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Tips For Healthy Winter Skin November 15, 2018 18:25

Wintertime can bring havoc on your skin - making it dry, itchy, and irritated and it can feel like there is no running away. The cold, blustery conditions outside can leave your skin feeling raw, while indoor heat zaps moisture from the air and from your skin. Even the things that turn winter fantastic, for instance sitting by a roaring fire, can dry your skin, as the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) notes. And although taking a hot shower might seem like a good way to warm up, hot water dries out your skin by uncovering it of its natural oils. But there are umpteen simple ways to fight the causes of dry winter skin and help keep your skin feeling wet and supple all season long, plus some easy changes to your mundane. Moisturizer After Bath After taking a not-quite-so-hot bathing, "blot skin dry and apply a thick moisturizer within a few minutes after bathing to seal the water into the skin," says Linda Stein Gold, MD, a dermatologist at Henry Ford Hospital in West Bloomfield, Michigan. (Image Source: Self.com) Here are other tips to keep in mind when it comes to effective winter skincare so that you can feel your best all winter long. Use Humidifier Using a humidifier in your abode or workplace will add moisture to dry winter air and help keep your skin hydrated. (Image Source: Medical News Today) Run a humidifier in the rooms you pass the most time in, including your sleeping room. Lower the Thermostat When it is chilly outside, what's the first thing you want to do? Crank up the heat! But central heat can turn the air in your house exceedingly drier. (Image Source: blog.doctoroz.com) Try setting the thermoregulator at a cool yet comfy setting - 68°F to 72°F - to maintain rose-cheeked skin. Limit Shower Time It may be enticing to take a prolonged, steamy shower, but your skin will be much better served with a 5- to 10-minute lukewarm bath or shower, as the AAD suggests. (Image Source: Wellandgood.com) You should likewise avoid using overly hot water when washing your hands. Washing your hands in cooler water seems to be as effective at removing germs as warm water and is to a lesser extent irritating to skin, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And if you are using a restroom air hand-dryer, use it just until your hands are moist rather than absolutely dry. Choose Gentle, Fragrance-Free Cleansers The wrong soap can worsen itchy, dry skin. For instance, regular bar soaps may include annoying ingredients and fragrances. As an alternative, wash with a fragrance-free, moisturizing cleanser or gel. (Image Source: TheIndependent) You can also prevent winter skin problems by using less soap overall, so limit your soapsuds to essential areas, such as your hands, armpits, genital organs, and feet. Apply Sunscreen On bright winter days, snow reflects the sun's rays accelerating your risk of exposure. That means whether you are out on the slopes, playing in the snow, or just walking through a parking lot on an errand run, it is just as important to be applying sunscreen in the rough winter weather as it is in the summertime. (Image Source: Allure) And don't be deceived by dreary, darker, days in winter, either. The sun's harmful UV (Ultraviolet) rays can permeate clouds and still cause damage. Before you go outdoors, use a moisturizing, broad-spectrum sunblock with an SPF (Sun protection factor) of 15 or higher to all open areas of your body. Wear Appropriate Clothing Galore cold-weather cloths can worsen dry winter skin. "Keep wool and rough clothing from directly touching your skin," Stein Gold says. "This can cause dry skin to get irritated and itchy." (Image Source: TheEverygirl) Rather, wear light layers made from soft, breathable materials straight against your skin, and then pull on your warmer, heavier sweaters. Be certain to defend your hands from cold winter air with gloves or mittens, remembering to pick out a set that won't annoy your skin. If you opt for wool gloves, put on cotton or silk glove liners first. By Sowmya

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Second Trump-Kim Summit in 2019: Mike Pence November 15, 2018 18:03

The United States Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday made it official that the second summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump would happen next year. The first summit between Trump and Kim was held on June 12 in Singapore, in which the North Korean leader had agreed to work in the direction of denuclearizing the country and the U.S. President had assured security for the regime, according to Efe news. "We believe that the summit will likely occur after the first of the year, but the when and where of that is still being worked out," Pence told the media here after meeting South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Trump said earlier this week that the meeting with Kim would take place at the beginning of 2019 and added that he was happy with the discussions with Pyongyang, despite late reports that missile bases in North Korea remained progressive. Pence said that Trump was determined to maintain sanctions and maximum pressure on the North Korean regime to avoid a repetition of past errors, referring to Pyongyang not sticking to committedness once sanctions were lifted. The U.S. Vice President praised Chinese endeavors on the issue and added that Trump would talk about North Korea with Chinese President Xi Jinping when the two meet in Buenos Aires later this month during the G20 summit. Pence stressed the demand to hold back close collaboration between Washington and Seoul after his meeting with Moon in which the two leaders officially approved the objective of achieving an out-and-out and verifiable denuclearization of North Korea. By Sowmya

