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PM Modi lauds Judge Dalveer Bhandari, Sushma Swaraj on ICJ re-election
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday congratulated Judge Dalveer Bhandari on being re-elected to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and also lauded the efforts of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her team for their “untiring efforts” to ensure India’s re-election.In a series of tweets, Modi said: “I congratulate Justice Dalveer Bhandari on being re-elected to the International Court of Justice. His re-election is a proud moment for us.”“Congratulations to EAM @SushmaSwaraj and her entire team at MEA & diplomatic missions for their untiring efforts that have led to India’s re-election to ICJ.”“Our deep gratitude to all the members of UNGA as well as UNSC for their support and trust in India,” Modi said.Judge Bhandari was re-elected to the ICJ on Monday as the General Assembly rallied behind him in a show of strength that made Britain bow to the majority and withdraw its candidate Christopher Greenwood.The withdrawal of its candidate by Britain, which had the backing of its fellow permanent members, was a setback for the Security Council that had been locked in a test of wills with the Assembly. A candidate has to win a majority in both the chambers. Bhandari won majorities in the Assembly in the first 11 rounds of voting over two meetings, while the Council blocked his election by giving majorities to Greenwood in the ten rounds of balloting it held. Bhandari’s election was a dramatic face-saving turn of fortunes for India, as he lost the Asian seat on the ICJ to Lebanese lawyer-turned-diplomat Nawaf Salam, who had been campaigning for two years and had the backing of the powerful Organisation of Islamic Cooperation with 55 members in the UN.
PM Narendra Modi attends East Asia Summit
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday attended the 12th East Asia Summit, a premier forum of the Asean member states and eight other countries.“Deepening partnership with common developmental objective and address global challenges,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.The participating leaders posed for a group photograph ahead of the summit.Leaders of the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) states - Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam - and of Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea and the US hold this annual summit.The forum provides an opportunity for the leaders to exchange views and assess international issues of concern, including traditional and non-traditional security threats, primarily terrorism, maritime cooperation and security and non-proliferation.Modi arrived in Manila on Sunday on a three-day visit to the Philippines, the first prime ministerial visit to this country in 36 years since the visit of Indira Gandhi in 1981.Later on Tuesday, Modi will attend the 12th India-Asean Summit. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the India-Asean dialogue partnership.
Modi gives pep talk to ministers
Apparently worried about his government's image, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a pep talk with his council of ministers, telling them to spread the good word about the government`s policies and initiatives at the ground level.At a meeting of his Council of Ministers on Friday night, Modi asked his colleagues to work hard and ensure that the change in the lives of the people brought about by the government`s policies and actions was widely communicated.At the meeting, a detailed presentation by three ministers was given on how various programmes and initiatives of the government had brought about "Ease of Living" in the lives of the people. The meeting also saw a presentation on social media by a top PMO official, sources said. They said the presentation on "Ease of Living" lasted about an hour and had three parts with over 90 slides highlighting the work done by the government in the last three-and-a-half years. The Ease of Living presentations were made by Minister of State for Agriculture Gajendra Singh Shekahwat, Minister of State for Skill Development Anantkumar Hegde and Housing and Urban Development Minister Hardeep Singh Puri.This was the first such meeting after Modi reshuffled his Council of Ministers in September paving the way for new entrants. Interestingly, all the three ministers, who gave the presentations, were inducted into the ministry in the last reshuffle Besides demonetisation and GST, such schemes like Mudra, Digital India, affordable housing and Ujjawala Yojana figured in the presentations claiming that these have made life easier for people. The meeting of the Council of Ministers followed a meeting of the union Cabinet.It came days after India jumped 30 spots to secure a place among the top 100 countries in the World Bank`s "Ease of Doing Business" ranking list.Modi dubbed the jump in the World Bank`s Ease of Doing Business ranking also as an improvement in the ease of living life, stating that it implied that life had become easier for the country`s common man and the middle class.Amid relentless attacks by Congress and other opposition parties over demonetisation and roll-out of the Goods and Services Tax, the government is keen to communicate to the people the impact of its welfare initiatives.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday inaugurated the first ever 200-bed ayurveda hospital
