• Daring Female Cops Rescue 3 Minor Girls after Being Chased by a 600-Strong Mob in Haryana

    Two women cops from Bengal bravely faced a 600-strong mob in Haryana to rescue a trafficked girl. By the end of the mission on Wednesday, they were successful in rescuing not one, but three minor girls, and also arrested nine traffickers. According to the police, the three girls were kidnapped and brought to Haryana to be married off. The fearless cops -- Sub-Inspector Piyali Ghosh and Constable Madhumita Das from Sankrail Police Station in Howrah, left for Haryana four days ago with two male constables. Image for representation only. Source: John Hill - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=33519980 The team was following a tip-off obtained from a Howrah-based suspect named Mehfizza who told them that she had sold a 15-year-old girl in Palwal district of Haryana, with the objective of getting her married to 10 men. But in the process of raids and investigation, the cops had to face a mob of about 600 people, which chased them through open fields saying that they were trying to kidnap their women. People in the mob were screaming for "public justice" and the women cops had to urge their counterparts in Haryana police to fire shots in the air to save their lives. "I am happy that the job was done. We thank the constant help we received from anti-trafficking NGO, Shakti Vahini. We received little support from Haryana Police though Uttar Pradesh police always backed our raids...This was our first raid in Haryana and now we know we need to do our homework to be successful here," Piyali Ghosh told The Times of India. 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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  • Robert Vadra takes on BJP MLA Ganesh Joshi over Shaktiman's death

    Dehradun [India], Aug. 28 (ANI): Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra had a verbal spat with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Ganesh Joshi at the Dehradun Aiport over the death of Police Horse Shaktiman, who died after suffering injuries at a rally where he was allegedly thrashed by Joshi himself. Speaking to ANI here, Vadra said that when he gave a piece of his mind to Joshi over the death of the animal, he was verbally abused by the BJP MLA.

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  • Dipa Karmakar welcomes PM Modi's Olympics task force

    Agartala [India], Aug. 27 (ANI): India's gymnastics heroine Dipa Karmakar has welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's announcement of setting up a task force to prepare an action plan for the next three Olympic Games, and expressed hope that it would yield positive results and the country would get many medals in the upcoming Summer Games. Results will surely be really good," Karmakar told ANI. The 23-year-old, hailing from Agartala, missed the bronze medal at the recently concluded Rio Olympics by 0.150 points as American gymnast Simone Biles won her third gold medal of the prestigious quadrennial event.

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  • Embarrassment for AAP as Succha Singh calls Kejriwal 'anti-Punjabi'

    Chandigarh [India], Aug. 26 (ANI): Crying foul over the corruption charges being levelled against him, AAP's Punjab chief Succha Singh Chhotepur on Friday took on party supremo Arvind Kejriwal and accused his co-workers of falsely implicating him in a bid to tarnish his image and stated that he was ready for a CBI probe against him. Amid sharp criticism following accusations of taking bribe for assigning constituencies to party candidates for the assembly elections to be held early next year, an extremely disappointed Chhotepur said that Kejriwal does not trust Punjabis.

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  • Delhi Constable murder: All three culprits arrested

    New Delhi [India], Aug 27 (ANI): The Special Cell of the Delhi Police on Saturday arrested all the culprits in connection with the killing of a constable at Shahbad Dairy. The 49-year-old Delhi Police constable was shot at and hacked to death by three unidentified miscreants on August 19. Anand Singh, the constable, who was posted at the Bawana Industrial area, was shot dead in outer Delhi's Shahbad Dairy area at around 9 p.m. while trying to catch miscreants fleeing after snatching a bag from a woman.

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  • Pakistan killing our intellectuals and history: Baloch freedom activist

    New Delhi, Aug 28 (IANS) An "identity crisis" looms before the Baloch people as Pakistan is killing their intellectuals and strategically suppressing their history, says a Baloch freedom activist, adding that they will "not let Pakistan take our cultural identity from us". According to prominent Baloch freedom movement activist Mazdak Dilshad Baloch, the lullabies of Baloch mothers "are the only source of history lesson for the new generation" of their people. "As per Pakistani text books, Balochistan is a barbaric nation and Baloch people are barbarians who fight among themselves.

