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Asian quake affected Earth's rotation

The deadly Asian earthquake may have permanently accelerated the Earth's rotation, shortening days by a fraction of a second.
It may even have caused the planet to wobble on its axis, according to US scientists.    
Richard Gross, a geophysicist with Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, theorised on Tuesday that a shift of mass towards the Earth's centre during the quake on Sunday has actually affected the planet.It now spins 3 microseconds (millionth of a second) faster and has tilt about two and a half centimetres on its axis.    
When one huge tectonic plate beneath the Indian Ocean was forced below the edge of another "it had the effect of making the Earth more compact and spinning faster", Gross said.    
He said changes predicted by his model probably are too minuscule to be detected by a global positioning satellite network that routinely measures changes in Earth's spin, but said the data may reveal a slight wobble.    
Continual change
The Earth's poles travel in a circular path that normally varies by about 10 metres, so an added wobble of 0.025m is unlikely to cause long-term effects, the scientist said.    
"That continual motion is just used to changing. The rotation is not actually that precise. The Earth does slow down and change its rate of rotation."    
When those tiny variations accumulate, planetary scientists must add a "leap second" to the end of a year, something that has not been done in many years, Gross added.    
Scientists have long theorised that changes on the Earth's surface such as tide and groundwater shifts and weather could affect its spin but they have not had precise measurements to prove it, Caltech seismologist Hiroo Kanamori said.    
"Even for a very large event, the effect is very small," Kanamori said. "It's very difficult to change the rotation rate substantially."

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Gajar Ka Halva

- 1 kg. carrots, peeled and grated 
- 2 cups sugar
- 3\4 cup ghee

- 2 cups khoya or milk powder
- 100 g. blanched almonds, cut into slices
- 50 g. unsalted pistachios
- 50 g. unsalted and roasted cashew nuts
- 25 g. raisins 
- 7-8 whole cardamoms

- 1 tsp. ground cardamom
- silver leaf (varak) for decoration

- few drops of kewra

1.Put carrots and ground cardamom in a heavy based large pan. Cover the pan with a tight fitting lid and cook over very low heat for about 30-40 minutes or until the carrots are tender and all the water has absorbed. (no need to add water as the carrots will release their own water. (Add 1\4 cup water if the carrots stick to the bottom of the pan)

2. Heat ghee in a heavy based pan, add cardamoms. Stirring all the time, fry for a couple of minutes. Add carrots and stir fry for few minutes. Add sugar and while stirring cook uncovered for 10-12 minutes, until all the water from the sugar has evaporated.
3. Add almonds, pistachios, raisins and cashew nuts. Stir.  Sprinkle in khoya or milk powder milk and mix it really well. Add kewra and stirring frequently cook for 3-4 minutes. The halva is ready when the ghee begin to separate and has glossy shine. Transfer to a serving dish and decorate with pistachio and silver leaf. Serve hot.

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What can cause low back injuries?

Many things can cause low back injuries--muscle strain or spasm, sprains of ligaments (which attach bone to bone), joint problems or a "slipped disk." The most common cause is using your back muscles in activities you're not used to, like lifting heavy furniture or doing yard work.
A slipped disk happens when the disk between the bones bulges and presses on nerves. This is often caused by twisting while lifting. But many people won't know what caused their slipped disk.
What can I do for relief when I've hurt my lower back?

The best position for relief when your back hurts is to lie on your back on the floor with pillows under your knees, with your hips and knees bent and your feet on a chair, or just with your hips and knees bent. This takes the pressure and weight off your back.
If you're resting a hurt back, you may need 1 to 2 days of this sort of rest. Resting longer than this can cause your muscles to weaken, which can slow your recovery. Even if it hurts, walk around for a few minutes every hour.

What else can I do for relief?
Heating pads can help to relax painful muscle spasms. Use heat for 20 to 30 minutes at a time. Ice packs and massages may also give relief. Nonprescription medicines that reduce pain or swelling include aspirin, acetaminophen (brand name: Tylenol), naproxen (brand name: Aleve), ketoprofen (brand name: Orudis), and ibuprofen (brand name: Motrin).

Changing Your E-mail Text Format

If you're e-mails are plain looking it could be that your e-mail text format is set to plain text. The text font, size, color etc. of plain text is - plain!
HTML or Rich Text (depending on the version of e-mail you are using) will allow you to greatly vary the appearance of your e-mail text. It will really spruce up the appearance of your e-mails.
Here's how you do it.
Go to your Outlook Express main screen:
1) Click on Tools, then Options. Select the 'Send' tab.
2) Scroll down to the 'Mail Sending Format' area.
3) There are two options, Plain Text and HTML. Select HTML.
4) Click OK to save the changes.
If you don't like the way it looks just select plain text in step 3.

