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Be Sure of These Things Before Marrying an NRI January 17, 2019 12:19

Are you getting married to an NRI or someone living overseas? In that case be sure to be clear about each and every before the nuptials.Since scores of families or men are moving abroad for better opportunities or lifestyle, a lot more weddings with Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) has turned out to be a common sight, concurrently, leading to mounting incidents involving NRI husbands deceiving their partners in India.Therefore, there are a few things that you should certainly bear in mind before you choose to say "I do" to an NRI. Know His Visa Status As soon as you know if he is on a permanent residence or a work permit or a citizen of xyz country, coming to the right decision is slightly easier. If your soon-to-be life partner is on a work permit, check all the facts and details and know if you shall be able to be with him after the wedding and how long would the procedure take. Getting married to someone on a temporary visa is nothing but a risk. Do not pay attention to relatives who tell you that it is okay to get married to someone without a permanent residence visa or citizenship. They are not going to benefit you in any means if you and/or your partner get kicked out of the country.Knowing the visa status is moreover very significant because depending on your spouse’s visa, you will be able to understand how long would it take for you to join them in their place of residence. Know His Lifestyle Though you might have born or studied in big cities and institutions, moving to another country is not laidback. A transformation in way of life and choices is inevitable. Try to understand his feelings, his friend-circle, what does he do for fun and what does he expect from his partner. Then try to imagine yourself in that lifestyle or something similar. Realize how easy or hard would it be for you to cope up with all the major changes before reaching a decision. Your English might be in fact good, but the knowledge of different accents is like a boundless process.Be ready to hear people speaking in English in 200 different ways and also, you will have to speak in English generally. Be willing to learn an additional language like French or Spanish etc., depending on wherever you may have to move. Communicate Clearly Get all your questions answered without being shy and coy as it's your life and you need to be in charge for it. It is one of the most vital choices of your life. Video chats are better. Nobody is too busy to text or talk if they are considering marriage.If they can't give you time now it either means they are not interested or they are not sure about getting married at the moment. Whoever wishes to get married, will take out the time to get to know you and communicate at will. Do not compromise on communication. Be Patient Long distance relationships are not easy to cope as there can be gaps in communicating or you may have shorter chats, but you need to be easy-going if the person is right and you wish to take things forward. Patience is the key when you have agreed to the wedding because now you will realize that you need to start preparing stuff for paper-work and interviews. Also, be prepared, depending on the country you shall be moving to and depending on the spouse's visa status, your own visa may take anywhere between 2 months to 16 months to be processed before you successfully join your spouse and his family. Explore Career Options Know that you will not get a job instantly and it may take some time till you find a decent and stable job in a foreign land. Also, make certain you know that the spouse visa you have applied for has the provision wherein you shall be able to work when you move to the other country. Don’t Be Embarrassed to Ask for Details There is nothing wrong in taking expert assistance to get a detailed background check or ask for the person's social security number. It is all right to hire a detective and to check the presence on social media and get an idea about the friend-circle and way of life. Do not take your decision on the basis of anyone. It is your life and will have an emotional impact on your family and you, so there is nothing wrong in being cautious and being prepared.Ultimately, the only mantra to tackle the NRI situation is to be well informed, patient and conscious.-Sowmya Sangam

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#10YearChallenge: First Meme Game of 2019 Taking Internet by Storm January 17, 2019 09:47

If you are one of those regular social media users, then you must have come through your feed filled with a photo of him/her, showing what they were in 2009 and what they are now. You are probably wondering why people everywhere on social media all at once want people to know what they looked like before 10 years. In the first social media craze of 2019, the #10YearChallenge is taking the internet by storm. In fact, what you have to do is post two photographs of yourself side-by-side - showing what you looked like in 2009 and you look like at present. Why Did It Started?The idea obviously is to give the world a glimpse of what you used to look like, possibly because the friends you have today did not even know you 10 years ago.According to TweetBinder.com (a website that allows you to track tweets on a hashtag for free), the potential reach of #10YearChallenge is over 6 million, meaning it would have been viewed by that many people.Likewise, Google Trends as well shows that the interest in the 10 Year Challenge has been growing abruptly across the world since January 14. According to Google Trends, India appears to have picked up the trend from January 15, but it is on an abrupt rise here as well. Who Started It?Dissimilar to earlier challenges on the internet, the origin of the #10YearChallenge is not quite clear just yet. However, it is surely been fueled by a lot of celebrity inputs. Reese Witherspoon, an American actress posted a #10YearChallenge photos of herself on her Twitter handle, showing how she has aged. Time sure does fly when you are having fun!! #10YearChallenge pic.twitter.com/gruONFaDDn — Reese Witherspoon (@RWitherspoon) January 15, 2019 As part of the challenge, Indian celebrities like Raashi Khanna, Shilpa Shetty, Sonam Kapoor, Vishal Dadlani, Bipasha Basu etc. have also posted photos of themselves. In satire to #10YearChallenge on the social media, people have begun posting photos of empty wallets with 2009 and 2019 tags on them, while some others have used the hashtag to promote causes, such as melting polar ice caps, by posting photos of them from 2009 and now. The only #10YearChallenge we should be worried about pic.twitter.com/Tph0EZUbsR — Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) January 17, 2019 The only #10YearChallenge you need to be worried about. #GetYourHeadOutOfYourAss pic.twitter.com/yc6AyVPHMQ — Shehryar Taseer (@shehryar_taseer) January 16, 2019 #10YearChallenge Then - 1rsNow- 1rs pic.twitter.com/sjwQ1zXYWa — sick fcker (@Sick_Fuker) January 17, 2019 Please plant the trees#10YearChallenge pic.twitter.com/JuzwSo2uiu — Hiren Kalariya (@hirenkalariya_) January 17, 2019 #10YearChallenge. The funniest of all memes. . #10YearChallenge pic.twitter.com/kfO2F4bNgi — Kaliya (@SutarMukesh555) January 17, 2019 -Sowmya Sangam

