Eastern Ghouta: Syrian government forces clash with rebels.

Hours into second attempt at implementing Russian truce, government shelling intensifies in towns near front lines.

Syrian government forces have clashed with rebels on the outskirts of Eastern Ghouta, despite a Russian-sponsored truce that is now in its second day, a war monitor reported.

Since Wednesday morning, during a second attempt at implementing a ceasefire in the besieged enclave, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad‘s forces have been locked in “fierce” fighting with rebels who have been in control of the area since 2013, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

The confrontation is part of a ground offensive launched by the government on Sunday. It has been fighting on multiple fronts in an attempt to penetrate the enclave.

The daily, five-hour “humanitarian pause” is meant to evacuate the injured out of the Damascus suburb and allow humanitarian convoys to deliver food and medicine to some 400,000 people trapped inside.

The first attempt to implement the truce on Tuesday was unsuccessful, as aerial bombardment and artillery fire killed at least four people and injured dozens more.

Saudi crown prince to visit UK on March 7.

Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman will visit the United Kingdom (UK) on an official visit from March 7, the Downing Street has announced.

“The visit will also provide an opportunity to enhance our co-operation in tackling international challenges such as terrorismextremism, the conflict and humanitarian crisis in Yemen and other regional issues such as Iraq and Syria,” Al Jazeera quoted a spokesperson for the UK‘s prime minister Theresa May as saying.

“The visit will also provide an opportunity to enhance our co-operation in tackling international challenges such as terrorismextremism, the conflict and humanitarian crisis in Yemen and other regional issues such as Iraq and Syria,” the statement added.

According to the reports, in a separate statement issued after the meeting with her cabinet, May said the crown prince’s visit would allow Britain to talk “frankly and constructively” about areas of concern like Yemen and security in the Middle East.

Meanwhile Reprieve, a UK-based rights group, has objected to the crown prince’s visit, saying that, “The close relationship Theresa May trumpets has led to British police officers training Saudi agents in the kind of cyber-monitoring techniques which have been used to justify death sentences.”

Indonesia: Christian couple caned for gambling.

Authorities caned a Christian married couple on Tuesday after they were arrested for gambling at an entertainment centre in Banda Acehin Indonesia.

The Aceh Sharia Court sentenced the couple, identified as Dahlan Sili Tongga, 61, and Tjia Nyuk Hwa, 45, to eight and seven lashes respectively for violating provincial laws. The caning took place outside the Babussalam Mosque in Lampaseh Aceh in the city, The Straits Times reported.

The couple was found guilty of violating a jinayat (Islamic bylaw) on gambling.

According to the sharia law, each lash is equivalent to a one-month imprisonment. Hence, it is believed that the couple preferred to receive corporal punishment.

The court also sentenced a 67-year-old man named Ridwan to 22 lashes for allowing gambling to take place on the premises. The authorities confiscated coins, vouchers and cash from him as well.

“This punishment shows our commitment (to implementing sharia). We want to create a deterrent so that other people do not violate sharia,” Banda Aceh Mayor Aminullah Usman said, adding that the caning was deliberately carried out in an open space so that the public could see it.

Aceh is the only province in Indonesia that implements the sharia, although non-Muslims, who are found guilty of committing crimes are regulated under the province’s criminal code such as gambling.

India to double state purchases of oilseeds, pulses.

In a bid to give a boost to farmers, the Union Cabinet has doubled state purchases of oilseeds and pulses from them.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved the regularisation and extension of Government Guarantee provided to lender bank for providing credit limit to National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED) Rs 19,000 crore from earlier Rs 9,500 crore for undertaking procurement operation of pulses and oilseeds under Price Support Scheme (PSS) and to Small Farmers Agri-Business Consortium (SFAC) for Rs 45 crore for meeting their existing liability and settlement of extant claims.

These Government Guarantees are valid for a period of five years, till 2021-22.

As the market price of most pulses and oilseeds is below the Government of India prescribed-Minimum Support Price (MSP) these provisions will help farmers in selling their produce at the MSP, and will also help prevent a situation where they are forced to make flash sales of their crops, because of the supply-demand gap, during peak arrival periods.

