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Michael Mann's cyber-terror thriller "Blackhat" punches, kicks, slashes and guns down the notion of the solitary keyboard-pecking hacker with the muscular Chris Hemsworth as adroit in a street fight as he is combing through government servers.

Marion Cotillard said bringing the film "Two Days, One Night" to the Oscars is a dream come true after she clinched a nomination for best actress - her second nod in seven years. French-born Cotillard was nominated for her leading role in the film, directed by Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, in which she plays a mother of two who risks losing her job after a nervous breakdown.
There may be no shortage of British talent in Hollywood, but all eyes in Britain are now on Eddie Redmayne, the newcomer hoping to add an Oscar to the Golden Globe he has just won.
All Bridge players agree that Defense in Bridge is its most difficult facet and one in which not many are skilful to produce consistently successful results. Why is it so? The answer is simple. The defenders have to decipher not only their partner's card holding but also the declarer's and all that they have is the dummy open before them. But even here, they have at first to make an intelligent opening lead before they can view the dummy and plan their defense accordingly.
ImageDebbie Reynolds, the peppy star of enduring Hollywood musicals like "Singin' in the Rain," accepted a lifetime achievement award from the Screen Actors Guild last Sunday with a few parting words after more than six decades on screen. The 82-year-old was both roasted and celebrated by her daughter, "Star Wars" actress Carrie Fisher. Reynolds, known for her wholesome looks, starred alongside Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Fred Astaire in cheery song-and-dance musicals of the 1950s and 1960s.
After the recent tragic events in France and Europe's defence of the unbridled "freedom of expression" exercised by Charlie Hebdo, hundreds of thousands of Muslims from Palestine to Philippines demonstrated against exercise of this freedom that allows abusing religions and sacred personalities, especially the prophets.
ImageA year ago I read in the London Economist about the revival of interest in hand-made goods in the developed world. The magazine predicted there would be a growing market for hand-knitted woollen garments. Soon afterward I received a gift from London of a hand-knitted store-bought poncho. About the same time, a friend told me about her daughter had taken up knitting. The daughter lives in America. She was here last December and had more news. Her friend was learning three kinds of lace-making: tatting, crochet and bruges. The British and Americans are masters at cashing in (literally) anything for which there is a consumer market. I could be in business, I said, if only wool and fine threads were available in Karachi.


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ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
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WeeklyJanuary 25, 2015
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