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Hyderabad bomb blasts  15 Dead Over 100 Injured

Seventeen months after the last deadly bomb blast at the Delhi HC, two powerful bombs fastened to parked bicycles ripped through Hyderabad’s bustling Dilsukhnagar area on 21 February 2013, killing several people.

Two high intensity bomb blasts ripped through the city of Hyderabad on Thursday evening at 7pm and have killed 15 people and over a 100 have been injured. The explosions were caused by Improvised Explosive Devices (IED’s) which were placed on cycles in the middle of the busy Dilsukhnagar area of Hyderabad near the Venkatadri and Konark movie theatres The attacks were timed in a way to cause maximum damage and were carried out during the rush hour when most people were trying to get back home. Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has reached the blast site in Hyderaband and the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Kiran Kumar Reddy has urged citizens to remain calm. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has condemned the blasts and has offered a compensation of Rs. 2 lakh each to the families of those killed in the incident and Rs.50, 000 to those seriously injured. The injured are being treated at the Osmania, Yashoda, Omni, and Kamineni hospitals and the death toll is set to rise given that some of the injured are in a critical condition.

~ Ram Sethu issue rocks Rajya Sabha

The issue of Ram Sethu rocked Rajya Sabha on Tuesday with BJP asking the government to withdraw its affidavit given in court on plans to dismantle it, leading to acrimonious exchanges and consequent adjournment of the House. The House witnessed uproarious scenes on the issue, with BJP and the government trading charges, accusing each other of playing politics and not having faith in God, as DMK and AIADMK members joined in. As BJP and the treasury benches traded charges against each other, E M S Natchiappan, who was in the chair, adjourned the House till 2pm amid acrimonious scenes. Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Prakash Javadekar (BJP) asked the government to withdraw its affidavit given in court on its decision to dismantle the structure and said they will not allow this to happen. He also asked the government to agree to recommendations of the Pachauri expert committee’s suggestion for a different alignment without dismantling the Ram Sethu structure, to which the government is not agreeing. BJP members stood up after minister of state for parliamentary affairs Rajiv Shukla accused the party of playing politics on the issue for votes and later trooped into the Well raising slogans for taking back the affidavit given by the Centre. “Affidavit wapas lo, wapas lo,” (Take back the affidavit), they chanted even as AIADMK and DMK also raised slogans leading to the adjournment of the House.Javadekar accused government of not being concerned about public and religious sentiments as also of preserving ancient heritage and demanded withdrawal of the affidavit.He warned that an agitation would be launched if the government did not do so.

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likely to appoint expert on North Korea, Japan as foreign minister

China is likely to appoint an expert on Japan and North Korea as its next foreign minister, three independent sources said, in a measure of Beijing’s resolve to improve difficult relationships with two of its closest neighbors. Barring last-minute changes, Wang Yi, 59, China’s ambassador to Japan from 2004 to 2007, was likely to be appointed foreign minister during the annual full session of parliament next month, the sources said. A fluent Japanese speaker, he was China’s main representative to the six-party talks on North Korea from 2007-2008, and was a counselor and later minister counselor at the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo from 1989 to 1994. “China is sending a signal that Sino-Japanese relations will be the most important of important issues,” a source with ties to the leadership told Reuters, requesting anonymity to avoid repercussions for speaking to foreign reporters. Tensions over uninhabited islands in the East China Sea - claimed by Beijing as Diaoyu and by Tokyo as Senkaku - flared last year, raising fears of a miscalculation and an unintended military confrontation. Wang was to replace Yang Jiechi, 62, who was tipped to be promoted to foreign policy tsar as one of five state councillors, the sources said. The post is senior to that of foreign minister. The source with ties to the leadership said deteriorating ties with Japan could be improved. “Wang Yi is like Zhou Enlai - a modest gentleman with a scholarly bearing,” the source said, referring to China’s first premier and foreign minister. “He will exercise restraint, is rational and wise.” The islands, also claimed by Taiwan, are one of several maritime territorial disputes involving China that have worsened as Washington shifts its security focus to Asia. Wang’s two immediate predecessors were former ambassadors to Washington before taking over the foreign policy portfolio. But mending fences with Tokyo will be no easy task. “Japan must first recognize the Diaoyus are disputed,” a second source said. “If Japan insists there is no dispute, then what is there to talk about?” Since 2008, Wang has been minister of the cabinet’s Taiwan Affairs Office, which implements policy towards the self-ruled democratic island Beijing claims as its own. During his time in that role, he has overseen steadily warming ties with Taiwan, including the signing of landmark trade and

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economic agreements. From 2007 to 2008, Wang was China’s point man on six-party talks involving the two Koreas, the United States, Japan and Russia aimed at curbing Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions. North Korea conducted a third nuclear test on February 12 and is ready to go ahead with a fourth and possibly fifth test. China is the North’s only major ally and while it appears to be exasperated with the isolated state’s belligerent behavior and is

likely to agree with U.N. sanctions, it is not likely to cut food or fuel supplies. “Wang Yi is familiar with the North Korean issue, but it is complicated and more difficult (to resolve) than scaling the heavens unless the United States is willing to help,” the second source said. Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun, 60, was widely expected to become minister of the Communist Party’s International Department, which deals with foreign political parties, including Pyongyang’s ruling Workers’ Party of Korea, the sources said. Zhang was vice minister of the department from 2000 to 2009. Another vice foreign minister, Cui Tiankai, 60, was to be named ambassador to the United States, the sources said.

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Greg Chappell

Former Team India coach Greg Chappell on Wednesday said he was excited about the future of Indian cricket but worried about the future of Test matches.

excited about future of India, worried over Tests

“I think the future of Indian cricket is very strong. I am excited to think where Indian cricket can go and can lead the game,” Chappell said while delivering the annual Tiger Pataudi lecture here. However, one thing which worries the former Aussie skipper though is the future of Test cricket in the age of Twenty20’s. Chappell said it would be a big mistake and detrimental to the future of cricket if the longer version of the game lost its importance. Remarking that Test matches are the soul of cricket, Chappell said, “If we allow Tests to lose, cricket will lose its soul. Cricket will be poorer.” “T20 has taken the game to a different level. It is here to stay, no doubt about that. We don’t need to change that,” he said while stressing that Test cricket needs to be protected in such a scenario. Explaining the importance of Tests, he said the five-day game threw up challenges which test the patience of cricketers and make them learn how to deal with the good and the bad together. Talking about the future of Indian cricket, he said if Indian players could perform well under different conditions, then nothing could stop the team. Stating that challenges change not only with different pitches but with the progress of a Test, Chappell said, “That is where you develop players who can play all over the world. I think once your cricket embraces this, there will be no stopping what Indian cricket can achieve.” The former Aussie skipper said Indian cricket should have the best side in the world as it has the natural advantage of huge population. “The reason why it has not happened is the plans have not been put in place,” Chappell said. “It (India) should be the next cricket super-power. It should dominate cricket in the long-term. For that, changes are needed but not ad-hoc strategies,” he said adding that India should win more matches away from home. Praising Dhoni’s batting skills, Chappell said the Indian skipper developed skills because of playing on a variety of surfaces. “The step which is equally important is to provide facilities for everybody to play cricket. It is the environment rather than the academies that produce good players,” he said. He also suggested that BCCI’s pitch and grounds committee should not try to make all pitches of the same type. “Not every pitch needs to be the same. Each region has its own nuances,” he said.

