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‘Vaping’ trend worries health experts in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Health experts on Tuesday called for public awareness on rising usage of electronic cigarettes among teenagers and the negative health impact of tobacco on health, as well as to advocate for effective e-cigarette control policies in the country. Talking to a private news channel, lung specialist Prof Dr Javed Khan stressed on the need for more rigorous anti-tobacco campaigns...

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China’s ageing elite live golden years in style

At a gated community for Chinese senior citizens, retired military personnel, film-makers and top university professors settle into a new routine: ballet lessons, weightlifting and catered dining. As China´s population ages rapidly and the one-child policy left parents with only a single child to help them in their old age, the upper crust of Chinese society are spending the last...

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Model Iman Ali to tie knot next month

Pakistani Model Iman Ali will be tying the knot next month. Iman took to Instagram a day earlier and posted a photo with her husband-to-be Babar Aziz Bhatti. "The one," she captioned the photo. https://www.instagram.com/p/BsvDlWpgcNz/?utm_source=ig_embed Iman is among the top models of Pakistan and has worked in several local films and dramas.

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New York breaks tourism record in 2018

A record-breaking 65.2 million tourists visited New York in 2018, its tourist board said Wednesday, with British people particularly keen to visit the Big Apple from overseas. According to new figures from NYC & Company, around 51.6 million Americans and 13.5 million foreign tourists visited the city last year —compared to 13.1 overseas visitors in 2017. Britons topped the list...

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McDonald’s loses Big Mac EU trademark battle

Irish fast food chain Supermac´s announced Tuesday it had won a European Union battle against global giant McDonald´s over the use of the Big Mac and Mc trademarks. Supermac´s asked the European Union Intellectual Property Office to cancel McDonald´s use of the trademarks in certain fields. The EUIPO said McDonald´s had not proven genuine use of the contested trademark as...

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‘Great American food’: Trump serves college football champs burgers in candlelight

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump laid out a White House feast fit for a government shutdown on Monday: silver platters heaped high with McDonald’s quarter pounders and the red-and-white burger wrappers of Wendy’s. White House chefs normally would serve much fancier fare underneath the stern gaze of the portrait of Abraham Lincoln in the State Dining Room. But they are...

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‘Yellow vests’ protests force Dior to move Paris fashion show

PARIS: Dior said Friday it was bringing forward its Paris fashion week show after its flagship shop was looted during "yellow vests" protests. The luxury brand's men's spring/summer show was to have been taken place a week Saturday when more anti-government protests are likely in the French capital. Dior refused to say if it was bringing the January 19 show...

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The $136 billion breakup: Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announces divorce

NEW YORK: The announcement by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, the world’s wealthiest man, and his wife that they will divorce has captivated the imagination – how will they split his giant fortune, estimated at $136 billion? And what will happen to the Internet retail giant – will his soon-to-be ex get a significant stake, and how would that affect his control...

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Robot Breadmaking startup eyes fresh connections

The robot breadmaker came to Las Vegas this week, aiming to bring some freshness to a sector that may be ready for disruption. Wilkinson Baking Company unveiled its BreadBot at the Consumer Electronics Show, a machine that mixes and bakes up to 235 loaves a day. Chief executive Randall Wilkinson said the device can lower costs and produce fresher breads...

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24th Death anniversary of renowned poetess Parveen Shakir being observed today

ISLAMABAD: The 24th death anniversary of renowned poetess Parveen Shakir is being observed today (Wednesday).. Parveen Shakir was born on November 24, 1952 in Karachi. She breathed her last on December 26 1994  while succumbing to injuries sustaining from a road accident at Islamabad. Parveen Shakir started writing at an early age and published her first volume of poetry, Khushbu...

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Meghan makes surprise appearance at British Fashion Awards

Givenchy´s artistic director Clare Waight Keller Monday received the British designer of the year womenswear award from Meghan Markle, whose dress she designed for her wedding to Prince Harry. "It is such a pleasure to be here celebrating British fashion," Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, said at the star-studded annual Fashion Awards at the Albert Hall. The former US actress,...

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Mexican volunteer crowned Miss World

A Mexican model and volunteer was crowned Miss World at a glitzy event on the tropical Chinese island of Hainan on Saturday. Miss Mexico Vanessa Ponce de Leon, 26, has a degree in international business, volunteers for “Migrantes en el Camino” and is on the board of directors of a rehab centre for girls, according to the Miss World website....

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Government decides to impose ‘Sin tax’ on tobacco products

ISLAMABAD: National Health Services Minister Aamer Mehmood Khan has announced on Tuesday that the government has decided to impose a ‘sin tax’ on all tobacco products. While addressing the Annual Public Health Conference, the minister said that a ‘sin tax’ bill would be sent in the National Assembly. “According to that bill, taxes would be imposed on cigarettes and tobacco...

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Measles cases rise 30 percent worldwide: UN

Measles cases worldwide jumped more than 30 per cent last year compared to 2016, with increases recorded in wealthy European countries like Germany where vaccination coverage has historically been high, the UN said. The World Health Organization said the worrying trend of resurgent measles cases was a near-global phenomenon, but the causes varied among regions. In Europe, experts blamed the...

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British-Pakistani writer Kamila Shamsie bagged London Hellenic Prize for Home Fire

British-Pakistani writer Kamila Shamsie is on a winning row for her latest offering ‘Home Fire’ that has recently bagged the coveted London Hellenic Prize, 2017 along with cash reward worth £10,000 in an official ceremony held on Tuesday. Kamila’s seventh novel, Home Fire is an adaptation of a Greek myth Antigone that reimagines Sophocles's play in a contemporary setting. The...

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ICU stay can lead to depression

Patients who are treated in an intensive care unit (ICU) and survive are at increased risk of depression, a new study suggests. And depression in ICU survivors was linked with a higher risk of death in the next two years, researchers found. More than half of former ICU patients reported symptoms of psychological disorders, including anxiety, depression and PTSD, according...

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US paves way to get ‘lab meat’ on plates

US authorities on Friday agreed on how to regulate food products cultured from animal cells — paving the way to get so-called "lab meat" on American plates. The Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration agreed to share regulation of cell-cultured food products, they said in a joint statement, following a public meeting in October. While technical details...

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