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  1. If you're admin of any Whatsapp group, it's time you become cautious as to what participants are posting on that group, as Whatsapp is now banning users who are a part of the conversations about illegal or banned topics. The ban came to light last night when a user on Reddit, Mow 11 told how he was banned from the platform. So, the user's university group was named 'Child's Pornography' and that's when all the members of the group were banned from the app without any warning. © Unsplash When they tried to understand as to why this had happened and contacted Whatsapp, they received auto-generated replies saying that they have violated the platform's term of service. Also, Whatsapp isn't reading our conversations, but if anyone in person reports to the company that they are unhappy because of some banned topics, the company will take action against the user and ban them from using the app. The organisation also has automated processes to scan groups for data like the one mentioned above and it automatically bans the users from the app. © Unsplash You will also be banned if you're spamming people with ads and, to be honest, we are very happy about this one. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below. View the full article
  2. Gulab jamun is delicious, pizza is delicious, but both of them on their own? I don't know why someone would ever think, "oh hey, what would happen if we put these two together?" But, unfortunately, someone not only thought that, but also made it a reality and now we all have to suffer the consequences. Just look at this monstrosity! © Twitter Why would you do that? Just, why? This is so unnecessary. Even if it's not actually a regular pizza as a base, it's just not needed. You don't need a sweet base and then put lots of gulab jamuns on top to make a dish. People can just eat the gulab jamun, like you know, individually, normally. The most surprising part of this is the fact that there are some people who actually think it looks delicious and want to try it. I just have one question for them - who hurt you? But, mostly, people are reacting like how they should - they are disgusted by it. pic.twitter.com/qx969UQhWp — VedVyazz (@vedvyazz) November 8, 2019 Wait, people eat Nutella parathas? I blame Nutella paratha for all of this bullshit! That's where it all started https://t.co/pP6Xf0sEPK — Ali Gul Pir (@Aligulpir) November 8, 2019 No one would even mind. It is totally legitimate for Italy to attack us now! https://t.co/faqDxDcfs9 — Maida Farid (@maidaFarid_) November 7, 2019 A heavy price. My hairdresser is an Italian, hope he doesn't see this. My hairstyle will pay a heavy price if he doesðð½‍âï¸ — Saffina Ellahi (@SaffinaEllahi1) November 7, 2019 And pizza. Stop disrespecting gulab jaman https://t.co/jmJsY3LXJh — Aliya (@aliyabeee) November 9, 2019 Oh, for sure. This crime against humanity needs to be tried under the Geneva convention. — Hasnain Haider (@langahwhotweets) November 8, 2019 I don't even know. What fresh hell is this? https://t.co/l7Ef2E7MtO — Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) November 8, 2019 This is a conspiracy by pineapple on pizza lovers. .... And just like that pineapple pizza isn't the most hated pizza on planet — Aditya Thakkar (@aadi106) November 8, 2019 Tried to make the best of both worlds? When a halwai opens a fast food shop. https://t.co/oXL9H1OrDY — Ali`ð¬ (@phuck_ouff) November 7, 2019 Send help. I can't unsee this monstrosity. Please help. https://t.co/EDDpFjyE70 — Dr.Kuldeep Gadkari, MS( Ortho) (@doc_kul) November 9, 2019 Nope. what's not to like? gulab jaamun GOOD! pizza GOOD! https://t.co/LQRz56inC7 — ð (@____siddhartha) November 9, 2019 To everyone who wants to try it. If u defend this food blasphemy, pls get the f**k outta from my following. https://t.co/i99Bylp3Yl — Ahsan (@daguywhocooks) November 8, 2019 View the full article
  3. Ayushmann Khurrana has sure come a long way and has made a name for himself in the industry. Being an outsider, it's not easy to make a mark, but with his versatile choices and acting skills, Ayushmann has managed to attract a massive following of movie buffs, who just wait to see him in all his glory on the big screen. Now, he is all set to show his acting prowess in his upcoming film, 'Article 15'. The trailer has already piqued the interest of the viewers and they are waiting with bated breath to see Ayushmann nail his character, like all his other roles. The plot of 'Article 15' bears a resemblance to the 2014 Badaun gangrape and murder case, and it will surely be a mirror to the society and its brutal practices. While a majority of people were all praises for the trailer, some users on social media found it a bit 'offensive' and Ayushmann somewhere knows that it has affected a certain section of the society. Well, according to Ayushmann, there is nothing 'offensive' as such when you will see the film. At an event, when he was asked about the criticism, he said, “But after they watch the film, (they'll realize) there's nothing offensive or maybe we have offended everyone because we haven't targeted any community.” The movie is all set to hit the screens on June 28 and the trailer has given us an insight into what the film has to offer. The film also stars Isha Talwar, Manoj Pahwa, Sayani Gupta, Kumud Mishra, M Naser, Ashish Verma, Sushil Pandey, Subrajyoti Bharat, and Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub. The film talks about Article 15 of the Indian Constitution, which prohibits discrimination by the state against any citizen on the basis of religion, race, caste, ***, and place of birth. Talking about the idea behind the movie, the actor said, “Our country is a unique one because we have all kinds of people and we are very sensitive towards ourselves. We are proud of ourselves, of our communities. We are so depressed in our real lives that we need something to feel proud about. The appeal of this film is we should be proud of our country, but we can't be blindly proud of it. We need to better our nation.” We do agree with his thoughts. What about you?
