Aaj News - Feed http://aaj.tv Aaj News | Latest Breaking News from Pakistan, Business, Sports, Entertainment Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:56:39 +0500 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.3.1 Philippines’ Duterte wins extra year of martial law powers http://aaj.tv/2017/12/philippines-duterte-wins-extra-year-of-martial-law-powers/ Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:04:03 +0500 Asim Malik http://aaj.tv/?p=396569

Philippines’ Duterte wins extra year of martial law powers

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[caption id="attachment_393796" align="alignnone" width="800"] File Photo[/caption] MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte won martial law powers across the southern third of the country for one more year on Wednesday to combat Islamic militants and leftist rebels, as Congress brushed aside fears of a looming dictatorship. Duterte's request to extend martial law in the Mindanao region until December 31 next year and detain suspected rebels there without charge was overwhelmingly approved by the Senate and House of Representatives. "The motion to further extend the proclamation of martial law and the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus is hereby approved," House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said after a 240-27 vote at a joint session. In May Duterte imposed military rule and suspended the writ -- a constitutional guarantee against warrantless arrests -- across the region of 20 million people, hours after armed Islamic militants seized the southern city of Marawi. The initial period of martial law was limited by the constitution to 60 days. However, in July Congress authorised Duterte to extend martial law until the last day of 2017 as he moved to retake the city from hundreds of gunmen he accused of plotting to turn Marawi into a regional base for the Islamic State group. Duterte declared Marawi "liberated" in October after a five-month US-backed bombing campaign that claimed more than 1,100 lives and left large areas of the city in ruins. But on Monday he warned that those who escaped were regrouping. Duterte, who called off peace talks last month with communist rebels, also warned one of Asia's longest armed rebellions had stepped up "terrorist acts". His request added to critics' fears he was seeking to steer the Philippines back into dictatorship like the late president Ferdinand Marcos did in 1972. Opposition legislators said Wednesday that martial law was illegal because Duterte had declared the liberation of Marawi and described the communists as a "spent force". "It is clear that this is a tool of repression leading to a dictatorship," congresswoman Emmi De Jesus said, explaining her vote. "Is this now a prelude to declaring martial law nationwide?" said senate minority leader Franklin Drilon. Duterte has repeatedly said he may impose martial law across the entire nation to save the Philippines from narcotics, crime and terrorism-induced anarchy. But his cabinet members downplayed those fears. "We do not ask for unlimited martial law. What we are seeking is unlimited peace," Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea told the joint session. —AFP

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Here are the details about Anushka-Virat’s reception http://aaj.tv/2017/12/here-are-the-details-about-anushka-virats-reception/ Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:56:39 +0500 Nayab Fatima http://aaj.tv/?p=396561

Here are the details about Anushka-Virat’s reception

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[caption id="attachment_396562" align="alignnone" width="800"] -Times of India[/caption] Web Desk: After the wedding vows, newly-wed couple Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli will call a wedding reception for their friends, colleagues and relatives. Their reception will be held on December 21 at the Durbar Hall, Taj Diplomatic Enclav, New Dehli. A picture of their invitation card has gone viral on social media. The couple organized a gala reception in the capital for their relatives. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="759"] -Indian Express[/caption]   One more reception will be organized for the cricketers and film industry that will take place in Mumbai later, on December 26. Today we have promised each other to be bound in love forever. We are truly blessed to share the news with you. This beautiful day will be made more special with the love and support of our family of fans & well wishers. Thank you for being such an important part of our journey. A post shared by AnushkaSharma1588 (@anushkasharma) on Dec 11, 2017 at 7:32am PST Following the reception, Kohli will get back to cricketing duties as Team India prepare to travel to South Africa for three Tests, six ODIs and three T20Is, starting in January. Source: Indianexpress

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Funeral prayers of martyred second Lt Abdul Moeed offered in Lahore http://aaj.tv/2017/12/funeral-prayers-of-martyred-second-lt-abdul-moeed-offered-in-lahore/ Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:55:31 +0500 Asim Malik http://aaj.tv/?p=396566

