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Hard to See, Hard to Breathe: U.S. West Struggles with Smoke August 21, 2018 11:48

Across the United States West, the wildfire smokes clogged sky, from Oregon to Colorado blotting out mountains and city skylines, flight delays and forcing the government to warn even healthy adults in the Seattle area to remain indoors.For the second summer in a row, since big metropolis dealt with unhealthy air, experts warned that it could get much common as the American West faces bigger and more annihilative wildfires due to heat and drought blamed on climate change. It was impossible to see nearby mountains as Seattle's Space Needle was swathed in a haze. Oregon, Portland saw a blood-red sun shrouded in smoke and huffed their way through another day of polluted air. Due to deep fume, some Colorado's famed mountains were blocked from the view.Colin Shor, whose favorite things about working in the Denver area is the view of the high peaks to the west, but that was all but gone Monday said: "Not being able to see the mountains is kind of disappointing, kind of sad."Forest fires are common, but typical Seattle-area weather pushes it out of the way quickly. The latest round of prolonged smoke happened as hot temperatures and high pressure collided, said Andrew Wineke, a spokesman for the state Ecology Department's air quality program.The Federal Aviation Administration said airplanes bound for the Sea-Tac International Airport, Seattle's main airport, may be delayed because of low visibility.In Spokane, air quality slipped into the "hazardous" reach. A thick haze hung over Washington's second-largest city, forcing vehicles to turn on their headlights during the morning transpose.According to the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency, the air quality was so bad that everyone, regardless of physical condition or age, will likely be affected.The wind blew smoke from several wildfires in California into the San Francisco Bay Area, where haze led the regime to issue an air quality advisory through Tuesday. They recommended citizenry to avoid driving to bound additional pollutants in the air and advised those with health problems to cut down time outdoors.By Sowmya Sangam

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Melania Trump Warns Against 'Destructive' Effects of Social Media August 21, 2018 10:22

The United States First Lady Melania Trump spoke out against cyberbullying and likewise warned of the "destructive and harmful" effects of social media. "In today's global society, social media is an inevitable part of our children's daily lives," Trump said on Monday at a summit in Rockville, Maryland. "It can be used in many positive ways, but can also be destructive and harmful when used incorrectly. This is why Be Best chooses to focus on the importance of teaching our next generation how to conduct themselves safely and in a positive manner in an online setting."During her address, the first lady acknowledged that children can be more aware of the "pitfalls" of social media than adults, reports CNN. "Let's face it: most children are more aware of the benefits and pitfalls of social media than some adults, but we still need to do all we can to provide them with information and tools for successful and safe online habits," she said.At the same time on Monday, President Donald Trump was on Twitter, railing against John Brennan, whom he called a "hack" and "the worst CIA Director in our country's history" as summit panelists discussed the need for adults to be "good digital role models" for children. Despite firing off multiple tweets on Monday morning, none were about the First Lady's "Be Best" initiatives or her speech.The First Lady's Communications Director Stephanie Grisham sought to downplay any disconnect between the East Wing and the West Wing, calling Melania Trump "independent"."She's addressed this before. She is well aware of the criticism, but that will not deter her from doing what she feels is right. I would hope most people in this country are proud that they have a strong and independent first lady who only has the best interests of children at heart - I know I am," Grisham told CNN."She is aware of the criticism but it will not deter her from doing what she feels is right. The President is proud of her commitment to children and encourages her in all that she does," Grisham said in a statement. The campaign named 'Be Best Campaign', which she launched in May, centers on three central issues for children: positivity on social media, well-being, and fighting opioid abuse.By Sowmya Sangam

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Pasta in Tomato Sauce Recipe August 21, 2018 09:46

