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Annual Mela of Kheer Bhawani, communal harmony in display May 27, 2015 13:04

Annual Kheer Bhawani Mela at Tullamula in Srinagar, considered to be the biggest congregation of Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley and is celebrated with traditional fervor. Due to the controversy regarding the separate townships for the Pandit community, number of migrant Kashmiri Pandits have travelled from Jammu and other parts of the country to the temple of “Ragnya Devi” in central Kashmir to celebrate the annual Kheer Bhavani festival in the temple at Tulmulla in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district, some 27 kms from Srinagar. The local Kashmiri Muslims community made arrangements for the fair, the Hindus hold night long prayers at the temple.Devotees walked barefooted, ringing bells and carried rose petals. They offered milk and Kheer (pudding) to the spring within the temple complex, which is considered to be sacred and is surrounded by Chinar trees. The temple town wore a festive look with pilgrims travelling in a convoy of vehicles and is welcomed by Muslims, who had made special arrangements by providing drinking water and juices enroute for the devotees. The Muslim community has also setup flower stalls and other pooja materials for the Pandit devotees near the temple.Kheer Bhavani festival symbolizes the centuries-old communal harmony and brotherhood between Hindus and Muslims in Kashmir. The devotees claimed that the water in the sacred spring this year is clean and pure. “It signifies good omen for the Valley.”Pandits principal deities are mostly in natural forms. Sharika is the holy hill at Hari Parbat adjoining the great fort built  by Akbar, while Ragya is the spring at Tul Mul. Ragya is one of the few Pandit deities who is strictly vegetarian and will not forgive those who enter the portals after having a non-vegetarian meal. Whereas, the prasad at Sharika is yellow rice with hot mutton liver curry and the priest even offers a sheep’s lungs to kites on the hill. Muslims said that they will never enter the shrine’s compound after eating mutton, fish or fowl nor would anyone from the neighbourhood. It is evident from the gathering at the Kheer Bhawani, that the yearning for reconciliation is intense on both sides.“Such festive occasions exhibit brotherhood and communal harmony among the people of Kashmir. Festivals give us opportunities to promote and strengthen the communal harmony and ethos,” said senior PDP leader and Minister for Law and parliamentary affairs Syed Basharat Bukhari.Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department had organized a three-day Kashmiri Pandit Food Festival to promote the delicious Kashmiri Pandit cuisine among the tourists. Famous Kashmiri Pandit dishes like Dum Aloo, Kashur Haakh, Nadir Yakhni, Tamatar Chaman, Razma Daal, Chetin, Doade Al and Muj have been kept available. “We urge visitors to visit the restaurant and enjoy the ethnic delicacies on reasonable rates,” said a spokesman of the J&K Tourism Department.By Premji

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Why no Non-veg in Mahanadu? May 27, 2015 12:30

34 vegetarian varieties for Mahanadu!     Goats and hens: We are safe, at least they did not prefer us publicly   By Phani

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No more Bun, I want Biriyani- KCR May 27, 2015 12:25

If we have Rs.10, we think about tea and a bun, with Rs.100, we might dare to have tiffin, but when we possess Rs.1000 in hand, no one can stop us from ordering a Biriyani in a good hotel. It seems to be like, CM KCR is following the same logic. The man who once joined hands with TDP, is now able to counter the party in every issue. More seven MLAs from TDP to TRS?Coming to the point, for the MLC elections, there is an every scope for the party to gain four seats. But, KCR who seems to be more excited, is concentrating on the fifth seat too. To gain this seat, TRS needs the support of another seven MLAs. On the other side, TDP who is striving a lot for this fifth seat, needs the support of just two MLAs. So KCR, who is well aware of this fact, is trying to drag few TDP MLAs towards his party. He is concentrating on that MLAs who are waiting for a right opportunity to jump outside. The intention of KCR behind this, might be to quit TDP out.        KCR is already making his underground work for gaining the fifth seat and seems to be that, he is very concerned about it and also ready to go any corner to gain it. Adding to this, in an official meeting held on Tuesday, KCR said that, the party gains the fifth seat for sure.  This statement of KCR is now making TDP officials sleepless. However, the fact can be known  once the elections are held and the results are declared.By Phani

