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Social Media – More of a blight than a blessing

By : | Umm e Tehniyat |   The digital world experienced spectacular growth over the past few years with number of users increasing remarkably. The internet and social media has been available in Pakistan since 1992 and has seen exponential growth ever since. The benefits of internet usage are far outreaching and cannot be denied, but the benefits can...

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There is no box

Straight edge (sometimes abbreviated sXe or signified with XXX or X) is a subculture of hardcore punk whose adherents refrain from using alcohol, tobacco and other recreational drugs, in a reaction to the excesses of punk subculture. For some, this extends to refraining from engaging in promiscuous sex, following a vegetarian or vegan diet, and/or not using caffeine or prescription...

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Arab world least bothered about Palestine

For decades, the idea of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital served as a rare and powerful rallying cry that united the Arab world. Kings and dictators stumped for it, priests and imams prayed for it, jihadists and protesters died for it, and militant groups and political parties campaigned for it — naming their television stations, boulevards and...

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Sethi’s PCB plays Beastmaster between warring elephants in T10 League tussle

With the world's first T10 cricket league all set to kick off in Sharjah from December 14, here is what you need to know about the first ever edition of the League as six teams will participate in the competition for the ultimate prize in the 10-over format of the game. As evident by its name, the revolutionary new format...

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GOOD BOY!

Dog, considered to be man's best friend, highly regarded for its loyalty, compassion and unique 'skill set' differing from breed to breed. Dogs have been bred, tamed and domesticated throughout history and are widely known to be wonderful companions, they are used to provide assistance in hunting, protection and Identification and are also used to discipline farm animals, mainly sheep,...

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Why Can’t Girls Sit At Dhabas?

By: Beena Ahmed The budding high cost ‘chai- cafes’ are sprouting in every corner of Karachi, places that allow women to have some tea in peace. But what about the old ‘quetta chai khanas’ and ‘dhabas’, what’s with the gender stereotype? Limiting  the sitting area to males and if by chance a girl feels the need to quench her thirst...

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Differentiate on finger Tips between ‘Religious Scholars’ and ‘Religious Elite’

Religion is the name of cleaning impurities. It is a mere reflection of how it renders a transformation in human mind, soul. But Alas! in Pakistan our so called 'Religious Elite' has used  religion in demonising  the weak, and distributing certificates of who is more holy. This Religious Elite enjoys a position in the Media, political platforms and more importantly ...

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3rd November 2007 Emergency: 10 years in the making, Democracy ‘then &now’

3rd November 2007 was the day what many termed as an act of treachery, face saving more precise unconstitutional. A decade ago the then President General(R) Pervez Musharraf imposed emergency, suspended the constitution and barred judges who did not comply to his extra constitutional act were put in house arrest Not only that, Media went off the air, many channels...

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100 years of Israel, The Balfour Decleration

This year marks one hundred years since the Balfour Declaration was issued and set in motion the process which led to the displacement and dispossession of millions of Palestinians over the course of ten decades. Theresa May has said that Britain is “proud of our pioneering role in the creation of the state of Israel” at a gala dinner in...

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A New Arabia, evolving Persia: Friendships, trade, ‘moderate’ Islam and espionage

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, has vowed to "return" the country to “moderate Islam” and asked for global support to transform the hardline kingdom into an open society that empowers citizens and lures investors. Welcome to a new Islam being created in the Saudi kingdom. A country where dance parties are now halal. In an interview with an...

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The Crypto Bitcoin Boom, Fact from Fiction

What is Bitcoin? It is a digital currency that is not backed up by the government. It uses peer to peer network. Bitcoin is used through digital wallets and it is not linked to any bank. Bitcoin is a risky investment, its price increases and decreases. The rising price of bitcoins is leading to a lot of questions that if...

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It’s about power, not sexuality. It’s an isolating feeling: Priyanka on Weinstein Controversy

The 35 year old Bollywood and Hollywood actress who is currently busy shooting the third season of Quantico finally comes forward with her views on sexual harassment and confirms that you can find a 'Weinstein' wherever you turn your head. "There is not just 'a Harvey Weinstein' in Hollywood, there are many. It happens everywhere." Priyanka Chopra is a strong...

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The drones are back to haunt the Af-Pak region

US drones on Friday fired missiles near Pak-Afghan border, killing at least 12 people and destroying six militant hideouts. It was the fifth such attack in as many days. At least 41 people including Jamaat-ul-Ahrar chief Umar Khalid Khorasani have been killed in the drone attacks. Senior militant commander Asad Afridi has emerged as the favorite to become the new...

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Verna Trailer Released Starring Mahira Khan-The Yay or Nay Review

A lot of hype is trolled over the success of Shoaib Mansoor’s movies due to his previous successful directions of BOL and Khuda K Liye. With the recent release of Verna’s trailer we can depict that the film revolves around the issue of female oppression. The film casts Mahira Khan and Haroon Shahid as the lead roles with Zarrar as...

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Accountability of the Sharifs amid unfolding events

By each unfolding event, it is becoming apparent that the Sharifs are in intense pressure. Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and her spouse famously known for his inflammatory speech against Ahmedis,  Captain(R) Safdar is in jeopardy as the accountability court indicted them for Aveneue Field references and Azzezia Paper Mill. Nawaz managed to escape the proceedings as his wife Begum Kulsoom...

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Harvey Weinstein: From Hollywood honcho to sexual fiend and Pakistan’s sexual harassment woes

'Sexual harassment '  in any form is unwanted and undesirable sexual behavior  that is intimidating, offensive and unpleasant . It affects people in many ways  and it's against the law. Both men or women can become sufferers of sexual harassment. If you feel  intimidation, fear, or pain when someone is harassing you then this will be considered as sexual assault....

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The Panama Limbo

Just as the court judge  Muhammad Bashir  came into the courtroom, all the lawyers that linked with PML-N 's party entered the room and encircled the judge's bench, their argument was that the security forces that were outside the court,  stopped the lawyers from entering the room. The lawyers tried to disrupt the court proceedings by blatant vandalism in turn...

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