3 people lose mobile phones to miscreants

Three people lost their mobile phones to miscreants, including a government veterinary hospital employee who was robbed at the Kodambakkam railway station.

Representative Image Chennai: A 19-year-old girl was relieved of her mobile phone in Koyambedu in the wee hours of Saturday. The incident happened when Rajalakshmi of Villivakkam, who works at a petrol bunk in Koyambedu, alighted from a bus near DMDK office and was walking to her workplace. As she was talking on the phone, a bike-borne duo followed her, snatched her phone and fled the spot. Based on her complaint, Koyambedu police have registered a case.
In another incident, miscreants attacked a government veterinary hospital employee as he refused to part with his mobile phone on Friday night. Anbu got down from a suburban train at Kodambakkam railway station and was accosted by two men on the railway track. After he refused to part with the phone, the duo threatened him at knifepoint and allegedly attacked him before fleeing the spot. Anbu was rushed to a nearby hospital by passers-by and is undergoing treatment for head injuries. The Koyambedu police are investigating the incident.
Meanwhile, a Class 11 boy has complained at ICF police station that robbers escaped with his mobile phone which he had kept on his two-wheeler on Friday. The incident took place when Naveenkumar of Villivakkam went to a playground in Ayanavaram on a bike to play cricket with his friends. While he had kept his phone in the under-seat cabin, he found that the seat had been damaged, and the mobile phone stolen. Further inquiry is on.


Made clear demand to Fin Min that unutilised defence budget is not sent back: Defence Minister

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday said her ministry has made a clear demand to the Finance Ministry that once defence budget is allocated, the unutilised part of it not be sent back to consolidated funds.

Nirmala Sitharaman New Delhi: She was addressing a gathering after releasing reports on indigenous research and development and cyber security, prepared by think tank Vivekanada International Foundation (VIF) here.
“The long-term perspective plan (in defence sector) is becoming a rolling long-term perspective plan,” she said.
Sitharaman also said that sometimes what is budgeted for doesn’t happen that year, so the unutilised money goes back to the consolidated fund, and the next year when it matures, one is “still grappling” because of the “patch way we planned”.
“But, we will ensure, and we have talked with the Finance Ministry…and made a clear demand to it that once a defence budget is allocated, the unutilised part shall not go back to the consolidated funds.
“And the committed expenditure whichever year they may happen, will happen from this fund which will probably get accumulated,” Sitharaman said.
The Defence Ministry has made sure the negotiation with the Finance Ministry is happening, she said.
“I can confidently say there is a positive response from the Finance Ministry. But we are close to the election time, so we have to wait for the new government to come. This is something on which there is a clear understanding between the Finance Ministry and us (Defence Ministry), so can only see it happening in the near future,” she said.

Chandigarh: Three mortar shells found abandoned at Ramdarbar

The shells, each having a length of 6 inch to 7 inch, were spotted by a garbage collector, Pawan Kumar, around 6.30 am. A senior officer said, “Two of the shells appeared to be live and one was dead. But we are considering all three as live shells.”

Three high explosive mortar shells were found abandoned in a garbage pile at Ramdarbar phase 2, triggering panic among local residents on Saturday.

The shells, each having a length of 6 inch to 7 inch, were spotted by a garbage collector, Pawan Kumar, around 6.30 am. A senior officer said, “Two of the shells appeared to be live and one was dead. But we are considering all three as live shells.”

Later, defence personnel from Western Command agreed to defuse these shells and a location was being searched within the radius of 500 metres without human population for destroying the explosives.

Soon after receiving the information, the Police cordoned the entire area installing barricades on both the sides of main road and intimated military and Air Force authorities as well. Officials of nearby stationed paramilitary forces, including CRPF and ITBP, rushed to the spot.

A team of Disaster Management, Chandigarh, comprising 18 personnel took the responsibility along with the defence personnel for digging the ground for placing the shells. A JCB machine was used for digging the ground. The operation was started around 7.30 am and explosive mortars were placed in the ditch by 11 am.

The shells were placed in an explosive-proof red drum and put in a ditch and covered with jutebags filled with sand. The military authorities at Western Command were requested to defuse these. A Major rank official visited the site and informed the UT administration that they would be able to defuse the shells after getting permission from Ministry of Defence (MoD). The shells were found in a secluded ground, which is situated hardly 100 metres away from the thick populated phase-2, Ramdarbar.

