• Government must rethink before withdrawing MFN status from Pakistan: K T S Tulsi

    New Delhi [India], Sept. 29 (ANI): Senior advocate K T S Tulsi on Thursday stated that the proposed move to withdraw the status of the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) from Pakistan would be very unfortunate and urged the government to have a rethink over it. Tulsi further said the government should think of the long term consequences before demolishing all confidence-building measures with Islamabad. While supporting the government's decision of boycotting the 19th SAARC Summit being organised by Pakistan in November, Tulsi said, "In the current atmosphere, it is not possible to have any talks about development or anything.

  • Uri attack: Arrested PoK duo brought to Delhi for grilling, remanded to 10-day custody

    New Delhi [India], Sept. 28 (ANI): The two accused arrested from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) for their involvement in the Uri terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir, have been brought to the national capital for further interrogation. The accused have been remanded to 10 days' police custody, up to 7th October. Earlier today, NIA today took into custody two men from PoK, who were arrested by the Army in connection with its probe into the attack.

  • `Better fall in line, or else we will make you fall in line`, SC tells BCCI

    New Delhi [India], Sept 28 (ANI): Launching a scathing attack on the Board of Control for Cricket in India for defying its orders on reforms in the cricketing body, the Supreme Court on Wednesday said that the BCCI are 'behaving like lords' in stalling its proposed reforms. The apex court made scathing observations after the Justice Lodha committee said in its status report that the BCCI was not implementing its recommendations aimed at reforming the country's cricket governing body. Heading a special bench that had appointed the Justice Lodha panel, Chief Justice of India T.S Thakur said, "You (BCCI) are behaving like lords.

  • Cricket: Gambhir 'nervous as a novice' after shock recall

    Kolkata, Sept 28, 2016 (AFP) - Veteran Indian opener Gautam Gambhir will look to roll back the years following his shock recall for the second Test against New Zealand starting Friday after more than two years in the wilderness.

  • Railways to give bonus to more than 12.25 lakh employees

    New Delhi, Sep 28 (IANS) The government on Wednesday cleared a proposal to give productivity-linked bonus (PLB) amounting to Rs 2,090.96 crore to more than 12.25 lakh non-gazetted railway employees. The Indian railways will pay out the PLB for 78 days' wages with a calculation ceiling of Rs 7,000 per month. This is the fifth consecutive year when the PLB is paid for 78 days' wages.

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  • Country will be literate when it is free of "Litterati", says Naidu

    New Delhi [India], Sept.29 (ANI): Urban Development Minister M.Venkaiah Naidu today said the country will become literate in true sense when it is free of Litterati (those who throw litter in the open). Inaugurating a two day exhibition on sanitation technologies here, Naidu expressed concern over the literate and the illiterate behaving in an irresponsible manner by throwing litter in the open and being unmindful of cleanliness in public spaces. The minister stated that with growing people's participation, Swachh Bharat Mission goal will be achieved.

  • U.P. farmer performs last rites for ox, follows Hindu rituals, organises feast

    Sambhal (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Sept. 28 (ANI): An Uttar Pradesh farmer set a novel example before people by performing the last rites of his ox as per Hindu rituals and organised a feast for as many as 1,000 people 13 days after the death of his bovine (tehravi Ceremony). Ramu, the bovine of farmer Pappu Yadav, who is a resident of Sikrora Bhur village under Gunnaur panchaya in Sambhal district, was suffering from a prolonged illness for the past few months. Yadav loved Ramu like his own child, and provided him with every every possible medical treatment in a bid to restore its health, but the bovine succumbed to his illness 12 days ago.

  • People take selfies as Narmada district all set to become open defecation free

    Narmada (Gujarat) [India], Sept. 28 (ANI): With Narmada all set to become the first district in Gujarat to be declared Open Defecation-Free (ODF), a huge crowd of people were seen gathering around the village and taking selfies with toilets. Along with Narmada, Mahatma Gandhi's birthplace Porbandar and Mehsana will be declared ODF on October 2, which is his birth anniversary.

  • CBI to probe into 'torture charges' in Bansal's suicide note

    New Delhi [India], Sept. 28 (ANI): The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday stated that based on the alleged suicide note of former bureaucrat B.K. Bansal and his son where certain CBI officials have been accused of torturing his family, a probe will be carried out against said personnel. In a statement released today, the CBI said that they received a copy of purported hand written notes of Bansal, which contains allegations against certain CBI officials in connection with the on-going bribery investigation against Bansal and others, and have decided to probe the allegations. Asserting that the CBI is fully committed to conduct investigation in a fair and professional manner without harassment to any one and strictly within the parameters of Law, the statement added that if any violation is established during the probe, strict action will be taken against the CBI officials concerned and that Competent Court will be informed.

