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Samsung developing Smart wristwatch

Samsung Electronics is developing a wearable digital device similar to a wristwatch.

The Samsung device will perform many of the tasks of a smartphone, the source said, without giving further details. The source declined to be identified because Samsung did not want to reveal to the public any information about its new product line at this time. Samsung would not discuss its detailed product pipeline. “We are constantly exploring new technologies and developing various form factors,” said company spokeswoman Chenny Kim. Last month, the New York Times reported that Apple was experimenting with the design of a device similar to a wristwatch that would operate on the same platform as the iPhone and would be made with curved glass.

Shares in both Samsung and Apple have taken a hit as the world’s top two mobile device manufacturers keep underwhelming consumers with their latest smartphone models. Samsung shares dropped nearly 5 per cent, or around $10 billion, in just two trading sessions after it launched its latest Galaxy S smartphone late on Thursday, partly hit by concerns that its flagship product lacks the ‘wow factor’ and may not live up to

expectations. The Galaxy S4, unwrapped to much fanfare in New York to challenge Apple’s iPhone on its home turf, offered some incremental evolutionary improvements, but media reports have since suggested these features may not be sufficient to excite buyers in an industry that lives and dies by innovation.

World's biggest Dinosaur park set to be unveiled soon The world’s biggest dinosaur park, dubbed Palmersauria, will roar to life sooner than expected on the Sunshine Coast in South East Queensland, Australia. The dream of eccentric mining billionaire Clive Palmer, the attraction is coming together in the grounds of the Palmer Coolum Resort. It features more than 150 replica animatronic prehistoric creatures, imported from China, a website reported. Resort general manager Bill Schoch said that while an official name had not been settled on, there was little doubt "Palmer" would be in the title, building on a brand that already included Palmer Resort, Palmer Golf, Palmer Grill and Palmer Motorama vintage car museum. All of the creatures can make sounds and some will move, such as "Jeff" the resort's towering T. rex. Airborne dinosaurs will swoop down on a flying fox, while a canopy walk will provide a unique perspective.

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“There is some paperwork to finalize with council, but we will now be able to get it up and going much quicker than previously thought. I would say within six months to be safe, but it should be sooner,” Schoch said.

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India were dealt a blow ahead of the final day's play in the third Test against Australia here, with debutant centurion Shikhar Dhawan suffering a hand injury while fielding. Dhawan, who had smashed his way into the record books on Saturday by scoring the fastest-ever Test century on debut in India's first innings, was last night seen outside the Fortis Hospital in Chandigarh with two bandages on his fingers. A precautionary x-ray was performed on Dhawan that revealed no fracture, but sources claimed doctors had advised the swashbuckling opener to

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not bat in the second innings. The Indian team management was hopeful that he would bat in the second innings if required. Seeking to win their third successive Test in the ongoing four-match series against Australia, India will hope to have Dhawan batting, if required, in their second innings. The 27-year-old Delhi batsman made 187 in the first innings, reaching the three-figure mark off a mere 85 balls while surpassing the previous record held by West Indian Dwayne Smith.

Gandhi ji’s teachings taught from pre-school onwards in China More and more people in China are evincing interest in Mahatma Gandhi and his non-violent movement as his teachings form an integral part of curriculum from pre-school to university, says a Chinese scholar.

Quanyu Shang, who has translated former Indian diplomat P A Nazareth’s ‘Gandhi’s Outstanding Leadership’ into Chinese, says Gandhi is studied among varied groups in his country. The professor of School of Foreign Studies in South Ching Normal University feels everyone in China studies Gandhi in some form or the other as the education curriculum includes the Mahatma’s teachings from pre-school to university levels. “We have lessons on Gandhi in the form of drawings for children in pre-school, then we have war history in middle school which contains at least one chapter on Gandhi’s struggle through non-violent means. “I was once invited by the University of Beijing to deliver a lecture on Gandhi. Participants of Gandhi studies are expanding than ever before there,” Shang, who has done his doctoral thesis on Gandhi and Nehru, says. Asked whether a book on an Indian leader will see a good response in China, Shang says many books on Gandhi have already been published there. “And this one will be like a moral beacon for China which would provide new thoughts on leadership qualities to Chinese,” he says.

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The book, which has covered eight Indian and foreign languages so far, is expected to come out soon in seven more languages including Malayalam and Kashmiri.

“Worldwide many books have been published on him and most of them are on truth, non-violence, his achievements, but few talk about his leadership. This is the first book which talks about his leadership in such a comprehensive manner,” he says. The book presents the components, nature and global impact of Gandhi’s leadership and his transformation from a timid young man into a leader. Nazareth had decided to write the book after the Babri Masjid incident to “counter the intense communal hatred that had been deliberately aroused with Gandhiji’s enlightened approach to religion and patriotism”. At the release of the book here, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had sent a message which read, “I am confident that the Chinese version of the book will bring the father of our nation and the ideals he stood for closer to more than a billion people in China and help forge deeper understanding between our two great nations”.

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Sanjay Dutt Bollywood actor sent back to jail for 1993 Mumbai blasts Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt is headed back to jail with the Supreme Court on Thursday upholding his conviction for illegal possession of a weapon in connection with the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case.

Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt is headed back to jail with the Supreme Court on Thursday upholding his conviction for illegal possession of a weapon in connection with the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case. The court, however, reduced his sentence from six to five years — the minimum under the Arms Act. “We could not have given a sentence less than what is prescribed in law,” it said. The 53-year-old actor has four weeks to surrender before a Mumbai court. He is looking at three-and-a-half years behind bars since he has already served 18 months. He has been out on bail since November 2007. Dutt’s is the most high-profile conviction in the case. The court also upheld the death sentence of Yakub Memon, younger brother of absconding mastermind Tiger Memon, while commuting the death penalty of 10 others to life, clarifying they would remain in jail till their death. A bench of justice P Sathasivam and justice BS Chauhan also acquitted two persons while permitting the release of a prisoner who is an AIDS patient. Thirteen bombs had gone off in Mumbai on March "I am Heartbroken because 12, 1993, killing 257 people — one of the first and deadliest terror strikes in India. today, along with me, my Dutt, found guilty of possessing an AK-56 assault rifle three children, my wife and the conspirators had brought into the country, said on my family will undergo the Thursday, “I still believe in the judiciary. My family is punishment. I have always with me and I am still strong.” respected the judicial system His sister, Lok Sabha MP Priya Dutt, was the only family member in court. “At this moment I don’t know and will continue to do what to say,” she said, almost breaking down. so, even with tears in my Dutt pleaded with the court to let him off on probation eyes."SANJAY DUTT on grounds of his past good conduct, but his petition was rejected. “The circumstances and nature of the offence are so serious... they don’t warrant the benefit of the provisions of the Probation of Offenders Act,” the bench said. The only legal recourse available to Dutt is a review petition. “The law grants him the opportunity to approach SC for a review,” said former Delhi high court judge RS Sodhi said. He also said the Maharashtra government, if it wanted, could consider granting Dutt clemency under article 161 on the executive side.

