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Makkah Mukarrama Police Arrest Hyderabadi Pilgrim September 29, 2016 11:49

The Makkah Mukarrama Police arrested a Hyderabadi pilgrim on Thursday. According to reports Hyderabadi pilgrim had picked up money from the ground belonging to another pilgrim by mistake during Tawaaf (circumambulation). Police immediately took him into custody. It is said that the person didn’t reach his building for four days on which respective Khadim ul Hujjaj and other pilgrims of the buildings were started worrying about him. They thought that the pilgrim is missing as his cell phone was also found to be switched off. Facts came to fore after 4 days and it was confirmed that he was in police custody.Special Officer Telangana Hajj Committee Prof. S A Shukoor immediately contacted Indian Hajj Mission and Indian Consulate and appealed to take measures for the said pilgrim’s release. It must be noted that picking up anything in Mutaaf is a criminal offence.Meanwhile a pilgrim belonging to Hyderabad suffered hearth attack. Although Saudi doctors suggested surgery but the person has decided to undergo surgery after reaching Hyderabad. Also Read: Hajj Stampede: Not, 200, over 700 killed at MinaBY M. DIVYA SRI

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Shraddha Kapoor & Arjun Kapoor Recreate 'DDLJ' Iconic Scene September 29, 2016 10:51

Everyone loves Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. The  movie was a blockbuster film starring Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol. It was released two decades ago and was also the directorial debut of YRF scion Aditya Chopra. Breaking all kinds of records when it was released, including being the longest running film ever, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge still holds a special place in everyone’s hearts. And when you ask people their fave scene from the film, many might say that last scene where Kajol runs to catch Shah Rukh Khan’s hand while he is on a moving train as their fave (never mind the theories that he should have pulled the chain and made the train stop). A few films that came later have tried to recreate that scene, including Shah Rukh Khan’s own Chennai Express. Now Arjun Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor will also recreate the same scene for their upcoming film 'Half Girlfriend', but with a twist. It will be the boy i.e. Arjun Kapoor who will be running with the train, while Shraddha Kapoor is on it. However, she is not extending her hand towards him.Arjun Kapoor had posted the still on his Twitter timeline with the caption, “Our very own DDLJ moment !!! @ShraddhaKapoor @mohit11481 @chetan_bhagat #halfgirlfriend #shootlife #mumbailocal”BY M. DIVYA SRI

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First Look of John Abraham's 'Force 2' is Out ! September 29, 2016 10:42

John Abraham is even tougher and more intense in his sequel of 2011 hit, Force. Sonakshi Sinha will also be seen showcasing her new-found talent of kicking some butt in the film.This year has been quite ‘serious’ for John Abraham as the actor has done series of action-packed films where he portrayed characters who were always stern and never smiled. Whether it was the special appearance in Wazir or his recent release Dishoom, the actor has mostly shared the screen space with guns but not heroines. And now, the action hero is back again with the sequel of 2011 hit, Force. While the sequel retains John as the lead, this time it is Sonakshi Sinha who will be showcasing her new-found talent of kicking some butt in the film.John took to his official Instagram account to release the first look of his upcoming Force 2 and he promised that this time, his character of ACP Yashwardhan is even tougher and more intense. He shared the poster and wrote alongside, “He’s Tough. He’s Intense & he’s back in action with Twice the Force! Presenting ACP Yashwardhan for @Force2thefilm.”The poster shows the ‘Dishoom’ star in a very rugged look with infuriated eyes. Written on the poster are ‘The R.A.W Truth’ and ‘A dead soldier is a martyr…a dead spy is a traitor,’ which hints to something very exciting and electrifying coming up. Though the film is a sequel to the original version, starring Genelia Deshmukh, it has not been confirmed if the story will continue from where it left five years ago or if it will be a new beginning for John’s character named ACP Yashvardhan. Also Read: Actor Fawad Khan Leaves India For Personal ReasonsBY M. DIVYA SRI

