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S/O Satyamurthy Music Success Meet April 01, 2015 15:57

Stylish Star Allu Arjun has recently completed the shoot of his latest movie S/O Satyamurthy which has been aimed for release on April 9th all over. The movie has been directed by Trivikram Srinivas and the film has been carrying huge expectations. Samantha, Adah Sharma and Nithya Menon are the heroines in the movie and Kannada Superstar Upendra, Sneha are playing the other prominent roles in the movie. Allu Arjun will be seen as a wedding planner in this stylish mass entertainer and the recently released audio has received wide and roaring response from the audience. The makers of S/O Satyamurthy have now planned for an audio success meet which will be held in Vijayawada on April 6th. Shreyas Media will organize the event which will happen at 6 PM in the evening. Devi Sri Prasad composed the music and Prasasd Murella is the cinematographer for the movie. S Radha Krishna produced the movie on Haarika and Haasine Creations banner. S/O Satyamurthy has also completed all the censor formalities and it has been awarded U/A certificate without any cuts. The whole movie unit has been confident on the movie which has been set for a massive release on April 9th all over.

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Places to Visit Hampi April 01, 2015 15:41

Hampi is a village in northern Karnataka, India. It is located within the ruins of the city of Vijayanagara, the former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. Hampi is situated on the southern bank of the river Tungabhadra. It was the seat of the mighty Vijayanagara Empire (1336-1565) which extended from the Arabian Sea to the Bay of Bengal and from the Deccan Plateau to the tip of the Indian Peninsula. History: One of the interesting facts about Hampi apart from its history and culture is that this place is closely associated with the incidents of Ramayana. According to the mythological epic, when Lord Rama and his brother were wandering in the forest searching for the trails of Devi Sita (Lord Rama’s wife), who was abducted by the demon king Ravana, both these brothers came to this region in search of Vail and Sugriv (two monkeys brothers) who ruled in this region. Travel: Hampi is connected by road with: Hospet 13 km Bellary 74 km Gadag 98 km Guntakal 133 km    Chitradurga 151 km  Hubli 151 km Aihole 156 km Pattadakal 173 km Badami 180 km Train: Hospet is the nearest railway station which is connected by rail with Bangalore, Hubli and Guntakal. Plane: Hubli is the nearest airport which is connected by Air Deccan flights with Bangalore. Some of the best places to see in Hampi:

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Mangalgiri - Land of Palaka Narasimha Swamy April 01, 2015 15:21

Mangalgiri means auspicious hill, the word ‘Mangal’ means auspicious and the word ‘giri’ means hill. Mangalgiri is situated in the outskirts of Vijayawada, a well known city in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. Mangalgiri is only 12 KM away from Vijayawada. Mangalgiri is well connected with train and buses and is accessible from Vijayawada, Guntur and Tenali. Mangalgiri is a small village with a population of around 80000. The main occupation of this village is weaving and paddy cultivation. Around 60% of the population belongs to Padmasali, who are traditionally related to weaving. There are around 5000 weavers in this village.Mangalgiri is blessed with two well known temples. One is in the valley, Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple believed to be built by the King Krishna Devaraya.  The other temple is on the hilltop known as Palaka Narasimha Swamy. Narasimha is believed to be the 4th incarnation of Lord Vishnu. This incarnation has a lion head and human body. This incarnation was made to show, how the true faith in God will save one from all the difficulties. The deity in the temple is ‘Swayambhu’ means self originated. In this temple the main offering is Palakam or Panakom - a juice made with jaggery, dry ginger and lime, which is poured into the mouth of Sri Narasimha Swamy. Eventhough Palakam is sweet and everyday hundreds of litres of Palakam is offered there are no ants seen anywhere near the sanctum sanctorum.It is believed that the temple of Sri Lakshmi Narasimha in the valley was found by the epic hero Yuddhisthira. Yuddhisthira is the eldest brother of Pandavas in the Hindu epic Mahabharata, who is known for his noble life and his non compromising attitude towards truth. The temple dedicated for the worship of Sri Lakshmi Narasimha has been constructed architecturally to support the 11 storied Raja Gopuram. Raja Gopuram is the main entrance to the temple premises. Usually this gopuram will be sculptured with the story of the main deity of the temple. Huge gopurams are the specialty in south Indian temples. These gopurams will have sculptures of the period of construction. These gopurams are constructed using huge granite stones. These stones are transported to the site using elephants and large number of artisans had put their hard effort to make these gopurams spectacular, which are existing for more than 400 years. The interiors of the temple have inlaid inscriptions that reveal that the famous King of the Vijaynagar Empire, Krishna Devaraya had visited this temple. The temple tank which is adjacent to the temple is believed to be created by Demigods and is named Lakshmi Pushkarini.A unique feature of Palaka Narasimha Swamy temple in Mangalgiri is the magical disappearance of the Palakam offered to the shrine. When palakam is poured into the mouth of the deity, half of the palakam is returned. The temple is opened only from morning to afternoon. It is believed that Demigods perform puja to Sri Narasimha Swamy in the night. In the temple, there is no deity of god, only a wide opened mouth of nearly 15cms is seen. This mouth is covered with the metal face of Narasimha Swamy. Here the deity is offered palakam. The priest will pour the palakam with a conch into the wide opened mouth. While pouring, we can hear the sound, like someone is drinking water. When the sound stops, the priest will stop pouring. The priest has shown us that the conch was not emptied, when poured into the mouth. This means that god is satisfied with the given palakam. This miraculous act rekindles faith and spiritualism in the people who visit the temple. After worshipping palaka Narasimha Swamy, when you go up, you can see Lord Vishnu sleeping on Anantha the Snake God and this posture is called Ananthasayanam, which can be seen in a small cave.The Palaka Narasimha Swamy temple is accessible through road for which vehicles are available on rent, or else one can reach the temple through stairs which leads to the temple. There are 365 steps to climb. One can see a bird’s eye view of Mangalgiri from the top of the hill. From the top of the hill we can also see the gopurams of Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple in the valley.By Premji