  4. Remember PewDiePie's 'Bitch Lasagna' and the more recent 'Congratulations' diss tracks against T-Series? Yeah, those videos have now been taken down from YouTube. Why? Well, T-Series filed a petition with the Delhi High Court against those music videos. The court reviewed the videos and found them to be offensive, following which it asked YouTube to pull them down. (c) Youtube According to a Bar&Bench report, the Delhi High Court gave strict orders to YouTube, directing them to remove the two songs published by Swedish YouTuber PewDiePie from its platform. “The interim order was granted by a Single Judge Bench of Justice Jayant Nath in a suit preferred by T-Series owner Super Cassettes Pvt Ltd., seeking to permanently restrain Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, better known as PewDiePie, from uploading the songs titled 'T-Series Diss Track/Bitch Lasagna' and 'Congratulations'," said the report. The High Court apparently found the content of the video and even the comments on the video abusive, vulgar, and also racist in nature. Hence, the court decided that it would be best if those videos were taken down.
  5. What do you do when everything you say is weighed and analysed and even interpreted differently? And I don't mean this in a very 'institutionalised' way but in a generic situation rather. The #MeToo generation has created a bold wave throughout the country and almost everyone, men and women alike, is watching everyone's words and actions and taking them heavily into account. There is no tolerance for backhanded lewd comments or even inappropriate dialogues, that can make women especially, uncomfortable. Men, especially, have a tremendous responsibility to make the atmosphere a bit easy for women and not go all out with words that can offend the opposite gender. © Pinterest It was different maybe 10 years ago, where explicit comments or jokes were laughed about in public but frowned upon behind closed doors, or amidst groups. Words like 'misogyny' and 'sexism' didn't really create a conundrum and everything was apparently under 'good humour' or under the realms of 'getting to know someone better'. But now, times are different and even if a man wants to genuinely say something to a woman, he has to think a certain amount of times before he can. He's always worried if he's going to offend her or say something that may sound inappropriate to her. Let's not deny or debate that we've all grown up in a chauvinistic culture, that systematically demeans women without thinking the words that are said to her may have the wrong implications and affect her in a negative way. © Thinkstock I am not here to point fingers or lay blame but to make the environment a bit more fostering to the recent culture, where we're all trying to practice 'equality' of thought and action and the right way to begin, is to identify what women are sick and tired of hearing from the opposite gender, especially the ones who identify themselves as feminists. Here are a few things you mustn't say out loud to any woman, that may offend her or make her feel objectified: (1) 'You're Not Like The Other Women' This might sound flattering in your head but to her, you're just trying to say 'hey, you're not dumb or lame like the rest, so good for you'!. Women don't like any other women being put down, especially by a man. So if you really have to compliment her, you can probably say 'you're not like anyone I've ever met before'. (2) 'Yeah, My Ex Was Crazy' Women who respect other women do not like to hear that they are crazy, just because things didn't work out between the two of you. You're just trying too hard to maybe hit on the woman you're telling this to, so she sympathises with you and credits you for not calling her crazy instead. But you're just ruining the game for yourself. Honour women, even the ones things didn't work out with. That's being a gentleman. (3) 'I Didn't Know You're So Smart' Trust me, I have heard enough men at social gatherings say this and the women just look away or brush the comment off as a one-off thing. But it really isn't. Are you trying to flatter her by saying you're just interested in her for her looks and her being smart is coming to you as a surprise? Of course, she's smart! She may be smarter than you too, and that's okay to accept! (4) 'Man, That's A Lot Of Make-Up' Sometimes women just want to look and feel good for themselves. What do you do to make yourself feel good? Think of it that way. If a woman wants to look a certain way, it's up to her discretion and you shouldn't judge her on what she's wearing or how much makeup she has on. Commenting on someone sardonically, who expresses themselves clearly is an age-old societal illness and it needs to be eradicated! (5) 'Do You Not Want To Settle Down'? I am sure a lot of women hear this from relatives and friends alike. It's her choice to figure when she wants to settle and even if she doesn't, you can definitely play it a tad low with the judgment. Women do not like this question because it sounds regressive coming from men. Only because they're stereotyped as 'homemakers'. If a woman is happy in a good job and living her life according to her will, maybe that's settling down for her? (6) 'Why Aren't You Smiling' You'd probably say that to your GF if she's not in the mood. Well, women are not here to boost your ego and do things at your whim. So if you want her to 'smile', do something funny? (7) 'Are You PMSing'? Yes, PMS is a biologically factual part of every woman's life and due to legit imbalanced hormones at a particular time of the month, women may be moody. But does that mean you mock them or ask them really silly questions and make the situation worse? Voicing that she maybe PMSing to dismiss anything you may have said or done wrong, is absolutely demeaning and inappropriate. (8)'Hey Relax, I am A Feminist' If you really have to try this hard to impress a woman, maybe you're not a male feminist. A male feminist won't keep saying it loud and instead, will do things that are more responsible like respect women and say the right things to them. (9) 'Wow That's A Big Number' This is if she ever discloses how many men she's slept with. So what if it's a big number? Aren't women allowed to enjoy their sexuality? I have heard numerous men comment on the number of men women have slept with. They've mocked it and scorned it but it's hypocritical if they sleep with numerous women and are proud of it? Let her enjoy her sexuality in peace boys! (10) 'You're Too Loud For A Woman' This can also translate to 'you have a strong voice and I am intimidated' or 'you're too much of a free spirit for me'. Some men find it really hard to come to terms with the fact that women are their own person or independent enough to do things their own way or speak up against something, without the support of a man. Especially at workplaces or in social settings. But never silence a woman when she's speaking up because she has an equal right to do so. If a woman is being loud with her decibel volume and you're complaining, that's just sad then. There are a lot more offensive things you can say to a woman today and you'll probably not get away with it anymore. Just make sure you're not using archaic ways to demean someone subtly, just because you're entitled to. Honestly, no one is entitled to offending someone and it's time to understand the thin line between being offensive and trying to flatter or compliment someone.
