Rava Cutlet Recipe

(Recipe by Chef Ranveer Brar)

Nora Fatehi’s Colour-Blocked Ensemble Is Giving Us All The Summer Feels

Nora Fatehi is currently keeping busy as one of the hosts of the reality TV show Dance Deewane Juniours with Neetu Kapoor and Marzi Pestonji. Each look of Nora as the judge of the dance show has left her fans swooning.
Even her latest appearance in a colour-blocked ensemble backs our claim. The star recently slipped into a crop top and thigh-slit skirt set for shooting one of the episodes. Her co-ord look served up tips on seamlessly adding sultry twists to formalwear.
On Friday, Nora took to Instagram to post a video of herself and captioned it, “Big up yourself.” She shared a transition reel with her fans that featured the star changing from a casual black crop top and shorts set into the colour blocked ensemble. Nora’s set is from designer David Koma’s clothing label with the same name.
Nora slipped into the co-ord colour block set for shooting an episode of Dance Deewane Juniours with Neetu Kapoor and Marzi Pestonji. Her outfit comes in a green and white shade. The crop top features a round neckline with a slit, zip detail on the front, padded shoulders, long sleeves, cropped hem, and fitted silhouettes.

Nora teamed the crop top with a matching midi skirt adorned with zip-through detail on the front, a risqué thigh-high cut-out, high-rise waist, midi hem length and a bodycon silhouette. The Dilbar Girl teamed her green and white ensemble with minimal accessories, including white pointed stilettos and patterned gold hoop earrings.

Coming to the price details, Nora’s ensemble is available on the David Koma website. The Colour Block Cropped Top is worth 39,600, and the Colour Block Cutout Midi Skirt costs 39,600. The set will cost you 79,200.

In the end, Nora rounded it all off by tying her long locks in a sleek ponytail, and for the glam, she went with blush pink lip shade, subtle smoky eye shadow, winged eyeliner, mascara on the lashes, glowing skin and blushed cheeks.

Brewing A Storm In A Teacup

New Delhi [India]: It would not be an exaggeration to say that it was tea that spawned the British Empire. To pay for Chinese tea, the British grew opium and exported it to China and till they started growing tea in India and Ceylon (Sri Lanka), they depended on the Chinese produce using force to secure its supply. The history of forestry tells a multi-layered tale of the growing requirement of wood for tea chests and railway sleepers. With the passage of time, Darjeeling became the Champagne of teas and teas from Assam, Ceylon carved a niche for themselves.

Nilgiri, Kangra and Kumaon till recently were unknown except for the minuscule minority of tea aficionados.

Colonial rituals like High Tea, with the paraphernalia of Silver Service, fine bone porcelain translucent Chinaware were an integral part of life during the Raj. We in India forgot that the Asians have for centuries observed tea rites like the elaborate Tea Ceremony in Japan. Japanese prefer Chrysanthemum Tea while the Chinese sip Jasmine tea from small bowls throughout the multi-course meal. In the Valley of Kashmir hot cups of Kahwa prepared in a Samovar were relished at the end of the meal. Nun Chai and Pink Tea were paired with breakfast breads.

Then dawned the ugly age of CTC and Tea Bags that dealt a mortal blow to the gentle art of brewing a decent cup of tea. ‘Two Leaves and a Bud’ was recalled by students of Indo-Anglian Literature as a novel by Mulk Raj Anand.
The mystique of rare teas like White Tea, Yellow Tea, Green Tea, Black Tea and
Oolong has erased from memory once-beloved brands like Lopchu, Rangli Rangliot etc.

Tea-less teas like Tulsi Teas and herbal teas have also blurred boundaries.

Then came Floral Tea infusions from Dilmah company in Sri Lanka and following in its footsteps
Rhododendron and Roselle infusions produced in Panghut in Uttarakhand. It is the paring of teas with food that has highlighted the diversity of teas.

Decades back, if memory serves us right, it was Sanjay Kapoor who had opened Apki Pasand in Daryaganj to introduce the residents of Delhi to the joys of well-brewed tea. He had also launched his own blends labelled Swan Lake and Jade.

But he was a visionary far ahead of the time. It would be more than a generation for Chai to take on the wine snobs.

Those who pair teas with food use the same terminology as wine sommeliers -Body, Bouquet, Aroma, Flavour.

They also tell us that different kinds of teas are either congruent or complementary. Don’t let the jargon deter you- it simply means that either the tea chosen enhances the taste of food or adds to its elements that enrich its inherent flavour. What the Indian Tea sommeliers agree upon is that pairing tea with Indian cuisines is far more challenging than pairing it with wester dishes as the spicing and flavour profile of Indian delicacies is far more complex.

Payalh Agarwwal was born and brought up in Munloong a small village near Darjiling and claims with an impish smile that she has more tea than blood flowing in her veins. In the same breath, she adds disarmingly that no one in seven generations in her family has had anything to do with tea.

She started as an undergraduate in the tea business and has pioneering work in tea pairing that is widely recognised and has helped us become an alum of IIMB. Everyone is born with a purpose in life and in her case teas have helped her realise what she was meant to do.

Fariyal was born in Bangladesh and wears many hats. She is a fantastic cook, outstanding baker, a gifted designer and now runs Planterie–a small gem-like tea boutique in the Capital’s Aurobindo Place trendy market catering to residents of Hauz Khas and SDA. Step into this tiny parlour and yield to the allure of wild teas and fascinating blends and infusions that blend tea with bhoot jholakiya chilli or time tested turmeric and ginger. The chique tea house beats the Chai Khana of yore.

Dipankar was a senior management executive in a multinational company when he decided to what’s heart called for. He left the metropolis to set up Beyonderie a company in a village near Guwahati that brings together produce from sister states in the northeast to enhance the seduction of exceptional teas that can be enjoyed by connoisseurs and also paired with Indian foods.

The storm brewing in the teacup is not confined to Metros. Rakesh Mishra in Allahabad has built a fairytale-like tea house to initiate his friends to the joys of legendary single-origin teal like Makai Bari. The words ‘second flush muscatel’ encountered by chance a couple of years ago fired his imagination and started him on this exhilarating journey.

The Tea Typhoon or, shall we say the surging Tea Tempest is not likely to subside soon. May its pairing with Indian food add another arrow to India’s soft power quiver.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the above article are that of the writer and do not reflect that of ANI. (ANI)

Skincare Tips: Natural Packs To Get Rid Of Tan

Summer is often deemed harsh for the skin. Exposure to sun can dehydrate the skin, make it dull and mostly, discolour it. With sun comes the tanned skin so this season opt for natural packs to get rid of the tan from your face, arms, hands, neck, back and feet the natural way.

Blossom Kochhar, Chairperson, Blossom Kochhar Group of companies lists down some masks that you can make easily at home.

`Tomato puree works gently on skin and is beneficial in removing tan from the skin. Besides replenishing the skin with oils, it evens the skin tone, and helps in making the dry skin bright and glowing. It can also be applied to hair for that extra shine and can protect hair from sun damage.

`Make a paste of pinch of turmeric and a tablespoon of milk powder in two tablespoons of honey and the juice of half a lime. Apply it on your face and leave it on till it dries. Rinse your face and feel the difference.

`Prepare a mixture of oats and buttermilk. This mixture should be rubbed onto the tanned area as the oats will help in exfoliating the skin and on the other hand the butter milk is known to be extremely soothing for the skin.

`Take equal quantities of black and white cumin seeds and make into a thick paste with milk or cream. Apply the paste all over the face. After 20 minutes rinse it off. Use this mask at least twice a week for maximum effect.

`A regular use of fresh coconut water on the hands and face is known to be very effective in getting rid of a tan as well as making the skin supple and soft.

Chawal Ke Kurkure Recipe

Home-made yummy crispy rice snacks with chatpata masala by Chef Kunal Kapur. Let’s check out the recipe:


For Kurkure Dough

Chawal(Rice) 1 cup (235gm)

Jeera(Cumin seeds) ½ tbspn

Kalonji(Black sesame) 1 tbspn

Pani(Water) 1 ¼ cup

Haldi(Turmeric) ½ tsp

Tel(Oil) to fry

Namak(Salt) a pinch

Chini(Sugar) a pinch 


For Cucumber & yoghurt Dip

Mayonnaise  ¼ cup

Dahi (Yoghurt) ½ cup

Lassan (Garlic), Chopped ¼ tsp

Pudina (Mint), Chopped ¼ cup

Kheera (Cucumber), Chopped 1 cup

Namak (Salt) to taste

Kali Mirch (Pepper) to taste



Namak (Salt) ¾ tsp

Kala Namak (Black salt) 1tsp

Kashmiri Mirch Powder 1tbsp

Pudina (Mint) powder 1tbsp

Amchur (Raw Mango) powder 1 tbsp

Chaat masala (optional) 1tsp

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For chawal k kurkure, take any rice that you may have and then grind in mixer grinder. You must grind to a fine powder. Sieve the flour as you transfer it to a bowl. Grind the remaining grits in the sieve and mix them back into the flour sieving as you transfer.

Add turmeric, cumin, black sesame and/or Kalonji along with the salt to the flour.
On a medium flame toast this flour in a pan, moving constantly for at least 5 minutes. Do not give any colour to the flour, this is just to activate the starches.

In a sauce pan bring the water to a simmer. Remove the toasted rice flour in a mixing bowl or a parat and add in the water a little at a time. Mix in the water with a spoon before you pour in more water.

Once the water is incorporated and the dough is warm enough to handle, begin kneading.
Knead the dough till it forms a nice smooth ball and is soft to touch.

2. To begin portioning first take a bit of the dough and cover the rest with a damp cloth. Portion the dough into smaller balls then roll them into long kurkure like sticks. Repeat this process for the rest of the dough.

To make the challas, pick up the kurkure sticks that you have shaped, and make the 2 ends meet to form a circle. Press to close this joint and keep aside.

To fry, bring the oil to medium to high heat and add in the kurkure/challa a few at a time. Use the perforated spoon or a jhara to move the kurkure around in the oil to open them up and ensure even frying.

Fry till bubbles around the kurkure reduce considerably for about 7-10 minutes and transfer to plate with a kitchen towel to drain the excess oil.

3. To make the masala, mix together all the ingredients in a bowl and sprinkle over the kurkure while they are hot. This will ensure that the masala stick to the kurkure. The kurkure are ready to be devoured.



4. Chop the cucumbers into small cubes and then roughly chop some mint and transfer to a bowl.

Add the yoghurt, chopped garlic and mayonnaise to this.

Correct the seasoning with salt and pepper and mix everything well. The dip is ready to be served.

(Recipe By Chef Kunal Kapur)

Deepika Padukone Stuns In Oversized Outfit & Glam Boots At Louis Vuitton Show

Actor Deepika Padukone stopped the internet recently when she became the first Indian Brand Ambassador of the luxury label Louis Vuitton. And now, the star has made her first appearance as the House Ambassador during the luxury label’s ongoing 2023 Cruise Show in San Diego, California. And undoubtedly, the pictures are going crazy viral on social media.

Deepika gave her fans another reason to rejoice on Friday (IST) as pictures of the star attending the Louis Vuitton 2023 Cruise Show at the Salk Institute in La Jolla in San Diego County, California, circulated online.

Deepika made a head-turning statement at the occasion dressed in an oversized ensemble and oh-so-glam boots. They are from Nicolas Ghesquière’s Fall Winter collection. Celebrity stylist Shaleena Nathani styled the actor’s look.

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The actress slipped into a collared mini dress designed by Ghesquière. It comes adorned in white, yellow and dark blue horizontally striped patterns with a wide white-coloured collar. Additionally, the dress features a slit on the neckline, a mini-length hem flaunting Deepika’s long legs, and a bodycon silhouette accentuating her svelte frame. The Gehraiyaan actor draped an oversized jacket on top of her dress to complete the get-up.

Deepika’s oversized jacket features over-the-top design elements, including looped black leather tassels, puffed sleeves with gathered cuffs, and a mini length hem. In case you plan to holiday in colder regions to beat the heat, take tips from Deepika’s style file.

In the end, Deepika teamed her oversized mini-ensemble with tan and gold accessories. The star chose oh-so-glam knee-length heeled boots and a shoulder bag embellished with gold chains to go with her ensemble. The shoulder bag is from Louis Vuitton’s Dauphine bag campaign.

Meanwhile, according to Vogue, the cruise show will mark the first fashion show for the Salk Institute and a moment of creative prowess in its partnership with the luxury Maison. Additionally, Louis Vuitton had recently unveiled its Dauphine bag campaign, starring Deepika, Emma Stone and Zhou Dongy.

Kareena Kapoor’s Skincare Hack For Glowing Skin

If you desire to have unblemished skin like Kareena Kapoor, you all are in for a treat! Here’s the diva’s secret beauty tip that she follows rigorously. Kareena Kapoor puts her trust in a homemade facemask for her radiant skin. There are ways in which you, too, can get the benefits of the same.

Indian kitchens are stocked with nutritious fruits, herbs, and ingredients that can be added to your skincare routine. While our mothers and grandmothers are always ready to share their nuskas, Bollywood celeb Kareena Kapoor has shared her desi DIY face pack recipe. Kareena Kapoor uses an age-old desi facemask recipe to achieve glowing and blemish-free skin. The actress had once shared that she uses a desi DIY face mask for radiant skin. She uses a four-ingredient face mask that contains sandalwood, turmeric and vitamin E oil.

Bebo’s facemask uses 2 tablespoons of sandalwood powder, 2 drops of vitamin E oil, and a pinch of turmeric. Combine the ingredients together with milk. Leave on for 20 minutes on your face. Your skin will feel super clean, and soft and you will glow!

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The ingredients used in this homemade face pack are completely natural and leave no side effects on the skin. Let us take you through the benefits of using these ingredients on your skin.

Sandalwood Powder

Sandalwood or chandan is one of the most popular beauty ingredients in India. It is also known for its amazing medicinal properties. It helps remove suntan, soothes sunburns, and helps in getting rid of pimples, dark spots, blackheads and acne. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, sandalwood can calm the burning sensation caused due to skin burn or acne.


Turmeric or haldi has always been an integral part of Indian kitchens, and can do wonders for your skin. It has antioxidants that help in delaying the signs of ageing, and its anti-inflammatory properties calm and soothe irritated skin and acne-prone skin. Besides, it helps in restoring the natural glow of your skin and makes your skin look even.

Vitamin E Oil

Vitamin E is believed to be a potent ingredient for your skin that is a powerhouse of antioxidants that protect your skin from UV damage. Its moisturising properties keep your skin healthy and hydrated.


Milk keeps your skin healthy and soft by treating all the dryness and flakiness in the summer months. Milk has vitamin D which increases collagen production and makes your skin glow. Regular application of milk on your face helps in treating your uneven skin tone and makes your skin bright.


Cucumber Lassi Recipe

This summer beat the heat with this desi lassi recipe, which can be made with cucumber, ginger, coriander leaves and some mild spices.

Let’s check out the recipe:



  • Step 1 Wash and chop the veggies

    To begin with this easy recipe, wash and clean the coriander leaves, cucumber, ginger, chop them nicely.

  • Step 2 Blend the curd

    Next, take a blender and add in the hung curd you can also use normal curd along with ice cubes. Blend it well twice or till it turns foamy.

  • Step 3 Serve chilled

    Lastly, add in the coriander leaves, ginger, cucumber along with spices and blend it again and serve chilled.

Ranveer Singh Promotes ‘Jayeshbhai Jordaar’ In Multicoloured Suit

Ranveer Singh is currently awaiting the release of his upcoming film Jayeshbhai Jordaar. The actor has started the promotions of the film in full swing. A day back, Ranveer visited Ahmedabad for the promotions of the film in a super stylist outfit. Ranveer’s sartorial sense of fashion needs no introduction, and for the midweek, Ranveer chose to spread a riot of colours on Instagram with a slew of pictures of himself from the fashion photoshoot.

Ranveer, for the midweek promotions, chose to deck up in a multicoloured suit. The actor’s shirt featured geometric patterns in multiple colours. He layered it with a blazer and a pair of trousers of the same print.

Ranveer accessorised his look for the day in tinted shades and a sleek gold neck chain. In bright red shoes, Ranveer added more pop of colours to his look.

“Tamaro chhokro Gujarat ma paccho aavyo che,” Ranveer announced that he is in Gujarat, in his caption.

Ranveer sported a fluffy back-brushed hairdo and a trimmed bearded look.

Ranveer showed off his attire for the day as he looked down. Jayeshbhai Jordaar is slated to release on May 13.

Tara Sutaria Looks Breathtakingly Beautiful In Strapless Embellished Midi Dress

Tara Sutaria’s style is all about giving a millennial twist to the classics, which includes an absolute love for shimmer, glitz and glam. Her style has never failed to appeal us and make stellar statements. Striking a pose like the diva she is, actress Tara Sutaria is an absolute sight to behold in a beautiful dripping gold toned midi dress. The strapless number featured a beautiful plunging neckline and had a body-hugging fit which amped up the oomph factor. The dress featured feather detailing towards the hemline. Her makeup glam and open tresses perfectly complemented the attire. Her choice of blingy peep toes amped up the style factor in an instant.

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When it comes to glitz and glamour, actress Tara Sutaria has never left a chance to get her A game on top. And this time, the diva is all things glam as she walked the ramp in a stunning golden bodycon gown for designer Dolly J at the Bombay Times Fashion Week. The halter-neck gown featured an embellished pattern along with a plunging neckline and thigh-high slit.

What do you think of her look?

Tips To Protect Your Eyes From Harsh Heat Waves

Cornea burn, dry eye, tired eyes, pain and allergies are some of the common ophthalmological issues of the summer season. When people think of sunburns, the focus mostly is on the skin but very few are aware of the fact that excessive hit and harmful UV rays can also lead to corneal burns, a condition where one gets blurry vision, dryness, and a gritty feeling in the eye. Therefore, it becomes all the more important to adhere to an eyecare regime during summers because our eyes’ tear film gets evaporated due to the direct exposure to sunlight and excessive heat.

Here are some essential eye care tips one should religiously follow for healthy eyes:

Wear sunglasses when stepping out

As sunscreens are essential for skin, so do the shades for eyes. When you are stepping out in the peak summers, go for oversized shades as it will provide extra protection to your eyes. Shades protect the eyes from cornea burn from the damaging UV rays. Some of the major symptoms of cornea burn are dryness, discomfort and tearing up.

Remain hydrated

Yes, intake of good volume of fluids is imperative for your better eye health. Since in summers our eyes’ tear film often gets evaporated, therefore drinking more water can help your body produce a healthy volume of tears. But one should refrain from having alcohol and caffeine because it leads to dehydration.

Keep your eyes lubricated with eye drops

Sometimes, remaining hydrated is not sufficient. This is when one should keep an eye drop handy (after consulting with an ophthalmologist) because summer paves way to eye dryness and irritation, which often ends up in pain in the eyes or swelling. To bid adieu to this condition it is recommended to use eye drops on prescription. It will lubricate the eyes and eliminate the pain and dryness.

Be careful when you are applying sunscreen on your face

Summer means application of oodles of sunscreen on the face to block the sun damage. But one should be cautious while applying it near and around your eyes and eyelid region. Sunscreens, which are high in SPF, generally cause discomfort to the eyes if it accidentally goes inside. Though it won’t lead to permanent eye damage, it can cause chemical burn to the surface of the eyes. It can be a little discomforting and painful for a few days.

Avoid midday sun

Restrict your movement in the sun during the later hours of the morning or afternoon, if it’s not that essential. This is the time the sun shines bright and UV rays are at peak. Protecting your eyes from dangerous UV rays is essential for optimal eye health and maintaining your vision.

Always wear eye protection while doing outdoor activities

Besides protecting the eyes from the UV rays, one should wear eye protection when involved in outdoor activities like swimming, mowing the garden or doing woodwork outside. Ensure to wear protection like glasses, goggles, helmets or shields, or face shields to guard your eyes and face from potential damage.



Chicken Spring Rolls Recipe

This lip-smacking recipe of Chicken Spring Rolls that you can whip up and treat yourself at home will just take 10 minutes to prepare and serves 2.


1 cup Chicken mince

12 Spring roll wrappers

2 tbsp Oil + for deep-frying

1 tbsp Garlic chopped

1 tbsp Ginger chopped

½ cup Cabbage shredded

½ cup Carrots, cut into juliennes

1 tsp Soy sauce

Salt to taste

1 tsp Crushed black peppercorns

1-2 Spring onion greens, chopped,

½ tsp Rice vinegar or plain vinegar

½ tsp Crushed red chillies

Paste of flour and water to seal the rolls


Heat oil in a non-stick pan. Add garlic and ginger and sauté well. Add cabbage and carrot and toss on high heat. Add chicken mince, soy sauce, salt, crushed peppercorns, chilies and mix well. Cook on high heat for 2-3 minutes. Add ¾ of the spring onions, switch off heat and mix well. Transfer onto a plate and let the mixture cool.

Place the spring roll sheets on a flat surface. Put spoonful of the cooked mixture on one side of each sheet and roll along with folding the edges. Apply the prepared paste on the edges and seal tightly. Heat sufficient oil in a pan. Deep-fry the rolls till golden. Drain on absorbent paper. Serve hot.

(Recipe: Chef Ranveer Brar)

Alia Bhatt Attends An Event In Doha In White Pantsuit

On Tuesday, Alia Bhatt visited Doha to attend the jewellery and watches event. The actor and her stylist Ami Patel posted several pictures from the occasion, featuring the all-white look, Alia walking around to admire the exhibition and relishing fries and poha. The actor captioned the post, “A beautiful day in Doha with some French fries and Poha. Such an honour to inaugurate DJWE2022 and experience the exquisite jewellery and watches.”

Alia’s ensemble for the exhibition features a caped pantsuit from the shelves of designer Harith Hashim’s label. It comes with a notch lapel blazer attached with a floor-grazing cape on the long sleeves and front. A buttoned-up front, fitted silhouette, and a plunging neckline rounded off other details.

Alia complemented the jacket with matching white pants featuring a fitted top and a flared hem. A pair of bow-adorned black peep-toe high heels, diamond rings, dainty diamond earrings and an emerald and diamond necklace added a dash of colour to the ensemble.

In the end, Alia chose a messy centre-parted ponytail, glowing skin, subtle eye shadow, blushed cheeks, glossy coral pink lip shade, sleek eyeliner, mascara-adorned lashes and on-fleek brows to round it all off.

What do you think of her look?

Potato Wedges Recipe

Preparation time : 15 minutes
Cooking time : 25-30 minutes

(Recipe By Chef Ranveer Brar)

Natural Home Remedies For Grey Hair

Natural remedies to fight out grey hair

Here are some tried and tested home remedies for grey hair you need to try.

1. Almond Oil And Lemon Juice

Almond oil is a rich source of Vitamin E which is extremely beneficial for hair. It deeply nourishes the roots and prevents premature greying. Lemon juice not only adds shine and volume to hair but also promotes healthy hair growth. Almond oil and lemon juice are both easily-available ingredients that can help you get rid of grey hair naturally. Mix a few drops of almond oil with some lemon juice, and massage well on the scalp and hair. Wash it off after 30 minutes.

2. Black Tea

Black tea has caffeine which is loaded with antioxidants. While lending a natural dark hue to the hair, it also stimulates hair growth and strengthens it giving it a shine. Treating your hair to a freshly brewed black tea will help you get rid of grey hair naturally. Boil a cup of water with 2 tbsps of black tea and a pinch of sea salt. Cool and apply generously to freshly washed hair. Let it dry. Repeat regularly to darken grey strands.

3. Onion Juice

One of the most potent solutions for greying hair, onion also promotes hair growth. When mixed with lemon juice, it lends a shine and bounce to the hair. Mix 2-3 tsp of onion juice, 1 tsp of lemon juice, and 1 tsp of olive oil. Massage evenly into the scalp and hair and wash off after an hour.

