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  1. Ayeza Khan stuns in white ensemble as she attends show with Adnan SiddiquiAyeza Khan was seen tugging at the heart strings of her fans as she stepped out looking gorgeous in an ethereal white dress during a show she attended alongside Adnan Siddiqui. The Mere Pass Tum Ho starlet, who shares screen space in the drama with Adnan, was seen giving us some major styling inspiration as she stunned everyone in her traditional white pishwas, paired with ethnic kundan jewellery. The actress's hair was tied neatly at the back in a bun, complimenting her look perfectly, as she opted for minimal makeup to complete her aesthetics. Pictures of the starlet's stunning look from the event are going viral of late. Meanwhile, Ayeza and Adnan's drama Mere Paas Tum Ho will conclude after its last episode airs tonight.
  2. Sara Ali Khan, Salman Khan, Kartik Aaryan selfie on sets of Bigg Boss goes viralSara Ali Khan and her former boyfriend Kartik Aaryan are busy promoting their upcoming film Love Aaj Kal. The trailer of Imtiaz Ali’s directorial was released on Friday. The Simmba actress and Pati Patni Aur Woh joined Bollywood superstar Salman Khan on the sets of Bigg Boss 13 for promotion the of their film. A selfie taken by Salman Khan with Sara and Kartik is doing rounds on the internet and the snap has taken the social media by storm. The Love Aaj Kal, sequel to Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone’s 2009 film, will hit the cinemas on February 14, 2020. Both Sara and Kartik have announced to watch the movie together on Valentine’s Day.
  3. Photo: FileISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday warned Europe that it could face new terror threats from outfits based in Libya if if the country's UN-recognised government falls, in an article published in Politico. In the article, which was published on the eve of a Libya peace conference in Berlin, Erdogan said the EU's failure to adequately support the Government of National Accord (GNA) would be "a betrayal of its own core values, including democracy and human rights". "Europe will encounter a fresh set of problems and threats if Libya´s legitimate government were to fall," Erdogan wrote. "Terrorist organisations such as daesh and Al-Qaeda, which suffered a military defeat in Syria and Iraq, will find a fertile ground to get back on their feet." The GNA led by Fayez al-Sarraj has been under attack since April from strongman Khalifa Haftar's forces based in the east of the country, with fighting killing over 280 civilians and 2,000 fighters. In a joint initiative, Turkey and Russia have brokered a ceasefire but Haftar walked away from talks in Moscow this week aimed at finalising the truce agreement. A furious Erdogan has accused Haftar of fleeing Moscow and said he would "teach (him) a lesson" if he resumed fighting. Erdogan's government backs Sarraj and the Turkish parliament approved the deployment of troops to Libya earlier this month after the signing of a controversial security and maritime deal between Tripoli and Ankara. "To leave Libya at the mercy of a warlord would be a mistake of historic proportions," he said, in a veiled reference to Haftar.
  4. Canadian rapper Drake presented a Yams pendant to friend A$AP Rocky to mark late A$AP Yams day 2020. The pendant is made of over 500 grams of gold and 15 carats of flawless diamonds. According to reports, the market value of gold-diamond pendant is a whopping $150,000. The diamond shrouded pendant was crafted by skilled jeweler Jason of Beverly Hills and the single piece took more than three months to be completed, it is further reported. The famed gem dealer made sure to bring this jewel to perfection with the use of 500 grams of gold, 15 carats of diamonds and little yet paramount details of the whole design. All of Yams’ essences from his tattoos and his Coogi sweaters, everything is carved perfectly in the pendant. A single pendant is known to cost around $150,000. Yams Day was established in 2016 after the death of A$AP Yams. A portion of the earnings is donated to a charity which was established by Yams’s mother to help adolescents who are coping with substance abuse.
  5. Zainab Abbas shoots alongside Adnan Siddiqui, shares excitement for 'Mere Paas Tum Ho'It looks everyone is awaiting the last episode of Mere Paas Tum Ho with bated breath, including famed sports presenter Zainab Abbas who took to social media to share her excitement for the drama serial’s finale to air soon. Uploading a picture alongside renowned actor Adnan Siddiqui who plays the character of Shehwar in the show, Zainab wrote: “Today’s shoot with Shehwar! All geared up for PSL and the grand finale of MPTH!” In the picture, Zainab can be seen clad in a white powersuit striking a pose alongside Adnan, both smiling to the camera widely. Meanwhile, Ayeza Khan was also seen with Adnan Siddiqui at a recent event looking beautiful as always.
