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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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Chiranjeevi as Meelo Evaru Koteeswarudu September 29, 2016 01:57

Megastar Chiranjeevi will be seen has host in the television show ‘Meelo Evaru Koteeswarudu’ forth season.Meelo Evaru Koteeswarudu(MEK)is popular quiz show which Telugu version of Amitabh Bachchan’s ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’, popularly known as KBC. he Season 4 of 'MEK' will be telecast on MAA TV every Monday to Thursday at 08:30 hours from December 12 onwards.   MAA TV has released a pre-look kind of sneak peak.  The 15-seconds video has Chiru walking toward the hot seat in style.  The Tagore-like intensity is captured, albeit in darkness.  'The one who has stolen crores of hearts, is coming to make you win one crore', so goes the statement.  When Chiru is around, such statements state the obvious.   MAA TV in 2015 became a part of the Star television network and the chief stakeholders of the original MAA – Nimmagadda Prasad, Chiranjeevi and Akkineni Nagarjuna — have sold their shares. Though the Megastar is busy wrapping up the shoot of his 150th comeback movie Khaidi No 150, he took time out of his schedule to host the show. After a setback in politics, the star is not leaving any stone unturned by stretching his arms both into Tollywood, again, and taping on his fan-base through television. While MEK was a great hit for Nagarjuna, it would be a challenge for Chiru to recreate that magic. The three seasons of MEK had also seen many popular celebrities like including Chiranjeevi himself, Jr NTR, Vidya Balan, Shriya Saran, Naga Chaitanya and Kajal Aggarwal as guests.

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Fiat Urban Cross Launched with Special Festive Season Equipment September 28, 2016 16:29

Fiat has launched its much-awaited Avventura Urban Cross in India at a starting price of Rs. 6.85 lakh going up to Rs. 9.85 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Urban Cross first came across as a concept in February, at the 2016 Auto Expo, in Delhi.The Fiat Urban Cross has been launched with two fuel options with both petrol and diesel. It gets the 1.3-litre Multijet diesel engine of the Fiat, which is tuned to deliver 93 hp of power. The 1.4-litre T-Jet petrol engine, on the other hand, has been tuned to deliver 142 hp of peak power.The Urban Cross also comes with the best-in-class ground clearance of 205 mm and sports a similar styling as Avventura. And when it comes to the large 16-inch "Scorpion" alloy wheels, only the top of the line Avventura Urban Cross variant will claim it.Similarly, Fiat has also made the diesel option available in both the Active and Dynamic variants, which also get the piano-black alloys. However, the petrol option is made available only with the Emotion variant. And the bootlid-mounted spare wheel will go missing in all the variants, while it also gets placed inside the boot.As far as the digital features are concerned, the Fiat Avventura Urban Cross gets a 5.0-inch Smartech touchscreen infotainment system that also has Bluetooth Connectivity and Navigation in all variants.And also to just pep up the festive season, Fiat also offers mood-based interior visual and material enhancements to go with the festive season. Burgundy interiors in the Emotion and Dynamic variants along with piano-black seats, armrests and door inserts are made available too. Also Read: Tata Motors Won't Discontinue the Bolt Hatchback Source: Vicky.in

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Samsung Galaxy On8 Launched in Flipkart September 28, 2016 15:51

Samsung India on Tuesday launched its 4G and VOLTE-enabled smartphone Galaxy On8 with a host of India-specific features which will be available on Flipkart’s “Big Billion Day” sale from October 2.The phone is pre-loaded with two “Make for India” initiatives -- ultra data saving (UDS) and S-bike mode.The device, available in gold, black and white colours, is priced at Rs 15,900. The device is loaded with a 3GB RAM and 1.6 Ghz Octa Core processor for fast operations.“Galaxy On8 not only looks stylish but also packs a punch with superior consumer experience with powerful processor and vivid display. We are pleased to announce the new Galaxy On8 exclusively on Flipart’s ‘Big Billion Day’ Sale,” Manu Sharma, Vice President, Mobile Business, Samsung India Electronics, said in a statement.The 7.8mm slim device offers an internal storage space of 16GB -- expandable upto 128GB -- and a powerful 3,300 mAH battery. Galaxy On8 also sports a dual-SIM functionality with a separate slot for memory card.The device comes with a f1.9 aperture in both front and rear cameras that deliver brighter images in low-light conditions. The rear camera is a 13MP shooter to capture high quality, crisp and detailed photographs. The device also features a front LED flash with 5MP front camera. Also Read: Google Launches YouTube Go, a New Offline AppBY M. DIVYA SRI