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Record Number of Foreigners Visited India This Year on E-Visa November 15, 2018 15:31

A total of 18.78 lakh foreigners toured India this year within the first 10 months on E-visa (Electronic-visa) - four times more than the 4.47 lakh figure registered in 2015 and the highest up to now. The maximum number of visitors who availed of this facility were from the United Kingdom, the United States, China, France, and Germany. A home ministry release said that arrivals between January and October 2018 also broke earlier this year's record when 17 lakh foreigners visited India on E-visa, citing liberalization of the visa regime by India as an account for the spike in figures. The fee collection this year till October 31 was $ 137,527,270 which was $ 105,558,496 in 2017. The top five countries whose nationals availed E-visa services are the UK (2,921,432), the U.S. (2,213,393), China(1,270,224), France (1,071,855) and Germany (89,863). Nationals of 166 countries can now relish these E-visa - accessible for five categories such as Business, Tourist, Conference, Medical, and medical attendant - facility at 26 airports and five seaports, and can be availed three times in one year against twice a year earlier, said the release. The local Foreigner Regional Registration Office (FRRO) has been empowered now to extend the duration of electronic visas beyond 60 days up to 90 days, said the release. "With the E-visa facility, the foreigner does not have to interact with any Indian official until his arrival at the immigration counter. For foreigners who are already in India and require any consular or visa services like an extension, conversion, exit permission or any of the total 27 visa-related services, an online e-FRRO facility has now been launched throughout the country. "The foreigners do not have to physically visit the offices of FRROs. They can apply as well as receive consular or visa services online after making an online payment," it said. To advance cruise tourism, immigration facilities have been provided at five major seaports where e-landing permits are acknowledged to passengers for their onshore site-seeing. "The condition of biometric enrolment for such tourists arriving at Mumbai, Cochin, Mormugao, Chennai and New Mangalore ports has also been suspended till December 2020 to ensure faster immigration clearance so that cruise tourists can spend maximum time on shore." Foreign nationals who fall sick during their stay in India can now avail medical treatment without converting their visa into medical visa, said the release. The Centre is also allowing conversion of any category of visa of a foreigner who is married to an Indian citizen, person of Indian origin or overseas citizen of India (OCI) card holder into an entry visa at any point of time by the FRRO himself. State governments or the FRROs can at present take decision locally and grant Protected Area Permit (PAP) or Restricted Area Permit (RAP) instantly to foreigners planning to visit places which are not open for tourism. Such permissions are given only after a prior reference is made by the concerned state or Union Territories to the Home Ministry. Earlier, foreigners visiting Andaman and Nicobar Islands required a visa as well as a RAP. With a perspective to promoting the flow of tourism and investment, 30 Andaman and Nicobar islands have been excluded from the RAP regime, the release said. "Foreigners will also be allowed to visit 11 uninhabited islands, to be notified by Andaman and Nicobar Islands Admn., only for day trips without any RAP." The Ministry has also reduced the minimum remuneration requirement from Rs. 7.80 lakh to Rs. 3.60 lakh per annum for grant of intern visa which is presently available at any time throughout the course of study. By Sowmya

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Scores of Indian-Americans Celebrate Chhath Puja in U.S. November 15, 2018 15:10

