• Iron Lady: How the Feminist in Jayalalithaa Had Empowered the Women of Tamil Nadu

    Dressed in a green saree she rests in peace -- the lady who ruled Tamil Nadu for over fourteen years as the state’s CM for five terms. Although mired in controversy over corruption and sentenced to a four-year jail term by the Supreme Court in Bengaluru over disproportionate assets, there is no denying that Jayalalithaa was loved by her people. Fondly addressed as ‘Amma’ by her people, she used her magic wand to better the lives of women in her state. TBI takes a look at how Jayalalithaa played mother to women folk in Tamil Nadu by providing them with socio-economic authority. Health care: Source: Facebook   Tamil Nadu tops the chart for lowest fertility rate in the country. The fertility rate is even lower than that in Australia, Finland and Belgium. The state has an average of 1.7 children per woman. Tamil Nadu records the second best infant mortality in India with 27 deaths per 1,000 live births. (Source: National Health Mission) The maternal mortality rate stands at 90 deaths of mothers per one lakh births, which is second in India. (Source: National Health Mission) The Cradle Baby Scheme was among the first-ever welfare schemes launched by the CM in the 1990s. The aim was to curb female foeticide and gender-based abortions. Under this scheme, a mother could anonymously hand over her new-born baby to the government, which would take care of the baby or give it up for adoption. Jayalalithaa increased the term of maternity leave for women government employees from six to nine months earlier this year. She has increased the term from three to six months in 2011. She introduced a health initiative called Amma Master Health Check-up Plan for Women. Under the initiative, women are offered check-ups that include procedures such as Pap smear and digital mammogram; tests for Vitamin D level, bone density, and parathyroid hormone levels; and other check-ups like blood tests, sugar, thyroid, urine tests, cholesterol and liver screenings, chest x-rays, echo, and USG abdomen, etc. In September 2015, she launched the Amma Baby Care kit scheme with the aim to provide 16 baby care items for newborn babies and their mothers for free. The kit was valued at Rs 1,000. Literacy: Source: Facebook The literacy rate among females in Tamil Nadu is 73.8% and is ranked fifteenth at an all India level. (Source: District Information System for Education, 2015-16) Amma Education Scheme was introduced for the state government to pay off education loans of students who were unemployed. Under the Amma Laptops scheme, free laptops were given to higher-secondary and college students studying in government and aided educational institutions. Safety for women: Source: Facebook Tamil Nadu has the lowest crime rate against women in the country. The rate of crime against women registered in the state is 17 per 1,00,000 people, while the crime rate against children is said to be second lowest in the country. Welfare support: Source: Facebook  In 2011, Jayalalithaa introduced a scheme called ‘Thalikku Thangam Thittam’ (Gold for marriage), whereby four grams of gold and cash upto Rs. 50,000 was offered to economically-backward women who had completed their diploma/degree. Amma Grinder, Mixie & Table fan scheme was among the most popular schemes as it provided free table fans, mixers and grinders to the less-fortunate in the state. A budget of Rs. 1,250 crore was allocated by her government. To support this scheme, she opened exclusive repair and maintenance centres. During her stint as CM, she formed self-help groups for women and provided financial aid. Tamil Nadu has 6.08 lakh self-help groups with a membership of 92 lakh women. Free mobile phones were given to self-help groups for women under the Amma Mobile initiative. In 2015, she had said that the Tamil Nadu government would provide Rs 6,000 crore loans to women through the self-help groups. She intended to form additional 10,000 self-help groups. In the previous four years, her government had distributed Rs 20,270 crore as loans to self-help groups in the state. In 2015, she announced the introduction of Amma Mobile scheme with the aim to benefit trainers at self-help groups in the state. Earlier this year, as part of her election manifesto, Jayalalithaa had promised women of Tamil Nadu a 50% subsidy to buy mopeds or scooters. She was to introduce schemes to train women in driving vehicles and provide them with a subsidy to buy auto-rickshaws. Jayalalithaa’s pro-poor initiatives came at very heavy prices for the state, but they have helped the people, especially the women of Tamil Nadu a great deal. Criticized for the huge expenses borne by the government, this iron lady will forever hold the torch of being Tamil Nadu’s Robinhood. 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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  • Zaheer Khan Dating This Bollywood Actress?

