July 2, 2022

Another study claims, ‘There might be a linkage between soil pollution and heart diseases’

What happened: The team of German researchers in a recent study stated, “Soil contamination is a less visible danger to human health than dirty air.” At the same time, it has been quoted that a strong connection between soil pollution and heart diseases, heart attack and stroke among women and people with diabetes, has been reported.  Details: The University Medical Center […]

July 2, 2022

Are aliens even real? North Korea alleges that ‘aliens’ responsible for Covid’s outbreak 

What happened: In a rather interesting development, North Korea has blamed South Korea for the Covid-19 outbreak worldwide. Bloomberg quotes, “North Korea blamed its Covid-19 outbreak on alien things likely sent by balloons across its border with South Korea.”  Details: Kim Jong Un’s government has advised, “To vigilantly deal with alien things coming by wind and other climate phenomena […]

June 30, 2022

‘One in million’ Thailand man gets Covid-19 from a cat 

What happened: It has been reported that scientists in Thailanad have claimed that a pet cat had passed SARS-CoV-2 to a veterinary surgeon, whereas it is pertinent to mention that there have been no previous reports of cat-to-human transmission of Covid-19. The team of scientists in Thailand stated, “the first solid evidence of a pet cat infecting a person […]

June 28, 2022

Smoking weed can increase the chances of hospitalization by 25%

What happened: The University of Toronto published a study, which was authored by Nicholas Vozoris, an assistant professor at the university and said, “Cannabis use is not as benign and safe as some might think.” The study has further claimed, “Using recreational Marijuana is associated with a higher risk of emergency room care and being hospitalized for any reason.”  […]

June 28, 2022

With a ban on imports, Punjab now faces a shortage of life-saving drugs

What happened: Pakistan has banned the import of luxurious goods in the country, and it has now been reported that the Hamza Shehbaz-led province of Punjab is facing a shortage of life-saving medicines. At the same time, ARY News quoted the development as “pharmaceutical manufacturers blaming sales tax on raw material behind the shortage.”  Details: Subsequently, the report […]

June 27, 2022

After Covid-19, Dengue might come back to Punjab

What happened: With heavy rains taking over the provincial capital previously, the Chief Secretary has issued a high-risk alert regarding ten towns in Lahore with dengue. It is pertinent to mention that this comes at a time when Lahore and Punjab at large have seen a surge in Covid-19 cases after a gap, and as TheNation […]

June 26, 2022

Follow-up report: Testimonials of medical professionals, patients & ex-classmates claiming Dr.Rahman’s Harvard degree is fake

Back story: 2 weeks ago, Team Propergaanda did an investigative report on Dr. Aleem Rahman, a dentist based in Lahore who was accused of misleading his patients with a fake Harvard degree in advanced medical fields. The article circulated among many and provoked numerous other people to come forward with their statement on the matter, […]

June 25, 2022

Is Pakistan really responsible for the detection of Polio Virus in the UK?

What happened: The UK Health Security Agency has claimed that the “poliovirus was probably imported from some country.” At the same time, the UK Health Advisory has instructed the parents living in the UK “to ensure their children were fully immunized against the crippling disease.”  Details: It is pertinent to mention that the development came after poliovirus in sewage samples […]

June 24, 2022

Why has Karachi been named the ‘worst city to live in’; pollution or street crime?

What happened: An annual report released by the Economist Intelligence Unit ranked Karachi as the world’s worst city to live in. It is pertinent to mention that the annual report ranks the living conditions in 172 based on nearly 30 factors, which are then categorized into five stability, health care, culture and environment, education and infrastructures.  Details: However, currently, Karachi has been ranked 168 […]

June 23, 2022

Get your masks up and boosters shots; Sixth Covid wave might approach Pakistan 

What happened: Another Covid-19 variant has been surging in the country it has been noted as a “fast-spreading variant BA.5 has been reported in Karachi, and now it is being locally transmitted.” The health experts in Pakistan have warned that the surge in recent cases and Karachi’s positivity rate doubling in the last 24 hours is a sign […]

June 22, 2022

Doctors baffled after finding 233 coins, batteries and screws in man’s stomach 

What happened: The Turkish doctors were shocked after finding nearly 233 coins, nails, batteries and shards of glass inside a man’s stomach. The Turkish man identified as Burhan Demir took his brother to the hospital after the brother complained of abdominal pain.  Details: At the same time, the Turkish hospital doctors performed endoscopy, ultrasound and X-ray scans on the […]

June 22, 2022

Study proves: ‘Long hours of sitting can lead to increased chances of death 

How does sitting affect individuals: A joint global study that was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association JAMA Cardiology claims that long sitting time is usually linked with increased risks of all-cause mortality and major cardiovascular diseases. However, the finidngs that were quoted in the report suggested that “the association of sitting hours with mortality […]

June 22, 2022

Pakistan is now under a threat of 6th Covid wave with a new variant ‘BA.5’

What happened: On June 21, health experts warned that despite the fact that the majority of people who are infected with Covid-19, and are experiencing a mild illness and recovering at home, it is urgent that people resume wearing face masks and maintain social distance in public places to stop the rapid spread of the […]

June 21, 2022

Did you know? Pakistan imported tea worth 590 million dollars 

What happened: With research proves that a hot cup of tea in blazing Pakistani heat can have a much cooler effect on the human body. In 2020, Pakistan became the top importer of tea, but Federal Minister Ahsan Iqbal has advised otherwise to have one cup of tea instead of two.  Details: Despite India and Sri Lanka being known for producing […]

June 20, 2022

To make Capital eco-friendly, Islamabad bans entry of vehicles causing environmental pollution 

What happened: The Inspector-General of Islamabad Police Nasir Khan has given the instructions to ban vehicles that emit carbon and ruin the environment. The campaign to ban the entry of vehicles that are not environment-friendly will be done in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency.  Details: At the same time, the spokesperson for the Islamabad Police is quoted […]

June 20, 2022

Questionable doctors: Sindh’s private hospital staff cut off baby’s head in mother’s womb

What happened: The incident was reported in one of the private hospitals in the Tharparkar district of Sindh. The private hospital’s staff cut off a newborn baby’s head in the woman and left it inside her in surgery, “it was reported in Tharparkar’s Chachro Tehsil.” The District Health Officer said, “the woman was taken to the Civil Hospital in […]

June 18, 2022

Doctor and her husband saved a drowning boy in Naltar via on-spot emergency CPR

What happened: On June 14, a doctor and her husband gave emergency medical treatment to a 14 year-old boy  who had fallen in a lake in Gilgit-Naltar Baltistan’s region. Back story: The boy identified as Arif Khan was grazing cattle when he fell into the Satrangi Lake, and his uncle Tariq Mir, 17, leaped into […]

June 17, 2022

Musharraf might return to Pakistan after all as his family awaits doctors’ go-ahead

What happened: The federal government has given the go-ahead for ailing former military ruler General (retd) Pervez Musharraf to return to Pakistan as soon as the legal prerequisites are met. The former military ruler has been living in Dubai since 2016. Details: Tribune reported that, according to sources familiar with the situation, the former president’s […]

June 16, 2022

Back to the Covid-19 era? Pakistan sees surge in positive Covid cases 

What happened: After the government had dissolved NCOC, Pakistan saw a sudden minor surge in the Covid-19 cases. The National Institute of Health in Islamabad has said that the country currently faces a positivity ratio of 1.22%. However, the root cause of this spread is yet to be determined, though experts claim that the recent increase […]

June 15, 2022

Air pollution caused by burning fossil fuels reduces life expectancy by 2 years 

What happened: As different diseases approach the planet earth, burning fossil fuels becomes another factor, reducing life expectancy by approximately 2.2 years. A report by the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago has now alerted that air pollution due to burning fossil fuels is primarily responsible for decreasing life expectancy.  Details: Whereas, the Air Quality Life […]

June 14, 2022

Vaping is far worse than smoking cigarettes, reveals a study 

What happened: A recent by UHHospitals.org claimed that “some people take up vaping from electronic cigarettes to avoid the health hazards of smoking cigarettes made with tobacco.” However, the study stated that vaping is equally as harmful as smoking cigarettes “and possibly are even more dangerous than traditional cigarettes.”  Details: The American Heart Association, in a press release, stated that “vaping […]

June 14, 2022

Worried Pakistanis after Shehbaz govt increases taxation; forcing cigarette shortage 

What happened: After a recent ban on imported cigarettes and other luxury imported items, Pakistanis found it hard to find their brand of cigarettes at the local Pan Shops. ProperGaanda’s reporter approached a smoker to learn whether there was a shortage or not, “The only loyal Pan Shop wala that I had even refused to get me my brand […]

June 14, 2022

Women have higher quality of life as compared to men: Study 

What happened: International journal of liberal arts and social science’s manuscript by Baine B. Craft and Associate Professor of Psychology and Biology Haley A. Carroll noted that men and women have different exercise habits. And as the quality of life is affected by exercise, women have a better quality of life than men. Their research revealed […]

