• Mother Teji Bachchan was most influential in Big-B's life!

    New Delhi [India], Oct 25 (ANI): Amitabh Bachchan is one person who never backs from speaking his min out, be it in his movies or on his social media handles. In a recent interview, when the 74-year-old actor was enquired about the women who had an influence on him, he attributed his personality to his mother, Teji Bachchan.

  • Teesta Setalvad wants to deconstruct India's cultural nationalism: RSS on Hindutva

    New Delhi [India], Oct. 26 (ANI): Coming down heavily on social activist Teesta Setalvad for urging the Supreme Court to reconsider the 1995 judgment on Hindutva, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Wednesday said she wants to deconstruct India's cultural nationalism, adding the apex court's verdict is a slap on all those forces who are decrying, deriding and insulting the term. "Teesta Setalvad and her ilk have problems not only with the term 'Hindutva' but cultural legacy of India.

  • Tata Sons move caveat against ex-parte relief to Mistry

    New Delhi, Oct 25 (IANS) Tata Sons on Tuesday moved a caveat in the Bombay High Court to pre-empt any move by Cyrus Mistry to challenge his sacking as its Chairman. The caveat has been filed to ensure that the High Court does not pass any order on Mistry's plea without hearing Tata Sons. A team of lawyers including Abhishek Singhvi and Harish Salve are advising the Tatas.

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  • TBI Blogs: Mumbai Man Raises Voice Against Stifling Development to Ensure Safe Play Spaces for Children

    Mumbai's growing population has left little room for safe play spaces for children, forcing many to resort to the streets or unsafe playgrounds where they are vulnerable to a range of dangers. Here's what you can do to change that.  Mumbai is the most populous city in India, with an estimated population of 18.4 million. The area was originally a set of 7 islands, but the city came into its current shape thanks to a land reclamation project during the mid-18th century. Being the financial, commercial and entertainment capital of India, the city attracted a lot of people over the years - and its open spaces started filling up. Even its reserved parks are now being encroached on or leased out. The shrinking open spaces in Mumbai suburbs is affecting children, who yearn to run, play and have fun. There are sports facilities that rent out space and equipment for a fee, but it's only for the handful of people who can afford it, leaving a majority still in need of open space to play. This lack of open space is forcing young Indians to find places to play that may not be the best for them, like the streets. Amol Lalzare, a Mumbai community correspondent with Video Volunteers, has been an advocate for creating spaces for children in the suburban slums of Mumbai for the last 10 years. He brings us a video report on how children in the cramped suburbs of Mankhurd, Mumbai are struggling to play. Dinesh, 10, and his friends play cricket in an area that the neighbours use to relieve themselves. The area is also home to drunk teenagers and it is not uncommon to find shards of glass and other unhygienic objects on the ground. The children "hide" the condition of their "playground" from their parents: "We don’t tell our parents that we play here. They think we go to a proper ground to play. If they learn that we play here, they will not let us out to play,” Dinesh told Amol. Playing where they do, opens the children up to bullying, physical harm or, in the worst case scenario, sexual harassment. The lack of open space especially creates barriers for girls since their security is of primary concern for parents, as Amol’s video here showcases. [embedvideo id="iGBiEbnf_g8" website="youtube"] Recent research by Pukar, a Mumbai-based NGO, states that lack of space forces girls to quit playing at the age of 12. Compare that to boys, who play up to the age of 20. “Whatever be the games, playing is an important part of our lives,” Amol says in the video report. “The children of my neighbourhood face many difficulties looking for a safe place to play, and I intend to change it for their sake.” Why playgrounds are necessary for children Image Source: Wikipedia With open spaces shrinking in urban areas, especially play facilities, it is not uncommon to see children playing on busy roads and in similar places. “Various figures portray Mumbai’s per capita open space ratio as ranking among the lowest of all the world’s major metropolitan areas, and especially more so if the national park and mangrove creeks are not included as open spaces,” says naturalist and nature writer Sunjoy Monga. Compared to its fellow megacities such as New York and Singapore, Mumbai has an abysmal paucity of gardens and playgrounds. A 2012 analysis by initiative Open Mumbai reveals the appalling ratio of 0.03 acres of open space for every 1,000 people - a far cry from London’s 12 acres, New York’s four acres and Singapore’s six acres per 1,000 people. The Mumbai High Court, in a judgment on a mill land in 2005, noted that children in the city may be born with mental and physical infirmities if the oxygen levels reduce gradually due to lack of open spaces and recreational facilities. Amol, for his part, wants the children of Makhurd to have a safe haven to run, play and be free like children should be and has made requested the same of the local councillor, Ms Sunanda Lokare, Councillor, M-East Ward, Mumbai. You can extend your support to ensure a safe space for children by calling her on +91-8879997173 and requesting her to expedite the process of ensuring safe havens for children. Featured image source: Wikipedia 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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  • BCCI announces U-19 Challenger Trophy squads