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Narendra Modi on a two-day visit to Bangladesh from June 6 May 27, 2015 12:14

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make a two-day visit to Bangladesh from June 6 to further bolster bilateral ties, the Bangladesh foreign ministry here said on Tuesday. This is Modi's first ever visit to Bangladesh since he became Prime Minister last year. The Foriegn Ministry states that Modi's visit comes as a respect to his counterpart Sheikh Hasina's invitation following his election last year.  "The visit is expected to further strengthen the excellent relationship between the two countries," it said.The statement said the two premiers would hold talks to review the "entire gamut of bilateral relations" while Modi will also make a courtesy call on President Abdul Hamid.The statement came hours after Indian high commissioner in Dhaka Pankaj Saran joined a meeting with Bangladesh officials at the foreign ministry to finalize the protocols and other issues related to the visit.People with knowledge about the matter said that along with the talks with the President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif,  Modi would address public in a at Bangabandhu International Conference Hall in the capital city of Dhaka, join a function at premier Dhaka University, and visit the National Memorial at suburban Savar to pay tributes to martyrs of 1971 Liberation War. Modi finished his tri-nation tour that consists of China, Mongolia, and South Korea recently. The tour garnered a lot of uproar all over the nation. Many tweeted that Modi is an NRI Prime Minister his one year concludes maxium tours and minimum governance.  What creates so stir all over the media about his foriegn trips? Is he the first Prime Minister, who is making so many foriegn tours? or is it because the hype he created online backfires him? Is it really the need of the hour to organize a Ghar Wapsi Program for Modi? The moment has come for Modi to rethink about his childhood dream of visiting all the countries of the world is what Modi opponents are saying.But Modi supporters have thier own version. They said that till yesterday the opponents blamed Modi for his Hindu Cronyism and for not visiting any Muslim nations. And now, when he opted to visit Bangladesh, why to agitate so much, is their say.  Keeping these versions aside, hope Modi's visits bring fruitful results home. - Manohar

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Heat wave kills 1100 people across the country May 27, 2015 12:05

The heat wave has killed more than 1100 people across the country over the past two weeks. Both the Telugu states which are of no exception, had to bear the high temperatures which resulted in numerous deaths.852 deaths in AP, 202 from Prakasham aloneThough the reports specified that, the effect of Summer is reduced as the temperatures got down, but there is no such fall in the death rates. The death toll in Andhra Pradesh has now risen to 852, from which 202 deaths are observed from Prakasham district alone.     266 deaths in TelanganaComing to Telangana, according to the latest reports, around 266 deaths have been observed. A maximum temperature of 44.5°C was recorded in Ramagundam city, whereas in Andhra, Jangameswarapuram recorded 46.4°C which is thus considered as the highest temperature among both the Telugu states.  Meteorological department warns AP!The meteorological department issued “red box” warnings for coastal Andhra Pradesh, which implies that there are high chances of heatstroke, dehydration and fatality with temperatures inching upwards of 45°C.   The best part is, there are no huge power cuts in both the states and that is considered as a major relief to the people, who chose not to come out during the day time and stay back in the home under the cool machines.  Experts say that, the monsoon may hit after May 31st and then a proper relief from the heavy heat can be found. But till then, the people are advised to stay away from the sun, consume plenty of fluids and thus get a partial relief.     By Phani

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First time BJP MPs Excell in performance May 27, 2015 11:52

