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More Internet Time Soars Junk Food Request by Kids: Study October 22, 2018 07:10

Young children who devote more than half an hour a day on the internet are virtually twice as likely to annoy their parents for junk food, according to a study. The study, which surveys the relations between diet and advertising of junk food on the internet and television, questioned children and their parents.Researchers from the University of Liverpool and Cancer Research United Kingdom surveyed nearly 2,500 seven to 11-year-old's and their parents around the UK about their pattern of eating and how much screen time they had, outside of undertaking homework.The outcomes show that primary school children who spent more than three hours on the web were more than four times more probable to spend their expenses on chocolate, crisps, sugary drinks and ready-made meal than their peers who browsed for less than half an hour.These children were likewise 79 percent more likely to be overweight or obese whereas those who were online amid 30 minutes and three hours a day were 53 percent more expected to be carrying surplus weight than those who were online for a smaller amount."Young children who spend more time on the internet and watching commercial TV are more likely to pester for, buy and eat unhealthy food and drinks," said Emma Boyland, a lead researcher from the University of Liverpool."Parents are all too familiar with being nagged for sweets and fizzy drinks in the supermarket or corner shop."Our research shows that this behavior can be linked to the number of time children spend in front of a screen and as a result, the increased number of enticing adverts they see for these sorts of products," Boyland said.Related content: New Blood Test to Predict Autism Risk in BabiesThe study found that, averagely, children were online for 16 hours a week - not counting time spent for homework - and watched 22 hours of television per week.The amount of workout done by the children had no influence on the outcomes, showing that for this research, excess weight was not connected with being inactive.Each additional hour of commercial TV that children watched was linked with an augmented likelihood of pestering their parents to purchase products they had seen advertised.They were four times more probable to purchase chocolate and over three times more likely to buy sugary drinks if they watched more than three hours of commercial TV every day compared to youngsters who did not watch as much and 59 percent more likely to be obese or overweight.-Sowmya Sangam

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Nikki Haley Mocks Donald Trump Over UN Laughter October 22, 2018 07:03

An Indian-American outgoing United States ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley has poked fun at President Donald Trump's inflated ego and his cultural ignorance, days after announcing that she would be quitting her position representing America at the world body. The 46-year-old Haley, on October 9 announced that she is stepping down from her UN position, effective at the end of the year. She has since claimed that she has no ambitions to run for president in 2020. Related content: Indian-American Nikki Haley Quits as U.S. Ambassador to United NationsDuring remarks at the 2018 Alfred Smith Dinner in New York, Haley, mocked the president for getting laughed at the UN General Assembly earlier this month - a spectacle that both she and the president said was deliberate, New York Daily Times reported.The former South Carolina Governor started the speech with a joke about Trump's thin skin. "Everyone in Washington called me with advice about this speech. They all said the same thing, do not under any circumstances make any jokes about the president. So, good night everybody," she said to laughter from the crowd. She as well joked regarding the president's ongoing conflict with Senator Elizabeth Warren, who recently released the results of a DNA test that strongly supported the existence of Native American lineage from six to 10 generations ago.  "The president called me this morning and gave me some good advice, he said if I get stuck for laughs just brag about his accomplishments. It really killed at the UN, I've got to tell you," Haley said on Thursday night. The outgoing ambassador was recalling a moment during the president's UN speech when delegates laughed at him bragging that his administration had, in two years, "accomplished more than almost any in the history of our country". After that jest, Haley then turned her attention to Warren. Trump had repeatedly mocked Warren with the nickname for “Pocahontas” for her having claimed earlier that she has Native American ancestry. "I get it, you wanted an Indian woman but Elizabeth Warren failed her DNA test," Haley said in New York. She continued to poke fun at Trump's cultural ignorance, the report said. "Actually, when the President found out that I was Indian-American he asked me if I was from the same tribe as Elizabeth Warren." The ambassador poked fun a Trump's response to the recent Bob Woodward book. "The President got really mad at Bob Woodward's book," she said. "The book compared him to a fifth grader. A lot of Democrats seized on that until they realized that they got beaten by the fifth grader."-Sowmya Sangam

