India: Kangana Ranaut says she will quit Twitter if proven that she called protesting farmers as ‘terrorists’
India|Entertainment|BollyWood|: Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut has landed in the eye of a fresh social media storm. Indian Twitter users were left shocked after she used the word “terrorists” in a tweet referring to protesting farmers, in the Indian state of Punjab. On September 20, Ranaut replied to a tweet by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in which he was trying to allay farmers’ concerns over agriculture bills that were recently passed in the Indian Parliament. Modi’s tweet came after farmers and opposition party members in Punjab marched in protest against the recent legislation. Modi tweeted that the bills would liberate farmers from the constraints of middlemen, and called it a "watershed moment in the history of Indian agriculture". He wrote: "We are here to serve our farmers. We will do everything possible to support them and ensure a better life for their coming generations." Quoting the PM's tweet, the 33-year-old actress wrote in Hindi: "Dear Prime Minister, someone who is asleep can be awakened… but what about those who are just acting to being asleep or naive? These are the same terrorists who shed blood even though not a single person lost their citizenship due to the Citizenship (Amendment) Act." Her tweet did not go down well with netizens, and several users questioned whether the actress referred to the suffering farmers as “terrorists”. Many asked her if she was unaware of the plight of farmers in India. Taking to Twitter once again, Kangana responded to the accusations. She blamed “Pappu’s army” (former Congress President, Rahul Gandhi’s supporters) for spreading fake rumours, and said that she would apologise and quit Twitter if the charges were proven.
Chinese tycoon who called Xi Jinping a 'clown' and ripped his coronavirus response gets 18-year sentence
A Chinese real estate mogul who once called President Xi Jinping a “clown” and criticized his government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic was sentenced to 18 years in prison on corruption charges, a Beijing court announced Tuesday.
Pakistan: Meeting to discuss K-Electric monopoly ends in chaos
Pakistan|: Karachi: A meeting to discuss a proposal to end the monopoly of K-Electric as the only electricity distribution company in Karachi was marred by protests as participants levelled charges against each other. The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) conducted the meeting at a hotel chaired by Tauseef H Farooqi, the NEPRA Chairman. The hearing remained inconclusive as its proceedings were adjourned due to pandemonium caused by heated exchange of arguments and noisy protests by some of the participants. The public hearing was important because of the recent incidents of massive breakdown in electric supply system of K-Electric in Karachi, several instances of deaths due to electrocution during monsoon rains, power outages due to persistent electricity shortfall, and complaints of the consumers regarding overbilling. See more Photos: Pakistan celebrates 74th Independence day From Urwa Hocane to Zoya Nasir, Pakistani celebrities are in holiday mood Pictures: Schools and colleges reopen in Pakistan after six months Photos: Dozens dead as record rains lash Pakistan Speaking on the occasion, representative of businessmen of Karachi, Siraj Kassim Teli, said the traders were ready to establish a new power distribution company in the city if the government made the move to end the monopoly of K-Electric. Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rehman, leader of Jamaat-e-Islami Karachi, said the electric supply system of K-Electric in Karachi suffered a breakdown even if there were a few drops of rain. He said that citizens had to suffer power failures even when humidity level goes up. He said that power consumers in Karachi had to suffer power outages even during winter on the pretext of gas shortfall faced by the power generation units of the company. Naeem-ur-Rehman said over the years K-Electric had failed to transform its power generation units for electricity generation. Khawaja Izharul Hassan, lawmaker of Muttahida Quami Movement, (MQM) said K-Electric had faced shortfall even during the recent lockdown in Karachi when most business and industrial activities were suspended. Resolution He said that the Sindh Assembly had passed a unanimous resolution demanding the government to allow more power distribution companies in Karachi to end the monopoly of the K-Electric and safeguard the interests of the power consumers. The proceedings witnessed an uproar when former Sindh governor Kamal Azfar alleged that the MQM had acted as a facilitator when the deal of privatisation of K-Electric had taken place during the regime of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf. He said leaders of MQM had no right to talk on this issue due to their past role in the matter. Chief Executive Officer of K-Electric, Moonis Abdullah Alvi, said that the management of K-Electric had made investments in the power utility more than its contractual obligations. He said the company had reduced losses in the system of electric supply by 16 per cent.