June 13, 2022

Tea over coffee? Pakistan becomes world’s largest tea importer 

What happened: Pakistan not only produces tea but is also the most popular beverage among the different Pakistanis, as the country is now ranked among the largest importers of tea. In 2020 alone, Pakistan imported tea worth 646 million dollars and exported only 15.2 million dollars worth of tea.  Details: Researchers have found that tea, in comparison […]

June 13, 2022

Severe heatwave ends as Pakistan welcomes pre-monsoon rains 

What happened: In Pakistan’s history, the temperatures in May and June remained the highest, with frequent heatwaves and the citizens getting affected. However, the MET Office has predicted that different areas of Punjab and Balochistan will receive the first spell of pre-monsoon rains from Wednesday, June 15.  Details: At the same time, Pakistan’s Meteorological Department has said […]

June 11, 2022

Time to move to Thailand? Country just decriminalised cannabis

What happened: Thailand became the first country in Asia to decriminalise cannabis, as the government has also announced tough penalties to apply to those who use it to get high. In an interview with BBC, the Health Minister of Thailand said, “We expected legal cannabis to boost the economy but have cautioned that recreational use of the […]

June 9, 2022

Heart Asociation calls for increasing taxes on ‘unnecessary and deadly’ tobacco products 

What happened: Pakistan faces a growing rate of health diseases related to the usage of tobacco products. However, the Pakistan National Heart Association has called for increased taxes on tobacco-related products “instead of necessities of life of the people.”  Details: The General Secretary of the organization, Sanaullah Ghumman, in a news conference, said, “Smoking is not healthy for human health […]

June 6, 2022

‘Record breaking’: Alert issued after Pakistan experiences another heatwave 

What happened: Pakistan’s Meteorological Office has issued another alert regarding Pakistan’s soaring temperatures and has predicted that the temperatures are likely to remain high throughout the country. MET Office, while issuing the alert, stated, “Day temperatures in Islamabad, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Kashmir, Sindh and eastern Balochistan are expected to rise significantly; above normal.”  Details: Pakistan is not just […]

June 4, 2022

This Lahore dentist is accused of misleading patients with fake Harvard degree

Note: Team Propergaanda reached out to Dr. Aleem Rehman for his side of the story but he didn’t reply. *Names have been changed to maintain the condition of anonymity Recently, Asghar* reached out to Team Propergaanda, sharing how a Lahore-based dental surgeon named Dr. Aleem Rahman of ‘The Premiere: Rahman & Rahman’ clinic is misleading […]

June 3, 2022

Outbreak of diseases like monkeypox and Covid-19 would become common, warns WHO 

What happened: After Covid and its different variants had taken over the world and caused numerous casualties, the outbreak of monkeypox had also feared many around the world. WHO, while warning the world, said, “The climate change contributes to rapidly changing weather conditions like drought, animals and humans are changing their food-seeking behaviour.”  Details: The world is currently […]

May 30, 2022

Lack of sleep might be caused by climate change, reveals a study 

What happened: As the temperature gets drastically warmer across the globe, especially in the South Asian region, a study that was published in ONE Earth claimed that climate change might be responsible for sleep loss. Subsequently, it is being claimed that climate change and warmer temperatures might cost humans 50 to 58 hours of sleep […]

May 27, 2022

Tanzila Khan receives Amal Clooney award for her work on menstrual healthcare in Pakistan 

What happened: @iamtanzilakhan was recognised by the Prince’s Trust International Amal Clooney Women’s Empowerment Award, especially for her work on increasing women’s access to menstrual, pregnancy and reproductive health products in Pakistan and also for talking about an inclusive environment. Tanzila received the award for her company, known as GirlyThings, as she aims to create awareness.  Details: At the […]

May 27, 2022

The import ban on luxury goods may result in shortage of sanitary pads 

What happened: It is pertinent to mention that the items attached to sanitary pads have been put under the ban; as Dawn and another local publication reported, “A major chunk of sanitary napkins is produced by two companies in Pakistan P&G and Santex, which make Always and Butterfly respectively. The production of sanitary napkins of one […]

May 23, 2022

After economic crisis, water crisis seems imminent in Pakistan as Tarbela dam hits dead level 

What happened: Pakistan is already on the verge of an economic crisis, and now due to the low flows into the Indus River, the water level at Tarbela Dam has reached its dead level at 1398 feet. Due to the unusually low inflows during the summer months, the water crisis in the lowlands seems to aggravate.  Details: […]

May 21, 2022

‘A serious concern’ Over 85% of Balochistan’s deprived of clean drinking water

What happened: A health emergency has been declared in the mountainous region of Pirkoh and other areas of Balochistan as cholera spreads widely throughout the province. Six people from Balochistan’s Dera Bugti died within hours of cholera diagnosis, and nearly a hundred were taken to the hospital. It is pertinent to mention that there have […]

May 20, 2022

Did an American clinic just fine a woman $40 for crying?

What happened: During a visit to the doctor in the United States, a woman was charged $40 (£32) for shedding a tear. Camille Johnson, a YouTuber from New York, claims that her sister suffers from a rare ailment and has been “seriously suffering” to receive adequate care. Click here to read the full thread. Details: […]

May 20, 2022

Police petition seeking Dua Zehra’s medical exam rejected

What happened: On May 19, a judicial magistrate refused a police petition seeking an order for Syeda Dua Zehra Kazmi’s medical exam to determine her age. Details: The Karachi police investigating officer (IO) submitted the plea with the Lahore magistrate since the girl is living in the city with her alleged husband.  The girl’s parents […]

May 19, 2022

Pakistan’s annual debt increases due to the rising tobacco consumption

What happened: A report by TheNews stated that currently, Pakistan is facing an annual deficit of 615 billion rupees due to the diseases that are caused by tobacco consumption in the country. On the other hand, the revenue generated from tobacco production is much less than the deficit, as the revenue from production is 120 […]

May 19, 2022

‘Heatwave in Pakistan is not only caused by climate change but other factors too’

What happened: As the scorching sun, especially in South Asia, has killed several and hospitalised others, the researchers are now investigating how much human-caused climate change is causing the surge in the heatwave. As the temperature across the country is soring up to record highs, power outages have become a norm in Pakistan, but the […]

May 19, 2022

European journal says 9 million people die because of pollution every year

What happened: According to a research of global mortality and pollution levels published in The Lancet Planetary Health journal, an estimated 9 million people die each year from various types of pollution. Details: An increase in hazardous lead poisoning and rising air pollution cancelled out any gains made elsewhere in the fight against pollution. According […]

May 17, 2022

Study claims intermittent fasting may help fight cancer and slow the ageing process 

What happened: With new variations to diets every day, a study by the Professor of Neuroscience at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine has revealed that intermittent fasting may well help in fighting cancer and contribute to a healthy lifestyle. Neuroscientist Mark Mattson is quoted by a publication, “A switch occurs when cells use up […]

May 16, 2022

Almost ‘calamity-hit’ region of Sindh says Punjab robbed its water

What happened: The Sindh Chamber of Agriculture has raised concern about a severe water deficit in the province and urged the government to declare it a “calamity-hit” region. Details: SCA members urged that debts for small farmers with up to 16 acres be waived during a meeting held on May 15 under the chairmanship of […]

May 16, 2022

Spicy food and meat should be avoided during the recent heatwave 

What happened: As Pakistan faces a severe heatwave, contributing to the climate change taking place worldwide, the temperatures are soaring up across the country. Subsequently, Pakistani physicians and health experts have advised stopping eating meat and spicy food during the heatwave. The health experts in Pakistan claimed that eating spicy food would add to the deadly impact […]

May 13, 2022

With no rain prediction and heatwave in Sindh; Emergency imposed across hospitals 

What happened: Pakistan has seen a severe rise in temperatures across the country as part of what has been termed a climate change effect. Despite the MET Department’s prediction of rain in the coming week in parts of the country, it has predicted higher temperatures in Sindh. At the same time, the heatwave in Sindh […]

May 13, 2022

After Punjab, the Sindh government has announced to launch Rescue 1122 service; for emergency assistance 

What happened: The Sindh government has hinted at launching the Rescue 1122 emergency response service in the province, as previously Punjab had launched it nearly 18 years ago in 2004. Sindh has also acquired 288 new emergency ambulances, with a loan of seventy million dollars from the World Bank, as they aim to provide emergency […]

May 12, 2022

A week of social media is all you need to improve your mental health

What happened: Now, British researchers have come up with research proving that to yield better results, increase productivity, and improve mental health, all you need is a week off social media. The study by British researchers was published in Cyberpsychology Behavior and Social Networking, claiming that a week off would also help in reducing depression and anxiety.  Details: The […]

