• Pakistan wants peace, says Nawaz

    Islamabad, Sep 30 (IANS) Islamabad wants peace in the region but "we will not allow anyone to cast an evil eye on Pakistan", Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Friday. Radio Pakistan quoted Sharif as making these comments at a cabinet meeting held to discuss the latest situation on the Line of Control (LoC) and in Jammu and Kashmir. Sharif said Pakistan wanted peace to pursue its development agenda "but every Pakistani is ready to defend the motherland".

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  • Karan Johar Speaks Up On Having Stress For Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’s Clash With Ajay Devgn’s Shivaay

    Since the announcement of Ae Dil hai Mushkil and Shivaay releasing on the same date all kinds of things have been speculated and spoken about. Recently at the Jio MAMI press conference when the director of ADHM, Karan Johar was asked about the pressure of the clash between ADHM and Shivaay, he responded in his trademark cheeky way and said it’s like asking him about his early morning problems.

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  • Anil Kapoor is `scared` Amrita Singh will spill his `secrets`

    New Delhi [India], Sept. 30 (ANI): Bollywood fans are eagerly waiting to see Anil Kapoor and Amrita Singh pair onscreen again, but the 59-year-old international actor is petrified she would spill all his secrets. The actors will be paired in upcoming 'Mubaraka,' directed by Anees Bazmee and Anil is excited at the prospect of working with her again, saying he is truly scared because she is "extremely honest and moohfat," reports Bollywood Life. "If you truly ask me, I am scared of working with Amrita.

  • Amul’s Smart Ad About MNS’ Threats To Ban Pakistani Artistes

    Recently, they came up with a cleverly worded ad on the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena’s demand that all the Pakistani artists must leave the country within 48 hours or be pushed out. MNS, led by Raj Thackeray, gave an ultimatum to all the Pakistani artists to leave the country within 48 hours. Amidst all the speculations, it has been reported that Fawad Khan, a Pakistani actor of the Kapoor and Sons fame following the threat has left the country.

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  • Is Hrithik Roshan prepping up for a final showdown with Kangana Ranaut?

    Mumbai: Hrithik 's father Rakesh Roshan's recent comment that his son's revelations regarding Kangana Ranaut will shock the public, was no casual offhand comment. If you thought Hrithik Roshan and Kangana Ranaut controversial drama was over, then you are mistaken. Hrithik and his legal team are all set for the next and final round of conflict with the actress which hopefully will culminate in the truth coming out in public. According to a source close to Hrithik, "While Hrithik was shooting and completing Kaabil, his team was burning the midnight oil gathering all data, going through content and internet and deciding the next level of action. Now all the facts and documented evidence of Hrithik's

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  • Modi May Push For Radical Changes In 2016-17; As Usual, Opposition May Continue To Be Hostile

    The effervescent Prime Minister of India – Narendra Modi, will turn 66 on 17th September. In this birthday special article, Ganesha predicts the likely fortunes of the PM in the coming year.

  • Pujara, Rahane prop up India after Henry burst

    Cheteshwar Pujara struck his third consecutive fifty and forged an unbroken 90-run partnership with Ajinkya Rahane to help India recover to 136 for three at tea on the opening day of the second test against New Zealand on Friday. India were reeling at 46 for three in the morning session before Pujara underlined his importance to the squad with a sedate unbeaten 64 as he and Rahane (47 not out) ensured the hosts batted through a wicketless afternoon. Earlier, New Zealand paceman Matt Henry celebrated his test return with a two-wicket burst to wreck India's top order and lift the mood in the Kiwi camp.

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  • Uri attack: Arrested PoK duo brought to Delhi for grilling, remanded to 10-day custody

    New Delhi [India], Sept. 28 (ANI): The two accused arrested from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) for their involvement in the Uri terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir, have been brought to the national capital for further interrogation. The accused have been remanded to 10 days' police custody, up to 7th October. Earlier today, NIA today took into custody two men from PoK, who were arrested by the Army in connection with its probe into the attack.

  • 10 obscene displays of wealth that shock average Americans

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  • Vidyut Jamwal Takes Instagram By Storm With His Debut

    After his Bollywood debut as the smoking hot villain opposite John Abraham in Force (2012), Vidyut Jammwal makes yet another buzzing debut on Instagram. The first picture posted by him on his Instagram account was a close up titled ‘Finally here on Insta.