Pakistan Hindus to protest outside Indian embassy in Islamabad
Pakistan|: Islamabad: The Pakistani Hindu community is planning to protest outside the Indian Embassy in Islamabad over the deaths of 11 Pakistani Hindus in India, MNA Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani announced on Tuesday. Talking to the media, Patron-in-Chief Pakistan Hindu Council (PHC) Dr Vankwani blamed Indian police for covering up facts about the Jodhpur incident in India in which 11 members of Pakistan’s Hindu community were mysteriously found dead in August. See more Photos: Pakistan backlash grows over Charlie Hebdo cartoons Pictures: Schools and colleges reopen in Pakistan after six months From Mahira Khan to Mehwish Hayat, Pakistani stars raise their voices against the gruesome Lahore motorway gang rape case Photos: Dozens dead as record rains lash Pakistan “We will rally outside Indian embassy on September 24 and hold a sit-in until justice is served,” Vankwani said. The protest would continue “until India shares a copy of FIR, primary investigation and post-mortem reports of the deceased with Pakistani officials and provide access to the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi to the only surviving member of the grieving family.” Vankwani said he has come under tremendous pressure by the local community to take action over silence of Indian officials over the deaths. “The country’s Hindu community has run out of patience” and will register “strong protest against the highly condemnable incident and the continuing failure of the Indian Government to carry out a transparent and credible investigation to bring the perpetrators to justice.” PHC chief meets FM Qureshi Vankwani on Tuesday held a meeting with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi to apprise him about the anxiety within the Pakistan Hindu community over the incident. He said that the daughter of the deceased head of the family, Mukhi, had filed an FIR in Sanghar on the incident, alleging that the RSS and BJP were involved in the murder of her family members. Vankwani shared that Mukhi claims that “her father, mother and other family members were murdered after they refused to spy on Pakistan and issue anti-Pakistan statements at the behest of Indian intelligence Agency.” Qureshi informed Vankwani that Pakistan had urgently taken up the issue with the Indian side and urged them to “carry out a comprehensive investigation and share its findings with Pakistan”. He added that “safety and security of all its nationals was the responsibility of the Government of Pakistan”. Mysterious deaths On Sept 14, Pakistan summoned the Indian chargé d’affaires to convey its serious concern over the deaths of Pakistani Hindus who were found dead inside a rented farmhouse in the northwestern Indian city of Jodhpur on August 9. Only one member of the family that belonged to the Bheel community has survived, according to reports. The deceased had moved to India from Pakistan around eight years ago.
India: Delhi cops arrest man pretending to be a woman to collect nude pictures of aspiring models
Cops in the Indian capital of Delhi have arrested a 37-year-old man for posing as a woman on social media to collect nude photos of aspiring models. Apparently, he used to contact them with an offer to audition for an upcoming web series. The cybercrime came to light after a 17-year-old girl lodged a police complaint against a woman named Rashi Goel, who contacted her on social media. Introducing herself as a model, Rashi Goel asked the minor girl if she was interested to act in a new web series. She asked the girl to send her regular and nude photographs for auditions. According to her police complaint, the girl said she agreed and sent her some pictures. However, Rashi Goel continued asking for more. Feeling harassed, the girl then blocked Goel on the social media platform. Soon after, two other people contacted the young girl and started threatening her with her nude photos. They told her that they would post the pictures on social media if she didn't agree to their demands, a police official said. They went ahead and sent an obscene picture of the girl to two of her friends. Police said that the cybercriminals even created a fake profile using the girl’s name and photos, and sent her the screenshot of the profile. According to Indian news reports, when the police started investigating the case, they found out that Rashi Goel’s account was fake, and the ID belonged to a man named Mam Chand. His residence was traced down to Sultanpuri. Chand was arrested by the police, this week. Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Anto Alphonse told local news channels: “Chand created several fake profiles on social media, and targeted upcoming models. He was previously involved in a cheating case in Hissar, in Haryana.” During the investigation, an audition form and objectionable photographs of victims were obtained from his mobile phone. The police added that three mobile phones and four SIM cards were seized from Chand. Sharing the news reports, social media users have said that youngsters need to be more careful online and not fall victim to such traps.
Mitt Romney's support strengthens Republican bid to move quickly on U.S. Supreme Court nominee
News/World: Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney said Tuesday he supports voting to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, all but ensuring President Donald Trump has the backing needed to push the nomination over Democratic objections that it's too close to the November election.
Russia says world's largest nuclear icebreaker embarking on Arctic voyage
News/Canada/North: A nuclear-powered icebreaker that Russia says is the world's largest and most powerful set off on Tuesday on a two-week journey to the Arctic as part of Moscow's efforts to tap the region's commercial potential.
UK's Boris Johnson announces new coronavirus prevention measures: 'This is the moment we must act'
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced new coronavirus prevention measures Tuesday in a bid to stop the United Kingdom’s steadily increasing number of infections, vowing that “this is the moment that we must act.”
Russia to register second Covid-19 vaccine by October 15
The vaccine has been developed by Siberia's Vector Institute, which completed early-stage human trials of the vaccine last week. Russia registered its first vaccine candidate, developed by Moscow's Gamaleya Institute, in August. Late-stage trials, involving at least 40,000 people, are ongoing.
