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Scientists unveil energy-generating ‘smart’ window


cientists in China said on Thursday they had designed a “smart” window that can both save and generate energy, and may ultimately reduce heating and cooling costs for buildings. While allowing us to feel close to the outside world, windows cause heat to escape from buildings in winter and let the Sun’s unwanted

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rays enter in summer. This has sparked a quest for “smart” windows that can adapt to weather conditions outside. Today’s smart windows are limited to regulating light and heat from the sun, allowing a lot of potential energy to escape, study co-author Yanfeng Gao of the Chinese Academy of Sciences told AFP. “The main innovation of this

work is that it developed a concept smart window device for simultaneous generation and saving of energy.” Engineers have long battled to incorporate energy-generating solar cells into window panes without affecting their transparency. Gao’s team discovered that a material called vanadium oxide (VO2) can be used as a transpar-

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but also scatter light to solar cells the team had placed around their glass panels, where it was used to generate energy with which to light a lamp, for example. “This smart window combines energy-saving and generation in one device, and offers potential to intelligently regulate and utilise solar radiation in an efficient manner,” .





Ready to be questioned by CBI, Manmohan Singh says

n Board PM’s Special Aircraft: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday said he was ready for questioning by CBI in connection with the controversial allocation of part of a coal block to Hindalco, saying he was not above the law. “I am not above the law of the land. If there is anything that the CBI, or for that matter anyone, wants to ask, I have nothing to hide,” Singh said when asked if he was open to being questioned by the investigating agency which has lodged an FIR against industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla and former coal secretary P C Parakh for alleged corruption and conspiracy in the allocation of Talabira II coal block to Hindalco. The PM was talking to journalists while returning from visits to Moscow and Beijing. Although Singh had in a statement issued by the PMO on Saturday taken responsibility for the Talabira II allocation to Hindalco and strongly rejected all charges of wrongdoing, the interaction with media on board his special aircraft on Thursday was the first instance when he spoke out on the issue, expressing his readiness to face

the CBI. The assertion is significant in view of the estimate that CBI, having registered an FIR for alleged corruption and conspiracy on the basis of its preliminary

investigation into why the original decision not to allocate Talabira coal block to Hindalco was reversed, will have to talk to all the persons concerned, before it takes a call on what to do with the

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Indian onions selling for Rs 45 in Bangaldesh


nion prices may be bringing tears to the eye, but across the border in Bangaldesh, Indian-grown onion is selling almost 40% cheaper. On Friday, when a kilo of onion cost Rs 70-80 in Malda, or all other Indian markets, it was selling for taka 63-64 (Rs 45-47) in Rajsahi, Chapai Nawabgunj, Baliadanga

and Dhaka Mirpur in Bangladesh. Almost 2,500 tonnes of onion are being exported daily through the five export centres of the state at a time when the Centre is mulling importing onion to keep prices in check. Bengal has five border export centres—Mahadipur in Malda, Petrapol and Gojadanga in North

24-Parganas, Hili in South Dinajpur and Changrabandha in Cooch Behar. While hosiery goods and plastic containers are imported from Bangladesh, a huge amount of fruits, onion, pulses, cement and stone chips is exported. When onion prices started soaring across the country, the government hiked the export tariff

for onion in late August by $200 per metric tonne, taking it $900. As a result, onion did get costlier in Bangladesh but not as high as this side of the border. In spite of this, and the recent political unrest in Bangladesh, 500-600 tonnes of onion are still exported every day through Mahadipur alone. When asked about this,

exporters pointed to central and state policies. Uzzwal Saha, joint secretary of Exporters’ Coordination Committee, said, “The price or export of onion is determined by the National Agricultural Co-operative Marketing Federation of India Ltd (Nafed). They had settled the export tariff and amount long ago, which is why onions have to be exported following the contract. While Bangladesh is getting onions cheaper, we are facing losses. We have demanded that the Nafed decide the rates according to market price. Otherwise our country will suffer and exporters will also lose interest.” “Unlike previous years, the government has not imposed any restriction on export despite the price hike. So, onion is getting ever costlier,” said Samir Ghosh of Federation of Bengal Exporters’ Association, claiming that the Centre plans to increase the export tariff to $1200 in November, which might put a cap on the export or increase the price of onion in Bangladesh as well. Jayanta Kundu, secretary of Malda Merchant Chamber of Commerce, said traders are not responsible for the rise of onion price. “We are not endorsing black marketing. The government should immediately stop export of onions to Bangladesh to control the price in our market,” he said.






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‘Corporate rivalry’ was behind Radia tapes leak, Tata tells SC


ormer Tata group chairman Ratan Tata’s counsel on Friday claimed before the Supreme Court that a “corporate battle” was behind the leak of intercepted telephone conversations between one-time corporate lobbyist Niira Radia and influential persons, pointing specifically towards a “corporate involved in telecom machinations”. Arguing for Tata, who petitioned the apex court in 2010 seeking investigation into the unauthorized leak of secret telephone intercepts to the media and to prevent

further leaks, senior advocate Harish Salve said most of the conversations, which had only gossip value, were deliberately leaked to the media to tarnish reputations. During final arguments on the petition before a bench of Justices G S Singhvi and V Gopala Gowda, Tata’s counsel said, “If a corporate battle had not happened, someone would not have leaked the secretly intercepted conversations. It would have remained on government files like so many others.” He did not elaborate who were

the rivals in the corporate battle. “I have no doubt that the leaks happened because of a corporate rivalry,” he said and supplemented the suspense by adding a little later that “a corporate involved in telecom machinations is involved in the leaks”. Salve’s claim reflects the widespread perception in political, bureaucratic and corporate circles that a business feud could have been the reason for the contents of the Radia tapes being leaked even when the entire cache of conversations of the former cor-

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porate lobbyist were under the custody of the tax department. In fact, the senior advocate quoted from the autobiography of a senior journalist to buttress his claim. “The government must conduct an inquiry to find out who leaked it and take appropriate action,” Salve said. However, he agreed with the court’s approach for discreet inquiry into those conversations which indicated criminality. The media could report about such intercepts only if investigations led to substantial evidence, warranting registration of an FIR, he added. “Till the conversations, many of which have potential to damn reputations, are found to be true after a thorough investigation, they remain as gossip and no one has the right to publish gossip to mar reputations of others,” Salve said. He said a telecom firm under the Tata group receives between 10,000-15,000 requests annually from authorities for interception of telephone conversations. “We are a small player. There are other big telecom players, which mean nearly 50,000-60,000 such requests for interception are made. So, the intercepting authorities are sitting over huge pile of telephone intercepts. Are the authorities following the rules to destroy those conversations which are purely private in nature? Are they maintaining secrecy envisaged under the Telegraph Act,” he

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Lakhs marooned as floods worsen, govt calls in IAF


akhs of people were marooned as floodwaters submerged hundreds of villages in worst-hit Ganjam and 11 other districts on Friday, forcing the state government to deploy IAF teams in rescue and relief operations.

At least 10 people, including four members of a family, were killed in a wall collapse in Jagatsinghpur district. The state government, which has been hard pressed for the past three weeks beginning with the countdown for cyclone Phailin,

closed down all schools and colleges in 12 districts till Monday as the flood situation turned grim. Chief secretary Jugal Mohapatra described the situation as ‘grave’ and said, “We are keeping a constant vigil.” Since Monday, incessant

rain induced by low pressure has virtually brought life to a standstill in Ganjam, Gajapati, Kandhamal, Khurda, Puri, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Balasore, Nayagarh and Mayurbhanj districts. For people in some of these places, already dealt

a severe blow by Phailin and the resultant flood, the miseries seem endless. People were crying for food, shelter and other essentials as the latest flood put brakes on relief and rehabilitation operations. IAF choppers had to airlift NDRF teams in parts of Ganjam, where at least 10 block headquarters are cut-off. At least 12 blocks Chatrapur, Aska, Polsara, Chikiti, Sanakhemundi, Dharakote and Seragada - in the southern Odisha district have recorded around 200mm of rainfall a day, leading to swelling of the Rushikulya, Bahuda, Baghua, Badanadi, Ghodahada and Laharakhandi rivers. Rivers in Gajapati, Rayagada and Nayagarh districts were also in spate. Special relief commissioner Pradipta Mohapatra said the river waters were showing a falling trend. “We are hoping that things will improve from Saturday. Once the rain stops, we will step up relief operations,” he said. “We have pressed two helicopters into service and kept one more on reserve,” he added. Ganjam collector Krishan Kumar said food stocks would be airlifted on Saturday. He said at least 96,000 people had been shifted to safe places such as cyclone shelters, and school and college buildings in the flood-hit regions. Train services were halted as water was flowing over the rail tracks at some places.

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Pak film depicting ‘Indian agents’ does roaring business


s a police compound here comes under terror attack, an ‘Indian female agent’ cum social worker in Pakistan is dancing with a mercenary celebrating their success. This is a scene from ‘Waar’, a film doing roaring business in Pakistan. Said to be the most expensive Pakistani film ever to be made, the film is rumoured to be partly funded by the military, a charge denied by the film director Bilal Lashari. The film is about Pakistan’s fight against terror but seems to lay the blame for everything bad happening in the country at India’s doorstep. The script revolves around a plot by ‘Indian agents’ to carry out the biggest ever blast in Pakistan. Waar opened on Wednesday on 42 screens across Pakistan and set a new record of box-office collections pertaining to Eid openings. After a first day opening of Rs 11.4 million the big budget flick earned a total of Rs 42.6 million till Friday night, breaking all previous records of Eid collections. Waar has also broken first day record set by King Khan’s Chennai Express that had earned around nine million rupees on Eid-ul-Fitr. The film has received mixed response from film critics but has been hailed by many ultra-nation-

alists here who blame India for kidnapping, terror or assassinations that take place in Pakistan. Not only that, the film bizarrely suggests that even the dreaded Pakistani Taliban is controlled by India. “The entire patriotic narrative that RAW is backing Khawarij, political traitors and terrorists in Pakistan has been depicted well. #WAAR,� Zahid Hamid, an analyst known for his extreme anti-India statements said on Twitter. However, many are also have a different view. “Propaganda is one thing, and can be found in any ‘wood’. I just wanted better scripting and continuity. And no accents FFS #Waar,� Zarrar Khuhro, an analyst tweeted. Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, a three Emmy and an Oscar award-winning Pakistani-Canadian documentary filmmaker tweeted, “#waar has cliches but so do Indian movies v go 2 c- whether you like the film or not, watch it for the sake of supporting local talent.� “I just found $2 million to cut from our military budget. #Waar,� tweeted PPP leader Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. Waar is a story about a retired army officer who had taken an early retirement from the forces due to personal reasons. This lead role is played by one of Pakistan’s top

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companies and Indian concerns on visa issues, in particular those related to H-1B and L-1, in the comprehensive immigration reform bill which is currently being considered by the Congress. “Our finance minister raised the concerns that we have with regard to the visa issues, which is presently of great concern to IT companies and also on issues related to FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act), which is likely to come to operation shortly as one of the US laws,” economic affairs secretary Arvind Mayaram said. “Secretary Lew carefully noted our concerns. They have assured us that within the limitations of the US system and the US laws they will try and see how far they can go to assuage the fears and concerns of the Indians on this,” he said in response to a question. The changes under the Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) put a curb on use of H-1B visa for those companies which have a higher ratio of work force under this category. Most of the Indian companies will fall under this classification. The companies will also have to shell out more fee to get a H-1B visa, if the draft legislation is cleared by the Congress and is signed into law by US President Barack Obama.

