FIR against Nawaz Sharif’s security guards for assaulting cameraman of news channel

FIR against Nawaz Sharif’s security guards for assaulting cameraman of news channel

Islamabad [Pakistan]: A first information report (FIR) was lodged by the local police against five people, including two security guards of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif here on Tuesday for allegedly assaulting a cameraman of Samaa TV.

Television footage on Monday had shown a security guard assaulting the cameraman, Syed Wajid Ali, outside the Parliament building for allegedly coming in the way of Sharif while recording him. Another guard came into the picture and brutally kicked the cameraman on his face, before fleeing from the scene, The Dawn reported. Two of Sharif’s security guards-Mansub and Mohsin-were arrested.

The cameraman was shifted to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) after sustaining injuries in his lips and head. “I became unconscious as a result of the torture,” Ali was quoted as saying in the FIR. The FIR was registered against three of Sharif’s guards and two unknown assailants. A case was registered under Sections 355 and 506 of the Pakistan Penal Code. As per the FIR, Ali was allegedly attacked by the security guards after he tried to click photos of Sharif, leaving the Parliament. The two arrested guards were presented before a civil judge, who remanded them to judicial custody for 14 days.

Saturn losing its iconic rings rapidly: NASA

Saturn losing its iconic rings rapidly: NASA

written by FPJ News Service Washington: Saturn is fast losing its iconic rings – at maximum estimated rate. The rings are being pulled into Saturn by gravity as a dusty rain of ice particles under the influence of the planet’s magnetic field.At this rate, the Saturn’s rings are likely to disappear in the next 100 million years.”We estimate that this ‘ring rain’ drains amount of water that could fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool in half an hour,” said James O’Donoghue of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre in the US.

Scientists have long wondered if Saturn was formed with the rings or if the planet acquired them later in life. The new research favours the latter scenario, indicating that they are unlikely to be older than 100 million years, as it would take that long for the C-ring to become what it is today assuming it was once as dense as the B-ring.“We are lucky to be around to see Saturn’s ring system, which appears to be in the middle of its lifetime.

However, if rings are temporary, perhaps we just missed out on seeing giant ring systems of Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune, which have only thin ringlets today!” O’Donoghue added. Various theories have been proposed for the ring’s origin. If the planet got them later in life, the rings could have formed when small, icy moons in orbit around Saturn collided, perhaps because their orbits were disturbed by a gravitational tug from a passing asteroid or comet.

Saturn’s rings are mostly chunks of water ice ranging in size from microscopic dust grains to boulders several yards (meters) across. Ring particles are caught in a balancing act between the pull of Saturn’s gravity, which wants to draw them back into the planet, and their orbital velocity, which wants to fling them outward into space.

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Facebook blocked Netanyahu’s son for anti-Muslim posts

  Facebook blocked Netanyahu’s son for anti-Muslim posts

Facebook temporarily banned Yair Netanyahu, son of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, for posting anti-Muslim posts, the media reported on Monday. According to a report in The Times of Israel, Yair’s Facebook account was blocked for 24 hours on Sunday after he called for “avenging the deaths” of two Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers who were killed at the West Bank shooting last week.

“Unbelievable. Facebook blocks me for 24 hours for simply criticizing it! Thought police,” Yari wrote on Twitter, Facebook is yet to comment on this.  After the controversial Facebook post was removed, he wrote that the social media giant was “trying to shut our mouths in the only place where we have the right to express our opinions” Yari also posted a screenshot of the original post along with new posts criticising Facebook.

“Do you know where there are no terror attacks? In Iceland and Japan. Coincidentally there’s also no Muslim population there,” he posted. This is not the first time Yair has been in the spotlight. According to The Jerusalem Post, in 2017, Yair posted a diagram featuring antisemitic tropes such as Jewish billionaire George Soros, who funds left-wing causes and organizations in several countries.

42 people injured in Japan restaurant explosion

42 people injured in Japan restaurant explosion

Tokyo: A powerful blast that ripped through a restaurant in northern Japan injured 42 people and caused serious damage to neighbouring buildings, forcing some residents into shelters, officials said.