  • Chief Ministers of various states congratulate army; Mehbooba cautions Centre

    New Delhi [India], Sept. 29 (ANI): Chief Ministers of various states on Thursday expressed their support to the Central Government and the Indian Army for conducting out surgical strikes last night on terrorists' launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC) to neutralise terrorists planning to infiltrate into Indian territory, however, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti expressed grave concern over the escalation of the situation along the border in Jammu and Kashmir. Cautioning the Centre, Mufti said, "The confrontation could lead to a "disaster of epic proportions if urgent steps are not taken to bring down the heightened tensions in the region.

  • Robbers gangrape 12-yr-old near Lucknow

    Uttar Pradesh, Sept. 28 (ANI): A gang of armed robbers allegedly barged into a house, assaulted the family and gang raped their 12-year-old daughter in a nearby field on the outskirts of Lucknow on Tuesday night.

  • India’s Fencing Champion Bhavani Is Preparing to Participate in Tokyo Olympics. And You Can Help.

    Not many of us would know much about a sport like fencing in India. A few others probably wouldn’t even have heard of it. For Bhavani Devi, the 22-year-old resident of Chennai who is India’s National Fencing Champion, it is more than a sport. She currently holds the 85th rank for fencing in the world. The sport is Bhavani’s passion and becoming a successful player is one of the most important goals in her life. But taking up a sport that is not so well known in a country is easier said than done. “When the whole country celebrates a victory, they need to realise that if they had supported and motivated budding talent, there would have been many more medals to be proud of,” she says. As fate would have it, Bhavani missed being selected for this year’s Olympics by a whisker and secured the third position while representing the Asia Pacific region. She missed the first position because of several reasons – the lack of a regular, dedicated coach was one of them. Source: Facebook One of the biggest struggles that sports persons in India have to face is the conservative viewpoint of their families and the society at large. Policies with layers of bureaucratic processes add on the battle. A sports person climbing the ladder has to spend time wading through policies instead of focusing on training. So does Bhavani. For her fencing skills to match and surpass international standards, she needs to train with international coaches. Bhavani is an incredible achiever who trains very hard in spite of the absence of a dedicated coach or a dedicated institute to train at. She spends most of her time in Kerala, which has India’s only space for fencing practices. As the sport is not so popular here, it requires her to travel to training centres in France and Germany to sharpen her skills. While she manages to fund her training equipment and gets occasional sponsors for her trips, she needs her coach to be with her during the games and while training. To travel alone and face an opponent without moral or technical support is an added pressure she has to handle. But taking her coach along while for on-spot motivation and technical advice is a luxury she cannot afford. “I see other 180 fencers with their coaches and family. Because of the lack of funds, I just go and stand there on my own,” she says in a video. She has stories of missing out on opportunities as small as not being able to defend a penalty because she didn’t have a coach beside her. Listen to her story here. [embedvideo id="180475637" website="vimeo"] With our help to support her train better, we can empower the very talented Bhavani get closer to her goal. As a country, we need to stop dwelling on the ifs and buts, and focus on how we can help India’s only Fencing Champion clinch gold. Bhavani is raising funds for training. You can contribute here. Reach out to her by writing to reachbhavanidevi@gmail.com. Featured image (left) for representation only. Source: Flickr 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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  • Cricket: Australia's rookie fast bowlers face South Africa test

    Centurion, South Africa, Sept 29, 2016 (AFP) - Australia's fast bowling reserves will be put to the test during a five-match one-day international series against South Africa starting at Centurion on Friday.

  • "Silly" Allardyce says error of judgment led to shock exit

    By Alan Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - An emotional and apologetic Sam Allardyce headed for the airport on Wednesday, blaming entrapment for his shock exit as England manager but recognising that an error of judgment had led to his downfall. The 61-year-old, who told reporters outside his home in northern England that he was going abroad "to chill out and reflect", refused to rule out an eventual return to soccer. Blasted by the media for hubris and greed, Allardyce was shown the door by England on Tuesday for seeking a lucrative sideline role while talking to undercover reporters from Britain's Daily Telegraph.