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Third year of Indian Grand Prix: This formula wasn’t easy


he story of Formula One, and of India, is one that after a common starting point (in this case a year, 1950) meanders down vastly separate trajectories. Years turn to decades, and those paths don’t intertwine. At some point in the 1990s there grows a mutual interest. Yet, for one there shards of ambition, not the monument of accomplishment. For the other, the scene isn’t yet green. Then, an event 61 years in the making happens. An encore, a year later. Now, it’s that time again. Yes, the same when sportswriters use their worn-out

vocabulary of automobile puns. Don’t rev it up, no need to apply the brakes either, just be at the Buddh International Circuit. It’s F1 time! Months after India became a republic on 26th January 1950, the first-ever F1 Grand Prix was held at Silverstone. Back then most Indians were more likely to pedal (their cycles) than to push the pedal to the metal. The F1 environment of that era would also seem a world away from the modern realities. If you don’t like the current drivers’ overalls emblazoned with countless eyesore sponsor logos, then you’ll defi-

nitely love the old-world charm of 1950s world champion Mike Hawthorn, who raced with a broad grin and a bow-tie (sometimes he even wore a tie). The cult of F1 By the 1980s many fans, a majority south of the Vindhyas, had already developed a cult following replete with annual subscriptions of Autosport, a veritable motorsport bible for the ilk, and FIA season-review videotapes from friends and family in the US or Europe. Not all were fans however; for some the interests lay deeper including one pre-teen from Coimbatore. “In 1989 I got my hands on a tape of the FIA official season review, this was the first time I saw F1. From then onwards, I used to get recordings of races from America,” reminisced Narain Karthikeyan, who in 2005 became the first Indian to reach the pinnacle of motorsport. As India’s interest in F1 grew, so did F1 and more importantly Bernie Ecclestone’s interest in a country that was opening up to economic reforms. Such was Bernie’s fascination with the vast possibilities in the sub-continent that for the 1995 season he ‘sold’ the TV rights to a production house owned by current FMSCI (Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India) president Vicky Chandhok

free of cost. The man whose business acumen has turned F1 into one of the world’s most lucrative sporting events isn’t one for charity (especially if there’s no tax benefits involved), and this was a precursor to the future. This generosity, of course, almost fell through. In those nascent days of cable television, Doordarshan still had the widest reach. The problem was the policymakers at Prasar Bharati weren’t too keen on giving a prime-time, weekend slot to such a niche sport. In the end, however, F1 eventually made it to the small screen, with a little fiscal fitness. “When we first went up with the proposal, they (Doordarshan) didn’t show any interest. In fact, the only way we got them to agree was by paying them a fee. Imagine, the broadcasting rights of one of the three biggest sporting spectacles in the world (alongside the FIFA World Cup and the Summer Olympics) was not just given to them for free, they were actually paid for it,” said Chandhok. Even then the feed only lasted two seasons before Parliament stepped in; the main bone of contention was the logo of tobacco companies that adorned the livery of the cars. The government didn’t want to promote tobacco on the state-run broadcaster. Ironically, this was around the same

time the FIA was stubbing the butt out and, under increasing pressure from the European Union, started to outlaw tobacco advertisements. Greater Noida via Hyderabad via Kolkata By 1998, there was talk of a possible Indian GP. Kolkata was the first city to catch Bernie’s eye. Delhi-based businessman Sundar Mulchandani played the role of facilitator and got the West Bengal government on board, but the funds couldn’t be generated. In 2003, Hyderabad, under chief minister Chandrababu Naidu, looked front-runner to get F1 to the country. The then AP government invited F1 officials, who came to a site on the outskirts of Hyderabad, at Gopanapally. The AP govt even signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Bernie and Formula One Management. That site has now been converted to an IT hub. What happened? Naidu’s Telugu Desam lost the state elections to Congress. The new government didn’t want to spend over Rs. 1,000 crore on F1. Suresh Kalmadi and the IOA also got involved and were Jaypee Group’s partners initially, but with the government making its stance on F1 clear, Jaypee were left to build the circuit and foot the annual $40 million race-hosting fee on their own expense sheet.

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Patna serial blasts mastermind will soon be caught: Union home secy


nion home secretary Anil Goswami on Tuesday said the mastermind behind Sunday’s serial bomb blasts that occurred before BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s rally in Patna would soon be caught. “The investigation is progressing in the right direction. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) team reached Patna within two

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hours of the blasts and is working along with the state police,” said Goswami, after reviewing the progress of investigations with senior Bihar officials in Patna. “The first arrest was made immediately after the first blast. We should soon be able to isolate the kingpin.” At least five people died and more than 90 were injured in the six serial blasts near Gandhi

Maidan, the venue of the BJP’s Hunkar (battle cry) rally on Sunday. Goswami was accompanied by NIA director general Sharad Kumar. The ministry of home affairs (MHA) team held one round of meetings at the Jaya Prakash Narayan International Airport, where home secretary Amir Subhani and director general of police

Abhayanand were also present. Later, Goswami held a 45-minute meeting at the state secretariat with chief secretary AK Sinha and other officials. Goswami said the main issue discussed in the meeting was the law and order situation in the state. He did not reply when asked by reporters whether there had been an Intelligence Bureau alert regarding Narendra Modi.

Goswami also inspected the washroom on platform number 10 at Patna junction, where the first blast had taken place. He then visited Gandhi Maidan, where the other six bombs had later exploded. He also met the blast victims at Patna Medical College and Hospital. “The state government is paying for the treatment of those injured in the blasts,” Goswami said. He assured all help to the state government. “The Centre will provide whatever the state government needs to strengthen its security network as well as law and order. The Centre has already provided funds for modernisation of the Bihar police,” he said. Goswami said the state government had issued the order to form an anti-terrorism squad (ATS), which was announced on July 9, two days after the serial blasts inside the Mahabodhi temple complex at Bodh Gaya. “They now have to complete the selection of personnel and their training. If the state government requires any help on that front, it can discuss it with the Centre,” he said. The Union home secretary said the National Security Guard (NSG) had also visited the site of the blasts and collected evidence.




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Kangna Ranaut’s Rajjo not vulgar


ational Award winning actress, Kangna Ranaut’s latest release Rajjo sees her playing a Nautch girl who falls in love with Chandu, a young Brahmin boy played by Paras Arora who also makes his debut with this Vishwas Patil directed film.

Despite making a film on a controversial subject such as the life of a Tawaif, Director Vishwas Patil has ensured that his film does not fall prey to cheap gimmicks such as incorporating sensuous or vulgar scenes which might end up diluting the content of the story line. This stand of the Director

has found favor with not only the Producers of Rajjo (Four Pillars Entertainment) but also with his Artistes, including the lead actress Kangna Ranaut who all believe that the purpose behind making a film should be to highlight genuine issues that might otherwise be swept under the carpet by the

society at large. It is for this very reason that the team has ensured that the film does not contain any abusive language or other kinds of vulgar content whatsoever. For a film based on the life and journey of a Mujra girl, it comes across as a real surprise that there is not even a single item number in this film. This is all the more astonishing considering the fact that “Item Numbers” are considered the “in” thing nowadays and almost every other film in recent times have had at least one “Item Song” as part of their soundtrack. It is to the credit of Music Director Uttam Singh that he decided to swim against the tide and desisted from including such songs in the soundtrack of Rajjo. As for the lead star Kangna Ranaut who has always been known for her bold and sensuous roles, Rajjo has been a welcome change in itself since it portrays her in a completely different avatar altogether. In fact for this talented actress who has wanted to move away from the Gangster-Girlfriend image for some time now, Rajjo has indeed proved to be a boon no less. Indeed one can go as far as to say that Rajjo would showcase the acting skills of Kangna, which is a far cry from her earlier films that focussed more on her

Bold and Daring image. Last but not the Least, Director Vishwas Patil is a satisfied man since he has been able to keep up his promise to deliver a clean family film in Rajjo in spite of it dealing with a controversial topic of not only the life story of a Nautch girl but also a bold love story of a Young Brahmin boy falling in love with an older woman who also happens to be a Tawaif! The director who believes that a film should always cater to an entire family across age groups and not be targeted at a specific age group or audience is happy and relieved that despite dealing with a controversial subject he and his entire team have been able to make a clean film without any abusive content or titillation. This fact has also been acknowledged by the Censor Board who has awarded a U/A certificate for Rajjo thus reaffirming the fact that Rajjo is a clean family entertainer and can be viewed by everyone across age groups. Rajjo produced by Four Pillars Entertainment, is a musical extravaganza and promises to have something for both the classes and the masses and is scheduled to release in the year 2013. Rajjo is coming to steal your heart on 15th November 2013.

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Pak intelligence agencies in touch with UP riot victims, Rahul Gandhi says

ongress vice-president Rahul Gandhi triggered a spat with both the BJP and SP on Thursday claiming intelligence agencies in Pakistan were in touch with riot victims in Muzaffarnagar to ensnare them into terrorism during an election rally in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. “A couple of days ago, an intelligence officer walked into my office and told me that people from Pakistan are talking to the relatives of Muslims killed in Muzaffarnagar. The officer told me that he has been trying to convince victims not to get swayed by Pakistani propaganda,” said Rahul. “Who will douse the fires of communalism? The saffron brigade is creating hatred between Hindus and Muslims. And it’s the Congress which has to douse it,” he said. BJP’s approach will impact on the security and integrity of India, he said. But UP minister and ruling SP’s Muslim face Azam Khan, taking a dim view of Rahul’s comment, said, “A leader like Rahul must not take a statement of any junior level intelligence officer so seriously as to make a comment at a rally. If he’d come to know about any such thing he should have communicated it to the UP government and the concerned ministry

at the Centre.” BJP spokesman Shahnawaz Husain told agencies in New Delhi, “Rahul Gandhi has tried to point the needle of suspicion at Muslims by his remarks. He has raised questions about the patriotism of Indian Muslims by saying they were approached by ISI. This is unfortunate. He should apologise for his remarks.” Playing the family’s martyrdom card, Rahul said his father was his idol and asked the crowd, “Don’t you all love your father as I do?” Earlier, speaking in Rahatgarh, Rahul told his party’s factionridden MP unit to unite and uproot the BJP from power. “The Congress will remain united and candidates will not be a particular leader’s man, but a representative of the party,” he said in this dusty village in Bundelkhand. “If Congress remains united, nobody can defeat us,” he said. Recalling his 2008 visit to Bundelkhand when the region was hit by a drought, he said, “I came here and visited UP and MP, spent nights and got bitten by mosquitoes, drank village water and suffered a bad stomach. I made that effort because your leaders should know the life you lead in rural areas. “Congress wants that one day

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the poor farmer’s son should be in that car travelling on smooth roads and flying in aircraft. The Opposition says they constructed roads. But we constructed more roads than NDA government. We also built more airports,’’ he said. But even as Rahul spoke of a united fight against the BJP government, his party failed to reach a definite figure on the Centre’s

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Meanwhile, the UP police denied having any information about Pakistani intelligence agencies being in touch with Muslim youths in Muzaffarnagar. “We have no such information. He (Rahul) might have got the information from somewhere. We will also get it verified”, said additional director general, law and order, Mukul Goel in Lucknow.

India’s richest woman now in Hooda cabinet


he country’s richest woman, Savitri Jindal , was on Tuesday inducted as a minister in the Haryana cabinet by CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda. She was earlier a minister of state in the 2005-09 Hooda government. Jindal is a legislator from the ruling Congress from Hisar and is the mother of industrial tycoon and highprofile parliament member Naveen Jindal. She lords over a multi-billion rupee steel and power sector empire and is the chairperson of the Jindal Group. Her name also figures in the Top-100 richest people in the world. Earlier this year, Savitri Jindal was directed by the Punjab and Haryana

high court to vacate her government accommodation, which she had been occupying even though she had ceased to be a minister in 2009.

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ished. I’m asking you- and I’m asking industry and employers-to help the government protect this vital asset for the Australian economy by making sure it is used properly, in the right circumstances and is not abused,” he said. Earlier this year Labor government launched a crackdown on the 457 skilled visa programme, saying it was being abused by employers who had not adequately sought to employ locals first. In June, the government passed laws that forced employers to do local labour market testing to prove they could not find an Australian citizen to do the job before sponsoring an overseas worker on a 457 visa. The new government has faced pressure from business to take urgent action on the visa class. Morrison criticised the former Labor government on skilled migration programme and said, “You will not hear from this government that migrants take Australians’ jobs.” On student visas programme, he said it was being used as a backdoor to permanent migration. “We’re interested in selling education, not visas,” he added.

