• In escalation, India says launches strikes on militants in Pakistan

    By Sanjeev Miglani and Asad Hashim NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - India said on Thursday it had conducted "surgical strikes" on suspected militants preparing to infiltrate from Pakistan-ruled Kashmir, making its first direct military response to an attack on an army base it blames on Pakistan. Pakistan said two of its soldiers had been killed in exchanges of fire and in repulsing an Indian "raid", but denied that India had made any targeted strikes across the de facto frontier that runs through the disputed Himalayan territory of Kashmir. The cross-border action inflicted significant casualties, the Indian army's head of operations told reporters in New Delhi, while a senior government official said Indian soldiers had crossed the border to target militant camps.

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  • Bebo flaunts her baby bump in thigh-high slit gown at Ranbir's birthday bash

    New Delhi [India], Sept. 29 (ANI): Kareena Kapoor Khan seem to get hotter even as her baby bump keep growing and make its way closer to the T-day. The birthday party held for Bollywood heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor as he turned 34 yesterday spotted celebrities including Amrita Arora, who posted a picture with the expectant mother at the party. 35-year-old Amrita took to Instagram to share the party pic and captioned it as "Birthday Bumps" followed by a number of lovely emojis.

  • Tannishtha Chatterjee: I was warned not to go to Comedy Nights Bachao

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  • Here’s What Anupam Kher Wants Pakistani Actors To Do!

    Veteran actor Anupam Kher also opened up on the recent attacks on Indian soldiers and ban on the Pakistan artists. At a recent event, the actor said that Pakistani actors should say 'I condemn the unfortunate massacre of Indian soldiers'. The actor further added that there are people from Pakistan who are wonderful and are great hosts.

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  • Store Owner Snubs Ameesha Despite Politician's Recommendation

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  • Hrithik Roshan is prepping for a larger legal battle 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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  • Salman Khan Comes To Karan Johar’s Rescue, Calls Up Raj Thackeray

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  • Nitish blasts Katju for FB post offering Bihar to Pak

    Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday blasted retired Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju for the latter’s uncharitable Facebook remarks  against Bihar. Katju, who is also the former chairman of Press Council of India (PCI), in one of his posts on FB, offered Pakistan Kashmir from India but asked the neighbouring country to take Bihar too. “We offer you Kashmir but you have to take Bihar also. It’s a package deal. Either you take both. Or else, you get nothing,” wrote Katju. An infuriated Nitish lambasted Katju for his misdemeanour. “Some people, in order to get free publicity, are trying to become Mai-Baap (guardian) of Bihar. Hamare malik hain kya woh jo aisa offer kar diya? (Is he our

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  • Sensex ends down as tensions flare up with Pakistan

    REUTERS - Indian shares posted their biggest declines since the Brexit vote in June, after India said it had conducted "surgical strikes" on suspected militants preparing to infiltrate from Pakistan-ruled Kashmir. The Nifty ended down 1.76 percent to 8,591.25, posting its biggest daily percentage fall since June 24, the day after the Brexit vote. Early in the day, the index dropped as much as 2.1 percent to its lowest intraday level since Aug. 29. The Sensex closed down 1.64 percent at 27,827.53. (Reporting by Darshana Sankararaman in Bengaluru; Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)

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  • 10 obscene displays of wealth that shock average Americans

    Fascinating findings from a new Reddit thread on wealth.

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  • Live Cricket Score of Pakistan vs West Indies, 3rd T20I at Abu Dhabi

    Squads:  Pakistan (From): Khalid Latif, Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed(w/c), Mohammad Nawaz, Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz, Sohail Tanvir, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Amir, Rumman Raees, Saad Nasim West Indies (From): Johnson Charles, Evin Lewis, Andre Fletcher(w), Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Carlos Brathwaite(c), Sunil Narine, Jerome Taylor, Samuel Badree, Jason Holder, Rovman Powell, Kesrick Williams, Chadwick Walton

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  • This Rail Accident Survivor in Mumbai Is Working Actively to Ensure the Safety of Passengers

