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- 2 kg. loki (marrow) , peeled and finely grated 
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- 3\4 cup sugar or according to the taste
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- seeds from 8 green cardamoms
- 150 g. condensed milk
- 1 1\2 cup khoya or 1cup powder milk

- 100g. blanched almond, cut into sliver

- 50 g. unsalted pistachio nuts, cut into slivers 
- few drops of kewra essence (optional)
1.Place the grated marrow, ground cardamom and 1\2 cup of water in a large sauce pan over medium-high heat.
2. Bring to boil, reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 10-15 minutes or until the marrow is tender and all the water has evaporated.
3. Add sugar, stir gently and cook uncovered for about 8-12 minutes or until all the moisture has evaporated.

4. Heat ghee in a heavy based pan and add cardamom seeds. Stirring all the time, fry for few minutes. Add marrow mixture and fry on medium heat for 5-8 minutes, until it is light brown.
5. Add condense milk, stirring constantly, cook for 5 minutes. Then add khoya or powder milk and dry fruit. Stirring constantly cook for 3-5 minutes. Add kewra stir once, cover and turn off the heat.  
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This year's flu season was scary. But it was only a tiny taste of what would happen if bird flu spread among humans -- something that fortunately has not happened. This year's Fujian flu was just a slightly different kind of flu. But totally new flu bugs -- such as the 1918-1920 Spanish flu, the 1957-1958 Asian flu, and the 1967-1968 Hong Kong flu -- are major killers. The 1918 flu killed 500,000 Americans; the Asian flu, 70,000; the Hong Kong flu, a relatively meager 40,000. Experts think all of these flu bugs jumped to humans from birds. Now there's a new flu bug wreaking havoc on poultry -- and people who come into contact with them -- in East Asia. It's officially known as H5N1 avian influenza. So far, the only humans to get it have caught it from infected chickens or ducks. And among the patients that doctors have seen, nearly 70% percent of them have died. To date, there have been 32 lab-confirmed cases and 22 deaths. However, Tran Tinh Hien, MD, tells WebMD he's sure that some people have mild or no symptoms and thus are not seen by a doctor. Perhaps there is only a small number of people with severe symptoms from bird flu, he says. Hien is lead researcher of a bird flu study released early today that is scheduled to appear in the March 18 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine. During the 1990s, 36,000 Americans (90% of them elderly) died in a typical flu season. The CDC estimates that if a new flu were as lethal as the 1957-1958 flu bug, it would kill between 89,000 and 207,000 Americans. It would sicken 20 million to 47 million people and lead to some 730,000 hospitalizations. But there's strong evidence that the bird flu now spreading through East Asia would be worse. Much worse. Hien's report contains grim findings from a study of 10 people who caught bird flu directly from infected poultry. Eight of them died, note Hien and Jeremy Farrar, MD, PhD, of the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and colleagues. "This particular infection is clearly difficult to catch and seems to come about following very close contact with poultry. There is no evidence of human-to-human transmission among our cases," Farrar tells WebMD. But there is some hopeful news. "In my hospital no more confirmed cases have been admitted to the hospital for two weeks," Hien says. People get bird flu via close contact with infected birds or their feces. There is no evidence that people get the infection from eating fully cooked chicken or eggs. However, tigers in a zoo near Bangkok appear to have been infected with bird flu by eating raw chickens. CDC officials recommend fully cooking chicken and eggs for Americans living or traveling in areas where there's bird flu.
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Can Herbs and Diabetes Drugs Mix?