First-time Bharatiya Janata Party, Lok Sabha member from Rajasthan, PP Chaudhary, has been selected for the Sansad Ratna 2015 Awards for his performance in the house till the end of the budget session."Chaudhary is among four Lok Sabha members selected for the Sansad Ratna 2015 Awards for outstanding performance in the 16th Lok Sabha till the end of the budget session," K Srinivasan, chairman, Prime Point Foundation announced. The foundation is a non-governmental organization, which is awarding the top performing members of parliament based on the number of debates they participate, number of questions raised, the number of private member bills introduced and the attendance.There are three 'Sansad Ratna Awards 2015' to be given to the toppers in three categories, viz. Debates, private member’s bills and questions. The first time members for the cumulative overall tally gets the 'Sansad Navodit Ratna 2015' Award. The selection is based on the data provided by PRS Legislative Research and the Lok Sabha Secretariat.Shri Chaudhary bags two awards - one for participating in 176 debates (highest among all members) and another for overall tally among first time members. Incidentally, he is also the topper among all the Lok Sabha members with a total points of 384 (debates, questions raised and private member bills introduced).Shiv Sena member Chandu Barne Shirang from Maharashtra raised the highest number of questions - 314 questions and bagged the award under the questions category. Earning 355 points, he becomes second in the Lok Sabha.Nishikant Dubey, BJP MP from Jharkhand, bags the award in the private members bills category by introducing 11 bills. By earning 328 points, Dubey is ranked number three in the Lok Sabha based on his overall performance.In the women's category, 'Sansad Mahila Ratna Award 2015' Supriya Sule of NCP MP from Maharashtra has bagged the award by securing an overall cumulative points of 321 points. She stands fifth among all Lok Sabha members.Union minister Hansraj G. Ahir (Maharashtra), Anand Rao Adsul (Maharashtra) and Arjun Ram Meghwal (Rajasthan) members of Lok Sabha were part of the committee of judges this year who have evaluated the MPs performances.BJP MPs were very active and is equipped with information while attending the parliament. Prime minister Modi has instructed his MPs to be proactive in the house and to be the part of the legislation. It is a shame to know that none of the Congress MPs have qualified for the awards. As usual congress MPs attend the house only to create ruckus and applause for whatever foolishness their leader Rahul Gandhi tells.By Premji

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Tanu weds Manu Returns Expert Review May 27, 2015 11:18

Flood and Famine are two sides of the same coin.... Heard this idiom before but never understood what it meant? See Tanu weds Manu returns where kanagana demonstrates it perfectly through her "Tanu" and "Kusum" roles. A much anticipated sequel to the 2011 blockbuster, Tanu weds Manu, this present part isn't much a treat compared to its predecessor. The Plot in a nutshell talks about marital problems between Tanu and Manu which leads to physical separation and later Manu opting to judicial separation, but ultimately landing up back with Tanu. Though the plot might not be an exciting one, Kanagana's dual role as Tanu and Kusum will keep you awestruck !!! Not only is the Plot is not such an exciting one, the Plot also suffers from many illogical/irrational conclusions from a reasonable/rational/sensible persons' point of view. But, again as explained supra, the end product can still be accepted just for our Queen's performance. What our Queen does well, the King doesn't. Madhavan puts in nothing more than a descent performance and any more words of appreciation than that would tantamount to what is popularly known as " compelled journalism" ( if I was writing this review for a daily). It would be quite wrong if it is understood that the movie's only strength is Kanagana's performance. There are other strong points too viz., witty dialogues, constant & subtle humour, Deepak Dobriyal's commendable performance etc., will make the movie more enjoyable. On the technical side, the movie isn't a great package. A very normal camera work. average music and acceptable editing give no scope to either appreciate or criticise.Bottom Line : Kangana handling the two diametrically opposite characters in this film, will remind you of Audrey Hepburn critically acclaimed acting in the movie Roman Holiday. By Umesh K

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All set for 'Mahanadu' on Wednesday May 27, 2015 10:49

