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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Year-End Zeitgeist 2013 - Maryam Nawaz, Altaf Hussain, Imran Khan, PTV Sports Live, Dunya News top Google Trends in Pakistan

Google has revealed the findings of Year-End Zeitgeist 2013 in Pakistan, which demonstrates the people and events that grabbed interest. Only a handful qualified for Pakistani section on Google's trending list in its 13th edition of "the spirit of the times". Maryam Nawaz, Altaf Hussain, Imran Khan, PTV Sports Live and Dunya News appeared as top Pakistani people and searches in Google Trends.

2013 Google Zeitgeist for Pakistan was uncovered on 17 December 2013 and contains two Top 10 lists: People and Searches. Pakistan Trending People 2013 lists Paul Walker, Jiah Khan and Nelson Mandela as the Top 3 Searched People in country. Maryam Nawaz, daughter of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, turned out to be top Pakistani person and came fourth in this list. Shradda Kapoor, wrong-spelled search for Indian actress, Shraddha Kapoor came fifth. Famous politicians Altaf Hussain and Imran Khan were 6th and 7th respectively. Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt floated at 8th. Sara+Bharwana, wife of Pakistani singer Atif Aslam, appeared at ninth. Suraj Pancholi (son of Aditya Pancholi), famed due to possible association with suicide of Jiah Khan, closed the list at 10th.

Pakistan Trending Searches 2013 lists PTV Sports Live as Number 1 search. Indian films Aashiqui 2 and Chennai Express came 2nd and 3rd respectively. Indian reality TV series Bigg Boss 7 appeared 4th. Pakistani news channel Dunya News got the 5th slot. Zindagi Gulzar Hai, famous romantic drama series of HUM TV, grabbed the 6th position. Jang Newspaper settled at 7th place. ECP got the 8th position, due to electioneering interest of people in May 2013 General Elections in Pakistan. Kkrish 3, mis-spelled search for Krrish 3, Bollywood superhero science fiction film of Hrithik Roshan, got the 9th spot. Mera Sultan (Urdu dubbed version of historical Turkish soap opera television series Muhteşem Yüzyıl), airing on Geo Kahani, finalized the list at 10th.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

500 dead and hundreds injured after M7.7 Earthquake hit Awaran in Pakistan's Balochistan

More than 500 people have died and over 500 were injured due to the 7.7 magnitude earthquake that hit Awaran in Balochistan province of Pakistan on 24 September 2013. Six districts of Balochistan were affected by the quake, including Awaran, Turbat, Panjgor, Chagi, Khuzdar and Gawadar. More than 100,000 people were reportedly troubled by this natural disaster. Awaran district witnessed widespread devastation, where in Tehsil Mashkay alone 55 persons died.

Awaran earthquake struck at 4:29 PM PST (11:29 GMT) and lasted for about 10 seconds. The scale of the territory involved is daunting. Awaran district has an estimated population of around 300,000, scattered over an area of more than 21,000 square kilometres (8,000 square miles). Mir Quddus Bizenjo, the deputy speaker of Balochistan Assembly, put the death toll at 150-plus in Awaran alone and told reporters by phone: "Over 50% of urban and around 90% of rural areas of the district have been ravaged by the quake".

Tremors were also felt in Quetta, Hub, Khuzdar, Qalat, Sibi, Mastung, Jafferabad, Turbat, Panjgor, Kharan, Jhal Magsi, Noshki, Kalat, Mastung, Sibi, Naseerabad, Jaffarabad, Lasbela, Dalbandin, Gawadar, Pasni, Ormara and and dozens of other cities and towns of the impoverished province. However, except Turbat, no loss of life reported in these areas.

According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department, the epicentre of the 7.7 magnitude earthquake was 120 KM Southwest of Khuzdar in Balochistan province at a depth of 23 kilometers. US Geological Survey measured the epicenter of Balochistan quake at 69km (41 miles) north of Awaran, Pakistan, and 270 KM north of Karachi, Pakistan.

Pakistan government and Balochistan govt ordered a massive rescue operation. Army and civil rescuers were sent to the affected region to pull out dead and injured persons as residents said dozens of people are trapped under the rubble of their collapsed houses. According to an ISPR presses release, rescue and relief operations continue in the earthquake affected areas of Balochistan by Pakistan Army and Frontier Corps troops.

