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Living close to nature may cut stress, make brain healthy

ISLAMABAD :People who build their homes in the lap of mother nature may have a healthier brain and may be at lower risk of developing stress-related depression and anxiety disorders than those living near the urban green or wasteland, a research said. The findings showed that city dwellers are at a higher risk of psychiatric…

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Niagara Falls: Here’s how the site looks like when frozen

(Note: This piece was written by Kristin Amico in Niagara Falls and published by The Independent) NEWS DESK: When even the heartiest souls in Western New York hear a weather forecast for unseasonably cold, arctic air, they head straight indoors and sit by a fire. When I see the near-record low temperatures on New Year’s…

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Dear Gilgit-Baltistan. With love, from Karachi.

Lower Kachura Lake within a tourist resort named Shangrila Resort outside the town of Skardu. PHOTOS: SAUMAN SAEED By Minerwa Tahir It takes certain experiences to mold your perceptions. A visit to Gilgit-Baltistan was one such overwhelming experience in my case. Generally speaking, I have never been a travel person. My father would often drive…

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The Headlines We Make

Every morning I like to pursue world news while having my breakfast. I either read the newspaper or just scroll through headlines on my smartphone while sipping my hot mug of tea. But recently this activity has started making me feel depressed. Whether you read about Kashmir or Palestine, Yemen or Iraq, Syria or Afghanistan,…

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The marvels of nature in Hoper Valley

Tourists enjoy the scenic beauty of the glaciers in Hoper Valley. Watch this report

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Skardu: all the colours of nature on one plate

Skardu offers a heaven of its own kind on earth – from waterfalls to beautiful lakes, numerous wonders of nature can be found here. Watch this video to catch a glimpse of the colours of nature:

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Flower power: gardening as therapy in Poland

RUSKIE PIASKI: An elderly woman leans over to smell a lush flowerbed of lavender in sprawling gardens surrounding an imposing early 20th-century palace in a pastoral corner of eastern Poland. Slowly a smile lights up her face, erasing her previous stony expression — she suffers from paranoid schizophrenia which often renders her emotionless. The sudden…

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By: Shahray Zariff When I am asked to write I wonder if it’s because of my ability to reflect and observe or is it because I can help people resolve their issues. Whatever it is, it’s a great feeling to be able to express through words and make sense out of it. Travelling the world…

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Video: Drone captures breathtaking view of pink coloured lake

A stunning wonder of nature, this unbelievably pink-hued body of water is Lake Hillier on the Middle Island in Australia. Part of the protected area  Recherche Archipelago Nature Reserve, the lake shockingly houses only one form of life – which is also the reason for its pink colour. Micro-organisms called Dunaliella Salina living in the lake, use…

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Naran’s Kunhar river-and all its glistening glory

Pakistan has been gifted by nature. Samaa takes you to the beautiful valley of Naran and its glistening Kunhar river. In the midst of high and mighty mountains, this beautiful river has softly carved its course into the rocks. With raft tubes available to take you sightseeing, a ride on this river is an adventure…

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Shark swallows shark in Seoul aquarium

SEOUL: Visitors to a giant aquarium in Seoul on Friday were presented with the gory aftermath of a territorial dispute between two sharks, which left one dead inside the mouth and gullet of the other. Staff at the COEX aquarium said the fight between a 2.2 meter long sand tiger shark and a banded hound…

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Children steal the show at Lahore Nature Carnival

Children stole the show at Nature Carnival held in Lahore. Watch details in our report.

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The Social Misfits

    Contrasting characters personify individual differences. We as sole entities embark and exhibit variations in our personalities.” Individuals” that’s exactly what we are, distinct and discrete. Sporting a “happy-go-lucky” nature is just not everyone’s cup of tea but still extroverts are always the apple of everyone’s eyes. Appreciated and warmly received.They are considered the…

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Nature's 'medicine cabinet' fights bee disease: study

PARIS: Floral nectar contains a bouquet of natural chemicals that may help fight parasite infection in bumble bees, a study said Wednesday. The findings throw up clues for helping honey bee colonies battling mysterious but catastrophic decline. Biologists in New England tested eight nectar compounds on North American bumble bees — Latin name Bombus impatiens…

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Nature’s Wrath

Rain-swollen Jhelum River flooded large portion of bridge in Srinagar. Watch the video showing the calamities caused by torrential monsoon rains triggered floods and landslides across the scenic Azad Jammu &Kashmir.

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Colors of nature

Fauzia Ali from Islamabad presents a report on a spring festival held in Islamabad.

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School students’ Nature Caravan in Karachi

Moonis Ahmad takes us into school students’ Nature Caravan, on pollution and atmosphere, in Karachi.

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Karachi problem is of administrative nature: Senate body

Staff ReportKARACHI: Senate’s Standing Committee on Human Rights demanded that the Rangers be moved back from Karachi as the city’s problem is more of administrative than political nature, SAMAA reports Saturdday.The committee sat under its chairman Senator Afrasiab Khattak to mull over the Karachi situation. Raza Rabbani, Mushahid Hussain, Nasrin Jalil, Faroogh Naseem, Farhatullah Babar,…

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Matisse show in Paris reveals his obsessive nature

PARIS: A major exhibition on Henri Matisse opening in Paris this week brings a new perspective to his work, showing the painstaking creative process behind the simple shapes and strident colours that made the French artist's name. “Matisse: Pairs and Series” explores for the first time how one of the greatest painters of the 20th…

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Conflicting statements on nature of Karachi blast

Staff Report KARACHI: Bomb attack at the residence of SSP CID Chaudhry Mohammed Aslam located in DHA Phase 8 was a suicide attack or a planted bombing – nothing is clear yet, SAMAA reported Tuesday. Sources said preliminary investigations found no evidence supporting the idea of suicide attack. But nevertheless, Chaudhry Aslam insist that he…

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