Marjor Cardiovascular Risk Factors

Diabetes has long been liked to chronic kidney disease but now it also consider a culprit of cardiovascular disease. Diabetics cannot control the level of glucose/ sugar in the blood. Sugar is one of the nutrients that the body uses for energy. Insulin is made by the pancreas allows the cells to absorb sugar from the blood. In diabetes, either the body produces insufficient insulin, or the cells of the body no longer respond normally to insulin. High blood sugar stresses and damages cells, especially the filtering capillaries in the kidneys and the capillaries in the back of the eyes suffer from suffer from increased blood pressure and lead to vision loss. People with diabetes often also have high blood cholesterol and high triglycerides to contributes to atherosclerosis leads to heart attacks and strokes.

The Lives of Others

By Munawar Ali
I watched a German movie about the state hegemony in the former German Democratic Republic. In which they show how the writers and artists were persecuted who wanted to talk truth against the state. People have been portraying communism and communist states as part of Heaven. The fall of Soviet Union and other socialist empires has now revealed how heinous and dictatorial rule was, under those communist czars. No privacy no freedom at all, you have to accept whole state crap if you want to live there and you cannot get out either. I think this was one of the main reasons of the fall of communist bloc.
We have been talking about trimming of personal freedom in USA lately. If you look back little into the past socialist and communist countries, you would not even find the word freedom. Everything was state controlled even personal life was considered state property. In the name of socialism and communism state took away all freedom from people and made them slaves of state police, talking against state was worst than sin and could cost life.

I really think that the people who still consider those dictators and police states as their ideal, they live in an ideal world which is not real. BTW name of the movie is “The Lives of Others”

7 November, 2008

Courtesy: Munawar Ali and Sindhi lists

266 Urs : Shah Latif a Source of Awakening

Shah Latif Bhitai is varstile poet, his content, language, diction, heroes, characters, every thing is rich and beautiful, such programs like celebrating Latif-Day offers a chance to establish connection between Bhitai and the people. Latif is always refreshing and inspiring, alas, lot of people have given up reading him, he is our greatest strength, a sole source of awakening, spread light into stagnant minds of our people.

He not only depicts Sindh, its culture, past but gives an inspiration for change, “Wethan ta waree wary“, several one liners of his poetry are remarkable, one hardly finds such a wide-ranging observations, wisdom and reflecting on diverse things. Bhitai, though a son of Sindh, not lived in era of globalization and communication revolution, but he truly encompass universe in his poetry.

SAAEIN SADAAEIN KAREIN MATHE SINDH SUKKAR

DOST MITHAA DILDAAR AALAM SAB AABAD KAREIN

SHAH ABDUL LATIF

Translation – May Lord bless Sindh along with entire world.

Shah Abdul Lateef : The soul of Sindh

by Chandiramani

Shah Abdul Latif was born in 1689 in Khatiyan in Hyderabad district. He passed away in 1752 and is buried in a mausoleum in Bhitshah. He was a great poet , scholar and a Sufi mystic. It is absolutely appropriate if he is called the Soul of Sindh. He strongly believed in peace and contentment.

Altough he was born in a wealthy family , he renunciated everything to to become a wandering mystic. During his wanderings he came in contact with Hindu Yogis and made no distinction between anybody. Slowly desciples gathered around him.

He was exceedingly fond of music and would sing his poetry on Tamboora, based on classical Ragas. His music knowledge was of a very high order. In his musical renderings, he always yearned for union with God.

His poetry was memorised by a disciple who wrote it down. Finally credit goes to a German Ernest Trumpp, who knew Sindhi and he got everything compiled in Shah jo Risalo.

The beneficiaries of Haiti’s earthquake

by B. R. GOWANI

Courtesy: globeistan

In the first week of January, a 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti. Over a 100,000 people died.

Long ago, the United States had made a pact with God that it is never going to let Haiti become independent—economically and politically. The US has succeeded— which means the God is stronger than the devil.

