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Large number of students in Islamabad use ‘crystal meth’: Shehryar Afridi

ISLAMABAD: State Minister of Interior Shehryar Afridi has said that a large of students in Islamabad are taking 'crystal myth', ARY News reported on Tuesday. “Score of students belonging to big schools of Islamabad use crystal meth, those involved in the business will be given exemplary punishment,” said the minister while addressing a presser in the federal capital today. Afridi said that 75% of female students and 45% of male students, including from well-known educational institutions, have been found to be taking…

Mobile phones banned in public schools of Multan

MULTAN: District Education Authority of Multan has banned use of mobile phones inside the public schools, ARY News reported. CEO Education Multan on Tuesday said cellphones would be submitted with the principal and the teachers would get it back before leaving the school.  A notification in this regard reads, "It has been observed that teachers get into their mobile phones during school time which affects children's education. Therefore, it is directed that nobody should use mobile phones during the school timing.…

Smartphones, Tablets, TV use linked to obesity in children

NEW YORK: Children’s waistlines (Obesity) have been expanding in lock step with the amount of time they spend with televisions, computers, smartphones and tablets, European doctors say. In the past 25 years, obesity rates have climbed rapidly among European children and teens, according to a consensus statement from the European Academy of Pediatrics and the European Childhood Obesity Group published in Acta Paediatrica. Roughly one in five kids and teens in Europe are overweight or obese, according to a 2017 World…

Trump defends social media use, calls it ‘modern day presidential’

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump defended his aggressive use of Twitter on Saturday just hours after firing off his latest volley in his escalating feud with US media. Following an early morning Twitter tirade at CNN, NBC and a morning show host he taunted as "dumb as a rock," the president then went on the defensive, touting his electoral accomplishments as justification for his increasingly hostile rhetoric. "The FAKE & FRAUDULENT NEWS MEDIA is working hard to convince Republicans and others I should not use…

Leaning forward during phone use may cause ‘text neck’

LOS ANGELES: Spine surgeons are noticing an increase in patients with neck and upper back pain, likely related to poor posture during prolonged smartphone use, according to a recent report. Some patients, particularly young patients who shouldn’t yet have back and neck issues, are reporting disk hernias and alignment problems, the study authors write in The Spine Journal. “In an X-ray, the neck typically curves backward, and what we’re seeing is that the curve is being reversed as people look down at their phones for…

KFC to curb antibiotic use in the chickens it buys

LOS ANGELES: Yum Brands US KFC chain plans to curb the use of antibiotics in its chicken supply, making it the last of the big three chicken restaurants to join the fight against the rise of dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria known as superbugs. KFC, the second-biggest US chicken chain by sales after privately held Chick-fil-A, is giving its US poultry suppliers until the end of 2018 to stop using antibiotics important to human medicine. Some 70 percent of antibiotics vital for fighting infections in humans are sold…

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…