• A Tiny Kerala Island Made It to Nat Geo’s World Destinations List Thanks to This Woman Entrepreneur

    The backwaters in Kerala are popular among tourists from all over the world for their lush scenery, slow-moving waters, and serene atmosphere. Recently, National Geographic announced that the sunset in Kakkathuruthu, a tiny island on Vembanad lake in Kerala, is one of the best experiences a tourist can have `Around the World in 24 Hours'. The magazine's article `Around the World in 24 Hours', has featured Norway at 12 am, Hawaii at 5 am, Paris at 6 am, San Francisco at 7 am, Abu Dhabi at 8 am, Melbourne at 9 am, New York at 8 pm, Budapest (Hungary) at 10 pm, and Kakkathuruthu in Kerala at 6 pm, among other destinations, to give a window into what different places in the world look like. Maneesha Panicker is the woman who fetched this quaint island international recognition. Maneesha runs Kayal, the only property for tourists on the island, as a part of her company – Silk Route Escapes, which offers custom tours of Kerala. When she first visited the island two years ago, the only way to access it was through a traditional rowboat. Around one thousand people live on the island situated in Eramallur, which is a half hour drive from Kochi. Construction work around the island is restricted by Coastal Regulation Zone rules. Maneesha, who left her job in New York to open Kayal, told The Times of India, “When we established Kayal, our idea was to have a small space here with minimal impact on nature and to involve local people in the functioning of our resort." In an attempt to make the tourists’ stay as authentic as possible, the team at Kayal engages the locals to participate in various programmes such as interactive theatre performances. They source their produce from local farmers and fishermen, and use only recycled material to build the cottages. "The best thing that the NatGeo team liked about the island was the sunset, which they watched from a traditional rowboat on the calm waters," Maneesha added. According to Maneesha, Kayal, the boutique hotel/resort, also received the Conde Naste Traveller award for the best lakeside lodge in the world and Kakkathuruthu was featured in David Rocco’s popular celebrity cook show. When the NatGeo team visited Kakkathuruthu, they were astonished by the rustic feel of the island, its untouched greenery and the magazine photographers captured the sunset on the island when "the shadows lengthen and the sky shifts from pale blue to sapphire." NatGeo Expeditions went on to describe the stunning sunsets, which are accompanied by a flurry of sari-clad women returning home in shallow boats and fishermen who light lamps and cast nets.   Like this story? Or have something to share? Write to us: contact@thebetterindia.com, or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter. NEW: Click here to get positive news on Whatsapp!

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  • Shocking misuse of Aadhaar cards

    Alarm bells must have started ringing in the Prime Minister’s Office as well as the food and civil supplies ministries of various state governments after the Civil Supplies Department of Karnataka unearthed last week a racket linking fictitious Aadhaar numbers to generate thousands of bogus BPL cards. The scandal came to light when senior department officials raided fair price shops in Bengaluru. It was found that invalid 12-digit numbers were linked with bogus ration cards while in other specific cases, single Aadhaar numbers were seeded with multiple fake cards. Random checking in Bengaluru alone has so far revealed 45,000 bogus cards belonging to about 300 ration shops, and similar reports

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  • Honey-trapped Varun Gandhi has leaked defence secrets

    BJP Lok Sabha member Varun Gandhi has been honey-trapped by a notorious arms dealer, a business insider has told the Prime Minister’s Office. C Edmonds Allen, US-based lawyer and former partner of Delhi-based arms dealer Abhishek Verma, has made the sensational charge, backing it up with documentary and photographic evidence. He believes Varun revealed classified defence information to the dealer. Varun has denied the charges. Honey-trapping refers to the use of attractive women to elicit information from people in key positions. Verma, the arms dealer in question, has been named as an accused in the Navy War Room leak and Scorpene submarine deal case of 2005. He was arrested by the CBI, and

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  • MS Dhoni: The Untold Story Becomes The Second Highest Grosser Of 2016!!

    Yet another good news, MS Dhoni: The Untold Story has become the second highest grosser of 2016 with a total business of 129.50 crores in India. MS Dhoni: The Untold Story has successfully raked in good collections in its third week also after a stupendous run at the box office since its release. The collections of the third week are mentioned below: Monday – 63 lacs Tuesday 61 lacs Wednesday – 60 lacs Thursday 54 lacs With its terrific run at the box office ‘MS Dhoni: The Untold Story’ has become the second highest grosser of 2016.

