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Fully Briefed on Khasshogi Tapes, but Advised Not to Listen It: Trump November 19, 2018 11:30

President Donald Trump said on Sunday he has been amply briefed on an audio recording related to the inhumane killing of the dissent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but was advised against hearing to those "suffering" tapes. The 59-year-old Khashoggi, who wrote for The Washington Post, was killed earlier this month inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul where he had gone to collect documents related to his marriage. Turkish investigators say they have an audio recording of his killings, which it has shared with key partners including the United States. Trump for the first time acknowledges that he has been briefed on the audio recording of the Khashoggi's murder in an interview with Chris Wallace of Fox News, which was aired on Sunday. Related content: Jamal Khashoggi Murdered With Overdose of Drugs: Saudi Probe Trump said he has not listened to it, as he was advised not to hear the "suffering tape", according to the news channel. A day earlier, Trump spoke with the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) chief on the agency's assessment of the killing of Khashoggi. He expects a full report on it by Tuesday. In the interview, Trump defended his policy on Saudi Arabia, saying "We have put on very heavy sanctions, massive sanctions on a large group of people from Saudi Arabia. But at the same time, we do have an ally and I want to stick with an ally that in many ways has been very good." He also said it "takes two to tango" to resolve the conflict in Yemen, where Iranian-backed insurgents are facing off against Saudi-backed forces, noting that "I want Saudi to stop, but I want Iran to stop also". A day earlier he told reporters in California that it (Khashoggi's murder) was a horrible thing that took place. "It's a horrible thing that took place, the killing of a journalist...It should never have happened," Trump told reporters traveling with him to California. Asked about the reports that the CIA had assessed involvement by the Saudi Crown Prince, the President said, "they haven't assessed anything yet. It's too early. That was a very premature report." "We'll be having a very full report over the next two days, probably Monday or Tuesday," the US President said. He then said more definitely that there would be "a report on Tuesday." The report will address what "we think the overall impact was and who caused it, and who did it." "In the meantime, we're doing things to some people that we know for a fact were involved and we're being very tough on a lot of people," he added. Saudi Arabia had offered a series of contradictory explanations for Khashoggi's death. After repeated denials, Riyadh finally admitted Khashoggi had been murdered at the compound of its Istanbul Consulate but blamed it on a "rogue" operation. On Friday, the Washington Post reported that the CIA had assessed with high confidence the role of the Saudi leader, based on multiple sources of intelligence. The CIA found that 15 Saudi agents flew on government planes to Istanbul and carried out the killing at the Saudi consulate, the report said, adding that it could complicate President Trump's efforts to preserve U.S. ties with one of the closest American allies in the region. "The accepted position is that there is no way this happened without him being aware or involved," a U.S. official familiar with the CIA's conclusions, told the daily. Saudi Arabia has contradicted any such linkage. Fatimah Baeshen, a spokeswoman for the Saudi Embassy in Washington, said that the claims in the CIA's "purported assessment are false. We have and continue to hear various theories without seeing the primary basis for these speculations." According to the report, it is a CIA assessment that the crown prince who is the de facto ruler of the country would survive the crisis. -Sowmya Sangam

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Indian Woman Slams Pub in NY for Picturing Hindu Gods on Toilet Walls November 19, 2018 10:13

