Homes Dump 21.6 Billion Litres of Contaminated Water Daily! Now, We Can Fix This

Here at The Better India, we are constantly on the search for ways to make India better through our platform. We began this through our stories – finding and writing about the everyday heroes who inspire millions to change for the better. In 2020, we decided to take it a step further, with the thought … Continue reading “Homes Dump 21.6 Billion Litres of Contaminated Water Daily! Now, We Can Fix This”

Top 10 Govt Bank Exams in India: Eligibility, Exam Pattern & More

Every year, lakhs of students are drawn towards examinations that guarantee a job in government banks. However, appearing for a bank exam is no piece of cake—there are limited jobs in this sector, the competition is very high, and the exams are tough. One aspect which sets these jobs apart from the rest is that … Continue reading “Top 10 Govt Bank Exams in India: Eligibility, Exam Pattern & More”

5 Natural & Simple Home Remedies to Ease Teething Pain in Babies

Teething is the process in which a baby’s teeth erupt, or begin to break through their gums. It’s no surprise that the time is exceptionally hard for both the child and the parent because of how painful it is. Common symptoms include irritability and tender or swollen gums, wherein a child tries to place an … Continue reading “5 Natural & Simple Home Remedies to Ease Teething Pain in Babies”

4 Things To Keep In Check While Caring For The Elderly: Health, Hygiene & More

 Being a caregiver for the elderly is an honour but it can get tricky when they refuse to accept help if they feel it compromises their dignity, pride and privacy. In such situations, making decisions for them regarding their lifestyle can become a hurdle. Maintaining personal hygiene and carrying out daily routines become difficult by … Continue reading “4 Things To Keep In Check While Caring For The Elderly: Health, Hygiene & More”

Married at 16 and Abused, Homeless Woman Rebuilt Her Life to Support 1000s of Kids

Shabnam Ramaswamy is a beacon of hope for thousands in the obscure hamlets of Murshidabad, West Bengal. A survivor of domestic violence, the 65-year-old has risen like a phoenix from the ashes and scripted history on her own terms.  Today, she is the guardian angel for over 1400 women from impoverished families, empowering them through … Continue reading “Married at 16 and Abused, Homeless Woman Rebuilt Her Life to Support 1000s of Kids”

0-60 Kmph in 2.9 Secs: B’luru Startup’s eMotorcycle Can Out-Perform Petrol Counterparts!

Established in December 2015, Bengaluru-based startup Ultraviolette Automotive set out with a vision to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles in India. One major step towards fulfilling that vision has been the launch of its high performance electric motorcycle the F77, which they began developing in June 2016. Today, you can place your order for … Continue reading “0-60 Kmph in 2.9 Secs: B’luru Startup’s eMotorcycle Can Out-Perform Petrol Counterparts!”

Celebrate Holi With a Bang! All-Natural Solutions That Keep Your Skin & Hair Safe

Holi is around the corner, and we’re excited about the colour and sweets that the festival will bring to our lives. But somewhere, while we’re having fun—our skin and hair take a beating. The hours we spend rubbing off the harsh colours, take away all the moisture and essential oils, and sadly, even after all … Continue reading “Celebrate Holi With a Bang! All-Natural Solutions That Keep Your Skin & Hair Safe”

Kerala Man With Rare Blood Group Quits Alcohol To Save Over 80 Lives

For a few decades of his life, MJ Paul was a raging alcoholic, and couldn’t carry out any of his daily activities or even perform his job without a drink. “It was so bad that I needed a drink right after waking up or else my hands would start trembling. One day, my wife, Jonamma, … Continue reading “Kerala Man With Rare Blood Group Quits Alcohol To Save Over 80 Lives”

Satara Woman Creates 100% Natural Skincare Range With Local Farm-Grown Ingredients