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  • Get Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's make-up look this festive season!

    New Delhi, Sep 29 (IANS) Which girl wouldn't want to look like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan? This festive season get your make-up in place and look like the Bollywood diva by following a few simple tips coming straight from the experts who worked with her.

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  • Sushant visits Dhoni's Delhi home

    Mumbai, Sep 28 (IANS) Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni took actor Sushant Singh Rajput to his home in the capital after the promotions of the forthcoming film "M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story" here. Dhoni on Wednesday evening took Sushant and the film's producer Arun Pandey to his home in Air India Colony. The address was home to Dhoni, during his visits to the capital city until 2012, read a statement.

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  • This Architect Has Mastered the Use of Sustainable & Eco-Friendly Materials in Construction

    The construction sector contributes to about 22% of India’s total annual CO2 emissions. Keeping this grave reality in mind, it is important that more architects, like Trupti Doshi of Mumbai, resolve to use eco-friendly building techniques. Trupti Doshi, an architect from Mumbai, says she was beyond shocked when, during a humanities class in college, she came to know about the “catastrophic levels of social and ecological devastation” that a construction project can lead to. So she set about learning more about the levels of pollutants released into the environment when conventional buildings come up. “That knowledge was extremely disturbing for me as a 20-year-old. I decided that I can’t follow a career on the beaten track; I had to do something different,” says Trupti. Today, after having successfully completed a rural development centre using sustainable materials, she has co-founded her own company and works on constructing eco-friendly buildings. Trupti started working on the Sharanam Rural Development Centre along with architect Jateen Lad, the Chief Co-Architect at Sri Aurobindo Society, the NGO wing of Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry. This centre for rural transformation is spread across five acres of land on the outskirts of Pondicherry. What’s unique about the project? The entire building, from pillars to roof, is made of unfired earth. This means that the primary building material is the very soil the Centre stands on. The campus has multiple buildings – like a hall, offices, kitchen, etc., and they are all built using the very same earth. Explaining the process of construction, Trupti says she began with a topographical survey to select the region with the lowest contour. This area was dug to form a pond so that rainwater would flow in that direction and collect in the pond. The soil obtained from digging was then used to make Compressed Stabilised Earth Blocks (CSEBs) to construct the building. The process of manufacturing CSEBs does not require firing or baking like conventional fired bricks. It just needs compression, following which the bricks are kept wet for about a month and then sun dried for three months. The use of such bricks helps counter pollution. According to Trupti, 99.9% of the buildings in India are made with fired bricks; this leads to the depletion of the fertile soil underneath. Moreover, brick-making in itself is a highly polluting industry. The team had decided from the beginning that they would minimise the use of steel and cement on the campus. “Sharanam is sustainable on all fronts – not just in terms of water, waste, and energy that most construction projects concentrate on. We have worked on everything – right from the building material and where you get the building material from, to how you can reduce the need for transportation and avoid carbon emissions,” says Trupti. Trupti and her co-architect employed and trained over 350 people from 40 neighbouring villages to work on this project. “Many of them were alcoholic men with no source of income. Today, they are specialised masons, carpenters, and people with high-skills in the building trade,” she says. The campus helps conserve water and energy as well. “Every drop of water falling on this land or on the roof of the building is collected, recycled and reused. The organic waste is also composted and used as fertiliser,” says Trupti, adding that the building is designed in a way that it provides thermal comfort and a fan is not required in the main hall that has the capacity to accommodate 350 people. The cost of construction was 40% cheaper than conventional concrete buildings. The development centre serves as the venue for several activities in the village. And the United Nations Environment Programme has recognised it as a model for sustainable development in India. Sharanam was ready in 2013, after which Trupti went on to co-found the Auroma Group with her brother Viral Doshi. This is an architecture company that works on residential and office space construction with an eco-friendly model. “Auroma is about how we can build places for communities that share an ideological connect and are willing to participate in the creation of a sustainable environment together. So we work on everything – the master planning, sustainability engineering, design, furniture, etc. The A-Z of design.” Auroma’s flagship project, the Auroma French Villament, is a gated-residential society located between Pondicherry and Auroville. The houses in this project are made from fly ash bricks. “Fly ash can be an excellent building material but can cause a lot of pollution if it goes to waste,” says Trupti, who has a team of 49 people. Everyone, right from the construction workers to the designers, is trained by the co-founders. “I feel that Mumbai, and most cities in India are highly influenced by the concept of square feet. Square feet become the measure of your standard of living. That was one idea in life that I did not agree with. If you follow the norm of packing life into square feet, then you will only have storage boxes. You cannot have architecture that enhances the quality of life,” she concludes. 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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  • 5 mistakes parents make when giving kids an allowance

    Kids get an average allowance of $67.80 per month.

