Prince Charles, Britain's best dressed man: Liz Hurley



 London: Actress-model Elizabeth Hurley finds Prince Charles as Britain's best dressed man.
The actress, who features in "The Royals", is disappointed she isn't a "private friend" of any of the British royals, and admits she has a particular soft spot for the 66-year-old heir to the throne, reports femalefirst.co.uk.
"I've had the honour of meeting some members of the royal family at various events, but as a private friend, sadly not. I've met Prince Charles a couple of times because I'm a patron of one of his charities and I have to say I'm a huge fan of his.
"I've always voted him the best dressed man in the United Kingdom, if not the world. His tailoring is impeccable. Phenomenal," she told Heat magazine.
Hurley was delighted to land the role of Queen Helena in "The Royals" because she has always dreamed of being a princess.
She said: "I think all little girls dream of being princesses. And I remember, as a child, I used to do an awful lot of play acting. Well, I was always a star and usually a royal one. My little brother would be a page boy.
"So, right from then, I've had it in the back of my mind that I'd be a very good queen. Obviously when this part came along, it was a slam dunk."

Shilpa Shetty - the perfect Bollywood actress to don 'gowns' at red carpets (see pics)



Shilpa Shetty looks best in gowns at the red carpets

New Delhi: Shilpa Shetty is a name that has to do everything from being sexy, hot, fit and beautifully expressive.
The lady who has defined a successful place for herself in Bollywood today is one of the divas who always remain in public's eye for how she look so damn sultry at this point of her life too.
Well, while the lady can make almost anything and everything do wonders on her perfectly cut frame, Shilpa has got ethereal charm when it comes to don evening gowns.
With those gorgeous facial features and shapely legs, the actress is a dream goddess of any designer. However, Shilpa Shetty takes utmost care in whatever she wears for her various appearances. We have seen the lady going from thoroughly formal to vivaciously sensuous at respective occasions.



At the recently held FBB Femina Miss India 2015 grand finale event, when the diva turned out at the red carpet wearing a nude Monisha Jaising gown, the fashion police definitely went speechless again.

The plunging neckline of that structured gown felt aptly well on Shilpa's curves and the lady once again appeared truly magnificent. Her look was further styled with side-parted sleek do, Farah Khan fine jewellery earrings and that fuschia coloured satin clutch adding the right pop of colour.
Having given several appearances in gowns like these, isn't Shilpa forcing us to believe that she is probably the best in Bollywood to carry such elegant outfits?
Well, at least we have no qualms and doubts agreeing to this!  

Saree clad Anushka Sharma is a treat to eyes in this video!



 Anushka Sharma flares confidence and looks traditionally hot in her new ad

New Delhi: Anushka Shama is looking readily smashing in her new commercial for a beverage brand. The actress who seemed donning all funky distressed outfits in her recent both films PK and NH10 can be seen flaunting her frame in a neon saree.

Wearing a lemon coloured saree with a mirror worked blouse, the Bollywood girl is seen jazzing up a wedding ceremony.

The whole idea behind the ad appears conveying the motive of being comfortable in who you are without paying any heed to the world. While Anushka flares her courageous persona, she makes a guest dance who earlier resisted to dancing only to be joined-in by everyone present at the place.

What makes you intrigue to this ad unlike other commercials is how vivacious Anushka Sharma looks in it. The pretty chirpy girl can be seen in all her quirky avatar as she lets her beauty speaks.

The ad is further directed by 'Queen' fame Vikas Bahl and choreographed by Longinus Fernandes.

Here follows the video, have a look to witness desi magic of Anushka...

Lose weight now! 5 quick changes that could come in rescue



 Done trying those pushy diet regimes with no visible results? You might want to hear us out!
Most women often fail to differentiate their goal, whether to lose weight or lose inches, but if you are trying to hit the former then we might have a solution for you.
Face it, losing weight is difficult, but following a right plan could bring in much desired results in no time.
We got in touch with dietician Dr. Sidharth Anang, who recommended that sticking to a diet plan and following it with faith could help a lot and this plan devised him could make you lose weight in a healthy way in 3 months, and you'll see the changes yourself!
Switch to Green Tea 2-3 times a day
What's better than to start your day with a detoxifying drink which push toxins out of the body and purifying blood!
Eat breakfast at 8am, brunch at 12pm, lunch at 3pm, and dinner at 7pm
Break you meals, and divide the food group i.e fruits in morning, carbs during the mid-day, cereals in lunch, and salad/soup for dinner. And we let you choose things of your choice except ghee, cheese, butter, oil and friend stuff during mid-day & at dinner.
Shun gym and instead go 1,2,3!
Be regular at 1 hour of 2 exercises of your choice for 3 days in week. Choose anything, be it skipping, swimming, aerobics, zumba etc - just explore new things to prep your up
Check your weight daily
That might sound boring, but keeping an eye on that pointer showing your weight is an easy way to keep a tab on changes in weight in your weight. It also motivates the person to stick on their weight loss regime.
Water intake
Increase your water intake up to 3 litres, try drinking 2 glasses of water each time you sit down for a meal.
Note: During the 1st month, you'll feel the changes happening within you, that does not mean you'll stop continuing the practice of a healthy lifestyle. People may not notice the change at first but gradually you'll start losing weight but not much inches. By 3rd month people would even start making you realise of all the new changes that you've achieved so far...

Summer special recipe: 'Fruity curd rice' for kids


Kids' special recipe: Fruity curd rice

New Delhi: Crackling down summers is not easy. However, keeping your day fresh and rejuvenated is not that difficult too. And when you have a great amalgamation of something to savour that is both equally salty and sweet, you just can't resist beating that heat.

In order to enhance your craving to make this summer deliciously fresh for you, here follows a quick recipe for making 'fruity-curd rice'. Take a look!

