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LG unveiled 'Spirit' March 30, 2015 17:38

South Korean conglomerate LG on Monday unveiled LG Spirit,  a new curved budget range smartphone in India, the company has also listed the new mid-range entrant on it's official country-specific website at a competitive price of Rs 14, 250.Although, the company has stayed any word on the availability date of the handset. The LG Spirit was announced in February along with the other three smartphones  LG Magna, LG Leon and the LG Joy which were showcased at one of the biggest events of the year, Mobile World Congress, 2015.The new LG Spirit features 4.7-inch HD display with 720x1280 pixels resolution along with pixel density of 312ppi. The dual-SIM LG Spirit, LG H-422 runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop and it's appearance is made unique by moulding the device with a slight curve i.e: a 3000mm radius curvature. The smartphone is clocked at 1.3GHz quad-core processor complimented by 1GB of RAM.The LG Spirit sports an 8-megapixel camera on the rear surface, and a 1-megapixel camera on the front for selfie enthusiasts. The new device gets 8GB of inbuilt storage capacity which can be expanded through a microSD card up to 32GB. On the connectivity front, the LG Spirit gets 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS/ A-GPS, and Micro-USB. The handset measures 133.25x66.12x9.95mm, fueling its operations is a 2100mAh removable battery for long lasting usage.Along with specifying the availability date for the new handset, the company has also stayed the word on when it will launch the 4G Spirit LTE, 4G enabled variant of the smartphone in India.The company announced that its smartphones the Joy, Leon, Magna, and Spirit, will be made available  for purchase in South America, and the next countries in line are Europe, Asia, Middle East Africa and North America.Specifications:LG Magna5-inch (1280x720) display1.2 GHz or 1.3GHz quad-core processorAndroid 5.0 Lollipop8-megapixel on the rear, 5-megapixel front-facing camera2540mAh removable battery8GB of storage1GB of RAM4G LTE, HSPA+ 21Mbps139.7 x 69.9 x 10.2mmLG Spirit4.7-inch (1280x720) display1.2GHz or 1.3GHz quad-core processorAndroid 5.0 Lollipop8-megapixel or 5-megapixel on the rear, 1-megapixel front-facing camera2100mAh removable battery8GB of storage1GB of RAM4G LTE, HSPA+ 21Mbps133.3 x 66.1 x 9.9mmLG Leon4.5-inch (854x480) display1.2GHz or 1.3GHz quad-core processorAndroid 5.0 Lollipop  8-megapixel or 5-megapixel on the rear, VGA front-facing camera1900mAh removable battery8GB or 4GB of storage1GB or 512MB of RAM4G LTE, HSPA+ 21Mbps122.7 x 64.0 x 10.9mmLG Joy4-inch (800x480) display1.2GHz dual-core processorAndroid 5.0 Lollipop or Android 4.4 KitKat5-megapixel on the rear, VGA front-facing camera1900mAh removable battery4GB of storage512MB of RAM4G LTE, HSPA+ 21Mbps122.7 x 64.0 x 11.9mm   - Manohar

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S/O Satyamurthy Censor Updates March 30, 2015 17:21

Stylish Star Allu Arjun is now back with his latest movie S/O Satyamurthy which has completed shoot recently. The movie has been directed by Trivikram Srinivas and the recently released theatrical trailer has created huge buzz on the film. The movie has made a terrific pre release buzz and is gearing up for a massive release. Samantha, Adah Sharma and Nithya Menon played the female leads in the movie and Allu Arjun will be seen as a wedding planner in the film. Devi Sri Prasad composed the music and the audio of the movie is already a huge hit all over.As per the latest update the movie has completed all the censor formalities and it has been awarded U/A certificate from the censor board without any cuts. Prakash Raj, Rao Ramesh, Sampath Raj and Kota Sreenivas Rao will be seen in other important roles in S/O Satyamurthy. Kannada Superstar Upendra and Sneha played the other prominent roles in the film. S Radha Krishna produced the movie on Haarika and Haasine Cine Creations banner. S/O Satyamurthy will complete all the formalities and will release on April 9th all over.

