Editor-in-Chief & Publisher: MIR JAVED RAHMAN


Week in History


Issue Date 24 - 30 Dec, 2016 at 2:00 PM

December 24, 1942: The first surface-to-surface guided missile, later known as the V-1 Flying Bomb, was launched by German rocket engineer Wernher von Braun. Called Buzz Bombs for the loud buzzing sound of their motor, they were used by Nazi Germany against Britain beginning in September 1944.

December 25, 1642: Isaac Newton (1642-1727) was born in Woolsthorpe, Lincolnshire, England. He was a mathematician, scientist and author, best known for his work Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica on the theory of gravitation. He died in London and was the first scientist to be honoured with burial in Westminster Abbey.

December 26, 2004: An estimated 230,000 people were killed and 1.5 million left homeless when a magnitude 9.3 earthquake on the seafloor of the Indian Ocean set off a series of giant tsunami waves that smashed into the shorelines of a dozen countries including Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, India and Somalia.

December 27, 2007: Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Bhutto had been campaigning ahead of elections scheduled for January 2008. Shots were fired at her after a political rally at Liaquat Bagh, and a suicide bomb was detonated immediately following the shooting.

December 28, 1832: John C. Calhoun became the first American ever to resign the office of vice president. He served under Presidents John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson and resigned after a series of political disagreements with President Jackson. He went on to become a U.S. Senator from South Carolina.

December 29, 1170: Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, was murdered by four knights acting on orders from England's King Henry II.

December 30, 2006: Saddam Hussein, former Iraq dictator, was executed by hanging for crimes committed against his own people during his rule.


Lead FATA Youth Conference
Events
Lead FATA Youth Conference

It is a 3-day residential conference where young leaders, industrial, developmental and social sector champs will come together on one platform. YLF is going to provide an opportunity to youth and industries, institutes and organisation to come interact, share and develop ideas for the promotion of business, developments of youth and their rights at the heart of Pakistan Islamabad. Leading personalities from the world of politics, media, academia and culture will interact and share their success stories. Participants will take part in plenary and syndicate sessions, and engage in activities and simulations that facilitate learning of essential leadership skills needed to excel in our challenging society.
Date & time: December 26-28, 2016; 10am
Venue: Grand Regency Hotel, Islamabad

Pyls'16
Pyls'16
Pakistan Youth Leadership summit is a 4 days residential summit that brings together youth from all over Pakistan. The conference is devised in a manner to facilitate and motivate the participants to improve their leadership skills. The event aims at providing a platform to the youth of our country to engage in a meaningful dialogue and learn from a panel of renowned national and international guest speakers from different arrays of the society. The conference aims at providing the youth of today with avenues to develop their personal capacity in areas that will be of use to them in the near future, such as career mapping, handling the peer pressure, time management, confidence building, public speaking skills followed by leadership. Furthermore, the conference focuses on the participants to create networks breakthrough connections and get to know each other on a professional level.
Date & time: December 29 – January 1, 2017; 4pm
Venue: Dreamworld Resort, Karachi

Auto Show 2016
Auto Show 2016
PakWheels brings back the largest car exhibition of the metropolis, Karachi Auto Show 2016. It is an event dedicated to car enthusiasts, the grand festival opens doors to a wide array of automobiles in the categories of classic, luxury, vintage and many more.
Date & time: December 25, 2016; 12pm-11pm
Venue: Port Grand, Karachi
Pen mightier than the keyboard

Pen mightier than the keyboard

Technology has become essential to how we access information and how we organise our lives. This is especially true when it comes to writing. Whether it is for a school assignment or to communicate with our loved ones – we spend most of our time typing or texting. We might prefer typing on the keyboard because it is faster and hassle-free but writing is an activity that has been shown to have numerous benefits to the brain and the body. Here’s why you should put pen on paper more often.
• Writing a calming sentence or quote is a form of graphotherapy. Jotting down a peaceful sentence can actually have a calming effect on your mind.
• Writing in cursive script can coordinate the left brain and right brain. We all use both parts of our brains, however, how deeply we use each part varies from person to person.
• Writing by hand can be a great tool for improving cognitive skills. Young children who learn to write letters or draw shapes benefit more if they learn it writing by hand instead of learning via modern tech devices.
• Writing more would seem to entail thinking more thoroughly about topics and journaling, we know, has been shown to be excellent for introspection.
• Writing on paper helps you be more creative because it is a slower process as compared to typing on a keyboard.
• It helps keep your mind sharper as you grow older.
• Psychologists believe that writing something by hand has a longer-lasting effect on memory and retention. This works for both adults and kids. The act of putting pen to paper activates areas of the brain that helps student increase their comprehension. It also involves more senses and motor neurons than when typing on a keyboard.
• Handwriting benefits your brain in so many ways because you use more of it. The linked regions of the brain for reading are activated while writing by hand, but not while typing or texting.