  6. James Gunn, the celebrated director of the super hit 'Guardian Of The Galaxy' franchise, is facing severe backlash and heat at the moment for something that happened almost a decade ago. The Walt Disney Studio has taken the decision to fire Gunn from the franchise, after some of his old tweets from 2008 and 2009 have resurfaced and sent shockwaves across the globe. © Disney The director apparently had tweeted offensive jokes earlier about rape, pedophilia, the 9/11 attacks and even the Holocaust, which have left everyone disgusted on the social media. #WalkAway pic.twitter.com/cI8BdWxedu — Jack Posobiecðºð¸ (@JackPosobiec) July 20, 2018 Gunn has officially released a statement accepting the decision and has offered an explanation, as well as an apology for the same. The statement reads as follows: “My words of nearly a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative. I have regretted them for many years since — not just because they were stupid, not at all funny, wildly insensitive, and certainly not provocative like I had hoped, but also because they don't reflect the person I am today or have been for some time. Regardless of how much time has passed, I understand and accept the business decisions taken today. Even these many years later, I take full responsibility for the way I conducted myself then. All I can do now, beyond offering my sincere and heartfelt regret, is to be the best human being I can be: accepting, understanding, committed to equality, and far more thoughtful about my public statements and my obligations to our public discourse. To everyone inside my industry and beyond, I again offer my deepest apologies.”. The social media is abuzz with a lot of mixed opinions over this shocking development. While some feel the decision was obvious because of the nature of the tweets, some are calling it simply 'hypocritical'. James Gunn made awful "jokes" years ago, and eventually grew up & apologised for it. Disney knew this, didn't care & happily hired him Someone starts screaming about it, so Disney happily fired him, not because of his "jokes", but because people were talking about them — Brett Tear (@TearofGrace) July 21, 2018 The problem I have with Disney firing James Gunn is not the reasonn because what he did tweet 10 yrs ago was disgusting. But the fact that they keep Johnny Depp and John Lasseter in their business is hypocritical. Be consistent. At least Gunn didn't beat up or rape anyone. — wth?! (@just_a_walk) July 21, 2018 Meanwhile, Dave Bautista, who plays the character of Drax in the GOTG franchise, has lashed out against this decision and has come out in strong support of Gunn. I will have more to say but for right now all I will say is this..@JamesGunn is one of the most loving,caring,good natured people I have ever met. He's gentle and kind and cares deeply for people and animals. He's made mistakes. We all have. Im NOT ok with what's happening to him — Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) July 21, 2018 For now, the fate of the next installment of the movie is on hold, while the whole world is still coming to terms with this piece of new information.
  7. James Gunn directed both "Guardians of the Galaxy" films and was planning to head to San Diego's huge annual Comic-Con fan convention this week with a secret film project that he had teased on Instagram. Photo: AFP "Guardians of the Galaxy"...
  8. The renewed violence has poured cold water on hopes the truce would provide a clear path to peace talks. Photo: AFPAfghan security forces resumed offensive operations on Saturday after President Ashraf Ghani declared an end to the government's...
  9. Photo: AFPLONDON: Australia captain Tim Paine says his players will shake hands with their England rivals before Wednesday's clash at The Oval as the tourists aim to heal the wounds of their recent ball-tampering scandal.Paine is on a charm...
  10. Elon Musk arrives to speak at Boring Company community meeting in Bel Air, Los Angeles, California, U.S. May 17, 2018-ReutersLOS ANGELES: Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk promised a cheering crowd on Thursday that his controversial dream of...