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BJP - the largest Political party in the World March 30, 2015 16:54

The ruling BJP has become the largest political party in the world with its enrolment drive in the past five months taking its membership to 8.80 crore. The Communist Party of China was until now considered the largest party with about 8.60 crore members.Sources said the party hit the 8.80 crore mark on Sunday and the BJP expects its membership to cross 10 crore by the end of this month, exactly what it had aimed for when it launched the drive in November last year. Party president Amit Shah will announce the final figure at the national executive to be held in Bangalore on April 3-4.The ambitious membership drive was Shah's idea. He views a base of active members as a device for consolidating BJP's freshly-achieved pre-eminence.Sceptics say the groundswell in membership is no reliable reflection of the party's actual strength on the ground, and that while PM Narendra Modi's popularity and the party's current influence may draw thousands into the fold, their loyalty will remain suspect and they might bolt when the going gets tough.Sources in the party maintain that the enrolment through missed calls is a huge improvement over the old practice where block-level functionaries would mention names of purported members to meet targets. The leadership had no way of independently verifying these claims.In the new scheme, the party can scrutinize registrations by calling up numbers from where missed calls originated. The phone numbers also provide the party with a way to maintain 'live' contact with members to update them on developments and explain decisions as well as the context in which they are taken.Mobile phones are also viewed as vehicles for propagating the party's policies and to counter the criticism of opponents.The membership drive will officially come to an end on March 31 but there are chances that it may be extended in a few states like Maharashtra where, according to the party, a large number of people are still calling to register themselves with BJP. After UP, where it has set a target of 1.5 crore, Maharashtra is expected to fetch the maximum number of members for the party. Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh have both already accounted for more than 80 lakh members.BJP general secretary Ram Madhav last week hailed the achievement saying the party had added one crore members in the eight days starting March 15. The number increased steadily last week with another one crore joining. Shah is now using the membership drive to also measure BJP's strength in states which are headed to polls later this year and in 2016.The party's ambitious, hi-tech online membership drive was launched by Modi on November 1 last year when he became a member by dialling a telephone number followed by Shah who became the second member."BJP's 8 crore members crossed," Madhav said last week, adding that the first 10 million were added in 30 days, the second in 22 days and the third in 13 days. He said the party added the fourth such unit in 16 days, the fifth in 18 days and the sixth in the subsequent 21 days. The last 20 million were added in 15 days and eight days respectively.The speeding up of the membership drive comes amid hectic meetings and tours by Shah to various states to step up the effort and finalize the drive by the end of this month.   - Manohar

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BHEL bags a power plant contract in Telangana March 30, 2015 16:36

The government of the state of Telangana has been taking planned and precautionary steps to ensure sufficient power in upcoming years. CM K Chandrashekar Rao, recently announced that Telangana would become a state with surplus power. The state-run heavy electrical equipment manufacturer BHEL has confirmed that it has bagged a contract of over Rs 5,000 crore worth. The PSU got finalized for executing a thermal power plant at Manuguru in Khammam district. “Telangana State Power Generation Corporation (TSGENCO) has awarded Bhel with an EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) order for setting up a 1,080 MW thermal power plant in the state,” BHEL said in a statement.“Valued at over Rs. 5,000 crore, the order envisages setting up a thermal plant at Manuguru in Khammam District of Telangana,” it said, the equipment maker has to commission the project in 24 months. BHEL has to work out the designing, engineering, manufacturing, constructing, erecting the machinery, testing, and finally commissioning of 4x270 MW units on EPC basis.BHEL’s Trichy, Hyderabad, Haridwar, Bhopal, Ranipet, Bangalore and Jhansi plants would built the crucial components of the proposed power plant. While, the civil works, erection, and commissioning would be taken care by company’s Power Sector -- Western Region.As per the media reports TSGENCO has been entered into a preliminary understanding with BHEL for construction of new thermal power plants totaling 6,000 MW in the state.If the power plants proposed in Khammam, Adilabad, and other districts commissioned within three years, the state can provide uninterrupted power to domestic and industrial sector. Recently central government has allocated 222 MW power for the period of April 1 and September, and another 374 MW from October 1 to March next.-Kannamsai

