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No longer is schmoozing over long lunches and fine wines enough; Swiss private bankers are turning to video games and virtual reality to attract a new generation of skeptical clients and see off digital rivals. Technology is likely to appeal to multi-tasking millionaires with little time to spare. However, wealth managers must also win the trust of younger investors who have experienced two downturns during their formative years plus a furor over Swiss banks' involvement in tax evasion.

Many professional athletes are plastered these days. Not surprisingly, run-of-the-mill joggers and fitness buffs have followed suit and kinesiology tapes are a common sight in European parks. Here an arm or leg, there a foot or shoulder, or perhaps on the neck, back, buttocks or abdomen, they plaster themselves with the brightly coloured bandages, which are known as kinesio tapes for short. Kinesiology is the study of human movement.
World Environment Day (WED) celebrated on 5 June to raise awareness on the effects of harmful human activities on our environment. The theme of the WED 2015 was "Seven Billion Dreams, One Planet, Consume with Care" and this can be achieved by "sustainable lifestyles."
With the blend of realism and modernism Salman Farooqi harmonizes his paintings with layers of colours, symbolic cubic forms and extended shadows. And the synthesis is an innovative style which gained him acclaim in the art world and also among his contemporaries.
"I never met anybody who said when they were a kid, I wanna grow up and be a critic." Richard Pryor. A perspicacious remark, if there ever was one; even this particular invidious endeavor was not undertaken willingly; columnists hardly have the leverage to flout the editor's authority. The more ominous downside is that dreams of Pulitzer suddenly turn apocalyptic on realizing that what goes around comes around; already a bunch of vengeful authors probably have knives drawn, just waiting to critique any similar adventure by this author. Nonetheless, onwards the light brigade.
Oscar-winner Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy's latest venture is "3 Bahadur", Pakistan's first full-length ani mated film about three kids who defy the odds and fight evil with the help of their superpowers. The film has revived audio-visual entertainment for children that PTV once promoted with its most popular series "Uncle Sargam". It has given back to Pakistanis of all ages a sense of "Us". We are there in the characters, the brave kids as well as the baddies. We had that sense of oneness when "Uncle Sargam" was telecast in the eponymous character as well as the likes of "Masi Musabatey".
For her eighteenth birthday, on February 20, 1918, in the Taj Mahal Hotel Ball Room, Ruttie had surreptitiously sent an invitation card to her Jay. Ruttie had reserved a chair for him on main table, occupied by her parents, Uncle Khusru, aunt Chantal, Governor, Sir George Lloyd and his enchanting wife, Lady Christina Lloyd. Jay, reed thin dressed like a fashion plate, in a black tuxedo made his entry in the Taj Mahal Ball Room. He looked like the proverbial knight in shining armour. Ruttie received Jay at the entrance, led her beau to the chair next to her mother, Lady Dina Petit. Sir Dinshaw was a gentleman and he swallowed his pride, made polite conversation with Jay. But then as if on cue, the Hotel orchestra began the evening with Chopin's music "So deep is the night." And the five feet two, small built and size, Ruttie in a low evening dress, led the debonair to the dance floor where she sought his consent. To a flabbergasted audience, in the culmination of the tune, "So deep is the night" Ruttie leading Jay by her hand, went to the microphone, where she impetuously announced "Jay and I are getting married." Sir Dinshaw controlled his ire. The guests heaped congratulations. But towards the end of the party, after Sir Lloyd George and his spouse Christina had departed, Sir Khusru felicitated his elder brother, Sir Dinshaw, who lost his cool and patience. Generally, the Anglophile Sir Dinshaw, spoke in English and with his wife Dina and sister-in-law Chantal in French. This time he blurted angrily in his vernacular Gujarati, while looking down at Jinnah: "Ah Musla, ne mari decri apun!" (Must I give my daughter to this Musla. The word Musla in Gujarati is a pun for Muslims).


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.894 bln
Exports $1.953 bln
Imports $3.847 bln
WeeklyJuly 01, 2015
Reserves $18.5 bln