Xiaomi Mi 5 Launch Date Announced

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Xiaomi fans will be having a great Chinese New Year as the highly anticipated Mi 5 device is reported to launch on the same month. According to Venture Beat, a social media post by Xiaomi’s co-founder and VP, Liwan Jiang, confirmed that the delayed Mi 5 flagship will arrive in February. It’s expected to come after the Chinese New Year which falls on Feb. 8.

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He also revealed that the device has already entered mass production and will be equipped under the hood with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset. So far, those are the only confirmed pieces of information as not a lot of details have been revealed yet and reports vary according to leaks.

 

Tech 2 reported that previously released leaked images show the device sporting a 2.5 D glass at the front while the back looks like that of the Mi Note. Capacitive touch keys are nowhere to be found at the bottom but a thin capsule-like fingerprint reader is noted. Apparently, it seems to double as the home button.

 
Phone Arena also detailed that the Xiaomi Mi 5 is expected to carry a 5.2-inch Quad-HD resolution screen, but there are also some who claim that it will be 5.5-inches. The processor will be clocked at 2.5GHz and will come along with 4 GB of RAM. As for the internal storage, it is said to come in two variants which include 32 GB and 64 GB, although there are also some reports that say it will have a 128 GB variant as well. The device will feature a 16-megapixel rear camera and a 13-megapixel front camera.

 

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Providing the device life and power is a 3600 mAh battery, according to the Phone Arena report. It’s also said to charge up fast with the built-in Quick Charge 3.0 technology. Aside from that, it’s speculated to run with Android 6.0 Marshmallow along with Xiaomi’s latest skinned version of Android, MIUI 7. As for the price, the Xiaomi Mi 5 is predicted to cost below $400. But of course, until Xiaomi launches the device, it’s best to take these information with a grain of salt.

 

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The Square-Latest Invention by Jack Dorsey

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Jack Dorsey, the co-inventor of Twitter, is promoting his latest invention called the Square.

The square is a small plug-in attachment to your mobile phone that allows you to receive credit card payments.

The idea originated from Dorsey’s friend Jim McKelvey who was unable to sell some glass work to a customer because he couldn’t accept a particular card being used.Accepting credit card payments for something you’re selling isn’t always easy, especially if you are mobile like a tradesman, delivery service or a vendor at a trade show.

 

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This latest invention uses a small scanner that plugs into the audio input jack on a mobile device.It reads information on a credit card when it is swiped. The information is not stored on the device but is encrypted and sent over secure channels to banks.It basically makes any mobile phone a cash register for accepting card payments.

As a payer, you receive a receipt via email that can be instantly accessed securely online. You can also use a text message to authorize payment in real time.

Retailers can create a payer account for their customers which accelerates the payment process.

For example, a cardholder can assign a photo to their card so their photo will appear on the phone for visual identity confirmation. Mobile devices with touch screens will also allow you to sign for goods.

There are no contracts, monthly fees, or hidden costs to accept card payments using Square and it is expected the plug-in attachment will also be free of charge.

A penny from every transaction will also be given to a cause of your choice.

Square Inc. has offices in San Francisco, Saint Louis and New York and is currently beta testing the invention with retailers in the United States.

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BlackBerry May Launch 2 Android Phones in 2016

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BlackBerry CEO John Chen had previously indicated that the company may launch another Android smartphone in 2016 which will be targeted at the mid-range segment. Now, Chen at the ongoing CES 2016 event has revealed that BlackBerry may release not one but two phones – both running Google’s Android OS.

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As before, Chen declined to share any details about the launch of new Android-based phones from BlackBerry. At CES, Chen also announced that BlackBerry Priv will now be available via T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon, and will no longer be AT&T exclusive in the US.

 

Last month, Chen had elaborated when asked about plans for another Android phone, “Depends on the Priv. If the Priv is well received in the market and looks like it is. There’s a good chance we will still focus on the high-end probably closer to mid-range coming out in 2016.”

