Monday, July 5, 2010

1.5-ton dead whale hits Hawksbay shore

Updated at: 2115 PST, Monday, July 05, 2010
1.5-ton dead whale hits Hawksbay shore KARACHI: A dead fish weighing 1.5 ton has shore up at Hawksbay beach, which according to the fishermen, is a whale.

The whale was found dead at the coast of Abdur Rehman Goth next to Hawksbay which drew a large crowd of locals who turned up to have a look at the giant fish.

The whale weighs around 1 to 1.5 tons, said experienced fishermen after examining closely.

The local fishermen are of the view that only the liver of the fish is fit consumption while the rest of the body will be left lying on the beach.

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Location: 91-T DHA, Lahore (Near DHA Cinema)

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PTCL EVO Hits More than 100 Cities

Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) now extends its wireless Broadband EVO service in 100 major cities & towns across Pakistan, said a company statement.

PTCL EVO is a 3G wireless technology experience that gives opportunity to roam freely with an average download speeds from 300 kbps to 500 kilo bits per second.

EVO technology has witnessed highest growth amongst other broadband technologies in Pakistan.

PTCL in its statement said that EVO service are now available in 100 cities and towns including

  • Karachi,
  • Lahore,
  • Islamabad,
  • Peshawar,
  • Quetta,
  • Hyderabad,
  • Chakwal,
  • Gujranwala,
  • Muzzafarabad,
  • Rawalakot,
  • Mirpur,
  • Okara,
  • Sargodha,
  • Sialkot,
  • Multan,
  • Faisalabad
  • And other small towns and cities across Pakistan.

PTCL said that its expansion plans for broadband network will continue to ensure that more customers get the opportunity to experience the latest wireless broadband and related technologies.

Naveed Saeed SEVP Commercial on achieving this important milestone said EVO launch in 100 cities reflect in PTCL’s commitment to connect its customers to the world via internet and company’s commitment to provide its customers with best telecom services at their doorsteps. Working in a market where technology changes every minute; PTCL always strives to introduce products and services that brings more value to its customers.

Syed Asim Ali, EVP, Commercial Planning said through superior 3G experience we offer to our customers variety of Prepaid and Postpaid options to suit their needs as well as their budget. With nationwide roaming, customers can take their EVO anywhere and be connected at super fast speeds (except Peshawar). Customers have the freedom to download as much data as they want with EVO postpaid and MAX packages, as there are no download limits with these packages.

Shilpa to do mujra in Zara Nachke Dikha finale

Shilpa Shetty is set to perform a mujra dance on the grand finale episode of dance reality show Zara Nachke Dikha.

"I am dedicating this performance to Rekhaji and I hope she likes it. I have been practicing really long hours and trying my level best that the performance is rocking," Shilpa said in a statement.

"I have no words to express how excited I am to do this act, I only hope that my fans and the audience like the performance," she added.

Views of the Earth - Some you have never even Imagined!

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Jaina World View

Jainism, an Indian religion distinct from Hinduism and Buddhism, was founded by Vardhamana Mahavira, called "the Jina" (conqueror), who lived in the sixth century B.C. Among other variations from Hindu culture, Jainism has its own version of geography and cosmology. This chart from the nineteenth century shows the world of human habitation as a central continent with mountain ranges and rivers, surrounded by a series of concentric oceans (with swimmers and fish) and ring-shaped continents.

Sacred Cows

This poster represents the figure of the cow as containing all the Hindu gods and quotes Sanskrit texts: O noble folk, protect the cow, who protects your stomach, for . . . "Brahma is in her back, Vishnu in her throat, Rudra (i.e. Shiva) is established on her face . . . Sun and Moon are in her eyes . . ." This poster was published by an organization dedicated to the protection of cattle and to convincing all people that cattle should not be slaughtered or eaten.

Medieval Islamic Map
of the World

At the center of the map are the two holiest cities of Islam: Mecca and Medina. The map showsChina and India in the north and the "Christian sects and the states of Byzantium" in the south. The outer circles represent the seas. The manuscript is a cosmology, not meant to be accurate geographically, but only to present the reader with a systematic overview of the existing knowledge about the world at the time.

Islamic World Map

This geographical treatise and collection of wondrous tales was exceedingly popular in mediaeval and early modern Islamic society. The map shown here is unusual in its portrayal of several creatures supporting the world in the firmament. While it uses a traditional Islamic projection of the world as a flat disk surrounded by the sundering seas which are restrained by the encircling mountains of Qaf, the map also shows the Ottomans' early use of geographic information based upon European cartographic methodologies and explorations.

