• Hizbul Mujahideen invites Pandits home, announces 'Sikh brigade'

    SRINAGAR/JAMMU: Terrorist outfit Hizbul Mujahideen has urged migrant Kashmiri Pandits, who were forced to flee the Valley in the early 1990s after the eruption of violence and their targeted killings, to return home, assuring them protection. However, the offer left the Kashmiri Pandit community appalled and enraged. "We request Kashmiri Pandits to return to their homes. We take responsibility for their safety," said self-styled Hizbul commander Zakir Rashid Bhat, the successor to slain Burhan Wani, in a video message on Tuesday . In a bizarre argument, the Hizbul commander claimed that the Pandits were forced out of the Valley under a government strategy to target Muslims in an Operation Bluestar

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  • Aishwarya stuns during ADHM promotion in Manish Malhotra's creation

    New Delhi [India], Oct. 20 (ANI): Aishwarya Rai Bachchan never fails to woo her fandom!

  • Mumbai civic polls: MNS in woe after Sanjay Manjarekar slams party, many cadres say bye

    After Bollywood's superstars like Salman Khan, Mahesh Bhatt and Mukesh Bhatt supported Karan Johar's upcoming film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil that cast Pakistani actor Fawad Khan, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) threatened multiplexes that they would take to vandalism if the said multiplexes screened Karan Johar's movie. Following that, Karan Johar came forward and assured that in the future he will not cast Pakistani artistes in his movie, but that this time his movie should be screened in multiplexes. However, MNS leader Amey Khopkar was firm on his stand that they (MNS) will oppose the movie in Mumbai and Maharashtra. The new twist in the story is how former Indian cricketer-turned-commentator

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  • Shruti Hassan & Elli Avram snapped at the airport | Parties & Events

    Browse Shruti Hassan & Elli Avram snapped at the airport Photos at Parties & Events. Download Shruti Hassan & Elli Avram snapped at the airport photos at Parties & Events at Bollywood Hungama

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  • Aww... Neil Nitin Mukesh Is Keeping Karva Chauth Fast For His Fiancee Rukmini

    Karva Chauth is a colourful festival, which is celebrated with much zest by Indian women. There are a lot of celebrities who are going to celebrate their first Karva Chauth today. One such lovely couple is newly-engaged, Neil Nitin Mukesh and Rukmini Sahay.

  • Karan Johar 'stressed out' and said all what he feels: Farah

    Mumbai, Oct 20 (IANS) Karan Johar is "stressed out" and he has said all what he feels, said Director-Choreographer Farah Khan on Wednesday reacting to Karan Johar's video message clarifying his stand on Pakistani artistes working in India. Karan is a dear friend of mine.

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  • Jayalalithaa Completely Well, Will Return Home Soon: AIADMK

    Chennai: AIADMK on Thursday asserted that its hospitalised supremo and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was "completely well" and will return home soon. "Amma (Jayalalithaa) has progressed very well under the daily monitoring of Apollo Hospital doctors and specialists and soon she will return home," AIADMK spokesperson C R Saraswathy told reporters. A number of benefits were awaiting the people of Tamil Nadu, she said in an apparent reference to the many pro-people measures launched by the Jayalalithaa government and indicating that more were likely to be announced. 68-year-old Jayalalithaa was admitted to the Apollo Hospital on September 22 after she complained of fever and dehydration.

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  • Watch: Madhavan and Dia Mirza celebrate 15 years of RHTDM

    It was in the year 2001 (October 19) to be precise, when Bollywood was treated to an absolutely cute onscreen pairing of Madhavan and Dia Mirza in the Gautham Menon directed Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein. It was the very film that was domain to many melodious tracks like ‘Kaise main kahoon tujhse’ ‘Sach keh raha hai’ and ‘Zara zara’. Readers may recall that, while Madhavan and Dia Mirza made their debut in Bollywood with Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein, the film also starred Saif Ali Khan. Today, on the occasion of the film completing a full 15 years of its release, Dia Mirza kept took to the social media and treated all her fans to a little surprise. The little surprise happens to be the awesome twosome

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  • Revealed: Nana Patekar’s role in Prakash Raj’s Tadka

    Readers may recall that we had reported about Prakash Raj’s directorial debut Tadka, which happens to be the remake of the Malayalam hit film  Salt N’ Pepper. The latest update is that veteran actor Nana Patekar will be seen in the role of an archaeologist in the film. Reports state that Nana Patekar will be presented in a never-before avatar and will be seen sporting a contemporary look in Tadka, which is primality set in Goa. Shriya Saran will be seen in the role of Nana Patekar’s love interest. The film traces the journey of two individuals whose passion for cooking brings them closer as they eventually fall in love. Besides Nana Patekar and Shriya Saran, Tadka also stars Ali Fazal and Taapsee

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  • Did Aamir Khan Scrap Dangal Trailer Launch To Avoid Indo-Pak Conversation?

