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  1. Pakistan suffers today because a privileged class thinks that politics is the forte of some unknown people and being apolitical is the best way to live peacefully
  2. Karenjit Kaur Vohra better known as Sunny Leone, stood on the brink of bidding adieu to her teenage years as an 18-year-old when she made a decision that would change the course of her life. Then a trainee-nurse belonging to an astute Sikh family who had migrated to Canada, the glitzy world of softcore adult films had Karenjit hooked. © Instagram It didn't take long for Karenjit to turn into Sunny Leone, and by the age of 25 not only had she made a name for herself in hardcore adult films, but she was also disowned by legions of her extended family. India being one of the top consumers (at World #3) of adult films, took the nation by storm when Sunny made her television debut in her homeland back in 2011 with 'Bigg Boss' season 5. © Instagram The show's TRP went through the roof and marked the arrival of a new star people couldn't get enough of. Soon, Bollywood films followed and Sunny went on to make her film debut with 'Jism 2' in 2012. Though her films enjoyed mediocre success at the box office, Sunny Leone gave a number of superhit item songs that were nothing less than chartbusters (think 'Baby Doll'). However, even that went against her. Coupled with her past as an adult film star, she was turned into Bollywood's go-to Baby Doll i.e. item girl. © Instagram That's the overarching image Sunny has been forced to carry, which even her fans have very conveniently accepted. However, while there are 100 other aspects to the woman who is an actor, businesswoman, fighter, survivor, and mother besides many other roles that she plays in her life, these 5 things prove that Karenjit Kaur Weber is much more than 'Sunny Leone' and her Baby Doll identity: 1. Adopted A Girl Child © Instagram Very few celebrities in the country have set strong examples for others to follow, especially when it comes to adoption. Sunny did that by adopting her daughter Nisha when she was just 21-months-old. 2. Promoted Surrogacy © Instagram Next, she went a step further ahead and removed taboos related to surrogacy, and welcomed home her twin boys Asher and Noah, who were born via surrogacy in 2018. 3. She's An Entrepreneur © Instagram Last year, Sunny launched her first pop-store for her make-up brand called Star Struck By SL which enjoyed a great reception. Earlier, she had also launched her own perfume brand called Lust, which was such a hit it would constantly be sold out. 4. She's A Published Author © Instagram Two years ago in 2016, Sunny Leone brought out an e-book of erotic stories titled 'Sweet Dreams'. Published by Juggernaut, it's an assortment of stories that deal with love, romance and sexual desires. 5. She Supports Multiple Causes & Is A PETA Activist © Instagram Sunny Leone has often spoken about cancer and raised awareness about cruelty against animals, and not only that but she recently also came forward to support and create awareness on aquatic therapy for people with special needs.
  3. Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone's wedding became national news last year, and even a glimpse of their wedding photographs sent the entire nation into a frenzy. And now, 2019 seems to have started no differently for the couple, what with Ranveer's mega success making the transition to 2019 utterly memorable for the newly-weds. The pair doesn't seem to be able to stay away from the limelight for long, and lately, they made headlines for coming forward and declaring loud and proud, that neither of them will be changing their surnames post marriage. © Instagram In this case, the newly-wed couple was met with the same fate as any other Indian couple. That is, as soon as two people decide to tie the knot, the raging question that arises is, whether the woman will change her surname post marriage. Deepika shared a similar fate, and ever since her wedding in November last year, gossip columns were populated with artfully written pieces speculating if Deepika Padukone will thenceforth be known as Deepika Padukone Singh, Deepika Padukone Bhavnani or some such other variant. © Instagram But as we have already gathered from an HT report, neither Deepika nor Ranveer have any plans of changing their surnames, much against popular buzz doing the rounds. Calling her own comment in an interview, about Ranveer changing his surname pose marriage, a “candid joke”, Deepika further added that, “It's not true. In fact, after that interview, I realised that it's a conversation Ranveer and I've never even had. So, we haven't been like, 'oh, do you think you should change your surname?'” © Instagram She went on to explain that the question about changing her surname came as a surprise since she and Ranveer had never considered it important enough to discuss it. “It has never crossed either of our minds. When I was asked about it, I was like, 'oh, we haven't even thought about it'. Maybe because it's not important. Also, I've worked extremely hard to create my own identity and so has he. So, my question is, why would he have to do that?”, said the 'Padmaavat' star. At this point, I would prompt you to re-read that last statement by Deepika once more. I would have preferred to highlight that bit with a highlighting pen for you, if it was possible. But you get the point. I simply wish to draw your attention to the keywords here - “not important”, “own identity” and “why”. © Instagram And I have the same question, why is it expected from a woman to change her surname once she becomes someone's legally wedded wife? Also, why is it so that a man is seen as a submissive or less powerful when his wife decides to stick to her maiden name after getting married? Why do we as a society wish to meddle with others' personal choice to change or not change their surnames, so as to just carry forward medieval societal “norms and traditions” that secure patriarchal egos and position? © Instagram Changing the surname is often seen as a symbol equivalent of belonging to a community, family or household. Needless to say, the 9th-century 'Doctrine of Coverture' played a role in altering people's mindset in this regard, since such a practice was unheard of before then. But again, this is the 21st century and surely, we ought to leave behind such malpractices in our past and look at women as an independent, fully-functioning individual who is more than someone's wife, mother and daughter-in-law. © Instagram Why do we want to work ourselves up with this need to maintain that a woman must always “belong” to someone? That she needs to be labelled, which would then act as her marker should she get mixed up/misplaced in a country with a population spilling onto the 2 billion mark? Why do we as a society treat it as our birthright to overlook the identity a woman creates and maintains before she decides to get married and share the same with another human being, who also happens to have a 'unique identity' of his own? This is not to say that women who 'choose' to take on their husband's surname after getting married are bartering their identity, or furthering senseless patriarchal norms. Like anybody else, even they have the right to consciously and freely choose for themselves, regardless of the motivation behind it. So my point is, just like Deepika pointed out in her comments, that all of us, both men and women work very hard all our lives to create our own identities that are attached to our personal achievements and histories. And I believe it is utterly unfair for anyone to expect that a woman or a man should change that identity attached to their names, for any reason whatsoever. What do you guys have to say about this? Let us know in the comments section below!
