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1. 1\2 cup oil
- 1 small onion, thinly sliced
- 1 tbsp. garlic paste
- 1 tbsp. ginger paste
- 1 kg boneless chicken breast, cut into small cubes
- 1 1\2 tsp. chilli powder
- 1\4 tsp. turmeric
- 1 1\2 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. coriander powder
- 3 medium tomatoes, chopped
- 3 tbsp. yogurt, whisked
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
- 3 tbsp. ginger, cut into matchstick
- 1 tsp. chatt masala
- 1 tsp. garam masala
- 3 tbsp. fresh coriander leaves. chopped
- 2-4 green chillies, thinly sliced 

Heat oil in a heavy based saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and sauté until soft, about 2 minutes.
2.  Add
ginger and garlic, sauté about 2 minutes. Stirring constantly. (add little water if the mixture sticks to the bottom of the pan).
3. Add chicken and fry until the water from chicken is evaporated, about 5 minutes.

4. Add chili powder, turmeric, salt and coriander powder. Fry 1 minute, then add tomatoes and Stirring constantly, fry the mixture for about 5 minutes, or tomatoes are reduced to a pulp.
5. Add yogurt and fry for
few more minutes, stirring constantly, about 4 minutes. Add a little water, if necessary, to prevent the mixture from sticking to the bottom of the pan. Keep frying until the oil begins to separate.

6. Add lemon juice, ginger sticks, chatt masala  garam masala, coriander leave and green chilies. Stir once, cover and cook for 3 minutes over low heat.  
7. Serve with Nan, Roti or plain boiled rice.

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Daily nuts may help boost health

Adding nuts to a healthy diet may help release people from a dangerous combination of health problems.

Up to 25% of people in the UK are thought to have "metabolic syndrome", which includes obesity and high blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar.
A Mediterranean diet of vegetables, fruit and fish plus daily nuts boosted health in more than one in eight at-risk volunteers, a Spanish study found.
The research was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine journal.
Disease risk

The healthy properties of certain kinds of nuts, eaten in moderation, has been noted before. However, the researchers from the University of Rovira i Virgili in Spain, tested more than 1,200 volunteers with metabolic syndrome to see if adding nuts could boost existing healthy diets.
People with metabolic syndrome are at greatly increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
The group was split into thirds, the first of which were just given advice on low-fat eating.
The next third got quarterly teaching on the Mediterranean diet, which as well as eating plenty of vegetables, cereal crops and fruit, also means cutting down on dairy produce and red meat. They were each given a litre of olive oil a week to supplement this.
The final third got the same teaching, but they were given a 30g bag of mixed nuts every day.
None was told they had to restrict their calorie intake.
After a year, the volunteers were reassessed to see whether their health had improved.
Approximately 2% of the group who were told about low-fat diets had improved to the extent that they were no longer classed as having metabolic syndrome.
Among those following a Mediterranean diet including olive oil, the figure rose to 6.7%. Finally, 13.7% of those eating their daily bag of nuts as well as the Mediterranean diet had improved.
Even though none of the participants weight had dropped significantly over the year, waist circumferences had diminished in the nut-eating group, and cholesterol and blood pressure levels had dropped.
Salt concerns

The researchers said that the nuts may have been helping to cut the amount of chronic inflammation linked to their weight.
Dr Jordi Salas-Salvado, the lead author, said: "The results of the study show that a non-energy restricted traditional Mediterranean diet enriched with nuts, which is high in fat, high in unsaturated fat and palatable, is a useful tool in managing metabolic syndrome."
However, a spokesman for the British Dietetic Association warned that the findings did not give people licence to eat large quantities of nuts in the hope this would improve their health. "You can't just sit on the sofa this Christmas and eat nuts - you should be making sure that if you add this many calories to you diet, you should take them out somewhere else if possible. "And this probably only refers to tree nuts, such as hazelnuts and almonds, rather than peanuts, which aren't actually a nut at all.
"People should also be careful not eat too may salted nuts, as that certainly is no good for your blood pressure."




