Nov 262017
 
Terror in Egypt

Terrorism is not limited to Pakistan, but it has spread all over the world. While heinous attacks are claiming the lives of innocent people, governments around the world are thinking of a way to control the situation. It is unfortunate that terrorists are successfully carrying out terror attacks across the world.Last Friday (Nov 24), Egypt became the victim of a terror attack. Gunmen attacked a mosque in North Sinai, Egypt and opened fire through windows and doorways, killing more than 250 worshippers. Although the Egyptian government has tightened security at places of worship, the attack has shocked the people. It is time all countries came together to draft a strategy to combat terrorism.Maliknaz SayedTurbat Click for detailed story

Aug 042017
 
Egyptologists go high tech to unlock ancient mysteries

CAIRO: From the Giza pyramids to the pharaonic tombs of Luxor, Egypt’s ancient monuments are holding onto mysteries which researchers now aim to unravel with cutting edge technology. For more than 200 years since Napoleon Bonaparte landed in Egypt with a retinue of scholars who laid the groundwork for modern Egyptology, experts have used science to unlock the secrets of the country’s ancient treasures. In the 21st century, the scientists have been using electronic devices and chemical testing to date artefacts. Restoration of Kot Diji Fort planned Chemical testing still requires small samples, but advanced techniques coming into use are meant to be non-invasive so as not to damage the ancient relics. French Anita Quiles, a researcher in the French Institute of Eastern Archaeology (IFAO) in Cairo, stands near local staff at a dating laboratory inside the institut on May 14, 2017. PHOTO: AFP ScanPyramids is among the most ambitious of the projects to demystify the Khufu Pyramid near Cairo, the only surviving monument from the ancient Seven Wonders of the World. It has employed infrared thermography and muography — a technique that records images using muon particles — in its quest. The project had announced last October that the massive pyramid may contain undiscovered recesses. A Chinese 3D print studio fuses ancient art with modern tech “All the devices we put in place are designed to find where the cavity is located. We know there is one, but we’re trying to find out where,” said Mehdi Tayoubi, president of the [Read More…]

Jul 172017
 

CAIRO: Egypt is standing by the list of demands it and three Gulf Arab countries made of Qatar and will keep sanctions against Doha in place, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry told his Kuwaiti counterpart on Monday. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt imposed sanctions on Qatar on June 5, cutting diplomatic and transport ties with the tiny Gulf monarchy, after accusing it of financing militant groups and allying with their regional arch-foe Iran. Doha denies the accusations. Kuwait has been leading mediation efforts between Qatar and the four Arab states boycotting it. Its top diplomat Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah met Shoukry and President Abdel Fattah al Sisi in Cairo on Monday. “The Foreign Minister affirmed to his Kuwaiti counterpart Egypt’s commitment to the list of demands presented to the state of Qatar and the continuation of sanctions taken against it,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid said in a statement. UAE wants international monitoring of Qatar The insistence comes “in light of what the quartet states see as Qatar’s stalling and procrastination, and lack of concern for the concerns of the four states,” he said. Shoukry told Sabah the only way the crisis would be resolved was if Qatar fulfilled the demands, which include curtailing its support for the Muslim Brotherhood, shutting down the pan-Arab al Jazeera satellite TV channel, closing a Turkish military base and downgrading its relations with rival Iran. Sisi told Sabah he appreciated what Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber al-Sabah was doing to [Read More…]

Jun 092017
 
The Paris agreement

The Paris agreement on climate change has set out a global action plan to combat the dangerous effects of climate change. The agreement wants to limit global warming below 2 degrees Celsius. Combating global warming is necessary. Over the past few years, the irreversible effects of global warming are being faced by many countries. Global warming has caused great damage to the food production, clean water sources and energy production. Therefore, it is essential that every country takes serious steps to mitigate the global warming effects. According to the agreement, each country pledges to contribute to combat climate change. Countries, including China, the UK, Egypt, France and Germany, have pledged to make changes to their policies in accordance with the best available science, in the hopes of reducing their overall emissions to a long-term goal of zero-net emissions overall – known as carbon neutrality. The agreement imposes a climate tax on countries that are responsible for polluting the world’s environment. Although the standard rate is $150 per tonne of carbon dioxide emitted, the tax will be higher if a country fails to reduce its overall emissions. Shanza Ali Karachi Click for detailed story

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