  4. Scenario 1: Dad: So, what are you doing with your life? Son: *silence* Scenario 2: Dad: Hello Beta, kaise ho? Khana ho gaya? Son: Haa, ho gya. Mai thik hu. Aap kaise hai? Dad: Mai thik hu. Accha mummy se baat karo. *conversation ends* Does this sound familiar? I bet it does. Of all the people we meet and get acquainted with, it is our father who is the first male presence in our life; our role model, our hero and someone we look up to but are eternally scared of. Indian dads and sons are a complicated lot and their relationship is even more complex. The dynamics of the relationship change dramatically; a bit like Tom and Jerry. Truth be told, we have always had a love-hate relationship with our fathers. Mothers are the fun one, they nurture you, spoil you, care for you. Fathers are the ones who are the strict ones, who reprimand you when you do something wrong. There is a time when they love you dearly, but as you start growing up, you sense a sort of detachment from them. Baba, Papa, Abba, Dad, Appa, Pitaji, Babuji, Baoji; all these words instil a sense of respect, along with a sense of fear as well. We delved into what causes this rift between these two which makes bonding a hassle: 1. Unfulfilled Aspirations: Takiya Kalam: Par tum doctor/engineer kyun nahi banna chahte? Everyone has dreams; some of them get fulfilled, others get cut down due to circumstances. Imagine a young man in his prime who couldn't achieve his heart's desire and decides that his son will carry on the baton. While it is not wrong for a father to have a dream for his son and live their dreams through their children, some fathers downright force their aspirations down their children's throats. This kind of an attitude enables animosity in the son, who goes out of his way to try to live up to the expectations and trying his best, but doesn't seem to make his father happy, eventually hating himself and his father. What we need to understand is that it is not compulsory that sons will follow their father's dreams, if one does so of their own will, it is fantastic, but having a pre-defined path already set in stone for you may not be comfortable. 2. The Inability To Show Emotion: Takiya Kalam: Thik hai. Aur accha karo! Handling emotions have never been the strong suit of men. Showing emotion is portrayed as a flaw, especially in a patriarchal society like ours. Our fathers have always been strong; no tears, no love-dovey talks, just plain tough love. A trait learnt from their fathers. Saying 'I love you', giving a hug or showing emotion is seen as non-masculine, and our society has a very deep-rooted (read misguided) sense of what constitutes masculinity. What they do not realize is that this ingrains the same behaviour in an impressionable, young mind. A son looks up to his father as the person who will show him the ways of the world and help them. So, when they do not show any affection or emotion towards them, it instils rejection and hurt in the mind of the son; leading him to have an aloof relationship, not only with his father but future relationships as well. 3. Being 'The Man': Takiya Kalam: Ladke ye nahi karte… From an early childhood, a son is taught to be the man of the house; it is implicated by the father that he needs to be the sole patriarch of the family after him. He must man up and step into his father's shoes and become the “paterfamilias”. It is an unspoken rule; a regulation that needs to be followed. For a young adolescent, it is increasingly difficult to understand the complexities of adult life, let alone have the burden of “being the man” thrust upon him. Moreover, if the son decides to follow a career in something other than so-called manly pursuits, it is the father, more time rather than less, who will always ask him to follow a career more socially acceptable for a man. Majority of Indian parents have a hard time supporting their children in endeavours the society frowns upon. 4. Toughening Up: Takiya Kalam: Ro mat! Ladke nahi rote! Whenever you fell, your dad made it a point to tell to stop crying about it and brush it aside. That is the way they had always been taught to deal with their problems; they were trying to make you tough. Crying or whining was frowned upon; it made you a ninny. 'Boys don't cry' is such an adage that makes men think that it is a sign of weakness. It's high time that we change it. Crying is not for weaklings, but our dads sue made us feel it was. 5. Worldly-Wise: Takiya Kalam: Duniya aese nahi chalti! In the process of making their sons worldly-wise, dads often employ tactics and lessons which might not be always good. The first time you were duped by the shopkeeper or had any mishap, instead of explaining it you would most probably get lectured about it. The echoing “the world doesn't function the way you want to” dialogue is mandatory. Though it may have seemed like the worst thing that time, it did shape you as an adult, but not in the best way possible. You would try to hide any mistakes you committed so that you would not get another verbal berating. Dads are just trying to make you street-smart so that you don't make the same mistakes they did. 6. Enforcing The Rules: Takiya Kalam: Bas keh diya! Monica says, rules help control the fun. Indian fathers are a step ahead: enforce rules quite heavily so that there is little fun. Rules, when too binding, constrict a person. Having too many rules instils rebellion in the child especially if physical violence is involved. The control being forced upon them makes them have even more animosity towards their dads. Slapping, beating or disparaging doesn't work, it only agitates the young child. He may not shy away to employ the same on others. It becomes a struggle for supremacy; the son wanting more freedom and the dad trying even harder to show the son the fault in his ways. Also, the legendary sass of Indian dads is unparalleled; “Lights to tumhare papa band karenge” or “Papa to ATM hi hain” which is funny to hear but does make you feel irritated. 