• Ex-Flames Shahid Kapoor & Deepika Padukone Spotted TOGETHER!

    The two were said to be in a short-lived relationship a couple of years ago. On Thursday, destiny brought them together again. Here’s when and why…

  • HOT BUZZ: Arijit Singh Walks Out Of Star Plus Show India's Raw Star

    One more controversy envelops the singer and a miracle will be required to bring him back on the show

  • Katrina Meets Ranbir's Best Friend Ayan, Ranbir Wasn't Around

    Comfort, space and situation prevailed. Time is indeed a healer, and may be Katrina and Ayan will start catching up more

  • Discussed Kashmir situation with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, says Burhan Wani’s father Muzaffar Wani

    Wani, a teacher by profession, said there should be an unconditional dialogue with the separatists to find a lasting solution to Kashmir problem. Muzaffar Wani, father of the Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani, whose killing led to the ongoing flare-up in Kashmir, met the spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar at the Art of Living ashram here. Art of Living spokespersons said Mr. Wani arrived on Thursday for a personal visit and left on Saturday. Mr. Wani said had come for treatment of diabetes at the Sri Sri Ayurvedic Hospital. “I did not stay in a hotel as I did not find it safe. I stayed at the ashram,” he said. Though Art of Living refused to divulge details, sources told The Hindu that

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  • Kashmir unrest: BJP questions role of Jawaharlal Nehru after Congress targets PM Modi

    New Delhi [India], Aug. 28 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday questioned the role of the Congress Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru over the situation of Kashmir after Congress targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi's for using words like 'insaniyat, Kashmiriyat, jamuriyat' in 'Mann ki baat'. Now if they want to politicise it and score political points by criticizing for the sake of criticizing then it begs the question that on political things, they are answerable that over 70 years, and in the 55 years that the Congress was in power, why did the problem ever be like this? What was the role of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, these political things can be answered," BJP leader Nalin Kohli told ANI.

  • My toddler threw up on my shirt — and the airline tried to make me wear it

    Passenger Raj Purohit’s ‘terrible’ flight this summer

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  • This Is What Bobby Darling Did Before Getting Married!

    Bobby Darling who used to cross dress and say that she was a woman trapped in a man’s body had a breast augmentation done in 2010 and now she has completely changed her gender. Yes that’s true, Bobby Darling who is in love with Bhopal-based-contractor Ramnik Sharma has finally undergone a surgery for which she was waiting for years. It seems that Ramnik Sharma was the one to encourage Bobby Darling to undergo a surgery and he always stood by her as the process was painful claimed Bobby Darling.

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  • Daring Female Cops Rescue 3 Minor Girls after Being Chased by a 600-Strong Mob in Haryana

    Two women cops from Bengal bravely faced a 600-strong mob in Haryana to rescue a trafficked girl. By the end of the mission on Wednesday, they were successful in rescuing not one, but three minor girls, and also arrested nine traffickers. According to the police, the three girls were kidnapped and brought to Haryana to be married off. The fearless cops -- Sub-Inspector Piyali Ghosh and Constable Madhumita Das from Sankrail Police Station in Howrah, left for Haryana four days ago with two male constables. Image for representation only. Source: John Hill - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=33519980 The team was following a tip-off obtained from a Howrah-based suspect named Mehfizza who told them that she had sold a 15-year-old girl in Palwal district of Haryana, with the objective of getting her married to 10 men. But in the process of raids and investigation, the cops had to face a mob of about 600 people, which chased them through open fields saying that they were trying to kidnap their women. People in the mob were screaming for "public justice" and the women cops had to urge their counterparts in Haryana police to fire shots in the air to save their lives. "I am happy that the job was done. We thank the constant help we received from anti-trafficking NGO, Shakti Vahini. We received little support from Haryana Police though Uttar Pradesh police always backed our raids...This was our first raid in Haryana and now we know we need to do our homework to be successful here," Piyali Ghosh told The Times of India. 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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  • Isis had plans to attack Australian cricketers if they had toured Bangladesh last year – report

    England's tour of Bangladesh later this year faces fresh trouble after details of an alleged Islamic State (Isis) plan to attack Australian cricketers in the sub-continent nation last year emerged. According to reports, the Australian government received intelligence about an Isis plot to target the country's cricket players during a reception with the hosts in Dhaka. The Daily Mail reported that Australia immediately pulled out of the tour of Bangladesh on security grounds with Cricket Australia not confident of players' and officials' safety after receiving this credible security threat.