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Indira Gandhi ordered a gold hunt in 1976; Pak sought share

he last time the Indian government, led by the redoubtable Indira Gandhi, went looking for hidden gold among private property, Pakistan also jumped on to the bandwagon. In 1976, at the height of the Emergency, Indira ordered the Indian Army to march off to look for hidden treasure in Jaigarh fort, which was still a property of the Jaipur royal family. Legend had it that Man Singh had stashed away huge amounts of treasure from some of his campaigns. That legend persisted after India’s independence. With Gayatri Devi imprisoned during Emergency, Indira thought it fit to search Jaipur royal properties for the treasure. The correspondence finds space in an invaluable work of history, India-Pakistan Relations (19472007), edited by Avtar Singh Bhasin, released earlier this year and is mandatory reading for any student of history. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, then prime minister of Pakistan, heard about the treasure hunt and decided Pakistan should not be denied its share. In a letter to Indira on August 11, 1976, Bhutto said, “As your expedition of locating the treasure proceeds, I would urge you to remain cognizant of Pakistan’s claim to its due share of this wealth. This is an asset which was not known at the time of partition between the two successor states

(then called dominions) of India and Pakistan. “However, the order that was enforced with the agreement of both governments did not fail to provide that any property or benefits can be shared between them where such sharing is just and equitable. The historical provenance of this treasure, regardless of the location of its physical discovery, makes it the joint patrimony of our two countries and I am confident that, with an approach based on equity, we will dis-countenance any usurpation and amicably arrive at a formula for the division between us.” Indira did not dignify Bhutto’s claim with a response until December of that year. By then, the Army division sent to unearth the treasure returned empty-handed after three months of fruitless search. Responding to Bhutto on December 31, 1976, Indira said, “I had asked our legal experts to give careful consideration to the claim you made on behalf of Pakistan. They are of the clear opinion that the claim has no legal basis. Incidentally, the treasure has turned out to be non-existent.” Bhutto complimented Indira on abolishing the old royalty, saying, “Both our countries have taken the same view of the rights of the princely order and, with complete justification, abolished it as an appendage or association of the colonial regime. I am certain that no

one can maintain the argument that your government’s action involves confiscation of the private property of any individual or dynasty.” The Pakistani PM justified asking for a share of the riches. “It is clear that the treasure is a histori-

cal inheritance of the subcontinent which was bequeathed to it by its pre-colonial sovereignties, especially the Mughal emperors in coalition with their Rajput allies. That, before or during the anarchy which ravaged the subcontinent and in-

vited foreign domination, these assets were misappropriated and hoarded by a particular warlord has no bearing whatsoever on their legal or moral ownership.” Indira, however, would have none of it.

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Samsung posts record third-quarter profit


amsung Electronics’s quarterly operating profit surged 26% to a new record, matching estimates and powered by a strong recovery in its memory chip business as smartphone sales growth eases sharply. The smartphone leader has posted a record profit in six of the past seven quarters but may find it hard to extend its winning streak without a new hit gadget, after

less-than-spectacular launches of its Galaxy Gear smartwatch and Galaxy Round curved phone in recent months. Samsung forecast that strength in its bread-and-butter chip business would continue in the current quarter, while growth in smartphones would slow due to intensifying competition during the yearend holiday season. “Samsung has done well, having

rapidly caught up with Apple in the smartphone market. But I’m concerned whether Samsung would be able to do better,” said Kim Sung-soo, a fund manager at LS Asset Management. “Like Nokia, Samsung may hit a limit in increasing market share. Apple is also fighting back, signaling an uphill battle for Samsung. Samsung needs to show its new growth engines to revive momen-

tum in its stock price.” Shares in Samsung traded unchanged after the earnings announcement versus a 0.3% decline in the wider market. The South Korean firm expected smartphone shipments would grow at around 1-5% in the current quarter from the previous quarter, while selling prices would remain unchanged or increase slightly. Samsung on Friday said July-

attracted criticism as the government struggles to tackle

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September operating profit rose to 10.2 trillion won ($9.6 billion), in line with its estimate. Profits at its chip business doubled to 2.06 trillion won, the highest in three years, reflecting stronger chip prices this year and tighter supply since a fire last month at a Chinese plant owned by SK Hynix. “Mobile DRAM shipments will stay strong with the release of various low- to high-end smartphones as the holiday season nears. With the rise in demand for specialty DRAM and NAND, the market will experience tighter supply,” Samsung said in a statement. The mobile division, Samsung’s biggest earnings generator, reported a record 6.7 trillion won profit as a greater variety of cheaper Galaxy smartphones boosted shipment volumes and helped counter weakening growth in the lucrative high-end segment. Samsung, which competes with Apple in the mobile market, faces margin pressure in the current quarter as it splashes out on marketing its high-end Galaxy S4 and Note 3 smartphones during the year-end holiday season. Shares in Samsung, worth $222 billion, rose 10% over the past three months, outperforming a 7% gain in the wider market.

India sets date for Mars mission launch

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cientists have set November 5 for the delayed launch of India’s first mission to Mars, which was postponed due to problems in positioning a seaborne tracking system. Blast-off for the unmanned Mars Orbiter Mission had to be rescheduled after the state-run Indian Space Agency Organisation (ISRO) said at the weekend that it would be unable to launch as expected on October 28. Two Indian ships have been sent to Fiji to enable constant tracking of the rocket, but one of them has been late to arrive because of bad weather. ‘The Mars Orbiter Mission has been rescheduled to November 5 and its spacecraft will be launched at 14:36 IST (Indian Standard Time) from Sriharikota spaceport,’ ISRO spokesman Deviprasad Karnik said. The 1.3-tonne Orbiter probe will be launched on a 350-tonne rocket from Sriharikota on the Bay of Bengal, about 80km northeast of Chennai. The nine-month Mars mission was approved by the government and has a budget of 4.5 billion rupees ($A75.7 million). India says the mission will mark a significant step in its space program, which has already placed a probe on the Moon and is a source of national pride in the country of 1.2 billion. But the spending has also

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Sensex closes at all-time high of 21,034


he BSE benchmark Sensex on Wednesday surged nearly 105 points to close at all-time high of 21,033.97 on heavy foreign fund inflows in bluechips, amid speculation that the US Fed would maintain its monetary

stimulus when they conclude a meeting. Continuing gains after Tuesday’s 359-point rally following the RBI policy, the Sensex shot up by 104.96 points, or 0.50 per cent to 21,033.97 — eclipsing the previous record

close of 21,004.96 on November 5, 2010. The 30-share bluechip index’s intra-day high of 21,206.77 was hit on January 10, 2008. Bharti Airtel zoomed by 5.23 per cent after the company posted better-than-expected

operating performance. Other contributors to the Sensex were ITC, ICICI Bank, HDFC, Dr Reddy’s Lab, TCS and Bajaj Auto. “Continued buying from FIIs and greater risk appetite of investors at higher levels is

leading to this rally,” said Nidhi Saraswat, Senior Research Analyst, Bonanza Portfolio. The wide-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty rose by 30.80 points, or 0.50 per cent, to 6,251.70, after touching the day’s high of 6,269.20. Also, SX40 index, the flagship index of MCX-SX, closed 69.68 points up at 12,514.81. Brokers said the trading sentiment continued to be bullish on expectations of liquidity enhancement after the Reserve Bank of India cut marginal standing facility (MSF) to 8.75 per cent in its monetary policy review on Tuesday. A firming trend in the Asian region and higher opening in Europe before the outcome of US Federal Reserve’s meeting where the USD 85 billion a month monetary stimulus is expected to be maintained, also influenced the Indian market sentiment. Foreign funds have continued to buy domestic stocks for 18 straight sessions till Tuesday, encouraging domestic participants to increase bets, experts said. Sectorally, the BSE Healthcare sector index gained the most by rising 1.19 per cent, followed by FMCG (1.12 per cent), TECK (0.66 per cent), Power (0.51 per cent) and realty (0.47 per cent).


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President’s daughter to fight Lok Sabha polls


resident Pranab Mukherjee’s daughter Sharmishtha is considering taking the political plunge by contesting the next Lok Sabha elections due in early 2014, according to sources close to the

family. While 47-year-old Sharmishtha, an accomplished Kathak dancer, has not yet decided whether to contest a Lok Sabha seat from West Bengal, the state Congress unit is only too eager to offer her

a ticket. As might be expected, the most crucial green signal will have to come from the President who has to agree to his daughter entering the electoral fray. Her brother Abhijit Mukherjee is

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bus and 45 passengers died in the incident, according to the latest toll figures given out by the police. The relatives of the deceased passengers are arriving at the spot from Hyderabad. The bus was on its way from Bangalore to Hyderabad where it met with the accident 110 km from Hyderabad. The software companies employees who died in the mishap were coming to Hyderabad to celebrate Diwali with their families. District collector M.Girija Shankar said the passengers could not escape as the central locking system of the bus made it impossible for them to open the door. The emergency windows opening were also automatically locked. “The main reason why the mishap occurred was because the bus was speeding and it hit against a road divider,” an official said.

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orty-five passengers were feared dead when a private Volvo bus from Bangalore to Hyderabad caught fire on the Mahbubngar national highway44 during early hours on Wednesday. Among those who died in the Volvo bus accident in Mahbubnagar, five were engineers working for IBM and other software companies in Bangalore. However, the police have confirmed 45 deaths. All the bodies were retrieved by the police and revenue officials. Among those who died were two infants, aged one-and-a-half and two years. The district police had got the list of online booking passengers of the Volvo bus of Jabbar travels which got gutted near Kothakota early this morning at 5.30am. The speeding bus had hit against a road divider as a result of which the diesel tank went up in flames. The fire spread into the

her political plans in a manner where she did not rule out the possibility of joining politics. This was a departure from her usual response in the past when she seemed to rule out entering the political arena. Sharmishtha, who has her own troupe of performers, has been playing hostess for her father ever since he moved to Rashtrapati Bhawan as Mukherjee’s wife Suvra does not keep good health. Since Abhijit is likely to contest the 2014 parliamentary polls from Jangipur, Sharmishtha will have to look for a new constituency, once she decides to formally join the Congress. Congress in Bengal has been weak for years now and the state party leaders say they will only be happy to have a known and young face representing the party at a time when they are looking for credible candidates. More than three-decade-long Left rule had wiped out Congress’s domination in the state and much of what remained of the party further disintegrated in 1998, when Mamata Banerjee broke away to form the Trinamool Congress. The party has now been reduced to just six Lok Sabha MPs in Bengal that has 42 parliamentary constituencies.

Mom sells virginity of girls for £125 each

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an MP from Murshidabad’s Jangipur, the seat vacated by the President. Speaking to the media recently during a public function, Sharmishtha had for the first time reacted to questions about



Colombian woman has been arrested after selling her 12 young daughters’ virginities for £125 each, police have said. Margarita de Jesus Zapata Moreno, 45, was detained in the Colombian capital Bogota earlier this week, after one of her daughters, who is now 16 and pregnant, got in touch with police, the Daily Mail reports. It is claimed that the girl was angry after her mother forced her to abort the child. Tito Cornelio Daza, 51, who is reported to be the baby’s father, is also being held. Zapata, who has 14 children in total, sold the virginity of each child once they hit the age of 12, according to the Colom-

bian broadcaster Univision. The mother, who faces 10 years in prison if convicted, is alleged to have then forced her daughters to work as prostitutes in order to pay the family’s bills. “It hurts that a mother would do this,” said Carlos Melendez, the police chief probing the case. “The mother contacted highly solvent but depraved men so they could have sex with the minors when they turned 12,” he added. Zapata, who denies the allegations, is being held at El Buen Pastor Womens’ prison, while Daza is in custody at Modelo Prison. Both have been accused of carnal abuse of a minor under 14-yearsold, in addition to the enforcement of prostitution.




ucheta Trivedi is a known face in telly circles. Last seen as

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Ramdev’s yoga class for Gurmeet Choudhary at Delhi airport


efore Gurmeet Choudhary and his wife Debina flew to Khajuraho for promotions, the couple underwent a yoga session. While they were at the waiting lounge of the Delhi airport, they met yoga guru Ramdev, who was going for a shivir (camp). As the couple will soon be seen on a TV dance reality show, this meeting proved to be fruitful for them. Ramdev gave them various tips on health and maintaining their stamina, and for improving their dance skills. “Meeting him at the airport was a pleasant surprise. Though he was surrounded by people, he took some time out for us. While we were chatting, I told him about our participation in Nach Baliye,” says Gurmeet.