7. Generation Gap: Takiya Kalam: Hamare zamaane me… © Pinterest The biggest bone of contention is the generation gap: there is a huge difference in the era and conditions our fathers were brought up and the time in which we are now. There are things that they might have a hard time understanding, like mobile phones or laptops for example. They might not always like the music you listen to, the games you play or the shows you see or the way you are growing up; which is fine. You might have been often treated to the iconic, “Hamare zamaane me to hum aisa karte the” or “Hamare zamaane me hum badon se zubaan nahi ladate the.” The son needs to understand that their father is just trying to be relevant; he is unsure about how his son perceives him in this new era. Instead, the son tries to belittle the father or make fun of their choices and thus increases the strain in the already fragile relationship. 8. Communication: Takiya Kalam: Lo, maa se baat karo… Psychology suggests that sons are more comfortable with their mothers instead of their fathers; it is somewhere true. Remember the discomfort you felt when a condom ad or *** scene came up while you and your father were watching television? The channel would get changed immediately or you would start faltering and stuttering while your father would put up a stoic silence. When it comes to *** or some other hard topic, Indian fathers typically shy away from talking about it. It is not limited to just ***, having a conversation with your father is rather difficult. Other than enquiring about your being or some other superficial topic, the conversation ends there. Also, the son doesn't like coming up with any topics in the fear of ending up with a life-long lecture or not having any topic to talk about because it has always been like this, you never bothered to ask about what interests him and vice versa. 9. Appreciation & Comparisons: Takiya Kalam: Sirf 98 aaye hai? 2 marks kaha gaye? Sharmaji ka beta 100 number laya! © iDiva Instead of appreciating what the son has achieved, most fathers try to focus their attention on what he needs to work on. Though it might be a good thing in the future, the want for appreciation remains unfulfilled which gives rise to a sense of anger and despair in the son. He starts thinking that he is unable to obtain his father's approval and his level of acceptance. The pedestal created by the father for his son hampers their relationship. Acting like salt to a wound, Indian fathers have a habit of comparing their sons with his contemporaries. "If Rahul got 98 why did you not get 100? Though they are just pushing you to better yourself, never appreciating your efforts makes one sad. "Making comparisons doesn't make anyone better, it just makes you doubt yourself more. Some dads unknowingly become unkind to their sons; be it comments on their appearance or their habits. This all leads to a feeling of worthlessness in the son. 10. Pride: Takiya Kalam: “Baap humesha baap hota hai” © Afran Productions/Paramount Pictures Fathers are proud beings, and justly so. They have suffered and brought you up; so, when a son does not show the proper respect to his father, it serves as an insult to their ego and pride. They are not comfortable in asking you for help, they will always see it as a step down from their role of the provider and nurturer. As a young adult, with raging hormones and the sense of insecurity, sons give their fathers a hard time by not explaining new things which they don't understand, further enraging the father. The son seeks vindication for all the hurtful things by not helping out and ending up hurting the father's pride. How Can We Rectify this? Fathers need to understand that their words have a profound impact on their sons. They need to shed the armour once in a while, to show their sons that they are fun too. They need to give the son a break; it is beneficial for both. The son needs to understand that behind that grumpy façade and rule-loving face, lies the man who wants the best for you and loves you. The ways he shows may not be always great, but it is your responsibility as the son to understand it. © Pixar Animation Studios/Walt Disney Pictures Bonding with your father is an extremely important aspect of life. He is the first man in your life, the person who will be there always, supporting and guiding you, not always in the way you want. Fathers are also human, they are bound to say things, commit mistakes. Do not hold grudges; talk with them. Listen to their stories, their words of wisdom; they have a lot to say. In retrospect, you will find that he was correct a lot of times, though you may not have felt that way at that moment. © T-series Tell him your experiences, hang out with him. Even if he is of a non-talkative sort, indulge him. Do things for him without being asked to. If you know he likes something, get it for him. He might fake annoyance, but he will be secretly delighted that you remembered. Catch a movie with him, call him more often. If you feel sorry for the way you treated him in the past, apologize, give him a hug. Explain things to him, like technology, which you know he has a hard time adapting to. Be vocal about your love, it is never too late. Try to become friends with him. Whoever said that sons and fathers can never be friends was wrong. Try to understand him and you will see that he has warmed up to you. This is the way you can build a better relationship with your father. © Abc Look at movies like 'The Pursuit of Happyness' and 'Sanju'; these movies show how fathers are not always vocal about things. They are behind-the-curtain men, who make the movie of your life work. A father's love is hidden, it isn't as demonstrative as a mother's, but it doesn't mean that both are different; you just need to unearth the layers.
