• Despite The Indo-Pak ‘Art War’, It Will Not Be ‘Mushkil’ For ADHM To Touch Hearts

    Ae Dil Hai Mushkil has faced a real rough ride so far and uncertainty looms large over the movie's fate. Find out in this article, what the stars have in store for the film.

  • Box Office: All new releases fail, hopefully end of harrowing times for Bollywood

    The month of October has been harrowing for Bollywood with not even a single new release even taking a respectable start at the Box Office. With most of them turning out to be disasters and rest flops (though that doesn’t say much either), the collections have been at the lowest ebb. The story was repeated by last Friday’s releases 31st October, 1:13:7 – Ek Tera Saath, My Father Iqbal, Love Day, Gandhigiri, Biwi.com and Final Cut of Director as well, which have now disappeared without a trace. An arrival in heap hasn’t helped the cause either as audiences chose to completely ignore what was being offered. Instead, they still gave some attention to M.S. Dhoni – The Untold Story by stepping in

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  • Abhishek Bachchan irked with Jet Airways yet again

    New Delhi [India], Oct. 28 (ANI): Abhishek Bachchan, who thought of 'quitting' Jet Airways some years back for not allowing him to board the flight even after issuing boarding pass, is annoyed with the airline yet again. The actor took to his Twitter handle to vent out his anger and wrote, "Flying to Chennai. Only thing we need now are our pilots!!" In another tweet, Abhishek wrote, "Well done Jet Airways!!! Entire plane boarded without any pilots on board.

  • Suniel Shetty & Sanjay Kapoor snapped post dinner in Bandra | Parties & Events

    Browse Suniel Shetty & Sanjay Kapoor snapped post dinner in Bandra Photos at Parties & Events. Download Suniel Shetty & Sanjay Kapoor snapped post dinner in Bandra photos at Parties & Events at Bollywood Hungama

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  • Kareena Kapoor Khan, Karisma Kapoor & Rhea Kapoor snapped post lunch at Hakkasan | Parties & Events

    Browse Kareena Kapoor Khan, Karisma Kapoor & Rhea Kapoor snapped post lunch at Hakkasan Photos at Parties & Events. Download Kareena Kapoor Khan, Karisma Kapoor & Rhea Kapoor snapped post lunch at Hakkasan photos at Parties & Events at Bollywood Hungama

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  • Check out: Shah Rukh Khan surprises acid attack survivors

    After wrapping up The Ring, Shah Rukh Khan is back in Mumbai to start the promotional tour for his next film Dear Zindagi. But, before that, Shah Rukh Khan surprised some special ladies on Wednesday. Shah Rukh Khan surprised a few ladies who are acid attack survivors. The Makelove Notscars foundation along with SRK surprised the ladies who are die-hard fans of SRK. The ladies were speechless when SRK walked in the room. He shared a photo and thanked them for meeting him. He captioned it, “With my beautiful friends Reshma, Mamta, Sapna & Basanti. Thanks for coming over @makeluvnotscars.” He also promised to visit them again and spend more time with them. The foundation’s Facebook page recapped

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  • Salman Khan’s family celebrates Ayush Sharma’s birthday | Parties & Events

    Browse Salman Khan’s family celebrates Ayush Sharma’s birthday Photos at Parties & Events. Download Salman Khan’s family celebrates Ayush Sharma’s birthday photos at Parties & Events at Bollywood Hungama

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  • Tata Group companies write to exchanges

    Following the sensational letter by former Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry, some of the Tata Group companies came up with clarifications stating their stance over the whole issue. Cyrus Mistry, in a mail to the directors of Tata Sons and trustees of Tata Trusts, had stated that the Tatas could be looking at potential write-downs to the tune of Rs 1.18 lakh crore. “Our business and product strategies, operations and financial performance are reviewed and approved by the board periodically... Provisions and write-offs as appropriate are being made in our audited/reviewed financial statements after evaluating useful life, volumes and alternate usages and these are reviewed/approved by the Audit Committee by the board,” Tata Motors said in a communique to the exchanges.

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  • Who tried to sabotage the Kaabil trailer release?

    Filmmaker Rakesh Roshan and his son Hrithik are totally flabbergasted by the leakage of the trailer of Kaabil hours before its official release. “And mind you, it was a high-definition print of the leaked trailer. Which means it was professional’s job. This dirty deed was done on Tuesday evening at 7 pm. We were supposed to formally release the trailer on Wednesday morning at 10 am. But after the leakage we preponed the release. We had the trailer officially up on the internet at 8 pm on Tuesday night.” Rakesh Roshan intends to take the strongest possible action against the bootleggers. “We had to quickly change all our elaborate plans. Otherwise the impact of our trailer would have been lost.

