• Shabana Azmi criticises Maharashtra CM

    Mumbai, Oct 23 (IANS) Veteran actress Shabana Azmi has slammed Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for allegedly facilitating the extortion of money from Bollywood producers.

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  • I have not taken a penny for 'Shivaay': Ajay Devgn

    Mumbai, Oct 23 (IANS) Actor-filmmaker Ajay Devgn, who is busy promoting "Shivaay", says he has not taken a penny for this film. "My budget of the film is as much as the Ajay Devgn film should be but I have not taken a penny. Asked if he felt "Shivaay" would be a blockbuster, Ajay said that he was just focusing on connecting with audience.

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  • Mahira Khan will cost Rs. 5 crores for producer Ritesh Sidhwani, for Raees

    Couple of hours ago we reported that Mahira Khan will continue to be a part of the Shah Rukh Khan starrer Raees, contrary to the rumours of her exit. However, in the wake of the producers guild assuring that they would abide by the conditions that were discussed in the meeting held today, we believe that the makers of the film will have to pay a sum worth Rs. 5 crores for having a Pakistani actress in the film. As mentioned before, Raees marks the debut of Mahira Khan in Bollywood. The film has been in the making for the past two years and with the latest ban over Pakistani artists, Raees was supposed to incur heavy losses. However, arriving at a compromise today, Raj Thackeray who continues

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  • 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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  • Shammi Kapoor: The man who lived life King-Size!

    His real name was Shamsher Raj Kapoor. And true to his real name, Shammi Kapoor was the leader of the lion’s herd and lived life King-Size! On his 85th birth anniversary that falls today, October 21, it’s time to recall some unforgettable aspects about a man as wonderful as he was underrated as an actor. Shammi’s kidneys had given way long before he passed away, but he had learnt to live with dialysis for over nine years, making visits to the hospital thrice a week. As he put it, “But I could still live life the way I wanted in the other four days!” though he would often develop fever for a day after many such sessions. He would speak to me directly from his hospital bed, picking up his cellphone

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  • Parveen Babi's wealth to be put in philanthropy

    While many Bollywood celebrities have involved themselves in charity work, yesteryear diva Parveen Babi, even after her demise decided to put her money to good use as she donated 80% of her wealth for the benefit of women and children. The will, which was challenged in court by the actress’ paternal relatives, has finally been legitimized as the money will now be used for charitable causes towards the Babi community. After the demise of Parveen Babi way back in 2005, due to the lack of any evidence or the existence of a will, her property was seized by the Administrative General and Official Trustee. However, post a few months, Murakdhan Babi, her 82 year old uncle discovered a will that was

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  • Kashmiris ready to sacrifice their lives, not motherland, says PoK leader

    Brussels [Belgium], Oct. 23 (ANI): Taking strong exception to the atrocities committed by the Pakistan authorities on the people of occupied Kashmir (PoK), United Kashmir People's National Party (UKPNP) leader Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri has said Kashmiris could die but won't compromise on their motherland. Today is also a day to remember brave Kashmiri mujahids (people performing Jihad) Master Abdul Aziz and Maqbool Sherwani, who fought back Kabailis.

  • After cheating on my wife and having twins out of wedlock, I face child support and alimony

    This husband wonders how his infidelity will be treated in divorce court.

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  • SP crisis escalates as Ram Gopal Yadav now expelled for six years

    Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Oct. 23 (ANI): After being sacked from the Cabinet by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Samajwadi Party state president Shivapal Yadav on Sunday expelled party general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav from his position and the party for next six years while accusing him of being part of a conspiracy against the party. "Ram Gopal is involved with the BJP, he met BJP leaders thrice in the last few days.

  • Amy Jackson & Sushant Singh Rajput snapped at the airport | Parties & Events

    Browse Amy Jackson & Sushant Singh Rajput snapped at the airport Photos at Parties & Events. Download Amy Jackson & Sushant Singh Rajput snapped at the airport photos at Parties & Events at Bollywood Hungama

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  • Jayalalithaa interacting now, responding 'remarkably' to treatment: Apollo Hospital

    Chennai [India], Oct. 22 (ANI): Tamil Nadu Governor Vidyasagar Rao visited ailing Chief Minister Jayalalitha at the Apollo Hospitals here on Saturday, where he was briefed about the treatment given to her and was informed that she was interacting now and responding to treatment remarkably. Apollo Hospitals Chairman Dr. Reddy said that Jayalalithaa is being treated by a team of experts consisting of doctors from Critical Care Group, Senior Cardiologist, Senior Respiratory Physician, Senior Consultant, Infectious Diseases, Endocrinologist, Diabetologist and dieticians. Jayalalithaa has been kept under the close observation of a specialist from London, besides three-member team of doctors from AIIMS, Delhi.