Director General ISPR, Major General Asim Bajwa tweeted that 300 soldiers are already in the area, with the number expected to rise to 1000 by tomorrow morning. Khuzdar would be used as base for the rescue effort.

Several areas in Sindh including Karachi was also hit by tremors, but its duration being brief, no damage was done. People working in offices of Karachi, rushed out of their buildings. Minor tremors were also felt in India and Gulf states of UAE & Oman.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

M7.7 Earthquake struck Pakistan's Balochistan, Tremors felt in Sindh, Hundreds of people dead and injured

M7.7 Earthquake jolted Balochistan province of Pakistan, while tremors were felt in Sindh also. The quake struck on 24 September 2013 at 4:29 PM PST (11:29 GMT) and its epicentre was 66 KM NNE from Awaran in Balochistan at a depth of 15 kilometers. Meteorological Department measured the earthquake at 7.7 magnitude on the Richter scale. More than 500 people were left dead due to the natural disaster. Chief spokesman for Pakistan's National Disaster Management Authority, Mirza Kamran Zia, said that most of the casualties occurred when houses collapsed on people inside. Hundreds of people are also reported injured.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) initially measured the Awaran Quake at 7.4 on the Richter scale and 29 kilometers deep but later revised their figure to 7.7 magnitude. Chief meteorologist, Muhamamd Riaz warned that aftershocks were expected and damages are likely as this was a major earthquake. Director Seismic Zahid Rafiq told that the duration of the shocks lasted from 6 to 10 seconds. He further told there is still a possibility of the after-shocks and directed people to remain vigilant.

Epicentre is located 120 KM southwest from Khuzdar and the area is sparsely populated. Officials from the Pakistan Meteorological Department have said that major damage and loss of life was averted as the center of the earthquake is located in a remote area. Met office representatives have however warned of after-shocks of up to 5 magnitude.

Commissioner Gwadar and Additional Deputy Commissioner Awaran said several houses have been damaged in the area. Deputy Commissioner Awaran has declared emergency at hospitals. Commissioner Quetta has placed the administration in all districts on high alert. Chief Minister Balochistan declared emergency in Awaran.

The earthquake created a small island on the Gwadar coastline about 1.5 KM into the sea near an area called "Jhanda", according to Express News. The newly appearing island is said to have a mountainous terrain rising up to about 50 feet. A large crowd gathered at the site to see the new island.

Tremors were felt for several seconds in Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Larkana, Nawabshah and other cities of Sindh. Shocks were also observed in Quetta Qalat, Gwadar, Mastung and other parts of Balochistan. People working in offices of Karachi, rushed out of their buildings and sat on the footpaths along the roads or stood away from the buildings.

Light tremors were also felt in India, UAE and Oman. According to the Times of India, office workers in the city of Ahmedabad near the border with Pakistan ran out of buildings and into the streets afraid of the jolts caused by Pakistan quake. Minor tremors shook tall buildings in New Delhi, sending people running out into the streets.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Cancer Research at Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre

Cancer Research is required to devise better methods of detecting and treating cancer and to improve cancer care. In years to come, increasing knowledge of cancer genetics at Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre (SKMCH&RC) will have a significant improvement on its ability to predict an individual's level of risk of developing cancer, to detect and diagnose cancer early and to select treatments which are most likely to be effective. Ultimately, the genetic revolution may lead to ways of preventing cancer. The genetic revolution provides major opportunities for identifying people at risk of cancer and for developing better treatments. At the moment such studies are limited in a under-developed country like Pakistan.

Cancer Research practices at the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre are streamlined in three different directions:
  1. Epidemiology - Seeks to understand the lifestyle and environmental causes of cancer
  2. Molecular Biology - Enables development of better ways of predicting treatment responses and disease outcome
  3. Clinical Trials - Primarily focuses on the evaluation of existing and new therapies

Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital

SKMCH&RC's The Management Information Systems (MIS) Department has developed an efficient hospital information system, which enables the research team to handle the logistics of a large hospital, documenting a wealth of patient information. Aim of this cancer hospital is to explore the bridge between laboratory and clinic though the support of translational studies in areas of diagnosis, prognosis and treatment. It is important to maintain research concerned with cancer in local population, addressing issues of prevention through studies on the effects of genetic make-up, environment and lifestyle. The research section has been developed over the last five years. It has recently received a donation to refurbish the 3rd floor of the Hospital into a Research Wing, housing a suite of research laboratories, a data management and epidemiology division, as well as a clinical research section responsible for clinical trials.