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Petrol Prices slashed by 49 paise/litre April 01, 2015 14:04

After two consecutive hikes, petrol prices were on Wednesday cut by 49 paise per litre and diesel by Rs 1.21 a litre on softening international oil rates. The reduction in rates will be effective from midnight tonight.Prices of petrol in Delhi will be Rs 60 a litre from tomorrow as against the current Rs 60.49, while diesel will cost Rs 48.50 per litre as compared with Rs 49.71 currently, Indian Oil Corp (IOC), the nation's largest oil company, said.The reduction follows two rounds of price hikes in February and March -- first by Rs 0.82 a litre in petrol and Rs 0.61 per litre in diesel on February 16 and by Rs 3.18 per litre in petrol and Rs 3.09 a litre in diesel on March 1.Since the last price change, "the international prices of both petrol and diesel have declined. The Rupee-US Dollar exchange rate has, however, depreciated. The impact of both these factors warrants decrease in retail selling prices of both petrol and diesel," IOC said in a statement.Prior to these increases, petrol price had been cut on ten occasions since August 2014 and diesel six times since October 2014.Cumulatively, petrol prices had been cut by Rs 17.11 per litre in ten reductions since August and diesel by Rs 12.96 a litre since its deregulation in October.   - Manohar

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A 17-year old Girl shot dead in Bengaluru April 01, 2015 13:51

A 17-year-old girl was shot dead and her friend injured by a college office assistant in South East Bengaluru on Tuesday when she was on her way to college.Gauthami, a student of Pragathi School and PU College was declared dead after being taken to hospital, while her friend Shirish, 18, is currently undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Whitfield.Mahesh, a non-teaching staff of the school and the prime suspect is absconding.The incident took place last night and investigations are on, police said, adding the boy is suspected to be a jilted lover.Reportedly, the incident took place inside college premises. The deceased is a second-year pre-university student and was residing at the hostel, police officials said.Investigations are on, police said, adding the boy is suspected to be a jilted lover. Karnataka Home Minister KJ George, Bangalore Police Commissioner MN Reddi and other senior officials reached the spot to get first-hand information about the tragic incident.The police have registered a case but no arrests have been made so far. Police officials will interrogate students, college authorities and teachers on the incident.The culprit is on the run.The twitter trolled with the flurry of tweets agitating the heinous act. Police are desperately searching for the suspect, keeping the media and the social activists’ outcry.   - Manohar

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Udaipur - the city of lakes April 01, 2015 12:31

