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4 Friday, February 2, 2018 National KARACHI: Head office: 509, Land Mark Plaza, I.I Chundrigar Road, Karachi, Pakistan. Ph: +9221-32214988- 32214990, Fax: +9221-32214989, Chief Editor: Muhammad Taqi Alvi Associate Editor: Ali Razavi - Editor Special Reports: Muhammad Rafique Rajpar Hyderabad Bureau Chief: Abbas Kassar - Islamabad Bureau Chief: Hameedullah Khan ISLAMABAD –– LAHORE –– RAWALPINDI –– KARACHI EDITORIAL FASHION AND ENTERTAINMENT: Women's Make Up Does Not Really Make Up! NOTHING more beneficial to women and their health than an all-natural look. Cosmetics may affect or damage almost everything. Women must just bear in mind all precautions if they decide cosmetics and artificial look is best for you. Women can keep their skin free of blemishes and stay healthy by not using makeup. Women can save much money on expensive cosmetics which may in fact not work for them. Women's self esteem may be heightened as they feel confident in their own skin. PROBLEM is we live in a generation that is obsessed with makeup. We see it all around us, especially on social media: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc. They are overflowing with makeup tutorials, pictures and videos showcasing amazing makeup skills. Many criticize women without makeup., making women feel super insecure, making women feel that their natural face and imperfections aren’t really accepted in society. It seem incredibly rude and big fights do occur while trying to stop a woman from putting on makeup! It’s okay for women not to wear makeup. It’s not only the products that do the work and if you’re not good with makeup it’ll make you feel inadequate anyway. If one feels good with makeup, that feeling does not last when makeup wears out: Some brides were divorced in first daylight look without makeup, the day after their wedding. By Rana B. Khoury (II) MEN wonder about dark women with powdered and creamy faces, and stark red lipstick. Majnoon loved a dark Laila. Make up does not necessarily make such women look better than they appear without make up. They look worse with make up. Real beauty is by the way not in whitening creams factories keep selling since centuries and dark or brown skin women keep using all their life but retain whiteness as long as they use whitening creams and their skin becomes worse after they stop using those creams. Hence real beauty may be inner beauty of qualities. It is disrespect to self esteem of women when they wear make up to look beautiful as it is considered bad for a moral womanly image which must remain beyond such crutches which cannot make them stand on a really moral footing. RELIGION of Islam, religious guardians and Ulema abhor Muslim woman using make up with appearance before na-mehrams, unless woman wear make up for her husband, though she can be seen by mehrams. Women with make up for namehrams are condemned in Islam and holy book and scholars term them with evil names. Just like Muslim women know and obey halaal and haraam in capital sins, they ought to know and practice use of make up in legitimate ways, as allowed by religion like for husband and mehrams only, and not in illegitimate ways for na-mehrams. OPINION Tillerson’s magical thinking on Syria The US has participated in all eight rounds of the UN talks, but it hasn’t taken on a leadership role, and so far the talks haven’t yielded anything concrete In a speech at Stanford recently, United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson outlined “the way forward” for America in Syria. He announced that the US military would have an open-ended presence inside the country and envisioned a Syria free of Daesh (the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant), Al Qaida, Iran, weapons of mass destruction and Syrian President Bashar Al Assad. He also laid out a “new” strategy to achieve all this: Buttressed by its military, the US will expend diplomatic energy on stabilisation programmes and the United Nations-led political process. But nearly seven years after the Syrian uprising and civil war first erupted, the US has yet to play more than a marginal role in the Syria story. New rhetoric from the US State Department won’t put America on a new track. When he was in office, former US president Barack Obama limited military support for Syria’s Arab rebels, opted against targeting Al Assad’s forces, engaged militarily only with Daesh and ultimately provided some support for the Kurdish rebels. Under President Donald Trump, the level of US involvement has stayed more or less steady. Trump ended a CIA programme supporting rebels, lobbed bombs at a Syrian air base in a one-off and has focused the fight on Daesh. He also bolstered Kurdish rebels fighting under the umbrella of the Syrian Democratic Forces, arming and leading them in their effort to drive Daesh out of Raqqa. Russia did the same for Al Assad’s forces in Deir Al Zour, and Daesh has now been