Green Lantern

Green Lantern

Imagine if the ring on your finger was more than a piece of gaudy jewelry. Instead, it’s the universe’s most powerful weapon. It can create whatever you wish out of pure energy, its might limited only by your imagination and will. And with it comes exclusive membership to an exclusive intergalactic police force with alien officers spanning the cosmos.
The only catch is mastering that power and being a Green Lantern means facing your fears, and for headstrong Hal Jordan, that’s something he’s been avoiding his whole life. When just a boy, Hal witnessed his greatest nightmare – his pilot father dying in a tragic plane crash. Nevertheless, determined to follow in his footsteps, Hal repressed his fears, becoming a reckless, defiant test pilot. But when a dying alien crashes on Earth, the irresponsible Hal is chosen to be that alien’s successor in the Green Lantern Corps, a universe-wide peacekeeping force over 3,600 members strong. And his life only gets wilder from there. Wielding a Green Lantern power ring – a weapon fueled by willpower – he can fly and create constructs made of pure energy, generating anything from massive green fists to emerald rifles that can snipe from a planet away. But while Hal tends to ignore his fears, he’ll learn the only way to truly master his ring’s power is by confronting and overcoming them.

Real name
Hal Jordan
First appearance
All-American Comics #16 (1940)
First appearance new 52
Justice League #1 (2011)
Base of operations
Coast City
Powers
Hard light constructs, instant weaponry, force fields, flight, durability, alien technology
Alignment
Hero
Occupation
Test pilot


Republic of Chad

FLAG
Republic of Chad

The flag of the Republic of Chad, adopted the year before the country became independent of France in 1960, is based on the tricolour of France, with the substitution of yellow for white in the middle, thus containing two of the French colours and two of the colours from the Pan-African movement for African unity. The colours also carry their own significance: blue is said to symbolise the sky and the waters of the south, yellow the sun and the deserts of the north, and red valour and the national sacrifice in the struggle for freedom.

 

 

 

 

 

 






Madonna

QUIZ
1. Where was Madonna born in 1958?
2. At which chain restaurant did Madonna work when she first arrived in NYC in the late 70s?
3. Does Madonna have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame?
4. Madonna suffers from brontophobia which is a fear of what?
5. What was Madonna's first band called?
6. What's the title of Madonna's debut single?
7. Madonna won a Golden Globe for Best Actress for her role in which film?
8. Which famous popstar once stated "I want to be the black Madonna"?
9. What was Madonna's first published children's book called?
10. What is Madonna's clothing line called?
11. What is Madonna's middle name?
12. What was the name of Madonna's character in 1985 film Desperately Seeking Susan?
13. Which animated film did Madonna star in 2006?
14. In what year did Madonna sign her first record deal?
15. What's the name of Madonna's current manager?

Last week’s answers:
1. Drew
2. CSI
3. What Do You Mean
4. Tina Fey
5. Kesha
6. Scooter Braun
7. 2009
8. Esther and Phill
9. Kidrahul
10. Seagull
11. Piano, drums, and guitar
12. OG Mally
13. Stratford
14. Stewie from Family Guy
15. 12


Berlin Cathedral

Vantage Point
Berlin Cathedral

Also known as the Protestant St. Peter's, the basilica measures 114m long and 73m wide. The dome is intricately decorated with mosaics. Pompous yet majestic, the Italian Renaissance-style former royal court church (1905) does triple duty as house of worship, museum and concert hall.
This domed building was demolished in 1894 on the orders of Emperor William II to make way for the current cathedral, which was completed in 1905. Much larger than any of the previous buildings, it was meant as a protestant counterweight to the Catholic St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. During World War II, the cathedral suffered heavy damage. The restoration began in 1975 and was finally




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