It will also encourage higher investment in the agro-sector and consequently yield higher production and safeguard the interest of the consumers by making supplies available at a reasonable price.

No evidence of Islamic State hand in Kashmir policeman’s killing: J&K DGP.

A Union Home Ministry official says there was no “physical infrastructure” of terror group in the Kashmir Valley.

The Home Ministry said on Tuesday that an engineering student who recently joined militancy had pushed a message on an Islamic State-affiliated news agency that the outfit had killed a policeman in Srinagar’s Soura area on Sunday. A senior Ministry official said there was no “physical infrastructure” of the IS in the Kashmir Valley and the militant might have used the platform to create confusion.

The militant, Eisa Fazli, who the Home Ministry said was associated with both Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Hizbul Mujahideen, had pushed the message on news agency Amaq along with a picture of the dead policeman and his rifle.

यहां ऐसे की गई 30 हाथियों की शिफ्टिंग, 300 करोड़ रुपए हुए खर्च.

नैरोबी.केन्या के सोलियो रेंच समेत अलग-अलग जगहों से 30 हाथियों को ट्सावो नेशनल पार्क में शिफ्ट किया गया। केन्या वाइल्ड लाइफ सर्विस के रेंजर्स, वेटनेरियंस और कंजरवेशनिस्ट्स को 3 हाथियों को ही बेहोश करने और लॉरी में लोड करने में 3 घंटे से भी ज्यादा का वक्त लग गया। बेशकीमती दांतों के लिए हाथियों पर शिकार का खतरा मंडरा रहा है। इसके साथ ही ये किसानों की फसलों को भी नुकसान पहुंचाते थे, जिसे देखते हुए इन्हें प्राइवेट वाइल्ड लाइफ कंजर्वेंसी से नेशनल पार्क में शिफ्ट करने का फैसला लिया गया। 300 करोड़ रुपए हुए खर्च…

– शुरुआती दौर में सिर्फ तीन हाथियों को तैता तावेता काउंटी के नेशनल पार्क में शिफ्ट किया गया। इसके बाद दो हफ्ते में 30 से ज्यादा हाथियों को देशभर के दूसरे पार्क में शिफ्ट किया गया।

– इस पूरी प्रॉसेज में करीब 3 अरब रुपए खर्च हुए हैं। टूरिज्म कैबिनेट सेक्रेटरी नजीब बलाला ने कहा कि समस्याओं को खत्म करने का यहीं बेस्ट तरीका था।
– उन्होंने कहा कि ट्सावो नेशनल पार्क में इतने हाथी शिफ्ट करने पर उम्मीद है कि जानवर इंसानों की बस्ती में दखल नहीं देंगे।
– उन्होंने बताया कि ट्सावो में करीब 30 हजार हाथी रह सकते हैं, लेकिन इस वक्त यहां सिर्फ 12 हजार हाथी ही रह रहे थे, इसलिए इन्हें यहां शिफ्ट किया गया।

ऐसे दिया ऑपरेशन को अंजाम
– इस ट्रांसलोकेशन ऑपरेशन में ग्राउंड और एरियल टीम के बीच जबरदस्त कोऑर्डिनेशन दिखा। फिक्स्ड विंग वाले एयरप्लेन से एक टीम फील्ड हवा में थी। वहीं, दूसरे एयरक्राफ्ट में सवार एक रेंजर हाथियों पर ट्रैकुलाइजर से फायर कर रहा था। जैसे ही सटीक निशाना लगता और जानवर जमीन पर गिरता ग्राउंड टीम मौके पर पहुंच जाती। सबसे मुश्किल काम 7-7 टन के इन हाथियों को शिफ्टिंग के लिए लॉरी पर चढ़ाना था। साथ ही, इस बात का भी ख्याल रखना था कि उनका इसमें कहीं दम न घुटने लगे।

जॉर्डन के किंग अब्दुल्ला 3 दिन के दौरे पर भारत आए, मोदी ने एयरपोर्ट पर किया रिसीव.

