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"Cauvery Water Will be Released to TN Until Year End" Karnataka to SC September 26, 2016 11:55

Two days after passing a unanimous resolution in the Legislature on reserving water for drinking, Karnataka on Monday told the Supreme Court that it would not be able to release Cauvery water to neighbour Tamil Nadu until the year end.The apex court had directed Karnataka to release 6,000 cusecs of water daily to Tamil Nadu for seven days till tomorrow.Karnataka expressed inability to release water, saying its reservoirs don't have adequate water.Urging the court to modify its order, Karnataka said that the water, which comes to 42,000 cusecs, should be treated as "arrears" and can be released by the end of December.After the SC verdict, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had said, “This is an unimplementable order.” The order overturned the Cauvery Supervisory Committee directive, which had specified only 3,000 cusecs to be released for ten days between September 21 to 27.The total quantum of water as specified by the Cauvery Supervisory Committee order would have seen Karnataka release 30,000 cusecs of water for ten days. Instead, with the Apex Court order, the water released to Tamil Nadu was increased to 42,000 cusecs of water. Also Read: Cauvery water dispute, Supreme Court modified its earlier orderBY M. DIVYA SRI

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ISRO Launches Weather Satellite SCATSAT-1 September 26, 2016 11:39

An Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket on Monday morning lifted off successfully with the country’s weather satellite SCATSAT-1 and seven others.The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for the first time used its own multiple burn technology while launching eight satellites - five foreign and three domestic - in different orbits.Multiple burn technology is the switching off and switching on of a rocket’s engine in space mainly to launch satellites in different orbits. The PSLV rocket standing 44.4 metre tall and weighing 320 tonne, tore into the morning skies at 9.12 am with a growl breaking free of the earth’s gravitational pull.The rocket was ferrying eight satellites weighing around 665kg and will be put into orbit in two phases.According to ISRO, SCATSAT-1 is a continuity mission for Oceansat-2 scatterometer to provide wind vector data products for weather forecasting, cyclone detection and tracking services to the users.The PSLV’s main cargo- the 371 kg SCATSAT-1 for ocean and weather related studies - will be put into a 730 km polar sun synchronous orbit, 17 minutes into the flight.The remaining seven satellites will be placed in a 689 km polar orbit around two hours and 15 minutes after the rocket’s lift off. These include five foreign satellites: three from Algeria (Alsat-1B 103kg, Alsat-2B 117kg, Alsat-1N 7kg), and one each from Canada (NLS-19, 8kg) and US (Pathfinder-44kg).The two other Indian satellites are - Pratham (10kg) built by Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay and Pisat (5.25 kg) from PES University, Bengaluru and its consortium.Around 16 minutes into the flight, the rocket’s fourth state or the engine will be cut off and a minute later the weather satellite SCATSAT-1 will be put into orbit.According to ISRO, SCATSAT-1 is a continuity mission for Oceansat-2 scatterometer to provide wind vector data products for weather forecasting, cyclone detection and tracking services to the users. The satellite carries Ku-band scatterometer similar to the one flown onboard Oceansat-2. The mission life of the satellite is five years.After slinging SCATSAT-1 into its orbit the rocket’s fourth stage would be restarted after one hour 22 minutes into the flight and cut off around 20 seconds later. Two hours and 11 minutes into the flight the fourth stage will again be restarted to be cut off one minute later.Following that in three minutes all the seven satellites would be ejected putting an end to PSLV’s longest mission till date. The PSLV rocket is a four stage/engine rocket powered by solid and liquid fuel alternatively.Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) director K. Sivan told on Sunday that "the long time gap between the cutting off of the engine and its restart is not an issue. The first time the multiple burn technology was first tested by ISRO while flying its PSLV rocket on December 16, 2015 and this June, the technology was again demonstrated."About the challenge to be faced, Sivan said, “After cutting off the engine, its condition should be brought to such a stage that it could be restarted again. The next challenge is to controlling the engine and bringing it so as to eject the remaining satellites into a different orbit.”He said "the rocket has GPS aided navigation system so that data generated by the rocket’s inertial navigation system and the one provided by the former will be blended so as to erase and errors and to generate a precise data." ISRO Chairman A. S. Kiran Kumar "Good Afternoon to all of you. Today we have seen a launch from PSLV where we have bben able to put different satellites from different countries and our own SCATSAT-1 being put into different orbits, different local times and this is one of the new capability which PSLV has demonstrated." Also Read: ISRO Launches INSAT-3DR Weather SatelliteBY M. DIVYA SRI

