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Floods Wreck havoc in Kashmir March 31, 2015 10:24

Wails and cries rent the air as the rescuers dig out the debris at Ledan village in Budgam district of central Kashmir. Sixteen people were feared dead when landslides triggered by the incessant rains swept into houses on the hills. In another rescue operation at Poonch 32 people were rescued. Authorities officially declared floods at 7am on Monday, when Jhelum crossed the danger mark."A massive landslide at Ledan village damaged four houses. Sixteen people of two families are feared dead. We have retrieved six bodies and operation is on to retrieve 10 others," Fayaz Ahmad Lone, superintendent of police, Budgam, told media.Despite bad weather, rescuers have started operation to clear the debris and retrieve the bodies. Army, police and civil administration have pressed men and machinery into service to retrieve more bodies.However, the landslides have also swept away the roads which are creating problems. The rescuers had to build a makeshift road so that the people could reach to the site and help in retrieving the bodies. "Operation is going on despite bad weather and bad slopes," added Lone.Army personnel carried out a dare devil operation in Poonch district of Jammu where they rescued 32 people trapped. "They live in a small place which is in the centre of the river at Chandak. It is small place on a raised land and they were got stuck. So we rescued them to safety," Pawan Kotwal, divisional commissioner Jammu told media.Authorities officially declared floods in Kashmir after Jhelum crossed the danger mark of 18 feet and 22 feet at Ram Munshi Bagh and Sangam gauges respectively at 7am, on Monday. However, in the evening the government said there was slight decrease in the water levels. Official spokesman said the water level at Sangam was 21 feet, Ram- Munshi Bagh 19.70 feet and Asham 12.33 feet at 5pm, on Monday.Eight fully equipped NDRF teams will be arriving in Kashmir to assist the state government in its efforts to safeguard life and property of people in the wake of flood situation. Indian air force has placed its resources on standby to help out the people in distress. "Six Mi-17 helicopters, two each are put on standby at Jammu, Udhampur and Srinagar. One each Cheetah helicopter of IAF is on standby at Srinagar and Jammu. IAF has assured civil administration of all possible assistance in this time of crisis," said Col SD Goswami, defence spokesman at Northern Command headquarters. Authorities also pumped out the water from Sher-e-Kashmir hospital at Bemina after its ground storey was submerged by incessant rains causing panic among the patients."Shelters have been made functional to receive flood-affected, if any. Adequate number of sand-bags are available and are being used in critical embankments so that there is no breach," said chief minister Mufti Mohommad Sayeed.@dnaindia- Manohar

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Yummy Zero oil snacks March 30, 2015 18:28

With the negative impact of oil on health, everyone is trying to consume less oil in food. Even experts suggest that to avoid risks associated with high fat content in oils. Usually Indian food recipes contain high oil content but all Indian dishes can be cooked without oil. Oil free cooking has been popularized nowadays with more conscious on lifestyle diseases like Diabetes and obesity. Here are top 5 healthy and oil free snacks preparation that can be easily prepared at home. 1. Coriander Vadis:It is a most popular Maharashtra snack. It is healthy and also tastes good. If you are more concerned about fat use low fat curd instead of oil. Ingredients:    1 cup coriander    1 cup besan    Chili powder to taste    1/2 teaspoon coriander-cumin seeds powder    Ginger-green chili paste    1 teaspoon low fat curds (dahi)    Sugar and salt to tasteMethod:Just knead all the ingredients to make smooth dough. Shape into rolls and steam 5-10 minutes on a steamer. Cool and cut into slices. Your yummy vadis are ready!2. Dal-Based Pandoli:This snack is full of proteins, calcium, iron, and folic acid. It is essential to soak the dal for 2 hours to increase its digestibility. Ingredients:    1 cup moong dal    1/4 cup fresh curd (dahi)    2 tea spoon paste made with ginger-green chilli    Salt as required    2 tsp fruit salt like eno (unflavored)    2 tsp lemon juiceMethod:Grind the soaked dal with a little water to make a smooth paste. Mix in yogurt and all the spices.Add fruit salt just before steaming and beat well for maximum incorporation.Steam the mixture in idli moulds or on a muslin cloth tied over the vessel. Cover this with a lid. Steam this for 5 to 8 minutes.Serve hot with chutney.3. Potato Crisps:Try these yummy potato crisps for a change.Ingredients:    1 thinly sliced potato    Crushed black pepper and saltMethod:Mix the spices with the potatoes and bake in a microwave in an increment of 30 seconds till cooked. Cool and they will become crispy.4. Air Popped Popcorn:It is an easy snack which can be prepared in just minutes. Just pop a cup of popcorn kernels on an open flame and toss with spices of your choice. If you have an air fryer, you can also roast nuts and even make French fries with zero oil.As they are healthy and less time consuming, prepare these oil free snacks at your home than preferring junk food outside to keep away from diseases. 5. Flavorful Herb Whole Grain Crackers:This can be made with fiber-rich whole wheat flour. These are baked, crispy, crunchy and nutritious.Ingredients:    1 cup whole wheat flour    2 tsp sesame seeds    2 tsp mixed herbs like oregano and basilMethod:Make stiff dough with the ingredients and water. Roll out into thin chapatis and cut into strips. Bake at 450 °F for 10-15 minutes till they are crisp.Enjoy these tasty and easy prepared oil free snacks at your home to stay healthy. AW: Lizitha

