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- Fresh Lasagne or 225 gm oven dried or 12  - 15 sheets
- 900 ml Béchamel Sauce
- 3 tbs. Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Bolognse Sauce
- 1 Onion peeled
- 1 carrot peeled
- 1 celery stick
- 125gm mushrooms optional
- 1 tbs. olive oil
- 1 large garlic clove crushed
- 450 gm lean mince beef
- 2 tbs. tomato puree
- 300 ml beef stock
- 400 gm can or fresh chopped tomatoes.
- Salt per taste
- Pepper per taste
- 1 tsp. red chille powder
- Freshly grated nutmeg

Béchamel Sauce
- 900 ml milk
- 3 slice of a onion
- 2 bay leaf
- 10 peppercorns
- 2 bade of mace
- 45 gm butter
- 45 gm plain flower
- salt & pepper
- Freshly grated nutmeg

1. Spread 1/3 of Bolognese sauce into the base of a 2.5 lt. oven proof dish. Cover with a layer of lasagne then spread over enough béchamel sauce to cover the pasta. Repeat this layers twice more finishing with a layer of béchamel sauce to cover the Lasagne completely.

2. Sprinkle the parmesan cheese over the top and stand the dish on a baking sheet. Bake at 180c / 350F or mark 4 for about 45 minutes or until well brown and bubbling. Leave to stand for 5 minutes before cutting.
If using oven ready dried lasagne, add a little extra stock or water to the sauce.
Instead of béchamel sauce you may like to use 500 gm of cottage cheese.

Bolognse Sauce
Chopped onion, carrot and celery very finely. Chop the mushroom finely.
Heat the oil in a large sauce pan, add onion, garlic, carrot, celery and mushroom  cook for about 3 to 4 minutes or until the onion is soften. Stirring all the time.
Add beef with tomato puree and cook until the meat changes its colour, keep stirring.
Add the stock and tomato with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Bring to boil. Lower the heat, simmer gently for about 1 hour or until the meat is tender and sauce is well reduced. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary.

Béchamel Sauce
Pour milk into a sauce pan, add onion, bay leaf, peppercorns and mace. Bring to scalding point, remove from heat cover infuse for 10 - 15 minutes. Strain.
Melt butter in a sauce pan. Stir in the flower and cook stirring for 1 minute.
Remove from heat and gently pour on the warm milk, whisking constantly. Season lightly with salt, pepper and nutmeg.
Return to the heat and bring to boil, whisking constantly until the sauce thickens and is smooth. Simmer for two to three minutes.

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You can water your plants while you are away by placing one end of string in a bucket of water and the other in the plant’s soil. As long as the bucket is positioned higher than the plant, the string will soak up the water and keep the soil moist.

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Recognizing the
Signs of Suicide

Suicide can be prevented. In most cases, there are warning signs that someone you know is contemplating a suicide attempt. The most effective way to prevent suicide is to recognize the warning signs, take them seriously and know how to respond to them.

The warning signs are:

  • Talking about suicide (killing one's self)

  • Always talking or thinking about death

  • Making comments about being hopeless, helpless, or worthless

  • Saying things like "It would be better if I wasn't here" or "I want out"

  • Depression (deep sadness, loss of interest, trouble sleeping and eating) that gets worse

  • A sudden switch from being very sad to being very calm or appearing to be happy

  • Having a "death wish," tempting fate by taking risks that could lead to death, like driving through red lights

  • Losing interest in things one used to care about

  • Visiting or calling people one cares about

  • Putting affairs in order, tying up lose ends, changing a will

Be especially concerned if a person is exhibiting any of these warning signs and has attempted suicide in the past. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, between 20-50% of people who commit suicide have had a previous attempt.
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5 Pieces of Fruit
a Day!

