Imran Khan has asked the global community to step and have the “moral courage” to stop a possible genocide in Indian-occupied Kashmir

“Does the BJP govt think by using greater military force against Kashmiris in IOK, it will stop the freedom movement?” the prime minister asked, before the answering the question himself: “Chances are it will gain momentum.”He said it should be “obvious” that the international community will be witnessing the “genocide” of Kashmiris in occupied Kashmir. Closing his tweet with a question, Prime Minister Imran wrote: “Will we watch another appeasement of fascism, this time in the garb of [the] BJP govt, or will the international community have the moral courage to stop this from happening?”

The Sindh government has decided it will be enforcing a complete ban on plastic bags throughout the province from October 1

Barrister Murtaza Wahab, spokesperson for the Government of Sindh, held a press conference in Karachi to announce that, starting the first of October, there will be a complete ban on the sale, manufacturing and use of plastic bags in the province. He said that that the decision had been taken by the provincial environment department. The provincial government had kicked off an awareness campaign about the harms of using plastic bags and, in connection with this drive, cloth bags have been distributed among Karachi’s citizens to encourage their use.

Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said no Indian movie would be screened in Pakistani cinemas

Talking to media outside Parliament House, Awan said a policy was being formulated to ban all kinds of Indian cultural content in Pakistan. She said Pakistan would utilise all options to extend its support to the Kashmiris in the wake of revocation of Article 370 by India. Efforts were being made to highlight the plight of the residents of occupied Kashmir, including consultations at the United Nations by Pakistan’s envoy Dr Maleeha Lodhi, and contact with heads of governments, she said.  The special assistant noted that Pakistan had presented a united stance through a unanimous parliamentary resolution condemning India’s actions in occupied Kashmir. Pakistan would show no leniency on the issue, she added. 

Arif Naqvi, founder of the collapsed Dubai-based private equity firm Abraaj Capital Ltd, has been sentenced to three years in prison

Naqvi was handed the prison sentence in a case involving low-cost carrier Air Arabia PJSC, the publication quoted people familiar with the matter as saying. The sentence comes days after the financial regulator of Dubai said it had imposed a record fine of nearly $315 million on two affiliates of the collapsed Abraaj group for unauthorised activities and misusing investors’ funds. According to the Bloomberg report, Naqvi’s legal representative declined to comment on the development, while Air Arabia representatives weren’t available to comment. In April, Naqvi was arrested in the United Kingdom on US charges that he defrauded investors, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In May, he was granted conditional bail of $20m after a London judge dismissed prosecutors’ bid to keep him in custody while he fought extradition to the US.


United Nations chief Antonio Guterres has told India “to refrain from taking steps that could affect the status of Jammu and Kashmir”

“The secretary general has been following the situation in Jammu and Kashmir with concern and makes an appeal for maximum restraint,” his spokesperson said. “The position of the United Nations on this region is governed by the Charter of the United Nations and applicable Security Council resolutions,” read the statement. “The secretary general also recalls the 1972 Agreement on bilateral relations between India and Pakistan, also known as the Simla Agreement, which states that the final status of Jammu and Kashmir is to be settled by peaceful means, in accordance with the Charter of the UN.”

Narendra Modi said Article 370 was scrapped to free Indian-occupied Kashmir from “terrorism and separatism”

Modi in his speech alleged that Pakistan encouraged “terrorism and separatism” in occupied Kashmir. “Friends, I have full belief that we will be able to free Jammu and Kashmir from terrorism and separatism under this system,” he said. “I have full faith that the people of Jammu and Kashmir, after defeating separatism, will move forward with new hopes and aspirations.” He said the special status has “not given anything other than terrorism, separatism, nepotism and big corruption”. Modi said he respected opposition politicians and prominent Kashmiris who have opposed the government’s strong-arm tactics. “We are working to answer their points but I request them to act to keep India’s interests and help Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh,” he said. “I want to assure my Jammu and Kashmir colleagues that slowly things will become normal and their problems will reduce.”