pushed out of Syria’s northeast. Now the US State Department and the Agency for International Development are undertaking a massive stabilisation effort in the northeast, in cooperation with US military. They are rebuilding infrastructure, extending services like water and electricity and creating local councils to undertake governance. While this may seem like a significant commitment, the desert region is scarcely inhabited compared with the west and south, where 80 per cent of the Syrian population lived before the conflict broke out. In its attempts to foster local leadership, the US is clumsily balancing between Arab inhabitants and the well-organised Kurds, who liberated the area from Daesh. In the process, the US is snubbing the Turkish government, which presides over a statelet in northern Aleppo and has recently launched a military incursion against America’s Kurdish allies in the northwest. The US is also avoiding Al Assad’s government, which, assisted by Russia and Iran, has been recapturing territory across the country and is likely to take control of the northeast. There is potential for the US to oversee a settlement between the Kurds and the central government, but Tillerson has not indicated if he will usher in any such process. So far, the US has been party to only one ceasefire, in Syria’s south. Meanwhile, supposed “de-escalation zones” in central and northwestern Syria remain hot spots. In Idlib, the only Syrian governorate that rebels control, the militant group and former Al Qaida affiliate Hayat Tahrir Al Sham is taking over, pushing out civilian and military elements of the more moderate Syrian opposition. Lately, Al Assad’s forces have made inroads in Idlib, displacing hundreds of thousands. Russia and Iran have some sway over Al Assad, while Turkey has influence on some of the rebels. But the US has no pull in that region or the other such zones. There have been two different sets of negotiations on Syria. Russia, Turkey and Iran have presided over talks in Astana, Kazakhstan. Besides creating the de-escalation zones, the Astana talks may serve only to keep government and opposition delegates organised and prepared for other negotiations. The US is merely an observer at these talks. Then there are the United Nations-led negotiations in Geneva. The US has participated in all eight rounds of the UN talks, but it hasn’t taken on a leadership role, and so far the talks haven’t yielded anything concrete. It’s unclear what Tillerson’s renewed commitment to the ongoing process would mean, if anything. The UN-led process aims to implement Resolution 2254, which calls for UN-supervised elections and constitutional reforms. But since 1945, only one-quarter of more than 100 civil wars have ended in a negotiated settlement. Most of the time, one party militarily defeats the others. Al Assad now has control over all of Syria’s major population centres, where reconstruction contracts are already being forged. He has refused to concede that he is fighting anything, but a war on terrorism. And he retains more popular support in Syria than the West has been willing to acknowledge. Tillerson may envision a Syria free of violence, one to which refugees and displaced people could return. But the US is doing little to make it so. Heads of four power distribution companies removed on poor performance ISLAMABAD: Ministry of Power Division has removed heads of four power distribution companies on the charge of poor performance and failed to control the electricity loses. The sources disclosed that the power distribution companies who heads removed for posts including Peshawar, Lahore Sukkur and Quetta. Notices were also issued heads of three power distribution companies including Peshawar Electric Supply Company, Hyderabad and Multan Electric Supplies companies. Sources said Wajid Kazami CEO of Lahore Electric Supply Company, PESCO CEO Syed Shabbir Gilani, KESCPO CEO Rahmatallha Baloch and Abdul Latif Anjum of Sukkur Electricity were suspended. According to ministry officials the heads of Discos that line losses were increasing instead of decreasing were removed from their posts. Earlier ministry has issued warning to power distributions companies that they should perform well and took practical steps regarding decrease line losses. However, heads of above companies showed negligence and carelessness. Sources said Rs. 18 billion damages of electricity had occurred from October to December in 2017. Sources said that low LAHORE: Secretary Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries Department Govt. of the Punjab, Mian Waheed release illegal caught falcon at local hotel. Country deprived of a sincere politician after death of Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani: Senator Dhamrah Staff Report HYDERABAD: Senior leader Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Senator Aajiz Dhamrah, Information Secretary, PPP Sindh chapter while conveying his message to media