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  • Indian worker's suicide in Qatar raises concern over stranded migrants

    By Tom Finn DOHA (Reuters) - The death of an Indian labourer in Qatar who had complained about not being paid and later committed suicide on a building site has focused attention on migrant workers struggling amid an economic downturn in the Gulf state ahead of the 2022 World Cup. Scaffolder Ajaya Behara, 44, hanged himself in the basement of the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center on September 7, weeks after asking his employer to pay outstanding wages and renew his expired visa, according to his family and co-workers.

  • 11 Super Cool Indian Pet Startups That Care About Your Furry Friends

    "Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened." - Anatole France With over four million dogs, the Indian pet care market is pegged at over USD 1.22 billion with an annual growth rate of over 35 per cent. The exponential rise of pet ownership in cities like Delhi, Gurgaon, Mumbai and Bengaluru, has ensured that the Indian pet care industry is the fastest growing pet care industry globally. As a result, a new breed of Indian entrepreneurs have emerged on the startup scene, striving to solve problems for what they are deeply passionate about - pets! Photo Source From professional healthcare for your pets to finding safe homes for them when you travel, these startups are creating a whole new industry through services that were hitherto confined to the neighbourhood pet shop or are completely new. Here are 10 Indian startups that cater to both, furry friends and the humans who love them. After all, pets are family! 1. Vivaldis Health and Foods Photo Source Vivaldis Health and Foods Pvt. Ltd. is a healthcare products company born out of the vision of professionals passionate about animal and human healthcare. The startup manufactures and markets novel medicines for chronic pet diseases such as obesity, cancer and arthritis. Since in India, almost 40% of pets suffer from lifestyle diseases, Vivaldis has also designed lifestyle management products for pets, duly supported by formulations for infection and infestation control. Founded in early 2015 by OP Singh, an animal health industry veteran, and Kunal Khanna, a London Business School graduate, Vivaldis operates in 25 cities across India. 2. TimeForPet Photo Source Timeforpet.com was founded by a team of pet lovers with a serious passion for helping pets and pet owners. This startup is a one-stop destination for everything a pet needs, be it food, accessories or medical care. It allows you to post free advertisements through which you can put up your pets for adoption or adopt a pet. The site also provides doctor’s advice, which basically means you can get assistance from a vet in case your pet has a medical emergency. The website also houses a list of reputed veterinary clinics in Bengaluru. 3. PetDom Photo Source Petdom is a pet adoption platform on a mission to find the right, deserving home for all pets in India. With the help of technology, Petdom aims to aggregate and facilitate the adoption of thousands of dogs from animal shelters and NGOs. Even current pet parents who are looking to re-home their loved pet can use Petdom to find suitable families and individuals. They have a verification process and a binding agreement which the pet adopters have to sign. Petdom also helps both the pet and its new family adapt to each other. 4. BarkNBond Photo Source A unique canine consultation service, BarkNBond was started by Pranita Balar, who quit her well-paying job to follow her love for animals and turn it into a profession. Balar, a canine consultant and 'dognition' evaluator, believes that positive training methods are the key to a fulfilling relationship between you and your pet. BarkNBond helps you find all pet-related places - from veterinary clinics to pet friendly cafes - with just a few taps on your phone. The startup also provides 'dogs on demand' to bring some canine cheer to offices. Currently, the app covers the city of Mumbai. 5. Collarfolk Photo Source CollarFolk is for those people who hate to leave their pets behind when going on a vacation and would love for them to come along! This startup was born out of the founder Rukmini Vaish's need to step out of town for a fun break without leaving behind Kiki, her 5-month-old golden retriever. She decided that she wanted to do both, and then went on to set up her startup to help like-minded people. Collarfolk helps people plan pet-friendly vacations with their ever-growing list of pet-friendly hotels, resorts and home stays across India. Other than that, they also help you find the right grooming and boarding services for your dogs. They even help you get a pet friendly taxi for the trip. You May Like: This Woman Rescued 44 Dogs from the Streets and Is Raising Them in Her House. Here’s Why! 6. BarkLoot Photo source BarkLoot is the brainchild of Usha Raghav, who started the online portal as a gesture of love for her dog, Atom. The portal brings you, or rather your pet, a box-full of cool things that are both safe and beneficial for the pet’s health. With BarkLoot's monthly subscriptions, pets get to enjoy different products - from toys and treats to grooming products - every month. Pet parents also save big on time and money by letting the start-up curate and deliver the products right at their doorsteps. 