20 Aug 2016

UnIndian film review: This side, that side

UnIndian movie review: Bret Lee plays Will who falls in love with Tannishtha Chatterjee’s Meera, only to be told — repeatedly — that he is UnIndian.

Brett Lee, surprisingly, isn’t bad at all, and manages the emotional bits quite well, though he does flatten in bits.

A cross-cultural romance comes with its own tropes. A successful one manages to break free while acknowledging the need for said conventions. UnIndian does quite well on that count; it’s familiar enough and yet manages to please.

Naga group claims army casualties in Indian ops against its rebels in Myanmar

At least 30 army commandos crossed over into Myanmar and exchanged fire with members of the separatist SS Khaplang faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K) early Friday morning, officials in Nagaland told HT.

But army sources rejected reports that special forces commandos had entered Myanmar, saying the gunbattle took place inside Indian territory.

Passenger traffic up 26% in July, SpiceJet leads the flock

Domestic air passenger traffic increased by 25.82 per cent during July to 85.08 lakh, budget carrier SpiceJet leading the flock with over 90 per cent capacity utilisation, official data showed on Friday.

The domestic passenger traffic during the corresponding month of last year stood at 67.62 lakh.

The data furnished by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) further showed that the passenger traffic during January-July period grew by 23 per cent.

"Passengers carried by domestic airlines during January-July 2016 were 560.87 lakh as against 455.95 lakh during the corresponding period of previous year thereby registering a growth of 23.01 per cent," the DGCA said in its statistical analysis for the last month.

19 Aug 2016

First Appearance, First Silver: The First Indian Woman To Win An Olympic Silver, The Journey Of PV Sindhu

PV Sindhu carried the expectations of 1.2 billion people to the Rio Olympics finals of women's Badminton. The 21-year old Hyderabad fireball has shown her indomitable spirit and never-say-die attitude as she daringly took on World No. 1 Carolina Martina of Spain. In the process, she has become the only woman from India to clinch an Olympic silver medal ever. Her journey from the bylanes of Hyderabad to the Olympics medal podium is one of hard-work, discipline and inspiration.

Narsingh Singh was defeated by his compatriots: IOA

Narsingh's fortunes took a turn for the worse when he was ousted from the Olympics and slapped with a four-year ban.
WADA had appealed against the NADA. (Source: Express Photo)

Dejected by the four-year ban imposed on Narsingh Yadav by CAS, the Indian Olympic Association has said that the embattled wrestler has been “defeated by compatriots” rather than opponents.

1.3 million pellets used in 32 days, CRPF tells HC

A security man with apellet gun.– File PHOTO

The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) told the Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Thursday that it used 1.3 million pellets in 32 days in Kashmir to control street protests.

In response to a public interest litigation seeking a ban on pellet guns that has left more than 400 injured in their eyes, the CRPF in its affidavit admitted that “it was difficult to follow the standard operating procedure (SOP) given the nature of the protests.”

It said 3,000 pellet cartridges, or around 1.3 million pellets, were fired from the pump action guns.

Feeling valued in relationships improves your sleep, says study

According to a new study, when you don't feel valued in a relationship, your sleep suffers.​

Being valued by your partner is more important to your health than you might think. Photo: Stocksy

We spend up to one-third of our life asleep, but not everyone sleeps well.

For couples, it turns out how well you think your partner understands and cares for you is linked to how well you sleep.

Research published in journal Social Personality and Psychological Science says individuals with responsive partners experience lower anxiety and arousal, which in turns improves their sleep quality.

Everything You Need to Know About Federal Tax Incentives for Solar Energy

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Often referred to as the "premier tax manual for the solar industry," those interested in solar tax and finance issues now have an entirely new edition at their disposal. For the first time in three years, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has released an updated Guide to Federal Tax Incentives for Solar Energy.

Developed with the help of Keith Martin at Chadbourne & Parke, LLP, version 8.0 of this widely-used resource contains valuable information about qualifying for the solar investment tax credit (ITC), how commence construction works, depreciation bonuses, financing issues and more.

18 Aug 2016

Sakshi Malik ends India’s Olympics medal drought, wins bronze

India’s Sakshi Malik came from behind to beat Aisuluu Tynybekova 8-5 in the bronze medal play-off in 58kg category, thereby ending India’s medal drought at Rio Olympics.

Sakshi is only fourth Indian woman athlete to win an Olympic medal after Karnam Malleshwari, Mary Kom and Saina Nehwal.

The 23-year-old wrestler is from Rohtak in Haryana. There were scenes of jubilation at Sakshi’s house in Haryana after her historic win.

Her mother, Sudesh Malik, told ANI, “India’s daughter has stopped India’s medal drought. So proud of her.”