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday inaugurated the first ever 200-bed ayurveda hospital on the lines of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi and said his government plans to establish such traditional medical institutes in every district of the country. “There is a strong need to integrate traditional and modern systems of medicines. This ayurveda hospital, which is like AIIMS, is equipped with most advanced technologies needed to treat patients,” Modi said as he launched the All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) on the National Ayurveda Day. The AIIA, which will function under the ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy or AYUSH, aims to offer quality patient care and become a research hub in generating scientific information about quality, safety, and efficacy of ayurvedic products. Modi said a country cannot move forward if it is not proud of its legacy. “We forgot our legacy for a long time...But now we have started remembering it again,” the Prime Minister said. He said there’s a long list of benefits of ayurveda and added that people are showing interest in traditional medicines. “People are attracted not only to good health but also wellness... [There is a] need to strengthen ayurveda,” the Prime Minister said. “Like the IT revolution a few years ago, the time has come for a ‘health revolution’ under the aegis of ayurveda,” he added. “More investment is needed in this sector for better growth,” Modi said as he appealed to private companies to contribute a part of their corporate social responsibility funds towards developing yoga and ayurveda. The AIIA’s outpatient department (OPD) facility started functioning a few months ago and deals with neurological and degenerative diseases, rheumatology and musculoskeletal conditions, diabetes and metabolic disorders, allergic disorders, yoga, panchakarma, kriyakalpa, diabetic retinopathy and infertility among other conditions.The first phase of the hospital was built with a budget of Rs 157 crore. The hospital has a panchakarma therapy clinic that provides personalised care, laboratories, and diagnostic labs that conduct specialised pathology, biochemistry, microbiology tests and radiology scans. It also teaches post-graduate students, PhD courses, and skill development programme. “The idea is to popularise integrated medicine system. So far, allopathic doctors and those practising traditional systems of medicine have been working in silos, however, there is a need to break that practice and encourage them to work in tandem,” a senior AYUSH ministry official said.
The Doklam conflict between India and China amply highlighted the fight between the two countries for supremacy in South Asia.
The Doklam conflict between India and China amply highlighted the fight between the two countries for supremacy in South Asia. India is strongly asserting against China which is trying to build strategic assets in the garb of infrastructure projects all around India. It is the continuation of the old Chinese 'String of Pearls' policy that aims at ring-fencing India. But now India seems to be determined to fight China on all fronts in South Asia. The latest battlefield is in Sri Lanka where China has leased a port. Chinese access to a port in the Indian Ocean is a direct threat to India's security. In May, Sri Lanka had rejected Chinese request to dock a submarine on its port. Emboldened after the Doklam conflict, Sri Lanka is now trying to balance China with India. That's why it is planning to hand over a Chinese-built airport to India right next to the port China has leased.
International
207 killed, 1700 injured as earthquake strikes near Iran-Iraq border
At least 207 people were killed and nearly 1,700 people were injured when a 7.3-magnitude earthquake shook the mountainous Iran-Iraq border triggering landslides that were hindering rescue efforts, officials said today.Footage posted on Twitter showed panicked people fleeing a building in Sulaimaniyah, northern Iraq, as windows shattered at the moment the quake struck late yesterday, while images from the nearby town of Darbandikhan showed major walls and concrete structures had collapsed.Iranian state broadcaster IRIB said 129 were dead in an updated toll posted on its website, while the official IRNA news agency said some 300 people had been injured, adding that the toll was expected to rise.Six others were reported dead on the Iraq side of the border."We are in the process of setting up three emergency relief camps," said Mojtaba Nikkerdar, the deputy governor of Iran's Kermanshah province.The quake hit 30 kilometres southwest of Halabja in Iraqi Kurdistan at around 9.20 pm, when many people would have been at home, the US Geological Survey said.Iran's emergency services chief Pir Hossein Koolivand said it was "difficult to send rescue teams to the villages because the roads have been cut off... there have been landslides."The worst-hit towns in Iran were Qasr-e Shirin in Kermanshah and Azgaleh, about 40 kilometres northwest, IRNA said.It added that 30 Red Cross teams had been sent to the quake zone, parts of which had experienced power cuts.In Iraq, officials said the quake had killed six people in Sulaimaniyah province and injured around 150.In Sulaimaniyah, residents ran out onto the streets and some damage to property was reported, "Four people were killed by the earthquake" in Darbandikhan, the town's mayor Nasseh Moulla Hassan told A child and an elderly person were killed in Kalar, according to the director of the hospital in the town about 70 kilometres south of Darbandikhan, and 105 people injured. The quake, which struck at a relatively shallow depth of 25 kilometres, was felt for about 20 seconds in Baghdad, and for longer in other provinces of Iraq, AFP journalists said.On the Iranian side of the border, the tremor shook several cities in the west of the country including Tabriz.It was also felt in southeastern Turkey, "from Malatya to Van", an AFP correspondent said. In the town of Diyarbakir, residents were reported to have fled their homes.The quake struck along a 1,500 kilometre fault line between the Arabian and Eurasian tectonic plates, a belt extending through western Iran and into northeastern Iraq. The area sees frequent seismic activity.In 1990, a 7.4-magnitude quake near the Caspian sea in northern Iran killed 40,000 people and left 300,000 more injured and half a million homeless. Within seconds the quake reduced dozens of towns and nearly 2,000 villages to rubble.Thirteen years later, a catastrophic quake struck the ancient southeast Iranian city of Bam, famed for its mud brick buildings, killing at least 31,000 people and flattening swathes of the city.Since then, Iran has experienced at least two major quake disasters, one in 2005 that killed more than 600 and another in 2012 that left some 300 dead.More recently, a 5.7-magnitude earthquake near Iran's border with Turkmenistan in May killed two people, injured hundreds and caused widespread damage.
