Vegetable Vendors’ Daughter Tops State in Aero Engineering, Aims to Join ISRO!

For the last four years, 22-year-old Lalitha R Avali from Hiriyur, Chitradurga, would begin her day at the wee hours of dawn.

“I would wake up around 4 AM and head to the Nehru Market in Hiriyur, where my parents sell vegetables. I’d carry my books along, and in between assisting them with the sales, I would try my best to study,” she mentions.

Afterwards, she would head to East West College of Engineering in Yelahanka, Bengaluru, where she was pursuing a BE from the Department of Aeronautical Engineering. The college falls under the Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) in Belagavi.

The daily grind would wear her out at times, but Lalitha was tireless in the pursuit of knowledge, and consistently aced all her examinations with flying colours.

Even so, she was stunned when she found out about her incredible final-year results, which were released on 1st February 2020.

Lalitha scored the first rank in the state, a remarkable 9.7 percentile, in Aeronautical Engineering and also acquired a commendable score of 707 in the GATE examination.

On Saturday, 8th February, the state topper will be felicitated at the VTU campus in Bengaluru with the coveted gold medal.

“It feels great. My family is elated right now. I am the first graduate in my family. In fact, our whole district is celebrating,” she adds.

Making her parents proud

Lalitha ascribes the entire credit for her success to her parents.

“There was no shortage of struggles in our life. I have seen my parents toiling day and night to support the family. Still, they managed to provide us with the best academic opportunities. I will forever be grateful towards them,” she shares with The Better India, amidst a flurry of  congratulatory messages and phone calls.

Lalitha (second from left) with her family
As expected, her parents, Rajendra and Chitra, are overjoyed at their eldest daughter’s results. While they did not get the opportunity to complete their schooling due to financial constraints and have been engaged in their ancestral vocation of selling vegetables for the past 40 years, they ensured that their three daughters received a decent education and opted for mainstream careers.

The state topper also thanks her college teachers and classmates for their tremendous support. Impressed by her consistent good results, the college administration had offered free hostel facilities to her, which saved her an exhausting daily bus journey and several precious hours.

A space scientist in the making

When asked about her future plans, Lalitha, who considers K Sivan, the present chief of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) as her role model, mentions that she wants to pursue a Masters’ degree in Aerospace Engineering from any leading educational institution like IIT or IISc.

“My dream is to work as a space scientist in India. I wish to join ISRO or DRDO,” she concludes, with a huge smile.



(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)

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Pasta is now a vegetable in American schools under Trump admin guidelines

Certain kinds of pasta can be considered a vegetable for millions of public school meals, according to new rules proposed by Donald Trump‘s administration.

The new school guidelines released by the US Department of Agriculture last week would allow for more foods like pizza, burgers and french fries to appear on school menus as part of its sweeping revisions of a school lunch program from former First Lady Michelle Obama. Cuts to her signature policy under Barack Obama‘s administration — intended to reduce childhood obesity in the US — were announced on her birthday.

Among the changes are allowances for pastas made with potato, soy or other starchy vegetable-based flours to be considered as a vegetable serving.

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The rules said: “Pasta made of vegetable flour may credit as a vegetable, even if the pasta is not served with another recognizable vegetable.”

The agency said the rules were meant to “simplify” existing school lunch policies under the 2010’s Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act. Officials said that by expanding the types of foods that qualify as a vegetable, rather than students throwing out food they don’t want to eat, schools are more likely to reduce waste. 

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1/6 Alan Dershowitz

Dershowitz is a controversial American lawyer best known for the high-profile clients he has successfully defended.

Those clients have included OJ Simpson, Jeffrey Epstein and Harvey Weinstein.

One longtime Harvard Law associated told the New Yorker Dershowitz “revels in taking positions that ultimately are not just controversial but pretty close to indefensible.”

2/6 Ken Starr

Starr became a household name in the 1990s as the independent counsel who led the investigation that led to Bill Clinton’s impeachment.

That investigation began as a look into a real estate scandal known as Whitewater, and eventually led to impeachment after Mr Clinton lied under oath about having an affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

Sekulow is the president’s longtime personal attorney, and, now, personal lawyer in the White House.

He has been accused by former Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas of being “in the loop” during the Ukraine scandal.

4/6 Pam Bondi

Bondi is the former attorney general in Florida, and a longtime backer of the president’s.

She made a name for herself in Florida for taking hyper partisan stances on issues, and her penchant for publicity.

She is likely to be a prominent public-facing figure during the trial.