Sakshi had lost 2-9 to Russia’s Valeria Koblova in the women’s Freestyle 58kg category wrestling quarter-final at the Rio Olympics here on Wednesday. She was, however, still in contention for bronze via Repechage after Valeria made it to the final.

This has been one of India’s worst Olympics in recent times after their athletes failed to win a single medal even 11 days after the sporting extravaganza started in the Brazilian city.

Haryana government has announced Rs 2.5 crore and a government job for Sakshi.
Source - janta ka reporter

Aankhen 2 first look launch: Amitabh Bachchan, Arjun Rampal to return in sequel by Anees Bazmee

The film will again be produced by Gaurang Doshi, and will see 3 blind men rob a casino, instead of a bank.
The wait if finally over. The entire star cast of Aankhen 2 has finally been revealed. Amidst much pomp and show in Mumbai, producer Gaurang Doshi and director Anees Bazmee released a promo of Aankhen 2 late on Wednesday night. The makers of the film have retained Amitabh Bachchan as the schizophrenic protagonist. 

'Baar Baar Dekho' spins Bollywood twist on time and love

MUMBAI: It is not easy fusing a cocktail of genres including music, comedy and time travel into a movie, but the leading stars of new Bollywood film "Baar Baar Dekho" hope to convey a multi-faceted love story.

"Baar Baar Dekho," which translates as "Look Again and Again," centers on Jai (Sidharth Malhotra) and Diya (Katrina Kaif), two childhood sweethearts now grown up and getting ready for their wedding. Jai gets cold feet as he wonders how to balance his personal and professional life.

17 Aug 2016

Lack of fresh food choices linked to signs of early heart disease

DALLAS, August 15, 2016 -- A lack of access to nearby stores selling fresh food may increase residents' risk of developing the signs of early heart disease, according to new research in the American Heart Association's journal Circulation.The lack of healthy food stores may help explain why people in these neighborhoods have more heart disease," said Jeffrey Wing, Ph.D., M.P.H., co-lead author and assistant professor in the Department of Public Health at Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan. "The thought is that greater access to healthier foods may have promoted healthier diets and, in turn, less coronary plaque formation."Past studies found that limited fresh food choices and/or numerous fast food restaurants in poorer neighborhoods were linked to unhealthy diets. Residents in these neighborhoods have a greater likelihood of early atherosclerosis (a disease that hardens arteries and underlies many types of heart disease), but no studies have examined which factors might cause this.

Jnanpith awardee Punjabi novelist Gurdial dies

BATHINDA: Much acclaimed Punjabi novelist and story writer Gurdial Singh passed away after a brief illness on Tuesday. Gurdial, 83, was the second Punjabi author to be bestowed with the Jnanpith Award -India's highest literary award -after poet Amri ta Pritam. He retired as a professor from Punjabi University, Patiala, in 1995.

Two Punjabi films were based on his two great novels `Marhi Da Deeva' and `Anhe Ghode Da Dan' and won national film awards and internatio nal honours. Gurdial's famous novel `Marhi Da Deeva' (The Last Flicker) was recently translated into Manipuri.

'Anhe Ghore Da Daan' was also shortlisIndia's official entry to ted for India's official entry to the Oscar Awards.

His other iconic novel `Adh Chanani Raat' (The Half-Moon Night), written in 1964, was translated into 13 languages.The National Book Trust also published an English translation of his novel `Parsa.' Gurdial penned nearly 40 works, including novels, short stories and books for children. Hailing from Jaito town of Faridkot district, Gurdial had started writing in 1957 and devoted nearly six decades to Punjabi literature. He was conferred the Jnanpith Award in 1999, He was conferred with the Padma Shri in 1998 and the Sahitya Akademi award in 1975.

Blood pressure control may provide long-term benefits for kidney disease patients

Clinical trials followed participants for several years have shown that lowering systolic blood pressure to less than 120 mm Hg is beneficial for heart health and longevity

Strict blood pressure control in patients with chronic kidney disease may help protect them against premature death, a new study has claimed.

DASH diet that can prevent you from gout and blood pressure, confirms study

Fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy products are good for health and experts recommend to include these regularly in your diet. Now you have another reason to eat fruits and vegetables as the can help gout sufferers. In the new find, researchers have revealed that healthy diet can lower blood levels of uric acid which is known to trigger gout.

It has been long known that diet plays a major role in determining the levels of blood uric acid. However, there were no clinical trials yet to confirm it. Also, there is no evidence that proves that particular type of food habit can prevent gout.

