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General Kayani, who served for two tenures of three years each as army chief, during a turbulent period in the war on t e r r o r, m a d e t h i s announcement to end all speculation and rumourmongering.

Army on November 28, 2007. Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Par vez Kayani paid farewell visit to Air Headquarters on 25 november. He called on Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force in his office, said a press release issued by PAF.

General Kayani's services in strengthening the defence of Pakistan and contributing towards an unprecedented TriService synergy.

General Kayani was made a four-star general on October 6, 2007 and assumed the office of the prestigious and powerful head of the Pakistan The Air Chief lauded While talking to the Air



Chief General Kayani, c o nveye d h i s d e e p satisfaction in the readiness state and awareness of the aerial defenders of the nation, towards their responsibilities and appreciated their high m o r a l . He also expressed his satisfaction on the niche attained by the PAF amongst the modern air forces of the world. Thanking Gen. Kayani for

his service to the nation, naming his successor and laying to rest rumours of an extension, or a new job designation. While General Kayani's statement is entirely welcome and he has earned respect for himself for what he has done, the fact that it seems to have been taken by the government as a pleasant surprise is of note. Ultimately, the COAS's statement said

what the Prime Minister should have: General Kayani will stand retired on November 29. However, we can all thank our stars that this is one of the rare instances in Pakistan's history, when an army chief is retiring having stayed within the bounds of his constitutional role.



The prime minister sent the summary to the president, who is the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, following which the notification was issued by the defence ministry. “On the advice of the Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and in pursuance of Article 243/4(a) and 243/4(b) of the Constitution of Pakistan, President o f P a k i s t a n a n d S u p re m e Commander of Armed Forces, Mamnoon Hussain has been pleased to promote and appoint Gen. Rashid Mehmood as Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee and Gen. Raheel Sharif as Chief of the Army Staff,� said a statement from the PM House. LT General Raheel Sharif was commissioned in 1976 in the battle hardened and renowned 6th battalion The Frontier Force Regiment. Over the years, Sharif climbed up the military ladder mentored by


Musharraf who handed him command of the 11th Infantry Division in Lahore. As a Lieutenant General, Sharif served as Corps Commander for two years before taking over as Inspector General Training and Evaluation in which capacity he oversaw the training of Pakistan Army. He was also awarded the Hilal-iImtiaz, the second highest civilian award and honour that is given to both civilians and military officers of the Pakistan armed forces.




Christmas is both a sacred religious holiday and a worldwide cultural and commercial phenomenon. For two millennia, people around the world have been observing it with traditions and practices that are both religious and secular in nature. Christians celebrate Christmas Day as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, a spiritual leader whose teachings form the basis of their religion. Popular customs include exchanging gifts, decorating Christmas trees, attending church, sharing meals with family and friends and, of course, waiting for Santa Claus to arrive. In the early 17th century, a wave of religious reform changed the way Christmas was celebrated in Europe. When Oliver Cromwell and his Puritan forces took over England in 1645, they vowed to rid England of


decadence and, as part of their effort, cancelled Christmas. By popular demand, Charles II was restored to the throne and, with him, came the return of the popular holiday. The pilgrims, English separatists that came to America in 1620, were even more orthodox in their Puritan beliefs than Cromwell. As a result, Christmas was not a h o l i d ay i n e a r ly America. From 1659 to 1681, the celebration of Christmas was a c t u a l l y outlawed in Boston. After t h e

American Revolution, English customs fell out of favor, including Christmas. In fact, Christmas wasn't declared a federal holiday until June 26, 1870. The middle of winter has long been a time of celebration around the world. Centuries before the arrival of the man called Jesus, early Europeans celebrated light and birth in the darkest days of winter. Many people rejoiced during the winter solstice, when the worst of the winter was behind them and they could look forward to longer days and extended hours of sunlight. In Scandinavia, the Norse


celebrated Yule from December 21, the winter solstice, through January. In recognition of the return of the sun, fathers and sons would bring home large logs, which they would set on fire. The people would feast until the log burned out, which could take as many as 12 days. The Norse believed that each spark from the fire represented a new pig or calf that would be born during the coming year. The end of December was a perfect time for celebration in most areas of Europe.At that time of year, most cattle were slaughtered so


they would not have to be fed during the winter. For many, it was the only time of year when they had a supply of fresh meat. In addition, most wine and beer made during the year was finally fermented and ready for drinking. In Germany, people honoured the pagan god Oden during the midwinter holiday. Germans were terrified of Oden, as they believed he made nocturnal flights through the sky to observe his people, and then decide who would prosper or perish. Because of his presence, many people chose to stay inside.


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or Fall 2013, Chloé's dresses with gold netting overlay, expertly-tailored skirts and trousers. But the coats… the coats were on another level. The coats. It was all about the coats, if you want to invest in something, it should be a Chloé coat. If you're even thinking about “investing” in fall


clothes, that means you probably already own aChloé bag and those “Susanna” studded leather boots. So a coat should be next. If we had all the money in the world, the cream shift dress—overlaid with a gold topper that was meant to emulate a school's chain-link fence—would belong in our closets, too. But alas, this is the real world, and a coat will have to do. Start saving your pennies.