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  • Salman Khan’s Bodyguard Shera Speaks Up On Assault Charges!

    Yesterday, Salman Khan's bodyguard, Shera landed in trouble when he was alleged of thrashing a man using his pistol in a pub. A complaint was registered against him at the DN Nagar police station under Section 326 and Section 323 of the Indian Penal Code. Akhtar Qureshi, a cell phone dealer and two of his friends were traveling in an Audi when they noticed Shera near his car at Indian Oil Nagar.

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  • China says boycott of its goods will hurt Indian consumers

    New Delhi, Oct 27 (IANS) Reacting to current attempts for boycott of Chinese goods in India, the Chinese embassy here on Thursday said such actions will not only hurt the sale of Chinese goods but also hit consumers here. "In the long run, boycott will not only hurt Chinese goods sale, but also cause negative impact on the consumers in India," a Chinese embassy statement said. "Without proper substitutes, the biggest losers of the boycott of Chinese goods will be Indian traders and consumers," Counsellor Xie Liyan said in the statement posted on the embassy website.

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  • Ratan Tata Has a Case to Answer as Mistry Saga Unravels

    Here are five charges the founding-family scion needs to address.

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  • Read what advice Sunny Deol has for his son Karan and other newcomers

    Now that it has been officially announced that Sunny Deol would be launching son Karan Deol with romantic musical Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas, preparations are in full swing at Deol household to ensure that the third generation is completely groomed before the call of ‘action’. “And one thing that definitely cannot be compromised is something as basic as this – acting’,” says a senior member of the family, “Otherwise aajkal ye bachche kar kya rahe hain? Six packs bana rahe hain. Haircut par dhyaan de rahe hain. Martial arts par saara focus hai. Theek hai, you need all of these but then to a certain extent when it comes to your first film. Log aapki acting dekhne aa rahe hain aakhir. Okay, so films are

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  • SHOCKING: Kamaal R Khan posts movie clip of Ajay Devgn’s Shivaay on Twitter

    A while back, Kamaal R Khan (KRK) was embroiled in a controversy when Ajay Devgn released an audio clip where in KRK was heard stating that he had received monetary compensation from Karan Johar to pan the trailer of Shivaay. Post this, Ajay had demanded a formal investigation into the matter. For the uninitiated, Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil release on the same day as Shivaay. Well now we hear that the two, viz. Ajay Devgn and KRK are at logger heads once again. Apparently, Kamaal R Khan who has made it a mandate to watch Bollywood films in Dubai, since they release there first, did the same for Shivaay too. However, KRK took things a bit too far by posting video clip of Shivaay on his twitter

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  • Comedy Nights Bachao Taaza Goes Quickly Stale, Colors Needs Nayi Soch

    Is it all over for Comedy Nights Bachao Taaza? Or does it need yet another revamp? Colors needs to call for an urgent meeting with its Creative Heads

  • IITians Build Low-Cost Machine to Produce Sanitary Napkins & Help Keep Menstruating Girls in School

