• Dwayne Johnson Tops Forbes List of Highest Paid Actors

    Wrestler-turned-actor, 44, knocked Robert Downey Jr. off the top spot and more than doubled his 2015 earnings, largely thanks to his action-comedy 'Central Intelligence'

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Indian PM Modi's pictures waved during protests in Balochistan

    Dera Bugti (Balochistan), Aug. 24 (ANI): Days after Baloch leaders' in-exile hailed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for highlighting the atrocities committed on their people by Pakistan, the Baloch Republican Party (BRP) activists showered praise on him while holding the Indian flags and his pictures in their hands and vented their ire against Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri for declaring Brahamdagh Bugti a traitor. Holding the pictures of the Indian Prime Minister, late Baloch leader Akbar Bugti and his grandson Brahumdagh Bugti, the protestors, including children, with their faces covered raised slogans against Islamabad and also burnt Pakistan's national flag.

    ANI
  • Karnataka: Girl accuses Facebook friend of raping on pretext of marriage

    A Mangaluru-based girl accuses Facebook friend of raping her under the pretext of marrying.

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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.

    ANI
  • 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.

    Reuters
  • Sushma slams celebs for opting surrogacy

    New Delhi, Aug 24 (ANI): External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday launched a veiled attack on celebrities for having surrogate babies, saying a "thing which started as a necessity, has now turned into a luxury." Addressing a press conference here, she said, "Celebrities are having surrogate babies. In spite of having two children, they have a third, just because the wife couldn't take the pain, they get someone else to bear their child." The Centre's move implies a strong stand against celebrities like Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan, who had surrogate babies after two children and even Tusshar Kapoor, who became a single father recently.

    ANI
  • 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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  • Rohit Shetty confirms Ram Lakhan remake is shelved | Bollywood News | Hindi Movies News | Celebrity News - BollywoodHungama.com

    Last year, around the same time in August, Dharma Productions made a big announcement about the much talked about and much awaited remake of the 1989's Anil Kapoor- Jackie Shroff starrer Ram Lakhan. Ever since the announcement was made, several names started doing the rounds for titular roles, which included the likes of Sidharth Malhotra, Varun Dhawan, Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor and even Fawad Khan. The latest update on the Ram Lakhan's remake is that Rohit Shetty has gone on record to say that they (Karan Johar and Rohit Shetty) have temporarily shelved this project. Rohit Shetty also spoke about how all the actors wanted to play Lakhan's role and that no one was ready to play Ram. Rohit Shetty

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  • Salman Khan and Iulia Vantur want their relationship to work, but as for marriage...

    ...seems like Salman Khan is taking things in his own stride, and is in no hurry to tie the knot with Romanian beauty Iulia Vantur.

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  • Kabali: When Rajini met, praised a woman for delivering Thalaivar's dialogues perfectly

    Superstar Rajinikanth who is currently taking rest after Kabali release, rarely sees any guests at his farm house near Kelambakkam. What his fan did was that she spoke the dialogues from Rajinikanth’s recent blockbuster Kabali. The woman used the template of Thalaivar’s intoductory dialogue from Kabali as a monologue in which she is expressing herself as modern homemaker and how liberal and self-efficient she is.

    Mail Today
  • Australia captain Smith to return home from Sri Lanka to rest

    (Reuters) - Australia captain Steve Smith is to leave the tour of Sri Lanka and return home to rest ahead of their limited-overs series in South Africa before they host the Proteas at the start of a heavy home schedule. Vice-captain David Warner will lead the side for the remaining three one-day internationals and two Twenty20 matches against Sri Lanka. "It's obviously going to be a big summer with South Africa and then six tests at home then limited-overs matches against New Zealand," Smith told reporters after his side lost the second one-day international against Sri Lanka by 82 runs in Colombo on Wednesday.

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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.

    ANI
  • 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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  • Aamir Khan to train two students every year

    New Delhi, Aug. 24 (ANI): Aamir Khan's work has been a point of discussion amongst audience for a while now. Aamir would be taking the students along for all his shoots, his meetings, his reading sessions, his rehearsals and all that goes behind working for the industry of cinema. This year, Fatima Sana Shaikh, who would be playing Geeta Phogat and Sanya Malhotra, who would be playing Babita Kumari in 'Dangal' are the actor's first two students.

    ANI
  • RBI retains 'too big to fail' status for SBI, ICICI Bank

    The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Thursday retained State Bank of India and ICICI Bank , the nation's top two lenders by assets, as "domestic systemically important banks", or the equivalent as "too big to fail" for a second consecutive year. The two banks had been assigned the status last year, the first time the central bank moved to such a classification.

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  • BJP's Zafar Islam plays safe on fatwa on cow urine items

    New Delhi, Aug. 24 (ANI): Not completely declining the fatwa issued by Islamic seminary against products with cow urine, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Zafar Islam on Wednesday said the scientific use of cow urine is not known, adding there are many things which are permitted even though the Islamic faith doesn't allow those things in normal course of action. Talking to ANI, Islam said the consumption of cow urine and the products, which have cow urine, is prohibited as far as Islamic faith is concerned.

    ANI
  • Afzal Guru Row: JNU Panel Holds 21 Students Guilty

    New Delhi: The appellate authority, which heard the pleas of the 21 JNU students who were penalised in connection with the controversial February 9 event, has found all of them guilty of indiscipline even as the financial penalty imposed on some of them has been reduced. "The panel has found guilty the 21 students who were penalised in connection with the February 9 event. The punishment still stands, but fine imposed on a few students has been reduced. Fresh letters informing them of the decision have been issued," a source said. The punishment granted to Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya remained same while there was no clarity on JNU student union president Kanhaiya Kumar's punishment,

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