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Billion of adults are at risk of hearing loss ISLAMABAD: Some 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults are at risk of hearing loss due to the unsafe use of personal audio devices and exposure to damaging levels of sound at noisy entertainment venues.The World Health Organization (WHO) warned about the threat of recreational noise for hearing loss ahead of the March 3 International Ear Care Day, Xinhua News reported Saturday."As they go about their daily lives doing what they enjoy, more and more young people are placing themselves at risk of hearing loss," said Dr Etienne Krug, WHO director for the Department for Management of Non- communicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention.He added that taking simple preventive actions would allow people to continue to enjoy themselves without putting their hearing at risk.A recent study in middle and high-income countries analyzed by WHO indicate that among teenagers and young adults aged between 12 to 35 years, nearly 50 percent ...

Consumers’ all-around taking advantage of expanded 3G, 4G offerings ISLAMABAD: The telecom operators in the country have added over 9.07 million 3G users till January 2015, showing a reasonable growth in modern mobile broadband services with each passing month.The operators also added 49,100 4G or Long Term Evolution (LTE) subscribers to their network till January.Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), in its latest updates has revealed that all four 3G operators added some 3.3 million users on to their networks during January 2015 with Telenor leading ...

Google submits plans to expand Silicon Valley headquarters SAN FRANCISCO: Google Inc submitted plans on Friday for a vastly expanded headquarters at the Silicon Valley city where the tech giant is based, presenting a bucolic vision of movable structures to be built under curving and translucent canopies.The submission of the plan to the City Council in Mountain View, California, which the company chose for its headquarters 15 years ago, marks the first step in what city officials describe as a long review process.The ...

Obama condemns killing of Russia's Nemtsov WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama on Friday condemned the "brutal murder" of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, and called for a full investigation into the killing."The United States condemns the brutal murder of Boris Nemtsov, and we call upon the Russian government to conduct a prompt, impartial, and transparent investigation into the circumstances of his murder and ensure that those responsible for this vicious killing are brought to justice," Obama said in a statement.Obama met ...

Drone raid kills three Qaeda militants in Yemen ADEN: A drone strike on Saturday killed three al Qaeda militants in Yemen, a tribal source said, in a region where the United States is the only country operating the unmanned aircraft.The raid "targeted a vehicle in which three members of al Qaeda were riding in the village of Bijan, in Shabwa province," the source said.All three were killed, and their bodies burnt.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015

India raises defence budget modestly as it confronts China challenge NEW DELHI: India announced on Saturday a modest 7.9 percent increase in defence spending for the fiscal year starting April 1, suggesting that it will move only gradually with the military's long wish list for fighter jets, ships and artillery.After years of neglect, India is trying to narrow the military gap with China, which has been building up its fleet of ships and submarines making forays in the Indian Ocean.Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, unveiling the ...


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