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Jupudi out, Prathibha in May 22, 2015 10:03

Regarding the MLC nominations from TDP party, there are some vital changes, in fact the shocks, few of the leaders experienced. No vote for Jupudi in AP:It was known that, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Chandrababu Naidu proposed Jupudi's name for MLC nomination under MLA quota. But, on Thursday, it was revealed that Jupudi has no votes in AP, but present in Hyderabad. But, as the state was bifurcated, the vote should be there in AP, but not in Hyderabad, few of the officials clarified. So, finally Jupudi had to quit the nomination. CM reacted aggressively on Anuradha:It was then, Anuradha's name was out. The party decided to let her nomination under Governor quota. But, according to the reports, it was heard that she rejected the government's decision as the tenure of the concerned MLC seat is just 2 years. This was taken very aggressive by the AP CM Naidu and took back the decision and offer it to some others.Anuradha who was shocked by the incident, met CM and pleaded to allow her to file the nomination. But, Naidu, who was deeply hurt, took the issue very seriously and questioned,  “should the party beg you to file nomination?, should it be back of you?” and rejected her request.      Finally Prathibha is consideredPrathibha Bharathi who was accompanied by minister Atchannaidu, pleaded the CM on Wednesday evening, to allow her to file the nomination. But as there is no response from the party, she kept quiet.  But after the Jupudi and Anuradha incidents, Prathibha's name came out and thus she filed the nomination immediately after the call from the party office.   By Phani

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Recipe: Macroni Cheese May 21, 2015 19:17

Macroni is a type of dry pasta originated from Italy. Macroni and cheese is one of the best combination recipes that satisfies hunger. It is a great comfort food and can be prepared in a simple way. Here is the simple preparation of Macroni Cheese recipe. Prepare this continental recipe at your home and enjoy its delicious taste. Cooking time: 30 minutesIngredients250 gm macaroni pasta40 gm butter40 gm plain flour or maida600 ml milk250 gm grated cheddar50 gm grated parmesan cheesePreparation method: Cook the macaroni in a large saucepan of boiling salted water for 8-10 minutes; drain well and set aside.Melt the butter over a medium heat in a saucepan slightly larger than that used for the macaroni. Add the flour and stir to form a roux, cooking for a few minutes.Gradually whisk in the milk, a little at a time. Cook for 10-15 minutes to a thickened and smooth sauce.Meanwhile, preheat the grill to hot.Remove the sauce from the hob, add 175 gm of the cheese and stir until the cheese is well combined and melted.Add the macaroni to the sauce and mix well. Transfer to a deep suitably-sized ovenproof dish.Sprinkle over the remaining cheddar and the Parmesan and place the dish under the hot grill. Cook until the cheese is browned and bubbling. Serve it hotBy Lizitha

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Three Major Diffrences between Europe and U.S.A May 21, 2015 19:01

From North Ireland to London to Venice, You feel the connection between Sea, earth, and Sky, which is missing in Steel, Concrete, and soulless America.Why Europe is far better than America?1. Community over Convenience. Except in Great Britain, nowhere in Europe do people rush in. Especially in nations like Croatia, people would sit down together in cafeterias and exchange the words, while admiring the nature. Imagine a cool morning under the beaming sun with a cup of coffee surrounded by the pleasant nature.  And the typical morning in U.S.A: A rough dawn in the concrete jungle (human zoo is a better word), morning is a warning and a wakeup call for your day battle.2. Europeans eat well, but eat less. one of my friend told that if one eats Pizza in Paris, it is horrible, though the Pizza is from Paris (it’s his personal opinion). The standard Italian breakfast is a flaky, butter-laden croissant and a rich, foamy, whole-milk 6-oz. cappuccino. No one spares olive oil on a salad or a plate of fresh pasta. It’s a basic essential of Italian life. Since many love to be pedestrians, the calories are burned off and will be good on the stylish heels.3. Europeans are more relaxed. At times, it was irritating to find so many businesses (outside the main tourist districts, anyway) shuttered between 1 and 4 p.m. If you didn’t eat lunch by 2:00, you couldn’t find an open restaurant until 7:00 or 7:30. The always-on, always-open nature of American commercial culture is simply not the norm in Europe, even in the sophisticated, modern cities. In the oppressive heat of Rome in late June, it was easy to see the practicality of the ‘siesta’ tradition. A sluggish, heat-induced pall hung over the whole city, and those who were smart retreated behind thick stone walls to rest and rejuvenate. On Sundays, nearly everything is shut. Europeans learn to plan ahead so they can enjoy their culturally mandated - and embraced - leisure time. - Manohar

