Sharif bows to army, makes Zamir Defence Secretary

Islamabad, Aug 26 : In a move to placate the military, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has appointed retired Lt Gen Zamirul Hassan Shah as the new Defence Secretary. Gen Shah assumed office on Thursday, marking an end to what had virtually become a stand-off between the government and the military on the posting, Dawn […]

Haze hits Singapore, air quality ‘unhealthy’

Singapore, Aug 26 : Hazy skies were reported across Singapore on Friday, bringing the city-state’s air quality to an “unhealthy” level, authorities said. The haze brought poor visibility and a burning smell to the island nation, with western and southern areas particularly affected, EFE news reported. The haze is caused by smoke from slash-and-burn farming […]

Australia warns French shipbuilder over submarine leak

Canberra, Aug 26 : Australia’s Defence Department has warned French shipbuilding company DCNS to ensure total security of the plans for 12 next-generation naval submarines set to be built in Australia. Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne reportedly sent a strongly-worded statement to DCNS after it was revealed that, earlier this week, files containing sensitive information […]

Apple devices failing more than Android smartphones: Study

New York, Aug 26 : When it comes to reliability and performance, Apple iPhones and iPads are failing more often than Android smartphones, a study has revealed. According to global data security firm Blancco Technology Group, iOS devices had a 58 per cent failure rate while Android smartphones reported an overall failure rate of 35 […]

Using Facebook, Twitter may cut BP, diabetes in elderly

New York, Aug 26 : Surprised to see your grandparents making friends on Facebook, chatting online or using instant messaging services on smartphones? If yes, take heart, as indulging in social media could reduce loneliness as well as chronic conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes in older adults. It is because, social media […]

Low levels of physical activity worsens psychosis

London, Aug 26 : Living a sedentary lifestyle could increase your risk of developing psychosis leading to early death, a study has warned. Physical inactivity is the fourth leading cause of avoidable death and is as harmful as smoking, according to World Health Organisation (WHO). The researchers found that people with psychosis — a mental […]