May 9, 2022

‘Wear masks and gloves’ 1st case of Omicron sub-variant detected in Pakistan 

What happened: Pakistan’s National Institute of Health stated that the first case of Omicron sub-variant had been detected in Pakistan. It is pertinent to mention that sub-variant cases have seen a rise in other countries; however, NCOC was formally shut down in Pakistan. Details: NIH’s statement quoted, “The best preventive measure is Covid-19 vaccination. W strongly […]

May 9, 2022

‘Stay hydrated’ Pakistan monitor issues heat warning amid heatwave predictions 

What happened: Pakistan and India have been facing intense heatwave, since late April, with temperatures rising to nearly 50 degrees Celsius in some parts of the country. The Pakistani regional monitor has recorded March as the hottest month in Pakistan since 1961 as they warn of a severe heatwave, especially in Pakistan’s northwest. At the […]

May 7, 2022

Severe heatwave might cause casualties; Met Office warns Pakistanis 

What happened: The Pakistan Meteorological Department forecasted severe heatwave conditions across the country and urged the population to take good care. As Dawn quotes, “During the next week, high pressure was likely to grip the upper atmosphere from May 8.”  Details:  The MET Department predicted, “Due to this high pressure, day temperatures are likely to increase gradually from Sunday […]

May 2, 2022

US couple found McDonald’s meal hidden in their wall during renovation

What happened:  Home renovations can always bring out a few interesting things and often something that would leave everyone shocked. The US couple, as CNN reported, found a bag of McDonald’s food which is believed to be from 1959. They were able to find the bag hidden in one of their Chicago homes during a […]

April 30, 2022

Concerning? Pakistan reports two cases of wild poliovirus in 2022

What happened: The National Polio Laboratory of Pakistan stated that the country had reported its second case of wild poliovirus in 2022 after new type-1 wild poliovirus was confirmed in a 2-year-old girl from North Waziristan. However, the current health minister has said, “I will be visiting the province myself to monitor the situation on the […]

April 30, 2022

Not only the Covid patients suffer, but families also suffer from PTSD, reveals a study 

What happened: It has been two years since Covid-19 first came to the scene worldwide, and hundreds of studies have since come. However, a study by the Columbia University experts claimed that the family members of Covid-19 patients also have post-traumatic stress disorder. The survey by Columbian University quoted several families who have PTSD. Details: […]

April 30, 2022

This British man drinks his own urine to look ‘young forever’

What happened: A vegan man named Harry Matadeen who drinks his own urine claims it is his ‘secret to eternal youth’ and helps him to appear younger. Details: The 34 year-old started off with this bizarre habit in 2006 and believes it has a significant impact on his appearance and mental health. The vegan admitted […]

April 29, 2022

Study claims: Less meat and dairy products could reduce global warming by 80% 

What happened:  A study from a team of Finnish researchers at the University of Helsinki claimed that replacing meat and dairy consumption with vegetable or insect-based protein and cultured milk can reduce global warming, land usage, and water by more than 80%. Furthermore, the study highlighted those optimal dietary combinations to meet the nutritional needs could also […]

April 16, 2022

Here’s how a die heart PTI supporter was concerned about Khan’s future rather patient’s diagnosis

What happened: What happened: Photographer for renowned publications Insiya Syed(@insiyasyed) shared her experience at the Dr. Ziauddin Hospital when she took her father for a checkup at the hospital. Firstly, applauding the staff of Ziauddin hospital, Insiya wrote, “As a family, we have always loved Dr. Ziauddin Hospital.. but…” She shared the incident of when her father […]

April 12, 2022

Sehat Insaf Cardholders still facilitated to provide free medical facilities citywide 

What happened: It is pertinent to mention that previously, reports suggested that private and public health care hospitals have refused to provide health care facilities to the Sehat Insaf Cardholders for free. However, as the Express Tribune’s report quotes, “The State Life Insurance has issued a letter to more than 1,000 hospitals on the panel to […]

April 8, 2022

Turkish man recovers from Covid after 16 months, and 86 PCR tests

What happened: The Turkish man identified as Muzaffer Kayasan, who held the record for the most extended period for any COVID-19 patient in Turkey, has finally defeated the virus, and his months-long quarantine ended after he was tested negative. It is pertinent to mention that Kayasan had, prior to the current Covid test, had 86 […]

April 8, 2022

Thanks to GoVendi (led by 2 males) for installing this sanitary pads vending machine in their university

Details: Recently, Team Propergaanda reached out to Sahib Dino, the co-founder of a newly launched fem-tech startup, ‘GoVendi,’ as he told us about how he was able to bring this groundbreaking initiative, of a sanitary pads vending machine, to life at Institute of Business and Management University, Karachi. The venture is also backed by the […]

April 6, 2022

Pakistan Customs arrested seven suspects and seized 3,000 kilograms of hash

What happened: The Pakistan Customer and Maritime Security Agency, in operation at the Arabian Sea, confiscated drugs worth 45 crore rupees. The three thousand kilograms of hash was estimated at 45 crores and seven suspects were arrested in the process as the drugs were hidden in an international ship docked at the sea. Whereas, further […]

April 6, 2022

China reports more than 20,000 Covid cases in one day; the highest tally since pandemic

What happened: On Apr 6, China’s National Health Commission stated in a statement that 20,472 infections Covid-19 cases were reported, the biggest daily figure since the outbreak began, as millions in Shanghai began a new round of testing. Details: As cases rise, China’s “zero-Covid” plan is being put to the test, with nearly 25 million […]

April 5, 2022

Taliban chief bans poppy cultivation to impose drug control

What happened: As part of its efforts to ease foreign concerns over drug control in Afghanistan, the Taliban issued an order, prohibiting the production of opium poppy. “All Afghans are advised that cultivation of poppy has been absolutely outlawed across the country as per the edict of the supreme leader of the Islamic Emirate of […]

April 4, 2022

Man in ICU bitten by rats bleeds on a hospital bed and passes away 

What happened: A 38-year-old Indian man was bitten by rats in the respiratory intensive unit, was left bleeding in Telengana’s hospital and passed away before he was able to be transferred to another hospital. On the other hand, the private hospital in India refused to accept that the death happened due to rats entering the […]

April 1, 2022

Florida woman awarded $5.25 million by federal jury after she was inseminated by doctor

What happened: After being inseminated with her doctor’s sperm in 1977, a Florida woman named Cheryl Rousseau was awarded $5.25 million by the federal jury on March 30 as she filed a lawsuit in 2018 against Dr. John Coates III, accusing him of ‘medical negligence.’ Previously: Four decades ago, Rousseau and her husband had chosen […]

April 1, 2022

This 28-year-old woman funds her monthly DisneyLand vacation by donating blood plasma

What happened: Liz Gramlich is a 28-year-old Pennsylvania resident who enjoys amusement parks and visits Orlando, Florida, has visited DisneyLand 15 times since the summer of 2020, and keeps visiting at least once a month. Gramlich also found an unusual way to pay for her monthly vacations: twice-weekly plasma donations. Details: Gramlich said she has […]

March 24, 2022

Preventing pregnancy in mice, American scientists found male contraceptive to be 99% effective

What happened: On March 23, researchers working on a male contraceptive pill, tested in mice, discovered that the medicine was 99 percent efficient in preventing pregnancy. Animal testing of the non-hormonal tablet yielded the breakthrough discoveries, which were presented at the American Chemical Society’s spring meeting on March 23.  There were no known side effects, […]

March 15, 2022

MET Office has predicted heatwaves in most parts of the country

What happened: The Pakistan Meteorological Department has said that most parts of the country will face an unusual hike in temperatures in March. ARY News quoted Met Office’s warning as, “The dry period and heatwave conditions in the country may cause water stress to the standing crops, vegetable and orchards.”  Details:  Subsequently, the Met Office has […]

March 14, 2022

Policy makers urge the government to impose a 30% tax on tobacco-related products

What happened: On March 13, the Society for Protection of Rights of the Child has urged the government to increase tobacco taxes by 30 percent in a bid to discourage youth. The Nation also quotes the head of Tobacco-Free Kids, Malik Imran Ahmad, as, “Smoking is a silent killer in our society, with a total of […]

March 10, 2022

Afghan activists stopped by Taliban from carrying out blood drive in Women’s Day honour

What happened: According to activists, the Taliban disrupted a blood donation event organised by women activists to commemorate International Women’s Day on March 8. Details: Monesa Mubarez, the president of a women’s rights organisation, claimed the group planned to organise a protest outside a Kabul hospital with seven other activists. However, due to the Taliban’s […]

March 4, 2022

Weed becomes a ‘game changer’ for treating the after-effects of Covid-19

What happened: VICE News’ report from February 22 claimed that the oil-form of medicinal cannabis had become a game-changer for a few patients in the UK. It is pertinent to mention that the United Kingdom is conducting examinations to see how weed can help in treating post-acute sequelae of Covid-19. Subsequently, the VICE quoted a […]

