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Rahul Gandhi to be Congress chief this year! May 03, 2016 12:04

Dismissing the reports that, Rahul Gandhi would be the Chief Ministerial candidate in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections in 2017, the party officials said he would soon take over the responsibilities of the party chief. Declaring the same, congress party leader Jairam Ramesh said at the AICC, “Rahul Gandhi is MP from Amethi and Vice President of Congress. We all expect him to be the President of the Congress in 2016.”Jairam Ramesh declared the above statement, when the party’s poll strategist Prashant Kishor has suggested that, Rahul should be projected as the CM  candidate. Reportedly, Kishor is in favour of either Priyanka Gandhi Vadra or Rahul taking the lead in the state election as the CM candidate. When Ramesh was asked about the possibility of Priyanka as the CM candidate, he said, “I have no knowledge”.Kishor, reportedly opines that Congress in 2019, can come back to power by projecting Rahul and if people start believing that, he can lead them to victory in the election.If at all Rahul is unwilling to contest, then Priyanka’s name would be considered in UP. If even she denies the request, then Kishor may suggest former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit’s name in UP, the report adds.In 2014 Loksabha elections for Narendra Modi and in Bihar assembly elections last year for Nitish Kumar-led grand alliance, it was Kishor, who led the election campaigns successfully. Now the Congress drafted him to draw up a strategy for the campaign in the key state.In UP Congress, few changes are speculated this month. For the last few years, Nirmal Khatri is continuing as PCC Chief and Pradip Mathur is CLP leader.    Since 1989, Congress is in political wilderness in UP, watching the emergence of BSP. Viral issues like Ram Mandir and Mandal made the party, a marginal force,  where it was in power, for almost all the time, since independence.The party insiders and Rahul supporters are reportedly, seeking the current vice president to takeover as the party chief. Sonia Gandhi is continuing as the party chief, since 1998 March. By Phani Ch

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Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal open their Madrid Open campaigns May 03, 2016 10:49

Andy Murray begins the defence of his Madrid Open title today. Vasek Pospisil, Radek Stepanek should meet each other for the right to play Murray, last year's Madrid winner, in the last-32 as the world No 2 begins his clay court season.In the last year’s final, Murray’s victory over Rafael Nadal, should provide him  with the ideal springboard in the build-up to the French Open, but Murray, traditionally can be slow to transition into this phase of the season. After 7pm, Murray's opening game is scheduled. Elsewhere, Milos Raonic, Gael Monfils and Borna Coric are in action.Viktor Troicki or Andrey Kuznetsov will oppose Nadal, who has already captured clay court titles this year, in Monte Carlo and Barcelona.Juan Martin Del Potro, who is slowly rebuilding from injury, will be one popular addition to this tournament. His wildcard status makes him a threatening proposition.The Argentine will face Dominic Thiem, the 14th seed, who will be ruing his luck to have drawn an unseeded player of Del Potro's stature.By Phani Ch

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SBI: Want actual cash from Vijay Mallya, not ‘Ifs’ and ‘Buts’ May 03, 2016 09:55

It is known that, Vijay Mallya has declared his willingness to settle with the banks, but SBI chairperson Arundhati Bhattacharya says his willingness will have to be tested. Speaking on the same, she said, “The willingness seems to be there, we will have to test that out. I want to see actual cash... I don't want to see ifs and buts.”She opined that, Mallya’s offer was rejected, doubting on his ability to pay the loan. “We did not have a proper understanding of the paying capacity. Unless and until we know the assets of the person how are we to realise the paying capacity. That is what we've been asking for time and again, ultimately the highest court in the land did give it to us,” she said.After assessing the value of the loan and his ability to pay, the banks would call for one-time settlement, she said."The bank takes a call as to this is the maximum amount one can get. We also try to do what is a net present value to see whether it is a fair deal." Speaking about the ongoing talks with Mallya, SBI Chief further said, “The fact of the matter is we need to settle it, we do realise that. It is part of any cycle, exceptions are not being made only for one person or for big industry or small industry - it is there across the board, we do it for everybody.”In a separate interview, Vijay Mallya denied that he owes Rs. 9000 crores to the banks. Taking out that point, SBI Chief said, “the principal amount he owes is “around Rs 5,000 crore, but that final amount keeps changing because once you take a loan, the interest meter doesn't stop ticking. The interest gets compounded ever quarter.”Hinting that the impact would be big on Mallya issue, Arundhati said, “They know today for instance we're very serious about ensuring that money is recovered, we are serious about ensuring that if we give money the business has to be able to sustain it, and if there is a problem, they need to come to us at the first instance instead of trying to do all sort of things with which they only dig a deeper hole.”By Phani Ch