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hanel's fall 2013 collection, tiny double 'C' flags dotted the globe indicating Chanel stores all over the world. There are a lot of 'em. While most luxury brands are scrambling to become more global–especially when it comes to tapping into the Asian market–Chanel's on top of it. In a season where the coat has been a key piece, Lagerfeld added several strong offerings to the mix, including an A-line overcoat with the pockets folded up, and a thick mullethemmed number that opened the show. As for the It-bag from this collection, there was, alas, no rival to last season's hula hoop bag, but we're sure there will be a wait list for the globe shaped minaudiere. And those pastel-colored fur helmuts will also probably pop up on the street style scene next year. It's impressive how, season after season, Lagerfeld manages to deliver nearly 80 looks that satisfy not only Chanel's longtime customers–the ladies who lunch of the world–but also the fashion-savvy teen who aspires to wear Chanel.










he Swedish high street mega brand put on its first ever runway show during Paris fashion. H&M is a brand that tends to go big or go home. Let's just say H&M went bigger than we've ever seen before. A little bit about the setting first: H&M constructed an actual apartment in the gardens behind the Musée Rodin. (No they didn't move The Thinker… we think.) Guests were seated throughout the sprawling space in themed rooms: There was a Morroccan room, a little boys room (car sheets, toy trains), a library, a dining room (yes, guests sat at the table), etc. According to a release the environment was meant to recall the “elegance of '70s Paris.”

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here was something a little Center Stageabout designer Peter Copping's fall 2013 collection for Nina Ricci. Inspired by dance, with sister-pianists Katia and Marielle Labeque playing Phillip Glass's “Two Movements for Two Pianos� live, there were plenty of looks that mimicked styles favored by ballerinas, including flared skirts, ribbed sweaters, and wide knit headbands that held up a top bun. That's all fine and nice and elegant, but much like the film, Copping's dancer was just a little sexier than expected.






n their search for r e n e w a b l e GOVERNMENT IS NOW electric power, ENGAGED IN A NEW China's engineers EXPANSION OF DAMS IN have been building GREAT STAIRCASES , mega-dams at a rate R E S E R V O I R U P O N u n m a t c h e d i n RESERVOIR — SOME human history. Many 130 IN ALL ACROSS far larger than the CHINA'S SOUTHWEST. Hoover Dam on the

Colorado River — which is 221 meters high and capable of generating more t h a n 2 , 0 0 0 megawatts of power being constructed on China's greatest rivers. Best known is the three Gorges



Dam, completed in 2008, which stretches a mileand-a-half across the Yangtze and can generate ten times the hydropower of the Hoover Dam.Yet the Three Gorges is only a fraction of

China's current dam t h e 1 9 9 0 s , a s p r o g r a m . economic growth surged and air Since the 1950s the pollution spurred Chinese have built the need for clean some 22,000 dams energy, they turned m o r e t h a n 1 5 increasingly to huge meters tall, roughly mega-dams. half the world's C h i n a ' s current total. During unprecedented


construction of dams makes a mocker y of the larger vision expressed in its current Five Year Plan to develop clean energy, reduce pollution, and protect the

environment. A more accurate vision may be that of the Sichuan geologist Fan Xiao in his 2011 letter opposing the Xiaonanhai Dam. "These



projects will be synonymous with the worst excesses of this era, and the mark they will leave in history is going to be very difficult to erase." Fan goes on to warn that the great dams will become "a source of permanent grief and regret for future generations yet unborn."




llama Iqbal, great poet-philosopher and active political leader, was born at Sialkot, Punjab, 9th november 1877. He descended from a family of Kashmiri Brahmins, who had embraced Islam about 300 years earlier. Iqbal received his early education in the traditional maktab. Later he joined the Sialkot Mission School, from where he passed


his matriculation examination. In 1897, he obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Government College , Lahore. Two years later, he secured his Masters Degree and was appointed in the Oriental College, Lahore, as a lecturer of history, philosophy and English. He later proceeded to Europe for higher studies. Having obtained a degree at Cambridge, he secured his doctorate at Munich and finally qualified as a barrister. He returned to India in 1908. Besides teaching and practicing law, Iqbal continued to write poetry. He resigned from government service in 1911 and took up the task of propagating individual

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What is the character and general structure of the universe in which we live? Is there a permanent element in the constitution of this universe? How are we related to it? What place do we occupy in it, and what is the kind of conduct that befits the place we occupy? These questions are common to religion, philosophy, and higher poetry. thinking among the Muslims through his poetry. By 1928, his reputation as a great Muslim philosopher was solidly established and he was invited to deliver lectures at Hyderabad, Aligarh and Madras. These series of lectures were later published as a book “The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam�. In 1930, Iqbal was invited to preside over the open session of the Muslim League at Allahabad. In his historic Allahabad Address, Iqbal visualized an independent and sovereign state for


the Muslims of NorthWestern India. In 1932, Iqbal came to England as a Muslim delegate to the Third Round Table Conference. In later years, when the Quaid had left India and was residing in England, Allama Iqbal wrote to him conveying to him his personal views on political problems and state of affairs of the Indian Muslims, and also persuading him to come back. These letters are dated from June 1936 to November 1937. This series of correspondence is now a part of important historic documents concerning Pakistan's struggle for freedom. On April 21, 1938, the great Muslim poetphilosopher and champion of the Muslim cause, passed away. He lies buried next to the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore.





