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  1. Ananya Panday rocks a red dress during an event. Photo: walikaliAnanya Panday is one of the biggest fashionista's in Bollywood right now. After release of her latest film Pati, Patni Aur Woh, the star has been surfing on cloud nine. Despite a short history in B-Town, Ananya has one of the biggest fan following in the country, making her a paparazzi favourite. After her rise as an A-lister, the actor has become an even more of a fan favourite receiving huge amounts of media attention. During her latest event, the actor rocked a pretty red, off-the-shoulder dress which left her fans swooning. Check out the pictures below!
  2. Deepika Padukone's pictures proves she slays a classic black tee and denim jeans. Photo: InstagramDeepika Padukone's recent Instagram update has fans in awe. Her beauty, and the way she slayed in a classic black T-shirt and blue denim jeans mesmerized and captivated the audience. Padukone is an actor who just isn't known for her acting skills and talent, but the star is a breathtaking beauty as well. The star enjoys a fan following of 41.4 million followers and she sent them into a frenzy with her look, which she paired with matching accessories, namely a bright yellow belt for an extra pop to color and a matching pair of black platform heels.Check out her pictures below! On the work front, the star has just released a trailer for her upcoming film, Chhapaak. The story is based on the struggles of an acid burn victim. Check out her movie trailer below!
  3. Kim Kardashian criticized for photoshopping her kids in Christmas card. Photo: cosmopolitanFashion mongol Kim Kardashian recently landed herself in hot waters over allegedly using Photoshop in order to edit pictures of her children in her 2019 Christmas card. Fans were quick to point out in the comment section it was "close to impossible" to have all of her four children pose still for a picture and have them "acting right and still."In the photo, Kardashian and her children can be seen sitting on the stairs while her husband Kanye West had Chicago West in her arms. Chicago and Psalm donned the same grey jumpsuit, each cuddled up in their parents arms. The photo titled "The West Family Christmas Card 2019" had fans saying, "Who photoshopped north in? The lighting looks... different."Another commented, "I was looking for this comment, this deff looks photoshopped." One user inquired, "Why all the kids look like stickers?"Others stated, "I think they are photoshopped lol no joke if you look closer you can tell." One fan was extremely certain at his deduction and went onto say, "This is 100% an edited photo I'm surprised more people haven't said this."
  4. Photo: ReutersKARACHI: Iran on Saturday expressed interest in joining the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as the $60 billion worth of Chinese-funded project enters into next phase of industrial and agriculture cooperation, reported The News.Iran's Commercial Attache to Pakistan, Morad Nemati Zargaran, who was leading a delegation which visited Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) said CPEC was essential and opened up huge opportunities for both the countries. “Iran wants to become part of this project which would surely ensure prosperity in the entire region,” Zargaran said. The Iranian envoy, according to the report, said the business communities of the two countries should meet more frequently to improve their contacts and hold exhibitions which would help in improving bilateral trade and investment.Zargaran assured his full support and cooperation to the business community for the improvement of trade activities and said steps have to be taken to deal with the barriers hindering smooth trade between the two countries. “High customs duties need to be brought down to encourage legal trade and discourage smuggling,” he said“Formal banking channel between the two countries has to be activated which is widely being demanded by the business communities of the two countries since quite some time now,” Zargaran added.Vice President KCCI Shahid Ismail said bilateral trade remains low and Pakistan and Iran must make collective efforts to explore new avenues.“It has always been KCCI’s struggle to promote bilateral trade and the chamber has a very positive approach towards improving trade ties particularly with neighbouring countries,” Ismail said.He added the bilateral trade was much less than the potential as Pakistan’s exports to Iran stood at a mere $330.2 million in 2018, while imports were around $1.247 billion.Ismail said negotiations on free trade agreement (FTA) between Islamabad and Tehran are underway. Both the countries have shared their desire of upgrading preferential trade agreement into FTA for which initial drafts have already been shared.Both the countries have already signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) through which channels would be opened in the central banks of both the countries for trade transactions that would reduce the usage of dollar account for the letter of credit clearance. He also underscored the need to sort out infrastructural constraints to enhance bilateral trade via Quetta-Taftan land route.“Regular operation of ECO (Economic Cooperation Organisation) container train will lend impetus to cargo and transit facilities between the two countries,” he added.
  5. Days after the lawyers’ attack on the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC), a new video has surfaced on micro-blogging website Twitter in which a lawyer can be seen slapping a motorcyclist.In the video a lawyer can be seen stopping a motorcyclist passing between the protesting lawyers and snatching his motorcycle keys. After an exchange of words, the lawyer slapped the man prompting others present there to intervene. After Wednesday’s attack on PIC, videos have been coming out on social media showing the violent acts committed by the lawyers.A group of more than 200 lawyers, following an earlier quarrel with the PIC doctors, stormed the hospital, vandalised property and damaged dozens of vehicles parked in the hospital premises. They had also set ablaze a police van during their assault.Three people had lost their lives amidst the mayhem as doctors abandoned their patients to escape the mob. The police have registered a first information report (FIR) against 200-250 unidentified lawyers on the complaint of an official of the PIC.The case has been registered under various sections of the Pakistan Penal Code, including 322 (qatl-bis-sabab), 452 (trespassing), 353 (assault to deter public servant from performing duty), 354 (assault on woman to outrage her modesty), 148 (rioting with deadly weapon), 395 (dacoity) as well as Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA).
