The hole in the wall

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The boundary of Hayatabad is marked by high walls, at least 6 feet on most if not all sides. Just adjacent to Phase 2 is the Ring Road which happens to be another locality. It is a place where businesses are thriving and growing. One can find very good places to eat, get your car repaired for there are umpteen mechanics, shopping places and all. Off course, there are also small housing societies unevenly distributed in the area.

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Pakistan Elections 2013 an amazing Android app

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Pakistan Elections 2013 is an amazing Android app for keeping yourself abreast with the Pakistan Elections 2013 details. It has been developed by Suave Solutions to work with Android devices running version 2.1 and above.

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How to find your polling station in KP and Punjab

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If you live in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) or Punjab and are not sure about your polling station then follow these steps to find out.

1. Send your National Identity Card No (NIC) to 8300. (without spaces and dashes).

2. You will receive a reply showing your Block Code.

3. Go to http://whereismyballot.com/, type in the block code in the space allocated for it and hit submit.

The new page will show your Block code, Halqa, Polling Station No, Polling Station name, Gender and the Address of your block.

Tula Toz .22 LR, hunting rifle review

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Tula Toz 78-01 is a .22 LR bolt action rifle manufactured by the Tula Arms, Russia. It is a small, light weight weapon that is quite accurate. I had been on the look out for an inexpensive rifle for plinking and for small game hunting. This weapon, serves both the purposes. And with a scope it is deadly accurate. Tula Arms is an old company that dates back to 1712, this means they have considerable experience in designing and making weapons. Here is a short review of this rifle.

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Espresso Lounge now in Peshawar

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Sandwiched in between Warda Lawn and a vacant floor Espresso Lounge has opened an outlet in the restive city of Peshawar. The place is ideal for shoppers, those looking for a quick cappuccino or loners like me who love to think in isolation 🙂 It is on the main University Road, near Arbab Road in one of the new (still empty) Plazas.

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5D Motion Ride in Peshawar

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It’s on the main University road, in Peshawar. The latest fun place to be in the city. The kids talked me into taking them there for a ride and I acquiesced. In fact it was them who took me for a ride, if you know what I mean. The place is impressive. The city of Peshawar already has a motion ride somewhere in Bhittani plaza, but that’s too crowded a place. This one is a lot cheaper too. Rs 150 per person isn’t bad. The one in Bhittani charges Rs 250 per head. The ambience  is good but the only thing missing is soft drinks or something to nibble while waiting for your turn. I say ; highly recommended. Must try it out. 🙂

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Islamic Prayer Times for Android

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Islamic Prayer Times is an Android app for keeping track of prayer times. The app works worldwide. You just have to set your location (once) after installing it. After that it shows you prayer times of that location. You can also set alarms to ring before prayer times. The app also has a built-in Qibla direction indicator. It has been developed by AppFlute to work with Android devices running version 1.5 and up. To download the app click here.

I rebuilt my Henry Martini Musket

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Henry Martini was a single shot breech loaded rifle used by the British during late 1800’s. It was a good weapon in those times. The under-leaver located at the pistol grip would open the breech for loading a single round. The caliber is a whopping .577 inches! I am sure it must have made a big bang when fired. Over a period of time various versions were produced. The smaller one made to be carried by horsemen was called a musket.

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One way of making a living…

There is one long road that passes through the city of Peshawar. It starts from from Nowshera (even beyond it and ends at the famous Torkham border). Since centuries it is a trade route unlike any. The road is dotted with markets and bazars on either side. Goods that come from Afghanistan (smuggled) make their way to Torkham and beyond. There they are stored in huge godowns all along the road leading from Torkham to where the Jamrud limits end and the city of Peshawar limits start. Goods (smuggled) are then sent down country by various means.

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