• John Abraham Steps Into Ranbir Kapoor’s Shoes!

    One actor's loss is another's gain

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  • Ayushmann-Bhumi’s Manmarziyan Shelved

    Tired of the several delays, producer Aanand L Rai has taken the call

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  • Indian Railways Engineer Wins MIT Award for His Radical Caterpillar Train Idea

    Ashwani Kumar Upadhyaya, a 47-year-old Indian Railways engineer, recently won an award for his innovative idea of developing caterpillar trains -- a network of lightweight, elevated train coaches that will run at speeds up to 100 km/hr and will take passengers even to the residential areas. Ashwani, who is a 1997-batch officer of the Indian Railway Traffic Service, is posted at the Centre for Railway Information Systems in New Delhi and is currently on a study leave as a PhD scholar in Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston. He won in a global competition on innovations that was organised by MIT and had about 500 entries. Ashwani came up with this idea with a fellow PhD scholar Emil Jacob. The caterpillar train is named so because the idea is to install wheels both above and below the coaches. This way, they will be able to run on the tracks as well as hang from them. The tracks would be supported by poles bent to form arches. [caption id="attachment_66004" align="aligncenter" width="660"] Artist's impression of the Caterpillar train. Source: Facebook[/caption] The whole system will run on electricity and the coaches will also have a backup battery to be used in case of emergencies such as a power failure. Every coach will have the capacity to seat 20 people and their small size will help them reach residential areas too. The small size is also supposed to allow trains to be vertically stacked at the depot. The station for caterpillar trains will be a simple platform to be reached via elevators. A console on the train would allow passengers to pick stations. The most surprising thing about this radical urban transport system is that it would cost a fifteenth of the conventional metro rail system. “Currently, all urban mass transit systems are developed on the hub-and-spoke concept — the transport system is the hub and users have to travel from various parts of the city and converge there to use it. But the C-Train goes wherever there is at least a five-metre road,” Ashwani told The Indian Express. The competition, organised by MIT’s Centre for Collective Intelligence, offers a crowd-sourcing platform for people to create ideas and proposals on how the issue of climate change can be addressed. Ashwani now plans to educate eminent academicians and town planners about the benefits of the C-Train at an upcoming conference to be organised by MIT in September. 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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  • Rahul Gandhi must quit politics to save future of Congress: Subramanian Swamy

    Vadodara [India], Aug. 25 (ANI): With Rahul Gandhi reigniting the debate over his comment on the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) by saying that he stands firmly by what he said, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Thursday asserted that making 'u-turns' was second nature to the Congress vice president and advised him to quit politics to save the future of the grand old party. Not even sure if he tweeted it himself, it was probably someone from his office," Swamy told ANI here.

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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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  • '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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  • 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.

    Reuters
  • 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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  • Under India's incoming RBI boss expect less chat, unified message

    By Neha Dasgupta and Suvashree Choudhury NEW DELHI/MUMBAI (Reuters) - When Urjit Patel became head of the Reserve Bank of India's monetary policy department three years ago, the to and fro of bankers and traders meeting officials for cosy, broad-ranging discussions abruptly ended. Meetings go on to this day, but out went the kind of private chats that could unsettle markets, occurrences that became known as "open mouth operations", as opposed to open market operations the RBI carries out. As he takes over as RBI governor next month, market players and economists who have met him expect Patel to instil the same arm's length approach and unified communication to the institution as a whole.

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  • Karnataka: Girl accuses Facebook friend of raping on pretext of marriage

    A Mangaluru-based girl accuses Facebook friend of raping her under the pretext of marrying.

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  • IIT-B names, shames start-ups 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 had blacklisted for allegedly going back on plum job placements they offered to its students. The erring companies are LeGarde Burnett Group, which had revoked its job offers and was later found to be fake. The others who are said to have revoked job offers are GPSK, Johnson Electric of China, Portea Medical, Peppertap and Cashcare Technologies.

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  • Salman Khan and Iulia Vantur want their relationship to work, but as for marriage...

    ...seems like Salman Khan is taking things in his own stride, and is in no hurry to tie the knot with Romanian beauty Iulia Vantur.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Aamir Khan to train two students every year

    New Delhi, Aug. 24 (ANI): Aamir Khan's work has been a point of discussion amongst audience for a while now. Aamir would be taking the students along for all his shoots, his meetings, his reading sessions, his rehearsals and all that goes behind working for the industry of cinema. This year, Fatima Sana Shaikh, who would be playing Geeta Phogat and Sanya Malhotra, who would be playing Babita Kumari in 'Dangal' are the actor's first two students.

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  • Kabali: When Rajini met, praised a woman for delivering Thalaivar's dialogues perfectly

    Superstar Rajinikanth who is currently taking rest after Kabali release, rarely sees any guests at his farm house near Kelambakkam. What his fan did was that she spoke the dialogues from Rajinikanth’s recent blockbuster Kabali. The woman used the template of Thalaivar’s intoductory dialogue from Kabali as a monologue in which she is expressing herself as modern homemaker and how liberal and self-efficient she is.

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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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  • 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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  • Malicious campaign using forged images against Malabar Gold & Diamonds, one held in Dubai

    Dubai (UAE), Aug.24 (ANI-Businesswire India): An Indian citizen has been arrested by Dubai Police for engaging in an ill-motivated social media campaign against Malabar Gold & Diamonds using forged images. Malabar Gold & Diamonds had filed a complaint with Dubai Police regarding a forged image being circulated in social media. The cyber wing of the Dubai Police uncovered that it was Bineesh who first shared the forged image through Facebook in Dubai.

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