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  • Live Cricket Score of India vs West Indies, 2nd T20I at Lauderhill, Florida

    Build-up:  The thousands of cricket fans, who had flocked to the Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, Florida, couldn't have asked for a better entertainer. Saturday's game, which was India's maiden international appearance in the USA, saw a slew of records being broken. As many as 489 runs were scored in 40 overs, including 32 sixes and two hundreds, which were all new Twenty20 International (T20I) records. If Evin Lewis and Johnson Charles were at their belligerent best for West Indies, India weren't to be left behind as KL Rahul's terrific knock, during which he equalled the record for the second-fastest T20I hundred, kept India in control in a mammoth chase of 246. However, the one

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  • In MP, man, daughter thrown out of bus after wife died on board

    Damoh (Madhya Pradesh) [India], Aug. 27 (ANI): In an inhumane act, a man and his five-year-old daughter were thrown out of the bus they were travelling in after his sick wife died on board in Damoh district of Madhya Pradesh on Saturday. The shameful incident took place, when Ram Singh, a resident of Chhatarpur District, was taking his ill wife Malli Bai to the Damoh district hospital along with his daughter. After Ram Singh's wife died on her way to the hospital, the bus conductor forced him to move out of the bus in the middle of a forest along with his wife's body and daughter, even though it was raining heavily.

  • How a 19-Year-Old Girl from Kanpur Is Inspiring Women in Her Village to Go after Open Defecators

