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First stop Pakistan terror then revoke AFSPA March 24, 2015 14:47

A surge in militant attacks in Jammu and Kashmir will make it tough for the coalition government to initiate the process for revocation of the Armed Forces Specials Powers Act (AFSPA), which has been agreed upon by the two parties in their 'Agenda of the Alliance'. A senior official in the state’s home department said the process would have been started from Jammu city and Budgam in Kashmir that have largely enjoyed a semblance of peace in the last decades. “The attacks in Jammu will certainly shadow the process, but it doesn’t mean that the government is giving up on its promises,” the official said.“The state government keeping in view the improving security scenario will examine the need for de-notifying 'disturbed areas', which have been free from militancy-related incidents for quite some time. It will enable a phased withdrawal of AFSPA from such areas,” Mufti told the assembly. “Can you look at the security issue through the prism of politics," Chaudhary Lal Singh, senior BJP leader and minister for health, said. "We will have to ensure the security of our people first and create an atmosphere to stop these kinds of attacks, instead of playing politics.""I think, this is also an occasion for us to do some re-thinking and rise above political lines. Any decision regarding sensitive issues, like AFSPA, to maintain it or withdraw it, to continue it or discontinue it, has to be essentially based on the wisdom and inputs of the security agencies, instead of getting tempted by political considerations," Union minister of state in the Prime Minister’s Office and senior BJP leader from Jammu, Dr Jitender Singh, said.By Premji

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Grand Son of Nandamuri and Nara Families March 24, 2015 13:08

Its’ already known that the elder daughter of Nandamuri Balakrishna, Brahmani tied a knot with Nara Chandra Babu Naidu’s only son Nara Lokesh. The couple got married in 2007 and Lokesh has been active in Youth politics of TDP from that time. After TDP came to power after the state bifurcation, Lokesh has been playing a crucial role in the party developments and future programs. The Nara and Nandamuri families have been quite happy from sometime as a new family member has been arriving. The latest update is that a Nara Lokesh and Brahmani have been blessed with a baby boy on Saturday. Both mother and the baby have been doing fine and the first pictures of the boy have been out recently. Both the families have been quite happy and they have been poured with wishes after the birth of the baby. Nandamuri Balakrishna who became a grandfather has been spending quality time with his grandson after completing the shoot of his current movie NBK Lion which will release in April. Nara Lokesh has been seen bonding with his son from day one and the families are in huge plans to celebrate the event soon.

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Open-book system for exams March 24, 2015 12:13

In a bizarre statement, RJD president and former Bihar CM Lalu Prasad has favoured the open-book system and said had it been his government it would have allowed examinees to write answers from books. Already Bihar is in the news internationally for all the wrong reasons due to the unscrupulous politicians. The whole world has watched the way in which the exams are conducted in Bihar. Already the employment ability of people of Bihar has damaged due to the visuals of exam cheating which was viral in the net. The politicians like Lalu and Nithish have damaged the dignity and reputation of the youngsters by announcing such bizarre statement which will not help these students but damage their future. "Had it been my government we would have given books to examinees to write. Only those who have read could write answers from books and for those who have not exam duration of three hours would end and they would still be searching for answers," Prasad said addressing a function after inaugurating a new school in Buxar district. "Open book system in examination is prevalent in prominent universities in America and elsewhere in the world. It has the logic that only student who has read the book could trace the answer."While Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is trying to highlight glory of the state through function on the occasion of 'Bihar Divas', visuals of cheating in examination has piled shame on the state from across the world.By Premji

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Liquor Prices Coming Up in Telangana Soon March 24, 2015 11:13

This is a very bad news for the liquor inhabitants in Telangana as the prices will soon be hiked. As per the latest update, the liquor prices in Telangana will come up by 20% soon. The Excise Department has sent proposals to the government seeking a hike of 30% which has not been accepted. However the Chief Minister of Telangana, Mr K Chandra Sekhar Rao has come up with an approval of 20% hike as per the latest sources. An official announcement will be made after the completion of the budget sessions on March 27th as per the latest update.With this hike, the government is expected to earn Rs 15,000 crores additionally as per the sources from the government. The prices have not been increased from the last year due to the state bifurcation and the other political developments. The Telangana government has raised the revenue collection from Rs 2823 crores last year to Rs 3916 crores this year. Also there has been no increase in the prices of the beer in the last three years and the breweries are now bringing the pressure on the government to hike the prices. As per the latest update, with the hike in the prices in the coming days, beer will be Rs 15 costlier.