    He has often been labelled 'anti-national' for expressing his opinions but this time Aamir Khan seems to have gone all out to avoid a controversy. Case in point, the low-key trailer launch of his much awaited film Dangal

  • Security breach feared in up to 3.25 million Indian debit cards

    A slew of banks in India are replacing or asking their customers to change security codes of as many as 3.25 million debit cards due to fears that the card data may have been stolen in one of the country's largest-ever cyber security incidents. Card network providers Visa, MasterCard, and home-grown RuPay run by the National Payments Corp of India (NPCI) swung into action in September after receiving complaints from some banks that their clients' cards had been fraudulently used mainly in China and the United States even though they were in India, said the chief of NPCI, which also runs the biggest network of shared ATMs.

  • The Impressive History of the Oldest Indian Restaurant in London That Just Received a Michelin Star

    Veeraswamy is a 90-year-old restaurant located on Regent Street, London. Apart from the distinction of being the oldest Indian restaurant in the city, it was also recently honoured with the highly prestigious Michelin Star, which is considered a hallmark for fine dining around the world. The Michelin Guide wrote about Veeraswamy: “The classic dishes from across the country are prepared with considerable care by a very professional kitchen. The room is awash with colour and it’s run with great charm and enormous pride.” Edward Palmer, the son of a English military strategist and a Mughal princess founded E.P Veeraswamy & Co. in Hornsey in 1896 to promote Indian food. Palmer had considerable knowledge about Indian cuisine. He was a retired British Indian army officer who was approached by the Indian Government Pavilion at the British Empire Exhibition to represent India with a restaurant in 1924. The Indian Pavilion advertised the opening of Veeraswamy by saying, “If you appreciate Indian foods, take your lunch at the Indian Pavilion." The restaurant managed to draw in large crowds at Wembley Park and served an average of 500 curries a day. An official Indian Government report from 1924 says of Edward, “ His selection (as advisor) was happy, and the success of the Indian cafe was largely due to him. The Indian cafe was not only appreciated by Indian visitors to Wembley who were able to get their vegetarian food, but was very popular with the British public.” After the exhibition shut down in 1926, Edward decided to relocate Veeraswamy to Regent Street. The restaurant shared its birth date with the Queen herself, and sold traditional curries such as Madras Curry, Duck Vindaloo, and Dak Bungalow Curry. The owner even published a book called Indian Cookery for Use in All Countries, which is still being sold. [caption id="attachment_72243" align="aligncenter" width="960"] The original team of Indian chefs at Veeraswamy, 1926.[/caption] Some of the famous diners at Veeraswamy included Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Winston Churchill, Charlie Chaplin, and the Prince of Wales. The Indian restaurant, surprisingly, also serves beer to neutralise the spices often used in Indian cooking. This tradition was introduced by Prince Axel of Denmark, who found the food so delicious that he sent a barrel of Carlsberg beer every year to the restaurant to serve to its guests. In the past 90 years, the restaurant has seen many owners and interior decor changes. Around 1930, the restaurant was taken over by Sir William Steward, who ran it for 40 years until 1976. Sir William Steward also introduced the first ever ‘Curry in a Can’ product under Veeraswamy Food Products. The fine dining restaurant was acquired by Ranjit Mathrani and Namitha Panjabi in 1996; they restored the interior decor to it’s original 1920s opulence. Recently, National Geographic wrote that Veeraswamy was among the 10 best "destination and special restaurants" in the world. The current owner, Ranjit, told the Indian Express, “We aim to provide the best possible Indian dining experience to our guests in a setting that will evoke that grandeur we associate with our past of maharajas and nobility. That said, we still try to remain a bit playful, wherein we want our guests to feel like royalty without it getting too stuffy. So while our food will be as authentic to its roots as we can possibly make it, we’ll have fun with the presentation,” The restaurant now serves everything from Kerala-style Venison Mutta Kebab to Kashmiri Rogan Josh to Bengali Bhappa Macch. [caption id="attachment_72248" align="alignnone" width="960"] Malabar lobster curry with fresh turmeric and unripe mango.[/caption] When asked how the restaurateurs feel about being mentioned in the Michelin guide, Ranjit said, “While we are very happy to have received recognition from the Michelin guide, our yardstick will always be the gourmand Indian families who come and dine with and tell us that our food is almost as good as it is in their homes. French restaurants live or die by their Michelin stars, but for ethnic restaurants the true test is diners from that country or region who are familiar with the food. For instance somebody from Goa will be able to appreciate the subtleties of the 24 spices that go into a Xacuti Curry.” To know more about this legendary restaurant, visit the website here. All images taken from Facebook. 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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  • Why is Manoj Bajpayee allowed to call his co-star a ‘kutiya’? Censor chief provides the answer

    This week’s foul-mouthed release Saat Uchchake not only has the filthiest Hindi profanities plastered across the narrative, it also shows Manoj Bajpayee referring to his girlfriend (Aditi Sharma) as a kutiya (bitch) repeatedly. Apparently it is a term of affection for a certain kind of male species. But it also mocks the CBFC (Censor Board Of Film Certification)’s guidelines which clearly state that no action of word that derogates women would be allowed. When asked about this blatant discrepancy between the guidelines and the content of Saat Uchakkey the censor chief Pahlaj Nihlani retorted, “You must ask the Tribunal the how or why Bajpayee is allowed to get away with referring to a woman as

