Knotty affair with summer

first_imgScarves are summer must haves, they not only save your skin from the scorching heat but can also act as a style statement, say experts. Here are some styles that you can flaunt with a scarf.4Knot at the end: The conventional way to style a scarf is to loop it around your neck bringing the ends to the front side. Tie the ends together in a knot for a refined look.4The shrug look: This would work with a larger scarf. Fold the scarf diagonally making a triangle shape of the scarf. Drape the scarf around your neck keeping two ends of the triangle in front. Wear a stylish high waist belt over the scarf at your waist to accentuate the look. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf4The airhostess bow knot: In case you want to go for a more subtle look, the best way is to fold the scarf until it becomes a two to four inch rectangle. Loop it around your neck and with the ends, tie a big bow on the right hand side of your neck for that sexy-yet-professional style statement.4Choker style: Fold a long scarf in half, lengthwise. Grab the diagonal ends and knot them together. Put it over your neck as a necklace and then twist it and loop again.4Bandana style: Fold your scarf in a triangle shape and put the biggest side over your head like a headband. Now tie the ends together behind your head.4Tie style: Drape the scarf evenly around your neck and let it hang. Cross and tie the two ends in the centre. Adjust so that one is layered over the other to give it a tie look.last_img read more

BJP seeks police permission for sitin at Mamatas dharna spot

first_imgKolkata: The BJP’s West Bengal unit has sought permission from the Kolkata Police to conduct a dharna later this month at the same spot in the city where West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had organised a sit-in demonstration last week. The party has already sent a letter to the city police seeking permission for the dharna at the Metro Channel in the heart of the city between February 21 and 23, BJP state general secretary Sayantan Basu told PTI Monday. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose An email would also be sent to the police on this matter, he said. The “Save Democracy” dharna will raise demand of “restoring democracy in the state”, he said. Basu said, “Whenever in the past we had asked for permission to organise a sit-in demonstration at the Metro Channel, the police denied us permission citing traffic rules. But if the Trinamool Congress was allowed to organise a dharna there, why can’t we do it?” Banerjee, also the Trinamool Congress supremo, was on dharna from February 3 to 5 at the Metro channel in Esplanade area to “save the Constitution” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata after the CBI’s failed bid to question Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar in connection with chit fund cases. “We hope that we will also get the permission. We will not use loudspeakers as it is examination time,” the BJP leader said. When contacted, officials of the Kolkata Police said they were yet to receive any such application from the BJP. “If we receive it, we will take a call,” a Kolkata police official said. The Metro Channel is the same spot where Banerjee had held a 26-day fast against the acquisition of farm land for the Tata Motors small car unit at Singur in 2006.last_img read more

NSD campus witnesses cultural extravaganza

first_imgAn enthusiastic audience, comprising children, parents and underprivileged kids from different NGOs witnessed some great treat as traditional art groups and special folk theatre artists weaved their magic with enchanting performances on the fourth day of the prestigious ‘Bal Sangam’ at NSD campus. Making a mark with today’s marquee performance was Changu Mangu ki Gatha (Nautanki), a special theatre performance presented by Mayur Rangmanch hailing from Allahabad. Mayur Rangmanch established in 1986 has been constantly working to preserve theatre activities. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe performance Changu Mangu ki Gatha (Nautanki) is a folk theatre of UP. It’s a traditional story with a moral value on how conflicts in family dominate the love and affection of blood relations resulting in the loss of near and dear ones. Among other traditional groups that graced the NSD campus with their performance included: Chokhreng Culture and Drama Society (Tripura) – a cultural organization in the state of Tripura established in1986. It has been promoting and preserving the original art of tribal folk dances of Tripura. The organization has trained more than 100 artists from different tribal communities of Tripura. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveLebang Boomani – Both men and women participate in the Lebang Boomani dance. The men use bamboo clappers called Tokkas to set a beat while the women join them by waving colourful scarves to catch the Lebang, a delicious insect. The rhythmic play of the clappers is thought to attract the Lebang out of their hiding places allowing the women to catch them. The dance is accompanied by musical instruments like the flute, Khamb, the percussion instrument Pung, and sarinda. Since its inception, Kala-O-Kalakar (Sambalpur, Odisha) has been endeavouring to create a link between the ancient and modern-art, culture and music, and is striving to promote as well as to take the responsibility of preserving the same for the future generation. Apart from this, it imparts education on drawing, painting and Odissi dance. Presided by Prof. Waman Kendre, Director, NSD, the tenth edition of the ‘Bal Sangam’ concluded on Tuesday with Manoj Joshi, eminent theatre and film actor as the chief guest, Vibha Chibber, renowned theatre and television personality as the guest of honour and M.L. Srivastava, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India as the special guest.last_img read more

