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Everything That Has Happened In The Last 24 Hours

Everything That Has Happened In The Last 24 Hours

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The Anti-Money Laundering Bill 2019 has been passed, increasing the penalty for money laundering to 10 years in prison and a fine of Rs5 million 

According to the approved Bill, violators of the law against money laundering will be subject to a prison sentence of up to 10 years instead of the previous two years, along with a fine of Rs5 million, up from the previous figure of Rs1m. Furthermore, the investigating officer shall be authorised remand of the person for a period of 180 days, up from the previous 90 days, and shall not need to obtain arrest warrants from the court. The offender’s assets will also be seized by authorities.

Imran Khan has taken notice of a recent rise in the prices of roti, or bread, and ordered that previous prices be restored

PM Imran announced the move during a Cabinet meeting wherein the country’s economic situation was pondered upon and important decisions were made. In a press briefing following the Cabinet meeting, the PM’s special assistant on information, Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, noted that prayers were offered for the martyrs in Balochistan, Waziristan, and Rawalpindi.

At least four people were killed and as many as 30 injured in an explosion targeting a police vehicle in Quetta

Deputy Inspector-General (DIG) Quetta Police Abdul Razzaq Cheema said the explosion took place close to a police vehicle near the City police station located close to Bacha Khan Chowk, one of the busiest neighbourhoods of the provincial capital. DIG Cheema said the injured included the injured included an additional Station House Officer (SHO), who was taken to the City Trauma Centre for medical treatment.

Death toll rises to 17 as monsoon rains continue to pour down in Karachi for second day in a row

Most of the victims died due to electrocution, taking the death toll since the first spell of rain began on Monday morning in the metropolis to 17. At least seven other people were killed in other parts of Sindh due to rain-related incidents since the downpour started. The accumulation of rainwater caused one track of the Karachi-Hyderabad M9 Motorway to be blocked completely.

Global

According to the UN, Afghan and Nato forces killed more civilians than the Taliban and other militants in the first half of 2019

Most of the civilian casualties were apparently inflicted during Afghan and Nato operations against insurgents, such as airstrikes and night raids on militant hideouts. Insurgents often hide among civilians. The report by the UN mission in Afghanistan said 403 civilians were killed by Afghan forces in the first six months of the year and another 314 by international forces, a total of 717. That is compared to 531 killed by the Taliban, an Islamic State affiliate and other militants during the same period.

Protests erupted in India over a car crash that critically injured a teenager who has accused BJP lawmaker of rape 

Two of the 19-year-old’s aunts were killed and her lawyer was badly injured when a truck collided with their car in northern Uttar Pradesh state Sunday, raising suspicions of foul play.The teenager had accused Kuldeep Singh Sengar of raping her at his home in Unnao district in 2017 but police in the notoriously lawless state initially refused to take action. Her father was detained by police and severely beaten in custody  allegedly by Sengar’s brother and later died from his injuries.

The estranged wife of the ruler of Dubai has asked for a forced marriage protection order in a UK court

Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum’s wife, Princess Haya Bint al-Hussein, is the third female member of his court to apparently try to run away. This month she was reported to be in hiding in London and is said to be in fear for her life. Princess Haya asked for wardship of her children – with whom she left the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – as well as a forced marriage protection order and a non-molestation order. The details of the orders sought by the princess are not known.

Black Legislators protested against a visit by President Donald Trump because of what they termed his “racist and xenophobic” rhetoric

Mr Trump travelled to historic Jamestown to commemorate the 400th anniversary of representative democracy in the Western Hemisphere. He is accused of stoking racial tension by attacking minority Congress members. “I am the least racist person there is anywhere in the world,” Mr Trump said on Tuesday as he departed the White House for Jamestown.

Sports

Angry South Korean football fans are planning to sue Cristiano Ronaldo after he failed to play a match in the country

The footballer planned to play 45 minutes when the match against K League All Stars was announced, but he didn’t move from the subs’ bench. Fans became angry when he made no sign of lacing up his boots, even chanting the name of his rival Lionel Messi. Some have now reached out to Seoul law firm Myungan to file a lawsuit. They are seeking compensation of 70,000 won (£48.50; $59) per ticket, 1,000 won for the ticket commission fee, and 1m won each for compensation for “mental anguish”.

