first_imgIslamic State has released a video of the terror squad responsible for the Easter Sunday massacre.Days and even hours before the serial blasts that rocked Sri Lanka during Sunday’s Easter celebrations, Indian intelligence agencies had shared the names of at least six Islamic State terrorists with the island nation. Besides, Sri Lanka was also warned about Easter attack mastermind Zahran Hashim whose audio clips and videos were seized by Tamil Nadu police last year.India had reportedly warned Sri Lanka that ISIS was trying to influence the youth with the radical Islamic ideology and establish the Khalifah (Islamic rule) there. There were credible inputs with the Tamil Nadu police that the ISIS terrorists were even planning to murder some prominent South Indian leaders. The police had subsequently arrested six terror suspects who had formed the ISIS module in Tamil Nadu named Mohamed Ashiq A, Ismail S, Samsudeen, Mohammed Salauddin S, Jafar Shadik Ali and Shahul Hameed. Their names and adresses were reportedly also shared with the Sri Lanka police.The details were shared with Colombo two days and even two hours before the attacks, intelligence officials told Economic Times, adding that it was highly regrettable that Sri Lanka didn’t act. According to the intelligence officials, the ISIS terrorists in India were also in touch with Easter attack mastermind Zahran Hashim and there is a possibility that they were aware of the suicide bombings beforehand.The ISIS terrorists were active on social media and were propagating the radical Islamic ideology among the youth and hate against prominent Hindu leaders in India as well.The videos seized from these youth showed Zahran Hashim lecturing youth from Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka to establish Islamic rule in the region. In a video released by the ISIS-owned news agency, Amaq, around eight terrorists appeared with seven of them masked who claimed the responsibility of the Easter blasts. The man standing with his face uncovered in the middle was Zahran Hashim, who is also suspected to be one of the suicide bombers.Anger grows in Sri Lanka over intelligence failureAnger is brewing on the streets of Sri Lanka over the alleged intelligence failure of the police and the government especially when they had been warned beforehand about a probable terror attack. Although Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and President Maithripala Sirisena have maintained that they were not aware of any prior information about the terrorist attacks, Sri Lanka’s police officials had issued an alert. Due to the relatively peaceful past and little known impact of the suspect terror group, National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ), there were not enough security arrangements in place especially during the mammoth gathering on Sunday’s Easter celebrations.This made it possible for the terrorists to strike various high-end hotels and churches across the country in a matter of a few hours killing 390 people.last_img read more

first_imgKhandaani Shafakhana reviewTwitterSonakshi Sinha starrer Khandaani Shafakhana released this Friday. Some critics have already come out with their reviews of the movie.Directed by Shilpi Dasgupta, Khandaani Shafakhana features Sonakshi, Varun Sharma, Annu Kapoor, Badshah among others. The comedy drama is based on the issue of lack of sex education in India.Critics’ reviews of the movie have come out, which suggest that Khandaani Shafakhana is an average film with a good message but not much entertainment.It is being said that the film does not have enough humour to hook the audience. However, the subject of the movie is being appreciated.Here is what the critics’ review and rating of Khandaani Shafakhana:India Today: Khandaani Shafakhana is another example that proves that Bollywood is thinking out of the box. But the subject alone isn’t enough, the key is to present it in an engaging manner, with a dose of entertainment. The film tries to do so, but doesn’t quite make the cut. Khandaani Shafakhana is at best a one-time watch and is a treat for only, and only, Sonakshi Sinha fans. (2*/5*)NDTV: Three other supporting actors – Annu Kapoor, Nadira Babbar and Rajesh Sharma as a jovial judge who, in an alienation device that in a way sums up the tongue-in-cheek nature of the film jokes that his courtroom has turned into a movie set – do their bit to liven up Khandaani Shafakhana. Watch the film not just for the tricky theme it tackles, but also for the way it does so. (3.5*/5*)Khaleej Times: Bollywood movies like Vicky Donor and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan have tackled similar topics, though they were all male-driven. If you enjoy movies that raise awareness about sensitive issues with a heavy dose of humour, you’d love this. (3*/5*)Gulf News: While the message behind this film is laudable, it isn’t always exciting. If you are hoping that this movie will end with a big bang, you are mistaken. (2*/5*)Cine Talkers: The Movie Khandaani Shafakhana is strange at the title but thanks to the taboo issue, one may not find masses turning for the film. Although the makers have tried to add humor in it but at the end of the day, it did not help the film in a big way. (3*/5*)last_img read more