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Chaitanya and Samantha Perform Auspicious Pooja September 26, 2016 10:54

Akkineni Nagarjuna confirmed the marriage of his elder son Naga Chaitanya with actress Samantha a couple of weeks ago. Many of Chaitu fans and Nagarjuna fans are waiting for their marriage. Besides this, Recently a Pic of Naga Chaitanya and Samantha Pooja at home was out along with Nagarjuna beside them. This auspicious Pooja was done under Veda pandits which shows that the date of marriage will be confirmed Soon. The exact purpose of this special pooja is not revealed yet, possibly they have finalized the date of their engagement. The engagement date will be revealed soon as it seems to be true that this pooja is to confirm their engagement.The Akkineni compound will soon grab the festival mood. Not one, but two marriages were planned from the Akkineni family. The two brothers, Akkineni Akhil and Naga Chaitanya will become a responsible candidates after these marriages. So regarding this, Naga CHaitanya and Samantha were involved in an auspicious pooja which also was attended by Nagarjuna.Naga Chaitanya is busy in Premam promotions and Samantha has only one commitment so far and it is opposite Chaitu in a yet to be titled film to be directed by Kalyan Krishna who made a successful debut with 'Soggade Chinni Nayana'. Also Read: Actor Rana Daggubati Comes to the RescueBY M. DIVYA SRI

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Telangana government Launches Evacuation Operation September 26, 2016 10:40

The biggest evacuation operation was Launched on Sunday by the Telangana government. Several districts in the Godavari basin were effected with unprecedented rain causing flooding of the river and forcing officials to release excess water from brimming dams.Thousands of villagers in Karimnagar, Nizamabad, Adilabad, Khammam, and Warangal were shifted to safer places on the directives of chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, who monitored the rain situation from his camp office. The chief minister instructed irrigation minister T Harish Rao to evacuate people and cattle from the villages hit by floods in view of release of water from various dams, including Nizamsagar, Sriramsagar, Jurala, Pulichintala, and Srisailam dam."All the dams except Nagarjunasagar are almost full and water is being released. As per the chief minister's instructions, we are carrying out evacuation in all affected districts," said Harish Rao, who visited Manwada village in Boainapalle mandal in Karimnagar to oversee the ongoing evacuation operation.KCR also cancelled a cabinet meeting scheduled for Monday in a view of grim flood situation, and a heavy rainfall warning for the next couple of days. He asked all ministers and officials to camp in their respective districts to monitor rescue and relief operations. Harish Rao also cancelled a video conference with officials on Mission Kakatiya which was scheduled for Monday. The ministry of water resources on Sunday issued a flood alert in the districts around Godavari and Krishna basins in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Maharashtra. "The districts which may see low to moderate floods are Nizamabad, Adilabad, Karimnagar, and Khammam," the water resources ministry said in a statement.An IMD report said "clouds moving north-west and over Maharashtra, Vidarbha and Chhattisgarh might result in heavy rains, which may trigger floods in Godavari from its tributaries -Pranahita and Indravati -in the coming days."In Medak, the Indian Air Force (IAF), helped government to rescued 23 people who were stranded on an island. About 23 construction workers trapped on the island were moved to a safer place. For the first time in recent history, 11 gates of Nizamsagar were lifted. Each gate discharged 6,000 cusecs and the irrigation minister said the total discharge would be increased to one lakh cusecs. Heavy discharge was reported from other projects, including Sriramsagar, Yellampalli, Mid-Maneru, and Pulichintala that reached 30 tmcft storage level for the first time. Also Read: AP Pilgrims got stuck in Uttharakhand floodsBY M. DIVYA SRI

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Heavy Rains Create Havoc in Andhra Pradesh September 26, 2016 10:17

