• Is Karan Johar's Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Actually A Bombay Velvet 2.0?

    Every Friday changes the fate of B-town filmmakers and actors, a successful movie could be followed by a dud and vice-versa. But the fate of this particular actor and studio is seeming rather irreversible for a long-long time now. They gave 2015’ biggest industry dud with Bombay Velvet and fate has brought them together again for Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. Ranbir Kapoor’s last successful stint at the box office was three and a half years ago in 2013 with Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. ...

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  • SC grants 6 weeks protection from arrest to expelled AIADMK MP

    The Supreme Court today granted protection from arrest to Rajya Sabha MP Sasikala Pushpa for six weeks in a sexual harassment case filed by her two domestic aides. A bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur said that the High Court will expeditiously decide the anticipatory bail application of the expelled AIADMK leader The bench also comprising justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said that the High Court will take a decision on her application uninfluenced by the order of the apex court. Senior advocate Siddharth Luthra appearing for Pushpa said that she is not going to run away. "She is a Rajya Sabha MP and due to some technical problem in vakalatnama, the High Court has asked her to

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  • 'What if Sheena Bora's vanished, why fuss,' Peter Mukerjea told Rahul

    MUMBAI: A year after Indrani Mukerjea's arrest in the Sheena Bora murder case, phone conversations between Rahul and his father Peter Mukerjea, also an accused, and his stepmother, Indrani, appears to place Mukerjea in a corner. The CBI had relied on seven out of 20 transcripts in the chargesheet. Now it has given the remaining 13 to the accused. In one of the conversations, Peter tells Rahul: "What if she (Sheena) has disappeared, why are you making all this fuss". This is a considerably damning conversation. The conversations were recorded by Rahul. TOI had reported significant sections of the transcripts that was earlier submitted by the CBI in its chargesheet. The tapes show how Peter is

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  • Rajan has no degree in economics, Patel has a PhD: Swamy

    New Delhi [India], Aug. 26 (ANI): Expressing his approval over the selection of Urjit Patel as the new Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy has said that he has high hopes from Raghuram Rajan's successor. Speaking to ANI here, Swamy said Patel was Rajan's deputy for many years, which is why his next post should not feel new to him.

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  • Meet Pratyaya Amrit, the Inspiring IAS Officer Who Has Placed Bihar Firmly on the Road to Success