Note: The recipe serves as a brilliant easy-to-make food item for kids

Ingredients:

Rice - 1 bowl

Milk - 1 bowl

Curd - 1 bowl                                                  

Sugar - 1 tablespoon

Chopped almonds - 2 tablespoon

Oil - 1 tablespoon

Chopped green chillies - 2

Salt - 1 or 1 1/2 tablespoon

Mustard seeds - 1 tablespoon

Coriander leaves - 1 tablespoon

Fruits (grapes, cherry, pomegranate) - 1/2 bowl

Method:

1. Boil the rice and mix sugar and salt together with it.

2. Once both salt and sugar gets mixed with rice, pour milk and curd and mix the entire thing thoroughly.

3. Add fruits and again mix well.

4. Pour oil in a pan and roast the mustard seeds till they start crackling down and turn slight brown.

5. Turn off the gas and mix rice made above with the oil prepared now.

6. Once entirely mixed, sprinkle coriander leaves and enjoy the sweet-salty fruity curd rice with your kids.

Physicist Stephen Hawking to trademark his name



London: World-renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking is set to trademark his name, joining the ranks of celebrities such as JK Rowling and David Beckham who have turned their names into brands.
Hawking, 73, has applied to the Intellectual Property Office to have his name formally registered, while another English physicist, Brian Cox, has already made the move.
For Hawking, whose fame was recently boosted by the Oscar-winning success of the film 'The Theory of Everything', the primary aim is to prevent others from exploiting his name with inappropriate products.
"It's a personal matter for Stephen Hawking, it is not a university issue, but he has taken measures to protect his name and the success it has bought," said a spokesman for Cambridge University, where Hawking is director of research at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics.
Hawking has also applied to trademark his name for charitable purposes, giving him the option of setting up a foundation, such as to promote physics, or for research into motor neurone disease, which has paralysed him, 'The Sunday Times' reported.
His trademark would cover computer games, powered wheelchairs, greetings cards and healthcare.
Chris McLeod, president of the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys, said the move could be worth millions of pounds.
"It depends how successfully his advisers can license and market products and services. If he were to die, then the trademarks could be transferred to his foundation or offspring - they could be a never-ending monopoly," he said.

Egypt, Nigeria led world in death sentences in 2014: Report



 United Nations:Egypt and Nigeria accounted for well over 1,000 of the death sentences announced last year, more than a third of the world's total, Amnesty International says in its latest annual report on the death penalty.

The London-based human rights group expressed alarm at the 28 percent jump in death sentences: 2,466 people in 55 countries were condemned to death in 2014. At least 607 people were executed in 22 countries last year.

Neither of those numbers is complete, as North Korea's closed-off stance means that no estimate there was available. Amnesty International also doesn't report numbers for China, where such information is considered a state secret. The Dui Hua Foundation, a U.S.-based prison research group, has estimated 2,400 executions happened in China for 2014.

Amnesty International also said it was unable to confirm whether judicial executions took place last year in Syria, where civil war has raged for four years.

The countries with the most recorded executions last year were Iran with at least 289, Saudi Arabia with at least 90, Iraq with at least 61 and the United States with at least 35, the rights group said. In Iran, hundreds more executions were "not officially acknowledged" and the total could be as high as 743, the organization said.

Once again, the United States was the only country in the Americas to execute people in 2014, the report said. Texas and Missouri each carried out 10 executions. Other U.S. states that put people to death were Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Ohio and Oklahoma.

The overall number of global executions last year dropped almost 22 percent from 2013.

"The numbers speak for themselves: The death penalty is becoming a thing of the past, Amnesty International' secretary-general, Salil Shetty, said.

But Shetty condemned the use of death sentences as a way to fight crime or "terrorism."

Nigeria announced 659 death sentences, mostly for murder and armed robbery, but a military court in December sentenced to death 54 soldiers who had been accused of refusing to join operations against the extremist group Boko Haram. The soldiers testified that they had not been properly equipped to go after Boko Haram, which has since pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group.

Nigeria's higher number of death sentences, up from 141 the year before, was also a result of more complete data offered by authorities.

Egypt announced at least 509 death sentences last year, many of them in the mass trials that have been held since the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in 2013. The practice has brought international criticism. In one case in December, 188 people were sentenced to death in the killing of 11 police officers.

In the United States, at least 72 death sentences were announced last year.

Amnesty International also expressed concern about countries that resumed the practice of executions, including Pakistan, which reinstated the death penalty in December after a Pakistani Taliban attack on a school killed 150 people, most of them children.

"An alarming number of countries that used the death penalty in 2014 did so in response to real or perceived threats to state security and public safety posed by terrorism, crime or internal stability," the new report said.

Other countries resuming executions in 2014 were Jordan, Singapore, Egypt, Belarus, the United Arab Emirates and Equatorial Guinea, the report said. Indonesia said it would resume executions for drug-related crimes, straining ties in particular with Australia and Brazil, which both have citizens on death row there.

At of the end of last year, more than 19,000 people around the world were estimated to be living under death sentences.

Barack Obama decides to resume military aid to Egypt



 Washington:US President Barack Obama told his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Tuesday that he will allow the delivery of F-16 aircraft as well as request annual military aid to Egypt, a media report said on Wednesday.

In their telephonic conversation, Obama informed al-Sisi that "he will lift executive holds that have been in place since October 2013 on the delivery of F-16 aircraft, Harpoon missiles and M1A1 tank kits," reported Xinhua.

The US suspension came after al-Sisi, then chief of the Egyptian armed forces, ousted then president Mohammed Morsi, installed an interim government and then launched a hard crackdown on Morsi's supporters. Some 700 million dollars of the 1.3 billion dollars in annual military aid to the Arab country also put on hold.

Obama "also advised President al-Sisi that he will continue to request an annual 1.3 billion dollars in military assistance for Egypt," the White House said in a statement.

Starting in fiscal year 2018, Washington will offer security aid to Cairo in the four areas of counterterrorism, border security, security on the Sinai Peninsula and maritime security, with "sustainment of weapons systems already in Egypt's arsenal," Obama told al-Sisi.

Obama "explained that these and other steps will help refine our military assistance relationship so that it is better positioned to address the shared challenges to US and Egyptian interests in an unstable region," the White House said.

