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10 April 2018

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4 Tuesday, April 10, 2018 National Ex-female bureaucrat in Kurram Agency announces to contest election 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 CONTROVERSIES, truths and lies surround the issues related to oil in Pakistan, as is the situation elsewhere in some other oil producing and exporting countries including and especially in the Muslim world. A former oil minister was under trial on charges of financial corruption too in Pakistan. REVOLUTIONS and overthrow of regimes has taken place on oil issue: It's said that foreign companies who have technological know-how and expertise take wrong advantage of wealth of nations deprived by foreign installed governments in their war on human and natural resources of leaders and masses here and there around the world, especially the oil rich Muslim blocs run as if by chief executives of some commercial enterprise, cartels or big business corporations. BADIN crude, though of high quality and low in sulphur, has limitations for refining as it contains high percentage of wax and has to be mixed with imported crude oil. This has resulted in surplus Badin crude, to the level of 9,000-10,000 bpd, which was exported until 2005. Export of crude oil has emerged again since June 2014 as the government has allowed petroleum producers to ship surplus quantities to foreign buyers in the wake of availability of large quantities of ultra-light crude oil (condensate, coming out of gas-fields) that is difficult to process in most of local refineries. Resultantly, crude oil has now a significant share in Pakistan’s exports of the petroleum group amounting to $ 586 million in 2014-15. PRODUCTION of oil placed Pakistan on global ranking of 42nd among 98 oil-producing countries. From 10,000 bpd in 1980s, crude oil production increased to 60,000 bpd in 1990s, but remained static until the 2,000s. It was only in 2013 that oil production jumped to 80,800 bpd, By Dylan Curran Here is what the former FBI director James Comey said when he was asked back in September 2016 if he covered his laptop’s webcam with tape. “Heck yeah, heck yeah. Also, I get mocked for a lot of things, and I am much mocked for that, but I hope people lock their cars ... lock your doors at night. I have an alarm system, if you have an alarm system you should use it, I use mine.” If he does, we all should. Who could be accessing your camera and microphone? Apps like WhatsApp, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Viber. Felix Krause described in 2017 that when a user grants an app access to their camera and microphone, the app could do the following: Access both the front and the back camera; record you at any time the app is in the foreground; take pictures and videos without telling you; upload the pictures and videos without telling you; upload the pictures/videos it takes immediately; run real-time face recognition to detect facial features or expressions; live-stream the camera on to the internet; detect if the user is on their phone alone, or watching together with a second person; upload random frames of the video stream to your web service and run a proper face recognition software which can find existing photos of you on the internet and create a 3D model based on your face. For instance, here’s a Find my Phone application which a documentary maker installed on a phone, then let someone steal it. After the person stole it, the original owner spied on every aspect of every moment of the thief’s life through the phone’s camera and microphone. The documentary tracks every move of this person, from brushing their teeth, to going to work. To grabbing a bite to eat with their co-worker, to intimate moments with a loved one. This is the power of apps that have access to your camera and microphone. Edward Snowden revealed an NSA program called Optic Nerves. The operation was a bulk surveillance program under which they captured webcam images every five minutes from Yahoo users’ video chats and then stored them for future use. It is estimated that between 3 per cent and 11 per cent of the images captured contained “undesirable nudity”. Government security agencies like the NSA can also have access to your devices through inbuilt backdoors. This means that these security agencies can tune in to your phone calls, read your messages, capture pictures of you, stream videos of you, read your EDITORIAL Where is heavy load of oil and cash going even today? OPINION having achieved a high of 98,000 bpd in November 2014. Crude oil production registered 91,000 bpd in May 2015 and 93,000 bpd in June 2015. PITIFULLY, Pakistan's share in total consumption of oil was about 10% until 1980s. Where does that other heavy load of oil goes? It needs a probe. It's said that foreign oil companies give a paltry single digit percentage to government and reaps most of the other financial and non financial rewards. One reason is that foreign companies have some know how, equipment and technology they won't give, except one way terms not favorable to Pakistan. If properly held accountable, Pakistan can save on double digit billions in oil import, satisfy domestic demands from