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CHICKEN TIKKA
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- 4 chicken quarters
- 2 tbsp. lemon juice
- 1\4 cup natural yogurt
- 1 tsp. garlic paste
- 1 tsp. ginger paste
- 1-2 green chilies, crushed
- 1 level tsp. cumin powder
- 1 level tsp. garam masala
- 1 tsp. chili powder
- 1 level tsp. coriander powder
- 1 level tsp. chat masala
- 1 level tsp. salt
- few drops of red or yellow food coloring
- oil for basting
- lemon wedges and onions for decoration
1.
Using a sharp knife, make 3 or 4 deep incisions in each chicken quarter. Place the chicken pieces in a large bowl and rub the lemon juice into the incisions. Cover and leave to marinate for about an hour.    
2. Add ginger, garlic. green chilies, cumin, garam masala, chili powder, coriander, chat masala, salt and food coloring to the yogurt and mix well.

3. Pour the marinade over the chicken pieces and coat them liberally with the yogurt mixture. Cover and leave to marinate at room temperature for about 5-6 hours or over night in a refrigerator. 
4. Thread the chicken pieces on metal skewers and grill the chicken over hot charcoal, Basting once at the end of the cooking time. Alternatively, Place the chicken in a oven at 325F, (170C) or gas mark 3. Roost for 1 hour, Basting frequently and Turing once or twice to brown the both sides.

5.Decorate with lemon wedges and onion rings.
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Harvard tests reveal why light can worsen migraines
Woman with migraine

The visual pathway that underlies a migraine sufferer's sensitivity to light has been uncovered by Harvard scientists.
The researchers studied two groups of blind people who suffered migraine headaches.
They found light triggered a reaction in a group of brain neurons that remained active for some time.
Migraines are one-sided throbbing headaches that cause nausea and affect up to six million people in the UK.
The researchers, writing in the journal Nature Neuroscience, said they noted that even blind people who had migraines experienced sensitivity to light or photophobia.
The observation led them to the idea that the signals transmitted from the retina via the optic nerve were somehow triggering worsening of the pain.

Sleep-wake cycles
They looked at 20 blind people who fell into two groups - the first were totally blind due to eye diseases such as retinal cancer and glaucoma.
They were unable to see images or to sense light and therefore could not maintain normal sleep-wake cycles.
Patients in the second group were legally blind due to retinal degenerative diseases, such as retinitis pigmentosa.
Although they were unable to perceive images, they could detect the presence of light and maintain normal sleep-wake cycles.
The patients in the second group described intensified pain when they were exposed to light, in particular to blue or grey wavelengths.
Rami Burstein, professor of anaesthesia and critical care medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre in Boston, US, led the study.
Professor Burstein said: "While the patients in the first group did not experience any worsening of their headaches from light exposure, the patients in the second group clearly described intensified pain when they were exposed to light.
"This suggested to us that the mechanism of photophobia must involve the optic nerve, because in totally blind individuals, the optic nerve does not carry light signals to the brain.
"We also suspected that a group of recently discovered retinal cells containing melanopsin photoreceptors (which help control biological functions including sleep and wakefulness) is critically involved in this process, because these are the only functioning light receptors left among patients who are legally blind."
Lee Tomkins, director of Migraine Action, said: "We have known from previous research that this sensitivity can be triggered by the blue light waves in the light spectrum, but avoiding grey light is a new aspect, and we are now wondering if this research might help us to further understand why so many people with migraines are sensitive to low energy light sources as well."

