Defence minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday stated that the Swedish Bofors guns are of good quality, but he doesn't want to say a word on President Pranab Mukherjee's remarks. So much of controversy surrounded his comments that Bofors acquisition was a "media trial". "I can only certify that Bofors guns are good. I do not make any statement on President's statement. If you ask me about quality of Bofors guns, then they are good," Parrikar told reporters here. Earlier, President Mukherjee while giving an interview to a Swedish daily, says, "First of all - it is yet to be to be established that there was a scandal. No Indian court has established it. I was the defence minister of the country long after Bofors, and all my generals certified that this is one of the best guns we are having. Till today, Indian army is using it”. "The so-called scandal which you talk of, yes, in the media, it was there. There was a media trial. But I'm afraid, let us not be too much carried (away) by publicity." However, the video of the interview shows no such comments being made by the President, who is scheduled to visit Sweden next month. The scam of procurement of 155mm howitzer field Bofors guns shook the then Rajiv Gandhi government and cause the defeat in the 1989 elections for Congress Government.
Sheer kurma is a rich mughlai dessert of vermicelli pudding which is usually prepared during muslim festivals. It is easy to make and delicious to eat. Here is the simple preparation of sheer kurma, prepare this at your home and enjoy its taste with your friends and family. Ingredients 5 cups full cream milk 50 gm roasted vermicelli-broken into small pieces 50 gm dried coconut-grated 1/2 cup sugar 2 green cardamoms 2 Tbsp chopped dates 10-12 raisins 1/4 cup almonds-blanched and cut into pieces 1/2 tsp khus (vetiver) 2-3 vark leaves(silver foil commonly found on barfis) Method of preparation: · In a wide pan simmer the milk till it thickens to the consistency of cream. · Add the vermicelli, coconut, sugar, cardamom, dates and half of the raisins and almonds · Bring to boil and then simmer for about 5 minutes. · Add the vetiver. Transfer to a serving bowl, garnish with the silver leaves and the rest of the almonds and raisins. · Serve hot or cold. By Lizitha
Pregnancy not only alters body it also alters brain. It was proved by the research conducted by Dr. Liisa Galea at the University of British Columbia. The study explained that that estradiol-based hormone therapy may have more beneficial effects, while estrone-based therapy may have more detrimental effect on cognition and dementia risk in women. Lead author Dr. Liisa concluded that hormones have a profound impact on minds and pregnancy is a life-changing event, resulting in marked alterations in the psychology and physiology of a woman, so these factors should be taken into account when treating brain disorders in women. "Our most recent research shows that previous motherhood alters cognition and neuroplasticity in response to hormone therapy, demonstrating that motherhood permanently alters the brain," said researcher Liisa Galea from University of British Columbia in Canada. The research findings were presented at the 9th Annual Canadian Neuroscience Meeting. By Lizitha
India will be employing super computers, predominantly for defense research and predicting climatic changes by 2022. The grid-like setup of these research facilities have been approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs. Supercomputers will be having capacities ranging from 0.5 petaFlops to 20 petaFlops. (A petaFlop is the measure of a computer’s processing speed). One petaFlop machine is capable of one quadrillion mathematical computations per second. By the time this project begins its operations at full steam, the speed of the supercomputers will reach 50 petaFlops, that’s an impressive 50 quadrillion mathematical computation per second. "The project, which costs around Rs. 4,500 crore is in its nascent stage. It will come up with association with the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Department of Information and Technology (DIT). These super computers will be in different parts of the country," Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary of DST, said. "We will be having these computers across the country where scientists can come and do their research... These can do calculations which your normal desktop or laptop cannot. It can help in defense simulation, computing, biology and material science and earth science," Sharma said. The areas of R&D to benefit from these supercomputers include defense, biology, weather forecast, climate change and early warning defense systems. Center for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC); the Indian Institute of Science (IISc); the Department of Science and Technology; and the Department of Electronics and Information Technology will be the prime beneficiaries of this project. Government of India has already started the process of setting up of 70 supercomputers in the country in the process to support advanced research in the different fields for use by the government agencies and also the private sector. By Premji
Bollywood Khans Salman Khan and Sharukh Khan had some differences in the past and they have not seen together in public. However both of them have cleared their differences and they have been spotted together in various occasions recently. Sharukh has spent quality time at Salman’s sister marriage which made them bond together again. Sharukh has even visited Salman’s house recently before the judgement of 2002 Hit and Run case. The latest news is sure the one that can be a celebration for fans. Sharukh has released the first look of Salman Khan from his upcoming movie Bajrangi Bhaijaan which has completed shoot recently. Kabir Khan directed the movie and Kareena Kapoor Khan played the female lead in the film. The shoot of the movie has been wrapped up recently in Kashmir and Bajrangi Bhaijaan has been produced by Salman Khan and Rockline Venkatesh on Salman Khan Films and Rockline Entertainments banner. Bajrangi Bhaijaan will complete all the formalities and will release on July 16th all over. The theatrical trailer of the movie will be released on May 27th in a grand event.