Egypt is joining Saudi Arabia-led air raids on the Houthi rebels in Yemen, on top of its efforts to fight Islamist militants in North Sinai and Libya.

In his telephonic talks with al-Sisi, Obama also reaffirmed US concerns about Egypt's "continued imprisonment of non-violent activists and mass trials," the White House said.

World's oldest person dies at 117


Tokyo: The world's oldest person has died nearly a month after celebrating her 117th birthday.
Her nursing home says Misao Okawa died of heart failure early Wednesday.
Okawa, born in Osaka on March 5, 1898, was recognized as the world's oldest person by Guinness World Records in 2013.
Her Osaka nursing home says she lost her appetite about 10 days ago. She stopped breathing as her grandson and nursing home officials attended.
Okawa, the daughter of a kimono maker, said at a birthday celebration last month that her life seemed rather short.
Okawa married her husband, Yukio, in 1919, and they had three children -- two daughters and a son. She was survived by four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Her husband died in 1931.

Indian’s conviction may be reversed for spying on gay roommate


New York: An Indian-origin former Rutgers student, convicted for spying on his gay roommate who then committed suicide, could see his conviction for bias intimidation reversed after the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that the state’s law in this regard was unconstitutional.

The apex court last week struck down a portion of the state’s bias crime statute that could win Dharun Ravi a new trial in the Tyler Clementi webcam case, his attorney said.  According to the earlier state statute on bias intimidation, defendants can be convicted of bias intimidation if their victims “reasonably believed” they were harassed or intimidated because of their race, colour, gender, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation.

However, the state Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the 2001 statute was “unconstitutionally vague”, striking down the third section of the statute that focused on the victim’s state of mind.

The ruling said that it is the defendant’s intent and state of mind that is important, not the victim’s.  A report in nj.com quoted Ravi’s attorney Steven Altman as saying that the decision directly strikes down one of Ravi’s convictions, which was based on that section.  The appeal of Ravi’s 2012 guilty verdict that included several bias intimidation charges is still ongoing.  The Supreme Court ruling also brings into question decisions made by the trial judge, Superior Court Judge Glenn Berman.

Now retired, Berman permitted the prosecution to produce evidence of Clementi’s state of mind to the jury.  Berman did not permit Altman to introduce evidence during the trial that Clementi was upset over his mother’s rejection of his homosexuality and other incidents in his life.

Berman also prohibited Altman from obtaining some items seized from Clementi’s possessions and computer, including the suicide note, Altman was quoted as saying.  “Now the argument has to be that the judge permitted evidence that taints the entire verdict,” the attorney said.  “The evidence about Tyler Clementi’s state-of-mind. Did that prejudice the jury?”

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey, however, said that Ravi’s conviction “still stands, and it would be inappropriate to comment further given the state’s ongoing appeal of the sentence.”

The Supreme Court justices said in the 36-page decision that, “whether a victim reasonably believes he was targeted for a bias crime will necessarily be informed by the victim’s individual experiences and distinctive cultural, historical, and familial heritage—all of which may be unknown or unknowable to the defendant.”

Altman said he intends to include that language in additional papers he will now file with the appeals court because there was no way for Ravi to know Clementi’s emotional state at the time of the incidents.

Ravi was sentenced to a 30 days in jail, three years’ of supervised release, ordered to do 300 hours of community service and pay a fine of  about USD 11,000 after he was convicted in March 2012 of using a webcam to spy on the sexual encounters of Clementi in September 2010.  Clementi committed suicide days later.

Ravi was released from prison after serving 20 days.

Mountaineers returning Nepal to climb Mount Everest


Kathmandu:Climbers are returning to Mount Everest as the climbing industry recovers from last year's deadly disaster on the world's highest peak, a Nepalese mountaineering official said Wednesday.

Climbers from four teams have already been issued permits allowing them to climb the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) peak, another 11 written applications are pending and more applications are expected in the next few days, said Gyanendra Shrestha, an official at Nepal's Mountaineering Department.

The popular spring climbing season began last month and runs until the end of May.

"Last year's disaster has not deterred the climbers from coming back, instead, we are expecting more than 40 teams during the season," Shrestha said. That compares with 31 teams last year.

It was feared that the deaths of 16 local Sherpa guides in an avalanche that led to the early end of the 2014 climbing season would keep climbers away. Following the accident, other guides refused to work and climbers had to abandon their bids.

Nepal's government, which makes millions in permit fees, has been attempting to lure the climbers back. It recently said that mountaineers forced to abandon last year's climb would have their permits extended to 2019.

As well, mountaineering authorities have pledged to improve weather forecasting, security and rescue efforts. More medical staff has been placed at Mount Everest's base camp, and the government has set up a full-time office tent at the camp, with officials providing security, settling disputes among climbers and monitoring the activities of the hundreds of climbers and guides at the camp.

Nepal was criticized last year for not having a rescue plan for disasters and for not having a government presence at the base camp despite charging climbers huge permit fees.

More than 4,000 climbers have Mount Everest since 1953, when it was first conquered by New Zealand climber Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa guide, Tenzing Norgay. Hundreds of others have died while attempting the climb.

Pakistan's former president Zardari plans to launch daughter into politics


Islamabad: Pakistan's former president and PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari is planning to launch his daughter into politics, a move indicative of strained ties with his son Bilawal.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari formally stepped into politics last year, but soon developed differences with his father over handling of party affairs.

According to party sources, Bilawal is living in London and planning to take a two-year break from politics to pursue his higher education after earlier completing his graduation from Oxford university.
"In his absence, the party needs a Bhutto to be on the forefront and Zardari has decided to introduce his daughter Bakhtawar," the sources said.

Bakhtawar is being tutored in politics by senior women leaders of the party. She might deliver her maiden political speech at the death anniversary of her grandfather Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto on April 4.

There is a little hope that Bilawal would attend the anniversary, used as a rallying point for party workers.

Zulfiqar founded Pakistan People Party (PPP) and served as prime minister before he was hanged in 1979 by military dictator Ziaul Haq on dubious charges of murder.

His daughter Benazir Bhutto was elected twice as prime minister before she was killed in an attack in 2007.