first_imgIt is truly said, “your body can stand anything, it’s your mind you have to convince.” Finding inspiration to work out and eat healthily is not simple. But there are some people who really motivate us to stick to our goals no matter how many challenges we face.Haresshvar’s weight spiraled out of control before his miraculous transformation. He would gorge on up to 5,000 calories every day in greasy pasties and fry-ups. He was one of the laziest persons you could ever meet. Though he always had the perseverance to do something no matter whatever it takes, Haresshvar rarely used to fix his mind on anything. He used to prefer a peaceful life away from any kind of discomfort.I was misguided by a few trainers and was not making any progress. Then, I met Biglee Murali, who coached me and played an essential role in my life at that time. He guided me and made me what I am today – says Haresshvar.Winning Mr Tamil Nadu 2017 changed his life. Up till now, Haresshvar was weight training himself just to prove to everyone who ever made fun of his body. But winning such a prestigious championship, gave him the confidence to step it up, and start sharing his experience and tips with those in need.He says, “some people might be able to eat junk and still be thin. Not everyone is that lucky. Stop comparing your body or situations with that of others. Focus on what you have and come up with a key to make the changes to your life that will get you to your goal.”IBT does not endorse any of the above content.last_img read more

first_imgRAB members carrying body of a suspected militants after the Nakhalpara militant hideout raid in Dhaka on Friday. File photoA case was filed over Friday’s raid on a militant hideout at West Nakhalpara in the city, reports news agency UNB.Sources at the RAB headquarters said the case was lodged with Tejgaon Police Station under Anti-Terrorism Act 2009 on Saturday.On Friday, members of the elite force cordoned off the militant hideout located at 13/1’Rubi Vila’, a six-storey building.At one stage, the militants opened fire and hurled a grenade targeting the RAB personnel, said Mufti Mahmud Khan, Director (Legal and media wing) of Rab, adding that the Rab men also fired back in retaliation.During the exchange of gunshots, three militants were killed and two RAB men sustained injuries.last_img read more

first_imgFormer Pakistani primer minister Nawaz Sharif (C/back) sits in a vehicle alongside his younger brother Shahbaz Sharif (R) following his release from Adiala prison in Rawalpindi on 19 September, 2018. Photo: AFP.Pakistani authorities released former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter from jail on Wednesday after a court suspended prison sentences they got in July over the purchase of upscale apartments in London.Supporters showered Sharif’s car with rose petals after he was freed from the jail in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, television footage showed. “The prisoners have been set free,” Ishaq Cheema, an official at Adyala jail, told Reuters.Earlier in the day Islamabad High Court suspended the 10-year jail term of the three-time premier, who was once the favourite of Pakistan’s powerful generals but has since fallen out and clashed with the military.The ruling comes almost two months after Sharif’s party lost a general election to the party of new prime minister Imran Khan. Sharif’s party and others allege the July 25 polls were rigged to favour Khan, who is seen to be close to the army.The court also freed Sharif’s daughter and political heir Maryam, who was jailed for seven years on corruption charges relating to the family’s acquisition of the London flats.Pakistani supporters of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif eat sweets as they celebrate a court verdict in Lahore on 19 September, 2018. A Pakistani court on September 19 ordered the release of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter, suspending their prison sentences pending an appeal hearing. Photo: AFP”The prosecution has failed to show the properties belong to Nawaz Sharif,” Justice Athar Minallah told the court.The convictions are still under appeal with the same court, but the judge said they should be freed immediately while the case continues.”Justice has been served, and I congratulate Nawaz Sharif’s supporters,” former foreign minister Khawaja Asif, a staunch Sharif ally, said outside the courtroom, where supporters chanted pro-Sharif slogans.OFFSHORE ALLEGATIONSharif was ousted and disqualified from holding office by the Supreme Court in July 2017 and jailed earlier this year in absentia. He was arrested on July 13 upon returning from London.The case against Sharif stemmed from 2016 Panama Papers revelations that showed his family owned the London apartments through offshore companies. Maryam was convicted for concealing ownership of the properties. They both deny wrongdoing.Sharif’s release comes a week after the death aged 68 of Kulsoom, his wife of 47 years, who had been battling cancer in a London hospital. The former First Lady’s funeral in Pakistan, for which the family were briefly paroled, gripped the nation.Sharif has repeatedly called the cases against him politically motivated, suggesting collusion between the military and courts to destabilise his Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party and throw him out of power.Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), the ruling party led by former cricketer Khan, said the judiciary was independent and the cases would continue.”The Sharif family still has not proven where the billions of rupees came from for their property,” said Fawad Chaudhry, the government’s information minister, according to PTI’s official Twitter account.In opposition, Khan was a vocal supporter of the legal cases that removed Sharif from office.Sharif, a political survivor, was previously jailed after the 1999 coup by military ruler Pervez Musharraf. Sharif later went into exile after striking a deal with the military and returned in 2007 to contest an election after Musharraf stepped down in the face of mass protests.Khan is making his first official overseas trip to Saudi Arabia, the country that gave Sharif shelter after the 1999 coup, where he is reportedly seeking financial help to stave off the likelihood of another IMF bailout.last_img read more