  5. The drama underway in the current season of 'Bigg Boss' seems to be turning graver by the day, and adding more heat to the fire is Saurabh Patel, who entered the house as a commoner with his friend Shivashish Mishra. © Colors In the introduction of the jodi, it was announced that Shivashish is a businessman and Saurabh is a farmer. However, as per the recent reports and pictures that have been circulating on the internet, turns out that this was a ploy to get in the show and a complete scam. Saurabh is allegedly not a farmer, but a casting director and a model. View this post on Instagram Up comming king of #jabalpur ♥ï¸ðð¦♥ï¸ð¦ð♥ï¸ð¦♥ï¸ðð¦ #dilsesupport #biggboss12 #sourabhpatel #supportsourabh #biggboss #ranjhi #jabalpuriyaa #jabalpurking #jabalpurmodal #jabalpur #manveergurjar #shilpashinde #goutamgulati #biggbossupdates #colorstv #ShivashishMishra #patel #gurjar #gurjjar #insta #biggbosssourabh A post shared by SOURABH PATEL Bigg Boss 12 (@sourabhpatel_jbp) on Sep 20, 2018 at 9:35pm PDT View this post on Instagram Those dance moves of our very own @sourabhpatel_jbp ... grooving with the housemates . . .#biggboss12 #sourabhpatel #jabalpur #bb #salmankhan #colorstv #dipikakakar #srishtyrode #karanvirbohra #nehhapendse #sreesanth #AnupJalota #JasleenMatharu #RoshmiBanik #RomilChaudhary #NirmalSingh #SourabhPatel #ShivashishMishra #SabaKhan #SomiKhan #bihar #shilpashinde #manveergurjar #priyanksharma #patna #mumbai #divyaagarwal #dilsesupport A post shared by SOURABH PATEL Bigg Boss 12 (@sourabhpatel_jbp) on Sep 19, 2018 at 10:50pm PDT Rumour has it that his real name is in fact, Sahil Rameshwar Patel. No one knows why his identity was concealed and why he twisted the facts about him. Anyway, what is 'Bigg Boss' without some masala and some controversy, right? Source: Times Now News
  6. Japan's midfielder Shinji Kagawa celebrates after scoring a penalty during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group H football match against Colombia in Saransk. Photo: AFP ROSTOV-ON-DON, RUSSIA: Shinji Kagawa has Belgium in his sights for Monday's World...
  7. June 2018 has all been about celebrating and accepting people as they are. Pride Month comes with the hope to celebrate rainbow people in the most beautiful way. Because, hey! No matter what your gender, creed, color or sexual orientation is, you are worth it. You are amazing and the world needs to just accept it. While for some, the month is all about gathering the courage to step out of their stifling closet, for others, it is an opportunity to embrace their true self and meet like-minded people. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer, Pride Month is a time for people to celebrate their individuality. As this amazing month comes to an end, we have curated a list of progressive content that applauds the LGBTQ community: 1. Loev India is a progressive country for sure, but when it comes to gender, roles and duties are fixed. We hardly acknowledge the existence of genders beyond male and female. Homosexuality is considered to be a taboo. You try to support it and hundreds will come up with an explanation of how it's unnatural. 'Loev' is a daring, sincere and honest attempt at addressing the subject of same-*** relationships. Something that you don't see most makers addressing. Sahil and Jai's journey is beautiful in every manner. It makes you realise, that the emotion of love knows no boundaries and it doesn't come with norms made by the society. 2. Sense8 It is one of the very first sci-fi dramas that explored gender and sexuality on the small screen and was loved by millions. Within no time, this Netflix show gathered a massive following among the LGBTQ community, and what makes it extra special, is the fact that the creators are none other than Lana and Lily Wachowski, who are transgender siblings. 'Sense8' follows the story of eight characters that are linked through psychic connections. 3. Queer Eye A must watch, reality show that you can't miss. Start with an episode of Netflix's 'Queer Eye' and we bet you will end up binge-watching it. More than a decade after the original series went off the air, this reboot now has a new set of 'Fab Five' all set to revamp the lives of many individuals. The show is all about how these wonderful gay men with different perspectives change an individual's life for good. You have food and wine specialist Antoni Porowski, interior designer Bobby Berk, grooming consultant Jonathan Van Ness, fashion designer Tan France and culture expert Karamo Brown, doing the unimaginable. 4. Marvels' Jessica Jones 'Jessica Jones' has done what no one actually could! Jeri Horgath is not only just a kick-ass lawyer but she is also (probably) the first lesbian in the Marvel universe. She is smart, she is hot, and can be arrogant and ruthless when need be. Jeri's proud of who she is and doesn't let anyone put her down. Time to take a cue from her! 5. Orange Is The New Black Putting it all out there once and for all, Netflix's original 'Orange Is the New Black' is an edgy show that keeps you hooked. It not just portrays the LGBTQ community in the most liberal manner, but also makes an interesting narrative that you just can't miss. With characters such as Piper, Alex, Big Boo, Nicky, Poussey, and Suzanne, this show talks about the problems and complexities faced by this marginalized community. The show is both dark and hilarious at the same time. 6. Schitt's Creek Well, if you haven't heard about this show, you are missing out on a great dose of laughter. The highlight of this CBC's show is that it goes beyond the usual lesbian/ gay relationships, and has a pansexual lead character. You hardly come across shows that represent the pansexual community in such a beautiful manner, and David Rose is an amazingly written character. And as David says to Stevie, it is the wine and not the label that matters. 7. How To Get Away With Murder Headstrong lawyer and her pack of smart students. Check. Murder and drama. Check. Acknowledging the existence of bisexuals in the most smooth manner, ABC's 'How to Get Away with Murder' shows the pairing of Annalise with Nate and Eve in the most brilliant way. 8. Everything Sucks! Have you watched Netflix's 'Everything Sucks'! yet? This 90s show offers a syrupy dose of nostalgia with its punchy Nirvana references that is being loved by millennials. The story revolves around the students of Boring High School. It is also a new-age coming out story of a tomboy. Watch this little gem, and you will understand that sometimes, coming out to oneself too needs courage. 9. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Titus Andromedon's in the house! Out of all the LGBTQ characters on-air at present, Titus has to be the one who's the proudest about his identity and revels in it. Watch, watch, watch for a hysterical ride. 10. Grace & Frankie A show which effortlessly showcases how every time an LGBTQ subject is addressed, it doesn't necessarily need to be dramatic, intense or over the top. Keeping it light and simple, you are introduced to the main characters. For decades, Robert and Sol have kept their love a secret, hidden from the world. No longer though, for they are ready to come out and tell their wives Grace & Frankie the ultimate truth.
