• Watch: Bipasha-Karan’s gala time on The Kapil Sharma Show

    Bollywood’s newly married couple Karan Singh Grover and Bipasha Basu made their first on-screen appearance post-marriage on ace comedian Kapil Sharma’s popular show The Kapil Sharma Show. On set, Bipasha said, “Karan sings really well and writes songs as well since the beginning. The actress shared video in which Kapil is seen singing with the two.

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  • Amitabh Bachchan’s UNEXPECTED Reaction Over Censor Board Bans Udta Punjab

    Mega Star Amitabh Bachchan on Friday spoke in the support of Censor Board who has been in light for its unreasonable censorship. Censor board who gave 40 cuts to Udta Punjab, faced lot of criticism. In their support Amitabh Bachchan said, that their are some rules made by government and the censor board has to abide by those rules.

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  • 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.

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  • Kanpur Shocker: Man loses wife in IPL gambling

    Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh), May 29 (ANI): In a bizarre incident, Just like the Mahabharata in which Yudhishthir lost his wife Draupadi , who was put at stake in a gambling game, a man from Govindnagar area of Kanpur district of Uttar Pradesh put his wife at stake in an Indian Premier League (IPL) betting game and lost her. The matter came to light after Ravinder Singh's fellow gamblers began harassing his wife Jasmeet Kaur, prompting her to approach the local police with the help of social activists. The police said that after having lost his all money at the share markets, the man put up his wife as a stake in IPL betting and lost her too.

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  • Arnab Goswami-style journalism is killing the essence of debates

    On the Monday edition of Times Now's show The Newshour, editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami referred to journalist Asad Ashraf as a 'cover for the Indian Mujahideen'. The following is Asad's own take on that particular situation and the present state of journalism as a whole: As I sit to write this piece, images from the day Arnab Goswami called me a 'cover for the Indian Mujahideen' in his studio, return to my mind. If it's merely the thought of being called a terrorist that scares me, I wonder what it would be like for those who are implicated in cases of terrorism on false charges. The takeaway from the events of that day not only jolt me, but also present a very grim picture of the time in which

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  • Uma Bharti silences Digvijaya, says Rahul Gandhi's 'heart is burning'

    New Delhi, May 29 (ANI): Union Minister for Water Resources Uma Bharti on Sunday taunted Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi over party general secretary Digvijaya Singh's 'nation is burning' outburst, saying the Gandhi scion's 'heart is burning' courtesy the development taking place in the nation during the NDA regime. Bharti also trained guns at Digvijaya Singh, saying the Congress leader is making such desperate and demeaning statements just to save the image of the grand old party. "The nation is not burning, but the hearts of Rahul Gandhi and Digvijaya Singh are burning after witnessing the progress made by the NDA Government," she told ANI.

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  • 65-yr-old man onboard IndiGo flight dies of cardiac arrest

    A 65-year-old passenger died of cardiac arrest on an IndiGo flight to Chennai on Saturday afternoon. Ganesh Thapathi was boarding the IndiGo flight, 6E-279, from Mumbai to Chennai, when he suffered a cardiac arrest in the aircraft. In response, three passengers identified themselves as doctors who, along with the IndiGo crew, administered medical aid, including Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) to Thapathi.

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  • Akshay Kumar surprises Housefull 3 team with an impromptu lunch treat

    Akshay Kumar and the team of Housefull 3 including Abhishek Bachchan, Riteish Deshmukh, Jacqueline Fernandez, Nargis Fakhri and Lisa Haydon are having a great time promoting their upcoming film. "It was a spontaneous idea that struck Akshay while the Housefull 3 Team was visiting Delhi.

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  • In Jaipur, a Pakistani girl faces big test: How to take medical exam

    TWO YEARS after her parents moved from Sindh province to Jaipur in an effort to escape alleged religious persecution in Pakistan, as also to make their daughter a doctor, 20-year-old Mashal is seeing her dream fall apart — bit by bit. If the CBSE class XII results announced last week was a time of celebration for the family, with Mashal scoring 91 per cent, the days in the immediate aftermath are back to being tense. According to Mashal’s doctor-parents, they decided to quit their jobs in Sindh and move to India after the Narendra Modi government came to power at the Centre.

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  • Nation's heaviest baby born in Karnataka' Hassan

    Hassan (Karnataka), May.28 (ANI): A mother in Karnataka' Hassan gave birth to a baby girl weighing 6.8 kilograms, considered to be India's heaviest new-born. A 19-year-old woman, Nandini, gave birth to the infant after a caesarean section at a hospital in Hassan district on Monday The surgery was conducted as the mother was a diabetic. Baby is doing well," said Doctor Venkatesh Raju, who supervised the delivery.

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  • 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.

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  • Spanish national with bipolar disorder found after a week: He was naked… phone, watch, passport gone: Wife

    Nearly a week after he left his wife in a huff at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, a Spanish national suffering from bipolar disorder was found wandering in and around Sewri, early Friday morning. Soon after, the Spanish man, identified as 54-year-old Damian Vidal, was admitted to the psychiatric ward of the state-run JJ Hospital, where doctors say he is now stable. Vidal and his wife Elizabeth, residents of Spain’s Galicia region, had arrived in India two weeks ago for a vacation.

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  • 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.

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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).

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  • Gold at three-month low after Yellen hints at possible rate hike

    NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) - Gold slid 1 percent to a three-month low on Friday, extending losses after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen indicated the U.S. central bank could raise interest rates within months if the economy continues to improve, boosting the dollar. "The economy is continuing to improve ... growth looks to be picking up," Yellen said in remarks in Boston. "You couldn't really say it was uber hawkish, but it keeps the door open for a July hike, and as far as gold is concerned, that means that there was a bit of a higher cost of carry in U.S. dollar terms," said Bart Melek, head of commodity strategy for TD Securities in Toronto.

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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.

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  • Evaluating Modi

    Two years and counting is what Prime Minister Modi and the BJP are saying. One criteria could be that performance is measured as the difference between reality (what actually happened) and expectation.

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  • Missing Pakistani boy found in India two years later

    Islamabad, May 29 (IANS) A Pakistani boy who went missing from his home in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan two years ago was found in India. Tufail Ismail, who was five years old at the time, got separated from his family in June 2014 in Charsadda district, his father Zafar Ali said.

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  • Dombivali blast: How prepared is Mumbai for a chemical disaster

    While fire tenders and water tankers reached the site of Thursday’s blast at Probace Enterprises, Dombivli, within 10 minutes, experts are looking at whether the damage could have been mitigated by better preparedness. Simultaneously, officials too are looking at whether Mumbai is better prepared for such an incident. At least four small-scale industries and three residential buildings in the vicinity of the factory were impacted by the blast.

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  • 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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