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Everything That Has Happened In The Past 24 Hours

Everything That Has Happened In The Past 24 Hours

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LOCAL

The government has decided to fight the BJP’s ‘racist ideology’ and ‘annexation’ of Kashmir through international forums

“We want the global leadership to take note. My party and I are taking the responsibility to approach the leaders of the world and apprise them of what is happening in Kashmir. I know the Western world, and I feel like they are not sufficiently aware of what is happening in Kashmir. I will inform them that what the Indian government is doing in Kashmir and what it is doing to Muslims and minorities in India goes against everything the Western world believes in.” said Prime Minister.

Supreme Court goes after the Sindh government and K-Electric over the deaths  due to electrocution during recent rains

A three-judge larger bench headed by Justice Gulzar Ahmed was hearing a number of applications regarding various civic issues in Karachi at the apex court’s Karachi registry. Justice Faisal Arab and Justice Sajjad Ali Shah were the other members of the bench. Justice Arab during the hearing noted that 22 children had died after suffering electric shocks during the recent rains in Karachi and other parts of Sindh but that the deaths had had no impact on the power utility. “Why were the electricity providers not grabbed by the collar over these many deaths?” Justice Ahmed asked the top Sindh law officer. “Action has been taken against K-Electric,” the Sindh advocate general responded. But the bench remained unconvinced, with Justice Ahmed wondering what alternative the city would have if the Abraaj Group, which holds stakes in K-Electric, forgoes the company.

Controversial banners depicting anti-Pakistan rhetoric has been removed from Islamabad, with the  suspect in custody 

The banners featured a screenshot of a video recording of proceedings in India’s Rajya Sabha [Council of States]. The text under the snapshot was an anti-Pakistan statement made by Indian lawmaker Sanjay Raut, who was featured in the image. It is not clear what message the banners were intended to portray, as, along with the inflammatory statement, they also featured a logo inscribed with the words ‘Akhand Bharat Real Terror’ (which roughly translates to: “[The ideology of] Unified India is the real terrorism”). A few hours after videos of the posters started doing the rounds, Islamabad police arrested a suspect from Blue Area who is believed to have been responsible for having placed the banners. Police said the suspect, who is involved in the printing business, had received an order for the banners from another suspect, a resident of Gujranwala.

Pemra has given GEO News a Rs1 million fine  for airing a “highly seditious and scandalous programme against NAB Chairman”

According to Pemra, anchorperson Shahzaib Khanzada in his programme “Aaj Shahzaib Khanzada Kay Sath,” on July 18, discussed the matter of a scandalous video targeting the NAB chairman unilaterally, without taking into account the point of view of NAB. The electronic media regulatory body in a statement said that Geo News,by airing the content, violated the “Electronic Media (Programmes and Advertisements) Code of Conduct 2015 and orders of the Supreme Court”. “Geo News, in its reply and arguments made by its representative during the personal hearing, failed to defend the allegations leveled in the show cause [sent to the channel],” read the statement.

GLOBAL

BJP’s Sushma Swaraj, India’s former external affairs minister, passed away after suffering a heart attack

Swaraj was rushed in to AIIMS between 9:30pm and 10pm (India time) on Tuesday and was “straight away taken to the emergency ward” reported News 18, quoting Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawan. “She died a little while later,” it added. Swaraj, who had suffered from chronic diabetes, had also been admitted to AIIMS in 2016 when she suffered kidney failure. The then senior most BJP woman leader, Swaraj became India’s external affairs minister in 2014. She did not participate in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections owing to health concerns, India Today reported, describing her as a “star minister” during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first term.

China has said that India’s decision to revoke the special status of Kashmir undermines China’s territorial sovereignty

“China is always opposed to India’s inclusion of the Chinese territory in the western sector of the China-India boundary into its administrative jurisdiction,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said, in response to a question regarding India’s announcement of the Ladakh region as a Union Territory which also includes Chinese territory.