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  • Rahul's ton in vain as Windies stop India by 1 run in first T20I

    Lauderhill (US), Aug 27 (IANS) Promising batsman Lokesh Rahul's 110 not out went in vain as West Indies managed to defeat India by one run in the nail-biting first T20 International at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground here on Saturday. With India needing 2 runs from the final ball, West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo kept his nerves to dismiss Mahendra Singh Dhoni (43) with a slower one to take the Caribbean side home. Chasing a mammoth 246, Rahul struck the second fastest century in T20 Internationals to guide India to an almost improbable win before the last ball twist changed the fortunes of the men in blue.

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  • Maneka Gandhi launches online complaint box for children to file sexual abuse grievances

    New Delhi, Aug. 26 (ANI): An online complaint box for reporting child sexual abuse, the POCSO e-Box was launched by the Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Sanjay Gandhi here today. Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO), e-Box, is an online complaint management system for easy and direct reporting of sexual offences against children and timely action against the offenders under the POCSO Act, 2012. Minister of State for Women and Child Development Krishna Raj, Secretary WCD Leena Nair, NCPCR Chairperson Stuti Kacker and other senior officials of the WCD Ministry and NCPRC were present on the occasion.

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  • Karnataka has no right to release Cauvery water when drinking water is scarce: JD(S)

    New Delhi [India], Aug. 28 (ANI): Backing Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on the issue of Cauvery water sharing with Tamil Nadu, Janata Dal (Secular) national secretary general Danish Ali on Sunday said when farmers and the common man are distressed and even drinking water is not available in Cauvery catchment areas, how can the Karnataka government release the river waters. "Areas along the Cauvery are reeling from a shortage of water, even drinking water is not available to people living in the Cauvery Basin.

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  • TBI Blogs: This Wheelchair Tennis Player Hopes to Win Gold for India in 2020 Paralympics

    International wheelchair tennis player, Prathima Rao has her eyes set on the 2020 Paralympics to take place in Tokyo. The only thing holding her back is an old wheelchair. Bangalore-based Prathima Rao was all of 3 years old when she lost the use of her right leg to polio. She was forced to use a caliper to move around, and continues to do so till date. This has not stopped her, however, from making a name for herself as an international wheelchair tennis player. Prathima's tryst with tennis can be traced back to the days of her divorce. Battling depression and struggling to cope with the changes in her personal life, she sought - and found - solace in tennis. Prathima, a mother of a 10-year-old, maintains a packed schedule. On weekdays, her day begins with a two-hour practice session that starts at 6 am and goes on till 8 am. From 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, Prathima is busy with the front-office job that helps her support herself and her son. While most might be tempted to take things easy on the weekend, Prathima is seen sweating it out in intense, day-long practice sessions at the Karnataka State Lawn Tennis Association (KSLTA). Her hard work paid off when she qualified for the Malaysian Open. This was also the time when KSLTA's chief trainer, Ramesh, recognised her immense potential and decided to train her for free. Prathima only realised the many ways in which her antiquated wheelchair held her back when she participated in the Malaysian and Bangkok Opens. Wheelchair tennis demands continuous sideway movements in order to cover the court. The heavier and slower the wheelchair, the greater energy and time lost by the player. In this sport, that could be the deciding factor between a winner and a loser. Prathima was using a wheelchair given to her by the Karnataka State Lawn Tennis Association. The old wheelchair hampered her performance and the Indian para-athlete faced a 0-6, 0-6 loss in her first singles match in both the tournaments. However, in the doubles event, she managed to reach the semis in Malaysia and the quarter finals in Bangkok. This in itself is an achievement, considering the drawbacks of using an old wheelchair. Wheelchair tennis gained popularity back in 1976, thanks to the efforts of American player, Brad Parks. Before Parks' intervention, most able-bodied individuals could not imagine the possibility of playing tennis on a wheelchair. Parks struggled, travelling from city to city, breaking stereotypes, questioning prejudice and paving the way for the countless differently abled who were waiting to hit the tennis court. Parks' efforts led to the induction of wheelchair tennis into the Paralympics and the Grand Slams. Wheelchair tennis has since been accepted and acclaimed in countries across the world and by international tennis bodies. In India, however, para-athletes struggle to gain recognition and funding for their basic equipment; a fact that became painfully clear to Prathima during her time in the Malaysia and Bangkok Opens. After observing international players, she found that to even be considered on equal footing as her competitors and to ensure a fair match, a new wheelchair was crucial. Although Prathima earns enough to give herself and her a son a good life, a new wheelchair of international standards is, economically, out of her reach. Countless attempts to raise money on her own failed, before she decided to place her faith in the people of the country. She started a crowdfunding campaign on Wishberry, and is painstakingly raising the funds required to buy her a new, state-of-the-art wheelchair that will her win gold for the country. A faster wheelchair will help her give her best in international tournaments and make India proud. It will also give her a winning chance to improve her world ranking, work her way into the top 100 and qualify to participate in Grand Slams as well as the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo. A win in these competitions, she believes, will help her get one step closer to fulfilling her long-term objective of improving the support system for para-athletes in the country. During her time in Malaysia and Bangkok, she was left awe-inspired by the facilities available to international para-athletes. Many players travelled with an entire team of coaches and support staff. This crew not only monitored the player’s game, but also constantly captured and analysed an opponent's strengths and weaknesses. The most crucial thing which she learnt was the financial support a lot of these players received from their country’s sporting bodies; in order to encourage them to focus on tennis as a full time career, players are given a daily allowance for their personal expenses. This allows them to practice 5-6 hours everyday. Lack of sponsors is the biggest problem faced by an Indian para-athlete. Like any other sport, this sport can only attract sponsors if at least one player emerges as the national star, a star the entire nation looks up to as an achiever. Once the sport begins to attract money, it will also attract more players and give them a chance to be trained and groomed in high-end facilities. Prathima is optimistic about participating in the 2020 Paralympics, and strongly believes in the potential that India has to produce the world’s best wheelchair tennis players. You can contribute to Prathima’s crowdfunding campaign here. 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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  • Cricket: New Zealand send South Africa in to bat