  • BJP to support Siddaramaiah on Cauvery water sharing: Yeddyurappa

    Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], Sept. 28 (ANI): With the Supreme Court yesterday directing the Karnataka government to comply with its earlier order of releasing 6,000 cusecs of the Cauvery River water to Tamil Nadu for the next three days i.e. "We had unanimously taken a decision in the assembly, as we don't have water for drinking, and thus, it's not possible for us to release the Cauvery waters to Tamil Nadu.

  • Union Cabinet approves implementation of project 'SAKSHAM'

    The total project cost involved is Rs.2256 crore which will be incurred over a period of seven years. The project will help in implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST), extension of the Indian Customs Single Window Interface for Facilitating Trade (SWIFT) and other taxpayer-friendly initiatives under Digital India and Ease of Doing Business of Central Board of Excise and Customs. The implementation strategy for the project will be to ensure readiness of CBEC's IT systems by April, 1, 2017, when the GST is to be introduced.

  • J-K CM Mehbooba expresses concern over surgical strike, calls for restraint

    Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], Sept.29 (ANI): Expressing grave concern over the heightened tension between India and Pakistan over surgical strike across the Line of Control, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday said the confrontation could lead to a "disaster of epic proportions if urgent steps are not taken to bring down the heightened tensions in the region". "New Delhi and Islamabad must open the channels of communication realizing the dangerous consequences of any escalation of ongoing confrontation along the borders," Mehbooba said. Asserting that peace along the borders and within the mainland is of immense significance for the people of Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba expressed hope that the political leadership of the two countries would also treat it with the same spirit.

  • Congress reiterates its support for isolating Pakistan globally

    New Delhi [India], Sept. 28 (ANI): The Congress on Wednesday reiterated its support to the Government of India for isolating Pakistan globally and said there should be a discussion about it in the Parliament and a unanimous decision must be taken on the matter. "The Congress has clearly stated that Pakistan should be isolated globally so that there is no repetition of the Uri and Pathankot attacks. This is the third attack in the last one year by Pakistan on the Indian army.

  • Fodder scam: SC adjourns matter till November 10

    New Delhi [India], Sept.28 (ANI): The Supreme Court, which was today hearing a plea filed by Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav challenging his jail sentence in connection with the mid-1990s fodder scam case, adjourned the matter till November 10. The fodder scam involved the embezzlement of about Rs. 9.4 billion from the government treasury of Bihar. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had filed a plea in the apex court against the dropping of a conspiracy charge against Yadav by the Jharkhand High Court in one of the fodder scam cases.

  • PM Modi has no time for domestic issues, busy with foreign trips: Kalappa

    New Delhi [India], Sept. 29 (ANI): Asserting that Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has written several letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his intervention in the Cauvery water dispute, Brijesh Kalappa, legal advisor to the state government said the latter has no time for domestic issues as he is out of the country on most occasions. Kalappa told ANI that Siddaramaiah has written nearly nine letters to the Prime Minister seeking his intervention on the vexed issue, and added that the former has also sought the latter's intervention on the Mahanadi dispute, which is a burning issue as far as Karnataka is concerned.

  • Commission in Pakistan to inspect boat 'used' in 26/11 attacks

    Karachi, Sep 28 (IANS) An Anti-Terrorism Court in Pakistan has ordered that a judicial commission would visit Karachi to inspect a boat which was allegedly used in the 2008 Mumbai attacks. An ATC judge on Tuesday heard the Mumbai attack case and accepted a request filed by the Federal Investigation Agency to inspect the boat "Alfoz" in the port city. The FIA had requested the court to send a judicial commission to examine the boat as it was difficult to produce it before the court, the Associated Press of Pakistan reported.

    IANS India Private Limited
  • Only Gutkha banned, no ban by SC on chewing tobacco, cigarette or beedi

    New Delhi [India], Sept.28 (ANI-Newsvoir): Smokeless Tobacco Federation of India which is an association established in order to promote and protect the trade, commerce and industries in India connected with tobacco and allied products have contradicted the report in some newspaper which suggested that the Supreme Court vide its order dated 23.09.2016 has banned chewing tobacco in all forms. Since the last two days, the Association and its members have been encountering various newspaper reports with respect to the order passed by the Supreme Court of India, dated 23.09.2016, clamming ban of all kinds of 'Chewing Tobacco'. This is to clarify that the said reports, misinterpreting the Hon'ble Supreme Court's order, are blatantly erroneous and misleading and does not give the true picture.



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