Sena MLAs prepare ‘field report’ on farmers’ plight by staying at home

first_imgIn what is turning out to be an embarrassment for the ruling Shiv Sena, it has been revealed that 27 of the 40 party MLAs sent to rural Maharashtra to take stock of the farmers’ condition, and submit a report, to party chief Uddhav Thackeray did not actually go to their allotted areas. Instead, they chose to “work from home”.Mr. Thackeray on Friday slammed his MLAs for the “absolute negligence” and “utter carelessness” towards farmers’ issues, especially when intensifying agrarian problems are putting the state government on the back foot.On Sunday, Mr. Thackeray had visited Aurangabad, in Marathwada region, to meet elected representatives who had been sent out to meet farmers and prepare a report. “We demand farm loan waiver for farmers of Maharashtra. We have always said this and continue on our position. To push forward the demand, we are launching our campaign to make farmers debt free. The concept and execution of it will be disclosed at a party’s meeting in Mumbai, within few days,” Mr Thackeray had said in Aurangabad.Each of the 40 MLAs was allotted a constituency other than his/her own for the ground visit. According to sources, some MLAs are reported to have sent their proxies. “He was extremely unhappy with the feedback that 27 of his MLAs chose to not follow his orders. Not only did he warn them to not do this in future but has also decided to tighten the organisational set up in the coming months,” said a senior party leader who attended Friday’s meeting. Meanwhile, Opposition was quick to slam Sena. “If they cannot even go to villages, will they be able to solve their issues? What expectations should one have? ” said Leader of Opposition and Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil.last_img read more

School bus meets with accident in Kashmir

first_imgA school bus, reportedly carrying 40 children, met with an accident near a gorge in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday.The children were from a private school in Rajouri’s Manjakote, according to sources. While earlier reports from the Valley suggested the bus fell into the gorge, Poonch SP rejected it. “One of the two buses carrying children met with a minor accident today. The buses have reached the school safely and all passengers, including children are safe,” said Yougal Manhas, SP, Poonch. “We have rushed a police team to find out the cause of accident,” he added. When asked about the earlier report, the SP said the spot of accident was quite far away from residential area and because young children were involved, such a false news would have spread.last_img read more

Odisha medics to get swine flu vaccination

first_imgWith swine flu outbreak assuming precarious proportion in Odisha and reports of doctors getting contracted, the State government started vaccinating doctors and paramedical staff on war-footing.The government will vaccinate all doctors and other medical professionals receiving swine flu cases.“We have asked hospitals to place their requisition for vaccines for their staff individually. They have to prioritise vaccination programme based on staff handing swine flu patients cases,” said J.K. Tripathy, State’s director of public health on Saturday.First phaseDr. Tripathy expressed concerns over unavailability of sufficient vaccines that could cover all doctors and medical staffs. At least 600 doctors and paramedic staffs in SCB Medical College Hospital, Cuttack would get vaccines in the first phase. Seven swine flu deaths have been reported, two doctors have contracted H1N1, and around 100 positive cases have been detected.last_img read more

Stalker hacks woman to death, surrenders with axe in Uttar Pradesh’s Modinagar

first_imgAs the world celebrated Valentine’s Day, a 22-year-old woman was allegedly hacked to death with an axe by her stalker in Modinagar on Wednesday. Released on bailThe accused, Sachin Sharma, who was arrested a week ago for harassing and stalking the woman and later released by the police on bail four days ago, went to the police station with the weapon and surrendered.The deceased, Priyanka, was attacked when she was returning home from a tailor shop. She sustained injures on several parts of the body, including neck, chest and stomach. She died on the spot due to massive blood loss, said the police. Following this, Sachin, holding the axe, walked inside a local police station and surrendered. The police said Priyanka and Sachin knew each other. They added that she got married in 2017. The family of the deceased has demanded stringent action against the accused and the people concerned who failed to take the case seriously. They alleged that the accused got bail due to police negligence. Priyanka’s family has also demanded a concrete police plan to save other girls and women from stalkers.Threatening messagesPriyanka’s uncle Ram Bharose Lal said Sachin had sent her a threatening message with a picture of a gun on February 12. He said that Priyanka got married to 26-year-old Sandeep in Loni on April 17 last year. She had come to her parents’ home in Modinagar in Govindpuri 10 days ago to appear for her Class X Uttar Pradesh board examinations.On February 8, Sachin allegedly stopped Priyanka while she was on the way back from an exam. Sachin was arrested and charged with disturbing peace under the Criminal Procedure Code. Locals protestHe was released on bail by the sub-divisional magistrate a couple of days later. The police was deployed after the locals protested against the incident. The police said security has been stepped up around schools, colleges and other institutes.last_img read more

Mamata slams Rahul, Left’s surrender

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday blamed  Congress president Rahul Gandhi and the Left parties for the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) victory in Tripura.Speaking to the media at the State secretariat, Ms. Banerjee said she had “suggested” to the Congress President about the significance of forming an alliance in Tripura.“I requested Congress and Rahul Gandhi that we are new in Tripura and we — Congress, TMC and other hill parties — should contest together. But that was not done,” Ms Banerjee said hours after the BJP’s stunning victory.The Trinamool chief also targeted the CPI(M) leadership in the State, arguing that the ruling party had “surrendered” to the BJP. “But their vote share is not bad. There is only a 5% difference of votes between CPI(M) and BJP. Tripura is the outcome of CPI(M)’s surrender and Congress’ failure,” she said.last_img read more

