• TNPL: Banned from the IPL for spot-fixing? If you are N Srinivasan, you just start your own league

    Srinivasan's India Cements, which owns the banned Chennai Super Kings, is sponsoring the newly launched Tamil Nadu Premier League.

  • When Her Father Refused to Build Her a Toilet, Panchayat Officials Gifted Her One In Just a Day!

    A 16-year-old girl, whose father refused to build a toilet for her and her mother, received a surprise gift from panchayat officials who built her a toilet in one day. Sunitha, of Kukkodu village near Mudigere in Karnataka, had been trying to convince her father to have a toilet constructed at home. But her father, an alcoholic who would drink his earnings away, was hostile to the idea. Image for representation purpose only Frustrated by the situation, Sunitha spoke with a visiting team of panchayat officials, led by Taluk Panchayat executive officer M.N. Gurudath. They tried to convince Sunitha's father Sheshe Gowda to use funding from the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan to build a toilet. But Gowda refused, leaving his daughter in tears. “We were moved by what we saw. We decided to do it ourselves. We collected tools from the neighbourhood and started digging work and summoned the material needed. The girl left for her morning class. When she returned, the toilet was nearly ready,” Mr. Gurudath told The Hindu. “Using a couple of masons, we laid the foundation and completed the walls. I will never forget the joy in her eyes when she saw it,” added Gurudath. He and the other officers have pooled in their personal funds to cover the Rs. 22,000 cost of building the toilet, leaving the Rs. 12,000 subsidy granted under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan for Sunitha's education. Like this story? Have something to share? Email: contact@thebetterindia.com, or join us on Facebook and Twitter (@thebetterindia). To get positive news on WhatsApp, just send 'Start' to 090 2900 3600 via WhatsApp.

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  • Cash awards pour in for Sindhu

    New Delhi, Aug 22 (IANS) Cash awards have been pouring in for star shuttler P.V. Sindhu, who clinched a silver medal in the women's singles category at the Rio Olympics.

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  • Sindhu reaches Vijayawada to a rousing reception

    Vijayawada, Aug 23 (IANS) Olympic silver medalist P.V. Sindhu on Tuesday reached Vijayawada to a grand welcome by the people. Large number of students and fans were lined up on either side of the road to welcome Sindhu as she emerged from Gannavaram Airport. Standing in a specially decorated open-top bus along with her coach Pullela Gopichand, parents and some ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Sindhu waved at the huge crowd.

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  • Junior B at 36th India Day Parade in New York

    New Delhi, Aug. 22 (ANI): Abhishek Bachchan was recently spotted at the 36th India Day Parade in New York celebrating the independence spirit amid the Indian diaspora.

  • From a Child Bride to India’s First Practising Woman Doctor: The Untold Story of Rukhmabai