 

Following on his previous comments, Chen told CNET, “so far, so good. I’m taking a cautiously optimistic view.” At the same event, BlackBerry’s Ron Louks on being asked (via CrackBerry) about Marshmallow update for the Priv smartphone said that the company will reveal news about update in the first quarter of 2016.

 

Apart from the phone business, Chen also talked about the Canadian company’s new QNX-based self-driving car software.

 

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BlackBerry’s new platform for self-driving cars is said to make use of features such as collecting and interpreting data from outside and feed it in the car’s driver assistance system. The company is looking to build a core for self-driving cars on top of which various car makers can build features. One of the concepts reported is building a reference system for “building multi-camera car vision systems.”
To recall, BlackBerry apart from mobile business has been into various segments including in-car technology.
At CES 2016, BlackBerry announced that Ford will be porting its SmartDeviceLink (SDL) technology for the QNX CAR Platform for Infotainment. BlackBerry’s subsidiary QNX also showed off some concept cars at the event.

 

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YOGA

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 This article is about the umbrella term yoga which includes religion,  philosophy, and practices. For one of the six Hindu philosophy schools,  see Yoga (philosophy). For the popular yoga that explains and emphasizes  the physical practices or disciplines, see Hatha yoga. For other uses, see  Yoga (disambiguation).

 

Yoga : Sanskrit, Listen is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice or  discipline which originated in India. There is a broad variety of schools,  practices, and goal in Hinduism, Buddhism particularly Vajrayan  Buddhism, and Jainism. The most well-known types of yoga are Hatha yoga and Rāja yoga.

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The origins of yoga have been speculated to date back to pre-Vedic Indian traditions, is mentioned in the Rigveda, but most likely developed around the sixth and fifth centuries BCE, in ancient India’s ascetic and śramaṇa movements.

The chronology of earliest texts describing yoga-practices is unclear, varyingly credited to Hindu Upanishads and Buddhist Pāli Canon, probably of third century BCE or later. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali date from the first half of the 1st millennium CE, but only gained prominence in the West in the 20th century. Hatha yoga texts emerged around the 11th century with origins tantra.

Yoga gurus from India later introduced yoga to the west, following the success of Swami Vivekananda in the late 19th and early 20th century. In the 1980s, yoga became popular as a system of physical exercise across the Western world. Yoga in Indian traditions, however, is more than physical exercise, it has a meditative and spiritual core. One of the six major orthodox schools of Hinduism is also called Yoga, which has its own epistemology and metaphysics, and is closely related to Hindu Samkhya philosophy.

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In Vedic Sanskrit, yoga  means “to add”, “to join”, “to unite”, or “to attach” in its most common literal sense. By figurative extension from the yoking or harnessing of oxen or horses, the word took on broader meanings such as “employment, use, application, performance” (compare the figurative uses of “to harness” as in “to put something to some use”). All further developments of the sense of this word are post-Vedic. More prosaic moods such as “exertion”, “endeavour”, “zeal”, and “diligence” are also found in Indian epic poetry.

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According to Pāṇini, a 6th-century BCE Sanskrit grammarian, the term yoga can be derived from either of two roots, yujir yoga (to yoke) or yuj samādhau (to concentrate). In the context of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the root yuj samādhau (to concentrate) is considered by traditional commentators as the correct etymology. In accordance with Pāṇini, Vyasa who wrote the first commentary on the Yoga Sutras, states that yoga means samādhi (concentration).