नई दिल्ली.जॉर्डन के किंग अब्दुल्ला II बिन अल हुसैन अपने दूसरे दौरे पर मंगलवार रात भारत आए। उन्हें रिसीव करने के लिए प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी एयरपोर्ट पहुंचे। किंग अब्दुल्ला का दौरा तीन दिन का है, वो 1 मार्च तक भारत में रहेंगे। इस दौरान प्रधानमंत्री और अब्दुल्ला के बीच रक्षा समेत कई अहम करार और दोनों देशों के रिश्तों को बढ़ाने पर चर्चा होगी। किंग ‘इस्लामिक हेरीटेज एंड प्रोमोटिंग अंडरस्टैंडिंग’ विषय पर विज्ञान भवन में स्पीच भी देंगे। बता दें कि भारत और जॉर्डन के बीच 1950 से करीबी रिश्ते हैं।

क्या है अब्दुल्ला का प्रोग्राम?

– विदेश मंत्रालय के मुताबिक, किंग अब्दुल्ला के साथ क्वीन रानिया भी भारत आई हैं, वह 2006 में देश का दौरा कर चुके हैं।
– किंग अब्दुल्ला और नरेंद्र मोदी के बीच दोनों देशों के रिश्तों को मजबूती देने पर बात होगी। इस दौरान रक्षा समेत कई अहम करार हो सकते हैं।
– बुधवार को वह जॉर्डन के टेक्नीकल इंस्टीट्यूट्स में सहयोग बढ़ाने को लेकर आईआईटी दिल्ली जाएंगे।

– इसके बाद दोनों देशों के सीईओ के साथ बिजनेस को ध्यान में रखते हुए बात करेंगे। बता दें कि भारत और जॉर्डन के बीच 2016-17 में करीब 87 हजार 800 करोड़ का कारोबार हुआ।
– जॉर्डन के किंग गुरुवार को इंडियन इस्लामिक सेंटर की ओर से विज्ञान भवन में आयोजित प्रोग्राम में स्पीच देंगे।

– इसके बाद राष्ट्रपति रामनाथ कोविंद उनके सम्मान में भोज देंगे। इसमें उपराष्ट्रपति वेंकैया नायडू और विदेश मंत्री सुषमा स्वराज के साथ कई लोग मौजूद रहेंगे

मोदी ने दिया था न्योता

– फरवरी में नरेंद्र मोदी फिलिस्तीन दौरे पर गए थे। तब प्रधानमंत्री पहले जॉर्डन पहुंचे थे। मोदी ने इसी दौरान किंग अब्दुल्ला को भारत आने का न्योता दिया।

32 महिलाओं से रेप कर चुका है ये शख्स, मौत की नींद सुलाने सबको देता था साइनाइड

कर्नाटक के इस सीरियल किलर का नाम मोहन कुमार है। उसका जन्म, 1963 में हुआ था। वह पेशे से स्कूल टीचर था। सुनंदा घर से मंदिर जाने के लिए निकली थी। जिसके बाद उसकी लाश मैसूर बस अड्डे पर मिली थी। 2009 में अनीता नाम की महिला की हत्या के बाद इस सीरियल किलर के अपराधों का खुलासा हुआ था.

Three Steps to a Healthy Home

We all want to relax and be ourselves when we get home. Yet too often that is not so easy. There are responsibilities and burdens which await us, bills to pay, dishes to wash, messes to clean up. For some, home is a place of conflict and unease. Amidst the stress and demands of daily life we all need a refuge.

Your home is meant to be the central oasis of day to day life, a sacred safe space where you can tap in and experience your true inner self, away from the external world. This can only happen when your home is an emotionally healthy space.

Here are 3 essential steps to having an emotionally healthy home:

Make Peaceful Relationships the Soul of Your Home

Peace is not just the absence of conflict, it is the heartfelt soul of a relationship. When we create and live in peace with ourselves, our spouses and family, we strengthen the home as a peaceful space. Everyone benefits. We want to be there. We feel better, calmer, safer.  Our children are happier. The modeling of peace is especially important from parents to children. This modeling happens through displays of mutual respect and through shared values which tie the home together, creating a broad sense of purpose and meaning.