To meet your "five to nine pieces of fresh fruits a day" you can squeeze the fruits instead of peeling them and eating them by hand. Squeezing is much more efficient: one glass of 2 squeezed oranges, 2 mandarins and 1 grapefruit can be squeezed in 5 minutes. If you eat 1 banana afterwards you already have consumed 6 pieces of fresh fruits! This also means that you can consume the largest part of the required nutritional elements you need for a day in just 10 minutes...
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 Ambassador Qazi Visits Sacramento California
(CP. NY,Feb 2004) The Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States of America visited Sacramento on Jan, 12th 2004. The Ambassador accompanied by his wife and Consul General Jadmani, was warmly welcome by the various city, county, State Government officials and different communities representatives, media and Television representatives as well. In the second segment, while addressing to Pakistani community he said that we were also all ambassadors here, from our country of origin, Pakistan, to our country of adoption, the United States. He also announced the proposed setup of future Pakistan Consulates in Chicago and Houston to help the growing numbers of Pakistan-origin people in this country. He said that the Embassy website has been upgraded and that communication links have been expanded via email.
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Safeer e Pakistan (PTVprime) Awards Night in California
(Jan. 2004)
The “Safeer e Pakistan” television program which airs regularly on the PTV Prime television channel on the Dish Network here in North America held its 4th. Annual Gala Dinner and “Pride of Performance” Awards Night” on Saturday, January 24th, 2004 at the Hilton Hotel in Oakland, California. And it certainly turned out to be an evening of pride for our community from all across America since Safeer has been instrumental in providing a visual window via the medium of television to many Pakistani-Americans. 
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 PPP in
California Celebrate Z. A. Bhutto's Birthday
(CP.NY, Feb, 2004) The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) of California in the San Francisco Bay Area celebrated the 76th birthday of party founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (ZAB) in Concord, California with a great deal of enthusiasm and somber reflection. Close to a hundred people gathered at a local residence. The event started off with a recitation from the Holy Quran. Najma Bhutto of the PPP women’s wing welcomed everyone and rekindled some memories of the legacy left behind by ZAB. Chief Guest Syed M. Hasanain followed by thanking Khuda Bux “KB” Bhutto for organizing this event and his efforts on behalf of the PPP in
America and invited him to speak. K.B. Bhutto, Najma Bhutoo, Zahid Saif and M. Ashraf delivered the speeches. A cake was cut in PPP colors with Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s picture, with the numbers “76” in candles lighted and a dinner of traditional and delicious Pakistani food accompanied by Afghan bread was served as all gathered to recall their memories of their leader.
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PML(N) Appoints New Coordinator
(CP,NY. Feb, 2004) Dr. Lukman and Amjad Nawaz were congratulated and offered full support by the members of the league as they were appointed as coordinator and vice president of Pakistan Muslim League (N) respectively, in a meeting presided over by Ch. Mustaq Jillani of Gujar Khan the president of PML(N) of New York city held at New York. In his presidential address he said that the new leadership will steal the show and will unite all the PML(N) supporters throughout United States. He offered his full support and confidence in newly appointed officials. M. Afzal Butt, Nadeem Sindu, Tariq Butt, Imtiaz Choudhary and Tariq Sheikh also delivered speeches. They declared their full confidence in the above said official and offered their services to coordinator and vice president.

 PIA Operate New flights

(CP,NY. Feb,2004) Pakistan International Airlines is going to operate new flights form Houston to Pakistan twice a week, according to general manager of PIA Salah-ud-Din. In an awards giving ceremony to travel agencies held a Houston, he said that the new flights will take commence from 28th of March this year. These flights will carry the passengers from Houston to Karachi and Islamabad via Manchester. PIA recovered the record profit of 73 Millions with the partnership of travel agencies, he added. He urged that PIA earned 13% more sale than targeted and exceeded 21% then the last year sales. Shouket Haroon the consular general of Pakistan consulate New York was the honorable chief guest at the ceremony. The consular in his address appreciated the performance of PIA and declared that it has contributed 52 Million as a foreign exchange to the government of Pakistan this year from the Pak-US rout. The new consulate will be operating very soon. He added also. Various travel agencies were awarded best performances certificates and awards. Shahid Afzal Khan marketing manager of PIA compared the program. Mushtaq Qaim Khani manager sales office was awarded a special award for his best performance. Prizes were given away to the travel agents by the Riffle draws.

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 Success is not a secret  
It is a choice that is made over and over again. Success is not something that can be denied to you. It is something that you can always choose to accept. How do you accept success? You accept success by making the effort instead of making excuses. You accept success by taking responsibility instead of counting on someone else to do it for you. You accept success by being truthful with others and, just as importantly, with yourself. You accept success when things get tough, by being positive and innovative instead of becoming despondent. You accept success by being who you are and by contributing what you can, rather than pretending to be someone else.  Every day you can choose either to accept success of to just let it pass you by. With each thought, each word, each action, choose to accept success.
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Answered by our expert in Pakistani Stock Market
Earlier I asked you a question regarding moving back to Pakistan. Although I'm still planning to do that, but for now I would like invest in equity of some good Pakistani companies. I have done some research and I am ready to jump in. Could you advise me how to purchase Pakistani stocks while living in the USA. Will I be double taxed if I have capital gains. Thanks in advance for your reply. M. Usmani, USA
Usmani Bhai, It's good to have some investment in Stocks. We believe that now Pakistani Economy is right on the track and investing in Stock market would be beneficial. Pakistani Stock Market had made a tremendous growth technology wise as well as performance wise. This year Pakistani Stock Market declared best performer stock market in the world. So now a days buy/sell shares in Pakistani stock market is very simple and easy. Its paper less trading like any other developed countries. Live rates and Quotes are available at Karachi Stock Exchange Site. For more and valuable information please visit www.kse.net.pk. Further some Stock Brokers/Members have started online trading through any communication means like msn messenger, e-mail, sms messages and through there website. Further let me introduce myself that, I am also the member of Islamabad Stock Exchange and providing services to overseas Pakistanis through Internet. For more information please visit www.way2stock.com.  For any further help or information don't hesitate to write. There will be not no tax if you have capital gain in Pakistan stock market but i have no idea of USA tax procedure if you show this income over there.
Regards, Qaiser Mushtaq Member, Islamabad Stock Exchange

