Khursheed Shah says Pakistan’s foreign policy failed to make an impact

SUKKUR: Opposition Leader Khursheed Shah on Tuesday criticised the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) for not appointing a foreign minister earlier on in its tenure.

While speaking to media in Sukkur, Shah said that “Now, the failure of foreign policies has come to the forefront.” The country’s foreign police failed to make an impact, he remarked.

Shah said that Pakistan has been fighting terrorists from the start yet it is being called a ‘terrorist’ state.

Speaking about former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, he said that Nawaz had earlier said that he will accept the verdict of the court. However, now Nawaz is backtracking from his statement, he added,

Shah also said that Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has worked tremendously to improve the lives of people in Sindh. “People’s incomes witnessed a 125 per cent increase under the PPP government,” he claimed.

On Sunday, Shah had said that Pakistan has paid a heavy price in the war against terrorism while addressing an Eid gathering in Sukkur.

“Pakistan has been fighting terrorism from the start. We need to remind the world regarding Pakistan’s sacrifices in the war against terrorism,” remarked the PPP leader.

About 20,000 soldiers and 60,000 civilians have lost their lives in the fight against terrorism, he pointed out.

“We need to think why the United States is always threatening Pakistan,” he claimed.

Nisar meets Shehbaz to discuss political situation

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) central leader and former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Monday night held a meeting with Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to discuss the political situation in the country as well as party matters.

The former interior minister had reached Lahore from Rawalpindi on Monday for the meeting with the Punjab chief minister ahead of his departure for London.

Sources said that the meeting continued for three and a half hours and important national issues and developments, as well as organisational matters of PML-N, came under discussion.

When contacted by INP, Nisar briefly informed that they discussed different matters in detail. He said further details would be provided later.

Nisar later returned to Islamabad.

Madhuri Dixit all set to release first music album ‘The Film Star’

Bollywood’s dancing diva Madhuri Dixit is all set to venture into the world of music with the release of an album titled The Film Star. The actor will be starting her music career with Tu hai mera – a single dedicated to all her fans.

Tu hai mera is a fusion of classical Indian folk music with western pop lyrics and beats.

“Music has been a part of my life from the very beginning. I was pretty clear that I wanted to kick-start this new chapter with a sense of celebration and gratitude for my fans who have offered their unrelenting support and all their love no matter what. So what better way to embark on this journey than by celebrating their appreciation,” the star expressed.

The idea to create a multilingual soundtrack was conceived early last year at a meeting between Madhuri, her husband Shriram Nene and Sat Bisla, founder of global artist discovery and development firm A&R Worldwide, in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles.

Bisla has been an early supporter for acts such as Sheppard, Coldplay, Muse, Keane, Dido, Adele, The Temper Trap, LMFAO, Jessie J, Katy Perry, Sia and Gavin James.

Talking about her debut single, Madhuri said: “It was a pleasure to work with a team of talented individuals who understood and appreciated the beauty of the East and West. We were able to create something that really speaks to your soul. Our hope is that the audience will appreciate all the hard work our team has put into the project and that it moves them as much as it has affected us.”

A&R Worldwide worked closely with Madhuri and Ram Nene in creating teams of creative songwriters/producers of Indian descent including Raja Kumari (who has collaborated with Gwen Stefani, Iggy Azalea and Fifth Harmony) and Narinder Singh.

Talking about the single, Bisla said: “Tu hai mera is the icing on the cake of what is sure to be an inspiring and captivating musical release to tens of millions of Madhuri’s worldwide fans, as well as helping introduce her debut to millions of new listeners around the world.”

The album is set to release sometime early next year. Meanwhile, Madhuri has turned a producer as she will be backing a Marathi film.
On another note, Priyanka Chopra is also executive producing a comedy series about Madhuri’s life for US network ABC.

How Apple plans to change the way you use the next iPhone

APPLE Inc. plans to transform the way people use its next high-end iPhone by eliminating the concept of a home button and making other adjustments to a flagship device that’s becoming almost all screen, according to images of the new device viewed by Bloomberg News and people familiar with the gadget.

