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Madras Soup To Tempt Your Taste Buds
Madras soup, which tempts your taste buds, is easy to prepareIngredientsTomato chopped 03Onion chopped 01Carrots grated 01Coconut grated 1/2 cupWater 02 cupsCorainder leavesSaltPowdered pepperOilButter 1 spoonMaida 1 spoonMilk 1 cupDirections:* Add tomato, onion, carrot, coconut and water and boil in cooker for three whistles* Use a food processor or...
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Carving Out Diverse Cultures
Uttara Kannada district in Karnataka is bestowed with a great amount of cultural, sociological and geographical diversity. Situated in the midst of Western Ghats, more than 70% of the district is covered with forests. As a result, it has a rich share of flora and fauna. Uttara Kannada is also known for its picturesque waterfalls, scenic spots, biodiversity hotspots, beautiful beaches, historical forts, pre-historic monuments and places of worship, within the thick cover of greenery....
Along The River Of Terns
You can't really write about the true beauty of Bhadra Tiger Reserve; all you can do is just fail trying. But it's the words that fail, not you. As a traveller though, there is an additional burden of shame. Because, out here you have to look at paradise in the face, see it for what it is, and how it was lost, and almost not regained. And all of it happened, just because of the greed and the folly of humans. Nature lovers can never forget December 31, 2005. On that day the Supreme Court...
When America Celebrated A Mysorean Name
As Hyder Ali was shaping his political career in southern India, in England, Peregrine Bertie succeeded his father in January 1742 as the third Duke of Ancaster, according to a genealogical account. He raised a regiment of foot for the king of England during the rebellion in Scotland in 1745, according to The Gentleman's Magazine. Allan Chivers in The Berties of Grimsthorpe Castle,  notes that Peregrine was a leading horse racer who started a number of famous racing lines. As a military...
Theatre That Binds
A theatrical effort in Kyalakonda village of Shiggaon taluk in Haveri district has improved not only the school atmosphere but also the village life. It all started eight years ago, when Krishnamurthy arrived in the village as a school teacher. Officials sympathised a seemingly introvert Krishnamurthy when they came to know about his posting in the Kyalakoonda school, as they knew the villagers' apathy towards the school and also the infighting between various groups, which affected the...
A Sculptural Splendour
While travelling from Hassan to Arasikere, you will pass through many sleepy villages and most of them have lesser-known marvels of Hoysala temple architecture. One such village is Haranahalli, which is 35 km from Hassan and 8 km from Arasikere. It houses two modestly sized Hoysala temples. The first one I visited was the Someshwara Temple. In typical Hoysala style, it is built on a platform which not only adds to the visual beauty, but also provides the devotees a path for circumambulation...
Science & Technology

The Elements Present In The Universe
Gold has been one of the most sought after metal in the history of humankind. In the past, alchemists tried very hard to transform other metals to gold. Even Isaac Newton was fascinated enough to devote a considerable part of his time to those efforts. However, it was only possible when physicist Ernest Rutherford and his associates began doing artificial transmutations in the 20th century.   It was only later that the Big Bang theory and nuclear fusion theory showed how certain elements...
Secret To Long Life May Lie In The Dna
As one of the exceedingly rare members of her species to live beyond age 110, Goldie Michelson had divulged her secrets to longevity countless times before dying last year at 113. "Morning walks and chocolate," she told the steady stream of inquisitors that marked her final years. Unlike the growing ranks of nonagenarians and centenarians, those who breach a 12th decade, known as supercentenarians, rarely face protracted illness or disability before they die, a boon that many of...
A Tale Of Flares, Fans And Waves On The Sun
September 7, 2017 was unlike any other. The skies over some parts of the northern hemisphere were lit up with auroras. Radio communication devices snapped briefly and there was a widespread blackout in the parts that faced the Sun. The culprit? Solar flares - an immense outburst of energy on the solar surface that sends out a deluge of high-energy particles out into space. Classified as a class X - the highest classification - this flare was the most powerful flare seen in over a decade,...
Ripples In The Fabric Of Space-Time
Whenever there's a big science discovery, it's always nice to get a historical perspective. And so here goes with the remarkable observation of gravitational waves emanating from the merger of two dead stars, or neutron stars, some 130 million light-years from Earth. It's 50 years since the existence of these stellar remnants was confirmed (July 1967) by the mighty Northern Irish astronomer Jocelyn Bell Burnell. It's more than 40 years since we realised neutron stars might occur in pairs, or...
Snippets - Unusual Pole Activity
Jupiter's X-ray auroras pulse independentlyJupiter's intense northern and southern lights pulse independently of each other according to new UCL-led research using European Space Agency's XMM-Newton and NASA's Chandra X-ray observatories. The study, published in Nature Astronomy, found that very high-energy X-ray emissions at Jupiter's south pole consistently pulse every 11 minutes. Meanwhile, those at the north pole are erratic: increasing and decreasing in brightness, independent of the...
Environment

