Issue#152 15th August 2008
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SHEER KHORMA

-  2 liter of milk
- 1 litre water
- 1 cup sugar
- 8 dried dates
- 6-8 whole cardamoms
- 1\4 cup ghee or butter

- 6-7 seeds of cardamom (crushed).
- 1 cup of vermicelli (sayaiyan)
- 1/4 cup chopped pistachios
- 1/2 cup dried coconut
- 1/2 cup chopped almond
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1tsp kevera essence
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Soak 3 dried dates and coconut in water for 2 hours, until soft. then thinly slice them.
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In a pot add milk, water, 5 dried dates and  cardamoms and simmer on low heat for about 2 hours or until about 1 1\2 litre milk is left. Strain milk through a fine sieve. Discard the dates and cardamoms and reserve milk.
3. Heat ghee or butter in a heavy based pan add crushed  cardamom seeds, when they pop and splutter add vermicelli and fry for 3-4 minutes. Add pistachios, coconut, almond, raisins and dates and fry for 2 more minutes.
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. Add warm milk to it, bring to boil and cook for 5-8 minutes, until cooked through. 
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. Add sugar and cook until sugar has completely dissolved. Just before removing from heat add kevera essence .
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Down's Syndrome

 Down's syndrome is a genetic condition which affects about one in every 1,000 babies born in the UK.

Every child develops using the genetic information passed from parents - this is carried in units called chromosomes, and humans normally have 46. However, most children with Down's syndrome have received an extra copy of chromosome 21, making 47 in all.
No-one knows fully why this should happen, although older mothers are known to be at slightly higher risk of having babies with Down's syndrome. There are other forms of Down's, which account for only a small percentage of cases, in which other chromosomal variations are to blame.
Physical difference

The results of Down's are many and vary from person to person. It is impossible to tell at birth how severe any disability will be.
Physically, many babies with Down's syndrome will look slightly different to other children - for example, their eyes often slant upwards and outwards, and the back of the head may be unusually flat.
In addition, a large proportion, perhaps as high as 40% of babies with Down's syndrome will have some sort of congenital heart defect, such as a "hole in the heart".
Surgery to correct these, if necessary, takes the same form as operations given to babies who do not have Down's syndrome.
Experts are keen that all babies with Down's syndrome have their hearts assessed as soon as possible after birth to either confirm or rule out the presence of defects.
Developmentally, a child with Down's syndrome will have some level of learning disorder, although this can be very mild, simply slowing down the child's mental development rather than stopping it altogether.
Most children with Down's learn to walk, talk and read and write - as well as do many of the other things taken for granted with other children, such as ride a bike.
However, the presence of Down's means that parents do have to be watchful for various health problems.
Babies and children with the syndrome often have an immune system which makes them prone to infections, particularly chest and sinus infections.
Babies with Down's syndrome can also have problems regulating their temperature, and can have very dry skin.

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Dear all contact Pakistan members, Very happy independent day August 14, 2008 to All Contact Pakistan members and to whole nation. 
My Name : Muhammad Kazam Ali, I am living in Riyadh with my family. I am contact Pakistan member since last two years, today I visited Muhaidib & Elly Book Shops on Dabbab street to purchase new books my for children. I found that books in this country cost fortune, very expensive comparing to Pakistan. So I feel if we can try to get the old books from CP members and offer to other or if we have any CP member working with books stores if he can offer discount for the CP members. Hoping the entire CP member consider the proposal. Thank you. Muhammad Kazam, Riyadh
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 Box of Crayons
Assalam-o-alikum
A hearty Independence Day wishes to everyone. May Allah always keep our country in His care. Ameen!
Seeing the title of the article you must be wondering what it is about. Well folks, tell me… when you go to the market to buy crayons, do you look for a box with a single color selection…?Do you buy a box of crayons with all red colored crayons, or with all green crayons or what about buying all blue ones…? No… you don’t want such a box with only single type of color. You try to look for the box that has a variety of color options in it. Depending on your pocket, you would rather go for the box that has the largest variety of color options in it. Why so…well one reason is that it gives you a much wider choice to choose when you want to color your drawing. The more options you have while choosing color, happier you are because it enables you to color your picture/drawing more nicely and appealingly.
We find all these different assortment of colors in a box. Red color doesn’t argue with the blue one, green one doesn’t snub the yellow one... and so on. They know that together their value is more than their worth as an individual. All these crayons, some of which are dull, others bright, some sharp, some pretty, but they all have learned to live together in the same box because they understand that they complement each other. And that’s their strength.
Friends, likewise, a country too consists of countrymen belonging to different casts, creed, color, ethnic group…Individually they are not as valuable as they are when they are united. Unity of its people is one of the major strength of any country. Back in Stone Age, where people lived in caves and forests, their minds were caved; the only persons they would relate to were their own kinsmen. Any other person was seen as an enemy and was dealt with warily. Now we live in an open-minded, civilized world. The blending of cultures is the simple arithmetic of creativity and success. As a nation, we are meant to complement each other. Some are pastoralists, some are farmers, and others are sports men, artists and so on… All are vital for the development of the country for each has a vital role, which no one else can play. Our progress will increase manifolds, the day we start living in harmony: living in happiness with each feeling the others pain. This will also help us achieve stability and tranquility.
So dear readers, let’s enjoy the variety Allah gave us, instead of splitting ourselves in parties and groups. Nothing is more guaranteed to fracture any country, any institution, and any organization, than internal division. Remember, Unity is strength. Division is death.
We all got to learn a lot from crayons who inspite of their differences have learned to live together in the same box. May Allah unite us all and make our country and our nation prosperous.  Ameen.
Till next time, Allah Hafiz.

Ms. Amna Tariq Holy City of Makkah-Ul-Mukarrama

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