Create a Loving Atmosphere

Space matters. Make your home appear warm and inviting to almost any stranger who may enter it. This does not require lavish furnishings, but only that there is an environment where people would want to gather. The physical aspects of a home should reflect the kind and peaceful spirit that your family aspires to. Dress your home with symbols of care, display images which inspire and affirm your values. The physical layout of a home creates the atmosphere where peace and love can be nurtured.

Unify Time

Time passes quickly and we can each get caught in our own bubble without really being present to the people who share our home. We may even find that some people in the home live a separate life. While respecting personal space, create a sense of togetherness. Structure the day to function in a harmonious way. Create responsibilities in a way that values each person’s contribution and creates a sense of dignity. Unify time in a way which says to each person in the home: “You matter.”

LOVE & MARRIAGE

True love and marriage is the process of two halves of one soul reuniting again for all eternity. This is why everyone is looking for it.

 

I want him to be handsome. I want her to be pretty. I am looking for wit. I am looking for kindness. Should I perform a credit check? My wedding will be on the beach. My marriage is so boring… When it comes to the body of love and marriage, we know exactly what we want. But what about the soul of love and marriage, do I know what I want? What type of spiritual connection am I looking for? How do I put the soul into “soul-mate”? What is the inner meaning of marriage? And what happens once I am married? Is love only at first sight or does it continue? What happens when I have the marital without the bliss?

बेटे ने पहले काटा बुजुर्ग पिता का गला, फिर फेवीक्विक से जोड़ने लगा गर्दन

बस्ती.यहां से एक हैवान बेटे की हैरान कर देने करतूत सामने आई है। बता दें कि पहले तो बेटे ने अपने बुजुर्ग पिता का तेजधार हथियार से गला रेत दिया, फिर उसे फेवीक्विक से जोड़ने की कोशिश करने लगे। पिता की चीखें घर के बाहर ना जाएं, इसलिए लड़के ने टीवी की आवाज तेज कर दी। जब उसने मामला बिगड़ता देखा तो पिता को घर में बंद कर भाग निकला। कराहने की आवाज पड़ोसियों ने सुनी…

मामला जिले के सोनहा थाना क्षेत्र के दरियापुर जंगल टोला के भैसहवा का है। यहां रहने वाले 65 साल के रामदेव मिश्र रेलवे के रिटायर्ड कर्मचारी हैं। बताया जा रहा है कि शनिवार को जब रामदेव मिश्र के कराहने की आवाज पड़ोसियों ने सुनी तो गांव के प्रधान को इसकी जानकारी दी।

नजारा देख सभी रह गए दंग

मौके पर अपने सहयोगियों के साथ पहुंचे प्रधान ने पुलिस को सूचना दी। पुलिस ने घर का ताला तोड़ा तो अंदर का नजारा देख सभी दंग रह गए। खून से लतपत रामदेव जमीन पर पड़े हुए थे और उनकी गर्दन में गंभीर चोट का निशान दिखाई दिया।

इसके बाद आनन-फानन में रामदेव को पास के ही हॉस्पिटल में भर्ती कराया गया। जहां डॉक्टरों ने उन्हें सिविल अस्पताल रेफर कर दिया। यहां उनका इलाज चल रहा है। रामदेव ने इशारों का सहारा लेकर पुलिस का आपबीती सुनाई।

होली पर आया स्पेशल ऑफर, 991 रु. में करें हवाई सफर, ये दो कंपनियां दे रहीं मौका

यूटिलिटी डेस्क।एयर कंपनियां होली के मौके पर डिस्काउंट के स्पेशल ऑफर लाई हैं। गोएयर और जेट एयरवेज की डिस्काउंट सेल शुरू हो चुकी है। इसके तहत सिर्फ 991 रु. में हवाई उड़ान का ऑफर दिया जा रहा है। वहीं जेट एयरवेज 20 परसेंट तक का डिस्काउंट दे रहा है।