Rescuing the Earth

The Hindu view of the world is cyclic. The universe is destroyed and re-emitted again in endless cycles. Periodically, Vishnu, the great god whose function is to maintain the world, comes into it temporarily in bodily form to rescue it from one disaster or another. Once a great flood swallowed up the entire earth, and Vishnu, taking the form of a gigantic wild boar, plunged to its bottom and brought the earth back up on his tusks. In this illustration, the boar incarnation is flanked by two images of Vishnu in his normal four-armed human shape.

Rescuing the Earth

In the second illustration, Vishnu in triumph tramples the demon who had abducted the earth to the ocean bottom. Scroll books are exceedingly rare in India, and this handwritten scroll with its ultra-minuscule script was probably meant as a tour de force and work of piety rather than a reading copy.

Wheel of Life

In the Tibetan Buddhist world view, the six realms of existence (Gods, demigods, humans, animals, hungry ghosts, and hell-beings) are all held in the grasp of the Lord of Death. In the center of the wheel are the three root poisons of desire, hatred, and ignorance symbolized by the cock, snake, and pig, and on the outer rim are the twelve links of dependent origination by which all causes and effects are determined. The ultimate goal, shown by the monks in the left inner circle and the Buddha in the upper right, is to follow a path that frees one from these cycles.

The Burmese Buddhist World

In Buddhist cosmology, deriving from Indian origins, the world is viewed as a system of continents and oceans, either in rings (as in the center here) or floating detached in the ocean. This nineteenth-century Burmese manuscript shows in one image both sorts of continents, and a cosmic ocean symbolized by fish, crabs, and snails. Other sections of the book show and describe the various heavens and hells. Folding accordion-style manuscripts on thick paper are common in Southeast Asia, along with loose-leaf manuscripts made from palm leaves.

Buddhist World Map

Compiled during Japan's age of national isolation (1636-1854), this world map is representative of Buddhist cosmology. Drawn in 1710 by Htan (1654-1738), a Buddhist monk, it is characteristic of a type of early East Asian map that were not based on objective geographic knowledge, but on the more or less legendary statements in Buddhist literature. The map is centered on India andshows the mythical Anukodatchi-pond, which represents the center of the universe and from which four rivers flow in the four cardinal directions.

Although published in 1482, this map is based on the writings of Claudius Ptolemy (87-150 A.D.) and presents a composite geographical image of the world as known to classic Greek and Roman scholars. Ptolemy's geographical writings, known as Geographia or Cosmographia, survived through the Middle Ages in various manuscript copies and was one of the first geographical texts to be put into print. This edition was the first edition to be printed outside Italy and the first to include maps printed from woodcuts.

World's Most Expensive Homes 2010

1. Antilla in Mumbai is th the world's Most Expensive home.

The world?s most expensive home in 2010 is unquestionable. It is the first $1 billion home the world has seen. A custom-build 27 story towering mansion, Antilla in Mumbai is the home of the world?s fifth richest man, namely Mukesh Ambani, head of Indian petro-chemical giant Reliance Industries, which is India?s most valuable firm by market capitalization.

With double height ceilings, ballrooms, crystal chandelier ceilings, retractable stages, and 600 servants, there is no other home on earth that compares to the 570 feet tall Antilla.


2. VILLA Leopolda, French Riviera-506$ milion

Villa Leopolda is an 80,000 square foot Chateuau built in 1902 by King Leopold II of Belgium. The villa has been rumoured to be the home of Bill Gates and many more global figures, but has actually been home to French banker Edmond Safira, whose wife Lily still lives there. The 19 bedroom villa, which boasts sports courts, a bowling alley, multiple kitchens, dining rooms and a movie theatre, received even more press lately when a Russian mogul lost his deposit on the property when he reneged on completing the sale.

3. One Hyde Park-The Penthouse, London- $200 million

This massively stylish modern penthouse may not be so expensive did it not sit atop the famous number 1 Hyde Park address. As it is in such a premium location it has been built as a home for the rich and famous complete with SAS guard, bullet proof windows, iris scanners, panic rooms and a secret tunnel to the nearby Mandarin Hotel. The building has communal spas, squash courts and wine tasting rooms, and the penthouse is served by 24 hour room service.

4. Fairfield Pond, The Hampton- $170 million

This 63 acre home is considered the largest residential compound in America. The 29 bedroombeachfront home of publicity shy billionaire Ira Rennert has 5 sports courts, a bowling alley and a $150,000 hot tub.

