Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) warned the people of Miramshah against playing loud music, polio vaccination and women going out without a man
The one-page message in Urdu seen by people in Miramshah, the headquarters of North Waziristan tribal district, on Wednesday cautioned the people: “We remind you [residents] that similar statements issued by Taliban several times in the past had fallen on deaf ears, but this time we are going to take to task those who violate the Taliban order.” The message further said: “There will be no use of DJs, neither inside the house nor in open fields and those ignoring the warning will be responsible for consequences.” Polio workers have been asked to do finger-marking of children during the vaccination campaign, but told not to administer polio drops to children or be ready to face dire consequences for defying the instruction.
Pakistan has finally approached the Indian government with an offer to provide consular access to convicted spy Kulbhushan Jadhav
Speaking at his weekly press briefing, FO spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said work was being done on granting consular access to Jadhav and that measures in this regard were being taken in accordance with last month’s decision of the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
He said India was informed that Jadhav could be granted consular access on today! Speaking in New Delhi, Indian foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar confirmed that they had received a proposal from Pakistan. “We have received a proposal from Pakistan. We are evaluating the proposal in the light of [the] ICJ judgement,” The Economic Times quoted him as saying.
Shehbaz Sharif has vowed to expose “those who sold their conscience” after a no-confidence motion against Senate Chairperson Sadiq Sanjrani failed
Shehbaz, on his Twitter account, wrote: “Horsing trading won and democracy got undermined again today. It is not just Opposition’s loss.”We will get down to the bottom of the matter and those who sold their conscience will be exposed,” he added. Prior to his tweet, he spoke informally to media personnel outside the Parliament House in the federal capital, saying the result of the no-confidence motion against Senate Chairperson Sadiq Sanjrani was damaging to democracy. Shehbaz — also the president of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) — said he believed that there had been influencing and horse-trading during the vote on the no-confidence motion against Sanjrani.
Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari promised to take action against opposition senators who voted against a no-confidence motion
“We will look into our party to see which of [our members] came under pressure or sold their conscience,” a visibly angry Bilawal told reporters.
“Some petty senators stabbed their parties in the back, we will take them to task,” he said. The PPP chairperson was speaking to the media after a meeting with opposition leaders that was held hours after Sanjrani shockingly survived a no-confidence motion even though government senators did not have a majority. Mere hours before the final result, the resolution to move a no-confidence vote against Sanjrani had been passed comfortably by opposition senators, with 64 voting in its favour.
United States imposed sanctions against Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif
The sanctions freeze any of Zarif’s assets in the United States or that are controlled by US entities, the government announced, saying it also will curtail his international travel. “Zarif implements the reckless agenda of Iran’s Supreme Leader, and is the regime’s primary spokesperson around the world. The United States is sending a clear message to the Iranian regime that its recent behavior is completely unacceptable,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.
Rwanda has reopened its border with DR Congo, where an Ebola outbreak has killed more than 1,800 people in the past year
The border was closed for several hours after the confirmation of a third death from Ebola in the Congolese city of Goma. At least 2,700 people have been infected in the worst Ebola outbreak in the country’s history. Tackling the disease has been complicated by conflict in the region. About 12 new cases are being reported every day in Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports. Last week, the WHO designated the outbreak of Ebola a global health emergency, its highest level of alarm, but warned against trying to contain the virus by closing borders or restricting travel or trade.
Donald Trump has announced fresh tariffs of 10% on another $300bn of Chinese products from 1 September
Mr Trump tweeted that the tariffs applied to “the remaining 300 Billion Dollars of goods and products coming from China into our Country”. He also criticised China for not honouring promises to buy more US agricultural products and attacked Chinese President Xi Jinping for failing to do more to stem sales of the synthetic opioid fentanyl. The latest round of tariffs comes amid mounting concern that Mr Trump’s strategy is proving counter-productive and harming the US more than China.
Sudan has suspended all schools after student protests turned deadly after security forces opened fire to disperse demonstrators, killing 4 students
The government’s decision to close schools came a day after the children in their school uniforms took to the streets nationwide to protest the killings during Monday’s demonstrations in the city of El-Obeid. The original protest was against shortages of fuel and bread within the region. Sudan is in the middle of political upheaval which led to the ouster in April of former president Omar al-Bashir, who had ruled for 30 years. Demonstrations that led to Bashir’s exit have continued in the nation with many calling for a transitional civilian government.
Cricketer Imad Wasim is getting married in a ceremony to be held in Islamabad on 26 August
It looks like love is in the air for the cricket team! Imad Wasim is getting married to UK-based Sania Ashfaq.the lovebirds met in London for the first time and have known each other for a while now before deciding to make it official; the families are busy with the wedding preparations.