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  • First look of Baahubali 2 unvelied at MAMI

    Mumbai, Oct 22 (IANS) The motion poster of S.S. Rajamouli's "Baahubali 2: The Conclusion" made a thunderous debut on Saturday at the ongoing Jio MAMI 18th Mumbai Film Festival with Star. The first look of the much-awaited film was unveiled in the presence of its team, including director Rajamouli, actor Prabhas and actresses Tamannaah Bhatia and Anushka Shetty. Before releasing the motion poster, the director called it a birthday gift to Prabhas.

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  • Revealed: The transformation of Fatima Sana Sheikh and Sanya Malhotra as Geeta and Babita Phogat in Dangal

    Revealed: The transformation of Fatima Sana Sheikh and Sanya Malhotra as Geeta and Babita Phogat in Dangal. Read about Revealed: The transformation of Fatima Sana Sheikh and Sanya Malhotra as Geeta and Babita Phogat in Dangal at Bollywood Hungama.

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  • Here’s Why Aamir Khan Travels To Bhutan!

    Versatile actor Aamir Khan has grabbed the headlines by the trailer launch of his upcoming movie “Dangal” which has received mixed responses from the audience. The actor who recently visited Bhutan amongst his busy schedule and left us all wondering to guess the reason for the same. The actor is a Regional Goodwill Ambassador of the UNICEF took out time from his hectic schedule to meet the children affected by malnutrition in Bhutan and to see what action is the organization taking to work towards the same.

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  • Check out: Diana Penty’s photoshoot as a six year old kid

    Diana Penty shot into the limelight with her portrayal of the character Meera Sahni in the 2012 film Cocktail, more recently she was seen in the comic caper Happy Bhag Jayegi. But despite her looks and obvious acting chops, Diana does not seem to be a prominent feature in films. However, on the modelling front, Diana is certainly second to none. But we aren’t talking about her films or her current modelling career, instead we are talking about her latest Instagram post. Though the image is pretty old, Diana seems to have maintained that innocent charm that shines through almost all her photoshoots even today.

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  • "Anurag Kashyap has lost the plot"- Shaina NC slams the filmmaker

    It looks like Anurag Kashyap’s tweet asking for the Prime Minister’s apology for visiting Pakistan in December 2015 has rankled many. The latest to hit out at the Ugly director is the BJP’s official spokesperson Shaina NC who minces no words while condemning Kashyap’s political ignorance. “Mr Kashyap may or may not be a good filmmaker. But there are no two opinions on his political ignorance, not after what he has said about our Prime Minister. You know, you have to know what you are talking about before commenting. Don’t talk about things you have no idea about. Anurag Kashyap is known for controversial films. I guess he wants to extend that image off screen also.” Shaina feels there is a vast

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  • Ketan Desai, Indian doctor accused of crimes, becomes president of World Medical Association

    By Aditya Kalra NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The World Medical Association (WMA), the top medical-ethics body, on Friday installed an Indian doctor facing corruption charges as its president, despite controversy surrounding his appointment while legal cases are pending. A statement released by the WMA said Dr. Ketan Desai delivered his inaugural speech as president on Friday at the association's annual assembly in Taiwan. After he was first selected in 2009 as a future president of the WMA, Desai faced conspiracy and corruption allegations.

  • MNS allows release of Karan Johar's 'Ae Dil...'

    Mumbai, Oct 22 (IANS) In a major breather for filmmaker Karan Johar, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) on Saturday allowed the release of his "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil" -- but said all producers who employed Pakistani artists must pay Rs 5 crore each into the Indian Army's welfare fund as an atonement. The MNS decision followed Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis' direct intervention in the matter -- a day after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh visited Mumbai and two days after he met representatives of Bollywood. "Why should Pakistani actors be given the red carpet welcome when our soldiers are being killed on the borders?

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  • I'll be proud to work with Pakistani artistes: Mahika Sharma

    Mumbai, Oct 22 (IANS) Amid of the growing tensions between India and Pakistan, former Miss Teen Northeast Mahika Sharma, who has been a part of various charities and NGOs, says banning Pakistani artistes is like "restricting" art. The attack was followed by surgical attacks that India conducted across the LoC. As for Pakistan, it does not have much to give to their citizens, hence their citizens are forced to take their talent to other countries," she added.

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  • There is one more Pakistani actor in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil apart from Fawad Khan and he is...

