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K.G.F Telugu Movie December 14, 2018 09:34

K.G.F is an upcoming Tollywood film directed by Prashanth Neel and produced by Vijay Kiragandur. The film stars Yash, Srinidhi Shetty, Achyuth Kumar, Malavika Avinash in the leading roles. For more previews, stay tuned....

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Donald Trump Calls India a True Friend: U.S. Official December 14, 2018 09:38

President Donald Trump calls India a "true friend", a top American diplomat has said as she highlighted the steps taken by the United States over the last two years to beef up its ties with India for the benefit of a broader Indo Pacific region. The remarks by Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Alice Wells' came at a farewell reception hosted by the State Department in honor of the outgoing Indian Ambassador to the U.S., Navtej Singh Sarna. "President Trump calls India a true friends and Secretary (of State Mike) Pompeo has characterized the U.S.-India bilateral relationship as one deeply bound by our shared values," she said. Top officials of the State Department and the White House were present at the farewell reception for Sarna held at the historic Blair House, which is the official guest house of the U.S. President. It is quite rare that the Blair House is used for a State Department farewell reception for an outgoing diplomat. The U.S. term of office of Sarna, who is retiring from Indian foreign service after an illustrious career of 38 years, has been extraordinary, Wells told the select audience. Sarna took charge as India's ambassador to the U.S. on November 5, 2016. "Over the last two years, we have been able to host Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi here in Washington for a successful summit with President Trump," Wells said. During Sarna's tenure, the two countries have inaugurated a new 2+2 Dialogue to elevate their cooperation on security and strategic priorities for the benefit of their people and for the benefit of a broader Indo Pacific region where the leadership of the two nations matters so much. "Under your leadership in our countries have negotiated and finalized a landmark communications compatibility and security agreement, which makes our military cooperation more profound and advanced. We have also taken significant steps to build on India's status as a US major defense partner, including elevating India to strategic trade authorization, tier one status,” Wells said. "In your engagements with Americans across the country and also with the more than three million Indian Americans and these incredibly vibrant business leaders, the students, the technologist, the artist, you really helped bring our people in other countries together," she said as she praised Sarna. Sarna said that the successful visit of Prime Minister Modi in June 2017 was the high point of his term here in Washington, D.C. "The fact that the outcomes were so strong from the visit, the personal chemistry between Prime Minister Modi and President trump was so, so evident... And the joint statement that we came out with really set the chart for the months to follow," the Indian ambassador said. Listing some of the major highlights of his posting in the U.S., Sarna said: "Today we can look back on and say that, well, yes, we are truly strategic global partners". "We have found a huge amount of understanding for our political space, for our strategic autonomy, for the needs of our economy, for our role, for our taking into account our art history and our regional position vis a vis several other countries," he said. "I think this entire process of building the bilateral relationship has been to work with each other to find while each country fulfills its national objectives - the U.S. as well as India - at the same time, we find ways and means of growing together," he said. -Sowmya Sangam

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K.G.F Kannada Movie December 14, 2018 09:18

K.G.F is an upcoming Kannada film directed by Prashanth Neel and produced by Vijay Kiragandur. The film stars Yash, Srinidhi Shetty, Achyuth Kumar, Malavika Avinash in the leading roles. For more previews, stay tuned....

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Indian National Jailed for 9 Years over Sexual Assault on Flight December 14, 2018 07:49

The federal court in Detroit has sentenced an Indian techie from Tamil Nadu to nine years of jail on Thursday on charges of a "brazen sexual assault" against a fellow female passenger inside a commercial airplane early this year. The 35-year-old Prabhu Ramamoorthy, who came to the United States on an H-1B visa in 2015, will be exiled after he serves his sentence, a federal court in Detroit said. Judge Terrence Berge hoped it would be grave enough to deter others from committing similar crimes. Federal prosecutors had sought 11 years of imprisonment for Ramamoorthy. "Everyone has the right to be secure and safe when they travel on airplanes. We will not tolerate the behavior of anyone, who takes advantage of victims who are in a vulnerable position. We appreciate the victim in this case for her courage to speak out," the U.S Attorney Matthew Schneider said after the sentencing was announced. Ramamoorthy was found guilty in August after a five-day trial that was taken place before United States District Judge Terrence Berg. The jury deliberated about three-and-a-half hours before returning the guilty verdict. According to the evidence presented at the trial, on January 3, Ramamoorthy had engaged in a sexual act with a female, while she was sleeping on a flight from Las Vegas to Detroit. Ramamoorthy was seated along with his wife when he sexually assaulted his co-passenger. During the trial, the government admitted evidence demonstrating that Ramamoorthy had digitally penetrated the woman sleeping next to him during the nightlong flight. The sexual assault woke her up, she found her pants unbuttoned and unzipped, and sought help from the flight attendants. The sentence was proof that the safety and security of all aircraft passengers was a priority for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, said Timothy R Slater, Special Agent in Charge, Detroit Division of the FBI. In recent years, a number of Indian nationals have been arrested or charged with sexual assaults inside a plane. The FBI says airplane sexual assault is a serious offense that is on the rise. FBI statistics indicate that investigations of mid-air sexual assaults increased by 66 percent from 2014 to 2017. That was in part due to increasingly "cramped, confined spaces; alcohol and drugs; fewer flight attendants; and dark cabins on night flights" - factors that "likely embolden offenders" - the FBI said in a recent report. The cramped style of airplane seating can exacerbate trauma for victims. According to mental health professionals, victims who are violated in confined spaces feel even more helpless, vulnerable and powerless. Victims may also feel intimidated by the person sitting next to them since the seating arrangement means that the wrongdoer is effectively blocking the victim from getting up, according to the FBI. According to court papers, Ramamoorthy is from Tamil Nadu, where he grew up. His parents are farmers. He came to the U.S. in July 2015 after his graduation to work as an Information Technology (IT) professional. During his trial, Ramamoorthy presented himself to the court as a confused man marooned in America without English communication skills despite his sophisticated technological job, federal prosecutors alleged. "His lack of empathy and remorse should not go unnoticed by this court," they argued, seeking nearly 11 years of imprisonment for him. -Sowmya Sangam

