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ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Monday said that Pakistan has rendered a lots of sacrifices in war against terrorism and the International community should acknowledged its contribution in this regard.
He was talking to his British counterpart Theresa May who met with the minister in London according to a message received here, Rehman Malik said he has discussed mutual interest issues including elimination of terrorism, human trafficking, eradication of narcotics, visa issues of Overseas Pakistanis, border management, improving the performance of Pakistani Police and imparting training.
He said that Pak-UK jointly working against terrorism and this cooperation would continue in future as well.
Rehman Malik said that UK would also provide assistance for training and improving performance of Pakistan police. He said that during meeting he also raised the problems being faced by the Pakistanis' prisoners in UK jails.
Theresa May said that UK appreciate the efforts of Pakistan in war against terrorism. She said that UK also working with Pakistan on the illegal immigration and forced marriages. (APP)
ISLAMABAD: Opposition Leader in National Assembly, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Monday asked as to how a man like PTI leader Imran Khan who has not even paid a single penny in tax in a period of 3.5 decades could hurl allegations against others.
In a statement issued from the Opposition leader's chamber, Ch. Nisar said the 'Insaf League' instead of bringing a tsunami of lies and accusations should come forward with truth before the nation.
"No change will come through hollow slogans of a politically bankrupt novice like Imran Khan nor the turncoats of various political parties can provide a sound leadership to the country," he said.
He lamented that neither Imran Khan nor the 'dignitaries of his rental party' dared to talk about most important issues like NATO supply, unemployment and loadshedding.
Criticizing the PTI leader Javed Hashmi, Nisar said how a man like Hashmi who faced a humiliating defeat by a staggering 58,000 votes could challenge anyone in Rawalpindi.
"Javed Hashmi's presence in National Assembly since 1993 had been due to the courtesy of Nawaz Sharif," he maintained.
ARLINGTON: US President Barack Obama said Monday on Memorial Day that troops are coming home after a decade of war and must be respected, with no repeat of the "national shame" that greeted many Vietnam veterans.
In two speeches to mark the annual commemoration of fallen and missing soldiers, Obama said US troops were no longer fighting in Iraq and that he was "winding down" America's war in Afghanistan.
As a result, he said, the focus must now shift to ensuring a future for those returning from the battlefield.
"For the first time in nine years, Americans are not fighting and dying in Iraq," Obama said after laying a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknowns, in Arlington National Cemetery just outside Washington.
"We are winding down the war in Afghanistan and our troops will continue to come home," he added at the final resting place for US war dead and veterans, which features many fresh graves from Iraq and Afghanistan.
"After a decade under the dark clouds of war, we can see the light of a new day on the horizon."
After sweeping to power in 2008 partly owing to his promise to end the war in Iraq, Obama followed through by bringing the final US soldiers home last year.
Obama is highlighting that honored promise, and a plan to get US combat troops out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014, to bolster his leadership credentials as he faces reelection in November.
But the president, who also serves as commander-in-chief of US forces, noted that for relatives of the fallen, the end of America's foreign wars may hold little consolation.
"Especially for those who have lost a loved one, this chapter will remain open long after the guns have fallen silent," Obama said.
A few hours later, in a speech at the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, he reached out to veterans of that conflict, which spiraled out of control in the 1950s and claimed the lives of tens of thousands.
"One of the most painful chapters in our history was Vietnam -- most particularly, how we treated our troops who served there," Obama told a crowd at the Vietnam wall, where the names of 58,000 soldiers, airmen, sailors and Marines are engraved.
"You were often blamed for a war you didn't start, when you should have been commended for serving your country with valor. You were sometimes blamed for misdeeds of a few, when the honorable service of the many should have been praised," he said.
"You came home and sometimes were denigrated, when you should have been celebrated. It was a national shame, a disgrace that should have never happened. And that's why here today we resolve that it will not happen again."
Obama said the US Department of Veterans Affairs aimed to ensure that those who survive conflict return home and gain the support needed to lead successful civilian lives.
The US is "helping hundreds of thousands of today's veterans go to college and pursue their dreams" through the GI Bill, the president said as he praised Vietnam veterans for leading the effort.
"Because of you, across America, communities have welcomed home our forces from Iraq. And when our troops return from Afghanistan, America will give this entire 9/11 generation the welcome home they deserve," Obama added.
