From Nawabi Murgh to Noori Hyderabadi Biryani: Discovering the lost recipes of the royals of India

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Embark on a culinary journey packed with authentic royal flavours and feel like a king as you immerse yourself in the ‘Lost Recipes of the Royals of India’ while sitting at Varq in the country’s ‘power’ capital.

Bringing back the lost recipes from the royal kitchens of the erstwhile kingdoms of India, with the leadership of Executive Chef Arun Sundararaj, the culinary experts of Varq, the modern Indian restaurant of The Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi have recreated famed delicacies that were once enjoyed by the royal families of Kashmir, Travancore, Hyderabad and Rajasthan for a food festival.

“We wanted to give flavours of the royals to our costumers. When I was in Hyderabad, I did a lot of research where I learnt from the royal family of Nizams. We have added our own elements as well to the dishes,” Sundararaj, who was earlier with the Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad.

Wasting no time, the gastronomic voyage began with duo of chicken and lamb, Tujji chicken and Lahabi Kebab. Very meaty, but yes I did get a good dose of greens in the form of coriander, chilli and mint in the chicken appetizer served with a crisp bread at the bottom. The kebab that also had a strong yoghurt flavour, just melted in my mouth.

When Sundararaj told me that back then the royals had time, money and leisure to make such delicacies, I thought maybe it took them about three to four hours to prepare a special meal. But when he told me about Saada aash, I was taken aback.

Little did I know that I would be served a lamb soup that was simmered for seven hours and tempered seven times.

“The soup is to generate heat in the body, so we give small portion of it. It has Lukhmi, which is like a Samosa, with soup poured on top,” he said. The shreds of lamb chunks with pepper enhanced the flavour of the soup.

Next up was Nawabi Murgh, a chicken supreme roulade served with nuts and sweet mango chutney. It was accompanied by Khichdi Rafat and Noori Hyderabadi Biryani. I was certainly team Biryani. Yes, it had succulent pieces of lamb and long grain rice, but it was the fragrant lamb stock that made the dish a winner. Khichdi Rafat had tender pieces of chicken, duck and lamb, but somehow I felt that the Khichdi wasn’t able to pull flavours of any of the meat.

In addition, the last item on the menu got me all curious as I was told it’s a dessert with garlic as an ingredient. Well, fortunately it didn’t taste anything like garlic. It had layers of garlic kheer and broken wheat porridge that was sweet, but not overpowering just the way I like.

However, the splendid food journey that commenced on Thursday will win over those who love to indulge in rich and flavoursome Indian dishes.

Ludhiana’s GADVASU ranked as top veterinary university in India

GADVASU, Ludhiana, has been ranked first among the 14 state veterinary universities in the country.

Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana, has been ranked first among the 14 state veterinary universities in the country, as per the ranking of agricultural universities and research institutes conducted by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi, for 2016-17.

The ICAR initiated ranking of universities and research institutions with the objective of improving the standard of higher agricultural education in tune with the global scenario.

Ranking was based on several parameters, including student and faculty profile, student placements, research publications and citations, patents, technologies generated and transferred to farmers, resource generated and linkages.

GADVASU vice-chancellor Dr Amarjit Singh Nanda applauded the achievement and congratulated the faculty, staff and students for their dedication and devotion in serving the institution as well as the farming and veterinary community.

He said in a short period of 11 years since 2006, GADVASU had grown rapidly and made significant contributions in livestock research, teaching and extension.

While sharing this achievement Dr Nanda said the university had signed bilateral memoranda of understanding (MoU) with 50 national and more than 10 international agencies to promote and strengthen research programme in veterinary, dairy and fisheries sectors.

Hereditary breast, ovarian cancer on rise in India

Hereditary breast and ovarian cancer cases are on the rise in India, three times more than in western countries, said a study by leading bioinformatics firm Strand Life Sciences Ltd on Tuesday. “Breast cancer gene mutations in the Indian population are three times more in India than in the western world due to inherited genetic disorders,” revealed the study based on diagnosis of breast and ovarian cancer patients in the country.

