• World record-breaking England destroy Pakistan as Alex Hales hits 171

    England broke the world record for the highest one-day score as they smashed 444 for 3 to thrash Pakistan and take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the one-day series at Trent Bridge. Alex Hales broke Robin Smith's 23-year record for the biggest ODI score by an Englishman as the Nottinghamshire man cracked 171 from 122 balls on his home ground as the records tumbled.

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  • Nawazuddin Wants To Smooch Heroines Like Emraan Hashmi

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  • More than a million Indian workers to go on strike on Friday

    By Manoj Kumar NEW DELHI (Reuters) - More than a million Indian workers in banking, telecoms and other sectors will go on strike on Friday, seeking higher wages and to protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's labour reforms and a plan to close some loss-making firms. Trade unions including the All India Trade Unions Congress and Centre of Indian Trade Unions rejected a government appeal on Tuesday to call off the strike, saying it failed to address their demands. Since taking charge in May 2014, Modi has implemented a raft of economic reforms and is trying to ease labour laws to attract foreign investment and make it easier to do business in the country.

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  • Oh No! Another Celebrity Heading For Divorce?

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  • Balaji Telefilms To Shut Down For This Reason?

    Balaji Telefilms tasted success earlier with its films. The humungous business is now in a loop with the recent flops ‘Kya Super Cool Hain Hum 3′ and ‘Great Grand Masti’. It is being reported that the authorities are taking a slow move on the Balaji Motion Pictures due to the recent duds.

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  • Don’t quit your job if you work in 1 of these 5 industries

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  • Arjun Kapoor’s Rs 1 Lakh Per Day Parties Make Mohit Suri See Red

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  • At the Age of 50, This Man Decided to Give up His Successful Business to Take up Farming