  6. Abid Ali scored 112 against Australia in Dubai on his one-day international debut in March this year. Photo: ESPNcricinfoRAWALPINDI: Pakistan's opener Abid Ali scored his maiden Test ton as he became the first batsman to score hundreds on Test and one-day international debut, as the first Test in Pakistan since the 2009 attacks heads for a draw.Ali’s century made him the first male player to score century on ODI and Test debuts. The only other player to achieve the feat before Ali was England’s woman cricketer Enid Bakewell.The 32-year-old was joined by Babar Azam, who scored his 13th Test fifty for the hosts on day five of the Rawalpindi Test. At tea, Pakistan reached 177-2 at tea in reply to Sri Lanka's first innings total of 308-6. Abid scored 112 against Australia in Dubai on his one-day international debut in March this year.Bad weather hit the Test on all previous four days and only 91.5 overs were played as rain, bad light and overcast conditions affected the game. The fourth day was abandoned without a ball being bowled.But there was bright sunshine on Sunday as Sri Lanka batted for 20 minutes to declare their first innings at 308-6 with middle-order batsman Dhananjaya de Silva scoring an unbeaten 102.With gates opened to the crowd for free, about 12,000 fans were kept entertained by Dhananjaya and then Abid.Pakistan lost opener Shan Masood for nought when he drove a full toss from pacer Kasun Rajitha straight into the hands of Dinesh Chandimal at cover, while skipper Azhar Ali scored a shaky 36 before he was caught off paceman Lahiru Kumara.Dhananjaya finally completed his sixth Test century in the morning.The 28-year-old right-hander drove paceman Mohammad Abbas for his 15th boundary to bring up the hundred in his 28th Test.De Silva remained unbeaten on 102 after 241 minutes of batting, having come in with the score on 127-4 on Thursday. Dilruwan Perera remained unbeaten on 16.The pick of the Pakistan bowlers were 16-year-old pace bowler Naseem Shah, who took 2-92, and Shaheen Shah Afridi with 2-58.The second Test is in Karachi from December 19.
  7. Prime Minister Imran Khan. Photo: FilePrime Minister Imran Khan will travel to Bahrain on Monday on the invitation of King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa to attend the national day of Bahrain as its guest of honour.A statement from the Foreign Office said the PM will be accompanied by a high-level delegation including members of the cabinet and senior government officials.This will be PM Imran’s first visit to Bahrain since assuming office in August last year.During the visit, the prime minister will have a one-on-one meeting with King Khalifa and hold delegation-level talks with Crown Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al-Khalifa. The meeting between the leaders would cover the entire gamut of bilateral relations and matters pertaining to regional and international issues, the statement added.Bahrain's highest civil award will be conferred upon the prime minister on the occasion.The news was confirmed by Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Overseas Pakistanis Zulfikar Bukhari earlier this week to Arab News.The visit to Bahrain will be the first stop of prime minister's three-country tour starting from December 15. He will later travel to Geneva to attend a conference on refugees followed by Malaysia. Read also: PM Imran calls for diplomatic solution to Middle East disputes in meeting with Saudi crown princeThe prime minister’s visit to Bahrain will enable the two sides to explore ways and means to further deepen bilateral trade and investments ties. The visit is of special significance and will impart a strong impetus to both sides’ endeavours to forge a closer, multifaceted bilateral relationship.On Saturday, the prime minister travelled to Saudi Arabia for a day-long visit where he met Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and called for resolving the Middle East disputes and differences through diplomatic means.The prime minister said he would continue to facilitate all efforts in that direction with a view to precluding conflict, defusing tensions and preserving peace for the benefit of the region and the world.During his meeting with the Saudi crown prince in Riyadh, the premier emphasized upon the strategic importance of Pakistan-Saudi relationship and termed it a pivotal partnership for peace, progress and prosperity.He extended warm felicitations on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's assumption of G20 presidency and said it was a reflection of Saudi Arabia's leadership role and stature in the international community.
