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FC arrest two suspects, seize explosives in Chaman operation

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 07:11

QUETTA: Frontiers Corps (FC) arrested two suspects and seized an explosive-laden vehicle in a search operation on Friday from Roghani area of Chaman district in Balochistan.

According to a FC spokesperson, two suspects were arrested during the operation from Chaman and a vehicle carrying 1200kg of explosives was also seized.

Read: Firing by unidentified assailants leaves 20 labourers dead, 3 injured in Balochistan

Situation in Balochistan has become complex in recent years, with security forces, as well as civilians being a regular target of insurgent forces.

On Thursday, an FC soldier was killed and two others were injured in a rocket attack on an under-construction in the Tasp area of Panjgur district.

Police: Muslims threw Christians overboard during Med voyage

Earlier on April 11, firing by unidentified assailants left 20 labourers dead and three injured in Balochistan’s Turbat area.

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‘Technical Error’ the Gabbar of ‘Sholay 3D’s’ premiere

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 07:00

KARACHI: Just when the audience awaited Basanti’s dance for Gabbar and his dacoits the screen went black and a few seconds later the soon audio followed, disrupting the movie’s build towards its iconic climax.

The premiere of the Bollywood classic Sholay held at Atrium Cinemas on Thursday had been going quite strong, much like Jai and Veeru’s bond in the film, until it abruptly stopped twice due to ‘technical difficulties’.

The problem persisted despite it being fixed twice. Director of Mandviwalla Entertainment, Aadil Mandviwalla later addressed the issue by saying, “Unfortunately due to some power-outage and technical issues the movie stopped with about 15 minutes remaining till its finish.” This incident can stain the reputation of the cinema and bear to be a problem for future show screenings at Atrium, however it did not deter Aadil Mandviwalla. He optimistically remarked, “Such issues tend to happen at all cinemas across Pakistan and even the world.”

According to Aadil, the movie projector despite being in use for several years is still in its ‘testing phase’ and it is difficult for cinema owners to account for such problems. “We have technicians with us who are trained from Kinoton and Barco. We stayed back till around 5 or 6 in the morning and sorted out the problem. Hopefully the remainder of the shows will not face such an issue,” he claimed.

The premiere was attended by the members of Pakistan media fraternity and the red carpet was an exciting affair with stalwarts of the past and some of the rising stars, sharing their excitement regarding the screening of Sholay in Pakistan. Renowned ad-filmmaker and music video director Saqib Malik was excited about the shows screening and excalimed, “Ever since I was born I have always been told how great the film Sholay and how it was the most ‘ultimate’ film ever made. And since I have never seen it on the big screen I am very excited about finally watching it cinemas and that too in 3D.”

He also shared his views on doing a remake of Sholay and discussed his cast-to-be. Saqib said, “First of all I would never re-make Sholay because Ram Gopal Varma (of Bollywood) already did it and he got a lot of stick for it. But if I were to, then for Jai’s role it would be none other than my brother Adnan Malik and for Veeru’s – I might just go with Fawad Khan.”

Actor Alyy Khan, who has starred in several Bollywood films and Pakistani TV serials revealed his fondness for the movie especially, Gabbar Singh. He said, “I’d like to play Gabbar, as he is not only a larger than life villain but also an iconic character. And there are very few villains like him.” Despite claiming to be an ardent fan, Alyy left the film halfway through as he, “wasn’t satisfied with the large jarring sounds.”

Reacting to a low turn-out at the premiere, Mandviwalla commented that the fact to hold it on a weekday could have been the reason behind it. But he still expects people to come and see this hit and get an opportunity to revisit the glory days of cinema.

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Improving ties: Afghan army chief to serve as chief guest at Kakul passing out parade

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 06:25

ISLAMABAD: In yet another sign of improving ties between the two neighbors, the Afghan army chief will be attending the passing out parade at the Pakistan Military Academy Kakul as chief guest on Saturday.

Chief of General Staff Afghan National Army General Sher Mohammad Karimi arrived in Islamabad on Friday on a two-day visit to Pakistan.

He visited the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi and held talks with Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.

During the meeting, matters related to peace and stability in the region, especially in Afghanistan, Pak-Afghan border management and measures to further enhance defence and training cooperation between armies of both the countries were discussed.

Earlier, on arrival at the General Headquarters, a smartly turned out contingent of Pakistan Army presented Guard of Honour to the dignitary. General Sher Mohammad Karimi also laid floral wreath at Yadgar-e-Shuhada and offered Fateha for them.

The military’s media wing said the Afghan military chief will be the chief guest at the passing out parade at PMA Kakul, and address the parade on Saturday.

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Indian father plans to sell kidney to save obese children

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 06:15

INDIAN: An impoverished Indian father plans to sell his own kidney to fund life-saving treatment for his three morbidly-obese children.