    New Delhi, Oct 25 (IANS) The junior selection committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday announced the squads for the Under-19 Challenger Trophy which will be held at Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh from October 26 to 29.

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  • ED summons meat exporter Moin Qureshi, his wife

    New Delhi [India], Oct. 26 (ANI): The Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday summoned meat exporter Moin Qureshi, his wife and daughter in the connection with its ongoing probe into the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). According to sources, the Enforcement Directorate wants to know from Qureshi, presently abroad, and his family about the alleged money laundering case. Earlier on October 16, the Enforcement Directorate detained Qureshi at the Indira Gandhi International Airport.

  • Jashn-3, senior living sports and cultural extravaganza

    New Delhi [India], Oct 25 (ANI-NewsVoir): Much awaited and appreciated inter Senior Living sports and cultural festival - Jashn 3, was concluded in Lavasa on 16th of October. With over 950 seniors participating in two day extravaganza held at Ashiana Utsav Senior Living, Lavasa curtains were drawn with team Utsav Lavasa claiming the championship this time. Two time champions Utsav Bhiwadi had to settle down for first runner up trophy and Utsav Jaipur bagged second runner up title.

  • Chinese crackers Crackdown: Delhi government forms 11 teams

    New Delhi [India], Oct. 25 (ANI): The Delhi Government on Tuesday constituted 11 district-wise teams headed by sub-divisional magistrates and assisted by executive engineers of the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) to "curb the sale and purchase of illegally imported Chinese crackers", which are the "main source of spreading toxicity in the air" during Diwali. Environment Minister Imran Hussain, who today reviewed the action being taken by various stakeholder departments and agencies to control air and noise pollution effectively due to the bursting of fire crackers during Diwali, directed the teams of area SDMs, DPCC and Delhi Police to intensify field visits and take stringent actions against the violators.

  • 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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  • IAF Wing Commander found dead at Sirsa airbase in Haryana

    Sirsa (Haryana) [India], Oct. 26 (ANI): An Indian Air Force officer on Wednesday was found dead under suspicious circumstances at his residence in Haryana's Sirsa Air Base. The body of Wing Commander Rajesh Kumar Tiwari, 41, security in-charge at the airbase, was found with a bullet injury in his head around 3pm today. "Wing Commander Rajesh Kumar Tiwari was posted here since May. He went on a round this morning and after returning, there was a bullet injury on his forehead.

  • Quetta attack: Assailants came from Afghanistan, PM Sharif to take up issue with Kabul

    Lahore [Pakistan], Oct. 26 (ANI): After Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was briefed that the assailants in the deadly terror attack on a police training college in Quetta were from Afghanistan, he asserted that the issue would be taken up with Kabul. According to the Dawn, Prime Minister Sharif, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif were among the senior government and military functionaries who rushed to the provincial capital soon after the Quetta attack. According to sources, however, the most important development of the day was a meeting in which they discussed the attack, its implications and the implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP) as well as a plan aimed at making Quetta a safe city.

  • Cess better than additional tax to compensate states: Jaitley

    New Delhi, Oct 26 (IANS) In order to compensate states for loss of revenue in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime, a cess on tobacco and luxury goods is an option preferable over additional tax, which will be exorbitantly high, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Wednesday. "Assuming that the compensation is Rs 50,000 crore for the first year, the total tax impact of funding the compensation through a tax would be abnormally high. A Rs 1.72 lakh crore of tax will have to be imposed for the central government to get Rs 50,000 crore in order to fund the compensation," Jaitley, who chairs the GST Council, wrote in a Facebook post ahead of its next meeting here on November 3-4.

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  • Looking to increase trade, economic opportunities in Arunachal, says U.S. envoy

    Raipur (Chhattisgarh),[India] Oct. 26 (ANI): United States Ambassador to India Richard Verma has described his recent visit to Arunachal Pradesh as important for exploring and increasing trade and economic opportunities, notwithstanding China's objections to him undertaking the trip there. "We had a terrific visit to Arunachal Pradesh. It was an important visit," Verma told reporters on the sidelines of a meeting with Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh here on Tuesday.

