PTI leader reiterated demand for deploying impartial polling staff to avoid clash

The charged leader of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI)   and member parliament from Taxila Ghulam Sarwar Khan on Sunday reiterated his demand from election commission to deploy impartial polling staff besides deployment of Army inside and outside polling stations to avoid any clash during by polls in PP-7 comprising Taxila and Chakri.

Flanked by PTI candidate Ammar Sadeeq Khan and other leaders Mr Khan has expressed his distrust over proposed polling staff from provincial education department and police and termed them “politicized” and under influence of ruling PML-N.

The by election is scheduled to be held on September 26 in Taxila and Chakri- the  hometown of his political  arch rivalFederal Minister for interior Ch Nisar Ali Khan. The seat fell vacant after the death of provincial lawmaker Mohammad Siddique Khan, the brother of Ghulam Sarwar.

“How could be politically appointed employees of the provincial department and loyal deployed police cops would impartial during polling”. Questioned Mr Khan and said that if the ruling party tries to rig the polls, his party would resist their move at every cost. While expressing his reservation on the polling staff and fearing rigging in the by elections said the polling staff should not be chosen from the National Assembly’s constituencies NA-52 and NA-53. He said that only teachers from the Federal education department working under directorate of Federal government educational institutions for polling process and police officials from other cities should be deployed for outer security purposes besides deployment of army   inside and outside the polling stations  so that elections should be held in transparent and peaceful manners. He warned that if the ruling party tries to rig the polls through patwaris and their blue eyes cops, it would led to long lasting results and the government would be responsible for it. He also demanded from election commission to rescheduled the date to Saturday or Sunday so that voters of the area, who mostly are employees working in various defense industries of the area could cost their votes.

Responding a question, he did not rule out the visit and address of public rally by  PTI Chief Imran Khan and added that consultation are continued over his visit. On this occasion, Jan Mohammad a seasoned PML local leader and former   Vice Chairman Union Council Gari Skiandar also announced to join PTI along with his family and baradari.

CM ADDRESSED PASSING OUT PARADE OF SUB-INSPECTORS IN POLICE COLLEGE SIHALA

During the Passing out Parad of Sub-Inspectors in Police Collage Sihala Chief minister Panjab Mian Mohammad Shahbaz Sahreef Said,We are proud of the supreme sacrifices rendered by officers and jawans of Pak army and police in our war against terrorism. Besides the use of force, social and economic measures and provision of justice at every level is also essential for the complete elimination of terrorism. Educated police sub-inspectors selected through Public Service Commission will bring about a positive change in Thana culture. Government of the Punjab is providing maximum resources to raise the standard of our policing.”, said the Chief Minister Punjab while addressing the sub-inspectors selected through Public Service Commission.

Zika virus found in tears of mice – U.S. study

WASHINGTON: A new study has found genetic fragments of Zika in the eyes and the tears of laboratory mice infected with the virus, a finding that offers a potential new route of human infection.

“Our study suggests that the eye could be a reservoir for Zika virus,” said Dr. Michael Diamond of Washington University St. Louis, whose paper was published in the journal Cell Reports.

“We need to consider whether people with Zika have infectious virus in their eyes and how long it actually persists.”

For the study, the team infected adult mice under the skin, resembling the way people get infected by mosquito bites, and found live virus in the eyes a week later. When tested 28 days later, the tears of infected mice contained genetic material from the virus, but not infectious virus.

The researchers said their findings raise the possibility that Zika could be spread through contact with the tears of infected people, but said that would have to be proven.

“We are planning studies in people to find out whether infectious virus persists in the cornea or other compartments of the eye, because that would have implications for corneal transplantation,” said Dr. Rajendra Apte, a senior author of the study. Other blood-borne viruses such as herpes simplex virus have been transmitted accidentally through corneal transplants.

Although principally spread by mosquitoes, Zika has been shown to persist in sites of the body where the immune system is less active, including semen, vaginal fluid, saliva and now, possibly, tears.

That could help account for why Zika has spread so quickly, outpacing what might be expected if the virus were only carried by mosquitoes, Diamond said. “Sexual transmission is probably not playing a major role, but it could be some other bodily fluid – saliva, or urine or tears,” he said.

Zika infections in pregnant women have been shown to cause microcephaly – a severe birth defect in which the head and brain are undersized – as well as other brain abnormalities. The connection between Zika and microcephaly first came to light last fall in Brazil, which has since confirmed more than 1,800 cases of microcephaly.

In adults, Zika infections have also been linked to a rare neurological syndrome known as Guillain-Barre, as well as other neurological disorders.


l_146393_034952_updates.gifAdult female mosquitoes can pass the Zika virus along to their offspring, U.S. researchers said on Monday, a finding that makes clear the need for pesticide programs that kill both adult mosquitoes and their eggs.

