January 2009

Mysterious mist —Saleem H Ali

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At the end of the day, human beings desire some modicum of certainty in their lives: they want to have some confidence that when they flip on a switch there will be light; when they decide to take an exam and plan their career, they will have it on time; when they go to a CNG station, they will be able to fuel upRead More »Mysterious mist —Saleem H Ali

‘Pakistan’ in Indian state of Bihar

The aftermath of the Mumbai attacks and the tensions ensuing between India and Pakistan have spread anxiety among the people of the region, but the people living in a village named ‘Pakistan’ in Porniya district of the Indian state of Bihar do not want to change the name of their village, BBC reported on Friday. According to BBC, the villagers did not want war between the two countries and Read More »‘Pakistan’ in Indian state of Bihar

Gene linked to high blood pressure discovered

Researchers have identified a gene variant that may make people more likely to develop high blood pressure.

Although the variant was found in members of the genetically homogeneous Old Order Amish community in Pennsylvania, it is carried by about one of every five white Americans, said Yen-Pei Christy Chang, assistant professor of medicine, epidemiology and preventive medicine at the University of Maryland. Chang is a leader of the research group reporting the new finding in the current issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Read More »Gene linked to high blood pressure discovered

Pakistan’s present and future war

Samson Simon Sharaf

India has carried out a revaluation of its strategic options with Pakistan, and the coming years could witness an all-out strategy of coercion by it, a strategy so effectively applied by Israel in the Middle East. India’s biggest advantage in conceptual and technical military cooperation with Israel lies in the fact that its technology is largely indigenous and facilitates material transfer with no end-user problems. Pakistan is already engaged in a war of attrition and the future will be a serious test of its strategy of defiance and ability to ride out the crises as a cohesive nation state.
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Gwadar: the future of Pakistan – II

Mukaram Khan

The nationalists of the province have shown serious reservations on the Gwadar project and the proposed construction of military installations at the behest of foreign elements whose interests are visible. Their misconceptions that the employment of people from other parts of the country would turn the Baloch into a minority and usurp the natural resources of the area are dichotomies. Their other political concerns encompass the construction of cantonments that perhaps in their opinion would control the wealth of the province.
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ISLAMABAD: NA body proposes 7-year jail for cyber criminals

The National Assembly Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunications proposed on Thursday a harsher punishment for cyber crime – seven-year imprisonment with fine – instead of the current three-year sentence. The committee, which met here under Muhammad Birjees Tahir, made the proposal while discussing the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Ordinance, 2008 (Ordinance IV of 2008). Read More »ISLAMABAD: NA body proposes 7-year jail for cyber criminals

Islamabad diary: If Stalin’s ghost were to come to Pakistan

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Ayaz Amir

He would have his work cut out and his hands would be full. And he wouldn’t know where to begin because there would be so much to do—humbugs and charlatans to be called to account, purges to be undertaken, ministries axed, bureaucrats sent home, the tree of government drastically pruned. For restoring Pakistan to health this bloodletting would be essential.
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Adding milk to tea alters its health benefits

Drinking tea reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke, but adding milk alters the effect.

Previous research has shown that drinking tea improves blood flow and the ability of arteries to relax.

Researchers from the Charite Hospital at the University of Berlin in Mitte found that adding milk to the tea eliminates the protective effect against cardiovascular disease, Health News reported.
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Gwadar: the future of Pakistan – 1

Mukaram Khan
Gwadar deep seaport undoubtedly retains a significant role in the future economic boom of Pakistan, particularly in the wake of the trade potentials of the Central Asian Republics. The foreseeable rapid development of western China will create tremendous economic and trade enterprises. Gwadar was selected as an alternative seaport, since port Qasim did not have the capacity to accommodate the expected load.Read More »Gwadar: the future of Pakistan – 1