we are letting our dominance at the regional level fade away too, well then, where does that make us stand on a global level? “I will not take names but if an Indian athlete, who comes from a very humble background, is given crores of rupees for winning one Asia-level medal, why would they want to put their body through the torture of daily practice for higher levels of competition,” Divesh Bhal, an Athletics Federation of India official, had told MensXP in September. “Sometimes, they lose motivation (after winning an Asia-level medal) and it happens too much within Indian athletics," he said. And this happens every single time. Once an athlete wins a medal at the Asian or South Asian level, the hunger to win an Olympic gold somehow dies off and that's the mentality that makes us fail to bring podium finishes, much less a gold medal. View the full article
  18. Prime Minister Imran Khan. Photo: FilePrime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday reiterated calls for an end to India’s gross abuse and oppression of Kashmiris.“On Human Rights Day, we must appeal to the world's conscience, to upholders of international law and to the United Nations Security Council to act against the illegal annexation of Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK)by the Indian occupation government,” PM Imran tweeted. “We salute and stand resolutely with the brave Kashmiris struggling for their right of self-determination,” he added.Occupied Kashmir has been under military curfew since August 5, when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi revoked the constitutional autonomy of the region and arrested thousands of people. Since the annexation, New Delhi has also enforced a near complete communications blackout by blocking internet and telecommunication services in the disputed territory.‘Govt committed to protecting the rights of all citizens’In a separate tweet, PM Imran assured that his government remains committed to the protection of the rights of all citizens without discrimination. “On International Human Rights Day, Muslims need to remember that the message of equality, justice and protection of human rights for all was given more than 1400 years ago by our Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him),” the premier said.The prime minister added that the message of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)"embodied the cardinal principles of respect for human rights and human dignity".The premier said his government was committed to the protection of human rights for all citizens as preached by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), especially in his last sermon.World Human Rights Day is observed every year on December 10, the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.
  19. This December, people are not saying goodbye to the year, but the entire freaking decade. The 2010s are ending and it's making everyone look back and reflect how much everyone and everything has changed in these last ten years. That's why it's not surprising that the biggest trend on Twitter right now is a comparison between people in 2010 to people now, basically a beginning of the decade vs end of the decade moment. Actually seeing how so many celebrities changed so much in this decade is kind of weird and also very nostalgic, in a way. It's been a long, long decade and everything is so different now. Oh no, this one is emotional. tony & pepper tony & pepper at the start at the end of of the decade the decade pic.twitter.com/l4vkq8P1kI — â¨Maria⨠(@quackzonqueen) December 5, 2019 Balancing it out. tony and natasha start of end of the decade the decade pic.twitter.com/yiqZKGhC9z — ððð¦ð¢ð¥ð â (@romanoffcamz) December 2, 2019 Getting the Marvel stuff out of the way. the avengers the avengers at the start at the end of the decade of the decade pic.twitter.com/FLPkKHKNn9 — â¨Maria⨠(@quackzonqueen) December 2, 2019 Queen of the North! sansa stark beginning of the end of the decade decade pic.twitter.com/fvXhJYy6fL — beyza! ð (@sansasflorian) December 2, 2019 Fangirl moment? Harry Styles and Harry Styles and Kendall Jenner at Kendall Jenner at the beginning of the end of the the decade decade pic.twitter.com/94GAqW7rrg — Mis (@HarrysSongBird) December 3, 2019 That's...a lot. justin bieber justin bieber start of the end of the decade decade pic.twitter.com/Wbko5qbYKA — ðððððð (@bizzllegrande) December 2, 2019 Now, that's a power move. Rihanna At the At the end beginning of. of the decade. decade. pic.twitter.com/CMkHtpFyt4 — Odé Danilo (@odedanilo) December 1, 2019 Just give us an album! rihanna beginning of the end of the decade decade pic.twitter.com/GRhtDpfkQw — ana mena #1 stan account (@alvarozapato) December 1, 2019 Relatable. Me at the beginning of the decade vs the end pic.twitter.com/bw9rIbaDo9 — Scary Bradshaw ð·ð (@biancaxunise) December 5, 2019 Hmm. beginning of the decade: iron man 2 (2010) beginning of the new decade: black widow (2020) i'm not crying, you are pic.twitter.com/uyHk6kvwRF — sasha ð ð¯ð¬ðªðð«ð ð¢ (@widowscrown) November 20, 2019 Nick Jiju! nick jonas start end of the decade of the decade pic.twitter.com/gEJuh8cTkx — yaz (@Yaz_Jonas_) December 1, 2019 Very relatable. Me at the start of the decade VS me at the end of the decade pic.twitter.com/uVSeXGRS20 — TechnicallyRon (@TechnicallyRon) November 17, 2019 View the full article
  20. He wants to win. He's a proven winner. I've made it clear that I'm at the stage of my career where I want to win trophies. Photo: AFPHarry Kane hopes 'proven winner' Jose Mourinho can deliver the trophies that Tottenham crave after taking over as...
