• Kerala Woman Slams Slut-Shaming Internet Trolls with an Epic Reply That Went Viral

    In a recent statement that garnered a lot of ridicule, Rishiraj Singh, a senior IPS officer and Excise Commissioner of Kerala, said that a man who stares at a woman continuously for 14 seconds can be jailed. Among the many people who shared their views, Vanaja Vasudev, a resident of Alappuzha district in Kerala, also wrote a Facebook post about how she finds the statement ludicrous. But she was bombarded with obscene and derogatory remarks on the social media platform. A strong-willed woman, Vanaja decided against remaining silent and letting the trolls win. She lashed out against those commentators in an elaborate Facebook post, which went viral. Source: Facebook "If a boy stares at a girl for 14 seconds, just 14 seconds, the girl can file a FIR and have the boy in the lock up," Rishiraj Singh had said on August 16. Vanaja took to Facebook to share her views on the issue. She wrote that she was bemused by the comment because it is quite natural for men and women to look at each other and that she too enjoys looking at handsome men in public places. She added that she sometimes felt good when men looked at her in the past and pointed out the sexism and double standards in the statement by addressing the fact that it applies only to men. One of the most pressing questions in her post was about how such offences will be measured? But not everyone was empathetic of the stand Vanaja chose to take. The comment section on her post that sought to equalise both the genders was flooded with several negative and problematic responses. Since Vanaja chose to mention that she enjoys selective male attention, people immediately tagged her as a “whore” and some even had the audacity to ask for “the rate” that she charges to perform sexual favours. Through her second post that later went viral, she addressed all the vulgar messages that were being sent to her through private messages as well. The post mentions how the trolls mustn’t assume a morally superior stand because she hasn’t replied to them individually and it isn’t because of her inability to come up with a scathing response. “Don't measure my life or confidence with your 4-inch scales,” she told the commenters, adding that none of them know about the hardships she had to live through as the daughter of a widow in Kerala. Her father passed away when she and her brother were very young and their mother raised them alone. She talks about how she had to deal with her mother’s insecurities and loneliness, because of which her mother soon became short-tempered and physically abusive. After hitting her repeatedly, she would come to Vanaja while she lay in bed and would touch the welts left from the beating, as she was filled with remorse. She addressed the fact that her mother chose not to be in a relationship with a man again because of the stigma surrounding widow remarriage. A self-made woman, Vanaja juggled various jobs until she finished her education. She slowly realized that she had a lot of bitterness inside her that she wanted to get rid of in a conscious manner. Soon this hatred turned into love and it is this approach to life that is apparent in her first Facebook post. Before concluding, she asks various chetans (elder brothers) not to try and teach her Bharat Sanskar (Indian culture) while speaking about her private parts. She ends the post by asking the trolls how they dare fix a rate for her dignity. The befitting reply concludes with Vanaja reminding them that she grew up with dignity, even in abject poverty. Let me introduce myself...... എവിടെ നിന്നാണ് ഞാന്‍ എന്നെ നിങ്ങള്‍ക്ക് കാണിച്ച് തരേണ്ടത്. നാല് മുറികള്‍ക്കുള്ളില്‍ ഒതു... Posted by Vanaja Vasudev on  Saturday, August 20, 2016 Prashanth Nair, District Collector of Kozhikode and Aashiq Abu, a Kerala-based filmmaker who wrestles with themes of women empowerment in some of his popular films, also shared her post. 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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  • Rajan has no degree in economics, Patel has a PhD: Swamy

    New Delhi [India], Aug. 26 (ANI): Expressing his approval over the selection of Urjit Patel as the new Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy has said that he has high hopes from Raghuram Rajan's successor. Speaking to ANI here, Swamy said Patel was Rajan's deputy for many years, which is why his next post should not feel new to him.

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  • Ducati launches Multistrada Enduro in India

    New Delhi, Aug 25 (ANI): Introducing the wild side of the Italian brand in India, Ducati has now launched the Multistrada 1200 Enduro, the first Ducati designed to take its rider beyond where the asphalt stops. The perfect motorcycle for long adventures will be available across Ducati dealerships in Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Pune and Bengaluru at a price of Rs. 17,44,000 (ex-showroom Delhi). The Multistrada 1200 Enduro is built to be at ease on any type of terrain and is able to stand up to the stresses and strains of both off-road and on road riding.

