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Gravity Defying Palace at Lucknow March 31, 2015 16:34

The Gravity Defying Palace at Lucknow is the Bara Imambara - bara meaning big and imambarameaning a shrine.  It was built by the fourth Nawab, Barak Imambara Asaf-ud-Daula, in the year 1784 and is a blend of Arabic and European architecture. The surrounding of the palace also includes a mosque and a step-well - bowli. The main hall was constructed exclusively with interlocking brick-work and is famous for its mysterious architecture of “Bhulbhulaiya- a dense maze”. This labyrinth is made of more than 1,000 narrow staircase passages meant to prevent any possible intruders. One can roam around the clandestine maze; preferably with an official guide. And alongside one can also explore the adjacent mosque and stunning gardens. It has been Constructed by 22,000 people. It is noted that the ordinary people worked during the day time at the construction site, noble men and courtiers, to make ends meet, worked in the nights so that they would not be identified. Defying Palace at Lucknow can be visited any time of the year.

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The Magnetic Hill-Ladakh March 31, 2015 16:01

The "Magnet Hill" is located on the Leh-Kargil-Srinagar national highway, about 30 km from Leh, at a height of 11,000 feet above sea level. On its south side flows the Indus, which originates in Tibet and carries to Pakistan. The magnetic hill has become a popular stop for domestic tourists on car journeys. Magnetic hill is one of the famous offbeat destinations of India. In reality, it is just the optical illusion effect and there is no magnetic disturbance at all. This self-profound magnetic hill is one of the popular stops for domestic tourists to experience nature’s mysterious ways. This is a remarkably common illusion that is found in numerous locations around the world.  Usually it is a stretch of road in a hilly area where the level horizon is obscured. Apart from the Magnetic Hill, you can also enjoy seeing a few other places that lie at a close distance from the hill. The Himalayan region here is truly worth exploring.

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Natural remedies to fight wrinkles March 31, 2015 15:37

Wrinkling is the main problem faced by many women. Aging is not only the factor that causes wrinkling but it may be caused due to pollution, extensive exposure to sun, lack of vitamin D3, excessive use of cosmetics etc.  Many women think that ageing is inevitable, but with the increased technology and information you really can look as you feel. Instead of trying out those anti-wrinkle creams, you can fight against wrinkles by following these natural remedies. 1. Tighten With Egg White:Egg whites will tighten your skin naturally and eases fine lines and laugh lines. Apply it on your face evenly and leave it for some time to dry it completely and then wash with lukewarm water. Follow this remedy regularly to have young and wrinkle free face. 2. Papaya and banana paste:It may be any season, papaya and banana will be available across the year. They can be effective for soothing, toning and moisturizing your skin. Try using banana and papaya combo face packs for wrinkle free skin. Papain enzyme in papaya and rich vitamins in banana are the reasons for revitalizing your skin. Even the pulp is good for premature ageing signs. 3. Essential Oils:Certain essential oils are very helpful in reducing wrinkles. Take drops of oils such as sandalwood, geranium, rosewood, rose jasmine, neroli, and frankincense. Mix these oils with primrose oil or some other oils which you feel you can use as a base oil to make a natural anti wrinkle lotion. 4. Coconut glow: Coconut will give your skin glow and radiance. Grate raw coconut and squeeze milk out of it. Apply this milk on your face and rinse off after sometime. Repeating this often can reduce your wrinkles on your face. Even it is effective remedy to remove wrinkles under the eyes. Massage under the eyes with coconut oil every night before having sleep.5. Lemon Juice:This is not just useful to quench your thirst during the summer, but you can use them as part of your beauty treatment as well. Just applying a few drops of lemon juice on your face can remove blemishes and age spots as well.Try using these simple home remedies to have wrinkle free face. AW: Lizitha

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SC asked LK Advani to respond in Babri Case March 31, 2015 15:21