Khao Yai National Park in Thailand will ship your trash back to you
Asia|World|: A national park in Thailand has a solution for littering tourists, they send the rubbish right back to them. The park management ships the trash to people’s homes as a reminder that when out in Nature, you must clean up after yourself. See more ChinaJoy: Gamers and cosplayers flock to Asia's biggest game event Thailand's reopening is 'same-same but different' COVID-19: Thailand's unemployed elephants migrate to home village Thailand: Michelin-star volunteers feed residents hit by COVID-19 pandemic Authorities at the popular Khao Yai National Park near Bangkok will start sending rubbish back to litterers, Thailand's environment minister said, according to media reports. Offenders will also be registered with the police. Visitors have to register with their addresses, making it easy for rangers to track them down if they leave rubbish behind. Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa posted pictures of litter collected in cardboard parcels ready to be shipped on his Facebook account. "Your trash - we'll send it back to you," the post read, reminding people that littering in a national park is an offence and punishable with up to five years in jail and hefty fines in the country. Along with empty plastic bottles, cans and chips wrappers, the box in the Facebook post contains a note saying: "You forgot these things at Khao Yai National Park." Park authorities say the rubbish left behind can be particularly dangerous for animals who may try to eat it, reported the BBC. See more Trees, birds, ponds: Mexico City's ancient lake reclaims scrapped airport Inside the 'Frost Magical Ice of Siam' park outside Pattaya Three rare Barbary lion cubs born in Czech zoo park India's largest crocodile park strapped for cash after COVID-19 lockdowns Appreciating the tactic, tweep @LicypriyaK wrote: “In this Khao Yai National Park of Thailand, if you dropped any litter inside the park then the authorities will mail your trash to your house with a letter ‘You forgot these’. We need such a system in every country.” Established in 1962 as Thailand's first national park, Khao Yai National Park is the third largest national park in the country. It covers more than 2,000 square kilometers of forest and grassland.
Pakistan: Police official allegedly raped woman who called him to complain against harassment
A case has been registered against a police official for allegedly raping a woman on September 21 at her home in the city of Gujranawala in Pakistan. According to the victim’s father, Assistant sub-inspector of police (ASI) Mubashir was called to their home for an investigation into her complaint against a few men who were harassing her. See more Pictures: Heavy rains in Pakistan kill 90, disrupt life in Karachi UAE aid to Pakistan, free COVID testing, UAE-Israel ties, US defiance, India parliament, Lebanon government, issues in Europe, here are the top news in pictures today Embassies and consulates in the UAE – all you need to know Photos: Dozens dead as record rains lash Pakistan Local media reported that the woman said that the men tried to assault her during an altercation. As a result, ASI Mubashir was appointed as the inquiry officer. The altercation took place on September 9 in the Bismillah Colony area. The woman was later rushed to a hospital for medical treatment. However, when the police official was called to her home for further investigation, he allegedly raped her. Local news outlets also reported that the victim has alleged that initially senior police officers worked to keep Mubashir’s name out of the case and the woman was pressured to change her statement against the cop. However, now the woman has submitted a petition against the inquiry officer to the Chief Police Officer (CPO) of Gujranwala, Rai Babar, and he has directed officials to conduct an inquiry. The incident has sparked outrage on social media, as netizens continue to advocate for women’s rights and safety in Pakistan. Sharing a clip of the victim recalling the incident circulating on social media, Twitter user @broader_the wrote: “Are these our people who pledge to protect us?” See more Pictures: Pakistan reopens restaurants, cinemas and gyms as COVID-19 counts drop Photos: Heavy monsoon rains flood roads in Lahore In pictures: Floods and Monsoon rains affect several regions of Pakistan UAE: Emirates Polio Campaign vaccinates 722,500 kids in Pakistan Referring to a recent rape case in Pakistan, in which two men raped a woman at gunpoint while she was waiting for help on a motorway after her car stopped working in Punjab, user @maaaahammm tweeted: “Police officer named Mubashir sexually assaulted a woman during an inquiry in Gujranwala. This is so disturbing, just want (Capital City Police Officer) CCPO Lahore to tell us which route the lady should've taken?” @maaaahammm was referring to CCPO Umar Sheikh’s comments during several television interviews about the incident in which he suggested that the woman should have taken another way to her destination amongst other remarks deemed problematic.
India has joined Afghan peace process at the right time, should engage Taliban directly: Hamid Karzai
International: The former Afghanistan President says, “Ceasefire is a demand of an overwhelming majority of Afghan people, especially Afghan mothers. This goes to both sides of the talks to the government side and to the Taliban side.”
Pakistan: Shirtless gang of robbers apply oil on themselves to escape arrest
A gang of half-naked robbers has instilled fear in residents of the city of Khushab in Pakistan’s Punjab province after they burglarised at least five houses in one night. According to local media reports, police said five half-naked dacoits have robbed houses in the city’s Azeem Town, Gulshir Town, Shehzad Town, and Canal Rest House areas on the night of September 21. See more Pictures: Heavy rains in Pakistan kill 90, disrupt life in Karachi UAE aid to Pakistan, free COVID testing, UAE-Israel ties, US defiance, India parliament, Lebanon government, issues in Europe, here are the top news in pictures today Embassies and consulates in the UAE – all you need to know Photos: Dozens dead as record rains lash Pakistan The culprits also had a tactic to escape arrest, the police said: “The gang applied mustard oil on their bodies to evade police arrest.” In closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage shared on social media, the shirtless culprits can be seen holding weapons and firing in the air after committing the crime. See more Pictures: Pakistan reopens restaurants, cinemas and gyms as COVID-19 counts drop Photos: Heavy monsoon rains flood roads in Lahore In pictures: Floods and Monsoon rains affect several regions of Pakistan UAE: Emirates Polio Campaign vaccinates 722,500 kids in Pakistan Police further said that cases have been registered against the accused and that they will be arrested soon, as investigations are underway.