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‘Expensive plants’ stolen in Karachi’s DHA

KARACHI: Two motorcyclists stole expensive plants from outside a house in Karachi's posh locality, ARY News learnt on Friday. Two bikers stormed a garden outside a bungalow in Defence Housing Authority's (DHA) phase 6 and made off with potted plants in no time.  According to the plant theft's footage available with ARY News, one of the motorcyclists uprooted the plants from their pots and then got on his bike after which the two sped away within 30 seconds' time. The owner of the stolen plants claimed their…

‘Green gold’: Pakistan plants hundreds of millions of trees

HEROSHAH: The change is drastic: around the region of Heroshah, previously arid hills are now covered with the forest as far as the horizon. In northwestern Pakistan, hundreds of millions of trees have been planted to fight deforestation. In 2015 and 2016 some 16,000 laborers planted more than 900,000 fast-growing eucalyptus trees at regular, geometric intervals in Heroshah — and the titanic task is just a fraction of the effort across the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. "Before it was completely burnt land. Now they…

Genetic tweak makes plants use 25% less water: researchers

PARIS: Researchers on Tuesday unveiled a genetic modification that enables plants to use a quarter less water with scant reduction in yield. By altering a single gene, scientists coaxed tobacco plants -- a model crop often used in experiments -- to grow to near normal size with only 75 percent of the water they usually require. If major food crops respond the same way, they said, the first-of-its-kind genetic "hack" could help feed the growing population of an increasingly water-starved world.  "This is a major…

VIDEO: Eight donkeys ‘jailed’ in India for four days, released after BJP leader’s call

KANPUR: In a bizarre and an extremely unusual case, eight donkeys were ‘jailed’ for four days for destroying ‘costly’ flower pots and plants in Orai, Uttar Pradesh.  Their 'crime' was that they allegedly ate up saplings planted in the residential block of district jail premises under national campaign 'Swachh Bharat Mission'. The authorities said they belonging to Kamlesh, a local, on November 24 had devoured costly saplings and other crops. Following instructions from senior jail authorities, the eight donkeys…

How plants can tell friend from foe

A plant’s immune system can recognize whether a piece of RNA is an invader or not based on whether the RNA has a threaded bead-like structure at the end, say University of Tokyo researchers. Their finding provides an answer to the quarter-century-old question of why RNAs belonging to the plant escape its self-defence mechanism, paving the way for future biotechnological techniques to modify crops. Our immune system protects us from diseases and infections by fighting off viruses and other foreign substances. Plants…

Botanical gardens a lifeboat for threatened plants

PARIS: Botanical gardens are a Noah's Ark for endangered plants, collectively safeguarding four out of 10 species known to face extinction, researchers said Monday. But the otherwise reassuring number hides a serious imbalance, they reported in the science journal Nature Plants. Such gardens, which often double as research centres, house only a quarter of tropical flora, as opposed to 60 percent of plants native to temperate climes. Species diversity is far richer in the tropics, but more than 90 percent of vegetal…

These five plants help you sleep at night

Having plants inside the house not only adds to the aesthetic value of the house but it also have many positive impacts on the surrounding as they bring in a lot of positive energy along with them. Bringing plants inside a house adds a splash of colour, helps people relax and acts as a natural purifier. In a latest study, it is proven that plants can also help people get sleep at night too and use far less oxygen than what is usually perceived about them omitting oxygen in the night. READ ALSO: Accept negative…

NA body demands immediate halt of construction of Kishanganga, Ratle Hydroelectric plants

ISLAMABAD: A National Assembly body has demanded of the government to right away ask World Bank to constitute a Court of Arbitration to adjudicate on the issues raised by Pakistan against India's ongoing construction of Kishanganga and Ratle Hydroelectric plants. The meeting of the NA Standing Committee on Water and Power chaired by MNA Muhammad Arshad Khan Leghari was held in Islamabad on Friday. The committee also demanded of the government to ask India for an immediate halt to ongoing construction of Ratle Dam till…