Obama's Republican opponent in November's presidential election, Mitt Romney, also issued a message, as he joined Vietnam war hero and defeated 2008 Republican candidate Senator John McCain to mark Memorial Day in San Diego.
"A lot of young Americans are risking their lives in distant battlefields today," Romney said in the statement.
"Memorial Day is a day to give thanks to them, and to remember all of America's soldiers who have laid down their lives to defend our country." (AFP)
DOHA: A fire that erupted Monday at a main shopping centre in Doha killed 19 people, including 13 children, the interior ministry said.
The blaze left “19 dead, including 13 children, among them seven girls and six boys, in addition to four female teachers,” the ministry said on its Twitter page, citing the country’s health minister.
Two members of the civil defence also died in the fire, it said.
The fire at the capital’s main Villagio shopping centre broke out at 11:30 am (0800 GMT), the ministry said, quoting state minister for interior, Abdullah bin Nasser Al-Thani telling reporters that the “public prosecution has taken charge of the investigation.”
Footage posted earlier online showed black smoke billowing from the shopping centre as emergency vehicles rushed to the scene.
KARACHI: The extended its recent sequence of marking record lows versus the U.S. dollar, closing on Monday at 92.14/19 to the dollar, compared with 91.70/75 on Friday.
"The pressure we saw last week on the rupee because of increased import payments was sustained on Monday, but we expect the pressure to reduce tomorrow," said currency trader Abdul Basit.
Overnight rates in the money market ended marginally lower at 10.75 percent, down from Friday's close of 11 percent, as a result of a slight increase in liquidity in the interbank market. (Reuters)
Fertilizers buoy up KSE benchmark index
ISLAMABAD: The Karachi Stock Exchange closed up on Monday, with buying in the cement and fertiliser sectors helping the market close above 14,000 points, dealers said.
The KSE's benchmark 100-share index ended 0.76 percent, or 106.45 points, higher at 14,031.51 points on volume of 119.69 million shares, compared with Friday's close of 13,925.06.
"Led by institutional buying in cement and fertilizer stocks, the market rallied to close above the 14,000-points mark," said Samar Iqbal, a dealer at Topline Securities.
Fatima Fertilizer closed 2.94 percent higher at 24.85 Pakistani rupees, Fauji Fertilizer ended 2.15 percent higher at 112.5 rupees, and Fauji Fertilizer Bin Qasim rose 3.95 percent to 41.6 rupees.
In the cement sector, D.G. Khan Cement closed 2.29 percent higher at 43.75 rupees, and Attock Cement ended 1.88 percent higher at 79.5 rupees. (Reuters)
CHENNAI: Kolkata Knight Riders defeated defending champions Chennai Super Kings by five wickets with two balls to spare to win become the Indian Premier League champions for the first time.here at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk.on Sunday.
Chasing a big target of 191 runs, the Knight Riders achieved their victory in 19.4 overs after a hard contest in the final of the fifth IPL tournament.
Opener Manvinder Bisla top scored with 89 after Kolkata lost their captain Gautam Gambhir for two. He smashed five sixes and eight fours in his 48-ball innings.
He was followed by South African allrounder Jacques Kallis, who made 69 from 49 balls with seven fours and a six.
For Chennai, Australian pacer Ben Hilfenhaus claimed two wickets for 25
Earlier, Chennai Super Kings captain Mahinder Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat first.
His team piled up 190 for only three wickets in the allotted 20 overs with Suresh Raina (73) and Michael Hussey (54) and Murali Vijay (42) being the main scorers.
Pakistan’s premier sports tv channel Geo Super showed all the matches of this tournament including the final live from the venues in India.
NOTTINGHAM: England captain Andrew Strauss made 141 before Tim Bresnan and Stuart Broad joined forces to give the hosts a first innings lead against the West Indies in the second Test here at Trent Bridge.
At tea on Sunday's third day, England were 428 all out in reply to West Indies' 370 -- a lead of 58 runs.
It was far less of an advantage than England would have wanted on a good batting pitch but far more than looked likely when Strauss was out with his side still behind on 363 for seven.
West Indies, who bowled well, had to suffer a frustrating eighth-wicket partnership of 53 in 92 balls between Bresnan and Broad before the latter miscued a sweep against spinner Shane Shillingford and was caught for 25.
Part-time spinner Marlon Samuels, who scored a century when West Indies batted, polished off the innings with two wickets for one run in nine balls.
