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T H E H E A R T B E A T O F T H E I N D I A N C O M M U N I T Y
SINGAPORE, WEEKEND OF FRIDAY,
ROHIT SHARMA TALKS
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Singapore and other countries kick-start Indian independence
leader’s two-year long 150th birth-anniversary celebrations
A child paying homage to Mahatma Gandhi during an
all-religion prayer meeting in Ahmedabad, India. (Right)
Chinese musicians in Singapore recording a version of the
song Raghupathy Raghava Raja Ram which Gandhi loved.
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Air India cabin crew to lose
allowances, fly domestic if late
AIR India has announced that its cabin
crew will lose their overseas
allowances if they report late for work.
This means they will only be allowed
to fly on domestic routes for a year.
They will also have to bear the
transportation cost for the cab sent to
their homes, which is currently
incurred by the airline. A statement
released by the country’s national
carrier also added that its cabin crew
will now stay in three-star hotels in
India and abroad.
These steps have been taken to cut
cost following the 7.3 per cent hike in
jet fuel prices.
India’s first dolphin research
centre to come up in Patna
THE National Dolphin Research
Centre, India’s and Asia’s first, will
soon be a reality in Patna. It is likely to
be set up next month on the banks of
the Ganga river in the Patna University
It will play an important role in
strengthening conservation efforts and
research to save the endangered
Gangetic river dolphin.
A well-reputed expert on Gangetic
river dolphins, R.K. Sinha, said the
Gangetic river dolphin is India’s
national aquatic animal but frequently
falls prey to poachers and is sometimes
killed after being trapped in plastic
fishing nets and hit by mechanised
He added that the centre will be “a
positive development for
much-needed dolphin research”.
Raje opens much-awaited
Dravyavati river project
RAJASTHAN’S chief minister
Vasundhara Raje inaugurated the
much-awaited Jaipur’s Dravyavati
River Rejuvenation Project on
Tuesday. The area spread over 47.5km
had degenerated with untreated
sewage, but has now been restored as a
perennial river with treated clean
The project aims to reduce
pollution, treat 170 million litres of
sewage a day, create green and social
spaces, build cycle and jogging tracks
along its banks, reduce the threat of
floods, create employment, and
transform Jaipur into a clean city, said
Delhi to tackle pollution levels
with new system
DELHI will get an ‘early warning
pollution system’ that can predict air
quality at least two days in advance.
This will help people be better
equipped to tackle sudden high
pollution levels. The system is
expected to be up by the end of this
It will draw data from 36 pollution
monitoring stations and will factor in
real-time aerosol information from
Nasa satellites, according to a report
by the Hindustan Times.
IAF on relief mission to
THE Indian Air Force (IAF) on
Tuesday embarked on a humanitarian
relief mission to help Indonesia
following an earthquake and tsunami
in which more than 1,200 lives were
An official said that the medical
teams have been instructed to be
self-contained for 10 days. IAF’s
C-130J and C-17 aircraft are carrying
rations, generators, fuel, tentage as
well as light medical equipment
including X-ray machines and
Plastic ban in six Odisha cities
THE Odisha government has enforced
a ban on the use of plastic in six cities
of the state – Bhubaneswar, Cuttack,
Berhampur, Rourkela, Sambalpur and
The ban, however, excludes plastic
for carrying and transporting garbage
and containers such as cups for milk
products, polythene packaging
materials used in plant nurseries,
blood transportation bags, syringes
and medical instruments.
Manufacturers, dealers and major
commercial establishments will face a
minimum punishment of a five-year
jail term and a fine of up to Rs1 lakh
for flouting the rule.
Small traders will be fined between
Rs2,000 and Rs3,000 for violations.
Fire at Calcutta Medical
College, 250 patients
A FIRE broke out at the Calcutta
Medical College and Hospital on
It was brought under control
after five hours as authorities
evacuated about 250 patients.
