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Krishna Raya was very fond of collecting rare objects. One day, a courtier had an idea. He asked painter to colour a peacock red. The painter did his job so well and the peacock really looked naturally red. The courtier took the peacock to the king’s chamber and after presenting it to him, said: "Sir, This is the rarest red peacock available only in the dense forest. I have spent a large amount on it, so that you can add this rare bird in your precious collection." The king was surprised on seeing the peacock and observed the peacock. He was confused. But the peacock looked naturally red so the king said "Yes, It is the rarest peacock. I am glad to have." The king gave 1000 gold coins for red peacock. Tenaliram was present there when that peacock was presented to the king. While the king was talking to the courtier he smelled a faint smell of paint. Tenali left the court and asked his servant to find the good painters of the town. Tenaliram asked him to paint five peacocks with red paint. Next day, Tenalirama took the painter and five peacocks with him to the court. Tenalirama said, " Sir, Yesterday you received one red peacock today I have five more peacocks. And while you gave twenty five thousand gold coins for one I ‘m ready to sell five for only 1000 gold coins." The king again found them naturally red. And the king gave an order to Tenalirama "You can take 1000 gold coins from the royal treasury" On hearing this Tenali said "Sir you should give award to this painter as he painted the peacock so beautifully as to make them look naturally red" King asked "Are they not naturally red?" "No you smell them closely and you would get the faint smell of the pain” said the Tenalirama The kind did so and awarded the painter handsomely. But that courtier was punished.
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It was a reaffirmation of bonds that crossed national borders and community identities.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi not only kept the 8,000-strong audience of mostly Indo-Canadians roaring with approval and on their feet during his speech of one hour and ten minutes at Toronto’s Ricoh Coliseum, but he pitched his Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper an enticing invitation to be a partner in his vision for India’s development.

The bond between the men was evident and Mr. Harper reminded the gathering of Canada’s historical friendship with the Indian Prime Minister.

He said, “I am so proud to say that [Mr. Modi] has long been a friend to Canada and we to him as during his many years as Chief Minister of Gujarat we had extended the hand of friendship long before others.”

The point was not missed on Mr. Modi, who noted that since the time he launched the ‘Vibrant Gujarat’ summit in 2003, the year following the anti-Muslim pogrom in that State, Canada had consistently been a partner-State of Gujarat.

On this occasion, Mr. Modi came bearing a gift for Canadians and the cheers were loudest when Mr. Harper announced what it was — the inclusion of Canada in the list of nations receiving a visa-on-arrival from India.

Yet if the bonhomie was the icing on the cake, the main subject on Mr. Modi’s mind was India’s development, whether through the construction of more toilets for girls, or through the expansion of opportunities for the youth of India to innovate and create the next IBM or mp3.

As he wrote earlier in the day in an op-ed published by The Globe and Mail, Mr. Modi admitted that the bilateral relationship had somewhat “drifted,” and yet, he said, the two countries were cooperating in deep space even as their relationship on the ground remained unfulfilled.

Mr. Modi also sought to defend the progress made on the Jan Dhan Yojana under his government, answering critics who questioned the logic of opening millions of bank accounts with a zero bank balance saying the poor did in fact save their incomes, and had done so to the tune of Rs. 14,000 crore.

At the heart of his speech was his repeated assertion, “jan man badla hai,” or “The minds of the people have changed,” over his 10 months in office, and that India was finally on the move.

While the Prime Minister did not appear to allude to the protection of religious minority rights, as he has done on past occasions, a group of 150 or more protesters held a rally a short distance away from the venue, some from the Sikhs for justice rights group protesting Mr. Modi’s alleged involvement in the 2002 pogrom.

E tourist visas for 31 more countries by June 15
NEW DELHI: The government is set to give a major push to the e-tourist visa scheme by extending it to 31 more countries and allowing foreign tourists to avail of the facility at seven more airports by June 15.

Among the countries that will benefit from the latest extension are the United Kingdom, Spain, the Netherlands, Portugal, Malaysia, Tanzania and Argentina.

The airports to be added to the existing list of nine where foreign citizens from eligible countries can land with an e-tourist visa are Jaipur, Amritsar, Gaya, Lucknow, Trichy, Varanasi and Ahmedabad. The airports have been chosen due to the large number of foreign tourists they receive on account of their proximity to major tourist spots.

The e-visa scheme presently covers 45 countries and can be availed across nine international airports. With the expansion of the scheme by June, the list will go up to 76 countries and 16 airports.

Among the countries whose citizens will now be eligible for e-visas are Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Belgium, Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala, Hungary, Ireland, Jamaica, Malaysia, Malta, Mongolia, Mozambique, the Netherlands, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Surinam, Sweden, Tanzania, East Timor, Turks & Caicos Islands, the UK, Uruguay and Venezuela. Finance minister Arun Jaitley had in the Budget 2015-16 proposed extension of e-visa scheme to 150 countries.

India capable of developing ICBM beyond 10,000 km range, says DRDO's SK Salwan
VADODARA: India is capable of developing intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), which can hit targets beyond the range of 10,000 kms, Chairman of Armament Research Board, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Dr S K Salwan said today.

"India has successfully test fired nuclear capable Agni V missile recently which has a range of 5,000 kms. But we are capable of developing ICBM that can hit targets beyond the range of 10,000 kms," Salwan said on the sidelines of 6th National Conference themed 'Emerging Vistas of Technology in 21st Century' held here.

At the conference, organised by a city-based educational group, Salwan said such seminars should be held by academic institutes across the country so that there is a greater interaction between students, academicians and other stakeholders with the scientific institutions.

He also suggested that the HRD Ministry, UGC should organise such seminars and conferences. Salwan said beside the Agni-VI's ground version, the DRDO is simultaneously working out on its underground variant. He said that after ban on import of components for laser technology, imposed by the USA, UK and other countries, India has indigenously developed laser technology and has become self-sufficient.

"We adopt synergic approach towards national needs and priorities in the field of armaments, yet keeping in focus the global advancements in order to develop competence in key areas," he said.
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Bharli Vangi
250 gm of eggplant (about 8-10) , washed and topped and slit at right angles.
4 cloves of garlic
2 chopped onions
2 inch piece of ginger
4 sprigs of coriander
4 tbsp of roasted peanuts
2 tbsp of roasted sesame seeds
1 tbsp shredded coconut
1 tsp of mustard seeds
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp red chilli powder
Salt to taste
1 tsp goda masala
2 tsp coriander powder
2 tsp tamarind paste
2 tsp jaggery
5 tbsp oil
1 cup water

Mix the roasted groundnuts, roasted sesame and desiccated/ shredded coconut and grind to a powder in a mixer.
Also grind the onions, garlic, and ginger to a paste.
Transfer the powder and paste to a bowl and add turmeric, red chilli, salt and goda masala.
Mix well.
Stuff the eggplants with the mixture.
Heat the oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds.
Once the seeds begin to crackle add the stuffed eggplants one by one in a single layer.
Transfer the remaining stuffing mixture to the pan.
Add water and cook for 7-8 minutes.
Check the eggplants for doneness and stir.
Add the tamarind paste and jaggery and mix well.
Simmer for 5 minutes and stir.
Serve hot garnished with coriander with bhakri (sorghum/ragi bread) or chapati or steamed rice.
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