• IPL 2016 Final: RCB’s Sachin Baby breaks down in the final over

    Chasing SRH's 209, RCB fell short by eight runs on Sunday despite Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli's big hitting early on in the chase. In a game that was tense from start to finish, both camps underwent moments of nerves be it in the middle, on the field or in the dug out.

    The Indian Express
  • Lata Mangeshkar says she doesn’t know who is Tanmay Bhat, but her displeasure is evident

    AIB comedian, learn manners from the Nightingale of India

  • This Is How Late Pratyusha Banerjee’s Boyfriend Rahul Raj Singh Celebrated His Birthday

    The whole Television industry and even Bollywood came in shock with the sudden death of Pratyusha Banarjee. Pratyusha Banarjee shot to fame as Anandi with the popular hit show Baalika Vadhu. In the mean while she was in a relationship Rahul Raj Singh who was a producer and an actor.

    Business of Cinema
  • Sorry, Mr Das

    Tina Dabi, a scheduled caste girl from Delhi, has topped the list of successful candidates in the civil services examinations 2015-16. While she was being congratulated, the UPSC let it be known that she had secured just 52 per cent marks. While the revelation may have prompted some sniggers, it did not really matter, because others secured even less. As the first SC candidate in six-and-a-half decades to top the list, Tina created history. But while an overwhelmed BJP MP Udit Raj exclaimed that “this could not have been possible 40-50 years back”, he was not entirely correct. As far back as 1950, the first civil services examination held in independent India, another scheduled caste candidate,

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  • Congressed!

    A text scrolling on the official website of the Indian Nat­ional Congress quotes former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh saying, “Congress is like the flowing Ganga, you can do what you feel like, you can never stop it.” But today at the Cong­ress headquarters on Akb­ar Road, the mood is sombre. The writing on the wall is grim, but the party lives in a time-warp: this week, its website was still showing a Congress government in Arunachal Pradesh. “Forget winning elections, the party is unable to arrest the menacing growth of the BJP and the RSS,” a Congress leader laments, as others nod in agreement. The consensus, it seems, is: the Congress is in no position to even position itself as a rival to the BJP.

    Outlook India q
  • Monsoon in India: What Skymet and IMD have to say

    Widespread pre-monsoon rainfall over Kerala, coastal Karnataka and some other regions in the last couple of days heralded arrival of the much-anticipated south-western monsoon. According to private weather forecaster Skymet, fairly widespread rains and thundershowers continue to lash Kerala and coastal Karnataka. The forecaster also noted that there is need to watch out for more than 2.5 mm of rainfall for two consecutive days in at least 60% of the stipulated 14 weather stations across Kerala, coastal Karnataka and Lakshadweep.

    The Financial Express
  • Bhagat Singh’s kin killed in Himachal Pradesh road mishap

    The grandnephew of freedom fighter Bhagat Singh died of grave injuries he sustained after his motorbike reportedly skidded on a wet road in Rampur district, around 135 km away from Shimla, late on Saturday evening. The accident took place when Abhitej was returning home with two of his friends, Gurpal Singh and Abhitesh Singh, who were following him in their car. Superintendent of Police, Shimla, P D W Negi told The Indian Express that they have handed over the body to Abhitej’s father Abhay Singh Sandhu after conducting the post-mortem examination.

    The Indian Express
  • WATCH: Railways conducts trial of Spanish train Talgo between Bareilly and Moradabad

    The Indian Railways on Sunday conducted the first trial run of Spanish train Talgo between Bareilly and Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh as part of its strategy to increase the speed of trains. Nine Talgo coaches were hauled by a 4,500 HP diesel engine for a trial run from Bareilly at 8.50 am at a speed ranging between 80-115 km per hour, a senior Railway Ministry official involved with the Talgo train trial, said. The Talgo train trial will be conducted with empty coaches and after filling those with sand bags.

    The Indian Express
  • SRK Charms in Black at a Dinner

    Shah Rukh Khan was spotted at Olive last night with close friend Karim Morani. Wearing a black pullover, distressed denims and black n white shoes, SRK looked charismatic.

  • Pak has ability to 'target' India in five minutes: Abdul Qadeer Khan

    Islamabad, May 30(ANI): Father of Pakistan's nuclear programme, Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, has claimed that Islamabad has the ability to 'target' Indian capital New Delhi in just five minutes. The Express Tribune quoted Khan as saying that Pakistan has the ability to target New Delhi from Kahuta near Rawalpindi in five minutes. Addressing an event organised in Islamabad to celebrate the 18th anniversary of Pakistan's first nuclear tests carried out under his supervision in 1998, Khan said that Pakistan could have become a nuclear power in 1984 if then president General Ziaul Haq hadn't "opposed the move".

