Issue #64 15th August 2004
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15th August 2003

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- 1\2 kg. lean minced beef
- 2 tomatoes
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- 2 tbsp. tomato ketchup
- 2\3 cup stock or water
- 1 tsp. red chilli
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1, Select squat round pepper that will stand upright. Using a small sharp knife, cut round the stem of each pepper. Draw it out, together with the seeds from inside.
2. Place the pepper together in a bowl. Cover with boiling water and allow to stand for 5 minutes. Then drain the peppers upside down and set aside while preparing the filling.
3. Heat the oil in a saucepan, add the chopped onions and fry for few minutes until soft but not brown.
4. Add mince meat and garlic to the onions. Continue to fry until the meat is well browned
5. Chopped the tomatoes and add to the meat. Sprinkle in the flour and stir thoroughly.
Add Worcestershire sauce, tomato ketchup, salt, chilli powder, pepper, and stock or water. Stir over low heat for about 5 minutes or until sauce is thick.
6. Spoon the meat mixture evenly into the peppers. Arrange the peppers in a well buttered oven proof dish. Sprinkle the top of each pepper with parmesan cheese.
7. Add about 3 tablespoons of water to the dish.
8. Place the dish in the centre of a oven at 350F and cook for 35-40 minutes. Serve hot.

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Cardiovascular Disease Related to Chronic Stress

Men who experience chronic psychological stress are more likely to have cardiovascular disease and to die of a stroke than their less-stressed peers, according to a large study conducted in Sweden
This study was based upon participants in the Malmo Preventive Project, a population-based screening and treatment initiative that monitors thousands of participants. Between 1974 and 1980, over 13,000 men and women (avrage age 45) in the study reported in questionnaires that they had experienced chronic stress during the past five years. Medical records of these 13,000 persons were analyzed and compared with medical histories of those who did not report experiencing chronic stress. 
The average length of medical follow-up was 21 years, with records analyzed up through the year 1999. Doctors examined the participants' medical records for the occurrence of cardiovascular disease and death from cardiovascular complications such as stroke. The strongest relationship to stress was the risk of fatal stroke in men; men who had suffered chronic stress were twice as likely as their peers to die of a stroke. However,after adjustment for other risk factors, an increased risk for stroke was not observed in women, suggesting that hormonal or other differences may modulate the effects of stress in terms of stroke risk. This study, published in the May 2004 issue of the European Heart Journal, confirms that psychological stress is itself a risk factor for cardiovascular disease even after adjustment for other known risk factors.

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When you start losing weight, it's important to keep some healthy diet tips in mind. When armed with good dieting information, you can change your diet from a struggle to a breeze. One of the most important tips one should keep in mind is to drink plenty of water. People who don't drink enough water often experience a slower metabolism and low energy. When you have at least 8 glasses each day, you will notice increased energy and faster weight loss.
Healthy Diet Tips Help You Lose Weight

Some other healthy diet tips include brushing your teeth when you have a food craving. When you brush your teeth, you are less likely to eat. People like to keep their mouths clean directly after brushing, so it may help you to say no to that handful of chips. Brushing you teeth is a great tip because it not only keeps you away from snacks, it makes your dentist happy, too.

When sorting through healthy weight loss diet patch information, you may come across a lot of different weight loss tips. One you should know is to not eat at least 2 hours before bed. If you go to bed with a full stomach, it slows your metabolism. A healthy body fasts while it sleeps, and it finds needed energy from fat deposits. If you change this system, you sabotage your weight loss efforts.
Finally, one more healthy diet tip is to exercise at least every other day. Exercise gives anyone trying to lose weight a serious boost. After a while, exercise increases your muscle mass, and this is key for a high metabolic rate. This allows you to burn calories even while you’re sitting.

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  • Select (highlight) a bulleted list and right click the selection.
  • This opens a menu, from which you select Bullets and Numbering.
  • When this box opens click Customize.
  • This opens yet another dialog box named Customize Bulleted List.
  • Click bullet to open the Symbol character map, and select the bullet symbol you want, and click OK.
  • At the top of this screen you can also select from a library of characters, for example Wingdings, to broaden the choices you have.
  • Back in the Customize Bulleted List dialog box you can change the size, color, etc.
  • When you are all done, click OK twice, and the bulleted list will be changed to the way you want it.