MLA booked for rape as Unnao case goes to CBI

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh police on Thursday finally booked BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar on charges of raping and kidnapping a minor girl from Unnao, but appeared reluctant to arrest him despite a rap by the Allahabad High Court.The State government handed over the probe into the alleged gang-rape of the girl and the custodial death of her father to the CBI.It said it was up to the agency to now decide if Mr. Sengar had to be arrested. The decision to hand over the case to the CBI was taken by the government after it examined the interim report submitted by a Special Investigation Team led by ADG (Lucknow) Rajeev Krishna on Wednesday.Mr. Sengar was booked under Sections 363 (kidnapping), 366 (abducting and compelling a girl to marry), 376 (punishment for rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC.The stringent provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) was also invoked.However, asked why the MLA was not being arrested despite the requirement under POCSO, State DGP O.P. Singh said since the case had been handed over to the CBI, the investigating agency would take a call.“He is an accused… He has not been convicted yet. I am not defending him,” the top cop told reporters, when some of them pointed out that he was referring to the accused as “honourable MLA.”High Court raps govt.In the Allahabad High Court, a Division Bench of Chief Justice Dilip B. Bhosale and Justice Suneet Kumar wanted to know why the MLA was not being arrested even after the registration of an FIR. Appearing on behalf of the State government, advocate general Raghvendra Singh submitted that there was not enough material to arrest the MLA and the police were still gathering evidence. The court then lambasted the government, asking if it usually waited for evidence in all cases before making arrests.After the SIT submitted the interim report, the government suspended Circle Officer of Safipur, Kunwar Bahadur Singh, for negligence in handling the repeated complaints by the victim. A separate enquiry report has also been prepared by DIG Prison Love Kumar on the role of the jail administration in Unnao during the period of detention of the minor’s father, said Arvind Kumar, Principal Secretary, Home.Doctors suspendedA report was obtained from DM, Unnao, on the lapses on the part of the district hospital. The government ordered the suspension of two doctors, D.K Dwivedi, Chief Medical Superintendent, and Prashant Upadhyay, emergency medical officer, for sending the patient back to jail despite his internal injuries.Disciplinary action will also be initiated against orthosurgeon Manoj Kumar, surgeon G.P. Sachan and EMO Gaurav Agarwal for “laxity in giving him proper medical care and treatment, both prior to judicial custody and on referral from jail to the district hospital while in judicial custody.”last_img read more

After bypoll defeat, UP MLA’s Facebook post terms Adityanath ‘helpless’

first_imgA day after the BJP lost bypoll elections in Noorpur and Kairana in Uttar Pradesh, a party MLA has posted a poem in Hindi on Facebook terming Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath as “helpless,” saying the reins of power of the government were in the hands of the RSS and corrupt officials.Dalit MLA Shyam Prakash from Hardoi hints that the indifference towards party MLAs under the BJP government, and frustration of people due to corrupt officers under the Adityanath government were among the main causes for the defeats in bypolls in Gorakhpur, Phulpur and now Kairana.“In the name of Modi, you captured power, but could not work as per the wishes of the people. The reins are with the Sangh and the organization, so even your Chief Minister is helpless,” Mr. Prakash wrote on Facebook.He also says that the government has gone off track and “officer-rule” has failed.  “Janata aur vidhayak trasth, adhikari, adyaksh bhi brashth (The people and legislators are frustrated, the officers and chairperson are corrupt),” wrote the MLA from Gopamau Assembly constituency.When contacted, Mr. Prakash was initially unwilling to expand on his poem. “The author of a poem does not do the work of interpreting it, others pen down its meaning. So it would be better if you do the interpretation,” Mr. Prakash said.However, he said he wrote the poem to highlight the prevailing official corruption in the state. “Officers are not working as per the wishes and directions of Yogi Adityanathji. No officer is listening to the common people, party workers and MLAs due to which there is resentment among them,” he said.“Be it in government offices or police stations or at the tehsil-level. Without paying bribes, no work is being done,” he said.He pointed out that the BJP had won the UP election with the slogan, ‘Na goondaraj, na brashtachar. Abki baar Modi sarkar,’ but after coming to power could not check corruption.He also lamented that elected political representatives had been made “powerless,” so they were no longer able to check the officers and police at the local level.Another BJP MLA, Surendra Singh, from Bairia in Ballia has voiced a similar opinion and said that the party lost due to the corruption at the level of the tehsil, block and police station.  “Because of the corruption of the officials and their intent to trouble the public, we are losing,” he said.Another BJP MLA from the state, Surendra Singh from Bairia in Ballia, has voiced a similar opinion and said that the BJP lost due to the corruption at different levels. “Because of the corruption of the officials and their intent to trouble the public, we are losing,” he said.last_img read more

33 feared killed as bus carrying Konkan varsity staff plunges into gorge in Maharashtra’s Raigad

first_img “Each year, our clerical staff members head for a picnic to Mahabaleshwar. They had rented the varsity bus. University authorities were alerted about the tragedy after receiving a phone call at 10: 30 a.m. saying that the bus had fallen into a gorge. One of the superintendents, Prakash Sawant-Desai, showed great courage and he managed to climb all the way up and give news about the mishap,” Sanjay Bhave, Director of Extension Education, BSKKV, told The Hindu.Ambulance teams have been sent from Mahabaleshwar to the accident spot.“Rescue teams, aided by locals and groups of trekkers, are already engaged in operations on a warfooting. Five rescue teams are presently engaged in the operation,” said Raigad District Collector Vijay Suryawanshi, adding that an NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) team had been dispatched from Pune.“Fog and rains are the major obstacles in rescue operations. We have sent a team from Pune with all the necessary rescue materiel,” said Sachidanand Gawade, Deputy Commandant, NDRF, Pune. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement The group from Dapoli before the accident.center_img 33 people were feared killed and one injured after a private bus plunged into a 500 feet gorge in the mountainous section of Poladpur in Raigad district of Maharashtra on Saturday.Inclement weather is impeding rescue efforts.According to the authorities, 34 people, including two drivers, were travelling in the 40-seater bus. All the passengers were staff members of the Dr. Balasaheb Sawant Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth (BSKKV) in Dapoli.The tragedy occurred sometime after 9 a.m. at the Ambenali Ghat near Poladpur when the bus slid off the mountainous road and fell into the gorge.A superintendent of the varsity, Prakash Sawant-Desai, managed to climb up and give information about the tragedy. He is undergoing treatment at a local hospital in Poladpur.last_img read more

