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Pakistan needs 81,200 schools in next 20 years: UN report

ISLAMABAD: The United Nations Population Fund (UNPF) released a report highlighting dismal condition of schools in different parts of the country and growing illiteracy in its wake, ARY News reported on Saturday. The report relays that the province of Punjab will require 35,000 schools in the next 20 years whereas Sindh will need 25,000, Khyber Pakhtonkhwa 14,000 and Balochistan 7,200. It also adds that one out of four children between the age group of five and 16 is out of school. The percentage breakdown depicts that…

Children’s liver transplantation to start at PKLI by June, SC told

LAHORE: Punjab Health Minister Yasmeen Rashid on Saturday informed the Supreme Court that liver transplantation of children will start from June at the Pakistan Liver and Kidney Research Institute (PKLI), ARY News reported. Hearing a suo motu case against irregularities and misappropriation of funds at the PKLI at the top court’s Lahore Registry, a two-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar remarked that the mega project was built but there were no facility for liver transplantation for children. The…

Kids encouraged to smoke cigarettes in Portuguese festival

LISBON: Bagpipes, drums -- and kids smoking cigarettes: in this Portuguese village, locals celebrate the Christian festival of Epiphany in a fashion that raises eyebrows elsewhere. People in the village of Vale de Salgueiro, which lies in a celtic region in the northeast of the country, have been celebrating the festival like this for generations. Parents encourage their children, some as young as five-years-old, to light up during the two days of the holiday, a tradition whose origins are not entirely clear. "We…

14 children suffer burns in Karachi school van fire

KARACHI: At least 14 children suffered burn wounds when their school van caught fire in Orangi Town on Saturday, ARY News reported.  According to rescue officials,some of the injured were shifted to a nearby hospital for medical attention whereas those with severe burns were moved to the Civil Hospital's burns ward. Police officials relayed that a short circuit caused the fire but the compressed natural gas (CNG) cylinder installed in the vehicle remained intact. Fire fighters reached the spot and controlled the…