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Ramdev advised them to drink hot water in the morning, and practice Kapalbhati and Trikonasana. “These asanas are important for the body and help in building stamina. He also said that it’s important for us to look good in this profession and yoga can help us in unparalleled ways,” says Gurmeet. Reminiscing about his association with Ramdev, Gurmeet says, “I remember I used to copy his belly movement in a dance step on Jhalak Dikkhla Jaa. It used to be the last move in some of my dance acts, after I had performed all the other steps. I used to get several compliments for it.” Interestingly, Gurmeet has invited Ramdev on the sets of the upcoming dance show to watch them perform and suggest ways for improvement.

on a tour recently, the actress sat down for a quick chat with Ahmedabad Times

amidst promotion rehearsals and food. Talking about working with the same set of cast over the years in showbiz, she says, “I am working with Aatish Kapadia and JD Majethia again. While I also like some other makers and producers on television, this is like working from home. All their roles are properly defined, right from the servant to the lead character. Not every actor is like Amitabh Bachchan doing a Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC), who has a towering onscreen presence wherein viewers watch the show with lot of anticipation. A longer TV stint is very important for an actor to be successful in showbiz.” Talking about the popularity of comedy as a genre on the small screen, Sucheta says, “We do see the small screen being dominated by saas-bahu sagas. But I feel the saas-bahu trend is over. Audiences want some change on TV. We can see shows like 24 on TV now. So there is definitely a change in the programming and viewership and I want to be a part of that change happening on Indian Television.”

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all it an uncanny coincidence. Roopal Tyagi, who plays a victim of eve-teasing on the screen, recently faced a similar situation in real life. The actress, who is shown taking a stand against eve-teasing in Zee TV’s Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke, was harassed by a few men, while on her way to the shoot. But unlike her character on screen, the incident left Roopal so shaken that she couldn’t react. She recalls, “I was on my way to the set in Naigaon. On the highway, about 2 km away from the sets, I asked my driver to get me some candies and fruits from a shop. When my driver crossed the road, a few men barged into the car and

pulled out the keys. I didn’t notice them initially as I was applying makeup, which I usually do on my way to the shoot. I panicked and asked them what they wanted. They asked me why I had stopped the car there.” When the miscreants saw the driver approaching, they marched towards him and started slapping and hitting him. “I was petrified beyond words and kept shouting at them. I pleaded with them to let go of us. Nobody came to our rescue and I didn’t know what to do,” says she. Roopal has now vowed not to stop the car on that stretch. “This shouldn’t happen to anybody. I was shivering. It was too scary a situation,” she concludes.


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Drinking Alcohol and Domestic Abuse


here is a general correlation between alcohol consumption and violence toward a spouse or partner: They sometimes occur together. But does drinking actually cause abuse in a relationship? Researchers and other experts warn against jumping to the conclusion that it does. It’s easy to fall into the trap of assuming that a relationship between two things means

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that one causes the other. For example, the number of people who drown is correlated with the consumption of ice cream. But neither causes the other. In warmer weather more people eat more ice cream and more people go swimming, which increases the chances of drowning. Experts emphasize that there is no research evidence that alcohol consumption or even alcohol abuse causes domestic violence. Furthermore, the

majority of alcoholics and other men who abuse alcohol don’t abuse their partners and most instances of abuse occur in the absence of any alcohol consumption at all. So why is alcohol consumption associated with domestic abuse at all? The Women’s Rural Advocacy Program says that the higher incidence of alcohol abuse among men who batter results from the overlap of two separate social problems.

In “The False Connection between Adult Domestic Violence and Alcohol,“ Theresa Zubretsky and Karla Digirolamo report that “economic control, sexual violence, and intimidation, for example, are often part of a batter’s ongoing pattern of abuse, with little or no identifiable connection to his use of or dependence on alcohol.” Alcohol does not and cannot make one person abuse another. Many authorities explain that

“men who batter frequently use alcohol abuse as an excuse for their violence. They attempt to rid themselves of responsibility for the problem by blaming it on the effects of alcohol.” Although most writers focus on men as abusers of women, research also indicates that women abuse men about as often. And there’s no reason to believe that alcohol causes women to abuse men.





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A Spiritual and Architectural bliss

The Sanchi hill goes up in shelves with Stupa 2 situated on a lower shelf, Stupa 1, Stupa 3, the 5th century Gupta Temple No.17 and the 7th century temple No. 18 are on the intermediate shelf and a later monastery is on the crowning shelf. The balustrade surrounding Stupa 2, carved with aniconic representations of the Buddha, was added in the late 2nd century BC under the Satavahanas.

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The adjacent Gupta temple no.17 was hailed by Sir John Marshall as one of the most rationally organized structures in Indian architecture. Though small, it was a herald of all the principles which went into the engineering of an Indian temple in the early medieval period. The Buddhas in the perambulatory surrounding Stupa 1 are not contemporary with the Stupa but belong to the Gupta period in the mid-5th century AD. The monastery and the temple with the tall pillars adjacent to Stupa 1 and the temple near the monastery on the crowning shelf illustrate the evolution of the architectural form after the 5th century Gupta temple. Facts / Did you know? A Chunar sandstone pillar fragment, shining with the proverbial Mauryan polish, lies near Stupa I and carries the famous edict of Ashoka warning against schism in the Buddhist community. Stupa 1 was found empty, while relics of the two disciples of Buddha enshrined in the adjacent Stupa 3 were carried away to England. The nearby modern temple has a reliquary containing the remains of a Buddhist teacher from another Stupa outside Sanchi.


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Sonari and Satdhara: There is a group of eight Stupas at Sonari, 10 km, on one of which numerous relics are recorded. At Satdhara, 11 km West of Sanchi, there are two stupas. Andher and Mural Khurd:17 and 12 km respectively. Ruins of ancient stupas can be seen here. Vidisha: Vidisha or Besnagar, as it is called in the Pali scriptures, once the prosperous capital of the Western dominions of the Sungas, contains some remarkable antiques that throw light on the considerable architectural development of the period. Udaygiri Caves: 13 km from Sanchi and 4 km from Vidisha are a group of rock-cut cave sanctuaries carved into a sandstone hill that stands sentinel-like on the horizon. Udaypur: 93 km from Sanchi via vidisha and ganj basoda. The colossal Neelkanteshwar temple here is an outstanding example of Parmara art and architecture of the 11th century AD. The crowning beauty of this temple is its well-proportioned and gracefully designed spire and delicately carved medallions adorning its sides.


Summer Summers are generally hot and sultry. The season lasts for almost four months - March, April, May and June. During the days, temperature ascends to a maximum of 45oC and the heat can be really searing at times. The minimum temperature during summers generally remains somewhere around 25oC. Winter Winters lasts from November to February. The temperature may drop down to as low as 10oC during night. However, during daytime, the weather remains pleasant with a maximum temperature of 22.5oC. Still, a trip to Sanchi is preferable during the winters as compared to the summer months. In November, the festivities associated with the Chethiyagiri Vihara’ are worth-watching. Light woolens for daywear and heavy woolens for night are preferable in this season. Monsoon The monsoon season lasts from mid June to mid September. The place experiences mild drizzle to heavy monsoon downpour, typical of monsoons in Madhya Pradesh. One planning a trip to Sanchi should visit it during this season, to savor its actual seasonal beauty. The clouds play with different hues and the landscape is cloaked in varying shades of green. Sometimes, torrential rains might mar the vacationing delight. So, the safest and the best season to visit the place is anytime between the months of october and March.


By Air The nearest airhead is the ‘Raja Bhoj’ Airport, located in Bhopal, the capital city of Madhya Pradesh. It is 46 km from Sanchi and is an important domestic airport of the state. By Rail The nearest railhead from Sanchi is also located in Bhopal. Bhopal is one of the two major Delhi-Mumbai railway lines and is an important junction of the West Central Railways. By Road Traveling to Sanchi by road is very convenient. The road networks that link Sanchi to places in and around Madhya Pradesh are well-laid and well-maintained. These motorable roads connect Sanchi to places like Bhopal (46 km), Vidisha (10 km) and Indore (232 km). There are regular tourist buses (deluxe/ non deluxe) that motors between Bhopal and Sanchi. Various tour operators also provide private taxis and cabs for traveling to Sanchi.

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Fairs and Festivals

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Madhya Pradesh is a land that exudes vibrancy from all its alcoves. It not only cradles people belonging to different religions and communities, but is also home to numerous exotic tribes of India. This has led to its unique cultural and religious matrix that poses a colorful stance, as far as its festivities are concerned. These fairs and festivals interweave all the people of Madhya Pradesh in a common web and see much aplomb and gaiety throughout the state. In fact, the spirit of celebration is entrenched in the culture and tradition of Madhya Pradesh and finds best expression through these different seasons of revels. The rich cultural riches of Madhya Pradesh have indeed, led to the birth of many religious and cultural festivals. A major progenitor of art, in the form of dance and music, the state revels in traditional cultural festivals that exalt these art forms. In fact, two of its most famous festivals- the Khajuraho Dance Festival and the Tansen Music Festival celebrate the traditional art forms of dance and music.

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uru Nanak Jayanti is associated with birthday of Guru Nanak Dev ji, the founder of Sikh Religion or Khalsa in India. According to Gregorian calendar, the birth date of Guru Nanak Dev falls in October or November. This day is celebrated by Sikh and Punjabi community worldwide. Free lunches are arranged in the Gurudwaras and people participate in community service. This year in 2013, Guru Nanak Jayanti will be celebrated on 17th November. The date of Guru Nanak Birthday (Jayanti) changes every year according to Hindu calendar. Guru Nanak Jayanti is one of the most important Sikh festivals celebrated in India and worldwide by Sikhism followers. Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the first Guru of Sikhs, was born in 1469 in Talwandi. His father was Mehta Kalu and his mother was Mata Tripta. His older sister was Bibi Nanaki. From birth, Guru Ji was seen as a special figure and was God himself in a human form. As the founder of a new religion, Guru Nanak set down strong foundations for his successors and his followers. One of the most important teaching by Guru Nanak Dev Ji includes to help the needy and the poor. Guru Ji was always ready to help the poor and he served food to them. In fact, Guru Ji often invited the needy and the poor into his house. Another example of Guru Ji helping the poor and the needy occurred while he was a storekeeper. Guru Nanak Dev Ji used

to spend a large part of his wages in order to feed the poor and the hungry. Guru Nanak Dev Ji also taught us that there is one God and he is the Truth and Ultimate Reality. To emphasize this point, Guru Ji said, “There is neither Hindu nor Muslim.” In God’s eyes, the labels of Hindu, Muslim, Jew, Christian, etc. don’t mean anything. Guru Ji also taught that God has created the universe and he is everywhere. In order to spread these messages, Guru Nanak Dev Ji took four long journeys. On these journeys, Guru Ji had many followers and was able to relate his message to many people. Guru Nanak Dev Ji taught us that all human beings regardless of skin color, wealth, caste, and gender are created equal. When Guru Ji left this world at the age of 70, in 1539, he had laid down the foundations for a great religion. He was married in 1487 and was blessed with two sons, one in 1491 and the second in 1496. In 1485 he took up, at the instance of his brotherin-law, the appointment of an official in charge of the stores of Daulat Khan Lodhi, the Muslim ruler of the area at Sultanpur. It is there that he came into contact with Mardana, a Muslim minstrel (Mirasi) who was senior in age. When Guru Nanak Dev ji were 12 years old his father gave him twenty rupees and asked him to do a business, apparently to teach him business. Guru Nanak dev ji bought food for all the money and distributed

among saints, and poor. When his father asked him what happened to business? He replied that he had done a “True business” at the place where Guru Nanak dev had fed the poor, this gurdwara was made and named Sacha Sauda. His main contributions were: Equality of humans When in the middle east, the west and the rest of asia slavery, varna/ class and race discrimination was rife and respect between the different classes and caste was at a peak, Guru Nanak preached against discrimination and prejudices due to race, caste, status, etc. He said: “See the brotherhood of all mankind as the highest order of Yogis; conquer your own mind, and conquer the world.” also “There is one awareness among all created beings.” and finally “One who recognizes the One Lord among all beings does not talk of ego. He urges all the peoples of the world to “conquer” their minds to these evil practises. Equality of women In about 1499 when the world offered low to no status or respect to women, Guru Nanak sought to improve the respect of women by spreading this message: “From woman, man is born; within woman, man is conceived; to woman he is engaged and married. Woman becomes his friend; through woman, the future generations come. When his woman dies, he seeks another woman; to woman he is bound. So why call her bad? From her, kings are born. From woman, woman is

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Kapil Sharma is in a relationship


tardom comes with a price — ace comedian Kapil Sharma will vouch for it. Kapil has been in a fix ever since rumours about his alleged love-life — involving colleague Preeti Simoes and acquaintance Ginni — started doing the rounds. While some claim that the comedian is involved with Preeti, others say that he is engaged to Ginni. However, Kapil denies both.