  11. Schoolteacher Nawaz Qureshi looks at an evergreen tree at a nursery in Islamabad, March 7. Photo: Reuters Upset by the felling of many of Islamabad's trees ? victims of rapid urbanisation - the city's children are fighting back with a tree planting drive. Children, accompanied by their parents, are now a common sight at tree nurseries in Pakistan's capital, buying saplings to plant at home ? some after receiving school assignments to do just that. "They will get awards and certificates of appreciation as ?green' students if they succeed in growing healthy trees for at least the next two years," said Aneela Karim, whose 5-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son recently picked out saplings of magnolia, pine and silver oak at a tree nursery in Islamabad. Karim, 41, said her children had been assigned at school to plant at least one sapling each at home and to care for them for the next three years. "This was really inspiring to see our children sensitised? and talking about the value of trees with us," she said, noting that she'd learned little about the environmental and health benefits of trees while she was in school. A girl takes a picture under the flowering and blossoming trees along a roadside in Islamabad, Pakistan March 15, 2018. Photo: Reuters In recent years there has been more tree felling than tree planting in the capital, as new roads and other construction projects require the clearing of trees in formerly green areas. The changes have triggered anger and protests among many residents. Air pollution risk Karim said she was outraged that the government was chopping down mature trees, something she believes is worsening air pollution in the capital, particularly as the number of vehicles on the roads grows. The Islamabad Municipal Corporation and Capital Development Authority could not provide official figures for the numbers of trees felled. However, Sanaullah Aman, until recently executive director general for environment at the Capital Development Authority, estimated that over the last five years the city had lost around a third of its green cover to road expansion and the construction of housing and shopping malls. Asif Shuja Khan, a former director general of Pakistan's Environmental Protection Agency, said that just 10 years ago most of Pakistan's towns and cities still had significant green areas. But in recent years green areas have quickly disappeared or deteriorated, he said, often as a result of urbanisation. Pakistan's population has swelled from 132 million in 1998 to 210 million today, according to the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics. A family looks at plants at a nursery in H-9 neighborhood of Islamabad. Photo: Reuters According to the Pakistan Forest Institute and Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, 39,000 hectares (96,000 acres) of forest are cleared every year across the country. Pakistan lost one-third of its forest area between 1990 and 2010, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation. In Islamabad, tree-planting initiatives have the backing of non-governmental organisations, the municipal corporation and the Capital Development Authority, which is planting 300,000 tree saplings in the city this spring. Pass it on Rukhsana Gul, Karim's daughter, said she had planted trees with her classmates at school, and was now using her own pocket money to buy four small trees for the front of her family's home, after persuading her parents to bring her to the nursery. Tasneem Sher Mohammad, her school's principal, said the school had organised spring and monsoon time tree-planting programmes for the past three years, involving pupils, parents, teachers and administrative staff. Nearly 60 per cent of the city's schools are organising tree-planting drives or sending their students to tree-planting events at nearby schools or colleges, government officials say. "We highlight with the participants, particularly children and parents, to play a part in tackling environmental pollution and protecting human health with planting more trees in their houses and neighbourhoods," said Mohammad, who noted the response from the children has been enthusiastic. Aneela Karim and her 5-year-old daughter Rukhsana Gul visit a nursery in Islamabad. Photo: Reuters The lessons are particularly effective because children "pass on the messages about the value of trees to their homes and neighbourhood and talk about it with their parents and neighbourhood friends", he said. The surging interest in tree planting has led to a growth in the number of tree nurseries in Islamabad, industry officials said. "Four years ago there were only 10 to 15 tree nurseries. But their number has soared beyond 250," said Mohammad Siddique, chairman of the Islamabad Nurseries Welfare Association. Most buyers of saplings are families, with children coming with their parents to buy trees for their houses, according to city officials and nursery owners. Zafeer Saqib, an environment professor at the International Islamic University in Islamabad, said he believes the younger generation will be more serious about environmental protection than their parents. Sanaullah Aman, a former city government environmental official, agreed. "In the past, we used to engage various government and non-governmental organisations, corporate sectors, trade associations, and the industrial sector to boost the city's tree cover," he said. "But the response from schoolchildren of the educational institutions has been amazing."
  12. ANKARA: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday threatened to expand Turkey's offensive in Syria against a Kurdish militia despite calls for restraint from its Western allies. On the seventh day of the operation against the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia, Erdogan vowed to "clean up" the Syrian city of Manbij. The United States has raised concerns over the deadly offensive, and analysts say a military confrontation between the two NATO powers is possible since the US has a military presence in Manbij. Turkey launched operation "Olive Branch" against the YPG on Saturday, supporting Syrian rebels with ground troops, air strikes and artillery fire. While the YPG is still working closely with Washington against Daesh extremist group in Syria, Ankara views the YPG as a terror organisation allied to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) inside Turkey. The PKK is blacklisted by Ankara and its Western allies as a terror outfit. Erdogan vowed in a speech in Ankara that Turkey would "continue our fight until there is no terrorist on our border", but did not elaborate. He said the operation would last until "we reach our goals," adding: "Afterwards we will, as promised, clean up Manbij of terrorists." US ties 'teetering on brink' Tensions between Ankara and Washington are already high but the offensive added further strain to their relationship. The two sides disagreed about the content of telephone talks between Erdogan and US President Donald Trump on Wednesday. Washington said Trump had urged Turkey to "limit its military actions" but a Turkish official said the US statement did "not accurately reflect the content" of the call. Erdogan criticised Turkey's allies, including the United States, which he said called for the operation to be "short" and "limited" in scope, referring to previous interventions. "How long has Afghanistan lasted? Nearly 20 years. How long has it lasted in Iraq? Nearly 18 years!" he thundered. Washington has more than 2,000 special forces and support troops inside Syria, mainly east of the Euphrates in an area also controlled by the YPG but separate from Afrin, which is west of the river. According to Anthony Skinner, director of MENA at global risk consultancy Verisk Maplecroft, "direct military conflict" between Turkish and US forces is possible because of Erdogan´s threats to expand the campaign to Manbij. "Turkish-US relations are teetering on the brink of a precipice," Skinner added. "The current bilateral crisis could, in the worst case, fully eclipse that of the 1970s," he warned, when Washington imposed an arms embargo on Turkey in 1975 after the Turkish army invaded and occupied the northern third of Cyprus the year before. The European Union has also expressed concern over the Turkish intervention in Syria, which is further complicating the war that has claimed more than 340,000 lives since 2011. Afrin urges Syria to intervene Turkey continued shelling YPG positions in Afrin on Friday, state-run news agency Anadolu reported. Erdogan said "343 terrorists have been neutralised" during the operation so far. It was not possible to independently verify the toll. Three Turkish soldiers have been killed since the start of the offensive, while the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has said 58 Ankara-backed Syrian rebels and 53 US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces and YPG fighters had been killed. The SDF is an umbrella grouping composed mainly of YPG fighters. The Observatory has said 38 civilians have been killed mainly as a result of Turkish shelling but Ankara strongly rejects such claims, saying it is doing everything possible to avoid civilian casualties. Othman Al-Sheikh Issa, co-chair of Afrin´s executive council, on Thursday called on Syria to "say that it will not allow Turkish planes to fly in Syrian airspace". Syrian Kurdish groups, long marginalised in Syria, took advantage of the withdrawal of regime forces from the north at the beginning of the conflict to assert their autonomy from 2012. Kurdish fighters and government troops have largely stayed away from each other since then, albeit short-lived clashes in the cities of Hasakeh and Qamishli. The broadly neutral stance has sparked accusations by Syria´s mainstream opposition that Kurdish forces are still cooperating with the regime.