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Enroll Now for Free November 6, 2015 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. From smartphones to the Internet and beyond, computer technology has radically transformed how we live and work in the 21st century.When I founded The Protocol School of Palm Beach more than 17 years ago, I started out with nothing more than a computer, fax machine and printer, yet I still managed to run my business efficiently (or so I thought). Now, like many other entrepreneurs, I have access to high-tech software applications that didn’t even exist a decade ago and I find myself more productive than ever before.Over time, I’ve learned that these super-tools enable you to get more done in less time with fewer resources, if you know which ones to use and how to make the most of them.The problem is that there are so many resources to choose from, and their number is exponentially growing all the time. It can be extremely confusing. Additionally, implementing and learning a new system takes time and effort, so deciding which ones will work best for your business can be a challenge.To simplify the decision-making process, here is a quick overview of some of the most popular platforms categorized by task areas most relevant to entrepreneurs.1. Organization.As your to-do list grows, it’s more challenging to keep track of all the tasks that must get done on time. Project management tools including Evernote, Basecamp and Asana help you organize all of your information across multiple platforms in a single application.Related: Get Organized With These 6 Tips That Lead to More Productive Days2. Data storage.The cloud allows us to store vast volumes of information and media (text, audio, photo or video files), and access it almost instantaneously from any Internet-connected device. This enables entrepreneurs to work virtually anywhere, anytime, and easily share data with colleagues and clients while protecting their precious data from hard-drive crashes. Google Drive, Dropbox and Apple’s iCloud are the most widely-used platforms3. Social media.Social media has revolutionized the way companies communicate with their customers. It has leveled the playing field between entrepreneurs and large corporations to an unprecedented extent by enabling individuals to directly connect with their target audiences, make new friends, and speak to people on a personal level. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and a host of other social media sites gives you direct access to your client base, while platforms like Hootsuite enable you to coordinate your social media activities.Related: How BuzzFeed Discovered the Secret to Success on Social Media4. Marketing.Email may seem old-school at this point, but it’s still a highly effective method of engaging current clients and winning new ones over. This personalized form of communication lets you check in with customers and clients from time to time, send articles of interest, or just say “hello.” MailChimp and Constant Contact are just a couple of the services entrepreneurs can use to send out customized announcements, promotions and e-newsletters with easy-to-use templates.5. Finances.For entrepreneurs, finances generally fall into three categories: increasing revenues, billing, and tracking income. Fortunately, some applications help with all three. Quickbooks, FreshBooks and Square, for instance, enable users to quickly create professional-looking invoices while tracking which clients have paid and which haven’t. Getting paid on time enables you to run your business without undue stress.The tech tools now universally available to anyone with Internet access make this a Golden Age for entrepreneurs looking to take their business to the next level. Use these tech tools wisely, and you’ll be well on your way to success.Related: Why You Should Keep Your Personal and Professional Finances Separate Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 4 min readlast_img read more