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Dhoni to become father? January 31, 2015 16:25

Indian captain Mahendra Singh and his wife Sakshi are expected a baby in February, suggested a report. This will be the couple's first child, who got married in the year 2010.  However, Dhoni and his wife are staying away since, the former is in Australia for tri-series and will be here, as the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 is approaching. But Dhoni keeping track of Sakshi's health everyday and sources said that the due date is in February. This is a good news for the Indian skipper who has been under lot of pressure in the recent past. Retired from Test cricket last December, Dhoni could not reach team India to the tri-series final and went the tour winless, first time ever. There are also reports that Dhoni could announce his retirement from International cricket post the World Cup but before that it will be huge task for India to defend the ICC trophy. Anyways, will the child bring fortunes for Dhoni or not, we have to keep guessing.- TVR

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Baahubali 'leak' culprit arrested! January 31, 2015 15:04

The Hyderabad Cyber crime police have detained the culprit who has leaked 12 minute footage of director SS Rajamouli's most ambitious project 'Baahubali.' The accused his identified as Varma, a software engineer, is taken into remand by the police. Couple of days back, Rajamouli approached the central crime police and lodged a complaint stating that footage of Baahubali movie was release prior to the release of the film. 'Baahubali' by far is the most expensive film on Indian Cinema, is a period drama flick. The film stars, Prabhas, Anushka, Rana and Tamannaah in the lead roles. 'Baahubali' is extensively shot in Mahabalipuram, Bulgaria and Ramoji Film City. It has music of MM Keeravani and Cinematography of KK Senthil Kumar. According to the grapevine, the makers will be revealing the first trailer of 'Baahubali' in the first week of February and will be a 100 seconds one. - TVR

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Contact Number to become Identity January 31, 2015 13:52

The government of India is planning to provide its services with mobile governance and soon may make the mobile number a defacto identity of a person. The government wants to give a digital identity to each and every citizen which is unique and authentication. There are about 900 million mobile connections and 700 millions have Aadhar card. Every citizen will be given a digital identity through Aadhar card by the end of next year. Speaking on the project, RS Sharma, secretary, Department of Electronics and Information Technology, said, “India is a mobile country. Mobile both in terms of the mobility of it’s population and it’s mobile connectivity. If we have to take ICT [Information and Communication Technology] to the people, mobile must be one of the foremost medium to carry the e-governance initiatives.”Aadhar card, mobile number and bank account will be the three factors of empowerment for a common man, added Sharma. He also spoke about launching e-books in schools and providing wi-fi facility at public places. India's heritage monument Taj Mahal will be wi-fi enabled soon.- TVR

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Hyderabadi lady in ISIS! January 31, 2015 12:05

A 19 year old Hyderabadi lady is believed to have joined Islamic State of Iraq and Syria [ISIS] and this had been confirmed by the Telangana Intelligence Department. As per the report, the lady has spent two months in Iraq with ISIS and recently returned. The Intelligence officials are investigating whether many are likely to join ISIS or not and who are playing key role in encouraging to join the terrorist group in Hyderabad city. Going into the details of the lady, she along with her family shifted to Doha about a decade back. The lady developed relation with another women who works in ISIS and joined it two months ago. However, after joining there, the Hyderabadi lady was disappointed as she was confined to cooking and other stuff rather than fighting for ISIS. With great difficulty, she came out of the ISIS and joined her family in Doha. The Telangana police who got to know about this 19 year old, are trying to get as much information as they can from her. ISIS has been using social media platforms in encouraging youth to join it and has been successful in getting few inclusions. The Intelligence department has set up a separate cell to track down the youth who are getting attracted to ISIS and so far about six members have been taken into custody who were reportedly on their way to join the terrorist outfit. - TVR

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Aamir as 'Aging Wrestler' January 31, 2015 10:31

After the stupendous success of 'PK,' Aamir Khan is set to come up with yet another different role. The Bollywood Mr. Perfectionist will reprise the role of wrestler in 'Dangal' to be directed by Nitesh Tiwari and the film is said to be the biopic of wrestler Mahavir Phogat, the father of Indian women wrestler s Geetha and Babita Kumari Phogat. For the wrestler role, Aamir Khan is getting trained with a  Hollywood fitness expert for the physique and a snap of Aamir was revealed in which he was spotted bulky, with beard. Sources say that Aamir needs to put on lot of weight for the role, especially he needs to increase the size of his biceps. Well, Aamir doesn't leave any stone to get into a character that demands physical appearance as well. 'Dangal' is an inspirational story of a father who encourages his two daughters to take up wrestling.- TVR

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In Talks to join BJP! January 31, 2015 09:55

Actress turned politician Jaya Prada said, she is in talks with senior leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party [BJP] and shortly come up with an announcement of joining it. When asked about contesting the Delhi Elections and contest against the Aam Aadmi Party convener Arvind Kejriwal, she said, “I would be joining BJP to serve the people, not to contest elections or for any post. I liked Narendra Modi leadership and the way is taking care to reconstruct the nation.”The former Rampur MP said, she had bitter experience working with Mulayam Singh Yadav and Samajwadi Party. “When I suggested English and computer education for girl, Mulayam refused and said it is not preferable to girls. Like so, many issues have troubled me. Now I want healthy politics and  I do not wish to cry anymore in politics,” said Jaya Prada. Amar Singh is heard to be coordinating with BJP leadership regarding Jaya's entry into the Saffron ally, however, it is not yet confirm whether Amar Singh would also take up BJP flag or not. Jaya Prada fought the 2014 Lok Sabha elections on Rashtriya Lok Dal and lost to BJP candidate.- TVR

