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Since Childhood, I have been fascinated by the marvels of history. During my school years, while visiting my father's office, during summer holidays, before going to attend his long meetings, he would give me topics to write upon. Amongst them, I recall being asked to write upon, 'what would be the history of India, if Aurangzeb was born in the era of Akbar and Akbar in the era of Aurangzeb.' And 'what would be the history of India if Napoleon's aid had reached Tipu Sultan and the battle of Seringapatam would have been won by Tipu.' Obviously the intention of my dad was to encourage and inspire me to go on an imagination over drive. I was to write not on what had happened but on what hadn't. History since then to me has been a subject where once an event has occurred or hasn't occurred can be made to appear inevitable by a competent and imaginative historian.

Using art to create peace and harmony is like an antidote to the ailment of terrorism. Art acts as a positive pole to repel and nullify the negative one. Art is a hope to a better society. While receiving an invitation to a group show of inmates of the Karachi Central Jail I remembered visiting Central Jail Karachi two years ago on an invitation to distribute the proceeds to the inmate artists collected by selling their paintings at various art galleries in Karachi who studied art of painting at Central Jail Karachi's Fine Art School. And that was a pleasing experience to see such a change brought by art in those inmates.
Forensic science, which has fascinated generations with its unravelling of gruesome crime mysteries, is being put under the microscope in an exhibition of real criminal investigations in London. "Forensics: The anatomy of crime" at the Wellcome Collection traces the art of forensic inquiry, spanning 18th-century Japanese artistic studies of decomposition to Victorian murder cases.
Marriage therapist Valerie Goss turned on her computer one day and found that all of her data was being held hostage. Malicious code referred to as "ransomware" had encrypted her files and locked them away. Cyber criminals demanded $500 in hard-to-trace virtual currency Bitcoin to give her the key. The ransom would jump to $1,000 in Bitcoin if Goss took more than a day to pay.
International New York Times correspondent and renowned journalist Roger Cohen who recently visited Lahore wrote in INT of February 24 under the title "Pakistan in its labyrinth". There is a wealth of talent and energy in Pakistan. A Taliban suicide bomber killed five people in Lahore this month. The people of Lahore responded by bravely hosting the Lahore Literary Festival, a wonder of creativity. Eclecticism, ideas and dialogue. Openness is what Pakistan needs".
Each night at 8 pm, Deepti Sharma switches on her television in the northern Indian town of Mathura and opens a window onto Pakistan, regarded as an enemy after three wars between the two neighbours. Sharma, 55, is a recent fan of Zindagi (Life), a Hindi entertainment channel that began in June 2014 and shows Pakistani soaps through the day.
European surgeons and engineers have devised a mind-controlled bionic hand that restores function almost as well as a flesh-and-blood transplant, but without the risk of rejection, a research paper said Wednesday. The three Austrian beneficiaries of the unprecedented technique had suffered injuries in car and climbing accidents to the "brachial plexus" - a network of nerves running from the spine to the upper limbs.

 



 
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Banking Review 2014


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyMay
Trade Balance $-1.894 bln
Exports $1.953 bln
Imports $3.847 bln
WeeklyJuly 06, 2015
Reserves $18.201 bln