The religious observed Shab-e-Barat on Thursday night. As the sun set people started getting in mosques to offer special prayers for peace, progress, and prosperity of the country besides seeking forgiveness for their sins. According to Islamic belief, on 15th Sha’aban all births and deaths on the universe for the forthcoming year are written on the Loh-e-Mehfooz and hence people pray for their future.
Only recently, a picture of a ‘witch’ that had surfaced has sent the social media into a frenzy, while people debate whether it is fake or real. The picture shows the ‘witch’ sitting on a wall and people standing in front of it and taking pictures. After verification it was found, the picture was from Morroco. It was a doll in the picture, resembling a witch to scare thieves from robbing houses.
A beach that was previously swept away more than 33 years ago in the year 1984 from a remote island off the west coast of Ireland has now reappeared after thousands of tonnes of sand was deposited on top of the rocky coastline. The island, the largest off the coast of Ireland, forms part of the Wild Atlantic Way.
TEHRAN: An Iranian student Reza Parastesh looks so much like his football hero Lionel Messi that it almost took him into lockup for destroying public order this week. Over the weekend, a lot of people came out to take selfies with Parastesh in the western city of Hamedan that police took him to a police station and confiscated his car to end the chaos and clear traffic.
The launch of the resurrected Nokia 3310 is near and a Dubai Based company FMM by Fatima Al Mulla has now designed a Nokia cape sold for 380 AED. The idea to amalgamate fashion and technology is quite fascinating It is a very clever way to get people to wear an emblem of a company’s product. The Nokia 3310 will launch soon along with three more mid-range smartphones, the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6.
New eateries have sprung up in recent years in the capital Jakarta and offer a wide array of foreign foods in order to cater to a growing consumer class. Some chefs have fused the new influences with age-old Indonesian foods. One eatery is now offering fusion food is “Mammamie”, whose name is a playful take on an Italian expression of shock combined with the local word for noodles, “mie”.
MALAGA, SPAIN: A life-size model of the corpse of Pablo Picasso has been laid on a plinth in his home city of Malaga, with his eyes closed, hands folded. The project is essentially meant to criticize mass tourism and the culture industry of the city as a brand, in which tourism goes against the needs of the residents and where reality is replaced by settings created for the visitors.
On Saturday, Pope Francis has criticized the naming of the US military’s biggest non-nuclear explosive as “the Mother of All Bombs”. The Pope says that the word “mother” should not be used in reference to a deadly weapon. “A mother gives life and this one gives death, and we call this device a mother. What is happening?” the Pope questioned.
KATHMANDU: On Saturday, an 85-year-old ex-Gurkha who was attempting to reclaim his title as the world´s oldest person to summit Mount Everest has died at the base camp. The former soldier had become the world´s oldest climber to summit Everest in 2008 when he was 76, however, he lost the record five years later when Miura summited the 8,848-metre peak at the age of 80.
Afghan families bring their girls to beauty parlours, the families are happy that it’s just for girls and know that it’s very safe. With kidnappings and militant attacks on the rise in Kabul, many people, no longer frequent restaurants, avoid large gatherings, and do not travel outside the city on roads infested with Taliban and use weddings as a reason to dress up and enjoy.
When Google took the wraps off its latest Android OS a year ago, Instant Apps was one of the most standout features. With this feature, the users will not have to keep an application installed just because they want to use it now and then. Google will enable the developers to make a portion of premium apps available for free so the users do not have to buy the app but can test a chunk of the app first.
In a world where an over 5-inch smartphone is a standard, a smartphone named Jelly has dared to introduce the world’s smallest 4G smartphone. Jelly is not a real smartphone yet but the manufacturers have started a campaign to raise funding which has already resulted in a whopping $180K. The world’s smallest 4G smartphone will have a 2.45 inch display with a screen that has ways less resolution than others.
On Thursday China refused to interfere and meddle in the decades-old dispute between Pakistan and India, IANS reported. “It is an issue left over from history between India and Pakistan and shall properly handle differences by increasing communication and dialogue, and jointly uphold regional peace and stability,” IANS quoted the Chinese foreign as saying.
On Tuesday, an Indonesian man who was reported to be the world’s oldest person died at the age of 146. According to government issued ID card, Sodimejo, who was known locally as Mbah Gotho, was born in December 1870. Sodimejo’s grandson said he had been taken to hospital last week because of his deteriorating health. He then insisted on being brought home, and died several days later.
On Saturday night, actor Yasir Hussain made a crass joke on the topic of child molestation that has caught social media in a whirlwind of anger. When Ahsan Khan went up to the stage to receive his Award for his role in Udaari – which raised the issue of child molestation, Hussain said (translated) “Seeing such a good-looking child molester, I wish I was a child too!”.
According to reports, Mariam Nabatanzi, only 37 years old, a woman from Uganda has given birth to 38 children and has delivered all her children at home except her latest who is now four months old. The mother has reportedly given birth to six sets of twins, four sets of triplets and three sets of quadruples. Nabatanzi was told by a doctor that she had an usually high ovary count.