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Study Says Telugu is Fastest Growing Language in U.S. October 22, 2018 05:35

A study by an American think tank has found that the number of United States residents speaking Telugu rose by 86 percent between 2010 and 2017 thus making Telugu, a language spoken in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, the fastest growing language in the U.S.According to a report by BBC, but Telugu, the fourth most spoken language in India, is still outside the top 20 of the most widely-spoken languages other than English in the U.S.The online video by the World Economic Forum referred to a study by the U.S.-based Centre for Immigration, which analyzed census data to look at the pace at which languages were being spoken in America.The study on languages spoken in the U.S. used data from the American Community Survey and compared the number of people who said they spoke a language apart from English at home in 2010 and 2017, the BBC said.Earlier this year there were more than 400,000 Telugu speakers in the U.S. - virtually double the number in 2010. From among the top 10 fastest-growing languages in America, seven are from South Asia.Related content: Telugu is U.S.'s Fastest Thriving Foreign Language: StudyThe outgrowth of Telugu was connected to the links forged between Hyderabad and the U.S. engineering and technology industries, Prasad Kunisetty, founder of the Telugu People Foundation, a non-profit organization in the U.S., was quoted as saying.The rapid growth of Information Technology in the mid-1990s led to a huge demand for software engineers, he said.Many were recruited from Hyderabad, which sends students to the U.S. in ample numbers.Down the years, Telugu-speaking Americans have continued to hire software engineers from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, the BBC said.Prominent U.S.-based Telugu speakers comprise the first Indian-American Miss America Nina Davuluri and the current Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella.Of over 60 million people that speak a language apart from English out of the total population of nearly 320 million, an immense majority speak Spanish.Out of the most usually spoken South Asian languages, Hindi is first, followed by Urdu, Gujarati and then Telugu.-Sowmya Sangam

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One More Makeover for Tarak on Cards October 22, 2018 05:33

Young Tiger NTR has been transforming himself as per the assigned roles. This actor looked quite bulky during his initial days but lost enough weight over the past few years. His recent outing Aravindha Sametha Veera Raghava is a smashing hit and the actor's screen presence, transformation has been widely appreciated. Top physical trainer Lloyd Stevens has been hired to get the desired look and Lloyd camped in Hyderabad for over months. Great to meet up with Legendary Director @ssrajamouli Sir to discuss @tarak9999 next look for @RRRMovie Movie ... VERY excited about this one ... watch this space pic.twitter.com/M2UKX7uZlh — Lloyd Stevens (@lloydstevenspt) October 22, 2018 Now Lloyd Stevens has been roped in once again to transform NTR for his next film that will be directed by maverick director SS Rajamouli. Lloyd himself revealed the news and he shared a picture with Rajamouli. The duo discussed about the look of NTR and the actor will be presented in a never seen new look for the film. NTR and Ram Charan will play the lead roles in this untitled action thriller that will start rolling early next year. DVV Danayya is the producer and the film will release during 2020.  

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It's Official: Deepika, Ranveer to get Married in November October 22, 2018 05:25