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Amitabh Bachchan thanks world for success of ‘Wazir’

Amitabh Bachchan thanks world for success of 'Wazir'

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Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, seen as a wheelchair-bound chess grandmaster in Bejoy Nambiar’s latest directorial ‘Wazir’, has thanked his fans for the “love, appreciation and patronage for the success” of the drama thriller film.
‘Wazir’, which also stars Farhan Akhtar, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Aditi Rao Hydari and John Abraham, minted Rs.21.01 crore in its opening weekend. “Thank you world for your expression of love appreciation and patronage for the success of ‘Wazir’,” Amitabh posted on Twitter on Tuesday. “The smile of achievement is the glory of those that made ‘Wazir’ so special: The audience. Thank you,” he added. The ‘Piku’ actor also shared that the footfall on Monday for ‘Wazir’ is “greater than the first day”.

The story of ‘Wazir’ revolves around two unusual friends – a wheelchair-bound chess grandmaster and a grief stricken ATS officer (Farhan), who are brought together by a peculiar twist of fate as part of a wider conspiracy that has cast a dark shadow over their lives.

“The smile of achievement is the glory of those that made ‘Wazir’ so special: The audience. Thank you,” he added.

The “Piku” actor also shared that the footfall on Monday for “Wazir” is “greater than the first day”.

The story of “Wazir” revolves around two unusual friends – a wheelchair-bound chess grandmaster and a grief stricken ATS officer (Farhan), who are brought together by a peculiar twist of fate as part of a wider conspiracy that has cast a dark shadow over their lives.

 

 

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Dream wheels: The top 5 most expensive cars in the world

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The most expensive cars in the world are so much more than transportation. These rolling art pieces encapsulate the priorities of the one percent, and in that universe, flamboyance and swagger take precedence over practicality and efficiency. Lifestyle criticisms aside, these are truly mind-boggling machines, and we’d like to count down our favorites for you here.
For the sake of clarity, we’re categorizing recently made, road-legal production vehicles only — limited runs notwithstanding — and we’re leaving out classic cars sold at auction. We’re also limiting the list to one entrant per nameplate, so don’t expect 10 different iterations of the same Bugatti Veyron.
So whether your name is Buffet, Gates, Stark, or McDuck, these rides are for you — the most exorbitant people-carriers on the planet. They say money can’t buy happiness, but after viewing this list, you just might beg to differ.

 

1.) Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita ($4.8M):

 

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Koenigsegg makes its sophomore appearance on our list with the CCXR Trevita, and it does so as the most expensive street-legal production car in the world. Why so much coin? With no exaggeration, the car is literally coated in diamonds … and diamonds aren’t cheap.
For the Trevita, the Swedish manufacturer developed a new exterior finish called the Koenigsegg Proprietary Diamond Weave, which involves coating carbon fibers with a diamond dust-impregnated resin. We can’t even fathom how much the touch up paint costs.
Underneath the lustrous finish lies a 4.8-liter, dual-supercharged V8 with a total output of 1,004 hp and 797 lb-ft, which means it should have little to no trouble overtaking semis on the freeway. The car’s specifications — in both performance and price — are nearly comical at this point, and just three were ever made.

 

2.) Lamborghini Veneno ($4.5M):

 

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Poison. That’s the name Lamborghini chose for the modified Aventador you see above — translated from Italian of course — built to celebrate the automaker’s 50th birthday. We can’t speak for the company’s motivations, but the name is fitting for a vehicle that looks so positively deadly, so undeniably venomous.

 

 

The car is absolutely stunning from every angle, and to this day, we’re not convinced it isn’t an alien spacecraft surveying our planet for eventual takeover. It just doesn’t seem real. The only thing more remarkable than the look is the price — a whopping $4.5 million.
The Veneno is fast, and that should come as no surprise. Its 6.5-liter V12 spins all the way up to 8,400 rpm to deliver 740 hp and 507 lb-ft, surging the car to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds.

 

3.) W Motors Lykan Hypersport ($3.4M):

 

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You may recall the Lykan Hypersport from its starring role in the blockbuster Furious 7, where the Lebanese supercar crashed through not one, not two, but three skyscrapers in Dubai. In a franchise filled with high-end exotics and one-off custom creations, the fact that the Hypersport got so much focus is a testament to its magnetism.

