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Sunday, Nov 19

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Spy chief warns Tinder users information under threat

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Users of Tinder, a popular dating app, looking for love are in a danger of being attack by the Russian President, Viladmir Putin's hackers, spy chiefs have warned. Presuming 'unrecognisable' by millions, if the profiles are anonymous is…

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Conspiracy theorists claim 1972 photo from Apollo 17 mission proves moon landing was fake

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Conspiracy theorists have endeavoured to disprove the 'giant leap' made by man by walking on the moon, with a recent video being uploaded to YouTube highlighting something strange in the six and final moon landing, according to MailOnline.…

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The only tabdeeli Imran Khan is successful in bringing is to tabdeel himself into yet another untrustworthy disappointment we call a politician

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I can clearly remember the 2013 election – it was my first time voting and I was going to vote for a ‘naya Pakistan’. As a naïve 18-year-old who was generally unfamiliar with politics, I was swept away by the idea of changing the country,…

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Nusrat and her dupatta

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Nusrat loved to watch the sun come up in the morning, see its rising hues and its foes in the sky that wanted it to go back down – down, down, down, to the abyss of darkness, where there was no light, no hope.

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Without any investigation, how can Pakistan Hockey Federation drop Syeda Sadia and Iqra Javed for accusing their coach of sexual harassment?

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Sexual harassment is an ugly reality that unfortunately has been known to humanity since times immemorial. Coming from India, the first example that comes to my mind is that of the ancient South Asian epic Mahabharata, acclaimed as a work…

Saturday, Nov 18

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Bujayote: The future of Pakistan’s musical valley may be bright, but the future of their music is dark

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In the extreme north of Pakistan, a small area located in Yasin Valley known as Bujayote, is the home of traditional musicians. According to these artists, this name is associated with one of the very early musicians named ‘Bujaye’, a…

The Disaster Artist: The best movie about the creation of the worst movie ever?

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James Franco, star of the 2010 biographical survival drama, 127 Hours, will now be seen as a quirky new character in his upcoming film, The Disaster Artist. Based on Tom Bissell and Gred Sestero’s award-winning book of the same title,…

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Real Madrid showing Gareth Bale the door isn’t surprising, considering he’s missed 40 of the last 60 games due to injuries

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It was the final of the 2014 Copa del Rey when Gareth Bale’s magical run past Barcelona’s Marc Bartra and the subsequent goal, helped the Los Blancos lift the title. With a jubilant Cristiano Ronaldo watching from the stands, it seemed as…

Friday, Nov 17

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Anti-gay US lawmaker resigns after being 'caught having sex with man in his office'

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An Ohio lawmaker who routinely touted his Christian faith and anti-LGBT views has resigned after being caught having sex with a man in his office. Wes Goodman, who is the Republican state legislator for Ohio, is married to a woman who is…

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In Pakistan, rape might go unpunished, but a movie on rape cannot

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I recently came across the news regarding the ban on Verna, Shoaib Mansoor’s upcoming film, and was shocked, to say the least. Mansoor has played a monumental role in the revival of Pakistani cinema, delivering masterpieces like Khuda Kay…

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The truth about why Saudi Arabia and Israel are forming an alliance to destabilise Lebanon

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Despite Saudi Arabia’s tough rhetoric and brutal assault against its neighbour, Yemen (the poorest country in the region), the unfortunate reality is that Saudi Arabia is not the strongman it has hopelessly painted itself to be. This isn’t…

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‘Murder on the Orient Express’ is an unremarkable, conventional and lifeless adaptation of one of the most renowned classics

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In an age when cinema and filmmaking is arguably at its biggest, it is surprising that the ‘whodunit’ seems like a genre from a bygone era.

Thursday, Nov 16

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Do you take antibiotics for a seasonal flu or viral infection? If yes, then you’re as ignorant as the doctor who prescribed it

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We are living in strange times. Even though human innovation is surpassing all odds, we are moving backwards with antibiotic resistance and climate change.

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Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and more – everything about ‘The Post’ screams spectacular!

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Tinseltown’s fascination with the Vietnam War has manifested itself in many guises over the years.

