Pakistan tells Sri Lanka it wants stability in South Asia

Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with Sri Lanka, which have deepened with the passage of time.The Sri Lankan Prime Minister expressed the desire to increase cooperation with Pakistan in the fields of defense and trade. He called for taking steps to increase bilateral trade. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has told Sri Lanka his country backs stability in South Asia, Radio Pakistan reported.Talking to his Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe in Davos, the Pakistan Prime Minister said that Pakistan strongly wants peace and cooperation in South Asia. He said SAARC should be a viable forum for regional cooperation.The Prime Minister said Pakistan wants to resolve all longstanding disputes, including Kashmir issue, with India through comprehensive dialogue. He said Indian occupied forces are committing atrocities on the people of Kashmir. He said India is increasing tension along the Line of Control to divert world attention from Kashmir issue. He said the people of Kashmir should be given their birth right to self-determination as promised with them in UN resolutions. Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan gives immense importance to South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and is determined to achieve all the objectives in light of its charter. The Prime Minister said that security and stability are vital for eradication of poverty and development of the area. He said Pakistan wants friendly relations with all the regional countries. He said Islamabad wishes people of the regional countries should reap fruit of regional cooperation. read more

Easter beginning to look at lot like Christmas as turkey panettone and

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The chocolate treat, available at Waitrose, is shaped like half of an avocado, and has been so sought-after that many took to social media to complain that it was out of stock.‘Free-from’ takes on Easter favourites are also on the rise, catering for those who have cut gluten and dairy out of their diets.  A Waitrose spokesperson said: “Sales of our dairy free egg (from brand Moo Free) are up 45% on the same time last year.”Marks and Spencer experienced a similar spike in their vegan egg sales. A spokesperson revealed: “Sales of our Made Without Dairy Dark Chocolate Egg are up +13% on last year.”Gluten-free and dairy-free hot cross buns are also proving more popular this year.Alexa Masterson, Product Developer at Sainsbury’s, said: “We’re committed to opening doors for those who have specific dietary requirements and Easter is no exception! Our Deliciously FreeFrom products, including our popular Easter Eggs and brand new Hot Cross Buns, mean that even more people are able to enjoy the celebrations together.”   “Supermarkets are targeting consumers with food that they already associate with celebration, family time, and relaxation.“If it proves successful this year then you should expect to see even more Easter foods with a Christmas twist next year.”Easter this year has also been given a ‘millennial’ flavour, with one of the most popular offerings being an ‘avocado’ egg. Jamie Pettigrew tweeted, attaching a picture of an Iceland turkey advert: “No budget for a shoot – use the Christmas ad…” Waitrose's avocado-shaped Easter egg Christmas, it is said, only comes once a year – but not it would seem if you took a glance at supermarkets’ Easter offerings which this year include turkey, panettone and stollen.While traditional Easter foods include a leg of lamb and some gently spiced hot cross buns, retailers have this year added Christmas products with an “Easter twist” to their offerings.Aldi is selling turkey crowns, as well as smoked salmon macaroni cheese for the Easter table.The bargain food shop is specifically marketing the items for Easter, and said it expects its “rich macaroni cheese bakes with either delicious oak smoked Atlantic salmon or luxurious crayfish and crab filling” to prove popular after they are released on March 29.Frozen food supermarket Iceland is also marketing turkey to be eaten over the Easter weekend, and is calling the traditional Christmas meat the “star of the show” in advertisements.The store tweeted: “Not sure which meat to serve this #Easter? Our star of the show, Spring Turkey will give you all kinds of #MondayMotivation.”Some on Twitter have suggested the supermarkets are recycling their Christmas adverts.center_img “We’ve seen overwhelming appetite for our Deliciously FreeFrom Hot Cross Buns which launched this year, and are now the best-selling product in our FreeFrom morning goods range.” Other supermarkets are also blurring the culinary lines between the holidays. Panettone is a traditional Christmas treat, a bread-like cake studded with dried fruit to be eaten at breakfast.However, Waitrose has stocked it for Easter, making a special version for the Christian holiday.The supermarket said: “A Christmas classic gets an egg-citing Easter makeover with our new egg shaped Waitrose Christmas Panettone.“Our Panettone is made with a traditional sourdough recipe nurtured since 1964. This is combined with butter and chocolate and topped with pastel coloured sugar discs to make this treat look as pretty as an Easter egg!”Dutch store Hema has also been promoting an ‘Easter stollen’ – despite the bread being a German Christmas delicacy.In other cases, Easter treats have taken a Christmas flavour. Aldi has broadened its range of hot cross buns to include chocolate and toffee and cranberry and orange – with sales having doubled on last year.Charles Banks, co-founder at food trends firm The Food People, said:  “This is far more strategic than supermarkets wheeling out their old Christmas stock,” said Charles Banks, co-founder at food trends firm The Food People.“The UK has a uniquely competitive supermarket culture. This drives innovation as companies fight for differentiation by developing new products. Waitrose’s avocado-shaped Easter egg “No budget for a shoot – use the Christmas ad…” @IcelandFoods #turkey #easter #lamb pic.twitter.com/qZnN4xy8uL— Jamie Pettigrew (@JC_Pettigrew) March 23, 2018last_img read more