 

 

Let’s start with the styling, which includes jewel-encrusted headlights, scissor doors, and an interior ripped straight from science fiction. It looks like a pissed off armored car from the future, and its performance is right on par with its image. The Hypersport boasts a 3.7-liter, twin-turbo flat-six that yields 770 hp and 708 lb-ft.
It’s not just Dominic Toretto who benefits from this level of performance though, as the Abu Dhabi police force has drafted the Hypersport into patrol duty. Although it’s mainly used for marketing and public relations purposes, the high-flying stunner assures that the authorities can keep up with any baddie that tries to get cute on the freeway. Pedal to the floor, 0 to 62 mph is accomplished in just 2.8 seconds, and top speed is a downright scary 240 mph.

 

4.) Mansory Vivere Bugatti Veyron ($3.4M):

 

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This list wouldn’t be complete without some version of the mighty Bugatti Veyron. We’re shining our spotlight on the the Mansory Vivere edition here, because not only is it one of the fastest cars in the world, it’s one of the most expensive.
Augmented by German witch doctors Mansory, the 1,200-hp Veyron starts out as a Grand Sport Vitesse Roadster, only to be adorned with a gorgeous carbon fiber body, a new spoiler package, upgraded LED lights, a rebuffed cabin, and a redesigned front grill. Further classifying the Veyron as a work of art, maps of historic race events like the Targa Florio are laser etched into the exterior and interior. Oh, and it can do 254 mph.

 

5.) Ferrari F60 America ($2.5M):

 

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To celebrate Ferrari’s 60-year tenure in North America, the Italian brand built 10 examples of this stunning bombshell. Based on the F12 Berlinetta, the F60 is undeniably patriotic as it wears a Stars and Stripes color scheme, American flag seat inserts, and classic racing livery all around. Better yet, you can experience the glory with the top down, as the F60 equips a lightweight fabric top that can be operated at speeds up to 75 mph.
The supercar is mechanically identical to the F12, but the Berlinetta isn’t exactly a Fiat Panda to begin with. Its 6.2-liter V12 churns out 740 glorious hp, enough to propel the car to 60 mph in only 3.1 seconds. The ultra-rare flag-waver harkens back to Ferrari’s bespoke past, as the company built several region-specific sports cars in the 1950s and 1960s.

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Food Preservative Kills Cancer Cells

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WASHINGTON: A naturally occurring food preservative that grows on dairy products may be used to treat cancer and deadly, antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a new study has claimed.

 

Researchers at the University of Michigan in US found that feeding rats a ‘nisin milkshake’ killed 70-80 per cent of head and neck tumour cells after nine weeks and extended survival.

 

Scientists studied nisin in cancerous tumours and as an antimicrobial to combat diseases of the mouth. After nine weeks of nisin treatment, tumours were comparable to tumours at three weeks.

 

Researchers published positive results with less potent nisin, but the highly purified nisin ZP used in the present study nearly doubled its effectiveness.

 

The dosage of 800 mg/kg given to mice would translate to a pill a little bigger than a third of an Advil per kilogramme of body weight for people.

 

Nisin, a colourless, tasteless powder, is typically added to food at the rate of . Many foods contain nisin, but nowhere near the 800 mg/kg needed to kill cancer cells.

 

Several products available to consumers also contain nisin-creams and pharmaceuticals to fight infection and mastitis, and a sanitiser in lactating cows. Nisin also fights deadly bacteria such as antibiotic-resistant MRSA.

 

To date, nobody had found bacteria from humans or living animals that is resistant to nisin, said Yvonne Kapila, a professor at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. Another positive is that nisin has withstood the test of time,  she added.

 

Nisin is lethal to bacteria for two reasons – it binds to a static area of bacteria, which gives nisin the opportunity to work before bacteria changes into an antibiotic-resistant superbug, and nisin kills biofilms – colonies of bacteria that group together into a fortress that thwarts antibiotics.

