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Search Resumes in Germanwings Crash in the Alps

FRANCE, Recovery efforts have resumed at the site of the crash of a Germanwings Airbus A320 that went down Tuesday ...

50 year old patient survives bullet injuries in skull..

NEW DELHI, MARCH 25: Doctors at a city official save 50 year old patient from a bullet which pierced through his ...

Ravikumar Death: Sonia ask for CBI Probe

NEW DELHI: Amidst outrage over the death of IAS officer DK Ravikumar in Karnataka, Congress president Sonia Gandhi ...
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Scam accused MP Guv’s son found dead

Lucknow, Mar 25: Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav’s son Shailesh, who was named as an accused in the multi-crore Vyapam scam, was found dead under mysterious circumstances at his ..

Navy surveillance aircraft crashes off Goa coast; two on board missing

MUMBAI- An Indian navy surveillance aircraft crashed off Goa with two officers on-board missing on Tuesday night. Rescue operations were underway after a Dornier aircraft plunged into the sea, some 25 nautical miles off Goa, around 10:00 pm on Tuesday. "Last evening a navy Dornier during a routine training sortie off Goa ditched into sea," a navy statement said early on Wednesday. "One survivor rescued. Full scale search and rescue operation launched to locate two more officers (one pilot and one observer)," it added. It is the latest in a series of deadly disasters to hit the navy, and comes just months after a naval ship sank off the southeastern coast of India leaving one ...

Parliamentary panel exploring possibilities for simultaneous Lok Sabha and state Assembly polls

NEW DELHI, MARCH 22:A parliamentary committee has initiated the process of examining the possibility of holding Lok Sabha and Assembly elections together, a practice which had ended in 1967. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law and Personnel will shortly write to political parties to elicit their views on the matter. There have been demands to hold the two elections together as it can save money, time and resources and Chief Election Commissioner HS Brahma recently said that he is not averse to exploring the possibility. The Committee has received some inputs from the Election Commission (EC) and the Law Ministry in this regard. Those who support the idea point out that ...

SC quashes Section 66A of IT Act

New Delhi: In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court on Tuesday quashed Section 66 A of IT Act that allowed arrests for objectionable content online. The apex court, while passing its ruling, observed that the Section 66A of the IT Act was 'too vague and violative of 19(1)A of Constitution'. The highest court, while maintaining that Section 66A “affects freedom of expression and speech”, said, “what may be offensive to a person, may not be offensive to others". Section 66A of IT Act clearly affects Right to Freedom of Speech and Expression enshrined under Constitution, the apex court ruled. “Public's right to know is directly affected by Section 66A of Information ...

RJD continues to occupy office at Rs 333 per month

MORNING MAIL CORRESPONDENT NEW DELHI, MARCH 22:Notwithstanding its grand headquarters at prime ITO area in the national capital, Lalu Prasad Yadav-led Rashtriya Janata Dal continues to occupy an office in VP House here at a meagre rent of Rs 333 per month. In an RTI response, Directorate of Estate under Urban Development Ministry has said, "A double suite No 13, V P House, has been allotted to Rashtriya Janata Dal on May 23, 2001 which was occupied by them on June 1, 2001. The double suite was allotted on a monthly rent of Rs 333." The party has built a three-storeyed headquarters Rabri Bhavan at Deen Dayal Updahyay Marg near ITO area. The foundation stone of the building ...
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AAP govt presents vote-on-account, full budget to take one month

New Delhi, Mar 24: The Aam Aadmi Party government today presented a vote-on-account in the Delhi assembly for the next three months and announced plan to spend a total of Rs 37,750 crore in 2015-16. Presenting the vote-on-account, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said the government will come out with a full budget in a month after holding consultations with the people to identify priorities for various sectors. He said government has planned to allocate Rs 21,500 crore for non-plan expenditure while the plan outlay will be around Rs 16,250 crore. The proposed non-plan expenditure is around Rs 3,000 crore more than last year's allocation while plan outlay would be ...

Delhi govt asks IT ministry to block Uber, Ola mobile apps..

