World Hypertension Day 2018: science-backed way to prevent and control high blood pressure

World Hypertension Day 2018: science-backed way to prevent and control high blood pressure

May 17 marks World Hypertension Day 2018, which aims to raise awareness of hypertension, which is more commonly known as high blood pressure. With high blood pressure linked to an increased risk of diseases such as heart attack and stroke, here we round up some of the recent research showing how high...

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What is “Nakba”, the “day of the catastrophe” of the Palestinians and why it can be particularly violent this year on the border between Israel and Gaza

What is “Nakba”, the “day of the catastrophe” of the Palestinians and why it can be particularly violent this year on the border between Israel and Gaza

The keys, like the one that a child raises in this manifestation, is one of the symbols of the Nabka. For some it is a day of joy, for others it is the “day of the catastrophe”: everything depends on the point of the Gaza border from which you look....

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Powerful Militaries in the World According to Global Firepower 2018

Powerful Militaries in the World According to Global Firepower 2018

Historically; from the dawn of civilization, clans and small towns used to have small army to protect their food stockpile from other clans. Even after thousands years, we (humans) still find ourselves and our assets unprotected. And that’s the reason we always need to have a powerful armed force. Modern...

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“I killed more than 100 people and I do not regret”, confession of a murderer of Islamic State

“I killed more than 100 people and I do not regret”, confession of a murderer of Islamic State

When the peaceful uprising against President Bashar al-Assad broke out in 2011, which led to Syria’s brutal civil war, Khaled * was a peaceful protester. A lot has changed since then. Syria has been at war for seven long years. The Al-Assad government faces rebel and jihadist groups of the self-styled Islamic...

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“Maybe if we die we can play”: the moving drawings of children affected by the war in Syria

“Maybe if we die we can play”: the moving drawings of children affected by the war in Syria

“Maybe if we die we can play.” It is a sentiment echoed by many children who suffer the war in Syria, said Dr. Mohammad Khalid Hamza. His team of doctors and psychologists from the Syrian American Medical Society (Sams) have been working with children affected by a conflict that has...

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IK’s 11 points vs Quaid’s 14 points: Do we really need a Naya Pakistan?

IK’s 11 points vs Quaid’s 14 points: Do we really need a Naya Pakistan?

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Sunday welcomed and thanked the crowd who flocked to the iconic Minar-e-Pakistan to attend the party’s power show in Lahore.   Unveiling an 11-point agenda for a new Pakistan, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan called for establishing Pakistan in the image of...

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False News and War: 3 false news that led to wars and conflicts around the world

False News and War: 3 false news that led to wars and conflicts around the world

“If a story is too emotional or dramatic, it is probably not real, the truth is usually boring,” Ukrainian journalist Olga Yurkova said during the inaugural TED 2018 talk that took place this month in Vancouver, Canada. In her lecture, the anti-fake news activist – co-founder of the StopFake site – said the fraudulent information...

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The wicked good ‘Ketogenic Diet’ – A transformed lifestyle

The wicked good ‘Ketogenic Diet’ – A transformed lifestyle

A keto diet is well known for being a low carb diet, where the body produces ketones in the liver to be used as energy. It’s referred to as several different names – ketogenic diet, low carb diet, low carb high fat (LCHF), etc. When you eat something rich in...

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Cruz grills Zuckerberg at the congressional testimony for political bias

Cruz grills Zuckerberg at the congressional testimony for political bias

Facebook – The social media giant has made its chief Mark Zuckerberg accept personal responsibility for the leak of data on tens of millions of its users, while warning of an “arms race” against Russian disinformation during a high-stakes hearing with US lawmakers. In his first formal congressional appearance, the Facebook...

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Cyberbullying! Are you a victim too?

Cyberbullying! Are you a victim too?

Over the years, cyberbullying has become an undebatable serious issue especially amongst teenagers, that needs immediate attention from the government and society, alike. To your dismay, this issue has stemmed its roots now amongst adults as well, particularly at workplaces and institutions. Sounds creepy! Cyberbullying is also referred to as...

