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    I Will Not Be Silent, Says South Indian Actress in a Powerful Statement Against the Casting Couch

    As a woman, actress Varalakshmi Sarathkumar says that she has been pushed to a point where she has only one choice - to resist and speak out.The South Indian actress, has publicly spoken out against the casting couch and the treatment of women in India through a powerful post published through...[[ To continue reading, please visit www.TheBetterIndia.com or go to https://facebook.com/TheBetterIndia ]]

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    Pranab Mukherjee Defends Free Speech, Equal Rights for Women & Healthy Debate in Universities

    Intolerance is not welcome in India.As debates surrounding the importance of freedom of speech and expression continue to heat up in the country, the President of India, Dr Pranab Mukherjee, has thrown his weight behind the champions of free speech.The president’s statement comes a week after...[[ To continue reading, please visit www.TheBetterIndia.com or go to https://facebook.com/TheBetterIndia ]]

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    The Story of Jamsetji Tata’s Forgotten Farm and How It Revived the Mysore Silk Industry

    In 1868, a 29-year-old man from a small town in Gujarat started a trading firm in Bombay with ₹ 21,000. The man was Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata and the occasion marked the beginning of what would grow into one of India’s largest conglomerates, TATA group of companies.J. N. TataPhoto SourceBorn...[[ To continue reading, please visit www.TheBetterIndia.com or go to https://facebook.com/TheBetterIndia ]]

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    #WeAreEqual: Amitabh Bachchan’s Big Announcement on Twitter Is a Huge Step Towards Gender Equality

    Bollywood stalwart Amitabh Bachchan has promised to distribute his monetary assets equally between his son, Abhishek Bachchan and daughter Shweta Nanda after his demise because he believes that men and women in all respects are #Equal and one shouldn't discriminate between a daughter and a...[[ To continue reading, please visit www.TheBetterIndia.com or go to https://facebook.com/TheBetterIndia ]]

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    Learn the Art of Composting in Your Home & Watch Your Kitchen Waste Turn to Wealth

    Our garbage problems have become so big that TS Eliot’s famous poem, The Wasteland, could well be taken literally. As plastic sinks into oceans and landfills are choked with sanitary waste, it’s time to take responsibility for our waste and pave way for solutions. While authorities struggle with...[[ To continue reading, please visit www.TheBetterIndia.com or go to https://facebook.com/TheBetterIndia ]]

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    This Village in Karnataka Has Never Seen an Incident of Communal Violence. Villagers Cite a Unique Reason

    It might be a unique reason but in order to ensure harmony between different communities, the residents of Manhalli village in Karnataka simply refuse to build any statues in the area.The village, which falls in the state's Bidar district, boasts a population of over 19,000 people, makes sure...[[ To continue reading, please visit www.TheBetterIndia.com or go to https://facebook.com/TheBetterIndia ]]

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    Bengaluru Techies Turn to Gardening at Work, Grow Their Own Greens to De-Stress

    Earlier, a break from work meant heading straight towards the coffee machine or for a quick stroll, but now, employees at Embassy Manyata Business Park in Bengaluru head to their own vegetable patch to have a look at their greens in their mini gardens!As part of the initiative ‘Urban Green,’ the...[[ To continue reading, please visit www.TheBetterIndia.com or go to https://facebook.com/TheBetterIndia ]]

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    TBI Blogs: Let Your Next Corporate Gift Also Help India’s Rural Artisans

    As more and more Indian corporations and businesses grow and expand, the culture of corporate gifting is also seeing increased adoption. Through a simple decision to buy handcrafted products, corporate houses can turn this gifting culture into income and employment opportunities for rural Indian...[[ To continue reading, please visit www.TheBetterIndia.com or go to https://facebook.com/TheBetterIndia ]]

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    Green Makeover: Jharkhand Villagers Converted an Entire Wasteland Into a Forest

    Back in 2010, residents of Jharkhand’s Hesatu village were sharing their worries about the wastelands in their area. During the discussion, someone proposed growing a forest of their own on the land. A draft was prepared by around 25-30 villagers and it all began.Today, around 93 households from...[[ To continue reading, please visit www.TheBetterIndia.com or go to https://facebook.com/TheBetterIndia ]]