Says a source, “What’s disturbing is that this is happening at a time when Kapil is trying to give his all to the show. After the sets of the show was gutted by fire, all his team members came together to resurrect it and put their best foot forward to not let the accident affect their enthusiasm. But these rumours are only adding to his trouble.” Says Kapil, “I am not dating

anyone and my only relationship is with my work. I have struggled to reach where I am today and I can’t let these rumours affect me. I have realised that this is part and parcel of being a public figure. I am a private person and request the media to rather write about my work. I would not like to talk about the same any further as it also harms the dignity of the two girls involved.”

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We may make Krrish 4: Rakesh Roshan


rrish fans are waiting eagerly for, Krrish 3, and they just might be in for a surprise. Veteran actor-turned-filmmaker Rakesh Roshan says if, Krrish 3, does well he will be game for a fourth instalment of the movie. “If this does well, we may make Krrish

4. We have left a hook for it (in Krrish 3),” Roshan said at a press conference organised here Wednesday. A sequel to Koi...Mil Gaya and Krrish, Krrish 3 stars Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Kangana Ranaut and Vivek Oberoi. The film will hit screens Nov 1.

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Katrina’s the hottest ‘phuljhadi’ in town


ith Diwali around the corner, firework stalls have brought out their innovative best on display. And among these, Bollywood star faces are reigning supreme on fire cracker boxes this festive season too.

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“The pictures of Bollywood actors are put on the boxes to woo customers as the chances of a person buying fireworks packaged in such a manner are much higher,” says K Bhatia, citybased fireworks distributor. While Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

and Preity Zinta were mass favourites last year, Katrina Kaif has grabbed top spot this year. The Ek Tha Tiger actress appears on several different products including sparklers, rocket shots and multi-coloured flower pots.

According to suppliers, any actress who is in news because of a hit film or a personal scandal makes it as a face of the crackers. Other popular stars include Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Asin, Bipasha Basu and Deepika Padukone. While one

would have expected the Chennai Express diva to rule the roost this season, Altaf Dawoodani, a third generation wholesale fireworks distributor, observes, “Deepika will be big next Diwali because the packaging for fireworks is done in December.”




Monthly Astrology - NOVEMBER 2013 Aries – Mesha You may have to face many problems in your home-front and in respect of property-matters. Health problems of the family members may also cause you some concern. There might be loss of property and you may have forced change of residence. You may become tense, worried and pessimistic during this time. Dealing in land, buildings, building construction materials and agricultural implements could fetch you good returns.

Taurus – Vrushabha

You will have success in all your endeavours and may have gains from various sources. You may have good gains from a new venture and also from prudent investments. Some of your ambitions will be realised and you may secure a lucrative promotion that offers liberal perquisites as well. In academic persuits also you would gain distinction. You will be fortunate in respect of romantic liaisons. Your family-life will be joyful and happy; some of your children could be a source of pride. You may have journeys in connection with your profession which will be fruitful.

Gemini – Mithuna

You will enjoy good health and so will do the other members of the family. Your family- life will be blissful and bright with happiness. There could be some long distance travel or a trip to see people you love. Your earnings will receive a boost and you will have

new acquisitions which will improve your living condition and increase your satisfaction. Your relationships with relatives and friends will improve. In professional sphere, things will be in your favor during this period. You will secure favors from persons of rank and authority. Socially you will gain more popularity and prestige.

Cancer – Kataka

You will win the appreciation of your superiors your social popularity will considerably increase. You will form new relationships and have many admirers in your friends’ circle . You may have pleasant short-trips and excursions. Your interest in art and music will increase and you may acquire an object of art or a music system. Your family-life will be joyful and happy. In professional sphere the goings-on will be smooth and progressing. You may receive favours from a person of aristocratic background. Your earnings will increase as you may have gains from newer avenues as well.

Leo – Simha

You will find improvements in all areas of life and you will have smooth progress. You will have betterment in career and your financial position will considerably improve. You will receive favours from your superiors and you will lead a joyous carefree life. You will be in good health and enjoy a good time with all your family-members who will be very loving and

caring. You may have new acquisitions which will make your life more comfortable. You may have some celebrations in the family. Virgo – Kanya Your earnings will improve and you will have gains from various sources. You may be benefited by receiving a windfall quite unexpectedly. You will form new friendships and will become very popular in your friends’ circle. Some of your ambitions may be realised and you may have new acquisitions that will add to your comfort. There could be a celebration in the family. The results of your achievements, will instil a sense of pride and joy in your mind.

Libra – Tula

Your family-life will be happy with comfortable surroundings and socially you will gain more popularity. Your relationships with relatives and friends will become more cordial. You will be a centre of attraction in social gatherings. Journeys to distant places and contacts/ collaborations with foreigners will be fruitful. You will have new acquisitions and precious adornments which will increase your satisfaction.

Scorpio – Vruschika

You should take proper care of your health as you will be prone to suffer from minor ailments. Your enemies could ferment some trouble and try to tarnish your image. You

should remain alert, avoid all temptations and overcome irritations. You must avoid all conflicts and disputes; being diplomatic and tactful you should handle the situations. In family-life too you should try to avoid disputes and quarrels by retaining your cool. This is not a favourable time for socializing or for forming new relationships.

Sagittarius – Dhanu

You should take every possible care for avoiding quarrels and conflicts; you should not get entagled in any Law- suit also. Your health needs much more care and you should be very cautious while driving as you will be prone to sustain injuries and suffer blood-loss. In professional sphere, you may face many problems which you should try to sort out peacefully. The period is not favourable and you must let the adverse period pass over by lying low. The period is not good for finances; so think twice before making any new commitments.

Capricorn – Makara

You may have problems either with your business or marriage partner and the health of your spouse may make you anxious. Romantic liaisons if any could take a bad turn and you may become a victim of slander and disrepute. You may be emotionally disturbed and may not be in good health. Journeys in connection with profession may not bear fruit excepting in the direction of east. For securing new deals the period is not favourable. You should try to avoid

Readers please note that the below predictions are given according to North Indian tradition of Hindu Vedic Astrological methods, using your Lagna as the base. quarrels and confrontations by being diplomatic. Aquarius – Kumbha

This is a beneficial position. You will do well in academic persuits and your homelife will be a very happy one. You will have gains from property matters and vehicles related business and also through agriculture. You may have new acquisitions. You should try to improve your changeful nature and restless disposition. It will help you to win the trust and confidence of your friends and associates.

Pisces - Meena

You will find improvements in all areas of life and you will have smooth progress. You will have betterment in career and your financial position will considerably improve. You will receive favours from your superiors and you will lead a joyous carefree life. You will be in good health and enjoy a good time with all your familymembers who will be very loving and caring. You may have new acquisitions which will make your life more comfortable. You may have some celebrations in the family.

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Dreams: Messages From The Unconscious


emembering dreams, re-enacting and experiencing them in the waking state, could be useful as the first step on the path of higher consciousness and truth – but to a very limited extent. Otherwise people are such that first they waste their time in dreaming, then in enacting the dream

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in the waking state; then they waste their time on some psychoanalyst’s couch talking about their dreams -- and the psychoanalyst analyses them. Then the dream becomes too important. That much importance should not be given to them. There is a great need of a shift of consciousness from content

to container. Have you watched your dream? When you wake up in the morning, for a few seconds some fragments of the dream float in the consciousness -- just for a few seconds -- then they have gone. You have washed your face, taken a cup of tea; finished with the night, you don’t

remember now. And even when you awake in the morning, only fragmentary things are there. And those too are the tail parts of the dream. When you dream, you dream in a certain way: you started the dream at five o’clock in the morning, then you went into it, and at six o’clock you woke up. That was the end part of the dream -- it is as if you were seeing a film and you were only awake at the end part. So you remember the end part of the dream, not the beginning or middle. Then you have to go upstream. If you want to recollect the dream you have to move in the reverse order, as if you are reading a book backwards. It is difficult. When you are conscious you again start interpreting the dream content, you don’t allow the whole message to be received. You will drop many things. If you have murdered your mother in the dream, you will drop it. You will not remember it; you will not allow it to become conscious. The dream is a message from the unconscious to the conscious because the conscious is doing something which the unconscious feels is unnatural. And the unconscious is always right, remember; the unconscious is your nature. The conscious is cultivated by society, it

is a conditioning. Rather than remembering a dream, re-living a dream is more useful. When you remember, you remember from the conscious; when you re-live, you re-live from the total. In re-living there is more possibility that the unconscious will again be able to give some messages. For example: you dreamed during the night that you were walking on a road. You go on walking and the road never ends. The non-ending road creates tremendous fear in you because with anything non-ending the mind cannot cope, the mind becomes afraid. Re-living is totally different. Again you are on the road. Look around. What type of road is it? Are trees there or is it a desert? What kind of trees? Is the sun there in the sky or is it night? Visualise it, stand on the road and let it be as colourful as possible -- because the unconscious is very colourful. The conscious is just black and white, the unconscious is psychedelic. So let it be colourful. And through this sensitivity of taste, touch, air, feel, coolness, warmth, greenery, colour; it again becomes real. Again the unconscious will start giving you messages. They can be of tremendous value.

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Imran Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Anupam Kher, Nizhalgal Ravi


riram Venkat is the most shallow guy on earth who doesn’t value relationships, family, friends, life or the country. Not necessarily in that order. Because he couldn’t care less about the order. This makes him the clear ‘black’ sheep of the family. At some point this shallow man begins to narrate the story of the crazy relationship he shared with Dia Sharma. His ex girlfriend. A firebrand social activist who wanted to change the world. An attraction which was physical initially but then got emotional and finally veered into complex territories resulting in a clash of ideologies and mindsets which drove them apart. Bitterly. Sriram be-

lieved that charity begins and ends at home. Whilst Dia felt that you have to be the change that you want to bring about. However Sriram realizes that he is not over Dia and still loves her and that she is the best change that ever happened... and will happen to his life. But Dia has moved on and is now in an obscure village in Gujarat called Jhumli. Sriram lands up in Jhumli to take his love back... But Dia refuses to return with him. Frustrated and faced with the ultimate challenge, Sriram realizes the only way he can impress upon Dia to come back with him is by making Jhumli independent. By helping others... something he is just not accustomed to do. This is the

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hurdle he faces eventually is himself. His own moral fabric which isn’t upto the challenge he has undertaken. Will Sriram be able to win back his love? Will he be able

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Aamir Khan wants his callers to groove to Dhoom 3


the songs of Dhoom 3 is very high,” said a source. “He is keen to share the music with everyone who reaches out to him and hence the idea of using it as a caller tune”, the source added. Releasing Dec 20, the actionadventure thriller also stars Abhishek Bachchan, Katrina Kaif and Uday Chopra in the lead roles and has been produced by Aditya Chopra.