4. Black Pepper And Lemon

Skip chemical dyes and try this natural hair dye solution to turn your greys into black. Black pepper has innumerable benefits for the hair. Apart from helping maintain the natural colour of your hair it also promotes the growth of hair follicles. Mix a tablespoon of freshly ground black pepper with an equal proportion of lemon juice and add it to half a cup of yogurt. Make a nice thick paste and massage into hair and scalp. Leave on for about an hour or so and wash off with lukewarm water. Repeat thrice a week for desired results.

While we cannot reverse the effects of aging, there is no need to allow hair fall, dandruff, or premature grey hair to ruin the fun of aging gracefully. Instead, consider using one or more of these home remedies for premature greying of hair.

Kangana Ranaut Lays Sultry Fashion Goal In Thigh-Slit Corset Gown

Kangana Ranaut, who played the host during the first season of Lock Upp, attended the success bash of the reality TV show last night in Mumbai. The actor arrived at the event with Ekta Kapoor, show-winner Munawar Faruqui, Ankita Lokhande and her husband Vicky Jain, Tejasswi Prakash, Karan Kundrra, and Saisha Shinde, among others. Pictures and videos from the occasion featuring all these celebs have gone viral on the internet.

Paparazzi clicked all the stars arriving at the party, including Kangana, who posed for the cameras outside the venue. The Dhaakad actor attended the event in a beige futuristic gown from the shelves of designer Alpana Neeraj’s clothing label. She even posted pictures of her look on Instagram.

Kangana shared images with the caption, “Success bash. Heart felt gratitude for massive success of lockupp. @ektarkapoor thank you for this grand launch as a host.” The photos show the star striking glamorous poses in a ‘Dhaakad’ beige gown and serving sultry fashion goals.–E/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

The strapless gown comes in a beige shade and glittering embellishments on the torso. It also features a plunging neckline, a shimmering corset-like top with a futuristic design in gold and silver, a silk-satin beige skirt, a risqué thigh-high slit flaunting her legs, a majestic floor-sweeping train and a figure-sculpting silhouette.

Kangana teamed the ensemble with minimal accessories, allowing it to be the star of her look. She chose statement rings, embellished silver high heels, and half hoop earrings. Side-parted open tresses styled in well-defined curls rounded it all off.

In the end, Kangana chose shimmery smoky bronze eye shadow, mascara on the lashes, glowing skin, blushed cheeks, blush lip shade, on-fleek brows and sleek eyeliner to give a finishing touch to her outfit.

On the work front, Kangana will be seen next in Dhaakad. The film also stars Arjun Rampal, Divya Dutta and Saswata Chatterjee. The action drama will hit the theatres on May 20.

Australian Airline Announces Program To Bolster Domestic Travel

Sydney [Australia]: The Australian national carrier Qantas is set to launch hundreds of “points planes” offering super cheap domestic flights in a bid to drum up domestic travel during the country’s winter months.

The program is the airline’s latest effort to balance their frequent flyer sheets as customers have accumulated massive stockpiles of points during the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier this year, the airline introduced a “Green Tier” program, which awards customers with frequent flyer points based on their sustainable choices.

From June, passengers who are travelling between Australia’s capital cities will enjoy discounts of 30 percent while booking economy seats. Additionally, 1,700 “points planes” are set to launch, where every seat could be purchased using frequent flyers.

Qantas Loyalty CEO Olivia Wirth said on Monday that the programs would help boost tourism across the nation in the coming months.

“We’ve seen a huge increase in demand for regional travel since the start of the pandemic and these Points Planes will help tens of thousands of frequent flyers discover regional Australia this winter.”

This means that jet-setters could pay as little as 41 Australian dollars (about 29 U.S. dollars) to fly between Sydney and Townsville, a small city in the Australian state of Queensland, when used in conjunction with points.

The most recent data from Australia’s federal transport research body, the Bureau of Infrastructure and Transport Research Economics, showed that domestic aviation is still well below pre-pandemic levels.

In February of 2022, 2.69 million passengers travelled domestically, up from 1.87 million in February of 2021, but well below 4.6 million passengers in February of 2020 before disruptions due to the pandemic. (ANI/Xinhua)

Study: Children On Vegetarian Diet Have Similar Measures Of Growth, Nutrition As Compared To Meat-Eating Children

Toronto (Ontario) [Canada]: A new study has found that children who eat a vegetarian diet had similar measures of growth and nutrition compared to children who eat meat.

The findings of the research were published in the journal, ‘Pediatrics’. Researchers also found that children with a vegetarian diet had higher underweight-weight”>odds of underweight weight status, emphasizing the need for special care when planning the diets of vegetarian kids.

The findings come as a shift to consuming a plant-based diet grows in Canada. In 2019, updates to Canada’s Food Guide urged Canadians to embrace plant-based proteins, such as beans and tofu, instead of meat.

“Over the last 20 years we have seen the growing popularity of plant-based diets and a changing food environment with more access to plant-based alternatives, however, we have not seen research into the nutritional outcomes of children following vegetarian diets in Canada,” said Dr Jonathon Maguire, lead author of the study and a pediatrician at St Michael’s Hospital of Unity Health Toronto.

“This study demonstrates that Canadian children following vegetarian diets had similar growth and biochemical measures of nutrition compared to children consuming non-vegetarian diets. The vegetarian diet was associated with higher underweight-weight” odds of underweight weight status, underscoring the need for careful dietary planning for children with underweight when considering vegetarian diets.”

Researchers found children who had a vegetarian diet had similar mean body mass index (BMI), height, iron, vitamin D, and cholesterol levels compared to those who consumed meat. The findings showed evidence that children with a vegetarian diet had almost two-fold higher odds of having underweight, which is defined as below the third percentile for BMI. There was no evidence of an association with overweight or obesity.

Underweight is an indicator of undernutrition and may be a sign that the quality of the child’s diet is not meeting the child’s nutritional needs to support normal growth. For children who eat a vegetarian diet, the researchers emphasized access to healthcare providers who can provide growth monitoring, education, and guidance to support their growth and nutrition.

International guidelines about vegetarian diet in infancy and childhood have differing recommendations, and past studies that have evaluated the relationship between vegetarian diet and childhood growth and nutritional status have had conflicting findings.

“Plant-based dietary patterns are recognized as a healthy eating pattern due to increased intake of fruits, vegetables, fiber, whole grains, and reduced saturated fat; however, few studies have evaluated the impact of vegetarian diets on childhood growth and nutritional status. Vegetarian diets appear to be appropriate for most children,” said Dr Maguire, who is also a scientist at MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions at St. Michael’s Hospital. (ANI)

Kajal Aggarwal Exudes Summer Vibes In Yellow Slit Dress

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: On Saturday, Kajal Aggarwal, our new mom in B-town, posted a stunning photo on her social media account, providing her fans with some serious fitness aspirations.

The ‘Singham’ star can be seen posing with her back against the wall, wearing a yellow-grey front slit dress and yellow-coloured high heels in the picture that she shared on her Instagram handle, wherein she wrote, “#feelslikesummer #raisingtemperature”

The comment section was swamped with heart and fire emoticons, and the followers were stunned and adored the snap so much. This is probably her first post-pregnancy social media post.

Her toned up body after giving birth is a huge hit with fans, and she is indeed a fitness inspiration for all those expecting mothers out there.

Currently, on the work front, Kajal Aggarwal is working on Praveen Sattaru’s film after ‘Acharya’, which was released on April 29, this year. (ANI)

Liquid Dough Paratha Recipe

Liquid Dough Paratha

For With Ghee Liquid Dough
1 cup Whole wheat flour
2 tbsp Coriander leaves, chopped
1 tsp Ginger-Garlic paste
Salt to taste
1½ cup Water
¼ tsp Turmeric powder
1 tbsp Ghee

For Without Ghee Liquid Dough
1 cup Whole wheat flour
Salt to taste
1½ cup Water

For Paratha Dough
1 cup Whole wheat flour
Salt to taste,
½-¾ cup Water
1 tbsp Ghee
A pinch Carom seeds
1 tsp Ghee
A pinch Degi red chilli powder
½ tbsp Ghee for frying

See Recipe:

For With Ghee Liquid Dough
In a bowl, add whole wheat flour, coriander leaves, ginger garlic paste, salt to taste.
Add Water, turmeric powder and ghee whisk well.
Rest the batter for five minutes.
Heat a non-stick pan, pour prepared batter with the ladle & spread evenly.
Cook on low flame until it changes color then flip and cook from the other side.

For Without Ghee Liquid Dough
In a bowl, add whole wheat flour, salt to taste and water whisk it well.
Rest the batter for five minutes.
Heat a non-stick pan, pour prepared batter with the ladle & spread evenly.
Cook on low flame until it changes color then flip and cook from the other side.

For Paratha Dough
In a parat, add whole wheat flour, salt to taste, water and knead a semi soft dough.
Add some ghee and knead it again, cover it with muslin cloth and keep it aside for future use.
Roll the paratha in a round shape and sprinkle some carom seeds, ghee, degi red chilli powder.
Fold it into a book fold and roll it again to a square shape.
Gently press and keep rotating the paratha on the pan. Cook for 1 minute, drizzle a little ghee on top and flip.
Cook for one minute while gently pressing. Make sure to press the edges as that part takes more time to cook. Flip and cook for a minute and continue flipping and cooking until you see golden brown spots all over. Take it off the pan.
Serve hot.

(Recipe by Chef Ranveer Brar)

Study: Frequent-Flyer Programmes Increase Business Travel Cost

Washington [US]: Airline frequent-flyer programs are a staple for air travel, particularly among frequent business travellers, but they also add to the cost of business travel for employers, suggests the findings of a new study.

According to the study, frequent-flyer programs are a win-win-lose when it comes to air travel. The airline wins because the programs generate loyally and repeat customers. The points programme member wins because of incentives to receive flight upgrades and free plane tickets. But in cases where the employer is shouldering the cost, they lose because they could be paying more for the travel than need be. The study, published in the current issue of the INFORMS journal Marketing Science, “Reaching for Gold: Frequent-Flyer Status Incentives and Moral Hazard,” is authored by Yesim Orhun and Andreas Hagemann, both of the University of Michigan, and Tong Guo of Duke University.

The researchers analyzed the transactional database of a leading U.S.-based airline’s frequent-flyer program. This included the histories and point accumulations of 3.5 million frequent-flyer program members during the 2010 and 2011 point-earning cycles.

“We found that the closer frequent-flyer program members get to ‘elite status’ the more likely they are to choose an airline even when it may be more expensive than a competitor’s flight,” says Yesim Orhun. “While this decision is based on a number of factors, an important one is whether the air travellers are paying for the flight themselves, or whether it is covered by an employer or third-party.”

Other factors the researchers cited included whether the traveller was well ahead of pace or far behind pace to achieve elite status and whether the traveller’s home airport was the airline’s hub. In cases in which travellers were off the pace to achieve elite status, they were less likely to switch bookings to earn points. At the same time, point members are more likely to choose higher fares and earn points if their home airport is also the hub of the airline sponsoring the points program.

“We found that when travellers are close to their points program’s targeted pace, they are more likely to book with the airline on routes where the airline has lower appeal than competitors,” says Guo. “Loyalty program members, when they were close to target pace, on average showed an 8 per cent increase in the price paid when compared with others taking the same flight.”

The study authors found that when points-program members are travelling for leisure, their behaviour changes.
“More than one-third of the overall increase in the average consumer’s willingness to pay in the marketplace can be attributed to booking instances where the consumer is not likely to shoulder the cost of the ticket,” adds Orhun.

“If travellers had to pay out of pocket, our estimates suggest that companies would save at least 7 per cent of their travel costs.” (ANI)

Sonakshi Sinha Is A Vision In Neon Sequined Saree

Nailing this summer’s popular neon trend was Sonakshi Sinha in a sequined saree in lime colour. The designer drape was from the clothing brand ITRH and had sequined detailing throughout. The floor-sweeping drape was paired with a tube blouse in similar pattern and colour by Sonakshi. The actor picked silver studded earrings and rings to accesorise the monochromatic neon look. Leaving her mane loose in beachy waves, Sonakshi wore nude makeup with winged eyes, shimmering eyelids and brown matte lipstick. Neon has become the favourite summer trend recently, as we have seen Sara Ali Khan, Tara Sutaria, Farah Khan and Malaika Arora slaying some neon outfits.

Not too long ago, Sonakshi Sinha posted a picture on Instagram from a photoshoot. She wore an all-green outfit from Gauri and Nainika. The body-hugging long-sleeved gown in lush green had puff sleeves, plunging neckline, wrap detailing at the waistline and a dramatic slit at the side. Sonakshi wore golden hoop earrings, golden kada and black heels to complement her monotone look. Leaving her tresses in a silky mane, the actor opted for nude makeup and matte lip colour.

What do you think of her latest look?

Skincare Tips To Survive The Deadly Summer

Summers in India can be extremely harsh with temperatures soaring well beyond 40 degrees Celsius therefore, it becomes critical to take proper care of your skin during the summertime when ultraviolet rays can wreak havoc on the skin.

Hence, it’s always a good idea to be prepared beforehand to protect your skin in the summer.

5 skincare tips which can help our skin to survive the deadly summer:

1. Exfoliate – To maintain soft and smooth skin, exfoliation is the key. From time to time, you should exfoliate your skin to free-up clogged pores or prevent acne breakouts since the skin becomes prone to oil during the summers. However, before starting with your exfoliation regime, it is important to choose a product that is free from chemicals and effective ingredients that can minimize pores and remove dead skin cells. Another crucial thing to remember is not to over-exfoliate. Twice a week of exfoliation is sufficient during the summer months.

2. Use sunscreen – Exposure to the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun can be a significant risk factor for skin cancers. All year-round, the sun’s rays are the strongest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and it is necessary that you apply sunscreen before heading out in the morning. People of every skin colour can get skin cancer which is why using sunscreen is the best bet in the summer. When choosing a sunscreen, you should always select the one with SPF30 and broad-spectrum. You need to apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside and re-apply it once every 2 hours.

3. Moisturise – Well, you must be thinking that what’s the point of moisturising the skin during the sticky, hot summer months? Spending considerable amounts of time inside air-conditioned offices, homes, etc. makes your skin dry. When the dry air takes out the moisture from the skin, your wrinkles and aging lines can become more pronounced therefore, it’s essential to keep up with the moisturizing routine.

4. Hydrate – During the summer months, your body tries to cool down with the natural process of sweating. This, in turn, can cause dehydration. That is why it is all the more important for you to drink more water and keep the body well hydrated. Also, without proper water intake, your skin will appear duller, making pores and wrinkles more prominent. With the help of adequate hydration, you can keep your skin plump and improve its elasticity making it less likely to have irritations and blemishes.

5. Eat healthy – The best way to healthy glowing skin is to make sure that you consume all the necessary nutrients that enhance the beauty of your skin from within. You must include Vitamin C as part of your diet to protect your skin from environmental damage. When you stick to an organic diet, it can help repair the skin as well as neutralize free radicals. Seasonal foods like pineapples, fresh berries, citrus fruits, vegetables and seafood are loaded with essential vitamins that boos collagen production.

Paneer Sandwich Recipe

Paneer Sandwich is an easy-to-make breakfast recipe that you can make for your loved ones anytime, and it is truly delicious.

Let’s check out the recipe:



  • Mix all the vegetables in a bowl

    To prepare this easy recipe, peel and chop onion in a bowl. Next, crumble paneer in a large bowl if it’s homemade. If the paneer is store-bought and is tight, you can shred it with a grater. Then, shred cabbage in another bowl. Now, the next step is to take a large bowl and mix together paneer, chopped cucumber, capsicum, onion, tomato, cabbage, coriander leaves, salt and black pepper.

  • Apply butter on one bread slice, add the filling and cover with another slice

    Now, take a bread slice and spread butter on it. For all the sandwiches, make sure that one side of the bread is buttered. Take another bread slice and spread the paneer mixture on it. Repeat the procedure for all the bread slices. Now close the sandwiches by placing the buttered bread on top.

  • Grill the sandwich for 2 minutes and serve hot

    Grill the sandwich for about 2 minutes and enjoy the delicious paneer sandwich with green chutney or tomato ketchup, as you like.


Delhi Government To Provide Free Bus Passes To Construction Workers

New Delhi [India]: In a move that will benefit nearly 10 lakh construction labourers in the national capital, the Delhi government on Wednesday announced that it will provide free bus passes to them.

Speaking to ANI, the Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said, “All construction labourers earlier had to spend somewhere between Rs 1000 to Rs 3000 per month for travel. Now the government has decided to make bus travel free for such labourers. This will benefit about 10 lakh labourers in the state.” Taking to Twitter, Deputy CM said, “It is the effort of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal that the labourers including masons, painters, welders, carpenters, electricians, guards and other workers should be given maximum assistance.”

“Free bus pass scheme launched today for construction workers in Delhi. Welders masons, carpenters, electricians, guards and other workers working on the construction site can take advantage of this. It is the effort of the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal that the labourers should be given maximum assistance. He is the creator of Delhi,” tweeted Sisodia.

When the Deputy Chief Minister was asked whether the rest of the development works of Delhi would not be affected due to these free schemes, Sisodia said that if the government is honest then there is no shortage of money for welfare schemes.

“Leaders should get everything free and the labourers should not get anything free, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) does not do this kind of politics,” he added.

Under the ‘Delhi Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board’, 10 lakh workers including both men and women are registered in Delhi. However, women already have the facility of free bus travel in Delhi. (ANI)

Sunscreens Or Sunblocks? Know The Difference Between The Two

With the arrival of summer, sunscreens and sunblocks are beginning to sell like hotcakes. They are both an essential part of innumerable summer skin care routines, apart from their names, most people aren’t entirely aware of the difference between the two. So, what are they? What do they do? And which one is best for you? Read on for a detailed understanding behind the two most popular forms of sun protection.

What is Sunscreen?

In layman’s terms, sunscreen is used to filter or screen the ultraviolet rays emitted by the sun. It keeps most rays out, but allows a minimal amount in. It is the most common type of sun protection used and available widely, online and offline. Sunscreen generally has a lighter consistency when compared to Sunblock, this is due to the formulation and difference in their individual purpose. It is also easier to wash off, and sometimes wears off simply by sweat, demanding reapplication if you continue to require sun protection. Experts recommend using it all year round, not limited to hot summers.

What is Sunblock?

Sunblock is the lesser known product of the two. Its purpose is to reflect all the sun’s rays, letting none penetrate your skin. Due to its properties, sunblock is created using a different formula, resulting in a thicker, heavier, paste-like consistency, thereby enabling it to fulfil its purpose. It is much more challenging to wash off and does not wear off as easily compared to sunscreen. It is Ideal to apply when swimming at the local pool, or the beach!

Sunscreen and Sunblock are both excellent forms of protection when used appropriately. It is necessary to experiment with both, to understand which of the two suit your skin, and meet your requirements, within the environment you expose yourself to. I recommend using a light textured, natural, moisturising sunscreen all year round to reap the full extent of its benefits.


‘Kashmir Ki Kali’: Hina Khan Stuns In Rani Pink Kurta, Yellow Sharara

Hina Khan aces the Eid look with a rani pink kurta along with yellow sharara and green organza dupatta. The ethnic wear queen left us smitten with her OOTD for Eid day 2.

Taking to her social media handle, Hina shared a slew of pictures that showed her putting her sartorial foot forward for the Islamic festival. The pictures featured Hina dolled up in a short kurta that came in rani pink colour and sported floral hand block print all over along with delicate gota work.

It was teamed with a pair of yellow gathered sharara that came with Kingri finishing. Hina layered the mulmul kurta and sharara with a green floral block print dupatta that was made of organza fabric and finished with sequins and Kingri detailings.

Leaving her silky tresses open down her shoulders in mid-parted hairstyle with side twirls, Hina accessorised her look with a pair of heavy statement jhumkis. Wearing a dab of wine lipstick, Hina amplified the glam quotient with rosy blushed and highlighted cheeks, kohl-lined eyes with black eyeliner streaks, mascara-laden eyelashes and filled-in eyebrows.

Striking elegant poses for the camera, Hina set the Internet on fire. She captioned the pictures, “Kashmir ki kali.. (sic)” while the video was captioned, “Dil Behelta hai Mera, aapke aajaane se #reelsinstagram #reelitfeelit #trending #ReelsWithHk (sic).”

The ensemble is credited to Indian clothing brand, Drzya by Ridhi, that boasts of creating subtle ethnic wear with asymmetric hems, traditional block-prints and soothing hues but ones that are trendy for the contemporary women. The sharara set originally costs 14,100 on the designer website.

What do you think of her look?

Adult Only NYC Desert Shop Offers Kinky Treats With Erotic Art

New York [US]: Erotic desserts? Those seeking more than a bit of romance can find a treat in this groovy New York shop that offers sinful delicacies in the shape of grown-up fantasies ranging from stuffed waffles shaped like penises and vulvas, to cupcakes with pierced nipples and brightly decorated cookies depicting genitalia!

Nestled in the bustling Orchard Street filled with bistros and late-night food joints, the shop named ‘Kinky’s’ sports bubble gum pink colour and sports an “Adults Only, must be 18 to enter” sign on its front door. Themed “dessert and sex” the interiors of the dessert bar is bound to take your mind by the storm. Furnished like a playground for adult fantasies, the heart stickers on the storefront do not allow you to peak and see what’s in for you.

Sticking by its name, the walls of the shop are filled with quirky and sexually provocative posters and magazine covers. Decked out in a very explicit decor, they also have graphic neon LED signboards that look straight out of an adult magazine.

Lit up in shades of pinks, red, and blue the dessert bar offers visually entertaining cookies, cupcakes and waffles named with kinky phrases.

The shop is the brainchild of couple – August DeWindt and her husband John. DeWindt termed the shop as an “adult candy store” as reported by InsideHook.

“We’re not trying to hide it,” DeWindt told the media outlet, adding that similar places remain a taboo. “You could go to a bakery and probably order a penis cake, but they’re going to be real discreet about it,” he added.

“We’re really about sex-positivity. The space itself is just really designed with kinks in mind. So it’s just really out there in your face,” DeWindt said as quoted by the *ezine*.

Stressing on incorporating sex-positivity, DeWindt said, “I want them to come in and feel like they can really be themselves.” (ANI)

Bremji Kul, Kashmir’s Sacred Tree

New Delhi [India]: Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “the creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.” A few hundred years ago, the Kashmir Valley was a gathering place for spiritual activities, a holy place that attracted dozens of men and women and encouraged them to live a life closer to God. As if out of reverence or silent submission to God’s men, a tree known as Bremji Kul has grown along the cemeteries and tombs of Sufi saints.

As the number of Kul trees increased throughout the valley, so too did they yearn to know God and his purpose for their lives. They are not grown for commercial purposes. Saints and peers meditated under this tree. As it grows, it takes the form of an umbrella that spreads its wings over the graves to create a dome-shaped sacred aura. It replaces the negativity and restlessness in the mind of the person sitting below with calm, positive vibrations to support their Tapasya, and ultimately Moksha. Bremji Kul (Celtis Australis) species belong to the Western Himalayas. It is a reliable plant for fodder, fuel, timber and agriculture. It provides palatable, nutrient-rich, tannin-free fodder for livestock. Naturally, it is found growing in wet conditions, such as along narrow streams, rivers, hedges, shores and sand. Their deep and spreading roots are drought resistant and great for holding soil in a flood-prone place like Kashmir.

Being a fast-growing woody perennial plant that can grow up to 25 meters in height, the tree has smooth bark and a rounded canopy that dies off for a while in the autumn. Its flowers remain hidden and its fruits are small and round, hanging in purple clusters that attract birds and small creatures to feast on.

