Thursday, 29 March 2012

Bella looks blood thirsty in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 trailer!

And here you go folks! After giving us a peek of Kristen Stewart as the vampire, the teaser trailer of the conclusive movie of theTwilight series, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, has debuted! 

The first trailer for Summit Entertainment'shighly-anticipated second part of Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn was quite fast in movements and one could not really realize what it plans to deliver to the audience, especially the ones who haven’t read the books won’t get that.

Fortunately, the studio released an extended version of that teaser which contains a lot more footage and we actually get a hint of what it's about. In the following teaser, Bellaseems to be trying to learn how to function as a vampire. Jacob appears to be somewhat surprised that Bella still looks like herself. 

Meanwhile, unlike the first teaser, this one has Bella doing the talking! She says: “After 18 years of being utterly ordinary, I finally found that I can shine.” Then Bela is also seen eyeing a deer, as she is a vampire now, she was obviously to hunt the deer down and satisfy her blood-thirsty soul.

The real suspense would reveal once the film hits the screens but as for now you can surely take a glance at the blood thirsty Bella in the trailer given!    

Thursday, 22 March 2012


The lists below have been taken with permission from the book 'Islamic Dietary Laws and Practices by Mohammad Mazhar Hussaini and M S Ahmad Hussein Sakr, Ph.D .
It should be noted that a product being imported from a Muslim country is not necessarily a guarantee that it is completely Halal. In fact, food is often imported from abroad into Muslim countries without proper checking of ingredients.


An alphabetical list of Halal and Haram ingredients to look out for:

Bacon: A side of pig meat (pork).

Choletsorol: type of fat always of animal origin. If extracted from Zabiha animal, it is Halal.

Diglyceride: Emulsifier. If of animal origin it should be suspected till the source is known.

Gelatin (Jello Gelatin): Usually of animal origin, mostly from pig. If extracted from a dhabiha animal, then it is halal/

Glycerol (Glycerine): It could be of animal, plant or Glyceryl-Stearate synthetic origin. If animal source is used, it is suspected.

Hormones: Usually animal hormones are used for human consumption. One has to find out the source before passing a judgement.
Lard: Fat from swine particulaly found in the abdominal cavity. Totally Haram for us.

Magnesium Stearate (stearic acid): Used as an active ingredient in medicine tablets. Haram when derived from animal source.

Mono Glycerides: When derived from animal source. (Halal when the source is plant).

Pepsin: A digestive enzyme mostly from pig stomach.

Rennin (Rennet): A protein Enzyme. Usually not labeled. (In most cheeses).

Shortening: Fats and oils of animal origin. Animal/Lard

Vanilla: Extracted using alcohol.

Vitamins: Haram when from animal source. Mostly the source is synthetic or plant and are Halal.

Whey: Used in ice creams and yogurt. Haram when from animal source.
Alcoholic Beverages
Cider (Hard) (Alcohol)
D.E.S (sex Hormones)
Ethylene Oxide
Fermented Malt
Ham (Hog)
Insulin (Porcine)
Lard (Hog)
Pepsin (Hog)
Vanilla Extract (Alcohol)
Wine (Alcohol) 

S/N Name of Ingredients Code No Brief Description
Antioxidants: Chemical compounds used to protect certain food components from being destroyed or lost through oxidation.

Ascorbic acid: Vitamin C.

Benzoate (Benzoic acid): Benzoic acid and sodium benzoate are used for food preservation.

Biotin: A member of the B complex vitamins.

BHA: An antioxidant, preservative.

BHT: An antioxidant, preservative.

Citric acid: Sources are plant, usually of the citrus family. (e.g. orange, lime, lemon).

Cobalamine: Synthetically prepared Vitamin B12.

Dextrin: An emulsifying, sizing, and thickening agent.

Fiber: Sources are plant. Provide roughage to diet.

Fructose: Fruit sugar.

Gliadin (Gluten): Ptotein found in wheat and rye.

Hydrogenated oil: Vegetable oil being hydrogenated making it solid at room temperature.

Iodine: A nutrient for thyroid gland.

Lecithin: Emulsifier of fat. In the USA, sources are mainly soyabean and egg yolk.

Lipids : Essential fatty acids found in fish, plant and animals. If source is animal; it is suspected.

Malt: A kind of fermented grain.

Molasses: Syrup liquid obtained in refining sugar.

MSG: Flavoring. Imparts meat flavor to foods.

Niacin: One of the B complex vitamins.

PABA: A food supplement.

Pectin: A gelatinous substance extracted from fruits.

Propionic acid: A preservative.