Malaika Arora Khan and Arbaaz Khan giving their marriage another chance? He clears up all rumours

Arbaaz Khan has confirmed that he and his wife Malaika Arora Khan are still separated and are not together.
In the past few days, estranged couple Malaika Arora Khan and Arbaaz Khan have been giving us the vibes that they might be getting back together.

In the past few days, estranged couple Malaika Arora Khan and Arbaaz Khan have been giving us the vibes that they might be getting back together. They are seen at family events and even posed for the Khan family pic. The couple, who has a teenaged son together, had announced their split earlier this year.

Shah Rukh Khan's special instructions to son Aryan

That sounds unbelievable, isn't it? In today's time, even if someone is remotely associated or related to Shah... Read More

Last week, Shah Rukh Khan's rather innocuous tweet about being detained in the US for a third time - he was stopped at the customs at LAX in Los Angeles -kicked up a storm. "I fully understand and respect security with the way the world is, but to be detained at US immigration every damn time really really sucks," he'd reflected on his Twitter page, sending US diplomats into swift action as Rich Verma, the US Ambassador to India, and Nisha Biswal, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia in the US Department of State issued Twitter apologies.

One of the best moments of my career: PV Sindhu

Sindhu: I never thought I would lose this, because any moment anything can change. (Getty Images)


Sindhu beat World No. 2 Wang Yihan in straight sets in the Q/F
She will next face World No. 3 Nozomi Okuhara in the semifinal on Wednesday
Sindhu has a 1-3 win-loss record against Nozomi
RIO DE JANEIRO: A visibly elated PV Sindhu+ rated her win over London Olympics silver medalist Yihan Wang as one of the best moments of her career hoping that she could maintain her good form against Japanese Nozomi Okuhara in the semi-finals of the Rio Olympics.

16 Aug 2016

GOOD NEWS – मध्य प्रदेश सरकार के कर्मचारियों को सातवें वेतन आयोग का लाभ जल्द

GOOD NEWS – मध्य प्रदेश सरकार के कर्मचारियों को सातवें वेतन आयोग का लाभ जल्द

I play the coolest villain in ‘Baywatch’, says Priyanka

"I’m very excited about the movie because I was a big fan of the show"

Actress Priyanka Chopra says she will be seen as a “bombshell” of a villain in her upcoming Hollywood film debut “Baywatch.”

The actress, in a recent online chat organised by Twitter New York, shared about her character in the film, which also stars Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Zac Efron. Priyanka plays the main antagonist in the movie, set for May, 2017 release.

Akshay Kumar: Money also important along with medals

Akshay Kumar

Superstar Akshay Kumar says that honouring winners of competitions like Olympics with just medals is not enough, and that providing them financial rewards also are a more important and practical practice. "Winning a certificate or a medal is a very big achievement, but don't you think receiving money is more practical? because I see that several people who participate, a lot of them are from poor families.

I have seen several times that some people want to sell their medals and earn money, and several such stories you all have heard. So it is better that when you honour someone, do it not just with a medal but also with money. it is important because you have to be practical in life," Akshay said in a media interaction on the success of his recent film 'Rustom'. While there are several countries like USA and China, who win numerous medals at the Olympics every time, India is a country that usually ends with medals in single digits -- if at all. India is also yet to win a medal at the Rio Olympics that conclude August 21.
Source - Times of india

‘Why not cricket at the Olympics?’

In the City for another periodical coaching stint at the MRF Pace Foundation, McGrath shared his thoughts on the ongoing Olympics.

Glenn McGrath believes that pitches for day/night First Class matches with a pink ball need to have some grass, without which the sphere could deteriorate quickly.

“That’s been our experience in Australia,” he said.

The Aussie legend’s comments are interesting, considering Duleep Trophy will be played under lights with a pink ball in Noida later this month.

In the City for another periodical coaching stint at the MRF Pace Foundation, McGrath shared his thoughts on the ongoing Olympics.

He said cricket should be a part of the Games.

“Now you have Rugby Sevens in the Olympics, there is no reason why cricket should not be there. Perhaps you can have Twenty20 cricket. I liked it when cricket was played in the Commonwealth Games.”

Replace Sugary Drink With Water to Cut Obesity

Replacing one little calorie-laden sugary soda with water may significantly help reducebody weight as well as improve overall health, says a study. The findings showed that consuming additional calories from sugary beverages like soda, energy drinks, and sweetened coffee can increase risk of weight gain and obesity, as well as Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

PV Sindhu carries India’s dwindling medal hopes on Day 11 of Rio 2016 Olympics

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PV Sindhu takes on Wang Yihan in a crucial quarterfinal clash on day 11 of the Olympics. (Source: PTI)

Woman shuttler P V Sindhu carries India’s medal hope on day 11 of the Olympic Games here when she faces a daunting task against China’s Wang Yihan, silver-medallist four years ago in London, in the quarterfinals. The lanky player from Hyderabad and Kidambi Srikanth, who made it to the men’s singles quarters, are the only two medal contenders left in the competition after the shock elimination of last Games bronze medallist and former World No. 1 Saina Nehwal two days ago.

