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Pemra ‘advises’ TV channels to avoid airing content criticizing judiciary over dam fund

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Monday reprimanded the electronic media for airing programmes containing statements by different people against judiciary with regard to Diamer-Bhasha, Mohamand Dam Fund. "A trend has been observed wherein news and current affairs channels have been found airing live programs of different politicians, analysts and legal fraternity containing aspersions against the judiciary, while referring to Diamer-Bhasha Dam Fund, without any editorial control,"…

Students design car that runs on air

CAIRO: A group of Egyptian students has designed a vehicle they say will battle rising energy prices and promote clean energy by running on nothing but air. The undergraduate students, who built the vehicle as part of their graduation project from Helwan University just outside Cairo, are rolling out a prototype one-person vehicle that runs on compressed oxygen. The go-kart-like vehicle comes as Egypt pushes ahead with painful economic reforms that include deep cuts to energy subsidies, measures tied to a three-year…

Netflix to air Japanese animated movie ‘Godzilla’

TOKYO: The world’s leading internet TV network, Netflix has announced to soon air Japanese animated movie Godzilla worldwide. The movie will be on aired worldwide later this year following a theatrical release by Toho, a conglomerate of film production, in Japan. “The first-ever high quality animation of the iconic global monster franchise is set to offer an epic re-imagining of the Godzilla world of the future,” says Netflix. Netflix has aired several exclusive anime including AJIN: Demi-Human, Kuromukuro, Magi:…

Magic in the air: Myanmar wizardry flourishes

THANLYIN, Myanmar: From spells to win back an errant lover to help communing with the spirits, Myanmar’s mediums, soothsayers and wizards dabbling in the occult, are in high demand. Most people here believe in a brand of Buddhism laced with animism and magic, but since the end of military rule such practices have burst into the open. Win Win Aye is a part-time medium, who claims she has cured dozens of people of illnesses and curses — with the assistance of benevolent Buddhist spirits. “I know when they have…

Dutch unveil giant vacuum to clean outside air

THE HAGUE: Dutch inventors Tuesday unveiled what they called the world's first giant outside air vacuum cleaner -- a large purifying system intended to filter out toxic tiny particles from the atmosphere surrounding the machine. "It's a large industrial filter about eight metres (yards) long, made of steel... placed basically on top of buildings and it works like a big vacuum cleaner," said Henk Boersen, a spokesman for the Envinity Group which unveiled the system in Amsterdam. The system is said to be able to suck in air…

Polluted air may up risk of many cancers

For elderly people in Hong Kong, long term exposure to fine-particle air pollution is tied to an increased risk of dying from many cancers, including liver and pancreatic cancer, in addition to the expected lung cancer risk, according to a new study.