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E-cards, SMSs replace traditional Eid cards in inflation-hit Pak

Islamabad, Sept 29: Ahead of Eid, to be celebrated on October 2, people in Pakistan are resorting to e-cards, SMSs, MMSs, and emails to send festival greetings to their near and dear ones. The ongoing inflationary trend hitting the common man has been cited as the major reason for the shift in habits of the people here.
Rafea Manan, a fine arts student in Islamabad, said that inflation had taken its toll and people could not afford buying flour, what to speak of greeting cards.
A fine-quality card costs around Rs 50 or even more, and customers are of the opinion that they don’t want spending Rs 50 or more on a single card when they can get more attractive cards online for free.
According to an estimate, greeting cards business in Pakistan this year has been reduced to one-fifth of what it was last year. “A world of difference in the business of cards has been noted in the last five years. We used to buy cards worth Rs 250,000 in yesteryears but this time we invested only Rs 40,000,” said…

Can't find what you are looking for in the Social Security Death Index at one site? Try another website

I have found that when you are searching for death information via the Social Security Death Index, you sometimes might have to visit a couple of different sites to find what you need. For instance, one website provides more information than the others (GenealogyBank.com), but other websites will provide better search results if you have limited information (FamilySearch.org). So, here's Jirene's list of websites for conducting your Social Security Death Index searches (all are free):

GenealogyBank.com - SSDI webpage. They also advertise weekly updates.
FamilySearch.org - SSDI webpage
Ancestry.com - SSDI webpage
Rootsweb.com - SSDI webpage
Pilot.FamilySearch.org - SSDI webpage

NOTE: Though Ancestry.com now hosts Rootsweb.com, conducting a search from the Rootsweb.com site still produces a different search results page that may be helpful to your research.

March 8, 2010 update:  While assisting a patron at the Phoenix Family History Library on Saturday, I realized I should add one mor…

Salient features of President's address

CNews Islamabad: President Zardari is addressing Joint session of the Parliament at the moment.
The address began with a recitation from the Holy Quran.
President Zardari paid tributes to Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto for sacrificing her life for the cause of democracy.
President Asif Zardari thanked all Parliamentarians to struggle for the cause of democracy.
President Zardari said he has been given the honour to address the Parliament. He said he humbly stands before democracy.
President said no one would be allowed to violate territorial integrity of Pakistan, and terrorists would not be allowed to use Pakistani soil for terror acts against anyone.
He said the issue of judiciary should be resolved under the constitution and law.
The President said we want good relations with India but there should be a win-win situation. He said all issues with Indian need to be resolved through negotiations and dialogue.
Never before in the history of this country has a President stood here and given away his p…

islamabad marriott hotel blast

CCTV footage of Islamabad suicide bombing released

ISLAMABAD: Video footage was released on Sunday showing the last moments before a truck laden with 600 kg of explosives blew up outside Islamabad's Marriott Hotel, killing at least 53 people and wounding more than 260.



"The truck was stopped at the barrier and there was an altercation between the attacker and the guards," said Rehman Malik, the top official in the Interior Ministry, which released the images, told a news conference.



"A doctor was on an emergency call and was standing behind the truck. He asked the guards to remove the truck so that he could drive in to attend a patient," Malik continued. Sniffer dogs then detected something wrong and guards shouted to people to run.



The footage showed the truck driver tried to ram the tractable metal barrier and bar at the security checkpoint at the entrance to the hotel's forecourt and pa…

Fresh violence in Bolivia stokes civil war fears

CNews LA PAZ: Deadly clashes in Bolivia Thursday further stoked fears of widespread unrest and possibly civil war, amid a furore over the expulsion of the US ambassador to the country.At least two people were killed and a dozen people wounded in violent clashes between pro- and anti-government protesters in the northeastern town of Cobija, officials said.It was the third day of street violence in parts of the country.The conflagration was a worsening of a months-long political standoff between Morales, who has been pushing through socialist reforms since becoming president in 2006, and conservative governors in the east opposed to his reforms.He is majority-indigenous Bolivia's first indigenous president, seeking to distribute resources more equally in the poorest country in South America.And the conflict has racial overtones as relatively prosperous regions of the eastern lowlands, where more people are of European descent and mixed-race, are keen to hold on to local resources th…

