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Heavy Rainfall for Next 3 Days in Andhra Pradesh September 29, 2016 10:20

As Andhra Pradesh was recovering from heavy rains that lashed various areas of the state, the IMD predicted that more rainfall is going to occur for the next three days.The Deccan Chronicle reported:The prevailing low pressure over Vidarbha and adjoining south Chhattisgarh has weakened into an upper air cyclonic circulation and  is now located over Chhattisgarh and Odisha. Meanwhile, a trough of low pressure is lying over the southeast and adjoining  the east-central Bay of Bengal. Heavy rain warning still exists for north coastal AP.Last week, the railways canceled several trains for three days due to the damage to tracks in Andhra Pradesh's Guntur district following heavy rains. Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu conducted an aerial survey of flood-hit parts of the state and said "Our first priority should be to save lives and then minimize damages. It is the time everyone should shed lethargy and work with commitment."The road to the state's capital of Amaravati and also its temporary capital at Velagapudi has washed away.Even Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu  conducted an aerial survey of the state. He requested the Central government to extend assistance to Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.The Hindu reported:Naidu called on Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and Radha Mohan Singh (Agriculture) at New Delhi on Wednesday and briefed them about the rain-related havoc that resulted in heavy losses to the two States.After the meeting, he said he "had conducted an aerial survey of some parts of the flood-hit States on Tuesday and wanted the Ministries concerned to liberally assist the Telugu States in overcoming the losses, especially those related to damages to standing crop."He added "the Ministers had assured to depute central teams to the flood-hit areas of the two States as soon as reports were received from the respective governments. A high power committee headed by Mr. Rajnath Singh would take a view on the quantum of assistance to be extended to the Telugu States once the central teams submitted their reports on the extent of losses. In the meantime, the governments of the two States could utilize the funds allocated under the disaster relief while the Centre would also ensure release from the National Disaster Relief Fund for taking up relief works." Also Read: Relentless rains prove fatal for 5BY M. DIVYA SRI

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'Gau Rakshaks Should be Banned': Asaduddin Owaisi September 29, 2016 09:06

The Hyderabad parliamentarian held a meeting at the party headquarters in Darussalaam. During the meet, they responded to questions posed by media persons on the Centre's decision to introduce progress panchayats (PP), an outreach program targeted at the minorities. Asaduddin Owaisi, Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) president on Wednesday said that "a complete ban on gau rakshaks would show that the Modi government is "genuinely" concerned about the empowerment of the minorities." "Let the Modi government ban 'gau rakshaks' to prove that it is genuinely concerned about the minorities," the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader said. The Lok Sabha member from Hyderabad told the media that "constructive steps will help achieve the community's empowerment and not mere holding of panchayats. The first panchayat is proposed to be held in Haryana." He said "the Centre is launching such panchayats from a state where two Muslim females, including a minor, were raped and two Muslim youths murdered on beef consumption accusation. The Muslims in Haryana are being harassed in the name of checking their biryani. Let them raid five-star hotels in Gurgaon and check the biryani there." Owaisi said "Prime Minister Narendra Modi should also prove his sincerity by stopping statements emanating from Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and Bharatiya Janata Party leaders that hurt the sentiments of the minorities. Empowerment of the Muslims was the constitutional duty of the Modi government and it was not doing a favor to the community." The AIMIM leader also demanded five per cent quota to the Muslims in Maharashtra as per the Mumbai High Court order. "You are giving job quota to the Jats in Haryana, to the economically backward classes in Rajasthan and to the Patels in Gujarat. Who is stopping you from extending reservation to the Muslims in Maharashtra," he asked. Owaisi said, "the government should hold panchayats in Jammu and Kashmir, as there was an urgent need to reach out to the Kashmiris and talk to them since around 90 persons have been killed and peace remains shattered for nearly three months." "You talk of empowerment but why are you against the minority character of the Aligarh Muslim University and the Jamia Millia," the MP asked. Owaisi said that "the Modi government is doing minorities no favor by empowering them as it is a 'Constitutional duty'." The High Court told "the Maharashtra government to give five per cent reservations to Muslims. You (BJP government) don't do that." ALSO READ: Owaisi to take Legal Action Against Yateen Oza BY M. DIVYA SRI