The explosion in Sapporo on Sunday night started fires and caused the partial collapse of some surrounding buildings. Images from the scene showed large flames and plumes of smoke rising in the night air, and witnesses described hearing a terrifying boom. The cause of the blast was still under investigation, police said. One witness reportedly said he had smelled gas after the explosion. A police official for the Hokkaido region told AFP that despite the large number of injuries, there had been no fatalities.

The Jiji Press agency said one of those injured was seriously hurt, suffering burns to his face, but none of the victims had life-threatening wounds. Several children were reportedly among those hurt in the explosion. “I heard a ‘bang,’ which sounded like thunder, and my condo was shaken,” a man in his 50s told The Japan Times. “There was an enormous sound, ‘bang’, then when I looked up at the sky it was filled with plumes of smoke,” an elderly woman said in footage on public broadcaster NHK.

The two-story wooden building that housed the restaurant, a real estate agency and a clinic was seriously damaged, a Sapporo fire department official told AFP. The fire from the blast spread to neighbouring buildings, and debris blasted out by the explosion shattered the windows of nearby apartments and restaurants, according to local reports. “We are investigating details about the damage together with police at the scene,” the official said.

National broadcaster NHK said it took firefighters several hours to extinguish the flames, with dozens of vehicles mobilised to deal with the accident. A 26-year-old female employee at the restaurant jumped from the first floor and broke her leg as she tried to escape the fire, media reports said. “I’m just relieved that she is alive,” her sister, who rushed to the scene, told the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper. The blast happened around 8.30 pm (1130 GMT), and the city government opened a shelter to house dozens of people whose homes were damaged.

“The number of evacuees grew to about 60 people around midnight, but now there are 10 people still in the evacuation centre,” Sapporo official Yasuhiro Ishizuka told AFP. The explosion also caused a temporary black-out, with 250 buildings losing electricity, but power was later restored, he said. Many small and medium-sized older buildings in Japan are built partly or entirely from wood and are vulnerable to fires. In February, 11 people were killed in Sapporo after a fire broke out at a home for elderly people with financial difficulties.

Vine’s co-founder Colin Kroll found dead in New York

Vine’s co-founder Colin Kroll found dead in New York

New York [USA]: The co-founder of Vine and HQ Trivia, Colin Kroll, was found dead in his New York apartment by the police on Sunday (local time). “We learned today of the passing of our friend and founder, Colin Kroll, and it’s with deep sadness that we say goodbye. Our thoughts go out to his family, friends and loved ones during this incredibly difficult time,” HQ Trivia tweeted after the news of his demise broke.

Kroll’s girlfriend called the police to check up on the 34-year-old, after which police found Kroll in an unresponsive and unconscious condition in his bedroom. He was pronounced dead on the scene, according to CNN. The cause of the death is still being ascertained while the family has been notified of the untimely demise.

“So sad to hear about the passing of my friend and co-founder Colin Kroll. My thoughts &  prayers go out to his loved ones. I will forever remember him for his kind soul and big heart. He made the world and internet a better place. Rest in peace, brother,” Rus Yusupov, with whom Kroll had started Vine and HQ Trivia, tweeted. He became a household name in the world of tech after co-founding Vine, a short-form hosting service, that was acquired by Twitter in 2012. The service was shut down in early 2017. The platform launched the careers of many social media stars including Logan Paul and Shawn Mendes amongst others.

UK PM faces EU leaders after Brexit deal rebuff

UK PM faces EU leaders after Brexit deal rebuff

Brussels: British Prime Minister Theresa May returned to face EU leaders on Friday after they rebuffed her pleas for help to sell her Brexit plan back home and warned of the growing threat of a “no deal”.May had sought to persuade her 27 colleagues she could overcome huge opposition to the divorce deal among British MPs if they gave her some assurances over the thorny problem of the Irish border.

But they were not convinced, and European diplomats said May had been unable to explain what she wanted or how she could deliver a British parliamentary majority to endorse the deal. “The signals we heard yesterday were not particularly reassuring on Britain’s capacity to honour the commitments that were made,” Belgian PM Charles Michael said.

“So we will make sure to prepare for all scenarios and prepare also for a no deal scenario,” he added, as he arrived for the second and final day of the EU summit. On Thursday, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker repeated statements made all week by European leaders “there is no room whatsoever for renegotiation” of the deal.


