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Charan's Vinaya Vidheya Rama First Week Collections January 18, 2019 08:55

Mega Powerstar Ram Charan after a blockbuster like Rangasthalam tested his luck with an out and out mass entertainer titled Vinaya Vidheya Rama. The film is directed by Boyapati Sreenu and is made on a massive budget. Kiara Advani played the female lead and Vivek Oberoi, Prashanth, Aryan Rajesh, Sneha played other pivotal roles. Vinaya Vidheya Rama released across the globe in record number of screens on January 12th. The film received poor response from the audience and has been badly rejected among the Sankranthi releases. Vinaya Vidheya Rama raked Rs 56.73 crores in its first week across the globe which is quite low. Devi Sri Prasad is the music director and DVV Danayya is the producer. Here are the first week collections of Vinaya Vidheya Rama: Nizam: Rs 12.06 Cr Ceeded: Rs 11 Cr Vizag: Rs 6.65 Cr East: Rs 4.58 Cr West: Rs 3.77 Cr Guntur: Rs 6.05 Cr Krishna: Rs 3.35 Cr Nellore: Rs 2.62 Cr AP and Telangana: Rs 50.08 Cr Rest of India: Rs 5.25 Cr Rest of World: Rs 1.40 Cr Total Worldwide: Rs 56.73 Cr  

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India Becoming Laboratory for American Companies: U.S. Expert January 18, 2019 07:03

India is becoming a “laboratory” for American companies, not only to explain their presence there but also to reinvent themselves in sustainability and disruptive-technology, an expert said during a discussion at ICCR-Houston India conference to boost the bilateral trade investment.Various other panelists also emphasized that the possible economic ties between India and the United States are limitless and investment in emerging industries such as e-commerce, digital payments, and startups can further boost business on both sidesThe third edition of the business event was held under the theme of "Make in India-The Inside Story" earlier this week and was attended by several senior officials from India and Texas. "India is becoming a laboratory for U.S. companies, not only to explain their presence there but also to reinvent themselves in sustainability and disruptive-technology," Djordjija Petkosk, lecturer and senior fellow at Wharton Legal Studies & Business Ethics, University of Pennsylvania and adviser to World Bank, said."Also, an important step to expand business in other emerging economies globally," Petkosk told PTI.Principal Economic Adviser at India's Ministry of Finance, Sanjeev Sanyal called for the building of a new India, an economy based on innovation and rule of law."Economic fundamentals in India are strong, and the challenge is to push it into an even higher growth trajectory," Sanyal said.The financial inclusion programs such as Jan Dhan Yojan, banking reforms, and Corporate Social Responsibility activities in India was discussed by Sachin Chaturvedi, Director General at the Research and Information System for Developing Countries, an Indian based think-tank. Sandip Sen, Global CEO of Aegis Ltd, a private entity, called for investment in various areas of emerging industries."There are emerging industries and opportunities to invest in it including digital payments, e-commerce, startups, and Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning," he said.Consul General of India in Houston, Anupam Ray, talked about the role played by the Houston India conference as a unique platform for the evolution of business.Pointing out that Houston is the 4th busiest gateway for trade between India and the U.S., Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner emphasized the importance of a direct flight between Houston and India."A direct flight will help grow the bilateral trade relations between Houston and India," he said.Conference Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Expedien, Jiten Agarwal, emphasized on the Liquefied Natural Gas and new shipments of petroleum, in addition to various commercial deals that have occurred as a consequence of the networking during conferences since its inception in 2017.During the discussion, the experts likewise highlighted on the progress in the business relations between India and the U.S."India has progressed from a reactive to a proactive society, which has led to the stability of the economy from a security perspective," Air Vice Marshal (retd) Arjun Subramanian said.Makarand Paranjape, Director of Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, India, mentioned that the alliance between the United States and India existed naturally and was defeated by external forces."Indian diaspora has become a critical mass in the U.S., that going forward, the friendship between the two countries will only grow further," he said.-Sowmya Sangam

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Vinesh Phogat First Indian Nominated for Laurels World Sports Award January 18, 2019 05:30