Electrical signals
Migraine pain is believed to develop when the meninges, the membranes that surround the brain and central nervous system, become irritated.
This stimulates pain receptors and triggers a series of events that lead to the prolonged activation of groups of sensory neurons.
The researchers also examined what happened when they injected dyes into the eyes of rats.
They traced the path of the melanopsin retinal cells through the optic nerve to the brain where they found a group of neurons that become electrically active during a migraine.
"When small electrodes were inserted into these 'migraine neurons', we discovered that light was triggering a flow of electrical signals that was converging on these very cells," said Professor Burstein.
Even when the light was removed these neurons remained activated.
"This helps explain why patients say that their headache intensifies within seconds after exposure to light, and improves 20 to 30 minutes after being in the dark."
Dr Sue Lipscombe, a GP from Brighton with a special interest in headaches, said: "It suggests that an external source is contributing to the migraine condition and it is not just a contained brain disorder that just takes its cycle but that there are outside modifying factors."
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50 Interesting Science Facts
1 – The speed of light is generally rounded down to 186,000 miles per second. In exact terms it is 299,792,458 m/s (equal to 186,287.49 miles per second).
2 – It takes 8 minutes 17 seconds for light to travel from the Sun’s surface to the Earth.
3 – 10 percent of all human beings ever born are alive at this very moment.
4 – The Earth spins at 1,000 mph but it travels through space at an incredible 67,000 mph.
5 – Every year, over one million earthquakes shake the Earth.
6 – When Krakatoa erupted in 1883, its force was so great it could be heard 4,800 kilometers away in Australia.
7 – Every second around 100 lightning bolts strike the Earth.
8 – Every year lightning kills 1000 people.
9 – In October 1999 an Iceberg the size of London broke free from the Antarctic ice shelf .
10 – If you could drive your car straight up you would arrive in space in just over an hour.
11 – Human tapeworms can grow up to 22.9m.
12 – The Earth is 4.56 billion years old…the same age as the Moon and the Sun.
13 – The dinosaurs became extinct before the Rockies or the Alps were formed.
14 – Female black widow spiders eat their males after mating.
15 – When a flea jumps, the rate of acceleration is 20 times that of the space shuttle during launch.
16 – If our Sun were just inch in diameter, the nearest star would be 445 miles away.
17 – Astronauts cannot belch – there is no gravity to separate liquid from gas in their stomachs.
18 – The air at the summit of Mount Everest, 29,029 feet is only a third as thick as the air at sea level.
19 – One million, million, million, million, millionth of a second after the Big Bang the Universe was the size of a …pea.
20 – DNA was first discovered in 1869 by Swiss Friedrich Mieschler.
21 – The molecular structure of DNA was first determined by Watson and Crick in 1953.
22 – The first synthetic human chromosome was constructed by US scientists in 1997.
23 – The thermometer was invented in 1607 by Galileo.
24 – Alfred Nobel invented dynamite in 1866.
25 – Wilhelm Rontgen won the first Nobel Prize for physics for discovering X-rays in 1895.
26 – The tallest tree ever was an Australian eucalyptus – In 1872 it was measured at 435 feet tall.
27 – Christian Barnard performed the first heart transplant in 1967 – the patient lived for 18 days.
28 – An electric eel can produce a shock of up to 650 volts.
29 – ‘Wireless’ communications took a giant leap forward in 1962 with the launch of Telstar, the first satellite capable of relaying telephone and satellite TV signals.
30 – The Ebola virus kills 4 out of every 5 humans it infects.

Aoa, I really appreciate this. As I observe such type of activities are mostly either in Riyadh or Eastern province but rare in Jeddah or Makkah. CP community should do in western province as well.  Shahbaz Ameer Malik Jeddah.
Dear Bhai, Thanks for the comment. You are referring in your mail to the medical camp being held in Al Khobar and our notification to our members regarding the camp. Bhai answer to your question is in your mail. Yes unless community comes forward to help there is no chance of having such camps in your area. I think some are forgetting that unless we unite there is no way we can survive in years to come. So suggestions are fine but actions are needed!
In Jeddah a group of doctors do conduct such free medical camps in the vicinity of the consulate. You may like to call the consulate and check when would be the next medical camp. Thank you.

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 Forgiveness is Divine  
Assalam-O-Alaikum!
Hello friends, so are you enjoying the change of weather. The regions that were smoldering with blazing summer sun are now enjoying pleasant weather but some regions are now set to face chilly winters. To whatever region you belong, I wish you happy winters.
This time I will be discussing a noble trait that we rarely see being practiced now- The habit of forgiving. To forgive means to abstain from taking revenge or inflicting punishment on your enemy or some one who has done wrong to you, while you have the ability and the means to do so. It calls for overlooking the offence and injustice of a person who has purposefully or mistakenly hurt you.
It is because the act of forgiving is now rarely practiced, that we see more of hatred and unrest around. Each side keeps blaming the other and ignores the virtue of pardoning. The more this trait is being neglected the more we hear the news of wars, fighting and killing. It is demand of the day that we re-inculcate the value of forgiveness in our lives.
It demands a lot of courage to forgive and one who learns to forgive tends to be kind to fellow humans because he realizes the truth of "To err is human and to forgive is divine". He who forgives is nearer to God. God forgives us when we fail Him. Then what is it that makes mortal man so merciless, unpardonable, mean and so unable to forgive.
When you forgive you do good more to your own self than you do to the other. Forgiveness cleanses your system of the poison that will surely worsen and cause sufferings and continued misery if not released. Peace and forgiveness is an inseparable pair. By offering forgiveness to others, you give yourself peace of mind and it makes you a good person. Refusing to forgive by holding on to the anger and bitterness can make your own life miserable. . Don't poison your mind with resentment and anger. You cannot take the poison and expect someone else to die. There is nothing so bad that cannot be forgiven. So don't hold on to the anger and resentment but let go of it and you will be much happier in life.
Forgiveness is a gift you give to yourself. So friends, lets be the change we wish to see, let us adopt a forgiving attitude towards others.Till next time,

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