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WAYNAD TOURISM : Visit Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary this weekend.

Wayanad sits on the edge of UNESCO heritage site Nilgiri biosphere in Kerala with amazing divergence in nature. A number of tribes inhabit this region, in fact, most of the state’s tribal population have made this their home adding that distinct societal influence. One could visit the defunct Jain basidi at Sulthan Bathery, which was once an ammunition dumping ground for Tipu Sultan of Mysore. Learning that the forests were once reserved for private hunting by Mysore royalty, British viceroys and Russian Dukes, this location makes sense.

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is an animal sanctuary in Wayanad, Kerala, south India. It is on the way from Mysore to Sultan Battery. A variety of large wild animals such as Indian Bison, elephant, deer and tiger are found there.

Kalpetta, the small town lying on the Kozhikode- Mysore National Highway is the headquarters of Wayanad district. It is about 72 km from Kozhikode. The town surrounded by coffee plantations and mountains is a tourist hub as well a…

Apte Video : Intended leak for publicity stunt ?

Apte is a talented actress who has been working since 2005 and has a knack for picking unusual roles and standing out on the strength of her performances. This year, she’s won critical acclaim for Badlapur and Hunterrr. Earlier this February, Radhika Apte was caught by surprise upon seeing some of her fake photographs doing the rounds on the Internet and Whatsapp. While she admits this is a peril of celebrityhood, the "Badlapur" actress says such incidents are best ignored.Few days back her Video gone Viral.Cyber Cell of Mumbai Police have registered a case against an unknown person for leaking an adult video of Bollywood actress Radhika Apte. The case was registered after director Anurag Kashyap approached the Mumbai police with a complaint last week.An adult video featuring Apte went viral on social media a few days back. The clip, incidentally, was a scene from Kashyap's upcoming short film which features the actress. The film is yet to be released.The scene was for …

Rahul Gandhi arrives in Nagpur for his Vidarbha 'padyatra'

Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi arrived here tonight for a day-long 'padyatra' tomorrow to highlight the agrarian crisis in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, where several farmers have committed suicide.

Barkha Dutt Silences A Foreign Reporter Who Said “India Is So Unsafe For Women”

The sixth annual Women in the World Summit was held in New York, from April 22 to April 24. Women from around the world gathered together to discuss issues of gender and share their stories. On the second day, renowned journalist Barkha Dutt, along with Leslee Udwin, director of "India's Daughter", spoke on the issue of women in India. The panel discussed sexual violence and gender inequality among other things. On a panel discussing rape culture in India, Barkha Dutt shuts up CBS presenter Norah O'Donell who expressed the view that India is unsafe for women in the presence of Leslee Udwin, the director of the BBC documentary "India's Daughter".She exclaimed, "Now this is where I have a fierce disagreement with the narrative that's being built around my country." She strongly defended India and pointed out about other countries with similar, if not more, pressing gender concerns than India.

Watch the YouTube video, uploaded by Women In …

Why was the Nepal earthquake so deadly?

A 7.8 earthquake that hit near Katmandu, Nepal, on Saturday has killed thousands of people and left the region devastated. Here's the latest on what happened and the situation on the ground: How many people have died so far?  As of Monday morning, 4,000 people had died in the quake, according to authorities in Nepal. Thousands more were injured in that country alone. This does not include at least 17 people reported dead and dozens injured on Mt. Everest. In addition, the quake killed at least 69 people in India and 20 people in China’s Tibet region. Additional deaths were reported in Bangladesh. Officials in Nepal say more than 6,900 people have been injured.
What is the situation on Mt. Everest? At least 17 people were killed, and more than 60 others injured, many of them critically, according to officials. Helicopter teams have evacuated dozens of critically injured climbers, most of them Sherpas or guides who were working at the base camp, but the flights were suspended Sunday…

Achuthanandan dropped from CPI-M's Kerala state secretariat

VS Achuthanandan, the 91-year-old Leader of the Opposition in the Kerala Assembly, former Chief Minister and a founding member of the CPI(M), has been effectively sidelined from the party's internal affairs.Besides Achuthanandan, former minister P.K. Gurdasan and Left Democratic Front convenor Vaikom Viswan were dropped form the secretariat.They were replaced by M.M. Mani, K.J. Thomas and T.P. Ramakrishnan.