Though the breast cancer gene was not considered a major threat when it was identified by genomics pioneer Mary-Claire King in the 1990s, data over the years found that its mutations were a key cause of cancer incidences globally. “Testing of hundreds of patients for genetic profile of breast and ovarian cancer cases showed that 72 per cent of their relatives, including parents, children and siblings had the same mutation for the cancer in the family,” said Strand Chief Medical Officer Sudhir Borgonha, citing the findings.

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The study, published in the Journal of Human Genetics, a Nature group publication, highlights the technology available in the country to find non-communicable diseases like cancer and other inherited generic disorders. “We have seen breast cancer patients as young as 20 years of age. If a genomic profiling is done on them, we can know if their cancer is hereditary and advise other family members to take the test,” said Borgonha.

About 20 per cent of the breast and ovarian cancer patients who tested positive, however, displayed no family history of the dreaded disease. “As only a few studies were conducted to determine the prevalence of inherited mutations in such patients, we need more studies to examine a wider mutational spectrum of the hereditary breast and ovarian cancer genes,” said Strand Chairman and Managing Director Vijay Chandru in a statement here.

According to the National Cancer Registry, breast cancer accounts for 27 per cent of all cancers in women, with one in every 28 women likely to develop it during her lifetime and one in every two women diagnosed with it succumbs. “As the burden of breast cancer on the healthcare system is increasing, the need for cost-effective methods of early detection, screening and surveillance is imperative,” stressed Chandru.

Asserting that genetic profiling was a game-changer and a precise tool to decode complex diseases, Chandru said new genomic technologies would pave way for preventive and personalised healthcare. “New advances in genomic technologies allow the sequencing and analysis of multiple genes associated with a disease like cancer at a lower cost as compared with traditional methods,” said the company’s Vice President Satish Sankaran in the statement.

“Genetic testing gives people a chance to learn if their breast cancer or their family history of it is due to an inherited gene mutation,” added Chandru. The 17-year-old city-based company makes diagnostics to empower cancer care and genetic testing for inherited diseases.

IIT-KGP to help eastern India students learn more about free online courses

Kolkata The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur will approach institutes of higher education in eastern India to familiarise students and teachers with free online courses offered by National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL).

NPTEL, a joint initiative of the IITs and Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, offers 160 courses in various categories like agriculture, computer science, management studies, mathematics and basic science, engineering and humanities.

While over five5 lakh students had enrolled for NPTEL courses this year, only about 7% of them were from Eastern India.

“The biggest problem for NPTEL courses is that not only the students from eastern India, but also the colleges and universities in the region are not aware of it,” Anupam Basu, coordinator of NPTEL at IIT-KGP, said.

Students from eastern India will be familiarised with free online courses offered by the National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL).

“We are sure if people get to know about the facility and that it is encouraged by AICTE and UGC, there will be many takers,” said Basu, also professor of computer science and engineering.

Too boost enrolments from the region, IIT-KGP is talking to various institutes of West Bengal, Odisha and northeastern states to offer credit transfers to the students, an IIT-KGP spokesperson said.

For West Bengal, IIG-KGP would approach the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology (formerly West Bengal University of Technology), while talks are on with general degree colleges like Vidyasagar College and Gokhale Memorial Girls’ College of Kolkata.

Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST), Jadavpur University and and Presidency University would also be approached, the spokesperson said.

IIT-KGP has also approached most of the private engineering colleges in Bengal.

A workshop with over 100 teachers from various private engineering colleges was held at IIT-KGP recently. PTI SUS NN SBN

New York eatery tops world’s best restaurants 2017; India fails to make the list

At the annual World’s 50 Best awards held at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne, the list of the top 50 restaurants in the world was revealed. According to the list, Eleven Madison Park, New York triumphed as a foodie’s heaven beating last year’s number one, Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy. The Italian delicacy dropped down to second place. El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain, took the third spot.

