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Bigger warnings on tobacco packs now May 05, 2016 07:57

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court told tobacco companies to include bigger warning on the cigarette packs. Earlier, only 20% of the pack used to contain the health warnings, but as per the new rule, now 85% of the pack will be filled with the serious health warnings. The Supreme Court turned down a plea to stay implementation of the new rules introduced from April 1st, but agreed to move the rest of the appeals to the Karnataka court. "You have duty towards the society. The industry should not violate any rule prevailing as of today," the judges told a team of industry lawyers. The Supreme Court further directed Karnataka’s high court to hear several pleas filed against the new rules in several Indian courts and then make a decision within 6 weeks. Till the Karnataka court’s judgment, it is not clear, whether the industry would comply to the new rules or sell old stock. Also read: Ban on gutkha for another year Last month, when the rules came into force, the industry protested shutting down factories for days. Even the country’s traditional hand-rolled cigarette makers joined the protest. On April 1, 2015, the rules were supposed to come into force, but were delayed. Including Thailand, the rules make India’s health warnings on tobacco products the world's most stringent. According to BMJ Global Health, smoking kills more than 1 million people a year in the country. The WHO says, annually tobacco-related diseases cost India $16 billion. Ranjit Kumar, solicitor general of India, told the court that the federal government was committed to the new rules and opposes any stay on their implementation. By Phani Ch

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KCR’s tight indirect jolt to HCU May 04, 2016 16:48

News: KCR to unfurl tallest national flag in HyderabadWent against Osmania, things went wrong. Later came HCU issue, he was silent then, but now jolting on state formation day.By Phani Ch

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6 tips for perfect meditation May 04, 2016 16:32

Everyone dreams of doing meditation regularly, knowing the advantages, but due to the lack of proper knowledge about it, several fail in doing it properly. Here are 8 tips to complete the meditation successfully.1. Right time and placeThere is no such specific time, you need to sit and meditate strictly. You can choose anytime in the day, but make sure, in such time, you would not be disturbed by anybody, even the phone calls and also should not be able to hear any loud sounds around.2. Comfortable postureEven the posture, you sit for meditation, shows the influence. So, make sure that  posture puts you in relaxed, comfortable and steady mode. Sit straight, erecting the spine. Relax the shoulders and neck close the eyes. Then sitting in Padmasana (the lotus position) is a very common myth of meditation.3. With empty stomachMeditation before going to the meal would be the perfect time, because, after consuming food, you might doze off. However, if you are really very hungry, do not force your body to perform meditation because, at that time, your concentration would anyway be on the food, rather than on meditation. So, it is better, you opt to meditate, at least after two hours of taking the food.Also read: Make Yoga, a mandatory 4. Warm Ups Before sitting to meditate, few warm ups and lighter yoga exercises helps to improve the blood circulation, removes inertia and makes the body feel lighter. This even helps in making you sit for a longer time and meditate peacefully.5. Gentle smile throughoutA gentle smile through the process of meditation can show you the difference. It helps in keeping yourself relaxed and makes you feel good while meditating.6. Dont hurry to open eyes When you are done with the meditation, don’t be in a hurry to rush out of the place. Open the eyes gently and aware of yourself and the surroundings around.By Phani Ch

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Chocolate truffle dessert recipe May 04, 2016 15:40

Easy and delicious dessert. No expertise in preparing it, just need to follow the below steps. Serves: 6 Ingredients - 250g dark chocolate, broken into small pieces- 400ml thick cream- 250g ready-made custard- 2 tbsp sifted cocoa powder- Creme fraiche, to serveAlso read: Recipe: Chocolate peanut butter cake Preparation process Step 1Place the bowl containing chocolate over a pan of simmering water. After the chocolate gets melted, set aside to let it cool slightly. Then beat it custard and cream, folding until combined.Step 2Using plastic wrap, line six 150ml round dessert moulds or souffle dishes. Refrigerate at least for six hours, after dividing the mixture between moulds. Step 3After it is ready to serve, unmould onto the serving plates and sprinkle cocoa powder and serve with a dollop of creme fraiche.By Phani Ch

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Doctors substitute Ayurveda for antibiotics May 04, 2016 14:57