Usually, the tree is bred for fodder, timber, and medicinal value. Its wood quality is the best for making tools and handles for whips, sticks, cups, spoons, sports equipment, canoes and oars, construction materials, automobiles and agricultural products. It is an excellent firewood, and a source of pulp and paper.

‘Celtis Australis’ is well known in hilly areas for its medicinal value. The fruit relieves amenorrhea, abdominal pain and heavy menstrual bleeding. The bark is made into a paste and is ideal for applying to bones, boils, bruises, sprains and joint pain. It is an excellent astringent used to treat diarrhoea, dysentery, and peptic ulcers. Its sweet fruit can be eaten raw or cooked and its seed oil is used medicinally.

Since Bremji Kul reduces summer heat, it is believed that it will provide graves with a cool environment. Maulana Noor ud Din, a Sufi scholar, said planting trees is a Sunnah. Missionaries to Kashmir in the 14th century AD spread this message and naturally, this local tree became a defining feature of Kashmir.

Bremji Kul lives up to a thousand years old, but unfortunately, it disappeared from the landscape of Kashmir.

Recently, a large tree planting campaign for Chinar (the tree that is synonymous with the landscape and culture of Kashmir) took place in Budgam, Pulwama and Srinagar districts on Chinar Day (March 15). The government has planted more than 5,000 Chinar trees and is creating a digital tree archive to ensure the preservation and tracking of individual growth. The Fruit Growers Association, Progressive Orchardists and farmers are interacting with government agencies to achieve this goal.

Next on the list of authorities is the preservation and propagation of Bremji Kul. Under the banner ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ and the program ‘Har Gaon Haryali’ scheme, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha strongly promotes the reconstruction of Kashmir as it was in its most pristine times, heavenly and peaceful. In recent years, political turmoil in Kashmir has turned this sanctuary into a casualty. But with the new air of developments in the Valley and protection of the Center from transboundary threats, Bremji Kul will be reborn, harmoniously in the Naya Kashmir. (ANI)

Nariyal Paratha Recipe

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes
Cook time : 11-15 minutes

Serve : 4
Ingredients for Nariyal Paratha Recipe
  • Wheat flour (atta) kneaded into a dough 2 cups + f
  • Scraped fresh coconut 1 1/2 cups
  • Semolina (suji) 1 1/2 tablespoons
  • Nutmeg powder a pinch
  • Green cardamom powder a pinch
  • Sugar 1 cup
  • Cashewnuts crushed 8-10
  • Almonds crushed 8-10
  • Raisins 2 tablespoons
  • Ghee 4 tsps + for cooking

Step 1

Mix together coconut, semolina, nutmeg powder, green cardamom powder, sugar, cashewnuts, almonds and raisins in a bowl.

Step 2

Divide the dough into equal portions, roll into balls, dust each ball with dry flour and further roll into a roti.

Step 3

Apply 1 tsp ghee on each roti, spread some coconut filling in the centre and fold the roti from all four sides.

Step 4

Dust each roti with some dry flour and roll into a parantha.

Step 5

Heat a non-stick tawa. Place one paratha at a time, on it and cook for a minute. Flip, apply a little ghee and flip again. Apply some ghee on the other side too and cook, flipping sides, till evenly golden on both sides.

Step 6

Cut into wedges, place on a serving plate and serve hot.
(Recipe By Sanjeev Kapoor)

Deepika Padukone & Ranveer Singh Makes Dazzling Entry At Arpita Khan’s Eid Bash

Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh were among a host of celebrities who attended Salman Khan’s sister Arpita Khan’s star-studded Eid bash. Deepika and Ranveer arrived at the bash hand-in-hand and even posed for the paparazzi. While Deepika looked dazzling in a black ethnic look, Ranveer accompanied her in a colourful ensemble.

The paparazzi clicked Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh at Arpita Khan’s Eid party. The couple posed for the cameras while holding each other’s hands. Deepika chose a black embroidered suit set for the occasion, and Ranveer arrived with her in a colourful shirt and pants set teamed with a hat.

See Video:

Deepika Padukone’s outfit for the Eid bash features a long black velvet kurta with a wide round neck, long sleeves, a loose silhouette-skimming her svelte frame and side slits. The intricate golden floral thread embroidery and sequinned embellishments on the neckline and torso added a finishing touch.

Deepika teamed the kurta with black velvet dhoti pants, giving us a completely gorgeous ethnic look for attending summer wedding festivities or a family occasion. She chose black pointed stilettos, white acrylic nails, and golden jhumkas to complete the ensemble.

In the end, Deepika went for her signature messy updo, nude lip shade, glowing skin, kohl-adorned eyes, winged eyeliner, subtle smoky eye shadow, blushed cheeks and mascara on the lashes to complete the glam picks.

Meanwhile, Ranveer wore a colourful printed half-sleeved loose shirt, unbuttoned to reveal his torso. It comes with a multi-coloured print inspired by tropical vibes. Pastel blue pants, a lavender cowboy hat, white and pink lace-up sneakers, and a sleek chain rounded off his Eid party look.

What do you think of Ranveer and Deepika’s look?

Cara Delevingne Attends Met Gala 2022 Topless

Washington [US], May 3 (ANI): Met Gala 2022 is proof of the fact that model Cara Delevingne is not afraid of experimenting with her looks.

On Monday night, Cara showed up to the event in a red Dior Haute Couture suit with tails — complete with a walking stick — but quickly surprised everyone by removing her jacket and revealing her naked torso covered in shimmering gold body paint — and no top, Page Six reported. A pair of gold nipple covers and a series of gold chains spiced up her ‘Gilded Glamour’ look.

Cara’s bold look has garnered mixed reactions from social media users.
“Can’t believe how far we’ve fallen,” a social media user commented.

“she really just grabbed random clothes and thought it was an outfit… now because people do this …it doesn’t work with anything,” another one wrote.
One user praised her for her bold avatar.
“This is different. Kudos,” the user commented.

Not only this year, but Cara also amazed everyone at Met Gala 2021 by sporting a Dior look with the phrase “peg the patriarchy” emblazoned across her chest. (ANI)

IntrCity Survey: Indian Travellers Prefer Hygiene & Safety As Top Priority

New Delhi [India] : With a steady decline in the number of COVID cases and ease in restrictions pertaining to COVID-19, IntrCity, India’s leading mobility platform, revealed the findings of a travel survey to better understand Indian travellers’ behaviour and preferences while travelling inter-city.

Results illustrate that with long due vacations, visiting family on weekends and work trips, Indians are enthusiastic to travel and yet cautious about hygiene and sanitisation. The importance of hygiene and safety among travellers has skyrocketed. 65 per cent travellers prioritise travelling with an on-board washroom facility, while 60 per cent prefer GPS tracking enabled buses. Indian travellers prefer SmartBuses and are willing to pay more for the additional amenities. Female travellers prefer safety, while men prefer punctuality when choosing the mode of travel. Travellers still prioritise safety and hygiene, while travelling inter-city.

For inter-city travellers, hygiene comes first, followed by safety and punctuality in that order, which is fairly similar to the results of last year’s survey. Even when the pandemic begins to fade, a bias toward hygiene and sanitisation signals a more permanent change to the ‘new normal’. Hygiene and safety are the top two criteria that impact mode of transportation selection, followed by cost and punctuality as the joint third most significant factor.

Nearly 2/3rd of all respondents have stated a clear preference for a SmartBus over a regular bus. More encouragingly, even more respondents (75 per cent) are willing to pay more for these benefits, compared to a regular bus. Out of these benefits, an automated GPS system and an on-board washroom facility comprise two of the most popular features for travellers.

Intercity travellers generally view GPS tracking on their bus as an ideal choice, with 60 per cent saying it will make their ride easier and hassle-free. Similarly, over 65 per cent of all respondents across genders and age groups score an onboard washroom facility in an inter-city bus travel a thumbs up.

Speaking about the survey, Kapil Raizada, Co-founder of IntrCity, said, “Inter-city travel appears to have made a huge comeback in a post-pandemic world, as travel recovers at an unprecedented rate and all COVID restrictions on travel are being eased. We are glad to bring the findings of our survey, which highlight the priority areas of inter-city travellers. The new normal necessitates continued focus on safety, hygiene, punctuality and providing differentiated experience to travellers who decide to travel with IntrCity SmartBus. We look forward to continuing to play a significant role in distinguishing our offerings in this high intensity travel period.”

Travelling begins for both functional and leisure reasons

Among all respondents, more than 70 per cent are intercity functional travellers, out of which, 31 per cent are travelling for work, 32 per cent to meet family/relatives, while 8 per cent are students travelling from or to schools/colleges. However, one-fifth of all inter-city travel is for vacation and leisure purposes, which is in sharp contrast to IntrCity’s last year survey which indicated a drop in planned holidays by more than 70 per cent of respondents. This highlights the resurgence of travel in the country, especially at the outset of the pandemic.

IntrCity SmartBus is a pioneer in Safe+ inter-city mobility initiatives like pre-sanitized private cabins, five-step cleaning and sanitization protocol, mandatory KYC procedures, contactless check-ins, safe and hygienic SmartBus lounges. The Company manages 51+ managed safe boarding zones including SmartBus lounges and partner-managed convenient boarding points. Besides, IntrCity SmartBus offers never-before-seen facilities and innovative features, such as special seat options for extra-tall travellers, pregnant ladies, or women with infants, private cabins, and extra spacious seating areas for plus-size travellers provide both safety and extra comfort.

Survey Methodology

IntrCity performed a nationwide online survey of 3,100 persons aged 18 to 60 years old who travel between India’s metros, tier-1, and tier-2 cities. The survey was conducted between March 15 and April 10, 2022. IntrCity’s data insights team analysed and validated the survey’s results.

Click here to get details of the survey conducted.

IntrCity is India’s leading intercity mobility platform, offering both train and bus services to budget travellers. Its flagship brand IntrCity SmartBus provides safe, trusted, and standardised travel options around India’s long-distance routes, operating across 630+ routes in 16 states. Its companion brand, RailYatri, provides comprehensive train travel information, serving more than 14 million users monthly.

For more information, please visit:
Official website: and
Twitter- @IntrCity

This story is provided by NewsVoir. ANI will not be responsible in any way for the content of this article. (ANI/NewsVoir)

Fine Lines: Ways To Get Rid Of Them

Just as the name suggests, fine lines are small creases that form on delicate and sensitive skin. The skin near the eyes being the most sensitive skin on the face, the early signs of aging start from this area. Fine lines on the face are associated with repetitive movements like smiling, frowning, squinting, anything that moves the facial muscles. Thus, the mouth area is the second target for the onset on fine lines.

Ways To Take Care Of Fine Lines


We all know that no one can stop the ageing process all together. We can however take precautions to prolong or delay the onset of fine lines and wrinkles.

1. Vitamin C

Looking for ingredients and formulas that are potent in showing the delayed aging process can be beneficial. Vitamin C is one such ingredient that is known to improve fine lines and make the skin smooth and radiant.

2. Hyaluronic Acid

It is a known fact that hyaluronic acid is an excellent ingredient for hydrating the skin to make it plump and supple. Start the use of hyaluronic acid in your skincare regime from the earlier days itself so that the aging process is delayed.

3. Use Sunblock

There is literally no substitute for the use of sunblock gels and creams. Every skin type whether dry, oily, combination or sensitive need to use sunscreens to protect it from sun damage. One of the many repercussions of sun damage are fine lines which turn into wrinkles gradually. So use sunscreen as per your skin type.

4. Retinols

Another ingredient that works for reducing visible signs of aging is retinol. Check for this ingredient while choosing the products for your skincare routine. Retinols are preferably used in the night time skincare regime.

5. Pollution Protection Formulae

As pollution is one of the important causes of fine lines, select anti-pollution skincare products while forming your skincare routine. Also follow a cleansing, toning, moisturisng procedure so that the harmful pollutants are washed away from the skin as soon as you are home after a long day out.

We must accept the fact that ageing is a natural process and fine lines and wrinkles are the signs of ageing. So, we can try to take precautions to delay the signs but cannot treat or reduce them completely. We advise you to consult your dermatologist before starting a new skincare ingredient and always conduct patch tests.



Mouth-Watering Dishes You Can Enjoy This Eid ul-Fitr

New Delhi [India]: Eid ul-Fitr marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan and is the first day of the month of Shawwal. Muslims from all over the world get together for prayers and celebrations, enjoying a variety of delicious meat and sweet dishes.

From sumptuous biryanis to delicious desserts, take a look at the dishes you can savor this Eid ul-Fitr:


Arguably the most popular dish, the Biryani, features either mutton or chicken, marinated with a variety of spices and slowly cooked with basmati rice and lots of love. Interestingly, in India, every region has its own version of delicious biryani, which every food lover should try.

Sheer Khurma

Khurma is a delicious milk pudding made from vermicelli, milk, dates and thick nuts. This dish is a denser version of Sevaiyan and is usually enjoyed the morning after the first namaz on the day of Eid.

Shahi Tukda

Shahi Tukda is made of fried small pieces of bread, soaked in condensed milk, added with some cardamom, and topped with dried fruits. Shahi Tukda is cited as one of Awadh’s greatest contributions to Indian cuisine.

Mutton Korma

This delicious mutton curry exudes aromatic masala, cashew nut paste, rose water and saffron. The juicy and flavorful mutton goes well with sheermal and bakarkhani.

Seekh/Galouti kabab

It is impossible to imagine the celebration of Eid without a smoky, juicy and delicious kebab. Seek Kebab is a delicacy made from a richly flavored mix of minced meat and perfectly grilled over charcoal. Galouti is a tender version, so it’s softness just melts in your mouth.


Phirni is usually thickened with rice flour, seasoned with cardamom, saffron and rose water, and topped with pistachios and nuts. It uses ground rice instead of brown rice and is widely cooked during the celebration of Eid.

Traditionally, Phirni is served in a clay container that helps lower the temperature of the dessert. (ANI)

Autism, ADHD, School Absence Are Risk Factors For Self-Harm: Study

London [UK]: A recent research led by King’s College London and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust has analysed factors associated with self-harm in over 111,000 adolescents aged 11-17 years old.

Published in BMC Medicine the study found that the risk for self-harm presenting to hospital emergency departments was nearly three times higher for boys with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) compared to boys without ASD. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) was a strong predictor of self-harm for both boys and girls with approximately a four-fold increased risk for self-harm amongst those with ADHD.

Absence from school was also associated with an increased risk for self-harm: for those young people with less than 80 per cent attendance, the risk of hurting themselves was three times greater.

Part-funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre and the Wellcome Trust, this is the first long-term investigation of adolescent self-harm and ASD using the linked school and hospital data in England. The research provides valuable insight into those groups most at risk, representing an important step in developing preventative strategies for self-harm.

Dr Johnny Downs, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at South London and Maudsley and NIHR Clinician Scientist at the Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, King’s College London and senior author on the paper said: “By linking these large-scale datasets, we have been able to understand which groups of young people may be most vulnerable to self-harming. Crucially we are using local data, so it has direct implications for the NHS Trust where I work and can improve our targeting of mental health interventions within South London schools. Another important aspect of this study is that any region in England could use the same approach, as the school and hospital data already exist and can be linked.”

Self-harm is common in adolescents and research suggests about 1 in 5 self-harm. Around 12 per cent of episodes of adolescent self-harm are seen at emergency departments and these are the young people most likely to be at risk of suicide.

Researchers connected data on hospital attendance for self-harm to educational data. This enabled examination of education factors such as school attendance, special educational needs and free school meal status as well as data on mental health service use. The study assessed data from 113,286 young people from four boroughs in South London collected between 2009 to 2013.

By analysing data from the National Pupil Database on whether children had been assigned special educational needs for ASD, the study showed that boys with ASD were at greater risk of self-harm than boys without ASD.

This pattern was not observed amongst girls with ASD but in general, the risk of self-harm was higher in girls than in boys (1.5 per cent compared to 0.3 per cent in boys).

Emily Simonoff, Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at King’s College London, and Theme Lead for Child Mental and Neurodevelopmental Disorders in the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre who is a co-author of the paper said: “We know that autistic adults have higher rates of premature death, including increased rates of suicide. Self-harming behaviours, like those explored in the present study, maybe the precursor to more serious suicide attempts, so early identification and proactive intervention when self-harm first appears is very important. Autistic people often have more difficulty regulating their emotions, which can contribute to high levels of distress and, because of the communication impairments experienced by many autistic people, professionals may not appreciate the level of distress they are experiencing and the seriousness of these behaviours.”

The study also found adolescents who had attended mental health services for ADHD were at four times the risk of self-harm than those who had not attended services for ADHD. School exclusion and absence were also identified as risk factors.

Joint first author Dr Emily Widnall who conducted the research while at King’s and is now Senior Research Associate in Public Health at the University of Bristol said: “Our research has shown that adolescents who spent time away from school, either through exclusion or absence, have an increased risk for self-harm compared to young people who are in school most of the time. Linking educational data to mental health data has an important role to play in answering public health research questions in child and adolescent mental health and can help identify where more support is needed within schools.”

The study also revealed findings that may need further research to unpick the possible underlying mechanisms. For example, the finding that girls with ASD were at no higher risk of self-harm than those without ASD could be explained by the underdiagnosis of ASD in girls.

The study also found that those who spoke English as a second language were at a lower risk of self-harm than those with English as their mother tongue.

“Taken at face value the results suggest young people who are resident in London but non-native English speakers, have less mental health difficulties,” commented Dr Downs. “But there could be other influences at work which could mean that these young people are self-harming and not presenting to services or are expressing their distress through other means such as misusing substances.” (ANI)

Bella Hadid Slays In Sexy Black Outfit At Met Gala 2022

Washington [US]: Supermodel Bella Hadid arrived at Met Gala 2022 giving off major ‘Black Swan’ vibes through her look.

Bella wore a custom Burberry sculpted black corset with a black lace skirt, patterned tights and on-trend opera gloves. Hadid paired the look with a big volume updo and kept her jewellery minimal donning a pair of small pearl earrings and a pearl-studded anklet on the top of her tights.


The American beauty’s unique hairdo’s grabbed major attention as she went for two tiny braids parted on either side plunged down behind her ears. Also, she combined a vintage and romantic curled half-up and down style adding up to her entire sexy look.

Her clean and soft makeup look complimented the entire vintage-inspired look.

Meanwhile, Bella’s sister Gigi wore a sultry red corset jumpsuit by Versace and a voluminous matching maroon cape.

The 2022 Met Gala theme this year was ‘In America: An Anthology of Fashion’, with the dress code being ‘Gilded Glamour and White Tie’. (ANI)

Everything You Need To Know About Met Gala 2022

Washington [US]: Often referred to as the ‘Biggest Night of Fashion,’ Met Gala is a fundraising event for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York.

After several pandemic postponements, this year’s Met Gala will be held on the first Monday of May; just eight months after 2021’s star-studded red carpet which saw stellar looks from the likes of Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X and Kendall Jenner, reports Page Six. The star-studded event brings together the world’s largest celebrities to celebrate fashion in unique costumes and commemorate the opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibition.

Here are the essentials you need to know before the starry event takes place.

When and where is the Met Gala taking place?
Traditionally taking place on the first Monday of May each year, Met Gala 2022 is set to take place on May 2.
The Gala takes place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Where to watch the Met Gala 2022?
The event will be live-streamed on Vogue’s website as well as its digital platforms on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, making it easy for all to see the biggest names from movies and fashion in Hollywood. In India, the live stream will start at 3:30 am on Tuesday, May 3.

What is the theme of the Met Gala 2022?
This year’s Met Gala theme is ‘In America: Fashion Anthology,’ celebrating the museum’s next exhibition on May 5. The dress code for the 2022 event is ‘Gilded Glamour and White Tie’, referring to the extravagant era of American fashion in the last decades of the 19th century, when industrialization rapidly widened the wealth gap in the country.

Who are the hosts of the Met Gala 2022?
This year’s event is hosted by the couple of Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, with Regina King and Lin-Manuel Miranda as co-hosts.

Tom Ford, Adam Mosseri, and Anna Wintour will serve as the honorary chairs for Met Gala 2022.

The Guest List

Although Vogue generally keeps its guest list in secrecy, Page Six had reported that Megan Thee Stallion will attend the Met Gala 2022 wearing Moschino. Beyond that, Katy Perry is also confirmed as one of the high-profile guests at the event.

While Zendaya might miss out on the fashion gala, Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift have all attended the event multiple times; hence plenty of other major names are also expected. (ANI)

Study: Sleep Deprivation Affects Stem Cells In Cornea

Washington [US]: Sleep deprivation is a serious health problem and it has negative impacts on mental and physical health. Eye problems such as dryness and itching are commonly experienced after episodes of sleep deprivation, while long-term sleep deprivation comes with an increased risk for eye disease.

The cornea, which is the transparent tissue layer covering the eye is essential for assuring the health and function of the eye. The cornea is maintained by stem cells, which divide to replace dying cells and repair small injuries.

Corneal stem cell activity needs to be precisely tuned to assure an adequate output of new corneal cells, and dysregulation of corneal stem cells can lead to eye disease and impaired vision. In a study recently published in Stem Cell Reports, researchers Wei Li, Zugou Liu and colleagues from Xiamen University, China and Harvard Medical School, USA, evaluated how sleep deprivation impacts corneal stem cells. Their experiments in mice showed that short-term sleep deprivation increased the rate at which stem cells in the cornea multiplied.

At the same time, sleep deprivation altered the composition of the protective tear film, reducing the tear film antioxidants in sleep-deprived mice. The researchers found that the tear film composition had a direct impact on corneal stem cell activity and, encouragingly, the application of teardrops containing antioxidants reversed the excessive stem cell activity.

The study revealed that serious effects on corneal health, such as thinning and ruffling of the cornea and loss of transparency, were seen after long-term sleep deprivation. Further, corneas of long-term sleep-deprived mice contained fewer stem cells, suggesting that persistent stimulation of stem cell activity over longer periods led to exhaustion and loss of corneal stem cells.

These data suggest that sleep deprivation negatively affects the stem cells in the cornea, possibly leading to vision impairment in the long run. Further studies are required to confirm that similar processes are happening in human corneal stem cells and in patients, and to test if local antioxidant therapy may overcome some of the negative effects of sleep deprivation on corneal health. (ANI)

Kiara Advani & Kartik Aaryan Look Stunning As They Promote ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’

Actors Kiara Advani and Kartik Aaryan have been bringing their best fashion game forward during the promotions of their upcoming film ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’. Kiara and Kartik’s latest look is raising the heat on the internet and will have you swooning over the two in no time.

On Sunday, Kiara took to Instagram to post several pictures of herself and Kartik dressed in classy attires for Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 promotions. While Kiara chose a floral saree and bralette, Kartik made heads turn in a blazer, pant and shirt combination that gave off tropical vibes. “Rooh Ki Reet,” Kiara captioned the post.

Kiara embraced the beautiful spring vibes by draping herself in a floral saree from the shelves of designer Varun Bahl’s eponymous label. The Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 actor chose an off-white chiffon saree decorated with flamingo pink floral patterns, and colourful gota pattis adorned on the borders. She wore the six yards in traditional draping style to round it all off.

Kiara teamed the saree with an embroidered bralette in the same off-white and pink shades. It features barely-there straps, a plunging V neck and back, intricate thread embroidery, mirror work, a contrast off-white elastic band on the hem, and sequinned details.

Kiara styled the traditional look with minimal jewellery and served her fans tips on how to wear ethnic looks like a modern Indian woman. The star wore a pair of ornate gold jhumkas adorned with pastel green stones and Kundan embellishments.

In the end, Kiara went for a sleek high ponytail, subtle smoky eye shadow, on-fleek brows, glossy mauve lip shade, glowing skin, blushed cheeks, beaming highlighter, mascara on the lashes and a hint of kohl on her eyes to complete the glam picks.