Srinagar's Tourism business affected

Separatist leader Masarat Alam Bhat got popularity recently with the  raising of pro-Pakistan slogans and flags at a rally  in Kashmir

He was later arrested after amid pressure from the Central Govt. and Home minister Rajnath Singh.

Mehbooba Mufti in a TV show claimed that tourism business is affected because of   media highlighting  the situation in the Kashmir valley

Last years flood has already caused a lot of damage to the economy and livelihood. One thing that could really help the local economy right now is tourism.But with the Voilence projected in media channels has slow down the business in valley.  A boost in Tourism in Kashmir after flood could go a long way in reviving the local economy and empower locals with livelihood options.

Nepal earthquake: Rescue effort intensifies

Relief efforts in Nepal are intensifying after more than 2,300 people were killed in the worst earthquake there in more than 80 years.Rescue missions and aid material have started arriving in the country.The 6.7-magnitude tremor, centred 60km (40 miles) east of Nepal's capital Kathmandu, sent people running in panic for open ground in the city.The maximum deaths have been reported in Sindhupalchowk district where 80 people lost their lives.The quake has killed 70 in Rasuwa, 57 in Kavre, 40 in Gorkha, 35 in Dhading, 10 in Okhaldhunga, nine in Makwanpur, six in Sunsari and two each in Bhojpur and Solukhumbu.The tremor also shook India, Tibet, Bangladesh and Pakistan.At least 36 people -- 25 in Bihar, eight in Uttar Pradesh and three in West Bengal -- were killed and more than 100 injured in India.The impact was felt in many states in India, particularly in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim, West Bengal and Delhi.

Biosimilars:New Hope for Pharma sector?

Biologics, or drugs developed from biological sources, have taken the pharma world by storm over past decade. Many top best-selling drugs in 2014, were biologics indicated for either autoimmune disorders or cancer..There are variety of features of biologics including their ability to effectively control a range of diseases, their premium pricing structures, and a tendency toward a long shelf life stemming from the onerous U.S. regulatory pathway for the development and approval of generic versions known as "biosimilars".

Food and Drug Administration approved its first biosimilar with Novartis named ZarxioTM earlier this year as a less costly replacement for Amgen's white blood cell-boosting Neupogen,but still there are hurdles on the regulatory front in US market.the main issue is that these biosimars can't be exact replicas of approved biological drugs .

Besides regulatory hurdles bio similars are not cost effective too... But still biosimilars can emerge as a growth…

Motorola Moto 360 steel variant launched on Flipkart, priced at Rs 19999

Motorola has just announced the arrival of steel variants of the Moto 360 in India. The steel band variant is priced at Rs 19,999 and is now available to buy exclusively from Flipkart. The Moto 360 steel variant is available in black and silver options.The leather-clad Moto 360 was unveiled in September last year, and was priced at Rs 17,999. The steel variant looks super stunning and is priced Rs 2,000 more. SBI Debit and Credit card holders get an additional 10 percent off on their purchase. Flipkart is giving free delivery, cash on delivery option and also promises to deliver the product within 2-3 working days.

Priyanka to produce film for Parineeti

A source says, "Pari has been asked to go through a few scripts. If she likes something, Priyanka is willing to produce the film for her."
The young actress is said to seek regular advice from PeeCee related to her career — and also in case of the new house she recently bought in Bandra. Parineeti started her career with 'Ladies vs Ricky Bahl' and has done five more films post that.
The source adds, "Pari has been attending a lot of script narrations and is also working on her fitness now."
Parineeti’s spokesperson denies the buzz about PC making a film with Pari, stating: "There is no truth to this at all."