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LG unveiled 'Spirit' March 30, 2015 17:38

South Korean conglomerate LG on Monday unveiled LG Spirit,  a new curved budget range smartphone in India, the company has also listed the new mid-range entrant on it's official country-specific website at a competitive price of Rs 14, 250.Although, the company has stayed any word on the availability date of the handset. The LG Spirit was announced in February along with the other three smartphones  LG Magna, LG Leon and the LG Joy which were showcased at one of the biggest events of the year, Mobile World Congress, 2015.The new LG Spirit features 4.7-inch HD display with 720x1280 pixels resolution along with pixel density of 312ppi. The dual-SIM LG Spirit, LG H-422 runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop and it's appearance is made unique by moulding the device with a slight curve i.e: a 3000mm radius curvature. The smartphone is clocked at 1.3GHz quad-core processor complimented by 1GB of RAM.The LG Spirit sports an 8-megapixel camera on the rear surface, and a 1-megapixel camera on the front for selfie enthusiasts. The new device gets 8GB of inbuilt storage capacity which can be expanded through a microSD card up to 32GB. On the connectivity front, the LG Spirit gets 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS/ A-GPS, and Micro-USB. The handset measures 133.25x66.12x9.95mm, fueling its operations is a 2100mAh removable battery for long lasting usage.Along with specifying the availability date for the new handset, the company has also stayed the word on when it will launch the 4G Spirit LTE, 4G enabled variant of the smartphone in India.The company announced that its smartphones the Joy, Leon, Magna, and Spirit, will be made available  for purchase in South America, and the next countries in line are Europe, Asia, Middle East Africa and North America.Specifications:LG Magna5-inch (1280x720) display1.2 GHz or 1.3GHz quad-core processorAndroid 5.0 Lollipop8-megapixel on the rear, 5-megapixel front-facing camera2540mAh removable battery8GB of storage1GB of RAM4G LTE, HSPA+ 21Mbps139.7 x 69.9 x 10.2mmLG Spirit4.7-inch (1280x720) display1.2GHz or 1.3GHz quad-core processorAndroid 5.0 Lollipop8-megapixel or 5-megapixel on the rear, 1-megapixel front-facing camera2100mAh removable battery8GB of storage1GB of RAM4G LTE, HSPA+ 21Mbps133.3 x 66.1 x 9.9mmLG Leon4.5-inch (854x480) display1.2GHz or 1.3GHz quad-core processorAndroid 5.0 Lollipop  8-megapixel or 5-megapixel on the rear, VGA front-facing camera1900mAh removable battery8GB or 4GB of storage1GB or 512MB of RAM4G LTE, HSPA+ 21Mbps122.7 x 64.0 x 10.9mmLG Joy4-inch (800x480) display1.2GHz dual-core processorAndroid 5.0 Lollipop or Android 4.4 KitKat5-megapixel on the rear, VGA front-facing camera1900mAh removable battery4GB of storage512MB of RAM4G LTE, HSPA+ 21Mbps122.7 x 64.0 x 11.9mm   - Manohar

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S/O Satyamurthy Censor Updates March 30, 2015 17:21

Stylish Star Allu Arjun is now back with his latest movie S/O Satyamurthy which has completed shoot recently. The movie has been directed by Trivikram Srinivas and the recently released theatrical trailer has created huge buzz on the film. The movie has made a terrific pre release buzz and is gearing up for a massive release. Samantha, Adah Sharma and Nithya Menon played the female leads in the movie and Allu Arjun will be seen as a wedding planner in the film. Devi Sri Prasad composed the music and the audio of the movie is already a huge hit all over.As per the latest update the movie has completed all the censor formalities and it has been awarded U/A certificate from the censor board without any cuts. Prakash Raj, Rao Ramesh, Sampath Raj and Kota Sreenivas Rao will be seen in other important roles in S/O Satyamurthy. Kannada Superstar Upendra and Sneha played the other prominent roles in the film. S Radha Krishna produced the movie on Haarika and Haasine Cine Creations banner. S/O Satyamurthy will complete all the formalities and will release on April 9th all over.

