Hope Yugadi 2014(Jaya) will bring good days!

ugadi_apnewsonlineUgadi is celebrated on March 31, 2014 (Monday). Yugadi is the new year for Telugu and Kannada speaking people.They follow Lunar Calendar.
The name of the year 2014 – 2015 is Jaya, Shukla Paksha Pradamai (the day after Amavasya) will be the start of new month and year.

To remind themselves that life is mixture of happiness and sorrow and it must be handled with equanimity, a special recipe called ‘Pachadi’ (‘Bevu-Bella’ in Kannada) made up of neem flowers, tamarind, jaggery, raw mango etc – will be taken on Ugadi.

The Kannada and Telugu speaking people celebrate the festival with great devotion. They will go to temple and offer prayers on this new year day Meeting of friends, relatives, exchange of greetings, special meal are part of Yugadi celebrations.


Make Up Basics for the Working Woman

When it comes to office make up, the most important thing to consider is what is suitable for the white collar environment. “The way you wear your face is an expression of your personality and inner confidence. I always recommend choosing make up that is most appropriate for your job and which reflects your persona,” says celebrity make up artist and Lakmé expert Daniel Bauer. For instance, loud make up simply won’t suit a shy woman. Too much can make you look like you’re not the right person for the job, too little might show you don’t care.

Get the balance right
Despite the fact that women work at least five days a week, most women don’t have a daily beauty routine for the workplace. They step out of home much before 9 am and are occupied way past 5 pm, often going out with friends or colleagues in the evening. Constant lack of time means there aren’t enough minutes to do up your face before heading out. “A safe office look is one that can work all day, a look that can be topped up and toned down easily depending on the meeting or last-minute tasks,” says Bauer, adding that your look should always be appropriate, neat and clean. Keep the cosmetics to a minimal.

Keep the palette neutral
A warm and neutral palette suits most Indian skin types. Look for eyeshadows, lipsticks and nail paints in nudes, pale pinks, soft browns and plums. Stock up on cosmetics with a shimmery tone for the times you need to rush directly from your workplace to a party.

iDiva.com dedicates this July to Career Girls! We want to celebrate women who juggle full-time or part-time jobs and their homes, kids and social life with equal panache. If you are one of these rockstars, we’re here to show you all the support we can with tips to survive the corporate world, tricks to simplify your life, fun interviews with other successful women like you and lots, lots more. So stay tuned to a brand new iDiva all month long.
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How ‘egg freezing’ can be game changer for urban women

The option of egg freezing is fast catching up with urban couples as the method safeguards their hope of conception at any point of their lives.

Today, Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) has made revolutionary and ground-breaking advancements. It provides multiple techniques to help couples dream of having a perfect family and bearing children, even those who have been marred due to unfortunate health ailments and other reasons.
And, one such technology- which is fast gaining acceptance and momentum with urban Indian women- is oocyte cryopreservation which is commonly known as egg freezing, Parents India magazine reported.
Dr Hrishikesh D. Pai, director infertility, Fortis La Femme, Delhi, explained that egg freezing is a novel technology in which a woman’s eggs (oocytes) are extracted, frozen and stored.
Later, when she is ready to become pregnant, the eggs are thawed, fertilised and transferred to the uterus as embryos, the doctor said.
Pai further explained that when the eggs are mature, a medication to trigger ovulation is given and the eggs are extracted using an ultrasound guided needle through the vagina and then immediately frozen at a controlled rate and temperature.
Egg freezing can help safeguard the fertility potential of women who are battling cancer as the treatment involves chemotherapy and radiotherapy and is deadly for a woman’s eggs and can potentially damage the ovaries.
Additionally, women with a family history of early menopause can also benefit from this technique.
Researchers claim that if a woman freezes her eggs before 35, she has a 75 per cent chance of having a live birth. Despite cancers of the gall bladder, breast and pancreas, this procedure can be done.

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Men healthier, happier than women: Survey

Men are healthier and happier about their appearance than women in general, according to a new survey.

Health and Happiness, a nationwide study of 2,000 men and women found that men reported a higher rate of happiness when it came to their weight, shape, appearance, and the way they are perceived by others.
Women, on the other hand, were found to be more self-conscious and slightly less satisfied with their happiness levels at around 49 percent. Women are also much more likely to try dieting compared to men, reports femalefirst.co.uk.
Men don’t feel stressed as often either. Almost 60 percent of male respondents said they only felt stressed once a month, whereas 60 percent of women said they felt anxious once a week or more.
Over 70 percent of men also claim they rarely felt depressed or had mood swings, compared to half of women who admitted to feeling low or unhappy at least once a month, if not more.
Headaches, bloating or poor digestion were less of a problem among men. Almost half of them said they rarely got headaches, compared to 64 percent women who said they experienced them at least once a month or more.

