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ECP takes notice of Saad Rafique’s premature claim to victory

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Sunday took notice of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Khwaja Saad Rafique's premature claim to victory despite counting still being underway. The former railways minister had declared victory "by thousands of votes" in the evening before official announcement of the result of NA-131, Lahore-XI. "We will launch protests if results in my constituency are tampered," he threatened even before completion of counting. According to a press release issued by…

Exercise linked to lower risk of premature death in older women

NEW YORK: Older women who get more moderate to vigorous physical activity may be less likely to die prematurely than their counterparts who don’t get much exercise, a U.S. study suggests. The study involved more than 17,700 women with an average age of 72 who were asked to wear accelerometers every day for a week. Researchers followed the participants for more than two years on average. During this time, 207 women died. When the researchers sorted women into four groups from most to least active, they found those who…

New London pollution tax comes into force

LONDON: Drivers of the most polluting vehicles will face an extra daily charge for driving into central London on weekdays from Monday in a bid to improve air quality in one of Europe’s most polluted cities. London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced the new £10 ($13.2) charge — which will be on top of a daily £11.50 congestion charge — in February, after the European Union ordered Britain to cut air pollution. “As mayor I am determined to take urgent action to help clean up London’s lethal air,” Khan said in a statement.…