• Hyderabad: Man held for having unnatural sex with dead female dog

    Telangana [India], Oct. 24 (ANI): In a shocking incident, a man has been arrested here for having unnatural sex with a dead female dog. 22-year-old Aslam Khan, who hails from Delhi and came to Hyderabad few days back to meet his friends as per his statement, is being investigated the police for the act. As per the Mailardevpally police, Mohammed Jahangir had a female pet dog in his house at Shastripuram, and he heard a noise from outside his house in the wee hours and told his son to enquire.

  • “The Arnold Schwarzenegger of Bengaluru”: Water Tanker Driver G Balakrishna Wins Mr. Asia Title

    In what seems like an incredible feat, G. Balakrishna, a 25-year-old water tanker driver from Bengaluru, was crowned Mr. Asia 2016 at the recently concluded 5th Phil-Asia Bodybuilding Championship in the Philippines. A gym instructor by profession, Balakrishna runs a water tanker business in Bengaluru to support his income and can often be spotted driving tankers. According to a report in The Hindu, this ardent fan of Arnold Schwarzenegger said on his win, “I am proud of my achievement and hope to repeat it more often with some financial support.” G Balakrishna, source: facebook Mr. Asia is not the first bodybuilding title for Balakrishna. While in 2013, Balakrishna won the Mr. Universe Under-24 title in Germany, the next year, he bagged the Mr. Universe title in the same category at the World Championship in Athens, Greece. Balakrishna trains for around six hours every day. Gym instructors Sangram Chougle from Mumbai and Munish Kumar from Punjab also train Balakrishna and help him with his workout. “I am maintaining my position with a rich daily diet that includes 750 g of chicken, 25 eggs, 300 g of rice, 200 g of vegetables along with fish for extra protein and fruits,” he told The Hindu. Weighing around 120 kg off-season, he maintains his weight at around 90kg during competitions. The sole breadwinner of the family, who lost his father at a young age, Balakrishna’s main worry is funds. With no support from the government, Balakrishna still struggles to participate in the championships abroad and keep up his training as well as diet. “I am proud of my achievement and hope to repeat it more often with some financial support. I owe it to my mother, Parvathamma, and brother Rajesh who have been my pillars of support,” he said. 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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  • Rohit Shetty: The Whole Kajol-Shah Rukh Khan Story Went Wrong In Dilwale!

    Rohit Shetty’s 2008 directorial Golmaal Returns was a blockbuster and it did well even at the box office. A part of Shetty’s successful comedy franchise, Golmaal starring Ajay Devgn, Kareena Kapoor, Tusshar Kapoor and Arshad Warsi, Shetty says he knew that it was a crap film. While speaking at a panel discussion at the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, Shetty said that he can sense it when his film goes wrong.

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  • In surprise move, Tata Sons ousts Cyrus Mistry; family patriarch Ratan Tata to step in

    By Promit Mukherjee and Aditi Shah MUMBAI/DELHI (Reuters) - Ratan Tata, patriarch of one of India's most influential families, will take over as interim chairman of salt-to-software conglomerate Tata Sons, after the board ousted Cyrus Mistry in a surprise move on Monday. Tata, who had stepped down as chairman and was replaced by Mistry in late 2012, will head the group for four months while the company seeks a replacement. Tata Sons is a large shareholder in a string of listed Tata Group companies - a business empire ranging from Jaguar Land Rover cars and steel mills to aviation and salt pans.

  • India's cotton exports to slump as Pakistan trims purchases

    By Rajendra Jadhav MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's cotton exports in 2016/17 are likely to fall 28 percent from a year ago to 5 million bales as its top buyer Pakistan is set to halve purchases due to rising hostilities and improvement in its own production, industry and government officials said. The lower shipments to Pakistan from the world's biggest cotton producer will help other suppliers such as Brazil, the United States and some African countries in raising exports. Pakistan is likely to import 1 million to 1.5 million bales in the 2016/17 year that started on Oct. 1, down sharply from 2.7 million bales a year earlier, India's Textile Commissioner Kavita Gupta told reporters on Monday.

