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ISLAMABAD, : Parents are still packing their
children’s school lunchboxes with junk food, despite high-profile
awareness campaigns on childhood obesity and guidance provided by
consumer groups, research has found.
The Leeds University study found just 1.6% of packed lunches
for primary school children met tough nutritional standards set
for their classmates eating in the school canteen, Health news
reported.
About half of all primary school pupils take a packed lunch
to school. Researchers found that only 1 in 5 lunchboxes contained
any vegetables or salad, while 52%-60% contained too many sweet
and savoury snacks, or sugary drinks (42%), leading to high levels
of saturated fat, sugar and salt and not enough minerals and
vitamins.
The study, described as “eye opening” by lead researcher Dr
Charlotte Evans, saw only a fractional improvement from a decade
ago, when 1.1% of lunches passed the standard set for school
meals.
The minority of children (17%) who eat vegetables and salad
had not altered since 2006, it found.
The report found some progress: for instance the majority of
packed lunches examined by researchers passed the standards for
protein (95%) and vitamin C (75%).
The first statutory school meal standard was introduced in
due to growing evidence linking poor health in adults with obesity
or poor diet in children. They limit the amount of foods high in
salt, sugar and fats and stipulate that school meals should
provide a third of a child’s nutritional requirements.
However, although Ofsted says schools must have a policy on
packed lunches, there is no law requiring them to abide by the
same standards.
Evans, a nutritional epidemiologist, said that she believed
the wealth of information on sugar in sweetened drinks may have
had an impact on the reduction in the numbers in lunchboxes. But
she added that more needed to be done by retailers, food
manufacturers and schools if improvements are to be made overall.
Evans said: “I hope the results of the study are an eye-
opener, highlighting that more stringent policies need to be
introduced if we want to see real change in the nutritional value
of children’s packed lunches.
New policies for schools, food manufacturers and retailers
are needed, which will require strong support from government and
stakeholders if progress is to be made.”

Kids’ school packed lunches still full of Junk food: research

 

ISLAMABAD,  Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed mutual efforts for strengthening of Pakistan-Russia relations and the prevailing international and regional security situation. In a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister on the sidelines of the 72nd UNGA session in New York on Friday, Khawaja Asif expressed Pakistan’s desire for deepening mutually beneficial cooperation with Russia in diverse fields, emphasizing the need for promoting trade and economic cooperation. Lavrov suggested that the forthcoming Intergovernmental Commission should explore concrete measures for enhancing trade, investment and energy connectivity between Russia and Pakistan. The two leaders also had in-depth discussion on the efforts for peace and stability in Afghanistan. Foreign Minister Lavrov extended invitation to Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif to visit Moscow for bilateral consultations on strengthening bilateral relations and exchanging views about the international and regional issues.

 

Foreign Ministers of Pakistan and Russia hold bilateral meeting on the sidelines of UNGA

ISTANBUL, Sept  21, (AFP) – Turkey’s main international airport was closed to traffic on Thursday after a private jet crashed on landing and burst into flames, reports said.    The plane, which had four people on board, was making an emergency landing at Ataturk International Airport, the DHA news agency said. All four were injured but the fire was brought under control, NTV television said.

NTV said the plane had two pilots on board, one crew member and one passenger. There was no further information on the condition of those on board.

It said the plane had taken off from the airport to fly to the breakaway state let of northern Cyprus, which is only recognized by Turkey.    But it had turned back to land at the airport where it came off the runway and caught fire. There were no further details on the cause of the plane’s troubles.

Images showed the stricken wreck of the plane on the airport apron, covered in fire fighting foam and apparently split in two.

Other pictures showed a plume of black smoke rising up from the airport.

Istanbul’s Ataturk airport closed after private jet crashes: reports

ISLAMABAD, Sep 21: Like always, Google stepped up to
change its doodle to honour late Pakistani popular singer Noor
Jahan.
Noor Jahan’s doodle was in purple attire, with a choker and
the memorable flower on the side of her hair. This was her style for
many years.
Born Allah Rakhi Wasai on September 21, 1925, she was known as
the “Malika-e-Taranum” (Queen of Melody) across the world. Her voice
and unique style of singing captured the hearts of millions across
South Asia.
Google also honoured Edhi with doodle on his 89th birthday.
Noor Jahan was known due to her beautiful voice, she was also an
accomplished actress.
Noor Jehan also helped co-direct Chan Wey in 1951. Her
contribution to the art and history of Pakistan will never be
forgotten.
The government of Pakistan also awarded her a Sitara-i-Imtiaz,
and Tamgha-e-Imtiaz.
The doodle has great resemblance to her “Dildar Sadqay Lakh
Waar Sadqay” performance on PTV.
She recorded about 10,000 songs in various languages of India
and Pakistan, including Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi and Sindhi.

Google honours Noor Jehan with doodle on her 91st birthday // #NoorJahan #Google #Doodle //