  8. Protesters block a road after setting buses on fire during a demonstration against the Indian government's Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in Howrah, on the outskirts of Kolkata on December 14, 2019.Photo: AFPGUWAHATI: The death toll from violent protests in northeast India against a contentious citizenship law has risen to six, officials said on Sunday, as authorities maintained internet bans and curfews to quell unrest.Tension remained high at the epicentre of the unrest in Assam state's biggest city, Guwahati, with troops patrolling the streets in vehicles amid tight security.Some 5,000 people took part in a fresh demonstration in Guwahati Sunday, with hundreds of police watching on as they sang, chanted and carried banners with the words "long live Assam".Also read: India passes controversial citizenship billOfficials said oil and gas production in the state was hit buy the curfew, although the restrictions were eased during the day on Sunday with some shops opening.The legislation, passed by the national parliament on Wednesday, allows New Delhi to grant citizenship to millions of illegal immigrants who entered India from three neighbouring countries on or before December 31, 2014 — but not if they are Muslim.In Assam, four people died after being shot by police, while another was killed when a shop he was sleeping in was set on fire and a sixth after he was beaten up during a protest, officials said.In West Bengal state, where protests stretched into a third day, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee — who has spoken out against the national government's push for the law — suspended internet services in several districts.Also read: Army deployed as contentious Indian citizenship bill debatedDemonstrators set fire to tyres, staged sit-ins on highways and railway tracks, and torched trains and buses, with riot police brought in to disperse protesters and train services suspended in some parts of the east.Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday called again for calm, saying local cultures in northeastern states were not under threat, amid fears the new law will grant citizenship to large numbers of immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh."Culture, language, social identity and political rights of our brothers and sisters from northeast will remain intact," Shah told a rally in eastern Jharkhand state, News18 television network reported him as saying.Also read: Indian journalist Shireen Dalvi refuses award in protest against citizenship billThe opposition, rights activists and others in India, the new law is seen as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu-nationalist agenda to marginalise India's 200 million Muslims. He denies the allegation.Rights groups and a Muslim political party are challenging the law in the Supreme Court, arguing that it is against the constitution and India's secular traditions.Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ally in Assam, which had supported the bill in parliament, told local media on Sunday that it now intended to challenge the law in the Supreme Court.
  9. Harry Styles's opens up about his Androgynous Style Formula. Photo: InstagramAfter a stylistic entry to the December Jingle Bell Ball in a glittery denim jumpsuit, Harry Styles set the tone for his fashion formula and effectively cemented his status as a fashion icon this year. Styles is well known for defying and breaking stereotypes related to acceptable gender norms. During an interview with The Guardian, Harry made his views on androgyny clear as day.“What women wear. What men wear. For me it’s not a question of that,” he said. “If I see a nice shirt and get told, ‘But it’s for ladies.’ I think: ‘Okaaaay? Doesn’t make me want to wear it less though… I think the moment you feel more comfortable with yourself, it all becomes a lot easier.” His feelings and sentiments compliment his recent album release, from donning a custom made Gucci for his photo cover for Fine Line, to a periwinkle suit from Harris Reed for his lead single Lights Up, or even a chiffon rose shirt from Swedish brand Lazoschmidl. “I think it’s a very free, and freeing, time,” adding, “I think people are asking, ‘Why not?’ a lot more. Which excites me,” Styles added.
  10. Move follows Trump's cancellation of new tariffs on Chinese products as part of 'phase one' trade deal. Photo: AFPSHANGHAI: China has suspended additional tariffs on some US goods that were meant to be implemented on December 15, the State Council’s customs tariff commission said on Sunday, after the world’s two largest economies agreed a “phase one” trade deal on Friday.The deal, rumors and leaks over which have gyrated world markets for months, reduces some US tariffs in exchange for what US officials said would be a big jump in Chinese purchases of American farm products and other goods.China’s retaliatory tariffs, which were due to take effect on December 15, were meant to target goods ranging from corn and wheat to US made vehicles and auto parts.Other Chinese tariffs that had already been implemented on US goods would be left in place, the commission said in a statement issued on the websites of government departments including China’s finance ministry.Read also: US axes tariffs on Chinese goods in trade war thaw“China hopes, on the basis of equality and mutual respect, to work with the United States, to properly resolve each other’s core concerns and promote the stable development of US-China economic and trade relations,” it added.Beijing has agreed to import at least $200 billion in additional US goods and services over the next two years on top of the amount it purchased in 2017, the top US trade negotiator said Friday.A statement issued by the United States Trade Representative also on Friday said the United States would leave in place 25 per cent tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese goods.
  11. LAHORE: A CCTV footage of the lawyers attack on the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) surfaced on Thursday in which scores of lawyers can be seen barging into the hospital, vandalising property and beating hospital staff. The video shows an angry mob of lawyers carrying sticks bursting through the entrance of the emergency ward. The lawyers can be seen smashing windows with stones and beating up the hospital staff with sticks. One of the lawyers can be seen hurling a fire extinguisher across the floor in anger. The faces of the lawyers who can be seen in the video destroying property and assaulting the hospital staff can be identified easily. A group of lawyers on Wednesday stormed the emergency ward of the PIC in Lahore, vandalising public property, setting a police vehicle on fire and attacking provincial minister Fayyaz ul Hasan Chohan.Following the attack, a woman died due to lack of medical attention, while several patients were forced out of the building to sit on footpaths.As per the deceased woman's son, his mother complained of pain, after which he tried to get hold of a doctor but the doctors went on a strike due to the attack.Videos of the incident shared on Twitter showed police officials, clad in riot gear, were rendered helpless as a swarm of lawyers, outnumbering the law enforcement personnel, broke the entrance of the hospital. There were reports of casualties at the emergency ward of the hospital as a result of the confusion and fear that spread inside the facility as the lawyers barged into the building.