~ Pope Benedict XVI recalls ‘joy,’ difficulties in final audience Pope Benedict XVI bid an emotional farewell Wednesday on the eve of his retirement, recalling moments of “joy and light” during his papacy, but also times of difficulty when “it seemed like the Lord was sleeping.” Some 150,000 people, many waving banners proclaiming “Grazie!” flooded St. Peter’s Square, eager to bear witness to the final hours of a papacy that will go down in history as the first in 600 years to end in resignation rather than death. “To love the church means also to have the courage to take difficult, painful decisions, always keeping the good of the church in mind, not oneself,” Benedict said to thundering applause. He noted that a pontiff has no privacy — neither as pope, nor in his future role as emeritus pope: “He belongs always and forever to everyone, to the whole church.”

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Ang Lee, who won an Oscar for Best Director for Life Of Pi (2012), couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed while going up to collect the golden statuette. This was his fifth Academy Award nomination. While giving his acceptance speech, a visibly overwhelmed Lee began with a big thank you to everyone associated with the project. He said, “Thank you, movie God… Everybody who worked with me on Life Of Pi. I want to thank you for… I really want to thank you for believe in this story and share this incredible journey with me. (sic)” Suraj Sharma, who played Pi Patel in the film, sat teary-eyed when he watched his director walk up to the stage. Lee couldn’t help but praise the debutant actor, saying, “Wonderful cast. Suraj, where are you? You’re a miracle. He’s playing the young Pi, carrying the movie. Everyone of you in the cast. I cannot waste this time talking about them. You’re the golden statue in my heart.” The Brokeback Mountain (2005) director, to everyone’s surprise, said “namaste” to round off his acceptance speech. He said, “My Indian crew, I love you. My Canadian crew, I love you. My family in Taiwan. My wife, Jane Lin. We’ll be married 30 years this summer… I love you. My boys, Han and Mason, thank you for your support. Thank you, Academy. Xie xie, namaste.”

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Life of Pi

voted most mistake-free Oscar-worthy movie

Filmmaker Ang Lee’s Life of Pi would be a clear winner for best picture at Academy Awards this year if the prize giving was based on the least amount of movie errors, says a survey conducted by MovieMistakes.com. Film fans at the website have given the movie adaptation of Yann Martel’s novel thumbs up as the most blunder-free picture. In Life of Pi, the experts only spotted one editing error in the film, compared to 26 in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and 22 in Argo. “Oscar nominees aren’t normally too mistakeridden, although this year’s crop is a little bit more so than average. The visual effects nominees tend to have the most mistakes, possibly due to their blockbuster nature but given their budgets you’d hope they could avoid errors,” MovieMistakes.com editor Jon Sandys said, reports contactmusic.com. Life Of Pi narrates the tale of a boy who is adrift at sea in a lifeboat with a Royal Bengal tiger after his family is drowned in a shipwreck. It features Indian talent, including debutant Suraj Sharma, and critically acclaimed actors Tabu and Irrfan. The other mistake-laden movies are Les Miserables with 15 errors; Zero Dark Thirty with 12; Silver Linings Playbook with nine, and Lincoln with eight.

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Celebrity news

Nana Patekar to dub in English for RGV’s The Attacks of 26/11

Ram Gopal Varma’s The Attacks of 26/11 has been simultaneously shot in English and Hindi and for the first time Nana Patekar will be heard delivering dialogues in English. Confirming this, Varma said: “Attacks of 26/11 is also in English. The film is the same, it is just that the lines are in English and Nana and other actors have spoken their lines in the Queen’s language.” The English version “will release across the world”, added the filmmaker who earlier brought underworld crime saga on the big screen through Satya, Company and Sarkar. In The Attacks of 26/11, based on the 2008 Mumbai terror attack in which 166 people were killed, Nana Patekar plays joint commissioner of police facing an enquiry over the attacks, while Sanjeev Jaiswal will be seen as terrorist Ajmal Kasab, who was hanged recently. Nana said: “I do not know how to speak English. I mugged up my lines and said them in English.” The film also features Atul Kulkarni and Ganesh Yadav. Releasing March 1, the crime saga will hit the screens with 1,100 digital prints and 165 analogue prints in Hindi and Telugu languages. However, the release date for the English version has not been decided yet.

~ Ajay Devgn signs

Rs 400 crore deal

Superstar Ajay Devgn has inked a staggering Rs 400 crore deal with Star India for exclusive satellite rights to all his upcoming Bollywood releases until 2017! The lion king of Bollywood is the second star after Salman Khan to associate in such a momentous deal with Star India and is the only other actor apart from Khan to have four films in the elite Rs 100 crore-club. Among the first of the films to be released for the actor is Sajid Khan’s retro fiesta Himmatwala, produced by Ronnie Screwvala & Vashu Bhagnani. The next is Prakash Jha’s magnum opus Satyagraha followed by an action film with Prabhudeva and a sequel to Rohit Shetty’s Singham. Besides Devgn’s upcoming films, the network already has 18 of his earlier films, including Singham, the Golmaal series, Zameen and Gangajal. The deal is reportedly for a period of five years and is said to include at least ten films. Confirms the superstar,who is currently in Bhopal shooting for Satyagraha, said, “Business is becoming increasingly open and clear, so it’s easier to deal directly. I am securing the producer a higher value, so he benefits eventually,as they often depend on satellite rights to garner a substantial amount of the cost of production. But I am also ensuring a certain amount for myself. For the rest, like actors fees etc, all depends on the relationship between an actor and producer.” When it comes to the small screen, a film’s premiere is normally successful if it bags an average of 2.5 TRPS through the year, and the last three premieres of ‘Ajay Devgn’ films have averaged a phenomenal 6.2 TRPs we hear. Devgn’s 2012 blockbuster ‘Son of Sardaar’ which had recently premiered on Star Gold is leading with 5.1 TVR on a GEC this year in the Hindi movie genre! It has beaten all the other successful premieres of the year like Singham, Bodyguard, Housefull 2 and Bol Bachchan by clocking in a whopping 5.1 TVR, as per TAM ratings of Week 7 in 2013. Well, looks like the lion King of Bollywood is all set to take over television too!

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Kubrick’s Napoleon for TV

Celebrity news

Steven Spielberg set to develop Stanley Steven Spielberg will soon be giving life to Stanley Kubrick’s screenplay about Napoleon Bonaparte scrapped by the late film director in the 1970s. He 66-year-old film maker told French TV network Canal+ that he would make a TV miniseries, instead of a film, about the life of the French Emperor, the BBC reported. Spielberg had previously collaborated with Kubrick on his 2001 movie A.I. Artificial Intelligence. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Spielberg will develop Napoleon in conjunction with Kubrick’s family.

