SRINAGAR: In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred five more Kashmiri youth in Shopian district on Thursday.
The troops martyred the youth during a cordon and search operation in Sugoo Hendhama area of the district. The operation was going on till last reports came in. Indian police and troops have sealed all entry and exit points of the area.
The occupation authorities have suspended internet service in the district.
This is third violent operation in Shopian since Sunday. During these operations, the troops have martyred fourteen youth and injured dozens others besides destroying several houses.
Minister for Kashmir Affairs Ali Amin Gandapur has condemned Indian occupied forces have escalated atrocities in Kashmir and Kashmiri youth are being martyred daily under the guise of house-to-house search.
In a statement, he said incidents of extrajudicial killings have increased to a dangerous level in the Indian Occupied Kashmir and the world community should take notice of this.
The Minister said almost ten months have passed since the lockdown was imposed in Occupied Kashmir and the people of the area are forced to live in the world’s largest prison at a time when the global community has failed to tolerate a lockdown amidst COVID-19.
He urged the world community to raise its voice against the ongoing prejudice against Muslims by India. He said Hindu extremist fascist ideology and intentions have taken a dangerous turn in India which pose a serious threat to the security of the entire region.
North Korea rebuked Washington on Thursday for criticising its decision to cut communication links with Seoul, warning it to stay out of inter-Korean affairs if it wanted to ensure a smooth presidential election.
In a statement carried by the KCNA news agency, a senior North Korean foreign ministry official slammed the “double-dealing attitudes” of the US as “disgusting”.
Washington should “hold its tongue and mind its internal affairs first”, said Kwon Jong Gun, director general of the Department of US Affairs, if it wanted to avoid experiencing a “hair-raiser” and ensure the “easy holding” of November’s presidential vote.
The implicit threat comes just a day before the two-year anniversary of the landmark summit in Singapore where Kim Jong Un shook hands with Donald Trump, becoming the first North Korean leader to meet a sitting US president.
Negotiations over the North’s nuclear programme have been deadlocked since the collapse of a second Trump-Kim meeting in Hanoi last year over what Pyongyang would be willing to give up in exchange for sanctions relief.
Analysts say it has taken no substantive steps towards giving up its weapons but the impasse has left Pyongyang frustrated over the lack of concessions.
It has increasingly turned its anger towards Seoul rather than Washington, carrying out a series of weapons tests in recent months.
Since last week it has issued a series of vitriolic denunciations of the South, and on Tuesday announced it was cutting all official communication links with its neighbour.
The US State Department said it was “disappointed” by the decision.
Seoul and Washington are security allies and the US stations 28,500 troops in the South to protect it from its neighbour.
Pyongyang is subject to multiple UN Security Council sanctions over its banned weapons programmes but has carried out a series of tests in recent months — often describing them as multiple launch rocket systems, although Japan and the US have called them ballistic missiles.
A panoramic photograph of British World War Two military vehicles deep inside a shipwreck sees German photographer Tobias Friedrich named as Underwater Photographer of the Year 2018.
Friedrich’s photograph, taken off the coast of Ras Mohammed in Egypt, triumphed over 5,000 underwater pictures entered by photographers from across the world.
‘Cycle War’ was taken in Egypt and shows Norton 16H motorbikes loaded in the SS Thistlegorm, with soldierfish schooling above.
“I’ve had this image in mind for a few years, but it is impossible to capture in one photo, because there is not space inside the wreck to photograph this scene in a single frame,” explains Friedrich. “My solution was take a series of pictures and stitch them together as a panorama.”
Chair of the judges, Peter Rowlands, added: “This is a quite extraordinary shot which must be viewed as large as possible. The artistic skill is in visualising such an image, and the photographic talent is in achieving it.”
Grant Thomas won the title of British Underwater Photographer of the Year. His image of swans, titled ‘Love Birds’, was taken in Scotland’s Loch Lomond.
Waiting in the waters of the lake, Thomas’s patience paid off. “The swans were searching for food. I just had to wait for that perfect moment of synchronicity.”
The competition: had 11 categories, testing photographers with themes such as Macro, Wide Angle, Behaviour and Wreck Photography, as well as three categories for photos taken in British waters.
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The Leuser Ecosystem is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in northern Sumatra and one of the largest single continuous blocks of tropical rainforest left in the whole of south-east Asia. It is also home to the orangutan, one of the region’s most endangered species.
Despite Leuser’s World Heritage status, it is under continued threat from deforestation by palm-oil plantations, affecting both the fragile ecosystem and critically endangered iconic wildlife.
Photographer Charlie Dailey travelled to Sumatra to document the efforts to relocate orangutans in immediate danger.
The rainforests are the natural habitat of the Sumatran orangutan. A large proportion of the population lives in the borders of Leuser, with the highest density in the lower peat-swamp regions of Tripa, Kleut and Sinkhil – primary tropical forest with canopies up to 40ft (12m) high.