  12. LAHORE: Following the attack on the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC), the government decided on Wednesday to deploy Rangers at important locations of the city. According to the interior ministry, 10 platoons and two companies of the paramilitary force have been deployed in the city. One platoon will be deployed at the Governor House while another will be stationed at the area surrounding Lahore GOR I and II. READ MORE: Angry mob of lawyers storm emergency ward of Lahore hospital, one deadThe rest of the platoons, one each, will be deployed at the GPO Chowk Mall Road, Punjab Assembly, the Supreme Court Registry, Lahore High Court, Civil Secretariat, Aiwan-e-Adal, the IG office. One platoon will also be deployed at the PIC. Two companies will be present in the city as a reserve force. Rangers have been deployed in the city as per the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 4(XXII) and 5. The paramilitary force has been deployed under the Pakistan Rangers Ordinance 1959 provision seven and 10. Lawyers attack hospital staff, doctors at the PICA group of lawyers stormed the emergency ward of the PIC, vandalising public property, setting a police vehicle on fire and attacking provincial minister Fayyaz ul Hasan Chohan.Following the attack, a woman died due to lack of medical attention, while several patients were forced out of the building to sit on footpaths.As per the deceased woman's son, his mother complained of pain, after which he tried to get hold of a doctor but the doctors went on a strike due to the attack.Videos of the incident shared on Twitter showed police officials, clad in riot gear, were rendered helpless as a swarm of lawyers, outnumbering the law enforcement personnel, broke the entrance of the hospital.There were reports of casualties at the emergency ward of the hospital as a result of the confusion and fear that spread inside the facility as the lawyers barged into the building. It was not clear why the group of lawyers stormed the cardiology hospital.
  13. LAHORE: Punjab Bar Council (PBC) Vice Chairman Shahnawaz Ismail said on Wednesday that the lawyers' attack at a Lahore hospital was their reaction to a video that went viral the previous day. Ismail said that a couple of days ago, the doctors and hospital staff at the PIC beat up a lawyer who had brought his mother to the hospital for treatment. He said that the health of the lawyer's mother deteriorated as a result of doctors' negligence. READ MORE: Angry mob of lawyers storm emergency ward of Lahore hospital, one dead"When we filed a case against those responsible, police didn't arrest anyone," he said."This is only a reaction to the video that went viral yesterday and doctors are responsible for the clash that took place."Ismail was referring to the video of a doctor who was saying that when a group of lawyers went to the secretariat and also requested the Punjab IG to register cases against doctors, they were told that nothing could be done about it. The video ends with the doctor making fun of lawyers and talking about how they were beaten up. PIC Chief Executive Dr Saqib Shafi said that the hospital staff couldn't protect themselves against the lawyers. He demanded additional security for doctors and the hospital staff. The doctors and lawyers scuffle that took place last monthOn November 24, a lawyer named Azeem Sindhu had his mother admitted to the PIC. While his mother was being treated, lawyers accused the PIC doctors of negligence. A scuffle broke out between a group of lawyers and doctors in the hospital resulting in both parties registering cases against each other. The next day, doctors protested against lawyers and staged a dharna at Jail Road. The Grand Health Alliance also took part in the sit-in protest. On the other hand, lawyers protested by staging a dharna of their own at the civil secretariat outside the office of the chief secretary.Two PIC employees were arrested on Tuesday due to which doctors protested. The lawyers blamed police for not taking action against doctors and protested today as a result. During the protest, they stormed the emergency ward of the hospital.
  14. Lawyers protester is throwing shell on police during the clash between doctors and lawyers at the Punjab Institute of Cardiology in provincial capital. Photo: OnlineLAHORE: Following the call of the Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHCBA), lawyers in Lahore will observe a strike today against what they say is torture and arrest at the hand of police at the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC), The News reported. On Wednesday, the two-hour-long talks between lawyers and city administration failed, following which the LHCBA announced they will observe a strike.A group of lawyers stormed the emergency ward of PIC on Wednesday afternoon and vandalised public property, set a police vehicle on fire and attacked provincial minister Fayyaz ul Hasan Chohan.Videos of the incident shared on Twitter showed police officials, clad in riot gear, were rendered helpless as a swarm of lawyers, outnumbering the law enforcement personnel, broke the entrance of the hospital.Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) Vice-Chairman Syed Amjad Shah denied the involvement of bar representatives in the incident and strongly condemned the incident. Shah said the bar will take action against those responsible for the incident. Read also: Angry mob of lawyers storm emergency ward of Lahore hospitalMeanwhile, PBC Vice-Chairman Shah Nawaz Imaeel, member PBC Ahsan Bhoon, LHCBA’s President Hafeez ur Rehman, secretary LHCBA Fayyaz Ranjha, President Lahore Bar Association Asim Cheema and others met LHC Chief Justice-designate Justice Mamoon Rashid Sheikh on Wednesday evening to demand release of the arrested lawyers and to cancel the first information report against them. A man helps a patient outside a cardiac hospital following an attack by lawyers in the premises in Lahore on December 11, 2019. Photo: AFpSeparately, government hospitals in Islamabad will observe a two-hour token strike today to express solidarity with health professionals of the Punjab Institute of Cardiology, The News reported. “The All Employees PIMS Restoration Movement (AEPRM) strongly condemns the terrorist attack carried out at the Punjab Institute of Cardiology by so-called lawyers. We stand by our brothers and sisters at PIC at this crucial moment and condemn the criminal negligence of the Punjab government, which failed to extend security to health professionals in the province,” AEPRM’s spokesman Dr Asfandyar said.Demanding the arrest of culprits involved in the incident and resignations of Inspector General police and Punjab health minister, Dr Asfandyar, termed the day as a ‘Black Day’ and criticized the government and the police for acting as silent spectators while lawyers indulged in “acts of terrorism.” He insisted that action be taken against those who miserably failed to uphold their image as custodians of the law. “Our ultimate demand will be the passage of a security bill for hospitals from the National Assembly,” Dr Asfandyar added.Punjab CM forms investigative committeePunjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar on Wednesday ordered the formation of an investigative committee under provincial Law Minister Raja Basharat.Provincial Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid, IG police and additional chief secretary interior are also part of the committee. The committee has been tasked to investigate the incident and submit the report to the chief minister.