5/6 Pat Cipollone

Cipollone is the White House counsel, and leading the president’s defence team.

6/6 Rudy Giuliani

While not officially named as one of the president’s impeachment lawyers, it is hard to ignore Giuliani’s outsized role in this process.

The former mayor of New York has been making headlines for months as he defends his client, and for his apparent role in the effort to compel Ukraine to launch the investigation into Joe Biden.

We’ll see how he figures in the actual trial, which he has said he would like to be a part of.

1/6 Alan Dershowitz

Dershowitz is a controversial American lawyer best known for the high-profile clients he has successfully defended.

Those clients have included OJ Simpson, Jeffrey Epstein and Harvey Weinstein.

One longtime Harvard Law associated told the New Yorker Dershowitz “revels in taking positions that ultimately are not just controversial but pretty close to indefensible.”

2/6 Ken Starr

Starr became a household name in the 1990s as the independent counsel who led the investigation that led to Bill Clinton’s impeachment.

That investigation began as a look into a real estate scandal known as Whitewater, and eventually led to impeachment after Mr Clinton lied under oath about having an affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

Sekulow is the president’s longtime personal attorney, and, now, personal lawyer in the White House.

He has been accused by former Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas of being “in the loop” during the Ukraine scandal.

4/6 Pam Bondi

Bondi is the former attorney general in Florida, and a longtime backer of the president’s.

She made a name for herself in Florida for taking hyper partisan stances on issues, and her penchant for publicity.

She is likely to be a prominent public-facing figure during the trial.

5/6 Pat Cipollone

Cipollone is the White House counsel, and leading the president’s defence team.

6/6 Rudy Giuliani

While not officially named as one of the president’s impeachment lawyers, it is hard to ignore Giuliani’s outsized role in this process.

The former mayor of New York has been making headlines for months as he defends his client, and for his apparent role in the effort to compel Ukraine to launch the investigation into Joe Biden.

We’ll see how he figures in the actual trial, which he has said he would like to be a part of.

USDA secretary Sonny Perdue said that “schools and school districts continue to tell us that there is still too much food waste and that more common-sense flexibility is needed to provide students nutritious and appetizing meals. We listened and now we’re getting to work.”

The proposed guidelines also would permanently consider potatoes and other starchy foods as a fruit and would permit only half a cup of fruit rather than a whole cup to be served as a breakfast item. Missing calories can be filled with pastries and other starchy foods. Potatoes can also be served as a vegetable every day.

Colin Schwartz, deputy director of legislative affairs for the Centre for Science in the Public Interest, said the rules “allow anything that might be allowable as an entree on any one school day to be served as an a la carte item every single day”, creating a “huge loophole in school nutrition guidelines” to include foods that are “high in calories, saturated fat or sodium in place of balanced school meals every day”.

That loophole could be exploited by meat, soy, potato and other industry lobbies to expand their footprint on school menus, critics say.

Mr Perdue’s latest guideline follows an April 2019 memo from the USDA to state and regional program that “expands flexibility for crediting vegetables” by making allowances for pastas made with vegetable flours and beans.

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The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act mandated that participating schools include more whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and low-fat dairy options on their menus while decreasing the amount of sugary, fatty and salty foods available to kids on campus.

Following its passage, the USDA reported a nationwide increase of children eating 16 per cent more vegetables and 23 per cent more fruit during lunch, and 90 per cent of participating schools reported students were meeting the new nutritional standards.

Upon entering office under Mr Trump, Mr Perdue began rolling back some of those standards by allowing looser sodium regulations and otherr changes. 

Pasta is now a vegetable in American schools under Trump guidelines | The Independent

Certain kinds of pasta can be considered a vegetable for millions of public school meals, according to new rules proposed by Donald Trump‘s administration.

The new school guidelines released by the US Department of Agriculture last week would allow for more foods like pizza, burgers and french fries to appear on school menus as part of its sweeping revisions of a school lunch program from former First Lady Michelle Obama. Cuts to her signature policy under Barack Obama‘s administration — intended to reduce childhood obesity in the US — were announced on her birthday.

Among the changes are allowances for pastas made with potato, soy or other starchy vegetable-based flours to be considered as a vegetable serving.

Download the new Independent Premium app

Sharing the full story, not just the headlines

The rules said: “Pasta made of vegetable flour may credit as a vegetable, even if the pasta is not served with another recognizable vegetable.”

The agency said the rules were meant to “simplify” existing school lunch policies under the 2010’s Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act. Officials said that by expanding the types of foods that qualify as a vegetable, rather than students throwing out food they don’t want to eat, schools are more likely to reduce waste. 