  • BJP announces 12 candidates to Rajya Sabha; Venkaiah Naidu, Nirmala Sitharaman make the list

    from firstpost New Delhi: Union Ministers M Venkaiah Naidu, Birender Singh, Nirmala Sitharaman, Piyush Goyal and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi are among the 12 candidates nominated by the BJP for the Rajya Sabha elections to ...

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  • Zakka Jacob's Blog : No Dr Swamy, Abusing Me Won't Change Facts About Raghuram Rajan (R3)

    Friday night's India@9 was an explosive one whose repercussions are still being felt on Twitter. On that show we had Dr. Subramanian Swamy, the outspoken, often times acerbic BJP MP in a one on one interview on why he is hell-bent on going after RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan even launching an intensely personal attack on him. Dr. Swamy was very clear despite many attempts at persuasion that he will only come for a one on one interview and will not be part of a panel discussion. So we decided to have him at the top of the show for 10 minutes. He can say his piece and then our panel of experts can put his claims through a fact-check. Dr. Swamy's basic contention on the programme was that inflation

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  • Why Should Girls Quit Schools Once They Get Their Periods? Two Women in Mumbai Fight the Taboo.

    Girls from slums in Mumbai were quitting school halfway because they didn’t know how to deal with menstruation. Two young women decided to intervene. Today, they are spreading awareness about menstrual health and helping hundreds of girls study as much as they want to. “There are several reasons why many young girls drop out of schools after a few years. And one of them is their menstrual cycle,” says Ayesha Alam, co-founder of the Mukti Project, an initiative in Mumbai to spread awareness about menstrual health and hygiene. “Many girls from the financially weaker sections of society do not have access to sanitary napkins. They use and then reuse the same cloth over a period of several months. Additionally, they skip school for one week every month, because of the sheer embarrassment of staining. This leads to a backlog in their studies and their grades fall, which, in turn, makes them lose interest in education over a period of time. Their parents also become convinced that there is no use wasting money on the girls’ education when their daughters are not performing well. Eventually, they quit,” she adds. Ayesha and her friend Sarva Damani came across this situation in their classrooms when they were working as full-time teaching fellows with Teach for India. They were teaching Classes 4 and 5 in two low-income schools in Mumbai. “Teach for India encourages fellows to start something on their own when they are in their second year. We were encouraged to take up a particular problem in the community and help solve it,” says Ayesha. One of the biggest issues the duo had noticed in their one year of fellowship was the decline in the number of girls as they went into higher classes. Thus, Mukti Project was born. “When you look at primary classrooms, the number of boys and girls is mostly equal. But as you go into middle school, you find a huge decline in the number of girls. There were 30 girls in my class of 60. The number dropped a bit when they reached Class 6. But, on checking the school data, I found there were only 10 girls in a group of 60 in Class 10,” recalls Ayesha. The girls started by conducting some basic workshops around menstrual health for female students and women from the communities near their schools. This effort has now turned into a well-organised curriculum that covers general hygiene, menstrual health, information on child abuse, and a lot more. Mukti Project, which will soon transform into an organization that the co-founders are in the process of registering, has impacted about 425 girls and 105 women from financially weaker sections of the city. When the duo started Mukti in 2014, the major problem they wanted to address was the lack of awareness about menstrual hygiene and menstruation in general. But, before starting their first workshop, they spoke with the mothers of girls in their class to let them know what they were planning to talk about. To their shock, only 4 out of 32 women in that room knew what menstruation is, why it happens, what goes on in the body when it happens, and other such things. So the material they had prepared for the girls was first taught to the mothers. This is when Sarva and Ayesha realised they would have to revamp the curriculum to make it more inclusive. “We started with menstrual hygiene, covering the changes that happen during puberty and basic stuff about self-esteem, the taboos around menstruation and why they exist. Then, Sarva and I developed the more comprehensive Mukti curriculum,” says Ayesha. Some of the lessons in the curriculum include: • Basic hygiene: This is where they talk about things that are not essentially related to menstruation. Like how it is important to keep you hair, skin, face, hands, etc., clean and the cheaper alternatives to expensive soaps and shampoos these women and girls can use. • Menstruation: Details on everything related to menstruation and how it affects one’s body. • Safe and unsafe touch: “The importance of this discussion became apparent only after we started having in-depth conversations with the girls in our schools and found there were some who were being abused in their families,” says Ayesha. • Goal setting, time and stress management, etc.: According to Ayesha, another very important thing to communicate to the girls is that it is ok for them to stand up for their rights. “While this is something that comes naturally to us, these girls need to be told that they can fight for their right to study, to not get married at the age of 19, and so much more,” she says. Ayesha and Sarva don’t just interact with girls in schools but also visit slums in the city. They have partnered with an NGO, Prem Punita Foundation, which has community centres in different slums across Mumbai. It helps Ayesha and Sarva gather girls and women from the slums to conduct workshops for them. They have also partnered with DMart, which has adopted some schools in Mumbai. Mukti Project conducts workshops in these schools as well. “The Mukti workshops are very interactive. We have worksheets, video clips, and games around the topic being discussed. Recently, we also discussed the movie Highway with some of the girls to help them understand child abuse,” says Ayesha. The two 24-year-olds have full-time jobs that they juggle with Mukti. Ayesha is working as a business analyst and Sarva is in the CSR department of an organisation. They joined Teach for India right after completing graduation. They are working with four volunteers who conduct the workshops on most days while Ayesha and Sarva are busy creating a more focussed curriculum for the women. They also conduct workshops over the weekends. Their partner organizations provide them with funds for the same. The team organizes follow up meetings for parents and students three months after every workshop. For a sustainable impact, they are now in the process of training one or two girls from each community or school to become Mukti representatives and make sure that women are following what they were taught. “During one of my follow-ups, a teacher from the school where I was a fellow told me that she was very inspired by the class where I was telling the girls to stand up for what they want. She got the courage to tell her parents that she wants to concentrate on her career and not get married right now. In another class, when we were having an open discussion in the end of a workshop, one of the girls started talking about homosexuality and wanted to know more about it. She later told me that the class really helped her because she did not know whom to talk to about the subject otherwise. It is small things like these that keep us going,” concludes Ayesha. You can contact Ayesha by writing to her at  alam.ayesha@hotmail.com. Like this story? Or have something to share? Write to us: contact@thebetterindia.com, or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter (@thebetterindia).