 

Current findings and other published data support nisin’s potential use to treat antibiotic resistant infections, periodontal disease and cancer,  said Ms Kapila. The findings will be published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy.

 

Researchers In Japan Develop Sensor That May Detect Cancer From Breath

 

cancer_240x180_61450420142In the future, it may become possible for an individual to easily check their       health by connecting a sensor to a smartphone or other device. There are         also   hopes that the nation’s growing medical expenditures could be curbed       by the     early detection of disease.

 

The National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), based in Tsukuba,              Ibaraki Prefecture, played the leading role in developing the small sensor, which is capable of detecting substances in a person’s exhalations with high accuracy by analyzing the odor of the breath.

 

To put this technology into practical use, the institute has been working with Kyocera Corp., NEC Corp., Sumitomo Seika Chemicals Co., Osaka University and a precision equipment maker in Switzerland.

 

A “film” installed in the sensor, which is a tiny chip a few millimeters square, determines whether there are substances peculiar to cancer patients’ breath and calculates whether a person is suspected to have cancer. By just exhaling into the sensor, which is connected to a smartphone or other device, the result can be displayed on the screen of the device in a graph or other form.

 

According to NIMS, it is highly likely that the sensor will be able to distinguish what kind of cancer a person has if the sensor’s accuracy is improved and data on odor are collected.

Peculiar odors are said to be found in the respiration of patients who are suffering from diabetes, kidney and liver diseases, asthma and those with Helicobacter pylori. The sensor may make it possible to judge what kind of diseases people have, and is being considered for use not only for examinations at medical institutions but also for self-checks by individuals.

 

The sensor costs a few hundred yen to make and can be produced in large quantities. It is expected to take about six years to develop it for practical use, as it is necessary to collect data on the odors associated with various cancers, improve the sensor’s precision and have it certified as medical equipment by the government, according to sources.

 

Cancer is the leading cause of death among Japanese people, with nearly 400,000 people dying each year. According to a 2014 survey by the Cabinet Office, the medical examination rate for cancer screening in Japan is about 40 percent – said to be about half that in the United States and some European nations.

 

Major reasons cited for not receiving cancer screening in the survey were having no time; the cost involved; and feeling uneasy about pain. Examinations of people’s exhalations would likely improve the medical examination rate. However, it would still be necessary for people to undergo further examinations at medical institutions to confirm whether they have a disease.

 

Nippon Medical School Prof. Masao Miyashita, an expert on digestive surgery and cancer, said: “It’ll be epoch-making if such a simple examination of exhalations becomes widely available.

 

Research on diagnosing various diseases through exhalations started in Europe and the United States more than 10 years ago, and the research has attracted attention in Japan in recent years.

 

A group of researchers, including some at Kyushu University, submitted a report to a British medical journal in 2011 stating that cancer patients have peculiar odors in their respiration that can be detected by a dog specially trained to sniff out the exhalations of cancer patients.

 

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Avengers Line-Up Is Going To Change

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When Marvel drops Avengers: Infinity War, it’s going to be a big deal. The two-part adventure will serve as a culmination of year’s worth of building in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and may feature as many as 60 or more superheroes. But before we get there, the line up of the Avengers may change in a very big way.

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At the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron, it’s clear that the roster of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes is going to be different moving forward. Tony Stark and Hawkeye are out, Thor is on his own quest, Hulk is missing in action, and a new generation is stepping up. Talking at a Wizard World New Orleans (via ComicBook.com), Captain America: Civil War and Infinity War co-director Joe Russo called the process “cyclical,” and said that moving forward we’re going to see new characters, including those who have been secondary players up to this point, step forward and take over center stage. He added:

 

We’re focusing on that right now with Infinity War while we’re breaking into those movies, is which characters can we pull to the forefront who potentially haven’t had their own ‘A’ story arc to this point. I think you’ll see that the supporting Avengers are going to become primary Avengers.