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First Look of Dhanush's 'Kodi' Motion Poster Released September 29, 2016 10:29

Tamil star Dhanush shared the motion poster of his upcoming film 'Kodi' late Wednesday and it is already taking the internet by storm.It hasn’t even been 24 hours since it was released and the 50-second video has already garnered 1.8 lakh views on YouTube.Directed by RS Durai Senthilkumar, Kodi features Dhanush in the lead titular role, while Trisha Krishnan and Anupama Parameswaran star in main roles. If the motion poster is any indication, music composer Santhosh Narayanan has done an interesting job and given some high-octane, super-energetic scores for the film.Dhanush plays a double role in the political thriller that is slated for a Diwali release. As per sources, Trisha will be playing a character with negative shades for the first time in her career.Meanwhile, Dhanush is riding high on the success of his production, Tamil drama Visaranai. Visaranai is also India’s entry for Oscars 2017 in the Foreign Language Film category. He recently expressed his joy in a statement. “Good evening everybody. This is just turning out to be a glorious day. After the super positive initial reports for Thodari now Visaranai has been selected as the official entry to Oscars from India. Proud moment for Wunderbar Films and Vetrimaaran. Dream big,” he said. The film is based on the novel Lock Up by auto-rickshaw driver-turned-writer M. Chandrakumar.VIDEO:   Also Read: Chiranjeevi as Meelo Evaru KoteeswaruduBY M. DIVYA SRI

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Heavy Rainfall for Next 3 Days in Andhra Pradesh September 29, 2016 10:20

As Andhra Pradesh was recovering from heavy rains that lashed various areas of the state, the IMD predicted that more rainfall is going to occur for the next three days.The Deccan Chronicle reported:The prevailing low pressure over Vidarbha and adjoining south Chhattisgarh has weakened into an upper air cyclonic circulation and  is now located over Chhattisgarh and Odisha. Meanwhile, a trough of low pressure is lying over the southeast and adjoining  the east-central Bay of Bengal. Heavy rain warning still exists for north coastal AP.Last week, the railways canceled several trains for three days due to the damage to tracks in Andhra Pradesh's Guntur district following heavy rains. Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu conducted an aerial survey of flood-hit parts of the state and said "Our first priority should be to save lives and then minimize damages. It is the time everyone should shed lethargy and work with commitment."The road to the state's capital of Amaravati and also its temporary capital at Velagapudi has washed away.Even Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu  conducted an aerial survey of the state. He requested the Central government to extend assistance to Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.The Hindu reported:Naidu called on Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and Radha Mohan Singh (Agriculture) at New Delhi on Wednesday and briefed them about the rain-related havoc that resulted in heavy losses to the two States.After the meeting, he said he "had conducted an aerial survey of some parts of the flood-hit States on Tuesday and wanted the Ministries concerned to liberally assist the Telugu States in overcoming the losses, especially those related to damages to standing crop."He added "the Ministers had assured to depute central teams to the flood-hit areas of the two States as soon as reports were received from the respective governments. A high power committee headed by Mr. Rajnath Singh would take a view on the quantum of assistance to be extended to the Telugu States once the central teams submitted their reports on the extent of losses. In the meantime, the governments of the two States could utilize the funds allocated under the disaster relief while the Centre would also ensure release from the National Disaster Relief Fund for taking up relief works." Also Read: Relentless rains prove fatal for 5BY M. DIVYA SRI

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'Gau Rakshaks Should be Banned': Asaduddin Owaisi September 29, 2016 09:06