  13. Manchester United's Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku, pictured here at a match in Manchester, asked fans to "move on" from racist chants. ? AFP LONDON: Romelu Lukaku has asked Manchester United fans to "move on" from their controversial chant about the Belgium striker. Lukaku has quickly become a favourite of United supporters since his close-season move from Everton, but their vocal praise of the star has angered anti-racism groups. One United chant, to the tune of the Stone Roses' Made of Stone, prompted anti-discrimination organisation Kick It Out to protest as it used a stereotype about black men. The 24-year-old, who has scored seven times for United this season, is pleased to be appreciated by the Old Trafford fans, but he wants the song to stop. "Great backing since I joined #MUFC," he was quoted as saying on United's official Twitter account. "Fans have meant well with their songs but let's move on together. #RespectEachOther" United contacted relevant bodies to see whether the song could be categorised as racism by the letter of the law, while saying in a statement they have a "zero tolerance towards all forms of discrimination". The club posted on social media ahead of Wednesday's League Cup win over Burton Albion -- in which Lukaku was an unused substitute -- that "action will be taken against any offensive behaviour", reminding supporters of the club's commitment to racial harmony.
  14. The Google app logo is seen on a smartphone in this picture illustration taken September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration Alphabet Inc?s Google said it had disabled a ?majority? of the offensive keywords that BuzzFeed found could be used by advertisers to target people searching for racist and anti-Semitic topics. Google ? the world's biggest advertising platform ? not only allowed advertisers to target searches such as "Why do Jews ruin everything" but also suggested the user run ads next to searches such as "the evil jew" and "Jewish control of banks", a campaign by BuzzFeed discovered. The ads were visible when such keywords were searched for and Google?s ad buying platform tracked the ad views, according to the Internet media company?s report based on the campaign. Google disabled the keyword searches used in the campaign after BuzzFeed?s inquiry, except an exact match for ?blacks destroy everything?, the report said. ?We?ve already turned off these suggestions and any ads that made it through, and will work harder to stop this from happening again,? Sridhar Ramaswamy ? Google?s senior vice president of ads ? said in an email. The news comes a day after Facebook Inc said it was temporarily disabling the ability of advertisers to target based on people?s self-reported education and job information after a report that those features allowed targeting based on anti-Semitic topics.
  15. BEIRUT: Lebanon?s army announced a ceasefire on Sunday in its offensive against Daesh militants at the northeast border with Syria. The ceasefire takes effect at 7:00 a.m. (12 a.m. ET) to pave the way for negotiations over the fate of Lebanese soldiers who are in Daesh captivity, the military statement said. Northeast Lebanon saw one of the worst spillovers of Syria?s war into Lebanon in 2014, when Daesh and other militants briefly overran the border town of Arsal. The fate of nine soldiers that Daesh took captive then remains unknown. The Lebanese army has been fighting Daesh militants in their last border foothold, near the town of Ras Baalbeck. The attack began last week, coinciding with an offensive that Hezbollah and the Syrian army launched against Daesh on the other side of the frontier in Syria?s western Qalamoun region.
  16. JAKARTA: Alphabet Inc's Google is working with Indonesia to tackle video content deemed to be offensive, including material that might incite violence or hate speech, a senior official of the search giant said on Friday. Google plans to implement its "Trusted Flagger" programme in Indonesia over the next two to three months, Ann Lavin, Google's director for public policy and government affairs in Southeast Asia and Greater China, told a news conference in Jakarta. The programme, which is already running in countries such as France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States, allows selected users to flag questionable content on its video-sharing platform, YouTube, in bulk rather than one at a time. Content flagged by group members will be prioritised for review and may then be removed by Google. A growing amount of content encouraging religious intolerance or radicalism is being shared in Indonesia, home to the world's largest Muslim population and some of the most avid users of social media such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Indonesian Minister of Communication and Information Rudiantara separately discussed the issue of "negative" content with representatives from Google and Twitter Inc on Friday, two days after he met Facebook officials. At a joint news conference with Google's Lavin after their meeting, Rudiantara said his ministry's priority was to "protect" Indonesians from content that promotes radicalism, terrorism and drugs. But the Indonesian government was not trying to foster a "regime of censorship", said Rudiantara, who uses one name. Apart from the communications ministry, Lavin said, Google would also work with civil society groups such as the Wahid Institute, led by prominent moderate Muslim figure Yenny Wahid, and anti-hoax community MAFINDO. While the move to curb content that incites hatred is positive, both the government and Google should be clear about the process, said Nawawi Bahrudin, executive director of the non-government body, Legal Aid Center for the Press. "They should not just use their own yardsticks," Bahrudin said by telephone. "They have to be transparent and not just keep it among themselves." In June, Rudiantara said Google's Asia-Pacific headquarters had agreed on future tax payments after a months-long dispute with the government, paving the way for a shake up in the way similar companies operate in Southeast Asia's biggest economy. Indonesia has been pushing multinational technology firms to incorporate domestically, arguing that by setting up small business entities to provide "auxiliary" services they get away with minimal taxation and book most of their revenue from the country elsewhere.
