Arts & Leisure | Theater and Movies - Stay updated with Business News, Pakistan news, Current world news and latest world news with Business Recorder Reviews, Bollywood news, hollywood news, Shah rukh khan Sat, 22 Oct 2016 16:05:30 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Meet world’s smallest touch-screen smartphone’s-smallest-touch-screen-smartphone.html’s-smallest-touch-screen-smartphone.html imageSmartphones are an absolute must have for today’s tech savvy generation, with touch screen smartphones getting larger and larger screens, a Chinese tech firm looks to reverse the trend by introducing the world's smallest touch screen device.

Meet Vphone, developed by a company formed just six years back looks like a smartwatch but works as a smartphone, reported GIZBOT.

The Vphone enjoys impressive measurements of 46.7 mm x 37.3 mm x 9.9 mm, combined with a1.54-inch display smartphone, displays time, incoming calls, messages and other useful things. Other than that it is compatible with both Android and iOS smartphones, but the company wants to get it compatible with other platforms as well, reported Android Herald.

The size makes the Vphone S8 more of a smartwatch than a regular handset, , and it can be paired with a smartphone via Bluetooth, but despite all that, it’s considered to be a phone.

The S8 looks identical to Apple Watch's dial but without the straps. The device is made out of an aluminium magnesium alloy. Power wise, it comes packed with a 380mAh battery, enough to power the tiny smartphone and circulates through a MT2502 processor. While the memory is made up of a 128MB ROM added with 64MB of RAM.

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Major websites attacked by DVR and webcam imageThe world of internet was under attack on Friday after hackers were able to cripple major internet service including Twitter, Spotify and Amazon, is believed is believed to have been orchestrated using common home devices like webcams and digital recorders.

The websites i.e. Twitter, Spotify, and Reddit were among the sites taken offline, and it is learnt that these entire internet services were customers of company called Dyn, which was the target of the attack, reported BBC.

The company, Dyn, is a DNS or Domain Name System service provider, said it began experiencing what security experts called a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack. While, reports emerged that many sites were inaccessible started on the East Coast, but as the time passed the problem spread westward, reported the New York Times.

The security analysts are of the opinion that attack was carried on using the "internet of things" - web-connected home devices.

Hackers used some thousands of these internet-connected devices that had previously been infected with a malicious code to carry on a DDoS attack. Many of the devices involved were of Chinese origin, having easy-to-guess usernames and passwords.

"Mirai scours the Web for IoT (Internet of Things) devices protected by little more than factory-default usernames and passwords," explained cybersecurity expert Brian Krebs, "and then enlists the devices in attacks that hurl junk traffic at an online target until it can no longer accommodate legitimate visitors or users."

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Ali Gul Pir roasts Indian PM in his new single ‘Modi Teri’‘modi-teri’.html‘modi-teri’.html imagePakistani singer Ali Gul Pir continues to entertain audience with his funny lyrics and rapped songs. In his latest single ‘Modi Teri’, he took a dig at Indian PM Narendra Modi for the on-going cross border tension.

The hilarious video begins with a breaking news ticker reading ‘Modi gone mad’. On the other hand, Pir who is representing a Pakistani leader in the song is seen slamming Modi for the absurd issues he has with Pakistan.

Revealing idea behind the song, Pir told Express Tribune, “I think whatever is going on is not a Pakistan-India issue but rather, it has more to do with Modi’s mindset. And then, there are people like Anupam Kher and Adnan Sami who are supporting his stance. The song mentions all of them”.

People are going crazy over the song and social media has been flooded with funny reactions on the video.



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]]> (Asfia Afzal) Lifestyle Sat, 22 Oct 2016 10:26:04 +0000
Banning Pakistani actors; Bollywood celebrities call Indian government ‘hypocrite’;-bollywood-celebrities-call-indian-government-‘hypocrite’.html;-bollywood-celebrities-call-indian-government-‘hypocrite’.html imageEver since the Cinema Owners and Exhibitors Association (COEA) decided not to screen any films starring Pakistani artistes in India, the Bollywood film industry has been suffering a lot. Among many celebrities who have raised their voice against the issue, actor Abhay Deol comes up with some strong statements.