  • Vivek Agnihotri slams spineless morally corrupt filmmakers

    With a new twist that follows the Ae Dil Hai Mushkil – Pakistani artist ban controversy every day, a recent meeting between the politicians and the film world happen to arrive at an amicable solution that however was in favour of the political outrage that broke out post the Uri attacks. Karan Johar has agreed to a few conditions which includes putting a slide for Uri victims in his movie and donating Rs. 5 crores to the Army relief fund, this paving a smoother path for the release of his film. This however hasn’t gone down well with some filmmakers and celebrities who believe that art and politics should be dealt differently. While Naseeruddin Shah was disappointed in Karan Johar for apologizing

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  • How a 25-Year-Old Delhi Boy Is Creating Solar Entrepreneurs in Rural India

    Meet a young renewable energy-enthusiast from Delhi who is keen on equipping solar entrepreneurs with all the right tools required to run a business. Lakshey Sehgal, a 25-year-old resident of Delhi, always wanted to work in the field of solar energy generation. After finishing his Master’s in renewable energy technology from Pondicherry University, he worked in different companies in the same field for about three years. But his experiences during this time gave him a whole new idea. “I saw a lack of trained manpower when I joined this sector for the first time. There was a lack of awareness around using advanced technology and installing newer products. At the same time, there was a lot of push from the government’s side to increase the use of solar energy in rural and urban households. This led to an increase in demand. Now, many private entities are entering the field. They are putting in money and setting up businesses to install solar power panels or work in the sector in some way or the other. But many of them are doing it wrong,” he says. You may also like: These Engineers and Students Electrified Two Karnataka Villages in Less Than Two Months “I felt that if we want to work in this field, then the entrepreneurs should know what they are doing. They need better training,” says Lakshey. In July this year, he founded Spektron Solar Private Limited, a company that conducts development and training programmes for small-scale solar entrepreneurs “Being a solar entrepreneur can mean a lot of things,” says Lakshey adding, “It is a vast field. One can be anything from a manufacturer to an installer. The person can be someone who wants to install a solar manufacturing unit, or someone who is just selling solar TVs or lanterns. But the problem comes when you want to be a solar installer. The installer has to buy products from different companies and fit them in a proper way as a solar plant in someone’s house. A lot of things can go wrong during the installation.” With a team of four people, Spektron Solar organises training sessions for those aspiring to start a business in solar system installations. The workshops help them understand that this job requires special skills and knowledge. Two-day training sessions are conducted on rooftops with original systems. The entrepreneurs take part in practical activities to understand what can go wrong during the installation, the required orientation of panels, quality of products, problems to look out for, etc. This is done with the help of demonstrations, experiments, practical sessions, etc. The team uses animations and 3-D visuals during training, and entrepreneurs pay a fee of Rs. 5,000 -7,000 for the programme. This knowledge helps them save money and is beneficial in the long run. People usually come to know about the training programme through ads in local newspapers, Facebook posts, etc. Lakshey has conducted sessions in Dehradun, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Madhya Pradesh, Ranchi, Gandhinagar, and Delhi, training over 200 people up until now. The team piloted their programme in big cities to see how the model works and then started moving to smaller towns. You may also like: The World’s Largest Solar Oven Cooking Class Has Taught Over 25,000 Kids to Cook Using Solar Power Their long-term goal is to work in tier-two and tier-three cities and they will begin with Amritsar, Jalandhar, Guwahati, and Tripura. Spektron Solar's office is in Delhi and the company is collaborating with the National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development. Moving forward, Lakshey wants to start an online platform for Spektron Solar, for which he is currently trying to raise funds. “We provide entrepreneurs with many tools during the training, like giving them Excel sheet presentations, quick calculation tools, animations, etc. We plan to have an online platform where all this will be available. This way, even after the training is over, they can be in touch with us and ask for technical support,” he says. Even now, the team receives many calls from past participants asking for advice on making presentations and approaching customers; for help with sample proposals, pricing, laws and policies, etc. Lakshey feels that the impact is already visible. “Two months back, I conducted a programme in Dehradun. And one of the entrepreneurs from there is almost on the verge of starting his own solar manufacturing unit,” he says. Another participant from Haryana has been able to install solar systems providing about 100 KWp of solar energy to over 30 buildings. This shows that there is a lot of scope for development in this field and several people need help to understand the technology better. While working with a startup after finishing college, Lakshey used to train people on renewable energy. “When I was there, I saw that the government is providing grants and funding to different organizations to train technicians for free. But no one is training entrepreneurs who have to do a major chunk of the job. There are small scale training centres in bigger cities, but nothing specifically in tier-two and tier-three cities. We are working towards filling this gap,” he concludes. You can contact Lakshey by writing to him at  lakshey@spektronsolar.com. You may also like: How One School Used Solar Power to Go from Being an Electricity Consumer to Electricity Producer Like this story? Or have something to share? 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  • The Fatal Mistake That Doomed Samsung’s Galaxy Note