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Waffle Cake Recipe September 28, 2016 15:44

The ideal sinful breakfast recipe, this can be an all time favourite. Have it as a dessert or enjoy it for breakfast, this waffle cake will satisfy your taste buds. Prep time- 20 min Serving- 4 Ingredients: For Waffle: 2 cups of refined flour Refined flour             1/2 tsp of salt                  2 Tbsp of sugar                 1 1/2 tsp of baking soda             1 tsp of cinnamon             1 3/4 cups of buttermilk             2 eggs separated             4 Tbsp of butter                  1/2 tsp of vanilla extracts             Cooking spray for waffle ironFor Maple Nut Cream Cheese Spread: 1 cup of cream cheese             1 cup of whipped cream             4 Tbsp of maple syrup             3 Tbsp of walnuts Method: 1. Combine the flour, salt, sugar, baking soda. 2. Mix together the buttermilk (or buttermilk substitute) and the egg yolks. Stir in vanilla. 3. Spray the waffle iron well and preheat it. Stir the wet into the dry ingredients. 4. Beat the egg whites in a separate bowl with a whisk or electric mixer (make sure bowl and mixer are spotlessly clean) until they hold soft peaks. Stir them gently into the batter. 5. Spread a ladleful or so of batter onto the waffle iron and bake until the waffle is done, usually 3 to 5 minutes, depending on your iron. Spray iron with cooking spray between waffles as needed. 6. To make Maple Cream Cheese spread, simply combine nuts, syrup, whipped cream and cream cheese and mix well.   7. Now put the icing and waffle layer alternatively to form a cake and cover the sides with icing. 8. Leave the top without icing and top it up with maple syrup. Also Read: Fudgy Chocolate Brownies RecipeBY M. DIVYA SRI

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SAARC Summit to be Cancelled After 4 Nations Boycott September 28, 2016 15:39

The SAARC summit of 2016 will be cancelled, a senior diplomatic source in Kathmandu has confirmed to The Hindu. The confirmation from Nepal, the current SAARC Chair, came hours after Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan followed India’s decision to stay away from the November summit to be held in Islamabad.“There is no question of holding the summit if four countries declare their unwillingness to participate. As the current SAARC Chair, Nepal has the responsibility of seeking a solution to such pre-summit disputes but under the current circumstances nothing much can be attempted. We will do the due formalities and will declare the summit of 2016 should be cancelled due to non-participation of member-states,” said a Kathmandu-based diplomatic source.The atmospherics for the cancellation began building up after Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan sent formal official communications to Kathmandu on September 27 almost immediately after India expressed inability to participate in the summit due to “prevailing circumstances” and stepped up diplomatic pressure on Pakistan after the September 18 attack on the military base in Uri.Like India that cited “cross-border terrorist attacks in the region” as a reason for boycotting the summit, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan too expressed concern about the same issue in their official notes to Kathmandu.“The growing interference in the internal affairs of Bangladesh by one country has created an environment, which is not conducive to the successful hosting of the 19th SAARC summit in Islamabad in November 2016. Bangladesh, as the initiator of the SAARC process, remains steadfast in its commitment to regional cooperation, connectivity and contacts but believes that these can only go forward in a more congenial atmosphere,” stated a communication from Dhaka to Nepal which was shared with the media by a source.A high-level diplomatic source from Bangladesh also confirmed to The Hindu that the formal declaration of the cancellation of the summit is imminent.The Royal Government of Bhutan, In a similar note to the SAARC Chair, made available to the media, stated that it “shares the concerns of some of the member countries of SAARC” and its “inability” to participate in the SAARC summit.“While reaffirming Bhutan’s strong commitment to the SAARC process and strengthening of regional cooperation, it notes ‘the concern of the Royal Government of Bhutan on the recent escalation of terrorism in the region, which has seriously compromised the environment for the successful holding of the 19th SAARC summit in Islamabad,” the Bhutanese note said. Also Read: Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Boycott SAARC SummitBY M. DIVYA SRI

