|Fifth Test, Chennai (day five):|
|England 477 & 207: Jadeja 7-48|
|India 759-7 dec: Nair 303 not out, Rahul 199|
|India won by an innings and 75 runs|
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After her father had a heart attack, Erin Alderson (whose initials are ELLA) broke up with fast food and all processed meat. Her blog features seasonal vegetarian recipes that are pantry-inspired. Despite ditching Big Macs, Alderson doesn’t believe in being obsessive or counting calories (her philosophy is simply to exercise and eat well). Given the results—beautifully photographed whole foods we want to gobble up immediately (curried vegetarian meatballs, we’re looking at you!)—it’s easy to see why her approach works.
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Few things are more disappointing than finding what seems like the perfect recipe only to click and learn that it has more than 20 ingredients, several of which you’ve never heard of. True to its name, Minimalist Baker keeps things simple by sticking to 10 ingredients or less and limiting cook time to 30 minutes tops. Bonus: The recipes are anything but boring! From General Tso’s tofu stir fry (pictured) to spicy buffalo chickpea wraps to toasted coconut pancakes, the culinary duo (John and Kate) really know how to pack tons of flavor into simple and oh-so-delicious dishes.
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Food Heaven Made Easy sounds like the name of an amazingly delicious food delivery service, but don’t be fooled. The blog is actually a compilation of recipes, cooking videos, and nutrition tips. Adorable and extremely well-dressed dietitians Wendy Lopez and Jessica Jones appear in every video, teaching home cooks (no matter how strapped for time or inexperienced in the kitchen) that making healthy recipes from scratch is possible.
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Back in 2003, Heidi Swanson launched 101 Cookbooks with the goal of cooking through her monstrous collection of recipe books. More than 10 years later, the blog (which we want to live in, it’s so gorgeous) focuses on natural, whole foods and Heidi’s travels. Naturally it has won multiple awards, been featured in countless publications, and even turned into two bestselling cookbooks. Her latest, Near & Far: Recipes Inspired by Home and Travel, came out in late 2015.
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The globe-trotting family behind Green Kitchen Stories is hardly stuck on one type of cuisine. David and Luise met while studying in Rome before moving to Stockholm to start a family. They document their vegetarian cooking experiments on the blog, and they believe variety is the most important thing in a diet. Don’t forget to follow them both on Instagram; David’s and Luise’saccounts will inspire you to live and eat better every day.
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A self-taught cook, Sarah Britton started blogging in 2007 to share her knowledge of holistic nutrition. (She attended the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Toronto.) She’s passionate about whole and vegan food—and creates mouthwatering recipes that prove it. You’ll find everything from chunky chocolate buckwheat granola to sweet potato noodle soup(pictured). We love that you can also pick recipes by season.
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Anya Kassoff was born and raised in Russia but now calls Florida home. She believes that the healthiest food is also the best-tasting food. Ant it doesn’t hurt that her recipes, which are shot by her oldest daughter, are stunning. You’ll find everything from a simmered squash soba bowl(pictured) to more indulgent dishes, like this rum and raisin bundt, which was inspired by a craving for her childhood favorite Russian rum babka.
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In 2015, Gena Hamshaw changed the name of her blog from Choosing Raw to The Full Helping. Now she posts recipes that are less extreme, although she is still inspired by her raw food background. Check out this gluten-free plum and blackberry crisp (pictured) or her totally addictive creamy cashew carrot dressing and quinoa bowl. As a certified nutritionist, Hamshaw brings lots of nutritional wisdom to the kitchen. She is also candid about being in recovery from anorexia and orthorexia and uses her site to encourage others to heal their broken relationship with food (often through plant-based diets).
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All kinds of mouthwatering, plant-based dishes (including chickpea, quinoa, and turmeric curry; coconut and raspberry mousse; and sage and apricot nut roast with cranberry sauce) are turned out in Ella Woodward’s sunny U.K. kitchen. But not everything here is sunbeams and smoothies: This blog is the result of the author’s struggle with postural tachycardia syndrome, a rare and devastating disease that prompted her to revamp her diet and ditch processed foods.