Kartik, on the other hand, chose to embrace tropical vibes for his film’s promotions. The Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 actor wore a textured pink blazer with notch lapels, long sleeves and an open front.

White pants and a pastel blue floral print shirt completed his outfit. Lastly, a pair of suede brown dress shows, sunglasses, messy hair and groomed beard rounded it all off.

What do you think of Kartik and Kiara’s looks?

Sweet & Salted Sattu Sharbat Recipe

Chef Kunal Kapur shared a super easy recipe of sattu sharbat – both sweet sattu sharbat and salted sattu sharbat – on his Instagram profile a few days back. Take a look at the recipe here:


Sweet Sattu

Channa Sattu – 2 tbps

Sugar – 1 tbsp

Lemon – 1/2 no

Water – 1 1/4 cup

Ice cubes – few

Salted Sattu

Channa Sattu – 2 tbps

Sugar – 1 tbsp

Salt – a pinch

Black salt – a pinch

Pepper powder – a pinch

Coriander leaves – handful

Lemon – 1/2 no

Ice cubes – few

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In order to make the sweet sattu sharbat, take all the ingredients together in a glass and mix it well and serve. For making the salted sattu sharbat also, take all the ingredients into a glass and mix well before serving.

(Recipe: Kunal Kapur, Chef)

Study Finds New Hair Dyes Avoid Allergic Reactions

Washington [US]: Researchers have developed a series of permanent hair dyes that avoid the allergenic properties of traditional formulations.

The findings of the research were published in the journal ‘ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering’. A bad dye job is bad enough on its own, but an itchy and irritating allergic reaction to it is even worse. And people who become allergic to hair dye can develop reactions to many other common substances, transforming a simple cosmetic treatment into a big problem.

When applied as hair colour, paraphenylenediamine (PPD) — a common ingredient in permanent dyes — undergoes a chemical reaction that turns the hair a dark colour that won’t wash out over time. This reaction, however, can also produce compounds that bind proteins in the user’s skin, causing allergic responses, such as eczema and facial swelling.

PPD can also sensitize users to other substances, including a compound commonly found in sunscreens and cosmetics, as well as common pigment and ink compounds. Alternatives have been proposed, but they generally are not water-soluble, and the safety of some of the compounds are not well understood.

Gopalakrishnan Venkatesan and colleagues wanted to create new alternatives that would avoid the problems of PPD while still providing permanent hair colouring.

The team prepared seven dyes based on PPD with modifications to the aromatic amine core. The modifications were chosen to potentially make the compounds less reactive toward proteins and less able to be absorbed into the skin.

All seven compounds permanently coloured hair samples, producing a range of hues from rosy pinks to deep blacks that did not fade, even after three weeks of daily washing. The team then examined the dyes in a test commonly used in the cosmetics industry to determine if a product is a skin sensitizer.

Five of the modified dyes were “weak” sensitizers, whereas PPD was “moderate.” Another test showed that the new compounds generated a reduced inflammatory response in cells compared to PPD.

These results suggest that the new dyes can effectively colour hair while also avoiding the potential allergenic and sensitization risks of more traditional ones. (ANI)

Sara Ali Khan Is The Boss Lady In Sequined Co-ord Set

Sara Ali Khan’s sartorial sense of fashion always manages to capture our attention. The actor keeps slaying fashion goals every now and then with pictures from her fashion photoshoots on her Instagram profile. A day back, Sara made our day better with a set of pictures of herself in a sequined co-ord set and we are drooling.

Sara picked a shimmery co-ord set as she posed like a diva for the camera. The actress paired a sequined bralette with a satin shimmery jacket and a pair of sequined shorts. The jacket featured a tie around detail at the waist in black satin belt.

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In a pair of golden sequined stilettos, Sara aptly accessorised her look and added more bling to her outfit. Styled by fashion stylist Tanya Ghavri, sara wore her tresses open in soft wavy curls with a middle part. Assisted by makeup artist Aditya Sharma, Sara decked up in pink eyeshadow, black eyeliner, mascara-laden eyelashes, black kohl, contoured cheeks and a shade of nude lipstick.

What do you think of her look?

Red Chutney Recipe

Chef Kunal Kapur shared a super easy recipe of red chutney and showed us how to make it at home. However, there is a caution of making this at home – “Making this chutney will make you addicted to making it again and again,” he wrote.

Let’s check out the recipe:


Oil – 5tbsp

Sesame seeds (optional) – 2 tbsp

Onion chopped or sambhar onions – ½ cup

Garlic cloves – 6 nos

Curry leaves – handful

Grated coconut – 1 cup

Dry red chilli Kashmiri or Byadagi (soaked) – 8-10nos

Tamarind – a small piece

Roasted channa dal – 3tbsp

Salt – to taste

Water – ½ cup (approx)

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In a pan, heat oil and add sesame seeds. Site and cook for a minute. Then add chopped onions, garlic and curry leaves. Cook for some time before removing the heat and adding these to a jar. Then add grated coconut, dry red chilli (soaked for an hour), tamarind, roasted channa dal, salt and water to the jar. Grind the mixture to a coarse paste. Refrigerate and consume the chutney fresh with other foot items. It can be refrigerated for two days and consumed.

(Recipe: Kunal Kapur, Chef)

Health Benefits Of Dancing

New Delhi [India]: When you’re not lifting heavy weights or doing painful stretches, dancing is one of the best and most enjoyable fitness exercises. Not only is dancing physically helpful, but it also has some benefits for mental health as it has been shown to be a great activity to instantly lift and relax.

Dancing not only relieves stress but also brings many health benefits.

Let’s find out how this fun and exciting activity can keep you healthy and mentally stable.

Here are some of the benefits of dancing given below:

Improves your strength and balance

Dancing strengthens your core and improves your reflexes. Dance increases the stability of the body and is very effective in improving physical fitness and balance. Quick jumps work all of your muscles, help you stabilize, control your body, and improve your posture.

Reduces stress and enhances your mood

If you are feeling stressed, then turn on some chill music and groove along. Dance is the ultimate stress buster. It keeps anxiety and depression far away and increases your self-esteem. The art of dance moreover boosts your energy and keeps you charged and calm.

Improves your cardiovascular health

Dance is very effective in getting a stronger and healthier heart, as fast movements make your heart beat faster. It reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke by balancing your heart rate and improving your endurance. Regular dance in the heart balances your heart rate and lowers your cholesterol levels.

Helps to lose weight

If you are trying to lose weight but hate going to the gym, then dancing is the go to way for you. One hour of dancing can burn 300,800 calories for the average person. Zumba, aerobics, and salsa are all forms of dance and exercise. Dancing involves fast movements and leads to sweating, which in turn leads to weight loss.

Boosts your memory

Dancing strengthens your memory and prevents mental illnesses such as memory loss and dementia. Dance is a type of aerobic exercise that can prevent loss of volume in the hippocampus, a part of the brain that controls memory. In particular, tap dancing is a great mental training. It enhances your focus by varying your movements and by learning and recalling new techniques and patterns.

Dance your heart out to keep yourself mentally and physically healthy. (ANI)

Easy And Natural DIY Summer Skincare Tips

The heat is blazing all over us and if you are the one who is not in the mood to step out in this scorching heat and go to your favorite salon to get pampered, we have got you the best affordable solutions. This summer gets glowing and happy skin in the comfort of your home with these cheap, easy, and natural DIY skin tips. It’s time to remember all those old beauty tricks your grandmother or mother used to do all over their face and body.

Scrub it off with Coffee BodyScrub
As the summers are just levelling up day by day, the harmful sun rays are surely dehydrating our body and blocking our skin pores, and taking away all the glow from our face. And if you are a working woman and are thinking of getting your body and face tanning, exfoliation can be a great way to keep your face looking glowing and your body healthy. A homemade DIY body scrub can be the best way to remove all your tanning and impurities boosting your face super soon. To make a simple DIY body polish pack or scrub make sure you have these products in a hand-One tbsp of coffee, one tbsp of wheat flour, One teaspoon of honey, and 2 tbsp of milk and your favorite essential oil and mix all the ingredients thoroughly. Once you are satisfied with your body scrub, spoon it up in a container and you are ready to apply it all over your body and face. Try using this body scrub twice a week consistently to have glowing skin.

Remove Blackheads and Whiteheads

Are you are done with these ugly blackheads and whiteheads that often appear on your face in summers due to a lot of sweat and a lot of exposure to air or sun. You can have your hands on the best home remedy and easy-to-go DIY removal and get off these white and blackheads quickly. You just need to have an egg white, remove the yolk part and mix it with the honey, stir it well and apply a thin later of the mixture all over your nose and chin, once it’s dry up wash it up and see you are off these pokey heads.

DIY To remove Facial Hairs

Want to get rid of unwanted and excess facial hairs that make you feel embarrassed it’s time to say a final goodbye to them this summer with this effective nature DIY made at home. To prepare, take a teaspoon of besan, wheat flour,2 drops of coconut oil, rose water, and a pinch of Haldi to make a fluid paste. Apply all this to areas where you have access to facial hair and leave it for 20 minutes and remove it after massaging it in an upward direction. This is a must-try DIY you should try this summer at least 4 times a week to get quick results.

Face Mist

Mist these days is quite a trend as they help to keep your face hydrated all-time cool these summers. Interested to make your face mist all you have to do is put the green tea bag in boiled water, remove it and off & let it cool down, add 4 drops of tea tree essential oil, and put it in a bottle & shake it to make sure it mixes properly. These mists help you to combat summers and let your skin be cool, calm & hydrated instantly. People having acne-prone and oily skin should apply this on an everyday basis.

Amyra Dastur Looks Stunning In Black Co-Ord Set

Amyra Dastur knows how to make her fans drool with pictures of herself dropping major cues of fashion. When not working for the screen, Amyra is usually spotted posing pretty in fashion photoshoots. The actor’s Instagram profile is replete with snippets of her professional work, her fashion diaries and her fitness routines.

A day back, Amyra shared a set of pictures of herself and they are dropping fresh cues on how to blend leather and satin into a stunning outfit. Amyra attended the fifth anniversary of the OTT platform Amazon Prime Video a day back. The OTT platform announced a range of upcoming web series and films. Bambai Meri Jaan, a new venture of Amazon prime Video features Amyra Dastur in a pivotal role. The actor attended the anniversary celebrations a day back and got a sneak peek of her upcoming project.

For the pictures, Amyra played muse to fashion designer Shantnu and Nikhil and picked a black co-ord set for the pictures. Amyra decked up in a sleeveless turtleneck leather black cropped top with black belt details with gold buckles. She teamed her top with a black satin body-hugging long skirt that came with gathered-up details on one side and a thigh high slit. In black and gold stilettos and a gold bracelet, Amyra further accessorised her look. Take a look at the pictures here:

Styled by fashion stylist Malvika Tater, Amyra wore half of her tresses into a high bun and left the left of the tresses open in straight locks. Assisted by makeup artist Mahima Motwani, Amyra decked up in nude eyeshadow, black eyeliner, mascara-laden eyelashes, drawn eyebrows, contoured cheeks and a shade of nude lipstick.

Crispy Aloo Tikki Chaat Recipe

Chef Kunal Kapur who knows the pulse of his followers regularly shares chaat recipes on his Instagram page. He recently posted the recipe of aloo tikki chaat that will make you crave for it instantly.

Here’s the full recipe:

Aloo Tikki Chaat


For stuffing

Oil – 3tbsp

Asafoetida – ¾ tsp

Cumin – 1½ tsp

Fennel seeds– 1½ tsp

Ginger chopped – 2tsp

Green chilli – chopped – 2tsp

Chana dal (boiled) – 1cup

Salt to taste

Turmeric – ¾ tsp

Red chilli powder – 1tsp

Coriander powder – 1tbsp

Coriander chopped – handful

For Tikki

Boiled and mashed potato– 2 cups

Salt to taste

Cornstarch or rice flour– 3-4tbsp

Coriander – chopped– handful

Oil for frying

For sweet curd

Curd – 1cup

Sugar powdered – 2½ tbsp

Black salt – a tiny pinch

Salt – a tiny pinch

For Garnish

Saunth Chutney

Mint Chutney

Beetroot Julienne

Carrot Juliene



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For aloo tikki stuffing

Heat a pan and drizzle oil. Once hot sprinkle heeng, add cumin and fennel seeds. Stir and add ginger & green chillies. Give a quick stir and add boiled chana dal with our any water. Sprinkle salt, turmeric, chilli powder, coriander powder and cook them together for 3mins. Sprinkle freshly chopped coriander and remove it from heat. Take it out on to a platter and let it cool completely.

For sweet curd

Mix together curd, sugar, black salt and salt. Whisk them together until the curd is smooth. Keep aside, best is to keep it refrigerated so that it is cold when we serve it.

For aloo tikki

Put the boiled and mashed potato in a bowl and add salt, cornstarch or rice flour, black salt and coriander. Mix them well. Lightly oil your hands and then divide the potato mixture into six equal size balls. Press it in the centre to make a depression, fill it with chana dal and gently roll it up. Press it gently to flatten it into a tikki shape and keep aside. Repeat the same for the remaining potato balls.

Heat a tawa or a pan and add sufficient oil to shallow fry the aloo tikki. You can also bake it, deep fry or air fry it. Cook on one side on medium heat and then carefully turn over once it browns evenly. Now brown it on the second side as well. Remove tikki to a plate, drizzle sweet curd, saunth chutney, mint chutney and garnish it with beetroot julienne, carrot julienne, pomegranate (anar) and sev. Serve it hot.

(Recipe by Chef Kunal Kapur )

Study: Seven Hours Of Sleep Is Optimal In Middle, Old Age

Washington [US]: Researchers from the University of Cambridge and Fudan University have said that seven hours is the ideal amount of sleep for people in their middle age and upwards, with too little or too much little sleep associated with poorer cognitive performance and mental health.

Sleep plays an important role in enabling cognitive function and maintaining good psychological health. It also helps keep the brain healthy by removing waste products. As we get older, we often see alterations in our sleep patterns, including difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep, and decreased quantity and quality of sleep. It is thought that these sleep disturbances may contribute to cognitive decline and psychiatric disorders in the aging population. In research published in Nature Aging, scientists from the UK and China examined data from nearly 500,000 adults aged 38-73 years from the UK Biobank. Participants were asked about their sleeping patterns, mental health and wellbeing, and took part in a series of cognitive tests. Brain imaging and genetic data were available for almost 40,000 of the study participants.

By analysing these data, the team found that both insufficient and excessive sleep duration were associated with impaired cognitive performance, such as processing speed, visual attention, memory and problem-solving skills.

Seven hours of sleep per night was the optimal amount of sleep for cognitive performance, but also for good mental health, with people experiencing more symptoms of anxiety and depression and worse overall wellbeing if they reported sleeping for longer or shorter durations.

The researchers say one possible reason for the association between insufficient sleep and cognitive decline may be due to the disruption of slow-wave – ‘deep’ – sleep. Disruption to this type of sleep has been shown to have a close link with memory consolidation as well as the build-up of amyloid – a key protein which, when it misfolds, can cause ‘tangles’ in the brain characteristic of some forms of dementia. Additionally, lack of sleep may hamper the brain’s ability to rid itself of toxins.

The team also found a link between the amount of sleep and differences in the structure of brain regions involved in cognitive processing and memory, again with greater changes associated with greater than or less than seven hours of sleep.

Having a consistent seven hours’ sleep each night, without too much fluctuation in duration, was also important to cognitive performance and good mental health and wellbeing. Previous studies have also shown that interrupted sleep patterns are associated with increased inflammation, indicating a susceptibility to age-related diseases in older people.

Professor Jianfeng Feng from Fudan University in China said: “While we can’t say conclusively that too little or too much sleep causes cognitive problems, our analysis looking at individuals over a longer period of time appears to support this idea. But the reasons why older people have poorer sleep appear to be complex, influenced by a combination of our genetic makeup and the structure of our brains.”

The researchers say the findings suggest that insufficient or excessive sleep duration may be a risk factor for cognitive decline in ageing. This is supported by previous studies that have reported a link between sleep duration and the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, in which cognitive decline is a hallmark symptom.

Professor Barbara Sahakian from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge, one of the study’s authors, said: “Getting a good night’s sleep is important at all stages of life, but particularly as we age. Finding ways to improve sleep for older people could be crucial to helping them maintain good mental health and wellbeing and avoiding cognitive decline, particularly for patients with psychiatric disorders and dementias.” (ANI)

Ceramides & Benefits Of It For Skin

Ceramides are the key component for healthy youthful skin. Belonging to a family of fats or lipids, they act as a barrier to protect the skin, preventing it from infection, dullness, or dryness. Ceramides can be natural, i.e. found in the outer layers of the skin, at the same time synthetic ceramides are also present, mostly in the form of moisturisers, toners, or serums.

Benefits Of Ceramides For Your Skin

1. Keep The Skin Healthy

Acne, psoriasis, or eczema skin conditions can all be attributed to low ceramides levels in the skin. Weather changes, exposure to heat, aging etc. can adversely impact the levels of ceramides in the skin, thereby leading to dry skin. They are quite literally the glue that holds your skin cells together to keep the skin intact and healthy.

2. Seal In Moisture

Ceramides provide a healthy skin barrier that locks in moisture and locks out harmful substances. They also prevent trans epidermal water loss, retaining adequate water levels in the skin to further prevent skin dryness and irritation.

3. Act As An Anti-Aging Supplement

No one likes fine lines and wrinkles, especially in this weather, when the skin is particularly dry, these lines and wrinkles are often more noticeable. Often with age, the naturally producing ceramide content starts depleting, leaving the skin dehydrated and prone to irritation and dryness. Ceramides provide an anti-aging remedy, which when used can help lower the lines and make the skin look radiant and young always.

4. Protect And Soften The Skin  

Ceramides promote younger-looking skin, by protecting the skin from harsh environmental conditions and pollutants. Among the multiple benefits, it also helps restore the lost lipids that help increase skin hydration and leaves the skin soft, smooth and moisturised.

‘ I Am A HURRICANE’: Hina Khan Stuns In Co-ord Set

Hina Khan is a style icon. The actor keeps slaying fashion goals on a daily basis with snippets from her fashion diaries on her Instagram profile. A day back, Hina slayed fashion goals yet again with a slew of pictures from her recent fashion photoshoot. The pictures feature her in a stunning monochrome co-ord set.

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Hina played muse to fashion designer Fouad Sarkis and picked the monochrome co-ord set for the pictures. She paired a grey blazer with dramatic sleeves with a tulle flared black skirt.

For footwear, Hina opted for classic black stilettos to complete her look.

In grey metal hoop earrings from the shelves of Curio Cottage, Hina further accessorised her look to perfection.

Styled by hairstylist Saba Sayed, Hina wore her tresses into a clean ponytail as she posed like a diva for the camera. Assisted by makeup artist Sachin Salvi, Hina decked up in grey eyeshadow, black eyeliner, mascara-laden eyelashes, black kohl, drawn eyebrows, contoured cheeks and a shade of red lipstick.

What do you think of her look?

Masala Cucumber Lemonade Recipe

Chef Kunal Kapur shared a fun recipe on masala cucumber lemonade that will not only keep you hydrated but will also be a treat for the tastebuds. Here’s a super easy recipe for you:


For Cucumber Lemonade

Cucumber (medium, peeled & diced) – 1no

lemon (small) – 2no

Mint Leaves – handful

Sugar – 2½ tbsp

Salt – to taste

Black Salt – to taste

Coriander powder – 1tsp

Roasted Cumin Powder – 1tsp

Chaat Masala – ½ tsp

Ice cubes – a few

A dash of water

Soda water (chilled) – to top up

For masala kheera (masala cucumber as accompaniment)

Cucumber slices – 2nos

Salt – a pinch

Chilli powder – a pinch

Chaat Masala – a pinch

Lemon (small) – ½ nos

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Mix cucumber, lemon, mint, sugar, salt, black salt, coriander powder, roasted cumin, chaat masala and a dash of water in the mixer grinder and grind to a fine puree. Take two glasses, add a few ice cubes and pour the mixture. Serve with mint leaves, some lemon wedges and topped up with chilled soda water. For the masala cucumber, sprinkle a piece of cucumber with salt, chilli and chaat masala. Squeeze lemon on top and serve with the lemonade.

(Recipe: Kunal Kapur, Chef)

Condom Themed Cafe In Thailand

New Delhi [India]: Thailand, a place often referred to as a bachelor’s paradise, is a travel destination that boasts of bold and fun-filled spots where tourists can have unique yet memorable experiences.

Speaking about uniqueness, there’s a cafe in Thailand that has taken an eccentric approach to tackle one of the biggest world problems, overpopulation, which is a result of poor family planning and lack of education, among other factors. Digital content creator Mohnish Doultani had recently posted a video on his Instagram handle where he introduced his followers to this place.

Located in Bangkok, this cafe is named ‘Coffee and Condoms’ and be it the dresses of statues, flowers, Santa Claus’ beard or lamps, almost everything inside this place is made up of different coloured condoms.

Explaining the reason behind this unique concept, in the caption, Mohnish wrote, “Why this name? So boss the founder believes that ‘birth control should be as accessible and as easy to buy as vegetables in the market!’ The cafe uses jokes, props and visuals to overcome ignorance in people to discuss issues such as intercourse, family planning, and diseases.”

Even most of the decorations inside the cafe have been done using condoms including the tables that are inlaid with colourful condoms. The posters displayed across the walls also promote the use of contraceptives.

Ultimately, it’s no wonder that this cafe can turn out to be a fun place to visit with its light-hearted execution of a serious message that seeks everyone’s attention in the world. (ANI)

Study: Early Self-Awareness Of Autism Might Lead To Better Life Quality

Washington [US]: Individuals who learn they are autistic at a younger age can have a heightened quality of life and sense of well-being in adulthood.

That’s the finding of a new study, published in the journal Autism, which also found that those who learned of their autism as adults reported more positive emotions (especially relief) about autism when first learning they were autistic. Findings suggest that telling a child that they are autistic at a younger age empowers them by providing access to support and a foundation for self-understanding that helps them thrive later in life.

For the first time, researchers directly investigated whether learning if one is autistic at a younger age is associated with better adult outcomes. Many autistic people – particularly females, ethnic/racial minorities and people with limited resources – are diagnosed years after the characteristics are first noticed. In many cases, autistic people do not receive their diagnosis until adulthood.

The study was carried out by a team of autistic and non-autistic students and academic researchers. Seventy-eight autistic university students were surveyed, sharing how they found out they were autistic and how they felt about their diagnosis. Respondents also revealed how they felt about their lives and being autistic now.

One of the co-authors, Dr Steven Kapp, Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Portsmouth, was diagnosed with and informed of his autism aged 13. He said: “Students who learned they were autistic when they were younger felt happier about their lives than people who were diagnosed at an older age. Our study shows that it is probably best to tell people they are autistic as soon as possible in a balanced, personal, and developmentally appropriate way. Learning one is autistic can be empowering because it helps people understand themselves and also helps them connect with other people like them.”

However, being given a diagnosis as an adult can often also be empowering.

Dr Kapp said: “Learning about autism at an older age is associated with more positive emotions about a diagnosis – especially relief. This finding makes sense, although emotional reactions are often very complex and unique to each person – there has been a lot of emerging research showing that relief is a common response to an autism diagnosis in adulthood.”

The study suggests that parents should not wait for children to become adults to tell them they are autistic. No participants recommended doing so, although most highlighted factors to consider when informing a child of their autism, including developmental level, support needs, curiosity, and personality. Findings also suggest that parents should tell their children they are autistic in ways that help them understand and feel good about who they are.