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Farewell, Saeed Ajmal! You made sure the world remembers you as the ‘bowling magician’!

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Epic. Magical. Defiant. Compact. Witty. Mighty effective. Actually, when one comes to think of it, words simply cannot describe what this man was in his prime days. As a crazy cricket fan, reminiscing those times when the magician himself…

Wednesday, Nov 15

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My feminism does not teach me to hate men

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I was waiting to board a bus to Boston to attend a Model United Nations (MUN) conference, when one of my fellow teammates enquired about my undergraduate major. I excitedly and proudly exclaimed,

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Why it is important for MQM-P and PSP to resolve their differences and form an alliance… again

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Last week, the media was abuzz with the developments regarding an electoral alliance between Mustafa Kamal’s Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s Pakistan faction (MQM-P). Leader of MQM-P, Farooq Sattar, claimed in a…

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This Is Us: A refreshing break from the usual senseless bombast

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For as long as I can remember, I have had an intense aversion for family dramas – a genre which happens to be all the rage in our part of the world. While I was never a big fan of the category, it is no coincidence that my dislike for it…

Tuesday, Nov 14

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Kathmandu: The city of dogs, falafels, singing bowls and unexpected magic

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While reading about the countries where one can get visa on arrival, Nepal suddenly caught my attention. Nepal is both affordable and beautiful, which was exactly what I was looking for. A switch went off in my mind and I became…

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Other than cricket, Pakistan is failing at every sport that it excelled at in the past

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Sports in Pakistan – which have always had a turbulent history – hit a new low recently when Muhammad Waseem, the sole international boxer we have at the moment, declared that his upcoming fight might be the very last time he would be…

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‘Downsizing’ seems pretty wacky, even for a science fiction movie

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Ever since his 1999 sophomore break-out feature Election, filmmaker Alexander Payne has been slowly ascending to ranks of one of the truly great filmmakers of our time. With the release of each film, Payne has shown remarkable command over…

Monday, Nov 13

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Shayyad: Will society accept an older woman marrying a younger man?

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Original soundtrack, lavish wardrobe, exotic locations and a popular cast – these are all a few ways the industry has tried to excite the audience and create hype for dramas and biopics in recent times, and Uzair Jaswal's appearance in the…

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‘Basmati Blues’ unsurprisingly does what Hollywood has always done – exoticise India’s ‘otherness’

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In case you were wondering, the white man’s burden is still alive and well! Even though it is the 21st century, while India is launching US satellites into space and is the world’s fastest growing major economy, the country’s poverty and…

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The scapegoat and $33 billion – The hidden truth behind Saudi Arabia’s royal crisis

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According to the Washington Post’s Fareed Zakaria, in order to understand how traditionally secular Muslim countries became hubs of radicalisation in recent years, you need just one example – Saudi Arabia.

Sunday, Nov 12

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Why do most Pakistanis always favour the ‘wrong’ side of any issue?

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Most issues aren’t black and white – they’re grey. More often than not, we read about an event or hear about it in the news, and while our personal views dictate what side we’re on, it is not unfathomable that other people might not see it…

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Will anyone remember Lady Constable Shabaana?

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She looked at her reflection in the stained, old mirror.

Why hypermasculinity is ruining the boys and men of today

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My little brother and I have always been close, even when we were little babies. I’ve watched him grow from a chubby, cuddly little toddler to a tanned, jaunty middle school boy.

Saturday, Nov 11

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She was forced to parade around naked, but instead of helping her, we photo’d her and shared it on social media

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Recently, a 16-year-old girl was forcefully stripped and paraded around the streets of a village in Dera Ismail Khan in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) province. The reason given was that she was ‘paying the price for her brother’s…

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When a white “terrorist” is awarded a privilege 1.8 billion Muslims are denied

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If the world can largely agree on one thing, it is the need to defeat terrorism. However, the frequency of unity seen when condemning terror does not echo beyond that, for every state of the world is employing its own methods (or lack…

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His name is Babar Azam, not Virat Kohli

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In the land known to produce premium fast bowlers, a young schoolboy-like personality is making strides in the batting arena like we have never seen before. A staggering ODI average of 58.60 comes off so unique to us that it almost feels…