DMs asked to remove banners festoons with photos of PM CM

first_imgKolkata: The office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) has instructed all the District Magistrates in the state to remove banners and festoons carrying the photographs of the Chief Minister or Prime Minister, from various government buildings within the next 24 hours.At various places in the city and districts, festoons and banners mentioning various projects of both the state government and the Centre with photographs of the Chief Minister or Prime Minister were still seen. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe election officials have started a drive to remove these, since the model code of conduct was implemented following the notification of the polls. The CEO’s office on Friday issued directives to the DMs to remove all the banners from both government and private places under their jurisdiction. All the DMs have to submit a compliance report to the CEO’s office in this regard. Senior officials of the CEO’s office on Friday held a video conference with the districts officials to take stock of the poll-preparedness a day ahead of the arrival of an ECI team in the city. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataMeanwhile, the CEO’s office also directed the ADG (Law and Order) to submit a list of those who have been arrested so far in the state. The ADG has also been asked to prepare a detailed list of the people who might cause trouble in the districts during the elections. It has also been learnt that the election officials in the state have issued directives to some districts where there have been past incidents of violence. North Dinajpur district administrative officials have been asked to keep an eye on Chopra area of Raigunj, where a student was killed during a clash.last_img read more

5 refreshing drinks to beat the heat

first_imgThe blazing summer heat can leave us dehydrated, sweaty, fatigued and thirsty, making it imperative to increase our fluid intake. But for those who are bored of drinking the normal regular water, beat the heat with a few desi, cool, homemade drinks.”Go back to your Indian roots and satiate your thirst with desi thirst quenchers”, says Saumya Shatakshi, Senior Nutritionist at Healthians. She has suggested a few natural homemade drinks, with no added preservatives: Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAam Panna: This tangy healthy beverage is very popular in North India and is the perfect summer thirst quencher. It can be made by scraping, boiling and taking out the pulp of some raw green mangoes and adding water, some salt, cumin and pepper to it. Aam Panna has heat resistant properties and is a great remedy for heat stroke, dehydration, gastrointestinal disorders.Saunf (fennel seeds) Sharbat: It is a popular summer beverage of Gujarat. Usually, mishri is added to sweeten the drink and it can further be flavoured with cloves and cardamom. Another variation of saunf sharbat is with lemon juice and black salt. Fennel seed is a coolant and is good for digestion. It relieves abdominal cramps, gas and bloating. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveChaach or Mattha: It is one of the most popular summer drinks in North India. Chaach is low fat and is three times faster to digest than regular milk. All you need are four ingredients i.e. yoghurt, water, salt and jeera (cumin) powder to enjoy a delicious glass of Chaach. Bael Sharbat: Bael ka Sharbat or wood apple juice is made by beating the seeded pulp of Bael, mixed with the water. It boosts the immune system, fights bacterial and viral infections, gives relief from piles and respiratory disorders, act as a natural laxative and is good for skin as well.Sattu Drink: Sattu is a popular flour in U.P and Bihar. This traditional energy drink can be made with roasted gram flour, black salt, roasted cumin powder, lemon juice and water.It is a desi detox drink that helps to cleanse our system and remove all toxins. It aids in weight loss and has a low glycemic index, hence recommended for diabetics as well.last_img read more