he world has changed and still changing. The human from the caves moved to a civilisation status but the process never stopped. Is the change of time and space is called life or a mental pressure; therein the interventions of religious and political ideologies can be called as guidelines to these changes or a disaster. The extreme views about each other and international work on globalisation has revealed an unstable, mixed and contradictor y environment that we all watch in the Medias with the killings of many hundred thousands innocent people. 20th century expanded the marketing of human intellect in all fields of technologies and visions, but we human have killed so many human after claiming supportive truths and myths. The balance and evaluation of all sides show that the comforts given to human is still equal to troubles given to them or may be human is facing much more troubles than ever, though troubles are not cold winters but having cold minds, insecurity, and fragmented stressed mind spaces. Today, I searched an unknown person who holds his own research, words, inventions,


Discovery of Terror syndrome in Norway by an ordinary unknown personality Tahir Mahmood, but the super intelligence owner visions and experiences. His exclusive sayings about life process, religion, politics and economics reveals his saint ship or a hidden guru spirit or some secret Sufi. He confidently explains every process and their analysis on the rational side and equally explains the spiritual parts of unknown. Anything from social affairs to special creations of unknown like spirit, djinns, ghost, demons, or black holes, He has a unique answer and explanation for ordinar y person to understand as this unknown man has conquered the known and unknowns simultaneously. I am very sure that my todays guest who is an extra ordinary human but living an ordinary life, shall be great interests for many and can be future source for many to understand complex phenomena's. The interview shall continue in our series

of publication and if someone has any question about some quiz of life, should write to our management. We shall try our best to get the answer. Today's, exclusive interview i s t a k e n f r o m Ta h i r Mahmood, former visiting lecturer at University college Salford (UK) and Oslo college of engineering. He is inventor of producing protein plus flour from Norwegian wheat corn, and preventive design of cigarette to stop smoking. He is known as peace activist in the beautiful town of Drammen and was the first one to start a dialogue between all religions as legal document signed by all parties to develop DOTL organisation.He established a new yearly tradition in Drammen called Gjestbud which is considered as an intellectual setup in the area as registered organisation .This is very surprising that after each good work Tahir


Mahmood left the organisation for others to work on and kept silent to explore new myths ,things and ideas. Whats new today sir? Everything is new today,the old things are there to see but those are things of the past ,Even our own sayings and acts of yesterday are recorded within the nature and cant be called as new.But todays gift to all human is my discovery of finding a new syndrome that will facilitate a clinical help to

the sufferers . Can you explain more? Yes certainly, this is a syndrome that has created extremism and terrorism in the world, its called Terror syndrome and certainly it will be recorded with my name Tahir terror syndrome. The syndrome takes its birth gradually as special type of fragmentation of the mind space that mindset moves to destructive means and delete every social norm, r u l e o f l aw i g n o re s consequence of the future

being terrorist or extremist. Though, it's not easy to understand this syndrome for ordinary people and even the psychologist and doctors were not able to discover it because of a very complex phenomenon. But, how it was discovered by you? As you know , I am Muslim by my faith and its was very disappointing that a 99.99 percent Muslim has been discriminated because of terrorism .The religion Islam that means peace has been shown as anti peace religion in the media. In fact, any religion of the world is meant for developing the c o n s c i o u s a n d understandings of the human for better success against ignorance for establishing a peaceful society. On the other hand, the world leadership and intellectual, academics could not solve the problem to stop or retard the process of terrorism. Many millions of world resources were used to write research books on terrorism, use force and military, and make speeches, but nothing has helped. If we see today, the world


economies have been destroyed, right after the p ro c e s s o f t e rro r i s m started. This issue is most important for every nation to get to unity point and come to a peaceful resolution with intelligent solution, because ultimately effects are for every one in this global village as bigger man made disasters. Therefore, I started my research work in this area very silently and I started observing case to case related to terrorism and at first stage of my investigation, I gather more than 50 micro and macro level root causes. At some stage, I was very clear to understand the factual history of producing first stream of terrorist minds in the era of Afghan war against Russia, who were preached to do jihad against Russian occupation. General Ziaul haq and some world powers mixed jihad with the territorial war and even Jihad was liked and welcomed as a word and practice by western lands because knocking down Russian was an active interest. I don't justify Russian invasion but I do criticise the strategy used by

world leaders to introduce jihad while using western tax payee money who even never dreamed about word called jihad. This was the most crucial part in the h i s t o r y t h e re i n m a ny e x t re m e m i n d s we re produced including Usama bin laden.I also noticed very delicately that the war was over but the tactics of

second big mistake made by our world leaderships, not to pay any attention toward the mind spaces of those fighters who were living a strange unknown life and were practicing extreme acts even after the war in different forms because the retrieval of extremism of the stored memories of the mind space were live.

involving extreme minds as jihadist in the afghan war was like constructing a factory for producing new generation of extreme minds because there was no rehabilitations process adopted to settle the social life of those fighters, by world leaders after the war.