~ Dwayne Johnson to play Hercules in 2014

Dwayne Johnson, the former wrestler nicknamed The Rock, will use his impressive physique to star in Hercules. The movie about the mythological figure will be directed by Brett Ratner (Tower Heist). Paramount Pictures and MGM studios will oversee the project, which will be based on a comic book. Other mythological figures to recently receive the Hollywood treatment are Leonidas (300), Theseus (Immortals) and Perseus (Clash of the Titans). The action film will be released on July 25, 2014 in North American cinemas. Hercules will go head to head with four blockbusters also set for release in the same month: The Hobbit: There and Back Again, Transformers 4, X-Men: Days of Future Past and Maleficent.

~ The Great Gatsby to hit theatres in May Megastar Amitabh Bachchan’s debut international project, The Great Gatsby, is in its post-production stage and the actor says it will be out by May this year.

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Bachchan, 70, who is currently shooting for Prakash Jha’s Satyagraha in Bhopal, received a call from filmmaker Baz Luhrmann, who gave him an update on the film’s release. “Baz Luhrmann calls to update on Great Gatsby... Final settings being done... Should be out May... Hope to see a print in April,” Bachchan posted on Twitter. Bachchan plays Meyer Wolfsheim, a man with a dark past, who helps the film’s lead Leonardo DiCaprio’s character make money when he first comes to New York after the First World War. The much-anticipated film is an adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel and also stars Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire.

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Fashion

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Handloom is back in

The textile industry in India has been in existence since the time of our ancestors. And when it comes to employ-ability and contribution to national income (read economy), it’s undoubtedly the Hand loom sector. Even though the hand loom sector suffered a setback in terms of competition from other textile set ups, it is slowly making a comeback. Thanks to the innovative approach of weavers, one can even find designer wear in hand looms today. When the going got tough for the weavers, even the government stepped in to back them so the traditional industry could be revived. When Mahatma Gandhi promoted use of khadi, everyone thought it was too cheap a fabric to wear. Back to the present age, khadi or any hand loom fabrics are no longer cheap. In fact, it's become one of the most preferred fabric considering it could be worn both in winter as well as summer. Such is the popularity of hand looms that this ancient industry has fought back and here to stay. Even the most well known big brands are cashing in on this rising trend by adding hand loom to their list. Be it salwar kameez, saree, kurta for men/women, even a handkerchief or a scarf ... the variety one gets to see in Hand loom are many. It's no wonder then that one can see people flocking hand loom exhibitions which have become most common in recent times. One thing however, that hasn't changed about hand looms is its ethnicity. What started with hand-spun machine has now grown to be a mechanical process. The sector has also come up with exclusive designer wear that is catching the attention of not just Indians, but also foreigners. The sudden urge to own hand loom products has created a new demand for such fabrics. Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Orissa are some of the states where hand looms are widely sold. Even shopping malls in big cities today have an entire section dedicated to hand loom fabrics. And the industry does have a market both domestically and internationally so much so that even well-known designers in India are experimenting with the fabric. They are slowly incorporating traditional designs in their collections not just to show innovation, but also cater to the growing popularity of the hand loom industry. Some cities have dedicated stores that sell exclusive hand loom fabrics. Hence, it is no more a poor man's 'kapda', it's rather a rich man's luxury. For instance, a ladies kurti might cost you anywhere between Rs 200- 500. India's big brands have come up with innovative things using the fabric. It's also the in thing these days to possess one.

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colours to wear this

season

The colour forecast for the coming season builds upon these compelling needs with a palette that mixes dynamic brights with novel neutrals to create a harmonious balance. We give you a head start into how to work these beautiful shades.

Poppy red

This is a seductive, sensual and celebratory shade. The 2013 Golden Globe red carpet was awash with poppy red floorlength gowns. Whether it’s a knockout dress or a lipstick, every woman’s wardrobe essentials should include it. For an ultrafeminine casual look, pair skinny jeans in this tone with a white chiffon blouse.

African violet

This floral statement colour brings a touch of intrigue, as purples often do, and can be incorporated into many unexpected combinations. Try pairing it with exuberant poppy red. A strapless pleated gown in this vibrant shade will light up any evening soiree.

Lemon zest

This cheerful hue brings out a piquant taste with its refreshing greenish cast. American popstar Hilary Duff and actress Jessica Alba are fans. The shade was seen flowing down the runway at BCBG Max Azria, Tadadshi Shoji and Gryphon. The easiest way to wear this trend is through colourful printed T-shirts or fit-and-flare dresses.

Emerald

Trend forecasters have named this eclectic jewel tone the colour of 2013. It’s the goto colour for former actress Raveena Tandon. Emerald looks stunning on dresses — sexy and sculpted, sidedraped, sequinned or lacy. Or tie your look together with an emerald green belt.

Nectarine

A bright, effervescent citrus orange with coral undertones, this shade provides a tangy burst of flavour to a look. This orange suits the Indian skin tone as well. It’s bright but still has a softness to it. Look for lacy blouses in this juicy tint to add colour to your wardrobe in an unexpected way.

Monaco blue

Blue tonal colours look great on almost all skin tones. Actress Sonakshi Sinha swears by this colour. Designer Tommy Hilfiger has declared a red-and-Monaco blue nautical print A-line silk dress as the perfect summer wardrobe staple. Combine the colour with emerald for a fresh collegiate look.

Greyed jade

A subtle, hushed green with a grey undertone brings about a mood of quiet reflection and repose. London-based designer Suwha Hong from Cynthia Steffe suggests an above-the-knee close-fitting dress in the shade to take you from desk to the dinner table with flair.

Dusk blue

Dusk blue is this season’s newest pastel. This serene colour works best with fluid and flowy silhouettes. If an all-blue outfit is too much for you, look for digital prints or stripes in this shade on a classic tee silhouette or a pair of shorts for an athletic vibe. For an unexpected mix, pair it with the intense nectarine.

Linen

The colour linen is three shades lighter than beige and similar to blush. Try pairing it with greyed jade or dusk blue. To stand out at an important evening event, slide into a linen-coloured sleek, fluid gown in silk crepe and accessorise with a diamond bracelet and stilettos.

Tender shoots

Like the first signs of spring, tender shoots, a vibrant yellowgreen, is invigorating, active and cheerful. To make a powerful statement, American designer Rachel Roy recommends a peplum, cap sleeve cropped jacket in the shade paired with different silhouettes — a silk chiffon dress or palazzo pants.

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Colour and shampoo According to Danish hair expert Carl Zachau, using the right shampoo for your specific hair type can never spoil your hair, and there’s really no ‘right age’ for colouring hair. “Also, it’s a misconception that frequent colouring ruins hair texture. It doesn’t if it’s done by a trained professional with good quality products. Maintenance is most important after colouring hair — use a colour protect shampoo and conditioner that will not only enhance your hair colour but also ensure that the it lasts longer,” says the UK-based educator. You hair goes limp if you don’t shampoo everyday but grandma says that shampooing daily will spoil your hair. You really want to try that burgundy shade on your tresses but mom says you’re too young to go for colouring — We help you banish all these hair myths.