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New study on ageing adults with down syndrome May 21, 2015 18:53

The researchers from Trinity College Dublin have examined if cognitive training for adults with Down syndrome can have a protective effect for healthy ageing. The study is being conducted in the context of a growing concern by the researchers involved regarding levels of dementia in an ageing Down syndrome population in Ireland and varying standards of care, support and diagnostic pathways around the country.The study was supported by Down syndrome Ireland and the work is a collaboration with the University at Albany, New York and the University of Cambridge. Figures released recently by the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing show that between 2010 and 2013, the prevalence of dementia among people with Down syndrome who are part of the study had almost doubled from 15.8% to 29.9%.Adults with Down syndrome also often experience earlier onset of dementia than those in the general population, with previous studies by TCD showing that those with the syndrome develop dementia at age 55 on average, compared to 65 in the general population.By Lizitha

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20000 year old remains of Wolf found May 21, 2015 18:15

Simon Ferguson, a 45 year old man, who was digging up the garden to build up a duck pond, was shocked to see what he found in the ground.The man was digging up the ground and his both sons, Richard, 12, and Adam, 10, were helping him prepare the land for their water feature. Initially the boys came across the animal's skull but as Mr Ferguson dug further they found the bones which were preserved in the blue clay. When the news was spread into media, few of the experts opined that, the wolf was died when it was three years old. But after contacting the London Museum, the actual facts came out. The museum authorities said that, the wolf was dead 20000 years ago. However, Simon donated the remains of wolf to the museum authorities as he felt, that number of people would come to know if it is in the museum.     By Phani

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Hitler’s ‘Walking horses’ recovered from a black market May 21, 2015 18:06

Thorak’s “Walking Horses” which are standing with 16 feet high and 33 feet long, once guarded Hitler’s New Reich Chancellery in Berlin, on either side of the stairs to the building. During World War II, they were relocated and in the 1950s, they were seen on a Red Army barracks’ sports grounds in Eberswalde, a town northeast of Berlin in the communist German Democratic Republic, according to Agence France-Presse. When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, the horses went missing. Speculations were that, they were sold by the GDR. Commissioned by Hitler at the height of his power, the colossal twin "Walking Horses" were sculpted by Josef Thorak (1989-1952). They were part of the thousands of bronze works crafted for the Nazi regime in its quest to transform Berlin into the imperial global capital of "Germania. Hitler's Chancellery was badly damaged in 1945 and the remains were demolished on the orders of the Soviet forces. Police recently started investigating when they learned someone was trying to sell them in the black market. “Thorak worked on statues intended to represent the folk-life of Germany under Nazi coordination; these works tended to be heroic in scale, up to 65 feet,” according to Holland’s German Art Gallery.”  notorious Nazi Albert Speer referred to the sculptor named Josef Thorak in Germany as ‘more or less my sculptor.'”One of Thorak’s works has been unearthed in a black-market raid. German police discovered two massive bronze Thorak sculptures, dubbed as “Walking Horses,” during an investigation targeting eight suspects in an illegal art trafficking ring, Berlin police spokesman Thomas Neuendorf told. The dealers wanted some $5.6 million for the statues. The sculptures showed signs of the battle they had been through. They are painted gold to mask the bullet holes.Police raided homes in Berlin, Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia and Schleswig-Holstein, seizing several other pieces of Nazi-era art, including a massive granite relief by German sculptor Arno Breker depicting muscled, shirtless fighters wielding swords in what police called “typical Nazi style.”By Premji

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Use of EAMCET results when Engineering colleges are getting shut down May 21, 2015 17:50

EAMCET results released, but, engineering colleges are getting shut down. What to do with the results now?By Phani

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Paracetamol may lower testosterone in baby boys May 21, 2015 16:34

Paracetamol is the most commonly preferred pain killer. For pregnant women, it is the primary medicine for managing pain and fever. But the researchers from University of Edinburgh have revealed that prolonged use may reduce testosterone production in unborn baby boys."This study adds to existing evidence that prolonged use of paracetamol in pregnancy may increase the risk of reproductive disorders in male babies," said lead researcher Rod Mitchell, a clinical research fellow at the University of Edinburgh. "We would advise that pregnant women should follow current guidance that the painkiller be taken at the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible time," Mitchell suggested.The study, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, tested the effect of paracetamol on testosterone production in mice with grafts of human testicular tissue designed to mimic how testes develop and function in pregnancy.The researcher’s team gave the mice a typical daily dose of paracetamol over a period of either 24 hours or seven days and then measured the amount of testosterone produced by the human tissue an hour after the final dose of paracetamol. After 24 hours of paracetamol treatment, they found no effect on testosterone production, but after seven days of exposure, the amount of testosterone fell by 45 percent.The team found that reduced exposure to testosterone in the womb has been linked to higher risk of infertility, testicular cancer and undescended testicles.By Lizitha

