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Airline swaps paper manuals for iPads

iPad weighs 660gms against manuals' 84kg

Sri Lanka's national carrier announced on Wednesday it had jettisoned pilots' bulky paper manuals weighing 84 kilogrammes in favour of iPads that weigh just 660 grammes.

Sri Lankan Airlines said it was the first carrier in Asia to dump the several volumes from the cockpit, including manuals on aircraft operation and emergency procedures as well as navigation charts.

"Sri Lankan has taken the lead in Asia to revolutionise the flight deck... becoming Asia's first airline to fly with iPad EFBs (electronic flight bags)," chairman Nishantha Wickremasinghe said.

Permission for the switch-over to lightweight technology was granted by Sri Lankan air safety regulators.

The carrier, which made a loss of 19 billion rupees ($170 million) last year, operates a fleet of 21 aircraft, including six A340s

Thought for the day: Carrying your problems

Nothing wastes more energy, than worrying. The longer one carries a problem, the heavier it gets.  To elaborate it: If you carry a glass of water for one minute, it doesnt bother you... however if you are asked to carry it for one hour or carry it for 5 hours.. then definitely your hand or shoulder will be in extreme pain. This is how your problems are killing your brain !!!

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Story: The missing watch

There once was a farmer who discovered that he had lost his watch in the
barn. It was no ordinary watch because it had sentimental value for him.
After searching high and low among the hay for a long while; he gave up and
enlisted the help of a group of children playing outside the barn.

He promised them that the person who found it would be rewarded.

Hearing this, the children hurried inside the barn, went through and around
the entire stack of hay but still could not find the watch. Just when the
farmer was about to give up looking for his watch, a little boy went up to
him and asked to be given another chance.

The farmer looked at him and thought, "Why not? After all, this kid looks
sincere enough."

So the farmer sent the little boy back in the barn. After a while the little
boy came out with the watch in his hand! The farmer was both happy and
surprised and so he asked the boy how he succeeded where the rest had

The boy replied, "I did nothing but sit on the ground and listen. In the
silence, I heard the ticking of the watch and just looked for it in that
Moral: A peaceful mind can think better than a worked up mind.
Allow a few minutes of silence to your mind every day, and see, how sharply
it helps you to set your life the way you expect it to be...!

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Basic Rules For Staying Young


1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay 'them'
2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.
3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. 'An idle mind is the devil's workshop.'
4. Enjoy the simple things.
5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.
6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.
7. Surround yourself with what you love , whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.
8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.
9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.
10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.  AND ALWAYS REMEMBER :
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
But do share this with someone. 
We all need to live life to its fullest each day!!
Worry about nothing, pray about everything!!!

M Junaid Tahir

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How to Develop Interpersonal Communication Skills

By: Joshua Uebergang

Communicating with people, though outwardly may seem an easy task, is actually an incredibly nuanced and difficult thing when you examine the nuts and bolts of all of the moving parts that happen beneath the surface of interpersonal interaction. What seems at first to be a casual give-and-take is actually something very complex with numerous interpersonal verbal and non-verbal elements all working in coordination to allow two people to communicate their ideas with one another. 

Often, problems arise when this coordination is co-opted by one party's ignorance or incompetence at a given element. But do not fear. Here are nine quick tips to improving your interpersonal communications skills that will get you in the game right away. 

This is the quickest, clearest skill to develop to let your conversation partner know you regard them as more than a sounding board. Something as simple as using their name will allow a much greater path toward mutual communication. 

Learn to read the tells of your conversation partner and how to tailor what you need to say to optimize effectiveness as the conversation progresses. This skill will serve you well. 

To improve your interpersonal communication skills, get to the point of what you wish to say and do not rely on implication to get your message across. Don't make more work for your counterpart. 

Include everything you need to say and all of the supporting facts and data to make your points. 

The easiest way to improve your interpersonal communication skills is to avoid jumping to premature conclusions about your counterpart or what they are trying to say. 

Also, avoid making assumptions as best as you can, as most often they are wrong, and work to inhibit communication. "Begin challenging your own assumptions," said Alan Alda. "Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in awhile, or the light won't come in." 

Use "I" and "me" and "mine" qualifiers as often as you can to mark your words as your own, and foster a sense of competency in your counterpart. 

Always be clear in interpersonal communication and do not rely on hope that the other person understands "the gist" of what you were trying to say. Be clear and be direct. 

This is perhaps the most crucial skill to learn in improving your interpersonal abilities. Respond thoughtfully and carefully to others, do not "react" because reaction is most often an unthinking (and disrespectful) activity. 

You can improve your communication skills by adhering to each of these 9 tips throughout your social and work life.

Communicating with people, though outwardly may seem an easy task, is actually an incredibly nuanced and difficult thing when you examine the nuts and bolts of all of the moving parts that happen beneath the surface of interpersonal interaction. In this article are nine quick tips to improving your interpersonal communications skills that will get you in the game right away.