  • For the Love of Farming & Village Life – How One Man Is Helping Farmers Sell Their Produce Online
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    For the Love of Farming & Village Life – How One Man Is Helping Farmers Sell Their Produce Online

    Meet Shrikrishna Hegde Ullane, the 27-year-old whose love for farming and life in the village led him to start an online marketplace called ConnectFarmer for small-scale farmers. This platform is not just connecting hundreds of farmers to the market, it is also helping them sell their produce without the involvement of any middlemen – thus ensuring that they get the price they deserve. But living in the village also meant that he had to witness two harsh realities: • Most youngsters in his village wanted to leave and find jobs in cities because they didn’t consider agriculture to be a lucrative occupation.

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    TBI Blogs: Meet Mantra4Change, the Non-Profit Empowering Teachers and Students to Improve Quality of Education

    Mantra4Change is a not-for-profit organisation working with schools in the not-so-popular lanes and alleys of urban and peri-urban Bengaluru. Through its key initiative, School Transformation and Empowerment Project (aka STEP), Mantra4Change takes a systemic approach towards improving the quality...[[ To continue reading, please visit www.TheBetterIndia.com or go to https://facebook.com/TheBetterIndia ]]

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    Click and Send: TrafficEye App Will Allow Users to Report Traffic Offenders Anonymously

    "The app will give every citizen of this country an opportunity to become a virtual traffic police officer,” says Vandit Gandotra.The 20-year-old pre-final year student of BITS Pilani, along with teammates Tanmay Sharma and Vasudev, recently presented the app – TrafficEye – at KPIT Sparkle 2017,...[[ To continue reading, please visit www.TheBetterIndia.com or go to https://facebook.com/TheBetterIndia ]]

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    Meet 4 Women Who Refused to Be Bullied by Online Trolls and Fought Back

    In the past few days, the one topic that has seemed inescapable on social media, especially Twitter, is the online abuse that has been heaped upon 20-year-old student, Gurmehar Kaur from Delhi.Whether they agreed with the politics of her statement or not, most people were taken aback with the...[[ To continue reading, please visit www.TheBetterIndia.com or go to https://facebook.com/TheBetterIndia ]]

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    Bengaluru’s Pothole Raja Has Fixed Over 200 Potholes in Less Than a Year. You Can Do It Too!

    From Chandigarh to Kochi, potholes are a perennial problem on Indian roads. And they are hazardous, causing fatal accidents and endangering the lives of sanitation workers and common people. In 2015, over 10,000 deaths were reported to be caused by bad roads. The need for citizen intervention in...[[ To continue reading, please visit www.TheBetterIndia.com or go to https://facebook.com/TheBetterIndia ]]

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    MY STORY: A Rare Condition That Once Restricted Me to the ICU Has Now Given Me Reason to Live.

    Chetan Mallik writes about living with acromegaly and why he adopted a mission to spread awareness about the condition.Rare is an interesting word. I don’t think there is any other English word that emanates such polarities of emotions. A word that at one point can make you part of an exclusive...[[ To continue reading, please visit www.TheBetterIndia.com or go to https://facebook.com/TheBetterIndia ]]

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    TBI Blogs: Meet Linda Johnson, a Young Mother Whose Selfless Act of Kindness Helped Save a Stranger’s Life

    A random act of kindness might not seem like a big deal, but for the beneficiary, sometimes, it can mean the difference between life and death. This young mother and professional discovered the importance of stepping in to help when no one else will, and it changed her perspective on life.Meet...[[ To continue reading, please visit www.TheBetterIndia.com or go to https://facebook.com/TheBetterIndia ]]

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    On a Cleaning Spree: Gurgaon Pond Gets a Facelift After Students, Volunteers Take out the Filth