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Blast in Firecrackers Manufacturing Unit, 2 Injured September 29, 2016 08:55

In a tragic incident, two persons were injured when a blast took place in firecrackers manufacturing unit in Aarugollana village of Bapulapadu Mandal in Krishna district. According to the police, "the blast occurred on Monday, it came to light only after the injured persons -- K Srinivasa Rao and Nagesh registered a complaint at Hanuman Junction police station on Wednesday. The unit was being run illegally." The duo said "the hospital had declined to treat them when they went to seek treatment. They later lodged a complaint against the unit owners -- Labba Satyanaryana and Labba Kannayya -- who have been arrested." Police said, "while Nagesh is out of danger, Srinivasa Rao suffered grievous injuries." Rao and Nagesh said that "Satyanarayana has been manufacturing bombs in his house in the village for the last several weeks with their help. He was procuring raw material from Sivakasi and the blast occurred around 10 pm." A police official said that "four persons were working in the unit at the time of the blast. The explosion led to minor cracks in the neighbor's house. Police said Satyanarayana engaged minors in his unit. We will probe the matter further and take action sternly. Since Deepavali is just a month away, smallscale firecrackers manufacturing units are operating illegally in the district without obtaining approvals from police and explosives department. "Severe action will be initiated on the lawbreakers. Manufacturing firecrackers in residential areas is a crime," said Hanuman Junction SI Tulasidhar. A case was booked under sections 286 of IPC and 9/B of Explosive Substance Act 1908. ALSO READ: Gas Cylinder Blast 1 dead and 4 injured BY M. DIVYA SRI

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8 Hyderabad Based Consultants Involved in Visa Fraud September 29, 2016 08:50

Recently, the visa fraud which came to light in Hyderabad has bought another shocking update. Immigration New Zealand’s Mumbai area office has confirmed that eight Hyderabad-based consultants, who had been sending the most students to New Zealand, have been involved in the fraud. The Immigration office also mentioned the names of those consultants i. e  Kiwi Overseas Services, Sunrise Overseas Educational Consultants, IVY Overseas of SR Nagar, FIFO Overseas, Leaf Educational Services, AR Overseas Consultants of Dilsukhnagar, Storm Atlas, and V & U Intellect Consultants. Immigration New Zealand authorities meanwhile said that "the visa rejection rate and the number of students being deported were the highest among Indians. In turn, students from Hyderabad topped the list among Indians. Around 150 students, mostly from Hyderabad, were served deportation letters as an organized financial document fraud was detected regarding the students send by Hyderabad agents." An investigation report of NZ Immigration regarding Hyderabad consultants is available with Deccan Chronicle . The report states: “...the fraud appears to have exploited the fact that education loan documents are normally verified at sanction stage but not at disbursal stage, therefore creating an unguarded stage in the visa process which these agents have noticed and exploited. For instance, Kiwi Overseas Services is one of the biggest New Zealand agents for students in Hyderabad. It had 48 out of 104 applicants approved since January 2015. Of them, at least 31, around 65 per cent, were provided with fake loan disbursal letters. The Mumbai area office verification support team undertook direct verifications with various banks in Hyderabad." Migrant Workers Association of Aotearoa / NZ has been helping nine students from Hyderabad — Charan Reddy, Sunil Chinta, Shahed, Shujath Ullah Baig, Teegala Sairoopreddy, Manoj Kiran, Hafiz Syed, Ramakrishna Reddy and Pradeep Reddy. In an email response, MWA’s Anu Kaloti stated, “This investigation was carried out by some 57 agents in Hyderabad alone. It is clear from the report that the fraud was committed by the agents and corrupt bank officials in India, but the report does not reveal the names of banks. We and the students have requested help from Mr. Sanjeev Kohli, Indian envoy in NZ. The students have also Tweeted to external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj asking for help but there was no response. The students are extremely stressed.” She added, “The report also clearly states that Immigration NZ had not been checking the loan disbursement documents thoroughly.” When DC did a check on agents, it was found that most of the consultants had downed shutters. Some of them had brought down their websites too. ALSO READ: 3,176 Visa Applications Rejected by Immigration Authorities BY M. DIVYA SRI