PPP is associated with Bhuttos and after the death of Benazir, Zardari announced that all his children had decided to adopt Bhutto as part of their names.

Microsoft adds Project Spartan browser in latest Windows 10 build


Microsoft has launched a new Windows 10 preview for PCs and this one comes with companies much talked about Project Spartan browser. The browser will ship with the latest Windows 10 version on smartphones, tablets and PCs. Project Spartan, the Internet Explorer successor,  is touted as a browser that is made for easy sharing, reading, discovery and getting things done online.” The latest build number is 10049 and includes a preview version of the new browser. Project Spartan comes with Cortana, the company’s digital assistant that lives in both current builds of Windows Phone and Windows 10. The browser includes ink support, reading list/reading view and the new Spartan rendering engine. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4A5ZXWTIlHw Other features of the browser are Web Note, which will let users write or type directly on web pages and then share them with other people. Microsoft says Project Spartan’s latest design is “puts the focus on the page, not the browser.” You can write or type directly on to a webpage, and share the comments through email, social networks, or through OneDrive.  Today’s update bumps the Windows 10 build number from 10041 to build 10049. Windows 10 testers can now download the latest build.

Sony Xperia Z4 specs leaked in benchmark


Sony Xperia's next flagship phone Xperia Z4 has been leaked in GFX benchmark. The listing shows specs of the Xperia Z4 that is code named as Sony E6553. As per the benchmark, the Xperia Z4 will sport a 5.1-inch (1080 x 1920) display with Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset (1.9GHz octa-core processor and Adreno 430 graphics). It will come with 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, a 20.7MP rear camera and 5 MP front shooter. The Z4 will run Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. Last month screenshots of the Xperia Z4 Dual SIM were leaked that showed of the UI of the phone. Sony is expected to launch the Xperia Z4 this year. via

How to make Selfies even better on the Micromax Canvas Selfie


If there is one major concern with selfies, it's trying to look good in them. In our video earlier, we showed you how front facing cameras these days are now almost on par with the main cameras, with the example being the Micromax Canvas Selfie. The Canvas Selfie has the same 13 megapixel camera unit at the front and at the back, so the earlier problem of having better detail is now solved, but again, with it comes the concern of too much detail. You might have noticed the auto-beautification features in a lot of phones, which apply some post-processing after face detection, but with Micromax outright calling it a Canvas "Selfie", these features are built right into the camera UI. Let's take a look at them. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fg4R7y9ZoFQ There are 7 tools to help you take a cleaner selfie, by using face detection features. It recognizes your eyes, so you'll be able to whiten them, make them larger and sharper, with the first tool. The second tool helps thinning your face, by distorting it a little. The next tool is something that a lot of photoshop users use, smoothen, which is basically spot healing applied to the skin. The next one is for ...

Google+ photos to be available on Google Drive


Google has announced an update under which all the photos and videos on Google+ will be be available on Google Drive. One of the main aim of the integration is to make the platform more seamless. "While you may snap all sorts of images, your experience across Google should be seamless and consistent. That’s why starting today, the photos and videos you keep in Google+ Photos will also be available in Google Drive." posted Josh Hudgins, Product Manager, Google Drive, on  a company blog. As a result of the integration you will see "Google Photo" menu on Google Drive that will lets you manage your photos and videos alongside all your other files.. The update is rolling out to Android, iOS and Web. Full archives will be available in Drive in coming weeks.Google notes that Google+ Photos will still be available for storing your photos.

Huawei Ascend P8 gets certified in China


Huawei recently announced an event on April 15, where it will unveil its flagship Ascend P8 smartphone. The company already confirmed the arrival of Ascend P8 in April. Now the smartphone has been certified on TENAA in several variants - HUAWEI ALE-TL00, HUAWEI GRA-UL00, HUAWEI GRA-UL10, HUAWEI GRA-CL10, HUAWEI GRA-TL00, HUAWEI GRA-CL00. This shows the smartphone with metal build and dual SIM support. Earlier rumors hinted at ceramic unibody build. Check out the rumored specifications of the smartphone. Huawei Ascend P8 rumored specifications 5.2-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) HD display 2.0 GHz Kirin 930 64 bit octa-core processor 3GB RAM,32GB built-in memory Android 5.0 (Lollipop) 13MP rear camera with dual tone flash 8MP front-facing camera 2,600 mAh battery Huawei will announce all the details of the Ascend P8 at the launch on April 15th, which is just two weeks away. Via

Intex Aqua HD 5.0 with 13 MP camera now available for Rs. 6999, Aqua Y2 1GB coming soon


Intex Aqua HD 5.0, the company's latest smartphone in the Aqua series is now available from Flipkart. It has a 5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD IPS display, is powered by a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor and runs on Android 4.4 (KitKat). It has a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. Most of the specifications of the smartphone are similar to the Intex Aqua Star HD that was launched last year. Intex Aqua Star HD specifications 5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD IPS OGS display 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582V/X processor 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 32GB with MicroSD Android 4.4 (KitKat) Dual SIM 13MP rear camera with LED Flash 5MP front-facing camera 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio Dimensions: 68.2x134x9.9 mm 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS 2300mAh battery The Intex Aqua Y2 1GB, an ehnaced variant of the the Aqua Y2 with 1GB RAM has been listed on the Intex website. It has a 4-inch WVGA screen, is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and runs on Android 4.4 (KitKat). Intex Aqua Y2 1GB specifications 4-inch (800 x 480 pixels) WVGA IPS display 1.2 GHz quad-core Spreadtrum SC7731 processor 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 32GB with MicroSD Android 4.4 (KitKat) Dual SIM 8MP rear camera with LED Flash 2MP front-facing ...