End 'sarpanch pati' practice, says Modi

At an event to mark the National Panchayati Raj Day here,  Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday called for an end to the practice of “husbands of women sarpanches” or “sarpanch pati” exercising undue influence on the work of their wives elected to power

He urged panchayat members to work with a five-year vision with concrete plans to bring about positive changes in their villages. 

Mr. Modi urged panchayat members to instil pride about the village. He said issues such as education of children and vaccination for them should be paid special attention. Mr. Modi asked panchayat members to motivate government officials to spend at least one hour a week with the school-going children.

India puts U.S. charity Ford Foundation on security watchlist

The Ford Foundation, one of the most powerful international funding organisations, on Friday said it was yet to receive any information on the issue of the home ministry putting it on a watch list.
On Thursday, the home ministry ordered to place the Ford Foundation on a watch list in "national interest and security" of the country.

The foundation in a communication to the IANS said: "We have not been contacted by MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs) regarding any information related to the latest news reports."

"The Ford Foundation has officially learnt that the Ministry of Home Affairs is reviewing information related to their ongoing investigation of Sabrang Communications and Publishing Pvt. Ltd.," it said.

Over many decades, the foundation has built strong relationships with people, institutions and the government of India, and has contributed to the remarkable growth and development of the nation.

The US-based organisation also said that it would c…

Confronted by deceased farmer's daughter, AAP leader Ashutosh breaks down on national TV

New Delhi: AAP leader Ashutosh on Friday broke down on national television when deceased farmer Gajendra Singh's daughter posed questions to him about her father's death at a rally which the party had organised.

Rajya Sabha passes private bill for transgender rights

The support towards upholding and recognizing the rights of a sexual minority community cuts across political parties, and follows last year's landmark Nalsa judgement by the Supreme Court that recognized the third gender.

The Rajya Sabha on Friday unanimously passed a private member’s bill, after a gap of 45 years, which protects and provides a number of rights for trangender persons while guaranteeing them reservations in education and jobs, financial aid and social inclusion. 
The Rights of Transgender Persons Bill paves the way for a law on the matter, in the near future. The government assured the House that it would bring an updated bill in Lok Sabha. Top sources in the government later told The Hindu that while the government “accepts the spirit and sentiment of the bill, it has infirmities that need to be removed.”

Land Bill : Rahul Gandhi's 'Kisan Yatra' to start from Telangana

NEW DELHI: After raising the issue of rural distress at a rally in Delhi and in Parliament, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi will travel extensively across the country to highlight "mishandling of the agrarian sector" by the NDA government.

Avengers Age of Ultron review: Eye-popping feast of superheroes

While Avengers: Age Of Ultron  will have outstanding numbers from its India theatrical release, it may not be as big as Fast andFurious 7, courtesy a very simple release – the relative release size! While Fast and Furious 7 had released on the E-Cinema projection systems too, Avengers: Age Of Ultron will limit itself to the 2K digital projection platforms only, like all the major Hollywood film studios do. All theater's are House full in Metro City Bangalore  for Sunday  morning Show.Few seats are still available with some theatres.

So, against the 2300 (approx) screens that Fast and Furious 7 released in, Avengers: Age Of Ultron may release only in about 1200 screens. However, if you look at the screen-wise collections, I’m quite sure Avengers: Age Of Ultron will score well over Fast and Furious 7.

Directed by Joss Whedon. Starring Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Runner, James Spader, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olse…

Telecom Ministry to discuss net neutrality on April 27

The Department of Telecom has called a meeting of Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) to discuss net neutrality on April 27.
"A committee has been constituted in Department of Telecommunications to examine various aspects of net neutrality.
The committee has decided to have interaction with MAG representatives. Accordingly, a meeting will be organised on April 27," a DoT circular sent to MAG members said.
MAG was constituted by Department of Electronics and IT (DeitY) in February 2014. It has 39 members representing government, industry, academia and civil groups.

Farmer's suicide at AAP rally: Few facts about Gajendra Singh

More than 300,000 Indian farmers have killed themselves since 1995 because of mounting debts and poor harvests.

However, correspondents say this is the most high-profile incident of its kind, taking place before thousands of people at a rally in the capital.

