Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Magha Purnima 2019 Significance of Magha Purnima

Magha Purnima 2019 will be celebrated on February 19 this year. It is an auspicious day in the Hindu calendar, It holds a belief that taking bath in the holy river of Ganga on this day will get rid a person of all their past sins and also fulfil their wishes. The Ardh Kumbh Mela 2019 is ongoing at Prayagraj and on Magh Purnima there is a Shahi Snan. Religious texts describe the day of Maghi Purnima with austerity and there is specific importance to taking a dip in the holy waters. The day of Magha Purnima is also called as Maha Maghi and is the most important days of Magh Maas. The day is associated with the worship of Guru Brahaspati and Lord Vishnu. Let us tell you more details about the timings, history, significance and Vrat Katha of Magha Purnima.

Date and Timings of Magha Purnima 2019

Magha Purnima will be marked on February 19 this year. According to Drik Panchang, the Purnima tithi will begin at 1.11 on February 19 and end at 21.23 same day.

Significance of Magha Purnima
There are several religious stories associated with the day of Magha Purnima. One of the belief states on this day the Hindu God of Gandharva comes to the sangam ie the confluence of the holy rivers. So taking a bath in the holy waters on this day will give the people a feeling of being in heaven! So it is an extremely auspicious day during the Kumbh Mela. Taking a bath in the holy waters on this day, not just omits all the sins of a person but also promises to go in heaven after death. People always perform elaborate worship to please Lord Vishnu but on the day of Magha Purnima, taking a holy bath and doing charity work for the poor is a way of pleasing the Lord.

Vrat Katha of Magha Purnima

Each auspicious day has a religious story or a Vrat Katha attached to it. The Vrat Katha of Maghi Purnima is based on Brahmin scholar Shubhravat. He was very greedy and spent most of his life earning money. He concentrated on money so much that he started falling ill and aged quickly as compared to others. When he realised that he spent most of his livelihood in earning money, he decided to retire and take bath in the river Narmada. He took bath for 9 days continuously but still, his health did not benefit as much.  He was nearly on his death bed when he chanted a prayer. He realised that he did not do any good deeds in his aim of making money, he had to see such a sad end to his life. But it is said because he took bath in the holy waters, he attained Moksha.

So taking a bath in the holy waters and doing charity on the day of Magha Purnima is considered very auspicious among the Hindus. Many people thus gather at the confluence for the Shahi Snan and then make donations to the poor and needy. Doing such good deeds is also said to fulfil their needs easily

GST Officials Continue To Haunt Mahesh Babu

It looks like the GST woes will not leave Mahesh Babu anytime soon. A couple of months ago, the GST Commissionerate had blocked the Superstar’s bank accounts over an alleged non-payment of service tax of Rs 18.5 lakhs. In a statement, Mahesh said that the matter has been in the court and that he has always been a law-abiding citizen.

Now, Mahesh’s newly launched world-class superplex AMB Cinemas has come under the GST department’s scanner. The GST anti-profiteering wing, Ranga Reddy district, on Tuesday served a showcause notice on AMB Cinemas for violating GST norms.

In a raid conducted on the multiplex, the GST anti-evasion team found out that AMB Cinemas had not reduced the ticket prices even after the central government’s notification. Furthermore, AMB Cinemas had pocketed Rs 35 lakh in January 2019 while violating the anti-profiteering clause in the CGST Act. The multiplex authorities have been asked to cough up Rs 35 lakhs with immediate effect. The GST officials were authorised to book a case against AMB Cinemas under Section 171 of the CGST Act, 2017.

Meanwhile, the AMB Cinemas’ spokesperson maintained that they had not received any notice from GST officials. He also said that they had only obtained a court order fixing the ticket price as per new GST guidelines. The new ticket rates would be effective from February 22nd.

The GST Council had reduced the GST over ticket prices and the new rates became effective from January 1st. For tickets costing more than Rs 100, the tax has been reduced from 28% to 18%. And for the tickets which are of Rs 100 or less, the GST rate was pegged at 12% instead of 18% earlier.