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GHMC Ignores High Court Orders September 29, 2016 08:38

Though High court ordered to demolish 80 illegal constructions since November 2015, GHMC failed to carry out the order. Environmentalists said that "the GHMC not only avoids pulling down structures despite court orders, but it also does not make serious efforts to vacate stay orders in a large number of cases against illegal encroachments. In all, there are over 3,300 cases pertaining to the Town Planning department of GHMC pending in various courts." Environmentalist Dr. Lubna Sarwath said a “contempt of court case was filed against GHMC and Ranga Reddy district collectorate authorities after they failed to demolish illegal structures on the full tank level area of Kapra lake despite being directed to demolish." “We are pursuing the case further. The officials claimed that they had taken action and demolished the illegal structures,” said Mr. Sateesh of Save Our Urban Lakes. “A major portion of the unauthorized structures have not been demolished. We are going to court again,” said Mr. Sateesh of Save Our Urban Lakes (Soul). However, contempt of court cases has not been filed against GHMC despite the civic body not demolishing illegal structures. Town Planning officers take refuge under the same court orders, which also directs GHMC to conduct a “last hearing” in the presence of the petitioner and defender before pulling down the structure. This is done to give a final opportunity to the affected party as such a hearing would also make him or her aware of the time and date on which GHMC would pull down the structure. Municipal minister K.T. Rama Rao has also asked GHMC to focus on big encroachers, big realtors such as Ramky, who encroached on the buffer zone of the Yellamma Cheruvu near the KPHB Colony and got a court stay, N-Convention (which encroached on three acres of Thummidikunta Lake, Madhapur and Talkie Town at Miyapur Lake do not feature in the GHMC list. Ms. Lubna Sarawath, from Save Our Lakes, said, “In 2014, soon after the TRS took charge, officials cracked down on N-Convention. The HMDA had earlier appointed a consultant that showed the total spread of the lake as 25 acres. However, the irrigation department had another map showing the lake spread as 29 acres. HMDA on its website too showed Thummidikunta Lake as 25 acre- this was to hide the encroachment by N–Convention, which occupied the buffer zone and FTL. The government later said the case would need legal study and since then nothing has happened.” He added "meanwhile, Ramky Estates ( the group of villas) was constructed within the FTL of Yellamma Cherruvu near KPHB. The party had gone to the court and got a stay and there has been no effort by the GHMC to further pursue the case.” “Massive constructions are on towards the right side of the bund. Very recently we had complained to the MRO of Banglaguda but instead of mentioning big encroachers, they have listed small rooms for demolition. The entire MM Colony is raised on the lake,” added Ms. Sarawath. Regarding Kapra Lake, activist Mr Satish Kumar said, “A contempt case has been filed in the High Court against G. Bal Reddy, district collector of Ranga Reddy, for a restoration of Kapra Lake. Notices have been issued for non-compliance of an eviction order of illegal construction and for no further constructions on Kapra Cheruvu. According to the High Court order, the Ranga Reddy collector had admitted in his counter affidavit that a 22-meter  compound wall had been illegally built by a private builder at the cheruvu and the collector had said that the encroachments would be removed within eight weeks. However, till date nothing has been done.” ALSO READ: Operation Demolition! BY M. DIVYA SRI

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Indian spices & cuisines could help you live longer September 29, 2016 02:24