In a shocking incident, four persons died on Sunday due to the heavy rain, caused by the ongoing low pressure over the Bay of Bengal. Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts are facing a flood risk rivers like Vamsadhara, Nagavali, Vegavathi, Mahendratanaya and Suvranamukhi are filling up.The incident took place when a slab collapse Killing Karri Apparao, 70, and Karri Nagamma, 65, of Vepadu who died on the spot. According to S. Kota inspector Ramana Murthy, "the locals cleared the debris and took the bodies out. The bodies have been sent for post-mortem."In another incident, the flood waters washed away a 17-year-old, identified as Prasad when he went to see the water flow into the Lakshmipuram tank near Chodavaram of Vizag district.In another incident, B. Ravindra Prasad, a Class VIII student of St. Mary School of Araku, accidentally fell in a swollen pond near Dumbriguda.Even though he was fished out immediately and transferred to the nearest hospital, he was declared brought dead.A woman was also injured when a wall collapsed due to the ongoing rains in Gajuwaka on Sunday. Seven thatched huts collapsed in various villages and roads were damaged on Sunday. The officials set up a control room in the collectorate. Also Read: Rains Damage Crops in MedakBY M. DIVYA SRI

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2 Dead & 6 Injured in a Road Accident in Medipally September 26, 2016 09:55

In a tragic incident, a couple died on the spot and six others, including their two children, suffered injuries in a road accident at Medipally on Sunday night.According to the police, the deceased were identified as Raji Reddy, 50, a businessman from Bharatpur Colony, and his wife Vijaya Lakshmi, 48. The mishap occurred at Medipally when the couple along with their two sons -- Srikanth Reddy, 20, and Ranjit Reddy, 16 -- were heading towards Warangal from Medipally in their Alto car."After a stop at a fuel station at Medipally, they took a U-turn to go towards Warangal when an Indica car coming from behind rammed into their vehicle at high speed. Raji Reddy and Vijaya Lakshmi, who were sitting in the back seat, died on the spot," Medipally sub-inspector K Kishan said. He added "the children suffered injuries. Four persons traveling in the Indica, including Amrender Reddy, who was driving, his wife Jyothy and their two children also sustained injuries. Jyothy suffered fractures in both her legs. After the collision, the out-of-control Indica, traveling at about 130 kmph, went off the road and stopped 50 feet away at an elevated open space beside to the road.""The LPG cylinder in the Alto car started leaking gas after the collision. However, the fuel filling station staff used foam extinguisher and prevented a blaze," the SI said. All the injured were admitted to a nearby hospital, while Amrender Reddy was booked under Sections 304-A and 337 of IPC. "We are collecting his blood sample to check blood alcohol content," the SI added. Also Read: Driver Hits Pedestrian, Carries Dead Body on His CarBY M. DIVYA SRI

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Top 10 Places to Visit in Rajasthan September 24, 2016 16:30