New Delhi, Mar 24: Delhi government today asked Uber, the US-based online taxi-hailing company, to submit a sworn affidavit declaring that it was complying with the ban order imposed by it. The government's move comes after several reports emerged that the company is operating its cabs in the national capital despite the ban. "We have directed Uber to submit sworn affidavit declaring therein that you are complying with the ban order imposed upon your company," said a senior government official. Uber was banned in Delhi in December after one of its drivers was accused of raping a female passenger. In January, the company applied for a radio taxi licence to operate ...

Delhi Metro sets up wastewater treatment plants at 5 depots

MORNING MAIL CORRESPONDENT NEW DLEHI, MARCH 22: Delhi Metro has set up Effluent Treatment Plants and Sewage Treatment Plants at its five depots to reuse waste water for cleaning train coaches and related purposes thus saving about 143 kilolitres of water per day. Similar plants have also come up at Delhi Metro Rail Corporation's residential colonies at Shastri Park, Sarita Vihar and Yamuna Bank where about 260 kilolitres of water is being reused, primarily in watering gardens and toilets. The five depots where the facilities have been installed are - Sarita Vihar, Shastri Park, Yamuna Bank, Sultanpur and Khyber Pass. The plants at Najafgarh and Dwarka are under ...

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Search Resumes in Germanwings Crash in the Alps

FRANCE, Recovery efforts have resumed at the site of the crash of a Germanwings Airbus A320 that went down Tuesday in the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board. The French interior ministry says one of the so-called "black boxes" from Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 has been recovered, although damaged, and is being analyzed in Paris for clues to the cause of the crash. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy are expected to visit the crash site on Wednesday. The plane went down Tuesday morning without issuing any distress signals, while en route from Barcelona, Spain to the German city of Dusseldorf. The ...

Parramatta stabbing: CCTV shows Prabha minutes before fatal attack

A woman who was fatally stabbed in the neck while walking home through Parramatta Park on Saturday night told her husband that a suspicious-looking man was following her. Prabha Arun Kumar, 41, was on the phone to her husband in India when she was killed on a dimly lit walkway in what police suspect was a random attack.Detectives released CCTV images on Monday afternoon depicting Ms Kumar walking alone on a well-lit concourse near Parramatta Station just minutes before she was confronted as she took a shortcut through a nearby park. Dressed in casual work attire and speaking on the phone to her husband, she had just finished a double shift as an IT worker and was on her way home to ...

Pak military holds first Republic Day parade in seven years

ISLAMABAD: The joint military parade by the armed forces of Pakistan took place today in Islamabad after a gap of seven years, to commemorate the historic Pakistan Resolution on March 23, 1940 - a day which marks the the birth of a separate state for Muslims. Personnel from all three services, Pakistan Army, Navy and Air Force, participated in the parade. The last parade which took place in the federal capital was on March 23, 2008, reviewed by Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf as a civilian president, but was discontinued owing to 'security concerns' The joint military parade had been a regular event with display of military power and show of Pakistan’s folk culture, which captured the ...

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Australia crush Pakistan, set up semi-final with India

Shane Watson made the most of a lucky break to guide Australia to a six-wicket win over Pakistan in the World Cup quarterfinals on Friday, setting up a semifinal showdown with defending champion ..

Leander Paes Undergoes Dope Test

Leander Paes Undergoes Dope Test: Indian tennis star Leander Paes underwent a routine dope test conducted by National Anti-doping Agency (NADA) officials on Wednesday. "I had early morning visitors...Thanks WADA for keeping my sport clean!!!," the 41-year-old, who won Olympic bronze medal in 1996 Atlanta Games, wrote on Facebook Wednesday. He also posted a picture with him sitting in front of the medical apparatus like syringes. Paes, son of former Indian hockey mid-fielder and sports medicine specialist Vece Paes, said that the NADA officials who conducted the test were once students of his father. "My dad had trained the boys who came to do my NADA testing today. Amazing how ...