Indian female wrestler Vinesh Phogat has become the first Indian sportsperson to be nominated for Laurels World Sports Award that honors individuals and teams from the world of sports along with achievements in sporting all through the year.Vinesh, who has been nominated in “Laureus World Sporting Comeback” category for the year 2019, will be competing with Canadian snowboarder Mark McMorris, golf great Tiger Woods, American alpine ski racer Lindsey Vonn, Japanese figure skater Yuzuru Manyu, and Dutch para-snowboarding star Bibian Mentel-Spee.Earlier this year, Vinesh won gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, another gold at the Asian Games in Jakarta, and a silver in the 2018 Asian Championships in Bishkek. The gold in Jakarta was the first by an Indian female wrestler at the Asian Games.The 24-year-old Vinesh’s career in wrestling was thought to be over after she suffered a knee injury that ended her quarter-final bout and as well her dreams of winning a medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.But then after working her way back to fitness, Vinesh announced her comeback with the Commonwealth Games gold and a victory at the Madrid Grand Prix. In 2016, she had lost the Olympic quarter-final to China's San Yanan. Her 2018 Asian Games had begun with a repeat of the fixture and Vinesh went on to triumph the match 8-2.Vinesh was one of the nominees for the Padma Shri award in 2018, after giving her best at the Asiad. Three years after the grim injury, Vinesh is now expected to be a favorite to win a medal at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.-Sowmya Sangam

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Family Separation May Have Hit Thousands More Children Than Reported January 18, 2019 05:22

Thousands of children than previously believed were separated from their parents at the Southern border under Trump’s zero-tolerance immigration policy earlier this year, according to a report by government inspectors released Thursday.According to the federal government, nearly 3,000 children were separated from their parents. Under Trump’s immigration policy, nearly all adults entering the country illegally were prosecuted and any children accompanying them were put into foster care or shelters.The staff of the United States Department of Health and Human Services even before unveiling the zero-tolerance policy had noted a “sharp increase” in the number of children separated from the parent or guardian, according to the report from the agency’s Office of Inspector General.The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is the agency that oversees the care of children in federal custody.As of December, about 2,737 children were separated from their parents under the policy and required to be united by a federal court order issued in June 2018.But then that number does not actually represent the entire scope of family separations since the report said thousands of children may have been separated during an influx that began in 2017, before the accounting required by the court.Therefore, the entire number of children separated from a parent or guardian by immigration authorities is “unknown,” because of the lack of a coordinated formal tracking system between the Office of Refugee Resettlement, the arm of Health and Human Services that takes in the migrant children, and the Department of Homeland Security, which separated the migrant children from their parents.“This report confirms what we suspected: This cruel family separation practice was way bigger than the administration let on,” said Lee Gelernt, who challenged the policy in court on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union. “We will be back in court and ask the judge to order the government to explain these numbers,” he said.Though the immigration policy was framed to prosecute those who entered the U.S. illegally, it resulted in thousands of migrant parents whose children were separated, including infants and toddlers, spending months in agonized uncertainty, unable to communicate with their children and in umpteen cases not even knowing where the children were.Under separate policies, the administration as well made it hard for relatives other than the children’s parents to take the children into their own homes.Department of Homeland Security officials, which supervised the family separations at the border, have said they have separated families only when necessary, such as when a parent is facing a serious criminal prosecution, or when authorities have reason to believe that the adult accompanying the child is not an appropriate guardian.“The report vindicates what DHS has long been saying,” said Katie Waldman, a spokeswoman for the department. “For more than a decade it was, and continues to be, standard for apprehended minors to be separated when the adult is not the parent or legal guardian, the child’s safety is at risk or serious criminal activity by the adult. We are required under the law that Congress passed to send all unaccompanied alien children to HHS.”Ann Maxwell, the Health and Human Services Department’s assistant inspector general for evaluation and inspections, said the separations appeared to have been occurring for a full year before the court issued its order.“Thousands of children were separated from parents and guardians, referred to HHS and released from HHS care before the court order,” Maxwell said in a conference call with reporters.“The total number is unknown,” she said. “It is certainly more than 2,737, but how many more, precisely, is unknown.” Moreover, that number may never be known: Department officials, she said, had told her office that there were “no efforts underway to identify that. It would take away resources from children already in care.”In an email after the call, Maxwell’s spokesman confirmed that inspectors believed the number of separated children may be “thousands” more than the 2,737 reported to the court.-Sowmya Sangam

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Trump Plans to Appoint Prem Parameswaran to Advisory Committee January 18, 2019 05:17