    The walls were dank, the chairs broken and the curtains tattered. By no stretch of imagination did the place look like it was the office of a major state corporation about to embark on the onerous responsibility of creating a bridge infrastructure in one of the poorest states in the country. “It did not look like an office at all. I did not know where to begin,’’ Pratyaya  Amrit recalls. When the reticent IAS officer took over as Managing Director (MD) in 2006, the turnover of the Bihar Rajya Pul Nirman  Nigam ( BRPNN) stood at a measly Rs. 47 crore, with the state government having made up its mind to close it down. Within two years, the turnaround took everyone, including the government, by surprise. The defunct organisation was in a position to donate Rs 20 crore to the Chief Minister's relief fund during the Kosi floods. Not only had IAS Officer Pratyaya Amrit single-handedly saved a government organisation from the brink of bankruptcy, he had taken it to the forefront of the construction business. Photo Source As the MD of Bihar Rajya Pul Nirman Nigam (BRPNN), he had overseen the completion of around 300 major bridge projects in three years. This was akin to moving mountains in a state where even a stone does not budge easily! Amrit, a 1991 batch IAS officer, was on central deputation in New Delhi when he received a call from a bureaucrat from the Bihar government, asking: "Would you mind returning to your home state? There's plenty to be done here." The state government wanted to entrust him with the responsibility of reviving a dying institution. When Amrit returned to Bihar, cutting short his scheduled deputation by six months, he became the first IAS officer to head the BRPNN. The huge losses that BRPNN had been incurring for almost a decade had pushed it to the brink of liquidation. The first thing Amrit targeted was the completion of pending projects, some of which had been pending for almost 17 years, to revive the Corporation. But this was easier said than done. The system in place lacked basic amenities and the morale of the employees was low. An able administrator and HR expert, Amrit ensured that the staff got a congenial environment to work in and the basic facilities to carry out their jobs. Photo Source For instance, he provided them with GPS-enabled phones, making it easier for them to monitor the progress of work. Opting for out-of-the-box solutions to encourage his engineers, Amrit got professional motivators to give encouraging talks to his dispirited engineers, while rewarding the best performers with ample administrative freedom. The engineers responded to this show of confidence by rising to the occasion. BRPNN, which had completed 314 bridges during the first 30 years of its inception, successfully executed 336 bridge projects in just three years. Photo Source A lot of importance was given to quality, monitoring and field visits and Amrit himself travelled more than 40,000 km in three-and-a-half years. He also got a state-of-the-art engineering lab for the organisation and computerised everything. Thanks to his initiatives, by July 2009, BRPNN was an ISO 9001, 2000 and 1410:2004 certified company and its turnover had surged to Rs 768 crore. Prior to appointment as the MD of BRPNN, Pratyaya Amrit's work and ability to get things done as a District Magistrate ( DM) had also earned appreciation from the public. As the  DM of Katihar, he implemented, for the first time, a public-private-partnership for the district hospital where he asked local NGOs to take responsibility for a ward each. This changed the condition of the hospital – it went from being in deficit to having surplus funds. As the  DM of Chapra, he put an end to sleaze shows at the famous Sonpur fair (Asia’s largest cattle fair) by making it compulsory for CCTVs to be installed in theatres. In February 2011, Pratyaya Amrit, as MD of Bihar State Road Development Corporation (BSRDC), stepped in to help destitute girls in Patna find better futures for themselves. Photo Source He  made the organisation literally adopt the destitute girls, instead of just providing them monetary assistance. The BSRDC would not only bear the entire education costs of these girls till college, but would also provide them with job-oriented training to help them start working. Now, besides the monthly stipend that BSRDC deposits in the bank accounts of these girls, the organisation has also parked Rs 50,000 each as fixed deposits in favour of the girls. The money, taken from Corporation profits, will be available to the girls after they turn 18. So effective was Amrit's management style in improving Bihar’s roads that it earned him praise from other countries and the World Bank too. Photo Source The Asian Development Bank (ADB) rated the road work in Bihar as one of the best. Amrit was invited to attend the Urban Planning and Economic Development Programme in the US in 2011. He was also awarded the Prime Minister's Excellence in Public Administration award in 2011 – the only IAS officer to get it that year. His facilitation certificate reads: "Bridging the gap: For turning around a dying Bihar State Bridge Construction Corporation into a profit-making unit." In 2014, Amrit was given charge of Bihar's rural electrification programme. His first target was to cover partially electrified villages. To ensure this work would happen seamlessly, he held meetings with engineers and power companies every fortnight. He coupled these meetings with intensive field visits, travelling across the state for more than 15 months at a stretch. Amrit was also instrumental in accomplishing the crucial task of getting politicians like MLAs on board and giving them lists of all the villages in their constituencies where electrification was taking place, including the names and numbers of contractors. He also had a web-based app made so that MLAs could access updates on the state of electricity in their area. In addition, spot billing centres (to increase convenience) and meters in every household (to minimise power theft) were installed. You May Also Like: How a Doctor Turned IAS Officer Organized India’s First Green Swearing-In Ceremony in Kerala The difference this effort made was visible in less than a year. More than 20,000 burnt transformers were replaced in two months and transmission jumped from 2282 MW to 3500 MW. A strong back-end support system was also created, which helped resolve breakdowns when they happened within 30 minutes. Amrit's next goal is to electrify all villages by October 2016 and set up a separate agriculture feeder that will increase the availability of power to agriculture from 4% to 18%. On the personal front, Amrit keeps his feet firmly on terra firma. A simple, unassuming man, he enjoys playing cricket, is an ardent Steve Jobs fan, and likes reading. His favourite book is Who says Elephants Can't Dance? (a fascinating story of IBM's turnaround scripted by Louis Gerstner Jr., the Chairman and CEO of IBM). Known for his ‘get it done and now’ attitude and his attention to detail, Pratyaya Amrit can be called one of the main architects of Bihar’s turnaround story. His parents, both college lecturers, had always told him to do what he felt good about; Amrit made his never-say-die attitude and dedication to the nation his biggest strength. It is due to innovative and pro-active officers like him that a positive change in Indian governance is finally rolling in. Also Read: How a Young IAS Officer Used Education to Transform the Naxal-Affected District of Dantewada Like this story? Have something to share? Email: contact@thebetterindia.com, or join us on Facebook and Twitter (@thebetterindia). To get positive news on WhatsApp, just send 'Start' to 090 2900 3600 via WhatsApp.

