Islamabad News

Candle light vigil for abducted Nigerian girls

Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) and Beydaar (Youth-led Organization) held a candle light vigil outside the Islamabad Press Club on the 100th day of abduction of 200 Nigerian Girls from Chibok, a city in the southern Borno state of Nigeria. The vigil was held to express solidarity with the international community that is condemning the abduction of the 200 Nigerian girls. The candle vigil ‘Bring Our Girls Back’ was participated by a large number of human rights activists, civil society representatives and especially the youth.

Govt promotes three Air Commodores to the rank of Air Vice Marshal

City Reporter

Islamabad—Government of Pakistan has promoted Air Commodore Shahid Niaz, Air Commodore Asim Zaheer and Air Commodore Ahmar Shahzad to the rank of Air Vice Marshal. Air Vice Marshal Shahid Niaz was commissioned in Pakistan Air Force in January, 1984 in Engineering Branch. During his illustrious career, he has commanded an Electronics Wing. In his staff appointments he has served as Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Electronics Engineering) and Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Networks). He is a graduate of National Defence University (NDU) and holds a Master’s degree in National Security and War Studies from NDU and MS in Signal Processing from China. He is also a recipient of Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military).

HAF of Azerbaijan and AIMS Development Organizatin arrange Iftar dinner for IDPs

Staff Reporter

Islamabad—Heydar Aliyev Foundation of the Republic of Azerbaijan in collaboration with AIMS Development Organization (NGO) has arranged facility of clean drinking water followed by Iftar dinner for the displaced families of North Waziristan at Dera Ismail Khan. Faisal Karim Kundi, former Deputy Speaker, National Assembly of Pakistan and Chief Patron of AIMS Development Organization thanked First Lady of Azerbaijan Mrs. Mehriban Aliyeva, President of Heydar Aliyev Foundation, Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO and ISESCO for the support of these families in the holy month of Ramadan. The function was followed by iftar dinner.

Mental disorder constitutes 13pc of global burden of diseases

Staff Reporter

Islamabad—Shifa International Hospital (SIH) in collaboration with Pakistan Society of Neurology (PSN) organized an awareness campaign to formally participate in the global launch of World Brain Day. The event was held in connection with the first-ever “World Brain Day,” (July 22) a day dedicated to bringing more attention to the importance of brain health and the prevention of brain diseases, a largely underestimated health problem. It is for the first time that Pakistan observed the World Brain Day in order to increase public awareness and promote advocacy on brain health. The theme chosen for the first year’s campaign was “Our brain — Our future”. The event is taking place in collaboration with WFN and neurological societies worldwide including PSN. The date for the new awareness day was not randomly chosen.
Envoy’s wife terms Pak youth as ambassadors of their country

A colourful welcome for Pakistani students on return from China

Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—Embassy of China Tuesday evening organized a colourful reception for Pakistani middle school students who have won laurels for their country by taking a lead position among 600 foreign students during the 11-day Beijing International Summer Camp. The students were accompanied by their classmates, teachers and of course proud parents. They left for Beijing on July 9 and returned on July 22.

Scientific review finds asthma drugs suppress child growth

Corticosteroid drugs given via inhalers to children with asthma may suppress their growth, according to two systematic reviews of scientific studies on the issue. Health experts who conducted the review and published it in The Cochrane Library journal found that children’s growth slowed in the first year of treatment, although the effects were minimised by using lower doses.

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