Funeral prayers of martyred second Lt Abdul Moeed offered in Lahore

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[caption id="attachment_396567" align="alignnone" width="800"] —RadioPakistan[/caption] LAHORE: Funeral prayers for Second Lieutenant martyr Abdul Moeed was offered at Ayub Stadium Lahore on Wednesday.   Twenty-one year old Abdul Moeed from Northern Light Infantry Unit was martyred along with a Sepoy in a terror attack. Corp Commander Lahore Lt. General Amir Riaz, DG Rangers Punjab Maj. Gen. Azhar Naveed, Station Commander Pak Navy Commodore S.M Shehza, Lord Mayor Lahore Mubasir Javed and other prominent personalities attended the funeral prayer. The body of Second Lieutenant Abdul Moeed Shaheed was laid to rest at Cavalry Ground Shuhada Graveyard in Lahore on Wednesday.

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Sri Lanka win toss, bowl against India in second ODI http://aaj.tv/2017/12/sri-lanka-win-toss-bowl-against-india-in-second-odi/ Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:52:11 +0500 Asim Malik http://aaj.tv/?p=396564

Sri Lanka win toss, bowl against India in second ODI

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[caption id="attachment_396565" align="alignnone" width="800"] —Zee News[/caption] Mohali: Sri Lanka skipper Thisara Perera won the toss and chose to bowl first in the second one-day international against India in Mohali on Wednesday. The visitors, who lead the three-match series 1-0 after a big opening win on Sunday, have fielded an unchanged side in their bid to clinch their first-ever series on Indian soil. "It is overcast conditions and we want to use it best. Toss will definitely decide the match like the previous game (in Dharamsala)," said Perera, whose side bundled out India for 112 in the opener. "I think this wicket is better than the last one. I know this surface well as I have played for Kings XI Punjab (in the Indian Premier League). This should be better to bat on," he added. India captain Rohit Sharma said his team would have bowled first as well if they won the toss but hoped the players have learnt from their previous mistakes. "We have to change our mindset and apply ourselves. The key is to learn quickly from the mistakes and hopefully, we won't repeat them today," said Sharma. "(It's an) opportunity for youngsters to step in." Debutant off-spinner Washington Sundar comes in place of Kuldeep Yadav as the only change in India's starting line-up from their seven-wicket loss in Dharamsala. —APP

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Apple buys leading song recognition App Shazam http://aaj.tv/2017/12/apple-buys-leading-song-recognition-app-shazam/ Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:40:35 +0500 Nayab Fatima http://aaj.tv/?p=396559

Apple buys leading song recognition App Shazam

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[caption id="attachment_396560" align="alignnone" width="800"] -TechStunt[/caption] Web Desk: Apple Company announced on Monday that it would purchase leading song recognition app Shazam. The two companies did not disclose financial terms. “Apple Music and Shazam are a natural fit, sharing a passion for music discovery and delivering great music experiences to our users,” Apple said in a statement” Shazam quoted, “We can’t imagine a better home for Shazam to enable us to continue innovating and delivering magic for our users.” Apple’s now focus on where to take the technology next. Initially, Apple would keep the existing Shazam service. But Apple’s long term is to ditch the app altogether, put Shazam’s services directly into Siri which can extend the platform across all of its different operating systems. Shazam is UK-based song recognition App, it was founded in 1999 and started its text-based service in 2002. Source: Bgr

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Root “fed up” with England’s off-field dramas in Australia http://aaj.tv/2017/12/root-fed-up-with-englands-off-field-dramas-in-australia/ Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:26:47 +0500 Asim Malik http://aaj.tv/?p=396558