“After all, he is not a terrorist but just a convict under the Arms Act.” Dutt’s confession under the stringent Terrorist Activities and Disruptive Act after his arrest on April 19, 1993 and his telephonic conversation with mastermind Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Anees Ibrahim proved fatal. The SC declared his confession that he had received a cache of arms two months before the attack from which he had retained the AK-56 as voluntary and truthful. The actor claimed he kept the weapon as his family was under threat after the Babri demolition. The court also rejected his retraction a year-and-half later. The serial blasts were originally meant to be nationwide and were planned to coincide with Shiv Jayanti — the birth anniversary of Maratha warrior-king Shivaji — in April. “Khan’s arrest alarmed the conspirators, who were worried he might reveal their entire plan to the police. So they advanced the date by a month,” Maria said. Following the blasts, a special team was formed under Maria to probe the case. They uncovered a cache of 3.5 tonnes of RDX, 71 AK-56 rifles, 493 hand grenades, 13 9-mm pistols, 1,150 electronic detonators and three pencil timers, all of which had made its way into the country from Pakistan.“The RDX wrapping bore the stamp of the Wah ordnance factory, 36km from Islamabad; the 9mm pistols had been manufactured at an ordnance factory near Peshawar,” says Maria.

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Ishaqzaade fame actor Arjun Kapoor became a hot favourite of most girls after his blockbuster performance in his debut film. The actor is back with another Yash Raj production Aurangzeb where he is palying a double role. The poster shows the actor in two different avatars. Arjun Kapoor is seen suited in one and another look shows him as more of a gangster. He will be playing the protagonist in the film which we think he can pull off well. In the film, yesteryears actress Salma Agha’s daughter Sashaa Agha has been cast opposite Arjun Kapoor. The film also has Prithviraj Sukumaran and Swara Bhaska in the lead roles. Aurangzeb, a remake of the 1978 film Trishul, is directed by Atul Sabharwal and produced by Aditya Chopra.

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Steven Spielberg parties with Bollywood

Several Bollywood personalities attended a party hosted by Anil and Tina Ambani for the Oscar winning film director Steven Spielberg, who came here to celebrate the success of his movie Lincoln. The iconic Hollywood director, who is known for his landmark films like E.T., Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, The Color Purple, Empire of the Sun, Munich, Lincoln, among others, has been in Mumbai for the last two days. Lincoln, which saw actor Daniel Day-Lewis winning his third Best Actor Oscar last month, was co-produced by Anil Ambani’s Reliance Entertainment along with DreamWorks Studios. The party was organised by Anil and Tina Ambani at their Cuffe Parade residence in south Mumbai on Tuesday night. Some of the big names from Bollywood who attended the party include megastar Amitabh Bachchan, his wife Jaya and daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai, Shah Rukh Khan’s wife Gauri Khan, Preity Zinta, Farhan Akhtar with sister Zoya, Kamal Haasan, Hema Malini and Anushka sharma. Besides them, actor Riteish Deshmukh with wife Genelia, Subhash Ghai, Kiran Rao, Kajol, Karan Johar, Suniel Shetty with wife Mana, Hrithik Roshan, his wife Suzzane, father Rakesh Roshan and mother Sunaina Roshan, Boman Irani, Sridevi, her husband Boney Kapoor, Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar, Anupam Kher and others also attended the party. Interestingly, the leading trio of Bollywood -- Shah Rukh, Salman and Aamir -- were not present at the party. From the field of business, ICICI bank chief Chanda Kochar, Yash Birla attended the party.

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Kareena Kapoor or Deepika Padukone: who’s playing Sati? The concluding part of Amish Tripathi’s supersuccessful Shiva trilogy of books launched late last month. In Bollywood, however, the focus is on the first book, The Immortals of Meluha, which is set to be made into a movie called Shuddhi. And while Hrithik Roshan was confirmed to play Shiva right away, the debate over who will play Princess Sati opposite him has been an ongoing one. Now, highly placed sources reveal that Deepika Padukone and Kareena Kapoor are the final two actors being considered for the role. The film is being produced by Karan Johar and directed by Karan Malhotra. Back in July, the initial talks suggested that the entire team of Agneepath (2012) would reunite for it. As a result, Priyanka Chopra was believed to be in the reckoning for the female lead. However, after much brainstorming, the makers have apparently narrowed their choice down to Deepika and Kareena. “Quite a few names came up, but finally, after seeing the screenplay, they reckon either of these two actors are the best fit for the role,” says the source. Director Karan Malhotra (this will be his second project after Agneepath) refrains from making a statement, saying, “You must understand that this is something I can’t speak about at all.” He does, however, provide a hint when he says, “They (Kareena and Deepika) are the finest actresses today. So when you write a script, they are the first names that come to mind... The moment the actor gets finalised, I will be able to talk in detail.” According to the source, however, the makers are already in talks with the two actors about dates and other details. At present, the pre-production is in full swing, with the shooting set to begin by the end of the year. “We are planning to go on floors by November, if not earlier,” says Karan.

Joanna Lumley eager to reprise Bond role Joanna Lumley has revealed that she would like to be a Bond girl again and described her first appearance as a ‘highlight of her career’.

Lumley who would be hosting an evening of James Bond music at the Henley Festival this summer said that she would love to make a return to the hit movies, the Sky News reported. The actress played a brief role in 'On Her Majesty''s Secret Service' early in her career. The 66-year-old actress said that the very words 'James Bond' bring a rush of excitement to her heart and even though she featured in the bond movie 45 years ago and had only two lines in the film, she feels proud of being a Bond Girl than anything else in her career. The former bond girl further added that she couldn't wait for the spectacular Bond night on the river. Lumley also said that as the evening would progress she might be auditioning, fairly subtly, for a future role in another of those sensational films even if it would only be two lines again.

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India

Hollywood film "Million Dollar Arm", about two Indians who get to play baseball in the US thanks to agent J.B. Bernstein's unconventional recruitment strategy to lure talented cricket players, will be shot in three Indian cities. The film stars " Mad Men" actor Jon Hamm and is in pre-production stage. "We'll be shooting in Mumbai, Agra and Delhi. Very exciting," Palak Patel, the movie's executive producer, told IANS in an email interview from Los Angeles. Patel, who is originally from Ahmedabad, said he would visit the country in April to film the Disney movie based on the reallife story. The India connect of the movie goes beyond just the locations, of course. It focusses on two Indian youngsters Rinku Singh and Dinesh Kumar - who created history in 2008 when they were signed up by prestigious baseball team Pittsburgh Pirates as professional players. The two won the deal after winning the "Million Dollar Arm" contest held in India, in which more than 30,000 Indian youths were said to have participated. The film is being directed by Craig Gillespie, with screenplay by Thomas McCarthy. Patel, who has been in the US since 1983, is also keen to tell more Indian stories to

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western audiences. "I've always thought about bringing the Ramayana or the Mahabharata to western audiences, and doing it in a contemporary way. I've even had conversations with Shekhar Kapur about it," he said. He believes the mythological epics have global appeal. "They are amazing stories, on the level of Greek mythology, the heartbeat of India, and I have always thought about bringing them to life worldwide on a big budget level," he added. Having worked on fantasy films like "Snow White and the Huntsman" and "Oz the Great and Powerful", Patel said the underlying effort behind all genres of movies is "entertainment". "We can't forget that we work in the entertainment business. It's our job to make a product that entertains the world - we love escapism - we love building worlds, finding interesting exotic colourful characters, and taking old existing properties such as 'Alice In Wonderland' and now 'Oz...', and introducing them with modern technology to a new younger generation. "Ultimately, we thrive on finding stories and worlds that offer the ultimate escapism," he said. Sam Raimi-directed "Oz the Great and Powerful" hit Indian screens earlier this month. Some described it as a prequel to the 1939 film, "The Wizard of Oz". What were some of the factors you had to keep in mind to match that era and feel, as well as maintain a contemporary touch to appeal to today's audience? "We wanted to stay as true as possible to the spirit of L. Frank Baum's books, in

terms of descriptions, colour palettes, atmosphere, and environments as well as the colourful characters you meet in the film. "Adding a contemporary touch really came from our director Sam Raimi. Sam has a talent for staying true to the period while making contemporary audiences identify with the characters, themes, and storylines," said Patel. He believes classics like "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz", originally written over a century ago, still resonate with today's audience because of the "central theme". "The central theme is 'goodness is more important than greatness'. Being a good person is far more important and selfless than being a great person, which involves being selfish. I think it's a timeless theme," he said.