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What effects do parents’ fights have on their children? Rava Special Report

What effects do parents’ fights have on their children? Rava Special Report

Discussions between parents can be considered normal, but the way they are handled can drastically affect the health of the children. In general, cordial discussions between parents have little or no effect on children, but scientific studies have concluded that this changes when the fights are more aggressive , there are screams or even...

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Understanding the Hidden World of Puzzled Minds: Autism

Understanding the Hidden World of Puzzled Minds: Autism

A few decades ago barely anyone knew about Autism: They had literally never heard of it. Whereas, today it seems like every other concerned person is talking about it. Why is that? Probably, because of media hype, greater public awareness, increasing rate of diagnosis or perhaps the fear of being...

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Evolving World: The presages of ancient diseases in modern times

Evolving World: The presages of ancient diseases in modern times

Throughout history and in today’s rapidly globalizing era, humans have evolved around bacteria and viruses. Despite efforts to curb these, they have found new ways to infect us – And the battle is endless. Ever wondered as to what would happen if we were unexpectedly exposed to deadly bacteria and...

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The much-awaited month of Rajab sets in

The much-awaited month of Rajab sets in

This universe as we all know is a creation of Allah, alone. However, some places are considered to be relatively more sacred and celestial than the rest, namely; Makkah and Madinah, as they carry far more significance from all aspects, owing to their origins and history. Likewise, amid Islamic calendars,...

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Favoritism – Teachers’ Role Redefined: Playing Favorites Be Constructive or Destructive?

Favoritism – Teachers’ Role Redefined: Playing Favorites Be Constructive or Destructive?

Favoritism is amongst the most sensitive topics in educational institutions. Indeed, is a fact of life. Teachers as well as students tend to be biased in countless aspects. Oh yes, we are! Remember, those student evaluation forms when you as a student were required to fill out those evaluation forms...

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Disappearing World Wonders – Is Our End Near?

Disappearing World Wonders – Is Our End Near?

What if all humans alive today vanished from Earth? Had this happened, the world would have been an alarmingly different place in just a couple of hours. It would have fallen apart and gradually started to decay. Most of the lights around the world would shut off and this inhabited place...

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Through Pain, Suffering and Loss: Meet People Who Survived – ISIS; The Trail of Terror

Through Pain, Suffering and Loss: Meet People Who Survived – ISIS; The Trail of Terror

Historically, the Yazidis have their roots stemming from to a Kurdish religious minority which is an ethnic group inhabited in the Middle East and neighboring countries. The Kurds, however, are culturally and linguistically classified amongst the Iranians. The vast majority of Yazidis reside in the mountainous region of Kurdistan which...

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Gender Balance And Women Empowerment – The Islamic Perspective on International Women’s Day

Gender Balance And Women Empowerment – The Islamic Perspective on International Women’s Day

Islam gives credence to women, certifying towards them respect, honour, dignity and equality. In the centuries prior to Islam, women were illtreated, looked upon as commodities and were given very little or any value at all. The status of women in Islam can only really be appreciated when the position of women...

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Pakistan Armed Forces ranked 13th most powerful on Global Firepower Military Strength Index

Pakistan Armed Forces ranked 13th most powerful on Global Firepower Military Strength Index

KARACHI: Pakistan Armed Forces have been ranked the 13th most powerful in the world on the Global Firepower Military Strength Index 2017, according to data released by the group on its official website. The list by Global Firepower (GFP) relies on more than 50 factors to assign the 133 countries included in the...

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Syrian War and Bashar Al-Assad: Who do we Support in Syria?

Syrian War and Bashar Al-Assad: Who do we Support in Syria?

Vladimir Putin has been able to act energetically in Syria , not because he is bolder or more determined than Barack Obama, but because he has a clearer strategy . Putin has an ally: the Assad Government. He also has enemies: opponents of the regime . Support your ally and fight against those enemies. In comparison, Washington and the West are, basically,...