 After the political blame game many new facts about matter have come up. While we know the name of the farmer, who committed suicide- Ganjendra Singh- in full glare of a few thousand people, which included the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his supporters, farmers and policemen, much else is unknown. So, here are 6 unkown facts about Gajendra Singh, to give you a small glimpse into the person he was and the life he led, before his tragic death.
1)Ganjendra Singh hails from Dausa, a village in Rajasthan, just over 60kms from the state's capital in Jaipur.
2)Gajendra Singh and his family own about 7 acres of land in which they farm gooseberry throughout the year. Their last crop consisting of wheat and mustard …

What caffeine does to your body and brain?

Many of us depend on caffeine. Some of us can't even start our day without it.
Whether you get your daily caffeine fix from coffee, tea, or a canned energy drink doesn't make much of a difference. It's still a stimulant with some positive and negative effects.
For starters, caffeine makes most of us feel more alert and awake. But while it can keep us focused, too much can also backfire. And it also affects everything in our bodies from our digestion to our metabolism and vision. 

It’s natural to grow increasingly tired throughout the day — our brains naturally produce more and more of a molecule called adenosine from the time we wake up until the time we go to sleep. Scientists think this helps us get to bed at night.
Caffeine hijacks this natural process by mimicking adenosine in the brain. It latches onto the receptors designed for adenosine, pushing them out of the way. As a result, we’re left feeling more alert and awake

Facebook starts testing mobile calling app Hello

Social networking giant Facebook said it has started testing its mobile calling app 'Hello' on Android, which allows users to connect with Facebook to see the identity and information about callers even if the number is not saved on their phone.
Hello, built by the messenger team, can pull information people and businesses have shared on Facebook.
The app also gives the option of blocking calls, which then go to a voicemail feature.
Facebook said in March that it would add a feature to its messaging app that allows friends to send and receive money through it.

Xiaomi launches Mi4i, Mi Band in India

Xiaomi on Thursday unveiled and announced the Mi4i at its first global smartphone launch in New Delhi. The new smartphone has been priced at Rs 12,999 and will be available on Flipkart starting April 30.

The Mi4i features a 5-inch full HD display with 441 ppi. It is powered by a 1.7Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (1.1GHz quad core + 1.7GHz quad-core) processor and is paired with 2 GB of RAM. It has 16 GB of internal storage and does not support expandable memory card. Running on Android Lollipop operating system, it has the MIUI6 onboard.

It also features a 13 MP rear camera with 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, and LED flash. It has a 3,120 mAh battery with quick charge support that can charge 40 per cent battery in an hour.

Xiaomi claims that a single charge can last up to 1.5 days. The Mi4i has a unibody polycarbonate body and will be available in black, white, orange, light blue, and pink. It weights 130 gm and is 7.8 mm thick.

Xiaomi has also announced the launch of Mi Band for the Ind…

Asus ZenFone 2 Review: 64GB of internal storage is priced at Rs. 22,999

Asus is selling the ZenFone 2 in four different variants in India: the ZE551ML (with 4GB of RAM, 64GB ROM and a 5.5-inch full-HD screen); the ZE551ML (with 4GB of RAM, 32GB ROM and a 5.5-inch full-HD screen); the ZenFone 2 ZE551ML (with 2GB of RAM, 16GB ROM and 5.5-inch full-HD screen), and the ZenFone 2 ZE550ML (with 2GB RAM, 16GB ROM and 5.5-inch HD screen). 

To add to the confusion, both ZE551ML (4GB) models use the 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 SoC whereas the ZE551ML (2GB) and the ZE550ML are powered by the 1.8GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3560. Prices range from Rs. 12,999 to Rs. 22,999.

There are more variants of the ZenFone 2 which the company might launch later. This naming scheme will be really confusing for buyers, because the model number alone does not mean anything. The folks at Asus could easily have avoided this hotchpotch of variants.