President Donald Trump has announced his intent to appoint Indian American Prem Parameswaran to a presidential advisory committee, according to a White House release.Among the 12 members the president intends to appoint to the President’s advisory commission on Pacific Islanders and Asian Americans, Parameswaran is the only Indian American. Trump as well announced his intent to appoint Elaine L Chao as a Co-Chair of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, the release said Thursday.Born in the United States to Indian parents, Parameswaran grew up in Scarsdale, New York. He received his graduation from Columbia University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and received Master of Business Administration (MBA) with honors from Columbia Business School in 1995.Parameswaran is the Group Chief Financial Officer and president of Eros International's North America operations.Other members, the president intended to appoint to the panel are Michelle Park as co-chair, Paul Hsu as co-chair; Jennifer Carnahan, David B.Grace Y Lee, Cohen, George Leing, Jan-Ie Low, Herman Martir, Amata Coleman Radewagen, Sean D Reyes, and Chiling Tong, according to the White House release.-Sowmya Sangam

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Be Sure of These Things Before Marrying an NRI January 17, 2019 12:19

Are you getting married to an NRI or someone living overseas? In that case be sure to be clear about each and every before the nuptials.Since scores of families or men are moving abroad for better opportunities or lifestyle, a lot more weddings with Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) has turned out to be a common sight, concurrently, leading to mounting incidents involving NRI husbands deceiving their partners in India.Therefore, there are a few things that you should certainly bear in mind before you choose to say "I do" to an NRI. Know His Visa Status As soon as you know if he is on a permanent residence or a work permit or a citizen of xyz country, coming to the right decision is slightly easier. If your soon-to-be life partner is on a work permit, check all the facts and details and know if you shall be able to be with him after the wedding and how long would the procedure take. Getting married to someone on a temporary visa is nothing but a risk. Do not pay attention to relatives who tell you that it is okay to get married to someone without a permanent residence visa or citizenship. They are not going to benefit you in any means if you and/or your partner get kicked out of the country.Knowing the visa status is moreover very significant because depending on your spouse’s visa, you will be able to understand how long would it take for you to join them in their place of residence. Know His Lifestyle Though you might have born or studied in big cities and institutions, moving to another country is not laidback. A transformation in way of life and choices is inevitable. Try to understand his feelings, his friend-circle, what does he do for fun and what does he expect from his partner. Then try to imagine yourself in that lifestyle or something similar. Realize how easy or hard would it be for you to cope up with all the major changes before reaching a decision. Your English might be in fact good, but the knowledge of different accents is like a boundless process.Be ready to hear people speaking in English in 200 different ways and also, you will have to speak in English generally. Be willing to learn an additional language like French or Spanish etc., depending on wherever you may have to move. Communicate Clearly Get all your questions answered without being shy and coy as it's your life and you need to be in charge for it. It is one of the most vital choices of your life. Video chats are better. Nobody is too busy to text or talk if they are considering marriage.If they can't give you time now it either means they are not interested or they are not sure about getting married at the moment. Whoever wishes to get married, will take out the time to get to know you and communicate at will. Do not compromise on communication. Be Patient Long distance relationships are not easy to cope as there can be gaps in communicating or you may have shorter chats, but you need to be easy-going if the person is right and you wish to take things forward. Patience is the key when you have agreed to the wedding because now you will realize that you need to start preparing stuff for paper-work and interviews. Also, be prepared, depending on the country you shall be moving to and depending on the spouse's visa status, your own visa may take anywhere between 2 months to 16 months to be processed before you successfully join your spouse and his family. Explore Career Options Know that you will not get a job instantly and it may take some time till you find a decent and stable job in a foreign land. Also, make certain you know that the spouse visa you have applied for has the provision wherein you shall be able to work when you move to the other country. Don’t Be Embarrassed to Ask for Details There is nothing wrong in taking expert assistance to get a detailed background check or ask for the person's social security number. It is all right to hire a detective and to check the presence on social media and get an idea about the friend-circle and way of life. Do not take your decision on the basis of anyone. It is your life and will have an emotional impact on your family and you, so there is nothing wrong in being cautious and being prepared.Ultimately, the only mantra to tackle the NRI situation is to be well informed, patient and conscious.-Sowmya Sangam

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#10YearChallenge: First Meme Game of 2019 Taking Internet by Storm January 17, 2019 09:47