March 2, 2022

Federal government plans to honour ‘Frontline Workers’ with civil awards for their services

What happened: On March 2, ARY News reported that the federal government has hinted at honouring the frontline workers with civil awards for their services during the Covid-19 pandemic. ARY News quotes, “The health workers will be honoured with civil awards on March 23 to recognize their services during the Covid-19 pandemic.”  Details: It is pertinent […]

March 2, 2022

Punjab Health Department announces free infertility treatment from June 2022

What happened: On March 1, Punjab government announced that the health department will provide free treatment for infertility in the province, starting from June 2022. Details: The Punjab Health Department claimed that the province will be the first in the country to offer government-funded treatment for infertility, “This department has been built for the first […]

February 28, 2022

Karachi’s ‘toxic air works as slow poison’ provincial capital turn out to be world’s 4th largest polluted city

What happened: On February 28, Express Tribune reported that Karachi had become the fourth largest polluted city in the world, as the Air Quality Index continues to deteriorate in the provincial capital. Express Tribune’s report quotes, “Air quality index has surged to an unhealthy level of 193, showing utter negligence of the federal and Sindh governments […]

February 25, 2022

To combat hunger and malnutrition, government announces the ‘School Meal Program’ in Islamabad

What happened: The federal minister for Education, Shafqat Mehmood, announced the initiative of the School Meal program to counter malnutrition and hunger among the young students of Pakistan’s capital. Subsequently, Deputy Commissioner Islamabad, Hamza Shafqat in a tweet, revealed, “School meals program for 100 Public schools by Allah walay Trust… This program will ensure a significant […]

February 25, 2022

Tooth inside a NewYork man’s nose takes doctors by surprise

What happened: In a rather unusual case, the New York doctors discovered a tooth growing inside a man’s nose when he went to a clinic for a check-up regarding his breathing problems. The 38 year old NewYorker was facing breathing problems for a few years and finally decided to visit the doctors, revealing that his […]

February 22, 2022

In a bid to control population, singer Shehzad Roy wants PM Imran Khan to make contraceptives tax free

What happened: On Feb 18, well-known musician and Pakistan’s goodwill ambassador for population and family planning, Shehzad Roy took to his Twitter account and highlighted the country’s lack of contraception availability as it could assist in population control.  Click here to see Roy’s tweet addressing PM Imran Khan, Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin and IMF Details: […]

February 18, 2022

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Kashmala Amjad becomes country’s first woman oncologist

What happened: After clearing the second fellowship exam, Dr Kashmala Amjad Malik has become Pakistan’s first woman surgical oncologist. Dr Kashmala is an alumnus of Aga Khan University and belongs to KP’s capital Peshawar. She completed her examination in Surgical Oncology from the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital. Details: Whereas, she is the first Pakistani doctor […]

February 17, 2022

Doctors from Peshawar created country’s first insulin patch system for diabetic patients

What happened: team of doctors from the Khyber Teaching Hospital in Peshawar and data scientists developed a painless insulin delivery device with the help of transdermal patches. Subsequently, it has been reported that the team led by Dr. Talha Durrani claims that if the patches are produced on a larger scale, it has the capacity […]

February 16, 2022

Apple Watch can actually detect heart disease months before diagnosis, claims a TikToker

What happened: An Australian TikToker and a nursing student claimed that Apple Watch owners must enable their heart rate notifications to detect symptoms related to heart and thyroid diseases months before the actual diagnosis. As Express Tribune reported, “iOS watch has helped many people wearing the watch detect heart conditions pushing them to seek immediate medical […]

February 16, 2022

Turkish man records longest Covid-19 infection of 14 months and remains alive

What happened: On February 14, it was reported that Muzaffer Kaysan, a resident of Istanbul, recorded the longest Covid-19 infection as he has tested positive for the virus for 14 straight months. Muzaffer spent nine months in an Istanbul hospital and five alone at his flat. Turkish doctors claim that the 56 year old recorded […]

February 14, 2022

CM Sindh inaugurates free of cost robotic surgery centre in SIUT

What happened: Syed Murad Ali Shah, on February 12, inaugurated the centre and said, “It is a revolutionary step and through this process, even sensitive tissues of the body could also be operated on easily.” At the same time, CM Sindh applauded the SIUT administration, Dr Adeeb Rizvi, for bringing a state-of-art surgical facility in the province.  […]

February 9, 2022

Sleeping for an extra hour can really help lose weight, reveals a study

What happened: Researchers from the University of Chicago claimed that sleeping for an extra 1.2 hours can help reduce an individual’s weight. Sky News quotes the research as “Sleeping for an extra hour each night can help people save around 270 calories off their daily diet – the equivalent of three chocolate biscuits.” The Jama Internal Medicine […]

February 5, 2022

Another giraffe at Lahore Zoo dies due to blood infection; one female giraffe left now

What happened: On Feb 4, zoo director, Mudassir Hussain reported that a 10-year-old male giraffe passed away at Lahore Zoo, reportedly due to “blood infection.” Details: It is pertinent to mention that only one pair of giraffes existed at the zoo, and following the death of the ten-year-old animal, only a female giraffe is left […]

January 26, 2022

Doctors in USA denied heart transplant to 31 year-old man, saying he’s not vaccinated against Covid-19

What happened: On Jan 25, Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston denied a request for heart transplant by DJ Ferguson in the United States, stating that the patient is not vaccinated against Covid-19, and it’s against their policy. Details: Ferguson’s father, David, claims that his son is in a ‘dire need’ of the surgery but […]

January 25, 2022

This teenager fulfilled his last wish by raising £28,000 for another six-year old cancer patient

What happened: A 19 year-old boy named Rhys Langford only has a few months to live but is fulfilling his “last wish” by assisting in the fundraising efforts for a six year-old boy, Jacob, who is also battling cancer. Langford donated £1,000 and raised more than £28,000 after learning about the little boy’s disease. Back […]

January 20, 2022

US woman hospitalized after eating too much at “all you can eat buffet”

What happened: 24 year old California woman identified as Danielle Shapiro was diagnosed with Gastroesophageal Reflux after she binged on sushi at the $50 all you can eat buffet. Daily Mail UK quotes, “The woman forced herself to eat as much sushi as she could in one sitting has now revealed how she ended up being […]

January 18, 2022

Wearing face masks increase attractiveness, claims UK researchers

What happened: The researchers at Cardiff University published a peer-reviewed study that claims that a mask does cover half of your face, so the increased attractiveness may be tied to the beauty of occlusion. The female participants included in the study reviewed the male participants who were wearing masks. Details: USA Today report quotes the […]

January 15, 2022

NCOC approves anti Covid-19 booster shots for citizens above 18

What happened: On Jan 14, the National Command and Operation Centre announced that from Jan 15, citizens over the age of 18 will be eligible for a free anti-Covid booster dose of their choice. Current stats: Pakistan has recorded seven Covid-19-related deaths and 3,567 additional positive cases on Jan 13. According to NCOC statistics, 48,449 […]

January 13, 2022

Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid plans to donate her organs after death

What happened: During a press conference at Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute, Dr. Yasmin Rashid, Punjab Health Minister, announced on Jan 11 that she will be donating her organs after death as she emphasized that ‘saving a life is like saving mankind as a whole.’ Details: “I am making an announcement to donate all of […]

January 11, 2022

Find out what’s happening in Pakistan with 7 news updates

1. Murree tragedy: Opposition demands resignation from Prime Minister and Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar What happened: On Monday, the opposition urged the formation of a judicial committee to determine who was responsible for the Murree snowstorm catastrophe, which claimed 23 lives on Jan 8 and asked for Prime Minister Imran Khan and Punjab Chief […]

January 7, 2022

“Omicron variant is hospitalising and killing people,” as WHO chief urges people to follow SOPs

What happened: The World Health Organization’s chief, Tedros Ghebreyesus, has warned that Covid’s Omicron variant should not be taken lightly. The head said it might be less severe than the Delta variant, but that does not mean it should be labeled mild. AFP quoted WHO’s Chief as, “Just like previous variants, Omicron is hospitalising people and it is […]

January 7, 2022

KFC to introduce ‘plant-based’ fried chicken in USA on Jan 10

What happened: In collaboration with Beyond Meat, a supplying company which offers plant-based meat substitutes, Kentucky Fried Chicken will be introducing ‘Beyond Fried Chicken,’ the restaurant’s first plant-based chicken, on Jan 10, nationwide in the United States of America. Details: The product was not “made in a vegan/vegetarian manner,” according to the KFC and Beyond […]

January 6, 2022

The silent epidemic of diabetes kills 10 times more people than Covid in Pakistan

What happened: President of Diabetic Foot International, Zahid Miyan, in an interview with a media outlet, said, “Diabetes is a 10 times more serious and lethal health issue for Pakistan, which claims 34,000 lives in a month, while Covid has so far claimed around 29,000 deaths in the country.” Subsequently, the health experts in Pakistan have urged […]