Root “fed up” with England’s off-field dramas in Australia

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[caption id="attachment_395913" align="alignnone" width="800"] —Photo by Getty Images[/caption] PERTH: Joe Root's first Ashes tour as England cricket captain has been more eventful than he expected, just not in the way he had hoped. "I knew it would be challenging, and I knew there would be stuff around the cricket, but not to this extent," Root said of the off-field issues that have followed his squad around Australia. "I'm fed up of talking about stuff that's not cricket. I don't know how I've still got all my hair ... I can completely see how captaincy can take its toll." England trails the five-test series 2-0 after losses in Brisbane and Adelaide. Australia can clinch the series with a win at the WACA ground in a match that will also mark England opener Alastair Cook's 150th test. Only one team in Ashes history has rallied from 2-0 down to win the series: Don Bradman's Australia in 1936-37 at home. Root has faced more questions about the team's conduct and curfew than its cricket. Ben Stokes' involvement in an incident outside a bar in England in September has resulted in the allrounder being suspended from England duties while police determine whether charges will be laid. Recent alcohol-fuelled incidents involving wicket keeper Jonny Bairstow and Ben Duckett, who is traveling with England's second-tier squad, have only added to the focus on off-field issues. The latest episode, in which Duckett poured a drink on the head of veteran pace bowler Jimmy Anderson, came on a night when team officials had relaxed a midnight curfew. "I feel like I've learned a large amount." Root said. "The lads have to wake up and smarten up. It's been frustrating ... very frustrating. Guys have made silly mistakes that of course are going to get blown out of proportion." Root, who took over the captaincy in July and led England in seven tests against South Africa and the West Indies at home, is desperate to avoid a repeat of the series sweep on the last tour to Australia in 2013-14 and is urging his teammates to lift "for one of the biggest games of our lives" in the third test. He'll be looking for support from Cook, already England's most-capped test player, who has no plans to retire just yet. "Do I have a desire to carry on? Absolutely," the 32-year-old lefthander said this week. "I wouldn't be going to do extra gym sessions and extra batting behind closed doors if I wasn't." Cook, who was England captain in 59 tests until December last year, has been below form so far on the Ashes tour. In Brisbane he made nine runs and in Adelaide 37 and 16. Another player in a form slump is Australian batsman Peter Handscomb, who is facing being axed for the third test. Local media have suggested selectors will replace Handscomb with tall Western Australia allrounder Mitch Marsh. On Wednesday, Australia captain Steve Smith said the home side will wait until Thursday morning, before the toss, to finalize the starting lineup. "We haven't picked the team yet," Smith said. "It'll be unlucky if he (Handscomb) misses out. If we do go down that route it's purely for the reason we think we need an extra bowler, nothing to do with anybody's batting." Handscomb has scored 14, 36 and 12 in his three innings, and commentators have criticized the awkwardness of his batting technique. Bairstow, who was Handscomb's former teammate at English county Yorkshire, thinks the Australian should be given another chance. "Everyone's been through difficult times, whether that be with the bat or anything," Bairstow said. "It won't be the first time someone is going through a bit of a lean patch. You're also there to win a game of cricket ... (but) there's a mutual respect with it." —AP

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Would-be suicide bomber in New York City faces court hearing http://aaj.tv/2017/12/would-be-suicide-bomber-in-new-york-city-faces-court-hearing/ Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:01:30 +0500 Asim Malik http://aaj.tv/?p=396557

Would-be suicide bomber in New York City faces court hearing

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[caption id="attachment_396482" align="alignnone" width="800"] —Reuters[/caption] NEW YORK: In less than 24 hours, authorities say a would-be suicide bomber's botched attack on a Manhattan transportation hub underneath Times Square became an open-and-shut case after a search of his apartment and hearing the suspect's his own words. Akayed Ullah, who's expected to make his first court appearance on Wednesday, made it clear from a hospital bed where he was being treated for burns from a pipe bomb he strapped to his body that he was on a mission to punish the United States for attacking the Islamic State group, said Acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim. A search of the Bangladeshi immigrant's apartment turned up bomb-making materials, including screws matching those found at the scene intended as carnage-creating shrapnel. "His motivation," the prosecutor said, "was not mystery." Kim said Ullah picked the morning rush on Monday to maximize casualties in his quest "to kill, to maim and to destroy." Ullah, 27, with a hate-filled heart and an evil purpose," carried out the attack after researching how to build a bomb a year ago and planned his mission for several weeks, Kim said. The bomb was assembled in the past week using fragments of a metal pipe, a battery and a Christmas tree light bulb, along with the metal screws, authorities said. The defendant "had apparently hoped to die in his own misguided rage, taking as many innocent people as he could with him, but through incredible good fortune, his bomb did not seriously injure anyone other than himself," Kim said. Ullah was charged with providing material support to a terrorist group, use of a weapon of mass destruction and three bomb-related counts. He could get up to life in prison. With a tragedy averted and a growing certainty that he acted alone, attention turned to how best secure New York City's vast public transportation system and the daunting task of identifying those eager to do it harm. The security "requires every single member of the public's help," said New York Police Commissioner James O'Neill. "It requires their vigilance." There also was political fallout, heightened by news that Ullah had taunted President Donald Trump on Facebook with a post that read, "Trump you failed to protect your nation." In reaction to the bombing, the president demanded a tightening of immigration rules that allowed Ullah to enter the country in 2011 on a visa available to certain relatives of U.S. citizens. Less than two months ago, an Uzbek immigrant who came to the U.S. through a visa lottery was accused of killing eight people in New York by mowing them down with a truck along a bike path. "We're going to end both of them ? the lottery system and chain migration. We're going to end them fast," Trump said at the White House. Republican Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley requested background information on Ullah's visa history and whether he'd ever been on a terrorism watch list. Ullah lived with his father, mother and brother in a Brooklyn neighborhood with a large Bangladeshi community, residents said. He was licensed to drive a livery cab from 2012 to 2015, but the license was allowed to lapse, officials said. —AP