Mehul Choksi wants to cross-examine Deputy Director of ED

first_imgFugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi wants to cross-examine the Deputy Director (DD) of Enforcement Directorate (ED) who filed the complaint against him under the Fugitive Economic Offenders (FEO) Act.10 applications On Wednesday, Mr. Choksi filed 10 applications in the special Prevention of Money Laundering Act court, running into 147 pages opposing ED’s move to declare him a FEO. He has claimed that he did not leave the country after the registration of the complaint by Central Bureau of Investigation or ED nor has he refused to return.The Hindu has a copy of the applications that was filed today which states that Mr. Choksi wants to cross examine the DD to show that the investigation into the case was arbitrary and defective. It further says that the denial to give access to cross examination would result in grave prejudice to the accused.‘Natural justice’The applications, filed by Mr. Choksi, through his lawyer Sanjay Abbot, say, “It is necessary to bring out the true picture and to substantiate that Mr. Choksi cannot be termed as a FEO and his right to cross examine is in consonance with FEO and principles of natural justice. As per Section 16 (rules of evidence) of FEO the burden of proof for establishing the facts is on the DD.”The applications further say that “the cross examining of DD will highlight that documents should have been collected and the facts that needed to be investigated were deliberately ignored. There exist documents and evidence which could clarify that there was no occasion to invoke provisions of FEO. The statements of certain witnesses who should have been examined are ignored, and Mr. Choksi wants to also cross examine the assistant director of ED as he recorded statements of 16 witnesses of which some are employees of Mr. Choksi’s firms.” He further says that ED has committed an offence punishable under Section 202 (intentional omission to give information of offence by person bound to inform), Section 209 (dishonestly making false claim in court) and Section 211 (false charge of offence made with intent to injure) of the Indian Penal Code.Mr. Choksi has also said that he is unable to travel to India because he has been suffering from multiple medical conditions since 2012. He has said he is diabetic, has two stents in his heart, and a blood clot in his brain. The PMLA court has decided to hear the applications on November 17.last_img read more

Delhi HC refuses to stay trial court order against ex-HP CM Virbhadra Singh

first_imgThe Delhi High Court on Wednesday declined to interfere with a trial court decision to frame charges against former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh in a disproportionate assets (DA) case.Justice Sunil Gaur sought the CBI’s response on Mr. Singh’s plea challenging the trial court order. It then posted the case for further hearing on April 16.The 82-year-old Congress leader and his wife have sought quashing of the December 10, 2018 trial court order directing framing of charges against them and seven others in the case lodged by the CBI.“Let the charges be framed in the trial court. I am not going to pass any interim order,” the judge said.Congress counselThe High Court was informed by senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, representing Mr. Singh, that the matter is listed before the trial court on February 22 for formal framing of charges.During the hearing, CBI special public prosecutor Anil Grover told the court that the agency had already filed an appeal before the Supreme Court challenging a limited part of the High Court’s March 31, 2017 order in which it had said that the consent issue will be adjudicated by the trial court and notice was earlier issued to Mr. Singh.In the apex court, the CBI has sought clarification on the nature of sanction needed from a government to probe any offence committed in the State.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Gujjars call off agitation in Rajasthan

first_imgGujjars occupying the railway tracks and highways in Rajasthan with the demand for 5% reservation in government jobs and educational institutions called off their agitation on Saturday after the State government assured them of taking all legal steps to safeguard the quota provided to them in a Bill passed by the Assembly on Wednesday.Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla, who was sitting with hundreds of his supporters on the Delhi-Mumbai railway tracks near Malarna station in Sawai Madhopur district, said all blockades on the railway tracks and on roads, including several national highways, would be lifted shortly.State Tourism Minister Vishvendra Singh carried a draft agreement on behalf of the State government to the agitating Gujjars, promising to protect the new reservation provisions with “adequate legal safeguards”. Mr. Singh said the State government would pursue the matter with the Centre and protect the interests of Gujjars.Col. (retd.) Bainsla expressed regret over the inconvenience caused to the public since February 8, when the blockades were put up. He called upon the Union government to get the new Act, recognising Gujjars as an “extremely backward class”, included in the Ninth Schedule of the Constitution to protect it from being challenged in the courts.The three legislations enacted earlier in the State since 2008, giving 5% reservation to Gujjars and four other nomadic communities as a Special Backward Class, were struck down by the Rajasthan High Court, which ruled that the quota had not only exceeded the 50% limit, but was also not supported by the quantifiable data.While Col. (retd.) Bainsla and his supporters occupied the Delhi-Mumbai railway tracks, the Gujjar agitators later blocked the Sawai Madhopur-Jaipur rail track at Chauth Ka Barwara and several major roads across the State, including the Jaipur-Agra national highway. The blockade led to cancellation, diversion and short termination of about 200 trains and suspension of bus services during the last nine days.last_img read more

