Most Britons not satisfied with sex life

News4u-Features Desk- London: Most Britons are not satisfied with their sex life, a survey reveals.

One in four people admit to being unfaithful at one time in their lives, said the survey, adding that a fifth of those surveyed felt tempted to cheat.

Interestingly, nearly one in three men and more than one in five women claim to have had more than 10 sexual partners, said the survey released by Britain`s biggest relationship counselling charity firm Relate.

“When it comes to our sex lives, it seems that we are a nation divided - around half of those surveyed are fairly or very satisfied with their sex lives but for a significant minority, experience falls short of expectations,” the survey findings revealed.

Researchers found that the number of sexual partners peaked among those aged between 35 and 44 with more than 20 percent reporting they had bedded 20 or more people.

Only a third of participants believed their relationship could survive an affair, the report added. IANS


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Try fruit treatments for glowing, healthy skin

News4u-Features Desk- New Delhi: If bananas can help in maintaining the elasticity of the skin, strawberries provide exfoliation and cleansing. In short, fruits can help in achieving glowing skin if used religiously, says an expert.

Aakriti Mehra, MD dermatologist of Enhance Clinics, shares some skin benefits of fruits and how they help in making the skin glow, said a statement.

* Banana: It is a rich source of vitamin and minerals including potassium, manganese, biotin, vitamin C and B6. The vitamins maintain the elasticity of the skin and the antioxidants prevent aging. It is also a natural moisturiser and can be used in homemade scrubs and masks.

* Orange: Like most citrus fruits it contains a high level of vitamin C along with beta carotene, folic acid, phosphates, iodides, iron, phytonutrients and flavonoids. These components help to treat dark spots and blemishes. The orange peel can be powdered and used as a scrub for instant glow and skin whitening as it acts as a natural bleach. It also acts as a toner removing dirt, dead skin and giving the skin a firmer feel.

* Strawberry: It contains a higher level of vitamin C and manganese which helps to exfoliate and cleanse the skin, lightens age spots and freckles. Strawberries also prevent thinning of hair and give it a glossy shine. It can be used as an exfoliator in foot scrubs.

* Tomato: It is rich in vitamin A, C & K. it acts as an antioxidant in preventing aging and is used widely as a whitening and de-tanning agent.

* Papaya: The fruit contains a rich amount of antioxidants like carotenes and vitamin B and C. It keeps your skin hydrated, making it supple and smooth. It also has exfoliation and anti-aging properties.

* Avocado: With a high concentration of vitamin A and E, it gives your skin a natural glow. It also helps to moisturise and rejuvenate the scalp.

* Grapes: They have phytochemicals and phytonutrients which are antioxidant and anti-inflammatory in nature helping regeneration and healing of skin.

* Apple: It contains vitamin C which helps to boost collagen and tightens the skin. It also has copper which is important for melanin production and vitamin A with other antioxidants which control acne, decrease dark eye pigmentation and increase hair growth. It has also been shown to decrease the dandruff in the scalp. IANS


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Tyga, Chyna call it quits?

News4u-Entertainment Desk- Los Angeles: Rapper Tyga has reportedly split from fiancee-model Blac Chyna.

Tyga, 24, did not invite Chyna, 26, to the recent two parties he hosted and put an end to their relationship, reportedly.

Chyna apparently is not “acknowledging the breakup” and is “in denial”.

“They have the cutest little boy, so they are trying to keep it amicable. They also have a lot of friends in common, Tyga is Kanye (West`s) boy and Blac Chyna got close to (his wife) Kim (Kardashian), so they don`t want to make it weird,” a source said.

Tyga and Chyna began dating in late 2011. Chyna announced their engagement in December 2012. The couple has one child together, King Cairo Stevenson. PTI


Rapper Tyga

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Planning Commission to be replaced with new institution: PM

News4u-News Desk- The government has decided to abolish the Planning Commission, a 64-year old apex policy making body, and replace it with a new institution to address the emerging economic needs and strengthen federal structure.

“We will very soon set up a new institution in place of Planning Commission,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his Independence Day address to the nation today. The Planning Commission, he said, was set up to cater to the needs of earlier times and has participated in his own way in the development of the country.

However, Modi said, “the internal situation of the country has changed, global environment has changed… If we have to take India forward, then states will have to be taken forward. The importance of federal structure is more today than it was in last 60 years”.

He further said there is a need to have a relook at the structure of the Planning Commission and give it a new shape. “Sometime it becomes necessary to repair a house. It costs a lot of money. But it does not give us satisfaction.

Then we feel it is better to make a new house,” he said. “We need an institution of creative thinking and for optimum utilisation of youth capability,” he said, asserting the country has to push Public Private Partnership (PPP) model and strengthen federalism.