No chance of Pulwama rerun in Bengal says Bratya Basu

first_imgBALURGHAT: State minister and Trinamool leader Bratya Basu made a scathing attack on the BJP government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Tuesday.Addressing a poll campaign for party candidate Arpita Ghosh, Basu said there was no chance of a terror attack on the Army convoy like the Pulwama incident in the soil of Bengal. He termed the incident as an example of failure of Centre’s intelligence department. “This is my earnest appeal to the terrorists if residing in the district to repeat the Pulwama incident at Farakka Bridge ignoring the security measures of the state government. I am requesting anyone to cross the bridge in a scorpion car with 300 kg of high-intensity explosives just the way it happened in Pulwama,” he said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBasu said the incident was the result of carelessness by the Central government. “It is quite surprising how the terror attack took place when there is at least one army base camp in every 30 feet and one police check-post after every 40 feet approximately,” he said. He further said everyone knew the road had been under security protection and at the same time there had been several restrictions to get entry particularly when a military convoy was crossing the road. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”It is shocking. The military convoy comprising 78 vehicles was crossing the road while an organised terrorist group rammed a scorpion car loaded with more than 300 kg of high-intensity explosives leaving 40 dead,” he said. Bratya said following the attack, the Modi government conducted the Balakot surgical strike but surprisingly neither the Prime Minister nor anyone of his minister came up with what exactly happened following the airstrikes. “We are yet to receive any information regarding the matter. We want to know how many terrorists have been killed in the Balakot surgical strike. In a statement, Amit Shah said 250 terrorists were killed but it was not official and his statement differed with others,” Bratya said. Comparing Narendra Modi with former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Bajpayee, he said: “After the Kargil war in 1999, the Bajpayee government had officially made it clear how many terrorists were killed but this government has failed to provide the answer to the questions of common public after the airstrike. Modi and his followers are only interested to retain power for the second time. All the BJP leaders are eying on Bengal to grab as many as seats for the upcoming polls but I can assure him and his supporters that we will win all 42 seats.” Apart from Basu, former PWD minister and local leader Shankar Chakraborty, outgoing Balurghat municipality chairman Rajen Shill along with many theatre personalities from Kolkata took part in the poll campaign.last_img read more

How to get bridal glow

first_imgWe all know that every to-be bride wants to look flawless on her wedding day and it is very important to follow a proper skin care regime to have that glowing and hassle-free skin on your big day. Experts list down some pre bridal skin care regimes every bride should follow to look her best on her D- Day:4Diet: A perfect diet is a must for a to-be bride to get in shape. You can start working on your diet 2-3 months prior to your wedding. However, if you’re short on time, it is highly recommended to start with the diet right away! Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThings to be avoided include spicy food, tea, coffee, cigarettes and rich, fatty foods. It is recommended to include lots of fruits and green vegetables in your diet to keep your skin hydrated and glowing.Drink minimum 2-4 litres of water every day. It not only keeps your body fit and helps lose weight but also helps to keep your skin hydrated and acne free. Besides diet, a small tip is to keep your worries away as it aggravates oily skin. Do it yourself skin care Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive4For iily skin mix 5 tablespoons of fullers earth, Orange peel and Sandalwood powder each. Mix this all well and keep in a jar. Remember to exfoliate your skin twice a week. Whenever you wish to exfoliate, mix it with rose water and two drops of tea tree. Apply, massage for a minute and rinse off.4For dry skin mix 1 large pinch Oatmeal, 1 tablespoon Fresh Cream, 1 crushed almond and 2 drops of sandalwood oil. Damp your face with water. Massage this scrub cream gently and rinse off. 4For combination skin mix 1 tablespoon cream, ¼ tablespoon granular coffee powder. Use two drops of rose oil with it to exfoliator.Facial oils4For oily skin mix 2 drops of Tea Tree oil, 1 drop Lemon oil and one drop Jojoba oil. Take a few drops of this mixture and gently massage into your skin. Apply a hot towel as a compress to your face for a few minutes to aid penetration of the oil.4For dry skin, It is important to layer your moisturizers and conditioners for this skin type to trap in the moisture and oil. Mix 3 drops of Sandalwood oil, 1 drop of geranium oil, 1 tablespoon almond oil and 2 teaspoon castor oil. Take a few drops and apply on your face and don’t forget to massage well. You can use a hot compress and apply a moisturizer to get a soft and smooth skin.4Go for excellent skin treatments available to treat various skin issues. Diamond polishing, Beauty light oxygen therapy,Vitamin C serum oxyjetting, oxy clear face therapy, are excellent treatments for above issues. Rather than opting for regular facial choose any of these in consultation with your Dermatologist. 4Brides undergo a lot of stress and get nervous worrying about their D-day look. In order to prevent headaches, restlessness and dark circles, they should drink plenty of water and have a minimum of 7-8 hours sleep. 4Brides should also try having green vegetable juices like aloe vera, cucumber, spinach etc.They have anti-oxidant properties that help in bringing natural glow along with benefits that creams and lotion promise.4In the mornings, use a good cleanser that is suited for your skin type.4At night, use a good make-up remover along with cleanser. Keeping make up overnight clogs the pores and leads to breakouts.4Use a moisturizer daily and protect your skin from sun by using a good sunscreen4Use a good exfoliant to exfoliate your skin at least thrice a week.last_img read more