Over and over again we have spotted Hindu gods surfacing in the most inconceivable places. In the West, there have been deeds of Lord Ganesha appearing on toilet seats and the face of Ram on shoes. In a comparable incident, an Indian-American woman Ankita Mishra, a resident of Ohio, was in a rude shock when she a witnessed the bejeweled pictures of Hindu gods in an out of the question place. Ankita, a few weeks ago walked into a pub, House of Yes, in Bushwick, New York. Inside their VIP (Very Important Person) bathroom, Ankita was in for a disagreeable blow. In a blog post, Ankita wrote, "...last month, during a night out with friends, I could not stay quiet when I suddenly found myself in a curiously-decorated VIP bathroom inside House of Yes in Bushwick, NY. The walls were papered with bejeweled images of Hindu gods like Ganesha, Saraswati, Kali, and Shiva." The 'queer emerging artist' did not sit silent this time around. Mishra wrote an email to the pub, telling it just like it was. "To Whom it May Concern, (that should be everyone!) Oct 3, 2018 "As a queer woman of color with a hyphenated identity in 2018 America, I am used to silencing my voice in the service of keeping peace in public. However, after posting about my experience at House of Yes this weekend on Facebook and Instagram I feel pushed to approach you directly. I trust that House of Yes is a venue where I might actually be heard, and where change for the better can occur. "I came to the Endless Summer last Saturday, Sept 29. Being a resident of Brooklyn for over a decade, I frequent House of Yes whenever I can after my bartending shifts up the street. I have had too many beautiful moments here to recount: dancing at the Pride after-party with my partner, for instance, taking her to a show as one of our first dates as a couple, coming here with friends to relax and feel free and dance. I used to take Silks classes with Anya Sapozhnikova back in the Maujer Street days and have always been so invested with love and admiration at the growth of House of Yes. I have always been annoyingly proud and vocal about how much affection I have for this club, your mission statement, and your intentions for revolutionary inclusive programming. "I was not proud on Saturday night. I was there with a group that had ordered a bottle service table to the side of the bar and because of the high price they were paying, I had the privilege of accessing the private bathroom behind the DJ booth by the stage. You know the one. At first, when I reached for toilet paper from the dispenser, it did not register that I was looking at Mahadev. Slowly I raised my eyes to take in the room and noticed all of them- Ganesha, Saraswati, Brahma, Shiva, Radha and Krishna, Lakshmi, and inexplicably right above the toilet, Kali. I was inside a temple but it was all wrong- I was wearing shoes, I was peeing, and my a** was out. "It is unfortunate that the ripples of colonialism have such long-reaching waves. I am Indian-American. I have been in this position before, countless times. I used to be a Teaching Artist at the Rubin Museum of Art, where I was constantly confronted with microaggressions and a lack of power and ownership over my own culture. Fighting misconceptions and the misuse of my culture is a daily- no, minute by minute battle. But to be faced with such blatant cultural appropriation when I was relaxed, a little drunk, and surrounded by people I felt championed by was too jarring to ignore. "Let's say, the person reading this is confused. I have spent so much time in my head breaking down how to explain why this is so wrong. Here are some bullet points: "1. Cleanliness and purity are obsessive rules in an Indian household. Around Indian deities, it is a very basic form of respect, one that you learn as a child. You cannot present a flower to a god after having smelled it- you cannot wear shoes in a temple. Peeing, shitting, throwing up and all other activities that happen in nightclub bathrooms would also go under the category of uncleanliness. "2. Hinduism does not believe in eternal damnation. It has not also, conquered, traumatized and converted whole civilizations and countries as part of its mission. It does not have the same history as, for example, Christianity. There has never been a "Reformation" period in Hinduism. I cannot speak for every South Asian/ South Asian descendant on the planet, but I have not seen the same level of angst and irreverence towards its icons. There is no "Piss Christ" art piece equivalent, no cultural Satanic movement that battles each of its innumerable goddesses and gods. Therefore the same rules that apply to Christianity simply are not applicable to Hinduism. You cannot impose your own punk and subversive cultural standards on another religion. It is just another form of misinterpretation and desire to control something that is not yours. "3. Hindu, Buddhist, and South Asian culture continue to constantly be exploited through Western capitalism in the name of spiritual awakening and sexual exploration. Our culture is not a ticket to your self-discovery. India was under colonial rule for 200 years and I, frankly, am tired of how uneducated America seems to be about that. Do you think you would even be in that yoga class if it hadn't been perfectly packaged for you to consume? "4. Maybe someone thought it would inspire "instant enlightenment" one night on the dancefloor. Wrong. Tantric Buddhism is different from Hinduism and at any rate, ya got those deities wrong. 5. I only saw this because it was a private bathroom reserved for those customers paying over $600 for a bottle of Grey Goose. I imagine that clientele is used to dining at Buddakan on a regular basis and does not even fully take in the fact that an entire ancient culture and religion is being reduced to a playscape for their vices and routine board meetings. "6. I have spent 3 days (now 4) thinking of every angle that could have led someone to make this tone-deaf mistake. The point is, no one took even a fraction of that time thinking of how it would make someone like me feel. As I sat on the toilet, I thought "Is it possible that my culture is again being dehumanized and treated like an accessory of white culture, here on Jefferson Street?" "I am going to go home to my parents' house in November to celebrate Diwali, a holiday commemorating each deity featured in your bathroom. This is an active religion, practiced today. My true desire is to see the bathroom taken down. My parents would not have had the courage to stand up for what is right, but I as their daughter, do. Your mission statement is one that touts inclusivity, positivity, and safety. Please don't make me lose faith in the ability we all have to right some wrongs and truly hear each other out. "If you made it to the end of this letter then I thank you for being open and receptive. "Inclusivity now. "Namaste, Ankita Mishra" Click here to read more  -Sowmya Sangam