  15. LAHORE: Punjab Law Minister Raja Basharat said on Wednesday that 39 people have been arrested in relation to the attack by protesting lawyers in the city, which claimed the life of one female patient and wounded several others.A group of lawyers on Wednesday stormed the emergency ward of Punjab Institute of Cardiology in Lahore, vandalising public property, setting a police vehicle on fire and attacking provincial minister Fayyaz ul Hasan Chohan.Following the attack, a woman died due to lack of medical attention, while several patients were forced out of the building to sit on footpaths.In a media talk by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf ministers, Raja Basharat said that dereliction of duty shown by police is also being investigated. He said that the prime minister has taken notice of the incident and directed the Punjab government to take immediate action in this regard.“Some of those who were a part of the violence have been identified,” said the provincial law minister. He further said that if provincial ministers Fayyaz-ul-Hasan Chohan and Dr Yasmin Rashid were not present at that time more damage could have been inflicted.Fayyaz-ul-Hasan Chohan hints at PML-N involvement in attackPunjab Information Minister Chohan claimed that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz workers are behind the attack on him, which took place earlier today.“The list has surfaced on social media of those PML-N workers who attacked me. Those PML-N workers have their pictures with Hamza Shehbaz and Maryam Nawaz,” he said."Gullu Butts have taken law into their hands"Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting, Firdous Ashiq Awan likened the lawyers’ attack to that of Gullu Butt, who was one of the main vandals in 2014 protests.The SAPM said that the perpetrators of the attack will be badly punished, adding that the "black sheep among lawyers will be exposed"."Doctors chanted slogans against me, but I stand with them"Provincial minister Dr Yasmin Rashid said that at the time of the attack when she reached the site of incident, doctors also chanted slogans against her, but she stands with them."It was really shameful to attack the hospital," said the provincial minister.Dr Rashid expressed her anger, saying: "My blood boils at what these rogue lawyers have done today. We have lost precious lives and our doctors have come under attack. Let it be clear, NOT ONE of them will be spared. I will ensure they are charged for murder under Article 302."
  16. Federal Interior Minister Ijaz Shah on Wednesday constituted a high-level inquiry committee to investigate the lawyers attack that took place at Lahore’s Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC).The interior minister wondered why the attack had taken place when issues between the lawyers and doctors had been resolved. “Action will be taken against anyone involved in the attack”, he said. "Hospitals have their own security but they can’t control a mob comprising of four to five thousand people,” he said.“I think the lawyers got upset after a video went viral on social media,” he added. He also said that a month ago, tensions between doctors and lawyers were resolved.Shehbaz Sharif and Ahsan Iqbal react to lawyers attackPML-N President Shehbaz Sharif said that the law of the land was "torn into pieces". Former interior minister Ahsan Iqbal criticised the government saying that “Where was the government today?” Marriyum Aurangzeb's condemnation Death of patients who were undergoing treatment in the hospital is saddening, said Pakistan Muslim League’s (PML-N) spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb."Today’s attack on Dr. Yasmin Rashid and Fayyaz Chohan is indeed condemnable. Unfortunately, this tradition has been set by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) itself," she said.PTI is reaping what is sowed against the opposition, she added. Imran Khan should come out of his hatred for Nawaz and focus on real issues at hand.
  17. Army chief lauds the achievements of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) — Photo: ISPRKAMRA: Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited Pakistan Aeronautical Complex Kamra on Thursday, stated Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor.According to the ISPR, the army chief was briefed about the ongoing projects. He also lauded the achievements of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF).“COAS lauded achievements of PAF and PAC towards attaining self-reliance and international standards in all its projects,” said the DG ISPR in a tweet on Twitter.