January 6, 2022

PCB will be hiring Pakistan Army doctors for each PSL-7 team

What happened: According to sources on Jan 3, Pakistan Cricket Board will be hiring the services of Pakistan Army medics for the teams participating in the forthcoming Pakistan Super League, Season 7 as a part of its measures to combat COVID-19. Details: Reportedly, each PSL team would have one doctor from the Pakistan Army Medical […]

January 5, 2022

The ‘fartrepreneur’ who earned $200,000 by selling her farts in a jar was hospitalized due to excessive gas

What happened: On Jan 4, Connecticut-based former reality star Stephanie Matto (@stepankamatto) was rushed to A&E after having shooting pains in her chest, exhibiting indications of a ‘heart attack,’ which were caused by excess gas from her frequent diet of beans, eggs, and banana protein drinks. Details: After receiving requests on the adult-content website, Unfiltrd, […]

January 3, 2022

Private hospitals in Punjab to hire 25,000 more doctors in 2022

What happened: The provincial health minister, Dr. Yasmin Rashid, on January 2, announced that Punjab’s health department would hire 25,000 more doctors in 2022 as more than 100 health facilities officially registered themselves with the health department. At the same time, she talked about the Naya Pakistan Sehat Card and stated that a mobile application […]

December 31, 2021

30 million families to benefit from the Naya Pakistan Sehat card, says Imran Khan

What happened: On December 31, Pakistan’s Prime Minister launched the distribution of the Naya Pakistan National Sehat for the entire population of Punjab. In a ceremony held at the Governor House Punjab, Imran Khan said that not everyone can take such revolutionary decisions like health cards as the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf did.  Details: At the launch ceremony, the premier said, “Today, […]

December 29, 2021

“SAD” Seasonal Affective Disorder is a form of anxiety and depression that hits in winters

What happened: An individual often feels depressed during the winters due to a Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). It is a type of depression related to changes in seasons and begins and ends at about the same time every year. The symptoms of an individual start in the fall and continue during the chilly months forcing […]

December 28, 2021

Despite police being present, 13 travelers escape the quarantine facility in Sialkot

What happened: District Health Officer of Sialkot reported that on the 27th of December, thirteen travelers who arrived in Pakistan from South Africa escaped a quarantine facility. However, it has also been disclosed that the travelers had tested negative for Covid-19 but they had to quarantine. Sialkot’s DHO stated, “They were required to isolate at a […]

December 27, 2021

Did you know NFT adds more to climate change by emitting carbon dioxide?

Details: Joanie Lemercier (@joanielemercier), a French digital artist, cancelled the sale of his six NFT art pieces in April 2021, after calculating that the sale would consume the electricity, required to power the artist’s studio for two years, in just ten seconds as NFTs consume a lot of energy because they rely on a block […]

December 21, 2021

Elections, trials and much more is happening in Pakistan right now

Find out what is happening in Pakistan right now, here are seven news updates for you. NCOC approves booster shots for people above over the age of 30, amid the Covid-19 Omicron variant continues to spread What happened: The National Command and Operation Centre authorised booster shots for people over the age of 30 on […]

December 21, 2021

Dr. Tahir Shamsi, the man who introduced bone marrow transplants in Pakistan passed away

What happened: Dr. Tahir Shamsi, the country’s most renowned hematologist passed away today due to brain hemorrhage. Details: Dr. Tahir was admitted to a private medical facility in the city last week after suffering a brain hemorrhage. According to doctors, he underwent surgery but his condition remained critical and he was on a ventilator. Dr. […]

December 14, 2021

Pakistan to receive aid worth $4.35 dollars from Japan as contribution for the anti-polio programme

What happened: Japan has announced a $4.35 million grant to Pakistan for purchasing essential oral polio vaccines as part of its ongoing support for the eradication of the crippling disease. Details: The grant will be used to purchase 24 million oral vaccine doses. It will enable the programme to reach approximately 21 million children under […]

December 14, 2021

Here’s a sum up of everything you need to know about Pakistan today

Your daily dose of news updates on Pakistan awaits you. Here is what is happening in Pakistan today. 23 doctors and nurses have been detained by the police while they were protesting for the regularization of their jobs  What happened: Protesting doctors and nurses were baton-charged by police on Monday, and over 23 of them, […]

December 13, 2021

These boys shaved their heads in support of their classmate who was diagnosed with cancer

What happened: In support of a classmate who was just diagnosed with cancer, ten classmates shaved their hair. Liam aged 13, is undergoing chemotherapy after being diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma three weeks ago. Details: The boys, who are all in Year 9 at Chesterfield’s Outwood Academy Hasland Hall, are raising funds for the Teenage Cancer […]

December 13, 2021

Marches, drives and and much more is happening in Pakistan right now

Here are eight news updates on Pakistan that you should know, continue reading to find out more Karachi Climate March: People marched peacefully to protest against the cutting of trees that’s paving the way for mega housing projects What happened: Dozens of ‘People’s Climate March’ participants held a rally near Karachi’s Boat Basin on Sunday […]

December 11, 2021

From cancellations to new beginnings: Here’s what is happening in Pakistan right now

This is what you need to know about Pakistan news right now, to find out what’s going on continue reading. Sindh government plans to build two solar parks with a combined capacity of 350 megawatts What happened: According to a statement released on Friday, the government of Sindh would build two solar parks with a […]

December 9, 2021

Here are 8 daily news updates for a Pakistani to keep up with

We take it on ourselves to keep you updates with what’s going on in Pakistan. Here are 8 news stories of the day for you. An over-night raid at Jama Cloth Market provoked shopkeepers to stage a violent protest What happened: In the early hours of Tuesday morning, a large number of traders and shopkeepers […]

December 6, 2021

5 beard oils available online in Pakistan

Men grooming products have recently grown in popularity with the introduction of beard grooming and styling products. The most popular among these new range of products are beard oils used for both nourishing and styling beards. Here is a list of 5 such beard oils available in Pakistan. Dari Mooch Cedar Wood Oil Dari Mooch […]

December 4, 2021

Home to 11 million people, Lahore has been ranked as the most polluted city

What happened: The provincial capital has again topped the ranking of the most polluted city on the 4th of December. As the environmental lawyer Ahmad Rafay Alam puts it, “Air pollution in Lahore is nothing but a government failure.” The local government claims, “We have sealed over 500 industrial units and imposed heavy fines on smoke emitting vehicles,” in […]

December 1, 2021

PepsiCo Pakistan Becomes One of The Fastest Organizations to Reach 100% Covid-19 Vaccination Rate

What happened: PepsiCo is one of the fastest companies in Pakistan, ensuring 100% Covid vaccination of their employees and frontline associates. They partnered with Punjab’s Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department to organize one of the largest vaccination campaigns regarding Covid. During the awareness campaign, they also vaccinated 3,000 of their employees. PepsiCo Pakistan’s campaign was […]

November 30, 2021

5 online stores that will shift your kitchen to fully organic

We’ve all heard our grandparents and parents complain about not having ‘Khaalis Doodh’ or ‘Desi Makhan’ available in cities and how they miss it. It is true that organic products are hard to find these days with everything being processed and mixed with preservatives. But all hope is not lost and some online businesses have […]

November 27, 2021

Punjab is now a polio-free province

What happened: Punjab is declared polio-free. All environmental samples obtained from sewerage water tested negative on Friday. Details: Punjab Chief Minister, Sardar Usman Buzdar says it is a significant success for the province administration. He says its a result of Allah Almighty’s blessings and a positive outcome of teamwork. He praised the provincial health department […]

November 27, 2021

Omicron: The new Covid-19 variant worries scientists

What happened: South African health authorities discovered a new and more transmissible Covid-19 variant. It has triggered a strong reaction around the world. It has led to a number of governments prohibiting tourists from various southern African countries. Details: The World Health Organization categorised the newly discovered coronavirus variation B.1.1.529 as a variety of concern. […]

November 25, 2021

Rare white lion dies at Karachi Zoo

What happened: It was reported on Wednesday that rare white lion passed away due to pneumonia. The creature was also suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis. Details: The lion was ill for the past 13 days with pulmonary tuberculosis, which was being treated by vets. He could not recover and died around 11 a.m., according to Karachi […]

November 24, 2021

Covered in thick smog, Lahore is the world’s most polluted city

What happened: The latest data released by Swiss Air has ranked Lahore as the most polluted city globally. Lahore has now left behind New Delhi in the air quality ranking, as it tops the list with a rating of 243 PM. Lahore’s air has been deemed “unbreathable” by various health experts. At the same time, the citizens of […]

