Thursday, October 12, 2017

U.S. Quits UNESCO over Anti Israel Bias

In a surprise announcement, Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State, told the Associated Press that USA is pulling out of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The main reason behind quitting UNESCO is its allegedly anti-Israel polices. The U.S. stopped funding UNESCO after it voted to include Palestine as a member in 2011 but still remained part of it.

The recent inclusion of Palestinian Authority to UNESCO is mainly the objection as it is not recognized as a nation. Further, the controversial resolutions calling Israel an 'occupying power' fueled U.S. anger and thus to decision to quit the UN body.

Read more about it at: Daily News
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Pakistan Army rescues Canadian-American family held hostage by Taliban for five years

In a dramatic move, Pakistan Army has freed five hostages from the Taliban, which have been missing since five years.

As per news reports, an American woman and her Canadian husband along with their three young children, who were held hostage by militants, believed to be held by the Taliban-allied Haqqani network in Afghanistan for five years, have been freed. 

Caitlan Coleman was five months pregnant when she and her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle were abducted in 2012. The three children were born during the captivity.

An Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said that “through an intelligence-based operation”, the army took custody of the hostages. It said the hostages had been recovered in Kurram tribal area that borders Nangarhar and Paktia provinces in Afghanistan.

Source | Photo: Reuters
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Australian cricket team bus stoned in India

The leveling of T20 series between hosts India and touring Australian team ended in the victory of the guests 1-1 cost dearly to the Australians at the hands of frustrated Indians.

The bus of Australian team was pelted on its way to the hotel from the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati. Luckily no player was hurt.

Australian opener Aaron Finch tweeted a picture of a broken glass window of the bus. To the good luck of the players, no one was sitting at the window, when the rock hit the glass panel. “Pretty scary having a rock thrown through the team bus window on the way back to the hotel!!” he wrote on Twitter.

Source | Photo: Aaron Finch/Twitter
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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Once Tennis Star Boris Becker planning to sell his Wimbledon trophies to clear debt

Trophies that may not his anymore

A bad news for the fans of once reigning tennis world king German Boris Becker: Yes he is under thick financial clouds these days as his debt has risen to the tune of £54 million.

The rising debt has threatened his houses and personal property and he is likely to auction his famous Wimbledon trophies, luxury watches and much more.

But even selling his trophies may not fetch him more than £1 million. He has already been declared bankrupt over a debt of £3.34 million owed to a private bank.

Source | Photo
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Monday, October 2, 2017

Siemens to provide highly-efficient H-Class gas turbines to Pakistan


Siemens has signed a contract with Pakistan to install a largest ever power generation plant in Pakistan.

The gas fired turbines will increase power generation capacity in Pakistan by approximately 1.3 gigawatts. The signing ceremony was attended by Chief Minister of Punjab, and representatives of China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) and government-owned Punjab Thermal Power (Pvt) Ltd (PTPL), an independent power producer. Siemens will supply the power island to CMEC, the project’s EPC contractor.

Running on liquefied natural gas (LNG), the Punjab Power Plant Jhang will be built as a combined cycle power plant (CCPP) and will start functioning from December 2018.

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Gunman kill dozens in Las Vegas

In a bizarre incident, a lone gunman killed dozens while injuring over 100 in Las Vegas. Later the gunman was pronounced dead by Las Vegas police in his hotel room.

Identified as Stephen Paddock, the gunman fired indiscriminately from the 39th floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel. Most of the victims were in audience of a musical show down below gunman's hotel balcony.

In all at least 58 people have been reported killed and over 500 injured - both from bullet wounds and stampede. The number of victims killed during this massacre now surpasses the 49 murdered in the June 2016 

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Monday, September 25, 2017

India Actively Supports Taliban in Pakistan: Says Hindustan Times

Much to the surprise for the rest of the world which has been fed by USA and its allies that Pakistan harbours Taliban, the Hindustan Times in hits recent post confesses that it is India and not Pakistan which is supporting Taliban in Pakistan to weaken Pakistan and tarnish its image world wide. 

Bharat Karnad, professor for national security studies at the Centre for Policy Research, author most recently of Why India is Not a Great Power (Yet), opines in his post in Hindustan Times that severing relations with TTP (Tehrik-e-Taliban-Pakistan) will mean India surrendering an active card in Pakistan and a role in Afghanistan as TTP additionally provides access to certain Afghan Taliban factions. 

It may be added that the RAW-TTP link was publicly revealed in April this year by its former commander, Ehsanullah Ehsan.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Pakistan Navy Test Fires Anti Ship Missile from Sea King Helicopter

Pakistan Navy has successfully test fired an anti ship missile from a Sea King helicopter yesterday. The AM-39 Exocet missile missile fired from the helicopter successfully hit the target in the Arabian Sea near Karachi.