  18. Alia Bhatt, Deepika Padukone voted as 'Asia's Sexiest Women of 2019'Deepika Padukone and Alia Bhatt have taken home the coveted crown of being declared as Asia's sexiest women of 2019. Deepika is now the 'sexiest woman of the decade' whereas Alia Bhatt is the 'sexiest Asian female of 2019', according to a leading UK-based Weekly publication called Eastern Eye. "I've always believed that true beauty goes beyond what is seen and that is what really counts. We'll grow older, our appearances will change, but a good heart will always keep you beautiful and that is really what we should focus on," said Bhatt, for whom this year has been extra lucky as her film Gully Boy made it to the Oscars as India's official entry. The 26-year-old actress is a symbol of women empowerment and a representation of modern-age Bollywood actor.Meanwhile, Bollywood diva Deepika Padukone, after being voted as the sexiest woman of the decade said, "I am so grateful to all my fans who continue to vote for me every year. This one is for a decade of love, ups and downs, support and magic. I have never considered myself sexy, but I believe when you do you - that's sexy. And I hope I can continue to do just that." She also claimed a spot at second place following Bhatt on the Sexiest Asian Women 2019 list.Priyanka Chopra was placed on the 10th spot on the list of sexiest Asian women and second Sexiest women of the decade. Katrina Kaif followed the fellow actresses and came in fourth while Sonam Kapoor was placed on the 10th spot. 36th spot was taken by the new Bollywood sensation Ananya Panday while Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was placed on 39th spot. The Sexiest Asian Female list is based on online votes, media coverage, impact and heat generated across various social media platforms.
  19. Various sections of PPC regarding assault, rioting, dacoity mentioned in FIR; an ATA section also included. Photo: AFP LAHORE: Punjab Police on Thursday registered two cases against 250 lawyers under various criminal charges for allegedly attacking Pakistan Institute of Cardiology (PIC) and ransacking the property in Lahore a day earlier.A first information report (FIR) was registered against 200-250 unidentified lawyers on the complaint of an official of the hospital, while another was registered on the complaint of police in which 15 lawyers were nominated. The cases were registered under various sections of the Pakistan Penal Code, including 322 (qatl-bis-sabab), 452 (trespassing), 353 (assault to deter public servant from performing duty), 354 (assault on woman to outrage her modesty), 148 (rioting with deadly weapon), 395 (dacoity) as well as Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA).The provincial capital remained under the grip of fear and chaos as angry lawyers attacked the PIC, leaving three patients dead as riots and vandalism began in and outside the facility.Punjab Health Minister Yasmeen Rashid later told the media that the casualties took place after doctors were unable to provide the patients timely treatment during their bid to avert the assault.A group of more than 200 lawyers, who had ongoing issues with the doctors of the PIC, stormed the hospital, vandalised property and damaged dozens of vehicles of visitors. They also set ablaze a police van.The incident was reportedly triggered by a video clip of some doctors, who had ridiculed the lawyers.Punjab Information Minister Fayaz-ul-Hasan Chohan, who arrived at the hospital to mediate, was also manhandled by the mob of lawyers.According to the FIR registered on the complaint of Saqib Shafi Sheikh on behalf of the PIC against leaders of legal fraternity, the administration was informed about the lawyers moving towards the cardiac hospital at around noon on Wednesday. The group, as per the details provided to the police, was led by Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHBCA) General Secretary Malik Maqsood Khokar, vice-president Aijaz Basra, Rana Intezar, Rana Adeel, Azeem Sindhu, Ghulam Abbas and Sahira Awan.The complainant also accused them of instigating violence against the doctors and asking their fellow lawyers to attack anyone coming their way.Private television channels showed live footage of the scuffles from the scene where some of the lawyers were also seen brandishing pistols and firing shots in the air.Prime Minister Imran Khan, who ordered an inquiry into the incident, directed Punjab provincial government to take stern action against all those involved in the attack.Strike call by lawyersThe LHBCA has called a province-wide strike against the arrests made by police. The police have detained several lawyers who were believed to be involved in the violenceRangers deployedThe provincial government also deployed personnel of Punjab Rangers at 10 locations in Lahore in order to control the situation. A platoon each has been deployed at Governor’s House, both sides of GOR I and II, Punjab Assembly, GPO Chowk, The Mall, Punjab Civil Secretariat, Aiwan-e-Adal, Supreme Court Lahore Registry, Lahore High Court, office of IG Punjab, and Punjab Institute of Cardiology.
  20. Millions of smartphone users learned through the Blue Alert that a suspect accused of killing a police office is on the loose.According to police, 21-year-old Tavores D. Henderson is accused of killing Nassau Bay Police Sergeant Kaila Sullivan, 43, Tuesday night.The suspect managed to escape as he was being handcuffed. The deceased police officer was hit by the suspect’s vehicle when he fled the scene.Authorities have announced a reward of up to $20,000 for information leading to Henderson's arrest.Launched in Texas in 2008, chief purpose of the Blue Alert was to let the people across the state know when an offender who killed or seriously injured a federal, state or local law enforcement officer in the line of duty is on the run.There are four criteria that must be met to issue the alert:A law enforcement officer must have been killed or seriously injured by an offender.The investigating law enforcement agency must determine that the offender poses a serious risk or threat to the public and other law enforcement personnel.A detailed description of the offender's vehicle, vehicle tag, or partial tag must be available for broadcast to the public.The investigating law enforcement agency of jurisdiction must recommend activation of the Blue Alert to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).Texas is one of the 34 states that currently has the system in place.