November 24, 2021

Chinese dad starts making medicine to treat his 2 years old son

What happened: A Chinese man named Xu Wei has created a home laboratory to treat his 2 years old son, Haoyang. Xu Wei’s son has a rare genetic condition whose medicine is not available in China. Also, Xu Wei cannot travel to other countries for Hoayang’s treatment due to the Covid-19 restrictions. Xu Wei is […]

November 23, 2021

This female lawyer hopes to make Pakistan accessible for differently-abled citizens

What happened: On the 25th of March, 2002, Sana Khurshid met a tragic road accident on the Lahore-Islamabad motorway. The accident paralyzed Sana’s half body but did not shatter her hopes as she continued her studies. Sana Khurshid was fortunate to come out alive from the tragic accident but had lost her sister in the […]

November 23, 2021

Animals in Karachi zoo starve as contractors refuse to provide food

What happened: The reports have suggested that the Karachi zoo is left with only a few days worth of food. Allegedly the food contractors of the zoo have stopped providing food to the animals due to their previous dues not being cleared. It is pertinent to know that the health of animals at the Karachi […]

November 19, 2021

50% of the private sector to work from home due to the smog condition in Lahore

What happened: The Punjab government was directed by the Lahore High Court on Thursday to publish an emergency notification. It stated that 50 percent of private-sector workers to work from home. It is due to the high levels of smog in the city. Detail: Justice Shahid Karim heard a petition for smog relief. The Judicial […]

November 18, 2021

Swyft Logistics becomes the first company in Paksitan to introduce paid period leaves

What happened: Swyft Logistics in Lahore, Pakistan has become the first and only corporation to use “Monthlies,” a pre-approved 12-month paid period leave for every female employee. Details: The company aims to eliminate the stigma associated with menstruation and the idea that it is a disease. CEO Swyft, Muhammad Uns said, “We are more than […]

November 4, 2021

Dengue fever on the rise: Punjab reports more than 490 cases

Details: The number of dengue fever cases in Punjab is continuing to grow, with the province reporting 493 new instances of the mosquito-borne virus disease in the last 24 hours on Wednesday. What happened: Imran Sikandar Baloch, the provincial health secretary, stated that no dengue patient deaths were reported in the province yesterday, despite the […]

November 2, 2021

50 free liver transplants at DOW University, Sindh Government announces to provide Rs.140 million

Details: The Sindh government has agreed to provide a Rs140 million grant to the Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) for the provision of free liver transplant surgeries. What happened: Dr. Faisal Saud Dar, Pakistan’s leading liver transplant surgeon, would supervise the free liver transplant surgeries, the Sindh government has asked for the drive to be […]

July 23, 2021

Sindh to re-impose COVID restrictions from Monday

What happened: A provincial coronavirus task force meeting was held on Friday to discuss the response to the quickly rising COVID cases in Sindh. Decisions were taken to re-impose certain certain restrictions from July 26, Monday. The task force meeting was chaired by the Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah. The restrictions: Indoor and outdoor […]

July 20, 2021

Pakistan will export ventilators this year, says Fawad Chaudhry

What happened: In a tweet, Information and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry stated that he’s hopeful that Pakistan will start exporting ventilators this year. The National Engineering and Scientific Commission (NESCOM) has developed the ventilator “Pakvent-I” while the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) has developed one called “i-LIVE”. Details:  Fawad Chaudhry stated that a fourth firm has been […]

July 19, 2021

Doctors urge for COVID health emergency in Karachi as hospitals run out of space

What happened: Doctors and health experts request the government to impose a health emergency in Karachi over rising COVID cases due to which various hospitals have run out of beds to accommodate COVID patients. Details: The Indus Hospital in Karachi says their COVID ward is filled out with no more space. Dr Bari of the […]

July 17, 2021

Vaccination centres across Pakistan will remain closed on first day of Eid

What happened: The NCOC has announced that COVID vaccination centres will remain closed nationwide on the first day of Eid-ul-Adha, which will fall on Wednesday (21st July). Details: The COVID vaccination centres will open on the second day of Eid. The decision to close the centres for the first day of Eid was taken due […]

July 17, 2021

12 Indian Delta variant cases confirmed in Lahore

What happened: The Punjab health department confirmed on Saturday that 12 cases of the Indian Delta COVID variant have been detected through random testing via genome sequencing. Details: 28 samples were randomly picked from three hospitals in Lahore, the Services Hospital, Meo Hospital and Jinnah Hospital. Out of these samples, 12 cases were confirmed for […]

July 17, 2021

Asad Umar advises unvaccinated people to avoid going to the Northern areas

What happened: Asad Umar, the NCOC chief, has advised unvaccinated people to avoid going to the North “so that your entertainment does not become the cause of someone’s death”. He requested everyone to take special care and precaution during the Eid holidays. Details: Asad Umar further explained at the press briefing that un-vaccinated people are […]

July 16, 2021

Most populous state in India is proposing a two-child policy

What happened: Uttar Pradesh (UP), the most populous state in India, has proposed a two-child legislation that seeks to restrict couples from having more than two children. The population density in this state is more than double the national average while the per capita income in UP is less than half the national average. As […]

July 15, 2021

COVID positive cases in Pakistan jump by 28.5 percent in single day

What happened: The fourth COVID wave is getting stronger in Pakistan as positive cases rise by 28.5 per cent in a single day from 1,980 cases on Wednesday to more than 2,500 on Thursday. Details: The NCOC also states that now the positivity ratio stands at 5.2 per cent whereas a day ago it was […]

July 14, 2021

UAE grants Pakistani doctor golden visa for her contribution during the pandemic

What happened: Dr. Javairia Hassan, a 30-year old Pakistani doctor working in UAE, has been awarded a golden visa for her crucial contribution as a frontline worker in UAE’s fight against the pandemic. Details: Dr Javairia Hassan has been in the medical field for eight years and holds a practicing license from Pakistan, England and the UAE. […]

July 12, 2021

Rise in the spread of ‘brain-eating’ amoeba in Karachi, two deaths reported

What happened:  Naegleria fowleri is a rare but deadly water-borne amoeba that thrives in freshwater sources, reservoirs including poorly chlorinated water networks. Recently, two people succumbed to the disease caused by the amoeba in Karachi. Details: According to reports, Lt Cdr Majid Ismail Chandio, a 30-year-old surgeon from DHA, was admitted to the PNS Shifa […]

July 10, 2021

Largest fruit forest of Asia being planted in Lahore

The Punjab government has announced that the largest fruit forest of Asia is being planted in Lahore. More than 1.1 million trees have already been planted at more than 51 places in Lahore. Click here to see more from Propergaanda.

July 10, 2021

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine now approved in Saudi Arabia

What happened: On Friday, the Food and Drug Authority of Saudi Arabia approved the use of Moderna vaccine in the Kingdom, making it the fourth vaccine approved there. Soon the import of the two-dose vaccine will start. Details: Earlier, only Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and the Johnson & Johnson vaccines were approved within the Kingdom. Moderna’s vaccine […]

July 9, 2021

Former hockey World Cup winner Naveed Alam diagnosed with cancer, requests govt help for treatment

What Happened: Member of the 1994 World Cup winning team, Naveed Alam, has sought financial support from the government after he was diagnosed with blood cancer. Details: Naveed Alam is a former member of Pakistan’s hockey team that won the World Cup in 1994 in Sydney. He was diagnosed with blood cancer at Shaukat Khanum […]

July 9, 2021

No fans will be allowed at Olympic venues as Japan faces new Covid19 emergency

What happened: On Thursday, Olympic organizers notified that spectators will not be allowed to attend most Olympic events. The decision was taken after Tokyo’s declaration of a state of emergency in response to a sudden spike in coronavirus cases. Details: The Japanese government put the capital, Tokyo, under a COVID-19 state of emergency because of […]

July 9, 2021

Asad Umar announces start of fourth COVID-19 wave in the country

What happened: Asad Umar, the Federal Minister for Planning and Development and Head of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), announced on twitter that there are clear signs of the fourth wave starting in the country. He highlighted SOP negligence, the Delta variant, and indoor gatherings without following the vaccine condition. Click here to […]

July 9, 2021

Edhi’s statue unveiled at Hockey Chowk in Quetta

What happened: At a ceremony marking Abdul Sattar Edhi’s fifth death anniversary, his son Faisal Edhi unveiled Edhi’s statue which has been installed at the Hockey Chowk in Quetta. The statue is made by Balochistan’s famous sculptor Ishaq Lehri. Details: The statue of the beloved humanitarian is 17-foot tall and four-foot wide. It took three […]

July 8, 2021

Officials in Balochistan report two Congo virus cases

What happened: With Eidul Azha less than two weeks away, officials in Balochistan reported two Congo virus cases on Thursday. Details: The cases were confirmed by Dr Sadiq Baloch, additional medical superintendent at Quetta’s Fatima Jinnah Chest and General Hospital. She stated that both patients reported fever and bleeding from the mouth until they were […]