    In January 2014, Monika More, an 18-year-old resident of Mumbai lost both her hands when she slipped into the gap between the platform and the ladies compartment footboard of a local train at Ghatkopar railway station. Two years after recuperating from the near-fatal accident, Monika is working hard to ensure that no commuter has to face something like this again. She has been continuously involved in raising awareness about railway safety measures along with the Railway Police Force. In her awareness drives, she tries to help commuters understand the perils of boarding a moving train and crossing unmanned railway tracks. Source: Facebook The first year B Com student is the only rail accident victim in a committee of over 15 members. She attends meetings organised by Central Railway officials at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) station to discuss how to improve the quality of service and address passenger woes in local trains. She has also made various proposals regarding the appropriate height of railway platforms, the need for increasing the frequency of trains and making sure that the seats reserved for physically disabled people are not used by the people without disabilities. "What happened to me should not happen with anyone. I want to keep pursuing the issue of improving our railway system. People should not get scared of boarding a train thinking they might lose a limb or their life,” Monika told The Indian Express. Monika was  rushed to the KEM Hospital after the accident but her arms couldn’t be surgically reattached. She spent six months recovering in the hospital and was gifted with prosthetic arms manufactured by a German company. The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai gave her a compensation of Rs. 23 lakh. While the electronic limbs enable her to write, eat with special spoons and even use a laptop, it is very difficult for her to wear them for a long period of time because they weigh over a kilo each. Monika was in the news last year for securing 63% in her higher secondary examinations in spite of all these hurdles. Today, she is steadfast in her resolve to lead a normal life. She wakes up around 7 am after which she goes to SNDT college for her classes. She then returns home for a bit in the afternoons and later heads out to attend tuition classes. But her busy routine has never stopped her from raising awareness about grave issues that affect people using local trains in Mumbai. Her parents are extremely supportive and her mother also accompanies Monika to all the events and meetings. Her father is of the opinion that people are especially receptive to Monika’s inputs because she is a survivor. 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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  • Robbers gangrape 12-yr-old near Lucknow

    Uttar Pradesh, Sept. 28 (ANI): A gang of armed robbers allegedly barged into a house, assaulted the family and gang raped their 12-year-old daughter in a nearby field on the outskirts of Lucknow on Tuesday night.

  • What Motivated an IIM Graduate to Leave Her Job in the US and Enrol 20,000 Children in UP Schools