Abhay opened up about the ongoing controversy surrounding release of ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ starring , Pakistani actor Fawad Khan at the opening of the Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image (MAMI) festival. He said, “If you want to ban anything to do with Pakistan, then go the distance. Don’t just ban filmmakers. Why are you doing a half-hearted job?,” Abhay told ANI.

“They are not banning businessmen from making business. So, if you really mean what you say, then go the distance. Then I will take you seriously. Right now it is not looking like you mean it, it just looks like it gets you a lot of publicity and makes a lot of noise. I see one little thing looked at and banned and another part being left. Sounds hypocritical to me,” he added.

Director Zoya Akhtar shared the same sentiments and said, “It is very unfortunate that a film and a filmmaker gets targeted like that. He didn’t do anything wrong, he has not broken the law. Visas are being granted by the government, it’s legal for people to work here. He shot the film at a time when the situation was pleasant”.

Actress Kalki Koechlin said, “I don't want to add fuel to the fire because this thing has been going on for a long time. I personally think that we live in an international world and we have Indians living all over the world. If we asked all those NRIs to come back to India, then we would have nowhere to put them,” Times of India reported.

Directed by Karan Johar, controversial ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ will hit theatres on October 28.

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]]> (Asfia Afzal) Movies Sat, 22 Oct 2016 07:33:14 +0000
How an Indian pan masala dodged James Bond imagePierce Brosnan, famous for portraying British secret agent James Bond 007, made headlines after he was seen promoting Pan Bahar, an Indian brand of pan masala.

In an interview to People magazine, Brosnan said he was “deeply shocked and saddened” over his controversial participation in the endorsement of Pan Bahar, as he was unaware about the harmful effects of pan masala.

“As a man who has spent decades championing women’s healthcare and environmental protection, I was distressed to learn of Pan Bahar’s unauthorized and deceptive use of my image to endorse their range of pan masala products,” the statement read.

“I would never have entered into an agreement to promote a product in India that is dangerous to one’s health,” added the statement.

Days ago Indian dailies covered with front-page advertisements splashed with images of a bearded Pierce Brosnan, holding a pack of pan masala, exploded the internet.

Brosnan revealed that he was told to advertise a “breath freshener/tooth whitener,” which wouldn’t include an ingredient that turns saliva red. He explained that he was assured the product was “all-natural containing neither tobacco, supari, nor any other harmful ingredient."

The fifth actor to play James Bond actor said he demanded that the company removed his image from all their products, and offered apologies to Indians over his endorsement.

“In the meantime, please accept my sincerest and heartfelt apologies to all whom I have offended.”

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]]> (Ali Ahmed) Arts Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:32:27 +0000
Outdoor school offers hope for Islamabad's poor imageISLAMABAD: In the corner of a pristine park in an upmarket district of Islamabad, an open-air classroom run by an aging rescue-worker offers a beacon of hope to the city's poorest.

For the past 30 years, "Master" Muhammad Ayub, whose day job includes defusing bombs and putting out fires, has cycled from his office to the makeshift school to teach children from surrounding slums for free.

There are no walls, no roof and no chairs – and students dutifully rise to move en masse as the sun makes its way across the sky – it is their only source of lighting so they must follow it.

In a country where education is underfunded and 24 million children remain out of school, grey-haired Ayub, 58, is hailed as a hero for providing his charges with hope for a better future.

"I was rescued from the darkness of illiteracy by an angel in the shape of Master Ayub when I was nine and collecting firewood," Farhat Abbas, now 20, said.

Abbas now assists Ayub with classes while he studies for a bachelors degree at a local university.

Such testimonies are common among the thousands of children who attended the school, many of whom have taken up jobs in the government and businesses that would have been otherwise been out of reach.

Humble start

The story of Master Ayub's school began in 1986 when he moved to the recently-built capital from the sleepy agricultural town of Mandi Bahauddin.

With its wide boulevards arranged in a grid, stunning views of the Margalla hills and impressive monuments, Islamabad was a world away from the young man's hometown.

But, he recalls, "when I arrived, I was puzzled to see small children working in the streets, begging or cleaning cars or selling flowers and I wondered how come they have to do this in a posh capital city".

One day he came across a boy washing cars in at the market place and asked him why he wasn't in school.

"I asked him if wanted to study and he said 'yes'. Right there I gave him a notebook, a book, a pencil and an eraser and started teaching him," said Ayub, a high school graduate himself who left college before finishing his degree.

