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Kabali, Brahmotsavam teasers get divided talk! May 02, 2016 08:53

Super Star Rajinikanth’s Kabali movie teaser and Mahesh Babu’s Brahmotsavam teaser have been released on Sunday, trending in the social networking sites all the day. But it seems, both the teasers have got mixed response. While few say, the teasers are just ok, others say, they are extraordinary. If Kabali teaser is considered, right from the beginning of the project, the makers have hinted that, Rajinikanth would be playing a don role. Since then, most of the fans started relating the role to that of Baasha movie, which was a trend setting one, in those days. But unlike the serious dark shaded Baasha, Super Star in Kabali was seen in bit active and entertaining role. However, Rajini’s style, background score all together gives a thumbs up, if it is not compared with Baasha. Coming to Brahmotsavam, Madhuram Madhuram song teaser released yesterday is being applauded for the soothing music. But the shots of Mahesh, as shown in Brahmotsavam first teaser were repeated in latest teaser too, hinting a negative sign to the movie. However, teasers cannot alone decide the fate of the movie, it should be seen, how far the two big movies would conquer this Summer. By Phani Ch

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Happy Maggi life May 02, 2016 08:09

Maggi is such a food item, where even a fresher in cooking, would be able to cook it and have it for himself. So this particular food item is special in several people lives, especially, the people shown in the video below. What type of happiness Maggi gave in their lives, has been explained in a funny way. Also read: Maggi returns: Watch oppositions position here Do watch it and you might relate to your personal experiences too. By Phani Ch

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Petrol and diesel rates hiked May 02, 2016 08:06

Petrol and diesel prices in the country, got hiked by Rs 1.06 and Rs 2.94 respectively. State-owned fuel retailers IOC, BPCL and HPCL revise rates on every fortnight (1st and 16th of every month), based on the average oil price and the foreign exchange rate in the preceding fortnight. “The movement of prices in the international oil market and the rupee-USD exchange rate shall continue to be monitored closely and developing trends of the market will be reflected in future price changes,” IOC has once said. As the main engine of global demand growth for the past several years starts to sputter amid signs of a gasoline glut, the rebound in the oil prices internationally from 12-year lows is in danger of coming to a crashing halt. Crude oil, from January, has rallied more 2/3rds, nadir on robust demand from refineries across the world, stoking cautious optimism among producers and exporters that the epic rout that slashed global prices by 75 % between mid-2014 and early 2016 is finally over. But, especially in Asia, the rampant production of the oil products, is threatening to derail that recovery. Several major gasoline importing countries have started exporting, keeping in mind the chances of overflowing of the excessive supply of fuels in the storage facilities and erode refinery profits. However, the Indian consumers are yet to get proper benefits from the sharp price reduction to a decade low, as the government on 5 occasions since November, has raised excise duty on the petrol and diesel. The total 5 hikes add add up to Rs 4.02 per litre on petrol and Rs 6.97 on diesel, thus the government makes an additional revenue of Rs. 17000 crore. According to global price movement, diesel prices were deregulated in 2014, giving freedom to the oil marketing companies to hike or reduce the prices. By Phani Ch

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Pawan Kalyan’s cold warning to Modi! April 30, 2016 16:12

Pawan Kalyan took to his twitter to respond on the special status issue, which took a fresh turn today.Officials at the centre denied to make a positive move on the special status issue stating that, Andhra Pradesh has no requirement of it. AP ministers, who resent the centre’s stand on the issue, declared war against the centre.Especially, YSRCP chief Jagan Mohan Reddy, conducted the press meet and busted on the state and the Central governments, alleging that they cheated the people, by including the special status in election manifesto and robbed the votes. Now adding to the chorus of Jagan and other oppositions, even Janasena Chief, Pawan Kalyan, after a long time, responded on the issue, tweeting about it. The actor turned politician said, “United Andhra Pradesh was bifurcated by Congress 2 years back and did a big crime. Andhrites would never forget that insult. Modi government has gained so much of confidence and at this stage, I hope the Centre do not make such range of blunder mistake committed by Congress earlier.”Pawan Kalyan earlier, as known, has supported BJP-TDP and has become one major reason for the formation of the state and Central governments. Same Pawan, now asking the government not to make blunders, is hinting that the young politician is soon going to declare war against PM Modi and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandra babu Naidu, if the things really turn worse in the coming days. By Phani Ch