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  • Sri Lanka's Perera charged, Australian Starc reprimanded by ICC

    Sri Lanka's Thisara Perera has been fined 15 percent of his match fee and Australian Mitchell Starc was reprimanded by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for their behaviour during the second one-day international in Colombo. After dismissing David Warner during Australia's unsuccessful run chase, all-rounder Perera used language and displayed actions which could have provoked a reaction from the Australia opener, the ICC said in a statement on Thursday.

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  • #Travel Tales: Inside Mumbai’s Only Chinese Shrine, the Beautiful Kwan Kung Temple

    The city of Mumbai has always been like a beautiful mosaic of varied cultures, people and traditions. Back in the early 1900s, Mazagaon was home to Mumbai’s thriving See Yup Koon community. Originally from Canton in Southern China, these people moved to India when they were working for the East India Company. They settled in Mumbai as merchants, traders and sailors. In 1962, when the Sino-Indian War broke out, many of the city's Chinese residents migrated back to China. However, a few families decided to stay on in their homes in what had come to be known as China Town. Today, this place is known as Dockyard Road, Mazagaon. The beautiful Kwan Kung Temple, the only Chinese temple in Mumbai, is a landmark in the area and a nostalgic reminder of the thriving community that once lived here. Photo Source The Kwan Kung Temple, built over 90 years ago, lies nestled in a quaint lane in a two-storey house in Mazagaon. Except for a small wooden gate painted in red, nothing about the ageing building suggests from the outside that there is a a place of worship inside. On climbing the small wooden staircase to reach the inner shrine, one sees a mural of Fuk, Luk and Sau, the three Chinese gods of blessing, longevity, and prosperity, on the wall. Photo Source The entrance to the shrine is adorned with wind chimes, paper lanterns and Chinese calligraphy. Photo Source On entering the temple one is greeted by different shades of scarlet. The walls, cupboards, the altar, even the doors and chairs, are all painted red, the most auspicious colour in Chinese culture. Traditional Chinese paraphernalia hang atop the elaborate and intricate altar, and neatly carved figurines sit in front, paying homage to the Chinese god of justice and courage, Guan Gong. Swathed in silk and protecting the altar is Kwan Tai Kwon, the warrior god, who is believed to remove all obstacles. Photo Source A cupboard on the side has traditional joss sticks, paper money and kidney-shaped Jiaobei (moon blocks) for worshippers. Moon blocks are wooden divination tools - each block is round on one side and flat on the other, denoting yin and yang. Ask a question and throw them to the floor – if they fall with the opposite sides up, it means the forces are with you; if not, it means that whatever you've asked for is something you should avoid! Apart from lighting incense sticks and candles while praying, devotees also roll the Chinese fortune sticks before making a wish. There is a huge board, with files of bamboo sheets fixed under different numbers, in Chinese script. Each number has a corresponding fortune card where people read their fortune, annually.  Following the prayers, the brass bell is rung three times, before chocolates are offered as prasad! Photo Source Built in 1919, the temple comes to life during the Chinese New Year and Moon Festival when over 500 Chinese gather to seek blessings. Temple caretaker Albert Tham and his mother spend long hours preparing the temple for the occasion, lighting lamps and arranging fruits and cakes as offerings to the god. They  have also made another temple dedicated to Guan Yin, a female deity revered for mercy, peace and wisdom, on the ground floor of the building. Tham, born and brought up in Mumbai, says he has never felt like going back to China. "I have lived here all my life. I'm Chinese but Mumbai is my home, I can't leave it. Many of my siblings have gone abroad, but I stayed on. I can't speak Chinese well, but my Hindi and Marathi are good," says Tham. Outside the temple, the distinctive buildings in the narrow lanes of the once-bustling China Town have ethnic Chinese names on their doors. Most of them also bear the words See Yup Koon, which literally translates to "inns for sea merchants." Photo Source The little Chinese temple of Kwan Kung is definitely a hidden gem of Mumbai. With swirls of aromatic joss rising from incense sticks, meditative chants playing in the background and warm red colours imparting a comfortable glow, this old-world shrine is like none other in the city. An absolute must visit for history aficionados! Also Read: Experience Medieval Bathing Rituals at This Ancient Hammam, Bhopal’s 300-Year-Old Turkish Bath 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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  • SC to hear plea of Muslim woman seeking ban on triple talaq today

