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For Stuffing:
- 2 tbsp. oil
- 2 tbsp. butter
- 1 medium onion, peeled and diced
- 2 cups button mushrooms, quartered

- 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
- 4 whole red chilies
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 cups boiled rice
- 2 tbsp. fresh cream
- 1 tbsp. fresh coriander leaves
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1\2 tsp. pepper

For leg of lamb:
- 3 tbsp. lemon juice
- 2 tsp. salt
- 1\2 tsp. black pepper
- 1 tbsp. garlic paste
- 1 tsp. chili powder
- 4 tbsp. oil
- 2 1\2 kg. boneless leg of lamb

1. Melt butter with oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat.
2. Add onion, mushrooms, bell pepper, chilies and minced garlic clove and sauté until mushrooms are tender, about 5 minutes.
3. Add rice and cook until heated through, stirring constantly. Cool. Add cream, coriander leaves, salt and pepper and mix to blend.
4. Preheat oven to 425°F. In a bowl, mix together lemon juice, salt, pepper, garlic paste, chili powder and 2 tablespoons oil.
5. Unroll lamb, pat dry and rub with marinade. Place cut side up of lamb on work surface. Spread half of stuffing evenly over lamb, press to adhere.
6. Starting at narrow end, roll up lamb tightly, enclosing filling. Place lamb in netting to hold shape.
7. Hold one end of lamb and fill the opposite end with rest of stuffing. Use kitchen string to tie ends of netting.
8. Rub outside of lamb with remaining 2 tablespoons oil, Place it on rack in roasting pan. Roast lamb to desired doneness, about 11\2 hour.
9. Remove from oven. Cover with foil and let stand 15-20 minutes. Remove string and netting. Cut lamb into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Place on platter.
10. Serve it with Nan and Chutney.
Serves: 8
Note: For ease of preparation, ask the butcher to butterfly the leg of lamb for you. 

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Bread is a major source of salt

Campaigners say it is important for people to cut the amount of salt they eat in their diet.  Too much salt is linked to high blood pressure, which is turn can increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes. The government watchdog the Food Standards Agency announced targets for reducing salt in a range of food products in 2006.

Why do we need salt?

Salt is a commonly occuring mineral, the technical name of which is sodium chloride. It is the sodium part of salt that is important. The body needs a certain amount of sodium to function properly. Sodium helps to maintain the concentration of body fluids at correct levels. It also plays a central role in the transmission of electrical impulses in the nerves, and helps cells to take up nutrients.
Why is too much salt bad?

In adults, when levels of sodium are too high, the body retains too much water and the volume of bodily fluids increases. Many scientists, although not all, believe this process is linked to high blood pressure, or hypertension, which in turn is linked to a greater risk of coronary heart disease and stroke.
With high levels of fluid circulating through the brain there is a greater chance that weaknesses in the brain's blood vessels are exposed, and that they may burst, causing a stroke. Similarly, a greater volume of fluid passing through the heart can place additional strain on the organ, increasing the possibility of coronary disease. However, there are many potential causes of hypertension and coronary heart disease, and some scientists deny that salt plays any significant role at all. An adult will be able to remove salt from the body through the kidneys into the urine.
However, very young babies do not have the capacity to process large quantities of salt as the kidneys are not yet developed. If they are given adult food with a higher salt content before they are at least four months old, excess sodium can accumulate in the body, causing kidney, liver and brain damage, and in very occasional cases, death. It is recommended that babies are given only milk, whether breast or formula, for the first four months of life. Baby foods are supposed to contain lower levels of salt, and it is recommended that if adult foods are to be given, unprocessed foods should be used, and no salt added.
How much salt should we eat?
The government recommends that adults should eat 6g of salt a day. However, the average intake of salt is between 9g and 10g a day. Experts estimate that if average consumption was cut to 6g a day it would prevent 70,000 heart attacks and strokes a year. The main sources of salt in the diet are processed foods and salt added during cooking or at the table. Meat and meat products, and bread can also be high in salt. Processed foods are thought to account for around 75% of the average person's salt intake. However, research published in The Lancet medical journal suggested that most people could not tell the difference between loaves with markedly different salt content.
Salt is added to processed foods to aid preservation and to improve taste. Sodium is present in additives such as monosodium glutamate and sodium bicarbonate. Small amounts of sodium can be found naturally in some foods such as eggs and fish. The salt we sprinkle on our food from cellar accounts for only 10%-15% of our intake.
What should we do?