  6. Disney drops 'Fox' name from 20th Century film studio: reportsNEW YORK: Disney will rename 20th Century Fox to distance its legendary film studio from the assets of media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, US media reported Friday. The entertainment conglomerate last year acquired most of the assets of 21st Century Fox group, including the film house, while former owner Murdoch and his shareholders kept several TV channels, including Fox News. Variety magazine reported that the entertainment giant decided to rename its subsidiary to remove all links with Fox due to the ultra-conservative image of Murdoch and his Fox News channel — the preferred news source of President Donald Trump. Disney's decision is a symbolic step for one of Hollywood´s founding studios, which began production in 1914 and merged with 20th Century Pictures in 1935. The Fox Searchlight studio, 20th Century Fox's younger sibling, will also be rebranded as Searchlight Pictures. Disney has yet to decide on the fate of television studios 20th Century Fox Television and Fox 21 Television, according to Variety. Disney did not respond to AFP's request for comment.
  7. Hillary Clinton terms watching documentary chronicling her life as 'humbling'PASADENA: Hillary Clinton said she experienced several humbling moments while doing interviews for and watching a new documentary about her life, her surprise loss in the 2016 US presidential campaign, and the polarizing attitudes she inspired throughout her five-decade career. The four-part documentary, titled Hillary, which debuts on Hulu on March 6, chronicles Clinton’s life, from her upbringing in Chicago to Yale law school, first lady, senator, secretary of state and her failed bid to become the first female US president. It also explores how Clinton’s rise dovetailed with the push for women’s equality. Clinton took part in 35 hours of interviews with filmmaker Nanette Burstein, who collected behind-the-scenes footage during the 2016 campaign. Both said that no topics were off limits. Clinton, who is now 72, discussed everything from her loss to Donald Trump to her husband’s infidelity that led to his 1998 impeachment. Bill Clinton also was interviewed for the film. “There were a lot of humbling moments,” Clinton said on Friday at a Television Critics Association event where she previewed the documentary. “One was the recognition that I have been often, in my view, mischaracterised, misperceived, and that I have to bear a lot of the responsibility for that.” “I would just kind of blow it off, brush it off, not think about it,” she said. Clinton said she was often surprised by the reaction to comments she made that she felt “were not that far out of the ordinary.” While watching the documentary, she said there were times she wished she could have conveyed her thoughts in a better way. “But I also know that I was this lightning rod, and I was somebody who people were quick to judge, often having nothing to do with me, but with the times and with the attitudes about women,” she said. “Hillary” will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, later this month and also will screen at the Berlin Film Festival in February. Filmmaker Burstein said she choose Clinton as a subject in part because she wanted to explore how Clinton had provoked such strong and opposite opinions. “I wanted people to understand this is a historical figure who is incredibly polarizing, and why,” Burstein said. “One of the processes I was trying to show was how did this come to happen.”
  8. Photo: AFPThe Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Saturday announced their 15-man squad for the upcoming three-match T20I series against Pakistan. Opener Tamim Iqbal returns after skipping a home series against Afghanistan and Zimbabwe and a tour in India. Mosaddek Hossain, Arafat Sunny, Taijul Islam and Abu Hider have been dropped from the squad. It is pertinent to mention here that wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim has declined to visit Pakistan for the forthcoming series on account of security concerns. Read more: Five members of Bangladesh's coaching staff withdraw from Pakistan tour The Tigers will play three T20Is in Lahore from January 24-27. Bangladesh T20I squad Mahmudullah (captain) Tamim Iqbal Soumya Sarkar Naim Sheikh, Najmul Hossain Shanto Liton Kumer Das MD Mithun Afif Hossain Dhrubo Mahedi Hasan Aminul Islam Biplob Mustafizur Rahman Shafiul Islam Al-Amin Hossain Rubel Hossain Hasan Mahmud
  9. LAHORE: A train driver's skillful handling of the situation saved the day as the Shalimar Express averted a major accident Saturday when a railway line broke. A railway line between Sharshameer Station and Pakka Anna Station broke, putting the train in danger of getting derailed. Railway authorities confirmed that the passenger train driver used his skills to save the vehicle from an accident.