Effective Yoga Poses To Treat Muscle Pain

Yoga Poses For Muscle Pain

1. Tadasana or palm tree pose
By stretching out the muscles, especially the ones from your toes to your fingers, this yoga position helps in relaxing your nerves. The standing asana can also be done in a supine position and is the first and ending asana in surya namaskar. Tadasana helps by developing and activating the nerves in your entire body and reduces your back pain. Regular practice can strengthen the knees, thighs, abdomen, ankles, and buttocks, and gives relief in sciatica.
 How to do it:

  1. Stand straight on the ground, with a small gap between your feet.
  2. Raise both of your arms, while taking a deep breath.
  3. Keep your arms upward and interlock your fingers.
  4. Now, raise your heels and stay on your toes.
  5. Try to maintain the pose for 10 minutes, do not exert yourself. 
  6. Maintain slow and deep breathing. 
  7. Come back to the original position by exhaling (deep breathing).
  8. Caution: Do not overdo the asana. Individuals suffering from a headache, insomnia, and blood pressure may consult a yoga instructor for advice.

2. Parsvakonasana or lateral angle posture
This position helps in stretching your muscles and are extremely beneficial for people suffering from lower back pain. Performing parsvakonasana stretches your back, leg and thigh muscles, and is also said to cure osteoporosis. By creating traction in the muscles, the asana nourishes the verbal discs as well. It also helps in relieving menstrual discomfort by loosening up the abdominal muscles.
How to do it:
  1. Begin in the tadasana pose.
  2. Expand the chest, drop the shoulders and keep the neck straight.
  3. Inhale, and take your right feet away from the left to around 4 inches so that both the feet are parallel to each other.
  4. Turn your right foot toward the right side at ninety degrees, without turning your body.
  5. Bend the right knee, with your thigh parallel to the ground.
  6. Exhale and with it, bend your right hand and touch your right feet.
  7. Take your left hand up, so that your biceps are touching your left ear.
  8. Keep your arms straight and left hand upwards.
  9. Maintain the position for 20-30 seconds, with normal breathing.
  10. Come back to the original position by bringing your left hand back to touch the left thigh.
  11. Inhale and bring your right hand back to stand straight.
  12. Exhale and compose your legs together.
  13. Caution: Avoid the asana if you are suffering from insomnia or high and low blood pressure. In case of cervical or neck problems, instead of turning your head, look straight – extending your neck.

3. Baddha konasana or the cobbler pose
This asana helps in maintaining a healthy lower back and relaxation of the muscles. Baddha konasana aids in relieving muscle pain by improving the flexibility of your muscles. It cures any non-mobility issues and muscle spasms. The asana helps out by stretching out the inner thighs, knees and groin.


How to do it:

  1. Sit on the floor with an erect spine.
  2. Bend your knees and bring your feet closer.
  3. Place your feet together, so that the soles touch.
  4. Take a deep breath, and while exhaling press down your thighs and knees to the floor. Do this by pressing the elbows your thighs or on your knees.
  5. Maintain normal breathing and slowly bring your thighs up and down in a slow flapping movement.
  6. Hold the pose for 1-5 minutes.
  7. Come back to the original position by stretching your legs.
  8. Caution: Individuals suffering from the knee of groin injury should avoid this asana.

4. Makarasana or crocodile posture
Regarded as a beginner’s pose, this one helps with relaxing the body muscles to get rid of any pain or discomfort. Performing makarasana can help relax your cervical spine and is good for individuals suffering from spondylitis. By relaxing your muscles, makarasana helps with back and knee pain and especially any spinal disorders. Makarasana is extremely beneficial for post workout muscle pains.

How to do it:

  1. Lie flat on your stomach on the mat.
  2. Raise your head and shoulders.
  3. Fold your arms and place them in the front, with your elbows pointing.
  4. Hold your chin in the palms and, and keep the elbows close so that the pressure is equally distributed.
  5. Close your eyes and maintain steady breathing, inhale and exhale.
  6. Do this for 10-15 minutes.
  7. Come back to the original position by bringing your feet together and lifting your chin from the palms.
  8. Caution: Avoid this asana if you have any serious back or knee injury.

5. Yastikasana or stick pose
This asana helps get rid of frozen shoulders or tight muscles in your body. Yastikasana strengthens your body by removing any muscular stress or tensions. It eases joint pains, as it stretches your upper and lower limbs as well as the spine. By practising the asana, you can provide relaxation to your body muscles, especially pelvic and abdominal.

