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Food Stories: Mango Juice

BISMA TIRMIZI A little about the mighty mango and two recipes to enjoy it this summer I never understood why oranges harvest in the winter. Why is it that bright, sweet, delicious citrus grace our glasses during chilly days and cold nights, right? Nature must have its reasons, but I …

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What’s wrong with this year’s Ramazan transmissions?

Maybe ‘everything’ is the answer you’re looking for. SADAF HAIDER  Ramazan transmissions have barely begun and within a week PEMRA notices are flying as channels jump into a frenzied competition for ratings. Putting aside each channel’s so-called game shows, the real games are being played by hosts who use one …

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Five great Pakistan-India ODI clashes

Title-holders India begin their quest to retain the Champions Trophy when they face Pakistan in their tournament opener at Edgbaston on Sunday. Ahead of their latest One Day International encounter, AFP Sport looks back at five memorable limited overs matches between the cricket giants. April 18, 1986, Sharjah Pakistan won …

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Looking at the family budget

Afshan Subohi True to its character, an over excited PML-N government chose to focus on the positives, underplaying the disturbing negatives, including the external front vulnerability. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar presented a typical election year budget that seeks to expand subsidies, development spending and direct transfers to poor under the …

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5 golden rules of healthy eating in Ramazan

SALIMA FEERASTA  Here’s how you can combine fasting and healthy food choices to reset your metabolism and shed some weight in Ramazan The spiritual blessings of Ramazan are manifold but when done right, the holy month of fasting also comes with tangible physical benefits. Combining healthy food choices with fasting …

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The U.S. May Lose its SOF

The current commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, known as SOCOM, General Raymond A. Thomas, addressing the Senate Committee on Armed Services said that Special Operations Forces (SOF) are not able to maintain the current intensity of operations. He stated the servicemen are psychologically exhausted, which is reflected, among …

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Footprints: Keeping the Edhi spirit alive

IMRAN AYUB In Bombay Bazaar of Mithadar, one can sense the anticipation. The rush at the market, the dense traffic and the hustle and bustle are far from a rare scene in this area, one of the oldest in the city. Even so, the number of vehicles and the nature …

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More students in Pakistan are learning Chinese today than ever before

UMAR BACHA NUML’s Chinese language department had 13 students when it started in 1970. This year the programme has 460 pupils. A white statue of Chinese philosopher Confucius stands tall in Pakistan’s federal capital. Behind it is the impressive building of the Confucius Institute, Islamabad — the rebranded Chinese language …

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