    While all attention has been focused on  Fawad Khan, another Pakistani actor Imran Abbas who has earlier been seen in Vikram Bhatt’s Creature, has also got a cameo role in Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil which he is very proud of. In an email chat Imran excitedly shared his role in Karan’s film stating, “My role in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is a cameo but it’s an interesting appearance and plays a very important part in the story.” He says he is delighted to be part of a Karan Johar film. “I am glad to be a part of Dharma Productions and to work under Karan’s direction. I loved the way he explains the character and makes sure the actor delivers  what he demands on screen.” Imran is all praise for his

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  • Pakistan warns of action if India breaches Indus Water Treaty

    Islamabad: Pakistan warned of “appropriate action” if India violates the Indus Water Treaty and said it is closely monitoring the situation, amid reports that New Delhi may revisit the key water sharing accord.  “Appropriate action will be taken in line with the Treaty in case of any violation by India,” Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said at the weekly briefing. Pakistan was keeping a close eye on the situation, Radio Pakistan quoted him as saying. Zakaria’s remarks come amid reports that India may review the 56-year-old Indus Water Treaty. He said that India is making “desperate attempts” to divert attention from the “atrocities and human right violations” being committed in

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  • Chinese buying, India's festival season prop up gold demand in Asia

    By Rajendra Jadhav and Sethuraman N R MUMBAI/BENGALURU (Reuters) - Physical gold demand in Asia firmed up this week on strong buying by leading consumer China while prices in India were at a premium for the first time in several months ahead of the festive season. Spot gold was set to end the week up 1 percent on steady physical buying from China and exchange-traded funds. Gold prices in India, the world's second-largest consumer, were at a premium for the first time in nine months as a drop in prices prompted jewellers and dealers to step up purchases for upcoming festivals.

  • 8 Things You Should Never Keep in Your Wallet

    With just your name and Social Security number, identity thieves can open new credit accounts and make costly purchases in your name. If they can get their hands on (and doctor) a government-issued photo ID of yours, they can do even more damage, such as opening new bank accounts. The last thing you want to be wondering as you're reporting a stolen wallet is, "What exactly did I have in there?" Your Social Security Card...

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  • Live Cricket Score of Pakistan vs West Indies, 2nd Test, Day 1 at Abu Dhabi

    Build Up:  Pakistan target series win Riding on heart-warming performances by Darren Bravo and Devendra Bishoo, West Indies almost snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in the first Test in Dubai. However, the home side just about managed to sneak through by 56 runs. The Test certainly had its fair share of sharp twists and turns. Azhar Ali's memorable triple-hundred put Pakistan in cruise control and then Yasir Shah became the joint second-fastest to register the landmark of 100 Test scalps. Just when it felt as if Pakistan were surging towards an easy win, Bishoo's 8 for 49 gave the visitors a glimmer of hope of putting it past Pakistan. For a while, Bravo cajoled and coaxed the ball into

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  • Pageantry and politics mix as Nigeria's Benin City crowns new ruler

    Crowned with coral beads, flanked by high officials in bright white robes adorned with shining metal plaques, the new Oba of the historic kingdom of Benin greeted his people in a very 21st century corner of southern Nigeria. Crowds packed Benin City to celebrate the coronation of Oba Ewuare II - carrying on a royal tradition that has endured through a punishing raid by imperial Britain in 1897 and the kingdom's subsequent incorporation into the west African state. Britain infamously carried away piles of plunder, including hundreds of metal panels - now widely known as the "Benin bronzes" and hanging in museums as far afield as London, New York, Berlin and Christchurch, New Zealand.

  • Amitabh Bachchan in a Telugu film titled Rythu?

    A couple of days ago, Ram Gopal Varma announced the revival of his much ambitious film Sarkar with its third installment and gave the audience the details of the cast on social media. Now that the film has gone on floor, a surprise visitor on the sets have led to many speculations. Recently, actor Balakrishna aka Balayya paid a visit to Amitabh Bachchan on the sets of Sarkar 3. What followed were rumours that state that this was not just a mere surprise but a discussion that happened between the two about a forthcoming film. Apparently, Balayya has approached Big B for his next film titled Rythu, which will be directed by Krishna Vamsi. It is being said that though it will be a brief role, the

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  • “No place for discrimination in film industry”- Salim Khan

    Time and again, screenwriter Salim Khan has proved that he won’t ever mince words when it comes talking about controversial issues. With the ongoing controversy surrounding Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Karan Johar and film industry divided over the ban imposed on Pakistani artists, Salim Khan shared his opinion on the same. Calling out political parties and brushing out divide in the film industry allegations, Salim Khan addressed the issue stating that Bollywood industry is the only place where there is no discrimination on the basis language, religion, cast and creed. Without naming anyone, he did take dig as some people who have chosen to support the political parties in banning the upcoming film.

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