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NGV’s Van Gogh hits record 420,000 visitors

Melbourne: The National Gallery of Victoria’s Van Gogh and the Seasons has welcomed more than 420,000 visitors, making it the most popular ticketed exhibition in the gallery’s 156 year history. Van Gogh and the Seasons tops the previous record holder, the NGV’s 2015/16 summer exhibition, Andy Warhol/Ai Weiwei which attracted 399,127 visitors, an official press

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Islamic State threatens Australia in its new magazine

Beirut, Sep 6: A new Islamic State magazine on Tuesday threatened to carry out attacks at several Australian landmarks. Rumiyah, published in seven languages has singled out Australia for terrorist attacks, naming in a chilling message the famous Bondi beach in Sydney, the Sydney Cricket Ground and the Melbourne Cricket Ground as their next targets.

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Australia among top 3 choices for Indian students

Reversing the earlier trend of migration to Australia by majority of Indians, the country now continued to be one of the top three destinations of choice for Indian students due to its academic quality and education system, a senior Australian diplomat said. Though many Indian students preferred to study in Australia for migration and have

Punjab teacher shot dead for opposing molesters, two arrested

Chandigarh, Feb 28: Two youth who allegedly shot dead a school teacher who resisted their lewd remarks and attempt to molest her at a wedding function in Punjab’s Batala town were arrested on Sunday, police said. Police officials said that the victim was shot dead from close range after she resisted an attempt to molest

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NGV’s Van Gogh hits record 420,000 visitors

Melbourne: The National Gallery of Victoria’s Van Gogh and the Seasons has welcomed more than 420,000 visitors, making it the most popular ticketed exhibition in the gallery’s 156 year history. Van Gogh and the Seasons tops the previous record holder, the NGV’s 2015/16 summer exhibition, Andy Warhol/Ai Weiwei which attracted 399,127 visitors, an official press

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Abbott ousted, Turnbull sworn in as Australia’s 29th PM

Canberra, Sep 15: Former communications minister Malcolm Turnbull was sworn in as Australia’s 29th prime minister on Tuesday and praised the man he ousted as a “great Australian”. He was sworn in by Governor-General Peter Cosgrove and pledged his allegiance to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth-II at a hastily organised ceremony at Government House in Canberra earlier

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Facebook, Google pitch in to help users in flood-hit Chennai

New York, Dec 3: Facebook activated the “Safety Check” feature for its users in Chennai early on Thursday, while Google has compiled all critical information under its “Crisis Response” tool to provide them relief in the flood-hit city, media reports said. As the torrential rains in Chennai continued for the fourth straight day, with power

Feature

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MIND OVER MATTER

Visiting eminent Buddhist teacher Dzogchen Rinpoche’s insight into the resting of the mind, which he says is the path to happiness. In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, Dzogchen Rinpoche is one of the highest Lamas and an authentic holder of the Dzogchen lineage — part of the Nyingma school of Buddhism. Trained in one of the

Gold falls, other precious metals rise

GOLD futures have extended their losses in electronic trading after minutes from the Federal Reserve’s May policy-setting meeting showed board members considered an early end to the central bank’s bond-buying program. A number of Fed officials could be willing to reduce the pace of bond purchases as early as their next meeting if the economy

Rituals, revelry on second day of Durga Puja

Kolkata: People from all walks of life and age groups Sunday thronged colourful pandals (marquees) to soak in the festivities and celebrate Mahasaptami – the second day of Durga Puja in West Bengal. The day started with the ‘pran pratistha’ ritual, where the deity is symbolically endowed with life. The ‘kola bou’, a tender banana

2017 – Biography

MIND OVER MATTER

Visiting eminent Buddhist teacher Dzogchen Rinpoche’s insight into the resting of the mind, which he says is the path to happiness. In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, Dzogchen Rinpoche is one of the highest Lamas and an authentic holder of the Dzogchen lineage — part of the Nyingma school of Buddhism. Trained in one of the

We’ll take Badals to the cleaners: Amarinder Singh

Chandigarh: Former chief minister Amarinder Singh says the ruling Akali Dal is a “17th century” outfit that has done little for Punjab and that his Congress party will take the Badals, the state’s first family, to the cleaners in the assembly polls next year. “We will certainly show the people what this (Badal) government has