Pasta in Tomato Sauce is tasty, mouth-watering dish that is loved by all. This dish has a nice taste and also nice flavor of various seasoning. This dish is prefect on a busy day. The addition of fresh cream gives a nice texture to this pasta. You can pack this dish in your kid’s lunch box and can also serve for weeknight dinner.Ingredients- 2 cups boiled fusilli pasta (in a pan, add water and pasta and cook till the pasta is soft)- 1 cup fresh tomato pulp ( refer the notes below)- 1 tbsp butter- 1 tsp finely chopped garlic (lehsun)- 2 tbsp finely chopped spring onion whites- 1/2 tsp chili powder- 2 tbsp tomato ketchup- Salt to taste- 1/2 tsp dried mixed herbs- 2 tbsp fresh cream- 2 tbsp finely chopped spring onion greens- For The Topping- 2 tbsp grated processed cheeseDirections1. Heat the butter in a broad, non-stick pan, add the garlic and fry on a medium flame for a few seconds.2. Add the spring onion whites and fry on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes and add the fresh tomato pulp, chili powder, tomato ketchup, ½ cup of water, salt, mix it well and cook on a medium flame for 3 to 4 minutes and stir occasionally.3. Add the fusilli pasta, mixed herbs, fresh cream and spring onion greens, mix it gently and cook on a medium flame for 1 minute.4. Once done, switch off the flame and transfer it to a bowl and serve it hot.Notes- 4 medium tomatoes when blanched in water, peeled, deseeded, chopped and blended will give approx. 1 cup of tomato pulp.Nutrient values per serving- Energy 444 cal- Protein 15.1 g- Carbohydrates 66.8 g- Fiber 2.2 g- Fat 13.2 g- Cholesterol 0 mg- Vitamin A 749.6 mg- Vitamin B1 0.9 mg- Vitamin B2 0.4 mg- Vitamin B3 6.1 mg- Vitamin C 36.2 mg- Folic Acid 50.2 mg- Calcium 157.3 mg- Iron 4 mg- Magnesium 0 mg- Phosphorus 0 mg- Sodium 229.8 mg- Potassium 336.8 mg- Zinc 1 mg- Meghna Nath

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Prevent Jobs from Going to H-1B Holders: USCIS Director August 21, 2018 09:38

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) director L Francis Cissna earlier this week has said it would be genuinely good if there was a law to prevent American jobs from going to H-1B visa holders, according to report by Times of India. The U.S. official made these comments at an event named 'Immigration Newsmaker' in Washington, D.C., on August 15 by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS)."I would really love it if Congress would pass a provision prohibiting American workers being replaced by H-1B workers. I could draft it myself, probably right now, you know?" Cissna said during the event, reported the daily.The report cited USCIS data which suggests that for the fiscal year 2017, a total of 3.65 lakh applicants granted H-1B visas of which 75.6 percent were born in India. Cissna further emphasized that immigration reform should be directed towards ensuring the most qualified people, who the U.S. needs, should get the visas, the report mentioned."A simple fix, for example, just banning the ability of employers to fire American workers and replace them with H-1Bs," he added.It is worth noting that the Donald Trump administration has tightened the rules for granting H-1B visas, a move that has immensely impacted Indian IT (Information Technology) companies and their employees.In the latest policy that was issued on July 13, the U.S. administration has given exclusive power to officials to reject a visa application if the required 'initial evidence’ wasn’t submitted or the evidence failed to establish eligibility for the visa applied for, according to an earlier ToI report. The new rules will be applicable from September 11 onwards.The new rules imply that visa applicants are unlikely to get a second chance to submit more documentary evidence to support their eligibility if their application is rejected in the first instance itself. Earlier, officials were not able to reject an application outrightly without giving an opportunity to the applicant to provide more evidence substantiating his eligibility, it said.  With tightening H-1B rules, meanwhile, IT companies recently slashed their H-1B applications. Tightening of H-1B work visa norms has increased operating costs of Indian IT companies as onsite hiring has increased.By Sowmya Sangam

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WhatsApp to Delete Old Chats if they are not saved as Part of Deal with Google August 21, 2018 07:00