When a palm-oil company moves into an area, large swathes of forests are felled to make way for plantations. To plant on the waterlogged peat-land the companies have to create drainage canals. The orangutans are displaced as the trees of old-growth forests are burned.
Palm oil is used in approximately 50% of supermarket products, from food and snack manufacturing to cosmetics and pharmaceutical products.
Dr Ian Singleton, director of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP), has been working with orangutans in Sumatra for more than 20 years and is committed to their preservation, which means, among other things, confiscating those illegally taken as pets and returning them to the wild.
The SOCP team also focuses on rescuing and relocating wild orangutans that have become isolated from their natural habitat. Once rehabilitated, these are released back into the wild.
The SOCP is creating two new viable satellite breeding populations in the hope of safeguarding the species. To date more than 350 have been released into the new sites.
One of the SOCP’s field teams had been alerted to the presence of a mother and baby located in a high-risk area of Tripa, one of the most heavily deforested regions of Leuser.
The pair had been hemmed into a tiny part of surviving forest, surrounded by palm-oil plantations. The team was able to sedate them safely so that they could be taken to a safe forest site in Jambi, where they were released.
As the rescued pair disappeared into the canopy, Dr Singleton said if the Leuser ecosystem could not be protected from the palm-oil companies and further industrialisation, the Sumatran orangutan would become extinct in the wild.
All photographs copyright Charlie Dailey.
The Lux Style Awards (LSA) recently released their nominations for 18 entertainment categories, 12 of which are open for voting. The remaining 10 fashion categories were announced later.
All nominations have been shortlisted and the voting is now closed. Ahead of the prestigious awards, which are scheduled to be held sometime during next month, here’s a list of who we think should win and why.
– FILM –
Who we think should win: Punjab Nahi Jaungi
Who we think will win: Punjab Nahi Jaungi
No surprises here. This Humayun Saeed, Mehwish Hayat-starrer emerged as the biggest movie of 2017 with its strong plot and rock solid, super entertaining story line.
Who we think should win:
Humayun Saeed for Punjab Nahi Jaungi
Who we think will win: Humayun Saeed for Punjab Nahi Jaungi
Humayun sure made for a very convincing Fawad Khagga, perfecting the look and accent down to a tee. And let’s not to forget that power-packed moustache!
Who we think should win: Uzma Hassan for Arth – The Destination
Who we think will win: Mahira Khan for Verna
While Uzma was practically the only saving grace in the poorly structured Shaan Shahid directorial, we strongly believe Mahira will be taking the trophy for Best Actress this year.
Best Film Director
Who we think should win: Nadeem Beyg for Punjab Nahi Jaungi
Who we think will win: Nadeem Beyg for Punjab Nahi Jaungi
Nadeem ticked all the right boxes with Punjab Nahi Jaungi and we believe he rightfully deserve this award. With perfect amount of entertainment, emotions and visuals, he surely gave us a treat with this family film.
Best Supporting Actor (Film)
Who we think should win: Ali Rizvi for Chupan Chupai
Who we think will win: Javed Sheikh for Na Maloom Afraad 2
Chupan Chupai was definitely an unexpected surprise. With its fresh cast, brilliant at what they do, we hope to see Ali take this award at LSA. But we do have a strong feeling that veteran Javed might usurp it from him. Guess only time will tell…
Best Supporting Actress (Film)
Who we think should win: Sadaf Kanwal for Balu Mahi
Who we think will win: Urwa Hocane for Punjab Nahi Jaungi
Sadaf proved she was more than just eye candy in the Osman Khalid Butt and Ainy Jaffri-starrer, Balu Mahi. Surely, the supermodel sure deserves an accolade for holding her own in the movie. However, this just might go in favour of Urwa’s character Durdana from Punjab Nahi Jaungi.
Best Singer Male (Film)
Who we think should win: Sahir Ali Bagga for Murshid Jee in Arth – The Destination
Who we think will win: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan for Sawaar De in Arth – The Destination
While all the nominees some very good vocals, we feel Sahir Ali Bagga’s Murshid Jee deserves to win the most. However, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s classical might just take the trophy with Sawaar De. In any case, the win will be for Arth – The Destination. The film needs this as redemption, considering it fared so poorly at the box office.
Best Singer Female (Film)
Who we think should win: Aima Baig for Kaif O Suroor in Na Maloom Afraad 2
Who we think will win: Aima Baig for Kaif O Suroor of Na Maloom Afraad 2
Kaif O Suroor was not only a visual hit (all thanks to Sadaf Kanwal’s moves) but it also managed to introduce people to Aima’s powerhouse vocals. We think this number will definitely do well at the Lux Style Awards and it rightly deserves to.
– MUSIC –
Album of the Year
Who we think should win: Elhaam by Sounds of Kolachi
Who we think will win: Wajd by Hadiqa Kiyani
We have no doubts that Kiyani’s latest offering is culturally diverse but we think that Sounds of Kolachi deserves this one.