on telephone, has condoled the mysterious deaths of the veteran politician, Sindh Minister for Planning and Development, Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani and his wife, former MPA, Fariha Razzaq, who were found One killed, two injured in road accident in Sheikhupura SHEIKHUPURA: At least one person killed and two injured in a collision near Sheikhupura Lahore Road Housing Colony on Thursday. According to media reports, the accident occurred when two people were going to Lahore on motorbike when a truck collided with motorbike killing one and injuring two people. On information, Rescue team rushed to the scene and transported the injured to DHQ. It has been learnt both injured are in critical condition. Housing Colony police station took the dead body into its custody while Truck’s driver managed to flee. Staff Reporter SHIKARPUR: To enhance the capacity building of the Journalists over Mobile Journalism for freelance journalists in this connection Pakistan Press Foundation [PPF] with the help of Open Society Foundation [OSF] organized a three day training workshop in Karachi which was attended by journalists of across Sindh. Qazi Asif, a prominent journalist of Karachi, during a section introduced the futures of android cell journalism and current scenario, editing footages through mobile phone, methods of how to cover an event as a freelance using mobile phone, easy ways to standardized shot dead in their home in Karachi’s Defence Housing Authority. He expressed his grief over the deaths and joined his sympathies and prayers were with their families adding he termed it a big tragedy and loss for the family and party both saying that country has deprived of a seasonal and sincere politician after his death. Other hand, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Badin chapter, Including Haji Ramzan Chandio, president, Haji Sain Bux Jamali, General Secretary, Fida Hussain Mandhro, Info Secretary, Sardar Kamal Khan Chang, MNA, Taj Muhammad Mallah, Haji Hanif Khaskheli and others also expressed their grave grief over the mysterious deaths of veteran politician, Sindh Minister for Planning and Development, Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani and his wife, former MPA, Fariha Razzaq. B.Tech 1st and 2nd year exams from 8 Feb Bureau Report HYDERABAD: Government College of Technology Hyderabad of (STEVTA) has informed that all the students of B.Tech (4 years) Program of Government College of Technology Hyderabad for Regular Examination of First Year and Second Year are going to be started from 10-02- 2018. Last date of online submission of Examination Forms with normal fees is 08-02-2018. Students are advised to immediately come in contact with their concerned Chairman of the department during office hours. LAHORE: Following the firing incident in Lahore Session Court, Security was further beefed up in the lower court. Incident of firing took place on Wednesday. Investigation teams remained present whole night in Session Court. The forensic experts after collecting evidences washed away the site. Heavy contingent of mobile video recording through mobile phone, story board, media ethics and how to face possible threats of freelance journalism. Besides, Qazi further elaborated the correct meaning of freelance journalists, introduction of TV screen, SOT, and other technical things which were not known for me before this. grade employees of different Discos were also facing fear that they could remove for posts if they showed negligence in work. According to the spokesman of Power Division the government is starving hard to overcome the electricity thefts incidents and added that electricity demand and supply margin had reduced now. In the month of October 2016 Rs. 8.6 billion units’ electricity were provided to consumers. Water tanker mafia minting money due to acute shortage in Badin Staff Reporter BADIN: Acute water shortage and increasing tanker mafia in the city and involvement of municipal officers and employees causes worsen situation. In this connection continuous protest and demonstrations compelled Municipal Committee Administrator to transfer water supply incharge, Maqbool Rajo while Murtaza khaskheli has been assigned the charge of water supply incharge. Earlier, elected members of district council,municipal councillors, political and social organizations and citizens demanded stern action against Administrator, Iqtadar Khuwaja for his negligence and carelessness to take action against those involved in deliberate and artificial shortage of water to benefit of more than Rs 05 million to firebrigade and tanker mafia. It is pertinent to mention that councillors during district council session recorded their protest against water shortage. Further, yesterday, delegation of citizens, elected members, representatives of traders association and others during a meeting with newly nominated PPP president Badin, Haji Taj Muhammad Mallah on presence of