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10 Must Visit Historic Places in Mumbai September 28, 2016 15:16

Mumbai is one of the dream worlds which never sleeps. It is an epitome of rich heritage and culture, infused with the right balance of resilience, solidarity, and multi-ethnicity. What gives Mumbai a distinct charm and flavor of its own are the places of historical significance. Here are some of the Mumbai's rich historical past. 1) Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Planned originally as the office of the Great Indian Peninsula Railways, and now functioning as the Central Railways headquarters, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus or CST - formerly Victoria Terminus - is worth having on your bucket list if you are a history buff, since this is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of India’s finest and oldest Victorian-Italianate-Gothic style architectural buildings. A truly historic railway station in Mumbai built in the late 1800s, CST was designed by F. W. Stevens, drawing inspiration from Sir Gilbert Scott’s St Pancras International railway terminus in central London.  The booking office called the Star Chamber. Not surprisingly, CST ranks second on India’s most photographed structures list, after Agra’s Taj Mahal. 2) Gateway of India Gateway of India remains one of Mumbai’s most iconic monuments. Its construction began in 1911 and was completed in 13 years. Built in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, this beautiful honey-coloured basalt stone monument stands tall with four bartizans and fascinating, intricate latticework. Located at South Mumbai’s Apollo Bunder road, this signature monument overlooks the Arabian Sea and showcases an inscription mentioning that it was erected to commemorate the arrival of King George V and Queen Mary in India in December 1911. Earlier the official entrance for Viceroys and new Governors, it continues to remain a chief access point into India. 3) Town Hall A majestic colonial structure built in the 1800s, Mumbai's Town Hall is one of the most regal and sophisticated heritage structures in the city. Designed by Colonel Thomas Cowper, a premier engineer in the city back in that time, this 200-feet wide, 100-feet tall structure draws inspiration from Roman and Greek architectural styles. The Town Hall houses a public state library called the Asiatic Society of Mumbai, and its museum is no less than a rich and priceless treasure house of literature, oriental arts, and sciences. It has a collection of ancient manuscripts in Sanskrit, Urdu, Persian, and Prakrit, several historic Asian and European books, thousands of ancient coins including a gold 'mohur' belonging to Akbar, Dante's first issue of Inferno, and various other rare treasures of India. 4) August Kranti Maidan Mumbai’s August Kranti Maidan is one of the most significant historic chapters in India’s journey of the independence struggle. This is where Mahatma Gandhi commanded the British to leave India on August 8, 1942, marking the launch of the Quit India Movement. Formerly called the Gowalia Tank Maidan, the ground was later renamed as August Kranti Maidan to symbolize this historic event. 5) Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya is an iconic museum the construction of which began in 1905, based on local 15th and 16th century Gujarati architecture. Known earlier as the Prince of Wales Museum, this breath-taking museum built with local stone showcases the archetypal Indo-Saracenic architecture of designer George Wittet. Archaeology, art, and natural history and the chief sections in this main museum of Mumbai. 6) Mani Bhavan Located near Wilson College in downtown Mumbai’s Laburnum Road, Mani Bhavan is a significant historical memorial linked to Mahatma Gandhi. This is where he resided from 1917 to 1934 at the time of the Indian freedom struggle. 7) Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum Founded by Sir George Birdwood and designed by William Tracey in 1862, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum, formerly called the Victoria and Albert Museum, stands out for its unusual Palladian architectural style in Mumbai, where Gothic styles are usually predominant. The museum has an interesting collection of artifacts and other things that bring alive Mumbai’s intriguing history. 8) Rajabai Clock Tower The Rajabai Clock Tower (Italianate Clock Tower) was built in 1865 and is a gift by David Sassoon to the designs of Scott, McClelland & Co. This spectacular Gothic-style monument is constructed in Porbandar stone with Minton tile panels and Blashfield's terracotta dressings from Lincolnshire. At the base of the tower is a drinking fountain, and its four prominent faces represent morning, evening, afternoon and night. 9) Mumbai High Court Designed and built by Colonel James Augustus Fuller, the Mumbai High Court is yet another marvelous English Gothic construction. It is 562 feet long and 187 feet wide, dominated by a large central tower. On either side are octagonal spire-covered towers, crowned by the figures of Mercy and Justice. The façade is made of rich blue basalt, beautified further with Porbandar, Stucco, Sewri, and Coorla stones, and the steeply pitched roofs are covered with rich red tiles. 10) Central Telegraph Office James Trubshaw designed the Old General Post Office, now re-christened the Central Telegraph Office, in a mediaeval Italian style. The upper part of the building once served as an outdoor dining room for clerks. The Telegraph Office stands opposite the Public Works Office and its main façade faces Vir Nariman Road. It is hard to miss the building’s two conspicuous tall towers with sharply pitched roofs, in between which lies a yawning porte-cochere. Also Read: Top 10 Places to Visit in RajasthanBY M. DIVYA SRI