  8. Acting Assistant Attorney General John Cronan speaks at the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, US, February 6, 2018. Photo: Reuters The US Justice Department on Wednesday announced indictments of 36 people in a global internet identity theft scheme that caused more than $530 million in losses to consumers, businesses and financial institutions. International law enforcement authorities arrested 13 defendants from the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Kosovo and Serbia. ?Today?s indictment and arrests mark one of the largest cyber fraud enterprise prosecutions ever undertaken by the Department of Justice,? said Acting Assistant Attorney General John Cronan.
  9. Top police officer said the vehicle, which was carrying seven people, including a woman who had been shot earlier that night, was on its way to a hospital when police opened fire after mistaking it for one driven by the woman?s assailant/Reuters Photo:File MANILA: Ten Philippine police officers who mistakenly shot at a vehicle and killed two of its passengers late Thursday have been relieved of their duties, the capital?s police chief said as he ordered an investigation into the incident. Metro Manila?s top officer Oscar Albayalde said the vehicle, which was carrying seven people, including a woman who had been shot earlier that night, was on its way to a hospital when police opened fire after mistaking it for one driven by the woman?s assailant. Albayalde said the police officers from Mandaluyong city, part of greater Manila, may have been given wrong information because they were told by village officials that the passengers of the vehicle were armed. ?We can?t totally blame them,? Albayalde told a media briefing. Albayalde also relieved the chief of Mandaluyong police of his command pending the investigation. ?We are not hiding anything here. We?re not discounting the possibility ... that there may be overkill or violation of our POP,? Albayalde said, referring to Police Operational Procedures (POP). Philippine police are already facing unprecedented scrutiny due to concerns about their conduct during anti-narcotics operations. Several opinion surveys have indicated dwindling trust of police accounts of operations that have killed close to 4,000 people. Human rights groups and political opponents say executions of drug users and small-time peddlers have been widespread, but police insist those killed were all dealers who put up violent resistance.
  10. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/c1d86dcf4b940d204bcafd8f0a96a043.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTIvMjAvMjAxNyA2OjEwOjM3IFBNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9MVV0NVJqdTlrRGRIVnFualVvRHlZZz09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] ISLAMABAD: The Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) supreme council on Wednesday held a meeting with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and said that the citizens of the region want to maintain their separate identity. The matter of FATA's merger with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) was left unresolved after the meeting. However, the tribal areas' supreme council and the government agreed to continue deliberations on the matter. The issue of FATA's merger with KP is one of the pending matters for the incumbent government and has dominated the political discourse of the country in recent weeks. Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Tuesday had conditionally agreed to support the proposal of FATA's merger with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and said that further consultations for the FATA Reforms Bill will continue to be held. ?We will continue to hold discussions with the government over FATA Reforms Bill,? Rehman had said, adding that additional meetings with the military leadership will not be required. "We presented our stance to them which was to gain the approval of the FATA supreme council," he said. "Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi agreed to our request to meet the supreme council and try to get them to agree on the matter." More than 500 tribal elders had held a grand jirga on December 14 and rejected the possible merger of FATA with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The elders, hailing from the tribal areas, were of the opinion that FATA should be given the status of a separate province. Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa had also recently assured delegations from FATA that the Pakistan Army fully supports mainstreaming of the region in line with aspirations of tribal brothers. Army fully supports mainstreaming of FATA: Gen Bajwa COAS lauded tribal elders, youth for their determination and support to the Pakistan Army General Bajwa had said he valued the views of the tribal delegations regarding the future of FATA. He added that achievements through sacrifices of brave residents of FATA are being consolidated while the country transitions from relative stability to enduring peace. The recommendations to bring the tribal areas at par with the rest of the country were approved by the federal cabinet on March 2 but the matter has been delayed since then. The KP Assembly had adopted a resolution on December 14, 2016 in favour of merging FATA with KP with the aim of rehabilitating and reconstructing the infrastructure including roads, communications, power lines, water supply, education and health facilities.
