• Mohammad Yousuf ridicules Anurag Thakur's statement, urges ICC to take action

    Karachi [Pakistan], Sept. 24 (ANI): Enraged with Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Anurag Thakur's statement, former Pakistan skipper Mohammad Yousuf said has urged the International Cricket Council (ICC) to take notice of the former's 'political' statement, asking him to speak like a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader or as a cricket board head. As per the Express Tribune, Yousuf said the ICC keeps on saying that it would not tolerate politics or government interference in member boards and the even then the BCCI president was making political statements.

  • Cricket: New Zealand reply strongly on rain-hit day

    Kanpur, India, Sept 23, 2016 (AFP) - New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson and Tom Latham led a strong reply to take the visitors to 152 for one at stumps against India on a rain-hit second day of the first Test in Kanpur on Friday.

  • How Medical Students in Kerala Are Fighting Menstrual Taboos Using Haiku Poetry

    Inspired by the Happy to Bleed campaign that urged women to pose for the camera with their sanitary napkins, a bunch of students from Calicut Medical College, Kozhikode, got together to write haikus to end period shaming. If you are a woman who grew up in India, you know what period shaming means. One fine day you suddenly realise that your period is a couple of days early, you whisper to your friend and ask for a sanitary napkin, which you then hide among the folds of your clothes while simultaneously checking your pant/skirt for red stains. This drill has been ingrained in our heads as the appropriate thing to do because any positive acknowledgement of the menstrual cycle is looked upon as deviant behaviour. According to  The Huffington Post, the idea of the campaign came during one of the student meetings regarding the college magazine where an intern dared the students to walk in the college grounds with an uncovered sanitary pad packet. Some of us, who have observed and learnt from the hurried stuffing of sanitary napkin packets into black plastic bags at local pharmacy stores, know that the act of openly acknowledging periods is a move that is traditionally frowned upon. No one came forward for the dare. But they found it amusing how women have been forced to suppress the reality of a natural, biological function. It was then that James Paul, a third year MBBS student came up with the idea of conducting a haiku/micro-tale contest a couple of months before the International Women’s Day in order to urge students to erase the stigma around menstruation. Paul has participated in other events around gender rights before. “He felt it was not right to limit the freedom of women just because they have periods. This he realised after having come across many instances of period shaming during his school days,” said Sreya Salim, editor of the college magazine. Once the posters were put out, the team was flooded with various haikus addressing the hypocrisy around periods -- some spoke about the perceived “impurity” of a woman on her period, some spoke about the burdens of “womanhood,” and some even addressed the fact that men shouldn’t be squeamish about periods because they wouldn't have been born if women didn't have periods. With its burgeoning popularity on social media, the contest received entries from all over the country and some even from France. After the five winners were announced, the team decided to print a book which compiles the haikus as a record of the defiant and courageous behaviour of students, who are keen on sensitizing the society about gender-related issues. Nikita Azad, who started the ‘Happy to Bleed’ campaign as a retaliation against authorities in Sabarimala claiming that they will install special machines to bar women who are menstruating from entering temples, also reached out to support the haiku campaign. All pictures: The Red Cycle/Facebook 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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  • Indian innovation playing multiple roles for Germany: Report

    New Delhi [India], September 23 (ANI): As New Delhi and Berlin continue to partner on innovation, a recent study states that innovation in India is playing multiple roles for Germany as the former's large and growing customer base provides a suitable test market for the latter. The study was jointly conducted Bertelsmann Foundation and Roland Berger and the key findings were presented in an event organized by the foundation here yesterday.

  • Pink an "opportunity" for women: Big B

    New Delhi [India], Sept. 23 (ANI): Amitabh Bachchan recently described Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury directed 'Pink' as an opportunity for women to speak out. The 73-year-old superstar, who plays a lawyer in the movie, said pink is no longer just a colour or connotes a young girl and her Barbie doll, reports filmfare.com. Bachchan pointed out the relevance of 'Pink' in tackling the situations and problems women face in India and the world at large.

  • Lalu's son, Shahabuddin under SC scanner for Bihar scribe's murder

    New Delhi [India], Sept. 23 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Friday sent notices to Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Yadav's son and Bihar Health Minister Tej Pratap Yadav and gangster-turned-politician Mohammad Shahabuddin in connection with the murder of Siwan journalist Rajdeo Ranjan. "Issue notice to Bihar govt and the investigating agency, CBI Notice also issues to Bihar govt and CBI," a division bench of the Apex Court headed by Justice Dipak Misra and Justice C. Nagappan, said after hearing the petition filed by Asha Ranjan, the wife of the deceased journaliist.

  • Livid SC revokes Subrata Roy's parole, sends him back to jail

    New Delhi [India], Sept. 23 (ANI): In a major setback to business tycoon Subrata Roy, a livid Supreme Court on Friday refused to extend his parole and ordered the Sahara Group chief to be taken into custody till October 3. After hearing the application filed by the Securities and Exchange Board of India's (SEBI) to appoint a receiver for attaching the properties of the paroled Sahara chief, the apex court bench comprising of Chief Justice T.S Thakur, Justices D Y Chandrachur and A M Khandulkar angrily said, "Interim arrangement of Subrata Sahara has been cancelled." One of the lawyers appearing for the market regulator told the top court that the properties given by the Sahara Group chief have already been attached by the income tax department. The court will next hear the matter on October 3 when the custody of Subrata Roy will end in Delhi's Tihar Jail.