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Lower LDL-Cholesterol Naturally with these 7 Foods

Low-density lipoprotein (LDL cholesterol) promotes the occurrence of atherosclerosis and is a major risk factor for coronary heart disease. Lowering serum LDL cholesterol levels is a primary objective for high cholesterol treatment. Here are 7 foods to eat to lower LDL cholesterol naturally.

1. A bowl of oatmeal for breakfast. Eating a bowl of oatmeal at breakfast for 8 weeks can make bad blood cholesterol concentration decreased by 10% and increase good cholesterol levels. Oat is rich in soluble and insoluble dietary fiber, it prevents the absorption of cholesterol and fat, thereby lowering cholesterol and reducing fat.

2. Eggplant is a vegetable that can lower cholesterol, and people eat it regularly in the summer season. Eggplant contains nutrients such as protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, calcium, phosphorus and so on. Regular consumption of eggplant can reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol and enhance the resilience of capillaries. The walls of the the blood vessels relax allowing an improvement in blood flow. These positive effects were due to nasunin (a free radical scavenger) and terpene phytonutrients (plant derived nutrients) in eggplant.

3. Eat 3 cloves of garlic at dinner. Eat 3 cloves of garlic a day for as long as 8 weeks, and you can make the concentration of bad cholesterol in the blood drop by 10%. It doesn't matter if it raw or cooked garlic, both have a cholesterol lowering effect. The sulfur compounds in garlic can inhibit liver cholesterol synthesis which can achieves the cholesterol lowering effect.

4. Eat half of an onion a day. Onion is an inexpensive health food. If you eat half of a raw onion a day for as long as 8 weeks then you can make the good blood cholesterol increase by about 20% and reduce bad cholesterol and fatty acid glyceride.

5. Apples are rich in pectin and are good for lowering cholesterol.

6. Eat half a bowl of beans at lunch. Eating half a bowl of beans every day for as long as 8 weeks can decrease bad cholesterol by 20%. Soy foods contain a variety of cholesterol-lowering active ingredients.

7. Eat steamed salmon twice a week. Salmon contains high amount of omega-3 fatty acids. The healthiest way to eat salmon is to steam it. Eat steamed salmon 2 times a week, and after 8 weeks the body's good cholesterol will increase by 10%.

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15 Ways To Find New Job

Are you a new graduate or you are one of those who laid off recently or want to move to a new company to increase your professional horizon for the sake of growth and better finances? Here are some tips which should help you in finding the new job:

1-     Join Google and Yahoo groups where recent jobs are posted by the hundreds of recruiters. 
2-    Make sure your LinkedIn profile is up-to-date. Join job related groups and get connected with hiring companies. LinkedIn has become one of major resource for recruiters to reach relevant professionals. Send private emails to ALL of your contacts and ask them to consider/forward your resume for new job in their company.
3-    Make a list of companies of your domain. For example you can search on google by the words "list of telecom companies in middle east". Visit their website and apply. I know several people who were contacted within a week of applying online. 

4-    Get social. Make new online friends on twitter, Facebook and Digg and Blogger. Try to spread your current jobless status as much as possible. You never know which of your online friend refer you to someone for new job.
5-    Search for the local companies and try to visit them in person. Although this is not an effect way of getting job in most of the metro cities but you never know when your luck knocks your door. Article written by Junaid.Tahir
6-    Join online job forums and HR related website where people like you are sharing new tips and  recommending new companies.
7-    Market yourself as much as you can. Give comments on HR forums, LinkedIn. Run a blog if possible and include your blog address in your resume. As example, visit my blog   
8-    Search for low profile companies. There are several companies which are usually less known to public but providing services to major companies. Sometimes they are referred to as sub-contractors or out sourced companies. Search online with these key words (sub contractors, outsourced, subcons etc)
9-    Contact all of your on-job friends in different companies by phone & email again and again. Keep reminding them to assist you in finding your new job. Article written by Junaid Tahir
10-  do you keep the 'Visiting cards' of people you meet? if yes, it's time to check all those visiting cards and contact those friends/ professionals through email/phone. Article written by Junaid.Tahir
11-   Consider adhoc jobs in local market while you search for your dream job. Use your temporary job to make new contacts.
12-  consider adhoc jobs (online data entry, surveys etc). At least you can earn something while you search for the job in your actual domain.
13-  Get registered with recruiting companies. Google it.
14-  Read news paper daily (online AND printed version both). Classified sections contain new jobs.
15-  Consider working in international market and consider all points mentioned above for each country, whichever applicable

And finally I would ask you to read these tips again and again and keep working till you get what you are looking for. Further, While you are in your job search, I would like to advise:
1-     Don't get dishearten or depressed. Life is mixture of good and bad timings. With every difficulty, a delightful time always comes. Your depressed approach might result in deficiency in your efforts.
2-    Time to time read optimism articles to keep your pace high. Please read some of my articles on happiness, positivity and optimism at  
3-    Adjust your finances by reducing your daily expense. Spend carefully but don't deprive your family members from their rights J
4-    Keep learning and keep polishing your skills. Refresh your knowledge. Read interview tips. This will be required in your next interview. 
5-    Update your resume and include Job Descriptions from your previous job. Google some websites for resume updating tips.  

All the best !