Riboflavin: One of the B complex vitamins. Usually the source is synthetic.

Pure vegetable shortening: Source of this kind of shortening is plant.

100% vegetable shortening: Source of this kind of shortening is plant.

Sweetener: Substance that gives a sweet taste.

Thiamin: One of the B complex vitamins.

Vanillin: Flavoring agent, extracted from vanilla.

Vitamin A: If source are plant and synthetic, it is halal.

Vitamin C: Natural sources are from plant. (e.g. citrus fruit, tomatoes, etc).

Vitamin D: Natural sources are yeast and fish liver oil. Also synthetically produced.

Vitamin E: Rich sources of Vitamin E are vegetable oils. When source is synthetic, it is halal. If source is animal, it is suspected.

Water: The nutrient most vital to man's existence.

Food yeast: Microscopic, unicellular, fungal plant used for fermentation process and in baking bread.

Vivian Dsena is preparing hard for his comeback!

Ever since the news about vampire hunk of small screen Vivian Dsena making a comeback has hit the town, fans have been eagerly looking forward to it.

It is notable that Vivian perfectly played the vampire blood Abhay in Balaji’s super popular show Pyaar Kii Ye Ek Kahaani. And post the show went off air in December last month; he has been maintaining a low profile. But not anymore as buzz says that Colors’upcoming show Shikhar helmed by Saurabh Tewary’s (Nautanki Films) and BAG films is going to bring him in the light again.   

If believe the sources, Vivian is completely occupied in preparing for the role. While speaking to the sources about it, he said, “Yes, I am preparing for my upcoming role. It’s been two-to-three weeks since I have been hitting the gym. I work out for five days a week and every day I sweat it out for two and a half hours. And top of that, I play football four days a week. So I am on a strict fitness regime”.

However, he still refrains from naming the show. The actor said, “That is something I can’t reveal at this point of time. It is quite early to talk now. But yes, my fans will soon see me back on television and this time, I will look more muscular and lean”.

Well, you might not spill the beans Vivian but we know the truth!

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Sukirti Khandpal to play a role inspired by Katrina Kaif from Namastey London!

The beautiful and loving Piya Dobriyal is set to make a presence on your TV screen again and this time around you will catch her in a more glamorous look.

Yes, Sukirti Khandpal, who very elegantly played the love interest to vampire blood Abhay Raichand akaVivian Dsena in Star One’s Pyaar Kii Yeh Ek Kahaani, has been approached for a new show to be produced by Jai Mehta for Zee TV.

It is notable that Sukirti came into notice after playingSiddheshwari Singh in Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi Kijo. She was even seen essaying Dr. Riddhima in Star One’s Dill Mill Gayye but that lasted for a little while. And then she ended up doing PKYEK which not only catered good numbers but even added a lot to her fan following list.

Buzz has it that this pretty lady has been offered a role loosely based on Katrina Kaif's character Jasmeetfrom Namastey London. This yet untitled show produced by Jai Mehta will tentatively go on floors in the end of April and is expected to hit the tube by May end. The male lead of the show remains to be decided. According to a source, "Sukirti will play a NRI in the show a la Katrina Kaif in Namastey London, which also starred Akshay Kumar. The movie was a blockbuster hit and the producer is expecting the show to strike gold too. Sukirti has been frozen for the lead character and the hunt for the male lead is still on. The show will hit the television screens by the end of May”.

Now that’s quite interesting. Hope she gives a nod to this one!

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Black tea is a great boon for your health!

You must have heard experts saying it many times that coffee is harmful to health, unliketea. However, with this it is even important to know as to how tea stands beneficial for health.

Health experts suggest that tea is quite good for health, especially black tea. It’s quite similar to green tea as it is also plucked from a plant called camellia sinensis. The leaves of black tea are steeped such that it can give a dark color when used as a beverage.

Other than this, the leaves are dried and processed in order to give them the dark shade. It is said that black tea contains exceptionally low caffeine content, which is great for circulation. Fluoride, which is found in black tea improves the oral and bone health. Black tea also contains flavonoids which are also found in apples. Unlike green tea, black tea, once processed eliminates all antioxidants existing in it.

It also helps in fighting bacteria and strengthens the immune system. As one knows, drinking tea hydrates the body, thus a cup of black tea helps moisturize the skin. Black tea also balances the hormone levels, which fends off stress. Along with the many other health benefits which black tea has, it also has anti-inflammatory qualities, it also keeps a check on the digestive tracts functioning. It can help reduce stroke risks as it balances the cholesterol level.

So, next time you look for a cup of tea, make sure that it’s black tea!