One participant said: “I would tell my child that autism is a different way of thinking, that it can be challenging and beautiful and powerful and exhausting and impactful, that autistic people deserve to be themselves, to be proud of their identity, and have supports that help them meet their needs.”

Bella Kofner, co-lead author (24), who was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3 and informed of her autism at the age of 10, said: “This is the first study, to our knowledge, to demonstrate that learning at a young age that one is autistic may have positive impacts on emotional health among autistic university students. Hopefully, this finding may begin to address concerns parents have about when to talk to their child about autism. ‘When’ the conversation begins is particularly important. Our findings suggest that learning at a younger age that one is autistic can help autistic people develop self-understanding and access support, providing the foundations for well-being in adulthood.” (ANI)

Tara Sutaria Promotes ‘Heropanti 2’ In Black Crop Top & Mini Skirt

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], April 27 (ANI): Confused about what to wear at a party? Actor Tara Sutaria’s latest outfit for ‘Heropanti 2’ promotions will definitely solve your problem.

On Tuesday, Tara stepped out in Mumbai wearing a black satin crop top paired with a high-waisted mini skirt.

The skirt has a plain black waistband and a hem while the centre fabric came in the form of animal print.

She kept her look classic by sporting black heels. Apart from her outfit, she also caught attention with her fringes.

Speaking of her film ‘Heropanti’, it is all set to hit the theatres on April 29. Tiger Shroff is the male lead in the action thriller.

S. Jaishankar To Visit Bangladesh On Thursday

New Delhi [India]: External Affairs Minister (EAM) Dr S Jaishankar will travel to Dakha on Thursday to invite Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to visit India.

“Yes, the EAM will pay a one-day visit to Dhaka on Thursday,” Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla told reporters in Delhi on Monday. “He will carry a letter from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to invite Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to visit India,” Shringla was quoted as saying by Dhaka Tribune.

Shringla made these remarks in response to queries from journalists at an event at the Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi.

Foreign Secretary and Bangladesh High Commissioner Muhammad Imran on Monday attended the award-giving ceremony for felicitating winners of a competition conducted on the occasion of India-Bangladesh Friendship Day.

During the event, Shringla shared views on strengthening the bilateral partnership.

Both representatives felicitated the winners of the Maitri Diwas logo and backdrop competition conducted on the occasion of India-Bangladesh Maitri Diwas.

“FS @harshvshringla and Bangladesh High Commissioner Muhammad Imran felicitated the winners of the India-Bangladesh #MaitreeDiwas logo and backdrop competition. Also shared views on further strengthening bilateral ties, including youth connect, innovation and emerging areas,” said Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi tweeted. (ANI)

Using A Retinol Serum? Things To Keep In Mind

Retinol is a vitamin A derivative . It has multiple benefits when used in the right manner and start at the right age.

It includes anti aging effects ,brightening effects, as well as collagen boosting effects and also helps acne prone skin.

It is an excellent way to delay signs of aging and should be started ideally in the mid 20 to 30 s .

Wean your skin on to it

Do not be over enthusiastic with the introduction of a retinal serum on to your skin. The slower the introduction the better the skin acceps it. Always start with a twice or thrice weekly application only and then gradually increase it to every night if your skin agrees with it.

Always use it only at bed time

The most common mistake is to apply retinol serum during the day. This is a light sensitive molecule and causes irritation redness burning sensation and skin sensitivity to UV radiation and hence should be applied only after sunset.

Do not mix it with other actives

There might be a lot of information which is wrong on the Internet but do not mix it with AHAs or BHAs to avoid burning and irritation.

Avoid harsh sunlight if you’re not wearing sunscreen. If you’re go on a holiday it’s wise to discontinue or decrease the percentage of the retinol serum one week prior.

Do not combine it with minimally invasive or abrasive Dermatology procedures like chemical peels or MNRF, or Fractional CO2. Always discontinue at least one week prior and three days after

Start with a minimal concentration like 0.01 and then gradually go up to 0.3 % serum. It can even be diluted with a moisturizer at bedtime

Overall, it’s a beautifully effective molecule that does wonders to your skin when used right and is loved by many!

Rakul Preet Singh Promotes ‘Runway 34’ In Silk Lehenga & Bralette

Actor Rakul Preet Singh slips into a traditional look for the latest promotional event of her upcoming film ‘Runway 34’. She wore a printed silk lehenga and bralette set and even got a compliment from her producer-actor boyfriend, Jackky Bhagnani.

On Monday, Rakul took to her Instagram page to post pictures of her Runway 34 promotions look and captioned it, “Chase your dreams not people.” She slipped into a printed silk lehenga set from the shelves of the Indian fashion designer and couturier JJ Valaya’s eponymous label.

Rakul Preet’s lehenga set features a lehenga skirt and a matching bralette. The sleeveless blouse comes in a pleasing beige shade adorned with a contrast piping on the plunging V neckline, gold floral embroidery, a black and white patti border on the hem and a short length flaunting the star’s toned midriff.

Rakul teamed the blouse with a silk lehenga skirt featuring a detailed gold floral pattern, a broad patti border on the hem, a heavy ghera, and a JJ Valaya signature belt with tan leather accents cinching it all together on the waist.

In the end, Rakul went for simplistic jewellery and accessories to complete the traditional look for the Runway 34 promotions. She opted for embroidered black juttis and an oxidised silver choker necklace to give her look the Bohemian vibes.

Centre-parted open tresses, shimmery pink eye shadow, glossy mauve lip shade, sleek eyeliner, kohl-clad eyes, glowing skin, blushed cheeks, and beaming highlighter rounded off the finishing touches to Rakul’s look.

After Rakul posted the photos, they garnered several likes and compliments from her followers on social media. Even her boyfriend Jackky Bhagnani showered his love by dropping heart emoticons in the comments section.

Meanwhile, Runway 34 is directed and produced by Ajay Devgn. The film is gearing up for a theatrical release on April 29.

Mango Jam Recipe

Chef Kunal Kapur shared a super easy & simple recipe of mango jam on his Instagram profile to make your breakfast more interesting.  “Mango Jam can be kept in refrigeration for 1 month or so. If canned properly, an unopened jar of jam should keep a number of months, which helps you enjoy that lovely flavour longer,” he added.

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For a jar of 450 grams:

1 cup or 200 gms Raw mango chopped

3 cups or 600 gms Ripe mango chopped

3/4 cup or 150 gms Sugar


Add raw and ripe mango together into the mixer grinder and grind them to a fine puree. In case you want the jam to be bit chunky, you can leave a few pieces in there. Now add the puree to a pan and add sugar to it. Bring the puree to a boil and keep cooking in low heat till the quantity of the puree reduces to its one-third. The bright yellow colour of the puree will also become darker with more time. Remove it from the pan and cool it down completely before storing it in a jar. Refrigerate it and use within a month.

(Recipe: Kunal Kapur, Chef)

Study: Combination Of Three Treatments May Reduce Cancer Risk Among Senior Adults

Zurich [Switzerland]: According to a new study, a combination of high doses of vitamin D, omega 3 fatty acids, and a simple home strength training program (SHEP) has been shown to reduce a cumulative reduction by 61 per cent in cancer risk for healthy adults age 70 and older.

The findings of the research were published in the journal ‘Frontiers in Aging’ by Dr Heike Bischoff-Ferrari and her colleagues at the University Hospital Zurich. This was the first study to test the combined benefit of three affordable public health interventions for the prevention of invasive cancers. Following future studies, the results may impact the future of cancer prevention in older adults.

Cancer is considered a major age-related disease in Europe and the US. It is the second leading cause of mortality in older adults and the chances of getting most cancers increases with age.

Apart from preventative recommendations such as not smoking and sun protection, public health efforts that focus on cancer prevention are limited, according to Dr Heike Bischoff-Ferrari. “Preventive efforts in middle-aged and older adults today are largely limited to screening and vaccination efforts.”

Mechanistic studies have shown that vitamin D inhibits the growth of cancer cells. Similarly, omega-3 may inhibit the transformation of normal cells into cancer cells, and exercise has been shown to improve immune function and decrease inflammation, which may help in the prevention of cancer.

However, there was a lack of robust clinical studies proving the effectiveness of these three simple interventions, alone or combined.

Bischoff-Ferrari and her colleagues wanted to fill these knowledge gaps by testing the effect of daily high-dose vitamin D3 (one form of vitamin D supplements), daily supplemental omega-3s, and a simple home exercise program, alone and in combination, on the risk of invasive cancer among adults aged 70 or older.

To do so, the researchers conducted the DO-HEALTH trial: a three-year trial in five European countries (Switzerland, France, Germany, Austria, and Portugal) with 2,157 participants.

“In DO-HEALTH, our aim was to test promising combined interventions for cancer prevention taking advantage of potentially small additive benefits from several public health strategies,” explained Bischoff-Ferrari.

“In fact, novel cancer treatments aim to block multiple pathways for cancer development by combining several agents. We translated this concept into cancer prevention.”

The participants were randomized into eight different groups to test the individual and combined benefits of the interventions: group one received 2,000 IU per day of Vitamin D3 (equivalent to > 200 per cent of the number of current recommendations for older adults, which is 800 IU per day), 1g per day of omega-3s, and three times per week SHEP; group two vitamin D3 and omega-3s; group three vitamin D3 and SHEP; group four omega-3s and SHEP; group five vitamin D3 alone; group six omega-3s alone; group seven SHEP alone; and the last group received a placebo.

Participants received check-up phone calls every three months and had standardized examinations of health and function in the trial centers at baseline, year 1, year 2, and year 3.

The results show that all three treatments (vitamin D3, omega-3s, and SHEP) had cumulative benefits on the risk of invasive cancers.

Each of the treatments had a small individual benefit but when all three treatments were combined, the benefits became statistically significant, and the researchers saw an overall reduction in cancer risk by 61%.

“This is the first randomized controlled trial to show that the combination of daily vitamin D3, supplemental marine omega-3s, and a simple home exercise program may be effective in the prevention of invasive cancer among generally healthy and active adults aged 70 and older,” Bischoff-Ferrari commented.

The results may impact the future of invasive cancer prevention in older adults. Bischoff-Ferrari concluded: “Our results, although based on multiple comparisons and requiring replication, may prove to be beneficial for reducing the burden of cancer.”

“Future studies should verify the benefit of combined treatments in the prevention of cancer, also extending to longer follow-ups beyond the three-year duration assessed in this trial.” (ANI)

Mystifly Joins UATP Network

Washington [US]: UATP and Mystifly announced a strategic partnership in which UATP will be integrated into MystiPay, an airline payment solution from Mystifly. The partnership focuses on reducing the cost of acceptance for travel payments.

“We recognize that the airline distribution and payments landscape is complex,” stated Rajeev Kumar, CEO and MD, Mystifly. “Through MystiPay, and with UATP as the scheme, we want to offer a profitable and secure payment solution that unlocks new revenue streams and better rebates, while lowering the cost of acceptance. We take great pride in partnering with UATP as both businesses share a common vision to provide a better payment opportunity for all. We look forward to maximizing the value of this partnership.”

Today, Mystifly is one of the largest global B2B airfare aggregators backed by its strong travel technology vision. Mystifly offers search and retailing, order management, revenue and channel management, ancillary sales, multi-currency payment wallet and automated post booking management processes through their technology SaaS platform. Mystifly’s model is to merge the gaps between aggregation, distribution, fulfilment and payments and settlements.

UATP President and CEO Ralph Kaiser commented, “Mystify continues to grow as a travel tech leader. Becoming an Issuer will enhance supplier relations and increase spending power. Mystifly will help save the industry money by utilizing UATP in its supplier relationships.”

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UATP is a global payment solution owned and operated by the world’s airlines and accepted by thousands of merchants for air, rail and travel agency payments. UATP connects airlines to Alternative Forms of Payment which can expand reach and generate incremental sales globally. UATP offers easy-to-use data tools, DataStream(sm) and DataMine(sm), which provide comprehensive account details to Issuers and Corporate Subscribers for accurate travel management.

Accepted as a form of payment for corporate business travel worldwide by airlines, travel agencies and Amtrak®; UATP accounts are issued by: Aeromexico; Air Canada (TSE: AC); Air China; Air New Zealand ( ANZFF.PK ); Air Niugini; Air Serbia; American Airlines (NASDAQ: AAL); APG Airlines; Austrian Airlines; BCD Travel; China Eastern Airlines (NYSE: CEA); Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL); EL AL Israel Airlines; Etihad Airways; Fareportal; Frontier Airlines; GOL Linhas aereas inteligentes S.A. (NYSE: GOL and Bovespa: GOLL4); Hahn Air; Hight Point Travel; Japan Airlines (9201:JP); JetBlue Airways; Qantas Airways ( QUBSF.PK ); Shandong Airlines; Sichuan Airlines; Southwest Airlines; Sun Country Airlines; TUIfly GmbH; Turkish Airlines (ISE:THYAO); United Airlines (NYSE: UAL) and WestJet.

AirPlus International issues the UATP-based Company Account for Lufthansa German Airlines.

Mystifly is a travel tech leader in airline retailing envisioned to bring a positive difference in the experience of the travelers and how air travel is sold. Mystifly is the new operating system for existing or new businesses to start or grow their travel business globally. Certified by IATA as a NDC Level 4 Aggregator, Mystifly offers NDC-aligned tech stacks for businesses of every size. Founded in 2009, Mystifly unifies distribution, fulfilment and payments on a single platform that allows search, ticket, ancillary sales, post-booking services and payment for over 700 airlines including 180 LCCs, NDC and Non-NDC Airlines. Mystifly’s suite of products empowers over 3000 clients globally.


This story is provided by PRNewswire. ANI will not be responsible in any way for the content of this article. (ANI/PRNewswire)

Jacqueline Fernandez Serves Smoking Hot Look In Cropped Blouse, Thigh-Slit Skirt

Jacqueline’s latest look has made the internet skip a heartbeat, and it shows her radiating happiness in a sultry beige cropped blouse and skirt set. With its effortless look and unmissable elegance, the ensemble should definitely be a part of your summer mood board.

On Sunday, Jacqueline took to her Instagram profile to post pictures from the latest photoshoot. It showed the Attack actor exuding effortless style and chic elegance. She captioned the post, “Radiate happy [evil eye amulet and sparkle emoticon].”

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The beige ensemble features a cropped blouse with a short hem length, square neckline, strapped sleeves, faux button details on the front, fitted corset silhouette, and a short hem length baring Jacqueline’s toned midriff.

Jacqueline teamed the top with a matching silk-satin skirt. It comes with a risqué thigh-high slit and a breezy silhouette.

Jacqueline styled the silk-satin beige skirt and blouse set with black pointed killer high heels from Yves Saint Laurent, a metallic gold watch, sleek bracelets, a diamond ring, dainty earrings and an embellished choker necklace.

In the end, Jacqueline went for side-parted open tresses styled with soft waves, bright red nail paint, shimmery gold eye shadow, nude mauve lip shade, sleek winged eyeliner, on-fleek eyebrows, blushed cheeks, glowing skin and beaming highlighter to round off the glam picks.

Meanwhile, Jacqueline was last seen in Attack. The film also starred John Abraham and Rakul Preet Singh in the lead role. Directed by Lakshya Raj Anand, it was released in theatres on April 1.

Mango Yoghurt Popsicles Recipe

Chef Shivesh Bhatia tapped on our nostalgia of summer evenings with an easy recipe of mango yoghurt popsicles that can be made at home. “I love when you can whip up a refreshing dessert by just spending 5 minutes in the kitchen and these yogurt popsicles are my summer dreams come true,” he wrote.

Take a look at the recipe here:


½ cup yogurt/ homemade dahi

¾ cup mango puree

1-2 tbsp honey


Make mango puree and add yoghurt and honey to the mixture. Whip the mixture nicely so that the lumps are gone. Then take kulfi moulds and pour the mix and add ice cream sticks on top. Freeze for 8-10 hours before taking them out. Serve chilled!

(Recipe: Shivesh Bhatia, Chef)

Study: Obsession With Failure, Hunt For Perfection Linked To Burnout

Washington [US]: Athletes who strive for perfection and fixate on their mistakes risk burning out, a recent study by the University of Essex has found.

More than 250 sportspeople – across individual and team sports – were examined and it was discovered hyper self-critical competitors who react negatively to even minor failings are at risk of psychological difficulty. It was discovered perfectionistic concerns – an obsession and excessive reaction to perceived failure – were strongly related to athlete burnout.

This fixation on failure may see them view any achievement as inadequate and upcoming competitions, as disproportionately stressful, and create a self-fulfilling performance prophecy.

It is hoped the study led by Luke Olsson, from the University’s School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences will help shine a light on burnout.

He said: “Most people have come across the term burnout, with a lot of research focussing on the reason why it develops.

“There are many studies that have shown if an individual pursues perfection, whether that be in work, sport, or school, it can lead to burnout.

“However, our study was able to determine one potential explanation as to why this is the case in sport, which suggests that the stresses of pursuing perfection can lead those to mentally disengage with their sporting activities.”

Mr Olsson worked with academics from York St John University on the Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology-published study which examined those competing or training in the UK.

All men and women in the study had been competing for more than eight years and were on average 21 years old, spanning levels from university to international.

They were measured for levels of stress, burnout and perfectionism.

The athletes competed in a variety of sports – including athletics, golf, weightlifting, football, netball, and hockey.

Burnout is defined as athletes having a reduced sense of accomplishment, prolonged exhaustion, and falling out of love with their sport.

Cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness and developing a kinder mindset are all thought to reduce perfectionistic concerns and potentially prevent burnout.

Mr Olsson added: “There is a need to prevent athletes from experiencing burnout.

“In the case of our research, the athletes themselves should be wary that pursuing perfection and being overly self-critical is likely to be doing more harm than good.

“I believe athletes may be better served by being less self-critical which should allow them to celebrate successes in performance and embrace failures as an opportunity to reflect and improve rather than beat themselves up.” (ANI)

Amyra Dastur Shows How To Ace Boss Lady Look In Pantsuit

Amyra Dastur is a fashionista. The actor keeps slaying fashion goals on a regular basis with her pictures fresh off her fashion photoshoots. From ethnic attires to casual ensembles to decking up as the boss lady in a formal outfit, Amyra knows how to wear an attire and make it look good. On Saturday, Amyra made our weekend better with a set of pictures in a pantsuit and they are making us swoon.

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Amyra played muse to fashion designer Drishti and Zahabia and picked a maroon pantsuit for the pictures. The actress wore a long maroon blazer with white pattens all over and zari details at the sleeves. She paired it with a pair of formal trousers of the same print. In shiny black stilettos, she completed her look.

Amyra accessorised her look with golden choker, golden ear studs and multiple golden rings from the shelves of Minerali Store.

Styled by fashion stylist Malvika Tater, Amyra tied her tresses at the back with a middle part and decked up in nude eyeshadow, black eyeliner, mascara-laden eyelashes, black kohl, drawn eyebrows, contoured cheeks and a shade of maroon lipstick.

What do you think of her look?

Masala Shikanji Recipe

Chef Kunal Kapur, who keeps sharing tasty recipes of such summer drinks on his Instagram profile on a regular basis, shared a super easy recipe of masala shikanji which you can make at home with easily available ingredients and relish with your family. Take a look at the recipe:


Lemon – 3nos

Sugar – 2½ tbsp

Salt – to taste

Black Salt – ½ tsp

Coriander powder – 2tsp

Black Pepper Powder – 2 tsp

Roasted Cumin Powder – 1tsp

Ice Cubes – Few

Mint Leaves – handful

Chilled Water – to top up

Chilled Soda Water – to top up

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Take two glasses. Squeeze the lemons equally in both the glasses. Add sugar, salt, black salt, coriander powder, pepper powder, cumin powder and ice cubes to the glasses and keep stirring till the sugar dissolves. Then take a mortar pestle and lightly crush the mint leaves and add to both the glasses. In one glass, add water and in the other, add soda. Serve chilled.

(Recipe: Chef Kunal Kapur)

‘Tripcart Tours and Travels India LLP’ Introduces Its Thailand Tour Packages

New Delhi [India], April 22 (ANI/TPT): Travel agency ”Tripcart Tours and Travels India LLP” has recently introduced its Thailand tour packages that are affordable yet offer complete satisfaction to the travelers. The package comprises 3 Nights Relaxing Gateway to Pattaya, 4 Nights Relaxing Gateway to Pattaya & Bangkok, 5 Nights Relaxing Gateway to Pattaya & Bangkok, 4 Nights Relaxing Gateway to Phuket & Krabi, 6 Nights combo to Bangkok, Pattaya & Phuket, and much more. Moreover, the prices of the package range from Rs 8999 per person to Rs 23999 per person.

TripCart Tours and Travels, a travel technology startup, has released a beta version of its app on the Google Play Store. The company was founded to encourage domestic and international travel and was conceived by Ved Anand in 2019. The branch office of the brand is in Siliguri, and the corporate headquarters is in Ahmedabad. The package also includes adventurous activities like Rafting, Paragliding, and Scuba diving. Customers will be able to observe the rich sea life in the blue depths of the Indian Ocean, explore beautiful beaches with their loved ones in complete privacy, and stay in overwater villas and luxury resorts with modern amenities thanks to the affordable Thailand Travel Packages. The affordable Thailand Packages allow you to experience the finest of Thailand without breaking the bank.

The founder of the brand Ved Anand says, “TripCart is not just a dream, but a reality created through consistent and consistent efforts. In life, you will face a lot of difficulties. You will pay for your failures. But, if you persevere, if you let those failures teach you and strengthen you, then you will be prepared to handle life’s toughest challenges.”

Customized Thailand Tour Packages allows the customers to connect with core Thai values and culture while also providing them with a one-of-a-kind experience of visiting Bangkok and Rayong’s floating markets. Furthermore, the Thailand travel package also entails popular rentals like car rentals, bike rentals, and cycle rentals. This budget-friendly package takes the travelers through a myriad of retail malls, temples, wildlife sanctuaries, bars and pubs, and tropical beaches and help them explore the destination to a great extent.

The travel company “TripCart Tours and Travels” also offers packages covering countries such as Maldives, Australia, and Nepal. Also, the brand provides seasonal destinations like Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, and Andaman at reasonable price ranges.

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Study: Antidepressants Do Not Improve Quality Of Life Long Term

Washington [US]: Over time, using antidepressants is not associated with significantly better health-related quality of life, compared to people with depression who do not take the drugs.

These were the findings of a recent study published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Omar Almohammed of King Saud University, Saudi Arabia, and colleagues. It is generally well known that depression disorder has a significant impact on the health-related quality of life (HRQoL) of patients. While studies have shown the efficacy of antidepressant medications for the treatment of depression, these medications’ effect on patients’ overall well-being and HRQoL remains controversial.

In the new study, the researchers used data from the 2005-2015 United States’ Medical Expenditures Panel Survey (MEPS), a large longitudinal study that tracks the health services that Americans use. Any person with a diagnosis of depression disorder was identified in the MEPS files. Over the duration of the study, on average there were 17.47 million adult patients diagnosed with depression each year with two years of follow-up, and 57.6% of these received treatment with antidepressant medications.

The use of antidepressants was associated with some improvement in the mental component of SF-12 — the survey tracking health-related quality of life. However, when this positive change was compared to the change in a group of people who were diagnosed with the depressive disorder but did not take antidepressants, there was no statistically significant association of antidepressants with either the physical (p=0.9595) or mental (p=0.6405) component of SF-12. In other words, the change in the quality of life seen among those on antidepressants over two years was not significantly different from that seen among those not taking the drugs.

The study was not able to separately analyze any subtypes or varying severities of depression. The authors say that future studies should investigate the use of non-pharmacological depression interventions used in combination with antidepressants.

