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Bharadwaj dropped another bombshell March 30, 2015 13:29

Within a week, Congress Party's former Law Minister Hansraj Bharadwaj attacked party leaders for one more time on the ground of corruption. In an interview given to the media, Bhardwaj has blamed party leaders for being slow on charges of corruption against BJP leaders in Karnataka. The former politician claimed that he was pressurized by many Congress leaders not to take action against Reddy brothers and Yeddyurappa. Subsequently after Bhardwaj's action, BJP was forced to remove its talisman leader from the post of CM. After Bharadwaj’s action, Yeddy formed his own party, which created crisis for the saffron party. While the party failed to get majority in the elections, it somehow managed boot out BJP from the power in 2013. Bhardwaj now claims credit for Congress's win in the Southern state. Earlier, last week the former Law Minister attacked the party on various issues accusing certain members of bringing about its downfall through extended bouts of corruption, while adding that senior members have been kicked out of the party."When the Congress was in power, 10 Janpath Road had no role to play in Cabinet meets. It was a closed door meeting. Only ministers participated and there was full freedom to speak one's mind. Those days, laws were being passed without even a discussion," Bhardwaj said."Manmohan Singh is an honest man. The court has issued summons to him, and he has gone because he believes in the rule of law. But imagine how much waywardness has been present for even him to be summoned. Rajiv Gandhi was an innocent. These corrupt people had pitted him against VP Singh. His friends abandoned him, but we never left his side even after he died," he added.@dnaindia- Manohar

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Nithin with Puri Jagannadh March 30, 2015 13:01

Talented young actor Nithin has scored some decent hits with Ishq, Gundey Jaari Gallanthayindey and Heart Attack. He is currently listening to scripts and his latest movie Chinnadana Neekosam ended as a debacle recently. The latest news is that he has signed his next film in the direction of Puri Jagannadh and the movie is in pre production stages. Puri has narrated a script recently and Nithin has given his acceptance for the script. Nithin is busy preparing himself for the script as per the latest update.Puri Jagannadh is currently shooting for Jyothi Lakshmi with Charmee in the main lead and the shoot of the movie will be wrapped up soon. The shoot of the movie is currently progressing in Goa and it will be wrapped in a month. Puri will start shooting for Nithin’s movie after this and he has also signed Varuntej for his next movie which will start at the end of this year. Puri Jagannadh and Nithin have paired up for Heart Attack in the past and the movie ended as a decent flick. Puri produced the movie on his own banner Puri Talkies banner. More details to be revealed soon.

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CHLA develops First Micropacemaker to treat fetal heart blocks March 30, 2015 12:54

With the development of first implantable Micropacemaker even the heart blocks in Foetus can also be treated. A team of researchers from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and the University of Southern California (USC) have designed this micropacemaker. The study was published online on March 14 in the journal Heart Rhythm.The congenital heart block is usually due to the defect of heart’s electric system which results in slowing down the rate of heart and impacting its ability to pump blood. It is estimated that it occurs in 1 in 10, 000 fetuses. Although this condition has been identified in early stages, this cannot be treated with lack of modern devices. But now the implantable micropacemaker has been identified by the researchers which help in preventing miscarriages and premature births of babies with congenital complete heart block. Gerald Loeb, professor at the Viterbi School of Engineering at USC, said: “Building on our experience of using microfabrication techniques to create biomedical devices, we have developed a micropacemaker small enough to reside entirely within the foetus.”Study lead author Yaniv Bar-Cohen, pediatric cardiologist at the CHLA added, “We now have a pacemaker that can be implanted in utero, potentially without harm to the foetus or the mom,’ says Ramen Chmait, the director of the CHLA-USC Institute for Maternal-Fetal Health noted.AW: Lizitha

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Tamannah Shocks Sruthi Haasan March 30, 2015 12:43

Talented actress Tamannah is one of the leading actresses in South. After making her debut in Bollywood she has moved back to Telugu and Tamil films as she has not scored hits over there. She is currently shooting for Bengal Tiger in the direction of Sampath Nandi and Ravi Teja is playing the lead role as a powerful cop in the movie. The regular shoot of the movie has started in March and she has recently wrapped up the shoot of SS Rajamouli’s magnum opus Baahubali. As per the latest news, Tamannah has been replaced Sruthi Haasan in Nagarjuna - Karthi multistarrer. The news is that Sruthi Haasan has walked out of the project as she could not adjust her dates for the film. She has informed the makers that she will not act in the movie because of her tight schedules. Hence the makers have roped in Tamannah for the role and she will participate in the shoot from April 7th in Chennai. Prasad V Potluri is producing the movie on PVP Cinemas banner. The movie will be shot simultaneously in Telugu and Tamil. Sruthi Haasan is currently shooting for Mahesh starrer Srimanthudu and Vijay’s Puli which are in final stages of shoot.

