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2.0 Theatrical Trailer: Shankar Stuns with his Vision November 03, 2018 15:48

Sensational director Shankar is all set with the sequel of his super hit film Robo. The movie has been titled 2.0 and is made on a massive budget of 75 million USD. Rajinikanth, Amy Jackson and Akshay Kumar are the lead actors in the film which is gearing up for release soon. The theatrical trailer of the film has been out today and it has been outstanding and is packed with huge dose of VFX work that is impressive. The quality of VFX work looks outstanding and heaps up the expectations on the film. The clashing episodes between Chitti and evil are a real treat for sure. The last twenty minutes of 2.0 is sure a major highlight. AR Rahman is the music composer and Nirav Shah is the cinematographer. 2.0 trailer lives up the expectations and Lyca Productions are the producers. 2.0 is hitting the screens on November 29th.    

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Tej to Romance Nivetha Pethuraj November 03, 2018 11:25

Sai Dharam Tej is one of the talented young actors of Telugu cinema. The actor tasted half a dozen disasters in a row after which he took a break to make his comeback. He is quite cautious about his next film which has been titled Chitralahari. The movie has been launched officially recently but the regular shoot of the film is yet to commence. Kishore Tirumala is the director and Kalyani Priyadarshan has been roped in as of the heroines. The film also has scope for the second female lead and there are speculations that Ritika Singh has been finalized. The latest update is that Tamil actress Nivetha Pethuraj has been finalized as the second female lead in Chitralahari. The regular shoot commences from December. Devi Sri Prasad is the music composer and Mythri Movie Makers are the producers. Chitralahari will hit the screens during the first half of 2019.  

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Midterm Elections: Know the Chances of Indian-American Candidates November 03, 2018 10:30

With the midterm elections less than four days away, all four Indian-American members of Congress are sure stake to get re-elected, according to numerous polls and forecasters.Representative Ami Bera, the dean of the Indian-American congressional delegation, who hardly worn through in the past three elections, has a 99 percent chance of winning, according to FiveThirtyEight.com, a popular polling aggregation website.In addition to these four, more than half-a-dozen Indian-Americans are running for Congress. They comprise Hiral Tipirneni in Arizona’s 8th Congressional district, Anita Malik (Arizona 6th), Aftab Pureval (Ohio 1st), Sri Kulkarni (Texas 22nd), Chintan Desai (Arkansas 1st) and Sanjay Patel (Florida 8th).Related content: Mid-term Elections: What Indian-American Community has at StakeHere are the probabilities for these candidates, according to FiveThirtyEight.com.REP. PRAMILA JAYAPALParty: DemocratDistrict: Washington State 7th Main opponent: Craig Keller (Republican)According to FiveThirtyEight.com, Jayapal’s win is a near certainty (99.9 percent). The district is the 20th-most-Democratic seat in the country.REP. AMI BERAParty: DemocratDistrict: California 7thMain opponent: Andrew Grant (Republican)FiveThirtyEight.com says Bera has a 99.4 percent chance of winning as of Friday. Bera won his previous election against Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones barely. Two years earlier, he won the district by a slightly more than 1,400 votes. In 2012, when he initially got elected to the House, the victory margin against Republican Dan Lungren was 2 percent.REP. RAJA KRISHNAMOORTHIParty: DemocratDistrict: Illinois 8th Main opponent: Jitendra “JD” DiganvkerFiveThirtyEight.com gives 99.9 percent chance to Krishnamoorthi for retaining the seat against fellow Indian-American Diganvker. The district is profoundly Democratic - 135th-most-Democratic orientated than the country as a whole.REP. RO KHANNAParty: DemocratDistrict: California 17th Main opponent: Ron Cohen (Republican)According to FiveThirtyEight.com, Khanna has a 99.9 percent chance of winning the Silicon Valley district. The seat is overwhelmingly Democratic - 47 points more Democratic than the country as a whole.ANITA MALIKParty: DemocratDistrict: Arizona 6th Main opponent: Rep. David Schweikert (Republican)FiveThirtyEight.com gives Malik only a 9.2 percent chance of winning against the incumbent. The district is the 152nd-most-Republican seat in the country, according to the website.HIRAL TIPIRNENIParty: DemocratDistrict: Arizona 8thMain opponent: Rep. Debbie Lesko (Republican)FiveThirtyEight.com gives Tipirneni 22.4 percent - or 2 in 9 - chance of winning against incumbent Lesko, who had overcome her in a special election last year. Tipirneni has outraised Lesko by a huge margin (nearly $4 million vs a little over half a million.)AFTAB PUREVALParty: DemocratDistrict: Ohio 1st Main opponent: Rep. Steve Chabot (Republican)FiveThirtyEight.com gives Pureval 16.5 percent chance of gaining the seat from Chabot. The district is regarded as the 201st-most-Republican-leaning seat. Pureval has a huge money advantage over the incumbent has raised more than $3 million.SRI PRESTON KULKARNIParty: DemocratDistrict: Texas 22ndMain opponent: Rep. Pete Olson (Republican)According to FiveThirtyEight.com, Kulkarni has 19.5 percent chance of unseating the incumbent. The district is heavily Republican - 132nd-most-Republican in the country.CHINTAN DESAIParty: DemocratDistrict: Arkansas 1st Main opponent: Rick Crawford (Republican)FiveThirtyEight.com gives only 0.1 percent chance to Desai, a first-time contender, against the incumbent. The district is 30 percent more Republican than the country as a whole.SANJAY PATELParty: DemocratDistrict: Florida 8th Main opponent: Bill Posey (R)FiveThirtyEight.com gives only 0.7 percent chance for winning in a district that is 23.5 points more Republican-leaning than the country as a whole. Posey had won the last election by virtually 31 percent.JITENDRA “JD’ DIGANVKERParty: RepublicanDistrict: Illinois 8th Main opponent: Rep. Raja KrishnamoorthiFiveThirtyEight.com gives Diganvker only 0.1 percent chance of winning against fellow Indian-American Krishnamoorthi.-Sowmya Sangam

