February 2009

Richest and poorest Pakistan senators: Country’s leaders divided between rich and poor

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* Swati appears to be richest senator with billions of rupees in assets * JUI-F senator among poorest leaders with Rs 30,000 in account

By Irfan Ghauri and Muhammad Bilal

ISLAMABAD: The returns filed before the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) by the country’s senators have revealed a glaring contrast among the country’s leaders, as some have declared themselves in crippling debt, while others have declared assets worth billions of rupees.Read More »Richest and poorest Pakistan senators: Country’s leaders divided between rich and poor

Dealing with a common enemy —Dr Hasan-Askari Rizvi

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Terrorism is a common enemy of Pakistan and India and this challenge cannot be addressed adequately if these countries do not abandon the current negativity in their interaction. There is a need to return to positive diplomacy and cooperation to combat terrorism

The Mumbai terrorist attacks were a tragic reminder of the growing threat of terrorism in South Asia, which has extremely negative implications for harmony and stability in the domestic, regional and global contexts. Some extremist groups have acquired the capacity to violently challenge internal order in a state and create extremely problematic situations in inter-state relations. Their actions aim at creating anarchy and undermine the state’s capacity to function as an effective political and administrative entity.Read More »Dealing with a common enemy —Dr Hasan-Askari Rizvi

Democracy- By Dr Farrukh Saleem

Democracy is about elections. We had elections 11 months ago. Democracy is about universal suffrage (right to vote to all adult citizens). We have universal suffrage. Democracy is about majority rule. We have that too. What we now need to do is to hold our democracy accountable; accountable for its acts, accountable to voters.
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Living near busy street ups problems

The closer people live to a main road, the more likely they are to suffer from respiratory symptoms such as breathlessness and wheezing.

While outdoor air pollution especially tiny particles that can be breathed deep into the lungs is known to be hazardous to people’s health, to date no research has looked at how proximity to main roads affects respiratory symptoms in a general population, Health news reported.
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Fish has health benefits and a few risks

Online, 30th January, 2009

Adding fish to your diet can help get you in the swim of things when it comes to better cardiovascular health, but experts at the Mayo Clinic also warn there are some contaminants — most notably mercury — to watch out for in fish, as well.

Fish is lower in saturated fat, total fat and calories than comparable portions of meat or poultry, the experts note in the February issue of the Mayo Clinic Women’s HealthSource. Some species of fish — such as fatty, coldwater fish including salmon, mackerel and herring — are high in omega-3 fatty acids. Read More »Fish has health benefits and a few risks

Zinc shortage linked to esophageal cancer

People with low levels of zinc in their tissues may be at increased risk for developing cancer of the esophagus, according to research reported in The Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

In the study, investigators determined zinc levels in esophageal biopsy samples obtained from 132 residents of Linzhou, China in 1985. Of these subjects, 60 subsequently developed esophageal cancer and 72 did not. Read More »Zinc shortage linked to esophageal cancer