5. Hearst Mansion, Beverly Hills - $ 165 million

This mansion ? the former home of publishing giant William Randolph Hearst, the inspiration for the main character in ?Citizen Kane? ?, features 29 bedrooms and three pools. The estate became a pop-culture icon after being used in The Godfather movie, when the infamous severed horse?s head turned up in the owner?s bed. The fact that assassinated President John F Kennedy stayed in the mansionduring his honeymoon also added to its status. The house has some notable neighbours, including Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes and David and Victoria Beckham.

6. Franchuk Villa, Kensington - $ 161 million

Anyone else spotting a trend here (the most expensive homes being mainly in the UK and US, this making it 2 all). This Victorian Villa was a girl?s prep school until 1997, when it was bought and upgraded in 2006. After receiving a ?10 million overhaul and refurb it was purchased by Ukrainian AIDS philanthropist, Elena Franchuk, and renamed the Franchuk Villa.

7. "The Pinnacle", Montana- $ 155 million

This is the home of Time and Edra Blixseth, owners of the billionaires-only golf and ski resort ?Yellowstone Club? in Montana. It will be the largest and grandest property on the resort, but is still small in comparison to some of those on this list, with only 10 bedrooms. To catch up the property has impressive features such as every inch of floor being heated, a heated driveway and fireplaces in all bathrooms. (3-2 to America).

8. " The Manor", Los Angeles- $ 150 million

The home of Aaron Spelling, dubbed ?The Manor? by wife Cindy, has 123 rooms for his family to choose from, an indoor skating rink, multiple pools, three kitchens, sports courts, private orchard, and a bowling alley. The home, which he had built from scratch in 1991 also has a room used exclusively for wrapping presents and an entire floor dedicated to closet space.

9. Updown Court, Windlesham, surrey- $ 139 million

The description of this home is above, as it was the 3rd most expensive home in 2008. What is interesting however, is that in 2008 it was valued at $110million, meaning its value has grown substantially even during such difficult financial times.

10. Dracula's Castle, Romania- $135 million

This home needs no introduction. Built in the 14th century, the castle is now a national monument and museum thanks to the legend surrounding it, which also needs no introduction. It has 57 rooms in total, including 17 bedrooms filled with antiques and historical artefacts. It wouldn?t do for the publicly shy Ira Rennert mentioned above, but for the quirkier billionaire, the 450 million tourists that visit every year may be worth it for living in Dracula?s castle.

Cristiano Ronaldo becomes father, mother's identity secret

Lisbon, July 4 (DPA) Cristiano Ronaldo has become the father of a baby boy, the Real Madrid footballer announced on his Twitter and Facebook accounts Sunday.

The message on Ronaldo's Internet pages does not name the mother, but the Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manha said she is a US citizen.

'It is with great joy and emotion that I inform I have recently become father to a baby boy. As agreed with the baby's mother, who prefers to have her identity kept confidential, my son will be under my exclusive guardianship,' the message read.

'No further information will be provided on this subject and I request everyone to fully respect my right to privacy (and that of the child) at least on issues as personal as these are,' Ronaldo said.

The agency representing the player, Gestifute, confirmed the news, as did 'a female friend of the family,' Correio de Manha said in its online edition.

According to the newspaper, the baby was born in the United States at the beginning of June.Ronaldo spent his summer holidays in Los Angeles and Miami last summer, it added.

The report said the player's mother, Dolores, and sisters Elma and Katia, were arranging for the necessary papers so the child could be brought to Portugal.

Ronaldo, 25, has been romantically linked to a number of women over the years, the latest being Russian swimwear model Irina Shayk.

Shayk expressed disappointment at the announcement. 'My friend has suddenly become a father,' she wrote in her Facebook account.

The news came a few days after Ronaldo and the Portuguese national team were eliminated from theWorld Cup in South Africa. The player had a disappointing tournament, scoring only once.

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First T20 between Pak, Australia today

Updated at: 1259 PST, Monday, July 05, 2010
First T20 between Pak, Australia today LONDON: Pakistan will face Australia in the first T20 match of the series in Edgbaston today (Monday).

Shahid Afridi will lead the Pakistani squad. Pakistan are facing Australia for the first time after being defeated in the World T20 semi-finals.

Pakistan completed preparations for two Twenty20 internationals against Australia playing T20 matches against Essex and Northamptonshire and winning both.

The second Twenty20 International between the two countries will be played on Tuesday.

'Twilight' eclipses weekend box office competition

Updated at: 0814 PST, Monday, July 05, 2010
LOS ANGELES: "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" the latest in the teen vampire movie franchise, sank its fangs into a hefty 69-million dollar share of box office receipts, making it the top weekend earner, industry estimates showed on Sunday.

