Uttar Pradesh


Light to moderate rain hits eastern Uttar Pradesh

LUCKNOW: Light to moderate rains or thundershowers occurred at a few places over eastern Uttar Pradesh, while heavy rains occurred at isolated places in the past 24 hours in the state.  Balrampur and Iglas recorded 9 cm of rain, Bahraich 7 cm, Maharajganj 5 cm, Kakrahi, Bansi and Gorakhur 4 cm each, Fatehgarh, Regoli, Sidhauli, … Continue reading Light to moderate rain hits eastern Uttar Pradesh



Thinking about stardom is scary: Nawazuddin Siddiqui

New Delhi: His name adds credibility to the films he does and the actor has A-listers vying to work with him but Nawazuddin Siddiqui does not want to think about stardom as he fears it will corrupt his performances. Film after film, there has been a growth in Nawazuddin’s fan following so much so that … Continue reading Thinking about stardom is scary: Nawazuddin Siddiqui



Light to moderate rain hits eastern Uttar Pradesh

LUCKNOW: Light to moderate rains or thundershowers occurred at a few places over eastern Uttar Pradesh, while heavy rains occurred at isolated places in the past 24 hours in the state.  Balrampur and Iglas recorded 9 cm of rain, Bahraich 7 cm, Maharajganj 5 cm, Kakrahi, Bansi and Gorakhur 4 cm each, Fatehgarh, Regoli, Sidhauli, … Continue reading Light to moderate rain hits eastern Uttar Pradesh

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London: There’s a McDonald’s university and getting into the UK’s prestigious Oxford and Cambridge is easier than getting into this one.

The global fast food chain, which has launched campuses across the world and gives students the chance to enrol on an intensive week-long course, only accepts 1 percent of applicants, the Daily Star reported.

Only eight out of 1,000 students are accepted on to the course compared to 18 percent at Oxford and 20.8 percent at Cambridge.

The McDonald’s Hamburger University, where students learn skills in business growth and leadership development, has campuses in London, Tokyo, Sydney, Munich, Sao Paulo, Shanghai and Illinois.

A further eighth is scheduled to open in Moscow later this year.

The first university was founded in 1961 and now has more than 275,000 graduates.

Shailesh Mehta, founder and CEO of Joybynature.com, shares a few natural and harmless ways to get rid of mosquitoes in your house:

* Neem oil acts as a great indoor mosquito-repellent owing to its smell that wards off mosquitoes. One can make an effective insecticide by mixing neem oil and coconut oil in equal proportion and rub it on the exposed parts of a body.

* Another natural method to keep mosquitoes at bay is to plant Tulsi near the window panes. The plant has properties that do not allow mosquitoes to breed.

* A mixture of lemon oil and eucalyptus oil is extremely effective in warding off mosquitoes naturally. Both have the active component cineole in it carrying antiseptic and insect repellent properties, which makes them effective when applied to the skin.

* Camphor is an easily available ingredient that kills mosquitoes in a house. Made from the extract of a tree, this compound has been found to have the longest mosquito repellent effect as compared to other natural products. Burning camphor in a closed room can be extremely effective in keeping mosquitoes at bay.

* Garlic might smell bad, but that is exactly why mosquitoes stay away. All you need to do is crush a few pods of garlic, boil them in water and spray the liquid in the room.

Haathi Ghoda Palki Jai Kanhaiya Lal Ki’! You must have heard this many times!

You know ‘Shri Krishna Janmashtami’ is around the corner, when such beautiful devotional phrases and slogans run in the air. You can’t really miss the festive fervour and delight when Krishna bhakts (devotees) swing you in their stride while chanting ‘Jai Shree Krishna’. India is a country where diverse religions, cultures and ethnicities co-exist peacefully (or at least I would still like to believe we do). Lord Krishna holds an important place in our hearts, and it is essential to trace how this day of ‘Krishna Janmashtami’ is celebrated across the country.

Let’s try and map the entire trajectory of how and why ‘ladoo Gopal’s’ followers celebrate this day. Krishna was born in the Shravana month of the Hindu calendar. The basic feature to mark the annual celebration of ‘Janmashtami’ is ‘fasting’. The followers of Krishna usually observe fast on this day and stay up till midnight—the time when the Lord is believed to have been born. The moment when the clock clicks 12, the happiness and excitement on the faces of Krishna bhakts is unmistakable.

The entire bevy of followers observing the fast, break it only after feeding the Lord, either with fruits or with curd, honey and sugar (considered auspicious). Then devotional bhajans and songs are sung praising the lord and welcoming him into this world. Devotees of the Lord line up outside temples only to catch a glimpse of their Kanha. The Bhagavad Gita is read in full-bloom and the entire temple throngs with the sound of claps. In Delhi, Birla Mandir, the ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) temple and Akshardham temple witnesses Krishna-birthday preparations days ahead of the actual D-day.