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Raw almond chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin spice latte granola, vegan tofu and cashew fried rice—workout fuel has never looked so good. Written by an avid triathlete and certified trainer, Running on Real Food covers nutritionally dense foods and fitness in a relatable way. Best of all, the author’s healthy-eating philosophy is an open door: “There’s no right or wrong way to eat healthy… We’re all different with different nutritional requirements; however we all need to eat whole, nutritious foods. Start there.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
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The name says it all: This blog is all about real food prepared with heart and soul. Vegan chef Jenné Claiborne’s recipes look so indulgent and appetizing, we believe her when she calls one cookie recipe “life-changing.” Recipes aside, Claiborne does an amazing job detailing all the ways her revamped diet has improved her life—from better digestion to thicker, healthier hair—carrying the banner forward for plant-powered peeps.
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Blogger Angela Liddon reclaimed her health by creating vegan recipes that are free of gluten and soy. But her creations also had to appeal to her husband, who, at the time, was “a devout fast-food lover” that “drank pop like water.” Her efforts—recipes like smoky butternut squashsauce with pasta and greens; vegan Caesar salad; and sun-dried tomato, mushroom, and spinach tofu quiche—not only swayed her sig O, but a massive following of readers.
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It can be difficult to make vegan versions of classic comfort foodssuch as mac and cheese and pizza. But blogger and author Kathy Patalsky has created hundreds of beautiful and nutritious vegan recipes that taste like a million bucks (and not chewy or chalky meat- and cheese-free nightmares). Though some of her dishes can be a bit more complicated to make, there are plenty of options that even beginner cooks can master.
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Laura, the blogger behind The First Mess, is a culinary school graduate from Ontario. She’s passionate about a few things: cooking with natural foods, eating seasonally, and sharing wholesome meals with the people in her life. Most of her recipes are vegan and gluten-free. Don’t miss her the almond sweet potato biscuits and mushroom gravy and grilled butternut and radicchio pizza.
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Michelle Tam’s pigtailed avatar appears all over her blog, giving helpful tips in speech bubbles, comic-book style. It’s a little aesthetic clue that Tam marches to the beat of her own Paleo drum. Another major difference is her degree in nutrition and food science, which, paired with her serious foodie know-how, have made her the Paleo point-person for various gourmand publications, including Saveur, America’s Test Kitchen, Serious Eats, and The Kitchn.
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Certain Paleo circles can be overrun with CrossFit dudes making terrible puns about “snatches,” so Juli Bauer’s decidedly feminine take comes as a breath of fresh air. Bauer raves about fashion finds as much as deadlift technique, proving this girl can beast with the best of them. Clothing and workouts aside, one of this blog’s biggest draws is the simple, straightforward Paleo recipes, like sausage stuffed bacon wrapped dates and beef kabobs. And unlike some Paleo peeps, Bauer isn’t opposed to a little sweet stuff, whether that’s chocolate coffee protein chia breakfast bowls (pictured) or coffee cake.
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Julia Gartland combined her passion for photography with a quest to heal her health on her blog Sassy Kitchen. Due to digestive issues, she experimented with raw and vegan diets before landing on one that was gluten-free. Now she’s on the lookout for gluten-free versions of everything, like this raspberry cornmeal muffin recipe. We love that you can search her recipes by diet needs (there are dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options), as well as meal type and season.
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Emma Galloway worked as a chef for eight years before realizing that she suffered from gluten and lactose intolerance. She started blogging in 2010, sharing gluten-free, vegetarian recipes, as well as articles and tips on organic gardening. We can’t wait to try her popsicle recipes when the weather warms up!
