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Pakistani Mobile Phones Improve Literacy via SMS Messaging

A UNESCO sustainable literacy pilot programme using Mobile Phone SMS text messaging has shown significant results in rural Pakistan. In this pilot project which ended last month, the learners who had just completed the basic literacy course, were given a mobile phone each. They receive three text messages a day in the local language. They [...]

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Pakistani Astronomers Bring Spectacular Science To Rural Masses

A grass-roots scientific association called the Khwarizmi Science Society (KSS) is gaining popular recognition for creating scientific awareness in far-flung areas of Pakistan. Using astronomy “astrofests” or “falakyati melas” (astronomy festivals) it is generating momentum and interest from people otherwise not exposed to such phenomena. The KSS decided to take part in the International Year [...]

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Pakistani Boy Genius Sets A-Levels World Record

Ali Moeen Nawazish – An 18-year old wiz-kid from Rawalpindi, wanted to get into Cambridge, so he sat in seven A-Levels exams in just one year – and secured 22 A-grades, one B grade and one C! The Urdu, English and Punjabi speaking boy-wonder is due to win another place – in the Guinness Book [...]

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Pakistani Boy Becomes World’s Youngest Cisco Expert

Irtiza Haider, a Pakistani student of class 8 from Faisalabad has been crowned to be the world’s youngest Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA). He did it by answering 80 percent of the questions correctly in 2 hours, in order to pass the CCNA test. The CCNA, is a certification that emphasizes on the technology and [...]

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Pakistani Basketballer Aims High in an American Team

Pakistani-descent Shaan Rahi, a lanky basketball player aiming for college basketball in the United States, could become one of the few of South Asians to do so. Five years ago while visiting his father’s hometown in Pakistan, Shaan had a pleasant experience on a basketball court in Sahiwal, a town just outside Lahore, the capital [...]

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Pakistan Study Reveals Heaviest Snow in a Thousand Years

A study published today (27 April) in Nature says the region received more snow in the past century than at any other point during the past thousand years. Oxygen locked away inside ancient trees shows that human activities have resulted in a dramatic increase in snowfall in northern Pakistan, say researchers. A senior Pakistani geologist [...]

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Rescued American Repays Pakistan Villagers by Building Schools

Mortenson has traveled the seemingly impenetrable paths of rural Pakistan, fighting the elements, poverty, fatwas against him from corrupt mullahs, death threats from Americans who consider him a traitor for helping Muslim children, separation from his family, and a terrifying kidnapping to make true on his promise. In 1993, mountain-climber Greg Mortenson nearly lost his [...]

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Pakistan Study Shows Cloves Good for Diabetes

A small study out of Pakistan found extracts of cloves might be beneficial to people with type 2 diabetes. Researchers say the benefits lasted at least 10 days after the patients stopped taking the cloves. Patients who took the equivalent of one to two cloves a day for a month saw improvements in insulin function, [...]

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Lahore University Wins Top Award at Harvard International Conference

More than 1,400 students from 175 international institutes participated in the conference, the largest such international gathering of students. This is the first time in the history of the conference that an Asian university has won the competition. An eight-member delegation from LUMS, the university representing Pakistan at the conference for the last three years, [...]

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9,000 Year Old Dentistry Evidence Found in Pakistan

Researchers were impressed by how advanced the society was in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province. Primitive dentists drilled nearly perfect holes into live but undoubtedly unhappy patients between 5500 B.C. and 7000 B.C., an article in Thursday’s issue of the journal Nature reports. Researchers carbon-dated at least nine skulls with 11 drill holes found in a Pakistan [...]

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