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Fighting climate change in the shadow of Mount Everest

Formed in the shadow of Mount Everest, the turquoise depths of Nepal´s Imja glacial lake would be a breathtaking miracle of nature to behold — were they not a portent of catastrophic floods. Scientists warn that as climate change causes Himalayan glaciers to melt at an alarming rate, lakes like Imja could swell further and eventually collapse, triggering a terrifying...

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‘Trash is gold’ as Benin community turns waste into biogas

Garbage has never smelled so sweet for a small village in southern Benin since it opened a pilot waste treatment centre to turn household rubbish into gas — and cash. "Our trash has become gold. We no longer throw it into the bush. We use it to make money," beams Alphonse Ago, who lives next to the centre in Houegbo...

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Pakistan Bohri community celebrates Eid-ul-Azha today

KARACHI: The Bohri community is celebrating Eid-ul-Azha across the country today. The biggest gathering of the Bohri community took place at Tahiri Mosque in Karachi's Saddar area. There were also gatherings at Pan Mandi, Soldier Bazaar, Baloch Colony, North Nazimabad and Hyderi areas of the metropolis. Special security arrangements were made at all the Bohri mosques around the city, with...

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Dr. Sheikh Hussein delivered annual Hajj sermon at Masjid-e-Nimra

WEB DESK: Pilgrims has climbed Mount of Arafat marking the pinnacle of the annual Haj to listen to Hajj Sermon on Monday. The imam of Prophet's (PBUH) Mosque, Sheikh Hussein bin Abdelaziz al-Sheikh, delivered the sermon. Pilgrims stood shoulder to shoulder for an emotional day of repentance and supplication at the site Muslims believe the Prophet Muhammad delivered his final...

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Nation commemorates Rashid Minhas on his 47th ‘martyrdom-versary’

WEB DESK: Nation is observing 47th martyrdom anniversary of national hero, Pilot Officer, Rashid Minhas Today. Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas was born on February 17, 1951 at Karachi. Rashid Minhas spent his early childhood in Lahore. Later, the family shifted to Rawalpindi. Minhas had his early education from St Mary’s Cambridge School Rawalpindi. Later his family shifted to Karachi. Minhas...

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The annual ceremony of changing Ghilaaf-e-Kaaba begins in Makkah

WEB DESK: The annual ceremony of changing Ghilaf-e-Kaaba began early morning today in Saudi Arabia.The new Ghilaf has been prepared at a cost of 200,000 Riyal. It comprises 670kg pure silk, 120kg gold and 100kg silver. The covering cloth of the Kaaba, known as Kiswa, is changed on 9th Zilhaj every year on the day of Arafat. The ceremony starts after...

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Lost in translation? Not for Muslim hajj pilgrims

MAKKAH: Lost in translation? Not in Makkah, thanks to a dedicated squad of interpreters gearing up to help two million Muslims speaking dozens of languages at the annual hajj pilgrimage. The six-day hajj, which starts on Sunday, is one of the five pillars of Islam, an act all Muslims must perform at least once if they have the means to...

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For some Egyptians, camels make a bigger and better Eid sacrifice

BIRQASH, Egypt (Reuters) - Muslims often slaughter sheep at the annual Eid al-Adha “feast of the sacrifice” which falls next week, but some Egyptians are thinking bigger. Wealthier customers are flocking to the Birqash market, northwest of Cairo, where traders from across east Africa bring animals for auction - not sheep, but camels. “This camel market is the biggest in...

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Saudi Arabia tests Japan-inspired ‘nap pods’ for Hajj

MAKKAH: Mansour al-Amer swipes a card to reveal a narrow sleep pod, reminiscent of Japan’s famed capsule hotels. But this pod is in Saudi Arabia, where the Muslim Hajj pilgrimage begins Sunday. The kingdom has plans to introduce capsule rooms in the western city of Mina in the coming days, as an estimated two million Muslims gather for the six-day...

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Rubbish-collecting crows a star attraction at French theme park

FRANCE: Visitors to a theme park in western France this week have a new attraction to enjoy: six crows that have been specially trained to pick up cigarette ends and rubbish. The birds have been in action since Monday at the Puy du Fou park, picking up litter on the site that features shows and rides themed around different periods...

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New York University makes tuition free for all medical students

NEW YORK: New York University said Thursday it would offer all its current and future medical school students free tuition in an effort to tackle soaring debt levels and encourage more applicants. The move — which it said was financed by the generosity of the university's "trustees, alumni, and friends," amounts to a reduction of $55,018 in annual fees, regardless...

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Next five years will be exceptionally hot, study warns

Manmade global warming and a natural surge in Earth´s surface temperature will join forces to make the next five years exceptionally hot, according to a study published Tuesday. The double whammy of climate change and so-called natural variability more than doubles the likelihood of "extreme warm events" in ocean surface waters, creating a dangerous breeding ground for hurricanes and typhoons,...

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Google celebrates Pakistan’s Independence Day

Google search engine has unveiled its new doodle on 71st Independence Day of Pakistan to honour the people of Pakistan. Google often pay its homage on different occasions to countries and worldwide prominent personalities by releasing specifically designed doodle, and this not the first time the company commemorates Pakistan on it's historical day. Previous year, it released a doodle celebrating the...

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Hero dog saves Indian family in flood-hit Kerala

NEW DELHI: A family in the flood-ravaged Indian state of Kerala narrowly escaped death after their pet dog woke them up moments before a landslide destroyed their home, local media reported Monday. Mohanan P and his family were sleeping at home in the mountainous Idukki district when their pet dog started barking raucously at around 3:00 am, waking the household....

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COAS to inaugurate plantation of two million trees today: ISPR

RAWALPINDI: Army Chief General Qamar Jawed Bajwa will initiate simultaneous plantation of two million trees across the country on Monday. Director General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor tweeted, "Pakistan Army joins National Tree Plantation Campaign. COAS will initiate simultaneous plantation of two million trees today across the country under army arrangements with planned target of 10 million...

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Catalogue of abuse: seeking justice for the Rohingya

Cross-legged in a windowless, almost pitch-black bamboo shack, the investigator pressed record on a video camera and asked the young Rohingya woman to describe the night the Myanmar soldiers came. "They broke down our door. They took my husband outside and shot him," recalled the 20-year-old, one of around 700,000 Rohingyas driven from Myanmar into Bangladesh a year ago. "Then...

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Girls shines in SSC part II exam leaving boys behind

KARACHI: Girl students of Matric Science group record shinning victory over boys in annual examination-2018; by winning two top positions and big lead in A-one, A and B grades. Out of total 53850 passing girl students, 7.6 percent won A-one grade against 2.71 % of 44984 boys declared passed. 10.57 percent passing girls got A grade against 6.24% of boys....

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