The authors add: “Although we still need our patients with depression to continue using their antidepressant medications, long-term studies evaluating the actual impact of pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions on these patients’ quality of life is needed. With that being said, the role of cognitive and behavioural interventions in the long term-management of depression needs to be further evaluated in an effort to improve the ultimate goal of care for these patients; improving their overall quality of life.” (ANI)

Study Explores How To Transform From Scarface To Scarless

Tsukuba (Ibaraki) [Japan]: Over the past two years researchers examined skin regeneration and investigated the use of the adult newt, Cynops pyrrhogaster, a model system for studying scarless wound healing for technology development in surgical and cosmetic medicine.

The findings of the research were published in the journal ‘Biomedicines’, a team led by researchers at the University of Tsukuba. Researchers found scars and wounds were very quickly healed over several days without prolonged inflammation. Because of this rapid healing, granulation/dermal fibrosis, and therefore scarring, did not occur. The skin was able to fully regenerate.

These findings provide evidence that this newt species may be an ideal model system to study and prevent scar formation in human skin.

Although human skin heals from injuries and wounds, many of us have scars that are left behind. Scar formation happens in adult mammals because skin regeneration does not fully occur. This poses a challenge to physicians who wish to conduct surgeries without scars appearing afterwards.

After an injury occurs, the epidermis, which is the outer layer of the skin, can grow and migrate to fill in the wound. This is known as re-epithelialization. Although this takes place, the original skin colour and texture are sometimes not retained, leading to the appearance of what we know as a scar.

Processes called granulation and dermal fibrosis underpin scar formation, making them a focus for scientists aiming to minimize scarring following clinical procedures. Amphibians have been used as animal models for studying this because they do not scar prior to metamorphosis. However, it is not clear what happens to fully mature amphibian skin.

“We chose to examine the adult Japanese fire-bellied newt, which is a type of salamander that is well understood on the genetic level,” said Dr Tatsuyuki Ishii, lead author of the study. “We know adult newts are capable of complicated tissue, organ, and limb regeneration. Despite that, their ability to regenerate skin has not been scientifically demonstrated.”

The team excised a small piece of skin from various body parts of adult newts, including the head, trunk, limbs, and abdomen. They periodically observed the skin healing and regeneration progression for up to two years, making note of re-epithelialization and dermal fibrosis, as well as recovery of texture, appendage, and colour.

“Interestingly, we found that the adult newts could successfully and fully regenerate their skin at each part of the body that we examined,” describes Professor Chikafumi Chiba, a senior author. “Re-epithelialization occurred at all locations, while no dermal fibrosis was observed at all.”

However, the original colour pattern of the dorsal-lateral and ventral skin was not restored. Because humans do not have such colour patterns, the researchers believed this to be a newt-specific issue. Thus, they concluded that Cynops pyrrhogaster could be a perfect model system for investigating skin regeneration and scar formation in humans.

The team also further studied skin regeneration in these newts at the morphological and molecular levels. The wounds tended to heal within only a few days, while skin regeneration took up to two years to complete.

Inflammatory gene markers were only briefly expressed during wound healing.

“Dermal fibrosis is often characterized by prolonged inflammation at the wound site,” explains Dr Ishii. “Scar-free skin occurred in the newts through rapid re-epithelialization and skipping of granulation and dermal fibrosis.”

Overall, these findings will be crucial for future studies on humans focusing on efforts to prevent scarring in human skin following various medical procedures. (ANI)

Eggless Banana Cake/Bread, No Oven Recipe


Wet Ingredients Banana (medium) – 5nos (peeled 400gms approx)

Sugar – 180g (¾cup + 2tbsp)

Curd – 180gm (¾ cup)

Oil/Melted Butter- 60gm (¼ cup)

Vanilla Extract – 2tsp

Dry Ingredients Flour – 180gm (1½ cups)

Baking Powder – 2gm (½ tsp)

Baking Soda – 2gm (½ tsp)

Cinnamon Powder- 10 gm (1 tbsp)

Walnuts Crushed – a handful

Butter paper – 1sheet

Baking mould – LxBxH :: 9”x4.5”x4”

See Recipe:


1. Banana bread or banana cake can be made in an oven or OTG or even in a kadai at home.

2. To prepare the banana walnut bread batter we first add peeled bananas to a mixer grinder along with sugar, curd, oil and vanilla extract. Make sure to keep aside ½ a banana to garnish the top of the bread later. Blend it to a smooth puree and keep aside.

3. In a bowl sift together through a sieve flour, baking powder, baking sode and cinnamon powder. Now gradually add the banana puree to the dry ingredients and mix them till there are no lumps. Fold in walnuts as well.
Line the baking tin with butter paper and pour the batter in to the mould. Do not tap down the batter as it will spread on its own. Slice ½ the banana and place them on top of the batter. Garnish with some more walnuts on top.


4. Preheat the oven or OTG at 180c for 15mins. Place the tin and bake the banana bread/cake for approx 55-60mins or more if it is still under cooked. To check simply insert a long toothpick of a thin knife in the centre of the cake and if it comes out clean then cake is ready.

In case it comes out wet then bake for some more time till it is cooked. In case it is getting a darker shade of colour on top and the batter is still undercooked then simply cover the top of the cake with a shoot of butter paper.

5. Once the banana bread is ready remove from the oven and let it sit for 3-4mins outside. Now hold the butter paper and lift the bread out and place it on a wire rack to cool completely. Once cooled slice and serve.


6. Heat a large kadai and add 1kg regular salt to it. Heat it for 10 mins on high heat. Place a katori or ring on the salt and then place the cake tin with batter. Cover it with another place on top and lower the heat to medium. Make sure that the cake tin does not touch the salt at any time.

Bake it for approx an hour or till it is fully cooked. To check simply insert a long toothpick of a thin knife in the centre of the cake and if it comes out clean then cake is ready. In case it comes out wet then bake for some more time till it is cooked.

7. Once the banana bread is ready remove from the oven and let it sit for 3-4mins outside. Now hold the butter paper and lift the bread out and place it on a wire rack to cool completely.
Once cooled slice and serve.

(Recipe By Chef Kunal Kapur)

Tara Sutaria In Silk Co-Ord Set Promotes ‘Heropanti 2’

Tara Sutaria is currently awaiting the release of her upcoming film Heropanti 2. the sequel of the film with the same name, Heropanti 2 is slated to release on April 29. Tara has started the promotions of the film in full swing.

The actor keeps slaying fashion goals on a daily basis for her fans on Instagram. From casual looks to ethnic attires to merging both and slaying fusion fashion in style, Tara’s snippets from her fashionable diaries are a treat for sore eyes. A day back, Tara shared a set of pictures from her promotions of Heropanti 2 and it is making us swoon like anything.

Tara played muse to the fashion designer house The Little Black Bow and picked a white co-ord set for the pictures. Tara decked up in a sleeveless white cropped top with midriff-baring details and embroidery details in silver resham threads in floral patterns. With it, she teamed an ivory white satin white high-waisted skirt with gathered-up details in one side and a thigh high slit. In a diamond chain and a ring, Tara went minimal on the accessories to complement her attire for the day. “So much fun and laughter last eve with Kapil Sharma as always.” She is also doing the countdown for the release of her film – “Heropanti 2 one week to go.”

Tara, styled by fashion stylist Meagan Concessio, wore her coloured tresses open in straight locks with a middle part. Assisted by makeup artist Shraddha Inder Mehta, Tara decked up in nude eyeshadow, black eyeliner, mascara-laden eyelashes, drawn eyebrows, contoured cheeks and a shade of nude lipstick.

Study: Vigorous Exercise During Diet Can Reduce Your Craving For Fatty Foods

Pullman [Washington]: In hopes of easing things up for human dieters, during a recent study, researchers found that rats on a 30-day diet who exercised intensely resisted cues for favoured, high-fat food pellets.

The findings of the research were published in the journal ‘Obesity’ by physiology and neuroscience researcher, Travis Brown and colleagues from Washington State University and Wyoming State University. The experiment was designed to test resistance to the phenomenon known as “incubation of craving,” meaning the longer the desired substance is denied, the harder it is to ignore signals for it. The findings suggest that exercise modulated how hard the rats were willing to work for cues associated with the pellets, reflecting how much they craved them.

While more research needs to be done, the study may indicate that exercise can shore up restraint when it comes to certain foods, said Travis Brown.

“A really important part of maintaining a diet is to have some brain power–the ability to say ‘no, I may be craving that, but I’m going to abstain,'” said Brown. “Exercise could not only be beneficial physically for weight loss but also mentally to gain control over cravings for unhealthy foods.”

In the experiment, Brown and colleagues put 28 rats through training with a lever that when pressed, turned on a light and made a tone before dispensing a high-fat pellet. After the training period, they tested to see how many times the rats would press the lever just to get the light and tone cue.

The researchers then split the rats into two groups: one underwent a regime of high-intensity treadmill running; the other had no additional exercise outside of their regular activity. Both sets of rats were denied access to the high-fat pellets for 30 days.

At the end of that period, the researchers gave the rats access to the levers that once dispensed the pellets again, but this time when the levers were pressed, they only gave the light and tone cue. The animals that did not get exercise pressed the levers significantly more than rats that had exercised, indicating that exercise lessened the craving for the pellets.

In future studies, the research team plans to investigate the effect of different levels of exercise on this type of craving as well as how exactly exercise works in the brain to curb the desire for unhealthy foods.

While this study is novel, Brown said it builds on the work of Jeff Grimm at Western Washington University who led the team that first defined the term “incubation of craving” and has studied other ways to subvert it. Brown also credited Marilyn Carroll-Santi’s research at the University of Minnesota showing that exercise can blunt cravings for cocaine.

It is still an unsettled research question as to whether food can be addictive in the same way as drugs. Not all foods appear to have an addictive effect; as Brown pointed out, “no one binge eats broccoli.”

However, people do seem to respond to cues, such as fast-food ads, encouraging them to eat foods high in fat or sugar, and those cues may be harder to resist the longer they diet.

The ability to disregard these signals may be yet another way exercise improves health, Brown said.

“Exercise is beneficial from a number of perspectives: it helps with cardiac disease, obesity and diabetes; it might also help with the ability to avoid some of these maladaptive foods,” he said. “We’re always looking for this magic pill in some ways, and exercise is right in front of us with all these benefits.” (ANI)

Mango Rice Recipe

It’s that time of year again when cravings for mango delights are at an all time high as the mango season approaches because apart from being a delicious fruit, the immense health benefits of the tropical fruit can’t be looked over so, check out this easy recipe of Mango Rice below.


3 tbsp oil

1cup raw rice

1 cup grated raw mango

15-20 curry patta leaves

Few slotted green chillies to taste

1/2 tsp whole cumin

1/2 tsp whole mustard seeds

10-12 pieces of fenugreek seeds

1 tbsp of raw urad dal

1 tsp of raw chana dal (gram)

2 tbsp of raw peanuts

2 medium size onions sliced

1 tsp ginger paste

1 tsp garlic paste

Salt to taste

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves

1-2 tbsp of grated coconut


Boil the rice to 90% and keep aside. Take a kadhai, add the oil to it. Warm the oil for a minute or so, then add the whole cumin, whole mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, when they start spluttering. Add the urad dal, chana dal and peanuts and stir for few seconds. Then add the sliced onions, slotted green chillies and curry patta.

Stir fry till the onions become soft, then add the grated raw mango and the ginger-garlic paste, stir fry for few minutes. When the raw smell of the ginger garlic goes, add the grated coconut and the chopped coriander leaves. Stir fry for few minutes. Then add the turmeric and salt. Stir fry for few seconds then add the cooked rice.

Mix it in well and thoroughly gently stirring it. Cook on low flame for few minutes. Done. NB: can add more grated mango according to taste ,if the mango is sweet can add more.

(Recipe: Simrun Chopra)

Rakul Preet Singh Is ‘Wild And Free’ In Fine Wine Co-Ord Set

Actor Rakul Preet Singh has been keeping busy with the promotions of her upcoming film Runway 34 with Ajay Devgn. However, the packed schedule is not stopping the star from pulling out one head-turning look after another. She has been experimenting with different silhouettes throughout the promotions. From co-ord pantsuits to bustiers and pants sets to bodycon dresses, Rakul is wearing it all. Her latest appearance in a wine-coloured cropped top and pencil skirt set is also winning hearts online and will also make you fall in love.

On Monday, Rakul, who is dating Jackky Bhagnani, posted several pictures of herself dressed in a wine crop top and skirt. The star went ultra-sultry in the glamorous look, which is a perfect pick for your summer-essentials closet. She captioned the post, “Wild and free.” It is from the shelves of the slow fashion label Indecisive.

Rakul’s wine-coloured outfit features a cropped top with a high neck, a halter neckline with a tie on the back, gathered pleats on the torso, a keyhole cut-out on the front, snug fit, cropped hem flaunting the star’s toned midriff, and backless detail.

Rakul teamed the cropped blouse with a pencil skirt featuring a bodycon silhouette accentuating the diva’s svelte frame, high-rise waistline, and knee-length hem. She rounded off the look by choosing minimal accessories, including black strappy high heels, statement rings and OTT gold hoop earrings.

Coming to the price of Rakul’s cropped top and pencil skirt set, adding it to your collection will cost you 7,199. It is called the Fine Wine Co-ord set and is available on the Indecisive website.

In the end, Rakul went for a sleeked-back high ponytail, subtle smoky eye shadow, nude mauve lip shade, sleek eyeliner, mascara on the lashes, glowing skin, blushed cheeks and on-fleek brows to complete the glam picks with the wine-coloured ensemble.

Meanwhile, Runway 34 is directed and produced by Ajay Devgn. It stars Rakul Preet Singh, Ajay Devgn, Amitabh Bachchan and Boman Irani. The film is gearing up for a theatrical release on April 29.

Aaditya Thackeray Inaugurates Mumbai’s First Completely Digital Bus

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Maharashtra State Environment Minister Aaditya Thackeray, on Wednesday, inaugurated the city’s first completely digital bus on the Gateway of India to Churchgate route, with a unique Tap-in Tap-out feature.

“Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) is India’s first bus service to go completely digital,” said Aaditya Thackeray. “We will be implementing this in all 10 buses on this route in a few days and later expand it on all 438 routes across the city,’ he added.

According to Lokesh Chandra, the General Manager (GM) of BEST, “this is the first-ever 100 per cent digital bus service of the country, aiming to increase the digitisation of bus ticketing system.”

“It provides ease and convenience to the travellers as they can tap-in using their smart card or via the ‘Chalo’ app installed in their smartphones,” said GM.

“After completing the journey, the traveller gets a receipt on their mobile phone if they Tap-out using the app and can also collect their ticket if they used the smart card,” he explained.

Initially, the inaugurated Tap-in Tap-out service is a part of two buses only, but the service providers are likely to deploy this digital bus service for 200 routes in the city, soon.

Travellers who commuted through this fully digital bus were found praising the step towards digitisation.

“It was a much-needed initiative for travelling in a city like Mumbai,” said Jatin, a commuter.

He said that the journey became more convenient as it was completely contactless, with no interaction with the ticket checker. (ANI)

Natural Remedies For Glowing Skin During Summers

Natural Remedies For A Glowing Skin

Create some of these handy and easy-to-implement home remedies that promise to give you a natural glow!

1. Banana+Lemon+Yogurt 

Fruit masks are a delight and if you love these then we are sure that this mask will become your favorite. For this mask, you need to take mashed bananas in a bowl, add one tablespoon of yogurt to it and then add half a tablespoon of lemon juice to the mixture. Mix the ingredients well and then apply the mask for about 20-30 minutes and wash it off. Make sure you use sunscreen when you step out after using this mask.

2. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is loaded with antioxidant and antibacterial properties and helps in giving a soothing sensation to the skin. It gives a boost of natural hydration and locks the moisture. For this remedy take pulp of fresh aloe vera and directly apply it to your skin. Massage the pulp gently for about 15-20 minutes and then after 10 minutes wash it off.

3. Coffee+Lemon 

Lemon is known for its rich Vitamin C content which helps in brightening the skin, while coffee is a great exfoliator. For this remedy, you need to add one tablespoon of coffee in a bowl and then add one tablespoon of lemon juice to it. Mix them well without forming lumps and then apply the mixture to your face. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then rinse it off with water. Repeat this remedy twice or thrice a week for better results.

4. Turmeric Mask

Turmeric has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-aging properties, which helps in reducing inflammation on the skin. It helps in brightening the skin and gives a natural glow. Add one teaspoon of turmeric into a bowl and add three tablespoons of lemon juice or orange juice to it, mix it well and apply the content on your skin. Leave the mask on for about 20 minutes and then wash it off. It will give you naturally glowing skin afterward.

5. Papaya

Papaya acts as a mild exfoliator and hence helps in getting rid of dead skin cells and dirt from the skin, giving you naturally glowing and supple skin. For this remedy, you need to add some fuller earth and sandalwood to freshly mashed papaya and then mix it well in a bowl. Apply the mask to your face and leave it on for about 20 minutes before washing it off with cold water.

Study: Mediterranean-Style Diet During Pregnancy May Reduce Preeclampsia Risk

Dallas (Texas) [US]: According to new research, following a Mediterranean-style diet during pregnancy was associated with a reduced risk of developing preeclampsia. Black women appeared to have the greatest reduction of risk.

The findings of the study were published in the ‘Journal of the American Heart Association’. Previous studies have found that following a Mediterranean diet, which consists primarily of vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, olive oil, whole grains, and fish, reduces heart disease risk in adults.

Preeclampsia, a condition during pregnancy characterized by severe high blood pressure and liver or kidney damage, is a major cause of complications and death for the mother and her unborn child. Preeclampsia also increases a woman’s risk of heart diseases, such as high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke or heart failure, by more than two times later in life.

Women with preeclampsia have a higher risk of preterm delivery (giving birth before 37 weeks gestation) or low birth weight babies, and children born to mothers with preeclampsia are also at higher risk of developing high blood pressure and heart disease.

Black women are at higher risk of developing preeclampsia, yet research on potential treatments for high-risk women is limited, according to the study researchers. The researchers investigated the potential association of a Mediterranean-style diet among a large group of racially and ethnically diverse women who have a high risk of preeclampsia.

“The U.S. has the highest maternal mortality rate among developed countries, and preeclampsia contributes to it,” said Anum S. Minhas, M.D., M.H.S., chief cardiology fellow and a cardio-obstetrics and advanced imaging fellow at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

“Given these health hazards to both mothers and their children, it is important to identify modifiable factors to prevent the development of preeclampsia, especially among Black women who are at the highest risk of this serious pregnancy complication,” added Minhas.

This study included data for more than 8,500 women enrolled between 1998 and 2016 in the Boston Birth Cohort. Participants’ median age was 25 years old, and they were recruited from Boston Medical Center, which serves a predominantly urban, low-income, underrepresented racial and ethnic population.

Nearly half of the participants were Black women 47 per cent, about a quarter were Hispanic women 28 per cent and the remaining were white women of “other” race, according to self-reported information on a postpartum questionnaire.

Researchers created a Mediterranean-style diet score based on participants’ responses to food frequency interviews and questionnaires, which were conducted within three days of giving birth.

10 per cent of the study participants developed preeclampsia. Women who had any form of diabetes before pregnancy and pre-pregnancy obesity were twice as likely to develop preeclampsia compared to women without those conditions.

The risk of preeclampsia was more than 20 per cent lower among the women who followed a Mediterranean-style diet during pregnancy.

Black women who had the lowest Mediterranean-style diet scores had the highest risk (78 per cent) for preeclampsia compared to all other non-Black women who more closely adhered to the Mediterranean-style diet.

“We were surprised that women who more frequently ate foods in the Mediterranean-style diet were significantly less likely to develop preeclampsia, with Black women experiencing the greatest reduction in risk,” Minhas said.
“This is remarkable because there are very few interventions during pregnancy that are found to produce any meaningful benefit, and medical treatments during pregnancy must be approached cautiously to ensure the benefits outweigh the potential risks to the mother and the unborn child.”

Minhas added, “Women should be encouraged to follow a healthy lifestyle, including a nutritious diet and regular exercise, at all stages in life. Eating healthy foods regularly, including vegetables, fruits and legumes, is especially important for women during pregnancy. Their health during pregnancy affects their future cardiovascular health and also impacts their baby’s health.” (ANI)

‘I Decide My Vibe’: Hina Khan Stuns In White Lace Dress

The boss babe of the television industry, Hina Khan, knows how to delight her Instagram family. The star regularly posts sneak-peeks from her daily life and leaves her fans wanting for more. Her social media is full of videos and photos of her working out at the gym, slaying photoshoots, and going on trips. Moreover, the actor’s followers love pictures of her fashionable appearances at various events. And one such recent look is also garnering all the attention.

On Tuesday, Hina’s stylist Sayali Vidya took to Instagram to share snaps of Hina serving stunning poses for the camera, dressed in a white lace dress. Earlier, Hina had shared several pictures in the same ensemble and captioned them, “Hey you, Stop stopping yourself,” and “I decide my Vibe.”

Hina’s dress for the pictures is from the shelves of the high-street fashion label Zabella. She styled the look with minimal accessories, jewels, and make-up.

Hina’s midi-length dress comes in a figure-hugging silhouette accentuating the star’s curves and creating a dreamy vibe. Additionally, the intricately embroidered lace overlay in geometric patterns, placed over a nude backdrop, creates a head-turning look.

In the end, long sleeves, trimmed lace embroidery on the cuffs and the neck, a round neckline, and bouncy feather adornments on the hem completed the other design details of Hina’s dress.

Hina took the style quotient of her ivory ensemble up by a notch by choosing simple accessories and jewels. It allowed the dress to be the highlight of her look. She opted for strappy nude pumps, gold anklets, rings, and dainty diamond earrings.

Hina’s glam picks with the lace dress include side parted open tresses, blush pink lip shade, subtle eye shadow, sleek eyeliner, kohl-adorned eyes, mascara on the lashes, on-fleek brows, glowing skin, and blushed cheeks.

Meanwhile, Hina Khan will be seen next in a new web series called Seven One. She will essay the role of a cop in it. It will be Hina’s second web series. Before this, she made her digital debut with Vikram Bhatt’s Damaged.

Schezwan Pakoda Recipe

Chef Ranveer Brar shares simple recipe of schezwan pakoda recipe:-


For Mixture

1 Cup Cabbage, finely chopped

½ Cup Capsicum, finely chopped

½ Cup Carrot, finely chopped

¼ Cup Spring Onion, chopped

1 tsp Garlic, finely chopped

1 tsp Ginger, finely chopped

1 tsp Kashmiri Red Chili Powder

Salt & Black Pepper Powder, as taste

¼ tbsp Schezwan Chutney

½ Cup Refined Flour

½ Cup Corn Flour

Other Ingredients

Oil, for deep frying


  • In a mixing bowl combine all the vegetables and mix.
  • To this add all the other ingredients and mix well.
  • Add ½ cup water and mix to make a doughy batter.
  • Heat oil for deep frying. Scoop out mixture in small quantities and drop in oil.
  • Deep fry the pakoras on medium flame till they are crisp.
  • Remove on absorbent paper and drain off the excess oil.
  • Serve hot with schezwan sauce.

(Recipe By Chef Ranveer Brar)

Research Shows Excess Weight Almost Doubles Risk Of Womb Cancer

London [UK]: New research shows that lifelong excess weight almost doubles a woman’s risk of developing womb cancer.

The findings of the study were published in ‘BMC Medicine’. The study from the University of Bristol is one of the first to find that for every 5 extra BMI units, a woman’s risk of womb (endometrial) cancer is almost doubled (an increase of 88 per cent).

This is higher than most previous studies have suggested and reflects lifelong weight status rather than a snapshot in time like most other studies. 5 BMI units is the difference between the overweight category and the obese category, or of a 5’5 adult woman being two stones heavier.