How to do it:
Lie down flat on the mat.
Move your hands above your head while inhaling deeply and stretch it, along with your legs.
Maintain very minimum gap between your legs and arms.
Maintain the position for 20-25 minutes, maintaining constant breathing.
Come to the original position with a long and deep exhale and bring your hands back to your sides.
Repeat for 3-5 times.
Caution: Individuals with high blood pressure, kyphosis, chronic backaches and heart diseases should not practice this position.

6. Matsyasana or fish pose
This pose helps in releasing the tension in neck and shoulders. With most of your daily stress and anxiety being build upon the shoulders and neck, which becomes the centre of pain, practising matyasana can help in getting rid of the pain. It also helps in relieving lower back pain.

How to do it:

  1. Lie flat on the ground in your mat, facing the ceiling.
  2. Bend your right leg, then place your right foot on the left thigh.
  3. In the same manner, bend your left leg and keep it on the right thigh.
  4. Using your elbows, lift and arch your back.
  5. Rest your crown on the ground and hold your toes with your hands.
  6. Maintain normal breathing and hold the position for 5-6 minutes.
  7. Come to the original position by exhaling and lifting your head first and dropping your back to the floor.
  8. Untangle the legs and relax.
  9. Caution: Individuals suffering from high or low blood pressure, insomnia and migraine or severe back injury are advised to abstain from practising the pose.

7. Adho mukha savasana or the downward facing dog pose
Practising this asana will stretch your muscles to provide relief to the muscle pains. It will elongate your muscles on the back of your leg, thereby releasing the tightness. Adho mukha savasana aids in reducing the pressure concentration on the sciatic nerves.

How to do it:

  1. Stand on your four limbs, also known as the table pose.
  2. Gently lift your hips while exhaling and straightening your knees and elbows.
  3. The hands should be in line with your shoulders, and your feet in line with the hips.
  4. Toes should be pointed outwards.
  5. Press your hands lightly into the ground and then, stretch your neck.
  6. Turn your gaze to your navel and stay in that position for a few seconds.
  7. Come to the original position by bending your knees and returning to the table position.
  8. Caution: Avoid adho mukha savasana if you are suffering from high blood pressure, carpal tunnel syndrome or a dislocated shoulder.

8. Balasana or child pose
Resembling the foetal position, this asana helps in relieving thigh and back pains. Balasana stretches your spine and is extremely effective to cure after-workout muscle pain. The position is also helpful in relieving neck pain.

How to do it:

  1. Sit on your heels on the ground, keeping your knees together or apart.
  2. By lowering your forehead, bend forward and touch the floor as you exhale.
  3. Keep your palms facing up and alongside your body.
  4. Gently press your chest on your thighs and hold for 1 minute.
  5. Inhale and while you are doing so, pull back your navel to your spine.
  6. Exhale and while you are doing so, soften your whole body.
  7. Do this for 4-12 breaths.
  8. Come to the original position by placing your palms under your shoulders and raising your body back to the sitting position, while inhaling.
  9. Caution: Avoid balasana during pregnancy, and if you are suffering from knee injuries.

9. Bhujangasana or the cobra pose
This one is extremely beneficial for releasing pain related to your biceps, shoulders, or triceps. The cobra pose helps by stretching out the tightly wound or stiff shoulders, upper back and neck. The pose helps in improving your lower back flexibility.

How to do it:

  1. Lie on your stomach and keep your forehead on the floor, with your feet placed together.
  2. Press the floor using the top of your feet.
  3. Place your hands under the shoulders and keep your elbows close to your body.
  4. Maintain the position with your shoulder blades back and downward.
  5. Stabilise your lower back by pressing your feet to the ground.
  6. Inhale and lift your chest and head off the floor.
  7. Keep your shoulder relaxed and make the back muscles work.
  8. Exhale and lower yourself into the ground. 
  9. Come to the original position by lifting yourself with the help of your hands.
  10. Caution: Avoid the practice if you are suffering from hyperthyroidism, hernia, peptic ulcer or intestinal tuberculosis.