Our planet is bankrupt. Humanity’s greed has consumed all that the earth had to offer and now, we stand at the precipice, staring at earth’s empty coffers lying visible for all to see. What we need now are ruthless decisions. Decisions to flood our lives with sustainable practices and become more conscious of what we … Continue reading “Satara Woman Creates 100% Natural Skincare Range With Local Farm-Grown Ingredients”

5 Products That Will Get Your Home Garden up and Running in No Time!

While maintaining a home-garden is fairly easy once you get the hang of it, it can also throw you off if you’re completely new to the idea. We take you through methods that you can employ to start a home garden and successfully sustain it. Plantable Seed Bombs For those forever on the lookout for … Continue reading “5 Products That Will Get Your Home Garden up and Running in No Time!”

When Alcohol Flowed Through Kerala Taps: Here’s Why This Fun Should Scare You

Two weeks ago, the residents of Solomon’s Avenue Apartment Complex in Chalakuddy, Kerala got the shock of their lives when they found alcohol flowing through their taps! The residents first thought it was a drainage issue, but upon analysing the brownish liquid, they realised that it was a mix of beer, whisky and rum. When … Continue reading “When Alcohol Flowed Through Kerala Taps: Here’s Why This Fun Should Scare You”

BPSC Exam: Check Out Dates, Application Form, Admit Card & More

The Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) Combined Competitive (Preliminary) Exam has issued a notification announcing 69 Project Manager vacancies. If you or someone you know would be keen on applying for this position, read on. Important dates: Registrations for the BPSC recruitment to open on: 17 February 2020 The last date for BPSC registrations is: … Continue reading “BPSC Exam: Check Out Dates, Application Form, Admit Card & More”

IRDAI Revises Clause in Health Insurance Policies: How You Will Be Impacted

Here’s some good news for health insurance policyholders. The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has amended the definition of pre-existing diseases (PED), which is likely to reduce the rate of claim rejection in health insurance. This announcement was made via a circular dated 10 February 2020. Here’s a look at what this … Continue reading “IRDAI Revises Clause in Health Insurance Policies: How You Will Be Impacted”

Want Summer-Ready Hair? 5 Essentials for Repairing Damaged Hair

Nothing comes close to the feeling of having a head full of healthy, bouncy, shiny hair. While shampooing and conditioning are what you need to maintain hair health, doing just that doesn’t cut it for all seasons. With summer just around the corner, it’s time to up your hair-care routine by a notch. Here are … Continue reading “Want Summer-Ready Hair? 5 Essentials for Repairing Damaged Hair”

IISc, ISRO Develop ‘Space Brick’ To Build Eco-friendly Homes on Moon & Earth

With the earth under increasing threat, scientists are now exploring how humans can inhabit the moon or planets like mars. Responding to this need, researchers at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have developed ‘space brick’ that could assist the construction of future settlements on the moon and … Continue reading “IISc, ISRO Develop ‘Space Brick’ To Build Eco-friendly Homes on Moon & Earth”

IAS Officer Turns Crumbling Hospital Into Affordable & Green Health Centre!

When IAS officer Anshul Gupta took charge as the Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) of Indore’s Mhow cantonment in 2019, he learned of the different issues plaguing the Indian Red Cross Hospital (IRCH). He would soon learn that as per a Madhya Pradesh High Court order 15 years ago, the Mhow SDM is the ex-officio chairman … Continue reading “IAS Officer Turns Crumbling Hospital Into Affordable & Green Health Centre!”