July 8, 2021

Zardari says Nawaz Sharif’s Punjab domicile is better than his

What happened: Asif Ali Zardari, the former president told the media that he was being treated unfairly by the law due to his ethnicity and domicile. Zardari asserts that he is being forced to appear in court in-person even though his legal counsel pleaded that Zardari’s ill-health is serious concern. “Mian Sahab’s domicile is better […]

July 8, 2021

PM Imran Khan launches first Pakistan-made eco-friendly e-bike

What happened: At the launch ceremony on Thursday in Islamabad, the PM announced the Jolta Electric’s e-bike and stressed the need for environmental protection. The PM explained the importance of electric vehicles in helping lower air pollution levels. Details: The e-bike comes as a first major step towards electrifying the country’s automobile industry. Jolta’s e-bike […]

July 7, 2021

Delta, Beta, and Alpha COVID-19 variants detected in Pakistan

What happened: The Natio­nal Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has confirmed that different COVID-19 variants including Delta (Indian), Beta (South African), and Alpha (UK) have been detected in Pakistan. Such variants have been present in the country since May as per their study. Details: The NCOC is monitoring these variants in Pakistan through whole-genome sequen­cing […]

July 7, 2021

The Economist ranks Pakistan third in “Return to Normalcy Index”

What happened: Out of 50 countries Pakistan has ranked 3rd in The Economist’s Global Normalcy Index. This index shows which countries are returning to the pre-pandemic levels of normal life. Pakistan’s normalcy score out of 100 is at 84.4 making it third after Hong Kong (first) and New Zealand (second). Details: The index uses eight […]

July 5, 2021

Expired Indian-made cosmetics worth Rs320 million seized in Lahore

What happened: In a successful operation, Pakistan Customs, seized millions worth expired Indian-made cosmetics from a warehouse in Lahore and a case against the warehouse owner has been registered. The truck carrying the cosmetics was followed by Customs Intelligence from Faisalabad. Backstory: Recently, there were also raids on fake hair color-producing factory in Lahore which […]

July 5, 2021

Expatriate Pakistanis can now get Moderna vaccine in KPK

What happened: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s (KPK), provincial health department has announced that Pakistani expatriate workers who are stuck in Pakistan and unable to travel abroad to their duty stations can now be given Moderna COVID-19 vaccine starting Monday. Many have been unable to get back to their country of work because of shortage of acceptable vaccines […]

July 3, 2021

Pakistanis travelling abroad will now be able to get Moderna Vaccine

What happened: Asad Umar, The Federal Minister for Planning, has announced that Pakistanis who have to travel abroad especially for work or studies will now be able to get the two-dose Moderna Vaccine. Some countries have not yet accepted the Chinese vaccines, and Moderna is now the third non-Chinese vaccine available in Pakistan. Details: 2.5 […]

July 3, 2021

Lahore: Vaccinators caught taking bribes to administer AstraZeneca vaccine

What Happened: Three staffers of Lahore’s Expo Centre vaccination facility were reported of charging people for administering AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. Details: A case was registered at the Nawab Town police station over the complaint of a shift in-charge of the mass vaccination centre at Lahore’s Expo Centre. The case was lodged against three vaccinators for […]

July 2, 2021

Record-breaking heatwave kills hundreds in Canada

What happened: Over the past week extreme heatwave has killed about 500 people in Canada. British Columbia in Canada has experienced the worst of the temperatures with hundreds of “sudden deaths” reports. Canada’s highest ever temperature of 49.6C was recorded in British Columbia on Wednesday, causing a wildfire and evacuation of a town. A resident […]

July 1, 2021

Man on Twitter shares his frustration over facing racist and Islamaphobic treatment by the NHS

What happened: On Wednesday, Twitter user @AyoOlatunji8 shared his frustrating experience with the NHS as they subject him and his family to islamophobic and racist treatment. He stated that the Black/PoC and/or Muslim patients are treated like “animals, or as subhuman and being neglected by so called ‘healthcare professionals.’” As backwards as this behavior may […]

June 30, 2021

Quarantine before COVID-19: ancient isolation rooms found in caves

What happened: 81 ancient isolation chambers that are carved in caves have been discovered in Oman. They are said to be used to isolate patients of plague and smallpox in the olden days. “The aim of these quarries was to reduce the spread of disease among the population,” said the Omani Ministry of Heritage and […]

June 30, 2021

If you’re vaccinated, you can go to the cinema after 1st July

What happened: Punjab government announces re-opening of cinemas, indoor dine-in, parks, and pools from July 1st. As per the NOCC guidelines, only vaccinated people can avail the facilities. Details: Cinema houses, indoor dine-in and several other facilities across the country were ordered to close down in March last year. However, an ease in restrictions has […]

June 30, 2021

‘Never give up:’ Youth overcomes his rare incurable bone disease through body building

What happened: Furqan Butt, a 21-year old from Karachi, was diagnosed with Pycnodysostosis, a rare skeletal abnormality that made him get inexplicable fractures. Although, he was told that his disease was was incurable, Furqan did give up. With unwavering hope, Furqan decided to fight it and succeeded. From 2016 till 2021, Furqan followed a diligent […]

June 29, 2021

Lowest number of COVID19 cases reported in Pakistan today since October 25

What happened: According to reports by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), Pakistan reported the lowest coronavirus cases in a single day since October 25. The positivity rate stands at 1.78%.  Backstory: Pakistan continued to report fewer cases of coronavirus today with 735 people contracting the infection. These are the lowest coronavirus cases in […]

June 29, 2021

Biden administration is sending Pakistan 1.5m doses of the Moderna vaccine

What happened White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced on Monday that the Biden administration is sending 1.5 million doses of the Moderna vaccine to Pakistan. It will also be sending two million doses of the Pfizer Covid vaccine to Peru. Theses doses are part of the 75 per cent of unused Covid-19 vaccines which […]

June 28, 2021

NCOC is expected to gradually normalise inbound flights from July 1

What happened: National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has released a document stating that from July 1 inbound flights from United Kingdom (UK), Europe, Canada, China and Malaysia will be increased from 20pc to 40pc. Details: COVID-19 situation in most of the world seems to be improving, and as masses continue to get vaccinated air […]

June 28, 2021

Teenager in Karachi has died due to allegedly “poisoned” cold coffee from a juice center

What happened: On Sunday night, a 19 year old boy died in Gulshan-e-Iqbal (Karachi) after having a cold coffee from a juice center. There is still not an autopsy report, but rescue officials say it could be a case of poisoning. Details: The 19 year old was with his wife when they both bought cold […]

June 28, 2021

Islamabad COVID-19 vaccination center has reopened after vandalisation and strike

What happened: The f-9 vaccination center in Islamabad has reopened following vandalisation. The staff at the center had announced to go on strike after the center was vandalised. “We have sought more doses of Astra Zeneca as F-9 mass vaccination center is currently being overcrowded owing to the arrival of people from other districts also”, […]

June 28, 2021

PM Imran Khan asks youth to prepare for the ‘biggest tree plantation campaign in Pakistan’s history’

What happened: The PM has asked all Pakistanis, especially the youth, to help execute the nation’s biggest plantation drive. Details: The plantation drive is part of Imran Khan’s government’s “green Pakistan” campaign. The aim is to achieve plantation of 1 billion trees by June 2021. The government has also tried to motivate students to plant […]

June 26, 2021

All COVID-19 vaccination centers in Lahore will remain closed on Sunday (tomorrow)

What happened: The provincial capital’s deputy commissioner has said that vaccination centers across Lahore will remain closed on 27 June 2020 (Sunday). Citizens are advised not to visit any center tomorrow. Click here to see more from Propergaanda.

