Rejected at interview Indian woman scripts history at Tokyo Paralympics – Better Life Info

Rejected at interview Indian woman scripts history at Tokyo Paralympics

I thought it would be my last in a series of articles about Indian women proving their strengths when I published the post about Female educationist helps thousands of poor kids live better lives in India. But, that was not to be and here’s another article about a woman from India, who never gave up, despite being disabled.

Three cheers to Indian women, who seem be making it big these days.

Bhavina Hasmukhbhai Patel wanted to be a teacher but was rejected during job interview due to a disability. Bhavina Patel, who is an Indian table tennis player, has now scripted history by winning a medal at the Tokyo Paralympics.

The 34-year-old was declared the winner of the first Paralympics medal for India in Table Tennis on Sunday. She secured a silver medal in the women’s singles class 4 event at the Tokyo Paralympics after losing to China’s Zhou Ying in the final.

Zhou Ying took an early 1-0 lead in the match by winning the first game 11-7. The world number one caused the Indian paddler problems with her backhand shots, and although a close match, she managed to seize the lead.

Ying’s dominance continued in the next round, when she won another game 11-5. The third game was a closer contest than the first two, but the Chinese paddler kept her cool and won 11-6 to claim the gold medal.

The Indian paddler had previously advanced to the final by defeating world no. 3 Miao Zhang of China. On Saturday, Bhavina advanced to the semifinals of the women’s singles Class 4 event with a shocking straight-game triumph over world number two and defending champion Borislava Peric Rankovic of Serbia, 7-11, 11-7, 11-4, 9-11, 11-8.

Bhavina, who was stricken with polio at the age of 12, defeated her Serbian opponent 11-5 11-6 11-7 in an 18-minute quarterfinal encounter.

Bhavina Patel provided some encouraging remarks following her semifinals victory.

She stated that she did not believe herself to be handicapped. Bhavina stated that she was always confident in her ability to do anything, and she has now proven that.

Bhavina, who was born in a wheelchair, attended ordinary schools in Sundhiya village. Bhavina’s family was concerned about her future, but Bhavina never gave up.

According to a source, Bhavina’s first intention was to become a teacher, but that dream was dashed when she was rejected in an interview due to her physical disability. Her family stepped in at this point, lead by her father Hasmukhbhai Patel, who noticed an advertisement for the Blind People’s Association (BPA).

Bhavina was confined in a wheelchair and attended ordinary schools in Sundhiya village. Bhavina’s family was concerned about her future, but she never gave up.

According to a source, Bhavina’s first intention was to become a teacher, but that dream was dashed when she was rejected in an interview due to her physical disability.

Her family stepped in at this point, lead by her father Hasmukhbhai Patel, who noticed an advertisement for the Blind People’s Association (BPA).

Soon after, he enrolled Bhavina in an ITI computer course at the award-winning institute, and Bhavina’s life was revolutionised as she found and fell in love with table tennis.

Bhavina Patel reached another milestone in her life at the Blind People’s Association in Ahmedabad where she was introduced to instructor Lalah Doshi. It was after that she fast became a table tennis player and embarked on a journey that would take her to the Tokyo Paralympics and help her win a position in the sports history of India.

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Success story of Indian women who sell bags, other items after village hit by drought

This is the second in Better Life Info‘s series of success stories of women who have worked hard to get going during tough times. Instead of giving up, these women from a small village in Andhra Pradesh, India, formed a small business after the village was hit by a drought in 2010. Their story shows how resilience and hard work ultimately lead to success.

Chennai woman leads initiative for village to thrive despite drought

Agriculture is the primary income source for the people of this small village, called Paalaguttapalle Dalitwada, in the Chittoor district.

The village houses nearly 65 landless households and has a tiny population of about 200. Almost all the people who live there earn money from farming. However, they had to struggle after  a drought occurred in the village in 2010.

Thirty years ago, Chennai’s Aparna Krishnan  and her family had relocated to Paalaguttapalle Dalitwada. Aparna and other female villagers got an idea due to which its people thrived in spite of the drought. The initiative is led by Aparna.

She says, “A simple idea, a lot of skilled labour from the people of the village, and clever social media marketing have helped the residents of this community get back on their feet.”

Women form small business to get going after drought hit them

When brainstorming ways to tackle the economic challenges caused by the drought, the ladies got the idea of sewing bags by machine and also by hand to resume earning.