Rajasthan, known formerly by the name Rajputana or the land of the kings, is the largest state in the republic of India. Here is the list of 10 popular places to visit in Rajasthan.1. Jaipur The capital of the state, Jaipur is also the largest city in the princely state of Rajasthan. Also known by the nickname ‘Pink City of India’ which is due to the distinctive saffron or pink color of the buildings. Jaipur has lots to offer to even the most average tourists. Forts, monuments, temples, Gardens, museums and vast market places of Jaipur bring tourists who come from all around the world to experience the food, fun and frolic at this wonderful town. Jaipur is also home to a huge no. of arts and craft with over 20 unique specializations. 2. Udaipur The City of Udaipur is known by its common moniker is the city of lakes. Today, most of the palaces have been converted into hotels, thus attracting a huge no. of tourist crowd to this city.The city’s picturesque location at the foothills of the Aravalli Mountains, the state of Udaipur is a unique destination. Apart from its various palaces, forts, market places, and various temples are also the reason for its popularity. The cities are well planned and the people hospitable, the place is not only famous for its palaces and monuments, the city of Udaipur has a lot to offer its visitors.3. Jodhpur The second largest City of Rajasthan, Jodhpur is also the second most populated city of Rajasthan after Jaipur. Jodhpur has been listed many a times in various tourism magazines and documentaries and has topped the lonely planet’s list of most extraordinary place to stay in 2014. The various hill forts, palaces and the old walled city are just a handful of attractions from the multitude that this wonderful city has to offer.4. Jaisalmer The aptly named “golden city”, which comes from its view during the day, the city of Jaisalmer lies in the heart of the Thar Desert. The city is a famous tourist spot due to its magnificent architecture and the various arts and crafts which are unique to this region. The city thrives on tourism, and can be called a home away from home for a huge no. of tourists from all around the world.5. Bikaner The city of Bikaner was founded in 1488 by the Rathore Rajput Ruler Rao Bika. Today Bikaner is another prime tourist destination and is famous for its sweets and snacks. The place is known for its forts and food.The various arts and crafts of this place are also unique, especially the intricately carved windowpanes called jharokhas. It is one town we would personally recommend for you to visit if you want to experience the authentic taste of rajasthani cuisines. The famous temples like Karni Mata and Laxmi Nath Temple etc are also worth the visit.6. Pushkar Lying in the Ajmer District of Rajasthan, the holy City of Pushkar is often described as the king of pilgrimage sites in India. The town is located at the shores of the Pushkar Lake, which was created by the tears of Lord Shiva. The water of the lake is considered sacred and thus is responsible for the town’s repute as a pilgrimage spot. Perhaps the most illustrious attraction of Pushkar is the annual camel fair. It is a five day fair held where people buy and sell livestock. But that’s not all; the fair is home to a large no. of tourist crowd that is attracted by the music, dance and various events that are held here during the camel fair. Camel races are one of the major attractions as well.7. Sawai Madhopur Sawai Madhopur was built by Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh of The Kachwaha Rajputs and was founded in 1763. They are two famous forts called the Ranthambore Fort and the Ranthambore National park. Both of the two places are a must visit and will take up around 2-3 days for one to explore properly. One should also visit the Ranthambore fort, which is a part of the UNESCO world heritage site. The fort is situated in the forests of the Ranthambore National Park. The construction of the fort predates the reign of the Kachwaha Rajput Clan and was founded by the Nagil Jat Ruler Raja Sajraj Veer Singh Nagil in 944 AD. 8. Chittorgarh The ancient city of Chittorgarh also known as Chittor, was said to have been founded by the Maurya Dynasty. One of the major places to visit in Chittorgarh is the Chittorgarh fort, which is the largest fort in India. Upon visiting you will experience and witness the Rajput style architecture at its best. The fort complex itself contains several palaces, gardens and temples most of which have a great historical significance.9. Mount Abu The place takes pride of it being the only hill station in the desert state of Rajasthan. Mount Abu is situated in the Aravalli mountain range and is a part of the Sirohi District of Rajasthan. The place apart from being a retreat for the people of Rajasthan and Gujarat from the scorching sun but has a lot of historical and religious significance. The hill station houses many ancient sites and temples which are frequented by many pilgrims from across India along with many forts and lakes. The place is a heavenly retreat for the sun scorched people of Rajasthan, with its lush green surroundings and various picnic spots. The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, Trevor’s Crocodile Park, Nakki Lake and the most Famous Dilwara Jain Temples are situated here. Apart from these, one can also visit the ruins of Achalgarh Fort which was built in the 17th century. The surroundings and the cool and enjoyable weather make it a place like no other in the desert state of Rajasthan. 10. Alwar The City of Alwar Founded by the Kachwaha Rajput Ruler Pratap Singh in 1770. The city being one of the princely states of the Rajputana has tones of tourist attractions. The forts, temples and the immense abundance of natural Fauna has brought this place in this list. The Haunted Bhangarh Fort, The Karni Mata Temple, the Historic site of Pandupole, and the Sariska Tiger Reserve are just a few of the many attraction this city houses. Also Read: Top 5 Beach Front ResortsBY M. DIVYA SRI

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Paneer Paratha Recipe September 24, 2016 15:10

