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Tabassum Saleem is a symbol of Pakistan’s positive image abroad!

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PARIS: Every person wants to be successful in his or her life. It is a human nature to achieve his goal and feel the victory in life, but it is true that to acquire the success anyone has to work diligently and it is also true that to maintain the achievement, harder work is needed. Numerous articles and success stories had been written about a Lady, called Tabassum Saleem.

She is the symbol of a positive image of Pakistan in France. As one of the most important observations of history is that only those nations survive, that safeguard their culture and values.

Tabassum Saleem, French lady of Pakistani origin, has made history by winning the Elections for the Madame Elegante France Internationale 2017 that was held at Paris, on December 4, 2016. The organization Comité Miss Elégante France, organizes each year a competition to elect Miss Elegant France and Madam Elegant France.

Miss Elegant France is in the category of 18 to 34 years of age, and Madam Elegant should be between 35 and above. Unlike other beauty contests, all ladies are eligible, regardless of height, weight and other physical aspects. There is no such nudity which you may have seen in other beauty contests. The organization’s aim is to highlight the beauty and culture of other nations.

Its an honor for people of Pakistani origin, that such a wonderful and brilliant lady of Pakistani heritage got the chance to present a positive image of Pakistan in France otherwise it has been facilitating her present a positive visage of her home-country to the world. Tabassum is the first ever lady of Pakistani heritage to appear before them. The organization was surprised to see a very knowledgeable, courteous, and elegant lady with a huge cultural background.

After winning the title, Tabassum Saleem visited many countries to represent her Pakistani Culture along with French elegance and at last the day came, for which she waited long. It was none other than visiting her home and motherland, Pakistan!

Tabassum received a very warm welcome at the Islamabad Airport, by her relatives, friends and the fans, respectively. Being an International figure, she was treated like a Princess during her stay in Pakistan. As per protocol, her stay was arranged in Punjab house, which is inaccessible to everyone.

Tabassum’s remarkable services for Pakistan on International forums were acknowledged in every corner of Pakistan she visited. Due to which she had a very busy schedule from visiting National Assembly, to meetings with High-level Officials of Pakistan, TV interviews on different News Channels and her outstanding press conference in Pakistan National Club Islamabad, respectively.

Along with her visit to Ganda Singh border (Ganda Singh Wala is a village named after Ganda Singh Dat and lies on the border with Eastern Punjab, India. Since 1970 there has been a daily Retreat Ceremony at the border crossing), she did meet few of famous fashion designers from Pakistani fashion industry. Moreover, she did get chance to meet the top chef from Lahore, discovering the Pakistani gastronomy.

After her successful trip to Pakistan, Tabassum expressed “The love Pakistanis have for me and I have for them is something that is unaffected, I still miss Pakistan like you miss a part of your soul. Like you’ve left a person behind “. It was not easy for her, to say goodbye to people of Pakistan.

 

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Two killed in Marseille shooting

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MARSEILLE: Two more violent deaths occurred overnight in the southern French city of Marseille, known for its turf wars for control of the drug trade, officials said today.

A masked gunman armed with an assault rifle stormed into a sports club at around 1:00 am today in the northern district of Estaque and shot dead a man in his thirties with a police record for dealing in drugs, Marseille prosecutor Xavier Tarabeux told the Media.

A 28-year-old bus driver who was in the line of fire was also killed. He was playing cards in the building and had no police record.

The deaths came 24 hours after Interior Minister Gerard Collomb visited the sprawling port city. A total of 18 cartridges were found in the building, Tarabeux said.

A total of 11 people this year have been killed in Marseille in shootings related to criminal gangs. Last year, 14 people were killed in similar attacks in the Bouches-du-Rhone department, where Marseille is located.