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All the president’s lawyers: The team fighting Trump’s impeachment

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All the president’s lawyers: The team fighting Trump’s impeachment

1/6 Alan Dershowitz

Dershowitz is a controversial American lawyer best known for the high-profile clients he has successfully defended.

Those clients have included OJ Simpson, Jeffrey Epstein and Harvey Weinstein.

One longtime Harvard Law associated told the New Yorker Dershowitz “revels in taking positions that ultimately are not just controversial but pretty close to indefensible.”

2/6 Ken Starr

Starr became a household name in the 1990s as the independent counsel who led the investigation that led to Bill Clinton’s impeachment.

That investigation began as a look into a real estate scandal known as Whitewater, and eventually led to impeachment after Mr Clinton lied under oath about having an affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

3/6 Jay Sekulow

Sekulow is the president’s longtime personal attorney, and, now, personal lawyer in the White House.

He has been accused by former Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas of being “in the loop” during the Ukraine scandal.

4/6 Pam Bondi

Bondi is the former attorney general in Florida, and a longtime backer of the president’s.

She made a name for herself in Florida for taking hyper partisan stances on issues, and her penchant for publicity.

She is likely to be a prominent public-facing figure during the trial.

5/6 Pat Cipollone

Cipollone is the White House counsel, and leading the president’s defence team.

6/6 Rudy Giuliani

While not officially named as one of the president’s impeachment lawyers, it is hard to ignore Giuliani’s outsized role in this process.

The former mayor of New York has been making headlines for months as he defends his client, and for his apparent role in the effort to compel Ukraine to launch the investigation into Joe Biden.

We’ll see how he figures in the actual trial, which he has said he would like to be a part of.

1/6 Alan Dershowitz

Dershowitz is a controversial American lawyer best known for the high-profile clients he has successfully defended.

Those clients have included OJ Simpson, Jeffrey Epstein and Harvey Weinstein.

One longtime Harvard Law associated told the New Yorker Dershowitz “revels in taking positions that ultimately are not just controversial but pretty close to indefensible.”

2/6 Ken Starr

Starr became a household name in the 1990s as the independent counsel who led the investigation that led to Bill Clinton’s impeachment.

That investigation began as a look into a real estate scandal known as Whitewater, and eventually led to impeachment after Mr Clinton lied under oath about having an affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

3/6 Jay Sekulow

Sekulow is the president’s longtime personal attorney, and, now, personal lawyer in the White House.

He has been accused by former Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas of being “in the loop” during the Ukraine scandal.

4/6 Pam Bondi

Bondi is the former attorney general in Florida, and a longtime backer of the president’s.

She made a name for herself in Florida for taking hyper partisan stances on issues, and her penchant for publicity.

She is likely to be a prominent public-facing figure during the trial.

5/6 Pat Cipollone

Cipollone is the White House counsel, and leading the president’s defence team.

6/6 Rudy Giuliani

While not officially named as one of the president’s impeachment lawyers, it is hard to ignore Giuliani’s outsized role in this process.

The former mayor of New York has been making headlines for months as he defends his client, and for his apparent role in the effort to compel Ukraine to launch the investigation into Joe Biden.

We’ll see how he figures in the actual trial, which he has said he would like to be a part of.

USDA secretary Sonny Perdue said that “schools and school districts continue to tell us that there is still too much food waste and that more common-sense flexibility is needed to provide students nutritious and appetizing meals. We listened and now we’re getting to work.”

The proposed guidelines also would permanently consider potatoes and other starchy foods as a fruit and would permit only half a cup of fruit rather than a whole cup to be served as a breakfast item. Missing calories can be filled with pastries and other starchy foods. Potatoes can also be served as a vegetable every day.

Colin Schwartz, deputy director of legislative affairs for the Centre for Science in the Public Interest, said the rules “allow anything that might be allowable as an entree on any one school day to be served as an a la carte item every single day”, creating a “huge loophole in school nutrition guidelines” to include foods that are “high in calories, saturated fat or sodium in place of balanced school meals every day”.

That loophole could be exploited by meat, soy, potato and other industry lobbies to expand their footprint on school menus, critics say.

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Mr Perdue’s latest guideline follows an April 2019 memo from the USDA to state and regional program that “expands flexibility for crediting vegetables” by making allowances for pastas made with vegetable flours and beans.

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The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act mandated that participating schools include more whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and low-fat dairy options on their menus while decreasing the amount of sugary, fatty and salty foods available to kids on campus.