June 26, 2021

Owner to be arrested for pet dogs attacking a passer-by on charges of “criminal negligence”

What happened: Humayun Ali Khan, the owner of the pet dogs, and the two handlers who were walking the dogs have been given an arrest order by the court. Khan had submitted a bail application which was dismissed by the court. As per the judge, the suspect was guilty of “criminal negligence” which put the […]

June 24, 2021

The new COVID-19 “Delta Plus” variant with increased transmission and vaccine resistance

What happened: There are now more than 40 cases of new COVID-19 Delta Plus variant in India. Indian authorities warn that this a “variant of concern”. It is also known as the AY.1 variant. Details: According to India’s Health Ministry, this variant spreads more easily and affects lungs. The Delta variant was responsible for the […]

June 24, 2021

2 million doses of Sinovac reach Islamabad from China

What happened: A special PIA plane carrying two million doses of Sinovac vaccine from China landed in Islamabad on Wednesday. “This is part of the planned contracted quantity purchased from China. The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is spearheading the purchase process of vaccines from the international market under the auspices of the NCOC. These […]

June 24, 2021

National Licensing Examination not acceptable to doctors – Grand Medicos Alliance (GDA) and Young Doctors Association

What happened: Grand Medicos Alliance (GDA) and Young Doctors Association have said at a press conference that doctors will launch a protest against the National Licensing Examination if the government does not cancel the exam. “We have already suffered badly due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In case of fresh protest movement, the doctors and patients […]

June 23, 2021

New varieties of “sugar-free” mangoes introduced in Pakistan for diabetics

What are “sugar-free” mangoes: These new mangoes, called Sonaro, Glenn, and Keitt in local markets, have only about 4 – 6pc sugar level. Most mangoes like the Sindhri and Chaunsa have 12 – 15pc sugar level. Backstory: Pakistani experts from M H Panhwar Farms introduced the three varieties of sugar-free mangoes ideal for diabetics after […]

June 23, 2021

AstraZeneca vaccine more than 90pc effective against COVID-19 variants first identified in India

What the vaccine offers: The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is found to be more than 90pc effective against hospitalisation from Delta and Kappa variants. Details: The Delta and Kappa variants were first identified in India which have caused more than 180,000 deaths in the vicious second-wave. New deadlier variant: India’s health ministry on Tuesday declared a […]

June 22, 2021

Pakistan is now a “net-importer of food” trying to cope with food-insecurity

What happened: There is a 13pc food inflation in the country and with increasing food imports Pakistan has become a net-importer of food. “What the previous government did for the agriculture sector in the last eight to 10 years?” asked Mr Tarin (Finance Minister) Backstory: Pakistan, an agricultural country, is struggling with wheat and sugar […]

June 21, 2021

Shehbaz accuses government of ‘criminal negligence’ over shortage of vaccines

What happened: “The unavailability of the vaccine is another proof of the government’s criminal negligence and incompetence,” the PML-N president, Shehbaz Sharif, said in a statement after Pakistan received another shipment of over 1.5 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine from China. Backstory: Mr Sharif purported that the “opportunists in this corrupt government” who had already […]

June 21, 2021

“Learning Hubs” empowering the children of sex-workers in Lahore

Zerka Tahir, the woman behind the Sustainable Intervention Drive is providing much-needed educational, health, vocational, recreational and counselling services to empower the children of sex-workers through the Learning Hubs. “We started off with just making our presence felt without threatening them and their way of life, or being judgemental. We wanted to provide them with […]

May 26, 2021

Vaccine registration for 19 and above will open tomorrow

Pakistan will start registering people aged 19 and above for coronavirus vaccination from tomorrow (Thursday), as announced by National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) chief Asad Umar via Twitter, following an NCOC meeting. The Response: People used the announcement of the news to communicate vaccine-related concerns and complications to Umer via Twitter.

May 25, 2021

Pakistan develops local coronavirus vaccine ‘PakVac’ with Chinese assistance

Pakistan has locally completed the development of a coronavirus vaccine with the assistance of Chinese experts after raw materials for the vaccine were transported to Islamabad last month. What Happened: The announcement was made by Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Health Services Dr. Faisal Sultan via to Twitter as he congratulated the […]

May 24, 2021

More than 150 women doctors from Pakistan are helping Palestinian patients in Gaza via eDoctor

Israel’s ruthless aerial bombardment of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank in Palestine has critically injured many, and the bombing has also devastated medical infrastructure, increasing the load on existing medical facilities which themselves are running on scarce resources. Hence women doctors from Pakistan and over a dozen countries joined hands with their counterparts […]

May 24, 2021

Pakistan wins the World No Tobacco Day 2021 Award for being the first country to declare smoke-free parks

The World Health Organisation (WHO) regional office for the eastern Mediterranean has announced the World No Tobacco Day 2021 Award for Pakistan for its effective anti-tobacco campaign. According to the former technical head of the Health Ministry’s Tobacco Control Cell (TCC) and Focal Person for WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), Dr. Ziauddin Islam, […]

May 22, 2021

More than 20,000 children fall sick in Karachi as heatwave intensifies

Amid scorching heat and Cyclone Tauktae, the number of pediatric emergencies in Sinch skyrocketed. What Happened: A total of 22,000 children were reportedly received at the Childlife Foundation’s emergency facilities from Orangi Town, Nazimabad, Korangi, Lyari, and Liaquatabad in Sindh and Balochistan from May 10-18. Most of these children were diagnosed with diarrhea (gastroenteritis), viral […]

May 12, 2021

India’s Sikh temples are opening free Oxygen Drive-throughs as country continues to grapple with COVID-19

Sikh temples, also known as gurdwaras, usually serve free food to the public for goodwill. With the Coronavirus crisis quickly exacerbating, however, these temples are now offering free oxygen to passing vehicles via hundreds of frontline volunteers. Following the fatal Covid-19 wave in India, Oxygen supply has deteriorated significantly, while hospitals suffer from an outburst […]

May 4, 2021

Is coffee good for you? This is what science has to say

There’s a reason why the internet is rife with memes on coffee: over time caffeine has become an essential part of everyday life, be it before a meeting or just as a pick-me-up in the morning. The booming caffeine industry has also been accompanied by an increased interest in caffeine itself, making it one of […]

May 3, 2021

Pakistan to start local production of CanSino vaccine

Dr Faisal: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister, Dr. Faisal Sultan has stated that the government’s efforts to procure vaccines are in full swing, and currently the capacity is around 30 million doses. Donations vs Procurement: Dr. Faisal has stated that 19 million vaccine doses will arrive in the country by June, and the government […]

April 30, 2021

Pakistan to import 6,000 tons of oxygen – Asad Umar

Proactive Measures: The Pakistani government has decided to import 6000 tons of oxygen, 5000 cylinders, and 20 cryogenic tanks in order to prepare capacity to deal with the peak of the third wave of COVID-19 in the country. This was announced after the NCOC meeting on Friday as a proactive measure to avoid future catastrophe. […]

April 30, 2021

These 5 fitness trainers are offering online programs, to keep you in shape

A healthy lifestyle, with a well-rounded diet and plenty of exercise, is hard to maintain, during a global pandemic. With limited access to the outdoors and gyms shutting down, safe exercise options are quickly dwindling. But fitness trainers across Pakistan are quickly adapting to the uncertainty and have diversified the medium of their fitness training. […]

April 27, 2021

FIR booked against KP Health Minister for hosting ‘iftar party’ & violating COVID SOPs amidst brutal third wave

FIR booked: A first information report(FIR) has been launched against the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Minister Taimur Khan Jhagra for violating various COVID-19 SOPs after hosting an iftar party at a restaurant. The FIR has also been booked against the restaurant owner by the district administration for hosting an event where plenty of guests were present. […]

February 22, 2021

Pakistan Medical Commission creates fund that offers loans and grants to students

What happened? Following protests and criticism by politicians and the medical fraternity, the Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) has taken some important decisions, claiming they are in the best interest of the public, students, and health professionals. Everything you need to know about the fund For the first time in history, a fund of Rs250 million […]

February 17, 2021

Hospital gives woman only one baby although she claims to deliver ‘twins’

What happened On Tuesday a newborn baby reportedly went missing from Karachi’s largest public hospital Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), ARY News reported. The details suggest that the infant went missing from JPMC Karachi after the woman reportedly gave birth to twins. The father of the newly born infant has blamed doctors of JMPC for […]

February 15, 2021

Pakistani doctor’s book listed as ‘Best Ophthalmology Books Of All Time

Tell me about the book The book titled “Optics Made Easy; The Last review of Clinical Optics” is also one of the three best sellers on Amazon. The book is written for ophthalmology students as a last-minute revision tool. All you need to know about Dr. Zubaida Sirang Dr. Zubaida Sirang is from Yarkhun, Chitral, […]

February 6, 2021

Karachi: Koel Cafe shut down by Sindh Food Authority

The Sindh Food Authority has closed the kitchen and suspended food operations of Koel Café in Karachi over unhygienic conditions, along with an imposed fine of Rs345,000 on Koel Café, The Valley, and Newbury Café. The cafes issued “improvement lists” as well. Koel Café owner Rasikh Ismail appreciated the work of the SFA. “This restaurant […]

February 1, 2021

Sindh set to initiate first phase of COVID-19 vaccination drive from February 3

Monday: The Sindh government announced that the first phase of the coronavirus vaccination drive in the province will begin from February 3. Sindh Health Minister Dr Azra Pechuho said that in the first phase frontline workers, from private and public medical facilities, would be vaccinated. Sinopharm’s coronavirus vaccine is 90% effective against the virus, Dr. Pechuho […]

February 1, 2021

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa becomes the first province to provide universal healthcare

What is the Sehat Sahulat card? On Sunday Khyber Pakhtunkhwa initiated its universal health insurance program called the Sehat Sahulat card. The first phase of the program covered Chitral, Upper Dir, Lower Dir, Malakand, Swat, and Shangla districts, while the second phase was extended to Abbottabad, Mansehra, Battagram, Torghar, and Kohistan districts. The third phase […]