    Centurion, South Africa, Aug 27, 2016 (AFP) - New Zealand won the toss and sent South Africa in to bat in the series-deciding second and final Test at Centurion's SuperSport Park on Saturday.

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  • Delhi Dynamos sign Italian Barone as assistant coach

    New Delhi, Aug 26 (IANS) Indian Super League (ISL) franchise Delhi Dynamos FC on Friday announced the appointment of 2006 World Cup-winning Italian midfielder Simone Barone as its assistant coach. The club also announced the signing of Sebastian Delgado of Spain and Italian Roberto Ghielmetti as the goalkeeping coach and fitness coach, respectively, for the third edition of the tournament.

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  • Barkha Shukla welcomes order to allow women's entry into Haji Ali dargah

    New Delhi [India], Aug. 26 (ANI): In a valuable judgment, the Bombay High Court today lifted the ban imposed on women from entering the sanctum sanctorum of the Haji Ali Dargah. Welcoming the decision, former Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Barkha Shukla Singh said the ban contravened the fundamental rights of a person. "Women should be permitted to enter the dargah on par with men," a Bombay High Court division bench of Justices V M Kanade and Revati Mohite Dere said.

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  • India to help reconstruct hydro power plant in Nepal's Chandannath municipality

    Kathmandu (Nepal), Aug.26 (ANI): India and Nepal have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) this week under which New Delhi will provide financial assistance for reconstruction and renovation of a hydro power plant at Chandannath municipality in Jumla District. The MoU was inked by Gyanveer Singh, Second Secretary in the Embassy of India, Kathmandu, Rajesh Poudel, Local Development Officer, Jumla and Bishnu Bahadur Budthapa, Chairman, User Committee Chandannath Municipality in presence of Member of Parliament Lalit Jung Shahi. The project would be funded by the Government of India to the tune of NRs 26.37 million under its Small Development Programme Scheme as part of India-Nepal Economic Cooperation Programme.

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  • Lack of 'cohesive' policy in Centre over Kashmir is worsening situation: Congress

    New Delhi [India], Aug. 28 (ANI): Continuing to berate the Centre for being unable to contain the soaring unrest in Kashmir Valley, the Congress on Sunday asserted that the lack of coherence of any policy in the government was actually worsening the situation in the state, adding that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was using words like 'insaniyat, Kashmiriyat and jamuriyat' without even knowing their actual meaning. Commenting on the Prime Minister's reference to the Kashmir unrest in his Mann ki Baat address today, Congress leader Manish Tewari told ANI that the former has been swinging from talking of a dialogue to actually saying that the separatists are of no consequence at all. "If the Prime Minister believes that only 5 percent of people are creating trouble in Kashmir Valley, then it begs a question as to why the state government and all the resources at the command of the Central government, including the paramilitary forces are not able to get a handle on the situation.