This was the most crucial point, in my research therein; I started searching on mind space functions and mechanism in a cognitive manner.The mind space of a kid after drone attack, a child in the war zone, the personal, family or friends tragic scenes or news ,the power plays of military actions, the unjust acts by

Certainly, this was the


any party in the name of justice, The media interventions of showing bombs and adventures, the terrorist blowing bombs in neutral public, the stereotyping about each other cultures and religions, the micro level impacts of a macro level mechanisms, The mixing of truths and false together, and others made me possible to understand the human mind space mechanism who we call terrorists. Certainly, the Brevik case in Norway has also lead my research to dig more around “ in house build-up of the extreme personalities.” The first stage of conclusion was “the fragmented mind space of an extremist exist under complete disorder but latterly I found that even this disordered mind space has some driving forces before he is operative. Therefore the passive side of the extreme mind move to the active side and all this happens with a mechanism process, which we all know radicalism. At this stage, I reached to two categories of the radicalism, one temporary

and other permanent and further I concluded that there are three levels of r a d i c a l i s m a n d fo u n d relations of cognitive side. After many days and night research work, I founded that there is transformation process of the mind space .But “what make the transformation process” was the most important focus for me and now I started sitting on Drammen City River alone for hours to meditate my mind and explore the unknown. It was Friday afternoon, and the river water was flowing like waves and in those waves the sun was reflecting,I was concentrating on the water waves movement therein the reflected sun image was moving up and down because of water movement, I star ted concentrating to hold the image of the sun at one point, but at some stage the sun image in water didn't move even the water wave were moving. This event was not real but it was my driving force of concentration on the sun image not to let it move and I made it happened in my

mind space. This was the starting point of exploring the hidden quiz that now I found from the nature, how mind space transformation process takes place. Therefore, I reach to final conclusion and introduce two terms into modern cognitive psychology, A-induction and bsubmission , Induction can be internal self induction and external third party induction, How I hold sun image on running water waves in my mind space, surely it was a self induction of the thought that I enforced by myself slowly but within few minutes the sun image movement was slowing down until it was stationary in my conscious. The induction process started slowing down my other fact finding and experienced parts of mind space and conscious (that inform me the sun image will not stop because of the running water).its important to note that this slowing down of experienced parts of mind space was because of other process as I called


submission (highest level of acceptance) which was activated in my mind space after the induction process. I finally was induced with the self made thought through induction process that the forces of submission took over whole mind space that now I can feel something normal which is not normal for others, like stationary sun image on the flowing water. This example was evident to witness me to know reality behind the terrorist mind space and I was able to have a rational discovery of the radicalism process and transformation. Finally, I concluded that the radicalised mind space works in the same manner therein the forces of induction(internal or external) start activity in mind space in a regular manner that the submission forces are highly activated, until the human being start ignoring social norms, rule of law, and thinking of consequences being terrorist or extremist. This permanent or consistent process of induction and submission of

the mind space is an abnormal behaviour and I nominate it first time as a terror syndrome which hopefully history will write as Tahir terror syndrome after my name. It should be noted that induction process can be induced by the person itself after accepting an ideology rationally or irrationally and it can be induced by a preacher as well, but same time feeling of an unjust value, insecurity ,competition, create sympathy and person start looking for solution to compensate his sympathy. But a consistent process make a cause of conflict and submission forces take over. During this process the mind space is completely under an abnormal positioning just like I was able to see stationary image of the sun in the moving water as a result of induction and submission process. In terrorism or extremism the induction and submission processes are the basis to make a conflict though the cause can be anything. That means if person is aware of induction and submission process in the beginning, he

can save himself from extreme views. So, long research but easy, explanation Mr Tahir,don't you get tired of such a work that doesn't pay anything from any institute or state, I asked? We human in reality are one big family and real human development is sourcing from passion and care for others, The money and rewards are very small payments but the real compensation is by a great feeling, if my discovery can save other human beings and get them out from ignorance and syndromes to have a peaceful and secured life. Therefore, for me it's a great pleasure to prove that it's not the religion or ideologies but it's a syndrome that has attacked on many humans and any body can be the victim of the syndrome by inducing any dangerous lines of thoughts. We shall continue this interview next week, but, please let us know what is most important responsibility of public to follow?


The most important responsibility of everyone is to observe himself and others and think for a minute, if my self or other person has not been attacked by terror syndrome and if behaviour is not moving to extreme side. Also, the parents must keep observing their children, if children are not under initial stage of the syndrome therein children behaviour is changing and they start speaking of new or old ideologies with aggressive manner, if they are not making special tattoos or started wearing special cloths with extreme logos. If they are meeting new groups or friends (who parent even don't know) and started looking at websites that lead to extreme materials.

What have been your next acts in this research? I have started courses for teachers, social workers and state departments and even for Muslim imams and Christian priests and religious leaders, so that they could identify the symptoms of a radicalised mind on early stages, because during radicalising process the human mind space go through a transformation process, that result a change in human behaviour and further change in behaviour makes change in acts. So it's easy to identify the change, if the o b s e r ve r h a s s t u d i e d through my courses. The courses are at our website www, Do you have some other courses than radicalism?

Yes we are starting some new courses for corporate planners and decision makers, lawyers and others who are engaged with very intensive work on daily basis in their offices.The induction of corporate work effects on the mind space and the mind space get fragmented, therefore our new course is called Defragmentation of the mind space. Its based on some physical exercise like yoga and some theoretical knowledge to understand our own mind space and how to defragment the mind space. How to clear the thoughts of the work who are still active in the memory part of the mind space and create retrievals in different forms like stress talking, pains in the neck, anxiety, and disturbances in normal life Thanks so much and we shall meet next week to continue the interview to discus on some other special issues, I said, and Mr Tahir started looking at my face being curious, how come an interview of a journalist can be long life interview to continue, I think , if Mr Tahir started looking my mind space.