“Regardless of the task,” she explains, “men as well as women collaborate in the village.”

In 2016, several rural women began to stitch cloth bags. Aparna, with the assistance of friends such as Arun Kombai, a  designer based in Chennai, and Sai Krupa, a photographer, made use of social media to build a buzz on Facebook and other social media apps under the brand Paalaguttapalle Bags.

Aparna’s acquaintance was the first to make an order for a hundred Paalaguttapalle Bags, and these bags are now in demand in India as well as globally in nations such as the United States, United Kingdom, Malaysia, Canada, and Germany.

Paalaguttapalle Bags has produced over 70,000 bags to date, including 50 different types of bags including supermarket bags, conference bags with logos, totes, jewellery pouches, sling bags, laptop sleeves, backpacks, and gift bags.

They also make personalised clothes bags with company logos for businesses.

Aparna explains that she just advertises the products on social media; everything else, including purchasing fabric, designing, stitching, embroidering, packaging, quality checks, dispatching, and delivery, is overseen by a group of ten rural women.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the women also began creating masks and sold thousands of masks for a large profit. They also sell home-made pickles.

Working hard to support their families is what matters most to the women of the Paalaguttapalle Dalitwada village. The success stories of such women should inspire us all to work hard for success.

You can support these women through their website Paalaguttapalle Bags that has the tagline Sustainable Livelihoods for All.

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Indian woman to sell recycled coconut shell bowls in Germany – Towards A Better Life

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Once hidden behind a veal, the women of India have come a long way and have entered almost every field that was earlier dominated by men. More power to such women who want to achieve something they can be proud of, while not ignoring their duties towards their families. Even Islam allows a woman to be educated and do a job or business, although it insists that they protect themselves by wearing or scarf or a veil. Hence, I urge woman to come from every religion and corner of the world to come forward and make a mark in today’s world.

This is the story of an Indian woman who uses coconut shells to make bowls and other products. The woman is now planning to take her business global, starting from Germany.

This is the first in a series of stories related to woman empowerment that I intend to tell you through blogging.

Kerala woman starts small business using coconut shells

Using waste to create something with which you can set up a small business is a great idea. Maria Kuriakose, from Thrissur, Kerala is a remarkable example of this.

Most of us run away from starting a business because of fear of losses. But, Maria quit her job to start a small business, called Thenga.

The 26-year-old make bowls and other products from coconut shells that people usually discard. Maria sells these products on Amazon, and other online marketplaces. She also plans to launch the products overseas in countries like Germany through Amazon.

Maria wanted to launch her own business since she was a child. However,  she did not know what the business could be. She completed her MBA in 2017, before working for a corporate company.  Maria left her job within a year as she desired to work for an organization that empowered the underprivileged. This led her to join a Mumbai social enterprise that worked with poor women and made sustainable sanitary pads.

But, she got the business idea she was looking for when she visited a Thrissur coconut oil mill.

Maria says she did more research to find that some businesses use coconut shells to manufacture activated charcoal, while others burn them as fuel. Previously, various artists in Kerala used the shells to create ladles for serving food. Today, these products have little value, and the number of artists practising the technique has likewise decreased.”

This resulted in the creation of an indigenous brand called Thenga, which translates to “coconut,” which has sold over 8,000 coconut shell-based items.

Making something valuable to sell from waste

When Maria planned to market coconut-shell-based products in 2019, she consulted with artisans and professionals who were producing its byproducts. She spent several months learning how the shells are sorted and how the finished product is manufactured.

Maria says, “I discovered that specialised gear was necessary to produce items from coconut shells. The purpose of this is to scrape the outside and interior parts of the shell to give it a nice finish.”

She did not, however, want to make a huge investment in purchasing machinery merely to undertake a trial run. Maria’s father, Kuriakose Varoo, came to her help. As a veteran mechanical engineer, he knew exactly what was required to create a low-cost version of the machine.

Maria built a couple of bowls at home after selecting a few firms that disappointed her. She also printed business logos on the bowls.

She received tremendously positive feedback. If a client complains about a broken item, Maria will replace it right away, free of charge.

Thenga products to be launched in Germany

In addition to selling to businesses, Maria offers the bowls are offered directly to people through e-commerce platforms and her social media profiles. Maria struggled to acquire the correct size shells and create the bowls as her orders increased.