  • Attacking PM won't do give solution to triple talaq: Naidu

    Hyderabad (Telangna) [India], Oct. 26 (ANI): After Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati said Prime Minister Narendra Modi "should not interfere" in the matter of triple talaq and should allow the Muslims to solve the issue through consensus, Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday said triple talaq is not a communal or a religious issue, it is an issue of ending gender discrimination, while asking the Samajwadi Party, BSP and "their guardian" the Congress to together give a solution to this pressing problem. Addressing the media, Naidu questioned if the BSP was supporting the discrimination against women or do they not want equal treatment to all - there should be no discrimination on the basis of religion.

  • Victory of women's right to equality at sacred places: Haji Ali petitioner

    Mumbai [India], Oct. 25 (ANI): Hailing the Haji Ali Dargah Trust's consent to allow women inside the sanctum sanctorum of the shrine, petitioner Noorjehan Safia Niaz on Tuesday said the development was a victory of women's right to equality at sacred places.

  • 15 years on, no more toll charges on DND flyway, says court

    Allahabad (Uttar Pradesh)[India], Oct. 26 (ANI): Its taken 15 years, but its now a done thing, commuters plying on the the Delhi-Noida-Delhi (DND) Flyway will henceforth not have to pay toll.

  • New Zealand beat India by 19 runs to square series

    New Zealand beat India by 19 runs in the fourth one-day international to level the five-match series at 2-2 as the hosts suffered a mid-innings collapse at Ranchi on Wednesday. Chasing 261 for a series clinching win, India were all out for 241 with eight balls to spare. Opener Ajinkya Rahane's fluent 57 put India on course for the chase and the right-handed batsman added 79 for the second wicket with the in-form Virat Kohli (45).

  • PM asks Chief Secys to study, analyse WB's Ease of Doing Business report

    New Delhi [India], Oct. 26 (ANI): Mentioning the World Bank's report on Ease of Doing Business that recognises India's achievements in implementing reforms in four of the ten indicators, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday asked all the Chief Secretaries and all Secretaries of the Government of India to study the report, and analyse the potential areas where there is scope for improvement in their respective departments and states. The Prime Minister asked for a report from all concerned in this regard within a month, and asked the Cabinet Secretary to review the same thereafter.

  • Triple Talaq: Muslim forum lauds PM's remark, slams Muslim law board for creating 'fear psychosis'

    Mumbai [India], Oct. 25 (ANI): The founder of the Haji Ali Sabke Liye movement, Feroze Mithiborwala, has praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his statement that the triple talaq issue should not be treated as a Hindu-Muslim matter, and added that this comment signalsthe emergence of a positive and liberal climate across the country. Mithiborwala also lashed out at the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) for creating fear psychosis among Muslims on the issue of the Uniform Civil Code. The point being that we have been trying to say this forefront, that do not communalise or politicise the issue, focus on the issue of gender rights, Muslim women, issue of reform within Muslim personal law, the issue of triple talaq, halala and polygamy are now today in SC," Mithiborwala told ANI.

  • Prime Minister hosts 2016 Diwali reception at Downing Street

    New Delhi [India], Oct.25 (ANI): British Prime Minister Theresa May welcomed people from across the Hindu, Sikh and Jain communities to celebrate Diwali at Downing Street in London. A British High Commission release in Delhi said Prime Minister Theresa May hosted a reception to celebrate Diwali and welcomed more than 150 key figures from across the Hindu, Sikh and Jain communities.

  • 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.

  • India's bid for NSG membership may figure in Modi-Key talks

    New Delhi [India], Oct. 26 (ANI): India's bid for membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) is likely to figure in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's talks with his New Zealand counterpart John Key on Wednesday. Prime Minister Key was to arrive in Mumbai on Monday to deliver a keynote address at an event organised by the Bombay Stock Exchange in association with the Chambers of Commerce. Addressing the media on October 20, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup said, "In Delhi, Prime Minister Key will hold one to one meeting with Prime Minister Modi, followed by an official delegation-level meeting to discuss the growing bilateral relations." Prime Minister Key will call on President Pranab Mukherjee during the visit and will also be attending a business summit as well.



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