Pat Robertson, as usual, showed how cruel a man of God could be. He has not yet forgiven Haiti for revolting against the French colonial rule in 1804 and becoming the first republic to be led by blacks, and also the first independent country in Latin America. For this man of God, Haiti’s independence was “a pact with devil!” In other words, what he is saying is that the colored people should make a pact with God by staying under the white yoke. And this white Taliban has the CBN or Christian Broadcasting Network at his disposal.

The US army got a chance to reoccupy Haiti. By the way, this is the island where Columbus first landed in 1492 thinking that he has reached India.

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PAKISTAN: Shameful acts by the lawyers to ruin the rule of law

A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission

Lawyers have stormed the Lahore Session Courts to show their solidarity with a lawyer and former president of Lahore high court bar association who was arrested in the murder case of a 12-year-old Christian domestic helper. The girl was allegedly tortured. The lawyers, more than three hundred under the leadership of president of the Lahore Bar Association, went to the Session Court and took possession of the accused lawyer, Mr. Naeem. They then scuffled with media personnel and policemen who threatened that they would be punished if they did not leave the court. It then became difficult for the judge to proceed with the legal requirements of the case.

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Bangladesh hangs Mujib killers. Who will hang Bhuttos’ killers??

Bangladesh hangs Mujib killers

Bangladesh has executed five ex-army officers convicted of killing the country’s independence leader in 1975.

Courtesy: BBC News

The men killed Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the president’s wife, three sons, two daughters-in-law and approximately 20 others as part of a military coup.

Only hours earlier the Bangladeshi law minister had announced that they would be executed by Sunday but could be “hanged at any moment”.

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Women’s health- may be iron deficient!

Do you often feel weak or irritable? Tired of being tired most of the time? Are you pale, tired and lack  appetite? Do you have difficulty concentrating? Do you easily catch colds? Cracked skin around your mouth? Do you have dark circles under the eyes? Then you may be iron deficient and you need boost your iron levels. This may help- Consume washed fresh dark green vegetables, eat fresh fruits and the foods that are rich in Iron or multi-vitamins with iron supplements.

On the NRO judgement – By Dr Manzur Ejaz

Dr. Manzur Ejaz

WASHINGTON DIARY: On the NRO judgement

Courtesy: WICHAAR

The decision of the Pakistan Supreme Court on the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) was a foregone conclusion. This was a badly written law, easily susceptible to promoting discrimination, corruption, misplaced classification of prosecuted groups of people (the corrupt, murderers, rapists, etc). Additionally, it violates the basic tenets of the constitution. However, the Supreme Court decision manifests contradictions and lack of historical perspective that has to be given primacy in national decision-making.

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Eligiblity of President Zardari challenged in Election Commission

Zardari’s eligibility challenged

Courtesy: The News

ISLAMABAD: A reference was filed on Sunday in the Election Commission of Pakistan, challenging the eligibility of Asif Ali Zardari as president of Pakistan.

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Will Sindhu River disappear forever from the soil of Sindh??

By Gul Karamchand
…True, the Songs of Rg Veda, the world’s first and foremost literature, echo and re-echo as they sing with ecstasy and delight of Sindhu River Here is one verse out of many: “Sindhu’s roar rises high above the earth, right up to the heavens above. . . Sindhu leads all other rivers just as a warrior-king leads the rest of warriors . . . Rich in fine steeds is Sindhu; Rich in gold; nobly fashioned is Sindhu; rich in ample wealth is Sindhu.

But the Question does arise : Do we know the destiny of Sindhu River? Or to put this question simply: How Long will Sindhu River continue to flow through Sindh? Or, is it fated to disappear in the near future? Will my grand children, and yours, visiting Sindh, be able to view this once- great and majestic river

For the Rg-Vedic poets, the rivers par excellence were the Sindhu and Saraswati which are mentioned repeatedly, respectfully and glowingly in the Vedas. In fact, no other river has been mentioned in Rg Veda as often as Sindhu and Saraswati. The Veda refers to the Ganga (Ganges) only twice, but it makes as many as thirty references to the Sindhu and Saraswati Rivers. The mighty Sindhu (Indus) river symbolizes the power and permanence of the ancient civilization of the subcontinent which evolved over a period of thousands of years. It is the oldest name in Indian history – and in Indian geography. This is the great Sindhu that gave Sindh and Hind — its name. In Ramayana, Sindhu is referred to as “Mahanadi”, which means “the great mighty river”. In Mahabharat, the Sindhu is reverentially mentioned along with other two holy rivers -Saraswati and Ganga.