T.R. Zeliang sworn in as Nagaland Chief Minister
Senior Naga People's Front (NPF) legislator T.R. Zeliang was sworn in as the 19th Chief Minister of Nagaland on Wednesday, hours after Governor P.B. Acharya dismissed the Shurhozelie Liezietsu government after he failed to prove his majority in the Assembly.Governor Acharya administered the oath of office and secrecy to 65-year-old Zeliang in a ceremony at the Raj Bhavan here.Zeliang will have to prove his majority on the floor of the House on or before July 22.The newly-inducted Chief Minister will announce the list of his council of ministers after the floor test.
Modi leaves for Israel on his three-day historic visit
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday left for his three-day trip to Israel -- a first by an Indian Prime Minister -- to discuss with his counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu the common challenges like terrorism and ways to boost economic ties."PM Narendra Modi emplanes for a historic visit to Israel, the first ever by an Indian Prime Minister," the Prime Minister's Office tweeted. In a special gesture, Netanyahu will receive Modi when he arrives at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport. Such a special gesture has been done only for US Presidents, including Donald Trump, and the Pope.In Israel, Modi will also meet President Ruven Ruvi Rivlin apart from paying his respects to courageous Indian soldiers who laid down their lives during the liberation of Haifa in 1918.
Cinema
Pia Bajpai goes bald for film
Actress Pia Bajpai, who will be seen in a bilingual Tamil/Malayalam film "Abhiyum Anuvum", will be sporting a bald look in the movie.Pia will be seen opposite actor Tovino Thomas in the Yoodlee Films production."I'm having a bald look for a couple of scenes in the film and it's been very challenging for me. It used to take three to four hours just to place that properly and have that look. For a fact, if I had to start the shoot at 7 a.m., I had to start getting ready at 3 a.m. And more than that the whole day for 12-13 hours having that on my head, was very difficult," said Pia in a statement."I couldn't move my head much or laugh. Even if my head got itchy, I couldn't do anything about that. With so much spray and glue.I just couldn't wait to get home and get that off. And it used to take easily that many hours to even remove that," she added.It was so tedious for Pia that she even considered going bald truly than wearing a wig. "I really thought shaving my head would be so much better than wearing that wig, but then my director told me this look was just for three to four days that too during the initial days of the shoot. Hence, I wasn't allowed to shave my head which I would have preferred," said Pia.
Welcome to family: Arjun Kapoor to Motiwala
Actor Arjun Kapoor has welcomed his sister-in-law Antara Motiwala to the family.He says he will make sure that her husband and his brother Mohit Marwah will keep her happy.Mohit got married to Motiwala in UAE earlier this week."Welcome to the family Antara Motiwala! First, you were my friend then stylist and now you are officially part of La Familia! Mohit Marwah will make sure you stay smiling just like in this picture and you can always rely on me to make sure he makes sure," Arjun captioned an image from the wedding.The grand wedding was attended by Bollywood celebrities like Sonam Kapoor, Sanjay Kapoor, Sridevi, Karan Johar and Abhishek Bachchan.On the work front, Arjun will next be seen with actress Parineeti Chopra in the film "Namastey England".