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Fashion

Best fashion trends for men heck rogative anymore. C re p ’s an om w a t no w Looking good is men are wearing no out what fashionable Fashion is ever changing and revolving. The year 2012 fashion trends for gents were really cool and awesome but now it’s 2013; so new trends of fashion related to dressing, accessories, shoes, hair style and many more are launched Who says men can't look fashionable or that boring shirts and ugly trousers are their only options? Every year, fashion trends for men are listed out, but since many men rarely follow fashion norms, all this style news eludes them, and when they go shopping, they are back to buying safe looking shirts or predictable trousers. For the men who want to get started, this is the season for bold colours for them. So if it is a pair of olive green pants or burnt orange trousers that catches your fancy, go ahead and buy them. You can tone down the colour with something more sober like a white shirt on top. Experts say that suits are becoming boxier and the double breasted blazer is in style too, so if you are still into slim fits, try a newer kind of style this year. The slim cut trousers of last year are fast fading away to make way for wider legged pants. Those who love sweatshirts could try out the ones with interesting prints or patterns, even if it has large and graphic as birds of paradise motifs. Short sleeved shirts are also back in fashion. Sports coats, camouflage prints and army themes are hot and happening on the international catwalks now. While most men fear standing out because they've worn something very different from everyone else, it should not be cause of worry anymore. The more adventurous they are, the more the people who will be following their sense of style and getting rid of all their own wardrobe staples to make room for more fashion forward clothes.

Fabric:

say no now it seems bore wear opts for wool they make you looks hot.

to cotton, and dull. This and tweed as more bold and

Jewellar y:

leather wrist bands or bracelets of last year are still in fashion. But as its new year so play with new jewellary trends, so boys should work with metals like bronze or brass into rings, cufflinks or tie clips. New looks: this year you can’t stick to only look. This year different looks for winter you go with leather varsity jackets, striped tear away pants in summer and windbreakers for spring.

Suit up: Two button jackets with buttons at some height are preferable in 2013 as it gives you slim looks. More over square pocket is still in suit jackets.

So these were some of the major styles of 2013 for gents. So guys hurry up still you have time go to markets and but new trendier wear for yourself.

Color of 2013 :

like the previous year this year again blue is trendy among gents. But this year light tone of blue is more common and popular. So guys get to shop and buy some really cool blue shirts for you.

Patterns : previous year floral

pattern is still seen among gents but guys it’s not more suitable for 2013. This year mix and match of different patterns with fabric swatch is trendier. So create an interesting contrast of flower and lines patterns. Winter Jackets: this year fur-lined jackets are “in” and awkward looking ear muffs are “out”.

Foot wear:

in 2013 there a change in your foot wear. Dress shoes are very much out and boots are in. Moreover long leather boots preferably in dark black and brown tone seems trendier.

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If your daily uniform is a white Oxford shirt and navy suit, it’s time to take your wardrobe to the next level

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Colours and patterns for men Ten years ago, men had no choice. If you worked in an office, your shirt was white and your suit was navy. Color belonged on the tie. Today, the rules have changed in even the stuffiest of offices.

Colours Light blue shirts are as acceptable as white. Suits no longer have to be dark. You can choose from a range of grays, and during the warmer months, a light or dark khaki suit is comfortable and stylish. As for shirts, pink and light purple join blue and white. There's nothing feminine about these colors in a dress shirt. Pink is masculine, and so is lavender (more commonly labeled "violet" or " lilac"). If you work someplace more relaxed, you have more options. "There are no hard-and-fast rules for wearing color," says Daniel Ou, director of product development at Gap. "But the easy way to find a color that looks good on you is to pick shades that complement your skin tone: lighter, brighter colors for dark complexions, and saturated, darker hues for pale skin. Experiment and test out your comfort level first. I recommend trying on a new colored T-shirt or polo shirt with a pair of dark denim jeans to see how they look together, on you." A good place to start is with classic colors -- blue, pink, purple -- but

in different shades. There are great medium-blue shirts the color of blueberry juice. Cobalt blue is also popular right now. Baby blue, a longtime favorite, "seems to have run its course and may be best for the toddler set," says Ou. "Pink is a standard go-to color, but it has a preppy undertone, so try a bolder, dark version to stand out from the pack." Specifically, look for a dark pink -- not red -- that's reminiscent of a faded barn. It's warm and inviting. "If you're worried about looking too bright, use color as an accent," advises Ou. "Pair it with something neutral like khaki, gray or brown. It will tone down the look."

Patterns Easy places to add pattern include your tie, pocket square or socks. But to take a fashionable step forward, try adding shirts to the mix. Start with subtle stripes, plaids and gingham (a cross between a stripe and a plaid -- it's two colors crossing over to create a small-checkered pattern). "Wearing these patterns will signal your interest in looking like a true gentleman," says Ou. With stripes, start with basic color combinations such as blue and white, pink and white, or dark blue and light blue. Pair them with navy pants, jeans or khakis; you don't want your pants to compete with the stripes. The same formula works for plaid, but avoid overly large patterns and overly bright colors, unless you're planning to chop wood or go camping. "I love plaid," says Brian Bolke, founder of Forty Five Ten, an independent shop in Dallas, Texas, "because it's going have three colors in it, which gives you a lot to work with. You can add a solid pant and tie and look great." Note: The pants and tie should match the darkest color in the plaid. "Gingham is a classic and easy-to-wear pattern that will never go out of style," says Ou. But as with plaid, aim small.

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"Smaller-scale gingham in darker colors tends to be dressier and more stylish," explains Ou, "while too large a scale might end up looking like a giant picnic table cloth." Finally, avoid combining multiple patterns. It's too easy to look like you're wearing pajamas. But a pattern tie-andshirt combination can work well. For example, a medium-size plaid shirt with a tiny check tie can look smart when paired with a pair of dark pants. In the end, the best advice is to experiment and trust your instincts. "Guys are uncomfortable trying new things," says Bolke. "But they shouldn't be. As long as you don't go overboard, you're going to get noticed -- in a good way -- for stepping

up your game."

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Tips while using concealer n also be one of the ca p eu ak m in s ep st tant One of the most impor to get it right w ho ’s re he d an f of l trickiest to pul

Finding a concealer that’s a perfect match is half the battle won. Perfecting the art of applying it is another ballgame altogether. Concealer should be in a shade that matches your skin. Check under bright light and natural sunlight to see if it looks transparent on the skin while hiding what it must. Here are more tips to help you master concealer application:

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For starters, take a little concealer on your fourth finger or the ring finger. Dot the under eye region; moving from the outside corner to the inside and back out again. Remember, you have to pat the concealer not rub it in.

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If your under eye is slightly recessed, use a shade of concealer that's lighter than your foundation.

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There’s no hard and fast rule about what goes on first. You can use your concealer either before or after applying foundation. The key is to blend. Do not forget to be gentle with your skin. You can also use a makeup sponge for effortless blending in a back and forth dotting manner.

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Makeup on parched skin does more harm than good. You must prep skin with thorough moisturisation.

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Do not use concealer to hide freckles and tiny pigmentation marks. You might need to cover a lot of area which will require a lot of product and many layers. This could make you look heavily made up. Accept your skin in all its freckled/pigmented glory.

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Don’t heap truckloads of concealer even if the area needs considerable coverage. Instead of using a large amount of product all at once, try adding sheer layers of concealer. Apply a thin layer, let it set and follow by another sheer layer.