Top-Five Indian Sports Trends in 2014

In 2014� India became THE destination for some of sport's biggest names. Tiger Woods came here, Usain Bolt was here and so were Federer, Djokovic and Pete Sampras. India may be yet to host 'A' list sports events but it definitely had sport's� 'A'-listers enjoying the fan-following,� stardom and of course the mega bucks. It may be the deep pockets of Indian businessmen that is bringing the stars to India, but it is an experience that fans are ...

Ranji Trophy: Delhi’s Manan Sharma on cloud 8

A below par batting was on display from Odisha at the Ferozshah Kotla on Day Three as they lost nineteen wickets in just three sessions and lost to Delhi by an innings and 150 runs. Odisha started the day at 25/1 and it was left to Manan Sharma to inflict pain. He picked up a match haul of eight wickets and his maiden five-wicket haul (2/9 & 6/24) on a wicket that had started to show signs of wear and tear. This was Delhi’s fourth win and they now remain on top of Group B with 30 points. It was Navdeep Saini, replacing Vikas Tokas from the pavilion end, who triggered the Odisha collapse. In a space of 10 overs he picked up three wickets to reduce the visitors to 72/5. Had Saini not ...

Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Cool Attitude Makes India a Hot World Cup Prospect: Duncan Fletcher

The cool demeanour shown by Mahendra Singh Dhoni has made India a crack side in limited overs cricket, feels head coach Duncan Fletcher. The Zimbabwean will relinquish his position at the end of the ICC World Cup starting next month. (Dhoni Gears up For Title Defence, Has World Cup Final in Sight) Fletcher rarely speaks to the media. Often at the receiving end of critics for India's poor overseas Test performances, a stoical Fletcher has used the golden rule of silence to defend himself. But in his last leg with Team India, the former England coach may just throw some more team insight. In a rare interview to the BCCI's website, Fletcher was all praise for Dhoni and said his attitude ...
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RBI-effect: After HDFC Bank, SBI, ICICI Bank slashes interest rates…

MM,New Delhi, 7 march- Nudged by RBI, two leading banks, SBI and HDFC Bank, today cut their lending rates by a token 0.15 per cent after the central bank maintained status quo on policy rate but termed as “nonsense” lenders’ claim that cost of funds was still high. The action of the two banks could have a snowballing effect forcing others to follow suit, a move that can bring relief to corporate and retail borrowers including of home and auto loans. The lowering of the base lending rate to 9.85 per cent by two banks was announced hours after a war of words erupted between RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan and the top bankers, who had appeared reluctant to affect a cut. After two cuts ...

Suresh Prabhu bats for foreign pension funds to revive railways

Railway minister Suresh Prabhu has stressed the need for massive capital investment, newer cost-effective technologies and private sector participation in Indian Railways so as to make the sector attractive for the investors. The ministry has decided to tap foreign pension funds as part of the resource mobilisation plan to bail out Railways from the deep financial trouble.“We will invite foreign pension funds to invest in Indian Railways. This could be in the form of loans at a cheaper rate. We have to bring in investments both from within and outside the country,” he said after inaugurating the 15th national seminar on “PPP and FDI in Indian Railways” in Hyderabad, organised by the ...

Indian rupee rises to over 2-month high, up 16 points Vs USD at 61.71

The rupee today jumped by 16 paise to end at over two-month high of 61.71 against the greenback on good inflows in local markets and sustained dollar sales by exporters, extending its winning trend to third straight day. A weak dollar overseas also boosted the sentiment in favour of the rupee here as the dollar index was down 0.15 per cent against major rivals, forex traders said. At the Interbank Foreign Exchange (Forex) market, the domestic unit resumed strong at 61.60 a dollar from previous close of 61.87 and immediately touched a high of ...

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Big B performs with Shillong Choir, Vienna Orchestra

MORNING MAIL CORRESPONDENT JODHPUR, MARCH 22: Bollywood megastar Amitabah Bachchcan left the audience at the Umaid Bhawan Palace impressed with his serenading performance with Shillong Chamber Choir and Vienna Chamber Orchestra. The 72-year-old actor stressed on the importance of giving and togetherness during his brief appearances in-between the mesmerising fusion concert by the "India's Got Talent" fame Shillong Chamber Choir and Vienna Chamber Orchestra. Bachchan's invocations cast a spell on the audience on day two of the second edition of the Jodhpur One World Retreat, a biennial funding even to raise money for the Indian Head Injury Foundation. The event was ...

