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 ‘Pathaan’ causes rampage at the box office, King Khan starrer scores a whopping Rs 215 crore!



Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and John Abraham starrer ‘Pathaan’ has caused a rampage at the box office. After entering the coveted 100 crore club on day one at the worldwide box office, the film has doubled its numbers on the second day!

The film is on a record-breaking spree overseas and has raked in around $3.50-$3.75 million overseas on January 26, taking its two day total to around $8 million. ‘Pathaan’ scored around Rs 70 crore at the domestic box office on its second day and these numbers suggest that the Hindi version of the film has earned around Rs 112 crore on second day, reports Boxofficeindia. With this whopping collection, the worldwide gross collection of ‘Pathaan’ (Hindi) stands at a whopping Rs 215 crore and when regional language figures are added, the film is expected to have raked in over Rs 220 crore!

‘Pathaan’ has been doing very good business in almost all the circuits expected for East Punjan and CI. Also, the film did minimal business in the South too. While the holiday period is over, ‘Pathaan’ collection is expected to see a drop on Friday, but it will regain momentum over the weekend. ‘Pathaan’ is expected to score a very strong figure at the end of its five day extended weekend.

In North America, the action film has made over $1.5 million and the numbers in the Gulf also match those in the US and Canada combined. The Hindi film has easily crossed ₹100 crore in its first day itself. It remains to be seen how many more records Pathaan can break going into the extended holiday weekend with the Republic Day holiday as well.

The Hindustan Times review of the film stated, “Pathaan is your true-blue commercial, masala entertainer that’s not trying to send across any message or be a social commentary on the current state of affairs in the country. It’s fun, non-fussy and fantastic at the same time. Go watch it for Shah Rukh Khan and you would only come back with a smile, and maybe grooving a bit. Don’t miss the scene just before end credits for it’s not everyday you see two superstars in a banter about their stardom.”

Bangladesh-India trade growing rapidly


Trade between Bangladesh and India has been growing rapidly yet, there is a huge untapped opportunity and possibility to further increase it, said the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Dr A K Abdul Momen. Speaking on the occasion of the function organised to mark the 74th Republic Day of India in Dhaka, Dr. Momen said that Bangladesh is the biggest trading partner of India in South Asia. India is the second biggest trading partner of Bangladesh. He pointed out that the total trade between the two countries has increased 3-fold over the last decade marking a robust growth.

Speaking about the new initiatives to further expand trade ties between the two countries, Dr. Momen said that Bangladesh and India are in discussion to conclude the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA). He said Bangladesh is working with India to ensure a stable and predictable supply of commodities so that the market remains stable in Bangladesh.

Eight dead as Hong Kong cargo vessel sinks off Japan


At least eight people have died after a Hong Kong-flagged cargo vessel sank off Japan yesterday.

The Japan Coast Guard said that Hong Kong-registered 6,551-ton Jintian carried 22 crew members, including 14 Chinese and eight Burmese, sank in the East China Sea off the coast of southwestern Nagasaki province. According to Japanese public broadcaster NHK, South Korean and Japanese coast guards and local fishermen rescued 13 crew members. The vessel was sailing towards South Korea’s southwestern port city of Incheon from Malaysia, carrying wood. A search and rescue operation is still going on for the missing crew.

Bangkok: Residents advised to stay indoors as air pollution worsens


Officials in Thailand have been advised people to work from home and wear face masks due to air pollution that has worsened to unhealthy levels in the capital city, Bangkok. The officials also urged people to use public transport rather than private cars for commuting. The Officials also said the authorities would seek to reduce sources of pollution such as outdoor burning and construction activities. According to media reports, the number of patients experiencing pollution-related health problems more than doubled to nearly 213,000 this week, from about 96,000 last week. Most were experiencing respiratory tract problems as well as symptoms such as dermatitis or eye inflammation.

Agricultural burning and forest fires are major causes of air pollution in Thailand between December and April, especially in the northwest. Pollution from these fires also affects Bangkok, which already struggles with bad air due to its factories, construction, and traffic.

Bangladesh govt making all preparations to hold free and fair elections: PM Hasina


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has reiterated the government’s resolve to hold the next general elections of Bangladesh in a free and fair manner.

She told the outgoing Swiss Ambassador Nathalie Chuard, who called on her at the parliament house office on Thursday, that the government is making all the necessary preparations to conduct free and fair elections in the country.

Highlighting the independence of the Election Commission, Sheikh Hasina told Ambassador Chuard that the government formed a neutral Election Commission through a search committee. She reassured that the foreign observers will come to oversee the elections and they will do their job freely.

Taking a swipe at the military rulers of the past and the parties they formed, Sheikh Hasina said that Awami League (AL) emerged from the masses but the parties like the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and Jatiya Party (JP) took birth in the cantonment.