    Actresses and cricketers getting into a relationship is no more a new wave to the people in India. Way back in 60s when actress Sharmila Tagore married the youngest captain of India's cricket team, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, India has been experiencing crickets and actresses' relationships. Then came Reena Roy and Mohsin Khan, Sangeeta Bijlani and Mohammad Azharuddin, Geeta Basra and Harbhajan Singh and then came a new entry to the camp with Yuvraj Singh and Hazel Keech who recently got married.

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  • Befikre: Vaani Kapoor BREAKS SILENCE On Why Her Face Looks Different!

    Over three years ago, Vaani Kapoor made her debut in Maneesh Sharma's 'Shuddh Desi Romance', which starred Sushant Singh Rajput and Parineeti Chopra. The actress from Delhi has patiently waited for her second Bollywood outing, 'Befikre', helmed by Aditya Chopra. When the trailer launched this October, social media took potshots at her, saying, "pretty Vaani" had turned into "handsome Vaana".

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  • This Is Real Age Of Vidya Balan And Not What Wikipedia Is Saying

    Whenever Vidya Balan is on screen, she leaves a lasting impression. Following the success at box office and getting raving reviews from the public and media alike, Vidya spoke about her age in of her interviews. Now, we all know Wikipedia is not exactly the most reliable source of information, but aren’t we all guilty of cross checking things on Wikipedia?

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  • Watch: Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma dancing together will give you relationship goals

    It’s no secret anymore that actress Anushka Sharma and Indian cricketer Virat Kohli have been dating each other for quite some time. The couple was amongst the special guests who were invited to co-cricketer Yuvraj Singh and model turned actress Hazel Keech’s grand beachside wedding in Goa this past weekend. Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli looked adorable together as they greeted the newly married couple after their wedding ceremony. This was followed by a massive reception which later turned into a dance party. As Anushka and Virat love dancing, they couldn’t stop themselves from taking the dance floor by storm. Not just that, they even matched steps on the peppy Punjabi track ‘Gur Naal Ishq’

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  • Need more 'transparency' on Jaya's health status, can't rely on Apollo: Expelled AIADMK MP Sasikala Pushpa

    New Delhi [India], Dec. 5 (ANI): Alleging a conspiracy behind the 'custody' of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister whose health remains to be critical, expelled AIADMK MP Sasikala Pushpa on Monday asserted that the bulletins released by Apollo Hospitals cannot be blindly trusted and demanded Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention for a 'transparent' method. Speaking to ANI here, Pushpa stated that Jaya should be placed directly under the Centre's care as the public was largely uninformed about her health and was solely relying on the statements made by the Hospital. Amit Shah, Rahul Gandhi all went to see but they were not allowed to see her.

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  • Revealed: Politician Jayalalitha’s interesting Bollywood connection

    Tamil Nadu’s ailing chief minister Jayalalitha had a very successful innings in the 1950s, 60s and 70s as an actress. Surprisingly she did only one Hindi film as a leading lady. This was a 1968 melodrama called Izzat which featured Dharmendra in a double role. He played the two sons of an arrogant Thakur (played by the amazing Balraj Sahni) who during a hunting expedition, rapes and impregnates a tribal woman. As luck irony and corny scriptwriting would have it, the tribal woman sires a son who falls in love with a sober sad and grieving upper-class woman while the Thakur’s legitimate son falls for a sprightly, outspoken and unabashed tribal girl Jhumki. The tribal girl was played by Jayalalitha.

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  • Gold hovers near 10-month low on U.S. rates, dollar

    Gold hovered near 10-month lows on Tuesday weighed down by expectations that U.S. interest rates will go up this month, a view reinforced by a string of positive economic data. Spot gold was barely changed, up 0.1 percent at $1,171.62 an ounce, by 1326 GMT. U.S. gold futures shed 0.2 percent to $1,174.10 per ounce.

