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2 April, 2015 11:23 PM Buddha link high on PM’s eastern foray

Officials are considering several options to take the Buddhist initiative forward Buddhism will be the common thread of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to China, South Korea and Mongolia from May 14 to 19. The government is “keen on drawing up a Buddhist connect” as part of its “Look East, Act East” policy, a senior official said. Ahead of the Prime 355

2 April, 2015 4:44 PM AP CM urges officials to achieve double digit growth rate

Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday urged government officials to work towards achieving a double digit growth rate in the state. Naidu, who held a meeting through video conference with district collectors and senior officials of different departments from here, told them that efforts should be made to overcome the state's 162

2 April, 2015 12:06 PM Food from the frontier

Deepa Alexander feasts on a melting pot of flavours and memories from across the Punjab.  Zan, zamin, zar (women, land, gold), an old proverb that underlines the three things in the Punjab that bring the blood to boil. Add to the list a fourth — fluffy batura with fiery Pindi chole, sprinkled with a hint of pomegranate powder — especially if there is a long queue 126

2 April, 2015 10:41 AM Shades of kindred voices

The spirit of 22 female artists finds expression in diverse mediums. April 03, being a woman is about facing challenges in the most unexpected situations. So, when a power failure threatened to eclipse the inaugural of the multimedia art exhibition featuring the works of 22 female artists at the Lalit Kala Akademi, the artists were unfazed. They effected 24

2 April, 2015 10:22 AM Breathtaking confluence Meenakshi temple

The name Madurai always conjures up a collage of images. Politically and culturally ever vibrant, the city, also called Naanmadakoodal, Koodalnagaram, Aalavainagaram and so on has a rich Tamil literary heritage too. Being the seat of Sangaththamizh, Madurai was the literary capital of the Tamil kings, poet Nakkeeran leading the illustrious band of scholars 69

2 April, 2015 10:19 AM Sugarcane farmer kills self in Meerut

Meerut: A 50-year-old sugarcane farmer in the district allegedly committed suicide with his kin claiming that he was upset over debts and non-payment of dues by a sugar mill. According to police, Veerpal committed suicide last evening by hanging himself from a tree in his field in Jhinjhapur village here. Expressing concern over the second suicide within 53

2 April, 2015 7:26 AM Cousins Gang-Raped at Gunpoint in Badaun, Where Sisters Were Found Hanging Last Year

New Delhi: Two minor girls, who are cousins, were allegedly kidnapped and gang-raped at gunpoint by five men in Badaun, a part of Uttar Pradesh that was under the glare of the media for much of last year after two cousins were found hanging from a tree. On Tuesday evening, the girls had reportedly gone to the fields to relieve themselves when men from a neighbouring 15

2 April, 2015 6:35 AM Badaun gang-rape: 2 minor sisters kidnapped, gang-raped by 5

Badaun, Apr 1 : Two minor girls, both cousins, were allegedly kidnapped and gang-raped at gun point by five persons in Jareef Nagar area here, almost a year after a similar incident in the district had stirred Uttar Pradesh and opposition had attacked the government over law and order. (READ-Badaun case: Family of cousins challenge CBI’s closure report) 138

2 April, 2015 5:50 AM Blood test to tell if you can catch peanut allergy

Researchers have developed a simple blood test which can foretell whether one was liable to have severe allergic reactions to peanut and seafood. To detect food allergies, physicians typically use skin prick tests or blood tests that measure levels of allergen-specific IgE (sIgE), a protein made by the immune system. However, these tests cannot predict 28

2 April, 2015 3:55 AM Badaun rerun: 2 minor girls gangraped by 5 at gunpoint

Badaun, April 2: Almost a year after the alleged gangrape of two sisters shook Badaun, comes another similiar incident. Two minor girls were kidnapped at gun point and allegedly gangraped by five men. The incident took place on Wednesday night after the girls ventured out of their homes for some work. When both the girls did not return back for a long time, their 42