What Does A Monkey Know About The Taste Of Ginger?

first_img“We hope you didn’t forget it!” they said.“I did not!” she replied.The place was a beautiful beach house on the New Jersey shoreline and the bunch of Indian American houseguests were whipping up some morning tea. Their American hostess had thoughtfully provided teabags, milk, muffins, cereal, bread and eggs. Only one essential ingredient was missing – but have no fear, the diehard desis had brought that along in a Ziploc bag – freshly chopped ginger for their morning cuppa!It’s amazing how “Indian” tea tastes once you brew it with milk, sugar and plenty of finely sliced ginger. For many desis, it’s a must-have after growing up in India and makes the beverage totally satisfying, with an incomparable punch, a “sock it” feeling. The ginger root is a knobby ugly looking thing, but it’s truly beautiful on the inside, a natural, almost spiritual, toner for the body. Ask any Indian and they will relate tales of how their mother gave them a spoonful of ginger juice as a sure-fire cure for everything from sore throats and colds to motion sickness. Ginger was almost automatically added to every dish for improving digestion and taste.Little wonder then that a well-known proverb in Hindi is Bandar kya jaane adrak ka swad? -What does a monkey know about the taste of ginger? The implication is that the ignorant can’t appreciate quality, the equivalent of casting pearls before swine. Today almost everyone, save for the monkey – knows the value of ginger, both as a taste agent and a health aid. Ginger is vital to most Asian cuisines and pops up in many Western cuisines too.Indians call it adrak in its green form and sonth in its dried form; the Spanish call it jengibre, the Italians zenzero, the French gingembre, the Indonesians aliah and the Thai call it khing. But they all agree on its importance in their cuisines and health.Ginger has been around for centuries and everyone from the ancient Greeks to Confucius to the Emperor Akbar is believed to have been a fan, not to mention the sage Vatsyayana, author of India’s famed sex manual, Kama Sutra, who recommended ginger as an aphrodisiac for lovers.This magical spice is derived from the root and rhizome of the perennial plant Zingiber officinale. Once peeled, the ginger root has a golden color. It is used both fresh and dried, and is grown in many parts of the world, but first originated in China, and then spread to India, other Southeast Asian countries, Africa and the Caribbean. In the U.S. it is grown in Hawaii. China leads in ginger production, followed by India, Nepal and Indonesia. Some recipes call for the fresh, tender ginger while others use the dry root, which is brown on the outside, but a lovely yellow color on the inside. Ginger is also available in dry, powdered form, as an extract and also in preserved, crystallized and candied forms. You can also get ginger tablets and capsules, but there’s nothing quite like fresh ginger. According to Naveen Patnaik, author of The Garden of Life: An Introduction to the Healing Plants of India, a city with the Sanskrit name for ginger is mentioned in the Ramayana, indicating that in 200 BC this city was already the capital of the ginger trade.He says, “The Ayurveda calls dried ginger the ‘Great Medicament’ against colds, coughs, rhinitis, bronchitis and indigestion. It is prescribed for abdominal distention, colic diarrhea, and nausea. Infused in hot water it causes sweating and is used for breaking fevers. Applied externally it relieves rheumatic pain. Crushed ginger is rubbed on the forehead for the relief of headaches, while ginger juice is India’s mustard plaster, applied on children’s chests when they are suffering from colds and bronchitis. Fresh ginger is chewed for sore throats and lost voices, and ginger candies are used as throat lozenges. Contemporary medicine considers ginger as a potent antidote to motion sickness as well as being anti-cholesterol and an anticoagulant.”Western countries too are waking up to the medicinal benefits of ginger. According to the Mayo Clinic, the rhizomes and stems of ginger have assumed significant roles in Chinese, Japanese and Indian medicine since the 1500s. The oleoresin of ginger is often contained in digestive, antitussive, antiflatulent, laxative and antacid compounds.Many first generation Indian immigrants to America who grew up in small towns and cities in India recognize ginger as a part of the medicine cabinet and the pantry. The knobbly brown ginger roots were ubiquitous in every market place, lying in small mounds on sheets in front of the vegetable seller in the bazaar, and after being judiciously inspected like jewels, they were taken home in shopping bags by cooks and memsahibs to be part of the daily meal.Ginger would find its way into the early morning tea, especially soothing and warming on cold, brisk mornings in cities like Delhi. It would be the taken-for-granted ingredient in curries and dry vegetables and pullaos and was the important marinade and tenderizer in meat dishes. And when a child had a cold or an upset stomach, ginger turned into a health aid.Jehangir Mehta, the chef and owner of the hip East Village café, Graffiti, has many childhood memories of ginger, not all pleasant. “Most of our food has ginger-garlic in it, but when I was growing up, unfortunately I had whooping cough and asthma, and people used to always tell my parents to give me lots of ginger. My poor parents would give me even more ginger than a regular child would get. After about a year, when my cough went on getting worse and worse, I went to an allergist and we found I had an allergy to ginger!”Fortunately the allergy completely disappeared as Mehta grew up and today he is a fan, using it in many of his dishes. At Graffiti, he does a very traditional pork dish in the manner of lamb dishes in his Zoroastrian community, braised with apricots and ginger. He also likes to pair scallops with pickled ginger, since the sweet and pungent tastes marry well.When immigrants came to America, they bought their home cures and folk remedies along, a legacy of mothers and grandmothers. It is surprising how many families still turn to ginger as the first remedy for coughs and colds, and even motion sickness.For Ambalika Mishra, a radio commentator who lives in New York, ginger is both a health aid and culinary must-have. Mishra, who hails from Agra, uses it for several home cures, from colds to nausea. She recalls when the weather turns cool, everyone starts drinking ginger tea, because it is warming.Last year when she visited home for a wedding, she was plagued by a dry cough, which had lasted almost a month. Her grandmother promptly had her chew a piece of ginger every day – and the cough was history. As soon as her own children have a cough or cold coming on, Mishra ministers them a spoonful of ginger juice mixed with honey, because it is effective and, unlike medicines, has no side effects.And then of course, there’s the added bonus of the superlative taste of ginger, which is a must in the construction of almost every Indian dish, no matter from which region. Says Mishra, “I always have ginger in my fridge. I put it in all my cooking, because it’s good for digestion.” In fact, from childhood she has