  11. “Indiaa India…Indiaa India…” a chant we've all grown up hearing at different sporting venues…well, mostly cricket. However, in 2015, this changed when CS Santosh, a multiple National Supercross, Dirt Track champion and Rally Raid Champion, stood at the start line of the Dakar Rally, and a small yet passionate group of Indian motorsport enthusiasts across the globe were praying for his success and the “Indiaa India” chant could be heard across motorsport groups. CS participated in the event as a “Privateer”, as he had approached 15 companies for sponsorship but nothing materialized. He raised the funds himself, rode his heart out overcoming injuries and hardships to finish Dakar in 36th position. The only company that supported CS was Red Bull. They provided on-ground support and gave him all that he needed to finish the rally. In 2016, CS rode the Dakar for Team Suzuki Rally. The same year he signed up with Hero MotoSports Team Rally and is now preparing for his 4th Dakar. © Nick While all this was happening, another Indian motorsport enthusiast, Gurpinder Singh Sarao, a.k.a. Nick to his friends, was nurturing a dream of competing in another marathon endurance event - The Baja 1000. Nick started racing at the age of 16 when he bought his first motorcycle—a Suzuki Shogun. As soon as the bike was in his hands he signed up for his very first rally, SJOBA, in Chandigarh. He took part in the Raid De Himalaya on his Yamaha WR450 in 2009, 2010, and 2014 with podium finishes in 2010 and 2014. In 2002, Nick moved to Texas and started taking part in endurance races there. 2011 saw him embark on a life-changing journey around the world on his BMW R1200 GS Adventure along with his wife. © Nick He covered 120,000 kms and travelled through 73 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, South America, Central America, North America and Australia, over the course of almost 3 years. It was while he was traveling through South America that Nick had the opportunity of following the British team, Race 2 Recovery, in the Dakar Rally in 2014. © Nick Navigating through different countries, terrain and always taking the road less traveled made Nick realize that he wanted to compete in these terrains and not just travel through them. Baja 1000 was something that Nick had been following for some time, and he was determined to ensure that a team from India made their presence felt during the 50th Score Baja 1000. About Baja 1000 For the uninitiated, the SCORE Baja 1000 is an off-road race that takes place in Mexico's Baja California Peninsula. The first official race started in Tijuana, Baja California, on October 31, 1967, and was named the NORRA Mexican 1000 Rally. In 1974, Baja California governor Milton Castellanos handed over sanctioning of the event to a non-profit Mexican corporation called the "Baja Sports Committee" (BSC). BSC found promoting Baja races more difficult than anticipated. Instead of giving up the race, the Mexican government requested help from Southern California Off-Road Enterprises (SCORE) in hosting and promoting future Baja races. © Reuters The 2017 round will be the 50th SCORE Baja 1000, occurring from November 14–18 over an 1134.4-mile loop starting in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, and ending in La Paz BCS, Mexico. The 50th Score Baja1000 2017 (November 14–18) The race will start from Ensenada (Baja California-Mexico), 65 miles south of US/Mexico Border. This year will see nearly 250 Entries from 30 US States and 30 countries competing on trucks, motorcycles, buggies and VW Beetles. The race is from Ensenada to La Paz (1134.4 Miles / 1825.6 kms - route changes every year) where each team is given around 48 hours' time limit to finish the race through those thousand miles of treacherous terrain (different for each year). Every weather condition can come into play, from impenetrable fog to rain and extreme desert heat. © Reuters It's sort of a mix between Mad Max, the Dakar Rally and The Twilight Zone, attracting hundreds of racing legends, thrill-seekers, movie stars and rank amateurs to Northern Mexico to take on the longest non-stop point-to-point race in the world. Once back in Texas, Nick started putting a together a plan to realize his dream. The hunt for a unique band of brothers who were joined by a common thread to push themselves to the limit…almost bordering on self-inflicted torture and a certain amount of lunacy. He was looking for riders with big hearts and even bigger balls! He reached out to friends who were passionate about riding…extreme riding. Finally, the relentless hunt and a never give up attitude resulted in Nick being able to form a team comprising of: • Anand Dharamraj: © Anand A seasoned rider who has competed in some of the toughest rallies across India with multiple podium finishes. Anand raced three complete seasons at Willow Springs with podium finishes. An avid traveler with over 300,000 kms of touring experience covering India and around the world under his belt, Anand introduced the concept of track days in India through his company, Indimotard. • Aditya Devabhaktuni © Anand Has ridden all across India, Europe and parts of USA. Aditya is a guest instructor at Apex Racing Academy and has had multiple top 5 finishes in various national level rallies and races. • Ilyas Bham © Ilyas A seasoned rider with podium finishes at each of his 3 outings at Raid De Himalaya. Ilyas runs a private motorcycle riding school in Los Angeles. • Bhaskar Ramani © Bhaskar A Rider with both competitive and touring experience spanning over 28 years. Bhaskar has ridden extensively in India, Southern Africa and USA. • Gurinder Rahal © Garry A rider with guts of steel and a big heart…extremely patient with a strong will power. 'Garry' has been riding since he was 18 and has won events like Mountain Challenge, MASA Rally and Raid De Himalaya. Apart from the riders, the team also had to finalize on someone who would lead the backup…someone with technical know-how, relevant experience, basically someone as crazy as them! Prashanth PK a.k.a Prashi was approached. With over 24 years of riding experience, 'Prashi' has finished on the podium of Raid De Himalaya and has traveled the length and breadth of India, making him the ideal person to take charge as the technical lead. They say stickers and merchandise are almost equivalent to currency in the Baja 1000. A complete package would require someone who is not only a talented designer, but has worked on similar projects in the past. Aniket Das, a talented industrial designer specializing in motorcycle design and motorsport graphics agreed to come on-board. His credentials speak for themselves…from starting out as CS Santosh's graphic designer to working with the KTM Factory Racing and Speedbrain on Dakar motorcycles, Aniket knows what it takes to ensure top notch marketing collaterals are in place. With the team in place, now the challenge that was staring them in the face was to look for a sponsor. Various corporates were approached, however, as has been the case in the past, none found motorsport to be a worthy platform! This only made the team's resolution stronger and they pooled in from their savings to ensure that their Baja1000 dream didn't die. Garry agreed to give his KTM 500 XC-W, Nick agreed to prepare the bike for the grueling ride with Anand's help. It was decided to run the team under the Indimotard banner with the objective: To be the first Indian Team in history to compete and complete the Score Baja1000. During the course, it was decided that 2017's participation will be documented properly to lay the foundation for upcoming “Privateer” Indian talent to be showcased on the world stage. To sum up the life of a “Privateer” in the world of motorsports, “Some roads lead to one finding purpose and meaning. For some dedicated men and women, the pursuit itself is a vehicle to life's fulfillment. Through discipline and devotion, they have formed a permanent bond that thrives long after the green flag drops.” Here's hoping that our boys are able to fulfill their objective at the Score BAJA1000. “Indiaa India…Indiaa India…” About The Author Nitinjit Singh Bawa, a marketeer by profession and a rider by passion, has been riding for over a decade now. He has competed and finished on the podium (in his class) of rallies like Raid De Himalaya and Desert Storm. He has also directed a short documentary on motocross – Motocross Madness Nitinjit is the co-founder of 226 Motorsports which provides rider support for rallies in India. He can be contacted on nitinjit.bawa@gmail.com About 226 Motorsports 226 Motorsports is a result of like-minded people from different walks of life ranging from corporate professionals and self-employed individuals getting together. A common thread that connects them all is their love for adventure and motorsport. The founder members Yogesh Lakhani and Nitinjit Singh Bawa have a collective motorsport experience of 25 years in participating and providing rider back up in rallies such as Raid De Himalaya, Desert Storm, Mughal Rally, OYA Autocross and SJOBA to name a few.