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  • SHOCKING: Preity Zinta's cousin commits suicide over marital problems

    In the shocking turn of events, actress Preity Zinta‘s cousin Nitin Chauhan, who was living in Shimla, committed suicide on last Friday morning. According to the reports, Nitin Chauhan allegedly shot himself in the head with a pistol in his car bearing the registration number HP 51 2089 near Sector 2, new Shimla. The reports also revealed that two suicide notes have been recovered from Nitin. One of the notes was in the car and other at his residence. In both the notes, he has accused his wife and in-laws of driving him to take this extreme step. The reports also suggest that he was being harassed by his in-laws as they kept filing false cases against him and did not allow him to meet his son.

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  • Box Office: Kahaani 2 is better than Kahaani after opening weekend, Dear Zindagi stays good

    Back in 2012 when Kahaani had released, the film had opened to Rs. 3 crore on Friday. However, it had enjoyed very good word of mouth and its weekend had closed at Rs. 15 crore. Now in 2016 when Kahaani 2 has released and opened to Rs. 4.25 crore, the weekend is Rs. 16.97 crore. This is better than Kahaani though if one compares with the hike in ticket rates over last four years, there isn’t much of a difference. Nonetheless, considering the fact that response to sequels/franchise affairs has been largely terrible in 2016, it is still a relief of sorts that Kahaani 2 has at least done decent business. Now it has to be seen how quick does Kahaani 2 manage to surpass the Week One collections of

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  • CBDT points out at cases with serious irregularities detected post de-monetisation to ED, CBI

    New Delhi [India], Dec 6 (ANI): The Income Tax Department on Tuesday carried out swift investigations in more than 400 cases since the de-monetisation of Old High Denomination (OHD) currency announced by the Government on November 8th, 2016. The Bengaluru Investigation Unit of the Income Tax Department has sent maximum references (18) to ED, where the cases undisclosed cash in new high denomination notes was seized by the Department. The Mumbai unit has referred a case where Rs. 80 lakh in new high denomination currency notes were seized.

  • How Ibrahimpur Became the First Village in South India to Go Cashless

    In the wake of demonetisation, a village in Telangana has gone entirely cashless by taking all business transactions online. According to the Telangana government, Ibrahimpur village in Siddipet district of the state is the first village in South India to go cashless. Image for representation only. Source: Pixabay The district administration has opened bank accounts for those villagers who did not have them, provided everyone with debits cards, and has also set up card swipe machines in shops and micro ATMs in ration shops. After a formal ceremony where a local resident purchased groceries from a ration shop using his card, the village was declared 'cashless'. Irrigation minister and local MLA T Harish Rao, who has adopted the village, was present for the event that took place on December 5. Village sarpanch Kumbala Yella Reddy told The Times of India that all the residents have contributed towards making the village cashless. You may also like:  DU Students Adopted Soda Village in Rajasthan. And Started Transforming It, One Issue at a Time! Ibrahimpur is also popular in the district for having excellent water harvesting facilities as well as a toilet in every house. Over two lakh saplings were planted in the village during a programme titled Haritha Haram in July 2016. The irrigation minister had recently announced incentives for the villages that go cashless. The first, second and third villages to go cashless are to receive incentives of Rs. 10 Lakh, Rs. 5 lakh and Rs. 2 lakh respectively. The achievement of the village is in line with the state government’s resolution to make the Siddipet assembly constituency cashless by the end of December. 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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  • Indus waters row with Pak to intensify as India accuses World Bank of bias

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  • Watch Shah Rukh Khan’s Bathtub Entry, Katrina Kaif’s HOT Dance Moves At Lux Golden Rose Awards 2016 Now

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  • These ‘Plastic’ Bags Are Actually Made of Potato & Tapioca – and Can Become Animal Food on Disposal!