  10. Hira Mani shares golden words for successful lifePakistani actress Hira Salman, commonly known as Hira Mani, has shared words of wisdom for a successful life. Sharing clip of the interview of renowned Pakistani educationist and Urdu language expert Dr Arfa Sayeda Zehra with Samina Peerzada, Hira Mani captioned it, “Ye hain woh baatien jis Se zindagi Asaan hou jaye sub ki (These are words of wisdom that make the lives of everyone easy)." She called them “golden words." Hira quoting Dr Arfa further writes, “Kaamiyabi khush ikhalqi main hai Acha bolnay main hai Acha Sochnay main hai (success is hidden in kind words and positive thinking).... kamiyabi ilm main hai or ilm paise Se nahi ilm mohabbat main hai (success is also concealed in education (knowledge) and this knowledge will come with love and not with money) DR ARFA.” In the interview, Dr Arfa said that education is necessary for life but not just for getting employment. “Life needs a job but the job doesn't need life,” she added. Hira Mani is flying high on success with her latest drama serial Mere Paas Tum Ho.
  11. Geo.tv/FilesThe Election Commission of Pakistan suspended membership of 318 lawmakers on Thursday for not meeting the deadline to submit their assets details. Lawmakers whose membership was suspended include Pir Sabir Shah, Fawad Chaudhry, Farogh Naseem, Farrukh Habib, Birjees Tahir, Zartaj Gul, Amir Liaquat, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Noorul Haq Qadri, Amir Kayani, Muhammad Ayub, Hasil Bizenjo, Taj Afridi and others. A total of 70 MNAs, 12 senators, 115 Punjab MPAs, 60 MPAs from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 40 Sindh MPAs and 21 from Balochistan were suspended by the ECP. Read more: Senate bill seeks constitutional amendment for ECP appointments procedure On January 2, the commission released a list of nearly 600 members of the parliament and four provincial assemblies for their failure to submit the details of their assets and liabilities and those of other members of the family. Under the law, all legislators are required every year by December 31 to file the related documents to the electoral body, which has the mandate to carry out scrutiny of the same, if it deems fit and finds discrepancies. On non-compliance, the ECP bars lawmakers from performing their duties as legislators and their membership can be restored on compliance with the legal requirements. The members of the federal cabinet, who have not been able so far to comply with this requirement, can be barred from performing their official duties. The Election Commission, traditionally, gives two more weeks to the legislators besides the deadline after which the names of non-complying lawmakers are notified and the relevant legislatures are moved to bar them from attending sessions.
  12. Taliban walk as they celebrate ceasefire in Ghanikhel district of Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, June 16, 2018. REUTERS/Parwiz/FilesWASHINGTON/ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Thursday the Taliban had shown a "willingness to reduce violence" in Afghanistan, welcoming the prospect of a peace agreement that sees peace prevail in the war-torn country. "Today, a positive development has surfaced [regarding the Afghan peace process]," said the foreign minister in a video message. "The Taliban have expressed their willingness to the demand of reduction in violence. In my opinion, this is a step towards a peace agreement," he added. Read more: FM Qureshi arrives in Washington for Middle East peace mission Qureshi said Pakistan had played a responsible part in ensuring peace prevailed in the region. He said Islamabad wished for peace to prevail in Afghanistan and Pakistan as well. Taliban offer ceasefire to US: international mediaAFP adds: Two insurgent sources said the Taliban had offered a ceasefire to the US, a move that could allow for the resumption of talks seeking a deal for Washington to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. Both countries have been fighting a war for the past 18 years that has seen thousands killed, injured and displaced in the country. After nearly two decades of fighting, Washington wants to withdraw US troops from the country but not without security guarantees. For weeks it has been calling on the Taliban to reduce violence, posing it as a condition for resuming formal negotiations on an agreement that would see US troops begin to leave the country. "It is an offer for a ceasefire either for seven or 10 days," a senior Taliban official who requested anonymity told AFP, adding that the offer was made to US negotiators in Doha. "It has been finalised and given to the Americans. It is going to pave the way for an agreement." A second insurgent source confirmed to the AFP that the offer had been handed to the US. The Taliban have yet to release an official statement and Washington has not said whether it has received any offer from the insurgents or what its response will be. The Taliban and the US had been negotiating the deal for a year and were on the brink of an announcement in September 2019 when US President Donald Trump abruptly declared the process "dead", citing Taliban violence. Talks were later restarted between the two sides in