WhatsApp is planning to change its policy on backing up and storing your data. In particular, your old photos and videos may stand deleted forever, as per the latest post by the instant messaging app.The practice followed by WhatsApp thus far has been to keep all data, text messages, videos, and images for extended periods of time. It seems to have now get into an agreement with Google such that the backups will now be onto Google Drive and not to your device. At the same time, WhatsApp data won't be counted when it comes to the space occupied on Google Drive is concerned. This again appears to be part of this agreement between the two.The date this change will come into effect in November 12, 2018. From this date onwards, the new data backup regime will come into force and according to WhatsApp those data not backed up for over a year will be automatically deleted from Google Drive without recourse to the user.According to experts, you will have to manually backup all your data before this November 12 date to protect your data. You can do this on your Google Drive. Do make sure your device is connected through Wi-Fi, especially if the size of your is big since it will consume data."Due to a new agreement between WhatsApp and Google, WhatsApp backups will no longer count against Google Drive storage quota. However, any WhatsApp backups that have not been updated in more than a year will automatically be removed from storage," Google said in an e-mail to its users.To be back up data on WhatsApp, users will have to tap on the sandwich menu on the top right corner of the app's homepage. Tap on Settings and choose chats and then chat backup. This is sufficient to backup all your WhatsApp data on to your Google Drive.By Sowmya Sangam

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Megastar Chiranjeevi's Syeraa Teaser is Here August 21, 2018 06:24

Megastar Chiranjeevi is sweating out for his next film titled Syeraa, a periodic film that is based on the life story of freedom fighter Uyyalavada Narasimha Reddy. The whole country is unaware of the story of this great freedom fighter. Megastar Chiranjeevi will be seen in a never seen new look in Syeraa. Amitabh Bachchan and Nayanthara will be seen essaying other crucial roles. On the occasion of Megastar's birthday, the teaser of Syeraa has been released. The teaser is a perfect treat for Mega fans and movie lovers. Megastar's stunning look will be loved by everyone and the action stunts are the major highlights. Lavish sets, stunning background score, cinematography and loud presentation are the major highlights of the teaser. Megastar riding horse will give goosebumps for the audience for sure. Jagapathi Babu, Kicha Sudeep and Vijay Sethupathi will be seen in other crucial roles. Ram Charan's Konidela Production Company is producing Syeraa and the makers announced that the film would release next year.    

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Ohio State Board of Trustees to Meet on Urban Meyer Probe August 21, 2018 05:58

The Ohio State Board of Trustees will meet on Wednesday to talk about the findings of the university's investigation involving head football coach Urban Meyer.The meeting will be held at Longaberger Alumni House, which will begin in open session, but move to a closed executive session "for the entirety of the personnel matters discussion."The university's concluding decision regarding Meyer will be made by university President Michael Drake, in consultation with the board.The Columbus Dispatch cited two sources close to the investigation and reported that the likely recommendation would be a suspension for Meyer, or that the university could opt for a "time served" punishment with the head coach has already missed the majority of preseason practice.Meyer has been on paid administrative leave since August 1, when the school proclaimed a probe into what Meyer knew about domestic abuse allegations against a former assistant coach in 2015, and how that information was handled. A team from the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton completed the investigation on Sunday.The investigative team will verbally share its findings with the board on Monday, according to a school release, but the board will not discuss the findings or make any decisions before Wednesday."(Monday's) the briefing is to ensure that board members are adequately prepared to discuss this matter at Wednesday's meeting," the statement read.Ohio State did not put a deadline on the final resolution, only saying last week that Drake's decision will come "following deliberations with the board, and appropriate time for consideration."The football team opens the 2018 season on Sept. 1 against Oregon State.According to the university's release: "The Ohio State University Board of Trustees will meet at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 22, to discuss personnel matters related to the investigation involving Urban Meyer. The meeting will be held at Longaberger Alumni House, 2200 Olentangy River Road. In keeping with Ohio open meetings law, the meeting will be convened in public session before entering executive session for the entirety of the personnel matters discussion.The investigative team will verbally share its findings to the board today in an informational briefing. The board will not deliberate or discuss any public business or make any decisions today based on the information presented during the session. Today's briefing is to ensure that board members are adequately prepared to discuss this matter at Wednesday's meeting."By Sowmya Sangam

