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Donald Trump Donates $100,000 from Annual Salary to Department of Homeland Security March 19, 2019 05:34

President Donald Trump on Monday announced that he is donating USD 100,000 from his annual presidential salary to the Department of Homeland Security, which works to improve the security of the United States. Trump announced the decision through his Twitter handle with a photo of cheque donating to DHS amounting to USD 100,000, which is one-quarter of his annual salary of USD 400,000."While the press doesn't like writing about it, nor do I need them to, I donate my yearly Presidential salary of $400,000.00 to different agencies throughout the year, this to Homeland Security. If I didn't do it there would be hell to pay from the FAKE NEWS MEDIA!" he tweeted. While the press doesn’t like writing about it, nor do I need them to, I donate my yearly Presidential salary of $400,000.00 to different agencies throughout the year, this to Homeland Security. If I didn’t do it there would be hell to pay from the FAKE NEWS MEDIA! pic.twitter.com/xqIGUOwh4x — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2019 The department's work includes customs, border, and immigration enforcement, emergency response to natural and man-made disasters, anti-terrorism work, and cybersecurity.Since taking office in 2017, Trump has donated a part of his annual presidential salary to various government agencies. In January, Trump donated USD 100,000 to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, which is a part of the United States National Institutes of Health. In October earlier this year, he donated a similar amount to the Small Business Administration, a government agency providing support to entrepreneurs and small businesses in the United States.By Sowmya Sangam

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Students from Across the Globe Think Learning Hindi Is Fun: Chicago Professor Jason Grunebaum March 19, 2019 05:25

The popularity of Hindi language in the United States is utmost and Jason Grunebaum, the senior lecturer of Hindi, University of Chicago believes the favor to India’s regional language is because a large number of people are intrigued about Indian culture, music, literature, dance, and food. Jason Grunebaum was 18 when he first visited India and in real time fell in love with the country. He admired the country so much that he choose Hindi as his second language to pursue Comparative Literature when he began his Bachelor of Arts studies at Brown University.“Studying Hindi as my second language at the college level allowed me to return to India. I lived in Varanasi for almost a year and then later started to work as a Hindi-Urdu interpreter for the International Committee of the Red Cross,” said Jason Grunebaum. In order to study Indian culture, one is encouraged to take up a Hindi course in the United States. “It is not only Hindi speaking people, but students from across the globe are drawn to Hindi. They think learning Hindi is fun,” adds Grunebaum. “My second-year students are already reading Hindi literature and have finished books by eminent writers such as Premchand, Uday Prakash, Yashpal, Mohan Rakesh, Shubham Shree and more. They are now inclined towards literary works of Urdu writers such as Faiz and Sadat Hassan Manto.“Everything from the village novel to regional literature to the Hindi-Urdu questions to Braj poetry is included in the curriculum,” said Grunebaum.The basic requirement to register in Hindi course in the United States is to have basic knowledge of reading and writing Devnagari script. “This is world’s easiest script to learn, so most students learn it in one week,” he said.“Despite being the second-most spoken language in the world, Hindi is understudied and undervalued,” said Grunebaum. Deep, personal reasons for wanting to learn the language make Hindi students dedicated. “Apart from the fun we have in the class, Hindi gives an opportunity for emerging scholars and literary translators to make a mark,” he adds. Learning Hindi is way different in the U.S. “Indian students emphasize rote memorization, while language learning in the U.S. emphasizes on practical learning. A student asks questions, analyses the literature and uses the language skills,” says Jason.The job prospects for Hindi students is growing as the students are absorbed as journalists, academicians, translators and interpreters for the U.S. government.The University of Chicago has been teaching Hindi for over fifty years. In addition to Hindi, courses for Indian languages such as Bangla, Urdu, Tamil, Sanskrit, and Marathi are also offered at the university. As per the Association for Asian Studies, Hindi is being offered in as many as 50 colleges and universities in the United States.By Sowmya Sangam

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Salman Khan To Launch His Own Television Channel March 18, 2019 13:03

According to media reports, Bollywood Superstar Salman is reportedly in planning to launch his own Television channel. Reports stated that actor already is in search for the sufficient content for his new upcoming channel. Salman Khan entered into television production a few months back with ‘The Kapil Sharma Show. SKTV is the name of his production house which is producing the show. Not only a TV channel, as per the reports, the actor is also planning to expand his non-profit organisation Being Human with the new venture called Being Children, which will be mainly related to Children. On the work Front, the actor will next be seen in Ali Abbas Zafar's 'Bharat' which co-stars Tabu, Katrina Kaif, Disha Patani and Sunil Grover. Produced by Atul Agnihotri and Bhushan Kumar the movie will release during Eid this year. -Sai  

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Hyderabad Woman Trafficked to Kuwait, MEA Appeals to Police to Crack Down on Illegal Travel Agent March 18, 2019 12:00