served nimbu ki adrak, minced ginger soaked in lemon juice, with all the meals, along with pickles and chutneys as a dietary aid.The testimonials come from noted chefs too. “Ginger is a warming spice, and one of the legendary medicinal spices, used the world over for everything from a sore throat to an upset stomach,” says Floyd Cardoz, the noted chef of Tabla in New York, in his book, One Spice, Two Spice: American Food, Indian Flavors. Cardoz uses ginger in many recipes from Goan Spiced Crab Cakes to Indian-influenced French Onion soup.An article about the value of spices in the Knight Ridder newspapers noted, “Ginger earns its age-old reputation as a stomach-settler and a purifier. It has cholesterol-lowering, artery-degunking antioxidants and anti-fungal, blood-clotting and even cancer fighting properties. You can’t make Asian or Indian food without it. Or gingerbread! While the FDA doesn’t regulate spices, it categorizes all the above as GRAS (generally recognized as safe) so ban the bland and take your medicine – it’s delicious.”Ginger also has anti-inflammatory properties and Neal Barnard, MD, author of Foods That Fight Pain and president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington D.C., says, “It works like Ibuprofen, but without the side effects.”The benefits of ginger include relief from indigestion, nausea and reduction of inflammation associated with arthritis and rheumatism, and it is also helpful in alleviating asthma and bronchitis. Researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center have started investigations which show promise for ginger as a potential ovarian cancer treatment, according to the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Ginger is effective in controlling inflammation, which contribute to the development of ovarian cancer cells. By halting the inflammatory reaction, the researchers suspect, ginger also stops cancer cells from growing.One of the researchers, J. Rebecca Liu, M.D., assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Michigan Medical School, told Little India: “The use of dietary agents such as ginger may have potential in the treatment and prevention of ovarian cancer. But other research from the University of Michigan has found that ginger is metabolized very rapidly after ingestion, so it may turn out to be more effective against gastrointestinal tumors, such as colon cancer. Much more research is needed to determine what, if any, role ginger can play in treating cancer.”With all its medical benefits, it helps that ginger also tastes great and is so vital to Indian cuisine. According to cooking expert Julie Sahni, fresh ginger is one of the three main seasonings – the other being onions and garlic – which form the base of most of sauces in North Indian cooking. In Classic Indian Cooking she notes that fresh ginger root is valued much more than garlic or onion, because of its extensive use in Indian vegetarian cooking. Garlic and onions are more commonly associated with non-vegetarian cooking and are often spurned by Jains and Hindu Brahmins.“Almost all curry recipes include ginger and garlic. The traditional method is to chop them finely and fry them along with the onions. They are usually used together, often in almost equal quantities,” writes Camellia Panjabi, author of 50 Great Curries of India. Ginger seems to be ubiquitous in almost all curries, be it the North Indian Rogan Josh, the West Indian Bori Curry, Mutton Curry Andhra style or fish in mustard sauce from East India.Ginger is an important ingredient in South Asian and Far East cuisines as well, and recipes call for everything from fresh ginger to ginger powder to crystallized ginger. Pickled ginger is popular in Asian cuisines and in India it is called ginger achaar. One can also sneak ginger into dishes that don’t usually list it as an ingredient, such as vegetable soup.There are of course many ways of getting your daily ginger dose and a teaspoonful of ginger juice or grated ginger is a popular accompaniment to Indian meals. There are also many ginger-laced drinks, from ginger ale to ginger beer to the many cooling gingery summer drinks in India. In the west you see the spice most often in jams, cookies and cakes while in Asian restaurants, meals often end with a ginger candy to help digestion.Ginger is now making it even into desserts, and Jehangir Mehta, whose new dessert book Mantra: The Rules of Indulgence showcases his bold juxtapositions of fruits and spices, often uses ginger in his creations. The trick, he says, is to combine ginger with milk products, chocolate or sorbets, which can absorb the pungent flavor.This rather strange looking rhizome may never be a celebrity in the mode of Ginger of the Spice Girls, but it’s vital to cuisine and well-being in many parts of the world. Its popularity in America has risen with each new immigrant group, which brings its own foods and culture to Main Street.As for the bunch of Indian Americans in the beach house, they started the day with ginger and ended it with ginger: the dinner at a Thai restaurant on the waterfront had the subtleties of ginger mixed in every flavorful bite.Those monkeys are certainly missing something! GINGERLY SPEAKINGTo make ginger juice, puree one cup of chopped, peeled fresh ginger in a blender with 3 tablespoons of warm water. Press through a fine sieve, reserving the juice and discarding the solids. Ginger juice may be frozen.– Raji Jallepalli of Raji Cuisine. When finely grated ginger is required, it should first be peeled and then grated on the finest part of a grater so it turns into pulp. When a recipe requires that 2.5 cm/1 inch of ginger be grated, it is best to keep that piece attached t the large knob. The knob acts as a handle and saves you from grating your fingers.– Madhur Jaffrey in A Taste of the Far EastWhen a recipe calls for sliced ginger, peel it and cut it crosswise, across the grain. Because the fibers run the length of the rhizome, that will prevent any stringiness.-Floyd Cardoz in One Spice, Two Spice MEET GINGER ROOT, MDGinger is most commonly known as a digestive aid. By increasing the production of digestive fluids and saliva, ginger helps relieve indigestion, gas pains, diarrhea and stomach cramping. The primary known constituents of ginger root include gingerols, zingibain, bisabolenel, oleoresins, starch, essential oil (zingiberene, zingiberole, camphene, cineol, and borneol), mucilage, and protein. Ginger root is also used to treat nausea related to both motion sickness and morning sickness. Ginger has been found to be even more effective than Dramamine in curbing motion sickness, without causing drowsiness. Its anti-inflammatory properties help relieve pain and reduce inflammation associated with arthritis, rheumatism and muscle spasms. Ginger’s therapeutic properties effectively stimulate circulation of the blood, removing toxins from the body, cleansing the bowels and kidneys, and nourishing the skin. Other uses include the treatment of asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory problems by loosening and expelling phlegm from the lungs. Ginger root may also be used to help break fevers by warming the body and increasing perspiration.Source: The Encyclopedia of Spices Related Itemslast_img read more

