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Exercise to fight weight regain

Exercise can help control weight regain after dieting by reducing appetite and burning fat before burning carbohydrates, according to a new study.

According to researchers from the University of Colorado Denver, burning fat first and storing carbohydrates for use later in the day slows weight regain and may minimize overeating by inducing a feeling of fullness to the brain.

They insist that exercise prevents the increase in the number of fat cells that occurs during weight regain.

This discovery also challenges the conventional wisdom that the number of fat cells is set and cannot be altered by dietary or lifestyle changes.

These coordinated physiological changes in the brain and the body lower the ‘defended’ weight, that is, the weight that our physiology drives us to achieve, and suggest that the effects of exercise on these physiological processes may make it easier to stay on a diet.

During the study, the researchers used obesity-prone rats. For the first 16 weeks, the rats ate a high-fat diet, as much as they wanted, and remained sedentary.

They were then placed on a diet. For the following two weeks, the animals ate a low-fat and low-calorie diet, losing about 14pct of their body weight.

The rats maintained the weight loss by dieting for eight more weeks. Half the rats exercised regularly on a treadmill during this period while the other half remained sedentary.

The findings revealed that exercising rates regained less weight and burned more fat early in the day, and more carbohydrates later in the day.

It reduced drive to overeat and enhanced the ability to balance energy intake with energy expended.

The team will do further research to demonstrate that exercise is, indeed, preventing the formation of new fat cells early in relapse and not simply altering the size of pre-existing fat cells.


Sania Mirza becomes Sania Malik

Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik entered matrimony at a much-hyped Nikah ceremony today. The couple looked extremely happy as they got married at the Taj Krishna hotel on Monday afternoon.

Earlier today, Sania Mirza’s spokesperson Rucha Nayak had confirmed that Shoaib and Sania would materialise their Nikah on Monday, followed by mehendi ceremony on April 13, sangeet on April 14 and the reception will be held on April 15 as scheduled, reported Zee NEws.

Although the venue of the Nikah hasn’t been confirmed as yet due to security reasons, sources reveal that the ceremony will take place at the Taj Krishna hotel here on Monday. Interestingly, it was at the same hotel that Sania was engaged to her childhood friend Sohrab Mirza on July 10 last year amid much fanfare. The tennis ace called off the engagement January 28 this year citing ‘incompatibility’.

Nevertheless, Sania’s PRO also revealed that the tennis star will be wearing the same red saree, which her mother wore at her own Nikah 25 years back. Also, she is stated to go for a subtle make-up and the much raved about Arabic mehendi. On the other hand, Shoaib is set to wear a Black sherwani designed by renowned designer duo Shantanu and Nikhil.

Talking about Sania’s wedding, the designer duo confirmed saying, “Yes we are designing Sania’s wedding and reception outfits but we cannot divulge any further details on it.”

Earlier, Kazi Ahmetullah Pasha had said that the Nikah would take place on Friday, April 9, at 6:30 pm in the evening. However, the marriage could not be performed as Shoaib reportedly could not submit necessary documents like passport and clearances with regard to closing of the criminal case filed against him.

However, things apparently sorted out when Shoaib Malik gave divorce to Ayesha Siddiqui after initially refuting claims that the two had got married.

Polish president his wife and other 85 die in Plane crash

A plane carrying Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife has crashed in western Russia and that at least 87 people have been killed.

The Polish Foreign Ministry confirmed that the president and his wife were aboard the plane that crashed Saturday near the city of Smolensk.

A spokeswoman for Russia’s Emergencies Ministry, Irina Andrianova, said 87 people were killed but she had no details on their identity

Jub two stars met: Shoaib Malik to marry Sania Mirza in April

Pakistani Cricket Star and Former Captain of Pakistani cricket team Shoaib Malik, is all set to marry the Indian tennis star Sania Mirza, claimed by local TV channels of Pakistan.

The TV channels said that the mother of Shoaib Malik has met the family of Sania Mirza, and proposed her for her son. The channels also claimed that Sania’s family has accepted the proposal and the two families are all set to engage the two S’s soon.

The channel quoted the sources of Shoaib’s family and said that engagement ceremony between Shoaib and Sania are expected to be in next month.

Both Sania and Shoaib are one time engaged in the past but their engagements could not last long.

Joint Sitting of Parliament postponed

The Joint sitting of Parliament, which was slated to be held today (Friday), has been postponed due to differences between Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) and Awami National Party (ANP) over new nomenclature for the NWFP.

On the other hand, representative of different political parties, who was also scheduled to sign the draft of the constitutional reforms bill Thursday at a meting of Parliamentary Committee on Constitutional Reforms (PCCR) was also postponed and it is expected that they would sign the bill today (Friday) at a simple ceremony, sources informed Online.