Scores of Indian-Americans, mainly those tracing their roots of Jharkhand, Bihar, and eastern Uttar Pradesh across the United States on Wednesday celebrated Chhath Puja braving sub-zero temperature. In the Maryland suburb of Capital Washington D.C., Chhath Puja was held on the banks of the historic Potomac River, which was attended by nearly 400 people while a large number of them gathered on a lakeside at Monroe Township's Thompson Park in New Jersey. It was a beautiful scene at both the places, as onlookers compared the ceremony site to their memories of India's Chhath Puja. Chhath entails worship of the Sun God and is observed chiefly by people from Bihar, Jharkhand and eastern Uttar Pradesh. "This year it was the largest ever gathering for Chhath Puja," said prominent Indian-American Kripa Singh from Virginia, who along with his wife Anita started celebrating Chhath Puja in a traditional way about a decade ago on the banks of the Potomac River. India's Deputy Ambassador to the U.S., Santosh Jha, who hails from Bihar also attended the Chhath Puja on Wednesday. Over the years, it has evolved as a community event. Likewise, hundreds of families having Bihari-Jharkhand root gathered to support the ladies performing the ceremony in New Jersey. People from as far as Vancouver and Michigan attended the Chhath Puja in New Jersey, according to a press release issued by the Bihar and Jharkhand Association of North America. "It reminds me of attending Chhath in Patna," said Deputy Consul General New York, Shatrughan Sinha. By Sowmya

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DeepVeer Wedding: Even Smriti Irani Worn out Waiting for Couple's Photo November 15, 2018 13:03

As Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh tied the knot in private wedding at the picturesque Lake Como in Italy on Wednesday, the fans of the actors are keenly waiting to see the newlyweds in one frame. However, with a strict no-picture policy in place and heavy security at the venue equivalent to that provided to the world leaders, the media and the fans are struggling to get their hands on wedding pictures. Guess who else is getting restless for that one magnificent picture? It is none other than Union Textile Minister Smriti Irani. Yes, you read that right! Taking to Instagram, Irani shared a picture of a skeleton, captioning it as, "#when you have waited for #deepveer #wedding #pics for too longgggg."       View this post on Instagram #when you have waited for #deepveer #wedding #pics for too longgggg A post shared by Smriti Irani (@smritiiraniofficial) on Nov 14, 2018 at 8:13am PST After a traditional Konkani-style wedding on Wednesday, the couple will also get married on November 15 as per Sindhi rituals and traditions and we can barely wait for the photos of the newlyweds forthwith. -Sowmya  

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Indian-Origin Teen Creates New Tool To Treat Pancreatic Cancer November 15, 2018 11:56

The invention of 19-year-old Indian-American is imminent to change the method doctors treat pancreatic cancer, a type of cancer that begins in the organ lying behind the lower part of the stomach (pancreas). Rishab Jain from Portland, United States, won the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge earlier this month for coming up with an algorithm that uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to help doctors target pancreas during cancer treatment, according to a report by TIME. Pancreatic cancer is extremely hard to medicate and is oftentimes discovered at a later stage, with a survival rate of less than 7 percent. The characteristic that makes Rishab's algorithm so dominant is that pancreas is hard to spot as they move around. Currently, doctors target radiation in the area they believe pancreas is, in the process also killing other healthy cells. "In the radiotherapy treatment where radiation is applied to kill tumor cells, my tool tracks the pancreas in the scan itself. When the radiation hits, it hits the pancreas accurately and efficiently so it can help treat the tumor much more effectively," TIME quoted Rishab as saying. Rishab believes his algorithm can be merged in the hospital’s existing radiography equipment and he is presently on the job with doctors from top institutes to push out the project. Pancreatic cancer is the 13th most common cancer across the globe, according to a Lancet study from October 2015. With an exceptionally high mortality rate, it is the eight most common cause of death from cancer. More than a quarter million people worldwide have lost their lives to it. According to a report by CNN, the reason behind pancreatic cancer so deadly is the lack of symptoms during early stages when it is most treatable. Experts say, there are no screening tools specific to this kind of cancer. As a consequence, in many cases, the discovery of the disease gets delayed. The detection is many times limited to distinct symptoms like abdominal pain and jaundice. By Sowmya

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Viswanathan Anand Wins Chess India Blitz Tournament November 15, 2018 11:45