Television has a huge reach: Vivek Oberoi
Actor Vivek Oberoi says the small screen has a larger reach than cinema.Vivek's film "Bank Chor" will have its TV premiere on Sony MAX on November 24.Asked if he feels television helps in reaching out to a larger medium, Vivek told over phone: "Absolutely. There is no doubt about it. Television has a huge reach, it is much larger than that of films and even though it is the small screen, it has a big market.""Bank Chor" also features Riteish Deshmukh and Rhea Chakraborty. It is the story of three men who choose the worst day possible to rob a bank.Vivek says he is expecting a great response from the audience for the film's television premiere."I am expecting a great response. I think 'Bank Chor' is a very cool film and is full of twists and turns, especially the character I played, Amjad Khan. Playing that character was a lot of fun and also a challenge. I think it will keep the audiences hooked," he said.The film, directed by Bumpy and produced by Ashish Patil, also features Sahil Vaid, Bhuvan Arora, Vikram Thapa and Baba Sehgal.
SALMAN, KATRINA'S 'BEAUTIFUL BOND'
Filmmaker Ali Abbas Zafar says Bollywood superstar Salman Khan and actress Katrina Kaif shared a beautiful bond while working on the sets of upcoming spy thriller film "Tiger Zinda Hai". "Salman and Katrina share a beautiful bond and sparkling chemistry. Salman's wicked sense of humour would crack her up, just like all of us," Zafar said in a statement. "They've known each other since a long time. So, they share a lot of common interests like fitness, food and music. Both are fitness freaks, both love good food and great music," he added.Salman and Katrina are returning to the silver screen together after five years. The were last seen together in Kabir Khan's 2012 film "Ek Tha Tiger".The two will be seen performing various action scenes in the film."It was a standard ritual on the film's sets. After finishing work on set, Salman and Katrina would work out together, and then eat really good food with the entire team," Zafar said."Tiger Zinda Hai", a sequel of "Ek Tha Tiger", will release worldwide on December 22.
I'm not Sachin Tendulkar: Irrfan on numbers game in Bollywood
Actor Irrfan Khan, who is enthralling movie buffs with his romantic comedy "Qarib Qarib Singlle", says he is not bothered by the numbers game in Bollywood.Irrfan's last release "Hindi Medium" had crossed Rs 100 crore worldwide.Asked if he has started learning the number game, the National Award winning actor told IANS: "I do not want to get into that zone. I am not Sachin Tendulkar to score 100 in most of the matches. I, as an actor, have done my work sincerely and I think as an actor, I shouldn't get into the business part."By saying this, I am not pitching anything to anybody. Every individual should follow what suits them. Number game does not suit me."Before the release of Tanuja Chandra's directorial "Qarib Qarib Singlle", which features actress Parvathy, Irrfan had said he felt a certain pressure and anxiety over the film."I feel anxious before any every release, but the good thing is, with time, the span (of anxiety) is becoming shorter."He said he is confident "about the story that I have chosen, from my instinct".According to Irrfan, he took a lot of time to build up the character of Yogi in his latest film."Though the character of Yogi has been written brilliantly, I took some time to catch the right note of the character. I took time to understand his behaviour, that one element that makes the character fascinating for me, and for all of us. Since I am playing it, I had to understand that first. We sat for many reading and I took months to make the character of my own, to play it convincingly."
Business
Congress to keep struggling for 18% GST cap: Rahul
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said his party will continue to fight the 'Gabbar Singh tax' -- Gandhi's acronym for GST, to reduce the tax cap to 18 per cent from the current 28 per cent. In a tweet, Gandhi said India needs a "simple" Goods and Services Tax, not a "Gabbar Singh tax". "Congress and people of the country fought to lower the 28 per cent GST rate on many items. Our struggle for 18 per cent cap will continue. If the BJP will not do this, Congress will do it," Gandhi said. On Friday, the GST Council slashed the tax rates on 178 goods from 28 per cent to 18 per cent.
Age limit to join NPS raised to 65 years: Regulator
The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) on Monday announced that the upper age limit for joining the National Pension Scheme (NPS) had been raised to 65 years, from the current 60.Chairman PFRDA Hemant Contractor made the announcement here at a conference on "Transferring Superannuation Funds to National Pension System", saying the pension regulator`s board had already approved the change and it would be notified shortly."NPS is currently open for people between 18 and 60, and our Board has approved raising the age limit for joining to 65," Contractor said."The scheme anyway has the option of continuing and making contributions up to the age of 70," he added. Explaining that the rationale behind government reforms in pensions is to facilitate "portability", or the transfer of superannuation funds by making the NPS more attractive and customer-friendly."The aim is to open up pensions to sectors that are without pensions," he said, noting that only 15-16 per cent of employees in India are covered by pensions because an overwhelming 85 per cent of the workforce is found in the unorganised, or "informal", sector.Elaborating on the benefits of the NPS, Contractor said it is the "lowest-cost pension product in the world today"."Costs are important because even one per cent difference in cost over 25-30 years, makes around 15-16 per cent difference at the end because of the compounding factor.""Our fund management charges are a miniscule 0.01 per cent... the lowest, when you compare others charging 0.4 or 0.5 per cent," he said, adding that the NPS returns compare with the "best in the industry".