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Hope you are fine and well. With reference of Job Alerts of November 28,2004 2 of 2. In response of this we received lots phone calls from Pakistani brothers. Please accepts my thanks and I am glad to inform you that a Pakistani brother (Khaurram Farooq) is working there. This job now for 3 months and it is full time job with a good salary. Anyhow, once again I am very thankful to you and the team of ContactPakistan because without your help I cannot help of this brother. With best regards. Syed Anwer Mahmood
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Watching your child wheeze and gasp for breath is both a frightening and a heart-breaking experience for the parents. Asthma is a condition caused by the constriction of airways. It is of two kinds. The ‘Atopic” kind is linked with eczema, hay fever and migraine in the person or his family. The ‘Non-Atopic’ kind is a bronchial reaction to irritants like dust, dampness, pollen, carpet fiber, animal fur, cold air, grass, sprays etc. It can also be brought on by anxiety. It is very encouraging to know that asthma, in children, often stops at puberty. While we hold on to that ray of hope, there is a lot that can be done. Parents can keep a record of the surroundings, diet and circumstances that trigger an attack. Soon a pattern will be seen and frequency and severity of future attacks can be reduced. As in every case, diet must be watched very carefully. Some children respond well to cutting down of wheat, dairy and canned foods and pop sodas.
An asthmatic child needs to strengthen his lungs. A bronchiodilator and yoga exercises for lungs and diaphragm are highly recommended. Aromatherapy can also do a lot to make an asthmatic child’s life easier. Anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, calming, decongesting, mucolytic and expectorant essential oils like Roman Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Cypress, Geranium, Lavender, Frankincense, Rosemary, Rose, Pine, Marjoram etc can be used in various ways to avoid or at least reduce the intensity of an asthma attack. The below mentioned techniques should be adopted only under the supervision of a qualified Aromatherapist :

  • The best preventative method is regular chest and back massage using diluted essential oils like Roman Chamomile, Frankincense, Cypress, Lavender and Geranium.. An Aromatherapist can help you select the right oils depending upon the age of the child.
  • At nighttime, 2-3 drops of the e. oils can be added to a bowl of hot water. The bowl can be placed in the child’s room. The slow diffusion of the oils will ease the child’s breathing. Direct steam inhalation is NOT advisable for an asthmatic child. An Aroma diffuser can also be used for diffusion.
  • Frankincense is best known to slow and deepen the breathing. 1-2 drops can be put on a tissue and inhaled from time to time.
  • Hot compresses made from e. oils can be placed on child’s chest to relieve congestion and calm the breathing.

When an attack occurs, do not panic. A child can sense your emotional state and this would make his condition worse. Place a drop of e. oil on tissue and let him inhale. At the same time, do not delay medical assistance. Remember, we are using Aromatherapy as a complementary therapy and not as an alternative to medical aid.
A patch test must be carried out before any of the essential oils are used on an asthmatic child to rule out the possibility of an allergic reaction to the oil itself.
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 A Desired Resolution
Tick tick tick!!! The time continues to move on…and here we find ourselves in year 2005! Young fellows…Did you make any new year resolutions? For those who have, good for you and we pray that you achieve them. For those who have not, they better do as having an ambition or goal in front of you help your direct your path and also monitor your pace.
This time, we will take a look at what we can possibly include in our resolution list that will help us become better human beings and also bring us closer to our Creator, Allah Almighty.
A worth aim to have shall be to become one of those who are closest to Allah as it is these people who are truly blessed. As said in Quran, only those among you are close to Allah who are greater in Taqwa. So we shall work to increase our Taqwa. Taqwa is the fear of God. It means that we fear Allah's wrath and try to avoid those acts that can be reasons to anger Allah Almighty. There are ways that lead to enhancing our taqwa, foremost being salat. Good for those who are regular about their prayers. The lazy ones shall make toba(seek forgiveness) and at once shall take measures to become regular about salat. Five time prayers have been made obligatory on us- the muslims. There is no excuse, whatsoever, in this Farz command from Allah. In our salats, we shall work to improve our concentration. One way of doing it can be by paying attention to what we say in salat. For this, we shall try to get familiar with the meaning of our prayers. For menfolk, they shall try to be punctual for Jamaat prayers. The women folk in this regard can play role by reminding their menfolk about the importance of jamat and persuading their men to join jamat for prayers. We shall also try to increase our prostrations as Allah is happy to see His men bowing infront of Him. We shall try to offer Tahajut prayers as at night time Allah comes down and listen to His men who leave their comfortable beds just to worship Allah and ask Him for His favors. It is said that if you want to talk to Allah Almighty, offer salat and if you desire your lord to talk to you, read Quran. Quran is the book of Allah. Its tilawat(reading) is a source of spiritual cleansing and relaxation. On every word, we read from it, we get a virtue. It is important that we recite it properly. For this, we need to seek guidance from learned religious scholars who can guide us how to pronounce its words in best manner (tajweed). Going through the meaning of Quran, help us understand the true spirit of religion Islam and also what Allah's commandments are. For those who memorize the whole Quran, rewards are many.  Being a muslim, we all should be knowing atleast few surahs from the Holy book. Often we find ourselves waiting in queue for our turns. At such time, instead of wasting our time, we shall increase the good deeds in our "Account book with God" by reciting Holy Quran or by doing zikar- remembrance of Allah.
These are just a few points that, if practiced upon, can help bring us closer to our Sustainer. We shall look for more opportunities to get the approval of Allah Almighty. May Allah accept from us and help us become true muslims. Ameen.
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