Germ Tech to Ingredients: Here’s How This Toilet Cleaner Is Better For us All

Made with a lot of thought and love for humanity and our planet at large, The Better Home Toilet Cleaner commands you to try it out at least once to guarantee that it delivers what it claims. We spoke to Kedar Kulkarni, a Pune-based biotechnologist, about the technology used in the making of this product, … Continue reading “Germ Tech to Ingredients: Here’s How This Toilet Cleaner Is Better For us All”

5 Stages, 5 Kinds of Food: The Best Food Routine For Your Baby

Every new parent struggles with their baby’s diet. Is the child eating the right kind of food? Is it enough? To add to the pressure, there is the well-meaning, but also never-ending advice from everyone. If you’re struggling with this too, here’s a step-by-step dietary guide that could help: 1. But First, Mother’s Milk (0-6 … Continue reading “5 Stages, 5 Kinds of Food: The Best Food Routine For Your Baby”

Lavender to Peppermint: 5 Home Scents Science Says Will Make You Feel Better

Smells can affect our moods, in general. They can make us feel a range of emotions within seconds. Some of these scents, in specific, have massive benefits when it comes to uplifting our mood. If you’ve never considered taking the help of aromatherapy to create a calm ambience that brings you joy and tranquility, it’s … Continue reading “Lavender to Peppermint: 5 Home Scents Science Says Will Make You Feel Better”

Attention, Students! Here’s How To Access CBSE 10th Board Exam Question Banks

To help students of Class 10 prepare for their board exams, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has released question papers along with the solutions.  CBSE is a national level board of education in India for public and private schools, controlled and managed by the Union Government of India. Last year 18.19 lakh students … Continue reading “Attention, Students! Here’s How To Access CBSE 10th Board Exam Question Banks”

From A Mother To A Sexagenarian Man: Meet Bengaluru’s Unsung Traffic Volunteers

Bengaluru is definitely a city of wonders. Despite its infamous chock-a-block traffic, the Silicon Valley of India somehow manages to sprawl with impunity. Almost every minute, the traffic comes to a standstill at this signal or that junction. But, curiously, the city hardly ever stops. As we probed deeper, we found that the credits go … Continue reading “From A Mother To A Sexagenarian Man: Meet Bengaluru’s Unsung Traffic Volunteers”

The Incredible Story of a Brother’s Five Decade Search For a Lost King From Ladakh

In the past, The Better India has extensively covered the life and times of the 19th Kushok Bakula Rinpoche, a high ranking Buddhist monk, statesman, Member of Parliament and diplomat considered by many as the ‘Architect of Modern Ladakh’. While one can find ample material on this remarkable personality online, there is a remarkable story … Continue reading “The Incredible Story of a Brother’s Five Decade Search For a Lost King From Ladakh”

Want to Work at IIT-Kharagpur? Here’s How To Apply For Non-Teaching Jobs

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur issued an advertisement on 14 January 2020 inviting applications online for recruitment to various non-teaching posts. Note: Eligible candidates may apply to the positions on or before 24 February 2020, here. The Vacancies The recruitment drive is being conducted to fill 88 non-teaching vacancies. • 6 Junior Technical … Continue reading “Want to Work at IIT-Kharagpur? Here’s How To Apply For Non-Teaching Jobs”

Made of Ayurvedic Herbs, Here’s How This Hand Woven Yoga Mat Beats All Plastic

Regular yoga mats are made of PVC,TPE, or micro-fibre materials that harm both our body and the environment. An all-natural alternative to them are the hand woven herbal yoga mats from Nishchala which are truly one-of-a-kind. Made by the rural artisans and weavers of South India, adept especially in traditional artforms of handloom weaving and … Continue reading “Made of Ayurvedic Herbs, Here’s How This Hand Woven Yoga Mat Beats All Plastic”

This Woman Quit Her Job so 1000s of Kids Don’t Quit Their Schools – Or Their Dreams

Nusrat was a bright-eyed 15-year-old when she first met Maitreyee, the founder of Dream School Foundation, a Bengaluru-based NGO. The young girl was one among the many students who had walked up to her, seeking support for her dreams, and Maitreyee fondly remembers how she spoke animatedly about wanting to become a chef. Nusrat was … Continue reading “This Woman Quit Her Job so 1000s of Kids Don’t Quit Their Schools – Or Their Dreams”

Midnight Raids & Life Threats: This IAS Officer Fearlessly Fought UP’s Sand Mafia