SP, Chandigarh, Niharika Bhatt, said, “We cannot say whether these shells are live or dead. For us, these are live and we requested the military authorities for defusing these shells. We are making efforts to ascertain the circumstances in which these shells reached this site. It is a serious matter. The human habitat is located just 100 metres away from this site. A DDR was lodged in this connection.”

Sanjeev Kohali, an officer with Disaster Management, UT, said, “As the location is identified, we will transport the shells and these will be defused. The process will be completed shortly. Defence authorities have received the permission from Ministry of Defence for this.”

Pune: NHM works on Rs 3,364-crore plan to tackle non-communicable diseases

The focus will be on four core areas and adequate funding will be set aside to tackle non-communicable diseases, address the issue of shortage of doctors, complete the construction of health centres, buildings and also step up 108 emergency medical services.

The Rs 3,364-crore project implementation plan of the National Health Mission (NHM) will be approved at a meeting in the city between health officials across the state that will end Friday.

The focus will be on four core areas and adequate funding will be set aside to tackle non-communicable diseases, address the issue of shortage of doctors, complete the construction of health centres, buildings and also step up 108 emergency medical services.

Dr Satish Pawar, additional director of the National Health Mission, Maharashtra, who is in Pune to attend the five-day meeting, said old guidelines on how to implement health-related schemes will be updated to make them user-friendly. By mid-April, the operational guidelines of the NHM’s project implementation plan will be ready, he added.

For instance, specific guidelines will be issued to check whether rules and regulations are being followed while procuring and purchasing medicines, medical equipment and consumables. Health teams are being trained to take up prevention of NCD, TB and a major part of the funding will be allocated towards construction work of health centres and hospital buildings.

Among the initiatives would be stepping up the preparedness to identify and prevent non-communicable diseases, like when a central team visited the Pune Zilla Parishad-run primary health centre at Maan to check the facilities.

At Pune Zilla Parishad, approximately a total of 2,860 Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) workers are being trained in identifying people at risk from non-communicable diseases.

Dr Dilip Mane, district health officer, Pune, said the ASHA workers will be given a kit that includes apron, haemoglobin metre, BP apparatus machine, glucometer, torch and measuring tape. The kit will help them check for oral cancer, hypertension, diabetes and body mass index. There is one ASHA worker per 1,000 population, and they will be visiting people at their doorstep. “We hope to start the programme soon and cover a population of 40 lakh in Pune district,” added Dr Mane.

Rangers star who underwent heart op takes place in charity’s ‘health defence’

Rangers defender Connor Goldson has backed calls for volunteers to join a new project to tackle Scotland’s biggest health problems.

The 26-year-old feared he could have been forced to retire from the game in 2017 after a specialist noticed something unusual with his heart.

After being diagnosed with an enlarged aorta, the player underwent surgery – without which the condition could have been fatal.

Goldson has now praised the work of Chest Heart & Stoke Scotland (CHSS) and has given his support to the charity’s new “Health Defence” project, based in the Drumchapel area of Glasgow.

The project aims to reduce the risk of stroke, chest and heart conditions and tackle health inequalities across Scotland.

It will involve volunteers providing health checks, healthy living workshops and ongoing support to people who want to make changes to their lifestyle to improve their health.

The charity has called for volunteer coaches to help provide support to people in hard to reach communities.

Reflecting on his own health scare, Goldson said: “It was just a routine check-up when they found the problem with my heart. It was a huge shock – I was terrified I’d never play again.

“It’s really scary to think of what could have happened if I hadn’t found out about my heart problem. I was really lucky.

“It’s a great thing that CHSS is doing in Glasgow. It’s so important for people to find out their health risks and make positive changes.

“Make your time matter and volunteer with CHSS’ Health Defence team. You’ll be helping people in Glasgow make changes to their lifestyle so that they can live a longer and healthier life.

“When you have a health scare like I did, it makes you realise how precious life is.”

Glasgow city has the highest rate of deaths from coronary heart disease in people under the age of 75 in Scotland and the highest rate of deaths relating to long-term lung condition COPD.

In 2017, the life expectancy for both males and females in Scotland was lowest in Glasgow.

Joanna Teece of CHSS said: “Too often where you live in Scotland determines how long you live for. We must do everything we can to tackle these health inequalities head-on.

“Parts of Glasgow have a history of poor health and low life expectancy, that’s why we’re starting the programme here.

“By supporting people in their communities and providing them with the knowledge and tools they need to live a healthier life, we can make a change.

