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Imran Khan in ‘Sex Call’ row; Party says recordings “fake”

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Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is caught in a controversy over a leaked audio clip allegedly of his intimate conversations with a woman, Indian Media reported.
It said the audio clips, shared by Pakistani journalist Syed Ali Haider on YouTube, have shocked the nation months before the general election. Some reports claimed the audio emerged from the Pakistan Prime Minister’s Office.

The clips, which are viral, are the latest in a series of alleged leaked conversations ascribed to Imran Khan after he lost power earlier this year.

Imran Khan’s party Pakistan Tehreek -e-Insaaf (PTI) has called the audio clips fake and has accused the government of using fake videos and audios to target their chief.

“Political opponents of the PTI chairman can’t think beyond creating fake audios and videos,” PTI leader Arslan Khalid was quoted as saying.

In the recordings allegedly of a call between the cricketer-turned-politician and a woman, a man is heard making lewd remarks while pressing for a rendezvous.

The man, apparently the former Pakistan PM, urges the woman to meet him, but she is reluctant and says she is “sore”.

They discuss meeting the next day, but the man says he will confirm the meeting as his family is supposed to visit. “I will see if it’s possible as my family and children are coming. I will try to get their visit delayed. I will let you know tomorrow,” says the voice.

It is yet to be established that the voice in the clips belongs to Imran Khan, but the former Pakistan PM is being pummelled online.

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Apple is the world’s first $1 trillion brand: Kantar

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Kantar BrandZ’s Top 10 Most Valuable Global Brands 2024 has named Apple as the world’s first trillion-dollar brand, holding onto pole position for the third consecutive year. 

Google, Microsoft, and Amazon join Apple atop the rankings, with McDonald’s rounding up the top 5.

Demonstrating how effective AI has become for driving brand value, NVIDIA has lept 18 places to crack the top 10 for the first time, holding sixth position with a 178% year-on-year brand value increase. 

Facebook rejoined the Top 10 after a one-year absence, while Oracle joined the Top 10 for the first time. 

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The G7 Summit begins today

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Leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) countries are meeting for a three-day summit, starting today (13 June) to discuss global affairs in the southern region of Puglia (Apulia), Italy.  

Heads of state of the seven members – the United States, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Canada and the United Kingdom – as well as the chiefs of the European Council and the European Commission will be present at the event.

Italy, the host of this year’s event, has extended an invitation to more than 10 other countries for sideline discussions. These include UAE’s Mohamed bin Zayed, Algeria’s President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Notable absentees are Egypt and Saudi Arabia, who it  is reported, had been invited.

Support for Ukraine is top of the agenda. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is scheduled to arrive on the summit’s first day for two sessions dedicated to the war-torn country. The G7’s most anticipated outcome is an agreement over a $50bn loan for Ukraine backed by profits accrued on Russian assets frozen in the West. 

The war on Gaza is also expected to dominate talks. 

Pope Francis will also be among the guests – the first time a pontiff has been invited to the summit – for a session dedicated to artificial intelligence (AI). Other specific sessions will be on migration, financial issues and the situation in the Asia Pacific. 

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University applications open tomorrow 

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The University Grants Commission (UGC) has announced that online applications for university admissions for the academic year 2023/2024 will open tomorrow (14 June).

Applications will be available from 6 am tomorrow at www.ugc.ac.lk
The application deadline is 5 July 2024. 

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