Sisters Yogita Rameshbhai Nandwana, 5, and Anisha, 3, and their 18-month-old brother Harsh, are among the world’s heaviest young children.

Weighing 34kg, 48kg and 15kg respectively, the food they eat in a week is enough to feed two families in a month.

PHOTO: COVER ASIA PRESS

Their father Rameshbhai Nandwana, 34, of Gurjarat, India, is planning to sell his kidney to obtain the money needed to see top specialists.

“If my kids continue to grow at this rapid rate, they will have major health issues. We’re terrified they will die,” he said.

Yogita and Anisha’s daily intake of food comprises 18 chapatis, three pounds of rice, two bowls of broth, six packets of crisps, five packs of biscuits, 12 bananas and a litre of milk.

Read: Risk of diabetes 9.6m children either overweight or obese: Envoy

Their extreme hunger means that their mother Pragna Ben, 30, spends most of her day in the kitchen preparing their meals.

“My day starts with making 30 chapatis and a kilo of vegetable curry in the morning. After that I am again in the kitchen preparing more food,” their mother said.

She added, “Their hunger never stops. They demand food all the time and cry and scream if they’re not fed. I am always in the kitchen cooking for them.”

PHOTO: COVER ASIA PRESS

The couple is also parents to Bhavika, 6, who weighs an average 16kgs.

“When Yogita was born, she was extremely weak and weighed just 1.5kg. We were worried for her health,” Nandwana said. “So, we fed her a lot during the first year of her life to build her strength and by her first birthday she had bloated to 12kgs.

Similarly, the third daughter Anisha gained weight and weighed 15kg by the time she was one. The couple realised their children were suffering from a disorder when their son gained weight rapidly in his first year.

Read: How mother’s lifestyle affects obesity risk of kids

“We started looking for medical help and consulted many doctors but they would just refer us to bigger hospitals that I couldn’t afford,” the father explained.

With a salary of just Rs3,000 a month, Nandwana is still able to fulfill the growing appetite of his children. Working for a daily wage, he explained that there are some days when there is no work at all.

“I work in fields, dig wells, and do whatever menial job I can find to earn money,” he said, adding, “I’m constantly worried about finding the money to feed my hungry children.”

Despite his paltry income, Nandwana spends about Rs10,000 a month on food for his children and says he “cannot leave them starving”.

PHOTO: COVER ASIA PRESS

“If I don’t have the money, I borrow it from my brothers and friends. But I make sure I feed my children when they need,” he added.

The father has spent Rs50,000 seeing doctors and seeking treatment over the last three years. However, there has not been any improvement in his children’s condition.

“As parents, it pains us immensely to see them unable to move,” the father said. “They cannot walk; they cannot do anything on their own. Selling my kidney is a desperate measure. I’m now desperate to get the right help for my children,” he said.

Their mother cannot pick them up so she has to watch them roll around when her husband is at work — or use a trolley to pull them around.

“They need me to help them bath or when they need the toilet. I’m only 40 kg so it’s impossible for me to pick them up. It’s very difficult when my husband is at work,” the mother said.

The children are restricted in their movements due to which they are unable to attend school. All they do is play with each other all day.

“I want my daughters to get an education and play like other kids. I want them to have a life. This is no life,” the mother said.

Local doctors believe the children are suffering from Prader-Willi syndrome, but do not know how to treat it.

The rare genetic condition constant hunger, reduced muscle tone, restricted growth and learning difficulties.

PHOTO: COVER ASIA PRESS

A pediatrician at Mandavia Children’s Hospital in Gujarat said, “There is an abnormal accumulation of fat in these children. They’re not able to breathe properly, and they wheeze. Their condition could be due to endocrinal disease or Prader-Willi syndrome.”

The pediatrician concluded that the right treatment could only be ascertained after a proper diagnosis at a top hospital.

This article originally appeared on Mail Online

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PM meets PIA union officials, expresses desire to revive national carrier

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 06:01

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met Pakistan International Airline (PIA) Air League union officials at the PM House here this morning, where he expressed desire to revive the national carrier.

The premier congratulated the Air League for taking the office of Collective Bargaining Agent (CBA) and expressed hope that the League would work towards bring improvement in the national airline.

Read: All-economy plane: PIA to add more ATRs to fleet

He told the meetings’ attendees that PIA has a glorious past and the people of Pakistan expect its employees to work hard to bring it back to the same level. A monolithic workforce is required in PIA to lead the national flag carrier towards progress and development, he said.

Read: Chinese firms show interest in PIA

Prime Minister Nawaz said PIA has lot of potential for revival, which needs to be harnessed with consistent efforts. The government, being the major stakeholder, will always remain committed to achieve this objective, he said.

Read: Woes and worries: PIA unions against new aviation policy

According to the PM, every employee of PIA should join hands with the government in its efforts to revive and revamp the national carrier in order to make it a more responsive and profit-earning entity.