Top LeT commander killed in J&K gunfight
Top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Abu Dujana was killed on Tuesday in a gunfight with the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district, police said.A local militant identified as Arif Lalihaari was also killed in the gunfight that took place in Hakripora village.State police chief S.P.Vaid said he would provide further details on the two militants only after the bodies are recovered from the encounter site.Acting on specific information about the presence of Dujana and Lalihaari, the forces surrounded the village at about 3 a.m. upon which they were fired at, according to security officials."The operation is ongoing," the officials said, adding: "The process of recovering the bodies have started."Two houses in the village were destroyed in the gunfight, but no civilian casualties were reported.Dujana was wanted in over three dozen attacks on security forces and civil and carried a reward of Rs 15 lakh.He was the most wanted militant commander in the state.Once Dujana's body is recovered and identified, it would be the biggest success for the security forces in their anti-militancy operations, the officials added.
Delhi Metro first to become 100% 'green'
Delhi Metro has become the only completely 'green' Metro system in the world for adhering to green building norms for its residential colonies, officials said on Friday. Delhi Metro has secured the platinum rating for adherence to green building norms for its 10 residential colonies from the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC).The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) had earlier received the green certificates for its Phase-3 stations, depots, and sub-stations, said a statement.Speaking on the need for energy optimisation, DMRC Managing Director Mangu Singh emphasised the need for 'green transport'."Energy consumption has increased by 700 per cent in the last four decades in the country and this will increase further three times by 2030. One of the major users of energy is the transport sector, that also, urban transport. Therefore, it is very relevant to focus on Metro systems and talk of green Metro," he said at the third conference on Green Metro Systems held at Metro Bhawan on Friday.DMRC also announced it is now generating 20 megawatt (MW) of solar power, after adding new solar power facilities that produce 2.6 MW across the Metro network.Praising the Delhi Metro for its initiatives to reduce carbon-footprints at its premises, Prem C. Jain, Chairman, IGBC, said: "DMRC was the first one to become a green Metro. The platinum ratings they have got is very hard earned and a lot of toil has gone into the process."The DMRC also mentioned 'Swachh Chetna - An Eco Club', a joint initiative of the DMRC and Shri Ram School, Gurugram, for its efforts to "encourage school children to participate in the more environment friendly projects and activities".
Reliance Jio launches JioPhone for zero cost
Industrialist Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) on Friday announced the launch of 'intelligent smartphone' JioPhone, which will be available for beta testing from August 15."The JioPhone will be available to all Ind for an effective price of Rs zero," Ambani told the company's 40th annual general meeting here.The much-awaited phone was launched by Ambani's son and daughter Akash and Isha Ambani. The phone will support 22 languages.To protect against misuse, customers have to pay a fully refundable Rs 1,500 secuirty deposit while taking a JioPhone.The pre-booking for the phone will start from August 24 and it will be given away on a first come first served basis. It will be available for all from September.JioPhone, which is targetted at the 50 crore feature phone users in the country, will offer free voice calls and SMS to customers. For 4G data, customers need to pay Rs 153 per month.He said JioPhone can be connected to any TV, not just internet TV, to watch videos.The phone is pre-loaded with applications like Jio Cinema, Jio Music and others.Describing JioPhone, Ambani said: "JioPhone is Made in India by young Ind for all Ind."Talking about Jio services, Ambani said: "Jio in next 12 months will cover 99 per cent of our country's population."Jio has 125 million customers across the country now.He said the telecom sector in India took 25 yeras to build 2G network for customers, "Jio will do 4G in three years."
Crime
FAILURE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
Increasing Crime Inspite of Public outrage against it, signals the failure of Criminal Justice system. Low rate of conviction in comparison to United States of America, Britain, France and other developed countries is also seen as a reason for increasing crime rate. Till date Inspite of the media regularly highlighting the increasing crime rate specially, crime against women there is no research conducted by the Govt. (both state & central Govt.) to ascertain the causes resulting into increase in crime. There is as on today no data to indicate as to whether growth of crime rate is on account of mild sentences, or simply on account of low conviction rate, still the Governments have increased the sentences for certain sentences for like rape, enacted special laws relating to sexual offences against children. Special Procedures to deal with organized crime etc. The increase in the number of crimes can also be attributed to, factors like increase in population, decrease in physical space between people, migration from villages to cities & towns and coming up of slums, poverty, unemployment, increasing gap between population Judge ratio resulting into long delays, collapse of social interaction, disregard of social responsibility etc.
