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Baahubali Team Unveil Movie Logo October 01, 2016 13:27

The entire world is waiting for 2017 when Baahubali: The Conclusion, the second part in the franchise, will arrive. The exciting news is, it’s not just the movie’s grand release next year but a slew of other things are also in the closet. And trust us when we say it will remind you no less than the Star Wars or Harry Potter series.The movie is said to be in its final stages of shooting with two more songs and a couple of action sequences being wrapped up in a span of two and half months. The film is set to release on April 28, 2017.The crew of Baahubali 2 including director S S Rajamouli and actors Rana Daggubati and Prabhas held a press-meet in Hyderabad to reveal everything that was in store for the audience even before the next part. No, It was not about answering the big question - Why did Kattappa killed Baahubali?The official logo of Baahubali: The Conclusion, the second and final part of the franchise, was released on Friday.The logo, with the tag line Why Kattapa Killed Baahubali was released by Rajamouli. “In the world of Baahubali, it is not just about the movie. The movie is just a branch of a huge tree. There will be animated series, comic books, games and Baahubali virtual reality experience. You can get 360 degrees photos and making videos from the shoot directly on your phone too. On October 5, all Prabhas fans will have great surprise, some good news,” said Rajamouli.That comes as a big news as the entire team is not limiting the story just to a couple movies.The teaser of the Baahubali animated series will be released on October 1 which will be showed on “Amazon Prime”. And the movie trailer and teaser will be pushed in January next year.The second treat is the comic books which, according to lead actor Prabhas, will be out on October 22 along with the first look posters of Baahubali: The Conclusion. However, the production house has launched the logo of the movie.The director said “The animated series or the comics will have a separate stories altogether and they will have no relation to stories of part one or two of the Baahubali. There was a special interest in the VR which will be provided too. The entire team is going full-throttle with the visual experience and also has pumped in a lot of money for that. We are also going to setup VR booths in around 200 theaters on a budget of Rs 25 crore. The VR experience will be launched on October 23 and the booths will be available to public a month before the release date."The Bhallala Deva of Baahubali said "it’s all what he always loved about the franchise movies."“I am speaking as a big fan of films. I grew up on a lot of English movies. I always loved these big-scale franchise movies like Indiana Jones and Star Wars. I grew up on things like. I always had this in my mind. Three years back I met Rajamouli who first showed me the map of Mahishmati. He didn’t tell me the story,” shared Rana.And at last, the perfect takeaway was Rajamouli’s major revelation, that “Baahubali part three is also on cards”. Who said dreams don’t come true? At least this crew knows how to fulfill some for their fans! Also Read: Salman Khan Defends Pak Actors; Says 'They are not Terrorists'BY M. DIVYA SRI

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Memories Refresh for Trishna Krishnan October 01, 2016 13:16

Trisha Krishnan is one of the very few actresses to rule the southern film industry for over a decade. Just a while ago, she posted a picture of hers to reveal the very beginning of her starry journey.Trisha shared a yesteryear photograph of hers winning the Miss Chennai crown on September 30 in 1999. She called it the beginning of her career and tweeted, 'The day it all beganN then there was no looking back #tbt #MISSCHENNAI #30/09/1999 #Godsfavouritechild (sic).'After winning the beauty pageant back in 1999, Trisha attracted the attention of glamor world and subsequently made her acting debut with a supporting role in the 1999 Tamil film 'Jodi'. After starring in a couple of successful Tamil films, her big break in tollywood came in the form of Prabhas starrer Varsham in 2004. And, there has been no looking back for her ever since.She went on to act with almost all the star heroes including Chiranjeevi, Pawan Kalyan, Mahesh Babu, NTR, Bala Krishna, Nagarjuna, Venkatesh etc. After disappointing her fans with 'Nayaki' this year, Trisha is gearing up to be next seen in Dhanush starrer upcoming film 'Dharma Yogi'. She also has two horror films in pipeline. Also Read: 4 IMAX screens, 40 multiplexes: Vijayawada to be SPICinemas - 500crBY M. DIVYA SRI

