Issue#145 1st May 2008
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- 1 kg. lamb meat on the bone, cut into large pieces.
- 5 cloves
- 1large cinnamon stick
- 2 tsp. salt
- 1tbsp. ginger paste
- 1 tbsp. garlic paste
- 8 cups water
- 3 cups good quality saila rice
- 3/4 cup cooking oil
- 1 large onion skinned and thinly sliced
- 1 inch piece cinnamon stick
- 6 cloves
- 8-10 green cardamoms
- 1 tsp. cumin
- 3-4 carrots, peeled and grated
- 1\2 cup green raisins
- 1\2 cup pine nuts
Wash meat thoroughly under cold water tap. Place the meat, cinnamon, cloves, salt, water, garlic and ginger in a large heavy based sauce pan. Bring to boil and skim off any scum that rises to the top. Reduce the heat, cover and allow to boil gently for 40 to 45 minutes until the meat is tender.
2. Meanwhile, put the rice in a sieve and wash it thoroughly under running cold tap until the water runs clear. Soak in plenty of water for 11\2 hours. Drain in a sieve and let it stand for a minute or two.

3. Fry the nuts, raisins and carrots separately in 2 tablespoons of oil in a small frying pan. keep aside.
2. Heat oil in a large heavy based pan, add the onion and while stirring frequently fry for 3-5 minutes. Add cinnamon stick, cloves, green cardamoms, cumin, meat and 6 cups of stock, add water if necessary to make 6 cups. Bring to boil and add the rice to it. Carefully stir once. Cover and reduce the heat to medium and cook for 7-10 minutes. Gently stir the rice. (Do not stir to hard otherwise the rice will break.) Put a layer of carrot, raisins and pine nuts on the top of the rice. Cover with a tight fitting lid, reduce the heat to very low and allow to cook for another 7 - 10 minutes until rice is tender.
Fluff up the rice with a fork, then transfer it into to a heated serving dish. 
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High calorie diet linked to boys
Baby boy

A woman's diet around the time of conception may influence the gender of her baby, research suggests.

The study suggests a high calorie diet at this time - and regular breakfasts - might increase the odds of a boy.
The researchers say the modern trend to opt for low calorie diets might explain why the proportion of boys is falling in developed countries.
The study, by the Universities of Exeter and Oxford, appears in the Royal Society journal Biological Sciences.
The study focused on 740 first-time pregnant mothers in the UK, who were asked to provide records of their eating habits before and during the early stages of pregnancy.
The researchers found 56% of women with the highest energy intake around the time of conception had boys, compared to just 45% among women with the lowest energy intake.
Women who had sons were also more likely to have eaten a higher quantity and wider range of nutrients, including potassium, calcium and vitamins C, E and B12.

They were also more likely to have eaten breakfast cereals. Fewer boys
Over the last 40 years there has been a small but consistent decline, of about one per 1,000 births annually, in the proportion of boys being born in industrialised countries, including the UK.

Previous research has also shown a reduction in the average energy intake in the developed world, and there is also evidence that more people now skip breakfast. Scientists already know that in many animals, more males are produced when a mother has plentiful resources or is high ranking. The phenomenon has been most extensively studied in invertebrates, but is also seen in horses, cows and some species of deer. The explanation is thought to lie with the evolutionary drive to produce descendants. Lead researcher Dr Fiona Mathews said: "Potentially, males of most species can father more offspring than females, but this can be strongly influenced by the size or social status of the male, with poor quality males failing to breed at all. "Females, on the other hand, reproduce more consistently.

"If a mother has plentiful resources then it can make sense to invest in producing a son because he is likely to produce more grandchildren than would a daughter. "However, in leaner times having a daughter is a safer bet."

Glucose levels

It is known from IVF research that high levels of glucose encourage the growth and development of male embryos while inhibiting female embryos. In humans, skipping breakfast depresses glucose levels and so may be interpreted by the body as indicating poor environmental conditions and low food availability.

Dr Allan Pacey, an expert in fertility at the University of Sheffield, said there was good evidence that nature had subtle ways of changing the sex ratio of a population in response to a variety of circumstances. However, he said: "I would urge women to not to start starving themselves in order to try influence the sex of their baby.
"It has been observed in some animal studies that even small changes in female diet can affect the life long health of the offspring, so it is important that the mother has appropriate nutrition at the time of conception and throughout her pregnancy."