    New Delhi [India], Aug. 26 (ANI): The Supreme Court will on Friday hear the petition of a Muslim woman challenging the Constitutional validity of 'triple talaq' to end a marriage. In her petition, Ishrat Jahan sought a declaration from the apex court that Section 2 of the Muslim Personal Law (Shariat) Application Act, 1937 was unconstitutional, as it violated fundamental rights guaranteed under Articles 14 (equality), 15 (non-discrimination), 21 (life) and 25 (religion) of the Constitution. In her petition, Jahan has asked whether an arbitrary and unilateral divorce through triple talaq can deprive the wife of her rights in her matrimonial home as also her right to have custody of her children.

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  • Rahul Gandhi's stature will rise if he apologises: RSS

    Nagpur (Maharashtra, India), Aug.25 (ANI): With Rahul Gandhi reigniting the debate over his comment on the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) by saying that he stands firmly by what he said, RSS ideologue M.G. Vaidya on Thursday advised the Congress vice president saying that if he apologises, then his 'stature will rise'. When told about Rahul's refusal to tender an apology to the RSS, Vaidya said "it is up to him whether he apologises or not.

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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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  • 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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  • SC gives interim protection to AIADMK's Sasikala and family for six weeks

    New Delhi [India], Aug.26 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Friday gave interim protection to Rajya Sabha MP Sasikala Pushpa and her family members for six weeks in a sexual harassment case lodged by her maid. The expelled AIADMK MP had on Wednesday moved the apex court challenging the summons issued by the Madras High Court's Madurai Bench to respond to an allegation of fraud while filing an anticipatory bail application in a case registered by the Thoothukudi Police against her and her family members for allegedly ill-treating and sexually abusing two domestic aides.

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  • India's unfulfilled potential largest in world: Singapore Deputy PM

    New Delhi, Aug 26 (IANS) Visiting Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam on Friday said India needs to show urgency to realise its unfulfilled potential which he said was the largest in the world. Delivering the first 'Transforming India' lecture, Shanmugaratnam said low exports from India is a "glaring area of shortfall". India has 18 per cent of the world's population but only two per cent exports," Shanmugaratnam, who is of Sri Lankan Tamil ancestry, said.

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  • Asking money for transportation of bodies from poor is 'shameful, inhuman': Mamta Sharma

    Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India], Aug. 26 (ANI): After a tribal man walked 10 kilometers carrying his wife's body on his shoulder on failing to get an ambulance, former National Commission for Women (NCW) chief Mamta Sharma said on Friday that asking money from the poor for transportation of bodies from government hospitals to the residence of the deceased is a shameful and inhuman act, and asked Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to intervene in such cases. Sharma told ANI that this was something inhuman, and even after so many years of independence, there has been no benefit for the poor. "According to me, asking for money for a body is something really inhuman and shameful.

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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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  • How can India improve dismal Rio performance at Tokyo 2020?

    New Delhi, Aug 26 (IANS) With India, a country of over 1.2 billion people, managing to win only two medals -- one silver and a bronze -- in the just concluded Rio de Janeiro Olympics, critics and experts say revamping sports bodies and removing corruption are the key to moving forward. In an effort to ensure that India does better in subsequent Olympics, Local Circles, a citizen engagement platform, conducted a countrywide survey on the problems being faced in improving as a sporting nation and what can be done to better performances in the 2020 Tokyo Games.