On Wednesday, Telugu Desam Party(TDP) 'Mahanadu' is going to be held amidst thousands of party workers in Gandipet, the outskirts of Hyderabad.   The main agenda of this programme is to discuss the various challenges, the party is going to face in the future and thus make proper proposals to emerge as a national party, the welfare and development programmes undertaken by the party government in Andhra Pradesh and its opposition role in Telangana.  Nara Lokesh inspected the venue on Tuesday and made sure that all the arrangements are properly done.34 types of  vegetarian itemsAccording to the reports, more than 60000 party workers are expected to attend the annual conclave. For the three day event, the officials made proper arrangements regarding the food. A menu with over 34 types of vegetarian items from Telangana, Rayalseema and Andhra regions were planned for this event.Andhra Pradesh DIG Iqbal is monitoring the security arrangements at the event. Chief minister Chandrababu Naidu is welcomed traditionally to the Mahanadu.'Mahanadu' should be renamed to 'Daganadu'- Raghuveera ReddyOn the other hand, the opposition parties are making their style of oppositions on Mahanadu saying that, it is just for the personal benefit of the party, but it is nowhere concerned about the people.Moving a step further, Congress senior leader, Raghuveera Reddy said, the programme name should be renamed to 'Daganadu' and explain the people of how Chandrababu deceived them.However, amidst of all these oppositions, TDP party is still conducting 'Mahanadu' in a wide range.By Phani

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Why is KCR silent on that MLA? May 27, 2015 10:06

It is known that Osmania University students who alleged that the Swagath hotel is constructed on the OU land which is illegally possessed by TRS MLA Mutthi Reddy Yadagiri Reddy had attacked the hotel.But the thing is, though the Telangana Chief Minister KCR who is very well aware of this fact, is not able to take any action on such MLA, but arrested the students who attacked the hotel and also the secretariat. With this, there is an every chance of the issue to go more viral among the students.“When CM is more concerned about the OU lands and wanted them to use for the construction of the houses for the poor, then why he is silent on an MLA who illegally possessed 3 acres of OU land which costs few crores and constructed a hotel in it,” the students questioned CM. Are all TRS MLAs a part of illegal possession of OU lands? “Along with the CM, even the other MLA's are silent on the issue and from this it can be clearly estimated that all of those are involved in this illegal business. An immediate action should be taken by the Chief Minister regarding the issue, otherwise, the situations are going to be worse and till a proper action is taken, the hotel has to be closed,” they added Simha Garjana highlights Mutthi Reddy!On June 1st, the student unions who planned for a public meeting in the name of 'Simha Garjana', decided to highlight the issue of OU lands and Mutthi Reddy illegal possession of it. The unions warned that there is no question of going back, till the OU lands are out of the illegal possession.     By Phani

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'Amit Shah' positive on AP special status May 27, 2015 09:38

During the bifurcation of the Telugu states, BJP government assured special status to Andhra Pradesh, but later, it is known that, the center took back the promise. But it seems to be like, BJP chief Amit Shah is rethinking on the issue. On the successful completion of one year of Modi's government at the center, the celebrations were held, and a few of the BJP officials participated in these celebrations. Speaking at the meeting, Amit Shah said, “the center is making all efforts towards the welfare of  the Andhra Pradesh state, recently we spoke to the AP Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and came to know about the situation of the state, so a proper decision would be taken very soon.” The warning by the oppositions is the result of special status? But previously, the senior leaders like Arun Jaitley, said that, except special status, anything would be given to the state. After this statement, the opposition parties and the AP state residents who were unhappy with the center's decision started opposing it. They even warned that, the oppositions will be increased in the coming days if there is no positive response from the center regarding the special status for AP. Now it seems to be like the reason behind Amit Shah statement might be this warning from AP state. How come Amit's decision changed in two days?On the other side, it is to be remembered that previously along with Venkaiah Naidu, even Amit Shah was against the special status and even brought the 14th finance commission issue in between. Not only this, in a recent interview for a Telugu newspaper, it can be clearly understood that Amit Shah was not clear about his decision about the special status. But, just within two days of that interview, how come he made a decision on such an important issue is the talk of the country now.     By Phani

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