 

It makes sense that this is how the MCU is going to develop. Up to this point the likes of Iron Man and Captain America have been at the forefront of the majority of the movies, and though they’ll both be front and center in Captain America: Civil War, after that the emphasis will be different. New characters like Black Panther, Doctor Strange, and Spider-Man (new to the MCU anyway) will all get their own solo movies. And as far as the Avengers go, at the end of Age of Ultron, it becomes clear that new additions like The Vision, Scarlet Witch, and Falcon will all take on more prominent roles in the group, and we know that Ant-Man will be showing up in the future as well.

As much as we all love Iron Man and Captain America, as time goes on, it’s getting harder and harder to give them new movies and make those stories feel fresh. We don’t want them to go away completely and by all accounts, they’re not going anywhere but a shift in focus will be a breath of fresh air. Part of why Guardians of the Galaxy was so welcome aside from the fact that it’s a total blast is that it is something so different from everything else in the MCU.

From Joe Russo’s words, it sounds like they’re trying to bring a new perspective to the Avengers team, and this is something that a lot of fans will appreciate. It’s nice to shake up the status quo from time to time.

 

Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 opens everywhere May 4, 2018,while

Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 follows a year later on May 3, 2019

 

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What Are the Benefits of Eating Almonds Daily?

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Almonds are one of the healthiest nuts. .Health experts agree, they are packed with protein, Vitamin E, minerals and monounsaturated fats that have been shown to boost heart health.

A new study supports the same. According to a team of American researchers, eating a moderate amount of almonds every day may enrich the diets of adults and young children. “Almonds are a good source of plant protein – essential fatty acids, vitamin E and magnesium,” said Alyssa Burns, a doctoral student at University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences in US.

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For the 14-week study, scientists gave almonds daily to 29 pairs of parents and children. Most of the adults were mothers with an average age of 35, while their children were between 3 and 6 years old. The children were encouraged to consume 0.5 ounces of almond butter daily. Parents were given 1.5 ounces of almonds per day. Participants ate almonds for a few weeks, then they resumed eating their typical intake, which included other foods as snacks.

 

Researchers based their conclusions about improved dietary intake on participants’ scores on the Healthy Eating Index (HEI), a tool used to measure diet quality and adherence to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Researchers used an online dietary recall to find out what adults had eaten and how much. That way, researchers could measure diet quality, Burns said.

When parents and children were eating almonds, their HEI increased for total protein foods, seafood and plant proteins and fatty acids, Burns said, while they ate fewer empty calories. Parents also decreased sodium intake. Parents and children consumed more vitamin E and magnesium when eating almonds, she said.

“Almonds are equally nourishing raw or soaked. When soaked overnight the germination process starts in these seeds so the quality of proteins may show some improvement. By replacing one snack with one ounce of almonds, you are removing empty calorie dense food with a nutrient dense alternative,” suggests Dr. Rupali Datta, Chief Clinical Nutritionist at Fortis-Escorts Hospital.

Talking about the benefits of eating almonds everyday she adds, “They are sources of unsaturated fats, high-quality vegetable protein, fiber, minerals, tocopherols, phytosterols, and phenolic compounds. By virtue of their nutritional composition they are potent health boosters. Clinical studies across the worlds have shown the positive effect of nuts on cardiovascular risk factors, weight management and to a lesser extent on cancer, inflammation and hypertension.”

I want to make good, fun films’: Actor Nagarjuna

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Soggade Chinni Nayana is an upcoming Telugu fantasy film, produced by Nagarjuna Akkineni the film under his banner Annapurna Studios banner and directed by Kalyan Krishna. Nagarjuna played the film’s protagonist while Ramya Krishnan and Lavanya Tripathi played as the female leads. Production began on 19 November 2014. The film is scheduled to release on 15 January 2016.