  21. The 11th draw of the prize bond worth Rs 40,000 (Premium) is being held today, Tuesday, December 10, 2019 in Quetta, according to National Savings.The draw results will be published on Geo.tv as soon as the balloting is completed.Today's draw is Number 11 for Rs 40,000 prize bond (Premium).The previous draw for Rs40,000 Prize Bond (Premium) was held on 11 September 2019 in Muzaffarabad.The first prize for Rs 40,000 prize bond (Premium) will be whopping Rs 80,000,000 while the second prize of worth Rs. 30,000,000 will go to three lucky winners.Other 660 lucky winners of Rs 40,000 Prize Bond (Premium) will get Rs 500,000 each as third prize.
  22. Tarps cover the pitch grounds to protect them from the rain after the Pakistan v Sri Lanka ODI cricket match was cancelled due to weather at the National Stadium in Karachi, Pakistan September 27, 2019. Photo: ReutersThere is a lot more at stake than World Test Championship points for Pakistan when they host Sri Lanka in a two-match series this month as the country hosts its first Tests on home soil since the 2009 attack on Sri Lanka’s team bus in Lahore.That attack left six security personnel and two civilians dead and six players injured, and saw Pakistan spend the next decade in the Test wilderness as teams refused to play there.With the country’s cricket board (PCB) giving assurances that Pakistan was safe to travel, Sri Lanka returned to play several limited overs matches earlier this year, though 10 key players opted out citing security concerns.Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne said it was now time to bring Test cricket back to Pakistan.“After the 2009 incident, players were scared to travel to Pakistan,” he said in a PCB podcast.“But our T20 and ODI teams have toured the country and they told us that security and other arrangements were really good.“All our guys are ready to play. We are looking forward to a good series in Pakistan.”The series, which begins in Rawalpindi on Wednesday, will be as much a test of Pakistan’s organisational abilities as its cricketing skills.The PCB has promised watertight security for the tour and has invited Bandula Warnapura and Javed Miandad, captains in the first Test between the teams in 1982, for the series opener.“December 11 will be a very special day in Pakistan cricket history and it is appropriate that it is celebrated with Bandula Warnapura and Javed Miandad on our side,” PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani said in a statement.“PCB will continue to hold similar events ... as we are now on the road to hosting regular international cricket at home.”Pakistan, who were forced to play their “home” Tests at neutral venues, will look to use the series as an opportunity to bounce back after being swept 2-0 in Australia, suffering innings defeats both in Brisbane and Adelaide.Sri Lanka will be playing under new head coach Mickey Arthur, who only took charge last Thursday and will start his tenure against his former employers Pakistan.The tourists suffered a blow hours before their departure for Pakistan on Sunday when quick Suranga Lakmal was ruled out of the series with dengue fever.Uncapped Asitha Fernando, currently playing in the South Asian Games in Nepal, will join the squad ahead of the second Test in Karachi from December 19.The series is part of the World Test Championship, which sees the top nine test nations face-off over a two-year period, scoring points based on their success and culminating in a final at Lord’s in June 2021.
  23. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored his 13th goal of the season as Arsenal beat West Ham 3-1. Photo: AFPArsenal caretaker manager Freddie Ljungberg believes a weight has been lifted off his players´ shoulders after a three-goal blitz in nine second-half minutes beat West Ham 3-1 on Monday to end the Gunners´ worst winless run in 42 years.Another miserable night for the Swede seemed in store when the visitors trailed at half-time to Angelo Ogbonna´s deflected header.However, Arsenal suddenly sparked into life after Gabriel Martinelli scored his first Premier League goal as Nicolas Pepe finally started to deliver on his club record £72 million fee by curling home a brilliant second, before crossing for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to secure all three points."It means so much for the players. They have been living under enormous pressure and you see it in their performances," said Ljungberg."You can see the players have been a bit low and you see in the dressing room the relief and how happy they are."A first win in 10 games in all competitions lifts Arsenal up to ninth and cuts the gap on fourth-placed Chelsea to seven points in the battle for Champions League qualification next season.Ljungberg reacted to taking just one point from his opening two games in temporary charge against lowly Norwich and Brighton by making five changes with Martinelli and Pepe among those coming into the side.Pepe´s inability to make an impact has been one of the major reasons for Arsenal´s struggles, but the Ivorian looked a new player after curling home his first Premier League goal from open play 24 minutes from time."Nicolas is an amazing football player, but it is not easy to come from the French league into the Premier League and adjust straight away," added Ljungberg."It was an amazing goal and he´ll get better and better."West Ham ´dominated for 60 minutes´ Not much had improved in Ljungberg´s first two games since replacing the sacked Unai Emery and it was the same tame and lifeless Arsenal for the first hour against a West Ham side that have won just once in their last 11 games."I think we dominated the game for 60 minutes and after that in 10 minutes we lose the game," said West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini, who is under increasing pressure as his side sit just one point above the relegation zone.Another home defeat means the Hammers have taken just one point from their last five games at the London Stadium and the home side were booed off at full-time."You understand the boos because the last five games we played here we didn´t win," added Pellegrini. "You cannot concede three goals in every game."In a first half of precious little good football it was fitting the opener arrived in scrappy fashion as Ogbonna´s attempted header came off his shoulder and deflected off Martinelli to wrong-foot Bernd Leno in the Arsenal goal.But one moment changed the course of the game when Sead Kolasinac burst down the left and crossed low for Martinelli to slot home his eighth goal of the season after impressing in the League Cup and Europa League.Suddenly the confidence which Emery and Ljungberg bemoaned had drained away from their players in recent times was restored, none more so than in Pepe, who cut inside onto his favoured left foot and curled into the top corner.Pepe then turned provider for Aubameyang to slide in for his 13th goal of the campaign."At half-time, Freddie told us to play with a higher tempo," said Aubameyang."We have the quality in the squad, and if we believe in ourselves, we can go forward and win games. We will take this second half as an example for the rest of the season."