December in Qatar but were paused again following an attack near the Bagram military base in Afghanistan, which is run by the US. "Two months have passed with no major Taliban attacks in any urban zone. That pause in attacks on cities is unprecedented over the last dozen years."On Saturday, two Americans were killed in a Taliban-claimed bomb blast targeting a US forces vehicle in southern Kandahar. If accepted by the Americans, the insurgents' offer could see the negotiations begin again. The International Crisis Group's senior consultant, Graeme Smith, called the reports of a temporary ceasefire a "positive signal", saying a recent reduction of attacks in urban centres has added weight to the process. "The Taliban have been sending an even bigger message with their actions in recent months. Two months have passed with no major Taliban attacks in any urban zone. That pause in attacks on cities is unprecedented over the last dozen years," said Smith. The Taliban have only observed one ceasefire in their nearly two-decade fight with the US, when the insurgents agreed to a brief three-day truce in June 2018 to mark Eid, the end of the fasting month of Ramazan. It saw Taliban fighters celebrating with ordinary Afghans in the streets, sharing ice creams and posing for selfies, raising hopes of a post-conflict Afghanistan. Many analysts argued that the ceasefire proved the Taliban had widespread control over their rank and file fighters — although it was only with Afghan forces, not the US. The Taliban have until now refused to negotiate with the Afghan government, which they consider an illegitimate regime, raising fears that fighting will continue regardless of any deal ironed out with the Americans.
  13. Prime Minister Imran Khan. Photo: FileISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Thursday that February 5 (Kashmir Day) will be observed in complete solidarity with the oppressed people of Indian occupied Kashmir. The prime minister chaired a high-level session on Kashmir today, where Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Director General Inter-Services Intelligence Lt Gen Faiz Hameed were also present. In the session, the ongoing lockdown of the valley since India revoked Iok’s special status was condemned. The prime minister reiterated diplomatic, political and moral support for the plight of Kashmiris. PM Imran welcomes UNSC session on Kashmir, reaffirms support for Kashmiris Prime Minister Imran Khan earlier today welcomed a meeting of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) held in New York to discuss the humanitarian crisis and communications lock down imposed on occupied Kashmir by India. The prime minister in his message on Twitter reiterated that the issue of occupied Kashmir was an internationally recognised dispute that remains on the agenda of the international body. "Pakistan welcomes UN Security Council discussing the situation in Jammu and Kashmir again. An internationally recognized dispute, Jammu and Kashmir remains on the Security Council’s agenda and its consideration by the Council reflects a recognition of the seriousness of the prevailing situation," PM Imran wrote on Twitter. Also read: UNSC meets behind closed doors for second time to discuss crisis in occupied Kashmir "Jammu and Kashmir dispute must be resolved in accordance with relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the will of the Kashmiri people. We will continue to provide moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people until they secure their inalienable right to self-determination," he added. The UNSC had on Wednesday met for the second time in less than six months behind closed doors to discuss the alarming situation in the occupied valley. After the meeting, Chinese Ambassador to UN Zhang Jun confirmed the council had reviewed the situation in the occupied valley. “We had a meeting on Jammu and Kashmir,” Jun said, adding the 15-member Council was briefed by the UN secretariat on the situation on the ground. A UN department briefed council members over the situation in the region, after which a discussion was held on the matter. Also read: FM Qureshi warns world of Indian troop movement, missile deployment in IoK FM Qureshi meets top UN leadershipSeparately, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Wednesday met United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York where he apprised the UN chief about the situation in the valley. The foreign minister, in his meeting, told the UN secretary-general that Pakistan remained committed to holding a dialogue with India over the situation in the disputed valley, which has been under a military lockdown since August 5. Also read: UN Security Council to meet over occupied Kashmir, LoC tensions “India has been backtracking from talks but Pakistan remains committed,” Qureshi told the media after his meeting. “The international community should play its role in helping the people of the occupied valley from Indian subjugation and suppression.” Qureshi, while talking to media about his meeting with the UN chief, added that the Kashmir issue was not India’s internal matter. “This is the second time in five months that the Security Council discussed the Kashmir issue,” he said.