    In the 1880s, at a time when Indian women hardly had any rights to speak of, a gutsy and determined woman did the impossible. Married at the age of 11, child bride Rukhmabai Bhikaji contested her husband's claim to conjugal rights in an iconic court case that led to the passage of the Age of Consent Act in 1891. She then went on to study medicine in London before becoming India's first practising lady doctor in 1894. Photo Source Left / Centre / Right Rukhmabai was born in Bombay in 1864 to a woman who had herself suffered because of the custom of child marriage – she had married at the age of 14, given birth to Rukhmabai at 15, and become a widow at 17. Seven years later, Rukhmabai's mother married Sakharam Arjun, a doctor and professor of botany at Mumbai's Grant Medical College; he was a supporter of education and social reform in India. Driven by social pressure, Rukhmabai's mother married off 11-year-old Rukhmabai to Dadaji Bhikaji, then aged 19. In accordance with the prevailing customs, Rukhmabai did not live with her husband but stayed in her parents’ house in the years following her marriage. During this period, she diligently followed her stepfather's instructions to educate herself, much against the norms of the time. Soon, Rukhmabai found out that her husband was a man of questionable character with an aversion for education. In contrast to Dadaji’s waywardness, Rukhmabai had evolved during the same years into an intelligent and cultured young woman. Terrified at the prospect of living in a claustrophobic relationship, she decided she did not want to remain married to such a man. Rukhmabai was still studying in school when her husband Dadaji Bhikaji demanded in March 1884 that she come and live with him. She refused, and Dadaji petitioned the Bombay High Court for restitution of conjugal rights of a husband over his wife. In simple terms, he wanted the court to direct his wife Rukhmabai to move into his house and live with him. Young Rukhmabai steadfastly refused to go with her husband and the court gave her two options - to either comply with its orders or face imprisonment and go to jail. Rukhmabai stood her ground, stating that she preferred courting imprisonment for violating orders than remaining in a marriage that she did not want. Her argument that she could not be compelled into a marriage that was conducted at an age when she was incapable of giving consent was an argument hitherto unheard of and unimaginable. This initiated one of the most publicised court cases in Bombay and indeed in India, in the 19th century. The case also garnered much attention in the British press during the 1880s, bringing the issue of child marriage and the rights of women to the fore. A group of Indian reformers, including Behramji Malabari and Ramabai Ranade, formed the Rukhmabai Defence Committee to bring the case to public attention. Social reformer, education pioneer and a champion for the emancipation of women, Pandita Ramabai wrote in anger: "The government advocated education and emancipation but when a woman refused to “be a slave" the government comes to break her spirit allowing its law to become instrument for riveting her chains." Under the pseudonym ‘A Hindu Lady’, Rukhmabai contributed two brilliantly timed letters to Times of India. Written with a feminist perspective, the letters were on the theme of child marriage, enforced widowhood and status of women in society. Here is an extract from a letter written by Rukhmabai to Times of India on June 26, 1885, and reproduced in the book Child Marriages in India by Jaya Sagade: "This wicked practice of child marriage has destroyed the happiness of my life. It comes between me and the things which I prize above all others - study and mental cultivation.Without the least fault of mine I am doomed to seclusion; every aspiration of mine to rise above my ignorant sisters is looked down upon with suspicion and is interpreted in the most uncharitable manner." In 1888, Dadaji accepted monetary compensation in lieu of dissolution of the marriage. As a result, the two parties came to a compromise and Rukhmabai was saved from imprisonment. She had also refused all offers of financial assistance and had paid her own legal costs. Despite the out-of-court settlement, this case became a landmark in colonial India for raising issues of age, consent and choice for women in marriage. Finally free to pursue her education, Rukhmabai decided to train as a doctor. Supported by Edith Pechey Phipson, the British director of Bombay's Cama Hospital, Rukhmabai underwent an English language course and went to England in 1889 to study at the London School of Medicine for Women. She also obtained qualifications at Edinburgh, Glasgow and Brussels before graduating in 1894. After finishing her studies and obtaining a position as Chief Medical Officer in Surat, Rukhmabai returned to her country, which, ironically, still ostracised her. This marked the commencement of a distinguished 35-year career in medicine, during which she continued to write against child marriage and women's seclusion (purdah). She never married again and remained active in social reform till her death in 1955 at the age of 91. Dr Rukhmabai has the honour of being the first practising lady doctor of India. Though Anandi Gopal Joshi was the first Indian woman to qualify as a doctor, she never practised medicine. Ill with tuberculosis when she returned to India after her education, Anandibai could not convert her degree into a successful profession due to her untimely death. Just like Rukhmabai, Anandibai had also taken a bold step to fight society and go against the flow to become a doctor. You can read her remarkable story here: Do You Know What Made Anandi Joshi Become India’s First Lady Doctor At A Time When No Girl Was Educated In India? Rukhmabai was one of the most important figures fighting for the cause of women's rights in colonial India. Her defiance of social conventions and customs that discriminated against women shook up a lot of people in the conservative Indian society of the 1880s and led to the passage of the Age of Consent Act in 1891. She then endured years of humiliation with extraordinary courage and determination, inspiring many other women to take up medicine and social service in the coming years. An upcoming movie by Ananth Mahadevan,  Rukhmabai Bhimrao Raut, traces the journey of India' s first practising doctor, Rukhmabai. Actress Tannishtha Chatterjee will be playing the lead role in this period film. Like this story? Have something to share? Email: contact@thebetterindia.com, or join us on Facebook and Twitter (@thebetterindia). To get positive news on WhatsApp, just send 'Start' to 090 2900 3600 via WhatsApp.