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- What is Maya Civilization and what it got to do with year 2012. First Time discussed in Urdu
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View of Chichen Itza visited Maya temples MAYA CIVILIZATION

Ancient Maya had amazing technical skills; they erect highly decorated ceremonial architecture sites, including impressive temples, ball courts, pyramids, palaces, and observatories; such architectural skills are believed to have been built without the use of wheels and metal tools. Yet, the perfect harmony of their architectural achievements leaves even the most skillful scientists of today wondering how this ancient people arrived to such highly refine knowledge and understanding of our galaxy and the Universe.  Why their cities and temples are rooted in their Cosmo-vision and how they managed to produce such incredible perfection in their architecture and mathematical achievements.
By the way this civilization existed from 1800BC !!

The Maya are a people of southern Mexico and northern Central America with some 3,000 years of rich history. The Maya were part of the Mesoamerican Pre-Columbian cultures. Contrary to popular myth, the Maya people never "disappeared"; millions still live in the region, many of them still speak one of the Maya family of languages. This article will mostly concern itself with their civilization before the conquest by Spain. 
Archaelogical evidence shows the Maya started to build ceremonial architecture some 3000 years ago. There is some disagreement as to the borders and difference between the early Maya and their neighboring Pre-Classic Mesoamerican civilization, the Olmec culture. The Olmec and early Maya seem to have influenced each other.  The earliest monuments consist of simple burial mounds, the precursors to pyramids erected in later times. Eventually, the Olmec culture faded after spreading their influence into the Yucatan peninsula, present-day Guatemala, and other regions. The Maya developed the famed cities of Tikal, Palenque, Copán and Kalakmul, as well as Dos Pilas, Uaxactun, Altun Ha, and many other sites in the area. They developed an agriculturally intensive, city-centered empire consisting of numerous independent city-states. The most notable monuments are the pyramids they built in their religious centers and the accompanying palaces of their rulers. Other important archaeological remains include the carved stone slabs usually called stelae (the Maya called them Tetun, or "Tree-stones"), which depict ruler along with heiroglyphic texts describing their genealogy, war victories, and other accomplishments. 
Art and architecture Many consider Maya art and architecture of their Classic Era (c. 200 to 900 a.d.) to be the most sophisticated and beautiful of the ancient New World. The carvings and stucco reliefs at Palenque and the statuary of Copan are especially fine, showing a grace and accurate observation of the human form that reminded early archaeologists of Classical civilization of the Old World, hence the name bestowed on this era. We have only hints of the advanced painting of the classic Maya, mostly what has survived on funerary pottery, and a building at Bonampak where the ancient murals survived by fortunate accident. With the decipherment of the Maya script it was discovered that the Maya were one of the few civilizations where artists attached their name to their work. 
Writing system The Maya writing system (often called hieroglyphics from a vague superficial resemblance to the Egyptian writing, to which it is not related) was a combination of phonetic symbols and ideograms. It is the only writing system of the Pre-Columbian New World that can completely represent spoken language to the same degree as the written language of the old world. The decipherment of the Maya writings has been a long laborous process. Bits of it were first deciphered in the late 19th and early 20th century (mostly the parts having to do with numbers, the calendar, and astronomy), but major breakthroughs came starting in the 1960s and 1970s and accelerated rapidly thereafter, so that now the majority of Maya texts can be read nearly completely in their original languages. Unfortunately zealous Spanish priests shortly after the conquest ordered the burning of all the Maya books. While many stone inscriptions survive (mostly from cities already abandoned when the Spanish arrived), only 3 books and a few pages of a fourth survive from the ancient libraries. Rectangular lumps of plaster and paint chips are a frequent discovery in Maya archaeology; they are the tantalzing remains of what had been books after all the organic material has decayed.  Mathematics The Maya (or their Olmec predesessors) independently developed the concept of zero (indeed, they seem to have been using the concept centuries before the Old World), and used a base 20 numbering system (see Mayan numerals). Inscriptions show them on occasion working with sums up to the hundreds of millions. They produced extremely accurate astronomical observations; their charts of the movements of the moon and planets are equal or superior to any other civilization working from naked eye observation. The Maya calculation of the length of the solar year was somewhat superior to the Gregorian Calendar. 