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Navratri & It's Significance October 01, 2016 12:58

In the month of 'Aswayuja ' from 'Padyami' to 'Dasmi' are auspicious days of 'Navratri' which are celebrated with great joy. During  Navratri' many pujas and 'homas' are perfornmed in honor of mother Durga. The image of 'Sakti' (energy) as the vanquisher of 'Mahishasura' are worshiped during the 'Navratri' festivities. Some people perform 3 times daily 'Aahavaneeya ago, Grahapatya agni, Dakshina agni'. In addition to this, the adiya homa is performed with the 'Maha Surya Mantra' . All these yagna performances are to create powerful agents in the atmosphere surrounding the house so as to keep the household environment clean and healthy. As Navratri means nine nights, Nine different goddesses are worshiped on these days. They are:1st Day - 'Asvayuja padyami' - Sri Swarnakavachalankruta Durga devi2nd Day - 'Asvayuja vidhiya' - Sri Bala TripurasundariDevi3rd Day - 'Aswayuja tadhiya' - Sri Gayatri Devi4th Day -'Aswayuja chavithi' - Sri Annapoorna Devi5th Day - 'Aswayuja pachami' - Sri Lalitha Tripurasundari Devi - LalithaPanchami6th Day -'Aswayuja Shasti' - Sri Maha Lakshmi Devi - Maha shasti7th Day -'Aswayuja saptami' - Sri Maha Saraswati Devi - Mahasaptami8th Day -'Aswayuja astami' - Sri Durga Devi - Durgastami9th Day -'Aswayuja navami' - Sri Mahishasura amrdini Devi- Maharnavami10th Day -'Aswayuja dasami' - Sri Rajarajeswari Devi - VijayadasamiOn the first day, Goddes Sri Swarnakavachalankruta Durga Devi is worshiped. On this day the goddess is worn several gold ornaments like Haaram (big necklace). Halwa and poori are offered as prasad to the goddess. The goddess holds a Trishula in her right hand. Devotees throng to the temple in huge number on this day because it is the installation day of Durga. In the month of 'Asvayuja' during 'Padyami' we place 'Kalasam' marking the start of Dasara festivities. A stage is set in the puja room to place the 'Kalasam'. 'Gomayam'(cow dung is used to purify the place and is decorated with 'pasupu'(turmeric) and 'kumkuma'. Along with the puja material the 'Panchapallavalu' (five types of tender branches of different trees) and 'Duurvaakuramulu' have to be prepared and made ready.     Puja Vidhanam On the days of 'Navaratri,' we should wake up early in the morning and take 'Abyamgana snanam' (a bath using herbs) and purify yourself. We should wear a 'namam' and new cloths and 'pavitram' should be worn. The place where the puja is to be performed is to be spread with a white cloth or red silk cloth and the 'kalasam' is placed. We should sit facing East or North. 'Akamanam' has to be performed three times while reciting the 'Omkaram' we should meditate on the Lord for ten minutes. 'Gayatri Mantram' has to be recited and we have to think of 'mahasamkalpam' married person should do this puja along with his wife. Firstly 'Vignaeswara puja' has to be performed. Next according to the directions of 'Brahmanas' the puja is performed for nine days or seven days. In case you cannot perform for so many days three-day puja or at least one day is sufficient. During the days of the puja, fasting has to be done while eating only once a day. During the nine days, a flame should always be burning in the house. Ayuda puja Long ago the Pandavas ended their 'Agnatavasa' exile after Arjuna brought down the 'Gandeeva' from above the 'same' (jammi chettu) tree where they were hidden and defeating the Kauravas during 'Vijayadasami'. Hence the 'Sami' tree has a special importance during this festive season. It has come as a tradition that kings used to perform pujas to their weapons and chariots under this tree. This tradition is continued still and instruments used in our day to day lives, vehicles are worshiped during this time . Aparaajita Sami puja The 'Sami' tree has to be worshiped by reciting the following chant: శమీ శమతే పాపం శమీ శతృ వినాశనం(sami samatae paapam, sami satru vinaasanam)In ancient times kings used to worship the Goddess Aparajita Devi before being crowned. Vijayadasami is considered the most auspicious day to crown a new king, or even to start formal education. However, it is better to avoid this time when it falls on 'Aekaadasi' BY M. DIVYA SRI