If you are one of those regular social media users, then you must have come through your feed filled with a photo of him/her, showing what they were in 2009 and what they are now. You are probably wondering why people everywhere on social media all at once want people to know what they looked like before 10 years. In the first social media craze of 2019, the #10YearChallenge is taking the internet by storm. In fact, what you have to do is post two photographs of yourself side-by-side - showing what you looked like in 2009 and you look like at present. Why Did It Started?The idea obviously is to give the world a glimpse of what you used to look like, possibly because the friends you have today did not even know you 10 years ago.According to TweetBinder.com (a website that allows you to track tweets on a hashtag for free), the potential reach of #10YearChallenge is over 6 million, meaning it would have been viewed by that many people.Likewise, Google Trends as well shows that the interest in the 10 Year Challenge has been growing abruptly across the world since January 14. According to Google Trends, India appears to have picked up the trend from January 15, but it is on an abrupt rise here as well. Who Started It?Dissimilar to earlier challenges on the internet, the origin of the #10YearChallenge is not quite clear just yet. However, it is surely been fueled by a lot of celebrity inputs. Reese Witherspoon, an American actress posted a #10YearChallenge photos of herself on her Twitter handle, showing how she has aged. Time sure does fly when you are having fun!! #10YearChallenge pic.twitter.com/gruONFaDDn — Reese Witherspoon (@RWitherspoon) January 15, 2019 As part of the challenge, Indian celebrities like Raashi Khanna, Shilpa Shetty, Sonam Kapoor, Vishal Dadlani, Bipasha Basu etc. have also posted photos of themselves. In satire to #10YearChallenge on the social media, people have begun posting photos of empty wallets with 2009 and 2019 tags on them, while some others have used the hashtag to promote causes, such as melting polar ice caps, by posting photos of them from 2009 and now. The only #10YearChallenge we should be worried about pic.twitter.com/Tph0EZUbsR — Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) January 17, 2019 The only #10YearChallenge you need to be worried about. #GetYourHeadOutOfYourAss pic.twitter.com/yc6AyVPHMQ — Shehryar Taseer (@shehryar_taseer) January 16, 2019 #10YearChallenge Then - 1rsNow- 1rs pic.twitter.com/sjwQ1zXYWa — sick fcker (@Sick_Fuker) January 17, 2019 Please plant the trees#10YearChallenge pic.twitter.com/JuzwSo2uiu — Hiren Kalariya (@hirenkalariya_) January 17, 2019 #10YearChallenge. The funniest of all memes. . #10YearChallenge pic.twitter.com/kfO2F4bNgi — Kaliya (@SutarMukesh555) January 17, 2019 -Sowmya Sangam

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109-Yr-Old Woman Reveals Secret to Long Life: Staying Away from Men January 17, 2019 08:57

Have you ever wondered about how a person can survive so long? Many people like to debate mysteries for longevity, typically putting a stop to smoking, alcohol, etc… but there is the unique reason you might have not ever thought about. It all began in 2015, when Holiday Retirement, a provider of more than 300 senior living communities across the United States, conducted the research and produced the report, "100 Years of Wisdom: The Perspective of Centenarians."When asked about what the reason for their long life was, though some said it was all about family, some others assured that living life to the fullest was the key. However, one of the most surprising answers came from a 109-year-old woman, named Jessie Gallan.Born in 1906, Jessie was raised in Kintore, a town in, on a family farmhouse. She survived with her parents and six siblings altogether. Her life was unsophisticated and rural, sleeping in a cottage and living without restrictions.This Green Veggie Treats Alcohol, Mood DisordersShe went to school for a short while but then continued with finding a job in a farm kitchen. Following her first job, Jessie worked as a housemaid in the city as well. She worked in a well-off family, after which she moved onto working in the service industry.Jessie finally moved into the Crosby House, which houses ill or unaccompanied seniors. Gillian Bennett, who works there said, "Jessie is a lovely woman. She has got her best friend here, Sarah Jane, and they are always together. She likes her music and likes her exercise class and is a very independent person. She is always walking about." Staying Away from MenJessie passed away in March 2015, but she managed to provide a secret for her longevity before her death. "My secret to a long life has been staying away from men," Jessie noted. "They're just more trouble than they're worth."Jessie also revealed a further secret to her vitality and said: "I like my porridge. I have all my life."Jessie surely shared a thought-provoking theory to debate. Given the fact that more and more women fall frantically for the lack of good men, perhaps the wise thing to do is to let go of the idea of men, and let your prince find you. No one can definitely confirm Jessie's theory, but it is definitely an intriguing approach to consider.Below are some of the pieces of advice from what thousands of years of collective experience have taught the remarkable people interviewed for the report:On marriage: 29 percent say make a stronger effort to communicate.On parenting: 21 percent advise more strictness and discipline for children.On today’s youth: 79 percent applaud today’s youth; they seem smarter and sharper than when our centenarians were young.On personal finances: 1 in 4 surveyed centenarians said they were not financially prepared to live as long as they have.On habits for longevity: According to one centenarian, "Drinking all the good whiskey I could get and worked like the devil."On the state of the country: Centenarians are most optimistic about the direction that education and science and technology are headed.On life's regrets: In hindsight, 34 percent of centenarians said they would spend more time with loved ones.On health and happiness at 100: Almost 80 percent of centenarians questioned feel that living in an independent senior living community contributed to their long life.-Sowmya Sangam