When Toxic Air Chokes Urban Ecosystem
As the winter sets in, Indian cities are grappling with high levels of air pollution. Delhi, a megacity with the worst air quality as per a recent report by World Health Organisation (WHO), has recently adopted an emergency action plan to combat air pollution called the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP). It is formulated by a Supreme Court-mandated panel and suggests a slew of measures to control pollution on 'severe' and 'very poor' air quality days in Delhi and its national capital region...
The Flies Can't All Be Bad
For each person on Earth, there are 17 million flies. They pollinate plants, consume decomposing bodies, damage crops, spread disease, kill spiders, hunt dragonflies. Some have even lost their wings so as to live exclusively on bat blood, spending their lives scuttling about the fur of their hosts, leaving only to give birth to a single larva - usually. "That's why I love them. They do everything. They get everywhere. They're noisy. And they love having sex," said Erica McAlister, a...
Naturebites
Naturebites RIOT OF RED How beets became beet-red As the seasons change, a riot of red shows up in the world around us, showcasing some of the most vivid hues that plant biochemistry can create. The red pigments in maple leaves are the same kind that light up the cranberries. But beets have evolved another way of being red. In a paper published in New Phytologist, biologists reported that they have discovered a key step in the evolution of this process. The pigments that give red beets their...
Impact Of Forest Fires
This year's infernos played a havoc in our tiger reserves, especially in Bandipur. Hundreds of hectares of forest area was burnt. Some animals and birds were also caught in the fire. Various reasons have been put forth as to why the fire happened. For instance, some say that the non-removal of the dead and fallen trees is responsible for this. It is but natural to find some dead, dying or fallen trees in all our forests. In the non-protected areas of forests, these are removed by the Forest...
Chimpanzees Share Traits With Humans
In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Jane Goodall started attributing personalities to the chimpanzees she followed in Gombe National Park, Tanzania. In her descriptions, some were more playful or aggressive, affectionate or nurturing. Many scientists at the time were horrified, she recalled. Considered an amateur - she didn't yet have her PhD - they contended she was inventing personality traits for animals. Jane, now 83, said in a phone interview from her home in England that scientists...
Photo Gallery
Artists perform a folk dance during the inaugural ceremony of 48th edition of the IFFI...

Artists perform a folk dance during the inaugural ceremony of 48th edition of the IFFI...

Brides sit for a mass marriage ceremony organized for 12 Muslim couples at Mazgaon...

Brides sit for a mass marriage ceremony organized for 12 Muslim couples at Mazgaon...

Artists perform dance on the occasion of Haryana State Day...

Artists perform dance on the occasion of Haryana State Day...

A farmer pulls a cart rickshaw carrying cauliflower vegetables....

A farmer pulls a cart rickshaw carrying cauliflower vegetables....

Mohd Shami celebrats after after dismissing Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal...

Mohd Shami celebrats after after dismissing Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal...

Four lakhs of laddoos being prepared for 31st anniversary celebrations of Sai Baba Temple....

Four lakhs of laddoos being prepared for 31st anniversary celebrations of Sai Baba Temple....

Shah Rukh Khan performs during the inaugural ceremony of 48th edition of the IFFI...

Shah Rukh Khan performs during the inaugural ceremony of 48th edition of the IFFI...

Rahul Gandhi consoles Dipa, the wife of Congress leader Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi....

Rahul Gandhi consoles Dipa, the wife of Congress leader Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi....

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan with her daughter Aaradhya during a charity event...

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan with her daughter Aaradhya during a charity event...

Deepika Padukone with child artists at the promotion of film Padmavati...

Deepika Padukone with child artists at the promotion of film Padmavati...

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