Itanagar edition of North East Fashion Week from April 10

MORNING MAIL CORRESPONDENT ITANAGR, MARCH 22: Emphasizing on the importance of promoting weavers across the state by introducing their outputs to the fashion world, the North East India Fashion Week - Itanagar Edition will be held here at Dree Ground from April 10 to 12, noted fashion designer Yana Ngoba said on Sunday at the Arunachal Press Club. The North East India Fashion Week's main objective would be to promote and support weavers, designers and craftsman of the region, and to empower women of Northeast by providing them a networking opportunity and by facilitating buyers for their products. The Itanagar edition of the fashion week will witness a workshop for ...

“Queen”, “Haider” win big at 62nd National Film Awards

New Delhi- Kangana Ranaut won the best actress award for her powerful performance in "Queen" at the 62nd National Film Awards where Bollywood movies "Haider" and "Mary Kom" bagged key honours while Chaitanya Tamhane's "Court" was named the best feature film. Ranaut, 28, who celebrated her birthday yesterday, got a belated present by winning her career's second National award in the movie about a girl who goes on a foreign honeymoon alone after being ditched by her fiance just before marriage. She had won her first National award, as best supporting actress, for "Fashion" in 2010. The Vikas Bahl-directed coming-of-age film was also named the best Hindi feature film. Vijay was ...

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Doctors reconstruct artificial bladder of 17-year-old, before kidney transplant

MORNING MAIL CORRESPONDENT NEW DELHI, MARCH 22: Challenged by three life-threatening problems, 17-year-old Ravi Tomar had almost given up hopes when doctors at BLK Super Speciality Hospital examined his case and took it up as a challenge. Ravi was born with a spinal cord defect which caused problems in his bladder and eventually led to his kidney failure. In a complex treatment protocol, doctors first recreated and enlarged Ravi’s bladder, trained him in emptying the bladed himself, and then transplanted a kidney. Today Ravi is keeping well. Senior consultant, urology and renal transplantation, BLK Super Speciality Hospital, Dr Aditya Pradhan said, “Ravi’s case was complex. He ...

Eating walnuts daily may boost memory: study

Eating a handful of walnuts daily as a snack, or as part of a meal, can help improve your memory, a new study has claimed. Walnuts may improve performance on cognitive function tests, including those for memory, concentration and information processing speed, according to the research. Cognitive function was consistently greater in adult participants that consumed walnuts, regardless of age, gender or ethnicity, researchers said. The cross-sectional study is the first large representative analysis of walnut intake and cognitive function. Dr Lenore Arab and co-researcher Dr Alfonso Ang from the University of California, Los Angeles, found that study participants with higher ...

Miss South Africa crowned Miss World, Koyal Rana in top 10

South African beauty Rolene Strauss was today crowned Miss World 2014 at a glittering ceremony in London as India’s Koyal Rana lost out, finishing in the top 10. Miss Hungary, Edina Kulcsar, was the runner-up in the contest and Miss United States, Elizabeth Safrit, came in third as an estimated billion viewers watched the finale on television around the ...

From Sabudana Laddoo to Avial: The best of Pongal recipes

Pongal is a harvest festival and also marks the start of sun’s six-month long journey northwards. In Tamil, the word Pongal means “overflowing” which means abundance and prosperity. Though it’s a four-day festival, the second day is the main day of the celebrations and also co-incides with Makar Sankranti which is celebrated in most parts of India. On the second day of the Pongal festivities, we bring to you the best of Pongal delicacies. ...

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India bans mobile handsets with fake, duplicate IMEI

Government has prohibited imports of all kind of mobile handsets with fake or duplicate unique identity numbers, a move that will help security agencies in tracking callers using different SIM cards. “GSM mobile handsets with duplicate IMEI or fake IMEI & ‘CDMA mobile handsets’ with duplicate ESN (Electronic Serial Number)/MEID (Mobile Equipment Identifier) or fake ESN/MEID are added to the list of ‘Prohibited’ items for import,” Director General of Foreign Trade said in a notification. An IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number — a 15-17 digit number unique to mobile phones that use the global system for mobile communications (GSM) technology platform — ...

