China allows couples to have three children

BEIJING: China has allowed married couples to have upto three children, a major policy shift from the existing limit of two after recent data showed a dramatic decline in births. China scrapped its decades-old one-child policy in 2016, replacing it

Remains of 215 children found at former boarding school in Canada

OTTAWA: The remains of 215 children, some as young as three years old, have been discovered on the grounds of a former boarding school set up more than a century ago to assimilate Canada’s indigenous communities. A specialist used ground-penetrating

US lawmakers urge Facebook to drop ‘Instagram for kids’

WASHINGTON: A group of Democratic U.S. lawmakers urged Facebook to drop plans for a version of photo-sharing app Instagram for children younger than 13, saying the social media company had failed to “make meaningful commitments to protecting kids online.” Senators

Meghan Markle pens children’s book inspired by Prince Harry

LOS ANGELES: Meghan Markle is to release a children’s book titled ‘The Bench’ inspired by her husband Prince Harry’s bond with their son Archie. The book, illustrated by Christian Robinson, is out on June 8 as Meghan, the Duchess of

Zuckerberg urged to cancel launching Instagram for kids

SAN FRANCISCO: An advocacy group called on Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg to not create a version of photo-sharing app Instagram for children under 13 as it would put them at “great risk”. A letter from the Campaign for

Four children, two women injured in Karachi cylinder blast

KARACHI: At least six people were injured after a gas explosion occurred at a house on Friday morning in Soldier Bazaar of Karachi. According to rescue officials, two women and four children were injured in the incident. The rescue teams

Hassan Ahmed and Sunita Marshall reveal what religion their children follow

Celebrity couple Hassan Ahmed and his wife Sunita Marshall have revealed about religion their children follow. Recently invited in an interview, actor Hassan Ahmed and his wife Sunita Marshall, who got married in 2009, and have two children; a boy

Moderna starts COVID-19 vaccine trials for children

BOSTON: US manufacturer Moderna said it has started COVID-19 vaccine trials for children aged from 6 months to under 12 years old, with plans to enroll about 6,750 participants. The inoculation of children and young people is seen as critical

US imposes sanctions on children of Myanmar’s military leader

WASHINGTON: The United States imposed sanctions on two children of Myanmar’s military leader Min Aung Hlaing and six companies they control in response to the military coup and the killing of protesters since the takeover. The US Treasury Department said

Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s wife ends differences, says ‘children should not suffer’

MUMBAI: Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui and his wife Aalia Siddiqui have reconciled their differences and decided to give their marriage a second chance. She had filed for divorce from the actor in May 2020 after she accused Nawaz and his

Banning corporal punishment

The National Assembly has passed a law that effectively bans all forms of corporal punishment in all types of educational institutes and has set out penalties for anyone physically assaulting children. This is indeed a historic move and been hailed

Philippines President tells children to stay home and watch TV

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has reimposed a ban on children aged 10 to 14 leaving home, telling them to watch TV instead, as the country battles an outbreak of a new coronavirus strain. Stay-at-home orders for all children and

Over half of Syrian children deprived of education: UN

DAMASCUS: More than half of children in war-torn Syria are missing out on education, the UN children’s agency UNICEF said, with a third of schools in ruins or controlled by fighters. The figures are a sharp rise from previous estimates

KP Assembly passes bill on school bags weight limitation

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on Tuesday passed the “School Bags Weight Limitation Bill 2020” aimed to regulate the weight of school bags for children. The bill was presented by Education Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shahram Khan Tarakai on Friday in

Siblings declare mother dead to claim Rs250 million insurance

KARACHI: Two children declared their elderly mother dead to fraudulently claim Rs25 million insurance from a United States company. Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Human Trafficking Cell is investigating the unusual case of insurance fraud in Karachi whereby a brother and

UNICEF launches $6.4 billion appeal to help 190 million children

GENEVA: The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) launched its largest-ever emergency funding appeal for $6.4 billion to reach more than 190 million children affected by humanitarian crises amidst the coronavirus pandemic. The appeal, which includes essential support and services through the

Govt striving to ensure protection of children’s rights: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has said the government has initiated various programs to ensure the protection of children’s rights. In his message on World Children’s Day, the prime minister said the government is striving to ensure that child’s rights

DC Islamabad takes notice of illegal parking fees outside library

ISLAMABAD: Deputy Commissioner Islamabad has taken notice of illegal parking outside the Public Children’s Library located in Sector H-9 and sought a report in this regard. It had been earlier reported that a lower-grade employee of the Federal Department of

Child Stunting

According to a recent shocking report by UNICEF, nearly four of ten children under the age of five are stunted in Pakistan. This revelation should send shockwaves across the nation and among lawmakers but the most crucial issue is being

More rape cases of women, children reported in Kasur

LAHORE: The news of women and children being allegedly raped in Kasur over the past two days has taken the internet by storm. At least three women and four were gang-raped at gunpoint by seven men. Hailing from Bheela village,

Up to 140 students test positive for COVID-19 in Punjab

LAHORE: The report of the coronavirus test of children in educational institutions of Punjab has been released. According to the report, out of 70,750 students in Punjab, 145 students tested positive for coronavirus and 68,032 students tested negative for the

Chinese teacher sentenced to death for poisoning nursery children

BEIJING: A Chinese school teacher has been sentenced to death for poisoning 25 children and killing one, state media reported. Wang Yun was arrested last year after children from a kindergarten in Jiaozuo City were rushed to hospital after eating

Diarrhoea, vomiting a key sign of coronavirus in children: Study

LONDON: British medical experts have claimed that diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pain in children can be symptoms of the coronavirus,  that affected more than 26 million people worldwide. Medical experts said that the symptoms of cough and loss of taste

463 million children unable to access online schooling: UN

NEW YORK: Amid the Covid-19 pandemic and widespread school closures, at least one-third of students affected around the world lack access to virtual education, according to a UN study. An estimated 463 million children lack the equipment or electronic access

3 children, woman electrocuted to death in Sheikhupura

SHIEKHUPURA: A woman and three children belonging to the family of rickshaw driver have electrocuted to death in Sheikhupura. The incident took place in Tariq Road area at the residence of Asad Ali who is a rickshaw driver. The victims

Young children carry higher levels of coronavirus: Study

WASHINGTON: Children under the age of five have between 10 to 100 times greater levels of genetic material of the coronavirus in their noses compared to older children and adults. This is according to a study in JAMA Pediatrics journal.

First children’s book on sexual abuse launched in Pakistan

First children’s book based on sexual abuse ‘Mera Jism Mera Hai’, written by Ashhad Ahmed Qureshi has been introduced in Pakistan. The book provides a much-needed healthy outlook on how to identify abuse and support to minor survivors who are

Protecting innocent children against aggression

Whenever an arms conflict breaks out, it is mostly children who are most affected. These vulnerable members of the society are recruited in wars, their schools are attacked, and are often sexually exploited, abducted, killed or denied humanitarian access. In

Children, women among 11 killed as van plunges into Khanewal canal

KHANEWAL: At least 11 members of a family, including children and women, were killed when a van fell into a canal in Khanewal. According to rescue sources, all bodies have been retrieved after hours of a search operation. Citing the

The state is our mother

The tender love and affection that a mother provides has no comparison. Whether you are a soft-hearted person or a wicked man, a hardened criminal or an innocent soul, your mother will still show her pure and unconditional love. A