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2.0 Telugu Movie November 19, 2018 09:41

2.0 is an upcoming Tollywood film directed by S. Shankar, produced by A. Subaskaran and Raju Mahalingam. The film stars Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar, Amy Jackson, Sudhanshu Pandey in the leading roles. For more previews, stay tuned....

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2.0 Tamil Movie November 19, 2018 09:34

2.0 is an upcoming Kollywood film directed by S. Shankar, produced by A. Subaskaran and Raju Mahalingam. The film stars Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar, Amy Jackson, Sudhanshu Pandey in the leading roles. For more previews, stay tuned....

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Pakistan Doesn't Do 'a Damn Thing' for U.S., Says Trump November 19, 2018 09:09

President Donald Trump on Sunday justified his administration's decision to halt hundreds of millions of dollars in military assistance to Pakistan, saying the country does not do "a damn thing" for the United States and its government had helped Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden hideout near its garrison city. Referring to Laden and his former compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, Trump in an interview to Fox News said, "You know, living - think of this -living in Pakistan, beautifully in Pakistan in what I guess they considered a nice mansion, I don't know, I've seen nicer." The compound was razed soon after the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group forces, in an audacious helicopter raid, killed Laden there in 2011. Related Content: Trump Praises India-Americans for Playing Incredible Role in His Admin  "But living in Pakistan right next to the military academy, everybody in Pakistan knew he was there," he added. "And we give Pakistan $1.3 billion a year. ... (Laden) lived in Pakistan, we're supporting Pakistan, we're giving them $1.3 billion a year - which we don't give them any more, by the way, I ended it because they don't do anything for us, they don't do a damn thing for us," he said. The ties between the two countries strained after Trump, while announcing his Afghanistan and South Asia policy in August earlier this year, hit out at Pakistan for providing safe shelters to "agents of chaos" that kill Americans in Afghanistan and warned Islamabad that it has "much to lose" by harboring terrorists. In September, the Trump administration canceled $300 million in military aid to Islamabad for not doing adequately in opposition to terror groups progressive on its soil. Trump also said that he has plans to visit Iraq and Afghanistan to meet American troops stationed there. "Well, I think you will see that happen. There are things that are being planned. We don’t want to talk about it because of - obviously because of security reasons and everything else," he said. Trump has been criticized by his political opponents for not visiting either Afghanistan or Iraq in the first two years of his presidential term.  -Sowmya Sangam

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International Men's Day: Tips to Keep Your Dignity at Workplace November 19, 2018 08:35

