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Secret of eyelash February 26, 2015 20:22

Some believed Eyelashes are dust catchers, snaring things that would otherwise drift into the eye. Some others believed, they are sensors, acting like a cat's whiskers, to warn the eye of wind-borne grit or other dangers, according to another hypothesis. Some suggested that eyelashes are for expression, to enhance the impact of the eye for communication or sexual allure. A team of biologists said that, eyelashes direct airflow around the eye to shield it from airborne particles, bacteria, viruses and mites and prevent the protective coating of tears on the eyeball, a mix of mucus, oil and water, from drying out.Unlike the hairs in the nose and airway, which act as physical traps, eyelashes act as "a passive dust-controlling system," the study headed by researcher David Hu at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the American city Atlanta, found. "They reduce evaporation and particle deposition by upto 50 percent." Hu's team measured the lashes of 22 mammal species, from hedgehogs to humans. In all of them, the length of the eyelash was about one-third of the width of the eye, which is optimal for minimising airflow over the eye surface without obstructing vision. The findings were published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface.By Premji

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India 'bright spot' terms Standard & Poor's February 26, 2015 20:14

Standard & Poor's termed India as the "bright spot" in Asia Pacific, sharply revised country's GDP forecast upwards to 7.9 per cent next fiscal and even higher at 8.2 per cent in the year after. "India should be the Asia-Pacific region's bright spot," S&P said and revised steeply upwards its growth estimates. The rating agency evaluated that the economic growth will rise to 7.9 per cent in FY 2016, up from its previous estimate of 6.2 per cent and may further go up to 8.2 per cent in FY 2017 as against 6.6 per cent estimated previously.The agency, which rates India one among the lowest in the investment grade at BBB-, said the rising investment and low oil prices are the primary factors which are boosting the chances for the economy. It is unclear whether Standard & Poor's is re-pegging its estimates based on the revisions in GDP computation or not. The agency said growth in the Asia-Pacific region will be slightly lower, but India's "star is rising". "Weaker growth in China and Japan may be weighing on the overall sentiment, although India's star is rising," it said.By Premji

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Chances of Nuclear Attack High February 26, 2015 18:43

Pakistan may use nuclear weapons against India if India goes for a large scale military assault against it in retaliation of a major terror attack emanating from across the border, two top American experts have warned US lawmakers. The presence of a strong government in New Delhi and the pressure on it from Indian citizens in the event of a repeat of 26/11 type terror attack, the ties between the two neighbours will have greater danger of escalating towards a devastating nuclear warfare, particularly from the Pakistan side. India has already pledged with no first use.Such a dangerous scenario can only be avoided by the US by working with Islamabad to ensure that there is no further large scale terror attack on India emanating from Pakistan side. "South Asia is the most likely place from where nuclear weapons could be detonated in the foreseeable future. This risk derives from the unusual dynamic of the India-Pakistan competition," said Perkovich, vice president for Studies Carnegie Endowment for International Peace."The next major terrorist attack in India, emanating from Pakistan, may trigger an Indian conventional military riposte that could in turn prompt Pakistan to use battlefield nuclear weapons to repel an Indian incursion. India, for its part, has declared that it would inflict massive retaliation in response to any nuclear use against its territory or troops," he said."Obviously, this threatening dynamic - whereby terrorism may prompt conventional conflict which may prompt nuclear war - challenges Indian and Pakistan policy-makers. India and Pakistan both tend to downplay or dismiss the potential for escalation, but our own history of close nuclear calls should make US officials more alert to these dangers. The US is the only outside power that could intervene diplomatically and forcefully to de-escalate a crisis," Perkovich said.By Premji

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Railway Budget - Addresses Passenger concerns February 26, 2015 17:21

Today’s Railway Budget presented by the Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhu reflects the determination of railways to take care of its passengers. First time passengers concern is given importance in a railway budget. This budjet seems to be practical than populist. Unlike other Railway Ministers, Shri Suresh Prabhu has not attempted to milk the department for electoral benefit. He has tried his best to ensure that Ache Din is coming in Railways also. Hope the railway minister will take earnest effort to ensure the implementation of the budget proposals.  The highlight of his Budget speech is as below.Indian Railways will monetize its assets rather than sell themProcess & procedures simplified to prevent delays; Internal Audit will be conducted of Railway systemsIndian Railways will decentralise, deregulate and delegate to make freight business simpler400 Railway Stations will have Internet WiFi facilityBook rail tickets 4 months ( 120 days) in advance against current 60 days67 percent more funds allotted for passenger amenities120 crore provided for installation of new lifts and escalators Modern trains called “Train sets”, which will save 20% journey time within next 2 years24 to 26 coaches will be introduced in certain identified trains, more general class coaches and existing ladders to be replacedModern facilities for disabled citizens, senior citizens, patients through IRCTCSurveillance cameras on select mainline and ladies compartmentsSMS alert on mobile, customer portal promoting digital India campaignUnreserved ticket purchase made simpler through smart phones & debit cardsAll india 24 X 7 helpline number 138 from 1/3/15 ; Toll free No.182 – for security complaintsRailways has Collaborated with NIFT and NID for better bed rolls, inner coach designsNew Bio-toilets will replace the existing ones, nearly 18000 of them in this year.No increment in Passenger FaresImportant to harness the talent of rail employees through training and developmentIncrease track capacity by 14% to 138,000 kmBy Premji