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  • How IRCTC’s Packaged Drinking Water ‘Rail Neer’ Turned Around to Become India’s Most Trusted Brand

    Rail Neer, bottled water provided by Indian Railways to train travellers, has been given 'India's Most Trusted Brand for 2016' Award', in the packaged drinking water segment, by IBC Infomedia Private Ltd. IBC Infomedia Private Ltd. is an established business management consultant, whose parent organisation International Branding Consultant Corporation (IBCC) is based in the US. The drinking water brand generated an income of Rs 118.48 crore for Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation(IRCTC) in 2015-16, as compared to Rs 81.03 crore in 2014-15, indicating a growth of 46.2%. The Rail Neer division at IRCTC produced 14.40 crore bottles last year. Source: Facebook This success came in the wake of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arresting corrupt officials in the Northern Railways who were believed to be involved in letting private firms negatively affect Rail Neer sales. IRCTC also set itself a target of producing 16 crore bottles for the year 2015-16. There are six Rail Neer plants located at Danapur (Bihar), Nangloi (Delhi), Palur (Tamil Nadu), Ambernath (Maharashtra), Amethi (Uttar Pradesh), and Parassala (Kerala). These bottling plants have a combined capacity of producing 6.14 lakh bottles per day. A Supreme Court order on August 11 directed railway stations and trains across the country to continue selling only Rail Neer, in a bid to boost the sales of the packaged drinking water division of IRCTC. To know more about how Rail Neer is manufactured, click 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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  • India can only 'bark' about trade deficit: Chinese media

    Beijing, Oct 19 (IANS) The call for boycott of Chinese goods on Indian social media is "rabble rousing" as Indian products cannot compete with those of China, the state-owned media said on Wednesday. In an acerbic op-ed, Global Times launched a blitzkrieg of sort against India, saying New Delhi can only "bark" and do nothing about the growing trade deficit between two countries. China's continued opposition to India's effort to declare Pakistan-based militants as international terrorists has angered many Indians who have called for a boycott of Chinese products.

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  • MNS stands firm on its decision about Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’s release

    With the release of the controversial film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil nearing every passing day seems to be a struggle for the film. Only yesterday, we had reported about Karan Johar’s video, wherein he had stated that he will refrain from working with any Pakistani artist anymore. He also added that, for him, India always came first. Today, Ameya Khopkar (President- Maharashtra Navnirman Chitrapat Kamgar Sena) dismissed Karan Johar’s decision. Ameya Khopkar issued the following note to the media, wherein he stated: “Karan woke up very late! This isn’t the time to say sorry! He had a change of heart, we didn’t! We are firm on our demand. No multiplexes will show Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and if they do then

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  • Trailer of Hrithik Roshan’s Kaabil to release on October 26

    We all know that Hrithik Roshan’s upcoming film Kaabil has Yami Gautam as his onscreen heroine. The makers of Kaabil wrapped up the film recently, which was ahead of its planned schedule. After Hrithik Roshan had unveiled a few seconds teaser of Kaabil (a few weeks ago), one now hears that the film’s trailer will be unveiled online on October 26 for the audience. In addition to that, there will be a special preview of the film’s trailer for the media on October 25, where Rakesh Roshan and Hrithik Roshan will interact with the media and talk about the film. Directed by Sanjay Gupta and produced by Rakesh Roshan, Kaabil is scheduled to release on January 26, 2017.

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  • MS Dhoni doesnt need time to settle down, says Anil Kumble

    Asked if Dhoni would be asked to bat up the order keeping in mind India's Champions Trophy defence in UK next year, Kumble was quick to respond: "It all depends on match situations".

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  • SCOOP: Sonakshi Sinha doesn't want to work with Arjun Kapoor?

    Anees Bazmee’s Mubaraka which begins shooting in November and which stars Anil Kapoor and his real-life nephew Arjun Kapoor, has found its leading ladies. Confirming the same Anees says, “My heroines in Mubaraka are Ileana D’Cruz and Athiya Shetty. Arjun Kapoor has a double role. So the two leading ladies are cast opposite him.” There was media speculation on Sonakshi Sinha being cast in one of the roles and on how she said no to the film, apparently because she has a problem working with Arjun Kapoor. There were also reports of Parineeti Chopra being part of Mubaraka. To his credit Anees doesn’t attempt to pass these reports off as a media-made rumour, “We did approach Sonakshi Sinha. But she

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  • End of multi starrers: All the Bollywood A-list heroes want to only do only solo starrers

    The raging debate between Ranveer Singh and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali over the casting of the other male lead in the pseudo-historical Padmavati brings into focus the rapid rise of the trend of solo starrers and the fall of the multi-starrers. Top heroes at one time would come together in various attractive permutations. We has Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra and Sanjeev Kumar in Sholay, Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan in Karan Arjun, Akshay Kumar-Salman Khan in Mujhse Shaadi Karoge… and so on. The present-day A-list actors from Shah Rukh/Aamir/Salman to Ranbir/Ranveer/Varun to even the newcomers like Harshvardhan Kapoor and Tiger Shroff all want to be in solo-hero films. A top-notch producer

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