Bresnan was 39 not out.
Fast bowler Ravi Rampaul led the tourists' attack with three wickets for 75 runs in 32 balls.
The West Indies took four wickets in Sunday's first session before captain Darren Sammy dismissed Strauss for his second hundred in as many matches, following the opener's 122 in a five-wicket first Test win at Lord's that gave England a 1-0 lead in this three-match series.
Strauss was 102 not out and Kevin Pietersen 72 not out at the start of Sunday's play.
But Pietersen had added just eight when he was lbw to Rampaul's inswinger.
Despite his challenge, Pietersen was out for 80, ending a third-wicket stand of 144.
The West Indies took the new ball as soon as possible with England 299 for three off 80 overs.
And it brought rewards with Kemar Roach, who'd sent down eight no-balls Saturday, getting back into his stride with two wickets for six runs in 16 balls to reduce England to 308 for five.
Fourth delivery with the new ball, Roach had Ian Bell aiming across the line, lbw for 22 although the tourists had to challenge umpire Aleem Dar's original not out verdict.
Jonathan Bairstow, in his second Test, never looked comfortable against the short ball and, trying to turn a rising Roach delivery legside, got a leading edge to mid-on and was caught by Shivnarine Chanderpaul.
This was the first time in Strauss's 21 Test hundreds -- one shy of the England record of 22 held jointly by Walter Hammond, Colin Cowdrey and Geoffrey Boycott -- the left-hander had added more than six runs when not out overnight on a century.
But the 35-year-old found runs hard to come by Sunday, managing just 39 in 98 balls including four boundaries.
He was eventually out when, trying to drive, he was caught behind off Sammy. Strauss batted for more than seven hours in total, facing 303 balls with 22 boundaries. (AFP)
RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazil's children's television show host Xuxa has revealed that the late Michael Jackson wanted to marry her.
Maria da Graga Meneghel, better known as "Xuxa," made the surprise disclosure in a television interview that shocked the country late Sunday.
"The entourage of Michael Jackson wanted him to marry, have children. They were looking for someone. I was working in Spain, they invited me to see his show several times," she told TV Globo's Sunday program Fantastico.
"Later they called me to invite me to Neverland (Jackson's ranch). He knew everything about me, he read everything about me. I had dinner with him," Xuxa said.
"And later came a proposal from his impresario asking me whether I would consider living with him because he wanted to have children, marry. They thought marriage with a person concerned about children in Latin America would be a good thing," she added.
"For me (Michael Jackson) was an idol, but from idol to something else there is a difference. My answer, obviously, was no," she noted.
The late King of Pop died suddenly on June 25, 2009 at his rented mansion in Los Angeles after an overdose of powerful prescription drugs as he was preparing to perform a series of comeback concerts in London. (AFP)
MUMBAI: Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty gave birth to a baby boy at Hinduja Healthcare Surgical Hospital in suburban Khar this morning. Husband Raj Kundra said on Twitter: "God has blessed us with a beautiful baby boy. Both mother and baby are fine. I am thrilled to bits."
Shilpa and Raj have been married for three years, and this is the couple's first baby.
"A big thank you to my wife @TheShilpaShetty for the bestest gift ever, DR Kiran Cohelo and all the staff at Hinduja Hospital," Raj added.
Earlier, Shilpa Shetty had said that she will store her child's stem cells. "Stem cell banking gives me the peace of mind for my baby's health. By banking stem cells, my child will have more medical options in the future," Shetty had said in a statement.
The 36-year-old actress confirmed the news of her pregnancy in December 2011.
ROME: Italian doctors in March implanted the smallest ever artificial heart into a 16-month-old baby before the infant received a permanent organ donation, said the hospital that performed the operation.
"In March, the smallest artificial heart in the world was implanted at the Bambino Gesu Hospital in Rome," Antonio Amodeo, a senior hospital official, said in a statement.
"The device, a titanium pump weighing only 11 grams and that can endure a flow of up to 1.5 litres per minute, was used in an emergency case of a 16-month-old infant suffering from dilated myocardiopathy with a serious infection of the ventricular assistance device that had been implanted previously."
The artificial heart made it possible for the infant, whose identity and sex were not revealed, to survive for 13 days before the baby received a real heart transplant.
