Thursday, August 28, 2014

Shah Rukh Khan is Interpol’s Turn Back Crime ambassador

Internationally-renowned Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has been roped in as an ambassador for Interpol’s “Turn Back Crime” campaign to promote awareness of how everyone can play a role in preventing crime.
SRK, said to be the first Indian to be made an ambassador for the global campaign, is lending his voice to help spread the message that all of society benefits when citizens respect law and fight crime. “It’s a very special honour to be a part of Interpol’s Turn Back Crime campaign as an ambassador,” said Shah Rukh.
“As Mahatma Gandhi once said, ‘I shall not fear anyone on Earth. I shall fear only god. I shall not bear ill will toward anyone. I shall not submit to injustice from anyone. I shall conquer untruth by truth. And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all suffering, if I have to.
“We all should believe in this maxim and in whatever way possible resolve not to let unjust people who might threaten us with criminal activity make us fear them.
“Because I believe we can, we should, and we must stand together against the few who commit crimes against any human being, in whatever form or guise these crimes might take,” Shah Rukh said in a statement.
SRK joins actor Jackie Chan as an ambassador for the campaign, which has already garnered support from public figures including footballer Lionel Messi, Formula 1 racing drivers Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen in addition to law enforcement agencies around the world.
Interpol’s Turn Back Crime campaign is aimed at raising public awareness that organised crime is often involved in seemingly unrelated crimes. Drug trafficking, human trafficking, counterfeiting, cyber crime, kidnapping, crimes against children and corruption in sport are in fact often interconnected, with profits from one crime area used to fund another.
The Turn Back Crime campaign is aimed at helping the public better understand these issues and empowering them not to be duped by criminals when buying products or using the internet.
“Shah Rukh Khan has dedicated his life to making films which reflect the highest level of professionalism and commitment to bringing joy into the lives of hundreds of millions of filmgoers in India and around the world,” said Interpol secretary general Ronald K. Noble.
“We are honoured to have him as an ambassador for Interpol’s global Turn Back Crime campaign and we look forward to seeing how he puts his artistic talents behind this campaign,” the Interpol chief said.
The Turn Back Crime campaign is also reaching out to companies and policy—makers in a bid to form a united front against contemporary crime challenges, and to support the ongoing activities of the global law enforcement community.

The answer to lower smoking addiction: Low Nicotine Cigarettes


Do you find it nearly impossible to quit cigarettes? Well a new technique is soon coming in your hand that may help you get rid of such addiction. In a recent research it was found that cigarettes with low levels of nicotine may reduce addiction in smokers without increasing exposure to toxic chemicals. 
In this study, 72 adults were monitored who were made to switch between three types of cigarettes, each type with markedly reduced nicotine levels.
One of the researchers, David Hammond,  Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at University of Waterloo in Canada, said that ‘When the participants switched between conventional cigarette brands – which have similar nicotine content – there was no significant change in their puffing behaviour, number of cigarettes consumed or levels of toxic chemicals in their systems’. However, when these adults were introduced to consume the low-nicotine cigarettes, Quest 1, Quest 2 and Quest 3  which had a nicotine content of 8.9, 8.4 and 0.6 mg, respectively (as opposed to an average of 12 mg in a regular cigarette) they found that smokers were unable or unwilling to compensate due to a markedly less nicotine in the cigarette,” said David Hammond, from the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at University of Waterloo in Canada. The study appeared in the journal Cancer Epidemiology.
Is quitting cigarettes getting very difficult?  Try some natural remedies that may help you out.
1. Cleanse the Body of Toxins
Cigarette smoke poisons the body with not just nicotine, tar and carbon monoxide but several other toxins whose numbers run into thousands. Products containing herbs such as ShatavariGotu Kola (Brahmi ), Ginseng and Ashwagandha and products such as Triphala and Sudarshana Choorna can also help detoxify tissues; it is best to use these under the supervision of a qualified Ayurvedic doctor.
2. Substitute Herbal Cigarettes for Nicotine-Containing Ones
Many Ayurvedic medical stores sell herbal cigarettes that are free from nicotine; these generally contain medicinal herbs such as turmeric, tulsi, cinnamon, gangalmulethi, clove and guggul. Ayurveda prescribes the use of such medicinal smoking as an initial step to overcome the craving for nicotine.
3. Get Sufficient Exercise
It is well-known that exercise causes the release of mood-enhancing endorphins and this can help you deal with the feelings of melancholy that sometimes accompanies the effort to give up cigarettes. Set up a regular routine for exercise and stick to it.
4. Make Changes to Your Diet
Quite a few people who quit smoking experience a peculiar bitter taste; changing the food you consume can help you adapt better to this. A vegetarian diet that is low in fat is the best when you first attempt to quit smoking. Increase your consumption of alkaline foods such as vegetables, fruits, dry nuts, sprouts, lima beans and raisins; cut down on the acidic content of your food by reducing foods such as bread, coffee, tea, dairy products and meat. 
Here are some of the ways which may help you to withdraw such an addiction. These are: nicotine replacement therapy, use of electronic cigarettes and other medical aids help one to quit the habit of smoking.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Get the perfect and healthy dishes for Ganesh Festival this year

Bappa is finally on his way to enter our homes and hearts in a few days and preparations have begun in full swing to give him the best treatment this year. Just like any other festival, we celebrate it with yummy home-made treats many of which can be quite heavy. Being in a festive mood can often mean we throw caution to the wind and indulge in sweets and snacks without realising how many additional calories we are piling on just within a few days.
However with certain modifications, you can make your favourite dish healthy without missing out on taste or the fear of gaining too much weight. Nutritionist Naini Setalvad shares with us five deliciously healthy recipes of popular dishes made during Ganesh Chaturthi. Savour them without any regrets and enjoy this festival with a healthy spirit.