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The World Bank has said a rapid rise in food prices could push 100 million people in poor countries deeper into poverty. This follows the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warning that hundreds of thousands of people will face starvation if costs keep rising.
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"Would you please give your honest opinion about solutions to the food shortage in the rest of the world?"
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Are you worried about the cost of basic foods?

The price of rice has risen by as much as 70% during the past year, with prices set to rise still further, The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has warned. Factors such as flooding, cold weather and urbanisation are depleting food supply.
Already food riots are leading to concerns of political instability.
Are you affected by growing food costs? Are you concerned rising food prices will weaken political stability where you live?
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Asslam o Alikum First of all thanks a lot for your great work for ContactPakistan and we all Pakistani pray to Allah for your good health especially after your treatment. I would like to draw your kind attention that we are receiving daily many spam mails due to showing email address on classifieds section. Since many years i am using email but there was no spam mail but once first time i have posted one classified on ContactPakistan then immediately i am receiving at least 10 to 20 spam mails daily. So, i request you to hide email address or optional for every one if some one want to show his/her email then you can allow. I hope you will consider my request for interest of all of us. Best Regard
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Dear CP, we are being told by friends that a new organization for families Bravo Pakistan launched by CP. This wing will be the entertainment part of CP? Please confirm as we never had any official launch news from Contact Pakistan. Thanks Jumshaid Ali Shah, Riyadh
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Assalam o Alaikum All your valuable efforts being done for Pakistani Community are really appreciated by the deep of our hearts. Jazak ALLAH Khair. I would like to suggest that the visits of Pakistan Consulate Teams to different areas of Saudi Arabia & in other countries in the gulf regions should also be announced & advertised in the cable networks & other popular channels being viewed by the community in the gulf. Although the planned visits are published in local newspapers but the newspapers are not purchased & read by a large segment of the community due to financial or educational levels & constraints. Best regards
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With very respect to say that the Contact Pakistan helping the Pakistani community very well.
And we shall be thank full to you that you are doing this only to help the Pakistani peoples even you have not any benefit from it. So you help peoples Allah help you. 
My opinion is that a lot of Pakistani have a problems with his sponsors so if you start a program to give opinion to peoples so its a great treasure for Pakistani peoples. Once again many thanks of you peoples. Gul
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 Don't Let the Devil Make Slave of You
Friends, hope you are all hale and hearty.
Friends, many a times we make a mistake or commit a sin. And to cover it, we keep committing more. We do feel guilty but we keep transgressing without repenting and seeking forgiveness of Allah Almighty who is the most Merciful. This time I would like to share such a story with you that shows how we keep being slaved by Devil till we don’t seek Allah’s forgiveness.
There was a little boy David and his sister Sandra who were visiting their grandparents who lived in a farm. David was given a slingshot to play with, but only in the woods. He practiced in the woods, but he could never hit the target. One day he saw his granny’s pet duck. Just out of impulse, he let the slingshot fly. Lo and behold…to his utter shock it hit the duck right in its head, and killed it. In a panic, while he was hiding the duck, he saw Sandra had seen all! But she said nothing. After dinner that night Grandma asked Sandra to do the washing but she said, "Grandma, David told me he wanted to help in the kitchen." Then she whispered to him, "Remember the duck?" So David did the washing. Next day, Grandpa asked if the children wanted to go fishing. Grandma said, "I'm sorry but I need Sandra to help make dinner." Sandra again used the same trick and made David stay behind to help grandma. 
For several days David did both his chores and his sister’s. Finally he couldn't stand it any longer and went to grandma to confess that he had killed the duck. 
Grandma gave him a hug, and said, "Sweetheart, I know.  I had watched the whole thing, but because I love you, I forgave you. I was just wondering how long you would let Sandra make a slave of you."
Friends, none of us can claim to be innocent for we commit sins like lying, cheating. We have many bad habits in us. The devil keeps throwing it up in our face and we keep being slave to him. We shall realize that Allah is All-Seeing. He is aware of all that we do- good or bad. He loves us no matter what and he wants us to repent and return to Him. The minute we seek His forgiveness, He not only grants it but also forgets it. On true repentance, all the past sins are cleared off from our record book.
So fellow, don’t let the devil play with you. Seek Allah’s forgiveness and come under His infinite Mercy.
See you next time, Allah Hafiz
Till next time, Allah Hafiz
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