    From having a successful business to giving it up at the age of 50, from selling furniture to becoming a farmer – this is the amazing story of Suneet Salvi. "People have family lawyers and family doctors – I want to work towards people having family farmers. People should know who is growing their food and how it is being grown," says 53-year-old Suneet Salvi who recently gave up his lucrative furniture business to take up ‘natural’ farming. He is now working with young tribal farmers in Murbad village of Dahanu Taluka located north of Mumbai. The agriculture bug bit Suneet, a Mumbai resident, after he turned 50 and started thinking about what he wanted to do for the next 10-15 years of his life. “I was running a business and kept thinking if it was something I wanted to continue doing. The answer was 'no' each time. When will I have the time to do what I really want to, I thought. This was when I decided to break away from the regular routine to do something that matters and would give me satisfaction. It had to be bigger than just myself and my family,” he says, adding that he was always passionate about nature and wanted to do something in the field of agriculture. You may also like: This Engineer Left His Government Job to Become a Farmer and Is Earning in Crores Now! “Many people do regular agriculture with chemicals, but they ruin the soil on a daily basis. I wanted to do the kind of farming that would help rejuvenate the soil and enhance its quality.” [caption id="attachment_66581" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Pulses, millet, corn and jowar[/caption] It was by sheer chance that he met Pratik Dhanmer, an architect who lives with his family in Murbad. Pratik was a guest professor in the college where Suneet’s daughter studies and she had visited his village for a project. When Suneet started looking for land, his daughter introduced him to Pratik. They found that they had many common goals and started looking for land around Mumbai together. “On visiting Murbad one day, I found that there were acres and acres of barren brown land that no one was farming. Pratik informed me that the villagers only cultivate paddy and the land goes unused from November till the next monsoon season. There are many reasons for this – shortage of funds, lack of confidence among farmers about where they can sell their produce, etc. Since we were looking for land anyway, we decided to work with these people instead,” says Suneet. The idea thrilled Pratik too because he had been trying to work with farmers on something similar. It also turned out that young people in the village were not interested in going to the cities and wanted to find some source of employment in the village itself. [caption id="attachment_66585" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] The barren land in the beginning[/caption] After about eight months of building trust among the farmers, Suneet finally started farming on a four-acre piece of land in January this year. The land belongs to the farmers. You may also like: Fresh Flavours for Your Food: How to Start Your Very Own Herb Garden at Home “We are trying to do natural farming, which is different from organic farming. In natural farming, you try to use everything available in and around the farm itself, as your input. And we have started with the aim of doing community farming. We want farmers to take whatever they learn on this farm and do the same thing on their own land too. We can sell their produce together as a community,” says Suneet. While Pratik focusses on paddy farming, Suneet works on making sure their farming methods don’t harm the ecology in any way, and that the quality of soil and water improve. “We don’t use any chemical fertilizers or pesticides and use as little plastic as possible. We work in harmony with nature to repair and improve the ecology. We have to prove to the villagers that farming does not require inorganic fertilizers and poisonous pesticides,” he says. They have also dug a percolation pond so that water that runs away from the farms can accumulate in it, percolate into the ground, and help increase the level of ground water. Together, they are growing turmeric, ginger, papaya, drumsticks, etc., through multi-cropping, which Suneet says is the natural way of farming. [caption id="attachment_66583" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Turmeric and Moringa[/caption] “Since this is traditionally a paddy field, we made high beds and planted vegetables like radish that grows underground; spinach, cabbage, fenugreek, and water melon that grow just above the ground; chillies, tomatoes, cluster beans, and corn that grow above the ground; and climbing creepers like sponge gourd, ridge gourd and cucumber.” He lives in the village from Monday to Thursday but leaves most major decisions in the hands of the farmers to make them independent. “These are simple people. They grow one crop a year and either spend the rest of the time doing nothing or go to the city for menial jobs. My idea is to help them make farming sustainable and profitable. Right now, I am paying them for learning and working on our farm. In a year or so, they should be able to till their own land,” Suneet adds. He is currently self-funding the project but hopes to turn profitable by selling the farm produce soon. [caption id="attachment_66582" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Varieties of gourds and beans[/caption] Suneet and his team also recently worked on desilting the village pond. The capacity of the pond has increased from 50 lakh litres to 85 lakh litres, and the water that used to finish by April every year, now lasts throughout the year. Dr. Ajit Gokhale, a Mumbai-based botanist and water specialist helped him in this project and has also been guiding the team with tips on farming and water conservation. You may also like: Why an Engineer and MBA Graduate Gave up His Corporate Job to Become a Full Time Farmer Suneet’s advice to people who want to do natural farming? "Work in harmony with nature and mimic it as much as possible. Restore the soil quality by mulching and using cow dung and urine. Create a micro-climate for the soil organisms and earthworms to thrive and multiply in. Do multi-cropping and always keep your soil covered with mixed dry mulch or live mulch. For ideal yield, the Carbon to Nitrogen (CN) ratio should be 10:1. It also helps to read books on the subject or attend seminars," sums up Suneet, who has attended some workshops in natural farming himself. You can contact Suneet by writing to him at  suneetsalvi@gmail.com Like this story? Or have something to share? Write to us: contact@thebetterindia.com, or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter (@thebetterindia).

    The Better India
  • Here’s the real secret to losing weight and staying thin (Hint: You’re not going to like it)

    A study found that metabolism rates slow more than expected years after weight loss.

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  • Check these 7 tax savers before you invest again

    Only a few days have gone by since the income tax return filing due date, but the tax saving exercise has already begun for the financial year 2016-17 (assessment year 2017-18). After all, it is better to plan your tax saving moves in advance than make wrong moves at the fag end of the FY. Of the many tax saving avenues, the most popular are the tax benefits under Section 80C of the Income-tax Act. Let's first see how Section 80C helps in reducing tax liability. Under Section 80C, an amount equal to the investment that you make in specified instruments, or if you incur any expense specified under the section up to a maximum of Rs 1.5 lakh in a financial year reduces your gross total income (GTI)

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  • These simple Vaastu tips will declutter your mind

    New Delhi, Aug 30 (ANI): In the current day and age, everyone is constantly busy juggling their personal life with their professional life, and have something or the other at the back of the mind always. Such a state is detrimental to the physical as well as mental health. To bring in good energy and declutter your life, renowned Vaastu expert, Ms. Jai Madaan lists a few simple changes that you can make in your personal space to be more at peace with yourself and improve your quality of life: 1.