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Green pea and Raw Banana Sabzi Recipe November 02, 2018 18:17

Want to try something spicy and tempting dish? Then try this Green pea and Raw Banana Sabzi which is spicy, tasty, and mouth-watering dish. This dish has a nice blend of spices and also an amazing combination of green pea and raw banana. This is perfect when you have a sudden guest in your home. This goes well with rice or roti. Ingredients -3 cups raw bananas, peeled and cut into cubes-1 1/2 cups boiled green peas-2 tsp oil-1/2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)-1 1/2 tsp green chili paste-1/4 cup freshly grated coconut-1/4 cup chopped coriander (dhania)-2 tsp lemon juice-2 tsp coriander-cumin seeds (dhania-jeera) powder-1/2 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)-salt to taste Directions 1.In a bowl, add banana cubes, and salt and mix it well and then steam it in a steamer for 7 minutes and keep it aside.2.Heat oil in a deep non-stick pan and add the cumin seeds and when the seeds crackle, add green chili paste, grated coconut, coriander- cumin powder, turmeric powder, mix it gently.3.Then add the steamed, raw banana and mix it nicely with the masala and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes and stir occasionally.4.Switch off the flame and serve it with rice or roti. Nutrient values per serving -Energy 259 cal-Protein 5.8 g-Carbohydrates 46.5 g-Fiber 7.9 g-Fat 5.6 g-Cholesterol 0 mg-Vitamin A 275.1 mg-Vitamin B1 0.1 mg-Vitamin B2 0.1 mg-Vitamin B3 0.7 mg-Vitamin C 18.2 mg-Folic Acid 5.5 mg-Calcium 40.3 mg-Iron 1.4 mg-Magnesium 0 mg-Phosphorus 0 mg-Sodium 54.4 mg-Potassium 177.6 mg-Zinc 0 mg Meghna Nath

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SRK's ZERO Trailer: Outstanding Stuff November 02, 2018 17:42