“Recently India has continued to undermine China’s territorial sovereignty by unilaterally changing its domestic law,” Hua added, in a statement on the foreign ministry’s website. “India’s action is unacceptable and would not have any legal effect,” Hua added.

Viral prisoner who planned to dress up as daughter to escape has been found dead in his cell

Silva was 42 and was serving a sentence of 73 years and 10 months for drug trafficking. On Tuesday guards found him in his cell in Bangu 1 prison in Rio de Janeiro state, to which he had been transferred after his unsuccessful escape attempt. Brazilian news site O Globo reported that he had been held in solitary confinement since his transfer. Silva made headlines after he attempted to escape from Bangu 3 jail by donning a silicone mask, black wig, glasses, bra and T-shirt in an attempt to look like his 19-year-old daughter, who had visited him. Guards were not fooled by the disguise and took a video of Silva as he removed his disguise step by step.

Indian-occupied Kashmir remains locked down after it was stripped of a status that gave it significant autonomy 

Telephone networks and the internet, which were cut off on Sunday evening, are yet to be restored and tens of thousands of troops are patrolling the streets. Instances of protest and stone-throwing have been reported despite the communications blackout and a curfew. Local leaders have also been detained. The lockdown in Indian-administered Kashmir is being enforced amid concern that the government’s decision to revoke autonomy could trigger large-scale protests by people already unhappy with Indian rule. The BBC’s Aamir Peerzada in Srinagar, who has managed to access one of the few working landlines in the state, said there was a palpable sense of anger and betrayal among people he has spoken to. One man in Baramulla, he said, “felt that Kashmir had lost its freedom and had been enslaved by India. This is actually the prevailing sentiment. All the decisions were made in Delhi.”

SPORTS

James Anderson has been ruled out of the second Ashes Test after sustaining an injured right calf

England’s record wicket-taker broke down after just four overs in the series opener at Edgbaston and did not bowl again as Australia romped to a 251-run victory.Scans have now confirmed he has no chance of taking part in next week’s game at Lord’s, with assessment taking place “on an ongoing basis”. After pulling up injured on the first morning in Birmingham, Anderson, 37, was restricted to two batting cameos at number 11.The veteran had not played competitive cricket for a month leading into the match after injuring the same calf playing for Lancashire.

Chelsea apologizes after reports surface about ex-chief scout Eddie Heath’s ‘unchallenged’ sex abuse

Young Chelsea players were targeted for years by a “prolific and manipulative sexual abuser” who was able to operate “unchallenged”, says a damning report.

Evidence from 23 witnesses details how ex-chief scout Eddie Heath, who died in 1983, groomed and abused young boys aged between 10 and 17 in the 1970s. An external review said some adults at Chelsea must have been aware of Heath’s abuse but “turned a blind eye”. In a statement, Chelsea’s board apologised “unreservedly”. The report – led by barrister Charles Geekie QC – is also heavily critical of former assistant manager Dario Gradi, who is accused of failing to tell more senior club staff about an allegation regarding the sexual conduct of Heath, brought to him by the parent of a young player.

According to Nielsen Sports, Peshawar Zalmi is the biggest franchise for the fourth consecutive year

Peshawar Zalmi, the finalist in the last 3 editions of the PSL, garnered a brand value of $40.5 million valuated by Nielsen. PCB Chairman said: “I congratulate Javed Afridi and Peshawar Zalmi for becoming No 1 franchise for the fourth consecutive year. Zalmi sponsors and partners garnered the maximum mileage as well in PSL-4.” According to Nielsen Sports, they have evaluated Peshawar Zalmi at a brand value of $40.5 million which is a 42% increase as compared to PSL-3. The report also mentions that Zalmi sponsors and partners also garnered the maximum brand value in PSL-4. Nielsen also declared Zalmi, the biggest franchise, for the previous seasons as well. The total media mileage of Zalmi involved TV, social media, print media and online was the highest due to its interaction and connection with their fans.

