The Daily Populous

Tuesday April 30th, 2019 morning edition

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The Senate on Monday passed the Child Marriage Restraint (Amendment) Bill, 2018 which proposes that the legal minimum age of marriage in the country be set at 18.

She also pointed out that Muslim countries including Oman, Turkey and United Arab Emirates have already set 18 as the minimum age of entering marriage.

Rehman also apprised the upper house of the fatal threat that underage marriages pose to mothers.

"One woman dies in childbirth every 20 minutes," she said, adding that the reason for these deaths were early pregnancies.

Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F) Senator Ghafoor Haideri opposed the bill, saying that complicated pregnancies were not tied to age but poor healthcare.

He argued that Islam allows marriage after puberty and recommended that the bill be sent to the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) before being discussed in the Senate.

Rehman, meanwhile, pointed out that the bill had been endorsed unanimously by the Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights. »

Release of '13 Reasons Why' associated with increase in youth suicide rates

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The findings highlight the necessity of using best practices when portraying suicide in popular entertainment and in the media.

When researchers analyzed the data by sex, they found the increase in the suicide rate was primarily driven by significant increases in suicide in young males.

While suicide rates for females increased after the show's release, the increase was not statistically significant. »

Ban on smoking at Disney parks goes into effect this Wednesday

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Starting this Wednesday, the ban on smoking in Disney parks goes into effect.

Smoking will be prohibited at Walt Disney World, Disney Land, water parks, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and Downtown Disney in California.

Those who want to smoke will only be able to do so outside the park’s entrances, as well as Disney Springs in Florida. »

Every Burger King in the country will have meatless Whoppers by the end of the year

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Already, the results are so promising that Burger King now plans to make the product available in all its 7,200 branches across the US by the end of this year.

“Burger King restaurants in St. Louis are showing encouraging results and Impossible Whopper sales are complementing traditional Whopper purchases.”.

The beefless burger is a partnership with the startup company Impossible Foods, which supplies patties made with heme, a protein cultivated from soybean roots that mimics the texture of meat. »

Microsoft excludes Minecraft’s creator from anniversary event over his ‘comments and opinions’

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Microsoft says “comments and opinions” from Minecraft creator Markus Persson, better known as Notch, have led the company to exclude him from an upcoming event celebrating the game’s 10th anniversary.

Microsoft told Variety, “His comments and opinions do not reflect those of Microsoft or Mojang and are not representative of Minecraft.”.

As Microsoft has worked to make Minecraft into a universal, family-friendly game, Persson has been something of a thorn in its side. »