Dr Wynnie Chan, a nutrition scientist for the British Nurtrition Foundation, says that everybody should look to reduce the amount of salt in their diet. "It would have a significant effect on those people who need to reduce their salt levels because they are susceptible to hypertension, but it would also do no harm for the whole population to reduce its salt intake," she said. Dr Chan said there were four main ways to reduce salt intake:

  • Stop adding table salt to food once it is served

  • Choose items with a reduced sodium content

  • Carefully monitor the salt content of processed food

  • Eat more fruit and vegetables - they contain potassium which balances the effect of salt on the body

Reading food labels can be confusing as they often give the sodium, rather than the salt content of food. To calculate the amount of salt in a product, multiply the sodium content by two-and-a-half times.


Goats for Widows and destitute
Total 11 Projects for CP KSA

March 2009

How the Project Work!

We intend giving 2 goats to these poor families. In return these families will return produce of two births from these goats (will have to complete 4 she goats). They will keep the original goats and all future produce. This will enable us to give these two sets of goats to two more families in line. Then those families will do the same. Thus we expect a chain will be established to benefit more and more families.

Total Cost of the Project

Cost of 2 milk giving goats = Rs. 14,000

Location of projects

The families selected are in remote hilly areas in Northern Pakistan, district Abbottabad NWFP. Through our initial working we selected 11 families whose credentials are attached.

Accountability to Donors

We will provide photograph of the occasion when the goats are being given to the recipients. Will provide address and Tel no of the family receiving the goats (or of the village elder if they do not have tel no.


May Allah SWT reward you for your generosity. Due to the nature of the project and the mechanism this donations can be made under "Sadaqa Jariah".

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Rawalpindi – 46200. Pakistan

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At a time of economic slowdown and laying off employees all over the world, Pakistani community in Riyadh had an opportunity to get a little bit relief from their dental problems on discounted price as Contact Pakistan, World’s Largest Virtual NGO from Pakistan aka  joined hands with Mawiyah Consultative Clinics, Dabab, Askan Al-Mazar (Kuwaiti Buildings) Branch to offer special & exclusive discount to CP community in Riyadh, as part of their physical  social service initiatives and their concern for the welfare of the community.

Chief Executive Officer of Mawiyah Group of Clinics Mr. Syed Zia ur Rahman
said that the dental care is very important for children and adults alike.
 As we all know that dental treatment is very expensive and most of the
expatriates can't afford to get quality dental treatment or on a limited dental care insurance. So, with the intention of community service and to create awareness among the expatriate community in Riyadh, Contact Pakistan and Mawiyah Consultative Clinic joined hands to offer 30% discount for dental treatments except orthodontic
treatment and bleaching for which 25% discount will be offered exclusively only CP
community upon producing the CP discount Coupon.   This offer is valid only at Mawiyah Clinics Kuwaiti Building Branch, which located at Building No. 18 until 31st December 2009.
Mawiyah Consultative Clinics was established 11 years ago with the vision
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Experts sound scam threat warning

Experts are warning of an increase in the number of fake anti-virus websites.