  14. Bangladesh's wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim. Photo: Reuters Bangladesh's wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim has declined to visit Pakistan for the forthcoming series, a team official said on Thursday. "Mushfiq(ur) rang me today to inform that he will not go to Pakistan. We are now waiting for his formal letter. Once he does that, we will leave him out of the series," Chief Selector Minhajul Abedin told AFP. Bangladesh are scheduled to play three Twenty20 internationals, two Tests and one one-day international in Pakistan between January and April. Read more: Bangladesh´s Mushfiqur declines to visit Pakistan Mushfiqur's absence could be a blow for Bangladesh who are already without suspended all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan. Minhajul said they are likely to announce the squad for the series in a day or two. International cricket has gradually returned to Pakistan in the last four years after it was suspended in the wake of terrorist attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in March 2009.
  15. Twitter/Imtiaz Ahmad Shaikh (@ImtiazshaikhMPA)/via Geo.tvKARACHI: Police have accused Sindh Energy Minister Imtiaz Ahmed Shaikh of being a leader of a group of criminals, a new report released Thursday said. According to the report, the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) leader uses criminal wing to suppress and intimidate his rivals and had had a political opponent's son killed as well. The provincial minister gives refuge to criminals in guest houses, farmhouses, hotels, and pumps, it added. The report further noted that call records of Shaikh, his brother, and his son speaking with criminals existed and had been obtained. The minister and Attu Sheikh, a dacoit, had contact multiple times, it added. He was also involved in a facilitating a dacoity, the report said. In addition, the report claimed that Shaikh has people of his choice hired in top police posts. However, sting operations — after the emergence of incriminating information — failed. Shaikh, however, has denied the charges, saying the allegations levelled against him were based on personal enmity. During the tenure of the senior superintendent of police (SSP) for Shikarpur, Rizwan Shaikh, crimes were on the rise, he said, adding that the official was transferred after his complaint.
  16. Filmmaker Sarmad Khoosat on Thursday drew Prime Minister Imran Khan's attention towards hurdles being created in the release of his upcoming film "Zindagi Tamasha". Taking to Twitter, Khoosat shared an open letter addressed to the prime minister and others concerned. "24th of January was set as the release date. However, a 'complaint' was registered against the writer, the producer and myself, based on assumptions made from the two and a half minute long trailer," He wrote. Sarmad Khoosat further said, "As a law-abiding citizen and with full conviction that there is nothing offensive or malicious in the film, in response I submitted the film for another review to the censor board. It was cleared once again with a few cuts to appease the complainants. I launched the promotional campaign and now, just a week before the film's release, another attempt is being made by the some group to stop the release of the film and this time they are hell-bent on using pressurising tactics". "I am bringing this to your notice not just because my team and I are being bullied and pressurised but also because this series of episodes undermines a state institution like the Central Board of Film Censors and strips it of its authority and stature. The space for rational and artistic thinking and expression must not be annexed by a few troublemakers for their political ends but I fear this is what will happen if we buckle under this time. Sincerely, Sarmad Sultan Khoosat," Read Khoosat's letter. Directed and co-produced by Sarmad along with his sister Kanwal Khoosat, Zindagi Tamasha is a bilingual movie, which has been shot in the beautiful city of Lahore. Written by Nirmal Bano, a fresh graduate from NCA, it features model turned actress Eman Suleman, Samiya Mumtaz, Arif Hasan and Ali Qureshi in pivotal roles, while Sarmad will have a special appearance in the upcoming film.
  17. A dog was rescued after she got her head stuck in the wall of a temple in Thailand. Video of the dog and the rescue operation went viral on the internet, with people praising the workers for saving the animal. According to reports, the dog got her head stuck in concrete wall of a Buddhist temple in Chonburi region. Authorities' attention was drawn toward the animal's trouble by a monk on Tuesday evening. The rescuers, after getting the emergency call, rushed to the site and used demolition equipment to wide the whole in which the dog had trapped himself. Social media users said the stray mother dog had been looking for food to take back to her seven puppies. "The dog looked weary when we arrived. "We planned how to help her out of the situation as quickly as possible. ''All seven puppies were waiting for their mother dog, so we were pleased that we could save her and reunite her with her family,' rescue volunteer Chawanakorn was quoted by local media as saying.