Department store Nordstrom has launched a new pair of jeans which are breaking the internet. The ‘Dirty’ jeans have artificial mud and cracks on it. The store has set $425 prize for this article. The internet is reacting to this jeans strongly. Most of them are of the view that this is jeans is for rich people so they can show that they ‘care’ about hardworking labor class. Some are having fun on it.
Royals Express was launched last month and offers consumers a truly unique experience of traveling from Lahore to Islamabad for as low as Rs. 1. The bus service claims it provides luxury travels at lowest rates of Rs. 1, Rs. 200, Rs. 400 or Rs. 800 whereas other bus services like Daewoo charge over PKR 1000 for the same distance. Users will have to book their ticket before others to avail the Rs. 1 ticket.
BEIJING: Liu Xiaoqing, a Chinese actress turned business woman is currently 61 years old and has not aged a bit. The actress looks as if is still 20 years old. The actress claims that she has never undergone a plastic surgery. Xiaoqing has also appeared on Forbe’s list of 50 richest Chinese businessmen and businesswomen in the world in 1999.
The Hindustan Times reported, on Tuesday, 2 men reportedly hurled abuse at an elderly Muslim man in India who had requested them to vacate a seat for him on a Delhi Metro. The men told him to “go back to Pakistan”. Santosh Roy, National Secretary of All India Central Council of Trade Unions, also travelling on the Delhi Metro, got up from his seat and asked the two young men to apologise for their behaviour
New fossils accidentally discovered in South Africa might be the oldest fungi ever found by a margin of 1.2 billion years, according to researchers. “My attention was drawn to a series of petrified gas bubbles, and when I increased the magnification of the microscope, I was startled,” co-author Birger Rasmussen, a geology professor at Curtin University in Bentley, Australia explained the recent discovery.
Cheerleading considered to be work of timing, speed and accuracy and Steph does it perfectly, the only difference is that she is blind, which changed the whole scenario. “I am completely blind in my left eye while I can only see to an arm length from my right eye,” shared Steph. During the training her partner keeps a neon color cloth on his shoulder so Steph can judge the angle and her position.
The Defense Housing Authority (DHA) organised an environment and climate literacy activity in the honor of Earth Day called, ‘Walk for a Cause’ on Saturday. The walk was led by legendary cricket celebrities and attended by a large number of people, school children and families. Former Cricketers, who were in limelight during the walk included: Javed Miandad, Moin Khan and Zaheer Abbas.
A man from Gujranwala has been eating leaves for last 25 years and he never fell ill. Mahmood Butt, 50 years old, stated that he started eating leaves and branches out of poverty because he and his family had nothing to eat few years ago. “It has become habit although I can afford good meal now as I earn over Rs. 600 per day,” Butt said. The owner of donkey cart has never fell ill because of his diet.
Mehmood Butt from Gujranwala has been eating leaves since 25 years and has never fallen ill. “There was too much poverty in my family. Everything was beyond the limit and it was very difficult for me to get a meal,” Butt said as he suggested that eating leaves were better than begging on the street. He says it has become a habit now. Butt is very popular for his eating habits but everyone is shocked too.
Along with salt and pepper, Sydney chef Nowshad Alam Rasel is introducing new ingredients in his dishes which have legs and wings. The chef is presenting roasted cockroaches, honey-flavored ants, crickets with chocolate coated popcorn to his customers. The owner of the restaurant told media that there are two kinds of people for this food. First who are just grossed by this and second who want to try it.
Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed a 3000-year-old tomb of a nobleman and are hoping these kinds of discoveries will help revive the tourist business in the city. It is reported that the tomb found near the Nile City of Luxor belongs to Userhat, a judge from the New Kingdom. Earlier this year, Swedish archaeologists discovered 12 ancient Egyptian cemeteries near Aswan dating back almost 3500 years.
Toor Pekai Yousafzai, the mother of Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai has said that she hopes to devote more time to helping others get an education. Malala’s mother has recently shared her thoughts in her first interview since her daughter was shot by the Taliban as a result of her defiance on a ban imposed by the Talibans on girls´ schooling in Pakistan.
US President Donald Trump along with his family kicked off the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. “This is the 139th easter egg roll. Think of it, 139. We will be stronger and bigger and better as a nation than ever before,” Trump said. The Easter egg roll at the White House was started in 1878 when Rutherford Hayes was president and has since continued to be a tradition at the presidential house.
Emma was aged 117 and believed to be the world’s oldest person and also the last person to have seen the 19th century, died in Italy on Saturday. “She reached an incredible finish line,” said Silvia Marchionini, mayor of the town of Verbania. In an interview last year Morano had said that her life wasn’t all that nice, I worked in a factory until I was 65 and was forced to marry someone she did not love.