Why love is actually a 'drug'

London, Feb 14 (ANI): It is often believed that 'love is a drug'' and now a new research has confirmed that romance really does work in a similar manner as addiction to illegal substances and activates a reaction in the same part of the brain.
Those smitten will produce an emotional response in the part of the grey matter usually involved withmotivation and reward.
Our brains have been hardwired to choose a mate, and we become so motivated to win them over that we are sometimes willing to go to extreme lengths, the Daily Mail reported.
The reward comes by identifying that something feels good and is worth the effort.
"You can feel happy when you're in love, but you can also feel anxious," said Lucy Brown, a neuroscientist at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.
Professor Brown insisted that the reward part of the brain or pleasure centre is vital for our survival as this drives the need to have sex.
"Intense passionate love uses the same system in the brain that gets activated when a person is addicted to drugs," co-author Arthur Aron, a psychologist at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, said.
Their study looked at magnetic resonance images of the brains of 10 women and seven men who claimed that they were deeply in love.
The length of their relationships ranged from one month to less than two years.
Participants were shown photographs of their loved one, and photos of a similar-looking person.
It found that romantic love is one of the most powerful emotions a person can have.
They also divulged that the length of time couples were together made little difference to the intensity of their feelings.
The researchers discovered that in each of these long-term lovers, brain regions were also stimulated when they looked at photos of their partners.
Long-term love showed activity in the regions associated with attachment and liking a reward.
"For most people, the standard pattern is a slow decline in passionate love but a growth in bonding,"Dr Aron said.
"As long as love remains, we get used to the relationship, and we're not afraid our partner will leave us, so we're not as focused on the craving," Dr Aron added. (ANI)

10 essential foods for female health

A varied, balanced diet is the cornerstone of healthy living for everyone, yet healthy eating can sometimes mean different things depending on your gender. While there are some foods we should all be eating more of, men and women also have their own set of dietary requirements as well as their own unique health concerns. Here are ten foods all women should eat. 
Figs are a great health food, containing many vital minerals and vitamins as well as contributing to your daily portions of fruit and veg. Two minerals found in figs that are particularly beneficial to women's health are iron, which is often deficient in menstruating women, and calcium, which is important for post-menopausal women, who are more prone to osteoporosis.

Flax seeds are a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids and have been linked to reduced risk of breast cancer and heart disease. The seeds' anti-inflammatory properties are also good for preventing arthritis, while their digestive benefits can help irritable bowel syndrome; two painful conditions which are more prevalent in women than men.

Milk is a great source of calcium, which is extremely beneficial to women's health, particularly when combined with vitamin D (found in some varieties of milk and many fortified milk products). Consumption of the combined nutrients is not only good for warding off osteoporosis, but a study has suggested that a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D could ease, or even prevent, symptoms of PMS.

Oats are literally packed with health-boosting nutrients, many of which have great impacts on female health. Oats are not only great for heart health, digestion and blood pressure levels (with hypertension affecting many women over 50), but they contain vitamin B6, which can help prevent PMS and mood swings, and folic acid, which is important for women to consume before and during pregnancy to prevent birth defects in babies.

Spinach is rich in many different vitamins and minerals, but one thing that makes it great for women is its high content of magnesium. Research has shown that magnesium may be beneficial in reducing many of the physical symptoms of PMS which plague women, including reduction of swelling, breast tenderness, bloating and weight gain.

Salmon has a multitude of positive health benefits for women. Not only is it rich in iron — which is integral to the diets of premenopausal women — but it is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, known for their mood-enhancing effects. Studies have suggested that omega-3 can help beat depression (something that affects twice as many women as men) and prevent mood swings, while salmon can also boost babies' intelligence when eaten during pregnancy....

Tomatoes Another vibrant carotenoid beneficial for women's health is lycopene, a pigment found in tomatoes. Studies have suggested that lycopene may be effective in preventing breast cancer. Furthermore, there has been considerable evidence to suggest that the powerful antioxidant can help reduce risk of heart disease — the leading cause of death in women in the US, Australia, England and Wales.

Walnuts While all nuts are great for our health, walnuts have many great individual benefits for women. A study has recently found that walnuts, which are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and phytosterols, may help to reduce women's risk of developing breast cancer, while their high omega-3 content may also help bone health, arthritis pain and depression. Walnuts also contain many nutrients essential for female health, such as ...
Butternut squash Like many other yellow/orange fruit and vegetables — is packed with carotenoids such as alpha-carotene and beta-carotene. While carotenes should be included in everybody's diet for optimum health, they may prove essential to women's health as a high-carotenoid diet has been linked to lowered risks of both breast and ovarian cancer.