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Baahubali Tamil Title Renamed February 26, 2015 17:14

Rajamouli is currently busy with his magnum opus Baahubali which has been under shoot from the past two years. The movie will complete shoot and will release for summer this year. Prabhas and Anushka are playing the main leads in this periodic drama and Rana, Tamannah will play the other important roles in the movie. The movie has been shot simultaneously in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi languages. The tamil version has been titled as Mahabali initially and the makers have been promoting the movie with the same name.However Baahubali got popular even when the movie has been titled as Mahabali and so the makers have decided to release the film in Tamil as Baahubali itself. Top production house Studio Green will release the movie in Tamil in association with UV Creations. MM Keeravani is the music composer and KK Senthil Kumar is the cinematographer. Prasad Devineni and Shobu Yarlagadda are producing Baahubali on Arka Media Works banner.- Siva

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Varuntej’s Movie Title Locked February 26, 2015 17:10

Varuntej made a decent debut with Mukunda which released last year. The movie has been directed by Sreekanth Addala and Pooja Hegde played the female lead in the movie. The movie failed to impress the audience, however Varun has received wide response for his performance in the movie. He is now getting ready for his second movie in the direction of Jagarlamudi Radhakrishna (Krrish) and the movie will be launched on February 27th. As per the latest news, the movie has been titled as Kanchey (Fence) and an official confirmation is yet to be arrived. Pragya Jaiswal has been finalized to play the female lead in the movie and MM Keeravani will compose the music for the film. Rajeev Reddy and Sai Baba Jagarlamudi will produce the movie on First Frame Entertainments banner. The movie is based the pre independence era and it will have a beautiful love story in it. The regular shoot of the film will start in March and the movie will release early next year.- Siva

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Breather win for SAD-BJP combine February 26, 2015 15:43

Shiromani Akali Dal (B) won 954 seats (73.55%). It had fielded 1297 candidates. And BJP won 365 (47.77%) seats out of 764 in Municipal Council polls.  In the 22 districts of Punjab, 2050 wards, 6956 candidates contested. The Congress could get only 356 seats against fielding of 1246 candidates which comes to 28.57 per cent. A total of 367 independent candidates also won. 28.50 lakh voters exercised their voting rights in 2062 wards across Punjab. SAD-BJP had claimed a lion's share of 74 per cent in Punjab MC Polls. SAD-BJP alliance claimed to have majority in the MC Polls because of development agenda taken during its campaign. The decision of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) not to contest the Municipal Elections, the benefit has gone to SAD-BJP alliance but it will be a big challenge for the alliance party and the Congress as well. AAP has emerged as the new hope and in this backdrop, after coming into power during the Delhi assembly elections, where BJP has failed and created a fear psychosis with Hindutva agenda which was not liked by a section of Hindus. This spectacular win for SAD-BJP combine has come in the right time to boost the spirit of the SAD-BJP workers after the drub in the Delhi elections. But unfortunately the down flow of Congress continues even in this elections.By Premji

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Bhagvad Gita to be part of school curriculum February 26, 2015 15:32

BJP government in Haryana asked the state School Council for Educational Research and Training (SCERT) to suggest shlokas from the Bhagvad Gita which are to be ingested into their curriculum. An expert team has started preparing a framework to disseminate the teachings enshrined in the Bhagvad Gita, in schools and institutions of higher learning. SCERT was approached after the Education Department analysed the issue and its recommendations will be referred to an educational consultative committee."We have referred the matter to the SCERT for their perusal. It is upto them to propose from which level Bhagvad Gita can be introduced at school level," TC Gupta, director general, higher education said. The Consultative committee is headed by retired school teacher and right-wing education activist Dina Nath Batra. The shlokas are likely to be translated in Hindi and English. The final decision will be taken by the Batra-led committee, which was formed by Haryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma recently.The message of Srimad Bhagavad Gita is considered to be for the well-being of the human-kind. The Haryana government has taken the right step to introduce Srimad Bhagavad Gita in the school curriculum. This will help the students to understand the culture of the country along with the message of ‘Tat Tvam Asi’By Premji