Some of the critically ill had to be
carried out by hospital staff as
there were not enough stretchers
available. A man claimed that his
father, admitted for treatment of a
respiratory problem, died after
his condition deteriorated after
inhaling smoke, though hospital
authorities said no deaths
occurred due to the blaze.
“Medicine stocks costing Rs5
crores were destroyed,” said a
spokesman for the pharmacy
housed in the damaged building.
October 5, 2018
USSIAN President Vladimir
Putin was expected to arrive in
India yesterday looking to tie
up billions of dollars in arms deals with
Prime Minister Narendra Modi which
will likely irk the United States, China
The Kremlin said before the two-day
visit by Putin and top Russian ministers
that the “key feature” would be the sign-
ing of a US$5-billion deal for the S-400
air defence system, despite the risk of
US sanctions against countries buying
Russian defence kit.
On the eve of Mr Putin’s arrival, the
US poured cold water on India’s efforts
to obtain a waiver to avoid sanctions un-
der legislation called Countering Amer-
ica’s Adversaries Through Sanctions
Upgrades in arms systems “includ-
ing the S-400 air and missile defence sys-
tem” would be a particular focus for
Caatsa, a US State Department
spokesman was quoted as saying by In-
dia’s PTI news agency.
Last month, Washington slapped fi-
nancial sanctions on the Chinese mili-
tary for buying Russian Sukhoi Su-35
fighter jets – and the S-400. However,
the US is in a difficult position when it
comes to India.
It wants to bolster ties with New
Delhi to counter China’s growing as-
sertiveness, something that has also rat-
Washington and New Delhi an-
nounced plans last month for joint mili-
tary drills in 2019 and agreed on the ex-
change of sensitive military informa-
The US is now India’s second biggest
arms supplier. But Russia remains No. 1,
and a string of new deals with the Asian
giant would be a major win for Moscow
– and a big snub to the US.
Mr Putin and Mr Modi, who appear
to enjoy a personal rapport, are also
likely to discuss a deal for four Krivak-
class frigates worth US$2 billion and
200 light utility Ka-226 helicopters
pegged at US$1 billion.
“It’s about time we showed that we
are not going to be pushed around by
Washington,” said Mr R.R. Subrama-
nian, a Delhi-based strategic affairs ana-
Experts say India needs the sophisti-
cated S-400 to fill critical gaps in its de-
fence capabilities in view of China’s rise
and perceived threats from Pakistan,
against whom India has fought three
Indian Air Force Chief Birender
Singh Dhanoa said on Wednesday that
the S-400 and the 36 Rafale fighter jets
purchased from France – a 2016 deal
mired in political controversy – repre-
sent a “booster dose” for the country.
Last year, India and China had a mili-
tary standoff over a Himalayan plateau
claimed by Beijing and Bhutan, a close
ally of India. China has also perturbed
India by loaning vast amounts of money
to countries such as Sri Lanka where it
has long held sway.
Mr Putin, 65, and Mr Modi, 68, are
also set to discuss a possible second Rus-
sian-built nuclear power plant. Moscow
is currently expanding India’s biggest nu-
clear power plant in Kudankulam.
Also on the agenda is Russian train-
ing for Indian astronauts as New Delhi
aims to launch its first crewed space mis-
sion in 2022.
On the strategic front, Moscow is
pushing for India’s entry into the Nu-
clear Suppliers Group of countries con-
trolling access to nuclear technology.
Afghanistan, though, has been a
sticking point. Moscow wants to engage
the Taliban in the peace process – a
prospect unacceptable to India.
US, China unease as Putin visits India
Seven common myths about acne
ACTRESS Digangana Suryavan-
shi, known for featuring in TV
shows such as Ek Veer Ki
Ardaas...Veera and Bigg Boss, is
excited about making her debut
in Bollywood with two films –
FryDay and Jalebi – which will
release on Oct 12.
“I didn’t see this coming. I
shot for the films at different
times,” she said.