  18. QUETTA: The Balochistan government on Thursday announced that it has taken the guardianship of a street child, whose video went viral in which he was seen carrying a shoe-polishing kit on a footpath in severe cold weather. Speaking to Geo News, the provincial government's spokesperson, Liaquat Shahwani, said the video of the helpless child made him very "upset". "The chief minister has taken responsibility for this [shoe-polishing] child himself," he stated. “We have already allocated a budget of 50 crore [Rs500 million] for child protection authority and will do effective legislation against child labour," he added. In the video aired by Geo News, the child was seen crouched in a corner, trying to protect himself from the bitter cold, with a show polishing kit next to him. Noting that it was unfortunate for all children, who should be playing at this age, to be stuck in the bitter cold, Shahwani said the government would "legislate against child labour". "It’s heart-wrenching to look at these visuals. I was very hurt and upset when I saw those visuals," he said. "It was around 12:30AM, I called and went there in the morning. I’ve been there three times but the child was not there. I have assigned people the responsibility and will go myself once we have the address.
  19. Producers Barbara Broccoli (L) and Michael G. Wilson pose for photographers on the red carpet at the world premiere of the new James Bond 007 film "Spectre" LONDON: The next James Bond will not be a woman, the movies’ producer said in an interview, as speculation mounts about who could replace Daniel Craig as the legendary 007. Craig, 51, is due to step down after the latest Bond film, “No Time to Die,” which will be released in April. Rumours abound over who could replace him and whether the next Bond will be female but Barbara Broccoli told Variety it would definitely be a man. “He can be of any colour, but he is male,” said Broccoli, a producer of the film alongside Michael G. Wilson. The Bond franchise is one of the movie world’s most lucrative, with 2015’s “Spectre” raking in $880 million at the box office worldwide, while “Skyfall” in 2012 grossed more than $1 billion globally. Broccoli said she believed in creating strong female characters, but added: “I’m not particularly interested in taking a male character and having a woman play it. I think women are far more interesting than that.”
  20. Photo: foodnavigator-asiaLAHORE: The Punjab Food Authority recovered 80,000 kg worth of expired chocolate in a raid at a local warehouse on Thursday. The provincial food watchdog's raid saved nearly a hundred thousand children from infectious diseases. The authorities recovered two trucks full of expired edibles, set to be dispatched to Faisalabad and Lahore. The persons involved would allegedly repack the chocolates after using chemicals to remove fungus from them, authorities came to know.
  21. Janhvi Kapoor reveals the advice she wants her sister Khushi Kapoor to heed. Photo: India Incharge It seems as though the desire to become an actress runs in the Kapoor family as Janhvi Kapoor’s sister Khushi Kapoor also seems to be working towards her dream already. In fact, the young aspiring star has already begun prepping for her role, and is currently studying in the New York Film Academy in order to hone her skills for the job even further. Janhvi was in an interview with, Rajeev Masand when she was asked about her little sister and the kind of advice she would like to give to Khushi, in regards to her career in Bollywood, the star had some wise nuggets of wisdom to share. Janhvi was quoted saying, “I think one of the biggest learning that I have had in the limited time I have spent in the industry is that at every given point of time, there are enough people that will tell you enough to make you feel that you are amazing and there are enough that will say enough to make you feel completely worthless. You need to somewhere not be delusional.” Although Janhvi only has two films under her belt for now, she is keenly aware of the impact that the profession brings. Misguidance is a grave concern she has, in regards to her sister’s debut. She wishes her sister does not get carried away with the fame and fortune, that comes as a result of the lime light. Reflecting on her own position within the industry, Janhvi stated that she was well aware of her own position, however it would be up to her sister to find her own way forward. “I don’t know about other things but I think that this is something that I have figured out. I know where I stand. I know my shortcomings, my potential and I know where I am in the scheme of things. I know where I can go and want to go, and all of those things. Yeah, that’s one thing I would want to tell her.”