According to Bloomberg, Chef Daniel Humm said, “I never in my wildest dreams thought that I could find myself in this position. Cuisine has given me everything: I left school at 14 and pursued a craft that no one believed in at the time. Everything I have learned has been from food: languages, culture. I have traveled the world and met Will, who is my best friend as well as my business partner. It is unbelievable.”

This is the first time that a restaurant from the US has won since Chef Thomas Keller’s French Laundry in Yountville, California, bagged the title in 2003 and 2004. All other winners have been European.

Famous food scientist and chef, Heston Blumenthal’s restaurant Dinner at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London made the top 50 at number 36.

Here’s the complete list of winners:

1. Eleven Madison Park (New York, USA)

2. Osteria Francescana (Modena, Italy)

3. El Celler de Can Roca (Girona, Spain)

4. Mirazur (Menton, France)

5. Central (Lima, Peru)

6. Asador Etxebarri (Axpe, Spain)

7. Gaggan (Bangkok, Thailand)

8. Maido (Lima, Peru)

9. Mugaritz (Errenteria, Spain)

10. Steirereck (Vienna, Austria)

11. Blue Hill at Stone Barns (New York, USA)

12. L’Arpège (Paris, France)

13. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée (Paris, France)

14. Restaurant Andre (Singapore)

15. Piazza Duomo (Alba, Italy)

16. D.O.M. (São Paulo, Brazil)

17. Le Bernardin (New York, USA)

18. Narisawa (Tokyo, Japan)

19. Geranium (Copenhagen, Denmark)

20. Pujol (Mexico City, Mexico)

21. Alinea (Chicago, USA)

22. Quintonil (Mexico City, Mexico)

23. White Rabbit (Moscow, Russia)

24. Amber (Hong Kong)

25. Tickets (Barcelona, Spain)

26. The Clove Club (London, UK)

27. The Ledbury (London, UK)

28. Nahm (Bangkok, Thailand)

29. Le Calandre (Rubano, Italy)

30. Arzak (San Sebastian, Spain)

31. Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen (Paris, France)

32. Attica (Melbourne, Australia)

33. Astrid y Gastón (Lima, Peru)

34. De Librije (Zwolle, Netherlands)

35. Septime (Paris, France)

36. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal (London, UK)

37. Saison (San Francisco, USA)

38. Azurmendi (Larrabetzu, Spain)

39. Relae (Copenhagen, Denmark)

40. Cosme (New York, USA)

41. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet (Shanghai, China)

42. Boragó (Santiago, Chile)

43. Reale (Castel Di Sangro, Italy)

44. Brae (Birregurra, Australia)

45. Den (Tokyo, Japan)

46. L’Astrance (Paris, France)

47. Vendôme (Cologne, Germany)

48. Restaurant Tim Raue (Berlin, Germany)

49. Tegui (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

50. Hof Van Cleve (Kruishoutem, Belgium)

NEET 2017: Round 1 All India Quota allotment list released, check it here

The Medical Counseling Committee (MCC) of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Friday released the first allotment list for National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) Under Graduate (UG) admissions 2017 under the 15% All India Quota (AIQ).

Candidates can check their results by clicking here. Key in your roll number and submit to view result.

Candidates whose names appear in the first allotment list should report at the allotted Medical/Dental College for admissions between July 16 and July 22 (until 5pm). Candidates should try to take admissions as early as possible and not wait for last day as there are different schedule of holidays/working hours in various medical/dental colleges. In some of the colleges two to three days are required to complete the formalities.

If a candidate fails to join the allotted college within the stipulated time his seat will be cancelled and he will not be eligible for next round of counseling.

India Couture Week: Huma Qureshi, Dia Mirza to take on the runway in Delhi

Bollywood presence is imperative at fashion weeks, be it in the form of showstoppers or front rows. And, this time around too, the upcoming India Couture Week,organised by Fashion Design Council of India, will see starry presence. The seven-day fashion showcase will take place between July 24 and July 30 in Delhi.

