Category: Did You Know

Karachi listed among world’s 10 least liveable cities again

Karachi has earned a place on the list of the world’s 10 least livable cities in the Global Liveability Index 2019 for the second time. Karachi has been ranked at the 5th position. Sindh’s capital is marginally better to live compared to Tripoli (4th), Dhaka (3rd), Lagos (2nd) and Damascus (1st). In 2018, Karachi was ranked 4th. Vienna has been declared at the top of ten most liveable cities. 

Chilli peppers reduce death risk: study

Researchers have found that eating chilli peppers regularly can cut the risk of death from heart disease and stroke. In recent times, scientists have focused on capsaicin, the compound that gives chilli their unmistakable punch. According to the authors of the latest study, capsaicin has been observed to favorably improve cardiovascular function and metabolic regulation in experimental and population studies. It might be useful in the fight against neuropathic pain, arthritis, gastrointestinal disorders, and even cancer. 

Seaside container library pops up at Gwadar Beach

A new library has been set up inside a container at Gwadar beach, providing book-lovers the perfect ambience for some good, old-fashioned reading. It is an initiative of a group of NGO volunteers, the seaside container library is 40-feet long and 10-feet wide, located at the city’s western seashore. It can accommodate at least 10 people at one time and avid readers can enjoy a whopping 5,000 books on science and technology, law, and literature. 

Can you do this chair challenge? Apparently, men cannot

Many try to argue that men come on top whenever it comes to lifting heavier weights, but a viral challenge throws those ideas of superiority into doubt. The trick dubbed as the “chair challenge” involves standing three feet away from the wall with the head against it and trying to lift the chair.

Pakistan becomes the first country to introduce a vaccine against drug resistant typhoid

Pakistan has become the first country in the world to introduce the typhoid conjugate vaccine (TCV) into its routine immunization program. According to a press release the government of Pakistan is launching the vaccine in Sindh in response to an outbreak of typhoid in November 2016. The phased introduction will begin with a two week campaign targeting 10.1 million children under 15 years of age.  

Vaping related health issues on the rise in Pakistan

The consumption of electronic cigarettes is rising around the world with more and more people switching to vaping from regular cigarettes leading to rise in health hazards. Ironically, many youngsters believe that vaping is safe as it does not contain tar and nicotine but according to Pakistani experts it is more life threatening than regular cigarettes and causes mouth ulcers and throat infection that can turn cancerous any minute

Australian company develops a cure for cancer

Australian scientists are claiming to have created a cowpox style virus in an effort to cure cancer, which is able to kill every type of cancer in a Petri dish and also shrunken tumors in mice. The treatment is developed at Imugene, an Australian biotech company and is called CF33. Scientists are hopeful to test the virus on various cancer patients but are still uncertain about results.

Swvl to Expand to Bangladesh & the Philippines

Swvl, a mobile application that lets users reserve bus tickets online, aims to start operation in the Philippines, Indonesia and Bangladesh by late next year. The company runs buses along fixed routes and allows users to book seats and pay for them through its app. It competes with current ride hailing companies as it is 30 to 40 percent less expensive than using a car. 

Man dies after a phone explodes during charging

A man in India has died after his mobile phone exploded next to him while charging.  According to the police, the deceased, identified as ‘Kuna Pradhan’ hailed from Ranpur. He left his phone to charge overnight and it exploded around 5 am. Kuna received severe injuries, including third-degree burns. He was shifted to a nearby hospital and died in a few hours.

Government to launch Youth Empowerment Card soon

The government is going to introduce a Youth Empowerment Card, according to inside sources. The holders of this card will enjoy subsidies on civic services such as travel, passport fee, and CNIC along with that the needy will also get Rs. 4000 to Rs. 5000 per month from the government. NADRA will provide the data for the qualifying youth across the country.