 Doubling your Money and Rule of 72

Have you always wanted to be able to do compound interest problems in your head? Probably not, unless you're a finance nut, but it's a very useful skill to have because it gives you a lightning fast benchmark to determine how good (or not so good) a potential investment is likely to be.
The rule says that to find the number of years required to double your money at a given interest rate, you just divide the interest rate into 72. For example, if you want to know how long it will take to double your money at eight percent interest, divide 8 into 72 and get 9 years.   Exact answer is 9.01 years.
As you can see, the "rule" is remarkably accurate, as long as the interest rate is less than about twenty percent; at higher rates the error starts to become significant.
You can also run it backwards: if you want to double your money in six years, just divide 6 into 72 to find that it will require an interest rate of about 12 percent. Exact Answer is 12.25%.
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 Rights of Neighbors in Islam
Assalam-O-Alaikum. Hope you all are doing well by the grace of Allah Almighty. Today we will take an important topic from social conduct for pondering …and that is Relationship with neighbors. Respect for the rights of each other form an important part of social conduct. In our society we observe that apart from our own family and relatives, there is a permanent association between a man and his neighbors. Need for mutually affectionate, cooperative relationship with neighbors is thus an integral part of prospering society. Religion, Islam has laid great stress on preserving the rights of neighbors.
Quran calls upon us to be good and courteous in our behavior towards our neighbor. Good conduct with neighbours is highly appreciated such that there is a hadith that a man, whose neighbor is not safe from his misdeeds, is not a true believer in Islam.
The holy Prophet (peace be upon him) has said that Angel Jibrael so overwhelmingly emphasized the rights of the neighbor that the Prophet feared that neighbors might be made partakers (participant) of one's inheritance. The prophet has also said that he shall not go to Heaven from whose mischief his neighbor does not feel secure.
Emphasizing on rights of neighbors, the holy Prophet advised that whenever a Muslim brings fruits for his children he should either send some to his neighbors as a gift or at least not throw the peelings outside his house. This would prevent the neighbor from feeling deprived. Again, he says that a person who enjoys a full meal while his neighbor is starving really has no faith in Islam. On one occasion, the holy Prophet said that a man is really good if his neighbors regard him as such and he is bad if they consider him so.
Imagine neighbors living right next door to each other for years and yet not being aware of each other. How can such society where the people have no confidence in their next-door neighbor prosper? On the contrary, imagine a society with all neighbors that are loving and cooperative with one another, sharing each others sorrows and happiness... such behavior would result in having social relations in which one can rely upon the other and regard his life, honor and property safe among his neighbors.
Now let us take a look at our society and ask ourselves “Are we practicing these commandments of Allah regarding neighbors rights?” Complaints about disturbance from neighbors like noise, barking dogs, loud music or TV’s uproar and banging doors are commonly heard. This annoyance can be a real pain in the neck. So how do we resolve this? To start the reformation, we must start from ourselves. We shall first try to correct ourselves. We shall make every possible effort to avoid causing any disturbances for those residing around our homes. Garbage thrown out of the home on the road is also a causes unease to neighbors. We shall make sure to dump them in garbage cans.
Having good relationships with neighbors is great virtue. Here, when we are not in our county, and are miles apart from our relatives, it is our neighbors who we come across most. In our sorrows and happiness they are the first to come. Good neighborhood is a great blessing.
Here are few tips to start off with developing good relations with neighbors especially if they are not Pakistanis. If we have non-Pakistani neighbors, one can initiate by sending them our typical Pakistani foods…and extending it by presenting them with hadyas (gifts). For example, when we return from vacations from Pakistan, we can bring them gifts from the wide products of our typical heritage. We can tell them about our country and its God-gifted beautiful lands and hence promote tourism. Similarly, through neighbors you can get familiarization with various cultures of other nations.
Summing up, rights of neighbors involve being kind and considerate towards them, safeguarding the honor of neighbor’s household and family, occasionally sending gift especially when they are needy (Sending food items if they are poverty-stricken ) and not cause them trouble by getting angry and quarrelsome on minor things.
May Allah help us in fulfilling the rights others have on us? Ameen!
Reference: Hadiths from Mishkat
Mrs. Amna Tariq, Makkah

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