7. Waggle Photo Source The doggie version of AirBnB, Waggle is an online community of dog lovers that help traveling pet parents find safe and pet-friendly homes in the places they are visiting. Waggle handpicks each of it's hosts through a vetting process to ensure that they are genuine dog lovers with sufficient knowledge in pet care. The founder duo of Sameera Abraham and Arjun Mathai also host dogs at their own homes frequently. 8. Doggie Dabbas Photo Source Doggie Dabbas aims to change the fact that while humans have plenty of choice to order food, pets have to be content with packaged food at best. It is a one-stop shop which provides the benefits of home-cooked food combined with the convenience of traditional packaged dog food. Healthy, home-cooked and customized meals are vacuum-packed with the latest technology and hand-delivered to the doorstep. Founder and pet chef Rashee Kachroo got a brainwave about getting into the cuisine-for-canines business when she realised that her own three dogs preferred her cooking over branded dog food products. 9.PetPhotographer Photo Source Missed out on taking pictures of your pet chasing his tail, sleeping on the window sill or asking for more food with that irresistible wide-eyed look? PetPhotographer captures those fun moments with your pets, be it indoors or outdoors. Founder and pet photographer, Aakanksha Tavag takes pictures that highlights your pets' personalities in the best ways possible. As the former Google employee likes to say, she loves capturing precious moments with pets through her camera. 10. Dogsee Chew Photo Source Dogsee Chew was founded purely for the love of dogs. Founder Bhupendra Khanal, who headed an analytics firm for 7 years, quit his job to start DogSee Chew. The start up makes organic dog treats from natural ingredients that are directly sourced from the Himalayas. They are then made using an ancient recipe of hardened yak and cow milk. They have also collaborated with Therpup, a dog cafe in Bengaluru where pet lovers can come, relax and play with dogs. 11. The Paws Pack Photo Source The brainchild of Tanya Kanetkar Kane and Neha Panchamiya Jangle, The Paws Pack offers holistic solutions for pet-lovers, from hydrotherapy and hostels to pet transportation and training clubs. They also have a state-of-the-art pet resort where a pet can get its own room to relax in when their pet parent is not in town. The pet-loving duo are also proud to have a RESQ veterinary clinic on their Pune premises that offers permanent discounts to pet owners who have adopted Indian breeds. Also Read: This Girl Celebrated Her Dog’s 14th Birthday by Treating 70 Street Dogs to the Bash of a Lifetime! Like this story? Have something to share? Email: contact@thebetterindia.com, or join us on Facebook and Twitter (@thebetterindia). NEW! Log into www.gettbi.com to get positive news on Whatsapp.

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  • Sensationalism May Turn Out To Be Donald’s ‘Trump’ Card, Feels Ganesha

    Donald Trump – one of the leading US Presidential Elections candidate has been like a conjurer and has amassed an enviable number of fans. There are also people who disagree with his views. But, will he trump over all obstacles?

  • Volkswagen suspends ties with some Indian suppliers after expose of child deaths in mica mines

    By Rina Chandran MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - German carmaker Volkswagen has stopped buying mica from some suppliers in India, following a Thomson Reuters Foundation investigation that found child workers were dying in illegal, unregulated mines, a company official said. A three-month investigation in the states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh revealed that at least seven children were killed since June mining for mica, the mineral that puts a sparkle in makeup and car paint. The investigation, coupled with a study of the industry by human rights group Terre des Hommes, prompted the world's top-selling carmaker to start investigations into its suppliers in India, VW spokeswoman Leslie Bothge said.

  • Sony unveils flagship Xperia XZ with triple sensor camera

    New Delhi, Sep 29 (IANS) Sony on Thursday launched another premium flagship smartphone in its Xperia range that comes packed with triple image sensing technology.

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  • 9 Amazon Hacks That Will Save You Money

    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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