  12. MIANWALI: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairperson Imran Khan advised the graduating students of National University of Modern Languages (NUML) to never compromise on their identity. Imran, who was the chief guest at the university?s convocation on Sunday, said ?you should never forget your identity.? Quaid-e-Azam didn?t want to make Pakistan for his own sake, he added. Speaking about his political journey, Imran said that people poked fun at his every move in the beginning. He remarked that had he left politics during hard times then PTI would have not been formed. He also reiterated his earlier claims that unemployment is the country?s biggest problem. While addressing the students, Imran said that ?drawing lines on a donkey won?t make it a zebra,? adding that the nation is confused as it is behind other countries in every field. Nawaz is gone, will not return now: Imran While addressing a rally in Taunsa on Saturday, PTI Chairperson Imran Khan remarked that former prime minister Nawaz has gone now and he won?t return. He remarked that ?now it?s time for Shehbaz to go?, adding that the Hudaibiya mills case has just been opened. Speaking about Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, he remarked that Abbasi still says that Nawaz is his leader. ?How do you accept a criminal of the nation as your PM?? Nawaz is gone, will not return now: Imran PTI chief remarked that it's time for Shehbaz to go now This proves only two things; either your internal conflicts have ended or you are just as corrupt as them, Imran claimed. Slamming the protocol received by Nawaz Sharif, Imran said ?country?s biggest criminal is given a protocol of 40 cars.? The PTI chief also reiterated his demand for snap elections. ?Snap elections should be announced for the betterment of the country.? He also shared his plans after coming into power. "We have to fight the curse of unemployment as it leads to proverty. We will fight poverty together."
  13. Sam Smith shot to fame with the release of his first album 'In The Lonely Hour', along his single 'Stay With Me' gaining immense international success. With just one album, he already has four Grammy Awards, so there is no doubt about how talented he actually is. Back in 2014, he publicly came out as gay and has always been very open about his sexuality. Moreover, at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards when 'Stay with Me' won an award for Record of the Year, he said, “I want to thank the man who this record is about, who I fell in love with last year. Thank you so much for breaking my heart because you got me four Grammys!” I've missed this A post shared by Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) on Oct 22, 2017 at 9:40am PDT Now, while he's gearing up for the release of his second album 'The Thrill Of It All', the 25-year old singer songwriter has opened up about his sexuality again, talking about his gender identity. In a candid interview with The Sunday Times, he opened up to writer Louis Wise about everything from his sexuality and gender to how he loves to rock a pair of heels. “I love a heel,” he said. “I've got loads of heels at home.” Ride or Die A post shared by Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) on Oct 16, 2017 at 5:09am PDT While we've seen how well he can rock a suit at every award function, he also revealed how at one point, he didn't even own any male clothing at all. He said, “People don't know this, but when I was 17, I remember becoming obsessed with Boy George and Marilyn, and all that. There was one moment in my life where I didn't own a piece of male clothing, really. I would wear full make-up every day in school, eyelashes, leggings with Dr Martens and huge fur coats, for 2.5 years.” Saturday In New York. Can't wait to sing tonight ð¤ (picture - @jamesmsbarber ) A post shared by Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) on Oct 7, 2017 at 1:07pm PDT When asked about what took him so long to come out, he said, “Looking back on it, it was the fear of saying the wrong thing and offending. And I was 19 when I started writing the first album. I'd just moved to London from a village—I was literally the only gay in the village. I didn't know what I wanted to say.” Now, he uses all his personal experiences in his music, like how his song 'Him' is about a son coming out to his father. Talking about his new songs, he said, “I think they show my growth, my confidence. I feel like they show me. They show the gay guy I've become.” I'm so happy right now. Thank you for having me back Los Angeles. I love you with all my heart x A post shared by Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) on Sep 11, 2017 at 10:14pm PDT When asked if he feels like a "cisgender" man, he flashed two Venus symbol tattoos at the writer and said, “No. I mean, I've got these tattoos on my fingers. I don't know what the title would be, but I feel just as much woman as I am man.” Ride or Die â ...Part two ð´ A post shared by Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) on Oct 23, 2017 at 12:08pm PDT His coming out has also got a lot of positive response on Twitter, with everyone just excited about someone so famous being so open about their gender identity and who they are. THIS IMPORTANT THIS IS SO GOOD HAVING SOMEONE SO FAMOUS COME OUT AS NB YOU GO SAM SMITH HELP NORMALISE THEY PRONOUNS https://t.co/Ok050wqgPj — BOOronwynð»ð·ð¸ (@_kingpxn) October 23, 2017 i told my mom about sam smith and her response was dead "good for them. gender is fake anyways." i fffuckjn. love — faithless ð (@wxshyouaway) October 23, 2017
  14. WASHINGTON: Over 1.1 billion people mainly in Asia and Africa lack official proof of identity that would get them access to public health care, education and finance, according to the World Bank. More than a third of these "invisible" people are children, the Bank said in a report issued for its annual meeting in Washington this week. That is particularly hard on groups of people forcibly displaced by unrest and disasters. To address the problem, the World Bank has launched its ID4D programme to expand digital identification programs in ways that can help fight poverty. The poverty-fighting institution has digital identification and civil registration projects worth more than $500 million in more than a dozen countries. It says such programmes can also help governments decrease waste and boost innovation in delivering crucial services. "We are at an exciting point of technology, collaboration and commitment converging to make unprecedented improvements in the lives of the 1.1 billion people living without identification," said World Bank Group Chief Executive Kristalina Georgieva. ID4D advisory council member Eric Jing, CEO of China´s AliBaba group payment unit Ant Financial, added that "families are left without access to health care, education and social and financial services.