    On the verge of challenging Apple’s global dominance in mobile phones, the South Korean company made a rushed decision, based on incomplete evidence, that would later force it to kill the model.

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  • This Man Quit His Corporate Job to Drive Autos and Thinks It’s the ‘Best Job in the World’

    In Mumbai there is no dearth of people with ambitions higher than the buildings that dot the city's glittery skyline. But there are also many people who’ve grown tired of the usual 9-5 workday grind and feel they have no time to pursue their passions. The story of one such man, who left his job with Hindustan Unilever to drive an auto and pursue his passion for photography, was posted on the Facebook page of Humans of Bombay recently. It has been shared 2,000 times on social media over the past four days.   Aside from speaking about how confined he felt in his previous job, the auto driver goes on describe how liberating driving around and meeting new people feels. It has given him the freedom to set his own hours and pursue his passion for photography and travelling around the world, he says. Read the full text here: “I used to work at Hindustan Unilever, but the concept of a 9-5 job got too mechanical for me. There was nothing wrong with the company, but I hated the monotony to the point where I was unhappy. One morning, I woke up and quit. I didn’t really have a plan, but I knew I was passionate about a lot of things like meeting new people, photography and sketching. I didn’t want to be confined to a sp ace… I wanted to be free so I purchased this auto rickshaw a few months later because I knew I would be able to meet all kinds of people and have the time to stimulate my creativity. Of course I worked hard — sometimes I worked more than 12 hours a day but I was thrilled — I was getting to see so many new people and learnt photography from studios all over Bombay. That was 40 years ago, and to some this profession is demeaning but to me it’s the best job in the world. I’ve combined my passions in so many ways — I click photos of my passengers, I write and paint. I’ve travelled all over the world for my photography— London, Africa, Dubai and when they ask me what I do — I proudly say I drive an auto rickshaw in Bombay. After hearing that I’ve completed my MSC and speak fluent English, people often ask me why I continue to drive an auto and to that I’ll say only one thing. Happiness is something that no amount of money can ever buy, and once you know have that you’re the richest person in the world— and that’s how I feel. I feel on top of the world, every single day.” To read more stories from Humans of Bombay, click here. 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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  • Delhi's Ritu Arora wins Rs 50 lakh for oats-based recipe

    New Delhi, Oct 23 (IANS) Delhi-based Ritu Arora won Rs 50 lakh by creating oats-based recipes in Quaker Bring Your Tastiest Bowl contest. Celebrity chef Vikas Khanna curated the finale and adjudged the winner of the best recipe, read a statement. Of the 14, Khanna selected the top three dishes that took the contestants to the final round.

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  • BJP Will Ruin Country: Arvind Kejriwal on Devendra Fadnavis' Role in ADHM Row

    New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday lashed out at the BJP over his Maharashtra counterpart Devendra Fadnavis' role in mediating talks between the MNS and filmmakers in ensuring release of 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil' featuring Pakistani actor Fawad Khan. "BJP will ruin the country," Kejriwal tweeted, agreeing to another post that described the solutions arrived at as "extortionist". MNS chief Raj Thackeray has faced flak from various quarters, including the Army, over his conditions that filmmakers who worked with Pakistani actors have to comply with including a contribution of Rs 5 crore to the Army welfare fund. Fadnavis has also been facing criticism from the Opposition parties for

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  • Batting at No 4 is more my need than team's: MS Dhoni

    India captain M S Dhoni today made it clear that a need to bat at No 4 is more out of compulsion as his game was getting affected lower down the order.

