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Led by Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Chairman, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, a huge multitude of loyalists marched through the streets of Karachi from Clifton to Lyari, thence to the Quaid's mazaar, and from there to their final destination Karsaz to pay homage to those who were killed in bombing during Benazir's homecoming procession in 2007. It was a grand show proving the PPP, despite its poor performance at the last general elections and its current poor governance of Sindh, had not lost public appeal and support. Dazzled by the crowds and their enthusiasm the young leader proclaimed PPP will win the 2018 elections.
In a major step toward curbing global warming, the world community agreed on Saturday to phase out a category of dangerous greenhouse gases widely used in refrigerators and air conditioners. Nearly 200 countries agreed to end production and consumption of so-called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) under an amendment to the 1987 Montreal Protocol on protecting the ozone layer.
Urban planning has failed to keep up with mass urbanization around the world, placing cities at the epicenter of the 21st century's most pressing challenges, a top United Nations official said on Monday. The vulnerability of urban habitats, amid the accelerating pace of climate change and population growth, points to an unsustainable future if urgent action is not taken, Peter Thomson, president of the UN General Assembly, said in Quito, Ecuador at the UN Habitat III conference.
Tackling the issue of non-existence of existing souls Ramla Fatima explored human senses of the people left behind searching their loved ones disappear without a trace in thin air. Titled "Hiatus" the solo exhibition of digital prints on canvas at Sanat Gallery, Karachi addressed the sensitive topic of missing persons.
Tapping into the Twitter stream could help researchers understand how healthy people's lifestyles are and how to target improved public health, according to a recent study. Using geotagged tweets, researchers at the Universities of Utah and Washington were able to build a map of the US by neighbourhood, with indicators of how happy and active people in that neighborhood are and what their diets are like.
Parents searching for elusive work-life balance may see smartphones and tablets as a way to escape the office in time to be home for dinner each night, but these gadgets can also be a huge distraction and source of stress, a recent study suggests. When researchers asked a group of parents to slow down and answer detailed questions about how and when they use mobile technology, people revealed a lot of internal conflict about how the devices are changing their lives.
Europe and Russia have sent a test lander Sunday on a one-way trip to the Martian surface, a key step in their joint ExoMars project to search for life on the Red Planet.