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Nov
30

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The Pakistan Army on Wednesday contradicted a news item which it said appeared in a section of media and on social media that Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mahmood Hayat met Hussain Nawaz, the son of Prime Continue Reading…

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Oct
20

One’s a Nobel laureate and the other a gamer!

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The world’s youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai and gamer Sumail Hassan have now made it to Times’ 30 Most Influential Teens of 2016.

Sumail Hassan, now 17, won his team Evil Geniuses the Defense of the Ancient 2 (Dota 2) Asian championship in China last year when he was just 15 years old. The team bagged $1.2 million in prize money at the competition.

“Hassan has become the youngest person ever to earn $1 million playing competitive video games, making him a phenomenon in the rapidly growing world of ‘e-sports’,” states the publication’s website.

The child prodigy moved to the US in 2014 and spent some of his winnings – now at $2.3 million and counting – to buy a house for his family.

Nobel laureate, Malala Yousafzai has been fighting for girls’ right to education for almost a decade now. Her organisation The Malala Fund has received funding from famous personalities worldwide. Currently, the 19-year-old is working towards urging “world leaders to set aside $1.4 billion this year toward educating young refugees,” says Times.

Malala was shot by Taliban when she was 11 years old for braving against the ban on girls’ education in her hometown Swat.

The Times’ annual list includes children from the tender age of 14. The criteria to be a part of this list, Times shares, is: ‘we consider accolades across numerous fields, global impact through social media and overall ability to drive news.

Here’s the complete list:

Maddie Zielger, 14

Skai Jackson, 14

Logan Guleff, 14

Gaten Matarazzo, 14

Sasha Obama, 15 and Malia Obama, 18

Rachel Zietz, 16

Laurie Hernandez, 16

Kiara Nirghin, 16

Chloe Kim, 16

Yara Shahidi, 16

James Charles, 17

Gavin Grimm, 17

Amandla Stenberg, 17

Ben Pasternak, 17

Zara Larsson, 18

Yusra Mardini, 18

Jaden Smith, 18

Shawn Mendes, 18

Luka Sabbat, 18

Katie Ledecky, 19

George Matus, 19

Maisie Williams, 19

Simone Biles, 19

Camila Cabello, 19

Chloe Grace Mortez, 19

Barbie Ferreria, 19

Kylie Jenner, 19

 

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Oct
20

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ALABAMA: “COKE”

Soda is “pop” in the Midwest and “tonic” in parts of New England, but it’s “coke” in the Alabama and most of the South. Even if you want Sprite or root beer or Dr. Pepper, it’s perfectly acceptable to ask for them by saying you want a “coke.” You’ll then be asked, “What kind of coke do you want?” Come on, Southerners, you know damn well what Coke is!

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ARIZONA: “SWAMP COOLER”

What’s a swamp cooler? Well, it’s just another word for an evaporative cooler. OK, great… Follow-up question: What’s an evaporative cooler?

If you live in the drier parts of the west, you’ll probably already know that this is an air conditioner that uses the evaporation of water to both cool the air and add moisture to it. Not only is this more effective in drier climates, but it cools at a lower cost.

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ARKANSAS: “CADDYWONKERS”/“CADDYWONKED”/“CATTYWAMPUS”

This is one of those terms that will catch you off-guard the first time you hear it, and you might momentarily worry that you’ve walked into a Dr. Seuss story. However, caddywonkers/caddywonked (or cattywampus) is just another term for sideways, unconventional, or askew. The easiest way to illustrate its use is by saying, “The term ‘caddywonked’ is a little caddywonked, but it’s acceptable in the South.”

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CALIFORNIA: “HELLA” OR “HECKA”

“Hella” is a slang term for “very,” “really,” and “a lot” that originated in the San Francisco region before expanding to the greater Northern California area. Used mostly by the younger crowd, the music industry made it mainstream for a short time in the late ‘90s (as did the 1998 South Park episode “Spookyfish”), but the word mostly fell out of vocabularies outside of the west coast in the 2000s. Even there, it’s not nearly as popular as it was 15 or 20 years ago. Some folks also use or used the term “hecka” in a similar way, but it wasn’t hella popular.

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Oct
18

LAHORE: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Monday issued show-cause notices to 72 cable TV operators in the Lahore region for showing excessive foreign content during the last two days after expiry of the deadline, Oct 15.

Pemra had announced on Aug 31 that strict action would be taken against the channels airing foreign content more than the prescribed limit and the traders selling illegal Indian Direct-to-Home (DTH) sets.

Only 10pc of the airtime is allowed for foreign content while the maximum limit for Indian content is six percent in 24 hours.

The Pemra authorities had also fixed the time for Indian news and entertainment channels content could be shown from 4pm to 7pm.


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Pemra Lahore Region Assistant Manager Operations Hafiz Jamil told Dawn that they were taking strict action against the local cable TV networks for showing excessive foreign content.

He said the regional general manager had proposed a comprehensive plan with coordination of sub-offices Faisalabad and Sargodha and constituted 16 teams. During the drive, 124 inspections of cable TV operators were made across the region and only 39 violations were observed on Oct 16 when the teams confiscated 161 equipments.