Karzai supports US focus on Pakistan

CNews KABUL: President Hamid Karzai endorsed Thursday a new US focus on the Afghan and Pakistan border in its "war on terror," saying it was something his government had been pushing for years.US Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Michael Mullen said Wednesday he had commissioned "a new, more comprehensive military strategy for the region that covers both sides of that border" between Afghanistan and Pakistan.The United States says the area is a safe haven for insurgents, including those attacking international troops fighting a Taliban-led insurgency in Afghanistan."The change in strategy or a new strategy is something I and my colleagues in the Afghan government had suggested three, three-and-a-half years ago," Karzai told reporters."Our words have been clear in this regard: a change in strategy is needed, meaning that we must go to places where there is training and hide-out facilities (for terrorists) and jointly we must go there and destroy that.&quo…

70000 may suffer post-9/11 stress disorder: Study

CNews NEW YORK: New data from a public health registry that tracks the health effects of 9/11 suggest that as many as 70,000 people may have developed post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the terrorist attacks.The estimate, released Wednesday by New York City's Department of Health, is based on an analysis of the health of 71,437 people who enrolled in the World Trade Center Health Registry.They agreed to be tracked for up to 20 years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and the study was based on answers they volunteered about their health two and three years after the attack.Of the estimated 400,000 people believed to have been heavily exposed to pollution from the disaster, data suggests that 35,000 to 70,000 people developed PTSD and 3,800 to 12,600 may have developed asthma, city health officials said.They include rescue and recovery workers, lower Manhattan residents, area workers, commuters and passers-by.Overall, half of the respondents said they had been in the dus…

Pakistan's sovereignty to be defended at all cost: COAS

CNews RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS)General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on Wednesdays said that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country will be defended at all cost and no external force is allowed to conduct operations inside Pakistan. He was commenting on the recent incident where innocent civilians were killed in a cross-border raid by the Coalition Forces. He said that the rules of engagement with the Coalition Forces are well defined and within that, the right to conduct operations against the militants inside own territory is solely the responsibility of the respective armed forces. "There is no question of any agreement or understanding with the Coalition Forces whereby they are allowed to conduct operations on our side of the border", says an ISPR press release issued here . Referring to his meeting with United States senior officers on USS Abraham Lincoln on 27th August, he said that they were informed about the complexity of the issue that require…

Pakistan's frontiers to be safeguarded: COAS

CNews ISLAMABAD: Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), General Ashfaq Pervez has said that Pakistan’s borders will be safeguarded at all cost.General Kayani has said that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country will be defended at all cost and no external force is allowed to conduct operations against inside Pakistan. He was commenting on the recent incident where innocent civilians were killed in a cross-border raid by the Coalition Forces.He said that the rules of engagement with the Coalition Forces are well defined and within that, the right to conduct operations against the militants inside own territory is solely the responsibility of the respective armed forces. There is no question of any agreement or understanding with the Coalition Forces whereby they are allowed to conduct operations on our side of the border.Referring to his meeting with United States senior officers on USS Abraham Lincoln on 27th August, Kayani said that they were informed about the complexity …

America to change strategy over Afghanistan: Mullen

CNews WASHINGTON: The U.S. is "running out of time" to win the war in Afghanistan, and sending in more troops will not guarantee victory, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff warned Congress on Wednesday.Adm. Michael Mullen says investment and alternative crops will also be key to winning in Afghanistan.Adm. Michael Mullen made his statement to the House Armed Services Committee a day after President Bush announced the deployment of 4,500 additional troops to the poor, war-ravaged nation.Mullen said he is convinced the war can be won, but the U.S. urgently needs to improve its nation-building initiatives and its cross-border strategy with Pakistan."We can't kill our way to victory, and no armed force anywhere -- no matter how good -- can deliver these keys alone. It requires teamwork and cooperation," Mullen said, according to prepared remarks for his appearance before the House Armed Services Committee.Mullen's remarks came a day before the seventh a…

President of Pakistan {Asif Ali Zardari} Biography

Asif Ali Zardari
آصف علی زرداری
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President of Pakistan Incumbent Assumed office 9 September 2008 Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani Preceded by Muhammad Mian Soomro (Acting)
------------------------------------------- Co-Chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party Incumbent Assumed office 30 December 2007 Serving with Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Preceded by Benazir Bhutto
------------------------------------------ Born 26 July 1955 (1955-07-26) (age 53) Karachi, Pakistan[1] Political party Pakistan Peoples Party Spouse Benazir Bhutto (Deceased in 2007) Children: Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari Asifa Bhutto Zardari Residence: Islamabad, Pakistan Website:http://www.ppp.org.pk/ Asif Ali Zardari (Urdu, Sindhi: آصف علی زرداری) (born 26 July 1955) is the President of Pakistan and the Co-Chairman of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP). Zardari is the widower of Benazir Bhutto, who twice served as Prime Minister of Pakistan.

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Asif onc…

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