Complete guide to

beautiful hair How to boost hair growth

Whether regular trimming boosts hair growth or not remains a debatable topic, the right diet definitely helps fortify the hair follicle — from which each strand is born — and the scalp that surrounds it. “Food rich in Vitamin D and proteins such as salmon can be helpful. Vegetarians could go for walnuts, the only type of nut that have a significant amount of omega 3 fatty acids. Sweet potatoes are also great source of antioxidant beta carotene, which your body turns into vitamin A that boosts hair growth. Also a great source of protein and loaded with four key minerals, such as zinc, selenium, sulphur and iron, are eggs,” he adds.

Heart-shaped: Create more width with bangs like singer Carrie Underwood. Sideswept bangs make your face appear shorter because they cover up a particularly large forehead. Oval: One of the most adaptable face cuts, with oval shaped face, irrespective of the hair length or cut, one looks best with layers near the cheekbones, lips or chin like Madhuri Dixit Round: Long hair is gorgeous on round faces because it lengthens the face. Gentle waves deflect the roundness of the face and enhances your look, like Rani Mukerji. Square: Long hair adds to the beauty of a square face. Keep them open like Zarine Khan or go for long, wavy hairstyles. Long: Create more width with bangs like singer Carrie Underwood. Side-swept bangs make your face appear shorter because they cover up a particularly large forehead Australias Australias Community Community Magazine Magazine

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Study: Women who eat lots of broccoli and other plant foods rich in iron are less likely to suffer from premenstrual tension (PMT), according to a new study.

Broccoli

may help fight premenstrual tension

Researchers found women who ate foods rich in non-heme iron found in plants and supplements were less likely to report experiencing PMT. The team from Massachusetts University and Harvard University believe iron might be linked to PMT since it is involved with the production of the brain chemical serotonin, which helps regulate mood, The Telegraph reported. The term ‘premenstrual tension’, is used to cover a range of symptoms experienced by some women for up to two weeks before their monthly period. PMT is sometimes also called premenstrual syndrome (PMS). The symptoms of PMT and PMS can include mood swings, tiredness, night sweats, bloating, panic attacks and palpitations. The study looked at the health of about 3,000 nurses, who were followed for a 10-year period. At the start of the study all of them reported that they did not have PMT. By the end of the decade a third had been diagnosed with it and two-thirds had not.

When researchers analysed their diets, they found a link between high intake of non-heme iron and a lower chance of developing PMT. Those whose intake exceeded 20mg a day, were 30 to 40 per cent less likely than those with low intakes to suffer from PMT. They also found some indication that high zinc intake was associated with lower risk of PMT. Researchers said it is the first study to find a link between iron and PMT, but noted that it did not prove that an iron rich would help prevent PMT.

“Our findings need to be replicated in other studies. However, women at risk for PMS should make sure they are meeting the recommended daily amount for non- heme iron and zinc,” Elizabeth Bertone-Johnson, associate professor of public health, said. The study was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Australias Community Magazine

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Health

Ways how sleep helps you stay

Quality sleep helps revitalise your body and mind. It lowers stress level and prevents weight gain and helps maintain a healthy immune system. This is exactly how sleep helps you stay young.

Helps reduce stress

When you are sleeping, the mind is not thinking about ten different things. This helps you stay calm and composed. When you are stressed, the metabolism and hormone balance becomes skewed and these factors contribute to your ageing process. Good and quality sleep helps you stay young because it restores those internal balances.

Keeps you feeling refreshed

One of the most amazing qualities of sleep is that it makes you feel refreshed and rejuvenated all day long. Make sure that you are getting your 7-8 hours of sleep every day. Do not compromise on this schedule.

Makes you feel happy

Sleep also induces happy feeling. After you wake up from sleep, you tend to feel relaxed and be in a good state of mind. This also keeps you feeling happy all day long.

Makes your skin glow

Ample rest and sleep ensures that you do not stay worried, which in turn keeps your skin looking healthy and glowing. When you are relaxed, your skin also stays clear of unwanted wrinkles and lines.

Fruits, veggies Adding fruits and vegetables to the diet may help protect the kidneys of patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) with too much acid build-up, according to a study. Western diets that are based in animal and grain products are highly acidic and can lead to metabolic acidosis, when too much acid builds up in the body. This is particularly common in patients with CKD because the kidneys are responsible for removing acid through the urine. Metabolic acidosis can cause rapid breathing, confusion, and lethargy. Severe cases can lead to shock or death. Alkali supplementation therapy such as bicarbonate is used to treat CKD patients with severe metabolic acidosis, but simply adding more fruits and vegetables—which contain alkali—to the diet might also help. Nimrit Goraya, MD, Donald Wesson, MD (Texas A and M College of Medicine) and their colleagues tested this by randomizing 71 patients with hypertensive stage 4 CKD to receive added fruits and vegetables or an oral alkaline medication for one year. The treatments were dosed to decrease dietary acid by half. They found that kidney function was similar between the two groups after one year. One-year plasma total carbon dioxide (PTCO2) increased in both groups, which is consistent with a lessening of metabolic acidosis. PTCO2 was higher in patients receiving bicarbonate than in those receiving added fruits and vegetables.

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Urine measurements of kidney injury were lower after one year in both groups. Although fruits and vegetables are rich in potassium and might raise blood potassium to dangerous levels, levels did not increase in either group. “We showed that by addition of alkali such as bicarbonate or alkali-inducing fruits and vegetables, patients had a favorable response by reduction of urinary kidney injury markers,” said Dr. Wesson. “Our study suggests that these interventions will help maintain kidney health in those with kidney disease,” added Dr. Goraya.

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Health

Babies teens slow to gain weight catch up by

Human babies have one of the longest development times of any living thing on planet Earth. And each baby is a unique individual and they develop at their own rate. Parents track the progress of their babies, who are compared to “normal” weight tables at each doctor’s visit. When a baby is “below normal” parents are often concerned. They shouldn’t worry too much.

Most babies slow in gaining weight within the first nine months catch up by the age of 13, but remain lighter and shorter than their peers, a new study has found. The University of Bristol study is based on data from 11,499 participants, providing the most conclusive and reassuring evidence for parents that, given the right care, many infants who lag in weight gain catch up by teenage.

Alan Emond, professor at Bristol, who led the study, explains: “The reason the early group caught up more quickly may be because those infants had obvious feeding difficulties and were more readily identified at the eightweek check, resulting in early treatment leading to a more rapid recovery, the journal Paediatrics reports. “Those children who showed slow weight gain later in infancy took longer to recover, because of the longer period of slow growth and because their parents were smaller and lighter too,” adds Emond, according to a Bristol statement. The study found that, of the 11,499 infants born at term, 507 were slow to put on weight before the age of eight weeks (early group) and 480 were slow to gain weight between eight weeks and nine months (late group). Thirty children were common to both groups. The infants in the early group recovered quickly and had almost caught up in weight by the age of two, whereas those in the later group gained weight slowly until the age of seven, then had a ‘spurt’ between seven and 10 years, but remained considerably shorter and lighter than their peers and those in the early group at the age of 13.

At that age, children in the later group were on average 5.5 kg lighter and almost four cm shorter than their peers; those in the early group were on average 2.5 kg lighter and 3.25 cm shorter than their peers, according to a Bristol statement. Slow weight gain is often seen by parents and some healthcare professionals as a sign of underlying ill health. Clinicians face a dilemma between taking steps to increase a child’s energy intake and putting them at risk of obesity later in life by encouraging too rapid weight gain.