Nomenclatures aside, Asus sent us a review unit of the ZenFone 2 ZE551ML with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage space. We put the phone thro…


What actually is snooping? Snooping, in a security context, is unauthorized access to another person's or company's data.Snooping can include casual observance of an e-mail that appears on another's computer screen or watching what someone else is typing. Moreover this snooping although in a cyber case may be seen as a utility but when it comes to political level may prove to be disastrous.Recently, we came across a great case of snooping in politics which changed the course of Indian politics. It’s not a just case of snooping or bugging but such cases have also been into notice earlier.CASES OF SNOOPINGIt was 24 years ago, in March, 1991, when the Samajwadi Janta Party (Rashtriya) led by Chandra Shekhar, who was prime minister for four months, suddenly met its end over a matter involving policemen, that too from the neighboring state of Haryana. The Congress, the largest party in the Lok Sabha at the time, was supporting the SJP(R), a 50-odd member breakaway of the Janata…

Book unreserved train tickets with ‘utsonmobile’ app

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu introduced from Delhi, the mobile app for paperless unreserved ticketing for commuters in Egmore and Tambram suburban sections in Chennai under Southern Railway zone.

Developed by Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS), ‘utsonmobile’ — the paperless unreserved ticketing feature in mobile application aims to eliminate the need for printing of unreserved tickets.

“It was a budget proposal to provide paperless tickets in unreserved segment and we implemented it today,” Mr. Prabhu said.

The app can be downloaded from Google Play Store or Windows Store and used by the user.

Payment for the ticket is done through the “railway wallet” feature in the app. After booking the ticket, the passenger will get ticket confirmation screen, which will contain limited information about the ticket, officials said.

The passenger has to use the ticket within an hour of booking the ticket as per the policy of suburban sections.

Also, the ticket will have distinct colour schem…

Farmer takes his own life at AAP rally

A Rajasthani farmer has taken his own life at a political rally in central Delhi and in full view of the ­Indian capital’s Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, as he led a protest over central government policies he claims are fuelling farmer ­suicides.

The public suicide at Delhi’s ­famous Jantar Mantar monument park sparked an ugly political brawl, with India’s ruling Bhara­tiya Janata Party and opposition Congress Party accusing Mr Kejriwal of continuing the rally even as the man hanged himself and was then rushed to hospital where he was declared dead. Footage of the protest, attended by thousands of farmers, showed a bearded man in a turban and holding a straw broom — the symbol of Delhi’s governing Aam Aadmi Party — climbing a tree, looping a white cotton scarf around a branch above his head and knotting it around his neck.
Minutes later, several AAP party workers are seen climbing the tree and trying to free the man from his self-styled noose.
A suicide note found at the s…

AAP rally Live: Arvind Kejriwal to address farmers against Land Acquisition Bill

The rally will start from Jantar Mantar, where Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will address his supporters. The Delhi Police has reportedly denied the permission for the march to the Parliament.

Net neutrality: Rahul Gandhi seeks debate in Lok Sabha

NEW DELHI: The movement for net neutrality gained further strength on Wednesday as Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi pitched for a debate on the issue in the Lok Sabha.

The Congress vice president has sought the suspension of the question hour to take up an issue that has united political parties across the spectrum and is being widely debated - net neutrality, or the principle that Internet service providers should treat all traffic on their networks equally and allow users to access all websites at the same speed and cost.

This will be Mr Gandhi's second intervention in the Lok Sabha from the opposition benches, in just two days. On Monday, he made a speech on farmers' problems and took on the government, calling it a "Suit-boot ki Sarkar" that is out of touch with the sufferings of the poor.

Registration for Amarnath Yatra begins

The process of registration of pilgrims for the annual Amarnath Yatra 2015 has started on Monday, this week.

Registration for the Yatra, which will begin on July 2 on both the Baltal and Pahalgam routes and conclude on August 29 - could also be done online through the Amarnath Shrine Board website -, an official statement said.
The board has asked pilgrims to carry sufficient woollen clothes and rain-protective gear, while advising women not to wear sarees.

Those below 13 years of age, above 75 years and women who are more than six weeks pregnant will not be permitted to undertake the pilgrimage, it added.