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Friends! Accept a very happy “Independence Day” greetings on behalf of Contact Pakistan’s team and from me. I dedicate this article to the martyrs’ every single drop of blood, which was fallen down on the path of freedom.  

Friends today I have a topic with a horrific name Glaucoma or Kaala Paani (in Urdu). Glaucoma is also known as “sneak – thief of sight” or “silent killer”.
Similar to blood pressure, every person has eye pressure. A fluid named “Aqueous Humor” maintains this eye pressure. Our eyes are continuously producing aqueous humor fluid and it’s constantly draining from eyes. For some reason if passage of drainage becomes narrow, blocked or our eye produces too much quantity of aqueous fluid, then the pressure inside the eye becomes elevated. This elevation of eye pressure can cause glaucoma. Symptomatically you cannot judge by yourself that you’re developing glaucoma or not, because Glaucoma are many kinds. Some of them may have eye pain, haloes around lights, loss of vision, red eyes and vomiting. But some types of Glaucoma do not have any signs. It is advisable that, after the age of 40 years, a healthy person should examine his eyes every two years by an ophthalmologist. But if you have diabetes or family history of Glaucoma, then you should examine every year.
Treatment: Glaucoma is not curable it is only manageable; we can manage Glaucoma by medicine or by surgery. Normally Glaucoma can be treated with medicated eye drops, surgery; or in some cases both. Both eye drops and surgery work by helping the fluid to drain from the eye, or decreasing the amount of fluid that is produced in the eye. Medicines of Glaucoma have some side effects like; fluctuation in heart rhythm, burning of eyes, fatigue, headache, drowsiness, dry mouth and shortness of breath. Many people stop glaucoma medications because of its side effects, but it’s better to tell your doctor instead of stopping.     It’s also important to pay attention to other side of Glaucoma - the emotional and psychological aspects of having this disease. If you have Glaucoma, it doesn’t mean that life is over. You should share your feelings with your family members, friends; and also discuss with other Glaucoma patients about ideas and feelings about living with Glaucoma. Friends! If you believe in winning, and with this believe, if you can fight with life’s problems and sufferings, then I guarantee you a victory!