6.8 million users possibly affected by latest photo bug: Facebook

6.8 million users possibly affected by latest photo bug: Facebook

San Francisco: US top social media network Facebook admitted that about 6.8 million users may risk their private photos being exposed to third-party apps. The company on Friday said more than 1,500 apps built by 876 developers may have also been affected by the bug that exposed users’ unshared photos during a 12-day-period from Sept. 13 to Sept 25, Xinhua news agency reported.

Facebook said it has fixed the breach and will roll out next week “tools for app developers that will allow them to determine which people using their app might be impacted by this bug.” Those affected by the bug were apps “that Facebook approved to access the photos API and that individuals had authorized to access their photos,” Facebook added. The bug allowed those apps to see pictures of Facebook users that they were not granted access to.

Facebook said it will give its users notification about the possible exposure of their private photos, and that it will be working with developers to delete those copies of photos from impacted users. The disclosure is another example of Facebook’s failure to properly protect users’ privacy that may drew more criticism of its privacy policy. The world’s largest social media network has been grilled over the past year for its mishandling of user data, including its involvement in a privacy scandal in March when Cambridge Analytica, a British political consultancy firm, was accused of illegally accessing the data of more than 87 million Facebook users without their consent.

The private information of Facebook users was alleged to be used to influence the U.S. 2016 general elections in favor of President Donald Trump’s campaign. Last month, Facebook announced that up to 50 million users could have their accounts controlled by hackers due to a security bug that its CEO Mark Zuckerberg called “very serious.”

Supreme Court puts Fortis deal with IHH on hold

Supreme Court puts Fortis deal with IHH on hold

Mumbai: The Supreme Court on Friday ordered status quo with regard to the sale of controlling stakes of Fortis Healthcare to Malaysian IHH Healthcare by former Ranbaxy promoters and hospital operators — Malvinder and Shivinder Singh. The apex court was hearing the plea of Japanese firm Daiichi Sankyo which is seeking to recover Rs 3,500 crore, awarded to it by a Singapore tribunal in its case against Malvinder and Shivinder Singh. The Japanese firm, which has filed the contempt plea against the Singh brothers in the apex court, has said that it was promised some shares of Fortis Healthcare by the Singh brothers.

“Status quo with regard to sale of the controlling stake in Fortis Healthcare to Malaysian IHH Healthcare be maintained,” said a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph. The top court also issued notices to the Singh brothers asking them to explain as to why contempt proceedings be not initiated against them for allegedly violating its earlier order by pledging the shares.

The board of Fortis Healthcare had approved in July a proposal from IHH Healthcare to invest Rs 4,000 crore by way of preferential allotment for a 31.1 per cent stake. The Malaysian IHH Healthcare became the controlling shareholder of Fortis Healthcare Ltd by acquiring a 31.1 per cent stake in the company.

Daiichi had bought Ranbaxy in 2008. Later, it had moved the Singapore arbitration tribunal accusing that the Singh brothers had concealed information that Ranbaxy was facing probe by the US Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Justice, while selling its shares.

Daiichi had to enter into a settlement agreement with the US Department of Justice, agreeing to pay $500 million penalty to resolve potential, civil and criminal liability. The company had then sold its stake in Ranbaxy to Sun Pharmaceuticals for Rs 22,679 crore in 2015.

A Singapore tribunal had passed the Rs 3,500 crore arbitral award in Daiichi’s favour back in April 2016 on grounds that that the Singh brothers had withheld information that their company was facing probe by the US Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Justice while selling its shares to the Japanese company. The Japanese drugmaker had further argued that the value of the unencumbered assets disclosed to court by FHL’s promoter brothers, Malvinder and Shivinder Singh’s two holding companies had to be maintained.

In its contempt plea, Daichii alleged that the Singh brothers and Indiabulls had created fresh encumbrances for nearly 1.7 million shares of the total 2.3 million shares that were left after the top court’s order. The February 15 order allowed banks and financial institutions to sell FHL shares pledged with them on or before August 31 by the Singh brothers.

The Supreme Court had, at the time, clarified that there could be no fresh encumbrances created by promoters and others, directing maintenance of a status quo. But Daichii claimed in its petition that Indiabulls created encumbrances for 1.2 million shares while the rest had either been created by Singh brothers or other third parties.

