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  • This Is What Bobby Darling Did Before Getting Married!

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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.

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

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  • 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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  • Controversies may not leave SRK alone; Raees may give viewers a memorable movie experience!

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  • Haven't been for single vacay, I swear: Kriti on her rumoured Thailand trip with SSR

    Mumbai [India], Aug. 28 (ANI): Few months ago, Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon grabbed the spotlight when rumours started doing the rounds that the two were on a vacay in Thailand. Speaking on this news, which was later proved wrong, Kriti yesterday said that she has not gone for a single vacation because of her busy schedule of 'Raabta.' "I know I have been out of media contact for quite some time, because I was shooting. "I was with my sister, having tea, when you people said that I am in Thailand.

  • China launches state-owned aircraft engine maker - state media

    China has set up a state-owned aircraft engine maker with registered capital of 50 billion yuan ($7.50 billion), state television said on Sunday, in the latest bid to develop home-grown, high-tech capacities to compete in international markets. The government has been overhauling its state-owned sector to push Chinese products and services up the value chain. Under that drive, it has prioritised aircraft engines, high-speed rail and nuclear power as areas it wants China to excel.

  • Venus- Mercury in conjunction with Rahu in Leo: What can be the effects?

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  • Planets will support Saina Nehwal to win a medal in the upcoming Rio Olympics, says Ganesha

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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.

  • 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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  • 9 Secrets Amazon Shoppers Need to Know

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  • 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?

  • Notice to Gandhis in National Herald case

    A Delhi court on Saturday issued notices to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, vice-president Rahul Gandhi and others on a fresh application by senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy seeking summoning of certain documents in the National Herald case of cheating and misappropriation. In the application filed before Metropolitan Magistrate Lovleen, Dr. Swamy has sought summoning of documents relating to a loan given to the Associated Journal Limited (AJL), the publisher of the defunct daily, by the Congress, saying that the papers were necessary for the purpose of the trial of the case. The documents sought to be summoned from the AJL, among others, are related to authorisation by its members to borrow

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