The international study looked at genetic samples from around 120,000 women from Australia, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Sweden, the UK, and the USA of which around 13,000 had womb cancer. This large statistical analysis is one of the first studies of its kind to look at the effect of lifelong greater BMI on womb cancer risk.

The researchers looked at markers of 14 traits, which could link obesity and womb cancer. They uncovered two hormones – fasting insulin and testosterone – which increased the risk of being diagnosed with womb cancer.

By pinpointing exactly how obesity increases the risk of cancer, such as through hormones, scientists in the future could use drugs to reduce or increase the level of these hormones in people already at a higher risk of cancer.

For example, drugs like metformin used in diabetes treatment can reduce the levels of hormones and research suggests this drug also affects cancer risk, though further study is ongoing.

Womb cancer is one of the cancer types most closely linked with obesity. It’s the most common gynaecological cancer in high-income countries and is the fourth most common cancer for women in the UK – 1 in 36 women will be diagnosed in their lifetime. And of UK womb cancer cases, it’s estimated that around a third are caused by being overweight and obese.

Being overweight or obese is the second-highest preventable cause of cancer in the UK. It’s estimated that more than one in 20 cancer cases in the UK are caused by excess weight.

Emma Hazelwood, lead author of the paper said, “This study is an interesting first step into how genetic analyses could be used to uncover exactly how obesity causes cancer, and what can be done to tackle it. Links between obesity and womb cancer are well-known but this is one of the largest studies which has looked into exactly why that is on a molecular level. We look forward to furthering research exploring how we can now use this information to help reduce the risk of cancer in people struggling with obesity.”

Dr Julie Sharp, head of health information at Cancer Research UK said, “Cancer Research UK has been leading the way in uncovering links between obesity and cancer for years. Studies like this bolster the fact that being overweight or obese is the second biggest cause of cancer in the UK and can help us start to pinpoint why. This will play a pivotal role in uncovering how to prevent and treat cancer in the future.”

“More research is needed to investigate exactly which treatments and drugs could be used to manage cancer risk among people struggling with obesity. We already know that being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing 13 different types of cancer. To reduce your cancer risk, it’s important to maintain a healthy weight by eating a balanced diet and staying active,” Sharp added.

When Kath first started experiencing bleeding in 2013, she put it down to menopause. Despite urges from her daughter to get checked out, she carried on doing the job she loved – working as a bra fitter in Debenhams Trafford. But just before Christmas in 2013, she had a heavy bleed which prompted her to make an appointment with the doctor.

In January 2014, Kath went to her GP and was referred to Royal Bolton Hospital where she had a biopsy. She was diagnosed with womb cancer.

“When you hear the word cancer your mind runs riot and I was thinking: ‘Am I going to live to see my grandchildren grow up?'” Kath said.

“I felt sick as I didn’t know what was going on. It was as though I was in a dream. I was devastated when I found out and cried with my husband holding my hand.”

Thankfully, Kath’s cancer was caught at the earliest possible stage, which meant she could have life-saving surgery which removed her ovaries and cervix. The operation removed all cancer, which meant she didn’t need radiotherapy or chemotherapy, and she is now cancer-free.

But her journey did not end there. “After finishing my treatment I wanted to make some changes,” Kath said.

“We don’t know what caused my cancer, but I have to admit that I was carrying a few extra pounds. So now I exercise and eat better to be healthier. I also wanted to be a role model for my family.”

Kath takes part in CRUK’s Race For Life every year, raising both money and awareness about cancer.

“Reading some of the words on people’s backs about why they were running brought it all back to me about how important this is,” Kath said.

“My daughter’s notes said: ‘Running for our Mum who beat womb cancer!'”

“It’s worrying to see that womb cancer rates are on the rise, and although weight isn’t the only risk factor, I want to encourage other women to live healthily so that fewer women go through what I went through.

“I hope that my story helps others make a change in their life,” Kath concluded. (ANI)

India’s Aviation Industry Back To Pre-Covid Level, 15-Day Fare Limit

New Delhi [India]: Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Monday expressed confidence about India’s aviation industry getting back to the normal pre-pandemic level.

The aviation industry of India touched over four lakh domestic passengers in a day on Monday. Calling the domestic passengers “historic” Scindia, while speaking to ANI, said, “It was a very difficult time in the previous years due to the covid pandemic. We have seen over 3.7, 3.8 and 3.9 lakhs passengers in a day over the last 10 days. I’m confident that travelling–both domestically and internationally, in India is coming back strong.”

The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has imposed a fare cap for 15 days due to the pandemic, so the government may control the fare hike on the sale of air tickets for the last time as the airlines companies have urged the Ministry to remove the fare limit. The Ministry had issued a hundred per cent capacity operations after two years.

“If we talk about the fare caps, then it is my responsibility to the passengers as well as to the airlines. The passengers should get the accessible fare and the airlines are also able to survive, especially when the Aviation turbine fuel (ATF) has increased at a rapid pace to Rs 1,20,000 per kilolitres; which translates to a difference of about sixty per cent in just one to one and a half years. At present, the fare which is applicable for 15 days is on the rolling system. The decision to remove it will be taken at an appropriate time,” Scindia told ANI.

Meanwhile, he stated that the aviation industry should run under a 100 per cent free market. “It is our endeavour that from the beginning, the aviation market should run on the basis of 100% free market in the sector,” he added.

Notably, Scindia has appealed to all air travelers that although the airline companies are to operate at full capacity, “but do not reduce your defences in the pandemic.”

“It is my humble request to the air travellers to wear masks and follow the rules. Be sure to wear a mask during the flight,” he said.

Further, Scindia stressed that the Ministry has withdrawn the mandatory RT-PCR report for domestic travel but “a few states can conduct the test as per their requirement.”

“The Ministry has abolished the need for RT PCR, but many states keep some rules on the basis of their ideology, worrying about their area. It’s our responsibility to give that right. RT-PCR is not required for domestic flights at the national level. If the state believes that cases are increasing in their place, then this right will be made in their place,” Scindia said. (ANI)

Moong Dal Pakora Chaat Recipe

Chef Kunal Kapur shares super easy and fun recipe of Moong Dal Pakora Chaat recipe that can be made at home.

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 mins

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For Pakori

Moong dal (soaked) – 1 cup

Chilly powder – 1 tsp

Cumin – 1 tsp

Turmeric – ½ tsp

Ginger Chopped – 1 tsp

Green chilly chopped – 1 tsp

Salt – to taste

For Sweet Curd

Curd – 1cup

Sugar – 3 tbsp

Salt – to taste

Black salt – ¼ tsp

Tamarind Chutney

Tamarind pulp – 1 cup

Sugar – 4 tbsp

Chilly powder – 1 tsp

Roasted cumin powder – 1 tbsp

Salt – to taste

Black salt – 1 tsp

Salt – to taste

Water – 1½ cup


Mint Chutney – ¼ cup

Pomegranate – ½ cup

Chaat masala – a generous pinch

Coriander sprigs

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To make the tamarind chutney, boil and shimmer all the ingredients together till the chutney thickens. For making the sweet curd, mix all the ingredients together and keep it aside. To make the pakori mix, take soaked moong dal, cumin, ginger, garlic, salt chilli powder and turmeric together and grind into a fine puree. Take no or very less water while making the puree. In heated oil, scoop out small portions of the mixture and fry. Place the pakoras on a plate and drizzle sweet curd on top, pour tamarind chutney, add a spoon of mint chutney. Sprinkle chaat masala, garnish with pomegranate and coriander leaves and serve immediately.

(Recipe: Kunal Kapur, Chef)

Esha Gupta In A Chiffon Saree Is Giving Us Fashion Inspo

Esha Gupta is an absolute fashionista. The actor keeps slaying fashion goals on a daily basis – be it a casual attire or an ethnic ensemble. A day back, Esha shared yet another slew of pictures of herself from one of her recent fashion photoshoots and it is giving us major cues on how to merge style and class into a stunning outfit.

Esha played muse to fashion designer Rohit Bal and picked a white chiffon saree for the pictures. Actress’s chiffon saree came intricately detailed in red, green and black floral patterns. She paired it with a midriff-baring golden sequined sleeveless blouse.

Styled by fashion stylist Chandini Whabi, Esha accessorised her look with emerald stone-studded choker and ear studs. She wore her tresses into a clean bun and added fresh flowers to it.

Esha decked up in nude eyeshadow, black winged eyeliner, mascara-laden eyelashes, drawn eyebrows, contoured cheeks and a shade of nude lipstick.

What do you think of her look?

Researchers Reveal Hidden Problem Of Anorexia Nervosa During Pregnancy

Melbourne (Victoria) [Australia]: Researchers have revealed the hidden issues and developed recommendations and principles for multidisciplinary management of anorexia nervosa in pregnancy, according to a new study by Monash University.

The findings of the study were published in the journal, ‘The Lancet Psychiatry’. The findings include a focus on the specialist mental health, obstetric, medical, and nutritional care required to ensure optimal outcomes for women and their infants. Pregnant women with anorexia are at greater risk of having a stillbirth, underweight baby or pre-term birth, yet there are no clear guidelines for how doctors should manage the condition.

Anorexia nervosa has an increased prevalence in women across childbearing years, with up to one in 200 pregnant women with the condition. It is typically associated with restricting or binging and purging behaviours, or both.

Professor Galbally says there is a paucity of studies and clinical advice on managing pregnant women with anorexia.

“Unlike mood disorders and anxiety and psychotic disorders, little guidance and research are available for anorexia nervosa in pregnancy. Perinatal mental health guidelines, including those in the UK and Australia, provide only limited or no mention of the assessment and management of eating disorders in pregnancy,” she said.

“Assessment measures used outside of pregnancy, such as the Eating Disorder Inventory, or the reliance on body mass index, have been shown to have limited validity in pregnancy,” she added.

“Clearly, the assessment and monitoring of measures and tools for anorexia nervosa require modification in the context of pregnancy.” Research into managing the health of pregnant women, in general, has highlighted the importance of maternal antenatal nutrition, pregnancy weight gain, and the infant’s birth weight as critical risk factors and vital intervention points for improving lifelong health including for areas such as heart disease, diabetes and obesity.

According to the study authors, anorexia nervosa might affect obstetric and neonatal outcomes through the low-calorie intake, nutritional and vitamin deficiencies, stress, fasting, low body mass, and problems with the function of the placenta.

Additionally, risks from untreated or undertreated anorexia nervosa in pregnancy include psychological and psychosocial risks, including perinatal depression and anxiety.

For women with anorexia nervosa, there is an increase in reported obstetric complications. A 2020 study from Canada reported that women with anorexia nervosa in pregnancy had 1.32 times the risk of pre-term birth, 1.69 times the adjusted risk of a baby with low birth weight, and 1.99 times the adjusted risk of stillbirth compared with women without anorexia nervosa in pregnancy.

“The management of anorexia nervosa requires a multidisciplinary team approach with expertise across mental health, specialist medical care, and dietetics at a minimum; in pregnancy, key experts include obstetricians (particularly experts who manage high-risk pregnancies), physicians with pregnancy expertise, dieticians who also have expertise in pregnancy nutrition requirements, paediatricians, and mental health clinicians with perinatal expertise,” the authors recommended.

“Although many of the principles developed for the management of anorexia nervosa in adults are applicable in pregnancy, they require expert modification and adaptation to the substantial physiological, psychological, and social changes in pregnancy, and foetal growth and wellbeing should also be taken into consideration,” the authors concluded. (ANI)

Are You Affected By Auto-Taxi Strike In Delhi? Here’s How You Can Deal With The Situation

New Delhi [India]: Auto and taxi unions in Delhi went on strike on Monday, demanding a hike in fare rates and slashing of CNG prices.

While there are concerns about travelling and commuting between places, there are remedies to this troubling problem. Whether it is about heading to work from your home, visiting your favourite restaurant to grab a meal, or executing your pre-planned travel with your loved ones, here are some options that will help you to deal with the situation better.

1. Bus Services

Delhi’s well-equipped public transport service is the best possible mode of transport for most people travelling across all distances. The effective transport system will run with full efficiency despite the auto and taxi strike today.

2. Online transport services

Online transport services like Ola, Uber and Rapido are the primary substitutes for travelling in the absence of autos and taxis on roads in Delhi.

However, there might be a surge in cab fares as compared to the usual times. If you’re willing to roll out extra bucks, a cab ride would be the most comfortable way for you to travel. Apart from a hike in cab fares, there might also be availability issues depending on your region.

3. Metro

Metro services are a major source for commuting in Delhi. With the auto and taxi services on strike, the Metro’s rapid transit system serves as the most preferred option for the common traveller.

The metro routes and timings can be checked on the Delhi Metro website or app, as well as on Google Maps.

4. Bicycling

Another wise option for a health enthusiast would be the old-school use of bicycles. There’s something about rocking your nostalgia-filled bicycle on the roads on a summer evening.

Also, considering the ever-lasting problem of pollution in Delhi, hitting the roads on your bicycle for one day would rather help in an eco-friendly way.

5. Walking

If you’re travelling across short distances and are comfortable moving on foot, the idea of a pleasant walk on the road would appeal to you. Also, health enthusiasts would probably look for no other option than hitting the road on foot. (ANI)

Sonam Kapoor Flaunts Her Baby Bump In See-Through Black Kaftan

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: On Monday, actor Sonam Kapoor treated her fans with some stunning photos from her maternity photoshoot, giving a glimpse into the life of the soon-to-be-mom.

Taking to Instagram, she flaunted her growing baby bump in an embroidered see-through black sheer Kaftan, striking an elegant pose for the camera. Complementing the gorgeous black outfit, she wore black lingerie with beautiful bold earrings.

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The actor looked stunning in her exotic makeup with her intense smoky eyes and defined eyebrows. For her hairstyle, she chose a sleek centre-parted look with a low bun. She completed her look with black heels.

Showing off her beautiful maternity look, Sonam looked glamourous as ever as she held her baby bump with one hand while gently placing the other on her head.

As she shared the stunning pictures on Instagram, fans and celebrities flooded the post with their awe-struck reactions and congratulatory wishes. Actors Bhumi Pednekar, Nargis Fakhri, Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Athiya Shetty were among the many stars who showered their love for the soon-to-be-mom.

Sonam, having announced her pregnancy a few weeks ago, is expecting her first child with husband Anand Ahuja this fall. (ANI)

Tips To Prevent Summer Acne

Acne can be a bothersome issue for most of us throughout the year, but during summer it always has a tendency to worsen as increased exposure to UV rays and increased sweating can lead to bad breakouts. It’s always best to change your skincare routine to prevent such episodes, after all summer months are for beaches and holidays.
If you’ve been battling breakouts for a while now, you might have noticed that they get worse during summer. But what we need to understand is that acne doesn’t get worse because of sun exposure, most of the time, it’s related to increased oil production, sweating and hence clogging of the pores that occur with the warmer temperatures.”

We tend to layer our skin with sunscreens, moisturizer, serums to keep our skin glowing and healthy, but these products when mixed with sweat, grim can clog pores and lead to breakouts.

When we use certain sunscreens and moisturizers that are thick in consistency, along with increased sweating during summers it can lead to clogging of pores and development of acne. Acne breakouts can appear in various forms, milder forms like comedonal acne (blackheads and whiteheads) which can be treated with products available over the counter like Salicylic acid or a Benzyl peroxide based face wash. Severe forms with inflammatory lesions, pustules and nodulocystic variants need interventions by a dermatologist.

Tips to prevent summer acne:

a)Using foaming facial cleansers twice a day during summer. You can choose a specific cleanser depending on your skin type. Washing the face too often can also cause excessive dryness and irritation and worsen breakouts

b)Always use a sunscreen during the day

c)If during the day your face feels too greasy, you can use a face mist to feel fresh

d)Avoid heavy lotions or creams as they clog pores easily. Instead switch to a lightweight moisturizer and a gel-based sunscreen

e)Do not use harsh scrubs over your face as it can lead to dryness and irritation making it difficult to treat acne

f)Do not pop those pimples. As squeezing and scratching can lead to inflammation, and scarring.

g)“Maskne” is a subset of acne which is caused as a result of friction or pressure on the skin. , masks can create more humidity and increase moisture in the covered space. This causes obstruction of pores and hence development of comedones and inflammatory lesions. To prevent Maskne, always wear clean masks and wash your face twice daily

h)Sugary drinks during summer. Sugary or high glycemic index foods cause the insulin levels to increase which intern increases sebum production. HYDRATE yourself really well

i)Wash/shower as soon as you’re out of the pool or beach, neither salt water nor chlorine should linger on your face for long.

Pooja Hegde Raises Hotness Quotient In Backless Sheer Green Saree

Pooja Hegde made us fall in love with the six yards of ethnic ensemble once again as she cut a romantic, feminine and flirtatious silhouette in a backless sheer green saree. Serving a modern and fresh take on ethnic wear, Pooja aced sultry fashion in a backless blouse and see-through green striped saree with abstract shaped mirrors and thread embroidery.

Taking to her social media handle, Pooja shared a slew of pictures that showed her amping up the hotness quotient with a sartorial twist this summer. The pictures featured Pooja donning a white bralette top that sported mirror work embroidered all over to enhance its look and came with delicate straps and a sweetheart neckline to ooze oomph.

It was layered with a see-through saree that too sported large abstract shaped mirrors, thread embroidery and Appliqué collection in shiny silver metallic foil as a perfect mix of glamour with traditional silhouette that was light in weight and served as a modern and fresh take for the contemporary look. The saree came in green and white stripes.

Pooja completed her attire with a pair of flat footwear from Cai Store and pulled back her silky tresses into a mid-parted half-clutch hairstyle while leaving them open down her back.

Pooja accessorised her look with a pair of flower-shaped earrings and a bracelet from Aulerth and Suneet Varma Couture. Wearing a dab of pink lipgloss, Pooja amplified the glam quotient with a dewy makeup look that included rosy blushed and highlighted cheeks, kohl-lined eyes with black eyeliner streaks, mascara-laden eyelashes, pink eyeshadow and filled-in eyebrows.

Striking sultry poses for the camera, Pooja set fans on frenzy. She captioned the pictures, “Beauty and the…. #Beast (sic)” and punctuated it with a wink emoji.

The saree is credited to Indian fashion designer Archana Jaju’s eponymous label that boasts of an eclectic combination of handloom and handicrafts of India in tandem with different artisans to create mesmerizing and unique combinations of crafts and looms with acute attention to the finest details. Pooja Hegde was styled by fashion stylist and creative consultant Tanya Ghavri.

Study Details Benefits Of Turmeric Compound

Oakland (California) [US]: According to a new study by the University of California, a compound found in turmeric called Curcumin helps grow engineered blood vessels and tissues.

The findings of the study were published in the journal, ‘ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces’. The study indicated that a finding by UC Riverside bioengineers could hasten the development of lab-grown blood vessels and other tissues to replace and regenerate damaged tissues in human patients.

Curcumin has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and is known to suppress angiogenesis in malignant tumours.

The magnetic hydrogels embedded with curcumin-coated nanoparticles promote the secretion of vascular endothelial growth factors.

Curcumin’s possible use for vascular regeneration has been suspected for some time but has not been well studied. Huinan Liu, a bioengineering professor in UCR’s Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering, led a project to investigate curcumin’s regenerative properties by coating magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles with the compound and mixing them into a biocompatible hydrogel.

Bioengineers at UC Riverside have now discovered that when delivered through magnetic hydrogels into stem cell cultures this versatile compound paradoxically also promotes the secretion of vascular endothelial growth factor, or VEGF, that helps vascular tissues grow.

When cultured with stem cells derived from bone marrow, the magnetic hydrogel gradually released the curcumin without injuring the cells.

Compared to hydrogels embedded with bare nanoparticles, the group of hydrogels loaded with curcumin-coated nanoparticles showed a higher amount of VEGF secretion.

“Our study shows that curcumin released from magnetic hydrogels promotes the cells to secrete VEGF, which is one of the most critical growth factors to enhance the formation of new blood vessels,” said co-author Changlu Xu, a doctoral candidate in Liu’s group who focused on hydrogel research.

The researchers also took advantage of the nanoparticles’ magnetism to see if they could direct the nanoparticles to desired locations in the body.

They placed some of the curcumin-coated nanoparticles in a tube behind pieces of fresh pig tissue and used a magnet to successfully direct the movement of the nanoparticles.

The achievement suggested the method could eventually be used to deliver curcumin to help heal or regenerate injured tissue.

Liu was joined in the research by her graduate students Radha Daya, Changlu Xu, and Nhu-Y. Thi Nguyen at UC Riverside. (ANI)

Bake A Perfect Yeast-Free Pizza

Maryland [US]: According to a new study by the University of Naples Federico II, blowing bubbles in dough bakes perfect yeast-free pizza.

The findings of the study were published by AIP Publishing, in the journal, ‘Physics of Fluids’. Researchers have developed a method to leaven pizza dough without yeast. The team, which included its very own professional pizza-maker/graduate student, prepared the dough by mixing water, flour, and salt and placing it in a hot autoclave, an industrial device designed to raise temperature and pressure.

From there, the process is like the one used to produce carbonation in soda. Gas is dissolved into the dough at high pressure, and bubbles form in the dough as pressure is released during baking.

In typical bread, yeast produces bubbles via a biochemical process, causing the dough to rise and develop into light, airy, and tasty treats. Without that yeast, it is difficult to make morsels with the same characteristic taste and texture.

The perfect, yeast-free pizza, as such a food, presents an important challenge for bakers and yeast-intolerant crust enthusiasts across the globe.

In comparison to other scientific experiments, the pressures involved were mild. They can be obtained by a typical at-home coffee maker.

However, the scientists-turned-bakers had to be cautious with the pressure release. Compared to soda, pizza dough does not respond as nicely to an abrupt change in pressure.

“The key to the process is to design the pressure release rate not to stress the dough, which likes to expand gently,” said author Ernesto Di Maio.

The authors evaluated their dough with rheology, which measures the flow and deformation of a material. Fine-tuning the pressure release through rheological analysis made it possible to gently inflate bubbles to the desired extent.

“We mainly studied how dough behaves with and without yeast. How the softness changes with leavening, and how the dough responds to a temperature program during baking,” said author Rossana Pasquino. “This was fundamental to designing the pressure protocol for the dough without yeast.”

After many unofficial taste tests, the researchers are purchasing a larger, food-grade autoclave that will make full-sized pizzas in future experiments. They hope to see their idea used in pizza shops.

“We had a lot of fun applying things we know well to delicious polymers, instead of our typical and sometimes boring smelly plastics,” said Pasquino. “The idea of approaching food samples with the same technologies and knowledge used for thermoplastic polymers was surprisingly successful!”

As a person with a yeast allergy, Di Maio is also excited about applications for other leavened products like bread, cakes, and snacks.

“This new technology can drive the development of new products, new dough formulations, and specific recipes for food intolerance, hopefully helping people enjoy healthy and tasty food,” he said. (ANI)

Exercise During Pregnancy Reduces Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes In offspring

Sendai [Japan], April 15 (ANI): According to a new study led by Tohuku University, exercise during pregnancy may also help in reducing the offspring’s chances of getting type 2 diabetes.

The study was published in the journal, ‘Diabetes’. It has also demonstrated that maternal exercise during pregnancy improves the metabolic health of offspring, even when the mother is obese or on a high-fat diet.

Physical exercise by the mother induces the placenta to secrete the key protein SOD3, resulting in a lowered risk of diabetes for the offspring.

Maternal obesity and type 2 diabetes are on the rise. Over 30 per cent of women of childbearing age in Western and Asian countries are classified as obese. Meanwhile, 630 million people are expected to be living with type 2 diabetes by 2045. Children born to obese mothers or mothers with type 2 diabetes have an increased risk of diabetes, even after going on to live healthy lives.