Indian film actress Deepika Padukone took to Twitter on Sunday to declare the much-awaited news of her wedding. After months of assumption, Deepika tweeted the wedding card proclaiming that she would be getting married to fellow Indian actor Ranveer Singh on November 14 and 15 of this year. Ranveer and Deepika shared the declaration in Hindi and English. The wedding card read: "With the blessings of our families, gives us immense joy in sharing that our wedding is set to take place on the 14th and 15th of November, 2018. We thank you for all the love you have showered upon us over the years and seek your blessings as we embark on this incredible journey of love, loyalty, friendship, and togetherness. Lots of love, Deepika and Ranveer" pic.twitter.com/E0IbjQTnYI — Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) October 21, 2018 Deepika and Ranveer started dating on the sets of Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ramleela. They have remained silent about their relationship in all these years nonetheless began putting up recurrent displays of love on social media over the past few months. The rumors of their wedding gained steam when they were recently spotted in Italy together, supposed to be location hunting for the wedding. At Hindustan Times Leadership Summit recently, while answering a question regarding their rumored wedding, Ranveer had said that they would reveal their wedding date as and when it happens. At the similar event, Deepika spoke about her first impression of Ranveer. She said that she watched Ranveer's debut film, Band Baja Baarat, and remembers having a talk about him with her at that time agent. Deepika's agent was convinced that Ranveer was destined to become a huge star, to which she said, "I'm not so sure." "He's not my type," Deepika recalls saying, to which the audience gasped in tremor. But she saved the situation when she spoke about her admiration for him as an actor. "I didn't realize he was a Bombay boy, he was so flawless in that film. I thought he was from Delhi. It's one of my favorite films of his," she said. -Sowmya  

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5 Reasons Why You Need a Pre-Wedding Photoshoot October 22, 2018 04:36

A pre-wedding photo shoot is a session that you reserve with your photographer a couple of months before the wedding ceremony. Sundry of couples book a shoot to get relaxed ahead of the camera and to use their images to add a further personal touch to their wedding. Here are 5 ins and outs why booking a pre-wedding shoot with your wedding photographer is unquestionably vital.1. Get to Know Wedding PhotographerThe pre-wedding shoot gives newlyweds the flawless chance to get to know their wedding photographer. You can converse talent and experience to make certain this is someone who has your desires and thoughts in mind. You want someone who will take photographs of the people you want and be able to catch the non-posed ones that are every so often the most notable.Now and then, you will be at the photographer’s workplace, which is an inordinate chance to look at his or her prior work. You can perceive the weddings that the photographer has had the chance to be a part of and see the diverse sorts of albums that have been placed together.                        Image source: Beach Camera2. Helps Photographer to Know YouA pre-wedding photo shoot is perfect for the wedding photographer as well. He or she has the chance to get to know more about you and make definite they are able to work with your nature. It is likewise a period for him or her to learn more about your wedding photography desires. You can confer the locations and the kind of shots you would want; thus the photographer knows whether they are requests that can be carried.The endmost thing you want is extra anxiety on the day. You will already be bothered that somewhat will go off beam. Through opting for a pre-wedding shoot, you will know that your photographer will do the whole lot in his or her control to make sure this part of your day is perfect.                       Image source: Lifeberrys.comRelated content: Waaow!! Your BFF gets Married? Survive the mood-swings!!3. Unwind and Get Perfect ShotsThe two facts above really have this as the end goal - Comfort and Confidence. Getting to know your wedding photographer and then you will get you feeling more tranquil, more relaxed, and more poised.A photographer will be able to evaluate your personality and work with that to get the shots of your dreams. If you are nervous, he or she will know that in advance and work with it. If you are bubbly and love to be the center of attention, yet again, he or she will know beforehand and work with that.A decent wedding photographer has worked with all sorts of personalities. He or she knows how to handle them, but having the acquaintance upfront is much laid-back. It as well gives him or her the chance to see you and your partner together and build on that.                       Image source: La Belle CoutureFeeling relaxed with your photographer will enhance so much to the photographs they capture. The camera, unfortunately, does not lie, if you feel anxious in front of one then you will appear uneasy in the pictures. Not to say every person has that feeling, some people love the camera and in return, the camera loves them back. 4. Photos to Use in Run UpWhen you get the pre-wedding snaps, you can use them in the build-up to your big day. Some newlyweds want to add them to their wedding invitations, whereas others want to use them as part of a collection for guests to sign. You will get access to numerous shots, so you can use them in any way that you want.Having photo invitations is beneficial for your wedding guests. You will be able to share who the spouse of the couple is for the guests who have never encountered them while adding a personal and striking touch to your invites.                       Image source: Matthew Rycraft5. Feature your photos in your wedding albumA wedding album tells the story of the biggest day of your lives and your love story. What better way to start the story by including some pictures from your pre-wedding shoot? It is an amusing and informal way to begin your wedding album.                       Image source: Nations Photo Lab-Sowmya Sangam