Urad Dal Karanjiya
Made using black lentil, this dish is quite healthy. It has various spices which not just add flavour but also have several health benefits as well. The dough is made using rice dough and the dish is savoury in taste.
Varan Bhaat
This dish too is made using lentils – tur dal which is tempered with spices. This is eaten with steamed rice. Varan is very healthy and light too.
Another healthy recipe, it is made using many vegetables. Most of the vegetables used are quite less in number of calories such as bottle gourd, cucumber, pumpkin, etc. This makes it extremely healthy.
A traditional Maharashtrian dish, this version is made using jaggery or gur which is healthier than sugar. This sweet dish is quite a popular dish amongst children and adults. But restrict the quantity and don’t go overboard as it is quite heavy.
Ukadiche Modak
Ganesh Chaturthi will be incomplete if there is no modak. This steamed modak has lesser calories and it is made with rice flour and skim milk. Make them fresh and eat 1-2 every day.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Selena Gomez struts her stuff, the new weave

Selena Gomez is proud of her look from her hair to her dress and she is not afraid to strut her stuff in her latest pictures.

Wearing a sheer black maxidress, the 21-year-old star was spotted yesterday getting her hair done, and she wants everyone to know that it isn't her real hair.

She posts, "Weave is back. :) hehe #901 #seatbelt #passengerselfie #hashtag."

With her new locks blowing in the wind and the button-up top strategically unbuttoned, the pop star struts in the flowing, pleated see-through maxi that matches perfectly with her killer black heels. We can't wait to see if she'll be working it like this at Sunday's vmas!

Selena will be in the upcoming film Rudderless as Kate, a girl who loses her boyfriend in a school shooting. The film tells the story of her boyfriend's father who stumbles upon his deceased son's demo tapes and lyrics and then forms a band of his own.

6.0 magnitude earthquake jolts California

A strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake jolted California early Sunday morning, the US Geological Survey said, though there were no immediate reports of deaths or serious damage.

The quake struck at 3:20 am (1020 GMT) northwest of American Canyon, California, USGS said, at a depth of just 6.7 miles (10.8 kilometers) below the surface.

The power was out in Napa, about six miles from the earthquake's epicenter, as well as in other towns and cities nearby, affecting more than 10,000 households, according to the Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

The California Highway Patrol in the San Francisco Bay Area tweeted that it was "checking over crossings and bridges for obvious signs of structural integrity," and asked residents to report any signs of problems.
Residents of the cities of San Francisco, some 40 miles southwest, and Davis, just over 40 miles northeast, quickly took to Twitter reporting also feeling the quake.

  • Twitter user Tyson Winter wrote: "Shook violently here in Napa. Power's out." 
  • Ann Marie Christy,wrote that her mother, also in Napa, said the shaking "was very violent with a lot of broken glass." 
  • And in San Francisco, Om Malik posted "Damn, woke me up. Was super long. #quake #sf."
  • Further north, Tim Kerbavaz tweeted: "Felt it in Davis too. Quite long."

Friday, August 22, 2014

Top 5 richest Indians have half of nation's billionaire wealth

There seems to be a huge disparity in distribution of wealth among Indian billionaires.
India’s top five richest, led by Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) chairman Mukesh Ambani, collectively control $85.5 billion (about Rs. 5,21,550 crore) in personal wealth, accounting for 47.5% of the country’s total billionaire wealth of $180 billion, a recent report by wealth research firm Wealth-X has found.
Mukesh Ambani tops the rich list with an estimated net worth of $24.4 billion (about Rs. 1,48,840 crore) followed by ArcelorMittal chairman Lakshmi Mittal, Sun Pharma’s Dilip Shanghvi, Wipro’s Azim Premji and Tata Sons’ shareholder Pallonji Shapoorji Mistry.
In comparison, Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan is worth $600 million, while cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, who retired in November 2013, boasted of a personal fortune of at least $160 million, the survey said.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Exclusive: Happy New Year Trailer

Happy New Year is an upcoming 2014 Bollywood action comedy-drama film directed by Farah Khan and produced by Gauri Khan under the banner of Red Chillies Entertainment. The film has an ensemble cast which includes, Shahrukh KhanDeepika PadukoneAbhishek BachchanBoman IraniVivaan ShahSonu SoodSarah-Jane Dias and Jackie Shroff. The film will be distributed worldwide by Yash Raj Films.

Here is the offical happy new year Trailer.