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I have seen S M Fawad's artistic work five years ago and now visiting his solo exhibition at Artciti Gallery, Karachi revealed he has improved his skills regarding technique and colour sense. "It was due to hard work, continuous practice and also by studying masters' work in the realistic painting genre", he said during conversation.

Some 30 years after the world's worst nuclear accident blasted radiation across Chernobyl, the site has evolved from a disaster zone into a nature reserve, teeming with elk, deer and wolves, scientists said on Monday. The remarkable turnaround in the area, which was declared a permanent no-go zone for people after the accident in 1986, suggests radiation contamination is not hindering wildlife from breeding and thriving, but underscores the negative impact humans have on populations of wild mammals.
'Pakistan wants peaceful and friendly relations with India, but not at the cost of its dignity and honour,' was politely but firmly and unambiguously stated by Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif while on a visit to Britain concurrent to the UNGA annual session. This is what most people say, should have been the categorically stated theme of Nawaz Sharif's Address to the UN General Assembly this year.
Before the 1970 general elections Lyari was a Muslim League stronghold, largely loyal to the Haroon brothers. Then came Bhutto, promising to uplift the downtrodden masses on his slogan of 'roti - kepra - makan' (food, clothing, shelter), and the people of Lyari believed him. Ever since, Lyari has been the Pakistan Peoples Party's stronghold. Their fortunes have not changed in the course of 45 years. Lyari continues to be one of the poorest, underdeveloped, crime-infested parts of Karachi. But the latest news is that there is discontent among the loyalists on the question of who would, or should, get the party ticket to contest the forthcoming Local Government polls.
A lot of lip-service but nothing on the ground, is the sum total of the desire to bring peace in this potentially most explosive region on mother earth today, allowed to become so by the world conscience failing to force implementation of the Standing UN Resolutions for the last 67 years calling for a plebiscite in Kashmir to decide the fate of the pre-dominantly Muslim state of the subcontinent. This is in stark contrast to the same body acting on US diktats in granting independence to East Timor for the minority Christian community in Indonesia within a matter of days, created by a mass email campaign without anything substantive on the ground, infamously described as an outcome of an 'email crisis.'
My professional pride took a fall recently when I read in a morning newspaper that there were Sikh citizens of Sindh. I was ignorant of this fact. I have travelled all over Sindh, been to remote villages, obscure towns and well known cities except in Nagarparkar. I have never met a Sikh. Now I learn there are 20,000 Sikhs in Sindh.
Scientists on Monday announced "the strongest evidence yet" of liquid water on Mars, raising the distant prospect of microscopic life on the Red Planet. Experts at NASA hailed the findings, made with the US space agency's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, and said they were "revolutionising our understanding" of Earth's neighbour.


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.988 bln
Exports $1.835 bln
Imports $3.823 bln
WeeklyOctober 08, 2015
Reserves $20.05 bln