For 70 percent of men, bloating and poor digestion would only occur once a month or less, but almost half of women said it was a weekly or daily problem.

“The general perception is that women are more health conscious, but what this survey shows is that women do actually have more health issues to deal with, especially relating to digestion, mood, anxiety and sleep,” said leading nutrition expert, Patrick Holford, who conducted the research.

“The results also show that respondents, regardless of their gender, considered the absence of disease to be an indicator of good health. But being healthy means more than that – it’s abundance of well-being indicated by good energy levels, a stable mood and a sharp mind, all of which achieve optimum health,” added Holford.


Obese kids at greater risk of injuries, surgery complications

Obese children might suffer more serious elbow injuries when they fall and have greater complications after surgery than normal kids, a new study claims.

Obese children who experience a common above-the-elbow fracture (called a supracondylar humeral fracture) are at greater risk of bone, joint and nerve damage that sets them up for long-term health problems, the study found.
“Something as simple and common as falling onto an outstretched hand while playing at the playground can have far greater health consequences for children who are diagnosed as obese,” said senior author Michelle S Caird, assistant professor in the department of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Michigan Medical School.
The reasons are still unclear, but some studies have suggested that high-fat diets may interfere with the absorption of calcium in the intestines, making bones more fragile.
“It’s important that children get the proper amount of exercise in order to strengthen their bones early in life,”said Caird.
The study is believed to be among the first to assess theimplications of obesity on this type of fracture, researchers said. Similar studies have shown that overweight children who break their femur (or thigh bone) are more likely to need bigger surgery and have more complications than children who are not overweight, they said. The findings appear in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.


New ideas change your brain cells

Scientists have found that an important molecular change occurs in the brain when we learn and remember.
Researchers found that learning stimulates our brain cells in a manner that causes a small fatty acid to attach to delta-catenin, a protein in the brain.
This biochemical modification is essential in producing the changes in brain cell connectivity associated with learning.
The findings may provide an explanation for some mental disabilities, researchers said.
In animal models, the scientists found almost twice the amount of modified delta-catenin in the brain after learning about new environments.
While delta-catenin has previously been linked to learning, this study is the first to describe the protein’s role in the molecular mechanism behind memory formation.
“More work is needed, but this discovery gives us a much better understanding of the tools our brains use to learn and remember, and provides insight into how these processes become disrupted in neurological diseases,” said co-author Shernaz Bamji, an associate professor in University of British Columbia’s Life Sciences Institute.
Disruption of the delta-catenin gene has been observed in some patients with schizophrenia, researchers said.
“Brain activity can change both the structure of this protein, as well as its function,” said Stefano Brigidi, first author of the article and a PHD candidate Bamji’s laboratory.
“When we introduced a mutation that blocked the biochemical modification that occurs in healthy subjects, we abolished the structural changes in brain’s cells that are known to be important for memory formation,” Brigidi said.
The study is published in the journal Nature Neuroscience.


Deallocation of CTL blocks: IMG rejects Odisha’s plea for reconsideration

The inter-ministerial group (IMG) mandated to oversee status of allocated coal blocks has turned down Odisha’s plea to reconsider its recommendation for de-allocating two blocks allotted in the state for coal-to-liquid (CTL) projects.

Based on IMG’s recommendation, the coal ministry had recently de-allocated North of Arkhapal Srirampur block awarded to Tata Sasol and Ramchandi block allocated to Jindal Steel & Power Ltd (JSPL).

The IMG observed that no new facts were brought to light by the state government, warranting reconsideration of its earlier recommendation given in respect of these two CTL blocks.

In case of Ramchandi promotional CTL block, the IMG noted that only bank guarantee (BG) was submitted and the company had not taken any clearance. Even after lapse of four and a half years, the developer was unable to procure even the prospecting license (PL), the first step towards coal mine development.

Consequently, preparation of geological report (GR), mining lease application, submission of mining plan (MP), approval of MP, application of previous approval, application of forest clearance and completion of land acquisition were pending.

Similarly, for North of Arkhapal Srirampur, only BG was submitted and the allocatee had not obtained any clearance. Major milestones like preparation of GR, submission of MP, approval of MP, application of forest clearance, application of EMP (environment management plan) clearance and completion of land acquisition were pending.

The de-allocation of the two coal blocks has sealed the fate of two CTL projects whose combined envisaged investment exceeded over Rs 1 lakh crore.

The North of Arkhapal Srirampur was to be developed by Strategic Energy Technology Systems Pvt Ltd (SETSL), a joint venture between a consortium of Tata companies and Sasol of South Africa. SETSL had proposed the CTL project at an undecided location in Dhenkanal district at a cost of Rs 45,000 crore.

With a production capacity of 80,000 barrels per day, the project promised about 6,400 direct jobs.