They grabbed power illegally and later formed political parties, said Sheikh Hasina. She said that Jamaat-e-Islami was involved in crimes against humanity during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971.

In the meanwhile, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has asked the Deputy Commissioners (DC) to ensure that the national elections are held in a free, fair and acceptable manner.

Addressing the Deputy Commissioners on the occasion of the DC’s conference in Dhaka, Home Minister Kamal said that people want a fair, acceptable and impartial election, while the entire world is also looking at Bangladesh too. He said the law enforcement agencies, including the BGB, police, RAB and Ansar will perform their duties according to the EC instructions, reports the official news agency BSS.

Indian economy is on a strong footing given the strong domestic demand: UN Economist

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A United Nation body dealing with world economic affairs has termed India as a “bright spot” in the world economy and projected to grow at 6.7 per cent next year.

“India is a “bright spot” in the world economy currently and is on a “strong footing”, projected to grow at 6.7 per cent next year, a very high growth rate relative to other G20 member countries”, said Hamid Rashid, the Chief of the Global Economic Monitoring Branch, Economic Analysis and Policy Division, UN-Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

“I think India is a bright spot in the world economy right now,” Rashid said at a press conference  at the launch of the World Economic Situation and Prospects 2023 report.

The flagship report said that India’s GDP is projected to moderate to 5.8 per cent in 2023 as higher interest rates and global economic slowdown weigh on investment and exports.

India’s economic growth is expected to remain “strong” even as prospects for other South Asian nations “are more challenging.” India is projected to grow at 6.7 per cent in 2024, the fastest-growing major economy in the world.

Rashid said, “we believe the Indian economy is on a strong footing given the strong domestic demand in the near term.” Noting that India’s economic growth is expected to pick up in 2024 to 6.7 per cent, he said this is “very high growth relative to other G20 member countries.”

The Group of Twenty (G20) comprises 19 countries (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Türkiye, United Kingdom and United States) and the European Union. “This is a sustainable growth rate for India. India also has a significant number of people living in poverty. So this would be a great boost. If India can sustain this growth rate in the near term, that would be good for the Sustainable Development Goals, good for poverty reduction globally,” Rashid said.


Responding to a question on the Indian economy, Rashid, who is the lead author of the report, attributed three factors to India’s current economic strength.

In India, annual inflation is estimated at 7.1 per cent in 2022, exceeding the 2 to 6 per cent medium-term inflation target band set by the Central Bank. India’s inflation is expected to decelerate to 5.5 per cent in 2023 as global commodity prices moderate and slower currency depreciation eases imported inflation.

He said India’s unemployment rate has come down significantly in the last four years to 6.4 per cent and is lower than what it was around 2017. “That means the domestic demand has been pretty strong,” he said.

India’s inflation pressure also has “eased quite significantly” and it is expected to be about 5.5 per cent this year and 5 per cent in 2024.

Rashid said this means that the country’s central bank would not have to aggressively go for monetary tightening. The third factor benefitting India is that its import bills have been lower, “especially energy import cost has been lower than in the previous years. That has also helped India’s growth prospect in 2022 and 2023,” he said.

Outlining “downside risks” for India’s growth prospects in the near term, Rashid said higher interest rates have a spillover effect.

 “India’s debt servicing cost has exceeded 20 per cent of the budget and that is a significantly high debt servicing cost and that would probably have some drag on the growth prospects.” He said another risk for the Indian economy is external demand.

 “If Europe goes into a very slow growth mode” and the US is also in a similar situation, India’s export to the world economy may suffer a setback.

The report noted that world output growth is projected to decelerate from an estimated three per cent in 2022 to 1.9 per cent in 2023, marking one of the lowest growth rates in recent decades as a “series of severe and mutually reinforcing shocks — the Covid-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine and resulting food and energy crises, surging inflation, debt tightening, as well as the climate emergency — battered the world economy in 2022.” It presents a gloomy and uncertain global economic outlook for the near term. Global growth is forecast to moderately pick up to 2.7 per cent in 2024 as some of the headwinds will begin to subside. However, this is highly dependent on the pace and sequence of further monetary tightening, the course and consequences of the war in Ukraine, and the possibility of further supply-chain disruptions.

The report, produced by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), said that in South Asia, the economic outlook has significantly deteriorated due to high food and energy prices, monetary tightening and fiscal vulnerabilities. Average GDP growth is projected to moderate from 5.6 per cent in 2022 to 4.8 per cent in 2023.

 “Prospects are more challenging” for other economies in the South Asia region. Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka sought financial assistance from the International Monetary Fund in 2022.

