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Entertainment City, 17 parks planned for Peshawar

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PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government will establish a state-of the art ‘Entertainment City’ and 17 parks in Peshawar to provide better recreational and sports facilities to the residents of walled city.

‘Entertainment’ city will be established at Nisatta near Peshawar Toll Plaza on Motorway where all types of entertainment facilities including water sports, restaurants, fun land, playing lands for kids, parks and commercial activities would be provided.

Officials in Local Government and Rural Department told media on Friday that an inclusive plan has been chalked out for establishment of an ‘Entertainment City’ in the first 100 days plan of PTI government and practical work on this project will start soon.

Peshawar is lacking recreational facilities since long and this city would help provide the much need entertainment facilities to people within a three kilometer distance to enjoy water boating, meat and fish dish parties in open. The residents of Charsadda and Nowshera districts will also benefit from this facility.

In addition to it, KP government will establish 17 parks in different sectors of Hayatabad and one at Regi Model Town Peshawar.

These parks are part of a bigger plan of Peshawar Development Authority to enhance beauty of Peshawar. Under this project, roadside plantation will be carried out inside Hayatabad.

A major inclusion in healthy’s profile of Hayatabad is construction of ‘Jogging Track’ from Phase-III entry up to Phase-VII along Gandao Khawar besides soft landscaping of existing central parks at Regi Model Town.

The official said beautification and uplift projects are also underway in Charsadda district aimed at to promote large-scale urbanization and reduce population pressure for housing in Peshawar.

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Rio to test facial-recognition cameras during Carnival

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RIO DE JANEIRO: Rio de Janeiro plans to test a facial-recognition system during its famed Carnival as part of the city’s campaign to fight crime, the head of the regional police force said.

Rogerio Figueiredo, the new head of Rio de Janeiro’s state police, said in an interview published Monday by the O Globo newspaper that cameras deployed with the technology will scan both faces and car license plates.

It will be operational in Rio’s tourist hotspot of Copacabana in the beginning of March, when this year’s Carnival takes place.

“If (the cameras) identify an individual under an arrest warrant, or if a stolen vehicle drives through the area, an alert will be sent to the closest police car,” Figueiredo explained.

“It’s a fantastic tool. It’s time that the police modernize.”

Rio, which hosted the 2016 Olympic Games, has long suffered from street crime, with exchanges of gunfire common between drug-dealing gangs and police.

Last year’s Carnival was marred by numerous crimes in tourist areas, especially close to the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema.

Television images showed groups of youths carrying out mass robberies by running into crowds and taking possessions by force.

Shortly after that Carnival, former president Michel Temer signed a decree controversially putting Rio’s security forces under military control until the end of the year.

With new anti-crime president Jair Bolsonaro installed January 1 and ally Wilson Witzel taking over as Rio’s governor, local authorities are poised to take a hard line on crime.

Witzel, for instance, has evoked using police snipers to kill armed suspects, even if they are not directly threatening anyone with their weapon.

Reports say the governor is also looking to acquire Israeli surveillance drones that are capable of firing on suspected drug gang members.

 

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CIA agent Tony Mendez, hero of film “Argo,” dead at 78

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WASHINGTON: Former CIA agent Tony Mendez, who engineered a creative way to smuggle US hostages out of Iran in 1980 and was immortalized in the Hollywood film “Argo,” died of complications from Parkinson’s Disease, his family said. He was 78.

Mendez, who will have a private burial in Nevada, died on Saturday, his literary agent Christy Fletcher said via Twitter, relaying a family statement.

“The last thing he and his wife Jonna Mendez did was get their new book to the publisher and he died feeling he had completed writing the stories that he wanted to be told,” the family statement read.

It added that Mendez had been suffering from Parkinson’s for the past 10 years.

 

 

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Vocalist Mehnaz remembered

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ISLAMABAD: Sixth death anniversary of the renowned and legendary singer was observed today. 
Mehnaz Begum, the distinguished singer of Pakistan, had died on 19th January 2013 at the age of 55. She was on way to the United States when her condition deteriorated in Bahrain where she breathed her last at a hospital.
The master of classical genres like ‘ghazal’, ‘thumri’ and ‘dadra’ was born in 1958. Mehnaz began her career as a playback singer in the early ’70s. Her mellifluous voice and control over the sur instantly made her popular among music composers and film audiences. She sang for a number of films a majority of which became popular.
The talented singer sang many hit and evergreen chartbusters like Mujhe Dil Se Na Bhulana from film ‘Aina’, Kyun Roi Shehnai from ‘Haider Ali’ and Do Piyase Dil Ek Huay from ‘Bandish’.
Surrayya Bhopali was among the first films that Mehnaz sang for and Zeba Bakhtiar’s Babu was her last film as a playback singer.

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