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tanely is a Singhalese , Portuguese and a Norwegian decent, he comes from a musical family. He was born in Sri Lanka and grown up in Miami before moving to Norway and surrounded by music since childhood.

He wrote and produced his music in 80 COUNTRIES, and all over the His music is inspired by world it got many generations and 10,000,000 consists of everything from danceable beats to heavy hitting arena filling house.

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STANELY FERDINANDEZ produced his music in 80 countries, and all over the world it got 10,000,000 YouTube hits, because of it Fair wood Music International present in U2 and bob marley in the states made a publishing deal with stanely. Now after writing for others, ferdinandez steps out of the producer's chair stand himself in front of the microphone

and making his debut with a hot Caribbean feel and rhythmically inspired by everyone by his distinctive voice. The p ro j e c t w a s s o u n d stretching over several continents through many years of hard work.

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LARRY FOGG In the morning, I packed for the trip to Mu Ko Surin and as I walked toward the local restaurant for breakfast, I realized that it was not open. Somewhat disappointed, I went back to my room to wait for Green view to pick me up. In a little while, to my surprise, there was a knock at my door and a lady appeared with a tray bearing breakfast for me. She said that the cost was 70 Bhat which I considered to be most reasonable



rior to departing for Thailand, I sent an E-mail to my friend Thanya, a lady who I have known for many years, advising of my travel to Thailand. I told her that I was hoping to return to the Mu Ko Surin National Park which consists of the Surin Islands.The Surin Islands are situated in the Andaman Sea to the West of Kuraburi Town and are the Northern-most islands in the Andaman Sea that belong to Thailand. Thanya replied that she had contacted Greenview Travel, that she could arrange a trip to Mu Ko Surin, and provided her new mobile phone number. She also said that she could arrange for accommodations at Patong Beach, Phuket. Since I was having difficulty trying to book a hotel in Phuket and booking a reasonably-priced flight to Phuket, I had booked two nights at Bangkok in order to have a free day to make additional travel arrangements after arriving at Bangkok. When I initially booked the trip back in January, I didn't realize that I was arriving in the middle of the Songkran Festival, a big Thailand New Year national holiday. Songkran was the reason that it was nearly impossible to book last minute reasonably-priced

hotel reservations at Phuket booked a flight to Phuket for via the Internet. the following day through My flight from Tokyo Narita the hotel travel agency – to Bangkok was delayed for nearly all of the flights from nearly three hours due to a Bangkok to Phuket were mechanical problem with sold out. Once I had my flight the airplane – this put me into Bangkok at about 2:00 am on April 9th. After clearing customs and taking a taxi to my hotel, it was nearly 3:30 am when I checked into my hotel. After breakfast at the hotel, I



to Phuket booked, I called Thanya and requested that she find me a hotel at Patong Beach for two nights, reser ve a bungalow at Kuraburi Town for one night, and book a five day/four night trip to Mu Ko Surin through Greenview Travel. She called back a little later and told me that she had arranged for a car to meet me at Phuket Airport and take me to a hotel in Patong Beach and that she had reserved the trip with Greenview to Mu Ko Surin. I had originally planned to have Sud drive me to Phuket Town to catch a bus to Kuraburi Town where Thanya would have a driver meet the bus to take me to my bungalow – Green view would then pick me up early morning .When Sud picked me up at my hotel, I decided to hire her to drive me to Kuraburi Town. I advised Thanya that Sud was driving me to Kuraburi – Thanya provided Sud with the name and address where she had made a room reservation for me. In the morning, I packed for the trip to Mu Ko Surin and as I walked toward the local restaurant for breakfast, I realized that it was not open. Somewhat disappointed, I went back to my room to wait for Green view to


pick me up. In a little while, to my surprise, there was a knock at my door and a lady appeared with a tray bearing breakfast for me. She said that the cost was 70 Bhat which I considered to be most reasonable. When Green view arrived and took me to the pier at Kuraburi where I had hoped to see Thanya – she was not there and we only communicated by mobile phone. I left some of my luggage at the Grenview office and only took a small backpack and a dry-bag containing my snorkeling equipment with me to the i s l a n d s . We we n t b y speedboat out to the Mu Ko Surin where I camped on the beach in a Thailand National Park tent with a sleeping bag and foam rubber ground mat rented from the park service.

destroyed by the December 2004 Tsunami and the new Moken village has been rebuilt near the site of the original village. Since Mu Ko Surin is a very popular destination for Thai people and is especially popular with folks from Bangkok as a Songkran Festival destination, the campgrounds were packed with tents and tourists. Most overnight trips to Mu Ko Surin are for three days/two nights and since my trip was for five days/four nights, I got the opportunity to meet several Thai families arriving and departing while I was there. I enjoyed spending some time with a family from Bangkok – Kitty, Oh and their son Sai.