"At present, at more than one month from the surgery, the infant is in good health," the statement said. (AFP)
LONDON: Scientists have mapped the complete genetic codes of 21 breast cancers and created a catalogue of the mutations that accumulate in breast cells, raising hopes that the disease may be able to be spotted earlier and treated more effectively in future.
The research, the first of its kind, untangles the genetic history of how cancer evolves, allowing scientists to identify mutational patterns that fuel the growth of breast tumors, and start to work out the processes behind them.
"These findings have implications for our understanding of how breast cancers develop over the decades before diagnosis in adults and might help to find possible targets for improved diagnosis or therapeutic intervention in the future," said Mike Stratton, who led the research team.
Breast cancer kills more than 450,000 women a year worldwide and is the most common cancer among women, accounting for 16 percent of all cases, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
A study last year by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in the United States found that global breast cancer cases have more than doubled in just three decades, from 641,000 cases in 1980 to 1.6 million cases in 2010 - a pace that far exceeds global population growth.
"This is the first time we've been able to delve fully into breast cancer genomes in such a thorough way," said Peter Campbell, head of cancer genetics and genomics at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge, where the studies were led.
The work had given scientists "a full panoramic view of the cancer genome" and helped them identify "mutational patterns rather than individual mutations in specific genes", he added.
"We've known for many years now that all cancers are due to abnormalities of DNA...that occur in every single cell of the body over the course of a lifetime," said Stratton.
"But although we've known that, it's remarkable how rudimentary our knowledge is about what the processes are that cause these abnormalities, these mutations in our DNA."
Stratton's team sequenced the genomes of the 21 breast cancers and catalogued all the mutations. They found five major processes that cause one letter of code to be changed to another letter. Genetic code comes in four DNA letters, A,C,G and T.
Stratton said one of the most exciting findings was that one of these processes is characterized by small pockets of massively mutated regions of the genome.
This sudden "storm" of mutations is often seen in breast cancers, he explained in an audio briefing.
While his team don't fully understand the process behind these storms, they think it may be down to components of the cell whose normal function is to edit, or mutate, DNA.
"What we believe...is that sometimes in normal cells...this stops functioning properly and over-functions. It causes too many mutations and the accumulation of those mutations pushes the cell along the line to become cancer."
The team found that these and other mutations accumulate in breast cells over many years, initially slowly, but picking up greater momentum as genetic damage builds up.
By the time the breast cancers are large enough to be diagnosed, they are made up of a number of genetically related families of cells, with one family dominating the cancer, Stratton explained.
Mark Walport, director of the Wellcome Trust which helped fund the work, said the results showed how scientists are starting to see the landscape of mutations in breast cancer "in something approaching its full complexity".
"As this work continues, we can hope to understand how breast cancer develops and thus how it might be treated more effectively," he said in a statement. (Reuters)
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TOKYO: A Japanese man astonished the people by eating 32 boiled eggs in one minute.
The 33-years old Takeru Kobayashi also holds the world record for hot dog eating for six years.
NEW DELHI: At least 430 people, mainly children, have died from an outbreak of encephalitis in a deeply neglected region of the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, officials said on Saturday.
K.P. Kushwaha, chief paediatrician at the BRD Medical College in the state's hardest-hit Gorakhpur district, said it was one of the worst outbreaks of encephalitis in the impoverished region, which borders Nepal.
"The situation is grim and the epidemic is worse than previous years and with so many patients there are no empty beds at the hospital," Khuswaha said.
"We count such cases since January but most of these casualties have occurred since July."
He said more than 2,400 patients have been admitted to government hospitals in the region so far this year of which at least 430 have died.
"Until Saturday, 336 children and 94 adults have died," Kushwaha told from the overcrowded hospital where patients were lying two to a bed.
He said 262 patients were undergoing treatment in the state-run facility.
"Everyday between 30 and 40 patients are being brought in for treatment," he said.
Some 215 people, a majority of them children, succumbed to encephalitis in Gorakhpur last year while the death toll from the disease in 2005 was more than 1,400 in Uttar Pradesh.
Eastern parts of Uttar Pradesh are ravaged by encephalitis each year as malnourished children succumb to the virus, officials say.
Encephalitis causes brain inflammation and can result in brain damage. Symptoms include headaches, seizures and fever.
Health experts say 70 million children nationwide are at risk of encephalitis.
Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state, has been struggling for years with an encephalitis prevention programme, vaccinating millions of children against the virus. (AFP)