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US Force To Recover Pak Nuke Weapons?

Elite US force to counter Pak nuke hijacks: Report

Courtesy: HindustanTimes

London: The US army is training a crack unit “to seal off and snatch back Pakistani nuclear weapons in the event that militants, possibly from inside the country’s security apparatus, get their hands on a nuclear device or materials that could make one”, a media report said on Sunday. Islamabad, however, termed it “outlandish”.

The specialised unit would be charged with recovering the nuclear materials and securing them, Times Online said.

“The move follows growing anti-Americanism in Pakistan’s military, a series of attacks on sensitive installations over the past two years, several of which housed nuclear facilities, and rising tension that has seen a series of official complaints by US authorities to Islamabad in the past fortnight,” Times said.

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Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari’s assets in Islamabad to be seized

Courtesy: DNA

ISLAMABAD: Action to seize the assets of Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari has begun following a National Accountability Bureau (NAB) order asking the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration to freeze all his assets under its jurisdiction.

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Save River Indus : Small dams more harmful than Kalabagh dam

Govt should not build small dams, says Abbasi

By Mohammad Hussain Khan

Courtesy: dawn

HYDERABAD: Eminent water expert and former chairman of the Technical Committee on Water Resources (TCWR) A.N.G. Abbasi said on Friday that small dams were more harmful than Kalabagh dam and advised the government to refrain from building them.

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Corruption in Pakistan hurts common People and Breeds Extremism

By Khalid Hashmani

The Transparency International has ranked Pakistan 139th among 180 countries in its 2009 Corruption Perception Index (CPI) issued in November 2009 (http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2009/nov/17/corruption-index-transparency-international#data). Pakistan’s 2009 vs. 2008 score further reduced by 0.1 (2.4 vs. 2.5). A recent World Bank report lists corruption and lack of transparency as the two core reasons that hamper Pakistan’s drive for development. However, these indices do not convey the terrible pain and sufferings that the brutal practice of corruption has caused to common people of Pakistan.

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Pakistan: US Aid through Government

Holbrooke says US Aid through Governments with focus on Energy and Water Development in Pakistan

Reported By: Khalid Hashmani

Speaking early this month at the Brookings Institution to a large group of US policy advisors, Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke, special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan implied that the US Government implied a policy change on how US Aid would be channeled to Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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Quit Smoking: 7 Tips to make quitting easier

One BIG reason why it’s hard to kick the habit

People start smoking for lots of reasons. But it’s nicotine addiction that can make it so hard to quit. Almost immediately, you feel a rush as the nicotine takes hold. But soon after, you feel down and tired, causing you to crave that rush again. It becomes a vicious cycle.

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The Four Noble Truths

When dawn came, Prince Siddhartha had become the great Buddha, the Enlightened One, and formulated the Four Noble Truths on which all of Buddhism is based; 1. that suffering is universal and inevitable, 2. that the immediate cause of suffering is desire, 3. that there is a path leading to freedom from suffering, 4. that it is the Eightfold Path that leads to freedom from suffering.

And the Eightfold Path is as: 1. Right (balanced) View or Understanding, 2. Right Aim or Purpose, 3. Right Speech, 4. Right Action, 5. Right Livelihood, 6. Right Effort, 7. Right Mindfulness, 8. Right concentration.

Baba Farid- The intellectual developments of 12th century Punjab and rise of Sufism

People’s history of the Punjab: Baba Farid
by Dr. Manzur Ejaz, USA
Courtesy and Thanks: Wichaar.com
Every invasion of historical proportion resulting in prolonged occupation of territory results in reconfiguration of the intellectual discourse and state of knowledge in society. Mahmud Ghaznavi’s several incursions triggered the process which led to the reorientation of intellectual and scholarly pursuits, and the formalisation of the Punjabi language in the Punjab.

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