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Cover Story

Katrina Kaif

was born in Hong Kong to a Kashmiri father and English mother. Katrina, one of eight siblings, all girls, spent subsequent years in Hawaii, and then in London. She started her Bollywood career with ‘Boom’ and saw success with ‘Sarkar’.Her flick ‘Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya’ opposite Salman Khan, earned her an award. Her flick ‘Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya’ opposite Salman Khan, earned her an award and ‘Namastey London’, ‘Welcome’ and ‘Singh Is Kinng’ opposite Akshay Kumar have made her a household favourite. She has since appeared in films like ‘New York’ for which she won her first Filmfare Award and ‘Rajneeti ‘ that emerged as her biggest commercial success so far. But due to her poor knowledge of Hindi, Kaif’s voice was often dubbed by another actress. However, since New York she has used her own voice. She also won the Best Female Style Icon at IIFA Awards and was the most searched Indian celeb on Google.

Katrina Kaif a i r e p X w e n e h She is t r o f r o d a s s a b m brand a Sony India Actress Katrina Kaif is Brand Ambassador of Leading Brands in India and abroad as well. Now she is the new Xperia brand ambassador for Sony India

Sony India has signed the popular Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif as a brand ambassador for the Xperia range of smartphones. The latest association is expected to boost the brand’s value in the Indian market and help the company plans to extend the presence of Xperia smartphones there. Mr. Tadato Kimura, Head, Marketing, Sony India. “We are looking to capture more of the youth market and believe Katrina is an adept choice as she is widely admired as a youth-icon. Her charismatic personality epitomises Xperia’s ideology of being innovative, fun and stylish and makes her fit seamlessly into the brand.” He added saying, “We welcome Katrina to the Sony family and we hope this association to be a phenomenal success.” On expressing her excitement, Katrina Kaif said, “I am thrilled to represent a brand like Sony that I have been connected with as a consumer for many years from the time I got my first Walkman. »

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tribute to ethereal

Madhubala!

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Katrina Kaif’s She is no more the shy and introvert girl she used to be, there was a time when people in town considered her a foreign beauty and she was just not considered right for the industry. However, this stunning beauty overruled all criticism and emerged as the most sought after actress of today.

Wondering who are we talking about! It’s none other than the talk of town, our very own Sheila! She is one girl in town, who’s never missing from news headlines, whether it is because of her personal life or professional life, we keep hearing something or the other about her.

The latest what we have heard about Katrina Kaif is related to an act she did in YRF’s “Mere Brother Ki Dulhan”. We got to know from the sources that in one of the sequence of the film, she will be seen paying tribute to yesteryear beauty Madhubala. Notably, Katrina was asked to play the role of Madhubala in a biopic made on Kishore Kumar. But before the project could go on floor, she has taken it up for this film. Filmmaker Anurag Basu, who is scripting late singer Kishore Kumar’s biopic, is still hunting for the actress to play yesteryear diva Madhubala in the film. “I am hunting for Madhubala but it is too early to talk about it. Casting happens two to three months before we start shooting. The film is in its initial stage and would probably release next year,” Anurag said. While Ranbir has been roped in to play Kishore Kumar’s role, there were reports that Katrina Kaif might step into the role of Madhubala. However, no official confirmation has been made. Now, where any actress in town under their full senses would think twice before stepping in the shoes of this ethereal beauty, Kat would be seen doing it in an intoxicated state. She’ll perform on a song after watching the roadside poster of Madhubala under the influence of bhang. It is said that song is a tribute to the true Indian beauty, well; it would be interesting to see how Kat does this act. But we must really appreciate her for her great transformation from Sheila to Madhubala! The biopic will go on floors soon. Kaif has a number of endorsements and in this respect she is one of the highest paid Bollywood actresses., Kaif is the brand ambassador of the national airline of the United Arab Emirates – Etihad Airways. As of 2013, she is brand ambassador of 17 brands - Lux, Veet, Yardley London, Panasonic, Nakshatra Diamonds, Slice, Relaxo Footwear, Berger Paints, Sony Mobiles, Etihad Airways, Olay, Choc On, Pantene, Doublemint, Titan Raga, Uniball Pens and Rhymeskool. She had a Barbie doll named after her and had endorsed various other brands like Airtel, Alokozay Tea, Dyna, Godrej, Lakme, Spice Telecom, 7 Heaven, Bramha Sun City, Diamond Hut, Durian, Fevicol, Silk n Shine, Kodak, Laxmipati Sarees, Old Admiral Brandy, L’Oreal, Provogue, Rage Knitwear, Rivaa Fashions, SD Loungewear, Seagrams Royal Stag, Sansung Plano, Seasons Store and The Watch House during her modeling days and also during her initial days in Bollywood.

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Give your table the

A perfect and measured dinnerware and the right upholstery layout on dining table goes a long way in enhancing the taste of the meal.

right look!

Starting techniques Start with a clean, starched white linen tablecloth. It’s acceptable to use another subtle colour for your linens. Coloured linen napkins in decorative rings add some colour. Linen placemats, matching the napkins, can also be used. The first items on the tablecloth should be the dinner plates.These should be in the middle of each place setting. Each person’s tableware should be placed at equal intervals. In the center of each dinner plate should be the napkins, folded elegantly, or neatly rolled into a napkin ring.

Food for thought For the formal dinners, dress your table as formally as you yourself would dress. Once your best tablecloth is spread across the dining room table, focus on where to place the dinnerware. Remember not to be intimidated. Setting a formal table isn’t as difficult as one would think. Once you learn the rules and a few tricks, you’ll be fine, and your guests will think you’ve been living the elegant life for years!

Things to keep in mind while laying a table To the right of each plate are the knives. Since the general rule of formal silverware is to eat working your way in, silverware should be placed on the table in the order it’s to be used. Make sure the knives are placed on the table with the blade turned towards the plate. To the right of the knives are the spoons. In many cases, only a soupspoon will be used, unless there is a melon course, in which case the melon spoon is closest to the knives, and the soupspoon should be first in the row. Dessert spoons are placed above the plate. To the left of each plate are the forks, also to be placed in the order of use. In most cases it’s a seafood fork first, entree fork and last is the salad fork. All silverware should be placed an inch from the edge of the table to keep everything looking uniform and tidy.

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Life Style

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The most difficult part after losing weight is to maintain it. Here are some easy ways for you to stay in shape.

Don’t sit for a very long time

If you actually cut short your time of sitting constantly in front of the TV or your PC, and move around in between your working hours or generally at home, chances are you will not put on weight and also maintain it well. Sitting for long periods of time contributes to risk of metabolic syndrome, heart attack and stroke risk and overall death risk, among others. Those who sit a great deal also have lower life expectancies, larger bottoms and slower metabolisms.

Make time for regular exercise

Though you might have reached your ideal weight but you still have to make some time for exercise on a regular basis. You don’t ideally have to carry on the same set of exercises that you previously did to lose weight, but doing any sort of exercise will ensure that you stay in form and do not put on weight again. Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain or help maintain weight loss. When you engage in physical activity, you burn calories. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn. You don’t need to set aside large chunks of time for exercise to reap weight-loss benefits. Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance. Exercise and physical activity deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently.