Read: Heathrow demotes PIA over crew violations, issues warning

PM Nawaz said that $15 million had been provided to PIA for inducting 15 aircraft in its fleet on dry lease, as equity, in order to revive the corporation. Besides, Rs16 billion have been given to PIA from the national exchequer as a bailout package. He said he would visit PIA headquarters in Karachi and seek a detailed presentation on improving its image and service, while reducing its losses.

Read: PIA – a skeletal ghost of its storied past

The premier was informed that Air League is currently the representative body of more than 8,000 employees. The union officials apprised the prime minister of various matters relating to PIA and gave suggestions for its revival.

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Zayn’s twin steals ex-1D’s thunder

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 05:10

Looks like 1D won’t be without Zayn Malik for long, they can make do with Flamur Ukshini. The 23 year-old model was discovered by a Zayn Malik fan and has since been followed by the 1000s on Instagram.

Zayn’s doppelgänger is a university student in Kosovo and has become an internet sensation after being discovered on social media. His Instagram boasts more than 44,000 followers after being found.

#FlamurUkshini

A photo posted by Flamur Ukshini (@flamuruk) on Mar 20, 2015 at 11:58am PDT

Made in Kosovo ✌

A photo posted by Flamur Ukshini (@flamuruk) on Apr 25, 2014 at 10:48am PDT

The resemblance between the two is uncanny, however, the student/part-time model doesn’t think so. In an interview with Femail he said, “In the beginning I didn’t realise we looked the same, because I didn’t know him.”

#menswear #menstyle

A photo posted by Flamur Ukshini (@flamuruk) on Feb 22, 2015 at 6:08am PST

Photo by the amazing @fadilberisha

A photo posted by Flamur Ukshini (@flamuruk) on Sep 15, 2014 at 8:58am PDT

Ironically, he doesn’t know about the ex-1D star who girls world over are crazy for and soon realised that he was stealing somebody else’s stardom, “When people on the street wanted to take pictures with me I was surprised, but then I started to realise that I look very much like somebody I don’t know and who has to be famous,” said Flamur.

What a nice day with my brother in germany ❤️

A photo posted by Flamur Ukshini (@flamuruk) on Nov 16, 2014 at 9:50am PST

Is it possible for One Direction to sign Flamur on board? Will Zayn be replaced by his look-alike heartthrob? Either way, fans are going crazy for this new Zayn and cannot contain their excitement on Twitter:

@UkshiniFlamur you have a gorgeous face , like honestly. Genetics has blessed you. Keep doing you.

— zayn makes me strong (@dexter_table) April 16, 2015

@UkshiniFlamur omg!!!!! Zayn's look alike noticed me! Omg! I saw your IG. You are famous And you are hot too

— Shahima Khan (@shahimakhan) April 16, 2015

@UkshiniFlamur ok, real question is: are you & @zaynmalik twin brothers?

— Winter Missy ❄ (@Guilty_Larry) August 29, 2014

@UkshiniFlamur BTW your pics give me life

— Winter Missy ❄ (@Guilty_Larry) August 26, 2014

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In India, 800 Valmiki Hindus convert to Islam to save homes from demolition

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 05:07

More than 800 members of the Hindu Valmiki community converted to Islam in the Rampur district of India’s Uttar Pradesh province on April 14 to save their homes from demoltion.

Members of the community staged a protest last week against a proposed demolition drive by authorities, threatening to convert en masse to Islam. The Valmiki families panicked when civic authorities allegedly painted red marks outside their homes, an indication that the buildings were earmarked for demolition.

Read: Muslim, Christian population could be nearly equal by 2050: study

“A municipal employee had come to our locality a few days ago and asked us to vacate our houses,” a resident of Valmiki Basti said.

“When we expressed our inability to do so, he advised us to convert to Islam in order to save our houses from being brought down. For us, it made sense because a few settlements belonging to the minority community in our vicinity have been spared the demolition,” the resident added.

Read: Indian archbishop slams RSS chief over Mother Teresa conversion claim

According to Valmiki families, in place of their houses, a shopping mall will be built which is said to have the backing of UP minister and Rampur strongman Azam Khan.

“Those converting to Islam should clearly understand that this is not going to help them in any manner,” UP minister Azam Khan’s media in-charge Fasahat Ali Khan told The Times of India. “Encroachment of public land in any form by any community is totally unacceptable. In Rampur, the majority of those evicted from government lands are Muslims.”

Read: Discord in India: BJP lawmaker plans mass conversion of Muslims, Christians

Although the cleric who was supposed to assist with the conversion did not show up, members of the community sported skullcaps and declared that they were now Muslims.

Read: Alleged forced conversion sparks protest in Sukkur

“Though the additional district magistrate (city) visited our locality earlier and assured that nothing would happen to our houses, we can’t believe them. We need a written assurance. We have decided to become Muslims, come what may,” another resident Avinash Tapan said.

