• TV Actress Vaishnavi Dhanraj Says Her Husband Beat Her Up Until Her Leg Bled!

    Read on for Vaishnavi's shocking revelations on why she ended her marriage with actor Nitin. You will be disgusted

  • Jayalalithaa dies of cardiac arrest

    Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Dec. 5 (ANI): Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayaraman Jayalalithaa, popularly addressed as "Amma" by her supporters and party cadres, died of cardiac arrest at 11.30 p.m. at the Apollo Hospitals here on Monday evening after a prolonged illness. Announcing her demise at 12.13 a.m., Apollo Hospitals in a statement said, "The Chief Minister suffered a massive cardiac arrest on the evening of the December 4, even while our intensivist was in her room.

  • OMG: Karan Johar Did Not Invite Kajol To Manish Malhotra's Birthday Ball

    While Karan sent out the elaborate invite to the entire A-list of Bollywood, he omitted his former best friend Kajol. Has the friendship now turned into an all-out cold war?

  • SHOCKING: Preity Zinta's cousin commits suicide over marital problems

    In the shocking turn of events, actress Preity Zinta‘s cousin Nitin Chauhan, who was living in Shimla, committed suicide on last Friday morning. According to the reports, Nitin Chauhan allegedly shot himself in the head with a pistol in his car bearing the registration number HP 51 2089 near Sector 2, new Shimla. The reports also revealed that two suicide notes have been recovered from Nitin. One of the notes was in the car and other at his residence. In both the notes, he has accused his wife and in-laws of driving him to take this extreme step. The reports also suggest that he was being harassed by his in-laws as they kept filing false cases against him and did not allow him to meet his son.

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  • Revealed: What Aditya Chopra fears the most

    I was 23 when I started shooting Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. I was young and fearless. I knew nothing, so I thought I knew eventing. I thought I was making the best film ever made. God was kind and in spite of it not being the best film ever made, He gave it more success than it probably deserved. It’s been 21 years since DDLJ and I have worked tirelessly producing loads of films, building a studio model, even wrote and directed a couple of films on the way. All the while I gained a lot of knowledge and experience, came to know a lot of things. But with knowledge came a sense of fear as well… Fear of failure, fear of not meeting expectations. When you know a lot you become more cautious and

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  • Revealed: Sujoy Ghosh opens up on what went wrong in his rapport with Vidya Balan

    It’s common knowledge in the entertainment business that Sujoy Ghosh can’t make a film without Vidya Balan. Not after Kahaani, which, Sujoy admits, changed the course of his career. After Kahaani when Vidya turned down his next film Sujoy was shattered. Admits Sujoy, “It was unexpected. And I was disappointed. But it wasn’t Vidya’s fault at all. We build all these unreasonable expectations from all those whom we love. And then, when they are unable to fulfil these inflated expectations we are hurt. It isn’t fair to ourselves or to whom we love and expect to love up-to our hopes. Even when she is your wife why would you expect her to have your meal on the table every day?” So what happened? Elaborates Sujoy candidly,

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  • Indus water row with Pakistan to intensify as India accuses World Bank of bias

    The India-Pakistan water dispute is set to intensify, with New Delhi questioning the World Bank’s neutrality in arbitrating between the two countries. The World Bank, which brokered the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) in 1960, settles differences arising from sharing of water and setting up projects along the Indus river basin. India is miffed with the international body for accepting Pakistan’s demand to initiate a court of arbitration (CoA) process to resolve a dispute involving the 330-MW Kishenganga and 850-MW Ratle hydroelectric projects. Government sources said New Delhi – in a strongly worded letter – accused the World Bank of adopting a “non-neutral” stand that appeared to favour Pakistan.

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  • Delhi court sends two Axis bank managers into week's remand

    New Delhi [India], Dec. 5 (ANI): The Delhi court on Monday sent two Axis bank managers, who were arrested by the Enforcement Directorate under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) case into a week's remand. The accused officials were produced before the Tis Hazari court at around 2 pm today and were interrogated for about 38 hours. Lawyer of Shobit Sinha, one of the accused, said that they opposed the 7-day police custody adding his client cooperated during investigation.

  • Box Office: Kahaani 2 is better than Kahaani after opening weekend, Dear Zindagi stays good

    Back in 2012 when Kahaani had released, the film had opened to Rs. 3 crore on Friday. However, it had enjoyed very good word of mouth and its weekend had closed at Rs. 15 crore. Now in 2016 when Kahaani 2 has released and opened to Rs. 4.25 crore, the weekend is Rs. 16.97 crore. This is better than Kahaani though if one compares with the hike in ticket rates over last four years, there isn’t much of a difference. Nonetheless, considering the fact that response to sequels/franchise affairs has been largely terrible in 2016, it is still a relief of sorts that Kahaani 2 has at least done decent business. Now it has to be seen how quick does Kahaani 2 manage to surpass the Week One collections of

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  • Watch Shah Rukh Khan’s Bathtub Entry, Katrina Kaif’s HOT Dance Moves At Lux Golden Rose Awards 2016 Now

    Watch Shah Rukh Khan’s Bathtub Entry, Katrina Kaif’s HOT Dance Moves At Lux Golden Rose Awards 2016 now at Bollywood Hungama. Watch more videos on Bollywood Hungama.