“This is people’s chance to get onside, volunteer with us and defend Scotland’s health. We’ll match you with someone who you can check in on, motivate and cheer on as they make healthy changes.

“As Rangers Charity Foundation partner, the support we have had from the players, the club and the foundation has been absolutely fantastic in helping us reach more people and change more lives.

“Make your time matter. Join our Health Defence team and help people in Scotland have extra time with those they love.”

Study: Taking the stairs, cycling or walking to work help you live longer

Taking the stairs, cycling or walking to work may help you live longer, regardless of age, sex and starting fitness level, a large-scale study unveiled on Friday claims. “People think they have to start going to the gym and exercising hard to get fitter,” said Elin Ekblom-Bak, from the Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences in Stockholm.

“But it doesn’t have to be that complicated. For most people, just being more active in daily life – taking the stairs, exiting the metro a station early, cycling to work – is enough to benefit health since levels are so low to start with. The more you do, the better,” Ekblom-Bak said in a statement.

The study included 316,137 adults aged 18-74 years who had their first occupational health screening between 1995 and 2015 in Sweden. Cardiorespiratory fitness was measured using a submaximal cycle test and expressed as maximal oxygen uptake (VO2 max).

This is the maximum amount of oxygen the heart and lungs can provide the muscles during exercise, according to the study presented at EuroPrevent 2019, the annual congress of the European Association of Preventive Cardiology (EAPC) in Portugal.

Swedish national registries were used to obtain data on all-cause mortality and first-time cardiovascular events (fatal and non-fatal myocardial infarction, angina pectoris, or ischaemic stroke) during 1995-2015.

Ram Navami 2019 date: Messages, wishes, greetings on WhatsApp, Facebook

Ram Navami 2019 Date in India: This year it will be celebrated on April 14.

Chaitra Navratri, that began on April 6, will culminate on April 14 with the celebration of Ram Navami. The day is considered auspicious as it marks the birth of Lord Ram. Lord Ram, believed to be the seventh avatar of Lord Vishnu, was born on a ninth day in Shukla Paksha, in the month of Chaitra. Lord Ram was born in the kingdom of Ayodhya to Queen Kausalya and King Dasharatha in the ‘Treta Yuga’. India is celebrating Rama Navami, the birth anniversary of Shree Rama on April 13, 2019. Those who follow Vaishnava calendar, they will observe Rama Navami on April 14. Mention of Lord Ram is not only found in ancient Hindu texts, but also in texts of Jain and Buddhist scriptures. Lord Rama is the central figure of the ancient Hindu epic Ramayana – a text that not only has significance in India but in cultures throughout South and Southeast Asia.

Here are some of the Ram Navami wishes for your loved one:

Warm greetings on the holy occasion of the birth of Lord Rama. Happy Ram Navami!

Let’s celebrate our tradition of oneness, brotherhood, bravery and shun violence this Ram Navami.

May Lord Ram shower his blessings on your family, I wish harmony, prosperity, and joy, on Ram Navami for you and your family.

May the day bring happiness to you and fill your life with prosperity and joy. Warm wishes on Ram Navami!

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Wish you be accompanied by blessings of Lord Rama.

On the auspicious occasion of Rama Navami, I am wishing that blessings of Shri Ram be with you. Your heart and home be filled with peace, prosperity, and happiness. Happy Ram Navami!

Every year on the occasion of Ram Navami, a special Rath Yatra (chariot procession) is organized. During the procession, four people dress up as Lord Ram, Laxman, Sita and Hanuman, and ride the chariot and are accompanied by a huge crowd that gathers and walks along.

Other than Ayodhya, the day holds great importance in Sitamarhi (Bihar), which happens to be Sita’s birthplace. It is also celebrated with much gusto at Rameswaram (Tamil Nadu), which is believed to be the place from where Lord Ram had started his historic journey to Lanka, in order to rescue Sita from Ravana.

Rama Navami timings:
According to drikpanchang website, Rama Navami Puja Muhurata is from 11:13 am to 1:43 pm, April 13.

The duration of the Puja Muhurta will be 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Rama Navami Madhyahna moment will be 12:28 pm.
Navami Tithi begins = 11:41 am on April 13
Navami Tithi ends = 09:35 am on April 14
Happy Ram Navami!

Baisakhi and Ram Navami being celebrated across country


Baisakhi is being celebrated in the northern part of the country today. The festival of harvest is celebrated with much fanfare in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh.