This story first appeared on The Times of India.

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Young Kurdish girl filmed firing machine gun at ‘IS militants’

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 05:06

Shocking footage shows a young Kurdish girl aiming and firing a machine gun into the desert, while claiming to have killed 400 Islamic State militants.

Sitting comfortably on a ridge, the girl tells the person behind the camera she is shooting at the IS before firing several rounds into the open.

When asked how many she has killed, she raises her hand, drawing out four fingers and says, “400”, while the cameraman cheers her on, saying, “kill kill!”

The girl held up her fingers to say she has killed ’400 militants’

Whether she was actually able to hit anything is uncertain.

Whereas IS is known to engage young children in fighting, the Kurds have so far restrained from involving children into battle. The militant group, on the other hand, has even claimed to be using children as executioners.

IS’ youngest recruits

The Kurds are more known for their female fighters who have been crucial in driving out IS. They believe women fighters are their strength against the militants.

The article originally appeared in Mail Online

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China says AIIB won’t be used for $46 billion Pakistan deal

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 04:38

BEIJING: China does not plan to use either its new Asian Infrastructure Development Bank (AIIB) or Silk Road fund to finance the $46 billion Pakistan-China Economic Corridor, with money to come from both countries instead, a senior diplomat said on Friday.

President Xi Jinping’s trip to Pakistan next week is expected to focus on the corridor, a planned network of roads, railways and energy projects linking Pakistan’s deepwater Gwadar port on the Arabian Sea with China’s far-western Xinjiang region.

It would shorten the route for China’s energy imports, bypassing the Straits of Malacca between Malaysia and Indonesia, a bottleneck at risk of blockade in wartime.

Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Liu Jianchao said the project would be good for Pakistan’s economic development, but would not be drawn on financing details.

“Several different facets will be utilised for the financing of these projects. Both sides will increase cooperation, to jointly provide financing support,” he told a news briefing.

“As to whether the AIIB or the Silk Road fund will be used, at present these (projects) are being looked into, or are in the planning stages. So at the moment we are not considering using these mechanisms or platforms or financial organizations to provide financing,” Liu said.

“The money needed is quite large, and China is willing to provide financing support to Pakistan,” he added, saying details would be released during the visit.

China announced last year it would contribute $40 billion to set up the Silk Road infrastructure fund to boost connectivity across Asia. The Beijing-founded AIIB will also invest in regional infrastructure.

Xi’s trip is his first outside of the country this year, and also the first visit by a Chinese head of state to Pakistan in nine years.

While the two countries refer to each other as “all-weather” friends, China has serious security concerns in Pakistan.

Beijing, concerned about stability in its far western region of Xinjiang, has long urged Islamabad to weed out what it says are Islamist separatists from there holed up in a lawless tribal belt on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, home to a mix of militant groups.

Liu said that said China and Pakistan had very effective cooperation in tackling the militants, and Beijing approved of Islamabad’s “resolute and decisive” actions on the problem.

Xi’s trip will also include Indonesia, where he will attend the 60th anniversary of the Bandung Conference, a gathering of Asian and African leaders opposed to colonialism.

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First woman to appear when you search ‘CEO’ in Google Images is Barbie

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 04:16

Ever searched the term “CEO” on Google Images? If you have, you may have noticed something strange.

Among all the men that appear in the search, a Barbie doll donning a suit, standing beside a desk with a laptop, is seen in the midst of all the men CEOs.

Earlier, The Verge had reported results the University of Washington published in a study that suggested people’s perceptions of certain careers can be influenced by search engine results.

The BBC said the study’s authors found “stereotype exaggeration and systematic under-representation of women in search results”.

University of Washington said that where a gender didn’t meet an occupational stereotype, search results were more likely to be “provocative or inappropriate”.

“A number of the top hits depicting women as construction workers are models in skimpy little costumes with a hard hat posing suggestively on a jackhammer. You get things that nobody would take as professional,” study co-author Cynthia Matuszek said.

Further, an analysis of Google Image results found that in some professions, women were massively underrepresented in comparison to reality.

For example, in the images found by a search of “author”, 25% of the subjects were female – compared to the actual 56% figure in the United States.

However, with professions such as nurse (86%) and engineer (13%), the search engine results were within 5% of the actual figures.

Participants of the study were asked what proportion of men and women worked in certain professions, then two weeks later, showed them the results.

They were asked again.

Some changed their mind the second time round and the study accredited 7% of the change to them being shown the search results.

Co-author Sean Munson declared: “Our hope is that this will become a question that designers of search engines might actually ask. They may come to a range of conclusions, but I would feel better if people are at least aware of the consequences and are making conscious choices around them.”

This article originally appeared on Buzzfeed.

