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Happy Raksha Bandhan: Buy home-made sweets, handicrafts for festive gifting

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New Delhi, Aug 7: Different kind of sweets and unique handicrafts can give the occasion of Rakshabandhan a more personal touch. A combination of bal mithai from Uttarakhand and a handcrafted pair of leather juttis with tilla embroidery can make your gifts more unique.

Experts at SaleBhai.com and Jaypore.com have listed out few sweets and handicrafts for that extra touch:

* Bal mithai from Mussoorie, Uttarakhand: It is the most popular sweet from Uttarakhand, especially from Almora and Mussoorie. It is a brown chocolate-like fudge, made with roasted khoya, desi ghee, poppy seeds, and sugar. It goes back to the 7th century AD when it first came from Nepal into Kumaon in Central Himalaya.

The unique factor of this sweet is that it is cooked for so long that the khoya achieves the chocolate-like colour and fudge-like consistency, and then coated with poppy seeds to give a one-of-a-kind look.

* A handmade brass cuff consisting of natural stones: A blue chalcedony gold-plated brass cuff would be a unique piece of jewellery to gift.

* Tirunelveli halwa from Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu: This South Indian halwa is a speciality of Tirunelveli. The sweet was first made in the mid-1800s, and has now spread to the rest of the state and well beyond. Besides the regular wheat, cashew nuts and sugar, it also uses pure cow ghee and water from Thamirabharani river – which originates from the famous Agastyarkoodam peak.

* Handcrafted leather juttis with tilla embroidery would be a gift teamed with comfort and style.

* Halwasan from Khambat, Gujarat: Another West Indian delicacy, halwasan or halvasan is a speciality from the town of Khambat in Gujarat. The origin of this sweet goes back more than 100 years and was known as the king of sweets in Cambay, as the town was known back then.

Made from wheat, milk, sugar, and dry fruits, it has a chewy, granular texture and has a pretty golden-brown hue.

* Khari printed kalidar cotton kurta for comfort dressing is a must have. The block prints give an ethnic touch for the festivities.

* Karapak mango jalbhara sandesh from Kolkata, West Bengal: It is a modern variation of the age-old sandesh sweet. This unique three-ingredient treat combines the sweetness of sandesh and freshness of mango. Made with cottage cheese and sugar, with mango jam for a filling, it is shaped just like the king of fruits with a luscious yellow hue.

* Brass jhumkis: The gold tone jhumkis complete the look when paired along with a beautiful kurta and pretty juttis. A pink gold tone jhumkis made of brass can be a colour combination worth buying.

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Media bodies seek action against J&K MLA for threatening press

The Indian Women’s Press Corps, Press Club of India, Press Association and the Federation of Press Clubs of India said in a statement that Singh, a former J&K Minister, had warned journalists at a press conference in Jammu to “draw a line”.

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New Delhi, June 24 (IANS) Media organisations on Sunday demanded strict action against Jammu and Kashmir BJP MLA Choudhary Lal Singh over his “threatening and intimidating” remarks directed at journalists in the Valley.

The Indian Women’s Press Corps, Press Club of India, Press Association and the Federation of Press Clubs of India said in a statement that Singh, a former J&K Minister, had warned journalists at a press conference in Jammu to “draw a line”.

He openly threatened them with consequences and warned them of a fate similar to that of Shujaat Bukhari, the Editor of Rising Kashmir who was shot dead less than a fortnight ago, the statement said.

Bukhari’s assassination was condemned by people in general, besides a number of journalist organisations.

Condemning his remarks, the statement said that Singh also blamed Kashmir journalists for creating a “wrong atmosphere” and told them to control themselves.

Singh resigned from the state cabinet in April following his participation in a rally organised by the Hindu Ekta Manch in January in support of those accused of rape and murder of a young girl in Kathua.

“We demand that strict action be taken against the lawmaker for making threatening remarks hinting possible violence at journalists in the Valley,” the statement said.

It said that such remarks were nothing short of criminal intimidation and a direct attack on the freedom of the press.

“They also serve to vitiate atmosphere and endanger the lives of journalists who work and live precariously in conflict situations,” the statement read.

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NBCC clarifies over Felling of trees for south Delhi’s Housing Project

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New Delhi, June 24: A day after the residents of south Delhi protested carried out a candle light march  in order to protest cutting of more than 16,000 trees under the south Delhi redevelopment project, National Buildings and Construction Construction (NBCC)  chairperson AK Mittal said that replanting and replacement of trees is being done.

“We’ve permission to cut 1400 trees in Nauroji Nagar&2200 in Netaji Nagar. Nothing finalised in Sarojini Nagar yet.That’s only 3600 trees, not 16,000. No. of trees in rest 4 colonies which will be developed by CPWD is also less.Replanting&replacement of trees is going on,”Mittal said.

In September last year, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had asked the National Buildings and Construction Construction (NBCC) Limited to complete compensatory plantation before they start felling trees for the redevelopment of Sarojini Nagar, Nauroji Nagar and Netaji Nagar areas.

 

The centre while responding to reports saying that nearly 17,000 trees are to be cut in Nauroji Nagar, Netaji Nagar, Sarojini Nagar, Mohammadpur, Sriniwaspuri, Kasturba Nagar and Thyagaraj Nagar as part of the redevelopment project, said that “14,031 trees are to be cut out of the existing 21,040 trees”.

 

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, in a statement, added that “the compensatory plantation of trees will be done in the ratio of 1:10, which will enhance the green area”.

 

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15 killed as tractor falls in Telangana canal

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Hyderabad, June 24 : Fifteen agriculture workers were killed and 15 others injured when a tractor plunged into a canal in Telangana’s Yadadri district on Sunday, police said.

The incident occurred when the tractor carrying the workers fell in Musi canal near Veligonda. The dead include 14 women and a boy.

According to the police, the tractor driver lost control of the vehicle while trying to avoid a motorcycle coming from the opposite direction.

The injured were shifted to nearby hospitals. The death toll may rise as the condition of some of the injured is stated to be critical.

The agriculture workers were on their way to nearby fields for sowing when the incident took place. Police personnel and revenue workers with the help of locals retrieved the bodies from the canal.

State Energy Minister Jagdish Reddy visited the accident site. He told reporters that a probe would be conducted into the incident. He assured all help to the families of the deceased and to the injured.

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has expressed shock over the incident. He conveyed his condolences to the families of the deceased and directed officials to provide best medical care to the injured.(IANS)

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