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Top 5 foods for your face

Top 5 foods for your face

Why go for expensive beauty regimes, when the skin glow can be achieved through ingredients available at home...

1) Lemon juice: This one is the simplest of ingredients and it can brighten up the skin like no other! There are numerous benefits of using lemon juice too. It can tighten up the pores, get rid of the oil and lead to a squeaky clean face with shine. Just use lemon juice directly on your face and remember to wash it off within a few minutes.

2) Eggs: This isn't for vegetarians of course! Take the egg (either whole or simply take the white). The former will result in a more moisturising effect while the white part will just firm the skin. Gently rub it over the face and wash off.

3) Honey: Honey can be used almost everyday on the face. It is a great moisturiser and can fight infections and acne and keep skin soft and supple. Just slather it on and leave it on for up to five minutes and then rinse off. An easy pack is to take honey, mix it with a little lemon juice and sandalwood powder. Apply this paste to the face and rinse off.

4) Strawberries: The fruit makes for a very effective cleanser as well as mask. It contains Vitamin C, antioxidants and exfoliants. You can put strawberries on the face by by simply crushing them them into a mask or then by rubbing over your skin. A strawberry smoothie mask can be made with blending fresh strawberries and blueberries with plain yogurt and honey. Coat the face with it and watch the glow.

5) Bananas: These are a great moisturiser and can leave skin feeling refreshed. Just mash a banana with a little honey and rub it on your face. Leave on for 10 minutes and rinse off.

Haircare tips you shouldn’t ignore

Haircare tips you shouldn’t ignore

With just a little 'regular' care, you can make your hair glamourous. Mind you, the key word is 'regular'. You need to be consistent to see results. Here are the tips...

Wash off the dirt and grime
Do not use harsh shampoos to wash your hair; it strips it off all the necessary moisture. Use only tepid tap water. Hot water should be avoided.

Use the right hair products
Avoid products with formaldehyde or alcohol — they will dry out hair. Try to use natural products that are gentler. Consult a trichologist to find out the product that is right for you.

Stay hydrated
Staying hydrated is important for healthy hair and skin; so make sure to drink enough water. Eat fish, flaxseed, nuts and other foods rich in omega-3 fatty acid. Vitamin supplements containing biotin are also beneficial.

Use a wide-tooth wooden comb
Always use a wide-tooth comb to remove tangles. Also, never use a hair brush on wet hair.

Get a hot oil massage
Once a week, get a hot oil massage. Make sure to oil your hair twice a week. Leave it overnight and wash off.

Don't forget the conditioner and serum
Use a leave-in conditioner or hair serum daily after bath. Also go for a wash-off conditioner after every shampoo.

Top 25 foods to gain weight

Top 25 foods to gain weight

While most people seem to be interested only in how to lose weight and drop extra kilos, there are others who want to put on a little bit of weight and gain some kilos.

Unfortunately, most such people fall prey to unnecessary supplements and unhealthy junk food to put on weight, before checking out healthy natural foods for weight gain. If you want to gain weight, don't rely on high-calorie junk foods that aren't nutritious. Choose foods that are nutrient-dense and energy-dense whenever possible. We give you 25 natural foods that will help you gain weight - the healthy way.


Take in two portions of salmon every day, this will ensure proper protein collection and help increase weight.

Baked acorn squash

This seasonal vegetable is loaded with antioxidants and fiber, bake it with a touch of olive oil instead of the butter, this will make it more nutritious and healthy.

Peanut butter

Spread - soft, salty peanut butter on bread. It gives you approximately 192 calories plus it is extra high in protein.

Whole eggs

It is economical and loaded with protein, vitamins A,D, E and good cholesterol.


It is loaded with good-for-you nuts and oats. One bowl packs around 500 calories, which is healthy as well as yummy for breakfast.


Butter is linked with long term weight gain. Intake of butter should be in moderation, as regular consumption of butter is bad for your heart.


Bagels are extra calorie dense and a good source of complex carbohydrates.


The vital fatty acids in tuna contain a host of healthy fats, which not only aid in weight gain but also help in maintaining physical well-being.

Corn bread

Corn bread is full of carbohydrates, and it is a tasty partner to your favorite curries and and soups. One piece includes approximately 328 calories.


One serving of cheddar cheese packs a good 69 calories.

Cheese is concentrated milk, so it is high in protein and calcium, fat, cholesterol and cheese calories.

Fruit juice

A healthy and nutritious way to gain some pounds, sip 100-percent fruit juice that's full of sugar and added nutrients.


Pasta is a calorie rich supply of cereal carbohydrates so it can serve as the base of a healthy and high calorie meal.


The nutrients and necessary acid content present in shrimps seals up your body with healthy calories.

Whole wheat bread

You can eat healthy and pack on pounds at the same time by eating whole wheat bread which accounts for approximately 69 calories.

Dried fruits

You can gain quick calories by eating dried fruits instead of fresh fruits because they have more calories and are still very nutritious.


A bowl of oatmeal is the perfect nutritious breakfast. It is high in fiber, and it also provides the body with vital nutrients.


The healthy fruit-flavored, fatless yogurt can give you as much as 118 calories. Include it in your daily diet for quick weight gain.

Healthy fats and oils

Adding extra fat to your food is an easy way to add calories, choose olive oil, canola oil, etc. which is good for your health and will add those much needed calories too.

Brown rice

Brown rice is a source of dietary carbohydrates, and packed with healthy dose of fiber.


One banana contains approximately 100 calories. Not only are bananas rich in carbs and nutritious, they're also great for workout fuel.

Nuts and seeds

Nuts and seeds contain polyunsaturated fats that add healthy calories to your diet. Nuts like almonds, walnuts and pumpkin seeds are good for you and your health.