The home button is the key to the iPhone and the design hasn’t changed much since it launched in 2007. Currently, users click it to return to the starting app grid that greets them multiple times a day. They hold it down to talk to the Siri digital assistant. Double click it and you get multitasking where different apps screens can be swiped through like a carousel.

Apple is preparing three new iPhones for debut next month. One of the models, a new high-end device, packs in enough changes to make it one of the biggest iPhone updates in the product’s decade-long history.

With a crisper screen that takes up nearly the entire front, Apple has tested the complete removal of the home button-even a digital one-in favour of new gesture controls for tasks like going to the main app grid and opening multitasking, according to the people and the images.

In the new, high-end iPhone, Apple also plans a taller screen with rounded corners, a cut-out at the top of the display for the camera and sensors, and new antenna locations, the images show. Apple often tests different designs and the details may differ from what the company ultimately releases. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment.

Across the bottom of the screen there’s a thin, software bar in lieu of the home button. A user can drag it up to the middle of the screen to open the phone. When inside an app, a similar gesture starts multitasking.

From here, users can continue to flick upwards to close the app and go back to the home screen. An animation in testing sucks the app back into its icon. The multitasking interface has been redesigned to appear like a series of standalone cards that can be swiped through, versus the stack of cards on current iPhones, the images show.

The new model’s overall size will be similar to that of the iPhone 7, but it will include an OLED screen that is slightly larger than the one on the iPhone 7 Plus (5.5-inches), people familiar with the product have told Bloomberg News.

The phone will have symmetrical, slim bezels around the entirety of the screen, meaning the area below the screen that used to house the home button and the area above the screen for the earpiece have been removed. The earpiece, facial recognition sensor, and selfie camera are instead present in a cutout, or “notch,” at the top of the screen, the images show.

The new screen is rounded on the corners, while current iPhone screens have square corners. The power button on the right side of phone is longer so it is easier to press while holding the device in one hand, according to the images and the people. The screen is also noticeably taller than the iPhone 7 Plus’s screen, meaning it could show more of a web page or additional text messages, the people said. The phone will still have six vertical rows of apps, showing 24 icons on each page, excluding the dock, a grey bar at the bottom that houses commonly used apps. The dock is redesigned with a new interface similar to the one on the iPad version of iOS 11, the images show.

Apple has opted to not hide the notch area at the top of the screen, showing a definitive cut-out at the top of apps with non-black backgrounds. The cut-out is noticeable during app usage in the middle of the very top of the screen, where the status bar (the area that shows cellular reception, the time, and battery life) would normally be placed, according to the images. Instead, the status bar will be split into left and right sides, which some Apple employees call “ears” internally.

The color reproduction of the OLED screen means that when the display shows black, it blends in nearly perfectly with the phone’s notch and thin black edges on the front, presenting a seamless look, according to the people familiar with the product.

Bloomberg/The Washington Post Service

Nation united against terrorism: Ahsan Iqbal

SIALKOT: Federal Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal on Monday said the entire country stands united against terrorism and is ready to sacrifice their lives for the cause.

He expressed these views while addressing a public meeting at Dongiyaan Boostaan village, Narowal district.

The federal minister said the country has been playing its pivotal role in the elimination of terrorism, extremism, and militancy, adding that the armed forces of Pakistan have full capability to weed out terrorism from the country.

He said that political and economic stability was vital for national development and prosperity, saying that promoters of ‘dharna politics’ were halting the country’s progress by causing losses to the national economy.

The interior minister added that the ‘dharna people’ were not sincere to the nation and the country, saying it was a demand of the day that they should think for the national prosperity first by giving up their tradition of doing politics of personal gains.

Ahsan Iqbal advised PTI Chairman Imran Khan to do the coaching of national cricket team by giving up the politics.

He said the PML-N government was fulfilling its all promises made to the public, including raising the living standard of the people, by ensuring early and smooth provision of all basic facilities at their doorsteps.

He said the PML-N would win 2018 general elections with a two-third majority.