After returning to the pier at Ku r a b u r i , G r e e n v i e w transferred me to my bungalow at Khao Lak. In the morning, I was picked up at my bungalow by Thaplamu Andaman Tours and taken to the pier where I was personally greeted by Nhong. It was great to see her again. Her day trips to the Similan Islands are very well organized and are very well run – she has a special talent for running snorkeling trips.We snorkeled at Island 9, stopped at the picturesque Donald Duck beach at Island 8, snorkeled along the back side of Island 8, and had lunch at Island 4. After lunch, I moved into a National Park bungalow on Island 4.The bungalow had a

The monsoon season produces very rough seas and the Surin Islands are only open to tourists from mid-November to mid-May. The only full-time inhabitants are a village of sea gypsies who prefer to be called "Moken" people. The original Moken village was


screened ceiling area with several holes in the screen, a fairly large gap under the door and a hole in the floor for the shower water to drain through. Sometime either during the second day or second night, some critter ate a hole about 3/8 inch in diameter through the left leg of my pants as they hung on the wall of the bungalow – sure was glad that they were the pants that were mended in Patong Beach and not my other good pair of pants. During the next two days, I had marvelous snorkeling at the back sides of Islands 7, 8 & 9; the southern end of Island 7; and the southwestern end of Island


4. I met Golf and Yok, a couple from Bangkok, during an afternoon snorkeling trip – the three of us were in a small boat operated by the National Park Service and the snorkeling was superb. In addition, Jurgen & Sabina from southern Germany came to the islands on the same speedboat as me, also stayed two nights and we all returned to the mainland on Nhong's speedboat on the 20th. To my surprise, my mobile phone worked at both Mu Ko Surin and Mu Ko Similan. I called Sud and arranged for her to meet me at the pier to drive me back to Patong Beach on the 20th. Of course, she stopped at the

same travel agency on the way to Patong and I made a hotel reservation for the next three nights. After arriving back at Patong, I returned to the tailor shop and had the lady mend the hole from the Similan Islands – now I have a pair of pants with patches for my next island overnight trip. Since everything that I had taken to the islands ended up damp, I spent the next couple of days at Patong washing clothes, rinsing off and dr ying out damp equipment, working on photos, reflecting on my eight days of snorkeling at the islands, and re-packing for the return to Bangkok and home.


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“Come forward as servants of Islam, organise the people economically, socially, educationally and politically and I am sure that you will be a power that will be accepted by everybody.�

25th December 1876 a legend was born, Quaid-e-Azam, Muhammad Ali Jinnah at Vazeer Mansion Karachi, was the first of seven children of Jinnah bhai, a prosperous merchant. After being taught at home, Jinnah was sent to the Sindh Madrasah High School in 1887. Later he attended the Mission High School, where, at the age of 16, he passed the matriculation examination of the University of Bombay. On the advice of an English friend, his father decided to send him to England to acquire business experience. Jinnah, however, had made up his mind to become a barrister. In keeping with the custom of the time, his parents arranged for an early marriage for him before he left for England.

Jinnah first entered politics by participating in the 1906 Calcutta session of the Indian National Congress, the party that called for dominion status and later for independence for India. Four years later he was elected to the Imperial L e g i s l a t i ve C o u n c i l - - t h e beginning of a long and distinguished parliamentary career. In Bombay he came to know, among other important Congress personalities, Gopal Krishna Gokhale, the eminent Maratha leader. Greatly influenced by these nationalist politicians, Jinnah aspired during the early part of his political life to become "a Muslim Gokhale." Admiration for British political institutions and an eagerness to raise the


status of India in the international community and to develop a sense of Indian nationhood among the peoples of India were the chief elements of his politics. At that time, he still looked upon Muslim interests in the context of Indian nationalism. Soon preparations started for the elections under the Government of India Act of 1935. Jinnah was still thinking in terms of co-operation between the Muslim League and the Hindu Congress and with coalition governments in the provinces. But the elections of 1937 proved to be a turning point in the relations between the two organizations. The Congress obtained an absolute majority in six provinces, and the Muslim league did not do particularly well. The Congress decided not to include the league in the formation of provincial governments, and exclusive all-Congress governments were. On March 22-23, 1940, in

“Pakistan not only means freedom and independence but the Muslim Ideology which has to be preserved, which has come to us as a precious gift and treasure and which, we hope other will share with us� 88

that ultimately both the Congress and the British government had no option but to agree to the partitioning of India. Pakistan thus emerged as an independent state in 14th August, 1947

Lahore, the league adopted a resolution to form a separate Muslim state, Pakistan. The Pakistan idea was first ridiculed and then tenaciously opposed by the Congress. But it captured the imagination of the Muslims. Pitted against Jinnah were men of the stature of Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. And the British government seemed to be intent on maintaining the political unity of the Indian subcontinent. But Jinnah led his movement with such skill and tenacity

Jinnah became the first head of the new state i.e. Pakistan. He took oath as the first governor general on August 15, 1947. Faced with the serious problems of a young nation, he tackled Pakistan's problems with authority. . He was not regarded as merely the governor-general; he was revered as the father of the nation. He worked hard until overpowered by age and disease in Karachi. He died on 11th September 1948 at Karachi.


FINGER FISH 30 Minutes 2-4 People



Recipe Ingredients 1/2 kg Fish boneless Pinch Yellow color 2 Egg whites 1 tbsp Ginger garlic paste 1 tbsp Red chili powder 2 tbsp Corn flour 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp Ground hot spices for fry Oil to taste Salt

Recipe Method In a mixing bowl, add 2 eggs white 2 tbsp corn flour, 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste, 1 tbsp red chili powder, 1/2 tsp turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp ground hot spices, a pinch of yellow color, and salt to taste. Mix well to form a smooth batter. Cut fish into fingers and marinate in the prepared spices mixture for half an hour. In a wok, heat oil and fry fish fingers. Soak excess oil on an absorbent sheet. Serve with green dip.