Skip fast food

Just because you’ve lost all those extra kilos does not mean that you can eat whatever you like. Instead you need to keep a tab on what you are eating regularly. Avoid munching on fatty foods. With the fast food the body consumes almost twice as many calories as you would if you ate the same weight of pasta and salad. Though it might seem invigorating, but if you stay clear of fast foods, you will also stay in great shape.

Don’t drink soda

Drinking diet drinks or sodas can actually make you fat! reasons why soda is bad for you. It’s nothing but sugar water. It’s devoid of any nutritional value. It leads to obesity and diabetes.Instead opt for fresh fruit juices. Remember that you have to stick to your goals and you cannot afford to go back to your nasty junk food now. you will clearly be gaining weight by drinking soda drinks over other healthier, lower calories options.

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Make your own

life Style

potpourri at home Potpourri not only lends a pleasant aroma to your home - it also helps to warding off unpleasant smells and diseases. So why not whiff up your very own combination of fragrances with a little help at home?

Ingredients:

How to make the potpourri:

Essential oils: These essences can be used to enhance the potpourri - rose, lavender, geranium, sandalwood, lemon verbena, cedar wood, eucalyptus and citronella are great options.

How to store it:

Flowers and leaves: You can collect flowers and dry them yourself. Flowers will take up to two weeks for drying up. You need to keep them in a warm dark place that has a good air circulation. You can also ask a florist to give you their discarded flowers.

Spices and herbs: Cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves are

traditional spices. But you can experiment with anise, cardamom, coriander, vanilla pods to make an exotic mixture. If you want a stronger and clearer aroma, use freshly ground spices.

Once your potpourri is dried and mixed, add six drops of your favorite essential oil to every one cup of the dried mix. Keep this in a closed container for a few weeks to allow the scent to penetrate the flowers and leaves. Remember to stir the mixture daily. Before you set it mixture in plastic dark

up on your table, store this airtight containers or bags, in a cool place.

Fixatives: There are used to absorb, blend and preserve the scent of all these dried ingredients. You can use dried Orris roots or Gum benzoin resin.

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• Walnuts,chopped 1/2 cup • Red grapes 15-20 • Oil 2 tablespoons • Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon • Red chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon • Roasted cumin powder 1/2 teaspoon • Salt to taste • Yogurt,whisked 2 cups • Rooh Afza 1 teaspoon Heat oil in a non stick kadai. Add cumin seeds and sauté till fragrant. Halve the grapes and remove the seeds. Add walnuts to the kadai and sauté. Add grapes, red chilli powder, roasted cumin powder, salt and sauté. Add salt to yogurt and mix. Keeping aside a little walnut-grape mixture, transfer the rest into a serving bowl. Add the yogurt and mix well.Top it with the remaining walnut-grape mixture. Drizzle Rooh afza and serve.

Potato Raita

A quick raita with a twist by adding roasted and crushed peanuts which greatky enhances up the taste. Poteto raita goes well with steamed rice, paratha and roti.

Ingredients

For Seasoning

Method

• Potato 1 • Mustard 1/2 tsp. • Curd 1 Cup • Yrad dal 1 tsp. • Ginger Grated 1 tsp. • Chana Dal 1 tsp. • Roasted Peanut 1 tsp. • Red Chilli 1 • Green Chilli 2-3 • Asafetida A Pinch • Curry Leaves A Few • Salt To Taste Boil, peel and mash the potato. In small fry pan take little oil and set it for seasoning which are given above. To the seasoning add chopped green chilli and curry leaves before switching off the stove. Whisk curd, add salt and add the mashed potato. Roasted peanuts must be powdered coarsely. Mix the peanut powder and mix in the seasoning. Potato raita ready.The raita goes well with rice and chapati.

Cucumber Tomato & Onion Ingredients Raita • 2 cups plain yogurt • 1 small red onion, finely minced • 1 medium tomato - finely minced • 1/2 cup finely chopped cucumber • 2 green chillies, finely minced • 1 tbs. chopped cilantro leaves minced • Salt to taste • 1/2 tsp. roast cumin seeds. • 1/4 tsp. roast cumin seeds for garnish • 1/4 tsp. red chilli for garnish (optional)

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Tourism

Nepal

geography and history

Nepal officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, is a landlocked country in South Asia and the world’s youngest republic. It is bordered to the north by the People’s Republic of China, and to the south, east, and west by the Republic of India. With an area of 147,181 square kilometers’ (56,827 sq mi) and a population of approximately 30 million, Nepal is the world’s 93rd largest country by land mass[5] and the 41st most populous country. Kathmandu is the nation’s capital and the country’s largest metropolitan city The history of Nepal dates back to more than nine thousand years. The first Indo-Aryan tribes entered the Himalayan region around 1500BC. Gautama Buddha was born in Nepal. He was the founder of Buddhism. Nepal saw various rulers like the Gupta Emperors and Chalukya Kings from South India in its long history. The present ceremonial King belongs to the Shah Dynasty

Seasons Winter (Dec-Feb)

Summer (March-May) Monsoon (June-Aug) Autumn (Sept-Nov)

People Nepal has a

composite population stemming from various racial and ethnic communities. It is a melting pot of diverse linguistic and ethnic groups with a population of 25 million living in different regions, wearing different costumes and speaking different languages and dialects. Ethnic groups range from the IndoAryan to Mongoloid. The Himalayan and central hilly regions are mostly inhabited by the people of the Tibeto-Burman stock while the people inhabiting the Terai lowlands may be grouped under the Indo-Aryan category. Its cultural traditions, art and literacy heritage go back many thousands of years. This varied mosaic of various races and ethnic groups has given Nepal its distinct character and culture.

Religion Nepal was officially declared as Federal Democratic Republic in 2008 giving equal opportunity to

all religions. The country is mainly Hindu and also Buddhist to a lesser extent. However, Hindu temples and Buddhist shrines are equally scattered all over the country. Hindus and Buddhists coexist together to form one concordant social system. 89.9% of Nepal’s total populace is Hindu while 5.3% is Buddhist, but Hinduism and Buddhism are both equally revered in Nepal. The reflection of these unique Nepali cultures can be seen in people’s day to day lives as well as in architecture and the arts. There are many castes and creeds but no rigidity and the country has never experienced ethnic and religious conflict. Many of the same Gods and Goddesses are worshipped by both the Hindus and Buddhists but according to their different religious rites.

Festivals

The rich cultural heritage of Nepal is best expressed in the many large and small festivals that occur throughout the year. Though the Nepalese have diverse beliefs and ethnic background, all unite in the celebration of the year’s major festivals. There are many kinds of festivals: some honor certain Hindu and Buddhist gods or goddesses, some recreate important events from ancient mythology and epic literature, some herald the seasons or mark important times in the agricultural calendar, and others propitiate the minor deities that populated the spirit world of the country.

