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WHO lays stress on less intake of salt MULTAN: The World Health Organization (WHO) to mark World Health Day 2014, underscored the need for reducing intake of salt, which is linked to approximately 2.5 million people dying annually from cardiovascular diseases. The theme of this year's 'World Heart Day - Heart Choices Not Hard Choices' also looks at the benefits of reducing salt consumption, particularly in terms of improving health and reducing avoidable deaths from heart diseases. The WHO recommended salt reduction to prevent and control non-communicable diseases as high salt intake leads to increased blood pressure and is associated with heart disease and stroke. "The WHO recommends a daily salt intake of less than five grams per adult or just under a teaspoon. The recommendation is even lower for children, depending on their energy needs," WHO regional director for South-East Asia, Poonam Khetrapal Singh, said in a message on the occasion of World Heart Day that high ...

New EU competition boss ready to end bank exemption from aid rules BRUSSELS: The incoming European Union competition chief said on Monday that the banking sector's exemption from rules banning illegal state aid should end as soon as market conditions allow.European Union governments pumped 508 billion euros ($644 billion), equivalent to about 5 percent of the bloc's economic output, into their banks from the start of the financial crisis in 2008 to 2013. Strict EU rules banning governments from helping companies unfairly would normally have applied to ...

Swiss bank UBS warns of penalties as forex settlement talks begin ZURICH: Switzerland's largest bank UBS warned it faced new fines after confirming it was holding talks to settle allegations it was involved in rigging foreign exchange rates. Authorities from around the world are investigating allegations that dealers at major banks colluded and manipulated key reference rates in the $5.3 trillion-a-day foreign currency market, the world's biggest and least regulated. UBS has started settlement talks with some of the investigating authorities, the bank said in a ...

Solar energy could dominate electricity by 2050: IEA LONDON: Solar energy could be the top source of electricity by 2050, aided by plummeting costs of the equipment to generate it, a report from the International Energy Agency (IEA), the West's energy watchdog, said on Monday. IEA Reports said solar photovoltaic (PV) systems could generate up to 16 percent of the world's electricity by 2050, while solar thermal electricity (STE) - from "concentrating" solar power plants - could provide a further 11 percent."The rapid ...

NATO's planned Balkan expansion a ‘provocation’ SARAJEVO: NATO's potential expansion to the former Yugoslav republics of Bosnia, Macedonia and Montenegro could be seen as a "provocation", Russia's foreign minister was quoted as saying in a newspaper interview published on Monday. Moscow has opposed any NATO extension to former communist areas of eastern and southeastern Europe, part of a competition for geo-strategic influence since the end of the Cold War that sits at the heart of the current conflict in ex-Soviet Ukraine. ...

UK's Osborne pledges to freeze working age welfare benefits for two years BIRMINGHAM: British finance minister George Osborne said on Monday he would freeze working age benefits for two years if his ruling Conservative party was re-elected in May, saying such action was necessary to protect the country's economic security. "Working age benefits in Britain will have to be frozen for two years. This is the choice Britain needs to take to protect our economic stability," Osborne told his party's annual conference. Osborne said the freeze would ...


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