    A report from 2011, claims that only 12 % of India’s 335 million women use sanitary napkins while menstruating because of lack of access to good quality and affordable menstrual care products . A major reason for this is the fact that pads are generally manufactured using expensive machinery, which makes them unaffordable for many women living in rural India. In an attempt to address this issue, a product driven startup called Saral Designs developed machines, which they designed in-house so that they can start manufacturing good quality sanitary napkins at the decentralised level. The machines are easily replicable and can be set up within Rs. 10 lakh. This means that such units can be set up across India without middlemen. IITians Suhani Mohan and Kartik Mehta founded Saral Designs in June 2015. Suhani says, “While conducting some research in this field, we found out that 23 % of girls in India dropout from schools once they start menstruating due to the lack of proper facilities. They resort to using unhygienic material, which leads them to contracting reproductive tract infections. A lot of government schools and NGOs are creating awareness about hygienic menstrual practices, but the challenge is finding good quality products. Small-scale manufactures produce inexpensive pads but the material they use isn’t very good. And the number of pads that they make isn’t enough to sustain the costs borne by the company for electricity, manpower etc,.” The Saral team is made up of  nine young engineers from IITs, NITs and BITS Pilani and has around 15 people working on production and local sales. Suhani thinks of that their background in learning technology has been very useful in developing an easy to replicate, low-cost machine for producing sanitary napkins. She says, “We managed to make a machine that produces high-quality pads 30 times faster than the average. Our product is called Aisha Ultra XL, which are “ultra-thin pads with wings” and they are sold at Rs. 30 for a pack seven. The price is pretty low compared to other rival brands. We’ve been producing these pads for nine months and have managed to sell more than 2 Lakh pieces so far.” But aside from selling their products at pharmacies, the Saral team has reached out to women in living in villages in Maharashtra as well. Suhani says, “We have a team of 20 women, who go door-to-door and make girls aware of safe menstrual practises. They also let the girls try our products and sell it to them on a monthly basis if they like it. Additionally, we have distributed vending machines in schools and colleges across Mumbai.” The Saral team has also started partnering with NGOs in Karnataka and Chhattisgarh to make pads accessible to young women in remote villages. One such organisation is Shiksharth, an NGO working in the tribal dominated area called Sukma, Chattisgarh. With this partnership, they hope to educate 1000 girls about menstrual hygiene practices and provide them with one year’s worth supply of sanitary napkins. So, how this partnership happen? Suhani says, “In 2015, I met Ashish Shrivastava, the founder of Shiksharth while doing my Acumen fellowship. The Acumen fellowship is run by a US-based organisation that conducts fellowship programmes for leadership development. When Ashish did his Teach for India fellowship, he realised that girls in India, don’t drop out of school as much in urban areas as they do in tribal areas after they start menstruating. So he decided to move to Chattisgarh where this situation is very critical and set up a school. He’s fighting to convince families to let their daughters finish their education. We know that education is a way out of poverty and violence. Also, there is a need to remove the taboo around menstruation around such areas. So, we decided what better way to help these girls than by teaching them good practices and providing them with sanitary napkins.” The Saral team will train volunteers in Shiksharth to teach the girls in two batches -- the first would be made up of students between 6th-10th standard and the other will have students between 8th-9th standard. The curriculum for hygienic menstrual practices includes modules on reproductive biology and other relevant information about keeping their bodies clean while they are menstruating. Suhani says, “We’ve included information from UNICEF and Menstrupedia in the curriculum. But we also try and remove local superstitions/taboos surrounding the topic through playful intervention in the form of games and questionnaires. If we manage to successfully train the volunteers at Shiksharth, it would mean that our project would be sustainable over a long period of time as well.” You can help 1,000 girls in Sukma continue their higher education despite having their periods, by donating 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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  • Pakistan veterans Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal dropped from PCB's central contract list

    Karachi: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has sent out a clear message to flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi that he did not figure in its future scheme of things by dropping him from the central contract list for 2016/17. Afridi, a former Test, ODI and T20 captain, was in category A of the last central contracts list but this time he failed to find a place for himself in the list altogether. The board has also dropped champion off-spinner Saeed Ajmal from the central contract list, although he was retained last time despite being banned from bowling by the ICC in 2014. Ajmal had last played for Pakistan in Bangladesh in April, 2015. Also dropped from the list is left-arm pacer Junaid Khan. In

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  • Sonu Nigam Slams A Leading Daily For Calling Him A Mehfil Singer

    Social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook take the celebrities closer to the masses like never before. It has become like a platform for celebrities and common man alike to use these mediums to share their opinions and sometimes even give curt clarifications. Recently, a widely read Indian daily reported that Sonu Nigam has been ‘spending a lot of time in Dubai these days’ and ‘raking in the moolah’.

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  • I wouldn't hire James Bond, says real British spy chief

    Despite his unrivalled record for single-handedly saving the world from disaster while seducing beautiful women along the way, James Bond would not get a job as a British spy, the head of external intelligence agency MI6 has said. Alex Younger said real spies had to cope with complex moral and physical challenges in the most forbidding environments on Earth, which would rule out the agent known as 007 because he lacked a strong ethical core. "In contrast to James Bond, MI6 officers are not for taking moral shortcuts," Younger said in an interview published on Black History Month, a website dedicated to Britain's annual celebration of its black culture and heritage.

  • Yasir Shah, Sarfraz Ahmed earn promotion in PCB's contract list

    Yasir Shah and Sarfraz Ahmed have been promoted to the 'A' category in the list of annual contracts announced by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday (October 27). Both Yasir and Sarfraz had category 'B' contracts in the previous season. Misbah-ul-Haq, Younis Khan, Azhar Ali, Mohammad Hafeez and Sohaib Malik retained their category 'A' contracts, while Shahid Afridi, who was part of the same group last season, now finds himself without a central contract. From last year's category 'B' players, only Wahab Riaz, Rahat Ali and Asad Shafiq have been retained in the same group, while Junaid Khan and Saeed Ajmal haven't been awarded any contracts. Mohammad Amir, who made his international return

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