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New York Woman gets 24 years jail term for shoving Indian to death May 21, 2015 14:41

A 33-year-old American woman has been sentenced to 24 years in prison for pushing an Indian man to death in front of a subway train in an attack apparently motivated by her hatred for “Hindus and Muslims”.Erika Menendez had pleaded guilty in March before Queens Supreme Court Justice Gregory Lasak for shoving Sunando Sen, 46 to his death as the subway train entered the station on the night of December 27, 2012.Menendez however insisted that she could not remember why she had pushed Sen onto the path of an approaching train.A report in the New York Post said judge Lasak expressed his outrage over Sen’s death before sentencing her.“For whatever reason, when you gave your statement to police after you were arrested, you said, ‘I hate Muslims and the Hindus.’ Do you remember that?” the judge asked.Menendez replied she did not.“You picked out Sen, who was on that platform and you stood behind him and you followed him,” the judge said.“This was a particularly brutal homicide. I can only imagine his final thoughts. That’s a horrible, horrible way to die,” Lasak said adding that Menendez’s act terrorised the whole city.“Millions of people take the trains every day in New York City to go to work or to go to school or other destinations, and they want to feel safe,” judge Lasak said. “And this put a chilling effect on all the ridership.”Sen, an immigrant from India, had lived in Queens for years and had opened his own printing and copying business near Columbia University.He was unmarried and his parents were dead, according to roommates who lived with him in a small apartment.Following Menendez’s guilty plea, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown had said she committed “what is every subway commuter’s worst nightmare — being suddenly and senselessly pushed into the path of an oncoming train.”He had said Sen was shoved from behind and had no chance to defend himself.According to the criminal complaint, Menendez was observed talking to herself and pacing back and forth on the subway platform around 8 p.m. on December 27, 2012.Sen was on the platform waiting for the train’s arrival when suddenly Menendez approached him from behind and shoved him onto the tracks as the train came into the station.Sen was struck by the train and died of multiple blunt force trauma.Menendez had later told authorities that her hatred for “Hindus and Muslims” prompted her to push Sen off the subway platform.She had also said that even though the attack on Sen was too sudden, he had still tried to save himself briefly before he fell onto the tracks.Menendez had said she did not like Muslims and in a jailhouse interview after the attack had said that she “just wanted to hurt Muslims and Hindus ever since [9/11]... I’ve been beating up Muslims and Hindus for a long time.” - Manohar

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IAF's Mirage jet gets a safe landing on Yamuna Expressway in trial land May 21, 2015 13:27

Roadway has become runway: IAF's Mirage successfully landed on Yamuna expressway in the trials The Indian Air Force has carried out a successful trial of landing a combat jet on a road runway.The IAF's Mirage 2000 successfully landed on Yamuna expressway near Mathura on Thursday.It's a kind of first for military aviation in India.The aircraft landed at about 6:40am, senior IAF officers said, adding that the force has plans to activate more such stretches on highways in the future.The IAF has been considering the use of national highways for emergency landing by fighter aircraft.For Thursday's trial, all facilities like make shift air traffic control, safety services, rescue vehicles, bird clearance parties and other requirements were set in place by the IAF."The operation was conducted in coordination with district magistrates and superintendents of police of Agra and Mathura," an IAF statement said.The aircraft first made a practice approach on the highway coming down to 100 metres before landing on the next approach.IAF officials said such landings can be carried out in emergencies if an active airport is not available under certain circumstances.Road runways are used for emergency landing and become important if airbases are crippled during war times.At present, countries such as Germany, Poland, Sweden, South Korea, Taiwan, Finland, Switzerland, Poland, Singapore and Pakistan have dedicated stretches on their expressways and highways for airplanes to land and take off in case of an emergency.On condition of anonymity, a senior IAF officer said, "During the 1971 war, couple of Pakistani jets did manage to reach Agra to execute bombardments, which never happened. The stretch on Agra-Lucknow expressway will provide additional strategic points to air power, in case any emergency situation happens during conflict or at peace time." - Manohar

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