The findings, published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, show that as with many related viruses, including dengue and yellow fever, Zika can be transmitted from female mosquitoes to their offspring.

Dr. Robert Tesh of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, a study co-author, said the fact that the virus can be passed along to mosquito offspring makes Zika harder to control.

“Spraying affects adults, but it does not usually kill the immature forms – the eggs and larvae. Spraying will reduce transmission, but it may not eliminate the virus,” he said.

Although Zika generally causes mild disease in adults, it is a major threat to pregnant women because it has been shown to cause the severe birth defect known as microcephaly and other brain abnormalities.

The ongoing Zika outbreak was first detected last year in Brazil, where it has been linked to more than 1,800 cases of microcephaly, and has since spread rapidly through the Americas.

Aedes aegypti, the mosquitoes that carry Zika, lay eggs in small containers of water. Homeowners have been advised to dump out containers of water on their properties. When the water is dumped, the eggs cling in a ring around the water line, where they remain dormant until the next rain, when they can hatch.

Scientists studying Zika wanted to find out whether some of the offspring from these tropical mosquitoes might carry the virus, helping to perpetuate an outbreak during dry seasons.

To find out, researchers injected female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes raised in a laboratory with Zika. They were then fed, and within a week, they laid eggs. The team collected and cared for the eggs until they hatched into adult mosquitoes, and counted the ones that carried the Zika virus.

They found the virus present in one out of every 290 mosquitoes tested.

“The ratio may sound low,” Tesh said, “but when you consider the number of Aedes aegypti in a tropical urban community, it is likely high enough to allow some virus to persist, even when infected adult mosquitoes are killed.”

Tesh said the next step is to show that mosquitoes are actually passing Zika to their offspring in the wild.

Experts fighting Zika in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami have announced aerial spraying campaigns using pesticides that kill both adult mosquitoes and mosquito larvae.

For homeowners in affected areas, Tesh advised people to dump standing water from containers on their property and scrub them thoroughly to remove eggs and larvae. They should also remove any objects from their yards that could collect water.

LG Electronics says to invest in robot technology

SEOUL: South Korea’s LG Electronics Inc said on Sunday it will aggressively invest in robots, seeking to capitalise on advancing artificial intelligence that may eventually lead to sophisticated machines performing everyday human tasks.

LG, in a statement, said its appliances division is preparing the firm’s entry into the robotics industy with the aim to develop products that will work closely with home appliances products such as refrigerators, washers and air conditioning units.

“We will prepare for the future by aggressively investing in smart home, robots and key components and strengthen the home appliances business’s capabilities,” said Jo Seung-jin, head of LG’s appliances business, in the statement.

Advances in fields such as artificial intelligence and wireless communications are allowing for more sophisticated machines that can talk to each other via the internet and perform more complex tasks.

Countries across the world are investing heavily in robotics in hopes to develop a new industry or cope with socioeconomic problems such as low birth rates or an ageing population by introducing machines which can serve humans as cooks, caretakers or labourers.

LG did not elaborate on how much it plans to invest in its push or when it expects to launch robotic products, but the firm said it is exploring a variety of options through the combination of technologies including autonomous driving and artificial intellgence.

Oil prices up in Asia on Russia-Saudi talks

SINGAPORE: Crude prices rose in Asia Tuesday after Russia and Saudi Arabia pledged to work on addressing a global supply glut, but analysts said gains would be limited after the two sides provided scant detail about their plans.

Saudi Energy Minister Khaled Al-Falih and his Russian counterpart Alexander Novak agreed to “act together” to steady the market but stopped short of agreeing to a production freeze.

On the sidelines of the G20 summit in China, the ministers said they will act “together or in cooperation with other oil productions” and agreed to set up a “joint monitoring group” to offer recommendations to prevent price fluctuations.

News that the two sides were about to make an announcement sent both contracts soaring Monday but the gains were all but wiped out after the statement.

At about 0720 GMT, the US benchmark West Texas Intermediate was up 78 cents, or 1.76 percent, at $45.22 and Brent added six cents, or 0.06 percent, to $47.69. With US markets closed Monday for a holiday, electronic transactions on WTI will be booked Tuesday for settlement purposes.

The comments come three weeks before Russia joins OPEC, of which Saudi Arabia is the kingpin, for talks in Algeria to discuss the supply crisis that has hammered prices for two years.

“Despite the rather nebulous language (of the statement) the market was clearly on the hope side of the equation,” OANDA senior market analyst Jeffrey Halley said in a note.

“The longevity of the rally being how long before reality bites with the OPEC meeting still three weeks away.”

The previous attempt at reaching a deal in April was scuppered by OPEC member Iran´s refusal to agree to any output freeze, and there are worries about the chances of an agreement in Algiers.