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here are different ways to promote a film and superstar Aamir Khan, known for innovation, plans to pitch for, Dhoom 3, by using the music of the movie as his caller tune. Why not? The star is thrilled with action-thriller’s music which is likely to come out by November end. “Aamir is keen to use the music as his caller tune. He usually does not keep any caller tune. However, his excitement over

Saif Ali Khan as Bengali bridegroom for Bullett Raja


averick director Tigmanshu Dhulia is all set to entertain the audiences with his forthcoming film Bullett Raja. Starring the Nawab of Bollywood Saif Ali

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Khan and Sonakshi Sinha, major part of the film has been shot in Kolkata. Saif Ali Khan, who got coached for the UPv accent, will be seen in a rustic avatar in this film. We

hear that it’s not only Sonakshi Sinha who will be donning a Bengali look in the film but Saif will also be seen as a Bengali bridegroom. A source close to the team

says, “Saif Ali Khan is donning this look as Sonakshi Sinha, who is playing his love interest in the movie is playing the role of a Bengali girl.” Releasing on November 29,

Bullett Raja is premised on fictional mafia based in Uttar Pradesh starring Saif Ali Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Jimmy Sheirgill, Vidyut Jamwal, Gulshan Grover, Raj Babbar and Chunky Pandey.





kshay Kumar talks about his latest release ‘Boss’ that has raked in one of the star’s biggest openings worldwide Akshay Kumar’s latest release, ‘’Boss’’, has received great response in single screens across the country. According to trade experts, the response received from the masses is similar to the success of Salman Khan’s ‘Wanted’. Akshay’s portrayal as the larger-than-life character in ‘’Boss’’ is winning him accolades from all over. His dialogues from the film have become popular punch lines, his signature rings are being sold across the country and his songs are topping the charts. In a conversation with HitList, Akshay talks about his new family entertainer... Your new release ‘’Boss’’ is ruling the single screens. How does it feel? The reactions have been overwhelming. I am happy that everything we worked for is giving us the results we desired. If you’ve seen the film, you’ll realise that the character is loved by the masses. He is good at heart, his sense of humour is quirky and he makes his own style statements. I think somewhere these qualities have connected with the audience. I don’t think it is right to differentiate between audiences. I believe that all audiences come to watch a film that will enter-

tain them - be it in single screens or multiplexes. All these aspects were not a part of the original Malayalam film, on which ‘Boss’ is based? To be honest, we have only taken the basic story from the Malayalam film (‘Pokkiri Raja’). Everything else has been changed. The entire screenplay is different. The idea was to take a very strong emotional base and present it in the most contemporary and polished manner. And I feel we have achieved that. The film is a complete family entertainer in that regard. Talking about the film’s collections, it’s already been declared as your biggest opener worldwide. I feel humbled by the response. It’s a great thing when you see the film being appreciated as much in Dubai and London as in the heartland of India. That means it has cut across boundaries and barriers. The dialogues in ‘Boss’ are getting claps and whistles in the theatres. Did you anticipate this? I am pleasantly surprised. We never intended to make this a dialogueheavy film. I feel the character has worked so well that every dialogue seems like a punch line. I was watching the film with the audience a few days back. And at times, the audience was mouthing the lines even before they came on screen. That is the ultimate satisfaction for any actor.

Are you happy with the initial response to ‘Boss’? It’s been great. We released on a Wednesday. It was a part-holiday and we did some extremely good numbers. The film was rock steady at single screens even on the following day. It’s too early to speak about what level of success it will achieve. But I am happy. This is what we all strive for. ‘Boss’ is also one of your biggest grossers in the overseas market, if not the biggest... Yes, it’s getting great reactions in all the markets. This is really a humbling experience. It is not like your typical masala film. It has all the emotional quotients. But the treatment is very contemporary. ‘Boss’ is a slick and stylised family entertainer. The action is slick. It’s a commercial and mainstream film presented in a polished manner. I guess that’s why it appeals to people everywhere.. The film also got a release in non-traditional markets like Panama, Peru and Denmark. Are you content with the response from overseas? I’m very happy with the response. In the UK, ‘Boss’ was among the Top 10 films on the release day itself. In the UAE, it’s done some historic numbers. I’ve been hearing the reactions are great even in places like Australia, Germany, France and all the non-traditional markets, as you put it. It’s a great sign because this is an indication of the growing reach

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Damn the Critics! Boss is ruling the Box Offic e!

of Hindi films. You had a special screening of the film for around 400 of your loyal fans. How was that experience? It was unbelievable. They had come down from all over the country just for that special screening. They have always showered upon

me so much of love and affection. It was unreal to watch them at the screening. They were screaming, dancing and enjoying every bit of the film. Some of them had got me some special hand-made gifts. I just want to say that I love them all just as much.

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Priyanka Chopra’s ‘modern mujra’ in Bhansali’s Ram-leela


riyanka Chopra’s last release, Zanjeer, might not have had much of an impact at the box office, but she is hopeful about her upcoming films. “No one has a perfect career and 100 per cent hit films. I am proud of every single film I have

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done — whether they worked or not — and I will always stand by them,” says Priyanka, who is gearing up for Krrish 3 now. The actor admits that the tepid response to her last two item songs — ‘Babli badmaash’ in Shootout At Wadala and ‘Pinky’

in Zanjeer — didn’t stop her from taking up another one for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Ram-Leela. “When he asked me to do the film’s title track, I was excited. It’s a different genre — a modern mujra. The dance is different and difficult. I hope people like it and

rave about it as much as they loved my picture from the song,” says Priyanka. She also takes pride in being one of the most ‘bankable heroines’ in the Hindi film industry while divulging that she is not ruling out an acting career in Hollywood.

”I am working on my music (in Hollywood). I am open to films in any language, but that’s not what I am seeking actively. I have two careers that I am handling — one as a debutant musician and another as a bankable actor,” she says.




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Salman to act and produce Mahesh Manjrekar’s next



his has been a good year for Mahesh Manjrekar. After three releases, Himmatwala,

Shootout At Wadala, Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbai Dobaara and a Marathi one, Aajcha Divas Maajha, Manjrekar’s pet project

too has finally kicked off. The actor-director had waited for Salman Khan for nearly two and a half years and now the star has

finally green-lit his project. The cherry on top, Salman will not only star but also produce the film under his banner, Salman

Khan Productions. Manjrekar has been very vocal about his friendship with Salman, which started on the sets of Dabangg. He then went on to act in three Sallu flicks, Wanted, Ready and Bodyguard in the recent past. He has gone on to say that Salman is a “misunderstood” person and “his only friend in the film industry now” and now the superstar has proved that he is a friend in deed. A source close to Manjrekar remained tight lipped about the details, but told Mirror that the film will go on floors early next year. “When there was a recent delay in Kick, Salman was contemplating giving some dates to Manjrekar’s film so that the film could kick off,” added the source. There were earlier reports that Govinda will be a part of the project but the source told this newspaper, “No, Govinda is not a part of the film, it is an out and out Salman Khan film.” Manjrekar is working on the script and the source added that the recce for locales will start soon. Manjrekar remained unavailable for comment. The source added that he is bound by contract to not talk about the project until a formal announcement is made in the near future.

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irector Sanjay Leela Bhansali is man who has personified folksy grandeur in contemporary Bollywood. From the flamboyance of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam to the serenity of Khamoshi and Guzarish, the music of his films are enchanting and enduring! The most striking things about Ram Leela was the aroma of Bhansali’s picturesque cinema and its music. This time the maverick himself has taken up the task of delivering the musical gems of his film on his own and as a composer the man is just as fantastic! With a wide taste in music that is evident from his films, Bhansali pays tribute to the beauty of commercial cinema’s music by delivering an album that intrinsically well contoured! The film starring Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh is lead roles in rumored to be a tale of passion and romance based on Shakespeare’s iconic love story Romeo and Juliet. With the release of the film’s trailer, great hopes have been rested on the film’s music. Though director SLB dons the musician’s hat for the first time, the album is a proof that the man is nothing short of legendary even in music! Aditya Narayan is fitting well in the shoes of his supremely successful father and in this song, he is perfect. Latching on well to every tune and every beat, the song is carried out with commendable energy. It is already a chart-buster and Narayan’s appreciation is every bit well deserved! We all have watched Nagada Dhol and yes, despite being similar to Dholi Taro is beats, the mood of the song very different Sonu Nighm from the upbeat track of Hum Dil

De Chuke Sanam. It is charming folk music, that Shreya Ghosal makes near perfect! I can safely say this is my personal favorite from the film because it is hard to make folk appealing to commercial audiences, and this song manages to do that to perfection! Followed by, Lahu Mung Lag Gaya, Bhansali ropes in Shail Hada for it. I could have easily ignored this song but the instrumental arrangement is fascinatingly well synced. Using the rustic

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Badal Mein, the ambiance of the song is just as breezy and soothing! I guess the most bankable factor in this track will be the passionate chemistry of Deepika and Ranveer! Arijit Singh makes Laal Ishq soulful. By effortlessly making this slow song into a mesmerizing hear, the track is well grounded in classical music and though it treads over six minutes, this one is sheer beauty! Bhansali’s artistic finickiness is something

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ndia and China on Tuesday agreed to focus on growth and strengthening of relationship between the two countries. When India and China shake hands, the world notices, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said after talks with his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang on Wednesday. The two premiers agreed to take several steps to enhance mutual trust and deepen mutual understanding. However, there was reportedly no agreement on the issue of stapled visas. According to Times Now, India registered protest over China’s action of issuing stapled visas to residents of Arunachal Pradesh. India and China have resolved to realise full promise of their partnership and maintain the friendliest of relations, Manmohan Singh said addressing reporters after the meeting. The two countries signed nine agreements, including pacts on border cooperation and on sharing of trans-border rivers. The agreements on border defence will boost communication between the two sides about maneuvers along the frontier, jointly combat smuggling there and assist each other in locating people who may have strayed across the line. “We have agreed that peace

and tranquility on border must be the foundation of growth in the relationship between the two countries. We have decided to institutionalize greater exchanges between the armed forces of India and China,” Manmohan Singh said. Manmohan Singh said the agreement on Border Defence Cooperation Agreement (BDCA) will add to “existing instrument to establish peace and tranquillity on the border”. “We discussed ways to boost political relations and mutual cooperation,” Chinese premier Li Keqiang said after meeting Manmohan Singh. Li said that Wednesday’s meeting will “inject new momentum and vitality into the China-India relationship.’’ “I received full support from the Chinese premier on all issues of mutual concern,” Manmohan Singh said. We had candid discussions on global and regional issues of concern to both the countries, the PM said. Chinese premier agreed to work to do away the existing trade imbalance between the two countries. At present, trade between the two countries is heavily skewed in China’s favour. With

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raditions and culture are like shadow which follows human being as they travel around the world. A critical mass of people who believe in rich customs and beliefs continue the good work of maintaining the culture in the foreign land. This provides opportunity to the next generations who have not experienced the richness of these customs back the homeland. Durgotsav is the biggest and possibly the most eventful festival in Bengal and other parts of South East Asia amongst the Bengalis. Durgotsav symbolises the eternal struggle and victory of the good over evil. It is believed by Bengalis that Maa Durga comes home from her in-laws to her paternal abode along with her children Kartik, Ganesh, Laxmi and Saraswati. This symbolises the emotion of celebration, gifts, intermingling with friends and relatives and of course lots of joy and laughter. For us, who have come to this distant land to spend our life and call this place our home, the celebration of Durgotsav brings the joy and happiness amongst us. This is the time when we all share our good wishes and thoughts with friends not only with the Bengali community but also with the wider community. The preparation for the Durga Puja is an enormous affair and the members of the Bengali Society of Melbourne did their best to deliver a second year of smile and laughter in the face of its members and visitors. Although the festival is a five day event in Bengal, Bengalis Society of Melbourne celebrated in 2 days over the weekend on 12-13 October 2013 at Wood-

ville Primary School, Hoppers Crossing. The overwhelming spirit and the joyous nature of the people here made up for any lack of ambience found in home country during the Durga Puja celebration. We were fortunate to have our distinguished sponsors, media partners and friends who joined hands along with the Bengali Society of Melbourne’s members to make this event a success. We were also honoured to have the presence of Councillor Gautam Gupta whose enormous support assisted us to bring a new dimension to the Durgotsav. This was the first time in Melbourne that a rally procession of the Durga Maa idol went from Hoppers Crossing to Point Cook Town Centre. All the members and their friends were overjoyed with the procession and spent dancing and singing at the Town Centre along with the beats of drum and music. Locals couldn’t resist the drum beats and joined happily in the dancing along with their kids. We were also graced by the presence of Mr Raminderjot Singh Bedi, owner of Sunshine College of Management, whose generous donation assisted us to provide sumptuous lunch and dinner for all visitors during this event. The participation of kids in Prasad distribution, participating in various competitions was overwhelming. The two days went by very quickly and was filled with pushpanjali, aarti, bhog, cultural function and the hard work of the volunteers from end to end. Well, it is just a wait of less than one year before we all cherish the return of Maa Durga.