Senior BJP leaders including LK Advani have been asked to respond to a petition that asks for conspiracy charges against them in the Babri mosque demolition case.Mr Advani and the others - MM Joshi, union minister Uma Bharti and Rajasthan governor Kalyan Singh - have been given four weeks to respond to a notice by the Supreme Court.The Allahabad High Court had in May, 2010, dropped conspiracy charges against these leaders for the 1992 razing of the Babri mosque in Ayodhya by Hindu activists.A petition by Mehboob Ahmed, a defendant in the Ayodhya lawsuit, wanted those charges to be restored. Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal argued his case in court.The court has also given the CBI more time to come up with a statement supporting its appeal against the high court order.Mr Advani had accused the CBI of pressing for conspiracy charges against him because of political agenda.The BJP leaders face charges connected to two FIRs or police complaints after the mosque razing. The first alleges a conspiracy by "lakhs of unknown kar sevaks (volunteers)." The second FIR specifically charges Mr. Advani and other leaders of inciting the activists with inflammatory speeches.The two cases were merged and handed over to the CBI, which filed a composite charge sheet in October, 1993.In 2001, a lower court dropped the conspiracy charge against the leaders on the ground that the case related only to the kar sevaks. This was upheld by the High Court.   - Manohar

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Charming Valley - Drass March 31, 2015 15:00

Drass, a charming valley bustling on riverbanks, starts from the base of the Zoji La pass. It is often referred to as ‘The Gateway to Ladakh’ and is situated in the Kargil District of Jammu and Kashmir. For centuries its inhabitants are known to have negotiated this formidable pass even during the most risky period in the late autumn or early spring, when the whole sector remains snow-bound and is subject to frequent snow storms, to transport trader's merchandise across and to help stranded travellers to traverse it. During the three-month long armed conflict between Indian and Pakistani troops, the  physical landmarks of war such as Drass sector, Mushko valley, to lo-ling and tiger hill attained an epic status.Staying: The tourist complex in Drass provides well furnished guest rooms and suites. There  are some private deluxe hotels which provide good accommodation with modern facilities.To Reach: The buses plying between Srinagar and Kargil passes through the Drass sector. The local buses leave for Kargil in the morning and Drass sector in the afternoon. The  capital of Kashmir, Srinagar is connected to Kargil/Drass sector via National Highway 1.

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Sunny Leone’s Kuch Kuch Locha Hai Trailer March 31, 2015 15:02

Bold actress Sunny Leone has become one of the most happening and famed actress in Bollywood currently. She is now coming with back to back films over there. She has recently signed many adult comedies and one among them is Kuch Kuch Locha Hai which has completed shoot. The movie has been directed by Devang Dholakia and the film features Sunny Leone, Ram Kapoor, Evelyn Sharma and Navdeep Chabbra in the lead roles. The movie is said to be a sex comedy and Sunny Leone will be seen as a successful Bollywood star while Ram Kapoor will be seen as a Gujarati businessman in the movie. The theatrical trailer of the movie has been released which has been filled with comedy and adult sequences. The trailer has been racy and colorful which will sure bring the heat among the youth. The movie has been produced by Alumbra Entertainments, Magic Pictures along with Maximus Multimedia. KK Agarwal and Mukesh Purohit are the producers for the movie. The movie has been initially titled as Patel Rap and later it has been renamed to Kuch Kuch Locha Hai. The movie will complete all the formalities and will release on May 8th all over.

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Khajjiar in Himachal Pradesh March 31, 2015 14:28

Khajjiar, often called as India's Switzerland, is a hill station in Chamba District of Himachal Pradesh, which is very popular with tourists in India and abroad. Going from Dalhousie to Khajjiar is a soothing experience as you drive through the beautiful Bakrota Hills. As you keep on going, after few minutes, you enter into the 'Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary' and also the beautiful 'Lakkar Mandi'. Anytime of the year depending on your preference. Summer is everyone's favourite and the most busiest time of the year. Accommodation can also get a bit expensive. In winter, we could see some part of the area covered in snow. It looks wonderful in snow as well. Something to be aware of if there is a forecast of heavy snowfall, the roads access to Khajjiar will be closed. Khajjiar offers hotels, cottages, rest houses run by HP tourism, but there are some private hotels too. Travel: By Road: Travelling by road to Khajjiar is not a problem since Khajjiar is connected to different places of Himachal by roads. People majorly choose buses for road transportation which is easily available from other states of Himachal. By Rail: Rail transportation is another option for tourists. The nearest railway station from Khajjiar is the railway station of Pathankot. The Khajjiar railway station also provides trains to all major cities. By Air: Nearest airport to Khajjiar is at Shimla and Chandigarh. Regular flight facilities are available at both the airports.