  17. Singer Luis Fonsi performs at the 2015 Latin Billboard Awards in Coral Gables, Florida, US, April 30, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has banned the catchy summer dance song "Despacito" from state radio and television broadcasts after critics in the Muslim-majority country complained the lyrics were obscene. The ban was announced on the government's Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) on Wednesday by Salleh Said Keruak, the communications and multimedia minister, but the song can still be played on private stations and online platforms. "As such, RTM will not be airing the song on any of its television or radio stations with immediate effect," the minister said in a statement to Reuters, adding that the decision followed complaints from the public. "This decision applies only to RTM," he added. "All other TV and radio stations are guided by their own evaluation processes against the Communications and Multimedia Content Code." The women's wing of a Malaysian party, Amanah, had called for a ban over the song's "obscene lyrics". "I see this as a serious matter as the song is being sung by young people without knowing the real meaning of the words," Amanah official Atriza Umar said in a statement. The song, first released in January in Spanish by Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi and rapper Daddy Yankee and then in a remixed version featuring Justin Bieber, has topped charts in 35 countries around the world and dominated radio. Its 4.6 billion streams on leading platforms make it the most successful Spanish-language pop song of all time. Malaysia has previously blocked the release of Hollywood movies deemed offensive to religious values. The release of Walt Disney's Beauty and the Beast was postponed this year after censors cut a scene from the film.
  18. If you are looking for the kind of movies you cannot watch with your parents, then this is your list. Silly freshman years, adult comedies, hilarious, offensive, controversial, this power packed list has it all so you do need to google it every time you want to bring it all back. Have fun! 1. The Interview © Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy Sometime in November of 2014, a group of hackers called the Guardians of Peace demanded Sony pull its film, 'The Interview', a comedy about a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. They threatened terrorist attacks at cinemas screening the film. Finally, Sony elected to cancel the film's formal premiere and mainstream release. Now, you can imagine how offensive it would be if you do not watch the movie. Go. Now. 2. You Don't Mess with the Zohan © Sony Pictures It is a story about an Israeli special forces counter-terrorist commando who fakes his death to get away with his boring job, so he can re-emerge in New York City to fulfill his lifelong dream of being a hair stylist. But, believe me, there is so much more than that, and there is a reason they warn you to do not mess with Zohan. Now, get your laptop and disappear from the eyesight of your parent and enjoy this crazy ride. 3. The Dictator © Yesmovies Admiral General Aladeen, the dictator of the fictional Republic of Wadiyaa is childish, sexist, anti-western, and an anti Semitic ruler who loves being surrounded with female bodyguards. He sponsors Al-Qaeda and is working on developing nuclear weapons to attack Israel. All in all, it is a political satire which will take you to an all new and weird world. 4. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan © CrAiGeR's Cinema Corner You wanted offensive, so here you go. Borat is as offensive as it can be and more. Credits to its satirical nature of vulgarity and humor, the movie was banned in some of the countries. That makes it a must watch. Right? IF you haven't watched it already, you're missing out on a classic. 5. American Pie © Mosh If you have not seen the 'American Pie' series yet, you have missed one of the funniest frachises ever. But don't regret, the good part is that you can watch them all in one go as the 8th part of the movie was released in 2009. This is one of the best *** comedies series you will ever see. Mute it, plug in your earphones or if you are The Dictator, watch it on your home theater, but do it anyway. 6. Tropic Thunder © Film Society of Lincoln Center Can you imagine a black faced Robert Downey Jr.? If not, then Tropic Thunder is just the film for you. The movie was released the same year 'Ironman' was released and it still made bank. In a weird turn of events, a group of actors who were shooting for a big-budget war movie are forced to become the soldiers they are actually portraying. Watch it for Tom Cruise, Ben Stiller and a black Robert Downey Jr. 7. Bad Santa © Back to the Movies If you are looking for an offensive, dark and cheap humor, the 'Bad Santa' is your guilty pleasure. In the movie you will find a conman dressed up as a Santa and his elf partner who rob malls together but you know where the twist is, this Santa is not just a robber in disguise but a ***-addicted alcoholic. Now, you know what this film is all about. 8. Bruno © Bleeding Cool Don't blame me if you can't get certain images out of your head after watching Bruno. Yes, this movie has scenes that you'll never be able to get out of that six inch space between your ears. It is a story about a gay Austrian fashion guru, Bruno, who first disgraces himself on his German fashion-based TV show and then decides to move to the USA to seek the spotlight. Watch this offensive comedy movie about the tale of an extremely flamboyantly gay man at your own risk. 9. Van Wilder © IMDb A fear of graduation. I mean what kind of fear is that? Does that pop up in your mind too? But it is so with Van Wilder, the most popular guy in his collegiate campus. He spends his time organizing fundraisers but fears graduation. Go for the trilogy and live your college years again. 10. Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle © YouTube One of the funniest buddy movies ever, Harold and Kumar get into a series of misadventures after smoking some pot. And, you know what, Neil Patrick Harris has the most amazing cameo ever! It is Legen-'wait for it'-Dary! 11. This Is The End © YouTube Get ready for some vulgar jokes. 