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Indian-origin Tycoons in UAE Pledge ₹125 Million for Kerala Floods August 21, 2018 04:37

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Indian-origin billionaire entrepreneurs have proclaimed contribution of Rs. 125 million for the flood-hit Kerala for flood relief operations, according to a media report.In the scenic state, about 164 people have lost their lives since August 8 due to floods caused by heavy rains and landslides, while more than 3.14 lakh people have been moved to relief camps.According to a report by Khaleej Times, a Kerala-born businessman Yusuff Ali MA, chairman and managing director of Lulu Group, has announced an Rs. 50 million donations for rain-battered Kerala.The chairman of Fathima Healthcare Group KP Hussain has donated Rs. 50 million. He said that Rs. 10 million out of Rs. 50 million will straightaway go to the Kerala Chief Minister's relief fund, while the remainder will be allocated for medical relief aid, the Gulf paper added.Hussain said that his group has coordinated with the state's health secretary to send volunteers from its medical faculty. This includes doctors and paramedics being sent to relief camps."As per our geological studies and today's condition in Kerala, the stagnant water will be drained much later than expected. Hence, there is a high possibility of more deaths in the event of the spread of various diseases like fever, dysentery, gastric issues, skin disorders etc," he was quoted as saying by the paper."This situation needs to be handled very seriously and emergency treatment has to be provided with immediate effect. As recommended by the public health secretary, we have received the list of medicines which will be supplied to the relief camps."In order to aid in flood relief operations, other UAE-based business community had sworn sum of money.India-born billionaire BR Shetty, chairman of Unimoni and UAE Exchange, had pledged Rs. 20 million.Indian physician and philanthropist Azad Moopen, and founder chairman and managing director of Aster DM Healthcare, sworn Rs. 5 million. The group likewise announced that it had gathered a disaster support team of over 300 volunteers.Earlier this week, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the United Arab Emirates prime minister, and Dubai ruler came out in an assist for deluge-hit Kerala and ordered the formation of an emergency committee to render relief to the victims hit by annihilating rainfall and deluge in the state.The Indian community in the UAE, which is a sizable expatriate community in the country constitutes 30 percent of the entire population - numbering 2.6 million.By Sowmya Sangam

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5 Ways to Make Your Already Happy Marriage Happier August 20, 2018 09:37

Marriages are hard, aren’t they? Even just the thought of dedicating one’s entire life to a single person can be a bit daunting at first. While some people make it work through their marriage, some tend to fail to do so and it is okay in both the cases.Much like any other thing, even the “honeymoon” phase in the marriages has their shelf life. You are lucky if the love blossoms naturally but sometimes if it doesn’t; making a little effort in the relationship can make all the difference. In this article, we are going to touch down on the top 5 tips to help with making your marriage and partner happier.Let your partner know you appreciate themIf you didn’t know any better, it has been shown in a study that half the population of married men tends to indulge in affairs because of the lack of emotional attachment with their partners. While marriages can be draining, letting your partner know that you appreciate them shouldn’t be. And if you are here thinking that everything revolved around physical intimacy, it doesn’t always. The show of appreciation sometimes lies in the simplest of gestures – a quick breakfast in bed with a kiss in the morning is sometimes more than enough to do the magic.Honesty is the best policyBeing honest in a relationship is important, whatever the situation is or how hard it is to be, it is necessary to be transparent in a marriage if you want to make the marriage work. Even if you feel like you have done something that you shouldn’t have, come clean to your partner. Your partner knowing it from someone else is something that makes the situation even worse than it has to be. Have a life of your ownOutlets in marriages are necessary. If you are completely dependent on your partner for every single aspect, there are chances that your marriage is going to fall in shambles faster than you even end up realizing. Blind dependency on your partner can often make the relationship very toxic which is why it is necessary to have a life for yourself outside the realm of your marriage. Cook something specialFood never disappoints. This is that one thing that surely does leave behind an impact in a marriage. Taking the effort to actually cook something for your partner and especially a dish that they love and relish can be an amazing way to show your partner how special they are to you. It’s not always about expensive gifts, rather the thoughtful ones. Watch what you sayArguments and disagreements are part of a relationship. Quite often than not you are going to end up fighting about the most trivial things. These are the times that you need to watch what you say. We can often end up saying things that we don’t mean but end up saying with the intention of hurting the other person. Put a stop to it and distance yourself from the situation.Marriages are not about grand gestures, they are about the thoughtful ones. Appreciate your partner and let them know that from time to time throughout your marriage.-Somapika Dutta

