• Rajan has no degree in economics, Patel has a PhD: Swamy

    New Delhi [India], Aug. 26 (ANI): Expressing his approval over the selection of Urjit Patel as the new Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy has said that he has high hopes from Raghuram Rajan's successor. Speaking to ANI here, Swamy said Patel was Rajan's deputy for many years, which is why his next post should not feel new to him.

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  • Ayushmann-Bhumi’s Manmarziyan Shelved

    Tired of the several delays, producer Aanand L Rai has taken the call

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  • Indian Railways Engineer Wins MIT Award for His Radical Caterpillar Train Idea

    Ashwani Kumar Upadhyaya, a 47-year-old Indian Railways engineer, recently won an award for his innovative idea of developing caterpillar trains -- a network of lightweight, elevated train coaches that will run at speeds up to 100 km/hr and will take passengers even to the residential areas. Ashwani, who is a 1997-batch officer of the Indian Railway Traffic Service, is posted at the Centre for Railway Information Systems in New Delhi and is currently on a study leave as a PhD scholar in Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston. He won in a global competition on innovations that was organised by MIT and had about 500 entries. Ashwani came up with this idea with a fellow PhD scholar Emil Jacob. The caterpillar train is named so because the idea is to install wheels both above and below the coaches. This way, they will be able to run on the tracks as well as hang from them. The tracks would be supported by poles bent to form arches. [caption id="attachment_66004" align="aligncenter" width="660"] Artist's impression of the Caterpillar train. Source: Facebook[/caption] The whole system will run on electricity and the coaches will also have a backup battery to be used in case of emergencies such as a power failure. Every coach will have the capacity to seat 20 people and their small size will help them reach residential areas too. The small size is also supposed to allow trains to be vertically stacked at the depot. The station for caterpillar trains will be a simple platform to be reached via elevators. A console on the train would allow passengers to pick stations. The most surprising thing about this radical urban transport system is that it would cost a fifteenth of the conventional metro rail system. “Currently, all urban mass transit systems are developed on the hub-and-spoke concept — the transport system is the hub and users have to travel from various parts of the city and converge there to use it. But the C-Train goes wherever there is at least a five-metre road,” Ashwani told The Indian Express. The competition, organised by MIT’s Centre for Collective Intelligence, offers a crowd-sourcing platform for people to create ideas and proposals on how the issue of climate change can be addressed. Ashwani now plans to educate eminent academicians and town planners about the benefits of the C-Train at an upcoming conference to be organised by MIT in September. Like this story? Or have something to share? Write to us: contact@thebetterindia.com, or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter (@thebetterindia).

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  • John Abraham Steps Into Ranbir Kapoor’s Shoes!

    One actor's loss is another's gain

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  • India, West Indies to play two T20 Internationals in United States

    Saturday and Sunday's back-to-back fixtures come at a crucial time for the West Indies. West Indies faces India in two Twenty20 internationals in Florida at the weekend in a litmus test for both cricket's future in the US and Carlos Brathwaite's credentials as Caribbean skipper. After India cruised to victory in the Test series and in the aftermath of the Caribbean squad’s latest round of blood-letting, the sides head for the sport's newest outpost, the Central Broward Regional Park, the only purpose-built cricket stadium in the U.S. Six matches in the recent franchise-based Caribbean Premier League were played at the $10 million arena while the first full international matches, two Twenty20

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  • Jio does Apple, people throng Reliance Stores for free 4G test SIM

    New Delhi, Aug 25 (IANS) If you are in awe of those early morning queues outside Apple Stores globally, hang on. From Bhubaneswar to Ahmedabad and from Lucknow to Mohali, people on Thursday made a beeline -- some even as early as 2 a.m. -- for Reliance Digital Stores and Digital Xpress Mini Stores to get a free Jio test 4G SIM.

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  • 'Chatan' Bhagat loses to Piers Morgan in Twitter-trolling battle

    New Delhi, Aug. 24 (ANI): There are a very few who can take on the king of trolling- Piers Morgan and walk away unscathed and just as well, Indian author Chetan Bhagat joined the list of his victims today after an epic Twitter battle that left the internet in tears. Morgan, who earlier came under fire for mocking India's grand celebrations of its lone two medals from the recently concluded Rio Olympics, came under an onslaught of attack by the Indian Twitterati, including Bhagat. It is freaking amazing!," Bhagat tweeted.

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  • France has "misunderstood" burkini, Australian designer says

    By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The French authorities have misunderstood why the burkini was created and should not turn it into a symbol of division, the Australian designer of the swimsuit said on Wednesday. The burkini swimsuit made international headlines after the mayors of Cannes, Villeneuve-Loubet and the Corsican seaside resort of Sisco banned it last week, arguing the burkini, which leaves only the face, hands and feet exposed, defies French laws on secularism. "They have misunderstood what the burkini is all about," said Aheda Zanetti, adding that anyone, no matter their religion, could wear it.

