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03 December 2023

Best of Web: Didn't 'marry' Zardari...

By Staff & Agencies

NY woman denies rumours of marriage with Zardari


ISLAMABAD: The New York-based woman at the centre of a controversy over her purported wedding with President Asif Ali Zardari has said that has never even met the Pakistani leader.

Tanveer Zamani, the physician and Pakistan People's Party activist whom some hitherto unknown blogs and websites had named as Zardari's purported wife, said: "I explicitly and clearly deny being married or being subject to a proposal or notion of being married to the Pakistani President, whom I hold in high esteem".

In an email sent to the media, Zamani added: "I have never met President Zardari and the only reason I have refrained from commenting on an Internet hoax involving me is because I deemed it against my dignity to respond to such a hoax".

"Bloggers and journalists do not have the right to make up stories and disrupt the lives of people," she said.

The News daily reported on its website that Zamani had said this was her "first ever denial on the matter while rumours and emails about her wedding have been in circulation for the last three weeks".

The PPP has condemned the Internet rumour about Zardari's "secret" remarriage as a "vicious and unethical tirade".

PPP secretary-general Jahangir Badar told the media that Zardari, while chairing a meeting of the party's top leadership yesterday, had made it clear that he was "married to the mission" of his slain wife, former premier Benazir Bhutto.

A New York-based legal firm acting for the Bhutto-Zardari family has served a notice on the Jang group, the publishers of The News, for carrying reports about the purported wedding.
Billionaire Donald 'Trumps' his staff


It’s Donald Trump as you’ve never seen him before. 

The successful mogul proves he knows how to do every job necessary to run his empire on Monday’s episode of The Oprah Show, airing February 7th. 

The billionaire father of five is put to work in one of his famous luxury hotels rolling up his sleeves as he cleans rooms, waits tables, walks guest’s dogs and becomes a doorman for unsuspecting patrons of the hotel.

Donald, 64, proves that he isn’t afraid to invest a little sweat equity into his investments and impresses members of his staff with his willingness to jump right in and scrub the sinks, make the beds and help guests load their bags into cars at the valet line.

For the first time Trump shares Oprah’s stage with his wife of six years, Melania Knauss-Trump, 40, as well as his five children; Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka, Eric, Tiffany and Barron. 
Sex with five pupils in five months

BRITAIN: A single high school gym teacher had sex with five students at her school, a court was told recently.

The Daily Mail reported Stacy Schuler, 32, had sexual relations with the students – most of whom were football players at the school – over a five-month period from last August to December, the Warren County jury heard.

The sexual acts happened off school grounds but the single teacher also bought alcohol for the students at Mason High School in Mason, Ohio, prosecutors said.
Texting is good for children's literacy skills

BRITAIN: Rather than destroying their use of English, it boosts kids' ability to recognise rhymes and speech patterns.

The Sun reports about a study that found that kids who are fluent in texting have better reading skills than those who do not use mobile phones.

The findings fly in the face of long-held views of parents and teachers - who believe texting damages children's reading and writing.

The 10-year study, funded by the British Academy, examined the effect of using text messages on eight to 12-year-olds, says the daily.

Researchers found that kids as young as five who used mobiles are better at understanding rhymes and syllables in speech.

Psychologist Dr Clare Wood, who led the study at Coventry University, said that the use of abbreviations, commonly used in text messaging, helped to develop reading and writing skills.