IHC to showcase breathtaking performances

first_imgFrom Brazil to Italy, Iceland to Tunisia – the Ishara International Puppet Theatre Festival has once again travelled across the world to curate its fantastic line-up for 2019. They are celebrating their 17th anniversary with a diverse range of breathtaking performances, which communicate across language barriers and define the social, cultural, and emotional bonds humanity shares together.Besides the display of Indian art, performers from across the four continents also have come together once again, to showcase a dazzling array of talent. From the traditional to modern forms of puppetry, ranging from rod to string puppets; to mixed performances with dance, theatre, music and more – the audiences of all ages will enjoy this new magical journey. The 17th edition of the festival will take place from February 1-9, at Indian Habitat Centre. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSince its inception in 2001, the Ishara International Puppet Theatre Festival has now grown into one of Asia’s largest and most prestigious puppet festivals. Graced by thousands of visitors each year, it has thrilled, moved and inspired audiences from across the globe. The festival is nurtured and supported by the Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust, the country’s leading established platform for Indian and International puppetry. For over thirty years, the trust has been the center for creative and innovative puppetry work, with a mission to educate, enrich, and transform communities. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveProduced by Teamworks Arts, the festival’s creative environment enables puppeteers, artists, and performers to stretch their imagination and to deliver unforgettable and stunning performances. With tremendous acclaim and support from groups and performers across the world, the festival has brought to India over 150 international puppetry companies and promoted numerous indigenous productions. Countries which have participated and showcased their works include the UK, Spain, Turkey, Brazil, Taiwan, Japan, Italy, Germany, USA, among others. “It’s been over thirty years of Ishara puppet theatre and the love for puppetry has grown in people. For us, 2019 is the year of celebration, and one will witness that in the performances of the new groups from Brazil to Iceland along with various unconventional acts like the one by Italy using soap bubbles as a medium for puppetry. There’s a lot in store and we are delighted to have the audience experience it all”, says Dadi D Pudumjee, Founder, The Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust.last_img read more