10. Shavasana or corpse pose
One of the most beneficial asana in relieving muscular pain, practising this position can help is loosening up your body muscles. Shavasana is useful to get rid of muscle pains caused due to the busy lifestyle and office life of the contemporary world. By laying down on the floor, and maintaining a steady breath, the pose helps relax your body and with it, the muscles and get relief from any pain.

How to do it:

  1. Use a mat or a sheet to lie on.
  2. And lie down in the centre of the mat.
  3. Keep your spine straight and shoulder on your sides.
  4. Keep your arms wide with your fingers relaxed and palms facing upward.
  5. Close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing and relax your face.
  6. Stay in this position for 15-30 minutes.

11. Setu bandha sarvangasana or the supported bridge pose
By stretching the muscles in your chest, neck and back, this asana aids in relieving any concentrated pain. It is extremely beneficial in releiving joint pain. Setu bandha sarvangasana involves all of your organs and is used for facial muscle relaxation as well.

How to do it:

  1. Lie down flat on your back.
  2. Bend your knees and keep your feet on the floor apart.
  3. Your ankles and knees should be in a straight line.
  4. Keep your palms facing downward and arms resting on your sides.
  5. Inhale and while doing so, lift your back up and off the floor.
  6. Roll your shoulders in so that your chin touches your chest.
  7. Your weight should be supported by your feet, shoulder and arms.
  8. Interlace your fingers, push your hands to the ground and lift your torso.
  9. Hold this pose for 1 minute, maintain slow and deep breathing.
  10. Exhale and lie down on the floor, coming back to the original position.

Chandra Babu On Jagan-Nagarjuna Meeting

Yesterday, hero Akkineni Nagarjuna and YS Jagan’s meeting was the hot topic of discussion among the political circles. There came unconfirmed reports that Nag talked about the political equations for the Guntur MP seat with Jagan. However, the Akkineni hero clarified that the meeting with YSRCP chief was personal and has no significance.

Reacting to this TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu was surprised. In a teleconference with his party leaders, Naidu said, “Heroes are meeting Jagan who is a defaulter and are surrendering themselves. What message the heroes are sending to the people of Andhra with such acts,” questioned Chandrababu. He further added that KCR is blackmailing Andhra businessmen and heroes who have their assets in Hyderabad, to support Jagan in the upcoming elections.

The AP CM directed his party leaders to take the hidden agenda of Modi, KCR and Jagan to the people and opined that if TDP is voted to power for the second time, then KCR’s ploy will not work out and so he is luring politicians and heroes. 

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

No Tickets For Defectors In YSRC After Feb 20?

YSR Congress party president and leader of opposition Y S Jaganmohan Reddy is understood to have made it clear to his party leaders that he would not entertain any defectors after February 20. He virtually set February 20 as the deadline for the leaders from other parties who were willing to join the YSRC. He reportedly gave instructions that those who joined before the deadline will only get the party ticket to contest the elections. Even if some leaders want to join the party at a later stage, they would not be considered for giving the party tickets to fight the coming elections.

According to party sources, Jagan will be leaving for London on February 20 to spend some time with his daughter Varsha Reddy, who is pursuing her graduation in economics at London School of Economics. In fact, he was supposed to visit his daughter last month itself, but dropped out at the last moment as she was busy with her examinations and would not be able to spend time with her parents. Jagan will be back to Hyderabad only after five or six days and by that time, the election atmosphere would be charged up and he would have hectic schedule for electioneering. So, he wants to finish off the selection of candidates at the earliest. As such, there would be no place for defectors at the later stage. It is learnt that at least 20 leaders from ruling TDP are seriously planning to shift loyalties to Jagan’s party sooner or later. 

Allu Aravind Steps In For Akkineni Akhil?

Akkineni Akhil’s dreams of scoring the first hit of his career have come crashing down with Mr. Majnu, which also ended up as a flop. Akhil is in a spot of bother with three flops in a row at the beginning of his career. As Akhil looks for a solid break, Nagarjuna has reportedly requested ace producer Allu Aravind to plan a perfect movie with him.