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BJP - the largest Political party in the World March 30, 2015 16:54

The ruling BJP has become the largest political party in the world with its enrolment drive in the past five months taking its membership to 8.80 crore. The Communist Party of China was until now considered the largest party with about 8.60 crore members.Sources said the party hit the 8.80 crore mark on Sunday and the BJP expects its membership to cross 10 crore by the end of this month, exactly what it had aimed for when it launched the drive in November last year. Party president Amit Shah will announce the final figure at the national executive to be held in Bangalore on April 3-4.The ambitious membership drive was Shah's idea. He views a base of active members as a device for consolidating BJP's freshly-achieved pre-eminence.Sceptics say the groundswell in membership is no reliable reflection of the party's actual strength on the ground, and that while PM Narendra Modi's popularity and the party's current influence may draw thousands into the fold, their loyalty will remain suspect and they might bolt when the going gets tough.Sources in the party maintain that the enrolment through missed calls is a huge improvement over the old practice where block-level functionaries would mention names of purported members to meet targets. The leadership had no way of independently verifying these claims.In the new scheme, the party can scrutinize registrations by calling up numbers from where missed calls originated. The phone numbers also provide the party with a way to maintain 'live' contact with members to update them on developments and explain decisions as well as the context in which they are taken.Mobile phones are also viewed as vehicles for propagating the party's policies and to counter the criticism of opponents.The membership drive will officially come to an end on March 31 but there are chances that it may be extended in a few states like Maharashtra where, according to the party, a large number of people are still calling to register themselves with BJP. After UP, where it has set a target of 1.5 crore, Maharashtra is expected to fetch the maximum number of members for the party. Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh have both already accounted for more than 80 lakh members.BJP general secretary Ram Madhav last week hailed the achievement saying the party had added one crore members in the eight days starting March 15. The number increased steadily last week with another one crore joining. Shah is now using the membership drive to also measure BJP's strength in states which are headed to polls later this year and in 2016.The party's ambitious, hi-tech online membership drive was launched by Modi on November 1 last year when he became a member by dialling a telephone number followed by Shah who became the second member."BJP's 8 crore members crossed," Madhav said last week, adding that the first 10 million were added in 30 days, the second in 22 days and the third in 13 days. He said the party added the fourth such unit in 16 days, the fifth in 18 days and the sixth in the subsequent 21 days. The last 20 million were added in 15 days and eight days respectively.The speeding up of the membership drive comes amid hectic meetings and tours by Shah to various states to step up the effort and finalize the drive by the end of this month.   - Manohar

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BHEL bags a power plant contract in Telangana March 30, 2015 16:36

The government of the state of Telangana has been taking planned and precautionary steps to ensure sufficient power in upcoming years. CM K Chandrashekar Rao, recently announced that Telangana would become a state with surplus power. The state-run heavy electrical equipment manufacturer BHEL has confirmed that it has bagged a contract of over Rs 5,000 crore worth. The PSU got finalized for executing a thermal power plant at Manuguru in Khammam district. “Telangana State Power Generation Corporation (TSGENCO) has awarded Bhel with an EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) order for setting up a 1,080 MW thermal power plant in the state,” BHEL said in a statement.“Valued at over Rs. 5,000 crore, the order envisages setting up a thermal plant at Manuguru in Khammam District of Telangana,” it said, the equipment maker has to commission the project in 24 months. BHEL has to work out the designing, engineering, manufacturing, constructing, erecting the machinery, testing, and finally commissioning of 4x270 MW units on EPC basis.BHEL’s Trichy, Hyderabad, Haridwar, Bhopal, Ranipet, Bangalore and Jhansi plants would built the crucial components of the proposed power plant. While, the civil works, erection, and commissioning would be taken care by company’s Power Sector -- Western Region.As per the media reports TSGENCO has been entered into a preliminary understanding with BHEL for construction of new thermal power plants totaling 6,000 MW in the state.If the power plants proposed in Khammam, Adilabad, and other districts commissioned within three years, the state can provide uninterrupted power to domestic and industrial sector. Recently central government has allocated 222 MW power for the period of April 1 and September, and another 374 MW from October 1 to March next.-Kannamsai