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This blog resembles the pages of a glossy food magazine with a fleet of stylists making sure every bite looks impossibly scrumptious. But behind the scenes, there’s just one incredible couple, Sara and Hugh Forte. The division of labor is simple: She cooks and blogs; he photographs. The result elevates whole-food ingredients to epic proportions. Sandwiches, noodles, green salads, and other divine dishes have earned the attention of many in the food world, including Saveur magazine, which named Sprouted Kitchen one of the best original recipe blogs.
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Blogger Gina Homolka outlines a simple formula on her site: “Exercise + a well-balanced diet + good sleep = a happy life.” And really, why complicate that? Her recipes for baked sweet potato skinsand shrimp summer rolls with peanut hoisin dipping sauce prove that eating a rainbow of whole foods is pleasing to the eye, the palate, and the rest of your body too. Plus, Homolka has a sense of humor and isn’t above trying recipes from the 50 Shades of Chicken cookbook.
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From snacks (high-protein mint chip energy balls, anyone?) to one-pot meals (Crock-Pot chicken quinoa enchilada soup, please), this blog has our food cravings covered. Lee Hersh is a fellow workout aficionado and yoga instructor who develops recipes with nutritionally sound (and mostly gluten-free) ingredients. And her enthusiasm is infectious. Just read her post on DIY almond butter, where she gushes about the specks of vanilla bean in the spread and ends with a rousing, “Real food rules.” Right on.
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Healthy recipes in 30 minutes or less? Count us in. Erin, the blogger behind The Almond Eater, writes recipes and stays healthy by listening to her body. (Though she admits she does try to keep things on the healthier side, because if she always were to listen to her body, as she says, she’d “probably turn into a giant piece of cake.” Amen, sister.) Try everything from her dreamy almond butter chia pudding to these super-quick, roasted lemon garlic Brussels sprouts.
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In 2012, Lexi was sick of feeling sick all the time. One year later, after revamping her diet and starting a regular exercise habit, Lexi’s Clean Kitchen was born. While she doesn’t adhere to one specific diet, many of her recipes are gluten-free, dairy-free, Paleo-friendly, refined sugar-free, soy-free, vegan, or vegetarian. Bonus: Each recipe is clearly labeled at the top, so you know exactly who can partake.
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Whether you eat Paleo, gluten-free, vegetarian, or none of the above, the recipes on this site will meet your dietary needs—and satisfy your palate. Impeccable taste aside, blogger Julia Mueller is also passionate about nutrition, which comes as no surprise when looking at her creations with a health-conscious microscope. And her photography is pretty impressive too!
NEW DELHI: There was no respite in sight for cash-strapped people on Monday as queues outside banks and ATMs for withdrawing money continued across the city with rising anger and pain.
An IANS correspondent who visited about 10 banks and ATMs across the city, found over 150 people outside Punjab National Bank and State Bank of India in Kalkaji area of south Delhi.
Similar conditions were witnessed outside the Indian Overseas Bank, ICICI Bank and Axis Bank in Preet Vihar area in east Delhi.
Jaswant Sharma, a security guard with a law firm and resident of Kalkaji Extension, told IANS: “Since the day I got my salary I am looking for an ATM to withdraw some cash. Three of my attempts have gone in vain as the ATM runs out of cash before my turn comes.”
Asked if he supports the government’s move of scrapping the old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, Sharma said: “I have nothing to do with the government decision, I just want to withdraw some cash as I am left with only Rs 10 in my pocket. Cash is necessary.
“I have borrowed the bicycle from one of my friend to reach here.”
There were around 300 people outside the Yes Bank and HDFC ATM kiosks in Kalkaji area around 12.30 a.m. which was dispensing cash till early morning.
Balkishan, a lawyer who had arrived at the ATM with his 12-year-old son, told IANS: “At most of the places, people in the queues do not allow withdrawal from multiple cards. So I have come with my son to withdraw money from two cards.”
“We cannot stand in bank or ATM queue everyday, what comes in mere Rs 2,500,” he asked.
A similar situation was witnessed outside the banks on Monday morning, which opened after Sunday. Hundreds of people were seen waiting for their turn.