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Five Healing essential oils March 30, 2015 16:03

Many oils are found in the markets which are natural and chemical free. It is necessary to distinguish between good and bad oils as their use shows impact on your health. Since olden days, many natural oils that are extracted from flowers, plants and animals are used to cure many diseases. Here is the list of natural plant oils that have healing properties. Olive Oil: Olive oil is integral part of Mediterranean diet. It has many therapeutic benefits and suggested mostly be cardiologists. Replacing butter and other less healthy fats with olive oil has been shown to aid in the prevention of a myriad of diseases and counter effects of aging. Olive oil benefits are so extensive that it is considered a functional food with components that contribute to its overall therapeutic qualities including a reduction of risk factors of coronary heart disease, the prevention of cancers, and alterations of immune and inflammatory responses.Coconut oil: Coconut oil has many amazing benefits. This includes fat loss, better brain function, maintaining cholesterol levels, stress relaxant, increased immunity and many more. Coconut oil can be used as a skin moisturizer, helping with dry skin and reduces protein loss when used in hair. It also reduces premature signs of ageing and its fatty acids have shown to speed up overall metabolism. Avocado oil: Avocado oil offers a variety of purported nutritional and medicinal benefits that are supported by science. It can be used as a beneficial skin care product, for special scalp treatments, medicinal purposes, and in healthy cooking. Avocado oil is rich in antioxidants, making it useful for healing sun-damaged skin. It is rich with Sterolin which facilitates in softening of skin and if topically applied it helps in reliving dry and itchy skin. Pumpkin oil: Pumpkin seed oil has many positive health effects. It is good source of omega 3 fatty acids and shows favorable effects on LDL Cholesterol. The researchers have found that it significantly helps help improve prostate health due to its high content of Zinc and also help women with menopause as it decrease blood pressure, hot flushes and headaches. Flax Seed oil:Flaxseed is a popular traditional food and remedy for many diseases. It is rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an omega 3 fatty acid and consumption of food in right amount has been shown to improve cardiovascular health. It also helps in preventing hair loss. It shows positive effects on skin, treating arthritis and many other health issues. It has positive effect which may help with symptoms of menopause and lower cholesterol.AW: Lizitha

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Salman Khan's driver's statement recorded in 'hit-and-run' case March 30, 2015 15:53

In the 2002 hit-and-run case, accused actor Salman Khan's driver Ashok Singh has come forward to give his statement to the court which may provide relief to the actor.He has testified in the court that he was driving the car on that ill-fated night and not Salman when the tyre burst and he lost control of the car.Few days back, the 49 year-old actor had said in the court that a false statement was registered against him. He denied that he was drunk and he was not driving when the accident happened.He also said that his driver went to the police station but the police did not register Ashok's statement.In the wee hours of September 28, 2002, Salman's white Toyota Land Cruiser rammed into the American Express Bakery in suburban Bandra, close to his sea-front home in Galaxy Apartments, before fleeing from the accident site.One pavement dweller sleeping outside the bakery was killed and four others were injured, leading to Salman's arrest by the Bandra Police later that morning.   - Manohar

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Another blogger brutally murdered in Dhaka March 30, 2015 14:54

Just a month after a US-based Bangladeshi blogger was hacked to death near the TSC roundabout on DU campus, another blogger named Washiqur was chopped to death in Dhaka on Monday. The chain of incidents shows the brutal attacks on the nation’s independent writers, said an official."He was brutally hacked to death this morning with big knives just 500 yards (460 meters) from his home at Dhaka's Begunbari area," local police chief Wahidul Islam told AFP.Police detained two suspects immediately after the attack trying to flee the scene.Police said they were unsure whether the victim, Washiqur Rahman, 27, was also an atheist blogger but another social media writer said that he was known to write "against religious fundamentalism"."It appeared Rahman used to write using a penname Kutshit Hasher Chhana (Ugly Duckling)," Imran Sarker, head of Blogger and Online Activists Network in Bangladesh, told AFP."He was a progressive free thinker and was against religious fundamentalism," he said.Police have also arrested a suspect over the killing in February of American atheist writer and blogger Avijit Roy.Roy was the second atheist blogger to have been murdered in the Muslim-majority country in the last two years and the fourth writer to have been attacked since 2004.His killing sparked uproar at home and abroad with hundreds of secular activists holding protests for days to demand justice.They also slammed the country's secular government for not doing enough to protect humanist writers.   - Manohar