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Kathmandu

Kathmandu, the largest city of Nepal, is the political as well as cultural capital of the country. Kathmandu is a city where ancient traditions rub shoulders with the latest technological advances. However, it is the grandeur of the past that enchants the visitor whose gaze may linger on an exquisitely carved wooden window frame, an 18th century bronze sculpture or the spiritually uplifting stupas. Like any big city, Kathmandu has seen rapid expansion in the last decade, but despite the hustle and bustle so typical of metropolitan cities, its people remain as refreshingly friendly as ever. Retaining its ancient traditions, Kathmandu is blessed by a Living Goddess and is enriched by endless ceremonial processions and events that take to the streets every now and then with throngs of devotees seeking blessings. These religious festivals are steeped in legend and are quite a spectacle with chariot processions and masked dancers often possessed by the spirits of deities

Kathmandu is also home to hundreds of other exquisite monuments, sculptures, artistic temples and magnificent art – reminders of the golden era in Nepal’s architecture. Kathmandu is remarkable cities with their ornate palaces, the superbly crafted pagodas and the monumental stupas are testimony of the artistic genius of the Newar craftsmen, the original inhabitants of the valley, whose skills were championed by the Malla kings and appreciated even by the Mongol rulers of 18th century China.

Pokhara Pokhara’s bewitching beauty has been the subject of many travel writers. Its pristine air, spectacular backdrop of snowy peaks, serene lakes and surrounding greenery make it ‘the jewel in the Himalaya’, a place of remarkable natural beauty. With the magnificent Annapurna range forming the backdrop and the serenity of three major lakes – Phewa, Rupa and Begnas – Pokhara is the ultimate destination for relaxation. Pokhara Valley, gateway to the Annapurna region where many a trekker finds his Shangri-la, sits high on the list of ‘must visit’ places in Nepal. Pokhara once lay on the important trade route between India and

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Swayambhu Pashupati Changu Narayan Bouddhanath Stupa Kathmandu Durbar Square Kathmandu Dubar Square, Swayambhu Kathmandu and Patan Durbar Square Kathmandu Durbar Sqaure, Pashupatinath Pashupati, Bouddha, Bhaktapur Thimi, Bhaktapur Pashupati, Bouddha, Changu Narayan Changu Narayan, Sankhu Balaju, Budhanilkantha Kritipur, Chobhar and Dakshinkali Kathmandu Durbar Square, Ason, Pasupatinath, Bouddha

Tibet. To this day, mule trains set up camps on the city outskirts, bringing goods from remote Himalayan regions including Mustang. Gurungs and Magars, who have earned world-wide fame as fierce Gurkha warriors, are predominant here. Thakalis, indigenous of the Thak Khola region of Mustang, are known for their entrepreneurship and run tea houses along the trek routes in the Annapurna region.

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Places to Visit in Pokhara The Fewa (or Phewa) Lake Davis Fall Annapurna Range Skyline Begnas and Rupa Lake Seti Gandaki / Gorge Mahendra Cave Barahi temple Nepal is a tiny Himalayan country located between India and China. Pokhara Museum Among many things, this country’s natural beauty, and people’s tradition and culture are widely noted by Hundreds of Thousands of travelers who visit this land every year. Nepal also has Ten World Heritage Sites which are regarded as the Himalayan Spirit which Lives and Nepal is having lots of destinations Breathes! And some of the highest mountains in the with lots of activities and fun world including Mount Everest lives in Nepal. Many other travel ingredients attract tourists to this land, and through the journey not to forget the friendliness and warmth of Nepali people.

Destinations Kathmandu Patan Bhaktapur Pokhara Gorkha Janakpur Tansen Palpa Butwal Bhairahawa Lumbini Chitwan Hetauda Dharan Biratnagar Birgunj Nepalgunj

Activities

Trekking Jungle Safari River Rafting Mountain Flight Air Ballooning Mountain Biking Paragliding Bungy Jump Elephant Polo Horseback Riding Dining and Night Life Shopping

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Festival

Mahashivaratri Festival

Shivaratri or Mahashivaratri (Night of Shiva) is a Hindu festival, celebrated all over the country with great enthusiasm. The festival falls every year around 13th night or 14th day in the Krishna Paksha of the month of Magh (as per Shalivahana) or Phalgun (as per Vikrama) in the Hindu calendar. The festival is exclusively dedicated to Lord Shiva who is known by hundreds of names. Mahashivratri is the day to rejoice and pray to the almighty for wellness. On this day, Hindu people offer prayers to the Lord Shiva and also observe fasting (vrata) throughout the day. You can see huge crowd of devotees outside the Shiva temples where they come for early morning prayers. The prayers continue throughout the night of Mahashivratri and Lord Shiva’s followers offer coconut, Bilva leaves, fruits and specially prepared sacred food for the occasion. As this is a dark fortnight, devotees light candles and diyas (a lamp made usually of clay, with wick made of cotton and dipped in ghee) throughout the night. This is signified as a symbol of spiritual manifestation. Mahashivratri is one of the major festivals in India and everybody from kids to old-age people like to participate in one way or the other. Lord Shiva is also known as a ‘Destroyer’ o r ‘Transformer’ according to the Hindu religion and he is worshiped not only in India but also in other neighboring countries like Nepal and Sri Lanka.

Mahashivratri falls on 10th March 2013

Holi,

Dhuleti

Festival of Colour

The colorful festival of Holi is celebrated on Phalgun Purnima which comes in February end or early March. Holi festival has an ancient origin and celebrates the triumph of ‘good’ over ‘bad’. The colorful festival bridges the social gap and renew sweet relationships. On this day, people hug and wish each other ‘Happy Holi’. Holi celebration begins with lighting up of bonfire on the Holi eve. Numerous legends & stories associated with Holi celebration makes the festival more exuberant and vivid. People rub colours called ‘gulal’ and ‘abeer’ on each others’ faces and cheer up. Holi also gives a wonderful chance to send blessings and love to dear ones wrapped in a special Holi gift. Well, there are many-many more ways in which Holi is celebrated. Different states, different cities and different villages have come out with their unique and innovative styles of playing Holi. It may not be possible to describe all of them at one place. What is noteworthy though is the fact that the spirit of Holi remains the same throughout. It is the festival which generates the spirit of brotherhood and bring people close - and this is what matters most than anything else.

Next day, is of course the main day of Holi celebrations. The day is called Dhuleti and it is on this day that the actual play of colours take place. There is no tradition of holding puja and is meant for pure enjoyment. The tradition of playing colours is particularly rampant in north India and even in that region, there can be no comparison to the Holi. People take extreme delight in spraying colour water on each other with pichkaris or pouring buckets and buckets of it. Singing Bollywood Holi numbers and dancing on the beat of dholak is also a part of the tradition. Amidst all this activity people relish gujiya, mathri, malpuas and other traditional Holi delicacies with great joy.

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For, Holi knows no bars, everybody feels it is their right to enjoy and enjoy they do. Songs, dance, drinks, food everything goes in excess when it is time for Holi. It can be said, “Life turns Colourful� when it is time for Holi.