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Five New Zealanders in ICC World Cup XI March 30, 2015 12:20

Team India suffered another heartbreak after the World Cup 2015 as none of the team members were part of ICC team of the tournament. Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men reached the semifinal stage where they lost to eventual champions Australia. According to ICC's press release, the names of Mohammed Shami (17 wickets), Umesh Yadav (18 wickets) and Ravichandran Ashwin (13 wickets) were discussed but none could make the final cut. Umesh finished as the third-highest wicket-taker of the tournament behind Mitchell Starc and Trent Boult (22 wickets each). New Zealand's flamboyant captain was named the ICC team's skipper while the top two leading scorers - Martin Guptill, Kumar Sangakkara - constituted the top-order alongside Australia's in-form man Steven Smith and South African captain AB de Villiers. The big-hitting duo of Glenn Maxwell and Corey Anderson made up the middle-order while the Kiwi veteran Daniel Vettori was the lone spinner.Among the quicks, man-of-the-tournament Starc, Kiwi left-arm pacer Boult and South Africa's Morne Morkel were included. Zimbabwe's Brendan Taylor was named the 12th man.ICC team of World Cup 2015: Brendon McCullum (c), Sangakkara, Smith, De Villiers, Maxwell, Corey Anderson, Vettori, Starc, Boult, Morkel, Brendan Taylor (12th man)@ndtv   - Manohar

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AAP sacked rebel leader Prashant Bhushan March 30, 2015 11:41

In an acrimonious showdown spurred by Arvind Kejriwal’s “either me or them” charge, the AAP on Saturday sacked rebel leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, along with two of their supporters, from its national executive, pushing the party towards a split.“Democracy was murdered and Kejriwal looked away,” Yadav said of the decision taken at a meeting of the Aam Aadmi Party’s 392-member national council. The rebel camp claimed the proceedings were rigged, rules flouted and ‘bouncers’ brought in to keep away those who disagreed with the Delhi chief minister.Saturday’s action - which followed the duo’s March 4 ouster from the political affairs committee, AAP’s top decision-making body, and a total breakdown in reconciliation efforts - could be a prelude to their sacking from the party itself. Expulsion is not possible without a formal case of indiscipline, and AAP said it would be taking disciplinary action against those making anti-party statements in the media.Dramatic scenes played out at the venue - a resort owned by a party MLA on the Kapashera border - as volunteers from both camps kept up a steady war of words, shouting “party humaari aap ki, nahi kisi ke baap ki” and “gaddaron ko bahar nikalon”. Inside, Kejriwal - having kept a studied silence all this while - made his case in an hour-long address. “If the party decides, I will quit and relinquish all posts. Now it is up to you to decide if you want me or them,” a senior AAP leader quoted the CM as saying. “Two groups of AAP were working in the Delhi election… When the whole party was working towards victory, the other was scheming for its defeat,” he reportedly said.@hindustantimes- Manohar

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Flood Fury in Kashmir March 30, 2015 10:44

Jhelum river on Monday crossed danger level in Srinagar and Sangam area of South Kashmir with heavy rains lashing most parts of the state, which sounded an alert asking people to move to safer places.The Jammu and Kashmir government has declared floods in parts of Kashmir valley as the water levels in the Jhelum rose steeply in last 12 hours.The government has advised people living near the banks of the Jhelum and in the low lying areas of the valley to shift to safer places.Jammu and Kashmir, JK floods, J&K floods, Kashmir floods, River Jhelum, Jhelum flood An Indian paramilitary soldier walks through a flooded street following heavy rains in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Sunday, March 29, 2015. Heavy rains have been reported in several parts of the Kashmir valley. A senior official said water level of river Jhelum at 6 am at Sangam (South Kashmir) and Ram Munshi Bagh (Srinagar city) has touched 22'.4 feet and 18'.8 feet respectively. Danger level at Sangam is 21 feet and at Ram Munshi Bagh it is 18 feet.At Ram Munshibagh in Srinagar, the water level at 6 am has been recorded at 18.55 feet which is slightly higher than the flood alert level. The government has advised people living near Jhelum banks and inn the low lying areas of the valley to shift to safer places.The incessant rains have triggered panic across Kashmir as waterlogging has closed many roads for traffic movement. The flash floods in rural Kashmir has also damaged bridges and road infrastructure and caused panic in the valley.- Manohar