An Early Russian Leader Converted the Country to Christianity Due to Alcohol

first_imgIt is no secret that Russians like vodka. Though many nations in Eastern Europe claim that they invented the alcoholic drink, Russia is the nation that is most closely associated with it. Even the word “vodka” reflects its importance. “Voda” is the Russian word for “water.”“Vodka” literally means “little water.” How did it come to pass that a nation is so closely linked to an alcoholic drink?An old Ukrainian vodka still. Photo by Arne Hückelheim CC BY-SA 3.0The story begins in the time before Christianity became the religion of Russia and Northern Europe.Like their close kin in Scandinavia, the people of the Kievan Rus (yes, Kiev is now in Ukraine – but before the rise of Moscow in the 1100s, Kiev was the center of Russian culture) worshiped many gods.Realm of Kievan Rus’ at its height (with dependent lands) Photo by Koryakov Yuri CC BY-SA 2.5Some of these gods were analogous to the familiar gods of Scandinavia: Odin, Thor, etc. The reason for that is simple – the ruling classes of Kievan Rus had their roots with the Swedish Vikings who sailed down the rivers of Russia looking for trade (and plunder – you can’t be a Viking without plunder).Though historians are divided on this issue, many believe that the word “Russia” derives from the Slavic word for the Swedes, “Rus,” meaning “red” and referring to either or both their reddish hair/beards or their ruddy skin-tone.The Invitation of the Varangians by Viktor Vasnetsov: Rurik and his brothers Sineus and Truvor arrive at the lands of the Ilmen Slavs.Whatever the origin of the name, one thing is clear: the Vikings liked to drink. In Scandinavia, their favorite drinks were ale and mead. Richer Vikings drank imported wine. (Later in history, the Scandinavians developed “akvavit” or “water of life,” made from grain and potatoes).Whatever they drank, the Vikings loved their alcohol. This love continued as they settled down in Kiev, intermarried with local ruling families and became the Kievan Rus, who ruled a vast kingdom from about 879 AD with the Viking chieftain Oleg and ended sometime in the 11th century after the death of their ruler Yaroslav the Wise.Yaroslav the Wise’s consolidation of Kiev and Novgorod as depicted at Zoloti Vorota mosaics.In Denmark, King Harald Bluetooth adopted Christianity in the 960s. One reason is that it allowed his people greater access to trade in Christian cities.Another was because he had a powerful Christian neighbor to the south, Holy Roman Emperor Otto I. Harald’s conversion meant that Otto would not invade.Vladimir I became the leader of the Kievan Rus in 978, with the help of Norwegian kinsman Haakon Sigurdsson, ruler of Norway from 975-995. He, like his Norwegian cousins, was a pagan. He built temples for the gods throughout his lands.The Baptism of Saint Prince Vladimir, by Viktor Vasnetsov (1890).He built temples to honor the gods of the local Slavic tribes as well others, in order to appeal to as many of the people in his lands as possible.However, by 987, many of his people had begun to convert to Christianity, as had many of the powerful tribes nearby.Saint Vladimir Monument on Saint Vladimir Hill in Kiev, often depicted in paintings and photographs of the city.The richest city in the world, Constantinople, was Christian, and Vladimir did much trade with the city.The Rus and Vikings also did much trade with the Muslim lands of the Middle East, most specifically, Persia. There was also a significant Jewish population near the Black Sea of his kingdom, and Vladimir had heard tales of their wisdom.The Baptism of Kievans, a painting by Klavdiy Lebedev.He thought long and hard and in 987, he called a council of his lords and sent them abroad to investigate the merits (and demerits) of these three religions. When they returned they gave him their report…To paraphrase: “The Jews are good tradesmen and they have an ancient religion, but it seems God is unhappy with them, as everywhere they are attacked.”Ivan Eggink’s painting represents Vladimir listening to the Orthodox priests, while the papal envoy stands aside in discontent“They were even thrown out of their capital, Jerusalem. They also show their devotion by circumcising their young. They also don’t eat pork.” Vladimir decided not to convert to Judaism.“The Christians of the North are bland and dull, but powerful. The Christians of the East are lively, and their churches are beautiful, as is their art. They are also both very rich and getting richer.”“The Muslims are powerful but seem glum. They pray too often and do not seem to enjoy life. They seldom dance or listen to music, and…they forbid drinking.”Read another story from us: Mitchell WerBell – The Man Who Was Involved in EverythingVladimir famously replied: “Drinking is a joy to the Rus, we can not do without it.” Islam and Judaism were out, and the Orthodox Christianity of the Eastern church was in.last_img read more

Colin and Clay Travis discuss the intersection of politics sports and sports

first_imgThis week, Colin is joined by founder of Outkick the Coverage, and host of Outkick the Show, Clay Travis.Colin and Clay discuss the intersection of politics, sports, and media; why Michael Jordan is still showing that political neutrality is profitable; why current sports media is alienating conservative consumers; controversial NFL Combine questions; and why Peyton Manning’s best career move is to head into the announcing booth.Download and subscribe to get all of Colin’s Saturday podcasts exclusively at, iHeart Radio, Google Play, or iTunes.last_img