Beans are good protein substitutes for vegetarians, who want to share the benefits of animal proteins.

Chicken breast

Chicken breast, is supposed to be the healthiest and non-fat part which has approximately 78 calories for each serving.


Potatoes are rich sources of carbohydrates and complex sugars. Consume as grilled or baked potatoes for quick weight gain.


A healthy, high calorie food is the nutty, delicious soybean. Not only are they rich in protein but are also a rich source of calcium, iron and several B-vitamins and fiber.

Businessman arrested over rape of Irish woman in Kolkata

KOLKATA: Police said on Wednesday they have arrested a man accused of raping an Irish woman who volunteered at a children's charity in Kolkata.
The local businessman who was arrested will be produced in court later Wednesday, according to a police official, who said he could not be named because he wasn't authorized to speak to reporters.
The man attended a party the woman hosted to celebrate her 21st birthday late Friday, the official said. She later went to the man's house where she drank a cup of tea and passed out, then she was raped, the official said.
Few other details were immediately available.
The reported assault comes as other attacks against women have heightened concerns about sexual violence in India.
On Tuesday, police reported that an American tourist was gang-raped in Manali. Three men picked her up in a truck while she was hitchhiking, then drove to a secluded spot and raped her, police officer Sher Singh said.
No arrests had been made as of Tuesday afternoon, Singh said.
In March, six men were arrested in the gang rape of a Swiss cyclist, and a British hotel guest jumped from a third-floor window fearing a sexual attack when the hotel owner tried to force his way into her room.
The fatal gang rape of an Indian student in New Delhi in December sparked protests demanding better protection for women. The government in response passed a law increasing prison terms for rape and making voyeurism, stalking, acid attacks and the trafficking of women punishable under criminal law.

Amazon launches its India marketplace

The marketplace-available online at helps Amazon overcome Indian regulatory hurdles.
The marketplace-available online at helps Amazon overcome Indian regulatory hurdles.

BANGALORE:, the world's largest online retailer, has made an entry into the fast-growing Indian e-commerce market with its, which is designed as a market place that facilitates transaction between buyers and sellers.

The marketplace-available online at helps Amazon overcome Indian regulatory hurdles that prevent foreign online retailers from having a fully owned Indian arm selling directly in India. Country manager Amit Agarwal said the model adopted by Amazon is fully compliant with all relevant Indian laws.

With about 130 million internet users, which is fast-growing, India is one of world's largest opportunities for online retailers.

In the current model, does not own any of the merchandise that is sold through the website but merely acts as an aggregator to all the retailers who wish to exhibit their products on the website. In Amazon's US website, there are both Amazon-owned goods and third-party products being sold.

To begin with, will sell some 7 million book titles available for purchase and nearly 13,000 movie titles and the online retailer plans to expand into other categories such as cameras and phones in the near future. Agarwal refused to share any timeline for this.

"Our vision is to become a trusted and meaningful sales channel for retailers of all sizes across India, enabling them to succeed and grow their business online," said Amit Agarwal, vice president, and country manager, Amazon India.

Amazon has been actively lobbying with the government of India to relax the regulations against foreign e-commerce companies and allow foreign direct investment in online retail. Global vice-president Paul E Misener met India's commerce and industry minister Anand Sharma in February to discuss the issue.

While the government had relaxed norms for offline multi-brand retail, where it allowed 51 percent FDI, it decided against implementing similar provisions for the players on the web.

Apart from letting retail sellers from exhibiting their products on the website, Amazon India has an option called Fulfillment by Amazon wherein it would provide end-to-end logistics solutions to retailers who wish to avail of this service.

"This is the same model which is followed by in other countries where fulfillment is done by Amazon. The seller still owns the inventory," said Greg Greeley, vice present- international expansions.

Amazon has started off by setting up a fulfillment center on the outskirts of Mumbai where merchandise is stored and delivered from, using Amazon's own personnel as well as third-party couriers. faces stiff competition from Indian retailers like Flipkart, Snapdeal, Homeshop18 and Indiatimes Shopping owned by the Times Group. Amazon India is already operating, a price-comparison portal launched in February last year. Instead of selling products on its web page, sends visitors to the website of the seller.

Police slap MCOCA on Sreesanth, others citing D-Company links

Citing underworld links, the Delhi Police Special Cell on Tuesday invoked the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against all the accused in the IPL spot-fixing case, including cricketers S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan. The police also named underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and his aide Chhota Shakeel as the "controllers" of the fixing-betting racket.
Police claimed to have evidence, including telephone intercepts, to link the accused with the gangsters. The police told the court that the "on-field performance of the players were manipulated by the network through shady deals of gifts, money and women".
Stating that "the illegal proceeds made through the racket were invested in economic activities", the police said it was the "overseas actors who decided the rates at which the betting was to be conducted".
Citing links with "organised crime syndicates based abroad", special public prosecutor Rajeev Mohan told the sessions court that the "command for the crime" came from abroad, from "persons who have a history" of organised criminal activity.
"The arrested persons have been found to have been playing the role of conspirators, abettors and facilitators for the crime syndicate," he said, adding that the money was sent from India to persons in Pakistan and Dubai.
"It has been stated that the approval for invoking MCOCA has been accorded by Joint Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) on the premise that the arrested persons/ accused... were in communication with each other and with their other associates, who are still absconding, including those associates who are based abroad," noted Additional Sessions Judge Sanjiv Jain, who heard the MCOCA proceedings.
The court accepted the argument that MCOCA could be invoked as Chhota Shakeel, named with Dawood Ibrahim and "unidentified accused", has a history of cases against him and would come within the ambit of "organised crime".