“With the growth of maternal obesity, a worrying cycle is forming where the risks of diabetes get passed down from generation to generation,” said assistant professor Joji Kusuyama from Tohoku University’s Interdisciplinary Institute for Frontier Sciences (FRIS), and lead author of the study.

“Stopping this cycle is a critical and pressing medical problem,” he added.

Previously, researchers showed that exercise during pregnancy has tremendous benefits on an offspring’s metabolic health, demonstrating that placenta-derived SOD3, which stands for superoxide dismutase 3, plays a key role in transmitting the benefits of maternal exercise to the offspring.

Building on this, the team set out to understand how SOD3 prevents the negative effects of obesity from being passed from mother to child and found that SOD3 inhibited high-fat diet-induced abnormalities in the offspring’s glucose metabolism.

Histone methylation plays a fundamental role in epigenetic modification — heritable changes to strands of DNA that do not affect the inherited base pairs. The methyl group (-CH3) attaches to an amino acid in the tail of histone proteins that wraps DNA, sometimes activating gene expression, sometimes inhibiting it.

When a mother consumes a diet heavy in fat, the histone H3 trimethylation H3K4me3 gets decreased in the fetal liver and hinders the expression of glucose metabolism genes.

This, the researchers discovered, is caused by two things. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) — oxygen in a reactivated and activated state that aids the body’s metabolism and cellular functions — becomes elevated. Meanwhile, WDR82, a key protein that regulates histone methyltransferase, becomes oxidative, impairing protein functions.

The harmful effects of a maternal high-fat diet on an offspring’s metabolism are reversed by maternal exercise.

Genetic manipulation demonstrated that placental SOD3 is indispensable for the protective effects of maternal exercise on offspring.

The study also highlighted how crucial exercise is for negating this. When the researchers infused N-acetylcysteine (NAC), an antioxidant that boosts performance in the liver, into the fetal liver, it did not reproduce the results of SOD3. This suggested the naturally produced SOD3 from exercise during pregnancy is pivotal for the offspring’s metabolic wellbeing.

Given the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of exercise, encouraging mothers to exercise could help reverse the alarming rates of obesity and type-2 diabetes. The merits of SOD3 may not be limited to the metabolism stresses Kusuyama.

“There may be wider benefits of this protein on other organs in the child. We are currently looking into the modifications in placenta tissue brought about by SOD3 that may have positive lifelong impacts on children,” Kusuyama added.

Sri Lankan Airlines Issues Request For Proposal To Lease 21 Aircrafts

Colombo [Sri Lanka], April 15 (ANI): State-run Sri Lankan Airlines has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to lease up to 21 aircraft by 2025 to support its business strategy as the airline is planning to grow its business in the next three years through frequency increases and new destinations are also getting added as international travel is in a trajectory of recovery from the pandemic.

For their business plan, the airlines also need a 35-aircraft-strong fleet by 2025, Daily Mirror reported. Currently, Sri Lankan airlines is having 24 aircraft to operate to 40 destinations in 25 countries and aims to increase its fleet from 24 to 35 by 2025, including the lease replacement aircraft when aircraft leases expire.

“This includes two RFPs covering existing fleet types (320 and 330 family aircraft) and two parallel RFPs to compare with alternative aircraft types. Roughly 60 per cent of the planned aircraft will be for fleet replacement, and the remainder will be to support the airline’s expansion strategy and meet the growing demand for air travel between Sri Lanka and the world,” Daily Mirror reported citing the airlines’ statement.

The statement further read that before the pandemic, in 2019, Sri Lanka had an all-Airbus fleet of 27 wide and narrow-bodied aircraft to service its short and long-haul operations and during Covid, there were no replacements for three aircraft that left the fleet.

Sri Lankan Airlines was launched in 1979. The airline’s hub is located at Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo providing connections to its global network (including codeshare partners) of 126 destinations in 60 countries around the world. The Airline operates an all-Airbus fleet including a state-of-the-art A330-300 and modern A320/321neo aircraft, according to Daily Mirror.

Ferment In The Food World

New Delhi [India], April 15 (ANI): Those who keep a sharp focus on the food scene have observed that fermented foods are at the confluence of two powerful trends – at the intersection of two huge trends, the demand for increasing demand for natural foods and immunity-boosting superfoods. There is general agreement that fermented foods are the next big thing. According to trade journals, the global market for just one fermented product Kombucha Tea was approximately USD 1.7 billion as of 2019. This tea is prepared with black, green or white tea and is flavoured with flowers like hibiscus, jasmine, fruits herbs and spices ginger and mint. Attractively packaged in 250 ml bottles the ‘refreshing and reinvigorating’ beverage is priced from Rs. 120 to Rs. 250 a pop.

Chefs are excited about exploring uncharted territory that gives them a chance to show their creativity and restaurant owners are happy to ride the big rising wave that is bringing in health-conscious millennials to their tables. From cocktail canapes to desserts fermentation is casting its magic spell.

Just before the COVID pandemic hit us and threw life out of gear modern fermenters were creating fizzy bubbles in India. Trendy eateries like restaurants Olive Bar and Kitchen in Mumbai, Delhi’s Greenr Cafe and FabCafe in Delhi had started organizing fermentation workshops to raise awareness and sustain interest in kombucha and kefir, sauerkraut and much more.

Bengaluru was the first to come up with India’s first ‘fermentary’ called Kobo, an e-shop dedicated to selling ferments only. Qualia in Mumbai relied on its rich repertoire of fermented foods at the time of its launch.

The craze for probiotic drinks and other fermented superfoods is building up once again as we resume life if not after then with COVID. Kombucha, Kimchi, Kefir, Doogh and Sauerkraut from distant lands are available and appear irresistible.

How easily we forget that the process of fermenting was well known to our ancestors who used it to enhance the shelf life and improve the taste of what they consumed. Pickles, cheeses and wines are all fermentation’s gifts.

Fermented foods have long been a part of the traditional Indian diet, especially in rural areas. In Gujarat it is dhokla and in the southern states of India idli, dosai and appam are prime examples of fermented breakfast items.

In the east in Bengal and Orissa pantha bhaat aka pakal is slightly fermented rice (cooked the night before and soaked in water) is considered the perfect light meal during the summers. Buttermilk-based dishes are many- Kadi, Kulu, Mor Kuzhambu, etc. Fermented dishes are prepared with cereals and lentils, milk and dairy, vegetables and fruits. Sweets like jalebi are prepared with fermented batter and Gundruk is immensely popular in Sikkim where the farmers first wilt green mustard and radish leaves for a couple of days then pound these adding a little water.

Greens are then packed in air-tight containers. After fermentation, the leaves are taken out and dried in the sun to be used as required. The ubiquitous condiment in North-Eastern states of India is fermented fish paste ngari its vegetarian rendering uses black soya beans. Hawaijar is prepared by fermenting cooked soya beans in banana or fig leaves packets that are put in a closed bamboo basket for 3-5 days.

This is considered adult food not fit for young children due to its rich protein content. Enduri pitha is a fermented batter based pancake that is steamed in turmeric leaves and served ritually on the prathamashtami festival. Singal in Uttarakhand (called Seli roti in Nepal) is prepared with semolina or rice flour soaked overnight and mixed with sugar to help fermentation.

Much before Greek Yogurt was a twinkle in the eye of gifted marketers Dahi a rich source of folic acid, riboflavin, vitamin B-complex, and lactic acid bacteria was used by Indians in their daily diet. It is rich in probiotics or good bacteria thereby improving gut health. It further impedes the growth of E. coli and other bad bacteria in the gut.

Advocates of fermented foods maintain that fermentation increases the nutritional properties of ingredients enhancing the absorption of vitamins and minerals in the body. Many of these claims are validated by scientific research.

Fermentation helps break complex carbohydrates and sugars making these easily digestible. Probiotic foods certainly improve gut health. But to accept that all fermented foods are superfoods that dramatically boost our immune system and retard ageing or that these can be magic bullets to cure diabetes, blood pressure, etc. doesn’t seem very wise.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the above article are that of the writer and do not reflect that of ANI.

Alia bhatt Wears Ivory Sabyasachi Sari As She Marries Ranbir Kapoor

Bollywood hottie and now newly-wed Alia Bhatt turned our eternal muse as pictures of her much-awaited wedding couture are finally out, alongside actor-husband Ranbir Kapoor. Laying fashion inspiration for all the brides-to-be who want their trousseau to be light as air, want to be able to re-wear a blouse, a dupatta, or a saree again and again, Alia ditched the traditional bridal red lehenga for an ivory saree during her fairytale wedding with Ranbir.

Taking to her social media handle, Alia shared a slew of pictures showing her tying the knot with her long-time beau. For the wedding ceremony, Alia dolled up in a hand-dyed ivory organza saree that was embroidered with fine tilla work all over.

It was teamed with a matching ivory blouse that came with half sleeves and sported fine tilla work with a deep back to ooze oomph. Alia layered the look with an embroidered handwoven tissue veil and accessorised her look with a stack of bangles, heavy necklace, a pair of statement jhumkis and a mathapatti from Sabyasachi Heritage Jewellery featuring uncut diamonds and hand strung pearls.

Leaving her luscious tresses open down her back in mid-parted hairstyle, Alia completed her ethnic look with a tiny bindi. On the other hand, Ranbir complemented her in an embroidered silk sherwani with Sabyasachi uncut diamond buttons.

He layered the look with a silk organza safa and a shawl that came with zari marori embroidery. He accessorised his attire with the kilangi by Sabyasachi Heritage Jewellery that featured uncut diamonds, emeralds and pearls and a multistrand pearl necklace.

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Alia Bhatt was styled by celebrity fashion stylist Ami Patel.

What do you think of Alia’s look?

High Cardiovascular Risk Closesly Related To Depression Symptoms

Washington [US], April 14 (ANI): Cardiovascular risk factors are associated with an increased risk of depression in older adults, suggested a new study.

The study was led by Sandra Martin-Pelaez from the University of Granada, Spain, and his colleagues. The findings of the research were published in the open-access journal ‘PLOS ONE’. Cardiovascular disease and depression are thought to be closely related due to similar risk factors, including inflammation and oxidative stress. Although it has been shown that depression could be a risk factor for developing cardiovascular disease, studies analyzing the potential impact of cardiovascular health on developing depression are scarce.

In the new study, the researchers used data from an ongoing 6-year multi-centre randomized trial in Spain which analyzes the effect of a Mediterranean Diet on men aged 55-75 and women aged 60-75 with overweight or obesity.

6,545 individuals with no cardiovascular or endocrine disease at baseline were included in the current analysis.

A cardiovascular risk score according to the Framingham-based REGICOR function was calculated for each person, dividing participants into low (LR), medium (MR), or high/very high (HR) cardiovascular risk groups.

Depressive status was gauged using a questionnaire at baseline and after 2 years of follow-up.

At baseline, women in the HR group showed higher odds of depressive status than LR women (OR 1.78 95 per cent CI 1.26-2.50). In addition, among all participants with baseline total cholesterol below 160 mg/mL, MR and HR individuals showed higher odds of depression than LR (MR: OR 1.77 95 per cent CI 1.13-2.77; HR: OR 2.83 95 per cent CI 1.25-6.42).

On the contrary, among participants with total cholesterol of 280 mg/mL or higher, MR and HR individuals had a lower risk of depression than LR (MR: OR 0.26 95 per cent CI 0.07-0.98; HR: OR 0.23 95 per cent CI 0.05-0.95).

After two years, during which time all individuals were instructed to follow a Mediterranean Diet as part of the trial, participants, on average, decreased their depressive status score, with the greatest decreases seen for MR and HR participants with high baseline cholesterol levels.

The authors said that high and very high cardiovascular risks are associated with depressive symptoms, especially in women, and that the role of other factors, such as adherence to the Mediterranean Diet, deserves further research.

The authors concluded, “High cardiovascular risk, especially in women, is associated with symptoms of depression in the elderly.”

‘Fluent in Satin’: Sharvari Wagh Stuns In Mini Slip Dress

Actor Sharvari Wagh may be a film old in the industry, but the actor has made an indelible mark with her sartorial choices. Her recent photoshoot in a beige slip dress is one such look and is all about sultry summer fashion.

On Monday, Sharvari took to her Instagram page to share pictures of herself from a photoshoot. The Bunty Aur Babli 2 star chose a beige satin slip dress for the clicks. She captioned the post, “Fluent in Satin.” Celebrity stylist Allia Al Rufai styled the actor’s look.

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Coming to Sharvari’s slip dress, it is made from silk satin fabric and comes in a champagne beige shade with a short hem length flaunting the star’s long legs. The ensemble also features barely-there spaghetti straps, a plunging cowl neckline, a figure-skimming silhouette, bare back detail, and frayed borders.

Sharvari took the elegance quotient of her look up by a notch by going sans any accessories and keeping things simply chic. She just wore a pair of statement rings on her hands.

In the end, the star glammed up the ensemble with side-parted open tresses styled in soft romantic curls, nude pink lip shade, subtle smoky eye shadow, mascara on the lashes, glowing skin, on-fleek brows, blushed cheeks and beaming highlighter.

Meanwhile, slip dresses are a celebrity-favourite summer staple, and Sharvari’s look proves why. They are fuss-free and elegant. So, take cues from the star and style it with minimal aesthetics or go for a bold vibe with dark lip shade and standout accessories.

What do you think of Sharvari’s look?


Potato Smileys Recipe


1 cup Potato, boiled-peeled- grated

¼ cup Bread crumbs

2 tbsp Corn flour

½ tsp Red chilli powder

½ tsp Chaat Masala

Salt to taste

¼ cup Refined flour

oil for deep frying


  • Take grated potatoes in bowl, to it add bread crumbs, corn flour, chilli powder, chaat masala salt and refined flour.
  • Mix everything well, add more bread crumbs if required and form a soft non-sticky dough.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Divide the dough into small sized balls and flatten slightly thick over butter paper.
  • Cut round using a cookie cutter or a glass.
  • Now using a straw make eyes and use spoon to make a smile.
  • Deep fry the potato smiles in hot oil, till it turns golden and crisp, keeping the flame on medium.
  • Serve potato smiley with tomato sauce.

(Recipe By Chef Ranveer Brar)

Adolescents Consuming Ultra-Processed Foods Are At Risk Of Obesity

Sao Paula [Brazil], April 13 (ANI): Researchers at the University of Sao Paulo have calculated the impact of adolescents consuming ultra-processed foods on the risk of obesity.

The findings of the study were published in the journal, ‘Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’. There are 3,587 adolescents aged 12-19 who took part in the 2011-16 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). They divided participants in the study into three groups according to the amount of ultra-processed foods consumed.

When they compared those with the highest level (64 per cent of total diet by weight on average) with those with the lowest level (18.5 per cent), they found that the former were 45 per cent more likely to be obese, 52 per cent more likely to have abdominal obesity (excess fat around the waist) and, most alarmingly, 63 per cent more likely to have visceral obesity (excess fat on and around the abdominal organs, including the liver and intestines), which correlates closely with the development of high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, type 2 diabetes, dyslipidemia (high cholesterol), and a heightened risk of death.

“There is substantial scientific evidence of the negative role of ultra-processed foods in the obesity pandemic. This is very well-established for adults. With regard to young people, we’d already found that consumption of these products is high, accounting for about two-thirds of the diet of adolescents in the US, but research on the association between consumption of ultra-processed foods and health outcomes, including obesity, was scarce and inconsistent,” said Daniela Neri, first author of the article.

Led by Professor Carlos Augusto Monteiro, the NUPENS team was one of the first to associate changes in the industrial processing of food with the obesity pandemic, which began in the US in the 1980s and has since spread to most other countries. Based on this hypothesis, the group developed a food classification system called NOVA, based on the extent to which products are industrially processed.

The system informed the recommendations in the 2014 edition of the Dietary Guidelines for the Brazilian Population, which emphasized the benefits of a diet based on fresh or minimally processed foods, and emphatically ruled out ultra-processed foods ranging from soft drinks, filled cookies and instant noodles to packaged snacks and even an apparently innocent type of wholemeal bread.

“Generally speaking, ultra-processed food and drink contain chemical additives designed to make the products more appealing to the senses, such as colourants, aromatizers, emulsifiers and thickeners. Many ultra-processed foods have high energy density and contain a great deal of sugar and fat, all of which contributes directly to weight gain,” Neri said.

“But even low-calorie products such as diet drinks can favour the development of obesity in ways that go beyond nutritional composition, such as by interfering with satiety signalling or modifying the gut microbiota,” she added.

They used data collected by a methodology known as 24-hour food recall, in which subjects are asked to report all foods and beverages consumed in the previous 24 hours, detailing amounts, times and places. Most of the participants included in the analysis (86 per cent) were interviewed twice on this topic, with an interval of two weeks between interviews.

The adolescents were divided into three groups on the basis of this information: those in whose diet ultra-processed foods accounted for up to 29 per cent by weight, between 29 per cent and 47 per cent and 48 per cent or more.

The researchers also used anthropometric data, such as weight, height, and waist circumference. These measures were evaluated against age- and sex-specific growth charts approved by the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
“Total obesity risk was estimated on the basis of body mass index, or BMI, which is weight [in kilos] divided by height squared [in meters],” Neri said.

“We used waist circumference to assess abdominal obesity, and sagittal abdominal diameter, a less well-known parameter, as a proxy for visceral obesity,” she added.

Measuring sagittal abdominal diameter, she explained, is an indirect and non-invasive method to estimate the amount of visceral fat, “The subject lies down and we use a caliper or magnetometer to measure the distance between the top of the gurney and the region of the belly button. The softer subcutaneous fat falls to the sides, and the visceral fat, which is harder, stays in place. This approach avoids possible measuring errors that could be caused by skin folds in the region of the waist.”

All the data analyzed in the study came from NHANES surveys conducted between 2011 and 2016. According to Neri, the findings can be extrapolated to Brazilian adolescents, who are also exposed to ultra-processed foods from an early age, albeit to a lesser extent than their American peers.

“Brazil doesn’t conduct surveys of adolescent nutrition that also collect anthropometric data in person. Nationwide surveys of this kind are very costly and require continuous funding. We do have a few similar surveys, but they’re simpler,” Neri said.

An example is Vigitel, an annual national survey conducted by the Health Ministry to monitor chronic disease risk and protection, involving telephone interviews with over-eighteens. The latest data from this survey, published in January 2022 by the Institute for Health Policy Studies (IEPS), show that the adult obesity rate in Brazil almost doubled from 11.8 per cent in 2006 to 21.5 per cent in 2020.

The Consumer Expenditure Survey (POF) conducted by IBGE, the national statistics bureau, collected data on the dietary habits of adolescents and adults, but not on their health.

According to the latest POF, which was conducted in 2017-18, more than half (53.4 per cent) of the average Brazilian’s daily calorie intake comes from fresh foods such as vegetables, fruit, meat and milk or minimally processed foods such as grains and flours, 15.6 per cent from processed ingredients such as sugar, salt and olive oil, 11.3 per cent from processed foods such as cheese, artisan bread and fruit and vegetable conserves, and 19.7 per cent from ultra-processed foods. In the case of adolescents, the survey data shows that ultra-processed foods account for 27 per cent of calorie intake, and for over-sixties, the proportion is 15.1 per cent.

In another study conducted by NUPENS, the researchers compared data on the diet of Brazilian adolescents from the 2017-18 POF with similar data from Argentina, Australia, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the US.

Ultra-processed foods ranged from 19 per cent of energy intake in Colombia and 27 per cent in Brazil to 68 per cent in the UK and 66 per cent in the US. Despite the variability in proportional terms, the impact of ultra-processed foods on diet quality was similar in all the groups analyzed, according to Neri.

“In this study, too, the subjects were divided into groups according to their consumption of ultra-processed foods.

We observed a deterioration in the quality of their diet as the proportion of ultra-processed foods increases, boosting energy density and sugar content, and reducing fibre content. The negative effect is very similar across all countries regardless of the proportion of ultra-processed foods, region or culture,” she said.

Although rice and beans still constitute the staple diet for most Brazilians, she added, a survey commissioned by the Health Ministry in 2019 showed that consumption of ultra-processed foods is frequent even among under-fives. More than 80 per cent of all children in this group regularly consume these products.

“Children who consume these products have proportionally less room to consume fresh produce or minimally processed foods at a time when dietary habits are being formed,” Neri said.

“By being exposed to these obesogenic foods, children and adolescents are being programmed for future health problems. It’s extremely worrying,” she added.

Families alone cannot be made responsible for controlling this exposure, which requires a reform of the prevailing dietary system as a whole. “We must go beyond consumer education by taking public policy action on several fronts,” Neri said.

“Different strategies are possible, such as placing restrictions on advertising, especially when it targets children, and raising taxation on ultra-processed food products while at the same time improving access to fresh produce.

Another vitally important measure would be to require manufacturers of these products to include clearer information on labels to help consumers make better,” she added.

Sunscreens Can Better Protect Skin With Potent Antioxidants

Claverton Down (Bath) [UK], April 13 (ANI): According to a new study, sunscreen does not protect the skin as well as it could because there is a key ingredient that is missing from all these creams.

The study was published in the journal, ‘Antioxidants’. The missing ingredient is a class of antioxidants (a type of stable molecule) commonly found in nature. Experiments have shown that these antioxidant molecules eliminate excess iron in cells, thereby helping cells maintain a healthy level of free radicals (a type of unstable molecule).

Free radicals and free iron are strongly linked to skin damage.

“By including these potent antioxidants in skin-care products and sunscreen formulations, and therefore trapping free iron, we can expect to get an unprecedented level of protection from the sun,” said Dr Charareh Pourzand, who led the research from the Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology and the Centre for Therapeutic Innovation at the University of Bath.

Scientists have known for some time that iron deposits promote the appearance of ageing, but the latest study highlights the interplay between free iron and free radicals in the skin.

As a result of their findings, Dr Pourzand urged skin-care manufacturers to look more closely at opportunities to include iron-trapping extracts in their products.

A number of iron-trapping natural extracts have already been identified in the Bath lab (these include several classes of botanical, fungal and marine-based compounds, among them, extracts from certain vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, bark and flowers), however, Dr Pourzand said more research is needed before any of these compounds are fit for commercial purpose.

“Though the antioxidants we’ve identified work well in laboratory conditions, they don’t necessarily remain stable once they’ve been added to a cream,” she said.

“These extracts come from plants, and environmental factors affect their stability and long-term effectiveness — anything from the season in which they are grown, soil type, latitude and the time of harvest can change the strength by which they can neutralise free radicals as well as work as iron traps,” she continued.

She added, “What is needed now is for the bioactive chemicals in these extracts to be standardised — once that has happened, they can and should be added to products designed to protect the skin from ageing.”

The sunscreens on the market today are designed to either block or absorb UV rays. In so doing, they lower the number of free radicals that are created on the skin — it is these unstable molecules that cause skin damage and ageing, in a process known as oxidative stress. Free radicals cause harm by damaging DNA and other cell components, and this sometimes results in cell death.

What has not been given consideration in sun-care and anti-ageing formulations is the role of iron, both in damaging the skin directly when it interacts with UV radiation and in amplifying the damage caused by free radicals.

“This needs to change,” said Dr Pourzand.

“Formulations need to adapt and improve,” she added.

The antioxidant compounds identified at Bath have the ability to protect the skin against both chronological ageing (the natural decline in skin texture that comes with age) and sun-mediated ageing (known as photoaging).

Though the body needs iron to function properly, too much (or too little) is harmful or even deadly to our cells. To protect themselves from this danger, our cells have a well-developed system for adjusting excess iron when it builds up, thereby bringing it back to a state of balance (known as homeostasis).

In the presence of sunlight, however, this balance is disrupted, leading to skin damage, ageing and sometimes cancer.

Chronological ageing also contributes to iron levels falling out of balance, especially in women after menopause, meaning older people (and particularly older women) are more vulnerable than others to the ravaging effects of the sun.

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