Samsung recalls Galaxy Note 7 after problems with battery

Samsung recalls Galaxy Note 7 after problems with battery

Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Friday it will halt the sales of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones and will prepare replacement devices for phones already sold after finding problems with the battery cell used.

Samsung Electronics considers Galaxy Note 7 recall: source

Samsung, in a statement, said it will take about two weeks to prepare replacement devices for the phones already sold. It was not clear when new sales of the devices would begin.

On Wednesday Samsung said it had halted supply of the new phone to the top three South Korean carriers and that shipments were being delayed as it conducted additional quality testing.

Ongoing major problems could derail Samsung’s mobile recovery after a string of product successes had reversed the smartphone leader’s declining market share.

The South Korean firm has pinned its hopes on the Note 7 to maintain strong sales momentum in the second half against stiffening competition from the likes of Apple Inc, which is expected to release its latest iPhone next week.

“They need to nip it in the bud right now. The last thing they want is for memes to be spreading on the internet associating the Samsung name with an exploding battery or injury,” IDC analyst Bryan Ma said.

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Portugal's Gomes to Miss Switzerland clash

Portugal’s Gomes to Miss Switzerland clash

Portugal’s Gomes to Miss Switzerland clash


Portugal and Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes has been ruled out of Tuesday’s opening 2018 World Cup qualifier against Switzerland with a leg injury, the Portuguese football federation (FPF) announced on Friday.

The 23-year-old limped off towards the end of Thursday’s 5-0 rout of Gibraltar after hurting his right leg and will sit out the European champions’ trip to Basel in their first game in Group B.

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Gomes, who made a switch to the Camp Nuo from Valencia in July, will be replaced in the squad by Porto midfielder Andre Andre, the FPF added.

Portugal were already without Captain Cristiano Ronaldo, who continues his recovery from a knee injury sustained in the Euro 2016 final against France.

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Hamza Ali Abbasi stands his ground despite Punjab govt notice

Hamza Ali Abbasi stands his ground despite Punjab govt notice

Hamza Ali Abbasi stands his ground despite Punjab govt notice

Defiant in his stance, actor Hamza Ali Abbasi on Saturday refused to apologise to the Punjab government despite being served a legal notice for spreading ‘false news’ of rampant child abductions in the province.

In his letter to Punjab govt additional secretary persecution, the actor wrote he was “deeply saddened” to have been served a legal notice.  “Your warning letter is the first step towards making Pakistan a ruthless police state hell bent on curbing any voice against the ruling government,” Hamza wrote.

PML-N govt sends legal notice to Hamza Ali Abbasi for spreading ‘fear and rumours’

Refusing to tender an apology for what he said was the ‘truth’, Hamza claimed it was an obligation on him as a Muslim and a democratic right as a Pakistani to speak the truth. “If you think my figures are exaggerated, I shall welcome if the government wants to clarify the figures to me with conclusive evidence but by no means I shall be subjugated with threats of legal action,” read the letter.

The 1,200 word letter, a copy of which was posted on Facebook, also reveals the sources which the actor used to post his comments on the abduction issue. “I would suggest that you ask your team to kindly write ‘children abducted in Punjab’ on a search engine called ‘Google’ which is available for public use. You will come across various sources, including multiple tweets tweeted on August 2 of an esteemed Punjab Govt MPA Hina Butt, later tweets of Asifa Zardari on August 7 and August 8 and various (pre and post August 3) articles of credible newspapers which give the number of ‘abducted’ children from 250, 600, 750 and even 913.”

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Hamza also suggested that it was not the job of a democratic government to send notices to individuals, accusing them of spreading wrong news and asking for an apology by threat of legal action. “May I dare also say that if the govt believes that I or any of these sources have spread news based on inaccurate facts, then the job of a ‘democratic’ govt is ONLY to clarify the facts in front of the people,” he said.

Last month, reports suggested an alarming number of children were being kidnapped in Punjab. In 2015, there were more than 1,200 kidnappings reported in the province alone. The figures are just as alarming for 2016. Until now, 767 children have reportedly been kidnapped from Punjab mostly from Lahore, Faisalabad, Bahawalpur and Bahawalnagar.

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But instead the Punjab police played this down. Inspector General Punjab Police Mushtaq Ahmad Sukhera told the media that the kidnapping of children “was not a serious issue” and it had been wrongly portrayed by the media because most of the children ran away from their homes due to harsh attitudes of their parents.

