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South Asian Development NewsApr 18, 2015
A step towards eradication of Child Labour

Child labour is just as big a problem in Salem as it is anywhere else in ...

Natural Wigs for Cancer Patients

A team of collge girls from Chennai conducts a hair donation drive annually to collect hair ...

Loan Scheme to Revive Small Rice Mills in Sri Lanka

The aim of this move is to stabilise rice prices during the festive season in the ...

Rethinking Food Security and Hunger

A recent IFPRI report indicates concrete progress by India in the hunger index. ...

El-Nino Possibilities High by June

The Bureau of Meteorology, Australia, confirmed on Tuesday that there was 70 percent chance of El ...

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A million learn to read in the 'world's fastest literacy programme'
A trained mental health counsellor, Mr Lyons has developed what he claims is the fastest literacy programme in the world. His Tara Akshar system teaches women to read and write Hindi in less than 30 days with an alleged 90 per cent success rate.

Be-ing Other-centered in Business
He teaches them to be grateful and wants them to meditate. But Prof. Srikumar Rao's isn't a spiritual teacher: he teaches at Columbia Business School! In his gentle voice, he asks them to stop living in a "me centered" world and start living in an "other centered" one. In one exercise, students spend an hour each day for a week helping someone else without expecting anything in return. It may not be advanced accounting, but the results do filter down to the bottom line, and students know it: up to 200 students apply for 40 spots. Prof. Rao likes to imagine what a generation of other-centered businesspeople could do for the world. "In about a decade, my students will be in leadership positions," he says with a satisfied smile. "And they will ask, What can I do to make things better?"

Caring for the Alcohol Addicted
About 35 years ago, in an era when India did not even talk about alcoholism and when alcoholics were treated by psychiatrists, Shanthi Ranganathan, a non-medical person, began her journey to build a place that looked after and turned around alcoholics and drug addicts.

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