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Why Gautam Gambhir is in Australia? July 01, 2015 20:34

Gautam Gambhir, as we all know is a man of studiousness. His never give up attitude has won the accolades in the last world cup. For some reasons, he is far away from the national team. But not his efforts to get the opportunity. The leftie has travelled over 7000 kilometers in a bid to make a return into the Indian team. The former India opener, who last played for India in August 2014, is training in Perth under the watchful eyes of Justin Langer.Interestingly, Gambhir had earlier sought BCCI's permission to play county cricket in England and was set to join Essex, but chose Australia in the end.Speaking to NDTV from Perth, Gambhir explains, "To be honest I can go to any length to improve my game, coming to Australia is still easy. I've always liked the Australian approach towards sport and cricket in general. They say as they see, are uncomplicated and do result-oriented training and that's what I am after"Langer, who retired from international cricket in 2007, is now an accomplished coach. Since 2012, as coach of Western Australia, he's seen his team win two Sheffield Shield titles and this year's domestic one-day title.Even the English Cricket Board was keen to have Langer join them as their national team's coach, but he declined citing family commitments."Training programme here at Western Australia is brilliant and Langer is a very loving head coach. He makes his boys do gymnastics and martial arts to improve their agility andd hand-eye coordination and footwork", Gambhir tells NDTV. "I too had a bit of fun doing them. Apart from that I bat a plenty in the nets to bowling machine"As players, the career's of the two left-handers coincided, albeit briefly. And the similarities between them are hard to miss."Yes, I see a lot of myself in him (Justin Langer). He's intense like me, loves batting like I do. I like him for his work ethics and the fact that he is very uncomplicated"With close to 600 runs in the last Ranji season, Gambhir made all the right noises, but failed to get the nod of the national selectors. So, at 33, does he feel he has a second wind in him to help him make a comeback into the Indian team?"It's only over when you think it's over. I am hungry for this game and more success for India. I want to be a part of the team that dominates teams not only in India but abroad as well. Its a dream to be a part of the Indian team that beats Australia in Australia and likewise England, South Africa etc"Gambhir plans to train with Langer till the second week of July. - Manohar

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Women face reddens during ovulation, says study July 01, 2015 19:16

Did you notice that women’s face become more attractive during the time of ovulation? The reason for this is revealed by the study performed by University of Cambridge researchers. They concluded that women's faces gain extra shades of red during ovulation, but it has also found that these variations in facial colour are unlikely to be detected by human eyes.For the study, 22 women were photographed without make-up every working day for at least one month in the same environment and using a scientific camera modified to more accurately capture colour. The participants also self-tested for hormone changes at key times dictated by the research team's "period maths". The team found that redness on women’s face varied across the ovulation cycle, peaking at ovulation and remaining high during the latter stages of the cycle after oestrogen hormone levels have fallen.When the researchers analysed the results through human models of visual perception, the biggest difference in redness was 0.6 units, and the human naked eye needs 2.2 units in order to detect those changes. This means that humans can no longer outwardly see the changes in redness during peak fertility, and this is where the evolution comes into play. Other study has shown that when women are in the fertile phase, they are more flirtatious and their pupils dilate more readily, but only when they are thinking about or interacting with attractive men.The research was published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE.By Lizitha

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5 simple steps to straighten your hair July 01, 2015 18:50

Having straight and stylish hair is every woman’s dream. But prior to hair straightening, it is important to get the right technique and use the products and tools. Here are five simple steps to get silky and straight hair. Step 1: Take a high quality bristle and detangle your hair. This type of brushes evenly distribute the sebum from the scalp to the ends of the hair and will keep your locks looking shiny and frizz-less.Step 2: Apply a heat serum to wet or towel-dried hair. Apply the product on your hair but don’t let the product get near the roots, as this can make your hair look lank and greasy. Step 3: Divide your hair in sections and clip them up. Blow dry each section going from root to tip, carefully pulling the round brush away from your head as you do so.Step 4: Once your hair is dry, clamp the straightening iron around your hair and gently smoothen each strand. Choose small strands for more effective results. But use the straightener about an inch away from the roots. Step 5: To finish off the look, apply a shine-boosting serum on your hair. By Lizitha

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Digital India gives speed and transparency July 01, 2015 18:31