Singer of the Year
Who we think should win: Abid Brohi for The Sibbi Song
Who we think will win: Ali Hamza, Ali Sethi and Waqar Ehsan for Tinak Dhin
The Sibbi Song and Tinak Dhin were the biggest hits of 2017. Hailing from a small town, Abid truly deserves this award since his song went viral. However, Tinak Dhin, being from Coke Studio, could easily take the trophy since everyone is still humming it.
Best Music Video Director
Who we think should win: Qamar Anwer for Kasani
Who we think will win: Taimoor Salahuddin for Chan Kithan
We believe Qamar should bag this title for the very creative street-style video that he directed for Kasani. However, considering Taimoor’s talent and Mira Sethi’s dream sequence in the video, Chan Kithan might just be it.
Best Emerging Talent
Who we think should win: Badnam for Khwaja ke Diwani
Who we think will win: Kashmir for Kaghaz ka Jahaz
Pepsi Battle of the Bands finalists, Badnaam and Kashmir are our picks for the category of Best Emerging Talent. While Badnaam may have a more local flavour, Kashmir just might be the more modern sound, and that’s what might make them take the accolade home!
– TV –
Best TV Play
Who we think should win: Sang E Mar Mar
Who we think will win: Baaghi
Sang E Mar Mar broke social taboos in the best way possible, hence we think it should be named as the best TV play. However, Saba Qamar’s Baaghi just might take the edge with its massive TRPs and the Qandeel Baloch controversy backing it up.
Best TV Actor
Who we think should win: Adnan Siddiqui in Sammi
Who we think will win: Ahad Raza Mir in Yakeen ka Safar
We love anything and everything Adnan Siddiqui and are rooting for him. But Ahad Raza Mir might emerge as the clear choice. May the best man win…
Best TV Actress
Who we think should win: Saba Qamar in Baaghi
Who we think will win: Saba Qamar in Baaghi
Come on… there are simply no questions here.
Best TV Director
Who we think should win: Ahsan Talish for Alif Allah Aur Insan
Who we think will win: Farooq Rind for Baaghi
In a very subtle manner, Alif Allah Aur Insaan has managed to touch many important subjects and we have Ahsan to credit for that. However, Baaghi, again, might just pull a clean sweep.
Who we think should win: Mustafa Afridi for Sang E Mar Mar
Who we think will win: Qaisara Hayat for Alif Allah aur Insan
Sang E Mar Mar had a flawless write up which revolved around revenge, grudges and hatred. But we think Qaisara from Alif Allah Aur Insan can end up winning for its brilliant plot.
Who we think should win: Sahir Ali Bagga for O Rangreza
Who we think will win: Shuja Haider for Baaghi
Sahir Ali Bagga’s soulful voice for Saba Qamar’s recent venture Baaghi is powerful, emotional and ticks all the right boxes. However, Shuja Haider can emerge as the winner for the night with his OST for Bilal Abbas and Sajal Aly starrer, O Rangreza.
– FASHION –
Model of the Year (Female)
Who we think should win: Sadaf Kanwal
Who we think will win: Sadaf Kanwal
The timeless model continues to ravage runways and magazine covers alike, with her extremely original style and signature brows.
Model of the Year (Male)
Who we think should win: Shahzad Noor
Who we think will win: Hasnain Lehri
The hunk just happens to have the avant-garde wow factor that is scarce in Pakistani male models. He happens to effortlessly ace desi as well as angraizi looks with finesse. A two-time LSA winner has what it takes!
Achievement in Fashion Design – Pret
Who we think should win: Chapter 2 by Khaadi
Who we think will win: Generation
Brimming with innovation, this brand by Khaadi speaks to the youth of Pakistan. From bright tones to lax fitting, Chapter 2 is trendy while being ultra comfy.
Achievement in Fashion Design – Luxury Pret
Who we think should win: Misha Lakhani
Who we think will win: Elan
Fusing minimal aesthetic to classy silhouettes, Misha’s offerings are all about understated elegance.
Achievement in Fashion Design – Bridal
Who we think should win: Faraz Manan
Who we think will win: Faraz Manan
Fearless with his cuts and designs, this experimental designer has managed to bag a Bollywood fan base too.
Achievement in Fashion Design – Lawn
Who we think should win: Sana Safinaz
Who we think will win: Elan
The designer duo whose been there, done that for years now seems to have grasped exactly what the consumer requires to look polished, yet feminine.
Best Menswear Designer
Who we think should win: HSY
Who we think will win: Amir Adnan
HSY is the flag bearer of contemporary fashion and his androgynous styles are exactly what the doctor ordered.
Best Emerging Talent
Who we think should win: Saheefa Jabbar Khatak
Who we think will win: Saheefa Jabbar Khatak
A source of inspiration to countless, this up-and-coming model is not just fit for fashion campaigns but is a success story every commoner could learn from.
This piece is complied by:
FILMS: Rahul Aijaz
TV: Rida Lodhi
Music: Shaheera Anwar
Fashion: Manaal Khurram