France on Sunday called for an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council as fighting escalated in Syria, pressing Turkey to halt its offensive against the Kurdish militia who have been battling jihadists. Defence Minister Florence Parly meanwhile urged Turkey to stop its operation against Kurdish fighters who she said were a key ally against terrorism in the war-torn country. The French warnings came as Turkish ground troops entered northern Syria to push an offensive against the Kurdish Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara considers a terror group. “Our priority is the fight against terrorism,” Parly said. Operation “Olive Branch” is Turkey’s second major incursion into Syria during the seven-year civil war.
January 21, 2018 15:33 UTC
KARACHI: President Mamnoon Hussain on Sunday said that the revival of dedication as shown during the Pakistan Movement is of crucial importance to cope up with the internal and external challenges that the country is facing in the present situation. Chairing a meeting of Quaid-e-Azam (Great Leader) Mausoleum Management Board here in Karachi, he said the nation must observe the golden principles of faith, unity, and discipline of our great leader Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The president said that Quaid-e-Azam made a remarkable achievement by creating Pakistan through his undeterred resolve. He lauded the role of National History and Literary Heritage Division for efficiently preserving the relics as well as the mausoleum. President Mamnoon said that Quaid made this unbelievable achievement by making the nation realize the importance of its separate existence and creating unity in its ranks.
January 21, 2018 15:22 UTC
A madrassah teacher in Karachi’s Bin Qasim Town area allegedly beat his student to death on Sunday. However, the child’s parents on Sunday brought him back to the seminary when he tried to flee again. Najmuddin got hold of him this time and allegedly beat him with a stick and another blunt weapon. Qari Najmuddin was arrested despite the fact SSP Malir Adeel Hussain Chandio said the victim’s parents were reluctant to press charges. Bin Qasim Town SHO added that the parents even refused to get a post-mortem examination of the dead body done.
January 21, 2018 15:11 UTC
LAHORE: Low prices of vegetables have stopped to cause a hole in the consumers’ pockets except for cauliflower, owing to better supply in the market, Pakistan Today has observed. The prices of winter vegetables such as green peas, cauliflower, carrot, green chilli and leafy vegetables have dropped and are being sold at low prices. Cluster beans were being sold at Rs30 to 35 per kg in the retail market and the Sunday bazaar. Leafy vegetables like coriander, spinach and fenugreek leaves were being sold at Rs20 to 50 per kg in the retail market. The current price of tomatoes was Rs32 per kg in retail markets whereas onions were selling at Rs43 per kg at the bazaar.
January 21, 2018 15:00 UTC
Zaira Wasim starrer Secret Superstar made a big splash in China, earning over Rs 100 crore in just two days of release. The opening day figure is the highest by any Indian movie, including Dangal, starring Aamir Khan who is also the producer of Secret Superstar. “Secret Superstar opened in first place on Friday with an estimated 41 million yuan ($6.4 million), easily besting Dangal’s 15 million yuan opening day to score the biggest debut ever for an Indian film in China,” stated the China Box office website. Secret Superstar made $10.45 million on Saturday, taking its two day total to over $17 million. Dangal made $12 million in its opening weekend in China.
January 21, 2018 13:18 UTC
Says his government wants to maintain a friendly relationship with its neighbour if 'Pakistan agrees to mend its ways'Union Home Minister of India Rajnath Singh said on Sunday that his country has shown it can attack its enemies not only on its own soil, but also in foreign territory, if need be. Singh was addressing a meeting of ‘Bharatiya Railway Maal Godaam Shramik Sangh’ in Lucknow on Sunday. “A few months ago, Pakistan attacked and killed 17 Indian soldiers. Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi consulted all of us on this serious issue, and the Indian Army entered the Pakistani area and killed the militants,” Singh said at the public meeting. Israel not an enemy of Pakistan: Netanyahu“We have given a strong message to the world that we can attack our enemies not only on our soil, but also in their territory,” he added.
January 21, 2018 13:07 UTC
KARACHI: Authorities on Sunday informed the judicial commission on water and sanitation in Sindh that more than half of the 140 million gallons of water supplied to Karachi every day is unfiltered. The revelations were made to former Supreme Court justice Amir Hani Muslim, who heads the commission, during a visit to Pipri Water Filtration Plant’s laboratory. Justice (retd) Muslim was accompanied by local government department secretary, Karachi Water and Sewerage Board MD and other officials. Justice (retd) Muslim was astonished to learn that water tests were conducted once every 15 days. Earlier, Justice (retd) Muslim visited sewage treatments plants I and II in Karachi and expressed dismay at their condition.
January 21, 2018 12:33 UTC
CTD Additional DIG Sanaullah Abbasi has also sent police commandos to bring Naqeebullah's family from WaziristanThe Sindh Police have decided to arrest former SSP Malir Rao Anwar and his entire police party, allegedly involved in ‘extrajudicial murder’ of Naseemullah alias Naqeebullah Mehsud. Official sources in the Sindh government said that Anwar was close to the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leadership and had always preferred to remain in Karachi’s Malir district. Meanwhile, Additional DIG Sanaullah Abbasi has contacted the cousin of Naqeeb and sent police commandos to bring relatives of the victim to Karachi. Ex-SSP Anwar had claimed that Naqeeb also had links with other militant organisations. However, his murder whipped up a storm and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan accused the police official of the young man’s extrajudicial murderer.