'This Is the End' is an American fantasy disaster comedy film where real life actors play a fictionalized versions of themselves in the aftermath of an apocalypse. The movie is studded with stars like Emma Watson, Rihanna, Michael Cera, Paul Rudd, Kevin Hart and Channing Tatum in a guest appearance. 12. Neighbors © IMDb If you are one of those people who would say, “just what if my car horn honked every single time my neighbor's dog barked.” This is your revenge, right here. Starring Zac Efron and Seth Rogen, this is not the one to be missed. 13. Superbad © sonypictures A group of nerdy, teenage boys tasked with retrieving alcohol for a couple of popular girls in school itself makes it an inevitable watch. It is a movie about two high school boys who want to enjoy their lives to the fullest before they leave for the college. 14. The Big Lebowski © Wikipedia Rated as 8.2 on IMDb, this film by the Coen brothers is a must watch if you are looking for a crime comedy movie. The film revolves around two goons who mistake ‘the Dude' for a millionaire and urinate on his rug. The rest is history, with a lot of fun poured in for good measure. 15. Knocked Up © Wikipedia Your life is awesome until one of your one-night stands shows up on the doorstep and tells you that she's pregnant with your child, eight weeks later. This could be a nightmare for anyone, destroying his life but the film deals with this sensitive topic with class and laughs.
  19. US President Donald Trump, fresh from a political holiday in Paris, went back on the offensive Sunday as a new poll showed his popularity dropping amid doubts about Russian election meddling and deepening frustrations over stalled health-care legislation. In a tweet early Sunday, Trump used some of his toughest language against a favoured target, the press, saying: "With all of its phony unnamed sources & highly slanted & even fraudulent reporting, #Fake News is DISTORTING DEMOCRACY in our country!" Trump also sent one of his private lawyers, Jay Sekulow, onto five Sunday talk shows to argue that there was nothing illegal about son Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting last year with a Russian attorney following a promise of damaging information on Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. "What took place at the meeting... is not a violation of any law, statute or code," Sekulow told NBC. He repeated an earlier assertion that Trump is not the subject of any current investigation into alleged Russian efforts to tilt last year's election in the Republican's favour. Poll drop The concerted pushback came as a Washington Post-ABC News poll near the six-month point in Trump's administration showed him facing significantly declining approval ratings, down from 42 percent in April to 36 percent today. Similarly, the president's disapproval rating has jumped five points to 58 percent, according to the survey of 1,001 adults. Trump responded to the survey in a tweet, saying: "The ABC/Washington Post Poll, even though almost 40% is not bad at this time, was just about the most inaccurate poll around election time!" Nearly half of respondents -- 48 percent -- said they "disapprove strongly" of the president's performance in office, a low level never reached by ex-presidents Bill Clinton or Barack Obama, both Democrats, and reached only once by George W. Bush, during his second term. And 48 percent said they saw American global leadership weakening since Trump entered the White House, while 27 percent said it is stronger. That would seem to show mixed results, at best, from a series of high-profile foreign visits by Trump, including to Saudi Arabia and to a Group of 20 meeting in Germany, where he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump's Bastille Day visit to Paris came a day after the poll ended. Two-thirds of respondents said they do not trust Trump, or trust him only somewhat, in negotiating with foreign leaders. Republicans' legislative struggles may also be weighing on Trump's popularity. Twice as many of those surveyed preferred the Obamacare health program as favoured Republican plans to replace it. The US Senate will "defer" its work on repealing Obamacare for a week as senior lawmaker John McCain recovers from blood-clot surgery, the chamber's Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, said Saturday. The repeal effort is opposed by all Democrats, and the loss of a single Republican vote could doom it. Parisian respite Trump had seemed to revel in his brief Parisian respite from all the talk of Russia and health care. He and President Emmanuel Macron reviewed a pomp-filled Bastille Day military parade and dined in a posh restaurant on the Eiffel Tower. The US president then spent two days playing maitre d' to professional female golfers taking part in a tournament at his Bedminster course in New Jersey. Wearing his signature red "Make America Great Again" hat, the president waved to cheering onlookers Sunday as he entered a glass-enclosed viewing booth. Trump was due to fly back to Washington in the evening. But his return brings him straight back into the intensifying storm over his campaign's contacts with Russia. Even some erstwhile supporters seem to be troubled by the Russia contacts of Trump's son and advisers, and by the administration's shifting explanations. Shepard Smith, an anchor on Fox, a network that has often been in lock-step with the Trump White House, accused the administration of "mind-boggling deception." He added, "If there's nothing there, and that's what they tell us, why all these lies?" And key Democrats, like Mark Warner, vice chair of the Senate intelligence committee investigating Russian meddling, have expressed deep skepticism over administration attempts to gloss over the Trump Jr. meeting. News of the meeting was "very troubling," said Warner. "Clearly this administration has not been forthcoming." He told a CBS interviewer he wanted to hear from everyone who attended the meeting -- which would include Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner and former campaign head Paul Manafort -- adding that the recent revelation "obviously moves our whole investigation to another level."