internal oil production, and even export surplus oil to other countries. Present indigenous oil meets about 23% of total national demand of the oil refineries in the country. An integrated network of pipeline exists for transportation of indigenous crude oil to the refineries. Indeed, the availability of indigenous crude oil expands the opportunity to meet growing demand of oil and to reduce Pakistan's dependence on imports, but it is imperative for the government to accord high priority to developing the sector expeditiously. It may be advisable for the government to revisit the Petroleum Exploration & Production Policy in vogue, since discoveries are correlated with drilling efforts. Question that arises since many decades past up to now: Where is heavy load of oil and cash going? Iranians demonstrated and toppled their imperial majesty on issues that included oil and revenue and its exploitation by foreign companies. Same is the situation in many Arab nations in Middle East and Gulf countries. Answers to this question are expected by many nations from respective rulers! Are your phone camera and microphone spying on you? Digital mindfulness will help you to be careful on the internet, and take precautionary measures that will save pain and potential ruin in the future emails, steal your files ... at any moment they please. Hackers can also gain access to your device with extraordinary ease via apps, PDF files, multimedia messages, and even emojis. An application called Metasploit on the ethical hacking platform Kali uses an Adobe Reader 9 (which over 60 per cent of users still use) exploit to open a listener (rootkit) on the user’s computer. You alter the PDF with the program, send the user the malicious file, they open it, and hey presto — you have total control over their device remotely. Once a user opens this PDF file, the hacker can then: Install whatever software/app they like on the user’s device; use a key logger to grab all of their passwords; steal all documents from the device; take pictures and stream videos from their camera; capture past or live audio from the microphone; upload incriminating images/documents to their PC, and notify the police; and, if it’s not enough that your phone is tracking you; surveillance cameras in shops and streets are tracking you, too. You might even be on this website, InSeCam, which allows ordinary people online to watch surveillance cameras free of charge. It even allows you to search by location, city, time zone, device manufacturer, and specify whether you want to see a kitchen, bar, restaurant or bedroom. How would we feel, if someone were standing outside our bedroom window, staring in through the curtains. The most common response would be to call the police. However, what do we do when everyone is being monitored? We shake our head, and try to forget it’s happening. Try to go on with our lives and ignore the constant nag that we’re being watched. If this article achieves anything, I hope it teaches you digital mindfulness. This is the act of being careful on the internet, and taking precautionary measures to save yourself pain and potential ruin in the future, all because you didn’t install an anti-virus or put a little bit of tape over your camera. A good first step to counteracting these issues is study what permissions an app asks for. Does an app like LinkedIn really require camera access? Does an app like Twitter really require microphone access? Before you download an app, check out the reviews and search for any negative information about it to prevent yourself future harm. Always make sure to cover your webcam with tape, and plug out your microphones when you’re done using them. You never know who’s watching, or what’s happening in the background on your device. It’s only paranoia until it’s too late. PARACHINAR: A tribal woman from Parac¬hinar established her election office on Saturday with the plans to stand as a candidate in the upcoming elections for a National Assembly’s general seat from the Kurram Agency. Ali Begum, 63, is a retired bureaucrat from the QUETTA: Earthquake of 3.3 magnitudes on Richter Scale jolted the different areas of Balochistan. According to details, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and has also served on influential positions both in Fata and Khyber Pakhtun¬khwa. While addressing the attendees at her inauguration ceremony, Begum highlighted the importance of women playing their key Quake tremors were felt in the areas of Loralai, Qilla Saifullah, Muslim Bagh including othe rparts of the province. People rushed out of role in the society. She said that only the locals can successfully resolve their internal issues and that her candidacy would have a lasting impact and will prove as a step forward in restoring peace in the region. A large number of people attended the ceremony and praised her decision Earth Quake of 3.3 magnitude jolts various parts of Balochistan Naeem Ahmed JACOBABAD: The 26th birthday anniversary of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf [PTI] leader Jacobabad chapter was celebrated with enthuse at Pathan House, here on Monday. According to details, a cake was cut down by Mr Raaz Khan Pathan, the district information secretary PTI Jacobabad, to celebrate his 26th birthday anniversary. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Pathan expressed his deep pleasure and thanked the participants who attended his celebration program. Imran Durrani, the divisional leader Dadu, Mir Raja Khan Jakhrani, Moula Bakhsh Soomro, the district president PTI Jacobabad, Mir Nawab Laghari, the senior vice president youth Jacobabad, Abdul Rahman Afridi, the taluka president their house while reciting Kalma Tayyabah. Epicenter of quake was 85km far from North West of Loralai and focal depth of quake was 85km. 26th Birthday Anniversary celebrates Fire erupts Naeem Ahmed SHIKARPUR: Three incidents of fire reported in Lakhi Ghulam Shah and Khanpur tehsils of Shikarpur in which five houses damaged, other valuables burnt to ashes and siblings sustained burn injuries in three different incidents of fire, here on Monday. According to reports, a fire erupted in the house of Allah Dino Mirani from Kitchen which engulfed three other houses of Shahzado Mirani, Jalal Shaikh and Jameel Shaikh owing to which siblings baby Bukhtawar and Abbas Ali son of Allah Dino Mirani sustained burnt injuries while all the precious valuables kept in the houses were burnt to ashes near Lakhi Ghulam Shah. Following on the information fire fighters put out the fire after hectic efforts and injured siblings moved to tehsil headquarters hospital Lakhi Ghulam Shah for medical attention. Secondly, a fire also erupted in the house of Mir Hassan Mirani from Kitchen at village Safdar Hussain Jatoi in Khanpur tehsil due to which all the valuable kept in the house were burnt to ashes. Separately, a fire erupted at an open agricultural place where a huge amount of wheat was stored when children mistakenly lit the fire near stored wheat, which resulting, a huge amount of wheat was burnt to ashes, immediately. As a result of fire land owner named Abdul Haque Pahore will have to bear loss of millions of Rupees. Abdul Rauf, SUKKUR: Schedule for the Ninth and Matric Class annual practical exams has been issued, according to an announcement issued by examination controller BISE Sukkur. Practical Union of Journalists, Waheed Phulpoto, senior journalist and other notable of the city and civil society leaders gave congratulations to Mr Khan on his 26th birth anniversary and prayed to Almighty Allah for his health and happiness. The number of party workers and the relatives of Mr Khan participated in the party and gave congratulations on the eve of his 26th birthday. exams will be held at all examination centers of Sukkur Board. Practical exams of Ninth and Matric class including chemistry, biology, physics, food and nutrition, clothing and textile from 10th of April 2018. and bravery for contesting in the elections. Shahid Kazmi, a political activist in Kurram Agency, said that Begum was a symbol of unity in the region and an inspiration for many tribal women. Begum further stressed about the need for harmony and unity in tribal areas as only then can the development and prosperity of Kurram Agency will reach new highs. She added that one of the pressing issues in the region are the difficulties encountered by the local women and she aims to do her best to eradicate this problem. She expressed hope that people in the tribal belt, especially women, would encourage and support her. Balochistan Assembly to meet today QUETTA: Session of Balochistan Assembly has been summoned by the Governor Balochistan on Tuesday 10th April(today) at 4pm in the provincial assembly building. Legislation and other matters will be on agenda of the session. District Courts Rawalpindi security to be enhanced RAWALPINDI: Deputy Commissioner Rawalpindi Talat Mehmood Gondal has directed the concerned department to make foolproof security measures for District Courts Rawalpindi. “District Courts Rawalpindi security should be enhanced after minimizing the entry points that currently present large in number” he stated this while addressing a Jalsa held inconnection with the security of District Courts Rawalpindi. Deputy Commissioner has established a six member committee consists of special branch, police, civil defence, assistant commission and secretary central bar association for the improving security of district court. BISE Sukkur board 9th, 10th class date sheet 2018 Sukkur April 09, 2018: Commissioner Sukkur Division Dr. Muhammad Usman Chachar will conduct a meeting in District Council Hall Sukkur on 10th of April, in respect of Sindh Sales Tax. KP Food Authority Bans slaughtering of underage animals PESHAWAR: Underage animals slaughtering would be banned as it leads to genocide of animals. In this connection , KP Food Authority issued a notification on Monday.Director Technical KP food authority Dr Abdul Sattar Shah commented over the ban that butchers slaughtering underage animals and mix it up with mutton causing adulteration. He said that KP food authority intended to preserve animals generations and underage slaughtering is a damage to this noble cause. The Notification issued after a brief meeting of research committee includes several other items to be banned. LARKANA: Activists of Rind Qaumi Ittehad Party are holding protest demonstration for acceptance of their demands, at Jinnah Bagh roundabout.