Though her parents assisted with order fulfilment, she felt it was inconvenient to produce all of the products at home and preferred to focus her efforts on marketing the company and developing new products.

Maria says she then got in touch with a few artists in Kottayam, Thrissur, and Wayanad who created coconut shell ladles.

She says, “These craftsmen earn a living mostly through odd occupations such as construction, but they continue to practise their skill on the side.”

The artisans already had the machinery and simply needed to be trained on what kind of shells to use to keep the size of the bowls consistent and to avoid using any chemical-based products to create the glossy finish.

Maria was able to take on more orders and extend her product line with their assistance.

By the end of 2020, Thenga had four bowl sizes, the lowest being 150ml and priced at Rs 250, and the largest being 900 ml and priced at Rs 950.

Maria also started using coconut shells to make teacups, silverware, hanging planters, and candles.

Maria says people can use the bowls for soups and cold foods. She herself makes coconut-flavored candles.

She added that Thenga has sold over 8,000 goods and is still receiving orders from  Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka.

Speaking about her plans to go global with her products, Maria concluded, “The products will be launched in Germany through Amazon in a few months.”

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Anand Mahindra asks to stop risky manual labor as construction worker’s video goes viral on Twitter – Better Life Info

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Construction workers, including the people who lay bricks while a buildingis being built, are the ones who put in all the hard work and even risk their lives to build our homes. These workers face various hazards due to which their risk of injury or death increases. Falling from height is one of the many risks that construction workers face while building our houses.

But, their work has been largely unrecognized. That was until recently when a video showing the skills of a man who balances multiple bricks on his head at the same time went viral. In fact, Chairman of Mahindra Group, Anand Mahindra, has commended the man for what he does and urged to stop the risky work done by such laborers.

The undated video shows a laborer take bricks an pile them up on his head simultaneously. It seems that the video is from a Indian construction site.

While sharing it on Twitter, Anand Mahindra, commended the laborer for the unique skill that he possesses. Mr Mahindra tweeted, “No one shouldhave to do such risky manual labour. But you have to admire this man for turning his drudgery into an into an art form. Does anyone know where this isfrom? Can his employers provide and also recognise his higherorder skills?”

But, after Mr Anand posted the video on Twitter, it has become viral. The video received many comments, with many netizens agreeing that risky jobs such as this needs to be stopped.But, a few of the people who commented said they were displeased with automation, as this could lead the workers to lose their jobs.

However, the man in the video is not the only laborer or mason who is taking such a risk to provide for their families, while they help build our houses.

One of the netizens said in his comment, : “This is the work that many poor people do in India to feed their families. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been making the same promise, since the last three years, while speaking to the public. In his 2019 public address on Independence Day , the PM had said that Rs. 100 lac crore will be spent for the development of modern infrastructure. Modi has been repeating the promise ever since. But, whereis the money?.”


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Indian AI health and fitness app gets $75M investment to boost its growth

Indian AI-enabled health and fitness app, HealthifyMe bills itself as India’s largest digital wellness platform. The app has over 25 million subscribers spread over 300 Indian cities and approximately 1,500 coaches.

HealthifyM is now its way to further growth, after raising a $75 million in a Series C funding round led by LeapFrog and Khosla Ventures.

HealthQuad, Unilever Ventures, Elm of the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund, and repeat investors Chiratae Ventures, Inventus Capital, and Sistema Asia Capital also participated in the investment round.

So far, HealthifyM has been able to raise over $100 million from various investors.

It uses artificial intelligence to provide subscription-based health and fitness services like calorie counting, one-on-one nutrition and fitness coaching, and diet and workout regimens.

Available on both iOS and Android devices, the app also features AI nutritionist Ria who acts as a personal health assistant.


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How to prevent car theft after 3 teens charged for such crimes in Madison – Better Life Info


Being in the media industry (I edit legal news online), I often come across news where people are arrested or charged for stealing from vehicles. I ended my day’s work on June 16 with just that kind of news in which Fitchburg police announced the arrest of three suspects in a series of crimes including vehicle thefts, burglaries and financial offenses.

I immediately thought about sharing some tips and a video that will show you how to stop people from stealing your car or even items from it. After all we work so hard for our families and not for thieves.

Coming back to the news that inspired me to share the video, the three suspects arrested on June 10, 2021 were all teenagers.