Administrator municipal committee, Iqtadar Khuwaja complained about water shortage and other issues people of Badin were facing. On this occasion PPP president Badin, Haji Taj Muhammad Mallah directed to resolve the issues including water shortage immediately and announced recommendations for those officials involved in corruption and embazzelment and misappropriation. Security tightened in lower court complex after firing police was deputed at entry and exit points of the court complex. Due to firing a very few number of visitors visited the court on Thursday. They were allowed to enter the court premises after strict and thorough checking The investigation team will interrogate judicial staff performing duty with additional Session Judge Imran Shafi about the incident. Mobile journalism for freelance journalists Also, he gave examples through presentation and explained how a freelance journalist could pitch a story before National and International print and electronic media. SHIKARPUR: Shikarpur Secretary Informaton Imran Atta Soomro and Owais Aslam sahib are seen addressing.

India unveils healthcare for 500 million of its poorest NEW DELHI: India on Thursday announced a national healthcare scheme for half a billion of its poorest citizens in a major giveaway to voters in the final budget before a general election. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said India’s most vulnerable families would be able to access up to 500,000 rupees ($7,855) a year for hospital cover through the initiative. India spends a little over one percent of its GDP on public healthcare -- one of the lowest proportions in the world -- a sum the government is aiming to increase to 2.5 percent by 2025. The government currently provides 30,000 rupees towards healthcare for poor families, but that sum is insufficient to cover most medical procedures. The programme would TEHRAN: In an apparent rebuke to his US counterpart, President Hassan Rouhani has rejected Washington’s claim of having “sympathy” for the Iranian people, saying the nation has not forgotten the American acts of aggression in the region. Speaking at a large gathering of people in the southern city of Sirjan in Kerman province on Thursday, Rouhani said, “Nobody in Washington should think that they can make decisions for the great Iranian nation.” “The people have not forgotten your acts of aggression in the region. You have invaded Afghanistan and Iraq; you are assisting Daesh and this is you who do not want security in the region.” In his first State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump boasted of take public healthcare in the world’s largest democracy "to a new aspiration level", said Jaitley. "This will be the world’s largest government-funded healthcare programme," he told parliament in his budget speech. "The government is steadily but surely progressing towards a goal of universal health coverage." He said "adequate funds" would be provided to roll out the insurance program to 500 million of India’s poorest nationwide. Nearly $190 million was earmarked to improve smaller local health centres accessed his meddlesome stance on a wave of riots that hit a number of Iranian towns and cities last month, saying, "I did not stay silent. America stands with the people of Iran in their courageous struggle for freedom." by many of the most vulnerable, he added. India is home to 1.25 billion people but lacks sufficient doctors, and state-run hospitals are stretched to breaking point. Patients face long delays for even minor treatment, and a consultation with a private GP can Iranian nation never forgets US acts of aggression in region: Rouhani Rouhani denounced the US’s claim of having “sympathy” for Iranians and said, “If you are telling the truth, return the people’s assets which you plundered. You imposed sanctions against the Iranian people for years. LOST OF 400 NATIONAL SECURITY FILES British PM May wants EU citizens' ABC News reporting rights to change after transition: spokesman found incorrect: AFP LONDON: Prime By SJA Jafri Bureau Chief Australia MELBOURNE: ABC News reported yesterday (31 January 2018) the Australian Federal Police (AFP) ‘lost’ 400 national security files in five years. This reporting is wrong – it is based on a document that is outdated, and has been reported without important context. A September 2013 audit of Cabinet-related records by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet identified a number of Cabinet-related documents issued to the AFP were not located. More than 90 percent of these documents were subsequently located or confirmed to have been destroyed. The AFP takes its responsibilities for the handling of Cabinet-related documents seriously. An extensive audit was conducted by the AFP in September and October 2013, which included physical searches of safes and AFP locations and consultation with current and former AFP Cabinet Liaison Officers. It was identified during this AFP audit