Bollywood Superstar Shah Rukh Khan is celebrating his birthday today and on this eve, the theatrical trailer of his next outing ZERO has been released. The film is said to be a romantic drama and is directed by Anand L Rai. Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif played the lead roles in this romantic entertainer and SRK plays the role of a short midget in the film. The trailer is a perfect treat for King Khan's fans and is filled with loads of entertainment and romance. Shah Rukh Khan has been outstanding in the role and he assigned it with perfection. Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif proved that they are top notch performers once again. ZERO is made on a massive budget of Rs 200 crores Bankrolled by Red Chillies Entertainments, ZERO is slated for December 21st release.    

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Galore Indians Apply for Passports as UAE Extends Amnesty Deadline November 02, 2018 17:18

Indian residents in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to a great extent have applied for short validity passport under the visa amnesty scheme which has been prolonged for a month. According to a report in the National, thus far, about 1800 Indians living in the country have applied for abbreviated validity passport after the visa amnesty scheme was set up on August 1. Under the visa amnesty program, foreign workers who were overstaying their permits will be capable to leave the country without paying any fine or going through jail term. Simultaneously, the scheme will also let workers look for a new job inside six months. The scheme which was expected to end on October 31, has now been prolonged for a month till December 1, within which residents will have to apply for permits to stay in the country. "A lot of people on expired passports have renewed their passport because of the six-month window for them to find a job," Indian ambassador to the UAE, Navdeep Suri was quoted as saying by the report. According to a report, the Indian embassy has also issued 3,868 emergency certificates that will enable Indian citizens, who have misplaced their passports or other crucial certificates, to leave the country. Suri noted that people who had to experience the utmost difficult challenges after losing credential apply for emergency certificates. "When we talk to people who show up asking for an emergency certificate, all they want is to go back home, you can see their desperation," the National cited Suri as saying. He added, "Some have been cheated by agents on the Indian side or cheated by employers on this side. This happens particularly in the unskilled and semi-skilled category with the blue-collar workers. The emergency certificate is strictly a one-way travel document. For those who have taken emergency certificates back home, they cannot get a visa issued on this." Brigadier Saeed Al Rashdi, acting director general of Foreign Affairs and Ports at the Federal Authority of Identity and Citizenship said the decision to extend the amnesty program will aid people without legal papers to get a new start to their life, state news agency Wam noted. He also said that the authority has established nine centers including in Al Aweer in Dubai and Al Shahama, Al Ain and Al Dhafra in Abu Dhabi, as well as in Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, and Umm Al Quwain to assist with the visa amnesty proceedings, the publication reported. According to him, after the grace period is concluded, the government will initiate profound search programs to prosecute illegal residents. The Indian community in the UAE, total 2.6 million, composes 30 percent of the entire population and is noted to be the largest expatriate community in the country. -Sowmya Sangam

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'Pather Panchali' only Indian Film to Feature in BBC's Top Foreign Films November 02, 2018 16:03

Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray's fad film, Pather Panchali which was released in 1955 has been selected as one of the best foreign films of all time. As per BBC's 100 best films, Pather Panchali stands at the 15th position. The movie is a Bengali film written and directed by Satyajit Ray and was produced by the Government of West Bengal. Over 200 critics from 43 countries took part in the poll, which judged Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai as the number one film not in the English language. The poll narrowed down 100 films from 67 different directors, from 24 countries, and in 19 languages. "27 of the highest-rated films were in French, followed by 12 in Mandarin, and 11 each in Italian and Japanese," according to the BBC. The website also mentions that four of the 100 films have been directed by women. However, it said that 45 percent of the critics who took part in the poll were women. ImageSource: indiatimes.in The selected film, Pather Panchali depicts the childhood of the protagonist Apu (Subir Banerjee) and his elder sister Durga (Uma Dasgupta) and the harsh village life of their poor family. -Sowmya  

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U.S. Based Journalist Accuses MJ Akbar of Rape November 02, 2018 15:47