Xiaomi Redmi 2A with 4.7-inch HD display, 1.5GHz quad-core SoC, 4G LTE announced


 Xiaomi has announced the Redmi 2A smartphone in China to celebrate its 5th anniversary. It is a variant of the Redmi 2 and has the same 4.7-inch HD screen, but this is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core Leadcore L1860C processor instead of Snapdragon 410 64-bit SoC. Other specifications are similar, including Android 4.4 (KitKat) with MIUI 6 on top, 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, Dual SIM support and 4G LTE connectivity. It also comes in separate China Unicom and China Telecom variants with support for suitable bands.  Xiaomi Redmi 2A specifications 4.7-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) IPS display 1.5 GHz quad-core LCI L1860C processor with Mali T628 dual-core GPU 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory, micro SD card up to 32GB Dual SIM MIUI v6 on top of Android 4.4 (KitKat) 8MP rear camera with LED Flash, BSI sensor, f/2.2 aperture, Omnivision sensor, 1080p video recording 2MP front-facing camera, 720P HD video recording 4G LTE/3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS 2200mAh battery The Xiaomi Redmi 2A comes in White, Dark gray, Bright Yellow, Light Green and Pink colors and is priced at 599 Yuan (US$ 97 / 6,049 approx.) originally, but is available at 499 Yuan (US$ 80 / 5,035 approx.) only on April 8th. No details about the global roll out yet.

Apple iPhone trade-in-program expands to non-Apple phones


As reported earlier this month, Apple is expanding its iPhone trade-in-program that will include handsets from other OEMs. The move is coming from Apple to lure other smartphone users to switch to iPhone. The program started in 2013 was limited to Reuse and Recycle program for iPhones but now it will give a store credit value for other handsets offer that as part of trade-ins. Starting today, consumers can now bring in their non-Apple phones for evaluation at retail locations across the U.S., UK , Italy, France and Canada. It would work similarly to the way you trade in an iPhone where Apple determines the value of the phone based on what condition it is in and a variety of other factors. In turn they will issue Apple gift cards for them that can be used for the purchase of a new iPhone.Users can trade in their old Samsung, HTC, LG, Nokia, Sony and BlackBerry phone for iPhone 5c, iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. via

Xiaomi Mi Smart Weight Scale and Mi Smart Plug Board announced


Xiaomi has launched two new smart products on the occasion of its fifth anniversary. The company has unveiled Mi Smart Weight Scale and Mi Smart Plug Board. First up is the Mi Smart Weight Scale that sports a sleek design with rounded edges. Available in white, the Smart Scale displays weights betweejn 5Kg to 150 Kg in white LED lights. There are 161 LEDs inside the device to show off the weight in pounds as well as kilograms. The Smart Scale can track up to 16 people as you can program it to track each individuals progress. It will connect to smartphones running Android 4.4 or higher and iOS 7 or higher via Bluetooth. It will be powered by four 1.5V AA sized batteries. The Mi Smart Weight Scale is priced for 99 Yuan ($16 / Rs. 998 approx.) and will be available from April 8. Xiaomi has also launched Mi Smart Plug Board that comes with 3 USB ports for charging mobile devices and 3 conventional ports. It supports 2A fast charging and the company claims that it has a power conversion rate of 82%, compared to the original charger which makes it more energy efficient. Resembling to that of a pencil box, the Smart Plug ...

Xiaomi introduces Cherry Pink Mi Note for Women


Xiaomi has introduced special edition Mi Note smartphone for women in Cherry Pink color for the celebrating its 5th anniversary. This also includes 5000mAh power bank in a pink box that is specially designed for the phone. Color of the smartphone has been achieved using enhanced blasting technology to offer uniform cherry pink color, says Xiaomi. It recently introduced Special Bamboo Edition of Mi Note  All the specifications of the smartphone are similar to the Mi Note that includes a 5.7-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) IPS display with 386 PPI resolution with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor with Adreno 330 GPU, 3GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, MIUI on top of Android 4.4 (KitKat), Dual SIM support, 13MP rear camera with dual-tone LED Flash, 4K video recording, 4MP front-facing camera, 4G LTE , WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4/5 GHz), WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 4.1,GPS and a 3000mAh built-in battery. The Mi Note Special Cherry Pink Ladies edition is priced at 2499 Chinese Yuan (US$ 403 / Rs. 25,215 approx.) that includes a 5000mAh power bank in the package. It goes on sale on April 8th.

Adobe releases Comp CC app for iPad


Adobe has launched Comp CC app for iPad that enables the rapid creation of layout concepts for mobile, Web and print projects. Any layouts you create can be easily sent to InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator via the Share menu. Designers can start layout-design projects on iPad, creating concepts that incorporate previously created assets and then easily move to the desktop where essential Adobe Creative Cloud tools, including Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC and InDesign CC, can be used to create production-quality work. Comp CC extends the mobile and desktop workflows enabled by Creative Profile and Creative Cloud Libraries. Creative Cloud Libraries consist of design assets such as images, colors, text styles, brushes and more that members have created with Creative Cloud tools. A member’s Creative Profile surfaces their libraries, as they move from app-to-app and desktop-to-device. Thanks to their Creative Profile and associated Creative Cloud Libraries, Comp CC lets designers quickly combine the Typekit fonts, relevant images, color swatches and shapes they need to jump-start layout-design projects on iPad and later continue their work in CC desktop tools. “Doing creative work on a mobile device is only useful if the results can be synced to the desktop, where the project can be perfected in a ...

Xiaomi introduces Mi TV 2 55-inch 4K Smart TV


Xiaomi has introduced new 55-inch Mi TV 2, a year after introducing the first Mi TV 2 with a 49-inch 4K display. The new Mi TV 2 has a 55-inch (3840 x 2160 pixels) 4K display from Samsung with 178-degree viewing angle. It is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core MStar 6A928 Cortex-A17 processor, has 2GB RAM and supports a range of apps from the Mi Store. It lacks microSD slot that was present on the 49-inch Mi TV 2. Xiaomi introduced 40-inch 1080p Mi TV 2 last week. It supports H.265 10-bit hardware video decoding, Dolby MS12 virtual surround sound and has automatic volume adjustment. It also includes a 80W wireless subwoofer that has aluminum build and and 8 speakers Soundbar. Xiaomi Mi TV 2 (55″) specifications 55-inch (3840 x 2160 pixels) 4K display with 178-degree viewing angle, 8 ms dynamic response, 4000: 1 contrast ratio 1.4GHz quad-core MStar 6A928 Cortex-A17 processor with Mali-760 MP4 GPU 2GB DDR3 triple-channel RAM, 8GB internal memory (eMMC 5.0) WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ ac, Dual-band 2.4 / 5GHz, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, 3 x HDMI 3.0 VGA, AV, Analog TV, 1 x USB 2.0 and 1x USB 3.0, Ethernet Supports H.265 1080P at 60 fps, H.263 1080P at 30 fps, MPEG1 / 2/4 1080P at 30 fps, VP8 1080P at 30 ...