AFGHANI CHICKEN 30 Minutes 2-4 People



Recipe Ingredients ½ Kg chicken breast boneless 1 onion 1 cup yogurt 20 Garlic cloves 1 tsp Crushed black pepper 3 tbsp Oil to taste Salt

RECIPE METHOD In a pan add 3 to 4tbsp. oil and fry 1 onion for 2 to 4 minutes. Now set aside 3 cloves of garlic, make slices of remaining cloves and put it into the pan for frying. At the same time add 1/2 kg chicken and cook thoroughly. Now put 1tsp crushed black pepper, salt to taste and 3tbsp lemon juice in 1cup yogurt, mix it well and cook. When the chicken get tender and dried, then saute with remaining 3 cloves of garlic and serve it.


HOT ICE CREAM BALLS 30 Minutes 2-3 People



RECIPE METHOD To make the caramel sauce: Take a pan and melt 100 grams of butter. Add 1 cup of brown sugar and mix well. As soon as all of the sugar melts whisk well. Mix 1 tbsp of corn flour in some water and slowly pour it into the mixture, stirring continuously. After 1 -2 minutes take the pan off the flame. The caramel sauce is ready. To make the ice cream balls freeze 1 liter ice cream until it firms up. In a mixing bowl beat together 2 eggs and 1/2 cup of milk. In one plate spread 2 cups of flour and in another plate 1 cup of bread crumbs. Now take out the ice cream from the freezer and scoop out the ice cream Coat each scoop with the flour, followed by the egg and milk mixture and finally with the bread crumbs. Now put this coated ice cream balls in the freezer. Heat some oil in a pan and fry the coated ice cream balls for 30 seconds. Now dish out and serve it with the caramel sauce.

RECIPE INGREDIENTS 1 liter Vanilla ice cream 2 Egg 1 cup Bread crumbs 2 cup Flour 1/2 cup Milk for frying Oil To make caramel sauce 1 cup Brown sugar 1/2 cup Cream 100 gm Butter 1 tbsp Corn flour








neaker is a synonym for "athletic shoes but it doesn't mean only athletes can wear it. When one trend goes out the window, another swiftly swoops in, and this season different types of ladies sneakers will become the trendiest shoes. A part from that these are the type of footwear with a flexible sole made of rubber or synthetic material and an upper part made of leather or canvas, they will be more comfortable and fashionable. Sneakers were originally sporting apparel, but today worn much more widely as casual footwear.




Spurring the trend is the fact that designers and brands have spurred the trend to use the slip-on sneaker in various campaigns, often styling them to easy-going perfection. Having these shoes you'll be comfy and look chic. All the fun sneaker styles being worn by fashion forward ladies, whether they're low-tops, vintage-style, or good ol' Converse.



etween Gravity and Europa Report 2013 has been a banner year for movies about by way of Magnet Releasing, and though it has a lot to live up to The Last Days On Mars delivers an experience that is unlike anything we've seen before space travel. We've seen a slew of new ideas presented on screen in film both critics and audiences adored, which in turn sparked a new demand for movies about the experience of life outside our atmosphere. Now a third entry comes to us. Director Ruairi Robinson does a good job of balancing everything well enough to deliver a coherent story. On the last day of the first manned mission to Mars, a crew member of Tantalus Base believes he has made an astounding discovery - fossilized evidence of


Based on the short story The Animators

bacterial life. Unwilling to let the relief crew claim all the glory, he disobeys orders to pack up and goes out on an unauthorized expedition to collect further samples. But a routine excavation turns to disaster when the porous ground collapses, and he falls into a deep crevice and near certain death. His devastated colleagues attempt to recover his body. However, when another vanishes they start to suspect that the life-form they have discovered is not yet dead. As the group begins to fall apart it seems their only hope is the imminent arrival of the relief ship Aurora. It is scheduled for limited release in the United States on 6 December 2013.


It seems like that Pakistani Film Industry isn't dead after all and our directors and producers are still capable of making movies like Zinda Bhaag, Main Hoon Shahid Afridi and Waar The record breaking movie of all time in Pakistan.


ijrat is the debut celluloid venture of ace TV writer/ director/ producer Farouq Mengal who has written the script and screenplay of the film. Hijrat, which showcases new talents as the film's main leads. is a love story that plays out in the foreground of an exodus that rendered millions homeless during the Afghan war. It

touches upon the lives of those whose spirits were broken by the homes they lost and whose hearts were broken by the shelter they found. Supermodel and twice Lux Style Awards winner Rabia Butt stars opposite model-turned-actor Asad Zaman with Wiam Dahmani, the Moroccan model as their co-star. This is Rabia's first

Hijrat is a latest upcoming Pakistani Film directed by the talented Farouq Mengal who has been working as director since 1998 (PTV). Hijrat is a love story that plays out in the foreground of an exodus that rendered millions homeless during the Afghan war. It touches upon the lives of those whose spirits were broken by the homes they lost and whose hearts were broken by the shelter they found.


feature film and her maiden acting venture. Starring opposite her is the dashing Asad Zaman, model and winner of the Reality Show Hero Bannay Ki Tarang. The film is also launching the beautiful and talented Saima Baloch on the silver screen and the acting career of multitalented Fahd Nur while showcasing the acting abilities of the debonair talk show host and actor Ali Fateh. Included in the cast are seasoned TV actors Mahjabeen, Azra Aftab, Ayub Khoso and Salman Shahid besides veteran Bollywood actors. The film's musical score is composed by Sahir Ali Bagga and features the vocal talent of Ali Azmet, Rahat Fateh Ali, Atif Aslam, Richa Sharma and Shreya Ghoshal. Styling and Makeup are under supervision of Nabila, the internationally acclaimed stylist and grooming icon. Hijrat will be shot in the UK and India besides Pakistan and will be released internationally.