  21. ISLAMABAD: The opposition's Rahbar Committee announced an end to blocking highways across the country on Tuesday. The announcement was made by Akram Durrani after a meeting of the opposition committee. "The committee has decided to open highways...
  22. I feel like, at this point in time, getting a role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the biggest flex for an actor but it wasn't always like that. It's weird to think that some of our favourite Marvel actors actually thought becoming a superhero would end their careers. Recently, BFFs Chris Evans and Scarlet Johansson sat down for a conversation for Variety's Actors on Actors series and talked about everything from their decade-long Marvel experience to their upcoming movies. With so much going on in the entire episode, we thought we would just get some highlights out of it, and the biggest one is, obviously, how both of them feared joining the MCU back in the day. Scarlet joined the MCU almost at the very beginning with Iron Man 2 and at that time, Marvel's ambitious multi-movie narrative was barely starting out. Talking about her initial hesitation on taking the role of Natasha Romanoff, she talked about how easily this could've been a career-ending move if it hadn't worked out. She said, "You don't know how it's gonna go. It seems ridiculous now because of how successful the Marvel stuff is, but it could be, like, career-ending. It felt like that at the time, if it went the wrong way." While her concerns are valid, of course, but now we can just laugh at the irony of it all. Imagine if she had passed on the Black Widow role, I don't think anyone would've had a bigger regret in life than that. It has always been widely known that Chris Evans turned down the role of Steve Rogers multiple times before actually coming on board. It wasn't just the two of them, but back then, while filming The Avengers, the entire cast felt the pressure. The first Avengers movie a bigger crossover than anything ever at that time, the cast feared it could easily go wrong. She said, "When we went on to do Avengers, the first one, all of us were totally... I think everybody was feeling very uneasy about the concept. It was just so absurd." Absurd, but brilliant. Even Chris agreed about how much was at stake with that movie. He said, "It was a big, big endeavour. This is it, this is the moment. If this doesn't work, this pipe dream that we've been hearing about could derail very quickly." While the movie was quite ambitious, given the success of all the individual Marvel movies, I would think that it was pretty clear that The Avengers would be a huge success. Moving on, Chris also talked about - or was forced to talk about - the most important question every Marvel fan has for him - is he ever going to pick up that shield again? (or maybe, Mjolnir also now) He obviously didn't give a straight answer and kept it very, very vague. He said, "You know, you never say never. I love the character. It's not a hard no but it's not an eager yes either. There's other things I'm working on right now." He went on, "I think Cap had such a tricky arc to stick the landing and I think they did a really nice job letting him complete his journey. If you're gonna revisit it, it can't be a cash-grab, it can't be just because audiences would be excited. A lot of things would have to come together. It doesn't feel at this time like that would be the thing that I'm looking to do." So, there you have it, we're not getting Chris as Cap again, not anytime soon, at least. View the full article
  23. It's no secret that Apple has been rumoured to be working on the next iteration of the AirPods. It was reported earlier that the new AirPods will launch sometime next year. Now, however it seems like it will come sooner than that. The new AirPods are rumoured to be called the AirPods Pro and will have a noise-cancelling feature as reported earlier. © SlashLeaks A new report by China Economic Daily suggests that Apple will be releasing the AirPods Pro later this month. It is expected to cost $260 (~Rs 18,500) and will also have basic water resistance for gym use. Earlier, the design of the upcoming AirPods was leaked and it shows that the overall design language will remain the same with subtle changes. It was also disclosed in the iOS 13.2 beta and the same update also had a tutorial about how users can adjust the noise cancellation on the new AirPods. © Twitter/RieplhuberGD The new AirPods will