Cranberries Various studies have suggested strong links between consuming cranberries and reduced risks of breast cancer and heart disease. However, the most notorious benefit of cranberries is their ability to prevent and cure urinary tract infections such as cystitis, which is eight times more likely to occur in women than men. One study suggests that drinking two glasses of cranberry juice a day can prevent the symptoms of common UTIs in 

3 foods all women should eat

Starting this week, we bring you a new series on the power of the threes. Here is the third of the series, 3 foods all women should eat.
A varied, balanced diet is the cornerstone of healthy living for everyone, yet healthy eating can sometimes mean different things depending on your gender. While there are some foods we should all be eating more of, men and women also have their own set of dietary requirements as well as their own unique health concerns. Here are three foods all women should eat.
Butternut squash

Butternut squash - like many other yellow/orange fruit and vegetables - is packed with carotenoids such as alpha-carotene and beta-carotene. While carotenes should be included in everybody's diet, they may prove essential to women's health as a high-carotenoiddiet has been linked to lowered risks of both breast and ovarian cancer.

Flax seeds

Flax seeds are a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids and have been linked to reduced risk of breast cancer and heart disease. The seeds' anti-inflammatory properties are also good for preventing arthritis, while their digestive benefits can help irritable bowel syndrome; two painful conditions which are more prevalent in women than men.

Salmon (Raavas)

Salmon has a multitude of health benefits for women. Not only is it rich in iron - which is integral to the diets of premenopausal women - but it is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which can help beat depression (something that affects twice as many women as men) and prevent mood swings. Salmon can also boost babies' intelligence when eaten during pregnancy.

The best female health habits

Get to know your body

Although most men are more than familiar with their overall appearance, many are less than vigilant when it comes to looking out for signs of health changes and may pay less heed to their bodies’ signals than women. To keep your health in good condition it is important to pay attention to your skin (making note particularly of any changes in size, shape or color of moles) and perform self checks for signs of testicular cancer. By getting to know your body, you will start to become more intuitively aware of the state of your wellbeing.

Try a holistic exercise class

For a lot of men, exercise routines are focused exclusively on bulking up and improving body shape. However, you may be missing out on lots of the health benefits other more female-dominated forms of exercise can offer. To help boost your mental and emotional wellbeing , try supplementing your usual routine with a gentler holistic exercise such as Pilates, yoga or tai chi. As well as keeping you physically fit, these exercises have many great benefits such as improving posture; increasing energy levels; boosting flexibility, strength and stamina; improving concentration and reducing stress levels.

Get checked up

Just as it is important to track any changes in your body, it is equally as essential that you act on any possible symptoms by visiting your doctor about any concerns you may have. However, while women are generally good at getting regular check-ups, many men are guilty of ignoring their symptoms, possibly due to fear or denial of health risks. It is never worth taking a chance on your health, so put your mind at rest by giving your doctor a visit, no matter how small you think the risk may be.

Let yourself be vulnerable

While most women will happily let their guard down and communicate their troubles to their friends, many men are afraid of appearing vulnerable by opening up to others and showing how they really feel. However, not only will sharing your troubles help you gain support and bond with others, but crying can also help your body to release stress. So, next time you are feeling emotional, whether due to a bad day or a weepy movie, why not let those tears flow – your health will thank you for it!

Do more cardio

Many men centre their workouts around weight lifting and building up muscle, while women are more likely to opt for cardio exercise to help with weight loss. In fact, neither option is ideal as both types of exercise should make up a well-rounded fitness routine. Whether or not you want to lose weight, aerobic exercise is essential for heart health, so take a lesson from the girls and try swapping the occasional weight lifting session for a cardio workout to help improve your health and physique.

Indulge in some pampering

It’s a well known fact that most women like to be pampered and groomed, while men are a little more reticent to give grooming a go. Whether you care about your appearance or not, proper skin care (which includes using an SPF) is important for your health, as is looking after your nails to prevent fungal infections. If you want to go the whole hog and give your body a pampering treat, a massage can also do wonders for your health. With benefits including reduced back pain, detoxification and an increased sense of well-being, this is definitely not just a treat for the girls.