The Ministry of External Affairs has written the Telangana Director General of Police to crack down on an illegal travel agent Mohd Aleem in Hyderabad for allegedly trafficking Mehraj Begum to Kuwait. In February, the son of the 42-year-old woman, Mohd Sarda reached out to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for help to rescue his mother.“This is the first time that MEA has written to the police directly asking for action against the agent. Generally, MEA first asks us to get an FIR on the matter - and that is where we run into the first hurdle,” MEA spokesperson Amjed Ullah Khan was cited as saying by The News Minute. “Police often refuse to file an FIR or delay it for months after the complaint has been given,” he alleges.“In case we have an FIR, the MEA coordinates with the Indian embassy. This is the first case where it has officially written to the Telangana police to crack down on the agent,” Amjed adds.  The case in question came to light in a letter dated February 12 by Mohd Sardar to the MEA. He said that his mother was offered a job by Mohd Aleem of Hope Placement Services in Banjara Hills. She was allegedly told that she would be going to work as a beautician in Kuwait on a salary of 200 Kuwaiti Dinar (approximately Rs 45,206). Once there, however, she was made to work as a domestic help without any proper food and accommodation.“She is being taken to different houses of her employer and relatives to work also. When she wanted to return, her employer is demanding Rs 2 lakh to allow her to go back saying that he has given the money to the said agents and bought her. When I approached the above-said travel agents and asked them to bring back my mother, even they are demanding money to call her back (sic),” Mohd Sardar alleged in the letter.The matter was taken into cognizance by MEA on March 1 and wrote to the Telangana DGP, pointing out that Mohd Aleem and his agency were illegal. “[They] are not registered under section 10 of the Emigration Act, 1983 and hence it is not authorized to carry out overseas recruitment business without obtaining a valid Registration Certificate,” points out the letter, signed by RA Meena, Under Secretary to the Government of India.The MEA has also asked the police to register a case in the matter, investigate it thoroughly and send an action report to the Ministry at the earliest.By Sowmya Sangam

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ICC Leaving No Stone Unturned For Word Cup Security March 18, 2019 11:51

International Cricket Council CEO David Richardson said Sunday that the security will remain their top priority going into World Cup.Talking to reporters on the sidelines of Pakistan Super League (PSL) final in Karachi, ICC chief executive said security had to remain “an absolute priority”.After Bangladesh Cricket Players narrowly escaped from the mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch. They were arriving in a bus at on of the mosque before shooting began. 50 people killed in one of the worst attack in New Zealand. He said, “I don’t think security is anything new, obviously something happening in New Zealand probably took a lot of people by surprise and it emphasised the need not to be complacent, especially going into the World Cup.”“I know the work has already been done by the security director together with all the security agencies in the UK and they are leaving no stone unturned,” Richardson said.The England and Wales Cricket Board will host the World Cup from May 30 to July 14He said that Pakistan had taken a great step ahead for safely hosting PSL matches“The perception outside of Pakistan was that it was quite a dangerous place to visit in the past and that perception slowly but surely has been changed,” he said.By Sai Kumar

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s Stunning Picture Before Miss World Is Setting Internet on Fire March 18, 2019 10:47

The eternal beauty Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who won the title of Miss World in 1994, once had plans to take up the field of medicine and architecture. But since being the owner of the title of the World’s Beautiful Woman, there has been no turning back for the actress. However, there is an unseen breathtaking picture of Aishwarya Rai that was revealed by a Twitter user which looks to be from a time before Aishwarya shot to worldwide fame after her Miss World win. unseen #Aishwarya #AishwaryaRai #AishwaryaRaiBachchan pic.twitter.com/ze0CFPy8t1 — Amin (@Amiin990) March 16, 2019 The actress won the title of Miss World in 1994 when she was 21 years old. And today, at 45, Aishwarya has just gone on to prove that ‘Age is just a number’. On the work front, Aishwarya, who we can refer to as eternal beauty, is speculated to have given her nod for Sanjay Leela Bhansali's biopic on Sahir Ludhianvi. -Sowmya Sangam  

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Tired at Workplace? Eating Pizza and These Five Other Foods Helps to Increase Productivity March 18, 2019 10:31

No matter how action-packed your work involves, at some time you might get exhausted or find yourself looking for motivation. Nevertheless, a recent study has found that a pizza can help you add productivity to your work, just like a coffee helping you in being awake and active. This study was conducted by an American psychologist Dan Ariely who wanted to observe the productivity patterns of workers in an organization and found that along with receiving compliments from the boss, a pizza can increase productivity in the workplace. The research was conducted on the workers of a factory. They were presented with incentive offers like a free pizza, bonus claim and compliments from a boss. The researcher then observed the productivity patterns and analyzed them for a week. He found that those who chose to get a free pizza displayed the highest level of productivity. The next in line was the boss's compliment. Surprisingly, the money did not get any high productivity but instead, the particular group saw a fall by over 13 percent in one week. Thus clearly, a free pizza is found to work as a better motivator over money among the employees. A free pizza may work well as a cheer up and motivate some to do better, but it is not so good for one ultimately. Here are some other foods that can help you in increasing your work productivity: BananasAny fruit is good for health but if you are precisely looking for productivity in that case bananas are good as they have an energy-inducing ingredient. It also adds to your body's glucose needs. Best is to have a banana, between two meals.NutsAlmonds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, walnuts are some of the things that you should always carry or keep around your work desk. Other than enhancing productivity, these nuts also help in managing our mood. They help you in keeping your willpower. OatsOats are a rich source of nutrition as they contain B-vitamins, magnesium, potassium, and fiber which generally help in the nervous system. You can easily include oats in your breakfast and it not only is a filling option but also boosts productivity. Oats also help in regulating blood sugar levels.Dark chocolateDark chocolate is best-known to relieve stress levels. Dark chocolate contains cacao which has many antioxidants that help in improving cognitive functions.EggsOne should include at least one egg every day. Having an egg helps in increasing the memory and also speeds up activity. An egg has a B-vitamin called choline which is said to stimulate the brain's sensors.These are some of the foods which can help you increase your productivity at the workplace.By Sowmya Sangam

