A public service initiative by Ministry of Climate Change has revealed that 56 out of 59 skin whitening creams being used in Pakistan have been found highly toxic. These creams, produced both locally and internationally, contain mercury more than permissible limit of 1 ppm with content being as high as 44292ppm. High content of mercury can severely damage nervous system.
Capital Development Authority (CDA) has partially sealed the Safa Gold Mall on the orders of the Supreme Court. The CDA team reportedly sealed the basement of the mall, food courts and the offices of the management after court ruled last week that the mall was illegally built on a hospital plot. The court has ordered to retrieve the land.
Selena Khawaja, known as Mountain Princess, has successfully scaled Spantik Peak at 10 years of age. A 7000-meter mountain has not been scaled by anyone younger than Selena in history of mountaineering. She already has records of summiting 5,000m and 6,000m peaks. In June 2019, she scaled Mingli Sar (6050m) whereas in 2018 she climbed Quz Sar Peak (5765m).
An annual study based on online interviews has placed Prime Minister Imran Khan and Malala Yousafzai in list of World’s Most Admired People of 2019. The list topped by Michelle Obama and Bill Gates, has placed PM Imran and Nobel Prize laureate Malala in the top 20. World known politicians and many Hollywood and Bollywood stars have also made to the list.
In a recently released official statement, Meezan Bank has revealed that online payment facility for streaming website Netflix has been blocked by the organisation. The bank stated that the subscription service for entertainment facilities is not in line with the guidelines of Sharia Compliance and hence, after constant customer complains the bank has decided to discontinue payments to Netflix.
Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari has revealed that Pakistan, unfortunately, was number one in child pornography- a menace which has affected all strata of society. Speaking at the launch of Child Protection Campaign in Islamabad, Mazari emphasised the need to launch school level campaigns to create awareness among children as cases of child abuse are rising at an alarming rate.
A hashtag calling for arrest of journalists who mainly criticise ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), Prime Minister of Pakistan and Pakistan Army, became top Twitter trend in Pakistan. The hashtag #ArrestAntiPakjournalists had been used or forwarded more than 28,000 times after dropping to second place in few hours. Some users even accompanied photographs of prominent journalists with the hashtag.
Survivor of the 2014 terror attack at Army Public School (APS), Peshawar, Ahmed Nawaz has received the prestigious Princess Diana Award for his humanitarian efforts. Ahmed had earned global respect for his chivalry and anti-radicalisation youth campaign. The teenage has become the first Pakistani to receive the award, which recognises youngsters who have made extraordinary differences to their communities.
Hasan Zaidi, an editor for Dawn magazine, had complained to the bank to take strict action against an employee who had been repeatedly using abusive language on Twitter. However, social media users were particularly not happy with the bank’s decision to terminate an employee based upon his personal actions.