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The Skeleton Lake of Roopkund March 31, 2015 12:55

Some 16,000 feet above sea level, at the bottom of a small valley, was a frozen lake absolutely full of skeletons. That summer, the ice melting revealed even more skeletal remains, floating in the water and lying haphazardly around the lake's edges. This extremely frightening area of Himalayan Mountains is known for the hundreds of corpses between 300-600 skeletons, which date back to the 15th century AD. The trail for the trek that leads to the frozen Roopkund Lake also overlaps with the religious pilgrimage of Nanda Devi thus making this experience of trekking in Uttarakhand, an overall mix of culture and adventure.The DNA tests proved that the skeletons belonged to several groups of people, including a group of probably local porters and a taller group who were closely related - with DNA mutations characteristic for Chitpavans - The Brahmins from Maharashtra. When ice melts in the glacial tarn of Roopkund, located 5,000 metres above sea level in Chamoli district, Uttaranchal, hundreds of corpses can be seen floating. Thus gets exposed a mystery that dates back to more than 60 years and has begun to be understood only recently.As per the legends, ‘Mystery Lake’ is circled by hundreds of skeletons which is the major attraction of this trek. The skeletons may belong to pilgrims who fell to their deaths due to the unexpected calamities.

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Virat and Dhoni slipped from ICC ODI rankings March 31, 2015 13:12

Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni slipped down the ladder to be fourth and 10th respectively, while Shikhar Dhawan retained his seventh spot in the latest ICC ODI batsmen’s rankings released on Monday. In the ODI bowlers’ chart, however, Indian pacer Mohammad Shami and Ravichandaran Ashwin made upward movements. While Shami gained as many as 14 places to be at 11th now, Ashwin’s eight wickets in the ongoing cricket World Cup so far helped him climb six spots to 16th.There have been a plenty of reshuffle in the rankings at the end of 23 pool matches in the World Cup, currently being staged in Australia and New Zealand.Kohli has slipped a rung but is still the best-placed Indian batsman at fourth position, while skipper Dhoni has lost two places to be at 10th.Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina are the other Indian batsmen to be figuring in the top-20 list. Even though Rohit has lost three places to be at 16th, Raina has climbed up four positions to be at 20th.Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara, who is currently the leading run-scorer in the cricket’s biggest spectacle with 268 runs, has moved up two places to join South Africa’s Hashim Amla in second place. The batting table is headed by South Africa captain AB de Villiers, who leads by 49 ratings points.While none of the Indian bowlers figure in the top-10, both Shami and Ashwin’s progress has been significant. However, injured an Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravindra Jadeja have both lost four places each to be at 17th and 18th.The bowlers’ list is still topped by Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal, even though he is not a part of the squad in the mega-event.Meanwhile, India’s Jadeja has managed to retain his seventh position in the ODI all-rounders’ table, which is now headed by Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan, who has become number one following his 229 runs with the bat and three wickets with the ball in the World Cup so far.In team rankings, Australia continue to lead the field with 120 ratings points, while world champions India are second, four points behind. South Africa, on 113 ratings points, are third, and Sri Lanka fourth.Following New Zealand’s four wins in as many matches and England’s three defeats in four games, the two sides have swapped places. New Zealand is now fifth, just one ratings point behind Sri Lanka, while England are now sixth, eight rating points ahead of Pakistan.@Indianexpress- Manohar

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Siddarth's Come Back March 31, 2015 12:36

Talented actor Siddarth has received enough recognition for his performance and his acting skills in all the languages he acted in. He has scored massive hits in all the languages and he was once the actor in demand. However he has recently reserved himself to tamil films and he announced that he will not do movies in Telugu as some of his movies did not do well in Telugu even after making big in Tamil. He has scored a super hit with his recent movie Jigarthanda and top directors like Shankar and Maniratnam stepped forward to appreciate Siddarth’s performance in the film. The movie has been now been dubbed into telugu and it has been titled as Dil Raju with the caption “Dhammunte Kasko”. Karthik Subbaraj directed the movie and it has been produced by Kathiresan on Group Company banner. The music composed by Santhosh Narayanan is a huge hit and Lakshmi Menon played the female lead in the film. Siddarth is now confident on his comeback in Telugu and the movie has been slated for a huge release on April 3rd all over Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Siddarth has recently revealed that he himself will remake the film in Hindi soon.