In Vrindavan and Mathura, it is one of the main festivals, as the latter happens to be the place where Kanhaiya was born. The holy town of Vrindavan has the famous ‘Bankey Bihari’ temple, where Indians as well as several foreigners can be spotted there singing the ‘Jhule Lal’ mantra. One of the most highlighted events of this day is the ‘Rasleela’, which is celebrated with devotional fervour in the holy city of Vrindavan. ‘Rasleela’ is a form of devotional dance which Gopis (the ardent Krishna lovers) performed with the lord. Each of the Gopis believed that Krishna was her lover and imagined him by her side during the dance.

The entire city gets started with the festivities a week before the actual day. There are various plays and Rasleelas, where professional artists dressed as Lord Krishna and Radha dance, sing and make merry. Besides, ‘Banke Bihari’ temple, other famous ones in Vrindavan are—Rangnathji Temple, Shri Krishna Balram Temple, Radharaman Temple, ISCKON Temple to name a few.

In Maharashtra, the festival is no less important. The Gokulashtami goes by the name of ‘Dahi Handi’ in Maharashtra, which sees ‘Govindas’ or the youth brigade forming humans pyramids to crack the ‘Handi’ and chant ‘Govinda Govinda’! Famous ‘Dahi Handi’ competitions draw people in hundreds and thousands. There are in fact dedicated teams or mandals, which practice hard to break the ‘handi’— sometimes earning lakhs of rupees if they win.

In the Eastern states of India, the festival of ‘Krishna Janmashtami’ is celebrated with equal élan and spirit. In Manipur, it is called ‘Krishan Janma’. The Hindus in Imphal are ardent Krishna followers and celebrate this day with lots of vigour and devotion. The Govindaji temple and the International Society for Krishna Consciousness temple are the two main centres where festivities are in full swing.

The festive mood of ‘Janmashtami’ is similar in the rest of the states as well. Interestingly, our neighbouring countries – Nepal, Bangladesh and even in some parts of Pakistan (yes, it’s true) Krishna’s birthday is celebrated with high spirits and echoes the same devotional feeling engrained in their fellow Hindu brothers and sisters in India.

There is a very ancient temple in Pakistan, called the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Karachi, where bhajans are sung remembering the lord. After all, when Krishna is around, there is no place for fear or hatred. The god of love, who had many wives (people usually talk about Rukmini and the beautiful lover Radha more), engulfs everyone who aspire to enjoy the festival of happiness and triumph.

‘Radhey Radhey kheechey chale ayengey bihari’— sing along loud!(Courtesy: ZEE News)

Washington D.C.(ANI): Being single can be a perk. A new study has claimed that single people are just as happy being alone as they are in a relationship.

Lead researcher Yuthika Girme of the University of Auckland said that it was a well-documented finding that single people tend to be less happy compared to those in a relationship, but that may not be true for everyone, and added single people also could have satisfying lives.

In the study, over 4,000 New Zealand residents’ people who tried at all costs to avoid relationship disagreements and conflict were just as happy being single as other people were in relationships.

The study found that participants with low avoidance goals who weren’t concerned about the ups and downs of a relationship were less happy when they were single.

One-fifth of the participants were single at the time of the study.

Girme said that trying too hard to avoid relationship conflicts actually might create more problems, while high avoidance goals might help people be happier when they are single.

She added said having greater approach goals tends to have the best outcomes for people when they were in a relationship, but they also experienced the most hurt and pain when they were single.

The study is published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.

New Delhi(DKJ)The Government has asked banks to achieve weekly targets set for the purpose of enabling “Jeevan Pramaan” – an “Aadhaar-based Digital Life Certification system for Pensioners so as to cover at least 50% in next 2-3 weeks. Pensioners can approach their paying branches with the PPO, Aadhaar card and bank pass book for trouble-free seeding of Pensioners’ Aadhaar number in their bank account.

Various steps are being taken by the Government to sensitize pensioners and bank branches to link up the Aadhaar number, PPO number and bank account number. All pension disbursing banks observed 1st to 7th August, 2015 as ‘Aadhaar Seeding Week for Pensioners.’ All through the week, priority was given to pensioners visiting the bank branches for seeding Aadhaar number in their bank account. Besides, five camps were organised from 13th to 17th July, 2015 at different locations covering Delhi, NOIDA and Faridabad to facilitate seeding of Aadhaar number in the bank accounts of pensioners. All banks participated in these camps. Facility was also provided by UIDAI for on-the-spot registration for Aadhaar numbers.

Conventionally, pensioners are required to give a Life Certificate to the pension disbursing authority in November, every year – either by presenting themselves before the Branch Manager or by means of a Certificate issued by a Gazetted Officer or other designated authorities.