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Bengaluru Woman Married Seven Men, Arrested October 01, 2016 11:09

Nowadays we hear that men try to cheat woman in the name of marriage. But this time, the case is quite different. In a shocking incident, a 38-year-old woman has been arrested in Bengaluru for allegedly extorting money from men. The men also claim that the woman married them and later left them.According to Bengaluru police,  Yasmin Banu, a resident of north Bengaluru's Saraipalya, had married Imran eight years ago. The couple had two children with him. Imran told the local police that "She extorted ₹2.5 lakh from me before deserting me. She is extremely fond of money. I was not in touch with her after she left me. However, she contacted me recently on my mobile phone."According to Imran's complaint, he was beaten up by two of Banu's associates when he refused to pay her more money. He has told police that "she had married several other men as well, identified as Zaid Seth, Siraj, Asif, Shoiab, Afzal, and one other unidentified man. Shoiab and Afzal have also told cops that Banu had married them."Meanwhile, Banu when caught has denied this claim. She claimed that she was only married to Imran. Police are investigating the allegations of extortion against her. They will probe her for multiple marriages if all her 'husbands' come forward. Also Read: Man Commits Suicide after Social BoycottBY M. DIVYA SRI

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Engineering Student Drowns in a Lake in Cyberabad October 01, 2016 10:50

In a tragic incident, a 16-year-old engineering diploma student drowned in a lake in Cyberabad. According to the police, the young boy was identified as Manoj Kumar. He is studying engineering. On Friday, along with his five childhood friends had gone to Batasingaram lake near Hayathnagar police station at around 3:30 PM to swim.Later at around 9:45 PM the local police received information of one student accidentally being drowned in Batasingaram lake who was later identified as Manoj Kumar.All the six students are native of Godavarikhani, Karimnagar district of Telangana. They are all pursuing the Polytechnic diploma in different colleges.All the students came to Batasingaram to visit their friend Aditya and then they decided to go to the lake to swim.They were having fun, even filming they're get together on mobile camera when all of a sudden Manoj Kumar went to deep and drowned.His friends tried to rescue him but failed. On Saturday morning the police team with the help of divers recovered the dead body of Manoj.A case has been registered by the police. Police have also informed the student parents. The further investigation is on. Also Read: One more body recoveredBY M. DIVYA SRI

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PM Modi Greets Nation on the Ocassion of Navratri October 01, 2016 09:46

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday extended his greetings to the nation on the auspicious occasion of Navratri. "My greetings to everyone as the auspicious Navratri commences," Prime Minister Modi tweeted. Navaratri is a festival dedicated to the worship of the Hindu deity Durga. The word Navaratri means 'nine nights' in Sanskrit, nava meaning nine and ratri meaning nights. During these nine nights and ten days, nine forms of Devi are worshipped. The tenth day is commonly referred to as Vijayadashami or "Dussehra". Navaratri is an important major festival and is celebrated all over India and Nepal. Diwali the festival of lights is celebrated twenty days after Dasera. This year Navratri will be celebrated for 10 days. The festival will culminate on October 11 with Dussehra celebrations. Meanwhile, Navratri celebrations began in Gujarat. The state government has organized vibrant Gujarat Navratri Mahotsav, a garba festival at GMDC Ground in Ahmedabad. Thousands of devotees are reaching at the temples of Ashapura Mata at Mata na Madh in Kutch, Ambaji Mata temple in North Gujarat and Bahuchraji Mata Temple in Central Gujarat. Garba and Dandiya groups have also been organized during this Navratri festival. Chief Minnister Vijay Rupani will inaugurate the Vibrant Gujarat Navratri Mahotsav at Ahmedabad this evening. Navratri is known for its ancient, traditional and modern garba and dandiya in Gujarat hugely participated by young generation. In Himachal Pradesh, the devotees in large number are reaching at historical temples since morning on the beginning of Ashwin or Sharad Navratras from today. They are paying obeisance before various forms of Goddess Durga while special Puja and Havan Yagya have also begun in temples.During the Navratras, thousands of devotees are expected to visit historical temples in the state. Therefore, the district administrations, especially in three districts Kangra, Bilaspur and Una have made elaborate arrangements to facilitate devotees. ALSO READ: Navraatri's importance in our lives BY M. DIVYA SRI