Decline of the Maya In the 8th and 9th centuries AD Classic Maya culture went into decline, with most of the cities of the central lowlands abandoned. Warfare, ecological depletion of croplands, and drought or some combination of those factors are usually suggested as reasons for the decline. There is archaeological evidence of warfare, famine, and revolt against the elite at various central lowlands sites. 
The Maya cities of the northern lowlands in Yucatan continued to flourish for centuries more; some of the important sites in this era were Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Etzna, and Coba. After the decline of the ruling dynasties of Chichen and Uxmal, Mayapan ruled all of Yucatan until a revolt in 1450; the area then devolved to city states until the Spanish Conquest. 
Post-Classic Mayan states also continued to thrive in the southern highlands. One of the Maya kingdoms in this area, the Quiche, is responsible for the best-known Mayan work of historiography and mythology, the Popol Vuh. 
The Spanish started their conquest of the Maya lands in the 1520s. Some Maya states offered long fierce resistance; the last Maya city state was not subdued by Spanish authorities until 1697. 
The Spanish American Colonies were largely cut off from the outside world, and the ruins of the great ancient cities were little known except to locals. In 1839 however, American traveller, John Lloyd Stephens, hearing reports of lost ruins in the jungle, visited Copan, Palenque, and other sites with English architect & draftsman Frederick Catherwood. Their illustrated accounts of the ruins sparked strong interest in the region and the people, and they have once again regained their position as a vital link in Mesoamerican heritage. 
Much of the contemporary rural population of Guatemala and Belize is Maya by descent and primary language; a Maya culture still exists in rural Mexico. 
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Dear Tahir / Tariq Bhai Assalam o Alaikum 
 A Just now I heard the Gup Shup Radio Contact Program, Its really interesting to hear your GupShup 
 This is my first experience to hear this event, its look me very own community voice, some thing "apna apna" 
 I have a suggestion that you please call one guest on every program from the Pakistani community in Saudi Arabia. To hear his or her views about different topics. Insha Allah I 'll keep in touch in this regards to let you know more suggestion for your program. 
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 More Blessed To Give Than to Receive 
Eid ul Azha is just about ten day ahead. The spirit of ‘sacrifice’ is the crux of this Eid.
Back in our school days, when I was in class three, one of our class fellow’s father suffered great loss in his business and their financial status became meek. We heard that her parents were thinking to pull her out of school because they could no longer afford to buy her books, stationary and pay the school dues. The time of the year coincided with Eid ul Azha. As our class teacher explained us about the true meaning of this Eid, she emphasized on the spirit of sacrifice and the importance of giving. At the end of the lecture, she asked if any one of us has any thing to help our distressed class fellow. And to this appeal all the pupils of the class participated. Next day, every one had something to contribute…may it be a book, a copy or simply a pencil. We, the students, told our teacher that each of us is ready to give in half of our monthly pocket money if that could make for the school dues of our friend. The teacher told about our spirit to our principal who readily excused the fee of our fellow… and like this our class fellow who was about to quit studies was able to continue. In two years time, their family’s financial status got better and her parents were them able to afford her studies. Today, she is a doctor.
The reason for sharing the above incident is to tell you how much importance our tiny little acts of generosity mean for humanity. We often assume that money exists for our own benefit, rather than for others. We know that possessions are for sharing, yet when it comes to our own affairs, we act as if possessions are for keeping. There are just so many reasons to give. Allah Almighty has made us among the blessed ones. Why shall we not thank Him, by extending a part of it to those who are not as fortunate? To give is not to throw money away, but rather to invest it for an overwhelming return because Allah has promised high rewards for those who give in charity.  When we give, it shall not feel like a burden but a pleasure because a true believer lives and gives with an eternal perspective. We all know that the life of this world is temporary and life Hereafter is for ever. We shall be unconcerned with how much we own in this life because our focus shall be on the eternal life to come.
Just give a thought to this quote, “Getting what you want is not nearly as important as giving what you have.” It is not that only rich can give. It is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich. Each of us has something to contribute… it is not the material wealth that only one can offer to other, but a kind gesture, a soft word, a shoulder to cry upon, and so on… for after all it is more blessed to give than to receive.
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