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Year-ender 2017

Pakistan’s entertainment industry: Here’s what went viral in 2017

Unlike every year, 2017 had some different crisp, sensation and turnarounds for Pakistan entertainment industry in particular and the celebrities in general. Thanks to social media being catalyst for change, some times a good one, some times the otherwise. Controversies are in fact a regular feature in the world of entertainment. Some of them surrounding our showbiz gems like Mahira Khan, Noor, Humera Arshad and Fariha Pervez hogged in the spotlight this year and remained a popular fodder for the media industry. We…

Key global events in 2017: A year of shocks and surprises

From the inauguration of US President Donald Trump, to the escalation of the North Korea crisis, and Brexit negotiations, 2017 has been a rather eventful year. The Middle East witnesses several key events such as Qatar diplomatic crisis, Muhammad Bin Salman becoming Crown Prince, and Yemen's war further worsened. Europe saw Macron as youngest president of France, and  German chancellor Merkel receives fourth term. Both leaders attempt to take reigns of world leadership. In Africa, Zimbabwe saw the reign of dictator…

7 ‘Mujhe Kyun Nikala’ moments Pakistan saw in 2017

The 2017 saw many top Pakistan leaders, in fact a sitting prime minister, being shown the door either by the courts or the government itself, triggering outpour of anger from the ‘victims’ and outburst of joy from their detractors. The most prominent ouster of all was undoubtedly that of then prime minister Nawaz Sharif in July when the apex court ordered him to step down after series of probes in the Panama Papers case, but his babyish objection to dismissal ‘Mujhe Kyun Nikala’ became a viral meme. It garnered so much…

Discovery of neutron star collision is ‘breakthrough’ of 2017

MIAMI: The world's first-ever detection of two faraway neutron stars colliding, causing a massive blast that rippled through the fabric of space and time, was judged the scientific breakthrough of 2017, the journal Science said Thursday. The smashup of the two ultra-dense stars observed on August 17 "confirmed several key astrophysical models, revealed a birthplace of many heavy elements, and tested the general theory of relativity as never before," said the report. The blast, which occurred 130 million light-years…

65 journalists and media workers killed globally in 2017: RSF

PARIS: Sixty-five journalists and media workers were killed worldwide in 2017, according to annual figures published by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Tuesday. Among them were 50 professional reporters, the lowest toll in 14 years. However, the downward trend is due at least in part to journalists giving up working in the world's deadliest spots. War-torn Syria remains the most dangerous country in the world for journalists, RSF said, with 12 reporters killed, followed by Mexico where 11 were assassinated. They…

Defeated militarily in 2017, IS remains a global threat

PARIS: The year 2017 saw significant destruction to the Islamic State (IS), which lost almost all of its self-proclaimed "Caliphate" in Iraq and Syria, but experts warn the group is adapting and continues to be a threat. Within hours of the start of the year, an Uzbek who described himself as a "Caliphate Soldier" opened fire at a nightclub in Istanbul in Turkey, murdering 39 New Year's Eve revellers. Through directly arming jihadists or by luring them with online propaganda, IS has committed or inspired dozens of…

2017: The year the bitcoin craze reached Wall Street

NEW YORK: Bitcoin burst out of the shadows in 2017, seducing Wall Street and individual investors alike even though many still struggle to understand precisely what it is. The cryptocurrency's rise is also pushing regulators to consider taking action after years of simply urging caution. Bitcoin started the year at $1,000 per unit in January but by mid-December had shot to within striking distance of $20,000, a dizzying climb that stoked fears of a bubble even in financial circles used to speculation and volatility.…

‘Youthquake’ named 2017 word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries

CALIFORNIA: "Youthquake" was crowned Friday as Oxford Dictionaries' word of the year 2017, following a five-fold increase in usage. The word is defined as "a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people". It first rose during Britain's June general election, which saw an upsurge in youth turnout, then had an even bigger spike in September around New Zealand's general election. However, the word was first coined in 1965 by the then Vogue magazine editor Diana…

2017: The list of most ‘Googled’ people in Pakistan is out!

Google has unveiled the annual Year in Search which highlights the top searches in Pakistan in the outgoing year 2017. Google’s Year in Search provides a snapshot of the trends, people, and happenings that captures the nation’s interest during the year. Below is the list of most googled persons of 2017 in Pakistan. 1- Fabiha Sherazi 2- Nadeem Sarwar 3- Fakhar Zaman 4- Rishi Kapoor 5- Rida Isfahani 6- Faryal Makhdoom 7- J. Afridi 8- Ahad Raza Mir 9- Hania Amir 10- Momina Mustehsan Google…