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Scientists uncover how cells respond to fasting and promote weight loss

Fasting has made a resurgence in the world of dieting in the past decade. However, intermittent fasting, such as 16:8 fasting (8-hour window when eating is allowed and avoiding food, or fasting, for the remaining 16 hours each day) isn’t some diet fad. There is good scientific evidence that it not only promotes weight loss, but also improves health by reducing the risk of developing diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and neurodegenerative diseases. In a new study, researchers at the University of Warwick zoomed in on the…

WHO urged to seek end to internet shutdown in South Asia

The World Health Organization (WHO) has been urged to “publicly denounce the use of internet shutdowns as a hindrance” to its mission and urge governments to allow internet use to aid the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. In a joint letter to WHO by over two dozen rights groups, it said internet shutdowns have seen a rise in the number in the recent past. “They are lasting longer, affecting more people, and increasingly being targeted at vulnerable groups such as refugees,” the letter read drawing attention to the…

COVID-19 cases in Russia cross 370,000

MOSCOW The coronavirus cases in Russia crossed 370,000 on Wednesday, while recoveries continued to outnumber new infections for the second day in a row. According to the country's emergency task force, 11,079 recoveries were reported over the last 24 hours against 8,338 new infections. The country has so far reported 370,680 infections of COVID-19, while 142,208 people were successfully treated. Russia has resorted to mass testing to detect the virus at the early stages and so far 9.4 million people have been tested…

Google Assistant tests new voice matching feature to verify purchases

Washington Making purchases with your voice is convenient, but it's far from secure. The multinational tech company Google is attempting to change that when using Assistant by introducing an optional voice verification test. According to The Verge, the new security feature relies on Google Assistant's Voice Match and it's being rolled out slowly as part of a limited pilot program to test how well it works with smart speakers and smart displays. The Voice Match training feature was updated recently to include phrases so…

Nepal postpones scheduled discussion on constitutional amendment to update map

Kathmandu The discussion to amend Nepal's constitution to update the country's map, earlier slated for Wednesday, now has been taken out of schedule. Nepal's House of Representatives was scheduled to hold the discussion in the Parliament for the amendment, which has already been delayed for some time as parties decided to seek a national consensus on the matter. As per schedule published by Parliament Secretariat regarding the meeting on Wednesday, Law Minister Shivamaya Tumbahamphe will table the proposal at 2 p.m.…

Karachi Plane crash probe: PIA admin, pilots faceoff

KARACGHI The pilot of the ill-fated Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane that crashed on Friday ignored warnings from air traffic control about the plane’s height and speed as the aircraft approached for landing, said a report from air traffic control. However, the pilots’ organisation had shown its anger over leaking the details and said that it is a conspiracy to divert the direction of the probe into the plane crash incident. The PIA plane, with 99 people on board, crashed in Model Colony near Jinnah…

Pakistan not to stay silent on Modi’s fascism: Foreign Minister

ISLAMABAD Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Tuesday said Pakistan will not stay silent, allowing the fascist Narendra Modi government to round up Muslims to be beaten and killed. In a series of tweets, the foreign minister said India's discriminatory treatment against Muslims is aimed at having their nationalities stripped, their livelihoods robbed, their demography changed and their future insecure. Sharing a statement from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Islamophobia, FM Qureshi said, “we will not stand…

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