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Three-Fourths of H-1B Visa Holders in 2018 are Indians: Report October 20, 2018 10:50

An official United States report said nearly three out of every H-1B visa holders as of October 5 are Indian citizens. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), there were as many as 419,637 foreign nationals working in the U.S. on H-1B visas as on October 5.Of these, 309,986 are Indians, the USCIS said in its report 'H-1B petitions by gender and country of the birth fiscal year 2018'.The report unveils a massive gender inequality - only one out of every four H-1B visa holders is female. Of the 419,637 H1B visa holders, 106,096 (or 25.3 percent) are females as against 311,997 (or 74.3 percent males), it said.Gender inequality is wider among Indians.Of the 309,986 Indians on H-1B visas in the U.S. this October, only 63,220 or 20.4 percent are females while nearly 245,517 Indians on H-1B visas or 80 percent (79.2 percent to be precise) are males. As many as 1,249 Indians on H1B visas have been characterized in the category of missing/others.Indians, who account for 73.9 percent of the total H-1B visa holders in the U.S., are followed by a distant Chinese with 47,172 on H-1B visas, accounting for 11.2 percent of the total foreign nationals on this work visas.Nevertheless, there is not much gender inequality among the Chinese on H-1B visas. According to the report, 21,342 or 45.2 percent are females and 25,718 or 54.5 percent are males.Followed by India and China, Canada and South Korea are the only two countries which account for a little over one percent (1.1 percent to be exact) each on H-1B visas.After that, all other countries constitute less than one percent of the H1B visas as of October 5.The Philippines is the sole country in top 10 H-1B visa holders in which there are more females (1712 or 52.7 percent) on H-1B visas than males (1519 or 46.7 percent) on H-1B visas. As of October 5, as many as 3,250 professionals from the Philippines were on H-1B visas.The H-1B gender report was revealed days after the Trump administration came out with its incorporated fall agenda, in which it said that it plans to make changes in the definition of specialty occupation for the definition of H-1B visas and re-redefining the relationship between employees and employers.The proposed regulations, it said, is aimed at attracting the best and the brightest from across the world, prevent the abuse of H-1B visas which is consentient with the hire American agenda of the Trump administration.The USCIS is also proposing to introduce a pre-registration system for foreign students in the U.S. Technically it is possible that if 85,000 such students succeed in getting H-1B visas, no overseas applicants could apply.-Sowmya Sangam

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Saudi Arabia Admits Jamal Khashoggi Killed in Consulate October 20, 2018 09:55

Saudi Arabia on Saturday admitted that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside its consulate in Istanbul, two weeks after his disappearance prompted worldwide rage.The kingdom as well announced the firing of a top intelligence official Ahmad al-Assiri and royal court media adviser Saud al-Qahtani, both topmost aides to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who has gone through escalating coercion over the Khashoggi matter.Saudi journalist Khashoggi, a critic of the kingdom's leadership and a Washington Post contributor, was last seen on October 2 entering his country's consulate in Istanbul.His disappearance had been shrouded in mystery and triggered an international crisis, with Turkish officials accusing Saudi Arabia of a state-sponsored assassination."The discussions between Jamal Khashoggi and those he met at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul... devolved into a fistfight, leading to his death," the Saudi Press Agency said, citing the public prosecutor.The kingdom announced that 18 people had been arrested in the current investigation.The Saudi king likewise ordered the setting up of the ministerial committee under the chairmanship of the crown prince to restructure the kingdom's intelligence agency and "define its powers accurately", state media said.Soon before Riyadh confirmed that Khashoggi had been killed, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Saudi King Salman agreed in telephone negotiations to proceed cooperation in the investigation into the Khashoggi affair.Erdogan and Salman "emphasized the importance of continuing to work together with complete cooperation", said a Turkish presidential source, who asked not to be named.The United States warned Friday of a "wide range" of responses should it find out that Saudi Arabia is behind the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as Turkey widened its probe into the scandal.President Donald Trump said the U.S., which is Saudi Arabia's biggest backer, could impose sanctions over the feared murder of Khashoggi.His top diplomat Mike Pompeo told Voice of America Radio: "We'll certainly consider a wide range of potential responses."The Trump administration has been notably slow to criticize Saudi Arabia, despite mounting indication that Khashoggi, a critic of the Islamic petro-state's potent crown prince, went missing after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.The Khashoggi case has given Trump with one of the most acute foreign policy crises of his nearly two-year-old presidency.Pro-government Turkish media have frequently claimed that Khashoggi was tortured and decapitated by a Saudi hit squad inside the diplomatic mission, although Turkey has yet to disclose details about the probe.The contention has put the kingdom under unprecedented pressure to offer an explanation to take the heat off its rulers.-Sowmya Sangam