The editor-turned-politician MJ Akbar, who had to leave office as union minister over sexual harassment allegations against him, has now been accused of rape by the United States-based journalist who worked with him over two decades ago. MJ Akbar has dismissed the allegations as false, his attorney told The Washington Post, which has published the first person report of Pallavi Gogoi, an editor at the National Public Radio (NPR). Pallavi Gogoi writes that MJ Akbar was the Editor-In-Chief at The Asian Age when she joined the newspaper as a "22-year-old star-struck journalist". She says she was "mesmerized by his use of language and his turns of phrase" and took all the "verbal abuse" as part of the learning process. She soon became the editor of the op-ed page, but ended up paying a "very big price" for the break, she says. Unfolding the fright when she had gone to show him the op-ed page, she writes, "He applauded my effort and suddenly lunged to kiss me. I reeled. I emerged from the office, red-faced, confused, ashamed, destroyed." The second incident was a few months later, when during the launch of a magazine, "he called me to his room at the fancy Taj hotel (in Mumbai), again to see the layouts. When he again came close to me to kiss me, I fought him and pushed him away. He scratched my face as I ran away, tears streaming down." It was followed by another call from her boss, this time from a hotel in Jaipur. "... even though I fought him, he was physically more powerful," she alleges. The cycle of abuse and assertion of power continued when he "defiled me sexually, verbally, emotionally", she adds. Pallavi Gogoi says she had confided in her friends, who were also allegedly assaulted by the author-editor. "I was in shreds - emotionally, physically, mentally." She wraps her piece with, "I am writing this to support the many women who have come out to tell their truth. I am writing this for my teenage daughter and son. So they know to fight back when anyone victimizes them. So they know never to victimize anyone." Those before me have given me the courage to reach into the recesses of my mind and confront the monster that I escaped from decades ago. Together, our voices tell a different truth @TushitaPatel @SuparnaSharma @priyaramani @ghazalawahab My story https://t.co/DG5dT7TEUU — Pallavi Gogoi (@pgogoi) November 1, 2018 More than 20 former colleagues of MJ Akbar have appeared with their versions of abuse by a powerful newsman. He sued one of them for defamation. MJ Akbar has accused Priya Ramani, the first woman to call him out, of "intentionally putting forward malicious, fabricated and salacious" allegations to harm his reputation. After resigning as junior foreign minister on October 17, MJ Akbar said in a statement, "Since I have decided to seek justice in a court of law in my personal capacity, I deem it appropriate to step down from office and challenge false accusations levied against me." Ramani said she was ready to fight the defamation complaint and "truth and the absolute truth is my only defense". Women who have spoken against Akbar "have done so at great risk to personal and professional lives," she said. After Ramani more women posted allegations against Akbar. -Sowmya Sangam

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Trump Admin Revokes Duty-Free Privileges on 50 Indian Products in U.S. November 02, 2018 15:38