The sense of dignified is having or showing worth, nobility or self respect. Dignity, like obscenity or a unitard, is hard to define but you know it when you see it. Get down being stately in front of a mirror when you are unattended, and then show your friends the "new you." As soon as you are comfortable with your new public persona, take it with you thoroughly. Here are 5 steps to up your Personality Dignity Quotient (PDQ) in the workplace: Refrain taking personal Issues to work Noisy, personal phone calls have no place in the workplace. If you are having a conflict, begging pardon or feeling obliged to make "kissy" noises into the receiver, take it outside on your mobile. Likewise, cautiously consider the potential impact on your career before beginning a relationship with a coworker. If there is a nasty breakup, you may suffer the indignity of people in the office knowing personal details you would rather keep private. Don't be a complainer If you are persistently requesting your boss for time off or to cut you some slack on a project deadline, he will dislike you and it will adversely affect your career and your self-respect. Whiners and prolonged complainers do not get promoted - their bosses set up for lateral transfers to get free of them. You want your boss as an ally, not an enemy, so make sure you don't cause him frustration and vexation. Evaluate twice about approaching him with every concern. Hold your dignity by making decisions that are within your area of responsibility without bugging the boss for validation or praise. Don't get reputation as party animal It is all right to have fun at happy hour and office social functions, but go casual on your liquor consumption. Decorum equals dignity. Making people laugh is a great trait when you are giving a speech or making a presentation, but if you become known in the office for being a joker or buffoon, you will never be taken earnestly and you will lose your sense of self-respect, as well as the respect of your coworkers. Make sure working conditions are adequate You are eligible to reasonable pay and suitable, safe working conditions. Withstand your rights and never swap your self-esteem for a paycheck. Similarly, never be afraid to ask your boss for something important to you, like adaptable hours, a reduced work week or occasional days for work at home. Be assertive, not aggressive, and emphasize the benefits to the company. Increase the likelihood that your proposal will be considered by presenting your request with respect for your boss and self-dignity. Curb annoyance & control your emotions It is regular to feel disappointed, annoyed and upset when a colleague misses a deadline and it impacts your project, but how you react to the situation will affect people's perceptions of you. If you have a short fuse, be particularly cognizant of rising ire so you don't explode. Maintain your dignity by keeping your emotions in check. If you do or say something you should not, be quick and heartfelt with your apology to salvage your reputation. Don't always follow the crowd Get together and cooperate, but don't let yourself be used. You will lose respect and dignity if you let your colleagues to dump all the work on you while they relish in the glory of your job well done. Never be afraid to exercise your freedom. Always measure the pros and cons before committing yourself to joining others in support of their own agendas. -Sowmya Sangam

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RRR Shoot Begins November 19, 2018 07:37

Top director SS Rajamouli after Baahubali franchise has been working on the script of his next from the past one year. NTR and Ram Charan will play the lead roles in this action thriller which has been tentatively titled RRR. The film started off with a pooja ceremony last week and the regular shoot commenced today in Hyderabad. Massive sets have been erected for the shoot and an action episode will be shot in the first schedule. SS Rajamouli took his official social media handle to post the first picture from the sets which is taking the internet by storm. Ram Charan and NTR have been spotted bonding with Rajamouli on the sets. Preparations for canning a massive action sequence are on currently. The female leads are picked up and Ram Charan, NTR will shoot for the first schedule. They are specially trained in martial arts and the makers are keen on releasing the film during 2020. DVV Danayya is the producer.  

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Coffee Lovers Sensitive to Caffeine's Bitter Taste: Study November 17, 2018 12:00

People who are more sensitive to coffee's bitter taste indeed drink more of the brew, a study suggests.The study which is published in the journal Scientific Reports found that the sensitivity is caused by a genetic variant."You'd expect that people who are particularly sensitive to the bitter taste of caffeine would drink less coffee," said Marilyn Cornelis, assistant professor at Northwestern University in the United States."The opposite results of our study suggest coffee consumers acquire a taste or an ability to detect caffeine due to the learned positive reinforcement (ie stimulation) elicited by caffeine," Cornelis said."People who have a heightened ability to taste coffee's bitterness - and particularly the distinct bitter flavor of caffeine - learn to associate good things with it," she said.In the study group, people who were more sensitive to caffeine and were consuming a lot of coffee consumed low amounts of tea.The study also found people sensitive to the bitter flavors of quinine and of PROP, a synthetic taste accompanying the compounds in cruciferous vegetables, avoided coffee.Related content: 5 Vigorous Ways to Maintain Your PhysiqueFor alcohol, a higher sensitivity to the bitterness of PROP ensued in lower alcohol consumption, particularly of red wine."The findings suggest our perception of bitter tastes, informed by our genetics, contributes to the preference for coffee, tea, and alcohol," Cornelis said.Scientists applied Mendelian randomization, a technique very often used in disease epidemiology, to trial the causal relationship between bitter taste and beverage consumption in over 400,000 men and women in the United Kingdom.The genetic variants linked to caffeine, quinine, and PROP perception were previously identified through genome-wide analysis of solution taste-ratings collected from Australian twins.These genetic variants were then tested for associations with self-reported intake of tea, coffee, and alcohol in the current study."Taste has been studied for a long time, but we don't know the full mechanics of it," Cornelis said. -Sowmya Sangam