Following its passage, the USDA reported a nationwide increase of children eating 16 per cent more vegetables and 23 per cent more fruit during lunch, and 90 per cent of participating schools reported students were meeting the new nutritional standards.

Upon entering office under Mr Trump, Mr Perdue began rolling back some of those standards by allowing looser sodium regulations and otherr changes. 

Vegetable prices may soar 50 per cent as growers face perfect storm of bushfires and drought – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The price of vegetables is expected to jump by up to 50 per cent as catastrophic bushfires destroy crops and shut down highways while growers remain under pressure from ongoing hot and dry conditions.

Key points:

The vegetable industry’s peak body, AUSVEG, made the forecast, with chief executive James Whiteside warning that Queenslanders, in particular, would cop the higher prices because so much of the state’s produce came from, or through, Victoria and New South Wales.

He said with the Princess Highway shut by the fires, the produce was having to take the long way round to the supermarket shelves — and that added time and cost money.

“That product has to be rerouted through Melbourne and up the Hume Highway, which adds significantly to the time, cost and duration of moving product around,” he said.

“That’s certainly having an impact on what you’re seeing on the supermarket shelves in the northern half of Australia.”

Which vegetables will be worst affected?

Mr Whiteside said the prices of “pretty well anything” will go up, including cauliflower, broccoli, green leafy vegetables including rocket and spinaches, and root vegetables such as potatoes and pumpkins.

“A lot of those products where growers in Queensland have been sourcing out of southern states, which they typically do at this time of year, have been severely impacted,” he said.

He said the size of the price rise would depend on the product and where that fresh food had come from.

“I wouldn’t be surprised to see prices moving up between 20 per cent and 50 per cent,” he said.

“Those sort of larger increases are unlikely to be sustainable, but consumers will see a range of higher prices across pretty well everything.”

Who will feel the pinch?

The closure of a critical arterial between Queensland and southern states has been mirrored on the other side of the continent.

The only sealed road connecting Western Australia and South Australia — the Eyre Highway — was closed for 12 days over the New Year period, trapping trucks and travellers on either side of the Nullarbor Plain.

At the time, Adelaide truck driver Glenn Freestone said the closures had “crippled” the transport industry.

“Out of the past month, I’ve been stuck for 22 days,” he said.

The AUSVEG boss said that had to have had an impact.

“There’s been some significant disruption there,” Mr Whiteside said.

“The Bass and East Gippsland regions (in NSW) are the ones that have been substantially impacted by interruptions to the supply chains.”

And for those relying on Queensland produce, the drought means less produce being sent interstate, so the price of those products is also likely to go up.

“Just this ongoing drought meant that the prospects for the next couple of months to put a product out of the Lockyer Valley and up the Queensland coast — it’s likely the volumes will be down if we don’t get substantial rainfall for the next six or 12 weeks,” Mr Whiteside said.

What can buyers do?

Mr Whiteside said it was important for buyers to understand and appreciate why prices were higher.

He said buyers and sellers both had a role to play in supporting the growers hit by fire and drought.

“Our message to the supermarkets is to try, wherever possible, to shield consumers from higher costs they might be paying, but also to consumers — if you want to help growers, be prepared to pay a slightly higher price because many growers are going through a pretty tough time at the moment,” he said.

“It’s one way we can all support those growers, to pay a slightly higher price and perhaps accept a quality that isn’t quite as fantastic as we’re used to.”

veg puff recipe | curry puff recipe | veg patties or vegetable puff recipe

veg puff recipe | curry puff recipe | veg patties or vegetable puff recipe with detailed photo and video recipe. a popular snack, very similar to pie is prepared from puff pastry sheets. in other words, the puff’s are prepared from special sheets known as puff pastry sheets which is a layered sheet and sandwiched with butter or dalda.
curry puff recipeveg puff recipe | curry puff recipe | veg patties or vegetable puff recipe with step by step photo and video recipe. perhaps one of the common snack recipe across all the south east asian countries, but the filling may differ from region to region. in india there are several varieties, including veg puff, egg puff, paneer puff and chicken puff recipe which is typically consumed as evening snack and even sometime as breakfast.

i am a big fan of veg patties recipe and often i prepare these for our weekend evening snack. i typically prepare this recipe with the store bough puff pastry sheets as preparing is very time consuming and also very stressful. initially, i thought to share this recipe with the store bought pastry sheets, but i was getting several request for veg puff recipe with homemade pastry sheets. hence i decided to share both the recipes together in a single post. preparing puff pastry is very tiring and cumbersome process but but it would bring a smile and content with the end result of veg patties or vegetable puff.