7. Hide spider veins with a yellow-based concealer. 8. It is common to overlook areas like the bridge of the nose, the corners of the lips and the outer

corners of the eyes. These are the areas that need to be cleaned up with a sweep of concealer after you are done with your makeup.

Concealer can also be used as a lipstick primer as well. All you have to do is dab it on before applying the color. It can also help keep a bright shade from excessive smudging if you line the area around the very edge of your lips with it. If you want to highlight your brow line, you can apply a thin line of concealer right along your upper and lower brow lines. Be sure to blend.

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Health

How to deal with Sunburn

The sun can leave you with itchy, pe eling skin which is not only unattractive but also painful. Here ho w to deal with sunburn Cool it down

The first thing you need to do when your skin starts peeling is to take a cold shower. Cold water will soothe your skin. Once you take a bath, pat dry your skin, avoid rubbing it. Rubbing will peel your skin all the more.

Drink lots of water

Cooling yourself from within is of utmost importance. Water repairs and revives damaged skin. Drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water a day is a perfect remedy for sunburned skin.

Have a cool bath or shower

Set the water to a cool temperature that’s just below lukewarm (that is, not teeth-chattering cold), and relax for 10 to 20 minutes. The temperature will ease the pain, and the water will stop your skin from becoming as irritated. Repeat as often as you need to. Avoid using soap, bath oils, or other detergents as you bathe - they’ll irritate your skin and possibly make it even worse.

Do not scratch your skin

Scratching can do permanent damage to your skin in the form of scars. If you get the urge to scratch, use ice to dull the sensation. Once your skin begins to cool, the itching sensation will automatically start to subside. Moreover, if there is a piece of dead skin hanging, do not pull or scratch that area no matter how urgent the feeling. Grab a pair of scissors and carefully cut that segment and apply anti-bacterial ointment on your skin.

Use Sunscreen

Prevention is better than cure. Do not forget to apply sunscreen when you are going out in the sun; also do not miss out on hidden areas. This will prevent your skin from getting damaged in the first place. Also, if you are going in water, make sure you apply sunscreen every time you come out.

Moisturise

After taking a shower, moisturise your skin with a lotion. You can go for a lotion that is specially made for sunburned skin. Most sunburn creams contain aloe vera which has soothing properties. Aloe vera is a disinfectant and slows down the peeling process of the skin. If you do not find a cream with aloe vera, aloe vera gel is a great alternative.

Don’t peel it

Flaky, peeling skin is more than just irritating and unattractive. It can also lead to an infection. Peeling skin can become infected if you scratch or try to forcefully peel the skin. If there is a segment of dead skin that is hanging off and you want to remove it, don’t pull on it - no matter how temping it is. Instead, get a small pair of scissors and carefully cut away just that section of skin. Be sure you are only cutting away dead skin and you don’t tear skin that is trying to heal. Once you cut away the dead skin, apply an antibacterial ointment (such as Neosporin) to the area.

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10 Tips for guaranteed weight loss

With fad diets and fitness routines rou nd every corner, it is quite difficult to keep a tab on which weight loss tips really do work and which don’t.

Should you join that bhangra aerobics class, adopt that no-carb diet, or eat dinner at 6pm? Never mind all that loophole-ridden weight loss jargon, step over to the healthy side. Here are 10 tips for guaranteed weight loss that will set your weight straight, and help you adopt some really healthy, weight-friendly habits for life.

Weight loss tip1: Decide how much weight you need to lose -

Most people start their weight loss journey by claiming to be xyz kilos overweight. This isn’t a healthy way to project or aim for weight loss. Calculate your desired weight against your height by using reliable methods like the BMI, and set a healthy weight loss target. This is often half the battle won.

Weight loss tip 2: Time

management - This is quite often overlooked. Decide which part of your day will be dedicated to exercise, when in the week you will stock up on groceries, and when you will do the cooking - all within your current work and home life routine. If you don’t do this now, your days will be rushed and unplanned, and you won’t be able to sustain your weight loss efforts.

Weight loss tip 3:

Stock your kitchen - Keep your house wellstocked with fruits, vegetables, healthy meats, grains, cereals, spices, and flavourers. Follow our tricks to healthy cooking, cooking vegetables for the week, and low-fat cooking posts to understand how best you can stock your kitchen with healthy and delicious ingredients. All of this will go into helping the next step cooking healthy meals at home.

Weight loss tip 4: Eat healthy homecooked

meals - Whether it’s you who’s cooking, a family member, or house help, ensure that every one practises healthy cooking methods, and ingredients. Ask any person who’s lost weight the healthy way, and you will always hear about how healthy homecooked meals were a big reason behind it. Use less oil, low salt, fresh produce, and you’ll start seeing results in no time.

Weight loss tip 5 : Start a cardio + weights workout - A healthy weight loss programme is incomplete

without a good exercise routine, and weight training mixed with cardio is the best way to lose weight. Of course, variations and forms exist, but any workout that stresses on muscle tone and increased heart rate will always help you lose weight and keep it off. You can either start a home workout today, or rely on gyms for fitness training.

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Weight loss tip 6:

Alter your snacking

habits - At Health Me Up, we have several healthy snacking

ideas for you. Set those French fries aside, skip that aerated drink, and ban those unhealthy deep fried samosas. Explore the healthy snack world and you will find several appetisers, party snacks, movie snacks and meal accompaniments that’ll satisfy every craving of yours.

Weight loss tip 7: Have at least one active

hobby - It isn't sufficient to rely on just 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity per day. Moving from bed to office chair, and back to bed, isn't a healthy way to live. Buy a motion sensor gaming console that lets you enjoy social games with friends and family, plan weekend trips, clean your house once a week, dance, play sports, the list is endless. Get out of the coffee shop and dining table rut, and you'll have fun along with the healthy weight loss.

Weight loss tip 8: Drink plenty of

water - You’ve known that

Weight loss tip 9: Find a solution to combat

stress - As we pointed out in our post about stress and weight loss, stress is always detrimental to healthy weight loss in the long run. Find ways to combat stress and you’ll soon realise that your diet and exercise aren’t sabotaged anymore, and that you truly do see results. Look at yoga, meditation, deep breathing exercises, or simple hobbies like reading to fight stress.

Weight loss tip 10: Plan healthy vacations -

Why go all the way with healthy weight loss, when one tiny vacation will just come along and topple it all? Healthy vacations aren't impossible. Take a look at how you can eat smart on a holiday, and then at bodyweight workouts that you can carry with you wherever you go, to understand how to holiday right. Above all, remember that these are lifelong habits that'll help you stay fit forever and not short term weight loss quickfixes.

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your body relies heavily on water for all important bodily functions, and yet you skimp on drinking adequate quantities of water every day. Well, it’s time to stop that. Check out some exciting ways to make water interesting and you’ll be packing it away in no time. Do not forget to carry a water bottle to your workout, and take a few sips after every 2-3 minutes of exercise.

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Cover Story

Priyanka Chopra is an Indian film actress, singer and songwriter. She is regarded as one of the most popular, attractive and fashionable celebrities in India. She has performed in television and stage shows, has written columns in India’s national newspapers, is active in charity work and endorses a number of products. Chopra is described as a style icon. She is high on lists of the most powerful, popular and attractive Indian celebrities.

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Priyanka Chopra’s first

film, 'The Hero: Love Story Of A Spy' won her good reviews. 'Andaaz' was a success, earning her a Filmfare Best Female Debut Award. Priyanka's most recent releases, 'Fashion','Dostana' and ' Anjaana Anjaani' have succeeded at the box office, winning her the Filmfare Award.