Criminal wanted in Andhra held in UP
A criminal wanted for murder in Andhra Pradesh was arrested here after a gun battle with security forces, police said on Friday.Superintendent of Police Akash Tomar said the criminal, Deepak Sharma, and his accomplice were on a motorcycle but did not halt during checking at Kamla Nagar on Thursday night.When policemen chased them, the criminals opened fire, resulting in a gunfight. While the accomplice escaped, Sharma was overpowered.Sharma, a resident of Muzaffarnagar, confessed to his involvement in several cases of robbery and murder in Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh. He had committed a robbery in the state treasury in Andhra Pradesh in which a security guard was killed. The Andhra Pradesh Police had announced a reward of Rs 25,000 for his arrest. "We are making efforts to arrest the accomplice too," said Tomar.
CRPF personnel commits suicide in Delhi
A 25-year-old CRPF head constable committed suicide while on duty by shooting himself with his service revolver on Wednesday, police said.
Six killed in road accident in Delhi
Six young men travelling in a Ford Ecosport were killed when their SUV rammed into a stationary truck on National Highway 1 in outer Delhi's Badli area early on Friday morning, police said.
Lifestyle
Know the type of fabrics for scarves during monsoon
Cotton, polyester and chiffon are the fabrics that you should stick to while buying scarves during the rainy season, say experts. Ritika Taneja, Head - Director and Business head, Fashion, ShopClues, and Tanvi Malik, Co-CEO, FabAlley, list down types of fabrics that you should pick up while shopping for scarves in monsoon: * Cotton scarves: An ideal for summer and monsoon. They will not only protect you when it is a bit sunny but will also cover up when the temperature takes a little dip. * Polyester fabric: Easy to dry and wrinkle-free, this fabric is the right choice for monsoon. One can also opt for poly-blend scarves. Such scarves won't turn transparent in rain. * Chiffon scarves: Chiffon is the perfect choice for this climate as it dries very quickly. * Linen scarves: With its easy fall and breathable quality, the linen scarves make for a great pick during the rainy season.
Paracetamol use in pregnancy may harm fertility
Using painkillers in pregnancy may reduce fertility in subsequent generations, warns a research. Tests conducted on rats revealed that when a mother was given painkillers during pregnancy, her female offspring had fewer eggs, smaller ovaries and smaller litters of babies than those not exposed to the drugs, the study revealed. The findings are significant given the similarities between the reproductive systems of rats and humans, although it is difficult to directly extrapolate these results to pregnant women, the researchers noted. "It's important to remember that this study was conducted in rats not humans, however, there are many similarities between the two reproductive systems, said Richard Sharpe, professor at the University of Edinburgh in Britain.
Experience the Best with Gods Own Country .. Visit Kerala
Kerala Tourism has declared the period from April 2015 to April 2016 as"Visit Kerala Year" and an array of activities are planned as part of it. In the wake of the fresh initiative, Kerala Tourism will explore more new markets like China, Sri Lanka etc. Aggressive campaigns that target potential travelers in big traditional markets for Kerala will be conducted in the United Kingdom, France and Germany through trade fairs and roadshows. Leveraging the increased air connectivity, a focused Ayurveda and monsoon campaign will be conducted in the Middle East where 90% of the Diasporas are from Kerala. A comprehensive festivals and events calendar will be prepared and promoted through multiple channels, including India Tourism Offices and Indian embassies abroad. Kerala will be promoted as a major Wedding and MICE destination through online campaigns.
Exercising alone won't lose weight: Study
Exercising is important in order to burn calories and stay fit. But a recent study says that exercise alone is not always enough to shed weight as our bodies adapt to higher activity levels and do not burn extra calories even if we exercise more.