गोएयर ‘होली लॉन्ग वीकेंड’ ऑफर लेकर आई है। इसमें कंपनी सिलेक्टेड रूट्स पर लोएस्ट प्राइज में हवाई सफर का ऑफर दे रही है। इसके साथ ही एचडीएफसी बैंक के डेबिट या क्रेडिट कार्ड का इस्तेमाल करने पर 10 परसेंट का अतिरिक्त डिस्काउंट दिया जा रहा है। एयरलाइन की वेबसाइट के जरिए इस ऑफर का आप फायदा उठा सकते हैं।

991 रु. में बागडोगरा से गुवाहाटी के लिए टिकट ऑफर की जा रही है। वहीं चेन्नई से कोच्चि का फेयर 1120 रुपए है। इसी तरह बेंगलुरू से कोच्चि और गुवाहाटी से बागडोगरा के लिए 1291 रुपए में हवाई सफर का मौका है। यह ऑफर लिमिटेड सीट्स के लिए है। एयरलाइन ने सीटों की संख्या की कोई जानकारी नहीं दी है।

This Is How To Date When You’re A Woman With Anxiety

No matter how you try and rationalize it, being a girlfriend with anxiety is hard. Being anyone with anxiety is hard.

I’m not sure anxiety ever gets easier to deal with. From my experience, the second you think you’ve mastered it, it evolves. It begins to take shape in a new form that’s different and scarier than the first. The worst part is, you’re never prepared.

It makes you feel like a bad daughter, a bad sister, a bad friend, a bad girlfriend, and an all-around bad person. You feel defeated.

While being a girlfriend with anxiety is hard, I think I’m learning and I think I’m getting better at. At least I hope so… maybe a little bit each day. So here’s what I’ve learned and I hope you can take it with you as you begin to date with anxiety.

35 Qualities You Should Look For In A Life Partner

1. A strong sense of self, because you can’t be with someone who doesn’t know who they are.

2. Honesty, because your relationship won’t survive without it.

3. Joy, because if you’re going to survive through the struggles, you need to be with someone who makes you happy.

4. Integrity, because you can’t be with a person you don’t respect.

5. Accountability, because you can’t have a strong relationship with someone who isn’t going to be there for you.

6. Sense of humor, because as long as they know how to laugh at life, you’ll be okay.

7. Strength, because sometimes you’re going to feel weak, and you’re going to need someone to hold you up.

8. The ability to trust others, because sometimes they’re going to be weak, and they should be willing to lean on you as much as you lean on them.

9. Maturity, because a relationship needs two adults, not one.

10. Compatibility from the start, because that’s something you can’t really ‘work on.’

11. Independence, because being with another person doesn’t mean you should forget who you are.

12. Commitment, because the only way for a relationship to continue to grow is if you both take it seriously.

13. Vulnerability, because you can’t become close with someone if they don’t let their walls down.

14. An ability to argue in a productive way. Working through a problem will be necessary, but shouting or getting overly defensive will get you both nowhere.

15. Humility, because everyone makes mistakes, and you have to be willing to admit when you’re wrong if you want your relationship to have a chance.

16. Openness, or there will be no room for growth in your partnership.

Kate Hudson shares loved-up photo with Danny Fujikawa

Kate Hudson and boyfriend Danny Fujikawa are the cutest! The loved-up couple were pictured cuddling up together in a group photo with Danny’s brother and Kate’s stylist Sophie Lopez on Kate’s Instagram on Thursday, and fans were quick to label Danny “Mr Right”. Kate, who looked relaxed as she posed for the photo, captioned the photo: “Portrait of The Fujikawa’s and Two Ladies #DutchDoorFarewells @sophielopez.” Comments quickly followed, with one writing: “Aww so sweet,” while another said: “This is Mr Right! I can tell.” A third added: “Beautiful! Do they have another single brother?” Another fan simply posted an engagement ring emoji.

Karen Clifton shares picture of husband Kevin amid split rumours

Karen and Kevin Clifton have been keeping mum about the state of their marriage since rumours of a split surfaced late last year but on Wednesday their fans were finally treated to a rare photo of them together and they could not have been more pleased. Strictly Come Dancing‘s Karen delighted her followers with a picture showing the couple dancing together to promote their new dance tour Kevin and Karen Tour 2018. The 35-year-old captioned the shot: “Starting the day off with a kick ball change along w @keviclifton #kevinandkarentour2018.”

