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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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Fifth death anniversary of 1965 war hero MM Alam being observed today

Web Desk: The 1965 war hero Muhammad Mahmood Alam, popularly known as MM Alam is being remembered on the 5th death anniversary on Sunday. MM Alam is remembered for establishing a world record of downing five Indian aircrafts in less than a minute on 07 September 1965, the last four within thirty second, with total of nine aircraft downed in the war. Alam...

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US moves to slash nicotine in cigarettes

US regulators Thursday opened the door to slashing the amount of nicotine in cigarettes in order to make them less addictive, a move that could mean millions fewer smokers in the years to come. The US Food and Drug Administration said it is seeking public input and will begin "to explore a product standard to lower nicotine in cigarettes to...

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Pakistan much happier than India, Bangladesh and Afghanistan: UN

Pakistan is the 75th happiest country in the world, according to an annual survey issued on Wednesday. Pakistan ranks higher than Bangladesh (115), India (133) and Afghanistan (145) in the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s (SDSN) 2018 World Happiness Report which ranked 156 countries according to things such as GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, social freedom, generosity and absence...

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Stephen Hawking, a brief history of modern day scientist

LONDON: Stephen Hawking, who has died aged 76, was Britain´s most famous modern day scientist, a genius who dedicated his life to unlocking the secrets of the Universe. Born on January 8, 1942 -- 300 years to the day after the death of the father of modern science, Galileo Galilei -- he believed science was his destiny. But fate also...

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Remembering revolutionary poet Habib Jalib on his 25th death anniversary

Web Desk: Habib Jalib born on March 24, 1928 was a most celebrated Pakistani revolutionary poet of 20th century. The 25th death anniversary of revolutionary poet Habib Jalib is being observed today across the country. He was awarded with Nishan-i-Imtiaz and Nigar Awards. He migrated to Pakistan after the partition of India and worked as a proofreader for Daily Imroze of Karachi....

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British geneticist Sulston dies age 75: institute

Nobel prize-winning British scientist John Sulston, a leading figure in the race to decipher the human genome, has died at the age of 75, the institute he founded said Friday. Mike Stratton, director of the Wellcome Sanger Institute, described the professor, who died on Tuesday, as a "great scientific visionary leader". In 2002, he was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize...

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India’s Supreme Court upholds passive euthanasia to relieve patient from pain sufferings

New-Delhi: India’s Supreme Court ruled on Friday that individuals had a right to die with dignity, allowing passive euthanasia with guidelines in a landmark verdict. The top court also permitted individuals to draft a “living will” specifying that they not be put on life support if they slip into an incurable coma. The five-judge Constitution bench headed by the Chief...

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China villagers ‘eat’ sparks to ring in Year of the Dog

Working themselves into a trance, bare-chested men in eastern China lean into incandescent fountains of sparks to cleanse themselves of evil spirits and ensure a fortuitous new year. The spectacular scene takes place annually in villages such as Xiaohu in coastal Fujian province, which is home to an array of colourful centuries-old Lunar New Year rites linked to ancient customs...

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International Women’s Day: From boxing Barbie to ‘suffragette’ flashmob

LONDON: A boxing Barbie doll, “suffragette” flashmob, and Wikipedia edit-a-thon are among a host of quirky initiatives aimed at highlighting gender inequalities and overturning stereotypes on International Women’s Day on March 8. In a year that has seen the birth of the #MeToo movement on sexual harassment and abuse, women around the world have been pushing for more rights and...

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Rewriting Hindu History threatening to end pluralism under Modi led India

NEW DELHI - During the first week of January last year, a group of Indian scholars gathered in a white bungalow on a leafy boulevard in central New Delhi. The focus of their discussion: how to rewrite the history of the nation. The government of Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi had quietly appointed the committee of scholars about six...

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Renowned Sindhi politician comrade Jam Saqi passes away in Hyderabad

KARACHI: Renowned Sindhi politician, writer and human rights activist Jam Saqi, 73 passed away in Hyderabad on Monday. Jam Saqi was suffering from multiple ailments, but the cause of death was kidney failure.  Saqi, born October 31, 1944, in the village of Jhanji in taluka Chachro, Tharparkar. He began his political career as part of a student union in 1961,...

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Indonesia scrubbing the ‘world’s dirtiest river’

The scabies on Indonesian rice farmer Yusuf Supriyadi's limbs are a daily reminder of the costs of living next to the "world's dirtiest river". Supriyadi depends on the Citarum's murky waters -- a floating carpet of household rubbish, toxic chemicals and animal feces -- to irrigate a small rice plot in West Java that sustains his family of six. The...

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Baloch Culture Day being celebrated with zeal and zest across Pakistan

QUETTA: Baloch culture day is being celebrated across the country and the Province of Balochistan including Kharan, Dalbandin, Turbat, Gwadar, Panjgur, Nushki, Khuzdar, Chagai, Kalat, Mastung, Nasirabad, Jaffarabad, Hub, Bolan and other areas on Friday. March 2nd is marked annually as Baloch culture day. Cultural programmes would be held at different places in Quetta including University of Balochistan, Millennium Mall...

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America still looking for Pakistan’s support to defeat terrorism, Alice Wells

WASHINGTON: US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells on Thursday said that the US wants mutual cooperation with Pakistan against terrorist organisations. In her interview with an American broadcast organisation, she said that the US wanted to become a partner of Pakistan against terrorist organisations. Wells said that the US focuses on maintaining trade...

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Lebanon’s Hezbollah launches Syria war video game

Sidling down the mean streets of Syria with his rifle, he picks off his enemies relentlessly: Ahmed is the hero of the video game Lebanon's Hezbollah movement launched on Wednesday. The Shiite armed group held a ceremony and news conference in Beirut to unveil the latest production of its electronic media department, which it named "Sacred Defence - Protecting the...

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Mystery shrouds Sridevi’s death, Autopsy reveals death by drowning

Bollywood’s female superstar, Sridevi, died in a Dubai hotel on February 24. She suffered a cardiac arrest while she was taking a bath on Saturday night, getting ready for a dinner with her husband Boney Kapoor. Sridevi was in Dubai for her nephew Mohit Marwah’s wedding. She was joined by her younger daughter Khushi and Boney. Her husband flew back...

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