China is projected to grow at 4.8 per cent in the calendar year 2023 and 4.5 per cent in 2024, while the US is estimated to register a 0.4 per cent economic growth this year and 1.7 per cent in 2024.

The report said that amid high inflation, aggressive monetary tightening and heightened uncertainties, the current downturn has slowed the pace of economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, threatening several countries — both developed and developing — with the prospects of a recession in 2023. Growth momentum significantly weakened in the United States, the European Union and other developed economies in 2022, adversely impacting the rest of the global economy through a number of channels.

In India, annual inflation is estimated at 7.1 per cent in 2022, exceeding the 2 to 6 per cent medium-term inflation target band set by the Central Bank. India’s inflation is expected to decelerate to 5.5 per cent in 2023 as global commodity prices moderate and slower currency depreciation eases imported inflation.

11 Ukrainians die in Russian missile strikes


In Ukraine, at least 11 people died and 10 others were wounded in the Russian missile strikes yesterday. A wave of Russian missile attacks across Ukraine, came a day after the US and Germany agreed to deliver tanks to Kyiv. Ukraine’s armed forces Commander-in-chief, Valerii Zaluzhnyi said that 20 missiles had been shot down over Kyiv.

Ukrainian State Emergency Services spokesperson Oleksandr Khorunzhyi said that most of the damage has been caused to the housing in the Kyiv region. He said, 35 buildings were damaged in the missile strikes and two fires broke out. The missiles caused damage in 11 regions throughout Ukraine. The spokesperson said that around 100 rescuers are involved in the recovery process after the attack.

 یومِ جمہوریہ روایتی حب الوطنی کے جذبے کے ساتھ منایا گیا

ملک آج اپنا 74 واں یوم جمہوریہ منایا گیا۔ بڑی تقریب نئی دلی میں کرتویہ پتھ پر ہوئی جہاں صدرجمہوریہ دروپدی مرمو نے یوم جمہوریہ منانے میں ملک کی قیادت کی۔

مصر کے صدر عبدالفتاح السیسی پریڈ میں مہمان خصوصی تھے۔یوم جمہوریہ پریڈ تقریب کا آغاز قومی جنگی میموریل پر وزیراعظم نریندرمودی کی جانب سے ایک گُل دائرہ نذر کرنے سے ہوا جہاں اُنھوں نے بہادر سپاہیوں کو خراج عقیدت پیش کرنے میں ملک کی قیادت کی۔ روایت کے مطابق قومی پرچم لہرایا گیا، اس کے بعد 21 توپوں کی سلامتی کے ساتھ قومی ترانہ ہوا۔ اِس مرتبہ 21 توپوں کی سلامی بھارت میں بنائی گئی 105 ایم ایم کی توپوں سے دی گئی جبکہ پہلے وِنٹیج 25 پاونڈر توپیں استعمال ہوتی تھیں۔ اِس سے دفاع کے شعبے میں بڑھتی ہوئی آتم نربھرتا کی عکاسی ہوتی ہے۔ Mi-17 اور V5 طرز کے چار ہیلی کاپٹروں نے کرتویہ پتھ پر موجود لوگوں پر پھولوں کی پتیاں برسائیں۔ یوم جمہوریہ پریڈ کا آغاز صدرجمہوریہ کی جانب سے سلامی لینے سے ہوا۔ مارچ پاسٹ کے دوران بھارتی فوج کی نمائندگی اِکسٹھ Cavalry کے دستے، 9 میکنائزڈ دستوں اور چھ مارچ کرنے والے دستوں نے کی۔ پریڈ کے دوران ملک میں ہی تیار کئے گئے سازوسامان کی نمائش کی گئی۔ اِن میں ارجن ٹینک، ناگ میزائل نظام، کے۔9 وجر- Howitzer گن اور آکاش اسلحہ نظام شامل ہیں۔ بھارتی فضائیہ کا مارچ کرنے والا دستہ، چار افسروں اور 144 فضائی جانبازوں پر مشتمل تھا۔ 144 نوجوان ملاحوں کے بحریہ کے دستے کی کمان خاتون افسر لیفٹیننٹ کمانڈر دِشا امرت کے ہاتھ میں تھی۔ پہلی مرتبہ مارچ کرنے والا دستہ تین خواتین اور چھ اگنی ویروں پر مشتمل تھا۔ بھارتی کوسٹ گارڈ، CRPF، ریلوے حفاظتی فورس، دلی پولیس، NCC اور NSS کے دستوں نے بھی مارچ پاسٹ میں حصہ لیا۔ پہلی مرتبہ BSF کے اونٹوں پر سوار اہلکاروں میں خواتین بھی شامل تھیں جس سے خواتین کو بااختیار بنانے کی عکاسی ہوتی ہے۔ پریڈ کی خاص باتوں میں موٹے اناج کے بین الاقوامی سال کے موضوع پر زرعی تحقیق کی بھارتی کونسل کی جھانکی شامل تھی۔ پردھان منتری راشٹریہ بال پرسکار حاصل کرنے والے بچوں نے بھی پریڈ میں حصہ لیا۔

