Technology explosion: latest gadgets
Technology explosion: are we caught unaware?
Islamabad, July 29: With almost no progress in the field of scientific research and
technology, we have very successfully become a complete consumers' society.
Getting hold of all the latest gadgets with the sheer ability of our
purchase power is a matter of pride and satisfaction for us. But do we, as a
society, morally qualify to use such products? Are we groomed accordingly and
wise enough to make a positive use of what we have with complete awareness of
our social, moral and legal retrospect?
Ghulam Mustafa, a retired
bureaucrat, said, "We did not hand over any technology to our kids. They are
born in a time where technology is showered on everyone like rainfall —
irrespective of the age and culture. We elders have some sense of right and
wrong, but we are slow learners - not fully aware of what technology can do. On
the other hand, our youngsters are quick to explore and learn all the possible
uses of the devices but they are not mature enough to avoid the downside." Our
youngsters keep awake all night to avail late night call packages, cell phone
cameras are used in educational institutions and public places to take
photographs of females - further hurdling their movement, internet is used to
acquire the first position among the porn-surfing nations — is this what science
has offered us? We have access to all the latest devices available in the world
but we seem to lose something very important. Our moral, social, and cultural
values have either not been transferred to our youngsters or they have refused
to live according to the norms and traditions of this society.
Qayyum, a mother of two and a working lady said while talking to this agency,
"Parents are more than happy for providing every modern gadget to their kids,
including mobile phones, computers etc, but they are too busy to share any
cultural values and wisdom with their kids. We are handing over luxuries to our
kids on the cost of our values and traditions.
However our youngsters
are living in their own time, they will adjust according to their own time and
space" Dr. Shahid Saghir, a teacher by profession says, "We have a tendency to
import everything - be it anything ranging from a sewing needle to the premiers.
We have blindly imported and adopted every sort of technology and still we wish
to live according to our indigenous culture. It's nothing but a wishful
Every invention is a result of the need that a way of living
demands. When a nation progresses with absolute awareness and control over the
course of development in a particular field, its socio-cultural values also
change to handle every technology and to get maximum out of it in a positive
way. The news
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Six members of 'Youth Parliament' among victims
Islamabad: Six members of a 'Youth Parliament' were among the victims of Wednesday's air crash in Islamabad.
They were coming here to attend the final session of the 'Youth
Parliament', a project of the Pakistan Institute for Legislative Development and
The six are 'Youth Prime Minister' Hasan Javed,
'Information Minister' Syeda Rabab Zehra Naqvi, 'Minister for Culture and
Sports' Prem Chand, 'Shadow Youth Minister for Information' Bilal Jamaee,
'Member of Youth Parliament's Standing Committee on Information' Owais bin Laiq
and 'Member of Youth Parliament's Standing Committee on Information Syed Arsalan
Ahmad. All six belonged to Sindh.
The Pildat management and team, its
board of directors, board of advisers and Youth Parliament's Steering Committee
expressed their shock and sorrow at the tragic death of the members of the Youth
At a meeting, members of the 'Youth Parliament' adopted a
resolution, expressing shock and sorrow at the loss of lives in the crash.
The meeting was also attended by chairman of Youth Parliament Steering
Committee, Senator S.M. Zafar, and member Wazir Jogezai.
belonged to Hyderabad and worked for the Royal Bank of Scotland in Karachi, as
the Team Head for Client Relationships for the Royal Preferred Banking (RPB)
He did his MSc in Investment and Finance with Distinction
from the University of London. During his stay there, he participated in the
University of London Squash League. He won gold medals at the Hyderabad BISE
Inter-school Squash Tournament in 1998 and 1999.
Syeda Rabab Zehra Naqvi
from Karachi was doing BSc in Economics and Finance as an external student of
the London School of Economics (LSE).
During her school years, she took
part in activities of student councils and held various leadership positions. Ms
Naqvi interned at banks, media firms and NGOs, and had plans to follow a career
in politics after completing her studies.
Prem Chand, who hailed from
Sanghar, was studying for a Masters in Social Work at the University of Sindh.
Mr Bilal Jamaee was a second year Mass Communication student at the
University of Karachi and was general secretary of 'Bazm-i-Adab'. He took part
in a number of debating competitions and wrote a number of stories for
Mr Owais bin Laiq from Karachi had joined the
Institute of Business Administration (IBA) for a bachelor's degree. He was the
manager of the Media and Publication Society at IBA.
He had won various
contests including the National Samaa TV Documentary Competition. Syed Arsalan
Ahmed from Karachi was pursuing a degree in Textile Engineering. Dawn
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Stay in school longer to avoid dementia
Researchers have found that individuals with 'more' education are better
equipped to stave off dementia.
These findings published in the Advanced
Access online edition of the journal Brain confirm a decade of past studies that
have also concluded more schooling equals a decreased risk of suffering from
dementia, defined as the "loss of intellectual functions" including memory,
orientation, calculation, language, attention and thinking.
MSc, MD, MRCP, MFPHM, a professor of epidemiology and principal investigator at
the University of Cambridge, led the study and discovered higher education and
loss of intellectual functions is not reserved solely for the upwardly mobile or
those with healthier lifestyles.
"People with different levels of
education have similar brain pathology but ... those with more education are
better able to compensate for the effects of dementia," noted the
According to a July 24 University of Cambridge announcement,
"each additional year of education" decreases your risk of developing dementia
by 11 percent.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates over 29
million suffer from dementia globally and projects "Africa, Asia and Latin
America together could have more than 80 million people with dementia by the
Co-author of the study, Hannah Keage, PhD, a research
associate at Cambridge funded by the Marie Curie International Incoming Research
Fellowship, explained "education in early life appears to enable some people to
cope with a lot of changes in their brain before showing dementia
Brayne underscored the point saying, "Education is known to be
good for population health and equity. This study provides strong support for
investment in early life factors which should have an impact on society and the
Additionally, Lon White, MD, MPH, a research scientist
and neuroepidemiologist at the Kuakini Medical Center in Hawaii, told Relaxnews,
"both low educational attainment (reflecting childhood experiences) and stress
during middle adult life appear to be legitimate risk factors for late onset
dementia. "Everybody sees the phenomenon, and no one really understands
The WHO explains, "Global population ageing will inevitably result
in huge increases in the number of cases of dementia. The risk of developing the
condition rises steeply with age in people over 60; the possibilities for
prevention and treatment are limited. "
"It is particularly interesting
because most of our education occurs in childhood, but the dementia is at the
end of life," said White. The news
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