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Health: 10 foods all women should eat

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Female-friendly food 1: Butternut squash

Butternut squash — like many other yellow/orange fruit and vegetables — is packed with carotenoids such as alpha-carotene and beta-carotene. While carotenes should be included in everybody's diet for optimum health, they may prove essential to women's health as a high-carotenoid diet has been linked to lowered risks of both breast and ovarian cancer.

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Female-friendly food 2: Tomatoes

Another vibrant carotenoid beneficial for women's health is lycopene, a pigment found in tomatoes. Studies have suggested that lycopene may be effective in preventing breast cancer. Furthermore, there has been considerable evidence to suggest that the powerful antioxidant can help reduce risk of heart disease — the leading cause of death in women in the US, Australia, England and Wales.

Female-friendly food 3: Flax Seeds

Flax seeds are a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids and have been linked to reduced risk of breast cancer and heart disease. The seeds' anti-inflammatory properties are also good for preventing arthritis, while their digestive benefits can help irritable bowel syndrome; two painful conditions which are more prevalent in women than men.

Female-friendly food 4: Salmon

Salmon has a multitude of positive health benefits for women. Not only is it rich in iron — which is integral to the diets of premenopausal women — but it is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, known for their mood-enhancing effects. Studies have suggested that omega-3 can help beat depression (something that affects twice as many women as men) and prevent mood swings, while salmon can also boost babies' intelligence when eaten during pregnancy.

Female-friendly food 5: Cranberries

Various studies have suggested strong links between consuming cranberries and reduced risks of breast cancer and heart disease. However, the most notorious benefit of cranberries is their ability to prevent and cure urinary tract infections such as cystitis, which is eight times more likely to occur in women than men. One study suggests that drinking two glasses of cranberry juice a day can prevent the symptoms of common UTIs in women.

Female-friendly food 6: Spinach

Spinach is rich in many different vitamins and minerals, but one thing that makes it great for women is its high content of magnesium. Research has shown that magnesium may be beneficial in reducing many of the physical symptoms of PMS which plague women, including reduction of swelling, breast tenderness, bloating and weight gain.

Female-friendly food 7: Figs

Figs are a great health food, containing many vital minerals and vitamins as well as contributing to your daily portions of fruit and veg. Two minerals found in figs that are particularly beneficial to women's health are iron, which is often deficient in menstruating women, and calcium, which is important for post-menopausal women, who are more prone to osteoporosis.

Female-friendly food 8: Milk

Milk is a great source of calcium, which is extremely beneficial to women's health, particularly when combined with vitamin D (found in some varieties of milk and many fortified milk products). Consumption of the combined nutrients is not only good for warding off osteoporosis, but a study has suggested that a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D could ease, or even prevent, symptoms of PMS.

Female-friendly food 9: Oats

Oats are literally packed with health-boosting nutrients, many of which have great impacts on female health. Oats are not only great for heart health, digestion and blood pressure levels (with hypertension affecting many women over 50), but they contain vitamin B6, which can help prevent PMS and mood swings, and folic acid, which is important for women to consume before and during pregnancy to prevent birth defects in babies.

Female-friendly food 10: Walnuts

While all nuts are great for our health, walnuts have many great individual benefits for women. A study has recently found that walnuts, which are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and phytosterols, may help to reduce women's risk of developing breast cancer, while their high omega-3 content may also help bone health, arthritis pain and depression. Walnuts also contain many nutrients essential for female health, such as calcium, magnesium and folic acid. Read more on

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10 Tips to fight depression

By: Junaid Tahir
During the phase of depression sometimes we become pessimist and our negative thoughts make it hard toattain back the peaceful state. As we are already depressed due to tough circumstances, these negative thoughts add fuel to fire and steal our peace of mind making it really hard to concentrate even on routine things. So what should be done to fight the depression and negativity? Below are the tips to be considered:

1-    Try not to think about problems of past and rough circumstances again and again; instead focus on the solutions. Think what needs to be done to fix the issues.
2-   Change your environment. Take a break from your routine life and visit some relative or explore some new city/country.
3-   Stay away from negative people. Remember, if someone is negative, he/she is spreading negative germs. Keep yourself germ-free.
4-   Read news paper or a good book on daily basis.
5-   Go to market and buy yourself something you like. Feel good about it.
6-   Surround yourself among happy people. Spend quality time with joyful and colorful friends
7-   Adopt some good hobby and spend time on it. (gardening, blogging, book reading)
8-   Visit Orphan house and spend time with children. Help them financially if possible. Give gifts. This act gives real inner happiness.
9-   Think about the positive events of your life. About your childhood, education, fun trip, a friend's wedding etc.

10- Don't allow people to make your life miserable. No one is in-charge of your happiness except you so ignore negative comments and suggestions

About Author: Junaid Tahir, a telecom engineer and a blogger, writes articles on wisdom, happiness and stress management. His articles can be read Here

·         The Power of Not Looking Back
·         Are You Explosive or Implosive? It’s important to Know
·         6 Tips for Anger Management
·         7 Super Powers You Must Posses
·         10 Rules for Peace of Mind
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