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Study: Over 250 Worldwide Died Taking Selfies in 6 Yrs. October 08, 2018 12:05

Selfies are pleasurable if clicked right but can be equally menacing if gone wrong, and a new study from researchers prove this to be literal.In the last six years, over 250 people worldwide have died while taking selfies, according to a study associated with the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, a set of public medical colleges based in New Delhi. Researchers have analyzed news reports of the 259 selfie-related deaths from October 2011 to November 2017 and finding were published in the July-August edition of the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care.The research found that of the 259 deaths, the leading cause of deaths to be drowning, followed by incidents involving transportation. Some other causes of selfie-related death include firearms, animals, and electrocution."The selfie deaths have become a major public health problem," Agam Bansal, the study's lead author, told The Washington Post.The numerous reports of deadly selfie incidents have come from the United States, Russia, and Pakistan, though India found to have the highest number of deaths of all countries. Bansal noted that while the simple act of taking a selfie is not deadly, the hazard originates when people take risks while trying to get that faultless shot.Bansal added he was as well concerned over how many of the selfie-related deaths involved young people. Over 85 percent of the victims were between the ages of 10 and 30.While the number of deaths reported in the study may appear high, Bansal said there could be many more instances that just have not been registered due to issues with reporting.In 2018 lone, there have already been numerous selfie-related deaths.Mohit Jain, an orthopedic doctor who was not participating in the recent study but has researched into selfie deaths, reported the work of Bansal and fellow researchers Abhijit Pakhare and Chandan Garg as "really necessary" to "make people alert that you can die while taking a selfie." Jain's research found that 75 people had died attempting to take selfies from 2014 to mid-2016."It's like a man-made disaster," he told The Post. "It's not a natural disaster."One possible way to prevent selfie deaths would be "no selfie zones," Bansal said, forbidding them in certain areas such as mountain peaks, water bodies, and at the top of tall buildings.Endeavors to deter people from taking unsafe selfies has already been attempted in multiple countries, including Russia, India, and Indonesia.Mumbai, earlier in 2016 declared 16 "no selfie zones" across the city following a heap of selfie-related deaths, the Guardian reported.Earlier this year, a national park in Indonesia proclaimed it would be running to create a harmless spot for photos after a hiker died taking a selfie, according to the Jakarta Post.-Sowmya Sangam

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Anupam Kher Speaks Out his Constancy for Indian Cinema October 08, 2018 11:02

From working in Indian films for over three decades to attaining worldwide renown with numerous global projects, veteran actor Anupam Kher, who is at present in the United States shooting for his novel American series "New Amsterdam," says he can never overlook Indian cinema for foreign projects. "It feels good when I get recognition for my international movies and shows, but for me, my own (Indian) cinema is very much important. When I am in some foreign country, I always introduce myself as 'I am an international actor from India'. "Being an Indian actor, I cannot overlook our cinema. And I feel there is no dearth of South Asian actors in world cinema because it completely depends upon the person whether he/she wants to act in international projects or not. Our Indian cinema is self-sufficient in its own way," Anupam told IANS. The 63-year-old has played crucial roles in Oscar-nominated Hollywood movies like Silver Linings Playbook and The Big Sick. According to Anupam, he has "reinvented" himself by essaying the role of Vijay Kapoor in the show. "Through New Amsterdam, one of the main things I have learned is the relationship between doctors and patients. For this show, we are shooting in a real hospital, so I often get a chance to meet patients and doctors. Interacting with the patients made me understand the real value of relations and emotions. "Now I know what families go through if their loved ones are battling with some illness. I am evolving as a person with this project." As the show is already on air and is garnering a great response from viewers, Anupam considers this project a "huge achievement". The versatile actor has been an entertaining audience with performances for over 30 years, be it his negative role in Dushmani or his comic avatar in Haseena Maan Jayegi. He has as well been feted with civilian honors like the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan. "A young boy from Shimla who dreamt of becoming an actor successfully paved a path in Bollywood and is now working in Hollywood. What else could I have asked for? I feel blessed that God has always been kind to me. This project has given me a different kind of achievement. I always wanted to do something different and now I have reinvented and explored my new side with New Amsterdam," he added. Apart from his international projects, Anupam is also gearing up for his next Hindi film 'The Accidental Prime Minister,' a biopic based on the life of former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The actor said: "It took 4-5 months to make my body language similar to Manmohanji and a complete month for having control over my voice. It was not like 'Go inside (the make-up room) and come out (dressed) as Manmohan Singh'. The character demanded huge hard work and I tried my best to play the role with sincerity and conviction. "Portraying Dr. Manmohan Singh's life on-screen was like a scientist working on his/her discoveries and theories because it is not easy to represent someone who is known by the world. Manmohan Singh is a politician and leader of this generation. People know everything about him. I hope I have done justice to his character." -Sowmya  