232 kg Heroin, Satellite Phones in Pakistani Boat Seized Near Porbandar

Porbandar: The Coast Guard today put on display the 232 packets of narcotics (worth Rs. 600 crore) and the cellphones and satellite phones seized from the Pakistani boat intercepted off Gujarat's Porbandar on Monday.The boat was in constant connection with Pakistan Navy boats, who helped it in entering Indian vicinity.

Few weeks back one similar boat tried to enter the border but when Indian navy found it in the radar it blasted. Pakistan's link with the incident cannot be ruled out.


During the past couple of years we've seen a dramatic shift in Motorola's strategy for competing in the smartphone market. As one of the earliest producers of Android devices, the company needed to let go of ideas and strategies from years that had since past. Producing exclusive devices for carriers like Verizon was no longer going to work with the iPhone finally freed from exclusivity on AT&T, and Motorola's hardware and software design had begun to show a great deal of age.

That brings us to today, at a point where Motorola has more or less found their new approach to making smartphones. It's a very simple and understandable approach. Consistency across the design of the hardware, consistency across the design of the software, and a yearly line of phones that can easily be divided into budget, mid-range, and flagship categories based on a single letter in their name. This review takes a look at the newest version of Motorola's budget device, the …

Twitter makes it easier for strangers to send direct messages

The social network now allows users to receive direct messages from other users regardless if they follow each other.

Twitter is expanding its popular direct message feature to allow users to receive messages from other users regardless if they follow each other. The move is part of its ongoing effort to try to boost user growth as pressure from Wall Street investors continues.

Twitter said Monday its direct message system, which allows users to communicate privately, used to require each user be "following" one another, effectively having made a connection beforehand. Now, Twitter said, the direct messages will operate for anyone who chooses to opt in to the feature.
The feature could be particularly beneficial for large companies and celebrities, who will now be able to respond to people who send them messages without having to establish a connection beforehand.
Twitter had tested this feature in the past, making it available to a portion of its users in 2013. But …

ISIS leader seriously wounded in airstrike, report says

Report says , Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi 'seriously wounded in an air strike' and suffered serious injuries .It was during an attack by the US-led coalition.

Baghdadi’s wounding led to urgent meetings of IS leaders, who initially believed he would die and made plans to name a new leader. There had been two previous reports in November and December of Baghdadi being wounded, though neither was accurate.Since Baghdadi’s wounding, IS’s military and Shura councils have become increasingly prominent in decision-making, the source close to the organisation revealed.

Ankit Keshri's tragic death after on field collision

KOLKATA: Amid allegation of "medical negligence", a blame game has begun following the tragic death of promising Bengal opening batsman Ankit Keshri who passed away on Monday morning owing to an injury sustained during a cricket match a few days back.

AAP expelled Senior leaders Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan, Anand Kumar and Ajit Jha

The churning in the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) reached a climax late Monday night, with the party expelling senior leaders Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan, Anand Kumar and Ajit Jha.

The decision to throw out the trio, along with Ajit Jha, was taken at marathon meeting attended mostly by leaders close to Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, hours after Yadav and Bhushan replied to show-cause notices and criticised the AAP leadership for attempting to stifle dissent within the party.


Well this is the theme of World Earth day as it celebrates its 45th anniversary. This could be the most exciting year in environmental history. The year in which economic growth and sustainability join hands. Ostensibly, Earth shines like a beacon reflecting sunlight off silvery white clouds, opal blue oceans and forest-tinged continents, it is hard to imagine but we are stamping our metal feet into Earth.           Everywhere round the globe there is hubbub regarding saving mother Earth. Many treaties are signed to save earth, but where’s the will to implement them? Indeed the notion of Earth-Hour is good and it joins various countries to this pivotal issue but just turning off electricity once in a year for an hour does it all?
 Will the concept of 3R’s Reduce, Recycle, and Reuse only be confined to textbooks of school children and not being practiced?  Over 139 acres of forest is being cleared every minute worldwide. Are you aware running the tap while brushing your teeth wastes 4 ga…