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What People With Depression Want You To Know: Prevalence of Depression in Pakistan

What People With Depression Want You To Know: Prevalence of Depression in Pakistan

Fifteen-year old Inaya Khan* was a brilliant, academic driven student, who always aced the performance list in class. However, just as her grades started to suffer & as she adopted a negative persona, that left her family & friends in complete bewilderment.  Khan’s mother overlooked it, considering this to be...

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A new Shaheen Emerged: PAF raises new JF-17 squadron at Samungli

A new Shaheen Emerged: PAF raises new JF-17 squadron at Samungli

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Air Force on Wednesday raised a new multirole fighter squadron equipped with JF-17 Thunder aircraft, said a press release by the PAF. The new squadron, based at PAF Base Samungli in Quetta, has been planted as No 28 Multirole Squadron. A ceremony was held at the base to mark the...

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Are you Feeling Ugly? The Nightmare of living a life obsessed with your Appearance

Are you Feeling Ugly? The Nightmare of living a life obsessed with your Appearance

We unexpectedly catch sight of ourselves in a mirror and, in an instant, are thrown into despair: the odd nose, the unsatisfactory hair, the sickening skin tone, but most of all, the only too familiar, deeply gormless needy expression. It feels at such moments as if every worst fear about...

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“Used, abused and raped”: women exploited in Syria in exchange for humanitarian assistance

“Used, abused and raped”: women exploited in Syria in exchange for humanitarian assistance

There are women in Syria who are being sexually exploited by men in charge of delivering humanitarian assistance from the UN and other international aid organizations. Several members of these agencies who work in the field have denounced the situation, explaining that these collaborators force women to exchange food and transportation...

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The ‘Name’ we carry influences our Personality

The ‘Name’ we carry influences our Personality

Several studies claim that the name your parents chose for you conditions some of your choices and even prints a mark on what life holds: from what job you choose to how many years you live, everything has to do in some degree with the letters that they name you....

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A gift from the God is unsafe on Streets: Street Children in Pakistan

A gift from the God is unsafe on Streets: Street Children in Pakistan

The number of children found living, working and begging on Pakistan’s streets has been growing despite efforts to provide basic education and aid. Every day, more than two million children roam the streets of Pakistan. In their struggle for survival they are on the verge of social exclusion. These children...

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Social Inequality: A Global Problem

Social Inequality: A Global Problem

Social inequality is not a law of nature. Five measures could reduce the gap between rich and poor. The good news is that inequality between the countries of the South and those of the North is decreasing as the gross domestic product increases, especially in the emerging countries. The bad news is...

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Dowry is an unimaginable curse for the society: Mehr and Dowry in Islam (Rava Special Report)

Dowry is an unimaginable curse for the society: Mehr and Dowry in Islam (Rava Special Report)

Islam has legislated the giving of the dower by the husband to the wife in order to please the woman’s heart and to honour her. It is also meant to bring an end to what was done in the Days of Ignorance wherein she was wronged, exploited, despised and robbed...

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Naqeeb, Shahzaib, Intezar, Zainab, Asma… The Punishment of Murder in Islam (Rava Special Report)

Naqeeb, Shahzaib, Intezar, Zainab, Asma… The Punishment of Murder in Islam (Rava Special Report)

The fifth Greater Sin is the murder of that person whose execution has not been ordered by Allah (S.w.T.) and the Holy Prophet (S). Traditions which confirm that murder is a Greater Sin have already been mentioned. Moreover the verses of the Holy Qur’an mention clearly the Divine punishment for...

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The Tale of Everyday Heroes in Pakistan – Rava Special Report

The Tale of Everyday Heroes in Pakistan – Rava Special Report

While our country has the highest youth bulge with massive potential, the heroes and high achievers usually go unnoticed amidst the ‘terror news’ and negative triggers on mainstream media. Not all superheroes wear capes. Unlike their depiction in popular culture, heroes have no fixed templates. They may not always pop out...