The Hyderabad parliamentarian held a meeting at the party headquarters in Darussalaam. During the meet, they responded to questions posed by media persons on the Centre's decision to introduce progress panchayats (PP), an outreach program targeted at the minorities. Asaduddin Owaisi, Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) president on Wednesday said that "a complete ban on gau rakshaks would show that the Modi government is "genuinely" concerned about the empowerment of the minorities." "Let the Modi government ban 'gau rakshaks' to prove that it is genuinely concerned about the minorities," the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader said. The Lok Sabha member from Hyderabad told the media that "constructive steps will help achieve the community's empowerment and not mere holding of panchayats. The first panchayat is proposed to be held in Haryana." He said "the Centre is launching such panchayats from a state where two Muslim females, including a minor, were raped and two Muslim youths murdered on beef consumption accusation. The Muslims in Haryana are being harassed in the name of checking their biryani. Let them raid five-star hotels in Gurgaon and check the biryani there." Owaisi said "Prime Minister Narendra Modi should also prove his sincerity by stopping statements emanating from Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and Bharatiya Janata Party leaders that hurt the sentiments of the minorities. Empowerment of the Muslims was the constitutional duty of the Modi government and it was not doing a favor to the community." The AIMIM leader also demanded five per cent quota to the Muslims in Maharashtra as per the Mumbai High Court order. "You are giving job quota to the Jats in Haryana, to the economically backward classes in Rajasthan and to the Patels in Gujarat. Who is stopping you from extending reservation to the Muslims in Maharashtra," he asked. Owaisi said, "the government should hold panchayats in Jammu and Kashmir, as there was an urgent need to reach out to the Kashmiris and talk to them since around 90 persons have been killed and peace remains shattered for nearly three months." "You talk of empowerment but why are you against the minority character of the Aligarh Muslim University and the Jamia Millia," the MP asked. Owaisi said that "the Modi government is doing minorities no favor by empowering them as it is a 'Constitutional duty'." The High Court told "the Maharashtra government to give five per cent reservations to Muslims. You (BJP government) don't do that." ALSO READ: Owaisi to take Legal Action Against Yateen Oza BY M. DIVYA SRI

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Blast in Firecrackers Manufacturing Unit, 2 Injured September 29, 2016 08:55

In a tragic incident, two persons were injured when a blast took place in firecrackers manufacturing unit in Aarugollana village of Bapulapadu Mandal in Krishna district. According to the police, "the blast occurred on Monday, it came to light only after the injured persons -- K Srinivasa Rao and Nagesh registered a complaint at Hanuman Junction police station on Wednesday. The unit was being run illegally." The duo said "the hospital had declined to treat them when they went to seek treatment. They later lodged a complaint against the unit owners -- Labba Satyanaryana and Labba Kannayya -- who have been arrested." Police said, "while Nagesh is out of danger, Srinivasa Rao suffered grievous injuries." Rao and Nagesh said that "Satyanarayana has been manufacturing bombs in his house in the village for the last several weeks with their help. He was procuring raw material from Sivakasi and the blast occurred around 10 pm." A police official said that "four persons were working in the unit at the time of the blast. The explosion led to minor cracks in the neighbor's house. Police said Satyanarayana engaged minors in his unit. We will probe the matter further and take action sternly. Since Deepavali is just a month away, smallscale firecrackers manufacturing units are operating illegally in the district without obtaining approvals from police and explosives department. "Severe action will be initiated on the lawbreakers. Manufacturing firecrackers in residential areas is a crime," said Hanuman Junction SI Tulasidhar. A case was booked under sections 286 of IPC and 9/B of Explosive Substance Act 1908. ALSO READ: Gas Cylinder Blast 1 dead and 4 injured BY M. DIVYA SRI

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8 Hyderabad Based Consultants Involved in Visa Fraud September 29, 2016 08:50