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  • My toddler threw up on my shirt — and the airline tried to make me wear it

    Passenger Raj Purohit’s ‘terrible’ flight this summer

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  • Why a Mumbai Auto Driver Not Only Let Go of His Fare but Also Offered Money to His Passenger

    Rameez Shaikh, a resident of Mumbai, recently shared a post on Facebook about a benevolent auto-driver he encountered, and it is a delightful read. On Friday, Rameez left his office to go to a mosque to attend the afternoon congregational prayer. But after sitting in an auto he realised that he had left behind his wallet. He quickly explained the situation to Shukla ji, the auto driver, and requested him to wait at the mosque for 15-20 minutes and then drop him back at the office where he would pay him more than the actual fare. Since the kind-hearted driver could not wait till the prayers were finished, he simply offered Rameez a free ride. And not just that; he even tried to offer some money for Rameez's return ride. In the post that later went viral, Rameez added - “I feel we should all come out and share the positivity we experience on social media. There's too much hatred out here. The reason for hatred is not that only negativity prevails... but that easily only negativity sells... So unless "We" the people buy positivity it is not gonna sell.” Read the heartening post here: 26/Aug/2016, 1:40pm: I hurriedly went down from office to catch an auto-rickshaw to reach Masjid for the Friday... Posted by Rameez Shaikh on  Friday, August 26, 2016 If you are unable to view the story, here’s what he wrote: 26/Aug/2016, 1:40pm: I hurriedly went down from office to catch an auto-rickshaw to reach Masjid for the Friday congregational prayer ("Namaaz-e-Jumma'h"). As soon as I sat in the auto I realised that I had forgotten my wallet in my office in the rush. I requested the auto guy to drop me at the Masjid and wait till I pray (for 15-20 minutes) and drop me back; and that I will pay him more than the fare. The auto guy (who was pasting a "Ganpati Utsav" sticker on his windshield as I entered in his auto) told me: "Aap bhagwan ke kaam ke liye jaa rahe ho, aap tension matt le... mai chhodd deta hu aap ko... lekin mai wait nahi kar paaugaa... mujhe aagey jaanaa hoga.." I thanked him for that and sat in his auto (as otherwise I would have missed my prayers). Now as he dropped me at the Masjid he did something which I never expected. He got cash out of his pocket and offered me so that I can get back to my work place after finishing the prayers. Since he could not wait for me, he wanted to ensure that I get back to my work place conveniently. He was very sincerely telling me not to feel embarrassed for that... I could not thank him anymore... Meet Shukla ji (the man in the picture inserted)... Could be a stereotype breaker for some... An "Autowala" "Ganpati bhakt" with "Large red tilak on forehead" going out of his way to make sure that a fellow human of another faith gets to pray his Deity with all the peace.... 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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  • Bharti Airtel cuts mobile data prices as new rival Jio looms

    Bharti Airtel Ltd, India's top mobile phone carrier, cut prices of its mobile data services on a special plan on Monday, accelerating discounts in the highly competitive market as the entry of a new rival looms. Reliance Jio, a unit of Reliance Industries and controlled by India's richest man Mukesh Ambani, is expected to launch commercial fourth-generation telecommunication services in the coming weeks. Jio, expected to price its services aggressively, is giving away free voice calls and 4G data benefits for three months as it signs up subscribers for testing of its network.

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  • The New iPhone Should Be Announced September 7

    Update: Apple sent out invites for an event on September 7 at San Francisco's Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Unless the company throws us for a serious loop, we should see the new iPhone announced that day (although the event invite is noticeably devoid of any details about what exactly we'll be seeing). Update: August 24, 2016: A Taiwanese pop star might have given us the most recent look at the new iPhone.

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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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  • If India allies with US, it may irritate China: Chinese daily

    Beijing, Aug 30 (IANS) Hoping that India will retain its independence, a leading Chinese daily warned on Tuesday that New Delhi may irritate Beijing if it "joins the US alliance system". "If India hastily joins the US alliance system, it may irritate China, Pakistan or even Russia," the Global Times said in an editorial. "It may not make India feel safer, but will bring strategic troubles to itself and make itself a centre of geopolitical rivalries in Asia," it added.

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  • The 10 most expensive places to raise a family in the U.S.

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