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In the last few days, Akkineni Nagarjuna has been shooting through the day for Meelo Evaru Koteeswarudu. He doesn’t let the weariness show as he settles down to talk. “Now I need to promote Soggade Chinni Nayana,” he says with a beaming smile. Before he talks about the film, he shares that with each season of MEK, he’s become at ease connecting with the participants.

 

The warmth with which he lends an ear to the participants, he says, is not an act put on for the camera. “I really listen to them. Sometimes people just need to be heard. They find happiness in sharing their thoughts,” he observes.

 

One of the participants from the first season, Umakanth, made such a mark on Nagarjuna that the actor kept Umakanth in mind during the characterisation of one of his roles in Soggade…

 

In Soggade, directed by newcomer Kalyan Krishna, Nag plays dual roles – a flamboyant zamindar Bangarraju, who dies a day before his son is born, and the son Ramu. “Ramu’s part is styled like Umakanth,” informs Nag. “Umakanth is a brilliant guy, who is focussed on acquiring knowledge. His wife told me that since the time he comes home, around 6 p.m., he spends time reading until 11 p.m. The clothes Ramu wears and the way he talks are all like Umakanth.”

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Nag calls Soggade… a Sankranti film. “It’s a pandaga (festival) film, a harvest film, meant to be watched by families. It’s been a while since we saw a film set in a village. Our stories have become more urban centric. When you have a story in a village, the clothes, language, emotions everything changes.”

 

Bangarraju appears as a soul to set things right in the family. “He is full of fun, a flirt, in contrast to his son who is shy and focused on his research. The son is the kind of guy who will remember someone’s birthday as the day after World Cancer Day,” he explains.

 

The part of the soul is a tricky element that needed to be dealt carefully in the screenplay. Nag credits Kalyan Krishna for good writing. “The idea of the story is from Ram Mohan (producer, Uyyala Jampala). I had heard about this boy Kalyan Krishna. We gave him the synopsis. In a month, he came back with the script. We kept improving it and then asked him to direct it. A bit of hand holding and an excellent team in place, Kalyan stepped in as director,” he says.

Nag feels it’s easier to pull off such a story if a film is engaging and doesn’t let the audience think much. “It’s like Manam. You don’t think of how the reincarnated characters have the same appearance or traits because you are absorbed with the storytelling. Soggade… is a fun film. Since there is a supernatural element, there’s also a snake which guards the family.”

 

 

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Soggade… brings back Nag with Ramya Krishna. “We were like best friends getting together after a long time. It was fantastic. Ramya has a strong role and she so deserves it. Satyabhama (Ramya) and Bangarraju are a hot, romantic couple in contrast to the innocent, cute younger couple,” he says.

 

The son, Ramu, is paired with Lavanya Tripathi. “We kept thinking who would be apt for the role. I liked Lavanya’s work in Andala Rakshasi. She is pretty, has a lot of character in her face and is a good actress. However, we did a screen test to see how we would look on screen. We didn’t want to look like an odd couple.”

 

Post Soggade…, there’s Oopiri with Karthi, a remake of The Intouchables, where Nag plays a quadriplegic. The film has been Indianised but retains the basic story and characterisation, says Nag.

The role was challenging, he confesses, having to emote with his face and rest of his body immobile. “It was tough at times, I felt handicapped. I told Vamsi (the director) to ask for as many retakes if he wasn’t happy.”

 

Nag hopes the film will be accepted, giving him scope to push the envelope further. “I want to make good, fun films, not necessarily experimental ones. Critics who complain that we don’t do anything new will hopefully be happy with Oopiri,” he laughs.

 

As the release date for Soggade… draws closer, Nag is aware of the intense competition with other big films vying at the box office. “I am confident about Soggade… but will have to share the success with others. I announced the date two and a half months ago and blocked the theatres. There’s nothing I can do now and as I said earlier, this is a Sankranti film,” he signs off.

 

 

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