Health
Protect your skin from air pollution
The skin has defensive mechanisms that help fight free radicals that exist in polluted air by secreting fats and oils called lipids that act as a barrier against these pollutants. To strengthen this mechanism there are certain tips that one should follow to ward off skin diseases, say experts.Mohit Narang who is AVON Skincare expert and also one of the leading Cosmetologist in India, doles out tips that one should follow
Eating potatoes may increase high blood pressure risk
Love to binge on potatoes and French fries? If yes, you may be at an increased risk of developing high blood pressure, warns a new study.Potatoes are one of the world's most commonly consumed foods -- and are a high source of potassium.The findings showed that participants who consumed four or more than four servings a week of boiled, baked or mashed potatoes,
How vitamin A can reduce scarring in blood vessels
A team of US researchers has developed a new biodegradable material with built-in vitamin A which has been shown to reduce scarring in blood vessels. While scarring is a natural part of any healing process, scar formation within our blood vessels can be deadly. "When injury occurs, cells proliferate and migrate into the blood vessel, creating scar-like tissue. It can create blockages that impair blood flow," said lead researcher Guillermo Ameer from the Northwestern University.
New technique to tell if baby was born early
American researchers have found a metabolic profile derived from routine newborn screenings that can determine how many weeks a mother has carried her baby. According to researchers from the University of Iowa in the US knowing if an infant was born on time or prematurely can make all the difference in deciding what medical care the baby needs. "It's important to know whether a baby is small because it is simply small in size but born on time or is small because it was born early," said Kelli Ryckman, assistant professor at the University of Iowa in the US.
Sports
India aim bright start against S.Africa in 1st T20I
Following a historic One-Day International (ODI) series victory, ruthless India will aim to continue their form in the cricket’s shortest format when they face South Africa in the first Twenty20 International (T20I) at the New Wanderers Stadium here on Sunday.With a short interval for preparation after the ODI series that ended on Friday, the Virat Kohli-led India will aim to repeat similar performance as they did in the 2006 one-off T20I series here against South Africa.The last time both the teams met here for a bilateral series, India clinched a six-wicket victory over South Africa under Virender Sehwag.Bolstered by terrific all-round performances led by skipper Kohli, who was adjudged the Man of the Series in the recently concluded ODI series, India will hope to thrash the hosts in the three-match series. Alongside the skipper, batsmen Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhwawan, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Hardik Pandya will look to make the most of their capabilities in the shortest format.Batsman Suresh Raina, who has made a comeback in the T20Is will act as an vital cog in the middle-order and will look to prove his mettle.The bowling department, which looked lethal with wrist-spinning duo Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav will try to make a mark in the shortest format.Pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will only add depth to the formidable Indian bowling line-up.However, the Proteas led by Jean-Pau Duminy in the absence of Faf du Plessis, will look to hit back at India in the shortest format of the game, under the likes of hard-hitting batsmen consisting the skipper himself, AB de Villiers, David Miller and Chris Morris, who can score some vital runs in the lower order.
Have requested for conditions to prepare for SA series: Kohli
After what was a great final session of Test cricket in Kolkata, with rain playing spoilsport through the opening Test, Sri Lanka managed to eke out a draw with India needing just three wickets for a victory. With the series poised at 0-0 going in to the next, India skipper Virat Kohli addresses the media in Nagpur ahead of the second Test against Sri Lanka. Not difficult at all, because we pick a squad keeping in mind that all 15 are equipped with what is required to perform at the international level. These kinds of scenarios where two guys miss out for personal reasons is an opportunity for the guys who get games in these situations. I am not worried at all. I am very confident of the ability of the guys who will step in and they are looking at this as an opportunity to go out and do well for the team which everyone likes to do. I am not bothered. Obviously those two guys have made an impact in a lot of games for us. As I said, it provides an opportunity for others stepping in. As a captain of the team, my job is to assess the situation at all times. It is not only left to my positions while batting or where the bat is coming from or where I am leaving the ball or where I am hitting it. It is also to keep a check on what is going on in the game. That is something I relish, I enjoy, having to do a lot of things at one time. There was an opportunity to find the right moment to actually change things around. That is something that you want to do as a cricketer. Very seldom do you get to make a difference in a Test match in a short span of time. I look forward to opportunities like that. Everyone wants to bat long, everyone wants to bat well. Yes, in Test cricket you want to bat correctly with good technique. You will get those opportunities where you can make or set up a match for the team. Those are the kind of things we create as a team now. If you look at the past couple of years, everyone wants to step in and make an impact at times. We have won important sessions in all the Test matches that we have played. I looked at it as an opportunity. At the international level, you need to take risks. There is no safe game at the international level. You need an element of risk at all times. Depends