The “Jeevan Pramaan” – an “Aadhaar-based Digital Life Certification system with an objective to facilitate on-line submission of Life Certificate by pensioners, was launched by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on 10th November, 2014. This facility is in addition to the other existing methods of submitting Life Certificates. It is hoped that all pensioners who have Aadhaar numbers will make use of this additional facility of biometric life certification.

With “Jeevan Pramaan” the pensioners and family pensioners need not visit the pension disbursing agency or Gazetted/designated authority for submission of Life Certificates. The Life Certificates may be submitted from personal computers and laptops at home or by visiting a conveniently located Common Service Centre or the nearest branch of any pension disbursing bank. There are about 55,000 branches of pension disbursing banks and 40,000 Common Service Centres throughout the country. Submission of Digital Life Certificate also ensures authenticity of pension payments.

You attend yoga classes regularly, and you’ve established a home practice. If you’d like to step it up a notch, a yoga workshop can offer tools and experiences beyond those usually included in a typical 90-minute class. A workshop can last a few hours or take place over a long weekend, highlighting a single technique or topic or encompassing several. The possibilities are completely different, but they all have one thing in common: participating in a yoga workshop is empowering. Here’s why:

Because everybody is different. Your teacher may look peaceful, but underneath that sattvic exterior she is responding on the fly to what’s happening in front of her (and if she’s lucky, maybe squeezing in a moment of her own practice). Multi-level classes equal multi-tasking—teachers can’t always personalize instructions and modifications as much as they’d like to. In a workshop, you can ask questions and benefit from targeted assists and advice. If you’re working with a particular issue, such as back pain, a therapeutic-based workshop can give you valuable tools for modifying poses and staying pain-free.


Shift your awareness. You already know that stepping out of your comfort zone to try a new teacher or class can inspire a fresh perspective. The intensive focus of a workshop will answer questions you didn’t even know you had, and help you feel established in a yoga lifestyle. Building strength and stamina isn’t just physical—focusing on yoga for an entire afternoon or throughout a weekend also shifts your awareness, training you to sustain a yogic perspective on and off the mat.


Open the door to something deeper. Typically, studio classes stress asana, and lots of it. In a workshop, you may discover that less is more. You might spend hours focusing on a single asana—building up to Padmasana, for example—or on a group of related asanas like backbends. Or you might study other limbs of yoga, such as meditation. Asana is a beautiful way to develop self-knowledge, but it’s the tip of the yoga iceberg. Hidden depths are waiting to be discovered.


Support your studio and teachers. Teaching yoga may look glam, but most teachers nearly split their parsvas (sides) laughing at the CNN report that their median annual earnings top $62,000. Truth is, teachers and studios often depend on workshops and trainings to help boost their bottom line. It’s not just about money, either—leading a workshop may be your teacher’s next career step. So show your love—sign up for that partner workshop, even if you feel hesitant about sharing your mat space.


Find your tribe. Workshops draw students from different yoga styles and far-flung places. You’ll connect with a group interested in the same themes, and have more opportunities to interact while you share experiences on the mat and off. Let your yoga mat take you places—follow a favorite teacher to a new location or pick a place you’ve been wanting to visit and seek out its studios and workshop offerings.


Renew your commitment. Stepping out of a comfortable routine can help you appreciate your practice all over again. Especially good times to shake things up are seasonal shifts, holidays, birthdays or whenever you need renewed energy and a fiercer focus on your practice.


Dip your toes into teacher training. A longer workshop can help you decide whether or not you’re ready for the big plunge, teacher training. Scheduled like mini-trainings, immersion workshops encompass a variety of activities along with teachings about alignment, anatomy and yoga philosophy. Will you dig these details, or will you decide that you’d prefer to leave the guiding to someone else?


Experience, budget, time, location—these factors might influence your choices, but don’t let them keep you from taking the next step. Finding a yoga workshop that empowers you might begin as easily as checking out the flyers at your local studio.

Kegel exercise: The best part about this exercise is that you can do it anywhere and everywhere without the world even knowing about it. Slowly tighten your pelvic muscles under the bladder as hard as you can. Hold to the count of five, and then relax. Repeat for five minutes and do it every day.

Pelvic floor exercise: Tighten and release the pelvic floor muscles over and over. Be quick and do about 10 sets. Make sure that these exercises are only done with the pelvic floor muscles. Avoid tightening the abdomen, buttocks, back or thigh muscles.

Squats: Believe it or not, doing squats is a very good exercise for tightening the vagina. Stand with feet shoulder wide and keep the hips tucked in. Bend at the knees and lower down your body slowly. Add hand weights for a better result.

Leg raises: Lie on your back and raise each leg into the air. First go alternate legs each, then go both legs each time. Along with toning your leg muscles it will also tighten your muscles around the vagina.

Vaginal exercisers: There are several vaginal exercisers which can help in tightening of the vagina, like cones, barbells and even balls. Basically you insert the exercisers into your vaginal opening and tighten your muscles around it. Over time you switch to the heavier and smaller exercisers as your muscles get stronger.