furthermore, some important tips and suggestions for a perfect layered curry puff recipe. typically puff pastry sheets are prepared from dalda or vanaspati, however i have used pure butter in this recipe. using dalda can be thrifty and economical, but butter tastes better and adds nice flavour to veg puff. secondly, make sure the curry is dry and all the moisture is removed before filling it to pastry sheets. wet curry would turn puff’s to soggy and loose its shape. lastly, i have baked the puff in conventional oven, however it can also be deep fried in oil.

finally, i would like to highlight my other snacks recipes collection from my blog. this mainly includes, samosa, kachori, onion pakoda, corn cheese balls, bread rolls, mirchi bajji, stuffed mushroom, bread pakoda, dahi kabab and achari paneer tikka. in addition do visit my other recipes collection board like,

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Ingredients (1 cup = 255 ML)
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now place in the baking tray.
brush the puff with butter for more golden colour.
bake the puffs in preheated oven at 140 degrees for 25 minutes.
finally, veg puffs or veg patties is ready to serve with tomato sauce.

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H-E-B, Trader Joe’s, Walmart listed in massive vegetable recall

Mann Packing of Salinas, California is voluntarily recalling minimally processed vegetable products because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. 

More than 20 brands were yanked from shelves in the United States and Canada after one of its products tested positive in random sampling by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Public health officials have not reported any illnesses associated with the products, Mann Packing said.

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What is Listeria monocytogenes?

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. 

Symptoms of Listeria

Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Most people report symptoms between one to four weeks after contamination, some have reported symptoms as late as 70 days after exposure or as early as the same day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

How do I know if I have recalled vegetables?

The recalled products were distributed throughout the United States and Canada with “best if used by” dates from Oct. 11-20 listed on the front of the packaging, according to the Food and Drug Administration

Consumers who have purchased any recalled products should throw the items away or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Mann Packing on our 24-hour consumer line at 888-470-2681 or visit .

“As an owner of this company and a mom, providing safe and healthy foods to our consumers and their families is always our top priority,” said Gina Nucci, director of Corporate Marketing. “This voluntary recall is a reflection of our commitment to ensuring the safety of our consumers.”

For a full list of recalled items click here.

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Fruit and Vegetable Juices That Enhance the Immune System — HealthDigezt.com

Everyone knows that fresh fruits and vegetables are loaded with nutrients that offer a wide range of benefits for the mind and body. Certain fresh produce help enhance your immune system, making it possible for you to easily avoid various infections and diseases. Juicing the following allows you to boost your immunity in a truly refreshing and delectable way:

The sweetness of carrot juice makes it loved by kids and adults alike. Carrots get their characteristic bright orange color from its rich supply of beta carotene, a nutrient converted into vitamin A for sharper vision and better eye health. More importantly, vitamin A is an essential nutrient for a stronger immunity.

Vitamin C in lemons makes these citrus fruits excellent boosters of your immune system. Vitamin C is a well-known powerful antioxidant that protects the body from colds, cough, flu and others. Lemon juice may be acidic, but it has an alkalizing property once ingested, helping to restore optimal pH balance in the body.

Other than vitamins and minerals, apples also contain plenty of insoluble fiber. This type of carbohydrates that cannot be digested by the body works as a broom that sweeps out toxins along the intestinal tract. With all of those accumulated poisonous substances out of your body, your immunity is in top-form.

When it comes to fruits, some of the best sources of vitamin C are kiwis. Other than this super antioxidant, kiwis also contain vitamins A and E, both of which are necessary for a stronger immune system. Insoluble fiber and potassium in these fruits are also highly favorable for your cardiovascular system.

Cranberry juice is admired for its ability to bolster the urinary tract system. However, it also contains plenty of vitamin C that helps safeguard you from illnesses brought about by invading microorganisms such as bacteria and viruses.

A vegetable that makes for an excellent immune-boosting juice is broccoli, thanks to its rich supply of beta carotene and vitamin C. Every glass of broccoli juice also provides your body with sulphur, a mineral with powerful antimicrobial properties. Sulphur promotes healing as well because it detoxifies the body at a cellular level.

What makes beet juice capable of supporting the immune system is its long list of vitamins and minerals. Some of them include vitamins A and C, iron, calcium, potassium and manganese. When juicing, it’s a good idea to mix beets with other fruits and vegetables of your choice due to its strong, earthy flavor.