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US military veterans release first ever anti-drone TV ads

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 11:05

A group of military veterans recently released TV ads against US drone strikes in countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Somalia and Yemen, California daily Sacramento Bee reported last week.

The graphic ads directly ask air force pilots to stop flying unmanned aircraft, calling the operations illegal and immoral.

According to the paper, the ads – sponsored by Veterans Democratic Club of Sacramento County and the Sacramento chapter of Veterans for Peace – are the first ever TV commercials that criticise US drone operations.

Knowdrones.com, the activist website that is spearheading the campaign, appeals for donations to continue the campaign: “We need your help to continue an extraordinary campaign that uses a 15-second television commercial to show the UNCENSORED TRUTH about drone murder to hundreds of thousands, or more, US television viewers!”

“It’s graphic but necessary,” the statement on the website reads.

The ads are aimed directly at drone pilots, support workers and their families, Nick Mottern, coordinator of the website, said last week.

“We felt that the president and the Congress had been totally unwilling not only to stop the killing, but to provide any information to the public on the scope of these attacks since they began,” Mottern told the Guardian separately.

“Drone killings violate law and morality” the on-screen messages in the ads read. “Drone pilots. Please refuse to fly. No one has to obey an immoral law.” The two 15-second ads include images from a drone operator’s video screen, an explosion, and civilians searching through rubble after an attack. One of the ads shows images of dead and mutilated children.

The voice-over on the ad says: “Drone pilots, please refuse to fly.”

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Mahira Khan joins Shah Rukh Khan in Mumbai for Raees shoot

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 10:55

Our very own Mahira Khan has joined megastar Shah Rukh Khan and the rest of the cast and crew of her Bollywood debut film Raees in Mumbai.

Mahira, who is in India for a 30-day schedule, will film scenes in Mumbai and Gujarat. Raees will have Shah Rukh play a Gujarati bootlegger while Mahira plays a Muslim girl. The film is set in the Muslim ghetto in Gujarat in the ’80s.

Ace actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui will be seen in the movie as a tough cop. Initially Farhan Akhtar was meant to play this role but he backed out citing date issues. He is however still very excited for the film, as can be gathered from his tweet:

On another note.. shoot of the attached film has commenced. Exciting times lie ahead. All the best to crew & cast. pic.twitter.com/2InDW8SQgI

— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) April 16, 2015

Earlier, Shah Rukh was quoted by DNA India as saying that no one can do justice to the film except him. “I have not yet done a rehearsal for the film, but I can assure you that no one can do the film like me. It sounds extremely pompous and arrogant, but I am being humble at the same time… I am surprised that not many filmmakers dare to make such films anymore.  I wonder why more such films don’t come to me…,” he said.

Speaking about his role Shah Rukh said, “It’s a very earthy role, something that I have missed doing for so many years. Today, I have reached a stage in life where I would want to go in the morning on the sets and feel I have put my best foot forward. I was like this in the first seven-eight years of my career.”

Both lead actors of the film are exceptionally busy this year. Mahira still has some work left on two of her Pakistani films Ho Mann Jahaan and Bin Roye. Trailers of both these films have been launched and have been earned tremendous praise.

Shah Rukh meanwhile has had a busy couple of months shooting for Fan, first in Croatia and then in Mumbai. He was recently seen on the sets of his film Dilwale. The movie, which is being directed by Rohit Shetty and also stars Varun Dhawan and Heropanti actress Kriti Sanon, will bring together Bollywood’s iconic couple Shah Rukh and Kajol on the big screen after a long gap.

pic.twitter.com/53fG71bFfo

— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) April 14, 2015

Goa return. Met Dilwale team. Great job done by Gauri, Bhavna & Nandi at Planet Hollywood. Well done! Now Namaaz for my moms death anniv.

— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) April 14, 2015

 

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Australian woman stands up for Muslim couple verbally assaulted on Sydney train

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 10:46

An Australian woman stood up for a Muslim couple who was verbally attacked based on their religion on a train in Sydney.

A passenger began hurling horrible and hurtful insults at a middle-aged man and his wife, when Stacy Eden, 23, decided to step in and defend them.

 

A screen grab of the couple

The woman who attacked the couple said things such as “if I was in their country I would be stoned to death for wearing a dress,” according to Eden.

Eden said she missed her stop and stayed on the train to ensure the safety of the couple, who in turn was very grateful to her.

 

PHOTO COURTESY: STACY EDEN

The Islamophobia Register Australia group issued a statement praising Eden’s actions shortly after the incident was reported on Daily Mail Australia. The group reported that such incidents were fairly common.

A screengrab shows the woman who was bullying the couple

Eden shared a video of the entire incident online, in which she can be heard saying: “She wears it (her hijab) for herself, OK! She wears it because she wants to be modest with her body, not because of people like you who are going to sit there and disrespect her.”