hoom 3 is an upcoming action thriller Hindi film, written and directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya and produced by Aditya Chopra. This is the third movie of unforgettable series of DHOOM. Abhishek Bachchan will reprise his original roles, while Aamir Khan will play the negative role and Katrina Kaif will play lead actress. The theatrical trailer of one of the most awaited film 'Dhoom 3' crossed one million views within the span of 24 hours of its being published. Aamir Khan also promoted Dhoom 3 on the sets of Kaun Banega Crorepati. The first part in the 'Dhoom' series saw a brawny John Abraham don the mantle of villain, which was taken forward by a light-eyed, bronzeskinned, Greek God-like Adonis known as Hrithik Roshan in the second film.


Aamir said in a statement that the title track 'Dhoom machale' is dedicated to Sachin Tendulkar But the third installment has seemingly crossed all barriers of pre-release hype, by roping in none other than perfectionist superstar Aamir Khan. It was announced that the composer of Dhoom and Dhoom 2, Pritam, will return once again to compose the music of the third installment. The film will have a theme song for Aamir Khan that the actor will sing. Reports suggest that Shefali Alvares have been roped to sing the Dhoom title track. Aamir said in a statement that the title track 'Dhoom machale' is dedicated to Sachin Tendulkar Dhoom 3 will be releasing on 20th December 2013 with the latest cinema sound technology Dolby Atmos. The film will receive a native Atmos mix at YRF Studios. Dhoom3 trailer was censored with PG certificate from British Censors on 29 Oct 2013.



TENDULKAR In October 2013, he became the 16th player and first Indian to aggregate 50,000 runs in all recognized cricket


achin Ramesh Tendulkar is a former Indian cricketer widely acknowledged as the best batsman of his generation. He took up cricket at age of eleven, made his test debut against Pakistan at the age of sixteen, and went on to represent Mumbai domestically and India internationally for close to twenty-four years.


On 16th of November Sachin Tendulkar retired from international cricket. Cricketing farewells have rarely been decorated and celebrated Sachin Tendulkar was finally saying goodbye to cricket, with never before seen tears on his face. In his final ap p e a r a n c e o n t h e cricket field on Saturday, the quintessential team man Tendulkar walked to the middle, uprooted a stump, hugges MS Dhoni and joined his fellow players who too were clearly battling back tears as they gave a guard of honour to the maestro. It was time to bid the legend a formal goodbye as Wankhede rose on its feet and chanted "Sachiin, Sachiiin" for one last time.Their hero made it a point to thank everyone who helped him to build a successful career.

He is the only player to have scored one hundred international centuries, the first player to score a double century in a One Day International, and the only player to complete more than 30,000 runs in international cricket. In October 2013, he became the 16th player and first Indian to aggregate 50,000 runs in all recognized cricket. On 16th of November Sachin Tendulkar retired from international c r i c ke t . C r i c ke t i n g farewells have rarely been decorated, celebrated and anticipated to such an extent.That has been the general tenor of the


relationship. The love and affection showered by the Indian public on Tendulkar has not sought things like context or importance. An emotional Sachin Tendulkar had a long list of people to thank for supporting him through an illustrious 24-year career. In front of a packed Wankhede crowd, the legendary player - tears clearly visible in his eyes. DMK chief M Karunanidhi lauded his "unmatched records" and said it was "quite natural" for the Centre to confer the Bharat Ratna, the country's highest civilian award, on him. Observing that he was moved by the batting icon's "touching and tearful farewell speech," the DMK chief said, "Sachin you have walked into


history and history is bejewelled by your presence. It is quite natural that the Government of India has announced the Bharat Ratna for you in recognition of your unmatched records." Recalling Tendulkar's brilliant and memorable track record which "the Indian nation can be proud of forever," the 90-year-old DMK patriarch said, "You have set grand standards.You will be inspiring generations to come.You have crowned Indian cricket by your unbeatable and unforgettable achievements.




ith the result of the series already determined, the fifth ODI could fade into obscurity. However, it serves as the precursor to the return series in South Africa, which will begin later this month. If South Africa could manage to win, they will take bragging rights into the three-match affair at home, but if Pakistan can pull one back, it could give them some much-needed buoyancy. The conditions, of course, will be completely different to Cape Town, Port Elizabeth or Centurion, but it could still act as some sort of prologue. The Sharjah strip was the most spinners friendly and will be more testing for the batsmen than Abu Dhabi's pitch was. It should


favour Pakistan, but with the slew of problems facing them, they will go into the fixture needing motivation. South Africa have made incremental improvements, which is promising for their coach Russell Domingo. He still has work to do with the top order and will want to use this game to start fine tuning as South Africa look to find a settled combination as they build towards the World Cup. Misbah-ul-Haq said “At the moment we have tried different players in our order but the problem is that the guys who are good batsmen can't bowl as a fully-fledged bowling option, and if we pick the bowlers who are really good in bowling then we lack batting. We are really missing a quality all-rounder who can deliver in bowling and batting in pressure situations�.


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