Naga Chaitanya also got his first biggest hit in Allu Aravind’s banner with 100% Love. Therefore, Akhil also is banking upon sentiment and hoping that Allu Aravind could bring him luck. If the buzz is to be believed, Parasuram of Geetha Govindam is likely to direct Akhil’s next. Parasuram has been waiting for approval from star heroes from a long time, but none of them are currently interested to work with him. With most of the medium-range stars also busy with prior commitments, Parasuram has no other option but to go with Akhil for now. 

KCR cabinet not to have Harish Rao, Woman minister


TRS working president K.T. Rama Rao and former minister T. Harish Rao will not find a place in the Cabinet, which will be expanded at 11.30 am on Tuesday. Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao will also not induct a woman minister, for the second term running, according to information from the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO).
Mr Rao has finalised the names of ten ministers, four from his previous Cabinet and six new faces. The Cabinet will have former ministers Etala Rajendar, A. Indra karan Reddy, G. Jagadish Reddy and Talasani Srinivas Yadav. The fresh faces will be Mr Ch Malla Reddy, Mr V. Prashant Reddy, Mr Koppula Eswar, Mr V. Srinivas Goud, Mr Errabelli Dayakar Rao and Mr Singireddy Niranjan Reddy.

Monday, February 18, 2019

వైఎస్‌ జగన్‌ను కలిసిన టీడీపీ ఎంపీ

టీడీపీ నుంచి వైఎస్సార్ కాంగ్రెస్ పార్టీలోకి వలసలు వెల్లువెత్తుతున్నాయి..
అమలాపురం టీడీపీ ఎంపీ పి. రవీంద్రబాబు సోమవారం ప్రతిపక్ష నాయకుడు, వైఎస్సార్‌ సీపీ అధ్యక్షుడు వైఎస్‌ జగన్‌మోహన్‌ రెడ్డిని కలిశారు. ఇటీవల వైఎస్సార్‌ సీపీలో చేరిన అవంతి శ్రీనివాసరావుతో పాటు వైఎస్‌ జగన్‌తో ఆయన భేటీ అయ్యారు.

టీడీపీ అధినేత చంద్రబాబుపై రవీంద్రబాబు అసంతృప్తిగా ఉన్నారు. అమలాపురం ఎంపీ టిక్కెట్‌పై మరోసారి భరోసా ఇవ్వకపోవడంపై ఆయన గుర్రుగా ఉన్నట్టు సమాచారం.

సత్యమే గెలిచింది..ఆర్’జివి లక్ష్మీస్‌ ఎన్టీఆర్‌

స్వర్గీయ ఎన్టీఆర్‌పై ఏకకాలంలో బయోపిక్‌లు వస్తుండటంతో వీటిల్లో ఏది యధార్థానికి దగ్గరగా ఉంటుంది అనే విషయంపై సోషల్‌ మీడియాలో తీవ్ర చర్చసాగుతోంది. సంచలన దర్శకుడు రామ్‌ గోపాల్ వర్మ తెరకెక్కిస్తున్న తాజా చిత్రం లక్ష్మీస్‌ ఎన్టీఆర్‌. ఎన్టీఆర్ జీవితంలోని కీలక సంఘటనల ఆధారంగా తెరకెక్కుతున్న ఈ సినిమా ఇప్పటికే తెలుగు రాష్ట్రాల్లో ప్రకంపనలు సృష్టిస్తోంది. తన లక్ష్మీస్‌ ఎన్టీఆర్, ఎన్టీఆర్‌పై వస్తున్న మరో చిత్రం మహానాయకుడులో నిజాయితీతో తీసిన ఎన్టీఆర్‌ బయోపిక్‌ ఏదంటూ వర్మ ట్విట్టర్‌లో పోల్‌ నిర్వహించారు.

ఎన్టీఆర్‌ బయోపిక్‌లలో ఏది నిజాయితీతో, యధార్థ సంఘటనలకు దగ్గరగా ఉన్న చిత్రం అంటూ వర్మపెట్టిన పోల్‌కు నెటిజన్లు భారీగా స్పందించారు. వర్మ పోల్‌కు 41, 734 ఓట్లు రాగా, అందులో 85 శాతం లక్ష్మీస్‌ ఎన్టీఆర్‌కు ఓటు వేయగా, కేవలం 15 శాతం నెటిజన్లు మాత్రమే మహానాయకుడుకు బాసటగా నిలిచారు. ఈ పోల్‌ రిజల్ట్‌ను పోస్ట్‌ చేస్తూ సత్యమే గెలిచింది.. జై ఎన్టీఆర్‌ అంటూ వర్మ ట్వీట్‌ చేశారు. ప్రస్తుతం నిర్మాణ దశలో ఉన్న లక్ష్మీస్‌ ఎన్టీఆర్ మార్చి మొదటి వారంలో విడుదల కానుంది.