Significance

Celebration of the various legends associated with Holi reassure the people of the power of the truth as the moral of all these legends is the ultimate victory of good over evil. The legend of Hiranyakashyap and Prahlad also points to the fact that extreme devotion to god pays as god always takes his true devotee in his shelter. Also, popular is the legend of Ogress Dhundhi who used to trouble children in the kingdom of Raghu and was ultimately chased away by the pranks of the children on the day of Holi. Some also celebrate the death of evil minded Pootana. Another legend of Holi which is extremely popular in Southern India is that of Lord Shiva and Kaamadeva. According to the legend, people in south celebrate the sacrifice of Lord of Passion Kaamadeva who risked his life to revoke Lord Shiva from meditation and save the world. Holi also celebrates the legend of Radha and Krishna which describes the extreme delight, Krishna took in applying colour on Radha and other gopis. This prank of Krishna later, became a trend and a part of the Holi festivities. Holi gets us close to our religion and our mythology as it is essentially the celebration of various legends associated with the festival, like Prahlad and Hiranyakshyap, Radha and Krishna, death of Ogress Pootana, Lord Shiva and Kaamadeva etc. Holi helps to bring the society together and strengthen the secular fabric of our country. For, the festival is celebrated by non-Hindus also as everybody like to be a part of such a colouful and joyous festival. Also, the tradition of the Holi is that even the enemies turn friends on Holi and forget any feeling of hardship that may be present. The mutation period of winter and spring, induces the growth of bacteria in the atmosphere as well as in the body. When Holika is burnt, temperature rises to about 145 degrees Fahrenhiet. Following the tradition when people perform Parikrima (circumambulation or going around) around the fire, the heat from the fire kills the bacteria in the body thus, cleansing it. Holi is celebrated at a time of the year when the fields are in full bloom and people are expecting a good harvest. This gives a people a good reason to rejoice, make merry and submerge themselves in the spirit of Holi.

Holika Dahan

On the eve of Holi, called Chhoti or Small Holi people gather at important crossroads and light huge bonfires, the ceremony is called Holika Dahan. This tradition is also followed in Gujarat and Orissa. To render greatfulness to Agni, god of Fire, gram and stalks from the harvest are also offered to Agni with all humility. Ash left from this bonfire is also considered sacred and people apply it on their foreheads. People believe that the ash protects them from evil forces.

Holi in Australia Holi Mahotsav was introduced in Sydney by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Australia ten years ago. Since the beginning we celebrate Holi Mahotsav at the most prominent location constantly visited by people from every community: Darling Harbour. Darling Harbour is our obvious choice as it is a place where flow of people never stops. We have always made it free for everyone to join the festivities.

The festival of Holi Mahotsav celebrates friendship and harmony with dance, music and colours. Holi is an ancient festival of India and was originally known as Holika.

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The Story of Tenali Raman and the cat Long long ago there was a man called Tenali Raman. He was minister to a great king called Krishna Deva Raya. He was supposed to be very clever Once in that city there was lot of problems due to rats. Rats were everywhere. They were eating all sorts of books and papers. They also used to make holes in wooden shelves and also eat rice. Sometimes they even nibbled the ears of little clever girls. Everybody knows that Cats Kill rats. But there were so many rats in the city but very few cats. So the king asked every house in the city to grow cats. But cats need milk to drink. Most of the houses did not have cows. So the king gave cows to every house and asked them to grow them too. All people were happy and used to give cats lot of milk to drink Tenali Raman was a lazy man and liked to drink milk. So the first day he boiled the milk and poured it in a pan. He gave the piping hot milk to the cat. The cat, which was hungry came and sipped the milk from the pan. Since the milk was hot it burnt its mouth. The cat ran away. The next day and the next Tenali Raman did the same thing. After a few days he stopped giving milk to the cat and started drinking it himself Tenali Raman’s cat was lean and hungry and all other cats were stout and happy. One day the king wanted to see all the cats given by him and give prize to the fat cat. He was very angry with Tenali Raman for not growing his cat properly. Then Tenali Raman told the king that he was not lucky since his cat did not drink any milk. The king wanted to put Tenali Raman in Jail for telling a lie and wanted him to prove what he said Then Tenali Raman brought the pan of milk and his cat. The cat on seeing the milk ran away. It thought that it was being given again hot milk. The king pitied Tenali Raman and let him away. The clever Tenali Raman lived happily forever drinking lots and lots of milk.

Famous Indian personalities the great King Asoka In his kingdom of Magadha Asoka a blood thirsty young man became the king. His armies conquered almost all the great kingdoms of India. Every time in war several people used to die. The war of Kalinga (modern Orissa) where the death toll was extremely heavy changed all this. King Asoka could not bear the sight of the dead people and decided o stop all wars. He joined the religion of Buddha and then onwards spread this great religion all over the world. There are no kings any where in the world, who at the time of their victory, decided to call it off realizing the mistake that they were doing. Ashoka played a critical role in helping make Buddhism a world religion. A few days before India became independent on August 1947, the specially formed Constituent Assembly decided that the flag of India must be acceptable to all parties and communities.[29] A flag with three colours, Saffron, White and Green with the Ashoka Chakra was selected. Australias Community Community Magazine Magazine Australias

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Horoscope

Leo Scorpio

July 24 – August 23 Pressures in joint areas of work would remain high till the 14th March 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 March 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.

Pisces

23 November - 21 December

Work would do well and you will find growth in most of the areas that you work on till the 14th March 2013. You should avoid animosity with people close to you. Aggression with superiors in work environment could back fire. 14th March 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 March 2013.

Aquarius

21 January - 19 February

High activity phase will run till the 14th March 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 March 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.

Taurus

21 April - 21 May

Career progress will be high & you will make your point & position in life very clear till the 14th March 2013. This would be a very good month. You will make all round progress. Gains & income will jump up after the 14th March 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 March 2013.

Virgo

24 August - 23 September

Work would do well and you will find growth in most of the areas that you work on till the 14th March 2013. You should avoid animosity with people close to you. Aggression with superiors in work environment could back fire. 14th March 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 March 2013. .

Sagittarus

23 November - 21 December

Pressures in joint areas of work would remain high till the 14th March 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 March 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.

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20 February - 20 March

The period of low activity, low immunity and energy would continue till the 14th March 2013. You should continue keeping away from controversy connected with high placed people. A revival of activity and position would come after the 14th March 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 March 2013.

Gemini

22 May - 22 June

Luck will be high while progress will be good this month. You will be religiously inclined this month till the 14th March 2013. Travel will bring in gains too, till the 14th March 2013. Career progress would take off significantly after the 14th March 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 March 2013.

Libra

24 September - 23 October

Capricorn

22 December - 20 January

Ego & general level of conflict possible during this time till the 14th March 2013. You will make some good gains in older investments now too. Caution about the relationship with father & children should be continued too till the 14th March 2013. A rise in support from your seniors as well as people in government positions possible too. Issues could come up with friends after the 14th March 2013.

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

Aries

21 March - 20 April

A progressive & gainful period would run till the 14th March 2013. You will enjoy life and get gains from various aspects at this time. Friends would be high on your agenda till the 14th March 2013. Beyond the 14th March 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 March 2013. Avoid the tendency to get into arguments with influential people.

Cancer

23 June - 23 July

Low energy will continue this month, till the 14th March 2013. Some unnecessary ego in speech as well as issues with the extended family possible till the 14th March 2013 too. 14th March 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.

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