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched 'Digital India Week' at a function in Delhi, a pet scheme of the Indian govt., that aims to connect all gram Panchayats by broadband internet, promote e-governance and transform India into a connected knowledge economy.“I dream of a digital India, where high speed digital highways unite the nation. We need to resolve that we'll reduce our reliance on imports and protect the world from cyber warfare. Clouds of a bloodless war (cyber warfare) are looming all over. Indian talent needs to come forward and assure that the world is protected.Design in India is as important as Make in India. I invite startups to come forward and contribute to the nation's growth. We will offer all possible support. What stops us from making electronic goods in India? We invite our industry leaders to come forward and start manufacturing. Technology will play a big role in realising the dream of minimum government, maximum governance,” said Prime Minister NArendra Modi while launching Digital India.We are connecting Jammu & Kashmir through fiber network, said Anil Agarwal, Chairman, Vedanta.We commit to spend in excess of Rs 100,000 crore in the next 5 years. We will take 4G to the masses, said Sunil Mittal, Bharti Chairman.We are developing a digitally enabled township in a suburb of Mumbai. We plan to invest $7 billion in the next 5 years to consolidate connectivity infrastructure. Also launching a mobile wallet, said Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman, Aditya Birla Group.I would like to congratulate the government and commit Tata Group's whole hearted participation, Cyrus Mistry, Chairman of Tata Group.I believe Digital India will be a huge success because of the adoption of technology by the youth of India. Reliance will invest 250,000 crore across digital India pillars, said Mukesh Ambani, Reliance JIO.We are promoting electronic manufacturing in a very big way. Invite all entrepreneurs to come and make in India. Digital inclusion will see BPOs in small towns like Gorakhpur and Varanasi, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.By Premji

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A large number of Web sites cite Brazil as the destination for sex-tourism July 01, 2015 18:11

Brazil is famous for its Love Motels (Motor+Hotel). Though the motels are now spurred up all over the world, what distinguishes Brazil Motels from the rest of the world is unlike the family oriented American counterparts, motels in Brazil are strictly for sex and to your surprise it is the girl who often takes a guy to a motel in Brazil.Now with hundreds of websites touting Brazil as the hot spot for Sex, Prostitution, and Voyeurism, the nation has emerged as the World’s sex-tourism destination. While the flesh trade is very much existing since long, major events like 2014 World Cup and the upcoming Olympic games in Rio has worsened the situation. A survey conducted on tesão (sexual pleasures) by the private firm, Axur published the results in the Sunday edition of the O Globo newspaper. The studies revealed that a shocking number of websites linked Brazil to the obscene action. With the websites mushrooming every passing day, sex tourism has far surpassed the 2,165 that were already shut down by the tourism ministry in 2011 and 2012.Axur noticed 3,350 new sites in several different languages created since 2013.According to Axur, Rio de Janeiro, a city with 6.32 million population is the most commonly touted sex-tourism destination in the South American country of more than 200 million people.Many sites lure the sex tourists from all parts of the world through their websites: One such website reads as below:"Our young women will not be only sex goddesses, but also guides, interpreters, dance partners and really personal lovers."Another town that is widely targeted is Fortaleza in the northeast.Also the grand events which the nation hosts like football and the Olympics adds fuel to the fire.However, the tourism ministry condemns the allegations and in return claims that the sports festivals actually serve to strengthen the network of protection against sexual exploitation.Though there were no numbers available on sex-tourists visited the nation, the south American country attracts 5.8 million foreign tourists in 2013 and slightly more than six million in 2014, the year of the World Cup.Sometimes the motels in Brazil gets bad press. But many insist that the sex-tourism doing good for Brazilian society. - Manohar

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Ever destructing Lalit Gate July 01, 2015 16:58

Lalit gate is refusing to settle down and it is getting murkier than everybody thought. Now that, BJP parliamentarian Varun Gandhi is dragged into this raging controversy involving former IPL boss Lalit Modi, after the ex-cricket administrator alleged that the Sultanpur MP offered him a deal to “settle everything” in the Congress with Sonia Gandhi.“He wanted me to meet her sister from Italy. I heard him next I heard from our common friend who introduced us that Auntie wants 60 million dollars,” he tweeted. “The auntie he refers to is #soniagandhi  (sic). The sister is #soniagandhi sister - just for clarity.”The BJP also rejected the allegations"Varun Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi are in different parties and the world knows about the ties between the two families,” BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said."Please mr @varungandhi80 - let the world know what you told about what auntie wants - witness is our good friend world renowned astrologer,” tweeted Lalit.Another front of controversy has opened when the fugitive former IPL chief Lalit Modi had offered a job to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s advocate husband Swaraj Kaushal. Kaushal, who has for years been one of Lalit Modi's lawyers, later refused the offer.Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said, “There is now clear material to show that Lalit Modi offered a job to close relative of Foreign Minister.” Singhvi said, “You are having on one hand deafening silence and on the other casual clean chits. This can't go. People of India want an answer.”"Is there any minister in Narendra Modi's cabinet whose immediate relative was offered a job in a company owned by Lalit Modi? Can a cabinet minister's relative be involved in a commercial transaction or have pecuniary interests with persons or businesses that are subject matter of that particular ministry? Should such disclosures not be made in public interest?" asked AAP leader Raghav Chadha.Indofil Chairman and Managing Director Krishan Kumar Modi said, "Lalit Modi had proposed that Swaraj Kaushal be given the post of an alternate director, a proposal that he later withdrew. Thus the board of directors never considered his name. We have never had any discussions with Kaushal over the same."By Premji