Paneer paratha is one of the many popular paratha varieties from punjab. It’s an all time favorite paratha at home and is served in most restaurants as well as punjabi dhabas (road side eateries). Here is the recipe.Prep Time- 45 min Serving- 4 Ingredients For dough or outer layer:Chapati atta (Whole wheat flour) – 1 ½ cupsOil – 2 tablespoonsSalt – to tasteWater – little more than ½ cupFor stuffing:Paneer – 1 ½ cups, crumbled or shredded Green chili – 1, chopped finely Cilantro or coriander leaves – 2-3 tablespoons, chopped finely Red chili powder – 1 teaspoon Garam masala – ½ to 1 teaspoon Amchur powder (dried mango powder) – 1 teaspoon Chaat masala – 1 teaspoon Kasoori methi (dried fenugreek leaves) – 1 teaspoon, lightly crushed Salt – to tasteOther ingredients:Chapati atta (whole wheat flour) – for dusting while rolling paratha Oil – for frying paratha Method To make stuffing, take all the stuffing ingredients in a bowl and mix well till everything is incorporated well. Divide into 6 equal portions and keep it aside.To make dough, take atta, salt and oil in a bowl. Mix oil and salt well into atta using your fingertips. Then add little water at a time and start kneading the dough.Knead it till it gets smooth and soft. Cover the dough and let it rest for at least 15 minutes.After resting time, knead the dough once again and divide it into 6 equal portions. Make smooth ball and flatten it out between your palms. Work with one disc at a time. Dip into atta and start rolling using rolling pin and board.Make 4 inch diameter circle and put one portion of stuffing in the center. Start gathering the edges using hand. Then pinch it into the center to seal it tightly.Using your hand, flatten it out and sprinkle with atta again. Roll again gently.Once you have couple of paratha rolled out, heat the tawa or pan on medium heat. Once tawa is hot, place the paratha on it and cook for few seconds.Flip the paratha by applying some oil on it. While you apply the oil, other side is also cooked.Flip it and apply oil on other side. Paratha is ready to be served.BY M. DIVYA SRI

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Actor Rana Daggubati Comes to the Rescue September 24, 2016 14:57

Actor Rana Daggubati has come forward to help those who have been badly hit due to continuous rain in the last few days, in Hyderabad.The actor tweeted, “Nature is testing us once again. Calling out to all good souls to help the ones in need!! Appreciate volunteer help!! Will keep you posted! Getting info and relief material needed in Hyderabad and other affected areas!! Please post if any help is needed will try to reach you soon.”During the Chennai floods last year, several actors from Hyderabad formed a group to help those in distress. Even then, it was Rana Daggaubati who had taken the initiative to raise funds and gather necessary material for relief. Also Read: Puri Jagannath Travel to his Dream WorldBY M. DIVYA SRI

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Alcatel Launches Pixi 4 (5) at Rs. 4,999 September 24, 2016 14:48

Alcatel at the CES 2016 in January launched the Pixi 4 in 7-inch, 6-inch, and 4-inch variants. The company has now launched a 5-inch Pixi 4 for the Indian market. The handset is priced at Rs. 4,999 and is exclusively available via Flipkart in four colour options.The Alcatel Pixi 4 (5) aka Pixi4 is a dual-SIM (Micro-SIM) device with 4G support that runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The device spots a 5-inch FWVGA (480x854 pixels) resolution display. The Pixi 4 (5) is powered by a 1.1GHz quad-core MediaTek MTK6735M processor coupled with 1GB of RAM.Optics include an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, and both feature flash modules. The Alcatel Pixi 4 (5) bears 8GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 32GB). The handset is fitted with a 2000mAh removable battery pack.Connectivity options on include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and Micro-USB 2.0, among others. The handset measures 140.7x72.5x9.5mm, and weighs 169 grams.The Alcatel Pixi 4 (5) touts a premium looking chassis, with a slim profile available in a number of colour options which include Metal Gold, Metal Silver, Volcano Black and Sharp Blue. The company adds that photos taken by the camera are given an added dimension with exclusive Polaroid filters that allow users to make collages, add effects, borders, texts and more. The company also promises a powerful music experience with Arkamys optimized speakers.Commenting on the launch, Praveen Valecha, Regional Director, Alcatel India said, "We are excited to announce the launch of our Alcatel Pixi 4 (5) for our Indian users. Being the third largest home to smartphone users, India is a critical market for us and we intend to bring cutting edge products to consumers here, who seek power packed design sensibilities of a high-end smartphone at competitive prices."He also said, "The Pixi 4 is designed for the youth/millennial who want a trendy phone loaded with future proof features and yet not being heavy on the pocket. The Pixi 4 promises the perfect balance of speed, performance and ergonomics. And all of this comes with great features like Arkamys-optimized speakers and Polaroid filters." BY M. DIVYA SRI

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