• Congress supports PM Modi's 'progressive' remark on triple talaq

    Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], Oct. 25 (ANI): Welcoming Prime Minister Narendra Modi's renewed outreach on the issue of triple talaq in which he has asked people not make it a Hindu-Muslim matter, a cautious Congress urged the government to rope in the concerned people whose sentiments might otherwise get affected by its intervention. Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan cofounder Zakia Soman had said the statement will go a long way in enabling and supporting struggle for gender justice in Islam, particularly to Muslim women in India. General Secretary of the Communist Party of National Federation of Indian Women, Annie Raja criticized the Prime Minister for making selective statements on triple talaq and remaining silent on the women's reservation bill.

  • Batting at No 4 is more my need than team's: MS Dhoni

    India captain M S Dhoni today made it clear that a need to bat at No 4 is more out of compulsion as his game was getting affected lower down the order.

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  • AAP's 21-point Trade-Industry Manifesto promises moon

    Ludhiana (Punjab) [India], Oct. 23 (ANI): With an eye on the Punjab assembly elections next year, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday unveiled a 21-point Trade and Industry Manifesto here, promising that the state will have the lowest tax rate in five years. To kick start industrial revival, un-utilised lands in and underdeveloped Industrial Estates, Growth Centres and Focal Points will be allotted to industry at affordable rates or on lease, the manifesto says, while promising to issue special package to bring back industry that fled the state.

  • Cash, gift vouchers most preferred Diwali gift by employees, says ASSOCHAM survey

    New Delhi [India], Oct.24 (ANI): While a box of traditional sweets is the least desirable gift for office workers, cash and gift coupons/vouchers, prepaid cards are most desired this Diwali festival, noted a just-concluded survey by apex industry body ASSOCHAM. The ASSOCHAM Social Development Foundation conducted an online survey to gauge 1,000 full-time office workers' opinions and about 500 human resource professionals on Diwali festival bonuses given by companies and their desired gifts between October 1 - October 15 in 10 cities of - Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi-NCR, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, and Mumbai. The ASSOCHAM survey showed that 45 per cent of office workers wanted cash or gift coupons/vouchers, 35 per cent wanted gadgets/electronic item/home appliances/utensils and other such things for personal use or for use in their households, 15 per cent gift-boxes of sweets or cookies and the remaining preferred various other things.

  • Man dies of hunger in UP, while wife fights for her life

    Allahabad (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Oct 24 (ANI): A 28-year-old jobless Dalit man allegedly died of hunger in a village of Uttar Pradesh's Allahabad district on Sunday morning. Identified as Dharmendra, his wife, Usha Devi too was found fighting for life without a morsel of food in their home. The district administration, however, instructed action against the local officials and the owner of the fair price shop, which provides government subsidised food to the poor.

  • Cricket: Stokes seals thrilling win for England

    Chittagong, Bangladesh, Oct 24, 2016 (AFP) - Ben Stokes took the last two Bangladesh wickets in three balls as England won a thrilling first Test by 22 runs in Chittagong Monday, depriving their hosts of an historic victory.

  • SC to hear December 16 gangrape convicts' plea today

    New Delhi [India], Oct 24 (ANI): The Supreme Court will on Monday hear an appeal filed by December 16 Nirbhaya gangrape convicts - Akshay, Vinay Sharma, Pawan and Mukesh. The top court had on April 4 begun final hearing of the convicts' appeal almost two years after staying their execution. Two of the four death-row convicts had written to Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justice Deepak Misra, stating that they do not approve of the defence counsel appointed by the court to argue their case before the top court as they had given statements against them to the media in the past.

  • This Garment Factory Turned Shelter Home Has Supported More Than 250 Women in the past 4 Years

