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Supreme court rules NEET as MBBS, BDS entrance test April 29, 2016 17:33

The Supreme Court on Friday said that the entrance test for the admission to MBBS and BDS courses for the academic year 2016-17 has to be held as per the schedule through the single common entrance test National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) on May 1 and July 24.The order implied that all government colleges, deemed universities and private medical colleges will be covered under the NEET and those examinations which have already taken place or slated to be conducted separately stand scrapped.A bench comprising Justices A R Dave, Shiva Kirti Singh and A K Goel had pronounced the order yesterday after rejecting the opposition for holding NEET by the states, of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and Association of Karnataka Medical Colleges, and minority institutions like CMC, Vellore, which had contended that NEET cannot be imposed on them.The apex court order had also revived the government's December 21, 2010 notification for holding a single common entrance test through NEET with a clarification that any challenge on the issue would directly come before it and no high court can interfere in it.The Centre had approached the apex Court seeking modification of its yesterday's order to allow state governments and private colleges to hold separate entrance examinations for MBBS and BDS courses for the academic year 2016-17.The apex court, in the morning indicated that it will give an urgent hearing for modification of yesterday's order, but later said it is not going to have a bench for hearing it today.Justice A R Dave, before whom the matter was mentioned by Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said, "We are not having the bench. Let the exam go on. Let them file the applications."The apex court had approved the schedule put before it by the Centre, CBSE and the Medical Council of India (MCI) for treating All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) fixed for May 1 as NEET-1.It had said that those who had not applied for AIPMT will be given the opportunity to appear in NEET-II on July 24 and the combined result would be declared on August 17 so that the admission process can be completed by September 30.In its petition, the NGO Sankalp Charitable Trust had said that the Centre, MCI and CBSE were dilly-dallying in implementing the court's order on implementing the National Eligibility Entrance Test.By Premji

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Megastar Chiranjeevi’s 150th Film Launched April 29, 2016 17:01

Megastar Chiranjeevi is making his comeback to mainstream cinema after a gap of almost nine years. Sensational director VV Vinayak has been roped in to direct this mass entertainer which is the remake of Tamil blockbuster Kaththi. Vinayak has taken his time to transform the script completely to suit the Telugu nativity. The movie has been titled as Kathilantodu which has been launched officially in Hyderabad at 1:30 PM. Paruchuri Venkateswara Rao clapped the board for the first scene in the movie. The whole Mega family attended the launch which was a treat to watch. The makers revealed the official pictures of the launch as it happened to be a private affair. The event has been graced by Megastar Chiranjeevi, VV Vinayak, Paruchuri Venkateswara Rao, Allu Aravind, Naga Babu, Ramcharan, Allu Arjun, Varuntej, Sai Dharamtej, Allu Sirish and other family members. Ramcharan will produce the movie on Konidela Production Company banner. Rathnavelu is the cinematographer and Devi Sri Prasad is the music director. Kathilantodu will complete shoot and will hit the screens for Sankranthi next year.

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Gujarat government announces 10% reservation for economically backward April 29, 2016 16:36

The Gujarat government has announced a ten per cent quota for economically backward classes in the state. A welcome move for the deserved. The new category would include members of all general categories (the ones not included in SC/ST and OBC) with family income less than Rs 6 lakh. Chief minister Anandiben Patel has promised to issue an ordinance on 1 May for the new quota."Families with income below Rs 6 lakh per annum will be eligible for this reservation," Gujarat minister Vijay Rupani said.CM Anandiben Patel said that, "the scheme will continue as an additional benefit for those who do not get benefit under the reservation."Chief minister Anandiben Patel and the state BJP president Vijay Rupani said that, "after meeting with party national President Amit Shah, today the party and the government has decided to announce 10% EBC reservation Ordinance on May 1st on the Gujarat foundation day. Benefit of this reservation will be in addition to SC/ST and OBC reservation so there will be no effect on the present reservation system. This will be in force from the upcoming academic season itself. Children of the parents who have income upto six lakh annually will get benefit."Rupani said that, "considering the feeling of the Patidar community and all other communities we have decided to give 10% EBC reservation. Congress just tried to encash the issue for political gain. We ask them why they did not gave any reservation to general caste for 60 long years. BJP has done it. We will demand from Congress to implement EBC reservation in Congress ruled states. We will fight for the 10% EBC reservation if required in High Court and Supreme Court also.'' Shankarsinh Vaghela, leader of opposition in the state assembly, said that, "the state govt announcement are just to divert attention by tokenism. 10% reservation for this huge population is not sufficient. Congress will fight for 20% EBC reservation."By Premji

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Modi invited by the Speaker of the US House of Representative to address the joint meeting of Congress April 29, 2016 13:08