Google Glass sales discontinued; Focus on Glass 2

Google is set to discontinue the sale of its smart eyewear Google Glass, but the tech giant plans to release new, consumer-friendly versions of the device in the future. Google has announced that it will no longer sell its experimental first version of Glass which went on sale in the UK last year priced at 1,000 pounds. The company said that the Glass project would not be scrapped, with development continuing towards the creation of a viable consumer product. The company did not indicate, however, when its next version would be made ...

A Higgs Boson physicist moves on

Rolf-Dieter Heuer, a crinkly-eyed German with a snowy goatee, showed up at Four Seasons at Manhattan, dressed like the physicist he is — in a sweater and baggy jeans — rather than the diplomat he had just been playing. The UN was in session, and Heuer, the director-general of the European Organization of Nuclear Research, or CERN, had a featured role in events celebrating the laboratory’s 50th anniversary. In 2009, when he took over, dark clouds were hanging over CERN, the world’s largest physics lab. A few months before, the lab’s new Large Hadron Collider, the most expensive particle accelerator ever built, had blown up. Some scientists were taking their research to a ...

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Raju’s Cottage, Goshaini, Tirthan Valley – A Great Hospitality

If you want to get away from the urban madness for a vacation and the only problem is your budget then I have the perfect solution for you. And my experience as the travel show host will definitely come in handy. In just Rs 3000 to survive for the next three days and three nights and this time I'm in the Kullu valley!!! Nestled in the Himalayas in the heart of Himachal Pradesh is the 'Valley of Gods' or the Kullu valley. The best time to visit the area is between April and June and if you don't mind the rains then you can trudge through the monsoons. According to the ancient Hindu scriptures, Kullu was known as Kulantapitha or the end of the habitable world. Till the 17th ...

Where is Bollywood taking us in 2015?

One of the biggest films of the year, Bombay Velvet is a neo-noir set in Mumbai of the 1960s, which traces the love story between a boxer and a jazz singer, played by Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma respectively. Due to dramatic changes in Mumbai's skyline and heritage buildings, it was filmed primarily in Sri Lanka, where the sets recreated India's maximum city. These will used as a tourist attraction. Parts of Bombay Velvet were also shot in Fort Colombo, whose British and Portuguese architecture resembles south Mumbai's colonial buildings. The crew also used vintage and imported cars extensively, to evoke with the film's period setting. Other sections were shot in the country's famous ...

V-Day for literature lovers

Love is the topic of much conversation, many songs and some of the world's greatest stories. When you're in love, a gesture can sometimes be worth a thousand words, but a few words can equally be worth a thousand gestures. For help coming up with the right way to talk love it's a good idea to consult one of the masters, those men and women who have penned some of the finest words on love and loving. We have recently discovered that those same wise scribes can prove just as useful when bombarded with requests for ideas about where to whisk lovers away to for Valentine's Day. When the heart speaks, the mind finds it indecent to ...

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Doctors at Delhi hospital recreate breast using fat from thigh

MORNING MAIL CORRESPONDENT NEW DELHI, MARCH 22: Doctors at a city hospital constructed a natural right breast of 23 years old woman from body fat taken from her thigh. Doctors said that in her growing years Divya (name changed), a resident of Indore, suffered from Poland syndrome, a genetic problem that typically appears during a girl's teenage years. In Poland syndrome leads to absence of breast growth in just one side of the body and the lack of chest muscles. In other words, it is a deformity in a body in which one breast gets developed and the other one is not able to grow, leaving the person with an uneven body figure. Doctors said that she was under depression because of her ...