  • Kerala dress code row: "Why not 'mundus' for men, if 'sarees' for women"

    Trivandrum [India], Oct. 22 (ANI): Amid the furore over the ban on women from wearing jeans at the government medical college in Trivandrum, the Confederation of Medical College Doctors has called on the education centre to create a dress code with a rationale and without any discrimination. Speaking to ANI here, member of the Confederation of Medical College Doctors Santhosh Kumar said that there is no problem in an institution having a dress code, but the problem arises when it is rife with discrepancies and discriminations. "For example, what is wrong with jeans as everyone is comfortable and it is worn by all in Kerala.

  • 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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  • BREAKING NEWS: Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and MNS fight resolved, but with preconditions

    While the film deals with nothing but Bollywood romance, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil turned out to be the most controversial film of the year, courtesy the presence of Fawad Khan. Karan Johar, who has been seeing abuses hurled at him by MNS for taking a Pakistani artist in his film, can finally heave a sigh of relief as a recent meeting with Raj Thackeray may have proved beneficial for the release of his next film. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil faced the consequence of the ensuing tension between India and Pakistan after the Uri attacks in Jammu & Kashmir in September. Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, since then, have constantly been protesting against the release of the film as well as pressurizing the government to

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  • Ajay Devgn abides by COEAI’s appeal, will help Uri martyrs

    In the wake of the Uri attacks, a controversy erupted in Bollywood, dividing it into varied opinions as certain filmmakers and even actors came out to demand a ban on Pakistani artists from the industry. Ajay Devgn who has been supporting the ban since the start has now decided to even follow the appeal made by Cinema Owners & Exhibitors’ Association of India. COEAI, a day ago, appealed to the filmmakers and producers who are releasing films this Diwali to donate their first day collections to the families of Uri martyrs. Ajay Devgn, who is looking forward to the release of his much ambitious venture Shivaay, has reportedly given a nod for the same. The actor, who has also directed and produced

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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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  • Check out: Commando 2 girl Adah Sharma on the cover of Perfect Woman

    Posing for the camera in a black dress with a shoulder pad resembling a gladiator’s armour plate, Adah is seen brandishing a hand gun. Apart from the shoot, the magazine also features in an article that covers her journey in the industry. Back on the film front, Adah’s film Commando 2 features Vidyut Jamwal and is directed by Deven Bhojani.

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  • Kajal’s Filmy Dream Run Will Begin Post September 2017; Smooth-sailing Indicated Till Then

    Kajal Aggarwal – the pretty actress has been progressing at her own pace and has done some good films. But, will she be able to achieve greater success in the times to come? Find out!

  • 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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  • A ‘Starbucks’ in Rural Karnataka – Tea Seller Offers Free Internet with a Cup of Chai worth Rs 5!

    Syed Khadar Basha, a 23-year-old tea vendor in Siruguppa town of Ballari district in Karnataka, came up with an interesting idea to attract customers. He purchased an Internet router with an unlimited data plan this September and is offering free data usage for 30 minutes to customers who buy a cup of tea worth Rs. 5. And it’s working. A long queue of customers is seen outside his shop all throughout the day and his sales have increased by four times since then. All a customer has to do is buy a cup of tea, log in, and access the Internet. But according to Khadar’s policy, one customer can log in only once in a day. From 100 cups daily before he launched this scheme, he is now selling 400 cups. Picture for representation only. Source: Flickr Most of his customers are college students from remote villages. While having conversations with then, the tea-seller found out that they get about Rs. 100 as pocket money each, and it is not enough to buy data pack. This was when he came up with the idea of helping then in a way that they will be able to use the Internet and he will generate revenues as well. He purchased the router and other accessories for Rs, 3,000 and spends Rs. 1,700 each month on data pack. With the speed of one to two MBps, he is able to connect 10 to 15 customers at one time. Having studied only till Class 10, Khadar is happy to help other students. "Offering free data in cities like Bengaluru may not be a big thing especially when we have free WiFi zones and also a few mobile operators offering free data. But, when we think of a remote town like Siruguppa, internet penetration is pretty low. These days, many people are buying smartphones as they are getting addicted to social media or they want to access their mails," he told The Times of India. 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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