Safety doesn't seem like a big issue with some of the herbs that might be helpful in diabetes. Garlic and fenugreek (Methi), of course, are common culinary seasonings. And the studies on herbs examined in the Diabetes Care review showed no serious side effects. Nevertheless, it may be possible for complementary treatments to have bad interactions with prescription diabetes drugs. For example, if they actually work, your blood sugar levels could drop too far, causing hypoglycemia. For that reason, Geil tells people trying out supplements to test their blood sugar more often than they would otherwise. And try only one herb at a time. That way, you'll be better able to judge whether it seems to be working for you.
George B. Kudolo, PhD, a researcher at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, is currently researching the interaction between three prescription diabetes drugs -- Glucotrol, Actos, and Glucophage -- with ginkgo biloba, in a study funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM).
In an earlier study, Kudolo found that ginkgo may be helpful to people with diabetes because it thins the blood, which can lower blood pressure and improve circulation. High blood pressure and poor circulation often accompany type 2 diabetes. "We found that ginkgo was doing exactly the same thing that aspirin does," Kudolo says. Aspirin is known to be beneficial for people with heart disease or at risk for heart disease. Like aspirin, however, ginkgo may be dangerous when taken with prescription blood thinners.
Kudolo has also found that ginkgo can cause an increase in the production of insulin, although it apparently doesn't cause blood sugar levels to drop as a result. He suspects that the cause of this imbalance may interfere with the way some diabetes drugs work.
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Keep Your CD-Rs Alive

Accelerated aging tests show that your CD-Rs can last 100 years, CD-RWs will last about 25 years, and store-bought CDs will last anywhere between 20 and 100 years. Poor-quality media will deteriorate sooner. Improper handling and storage will also strip years from a disc's expected life span. On today's "Call for Help" I'll tell you how to buy CD-Rs that'll last and show you how to treat them right.

Your basic CD-R has several layers from top to bottom.

  • Label (optional)
  • Scratch-resistant or printable coating (optional)
  • Top UV-cured lacquer coat
  • Reflective metal layer (24K gold or a silver alloy)
  • Organic polymer dye
  • Polycarbonate substrate (the clear plastic part)

Slow down, buddy
A slab of polycarbonate (plastic) about a millimeter thick makes up the bottom of a CD. The layer is usually transparent, but some discs use tinted "black" materials to create a snazzy appearance.
At high rotational speeds (equal to reading at about 50x at the outside of a disc) the polycarbonate starts to deform. If a disc with mild defects spins near this speed, it can shatter. Color can make a difference The laser in a CD recorder leaves marks in a CD-R's organic dye that simulate the pits and lands of a pressed CD. CD-R manufacturers choose from three different types of dye, each of which has unique properties, including different life expectancies and slightly different colors. Changes in maximum recording speed may require alterations to the dye formulation. Some discs will work better with certain recorders than with others, which is why Leo recommends experimenting with different CD-Rs before you buy in bulk. Beware CD-eating fungus Store-bought CDs and CD-RWs have an aluminum reflective layer, while CD-Rs use 24K gold or a silver alloy. Since the reflective layer should outlive the organic dye, most people shouldn't concern themselves with the choice. If you live in a part of the world where the dreaded CD-eating fungus lives, choose gold. Though slightly less reflective and more expensive than silver, gold doesn't corrode.
Scratch of death

The top layer of a CD-R is made of a coat of UV-cured lacquer that seals the disc and holds everything together. Don't scratch the top of the disc. Damage to the polycarbonate bottom layer can be fixed, but a small scratch on the top of the disc will expose the delicate reflective
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Annual Result Announcement Ceremonies at PISR
(CP, Riyadh)- A prize distribution ceremony was held in Pakistan International School Riyadh for the students who performed brilliantly in the annual examination 2004. The function held at Senior Boys wing – II was chaired by Kazi Ishaq maimon chief media coordinator and member of present BOD. Vice Chairman BOD, principal and other senior members of the staff were also present on the occasion. Mr. Nadir Alam presided over the ceremony. The ceremony started with the recitation from the Holy Quran after which Chaudhry Zahoor ul Haq announced the results. A total of 1211 students from class V – VII appeared in the examination out of which 1126 passed making over all  92.4%. The chief guest distributed the prizes and certificates amongst the position holders. Umer Khalid of class VI took over first position and Arsalan Iqbal got the second. At the end Nadir alam thanked the chief guest and congratulated the parents.

