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India to Revamp Public Libraries

Public libraries in India are geared for a makeover under a modernisation program of the National Mission on Libraries. Internet, Wi-Fi and other facilities will soon be available in libraries to attract the youth,

( Source: TheWeekendLeader, Posted: Feb 22, 2017)
Using Edutainment for Social Change

The fact that Pakistani television serials Rehaai and Udaari sparked a debate on social media and other forums testifies to the impact of such programmes

( Source: dawn.com, Posted: Feb 21, 2017)
Cyclone Vardah and Missing Trees of Chennai

On 12 December last year, when Cyclone Vardah hit the coast of Chennai, its howling winds uprooted thousands of trees. The city, has launched a drive to replant trees.

( Source: CivilSocietyOnline, Posted: Feb 20, 2017)
Waste Fabric as a Tool for Empowerment

Tanushri Shukla started Chindi, a Mumbai-based enterprise that works with marginalised women to help them earn a living through crafts from garment waste.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Feb 20, 2017)
Dawn of Digital Economy in India

The Indian corporate sector feels that newly announced incentives​ in Budget 2017 ill be instrumental in creating a Digital India.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: Feb 15, 2017)
Chevalier for Ruchitra Gupta

uchira is the founder of Apne Aap Worldwide, an NGO which works in the field of Women Rights and also helps eradicate the practice of human sex trafficking.

( Source: YourStory.com, Posted: Feb 15, 2017)
Traditional Paddy Helps Strike Gold in Drought

With initiative from Rural Organisation for Social Education (ROSE), 15 traditional paddy varieties were cultivated in about 250 acres across 15 villages of Pudukottai district in Tamil Nadu.

( Source: New Indian Express, Posted: Feb 15, 2017)
Urbanites Reconnect With Nature

Green is starting to peek through crevices in the concrete jungles of Indian cities.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Feb 12, 2017)
Creating Access for Speical Needs Children

Tamahar strives to bring knowledge and latest technology from all over India and the world and make it available to all special needs children across India

( Source: tamahar, Posted: Feb 7, 2017)
Pong Dam Wetlands of Himachal

More than 125,000 birds of 93 species have been spotted in Pong Dam wetlands including greater flamingoes recorded here for the first time.

( Source: TheWeekendLeader, Posted: Feb 7, 2017)
Making Sari Weaving Safer

Chintakindi Mallesham, 39, has revolutionised the way Pochampalli silk sari is made by inventing a machine that cuts to one-third the time needed for processing thread needed for weaving.

( Source: CivilSocietyOnline, Posted: Feb 7, 2017)
Literature Festival for Children

The two-day event will witness various bestselling children's authors, storytellers, book signing, reading and puppet shows.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: Feb 7, 2017)
Making Indian Highways Sober

Harman Singh Sidhu was paralysed after a car accident in 1996 In 2012 he filed a PIL seeking closure of liquor vends on national and state highways.

( Source: Times of India, Posted: Feb 1, 2017)
Coral Reefs to Face Severe Bleaching

If current trends continue, severe bleaching will occur every year on 99% of coral reefs within this century.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: Feb 1, 2017)
Trouble in Rhino Paradise

Poachers killed 18 rhinos in Kaziranga National Park in India in 2016 but experts still see many reasons for hope.

( Source: DownToEarth, Posted: Feb 1, 2017)
Schooling the Children of Migrant Labourers

As more poor migrant children face exploitation in Kerala, some schools are coming up with ways to enroll and retain them.

( Source: IndiaTogether, Posted: Feb 1, 2017)
Kehi Garoun: Being the Change in Nepal

Kehi Garoun, a social initiative in Kathmandu started by Umanga Pandey, encourages individuals to drive change. And it has channeled 100 percent of what it receives to children who are unable to afford educational materials.

( Source: kgnepal, Posted: Jan 24, 2017)
Missing Activists of Pakistan

With the disappearance of Salman Haider and at least three other activists, a dark new chapter in the illegal war against civil society.

( Source: Dawn, Posted: Jan 24, 2017)
Bengaluru and Rain Water Harvesting

Though the laws made rainwater harvesting compulsory quite a few years ago, it has yet to become popular with people. When supplied with subsidised piped water, citizens neglect to make their own contribution to the sustainability of water resources for the city.

( Source: CivilSocietyOnline, Posted: Jan 24, 2017)
First Visually Impaired Doctor of India Gets Certified

With the Maharashtra issuing her the certificate on her clearing the exams, Dr Kritica Purohit has become the first certified visually challenged doctor in the country.

( Source: DNA India, Posted: Jan 24, 2017)
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