  • CBDT's 'Advance Pricing Agreements' number crosses hundred

    One of these Agreements has a rollback provision in it. With these signings, the total number of APAs entered into by the CBDT has reached 103. Since its inception, the APA scheme has attracted tremendous interest among Multi National Enterprises (MNEs) and more than 700 applications (both unilateral and bilateral) have been filed in just four years.

  • Pak PM Sharif left UN with an 'empty bag', no support: Syed Akbaruddin

    New York [USA], Sept. 24 (ANI): Asserting that Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif left with an empty bag and with no support at the United Nations following his speech where he glorified Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, India's permanent representative to the UN, Syed Akbaruddin said that India's main issue of focus was terrorism and that there is a crescendo of support for counter-terrorism at the UN General Assembly. "There have been 136 countries who have spoken so far in their national capacity so far in the general assembly.

  • Cauvery belongs to TN as well: AIADMK on K'taka resolution

    Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Sept. 23 (ANI): After the Karnataka legislative council unanimously passed the resolution to release Cauvery water to meet the requirements of its people, the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) on Friday condemned the government of the neighbouring state and said the river belongs to Tamil Nadu as well. AIADMK leader C.R. Saraswathi claimed that people of Karnataka were ensured safety in Tamil Nadu despite the breakdown of law and order in Bengaluru during the unrest post the Supreme Court verdict on Cauvery dispute.

  • GST exemption limit fixed by Council, decision on rates later

    New Delhi, Sep 23 (IANS) In its first set of decisions, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council on Friday fixed the turnover-based exemption limit from such levies at Rs 20 lakh, but left the decision on fixing the actual tax rates and the finalisation of draft rules for later. Briefing the media after the two-day, maiden meeting of the apex decision-making body on the new indirect tax regime, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the council also decided that exemption for assessees in the northeastern region and hill states will be Rs 10 lakh. The base year for compensation to states -- on the basis of which they will get a share of the GST revenue -- has been fixed as 2015-16, said the Council Chairman.

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  • Cauvery issue: K'tka LC passes resolution, defies SC.

    Bengaluru(Karnataka) [India], Sept. 23 (ANI): A special session of the Karnataka legislative assembly was convened on Friday over the Cauvery Waters issue and it decided to pass a resolution to only release water for the purpose of meeting the basic concerns of Bengaluru and the Cauvery Basin. Two days ago the Congress government in the state decided to defer the release of 6,000 cusecs of water a day ordered by the Supreme Court and the state's assembly is expected to back that decision today in the form of a unanimous resolution. Ahead of the session, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah met Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti in Delhi on Thursday, a day after the cabinet decided to defer the release of water and convene the legislature session amid escalating row between the two neighbouring states.

  • SAD should expel Paramjit Singh for assaulting nurse: Congress

    New Delhi [India], Sept. 23 (ANI): The Congress on Friday cornered the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in Punjab over the recent untoward incident where a leader of the ruling party and his son were caught on camera assaulting a nurse and demanded their expulsion. Congress MP from Ludhiana, Ravneet Singh Bittu, said Bathinda lawmaker and Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal should meet the nurse and apologise to her. "Paramjit Singh, Daljeet Kaur and their son should be immediately expelled from the party.

  • Pak to ask Interpol to extradite Brahamdagh Bugti: Nisar Ali Khan

    Islamabad [Pakistan], Sept. 24 (ANI): Pakistan's Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said that Islamabad has decided to write to Interpol for the extradition of Baloch separatist leader, Brahamdagh Bugti, who is now seeking political asylum in India after Switzerland turned down his request for further refuge. "The Federal Investigation Agency will send a formal reference to Interpol within the next few days for the extradition of Brahamdagh Bugti," the Express Tribune quoted Khan as saying at the headquarters of the National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) yesterday.

  • Council fixes exemption limit for GST, actual rate later

    New Delhi, Sep 23 (IANS) In its first set of decisions, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council on Friday fixed the turnover-based exemption limit from such levies at Rs 20 lakh, but left the decision on fixing the actual tax rates and the finalisation of draft rules for later. Briefing the media after the two-day, maiden meeting of the apex decision-making body on the new indirect tax regime, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the council also decided that exemption for assessees in the northeastern region and hill states will be Rs 10 lakh. The Finance Minister, who is also chairman of the council, said the jurisdiction over assessees with a turnover of Rs 1.5 crore and below will solely be with the states and for those above, it will be jointly with the central and state governments.

