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Saudi CP called back Imran Khan’s plane; govt slams report

Pakistani government spokesperson rubbishes the claims on Sunday. A Pakistani magazine has claimed that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman was “alienated” with “some dimensions” of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khans actions on the sidelines of the UNGA session in New York last month, that he ordered his “private jet to disembowel the Pakistani…

Saudi CP called back Imran Khan’s plane; govt slams report

Pakistani government spokesperson rubbishes the claims on Sunday.

A Pakistani magazine has claimed that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman was “alienated” with “some dimensions” of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khans actions on the sidelines of the UNGA session in New York last month, that he ordered his “private jet to disembowel the Pakistani delegation” as a consequence.

Also read: India reacts to Imran Khan’s UN speech
Before attending the 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, Khan had first visited Saudi Arabia.
While departing for New York from Jeddah, the Saudi Crown Prince stopped Khan from embarking a commercial flight to the US and asked him to fly onboard his private jet as he could not let his guest travel in a commercial plane, Pakistani media reports had said.

Also read: Imran Khan’s plane makes emergency landing
But while Khan was returning to Islamabad from New York on September 28, it was reported that the Saudi plane developed a technical glitch following which the Prime Minister and his delegation returned to New York and then took a commercial flight back to Pakistan.
But the Friday Times weekly magazine has contradicted this claim and in an article published on October 4, it said: “The Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammad bin Salman, was so alienated by some dimensions of the Pakistani Prime Minister’s diplomacy in New York – he couldn’t have been happy at the prospect of Imran Khan, (Turkish President) Recep Tayyip Erdogan and (Malaysian Prime Minister) Mahathir Mohammad planning to jointly represent the Islamic bloc, nor with Pakistan’s interlocution with Iran without his explicit approval…
“…He visibly snubbed Imran by ordering his private jet to disembowel the Pakistani delegation…”
On the sidelines of the UNGA, Khan had met Erdogan and Mahathir, where the three leaders decided to launch “a BBC type English language TV Channel that, apart from highlighting Muslim issues, will also fight Islamophobia”.
Also during the UNGA, Khan had announced that he was working to mediate with Iran to defuse the tensions in the Gulf at the request of both US President Donald Trump and the Saudi Crown Prince.
Reacting to the Friday Times article, a Pakistani government spokesperson rubbished the claims on Sunday.
“This is a cooked up story. The leaders of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have good relations. The conclusion of Khan’s meeting with the Turkish and Malay leaders is pure fiction. The report is aimed at political vendetta. We dismiss this report,” the spokesman added.

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Two Indians die in quad bike accident in UAE

The other two injured – in their 20s – are being treated in the intensive care unit of the hospital. Two Indians – both aged 38 – died and two others sustained critical injuries when their quad bike flipped over multiple times trying to scale a sand dune in Al Badayer area of Al Madam…

Two Indians die in quad bike accident in UAE

The other two injured – in their 20s – are being treated in the intensive care unit of the hospital.

Two Indians – both aged 38 – died and two others sustained critical injuries when their quad bike flipped over multiple times trying to scale a sand dune in Al Badayer area of Al Madam city on Friday. The accident happened at 7.20pm.

On being informed, a police patrol and ambulance arrived at the site and rushed them to Al Dhaid Hospital. Two of them were pronounced dead. The deceased suffered severe internal bleeding in the skull. The other two injured – in their 20s – are being treated in the intensive care unit of the hospital.

Police have launched an investigation into the incident.

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Beware of the silent enemy that eats bones

Fractures caused by osteoporosis can be life-threatening and a major cause of pain and long-term disability. Imagine your bones getting so weak that a sneeze or a sudden movement breaks them – that is what osteoporosis reduces bone health to. It is a silent enemy that creeps into our body as we age and bursts…

Beware of the silent enemy that eats bones

Fractures caused by osteoporosis can be life-threatening and a major cause of pain and long-term disability.

Imagine your bones getting so weak that a sneeze or a sudden movement breaks them – that is what osteoporosis reduces bone health to. It is a silent enemy that creeps into our body as we age and bursts onto the scene in the form of fractures and unexplained pain. The disease generally has no symptoms and is rarely diagnosed until bones break or fracture. On the occasion of the World Osteoporosis Day marked globally on October 20 annually, doctors have urged the public to think about bone health.

Did you know that optimum bone mass is attained between 25 to 30 years? After that, bone mass reduces and by the age of 40, the rate of loss begins to exceed the rate of regeneration. If the peak bone mass attained is inadequate and if the person’s lifestyle does not support bone health, osteoporosis sets in.

According to global statistics, one in three women and one in five men aged 50 years and over will suffer an osteoporotic fracture. Fractures caused by osteoporosis can be life-threatening and a major cause of pain and long-term disability.

Dr Sadashiva Somayaji, specialist orthopaedic surgeon at the NMC Speciality Hospital, Abu Dhabi, said: “Osteoporosis, which literally means porous bone, is a disease in which the density and quality of bone are reduced. As bones become more porous and fragile, the risk of fracture is greatly increased. The loss of bone occurs silently and progressively. Osteoporosis-related fractures most commonly occur in the hip, wrist or spine.

“Our bones are living tissue and constantly changing. For people with osteoporosis, bone loss outpaces the growth of new bone, leading the bones become porous, brittle and prone to fracture,” he added.

Dr Khaled Bitar, specialist orthopaedic surgeon at the Burjeel Hospital Dubai, said:

“There are two main types of osteoporosis, the primary (more common) is related to hormonal changes that happens when we get older (after age of 60) and the other type which is secondary to other diseases that disturb normal bones metabolism (building up new bones and regeneration of old cells). Diagnosis starts with understanding patient history, and clinical examination. Routine X-ray usually tell about the strength of bone texture. Currently, we use a device called Dexa scan for diagnosis.”

Dr Suad Trebinjac, medical director of the Dubai Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Centre, said: “People need to build strong bones throughout their life to avoid osteoporotic fractures. Many people do not even realise they have osteoporosis until a seemingly small fall leads to a fracture and the doctor informs them about the disease. Once it sets in, it becomes so difficult to manage.”

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UAE warns citizens against travelling to Lebanon

The ministry advised citizens currently in Lebanon to contact the UAE Embassy in Beirut. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, MoFAIC, has warned UAE citizens against travelling to Lebanon until further notice due to recent security developments. Khalid Belhoul, MoFAIC Under-Secretary, has advised Emirati citizens currently in Lebanon to contact the UAE Embassy…

UAE warns citizens against travelling to Lebanon

The ministry advised citizens currently in Lebanon to contact the UAE Embassy in Beirut.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, MoFAIC, has warned UAE citizens against travelling to Lebanon until further notice due to recent security developments.

Khalid Belhoul, MoFAIC Under-Secretary, has advised Emirati citizens currently in Lebanon to contact the UAE Embassy in Beirut to arrange for their safe return home.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation warns the UAE nationals against travelling to Lebanon until further noticehttps://t.co/TWmnTtJmyr
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Emirati citizens can call the following numbers for assistance: 009615928000, 0096171111856, or 009718004444.

Lebanon has been witnessing protests over deteriorating economic situations and the announcement of new taxes.

Saudi Arabia’s Embassy in Beirut also warned its citizens not to travel to Lebanon, and called on Saudi nationals already in the country to avoid protest areas.
Meanwhile, Kuwait’s embassy in Lebanon asked citizens wishing to travel to Lebanon to wait because of the current protests and unrest.

Bahrain warned against travel to Lebanon and called on its citizens in the country to leave immediately. 

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