    The Better India
  • She’s Got the Buzz

    This is the point where the similarity between Rashmi Sharma and the principal characters of her shows ends. Unlike the characters of her shows such as Tum Aise Hi Rehna, Swaragini and Sasural Simar Ka, who plod on and on, Sharma’s rise in the industry has been swift. Sharma, whose father was a school principal and mother a housewife, was born in Jaipur and brought up in Mumbai, where she graduated in commerce and had plans to enroll for MBA.

    The Indian Express
  • Johnny Depp's Friend Claims He's 'Being Blackmailed' By Amber Heard

    Amber Heard filed for divorce from Johnny Depp nearly a week ago, and the surrounding media frenzy has only escalated in the aftermath. The public was shocked when photos of a bruised Heard surfaced along with allegations that Depp physically abused her during their marriage. A neighbor claims that she stepped in front of Heard while Depp shouted obscenities on the same evening (Saturday, May 21) that Heard claims a final round of violence.

  • Sony launches its first 'X' series smartphones in India

    New Delhi, May 30 (IANS) Sony India on Monday unveiled its "X" series smartphones -- Xperia X and Xperia XA -- that claim to have two-day long battery life and fast photo capture feature. While Xperia X will be available for Rs.48,990 from June 7, the Rs.20,990 Xperia XA will be available from third week of June. The smartphones have new layers of intelligent technology and Xperia features in camera, battery and design, the company said in a statement on Monday.

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  • Beant Singh’s grandson shoots self, dies

    FORMER Punjab chief minister Late Beant Singh’s grandson Harkirat Singh ,40, committed suicide at his Sector 5 residence on Sunday, family sources said. According to family sources, Singh along with his wife and a servant were in the house when he allegedly shot himself with his licensed weapon at 10.30 AM. He was rushed to PGI Chandigarh in a critical condition as the bullet had hit his forehead. Ravneet Singh Bittu said.

    Mail Today
  • Nowhere in national capital temperatures rise as high or as fast as in Delhi zoo

    As Delhi complains of the heat, try being in Riaz Khan’s shoes. If curator Khan is getting through his 29th summer at the National Zoological Park, New Delhi, it is on the strength of over 70 large coolers, 20 kg of glucose daily, some Ayurvech sometimes have uncomfortable parallels with ours.

    The Indian Express
  • ISRO to Launch Record 22 Satellites in Single Mission in June

    Bengaluru: Indian Space Research Organisation on Saturday said it will launch a record 22 satellites in a single mission in June. "After the current reusable launch vehicle, the next experiment what we have to do we have to worry about that. Other than that, next month we have a launch where we will be launching about 22 satellites. Also one of a cartographic series satellite will be launched," ISRO Chairman Kiran Kumar said. Speaking on the sidelines of an event organised by Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI), he said that of the 22 satellites, three are Indian and the rest all commercial. "The launch is scheduled during the end of next month," he added. Earlier,

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  • The ‘Joint Operation’ by Mars-Saturn-Rahu-Ketu before Sep ’16 will create more troubles for Sonia

    The Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi and her political career have never been free of controversies. But the gritty leader has remained unaffected by all the troubles and still continues to reign supreme in the grand old party. Let's get to know how things may shape up for her in the near future.