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  • Jaitley trying to please 'narcissist' PM Modi: Congress

    New Delhi, Aug. 22 (ANI): Condemning Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's criticism of the Nehruvian model of development, the Congress Party on Monday alleged that the former was trying to please 'narcissist' Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who neither understands India nor has much knowledge. Congress spokesperson Sandeep Dikshit told ANI it is sad when a person like Jaitley makes such statement. "And it's very clearly a part of the process of the Prime Minister trying to project himself as a demigod and that is what Mr. Jaitley is doing.

  • Sindhu receives Rs 5 crore cheque from Telangana CM

    Hyderabad, Aug 22 (IANS) Olympic silver medalist P.V. Sindhu on Monday received a Rs 5 crore cheque from Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao. The Chief Minister also presented a cheque of Rs 1 crore to her coach Pullela Gopichand. Accompanied by her parents, Sindhu showed her silver medal to Rao, who was all praise for her historic achievement.

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  • Had expected 3-4 medals from Indian wrestlers in Rio: WFI chief

    New Delhi, Aug 23 (ANI): Describing the Rio Olympics experience as "sweet and sour", Wrestling Federation of India president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh said they had expected at least 3-4 medals from the grapplers but added the sudden ban on Narsingh Yadav and unexpected injury to Vinesh Phogat dealt a severe blow to their medal aspirations. "We had expected 3-4 medals in wrestling, but sudden ban on NarsinghYadav and injury to Vinesh Phogat was a big blow to us," Brij Bhushan said while addressing a press conference here.

  • England may play three spinners in first ODI v Pakistan

    England could play three spinners in the first game of their five-match series against Pakistan in Southampton on Wednesday, said one-day captain Eoin Morgan. A fixture guaranteed to make history, because the third umpire will call front foot no-balls, will take another interesting twist if England field Liam Dawson alongside Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid. "Having Liam Dawson brings the option of playing three spinners and that is something we might have to take into consideration as we look ahead to the winter tours of Bangladesh and India," said Morgan.

  • Jigisha murder: Degree of brutality, mindset of accused makes it rarest of rare cases, observes court

    New Delhi, Aug. 22 (ANI): A Delhi court on Monday awarded the death sentence to Ravi Kapoor and Amit Shukla for kidnapping and killing IT professional Jigisha Ghosh in New Delhi in 2009 and the third convict Baljeet Malik was sentenced to life in prison. The three convicts Ravi Kapoor, Amit Shukla and Baljit Singh Malik have also been asked to pay a fine of Rs. 20,000, Rs. one lakh and Rs. three lakh respectively.

  • 11-year-old football prodigy from Odisha slum, heads for Bayern Munich academy

    Bhubaneswar, Aug 22 (ANI): Defying all odds, an 11-year-old football prodigy from an impoverished area of Bhubaneswar has been selected to train at Germany's most iconic club Bayern Munich, as an academy player for two months. Chandan Nayak, hailing from Sabar Sahi slum of the city, endured a tough upbringing and journey in his quest to become a part of the Indian football team and bring accolades for the country. Now, he has become one of the few who were selected for an all-expenses-paid junior football camp to Munich.

  • Sindhu arrives in Hyderabad to hero's welcome

    Hyderabad, Aug 22 (IANS) Olympic silver medal winner P.V. Sindhu arrived here on Monday to a hero's welcome. The star shuttler was received at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport by her parents, relatives, ministers and officials from both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Sindhu and her coach Pullela Gopichand were accorded a grand welcome as they came out of the airport.