Recently, the visa fraud which came to light in Hyderabad has bought another shocking update. Immigration New Zealand’s Mumbai area office has confirmed that eight Hyderabad-based consultants, who had been sending the most students to New Zealand, have been involved in the fraud. The Immigration office also mentioned the names of those consultants i. e  Kiwi Overseas Services, Sunrise Overseas Educational Consultants, IVY Overseas of SR Nagar, FIFO Overseas, Leaf Educational Services, AR Overseas Consultants of Dilsukhnagar, Storm Atlas, and V & U Intellect Consultants. Immigration New Zealand authorities meanwhile said that "the visa rejection rate and the number of students being deported were the highest among Indians. In turn, students from Hyderabad topped the list among Indians. Around 150 students, mostly from Hyderabad, were served deportation letters as an organized financial document fraud was detected regarding the students send by Hyderabad agents." An investigation report of NZ Immigration regarding Hyderabad consultants is available with Deccan Chronicle . The report states: “...the fraud appears to have exploited the fact that education loan documents are normally verified at sanction stage but not at disbursal stage, therefore creating an unguarded stage in the visa process which these agents have noticed and exploited. For instance, Kiwi Overseas Services is one of the biggest New Zealand agents for students in Hyderabad. It had 48 out of 104 applicants approved since January 2015. Of them, at least 31, around 65 per cent, were provided with fake loan disbursal letters. The Mumbai area office verification support team undertook direct verifications with various banks in Hyderabad." Migrant Workers Association of Aotearoa / NZ has been helping nine students from Hyderabad — Charan Reddy, Sunil Chinta, Shahed, Shujath Ullah Baig, Teegala Sairoopreddy, Manoj Kiran, Hafiz Syed, Ramakrishna Reddy and Pradeep Reddy. In an email response, MWA’s Anu Kaloti stated, “This investigation was carried out by some 57 agents in Hyderabad alone. It is clear from the report that the fraud was committed by the agents and corrupt bank officials in India, but the report does not reveal the names of banks. We and the students have requested help from Mr. Sanjeev Kohli, Indian envoy in NZ. The students have also Tweeted to external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj asking for help but there was no response. The students are extremely stressed.” She added, “The report also clearly states that Immigration NZ had not been checking the loan disbursement documents thoroughly.” When DC did a check on agents, it was found that most of the consultants had downed shutters. Some of them had brought down their websites too. ALSO READ: 3,176 Visa Applications Rejected by Immigration Authorities BY M. DIVYA SRI

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GHMC Ignores High Court Orders September 29, 2016 08:38

Though High court ordered to demolish 80 illegal constructions since November 2015, GHMC failed to carry out the order. Environmentalists said that "the GHMC not only avoids pulling down structures despite court orders, but it also does not make serious efforts to vacate stay orders in a large number of cases against illegal encroachments. In all, there are over 3,300 cases pertaining to the Town Planning department of GHMC pending in various courts." Environmentalist Dr. Lubna Sarwath said a “contempt of court case was filed against GHMC and Ranga Reddy district collectorate authorities after they failed to demolish illegal structures on the full tank level area of Kapra lake despite being directed to demolish." “We are pursuing the case further. The officials claimed that they had taken action and demolished the illegal structures,” said Mr. Sateesh of Save Our Urban Lakes. “A major portion of the unauthorized structures have not been demolished. We are going to court again,” said Mr. Sateesh of Save Our Urban Lakes (Soul). However, contempt of court cases has not been filed against GHMC despite the civic body not demolishing illegal structures. Town Planning officers take refuge under the same court orders, which also directs GHMC to conduct a “last hearing” in the presence of the petitioner and defender before pulling down the structure. This is done to give a final opportunity to the affected party as such a hearing would also make him or her aware of the time and date on which GHMC would pull down the structure. Municipal minister K.T. Rama Rao has also asked GHMC to focus on big encroachers, big realtors such as Ramky, who encroached on the buffer zone of the Yellamma Cheruvu near the KPHB Colony and got a court stay, N-Convention (which encroached on three acres of Thummidikunta Lake, Madhapur and Talkie Town at Miyapur Lake do not feature in the GHMC list. Ms. Lubna Sarawath, from Save Our Lakes, said, “In 2014, soon after the TRS took charge, officials cracked down on N-Convention. The HMDA had earlier appointed a consultant that showed the total spread of the lake as 25 acres. However, the irrigation department had another map showing the lake spread as 29 acres. HMDA on its website too showed Thummidikunta Lake as 25 acre- this was to hide the encroachment by N–Convention, which occupied the buffer zone and FTL. The government later said the case would need legal study and since then nothing has happened.” He added "meanwhile, Ramky Estates ( the group of villas) was constructed within the FTL of Yellamma Cherruvu near KPHB. The party had gone to the court and got a stay and there has been no effort by the GHMC to further pursue the case.” “Massive constructions are on towards the right side of the bund. Very recently we had complained to the MRO of Banglaguda but instead of mentioning big encroachers, they have listed small rooms for demolition. The entire MM Colony is raised on the lake,” added Ms. Sarawath. Regarding Kapra Lake, activist Mr Satish Kumar said, “A contempt case has been filed in the High Court against G. Bal Reddy, district collector of Ranga Reddy, for a restoration of Kapra Lake. Notices have been issued for non-compliance of an eviction order of illegal construction and for no further constructions on Kapra Cheruvu. According to the High Court order, the Ranga Reddy collector had admitted in his counter affidavit that a 22-meter  compound wall had been illegally built by a private builder at the cheruvu and the collector had said that the encroachments would be removed within eight weeks. However, till date nothing has been done.” ALSO READ: Operation Demolition! BY M. DIVYA SRI