  15. If you know about art, street art and the international movement, you know about Banksy and the fact that he is one of the prominent faces of the movement; albeit the fact that he doesn't really have a face to put to the name. Just like closer home, we have our very own prized street artist, Daku, Banksy is the bearer of that torch, internationally. © Independent UK And what adds to the artist's image is the fact that Banksy is a pseudonym; it's a guise. It's a name without a face. An artist without any physical identity. Banksy is like the Batman of the street art culture today. He's the vigilante of modern day street art. And a phenomenal part of his legacy rests on the absence of a face. And by the way, you should watch the documentary on the artist, available on Netflix, on an unrelated note. © CNN And today, in what could be phenomenal news for the art world, Banksy's true identity may have just been revealed; courtesy of renowned DJ, Goldie who, in an interview with Scroobius Pip's weekly Distraction Pieces podcast, let slip the artist's real name while ranting about how graffiti seems to have been the golden goose for the art world. “Give me a bubble letter and put it on a T-shirt and write Banksy on it and we're sorted. We can sell it now...”, the DJ said during his conversation. “No disrespect to Robert, I think he is a brilliant artist. I think he has flipped the world of art over.” At the utterance of the name ‘Robert', Goldie knew instantly what he had just done and then quickly tried to change the topic. © Crack Magazine According to reports and news on Independent UK, it would seem that the ‘Robert' referred to by Goldie is none other than popular band, Massive Attack's Robert De Naja, also a friend of the DJ's and is fondly known as 3D. The Independent went on to write that apparently the two of them worked together as graffiti artists along the same circles, back in the late 80s. © Massive Attack Journalist Craig Williams from the Independent is said to have conducted a five-month long investigation some time last year and concluded that De Naja was indeed Banksy. This, in correlation with Goldie's tiny slip up could really turn things around; what with giving the artist a name. Back then, Williams claimed that Banksy wasn't just one person; but, was an entire team, with De Naja at the head of it. Williams backed up his findings by stating that, on 01st May 2010, six Banksy murals were reported in San Francisco; right after Massive Attack had played two gigs in the city right before the appearances. And if that's not all, then, Banksy even provided the foreword for the book 3D and the Art of Massive Attack which released last year. Back then, Del Naja went on to refute this claim, saying that while it was a good story, it was unfortunately not true. “Wishful thinking, I think. He is a mate as well. He's been to some of the gigs. It's purely a matter of logistics and coincidence, nothing more than that,” the musician said.
  16. The Badlapur actor has come up with a perfect response to Sonu Nigam amidst the Azaan controversy. Recently, a new video was shared by Nawazuddin Siddiqui on his social media account where he attempts to strike at the heart of secularism. The Bollywood actor also makes an emotional appeal in the video which directly gets in the heart of the viewer. Nawaz made the video with Magic If Films (Shamas N Siddiqui who the business manager for the actor) and is titled Sixteen Point Six Six. The video starts with him introducing himself in regular clothes, holding up a poster which reads “Hi, I am Nawazuddin Siddiqui.” The next one reads “I had got my DNA test done and when the report came in, I found that I am...”. He is then dressed in white kurta pajama with a saffron cloth over his shoulder and a vermillion on his forehead. He now holds the placard that reads ‘16.66% Hindu’. Finally, when the actor ‘discovered his soul’, he finds that he is ‘100% artist’. The video seems to be Nawaz’s own way of weighing on the national debate raging on secularism in the country. Nawaz made the video with Magic If Films (Shamas N Siddiqui who the business manager for the actor) and is titled Sixteen Point Six Six. Check out the video below:
  17. Digital fraud is one of India’s growing concerns and the Supreme Court of India wants to tackle this problem vehemently. The court has asked the Indian government to make it compulsory for prepaid phone users to prove/disclose their identity before they can recharge their phone numbers with credit. Chief Justice of India JS Khehar made the announcement earlier this week as a plea was brought to court. The court has given the government a time-frame of one year to implement this new rule. The court added that a customer would be required to fill an Adhaar-based form before recharging in order to verify the identity. However, the court did not elaborate whether existing customers will have to do the same to recharge their phones. © India Aadhar card is used as an identity for various documentation and verification purposes, thanks to the biometric nature of the program. Citizens of India had to register their fingerprints and iris scans in addition to other identity details to get an Aadhar card. Currently, there are over 1 billion Aadhar cardholders in the country. © Reuters The court’s decision to implement an identity check before recharging might impact telecom operators in India and can also lead to a gradual drop in their subscriber base. The Indian industry sphere is one the world’s most competitive and tariff-driven industry. More than 90 percent mobile phone connections are pre-paid and could cause a lot of inconvenience for the general public.
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