Chaudhvin Ka Chand

first_imgMonojit Lahiri meets up with the still-gorgeous Waheeda Rehman at hersea-front flat in Bandra’s Bandstand in Mumbai. Suddenly, it was yesterday again. In an expansive and sentimental mood, the star of such memorable blockbuster classics as CID, Pyaasa, Kagaz Ke Phool, Chaudvin ka Chand, Guide, Ram Aur Shyam, Mujhe Jeene Do, Sahib, Bibi Aur Ghulam, Dil Diya Dard Liya, Khamoshi, Kabhie Kabhie, Adalat, Chandni, Lamhe, relived memories of another day. Amitabh Bachchan was crazy about her. Imran Khan admired her. Guru Dutt discovered, shaped and made her. Dev Anand shared amazing vibes, both personally and professionally, with her. Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor spent memorable screen time with her. Satyajit Ray, Rakyesh Mehra, Aparna Sen, Deepa Mehta … they’ve all been charmed by her. Audiences — across generations and continents wherever Hindi films are shown — remain diehard fans of this iconic star who defined grace, dignity, charm, beauty and feminism.TO GURU DUTT, HITS AND FLOPS DIDN’T MATTER. ARTISTIC VISION AND INTEGRITY WAS EVERYTHING.When people ask me whether Guru Dutt was considered a hot director in his lifetime — or whether he was aware of his talents — my answer is No. He certainly was recognized as a good director, but, frankly speaking, there was not an iota of the aura of greatness or cult status that his name is associated with today. Pyaasa was a big hit, both commercially and critically. Kagaz ke Phool was a dismal box-office dud, but a critically acclaimed piece of work. My personal view is that, in many respects, he was well ahead of his times and this is why today his entire body of work is considered truly great. He never cared for box-office glory. He was a truly creative soul forever burning in the fire of his passion to transport cinema as an art form to the next level; celebrate cinema that touches both the head and heart. Sensitive and caring, he treated his unit members with kid gloves and ensured everybody enjoyed the highest comfort levels. He was truly a unique person and I was privileged to have learnt a lot from him.DEV ANAND WAS SOMEONE VERY SPECIAL … ACTING WITH HIM WAS GREAT! I can never forget that my first Hindi movie was with Dev Anand. He was very helpful, co-operative and never for a moment flashed attitude despite being a major star and me, being a newcomer. For me, this was a blissful experience, because I was a huge fan of Dev! Over time I did a whole lot of films with him mainly because once you are a successful star-pair, film-makers tend to repeat your jodi hoping that the magic continues. I must tell you how Guide happened to me. Initially, neither Tad (the director for the English version) not Chetan Anand (director for the Hindi version) wanted me. The American director had Leela Naidu in mind and Chetan Saab, Priya Rajvanshi. Dev (Producer) and Nav Ketan cast me, they didn’t have a choice and this upset them. I felt both awkward and humiliated and repeatedly requested Dev to release me, but he was adamant. The role of Rosy demanded a dancer and he insisted that I was perfectly cast. I asked him whether Goldie Anand could be considered, but since he was busy, he was out. Suddenly, providence struck! Chetan saab walked out, Goldie was available and in he came! The rest is history. It was a very bold and daring film in its time — the sixties — and many people advised me to refuse Rosy’s role since it was something that defied convention. I didn’t , because it was challenging and what’s life without exciting creative leaps.WORKING WITH RAJ-JI AND DILIP-SAAB WAS INTERSTING AND REWARDING. THEY WERE A STUDY IN CONTRAST. Right at the outset, let me state that it was an honor to work with giants like Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor. We had grown up watching their films! Dilip Saab — beyond his own role — took an active interest in others roles and was full of helpful advice as to how to better his/her performance. He saw each project as a collaborative exercise and believed that with his experience he could guide people involved towards upgrading their levels. Raj-ji was the exact opposite. He was of the belief that — no matter how cockeyed the director was going — he wouldn’t open his mouth to make a suggestion or offer advice, because, once he put on make-up, his job was to act. Nothing more — nothing less! Of course that didn’t stop him from grumbling about how silly and incompetent the director was! However, in their respective fashion, both were amazing professionals.SUNIL, RAJENDRA, DHARAM, MANOJ … I WORKED HAPPILY WITH THEM ALL.I was fortunate to have worked with several leading men, across generations. It was interesting to see the awe — Dilip Saab especially — evoked among the next generation. Rajendra Kumar and Manoj Kumar are excellent examples of what I mean. Sunil Dutt and Dharmendra, however, chose to cut their own path. They admired and respected the big three, but didn’t want to copy them. They were all good and very successful actors and fine human beings. I enjoyed my movies with them.YES, THERE WAS RAJESH AND AMITABH TOO, LATER, … I first worked with Rajesh Khanna in Khamoshi. It was way before he became a super-star. Thereafter, I slowed down and didn’t have any opportunity to work opposite him as a romantic lead. Amitabh of course was a different story! I first met and interacted with him on the sets of Reshma Aur Shera He had a small role of a dumb person, but I thought his eyes were amazingly expressive and he performed brilliantly. In cinema, eyes play a crucial part in the overall body language. Of course, he had a voice to die for and when he spoke, you just wanted him to go on forever! At that point, unfortunately, his films were not doing well at the box-office and he was struggling to break in. I used to tell filmmakers to take him, because he had the potential and talent — all he needed was that one big hit. Soon enough, that happened and Amitabh hasn’t looked back. To me, he hasn’t changed one bit and despite being such a huge mega-star — the Big B! — he has always remained polite, courteous, respectful. I am extremely fond of the entire Bachchan clan. I knew Jaya before she was married and Abhishek is certainly a fabulous chip off the old block. Cultured, sophisticated, refined and yet totally rooted and down-to-earth with a whacky sense of mischief and fun, Amitabh and family are a wonderful lot. More power to their upward surge!HOW DO I COMPARE MY TIME WITH TODAY? HMMM… LET ME SEE.  Personally I am of the belief that it is unfair to compare generations, because each have their very own individual strengths and limitations, which characterizes the time, era, environment. When I started out, few films were made and directors were hesitant to cast newcomers. They were very comfortable with the existing stars and didn’t feel it necessary to take risks and rock the boat. It was a simple, uncomplicated and organized workspace with each star doing his/her own thing. Also there was place for everybody and ample time for story-sessions, discussions and working at a leisurely pace with lots of care and attention in the director-actor front. Love, dedication and passion ruled.Today, everything is on a frightening fast-forward. There are zillions and new kids on the block, straining at the leash to break-in. There are scores of acting schools — covering all categories — honing the skills of desperate, wannabe stars. There are Miss Worlds and Miss Universes’ tumbling out of the woodwork and into Bollywood. The competition is scary. The budgets and star salaries are getting more and more unbelievable. The expectations of the audience are sky-high. Tension is the key. No one knows what will succeed. I sometimes wonder how these kids — amidst all this madness still manage to do ad commercials, World Tours and turn in good performance in movies. Full marks to them. Mein to pagal ho jaati! Related Itemslast_img read more