Lt. Edward Hartwick said three adolescents suspected of being involved in a recent crime spree were seen entering the home on Madison’s west side.

After leaving the house, two 15-year-old boys and a 17-year-old boy were arrested, and a car reported stolen earlier in the day from Madison was located nearby, according to Hartwick.

The 15-year-olds were wanted for a robbery in Fitchburg on June 6 in which a 14-year-old girl was shot in the head with a revolver.

They were arrested and brought to the Dane County Juvenile Detention Center on suspicion of armed robbery. According to Hartwick, one of them was on electronic monitoring from past juvenile trials.

The 17-year-old, identified as Marquan Webb, has been charged with robbery, criminal theft, and misuse of personal identifying information, according to Hartwick.

With so many people sadly becoming jobless after Covid-19, I think there is nothing better left for people than steal from others. Due to this, I believe that such crimes are on the rise more than ever before.

How to 100% theft-proof your vehicle

As I told you above, after much research, I have got a video for you in which you will learn how to stop such crimes from happening with, and adversely affecting you. The video called “How to 100% Theft-Proof Your Car!” shows you several ways that will help you prevent thieves from stealing from your vehicle or things from it. After all nobody wants criminals to have fun on their hard earned money. And prevention is always better than cure (which in such cases you may think is reporting the crime to police).

Keeping Your Car Safe: Tips for Preventing Auto Theft

  1. Never Leave Valuables in Your Vehicle.
  2. Lock Your Car Doors.
  3. Remove Your Keys from the Vehicle.
  4. Do Not Leave a Spare Key Near Your Vehicle.
  5. Close the Windows.
  6. Park in Well-Lit Areas.
  7. Install an Audible Alarm System and Anti-Theft Device. .
  8. Install a Vehicle Immobilizer System.
  9. Install a Tracking System.

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Covid-19 vaccine passports to help you fly during the pandemic

Just a year ago the world was waiting for scientists to create a vaccine to end the troubles it was facing due to Covid-19. And now, the the European Union (EU) is looking to develop and launch COVID-19 vaccine passports.

The EU will launch these passports in partnership with the the airline sector and the governments of some Asian countries. The partnership aims to ease travel and give a much needed boost to the global tourism industry.

Travelers would now be able use cellphone apps to prove they have been vaccinated. This could help them avoid onerous quarantine requirements at their destinations.

The user’s official or authorized e-immunization record would be contained in the Covid-19 vaccine passports.

Britain’s National Health Service app allows fully vaccinated users to prove their status when traveling overseas. But,the EU, China, and Japan are working on their own digital vaccination certificates for cross-border travel.

Any official vaccination certificates will be stored in smartphone apps, like the mobile wallets that would be launched by the EU by June, 2021.

However, the multiple efforts highlight the lack of one central global system to electronically verify vaccination status.

While questions related to privacy and vaccine inequality linger, the projects are also facing technical issues in collaborating.

Concerns have also been raised about the misuse of data to “control people, restrict freedom and erode privacy.”

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Chauvin to learn black lives matter in jail; but it’s only 40 years he is facing

The US police is yet to learn that Black lives matter as seen in the recent killing of a Black man during a traffic stop. But, justice has been served in the case against the former Minneapolis officer whose actions in the death of George Floyd sparked massive protests.

Derek Chauvin, who killed Floyd last year by kneeling on his neck last year, has been convicted of all counts against him. Chauvin is facing just 40 years in prison, although it should have death or a life sentence without parole for all the pain the US suffered because of the crime he committed. According to Islamic principles, it is death for a person who kills another because not only black but all lives matter. Islam also says that the crime of a person who takes one life is as if he has killed all humans. But, sadly Chauvin is facing neither life nor the death sentence, which is given in rare cases.

However, the US police has still not understood that black lives matter as white police officer recently allegedly shot a young Black motorist to death during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb.

The fatal shooting of Daunte Wright triggered three nights of protests and civil unrest.

Minnesota  authorities have charged with second-degree manslaughter Kim Potter, the Brooklyn Center police officer who was arrested on April 14 for killing 20-year-old Wright during an April 11 traffic stop.

The incident occurred amid the trial of Chauvin.

The maximum sentence he could get is 40 years for second-degree unintentional murder, 25 years for third-degree murder and 10 years for second-degree manslaughter. Those sentences would likely be served concurrently, not consecutively, since they are all for the same crime.