    The Urja Trust was founded in 2012 by Deepali Vandana, a Mumbai based social worker. It is a non-government organisation that provides shelter to vulnerable women who are homeless or have run away due to domestic violence. They are housed in a shelter home when they come in but later shifted to group homes as soon as they start becoming financially independent. The women are victims of trafficking, prostitution and economic discrimination. Yet, Deepali establishes in the beginning of her conversation with The Better India, “We should understand that these girls are not playing the victim card; they want to make their lives better and live independently.” As a Dalit woman, Deepali understands the courage needed to stand up against the rigid social codes that classify people along the lines of caste, religion and gender. And it is this frustration and the desire to do social good that led Deepali to establish a trust that takes care of women who are left to fend for themselves.   Deepali sees that the women who come to Urja are extremely vulnerable because they have faced immense trauma in leaving their homes and families. She says, “When their basic rights are taken away or they are told not be ambitious, no one comes forward to help because they belong to marginalised sections of society. And more often than not, because they do not have any knowledge about their rights, they are easily exploited.” The members of Urja believe and acknowledge that real change can occur only at the policy making level. “When a child is abandoned, a concerned party can register a complaint with the police and the child will be taken to a Child Welfare Committee. But this never happens with young women. They are treated as young adults but many of them are yet to realise their dreams. At the state and national levels, we are advocating creating more shelters to protect vulnerable young women,” says Deepali. Every year, the Urja shelter is home to around 50 girls and has managed to rehabilitate 250 women in the past four years. Currently, 19 girls live in this shelter home that was once a garment factory. Deepali says, “When we had just started out, people weren’t ready to gives us space to house single women. As you know, there is immense social stigma against women who chose to live alone and independently. People were very quick to make judgements about the character of the girls who joined us at the shelter.” According to Deepali, the women arrive at Dadar station in Mumbai every week from far-flung areas such as West Bengal and Kerala. Approaching them isn’t easy because they are very suspicious of strangers. This isn’t surprising because so many homeless women are trafficked in Mumbai daily. Once they’ve been brought in, the counsellors at Urja initiate conversations and ask them why they ran away. If the counsellors feel the problems are minor and can be corrected, they approach the women’s parents to try and get them to reconcile. But if a woman has faced immense trauma in her family, she is given both psychiatric and legal counselling during her stay at the shelter. Apart from this, Urja also provides the women non-formal education and “non-traditional” vocational training. When asked to elaborate, Deepali says, “Women are taught to sew or they do beautician courses. We teach them animation, driving, typing, and sales also.” In their non-formal education course, the women are taught the basics of math and English, after which they try and take the National Institute of Open Learning exams. They are later integrated into mainstream schools, according to their learning levels. Once the girls are financially independent or find partners, they are encouraged to leave the shelter and make their own living. “There is absolutely no compulsion to stay,” says Deepali. If you would like to help a homeless woman find her way in the world -- Unable to view the above button? 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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  • Sharath Kamal wins in national ranking south zone TT meet

    Visakhapatnam, Oct 23 (IANS) Achanta Sharath Kamal outshone G. Sathiyan to win 4-1 in the men's singles final for his first title in six years in the National Ranking (South Zone) Table Tennis Championships here on Sunday. Meanwhile, Suthirtha Mukherjee beat Krittwika Sinha Roy 4-0 for the women's singles crown at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium.

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  • Crackdown not enough: Bangladesh needs to neutralise sources of militant support

    On October 8, 2016, in a series of anti-militancy crackdowns, 12 Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) militants were killed in Gazipur, Tangail and Dhaka districts. Seven of them were killed in the Harinal area under Gazipur city of Gazipur district in Operation Spate 8 conducted jointly by a Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit, a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team and the Gazipur police. Two others were killed during an operation by a Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) at a JMB den in Lebubagan area of Gazipur district.

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  • Kohli, Dhoni praise each other after scripting win

    Mohali, Oct 23 (IANS) Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and deputy Virat Kohli praised each other for their batting roles in scripting India's comfortable seven-wicket win over New Zealand in the third One-Day International here on Sunday. Kohli scored an unbeaten 154 off just 134 deliveries to help India take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series. Dhoni (80) played second fiddle to Kohli, who scored his 26th ODI century, in a 151-run stand to chase down New Zealand's total of 285 all out with 10 balls to spare.

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  • Minister calls for push to tourism involving Japan

    New Delhi, Oct 25 (IANS) There is a need to increase Japan-involved tourism in the country, said Culture and Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma on Monday. Similarly, a lot of Japanese tourists come to India, but we need to increase Japan-involved tourism," the minister said speaking at the "India-Japan Tourism Programme" here. Quoting Prime Minister Narendra Modi's belief in tourism being the future of India, he said: "Tourism can increase the scope of everything, be it employment generation, agriculture or women empowerment." He also said that the relations with Japan are as old as six centuries, as Lord Buddha carried Buddhism forward from India to Japan.

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  • Capt & Kejri shadow- box on Twitter

    THE battlelines have been drawn on social networking site Twitter as Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh engaged in a war of words on Monday and promised to engage in an open debate ahead of the 2017 Assembly elections in Punjab. Interestingly, Kejriwal went a step ahead and suggested four names from AAP for the debate, when the Congress leader asked him to choose the date, time and place for the same. U had saved him from CBI enquiry 3 yrs back ( sic),” Kejriwal tweeted.

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  • 36 people arrested after Delhi police raids illegal Sainik Farm casino

    New Delhi [India], Oct 24 (ANI): South District Police raided an illegal casino in the Sainik Farm area of the national capital and arrested 36 persons. After getting tip we gathered our team and conducted raid," South Delhi, Deputy Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh told media here. DCP Singh also said they also seized 11 luxury cars and a manhunt has been launched for Harnendra Kaushik, the owner of the premises, and Kunal Chandra, the proprietor of the casino.



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