Relevant pieces published earlier:

Police shot dead the man who stabbed two women to dead at Marseille’s train station

As an eye-witness had noted and provided the license number of the killer van, police managed to nab its driver. According to sources the 35-year-old accused from Grenoble was being treated for psychological problems. Newspaper La Provence, sans quoting its source, has claimed that the suspect came to Marseille specifically for psychiatric treatment in a specialized institution. Since the anti-terror prosecutor has not yet stepped into the case, it is believed that it was not an attack by the militant extremists. One may recall that due to the van attack a man was injured at the first bus stop. A woman in her early 40s lost her life when the van crashed into a second bus stop in another district. Marseille rampage was an act of terror or not, the incident just after few days of the van attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils (that killed 14 and injured scores of pedestrians) is alarming. Moreover, pundits at the helm of affairs are of the view that despite van driver’s mental insatiability episode, it is quite possible that eventually some terrorist connection surfaces.

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Families sue EU over climate change!

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PARIS: Ten families from Europe, Kenya, and Fiji have filed suit against the European Union, seeking to limit global warming’s threats to their homes and livelihoods, their lawyers said today.

They insist the bloc must do more to limit climate change caused by greenhouse gas emissions, and point to drought, glacier melt, sea level rise and flooding that will only worsen as temperatures rise.

The plaintiffs before the EU’s top court, the European Court of Justice are “families living near the coast, families owning forests in Portugal, families in the mountains that see the glaciers melting, families in the north that are affected by permafrost melting,” their lawyer Roda Verheyen told the Media.

They “are already being impacted by climate change, already incurring damage… and they are saying: ‘EU, you have to do what you can to protect us because otherwise, our damage will be catastrophic’,” Verheyen said.

The claim, nicknamed the “People’s Climate Case”, is the first of its kind brought against the EU, the group’s lawyers said.

Previously, suits were filed against individual governments. In Paris in 2015, the world’s nations agreed to limit average global warming to under two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) over pre-Industrial Revolution levels.

This would be achieved by limiting emissions of planet-warming gases emitted by burning fossil fuels coal, oil, and gas.

Relevant piece published earlier:  The exposure of air pollution is found to be hazardous for health. However, the latest research has just found out that even its safe levels could potentially mess with kids’ brain development. Savants are of the view that unborn babies, exposed to safe levels of air contamination (25 µg/m3), are highly likely to mount brain abnormalities, which can later trigger impaired cognitive function. While articulating their concerns, pundits further revealed that such brain malformations chip-in towards causing a problem with inhibitory control, the aptitude to manage self-control upon desires and emotional behavior. Moreover, it is associated with mental health dilemmas predominantly addictive behavior and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. So as to prove this, the academics analyzed air pollution levels such as nitrogen dioxide, caused by traffic fumes and cigarette smoking, coarse particles and fine particles. Also, they have been through the records of some 783 children during their foetal life. Harboring on the subject, the study senior investigator Monica Guxens from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) in Spain noted that the cognitive impediments at early ages due to exposure to pollution could boost the odds of mounting mental health chaos and poor academic achievement among little ones. It is to be noted that earlier too, the studies have demonstrated a strong association between safe levels of pollution and having lungs, heart, and other organs (cognitive) disorders while affecting foetal growth development.

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Dutch soldier buried with full honours – 400 years on

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THE HAGUE: A Dutch colonel was getting a burial with full military honors today, almost 400 years after his death, in a unique funeral in a tiny Frisian town.

Colonel Schelte van Aysma died in 1637 during the Eighty Years War as Dutch Protestants battled for independence from their Spanish rulers, a Dutch military spokesman said. But the soldier’s remains had lain almost entirely forgotten for centuries beneath a heavy gravestone in the local floor of Schatten church.

“Today, the remains of Colonel Van Aysma will be reburied with full military honors in a newly restored grave,” Captain Joost Ploegmakers told AFP. It is not clear exactly how Van Aysma died, but he was killed during the 1637 Siege of Breda when the southern fortress city then held by the Spanish was surrounded by troops loyal to the Netherlands.

The Dutch finally recaptured the city after a year-long siege. The investigation of how the remains of Van Aysma — considered a hero of the Dutch struggle for independence from Spain – were discovered reads like a cold-case detective story.

After being lost for centuries, officials from the Dutch National Military Museum discovered Van Aysma’s helmet in 2015 still hanging in Schatten’s local church. Amateur historian Andre Buwalda spotted a similar depiction of Van Aysma’s helmet on a gravestone, which was promptly opened.

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