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Blind Mystic Who ‘Predicted 9/11, ISIS and Brexit also Forecast China’s Emergence As Superpower In 2018

Blind Mystic Who ‘Predicted 9/11, ISIS and Brexit also Forecast China’s Emergence As Superpower In 2018

The mystic, who was dubbed the ‘Nostradamus from the Balkans’, reportedly foresaw that in 2018 China will overtake the US to become the world’s next ‘super power’.

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An Attack that Ripped our Hearts Out & United us as a Nation: APS School Attack (Rava Special Report on 144 stories)

An Attack that Ripped our Hearts Out & United us as a Nation: APS School Attack (Rava Special Report on 144 stories)

On this day, two years ago, Pakistan saw one of its toughest times as terrorists carried out an attack in Peshawar’s Army Public School (APS), killing 144 people, mostly children. Considered as one of the blackest day in the history of the country, the wounds of that tragedy are still fresh...

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70 Years of Nightmare: Observing International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People (Rava Special Report)

70 Years of Nightmare: Observing International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People (Rava Special Report)

Palestine is the name (first referred to by the Ancient Greeks) of an area in the Middle East situated between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. Palestine was absorbed into the Ottoman Empire in 1517 and remained under the rule of the Turks until World War One. Towards the...

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Islamophobia – Combating the main myths that feed Islamophobia (Rava Special Report)

Islamophobia – Combating the main myths that feed Islamophobia (Rava Special Report)

The recent case of attack in New York has once again sparked the controversy of Islamophobia. Since Donald Trump became the president, USA has faced numerous tragedies one after another. Hundreds of people have lost their lives in past few months due to hurricanes, mass shootings and attack. However, the...

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Accountability court endorses NAB request to freeze Ishaq Dar’s assets in Pakistan

Accountability court endorses NAB request to freeze Ishaq Dar’s assets in Pakistan

An accountability court on Thursday rejected a fresh application for Finance Minister Ishaq Dar’s exemption from court proceedings, upholding his bailable arrest warrants in a corruption reference filed against him by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for owning assets beyond his means. The court today also endorsed NAB’s move to...

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From Tom and Jerry to Hamza Bin Laden’s wedding footage: Everything CIA has released about Osama Bin Laden

From Tom and Jerry to Hamza Bin Laden’s wedding footage: Everything CIA has released about Osama Bin Laden

The CIA has released hundreds of thousands of new documents, images, and computer files recovered during the May 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad. Many videos, documents, footage were recovered from the computers and other devices of Osama Bin Laden who was killed in a raid by American...

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The history of Attacks on Journalists in Pakistan – International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (Rava Special Report)

The history of Attacks on Journalists in Pakistan – International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (Rava Special Report)

The safety of journalists is vital for societies and democracies to have access to diverse and independent information. It is also to promote intercultural dialogue, peace and good governance. However, unfortunately, in the last eleven years, 930 journalists have been killed for carrying out their task of informing the public,...

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Govt plans to build several new nuclear reactors – official

Govt plans to build several new nuclear reactors – official

ABU DHABI: Pakistan plans to build at least three to four big reactors as it targets nuclear power capacity of 8,800 megawatts (MW) by 2030, atomic energy commission chairman said. Pakistan has five small reactors in operation with combined capacity of just over 1300MW. The last one in the four-reactor Chashma...

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Mufti Qavi sent to jail on judicial remand

Mufti Qavi sent to jail on judicial remand

The latest update on Qandeel’s murder case is Mufti Abdul Qavi has been sent for judicial remand on Wednesday in Multan. During the court hearing, Judicial Magistrate Pervaiz Khan, sent Mufto Qavi to jail as his two-day physical remand expired today. The police informed that their investigation is done and...

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Stress Awareness Day: Why Mental Illness is still a taboo in Pakistan? (Rava Special Report)

Stress Awareness Day: Why Mental Illness is still a taboo in Pakistan? (Rava Special Report)

I am really stressed out! All of us must have either used or heard someone say this in our lives. Yes, the word stress is used quite often in our lives. We hear about stress to young students, women and men of all ages …. Some time ago, stress was associated with senior executives with...