The dangers of increased Western appetites for processed foods have been well researched, particularly their links to cancer, obesity and diseases such as diabetes. Instead, experts are keen to lure people towards the unprocessed, natural foods eaten daily by these centenarian-filled communities.   Each cuisine consists of their own flavorsome version of core ingredients: wholegrain, vegetables, fiber and protein.  Qi's research investigates the benefit of spicing things up in the kitchen to reduce mortality. "Some nutrients, like capsaicin, may be beneficial, but evidence is still lacking," she explains. Ammerman says claims that spices like turmeric and ginger have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties which can reduce risk of mortality are difficult to assess.   Other factors could be at play, such as the food those spices are used to flavor. "If you're eating a lot of turmeric, you're probably eating a lot of vegetables," says Ammerman.   Take a look at our list below for some common Indian spices and the medicinal benefits that each one provides.1. TURMERICThis bright orange spice is a member of the ginger family, For thousands of years, Ayurvedic medicine has used turmeric for a variety of health reasons. The National Institute of Health has found that turmeric aids in helping to treat arthritis, heartburn, stomach pain, diarrhea, intestinal gas, stomach bloating, and loss of appetite. Turmeric is also used as a topical treatment for issues like skin inflammation, infected wounds, and ringworm.2. BLACK PEPPERBlack pepper is not a spice that many people associate with Indian cooking. However, these little peppercorns have their most ancient roots in India. Black pepper aids in digestion, congestion, an upset stomach and can also help to stop the bleeding on a cut when applied topically.   3. CARDAMOMNative to the forests in India, these green pods are commonly used not only in Indian cooking, but also in Chai—also known as Indian tea. It can be used to counteract a number of digestive problems including, bloating, gas, heartburn and loss of appetite—it can even treat bad breath and is commonly used as an after-meal breath freshener. In preliminary studies it has also been shown to have cancer fighting effects against non-melanoma skin cancer. However, more research is needed before cardamom can be recommended for cancer prevention. 4. CLOVEThe little bud resembles a tiny flower used not only in Indian cuisines, but in African and Middle Eastern as well. Clove is found in toothpastes, soaps, and perfumes. Indian healers have used the oils, flower buds,and stems from the plant in an array of medicine. Clove is possibly effective in helping with premature ejaculation when applied directly to the penis. Clove oil can also help with pain when applied topically, and can help with stomach issues like gas, diarrhea, nausea and upset stomach.5. CINNAMONThis bark-like spice originates from Sri Lanka, and was originally harvested by Arabian traders from a tall tree and ground to create the powder form of cinnamon. According to the Mayo Clinic, research suggest that cinnamon might help to regulate treatment for people with type 2 diabetes. The theory is that cinnamon increases insulin action.

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Chiranjeevi as Meelo Evaru Koteeswarudu September 29, 2016 01:57

Megastar Chiranjeevi will be seen has host in the television show ‘Meelo Evaru Koteeswarudu’ forth season.Meelo Evaru Koteeswarudu(MEK)is popular quiz show which Telugu version of Amitabh Bachchan’s ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’, popularly known as KBC. he Season 4 of 'MEK' will be telecast on MAA TV every Monday to Thursday at 08:30 hours from December 12 onwards.   MAA TV has released a pre-look kind of sneak peak.  The 15-seconds video has Chiru walking toward the hot seat in style.  The Tagore-like intensity is captured, albeit in darkness.  'The one who has stolen crores of hearts, is coming to make you win one crore', so goes the statement.  When Chiru is around, such statements state the obvious.   MAA TV in 2015 became a part of the Star television network and the chief stakeholders of the original MAA – Nimmagadda Prasad, Chiranjeevi and Akkineni Nagarjuna — have sold their shares. Though the Megastar is busy wrapping up the shoot of his 150th comeback movie Khaidi No 150, he took time out of his schedule to host the show. After a setback in politics, the star is not leaving any stone unturned by stretching his arms both into Tollywood, again, and taping on his fan-base through television. While MEK was a great hit for Nagarjuna, it would be a challenge for Chiru to recreate that magic. The three seasons of MEK had also seen many popular celebrities like including Chiranjeevi himself, Jr NTR, Vidya Balan, Shriya Saran, Naga Chaitanya and Kajal Aggarwal as guests.