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Google opens AI centre in China as competition heats up http://aaj.tv/2017/12/google-opens-ai-centre-in-china-as-competition-heats-up/ Wed, 13 Dec 2017 05:47:08 +0500 Asim Malik http://aaj.tv/?p=396555

Google opens AI centre in China as competition heats up

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[caption id="attachment_396556" align="alignnone" width="800"] —9to5Google[/caption] BEIJING: Google announced Wednesday that it will open a new artificial intelligence research centre in Beijing, tapping China's talent pool in the promising technology despite the US search giant's exclusion from the country's internet. Artificial intelligence, especially machine learning, has been an area of intense focus for American tech stalwarts Google, Microsoft and Facebook, and their Chinese competitors Alibaba, Tencent and Baidu as they bid to master what many consider is the future of computing. AI research has the potential to boost developments in self-driving cars and automated factories, translation products and facial recognition software, among others. Google's move to open a Beijing office focused on fundamental research is an indication of China's AI talent, widely seen as being neck-and-neck with the United States in research capability. "Chinese authors contributed 43 percent of all content in the top 100 AI journals in 2015," Li Feifei, a researcher leading the new centre, wrote in a blog post on Google's website. "We've already hired some top experts, and will be working to build the team in the months ahead." Li noted that Chinese engineers formed the backbones of the winning teams in the past three ImageNet Challenges, an international AI competition to test which computing technology is better at recognising and categorising pictures. Chinese search engine Baidu's team was banned for a year for breaking the rules during the 2015 competition. The country's large population and strong mathematics and sciences education has nurtured a slew of engineering talent. Google operates two offices in China, with roughly half of its 600 employees working on global products, said company spokesman Taj Meadows. Its job board in China shows about a dozen openings in the AI field. The China centre will join Google's other research facilities outside of its Silicon Valley hub, including in New York, Toronto, London and Zurich. Google's search engine and many of its services are blocked by China's Great Firewall, but internet regulators have recently allowed access to its translation product, one that has made leaps and bounds in accuracy by incorporating the company's AI research. —AFP

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Sirens, doves as China marks 80 years since Nanjing massacre http://aaj.tv/2017/12/sirens-doves-as-china-marks-80-years-since-nanjing-massacre/ Wed, 13 Dec 2017 05:43:16 +0500 Asim Malik http://aaj.tv/?p=396550