Only recently, an elite US boarding school has released a report which details decades of alleged sexual abuse which has taken on campus. The top-notch boardig school has educated the likes of John F. Kennedy, Michael Douglas and Ivanka Trump. Both male and female former students were among the victims. None of the cases were, however, reported to the police.
A Seven-month-old baby Karam was born in Iraq with an extremely rare condition which had led him to have eight limbs in total, including two protruding from his stomach. The baby has now undergone a surgery in India to successfully remove the extra arms and legs. Only five or six cases are known to eist worldwide of this condition, which makes the surgery more difficult for the doctors.
Federal Investigation Authority (FIA) arrested a man from Sargodha involved in filming and selling the child porn for foreign ‘customers’. The suspect is believed to be member of notorious group ‘Dark Room’ located in Scandinavia. FIA did the raid on complain of Norwegian embassy. The embassy told the authorities that Scandinavian racketeers have links with man in Sargodha for child pornography.
On Sunday, United Airlines security officers dragged off the passenger from overly booked flight in Chicago. The airline asked passengers to volunteer their seats, one passenger refused for which police were called and he was dragged off. Social media video showing 3 aviation officers dragging one middle aged man off the flight and this incident ignited social media outrage.
Federal Investigation Agency has arrested 4 individuals who used to spread blasphemous content on social media but their details haven’t been disclosed in front of the parliamentary panel. They have launched a probe against all non-governmental, local and international organizations for spreading blasphemous content. FIA came into action after Islamabad High Court orders to inquire such NGOs.
In a recent hacking attack, the entire emergency siren system of Dallas city in the US was taken over, while the entire city was forced to wake up early next day by blaring out all the sirens. The sirens were made with the purpose of warning the citizens about incoming storms, however, have been used to create chaos through this act.
Supreet Kaur was presenting a news bulletin on the IBC-24 news channel, when a reporter phoned in live with details of an accident which had resulted in the death of 3 of the 5 people travelling in an SUV. Kaur, had realized that her husband was probably among those killed as he was travelling on the same route, Kaur nevertheless kept her composure and has been appreciated widely for her professionalism.
On Monday, AD Khawaja, Sindh Inspector General Police ordered for an inquiry regarding demolition of Jufelhurst School which is located in Karachi’s Soldier Bazaar. Citizens and social activists are up against the move and that is the reason why AD Khawaja took the notice of suspected police officials’ involvement in partial demolition of school, declared to be part of cultural heritage.
An Italian fashion giant which goes by the name Dolce & Gabbana has in collaboration with Smeg launched a colorful series of kitchenware. Many say that the art on the kitchenware look almost like a desi Pakistani truck art. The new line,’Sicily is my Love’ comprises of a blender, toaster, coffee machine, stand mixer, citrus juicer, among others, all these sport the hallmark ‘Made in Italy’ signage.
Facebook has now rolled its AI Assistant M to Messenger users. M suggests action when it detects a signal of intent in your conversations. The feature is being rolled out to iOS and Android users in the United States and will expand to other regions in the coming months. It can send stickers, initiate payment requests, calls an Uber and start a poll in a group Messenger chat or plan a trip to the North
Majority of the people in Pakistan think in favor of Nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif and the voters count is less towards Imran Khan, PTI Chief. It was revealed in a survey conducted by the Harvard University & the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). A team of scholars conducted this survey in 3 Lahore’s constituencies i.e. NAs 121, 122, & 124. Voters were concerned for economic problems.
Researcher have said that the great apes such as orangutans, chimpanzees and bonobos are the nearest relatives of humans and they can tell when a person is wrong. “This study shows for the first time that great apes can use an understanding of false beliefs to help others appropriately,” said by David Buttelmann from Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 34 apes took part in the survey.
American billionaire Warren Buffett portrait is gracing cans of Coke in China where company’s investor has a great reputation. Berkshire Hathaway is Buffett´s investment firm and one of the biggest shareholders in Coca Cola i.e. 9.3% stake of value $17 billion. There isn’t any compensation in this ‘limited promotional period’ revealed Buffett to Yahoo Finance news.
Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif and his wife Kulsoom Nawaz are celebrating 46 years of their marriage today. Prime minister’s daughter Maryam Nawaz, also shared photos of her parents and her family and tweeted heartfelt messages, in order to mark the occasion. “Every love story is beautiful, but yours is my favorite,” Maryam Nawaz has shared.
On Friday, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat has decided to increase the punishment for cow slaughter from seven years to life imprisonment. The decision came after Hindu hardliners pushed for tougher protections for the holy animal. Cows are considered sacred in Hindu-majority India, and to slaughter a cow is considered illegal in most states.
London’s Satchi Gallery has recently conducted an exhibition named “From Selfie to Self-Expression” and it will be looking at the history of selfies for the first time. Saatchi Gallery Chief Executive Nigel Hurst said selfies are important because they show how we want the world to see us. “It’s no coincidence… that most selfies are shot in pretty exotic locations, on holidays,” Nigel told reporters.