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  • Sheena Bora murder: Taped conversations emerging on media submitted in court, says CBI

    New Delhi [India], Aug. 26 (ANI): The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday clarified that all the taped conversations among Indrani Mukerjea, Peter Mukerjea and his son Rahul Mukerjea being played in media, indicating that there was an attempt to cover up the Sheena Bora murder case, have been taken into account during the investigation and have also been submitted in the court. "All the tapes being played on certain channels on the Sheena Bora murder case have been taken into account during the CBI investigation. A set of 20 tapes, which have been exclusively accessed by leading English news channel, are part of the evidence that has been presented by the CBI as part of the ongoing investigation into the murder of Sheena Bora.

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  • Rajan, Subramanian 'foisted' on us by Americans, says Swamy

    New Delhi, Aug 25 (IANS) Resuming his tirade against outgoing RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan and the government's Chief Economic Adviser (CEA) Arvind Subramanian, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Thursday said they were "foisted" on India by the US. Management types are micro-minded while economy is general equilibrium," Swamy posted on his twitter handle. The BJP parliament member also criticised Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan for what he said was "wrongly speculating" that a US Fed hike was imminent and for using the Consumer Price Index (CPI) as a yardstick for measuring inflation.

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  • PM, HM don't understand meaning of Insaaniyat, Jumhooriyat, Kashmiriyat: Congress

    New Delhi [India], Aug. 26 (ANI): Calling the abrupt dismissal of a joint press conference attended by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in Srinagar as a lack of understanding, Congress leader Manish Tiwari said that the BJP does not understand the concept of Insaaniyat (humanity), Jumhooriyat (democracy) and Kashmiriyat, and therefore, it comes as no surprise that there is so much of confusion and contradiction in their policies. "The biggest difficulty with the Prime Minister and the Home Minister is that they do not understand as to what the words Insaaniyat, Jumhooriyat and Kashmiriyat mean.

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  • Mere incremental progress not enough for growth, metamorphosis needed too: PM

    New Delhi [India], Aug. 26 (ANI): Stressing that development now depends on the quality of institutions and ideas, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said if India is to meet the challenge of change, mere incremental progress is not enough, a metamorphosis is needed. It is, therefore, fitting that we are inaugurating this series with Shri Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore." The Prime Minister, who inaugurated NITI Aayog's maiden annual lecture on 'Transforming India', described Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Shanmugaratnam as one of the world's leading intellectuals.

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  • Swati Maliwal says by attempting suicide, rapists doing what system should have done

    New Delhi [India], Aug. 26 (ANI): Reacting to Nirbhaya rapist Vinay Sharma's suicide attempt, Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal has said the former had done what the system should have done long ago, implying that he should have been hanged for his crime. "What the system was supposed to do, the Nirbhaya rapist himself is trying to do now. Nirbhaya's rapists need to be given the death penalty and this needs to be done immediately," she told ANI.

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  • Singapore Deputy PM holds meeting with PM Modi

    Shanmugaratnam has been invited to New Delhi to address top policy-makers on "Fulfilling India's Potential in the Global Economy" during the inauguration of NITI Aayog's maiden annual lecture on Transforming India. Prime Minister Modi will today inaugurate the event which will be attended by nearly 1,400 delegates, including Union Ministers, Chief Ministers and senior officers. The annual lecture series on Transforming India was proposed by Prime Minister Modi to bring in international personalities to share their experiences and ideas on India.

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  • J-K: Curfew, shutdown continue to cripple life on 50th consecutive day

    Srinagar [India], Aug.27 (ANI): Normal life in the Kashmir Valley remained paralysed as a curfew and a shutdown continued for the 50th consecutive day on Saturday in the wake of violence following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani last month. All educational institutions, shops, public transport and other businesses are closed since July 9. Earlier, authorities arrested several top separatist leaders and extended curfew to large parts of the Valley to foil a separatists' march in Srinagar.

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  • USIBC concludes 'Agriculture Modernization Mission to India'

    New Delhi, Aug 25 (ANI): The US-India Business Council (USIBC) has concluded a Food and Agriculture Executive Mission to India with a focus on ways to increase farmer income and productivity through mechanization and modernization techniques as well as ways that industry in both the US and India can work with the central Indian and state governments to achieve mutually beneficially solutions in the food and agriculture sector. In meetings with US and Indian Government officials, USIBC members discussed ways to partner with the Indian government to advance Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent call to double farmer income by 2022.

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