Railways launch RuPay pre-paid debit card

New Delhi: Railway passengers can now book their tickets, do shopping and pay service bills using RuPay pre-paid cards, as the IRCTC launched the debit card service here today. The service was launched by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) in collaboration with the Union Bank of India and the National Payment Corporation of India. "It is a union with your bank for customers' interest," Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said here while launching the IRCTC-UBI RuPay pre-paid card. RuPay is India's own card payment gateway network like Visa and Master Card, and provides an alternative system for banks to provide a debit card service. Prabhu said ...

FOOD SAFETY: A timeline of Taiwan’s food safety scare

The latest edible oil problems to rock Taiwan were not the first time the country has seen issues in food safety. A chronological record of major events on this story follows: In 2011, businesses in Taiwan were found to have added plasticizers in beverages, pastries, breads and jams. In May 2013, health authorities found maleic acid, a byproduct that indicates the use of industrial starch, in ingredients used in popular snack drinks and hot pot dishes. The affected products included tapioca balls, used in Taiwan's celebrated pearl milk tea, as well as in taro and yam balls and fish paste products commonly used as hot pot ingredients. In August 2013, the popular Top Pot Bakery ...

Unearthing the treasure in Taiwan’s graveyards

Spending time in cemeteries is not something the average foreign national in Taiwan would put on their itinerary, but for Oliver Streiter it's a must. Since 2007, the German citizen has visited 45,000 tombs on more than 500 graveyards in Taiwan, Penghu and Kinmen and has compiled a collection of 180,000 photographs. The casual observer could be forgiven for speculating that Streiter is perhaps an ardent fan of the American television drama series Ghost Whisperer. But that would be a far jump from reality. Streiter, in fact, is an associate professor at the Department of Western Languages and Literature at National University of Kaohsiung who studies tombs, in particular their ...

Queen of Taiwanese songs to say goodbye after four decades

There are few performers in Taiwan with as wide an appeal as Jody Chiang, as the frenzied competition to secure tickets to her farewell concerts over the past three days has proven. After the 53-year-old announced last week her plans to retire from her four-decade-long music career, many have been left wondering: What will the Taiwanese-language music scene look like without Chiang, the biggest name in the genre? Born in 1961, she began her singing career at the early age of 10, entertaining patrons at bars to support her poor parents, a budaixi (glove theater) puppet maker and food vendor. "I would think: why are other children so carefree and so happy? They could play, but I had ...

I feel light

Every body is talking about Victor, the anti-hero from Yennai Arindhaal. And, Arun Vijay, who played Victor is a happy man. “I feel light,” he says. Congratulatory tweets have been pouring in. Friends in the industry, well-wishers, family and the audience are all praises for his performance. “It’s been phenomenal the way the antagonist character has been received. They are happy, shocked, and some of them are stunned with the impact Victor has made,” he says. His father, veteran actor Vijaykumar gave him a tight hug after watching the movie. So did Ajith, who plays the hero in the film. “Ajith sir treats me like a brother. He is someone who has come this far after a lot of ...

Theatre of roots

Resplendent malls, grand railway projects and the tall skyscrapers make up our metro dreams. But, have we spared a thought for the hands that build them? The play called Kugaimaravasigal (Dwellers of Hunger Caves) does just that. Produced by the Chennai based theatre troupe, Manal Magudi (Rhythms of Land), the Tamil play has been selected for the Bharat Rang Mahotsav, 17th International Theatre Festival, held at National School of Drama, New Delhi. The play, which reflects the angst and pain of migrant labourers, has been selected from around 700 entries from across the country. S. Murugaboopathy, the director says, “We see these migrant labourers as machines. Their existence is ...

Cooking up a storm

He draws his characters from real life and society. But, as a commercial filmmaker, P. Sunil Kumar Reddy explores avenues to pack the story with some real incidents. That explains the 11 Andhra Pradesh State Nandi awards his films won. The writer-director-producer chose the devastating cyclonic storm Hudhud as the back drop to write a romantic thriller for his 12th movie. “It is a story that deals with three aspects – before the cyclone, during the cyclone and after the cyclone. An allegory of the devastating journey symbolically narrated in the context of a romantic story of two youngsters - Karthik and Leelavathi. On the periphery, the theme also draws symbolic comparisons between ...