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Five Healing essential oils March 30, 2015 16:03

Many oils are found in the markets which are natural and chemical free. It is necessary to distinguish between good and bad oils as their use shows impact on your health. Since olden days, many natural oils that are extracted from flowers, plants and animals are used to cure many diseases. Here is the list of natural plant oils that have healing properties. Olive Oil: Olive oil is integral part of Mediterranean diet. It has many therapeutic benefits and suggested mostly be cardiologists. Replacing butter and other less healthy fats with olive oil has been shown to aid in the prevention of a myriad of diseases and counter effects of aging. Olive oil benefits are so extensive that it is considered a functional food with components that contribute to its overall therapeutic qualities including a reduction of risk factors of coronary heart disease, the prevention of cancers, and alterations of immune and inflammatory responses.Coconut oil: Coconut oil has many amazing benefits. This includes fat loss, better brain function, maintaining cholesterol levels, stress relaxant, increased immunity and many more. Coconut oil can be used as a skin moisturizer, helping with dry skin and reduces protein loss when used in hair. It also reduces premature signs of ageing and its fatty acids have shown to speed up overall metabolism. Avocado oil: Avocado oil offers a variety of purported nutritional and medicinal benefits that are supported by science. It can be used as a beneficial skin care product, for special scalp treatments, medicinal purposes, and in healthy cooking. Avocado oil is rich in antioxidants, making it useful for healing sun-damaged skin. It is rich with Sterolin which facilitates in softening of skin and if topically applied it helps in reliving dry and itchy skin. Pumpkin oil: Pumpkin seed oil has many positive health effects. It is good source of omega 3 fatty acids and shows favorable effects on LDL Cholesterol. The researchers have found that it significantly helps help improve prostate health due to its high content of Zinc and also help women with menopause as it decrease blood pressure, hot flushes and headaches. Flax Seed oil:Flaxseed is a popular traditional food and remedy for many diseases. It is rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an omega 3 fatty acid and consumption of food in right amount has been shown to improve cardiovascular health. It also helps in preventing hair loss. It shows positive effects on skin, treating arthritis and many other health issues. It has positive effect which may help with symptoms of menopause and lower cholesterol.AW: Lizitha

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Salman Khan's driver's statement recorded in 'hit-and-run' case March 30, 2015 15:53

In the 2002 hit-and-run case, accused actor Salman Khan's driver Ashok Singh has come forward to give his statement to the court which may provide relief to the actor.He has testified in the court that he was driving the car on that ill-fated night and not Salman when the tyre burst and he lost control of the car.Few days back, the 49 year-old actor had said in the court that a false statement was registered against him. He denied that he was drunk and he was not driving when the accident happened.He also said that his driver went to the police station but the police did not register Ashok's statement.In the wee hours of September 28, 2002, Salman's white Toyota Land Cruiser rammed into the American Express Bakery in suburban Bandra, close to his sea-front home in Galaxy Apartments, before fleeing from the accident site.One pavement dweller sleeping outside the bakery was killed and four others were injured, leading to Salman's arrest by the Bandra Police later that morning.   - Manohar

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Another blogger brutally murdered in Dhaka March 30, 2015 14:54

Just a month after a US-based Bangladeshi blogger was hacked to death near the TSC roundabout on DU campus, another blogger named Washiqur was chopped to death in Dhaka on Monday. The chain of incidents shows the brutal attacks on the nation’s independent writers, said an official."He was brutally hacked to death this morning with big knives just 500 yards (460 meters) from his home at Dhaka's Begunbari area," local police chief Wahidul Islam told AFP.Police detained two suspects immediately after the attack trying to flee the scene.Police said they were unsure whether the victim, Washiqur Rahman, 27, was also an atheist blogger but another social media writer said that he was known to write "against religious fundamentalism"."It appeared Rahman used to write using a penname Kutshit Hasher Chhana (Ugly Duckling)," Imran Sarker, head of Blogger and Online Activists Network in Bangladesh, told AFP."He was a progressive free thinker and was against religious fundamentalism," he said.Police have also arrested a suspect over the killing in February of American atheist writer and blogger Avijit Roy.Roy was the second atheist blogger to have been murdered in the Muslim-majority country in the last two years and the fourth writer to have been attacked since 2004.His killing sparked uproar at home and abroad with hundreds of secular activists holding protests for days to demand justice.They also slammed the country's secular government for not doing enough to protect humanist writers.   - Manohar

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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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