Actors Huma Qureshi and Dia Mirza will turn showstoppers at India Couture Week 2017.

While actor Dia Mirza will walk for designer Anju Modi, actor Huma Qureshi will turn showstopper for designer Rina Dhaka. Dhaka will be showcasing a charity fashion exhibit on the ultimate day of couture week (July 30, Sunday), and Modi will be showing on July 27, Thursday. Both the shows will be held at Taj Palace hotel in the city.

Actor Kangana Ranaut has walked for designer Anju Modi in a previous edition of the fashion showcase. (Waseem Gashroo/HT)

This is the tenth edition of the couture week, and a total of 14 designers will showcase their creations as a part of it. While an exhibit by Anamika Khanna, followed by a show by Rohit Bal will open the couture week, designer Manish Malhotra will be doing the finale.

Rina Dhaka has done a fashion exhibit in the past at the couture week with actors Nimrat Kaur and Malaika Arora as her showstoppers.

Samsung Galaxy On Max to Go on Sale in India Today: Price, Specifications

Samsung Galaxy On Max, the recently launched new camera-centric phablet from the South Korean consumer electronics giant, will go on sale for the first time in India on Monday. The smartphone will go on sale via exclusive retail partner Flipkart from 11:59pm IST.

The Galaxy On Max, which supports Samsung Pay Mini, is almost identical to the recently launched Samsung Galaxy J7 Max, which was made available via offline retail stores and the Samsung India site with a price of Rs. 17,900. The primary difference between the Samsung Galaxy J7 Max and the Samsung Galaxy On Max is in the processor. The former bears a MediaTek Helio P20 SoC, while the latter bears a MediaTek Helio P25 Lite SoC.

Samsung Galaxy On Max price in India

The Samsung Galaxy On Max price in India is Rs. 16,900, while the smartphone will be available in Black and Gold colour variants in the country. Launch offer includes a Rs. 2,000 discount for buyers using Standard Chartered credit and debit cards. At its price, the smartphone compares with the Oppo F3, Moto G5 Plus, Oppo F1s, Honor 8, Honor 8 Lite, and even the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime.

Samsung Galaxy On Max specifications

The dual-SIM Samsung Galaxy On Max runs Android 7.0 Nougat, and sports a 5.7-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display. The smartphone is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MTK P25 SoC (with four cores clocked at 2.39GHz and four cores clocked at 1.69GHz) coupled with 4GB of RAM.

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Coming to the cameras on the Samsung Galaxy On – the smartphone bears 13-megapixel sensors and LED flash modules both on the front and back. The front sensor is coupled with a f/1.9 aperture lens, while the rear sensor is coupled with a f/1.7 aperture lens, which the company claims provide great low-light performance.

The smartphone bears 32GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB). For connectivity options, the smartphone offers 4G VoLTE, alongside Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a Micro-USB port. It weighs 178 grams and measures 156.6×78.7×8.1mm. It is powered by a 3300mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy On Max features

The Samsung Galaxy On Max sports a fingerprint sensor on the home button. It also supports Samsung Pay Mini, which was launched in India last month alongside the Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro and Galaxy J7 Max. It supports UPI-based payments and integrates a mobile wallet, but forgoes the NFC and MST-powered offline tap-to-pay features that essentially replace debit and credit cards.

Samsung is also touting the Social Camera Mode on the Samsung Galaxy On Max – the feature is supposed to provide instant sharing options to users, letting them pin their favourite social media contacts for quick sharing. The company says the Social Camera Mode also lets users utilise live stickers.

India In Talks With Canada's Teck Resources To Buy Coking Coal: Report

IT firm Infosys will create 2,000 tech jobs in North Carolina over the next few years in a bid to woo the Trump administration that has been critical of outsourcing firms for “unfairly” taking jobs away from the US workers.

In May, the Bengaluru-based firm had announced its commitment to hire 10,000 locals for its US operations in the next two years. The first hub is being set up in Indiana and will hire 2,000 American workers by 2021.