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Panel pushes women to register for draft April 30, 2016 15:23

The House Armed Services Committee has decided to make the women register for the draft as a handful of Republicans joined Democrats recently, to back a measure whose own sponsor hoped would fail.“Right now the draft is sexist,” said Rep. Duncan D. Hunter (R-Calif.), who filed an amendment to the House’s annual defense authorization bill to require women falling in the age group of 18-26, to register for the Selective Service, the government agency that keeps records of who is eligible to be conscripted.As per the recent administration policy proposed by Obama, women will be allowed to serve in all combat roles. Hunter, who is against this proposal opined that, the measure was proposed only to begin the discussion about the draft. He voted against his amendment, arguing that anyone who favored it would be siding with the administration.But Hunter’s gamble that committee members would shy away from forcing women into the draft backfired when a slim majority, including 5 Republicans, opted to endorse the measure by 32-30 vote. “We have a standards-based force now, and we don’t have a standards-based Selective Service,” Rep. Christopher P. Gibson (R-N.Y.) argued, joining Democrats, all but one of whom also supported the measure.“We should be willing to support universal conscription,” said Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.). “There’s great merit in recognizing that each of us have an obligation to be willing to serve our country in a time of war.”However, the proposal to include women in the draft, is yet to survive a full House vote and then make it through the Senate. As women did not have to register for the draft, women could not hold combat jobs, Supreme Court told in 1981. However, the change in policy has got a boost, after Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) said he is open to the idea. “As far as I’m concerned, if we’re going to put women into combat roles then that’s certainly logical, but I’d like to consult with the committee - all the members of the committee,” he said.House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) sounded a more skeptical note, declining to support having women register for the draft.“We need to take a comprehensive look at the entire Selective Service process, and we shouldn’t just deal with one issue at a time,” Ryan said. The underlying defense authorization bill commissions a study of the draft to help answer questions about “what it would mean to keep it, to do away with it, to include females in it. My view is, we need to get those answers,” said the committee’s chairman, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Tex.), who voted against the amendment.The House in mid-May, is expected to vote on the annual defense authorization bill, which also includes the draft registration for women. If the amendment comes into the process, the change could also preempt ongoing court cases about whether excluding women from the draft is discriminatory. Along with the intention of changing the draft policy for women, it was revealed that, the several lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, have great reservations about the continued necessity of the draft.“I would much rather have someone who I know wants to be there, someone who is trained, who is highly capable and who is a professional warrior, to have my back,” said Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), a veteran. She voted for the amendment to include women in the draft but said she thought the discussion was “misguided.”“The bar would have to be dramatically lowered if we were to return to conscription again,” said Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), who voted against the amendment, remarking that most eligible youths would not meet the standards for service anyway because of any number of problems, including drug addiction, emotional problems or simply being overweight.“We have the most elite military that we have today in the history of this country, and I want to keep it that way,” he added.By Phani Ch

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Reason behind RGV’s silence on Chiru 150 April 30, 2016 13:51

News: Chiranjeevi 150 movie launchedWhy is RGV still silent?By Phani Ch

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Chocolate keeps diabetes away: Study April 30, 2016 13:39

A new study claims that, consuming small amount of chocolate everyday, would make one stay away from the diabetes. After conducting the research on 1153 people aged 18-69 years, the researchers found out that, eating 100 grams of chocolate everyday, can reduce insulin resistance and improves liver enzymes. Insulin resistance is considered as a risk factor to cardiovascular disease, the researchers say.  After finding the benefits of chocolate, the researchers have decided to analyze a nation sample of adults, taking their lifestyle and dietary factors into account and including the simultaneous consumption of tea and coffee. Also read: Anti-diabetic drug ‘Metformin’ may help keep cholesterol at check This is because both tea and coffee can be high in polyphenol, which may provide chocolate, with its beneficial cardiometabolic effects, researchers said. Reacting to the case above, Saverio Stranges from University of Warwick, UK, said, “Given the growing body of evidence, including our own study, cocoa-based products may represent an additional dietary recommendation to improve cardio-metabolic health; however, observational results need to be supported by robust trial evidence.”“Potential applications of this knowledge include recommendations by healthcare professionals to encourage individuals to consume a wide range of phytochemical-rich foods, which can include dark chocolate in moderate amounts,” said Stranges."However, it is important to differentiate between the natural product cocoa and the processed product chocolate, which is an energy-dense food," he added.Over 80% of the people participated in the research, have claimed to eat 24.8 gram of Chocolate, on an average, everyday. Those who ate chocolate regularly were younger and more physically active, than those who did not eat. "It is also possible that chocolate consumption may represent an overall marker for a cluster of favourable socio-demographic profiles, healthier lifestyle behaviours and better health status," said Alaa Alkerwi from Luxembourg Institute of Health. The findings were published in the British Journal of Nutrition. By Phani Ch

