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Railways to lay new Karachi-Peshawar track for fast trains: Sheikh Rasheed

ISLAMABAD: Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed on Wednesday said a new track of over 1700 kilometers will soon be laid between Karachi and Peshawar to run trains at a speed of up to 160 kilometers per hour. Talking to media after inaugurating operation theatre at Railways Hospital Rawalpindi, Sheikh Rasheed said it would shed the travel time between Rawalpindi and Karachi to just eight hours. He said if the curve between Jehlum and Gujar Khan was addressed then the train would reach Lahore from Rawalpindi in less than…

Alphabet’s Verily unit launches study to track health data

Verily, Alphabet Inc's life sciences business, said it was launching a four-year study with about 10,000 participants to understand how people transition from being healthy to becoming sick, and to identify additional risk factors for diseases. Verily is partnering with Duke University and Stanford Medicine in the United States to enroll participants from varying backgrounds at sites in California and North Carolina within the next few months. The study is the first initiative of Project Baseline, a broader effort to…

Hilarious video shows train delayed after swan ‘refuses to get off track’

LONDON: Commuters at a South West Trains service from Teddington braved an unusual reason of train delay – a stubborn swan that refused to get off the track. Footage shows the swan sauntering with the train just a metre behind, following the bird extremely slowly as it pulled into Kingston upon Thames station. Dan Billinghurst, 23, who filmed the video, rushed to the station to catch the 9.33am train when he saw the swan was leading the way. He said: ‘The train was rolling into the station at two miles per hour.…

US police used Facebook, Twitter data to track protesters

WASHINGTON: U.S. police departments used location data and other user information from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to track protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore, according to a report from the American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday. Facebook, which also owns Instagram, and Twitter shut off the data access of Geofeedia, the Chicago-based data vendor that provided data to police, in response to the ACLU findings. The report comes amid growing concerns among consumers and regulators about how online data is…