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Defence in Bridge is never easy when as a defender you face a situation where your play would make the difference between victory and defeat for the declarer. This requires imagination, foresight, concentration and of course a continuous table presence that makes you think and work hard at deducing the distribution and location of the cards of both - the declarer and your partner. Sometimes it becomes easier as the cards tell their own story. But most of the time the defender has to depend per force on his partner's signals.

France will ban excessively thin fashion models and expose modelling agents and the fashion houses that hire them to possible fines and even jail, under a new law passed earlier this month. The move by France, with its fashion and luxury industries worth tens of billions of euros, comes after a similar ban by Israel in 2013, while other countries, like Italy and Spain, rely on voluntary codes of conduct to protect models.
The quarterly report for the period of January to March 2015 of the Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources says eight of the 71 brands of mineral and bottled water are completely unsafe for human consumption. This is said to be good news since in the first quarter last year 21 brands were declared unsafe as against only eight this year. How is this good news? What is the status of water in other brands? Are they completely safe, or passably safe for consumption? Or are other brands as safe as boiled tap water?
It's arguably our most vital and precious natural resource, and one that is growing dangerously scarce from China to California, but no matter how much we value water, we're not that keen on paying for it.
Muhammad Arshad's paintings truly reflect the beauty of enchanting forest in pleasant contrast shades of greens, yellows, reds and earth tones. Capturing nature's beauty on canvas his work showed the transformation of Changa-Maanga forest in winter. The shades of nature captured in stunning golden sunlight of late afternoon by Arshad were exhibited recently at Artscene Gallery, Karachi.
Big breakfasts and small dinners might be a healthier way to eat for people with type 2 diabetes, according to a small new study. Diabetics in the study who ate big breakfasts and small dinners had fewer episodes of high blood sugar than those who ate small breakfasts and large dinners, researchers found.
Wine red has become a major trend colour in fashion and it matches well with black and white garments, said style consultant Silke Gerloff. "Combined with the colour cream, it looks very smart. It also looks classy when matched with another strong red colour."

 



 
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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%
MonthlyApril
Trade Balance $-1.795 bln
Exports $1.995 bln
Imports $3.790 bln
WeeklyMay 26, 2015
Reserves $17.749 bln