• 25th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY: Shah Rukh Khan And Gauri Khan’s Rare Old Pictures

    King of Romance, Shah Rukh Khan and the Queen of his life Gauri Khan celebrate their Silver Jubilee today. On their 25th wedding anniversary, we relive their adorable moments through few old pictures...

  • 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.

  • Shahid Kapoor Finally Speaks Up On Clashing With Ranveer Singh In Padmavati!

    There have been a lot of conjectures about Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus ‘Padmavati’ regarding ego-clashes between the two lead heroes, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh for screen time and space. Shahid Kapoor has finally decided to break his silence during the media interaction at the Jio MAMI Film Festival today made his very first statement about the film. The Haider actor said, “I wish Padmavati came to me five or six years back, I hope I did it.

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  • “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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  • SC refuses to hear plea to stop arrests on Jaya health 'rumours'

    But the apex court nevertheless gave the petitioner liberty to seek recourse under law in future. The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a plea seeking a direction to the Tamil Nadu government to release persons arrested for sharing information about the health status of ailing Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on social media. Initially during the hearing, a Bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy expressed incredulity at the arrests, asking “are they really arrested for these kind of cases? Can't they be dealt in a different way?” However, the court refrained from intervening, saying no cases have been registered under criminal defamation so far. The court was hearing an

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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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  • India, China intelligence cooperation led to arrest of Pakistani smuggler in Sri Lanka

    Colombo [Sri Lanka], Oct.25 (ANI): Intelligence sharing and cooperation between India, China and Sri Lanka led to the arrest of a Pakistani currency smuggler, Faiz Muhammad, in China's Guangzhou province recently. At the time of his arrest, Muhammad was found with fake Indian currency notes worth Rs. 2.5 million printed in Pakistan, said a report filed by the Sri Lankan Daily newspaper Ceylon Today.

  • Balochistan's capital Quetta attacked: Here's everything about the region and its plight

    New Delhi: At least 59 police recruits were killed and 116 injured when two militants attacked a police academy in the province of Balochistan in Pakistan on Monday night. The attack has jolted the region which is already suffering the atrocities of unfriendly Pakistan government. Here we are telling you everything related to the province. Balochistan’s history: In 1948, Pakistan forcefully occupied Balochistan which has its capital Quetta. Pakistan has four main regions-Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. In addition, it has a region called FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas) whose administration is directly under the control of the Pakistani government. There is also Gilgit-Baltistan

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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.

  • Sanjay Dutt's Marco Bhau faces setback

    Though it’s been eight months since Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt walked out of prison as a free man, we are yet to see the actor back in action. Ever since his release, his name has often been associated with films which later turn out to be mere speculations. Shelly Chopra, sister of renowned filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra announced Marco Bhau with the actor soon after his return but now the film too has been facing a tad bit of trouble. We hear that Marco Bhau which was to kick start soon has been delayed because the script isn’t convincing enough. Vidhu Vinod Chopra, who has worked with Sanjay Dutt in many films including the Munnabhai series, is a renowned producer-director. But we hear when

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  • Huma Qureshi and Saqib Saleem to begin their production company with a short film

    Actors and Siblings Huma Qureshi and Saqib Saleem are joining hands as they begin their first production company together The sibling duo has been working on this venture for the longest time and will start with a short film. Speaking to a leading daily, Saqib Saleem confirmed the news saying that he and Huma have been contemplating starting a production company to not only create content for themselves but for other actors too. They will be starting out with Swati Trivedi’s short film as she’s a dear friend. They thought, with a short film, they can grasp the nitty-gritty of production. The goal is to eventually make feature-length films in the future. While Saqib Saleem tried to keep the plot

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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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  • Salman Khan wishes Indian soldiers and youth on Diwali; shares Narendra Modi's message

    After the recent Uri attacks, the Indian populace has come together in solidarity in memory of the martyred Indian soldiers like never before. Close on this wave of empathy is Salman Khan’s latest tweet wishing the Indian soldiers and youth for Diwali. Posting his wishes on twitter Salman added, “देश के सेना के जवानो और नवजनो को मेरी तरफ से दीवाली की हार्दिक शुभ कामनाए और सभी को हॅपी दीवाली #Sandesh2Soldiers.” But that isn’t all, Salman also shared Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s video message on his Facebook profile.

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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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  • 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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  • SAD-BJP, Congress have joined hands to keep AAP away from Punjab: Kejriwal

    Bathinda(Pb): On Monday Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal alleged that SAD-BJP and Congress had joined hands to stop AAP from winning the Punjab assembly elections which slated to be held early next year. "It is an open secret now that both Akalis and Congress have come together to keep AAP away from Punjab", Kejriwal alleged while addressing the members of trading community and industry. He also accused Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh of being the "joint candidate" of SAD-BJP alliance and Congress . "That's why Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has withdrawn a corruption case against Amarinder just three months before the Punjab polls

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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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  • Flipkart May ‘Snap’ The Dreams Of Its Rivals and ‘Amaze’ Its Customers During The Diwali Shopathon

    Ganesha has taken the cases of Flipkart, Amazon and Snapdeal and has analysed their planetary potential and predicts how they will fare in the upcoming year.

  • Hrithik Roshan to share his fight against stuttering

    While he recently voiced his support towards Deepika Padukone who courageously came out in the open to discuss about depression, Hrithik Roshan continues to spread awareness and talk about his fights and struggles to inspire his other fans. It is a renowned fact that Hrithik Roshan as a child faced several issues due to his stuttering. However, instead of bowing down to the constant stigma, he decided to fight. In a recent interview, the actor expressed his concern to several people who continue to face social stigma when it comes to speech-related impediments and mentioned that he is contemplating with the idea of writing a book. His intention is to inspire people and boost them with self-confidence

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  • 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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