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Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav to form another Party? March 31, 2015 12:06

Ousted Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Prashant Bhushan has indicated to form a new political party after he and Yogendra Yadav were expelled from the national executive.According to reports, all the volunteers will meet on April 14 to take a concrete decision over the matter. The meeting is expected to be attended by several members of the party's national executive and national council. Earlier on Saturday, Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav were ousted from the party's national executive.Out of the 311 national executive members present in yesterday's national council meeting, an overwhelming 247 members voted against Bhushan and Yadav while just 8 votes were cast in their favour. The party also removed Anand Kumar and Ajit Jha from the national executive.The party's internal rift had widened after Yadav and Bhushan were accused of working for party's defeat during the Delhi Assembly polls last month. On their future course of action, Yadav said, "My opinion is that the spirit of the AAP movement has to be kept alive. We must march forward. We must not allow these incidents and negativity to affect us. We should move forward. The way to move forward would be to generate energy in the country."@dnaindia & timesofindia- Manohar

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Pawan’s Gabbar Singh 2 Updates March 31, 2015 12:00

Powerstar Pawan Kalyan has been testing the patience of his fans about his next movie like never before in his career. Pawan Kalyan has scored a massive hit with Gabbar Singh and he decided to pen the script for the sequel. Though the story has been finalized, after several steps of pre production, Pawan has not been impressed with the screenplay and the final output which delayed the film. The movie has been launched officially long back but the movie did not go on to the sets. Even the director Sampath Nandi has been replaced with KS Ravindra (Bobby) who directed Power in the past. As per the latest update, the pre production work of the movie is on swing and will be wrapped up in the mid of April. The makers are now locking the dates of the cast and crew of the movie and the regular shoot of the movie will start from the last week of April as per the update from the sources. Anisha Ambrose will play the female lead in the movie and Devi Sri Prasad will compose the music. Pawan will be seen as a powerful cop in the movie and Pawan Kalyan’s close aid Sharat Marar will produce the movie on North Star Entertainments banner. Gabbar Singh 2 will complete shoot and will release in December this year.

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NDA Govt Plans to Honour PV Narasimha Rao March 31, 2015 11:25

Former PM PV Narasimha Rao, who has driven India from a starving state to sufficient state, will be honoured by the NDA government despite his own party (Indian National Congress) disowned him even before his death. This move is an embarrassing decision for Congress party as it had not even shown respect and attention to perform his last rites in Delhi.The architect of the economic reforms in 1990’s, will be honoured with a memorial ghat at Ekta Sthal Samadhi Complex. Urban Development ministry reportedly moved a proposal for cabinet approval in last week to build the memorial to the former PM and harbinger of economic liberalisation.The governments of both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh states urging centre to respect the services rendered by him. The legislature of Telangana state passed a resolution for awarding Bharat Ratna title, while the government of Andhra Pradesh moved a resolution to build a memorial for Rao, who hailed from Vangara of Karimnagar district in Telangana, and represented by many constituencies in present AP, Orissa, and Maharashtra.The proposed memorial ghat would be built at Ekta Sthal, where the memorial of Congress loyalist Giani Zail Singh housed. While, the last rites of PV ware performed in Hyderabad, with state honours in December 2004.Former PM Manmohan Singh was then Finance Minster who is credited with economic liberalization introducer together with PV. Former President APJ Abdul Kalam described Rao as "patriotic statesman who believed that the nation is bigger than the political system".-Kannamsai

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Multi tasking can hamper your brain performance March 31, 2015 11:04

The researchers from Sanford University have found that multi-tasking kills your performance and may even damage your brain. It was proved that multi-tasking reduces your efficacy and performance as brain can only focus on one thing at a time. The frequent multitaskers were examined by dividing them into groups based on their tendency to multi-task. They researchers have found that they are really worse at multi-tasking than those who like to carry out single thing at one time. They even take time to switch from one task to another. The authors stated that "Multi-tasking reduces your efficiency and performance because your brain can only focus on one thing at a time”. The team also showed that it lowers IQ of a multitasker. Another study from University of London found that participants who multi-tasked during cognitive tasks experienced IQ score declines. The IQ score dropped off 15points to the average range of an eight year old child. The researchers also stated that more investigation needs to be carryout to know complete negative impact of multitasking on brain. AW: Lizitha

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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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