  22. Zaira Wasim-accused man gets jailed for molesting her while she was a minorFormer Bollywood star Zaira Wasim's accused was taken into custody on Wednesday after being found guilty of molesting her during a flight in 2017. The 41-year-old businessman from Mumbai, identified as Vikas Sachdev was accused of molesting the Dangal starlet by continuously moving his foot up and down her neck and back while she half-asleep at age 17 back in 2017. The Secret Superstar actor at first had shrugged off the inappropriate behavior as probable ‘turbulence’ but was later woken up by his foot touching her neck. The former actor had also attempted to film the man but it was too dark to identify his face. Following the incident, Zaira had made a video in which she was visibly shaken and distraught and could be heard saying: “No one will help us if we don't decide to help ourselves." In her viral Instagram post, Zaira had said that the man "kept nudging my shoulder and continued to move his foot up and down my back and neck". The man — taken into custody on Wednesday under child protection laws and will be facing a three-year jail time — was identified later through the help of the airline, Air Vistara, that had at the time, failed to provide assistance, as per Zaira’s claims back then.
  23. Saif Ali Khan’s response to a love triangle between his boys is hilariously on point. Photo: Times of IndiaThere are times where celebrities are asked some of the most bizarre and downright hypothetical questions known to mankind. Recently it was Saif Ali Khan’s turn to be on the receiving end. On Tuesday night, at a promotional event for Jawaani Jaaneman, Saif Ali Khan was asked one of the strangest, and most cringe-worthy questions to date regarding his three-year-old and 18-year-old’s love life. His answer to the strange question however was caught the audience off guard and left them in fits of laughter. When asked what Saif would do if him and his three boys end up liking the same girl in a club, his answer was on point. The star was quoted saying, “Well, Taimur and I often go to the same club. And we often like the same girl. But then I pick him up and send him home. Ibrahim is a bit bigger than me, so I don’t know if I can do that. So you know, it balances out. I think I will leave girls in pubs to Ibrahim and stay home and read to Taimur. I’m an old man now, I am just pretending to be cool,” he said. Saif Ali Khan’s role in in Jawaani Jaaneman is of a 40-year-old party boy who loves women. However, the man receives a rude awakening when he discovers the existence of a 20-year-old daughter. The character is not able to accept the fact that he has a grown up child living, due to him. At the promotional event, Saif was also asked if he was worried about his youth fading away at one point. To this the star had the best possible response. He went onto say, “Nahi, jawaani shayad kab ki dhal gayi thi, yaar! Mujhe darr nahi lagta bilkul. (No, my youth probably faded away long ago. I am not scared at all.) In fact, I don’t have these issues. I think if you are young at heart and if you feel good, it’s fine. I don’t even really want to be very young. I mean, I don’t want to be old, but I am happy. I’m clear in my life,” the star pointed out how he will continue to work till the point where he stops receiving offers, after which point he will happily retire.
  24. Security Council briefed by UN secretariat about situation on ground in occupied Kashmir. Photo: File NEW YORK: The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) met for the second time in less than six months behind closed doors to discuss the alarming situation in Indian occupied Kashmir. In August last year, the Security Council had met for the first time in over five decades, to discuss the critical human rights situation in the occupied valley. After the meeting, Chinese Ambassador Zhang Jun spoke to journalists confirming that the Security Council had met to review the situation in the occupied valley. “We had a meeting on Jammu and Kashmir,” Jun said, adding the 15-member Council was briefed by the UN secretariat on the situation on the ground. The Department of Peace Operations and the Department of Political and Peace-building Affairs briefed the UN Security Council on the situation in Kashmir, followed by a discussion on the situation among Council members in which all of them participated. India backtracking on Kashmir talks, Pakistan remains committed: FM Qureshi China has long voiced concern over the situation in occupied Kashmir and had requested the UNSC along with Pakistan to hold the meeting. Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi also attended the UN meeting in New York before jetting off to Washington later in the evening. The Chinese envoy said Qureshi had penned letters to the Security Council drawing its attention to the situation in Kashmir, where the people were suffering under a repressive military lockdown with all communications links cutoff since August 5. “The issue of India and Pakistan is always on the agenda of the Security Council," the Chinese ambassador said, pointing out that "recently, we have also seen some tensions” When asked what was China’s position on the situation in Kashmir, Jun said, “Our position is very clear. China regards Kashmir as a territory disputed between India and Pakistan and supports UN resolutions calling for the exercise by Kashmiri people of their right to self-determination through a UN-supervised plebiscite.” Read also: UNSC meets on situation in occupied Kashmir, urges parties to 'refrain from unilateral action' “I am sure the meeting helped both parties to understand the risk of further escalation and will encourage them to approach to each other and to have dialogue and to seek means to seek solutions through dialogues,” he added. Senior Russian diplomat Dmitry Polyanskiy who also attended the session tweeted after the meeting that the 15-member body had discussed the contentious Indian-administered region, where New Delhi has been accused of abuses against its mostly-Muslim population. “UNSC discussed Kashmir in closed consultations,” said Polyanskiy. “Russia firmly stands for the normalisation of relations between India and Pakistan. We hope that differences between them will be settled through bilateral efforts based on the 1972 Simla Agreement and the 1999 Lahore Declaration,” he added.
