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Children in Pakistan villages not given polio drops

Islamabad : Hundreds of children below five years of age have not been given polio drops in villages in Pakistan's Dadu district during successive drives by the health department.

The residents of villages in Karo Kot and Khirthar range Monday said no polio team had reached their areas to administer polio drops to children, Dawn news reported.

Essa Khan Rustamani, a villager, said about 50 children in his village had not been administered drops because no team had arrived there during the drive.

When terrorists' attacked Army Public School in Peshawar

Peshawar : When a band of terrorists stormed the Army Public School in Peshwar and at least 12 children were killed, a sense of shock and fear swept those who managed to escape the building as well as those across the country.

According to ARY News' reports, at least 40 children were seriously injured and 500 students were trapped in the school, now surrounded by security and army personnel.

Some students and staff gave the first-hand account of the terrorist attack on the school, which is known for its strict security checks even on normal days.

Severe air pollution affecting Hajj pilgrims

Los Angeles : During Hajj in the Saudi Arabian city of Makkah, the pilgrims get exposed to dangerously high levels of air pollutants which can increase their heart attack risk, shows a study.

The Hajj is annual holy pilgrimage in which millions of Muslims converge in Makkah.

"Hajj is like nothing else on the planet. You have three to four million people - a whole good-sized city - coming into an already existing city," said Isobel Simpson University of California, Irvine (UCI).

"The problem is that this intensifies the pollution that already exists," Simpson added.

Pakistan journalist community to protest manhandling

Islamabad : Pakistan's journalistic community called for a countrywide protest Tuesday over the attack on a female anchor and other journalists by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) workers in Lahore.

The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) and the Council of Pakistan Press Clubs called for protesting the misbehaviour and manhandling of journalists by PTI activists during the shutdown they forced in Lahore Monday, Geo News reported.

Bangladesh celebrates 43rd anniversary of Victory Day

Dhaka : Bangladesh Tuesday celebrated the 43rd anniversary of its victory over the Pakistani forces in 1971 War of Liberation in which about three million people were killed.

The war that started at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's call ended after the Pakistan Army surrendered Dec 16,1971 at Race Course Maidan (now Suhrawardy Udyan) in Dhaka, bdnews24 reported.

The day's programme began with 31-gun salute at National Parade Ground in Sher-e-Bangla Nagar.

It was followed with paying tributes to the martyrs at the National Memorial at Savar.

137, mostly children, massacred as Taliban attack Peshawar school

Peshawar : It was a day that left the world stunned and grieving when heavily-armed Taliban militants Tuesday launched an audacious attack on a school in this Pakistani city, mercilessly slaughtering at least 137 people -- an overwhelming majority of them children -- in one of the most savage terror strikes in years.

Pakistan government, PTI to hold talks

Islamabad : The negotiating teams of Nawaz Sharif-led government and Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) are scheduled to meet Tuesday in Islamabad to find an amicable solution to the ongoing political crisis.

In their previous round of talks Sunday, both sides exchanged initial proposals and demands regarding formation of a Judicial Commission to probe the alleged rigging of 2013 general elections, Radio Pakistan reported.

Media attacked by PTI protestors

Islamabad : Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) protestors Monday targeted the media, manhandling journalists as they covered their protest live from the Punjab’s provincial capital Lahore, media reported.

The PTI workers hurled bottles towards a Geo News team and chanted hostile slogans, as the media team was trying to cover the PTI’s protest.

Defying clear instructions from PTI chief Imran Khan to desist from misbehaving with mediapersons, the party’s activists relentlessly harassed the media, Geo News reported.

Sydney hostage crisis: Australians reach out to Muslims with #IllRideWithYou

Sydney : The hashtag #IllRideWithYou has been trending on Twitter in Sydney and other major cities as Australians reached out to support Muslim commuters amid the Sydney hostage crisis.

Australian public transport users are offering to act as buddies for anyone who might be nervous to appear in public wearing religious attire.

This follows the hostage crisis in Sydney where an armed gunman took several people hostage at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe at the height of the morning rush-hour. Five of the hostages, including two women, made it to safety.

Pakistan appoints journalist Maleeha Lodhi as UN envoy

Islamabad : Pakistan has appointed renowned journalist and writer Maleeha Lodhi as the country's permanent representative at the UN, the foreign ministry said Monday.

Lodhi has been editor of leading English newspapers in the country and currently writes on security issues.

Previously, Lodhi has twice served as Pakistan's ambassador to the US (1993-1996 and 1999-2002) and as Pakistan's high commissioner to Britain (2003-2008).

She has also served as a member of the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Affairs (2001-2005).