The committee members also expressed annoyance over PML-N after it failed to sort out issue with regard to renaming of NWFP. They adopted a stance that PML-N wants to sabotage PCCR and despite promises PML-N has withdrawn its stance over new nomenclature for the NWFP

Online when contacted a Spokesperson of the National Assembly Secretariat as saying the Assembly Secretaries has not received summary from Presidency with regard to summoning of joint sitting of Parliament but we had been orally asked to finalize arrangements in this respect.

On the other hand, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani while talking to media men after a ceremony also admitted that he has not received a summary with regard to summoning of joint sitting of Parliament so far.

Pakistani Punjab Police used the logo of Indian Police in advertisement

The police of Punjab Pakistan in one of their advertisement mistakenly used the logo of Indian Punjab Police.

According to the reports of a local TV channel, in an advertisement issued from the Pakistan Punjab Police in which they asked the people of Pakistan to help ending terrorism, they published Indian Punjab Police logo at the end of that advertisement.

It is not yet clear who is responsible of this severe mistake and whether this mistake was intentional or unintentional.

Few months back Indian authorities have also made a mistake by publishing the former Pakistani Air Chief picture in one of their government advertisement.

Zardari announces to donates his whole body for cause of organ transplant

President Asif Ali Zardari has announced to donate his whole body for the cause of organ transplantation; being the first President to donate his entire body.

Addressing the ceremony after signing the Human organ and tissues transplant bill 2010 in Presidency here on Wednesday, the President said that there was a strong need to take strict actions against those who sell human organs.

He said that there was a need of creating awareness regarding donating the human organs, and also urged of the doctors to play positive role for the sake of their own country.

He said that by using the latest technology in the country they should ensure bright future.

He said that government was following the policies of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto adding that after strengthening of democracy in the country people would get more awareness.

He said that serving the humanity was priority of PPP led government and they would ensure to provide every facility to the people.

PHF not to accept resignations of hockey players: Jakhrani

Federal Minister for Sports Ijaz Jakhrani has said that Pakistan Hockey Federation should not accept resignations of Pakistani Hockey players which had tenderd their resignations following their poor performance in the recent Hockey World Cup.

Ijaz Jakhrani while talking to media persons after meeting with President Pakistan Hockey Federation Qasim Zia and Pakistan Hockey players on Tuesday, said that match fixing in Hockey is very difficult and Pakistani team was under pressure after loosing its first match against India. He said that despite Sports Ministry, PHF would decide Asif Bajwa’s future.

The Sports Minister said that he personally met each and every player of Pakistani Hockey team except Captain Zeeshan Ashraf, adding that he was briefed in meeting about combined resignation, poor performance of players, and coordination between team management and players during Hockey World Cup.

Mr. Jakhrani said that main reasons behind defeat in World Cup was that after loosing first match against India Pakistani team came under pressure and shortage of tournaments against European team was the second main reason behind our defeat.

He further said that after meeting with players and team management we have not found any evidence, which show that matches were fixed, adding that he would meet and consult with former Olympians for the uplift of hockey.

Mr. Shakeel Abbsi and Rehan Butt while talking to media expressed that all players have accepted responsibility of poor performance in world cup and as response tendered their resignations while there was no dispute between team management and players. They further said that they would accept President PHF decision about them.

PML-Q MPA presents her ‘dopatta’ to CM Punjab over his statement about Taliban

NWFP Assembly on Monday witnessed uproar on the statement of Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif in which he reportedly appealed to Taliban not to target Punjab with terror attacks.

Members from Pakistan Muslim League (Quaid-e-Azam) and other groups severely condemned the CM Punjab’s statement and termed it the violation of Pakistan’s Constitution and against the national interest.

PML-Q MPA Nighat Orakzai said on the floor of the house that “if Sharif says the Taliban should not carry out attacks only in Punjab she’ll present her ‘dopatta’ to him.” She asked CM Punjab to apologize from the people of NWFP for his statement.

TTP claims the responsibility of twin Lahore bombings

The proscribed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed the responsibility for twin Lahore bombings that claimed the lives of 39 people and wounded 95 others on Friday.

The blasts took place near R A Bazaar at 12:48 pm within the space of 15 seconds as crowds gathered for Friday prayers. The blasts were so powerful that it caused cracks in nearby buildings besides shattering window panes.

On the other hand the heads of both alleged bombers were recovered from the scene of the blasts while two suspects were also arrested, the Inspector General of Punjab Tariq Salim Dogar told reporters after the blasts.

“We have collected concrete technical evidence, which will help identify the attackers. Both the attackers were on foot,” the IGP said.

Five security men were dead and 15 others were wounded in the bombings, sources cloe to security agencies said.