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Indian-American Appointed to U.S. Body Advocating Religious Freedom December 14, 2018 05:03

An Indian-American woman lawyer on Thursday was appointed as a Commissioner to the United States Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). Arunima Bhargava, a civil rights lawyer is born and raised in Chicago and is currently the founder and president of the Anthem of Us, which describes itself as "a strategic advisory firm that works with educational institutions and corporations to promote dignity and justice for all". The USCIRF is an independent, bipartisan federal government entity established by the U.S. Congress to monitor, analyze and report on threats to religious freedom overseas. She has an substantial experience in various roles advocating for members of under-represented communities, including at the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF). Currently, the USCIRF is headed by Tibetan-American Tenzin Dorjee. Dorjee commended House Leader Nancy Pelosi for appointing Bhargava as a USCIRF Commissioner. "With an impressive background and a demonstrated commitment to advocating for members of minority communities in the United States and abroad, Anurima Bhargava brings an important new perspective that will enhance the work of the Commission, especially on democratic India, with whom the United States has a long and proud relationship," he said. In addition to her work at the Department of Justice and the LDF, Bhargava served as a fellow at the Open Society Foundations and at the Harvard University. Prior to attending law school, Bhargava worked in India assisting women elected to local government. She has been a member of the Truman National Security Project and the Council on Foreign Relations. -Sowmya sangam

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#MeToo Tops Instagram Advocacy Hashtags with 1 Mn Usage in 2018 December 13, 2018 12:09

The #MeToo movement that took the media industry and film industries by rant and rave topped popular photo-sharing platform Instagram's advocacy hashtags with 1.5 million usages in 2018, the company said on Thursday. In the report named, "Instagram Year In Review 2018", the Facebook-owned company said that #timesup (used 597K times) and #marchforourlives (used 562K times), at the second and third spot, demonstrated that the platform can be a powerful platform for users to speak out and bring light to meaningful causes. Related content: PM Narendra Modi Most Followed World Leader on Instagram "Across our India community, in particular, kindness and love took center stage as people from across the country took to Instagram to share the things they love. "#love secured the top spot when it comes to the most used hashtag followed, which was closely followed by #instagood and #fashion. Beyond this, the highest growth hashtag in India was #lovequotes," the company said in a statement. The game Fortnite as well saw explosive growth with #fortnite being the fastest growing hashtag worldwide. The "Heart Love Sticker" by Arata was the most-used "Giphy" sticker in Instagram Stories, while "Heart Eyes" was the most-used "Face Filter" in Stories. -Sowmya Sangam

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Trump's Ex-Lawyer Sentenced to 3 Years over Hush Money December 13, 2018 11:53

Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen has been sentenced to three years of imprisonment on Wednesday on campaign finance violations for paying hush money to two women who said they had affairs with the United States President, including multiple charges. In court, Cohen said he took "full responsibility" for his actions while working for Trump. Cohen's sentence will be the longest up to now for anyone involved with the President or stemming from special counsel. "I take full responsibility for each act that I pled guilty to the personal ones to me and those involving the President of the United States of America," Cohen said. The 52-year-old Cohen was sentenced to 36 months in prison by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The U.S. District Judge William Pauley also handed Cohen an additional two months for special counsel Robert Mueller's charge. Mueller is probing Russian interfering in the 2016 election. This charge will be served at the same time with the U.S. attorney's New York office term. Cohen has been ordered to surrender on March 6. The judge agreed to urge Otisville prison, in upstate New York, as the prison where Cohen will serve his sentence. Pauley described the crimes that Cohen had pleaded guilty to as "a veritable smorgasbord of fraudulent conduct" before announcing his sentence. Cohen also said he was living in a "personal and mental" prison since he started working for Trump. "This may seem hard to believe, but today is one of the most meaningful days of my life... I have been living in a personal and mental incarceration ever since the day that I accepted the offer to work for a real estate mogul whose business acumen that I deeply admired,” he said. Cohen's attorney, Guy Petrillo, had sought leniency for his client, saying his "cooperation here should be viewed against a non-standard framework". The special counsel's office "investigation is of utmost national significance, no less than seen 40 years ago in Watergate". In August, Cohen had pleaded guilty to charges of tax evasion, campaign finance violations and making false statements to a federally-insured bank. The plea entered followed the filing of an eight-count criminal information, which alleged that Cohen concealed more than $4 million in personal income from the Internal Revenue Service, made mendacious statements to a federally-insured financial institution in connection with a $500,000 home equity loan, and, in 2016, caused $280,000 in payments to be made to silence two women who otherwise planned to speak publicly regarding their alleged affairs with a presidential candidate, thereby intending to influence the 2016 presidential election. Trump was not named in the charges, but then it was unsubtle Cohen was acting on his behalf. The payments included $130,000 to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, which the government considers an illegal donation to Trump's campaign since it was intended to improve his election chances. The charges against Cohen also include paying money to the two women in 2016 "to suppress" their stories from publishing in media "so as to prevent it from influencing the election". "Cohen was able to arrange for the purchase of two stories, so as to suppress them and prevent them from influencing the election," the federal prosecutors had said. -Sowmya Sangam

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Caffeine Therapy Can Boost Brain Development in Preemies: Study December 13, 2018 11:43

A daily dose of caffeine therapy could help in boosting the development of brains of premature babies as well as lung functions and can be absolutely safe, according to researchers including one of Indian-origin. According to study, starting caffeine therapy to babies born under 29 weeks, kept in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs), within two days after birth reduced the number of time babies needed to use ventilators. It as well reduced the risk of Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD) - a form of chronic lung disease caused by damage to the lungs from the use of a breathing device. "Caffeine is the most commonly used drug in the NICU after antibiotics," said Abhay Lodha, Associate Professor in the University of Calgary in Canada. "Caffeine may also improve better lung stretch and expansion, cardiac output and blood pressure in premature infants, which improves oxygen supply throughout the body and brain, reducing the duration of mechanical ventilation and the risk of chronic lung disease and injury on the developing brain," Lodha added. Read: First Baby Born After Dead Womb Transplant The findings, published in the journal Pediatrics, found that early caffeine treatment has no long-term negative effects on neurodevelopment. On the other hand, it is associated with better cognitive scores, and reduced odds of cerebral palsy - a congenital disorder of movement, muscle tone or posture - and hearing impairment, the study showed. "It is important that we understand the long-term effects of caffeine as a treatment and ensure these babies are not only surviving but have the quality of life down the road," Lodha noted. For the study, the team examined 2,108 neonates among which 1,545 were in the early-caffeine group and 563 were in the late-caffeine group. They examined data of babies at age 18 to 24 months where they were assessed for their cognitive, language and motor development. -Sowmya Sangam

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NRIs in Saudi Celebrate TRS Victory December 13, 2018 11:27

The followers of Telangana Rashtra Samithi in Saudi Arabia celebrated the party's triumph in Telangana Assembly Elections and said people of the State had reaffirmed their faith in the leadership of party chief K Chandrashekhar Rao to fulfill his avowed vision of creating Bangaru Telangana (Golden Telangana). Likewise, many events were planned over the weekend in Riyadh and other cities in Saudi Arabia and other parts of the region. As part of celebrations of the TRS' victory, party halls of several restaurants were booked by TRS supporters. The prominent Non-Resident Indian (NRI) community leaders applauded the welfare and development schemes of the TRS government, especially for minority and backward communities. "The victory shows that Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao is the only tallest leader in the State," said prominent TRS activist Mohammed Aqueel, usually known as TRS Aqueel. Interestingly, for the first time, AIMIM (All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen) followers, who live in a significant number in Saudi Arabia, joined the TRS men to celebrate the victory. -Sowmya Sangam

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Antariksham 9000 KMPH Telugu Movie December 13, 2018 10:57

Antariksham 9000 KMPH is an upcoming Tollywood film directed by Sankalp Reddy and produced by First Frame Entertainments. The film stars Varun Tej, Aditi Rao Hydari, Lavanya Tripathi, Srinivas Avasarala in the leading roles. For more previews, stay tuned....

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