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  • Singapore Airlines launches its non-stop Singapore-San Francisco service

    New Delhi [India], Oct.24 (ANI): Singapore Airlines has launched its non-stop Singapore-San Francisco service that links Singapore with the US West Coast. The new flights will be operated daily using Airbus A350-900 aircraft. The inaugural flight, SQ32, departed Singapore Changi Airport at 0925hrs local time yesterday and arrived at San Francisco Airport at approximately 0850hrs local time.

  • 10 Things That Will Soon Disappear Forever

    Ten years ago, thousands of Blockbuster Video stores occupied buildings like this all over the country, renting DVDs and selling popcorn. Now Blockbuster is gone, scooped up (and then erased) by the DISH Network in a bankruptcy auction.

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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.

  • MY STORY: How Learning Madhubani Painting in 10 Days Was a Life-Changing Experience for Me

    As Sumeru is the best among mountains, Garuda among the birds, king amongst men, so is the art of painting among arts. - Chitrasutram (43-38, 39) When multiple thoughts throng the mind regarding the way ahead, there is an innate desire in the heart to take resort in silence. And for such a silence to be blissful, many people yearn to seek refuge in art -- for art is pure, divine, and blissful. After a formal registration at South Central Zone Cultural Centre (SCZCC), I am escorted to a hall that has turned into a huge ensemble of artists from various states of India. SCZCC is an autonomous institution working under the aegis of the Ministry of Culture, and is located at Civil Lines, Nagpur. With an array of choices that make it an extremely difficult proposition, I take a lot of time in deciding which art form I want to learn. What else can you expect from a connoisseur of art especially when art forms such as Warli from Maharashtra, Phadchitra from Odisha, Pichwai Painting from Rajasthan, Mysore Gold Painting, and Mughal Art among others are bent upon luring their admirers? I finally chose to go with Madhubani painting of Bihar; something that I have always wanted to learn, probably because of the regional connects. I come from Bhagalpur. Sheela didi and Usha didi warmly greet me. I am their pupil for the next 10 days. Though absorbed in painting the Sita-Swayamvara episode from Ramayana, they are quick enough in their tutelage. I am asked to draw a border. Borders in Madhubani Painting can be very exquisite; though I consider Madhubani the simplest of all the art forms known to me. The reason being -- it does not demand expertise from your end. An amateur can turn into a professional overnight! Proportion has no role to play here, but geometry is essential. “Every figure has a border,” says Sheela didi as her freehand strokes create a parallel double around the figures of Ram and Sita. The origin of this art is shrouded in antiquity. According to some beliefs it was King Janaka who commissioned artists in Mithila to sketch the wedding scene of his daughter Sita. But the real credit of its discovery goes to an Englishman, William G. Archer, who came across these paintings in 1934 during earthquake relief operations. This unique art was till then unknown to the outside world because Madhubani was a secluded province. A quick chat with Usha Devi is enough to tell me that she belongs to an accomplished family of Madhubani painters. Her mother, Shanti Devi, is a National Awardee and has travelled extensively, promoting the art both in India and abroad. Seated cross-legged on the floor is another student who I accidently chance upon. She is busy filling her hand-made paper with motifs and traditional patterns. “Didi has asked me to fill the page with leaves and flowers. No part of the sheet should remain empty,” she remarks. Almost every painting has the background of a forest. After all, that is what Madhubani actually means -- “a forest of honey”. Legend has it that Gods and Goddess once roamed in these forests. Artists in communion with the practices of their forefathers thus depict mythology in its pristine form. Krishna-Leela, Kaliya Mardan, Gopika Sang Raas are some of their all-time favourite themes. However, Usha didi has a different taste. Bidaai or leave-taking is the most important subject for her. It is the palanquin carrying the bride that makes her so excited as the palanquin has to be given a royal look. “The kohbar ghar is where I paint such scenes,” says Usha didi, referring to the auspicious central room of her house. Almost all the homes in Madhubani house an artist. Almost every house has walls adorned with their work. Today, Sheela didi is going to teach how to prepare mugs, lamp-shades and jars out of papier-mache. They shall be painted in the Madhubani style once they dry up. I notice something unique about this art form -- the practice of darkening outlines with black even before colouring the figures. My hunger to know more about colours is satiated when I am told that traditional paintings are made using organic colours alone. The role of pencil, pen and sketch pen is performed by the all-rounder bamboo sticks that are dipped into jars containing a mixture of soot and water. “There is an interesting recipe to prepare primary colours” says Sheela didi. As my tutor is busy recalling the names of plants, I am amazed to discover that colours are home-made and gathered from nature -- yellow from the roots of turmeric, brown from the bark of the Peepal tree, red from the crushed leaves of teak and sometimes Kusum petals. Other colours are prepared by squeezing or boiling vegetables and berries. Grinding stones and soil also yield beautiful shades. Tussar silk saris with a Madhubani print in the backdrop are popular among their domestic buyers. Usha didi has brought her work for display in the hope of earning some profit. “Pichchle saal jab Bombay gaye thein to loss ho gaya (We encountered losses on our previous such visit to Mumbai),” she says sadly. One interesting fact about Madhubani art is that women in these paintings take up the centre stage here while men are in the background. Madhubani has continued to be an art form preserved mostly by women who have emerged as successful bread winners for their families with their talent to paint! These include renowned names like Ganga Devi, Sita Devi and Mahasundari Devi – all icons of Mithila Art. With each passing day, I make certain improvements in my paintings. I am done with almost ten paintings in the Gondhna style now. Gondhna makes little use of colours and is mostly a work of muted hues. Sheela didi and Pinki didi prefer bright colours considering the economic aspect. Gondhna doesn’t sell much but a Madhubani painter will always find solace in it because it involves intricate hand work and hard work. That is the reason why you get to see an amalgamation of both the styles today. Another noteworthy fact about this art is the gradual shift from the genre of mythology to current societal problems. Evocative photo essays by female painters of the younger generation incorporate issues like eve-teasing. Women today depict issues concerning empowerment and peace. Once my classes end, I promise my tutors to keep the artist alive in me by preserving the heritage of Madhubani. And true to that promise, I continue to paint Madhubani paintings whenever I get time. Hope you liked my paintings. Featured image credits: By Sumanjha1991 (Own work) [ CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons, By Divya Vibha Sharma (Flickr) [ CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons, Flickr 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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  • Banks preparing to leave UK over Brexit, says banking body chief executive