WhatsApp Voice Calling on Android now available for all without invite


WhatsApp started rolling out voice calling feature for Android users earlier this year. It was available only as invite-only option that opened occasionally, which required a person who already have calling feature to call you to unlock it. Now, after the latest version (2.12.19) that can be side-loaded on your phone, everyone using Android smartphones can enjoy WhatsApp calling without invites. We tried it on several smartphones, including smartphones running on Android Jelly Bean. As we said earlier, the call quality is decent on WiFi, but on 3G and 2G it was not the best. This might improve over time. WhatsApp calling feature is currently available only on Android. It is expected to roll out to other platforms soon. WhatsApp is yet to launch WhatsApp calling officially. Since it is available for everyone, the announcement is expected soon. We demoed WhatsApp Calling on Android recently, check out the video below. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5llgIp4S-hg

Samsung working on unified browser for all its major platforms


Samsung is said to be working on unified web browser for all of its platforms. Dubbed as Samsung Browser, it will be pre-installed on companies major platforms including mobile, tablet and TV. The new browser, primarily based on WebKit, will even enhance Web Video Casting, Reader Mode, offline saving, and reinforce for the S Pen. Samsung will utilize Blink web rendering, but they are also working with Mozilla on a new rendering engine called Servo. It will be capable of recognising the size of the device being used and pre-render the webpage to fit. Samsung is focused on video enhancement and has built its own rendering engine for video. The browser will not support Adobe Flash, and instead rely completely on HTML5 video. via

OnePlus One will be available in India without an invite on April 1


OnePlus has announced its third open sale for India on April 1st, soon after its second open sale on March 24th. The first open sale on Amazon.in happened on February 10th to celebrate the successful completion of 10 weeks of OnePlus in India. This time OnePlus team in India is moving to new office that was finalized back in February, and the open sale is being conducted to celebrate it. An Open sale lets you purchase the OnePlus One smartphone without any invite, so if you are waiting to get the smartphone, this is the time to grab one. Both the 16GB Silk White and 64GB Sandstone Black variants of the OnePlus One will be available for purchase through open sale tomorrow, Wednesday.  The sale would be for limited quantity which is expected to go out of stock quickly given the high demand for the phone, says the company. The OnePlus One open sale in India starts at 10AM on April 1st, 2015, Wednesday on Amazon.in.

Celkon Win 400 Review



Celkon Mobiles officially launched the Celkon Win 400, the company’s first Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone for Rs. 4,979 and currently the cheapest Windows Phone smartphone in India in December last year. Lets' take a detailed look at the hardware and specs of the phone in this review. Unboxing httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SddFS12u4P0 Display Hardware and Design The phone sports a 4-inch (800 x 400 pixels) capacitive touch screen display that is bright and colorful which helps to view the vibrant Tile screen design on Windows phones. The screen however is glossy and prone to fingerprints. The build of the phone is quiet sturdy and feels compact in the hand and is pretty neat for the price. There is a 1.3MP front-facing camera above the display, which is hardly visible since the white phone has a black bezel around the display. There are the usual set of proximity and ambient light sensors next to the camera while the trademark Windows Phone buttons are present below the display for back, home and search. The phone's touch is not very smooth and most of the time we ended up tapping an app more than once since the touch is somewhat hard. The volume rockers are present on the left side The power or lock button is present on the ...

Micromax Bolt S300 and Bolt D320 affordable 3G smartphones launched starting from Rs. 3300


Micromax Bolt S300 went on sale online yesterday, now the the company has launched the smartphone officially along with the Bolt D320 smartphone. The Bolt S300 has a 4-inch WVGA screen, is powered by a 1GHz processor, has a 0.3-megapixel VGA rear camera with LED flash and a VGA front-facing camera. The Bolt D320 has a 4.5-inch FWVGA screen, is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core MediaTek processor, has a 3.2-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a VGA front-facing camera. It has leather-like back cover. Both these smartphone run on Android KiKat, have 3G connectivity and dual SIM support. Commenting on the launch, Vineet Taneja, Chief Executive Officer, Micromax said: India today has only 70mn 3G subscribers, which is a mere 10% of the overall subscribers. With today’s launch we are reinforcing our commitment to democratize technology, making 3G available at affordable price points and urging more users to join the mobile broadband journey. With one of the widest distribution networks in the country spanning across more than 50,000 smartphone retail outlets, we are uniquely positioned to accelerate the 3G ecosystem further, thus contributing to country’s vision of 600mn broadband users by 2020. As always we have taken time to understand the consumer need & ...

Microsoft Surface 3 with 10.8-inch HD display, Intel Atom x7 processor announced, starts at $499



 Microsoft just announced Surface 3, an affordable variant of the the Surface Pro 3 tablet that was announced last year. This is powered by quad-core Intel Atom x7 (Cherry Trail) processor, has a 10.8-inch HD screen with 3:2 aspect ratio and runs on 64-bit Windows 8.1 OS, which is updradable to Windows 10 once available. It is slightly thinner at 8.7mm and lighter at 622g compared to the Surface Pro 3 with a 12-inch screen. Microsoft says that it is the thinnest and lightest Surface the company has ever shipped. It also comes with LTE variant with built-in nano SIM slot. As usual it comes with one-year subscription to Office 365. It also supports Pen input, similar to the Surface Pro 3, but you have to purchase the pen separately at $50 each in silver, blue, black and red colors. It also sell Type Cover in a range of colors separately for $130 and the Docking Station is also available separately. Microsoft says that the display would offer incredibly accurate colors and clarity from multiple viewing angle. The rear camera has been bumped to 8-megapixel from 5-megapixel on the Surface Pro 3 and this also has a 3.5-megapixel front-facing camera. It also has a kickstand that supports three discrete settings. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPto6XpRq-U Microsoft Surface ...