Several projects are underway at Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and the team of researchers is ever expanding. Basic Sciences Research is divided into three main areas of interest currently:
  1. Identification of genetic risk factors in the development of cancer
    • Prevalence and spectrum of BRCA1/2 germline mutations in Pakistani Breast and/or Ovarian Cancer families
    • A study to evaluate the association between germline genetic variation and disease risk and outcome in ovarian carcinoma in Pakistan
    • The role of p53 mutations in the development, progression and outcome of breast cancer in Pakistan
    • Genetic causes of colorectal cancer in the Pakistani population
  2. Tumor virology
    • Human Papillomavirus Associated with Esophageal Cancer in Pakistan - A Retrospective Analysis
    • Human Papillomavirus in Cervical Cancer cases from Pakistan
    • Transcriptional profiling of Hodgkin's Lymphoma; relationship to EBV status, histological subtype and geographical locale
  3. Infections and cancer
    • Quantitative PCR for detection & quantification of fungal infections in patients with AML, ALL and Myelodysplastic Syndrome
Cancer Research at SKM
Research at SKMCH&RC

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre - Health initiative by Imran Khan

Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (SKMCH&RC) is a well equipped non-profit medical facility situated in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. It is a project of the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust (SKMT) and vision of renowned Pakistani cricket superstar and politician, Imran Khan. He was inspired to start charitable work after the death of his mother, Mrs. Shaukat Khanum, from cancer.

Imran Khan first appealed to the nation for the collection of funds for the construction of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre through a match between Pakistan and India on 10 November 1989 at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. Then a series of more than 50 successful fund raisers were held worldwide. Pakistan's win of the 1992 Cricket World Cup under Imran's legendary captaincy helped in fundraising efforts. He donated his entire prize money for the project. He launched a mass contact campaign touring 27 cities in the country after, the ongoing construction required more financing.

Dr. Nausherwan K. Burki, MB, PhD, FRCP, FCPS, FCCP, of the University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington, Kentucky, USA developed and executed the master plan of SKMCH&RC in collaboration with an international team of cancer physicians and research workers. Designing and architectural services were provided by Arrasmith, Judd & Rapp, Architects in Health Planning of Louisville, Kentucky, USA. Architectural aspects were managed by Messrs. Nayyar Ali Dada & Associates of Lahore. Local engineering was undertaken by Messrs. Progressive Consultants, Lahore. Ground was broken in April 1991 and the hospital opened its doors on 29 December 1994.

Clinical Services offered by SKMCH&RC include:

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

ClubUfone - Pakistan localized Social Networking website by Ufone

ClubUfone is a Social Networking website localized for Pakistan, which was launched in 2012 by Ufone. It is just like a Facebook clone, is available in English and Urdu languages and users can use it on computers and mobiles. It was introduced under the umbrella of the Pakistani GSM cellular service provider's youth brand, Uth package.

ClubUfone was initially an exclusive service for Ufone subscribers only. Now anyone having a cell phone can get registered, irrespective of their mobile network. It has almost all basic features of a social networking website: users can post statuses and links, add photos, videos, music and events. Users can search & add friends; chat with each other and can enjoy the Video Chat service also. It also offers an option to create pages for businesses and celebrities (just like Facebook Pages).

It is specifically developed with localized features and language for Pakistani citizens. Users can select Urdu as primary language to operate the website in Urdu fonts. So it targets a number of non-English speaking people also who want to communicate in their national language. It is optimized for phones with minimalist look and feel.

Club Ufone is a new social networking website exclusively for all, providing a platform to come together and stay connected. It is exclusive online networking site that is user friendly and has a stringent privacy policy. Unlike other social networking websites, users can access it in both English and Urdu languages.

Members can simply log on to from their computer or mobile phone and enter the world of Club Ufone. Its purpose is social; where participants will be able to establish friendships. Also, with it, businesses or people can make their own pages that can then be promoted. So whether it is their talent or something they want to share with millions, they now have a platform for it.

Users will also be able to keep themselves updated with the latest news from Ufone and stay up to minute to the new products and services that Ufone has in store. They can also provide their precious suggestions and advises as to how their experience can be improved further. So become a member of this amazing Club Ufone now and keep chatting, post pictures, upload videos and spoil themselves with tons of fun.