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Chhattisgarh Government staff may participate in RSS activities February 26, 2015 14:57

Chhattisgarh government has issued a notification that allows government servants to join RSS and participate in its activities. The Chhattisgarh Civil Services (Conduct) Rules 1965 prohibit a government servant from taking part in politics. “No government servant shall be member of, or be otherwise associated with, any political party or any organisation which takes part in politics nor shall he take part in, subscribe in aid of, or assist in any other manner, any political movement or activity,” states Rule 5(1). The state government, in a notification dated February 23, with the subject line “regarding participation of government servants in activities of RSS”, said that “as far as Rule 5(1) of Chhattisgarh Civil Services (Conduct) Rules 1965 is concerned, its restriction does not apply to RSS”.The notification was signed by Additional Secretary (General Administration Department) K R Mishra, and were marked to almost all major government officer-bearers in the state, including Principal Secretary to Governor; Chief Minister’s Office; Principal Secretary, Vidhan Sabha Secretariat; Registrar General, High Court; Public Service Commission; Human Rights Commission; Lok Ayog; Information Commission and all collectors and divisional commissioners.“This rule was made by the British but still continues. This government has done a good thing. The RSS is not a political party, we are a social organisation,” said Deepak Vispute, RSS’s Chhattisgarh Sar Sanghchalak.There is always a controversy created by the opposition whenever the name of RSS comes as a social organization. It is a fact that RSS is a social organization which works for the prosperity and unity of this country. It runs numerous service projects which provide selfless service to the needy and downtrodden. This order gives an opportunity for the government employees to participate in some charity and service programs in their leisure time.By Premji

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Maiden Budget of Modi Government February 26, 2015 10:51

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will present his first Rail Budget today amid huge expectations of major reforms. The chartered accountant turned politician may lay the roadmap for attracting private investment in railways in a bid to raise more funds for project completions and infrastructure expansion.As per the new initiative of the Modi government to make the citizens to be part of the government policies, the circle of railway ministry has received suggestions for the railway budget from more than 80,000 Citizens. These inputs are as follows: -1. Top priority should be given to significantly improving Cleanliness and Hygiene of Toilets, Pantry Car, Rail Coaches, Tracks and Railway Stations2. Provisions for passenger safety should be upgraded in trains and on the platforms3. Funds should be allocated for upgrading safety, staff augmentation / training needed for Railway Police Force / TTE in regards to passenger safety4. Ways to prevent entry of unauthorized persons on the station and in reserved compartments must be developed and implemented with immediate effect5. Electronic surveillance should be increased on stations and inside trains State of the art scanning systems should also be installed at stations6. Anti-Collision devices should be installed in trains to prevent fatal accidents7. Railway ticket booking system should be improved; system and server services should be upgraded to the latest technology8. Process should be made easier for passengers to book tickets, agents should be eliminated and TTE / Counter discretion minimized for last minute cancellations9. Emergency/VIP quota should be reduced by 50% and it should be accessible for genuine needs of citizens10. Railways must work on improving tracking of Free Travel Passes issued to it employees11. An effective citizen helpline (accessible via voice, SMS, web) for train status and safety / security complaints should be instituted and maintained12. A SMS / app based journey notification with train delay and destination arrival alerts13. On time performance of the trains should be improved through process / technology 14. Platform tickets should be made compulsory and available through online printing / vending machines15. Provide one time validation for concession in case of People with Special Needs so they can avail it through etickets via a tracking number16. Improve responsiveness in cases of critical Women / Child Safety threats by sending Help Needed notification SMS to fellow travelers in the coach of the event and two neighbouring coaches. Enable community policing through this virtual local circle.17. Distribute biodegradable bags (blanket bag reuse) to every passenger for their garbage disposal which is collected by on - board cleaning personnel twice a day.18. Consider 50% cancellation refund in Tatkal to drive revenue/service/availability improvement and reduction in TTE discretion / corruption19. Strengthen catering system to deliver hygienic food and service in trains20. Modernization of stations needed in terms of facilities, amenities (better water, meal), luggage and passenger management, accessibility for disabled, parking, etc.21. Number of 2nd and 3rd AC coaches should be increased to keep up with demand22. Fares must be lowered if additional services are not being introduced23. Bullet trains should be introduced and the speed of the existing trains should be increased24. Free wi-fi facility should be provided at stationsBy Premji

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