"The next day the boy brought another with him, and within a week there were 50 children in my class."

He began by teaching them in a corner of the marketplace, but was shooed away by the shopkeepers.

From there he moved to outside a government school but authorities asked him to pack up after influential people living nearby complained they were causing a nuisance.

He finally shifted to his current location in the park, which is adjacent to some of the most expensive houses in the city valued at over $1 million – but also near a slum where minority Christian families reside.


Belated recognition

Founded in 1960, Islamabad was envisaged as a city for the country's political and bureaucratic elite but has been criticised for lacking public housing for the poor, who work in menial jobs and as domestic servants for the wealthy.

As a consequence, numerous slum areas cropped up throughout the city, but because their domiciles are not legally recognised, many find it hard to get their children enrolled in registered schools.

Hina Shahbaz, 17, said she moved with her parents to Islamabad two years ago, "but because of the paperwork needed I couldn't get admitted into a school right away".

She started attending Ayub's classes, while he used his contacts among local officials built over the years to get her enrolled at a formal school.

She continues to come and help out by teaching younger students, while receiving maths tuition from her old teacher. "I like science and I want to become an engineer," she said.

The early years were hard, he says, and even came under the scanner from authorities suspicious as to why he was teaching so many Christians, believing he may be a missionary (Ayub however is a Muslim).

The suspicion and surveillance gave way to belated recognition including awards by the ministry of education in 2012 and a presidential award last year.

Ayub however, says he isn't in it for the accolades.

"I started this work because if these children do not get education, they will fall into wrong hands, become criminals or terrorists. I want them to get education and join police, army, become doctors and engineers."

As he approaches 60, he says the time has come to build a lasting legacy so that his work can be carried forward.

"Now I feel the need for building, because I want to teach computer systems to these children. I have bought some space here and built two rooms... I want to leave a facility behind after my death where these children continue to get the light of education."

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Malaysia govt orders food outlets to rename hot dogs imageThe Malaysian government has ordered food outlets to rename hot dogs, as dogs are considered unclean in Islam and should not be linked to food.

The ruling came from the Malaysian Islamic Development Department, the Malaysian government’s religious authority. If refused to do so the food outlets would be stripped from the Halal certification.

Giving the reasoning behind the move, Sirajuddin Suhaimee, the department's director, said the name might cause "confusion," reported the BBC.

"In Islam, dogs are considered unclean and the name cannot be related to halal certification," he said. The AP reported Suhaimee suggested to local media that "It is more appropriate to use the name 'pretzel sausage.' "

Even though hot dogs are not traditionally known to contain dog meat, reported SBS, the guideline goes on to explain:

"Products which use the name or synonymous names with non-halal products or confusing terms such as ham ... bacon, beer, rum, hot dog, charsiew and the like" are ineligible for halal certification in Malaysia.

However, the Malaysian public including some politicians were not pleased with government call, as the decision was opposed by Malaysian Tourism and Culture Minister Nazri Aziz.

"[Hot dogs] It's been around for so many years,” he said. “I'm a Muslim and I'm not offended… It comes from the English language. Please do not make us seem stupid and backward,” he added.

The general public is also of the view that the Malaysian government needs to tackle more serious issues than to rename hot dogs.

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]]> (Ali Ahmed) Arts Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:44:25 +0000
Aishwarya’s daughter once thought Ranbir Kapoor is her father’s-daughter-once-thought-ranbir-kapoor-is-her-father.html’s-daughter-once-thought-ranbir-kapoor-is-her-father.html imageAaradhya Bachchan is one of the most loved star kids of Bollywood. She has been spotted on various movie events and celebrities get-together with mom Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Recently, in an interview Ash revealed that Aaradhya once thought Ranbir Kapoor is her father.

In an interview to Filmfare, Aishwarya said, “We were shooting and when I FaceTimed Aaradhya, she gave Ranbir that smile. She knows him well. One day she just ran into his arms. Because he was wearing this jacket and cap like AB (Abhishek Bachchan) and he had the stubble. Thinking he’s AB, she hugged him and he was like ‘Awww’. Hiroo aunty (Johar) said, ‘Ranbir you’re a charmer’. But I understood what had happened. I asked her you thought he was Papa and she said ‘Yaaa’. Since that day she’s become a bit shy around him. Abhishek also teased Ranbir, ‘Hmmm… this one is crushing’”.