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Bharadwaj dropped another bombshell March 30, 2015 13:29

Within a week, Congress Party's former Law Minister Hansraj Bharadwaj attacked party leaders for one more time on the ground of corruption. In an interview given to the media, Bhardwaj has blamed party leaders for being slow on charges of corruption against BJP leaders in Karnataka. The former politician claimed that he was pressurized by many Congress leaders not to take action against Reddy brothers and Yeddyurappa. Subsequently after Bhardwaj's action, BJP was forced to remove its talisman leader from the post of CM. After Bharadwaj’s action, Yeddy formed his own party, which created crisis for the saffron party. While the party failed to get majority in the elections, it somehow managed boot out BJP from the power in 2013. Bhardwaj now claims credit for Congress's win in the Southern state. Earlier, last week the former Law Minister attacked the party on various issues accusing certain members of bringing about its downfall through extended bouts of corruption, while adding that senior members have been kicked out of the party."When the Congress was in power, 10 Janpath Road had no role to play in Cabinet meets. It was a closed door meeting. Only ministers participated and there was full freedom to speak one's mind. Those days, laws were being passed without even a discussion," Bhardwaj said."Manmohan Singh is an honest man. The court has issued summons to him, and he has gone because he believes in the rule of law. But imagine how much waywardness has been present for even him to be summoned. Rajiv Gandhi was an innocent. These corrupt people had pitted him against VP Singh. His friends abandoned him, but we never left his side even after he died," he added.@dnaindia- Manohar

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Nithin with Puri Jagannadh March 30, 2015 13:01

Talented young actor Nithin has scored some decent hits with Ishq, Gundey Jaari Gallanthayindey and Heart Attack. He is currently listening to scripts and his latest movie Chinnadana Neekosam ended as a debacle recently. The latest news is that he has signed his next film in the direction of Puri Jagannadh and the movie is in pre production stages. Puri has narrated a script recently and Nithin has given his acceptance for the script. Nithin is busy preparing himself for the script as per the latest update.Puri Jagannadh is currently shooting for Jyothi Lakshmi with Charmee in the main lead and the shoot of the movie will be wrapped up soon. The shoot of the movie is currently progressing in Goa and it will be wrapped in a month. Puri will start shooting for Nithin’s movie after this and he has also signed Varuntej for his next movie which will start at the end of this year. Puri Jagannadh and Nithin have paired up for Heart Attack in the past and the movie ended as a decent flick. Puri produced the movie on his own banner Puri Talkies banner. More details to be revealed soon.

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CHLA develops First Micropacemaker to treat fetal heart blocks March 30, 2015 12:54

With the development of first implantable Micropacemaker even the heart blocks in Foetus can also be treated. A team of researchers from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and the University of Southern California (USC) have designed this micropacemaker. The study was published online on March 14 in the journal Heart Rhythm.The congenital heart block is usually due to the defect of heart’s electric system which results in slowing down the rate of heart and impacting its ability to pump blood. It is estimated that it occurs in 1 in 10, 000 fetuses. Although this condition has been identified in early stages, this cannot be treated with lack of modern devices. But now the implantable micropacemaker has been identified by the researchers which help in preventing miscarriages and premature births of babies with congenital complete heart block. Gerald Loeb, professor at the Viterbi School of Engineering at USC, said: “Building on our experience of using microfabrication techniques to create biomedical devices, we have developed a micropacemaker small enough to reside entirely within the foetus.”Study lead author Yaniv Bar-Cohen, pediatric cardiologist at the CHLA added, “We now have a pacemaker that can be implanted in utero, potentially without harm to the foetus or the mom,’ says Ramen Chmait, the director of the CHLA-USC Institute for Maternal-Fetal Health noted.AW: Lizitha

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