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Facebook Investors Want Mark Zuckerberg to Resign November 17, 2018 11:58

Facebook investors have increased pressure on Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg to step down after a New York Times investigation suggested that the social network hired a Republican-owned political consulting and PR firm that "dug up dirt on its competitors".According to a report in The Guardian on Saturday, Jonas Kron, Senior Vice President at Trillium Asset Management which owns a substantial stake in Facebook, "called on Zuckerberg to step down as board chairman in the wake of the report"."Facebook is behaving like it's a special snowflake. It's not. It is a company and companies need to have a separation of chair and CEO," Kron was quoted as saying.The New York Times report suggested that Facebook hired Definers Public Affairs, a Washington, D.C.-based conservative firm which did PR work for Facebook "and dug up dirt on the company's competitors and its critics".In a press call, Zuckerberg contradicted he had any previous cognition about this firm.Related content: Facebook Blocks 30 Accounts Ahead of Midterm Elections"After reading the article, I got on the phone with our team and we are no longer working with this firm," he said.Definers allegedly "encouraged the depiction of Facebook's critics as anti-Semites and had published news articles criticizing Facebook's competitors".Another Facebook investor Natasha Lamb from Arjuna Capital said the combined role of chairman and chief executive means that "Facebook can avoid properly fixing problems inside the company", said the report.According to TechCrunch, founded by a Republican campaign manager known for his dirt-digging prowess, Definers is far from a normal, politically neutral contractor.In a statement, Facebook COO (Chief Operating Officer) Sheryl Sandberg also denied any knowledge of the firm.Facebook said that it used the consultant Definers Public Affairs to look into the funding of "Freedom from Facebook" to demonstrate that it was not simply a spontaneous grassroots campaign, as it claimed, "but supported by a well-known critic of our company," presumably liberal financier George Soros."To suggest that this was an anti-Semitic attack is reprehensible and untrue," the company added.Facebook has also denied the allegation that it knew about Russian activity as early as the spring of 2016 but was slow to investigate it at every turn.As a consequence of the report, Facebook stocks fell 3 percent on Friday to $139.53, the lowest since April 2017.-Sowmya Sangam

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Indian-Origin Can Become U.S. President Eventually: Diplomat November 17, 2018 10:05

The United States might one day have an Indian-origin President, said a former Ambassador, Surendra Kumar."There are so many talented and resourceful Indian-origin educated youths in the U.S. that sooner or later one of them can become the President of the U.S. One good thing in the U.S. is that in that country, you can see your dream come true," said Kumar, India's former Permanent Representative at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), apart from serving in a number of foreign capitals.While delivering a speech on "70 years of India's Relations with the U.S." at the Tripura University on Friday evening, the diplomat dwelt upon the U.S. President Donald Trump's "America First Policy" and felt that it might pose some "difficulties" for the Indian youngsters who would want to settle in the country.The address was part of a program sponsored by the Public Diplomacy Division of India's External Affairs Ministry."Look at the universities and academia in the U.S. Some of the most prestigious universities and schools have Indian-origin deans. In institutions like Harvard and Carnegie, many Indians or Indian origin academics are making their name."In this regard, he referred to former Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan and former Vice Chairman of Niti Aayog Arvind Panagariya.Kumar has also served as India's Ambassador to Libya, Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Eritrea and as a High Commissioner to Kenya, Swaziland, and Malta.The diplomat, who also served as the Consul General of India in Chicago, in 2010 founded the Indo-American Friendship Association in New Delhi - a non-profit organization aspiring enlarging the horizon of friendship and understanding between India and the U.S.Kumar detailed on the U.S. policy on Southeast Asia, Asean and Pakistan, besides India.On America's relations with Pakistan, he said that the U.S. could not cut Islamabad off altogether unless the Afghan problem was resolved."The U.S. needs Pakistan but at the same time they still did exert pressure on them as far as terrorism was concerned."He as well referred to the emergence of several Indian-origin women in America.Tripura University Vice-Chancellor V.L. Dharurkar said that if ever an Indian-origin would become the American President, it would definitely be a woman."Americans trust Indian women more. Anandi Gopal Joshi was the first Indian woman who went to the U.S. to pursue a degree in medicine and graduated from Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania," Dharurkar said.-Sowmya Sangam

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