Sep 302016
 

MIAMI: Hurricane Matthew in the southern Caribbean picked up strength late Friday and became a powerful Category 5 storm, the US National Hurricane Center said. Matthew, swirling off the northern coast of Colombia and Venezuela and forecast to head towards Jamaica and Cuba, was packing winds of 160 miles (260 kilometers) per hour, making it the strongest storm on the NHC’s 1-5 scale, the NHC said in its 0300 GMT bulletin. The storm is also the most powerful since Hurricane Felix in 2007, the Miami-based monitor said. The center of Matthew was located 80 miles (125 kilometers) northwest of Punta Gallinas, Colombia, and 440 miles southeast of Kingston Jamaica. Jamaica and southern Haiti were preparing for heavy rain and flooding as the storm headed in their direction and forecasters said 10-15 inches (25-38 centimeters) of rain could fall across the region. “These rains may produce life-threatening flash flooding and mud slides,” the NHC warned, saying isolated areas could be lashed with up to 25 inches of rain. “Some fluctuations in intensity are possible this weekend, but Matthew is expected to remain a powerful hurricane through Sunday,” the Center added. Haitian authorities were making preparations on the southern islands of the country, with the government saying residents there were the “first at risk.” “We invite them to secure the area surrounding their homes and begin to stock up on water and food,” Edgar Celestin, a spokesman for the Haitian civil protection agency, told AFP. Haiti was expecting the largest rainfall and wind [Read More…]

Sep 302016
 

The life of the renowned Bollywood music composer Mohammed Rafi was a fusion of many colourful and dark moments. Rafi witnessed the golden era of Indian cinema first-hand. Soon you’ll get to know him personally. Documentary filmmaker and producer Rajni Acharya is gearing up to release a documentary on Rafi titled Daastan-e-Rafi, Mumbai Mirror reports. The documentary promises to lift the lid on the legend’s life, partly based on Sujata Dev’s book Mohammed Rafi: Golden Voice of the Silver Screen. Music composer Feroze Nizami’s widow wants to go back to India Speaking about the process he went through to create the documentary, Acharya said, “I got in touch with Rafi sahab’s son, Shahid, first, and eventually spoke to all seven of his children who readily came on board. We began filming in Karachi and Lahore, and also shot in Kotla Sultan Singh, Rafi’s birthplace in Punjab. I ended up with 200-hours of footage, but something was still missing.” Subsequently he roped in the Pakistani ghazal singer Ghulam Ali, who belongs to the same Patiala gharana, as the narrator. The filmmaker revealed Ali agreed to the role after an eight-month struggle. “There were issues, especially after his tours in Mumbai, Pune and Delhi were cancelled. Ghulam Ali saab was supposed to perform in Gujarat last Wednesday but he was not allowed there either. I knew he was in India but only 10-15 people knew his whereabouts and he did not wish to communicate with me,” he said. Sharmeen’s Song of Lahore sails away with Audience Choice Award With [Read More…]

Sep 302016
 

Donald Trump urged voters on Friday to check out the supposed “sex tape” of a former Miss Universe backing his rival Hillary Clinton, provoking the Democrat to label him “unhinged” in a surreal new turn to the White House race. In a pre-dawn tweet-storm guaranteed to grab attention, the Republican nominee accused Clinton of helping Alicia Machado obtain citizenship in order to exploit her story against him. The Venezuela-born Machado, who claims the billionaire bullied her mercilessly after she won the Trump-owned beauty pageant in 1996, has shot to public attention since Clinton raised her case at this week’s presidential debate. “Did Crooked Hillary help disgusting (check out sex tape and past) Alicia M become a U.S. citizen so she could use her in the debate?” said Trump, in one of a series of virulent tweets. Clinton had lashed out on the debate stage at Trump’s history of abusive remarks about women that included humiliating Machado over her weight gain and Latina origins, nicknaming her “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping.” Trump presidency could cost US economy $1 trillion The Democrat was quick to seize on Trump’s overnight attacks on the former beauty queen as new evidence that he is lacks the steadiness to be president. “This is… unhinged, even for Trump,” Clinton said in her own series of pointed tweets in response to his sex tape allegation. Donald Trump urged voters on Friday to check out the supposed “sex tape” of a former Miss Universe backing his rival Hillary Clinton, [Read More…]