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Priyanka Chopra Her item number in SAW worth Rs. 2.8 crore Priyanka Chopra is one of the few A-list Bollywood actresses who has never have done an item number. But now, she will be seen doing one in director Sanjay Gupta’s Shootout At Wadala (SAW). Of course, the model-turned-actorturned-popstar does not come cheap. According to sources, her remuneration for that one song is Rs. 2.8 crore, which is around what she normally charges to do an entire film. “She is in the midst of shooting for two films, Zanjeer and Gunday, but she still managed to find time for the song, since she was getting almost the same money she gets for a film,” says a source. Interestingly, SAW is being produced by Balaji Motion Pictures, who are also making Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Milan Talkies, with Priyanka. The production house, then, must be hoping to get its money’s worth thanks to the actor. Tanuj Garg, chief executive officer, Balaji Telefilms, hints at this news being true when he says, “It is all worth it, as this is going to be her first item song ever. It’s also going to be the song that launches the film’s promotion. The amount of time and money that has gone in making this song is because we wanted to make it big.” Priyanka will now be part of the promotions before the film’s May 1 release.

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The actor did the song even though her film Zanjeer releases around the same time. Garg explains, saying, “Now she has the relationship with Balaji as she is also doing Milan Talkies with us, which is going to start in September. This is an extension of the relationship.” Apparently, Priyanka was even asked to sing the item song, but when that didn’t work out, Sunidhi Chauhan was roped in. “It’s an elaborate song. I had suggested she (Priyanka) sing it, but I don’t know if she has a contract restricting her from singing in any film,” Garg says. Priyanka chose not to comment on the news.

Priyanka Chopra lends her voice for animated film Planes

After making her international singing debut, actress Priyanka Chopra has lent her voice for Disney's animated film Planes. The actress has dubbed for an Indian plane, called Ishani, in the movie, which is a spin-off of Cars and Cars 2. The film is slated to release in India on July 26. Film's director Klay Hall says he became a fan of the Indian beauty after watching her in Dostana. "We decided to make India a stop on the race for two reasons: practicality¿the planes needed to refuel in that region of the world – and aesthetics – India is a beautiful, exotic country that many of us had experienced... I became a fan of Priyanka after seeing her film Film's director Klay Hall says he became a fan of the Indian beauty after watching her in Dostana," Hall said. "She's a triple threat – an actor, singer and dancer and we noticed that when she came in to record her lines, she attracted the attention of a lot of people who'd stop by to watch her in action. Priyanka exudes heart, charm and warmth, and we're incredibly blessed to have her as part of our cast," the director added.

Her journey from Dostana to Planes

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Priyanka lent her voice for a character called Ishani in action-packed 3D animated film Planes, got the opportunity because of her film Dostana. Planes is directed by Klay Hall and he said: "I became a fan of Priyanka after seeing her film Dostana." "She's a triple treat - an actor, singer and dancer - and we noticed that when she came in to record her lines, she attracted the attention of a lot of people who'd stop by to watch her in action. Priyanka exudes heart, charm and warmth, and we're incredibly blessed to have her as part of our cast," he said in a statement. Disney's Planes is about Dusty's dream of competing as a high-flying air racer and his decidedly unfortunate fear of heights. Hall said: "We decided to make India a stop on the race for two reasons: Practicality -- the planes needed to refuel in that region of the world -- and aesthetics -- India is a beautiful, exotic country that many of us had experienced. We loved the opportunity to highlight the warmth of India's people, colours and culture in the world we were creating for Planes."

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Your wooden furniture needs care Worried about your wooden fur

niture? Here is how to take care of it...

Varnished wood is considered to be one of the most popular surfaces available in furniture However, such kind of furniture needs special care.

Here's how you can do it:

Protect the wood from water and other liquids, such as alcohol, food or cosmetics. If water or other liquids are allowed to settle on a wood surface for more than a few minutes, they seep through the pores in the varnish coating, into the wood, staining it. Keep the varnished wood free of dust and dirt, as it can make the surface grimy. Using a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment can do the job. A dry, soft, lint free cloth can also help remove dust and smudges and will also give the surface a soft shine. Lightly soiled varnished surfaces can be cleaned by using teak oil. For heavily soiled surfaces, dampen a soft cloth with a mixture of mild soap, and warm water. Wipe each section immediately with a soft, dry cloth to prevent the wood from absorbing moisture. Stickiness or light soil can be removed, by first cleaning the

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wood surface with a damp cloth and then immediately rubbing it with a dry cloth. Test in an inconspicuous spot before you do this, and never leave a damp cloth sitting on the varnished surface. Varnished wood should be waxed or polished each year to keep its lustre. This prevents wax build-up and also protects the surface from moisture and dust. To remove the wax build-up, use a cloth dampened with mineral spirits or synthetic turpentine.

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No household work makes modern women fat

ight be ern women m d o m r fo rk o ed. hold w study has claim Lack of house w e n a , ty si e b o contributing to According to researchers, one reason women are getting fatter is because they spend less time on doing laundry, cooking and other household chores, more women have taken desk jobs and cut back on physical activity like household chores. In 1965, the average women spent nearly 26 hours per week on chores like cooking, cleaning and doing the dishes. Women today allot about half that time for chores, the study revealed. "What we were trying to find is what has changed in our environment that has led to obesity," study leader Edward Archer, a researcher at the

University of South Carolina, told the New York Daily News. What changed, he said, is that more women went to work at sedentary jobs and fewer engaged in physical activity — like housework. Obesity rates have been increasing steadily in past decades. In 2004, 32 percent of Americans were obese, compared to 13 percent in the 1960s, according to research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. For Archer's study, researchers looked at the time and amount of energy women expended on "household management" over a 45-year span. Non-working women spent 33.1 hours per week on housework in the 1960s, compared to 16.5 hours in 2010. Working women spent 17.1 hours on housework in the 1960s, compared to 10.4 in 2010. By 2010, women were devoting 25 percent more time to "screen-based media use" — watching TV or on the computer. The study is published in the science journal PLOS One.

Leather Furniture Care Tips

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■ Under normal usage/conditions, regular dry-cloth dusting and vacuum cleaning in crevices or along the bottom is all that is necessary to clean your furniture. ■ The use of a good leather conditioner is recommended every 6-12 months. ■ Protect your furniture from sun and direct light. Like any upholstery material, leather can fade to some degree if exposed to the sun.

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Suggested Methods of Cleaning

■ Always try any cleaning method in a hidden area first to convince yourself of the results! ■ For minor spots and spills, wipe up any excess liquid immediately with a clean absorbent cloth or sponge. If necessary, use a lightly moistened soft cloth with clean lukewarm water, and let it air dry naturally. If water is used, clean the entire area where the spot occurred. ■ Do not use soap or soak the stain heavily with water. This may cause more damage than the stain itself. ■ Do not use cleaning solvents, furniture polish, oils, varnish, abrasive cleaners, detergent soaps, or ammonia water. ■ For butter, oil, or grease stains, wipe off excess with a clean dry cloth, and then leave alone as the spot should dissipate into the leather after a short period of time. ■ For minor or slight scratches on the surface, use a chamois or clean fingers to gently buff the scratch. If needed, moisten lightly with distilled water to work scratches out.

■ If the stain persists, it is recommended that a professional leather specialist clean the leather to avoid any potential damage to the leather itself. ■ Remember that leather is a natural product and requires some care to maintain the natural beauty of the hide.

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Paneer is a full fat soft cheese, traditionally used in Indian cooking.