compete with Amazon's newly announced Echo Buds and the upcoming Pixel Buds. The noise cancellation feature on truly wireless earphones is expected to work similarly to the Sony WF- 1000XM3. It will adapt the sound in the earphones according to your surroundings and will block out ambient noise when needed. Sony uses its own 'Headphones' app to enable the feature and it will be interesting to see how Apple will implement its version of noise cancellation on the AirPods Pro. Of course, there is no certainty whether the earphones will launch later this month even though there are have been rumours of Apple hosting an event in October. Having said that, we are now approaching the end of the month and it looks highly unlikely. Source: China Economic Daily
  24. The Pakistan cricket team is probably the most unpredictable thing about the ICC World Cup 2019, which begins in a couple of days in England & Wales. While their loss to a team like Afghanistan in their warm-up games shows just how bad the team can be, they consist of a few extremely talented players who can take Pakistan cricket to a new high, maybe even get their first ever World Cup victory against the Indian cricket team. Here are the five key players of the team who can win it all for the cricket-crazy nation: 1. Babar Azam © Reuters Referred to as the “Virat Kohli of Pakistan”, Babar Azam plays like the Indian skipper too. At the age of 24, Azam easily dominated some of the deadliest of bowlers on the current time in Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada and Duanne Olivier at the Proteas' home ground in South Africa a couple of months ago and seems to never lose his form with the bat. In his career in adolescence, Azam has scored 2544 runs in just 62 ODIs which includes 8 tons and 11 half-centuries. In 2019, Azam has batted in 10 innings for his team and scored 472 runs with an average of 52.4 runs per innings. 2. Imam-ul-Haq © Reuters Being the nephew of Inzamam-ul-Haq, Imam faced a lot of pressure during his introduction to international cricket during the U-19 Asia Cup in 2012. A fighter that he is, Imam has brought his flamboyant stroke-play to every match that he has played ever since. His debut for the national team of Pakistan occurred in 2017 against Sri Lanka, in which he not only chased the total and won the match but also struck his first ODI hundred. Imam's ODI journey has seen him play in 27 games while scoring a total of 1381 runs including his career's best single-inning performance, a 151 against the World Cup 2019 hosts a couple of weeks ago. 3. Fakhar Zaman © Reuters Probably as unpredictable as the Pakistan team, Fakhar Zaman is the opening batsman who will either bring you runs in big bundles or will not bring them at all. The series against England was the perfect example of his uncertainty as a batsman. Having said that, when he does stick to the crease, there is no force in the cricketing world that could stop him from getting a half-ton for his side. In his career, Zaman has featured in 34 ODIs, putting up 1585 runs on the board with a decent strike rate of 97.83 through his career. He has batted in 10 ODI innings this year and scored 367 runs. 4. Hasan Ali © Reuters While the team, which was once feared for their bowling attack, is now in search for some good bowlers themselves, 24-year-old Hasan Ali is probably the best they have heading into the World Cup, who's reverse swing with a slightly-used ball has got him some important wickets throughout his career. Ever since his 2016 debut in the ODI format of the game, Ali has scalped 78 wickets in just 47 matches with an economy rate of 5.56. 2019 has been a little expensive for the bowler as he has given an average of six runs per over in the past five months while collecting only five wickets. 5. Asif Ali © Reuters Pakistan's bravest athlete, Asif Ali faced a tragic loss in his personal life when cancer took away his two-year-old daughter from him a week ago. Aware of his duties towards the team and his fans, Asif returned to England to join the squad yet again before they take on West Indies on 31st May 2019. Stepping onto the crease at the number seven spot, Ali is known for hitting it strong and long on command. Ali has mustered 342 runs in the 16 games that he has played in the ODI format with a fierce strike rate of 131.03. In 2019, two of the four ODIs that he was a part of saw him raising his bat in the air for half-tons scoring 142 in total this year.