    Samina Bano, an IIM Bangalore alumna, and RTE crusader, fought several odds in Uttar Pradesh to enable over 20,000 children from underprivileged gain access education in private schools. This is how.  Sita Devi works as a domestic help in five houses. From cleaning to cooking, she does more than her body can allow. Her life goal -- save enough for her four children so she can build a respectable future for them. Private security guard Ram Chandra Kannaujia suffers from epilepsy. His wife Rajkumari works as a domestic help while their little son worked in a dhaba. All sacrifices made by the couple bore fruit when their son, Akhil (6), started going to school after getting admission under the RTE act. “I cook food at people’s homes so that my child can study,” says Rajkumari. Soaked in sweat and wearing a hijab (veil) on her head, Shabana commutes over long distances everyday in spite of her Ramzan fast, just to get her daughter Kaifiya (5) enrolled in school. “My mother made envelopes to educate us but I had to drop out after class 5 since we had no money, a regret that I have till date. My child will not grow up with that regret,” says Shabana. Fate has been kind to them. Kaifiya, Akhil, and Sita Devi’s daughters go to a regular private school now. All thanks to a lady who chose to leave her plum job as a management consultant in the United States and returned to India to work for students like them. She dedicated her life to providing education to students from financially poor backgrounds through institutional reforms within the system. Samina Bano, a computer engineer and an MBA from IIM Bangalore started the Bharat Abhyudaya Foundation (BAF) in Lucknow with a dream of bringing parity in the society and fighting discrimination based on socio-economic backgrounds. BAF is a nonprofit education startup, and till date it has helped in the admissions of over 20,000 underprivileged children across 3,000 private schools in 50 districts of Uttar Pradesh. Samina has been able to achieve this feat with the support of co-founder Vinod Yadav, the government of UP, and senior bureaucrats such as Mr. Partha Sarthi Sen Sharma, Mr. Amod Kumar and Mr Rigzin Samphel from the Chief Minister's office. “To build a better and equitable society that is not divided on the basis of caste, religion and money, we believe we need to begin with making children’s schools more inclusive. When all children, regardless of their socio-economic differences, are educated together, everyone benefits,” says Samina. She strongly believes in social inclusion within classrooms that not only benefits the underprivileged children but also helps kids learn empathy and become pro-social. Section 12(1)(c) of the RTE Act mandates 25% reservation for children from Economically Weaker Section (EWS) at entry level in every unaided private school. BAF is spearheading the implementation of this provision in the most populous state of Uttar Pradesh. Despite political roadblocks for over two years – including a fierce court battle in High Court as well as the Supreme Court against the influential private lobby that engaged country’s leading advocates, Samina and her team came out victorious. The Supreme Court in a landmark judgement ordered the erring school to admit 13 children from underprivileged backgrounds under the RTE act on September 28, 2015. When Samina started working on RTE Section 12(1) (c), she not only saw several loopholes in the policy but also highlighted dismal figures in admission. After a thorough study through primary and secondary research she found that in last four years since the inception of this act, only 108 admissions were made across UP where six lakh seats were available annually. This was basically due to reluctance on government’s part and also because of the unwillingness of certain big private schools that had least interest in the implementation of this Act. With BAF’s persistent efforts in advocacy impacting policy, capacity building within government, and groundbreaking innovations, the number of admissions increased to a historical 4,400 in 2015 and 15,646 in the year 2016. Samina used her sharp management skills to create a sense of urgency. The RTE round table deliberations resulted in key next steps in implementing the scheme. As a result of all the above advocacy efforts, nine new major government notifications were issued in the last two years to amend state policies to actively implement RTE Sec 12 with clear timelines. The government of UP and BAF built a unique partnership where they leveraged their individual strengths in effectively reaching out to a scale that was individually not achievable by both. Holding the Ashoka fellowship and many such awards and recognitions, Samina has already started taking her next steps towards making the process seamless with the help of technology and training teachers for social inclusion in partnership with UNICEF and the state government. Samina, belonging to an orthodox Muslim family, suffers from locomotor disability in her left leg due to an accident that she met with when she was a child. It however didn’t deter her from walking on the path that was strewn with difficulties. Working in a religiously divided state where women are often given a second-hand treatment, making her voice heard is a feat in itself. With perseverance, dedication and strength in her resolve, Samina has become one of the most trusted voices on inclusive education in the state. Impossible as it seemed, Samina has set the government machinery in motion and the RTE ball rolling in the state. BAF is looking for volunteers, supporters, and partners. You can contact them 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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  • 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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  • Gold down as dollar and stocks gain after U.S. debate

    Gold fell on Tuesday as the dollar and stocks gained ground on the view that U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton got the better of rival Donald Trump in their first debate. Markets have tended to see Clinton as the candidate of the status quo, while few are sure what a Trump presidency might mean for U.S. foreign policy, trade and the domestic economy. Gold, which is often seen as an alternative investment in times of geopolitical and financial uncertainty, suffered after the debate as a higher appetite for risk favoured shares, the dollar and the Mexican peso over the precious metal.

  • Samsung launches Galaxy On8 on Flipkart at Rs 15,900

    New Delhi, Sep 27 (IANS) Samsung India on Tuesday launched its 4G and VOLTE-enabled smartphone Galaxy On8 with a host of India-specific features which will be available on Flipkart's "Big Billion Day" sale from October 2.

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  • Twinkle Khanna reveals her healthy alternatives

    Mumbai, Sep 27 (IANS) Actress-turned-author and interior designer Twinkle Khanna on Tuesday stressed the importance of healthy eating habits, citing her own lifestyle as an example. My son is a little crazy about healthy food. Sharing her healthy lifestyle, she said she loves to do yoga and meditation.

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  • Cricket: Gambhir 'nervous as a novice' after shock recall

    Kolkata, Sept 28, 2016 (AFP) - Veteran Indian opener Gautam Gambhir will look to roll back the years following his shock recall for the second Test against New Zealand starting Friday after more than two years in the wilderness.