Meghan Markle ‘revealed’ as secret author of anonymous Hollywood blog

Could Meghan Markle be the once struggling Hollywood star who penned the infamous blog The Working Actress? A new report by the Daily Mail says there is conclusive proof that the royal-to-be was the author of the honest diary which appeared online between 2010 and 2012. Having correlated events in Meghan’s life with former blog posts and with sources in California, writer David Jones is certain Prince Harry’s fiancée is the secret writer of the controversial diary. If true, Meghan would have written the blog in her late 20s when she was married to Trevor Engelson, before she created her lifestyle blog The Tig and found fame in TV show Suits.

Bridging the gap from URL to IRL

In May last year, The Hindu published a story about how a social media community was helping people across the globe find catharsis. Founded by Jovanny Varela in 2015, the Internet-based community, the Artidote, began its journey as an Instagram/Snapchat/Facebook presence that shared inspirational poetry attached to art. In 2017, through his Snapchat account, Varela introduced what he calls, SnapThoughts, where fellow Artidotees would send across their deepest emotions and secrets anonymously. The founder would then curate the shared photographs on his Snapchat story, and it soon became a place where people would come to bond, heal, vent, and often just connect with one another.

Gauri Lankesh murder case: Bengaluru Police clarifies ‘no arrest by SIT’

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], Feb 23 (ANI): Rebuffing the media reports, the Bengaluru Police on Friday clarified that nobody has been arrested in connection with the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh.

Police said that the Special Investigation Team (SIT) has not arrested anyone in the case so far.

‘Attack’ on Delhi Chief Secretary: Kejriwal, Ministers meet LG after police ‘raid’

The Delhi Cabinet of Ministers called on Lieutenant Governor (LG) Anil Baijal on Friday hours after the police ”raided” Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s official residence in connection with the investigation related to the alleged attack on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash earlier this week.

Two shot dead in Zurich, Swiss police see no terror link

ZURICH: Two people died in a shooting in Zurich‘s city centre on Friday that police said did not appear to have any link to terrorism.Police responding to reports of shots fired near the Swiss financial capital’s main railway station shortly after 14:30 (1330 GMT) found one person dead and another gravely wounded. The second person later died, police said in a statement.

Hyderabad man loses vision after hair transplant

A case of medical negligence has been recorded in Hyderabad, wherein a diabetic man lost his vision following a botched hair transplant surgery.

After the surgery, Tariq Khusrou was infected with gas gangrene that had put his life at risk.

He went for the hair transplant in July 2016 at the clinic of the accused, Dr Khan, in Telangana. He fixed an appointment with the doctor who later operated on the victim and transplanted 2700 strands of hair within 6 hours. The entire surgery was priced at Rs 1,25,000.

The very next day, the victim claimed to have a high fever and his head got swollen.

After Florida shooting, people are giving up their weapons

About 40% of Americans say they have a gun. Almost 40% of Americans defend their right to have a gun. But on Saturday, Scott Pappalardo sawed his gun into pieces and he’s not the only one.

After the shooting at a school in Parkland, Florida, last week where 17 died people and many more were injured,teenage survivors have rallied under the #Never Again movement to lobby for an end to gun violence.

They are demanding change and some gun owners have heeded the call.

First Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft

Flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi became the first Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft solo when on 19 February she flew a MiG-21 bison
She is one of the three in the first batch of female pilots, besides Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh, who were inducted in Indian Air Force fighter squadron on June 18, 2016.

Kamal Haasan takes the plunge, launches Makkal Needhi Maiam

Veteran actor Kamal Haasan on Wednesday launched his political party, the Makkal Needhi Maiam (People’s Justice Centre), projecting himself as a serious alternative to the Dravidian majors in Tamilnadu.

Explaining where his ideology lay, he said, “People are asking me if I am left or right (in ideology). That’s why we have ‘maiam’ (centre) in our party (name). We will absorb all good things from whichever direction they come.”