Matteo Salvini, leader of Italy’s League party, has called for a snap election, citing differences with coalition partners

A failed attempt by the Five Star Movement to derail plans for a high-speed rail link showed the coalition could no longer govern, he said. Five Star leader Luigi Di Maio said his party did not fear another election. Mr Salvini’s party is well ahead in opinion polls, due mainly to his stance against illegal immigration. In last year’s election, Five Star won twice as many votes as The League, but polls suggest the proportions have been reversed. Giuseppe Conte, the non-party law professor who serves as the coalition’s prime minister, has said Mr Salvini must “justify” to parliament his call for an election. Political clashes over the project for a railway between the Italian city of Turin and French city of Lyon led Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to put tenders on hold in March. The multibillion-euro TAV (Treno Alta Velocità) link involves digging a 58km (36-mile) tunnel through the Alps. It is bitterly opposed by Five Star on environmental and cost grounds.

Gynaecologists are warning of the potential risks of vaginal steaming after it emerged a Canadian woman burned herself

A case study, involving a 62-year-old, was published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada. The woman had been suffering from a prolapsed vagina and believed the treatment could help avoid surgery. Vaginal steaming, which involves sitting over a hot water and herb mix, has seen a growth in popularity. It and other treatments for intimate areas, including vulva facials, are now available at some salons and spas. The LA Times first reported on the steaming trend in 2010, and it later gained widespread attention when Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop brand recommended it. Last year, US model Chrissy Teigen also shared a photograph of herself undergoing the treatment.


Everton has just signed Alex Iwobi from Arsenal on a five-year deal for a fee that could rise to £34m

Iwobi came through the ranks at the Gunners, scoring 15 goals in 149 games. The Nigeria forward is Marco Silva’s seventh summer signing. “Alex was one of our main targets for this window and I believe he is a fantastic signing. He is a direct and skilful winger and attacking midfielder who always works very hard,” the Everton manager said. “He is still young but already with a lot of top-level experience – 100 Premier League matches, more in Europe and many international games.

South African batsman Hashim Amla has decided to retire from international cricket at the age of 36

Amla is the Proteas’ second-highest Test run scorer with 9,282 runs in 124 matches at an average of 46.64 with 28 centuries. He is the only South Africa batsman to score a Test triple hundred – 311 not out against England in 2012. Amla was South Africa Test captain between 2014 and 2016, the team’s first permanent non-white captain. In total, he scored more than 18,000 runs across all formats for South Africa with 55 centuries in 349 matches and has been ranked as the number one batsman in both Test and one-day international cricket.

Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka are amongst the highest paid female athletes in the world

Williams, a 23-times Grand Slam champion, topped the annual list for a fourth consecutive year with estimated total earnings of $29.2 million, the business magazine said. Osaka’s total income grew to $24.3 million, driven mainly by her off-court earnings, soaring to an estimated $16 million from $1.5 million a year ago, but the Japanese still missed the cut for Forbes’ top 100 best-paid athletes list. Williams is the only woman making it onto that list, coming in at No. 63. Forbes said it compiled its list based on prize money, salaries, bonuses, endorsements and appearance fees between June 1 2018 and June 1 this year US women’s football player Alex Morgan is the highest-placed non-tennis player on the women’s list at number 12, with Forbes putting her total earnings of $5.8 million.


Instagram has removed marketing company Hyp3r from its service after it was accused of grabbing users’ data

Hyp3r was scraping profiles, copying photos and siphoning off data supposed to be deleted after 24 hours, according to a Business Insider investigation. Instagram said Hyp3r had “violated” its policies and had been sent legal papers telling it to stop collecting data. Hyp3r said it complied with privacy regulations and the terms of service for the social networks it targeted. Business Insider said Instagram’s owner, Facebook, should have been more diligent about preventing data grabbing in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Telenor is getting ready to launch 5G data service in Pakistan

Telenor Pakistan took the first step towards 5Genablement last year by beginning the evolution of its network core from legacy architecture to the state-of-the-art virtualized hybrid core, taking the lead towards 5G readiness. The latest development takes Telenor Pakistan one step closer to the successful launch of end-to-end 5G trials to demonstrate the potential of futuristic technologies and solutions for socioeconomic advancement.