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  • Action against Baloch leaders-in-exile 'not surprising', says Congress

    New Delhi, Aug 22 (ANI): With cases being registered against Baloch leaders-in-exile for allegedly backing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks, the Congress Party on Monday said there is no surprise in it as any support to the Indian establishment was supposed to bring such a reaction. "This was bound to happen with the Pakistani establishment extremely hostile to the Bloch leaders it would have happened and I think it is nothing that comes with a surprise," Congress spokesperson Tom Vadakkan told ANI here. Five cases have been registered against Baloch leaders-in-exile in Balochistan's Khuzdar area for allegedly backing Prime Minister Modi's remarks on the atrocities in Pakistan's Balochistan province.

  • JNU rape, JNU AISA, AISA, JNU, AISA president, ABVP AISA

    New Delhi, Aug. 23 (ANI): After expelling fellow party leader Anmol Ratan, who was facing charges of rape by a student, the All India Students' Association (AISA) president, Sucheta De, said they have also demanded that he be suspended by the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration. De told ANI here that the incident was extremely humiliating for the university and to AISA, adding that AISA is adamant and resolute on taking severe action against accused, who is a leading activist from their party.

  • Completed Rio marathon without receiving water from Indian officials: OP Jaisha

    Bengaluru, Aug 22 (ANI): Long-distance runner OP Jaisha, who fainted at the end of gruelling race at the just-concluded Rio Olympics, has alleged that she neither received water nor energy drinks at refreshment points from the Indian officials during her marathon event under blistering heat. "Even in a local marathon (42km), there is adequate availability of refreshments and water, which is extremely important. Not a single Indian official was present at designated points to provide refreshments and water to runners.

  • Sindhu, Sakshi, Dipa to get Khel Ratna, Rahane named for Arjuna award

    New Delhi, Aug 22 (IANS) The Sports Ministry on Monday announced that Rio Olympics medallists -- shuttler P.V. Sindhu and wrestler Sakshi Malik -- will receive the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award along with gymnast Dipa Karmakar and shooter Jitu Rai. Considered as the country's highest sporting honour, the Khel Ratna award is conferred on a sportsperson for outstanding performance over a period of four years. Dipa's coach Bisheshwar Nandi has been selected for the Dronacharya award along side Team India skipper Virat Kohli's coach Raj Kumar Sharma, athletics coach Nagapuri Ramesh and boxing coach Sagar Mal Dhayal.

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  • Congress, PDP-BJP alliance playing Tweedledum, Tweedledee with J and K

    New Delhi, Aug 23. (ANI): The Congress Party on Tuesday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and the BJP-PDP coalition government are playing a dangerous game of fire in Jammu and Kashmir, adding that the NDA Government needs to find a modus operandi to restore normalcy in the valley.

  • NCP demands Vijay Goel's resignation over Jaisha marathon row

    New Delhi, Aug.23 (ANI): The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Tuesday dubbed the abysmal treatment of marathoner O.P Jaisha at the Olympics held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as shameful and demanded the resignation of Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs Vijay Goel. NCP leader Majid Memon said, "Is it not a matter of great shame for us? Jaisha said that while running the marathon at the Rio Olympics, she encountered a series of unstaffed Indian desks, and that there was nobody to give her water or refreshments in blistering heat.

  • Sindhu, Gopi get rousing reception in Vijayawada

    Vijayawada, Aug 23 (IANS) For a second consecutive day on Tuesday, star shuttler P.V. Sindhu and her coach Pullela Gopichand basked in the glory of the silver medal she clinched in the women's singles category at Rio Olympics. A day after the Telangana government felicitated them for the historic achievement, the Andhra Pradesh government went out of the way to give them a rousing reception. If Hyderabad, the hometown of Sindhu, had come out to accord her a hero's welcome, Vijayawada, the native place of her mother, opened its heart to the star shuttler.

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