“No, you shut your mouth. You’ve got nothing nice to say, don’t say anything, simple,” she went on to argue.

The article originally appeared on Daily Mail

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Mission Bangladesh begins for Azhar Ali and Co

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 10:37

KARACHI: Pakistan are not short of talented players going into the ODI series against Bangladesh, starting on Friday in Dhaka, but they are certainly short of a genuine leg-spinner, with Shahid Afridi retired from the format and a hand injury ruling out Yasir Shah from the three-match battle.

This will be the first time in years that the men in green go into an international match without the services of Afridi and Misbahul Haq, both of whom said their goodbyes to 50-over cricket so that new players can establish their place in the national side.

Meanwhile, the injury to Yasir is the second in the space of a week’s time after Sohail Khan had to earlier pull out due to a back problem.

Despite this, newly-appointed captain Azhar Ali will be looking forward to the challenge; focused on seeing the side through the transition period.

Veteran Zulfiqar Babar will fill in for Yasir in an experienced spin attack which also includes Saeed Ajmal.

There is no lack of bite in the pace battery either, despite Muhammad Irfan’s unavailability for the series as Pakistan will be helped by the dynamic quartet of Junaid Khan, Wahab Riaz, Rahat Ali and Ehsan Adil.

Meanwhile, National Cricket Academy head coach and former cricketer Muhammad Akram is hopeful that Ajmal will do well in the shorter formats of the game. “He has been an exceptional hard worker and has surprised everyone by changing his action according to the new protocols of international cricket,” he said. “I feel he will do well in T20 and one-dayers but he certainly needs a bit more time to adjust himself back into Test cricket.”

 

Rizwan, Saad in line for ODI debut

All-rounder Saad Nasim and middle-order batsman Muhammad Rizwan are likely to make their ODI debuts, while Asad Shafiq may have to sit out the match.

Saad, who is also a leg-spinner, has already played three T20Is for Pakistan, while Rizwan took part in the warm-up game against BCB XI, in which he scored 18 runs.

Former cricketer Shoaib Muhammad feels that Rizwan will be prove to be a success at the international level because he has got the basics right and has more shots in his repertoire than any other middle-order batsman in the country.

“Rizwan is a really exciting prospect for Pakistan and it’s good that he has been given a chance to prove himself internationally,” said Shoaib. “I feel his best position would be at number three because he likes the ball to come onto his bat nicely. We need such players, with international cricket getting fast as he can score quickly.”

Skipper Azhar Ali is likely to open with Muhammad Hafeez, while Sarfraz Ahmed would be asked to bat in the middle-order again.

 

ODI Squads

Pakistan : Azhar Ali (capt), Sami Aslam, Sarfraz Ahmed, Muhammad Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam, Muhammad Rizwan, Haris Sohail, Saad Nasim, Saeed Ajmal, Wahab Riaz, Rahat Ali, Ehsan Adil, Junaid Khan

Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Rony Talukdar, Soumya Sarkar, Mominul Haque, Mohammad Mahmudullah, Shakib alHasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Arafat Sunny, Taskin Ahmed, Rubel Hossain, Abul Hasan

 

 

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Farewell Klopp: the madness that engulfed European football

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 10:10

KARACHI: “It was like a heart attack. It was one day after [the 3-2 victory over Malaga],” Jurgen Klopp told The Guardian regarding Mario Goetze’s decision to join Bayern Munich. “I had one day to celebrate and then somebody thought: ‘Enough, go back down on the floor’. At our training ground [general manager] Michael Zorc walked in like somebody had died. Michael asked if I wanted to talk and I said: ‘No, I have to go’.”

Klopp revealed he was unable to talk to anyone, even his wife, after it was announced that Goetze will leave the club. Perhaps Goetze’s story sums up Klopp’s Dortmund journey better than anything else.

The diminutive playmaker — the darling of German football as he was called when he used to don the colours of Dortmund — was promoted to the first team by Klopp. In just a few years he became the focal point of the side and helped them to the Champions League final. Then along came Bayern, and Bayern could not be turned down. Klopp lost the player he was building his side around — his darling, Germany’s darling. But that was not the only hurdle Klopp had to jump. His seven years at Dortmund have been defined as much by the myriad of problems he has had to overcome as by the unlikely successes he has mustered despite those problems.

It all started in 2008 when Dortmund parted ways with Thomas Doll after finishing 13th in the league. The club’s decision to sign Klopp was not a particularly popular one to begin with; the towering manager oversaw FSV Mainz 05’s relegation and resigned after he was unable to help them gain promotion. A manager from a lower division and a team that had finished just three places above the relegation spots — hardly a match made in heaven.

In his first season, Dortmund finished sixth. In his next, they finished fifth and qualified for the Europa league. An upward trajectory, but even the most optimistic fans of football-crazed Dortmund would not have dreamt of what was to come.