that a number of AFP Cabinet Liaison Officers appropriately destroyed Cabinetrelated documents and kept records of US says military option not believed to be close for solving North Korea crisis TOKYO: A U.S. special envoy said on Thursday all options remain on the table for solving the nuclear standoff with North Korea but that he did not think the military option was close. Joseph Yun, speaking to reporters in the Japanese capital, said the United States was seeking a peaceful resolution of the crisis and diplomacy was its preferred option. The U.S. special envoy on North Korea said on Thursday all options remain on the table for solving the nuclear standoff with the reclusive country but that he did not think the military option was close. Joseph Yun, speaking to reporters in the Japanese capital, said the United States was seeking a peaceful resolution of the crisis and diplomacy was its preferred option. this destruction, however were not aware of the requirement to mark this destruction on a specific electronic database. Following the audit process to verify the appropriate destruction of the documents, a cross-check identified that 33 Cabinet-related documents remained unaccounted for in the period between 2008-2013. These documents have been destroyed, but there is no official record to indicate that this destruction occurred. The AFP has no evidence to suggest that this process has resulted in a compromise to Australia’s national security and refutes any suggestion otherwise. In October 2013, the AFP provided the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet with updated list of the documents that were the subject of the initial audit, confirming those recorded as destroyed by AFP Cabinet Liaison Officers. The AFP has robust processes for the creation, transfer, and destruction of all Cabinet-related records. AFP Cabinet Liaison Officers are required to undertake mandatory training in document management to ensure they have a thorough understanding of their responsibilities. Minister Theresa May wants to negotiate a deal with the European Union on changing the rights for EU citizens arriving in Britain during a transition phase after that period ends, her spokesman said on Thursday. “Anyone who comes to the UK before March 2019 will have the rights as set out in the December deal. Anyone who comes after that period will have the same rights as now during the implementation period,” the spokesman said. “During the implementation period, we’ll introduce a registration scheme for new arrivals,” he added. “The ongoing rights of those people who arrived during the implementation period following the end of that period are a matter for negotiation. The PM was clear that those rights would be different from those who came before.” cost 1,000 rupees ($15) -- a huge sum for millions living on less than $2 a day. Jaitley said the government was "seriously concerned" that millions of Indians had to borrow or sell assets to receive adequate treatment in hospital. India only has an estimated 840,000 medical doctors -- one for every 1,674 people -- far fewer than the one per 1,000 people recommended by the World Health Organization. Prime Minister Narendra Modi won a thumping mandate in 2014 promising, among other things, a universal healthcare plan to protect India’s poorest. The budget is his government’s last before Indians go back to the polls for a general election, which must be called by May next year. Petrol bomb thrown at Suu Kyi's lakeside villa: Myanmar govt BURMA: A petrol bomb was thrown at the lakeside Yangon compound of Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday while she was away from her home, a government spokesman said. "It was a petrol bomb," spokesman Zaw Htay confirmed to media, without giving further details on a possible motive for a small but rare attack targeting the Myanmar democracy heroine. The petrol bomb caused minor damage. But the attack on the villa where Suu Kyi was held for long years of house arrest by the former junta is hugely symbolic. Suu Kyi has increasingly attracted the ire of the international community over her perceived failure to speak up on behalf of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim community. Nearly 700,000 Rohingya have fled a brutal military crackdown in northern Rakhine state into refugee camps in Bangladesh since August, bringing with them testimony of murder, rape and arson. BUENOS AIRES: Argentina’s government is scaling back and delaying a planned labor reform after pressure from union leaders and a violent protest over changes to pension laws late last year. Measures will be split into two or three bills to be sent to Congress from March, once the government has negotiated with opposition Peronists and with powerful union leaders, two government officials said. MUMBAI: Amidst actresses as BFFs, there have been many examples that are making headlines in the gossip columns of late. But one of the most