Google Doodle tells why you shouldn’t miss Geminid meteor showers on Thursday

Google Doodle tells why you shouldn’t miss Geminid meteor showers on Thursday

New Delhi: After 9 p.m. on Thursday, you should be able to watch the best Geminid meteor showers to Earth ever and Google has made a Doodle just to make you aware of what a celestial show you could miss if you do not look up at the sky at the right time.

“If the weather is clear, 2018 should be the best year ever to watch the Gemenides — so named because they seem to originate from the constellation Gemini,” Google said. To experience the celestial show, you do not need to have a telescope or binoculars. Although the showers should be visible to naked eyes after 9 p.m. on Thursday, they are likely to peak after midnight with as many as 120 meteors per hour.

For a better view, get as far away from city lights as possible, face South, and remember to dress warmly as you enjoy one of the greatest shows on — or above — earth, recommends Google. First discovered via satellite data 35 years ago, an asteroid called “3200 Phaethon” is responsible for bringing the spectacular Geminid meteor showers to Earth’s atmosphere each December.

With each passing year since the mid-1800s, the proliferation of yellowish streaks of light in the night-time sky have grown more intense. The so-called “rock comet” came within 10.2 million km of Earth this past December, although last year’s supermoon made it harder to appreciate the celestial light show.

That won’t be a factor this year, Google said. The cosmic dust may have resulted from a crash with another flying object, but there’s little danger of any Geminids landing on earth as it normally disintegrates in the earth’s atmosphere. The Doodle on Thursday follows the Geminids’ path through Earth’s atmosphere as it lights up the sky through a slideshow.

As Phaethon’s orbit leads it near the sun, the extreme heat causes it to fracture and leaves a trail of debris in its orbital path. Every December, Earth’s orbit leads us through the trail of 3200 Phaethon and its debris crashes into our atmosphere at 127,000 kms per hour.


UK PM Theresa May survives no-confidence vote triggered by Conservative MPs

UK PM Theresa May survives no-confidence vote triggered by Conservative MPs

London:  UK Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday survived a vote of no-confidence triggered by members of her own ruling Conservative Party over her handling of the country exiting the European Union (EU). After winning 200 votes to 117 or 63 per cent of the total ballots on Wednesday night, May is now immune from a leadership challenge for a year. The result was met with cheers from MPs as it was announced by Graham Brady, an MP who leads the 1922 Committee which represents Conservative Party backbench lawmakers in the House of Commons, reports CNN.

Following the vote, the Prime Minister addressed the media outside Downing Street, saying that it had been a “long and challenging day”. May said while she was “grateful” for the support, she also acknowledged that a “significant” number of number of MPs from her party voted against her. “I have listened to what they said… We now need to get on with the job of delivering Brexit.”

The Prime Minister said that she now had a “renewed mission — delivering the Brexit that people voted for, bringing the country back together and building a country that truly works for everyone”. Voting by secret ballot began at 6 p.m. on Wednesday after May made her final pitch to lawmakers promising them that she wouldn’t fight the next general election in 2022. A pro-May MP told CNN that the Prime Minister “got a real grilling, but overall solid support” as she made her case to MPs.

Shortly after the announcement early Thursday morning, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt tweeted: “Huge congrats to Theresa May whose stamina, resilience and decency has again won the day and given her the chance to deliver Brexit for our country.” Chancellor Philip Hammond also tweeted and saidthe result was “the right one”. “Now is the the time to focus on the future,” he said. “Her deal means we will honour the referendum result while safeguarding jobs and maintaining business confidence.” However, while May did win a majority, it does reveal that more than a third of Conservative MP’s voted against her as PM. Jacob Rees-Mogg — who rallied against May — said the result was a “terrible” outcome for the Prime Minister.

He added that “she ought to go and see the Queen urgently and resign”. Conservative MP Stephen Crabb said May must now win over MPs who voted against her, which will be “hugely challenging”. Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said: “Her government is in chaos.” The biggest challenge that May faces now is that she is stuck between a UK Parliament that will not vote through her Brexit deal and the EU, which will not reopen negotiations on that deal. The confidence vote coincided with May’s whistle-stop tour of Europe where she met key EU leaders, asking them for help passing her Brexit deal through Parliament. May was forced to postpone a vote on the deal on Monday when it became clear her bill would face a humiliating defeat.