Motorola opens India’s first Moto Care experience centre in Bengaluru


Motorola yesterday opened its first Moto Care experience center in India in Bengaluru, as it promised earlier this year. Located at No: 62, High street building, 11th Main road, 4th block, Jayanagar, the centre will provide service and support to customers and act as an experience zone that would offer the customers a hands-on feel of Motorola smartphones that includes it's entire smartphone lineup and the Moto 360 smartwatch. Spread across 3000 square feet, it will offer consumers walk-in service with its trained support staff. You can also clarify various queries across software upgrades and device repair with their trained staffs. The company is planning to open similar Moto Care experience service centre in other major metros in India. Check out some images of the Moto Care centre from Motorola India.

Lava Iris X1 Grand Photo Gallery



Lava launched the Iris X1 Grand smartphone in January this year for Rs 7,326. The phone received Android 5.0 Lollipop update last month. Let's take a look at the hardware and specs of the phone in detail. The Lava Iris X1 Grand sports 5-inch (854 x 480 pixels) IPS display and is powered by 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582M processor with Mali-400 GPU. Now running Android 5.0 Lollipop, it has 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 32GB with microSD. It has proximity sensors, earpiece and 2MP camera at the front. There are three capacitive touch buttons for menu, home and back. The volume rockers are present on the right side. There is a power button on the left side. There is no keys or buttons at the bottom, you just see a small microphone hole. The micro USB port and 3,5mm audio jack are present on the top. At the back the phone has Iris X1 branding at the center and Lava branding at the lower end followed by the loudspeaker grill. There is 8MP rear camera at the back along with dual LED flash. Underneath the back cover we can see the two SIM card slots along with micro SD card slot. There is also a 2200mAh removable battery. The Lava Iris X1 Grand comes ...

SAD DAY FOR TIGER WOODS

Say day for Tiger woods and his fans on Wednesday.
For the first time, since 1996 Golf Legend Tiger Woods has fallen out of the top 100.
  • 39-yr-old Tiger Woods, once a World Number 1 plunged to 104 this week.
  • The Golf proffesional has rounded a record 683 total weeks as the world number one, including 11 different runs at the top.
  • The 14-time major winner, a Legend in Golf set the record for most consecutive weeks atop the rankings in a span from August 1999 to September 2004 and topped his own record with 281 straight weeks at No. 1 from June 2005 to October 2010.
  • 39-yr-old Woods underwent back surgery in March 2014 and played in only eight tournaments last season and his last run as No. 1 was from March 2013 to May 2014.

YEMEN CONFLICTS: AT LEAST 62 CHILDREN KILLED IN A WEEK

The clashes in Yemen in last week alone have killed as many as 62 children and injured 30  more.
Julien Harneis of UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) took her call on recent developments and released a statement on Tuesday which read: "The fighting is severely damaging basic health services and education, while violence and displacement are leaving children terrified".
The situation in Yemen is detoriating, While all the way UNICEF is fighting for food insecurity, malnutrition, child labour, now the necessity to call for the protection of children is increading. At this rate of escalating voilence, children are in desperate need of protection, all nations should come forward to take hold of the situation , Harnies said. Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General on Tuesday called on all parties involved in military operations in Yemen to ensure the protection of civilians. He voiced his deep concern on numerous civilian casualties resulting from the ongoing military operations in Yemen.

YEMEN CRISIS: INDIAN NAVY SAFELY EVACUATES 350 INDIANS

 New Delhi: Around 4000 Indians are stranded in Yemen, out of which 350 Indians were safely evacuated from Yemen's southern port city of Aden on Tuesday
Yemen conflicts and war ranges have terrorised the the complete country, more than a dozen countries have closed their embassies in Yemen's capital Sanaa in protest against the Houthi takeover of the city and over security concerns.
Out of 350 people, 220 are men, 101 are women and 28 children were safely escorted to the Indian Navy ship INS Sumitra. According to Defence ministry, the ship left Yemen in late hours on Tuesday night. These people will be brought back to India by air, from the neighbouring country.
Saudi Arabia and fellow GCC member states launched airstrikes on Houthi positions in Yemen on March 26, a move condemned by Iran but supported by the US, Egypt, Jordan, and Morocco.
Yemen has been mired in deep political conflict since 2011 when mass protests forced former President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down. The situation worsened when Houthis rebels seiz

Shri Shri Gaura Nitai, Shri Shri Krishna Balarama, Shri Shri Radha Shyamasundara & Shri Shri Lalitha Vishakha..

ta asishah prayunjanas
ciram pahiti balake
haridra-curna-tailadbhih
sincantyo 'janam ujjaguh


tah -- all the women, the wives and daughters of the cowherd men; asishah -- blessings; prayunjanah -- offering; ciram -- for a long time; pahi -- may You become the King of Vraja and maintain all its inhabitants; iti -- thus; balake -- unto the newborn child; haridra-curna -- powder of turmeric; taila-adbhih -- mixed with oil; sincantyah -- sprinkling; ajanam -- the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is unborn; ujjaguh -- offered prayers.



[ Sukadeva Gosvami said to King Parikshit : ] Offering blessings to the newborn child, Krishna, the wives and daughters of the cowherd men said, "May You become the King of Vraja and long maintain all its inhabitants." They sprinkled a mixture of turmeric powder, oil and water upon the birthless Supreme Lord and offered their prayers. 

Shri Potana Maha Bhagavatam - 3.191 - one nice padyam


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Krishna directing the creation....