Bollywood

Taapsee very sensible, passionate actor: Mahi Raghav

Taapsee very sensible, passionate actor: Mahi Raghav

Filmmaker Mahi Raghav, who originally didn’t expect Taapsee Pannu to sign his forthcoming Telugu horror comedy “Anando Brahma”, says he finds her to be a very sensible and passionate actor. “When I had pitched the story, ‘Pink’ had not released and I was hopeful she would do my film. As I got busy finding a

'I Love NY': This New Year is outdated

‘I Love NY’: This New Year is outdated

Film: “I Love NY”; Language: Hindi; Cast: Sunny Deol, KanganaRanaut, Prem Chopra, Tannishtha Chatterjee, NavinChowdhry; Directors: Radhika Rao and Vinay Sapru; Rating: ** A commitment phobic bachelor, Randhir Singh (Sunny Deol) who is a banker in Chicago, is fed up of his humdrum life and decides to settle down in matrimony with Riya (Tannishtha Chatterjee),

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I was quite a dreamer as a child: Katrina Kaif

Geared up for the release of her new film “Jagga Jasoos”, a musical directed by Anurag Basu, Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif says she was a dreamer as a child, and preferred watching children’s cinema rather than reading comic books when she was younger. The actress’ character in the film has a child-like quality. Reminiscing her

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Stay invested, interested: Julia Roberts’s marriage advice

Actress Julia Roberts, who raises two children with husband Daniel Moder, says she finds her marital life “fascinating” and that the key to a happy married life is to be committed. “I think it’s about being committed to each other, about having the same values and wanting the same things from life,” Roberts said. “As

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Pallavi Sharda eyes Madhubala biopic

If actress Pallavi Sharda had a chance to feature in a biopic, she’d like it to be on the life of late Indian cine icon Madhubala. “I would like to do a biopic on Madhubala. I like her story, her life was interesting and there is romanticism in her life. I think it would be

Akshay Kumar for Brothers

Akshay Kumar for Brothers

Why is this film important to you? This movie is very close to my heart, it means a lot to me, especially because it is a movie about Martial Arts, which makes it even more important for me. The movie is releasing in August this year, which also co-incides with me completing 25 years in

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Alia to sing ‘Samjhawan Unplugged’ live

Young actress Alia Bhatt, whose singing talent was first showcased through “Highway”, has now used her vocal skills for a new song, “Samjhawan Unplugged”. She will sing it live. “Samjhawan Unplugged” is a melodious rendition of Arijit Singh and Shreya Ghoshal’s “Samjhawan” from Alia and Varun Dhawan’s forthcoming movie “Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania”. Filmmaker Karan

Karan Patel to shoot consummation scene in front of wife

Karan Patel to shoot consummation scene in front of wife?

Actress Ankita Bhargava will reportedly be present on the sets of TV show “Ye Hai Mohabbatein” to witness the shooting of the consummation scene between the show’s lead pair — her husband and actor Karan Patel and actress DivyankaTripathi. While Divyanka had already laid special rules to be followed during filming of the scenes, Karan’s

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Food

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Why do your mothers’ meals taste so good?

Ever wondered why you can’t simply resist that mouth-watering chicken or delicious chocolate cake made by your mother? According to researchers, food that is perceived to have been “made with love” tastes more delicious. The emotional perception of taste can be enhanced or diminished by the amount of time, love and care that goes into

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India’s cultural influences reflect in its cuisine: Chef David Rocco

Having visited India five times in the last three years for a total of 26 weeks, Italian-Canadian chef David Rocco feels that the country is his “second home”. He says it’s interesting how the cultural influences of the country shine through its cuisine. Rocco has explored India as part of a TV show for channel

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Indian restaurants in Britain call for short-term work visas

London, Aug 23: Indian restaurant owners in Britain have called on the government to introduce short-term work visas in order to plug the shortage of curry chefs across the country, a media report said on Sunday. The owners are preparing a submission to Prime Minister David Cameron and cabinet members, which warns that 90 percent

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The ‘Bhut Jolokia’ – recognised as the hottest of spices