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he new kids on the block playing the lead in Ram Gopal Varma’s upcoming film, Satya 2, are all excited about the movie. Puneet Singh Ratn, 26, who plays the lead in the film, says, “I am super excited and super nervous. I’m hoping for the best.” About clinching the offer, he reveals, “One of the links suggested my name to Ramuji. And within 10 minutes of meeting me, he said, ‘You are my Satya’.” Shedding light on his role, he says, “It’s a character that has different shades. He is intense and has his own way and plans.” Anaika Soti, 19, who plays one of the female leads, says that it is a dream come true to be in Bollywood, even though she has never planned the same. Recalling how she bagged the role, Anaika says, “Everything happened by fluke. I met RGV in an elevator while I had gone to meet a friend and got this offer. But I have to admit that once I began shooting, there was no looking back and I was very comfortable.” Anaika, who plays a simple, non-glamourous role in the film, is all praises for her director. “RGV is extremely intelligent and chilled out. I thank him for being patient with me. Bahut log they jo RGV ko bol rahe they ki (There were a lot of people who questioned RGV) why are you taking this girl? ‘She is too young.’ But he was firm with his decision and kept telling me, ‘tum kar sakti ho’ (You an do it). ” Mumbai-based Aradhna Gupta, who plays the role of a budding actor, is the third character in the movie. The 21-year-old clarifies that the film has nothing in common with Satya (1998) except the name. “This is neither a sequel nor a prequel to Satya. Satya is just a name. It is a completely different story. It is based on how a man reinvents the Mumbai underworld,” she says. Crossing her fingers, the newcomer signs off saying, “We all have worked very hard for the film. I wish that our film will be liked by all.” Meanwhile, Varma tweeted, “Satya 2 will now release on November 8 instead of October 25.”





inger Kavita Krishnamurthy recalls her days with the legendary playback singer Your memories with Manna Dey? He was an icon. He did his riyaz every morning and was the most ethical person who never did PR and did not wine-anddine with anyone in the industry to get a song. Every song he has sung, he got basis his merit. I used to sing with Hemant da, who called him one day to say, ‘You were looking for a girl who will sing with you on stage. I have found her for you.’ That’s how I met Manna da. His wife Sulakshana, who he called Sullu, was from Kerala. When she found that I was also from the South, I got included in their family and Manna da would introduce me as his third daughter. At that age, I was very excited if we went for a tour to the US and wanted to go and shop and sightsee. But Manna da would call me and say, ‘I am sending the harmonium to your room. Sit and practise.’ But later, he would himself take me shopping. Once I was waiting for the driver to come, so that he could deposit a cheque in the bank and Manna da scolded me and said, ‘Don’t ever change your lifestyle. You may not remain a star tomorrow.

Go and deposit the cheque yourself.’ On another occasion, we had gone for a series of shows in Punjab, where the organiser defaulted on the payment and did not pay us. Yet Manna da came to my room at night and gave me my share from his own side. I said, ‘Manna da I can’t take this.’ But he said, ‘Take it. I know you have lost your father and need the money to go to college and pay your fees.’ He had a really Bengali sense of humour and he loved his wife. She motivated him throughout his singing life and he sung each one of his songs to her. But she died two years back which is when he lost the will to live. He would sit in his drawing room looking at her picture on the wall the whole day. He would say, ‘I have sung every song of my life to her. Now I want to compose an album for her.’ But of course he could not, due to his health. I have worked with so many artistes, but for me his dedication to music is beyond anything. There was no other artiste who would praise other artistes with so much heart. He liked the way Shreya Ghoshal sings. I met him just 20 days ago when his daughter sent me a message saying, ‘Today he has opened his eyes for the first time, so you come quickly.’ I rushed to see him.

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Manna Dey lost his will to live after he lost his wife

She said to him,’Look who has come.’ He opened his eyes fully and just said, ‘Kavita.’ And I was happy that he would improve.

After navratri everyone goes to do pranaam to elders, so I asked his daughter if I could come. But she told me how his health was

again deteriorating. Soon after that I came to Europe for my tour, knowing somewhere in my heart that Manna Da may not live.

Amitabh Bachchan in Sarabjit biopic?


The film has been written by Rajesh Beri and will be directed by Ishwar Singh Muchhal. Sarabjit Singh, who was sentenced to death by the Supreme Court of Pakistan, breathed his last on May 2, this year. November 2013 Edition

ilm-maker Subhash Ghai, who is helming the biopic on late Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh, titled Sarabjit, says that he has approached Amitabh Bachchan for the title role. “We have given him the script to read. He liked it. The moment the film is finalised we will announce it,” he says. The film-maker also wants to cast Sonakshi Sinha in a pivotal role. The film has been written by Rajesh Beri and will be directed by Ishwar Singh Muchhal. Sarabjit Singh, who was sentenced to death by the Supreme Court of Pakistan, breathed his last on May 2, this year. Subhash Ghai, who has acquired permissions from late prisoner Sarabjit Singh’s family to make a biopic on him, says his is an extraordinary tale of determination. “His sister, Dalbir Kaur’s struggle is more inspirational. For 22 years, she fought for his freedom with an undying spirit. The film’s heroine’s character is inspired by Dalbir,” says Ghai. Meanwhile, Ghai is also producing two other films — Ishq De Maare and Idiot Nalayak Useless. “We have worked hard to make a story bank. Fortunately, we have wonderful scripts. When you have a story bank, you send the scripts to the stars and the directors, and then you assemble the team. We are glad that we could assemble these three films,” says Ghai, who is bringing Dharmendra, Sunny and Bobby Deol together on the big screen with the family comedy, Ishq De Maare. He, however, claims that his film will not be along the lines of Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 (YPD 2). “It’s not like YPD 2. It’s more of a humorous film rather than a comedy. The Deols committed to my film a year ago, before they were making YPD 2. This film is about a father and his sons. They are from a typical conservative family. They fall in love but can’t express their feelings to their women. That’s when the hide-and-seek games starts,” says Ghai. His other film will be directed by Ken Ghosh. “He is an intelligent guy. When he brought the script of Idiot Nalayak Useless, I found it entertaining and apt for the market. He is yet to complete the casting. It will be done in a couple of weeks, then we will reveal it,” says Ghai.




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95 Indian players signed for HIL mini auction gural season of the League has generated interest among Indian players. “We are confident that franchises will complete their teams with the best available Indian talent,” he said. Releasing the list of 95 Indian players who have signed up for the Mini Auction or Closed Bid, Batra said the list of players is a combination of young and experienced. The list of Indians has some young talented players who have recently performed well at various tournaments. Among them is forward Affan Yousuf, who was vice-captain of the Indian Junior Men’s team that won gold medal in the third Sultan of Johar Cup last month. Ramandeep, who scored his maiden goal in his debut match at the ninth Men’s Asia Cup and six goals in the third Sultan of Johar Cup, has also signed for the players’ auction. Goalkeeper Harjot Singh and forward Mohammad Amir Khan are the other young talents who were part of the junior national team that won the third Sultan of Johar Cup. Forward Nikkin Thimmaiah, who made his debut in the recently-concluded Asia Cup in Malaysia, and defender Gurjinder Singh are also among the players who have signed in for the auction. The list of 95 Indians comprises of 10 goalkeepers, 16 defenders, 27 midfielders and 42 forwards.

Indians, including promising forwards such as Ramandeep Singh and Affan Yousuf, when it

iverpool legend Kenny Dalglish, popularly called ‘King Kenny’ by Reds’ fans, will soon be seen coaching one of the eight franchise teams in the much-awaited Indian Super League scheduled to start next January. A Hall of Famer in England and Scotland, Kenny is the recent signing by tournament organiser IMG-Reliance as ‘marque’ manager. He will be joined by former Manchester United goalkeeper great Peter Schmeichel and France international Marcel Desailly. IMG-Reliance & Star India this week, had announced the launch of Indian Super League, a football championship that will feature international stars and foster local talents, with the aim of making the game one of the country’s flagship sport and India a name to reckon with in the global arena. The league will feature eight city specific teams and will tap the burgeoning interest among the country’s young population that’s increasingly taking interest in the sport globally. The league will kick off in January 2014 and will run through March. Star India, which also owns broadcast and sponsorship rights, will use its leading network, superior content creation, packaging and presentation expertise to take the league to millions of households. The league will have world-class international players play with the best from India. Each team will have one marquee player, international footballers and the best of Indian talent. Given India’s burgeoning interest in football and the country’s long association with the sport, the league is expected to herald a new era in the country’s football culture. Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Bangalore, Kochi, Goa and Pune have been identified as the nine venues that will be up for bidding.

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is conducted on November 18. Hockey India Secretary General and Hero Hockey India

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he flutter was an unlikely one in this sleepy village, around 10 km from Rohtak. The quietude of a rustic morning was shattered by a big group of boys yelling “abhi

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Sachin Tendulkar mania sweeps sleepy Lahli

khelne ka time hai, retire hone ka nahi (this is the time to play, not to retire)” and raising a cloud of dust as they jumped and ran near the Chaudhary Bansi Lal cricket stadium on Thursday.

It is here that Sachin Tendulkar will play his last Ranji Trophy match before his last international series against the West Indies. Sachin will take his final bow at the Wankhede on Nov 14.

Each of the enthusiasts in Lahli carried a Sachin poster. There is such a rush for posters that the only shop which sells them, in neighbouring Kalanaur village about 12 km from the stadium, has run out of stock in no time. The shop’s owner Vikram has had to place an order with wholesale dealers in Jhajjar and Delhi. Clearly, the craze over Sachin’s last match has turned this village of ‘pehelwans’ into cricket fans. While the wrestlers - who usually dream of Olympic medals following Haryana’s dream run in international events - prepare to watch Sachin, halwais have made plans to distribute free laddus and matthis for every milestone Sachin may touch here. Though the Mumbai team is expected to arrive late on Friday evening to take on Haryana, Lahli is already ready to welcome the maestro and savour every moment. Over the past week, the dour walls of the stadium have come alive as artists paint Sachin graffitti on them. “We grew up watching Sachin bat. His first Test hundred at Old Trafford is fresh in our memories. We want him to repeat the same magic in Lahli this Sunday,” said Sudeep Mangu (40), a real-estate dealer in Lahli. The excitement is heightened by the announcements of freebies by traders and shop-owners. “My samosas are famous

beyond Lahli. If Sachin scores a century here, I will give away 1,000 samosas to the villagers,” said Radhe Shyam, who runs a samosa corner in Lahli. Similarly, Ram Goswamy, owner of Batra Sweet Shop in neighbouring Kalanaur village, has promised to offer free matthis, a traditional sweet, on all four days of the match. Meanwhile, the pehelwans have decided to stay away from their akhadas and be right there at the stadium to get a glimpse of Sachin. “Haryana is known for its wrestlers and boxers. We follow a strict training regime. But this time, Sachin is coming to our village. I have been busy training and have never watched a cricket match. This time, I will do it for Sachin. I will be at the stadium to cheer him,” said Ravi Sharma, a state-level wrestler from Lahli. “We will pray for yet another stupendous performance from Sachin. We are even willing to skip our practice sessions to watch him,” said another wrestler, Ashish Kumar. “We have been travelling all the way to Mohali and Delhi to watch Sachin bat. Now, the great batsman is playing in our village, which is a godsend. It’s so hard to believe he will be here. Though my eyesight is a tad weak now, I will certainly be there at the stadium,” said Mahinder Singh, a retired school teacher.