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A..Aa audio launch highlights May 03, 2016 08:54

A..Aa audio launch function was held last night in Silpakala Vedika amidst of huge number of Nithin and Pawan Kalyan fans. Power Star, who attended as the chief guest, boosted the A..Aa function to witness the loud slogans all over. Nithin, who many times showered his love on his favorite star Pawan Kalyan, continued the same, yesterday. Nithin said that, during the auditions of Jayam movie, he performed Pawan Kalyan dialogues and dance steps and that is what made him enter into the films. Next comes Trivikram who lauded his friend with the praises of the next level. His speech was literally a goosebumps moment to the power star fans in the auditorium, which makes one feel sorry for the roofs over there. Finally, Pawan Kalyan took to the mike saying, “I today understood how much Nithin likes me. I hope he would achieve many more successes and turn out to be a huge star, not just in Telugu cinema, but also nationwide.” A..Aa theatrical trailer was launched yesterday and throughout the trailer, the smell of Telugu teacher of Tollywood, Trivikram, can be felt. Unlike his earlier films, which are star studded, A..Aa film is more of subject oriented. Trivikram said that, he included several elements, in the film, which he faced in his childhood. Just as he said, it can even be felt in the trailer. Want to experience the same? Here you go with the trailer. By Phani Ch

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That guilt after killing someone May 03, 2016 08:51

What if you are reason for someone’s death. Though you ended one’s life unintentionally, still the guilt you have, would never kills you step by step. Here is one such video, made by Mumbai traffic police. A man who was the reason for someone’s death, is haunted by the dead man. Also read: Journey from No to Yes How does that shape of that guilt be? Watch the video below to know that lesson of life. By Phani Ch

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Bengaluru woman abducted, CCTV captures May 03, 2016 08:05

A CCTV footage showed a 22-year-old girl being kidnapped at her paying guest (PG) accommodation at Katriguppe in Bengaluru, while she was talking to her friend on mobile phone. The kidnapper took the helpless girl to an under construction building near by and allegedly tried to rape her. Few passers on the way remained mute spectators, even though the girl is crying out for the help. The girl approached the police, the next morning, who allegedly refuse to take any action. But after the footage from the CCTV camera fixed at a house in the neighbourhood emerged, the police had to register the complaint yesterday.The Manipur woman, who works in a beauty clinic, said that, she escaped from the attacker, biting his hands. Also read: Youth murdered in moving car in Bengaluru Just before few minutes of the incident, the woman’s friend was dropped off the woman outside the PG. She then received the call from the same friend. While she was speaking on the phone, the man grabbed her from behind and forcibly took to the under-construction building. The woman alleged that, the PG owner, Manjunath had requested her to avoid filing complaint, but the woman denied his request and approached the police. Speaking on the issue, N.S. Megharikh, City Police Commissioner said, “There was no lapse on our part. The jurisdictional police rushed to the spot based on the information provided by the locals, and they inspected the area. The police even asked the PG owner and the victim to file a complaint, but they both refused. However, the police obtained CCTV footage from the area anyway to identify the man.” Manjula Manasa, chairperson, Karnataka State Commission for Women, said, “While the incident is alarming, there also appears to be gross negligence on the part of the police in not filing a case immediately. The police need to order a through investigation into this case and ensure that the officer who neglected this issue is penalized.” By Phani Ch

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5 reasons classic watch never goes out of fashion May 02, 2016 17:08

Watch is so common thing, where you find in any small phone. That is the reason, most of the people, stopped using the wrist watches. But the real fashion passionate women would still love to hook up to the classic watches. Below are the five reasons for it.1. Need not brighten in the hot sunHow would the struggle be, when you are trying to increase the brightness of your smartphone, just to know the time, when you are under the hot sun. Why to struggle, when you have a chance of substituting the situation with a wrist classic watch! 2. Need not upgrade or chargeWatch is not your smartphone or app in it, to upgrade it, to catch up the latest version. You will not have any charging issues too. Once it is a watch, it will be a watch, till the end. Also read: Thigh gap jewellery- New face of fashion3. Extends styleA watch makes one feel like the ultimate indulgence. It punctuates any look and is an extension of your style. Choose a traditional shaped watch, but be particular about the details like picking a dress watch with a bold leather strap.4. Perfect gift When you are struggling to buy something to gift your loved ones, what can be better than a watch, which can remind your loved ones regularly your love for them, with its tick-ticks on their wrists.  Rose gold has been in the good demand in the fashion market. Pretty pink metal would be the latest classic. 5. Creative art workUnlike the modern watches powered by the electricity, there are even several watches that still run on the old school mechanics. Tick sounds, spinning cogs, gears and countless tiny springs, all assembled by hand, makes one feel wearing some creative art work on the wrist.By Phani Ch

