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Facebook CEO says he is no longer an atheist

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CALIFORNIA (JAN 02, 2017): Mark Zuckerberg, Co-founder and CEO of social-networking app Facebook has steered away from his atheist beliefs and emphasised the importance of religion, said a report on Monday.

“Zuckerberg, whose Facebook profile once identified him as an atheist, revealed he is now inclined towards religion after he wished all his followers a “Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah” on December 25,” the report said.

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This is all started when a commenter on Zuckerberg’s post questioned his Christmas and Hanukkah wishes asking, “Aren’t you an atheist?”

In reply, Facebook CEO asserted that he went through a phase. “No. I was raised Jewish and then I went through a period where I questioned things, but now I believe religion is very important.”

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The 32-year-old had earlier met Pope Francis in Vatican to discuss technology’s part in helping the world’s poor. During the meeting, Zuckerberg, who was accompanied by his wife Priscilla Chan on the trip, said he admired the Pope’s compassion.

The Facebook CEO, whose wife is a Buddhist, has previously shown interest in Buddhism when he visited Wild Goose Pagoda in XI’an, and offered prayers for peace and health for the world and his family. In a post on Facebook, he said he wanted to learn more about the faith.

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Final of PSL III: Defending champion Zalmi gives United a target of 149 runs!

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KARACHI: Venue is the National Stadium, where over 30,000 cheering fans are chock-a-block in the stands to witness final match of PSL’s IIIrd Edition.

Defending champions Peshawar Zalmi that decided to bat first after winning the toss set a 149-run target for Islamabad United to chase.  

Samit Patel and Mohammad Sami used the new ball against opening pair Kamran Akmal and Andre Fletcher. Though the latter,  while facing Patel, hit fours in the third over, Akmal was sent to the pavilion in the very over.

Then came Mohammad Hafeez. His bat started yielding runs off Sami’s bowling but was sent back by Patel on the fifth over’s fist ball.  Wahab Riaz scored 28 off 14 balls  enabling Zalmi muster-up a decent 149 in the allotted 20 overs. 

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PSL IIIrd Edition 1st Eliminator: Peshawar beats Quetta by one run!

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LAHORE: In a cliffhanging, nail-biting last minute thriller Quetta Gladiators were routed out of the PSL IIIrd Edition finals by Peshawar Zalmi here at the Qaddafi Stadium today. 

Despite twenty-two runs that Anwar Ali’s bat produced off last over they failed to reach the target of 157 set by Peshawar Zalmi.

Right from the commencement of the innings Quetta Gladiators were under pressure, its out-of-form batsman Asad Shafiq was sent back to the pavilion by Peshawar Zalmi’s bowler.

 

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T10 League: Shahid Afridi dismisses three wickets in the new format!

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UAE: Shahid Afridi yesterday (14th of December) wrote history by dismissing three batsman  – South African Rilee Rossouw, West Indian Dwayne Bravo & Indian Virendar Sehwag – off three balls in the first ever hat-trick in cricket’s newest format of T10.  

Pakhtoons that were asked by Marathas to bat first scored 122. In response Maratha Arabians scored 96 for 7.  Pakhtoons’ Fakhar Zaman scored 45 while Maratha’s Alex Hales managed to muster-up 57.

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Maratha Arabians: Virender Sehwag, Shaiman Anwar, Alex Hales, Lendl Simmons, Rillee Rossouw, Ross Whiteley, Imad Wasim, Roelof van der Merwe, Zahoor Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Sami, Hardus Viljoen, Wayne Parnell, Kumar Sangakkara, Kamran Akmal.

Pakhtoons: Fakhar Zaman, Tamim Iqbal, Dwayne Smith, Ahmad Shahzad, Najibullah Zadran, Shahid Afridi, Amjab Javed, Mohammad Nabi, Liam Dawson, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Sohail Khan, Umar Gul, Shaheen Afridi, Saqlain Haider.

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