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Pak swelling nuclear arsenal Gavaskar visiting US as to counter India: US report MoneyGram Ambassador India Post News Service

WASHINGTON: Seeking to counter India, Pakistan is making qualitative and quantitative improvements to its nuclear arsenal and could increase the number of circumstances under which it would use them, a US Congressional report has said. "Pakistan appears to be increasing its fissile production capability and improving its delivery vehicles in order to hedge against possible increases in India's nuclear arsenal. "Islamabad may also accelerate its current nuclear weapons efforts," the independent Congressional Research Service (CRS) said in a report. In addition to making qualitative and quantitative improvements to its nuclear arsenal, Pakistan could increase the number of circumstances under which it would be willing to use nuclear weapons, the report said. In its latest report, prepared for the US lawmakers, CRS said that

Pakistan's nuclear weapons program is mainly aimed to address the threat perception it has from India and thus act as a deterrent for India. "India has stated that it needs

Besides lowering the threshold for using nuclear weapons, Pakistan may also consider fielding non-strategic nuclear weapons in order to increase the credibility of its nuclear deterrent versus Indian conventional military only a "credible minimum deterrent", but has never defined what it means by such a deterrent and has refused to sign the Compre-

hensive Test Ban Treaty," it said, adding that Pakistani officials have stated that the government may need to increase significantly its nuclear arsenal in response to possible Indian plans to do the same. Besides lowering the threshold for using nuclear weapons, Pakistan may also consider fielding non-strategic nuclear weapons in order to increase the credibility of its nuclear deterrent versus Indian conventional military operations. Dated July 23, the CRS in its report said Pakistan's nuclear arsenal probably consists of approximately 90-110 nuclear warheads, although it could be larger. "Islamabad is producing fissile material, adding to related production facilities, and deploying additional delivery vehicles," it said, adding these steps could enable Pakistan to undertake both quantitative and qualitative improvements to its nuclear arsenal.PTI

DALLAS, TX: MoneyGram, a leading global money transfer company, has announced that legendary cricket player Sunil Gavaskar - regarded as the "greatest opening batsman of all time" will serve as ambassador for the company as part of its multi-year agreement with the International Cricket Council (ICC). MoneyGram is serving as the official sponsor through 2015, after sponsoring the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 tournament in the West Indies. According to MoneyGram, Gavaskar was invited to serve as the company's ambassador because many of its customers currently living in the United States moved here from - or have relatives living in - countries where cricket enjoys a popularity similar to American football. "Cricket fans around the world demonstrate a unique passion that is unlike anything seen in

Forget Biryani, it is Haleem in Hyderabad Ramadan A.Q. SIDDIQUI India Post News Service

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yderabad is synonym for Biryani, but come Ramadan and it is Haleem everywhere. Ramadan, the holy month of fasting for Muslims all over the world, has a daily feast for Muslims and non-Muslims in Hyderabad. The tradition for breaking fast with Haleem is so uniquely linked to Hyderabad that the dish of Haleem itself was granted a Geographical Indication Registry (GI) certification in September 2010 by Government of India. The GI certification is granted to an item traditionally linked with the geographical boundaries of a region. Earlier, GI tag was granted to Tirupati Laddu. The certification inhibits its production outside the boundaries of its geographical region. Haleem, a traditional Hyderabadi recipe is prepared by a mixture of goat meat and wheat along with other spices. It is very high in nutritional value and acts like an energy replenishing food soon after breaking the fast. But, the Haleem is not the choice of Muslims only. NonMuslims in Hyderabad wait for Ramadan for the taste of Haleem

only. If you happen to be in Hyderabad, you cannot miss the taste of Haleem. It is everywhere in Hyderabad. Almost every locality has Haleem stall in Ramadan. The leader among Haleem producers is Pista House, a brand that

regular Haleem stall will sale for Rs 35 or Rs 60, Pista House Haleem costs Rs 100 against Sarvi Haleem for Rs 90. A family packs normally cost Rs 500. But who sells most? Pista House of course. They have all

has franchises all over the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. They are followed by other traditional makers of Haleem, such as Sarvi Haleem and Shah Gosh etc. Many Hyderabadis recommend Sarvi Haleem for a traditional taste, but Pista House Haleem tops the sale figures. And it is not cheaper either. While a roadside chicken or

facilitated outlets everywhere for fast pick up. If we look at their Toli Chowki unit, we see at least 20 sales persons standing on roadside catering to cars or motorcycle riders for Haleem pick up. They made it so convenient that you just stop your vehicle on curve side and pick your Haleem in less than 2 minutes. Pista House is also exporting Haleem to Mumbai,

Bangalore and Middle Eastern countries. It's taste is unique and it's sale is grand. While Muslims buy Haleem just one hour prior to fast breaking time, non-Muslims take Haleem ahead of them. Sale for non-Muslims begins from 4pm onward. Many non-Muslims also take Haleem after fast breaking time as most sellers are less crowded. However, the Haleem stock finishes soon after the fast breaking time. And which other product suffers most due Haleem sale in Hyderabad? Of course Hyderabadi Biryani. Many popular outlets for Hyderabadi Biryani restrict Biryani making in Ramadan in view of popular choice Haleem. Also, Haleem itself is so complete and nourishing food that you cannot turn to any other food after eating a dish of Haleem. Hyderabadi Biryani, is normally avoided in Ramadan. This year Ramadan is cool and comfortable in Hyderabad. A pleasant rainy weather with just 14 hours of fasting is a blessing compared to over 16 hours of fasting in hot and humid Chicago. Hyderabadi restaurants at Devon have started making Haleem in Ramadan, but somehow, the original taste is still missing here.

other sports. Their love for the game, and their strong enthusiasm as they cheer for their favorite teams and players, brings friends and families closer together," said Juan Agualimpia, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, MoneyGram. "Gavaskar is a legend in cricket,

Sunil Gavaskar

Gavaskar was invited to serve as the company's ambassador because many of its customers currently living in the United States moved here from - or have relatives living in - countries where cricket enjoys great popularity who is very well known around the world. We're excited about the value he'll bring to MoneyGram by connecting with our customers through events we're planning in various markets." A native of India, Gavaskar nicknamed "Sunny" during his 17year career - played for the India, Mumbai, and Somerset teams throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Known for his near-perfect technique, he is the only player to score 1,000 runs in a calendar year, and the first player to score 10,000 runs in Tests. Under his leadership, the India team won a number of tournaments, including the Asia Cup, Benson & Hedges World Cup, and the ICC Cricket World Cup. An author of four books about cricket, Gavaskar serves as a television commentator and columnist for cricket. In North America, Gavaskar will be visiting Toronto, Dallas and the New York area in August, where he will visit local cricket matches and MoneyGram agent locations.

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