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Can MandiExpress replace the Sabzi Mandi experience?

Like most Pakistani millennials, I spend so much time glued to a computer screen (studying or working) that I lack the basic skills required to shop for quality food items at reasonable prices from the open market. And because I’m not used to buying my fruits and veggies, keeping an eye out for quality while …

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Who is responsible for the two Pakistani teenage ‘suicides’?

Two days ago, I woke up to the terrible news of the death of two children in a school in Karachi. Initial reports suggested that the children had decided to end their lives after their parents disapproved of their ‘romantic involvement’. I have been utterly depressed at the very thought of this incident. While the police are …

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New Horizons: US spacecraft whizzes by Pluto in historic flyby

  By: AFP/Bilal Karim Mughal  After an interplanetary voyage of nine years, and covering a distance of approximately 3 billion miles, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has buzzed past Pluto in a historic flyby. At this historic moment, the spacecraft has taken the most detailed images of Pluto ever taken, which will enable the scientists to …

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Ending the moon-sighting controversy through science

As Pakistanis prepare for the holy month, filling their refrigerators with Seher and Iftar essentials, and go lengths to ensure that their Eid dresses are ready on time, they are all fixated on one question: “Yaar, chaand kab hai?” (When will the moon be sighted?) Thanks to the ill-informed reporting of our media and the myth-believing …

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Why the ‘science’ we study is not really science

Lately, Pakistan seems to have started taking baby steps towards shining on the scientific horizon. We have a Nobel Prize in Physics to our credit, 5-year-olds with IT certifications, and an ever-increasing number of doctorates being produced. On the other hand, the majority of our children remain deprived of even primary education and a blessing …

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Why Pakistan should celebrate the eradication of dracunculiasis

Way back in the later half of 1980s, US President Jimmy Carter was on his visit to Ghana. During his tour, he happened to visit a small village. It was in this forgotten corner of the universe that Mr Carter saw a woman whom he thought was holding a baby in her arms. However, it …

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From kindergarten to CSS: The ‘cram to pass’ model abounds

Miss! Important sawalon par tick lagwa dein! (Teacher, please tell us which of the questions are important ones). If you were raised in Pakistan and studied in a Pakistani school – whether private or public – you will be more than familiar with the above statement. Just before exams, it is customary for students to …

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Metro Bus or Mars: The problem with our priorities

1969 was the year, when the United States succeeded in landing humans on the moon – our closest neighbour in space – and safely bringing them back to Earth. The United States, being the most technologically advanced country on Earth, put that feather in its hat about 45 years ago. What was the condition of …

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All Night Astronomy – RutJaga at Countryside of Sindh

Whenever you are bored and have got ample spare time, what do you do? Read books? Watch TV? Go out with friends to movies or fast food? Well, Astronomers, on first priority make out to a dark sky location in countryside, so we can observe thousands of stars and feel the grandeur of the Universe. …

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World Space Week 2012 with MUET and SUPARCO – Day of 10th October

Solar Astronomy Session at Mehran University of Engineering and Technology as part of World Space Week 2012 celebrations. Met officials of MUET and Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO). Open Day, many stalls were setup by different people. Water rocket competition, model designing, and others. We too setup the telescope at stall reserved …

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