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The Skeleton Lake of Roopkund March 31, 2015 12:55

Some 16,000 feet above sea level, at the bottom of a small valley, was a frozen lake absolutely full of skeletons. That summer, the ice melting revealed even more skeletal remains, floating in the water and lying haphazardly around the lake's edges. This extremely frightening area of Himalayan Mountains is known for the hundreds of corpses between 300-600 skeletons, which date back to the 15th century AD. The trail for the trek that leads to the frozen Roopkund Lake also overlaps with the religious pilgrimage of Nanda Devi thus making this experience of trekking in Uttarakhand, an overall mix of culture and adventure.The DNA tests proved that the skeletons belonged to several groups of people, including a group of probably local porters and a taller group who were closely related - with DNA mutations characteristic for Chitpavans - The Brahmins from Maharashtra. When ice melts in the glacial tarn of Roopkund, located 5,000 metres above sea level in Chamoli district, Uttaranchal, hundreds of corpses can be seen floating. Thus gets exposed a mystery that dates back to more than 60 years and has begun to be understood only recently.As per the legends, ‘Mystery Lake’ is circled by hundreds of skeletons which is the major attraction of this trek. The skeletons may belong to pilgrims who fell to their deaths due to the unexpected calamities.  

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Virat and Dhoni slipped from ICC ODI rankings March 31, 2015 13:12

Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni slipped down the ladder to be fourth and 10th respectively, while Shikhar Dhawan retained his seventh spot in the latest ICC ODI batsmen’s rankings released on Monday. In the ODI bowlers’ chart, however, Indian pacer Mohammad Shami and Ravichandaran Ashwin made upward movements. While Shami gained as many as 14 places to be at 11th now, Ashwin’s eight wickets in the ongoing cricket World Cup so far helped him climb six spots to 16th.There have been a plenty of reshuffle in the rankings at the end of 23 pool matches in the World Cup, currently being staged in Australia and New Zealand.Kohli has slipped a rung but is still the best-placed Indian batsman at fourth position, while skipper Dhoni has lost two places to be at 10th.Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina are the other Indian batsmen to be figuring in the top-20 list. Even though Rohit has lost three places to be at 16th, Raina has climbed up four positions to be at 20th.Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara, who is currently the leading run-scorer in the cricket’s biggest spectacle with 268 runs, has moved up two places to join South Africa’s Hashim Amla in second place. The batting table is headed by South Africa captain AB de Villiers, who leads by 49 ratings points.While none of the Indian bowlers figure in the top-10, both Shami and Ashwin’s progress has been significant. However, injured an Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravindra Jadeja have both lost four places each to be at 17th and 18th.The bowlers’ list is still topped by Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal, even though he is not a part of the squad in the mega-event.Meanwhile, India’s Jadeja has managed to retain his seventh position in the ODI all-rounders’ table, which is now headed by Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan, who has become number one following his 229 runs with the bat and three wickets with the ball in the World Cup so far.In team rankings, Australia continue to lead the field with 120 ratings points, while world champions India are second, four points behind. South Africa, on 113 ratings points, are third, and Sri Lanka fourth.Following New Zealand’s four wins in as many matches and England’s three defeats in four games, the two sides have swapped places. New Zealand is now fifth, just one ratings point behind Sri Lanka, while England are now sixth, eight rating points ahead of Pakistan.@Indianexpress- Manohar

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Siddarth's Come Back March 31, 2015 12:36

Talented actor Siddarth has received enough recognition for his performance and his acting skills in all the languages he acted in. He has scored massive hits in all the languages and he was once the actor in demand. However he has recently reserved himself to tamil films and he announced that he will not do movies in Telugu as some of his movies did not do well in Telugu even after making big in Tamil. He has scored a super hit with his recent movie Jigarthanda and top directors like Shankar and Maniratnam stepped forward to appreciate Siddarth’s performance in the film. The movie has been now been dubbed into telugu and it has been titled as Dil Raju with the caption “Dhammunte Kasko”. Karthik Subbaraj directed the movie and it has been produced by Kathiresan on Group Company banner. The music composed by Santhosh Narayanan is a huge hit and Lakshmi Menon played the female lead in the film. Siddarth is now confident on his comeback in Telugu and the movie has been slated for a huge release on April 3rd all over Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Siddarth has recently revealed that he himself will remake the film in Hindi soon.

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