    Big international banks are preparing to move some of their operations out of Britain in early 2017 due to the uncertainty over the country's future relationship with the European Union, a top banking official said. Writing in the Observer newspaper, Anthony Browne, the chief executive of lobby group the British Bankers' Association, said the public and political debate was "taking us in the wrong direction" and businesses could not wait until the last minute. "Most international banks now have project teams working out which operations they need to move to ensure they can continue serving customers, the date by which this must happen, and how best to do it," said Browne.

  • Easy ways to get glowing skin for festive season

    New Delhi, Oct 23 (IANS) Maintain a balanced diet, include fresh vegetables into your diet and wash your face at least twice daily to get glowing skin for Diwali, says an expert. Reema Arora, Medical Head Facial Aesthetic, Cocoona Centre of Aesthetic Transformation, has shared a few tips on skincare: *Eat fresh vegetables and fruits always, no matter the season or your schedule. *Wash your face at least twice a day with a gentle, foaming face wash to avoid dust from sticking to your skin.

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  • Samsung offers upgrade programme for South Korea Note 7 customers

    By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics is offering an upgrade programme option to Galaxy Note 7 customers in South Korea who trade in their recalled device for a Galaxy S7 phone, marking its latest attempt to retain customers. In a statement on Monday, Samsung said customers who trade in their Note 7 phone for either a flat-screen or curved-screen version of the Galaxy S7 can trade up for a Galaxy S8 or Note 8 smartphone launching next year through an upgrade programme. In addition to offering refunds or exchanges for a Galaxy S7 smartphone, Samsung has already offered financial incentives amounting to 100,000 won ($88.39) to affected customers in South Korea.

  • Oil dips on Buzzard restart, Iraq; U.S. crude tests below $50

    Oil prices dipped on Monday, with U.S. crude briefly falling below $50 per barrel, on news of the impending restart of Britain's Buzzard oilfield and Iraq's wish to be exempted from OPEC production cuts. Iraq's oil minister Jabar Ali al-Luaibi said the second-largest producer in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) wanted to be exempt from output curbs as it needed more money to fight Islamic State militants. OPEC hopes to remove about 700,000 bpd from an estimated global supply of 1.0-1.5 million bpd.