Since childhood, Durga Shakti Nagpal aspired to become a civil servant. It was the family’s legacy for generations. Her father Subhash Nagpal was a government officer who was honoured with the Presidential Medal for distinguished service at the Delhi Cantonment, while her grandfather Ghanshyam Nagpal was a police officer who died on duty in 1954.  … Continue reading “Midnight Raids & Life Threats: This IAS Officer Fearlessly Fought UP’s Sand Mafia”

Engineer-Turned-Farmer’s Way of Growing Yellow Watermelons Takes Goa By Storm

Meet Nitesh Borkar, a 28-year-old from Goa, who is taking the state by storm with his innovative yellow watermelon farming project. Earlier this month, the young farmer cultivated more than 250 yellow watermelons from an area of 4×4 square meters. Without using any chemical fertilisers or pesticides. 100 per cent organically! Spending a meagre input … Continue reading “Engineer-Turned-Farmer’s Way of Growing Yellow Watermelons Takes Goa By Storm”

TBI Green Influencers: How This Trainer’s Vegan Diet Helps Her Deadlift 75 Kg!

When Nidhi Mohan Kamal suffered a severe hand injury, she was alarmed. She had been a strength trainer for over 14 years and would work out for two hours every day. How would her body cope with the sudden drop in physical activity? Little did Nidhi know that this accident would lead to an increase … Continue reading “TBI Green Influencers: How This Trainer’s Vegan Diet Helps Her Deadlift 75 Kg!”

Technicians, Technical Assistants & More Job Vacancies at ISRO: Here’s How to Apply

U R Rao Satellite Centre (URSC), Bengaluru, the lead centre of ISRO for satellite technology, has invited online applications for the recruitment of various posts. Interested and eligible candidates can apply online on or before 6 March 2020. The recruitment drive is being conducted to fill 182 vacancies, which include technicians, technical assistants, draughtsman, library … Continue reading “Technicians, Technical Assistants & More Job Vacancies at ISRO: Here’s How to Apply”

IPS Officer Makes All 53 Police Stations in District Differently-Abled Friendly

Actions, it is said, speak louder than words. In the case of what Paschim Medinipur Superintendent of Police (SP) Dinesh Kumar did, it is certainly true. Kumar has been a catalyst of change in Medinipur, and for all good reasons. Not only has his team implemented many pro-people initiatives and inclusive schemes especially for the … Continue reading “IPS Officer Makes All 53 Police Stations in District Differently-Abled Friendly”

IIM Kozhikode Invites Application for PG in Business Leadership: Steps, Fees & More

For aspirants interested in developing a career in the financial sector, Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIMK) has invited online applications for the Post-Graduate Programme in Business Leadership. The last date for registration for the first phase of admissions is 30 April 2020.  The one-year course combines academics and global exposure focusing on critical aspects … Continue reading “IIM Kozhikode Invites Application for PG in Business Leadership: Steps, Fees & More”

7 Flours That Can Replace Wheat for Gluten-Free Cooking & Baking

If you have been diagnosed with celiac disease, are allergic to gluten or are following a paleo diet, this is going to be of interest to you. Most of what we eat has some amount of flour in it; starting from breads to desserts. For the uninitiated, gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, … Continue reading “7 Flours That Can Replace Wheat for Gluten-Free Cooking & Baking”

Heard of ‘Forbidden Rice’? This Woman Brings it to You While Empowering 500+ People

It’s hard to conceive of an Indian dinner spread without a serving of a dish made of rice. This humble yet versatile grain has been a part of the country and its people for thousands of years. And what a gastronomical evolution it has had! From Kasmiri pulao in the north to dosas and idlis … Continue reading “Heard of ‘Forbidden Rice’? This Woman Brings it to You While Empowering 500+ People”

Home Atop an Auto? TN Man Builds Perfect Caravan With Kitchen, Bed & Toilet!