An 83 year old man was treated with the ayurvedic drugs in place of antibiotics, during a prostatic surgery, at a hospital in Meerut, UP.Antibiotics are generally used before, during and after the surgery, to prevent urinary tract infection and sepsis, following endoscopic urologic procedures.“The patient was allergic to antibiotics and therefore, a panel of doctors decided to go in for ayurvedic drugs as an alternative. During the surgery, we have used only anaesthesia and no antibiotics,” Dr. Subhash Yadav, Urologist with Anand Hospital said. Surprised over the positive results after the treatment, Dr. Yadav said that, the patient Ojaswi Sharma is well on the path of recovery, after removing 240 grams of prostate recently. He said, experts around the country, after contacted, suggested some special medicines from the extracts of Indian Tinospora, Moringa Oleifera, Gooseberry,  Turmeric and Indian bdellium-tree. Shigru, a natural pain reliever, is used for the mild infections. Amla increases immunity, while Giloy detoxifies the characteristics.Also read: Ayurveda - way of natural livingResponding to the issue, Dr. Ram Manohar, Research Director at Amrita School of Ayurveda in Kerala, said, “This is a very interesting development. It is an eye opener in this period when resistance is being developed for antibiotics. This case points to the need for more studies to explore the potential contributions of Ayurveda in many areas of challenge.”Dr. Manohar opined that, this development is almost similar to a study at New Delhi's AIIMS, which showed supportive Ayurvedic treatment improved outcomes in chemotherapy for cancer. All these show the great potential for integrative approach to healthcare. “India can lead the world if there is better cooperation between Ayurveda and Allopathic professionals.”But the modern science practitioners are not euphoric about the development. “This does not show any benefit yet as it is preventive," opined Dr. Puneet Dhar, Head of Gastro Surgery Department of Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Centre in Kochi. "It could be a chance that the patient did not get any infection. In short, it was possible not to get an infection, even if no antibiotics or ayurvedic cocktails were given. There is no efficacy to show.”However, Dr. Dhar, scientifically favored, integrating alternative system of health care with the modern medicine. He said, ayurvedic drugs' potential use as antibiotics is immense.“But we need to prove it in proper infections. The best way to do this can be in two ways - one, is in the test-tube settings in a laboratory by seeing various bacterial cultures and validating if these extracts are effective against it. Second is to do it during infections, where we already know the antibiotics are ineffective. So there is a mult-drug resistance infection and see if these are beneficial.”Dr. Girish Pillai, a cardiac surgeon with Sri Raghavendra Medical College and Research Centre in Chennai was sceptic on the issue. He said, he would not hazard a risk, since the ayurvedic formulations mechanism of action, is not known, its absorption, metabolism or excretion.”Dr. Yadav, however, buoyed by the results, said he now plans to expand the application of ayurvedic formulations, during similar surgical interventions. This is epoch making as ayurveda has the least side-effects, said Dr. Yadav.By Phani Ch

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Official: SRK’s Raees postponed May 04, 2016 12:50

Raees, SRK’s most anticipated movie, which was scheduled for release on Eid, has now shifted to the next year, clearing the road for Salman Khan’s Sultan. Eid is one such season, which is witnessing Salman Khan’s new release, most of the years. Even this year, Sultan makers had planned to release their film on the same festival. Since then, the speculations on the clash of two big Khans movies on same season went viral. Analysts opined that, it would be a great loss to both the films, as sharing the collections would be tough. So unwilling to disturb the tradition of Salman Khan, reportedly it was SRK, who suggested the Raees makers to shift the movie release to January 26th, 2017. An official statement from the producers Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar, who co-own Excel Entertainment, and SRK reads, “It was not an easy decision to move the film. We understand that Raees is highly anticipated. However, a film of such magnitude requires appropriate showcasing and therefore, we have decided to shift our release date to 26th January 2017.”Directed by Rahul Dholakia, Raees shows, a man’s journey from that of a bootlegger to a politician. Mahira Khan, a Pakistani actress, is chosen as the female lead and Nawazuddin Siddiqui is playing the role of a police officer.By Phani Ch

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Hashim Amla replaces Shaun Marsh in Kings XI Punjab May 04, 2016 12:29

South African opener Hashim Amla replaces Australian left-hander Shaun Marsh for the Kings XI Punjab in the 9th edition of the tournament, due to the latter’s back injury. On April 19th held game against Kolkata Knight Riders, Marsh has developed an injury and since then, he has been carrying a niggle.Earlier, this year, none of the franchise owners were interested in buying Amla, who was finally went unsold with a base price of INR 1 crore. On the other side, in IPL 2016, Marsh had a decent season, where he scored a half century and also two-40 plus scores in 6 matches.  Even being named as one of the best batsmen in the world cricket, Amla, so far has not played a single match in the IPL.By Phani Ch

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