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Parental diet before conception affects child’s health

A child’s health can be compromised not only by a mother who smokes or drinks during pregnancy, but by the obesity and poor diet of both parents well before the act of procreation, researchers said Tuesday, reported AFP. What a mother and father eat, and whether they are seriously overweight, in other words, can have…

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Nigeria’s Boko Haram has abducted more than 1,000 children since 2013: UNICEF

ABUJA: The militants from Nigeria’s Boko Haram group have abducted more than 1,000 children in the northeast since 2013, the United Nations children’s agency UNICEF said on Friday. The militants regularly took youngsters to spread fear and show power, the agency said on the eve of the fourth anniversary of the abduction of 276 schoolgirls…

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27 children die in Indian school bus accident

At least 30 people, including 27 children, were killed Monday in northern India when a school bus plunged into a deep ravine in the Himalayan foothills, police said. The bus carrying young students home in Himachal Pradesh state flew off a cliff near Nurpur, about 325 kilometres (200 miles) from the state capital Shimla, and…

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Indian children carry father’s body on cart after being denied hearse

PHOTO: COURTESY ANI A differently-abled boy and his sister in India carried the body of their father on a cart after they were denied a hearse According to a report published by NDTV, the children carried their 50-year-old father’s body after Trivediganj Community Health Centre in Uttar Pradesh refused to provide them help. They carried…

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SC accepts Nehal Hashmi’s apology, withdraws contempt notice

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has accepted PML-N leader Nehal Hashmi’s apology and withdrew the notice in contempt of court case. Nehal Hashmi on Tuesday submitted a written apology in the court, regretting the use of derogatory remarks for judiciary. “I left myself on the mercy of court,” stated Hashmi. During the hearing, Chief Justice Saqib…

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Khairpur: 30 children die of measles in one week

PHOTO: FILE Reporting by Shafiq Shar Another child suffering from measles died Friday, taking this week’s death toll in Khairpur to 30 All the children who died in the past one week were suffering from measles. Another 300 affected children are admitted in hospitals.

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PSL 2018: Children ecstatic ahead of first PSL eliminator

Reported: Turhab Asghar LAHORE: Children were excited to witness the first playoff as Quetta Gladiators take on Peshawar Zalmi on Tuesday.  Our correspondent spoke to some children who were eager to witness the clash between Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators at the entry gate of Gaddafi Stadium. “I’m here to sing the national anthem and…

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Scared after children’s deaths, parents cooperate in Karachi polio campaign

Reports of children’s deaths have brought around parents in Karachi who were once reluctant to get their children vaccinated against polio Local administration took influential neighbours, lady health workers and religious leaders on board to convince parents. They are going door to door to persuade parents. “Reports of children’s deaths scared us,” said a Nazimabad…

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Law against child labour violated upon CM Sindh’s visit to Sehwan

 Reported by: Sahil Jogi A law against child labour was passed against child labour in Sindh Assembly in January 2017. However, the law was being openly violated as children were seen cleaning the streets of Sehwan for the visit of Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah. Each child was being paid wage of Rs.300. Sindh…

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Story of courage: Disabled autistic boy becomes designer

CERNOSICE: The toy cars, double-deckers, stuffed toys and pillows on his bed are meticulously ordered into neat rows, but Matej Hosek still inspects his room with a frown, looking for shortcomings. He pushes one car back by a millimetre with satisfaction, then opens a folder with dozens of transport maps he has drawn as part…

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Dying young in Pakistan, where babies face the highest risk

Islamabad: In the neonatal intensive care department of an Islamabad hospital, scrawny infants struggle for survival — victims of a vacuum in resources and education in the country with the highest newborn mortality rate in the world. “In Pakistan, a baby dies every second minute,” says Haider Shirazi, head of the neonatal department at the…

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This new blood test can detect autism in children

NEWS DESK: Scientists have developed a blood and urine test that can detect autism in children, reported The Independent. Researchers at the University of Warwick said the test, believed to be the first of its kind, could lead to earlier diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in children who could then be given appropriate treatment…

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When will it stop?

By Zara Maqbool Yesterday I heard the agony and helplessness in a friend’s voice that shook me to my core. She has been divorced since years and has been granted custody by the court and yet day in and out she gets bullied by the ex-husband in one-way or another. She has reached a point…

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KLF 2018: Speakers discuss female education in Pakistan

By: Muhammad Raza Haidery Karachi Literature Festival is underway and Beach Luxury Hotel and sessions on different issues of the country are being held in which renowned national and international speakers and personalities are giving their expertise. The event is all about literacy and female literacy is one of the main issues in the country….

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Acting coach helps children chase Bollywood dreams

MUMBAI: There is an unlikely path to stardom in India’s city of dreams. Turn right at a pair of goats picking through knee-high garbage, pass a new public toilet and look for a hand-painted sign marking a temple to Ganesh, the Hindu elephant god revered as a remover of obstacles. Grab a conveniently hung rope…

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Anger swells in Pakistan as Zainab murder suspect remanded

Islamabad: Pakistanis called Wednesday for the public execution of a suspect accused of raping and murdering six-year-old Zainab, in a case that enraged the country. The suspect, Imran Ali, was remanded in custody for 14 days by an anti-terrorism court in Lahore one day after his arrest over the rape and murder of Zainab Fatima…

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Declare 2018 as “Year of Children”: Farhatullah Babar

ISLAMABAD: Commissioner for Children, Federal Ombudsman Office, Shaheen Atiq Ur Rehman on Friday proposed that Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) should be linked with National Data Base Authority (NADRA) for curbing ratio of crimes in the country. Zainab sexual assault case was not the first one reported, rather a number of issues related to child sexual abuse…

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Pakistani cricketer blessed with a baby girl

KARACHI: Pakistani cricketer Fawad Alam has been blessed with a baby girl. He announced the good news on his Twitter profile. “Allah has blessed me with His most beautiful Rehmet in the universe, introducing my daughter,” he tweeted. The left handed batsmen also said that the medical condition of his wife was well. He added,…

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Fears of serial child killer in Kasur

Kasur: The rape and murders of a dozen children by a suspected serial killer have terrified parents in Kasur, and prompted soul-searching over how the country fails to protect its most vulnerable. The killing of six-year-old Zainab Fatima Ameen became the tipping point last week when her body was found on a rubbish heap near…

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Shehzad Roy: 90% abused children know the abuser personally

By Minerwa Tahir KARACHI: Pakistani singer and social worker Shehzad Roy said that 90% of the children who are abused know the abuser personally. “I think this injustice [that happened with Zainab in Kasur] is happening with every fifth child,” he said. “Ninety per cent of the times it’s someone the child knows.” It is…

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Books Children Read!

By Gulrukh Tausif Stories that you read and hear in your childhood stay with you all your life. Sometimes as a wisp of a memory and sometimes as a lesson etched into your mind. I have always loved reading and I used to read a lot of Urdu and English books in my youth. There…

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