“As Pakistan gears up for future technologies that will be integrated into governance, businesses and people’s lives, the role of 5G becomes imperative,” said Irfan Wahab Khan, Chief Executive Officer Telenor Pakistan and Head of Telenor Emerging Asia Cluster, while sharing his thoughts on the development.

Google is planning on giving students three months of YouTube Premium and Youtube Premium Music for free

The deal essentially works by having students sign up for the discounted plan of their choice ($4.99 per month for YouTube Music Premium, or $6.99 per month for YouTube Premium), but instead of getting one month free, for a limited time, they now get three months. After that time expires, Google will start charging you the usual monthly price, unless you opt out and cancel the subscription, so that’s something to keep an eye on.YouTube Music Premium is Google’s paid music streaming service, which allows for users to stream, download, and discover new music — basically Spotify or Apple Music, but built off YouTube. YouTube Premium is the more comprehensive subscription, which allows for downloading YouTube videos on mobile, removes ads from YouTube, and gives access to YouTube Original shows, in addition to all the benefits of YouTube Music Premium.


Natasha Noorani, the co-founder of Lahore Music Meet, has made it to Goethe Talents 2019

Co-founder of Lahore’s leading music symposium, Lahore Music Meet, Natasha Noorani is all set to represent Pakistan in Germany this August as the only musician from the country for the fifth annual Goethe Talents Program 2019. Noorani will be one of 10 musicians from across the world to participate in the 10-day Goethe Talents Scholarship, scheduled to take place from 14-24 August in Berlin. The ethnomusicologist, selected via the worldwide network of Goethe-Institut, is a Lahore based singer-songwriter, playback singer, festival director and music promoter. Noorani also featured in the summer blockbuster film, Baaji, on the song ‘Ye Aaj Mujh Ko Kya Hua’ as a playback singer for Meera; she has also been deeply involved in the Pakistani music industry and plans to release more music later this year.

Disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has been barred from going to Europe to consult on a movie

In a letter, Weinstein attorney Arthur Aidala asked Justice James Burke to permit him to travel to Rome to meet with Giuseppe Tornatore, the director of the 1988 film, and with composer Ennio Morricone, who is 90 and no longer able to travel.The Manhattan D.A.’s office did not consent to the travel request. The judge denied Weinstein’s request without explanation. His attorneys argued that he is the victim of “mob justice.” “Here is a person who is presumed to be innocent, who has adhered to every single mandate of his bail agreement, who has not been able to work in close to two years,” said Weinstein’s attorney, Donna Rotunno. “He has been blocked from working in his industry, and when he tries to earn an honest living, is denied by the court. This exemplifies the problem with this current environment of conviction and punishment before trial, yielding to mob justice. That this is even a story is demonstrative of how low we have sank.”

The creators of Game of Thrones have signed a $200 million Netflix deal to make shows and films exclusively for the streaming service

“We are thrilled to welcome master storytellers David Benioff and Dan Weiss to Netflix. They are a creative force and have delighted audiences worldwide with their epic storytelling. We can’t wait to see what their imaginations will bring to our members,” Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, told THR. In a joint statement, Benioff and Weiss thanked HBO, but naturally made no mention of the project Confederate, an alternative history show centered on a version of America in which the South won the Civil War and slavery persisted. The idea, which Benioff and Weiss pitched to HBO in 2017, received immense backlash from critics and the public. Many displeased fans saw a project helmed by two white men — creators with questionable track records regarding race and slavery on Game of Thrones — that would potentially treat American slavery as a form of titillating entertainment, instead of a structural force still very much embedded into modern politics and society.