Hackers are tricking people with a false warning, saying that the computer is infected with a Trojan and getting users to buy a fake anti-virus product.
A number of sites were closed last year when authorities in the US took action to stop sellers of "scareware". But despite the closures, the number of sites continues to grow, with one expert saying it was "the biggest threat facing computer users today".
Matthew Woolley, chairman of the Independent Trade Association of Computer Specialists, which represents independent computer retail and repair shops across Britain, said hackers were playing on people's fear.
"At my repair shop in Lincoln alone, we've had more than 300 users in the past six months come in with a computer infected with fake anti-virus software.
"This week, we've seen fake AVG anti-virus that was so good, one of my engineers was convinced that it was the real thing," said Mr Woolley. "If we can't tell, what hope is there for Joe Public?"
Hackers have been employing more sophisticated tricks to dupe users into buying their fake software. In early February, 2009, hackers put fake parking tickets on cars with a URL directing them to "view pictures with information about your parking preferences" that in reality downloaded a Trojan that then prompted the user to install fake anti-virus software.
And last weekend, a Facebook application that spread virally among users caused an error message for Facebook users. Although the application and message were themselves harmless, searching the error message "Error Check System" in Google came up with a number of websites that claimed to have information on the supposed threat, but were really designed to perform a fake anti-virus scan of your computer. Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant with anti-virus firm Sophos, told the BBC that it was not known if the two were linked. "This application automatically sent itself to all your friends, saying there was a problem. "People panicked and did what most of us would do and put the term into Google to see what it was.
"Although Google has now addressed this, over the weekend, the first three or four links would take them to a dodgy site that would tell them that they were infected with a virus. It's rather a strange coincidence". Hackers have also created fake reviews to trick users into buying fake anti-virus software. Websites from popular IT magazines are cloned, hosted on a hacker's website, and then pages created to look like an official review.
One, claiming to come from legitimate security firm Symantec had, in reality, nothing to do with the firm. Neither was the "review" written by the claimed author. Speaking to the BBC, Tim Danton, editor of PC Pro magazine, said it was a growing problem. "It doesn't take any expertise to copy a website and make it look realistic. "What we have to rely on is that the public is aware enough to look not only at the logos but at the domain and URL. People need to download from reputable sites and if users are unsure, then tools like McAfee site advisor can help," he said. "The fight between the bad guys making fake-anti virus software and the good guys trying to warn the public about their activities is a constant one. Trouble is, at the moment, the bad guys are winning".
But clicking on a rogue link does not mean you automatically become infected. Having up to date anti-virus software will prevent most infections and many web browsers also warn of possible hostile activity. Cliff Evans, head of security and privacy for Microsoft in the UK, told the BBC that there were a number of measures users could take to keep themselves safe.
"If you keep your firewall turned on and have your anti-virus software up to date, you should be fairly well protected. The phishing filters on Internet Explorer 7 or 8 should also help. "If users do have any kind of infection, Microsoft run a free online scanner at

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 Sports- A Means for Character Building 
Hope you all are hale and hearty.
In the past month, many educational institutes held their annual sports day. After attending the sports day in one of the school, I was waiting for my car when I happen to hear the conversation of two girls sitting close by me who were arguing if sports are important or not. So this time, I decided to write about the need of sports in the routine of growing children.
Children are sent to school so that they become mentally and physically fit and learn moral values. Good education is a harmonious blend of all these three. It is true that kids these days have tough daily routines. The school work, followed by tuition and then assignments leave hardly any time to engage in any other activity. The fierce competition in school has forced many to adopts such a study regime that it has robbed the school goers of the time to play games, an essential part of the life of a child who is growing up. But that’s no excuse for giving up sports activity which is so essential in personality development.
Most tend to see sports only as means of entertainment. Yes, games do amuse but they have other important impacts too. Playing outdoors games is important for many reasons. Child who takes part in sports remains active, physically fit and healthy. And it is healthy body that can guarantee a healthy mind. A healthy body is a guest chamber for the soul: a sick body is a prison. It is not only physical well being that one attains by playing sports, but these activities also play a role in character building. Sports sharpen leadership skills. When we play sports we learn to work together as a team. They infuse a spirit of sportsmanship in us. When we play a game we learn to stay honest and follow its set of rules. Thus we get into the habit of abiding by the rules and law in general – a trait of a good citizen. Often we need to make decisions while playing sports. We discover how to deal with stressful moments without losing our tempers and make decisions. Some times they turn to be right sometimes they don’t. We learn from our mistakes. So our analytical skills sharpen and we become good decision makers. Besides alertness is another thing that sports teach us.
So my friends, strike a balance between studies and games. Choose a game that suits you most and benefit from its contribution in your physical and mental well-being. Remember all day work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
Till next time, Happy sports
Ms. Amna Tariq Holy City of Makkah-Ul-Mukarrama

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