“Infosys will open its next technology and innovation hub in North Carolina and hire 2,000 American workers in the state by 2021,” Infosys said in a statement.

This is the second key milestone in Infosys’ strategy to help drive American innovation and create the next-generation of American innovators, it added.

Infosys, which employs about 2 lakh people globally, will expand its local hiring in the US as it battles visa curbs imposed by the Trump administration that has made sending engineers to the US costly.

The move would also mean increase in labour costs for the company in the US.

The North American market accounted for over 60% of Infosys’ $10.2 billion revenue in the 2016-17 fiscal.


Over the past few weeks, there has been a growing sentiment of protectionism across various markets, including the US, that is seeking to safeguard jobs for locals and raising the bar for foreign workers.

The US had also accused Infosys and its larger rival, Tata Consultancy Services, of “unfairly” cornering the lion’s share of the H-1B work visas by putting extra tickets in the lottery system. Every year, the US grants 65,000 H-1B visas while another 20,000 are set aside for those with US advanced degrees.

Other companies like TCS and Wipro have also announced similar moves of increasing local hires.

Infosys said the first 500 of the 2,000 North Carolina workers will be appointed by the end of two years, with the remainder to be hired in the state by 2021.

“These new hires will include recent graduates from the state’s prestigious network of colleges, universities and community colleges, as well as local professionals,” it said.

North Carolina is also contributing a $3 million grant towards upskilling these workers.

“North Carolina was a clear partner for us, and we are really excited to announce one of the largest jobs commitments ever in North Carolina state history,” Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka said.

The North Carolina Technology and Innovation Hub will focus on areas like artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, user experience, emerging digital technologies, cloud and big data.

It will also facilitate greater collaboration and advancement in key North Carolinian industries like financial services, information technology, life sciences, clean technology, advanced manufacturing and others.


India will be base to the economic pole of global growth over the coming decade: Study

India will be the base to the economic pole of global growth over the coming decade, remaining ahead of China, according to a Harvard University research.

The study also warns of a continued slowdown in global growth over the coming decade. India and Uganda top the list of the fastest growing economies to 2025, at 7.7% annually.

“The economic pole of global growth has moved over the past few years from China to neighbouring India, where it is likely to stay over the coming decade,” new growth projections presented by researchers at Center for International Development at Harvard University (CID) said.

Growth in emerging markets is predicted to continue to outpace that of advanced economies, though not uniformly. The projections are optimistic about new growth hubs in East Africa and new segments of Southeast Asia, led by Indonesia and Vietnam.

Researchers attribute India’s rapid growth prospects to the fact that it is particularly well positioned to continue diversifying into new areas, given the capabilities accumulated to date.

“India has made inroads in diversifying its export base to include more complex sectors, such as chemicals, vehicles, and certain electronics,” it said.

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The new data reveals a decline in China’s exports. China’s economic complexity ranking also falls four spots for the first time since the global financial crisis.

“China’s rapid growth rate over the past decade has narrowed the gap between its complexity and its income, which researchers suggest is the harbinger of slower growth,” the research said.

The growth projections still have China growing above the world average, though at 4.4% annually for the coming decade, the slowdown relative to the current growth trend is significant, it added.

The growth projections are based on measures of each country’s economic complexity, which captures the diversity and sophistication of the productive capabilities embedded in its exports and the ease with which it could further diversify by expanding those capabilities.

“The major oil economies are experiencing the pitfalls of their reliance on one resource. India, Indonesia, and Vietnam have accumulated new capabilities that allow for more diverse and more complex production that predicts faster growth in the coming years,” said Ricardo Hausmann, director of CID, professor at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), and the lead researcher of The Atlas of Economic Complexity.

Uganda joins three other East African countries in the top 10 fastest growing countries, though a significant fraction of that growth is due to rapid population growth. On a per capita basis, Uganda is the only East African country that remains in the top 10 in the growth projections, though at 4.5 per cent annually its prospects are more modest.