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India's Launch of fourth navigational satellite March 28, 2015 19:53

The ISRO will launch the IRNSS 1-D satellite through the PSLV C-27 (XL) vehicle from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota on Saturday, helping India begin the operation of an indigenous regional navigation satellite system.“With the functioning of IRNSS 1-D in orbit, proof-of-concept of an independent regional navigation satellite system over India can be established,” the ISRO said.The 1,425-kg IRNSS 1-D is the fourth in a series of seven satellites that, along with ground stations, form the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS).The IRNSS 1-D launch, scheduled for 5.19 p.m., will help the country begin operations partially, and the system will become efficient once all seven satellites are positioned in space, an ISRO official said. A common service and restricted service will be provided after the seventh satellite is launched. Though the navigation system is indigenous, it cannot be compared with the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS), since the IRNSS will cover areas only in South Asia.“The countdown is proceeding smoothly, and the vehicle is ready at the second launch pad,” the official said.   - Manohar

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Bollywood stood for Anushka March 28, 2015 19:30

India’s exit from the World Cup has been especially testing for the couple, as angry fans, both on social media and in the real world, blamed the actress for Kohli’s poor performance in the semi-final against Australia in Sydney.Anushka has been at the receiving end of constant flak for her presence at the match, ever since her rumoured beau and cricketer Virat Kohli walked back to the pavilion to begin the Indian slide to defeat at the India-Australia semi-final in Sydney on Thursday.Members of the film fraternity have condemned social media trolls against Anushka Sharma. While Priyanka Chopra says it’s “horrible to see a supportive girlfriend being lynched for a game she just watched”, Dia Mirza has called it “disgusting”.Anushka has been been trolled unabashedly on social media for her presence at the match, ever since her rumoured beau and cricketer Virat Kohli walked back to the pavilion to begin the Indian slide to defeat at the India-Australia semi-final in Sydney on Thursday.But film celebrities have come out in support of the actress.Here’s what they had to say.Dia Mirza: It’s ok to be disappointed or critical. BUT these comments about Anushka are DOWNRIGHT disgusting.Priyanka Chopra: So horrible to c a supportive girlfriend being lynched for a game she just watched!!Stop with the disrespect! #StillBleedBlue @AnushkaSharmaSushmita Sen: So happy 2 C @AnushkaSharma b there 2 support her man n her country!!Those mocking her, pick another sport..IND’s spirit n Cricket not 4 UY’Z:)Rishi Kapoor: With you my dear Anushka! Bunch of uneducated idiots who target you. Been through this dam thing. Jakho rakhe sanyaan maar sake na koi!Arjun Kapoor: Let’s give the Australian Team credit for playing well on the day instead of finding lame reasons, excuses & blaming individuals for our loss.Even tennis ace Sania Mirza came to the actress’ rescue, and tweeted: “Blaming and joking bout Anushka?? cz a woman can ONLY be a distraction and not a strength? Wht bout d other times we won or Virat made a 100?”India bowed out of the World Cup on Thursday, losing to Australia by 95 runs at the Sydney Cricket Ground.   - Manohar

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Hindu Rights Organization condemns India's support for gay marriages March 28, 2015 19:05

A major Hindu rights organization here has denounced India’s decision to support the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon’s decision to extend benefits to lesbian couples and gay couples working at the multilateral organization.Earlier this week, India joined the bandwagon of supporting same-sex couples along with 43 nations including Russia. In a statement, the Hindu American Foundation slashed protecting of gay rights at the U.N. and laughed at UN general’s resolution.Besides the fact that 43 nations strengthen the resolution, It has waded out by 80 nations while 37 nations avoided voting.  “Same-sex couples deserve the same rights and respect granted to opposite-sex couples, and we commend the Secretary-General’s efforts to treat all U.N. employees with equal dignity,” said Samir Kalra, senior Director and Human Rights Fellow at HAF.Officials of the Ministry of External Affairs earlier reportedly explained that India’s only option was to vote in favor of the Russian resolution since homosexuality was a crime in the country and “it is a complex issue of whether nationals of a state should be governed by their laws or governed by decisions of others.”   - Manohar

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