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  • Apollo Hospitals refutes reports of Amma's death as 'baseless, false'

    Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Dec. 5 (ANI): Apollo Hospitals, where Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa is undergoing treatment after her cardiac arrest last evening, has rejected reports of her death as played by some Tamil television channels. In a statement issued here a short while ago, the hospital said, "Some TV channels are wrongly reporting that the Chief Minister is no more. The Apollo Specialists and Specialists from AIIMS are continually monitoring the Chief Minister very closely," the hospital further said.

  • Arjun Rampal comes up with a National Award performance in Daddy?

    Back in 2008 when Arjun Rampal had acted in Rock On, he hadn’t quite aimed to win a National Award for the film. However, as word spread around his performance and it was hailed as one of his most definitive ever since his debut in 2001, there was an enhanced buzz around him in the industry circles. This was recognized at the highest pedestal when those deciding the National Awards no less recognized him for stellar act and awarded him as Best Supporting Actor. Now if the buzz around his next release Daddy is anything to go by, the 44 year old actor has possibly come up with a performance of a lifetime in the film where he plays the central protagonist. “This is the first time ever when he is

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  • These ‘Plastic’ Bags Are Actually Made of Potato & Tapioca – and Can Become Animal Food on Disposal!

    Picture this – a cow gulps down a carry bag discarded in a field. The bag is white and looks like plastic. But don’t worry about it killing the cow. It actually does – nothing! Find out why. The partial or total ban on plastic bags in several Indian cities is often lauded as a welcome move by most people. As it should be! But if you ask those who cannot afford alternatives like cloth bags (or forget to bring them to the market) – using just hands to carry eggs and vegetables home can be a juggling act. It was this problem faced by ordinary citizens that disturbed Ashwath Hegde, a Mangalore-born but now Qatar-based NRI entrepreneur. “The Mangalore City Corporation implemented a ban on the manufacture, sale, and distribution of plastic bags in the year 2012. But the decision was taken without preparations for alternatives. People were concerned about how they would carry products from the market now. Everyone cannot afford a bag worth Rs. 5 or Rs. 15 to carry a kilogram of sugar. I decided to come up with alternatives after hearing about these problems in my hometown,” says the 25-year-old. After researching the problem for about four years, Ashwath founded EnviGreen – a company that produces 100% organic, biodegradable, and eco-friendly bags. They look like plastic bags but are made of materials like natural starch and vegetable oil derivatives. If placed in a glass of water at normal temperature, an EnviGreen bag dissolves in a day. And when placed in a glass of boiling water, it dissolved in just 15 seconds! These bags take less than 180 days to biodegrade naturally once discarded. So users can throw them away without worrying about harming the environment. The bags are even edible and will cause no harm to animals if ingested. You may also like: Eat with It and Then Eat It – Meet the Man Who Introduced Edible Cutlery to the World Ashwath, who has patented EnviGreen, claims the manufacturing process for these bags is entirely different from that of plastic, cloth, or paper bags. The company uses 12 ingredients, including potato, tapioca, corn, natural starch, vegetable oil, banana, and flower oil. All raw materials are first converted into liquid form and then taken through a six-step procedure before the end product is ready. “We don’t use any chemicals at all. Even the paint used for printing on the bags is natural and organic,” says Ashwath. He adds that the cost of one EnviGreen bag is about 35% more than that of a plastic bag, but 500% less than that of a cloth bag. “To give you a rough idea, an EnviGreen bag measuring 13 inches by 16 inches costs Rs. 3, while a plastic bag with the same dimensions will cost Rs. 2”. The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB), which has approved the use of these bags, conducted several tests to ensure there were no plastic elements in them. The tests included placing a hot iron on a small piece of EnviGreen sheet. The sheet neither melts nor sticks to the hot iron surface. The bags also don’t melt, drip, or release any toxic fumes when burnt, unlike conventional plastic bags. They have been tested by the Central Institute of Plastic Engineering and Sriram Institute for Industrial Research as well. You may also like: Anyone Can Check Their Eyes at Home With This Origami-Style DIY Eye Test Costing Under a Dollar To prove his point, Ashwath has even consumed a bag after boiling it in water to show that it is edible. With his team of 60 people, Ashwath has now set up a factory in Bangalore that produces 1,000 metric tonnes of bags every month. “We had this unique idea of empowering farmers in rural Karnataka by sourcing all our raw materials from them. We are also planning to distribute seeds to help them produce the amount of materials required to make the bags,” he says. Currently, the company has not started full-fledged sales in India, but the bags are already available in Qatar and Abu Dhabi. “Just the city of Bangalore consumes over 30,000 metric tonnes of plastic bags every month. So we want to set up enough manufacturing facilities before we start distributing to individual customers and local kirana shop owners. We have started supplying to corporate retail chains like Metro and Reliance, which will start using the bags from December this year,” says Ashwath. According to the Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, 15,000 tonnes of plastic waste is generated in India every day, out of which 9,000 tonnes is collected and processed, while 6,000 tonnes is not collected. Once available for use, EnviGreen bags will not just help ease this problem but also help many consumers struggling to find a balance between their concern for the environment and ways of making things more comfortable in their daily lives. You may also like: Say Goodbye to Bottled Water – These Water ATMs Dispense RO Water at Just Rs 5 per Litre! Find out more about the bags here. You can contact the team by writing to them at  ceo@gogreenqatar.com 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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  • Demonetisation Becomes An Opportunity