Aam Aadmi Party founder and Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal has completed 100 days in Power and the muffler man holds a public meeting to mark 100 days of the AAP government amid comments over a notification giving Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung all powers over posting of officials including transfers. At a meeting of its legislators on Sunday, the Aam Aadmi Party described the home ministry notification of Thursday as "unconstitutional", and “shadow boxing” the government has decided to call a special assembly session from May 26-27 to discuss the central order. "The notification that the central government has brought is not only unconstitutional, but it is against the basic principles of democracy," the party said. Added another AAP legislator Alka Lamba: "If the chief minister doesn't have a right to appoint and suspend officials, then how is an elected government of Delhi supposed to fight corrupt officials?" "After discussion (in the assembly), if needed, we will go to the court," she said. "The anti-corruption helpline is in place to check corruption. Party MLAs are reaching out to the people and solving their problems. We will tell the people about the work the government is doing," says the party sources. AAP keeps tooting its own horn in a series of tweets -- about the continuous supply of power despite acute summer, steps taken to fight pollution, opening of a water treatment plant at Dwarka and a move to issue stamp vendor licenses online. It said that in a bid to control price rise, the Delhi government plans to procure 10,000 tones of potatoes and onions through government agency NAFED. It said it had provided relief to traders by allowing carry forward of refund of VAT and extending the date of filing R9 Form -- a long-standing demand of the city's trading community. The government also said frequent checks were made on government hospitals, transport buses and bus stations in a bid to ensure that users got the services they deserved. On the other hand, AAP leaders continue to attack Narendra Modi government for trying to run the Delhi government through proxy. "Criticism is fine but agenda-driven journalism is wrong," he said. "Question us, criticise us, hang us if we are corrupt or wrong but don't spread false rumours," said Manish Sisodia said.
L-Theanine is a primary green tea component which reduces stress and cortisol levels in healthy and young adults, it was proved by a recent study. The results of a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover trial in which a beverage (neuro BLISS) significantly cut down stress was announced during a symposium at the Association for Psychological Sciences Conference, world-renowned researchers from Swinburne University in Australia. The trials covered results acute stress reduction, reduction in cortisol levels, Shifting of brain waves to the alpha spectrum as confirmed by magnetoencephalography (MEG). Alpha spectrum brain waves are associated with a relaxed state of focused concentration. This marks the first use of MEG technology to evaluate the effects of a natural ingredient presented in a functional beverage. The study was published in t a prestigious scientific journal. By Lizitha
Mahindra & Mahindra, has rolled out the 2015 Mahindra XUV500 face lift in India at a starting price of Rs. 11.21 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). The new styling, up-market cabin and a few mechanical updates, makes the new XUV500 a better product. The company has also introduced a new top-end model - the W10 - priced at Rs. 15.99 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). The different variants and its price ex showroom New Delhi are given below.1. 2015 Mahindra XUV500 W4 – INR 11.21 lakhs2. 2015 Mahindra XUV500 W6 – INR 12.48 lakhs3. 2015 Mahindra XUV500 W8 – INR 14.18 lakhs4. 2015 Mahindra XUV500 W8 AWD – INR 14.99 lakhs5. 2015 Mahindra XUV500 W10 – INR 14.99 lakhs6. 2015 Mahindra XUV500 W10 AWD – INR 15.99 lakhsThe front fascia of the XUV500 facelift is redesigned with new headlight enclosures and S-shape LED light guides. The front bumper has chrome-plated Foglight enclosures and new air damps. 2015 XUV500 gets new 10-spoke alloy wheels and chrome lining for the windows and comes in two new colors, Sunset Orange and Pearl White. 2015 Mahindra XUV500 has features such as a passive keyless entry with push button start, an electric sunroof with anti-pinch function, logo projection lamps on the wing mirrors, 6-way power adjustable driver seat, 7-inch touchscreen navigation system with reverse camera, Mahindra BlueSense app, dual-tone black-and-beige dashboard, beige leather seats and ‘Icy Blue’ lighting.The new XUV500 has a 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel engine which produces 140 bhp and 330 Nm of torque, paired to a 6-speed manual transmission. Improved dynamic torque and the fuel efficiency of the SUV with a new ECU. A Brake Energy Recuperation System is fitted on the XUV500. Enhanced suspension at the front and rear promises all-round stability and better comfort. The XUV500 facelift also has a ESP-9 with a rollover mitigation system for better control"We plan to launch nine products including two all-new compact SUVs and refreshes of current models during the current fiscal," said Powan Goenka, executive director, Mahindra & Mahindra during the launch. After the launch of the 2015 XUV500 facelift, Mahindra & Mahindra announced that they will be launching 9 more cars this year, out of which 3 will be all new, 3 major refreshes and 3 minor refreshesThe face lifted XUV 500 will compete with Nissan Terrano, Tata Safari Storme and Renault Duster in the segment. The company plans to explore and increase the share in the Indian market of SUVs from the existing 15% to something similar to the global SUV market of about 40%. Mahindra already enjoys a market share of 60%.By Premji
