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World Diabetes day being observed today

KARACHI: November 14 marks World Diabetes Day which is observed all over the world, including Pakistan, to increase awareness of the effects of diabetes and its complications among the general population and preventative measures. Every year three million people die from diabetes-related causes, and the burden is particularly harsh in low and middle income countries like Pakistan, where diabetes is...

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Faithful storks keep long-distance love alive in Croatia

A faithful male flying thousands of miles each year to join his handicapped female who cannot fly -- the story of two storks in Croatia, Klepetan and Malena, is one of love and devotion beating the odds. By late March, Klepetan was back in the tiny village of Brodski Varos in eastern Croatia for the 16th year in a row,...

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Popularity of tigers, lions, bears could be their downfall: study

Iconic animals like elephants, tigers, lions and panda bears are everywhere in movies, books and toystores. But their wide pop culture presence skews public perception of how endangered these animals really are, researchers said Thursday. Online surveys, zoo websites, animated films and school questionnaires were scoured by US and French researchers for the study, published in journal PLOS Biology. Using...

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Imran Khan, Malala make it to the list of world’s most admired people

Web Desk: Pakistani Nobel Laureate and education activist Malala Yousufzai and cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has been featured in the list world most admired people. The list includes 20 men and 20 women, chosen as a result of online interviews in which more than 37,000 people from 35 countries participated. Imran Khan was listed among the 20 most admired men in...

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Pakistan asks UN to take action on Kashmir, UN wants Pakistan to decriminalize consensual sex

ISLAMABAD: In a surprise move, Pakistan has officially ‘noted’ a recommendation made during the third Universal Periodic Review (UPR) which suggest repealing laws barring adultery and non-marital consensual sex. It has also noted, among hundreds of other recommendations, others which suggest decriminalising such activities, and ensuring punishment for all perpetrators of violence against participants and those who may call for...

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Sania Mirza wants her child to have collective parents surname: Indian Media

PANAJI: According to Indian Media Tennis Star  Sania Mirza announced that "Mirza Malik" will be her child's last name. Expressing her wish to take her family name, "Mirza", forward, she said her Pakistani cricketer husband Shoaib Malik "wants a daughter". "Today I will tell you a secret. My husband and I have spoken about it and we have decided that...

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First mock flight landed at New Islamabad Airport

ISLAMABAD: First mock flight of Pakistan International Airline (PIA)  landed at the New Islamabad International Airport on Saturday. PK-9001 departed from Benazir International Airport at 1:00pm and  landed at the new Islamabad airport around 1:30pm. Read More: NEW ISLAMABAD AIRPORT IN PICTURES The New Islamabad Airport will start operations from 20th April as staff will be then shifted from Benazir International...

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Prince Charles backs ‘blue economy’ to save Barrier Reef

Prince Charles has called for a "blue economy" to promote the sustainable use of ocean resources and save Australia's Great Barrier Reef, as he visits the World Heritage-listed ecosystem Friday. The 2,300-kilometre (1,429-mile) long biodiverse site off the Queensland state coast is reeling from significant coral bleaching due to warming sea temperatures linked to climate change. The world's largest living...

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Remembering Ghulam Farid Sabri: A trendsetter for many Qawwals following him

Ghulam Farid Sabri was born in 1930 a major qawwali singer, and a leading member of the Sabri Brothers, which ruled qawwali  for three decades starting from 1970's era. He received the Pride of Performance Award by the President of Pakistan in 1978. He was also a Sufi mystic connected to the Chishti Order. Ghulam Fareed Sabri first public performance was at the annual Urs festival of the Sufi saint...

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Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Death Anniversary: A Man with vision, gave the famous slogan of ‘Roti, Kapra, Makan

Today 4t April marks the death anniversary of the former slained Prime Minister, foreign Minister, 'Quaid-e-Awam' Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, as 39 years ago he was executed on this very day, which turned out to be  the 'judicial murder' later confessed by the head judge. Bhutto rose to the prominence in Military Dictator  General Ayub Khan's rule, as the former resigned...

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Maria Mahmood first hijab-wearing Muslim to compete in Miss England

Maria Mahmood is set to become the first hijab-wearing Muslim to compete in Miss England. The 20-year-old who belongs from Birmingham hopes to change mindsets about Muslims through the beauty pageant is through to the semi-finals. And if she wins, she is all set to aim for competing in Miss World Competition. "Muslims are associated with negative things like terrorism....

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Kim Jong Un ‘deeply moved’ by K-pop concert: KCNA

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un smiled, clapped and said he was "deeply moved" by a rare performance by South Korean K-pop stars in Pyongyang, state media reported Monday. The high profile appearance of Kim and his wife, former singer Ri Sol Ju, at the concert was unusual as his authoritarian regime typically struggles to prevent any infiltration of the...

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New Islamabad airport in Pictures

Web Desk: The government has decided to inaugurate the newly-built Islamabad International Airport (IIAP) on April 20, said the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The authority has urged all stakeholders to make necessary arrangements to ensure smooth transfer of all activities from the Benazir Bhutto International Airport (BBIAP) to the new airport before April 20. On Feb 20, Prime Minister Shahid...

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Public, Friend, Family flock to funeral of physicist Stephen Hawking

CAMBRIDGE: Well-wishers filled the streets of Cambridge on Saturday for the funeral of British physicist Stephen Hawking, hailed by another leading scientist as “an imprisoned mind roaming the cosmos”. Hawking, crippled since a young man by a degenerative disease, beat the odds stacked against him to became the most celebrated scientist of his era. His work ranged from the origins...

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Japan whalers return from Antarctic hunt after killing 333 whales

Japanese whaling vessels returned to port on Saturday after catching more than 300 of the mammals in the Antarctic Ocean without facing any protests by anti-whaling groups, officials said. A fleet of five whalers set sail for the Southern Ocean in November, as Tokyo pursues its "research whaling" in defiance of global criticism. Three of the vessels, including the fleet's...

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Malala built girls school, a symbol of change in Pakistan

SHANGLA: Dozens of girls in grey-and-white uniforms trooped into a building beneath a pine-covered ridge in Pakistan's mountainous Shangla district Friday for classes at the school built with Malala Yousafzai's Nobel Prize money. The Khpal Kor Model School, three storeys tall and with a computer lab, playground and library, is a symbol of the change that Malala has helped bring...

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Nation pays tribute to legendary Sir Syed Ahmed Khan on his 120th death anniversary

Sir Syed Ahmed Khan was born on October 17th 1817 in Delhi. His family was renowned for the positions they held during the Mughal regime. Sir Syed was the one who promoted the western education system, so the Muslims of India can go toe to toe with the British. With the continuation of these events, Sir Syed founded the famous...

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