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IMD Reports Heavy Rains for Next 2 Days October 01, 2016 09:25

One week after rains subsided in Telangana,  India Meteorological Department (IMD) has again given warning of heavy rain in the State over the next two days. The weather agency said "heavy rain is likely to occur in Adilabad, Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Warangal, Nalgonda and Khammam. According to IMD meteorologists, upper air circulation and influx of moisture combined with warm day temperatures is expected to facilitate cloud formation over the next few days." The IMD also said "the warning could be revised to include Hyderabad and southern Telangana if the weather system witnesses any changes. The State received near-record rainfall last month due to two spells of downpour. Changes in wind patterns across the country have also delayed withdrawal of monsoon from western India, which is not expected to take place in the State until the second week of October." On the other hand moderate rain lashed several places in the district late in the afternoon on Friday inundating low-lying areas. Cool weather prevailed over the district during the day with a cloudy sky. Meanwhile, the inflows into the Sri Ram Sagar Project increased and forced officials to lift 26 out of 42 gates. They were releasing 1.25 lakh cusecs into the river and about 20,000 cusecs into the irrigation canals. ALSO READ: Heavy Rainfall for Next 24 Hrs in AP & TS: IMD BY M. DIVYA SRI

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I hope 'Mostly Sunny' doesn't come to India: Sunny Leone October 01, 2016 09:18

Bollywood actress Sunny Leone has recently commented on the release of her upcoming documentary on her life, 'Mostly Sunny'. She sais "I hope Mostly Sunny doesn't come to India. Because it's not my story. It is somebody else's opinion, somebody else's vision." The actress is against the release as she feels it does not do justice to her story. 'Mostly Sunny' charts the life of Leone, born Karenjit Kaur Vohra in Sarnia, Ontario, from her childhood in a conservative Sikh family to her shift to Los Angeles, her emergence as one of the biggest adult movie stars in the world and her subsequent mainstream movie career breakthrough in Bollywood. Leone told PTI in an exclusive interview that "I hope it doesn't come to India. Because that's not the story that is mine. This is somebody else's opinion, somebody else's vision. No one has a right to tell your life story except for you." "It's not a biopic made in my life where you can manipulate and say what you want. It is not like you are appealing to cinematic liberty. This is somebody's life. This is my life, I take it very personally," she added. The director of the  documentary, Dilip Mehta  recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, which Leone didn't attend citing a family function. Mehta said, "was surprised that Leone developed cold feet before the Toronto premiere and the actress wanted certain changes in the documentary." When asked about this, Leone said, "It's really simple, at the end of the day, it's my personal story. I surrendered to his vision but when it got to my story, how it looks and the story that is actually told... In my view, no one in this entire world has the right to say how my life should be told." "I am the one telling the story, it is my life. There were certain things I didn't like and I wanted it (the documentary) to be for many people to watch, not just one age group. I don't see my story as a sob story, where something went wrong. That's not my story," the actress said. Also READ: Sunny Leone Biopic on Cards BY M. DIVYA SRI

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Villagers near LoC Stranded; Lack Govt Support October 01, 2016 09:05

