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Japan, China strike deals during Abe visit as ties improve

Japan and China signed $2.6 billion in business deals and touted their warmer ties on Friday during a rare visit to Beijing by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as both face trade challenges from US President Donald Trump. Abe met Chinese President Xi Jinping after a full day of activities that included talks with Premier Li Keqiang and an honour guard with Japan's flag raised outside the Great Hall of the People across from Tiananmen Square. Relations between Asia's two biggest economies have improved in recent years…

Minister pledges ‘overhaul’ in Pakistan education system

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood on Monday said all out efforts would be made to improve the education system. "The education system is facing numerous challenges which will be tackled according to the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan," he said while chairing a meeting of National Task Force for Education Reforms in Islamabad. Shafqat Mahmood said focus would be made on technical training. Read More: PM says experts to be consulted to promote higher education…

President reaffirms Pakistan’s desire to improve ties with China, Saudi Arabia

ISLAMABAD: Newly-elected President Dr Arif Alvi on Sunday reiterated the resolve to work with China to take the bilateral relationship to new heights during his tenure. He was talking to a high-level delegation led by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who called on him in Islamabad. The president underlined the significance of China in Pakistan’s foreign policy and looked forward to strengthening the strategic partnership in all the areas. The foreign minister congratulated the president on his assumption of office…

Pakistan, China agree to further improve bilateral ties

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and China have expressed their commitment to further improve cooperation in matters of regional and international significance. The understanding came at the third round of Maritime Dialogue between the two countries in Beijing, in which bilateral ties were discussed. Additional Secretary Imtiaz Ahmad led the Pakistani delegation while the Chinese side was led by Director General Asian Affairs, Wu Jianghao. The two sides expressed satisfaction over the current level of cooperation between the two…

PM urges Railways to further improve its performance

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nasirul Mulk on Tuesday appreciated performance of Pakistan Railways especially the various initiatives taken under a strategic business plan and directed for further improvement of its performance. He was chairing a briefing on performance of Railways in Islamabad. Minister for Railways Roshan Khursheed Bharucha also attended the briefing. The Prime Minister was informed that as a result of right mix in service, the passenger share in Railways had increased from 13 percent in 2013 to 31…

Surgeons’ skills improve with age: study

WASHINGTON: Surgeons’ skills may improve with age, and male and female surgeons perform equally well, a recent U.S. study finds. Medicare patients’ risk of dying in the month after an operation steadily fell as their surgeon’s age increased, Dr. Yusuke Tsugawa of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in Los Angeles and colleagues report in The BMJ. There was little difference between mortality among patients of male or female doctors, with one exception. “Patients treated by female surgeons in their 50s had the…

10 Delicious Super-foods for a better mood!

Who doesn't want to know how they can improve their mood swings? The answer is right here, Food! Yes, that's right food affects every aspect of our health, from our skin to our mood. What goes into your diet even affects how well your brain functions!  There are certain foods which have a particularly beneficial effect on your mood. Before you indulge in an unsatisfying processed 'treat' here are some scientifically proven mood lifting foods which may be much better options. TURKEY: Turkey is very rich…

Many approaches may help children improve self-regulation

NEW YORK: Yoga, exercise, education and personal skills training are among the many types of interventions that may help kids improve what’s known as self-regulation, or their ability to manage their behavior and emotions, a study suggests. Self-regulation covers a lot of things that kids need to succeed inside and outside the classroom, ranging from the ability to have positive interactions with others, the capacity to avoid inappropriate or aggressive actions, and the ability to carry out self-directed learning.…

Zardari promises to improve ‘extension of superior courts’ limits to FATA bill’ after elections

ISLAMABAD: Former President Asif Ali Zardari said that the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) will stand by the people of tribal areas in their struggle for extending jurisdiction of superior courts to tribal areas, merging them with Khyber Pukhtunkhwa and allocating their share in the National Finance Commission (NFC) Award. "All pointers whether economic, linguistic, cultural, geographic contiguity made it natural for the tribal areas to be merged in the province," he said talking to a delegation of the Tribal Youth Jirga…

Xi wants China to ‘revolutionise’ toilets to boost tourism, quality of life

BEIJING: China must keep up efforts to “revolutionise” its toilets until the task is completed, state media quoted Chinese President Xi Jinping as saying on Monday, amid efforts to boost the domestic tourist industry and improve the quality of life. Xi launched the “toilet revolution” in 2015 as part of a drive to improve standards of domestic tourism in China, which he said suffers from deep-seated problems of a lack of civility. “The toilet issue is no small thing, it’s an important aspect of building civilized…