Sirens, doves as China marks 80 years since Nanjing massacre

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[caption id="attachment_396551" align="alignnone" width="800"] —Daily Mail[/caption] NANJING: Sirens blared and thousands of doves were released as Chinese President Xi Jinping presided over a sombre ceremony in Nanjing marking 80 years since the wartime massacre in the city by Japanese troops. Several thousand black-clad soldiers, civil servants and students with white flowers pinned to their jackets braved chilly temperatures at a monument to a dark World War Two chapter that still divides the two countries. But while vowing never to forget the "great catastrophe" wrought by "Japanese militarism" in a speech to the mourners, a top Chinese official also stressed the need for the two rivals to move forward. "China and Japan are close neighbours, neighbours who can't move away," said Yu Zhengsheng, a former member of China's top Communist leadership who now chairs a parliamentary body. China and Japan should build on their "long, rich history" of links to deepen "friendship", Yu said, avoiding reference to bitter disputes over the massacre. According to China, 300,000 civilians and soldiers were killed in a frenzy of murder, torture, rape, arson and looting in the six weeks after invading Japanese troops seized Nanjing, then the capital city, on December 13, 1937. It remains a source of bad blood due to disagreement over the extent of the slaughter and periodic denials by Japanese arch-conservatives that it even took place. Officially, Japan concedes that "the killing of a large number of noncombatants, looting and other acts occurred" but says it is "difficult" to determine precise figures. The issue receded during the Cold War but has re-emerged in recent decades, with China now striking an increasingly muscular stance under Xi, while critics say Japanese revisionists have grown bolder under conservative leader Shinzo Abe. China in 2014 formally made the anniversary a National Day of Remembrance, effectively raising its profile. In an anniversary speech that year in Nanjing, Xi said the slaughter of 300,000 victims could not be denied. But Xi did not speak Wednesday or lay any wreaths in the nationally televised ceremony that saw much of the city shut down by security measures. Liang Yunxiang, an international relations expert at Peking University, said Beijing has kept wartime memories alive as leverage against Japan in modern-day disputes such as maritime territorial squabbles. "There are current conflicts between the two countries, so historical issues are re-emerging. All history is contemporary," Liang said. But fewer than 100 people designated as massacre "survivors" remain alive, and both sides have repeatedly expressed desire to look ahead and avoid rocking their huge trade relationship. "Xi cannot avoid anti-Japanese movements, as nationalism is a source of his political power. But deep down he must be hoping to improve ties with Japan," said Mitsuyuki Kagami, professor of China studies at Aichi University. Soldiers carried eight large wreaths representing the decades into the memorial site as sorrowful music played. A "peace bell" was then rung. Sirens blared across the city for one minute and car horns could be heard as well. 'Deep remorse' The two countries have struggled to put Japan's wartime aggression behind them and Abe, the grandson of a wartime minister, has been accused of trying to gloss over history. In 2015, he expressed "deep remorse" for Japan's actions in Asia, but also said future Japanese generations need not continually apologise, drawing criticism in China and South Korea, another wartime victim. Japanese politicians have also repeatedly angered Asian neighbours by visiting Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine commemorating Japan's military dead, including convicted war criminals. China's Nanjing toll is disputed even by some western academics who put it as low as tens of thousands, but no respected historians dispute that a massacre occurred. China suffered immense loss of life at Japan's hands, reserving special anger over a sense that Tokyo, unlike Germany, has never fully atoned for the war. Relations plunged in 2005 as China was swept by rare anti-Japan protests denouncing its war conduct. But analysts say China's stability-obsessed leaders are deeply fearful of letting such passions burst out again as it could pose a potential political quandary for the ruling Communist Party. —AFP

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This Pakistani actor was the first choice for upcoming Bollywood flick ‘Kaalakaandi’ http://aaj.tv/2017/12/this-pakistani-actor-was-the-first-choice-for-upcoming-bollywood-flick-kaalakaandi/ Wed, 13 Dec 2017 05:42:13 +0500 Nayab Fatima http://aaj.tv/?p=396549

This Pakistani actor was the first choice for upcoming Bollywood flick ‘Kaalakaandi’

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[caption id="attachment_396554" align="alignnone" width="800"] —India.com[/caption] Web Desk: Kaalakaandi director Akshat Verma revealed that Fawad Khan was initially approached for the role of Saif Ali Khan. But as the film slipped into the hands of Cinestann from UTV, Saif Ali bagged the role. During an interview with PTI, he says, “Fawad was supposed to be one of the actors we talked to when the project was with UTV. It was around 2013… He was going to play the role Saif plays. But ultimately everything happens for a reason and for the best. No one could have done the role better than Saif,” “When I first messaged Saif, I didn’t get a reply from him. When I finally met him, it was almost two years to the date I had texted him, and I still have the message saved. “This time, he had read the script because Ashi (Dua, one of the producers) had sent it to him. He said ‘ok we are on’ in five minutes. So the time period was, on one hand two years and on the other, just five minutes to get Saif,” he adds. Kaalakaandi is a comedy film and it is scheduled to release on January 12, 2018. Source: Indianexpress

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