Mr Jamil added the regional office Lahore, sub-offices Faisalabad and Sargodha had made 102 inspections of cable TV operators across the region and observed 33 violations. The teams issued show-cause notices to the violators of different cable TV operators and also seized equipment of 70 during raids. He said eight

FM radio stations were also inspected and no one was found violating the Pemra rules.

“Pemra teams faced resistance from certain cable TV operators and police were called to establish Pemra writ. The operators were first issued notices and given a chance to defend themselves before the decision to cancel their licences.”

Pemra regional manager Dr Safdar Rehman said the Lahore team had not yet registered any case against the cable TV operators and no one was found guilty of showing foreign content in the area.

According to our Sialkot correspondent, five cable operators’ offices were sealed on Monday by Pemra teams in Sialkot.

Pemra Inspector Qaiser Shehzad Tarar told reporters the operators were found airing Indian channels in Maraakiwal, Merajkey, Uggoki and Sambrial on their cable networks.

Teams seized equipment found in the offices and recommended cancellation of their licences.

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Oct
18

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Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) Chairman Absar Alam on Tuesday said a request has been sent to the federal government for a complete ban on airing of Indian content.

The federal government had earlier suggested banning airing of Indian content in a tit-for-tat move after Pakistani content was completely banned by India.

“A letter has been sent to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in this regard,” he said, adding that the federal government would decide on the matter within a week.

The Pemra chairman insisted that as India has banned films starring Pakistani artists, “we will have to do the same”.

Alam also said a crackdown was initiated against illegal Indian Direct-to-Home (DTH) sets on Oct 15, adding that action is being taken against cable operators who do not comply with the instructions.

The Pemra chairman said Pemra has received a complaint against three television channels that have been airing more than 6 per cent Indian content.

As per the law, only 10pc of airtime is allowed for foreign content, while the maximum limit for Indian content is 6pc in 24 hours.

“If the channels are found guilty they will be banned”, Absar Alam added.

In regard to the Pakistani DTH licences, the Pemra chairman said that seven more companies have requested the licence, whereas nine companies have already been shortlisted.

He added that 16 requests have been received for three DTH licences and the licences will be granted over the next few weeks. Alam added that the floor price for the DTHs has been kept at Rs200 million.

A company owned by PML-N leaders and Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif’s son Hamza Shahbaz has also been shortlisted for DTH licence, he said.

Earlier in October, Pemra granted Absar Alam the authority to revoke or suspend licences of companies airing Indian content without providing prior notice.

On Aug 31, Pemra had announced that strict action would be taken against the channels airing foreign content more than the prescribed limit and traders selling illegal DTH sets.

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Oct
18

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BOL TV launched its transmission on Tuesday after a 16-month-long delay caused by a legal proceeding against the newly launched media group.

According to a tweet by BOL TV’s management, the channel’s transmission started on Tuesday at 6pm.

The Sindh High Court (SHC) on September 26 ordered restoration of BOL TV’s licence .

Earlier, the TV channel was set to be launched in 2015 but the plan was jettisoned after parent company Axact became embroiled in a fake degree scandal.

The Axact scandal surfaced in May last year when The New York Times (NYT) published a report that claimed the company sold fake diplomas and degrees online through hundreds of fictitious schools, making “tens of millions of dollars annually”.

Subsequently the offices of Axact were sealed, its CEO and key officials were arrested and a probe was launched on the basis of the allegations levelled by NYT.

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Oct
18

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The series scheduled to be played between India and Pakistan’s women’s cricket teams remains in doubt as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has not responded to Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) queries on the series since May with a confirmation or rejection,cricinfo reported.

The two teams have till the end of October to play the series, which counts towards ICC Women’s Championship points.

If the series is not played the matter of how the points will be awarded will be referred to the event’s technical committee, a spokesperson from the International Cricket Council (ICC) told ESPNcricinfo.

“The two sides have until the end of this month to play the series, which has to be hosted by Pakistan,” the ICC spokesperson said.

“If the series doesn’t go ahead, then the matter will be referred to the Event Technical Committee,” he added.

Pakistan is due to host India for this series, which is supposed to consist of three ODIs, however, the PCB is open to holding the series in the UAE.

A BCCI official said the board has not made a decision on the matter yet, and that it would be binding on the Indian government’s call.

“This is for the government to decide. The BCCI doesn’t have a say in this,” the official said.

“We still have time to make a decision,” he added.

The PCB wants India to forfeit the six points available for the series if they do not agree to play.

In the ICC Women’s Championship, India currently sit sixth on the table with 13 points five points adrift of thetop four. Pakistan are seventh with eight points. If the six points for the series are awarded to Pakistan, neither side will have a chance to directly qualify for the World Cup.

Cricketing ties between India and Pakistan are currently stalled, given the political tensions between the neighbours.

The men’s teams have not played a bilateral series against each other since December-January 2012-13, when Pakistan visited India, but have met in various multi-team tournaments since then, including the World Cup, World T20, Champions Trophy and Asia Cup.

Pakistan Womenare set to tour New Zealand for three ODIs in Nelson from November 13 to 17, counting towards the championship. It is understood the PCB wanted to play the India series ahead of this tour.

India and Pakistan’s women’s teams are also scheduled to play the Asia Cup in Thailand between November 25 and December 5.

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