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Harris, Jayapal Issue Clarion Calls to Continue to Fight Against Kavanaugh October 08, 2018 09:52

Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation as a Supreme Court Judge on Saturday amid sexual assault allegations has elevated rage among Indian-American lawmakers.Kamala Harris, the United States Senator from California and Representative Pramila Jayapal of Washington have issued clarion calls to last the fight that saw the nomination of the controversial judge nearly disrupted in the Senate.Kavanaugh, 53, was confirmed 50-48. He was on time sworn in by both Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and the retired Justice Anthony M. Kennedy.Days after President Donald Trump shortlisted Kavanaugh to become an Associate  Justice of the Supreme Court, an American professor of psychology at Palo Alto University, Christine Blasey Ford, accused him of sexual assault when both were in high school over three decades ago."There is no question today was a really tough day," Harris, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee who led the fight against the judge, said in a video message. "But I wanted to speak to all of the survivors of sexual assault. And I want to thank you for speaking your truth, for sharing your stories, for having the courage to require people to understand and to hear. And I just want you to remember that your strength your leadership, your courage is so important and you will not be silenced."She added: "We are all in this together. Let us keep this fight going." My message to sexual assault survivors: Thank you for your courage. Your voices have mattered. pic.twitter.com/nOwUEklBW8 — Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) October 6, 2018 Earlier, in a Senate floor speech filled red meat, Harris had condemned the Republicans' decision to stick with Kavanaugh regardless of the accusations against him."Is he fit to be a jurist in the place where we have said justice in our country occurs?" she said. "When it comes to Dr. Ford's allegations, we fell short. We fell short. We did not do her justice, we did not do the American people justice."Jayapal, on Saturday, questioned the legitimacy of Kavanaugh. She said in a statement: "Eleanor Roosevelt once said: 'We go ahead together or we go down together.' Today, it is clear the party of Donald Trump wants us to go down together, ramming through a Supreme Court nominee at the expense of the legitimacy of our highest court and public trust."She said the Republicans and the White House could have chosen another nominee. "They could have let a full investigation find out all the facts," she said. "Instead, for the first in our modern history, the Senate has confirmed an individual whose relevant documents were not released to the public and who has, at best, misleading the Senate about his involvement in critical issues such as warrantless surveillance and past judicial confirmations. Worse still, this nominee has a giant asterisk next to his name around the multiple sexual assault allegations against him. In the end, his over partisanship, belligerence, and disrespect during his last hearings were shocking and made it clear that he is simply not fit to serve as a Supreme Court Justice."Jayapal said Kavanaugh's "confirmation, opposed by a plurality of the American people, undermines the reputation, credibility and, ultimately, the success of the highest court of this land."She pointed out that "FBI investigators did not even speak to" Ford, "at the White House's apparent direction."Jayapal added: "Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation today is, simply, a slap in the face to all women across our country who simply have not been believed for so long. Today, to those survivors of sexual assault who are weeping and despondent, I send courage and strength. Do not lose hope. Your experiences are real, your pain and stories are part of the tapestry of injustice that only calls us even more strongly to work together for justice and rise up - together."She said, as a member of the House Judiciary Committee, she will do "everything in my power to ensure full oversight and accountability - no matter what the U.S. Senate does today. We will never be deterred in the fight for justice that we can all believe in."-Sowmya Sangam

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Delicious Paneer and Corn Korma Recipe October 06, 2018 15:01