India's worsening trade relations with the United States took a new turn when the Trump administration decided to revoke duty-free privileges on the import of as many as 50 Indian products. The move came in after India decided to hike the customs duty levied on 29 American products.  Surprisingly though, India has been endlessly extending the deadlines for the imposition of these the higher duties. Actually, the Finance Ministry recently decided to advance the deadline for the third time in a row by another 45 days till 17 December.  Citing section 503(c)(2)(A) of U.S.' 1974 Act, President Donald Trump announced that 'certain beneficiary developing countries' has overused the benefits of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) in the previous year by crossing the competitive-need limitations.  In an announcement issued by White House, Trump stated that he may retreat, suspend or limit the application of the duty-free treatment that is accorded to specific articles under the GSP when imported from designated beneficiary developing countries.  Items Pulled out of GSP Benefits The list of items withdrawn from tariff-free provisions chiefly includes agricultural and handloom goods like areca nuts, processed mangoes, sandstones, leather from buffalo skin, plain weave handloom cotton fabric over a weight of 85 per cotton, carpets and textile floor covers.  Basically, the imposition of tariffs means that it is going to be more expensive to export them to the U.S. And since it will be more expensive, the prices of those products will increase since the trader will shift the burden of the tax onto the consumer.  So, if we follow the basic principles of demand and supply, with the commodities getting more expensive, it’s likely that their demand will fall negatively impacting India's outgoing trade.  Impact on India's SMEs The U.S. was providing India benefits worth $70 million with its GSP - which gives exclusive provisions to export tariff-free products in the United States. Imposition of regular U.S. tariffs on Indian products is likely to impact the Small and Medium-sized business (SMEs) which are dependent on exports. In particular, Indian handloom and agricultural sectors may have to look for other options to boost exports once tariffs are imposed on their product. It is not India's going to stop exporting these products entirely yet having to bear regular tariffs which will directly impact export volumes.  That being said, an Indian official has claimed that these products are not a major part of India's total export, which is worth $5.6 billion and thereby will not impact the Indian economy much.  U.S.-India's Chaotic Trade Relations The U.S. and India have been going through a rough phase since the Trump government came into power. Earlier this year, India proclaimed plans to increase the tariff on 29 American goods - mainly nuts, apples and finished metal - as a counter-attack on Trump's move to increase taxes levied on the import of steel and aluminum. Mis-stating India's tariff system, Trump called India 'tariff king' for levying higher import duties on several American products. The U.S. has also been mulling over penalizing India for breaching its call to bring Iranian oil export to zero. Apart from this, India's recent $7 billion defense deal with Russia has put the U.S. on the offensive raising a lot of questions on how the two countries are going to work out their trade relations in the future. -Sowmya Sangam

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India have Good Chance of Winning Series: Sachin Tendulkar November 02, 2018 14:50

As Indian cricket team is gearing up for next series starting Down Under next month, batting legend Sachin Tendulkar feels that the men in Blue have a good chance of winning, though India has always found the going tough whenever they have toured Australia. According to Sachin, the current Australian team lacks the skill and experience of some of the legendary teams of the past, but the Virat Kohli led Indian side need to be at the very best in order to win the series.  "We stand a very good chance, so if you see the Australia teams in the past and compare them to this one, yes we have a very good chance. Possibly our best chance to go out there and beat them. I mean playing cricket at the highest level, I don't think it is at the highest level at this stage. I think they have had better sides in the past," Sachin was quoted as saying by CNN-News18 on Thursday. "They (Australia) have had better players with more experience, this is a considerably an inexperienced side. They are kind of getting back together and forming a solid unit. But Australians are known for being competitive and I won't be surprised if they put up a competitive fight. And to go out there and challenge them is also not going to be easy," he added.  "But we have the ammunition to go out there and challenge them. We have good fast bowlers, quality spinners. We have good batters. You win Test matches when you score a lot of runs on the board." Sachin as well asserted that Kohli's style of captaincy and current superb form with the bat will be an added strength for the Indians. "I think it is his hunger....his temperament. The ability to assess the situation. Because there is no set formula to that. Every day you are going to have some different challenges and you have got to have that adaptability and flexibility in your mind to go out and assess and he does that rather well. And one good thing is he is hungry forever, that's how a batsman should be," he said. Although the veteran Mahendra Singh Dhoni has retired from Test cricket and is on his way out of the Indian Twenty20 team, guesses have been prevailing whether the former captain will announce his international withdrawal ahead the 50-over World Cup following year. Sachin however, said that Dhoni still has the ability to excel at the international level and it is his prerogative to take the final call. "I have never made judgments. Even earlier and I don't want to pass a judgment where the selectors will start thinking otherwise, I don't want to influence that. See Dhoni has always been a massive contributor in all forms of cricket. And he has taken the responsibility for a number of years. So whatever he decides, I always feel that a player having played for such a long time knows what he needs to work on and what he needs to do," the former star batsman said. "So, I myself went out there, I knew exactly what I needed to work on. And you sit in the dressing room and you discuss with your colleagues. You discuss various things with your coach and you are pretty much clear what you wanted to do. And I would like to believe that MS, having played for so many years, knows exactly what is going on and knows exactly what needs to be done." -Sowmya Sangam

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