Ingredients

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Method

100 grams Paneer 1 Tomato, finely chopped 1 Capsicum, finely chopped 4 Cashew Nuts 2 Green Chili, finely chopped 1 Tsp plain Yogurt / Curd 2 tsp Coriander Powder 2 tsp Red Chili Powder 1 tsp Garam Masala Powder 1 tsp Dried Fenugreek Leaves 1 Tsp chopped Coriander leaves 2 tsp Salt (as per taste), 2 tsp Cooking Oil

Marinating the Cottage Cheese / Paneer – Cut the paneer into cubes, and mix with 1 tablespoon yogurt/ curd, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon red chili powder and let it rest for about 30 minutes Heat 1 tsp oil on a pan. Add the green chili, half of the sliced onions, tomato & cashew nuts and stir till they start changing color Switch off the flame. Transfer the veggies to a blender, add 2 tsp garam masala, coriander powder, 1/2 tsp salt and blend until you get a smooth paste. Again, heat 1 tsp oil, add the remaining cut onions &

satué for 30 seconds & add the capsicum Add the gravy paste to the onion-capsicum and give it all a nice mix. Let it cook on medium-high flame for at least 5 minutes, You can add around quarter – half a cup of water to it & let it boil. Give the cottage cheese / paneer a good mix & transfer to the gravy cooking it on medium flame. It has to cook for around 2-3 minutes. Add the dried fenugreek / kasoori methi to it & let it boil Transfer to a bowl & serve with Roti (Tortilla) or Paratha or Rice.

Paneer Tikka Masala

Ingredients

The delicious combination of creamy paneer and crisp peppers in a Tikka Masala sauce makes a quick, easy vegetarian meal. 225g Paneer cut into bite size pieces 1 Tbsp vegetable oil 1 Small red pepper diced 1 Small green pepper diced 1 Tbsp Fresh coriander chopped 1 jar of Sharwood’s Tikka Masala

Method

Fry the paneer in the oil on a low heat until golden brown, then remove and drain. Add the peppers and stir-fry until they’re just beginning to soften. Add the sauce and paneer and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the chopped coriander and serve immediately.

Variations: •You can add peas (mattar) along with paneer to make Mattar Paneer. •Deep fry cubes of potatoes (Aloo) and add along with paneer to the gravy to make Aloo Paneer. •You can also add pieces of capsicum to the gravy along with paneer. Australias Australias Community Community Magazine Magazine

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Tourism

Goa

Goa, a state on India's West coast, is a former Portuguese colony with a rich history. Spread over 3,700 square kilometers with a population of approximately 1.4 million, Goa is small by Indian standards. It has a unique mix of Indian and Portuguese cultures and architecture that attracts an estimated 2.5 million visitors each year (including about 400,000 foreign tourists).

Since the 1960s, Goa has been attracting a steady flow of visitors -- first the hippies and returning expat Goans, then the charter tourists (starting with the Germans in 1987), pilgrims visiting Catholic and Hindu shrines, those opting to settle in Goa as their home, people going for medical treatment, and a growing number of those who attend seminars and conferences in Goa. Goa is visibly different from the rest of India, owing to Portuguese rule which isolated it from the rest of India for 451 years. The Goan population is a mixture of Hindus and Roman Catholics, the distribution being approximately 65% Hindu and 24% Christian. There is also a smaller Muslim population. Despite this, communal violence has been virtually non-existent and Goa is regarded as one of the most peaceful states in India.

Cities

There are Five major cities in goa

Panaji, Margao, Vasco da Gama , Old Goa, Mapusa Goa also has a number of other smaller, charming and sometimes crowded towns such as those along the beach belt (Calangute, Candolim), and in the interior (Chaudi in Canacona, SanvordemQuepem, Bicholim, Pernem town, etc). Some of these are gateways to the nearby touristic areas. In addition, Goa has some nearly 350 villages, often scenic and each having a character of its own.

Beaches Agonda — also known as Turtle Beach Anjuna and Vagator Calangute Candolim Colva Dona Paula - a popular beach. Palolem Polem Bogomolo - a beautiful and serene beach near Vasco da Gama.

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Colva Beach

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Beaches

The palm-fringed beaches, coconut canopies, ferry rides, fabulous folk music, the ancient temples and the gothic churches add to the glory of Goa. The captivating combination of the Sun, Sand and the Sea makes Goa the picture perfect spot for rejuvenation. Goa’s spectacular beaches are with a long coastline extending over 100kms and has some of the most lovely beaches in the world.

Colva beach is famous for its enchanting loveliness and is 6kms from Margao. Its flourlike white sand and palm trees make up a fine coastal scenery. The off-shore is splendid for swimming. Accomodation are available near the beach easily. Water scooters and Parachute ride is available here which can give thrilling experience to the tourists.

Miramar Beach

This is about 3kms from Panaji and also known as Gaspar Dias beach, is a lovely beach studded with palm groves and pine trees along the estuary of the river Mondovi. By the side of the beach is a children’s park and superb view of the sunset is observed by the visitors.

Calangute Beach

This is 16kms from Panaji and this is the most famous of the famous of Goan beaches. This is known as “Queen of Goa’s Beach”. The beach is of white sand and is studded, with coconut trees strectches about 7kms with number of bars and beach restaurants offering delicious food for the thirsting soul. Paragliding, Water scooters, Motor Boats, Banana ride, Parachute ride is available here.

Baga Beach

This is equally beautiful and is ideal for fishing and one can see ample shark fish foted on the seashore. The beach is a holiday resort.

Anjuna Beach

This beach is in Bardez taluka, a village in North Goa and is about 20kms from Panaji. It is famous for its “flea market”. The famous chapora fort is quite near to this beach.

Vagator Beach

It is around 22 kms from the capital and is bordered on the south by calangute beach and the North by the Chapora fort. It is a favorite beach of “hippies” who reside here to have peace of mind. A large number of tourists visit here during the summer months.

Palolem Beach

Cities

This is 37kms from Margao, is one of the most enchanting and relatively less known beaches in Goa.

Panaji:

It is the capital of Goa. The Portuguese called it cidade de Goa situated on the left bank of the Mandovi River Goa history eversince the time Albuquerque in 1510 A.D.

captured the place of

Margao:

An important Goan town. Colba Beach one of the finest in Goa it is well connected by Rail and Road.

Vasco Da Gama:

Contary popular belief Vascoda gama never set foot in this modern well laid town. The busy Marmugoa Harbour is only 4 kms from here. Mapusa: The most important town in the Northern Goa. This part of Goa is known as the old conquest and the portuguese influence is prominently visible here.

Mapusa

The colourful market town of Mapusa (pronounced ‘Mapsa’) is the main population centre in the northern districts of Goa. Even its name is thought to be derived from the Konkani word for a measure - “map” and the phrase fill up - “sa”. Mapusa is Goa’s third largest town and the capital of the northern Bardez taluka.

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Churches

Se Cathedral

This is situated in Old Goa which is 10kms from the capital Panaji. The interior of the church is magnificent and has a vaulted ceiling, which overwhelms the visitor by its sheer grandeur, with its exquisite masterpiece of art and architecture. The Cathedral has one lateral tower having five bells, the biggest in and one of the best in the world.

Convent and Church of St. Francis of Assisi

This is located to the west of the Se Cathedral and offers the best specimen of the religious art of the 17th century. The most interesting feature of the church is the octagonal tabernacle in Baroque with Corinthian features. Adjacent to the church is the Archaeological Museum.

Basilica of Bom Jesus

This is located on the right side of Se Cathedral and was built in the 16th Century. A massive structure of Basilica of Bom Jesus is popularly known as the Church of St. Francis Xavier, the Patron saint of Goa, whose body was placed in the new silver casket and the remains are enshrined here.

Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception

This is in the heart of the panaji town with its grand flight of steps and lofty bell tower. The bell at the top of the church is the second largest in Goa. Two principal feasts are celebrated at the church every year, on 13th May in honour of our lady of Fatima and the other on 8th December in honour of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception

Reis Magos Church

This is 7kms from Panaji built in 1555, it is dedicated to the three Magi kings who according to the legend were guided day and night by a star to Bethlehem to greet the new born child: Jesus.

Temples

Mangueshi Temple

Situated in Ponda Taluka, which is 20kms from Panaji and is known as oldest temple dedicated to shiva in 16th century. Main festivals are Navratri and the fair of Manguesh. Set amidst beautiful natural surrounding the temple is dedicated to Goddess Shantadurga located by the side of the road attracts the attention of tourists and passersby. This is 33kms from Panaji. It is considered as an excellent piece of architechtural design and sculptural beauty.

Saptakoteshwar Temple

This temple dedicated to Saptakoteswar is regarded as the oldest temple in Goa and is situated in Opa village. The Ling of Saptakoteshwar is believed to be as dharalinga and considered to be very sacred. Mahashivratra is celebrated at the temple with great splendour when thousands of devotees pay homage to the deity.

Mahalakshmi Temple

This temple is dedicated to Goddess Mahalakshmi and is situated in Panaji. The main festival celebrated here are Chaitri Purnima and Rathasaptami. Shree Damodar Temple 22kms from Margao at Zambaulim-Sanguem. Shree Datta Mandir 37kms at Dattawadi, Sanquelim and 40kms from Margao. Shri Gomantak Tirupati Balaji Padmavathi Temple 15kms from Ponda Town Shree Kamakshi Sausthan Shiroda Temple 40kms from Panaji. Shree Chandranath Temple 45kms from Panaji. Shree Mahaganapathy Temple Located at Madel, Tivim village of Bardez area. Shree Ramnath Temple 33kms from Panaji located in Ponda taluka. Shree Mahalsa Temple 8Kms from Ponda situated at Mardol.

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Fort of Anjidiv

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Fort

Goa has many historic monuments and landmarks, which one has to see and enjoy apart from beaches and fun loving activities. Most of the forts are situated in North Goa. Some of the forts are:

This is located 8km to the south-west of karwar in Karnataka District. During the Government of the Portuguese Viceroy, a new Fortress was built in 1682 on the island and it was made one of the most pleasant fortifications in India.

Chapora Fort

The fort of Chapora, is 8 miles to the northwest of Aguada and 25kms from Panaji. Vagator beach is situated at the back of this Fort.

Reis Magos Fort

This fort is Situated on the opposite side of Panaji across the river Mandovi. Reis Magos means the Magi or Kings to whom the place is dedicated. The Fort is constructed during the term of office of Viceroy Don Afonso de Noronha in 1551 and enlarged sunsequently by Don Francisco da Gama. Though the small in size, the fortress commands splendid view around. From here one can see the Aguada Fort, Miramar Beach, and an expanse of sea. The fort is preserved in good condition and is being utilised as a jail. Towards the east, at a little distance from it, flows a perennial spring, with abundance of portable water, while at its base rises the Church of Reis Magos ascended by a beautiful flight of steps.

Fort of Aguada

This is situated 18kms from the capital city Panaji . The Aguada is an insulated and fortified rock and so call from the great plenty of excellent water which is found here. The statue of a freedom fighter standing at its entrance, attracts the attention of the visitors. It was erected in memory of the freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives in the cause of freedom from foreign dominations.

Corjuem Fort

This fort is situated 4km north of Pomburpa, along the side of the Mapusa river near the village of Aldona. It was built in 1705 by the Portuguese.

Terekhol Fort

This is situated on the northern frontier of Bardez, on the left bank of the Bardez River. This fortress was erected in 1681 by the court of Alvor as a barrier against the Marathas and Bhonsles.

Other Places Mayem Lake

This is situated 5kms from Bicholim and 25kms from the capital city Panaji. This lake is surrounded by green hills and is an ideal picnic spot, which attracts lot of tourists. Pedal boats are available for a romantic excursion in the lake.

Dudhsagar Waterfalls

This is located on the high hills bordering Karnataka State. Dudh sagar or milky falls, is well worth a visit for its scenic splendour is lovely to look at. The down pour of the milky water is a gorgeous sight.

Aravlem Caves & Waterfalls

It attracts large tourists due to its unique location of palmy surrounding and a majestic waterfall shedding its exuberant silvery showers. This is about 30kms from Panaji and transportation is available easily.

Donapaula

This is 7kms to the south of Panaji, and this is an idyllic & picturesque spot. The place is located on a hillock specially developed as a tourist spot. The main rock can be reached by climbing a number of steps which runs in a zigzag way. After the first flight of steps, is a statue titled “Image of India� fixed on a rock with vast expanse of the sea in the background. There are lot of shops with colorful T-shirts, bermudas etc. Lot of restaurants to refresh the tourists. Motor Boating, Scooter boats, Peddle Boats, Banana ride are also available.

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Festival

Ram Navami

Rama Navami is the birthday of Lord Rama

Ram Navami is a sacred Hindu festival celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm all over the country. It is celebrated on the ninth day (Navami) of the Chaitra month (first month of Hindu lunar calendar) in 'Shukla paksha' or waxing moon. This festival is observed in order to celebrate the birth of Marayada Purshottam Ram, considered to be a form of Lord Vishnu, one of the prime deities of Hindu trio. It is said that, Lord Rama is not only god but also the ideal figure for a human being. He is considered to be an ideal son, a doting husband, a mighty king, a wonderful brother and a great father. On the occasion of Ramnavami, mot only the people in India but also the Hindu community living in the other parts of the world celebrate this great day with immense joy and fervor.

Ram Navami comes on April 20, this year

Rama Navami falls on the ninth day of the shukla paksha, or bright phase of the moon, in the lunar month of Chaitra (April-May). The first day of Chaitra , or Ugadi, also marks the beginning of the Indian year. Rama is one of the ten avatars of Lord Vishnu, and one of the two most popular, along with Krishna. Consequently, Rama Navami is widely celebrated, though not on the scale of festivals like Diwali or Dussehra. According to legend, Rama was born at noon. Rama is the epitome of perfection, the uttama purusha, fulfilling all his duties towards both family and subjects. It is believed that listening to the story of Rama cleanses the soul. Meditating on the noble Rama and chanting his name is believed to ease the pains of life and lead one to moksha, or liberation. It is also common practice to chant the name of Rama while rocking babies to sleep.

Significance:

Though Rama Navami is a major festival for Vaishnavites, it is widely celebrated by worshippers of Shiva, too. It is considered auspicious to undertake a fast on the day in the name of Rama. The more devout fast for nine days, from Ugadi to Rama Navami. The objective of the fast is not to ask for special favours of the deity but to seek perfection as a human being. Devotees perform elaborate pujas and chant the name of Rama. Temples of Rama have special services and bhajan sessions through the day. One significant and popular element of the celebration is the Ramayana parayana, a discourse on the Ramayana, by a pundit or a professional story-teller. It usually lasts nine days, beginning on Ugadi and ending on Rama Navami. A skilled story-teller who can liven up the event by weaving in contemporary events attracts massive crowds. Since Rama is also one of the most sung-about deities in Indian classical music and literature, week-long (and sometimes, month-

long) musical programmes are organised. Sacred places associated with Rama, like Ayodhya, Ujjain and Rameshwaram, draw tens of thousands of devotees. In Rameshwaram, thousands take a ritual bath in the sea before worshipping at the Ramanathaswamy temple.