  25. Articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump are delivered to the US Senate, setting the stage for his historic trial for abuse of power and obstruction. Photo: AFPWASHINGTON: Articles of impeachment charging President Donald Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress were delivered to the Senate Wednesday, setting in motion a historic trial that threatens the US leader with removal from office. Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell announced that the articles would be formally read to the chamber Thursday at noon (1700 GMT), after which Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts will be sworn in to preside over the trial. Senators will then be sworn in as jurors on Thursday, and preparations will get underway for an impeachment trial that will open on Tuesday, January 21. "This is a difficult time for our country, but this is precisely the kind of time for which the framers created the Senate," McConnell said, referring to the authors of the US Constitution. "I'm confident that this body can rise above short-termism and factional fever and serve the long-term best interests of our nation. We can do this, and we must." The two articles of impeachment — one for abuse of power and the other for obstructing the House investigation — were delivered in blue folders in a solemn procession by the newly appointed House managers, seven Democrats who will prosecute the case against the president. Read also: Trump mocks impeachment trial, calls it 'con' "So sad, so tragic for our country, that the actions taken by the president to undermine our national security, to violate his oath of office and to jeopardize the security of our elections, has taken us to this place," Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said as she signed the articles. "This president will be held accountable," she said, adding: "No one is above the law." The solemn formalities underscored the grimness of the occasion, Trump becoming only the third US president in history to be placed on trial in the Senate. "We feel we are carrying out the will of the framers of our constitution, and that's a pretty serious load," said Adam Schiff, the Democratic lawmaker tapped to lead the prosecution team. 'Two weeks' Trump is accused of secretly holding up $391 million in aid to Ukraine between July and September to pressure Kiev to investigate former vice president Joe Biden, the Democratic frontrunner in this year's White House race. The president is also charged with obstruction for holding back witnesses and documents from the House impeachment investigation in defiance of Congressional subpoenas. He was formally impeached on December 18. US President Donald Trump. Photo: AFP"President Trump put his own personal interests above the national interests... and if not stopped, he will do it again," Schiff said. "The appropriate remedy, indeed the only remedy, is the conviction and removal from office of President Donald Trump." But Pelosi held back on delivering the articles to the Senate as she pressured McConnell to agree to subpoenaing the witnesses and documents that the White House blocked from the House probe. McConnell has refused to commit, saying the issue will only be decided after the trial's opening arguments and questioning, which could take two weeks. A Trump administration official told reporters Wednesday that they expect the trial to go no longer than two weeks, suggesting McConnell could use his 53-47 Republican majority in the Senate to stifle calls for witnesses and quickly take the charges to a vote. Read also: Donald Trump believes he was 'robbed' of Nobel Peace Prize "I think it's extraordinarily unlikely it will be going beyond two weeks," the official said, on condition of anonymity. With impeachment rules requiring a two-thirds super-majority in order to convict and remove a president, Trump's acquittal is widely expected. Earlier Wednesday Trump ridiculed the investigation and trial, as he has for months. "Here we go again, another Con Job by the Do Nothing Democrats," he wrote on Twitter. Grave task Underscoring the high level of politics surrounding the trial, Pelosi was immediately attacked over the ceremony to sign the articles, in which she used multiple pens to distribute to key lawmakers as souvenirs of the occasion. House Republican Liz Cheney attacked Pelosi and Democrats for being "giddy with excitement" about the signing and "making a mockery of their duty to the Constitution." Aside from Schiff, the House Intelligence Committee Chairman, the prosecution team will include Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler; House Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries; Zoe Lofgren, a veteran of two previous impeachment investigations; and three others. Former federal prosecutor Elie Honig said the lawmakers chosen stood out for their backgrounds in the US legal system, several of them being former federal attorneys. The Democrats "signal they intend to do this like a criminal trial and not like a political show," Honig said.
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