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Lakshmi Manchu Elected as MAA Vice President March 24, 2015 10:17

Mohan Babu’s daughter Lakshmi Manchu has been carrying his legacy in acting along with Manchu Vishnu and Manchu Manoj in Tollywood. She has been very selective with her movies and she opts out to stay away from routine flicks. Her performance in the movies Anaganaga O Dheerudu and Uh Kodathara Ulikkipadathara has been well appreciated. She is currently shooting for her latest movie Dongaata in the direction of debutant Vamsee Krishna and the shoot of the movie is in final stages. The latest news is that Lakshmi Manchu has been elected as the Vice President of Movie Artist Association.Lakshmi has been elected unanimously without election and she has been announced as the new Vice President for MAA yesterday. The elections for the President position of Movie Artists Association will happen on March 29th in AP Film Chamber, Hyderabad. There were strong rumors that Lakshmi’s brother Vishnu will contest for the President of MAA however he has announced that he will support Veteran actor Rajendra Prasad who is in the race for the President. Senior actress Jayasudha too is competing with Rajendra Prasad for the President’s role in MAA.

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Largest asteroid impact zone March 23, 2015 18:39

Scientists have discovered a 400 km-wide impact zone from a huge meteorite in central Australia. A team led by Dr Andrew Glikson from the Australian National University (ANU) found a 400 kilometre-wide impact zone from a huge meteorite that broke in two, moments before it slammed into the Earth in central Australia. Glikson from the ANU School of Archaeology and Anthropology, said the impact zone was discovered during drilling as part of geothermal research, in an area near the borders of South Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory."The two asteroids must each have been over 10 kilometres across - it would have been curtains for many life species on the planet at the time," said Glikson. "Large impacts like these may have had a far more significant role in the Earth's evolution”. “It's a mystery; we can't find an extinction event that matches these collisions. I have a suspicion the impact could be older than 300 million years," he said. "There are two huge deep domes in the crust, formed by the Earth's crust rebounding after the huge impacts, and bringing up rock from the mantle below," Glikson said.Magnetic modelling of the deep crust in the area traced out bulges hidden deep in the Earth, rich in iron and magnesium, corresponding to the composition of the Earth mantle.By Premji

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Allergies more unbearable March 23, 2015 18:26

The season of cherry blossoms, baseball and birdsong, not to mention itchy eyes, red noses and sore throats, are all results of pollution. A study presented at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society, found that two common pollutants interact with a major pollen allergen at a chemical level, creating an extra-potent immune trigger capable of turning even the most stalwart of spring-lovers into a sniffling puddle of mucus. Allergic rhinitis or nasal allergies afflicts between 10 and 30 percent of the global population, according to the World Health Organization. Scientists have long suspected that the increasing prevalence of allergies was linked to air pollution and climate change, but they didn’t have an explanation how that process took place, said the study’s co-author Ulrich Poschl, who works at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Germany. “Our research was to explore mechanistically how that all works,” Poschl said. Using laboratory tests and computer simulations, Poschl and his colleagues looked at how ozone (a main component of smog) and nitrogen dioxide (found in car exhaust) interacted with a birch pollen allergen called Bet v 1.“Humans are not just affecting but shaping the environment.  It’s actually unreasonable to assume that it would not affect humans with our highly delicate immune system,” he said. “That’s the background motivation for these kinds of studies.”By Premji

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Martyrs to be remembered March 23, 2015 17:38