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NRI exhibition reveals about why Sikhs wear turban, beard May 02, 2016 15:42

Because of the distinct identity of Sikhs- beard and turban, they are till date, in the US, are more likely to face profiling, bigotry and backlash, than the average American. To erase this situation and spread better awareness about Sikhism, a new Sikh art exhibit is planned in New York, to showcase the pride taken by the community in their religious and cultural practices. The exhibition is yet to be scheduled. UK-based photographers Amit and Naroop will click the pictures of Sikh Americans under "The Sikh Project" mounted by The Sikh Coalition. On the 15th anniversary of 9/11, all these pictures would be unveiled. The Coalition in US, is the largest Sikh American advocacy and community development organization, which also works towards the realization of civil and human rights for all the people, especially Sikhs.The two photographers said that they are “very excited” about their upcoming exhibition. “We are very excited! In the US, it will serve as an educational piece as well as an art project as the awareness of the Sikh identity is still misunderstood; so we are hoping it will have a wider impact,” they said. Beauty, style and symbolism of the Sikh articles of faith, which will be explored by the photography exhibit, will also include both turbaned men and women and also feature iconic Sikh Americans and a few selected winners, in a combination.When asked about the “Sikh Project”, the two photographers said that they got the idea in 2013, when they “noticed men of different backgrounds and ages growing beards for fashion, as part of their identity.”"Being Sikh photographers, we wanted to show that in our culture, the beard has been a part of the Sikh identity for hundreds of years."Saying that their UK exhibition got "overwhelming response" and "respect" for the message it was giving and for its execution process. "The content and context resonated with people from different backgrounds as it is not just about Sikh's, it's about pride for your identity".Amit and Naroop, who earlier worked in the US, want their latest project to "stand up to the UK Singh Project and if anything even better than it.""In the UK, we have witnessed how powerful art can be in positively educating the broader public about the Sikh community. We can't wait to begin photographing the Sikh American experience and sharing those stories with the world as well."The two photographers partnering with the Sikh Coalition, are currently in search of additional photography candidates and also asked all Sikh Americans, regardless of age and gender, to take part in the exhibition. The deadline date for the entry was completed yesterday. According to Coalition's Executive Director, Sapreet Kaur, "The goal with bringing this project to the United States is the opportunity to combat bigotry by sharing a positive narrative of Sikhs in America through portraits and the incredible stories behind them."In response to the continuous attacks on Sikh Americans in US, the Coalition was founded by volunteers on September 11, 2001.Opining that there was a fantastic response, the two said, “The subjects involved have seen the success we have had, so they are excited to be involved. It's the complete opposite of the UK Singh project as nobody wanted to be involved at first and it took a while for it to build momentum.”"Each one of the subjects has a story to tell, which will sit alongside the portrait. Some are positive, some are more dramatic, but through the stories, visitors of the exhibition will get to learn what it means to be an American Sikh, both in identity and also in spirit."“An accompanying video interview of each subject will allow visitors of the exhibition to learn more about the way Sikhs are treated, both positively and negatively, and the courage it takes for the subjects to continue to wear their articles of faith,” they said. The project, they said, is a fusion of their Sikh heritage and British upbringing."It is traditional in content but the execution is modern and contemporary. Hopefully this has allowed it to spread to a wider audience. Has it been successful? It's hard to judge. People have to be open to learn and understand other faiths and identities."All we can do is to try our best to spread the message. From the response we have had, it appears to have done the job, but there are always more people to reach."By Phani Ch

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Is Sunny Leone thinking level is on the right track? May 02, 2016 15:19

News: Sunny Leone unwilling to do adult comedies I doubt if anyone is interested in watching her in other type of films?By Phani Ch

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5 food presentation tips May 02, 2016 15:06

Not just cooking the tasty food, but even its presenting style is what that matters in the current generation. So, let us explore few food presentation tips. 1.  Never overcook food and ensure its natural color is undamaged. Make sure the green vegetables and carrots do not take new color. Overcooked vegetables are not only unattractive, but are also devoid of nutrients.2. Style the food on the plate, treating it as an art work, blending with the different colors.   3. Choose some unique shaped plates, spoons, platters and other crockery to serve the food. If you are more creative, you can even think of using flower vases, napkins, place mats.  Also Read: Picnic Eggs quick recipe4. Make sure that, all the condiments such as salt, chilli oil, spices and sauces are available in well appointed containers. If you are particular about using only plastic ones, choose plain subtle colors like brown or black. Stay away from the art work things here. 5. Do not mix up utensils.Use the right ones for the right purpose. For eg.: Serve the main meal for the plate allocated for it, but not in the soup dish.By Phani Ch

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