The city of Udaipur is a lovely land around the Azure water lakes hemmed in by the lush hills of the Aravails. Udaipur also known as the City of Lakes is a city in the state of Rajasthan, India. It is located 403 kilometers (250 miles) southwest of the state capital, Jaipur and 250 kilometers (155 miles) northeast from Ahmedabad. Udaipur was the historic capital of the former kingdom of Mewar under Rajputana.Apart from Udaipur’s glorious history, culture and scenic locations, it is also known for its Rajput-era palaces. The Lake Palace, for instance, covers an entire island in the Pichola Lake. Udaipur is often called the "Venice of the East" and is also nicknamed the "Lake City". Lake Pichola, Fatah Sagar Lake, Udai Sagar and Swaroop Sagar are considered some of the most beautiful lakes in the state.Udaipur was founded in 1559 by Maharana Udai Singh II as the capital of the erstwhile Mewar kingdom, located to the southwest of Nagda, on the Banas River, the first capital of the Mewar kingdom. It is said that Maharana Udai Singh II met a hermit while hunting in the foothills of the Aravalli Range. The hermit blessed the king and asked him to build a palace on the spot, assuring him it would be well protected. Udai Singh II consequently established a residence on the site. In 1568 the Mughal emperor Akbar captured the fort of Chittor, and Udai Singh moved the capital to the site of his residence, which became the city of Udaipur. When the Mughal empire weakened, the Sisodia ranas, and later Maharanas (also called the Guhilots or Suryavansh), who had always tried to oppose Mughal dominance, reasserted their independence and recaptured most of Mewar except for Chittor. Udaipur remained the capital of the state, which became a princely state of British India in 1818. Maharana Fatah Singh of Udaipur was the only royalty who did not attend the Delhi Durbar for King George V in 1911. After India's independence in 1947, Maharana Bhupal Singh, the King of Udaipur, acceded to the Government of India and Mewar was integrated into India's Rajasthan state. City Palace City Palace which stands on the east bank of Lake Pichola is a massive series of palaces built at different times from 1559. The balconies of the palace provide great views of Jag Mandir on one side and the city of Udaipur on the other. Its main entrance is through the triple-arched gate - the Tripolia, built in 1725. The way leads to a series of courtyards, overlapping portions, terraces, corridors and gardens. There is a Suraj Gokhda, where the Maharanas of Mewar presented themselves in the times of trouble to the people to restore confidence. The Mor-chowk (Peacock courtyard), gets its name from the mosaics in glass decorating its walls. The Chini Chitrashala is noteworthy while a series of wall paintings of Krishna are on display in Bhim Vilas. There are other palaces such as Dilkhush Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Moti Mahal and Krishna Vilas - in memory of a princess of striking beauty who poisoned herself to avert a bloody battle for her hand by rival princes. Now the palace contains many antique articles, paintings, decorative furniture and utensils. The former guesthouse of the city palace, Shiv Niwas Palace and the Fateh Prakash Palace has been converted into heritage hotels. Jagdish Mandir The Jagdish Temple is a large Hindu temple in the middle of Udaipur. It was built by Maharana Jagat Singh I in 1651 A.D. It is an example of Indo - Aryan architecture and this temple is having a great example of architecture and art. Gulab Bagh and Zoo A rose garden laid out by Maharaja Sajjan Singh is situated near the palace on the east side of Lake Pichola. Within the garden, there is a zoo with tigers, leopards, Chinkara gazelle, birds, and many other wild animals. Doodh Talai A rock and fountain garden and the sunset point from which one can enjoy the sunset view in Lake Pichola and a panoramic view of the old city. Also one can enjoy the Aerial tramway (rope way) which connects one of the Doodh Talai gardens to Karni Mata temple. Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal This is a museum of folk arts and traditional dances. It also hosts puppet shows and folk dances in its auditorium. Sukhadia Circle Sukhadia Circle (Square) is a large roundabout in the city's northern suburb of Panchwati, on the road to Ranakpur and Mt. Abu. The Circle is a popular recreational centre and meeting placeOther places of interest include Lake Palace, Jag Mandir, Monsoon Palace, Fateh Sagar Lake, Lake Pichola, Saheliyon-ki-Bari, Maharana Pratap Memorial or Moti Magri, Bohara Ganesh Ji, Nehru Garden, Bagore-ki-Haveli, Ahar Museum, Shilpgram, Neemach Mata Temple, Udaipur Solar Observatory, Ranka Palace By Premji

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Kannada will be a mandatory subject in Karnataka Schools April 01, 2015 12:16