‘Bhut Jolokia’ also known as naga jolokia, bih jolokia, ghost pepper, ghost chili pepper, red naga chilli, and ghost chilli is cultivated in the Indian states of Assam, Nagaland and Manipur. The name “Bhut Jolokiya” comes from the Bhutia tribe who used to originally bring it down to the valleys of Assam for trade. It’s

Burger King Keen to Replicate its Indian Vegetarian Menu Globally

Burger King Keen to Replicate its Indian Vegetarian Menu Globally

Global fast-food giant Burger King, which especially created vegetarian options in the country to suit the Indian palate, is keen to introduce them in other vegetarian-friendly markets like the United Kingdom. Burger King India introduced as many as six vegetarian snacks, sandwiches and entry-level burgers in the menu when it started in November 2014. “Looking

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Aangan at Derrimut, quite an epitome of India

Sometimes, a restaurant is a classic product of a country. Take Aangan at Derrimut where chef-cum-proprietor Sumit Malhotra has pulled every stop to highlight India through the cuisines, décor, taste, sights and sounds. Founded largely on the premise of “highlighting the best of India to Australia,” Sumit’s second venture has created quite a buzz. His

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Samundri Stew

This healthy, delicious Seafood Stew is one pot casserole. Quick and easy to make, ideal for cold winter nights. The herbs and spices used in this recipe aren’t overpowering and allow you to appreciate the natural flavours and textures of the flaky fish and meaty prawns. If preferred, add a dash or two of Tabasco

Health

Testosterone therapy improves urinary, sexual functions

Testosterone therapy improves urinary, sexual functions

Long-term testosterone replacement therapy improves both sexual and urinary functions as well as quality of life for men suffering from a condition due to deficiency of the hormone, according to a study. Testosterone is a steroid hormone involved in the regulation of sexual function, urinary health and metabolism as well as a number of other

Battling cancer with Ayurveda

Ayurveda is a holistic system of medicine that considers the mind, body and spirit when diagnosing and treating patients. It is the traditional system of medicine in India and has been practiced for 5,000 years. Ayurveda means “wisdom of life” and the system of medicine maintains that all illnesses affect both the mind and the

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Here’s good news for coffee lovers: They live longer

Drinking coffee could lead to a longer life, according to a new study reported by US researchers at the University Of Southern California (USC). In a study of more than 180,000 participants, the researchers found that people who drank regular or decaffeinated coffee experienced health benefits, such as increased longevity. The researchers report in the

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Your chance to meet Baba Ramdev in Melbourne

For the first time, Melburnians will get to attend yoga sessions from none other than yoga guru Swami Ramdev or Baba Ramdev as he is popularly known. In Australia from April 2-13, Ramdev will hold yoga camps across three cities – Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. His Melbourne camps are scheduled for April 10-12. As one

Mouth Ulcers

Question: Mr.B: Dear Raj, I have been reading your articles regularly and thought if Homeopathy can help my 10 yrs old son with mouth ulcers. He has been getting them frequently since last few months. Typically they are on the inner side of his lower lip and each time it may last for approximately 10

Lifestyle

Smartphone app may help manage mental illness

Smartphone app may help manage mental illness

Researchers have developed a smartphone app to help middle-aged and older adults self-manage their mental illness and other chronic conditions, suggests new research. First, the researchers determined the technical abilities and needs of middle-aged and older adults with serious mental illnesses using smartphones. The researchers then developed the content and modified an existing smartphone platform.

Travel

A weekend in Singapore

A weekend in Singapore

With seat-belt buckled and waiting for the Scoot Airlines flight to take off from Chennai, I involuntarily started to hum “Darling, Darling I love You” and “Joyful Singapore, Colourful Malaysia”. Given that these are hit Tamil numbers shot in Singapore, you might have guessed that it was to the tiny city-state that I was headed.

Sport

Phogat sisters focused on Olympic medal

Phogat sisters focused on Olympic medal

The centre of public attention following the release of a movie based on their life, the Phogat sisters Geeta and Babita are determined not to lose their focus in their pursuit of a medal at the next Olympics. “We have started our preparations. Our aim for the year is to do well in the Asian

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