Aishwarya also revealed that Aaradhya adores Ranbir Kapoor a lot and sometimes addresses him as RK. Two share a great bond and the actor is quite fond of her daughter.

On work front, Ranbir Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai will be seen next in Karan Johar’s ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’. Ash has been stealing all the limelight from Anushka Sharma, who is playing the main lead in the movie.

The movie will hit theatres on October 28.

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]]> (Asfia Afzal) Lifestyle Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:34:26 +0000
India, Pakistan take Kashmir dispute to Bollywood imageMUMBAI: India and Pakistan's heightened tensions over Kashmir have spread to movie theatres with Bollywood shunning artists from its neighbour and Islamabad suspending Indian films in a series of tit-for-tat moves.

The nuclear-armed rivals have traded a number of entertainment-related blows since New Delhi blamed Pakistan-based militants for an attack on an Indian army base that killed 19 soldiers last month.

Pakistan has been denying the claims, terming it as deliberate eyewash by India to divert world’s attention from atrocities its forces are carrying out in the Occupied Kashmir.

Hindu nationalists have been fuelling India's crackdown with threats of violence while Pakistan's media regulators have gone all out and banned all Indian content from television and radio networks.

Prominent Indian director Karan Johar said this week that he would not cast Pakistani actors anymore after activists from Hindu nationalist party Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) threatened to attack cinemas that show his forthcoming movie.

But veteran Indian director Shyam Benegal said politics should not influence film.

"Some political interests question how you can use actors from what they call 'an enemy state' and release the film in India when the relationship is so bad between the countries," he told AFP.

"But what connection does it have? Film actors are not political beings. They are entertainers. It's completely without reason."

Johar's move came after the fringe but noisy right-wing MNS based in Bollywood's home of Mumbai said it would stall the release next Friday of "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil" because it features Pakistani heart-throb Fawad Khan.

In a short video that divided opinion, an under-pressure Johar also took great pains to stress his nationalism and pleaded with protesters not to hamper screenings as it would hurt the movie's 300-strong Indian crew.

"It was one of the saddest things I've seen because he has so much money at stake. He has to see that he doesn't lose not only money but his business," Benegal, 81, said of Johar's statement.

Indian authorities assured producers this week that no one would be allowed to disrupt screenings as police arrested 12 MNS workers for shouting slogans outside a south Mumbai cinema.

However, anti-Pakistan sentiment is expected to impact Johar's "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil" ("This Heart is Complicated"), which stars former Miss World Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Ranbir Kapoor, and other upcoming films.

Earlier this month, India's Cinema Owners and Exhibitors Association (COEA) said it would not show any films featuring Pakistani artists at single screen cinemas across four states.

The ban will also likely affect two movies starring Bollywood icon Shah Rukh Khan – "Dear Zindagi" ("Dear Life"), out next month, and "Raees" ("Wealthy"), which is due for release in January.

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Watch; Australian Army entertains audience at Wagah border;-australian-army-entertains-audience-at-wagah-border.html;-australian-army-entertains-audience-at-wagah-border.html imageAustralian Army cricket team has arrived on Pakistani soil in full style. The flag lowering ceremony was held at Wagah Border as usual, however, the presence of Australian army cricket team stole the show at the occasion.

The team praised the hospitality of Pakistani nation and said that Pakistan is safe for international cricket. They also danced their heart out to entertain the audience.

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]]> (Asfia Afzal) Arts Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:57:50 +0000
Sunny Leone promotes breast cancer awareness in a bold video imageAs part of Public Service Campaign ‘AurDikhao’, a digital media channel, Bollywood actress Sunny Leone has given every women one important message in her own way.

“Don't be embarrassed, don't be shy. A two minute test at home can save your life,” Leone explains at the end of her short film, which begins with clips of men from different walks of life trying to converse with women, and struggling to prevent their gazes from sliding downwards.

Research says breast cancer is one of the fastest rising cancer types amongst women around the globe. More than half of the cases are detected in stage 3 or 4, thus inhibiting any chances for cure.

Many Pakistani and Bollywood celebrities including Ayesha Khan, Ayeza Khan, Mahira Khan, Taapsee Pannu and singer Sunidhi Chauhan among others have been spreading awareness about the rising disease.

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