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Candidates Offering Free Air Ticket to NRIs for Casting Vote Will Face Disqualification: Election Commission March 18, 2019 10:22

Ahead of Lok Sabha elections in India, the Election Commission of India (ECI) is issuing stringent mandates to steer clear of anything below the belt. Similarly, any candidate canvassing for votes overseas found luring Non-Resident Indian (NRI) voters with a free air ticket to cast vote may lose his/her candidature or end up in jail, election commission warned.In exhaustive guidelines laid out by the EC on the conduct of candidates and voters in the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections, the top poll conducting authority has said the candidate was free to go overseas for canvassing."All expenditure incurred by those candidates, their party agents or party leaders on their travel, boarding, lodging etc. who travel to overseas countries for the purpose of canvassing in their favour to seek votes of overseas electors residing there, would be deemed to be the expenditure incurred or authorized by the candidates in connection with their election and will have to be included in their account of election expenses," the EC said."Moreover, any inducement to overseas electors by way of air tickets or any other allurements to them, in cash or kind, to come to India for the purpose of voting at the election would amount to the electoral offence of ‘bribery’ within the meaning of section 171B of the IPC as also the corrupt practice of ‘Bribery’ within the meaning of section 123(1) of the Representation of the People Act.” There are 71,735 overseas electors enrolled in the current electoral rolls in India. The EC has made it clear that there is no provision of online voting or proxy voting yet for NRIs. All the NRI voters will have to travel in person to India carrying Indian passport as identity proof to cast their vote, go to the booth where the person’s details are registered and vote.By Sowmya Sangam

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Allu Arjun's Next Titled? March 18, 2019 06:32

Stylish Star Allu Arjun after the disaster of Naa Peru Surya is on a break. He took enough care on his next and signed a film for Trivikram Srinivas. The entire pre-production work of the film got completed recently and the film will have its official launch and regular shoot on April 8th. Allu Arjun is preparing himself on the newly designed look for this film. The movie is said to be an emotional drama and it narrates about the bonding of a father and his son. As per the ongoing speculations, the film is titled Nanna Nenu. The movie features Pooja Hegde as the heroine and SS Thaman is on board to compose the music. Geetha Arts, Haarika and Hassine Creations will jointly produce this prestigious project. The film will be shot in back to back schedules without major breaks and is slated for Dasara release this year. Allu Arjun is all set to surprise the audience in a new look.    

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Watch Hasan Minhaj’s Hilarious Take on 2019 Lok Sabha Polls March 18, 2019 06:02

An Indian origin American comedian Hasan Minhaj in the latest episode of ‘Patriot Act’, in his weekly news comedy show on Netflix, has delivered a hilarious primer on the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Hasan begins the episode by showing desi uncles and aunties warning him against discussing Indian politics. “Look, talking about politics in India can get you in a lot of trouble, especially because I am Indian and Muslim,” the comedian says. “It is very weird to be something that people love and also be something that people do not like. Right, it’s like if one half of you was Oreo cookie and the other half with Muslim.” Minhaj explains the stakes in the election: “Since [Prime Minister Narendra] Modi came to power, India has grown more hostile to minority groups. Among a vocal minority, there has been a resurgence in religious nationalism, specifically Hindu nationalism, the idea that India is a Hindu nation,” which is against secularism, enshrined in the Indian constitution. Joking about his background as a Muslim, the comedian says he might be branded as a Pakistani agent, or a Qatari agent, or an Iranian, or a Saudi. One of the highlights of the episode is Minhaj’s interview with Congress Party leader Shashi Tharoor. The comedian asks the former minister to name one political figure in the United States that Americans could identify Tharoor with. But the Member of Indian Parliament says that there is no equivalent, as the systems in the two countries are different. Watch the Entire Episode Here: The show also speaks about, among other issues, corruption and criminality in Indian politics, the absurdities and the banalities on Indian television, and the much-talked-about hug between Modi and President Donald Trump during their White House meeting a couple of years ago. Citing Modi’s response to Gujarat riots and the prime minister’s “history of saying a lot with silence,” Minhaj says, “Ultimately, Modi follows the Lil Wayne rule of diplomacy: Real G’s move in silence like lasagna.” Minhaj, who came to national prominence through Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, as a “senior correspondent,” launched the Patriot Act in October 2018.  He is the first South Asian American to have a weekly show on Netflix. -Sangam Sowmya  

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