Politicians are two types, one who make promises and second who assure that they will keep the promises in future. The above phrase insists that the politicians are not action oriented. Is Modi a two mouth politician or he is an exception? Let's find out. Standing before India on the first anniversary of his swearing-in, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday gave a speech that was notable for the subjects it avoided: Large-scale job creation. Manufacturing. Urbanization. Modi vows that the Government remains favorable for farmers, instead of "big industrialists". He praised the poor, who he said "will become my warriors." On the other hand, critics claim that the outsize expectations he created among masses is another reason for the opponents to pin point him. Since then, India's business culture has indeed changed, chief executives say. They rejoice that they no longer have to notarize all documents submitted to the government and say that it is far easier to find bureaucrats at their desks during the workday. By most measures, India's economy has had a good year. The government has introduced a flurry of changes: It has deregulated prices for diesel, petroleum and cooking gas, and raised limits on foreign investment in the defense and insurance sectors to 49 per cent. It has opened 125 million bank accounts for poor families, with the goal of eventually replacing food and fuel subsidies with cash transfers to prevent corruption. Coalfield leases, found to have been sold at artificially low prices, were reallocated through a transparent process; so were telecom spectrum allocations. Raghuram Rajan, the governor of the Reserve Bank of India, told an audience in New York last week that many people saw Modi as "Ronald Reagan on a white horse" coming to slay anti-market forces, which attracted mixed reactions. He added that the government "has taken steps to create the environment for investment, which I think is important." However, the chaiwala turned Prime Minister also has grabbed the attention of the world by making relentless foreign visits. Modi's only risky change to date, which backfired this spring is easing the government's ability to obtain land for development. When he tries to transform it into a permanent law the rejuvenated opposition declared Modi as "anti-farmer." Despite the low spirited ones commenting “where are the good days and why hasn’t growth picked up”?, analysts and economists nodded that India is on a very sound footing and feel we can now drive hard for growth. But that doesn't mean that all the one year of time is a Golden period for the nation. Besides, the BJP blowing their own trumpet about the development, the nation has witnessed over the one year governance, it seems that the Government’s “Achche din” has came only for its leaders and the corporate heads. Much of BJP’s agenda is still lying on the paper. So when will Moid’s promises such as job growth and other businesses shed out their ‘Wait-and-See’ mode and get a quick start? Wait and see.
Former Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) chairman Pradip Baijal has claimed in a self-published book, that former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had threatened him and even warned him of "harm" if he did not cooperate in the 2G scam "They (CBI) had warned me in each case (cases related to 2G scam and disinvestments) that I would be harmed if I didn't cooperate. Incidentally, this was exactly what the eminent economist Prime Minister (Manmohan Singh) had told me would happen if I did not cooperate in their scheme of things in the 2G case," quoted Baijal from his book 'The Complete Story of Indian Reforms: 2G, Power and Private Enterprise - A Practitioner's Diary'. Baijal claimed that the PM dismissed his concerns in 2004, over Dayanidhi Maran being appointed as telecom minister as a case of conflict of interest, since Maran is a broadcaster and TRAI had been made broadcasting regulator in 2004. Baijal said that Maran told him that he is the "Prime Minister, Telecom" and warned that he would face "harm" if he did not follow his instructions. "In 2003, the government had asked me to give the Unified Service Licensing (USL) recommendations within 6 months. I gave the recommendation in a year. The government had told me not to give the recommendation. But I felt would get into serious trouble if I didn't give the recommendation. So I gave it," Baijal told. "After that, I was not treated properly," he said. "The problem with that recommendation was that it did not support the old USL regime. The old regime continued which led to the 2G scam. People tried to implicate me in the scam. I was not concerned with the scam. I'd left TRAI in 2006 whereas the scam took place in 2007 and 2008," he added. "It's a predictable coincidence that on the first anniversary of PM Modi's government, Baijal has explained everything," BJP spokesperson MJ Akbar told. "We are talking about the highest in the land when we talk about the Prime Minister. This is evidence of everything the BJP has been saying. This is evidence of the most shocking truth, of corruption, of the most venomous kind which had become a cancer in the UPA," he said. "This brings to an end the nonsense Congress has started about BJP being pro-corporate. It is actually Congress, which is really hand in glove with massively corrupt crony capitalists," Akbar said. Congress spokesperson Rashmi Kanth said, "It is rather surprising that Baijal is disclosing all this 7 to 8 years later on the eve of the first anniversary of the Modi government. He is just following the line of the BJP to defame the UPA. Has the then Prime Minister confirmed this? How can you take Mr Baijal's views at face value?" By Premji