The Planning Commission was set up in March 1950 by India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru to promote a rapid rise in the standard of living of the people by efficient exploitation of the resources of the country, increasing production and offering opportunities to all for employment in the service of the community.

Welcoming the decision, former Planning Commission member Bimal Jalan said: “It is very good idea. Planning has become outdated concept now. There is a need to modernise it. We have to see the blueprint of the new concept. But change was very much required”.


PM Modi at Red Fort

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US military takes first step in relocation in Japan

News4u-News Desk- Workers began placing buoys off Okinawa as part of a long-planned and highly contentious relocation of an American military base, which a US official said was a critical step toward the realignment of US forces in Japan.

The buoys define the area of construction on a facility in Henoko Bay that will house the Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, which will be relocated from a crowded residential area of Okinawa. Okinawa houses the majority of US troops in Japan.

Protests against the bases have been going on for decades.

Aircraft noise, crashes and crime are among the frequent complaints.

“This is a meaningful result of many years of sustained work between the United States and Japan,” said Marie Harf, State Department deputy spokeswoman in Washington.

“It’s a critical step toward realising our shared vision for the realignment of US forces on Okinawa,” Harf said.

The relocation of the Marine air station will reduce US military footprint in the most populated part of Okinawa and enable the return of significant land back to the people of Okinawa, “while sustaining US military capability, vital to the peace and security of the region,” she said.

The Japanese Defence Ministry confirmed the placing of buoys began on Thursday but declined to give details, citing security concerns.

Public broadcaster NHK showed protesters on boats being blocked by patrol boats, and others holding up signs outside the US base saying “No new base.”

Opponents say majority of people are opposed to the construction, which some say would endanger the coral reef, tropical fish and other ocean life.

Land reclamation is needed for an airstrip to be built over the water from Camp Schwab, a US military base.

Japanese media reports said the drilling could start as early as this weekend.

The Defence Ministry declined comment.

Many Okinawans want the US off the island entirely, but public opinion is divided with Government.

Hirokazu Nakaima backing the plan. The Marines’ relocation to Henoko is part of a broader plan to consolidate and reduce the US military presence in Okinawa.

Previous efforts to implement the move have stalled.

The US and Japan agreed on the plan in 1996.

The administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has repeatedly said the plan is important for the crucial alliance with the US amid territorial disputes with China and the nuclear threat from North Korea.


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Robredo topples Djokovic, Federer survives Monfils

News4u-Sports Desk- Tommy Robredo shocked world number one Novak Djokovic at the Cincinnati Masters, but Roger Federer avoided an upset again Frenchman Gael Monfils.

Spain’s Robredo, seeded 16th in the US Open tune-up, sent top-seeded Djokovic packing 7-6 (8/6), 7-5, the defeat coming a week after the world number one Serb was beaten in the third round at Toronto.

The Wimbledon champion now goes into the US Open, the final Grand Slam of the year which starts on August 25, well short of matches and confidence.

Second-seeded Federer, a five-time Cincinnati champion, held off Monfils 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 on Thursday.

He booked a tough quarter-final against eighth-seeded Scot Andy Murray, who battled more than two hours against the huge serve of John Isner, finally dispatching the American 6-7 (3/7), 6-4, 7-6 (7/2).

Federer had a rare show of temper late in the match, arguing with the chair umpire over a decision not to call on electronic line-calling on a particular point.

But Federer quickly recovered his poise, clinching the match with a service winner after breaking Monfils in the penultimate game.

“I’m just happy the way I’m playing right now,” Federer said. “It was much better than the last couple of matches.

“I was hitting good forehands, not making so many mistakes, returning better,” he added. “So there was a lot of positives out in the match. Sometimes frustration, but sometimes that’s what Gael does to you.”


Tommy Robredo

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RBI to issue Rs 1,000 banknotes within MG series-2005

News4u-News Desk- The Reserve Bank will soon issue Rs 1,000 denomination banknotes with inset letter R in the Mahatma Gandhi Series-2005.

“The Reserve Bank will shortly issue Rs 1,000 denomination Banknotes incorporating rupee symbol, with ‘R’ inset letter, in the Mahatma Gandhi Series-2005,” the RBI said in a notification.

The year of printing ’2014′ will be printed on the reverse of the banknote. The design of these notes to be issued now is similar in all respects to the Rs 1,000 Banknotes in Mahatma Gandhi Series-2005, issued earlier, RBI said.

“All the banknotes in the denomination of ’1,000 issued by the Bank in the past will continue to be legal tender.”

MG series 2005 banknotes are issued in the denomination of Rs 10, Rs 20, Rs 50, Rs 100, Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 and contain some additional or new security features as compared to the previous MG series notes.

In addition to extra security features, MG series-2005 banknotes have the year of printing on the reverse of the banknotes which is not present in the pre-2005 series.