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109-Yr-Old Woman Reveals Secret to Long Life: Staying Away from Men January 17, 2019 08:57

Have you ever wondered about how a person can survive so long? Many people like to debate mysteries for longevity, typically putting a stop to smoking, alcohol, etc… but there is the unique reason you might have not ever thought about. It all began in 2015, when Holiday Retirement, a provider of more than 300 senior living communities across the United States, conducted the research and produced the report, "100 Years of Wisdom: The Perspective of Centenarians."When asked about what the reason for their long life was, though some said it was all about family, some others assured that living life to the fullest was the key. However, one of the most surprising answers came from a 109-year-old woman, named Jessie Gallan.Born in 1906, Jessie was raised in Kintore, a town in, on a family farmhouse. She survived with her parents and six siblings altogether. Her life was unsophisticated and rural, sleeping in a cottage and living without restrictions.This Green Veggie Treats Alcohol, Mood DisordersShe went to school for a short while but then continued with finding a job in a farm kitchen. Following her first job, Jessie worked as a housemaid in the city as well. She worked in a well-off family, after which she moved onto working in the service industry.Jessie finally moved into the Crosby House, which houses ill or unaccompanied seniors. Gillian Bennett, who works there said, "Jessie is a lovely woman. She has got her best friend here, Sarah Jane, and they are always together. She likes her music and likes her exercise class and is a very independent person. She is always walking about." Staying Away from MenJessie passed away in March 2015, but she managed to provide a secret for her longevity before her death. "My secret to a long life has been staying away from men," Jessie noted. "They're just more trouble than they're worth."Jessie also revealed a further secret to her vitality and said: "I like my porridge. I have all my life."Jessie surely shared a thought-provoking theory to debate. Given the fact that more and more women fall frantically for the lack of good men, perhaps the wise thing to do is to let go of the idea of men, and let your prince find you. No one can definitely confirm Jessie's theory, but it is definitely an intriguing approach to consider.Below are some of the pieces of advice from what thousands of years of collective experience have taught the remarkable people interviewed for the report:On marriage: 29 percent say make a stronger effort to communicate.On parenting: 21 percent advise more strictness and discipline for children.On today’s youth: 79 percent applaud today’s youth; they seem smarter and sharper than when our centenarians were young.On personal finances: 1 in 4 surveyed centenarians said they were not financially prepared to live as long as they have.On habits for longevity: According to one centenarian, "Drinking all the good whiskey I could get and worked like the devil."On the state of the country: Centenarians are most optimistic about the direction that education and science and technology are headed.On life's regrets: In hindsight, 34 percent of centenarians said they would spend more time with loved ones.On health and happiness at 100: Almost 80 percent of centenarians questioned feel that living in an independent senior living community contributed to their long life.-Sowmya Sangam

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Raja Krishnamoorthi Appointed as Committee Member on Intelligence January 17, 2019 07:56