కథా నాయకుడు రిలీజ్ తర్వాత… అది వాస్తవాలకు దూరంగా ఉందని భావించిన ప్రజలు వర్మ మూవీ కోసం ఎదురుచూడటం మొదలుపెట్టారు. ఎన్టీఆర్‌ జీవితంలోని ‘అతి ముఖ్యమైన ఆ భాగం’ చూపించకపోతే, అదసలు అన్నగారి చరిత్రే కాదనే అభిప్రాయం అభిమానులనుంచి వ్యక్తమవుతోంది. అందుకు తగ్గట్టుగానే ఇప్పటికే విడుదలైన ట్రైలర్‌లో ఓ ఎజెండాతో అసలు విషయాన్ని పక్కన పెట్టినట్టు నెటిజన్లు కామెంట్లు పెడుతున్నారు. ‘మహానాయకుడు’ వెన్నుపోటు’ ఎపిసోడ్‌ని మేనేజ్‌ చేసి వుంటారనే చర్చ విస్తృతంగా జరుగుతోంది.

పుల్వామా ఉగ్రదాడి సూత్రధారి హతం

పుల్వామా ఉగ్రదాడిలో కీలక పాత్ర పోషించిన జైషే మహ్మద్‌ టాప్‌ కమాండర్‌ రషీద్‌ ఘాజీని భారత సైన్యం మట్టుబెట్టినట్లు సమాచారం. అతడితో పాటు మరో జైషే ఉగ్రవాదిని కమ్రాన్‌ను కూడా భారత బలగాలు హతమార్చాయి. సోమవారం నాడు తమపై అటాక్‌ చేసిన ఆ ఇద్దరితో పాటు మరొక ఉగ్రవాదిని సైన్యం కాల్చి చంపినట్లు తెలుస్తోంది. తద్వారా సీఆర్‌పీఎఫ్‌ కాన్వాయ్‌పై దాడి జరిగిన ప్రదేశానికి సమీపంలోనే వీరిద్దరిని హతమార్చి దీటైన సమాధానం ఇచ్చింది.

ఫిబ్రవరి 14న జరిగిన ఉగ్రదాడికి ఇతడే వ్యూహరచన చేసినట్టు దర్యాప్తులో వెల్లడయ్యింది. ఐఈడీ బాంబుల అమరికలో నిపుణుడైన ఘాజీ, పుల్వామా ఆత్మాహుతి దాడికి పాల్పడిన అదిల్ అహ్మద్ దార్‌కు శిక్షణ ఇచ్చాడు. అఫ్ఘనిస్తాన్ యుద్ధంలోనూ పాల్గొన్న ఘాజీ, జైషే మహ్మద్ చీఫ్ మౌలానా మసూద్ అజార్‌కు అత్యంత నమ్మకస్తుడు. అతడికి కుడి భుజం లాంటి రషీద్, యుద్ధ నైపుణ్యాలు, ఐఈడీ బాంబుల తయారీలో ఉగ్రవాదులకు శిక్షణ ఇస్తుంటాడు. ఇంకా ఎన్‌కౌంటర్ కొనసాగుతోందని పోలీసులు తెలిపారు.

పుల్వామాలోని పింగ్లన్‌ ప్రాంతంలోని ఓ ఇంట్లో ఇద్దరు ఉగ్రవాదులు ఉన్నారని సమాచారం అందుకున్న భద్రతా బలగాలు వారిని పట్టుకునేందుకు ప్రయత్నించాయి. ఈ క్రమంలో అప్రమత్తమైన ఉగ్రవాదులు కాల్పులకు తెగబడ్డారు. ఈ ఘటనలో మేజర్‌ సహా ముగ్గురు భారత జవాన్లు వీరమరణం పొందారు.