Russia, Syria say Israeli warplanes hit Syrian military airport AMMAN: Russia and Syria say Israeli warplanes struck an air base in the Syrian province of Homs and that Syrian air defense systems shot down five of eight missiles fired. The Interfax news agency cited the Russian Defence Ministry as saying Monday that two Israeli F- 15 warplanes carried out strikes from Lebanese air space on the T-4 air base on Sunday. "Two F-15 planes of the Israeli army hit the airbase between 03:25 am and 03:53 am Moscow time (0025 GMT and 0053 GMT) with the help of eight missiles controlled remotely from Lebanese territory, without entering Syrian air space," Russia’s Defense Ministry said. The Russian military WASHINGTON: North Korea has told the United States for the first time that it is prepared to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula when North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets President Donald Trump, a U.S. official said on Sunday. U.S. and North Korean officials have held secret contacts recently in which Pyongyang directly confirmed its willingness to hold the unprecedented summit, the official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity. noted that Syrian air defense systems had shot down five of the eight missiles fired. Earlier, Syria's official SANA news agency reported that the US was suspected of launching a missile attack on the T-4 military airport in Homs that killed and wounded several people after US President Donald Trump promised a “big The communications, still at a preliminary stage, have involved State Department officials talking price” to be paid for what he said was a chemical weapons attack in the Arab country. The Syrian state media later reported that the deadly attack was carried out by Israeli warplanes. "The Israeli attack on the T-4 airport was carried out with F-15 aircraft that fired several missiles from above to North Korea apparently through its United Nations mission, and intelligence officers from both sides Lebanese territory," a Syrian military source was quoted by SANA. The US and France had vowed a "strong, joint response" to the allegation of the chemical attack, which came in the wake of the Syrian Army's push to drive out last remnants of terrorists from Douma. The alleged chemical North Korea tells U.S. it is prepared to discuss denuclearization H U M B O L D T , S A S K AT C H E WA N : Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined religious and community leaders at an emotional vigil on Sunday night to honor the 15 members of a junior ice hockey team killed in a bus crash that shocked the hockey-loving nation. Hundreds of people including National Hockey League (NHL) players attended the vigil at the Elgar Petersen Arena, home of the Humboldt Broncos club at the center of one of the worst disasters to hit Canada’s sporting community. “We’re here behind you. We will be here for you,” Rob Muench, mayor of the small farming town of Humboldt in Saskatchewan province, told the gathering. “We will get through this.” Fourteen other members of the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team were injured in the accident, which occurred as the team was traveling to a league playoff game in the town of Nipawin, about 200 km (125 miles) northeast of Humboldt, on Friday. The bus collided with a semi-trailer truck. Canadian police are looking into road, weather and vehicle conditions. Former NHL star Sheldon Kennedy was among those who were expected to attend the vigil, along with former players Bob Wilkie and Peter Soberlak. using a separate backchannel, the official said. Until now, the United States had relied mostly on ally South Korea’s assurance of Kim’s intentions. South Korean envoys visited Washington last month to convey Kim’s invitation to meet. Trump, who has exchanged bellicose threats with Kim in the past year, surprised the world by quickly agreeing to meet Kim to discuss the crisis over Pyongyang’s development of nuclear weapons capable of hitting the United States. Fighting social injustice Trudeau attends emotional vigil as important as fighting for Canada bus crash victims abortion: pope VATICAN CITY: Iran tells Trump he would regret dropping nuclear deal TEHRAN: Donald Trump will regret it if he pulls out of the nuclear deal with