    Picture this – a cow gulps down a carry bag discarded in a field. The bag is white and looks like plastic. But don’t worry about it killing the cow. It actually does – nothing! Find out why. The partial or total ban on plastic bags in several Indian cities is often lauded as a welcome move by most people. As it should be! But if you ask those who cannot afford alternatives like cloth bags (or forget to bring them to the market) – using just hands to carry eggs and vegetables home can be a juggling act. It was this problem faced by ordinary citizens that disturbed Ashwath Hegde, a Mangalore-born but now Qatar-based NRI entrepreneur. “The Mangalore City Corporation implemented a ban on the manufacture, sale, and distribution of plastic bags in the year 2012. But the decision was taken without preparations for alternatives. People were concerned about how they would carry products from the market now. Everyone cannot afford a bag worth Rs. 5 or Rs. 15 to carry a kilogram of sugar. I decided to come up with alternatives after hearing about these problems in my hometown,” says the 25-year-old. After researching the problem for about four years, Ashwath founded EnviGreen – a company that produces 100% organic, biodegradable, and eco-friendly bags. They look like plastic bags but are made of materials like natural starch and vegetable oil derivatives. If placed in a glass of water at normal temperature, an EnviGreen bag dissolves in a day. And when placed in a glass of boiling water, it dissolved in just 15 seconds! These bags take less than 180 days to biodegrade naturally once discarded. So users can throw them away without worrying about harming the environment. The bags are even edible and will cause no harm to animals if ingested. You may also like: Eat with It and Then Eat It – Meet the Man Who Introduced Edible Cutlery to the World Ashwath, who has patented EnviGreen, claims the manufacturing process for these bags is entirely different from that of plastic, cloth, or paper bags. The company uses 12 ingredients, including potato, tapioca, corn, natural starch, vegetable oil, banana, and flower oil. All raw materials are first converted into liquid form and then taken through a six-step procedure before the end product is ready. “We don’t use any chemicals at all. Even the paint used for printing on the bags is natural and organic,” says Ashwath. He adds that the cost of one EnviGreen bag is about 35% more than that of a plastic bag, but 500% less than that of a cloth bag. “To give you a rough idea, an EnviGreen bag measuring 13 inches by 16 inches costs Rs. 3, while a plastic bag with the same dimensions will cost Rs. 2”. The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB), which has approved the use of these bags, conducted several tests to ensure there were no plastic elements in them. The tests included placing a hot iron on a small piece of EnviGreen sheet. The sheet neither melts nor sticks to the hot iron surface. The bags also don’t melt, drip, or release any toxic fumes when burnt, unlike conventional plastic bags. They have been tested by the Central Institute of Plastic Engineering and Sriram Institute for Industrial Research as well. You may also like: Anyone Can Check Their Eyes at Home With This Origami-Style DIY Eye Test Costing Under a Dollar To prove his point, Ashwath has even consumed a bag after boiling it in water to show that it is edible. With his team of 60 people, Ashwath has now set up a factory in Bangalore that produces 1,000 metric tonnes of bags every month. “We had this unique idea of empowering farmers in rural Karnataka by sourcing all our raw materials from them. We are also planning to distribute seeds to help them produce the amount of materials required to make the bags,” he says. Currently, the company has not started full-fledged sales in India, but the bags are already available in Qatar and Abu Dhabi. “Just the city of Bangalore consumes over 30,000 metric tonnes of plastic bags every month. So we want to set up enough manufacturing facilities before we start distributing to individual customers and local kirana shop owners. We have started supplying to corporate retail chains like Metro and Reliance, which will start using the bags from December this year,” says Ashwath. According to the Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, 15,000 tonnes of plastic waste is generated in India every day, out of which 9,000 tonnes is collected and processed, while 6,000 tonnes is not collected. Once available for use, EnviGreen bags will not just help ease this problem but also help many consumers struggling to find a balance between their concern for the environment and ways of making things more comfortable in their daily lives. You may also like: Say Goodbye to Bottled Water – These Water ATMs Dispense RO Water at Just Rs 5 per Litre! Find out more about the bags here. You can contact the team by writing to them at  ceo@gogreenqatar.com 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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  • Arvind Kejriwal demands probe against Amit Shah over hidden wealth allegations

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  • Rohit asks Jadeja: What's your `real age` on his 28th bday

    New Delhi [India], Dec.6 (ANI): As Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja turned 28 today, opener Rohit Sharma took to Twitter to wish his team-mate a happy birthday in a hilarious style. While wishing `jaddu` on his special occasion, Rohit asked him to reveal his 'real age' to the world. Meanwhile, former explosive Indian opener Virender Sehwag in his typical witty way extended his greetings to Jadeja.