Paneer and Corn Korma is a tasty and a perfect Indian dish which goes well with any Indian bread. This dish has an amazing flavor, creamy texture, and also has a wonderful taste. This dish is perfect for vegetarian and perfect for any special occasion. Try this delicious dish at your home and surprise your family members.Preparation Time: 10 minCooking Time: 15 minIngredientsFor The Coconut Paste- 1/4 cup freshly grated coconut- 2 tsp poppy seeds (khus-khus)- 8 cashew nuts (kaju)- 1 tbsp roughly chopped green chiliesOther Ingredients- 3/4 cup paneer (cottage cheese) , cut into 25 mm. (1”) cubes- 3/4 cup boiled sweet corn kernels (makai ke dane)- 5 tsp oil- 1/2 cup thinly sliced onions- 1 cup finely chopped tomatoes- 1/4 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)- 1 1/2 tsp chili powder- Salt to taste- 1 tbsp tomato puree- 1/2 cup beaten fresh curd (dahi)For The Garnish- A sprig of coriander (dhania)DirectionsFor the coconut paste1. Heat a broad, non-stick pan pan, add the coconut and dry roast on a medium flame for 1 minute or till it turns light brown in color and stir continuously.2. Add the poppy seeds and cashew nuts and dry roast on a low flame for a minute and stir continuously and keep it aside to cool slightly.3. Transfer the coconut mixture in a blender and also add green chilies and a little water and blend to smooth paste and keep it aside.How to proceed4. Heat 3 tsp of oil in a broad, non-stick pan, add the paneer and fry on a medium flame till they turn light brown in color.5. Drain it on a tissue paper and keep it aside. 6. Heat 2 tsp of oil in a non-stick pan, add the onions and fry on a medium flame till they turn golden brown in color and blend to a smooth paste by using a little water and keep it aside.7. In a non-stick pan, add onion paste and coconut paste and fry it on a low flame for a few min.8. Add the tomatoes, turmeric powder, chili powder, salt and ¼ cup of water, mix it well and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes and stir occasionally and mash it well with a help of a potato masher.9. Add the tomato puree and curds, mix it well and cook on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes and stir once in between.10. Add the sweet corn kernels and fried paneer, mix it gently and cook on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes and stir occasionally.11. Once done, switch off the flame and garnish with a coriander sprig and serve it hot with paratha.Nutrient values Per serving- Energy 202 k cal- Protein 5.9 gm- Carbohydrate 11.9 gm- Fat 14.9 gm- Fiber 2.2 gm- Calcium 180.4 mg-Meghna Nath

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India Suspends Passports of 60 NRIs Accused of Deserting Wives October 05, 2018 15:58

About 60 Non-Resident Indian (NRI) passports have been suspended by Indian passport authorities accused of deserting their wives in India soon after marriage. In May this year, the Regional Passport Office (RPO) in Chandigarh, started the procedure of suspending the passport pursuing complaints filed by the abandoned wives. According to a report by SBS Australia, most NRIs whose Indian passports have been suspended are based in Canada and Australia. The reported cited information received from Chandigarh's Regional Passport Officer, Sibash Kabiraj. While the Indian government is not insisting on the deportation of these NRIs, it’s informing the Australian authorities about the status of the affected NRIs’ passports, Kabiraj told SBS. Once a passport is suspended, all the valid visas in the passport are revoked, making the passport holder an illegal immigrant in their country of residence. And if the person is in India, he is barred from traveling abroad."This effectively means that those passports are not valid now and that makes all the visas linked to those passports invalid too," Kabiraj said. 'It's up to the Australian authorities to act now that they know these people are illegally in their country." There are more than 40,000 women from Punjab and Haryana, who have been abandoned within months after marriage to an NRI groom without a legal divorce, the Times of India reported.Related content: NCW Appeals MEA to Foil Ex Parte NRI DivorcesThe Chandigarh RPO, earlier this year started a helpline with an intent to assist the abandoned wives to seek help. More than 50 women call the helpline every day, and are assisted by volunteers in filing complaints against their husbands, the report added."We receive calls every day and we act on those where there's evidence - such as a court order or non-compliance with the summons of a court," Kabiraj told SBS.The RPO has received 2,000 complaints and will start processing them soon. About 70 percent of such cases are from Punjab, according to the Times of India.The Indian government has strengthened its endeavor against absentee NRIs in the recent months, with progressive backing from the Ministry of Women and Child Welfare.Punjab's NRI Commission has recommended suspension of as many as 25 passports in the last two months, the Times of India added.The Chandigarh RPO after flooding with complaints started suspending passports. It is taking action against NRIs whom FIRs have been registered and courts have issued summons or warrants.The passports were suspended after the show-cause notices to truant NRIs did not raise any reply.-Sowmya Sangam

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U.S. Names Babbar Khalsa among Separatist Movements October 05, 2018 15:28

The Sikh militant group Babbar Khalsa has been named among the separatist movements by the United States that pose a risk to American interest abroad by conducting assassinations and bombings against major political, economic, and social targets.Through violent means, Babbar Khalsa International seeks to set up its own independent state in India and is accountable for significant terrorist attacks in India and elsewhere that have claimed the lives of innocent civilians, according to the Trump administration's new National Strategy for Counterterrorism unveiled by the White House on Thursday. The direct reference to Babbar Khalsa, an international terrorist organization and prohibited by several countries including Canada, the U.S. and India assume significance because of its minuscule support base in North America.The Indian government, in recent months, is believed to have raised with the Trump administration in the issue of separatist Sikhs using the U.S. as a platform to gain global traction.The White House, in its strategy paper, said there is a broad range of revolutionary, nationalist, and separatist movements overseas whose use of violence and intent to destabilize societies often puts American lives at risk. "Such groups may avoid or deprioritize targeting United States interests, for now, to avoid detracting from their core goals but frequently conduct assassinations and bombings against major economic, political, and social targets, heightening the risk to the United States personnel and interests overseas," the strategy said.  Among others, the White House said the Nordic Resistance Movement is a prominent transnational, self-described nationalist-socialist organization with anti-Western views that has conducted violent attacks against Muslims, left-wing groups, and others. The group has demonstrated against the U.S. Government actions it perceives are supportive of Israel and has the potential to extend its targeting to the U.S. interests, it said. "Similarly, the neo-Nazi National Action Group, a terrorist organization that was banned by the United Kingdom in 2016 for its promotion of violence against politicians and minorities, operates mainly in the United Kingdom but has engaged with like-minded groups in the United States, Estonia, France, Germany, Latvia, and Poland - expanding the potential influence of its violent ideology," the strategy said.-Sowmya Sangam