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Indian spices & cuisines could help you live longer September 29, 2016 02:24

The dangers of increased Western appetites for processed foods have been well researched, particularly their links to cancer, obesity and diseases such as diabetes. Instead, experts are keen to lure people towards the unprocessed, natural foods eaten daily by these centenarian-filled communities.   Each cuisine consists of their own flavorsome version of core ingredients: wholegrain, vegetables, fiber and protein.  Qi's research investigates the benefit of spicing things up in the kitchen to reduce mortality. "Some nutrients, like capsaicin, may be beneficial, but evidence is still lacking," she explains. Ammerman says claims that spices like turmeric and ginger have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties which can reduce risk of mortality are difficult to assess.   Other factors could be at play, such as the food those spices are used to flavor. "If you're eating a lot of turmeric, you're probably eating a lot of vegetables," says Ammerman.   Take a look at our list below for some common Indian spices and the medicinal benefits that each one provides.1. TURMERICThis bright orange spice is a member of the ginger family, For thousands of years, Ayurvedic medicine has used turmeric for a variety of health reasons. The National Institute of Health has found that turmeric aids in helping to treat arthritis, heartburn, stomach pain, diarrhea, intestinal gas, stomach bloating, and loss of appetite. Turmeric is also used as a topical treatment for issues like skin inflammation, infected wounds, and ringworm.2. BLACK PEPPERBlack pepper is not a spice that many people associate with Indian cooking. However, these little peppercorns have their most ancient roots in India. Black pepper aids in digestion, congestion, an upset stomach and can also help to stop the bleeding on a cut when applied topically.   3. CARDAMOMNative to the forests in India, these green pods are commonly used not only in Indian cooking, but also in Chai—also known as Indian tea. It can be used to counteract a number of digestive problems including, bloating, gas, heartburn and loss of appetite—it can even treat bad breath and is commonly used as an after-meal breath freshener. In preliminary studies it has also been shown to have cancer fighting effects against non-melanoma skin cancer. However, more research is needed before cardamom can be recommended for cancer prevention. 4. CLOVEThe little bud resembles a tiny flower used not only in Indian cuisines, but in African and Middle Eastern as well. Clove is found in toothpastes, soaps, and perfumes. Indian healers have used the oils, flower buds,and stems from the plant in an array of medicine. Clove is possibly effective in helping with premature ejaculation when applied directly to the penis. Clove oil can also help with pain when applied topically, and can help with stomach issues like gas, diarrhea, nausea and upset stomach.5. CINNAMONThis bark-like spice originates from Sri Lanka, and was originally harvested by Arabian traders from a tall tree and ground to create the powder form of cinnamon. According to the Mayo Clinic, research suggest that cinnamon might help to regulate treatment for people with type 2 diabetes. The theory is that cinnamon increases insulin action.

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