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Quit smoking gradually January 30, 2015 19:30

"Regular smokers experience an almost dementia-like condition in the early hours after quitting, as suggested by brain scans," says Professor Albert Gjedde, neuroscience researcher at the Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology, University of Copenhagen. In the Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, Dr. Gjedde cites this uncomfortable sensation as being the culprit that keeps smokers going back for more cigarettes. "Smokers drift back into abuse, perhaps not to obtain a pleasant effect - that ship has sailed - but simply because the withdrawal symptoms are unbearable," he says.While nicotine is what makes cigarettes addictive, says Dr. Gjedde, smoking temporarily increases brain activity but after we stop, our brain's oxygen uptake and blood flow plummet even more, by as much as 17%. Dr. Gjedde says, antidepressants cease their effect on patients, although sensations of overwhelming discomfort can come into play when treatment is discontinued - just like what smokers experience.Quitting smoking gradually can reduce dependency over time, yet it's not certain how much and he says that smoking's effect on the brain is still not fully understood in many aspects. "The new findings suggest that it may be a good idea to stop smoking gradually, simply to avoid the worst withdrawal symptoms that make it so difficult to stick to the otherwise very sensible decision to stop smoking."By Premji

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Green tea to kill oral cancer cells January 30, 2015 19:22

A component found in green tea may be very effective at destroying oral cancer cells. The research from Penn State will become very useful in fighting oral cancer, as well as other types of cancer. Green tea, which has originated from China, is a very popular beverage throughout the world. Many claims have been made regarding the beneficial health effects of green tea. Green tea contains a myriad of enzymes, amino acids, carbohydrates, lipids, sterols, related compounds, phytochemicals, and dietary minerals which helps in fighting against cancer, cardiovascular diseases and glycemic control. Many peer reviewed studies showed that green tea is effective against a specific type of cancer.Previous studies showed that epigallocatechin-3-gallate - EGCG - a compound found in green tea, killed oral cancer cells without harming normal cells. “EGCG is doing something to damage the mitochondria and that mitochondrial damage sets up a cycle causing more damage and it spirals out, until the cell undergoes programmed cell death,” said Lambert. “It looks like EGCG causes the formation of reactive oxygen species in cancer cells, which damages the mitochondria and the mitochondria responds by making more reactive oxygen species.”Researchers grew the normal and cancer cells on petri dishes and then exposed them to EGCG, the major polyphenol found in green tea, at concentrations typically found in the saliva after consuming green tea. “It plays an important role in mitochondrial function and in anti-oxidant response in lots of tissues in the body, so the idea that EGCG might selectively affect the activity of sirtuin 3 in cancer cells to turn it off and in normal cells to turn it on is probably applicable in multiple kinds of cancers,” Lambert associate professor of food science and co-director of Penn State’s Center for Plant and Mushroom Foods for Health said.“The problem with a lot of chemotherapy drugs - especially early chemotherapy drugs - is that they really just target rapidly dividing cells, so cancer divides rapidly, but so do cells in your hair follicles and cells in your intestines, so you have a lot of side effects,” said Lambert. “But you don’t see these sorts of side effects with green tea consumption.”By Premji

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Life insurance most preferred investment January 30, 2015 19:19

Life insurance has emerged as the most preferred investment option for Indian households. Seventy per cent of affluent population of the country, who hold investments other than cash, has put their money in life insurance, while 64 per cent among them have gone for fixed deposits, according to the DSP BlackRock India Investor Pulse Survey. Investments in other financial instruments like shares (46 per cent), equity mutual funds (33 per cent), fixed maturity plans (27 per cent), tax-free bonds (25 per cent) and so on. "Even though the larger current ownership is in insurance and fixed deposits, there is a growing awareness among the educated affluent category of investors in the country to move more money from cash and deposits to other form of investments like mutual fund and bond," said DSP BlackRock Executive Vice President, Head (Sales) and Co-Head (Marketing), Ajit Menon, while unveiling the survey report.Majority of Indians (56 per cent) feel their economy is getting better, way ahead of the global average of 22 per cent. The huge margin of positivity extends to their financial future with 81 per cent of Indian respondents feeling positive as compared to 56 per cent globally. Equities and bonds are also important asset classes accounting for 13 per cent and five per cent of the total value of saving and investment products.By Premji

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India - $4-5 trillion economy January 30, 2015 19:06

Is India really shining? After the new government has taken charge the economy of the country got revived and has attracted investment from all over. Prime Ministers determination and the innovative ideas such as Swach Bharath Abhiyan, Make in India, Digital India, etc has put the country in the map of fastest developing country. Even IMF has stated that India may over take China in the near future in terms of development.The government Friday said that the Indian economy has the potential to become a $4-5 trillion economy in the next 10-12 years. According to Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha, the time was right to invest in India, as it is one of the best places to create wealth. "It's great time to invest in India. We are going to take India's $2 trillion economy to $4-5 trillion economy in the next 10-12 years," Sinha said at an event organised by the Indian Private and Venture Capital Association (IVCA). Sinha pointed out that the government wants to develop Mumbai as a global financial centre. "Why can't India become an international financial centre like Singapore and London? We want to make Mumbai an international financial centre," Sinha said. The minister assured foreign investors that tax issues will be addressed appropriately in the next budget and that the country was committed in facilitating the entry of foreign capital.By Premji

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