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New record: Century in 21 balls April 30, 2016 12:31

Iraq Thomas, a 23 year old cricketer has created a record, witnessing fastest century, in just 21 balls in the Tobago Cricket Association’s T20 tournament at Louis D’or.Representing Scraborough/Mason Hall, in a match played on Sunday, Thomas remained unbeaten on 131 off just 31 balls, to help his side chase down Speyside’s target of 152 in just 8 overs. The Tobago batsman slammed 15 sixes and 5 boundaries. Adding to his energy witness, he cleared the park three times and the umpires were forced to bring the new balls. Thomas first scored 97 off 53 deliveries against Charlotteville, and then went on to play the record knock in the next game.Speaking to the media, Thomas said, “I was just very happy to reach my first T20 century. I have played cricket for a while and to get this century in the shortest format left me very happy. I played for Queen’s Park in Trinidad, so coming into this tournament I had some good experience having played at that level in Trinidad.”West Indies star batsman Chris Gayle holds record of hitting fastest 100 in T20, after he did it in just 30 balls against Pune Warriors in the IPL. In ODIs, South Africa’s AB de Villiers completed century in in just 31 balls and thus set a record. By Phani Ch

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Dasari, Jindal, Koda to face trail in Coal scam case April 30, 2016 11:50

Delhi special court ordered to put on trial, the former minister for Coal, Dasari Narayana Rao, former Congress MP and industrialist Naveen Jindal, former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda and 12 others. The court said that, the “facts and circumstances” brought on record prima facie “establishes the hatching of a criminal conspiracy after careful calculation and minute planning”.Regarding the allocation of a coal block in Jharkhand in 2008, all the biggies mentioned above, faced charges of criminal breach of trust and criminal conspiracy. Referring to the alleged irregularities in the allocation of the Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block, special Judge Bharat Parashar, ordering framing of charges said, prima facie it “appears that facade of various companies has been created as a smokescreen to cover up the actual payoff” of Rs 2 crore to Dasari by Jindal through his “group of companies or associated companies” to secure a coal block for his firms Jindal Steel Power Limited (JSPL) and Gagan Sponge Iron Pvt Ltd (GSIPL).Rajeev Jain, Director of Jindal Realty Pvt Ltd; Former Coal Secretary H C Gupta;  GSIPL Directors, Girish Kumar Suneja and Radha Krishna Saraf; Suresh Singhal, Director of New Delhi Exim Pvt Ltd (NDEPL); K Ramakrishna Prasad, MD of  Sowbhagya Media Ltd; and CA Gyan Swaroop Garg, are the other accused ones, along with Dasari, Jindal and Koda. All the 5 firms - JSPL, Jindal Realty Pvt Ltd, Gagan Infraenergy Ltd (formerly known as GSIPL), Sowbhagya Media Ltd and NDEPL - have also been ordered to be put on trial.The court raised charges against all the accused under IPC sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy), read with 409 (criminal breach of trust) and 420 (cheating) and under sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act. On May 11th, the court will formally put all the accused on trial. On the other hand, the court even agreed to hear Suresh Singhal’s plea on the same day. Speaking about the issue, Parashar said, “if the entire process of allocation of coal block is seen and analysed while also keeping in mind the money trail whereby Rs 2 crore came to be transferred to Dasari Narayan Rao by Naveen Jindal, the same, prima facie, reflects active collusion between public servants involved in the process and private parties in whose favor the coal block stood allotted.”The special court said, in the entire conspiracy, Jindal prima facie was the “central figure”. “In fact, his role has come out to be that of a central figure around whom the entire criminal conspiracy revolved… as being the common central thread running through all the said transactions through his various group or associated companies… his role even travels beyond the area of grave suspicion as regard his complicity,” Parashar said. The court said GSIPL prima facie could “not have been allocated any coal block at all in any circumstance” and “not only it was found to be ineligible” but it had “grossly misrepresented on many aspects both at the time of