As India is celebrating the Indian army’s surgical strikes against Pakistan, thousands of villagers near the Line of Control who were ordered by the government to vacate are upset. This is because of lack of government support in the evacuation. The villagers also fear for the safety of their homes and property. Local residents in Punjab’s Attari sector said: "we feel abandoned by the local administration with little support in getting transportation or choosing possible destinations, more than 24 hours after the government announced the evacuation of villages in border areas." “No government officer has reached the village. Just an announcement was made. I sent my children and wife. I am staying back to ensure my house is safe,” said Angrej Singh, a resident of Daoke village that is meters away from the LoC fence. Two-thirds of the village’s 3,000 people have left. They added that they are forced to carry their luggage and call up relatives for asylum as the local administration’s promises of tents, shelters, and transport which hasn’t come through. The evacuation was ordered as relations between New Delhi and Islamabad crash following the army’s announcement of surgical strikes against “terror launchpads” in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, amid fears of retaliation by the neighboring country. The affected villages are within 10 km of the India-Pakistan border in the districts of Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Gurdaspur, Pathankot, Fazilka and Ferozepur. The authorities are making alternative arrangements for about 15 lakh people likely to be displaced in the six districts. Many families have sent the women and children away but the men are staying back to ward off thieves, often standing in fields with swords to guard their property. "We were informed about the tactical strike on Thursday morning after which we started the evacuation process. The Union home secretary has informed us of the possibility of retaliation. We have activated the state disaster management committee," Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal said. “Anyone can take an advantage of such a situation. People in border villages are under stress and thefts will break them. People are worried of their houses, cattle, and crop,” said Saab Singh of Daoke. “We did not sleep. We stood in the villages with swords in hand all night,” said Kashmir Kaur of Daoke. In addition, many fear that widespread looting may break out soon if police and officials don’t arrive to direct the evacuation efforts. “The government says leave but what about our belongings? How much can we carry? Anyone can break into our home and loot,” said Sukhdev Singh of Mode village. But the administration has rebuffed the allegations, saying it needs some time before informing villagers about the location of shelters and arranging transport. “We are on the job and have already identified places for shelters that will be operational by Friday evening,” said deputy commissioner Varun Roojam. “”We are very serious and for transportation 20 buses have been taken. Tie up has been done with the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandhak Committee for food.” Transport has emerged as a major problem and many say people with no relatives in faraway places have nowhere to go. “People are making their own arrangements to leave. What about those with no relatives in cities? How do they go if they don’t have own transport? Public transport does not reach here,” said Surjit Singh, a resident of Mullakot village, which was captured by Pakistan in the 1971 war. Dyal Singh, who had gone to evacuate his daughter Baljit Kaur from Daoke, said he had arranged everything by himself. The Border Security Force said it was on high alert and didn’t let farmers go near the LoC fence. “We do not know when this order stays. But till that time, we are asked to stay away from the fence,” said villager Harjap Singh in Daoke. Sources in the Army's Western Command said "the evacuation was a precautionary measure. It was not that they had received specific information about a retaliatory strike from Pakistan but they are not ruling out mortar shelling from across the border. By afternoon, there was already a sense of urgency in the villages." Also READ: India-Pak N-war: 21 mn may die, half of ozone layer will vanish BY M. DIVYA SRI

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US widow sues Saudi Arabia over 9/11 terror attack October 01, 2016 04:44

A woman widowed when her husband was killed at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001 sued the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia just two days after Congress enacted legislation allowing Americans to sue foreign governments for allegedly playing a role in terrorist attacks on US soil. Stephanie Ross DeSimone alleged the kingdom provided material support to al Qaeda and its leader, Osama bin Laden, in a complaint filed Friday at a US court in Washington. Her suit is also filed on behalf of the couple’s daughter. DeSimone was pregnant when Navy Commander Patrick Dunn was killed. DeSimone, who is suing for wrongful death and intentional infliction of emotional distress, is seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages. Fifteen of the 19 men who hijacked airliners used in the attack were Saudi nationals. One jet struck the Pentagon, seat of the US military, two destroyed the World Trade Center’s twin towers in New York while another crashed in a Pennsylvania field as its passengers fought back against the hijackers. The Saudi embassy didn’t immediately reply to an e-mailed message seeking comment on the suit.The case is DeSimone v. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 16-cv-1944, US District Court, District of Columbia (Washington).

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