Iran, President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday, warning the U.S. president that Tehran’s response would be stronger than he thinks. U.S. sanctions that were lifted under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) of 2015 will resume unless Trump waives them again on May 12. Trump has effectively set that as a deadline for European powers to “fix the terrible flaws” of the deal. “The new U.S. president - who has big claims and many ups and downs in his words and actions - has been trying for 15 months to break the JCPOA ... but the structure of the JCPOA is so strong that it has not been shaken by such quakes,” Rouhani said in a speech broadcast live on state television. “Iran will not violate the nuclear deal, but if the United States withdraws from the deal, they will surely regret it. Our response will be stronger than what they imagine and they would see that within a week.” Iran has warned that it would ramp up its nuclear program if the JCPOA collapses, to achieve a more advanced level than before the deal. Rouhani was speaking as Tehran marked National Nuclear Technology Day and unveiled what it said were its latest nuclear achievements including a nuclear battery and centrifuges for the oil industry. Rouhani said Iran has been preparing for every possible scenario, including a JCPOA without the United States - which would still include European signatories, China and Russia - or no deal at all. Pope Francis said on Monday that Catholics should not give “excessive importance” to certain Church rules while disregarding others, urging opponents of abortion to show equal passion for the lives of the poor and oppressed. The pope made his appeal in a major document known as an Apostolic Exhortation called “Gaudete et Exsultate” (Rejoice and be Glad), a 100-page booklet on how people can be holy in a modern world filled with secular distractions and materialism. In it, he urged people to try to be “the saint next door” by doing good and living the Gospel as best they could, keeping charity and mercy, rather than rigid rules, at the center of their lives. JEDDAH: When Amirah al-Turkistani left Boston in 2015 after earning a graduate degree, friends mocked her decision to ship her beloved pistachio-colored bicycle back home to Saudi Arabia. “They told me, ‘What will you do with it in Jeddah, hang it on the wall?’” she laughed, referring to her hometown on the Red Sea coast. Riding in public was unthinkable at the time in the deeply conservative Muslim kingdom, where religious police patrolled public spaces to enforce modest dress, bans on music and alcohol, prayer-time store closures and the mixing of unrelated men and women. Fast forward three years andAmirah is riding regularly on the seaside corniche, attack on Saturday in the militant-held town of Douma in the Eastern Ghouta region left dozens dead and drew international condemnation from various countries and international bodies. Damascus, in a statement released late on Saturday, strongly rejected the allegation of using chemical munitions and said that the socalled Jaish al-Islam Takfiri terrorist group, which has dominant presence in Douma, was repeating the accusations “in order to accuse the Syrian Arab army, in a blatant attempt to hinder the Army’s advance.” Moscow also rejected the accusations against the Syrian government as bogus reports and warned of consequences of an attack on Damascus. Orban's party signals crackdown after victory in Hungary BUDAPEST: Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party signalled on Monday it could push on quickly with legislation to crack down on organisations promoting migrant rights as soon as parliament reconvenes after PM Viktor Orban’s sweeping election victory. The right-wing nationalist projected himself as a saviour of Hungary’s Christian culture against Muslim migration into Europe, an image which resonated with more than 2.5 million voters, especially in rural areas. His Fidesz party won a two-thirds majority for the third time straight time in Sunday’s election, meaning he again has the powers to change constitutional laws - potentially paving the way for further friction with the European Union. The victory could embolden Orban to put more muscle into a Central European alliance against EU migration policies, working with other