• Actress Leslie Jones' website hacked, nude photos posted

    By Gina Cherelus (Reuters) - "Ghostbusters" actress and comedian Leslie Jones' website was hacked on Wednesday and nude photos and personal information including her passport and driver's license were posted, according to media reports. Several accounts of the hacking, which was first reported by TMZ.com, said it appeared the website was accessed through Jones' personal cellphone or iCloud account, which lets users store photos and other content online and access it from any Apple device. Representatives from Apple Inc and Jones' agent did not respond to requests for comment.

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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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  • 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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  • Has 'Pakistani National Congress' decided to switch base to Islamabad, asks BJP

    New Delhi, Aug 24 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday alleged that the Indian National Congress was at the moment behaving more like 'Pakistani National Congress' and said the grand old party, which has now lost hope in national politics, owes an apology to the nation for lending support to the hostile Asian neighbour. Expressing his disappointment over the Congress considering Pakistan a 'heaven' at a time when the whole world is calling the nation a 'terror hub', BJP spokesperson GVL Narsimha Rao wondered whether the grand old party has now decided to switch its base to Karachi or Islamabad. "One has to really wonder as to what is the compulsion of the Congress Party to be seen to be standing with Pakistani military, to be seen with Pakistan's sponsored terrorist organisation, to be seen defending the ISI and Pakistan military," Narsimha Rao told ANI.

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  • Sushma slams celebs for opting surrogacy

    New Delhi, Aug 24 (ANI): External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday launched a veiled attack on celebrities for having surrogate babies, saying a "thing which started as a necessity, has now turned into a luxury." Addressing a press conference here, she said, "Celebrities are having surrogate babies. In spite of having two children, they have a third, just because the wife couldn't take the pain, they get someone else to bear their child." The Centre's move implies a strong stand against celebrities like Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan, who had surrogate babies after two children and even Tusshar Kapoor, who became a single father recently.

    ANI
  • 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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  • Jason Roy inspires England to victory against Pakistan in first one-day international

    Jason Roy powered England to victory against Pakistan in the first one-day international at the Ageas Bowl. Earlier in the day, under bright blue skies in Southampton, Pakistan captain Azhar Ali won the toss and opted to bat first. Following the early losses of Sharjeel Khan and Mohammad Hafeez, the skipper united with Babar Azam (40) and the dynamic Sarfraz Ahmed (55) to put Pakistan in a strong position.

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  • Kabali: When Rajinikanth met and congraulated a woman for recreating Thalaivar's dialogue perfectly

    Rajinikanth personally invited a woman and congratulated her at his farm house for perfectly recreating Kabali dialogues in a viral video.

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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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  • 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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  • Rohit Shetty confirms Ram Lakhan remake is shelved | Bollywood News | Hindi Movies News | Celebrity News - BollywoodHungama.com

    Last year, around the same time in August, Dharma Productions made a big announcement about the much talked about and much awaited remake of the 1989's Anil Kapoor- Jackie Shroff starrer Ram Lakhan. Ever since the announcement was made, several names started doing the rounds for titular roles, which included the likes of Sidharth Malhotra, Varun Dhawan, Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor and even Fawad Khan. The latest update on the Ram Lakhan's remake is that Rohit Shetty has gone on record to say that they (Karan Johar and Rohit Shetty) have temporarily shelved this project. Rohit Shetty also spoke about how all the actors wanted to play Lakhan's role and that no one was ready to play Ram. Rohit Shetty

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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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  • World's 'longest' Vada Pao made in Gurgaon

    Gurgaon, Aug 23 (IANS) A team of 25 people used 200 kg of potatoes and bread each to make the world's longest Vada Pao in just three hours -- 145 feet long. Vada Pao, often called the Indian burger, is hugely popular in Maharashtra. The final Vada Pao was made within a record time of three hours.

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  • Samsung launches 4G smartphone Z2 with Jio services

    New Delhi, Aug 23 (ANI): South Korean technology giant Samsung India today launched its first 4G enabled Tizen-powered smartphone, Samsung Z2, which caters to the requirements of new smartphone users transitioning from a feature phone. Driven by the success of Z1 and Z3, and taking forward the smart, fun and simple attributes of Tizen platform, Samsung Z2 has been customised to offer unique value to the Indian consumers. Pre-loaded with essential apps and Samsung's popular 'Make for India' features, the phone features ultra data saving mode, S bike mode and the new 'My Money Transfer', to drive smartphone adoption.

    ANI
  • BJP's Zafar Islam plays safe on fatwa on cow urine items

    New Delhi, Aug. 24 (ANI): Not completely declining the fatwa issued by Islamic seminary against products with cow urine, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Zafar Islam on Wednesday said the scientific use of cow urine is not known, adding there are many things which are permitted even though the Islamic faith doesn't allow those things in normal course of action. Talking to ANI, Islam said the consumption of cow urine and the products, which have cow urine, is prohibited as far as Islamic faith is concerned.

    ANI
  • Penguin promoted to brigadier at Edinburgh Zoo

    Standing in line for a special ceremony, uniformed soldiers of His Majesty the King of Norway's Guard are carefully inspected -- by a penguin. Sir Nils Olav, a resident king penguin at Edinburgh Zoo, was honoured with the title of brigadier on Monday during a parade in the Scottish park. The bird is the mascot of His Majesty the King of Norway's Guard and was made a knight in 2008.

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  • Illicit gold: India's smugglers shut out refiners, banks

    By Rajendra Jadhav MUMBAI (Reuters) - Indian gold refiners just months ago were ramping up capacity and struggling to secure enough ore from miners. Gold importing banks and big jewellers have also been hit by the growing entry of illicit gold, which avoids import duties and makes its way on to the so-called "grey market" where it is sold to end-users at a discount. Smuggled gold could account for more than a third of demand this year in India - the world's second-biggest buyer of the metal after China - potentially costing the government over $1 billion in lost revenue.

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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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  • Rahul Gandhi never accused RSS as an institution for Mahatma Gandhi's killing: SC

    New Delhi, Aug 24 (ANI): The Supreme Court, which today heard an appeal by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi to quash the defamation case filed against him by the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), stated that he never accused the 'institution of being responsible for Mahatma Gandhi's killing'. Senior lawyer Kapil Sibal, who appeared for Gandhi, told the apex court that the Congress vice-president never accused the RSS as an institution for the crime. "'RSS ke logon ne hatya ki' is entirely different from 'RSS had killed Mahatma Gandhi'," Sibal told the court.

    ANI
  • Aman Verma bids adieu to 'Amma', gets emotional

    Mumbai, Aug 23 (IANS) Aman Verma has finished shooting for "Ek Maa Jo Laakhon Ke Liye Bani Amma" in which he played the role of a don named Shekharan Shetty, also called Anna. "I'm privileged to have worked in a show like 'Amma'. Playing Shekharan Shetty was certainly challenging for me, but at the same time, it has been a very creatively satisfying experience," Aman said in a statement.

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