Indian Hospitality Chain OYO Enters UK Market with $53 Million Investment

first_imgOYO, India’s largest hospitality company, has entered its first international market outside Asia with the launch of two townhouses in London. OYO, hailed as one of the top startups of 2018 by LinkedIn, set foot in the United Kingdom with an aim to sign up with 300 independent hotels by 2020.The fastest growing hotel chain in India is already present in China, Malaysia and Nepal.Through a series of tweets, OYO announced its entry in UK’s accommodation market on Sept. 19, along with sharing pictures of two townhouses situated in London.Thrilled to announce OYO’s foray into UK in the humble presence of H.E. Mr. Y.K. Sinha @HCI_London, Mr. Craig Harrison, Director, Inward Investment, London & Partners, Mr. Munish Varma, Partner, SoftBank Vision Fund & @ahnis, COO, OYO @riteshagar @prasidham 1/2 pic.twitter.com/pETBcYYRYy— OYO (@oyorooms) September 19, 2018With OYO setting foot in UK, simply tick off London from your bucket list. We announce the arrival of your friendly neighbourhood hotel, OYO Townhouse 30 Sussex, London. #helloUK, now find your perfect space in every place.Check out UK’s first OYO here: https://t.co/TGh48K3L75 pic.twitter.com/vYxDgcyvmp— OYO (@oyorooms) September 19, 2018The company plans to invest $53 million in the United Kingdom and aims to launch in 10 cities, including Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, and Edinburgh by 2020.It is looking for providing customers quality living experiences at affordable prices, with a selection of over 5,000 rooms in the next 15-18 months, the company said in a statement.The firm plans to reach out to and choose among 35,000-40,000 independent hotels of the United Kingdom, with an offer to renovate the properties, including redesigning, property management and marketing, to boost their marketing campaign and attract customers, OYO’s 24-year-old founder-CEO Ritesh Agarwal told Reuters.He added that two OYO hotels in London’s Edgware and Ilford will be opened next month.“By focusing on the customer and small asset owners, we tend to out compete some of our more traditional hotel chain rivals,” Agarwal was quoted as saying by the news agency.“The UK has been the topmost international travel destination for several years and last year hosted over 19 million tourists from around the world. Driven by its booming domestic and international travel and budget hospitality needs, the UK presents a multi-billion dollar opportunity for OYO,” Agarwal said in a statement.“We are thrilled to now be able to offer OYO’s affordable, hassle-free and quality living experiences to guests across the UK. – and to be empowering the UK independent hoteliers with the technology and operational expertise that helps them focus on customer experience and thereby generate increased, sustainable incomes.”Announcing the launch in London, Indian High Commissioner YK Sinha said, ”OYO has established itself as a strong and popular Indian brand in South Asia and I am happy to see the company making a commitment to invest in creating beautiful living spaces in the United Kingdom.”Entrepreneur Jeremy Sanders, the co-founder of Italian fast-food chain Coco di Mama, has joined hands with OYO to take the UK business forward as they plan to hire 100 staff in Britain and offer 5,000 hotel rooms.“I am very excited to be leading OYO’s expansion into the UK, one of the most dynamic hospitality markets in the world,” Sanders, Head of OYO UK, said. “We want to become the trusted partner of independent hotels across the UK and, as we’ve experienced in Asia, we are confident that our bespoke technology and operational expertise brings real value to hotel owners and customers alike.”At the time of entry, OYO will offer guests the OYO Townhouse experience. These properties will be operated under the models of manchise, lease with full inventory control, similar to other markets like India and China. These hotels will provide affordable living options for both Indian and international tourists, business travelers, and local city-dwellers.OYO, founded in 2013, has seen a rocketed success rate over the years.As many as 7,000 new hotel rooms can open their doors in London this year, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) report. It forecast year-on-year London occupancy growth of 0.2 percent in 2018, taking occupancy up two percentage points to 83 percent. Related ItemsHospitalityOYOUnited Kingdomlast_img read more