  24. Indian Home Minister Amit Shah. Photo: AFPNEW DELHI: The lower house of the Indian legislature passed controversial legislation early Tuesday that will grant citizenship to religious minorities from neighbouring countries, but not Muslims, amid raucous scenes in parliament and protests in the northeast of the country.The Citizenship Amendment Bill provides that Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, and Christians fleeing persecution in Muslim-majority Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan can be granted citizenship. It comfortably passed the lower house with 311 votes in favour and 80 against just after midnight."This bill is in line with India’s centuries old ethos of assimilation and belief in humanitarian values," Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, adding that he was "delighted" about its passage. But to Muslim organisations, rights groups and others, the bill is part of Modi’s push to marginalise India’s 200-million-strong Islamic minority. The Indian government denies the charges. "This is not a bill that is discriminatory," Home Minister Amit Shah said. "This is a bill to give rights, not to take them away from anybody."Testy debateModi’s government had tried to shepherd the legislation through parliament during its first term in power, but it failed in the upper house, where Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies lack a majority.After sweeping to victory in the April-May national elections, the BJP is now more confident it can push the bill through both chambers.During a lengthy debate marked by angry exchanges, opposition Congress lawmaker Shashi Tharoor said the bill "infringes upon the principle of equality before law" guaranteed to all persons, including non-citizens.The legislation seeks to amend the Citizenship Act of 1955, which prohibits illegal migrants from applying for Indian citizenship.Under Modi, several cities perceived to have Islamic-sounding names have been renamed, while some school textbooks have been altered to downplay Muslims’ contributions to India.In August, his administration rescinded the partial autonomy of Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, India’s only Muslim-majority state, and split it into two. On Monday, 100 scientists and scholars at institutions in India and abroad published a joint letter expressing their "dismay" at the legislation, saying the constitution called for members of all faiths to be treated equally.But, they wrote, Modi’s "proposed bill would mark a radical break with this history and would be inconsistent with the basic structure of the constitution". The letter said such a careful exclusion of Muslims would "greatly strain" India’s pluralism.'Against infiltrators'The government has defended the bill, saying it was only aimed at flushing out infiltrators, and that Muslims did not face persecution in the three neighbouring countries."I say this again and again that this bill has nothing to do with the Muslims in this country. The Muslims in this country will be able to live here with dignity, are living here, and will continue to do so," Shah said."What are we doing now? We are giving the minority their rights." Shah has recently also proposed a "national register of citizens" that would see "each and every infiltrator identified and expelled" from India by 2024.The citizenship bill has led to protests in India’s northeastern states, where residents are unhappy about an influx of Hindus from neighbouring Bangladesh.In Guwahati in Assam state, protestors set fire to tyres, while tribal groups staged protests in Tripura. On Monday, prominent political groups opposing the bill called for a complete shutdown across all the states in the northeast on Tuesday.
  25. David Datuna eats the extremely expensive banana. Photo: BBCNEW YORK: Performance artist David Datuna waited two hours until "I was hungry" before eating a pricey banana artwork in Miami, he explained with laughter on Monday after returning to New York."It's the first time one artist eats art of another artist," he said in a mirth-filled press conference.The Tbilisi-born Datuna, who has lived in New York for 22 years, shook up the Art Basel Florida modern art show Saturday when he ate the real banana that had been plastered to the wall as part of a work by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan.The work had been sold for $120,000. In spite of the price, "it tasted like a regular banana," Datuna said. Datuna added that he didn't need the publicity. But he basked in his latest exploit, boasting that a video of his "performance" had generated 40,000 to 50,000 messages on Instagram, many of them congratulatory.Georgian-born artist Datuna praised Cattelan, who is perhaps best known for his work "America," a toilet made of 18-carat gold. Cattelan's ideas are "genius," said Datuna, who has never met the Italian. "But I like also what I did."Datuna has previously shown works at the Smithsonian Institute's National Portrait Gallery in Washington and recently opened a gallery in Long Island City, New York.In June 2017, shortly after President Donald Trump announced he would withdraw the US from the Paris climate agreement, Datuna created a work with Trump's name in dry ice on a Manhattan sidewalk.The installation, titled "this too shall pass," gradually melted as New Yorkers gawked at the work. Datuna said he has planned his next surprise for the Super Bowl, the National Football League championship on February 2, also in Miami.
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