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Raja Krishnamoorthi Appointed as Committee Member on Intelligence January 17, 2019 07:56

An Indian American Democratic Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi has been appointed as a member of a congressional committee on intelligence.Krishnamoorthi, 45, who represents Illinois 8th congressional district in the House, has become the first South Asian to serve in the powerful body tasked to beef up America's national security.Apart from Krishnamoorthi, Val Demings of Florida, Sean Patrick Maloney of New York and Peter Welch of Vermont were chosen as the four new Democratic members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) for the 116th Congress.The HPSCI is tasked with being in charge of the activities and budget of the 17 intelligence agencies of the United States.Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi appointed Krishnamoorthi Wednesday. Pelosi said: "Our new members of the Intelligence Committee bring exceptional judgment, expertise and determination to our mission to honor that oath and, guided by the strong, principled leadership of Chairman Adam Schiff, will restore the long tradition of bipartisanship and integrity of this critical committee."We look forward to the many contributions these new members will bring to Democrats' work to strengthen America's national security and defend our democracy".Krishnamoorthi, after Pelosi announced his appointment, said: "It is very humbling to be chosen to serve on the Intelligence Committee in this Congress, and I am ready to join with my colleagues in preserving the safety and security of our nation"."The intelligence challenges and international threats facing our country today are vast, ranging from terrorism to cyber warfare to investigating Russia’s previous and continuing attempts to sabotage our democracy."I am honored that the Speaker and Caucus have placed their trust in me and the contributions I'll make to the Committee. When I took the oath of office, I swore to protect and defend the Constitution from all threats, foreign and domestic, and I know that the work we do under the leadership of Chairman Adam Schiff will fulfill that solemn duty," Krishnamoorthi said.Born in New Delhi, a North Indian state of India, to a Tamil-speaking family has moved to Buffalo New York when he was three months aged. Krishnamoorthi attended Princeton University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He also attended Harvard Law School.-Sowmya Sangam

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Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas to Focus on Connecting PIOs with India January 17, 2019 07:20

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Sammelan or Indian diaspora conclave, beginning on January 21 will be focusing on connecting a new generation of Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) with their home country, said External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday.Addressing a press conference in Lucknow, she said, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Sammelan and on the same evening, film actor and Bharatiya Janata Party Member of Parliament Hema Malini will perform Gangavataran on the bank of Ganga river.The Pravasi Bharatiya Sammelan will be conferred on 30 individuals for their accomplishments and achievements in different fields.On January 24, the participants will be taken to Prayagraj to take part in Kumbh Mela after the end of the event on January 23. Kumbh Mela is an event a mass Hindu pilgrimage of faith in which Hindus gather to bathe in a holy or sacred river.Up to now, 7,000 people have registered for the event. The chief guest is Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth of Mauritius.Read: Over 5,000 Register for Indian Diaspora ConclaveBesides the setting up of a tent city to accommodate delegates, a special part of the PBD will be "Kashi ka Aathithya", whereby arrangements will be made for overseas Indians to stay free of charge in the homes of residents of Varanasi.There will be different sessions dedicated to topics such as the diaspora's role in capacity building for artificial intelligence, developing India's cyber capacity, Indian community groups working for Indian nationals in distress, and inexpensive solar power and waste management.-Sowmya Sangam

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