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A game or a death trap? Blue Whale must stop in its tracks, warn experts!

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KARACHI: Today’s youth love to accept challenges while performing interesting and adventurous tasks.

But what if your children would want to plunge into the wall of death as to complete the tasks of a game?

Yes, we are talking about the viral game namely Blue Whale!

  • What is this game about?

The Blue Whale Game is an online game that your kids can easily come across on Facebook, Google, WhatsApp, Instragram, Microsoft and Yahoo.

Its popularity surges and catches the attention of many as the mortalities started reporting around the globe.

The victims have to complete different challenges (including self harm) giving by anonymous administrator throughout the period of 50 days.

Also, players have been asked to submit their snaps harboring the proof that the challenges were accomplished.

On the 50th day, the gullible teens have to take their lives as to complete the last mission of the game.

The said game looms over the parents by leaving them in great distress.

Around 130 deaths have been reported only in Russia and some 200 suicide cases have been reported in India.

However, incidents of attempting suicide have also been reported from Ukraine, Estonia, Kenya, Brazil, USA and Argentina.

On one instance, a student from Russian university planned to jump off a building to complete one of the challenges of the game. Luckily, his parents managed to save him.

On asking about the game, the victim told that he did not want to take his life but he was only fulfilling the task and that is what he had at the back of his mind.

Sources privy to Newspakistan.tv have been reported that when the youth realize about the potential threats and danger of the game, they want to depart but are, in point of fact, threatened with dreadful consequences by the administrators.

It’s a kind of a malware that if the officials try to block the link, a hundred more can be created within minutes.

It is to be noted that Blue Whale is a peer-to-peer game, where one can merely play if the link has been sent by another user, which makes it hard to track.

  • What connoisseurs have to say?

Keeping this in the view, Health and wellness experts opine that children’s developing mind cannot put up with peer pressure as they are vulnerable and can be easily manipulated.

However, parents should edify them that it is completely fine rejecting to participate in trends that make them feel insecure or spooked out.

First thing first, Parents should talk and discuss with their kids while stressing that they should make their own choices instead of following the crowd blindly. Also, they should teach them the art of saying no.

Psychologists believe that parents should be alerted by noticing abrupt or extended isolation and mood swings in their kids.

Also, if there is a change in their pals’ circle, they should address the issue at once.

Keenly analyze what kids and teens are doing on social networking sites.

As far as the educational institutions are concerned, they can display warnings pertaining the potential threats regarding the game on their notice boards.

Besides, they should organize some counseling lectures within the premises.

Fortunately, no such bizarre cases have been reported here in Pakistan. However, officials and parents should keep their eyes peeled to be on the safe side!


P.S. It is pertinent to mention here that the game is now available in different names such as A Silent House, A Sea of Whale and Wake Me Up at 4:20 AM.

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French youths jailed for killing Chinese tailor

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BOBIGNY: Two French youths were jailed Tuesday over a deadly attack on a Chinese tailor that sparked mass protests by the country’s Asian community.

The pair, aged 17 and 19 at the time of the attack in August 2016, left Zhang Chaolin with fatal injuries when he fell while they were mugging him. The older defendant was sentenced to 10 years in jail and the younger to four years with an additional year suspended for violent robbery leading to death. The younger, who has already served two years behind bars awaiting trial, burst into tears upon hearing the verdict at a juvenile court near Paris.

Prosecutors had asked that the pair be jailed for 15 years and eight years respectively. Zhang’s death caused an outcry among Asians living in France, with thousands taking to the streets to protest what they called a rise in anti-Asian racism in poorer French communities. The 49-year-old and a friend were on their way to a restaurant in the Paris suburb of Aubervilliers when three teenagers crossed their path. Zhang, who has two children, fell and hit his head on a wall after being kicked in the chest. 

 

 

 

 

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HR ministry pays blood-money!

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ISLAMABAD: Ministry of Human Rights (MOHR) and Government of Pakistan has released Rs 1,680,270 on account of Diyat, Arsh and Daman Fund for payment of Diyat to legal heirs of a prisoner Javed Ali, confined in Central Prison Hyderabad.

The prisoner, Javed Ali son of Ashraf Ali confined in the Central Prison Hyderabad under Section 302 Pakistan Penal Code in First Information Report No. 09/2014 of Police Station Border Farm, District Umerkot. An official of MOHR told Media that on the directive of the Ministry of Human Rights, Islamabad, the Regional Director Human Rights Karachi met District and Sessions Judge Umerkot and handed over a cheque amounting to Rs. 1,680,270 for payment of Diyat amount to legal heirs of the victim to release the convicted prisoner from Central Prison Hyderabad.

This fund has been approved by the Administrative Committee for Diyat, Arsh and Daman Fund in its 5th meeting held on May 16 in the ministry. The case was recommended by Provincial Sub-Committee on Diyat, Arsh and Daman, Government of Sindh, he informed.

The Federal Government has established Diyat, Arsh and Daman Fund to provide financial assistance to convicts, who are confined in jails on account of nonpayment of Diyat, Arsh and Daman amount to the legal heirs of victims due to poverty and weak financial position, he said. Soft loans or financial grants out of the fund is also provided to the convict prisoners who fulfil the prescribed criteria, he informed.

The Federal Government has placed this fund under the administrative control of Ministry of Human Rights. Provincial Sub Committee scrutinize, process and recommend eligible cases to the Administrative Committee for its consideration and approval for the grant of Diyat, Arsh and Daman, he said.

Heirs can pardon the convicts taking blood money according to the provision of Islamic laws. However, the same is not allowed if the case is registered under the terrorism laws. 

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Syrian admits to Berlin assault on Israeli wearing kippa

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BERLIN: A young Syrian migrant admitted today to lashing out with his belt at an Israeli man wearing a Jewish kippa skullcap in an assault that stoked fears of resurgent anti-Semitism.

A video of the attack, filmed by the victim on his smartphone, sparked widespread public revulsion as it spread on social media, and later triggered large street rallies to show solidarity with Jews. The defendant, a 19-year-old Palestinian from Syria, is charged with dangerous assault and hate speech in the trial that was to hear eight witnesses and could reach a verdict the same day.

The footage of the April 17 assault shows the attacker, one of a group of three, shouting “Yahudi“, Jew in Arabic, before lashing out at the two men, leaving one injured. “I’m sorry, it was a mistake”, the defendant told a Berlin court, while claiming the victim had insulted him first, reported news agency DPA.

“I didn’t want to hit him, I only wanted to scare him,” he said in his testimony, which switched from halting German to Arabic. “I had smoked some dope, my head was tired.” Grievous bodily harm usually carries jail terms of three months to five years in Germany, but less under the juvenile law which can be applied for defendants up to 20 years of age.

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