on the magnitude of the risk depending on the situation that you are in. I was pretty comfortable taking risks. I knew I was thinking of the other side, not the negative side. What if it comes off. I was not thinking what if it doesn't come off. Thinking matters a lot in such situations, and whatever you think, as they say, you end up achieving that. I back myself to do it and luckily it came off. He has been very consistent. He has earned his spot. We wanted to look at another all-rounder keeping in mind that's a very important aspect of the team going forward. Obviously, Hardik (Pandya) is in our scheme of things as our first all-rounder But we need to, obviously, find out more people who have that capability and whom we can groom and make as back-ups for all-rounder's slot, which is very very crucial for us when we travel abroad. That is the whole idea of bringing him in and keeping him in the set up; making him familiar with what's going on here, making him understand what he needs to work on and look at his game as well. He is a pretty balanced cricketer, he is a very composed, he is handy with the ball, he can easily give you 10-12 overs a day and he is very solid with the bat. I just saw him at the nets. It's a big moment for him. He has earned it, as it said. The wicket is quite hard as it is usually at Nagpur with a nice grass covering on it. So, the fast bowlers should be in play for the first couple of days for sure, because of the bounce and the nice carry off it as well. From there on, the spinners will come into play. It is a pretty good wicket for overall Test cricket, I feel. I can't commit to that 100 per cent when we play abroad that we will be playing with two spinners to be honest. Because we need to have a look at the balance of the side as well. Obviously, those two guys with their batting abilities are both contenders to start a Test match depending upon the batsmen we are up against in the opposition because when you play on tracks which don't turn and bounce, it's very important to understand if the left-arm spinner is bowling to five right-handers or the offspinner is bowling to four left-handers. Just because the angle the ball coming in makes so much difference against a spinner. And it can turn away from you at some stage in the Test match. Those are very minor factors that you assess before picking the first spinner in overseas conditions but that's quite far away. But yes, we count them as all-rounders because they have proved themselves in different situations and they have made some very important contributions to the team. So they are no tailenders anymore, they are proper all-rounders. Their ranking does justice to that. They have really improved their games, it gives us good balance when we play both of them because when you play both of them, you can, if you want to, play an extra bowler as well. So that certainly gives us some cushion to play around. Yes, because unfortunately we get only two days before we fly to South Africa after this series gets over. So we have no choice but be in game situation and think of what's coming ahead of us. Had we got a month off ideally, we would have done a proper preparation in a camp sort of scenario, but we have to sort of make do with what we have. As usual cramped for time, which I think we needed to assess in future as well because we very easily assess the team when go abroad but we don't look at how many days we have got to prepare before we go to a particular place to play. And everyone starts judging players when results come after Test matches. It should be a fair game where we get to prepare the way we want to and then we are entitled to be criticised. So we thought this is an ample opportunity for us to challenge ourselves, put us in a situation... As I said, we want to embrace being in difficult conditions. I am not saying that everyone will go out and perform immediately but if we can feel comfortable about it after one or two or three innings, someone will come good. And once you come good, you build on that confidence. It's the same for the bowlers. Yes, we are looking at this as an opportunity. That wouldn't matter because, obviously you have to look at what you are playing at, what kind of wicket you are playing on and pick the team accordingly. I don't think the past record should matter a lot because you can see totally different wickets at venues when you play at different times. For example, the Ashes Test match going on right now doesn't seem to be the usual Gabba wicket that we see with lot of pace, bounce and carry. So, it all depends on what you are playing on and then select the team accordingly.
Pujara wages lone battle as India totter at 74/5 at lunch
India were tottering at 74 for five in their first innings in the rain-affected opening session of the second day in the first cricket Test against Sri Lanka, here on Friday.At lunch, which was called early after rain cut short the first session, Cheteshwar Pujara was batting on 47 in the company of Wriddhiman Saha (6 not out).Suranga Lakmal (3/5) and Dasun Shanaka (2/23) picked up the wickets for Sri Lanka. Brief Scores: India 1st innings: 74 for five in 32.5 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 47 not out; Suranga Lakmal 3/5).
18-year-old shot in Delhi over kabaddi match score
An 18-year-old has been shot here following a dispute over a kabaddi match, police said on Monday.Deputy Commissioner of Police Romil Baaniya said Avinash was shot in the Dakshinpuri area on Sunday night.The DCP said the teenager, who was participating in the kabaddi match, was shot by two spectators following a dispute over the match score."A bullet grazed his skull and he was rushed to the Batra Hospital. He was operated upon," the officer said. Avinash's condition is said to be stable.The victim's parents have produced a Delhi State Kabaddi Association certificate of a match that he participated in earlier to prove that he is a kabaddi player, police said.DCP Baaniya also said both the accused have been identified and teams have been formed to nab them.
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