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Brilliant, taciturn, droll, intimidating - Robert De Niro is regarded as one of the greatest American actors of all-time and among the most private. US author and film critic Shawn Levy spent four years trying to get a handle on the double Oscar winner while working on his biography entitled, "Robert De Niro: A Life." Levy spoke about what he learned from De Niro's archive of scripts and production notes about the now 71-year-old actor outside of his more than 80 movie roles.

Taylor Swift's "1989," the strongest pop turn for the long-time country singer, roared to the top of the Billboard 200 album chart last Wednesday with the biggest opening week in a dozen years for the declining album sales industry.
The huge cuddly white robot in "Big Hero 6" could hardly be less like a typical Marvel superhero - and yet the Michelin man-style star could be a sure winner for studio giant Disney. The movie, is Disney's first based on Marvel comic book characters since it bought Marvel Entertainment Inc in 2009.
The fascination of Bridge has many dimensions. But despite all its glossary on the bidding systems, when it comes to the final show down, it is always the dummy play that is the determining factor in the fate of the contract. As such dummy play has its own levels which characterise a declarer's caliber and class in Bridge.
Liam Neeson returns to the darker side in his latest film, playing a former cop haunted by his past as he becomes caught up in a murky drug underworld. "A Walk Among the Tombstones," by director Scott Frank, is based on the eponymous novel by Lawrence Block from 1992, a police story full of black humour and violence.
Barely half an hour before his death on April 21, 1938, Allama Iqbal recited a quatarin which could as well be an epitah, by his own pen. It reads:
Pakistan has the highest urbanisation rate in South Asia, and it is expected that by 2030 two-thirds population will be living in urban areas. The majority of these people will be low-income working class who will need affordable housing. In Karachi the middle-class will have expanded and will also need affordable housing. But builders are not thinking about them. There policy is to make quick money, so their focus is exclusively on the affluent class, including the high-salaried technocrats.


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Banking Review 2013

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.380 bln
Exports $2.181 bln
Imports $4.561 bln
WeeklyNovember 13, 2014
Reserves $13.268 bln