It’s all about sharing

Ever wanted to book a flight or bus ticket at the last minute and had to shell out exorbitant amounts? Especially, during the holiday season? Or there were absolutely no seats left and you had to forego that much-anticipated trip? It was a situation similar to this that got Pradeep Reddy and Krishna Vedula’s minds working and they came up with CoYatri. An inter-city ride sharing portal and app, it lets working professionals and students post and share rides as and when an inter-city road trip is in the offing. According to Pradeep, the ride-sharing portal connects lone travellers looking for seats and car owners with empty seats looking to reduce their fuel and toll expenses. “The ...

The Sweet Side

Stories of friendships turning into business partnerships surround us. And more often than not these ventures flourish because of the bond shared by the people who start them. The same is true of city-based youngsters, Rishika Chengappa and Sindhuri Pradeep Reddy who set up Whip It Patisserie, an online venture for desserts, in July last year. Rishika’s interest in baking was fuelled over her growing up years so she decided to do the six-month Diplome in Patisserie program at Lavonne Academy of Baking Science and Pastry Arts after college. On completing her course, she worked at the J W Marriott Bengaluru for a couple of months before starting Whip It with her friend Sindhuri, a ...

FOOD SAFETY: A timeline of Taiwan’s food safety scare

The latest edible oil problems to rock Taiwan were not the first time the country has seen issues in food safety. A chronological record of major events on this story follows:In 2011, businesses in Taiwan were found to have added plasticizers in beverages, pastries, breads and jams.In May 2013, health authorities found maleic acid, a byproduct that indicates the use of industrial starch, in ingredients used in popular snack drinks and hot pot dishes.The affected products included tapioca balls, used in Taiwan’s celebrated pearl milk tea, as well as in taro and yam balls and fish paste products commonly used as hot pot ingredients.In August 2013, the popular Top Pot Bakery chain, which ...

No shortcuts for her

When she began practicing medicine in the 90s, minimally invasive surgery was in its nascent stage. Dr. Manjula Anagani, a well-known gynaecologist and obstetrician in the city, saw the merits of the procedure especially in women’s health. After nearly two decades of pursuing her passion and developing several new techniques in the field of laparoscopic surgery the doctor has been selected for one of the highest civilian honours, the Padma Shri. One of the seven from the city to have won the prestigious award this year, Dr Manjula says the announcement came as a surprise. “I knew about the nomination but didn’t expect to be actually selected. I was at a national conference ...

Enjoying the moment

When P.V. Sindhu won her maiden Grand Prix in 2013, she couldn’t contain her excitement. Many medals and trophies later in a span of two years, the player’s name has been announced for the Padma Shri award, which only a few had received at her age. Currently ranked no. 9 in the international circuit, Sindhu is all smiles and says she couldn’t have asked for more. After a hurried and a sudden dinner invitation the previous night, Sindhu is hoping she can spend some time at home and take a break from the back-to-back invites. “I don’t dislike parties, but sometimes I am unable to enjoy after my practise and workouts,” she says. Sindhu’s excitement on winning the Padma Shri ...

Etching his notes on the global scale

While the 57th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, was all about the glitz and glamour of the music world coming together, the highlight for Bengaluru was city-based musician Ricky Kej winning a Grammy. Ricky and South African flautist Wouter Kellerman won the award for the Best New Age Album for Winds of Samsara. In his acceptance speech, Ricky pointed out that it is only in the US that an Indian and South African can win the highest music award. The album also debuted at #1 on the US Billboard New Age Albums Chart last year, making it another first for Ricky. ...

The sweet side story

Stories of friendships turning into business partnerships surround us. And more often than not these ventures flourish because of the bond shared by the people who start them. The same is true of city-based youngsters, Rishika Chengappa and Sindhuri Pradeep Reddy who set up Whip It Patisserie, an online venture for desserts, in July last year. Rishika’s interest in baking was fuelled over her growing up years so she decided to do the six-month Diplome in Patisserie program at Lavonne Academy of Baking Science and Pastry Arts after college. On completing her course, she worked at the J W Marriott Bengaluru for a couple of months before starting Whip It with her friend Sindhuri, a ...

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