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Polluted smog covers Pakistani city of Lahore
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Heavy smog loaded with pollutants has covered several urban and rural areas in eastern Pakistan, prompting breathing problems, and causing more than 20 deaths in traffic accidents caused by poor visibility on highways, officials and a senior meteorologist said.
Several cities in Punjab province, including the provincial capital Lahore, have been engulfed in haze since earlier this week. Meteorologist Mohammad Hanid told The Associated Press that the smog is "very unusual and it contains toxic air."
He said the smog has caused irritation in residents' eyes and an increase in respiratory-related health problems.
Hanif said that along with Beijing and New Delhi, eastern Pakistan is now experiencing chronic smog caused largely by factory emissions and motor vehicle exhaust.
With scores of residents reporting respiratory problems and irritated eyes, doctors are advising residents to try to stay indoors and wear facemasks outside.
Saba Mumtaz, a medical specialist at the Shaukat Khanum Cancer hospital, said the smog is particularly dangerous for residents with pre-existing respiratory conditions such as asthma.
Experts say increasing construction dust, burning of garbage, factory emissions and motor vehicle exhausts are all contributing factors to the phenomenon.
Since Monday, more than 20 people have been killed in smog-related traffic accidents in Punjab province. Police have been forced to close several stretches of the main highway that connects Punjab with the capital, Islamabad.
Samsung Elec profit beats expectations as hopes rise for smartphone recovery
SEOUL, April 7 - Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Thursday its first-quarter operating profit likely rose 10.4 percent from a year earlier, beating expectations and pointing to strong sales of its new Galaxy S7 smartphones. The outlook will raise hopes the South Korean firm's struggling mobile business is on track to post its first annual profit gain in three years after a healthy start for new premium products and improved mid-to-low tier devices. The world's top smartphone… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Phone Reviews : Samsung Galaxy Note 7
Update: Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Performance The Galaxy Note 7 has the same CPU and GPU as the six-month old Samsung Galaxy S7, but that's no bad thing. The 4GB LPDDR4 RAM and Exynos 8890 CPU is a potent combination that can handle intensive and day-to-day tasks with ease. During my synthetic benchmarks, the Note 7 scored a respectable 2,118 in the single-core Geekbench 3 test and 5,924 in the multi-core version. That’s pretty much on par with all the flagship phones I've reviewed this… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
For Apple and others, tin supply chain has ties to rebel-held Myanmar mine
[/i]A tin mine is seen in Man Maw in ethnic Wa territory in northeast Myanmar, October 5, 2016. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun/File PhotoBy Yimou Lee and Joel SchectmanYANGON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - From a remote corner of northeastern Myanmar, an insurgent army sells tin ore to suppliers of some of the world's largest consumer companies.More than 500 companies, including leading brands such as smartphone maker Apple, coffee giant Starbucks and luxury jeweler Tiffany & Co, list among their suppliers… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
More rain, snow forecast as U.S. storm brings floods to California
(Reuters) - Forecasters expect another half foot of rain to soak central and northern California and the Sierra Nevada mountains through early Tuesday, coming on the heels of powerful storms that walloped the state and other parts of the U.S. west on Sunday.The drenching rains and blowing snow flooded rivers and shut down roads from mudslides in a state that has struggled with drought for years.From 3 to 8 inches (7.6 to 20 cm) of rain is forecast in the region while several feet (1-2 metres)… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Emails: Clinton, aide weighed sending secure phone by FedEx
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton and a senior aide discussed sending a secure cell phone to the secretary of state by FedEx or a personal courier, according to emails released Thursday. The State Department said either approach would have been acceptable, if the telephone was rendered inoperable for the journey.The unusual exchange from 2010 begins with Clinton confidante Huma Abedin telling her boss that she would mail the secure phone from Washington before her husband, then-Rep. Anthony… chat_bubble_outline Read More...