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To the dwellers of the Subcontinent and Far East, the majestic, woody aroma of Sandalwood is both a reminder of the golden era of Moghuls and a profound religious icon. The world’s largest producer of excellent quality Sandalwood essential oil is the Mysore region of India. This oil enjoys a leading rank in Aromatherapy, Ayurvedic, Tibetan and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Because of its antiseptic, anti-infectious, sedative, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, wound-healing, digestive, diuretic and expectorant properties, it is used against a wide variety of dis-eases. Some of these discomforts are: urinary bladder infections, inflammation of kidneys and bladder, pre-menstrual and menopausal symptoms, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, vomiting, morning sickness, and heartburn. Furthermore, Sandalwood essential oil also helps in digestion by increasing the mucous secretion in small and large intestines and by speeding up fat metabolism. Massage with this oil, improves blood circulation and promotes lymph drainage. It also helps ease muscle spasms, lower back pain, sciatica and neuralgia. The calming nature of sandalwood helps relieve dry cough, bronchitis, laryngitis and sore throat. It is an excellent oil for skin care, especially for dry, cracked, chapped, oily, mature and wrinkled skin. It is also used for eczema, dry dandruff, nappy rash, sunburn and acne. Due to its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory nature, it can calm the skin considerably if added to an after shave moisturizer.
On the psychological plane, Sandalwood essential oil works well against stress, depression, nervous tension, irritation, anxiety and insomnia. For the readers who are into meditation and yoga, sandalwood diffusion can provide a serene atmosphere for grounding, concentrating and relaxing.
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  Respecting Our Freedom 
Dear fellows, Hope you all are fine even though the heat of sun is excruciating.
14 August i.e. Pakistan’s Independence Day is around. Live nations do not forget their national days and their national heroes.
Pakistan was created with an ideology. The need for separate homeland was deeply felt by the millions of Muslims in the sub-continent. The creation of Pakistan was not an ingenious idea of the leaders of subcontinent and their British rulers, but a demand of the masses. Will of few individuals cannot be so powerful to bring about such a great change as a creation of a country. Pakistan has a strong ideology behind its creation. It has its deep foundations in the hard work of Muslims dating back to eighteenth century. Muslim league in the very beginning only demanded equal rights for Muslims. It was the 1937 elections and resulting congress rule that showed the Muslims a glimpse of what could happen if they are left at the mercy of Hindus majority. And then our leaders and people together demanded the separate homeland named Pakistan. 
Lately, we see good relations developing between Pakistan and India. The social, economical and political bonuses attached to this new friendship make it all the more attractive. However, we should never forget our identity. It is now even more essential for us to understand the unique and mind boggling circumstances that resulted in the creation of Pakistan and about the realities that were involved. Developing good relations with India is a welcoming step, provided, our separate identity, which was the driving force for freedom movement for Pakistan is not hit.
Our national days are infact reminders for us…to make us realize of the pain borne by millions of Muslims of the sub-continent, the untiring effort of the leaders and the innumerable sacrifices made while converting a dream into a reality. 
Freedom is a great blessing. Live nations realize its value and take all measures to safeguard it because they know that any short sightedness can make future generations pay heavy cost for the negligence. Dead nations only realize the value of freedom when they loose it. We shall respect and pay tribute to the great leadership and sacrifices of millions for one just cause -that made us achieve freedom. Today, we have lost respect for Freedom. Freedom never came free, it never does. It has its cost. The example of Kashmir is there to make us realize the cost of freedom.
The struggle started by Muslims of subcontinent has to be saluted. The struggle is yet there. The dream was not only of getting a separate homeland but also of making Pakistan a developed country with a prosperous nation. We have to safeguard our frontiers from enemies and also our fellow countrymen from evils of poverty, illiteracy and disease. Each one of us has a role to play. Realize your obligations to your dear motherland and put efforts to do your part. Jashan-e-Azaadi Mubarak!!!!

Mrs. Amna Tariq, Makkah Mukarrama - KSA

We are proud Pakistanis 
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Children, you all know that 14 August is our national day and this year Pakistanis all over the world would be celebrating the 57th anniversary of their independence.

Do you have any idea how many sacrifices our elders made so that we could live in a free country?  I am sure many of your grand parents must have played an important part in the Freedom Fight.  I remember how proudly my father used to tell us that he was a member of the ‘Bacha Muslim league’ wing and how wonderful he felt singing after his school” Butt Kay Rahay ga Hindustan lay Kay raahain gay Pakistan.” 

You should really sit down with your grandparents sometime for a trip down memory lane.  They must be having some wonderful stories of their own of those days.

When our elders migrated from India, life was very tough for them.  They left behind a big part of their lives, money, homes, wealth and above all the memories of their childhood.  Their homes were there for centuries with generations after generations living in them.  However, here in Pakistan they had to face many hardships. When my elders came and settled in Karachi, for months they had to live in makeshift tents of bed sheets on the platforms of Cantt. Station in Karachi.

But they never went back, none of them.  Our elders stayed and faced all the miseries with patience and unity.  We owe a lot to them.  If they had not taken that big decision of migrating to Pakistan, we had no chance of living in a free country with an identity of our own_ Pakistanis.  No matter which part of the world we live in, we will always be Pakistanis.

There is a saying that one should never forget his past.  A giant tree can only stand tall if it has strong roots in the ground.  We should also be like that tree strong and proud of our roots and past.

Mohammad Ali Jinnah always emphasized three things unity, faith and discipline.  Which are not difficult to follow.

One should always think of playing a role in the development of his society and country. You know what is the easiest way of becoming a useful member of our society.  It is education.  Just be a good student and respect your elders for all the sacrifices they made for you. Then nothing can stop you from achieving your goals.  Be proud of your past and confident of your future.  Pakistan Zindabaad.

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