Kannada language will be a mandatory subject in classes one to ten in schools affiliated to Karnataka board and a compulsory medium of instruction from classes one to five.This is envisaged in the Kannada Language Learning Bill, 2015 making Kannada a mandatory subject in classes one to ten and Right To Education Act Amendment Bill which were passed by a voice vote in the state Assembly on Tuesday.The second bill amended Section 29 (2) of the Right To Education Act to change the provision "medium of instruction shall, as far as practicable, be in mother's tongue" to "Kannada or mother tongue will be medium of instruction in primary schools" from classes to one to five.Kannada language will be a mandatory subject in classes one to ten in schools affiliated to Karnataka board and a compulsory medium of instruction from classes one to five.The amendment would help the government in its arguments before the Supreme Court when the curative petition related to its language policy is taken up.The Supreme Court had rejected a revision petition filed by the state government seeking review of its ruling which upheld a Karnataka High Court judgement striking down its government order issued in 1994 to impose Kannada or mother tongue as a medium of instruction in primary schools.   - Manohar

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Places to Visit Amritsar April 01, 2015 11:53

The Golden temple is located in the holy city of the Sikhs, Amritsar. The Golden temple is famous for its full golden dome, it is one of the most sacred pilgrim spots for Sikhs. The Mandir is built on a 67-ft square of marble and is a two storied structure.  Maharaja Ranjit Singh had the upper half of the building built with approximately 400 kg of gold leaf. Amritsar, literally a Pool of Nectar, derives its name from Amrit Sarovar, the holy tank that surrounds the splendid Golden Temple. Guru Ramdas, the fourth Guru of the Sikh faith, founded Amritsar in 1579. He constructed a pool on land gifted by the Mughal Emperor Akbar and called it Amritsar. History: History of Amritsar is tarnished in number of episodes marked with bloodshed and carnage. The credit for establishment of this glorious city of Sikhs goes to 4th Sikh Guru Ramdas. After having learn about the presence of the pool containing healing power he incited his son and successor Guru Arjun Dev to erect the city around this pond. Travel: Road: Amritsar is connected by bus with: Agra 643 km Chandigarh 235 km Delhi 435 km Ferozpur 160 km Jalandhar 80 km Jammu 219 km Kolkata 1850 km Kullu 389 km Ludhiana 137 km Pathankot 111 km Srinagar 515 km Wagah Border 29 km Train: Amritsar is connected by rail with major cities in India. Plane: The Rajasansi airport, about 11 km from city centre, is connected by domestic flights to Delhi, Srinagar and Chandigarh. Places to Visit in Amritsar: There are several excellent tourist places to visit in Amritsar and all of them are equally important. One of the major attractions here in this city is India-Pakistan border called Wagah border. The next historically most important place is Jallianwala baug. Included among other tourist places in Amritsar, the places are Ber Baba Buddha, Rambagh gardens, Akal Takht and many others. 

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Kerala Excise Minister K. Babu accused Bar Hotelier Biju Ramesh of conspiracy April 01, 2015 11:52

Bar hotelier Biju Ramesh is trying to dethrone the UDF government by joining hands with the Opposition LDF, Kerala Excise Minister K. Babu said on Tuesday."Biju Ramesh is nothing but a tool in the hands of the Opposition," Babu said, reacting to the bar owner's allegations against him in connection with the bar bribe case."Some of the LDF leaders held talks with Biju Ramesh at the residence of a CPM MLA in Thiruvananthapuram on December 15. There the Left leaders promised Biju to open the closed bars if he helped them to dethrone the UDF government. The CPM leaders also asked him to level charges against UDF leaders other than K.M. Mani too," Babu told reporters here. He also made public an audio clip as evidence to his claims.“Biju took an anti-government stance at a meeting of the bar owners held on March 10 too. Biju is bent on revenge against the government ever since bar hotels were shut down in the state and he has been trying to frame evidence against UDF leaders,” Babu alleged.The Excise Minister asked why Biju didn’t name him earlier if he had demanded bribe from bar owners. "Biju alleges that I demanded Rs 10 crore as bribe. Now he should explain when and where I raised the demand," Babu said.   - Manohar

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WhatsApp Voice calling is finally available without any invitation April 01, 2015 10:42

WhatsApp voice calling feature has been recently released by the company. But due to its limitations some users have faced problems to use the service. Today, with the upgrade of the latest WhatsApp application, users need to no longer wait for the exclusive call from a friend or acquaintance to be able to talk free on WhatsApp. With this latest upgrade, the app is going to bring millions and millions of new users to WhatsApp. It is expected to have more success than social networking site Facebook which actually owns the WhatsApp service. With WhatsApp Calling feature, you can place calls to your WhatsApp contacts over the Internet for free. The feature doesn't use the cellular network but the Internet connection. But the users need to remember one thing that once you are on call through the app then network calls will not work. However it will be automatically enabled once you cut the Voice call on WhatsApp.The WhatsApp voice calling feature is available only for Android, and is expected to make its way to iOS users soon. AW: Lizitha

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