The success will enhance Pakistan Navy's capability in combating enemy warships threatening Pakistan's maritime zone. 

It may be added that Pakistan Navy had earlier conducted a successful test of a land-based, anti-ship missile in March this year.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

China reacts sharply on Donald Trumps' Accusations against Pakistan

The Chinese Foreign ministry has reacted sharply on US President's Donald Trump's accusations against Pakistan for supporting terrorism.

In a televised statement, the Chinese foreign ministry representative totally rejected baseless allegations against Pakistan and said that Pakistan has done much more than any country in the world to fight terrorism and the terrorists.

The Chinese reaction comes after Donald Trump accused Pakistan for offering safe havens to terrorists establishing Afghanistan and lauded India for its peace efforts.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

B-1B USAF Bombers' 10 Hours Hover over Korean Peninsula Escalate Tensions

The war hysteria seems to be gearing up in the Korean Peninsula as USAF two B-1B bombers hover the Korean Peninsula for about 10 hours.

In retaliation North Korea warned it was 'carefully examining' plans to make 'an enveloping fire' around Guam, the USA base from where the bombers flew. Later North Korea said the training mission 'proves that the U.S. imperialists are nuclear war maniacs.'

On the other side, US officials claim that North Korea has built a miniaturized warhead and has an arsenal of 60 nuclear bombs.

The war arming seems escalating after the US President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un made unprecedented threats to trade devastating missile strikes. 

Read more about it at: Daily Mail | Photo
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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Lunar Eclipse on 7th-8th August

Partial lunar eclipse will be visible in Pakistan,Antarctica, Australia, Europe and Africa on 7th-8th August 2017.

The lunar eclipse will commence at 8:50 PM (Pakistan Standard Time - PST) on 7 August and will terminate by 1:51 AM (PST) on 8 August.

However, partial eclipse will begin at 10:23 pm and end at 12:18 pm.

Photo: Pixabay
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Friday, August 4, 2017

Total solar eclipse may attract massive crowds in USA

The officials in USA are worried about massive eclipse watching crowds across the US coasts which happens on 21 August later this month.

This is the first coast to coast solar eclipse in USA in 99 years and an estimated 74 millions people and tourists are expected to crowd the USA coasts - and this massive crowd worries USA officials.

People are being advised to pile up their groceries and fill their cars with gasoline for they my find shortage of the same once the eclipse watchers come to their areas.

It is expected that the 70-mile-wide strip that will fall across towns and cities in 12 states from Oregon to South Carolina - a strip that will plunge into darkness when the total solar eclipse takes place.

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Tourists warned of "Hot like Hell" weather in Southern Europe

The heatwave presently felt severely across souther Europe is taking a heavy toll of tourists intending to spend their holidays there. The temperatures have soared to 43 degrees Celsius and the Europe is hot like hell.

Countries most effected by this enormously hot weather include Croatia, Spain, Italy and Romania.

Already some of the Italian cities or on maximum heat alert status. Tour operators are advising tourists and even residents to stay under shade or indoors during prime sunny times.

Due to the ongoing heatwave spell, nik-named Lucifer in Italy has resulted into 15% more hospital admissions than other days of the year. Many tourists are now heading towards northern Europe or even cool England for their holidays.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Chaos at Heathrow as British airways system crashes

System crash at London's Heathrow airport has created chaos amongst tourists and holidaymakers as flights are delayed and closed.

As per Daily Mail, technical faults have caused unprecedented delays at London's to biggest airports of Heathrow and Gatwick. It is feared that all out going flights will be delayed specially to Athens, Milan, Malta, Glasgow and Dubrovnik.

Britsh Airways in the meanwhile has has admitted on Twitter it is dealing with issues with its check-in system. It is also reported that some passengers were stuck on planes on the runway as they waited for the issue to be resolved.

As per latest reports the system has sine been restored which remained dead for 20 minutes and operations have started as normal.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi elected interim Prime Minister of Pakistan

After removal of Nawaz Sharif by the Supreme Court of Pakistan, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi of PML-N has been  elected as the interim minister of Pakistan today by the National Assembly of Pakistan.

Shahid was minister in Nawaz Sharif cabinet and was nominated to run the affairs of the government till the election on vacant seat of Nawaz Sharif is filled through by election.

Meantime,younger brother of Nawaz, currently chief minister of Punjab province, is contesting on the vacant seat to become a full fledged prime minster till the government completes its term in 2018.

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