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NOTA Movie Review, Rating, Story, Cast and Crew October 05, 2018 13:22

NOTA is all about Varun (Vijay Devarakonda) who is unaware and is not bothered about the political happenings of the country. He is a spoiled brat and prefers to party despite of being the son of a Chief Minister (Nassar). Right after his father lands in legal troubles, Varun has been asked to take the oath as Chief Minister. A confused Varun struggles initially to stand tall but he later takes on the latest political happenings in the state. Watch NOTA to know about the hurdles and challenges that Varun faces as a Chief Minister.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Left Out of Portuguese Squad Amid Rape Accusation October 05, 2018 12:38

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been left off the Portuguese National team amid rape allegations from 2009, according to reports.The former Real Madrid and Manchester United Player Ronaldo will miss Portugal's second game in the ongoing UEFA Nations League on October 11 likewise an affable match three days later.Fernando Santos, Portugal national team coach has since stated that his star player will as well not be called up for the succeeding round of international games in November. Santos further said that the decision was taken pursuing talks between Santos, Ronaldo and the head of the Portuguese soccer federation. Earlier in September, Ronaldo missed two Portugal games at his own request, according to Reuters reports. Ronaldo has been accused of rape by Kathryn Mayorga, who says the player assaulted her at a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009. However, Cristiano has denied the accusations against him.According to reports by Efe, the denial of Ronaldo, who after spending nine booming years at Real Madrid, joined Juventus in the past summer transfer window for 112 million euros ($129 million), comes after the German magazine Der Spiegel disclosed the identity of the woman, American model Kathryn Mayorga. "I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me. Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in," the 33-year-old forward tweeted."Keen as I may be to clear my name, I refuse to feed the media spectacle created by people seeking to promote themselves at my expense," he stressed.The accusations have since acquired vast media attention. Images allegedly taken at the Palms Casino Resort of the night in question were broadcast on Wednesday.Soon after the release of the photographs, Ronaldo denied these accusations through his official Twitter handle in both English and Portuguese.-Sowmya Sangam

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Capitol Police Arrests Over 300 during Anti-Kavanaugh Protests October 05, 2018 12:28

The United States Capitol Police arrested 302 people for protesting in the Senate office buildings against the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, a Supreme Court nominee judge, who is accused of alleged sexual abuse. In a statement, the police said that 293 people were arrested on Thursday for "unlawfully demonstrating" in the buildings and another nine for "crowding, obstructing, and incommoding", reports Efe news.Among those arrested were actress Amy Schumer and model Emily Ratajkowski. "Bravery is contagious," "Stop Kavanaugh,", "Kavanaugh has to go," and "We don't want rapists in court", were the most recurring slogans during the march.The three women, including Christine Blasey Ford, an American professor of psychology at Palo Alto University accused Kavanaugh of sexual abuse by three. Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this week, saying she was 100 percent certain that the Supreme Court nominee tried to rape her in 1982.The Senate, in which the Republican have a narrow 51-49 majority, is due to vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation on Saturday. The party, however, requires a plain majority of 51 votes in the Senate for its judicial nomination to be approved.-Sowmya Sangam

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Putin Arrives in India for Summit with PM Modi October 05, 2018 10:28

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in India Thursday on a two-day visit to hold the annual bilateral summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj received Putin, who is accompanied by a high-level delegation.In the 19th India-Russia Annual Bilateral Summit, which will take place on Friday, Modi and Putin are expected to review bilateral defense cooperation in the wake of the United States sanctions against Russian defense majors.The two leaders are as well likely to deliberate on key regional and global issues, including the U.S. sanctions on the import of Iranian crude oil.During the visit, the chief focus will be on the S-400 Triumf air defense missile system agreement, with a top Kremlin aide saying Tuesday that Russian President Putin will supervise the signing of the $5 billion deal.-Sowmya Sangam

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