Quotable Quote

Obtaining mentality reduces a noble subtle one thing to the level of commercialism. You do something because you want to obtain something. That is what every shopkeeper is engaged in doing, it is not a mentality that is spiritual.
-- Swami Chidananda

A devotee of Sattvika nature offers Payasam (sweetened milk rice) to his chosen Deity; a Rajasika devotee gives as offering fifty richly-spiced dishes to his God; and a devotee of the Tamasika type offers goats and other animals as sacrifice. Difference of nature makes all the difference in the act of worship.
-- Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna

We may worship anything by seeing God in it, if we can forget the idol and see God there. We must not project any image upon God. But we may fill any image with that Life which is God. Only forget the image, and you are right enough -- for "out of Him comes everything". He is everything. We may worship a picture as God, but not God as the picture, God in the picture is right, but the picture as God is wrong. God in the image is perfectly right. There is no danger there. This is the real worship of God.

-- Teachings of Swami Vivekananda 

To become conscious of divine Love, all other love must be abandoned. If we cast ourselves entirely on the mercy of God, He bears all our cares and sorrows, we can depend on His saving care and energising grace.

-- S. Radhakrishnan

A Karmayogi who performs actions in a disinterested way, is not only superior to those who do not perform action or to those who do actions in an interested manner but is also superior to a Jnanayogi.

-- Swami Ramsukhdas

There is a saying among the Bhaktas and the devotees: "O Lord, in my worship, what can I offer You, when everything already belongs to You only? There is nothing I can offer, for nothing that is here is mine. Thus, the only thing that I can do is to take what is already Yours and offer it to You." So, in their own way, the followers of the path of devotion also had glimmerings and glimpses of the truth of transcendental non-duality, even in the midst of their dualistic approach to God. It all goes to confirm the ultimate fact that One alone exists, supreme, non-dual, transcendental.

-- Swami Chidananda

Time is fleeting like the wind. Life is on the wane every moment. Life is but another name of death. There is no knowing when this body will drop off. So you should always be prepared for the call of death. Do not waste your time in vain, do not put off any indispensable duty for some future time. Even from this very moment you should try to accumulate something for the future life. Riches and property are resources for this world alone; they will not accompany you after your death. Spiritual practices and prayer are the resources for the hereafter. They are really your own possession which you can take along with you. However little that provision may be, nothing of it will be in vain; with its help you will have advanced that much further along the Way.

-- Swami Virajananda

బ్రహ్మ సత్యం! జగత్ మిథ్యా! జీవో బ్రహ్మైవ నాపరహా ! - ब्रह्म सत्यं! जगत् मिथ्या! जीवो ब्रह्मैव नापरहा! - "Brahmam Sathyam! Jagath Mithyaa! Jeevo Brahmaiva Naaparahaa!"

"Brahmam Sathyam! What is sathyam? There can't be an end in all three kalas (avasthai). Anything that is not changing is sathyam. Brahmam is sathyam. It doesn't end in all three kalas…"

"Jagad mithya! Jagad – this prapancham – is mithya…What is mithya? you can see but it is not real. If you have eye problem/obstruction, you see double effect in your vision…you may see a staircase…but, at times, you may fall down when you put your foot. Anything that is dceiving to indryaas are mithyas…"

"Jeevo Brahmaiva Naaparahaa. The jeevan that is inside us is nothing but brahman. Why it is not said as "Brahmo brahmai na apaarahaa" He enjoys the whole jagad with these indryaas. The jeevan learns the attributes of the jagad from these indryaas and enjoys the jagad…It retains the name "jeevan" as long as he has the knowledge of the jagad. Once that is gone, that jeevan is brahmam!" 

-- Parammacharya -- 

Consciousness

There are two different basic levels of consciousness; * I am a body (which is illusory (false)) or * I am a soul, (which is real). When the feeling is * I am a body, the thought process is trapped in the limitations, problems and vision of the physical identity. Its reaction to others is on the same level.

Given below is an awareness-thought-decision-action-result cycle in the case of a typical father-son relationship. You will notice the difference consciousness can make to the cycle.

Awareness
Body Consciousness: I am the father. I know the most.
Soul Consciousness: I am a soul. My natural state is love and peace.

Thought
Body Consciousness: My son should listen to me as he is my own flesh and blood.
Soul Consciousness: My son is a soul too. As a soul he is my brother.

Decision
Body Consciousness: I will teach him a lesson.
Soul Consciousness: I will respect his idea also.

Action
Body Consciousness: Father argues with son.
Soul Consciousness: Father and son discuss with respect.

Result
Body Consciousness: Ill feeling between father and son.
Soul Consciousness: Respect maintained.

There are many who think: "I have not much attachment for the body; I do not have much passion for my wife, or fondness for my children, nor much attraction for money; I am not bound to anything; I could easily shake it all off if I willed." But when they reel under blows and counter-blows from within and without, or are tossed up and down faced with some horrible ordeal by a turn of fortune, then they are roused from their delusion and realise their hopeless plight of being bound hand and foot by the terrible fetters of Maya. Those who are endowed with good tendencies inherited from previous births find these fetters intolerable. They strive heart and soul to get free of them by any means whatever. These are the Mumuksus, that is, persons desirous of attaining Mukti, or freedom from birth and death.

-- Swami Virajananda












Quotable Quote

All water is Narayana (God) but every kind of water is not fit to drink. Similarly, though it is true that the Almighty dwells in every place, yet every place is not fit to be visited. As one kind of water may be used for washing your feet, another for rinsing your mouth, a third may be drunk, while a certain other may not be even touched; similarly, some places are fit to be visited, some only to be saluted from a distance and bidden goodbye, and so on.


-- Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna 

Small Spiritual Snippet

Only he who has succeeded in merging his own will in the Will of God has a right to say, "I am being irresistibly driven to do all this; I am the machinery and He is the Operator."That can be done only by a devotee of the highest type, who knows nothing else but God. He never takes a false step even unwittingly; no wicked deed can ever be done by him; his heart remains filled with irrespressible strength and inspiration and is never assailed by despair or depression; and he is moved neither by happiness nor misery. He always has the feeling of "Not I, not I, but Thou, but Thou, my Lord." Gain and loss, victory and defeat, honour anddishonour, have all become the same to him.


--- Swami Virajananda