TECHNOLOGY

FIA Cyber Wing announced that 15 cities in Pakistan now have Cyber crime centers

In order to facilitate the citizens to lodge their complaints and halt the offenses taking place through computers, mobile phones, and the internet in Pakistan, cybercrime centers have been established in 15 cities across the country with plans of further expansion in future, said Additional Director of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Cyber Wing Sindh Faizullah Korejo. While speaking to an awareness seminar titled “Cyber Crime: Laws & Responsibilities of Citizens” held at University of Sindh, Jamshoro recently, Mr. Korejo warned the participants of using social media carefully to keep themselves at arm’s length from falling prey to cyber crimes as the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (PECA) 2016 is intact with strict punishments for the individuals found involved in the offenses.

Huawei plans to launch its 5G smartphones in multiple markets around the world this month

The Chinese tech giant Huawei is going to launch its first 5G smartphone, the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G in select markets before the end of August. Huawei is launching a 5G phone despite great uncertainty the company is facing as a manufacturer of Android devices. Chinese state-run Global Times reports, that the device will go on sale in China on August 26th, while many other news outlets claim that the handset is currently available to preorder from Amazon’s Italian site with a release date of August 22nd. They also note that the device will be available in UAE on August 12th.

Data privacy watchdog says it is in discussions with Amazon about voice recordings of customers obtained through Alexa

the National Data Protection Commission (CNPD) said that citizens could “file a compliant with our authority or his/her national supervisory authority” if they had concerns. “Unfortunately, at this stage, we cannot comment further about this case as we are bound by the obligation of professional secrecy,” he added. Concern about Alexa recordings came to light in April after the news agency Bloomberg spoke to staff who had transcribed clips for the firm. It said the recordings had sometimes been triggered by Amazon’s smart speakers mishearing the command that is supposed to restrict when audio is transmitted back to the firm. It reported they had included everyday conversations as well as instances of suspected sexual assault.

ENTERTAINMENT

Aiman Khan lashed out at people who leaked her pictures from her baby shower

Recently, the mommy to be was seen celebrating baby shower of her coming child.  She seemed super happy in pictures but who thought those pictures were leaked by her own people. Even her own sister Minal Khan posted a boomerang  in her Instagram story, three hours ago.Aiman khan bashes the media for spreading her pictures without her consent. She said in her Instagram story that it was a highly private function between my friends and family and I thank you all for invading my privacy. She further said that it was a good day for me that ended with a bad mood. She has been blatantly savage on invading her privacy which we can understand is a bad thing that happened.

Pink’s Manager and Crew Survive potentially deadly Plane Crash in Denmark

According to multiple reports, Pink wasn’t on the plane, and thankfully, there were also no casualties or serious injuries from the accident. Pink’s manager and members of her tour team were reportedly among the 10 aboard the private jet — a  Cessna 560XL — that crashed. The 39-year-old singer is currently on her Beautiful Trauma World Tour, and played a show on Monday night at the Telenor Arena in Oslo, Norway. She is still scheduled to perform on Wednesday night at the CASA Arena in Horsens, Denmark.

“Pink was not personally on board, but her manager and several other members [on] the tour were, but it all turned out OK,” the singer’s promoter in Norway, Kristin Svendsen, reportedly told the Norwegian newspaper VG, according to CBS News.

Ugandan pop star Bobi Wine has been charged with intending to “alarm, annoy or ridicule” President Yoweri Museveni

Bobi Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, has also been charged with inciting violence after being accused of calling on his supporters to physically harm the president. The singer denies the charges. They relate to a rally last year when Mr Museveni’s convoy was allegedly stoned by opposition supporters. Bobi Wine is already facing a treason charge over the incident, and is currently out on bail. If convicted, he, along with 35 others charged with him, could face a sentence of up to life imprisonment. The 37-year-old musician has been an MP for two years. He portrays himself as a champion of the poor, and sings about social justice and democracy.