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Swine flu threat grows; 600 deaths, 12.5k cases this year

Swine flu, the viral illness that became a pandemic in 2009, has made a comeback this year, claiming nearly 600 lives across the country so far this year, with close to 12,500 cases being reported.Maharashtra, with 284 deaths, is the worst affected, followed by Gujarat (75), Kerala (63) and Rajasthan (59), government data shows. In Delhi, official figures state, 241 people have tested positive for swine flu and four have died, as on July 9. Doctors said the number of deaths could be higher. “People are visiting hospitals late. This…

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Is there a consommé at the Nobel banquet this year? Well, Chef Mark Phoenix lets us into the culinary side of the Prize

Come December 10, the 45-member kitchen at the Stockholm City Hall will be buzzing with last-minute preparations. A contingent of 200 servers will serve 1,350 guests trying to best the previous record of fastest serving at the Nobel Banquet – 6 minutes and 50 seconds. Now, we are not quite sure whether 2016’s most controversial Nobel laureate Bob Dylan would be one of those dining or not (given the mystery that has continued ever since the award was announced on October 16), but 10 other laureates with their families, around…

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6 Immunity-Boosting Foods for Kids This Monsoon

While we want to make the most of the rainy season, the thought of catching infections and flu persistently lurks at the back of the mind and the concern grows even greater when it comes to children. Children with their developing immunity system are especially prone to catching such infections in this weather. The damp weather makes them susceptible to many diseases which are commonly associated with the monsoon season like cold and flu, throat infections and stomach problems. According to Bangalore-based Nutritionist Dr. Anju Sood, “During the monsoon season, your immunity goes down as…

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Teej Festival 2017: How This Auspicious Festival is Usually Celebrated

As the rains hit the summer-beaten earth, it sprouts life, spreading a green cover as far as the eyes can see. Haryali Teej, one of the central and most loved festivals of North India, is a celebration of nature’s bounty that springs forth during monsoons. Every year, Haryali Teej is celebrated on the third day of the first fortnight of Shravan or Sawan month, usually between July and August of the Gregorian calendar. This year, Hariyali Teej 2017 falls Wedneday, 26th July. According to Hindu legend, Teej celebrates Lord Shiva’s acceptance of Devi Parvati as his wife after her dedication…

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This Artichoke Benedict Recipe Makes Brunch Anything But Basic

Eggs benedict is a true brunch gem, what with its runny poached egg yolk soaking into a perfectly toasted English Muffin, all hiding underneath a buttery hollandaise. Unfortunately, as much as we love the dish, most of the time it’s so heavy that you end up feeling lethargic the rest of the day. (In fact, it’s one of these 12 brunch orders worse than a steak dinner.) That’s where this artichoke benedict recipe comes in. It’s from the Jillian Michaels App, and is a healthier — but just as delicious — version of the…

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Kick-Start Your Weekend With This Turkish Eggs Recipe

Bored with scrambled eggs? This spicy Turkish dish will add some variety to your morning meals. As well as the protein provided by the eggs, you get a hefty dose of muscle fuel from the yogurt, while the other ingredients provide both delicious flavours and more health benefits. Garlic has anti-inflammatory properties, for example, while extra virgin olive oil provides vitamins E and K. Ingredients (serves one) 2 eggs 1½ cloves garlic, crushed 100g Greek yogurt 20ml extra virgin olive oil 10g unsalted butter ½tsp dried chilli flakes 1 stalk…

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