Imad is currently playing for Nottinghamshire in the T20 Vitality Blast but he plans on taking a break for his big day: “I will get a week’s break from my professional commitments for the marriage ceremony and will rejoin Nottinghamshire for the remaining matches,” the cricketer shared. Recently, word spread about fast-bowler Hassan Ali getting married to Haryana-based, Shamia Arzoo in Dubai. However the cricketer clarified the wedding was “not confirmed yet”
Jofra Archer has officially been released from the England Test squad to play for Sussex while he aims to improve his fitness
The 24-year-old will appear in Friday’s T20 Blast match against Kent and Sussex’s Second XI Championship fixture against Gloucestershire next week.
Archer said he was in “excruciating” pain while playing for England in the World Cup final last month. Sam Curran and Olly Stone have also been released to play T20 matches. Fast bowler Stone will join up with the Birmingham Bears squad for their game at Nottinghamshire today, while all-rounder Curran will play for Surrey at Somerset on the same evening.
Arsenal has signed Ivory Coast winger Nicolas Pepe from Lille for a club record fee of £72m
The 24-year-old has signed a five-year contract at Emirates Stadium after having a medical on Tuesday. Pepe scored 35 goals in 74 Ligue 1 appearances for Lille, who he joined from Angers in 2017. “Being here is very emotional,” said Pepe. “I have come a long way and struggled a lot and so signing for this great club is a big reward.”
He becomes the fourth most expensive signing in Premier League history after Manchester United duo Paul Pogba (£89m) and Romelu Lukaku (£75m), and Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk (£75m).
Indian Air Force just launched an air-combat mobile game featuring a character that looks eerily similar to Abhinandan Varthaman
The character, who looks like handlebar-moustache wing commander, can be seen at the start of the single player game’s teaser trailer released by the air force on Twitter. “I fly deep into enemy territory, and strike fear in the heart of my enemies,” the text of the trailer said as it showed shots of fighter jets shooting at targets. The Android and iOS-based mobile game “Indian Air Force: A Cut Above” will let players fly different aircraft and complete various missions.
Swedish researchers have developed the technology to help people with severely impaired motor functions to play video games using their minds
The programme, called Brain Driver, is being trialed by people including Samuel Kunz, who was paralyzed after an accident. According to reports, Mr. Kunz is able to operate a digital race car by picturing which way he wants it to move – but that it takes concentration. As he stated; “I have to be very concentrated. The connection between my fingers and my brain is not there anymore. I still try to move my fingers just in my head and so that needs a lot of concentration to do it exactly the same way every time.” The operations are controlled using brain signals, transmitted to the computer by electrodes attached to users’ heads, explained Dr. Rea Lehner to Euro News. One of the greatest challenges for neuroscientists in the project was actually something that functions to protect the brain i.e. the skull.
Fawad Chaudry says that China will help Pakistan send its first astronaut into space
While giving the interview today, Fawad Chaudhry mentioned that the space mission is in line with the space policy of Pakistan’s Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (Suparco). Following the policy, an agreement had already been reached with China in 2015 on the said matter. Talking about the selection of potential astronaut, Fawad mentioned that PAF, which would be a partner of Suparco in the mission, would shortlist the most suitable person from the pool of its fighter pilots.Fawad seemed hopeful of Pakistan’s space program. He mentioned that since the setting out of policy in 2002, Pakistan’s space program had progressed on a good level. “It should reach an advanced stage by 2030,” Fawad further quoted.
Karan Johar and Zoya Akhtar are working on an anthology horror series for netflix called Ghost Stories
While the plot details have not been revealed, we know that the four short films – directed by each of the directors – will be connected by one broader theme ending in a goosebumps-inducing mutual climax for Ghost Stories. “I have always been mortified to watch the horror genre and have always stayed very far away from any ghost story! So to direct one is not only hugely challenging but also exceptionally exciting,” said Karan Johar. According to Zoya Akhtar, “As a writer/director, I thrive on bending genres and inverting tropes and I am so looking forward to attempting that with a ghost story.”
ASAP Rocky has been giving evidence at his trial in Sweden where he’s accused of assaulting a 19-year-old man
He told the court: “There’s a million things that we could have did, but we decided to walk away.”He told the court that he and his team had felt threatened by the people they clashed with and said he is not looking for money but wants justice and for his name to be cleared.The rapper told the court: “These guys were, you know, their behaviour was very weird and we didn’t know what to expect. It got a little scary for us. I couldn’t help but assume that these guys were under the influence of some type of drugs.”
Melissa McCarthy says she’d love the role of Ursula in Disney’s live-action ‘Little Mermaid’
The actress addressed the rumors during her Monday night appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” after discussing her worst date ever and how her elderly father has started trapping squirrels in his car. “I read that you are going to be a part of the live-action remake of ‘Little Mermaid,'” Kimmel asked. McCarthy joked, “What’s that?I hadn’t heard about that. It seems like it will be an awfully fun thing to do. I’d love if Disney gave me a little ringy-ding-ding,” she added. “We’ll see,” she said, throwing an exaggerated wink to the camera. “If it did happen, it would be very wonderful, Disney.”