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World No Tobacco Day: Protecting youth from harmful effects of smoking

World No Tobacco Day is an annual event that is observed on May 31 to spread awareness about the harmful effects of smoking and consumption of tobacco on health. The campaign aims to reduce the prevalence of diseases and deaths

Eid-ul-Azha likely to be affected by pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic dampened the usual festivities and jovial atmosphere normally associated with Eid-ul-Fitr. It also caused massive economic losses as business remained shuttered and people reduced shopping and outdoor activities. According to conservative estimates, the country suffered a loss

Uzma Khan controversy and our moral responsibilities

After a video alleging actress Uzma Khan surfaced on the Internet on Tuesday in which it can be seen that she was being interrogated by unknown women for having an affair with one of their husbands, the actress Uzma Khan

Yaum-e-Takbeer: Pakistan, a nuclear reality

Pakistan is marking the 22nd anniversary of successfully conducting nuclear tests. Yaum-e-Takbeer (The day of greatness) is celebrated as a national day in Pakistan in commemoration of the nuclear tests. On this day in 1998, Pakistan carried out five successful

The Locust Crises

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has stated that recent locust attacks in Pakistan could lead to widespread food shortages. Pakistan can lose Rs 393 billion in winter crops and another Rs 451 billion in summer crops. The loss of

India’s face off with China could threaten regional peace

India’s border skirmishes with the neighbouring countries has threatened regional peace and stability in South Asia. Tensions between India and China are not new. The two countries—which share the world’s longest unmarked border—fought a full-fledged war in 1962 and have

Islam and social responsbilities on Eid

Pakistan observed the festive occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr with religious zeal and fervor. The day, marking the end of the holy month of Ramazan, was observed with traditional Eid prayers across the country for the safety and sanctity of the nation

Eid-ul-Fitr 2020: Remember victims of plane crash, COVID-19

Eid means ‘happiness’ the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr is one of great happiness and celebration and do remember, when your arms can’t reach people close to your heart to give them a hug, you can always show them you love them

A timeline of major plane crashes in Pakistan

In yet another tragic chapter of Pakistan’s aviation history, Karachi-bound flight PK-8303 of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) from Lahore – carrying 91 passengers and eight crew members – crashed on Friday in a residential area near Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport, less

Revelations of sugar scandal report

Living up to his word, Prime Minister Imran Khan shared the details of the FIA-led sugar crisis inquiry commission’s forensic report — a damning document that outlines a series of misdeeds by sugar mill owners. His close aide Jahangir Tareen

Tea – world’s most favourite beverage

Tea is arguably the world’s most favourite beverage. It is consumed in cultures around the world either in break times, daily routines or just a way of life. Around the world, two billion people drink tea every morning. Three billion

World Bee Day: Why pollinators matter for survival of mankind?

World Bee Day is being marked around the world is to raise awareness among the global public about the importance of bees and other pollinators for humanity. The UN General Assembly proclaimed World Bee Day on 20 December 2017 designating

Nawazuddin Siddiqui- the new Muslim superstar?

The Bollywood film industry suffered a setback when it lost two renowned actors – Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor – this year. The film fraternity is in deep grief as it lost these two iconic in a row but often

Why are Pakistani artists worried about success of Turkish dramas?

The Pakistani drama industry is perturbed by the rising popularity of Turkish drama serials in the country. The entire nation is nowadays mesmerized by the popularity of Turkish drama ‘Dirilis: Ertugrul’ (English: ‘Resurrection: Ertuğrul’) which has been dubbed in Urdu

Is plasma therapy a possible treatment for coronavirus?

The coronavirus pandemic continues to wreck across the globe and only an effective vaccine will end all chaos. Scientists are scrambling to find a cure by sharing research and overcoming obstacles others may be facing. There are more than 100

Can Pakistan develop a vaccine for COVID-19?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading rapidly all over the world, including Pakistan. According to the latest statistics 4.5 million people have been infected with the virus while more than 306,000 have died since the virus emerged in China in December 2019.  Researchers

Hazrat Ali’s teachings still live on

History would ever remember the two days, Rajab 13, the birthday of Hazrat Ali (AS) in Khana-i-Kaaba, and Ramazan 21, the day Hazrat Ali (AS) was martyred in a mosque. Hazrat Ali (AS) was a person of deep knowledge and

Will Diamer-Bhasha Dam end the water crisis?

Pakistan faces an acute water crisis which can aggravate in the coming years leading to severe droughts and food shortages. The solution was seen in the construction of large dams which faces years of neglect to the lack of funds

COVID and the sacred profession of nursing

International Nurses Day (IND) was observed around the world on May 12. The day is set aside to honor and note the many contributions nurses make to society. Nurses care for our loved ones at some of the most challenging

May 12th 2007: The day Karachi burnt

Karachi had witnessed so many catastrophes in the last 40 years in particular since 1977. In some of these carnages, the role of the state machinery was seriously brought under question.   Same thing happened on 12th May. The day

Remembering Manto – bitter, obscene but brilliant

Today marks the 108th birthday anniversary of renowned author, journalist, playwright, and screenwriter Saadat Hasan Manto, widely regarded as one the finest Urdu writers of the 20th Century. Manto published 22 collections of short stories throughout his prolific career. he

Mother’s Day: There’s no greater gift than a mother’s love

A mother is a friend, protector, guide, disciplinarian and many more things. She is a selfless, loving human who sacrifices many of her wants and needs for the happiness of their children. A mother’s love is unconditional for her children.

Concerns of university students amid coronavirus

The government has decided to close all educational institutes including schools, colleges and universities across the country until July 15. All examinations have been annulled for this year and students will be promoted based on the results of the previous

Smallpox – the infectious disease now eradicated worldwide

The world is currently suffering from coronavirus pandemic which has infected 3.8 million people and killed at least 274,000 around the world. Today we also remember another pandemic which took millions of lives every year until it was finally eradicated

A glimpse at the life of Jawaharlal Nehru

Jawaharlal Nehru was an influential leader in the Indian independence movement, an Indian nationalist leader and statesman, who became the first prime minister of independent India in 1947. Although faced with the challenge of uniting a vast population diverse in

No Diet Day – The myth of the perfect body

International No Diet Day (INDD) is observed around the world on May 6 and is slowly becoming mainstream dedicated to promoting a healthy lifestyle. Purpose of No Diet Day The day is an annual celebration of body acceptance, including fat

PPP vs PTI: The 18th Amendment  

There has been no slowdown in political activities amid the coronavirus pandemic, as tensions between the PTI-led federal government and PPP-led Sindh government continue to rise. Recently, the federal government is considering revisiting the landmark 18th Amendment and NFC Award, raising

Tipu Sultan: the Tiger of Mysore

Today marks the 221st anniversary of Tipu Sultan’s martyrdom. He is remembered by many in India and Pakistan as a heroic freedom fighter and warrior-king. Tipu was vigorous, forceful, brave, warlike and cruel; a devout Muslim ruling a mainly Hindu

Remembering murdered journalists on World Press Freedom Day

Today (3rd May), World Press Freedom Day is being observed around the globe. This year the theme of the day is “Journalism without Fear or Favour”. World Press Freedom Day is annually observed to inform the international community that freedom

Who is playing politics in the midst of COVID-19 crisis?

KARACHI: The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases have surged to 18,114 in Pakistan, while the death toll stands at 417. The pandemic has affected various sectors of the economy across the country. There is complete uncertainty and no time frame