While studying at an architecture college in Chennai, 23-year-old NG Arun Prabhu did some research on slum housing, and was struck by the poor utilisation of space in these structures. Residents would spend somewhere around Rs 4-5 lakh to build a house, but it would not have a toilet. “I was researching slum housing in Chennai … Continue reading “Home Atop an Auto? TN Man Builds Perfect Caravan With Kitchen, Bed & Toilet!”

I’ve Decided To Use Stitched Clothes All My Life. Here’s Why You Should Too

Recent studies have shown that textile waste is the second largest pollutant in the world. It is also estimated that 73 per cent of all our clothes end up in landfills for reasons like the lack of collection systems and ineffective redistribution. Also, how do you ignore the massive carbon footprint that is created due … Continue reading “I’ve Decided To Use Stitched Clothes All My Life. Here’s Why You Should Too”

Telangana Engineer Brings 10 Lakh Dead Tube Lights to Life With Patented Formula!

As the youngest of four siblings growing up in Navipet town of Nizamabad district in present-day Telangana, 39-year-old Mandaji Narsimha Chary grew up with a real fascination for science, innovation and experimentation. This product of government schools would spend hours sitting in father’s furniture workshop or his uncle’s tape recorder shop tinkering around with various … Continue reading “Telangana Engineer Brings 10 Lakh Dead Tube Lights to Life With Patented Formula!”

5 Tasty Recipes to Try Using Super Nutritious Himalayan Red Rice

A staple dish in every Indian household, rice comes in many colours, each with its unique flavour.. While white rice is the most commonly used variety in our country, there are interesting varieties such as brown, black even red rice that you must try once in a while to cut the mundanity. Red rice, particularly, … Continue reading “5 Tasty Recipes to Try Using Super Nutritious Himalayan Red Rice”

‘Elephant Boy’ Mysore Sabu: Meet India’s First Star on Hollywood’s ‘Walk of Fame’

Thirty-odd years ago, an English film on the staid old Doordarshan channel (remember, it was the only one), was an event. When the papers announced that the offering on a certain Friday evening was that classic Disney cartoon film, Jungle Book, my sister and I scarcely believed our luck. It was a late-night screening, and … Continue reading “‘Elephant Boy’ Mysore Sabu: Meet India’s First Star on Hollywood’s ‘Walk of Fame’”

NITI Aayog to RBI: 5 Government Internships You Can Apply To Throughout The Year

Always wondered how the government makes decisions on welfare policies? Here’s your chance to be an integral part of policy and decision making. Several government-owned institutions like NITI Aayog and Reserve Bank of India offer internships that not only give you a solid experience but also an insight into how government departments function. Government SchemesHere … Continue reading “NITI Aayog to RBI: 5 Government Internships You Can Apply To Throughout The Year”

From ‘99.9% of Bacteria’ to Acid: 5 Myths About Toilet & Floor Cleaners Busted

Like most 90s kids, I grew up watching advertisements about how THIS floor cleaner disinfects the house with just one swipe and how THAT toilet cleaner leaves (almost) no bacteria alive in the commode. Of course, I never gave a second thought to these advertisements but they invariably guided my shopping choices. Fast forward to … Continue reading “From ‘99.9% of Bacteria’ to Acid: 5 Myths About Toilet & Floor Cleaners Busted”

Learning From The Cholas, IAS Officer Restores 178 Water Bodies in 3 Months!

In 2019, Puducherry’s Karaikal district was in the doldrums. Farmers cultivated only one-fifth of their land, a bucket of water meant walking for miles and the groundwater level went down from 200 to 300 feet due to overuse. Life, indeed, was hard. “Consequent to the deficient and uneven distribution of rainfall and inadequate receipt of … Continue reading “Learning From The Cholas, IAS Officer Restores 178 Water Bodies in 3 Months!”