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been invited by the Speaker of the US House of Representative Paul Ryan, to address a joint meeting of the US Congress on June 8 during his visit to the United States. “The friendship between the United States and India is a pillar of stability in an important region of the world,” Ryan said.“This address presents a special opportunity to hear from the elected leader of the world’s most populous democracy on how our two nations can work together to promote our shared values and to increase prosperity. We look forward to welcoming Prime Minister Modi to the US Capitol on June 8,” he said.Modi will be the fifth prime minister of India to address a joint meeting of Congress, and the first since 2005. Earlier, Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh (July 19, 2005), Atal Bihari Vajpayee (September 14, 2000), P V Narasimha Rao (May 18, 1994) and Rajiv Gandhi (July 13, 1985) have addressed the joint meeting of the US Congress.Ronak D Desai, a Fellow at New America and an Affiliate at the Belfer Center’s India and South Asia Program at Harvard University, said, “an invitation to Prime Minister Modi to address a Joint Meeting of Congress is significant, given past US policy towards Modi during his time as Chief Minister of Gujarat.”"The President appreciates the important role played by Prime Minister Modi in the success of Paris Summit on Climate Change last November," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said."The White House has been in close touch with a range of Indian officials to discuss a potential visit by Prime Minister Modi to Washington. We're still engaged in those discussions. Obviously the President has a strong working relationship with Prime Minister Modi," Earnest said."President Obama has complemented the important role that Prime Minister Modi played in Paris in ensuring the successful completion of the Paris climate talks. The President had a long meeting with Prime Minister Modi in the context of that international meeting," he said."And of course, President Obama at the beginning of last year had an opportunity to be the guest of honour at India's Republic Day celebration. That obviously was a memorable visit for the President and he was the first President to be so honoured," Earnest said.By Premji

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Indian biologist finds memory molecules in plants April 29, 2016 11:49

A team of researchers affiliated with the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, MIT and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has found a prion-like protein in Arabidopsis thaliana, a flowering mustard plant. A study authored by an Indian scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) suggests prion-like proteins could hold the key to understanding what gives plants memory and aids in their decision-making. Prions are proteins that are usually referred to in relation to the spread of neuro diseases.Sohini Chakrabortee, a researcher at MIT's Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research (WIBR), has spent three years scanning over 20,000 proteins in plants from the mustard family and has found at least one protein that behaves like a prion and is capable of building molecular memories, such as those of exposure to a prolonged period of cold that precedes flowering."This is the first evidence that a plant protein may self-replicate as a prion - this opens up the possibility of protein-based memories in plants," said Chakrabortee.Sohini Chakrabortee has done her BSc and MSc at Delhi University before continuing her education and research at Leicester University and Cambridge University before joining MIT."When we talk about plant memories, we mean the plant that has a memory responds differently to a stimulus compared to a plant that has never experienced this before," said Can Kayatekin, a post-doctoral associate and a member of the Whitehead-MIT team."This is really, really significant, I have never, never heard of prions in plants - and I've been studying prions for about twenty years," Karim Adjou, professor at the Veterinary School of Alfort in France said."The finding of prions in plants could explain some unresolved puzzles of flowering," said Ranabir Das, a senior scientist at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore. "While the flowering process is generally understood, plants appear to somehow fine-tune their behaviour to external cues - and prion-driven mechanisms may help explain that," Das said."The prion-like structure is part of a protein involved in flowering," Jayant Udgaonkar, another senior scientist at the NCBS said. "It is a likely candidate for a protein-enabled memory mechanism in plants that would enable plants to use the memory of external weather in the regulation of its physiology."By Premji

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Ramcharan’s Production Logo Revealed April 29, 2016 11:40

Megastar Chiranjeevi is making his comeback to mainstream cinema after a gap of 9 years and the movie has been titled as Kathilantodu. The movie is said to be the remake of Tamil super hit movie titled Kaththi directed by AR Murugadoss. The Telugu version will be directed by VV Vinayak and the regular shoot of the movie will start in June this year.Kathilantodu will be launched officially today at 1: 30 PM at Megastar’s office in the presence of limited guests. The female lead and the other cast are currently being finalized revealed sources. Ramcharan will produce the movie on his own banner Konidela Production Company.Ramcharan unveiled the official logo of his production house through his official facebook page. Kathilantodu will hit the screens across the world during Sankranthi next year.

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Mahesh’s Next Titled Jana Gana Mana April 29, 2016 11:34

Superstar Mahesh Babu has been busy with the shoot of his upcoming movie titled Brahmotsavam and the movie is said to be a family entertainer directed by Sreekanth Addala. Samantha is the female lead and Kajal, Praneetha are the other female leads. PVP Cinema is producing the movie which will hit the screens across the world on May 20th across the world.Top and talented director Puri Jagannadh scored his career’s best with Mahesh Babu titled Pokiri. The movie ended up smashing all the existing Tollywood records and Mahesh became a Superstar with the movie. The duo then teamed up for Businessman for the second time which too ended up as an impressive film all over. Though the duo wanted to team up again, the third project of Mahesh and Puri Jagannadh got delayed due to their professional commitments. Now on the occasion of Pokiri completing 10 years in Tollywood, director Puri Jagannadh announced their third project and the movie has been titled as Jana Gana Mana. The movie is said to be a patriotic film with loads of action episodes. Though Puri did not reveal about the exact date on which the movie would start rolling, he released the first look poster of the movie. More details to be revealed soon.