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Pakistanis increasingly seeking asylum abroad

Pakistanis increasingly seeking asylum abroad

Pakistanis increasingly seeking asylum abroad

The number of Pakistanis applying for asylum in the three western countries have spiked in the past year.

Data released by Germany, England and the US recently showed that over 10,000 Pakistanis had sought refuge in these three countries over the past year.

Of the three, Germany saw the most number of Pakistanis apply for asylum. Data from the German interior ministry showed that 9,185 Pakistanis applied for asylum from January to July 2016 (including 156 with repeat applications), the eighth largest group of asylum applicants.

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This was a nearly threefold increase from the same period in 2015 when 2,546 Pakistanis applied for asylum.

Germany, which saw over half a million migrants arrive from June 2015-June 2016, has been turning away and deporting an increasing number of migrants in recent months. According to a separate report leaked by the German government and obtained by The Express Tribune, Berlin turned away some 13,000 people at its land borders from January to July 2016 for having invalid documents, including 529 Pakistanis. Separately, at least 117 Pakistanis were deported though only 34 were sent back to Pakistan.

In the UK, 2,992 Pakistanis applied for asylum from June 2015 to June 2016 with only 16 percent of the applications approved.

Data released by the British Home Office this week showed that this was up from the 2,313 Pakistanis who applied for asylum from June 2014-2015. Despite the increase, Pakistan slipped from two to three for the countries whose citizens were applying for asylum owing to a jump in the number of applicants from Iran and Iraq.

Pakistanis make up around three percent of the 283,078 migrant arrivals in Europe this year.

Pakistani refugees arriving in the US also saw a marked increase in 2016. Data from the US Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration showed that as many as 376 Pakistanis applied for refuge in America so far in 2016. This was up from 205 in 2015 and the highest at any point since 2011.

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The data, which classified the refugees by religion, showed that most of those who sought refuge were Ahmadis, with around 247 applying for refuge in the current year, up from 61 in 2015.

At least 78 Christians (up from 76 in 2015) also sought refuge in the country in addition to 33 Shias (up from 15 in 2015). Data from the past five years showed that Ahmadis were the single largest group of Pakistanis seeking refuge in the US with 746, accounting for over half of all Pakistani asylum applicants. Another 240 Christians and 66 Shias sought refuge.

However, their reasons for seeking asylum was not immediately clear.

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Nigeria: Feds Should Diversify Nigeria Economy through Agriculture Says Ahmadiyya Elders’ Forum

Nigeria: Feds Should Diversify Nigeria Economy through Agriculture Says Ahmadiyya Elders’ Forum

Nigeria: Feds Should Diversify Nigeria Economy through Agriculture Says Ahmadiyya Elders’ Forum


The members of the Majlis Ansarullah Ahmadiyya (the Elders’ forum of the Worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at) Nigeria has called on Federal Government of Nigeria, State Governors and Local governments head to diversify the nation economy through agriculture.

The Elders’ stated this recently in a communique signed by it Sadr (National President), Alhaji M. B. Odukoya and General Secretary, BLDR B. S. A. Towolawi in Ekiti State, South-west, Nigeria said the government will create more employment for unemployed youths if this can be achieved.

“Governments at all levels of the Nigeria political structure should, as a way of diversifying the nation’s economy, veer significantly and committedly into Agriculture as a primal instrument and potent tool for job creation, especially for our vibrant but helpless youths, sustainable economic growth and more importantly food security”.

The Majlis enjoined governments in all states to ensure that there is provision of uninterrupted power supply in the country, which will ultimately engineer a high level of employment when local production of goods and services are sustainably improved.

Also discussed during its 41st Annual National Ijtema (Convention), with theme topic: Real Global Reformation and Revolution: The Islamic Prescription in Ekiti State, South-west, Nigeria, is security of live and prosperity.

“Being seriously concerned and worried about the spate of improvement of the masses, as well as insecurity of live and property, the Ahmadi-Muslim Elders therefore resolved and recommended the following”.

“Most Nigerians now live in fear day and night due to the activities of different ravaging reactionary forces in different parts of the country”.

They pleaded with FG, especially State Governors, should do everything to ensure that workers’ wage are paid to them as at when due, to enable them feed their families; at least, minimally so that they do not consequently become a threat to the peace of the entire society.

The Elders stressed further that most Nigerians are now seriously impoverished as a result of the economy that continues to nose-dive into depression by the day.

Source times of Ahamdiyya.