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Most drivers take the car rear-view mirror for granted, and few realise that this simple idea owes its origin to the resourceful Dorothy Levitt, once billed as the Fastest Girl on Earth. Around 100 years ago, British-born Dorothy noted in her pioneering book, The Woman and the Car: A Chatty Little Handbook for the Edwardian Motoriste, that ladies should carry a little reflective hand-mirror in a convenient place when driving.

Veteran stage and film actor Ian McKellen says children want to say hello to him in the street because he plays the wizard Gandalf in the "Lord of the Rings" and "Hobbit" movies, but he knows they know he's not the real thing. "They know you're not really Gandalf, but I know Gandalf, so they want to meet me," McKellen, 75 and looking every bit the wizard he is on screen in "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies", said on Tuesday after the world premiere.
ImageThe elfin tour guide Daisy Jane calls out, "Meet by the trolls," to a group of visitors as they prepare for their behind-the-scenes tour at Weta, the special-effects workshop for the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies. Outside, instead of the usual "Don't walk on the grass" signs, visitors are warned not to climb on the pair of hulking giants guarding the entrance to the Weta Cave museum and gift store in Wellington, New Zealand.
"That coat has been round the world. That's when I actually started to make some money!" Pierre Cardin says, stopping in front of a flared, red design among the first exhibits at his new museum in Paris. One of the last survivors of the great post-war French fashion houses, Cardin, at 92, still heads a sprawling business empire.
Bridge is a game which creates confidence that can become too complacent and at times triggers panic that can lead to absolute disaster. Blind spots also play their part in Bridge and many funny situations have been seen at Bridge. But in Bridge what is most explicitly stressed is that one should keep a cool head that should not let any emotion sway your otherwise logical mind at judgement.
On 11th May 2013, Pakistan went to the polls in the first ever general elections to be held after the completion by a democratically elected government of its entire tenure. However, this watershed in the history of Pakistan was marred by these elections being perceived as more controversial than the previous record holder, the 1977 general elections.
M. Abbas Khaskheli of Village Haji Hashim Khaskheli, Badin, humbly requests every citizen of Pakistan to plant as many trees as they can because dense forestation will change the climate; there will be rain, making cities and towns greener. It will also go a long way in resolving the water scarcity issue. We in Karachi salute his noble sentiments, and that is all we can do. Tree plantation on a large scale has proved to be a complete failure in this concrete jungle.


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ICT 2014

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