An Indian American Democratic Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi has been appointed as a member of a congressional committee on intelligence.Krishnamoorthi, 45, who represents Illinois 8th congressional district in the House, has become the first South Asian to serve in the powerful body tasked to beef up America's national security.Apart from Krishnamoorthi, Val Demings of Florida, Sean Patrick Maloney of New York and Peter Welch of Vermont were chosen as the four new Democratic members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) for the 116th Congress.The HPSCI is tasked with being in charge of the activities and budget of the 17 intelligence agencies of the United States.Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi appointed Krishnamoorthi Wednesday. Pelosi said: "Our new members of the Intelligence Committee bring exceptional judgment, expertise and determination to our mission to honor that oath and, guided by the strong, principled leadership of Chairman Adam Schiff, will restore the long tradition of bipartisanship and integrity of this critical committee."We look forward to the many contributions these new members will bring to Democrats' work to strengthen America's national security and defend our democracy".Krishnamoorthi, after Pelosi announced his appointment, said: "It is very humbling to be chosen to serve on the Intelligence Committee in this Congress, and I am ready to join with my colleagues in preserving the safety and security of our nation"."The intelligence challenges and international threats facing our country today are vast, ranging from terrorism to cyber warfare to investigating Russia’s previous and continuing attempts to sabotage our democracy."I am honored that the Speaker and Caucus have placed their trust in me and the contributions I'll make to the Committee. When I took the oath of office, I swore to protect and defend the Constitution from all threats, foreign and domestic, and I know that the work we do under the leadership of Chairman Adam Schiff will fulfill that solemn duty," Krishnamoorthi said.Born in New Delhi, a North Indian state of India, to a Tamil-speaking family has moved to Buffalo New York when he was three months aged. Krishnamoorthi attended Princeton University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He also attended Harvard Law School.-Sowmya Sangam

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Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas to Focus on Connecting PIOs with India January 17, 2019 07:20

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Sammelan or Indian diaspora conclave, beginning on January 21 will be focusing on connecting a new generation of Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) with their home country, said External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday.Addressing a press conference in Lucknow, she said, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Sammelan and on the same evening, film actor and Bharatiya Janata Party Member of Parliament Hema Malini will perform Gangavataran on the bank of Ganga river.The Pravasi Bharatiya Sammelan will be conferred on 30 individuals for their accomplishments and achievements in different fields.On January 24, the participants will be taken to Prayagraj to take part in Kumbh Mela after the end of the event on January 23. Kumbh Mela is an event a mass Hindu pilgrimage of faith in which Hindus gather to bathe in a holy or sacred river.Up to now, 7,000 people have registered for the event. The chief guest is Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth of Mauritius.Read: Over 5,000 Register for Indian Diaspora ConclaveBesides the setting up of a tent city to accommodate delegates, a special part of the PBD will be "Kashi ka Aathithya", whereby arrangements will be made for overseas Indians to stay free of charge in the homes of residents of Varanasi.There will be different sessions dedicated to topics such as the diaspora's role in capacity building for artificial intelligence, developing India's cyber capacity, Indian community groups working for Indian nationals in distress, and inexpensive solar power and waste management.-Sowmya Sangam

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F2 Five Days Collections January 17, 2019 05:36

F2: Fun and Frustration is one comic entertainer that locked horns with NTR - Kathanayakudu and Vinaya Vidheya Rama at the Sankranthi box-office. Anil Ravipudi is the director and Venkatesh, Varun Tej, Tamannaah, Mehreen are the lead actors in this comic entertainer. F2 released on January 12th all over and received thumping response from the audience. F2 registered some outstanding numbers and dominated the Sankranthi releases. F2 collected a theatrical share of Rs 32.03 crores in five days which is huge. The film reached breakeven zone in just five days which is outstanding. F2 over performed during the season and all the family crowds managed to watch F2 during this season. Devi Sri Prasad is the music director and Dil Raju's Sri Venkateswara Creations produced F2. Here are the five days collections of F2: Nizam: Rs 8.96 Cr Ceeded: Rs 3.42 Cr Vizag: Rs 3.15 Cr Guntur: Rs 2.33 Cr East: Rs 3.09 Cr West: Rs 1.74 Cr Krishna: Rs 2.30 Cr Nellore: Rs 0.84 Cr AP and Telangana: Rs 25.83 Cr Rest of India: Rs 1.90 Cr Rest of World: Rs 4.30 Cr Worldwide Total: Rs 32.03 Cr  

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Rajinikanth and Keerthy Suresh to Team Up? January 17, 2019 05:33

Malayalam beauty Keerthy Suresh is one of the finest actresses of South Indian cinema. Her performance in Mahanati received standing ovation and her work has been widely appreciated. Now the actress is lined up with a bunch of interesting projects and the latest update says that Keerthy Suresh bagged a golden opportunity recently. She is all set to romance Superstar Rajinikanth in his next. Rajinikanth signed an action thriller tipped with  a social message and the film will be directed by AR Murugadoss who is riding high with the success of Vijay's Sarkar. The regular shoot starts during March this year and the makers roped in Keerthy Suresh to play the female lead. Sun Pictures will produce this big budget film that will release during the end of this year.  