    Armed with nets and handheld filter tools, a group of over 150 school students, volunteers of an organisation and residents of Wazirabad village entered a filthy, smelly pond in Gurgaon’s Sector 53 area and cleaned it up.The group entered the 10-foot deep pond which had stagnant water and cleaned...[[ To continue reading, please visit www.TheBetterIndia.com or go to https://facebook.com/TheBetterIndia ]]

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    These Delhi Girls Made Their Own Energy-Efficient Car, and Will Now Race in Singapore

    A group of 15 girl students from Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women are all set to compete in the upcoming Shell Eco Marathon in Singapore, scheduled to take place later this month.Team Panthera, as they call themselves, is the only all-girls team in Asia to participate.Photo...[[ To continue reading, please visit www.TheBetterIndia.com or go to https://facebook.com/TheBetterIndia ]]

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    This Low-Cost Technology Is Helping a Puducherry Village Treat Its Wastewater, and It Uses Plants!

    In recent years, several Indian villages have embarked upon a journey of sustainable transformation that causes as little impact on the environment as possible. One such village is Chinna Kalapet in Puducherry, a sleepy little fishing hamlet that is setting an example by treating its wastewater the...[[ To continue reading, please visit www.TheBetterIndia.com or go to https://facebook.com/TheBetterIndia ]]

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    Are There Undiscovered Lakes in Bengaluru? ISRO Is All Set to Find out in the Next 3 Months!

    As citizens and civic authorities continue to spearhead efforts to save Bengaluru's diminishing lakes, one body is certain that there are lakes still undiscovered in the Garden City. In fact, they have signed up with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to search for new lakes that might...[[ To continue reading, please visit www.TheBetterIndia.com or go to https://facebook.com/TheBetterIndia ]]

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    Class 12 Student From Lucknow Wins the Golden Beaver Second Time in a Row for His Documentaries

    It was the rising crime rate that led 17-year-old Aditya to make a documentary and now he has won the Golden Beaver Award for it.The Class 12 student of Manipal Public School, Lucknow, won cash prize worth Rs 50,000 for his documentary Brain’s Fault at the 7th National Science Film Festival held...[[ To continue reading, please visit www.TheBetterIndia.com or go to https://facebook.com/TheBetterIndia ]]

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    TBI Blogs: From Malaria Drugs to an AIDS Vaccine, India’s Biopharmaceutical Research Is Pushing Boundaries

    As India’s population grows, its need for adequate pharmaceutical and medical infrastructure is also going to burgeon. In such a scenario, it is important to give equal attention to research into rare diseases and their cures. Dr. Namitha Kumar takes a closer look at India’s research progress in...[[ To continue reading, please visit www.TheBetterIndia.com or go to https://facebook.com/TheBetterIndia ]]

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    6 Incredibly Easy Tips to Raise Your Little Baby in an Eco-Friendly, Nature-Loving Way

    As even the most successful mothers — and fathers — will testify, raising a child is no cakewalk. As life takes a complete turn, parents often find themselves bang in the midst of a new lifestyle abounding in diapers, vaccinations and all things baby.One of the biggest challenges of modern...[[ To continue reading, please visit www.TheBetterIndia.com or go to https://facebook.com/TheBetterIndia ]]

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    BSF’s First All-Woman Motorcycle Stunt Team Will Thrill You With Gravity-Defying Feats

    It is a captivating sight — rows of uniformed women stand in perfect coordination perched on Royal Enfield bullets. Some are seated, others are balanced between two bikes and those in the top row are perched even higher. And they are smiling, for good reason. After all, these women are part of an...[[ To continue reading, please visit www.TheBetterIndia.com or go to https://facebook.com/TheBetterIndia ]]

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    In a Massive Citizen-Led Campaign, 800 Families in Jharkhand Returned Dowries Worth ₹6 Crore

    Haji Mumtaj Ali, who comes from the Pokhari village in the Latehar district in Jharkand, has successfully led a mass movement against the practice of dowry in his region.In fact, in part due to his initiative and also due to the willingness of his community, 800 families in the region not only...[[ To continue reading, please visit www.TheBetterIndia.com or go to https://facebook.com/TheBetterIndia ]]