People are taking a dip in holy serovars, canals and rivers before joining Mela celebrations. Traditional folk dances are performed on this day.

Baisakhi also commemorates the formation of the Khalsa Panth by Guru Gobind Singh in 1699.

Ram Navami is also being celebrated in different parts of the country. The festival marks the birth of Lord Rama, the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

Wishing our Sikh community a happy Baisakhi! May this year bring peace, happiness and prosperity to you. pic.twitter.com/ZDVljTrNTa

— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) April 13, 2019

I pray that the festival of Baisakhi brings new hope to all of us and the bonds of brotherhood and communal harmony strengthen.

— Shah Faesal (@shahfaesal) April 13, 2019

How the harvest festival represents diverse colours and cultures of India

How the harvest festival represents diverse colours and cultures of India

Updated On : 13 Apr 2019,03:16 PM 


Culturally rich India has its own way to celebrate New Year’s day at different times of the year at different places. Every region in India follow different cultures, so the traditions of the new year’s day celebration also vary. Generally, the new year is celebrated in different states of India at the time of harvesting of crops, This is the same day which celebrates at other regions of India with different names as Gudi Padwa, Baisakhi, Cheiraoba – Manipur and Diwali – Marwari New Year


The Nabo Barsho of Bengal is celebrated with great deal of enthusiasm and energy during the mid of April. This is the day of cultural programs, Bengali delicacies, opening a new account at shops and an auspicious time for marriages.


The traditional Tamil new year starts on mid-April either on 13 or 14 April, or first day of Tamil month Chithirai. The day is celebrated in the Meenakshi Temple Madurai with breat pomp. People wish each other “Puthandu Vazthukal” which means Happy New Year and Chitterai Thiruvizha . The main food of this festival is Mangai Pachadi, made of raw mangoes, jaggery and neem flowers.


Assam’s spring festival “Bohag Bihu” celebrated in the middle of April as the beginning season of agriculture. Assamese women clad in mekhla chador dance to Assamese folk songs and cuisine of Assam. Bohag Bihu is the biggest festival of Assam. The farmers prepare the fields for cultivation of paddy, while the women make pitha, larus (traditional food made of rice and coconut) and jolpan.


Vishu is similar to the New Year festivals observed elsewhere in India, usually on April 14 of the Gregorian calendar. The most important event of the festival is “Vishukkani” means the first object viewed in the morning.


The traditional Tamil new year starts on mid-April either on 13 or 14 April, or first day of Tamil month Chithirai. The day is celebrated in the Meenakshi Temple Madurai with breat pomp. People wish each other “Puthandu Vazthukal” which means Happy New Year and Chitterai Thiruvizha . The main food of this festival is Mangai Pachadi, made of raw mangoes, jaggery and neem flowers.

Rajouri Day celebrated with patriotic fervour

RAJOURI: Rajouri Day is celebrated on 13th April every year to commemorate the bravery and valour of the gallant soldiers and bravehearts of Rajouri District who laid down their lives for the liberation of Rajouri from rebels and Pakistan Army personnel who had infiltrated from across the border. This year again, the White Knight Corps celebrated the historic spectacle with characteristic gaiety and fervor. 
The events saw a patriotic fervor which commenced with paying homage to the martyrs and the brave citizens of Rajouri who had laid down their lives for liberation of Rajouri from Pakistani raiders in the year 1948 through a Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Gujjar Mandi Chowk Memorial. Lt Gen Paramjit Singh, General Officer Commanding, White Knight Corps and Advisor to Governor, Kewal Kumar Sharma paid tributes to the Heroes of Rajouri and were joined by other esteemed civil and military dignitaries who were present to grace the occasion. Thereafter, Chief Guest for the Rajouri Day Celebrations 2019 flagged off the events for the day by releasing of balloons. This was followed by interaction and felicitation of Next of Kin of Martyred Soldiers, Veer Naris and Ex-Servicemen by the Chief Guest. The day’s events also included display of bike daredevilry by the Shwet Ashva Team of the Army, Equestrian show and Dog Show by local Army Units as well as a magnificent display of heroics and adventure by the Para Motors team.
This was followed by the cultural programme which consisted of a colourful display of ethnic kaleidoscope of the region by the local artists and children of various schools. Spectacular performances by budding young children were appreciated by the crowds with loud cheers and the clapping which kept on going endlessly. Apart from these, splendid performances by the renowned and reputed Police and BSF Bands kept the audience captivated with the melodious harmony of various musical instruments and flawless moves.