 شاندار پریڈ میں ملک کی فوجی قوت اور ثقافتی گوناگونیت کی عکاسی کی گئی

@hqwaciafپریڈ کے آخر میں فلائی پاسٹ ہوا جس کا لوگوں کو بے صبری سے انتظار تھا۔ اِس میں بھارتی فضائیہ کے 45 ہوائی جہازوں ، بھارتی بحریہ کے ایک اور بھارتی فوج کے چار ہیلی کاپٹروں نے حصہ لیا اور آسمان میں اپنے کرتب دکھائے۔ یوم جمہوریہ کی پریڈ کے دوران ملک کی فوجی قوت، ثقافتی گوناگونیت، خودکفالت، خواتین کو بااختیاربنانے اور نئے بھارت کے ابھرنے کی عکاسی کی گئی۔ پہلی بار مصر کے فوجی دستے نے یوم جمہوریہ کی پریڈ میں حصہ لیا۔تقریب کے آخر میں قومی ترانہ ہوا اور ترنگے غبارے آسمان میں چھوڑے گئے۔ وزیراعظم نریندرمودی نے یوم جمہوریہ کے موقع پر عوام کو مبارکباد پیش کی۔ ایک ٹوئٹ میں جناب مودی نے کہا کہ اِس مرتبہ یہ موقع خاص اہمیت کا حامل ہے کیونکہ یہ آزادی کے امرت مہوتسو کے دوران منایا جارہا ہے۔ وزیراعظم نے یہ امید ظاہر کی ہے کہ سبھی لوگ عظیم مجاہدین آزادی کے خوابوں کو پورا کرنے کیلئے مل کر آگے بڑھیں گے۔وزیرداخلہ امت شاہ نے بھی ہموطنوں کے تئیں نیک خواہشات کا اظہار کیا ہے۔ جناب امت شاہ نے اُن سبھی مجاہدین آزادی، آئین تیار کرنے والوں اور بہادر سپاہیوں کو سلام پیش کیا جنہوں نے ملک کو آزادی دلانے اور اُسے مضبوط بنانے اور اِس کادفاع کرنے کیلئے اپنی زندگی وقف کردی۔ اطلاعات ونشریات کے وزیر انوراگ سنگھ ٹھاکر نے کہاکہ یہ موقع بھارتی آئین کا ایک مربوط آئینہ ہے جس میں کثیرثقافتی تجربات، شاندار جمہوری اقدار اور تاریخی ورثے کے خوبصورت منظر کو شامل کیا گیا ہے۔ جناب ٹھاکر نے کہا کہ اِس آزادی کے امرت کال میں لوگوں کو ایک بھارت شریشٹھ بھارت بنانے کیلئے خود کو وقف کردینا چاہئے۔ 


Saudi Arabia strongly condemns Israeli raid on West Bank refugee camp

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia and several otrher Arab countries have strongly condemned an Israeli raid on a Jenin refugee camp that led to at least nine Palestinians being killed.

The bloodiest day in the West Bank in years erupted during a raid on the crowded refugee camp in the northern city of Jenin, where gunshots rang through the streets and smoke billowed from burning street barricades.

The Palestinian health ministry said the death toll from the clashes rose to nine, including a woman, and that 20 people were wounded before the Israeli forces withdrew mid-morning.

The Israeli military also fatally shot a 22-year-old Palestinian later in a separate incident.

The Kingdom’s foreign ministry said it rejected the serious violations of international law carried out by Israeli forces, stressing its call on the international community to assume its responsibilities to end the occupation, stop escalation and Israeli aggressions, and provide necessary protection for civilians.

The ministry also expressed the Kingdom’s sincere condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims and to the government and people of Palestine, wishing the injured a speedy recovery.

Kuwait and Oman also condemned the attack, their state news agencies said on Thursday. AN

BSF and Pakistan Rangers exchange sweets at various outposts on Republic Day


In Jammu and Kashmir, the Border Guarding Force (BSF) and Pakistan Rangers exchanged sweets and greetings at various outposts along the International Border and LoC in Jammu division on the occasion of 74th Republic Day today.

The BSF offered sweets to Pakistan Rangers at border outposts in Akhnoor, Samba, Kathua, Arnia, and R S Pura sectors of Jammu division in a cordial manner and they reciprocated. Besides, the Army troops also exchanged sweets and greetings with their Pakistani counterparts at forward posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in the twin border districts of Rajouri and Poonch.