Today is the day which is to be remembered in the history of India, the martyrdom of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev, the three youngsters, who have sacrificed their life for the freedom of their motherland, Hindustan. 23rd March is observed as Martyrs’ Day in honor of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru & Sukhdev for giving up their lives during freedom struggle so that subsequent generations could live in peace & prosperity. When the British Government implemented an act to suppress freedom struggle, it gave the British Police a free hand to carry out arrests without any permissions. In order to protest against this act, Bhagat Singh and his friends carried out a plan to use low intensity bomb inside the assembly hall and at the same time ensure that there are no deaths. Immediately after the bombing, Bhagat Singh and his friends voluntarily surrendered and taken to trial. They were charged with attempt to murder and sentenced to 14 years life in 1929. Investigation for framing Bhagat Singh for the alleged murder of a British Officer who was the reason for the inhumane torture of Lala Lajpat Rai, was hastened by the Viceroy, Irwin in 1930. Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev were arrested and sent to jail, where he faced discrimination between British & Indian prisoners and that led to his protest in the form of hunger strike against the discrimination. Bhagat Singh, Rajguru & Sukhdev were sentenced to death and the execution date was fixed to 24th March 1931. On 17th March, a telegram was sent to Home Dept proponing the execution date to 23rd March, and was hanged to death at 7.30pm on 23rd March 1931. There were many who blamed Mahatma Gandhi for not saving Bhagat Singh and held hartals in protest against the Mahatma Gandhi. By Premji

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Why to convert March 23, 2015 16:52

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the central government is committed to instill a sense of security among religious minorities and added that “religious conversion” is unnecessary and that strong “anti-conversion” measures are required in the country. “There is a feeling of insecurity among minorities, and it is necessary that a sense of security should be instilled in them. There is a lot of misconception. But the government cannot do everything. On issues like ghar wapsi and religious conversions, the cooperation of society too is required,” Singh told the annual conference of state minorities’ commissions at Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi.“Kya hum sab ko ek doosre pe supremacy ki zaroorat hai? Hum kyon dharm pariwartan karaana chahte hain? Kya hum faisla nahin kar sakte ki insaan ki sewa karna theek hai, par dharm pariwartan kyon karaate hain? Conversion kyon karaaye jaa rahen hain? (Do we need to impose the supremacy of our faith over others? Can’t we decide that serving humanity is fine, but why do people have to be converted to another faith? Why are religious conversions being carried out?)” Singh said, sarcastically in reference to Christian missionaries who convert the poor in the name of serving them.The Home minister of India has raised the right point which the so called culprits of conversion which is done by luring, threatening, fooling and coercing, cannot accept or support. This is because they are living in luxury with the funds they receive for conversion. There are plenty of hospitals and schools run by these organizations, but none of them are accessible to the poor and downtrodden. But they speak about uplifting the downtrodden. Once conversion is stopped many religious unrest can be stopped. Stop conversion for religious harmony.By Premji

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Pay GBP 150,000 to India March 23, 2015 16:46

A UK court has directed Pakistan to pay 150,000 pounds to India as legal fees in the 67-year-old Hyderabad Funds case involving the Nizam's money while terming Pakistan's behaviour as "unreasonable". Holding that Pakistan has no "sovereign immunity" in the case, the Judge ordered the Pakistan High Commissioner to pay the legal costs incurred by the other respondents in the case relating to the 'Hyderabad Funds' which is currently valued at 35 million pounds. The immunity waiver under the verdict, has opened the doors for India to recover the frozen funds through legal process, is irrevocable.Known as the 'Hyderabad Funds Case', it relates to transfer of 1,007,940 pounds and 9 Shillings to a London bank account in the name of the High Commissioner in the UK for the then newly formed state of Pakistan, Habib Ibrahim Rahimtoola, at the Westminster Bank (now Natwest) in 1948. The money was transferred by an agent who claimed to be acting on behalf of the absolute ruler of one of the largest and richest of the Indian princely states, the seventh Nizam of Hyderabad.Following the partition in 1947 and the formation of the independent sovereign states of India and Pakistan, the numerous princely states were permitted by the UK to elect to join either of the two new states or to remain independent. The Nizam chose to remain independent.On September 18, 1948, Hyderabad was annexed to India. On September 20, 1948 the money was transferred to Rahimtoola by the agent. On September 27, 1948 the Nizam sought to reverse the transfer of money claiming that it had been made without his authority. The Bank was unwilling to comply with the Nizam's request without the agreement of the account holder. Such consent was not forthcoming, and for a number of years matters remained unresolved. India has all along sought its claim over the money maintaining that it was State monies and not Nizam's private monies.Stuck in a legal battle with no hope of resolution since 1960, Indian cabinet had approved efforts to pursue an out-of-court settlement with Pakistan and Nizam's heirs to recover the funds. With no State immunity for Pakistan over the funds, India has once again got the chance to get the money through the legal process.By Premji

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