38 years long research reveals role of sugar in hypertension

Sweet drinks have been linked to a slightly higher risk of developing high blood pressure, but a US study finds that fruit sugar may not be the culprit as found in earlier research.

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Woman gets nose back after attack by husband

Asif Shahzad

After six years of abuse, Allah Rakhi was walking out of her marriage when her husband struck again. Snatching a knife, he sliced off her nose. “You’re no longer beautiful!” he shouted.

He then slashed at her foot — brutal punishment for leaving the house without his permission.

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Hindu guru holds rupee symbol as cause of economic decline

Businessmen may blame global troubles or inept governance, but a Hindu guru has an alternative theory for the historic weakness of India’s rupee: the newly adopted symbol for the currency is inauspicious.

Rajkumar Jhanjhari, an expert in the ancient Hindu doctrine of vastu shastra, has called for a new design, arguing that a line on . . . → Read More: Hindu guru holds rupee symbol as cause of economic decline

Bachan discusses media scrutiny and its effect on celebrities

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, whose daughter-in-law actress Aishwarya Rai has recently found herself in the midst of media attention due to her post-pregnancy weight, says he is amazed by the worldwide interest in celebrity lifestyle.

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Target killings responsible for 6 deaths in Quetta

At least six people, including a policeman, were killed in Quetta when unidentified armed men opened fire at a shop at Sarki road, DawnNews reported.

The attackers riding on two motorbikes opened fire on people sitting in a shop in Sarki area of Quetta, senior police officer Jahangir Shah told AFP.

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35000 graduates from Baluchistan to be inducted in government departments

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Sunday said he had given directions to the Balochistan chief secretary to identify 35,000 graduates of the province for providing them jobs in government departments.

Talking to a delegation of PPP Balochistan led by provincial President Mir Sadiq Umrani at the Governor’s House, Gilani said 1,500 jobs had already . . . → Read More: 35000 graduates from Baluchistan to be inducted in government departments

4 women killed in Kohistan for violating tribal customs

Four women of the Azad Khel tribe allegedly paid the ultimate price after being ‘condemned’ to death by a jirga for defying strict tribal customs. Their crime: singing and dancing with men at a wedding ceremony.

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Dr. Afridi delivers another blow to polio eradication in Pakistan

With the story going through so many changes so quickly, the truth about Dr Afridi’s case is cloudier than ever. One thing is clear, though – Dr Afridi did engage in one indefensible act: Using a critical healthcare programme as cover for his activities. Unfortunately, in expressing concern about Afridi’s willingness to risk the credibility . . . → Read More: Dr. Afridi delivers another blow to polio eradication in Pakistan

The four year run in the long run

By Nida Afaque

The political scenario in Pakistan is like a chameleon which rapidly changes color. We have highly contested credibility of politicians, a frail economy fueled by a dwindling supply of energy, international powers unhappy with the commitment Pakistanis show to their relationship and a public that is on the brink of losing . . . → Read More: The four year run in the long run