submission of its application form and also in the feedback form”. “The facts collected during investigation also show that there was rather no intention on the part of GSIPL to establish any power plant and thereby to use the coal to be extracted from the said coal block,” Parashar said. NDEPL investing Rs. 2 crores in Sowbhagya Media Ltd (SML) is an “admitted fact”, the court says and the investment “in fact constitutes one part of the entire money trail.”Court said, 2nd part of the alleged money trail “demonstrates” how Rs 2 crore invested by NDEPL was “actually money belonging” to Naveen Jindal Group of Companies. It also said “grave suspicion arises” as regard the “genuineness” of the transactions, in which NDEPL invested Rs 2 crore in SML.“Naveen Jindal Group of Companies were primarily owned by Naveen Jindal and he was the central figure through whom the said payoff of Rs 2 crores flowed. In fact, a web of various corporate entities has been introduced to cover-up the said illegal act of making a payment of Rs 2 crore to Dasari Narayan Rao,” Parashar said. Coming to Madhu Koda, the special court clarified that it was prima facie “clear” that being CM, he “ensured” that the recommendation for the entire coal block be made to the Coal Ministry “only” in favour of Naveen Jindal Group of Companies. Court further said that, Dasari was in “active agreement and connivance” with Jindal and his group of companies. “Prima facie it is clear that Rao abused his official position in pursuance to the conspiracy so hatched with the other co-accused persons so as to facilitate allotment of Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block in favour of JSPL and GSIPL,” the court said. The court said prima facie all transactions seem to have been undertaken with the “assistance of best of the legal brains and experts in financial transactions” to “escape the clutches of law and to give each of the transactions a semblance of compliance with law. H C Gupta, Secretary Coal and Chairman Screening Committee, along with Dasari Narayan Rao, Minister of State for Coal, consciously chose to overlook all such misrepresentations or false and highly inflated unsubstantiated claims of the company even though they were writ large on the face of record.” Reacting to the court order, a spokesperson for JSPL said, “In the context of the Special Court’s order in respect of allocation of the Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block and the charges thereof, JSPL reiterates that it is confident that it will stand vindicated at the end of the ongoing judicial process. We deny all allegations made against our company and its management. We have full faith in the Indian judicial system and are confident to come out clean during the process. The said allocation was made to the company purely on merit and, all along the course of the investigation, the company and its officials have fully cooperated with the authorities, and whenever asked, explained and provided all supporting documents.” By Phani Ch

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Pawan Kalyan picks Nithin over Chiranjeevi! April 30, 2016 10:43

It is not a surprising news to know that, Pawan Kalyan is attending the audio launch of A..Aa movie, as the chief guest.Pawan Kalyan being the close friend of director Trivikram and moreover, the movie’s lead actor Nithin being a huge fan of the Power Star, the actor turned politician, is making his presence to this movie function.  Pawan earlier attended Ishq movie audio launch and that movie gave a bang to Nithin, who was till then treated as the outdated actor. Nithin from then, believes  Pawan’s hand brought him luck.Magically, his belief on his favorite idol brought him luck with hat-trick successful movies- Ishq, Gunde Jaari Gallanthayyinde, Heart Attack. However, the Jayam actor later faced tough time with two flops in the form of Chinnadana Nekosam and Courier boy Kalyan. May be, to add some petrol to the success journey of his fan-turned actor again, Pawan is coming forward for the audio launch. On the other side, after the news was spread that, Pawan Kalyan is the chief guest of Nithin’s movie, it is creating some internal disturbances in the mega family, who is reportedly willing to question Pawan Kalyan, for his absence on the launch of Chiranjeevi’s 150th film. How far, this latest issue leads to, after witnessing Pawan on A..Aa audio launch stage, is yet to be seen.By Phani Ch

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