The teen goth romance flick, which opened Wednesday, so far has racked up projected ticket sales of 161.7 million dollars in North America, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

In second place was the debut of "The Last Airbender," based on a popular television series in which beings are endowed with magical powers allowing them to control air, earth, water and fire.

Despite poor reviews, the movie sold 40.7 million dollars in tickets over the three-day weekend period.

Last week's box office champ, "Toy Story 3" -- the biggest-ever opener for animated filmmaker Disney/Pixar -- raked in 30.2 million dollars, for a total of 289 million dollars over three weeks.

Fourth place went to "Grown Ups," the Adam Sandler and Chris Rock comedy about a reunion of high school friends, which took 18.5 million dollars.

In fifth was "Knight and Day," an action comedy starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, earning 10.2 million dollars.

"The Karate Kid" fell two notches to sixth place, selling eight million dollars in tickets, while seventh place went to the action comedy "The A-Team," a remake of the 1980s television series about four rogue soldiers of fortune, which took in three million dollars.

Eighth place went to raunchy comedy "Get Him To The Greek" about a heroin-addicted rocker attempting a comeback in Los Angeles, with 1.18 million dollars in ticket sales.

"Shrek Forever After," the fourth and final instalment in the movies about the lovable green ogre, came in ninth place, with 799,000 dollars in receipts, for a grand total of 306.9 million dollars in tickets sold since its opening seven weeks ago.

The 10th spot went to the offbeat romantic comedy "Cyrus" with 770,200 dollars in ticket sales in its third week of release.

Anti-appetite chemical discovered

Updated at: 1437 PST, Monday, July 05, 2010
Anti-appetite chemical discovered LONDON: An appetite suppressant that takes away the desire for post-pub kebabs and calorific late-night snacks has been discovered by British scientists.

The substance, which occurs naturally in the body, could pave the way for a new class of dieting drugs that help people shed pounds without distressing side effects.

The idea would be to stop us eating purely for pleasure instead of from hunger.
It could also be used to treat alcohol and drug abuse, researchers at Manchester University say.

The chemical called hemopressin works by affecting the reward centres of the brain that light up when someone enjoys a comforting snack or cigarette.

Tests have shown that hemopressin blocks these areas of the brain, reducing the reward from eating.

A synthetic product called Rimonabant, which acted on the brain to reduce hunger, was developed six years ago and marketed as an anti-obesity treatment.

But it appeared to increase the risk of depression and suicidal thoughts and was withdrawn from the market.

Dr Garron Dodd, co-author of the latest findings published in the Journal of Neuroscience, believes naturally-occurring hemopressin can suppress hunger without the side effects.

In tests, laboratory mice fed hemopressin ate less food.

However, the chemical had no other impact on their behaviour. An identical group of mice given a synthetic form of the chemical also ate less, but suffered side effects such as increased grooming and scratching.

'We now plan to investigate this further,' Dr Dodd said.

He added: 'While our findings are an indication of safety, this cannot be immediately extrapolated to humans.

'This discovery does, however, offer new insights into how the brain controls appetite and opens new avenues by which to manipulate this brain circuitry and aid the development of anti-obesity treatments.'

The finding could lead to drugs that stimulate the brain to produce more hemopressin, he said.

Orlistat, the most popular obesity drug, prevents fat absorption and is taken by hundreds of thousands of people.

Saudi youth eats 22 scorpions to make world record

Saudi youth eats 22 scorpions to make world record
Updated at: 1419 PST, Monday, July 05, 2010

RIYADH: A Saudi Arabian man made world record by eating live 22 scorpions.The Saudi youth Majed Al-Maliki ate 22 live scorpions in Riyadh on January 22. He beat the previous record of eating 21 by USA's Dean Sheldon. Majed Al-Maliki now is the Guinness World Record holder of a man eating most live scorpions.

Dunga fired as Brazil coach

Brazil coach Dunga and all of his technical staff have been dismissed after the side's quarter-final exit from the World Cup, the Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) announced on Sunday.

The decision was widely expected after Brazil was beaten 2-1 by the Netherlands in the quarter-finals on Friday. The team took a 1-0 lead in the first half, but went on to concede two goals and have a man sent off in a dismal second-half performance in Port Elizabeth.

"With the closing of the work cycle that started in August 2006 and ended with the elimination ofBrazil from the World Cup in South Africa, the CBF announces the dismissal of the Technical Commission of the Brazilian team," the federation said in a statement.

It added that a new coach will be appointed before the end of the month.