Balwinder Singh, a resident of South Extension Part II who was standing outside Punjab National Bank in south Delhi, told IANS: “It is a completely mismanaged show.”
“The government has made the middle and working class people suffer. Today, I skipped my office for the third time since demonetisation to withdraw cash.
“Is the government going to pay me for the days I had to skip my office to withdraw some cash?”
The disaffection with the demonetisation move continued, and seemed even to gain strength over days manifestly, with people waiting in queues denouncing Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the strongest terms.
“No amount of cursing is enough for him; he has made the most foolish decision that can be made by any Prime Minister,” Nitin, an employee of Wipro Technologies in Sector-3, Noida, told IANS.
“Most of the black money is hoarded in gold and real estate, and the rest in foreign bank accounts. How can such common wisdom be lost on our Prime Minister is beyond me,” he said while waiting in a queue outside Sector-16 branch of Axis bank in Noida.
His arguments were subscribed to by other people standing in the queue before him, as they nodded and murmured their assent.
Moreover, the provision of Rs 24,000 for withdrawal, has turned out to be far from ideal, since most banks were barely able to ration Rs 4,000-5,000 to their customers.
“I have these three cheques and I have neither put date nor amount on them, for I do not know how much they will be able to afford or if I will get any money at all,” another man in the queue told IANS outside the bank.
BEIJING: China and the US have started the process of negotiations for returning an undersea drone of the US navy which was seized by Chinese naval officials in the on Thursday, Chinese foreign ministry said on Monday.
The ministry did not disclose the details of the negotiations but experts said Beijing wants to renegotiate an existing accord on navigational activities by the two countries in the South China Sea.
China wants to expand the terms of the accord to include small undersea drones. If included, it will make it difficult for the US navy to operate unmanned drones without notifying China in advance. On its part, the US wants the drone to be returned intact without any tampering or removal of stored data, sources said.
US spying in South China Sea is a lot more extensive that what has been revealed by the seizure of an American undersea drone, the official People’s Daily said.
“The US side played down its drone activities, but its intention behind them cannot be concealed,” the paper said in a commentary. “The drone that emerged from the South China Sea is just the tip of the iceberg in the US military strategy on China,” it added.
The drone issue has added one more hurdle in the bumpy relationship between the two countries, which has been aggravated by a flurry of tweets by , the US president elect. Trump said in his latest tweet that China should be allowed the keep the drone , and there is no need to bring it back.
His views do not match those of the Obama administration which has been engaged in negotiations to reclaim the drone.
China said it picked up what looked like an “unidentified object” in the sea because of concerns that it could hamper the safety of navigation. It was only later that it’s naval officials learnt that the object was really an unmanned drone used for spying by the US navy.
The drone was found 92 kms from the Philippine coast and within its exclusive economic zone. Philippines has now said it is opposed to any disturbances near its coast. , which has been a close US allay for decades, is now taking a decidedly pro-China line leaving the US almost isolated in the South China Sea.
The move to demonetize Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency tenders by the union government of India on last Tuesday, was a laudable and historic effort to clean up the decades long corruption and black money. As Indian citizens, we all should be proud of the fact that we elected a government, which was capable of taking such brave decision for the long-term betterment of the country’s economy. Nevertheless, there’s a high possibility that a certain percentage of people might interpret this decision negatively in view of the fact that short-lived challenges are to be seen, which might have a profound negative impact and dethrone ruling party in the coming elections; not everyone happens to be cognizant of the decision’s long-term benefits. If unaccounted or black money isn’t obliterated, it would make the rich richer and the poor poorer. According to SBI, “ Banks received deposits worth Rs 53,000 crore since the government put out of circulation, high-value banknotes in a bid to drain illegal wealth. Nearly 14 lakh crore are held in Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes now – nearly 86% of the total value of currencies of all denominations in circulation” . Ultimately, government will possess an adequate amount of money to invest in infrastructure, education, agriculture, and all other sectors to build India economically stronger.