    Palak Gaur, a 19-year-old resident of Kanpur has decided to improve the sanitation facilities in her village single-handedly. This is how she is doing it. There’s no challenge that Palak Gaur finds insurmountable today. After all, the 19-year-old has spearheaded the clean-up of her ‘malin basti’, small neighbourhood of 45 homes tucked away in a larger slum located on Baba Ghat, flanking the Ganges in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. Last year in September, the youngster decided that she was no longer ‘okay’ with staying in a locality where rancid stench and heaps of rotting rubbish were such an intrinsic part of their everyday existence, that it didn’t even bother the residents anymore. So one day she started off by taking charge of clearing out a large garbage dumping area just outside her home. It took around six hours and more than 20 trips but she managed the job single-handedly. Despite her fervent appeals to the elders in the vicinity, no one came to her assistance that day other than her younger sister Neeraj, who eventually joined in after finishing her chores, and a neighbour whose boundary wall was adjacent to the dump. [caption id="attachment_65812" align="aligncenter" width="4288"] Palak Gaur, 19, has speared headed the clean up of her ‘malin basti’, small neighbourhood tucked away in a slum in Kanpur[/caption] “When I told a few people what I had in mind, they called me crazy,” says Palak recalling the incident, “I simply told them that while I may be mad I was not mad enough to be living in such unhygienic surroundings. I started working at 7 am and was done by lunchtime. With a wicker basket I took the garbage bit by bit to the dumpster 200 meters away. After I cleaned the place up I warned everyone against throwing garbage there again.” Palak is truly a committed young woman. Although her circumstances have not been the easiest, she has never shirked hard work. Her mother passed away when she was very young and ever since then her father, Mahaveer Gaur, a vegetable vendor, has been a single parent to her and her sisters. Naturally, making ends meet takes a lot of the time and energy, but Palak and Neeraj take out time from the housework and their studies to take extra classes for children in the area. “I am doing my masters in Hindi Literature and take tuitions as well. My father earns around Rs 3500 a month and my sister and I manage to make Rs 400 a month to help out,” she says. You may also like:  These Women Walk And Talk Non-Stop So They Can Improve Hygiene And Sanitation In Their Villages Despite a packed day, Palak has consciously taken up the cause of clealiness because “it is directly connected to our health and wellbeing”. [caption id="attachment_65813" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Palak with her family.[/caption] She was motivated to do this after she linked up with Shramik Bharti, a Kanpur-based a non-profit organisation, entirely by chance. “In May 2015 I happened to sit in on an awareness meeting organised in our ‘basti’. When I heard them out I realised that living in clean surroundings and ensuring proper sanitation is very important. I wanted to be part of their work and I attended another, more extensive, meeting at the organisation's office in June.” Shramik Bharti works on issues of poverty and women’s empowerment and has so far reached out to nearly a million people living within the slums and lower-income neighbourhoods, in and around Kanpur. Proper sanitation is critical to not just women’s health but also their safety, which is why the organisation has been focusing on motivating communities to take action. “We have been talking about concerns related to water, sanitation and hygiene with the support of WaterAid India, under the Central government’s Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM),” explains Rakesh Pandey, Chief Executive Officer, Shramik Bharti, adding, “Through interactive meetings we encourage people to take ownership of the cleanliness of their area. We have achieved remarkable results by developing leadership within the communities.” One meeting transformed Palak from a quiet teenager to a young woman who was eager to bring change, whatever the cost. [caption id="attachment_65809" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Palak with a member of the Shramik Bharti.[/caption] Even as she set the ball rolling by cleaning up the dumping ground outside her home – incidentally, her father was initially reluctant to allow his daughter to do this although eventually he was convinced that she was doing a “good work” – the youngster decided to rope in others to join in her mission. “I knew that changing the way we lived in ‘malin basti’ was not going to be possible for me alone,” she remarks. So she formed a ‘nigrani’ (vigilance) group of 25, comprising 10 youths (four girls and six boys in the 15 to 25 age group), 10 children (in the 8 to 14 years age group) and five adults (two men and three women) “for guidance and support”. The committee is diligently working towards “stopping people from defecating in the open, by shaming, threatening, or warning them, whatever works”. “We did try to convince people to use toilets, whether at home or a public facility, explaining to them how open defection pollutes the environment and the water. But when that didn’t work we decided to take some drastic measures. A bunch of us wake up at 4 am and hide behind trees in the locality .We even patrol a nearly four-kilometre stretch of the river bank where many slum dwellers go to relieve themselves. Those who were reluctant to mend their ways have been photographed and warned of a penalty slapped by government authorities, which has helped in curtailing this menace,” reveals Palak. As people no longer found it easy to go for ablutions in the open, they were suddenly keen to find out how they could build a toilet at home. [caption id="attachment_65810" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Palak with her vigilance group of 25[/caption] Palak jumped in to help them out by telling them about their entitlements under the government’s sanitation programme. Under the SBM, a sum of Rs 8,000 is sanctioned for poor families to construct a toilet. The grant comes in three installments; the final payment is released only after the beneficiary can prove that they have a working toilet. It took her around three months but she visited each of the 45 families to egg them on to apply for constructing a toilet. [caption id="attachment_65807" align="aligncenter" width="4288"] The river bank where Palak tries to stop open defecators.[/caption] “There were many who still slammed the door on my face. It was annoyed but I kept calm," says Palak, whose father had shown some great forward thinking by getting a toilet constructed for his daughters 12 years back. Her patience did pay off as she has managed to get all the families to fill out the relevant forms, which she handed over to Shramik Bharti to be passed on to the municipal authorities. Consequently, there are working toilets in several homes while others are in the process of getting one built. You may also like:  Whistling Can Be Used To Improve Sanitation? Yes! These Village Women Show You How. Her proactive approach has caught the attention of the district officials as well as the municipal corporation, with which she interacts regularly. In fact, local corporator Namita Kanojia has nominated Palak to be on the ward committee, too. Two significant positive outcomes of this have been the sanctioning of the construction of a half built sewage line as well as a 10-seat community toilet. The sewage line, in particular, is a coup. Palak put a proposal for the same before the MLA Salil Vishnoi on March 22, 2016, and later to the District Magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma on June 25. The project has been approved and construction is slated to begin after monsoon. Palak’s work doesn’t stop with her; her leadership has catalysed others to do their bit. For Divya, who studies in Class Two and is on the basti’s vigilance committee, Palak is a true heroine. “I understand that what she has asked us to do is beneficial for everyone and that’s why I follow her lead. We shoo those who want to defecate near the river bank. Nowadays no one defies us," she says proudly. Though she dreams of completing her B.Ed and take up teaching she will “pursue my mission to make people aware of the importance of hygiene and sanitation. I want to convert this ‘malin basti’ into a ‘model basti’, which is open defecation free.” Like this story? Or have something to share? Write to us: contact@thebetterindia.com, or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter (@thebetterindia). Written by Alka Pande for Women’s Feature Service (WFS) and republished here in arrangement with WFS.

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  • Salim Khan hails judgement on Haji Ali

    Mumbai, Aug 27 (IANS) After the Bombay High Court verdict allowing entry of women up to the restricted grave area of the Haji Ali Dargah, superstar Salman Khan's father and veteran writer Salim Khan welcomed it by saying that the judgement endorses what Hadees and Quran say. Muslim clerics on Friday questioned the Bombay High Court verdict, asserting that while they respect the court, the ruling goes against Islam. "High court judgement on Haji Ali endorses what Hadees and Quran have said.

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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.