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World's Longest Sea Bridge Between China-Hong Kong to Open Shortly October 20, 2018 08:57

The world's longest sea bridge Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge will be thrown open for traffic on October 24, the authorities said Saturday.The 55-kilometer-long bridge, located in the Lingdingyang waters of the Pearl River Estuary, will be the world's longest sea bridge, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.The construction of the multibillion-dollar bridge had begun in December 2009.It will cut the travel time between Hong Kong and Zhuhai from three hours to just 30 minutes, further combining the cities in the Pearl River Delta.The bridge will be opened for traffic on October 24, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Authority said.According to a report in South China Morning Post, earlier, lawmakers in Hong Kong warned that the bridge, which provides a direct link to Hong Kong International Airport, could bring extra traffic to Lantau Island, and cause congestion. The Transport Department has already capped the number of permits for cross-border private cars at 5,000, it said.A government-commissioned study from 2016 estimated that 29,100 vehicles would use the bridge daily, by 2030, which was 12 percent down from a report written in 2008.-Sowmya Sangam

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Most Corrupt Bookies in International Cricket are Indians: ICC Official October 20, 2018 08:47

Amid investigations on profound corruption in Sri Lankan cricket, the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Anti Corruption Unit official Alex Marshall disclosed an appalling fact that most of the bookies indulging in corrupt doings are Indians.Last week, legendary Sri Lankan Sanath Jayasuriya tuned out to be the first high profile player from the island nation to be charged for breaching ICC's anti-corruption code. The erstwhile Sri Lanka skipper has been charged for non-co-operation with investigating authorities.Recently, ICC's Anti-Corruption Unit shared information about active corruptors with England and Sri Lankan cricketers, presently active in a limited overs series.Asked if all involved corruptors are local, ICC's General Manager ACU, Marshall, told ESPN Cricinfo: "In Sri Lanka, it was both local and Indian corruptors. In most other parts of the world, it is mostly corrupt Indian bookies." Marshall's disclosures, even though alarming, is not astonishing after Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria on Thursday admitted to spot-fixing, having taken money from an Indian bookie.Even when the match-fixing scandal broke in 2000, most of the corrupt bookies hanging around the players were believed to be of Indian-origin."During the briefing (to England and Sri Lanka players), we showed names and pictures of active corruptors in cricket who were trying to get at players both in Sri Lanka and at tournaments elsewhere in the world," Marshall said.He further said, "So we have openly shared the current information of active corruptors, we have shown their pictures, given their names and details. This way we felt the players are better informed. The exercise has already lead to new information coming forward from the teams". Marshall said that ICC is currently monitoring "12-20 active corruptors" while there is suspicion on at least six, who the players should be wary of."We showed them six. There are probably 12-20 very active corruptors that we are currently monitoring. The pictures shown were all men, but there are a couple of women, too, involved in the whole picture," added Marshall.-Sowmya Sangam

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