In 2010-11, the club roared to the title, winning it by a clear seven points. Just five years ago, Dortmund were battling bankruptcy and a very real threat to their existence — now they were champions of Germany. The campaign included a league double over defending champions Bayern and set several records on the way, including claiming an incredible 47 points from the 51 available in the second half of the season.

Many wrote it off as a one-off. By all means and purposes, it should have been. It was not. The next season they won the title by 12 points, gaining top spot in round 20 and never relinquishing it for the rest of the reason. Again it included a league double over Bayern, who suddenly realised they were not the only power at work in Germany anymore.

And as if to underline that, Klopp’s Dortmund followed up the league win with a 5-2 dismantling of Bayern in the DFB-Pokal final. The side Bayern had helped save from bankruptcy less than 10 years ago was now its biggest threat to German dominance.

Such remarkable results would go on to become a hallmark under Klopp, with Dortmund employing an unrelenting and breathless pressing game and a similarly high-octane form of counter-attack. The 3-2 win over Malaga in the 2012-13 run to the final; Marco Reus and Felipe Santana scoring in the 91st and 93rd minutes when Dortmund were 2-1 down and needed to win to go through. The 4-1 win over Real Madrid, featuring a four-goal Lewandowski salvo, as Dortmund truly announced themselves as a force in Europe. The 2-0 win over eventual champions Real last year. It seemed Dortmund’s Klopp — unsung, unfancied and unheralded — existed only to defy the odds with nothing but sheer power of will. And for several glorious years, he fought and defeated the established hegemony of power.

However, dwarfed in terms of financial muscle by Bayern and the other giants of Europe, Dortmund were unable to hold onto their best players and slowly began the demise of Der BVB. Nuri Sahin, Shinji Kagawa, Goetze and Robert Lewandowski all left one after the other but Klopp carried on, weakened by each body blow, until it all finally caught up with him this season. From being the heroes who conquered German and European hearts to self-labelled ‘complete idiots’, Dortmund’s fall from grace has been as remarkable as their rise once was. Klopp, understandably, felt it was time to move on like his players had before him.

And so ends the fairy-tale romance of Klopp, eccentric to the point of being almost maniacal, and Dortmund, the club with the most passionate fans of them all. His last season has been as underwhelming as his predecessor’s but the legend of Klopp — the man who gave Dortmund their pride back — shall endure. The fabled yellow wall will never forget Klopp, and Klopp will never forget the yellow wall.

 

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Hamilton and Rosberg back at scene of furious battle

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 10:06

MANAMA: Just days after their latest spat following Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg return this weekend to the scene of one of their most dramatic on-track battles at the Bahrain GP.

World champion Hamilton emerged triumphant last year after a spectacular roller-coaster contest when he snatched victory ahead of his Mercedes teammate Rosberg.

German Rosberg, who has taken pole in Bahrain for the last two years, knows he needs to complete a hat-trick of prime grid positions to give himself a chance of winning and reducing Hamilton’s current lead in the 2015 drivers’ championship.

The Briton leads with 68 points after two wins in the three season-opening races, ahead of nearest challenger, Ferrari’s four-time champion Sebastian Vettel of Germany, who ended his team’s long barren spell with victory in Malaysia, on 55 and Rosberg, third on 51.

“We, the team, have made a great start to the season and, with this incredible car, I know I just need to find a little bit more in myself to get back to the top step,” said Rosberg.

“I’ve never won in Bahrain, but I’ve taken the last two pole positions here and also set the fastest lap at this circuit on my Formula One debut, so I know I have the pace.

“Of course, everyone remembers the race last year and it would be great for the fans if we can put on another great show. If we can, but with the two top steps in a different order it would be fantastic.”

Rosberg’s polite optimism was true to his nature, but in contrast to the single-minded focus of Hamilton who, this year, has shown a ruthlessness that has made him clear favourite for a third title.

“It’s been a great start — but for me last season showed that you can never feel too comfortable and that’s even more the case this time around with Ferrari right there with us,” said Hamilton.

“I’m in a good place right now. The momentum is with me. So the target is to carry that on and repeat last year’s performance.”

Ferrari on the hunt

Mercedes’ dominance has been threatened already by Ferrari this season and Finn Kimi Raikkonen believes the Italian team can catch them in the title race.

“Yes. I don’t see a reason why not,” he said. “I think we have good plans already since last year and have made big gains and will make big gains during this year.

“Everybody improves and it depends what the rest are doing… But you need time. You cannot make miracles overnight.”

 

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Canadians to be granted visa on arrival in India

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 10:03

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government announced on Thursday that Canadians would be granted visa on arrival.

“We are delighted that Canadians will now find it easier to visit India with your government’s decision to issue visas on arrival,” Canadian Prime Minister Harper said, according to the Times of India.

The statement came during Modi’s visit to Canada.