IAS Officer Transforms Ramshackle Building Into Training Centre For Tribal Students

Deep into the thick, dense forests in Gadchiroli district in Maharashtra’s Bhamragad area, live the Madia Gonds. This endogamous tribal community is one of the country’s most under-developed tribes. This is why they are one of the 75 tribes that have been categorised by the Ministry of Home Affairs as Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTG)s … Continue reading “IAS Officer Transforms Ramshackle Building Into Training Centre For Tribal Students”

NEET PG 2020 Results: How to Check Cutoffs & Ranks

On 17 February 2020, the National Board of Education (NBE) declared the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test Post Graduate (NEET-PG) Result 2020 for all India 50 per cent quota seats. NEET-PG is a national eligibility test for medical graduates to get into postgraduate programs in reputed universities and government institutions. The exam, held on 5 January, was … Continue reading “NEET PG 2020 Results: How to Check Cutoffs & Ranks”

Forgotten By History Books: The True Story of the 1946 Naval RIN Mutiny

Although it was an episode that actually lasted less than a week and remains largely forgotten in public memory today, the Royal Indian Navy (RIN) Mutiny of February 1946 was arguably the single most critical event in convincing the British to hasten their exit from India. Triggered by a group of 20 young Indian ratings … Continue reading “Forgotten By History Books: The True Story of the 1946 Naval RIN Mutiny”

How Kolams Changed This 40-YO Chennai Designer’s Life After a Massive Burnout

The kolam—a design made from rice flour on the floor—is a staple feature in any traditional South Indian home. There are many types of kolams with different layers of complexity, for different occasions, and locations. Some are drawn outside the home, some in the pooja room, but what is common among all of them is … Continue reading “How Kolams Changed This 40-YO Chennai Designer’s Life After a Massive Burnout”

TBI Green Influencers: Here’s How You Too Can Minimalise Down to Just 2 Bags!

We often receive emails from our readers, asking doubts about their experiments with sustainable living. So, here’s a section dedicated to you – TBI’s ‘Green Influencers’ where we reach out to influencers and ask them about their sustainable journey. If you’ve been toying with the idea of decluttering your space, and consequently, your life, but … Continue reading “TBI Green Influencers: Here’s How You Too Can Minimalise Down to Just 2 Bags!”

Couple Turn Hemp Seed Oil Into The Ultimate Solution For Skin Care Problems!

For Harshaavardhan and Namrata Reddy Sirupa, it was their son’s chapped and dry skin that got them thinking about a permanent solution for his skin problems. “We tried all kinds of natural creams and oils, nothing seemed to be working. That’s when the mention of hemp seed oil came up,” explains Namrata. Harshaavardhan, who previously … Continue reading “Couple Turn Hemp Seed Oil Into The Ultimate Solution For Skin Care Problems!”

6 Seeds That Ensure Healthy Hair Growth and Prevent Hair Fall

Eating a healthy diet and leading a proper lifestyle invariably shows on the body. But some extra effort can ensure that you truly have a lustrous mane. A step in that direction would be to include some nutrient-dense seeds in your diet. You can eat them raw or cooked, but eating them consistently will definitely … Continue reading “6 Seeds That Ensure Healthy Hair Growth and Prevent Hair Fall”

Job Vacancies at AIIMS Delhi: How to Apply, Important Dates & More

The All Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, has announced 418 vacancies in AIIMS New Delhi and National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Jhajjar and invited applications to fill the various positions. If you or someone you know is keen on finding out more about the vacancies and how to apply, read on. The online … Continue reading “Job Vacancies at AIIMS Delhi: How to Apply, Important Dates & More”

Must Read: She Suffered Rape & Abuse; Today This Kerala Trainer is an Inspiration

Like many girls her age in Mukkam, a remote village in Calicut, Kerala, Jasmine M Moosa had a fairly uncomplicated childhood. She belonged to a close-knit community, studied in a convent school and recalls that sipping on ice-candies on the way back home was the best part of the day. But at the age of … Continue reading “Must Read: She Suffered Rape & Abuse; Today This Kerala Trainer is an Inspiration”