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Cranberry Juice may protect against risk of heart stroke and diabetes July 01, 2015 16:47

Cranberry juice has many health benefits. From previous studies it was proved to prevent and help cure urinary tract infections. But from the latest study it was revealed that Drinking two glasses of cranberry juice a day may cut your risk of suffering a stroke or heart disease.The researchers from US Department of Agriculture studied 56 participants to prove this. They were divided into 2 groups and one group drank about four-fifths of a pint of low-calorie cranberry juice a day, while the other drank a placebo with a similar colour and flavour. Then researchers took measurements of health indicators from the participants, including blood pressure, blood sugar levels and blood lipids.After eight weeks, the researchers found that cranberry juice improved all those measures and the changes could be associated with a 15 per cent lower risk of a stroke and a 10 per cent lower risk of heart disease. "These findings suggest that polyphenols help to protect our bodies, and may be adept at keeping a large number of ailments at bay," Khoo said.The study appeared in the journal Journal of Nutrition.By Lizitha

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Punch on BJP alleging Kejriwal for his electricity bail July 01, 2015 16:40

News: BJP alleges Kejriwal on his electricity bail.Punch:Common man: God please take me away before the oppositions start inquiring about point out the pant value.By Phani

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Dasari blames Manmohan Singh in coal blocks case July 01, 2015 16:30

“The decisions of coal block allocations were taken by the then Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh, who was also heading the Coal Ministry at that time,” Dasari Narayana Rao clarifies. It is known that Dasari is facing the allegation of the Jharkhand’s Amarkonda Murgadangal coal blocks allocation for quite some time. Regarding the case, Dasari has attended the special court, along with the congress leader and industrialist Naveen Jindal and a few others involved in the case.It is to be remembered that, "I was just a minister of a state. The power of allocating the coal blocks would completely be with the Coal Minister and the then Coal Minister was Manmohan Singh. So obviously he would be responsible for all the allegations related to the coal scam.” The case is all about the irregularities in the allocation of Amarkonda Murgadangal coal blocks to two Jindal group companies, named Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) and Gagan Sponge Iron Pvt Ltd (GSIPL). Along with Dasari, 15 are accused in the case. Jindal, former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda and Director of Jindal Realty Pvt Ltd Rajeev Jain are few among them. After getting down from the Prime Minister’s chair, Manmohan Singh's name was very rarely heard in the media. After a long time, Picking up his name is creating fresh doubts among the political critics. Let us see, where the case takes the final turn. By Phani

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Not Rs. 91000, Kejriwal’s electricity bill is Rs. 15000 July 01, 2015 16:18

The Delhi government specified that, "electricity bill of Rs. 91000, is inclusive of electricity charges at the camp office and various other facilities installed for visitors at the complex," countering the BJP, who raised this allegation. It was known that BJP officials alleged that, the AAP officials are misusing the public money by unnecessarily wasting the electricity and that is the result of Rs.91000 as the bill.   But Kejriwal government clearly said that, “Rs.91000 is inclusive of other electricity charges at the camp office and his personal monthly electricity bill is around Rs. 15,000.”Also read: Blow to Kejriwal - Anti-Corruption wing under L GGiving more clarity on the bill, the government said that, Delhi Chief Minister’s house was divided two units using separate power connections. One of these two units is Kejriwal’s private residence.    After moving into the house in February, Kejriwal spent Rs. 17,000 in March, Rs. 7,370 in April and Rs. 22,690 in May, the reports stated.   Kejriwal's part of the house is allocated to perform official works and other meetings with the public. So this part of the house gave a Rs.15175 bill in March, Rs. 48, 630 in April and the May bill is yet to be paid, says a  statement.    "300 people come to meet him every day. Is he expected to make people sit in that hall in such scorching heat and humidity?" questioned AAP leader Jarnail Singh. Instead of trying to corner AAP government in every single issue, it would be better if the BJP officials compete with AAP’s popularity in Delhi, through working for the welfare of the city residents.   By Phani

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