  • One Simple Solar-Powered Device Is Making Classrooms in Rural Maharashtra Super Exciting

    A simple device is helping students in rural Maharashtra access interesting multimedia content like their urban and semi-urban peers. It runs on solar energy and does not require any prior knowledge about computers. This is how it works. “It was the beginning of 2014. Lavin and I had been in our jobs for three years. Both of us felt that while our jobs were good and comfortable, they were not challenging enough. Moreover, they were not having any impact on society in any way. So we decided to explore other sectors where there is scope for change via technology and work in one of them,” says Lehar Tawde, a business administration graduate from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai. They decided to explore the education sector first. “Everybody knows that the rural education system in India is not perfect. Both of us are products of the urban education system and while we knew that schools in our villages generally needed reforms, we did not know what the exact problems were,” he adds. The duo did some research for about six months. They decided a good area to address may be the skill development of teachers to enable them to use technology for improved classroom instruction. By the end of 2014, they quit their jobs and started ConnectEd Technologies, an education-technology company that aims to produce and provide tailor-made educational content to underprivileged kids through technology. ConnectEd’s flagship product is a smart classroom system meant to aid teachers in classes using audio-visual content. It is a battery-operated, high definition projector that runs only on solar energy and can be operated by all teachers, including those who have no knowledge of computers. All a teacher has to do is switch on the device, navigate and find a multimedia educational content file, and play the audio visual chapter corresponding to what he/she is teaching that day. One can understand this product in two parts: Hardware: It is a projection-based system with a simple device that needs just a button and a remote control to start. The ConnectEd team does not just install the system in classrooms but also provides training to the teachers on how to use it. The device has a two-hour battery life and comes with built-in speakers. A solar powered kit helps charge the batteries. It is an all-integrated solution and there is no need for a PC, UPS or any other hardware. Content: ConnectEd Technologies produces the content projected by the device, which adheres to the state board curriculum. The team converts all the chapters in various textbooks into scripts to create ‘movies’ of sorts. They simplify the content and make it easy for children to relate to with the use of several examples. ConnectEd works with a team of young teachers after training them in converting chapters to scripts. The content is then passed on to other team members like animators, voiceover artists, editors, etc. “The video for each chapter is about 12-15 minutes long. The teachers can either play the entire film and discuss the chapter with students, or keep pausing it to guide students through the topic. Conventionally, teachers spend the entire time in class delivering lectures. With videos, they get the opportunity to make classes more engaging,” says 25-year-old Lehar. The team piloted the product in Palghar district of Maharashtra and is now expanding to other areas too. The system is currently meant for use from Classes 5 to 10. This year, ConnectEd has started the EkShiksha campaign with the Education Ministry of Maharashtra to increase the reach of the product across the state. The campaign aims to bring together socially-responsible corporate organizations, NGOs, school management boards, and grassroots-level educators to bring better education to children in rural schools. The organization has a team of 27 people in their 20s. Like Lehar, Lavin too is a business administration graduate from NMIMS and, together with the team, they have self-funded the company. ConnectEd conducts assessment tests of the children to measure the impact of their product and see if there has been an improvement in learning outcomes. They conduct a baseline test at the beginning of the academic year and an end-line test later. Only the baseline test has been conducted in Palghar as of now. “We have been receiving feedback from teachers that the product helps them improve the learning environment in class. Earlier, teachers would just read to the children from books in the class. Delivering lectures too was not very helpful. But the video content corresponds with what they are going to teach in class and children love it too,” says Lehar. Know more about the campaign and ConnectEd, here. You can write to the team at enquiries@connected.org.in. 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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  • Controversies may not leave SRK alone; Raees may give viewers a memorable movie experience!

    Shah Rukh Khan – the King of Bollywood now seems to have landed up sensitive spot due to various controversies in the recent past. But two of his big films will be releasing this year. Find out the destiny's designs for SRK in 2016.

  • 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.

  • Restrict hiring of women employees in SME Sector: Maternity Amendment Bill

    New Delhi [India], Aug 27 (ANI): According to Second Innings, a survey report by CII's Indian Women's Network (IWN), 37 percent of women opt out of their jobs mid career due to maternity or childcare issues. The existing Maternity Benefit Act, 1961, entitles women to 12 weeks of maternity benefit and employers are liable to pay full wages for the period of leave. The big question arises from the proposed amendment, would it be really in favor of female employees or it will restrict employers to hire married women?

  • 9 Secrets Amazon Shoppers Need to Know

    For many online consumers, Amazon is a one-stop shop for everything from diapers to television sets. In fact, consumers rated Amazon their favorite online store in the National Retail Federation's 2015 Favorite 50 Retailers list. There's a way for some folks to reap the benefits of Amazon Prime without having to fork over the $99 annual membership fee.

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  • BCCI waives off franchise fees for CSK, RR

    The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to waive off the annual fee of the two temporarily-suspended Indian Premier League franchises Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, leading daily newspaper The Indian Express reported on Sunday (August 28). Both Super Kings and Royals had moved the Bombay High Court in April earlier this year, seeking arbitration after being asked by the board to pay the participation fee for the ninth and tenth editions of the domestic Twenty20 league despite a two-year suspension levied on the two franchises by the Supreme Court. In their last working committee meeting in New Delhi, however, BCCI president Anurag Thakur announced the decision

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