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  • Why ex-cricketers would join BCCI if there's 'cooling-off period': Ravi Shastri

    Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Sept 23 (ANI): Former Indian Team director Ravi Shastri on Friday voiced his concerns over the Lodha Panel's recommendations on 'cooling off period', stating that it would prove difficult for ex-cricketers to join the BCCI. During an interaction with former cricketer Sanjay Manjerekar in Kanpur, where India is playing its 500th test match with New Zealand, Shastri said in populated country like India an administrator should get at least a six-year term and the committee must have five selectors instead of three.

  • Former DCW chief takes on Maliwal, says "not afraid of ACB probe"

    New Delhi [India], Sept. 23 (ANI): Former Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Barkha Shukla Singh on Friday defended herself in the case filed against her and former Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit by her successor Swati Maliwal, saying the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) is probing the matter and whoever is found guilty will be punished. "She (Swati Maliwal) is remembering these things when I have already filed a complaint against her in the ACB.

  • Journalist murder case: Lalu's son downplays SC notice, corners BJP

    New Delhi [India], Sept. 23 (ANI): Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav's son and Bihar Health Minister Tej Pratap Yadav on Friday attempted to downplay the Supreme Court notice in connection with the murder of Siwan journalist Rajdeo Ranjan and cornered the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Yadav said that notice should also be served to the BJP leaders, who are in the same frame with the accused, in this case.

  • India's pace attack can only get better with experience: Agarkar

    Kolkata Sep 23 (IANS) Former pacer Ajit Agarkar lauded the Indian pace battery on Friday, saying with experience the attack can only get better in the days to come. Umesh got the only wicket on the second day of India's 500th Test against New Zealand in Kanpur, catching out-of-form Martin Guptill leg before wicket for 21. Asked about the lack of wickets falling, Agarkar said it's too early to comment.

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  • JD(U) backs Congress, holds PM Modi responsible for Uri attack

    New Delhi [India], Sept. 24 (ANI): Backing the Congress demand for the resignation of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, the Janata Dal (United) on Saturday blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government for the terror attack in Uri , Jammu and Kashmir, and added that India's policy towards Pakistan lacks strategic coherence and clarity. JD (U) spokesperson Pawan Varma told ANI that earlier Prime Minister Modi used to accuse the UPA government of being soft on Pakistan and at present he should take the responsibility himself.

  • Pakistan isolated in world focused on horrors of terror: Indian diplomats

    United Nations, Sep 24 (IANS) Pakistan's campaign on Kashmir at the UN has fallen flat and Islamabad has been isolated in a world focused on the horrors of terror, according to senior Indian officials basking in the afterglow of what they see as a diplomatic victory. Terrorism is a primary concern for countries around the world and of the about 131 countries that have spoken as of Friday morning at the UN General Assembly summit, "90 per cent" raised the issue and its dangers and 130 did not mention the issue that Pakistan raked up, Syed Akbaruddin, India's Permanent Representative to the UN, told reporters here. Answering a question about the isolation of Pakistan, he said: "Diplomacy is the art of the possible" and asked: "Are you seeing any other countries raising the issues Pakistan has?" Following a sustained diplomatic campaign, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif spoke extensively on Wednesday at the Assembly on Kashmir.

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  • Sharif a puppet in the hands of pale military , terrorists: Congress

    New Delhi [India], Sept. 23 (ANI): The Congress party said on Friday that Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is for Kashmir rant and glorification of militant Burhan Wani at the UN is a clear sign that he is a puppet in the hands of military establishments and terrorists. "Whatever the Prime Minister of Pakistan says, he is just a puppet in the hands of the military establishment and terrorists," Congress leader Tom Vadakkan said.

  • Karnataka Assembly Cauvery resolution sets bad precedent, says former SC judge Ganguly

    Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], Sept.24 (ANI): Former Supreme Court judge A.K.Ganguly, who delivered a judgement in the 2G spectrum scam case, on Saturday said the Karnataka state assembly's adoption of a unanimous resolution against a Supreme Court order on the sharing of Cauvery waters with Tamil Nadu violates the basic tenets of Indian Constitution. "Since the Karnataka Government was party to this judgement, they are bound to follow this order in view of the provision of Article 144 of the Constitution which mandates that all authorities, civil, judicial in the territory of India must act in aid of the Supreme Court order," he said. "Therefore, the Karnataka government cannot take a decision by sitting over the order of the Supreme Court and they cannot review the order.

  • BAI launches 'Shuttle Time India' programme

    Shuttle Time India-- here on Saturday. With this programme, the participants are provided valuable insights and techniques by BWF coaches alongwith teacher's manual, lesson plans and a range of instructional video clips. Speaking on the occasion, BAI President and Badminton Asia Confederation Vice-President Dr Akhilesh Das Gupta said: "Badminton is on the rise in India and it is slowly gaining the popularity that was long overdue.

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  • Congress asks Centre to explain 'advantages' of Rafale deal

    New Delhi [India], Sept. 24 (ANI): The Congress party on Saturday called on the NDA government to explain the advantages of the Rafale fighter jet deal inked between India and France. "The government of the day must explain what are the advantages of this deal, what are the benefits that have construed out of this long period of waiting? Is there a technology advancement after a decade and what are the benefits that would construe to be useful for the country after all this is about national security?" Congress leader Tom Vadakkan told ANI.



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