    Foreign exchange Black money hoarders have converted crores of demonetised notes into forex. Dollars are the most sought after currency. A dollar costs around Rs 120-140 in old demonetised notes. Even some diplomats are involved in this laundering process. Hawala There are reports of people sending their black money abroad through hawala dealers, who are again charging a high premium to park it in foreign currency in Dubai, Singapore and Malaysia. Bullion The easiest way to launder money. Many have heavily invested their dirty money in buying bullion, jewellery and diamonds, which wont attract tax. Real Estate Though there is no investment coming into this sector, some small time developers have

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  • India prioritising shift to become natural gas-based economy, Modi says

    NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India is giving priority to moving towards a natural gas-based economy and efforts must be made to raise local production of the fuel while also creating infrastructure to import it, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told an energy conference on Monday. "Natural gas is the next-generation fossil fuel, cheaper and less polluting," Modi said in an address at India's flagship energy event, Petrotech. "Efforts must be made to increase natural gas production whole also creating import infrastructure to meet the growing domestic demand," Modi said. ...

  • Arvind Kejriwal demands probe against Amit Shah over hidden wealth allegations

    New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday demanded a probe against BJP president Amit Shah following allegations that he may have used a Gujarat property dealer as a front to disclose unaccounted Rs 13,860 crore under a tax amnesty scheme. "Amit Shah should respond to Hardik Patel's allegations. Very serious! It should be investigated," the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader tweeted. The tweet came after Patel, a Patidar leader, alleged on Saturday that the main face behind Mahesh Shah, the man who disclosed the record amount under the government's income disclosure scheme, is "General Dyer" referring to the BJP President. Mahesh Shah, a businessman from Gujarat had made a surprising

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  • Rs 10 lakh in scrapped notes found with actor Balakrishna's wife

    Tirupati, Dec 4 (IANS) Scrapped notes valued Rs.10 lakh were found in the possession of popular Telugu actor and TDP legislator N. Balakrishna's wife Vasundhara Devi at Renigunta Airport near here. The cash was found when she was checking out along with five family members after landing from Hyderabad on Saturday. Vasundhara showed IT documents to the officials and told them that she brought the money for offering it to Lord Venkateswara temple.

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  • Winners of 23rd Annual Star Screen Awards 2016

    Critics Choice For Best Actor Sushant Singh Rajput – M.S. Dhoni – The Untold Story Critics Choice For Best Actress Swara Bhaskar – Nil Battey Sannata Most promising Debut Director Tinu Suresh Desai – Rustom⁠ Best Actor In A Comic Role Varun Dhawan – Dishoom Best Child Artist Riya Shukla – Nil Battey Sannata Best Newcomer (Male) Jim Sarbh – Neerja Harshvardhan Kapoor – Mirzya Best Newcomer (Female) Disha Patani – M.S. Dhoni – The Untold Story Best Supporting Actor  Rishi Kapoor – Kapoor & sons Best Supporting Actress Shabana Azmi – Neerja Best Lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya – Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Best Music Pritam Chakraborty – Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Best Playback Singer (Male) Amit Mishra – Bulleya

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  • Memorable moments of Parineeti Chopra-Aditya Roy Kapur's Koffee with Karan episode

    After scintillating sessions with the likes of Akshay Kumar– Twinkle Khanna, Ranveer Singh– Ranbir Kapoor and a host of others the latest episode of Karan Johar’s Koffee with Karan featured the vivacious Parineeti Chopra and Aditya Roy Kapur. Though the duo featured together in a film that didn’t quite cut it at the box office, Parineeti and Aditya developed a unique bond that was explored on the show. But for those who missed the telecast here are few memorable moments that are certainty worth knowing. New private language: Not many may know that post working on Daawate E Ishq, Parineeti Chopra and Aditya Roy Kapur developed their own unique language. Talking about the same on the show Parineeti

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  • U.S. Consulate asks its citizens in Chennai to review personal security plans

    Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Dec. 5 (ANI): The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai has temporarily suspended appointments for routine services to U.S. citizens and visa applicants and will operate with reduced staffing today following Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa suffering a heart attack last night. A statement issued by the Consulate said that the applicants will be informed by email and the Consulate will provide updates when routine services are restored.