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  • PM Modi hails initiatives under Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan

    New Delhi [India], Aug 28 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his monthly address of Mann-ki Baat shared the aftermath of Centre's toilet building campaign and highlighted the extraordinary endeavours made by the people of the nation to attain sanitation. Sharing the tale of students from Kabirdham in Chhattisgarh who wrote letters to their parents asking them to build toilets, Prime Minister Modi said, "on 15th July, students from Kabirdham in Chhattisgarh wrote letters collectively to their parents that they should build toilets in their homes. It had a huge emotional impact and many a parents handed over the return letters with a promise that they would construct toilets in their homes." The Prime Minister also highlighted the brave sacrifice of a teenager from Karnataka which forced the authorities to provide sanitation facilities.

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  • Sucha Singh Chhotepur demands CBI probe, says AAP can defame him if found guilty

    Chandigarh [India], Aug. 27 (ANI): Sucha Singh Chhotepur, who was yesterday sacked from the post of party's Punjab convener following allegations of seeking bribe for allotting party tickets, on Saturday demanded for a CBI probe, insisting that the Arvind Kejriwal-led party could defame him if he is found guilty. Talking to ANI, Chhotepur said he was very much surprised by this decision of the party. AAP Member of Parliament Bhagwant Mann earlier in the day said that the alleged bribery case against Chhotepur will be probed by a committee constituted by the party.

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  • Windies coach Simmons warns T20 champs to be wary of vengeful India

    Florida [USA], Aug 26 (ANI): West Indies head coach Phil Simmons believes that the reigning World T20 champions need to be fully prepared to tackle India, whom he believes will seek to avenge the World T20 semifinal loss in the forthcoming two-match series in Lauderhill, Florida. Two-time champions West Indies, meanwhile, can leapfrog second-ranked India in the T20I team rankings with a 2-0 win on American shores. "It (ranking) is motivation but I think, as in Mumbai, just to beat India because that's always going to be the team to beat in T20 cricket because they've commanded the format for a long period.

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  • It will be an interesting series against `extraordinary` Windies: Dhoni

    Florida [USA], Aug 26 (ANI): Describing West Indies as an "extraordinary" side, India limited-overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni stated that the forthcoming two-match series against the reigning World T20 champions on American shores will be interesting. Although Virat Kohli's men convincingly defeated West Indies by 2-0 margin in the just-concluded four-match Test series, Dhoni believes that the Caribbean side are a powerhouse in the T20 format with world-class hitters and all-rounders. "West Indies are extraordinary when it comes to the shortest format of the game.

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  • Mulayam Singh justifies shooting of 16 kar sevaks in Ayodhya

    Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh, India), Aug.27 (ANI): Justifying his firing order to the Uttar Pradesh Police that claimed the lives of 16 kar sevaks in Ayodhya on October 30, 1990, former chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on Saturday said had even 30 people been killed for the country's unity and integrity, it would not have bothered him. The firing on the sevaks took place when the Ram temple movement, spearheaded by Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), was at its peak.

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  • Delhi Dynamos sign 2006 WC winner Simone Barone as assistant coach

    New Delhi, Aug 26 (ANI): The Delhi Dynamos Football Club continued their endeavour at strengthening the squad for the upcoming season of the Indian Super League, by appointing another 2006 World Cup winning midfielder Simone Barone as their assistant coach. The club have also announced the signing of Sebastian Delgado of Spain and Italian Roberto Ghielmetti as the goalkeeping coach and fitness coach respectively for the new season, while Mario Cerra of Italy will be the new team manager as well as the medico assistant.

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  • DCW Chief Swati Maliwal will be arrested soon, warns Kejriwal

    New Delhi [India], Aug. 27 (ANI): Launching a fresh attack on Lt.Governor Najeeb Jung and the Centre, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday asserted that there are numerous decisions of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government which Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to reverse through the Lt.Governor such as the removal of Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal. Taking to Twitter, the AAP national convener said Jung and the Prime Minister were in cahoots to take down the Delhi Government.

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