Battling Federer won’t be thinking of retirement: Rod Laver

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oger Federer’s struggles in 2013 are unlikely to hasten his exit from the game and the Swiss master could hit back and win next year’s Australian Open, according to tennis great Rod Laver. The 75-year-old Laver, the only player to win the calendar grand slam twice, suggested Federer’s lean period was more akin to a drop-off in form rather than a symptom of terminal decline. “It’s a tough time. He’s 32 and not playing his best tennis by any means,” Laver told reporters at Melbourne Park, where he launched his autobiography “Rod Laver - A memoir” on Thursday. “It’s sometimes hard to analyse someone of that ability. But once in a while it happened to me where for no reason ... you’re just flat. What’s happened? What is it that made you play your best tennis? “Maybe that’s going through a little bit of Roger’s (mind) because I saw him play at Wimbledon. The first match he played he was just perfect, great. And in the second, he loses a match which he could probably win with his eyes closed.” A year that began strongly with a run to the semifinal at the Australian Open turned ugly with a stunning second-round exit from Wimbledon at the hands of then-116th ranked Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky and a fourth-round elimination at the US Open. Now ranked sixth in the world, Federer is no certainty to play in the season-ending ATP Tour Finals, an unthinkable prospect only a few months ago. Although admitting to suffering a crisis of confidence at Flushing Meadows, Federer has vowed to play on and has talked about the prospect of playing in another Olympics at the 2016 Rio Games. “I don’t foresee him saying he’s going to hang his rackets up because he’s had a bad year,” said Laver, who won 11 grand slam titles and is regularly compared with Federer in debates about the game’s all-time greatest player. “I think he’s going to look at this next January - and you might be surprised when you look at the champion of next year (at Melbourne Park). “It might be Roger. He’s playing good tennis (but) sometimes it’s a matter of winning the right points. You don’t have to win them all, just the right ones. “He seemed like he was getting into the right position of winning the right points, but not winning them.”



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sthma is a syndrome characterised by recurrent and chronic attacks of breathlessness or bronchial spasm. It is a condition of airways; people who suffer from Asthma may have sensitive airways in the upper respiratory tract (URT) or lungs which will trigger to cause asthma attack. It will make very difficult to breathe. Important three factors which really cause the airways to become narrow or sensitive are: • Inflammation of the inner lining of the airways or URT, the inner layer becomes red and swollen. • Thick mucus plug or secretions, which will block the airways. • Muscular spasm of the airways, which becomes tight and cause bronchial spasm or constriction. In Australia, one in ten people are suffering from Asthma, totally that is approximately 2 million people are suffering from Asthma in Australia. It affects all age groups. Specifically some may get during their childhood and other get when they are older. According to Ayurveda, the pathogenesis would be, respiratory system is mainly affected but there is also disturbance in gastro intestinal tract with the vitiation of vata


Asthma (Tamaka Swasa): Ayurvedic Treatment. and Kapaha. During which most of the people suffer from recurrent or chronic attacks of bronchial spasm or breathlessness. It is usually variable in the severity and the duration. Often it will be associated with choking of nose, followed by cough. Moreover, it will be very uncomfortable in lying down position, only they feel comfortable in sitting position. In some clients the exhalation is very noisy and the sputum is very sticky. In proper asthmatic attack according to Ayurvedic Medicine, the common symptoms are sneezing, flatulence, drowsiness, darkness in the front of eyes and irritability will be high. The symptoms mostly aggravate during the night or evening time. In severe attack, it is often associated with anxiety, cyanosis, perspiration and cold extremities. Ayurvedic Treatment: In Ayurveda most of the treatment for any kind of disease is not just based on the symptoms but it also based on the constitution and other diet and lifestyle factors. The treatments in Asthma differ from patient during the attack and in between the attack. Once the constitution is diagnosed Ayurvedically, one should select the need for palliative (samana) or purificatory (Sodhana Chikista) treatment options. Ayurvedic treatments such as Vi-

rechana karma (Panchakarma) or vardhma pippali rasayana chhikista will be highly useful to treat the condition effectively without any side effects or complications along with diet and lifestyle recommendations. Ayurveda doctors say that since Ayurveda looks at each case on its own merit, ayurvedic treatment to

4 simple ways to stay in shape

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You may ask your personal query to Dr Kumar via Email or by phone 0402 282 745/ 03 9939 9474 or 02 6156 0618 regarding any of your health problems. You will be offered authentic Ayurvedic information and an opinion, as to what best can be done pertaining to your ailment.

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he 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. 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

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weight, but doing any sort of exercise will ensure that you stay in form and do not put on weight again. 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 munch- ! ing on fatty foods. 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! 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.

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ost of us know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so we need to eat something healthy and nutritious for this meal and oats are a great breakfast choice. But if you still have doubts about the health benefits of oats, nutritionist and freelance writer at Travellers Dietition - Kara Landau, attempts to highlight the benefits of this breakfast cereal. Kara says, “I doubt if plain oats, with about 3gms of fibre per serving, is really going to keep you full all morning. Yes, they can keep you full for a couple of hours, but if you start at 7am for example, I wouldn’t be surprised if by10am you feel ravenous.” Let’s move onto to the traditional rolled oats. Kara adds, “one standard serving of traditional rolled oats will usually provide around 2.6gms-3gms of fibre.” She further claims that the consumption of fibre is not very high, to give you a good start. An average person should aim for about 25-30gms of fibre a day. We have also been told that oats are good for lowering cholesterol, due to a certain type of soluble fibre called beta-glucan, which is present in them. To get the best out of oats, we need at least 3gms of beta-glucans a day in order to attain these cholesterol lowering benefits. Kara reveals, “One serve, or


Are quick oats healthy?

30gms-40gms, of traditional rolled oats, will usually provide around 1.6gms of beta-glucan. As you can see, you would need to eat almost two servings of oats in order to reach your daily target for betaglucans (but with that comes double the amount of calories too).” Besides their cholesterol lowering benefits, let’s look into their glycemic index or GI. Kara says, though traditional oats have a less GI, due to our busy schedules, we prefer using quick oats. She claims, “although these oats have a similar nutritional profile compared to traditional rolled oats, due to processing, these oats actually have a more moderate to high GI (which, is not good for sustained energy ).” So where does this leave our favourite breakfast cereal: Pros: Oats are low in sodium, saturated and trans fats, sugar (if you get the plain variety), and calories (if you have a portion controlled serving). Cons: The quick varieties have a moderate to high GI, and almost all of the varieties are not an excellent source of fibre and are not particularly high in protein. So does that mean, quick oats are bad? No, they are not. Traditional rolled oats are a far better choice than the new varieties of quick oats. It does not matter if they are “wholegrain” or “multi-

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grain” or contain some sort of “superfood” added ingredient, these quick sachets on their own are often seen more as a healthy snack option or healthy dessert, compared to the wonderous breakfast option they are often touted as. Worried, because your favourite breakfast, does not have any healthy nutrients? Don’t worry, Kara has a plan for you, which can help bump up the fibre, healthy fats, and protein, so that you can actually stay full for a longer duration. Protein - Top your oats with

Greek style yoghurt, low fat ricotta cheese, or low fat cottage cheese - putting a few tablespoons on, will bump up the protein by about 10-15gms, which will make a significant difference to how full you feel. Healthy fats - Use an unsweetened almond milk instead of water, it is low GI, provides a good source of Vitamin E, and some mono-unsaturated fats, you also could add in some chia seeds, LSA mix, grounded mixed nuts, or even a teaspoon of a natural nut butter of your preference.

Fibre- Some of the examples above also provide fibre such as the chia seeds or the LSA mix, you could also use a psyllium husk fibre supplement, or place some berries on top of your oats. Extra flavours - I love to add 1/2 a teaspoon of cinnamon (which has been shown to help regulate your blood sugar levels, leaving you with a more sustained energy release), a drop of vanilla essence, and even some raw cocoa and shredded coconut (just don’t go overboard with this so the calories don’t skyrocket).

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Home remedies to bring the glow back


ummer is over, but it has left behind an unwanted tan on your skin. When it comes to replenishing your skin with much-needed nourishment and also getting rid of darkened skin, one should trust Mother Nature.

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Natasha Tuli, an expert in aromatherapy products says, “Nature has all the answers to help you nurture your skin. Each natural ingredient has its own special quality and helps your skin in different ways.” Here are some home remedies...

- A little bit of sandalwood and turmeric powder mixed with some rose water can work wonders for the skin giving it babylike softness. - Triphala contains polyphenols, flavonoids and other antioxidants that possess both anti-

inflammatory and antibacterial properties, clearing acne as if it ceased to exist. - Sandalwood, gram flour and turmeric powder have antimicrobial properties that reduce skin inflammations, clear acne and reduce sunburn.

- Orange peel acts as an astringent and skin-toning agent, clearing acne, age spots and skin blemishes. - Lemon juice is acidic with exfoliating properties helps to peel away the skin’s top layer, there by removing existing pigmentation or dark spots. Lemon juice can be mixed with a little bit of sugar, which is an excellent cleansing agent. - Winter cherry (Ashwagandha) soothes skin abrasions caused due to environmental conditions. One of the best ingredients that nature has to offer for dealing with skin irritation. - Peppermint, basil and neem leaves have cooling properties that reduce skin inflammation, insect bites, skin burn and rashes. You can also mix in a little honey. It contains antioxidants and antibacterial agents that help reduce skin irritation. - Tomatoes are the best to lighten your skin and remove tan. Natasha says, “Lycopene, the carotenoid found in tomato, with its antioxidant properties is used in many anti-ageing treatments.” - Aloe Vera soothes troubled skin and is great for all sorts of skin trouble due to its ability to stimulate healthy cell growth and repair damaged tissues.




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Why you should adore your teen

itself It’s hard to deal with teenagers given that they are moody, rude and withdrawn. But give a thought to what is happening inside their head. The teenage brain decon-

structs, it literally falls apart. Then their brain has the difficult job of re-arranging itself, reconstructing, and that can take a long time, sometimes not coming together until the age of 18 or 20. The teenage brain does its best to get itself in ship shape, but the cortex, the decision-making centres and the centres that control

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emotions take years to start performing and that accounts for a lot of confusion about feelings, relationships and authority felt by all teenagers. This is all against a background of brand new cells that start growing deep in a youngster’s brain, which make them want to reach out to other teens.

Lack of sleep can turn lovers into fighters

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Even if they’re not friendly to you, they are to their mates. Socially, they want to begin forming friendships and indulge in mild flirtations. It used to be thought we were born with all the brain cells we’d ever have, but under certain circumstances we can grow new ones. Exercising will grow new brain cells, which is why it is

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esearch shows that the adolescent brain has a torrid time re-arranging

good for the ageing brain. Teenage hormones can switch on this kind of growth too, particularly in the amygdala, an area that is buried deep in the brain, which processes emotions. Researchers at Michigan State University in the US, have confirmed that these new cells help the teenage brain navigate the choppy waters of puberty and sail into the calmer waters of adulthood. The interesting aspect of this is that these cells play an important role in what you might call mating behaviour. And how do scientists know this? Researchers injected male hamsters with a chemical marker to show brain cell birth during puberty. When the hamsters matured into adults, the researchers allowed them to interact and mate with females. Examining the brains immediately after that mating, they found that the new cells formed during puberty had been incorporated into the amygdala. They had persisted in adults. Some of the new cells contain a protein that told the researchers that those cells had become part of the adult networks involved in social and sexual behaviour. Before this study, it was unclear if cells born during puberty even survived into adulthood. The research shows that they can mature to become part of the brain circuitry that defines adult behaviour.


eople are much more likely to lash out at their romantic partners over relationship conflicts after a bad night’s sleep, a new study has claimed. Researchers from the University of California have found that sleepless nights can worsen lovers’ fights. “Couples who fight more are less happy and less healthy,” said UC Berkeley psychologist Amie Gordon, lead author of the study. “Our research helps illuminate one factor that leads couples to engage in unnecessary and harmful conflict by showing that couples

experience more frequent and severe conflicts after sleepless nights,” she said. While previous studies indicate that poor sleep has a negative impact on romantic relationships, these new findings shed more light on how bad sleep compromises couples’ ability to avoid and manage conflict, researchers said. “For the first time, to our knowledge, we can see the process of how the nature, degree, and resolution of conflict are negatively impacted by poor sleep,” said Serena Chen, a professor of psychology at UC Berkeley.


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