Another ceremony was held at Senior Boys wing – I for the distribution of prizes to class VIII. Guest of the honor was Vice Chairman BOD Dr. Mohammad Hanif. Abdul Ghani Head Master of the wing presided over the ceremony. A total of 333 students appeared in the examination out which 307 were passed forming the percentage to 92.  The chief guest presented the prizes to the position holders.
Tajamal Umer  (VIII-C) secured the first position in all sections of VIII
Faisal Malik ( VII-A)  stood first in all sections of VII
Chief guest in his address conveyed his cordial congratulations to the parents and especially to those whose children got the top positions.  Principal Fazal Wahid thanked the honorable guests and parents and appreciated the teachers for bringing up so nice results.
The same kind ceremony was also held at Boys Primary wing. The stage was decorated beautifully. Wing’s in-charge Mrs. Fatima Zaheer distributed the prizes amongst the position holders. She congratulated the parents on the success of their children. Amongst the position holder were Saim Rauf, Abdul Mateen, Junaid Nawaz, Zain ul Abdin, Mohammad Nauman Khan and Hamad Ahmad.  The function at Girls Primary wing was organized by the wing in-charge Mrs. Khawaja. The position holders who got the prizes were Aisha Rukhsar, Anam, Asra Ehsan, Reehab Ajum Dar, Areej Arif and Aisha Sadeeq.  

Pak Singer Sports Club VolleyBall Tournament

(CP, Riyadh)- “ While residing here we should abide by the laws of this country”, this was said by Manzar Hafiz Mian, welfare attaché Embassy of Pakistan in Riyadh who was chief guest in a prize distribution function arranged by the Pak Singer sports club in the honor of the teams who got first three positions in the volley ball tournament 2004. Fiaz Ali Khan in his inaugural statement told that 11 teams participated in the tournament. Shakar Garh volleyball club won the tournament, Sarhad volleyball club ended up as runner up and Deer volleyball club got the third position. Chief guest presented the cups and certificates to the Captains of the winning teams. Abdul Rehman was declared man of the tournament while Mohammad Khalid was man of the match.  Special prizes were also awarded to the organizing committee. Haji Ahmad Abid lohar presented the shield to the chief guest at the end.   

Ambassador Chairs Farewell of Outgoing Counselor

Ambassador of Pakistan Admiral (Retd) Abdul Aziz Mirza has said that Pakistani community living in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has reposed full confidence in its leadership for the ongoing dialogues between Pakistan and India. They have also expressed solidarity with the policies of President Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minsiter Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali. He was addressing a largely attended community function here in a local hotel, which was arranged to bid farewell to Malik Tariq Javed Counselor.
Ambassador Mirza said that he interacted with cross currents of the community and received a number of faxes every day and invariably all have expressed sentiments of satisfaction over the sincerity and commitment of its leadership in Pakistan.
Highlighting the role of Pakistani diplomats in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, he stressed the need for extensive interaction with the community and they should be at their back and call. A united and satisfied community is our strength and driving force as a diplomat and we should not leave any stone unturned in redressing their grievances. Commenting on the services of outgoing Counselor Tariq Javed, he expressed satisfaction on his performance and hoped that his successor will carry on his duties with same commitment and will maintain good relationship with the community.
Speaking on the occasion Tariq Javed Malik expressed profound gratitude to the community for arranging such an august gathering and highlighted various aspects of his interaction with the community. He urged them to be united and protect their ideological and geographical identity against all odds. He said that Kashmir issue will be solved according to the wishes of people of Kashmir and composite dialogue between Pakistan and India discusses all issues including Kashmir.
Earlier, people from different walks of life appreciated the services of Tariq Javed and expressed gratitude for his close interaction with Pakistani Community. Those who spoke on the occasion included Engr Aziz Ahmed, Riaz Bukhari, Riaz Ghumman, Mohyuddin, Jaffar Choudhry and Akram Choudhry. Jameel Athar read a poem. Renowned Pakistani writer Amir Muhammad Khan conducted the function.


