Two self-taught Pakistani teenagers have developed the world’s first multi-platform game to help fight Covid-19 pandemic. STOP the SPREAD—developed by 13-year-old Nabhan and 14-year-old Kenan— will help bust myths and apply behavioural changes to embrace the “new normal” in an experiential learning simulation game. The kids started working on the game in February 2020, and released it online on April 4, 2020.
A Pakistani Truck artist, Haider Ali, has paid his own kind of homage to George Floyd with his mural on the wall of his house in Karachi. Alongside Floyd’s image, are famous songs written as slogans in popular truck poetry manner. “This artwork not only pays reverence to George Floyd but it pays a tribute to everyone fighting inequality and injustice,” says Haider.
Johnson & Johnson has announced that it would stop selling talc-based baby powder in the United States and Canada. Sales had already been hit by changing consumer habits and fears the product causes cancer. The Pharmaceutical giant has long denied claims that the talc powder it uses contains cancer-causing asbestos, but has nonetheless been taken to court several thousands of times over the allegations.
Deepak Perwani designed prototypes of protective bodysuits in a bid to help Pakistani healthcare professionals contain the pandemic. The designer took it to twitter, calling his prototype washable, reusable and disposable. The prototypes are awaiting approval from authorities. Earlier, Asim Jofa prepared similar protective gear to dress healthcare professionals. The self-protection suits and masks would be distributed free of cost, according to the designer.
Pakistan’s retail stores go online and have started providing online sales after the global lock down due to the spread of the novel coronavirus. The Sindh government also announced a partial lock down in the province, leading to all the shopping malls and restaurants to close down for a period of 15 days which effected the sales of stores.
A new mysterious coronavirus, which has originated from Wuhan in China, has killed almost 106 people so far in and infected over 4559. With the epidemic quickly spreading throughout the world, the government of China is considering vacating the city of Wuhan, which is bigger than New York or London with a population of 11 million. The deadly virus is passed on to humans from animals.
A 286-foot-high public art mural, claimed to be world’s tallest, is painted in Karachi to give a message of conservation of mangroves in Pakistan. The mural titled ‘Rising Blue’ was made by Italian artist Giuseppe Percivati as part of International Public Art Festival (IPAF), to serve a message of peace and friendship, as well as a cry of alarm for the environment.
In a bid to make Pakistan pollution free in future, the government is planning to convert 3,000 CNG stations across the country into Electric Vehicle charging stations. With launch of its first fully-electric three-wheel vehicle, the government is aiming to manage power consumption because, in the future, large numbers of EVs being charged at home especially during peak hours could overload local power transformers.
Consumption of low fat milk increases telomeres’ length that can help slow down the aging process and make one look younger, according to a research carried out by exercise scientists at Brigham Young University (BYU). The study examined the relationship between different variants of milk and telomeres and concluded that the shortening of telomeres is seen as a key biological marker of the aging process.
Pakistani cab driver in Dubai turned a saviour for an Indian girl who lost her wallet containing important documents including her UK student visa and credit cards. Modassir Khadim, the young taxi driver, went out of his way to return the wallet to Raechel Rose. Rose tried to track the taxi through police.