“I was ringing in my 20th
birthday (on Oct 15 last
year) when the casting
director of FryDay called
and asked if I’d be
interested to be a part of
the film. He had seen
the auditions that I’d
given a few years ago.
“I thought it was a
joke. I knew I wanted
to do films someday,
but didn’t believe it
would come so easily.
“It was a gift to
myself on my 20th
birthday. When I’d
begun shooting, I got a call
for Jalebi. This time, I had to
give an audition. The role
TRYING to sort out your acne issue? It’s best to get the facts right.
Myth 1: Adults do not get acne
. This is not true. A significant number of adults in
their 30s and 40s continue to have acne. Some who have never had acne start
getting it in their 40s and 50s. Adult acne is quite different as it tends to be
tender and forms deep nodules around the mouth and jaw. There is a huge
hormonal influence and usually requires professional help.
Myth 2: You cannot wear make up with acne
. It is true that heavy oil-based
foundations aggravate acne. However, mineral make-up products are the best
for acne-prone skin. It is light and does not sink into pores and blocks them.
There are also medicated concealer sticks which cover the acne and at the same
time treat it.
Wait and the acne will go away
.Yes, it finally does. But, the longer the acne
stays on your face, the higher the chance of getting a dark mark or scarring. It is
best to treat the skin with medicated anti-acne products to help clear it as well as
to prevent future break-outs. If unsuccessful, seek professional help, since the
sooner the face is cleared, the lesser the chance of getting scars.
The more you wash and scrub the better it gets
. It is true that an oily face
should be washed at least twice a day. However, washing more than
necessary can make the skin dry and cause irritation. Scrubs are not
good for acne-prone skin as it can aggravate inflammation and
spread the infection.
Squeezing out the pus makes the acne go away faster
. That is
the worst thing you can do as your fingers are unclean and
squeezing leads to further inflammation,
which makes the acne look worse and last
longer. The trauma leads to a dark spot or scar
after healing. Keep your hands off your face
and leave pimple alone. Use over-the-counter
acne treatment gel or cream to shrink the
pimple. If you have a huge pimple, see a
dermatologist, who can reduce it with a single injection.
Do not wear sunscreen as it will aggravate the acne
Basically it is a matter of picking the right sunscreen. One that
is mattifying and oil free. Sunscreen is important as it
minimises the marks left after healing of the acne.
Junk food causes acne
. Studies have shown that eating
fried foods does not have an impact on the skin. However,
studies show that the culprits are two types of food : Dairy and
those with high glycemic index.
Dr Komathy Rajaratnam is the founder of The Lifestyle Clinic at
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with beauty and aesthetic issues relevant to the Indian body type.
Rajini dream comes true
ACTRESS Trisha Krishnan, who teams
up with superstar Rajinikanth for the first
time in the Tamil action film Petta, feels
her career has come a full circle as she
joined the sets on Oct 1 in Varanasi.
“For years, I’ve been asked when I will
work with Rajinikanth. Honestly, this
question has bothered me,” she said.
“It’s time to finally shut all those
people up. I feel my career has come full
It’s been her long-time dream to work
She said: “I’ll always be a Rajinikanth
fan first and then only his co-star. I’ve met
and interacted with him many times but
I’m sure it’s going to be fun working
Hariharan: I’ll keep singing till I’m
happy about my singing
NATIONAL Award-winning singer
Hariharan says that he has had a long
career and is thankful to his fans for
supporting him for more than 40 years.
But he added that he would give up
singing if he is unhappy about the way
he is singing.
“I will keep singing till I am happy
about my singing,” he told IANS.
“I love my fans. They have made
Hariharan. When you sing, they give you
so much love. That gives you more
strength to go on and on.”
The 63-year-old made it clear that he
has no plan to retire any time soon.
“When I feel like it, I will say ‘That’s
it’,” he said. “(After that) maybe I will go
and look after the tea estate I have.”
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