Sep 302016
 

NEW YORK: A federal jury in Texas on Friday night ordered Apple Inc to pay more than $302 million in damages for using VirnetX Holding Corp’s patented internet security technology without permission in features including its FaceTime video conferencing application. The verdict came in a new trial in Tyler, Texas that had been ordered by the judge in the case, Robert Schroeder, who last August threw out VirnetX’s $625.6 million win over Apple from a previous trial because he said jurors in that case may have been confused. Apple CEO says EU tax ruling ‘total political crap’: Irish Independent VirnetX and Apple have been fighting over patents for years. The case began in 2010 when VirnetX, a Nevada-based patent licensor, filed suit in the Eastern District of Texas federal court, claiming infringement of four patents for secure networks, known as virtual private networks, and secure communications links. A jury in 2012 awarded $368.2 million in damages, but the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., partly overturned that verdict, saying there were problems with how the trial judge instructed jurors on calculating damages. On remand, VirnetX’s two suits were combined, and in February, a jury returned with an even bigger verdict, $625.6 million, one of the highest ever in a US patent case. PIA issues safety advisory for Samsung Galaxy Note 7 However, Schroeder later voided the result, saying that the repeated references to the earlier case could have confused jurors and were unfair to Apple. In [Read More…]

Sep 302016
 

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday offered to act as mediator between India and Pakistan to defuse rising tensions over disputed Kashmir. The offer came after Pakistan’s ambassador met with the UN chief and urged him to personally intervene, while India said it did not want to aggravate the situation. At United Nations, Pakistan flags rising tension with India Ban called on “both sides to exercise maximum restraint and take immediate steps to de-escalate the situation,” a statement from his spokesman said. The UN chief said India and Pakistan should address differences through diplomacy and dialogue, and offered to mediate. “His good offices are available, if accepted by both sides,” the UN spokesman said. Tensions between India, Pakistan have been boiling since the Indian government accused Pakistan-based militants of launching an assault on an army base in Kashmir earlier this month that killed 18 soldiers. India on Thursday said it had carried out “surgical strikes” several kilometers (miles) inside Pakistan-controlled Kashmir on what they called “terrorist” targets. “This is a dangerous moment for the region,” Pakistan’s Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi told AFP after meeting with Ban at UN headquarters in New York. “The time has come for bold intervention by him if we are to avoid a crisis, because we can see a crisis building up.” Lodhi accused India of creating “conditions that pose a threat to regional and international peace and security.” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric earlier said the UN chief “would welcome all proposals” or initiatives aimed at de-escalation. Ban [Read More…]

Sep 302016
 
Pakistani, Indian troops exchange fire across Line of Control

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani and Indian troops exchanged fire across the Line of Control (LoC) in the Bhimber sector early Saturday, an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said. "Pakistani troops befittingly responded to Indian unprovoked firing which started at 0400 and continued till 0800 at LoC in Bhimber sector," said the ISPR. The ISPR did not say whether there were any casualties on either sides. In 2003, Pakistan and India reached a landmark agreement to maintain ceasefire along the LoC. However, many violations have occurred since. Sound byte: ‘Nothing new about LoC violations’ The fresh exchange of fire comes two days after India claimed to have carried out surgical strikes on "terror launch pads along the LoC" in Pakistan, raising the already heightened tensions between the two countries. The Pakistani military swiftly rubbished these claims, saying its two soldiers died in cross-border firing by Indian troops. It later emerged that an Indian soldier was captured by the Pakistan army, while Indian soldiers were also killed in a "befitting response" by Pakistani troops. Soaring tensions The latest incident of cross-border firing came as tensions simmer between Pakistan and India over the Kashmir issue. Last week, India initiated a diplomatic drive to isolate Pakistan after blaming it for the Sept 18 attack on the Uri army camp in IHK which killed 18 soldiers ─ a claim which Pakistan has rejected. Tensions between the South Asian rivals have been high since an Indian crackdown on dissent in India-held Kashmir following the killing by Indian forces [Read More…]

Sep 302016
 
Pakistani, Indian troops exchange fire across LoC

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani and Indian troops exchanged fire across the Line of Control (LoC) in the Bhimber sector early Saturday, an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said. "Pakistani troops befittingly responded to Indian unprovoked firing which started at 0400 and continued till 0800 at LoC in Bhimber sector," said the ISPR. The ISPR did not say whether there were any casualties on either sides. In 2003, Pakistan and India reached a landmark agreement to maintain ceasefire along the LoC. However, many violations have occurred since. Sound byte: ‘Nothing new about LoC violations’ The fresh exchange of fire comes two days after India claimed to have carried out surgical strikes on "terror launch pads along the LoC" in Pakistan, raising the already heightened tensions between the two countries. The Pakistani military swiftly rubbished these claims, saying its two soldiers died in cross-border firing by Indian troops. It later emerged that an Indian soldier was captured by the Pakistan army, while Indian soldiers were also killed in a "befitting response" by Pakistani troops. Soaring tensions The latest incident of cross-border firing came as tensions simmer between Pakistan and India over the Kashmir issue. Last week, India initiated a diplomatic drive to isolate Pakistan after blaming it for the Sept 18 attack on the Uri army camp in IHK which killed 18 soldiers ─ a claim which Pakistan has rejected. Tensions between the South Asian rivals have been high since an Indian crackdown on dissent in India-held Kashmir following the killing by Indian forces [Read More…]