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  • The Mighty Jupiter Enters Earthy Virgo – What Sort Of Effects Will It Have On Your Life?

    Jupiter – the planet of wisdom and expansion, will be entering the Virgo Sign on 11th August, 2016. Find out the likely effects on different areas of life.

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  • Gold slips to four-week low, awaits clues on Fed

    NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) - Gold hit four-week lows on Thursday, under pressure from upbeat U.S. data in the run-up to a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen this week that will be watched for clues on monetary policy. Market players are hoping Yellen will give a clearer signal on the path of U.S. interest rate hikes when she addresses a meeting of central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, on Friday. As central bankers converged on Thursday for an annual conference on monetary policy, a couple of Fed officials took renewed a push for rate increases, citing improvement in employment and inflation.

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  • Lemon, ideal ingredient for your glowing skin, good health

    New Delhi, Aug. 25 (ANI): Did you ever think, a small lemon can be of multi-use, other than adding tang to a flavour? It has been found that taking lemon regularly can help to relieve headaches, soothe digestive problems and even help people suffering from anxiety. What we have to remember is that the lemon is best taken diluted, adding it to water.

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  • IIT-B names, shames start-ups reneging on job offers

    Mumbai, Aug 25 (IANS) In an unprecedented move, the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) on Thursday released the names of nine companies it had blacklisted for allegedly going back on plum job placements they offered to its students. The erring companies are LeGarde Burnett Group, which had revoked its job offers and was later found to be fake. The others who are said to have revoked job offers are GPSK, Johnson Electric of China, Portea Medical, Peppertap and Cashcare Technologies.

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  • GM mustard clears hurdle in India but more remain

    By Mayank Bhardwaj and Krishna N. Das NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A government panel has cleared commercial use of what would be India's first genetically modified (GM) food crop, but politicians still have to give final approvals amid wide-spread public opposition. Technical clearance for indigenously developed GM mustard seeds was given on Aug. 11 by the panel of government and independent experts, following multiple reviews of crop trial data generated over almost a decade, said two sources with direct knowledge of the matter. The decision to go ahead is likely to be made public soon by the environment ministry's Genetic Engineering Approval Committee, and is expected eventually to move to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's desk via Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave.

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  • Venus- Mercury in conjunction with Rahu in Leo: What can be the effects?

    Venus and Mercury will be transiting in conjunction with Rahu in the first half of August 2016. Find out how major areas of your life – career and relationship may get affected.

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  • Subrata Roy offers to pay additional Rs. 300 crores

    New Delhi [India], Aug. 26 (ANI): Sahara group chief Subrata Roy on Friday told the Supreme Court that he is ready to pay additional Rs. 300 crores which should be adjusted with the bank guarantee. In a breather to Sahara chief Subrata Roy, the apex court had on August 3 extended his parole till September 16 to enable him to deposit Rs 300 crores with market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). Earlier on July 11, the apex court had extended his parole on humanitarian grounds following the death of his mother, with a strict condition that he would have to deposit the balance of Rs. 300 crores out of the Rs. 500 crores promised by him.

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  • ZEE TV Launches It’s New Primetime Show Sanyukt

    Meet senior citizens, Govardhan Bhai Mehta and Ila Govardhan Mehta, who stay in Mumbai. What follows is a heartwarming journey of the parents to mend their broken family to become one big happy joint family. Producer Siddharth Anand Kumar says, “Joint family living, as a concept, is very deep-rooted amongst us Indians and till two generations ago, we were all staying under one roof with our extended families.

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  • No Surgery Makeup Fake Outs For Lips, Nose & Eyes

    The Doctors reveal makeup secrets that can help you look your best without going under the knife!

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  • Women protest French burkini ban with London beach party demo

    Some 35 Muslim and non-Muslim women held a beach party demonstration outside the French embassy in London on Thursday, protesting against a ban on burkinis enforced in some coastal towns in France. "We wanted to show solidarity with Muslim women in France and call for a repeal of the ban."     France's highest administrative court, the Conseil d'Etat, was meeting on Thursday to consider a complaint against the ban in one Mediterranean town. President Francois Hollande's government has backed the decisions taken by mainly conservative mayors, who argue the garment violates France's laws on secularism.

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  • Sri Lanka wants Indian subcontinent firm involved in $400 mln port contract

    Sri Lanka is seeking a consortium that must include a company from the Indian subcontinent to bid for a $400 million contract to build a port terminal, the ports minister said on Thursday. The move to include an Indian subcontinent firm could neutralise growing Chinese influence in Colombo's port. Arjuna Ranatunga, Sri Lanka's ports minister, said at least a 20 percent stake in consortia bidding for the Colombo East terminal construction contract must be held by a firm from the Indian subcontinent.

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  • 8 Worst Things to Buy at Dollar Stores

    These discount retailers stock plenty of bargains, but some of the merchandise isn't worth the buck.

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