The judge in the trial canceled his bail and said Chauvin would be sentenced in eight weeks.

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Black Lives Matter: When will US police understand?

Looks like the US police will never understand that Black lives matter, even after what the country went through following the 2020 murder of George Floyd.

A white police officer has now been taken into custody for shooting a young Black motorist to death during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb.

The fatal shooting of Daunte Wright triggered three nights of protests and civil unrest.

Minnesota  authorities have charged with second-degree manslaughter Kim Potter, the Brooklyn Center police officer who was arrested on April 14 for killing 20-year-old Wright during an April 11 traffic stop.

The incident occurred amid the ongoing trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, who was last year charged with murder and manslaughter in the May 2020 death of Floyd.

Potter, a 26-year veteran of the police department, resigned from her post on Tuesday after Wright’s death sparked protests. Police Chief Tim Gannon also tendered his resignation Tuesday, after telling reporters one day earlier that Potter appeared to have mistaken her gun for her Taser during the traffic stop.

Gannon has said police video shows Potter apparently drew her hand gun instead of her Taser by mistake when she opened fire on Wright, after he broke away from a fellow officer and climbed back into his car.

Wright’s family members and their lawyer have rejected that notion that an accident was to blame for Wright’s death.

The Washington County Attorney’s Office said Potter was acting as her partner’s field training officer at the time of the shooting.

“Certain occupations carry an immense responsibility and none more so than a sworn police officer,” Imran Ali, assistantcriminal division chief and director of the major crimes unit for the County Attorney’s Office, said in the statement.

“We will vigorously prosecute this case and intend to prov ethat Officer Potter abrogated her responsibility to protect the public when she used her firearm rather than her Taser,” he said. “Her action caused the unlawful killing of Mr. Wright, and she must be held accountable.”

Wright was shot on Sunday after being pulled over for an expired automobile registration, and officers discovered there was a warrant out for his arrest, according to the official police account of the confrontation.

In police video of the incident, Potter can be heardshouting, “Holy shit, I just shot him,” after she fires a singleshot that struck Wright in the chest.

To convict Potter of second-degree manslaughter under Minnesota law, prosecutors must show that she was “culpably negligent” and took an “unreasonable risk” in her actions against Wright. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

Lawyer Benjamin Crump, who represents Wright’s family, stated that the charge fell short of meeting a greater need for police reform in the United States.

Crump said, “While we appreciate that the district attorney is pursuing justice for Daunte, no conviction can give the Wright family their loved one back. This was no accident. This was an intentional, deliberate, and unlawful use of force. Driving while Black continues to result in a death sentence.”

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I CAN’T BREATHE: Minneapolis police veteran says kneeling on Floyd’s neck was not at all required – Life And Crime Stories



The world knows that a black man died while saying ‘ I can’t breathe’ last year after a former U.S officer knelt on his neck for several minutes, but the head of the Minneapolis Police Department’s homicide division has now testified that it was an act that was not at all required.

Lt. Richard Zimmerman gave testimony on April 2 during the trial of formfficer Derek Chauvin who was charged with murder of George Floyd, saying that kneeling on Floyd ‘s neck while he was handcuffed and lying on his stomach was top-tier, deadly force and “totally unnecessary.”

Zimmerman testified at Derek Chauvin’s murder trial, saying, “If your knee is on a person’s neck, that can kill him.”

He added when someone is handcuffed behind their back, “your muscles are pulling back … and if you’re laying on your chest, that’s constricting your breathing even more.

Zimmerman also gave testimony that once Floyd was handcuffed, he saw “no reason for why the officers felt they were in danger — if that’s what they felt — and that’s what they would have to feel to be able to use that kind of force.”

Zimmerman, replied, “Absolutely,”, when prosecutor Matthew Frank asked.“So in your opinion, should that restraint have stopped once he was handcuffed and thrown on the ground?”

He said he has received use-of-force training annually — as all officers do — since joining the city force in 1985.

He also said he has never been trained to kneel on someone’s neck if they’re handcuffed behind their back and in the prone position.

Zimmerman said, “Once you secure or handcuff a person, you need to get them out of the prone position as soon as possible because it restricts their breathing,” , adding “you need to turn them on their side or have them sit up.”

He also gave testimony that even if an ambulance has been called, it is the duty of police to provide care for a person in distress.




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