January 21, 2018 11:57 UTC
KAMPALA: Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi sacked the mayor of the capital Mogadishu and appointed his information minister to replace him on Sunday. The president, in a decree, named Abdirahman Omar Osman as the new mayor, replacing Taabit Abdi Mohamed. “After deliberation with the prime minister and interior minister, the Somali president appointed Abdirahman Omar Osman as the new mayor,” a statement on the Somali government website said. Mogadishu residents said security forces had entered the mayor’s office on Saturday night and took control of it. Al Shabaab wants to topple the government and establish its own rule based on its interpretation of sharia law.
January 21, 2018 11:48 UTC
QUETTA: A former police officer on Sunday was shot dead in targetted attack in Quetta. Kakar was dismissed as the Airport SHO following the Kharotabad incident. On May 17, 2011, four Russians and one Tajik citizen were shot dead at a Frontier Corps (FC) checkpoint in Kharotabad area of Quetta, Balochistan. A police surgeon who testified against the official account was later also claimed to be shot dead. Previously, a police constable was shot dead by unidentified attackers on Raisani Road of the provincial capital on January 16.
January 21, 2018 11:43 UTC
The government and military have sent medical teams and are supplying villagers with medicineJAKARTA: A measles outbreak is feared to have killed about 100 malnourished people in Indonesia’s Papua, an official said Sunday, highlighting a health crisis in the country’s easternmost province. A total of 69 toddlers have died in the remote Asmat region, said Papua military spokesperson Muhammad Aidi, while reports on the ground suggest 27 people have died in an equally remote and mountainous district named Oksibil. But the difficult terrain means the team will not arrive in Oksibil until Monday at the earliest, Aidi added. Jakarta proclaimed western Papua to be part of Indonesia after a self-determination referendum in 1969 which some regarded it as a sham. When President Joko Widodo took office in 2014 he vowed to speed up the development in infrastructure in Papua to speed up economic growth.
January 21, 2018 09:11 UTC
An investigation is ongoing into the crash of the AH-64 Apache helicopter in National Training CenterCALIFORNIA: A US Army Apache attack helicopter crashed early Saturday morning in California, killing two soldiers, a spokesperson for the Army said. An investigation is ongoing into the crash of the AH-64 Apache helicopter in the sprawling National Training Center at Fort Irwin in southern California, Lieutenant Colonel Jason Brown, US Army spokesperson, said in a statement emailed to Reuters. Another Army spokesperson said that the pilot and the co-pilot were killed, but did not give their names, saying their families had yet to be notified. Four dead as helicopter crashes in JapanThe AH-64 Apache is made by Boeing in Arizona. Boeing’s website shows that 2,200 AH-64 Apache attack helicopters have been sold globally since the US Army took delivery of its first one in January 1984.
January 21, 2018 09:00 UTC
This was the third Khatm-e-Nabuwat conference organised by the octogenarian pir from Sargodha within a month. Sialvi has been demanding resignations of Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah over his remarks on the Ahmadi community in a televised show. “I am giving [the Punjab government] one week’s time and if Nizam-e-Mustafa [Islamic Sharia] is not enforced during this period than protests will be held across Punjab,” he said. The sajjadah nasheen or descendant at Astan-e-Aalia Sial Sharif remarked that instead of embracing the Quran and Sunnah, the Punjab government was clasping Rana Sanaullah. “Minor girls are being raped and murdered in every city and the government has failed to arrest the culprits,” he added.
January 21, 2018 08:54 UTC
Did you know that she wasn't actually supposed to be named Kareena? But there is much about Kareena Kapoor Khan than first meets the eye. So, as compiled from Cosmopolitan, here are six facts about the Bollywood diva we bet you didn’t know. She was not meant to be named ‘Kareena’The Jab We Met star’s grandfather, actor Raj Kapoor, had named her Siddhima first. Kareena’s family and close friends obviously call her Bebo – a nickname was given to her by her father, Randhir Kapoor.
January 21, 2018 08:48 UTC
Superstar Shah Rukh Khan, reminiscing the fate of his production Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani which was released in 2000 on this day said that its failure that led him to being stronger. Our failure made us, Aziz Mirza, Juhi Chawla and me stronger. Love ‘Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani’,” Shah Rukh tweeted. Love PBDHH — Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) January 20, 2018The movie was produced under the banner Dreamz Unlimited, which Shah Rukh had created with Juhi Chawla and Director Aziz Mirza. Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani saw Shah Rukh and Juhi as two television reporters for rival news channels who try to save the life of a man who has been fixed by politicians for the death of his brother, from a death sentence.
January 21, 2018 08:26 UTC