Shah Rukh and Gauri attend Aryan’s orientation in California

Proud parents Shah Rukh Khanand Gauri Khan were spotted at the University of South California, attending an orientation programme. The Bollywood power couple has reportedly enrolled their eldest son Aryan, into the college for his higher studies. Shah Rukh, Gauri and their three kids flew to the US over the weekend to spend some family time together before sending Aryan off to college.

SRK created quite a fan frenzy at the university, as a number of young fans assembled outside to get a picture with the actor. On seeing the large crowd, Shah Rukh recommended clicking a group picture instead of individual selfies. The group of youngsters gathered around the star and posed together for photos. Gauri, who was also at the college, clicked a selfie or two with the fans before heading to their waiting car.
Source - Times of india.


After the stupendous response for Baahubali:The Beginning, Baahubali 2 has begun shooting. The film directed by Rajamouli features Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Sathyaraj, Anushka, Ramya Krishnan, Tamannaah and others. The film is touted to release on the 28th of April 2017.

SN Rajarajan of K Productions has bought the Tamil Nadu and overseas rights of the second part of Baahubali. K Productions will be releasing in Tamil and Telugu in Tamil Nadu and in the overseas market, they would release the Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam versions of the film. 

K Productions have also planned to release the Sathyasiva directorial Madai Thirandhu featuring Rana Daggubati, Sathyaraj, Regina and others in Tamil and the same as 1945 in Telugu.

Mahindra TUV300 introduced in a new colour on Independence Day

Mahindra has launched the TUV300 in a new bronze green colour on the eve of Independence Day. The special variant gets this new colour to commemorate the spirit of freedom.

The special edition will be available on a made to order basis. Mahindra has not mentioned the price of the new variant, but dealers say that they are not charging any premium over the current prices of the vehicle. There are no other cosmetic or mechanical changes to the TUV300 apart from this new paint scheme.

5kg of gold stolen from Muthoot Finance Company’s office in Tamil Nadu

The theft came to light when the staff opened the office on Tuesday morning.

SALEM: Burglars entered the office of Muthoot Finance Company at Gangavalli in Salemdistrict of Tamil Nadu after making a hole on the wall and escaped with 5kg of gold jewellery in the early hours of Tuesday.

The theft came to light when the staff opened the office on Tuesday morning. "They found a hole on the side wall," the Gangavalli police said.

The police said the burglars entered the office, and also exited from it, through the hole.

"We have registered a case and initiated investigations," the police said.
Source - Times of india

15 Aug 2016

5 books every Indian must read

It is important to know the history of your land and it is even more important to know the correct history and not a fabricated tale filtered and narrated through school textbooks by vested interests to meet their ulterior political agenda. India's struggle for independence was an uprise against a tyrannical rule that lasted for almost 200 years. For a country divided into principalities, states and regional and religious factions, it would have been an unachievable feat, had it not found a unanimous aspiration to end the British subjugation. Our freedom struggle is a saga wrought in pain, sacrifice and devotion to a cause that went beyond personal and individual wants and became a fate, a bhagya vidhata for millions who took the path of nationalism.

14 Aug 2016

Organ donation: There can be life after death

Every brain-dead person can serve as many as eight people with the donation of organs like lungs, liver, heart, pancreas and kidneys. (Representative image )

Only 0.08 % people consent to donate organs in India —to shed light on this poignant fact and spread awareness, city hospitals observed Organ Donation Day on Saturday.

Every brain-dead person can serve as many as eight people with the donation of organs like lungs, liver, heart, pancreas and kidneys.

Eat these foods before a workout!

New Delhi: Do you usually work out on an empty stomach? Well, many of might have but it is one of the worst things to do. Most gym trainers have advised to eat a mini meal before exercising.

Egg whites

One should eat egg whites before a work out as it have potassium, magnesium, calcium as well as vitamins like riboflavin and selenium that put you through the workout with ease.

Junk food commercials trigger unhealthy choices among kids: Study

Watching food commercials on television or elsewhere may change the way children value taste, leading to more impulsive food choices, finds a new research.
The taste was even more important to children after watching food commercials. (Source: Pixabay)

Junk food commercials on pizzas and burgers during TV programmes influence food choices among children and their brain activities as well, say researchers, adding that the children’s decisions are driven by tastiness rather than healthfulness.

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