popular ones is that of Katrina Kaif and Alia Bhatt. The unlikely pair also made an appearance together on the Vogue BFFs chat show. Amidst secrets and revelations, this was one of the funny banters that the two hotties had. Katrina Kaif and Alia Bhatt found connect when the two of them were travelling across continents during Dream Tour. While we rarely got a glimpse of it initially, their social media now is a proof of their budding friendship. During Vogue BFFs, when Alia was asked to advice Katrina on matters of heart, the Gen Y star had an interesting reply. Bhatt suggested Kaif to spend less time in the gym and focus on men. Incidentally, when earlier Alia Bhatt was asked about how she shared this rapport with Katrina Kaif, her response was fitness. On the other hand, Katrina Kaif too had an intriguing and immediate reply to her bestie’s comments. She expressed that she wants Alia to get married before her. Friday, February 2, 2018 International What is equally fascinating is that Alia Bhatt and Katrina Kaif’s ex flame Ranbir Kapoor are now co-stars. Let us also remind you that the two of 5 Here’s why Katrina Kaif told Alia Bhatt to get married first WASHINGTON: The fied information, the fourpage FBI warned Wednesday it memo -- written by has "grave concerns" over Republican lawmaker the accuracy of a secret Congressional memo that could depict the agency as Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee -- suggests that deeply politicised, as the Justice Department and President Donald Trump's the FBI abused their power top aide signalled the in running surveillance on White House would allow a member of President the document's release. Based on highly classi- Donald Trump's election campaign in 2016. them recently globetrotted across countries for the recce of their next. Alia plays Ranbir’s love interest in Ayan Mukerji’s superhero trilogy Brahmastra. FBI challenges White House over explosive Russia case memo BRUSSELS: The European Union cannot guarantee third countries will grant Britain the same benefits it currently enjoys from trade pacts and other agreements during the 21- month transition period after it quits the bloc. Diplomats in Brussels said the EU would still expect Britain to be bound by such deals during the transition, from March 30, 2019 until the end of 2020. “But we can’t guarantee that some third country, for political or other reasons, wouldn’t want to bug the UK and argue that it is out of the EU and perhaps shouldn’t have the benefits The Justice Department and the FBI have actively lobbied against its release, which has the potential to taint special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russians, an investigation that is edging closer to the president himself. EU cannot guarantee Britain's rights versus third states after Brexit from an agreement during transition,” one diplomat said. “In that case, it will be for the UK to find agreement with the country,” the diplomat told Reuters after the bloc’s executive European Commission briefed the remaining 27 EU states on the issue. Argentina's Macri downgrades labor reforms after union pressure HONG KONG: Experts have deactivated a 450kg World War II bomb found in central Hong Kong after an operation that lasted almost 24 hours. Discovery of the bomb at a construction site in the commercial and financial district of Wanchai triggered the evacuation of more than 4000 people on Wednesday night (Thursday NZ Time). It is second bomb found in the same area in four days. The find led to a deployment of police, who ordered the evacuation from buildings, the closing of shops, hotels, schools and offices, as well as a stoppage of traffic, including maritime transport services that connect the area at Victoria Harbour during part of the day and throughout Wednesday night (local time). On Thursday, police announced the bomb had been defused after officers worked through the night. The bomb was found embedded in the ground 10 metres away from where another bomb of the same President Mauricio Macri had promised more immediate and drastic changes to the country’s labor laws, widely seen as among the most costly to companies in Latin America, after his business-friendly coalition performed unexpectedly well in October’s mid-term elections. But he still does not have a congressional majority and has responded carefully to recent hostility from unions. Thousands evacuated after 450kg World War II bomb found in Hong Kong size and model, was discovered on January 27, which also prompted an evacuation until it was defused. Both explosives were dropped by the US military during World War II. The appearance of explosives such as bombs or unexploded grenades is not unusual in Hong Kong, as the city was the scene of fighting between the Japanese army, which took over the territory for almost four years, and British and American allied forces between 1941 and 1945.

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