Indian chess Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand stepped it up grand style to win the inaugural Tata Steel Chess India Blitz Tournament overcoming overnight Japanese-American Chess Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura in the play-off in Kolkata on Wednesday. Placed fourth after the first leg on Tuesday, five-time world champion Anand had a dream run on the final day to secure six wins and three draws in the nine rounds to draw level with Nakamura to force a play-off. Related content: Hikaru Nakamura Wins Tata Steel Chess India Rapid In the two-round playoff, which was quicker than blitz in a reduced time format of a three-minute game, Anand, 48, won with white pieces, before drawing with black to seal the issue 1.5-0.5. "I wanted to show the audience what is that I do in some other parts of the world all the time and it was nice to be able to do it here," said Anand, who played in Kolkata for the first time after the third Goodricke Open in 1992. "It was just the most magical day for me… Here, I did not have any problem with motivation. It genuinely meant a lot to me to do well here," Anand added. The legend was also playing his first competition in India after being deposed in the 2013 World Championship by Magnus Carlsen at his hometown. "It's long been a dream of mine. And we have ticked the other boxes, we have good opens, we have strong players. But the one thing that was lacking was frequent visits by the top players in the world. Now we have that. So it meant a lot to me to be able to play here in India and especially here in Kolkata," Anand who played his first GM tournament here in 1986 said. In the blitz category, the five-time World Champion of classical chess had last won a bronze medal at in December 2017 at Riyadh World Championship in, the same meet where he had also won the rapid title. The American of Japanese descent had a forgettable outing on the final leg where he managed to win four and drew four and experienced a defeat to Pentala Harikrishna in the 11th round. In the last round, India's youngest Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa did an immense favor to Anand when he held Nakamura in the final round. Playing with whites against the 13-year-old Nakamura was on the edge of winning but the wildcard contestant Praggnanandhaa perhaps displayed the best defensive game of his life to manage a remarkable draw that forced a playoff against Anand. In the play-off, Anand, who is world ranked 11 in blitz, was at his best winning the first in an Italian game. In the beginning, Namamura took some risks, however, Anand displayed a solid game with a one-up pawn. They had a rook and pawn endgame where Anand sealed the issue with a brilliant display. Down 0-1, Nakamura in the second game played with a long-term master plan in the second game thinking Anand would break down attempting to defend. But Anand was at his aggressive best and went in for an all-out attack to put Nakamura in the backfoot. Eventually, the game was forced in opposite square bishop endgame where Nakamura was forced to admit a draw and hand the championship to Anand.Nakamura gave Anand the ideal acclaim when he said there is no reason why the 48-year-old should stop playing. "To me what Vishy has done… I am almost certain I won't be playing chess at that age. So it's really remarkable and I think especially if you compare (him) against Gary (Kasparov) for example. Gary kind of came out of retirement to play in St Lucia. "And I think Vishy did better than he did. It just shows what a truly amazing chess player he is," Nakamura said. By Sowmya

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Trump Praises India-Americans for Playing Incredible Role in His Admin November 14, 2018 17:41

President Donald Trump, who has appointed more than two dozen Indian-Americans to senior positions since he took office in 2017, has praised them for their "incredible" performance in his administration.Reflective of the recognition of the inherent talent that Indian-Americans have in various fields, Trump has entrusted members of this small ethnic community, comprising about one percent of the total United States population, with the task of running some of the crucial departments of his administration."I'm grateful to have numerous Americans of Indian and Southeast Asian heritage who fulfill critical roles across my administration. And they’ve done an incredible job," Trump said as he hosted Diwali celebrations in the historic Roosevelt Room on Tuesday.Except for the former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, some two dozen of his top Indian-American lieutenants were present at the celebrations.Haley, the first-Indian-American appointed to a top Cabinet-level position, resigned last month as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. And as a Diwali gift to the community, Trump surprised many by announcing that he has nominated his regulatory czar Neomi Jehangir Rao, to the powerful U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. Rao, 45, would replace the Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, where he served earlier before heading to the apex court.In eight years, former president Barack Obama had appointed more than 50 Indian-Americans to key administration positions, including Raj Shah as United States Agency for International Development administrator; Nisha Desai Biswal as the Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia and Richard Verma as the U.S. Ambassador to India.By appointing more than two dozen Indian Americans in key administrative positions, Trump seems to be on the track to break the record set by his predecessor Obama. At the White House Diwali event, Trump profusely praised the significant role of Indian-Americans in the development of the country and his administration as well."Many of them are here today, including the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commissions, Ajit Pai," Trump said as he asked him to come near him."Ajit, where's Ajit? Come here, Ajit. I just didn't like one decision he made, but that's all right," he said as the small audience burst into laughter. "Not even a little bit. But he's independent," said the president.Seema Verma, who in her capacity as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, is playing a key role in healthcare reforms, Trump said and (she) is doing a great job. "Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Neil Chatterjee. Where is Neil? Good. Nice to see you," said the U.S. president indicating that he personally knows each one of these Indian-Americans."The acting administrator of Drug Enforcement, and another person that I've become very close to, Uttam Dhillon," Trump said."Uttam, where are you?... Come on up here, Uttam. Look. Now you're famous. He’ll do a great job," said the president.Then he called Under Secretary of State, Manisha Singh. "Manisha, hi. Congratulations. Great job," Trump said as he finally made a big shout-out to his close aide Raj Shah, the White House Deputy Press Secretary. Shah is the first Indian American to hold this position."Deputy White House Press Secretary, Raj. We just have to say "Raj. Where's our Raj? Come here, Raj. Good job. Raj has been with us for a long time, and what a great job he does," Trump said acknowledging the key role this young Indian-American in the 30s has been playing in the White House.-Sowmya Sangam