Many places in North India host fairs in connection with the festival, culminating in spectacular fireworks on Rama Navami.

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Reason Behind Rama Navami Puja

It is said that Lord Vishnu took the avatar of Rama when he saw the growing havoc of the invincible Ravana on earth. As it is said, when the troubles created by Ravana started increasing on earth, Lord Brahma started receiving complaints from all the gods about the mayhem that Ravana was inflicting on earth. However, as Lord had granted Ravana an exceptional boon that he could never be killed by a god, all the Gods in heaven had become helpless. However as soon as Gods realized the loophole in his boon that Ravana had not asked for invincibility from a human being, Lord Vishnu decided to go to earth in the guise of Maryada Pushottam Ram, the son of King Dasharath and Queen Kaushalya to save the earth and his devotees from the wrathes of Ravana and his unreligious measures. This great legend is known to every Indian irrespective of caste, creed and religion. Lord Rama is worshipped in the country as an epitome of an ideal man. One who is good and true and the one who is ideal in every regard- a perfect son, an ideal brother, a wonderful husband, a mighty king and a great father. He is not simply thought of a hero, but as someone who is the true representation of a flawless man. Therefore, it is no surprise that his birthday is celebrated year after year with great enthusiasm on the ninth day after the new moon in Shukal Paksh (the waxing moon), which falls sometime in the month of April.

Doing Pooja On Ramnavmi

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Ramnavami Pooja is held in high regards by all the Hindus all over the world. Most of the people prefer to observe a whole day fast on this day. Generally devotees prefers to be on a satvik food without salt, however there are people who also go for Nirjal fast that is fast even without water. Those who are satvik fast consume potatoes made in any form without haldi (turmeric), garlic, ginger or onion. He can also eat fruit and root vegetables of any kind. Curd, tea, coffee, milk, and water are also permitted.

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Make Cleaning Fun for your Kids 1. Beat the clock

Set a timer and challenge your kids to get a task done before it rings. “Can you get all ten of these books put away in one minute? Go!” You can expand on this as necessary: “Can you put the laundry away in five minutes?” and so on.

2. Encourage friendly competition

Have a floor full of toys and two or more kids? Give each one an empty bucket, set a timer for a minute, and see who can collect the most toys. You’ll be amazed at how fast the floor gets cleaned.

3. Set up a cleaning relay

Start in one part of the house with an index card with short, simple instructions. One child might start off with “Make the bed, straighten up the bathroom, bring down dirty laundry.” In the laundry room, that child hands off to the next one, who then starts the machine, loads the wash, and grabs clean clothes from the dryer. You get the idea.

4. Figure out which jobs they like

If you seven year old enjoys washing dishes, teach her to do it right and encourage her to do it often. Even if you occasionally have to rewash a dish, you’re building lifelong skills. If your son enjoys the dusting dance, let him have at it. Work with what you have.

5. Put on music

6. Set clear rewards

Let your kids know exactly what they’ll get when they finish -and make it worth their while.

7. Hide and seek

Hide a few quarters (or dollar bills, depending on your kids’ ages) around the house. Tell your kids how many there are, and let them know that if they clean properly, they’ll find them.

8. Short and sweet

Your kids are not going to enjoy a five-hour marathon cleaning session. But they can get into a couple of 10 to 15 minute sessions over the course of a week. Make a habit of daily clean-ups and you won’t need to do the longer sessions as often.

Have a mix or a CD that’s reserved just for cleaning time. Blast it at high volume, and have fun while you work. You might also want to let your child listen to music your iPod or iPhone while he or she cleans -- and only while cleaning.

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Scorpio

Low energy will continue this month, till the 14th April 2013. Some unnecessary ego in speech as well as issues with the extended family possible till the 14th April 2013 too. 14th April 2013 onwards you will find very good growth as well as rise in your luck. There would be higher income and better health. The dip in energy will give way to a robust period in the second half of the month.

Pisces

23 November - 21 December

Pressures in joint areas of work would remain high till the 14th April 2013. There would be issues in marriages too. You need to cross this period cautiously. Further energy levels and stamina could fall after the 14th April 2013. There could be lower immunity, which could create some challenges in health matters. Avoid very heavy commitments for the second of half of this month & the first fortnight of the coming month

Aquarius

21 January - 19 February

Ego in speech would be a tendency & you should guard against the same till the 14th April 2013. There would be some dental illnesses possible too. Financial gains would be good till the 14th April 2013 too. You will get into a vibrant period after the 14th April 2013. Growth in new areas would become possible too. It would be a positive time after the 14th April 2013, where you will be able to meet many new people.

Taurus

21 April - 21 May

A progressive & gainful period would run till the 14th April 2013. You will enjoy life and get gains from various aspects at this time. Friends would be high on your agenda till the 14th April 2013. Beyond the 14th April 2013, a dip in activity and stamina could be felt. You might feel tired or sleepy often. Expenses will rise. You should avoid too many commitments or expenses after the 14th April 2013. Avoid the tendency to get into arguments with influential people

Virgo

24 August - 23 September

Pressures in joint areas of work would remain high till the 14th April 2013. There would be issues in marriages too. You need to cross this period cautiously. Further energy levels and stamina could fall after the 14th April 2013. There could be lower immunity, which could create some challenges in health matters. Avoid very heavy commitments for the second of half of this month & the first fortnight of the coming month.

Sagittarus

23 November - 21 December

Low energy will continue this month, till the 14th April 2013. Some unnecessary ego in speech as well as issues with the extended family possible till the 14th April 2013 too. 15th April 2013onwards you will find very good growth as well as rise in your luck. There would be higher income and better health. The dip in energy will give way to a robust period in the second half of the month.

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Leo

July 24 – August 23

20 February - 20 March

High activity phase will run till the 14th April 2013. You should deal with people judicially throughout this period as ego or short tempered behavior could spoil matters for you. A gainful period would commence after the 14th April 2013. You should guard against facial illnesses during this time. You should also weigh your words well now, as some people close to you could take offence.

Gemini

22 May - 22 June

Career progress will be high & you will make your point & position in life very clear till the 14th April 2013. This would be a very good month. You will make all round progress. Gains & income will jump up after the 14th April 2013. Socially it would be a rewarding period as you will have a great time socially as well as with friends. You will make gains from government or high placed officials after the 14th April 2013.

Libra

24 September - 23 October

Capricorn

22 December - 20 January

work would do well and you will find growth in most of the areas that you work on till the 14th April 2013. You should avoid animosity with people close to you. Aggression with superiors in work environment could back fire. 14th April 2013 onwards you could see a rise in opposition to your ideas. Partnerships could feel some amount of ego & issues. Ego hassles with spouse could rise too, after the 14th April 2013.

The month would open with a positive outlook as you will be in an outgoing mood and have an easy ability to promote work. Networking skills would be well honed and positive. There would be change after the 14th as you will find strength in what you do and be able to take a stand. There could be issues with the extended family while there would be gains in real estate. Happiness about home, cars etc possible.

Aries

21 March - 20 April

The period of low activity, low immunity and energy would continue till the 14th April 2013. You should continue keeping away from controversy connected with high placed people. A revival of activity and position would come after the 14th April 2013. Ego would remain high, while there could be issues about competition with people close to you. Anger & diet should be controlled after the 14th April 2013.

Cancer

23 June - 23 July

Luck will be high while progress will be good this month. You will be religiously inclined this month till the 14th April 2013. Travel will bring in gains too, till the 14th April 2013. Career progress would take off significantly after the 14th April 2013. You will do well at work. Governmental sources as well as people in authority would favor you well. You will be in control of all you do and exert authority after the 14th April 2013.

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