  25. This article contains heavy spoilers. Proceed with caution. If you see Bran's character arc, it's risen tremendously from how he was portrayed in Season 1, till the most recent Season, where he's named king of the six realms. But if you think about it, his journey wasn't just another teenager who finds true meaning in life and becomes the Three-Eyed-Raven. He was very carefully orchestrating and plotting his own storyline, which in all probability, was highly overshadowed from the rest of us. © HBO When the gang of survivors were holding a discussion as to who the next king should be, everyone unanimously decided upon Bran. Tyrion, of course, gave his two cents on why Bran should be the ruler of the 7 kingdoms and with a common consensus, Bran was named king of the 6 kingdoms, giving Sansa complete autonomy to rule the North on her own. Right after he was appointed king, Tyrion asked Bran if he wanted it and Bran said: ''why do you think I've come all this way"? That statement might have been something we missed delving deeper into but come to think of it, it's a pretty loaded statement, which could tell us that Bran had been planning taking over the realm since the beginning! Or since he became the Three-Eyed-Raven, who actually wanted to lead and rule all, according to some theories. © HBO But, let's fish out some actual facts on why Bran could be the ultimate villain who was silently rooting for the throne, for himself. First off, Bran knows everything that has happened and will happen in the future. We're not sure how far he can see into the future but it's a sufficient amount to predict things that may happen and avoid the things that shouldn't. The very fact that he let most things happen, even though he could have stopped them is highly suspicious. For example, if he knew Euron was going to attack Daenerys' fleet, he could have asked her to change her strategy, but he didn't. He kept quiet until Dany lost one of her dragon's in Euron's attack. For someone who 'sees' everything, this seemed quite intentional. © HBO Next, let's look at the Night King's death. I agree that episode 3 of 'Game of Thrones' Season 8 was absolutely haywire, where nothing made sense. Not just the fact that almost everyone survived the army of the dead and that the Night King died, frivolously, after 7 Seasons of absolute build-up, also that his death seemed very inferior compared to how he was shown or talked about in the show. But, keeping that bit aside, Bran warged into the ravens during the war and we never really figured out what he was trying to do. They never showed the part where his warging helped out the war in any way possible. Popular fan theories suggest that Bran cooked up a deal with the Night King, which lured him towards Bran, and since Bran had given Arya the Valyrian Steel dagger earlier, he knew the NK's actual fate. There was no form of expression or relief on Bran's face when Arya killed the Night King. © HBO Also, if you think about it, Bran giving the Valyrian Steel dagger to Arya, which foreshadowed the Night King's death and telling Samwell, Arya and Sansa about Jon's true lineage and not letting out anything else, is a great tactic. This way, he made sure his claim to the throne was intact, getting rid of his enemies one by one. Arya killed the Night King with the dagger Bran gave her and everyone knew Jon was a Targaryen after Bran revealed it, which led to Dany losing her mind towards the end, and eventually dying for it. And that's how Bran got rid of two tough contenders, one by one. And while the two wars were taking place, Bran took a back seat and watched things unfold. Things he'd set in motion himself. Very clever Bran! How did the #NightKing change Craster's babies? By touching them. How did he change Viserion? By touching it. What did Bloodraven say to #BranStark in the cave? "He touched you."#foodforthought#nightking #GameofThrones — Vladimir Furdik (@Vladimir_furdik) 28 April 2019 Which is actually true. Even though Bran met the NK earlier through a vision, the NK had touched him and left his mark. Did Bran change post that and wished to take control over everything else and discovered his evil-dark side? The fifth episode of Season 8 also has an interesting fan theory. Dany had decided to withdraw if and when King's Landing rang the bells in surrender. But even after the bells were rung, she went Dracarys on the entire kingdom! Earlier, if you see Dany, while the bells are ringing, she is looking towards the Red Keep where Cersei is standing, making it seem like she's going to charge towards Cersei and kill her and destroy just the Red Keep. But she ends up destroying the entire city. Now, the theory states that Bran probably warged into Drogon, Dany's dragon, and burnt the city down to ashes. © HBO Not once did they show Dany's face when Drogon was spitting fire. Maybe he wasn't in her control and was doing whatever he wanted because his consciousness had been taken over by Bran. There's also a shot of Drogon's shadow over King's Landing when he's spewing fire and it's identical to the vision Bran had a few seasons ago, which could also amount to something. And if Drogon was spitting fire recklessly while Dany was confused about his actions, it could just mean that Dany, in all probability, wasn't the Mad Queen after all and that Bran is just pure evil! © HBO While all these are just theories, they do give us something to think about. How can someone, who sees the future and knows the past never strategise during a big war? How was he always quiet? Why was no one consulting him on what to do next? Why didn't anyone else consider Jon Snow, the true heir, for the throne? After an entire build up over his revelation of being a Targaryen and Bran's constant vision of Jon's birth at the Tower of Joy in Dorne, the throne eventually went to Bran. Isn't it quite strange? © HBO Well, I like to believe Bran played a great game and made everyone believe he is the rightful king, even though he is not and he knew it all along, especially when he uttered, "why do you think I've come all this way". Now, we aren't sure if he means he's come all this way from the North to be named king, or that he's always been plotting and planning for the throne, by being the Three-Eyed-Raven and has come all this way to take the throne. We'll never truly know! But let's see what George RR Martin has in store for us, through his upcoming books!
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