November 14, 2008

Arsenic in Lahore’s water

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LAHORE, Nov 13: Arsenic and fluoride contamination pose a growing threat to public health in the city, according to research undertaken by Dr Prof Kauser Jamal Cheema, head of the Environmental Science and Zoology Departments at Lahore College for Women University (LCWU).
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Islamabad: a bird-watcher’s paradise

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By Ben Sheppard

ISLAMABAD, Nov 13: Islamabad often makes the news for suicide attacks, extremism and political upheaval, but for a small band of enthusiasts the city is famous for something very different — bird-watching.

Just 10 minutes drive from the centre of the capital city, there are mountains and wetlands teeming with exotic birds, while Islamabad’s many leafy gardens and avenues boast rare breeds that delight visiting ornithologists. Read More »Islamabad: a bird-watcher’s paradise

Pak Economy: An alternative to the IMF programme

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by Shahrukh Rafi Khan

In my last two essays I argued Pakistan has an adequate resource base and does not need to go to the IMF, and established that there is an alternative and superior economic program to the one advocated by the IMF. This leads us to the question of whether Pakistan’s economic bureaucracy has the capacity to implement such a programme if the legislature approves it.
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ISLAMABAD: NAB drops all corruption cases against politicians

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By Muhammad Ahmad Noorani

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has dropped all corruption cases against politicians, both the government and the opposition, but is still working on 3,336 cases involving embezzlement of more than Rs 170 billion.

Despite the fact that corruption cases involving over Rs 500 billion were dumped under the controversial National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO), the NAB has still a vital role to play, if the government allows it.
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Will the Ferrari of tomorrow be fungus-powered?

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A reddish microbe found on the inside of a tree at a secret location in the rainforests of northern Patagonia could unlock the bio fuel of the future, say scientists. Its potential is so startling that the discoverers have coined the term ‘myco-diesel’ – a derivation of the word for fungus — to describe the bouquet of hydrocarbons that it breathes.
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