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Healing cannot be physical alone. Any physical disease is most probably due to a non-physical cause. Our physical problems have non-physical roots in our negative thought patterns and experiences, our social fears, financial insecurities, work related stress, feeling of rejection, loss or emotional trauma. Someone has rightly said, “ Our bodies are mirrors of our souls”. The symptom or disease in the physical body is the direct expression of what is lacking in our soul. This is where Reiki helps. It makes us aware of the negative element causing the physical illness. It interprets what the disease is trying to tell us. As the body adapts to Reiki, it starts letting go of the negative element both consciously and unconsciously. In this and our forthcoming editions, we will take a look at some illnesses and some probable non-physical causes of these illnesses.
The first energy center of the body is located at the base of the spine. It represents ‘Body Support’. Legs, bones, feet, rectum and the entire immune system are included in this energy center. Any blockages in this center can surface as immune related disorders, depression, rectal tumors/cancers, varicose veins, sciatica, lower back pain etc. The root causes might be the concern for family’s safety and financial security, the inability to stand up for one’s rights, the feeling of alienation, the inability to maintain social/family order etc. More specifically, if you have, an arthritic, injured or painful knee, it is very likely that you own stubborn pride, an inflated ego, fear or inflexibility in life. Swollen, sprained or painful ankles may reflect your inability to receive and accept happiness, you might want to ask yourself, ’what is preventing me from drawing happiness from little things in life?’ Any problems with the feet symbolize your understanding of yourself, of others and of life in general.

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 Respect Others While Disagreeing With Them
Assalam-O-Aliakum. How are you folks? Enjoying the passing weeks of winters? It is nature of man that he gets tired of monotony and desires change. Allah has therefore blessed us with varying seasons and hence we shall be thankful to Him while we enjoy the changing terms around the year.
So dear ones, are topic today is related to the varying opinions of individuals, the art of differing and learning how to disagree significantly.
In this diversified world, every one has his thought process and opinions. It is unlikely to always come across people who will agree with our opinion. Rather many a times, such situations arise where people do not seem to agree with each other. Disagreement is not harmful. Rather, it can be healthy. When disagreeing, we aught to bear in mind to avoid situation and actions that can cause hard feeling to others and can result in eruption of cold war.

It is sad to see how many of us easily become emotional if one of our ideas or notions is challenged, or disagreed with. What starts as a discussion, ends up with participants descending into either personal attacks or not-so-witty repartee. We need to recognize that if we offer up an opinion, we will see a differing viewpoint almost every time. Don’t view disagreement, as a personal affront .We shall always keep in mind that a differing opinion exists as this will help reduce the tension, which arise when one’s opinion is not agreed with. Avoid belittling others or embarrassing them. The discussions should not end in mealy-mouthing. Attacking the differing person rather than his ideas merely indicates a weakness in your point. Difference in opinion shall be expressed with dignity. In an interview of a manager who was popular with his staff and subordinates, when asked the reason for his good repute…he said that even when you differ with your junior, do so with dignity and ensure his respect is not trotted upon.
We need to treat each other with respect and allow each other the right to enjoy their own opinions. We shall acknowledge the fact that we all have our own opinions and ideas and shall not feel so furious when confronted with a differing opinion. It is not always easy. But isn’t it true that differing viewpoints give us better understanding, increase are awareness, and broaden horizon for thinking. Think about the positive things that come with disagreement situations…. They are not that bad!

If you find other’s opinion persuasive, accept it and not be the ones who show fragile ego structure…because that can bring cease our learning. And if you are not convinced and neither is the other person…making the discussion unproductive, end gracefully…like by saying "I'm sorry, I’m just not convinced” etc. Remember, realistic people differ because of their confidence in their believes and as they learn more, their opinions and believes also change.
So watch out folks, next time you differ with someone ...disagree in a civil manner. Till next time ...Allah Hafiz.

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