Local media tipped Mano Menezes, coach of Brazilian club Corinthians, former Brazil player and AC Milan coach Leonardo and Wanderley Luxemburgo, a former national team coach, as potential successors to Dunga.

Luiz Felipe Scolari, who coached Brazil to its fifth World Cup title in 2002, had previously been tipped for a return but has since said he is not available due to his commitments with Brazilian club Palmeiras.

Whoever is chosen, the new coach and his staff are likely to face a couple of friendly matches in the next few months and then the South American championship ? the Copa America ? in 2011 in Argentina.

Dunga returned to Brazil with the team early Sunday and was met with applause and cheering by fans in his native Porto Alegre in southern Brazil.

Brazil will host the World Cup in 2014 for the first time since 1950.


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Joint Saudi-Indian space research planned

RIYADH: A Saudi delegation is to visit the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) later this month to sign an agreement to boost cooperation in space science that will help Riyadh develop its indigenous space program for peaceful purposes.

The delegation will be composed of scientists from the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and other scientific institutions in the Kingdom. Details of the visit were disclosed by Rajeev Shahare, outgoing deputy chief at the Indian mission, here on Saturday night.

Shahare was speaking during a farewell party held by the India Business Forum (IBF). The event was attended by a number of businessmen and diplomats, Shahare?s wife Preeti Shahare, and many IBF office bearers including Owais Ahmed, Nadeem A. Tarin, S. Ziaur Rahman, Tareq Masood, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed and Mir Mahmood Ali.

Asked about the details of the space cooperation between Riyadh and New Delhi, Shahare ? who will be leaving for New Delhi on Monday ? said a memorandum of understanding between KACST and ISRO was signed during Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh?s visit to Riyadh earlier this year. He said that ISRO, one of the world?s leading space research organizations, would provide expertise to Riyadh as it has been conducting a variety of operations for both Indian and foreign clients. Shahare also spoke about his time in the Kingdom. ?I personally believe my stay here was a great one, I can?t say of its successes, but I am going back with a lot of satisfaction ? This is a great country and you have a lot of opportunities, especially business going on with the Saudis,? he said.

He added that he also felt touched by the farewell party, speakers? remarks and floral tributes.

Speaking on the occasion, IBF President Ahmed said that Shahare had been instrumental in boosting Indo-Saudi ties. ?In fact, IBF was Shahare?s brainchild,? said Ahmed.

This view was echoed by several other speakers who praised him for his catalytic role in improving Indo-Saudi relations, and hoped he would return to the region as an ambassador.

Shahare?s wife Preeti received her share of encomiums with speakers calling her a ?great? lady and an embodiment of all that is good and graceful.

?The Shahares may be leaving for India and we will miss them, but they will always be with us in our hearts and minds,? said Tarin, another IBF office bearer.

Ahmed also presented a memento to Shahare at the end of the party.

Photojournalist Wasif Bhai presented a memorial CD to Shahare containing a valuable collection of Shahare?s photos taken during his four-year stay in Riyadh.

Prior to coming to Riyadh, Shahare served Indian missions in Cairo, Aden, Geneva, Bahrain and Mauritius.

The pain of defeat

The pain of defeat

Brazilian football fans are seen at the end of the quarterfinal match between Brazil and Netherlands, at a high society private club in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on July 2, 2010. Netherlands defeated Brazil by 2-1.

Israeli supporters of the Brazilian football team react after Brazil lost the World Cup quarter-final match against Netherlands in the southern Brazilian-Israeli Kibbutz of Bror Chail, near the Gaza Strip.

Brazilian fans hold a banner reading ?We missed you Ronaldinho? in front of the Brazil team hotel in Port Elizabeth.

A young supporter draped in a Brazilian flag waits for the departure of Brazil's national team on July 3, 2010 at Port Elizabeth airport, one day after Brazil lost 2-1 to the Netherlands.

Ghana fans react in Yeoville, Johannesburg as Ghana lost to Uruguay in the penalty shootout in the quarter-final against Uruguay.

A Ghana fan reacts after at the Soccer City stadium in.

Ghanaian fans watch their national football team on a giant screen displayed in a street of Accra.

Ghana were the last African team in the World Cup, backed by the whole continent.

An Argentinean fan watches as Germany score against the South American football team at the World Cup quarter-finals.

Argentina fans react to the 4-0 loss to Germany in Buenos Aires.

Argentina were among the favourites to enter the win this year?s World Cup.

A Paraguay fan weeps after Paraguay lost 1-0 to Spain.

Paraguay?s fan reacts in despair on the streets of Asuncion.

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