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U.S. Comedian Jokes over Statue of Unity, Receives Counterblast November 14, 2018 17:32

The Statue of Unity, honoring Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, has turned to be a worldwide topic of dialogue for being the tallest statue in the world, exceeding several prominent statues across the globe, including the Statue of Liberty. While the inauguration of Sardar Patel's statue came as proud moment for the country, and amid reports that more than a lakh visitors went to see it in the first 11 days since it was open, Trevor Noah, host of 'The Daily Show', an American television program ridiculed the statue in a section on his broadcast.Trevor Noah on Monday spoke about the Statue of Unity during his show in which he questioned India's intentions of building a $400 million (Rs 2,989 crore) statue. He went onto 'suggest' that it would have been better to build the statue of Mahatma Gandhi, by giving a bizarre reason that 'he was much skinnier, which would have reduced the cost by half':"$400 million.. for a statue? You realize for that amount of money you can fly the caravan back from Sweden first class...What are you doing India? I am not saying that India shouldn't build statues, but not build one of like Gandhi. He is also famous and he was much skinnier… Then they could have saved the materials, same height, half the cost," Noah said. #Memes are masquerading.@Trevornoah on @TheDailyShow questions India's "statue of unity"."Why not build one of #Gandhi's" instead of #SardarPatel.@realDonaldTrump using #HBO's @GameOfThrones memes for "economic sanctions" on #Iran.WatchTillEnd#Trump#India #CaravanInvasion pic.twitter.com/q7rfhJii6i — Younis Sideeq Wani (@younissideeq) November 11, 2018 Interestingly, his remarks on the Statue of Unity were not interpreted in good taste by the netizens on social media, as they ended up reminding the 'The Daily Show' host regarding the chronicle and significance behind the Statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel for India. Some of the comments Tweetaratis: @Trevornoah Just saw you trash-talking about Statue of Unity. You poor thing, you don't even know the significance of Sardar Patel. You never knew anyone beyond Gandhi because you were busy cracking poor jokes just to make idiots who watches your show laugh. You'll reach nowhere. — Karan Bhogle (@youcallmekb) November 13, 2018 @Trevornoah You can't understand the contribution of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel. So please shut-up ur mouth. Statue of Unity is not only a statue but it is Pride of India. You looks really illiterate person — Abhishek Singh

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Rajinikanth's Petta Release Date November 14, 2018 17:24

Superstar Rajinikanth is busy wrapping up back to back films. His long delayed film 2.0 is finally hitting the screens on November 29th. Shankar is the director and Lyca Productions produced the big budget sci fi thriller. Rajinikanth also wrapped up the shoot of his next film which has been titled Petta. Karthik Subbaraj is the director and Simran, Trisha essayed the female leads. The film is currently in final stages of post-production and there have been several speculations about the film's release. The makers today announced that Petta will release during Sankranthi 2019 and a new poster has been unveiled today. Vijay Sethupathi, Sasikumar, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Bobby Simha will be seen essaying other pivotal roles in Petta. Anirudh Ravichander is the music composer and Sun Pictures are the producers. Rajinikanth will be seen essaying two different roles in Petta.  

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