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  • India, West Indies to play two T20 Internationals in United States

    Saturday and Sunday's back-to-back fixtures come at a crucial time for the West Indies. West Indies faces India in two Twenty20 internationals in Florida at the weekend in a litmus test for both cricket's future in the US and Carlos Brathwaite's credentials as Caribbean skipper. After India cruised to victory in the Test series and in the aftermath of the Caribbean squad’s latest round of blood-letting, the sides head for the sport's newest outpost, the Central Broward Regional Park, the only purpose-built cricket stadium in the U.S. Six matches in the recent franchise-based Caribbean Premier League were played at the $10 million arena while the first full international matches, two Twenty20

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  • John Abraham Steps Into Ranbir Kapoor’s Shoes!

    One actor's loss is another's gain

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  • Lalu Prasad in For Sharp Criticism For 'Ganga at Doorstep' Statement

    Patna: RJD chief Lalu Prasad has come in for sharp criticism from opposition leaders for his 'Ganga at one's doorstep' remark while taking stock of the flood situation on the outskirts of the state capital two days ago. While talking to flood victims, Lalu had on August 23 said they (people) were lucky to have the Ganga coming to their doorstep as not everybody gets 'Gangajal' in his home. He had also said that the floods in Bihar was caused by the sudden release of water by BJP-ruled states. Taking strong exception to Lalu's statement, senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi said he has made fun of the flood victims by making such statement. "On one hand the state government has failed in carrying

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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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  • 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.

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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.

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  • 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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  • Gold slips to four-week low, awaits clues on Fed

    NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) - Gold hit four-week lows on Thursday, under pressure from upbeat U.S. data in the run-up to a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen this week that will be watched for clues on monetary policy. Market players are hoping Yellen will give a clearer signal on the path of U.S. interest rate hikes when she addresses a meeting of central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, on Friday. As central bankers converged on Thursday for an annual conference on monetary policy, a couple of Fed officials took renewed a push for rate increases, citing improvement in employment and inflation.

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  • Subrata Roy offers to pay additional Rs. 300 crores

    New Delhi [India], Aug. 26 (ANI): Sahara group chief Subrata Roy on Friday told the Supreme Court that he is ready to pay additional Rs. 300 crores which should be adjusted with the bank guarantee. In a breather to Sahara chief Subrata Roy, the apex court had on August 3 extended his parole till September 16 to enable him to deposit Rs 300 crores with market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). Earlier on July 11, the apex court had extended his parole on humanitarian grounds following the death of his mother, with a strict condition that he would have to deposit the balance of Rs. 300 crores out of the Rs. 500 crores promised by him.

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  • Women protest French burkini ban with London beach party demo

    Some 35 Muslim and non-Muslim women held a beach party demonstration outside the French embassy in London on Thursday, protesting against a ban on burkinis enforced in some coastal towns in France. "We wanted to show solidarity with Muslim women in France and call for a repeal of the ban."     France's highest administrative court, the Conseil d'Etat, was meeting on Thursday to consider a complaint against the ban in one Mediterranean town. President Francois Hollande's government has backed the decisions taken by mainly conservative mayors, who argue the garment violates France's laws on secularism.

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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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  • IIT-B names, shames start-ups for 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 has blacklisted for allegedly going back on plum job placements they offered to its students. Among the erring companies is LeGarde Burnett Group, which revoked its job offers and was later found to be a fake, without a proper company address. The others said to have revoked job offers were GPSK, Johnson Electric of China, Portea Medical, Peppertap and Cashcare Technologies.

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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.

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  • No Surgery Makeup Fake Outs For Lips, Nose & Eyes

    The Doctors reveal makeup secrets that can help you look your best without going under the knife!

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  • Sri Lanka wants Indian subcontinent firm involved in $400 mln port contract

    Sri Lanka is seeking a consortium that must include a company from the Indian subcontinent to bid for a $400 million contract to build a port terminal, the ports minister said on Thursday. The move to include an Indian subcontinent firm could neutralise growing Chinese influence in Colombo's port. Arjuna Ranatunga, Sri Lanka's ports minister, said at least a 20 percent stake in consortia bidding for the Colombo East terminal construction contract must be held by a firm from the Indian subcontinent.

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