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Rare blue diamonds may be Earth’s deepest secret

WASHINGTON: The Hope Diamond, a rare blue diamond that is one of the world’s most famous jewels, has had a complicated history, passing through the hands of monarchs and bankers and heiresses and thieves before landing for all to see at a Washington museum. The geological history of blue diamonds is even more complex, according to research published on Wednesday examining these exceptionally scarce and valuable gems. Scientists analyzed 46 blue diamonds, including one from South Africa that sold for $25 million in…

Rare Kabul exhibition brings taste of Mughal art back home

KABUL: An exhibition that reproduces the precious treasures of Mughal art in their original setting in Kabul’s Babur Garden opened this weekend, bringing a rare moment of cultural relief to a city pounded by war for decades. “King Babur’s Kabul: Cradle of the Mughal Empire” displays a selection of high quality reproductions of some of the masterpieces of the Timurid and Mughal periods from the mid-16th century, one of Central Asia’s richest cultural eras. It follows a similar exhibition in December held in the historic…

Kuwaitis hold rare protest to denounce Trump’s Jerusalem move

KUWAIT CITY: Dozens of people took part in an authorised but rare protest Saturday in Kuwait City to denounce US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Protesters gathered at Irada Square outside the National Assembly carrying banners reading "Jerusalem is an eternal Palestinian capital" and "Terrorism is an American business", an AFP reporter said. The call to protest had been made by several political groups, including the Islamic Constitutional Movement (ICM) linked to the…

These rare and unseen pictures of B-Town stars will make you look twice

The sweet smell of success never comes through shortcuts . It takes years to make it to a remarkable feat. Bollywood has several stars who aren’t only popular in their domain alone, but also enjoys a global fame. Since their stature is known all over the world, fans also don’t let any chance wasted to dig more into their star figures. We have compiled a collection of rare and unseen pictures of some of the top Bollywood stars. They are among us today. But the memories shall forever linger on. Let’s browse through…

Bangladesh hopes to rekindle passion to save rare crocodiles

DHAKA: Bangladeshi conservationists introduced two rare river-dwelling crocodiles to potential mates Sunday in a last-ditch attempt to save the critically-endangered species from extinction. A 36-year-old female gharial -- a fish-eating crocodile once native to rivers across the Indian subcontinent -- was brought from a zoo in northeast Bangladesh to the capital Dhaka, where it is hoped she will mate with an older male to repopulate the species. A separate 40-year-old male was returned to the zoo in Rajshahi where…

Samsung to recover rare metals from recalled Note 7s

SEOUL: Tech giant Samsung said on Tuesday it plans to recover 157 tonnes' worth of rare metals from recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in a bid to minimize the environmental impact of the fire-prone devices. Samsung said in a statement it planned to reuse components such as camera modules, chips and displays as replacement parts on devices sent in for repairs or sell them. It would also recover metals such as cobalt, copper, gold and silver from components that would not be reused. The world's top smartphone maker is…

Parents fail to find books in market as academic year starts

KARACHI: New academic year has just begun and several books of private publishers have become rare in the markets across Sindh, ARY News reported. Despite passage of several days of new educational year, the books are unavailable in the market. Parents are forced to regularly visit markets for book hunt, without much success. Chairman Private Schools Management Association Sharfuzzaman said books are not printed in compliance with the need. "40 percent books are printed out of the total requirement," he said.…

PM directs to locate rare blood donors for Thalassaemia-affected girl

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif directed that all resources and connectivity may be used to locate the requisite donors and to treat the Thalassaemia patient namely Affifa, 10, daughter of Wajahat Ayaz, with rare blood type. The patient is under treatment at National Institute of Blood Diseases Karachi. The patient needs blood of rare group urgently i.e. OH + (Bombay) to save her live. The prime minister observed that primary issue of the patient is the availability of matching blood in cases of bone…