Abu Dhabi crown prince offers condolences to Pakistan over plane crash

Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Pakistan premier Imran Khan discussed matters related to the global outbreak of COVID-19, and prospects of enhanced bilateral cooperation to address the situation, during their telephonic conversation on May 25, 2020. (APP/File)
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Updated 02 June 2020

Abu Dhabi crown prince offers condolences to Pakistan over plane crash

  • PM Khan thanked the UAE leader for timely repatriation of Pakistani citizens
  • The premier also reiterated his call for debt relief for developing nations amid the coronavirus pandemic

ISLAMABAD: Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Monday conveyed his warm wishes on Eid Al-Fitr to Prime Minister Imran Khan and shared his condolences with the Pakistani leader on the tragic PIA plane crash in Karachi that claimed 97 lives.
During their phone call, the two leaders discussed matters related to the global outbreak of COVID-19, and prospects of enhanced bilateral cooperation to address the situation.
“While thanking the Crown Prince for pardoning Pakistani prisoners and timely repatriation of Pakistani citizens from UAE, the Prime Minister lauded the steps being taken by the UAE authorities to curtail the spread of the pandemic,” said an official handout circulated by the PM Office.
“The Prime Minister underscored that without immediate, coordinated and comprehensive actions to create fiscal space, the developing world may have to contend with dire social, political and economic consequences of the pandemic,” the statement read.
Khan also highlighted his call for “Global Initiative on Debt Relief” for developing countries to help mitigate such consequences and to shore up economies.
He mentioned the worsening human rights situation in Indian-administered Kashmir and expressed his concern over the “demonization of Muslims in India in the context of Covid-19,” the statement added.


Nine-year-old Pakistani girl beats Indian professor to set world record in chemistry

Updated 03 August 2020

Nine-year-old Pakistani girl beats Indian professor to set world record in chemistry

  • Lahore’s Natalia Najam wins title after arranging all elements of periodic chart in just 2 minutes and 42 seconds
  • Record previously held by Indian economics professor Meenakshi Agarwal who completed the task in 2 minutes and 49 seconds

ISLAMABAD: A nine-year-old Pakistani girl from Lahore has broken the record of an Indian professor to become the fastest and youngest person in the world to arrange the chemical elements of the periodic table.

“The fastest time to arrange all elements of the periodic table is 2 min 42 secs, and was achieved by Natalia Najam (Pakistan) in Lahore, Pakistan, on 18 July 2020,” the Guiness Book of World Records said on its website. “Natalia broke the previous record by 7 seconds.”

The record was previously held by Indian economics professor Meenakshi Agarwal who completed the task in 2 minutes and 49 seconds.

Local media reported that Najam has never had formal education and was home schooled by her parents. Videos on social media showed her screaming and jumping with joy as the judges announced her time.