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Mufti Qavi responsible for Qandeel’s murder: Father tells court

Mufti Qavi responsible for Qandeel’s murder: Father tells court

The father of slain social media entertainer Qandeel Baloch says his daughter was killed on the behest of Mufti Abdul Qavi, an influential cleric. Muhammad Azeem, along with his wife Anwar Bibi, told a magistrate in Multan on Monday that they would not forgive anyone who was involved in his...

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Contempt of Court Case dropped against Imran Khan

Contempt of Court Case dropped against Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan on Thursday dropped contempt case against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan.  A five-member panel of the ECP headed by Chief Election Commissioner Justice (retd) Sardar Muhammad Raza dropped the charges after Khan submitted a written apology over his remarks against the electoral body. According to...

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Written apology submitted by Imran Khan over contempt of Court

Written apology submitted by Imran Khan over contempt of Court

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan summited a written apology to the Election Commission of Pakistan on Thursday in a contempt of court case filed against him During the hearing, ECP member Irshad Kaiser raised points on Imran’s contempt case, and asked for an apology. “We have already apologised twice,” PTI...

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Arrest warrants issued against Nawaz

Arrest warrants issued against Nawaz

The accountability court, turning down Nawaz Sharif’s counsel’s request to exempt him to appear before the court, issued his arrest warrants in the NAB reference case on Thursday. Maryam Nawaz, daughter of deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif, arrived at the accountability court in Islamabad the first trial hearing in the...

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Cellphones banned in polling stations – NA-4

Cellphones banned in polling stations – NA-4

PESHAWAR: The District Administration of Peshawar has banned the use of cell phones in the premises of polling stations, a day ahead of the by-polls in NA-4 Peshawar. The Deputy Commissioner’s office has issued a notification under Section-144 of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), slapping ban on the use of cell phones...

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Possible change in leadership in PML-N has not stopped PM to meet Shehbaz Sharif

Possible change in leadership in PML-N has not stopped PM to meet Shehbaz Sharif

LAHORE: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi met with Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif during a whirlwind trip to the Punjab capital on Tuesday night as calls for a leadership change in the ruling PML-N rise to a crescendo. The meeting at the chief minister’s Model Town residence lasted for around 90 minutes....

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10 day judicial remand for Sharjeel Memon

10 day judicial remand for Sharjeel Memon

Former Sindh information minister Sharjeel Inam Memon has been sent on a 10-day judicial remand by an accountability court on Tuesday.   Memon was arrested by National Accountability Bureau officials on Monday after over six hours of running back-and-forth inside and outside the Sindh High Court.   The Asif...

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The Child Marriage Restraint (Amendment) Bill 2017 passed by Senate

The Child Marriage Restraint (Amendment) Bill 2017 passed by Senate

ISLAMABAD:  Senate Standing Committee on Interior passed on Monday three bills – including ‘The Child Marriage Restraint (Amendment) Bill 2017’ – which seeks to put restriction on marriages, especially of girls below 18 years of age. The Senate panel also passed ‘The Criminal Laws (Amendment) Bill 2017’ seeking stringent punishment...

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Imran Khan is sinful to enter Lal Qalandar’s Shrine: Sanaullah

Imran Khan is sinful to enter Lal Qalandar’s Shrine: Sanaullah

Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah has said that the caretakers at the shrine of Sufi saint Hazrat Lal Shahbaz Qalandar must have barred Imran Khan from entering the sacred place for being ‘impious’. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan, vice-chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi and other party members were denied entry...

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‘We will quit Parliament’, threatens MQM-P

‘We will quit Parliament’, threatens MQM-P

KARACHI – Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan chief Farooq Sattar has warned that party lawmakers will resign en-masse if anyone of them is made to desert the party or taken to another ‘camp’. MQM-Pakistan has been witnessing erosion since the formation of the group when MQM lawmakers in the country announced parting of ways...

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