“We are here tonight to celebrate the special friendship that exists between India and Canada. It is a friendship we truly value,” the Canadian premier said.

“Our governments have set ambitious goals to renew and strengthen; we want to trade more with India, to invest more in India, to work more with India, to strengthen international security to make it easier for people to travel with India, and of course Prime Minister Modi,” he added.

Speaking at the same event, Modi thanked Canada and PM Harper for the warm welcome in the country.

Further, Modi said there is a new atmosphere of trust in India while addressing Indian diaspora at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto.

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Ajmal the focal point in Bangladesh clash

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 10:02

DHAKA: Saeed Ajmal returns to centre stage after almost eight months hoping to strike early form with a remodelled bowling action when Pakistan open their tour of Bangladesh on Friday.

The prolific off-spinner became the most high-profile casualty of the International Cricket Council’s crackdown on illegal actions when he was suspended from the game last September.

The 37-year-old was cleared to bowl again in February just before the World Cup Down Under, but was not picked for the showpiece event where Pakistan lost to eventual champions Australia in the quarter-finals.

Ajmal’s effectiveness with a reworked action will be tested during the month-long tour of Bangladesh which comprises three ODIs, a solitary Twenty20 game and two Tests.

“It was torture living without cricket,” said Ajmal ahead of the tour. “I’m confident of bowling as effectively as I used to before the suspension.”

With skipper Misbahul Haq and senior pro Shahid Afridi having retired from one-day cricket after the World Cup, Pakistan named batsman Azhar Ali as captain for the three-match series starting on Friday.

Ali, who has not played one-day cricket since 2013, leads a new-look team that includes just five players who featured in the World Cup. But the experienced Muhammad Hafeez returns to the side along with Ajmal.

Bangladesh high on World Cup success

Bangladesh were bustling with confidence after making the World Cup quarter-finals even though they have beaten Pakistan just once in 47 games across all formats.

The lone victory came during the 1999 World Cup at Northampton, England, when Pakistan lost a group match by 62 runs even though they went on to reach the final.

Seasoned all-rounder Shakib AlHasan saw the upcoming series as Bangladesh’s “best chance” to improve his nation’s record against the unpredictable Pakistanis.

“I think we should be starting as favourites to win the one-day series,” said Shakib. “This is our best chance to win against Pakistan. If we play our best cricket, we can beat any side at home.”

Shakib will lead Bangladesh in the first one-dayer in the absence of regular captain Mashrafe Mortaza, who is serving a one-match ban for slow over-rates during the World Cup.

 

 

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Paris attacks fuel six-fold rise in Islamophobic acts: watchdog

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 09:57

France saw a six-fold rise in anti-Muslim acts in the first quarter of the year, fuelled by the Paris attacks, the National Observatory against Islamophobia said Thursday.

Using interior ministry figures, the body counted 222 Islamophobic acts compared to 37 in the first quarter of 2014.

Read: The Paris attack and its aftermath

Most of these acts, 178, were recorded in January after three extremists went on a three-day killing spree in and around Paris that left 17 people dead.

Read: 12 dead in gun attack at French magazine

Abdallah Zekri, president of the observatory, said the recent rise in Islamophobia was unprecedented since the body was set up in 2011.

The acts include violence against men and women, some of whom were pregnant, vandalism and destruction of Muslim places of worship or businesses and “Nazi” graffiti on mosques.

Last month, a headscarf-wearing Muslim woman in her final month of pregnancy was violently assaulted in southern France by a man who accused her of wearing a hijab to hide her hair.

Read: Pregnant Muslim woman in France attacked for wearing headscarf

“It is the first time we have recorded grenades being thrown or guns fired,” Zekri said.

He said the attacks on the Charlie Hebdo magazine, a Jewish supermarket and the shooting of a policewoman between January 7-9 “in no way justify this peak in hatred or vengeance against French Muslims who are not responsible for or guilty of terrorist acts.”

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Pakistani singer to appear opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Indian commercial

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 09:32

KARACHI: Lahore-based singer Adeel Chaudhry becomes the first Pakistani to appear opposite Shah Rukh Khan in an Indian commercial.

Adeel Chaudhry will be seen as King Khan’s younger brother in India’s famous tobacco brand, Pan Parag.

He has shared a selfie with Shah Rukh Khan on his official Facebook page, declaring that it was “an honour to shoot with King Khan”:

PHOTO: Adeel Chaudhry’s Facebook page

Adeel is no newbie to B-town, with two of his films Rhythm and Bhaangarh due to release this summer.

You can watch the trailer of Bhaangarh here:

He got his first big break in Bollywood when he sang Move Your Body Now for the 2008 Vidya Balan and Shahid Kapoor starrer Kismat Konnection.

He has also been spotted with Amitabh Bachchan on several occasions.

PHOTO: Adeel Chaudhry’s Facebook page

 

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