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KTR Swings into Action After CM's Order September 28, 2016 13:52

As soon as Telangana Chief Minister KCR ordered to demolish all the illegal constructions, state Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister KT Rama Rao has taken a plunge with an action plan.As per Greater Hyderabad municipal corporation official records 28,000 illegal constructions were found. Most of them were constructed on storm water drairs, nalas and on encroached tanks. It resulted in submergence of many colonies during heavy rains which lashed the city recently.In fact, the previous governments never declared the demolition of illegal buildings as many politically influenced builders are involved in the encroachment of water bodies. Earlier the demolition is considered as mission impossible for any government.KTR has been holding series of meeting everyday and sending flying squads to raze down the illegal structures with the help of police. Special police teams were also formed to speed up the demolitions.The minister set the deadline and targets to every GHMC official in the giant task assigned by CM. Leaders says KCR has taken up the task under the mission to free the city from encroachments in active bound manner. The Telangana government already succeeded in implementing Mission Kakatiya and Mission Bhageeratha. Also Read: Demolition of Illegal Constructions by GHMC implementing Sec.405BY M. DIVYA SRI

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Actor Fawad Khan Leaves India For Personal Reasons September 28, 2016 13:44

All Pakistani actors including Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan left India, for personal reasons, even before the Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) threatened to push them out in the wake of the Uri terror attack.Days after 18 soldiers were martyred in the terror strike at Uri, the MNS had issued a 48-hour ultimatum to Pakistani actors and artists to leave India by September 25 or else they would be “pushed out.”Sources, however, say that artists including Fawad Khan, Ali Zafar, Mahira Khan and Imran Abbas have already flown out.“He [Fawad] is not in India. He is not here since July. He had finished his work for the film and hence his presence was not required further, so he went back,” sources said.The 34-year-old actor is in Lahore as his wife is expecting their second child.Fawad will be seen in a cameo in filmmaker Karan Johar’s directorial venture Ae Dil Hai Mushkil . The film's promotions will kickstart in October as the film is scheduled to release on October 28 ahead of Diwali.According to sources, “As Fawad is having a cameo appearance in the film, he won't be promoting the film.” There are talks of Fawad doing a film with superstar Salman Khan's Production house, but there is no official statement on this yet. Also Read: Tamannaah Talks about her Upcoming Horror FlickBY M. DIVYA SRI

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Mahesh Babu Supports Sumanth's Upcoming Flick September 28, 2016 13:30

Mahesh Babu and Sumanth are very good friends and they are always in touch. Now, the superstar supported his friend Sumanth’s upcoming film, 'Naruda Donaruda', a remake of Bollywood film Vicky Donor. He released the movie trailer on his Twitter page. Mahesh also wished his friend and the film’s team success. Directed by debutant Mallik Ram, the film also has Pranitha Subhash making her debut as the female lead. Tanikella Bharani plays a key role in this film.Akkineni Nagarjuna had released the first look of the film on his Twitter page recently and, now, Mahesh Babu released the trailer. Seems like Sumanth is concentrating more on the pre-publicity of the film, as he needs a good break. It has been a while since the Telugu audience has seen him in a film.   Also Read: Rajamouli Completes 15 Years in the IndustryBY M. DIVYA SRI

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