  20. Actor Yasir Hussain on Saturday night made a crass joke about child molestation that has caught social media in a whirlwind of anger. When Ahsan Khan went up to the stage to receive his Hum Award for his role in Udaari – which raised the ultra delicate and less-talked-about issue of child molestation – Hussain said, “Itna khobsurat child molester, kash main bhi bacha hota. (Seeing such a good-looking child molester, I wish I was a child too!)” While some media outlets reported that the audience did not pause to call out Hussain on his insensitive remark and continued to laugh, Twitter was taking none of it. Hassan Choudary's Twitter account Last night #HumAwards when Ahsan Khan won for #Udaari, host Yasir Hussain joked "Itna khobsurat child molester, kash main bhi bacha hota" — M. Jibran Nasir (@MJibranNasir) April 30, 2017 Even more outrageously than the joke was the fact that majority of the attendees laughed at the joke despite their exposure and education — M. Jibran Nasir (@MJibranNasir) April 30, 2017 In a award show last year, host Ahmed Ali Butt did a whole skit making fun about dwarfism. With time we are supposed to progress not regress — M. Jibran Nasir (@MJibranNasir) April 30, 2017 Yasir Hussain's comment last night proves that Ahsan Khan & Udaari's teams should be encouraged to produce more work for awareness/education — M. Jibran Nasir (@MJibranNasir) April 30, 2017 Speechless!!! pic.twitter.com/azDGTYC91m — MunibaMazariOfficial (@muniba_mazari) April 30, 2017 #HumAwards2017 #YasirHussain #RapeCulture #Pakistan pic.twitter.com/f26IxbABrk — Hadiqa Kiani (@Hadiqa_Kiani) May 1, 2017 Finding humor in child molestation which is yet a big issue in Pakistan is disgraceful! #YasirHussain must appologize. #HumAwards https://t.co/9B5jcvozDE — Kiran Raza (@kiranraza_01) May 1, 2017 Yasir Hussain's "slip of tongue" at #HUMAwards is the reason why the hosts/presenters should rehearse what they r going to say on the stage. — Myra Zafar (@MyraZafar) April 30, 2017 These #HUMAwards look to have been a train-wreck. Disgusting attempts at humor, moral police lectures, misogyny and more. — Hafsa Khawaja (@Hafsa_Khawaja) April 30, 2017 The most influential people in Pk, crème de la crème, sat in a room full of privilege & laughed on the Yasir Hussain joke. Think about that. — h (@HaadeaP) April 30, 2017 1/2 Child molestation s not a joke #YasirHussain it's a serious crime, go & ask de childrens who ve gone through this ordeal #HumAwards2017 — Annum Xahra Naqvi (@Numzeeee) May 1, 2017 To add to this, it is said that the joke was not in the script. The question that follows, importantly, is that since extemporary comments shine a light on what a person is like on the inside, the side only they are aware of, is Hussain one of those who actually thinks abuse and other social issues are hilarious? But this is what Hussain has to say: “I am just as against child abuse as you all are. The joke I made is being portrayed in a different manner than I had originally intended to. I apologise to Ahsan bhai and the rest.” When someone from a local media outlet managed to talk to him, interestingly, this is what he had to say, “First of all, no one's talking about the first part of my segment which got a lot of laughs, why is the positive aspect of my performance being put aside?” "Secondly, when you improvise, things come out of your mouth that may not be appropriate. What I said, I said in praise of Ahsan Khan, it had nothing to do with child molestation. I certainly didn't mean to encourage child molestation. But if this hurts people, then I have said sorry for it," he continued. Really? it's downright alarming how flippant yasir hussain is about the joke he made and his 'snapchat apology' — Sameen - (@someaningless) April 30, 2017 You may already have good projects like movie Karachi Se Lahore and drama serial Dareecha under your belt, but it doesn’t excuse you from being inconsiderate towards social issues. While the show will, nevertheless, be remembered for this distasteful joke, let’s hope more awareness is spread about such issues.
  21. A Pakistani court has threatened social media giant Facebook to censor and ban blasphemous content that insults Islam. The country’s investigation agency has said that it wants all offensive content on Facebook to be blocked and is also seeking Interpol’s help to identify this “blasphemous” content. (I really want to know what they are smoking!) The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has sent a formal request to Facebook however; the social media company has not yet responded. A senior Pakistani diplomat in Washington was asked to get in touch with Facebook to seek the required information under the US Right to Information law. © Reuters Pakistan's interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan has requested Facebook to comply with their requests and said "I hope that the management of Facebook will respect the religious sentiments of 200 million Pakistanis and tens of millions of users of Facebook in Pakistan and will cooperate in that regard," he was quoted as saying in a ministry statement. © Reuters Earlier this week, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also voiced his concerns regarding the “blasphemous content” on social media and also described it in a tweet as "unpardonable offence". Pakistan has repeatedly blocked social media websites and pornographic sites in the past citing anti-Islamic content as the cause. In 2010 Pakistani courts also ordered a total ban on Facebook as parody pictures of Prophet Muhammad were shared on the popular social networking website.
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