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Ariana Grande’s ‘thank u, next’ bests Adele to fastest 100 million views

LOS ANGELES: Ariana Grande’s breakup anthem “thank u, next” has become the fastest music video to reach 100 million views, video hosting service Vevo said on Tuesday. The single, released after the 25-year-old singer’s much publicized breakup with fiance Pete Davidson, has also topped the Billboard charts for three weeks, giving Grande the biggest hit of her seven-year career. Vevo said the “thank u, next” video, in which Grande recreates scenes from popular women’s empowerment movies “Legally Blonde” and “Mean Girls,”…

SC orders freezing of current prices of medicines for next 75 days

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) to freeze the current prices of medicines for the next two and a half months. This ruling was announced by a three-member bench of Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar while hearing a Suo moto case regarding the increase in prices of medicines, at Supreme Court Lahore Registry. During the proceedings, the court directed pharmaceutical companies to print the barcode on packets of medicines. It also…

Netflix’s next act: feeding the service with its own movies

LOS ANGELES: As Hollywood studios unleash their summer blockbusters into theaters, Netflix is trying to give film buffs a reason to stay home. The streaming service is on track to release at least 86 Netflix original films in 2018, the company told Reuters. That exceeds the scheduled output of the top four traditional studios combined, as well as Netflix’s previous record of 61 films last year. The aggressive strategy is aimed in part at addressing complaints that the service’s movie library is stale, an issue likely…

What’s next for Germany after coalition green light?

BERLIN: Germany cleared a major obstacle on the road to a new government Sunday after the centre-left Social Democrats gave a cautious thumbs-up to starting formal coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives. The make-or-break vote by some 600 SPD delegates -- won by a narrow 56-percent majority -- has averted the threat of fresh elections for now, but a renewed Merkel-led "grand coalition" is far from guaranteed. Here's a look at what's next as Europe's top economy seeks to emerge from months of…

Next course of action against govt to be announced on Wednesday: Tahir-ul-Qadri

KARACHI: Chairman Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Dr Tahirul Qadri has said next course of action would be announced in 'final phase' of opposition parties' joint agitation on January 17 (Wednesday) against the ruling government, ARY News reported. "The final phase can have two rounds, not possibly three or (maybe) maximum three. Then all our struggle will reach a successful conclusion," he said talking to ARY News program 'The Reporters'.  On Jan 08, the PAT chief announced to launch a protest movement against the…

Does Europe have what it takes to create the next Google?

LONDON: Europe is making major strides to eliminate barriers that have held back the region from developing tech firms that can compete on the scale of global giants Alphabet’s Google, Amazon.com or Tencent Holdings, a report published on Thursday shows. The region has thriving tech hubs in major cities, with record new funding, experienced entrepreneurs, a growing base of technical talent and an improving regulatory climate, according to a study by European venture firm Atomico. While even the largest European tech…

Iran’s Khamenei says next president should be less engaged with West

TEHRAN: Iran's supreme leader called on presidential candidates on Tuesday to champion economic self-sufficiency, further distancing himself from Hassan Rouhani's policy of opening to the West and seeking foreign investment. Allies of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who aim to reclaim the presidency for their hardline faction, hope voters will punish the pragmatist President Rouhani for the slow pace of economic recovery despite the lifting of sanctions under a nuclear deal, the hallmark of his first term. "The candidates…

Next Star Wars movie to feature new female character

ORLANDO, FLA: The largely testosterone-fueled Star Wars movie franchise has added an important new female character in the eighth film, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi", director Rian Johnson said on Friday at a fanfest in Orlando. Johnson said the movie, scheduled for release in December, is still in post production. Kelly Marie Tran plays Rose, a maintenance worker in the Resistance. Johnson said her character embodies the notion that even the most unlikely person can step up and become a hero. He said her part is the…

Who will be the next governor of Sindh?

KARACHI: The federal government has started deliberations for appointment of new governor Sindh after the death of Justice (retd) Saeeduz Zaman Siddiqui who remained in the office for barely two months. Mr. Siddiqui, 79, passed away due to respiratory problems and chest infection. According to sources, the government has couple of names in consideration for the post of governor – Muftah Ismail and Khwaja Qutab. The names of these two candidates are currently under discussion at the President House. However, insiders…