right-wing nationalists in Poland and Austria, and further expose cracks in the 28- nation bloc. MUMBAI: Producer Ekta Kapoor on Monday revealed that she has roped in actress Karishma Tanna to play a ‘naagin’ in her show Naagin 3. Ekta welcomed the actress on board for the show via a social media post. “Here comes the first naagin! Karishma Tanna, welcome to ‘Naagin 3’! Coming soon on Colors,” Ekta tweeted on Monday. She also shared the first look of the character essayed by Karishma, who sports an all-black ensemble, bold silver jewelry and a face done heavily with make-up. The poster’s backdrop has a gothic feel to it. Naagin 3 will reportedly feature three ‘naagins’, and two more actors who will be a part of the show are yet to be revealed. The show’s first season had starred Mouni Roy, who was also a part of the second season. Not too long ago, Colors channel had shared a promo of the new season with a caption that read, “Gear up for another exciting season of the biggest blockbuster, #Naagin3! Coming soon only on Colors.” Quite a few big names Tuesday, April 10, 2018 International 5 Naagin 3: Ekta Kapoor reveals Karishma Tanna’s look in the show 'Smile and nod': Latin American leaders brace for tense Trump visit WASHINGTON/LIMA : U.S. President Donald Trump, who has disparaged Latin American countries over immigration, narcotics and trade, heads to the region this week for a summit that diplomats say is likely to be awkward and tense. Trump will arrive in the Peruvian capital, Lima, on Friday for the Summit of the Americas with an agenda of encouraging commercial ties and urging allies to take a hard line on Venezuela, according to U.S. officials who briefed reporters on the trip. But the U.S. president’s divisive rhetoric and fraught relationships with leaders such as Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto make it unlikely he will make big strides toward his goals, experts said. “He is going in profoundly unpopular in the region, and that obviously complicates the ability of leaders to work with him,” said Mark Feierstein, who managed hemispheric issues for President Barack Obama’s White House, and is now an adviser with the Albright Stonebridge Group. Russian PM orders govt to draw up response to U.S. sanctions: Ifax alone or with her husband and children. On the bike, the 30-yearold wears an abaya, the loose-fitting, full-length robe symbolic of religious faith and still required public dress for Saudi women. But instead of traditional black, she chooses from a range of pastels she designed herself, trimmed with lace and sporting patches of bright colors. “Jeddah today isn’t the same as Jeddah five, six years ago,” she said. “The scrutiny on clothes (has eased), there’s more places to go, working opportunities for women are the same as for men.” Saudi Arabia, which for decades seemed irreparably stuck in the past, is now changing by the day. plan to support entities included on the U.S. sanctions list, news agency said. The United States imposed major sanctions on Friday against Russian MOSCOW: Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Monday ordered his government to draw up possible retaliatory steps after US on Friday imposed new sanctions on businessmen, Moscow, the Interfax news agency reported. Medvedev called the new U.S. sanctions unacceptable and illegitimate, saying Russia reserves the right to respond, Interfax reported. Medevedev also ordered the government to draw up a Under a reform program aimed at modernizing the kingdom and transforming its economy away from oil, 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has eased social restrictions, clipping the wings of the religious police, sponsoring public concerts and ending a nearly 40-year ban on commercial cinemas. The government has also announced plans to allow companies and government officials, striking at allies of President Vladimir Putin in one of Washington’s most aggressive moves to punish Moscow for its alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and other “malign activity.” Cycling in Jeddah: Saudi women embrace change women to drive cars starting this summer, and Amirah is raring to hit the road. “It’s not like I want to drive just because I want to drive,” she said. “It’s a need.”

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