Ice cream 'could be as addictive as cocaine'

London, Mar 5 (ANI): Cravings for ice cream are similar to those experienced by drug addicts, a new study has suggested.
According to the study, the brain is left wanting for more while eating an ice cream in the same way as person who habitually uses cocaine.
Their study apparently adds weight to previous studies that people can be left feeling "addicted" to some foods.
Dr Kyle Burger, from the Oregon Research Institute, in Eugene, said that overeating "high-fat" or "high-sugar" foods appeared to change how the brain responded and in turn downgraded the mental "reward", the Telegraph reported.
"This down-regulation pattern is seen with frequent drug use, where the more an individual uses the drug, the less reward they receive from using it," said Dr Burger, the study's co-author.
"This tolerance is thought to increase use, or eating, because the individual trying to achieve the previous level of satisfaction. Repeated, overconsumption of high-fat or high-sugar foods may alter how the brain responds to those foods in a way that perpetuates further intake.
"The data supports the theory that overeating such foods may result in changes in how the brain responds to those foods in a similar fashion seen in drug addiction."
In the study, 151 teenagers, aged 14 and 16, were asked to drink real chocolate milkshakes made using Haagen Dazs ice cream.
The researchers had already conducted interviews with the teenagers, all of whom were of "healthy weight", about their present eating habits and how much they craved certain foods.
Their brains were then scanned with a Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Machine (fMRI) while being shown a picture of a milkshake before being given the shake actually.
It was found that all the participants wanted the real shake but those who ate the most ice cream over the previous few weeks enjoyed it less.
Dr Burger elucidated that this was an identical reaction that a drug addict felt, because despite increased cravings, pleasure that should be sent to the brain was being blunted.
This, he said, was perhaps due to the brain releasing lower levels of the chemical dopamine.
When the fMRI scans were analysed, the study found the teenagers who had eaten the most ice cream had experienced a similar effect.
As a result, they felt they had to eat more to relish the same feelings of euphoria.
"You could be continually trying to match the earlier experience," he said.
This, he added, would result in bigger portion and weight gain.
Although it was unlikely that people became "addicted to ice cream per se", the findings appeared to suggest that ice cream had "addictive-like properties", he asserted.
"Some individuals may frequently eat ice cream or other high-fat/high-sugar foods and show no characteristics of addiction, while others may develop an addictive like relationship with food," he said.
"Some people will try smoking, drinking or gambling, but not develop an addiction. We often joke and say 'I wouldn't say food is addictive, but I hear some people can't live without it'," he added.
But Dr Burger insisted that the findings also provided further explanation to why people become fat from ice cream. It supports previous studies that linked junk food and addiction.
The study has been published online in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. (ANI)

Monday, 5 March 2012

World's 10 cheapest cities to live in

Asian and Middle Eastern cities dominate the lower-end rankings in latest Worldwide Cost of Living Survey conducted by the prestigious Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU)

10..Oman’s capital Muscat is the world's tenth cheapest city to live in, according to the latest Worldwide Cost of Living Survey (WCOL) conducted by the prestigious Economic Intelligence Unit. The survey allows for city to city comparisons, but for the purpose of this report all cities are compared to a base city of New York, which has an index set at 100.
With a score of 63 on the index, Muscat ranks at No.10.

09..With a score of 61 on the index, Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka ranks at No.9. The bi-annual (twice yearly) survey compares more than 400 individual prices across 160 products and services. They include food, drink, clothing, household supplies and personal care items, home rents, transport, utility bills, private schools, domestic help and recreational costs.

Algiers (in Algeria) ranks at No.8 on the list, with an index score of 59. The cheapest cities in the ranking are dominated by Asian and Middle Eastern cities. The latter of these is due, in part, to the use of price controls and the pegging of currencies to the US dollar.

At No.7 is Kathmandu, with a score of 58.

Panama City is tied with Kathmandu with a score of 58 on the index.

The Red Sea port city of Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) is the fifth cheapest city in the world to live in. It has a score of 57, as compared to the base city of New York, which has an index set at 100.

Three of the four cheapest locations hail from the Indian subcontinent, highlighting why India has been such a target of labour outsourcing, relocation and FDI over the last decade. New Delhi is the fourth cheapest city in the world, with 56 points on the index.

Tehran (Iran) is ranked at No.3, with 54 points.

Here’s one result that could raise a few eyebrows and generate some heated comments (you can post your opinions below). India’s financial capital Mumbai is rated the world’s second cheapest city in the EIU study. It has a score of 52 on the index.
Not surprisingly, Mumbai also saw the highest drop in office rental prices.

Cheap labour and land costs making India and Pakistan incredibly attractive to those bargain hungry visitors or investors willing to brave some of the security risks that accompany such low prices, especially in Pakistan.
Karachi is the cheapest city to live in the world based on EIU’s parameters. It has a score of 46, as compared to the base city of New York, which has an index set at 100.
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