The police investigation into the rape allegations against Neymar have stopped over a lack of evidence

The investigation was opened after Brazilian model Najila Trindade alleged the footballer attacked her in a hotel in Paris, France, in May. Neymar has denied the accusations, saying he is being extorted. It first came to light in June, when the Paris St-Germain star released a seven minute video on Instagram revealing that he had been accused of rape. He also published Whatsapp messages and images that he claimed to be of the woman.

Mickey Arthur will most likely stay head coach of the Pakistan cricket team till next year’s Twenty20 World Cup

Well-informed sources have told the media that initial deliberations over the appointment of the head coach, other members of the coaching staff, new selection committee and captain had already begun immediately after the World Cup ended. And Arthur’s track record with the T-20 series may be the reason he will stay as coach for the team. 

Technology

A Chinese company named Timesaco is all set to launch its online taxi service on August 10 in six big cities of Pakistan

The company with its Buraq service has devised a comprehensive plan to attract customers towards its newly established cab service for making it competitive since two ride-hailing services called Careem and Uber are already operating in the Pakistani market. Timesaco Chief Operating Officer Donald Li said that the company through its cab service intends to provide a rapid services platform to Pakistani citizens by initiating five special services including taxi service, orders delivery, heavy cargo delivery, moving automated teller machines (ATM) and vehicle advertisement facilities.

Facebook has warned its investors that it may never launch its cryptocurrency Libra

While discussing the risk factors about the launch of cryptocurrency, Facebook said it recognizes the significance of the pushback that’s come from lawmakers and regulators since the project was announced in June. Meanwhile, Facebook has argued in its filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission; “Libra has drawn significant scrutiny from governments and regulators in multiple jurisdictions and we expect that scrutiny to continue.”

Chinese social media is in shock after a technical glitch during a live-stream revealed a popular vlogger to be a middle-aged woman and not the young girl they saw

Your Highness Qiao Biluo who initially boasted a follower count of more than 100,000 on Douyu, is believed to have used a filter on her face during her appearance, and had been renowned for her “sweet and healing voice”. China’s Global Times said she had been “worshipped” as a “cute goddess” by some members of her loyal audience with some fans even giving her more than 100,000 yuan ($14,533, £11,950).

Entertainment

Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus has now become the longest-running No. 1 single ever on the Billboard Hot 100 chart

The song has maintained the top spot for the 17th consecutive week, beating out former record-holders “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, featuring Justin Bieber, from 2017, and “One Sweet Day” by Carey and Boyz II Men in 1995-96. “Old Town Road” initially went viral on the TikTok app, where users create and share video clips set to music. The song garnered even more attention after Billboard pulled it from the country charts.

Anuskha Sharma slams people for assuming she is pregnant just because she is taking a break from working after getting married

While talking to Filmfare, the actor said “Yeah. If you’re married then people ask, Is she pregnant? They love to read into something when there really isn’t anything.An actress gets married and the next thing they talk about it is, Is she pregnant? When she’s dating it’s like, Shaadi karne wale hai ki nahi? It’s crude. You should allow people to live their life. What’s the need to jump the gun? Then put someone in a position where they end up clarifying unnecessarily. What irks me is the clarification part. Do I need to clarify? Nahi! But then that’s how it is.”

A Hungarian artist, Flora Borsi, took to Twitter to call out Kangana Ranaut’s Judgementall Hai Kya  for using her creative work on the poster 

Looks totally like my work!” said Borsi on Rajkummar Rao’s post. She went on to highlight Kangana’s image and added, “This movie poster plagiarised my art! Could someone explain what’s happening, please? This is not right.They didn’t ask for any permission nor reached out to me. It’s a shame for big companies plagarising freelance artists work,” she said in a Facebook post which compares both her artwork and the poster. And yep, the resemblance is uncanny.