The other CTL project was to be developed by Jindal Synfuels Ltd, a fully owned JSPL subsidiary. The ambitious project was to cost Rs 60,000 crore.

By: Jayajit Dash | Bhubaneswar February 25, 2014 


Prolonged discounts by retailers backfire

While footfalls have fallen after the long period of discounts, retail chains are being forced to continue selling discounted merchandise, as new stock is yet to arrive

This year, the season of retail discounts had begun early. But now, it seems the strategy has backfired. Used to discounts, shoppers of apparel and fashion wear aren’t willing to spend when prices aren’t slashed anymore.

While footfalls have fallen after the long period of discounts, retail chains are being forced to continue selling discounted merchandise, as new stock is yet to arrive.

This year, most departmental stores such as Central and Shoppers Stop had advanced their sale periods by 10-15 days and had started the discounts in the first week of January. Last year, the discounts were effected from mid-January to the third week of February, making these compact sales.

Due to prolonged discounted sales, shoppers are increasingly becoming averse to buying full-priced merchandise, at least during the initial days of the non-sale period, say executives at many retail stores. As a result, footfalls and sales have declined by a third at many places.

“Last week, we ended our discounted sale, during which customers bought merchandise in big numbers. It will take at least 10-15 days for sales to pick up,” said a customer associate at a ColorPlus store in a South Mumbai mall.

At the same mall, a sales associate at a Pantaloons store said, “We are seeing lesser shoppers after the sale period. During the sale, there was a virtual stampede at our store.”

Though some brands have completed their sales, they are offering discounted merchandise. However, ‘sale’ hoardings have been removed, as they are yet to replenish the stock. At a mall in Thane, an executive at a Spykar store said, “We ended our sale recently. Till the fresh stock arrives, we are selling discounted merchandise.”

Jaydeep Shetty, chief executive of women’s wear chain Mineral, said: “For us, it will take at least a week to fill up the stock. Most retailers like us are selling 65-70 per cent of the new stock…Production facilities are not geared up to advance deliveries.” Shetty believes prolonged discounts will impact full-priced sales and increase the prices of merchandise, as retailers have taken a hit on their margins.

Susil Dungarwal, founder and chief mall mechanic at mall management firm Beyond Squarefeet, says, “I think from mid-February to the first week of April, by when examinations will be over, footfalls and sales will be lower.”

Rajendra Kalkar, senior centre director, West, Phoenix Mills (a Mumbai-based developer), said, “February and March are usually slow. April will be better.”


* Most of the retailers advanced sales to the first week of January

* Retailers have seen 20-30% like-to-like growth during the period

* Retail stores seeing 30-40% decline in sales after the discount

* Most retailers are selling discounted stuff even after the sale period

* Buyers averse to buying full priced goods in initial days after sale period

By: Raghavendra Kamath, Mumbai  


Indian rupee up 12 paise to 61.95 against dollar in early trade

Extending its gains for the third day, the rupee on Tuesday strengthened by 12 paise to 61.95 against the US dollar in early trade on the Interbank Foreign Exchange market on increased foreign fund inflows amid a higher opening in the domestic equity market.

Forex dealers said euro’s gains against the US dollar in the overseas market also supported the rupee.

The domestic currency had gained five paise to close at 62.07 in yesterday’s trade amid a rise in stock markets.


A quick look at the Mobile World Congress

From the high-security BlackPhone to the high-end hardware of the Galaxy S5, a steady stream of new devices is being unveiled at the Mobile World Congress. Monday at the Mobile World Congress saw a steady stream of new mobile gadgets and high-tech services:

Galaxy S5, Samsung’s new flagship phone, is the Godzilla of all cell phones and has some of the most high-end hardware in any mobile device today: a quad-core, 2.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 16/32GB of storage, a 16-megapixel camera on the back, a 2.1-megapixel one on the front and a 2,800mAh battery.

BlackPhone, a privacy-focused smartphone, is one of the most secure phones ever launched. The device comes from SGP Technologies — a joint venture between secure apps company Silent Circle and Spanish smartphone startup Geeksphone. Its aim is to give users and businesses a phone focused on privacy and security. But it’s not the perfect foil to National Security Agency snoopers, as security experts warn that intelligence agencies and criminals can still find ways to hack their way in. WhatsApp, the instant messaging subscription service that is being bought by Facebook, announced it will add free voice-call services for its 450 million customers later this year. The voice service will be available on Android and iPhones this spring and some time later in Blackberry, Microsoft and Nokia phones.

Nokia’s X Line. The X, the X+, and XL are low-cost smartphones and are the first Android devices offered by mobile giant Nokia. With 4- and 5-inch screens available, they are aimed at the mass market outside the U.S. They won’t be available in the U.S. Canada, Korea and Japan, in part to avoid competing with its Windows Lumia phones.

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