Rs 1,000 banknotes

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WHO: Ebola toll may ‘vastly underestimate’ crisis

News4u-News Desk- There is evidence the numbers of dead and sickened by Ebola in West Africa may “vastly underestimate the magnitude of the outbreak,” the World Health Organization has said.

The UN health agency on Thursday said it was prepared for the crisis to continue for months.

With more than 1,060 deaths and 1,975 sickened, the Ebola outbreak is already the deadliest ever.

Liberian officials faced a difficult choice Thursday: deciding which handful of Ebola patients will receive an experimental drug that could prove life-saving, ineffective or even harmful.

ZMapp, the untested Ebola drug, arrived in the West African country late Wednesday.

A day later, no one had yet received the treatment, which officials said would go to three people.

The outbreak, which was first identified in March in Guinea and since spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, has overwhelmed the already strained health systems in West Africa and raised questions about whether authorities are doing enough to respond.

There is no licensed treatment for Ebola, a virus transmitted by contact with bodily fluids, so doctors have turned to the limited supply of untested drugs to treat some cases.

The Liberian government had previously said two doctors would receive ZMapp, but it was unclear who else would.

Information Minister Lewis Brown said on Thursday it would probably be another health care worker. These are the last known doses of ZMapp left.

The San Diego-based company that developed it has said it will take months to build up even a modest supply.

The outbreak has sparked an international debate over the ethics of giving such untested drugs to the sick and of deciding who should get the drugs.

So far, only two Americans and one Spaniard have received ZMapp.

The Americans are improving but it is unclear what role the drug has played. The Spaniard died within days.

Now Liberian officials are facing those questions.

In this outbreak, over 50 per cent of those sickened with Ebola have died, according to the UN health agency.


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Taking a cue from ONGC, RCF plans RCF Videsh

News4u-Business Desk- State-run fertliser maker RCF is planning to set up a subsidiary ‘RCF Videsh’ that will specifically focus on ventures and assets abroad where feedstock natural gas is cheap or raw materials like phosphate are available in abundance.

The plan is on the lines of ONGC setting up ONGC Videsh. “We are working on setting up a separate arm of Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers (RCF),” a source said.

Senior officials both in RCF and the Fertilizer Ministry have confirmed that the proposal to set up RCF Videsh is under consideration. Officials said there is a need for an state-run entity specifically focusing on offshore ventures as India imports about 90 per cent of its requirement of phosphatic fertilisers like DAP (Diammonia phosphate).

Requirement of potassic fertiliser like MoP (Muriate of Potash) is almost entirely imported.

Besides, about 35 per cent urea demand is met through imports.

In the last few years, the government has been exploring options of either setting up a plant or get into some agreement with various countries including, Ghana, Togo, Belarus, Russia, Iran and Iraq to meet its fertiliser demands.

At present, Indian companies have joint ventures in five countries IFFCO, Kribhco in Oman, IFFCO in Senegal, Spic in Jordan, Chambal in Morocco and Cormandel, GSFC in Tunisia.

Recently, the RCF had shelved its USD 1 billion plan to set up a fertiliser plant in Ghana as the West African nation had denied assured supply of gas.

RCF has annual capacity of 2.5 MT of urea and 7 lakh tonnes of complex fertilisers and it is also working on increasing its urea capacity.


Taking a cue from ONGC, RCF plans RCF Videsh

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Govt to launch Jan Dhan scheme to promote financial inclusion

News4u-News Desk- Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched ‘Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana’ to help the poor open bank accounts which will come with the facility of a debit card and an insurance cover of Rs 1 lakh.

“We want to integrate the poorest of the poor with bank accounts with Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana,” he said in his maiden Independence Day address to the nation.

Observing that people have mobile phones but not bank accounts, Modi said, the scheme will help in bringing the benefits of formal banking system to them.

“Today there are crores of families which have mobile phones but no bank accounts. We have to change this. The economic development must benefit poor and it should start from here,” he said.

Under the Jan Dhan Yojana, he said, “the person who will open bank account will get a debit card and the family will get Rs 1 lakh insurance cover.

This will help the family to tide over the unforeseen eventuality.”

The Union Cabinet has already cleared the two-phase financial inclusion scheme under which bank accounts will be opened for 15 crore poor persons with an overdraft facility of Rs 5,000 and accident insurance of Rs 1 lakh.

The scheme, to be pushed by the government in a mission mode, seeks to provide two accounts to 7.5 crore identified households by August 2018.

The main features of the scheme include Rs 5,000 overdraft facility for Aadhar-linked accounts, Ru Pay Debit Card with inbuilt Rs 1 lakh accident insurance cover and minimum monthly renumeration of Rs 5,000 to business correspondents who will provide the last link between the account holders and the bank.


PM Modi speaking on Independence Day

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