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Indra Nooyi in Race for World Bank President Post: Reports January 17, 2019 04:59

Indian American business leader Indra Nooyi, who headed the global beverage giant PepsiCo, is under consideration for President of World Bank, according to reports.If confirmed by President Donald Trump, Nooyi, 63, will succeed Jim Yong Kim, a Korean immigrant who unexpectedly announced that he is quitting at the beginning of the year.Nooyi stepped down as PepsiCo's chief last August after heading the company for 12 years.She "has been courted as an administration ally by Ivanka Trump, the president's eldest daughter who is playing a role in the selection of a nominee," The New York Times said.The report, which cited several people familiar with the process, said the decision-making process for the top post at the World Bank is "fluid and in its initial stages and early front-runners and candidates often fall off the radar, or withdraw from consideration, before the president (Donald Trump) makes his ultimate pick".It is uncertain whether Nooyi would accept the nomination if chosen by the Trump administration.Read: "My Mom Was Superhero", Says Kamala Harris in Her BookThe first daughter, who has tweeted that she views Nooyi as a "mentor + inspiration", has floated her name as a potential successor.The NYT report said that the process of choosing Kim's successor is being overseen by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and Ivanka Trump, whose role in the process was announced by the White House on Monday.Ivanka Trump's "role in the process drew some criticism from ethics watchdogs Monday, which said it could pose a conflict of interest for the president's daughter to be involved in international economic matters when she has not completely divested from her assets," the report said.In order to present President Trump with recommendations for a nominee, the group was expected to begin the interview process on Tuesday.Nooyi joined Trump's business council, which was disbanded after many chief executives quit following the president's comments blaming "many sides" for white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, in August 2017.The negative statements made by Nooyi would probably be a possible barrier to her nomination, according to the report.Following Trump's win, she said at the NYT's DealBook conference in 2016 that "Our employees are all crying. And the question that they're asking, especially those who are not white: 'Are we safe?' Women are asking: 'Are we safe?' LGBT people are asking: 'Are we safe?' I never thought I'd have had to answer those questions".A spokesman for PepsiCo had told Fortune magazine that "Mrs. Nooyi misspoke. She was referring to the reaction of a group of employees she spoke to who were apprehensive about the outcome of the election. She never intended to imply that all employees feel the same way".Other candidates being considered for the position of World Bank head are president of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation Ray Washburne and undersecretary of the Treasury for International Affairs David Malpass.-Sowmya Sangam

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Trump Nominates Three Indian Americans to Key Positions January 17, 2019 04:28

President Donald Trump has nominated three Indian Americans to key administration positions, according to White House.The three Indian Americans are Rita Baranwal, Aditya Bamzai, and Bimal Patel. Though Trump announced the intent to nominate the three earlier, the nomination was sent to Senate on Wednesday.Rita Baranwal has been nominated for the post of assistant secretary of Energy (Nuclear Energy), Aditya Bamzai for Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board and Bimal Patel as the assistant secretary of Treasury.Up to now, over three dozen Indian Americans have been nominated by Trump in key positions.Baranwal holds the post of Director, Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) initiative.Read: Tulsi Gabbard Announces 2020 Presidential BidIf confirmed by the Senate, as assistant secretary of Energy Baranwal will be heading the powerful Office of Nuclear Energy. She will also be accountable for the department's nuclear technology research and the development and management of the department's nuclear technology infrastructure.Earlier Baranwal served as director of the Technology Development and Application at Westinghouse and was a manager in Materials Technology at Bechtel Bettis, where she led research and development in nuclear fuel materials for the United States naval reactors.Read: Trump's H-1B Visa War Is Crippling American FirmsBamzai, a Yale graduate, writes and teaches about civil procedure, administrative law, federal courts, national security law, and computer crime.Earlier he served as a law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court and to Judge Jeffrey Sutton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.Before entering the academy, Bamzai served as an attorney-adviser in the Office of legal counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice, and as an appellate attorney in both private practices and for the National Security Division of the justice department.Currently, Patel serves as deputy assistant secretary of the Treasury for the Financial Stability Oversight Council.Prior to joining the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Patel was head and partner of the Financial Advisory and Regulation practice in Washington, D.C., office of O'Melveny & Myers LLP, the White House said.Earlier he served as senior adviser to Director Jeremiah O Norton on the Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. He also served as an adjunct associate professor at Stanford University, teaching an undergraduate course on banking regulation.-Sowmya Sangam

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Nani Surprises with Jersey Teaser January 12, 2019 10:39

Natural Star Nani has been shattered with the debacles of Krishnarjuna Yuddham and Devadas. The actor is busy with the shoot of his next film titled Jersey which is an action packed sports drama that will be high on emotions. Gowtam Tinnanuri is the director and Shraddha Srinath played the heroine. The shoot of Jersey will be wrapped up by next month and the first teaser of the film has been out. The teaser looks promising and is laced with a strong emotional content. The film narrates about the story of Arjun, a 36-year-old cricketer who struggles to make his impact. With a bunch disappointing him, Arjun ends up hitting the ball out of the court which forms the rest of the story. Anirudh's music is a treat and the cinematography work looks good. Produced by Sithara Entertainments, Jersey releases during April this year.    

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