Maharashtra announces ₹10,000 crore relief for farmers

first_imgThe outgoing Cabinet headed by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has approved ₹10,000 crore as compensation to farmers who have suffered damages to their crops owing to unseasonal rains. Chairing a meeting of the Cabinet sub-committee on Saturday, Mr. Fadnavis asked the local administration to compile a “damage” report. He also directed that farmers from those places where the system is not accessible be allowed to upload photos from mobile phones as proof of damage. The crop-wise reimbursement would be decided as soon as “damage” report is received while the amount of reimbursement will be transferred to the farmers’ account directly. “We will sent a prospect report to the Centre requesting financial aid to redress this calamity. But the State will not solely depend on this and will provide financial aid from its own fund. Around 50 lakh farmers are crop insured in the State. Insurance companies should also help them immediately,” the CM said after the meeting. Senior members of the committee said damages would be paid crop-wise, connected to fruit crop damages, among others. “This is a crucial situation. Therefore, decision was taken to provide maximum help to the farmers. As soon as zonal crop damage report is received, reimbursement for each crop will be decided. A final decision will be taken in the coming days. Utilising human resources from the revenue and agriculture departments, agriculture colleges, and animal husbandry were also discussed,” said a member.The meeting was attended, among others, by Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil, Water Irrigation Minister Girish Mahajan, Agriculture Minister Dr. Anil Bonde, and Animal Husbandry Minister Mahadev Jankar.last_img read more

Manipur Muslims slam ‘flawed’ profiling

first_imgThe Muslims of Manipur, also called Pangals, have criticised their “controversial” and “provocative” profiling.A group of civil society organisations had organised a seminar on the Meitei Pangal migration in Manipur a few days ago. But no Pangal civil society organisation was invited, the Delhi Association of the Manipur Muslim Students (DAMMS) said.“We appreciate the initiative of the organisers in trying to understand the Pangal society better. However, we consider that matters related to the identity of the Pangals have to be discussed and decided with the maximum participation from the Pangal community,” DAMMS president Muzamil Kori said in a statement.The association condemned the event, sniffing a “fishy political objective” behind it, as some of the organisers were involved in publishing controversial texts regarding the origin and demographic profile of the community.“We would request the organisers to engage with all the necessary stakeholders regarding the community in the future. There is a constant effort to fabricate the history of the Pangals,” Mr. Kori said.Countering the “controversial” narrative, the DAMMS said the Pangals were not “settlers” and have been native to Manipur before 1606 AD.last_img read more

WATCH: Kobe Bryant’s 11-year-old daughter shows off basketball prowess

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa In a previous interview with Andrew McNicol of the South China Media Post, Bryant shared an adorable story of how Gianna was irked by fans who kept calling him the “G.O.A.T.”“It’s me, my wife [Vanessa], my eldest daughter Natalia and our middle child Gianna,” he shared. “And fans throughout the park keep walking by me saying ‘you’re the GOAT, you’re the GOAT!’“Finally, Gianna turns to one of them and shouts ‘how rude.’ I asked her what was wrong, and she says, ‘they keep calling you a goat, that is so rude!’Kobe clarified that it meant “The Greatest Of All Time” and Gianna went on to thank the fan.Shortly after his retirement in 2016, Bryant shared that he was looking forward to spending more time with his wife and three daughters.By the looks of it, he is certainly cherishing every moment. /raRELATED STORY:WATCH: Kobe’s 11-year-old daughter drains jumpshot a la ‘Black Mamba’ Read Next Bryant posted a couple of videos of their 1-on-1 workout on his personal Instagram account, which has accumulated a combined 3 million views as of this writing.“@wnba finals rematch got us hype! A lil one on one with my baby,” Bryant captioned the first video, which showed Gianna clearing some space and draining a jump shot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightcenter_img LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary A follow-up video showed Kobe’s “mambacita” hitting another shot from deep, followed by a strong drive to basket over her legendary father. Fans may no longer see Kobe Bryant suit up in the hardwood, but it looks like he has found a worthy successor—his 11-year-old daughter, Gianna.After admitting that the WNBA Finals rematch between the Los Angeles Sparks and the Minnesota Lynx has got them all hyped up, the father-daughter duo went on to work and put on shots of their own.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president EAC, Letran triumph Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View commentslast_img read more