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Vaginal cosmetic surgery: 5 things to know April 28, 2016 15:50

How safe is vaginal cosmetic surgery? Will there be any side effects in the future? Along with the answers to the above questions, below is what all you need to know about this surgery, which has become common among women, these days.(All the information is provided by Alyssa Dweck, MD, a popular gynecologist in New York City and the assistant clinical professor at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine.)1. No need to get labiaplasty at allDr. Dweck says that, 15 year young girls will have their moms bring them in for a consultation. Women will also bring themselves in around 18 to 21. The reason they undergo the procedure is to eliminate the camel toe."These women assume all vulvas have to look the same and so if theirs doesn't, something is wrong with theirs," Dr. Dweck says."To be honest, I try to talk people out of doing it because most of the time it's not needed, and once I show them the countless ways vulvas can look and I can educate them on normal anatomy, they realize they don't need it done." According to Dweck, there are even signs of other issues like body dysmorphia, which is where women think they look different than they do, when determining if someone is a candidate for vaginoplasty. 2. Several reasons can lead to labiaplastyAccording to Dweck, other indications to say that you are a good candidate for labiaplasty are, the women's labia minora (the inner lips) should so voluminous (huge size and volume) that, they face trouble putting a tampon in, or experience inflammation or painful sex or chafing. Adding to it, if anyone is psychologically distraught by their labia's appearance, and that distress is not due to another psychological issue (such as body image issues they might have in general, which she says a lot of women who come in to have the procedure are struggling with). One labia differing in size with the other, is also another indication that you need a treatment.3. The procedure is complex, but quickDweck says, depending on the people's needs, there are several type of procedures to make the labia smaller, or more symmetrical or flush with the vagina, whether that's taking a wedge out of the labia surgically or removing the part that looks excessive.Dweck says that she performs the procedure, giving the patients anesthecia. Depending on its detailing, the procedure can take 15 minutes to 1 hour.   4. The recovery process is pretty intense and involved People often underestimate the recuperation time and process. Dweck, during surgery, generally uses dissolvable sutures, so that, nothing has to be removed and later asks her patients to do a sitz bath (which is like a little plastic tub you put over the toilet with warm water with epsom salts where you soak your bottom). After that bath, Dweck recommends to dry the area with a hair dryer, with the intention of removing the moisture and reducing the chances of infection.Dweck recommends the same procedure for twice or thrice a day, for about two weeks.Dweck further recommends them to wear a tight garment in the day times, so that nothing gets chafed and a loose garment at night along with suggesting them some antibiotics. Further, to make sure the area is healing well, Dweck asks them to make one or two visits more.5. Not usually covered by insuranceIf the women face congenital condition (such as vulvitis or pain during sex), it would be covered under the insurance, but if it is purely for cosmetic reasons, generally there would be no insurance coverage.By Phani Ch

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Indian rupee opens at 66.39 against US Dollar April 28, 2016 15:46

The Indian rupee today, against US dollar, opened higher by 5 paise at 66.39/$, as against the previous close of 66.44/$. Indicating that the policy process normalization will be a gradual one, on the global front, Fed decided to maintain status quo on the interest rates. The central bank, before taking a call on the interest rate trajectory, has mentioned that, it will monitor inflation parameters and the global developments.Coming to the economic front, Fed elaborated that although labour markets have witnessed improvement, household spending has moderated. Fed again did not concentrate on how it perceives the balance of risks to the economic outlook. On the whole, the policy stance is inferred to be dovish and so, the US dollar is losing its ground.BOJ (Bank of Japan) at its policy meeting, has kept the interest rates unchanged and also maintained the bond buying programme at 80 trillion Yen. So, the Yen is receiving good appreciations.   This has come as a surprise, as investors earlier priced in a strong probability of BOJ, unleashing more monetary stimulus. The economy is struggling from abysmally low growth and requirement of the Central bank's assistance can be identified.  As of now, Yen is trading at 109.3 levels, which is being considered as a strong recovery, from the low of 111.88 registered, just a few minutes before the monetary policy announcement.On Tuesday, the Indian currency ended at 66.52/$ and took 8 paise hike on Wednesday, showing the figure as 66.44/$. The local unit had hit a high of 66.74 and a low of 66.83.As per the Reserve Bank of India, the reference rates are as follows: Dollar: 66.54Euro: 75.17. Yen: 59.85Great Britain Pound (GBP): 96.9242.By Phani Ch

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Traffic issues with Mahesh Babu in Hyderabad April 28, 2016 15:31

Mahesh Babu in Brahmotsavam rides bike with three wheelsNew fashion starts, more traffic issues in Hyderabad. (Headlines in newspapers soon).By Phani Ch

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