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Will Introduce Legislation to posthumously Award Mahatma Gandhi Congressional Gold Medal: U.S. Lawmaker August 20, 2018 07:54

An influential American lawmaker Carolyn Maloney has said that she will introduce a historic legislation to posthumously award Mahatma Gandhi a Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award in the United States, for inspiring peaceful movements for civil rights around the world.Congresswoman Maloney from New York made the proclamation at the 38th India Day Parade, the annual extravaganza celebrating India's Independence, held in New York on Sunday."Gandhi influenced so many people who have already received the medal, such as Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela based on their non-violent leadership for justice. All of this was based on the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi," Maloney said at the parade.She said she is soon going to introduce the legislation and expressed confidence that the legislation will be successful."Mahatma Gandhi's historic Satyagraha movement of nonviolent resistance inspired a nation and the world. His example energizes us to devote ourselves to the service of others. His legacy inspired civil rights movements around the globe, from Martin Luther King Jr.'s movement for racial equality to Nelson Mandela's fight against apartheid," Maloney said.She said as a public servant, she is inspired by Gandhi's courage and example. "Let us all follow Gandhi's directive to "be the change you wish to see in the world".Related content: NYC Hosts Ample U.S. Celebration of Indian IndependenceGandhi would be the first Indian to receive a Congressional Gold Medal, an honor bestowed upon eminent leaders such the first President of the U.S. George Washington, Mandela, Mother Teresa and civil rights activist Rosa Parks.In 2016, Maloney had led the successful effort to create the first-in-the-nation Diwali Stamp. Maloney said the Diwali stamp has been one of the highest selling stamps in US postal history.Participating in the parade with India's Consul General Ambassador Sandeep Chakravorty and Indian-American community leaders, Maloney, dressed in traditional Indian attire, expressed gratitude to the Indian-American diaspora for their "massive contribution to our culture and growth of our country."Actor Anupam Kher was the Guest of Honour at the parade, which brought people of diverse communities and ethnicities together for the largest parade outside India to mark the country's independence.People with banners, placards and Indian and American flags raised patriotic slogans like 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai', 'Vande Mataram' and 'Jai Hind' as they witnessed the floats and celebrities from the barred pavements along the parade route.During the cultural show at the end of the parade, artists and dance troupes enthralled the audience with their cultural performances. Padma Shri singer Kailash Kher captivated the gathering with an enthralling rendition of his popular songs.The parade showcased India's cultural richness as well as the achievements of the diaspora through colorful floats. On the occasion of India's independence day, the iconic Empire State Building had also been lit up in the Indian tri-color.Srujal Parikh, the current President of the FIA, had said that the parade's central message was 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam - the world is one family,' as it will bring together for the first time communities from other South Asian and Caribbean nations.By Sowmya Sangam

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