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Fiat Urban Cross Launched with Special Festive Season Equipment September 28, 2016 16:29

Fiat has launched its much-awaited Avventura Urban Cross in India at a starting price of Rs. 6.85 lakh going up to Rs. 9.85 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Urban Cross first came across as a concept in February, at the 2016 Auto Expo, in Delhi.The Fiat Urban Cross has been launched with two fuel options with both petrol and diesel. It gets the 1.3-litre Multijet diesel engine of the Fiat, which is tuned to deliver 93 hp of power. The 1.4-litre T-Jet petrol engine, on the other hand, has been tuned to deliver 142 hp of peak power.The Urban Cross also comes with the best-in-class ground clearance of 205 mm and sports a similar styling as Avventura. And when it comes to the large 16-inch "Scorpion" alloy wheels, only the top of the line Avventura Urban Cross variant will claim it.Similarly, Fiat has also made the diesel option available in both the Active and Dynamic variants, which also get the piano-black alloys. However, the petrol option is made available only with the Emotion variant. And the bootlid-mounted spare wheel will go missing in all the variants, while it also gets placed inside the boot.As far as the digital features are concerned, the Fiat Avventura Urban Cross gets a 5.0-inch Smartech touchscreen infotainment system that also has Bluetooth Connectivity and Navigation in all variants.And also to just pep up the festive season, Fiat also offers mood-based interior visual and material enhancements to go with the festive season. Burgundy interiors in the Emotion and Dynamic variants along with piano-black seats, armrests and door inserts are made available too. Also Read: Tata Motors Won't Discontinue the Bolt Hatchback Source: Vicky.in

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Samsung Galaxy On8 Launched in Flipkart September 28, 2016 15:51

Samsung India on Tuesday launched its 4G and VOLTE-enabled smartphone Galaxy On8 with a host of India-specific features which will be available on Flipkart’s “Big Billion Day” sale from October 2.The phone is pre-loaded with two “Make for India” initiatives -- ultra data saving (UDS) and S-bike mode.The device, available in gold, black and white colours, is priced at Rs 15,900. The device is loaded with a 3GB RAM and 1.6 Ghz Octa Core processor for fast operations.“Galaxy On8 not only looks stylish but also packs a punch with superior consumer experience with powerful processor and vivid display. We are pleased to announce the new Galaxy On8 exclusively on Flipart’s ‘Big Billion Day’ Sale,” Manu Sharma, Vice President, Mobile Business, Samsung India Electronics, said in a statement.The 7.8mm slim device offers an internal storage space of 16GB -- expandable upto 128GB -- and a powerful 3,300 mAH battery. Galaxy On8 also sports a dual-SIM functionality with a separate slot for memory card.The device comes with a f1.9 aperture in both front and rear cameras that deliver brighter images in low-light conditions. The rear camera is a 13MP shooter to capture high quality, crisp and detailed photographs. The device also features a front LED flash with 5MP front camera. Also Read: Google Launches YouTube Go, a New Offline AppBY M. DIVYA SRI

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Waffle Cake Recipe September 28, 2016 15:44

The ideal sinful breakfast recipe, this can be an all time favourite. Have it as a dessert or enjoy it for breakfast, this waffle cake will satisfy your taste buds. Prep time- 20 min Serving- 4 Ingredients: For Waffle: 2 cups of refined flour Refined flour             1/2 tsp of salt                  2 Tbsp of sugar                 1 1/2 tsp of baking soda             1 tsp of cinnamon             1 3/4 cups of buttermilk             2 eggs separated             4 Tbsp of butter                  1/2 tsp of vanilla extracts             Cooking spray for waffle ironFor Maple Nut Cream Cheese Spread: 1 cup of cream cheese             1 cup of whipped cream             4 Tbsp of maple syrup             3 Tbsp of walnuts Method: 1. Combine the flour, salt, sugar, baking soda. 2. Mix together the buttermilk (or buttermilk substitute) and the egg yolks. Stir in vanilla. 3. Spray the waffle iron well and preheat it. Stir the wet into the dry ingredients. 4. Beat the egg whites in a separate bowl with a whisk or electric mixer (make sure bowl and mixer are spotlessly clean) until they hold soft peaks. Stir them gently into the batter. 5. Spread a ladleful or so of batter onto the waffle iron and bake until the waffle is done, usually 3 to 5 minutes, depending on your iron. Spray iron with cooking spray between waffles as needed. 6. To make Maple Cream Cheese spread, simply combine nuts, syrup, whipped cream and cream cheese and mix well.   7. Now put the icing and waffle layer alternatively to form a cake and cover the sides with icing. 8. Leave the top without icing and top it up with maple syrup. Also Read: Fudgy Chocolate Brownies RecipeBY M. DIVYA SRI

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