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Ban on Chewing Paan in Uttar Pradesh

The new Uttar Pradesh government on Wednesday banned chewing of paan (betel leaf) and paan masala, widely known as gutkha, in all government buildings.

( Source: TheWeekendLeader, Posted: Mar 22, 2017)
School in the Sky

The Baunru school is one of the 1,000 Schools which Tata Steel ambitiously seeks to improve education standards in six blocks across three districts in Odisha.

( Source: CivilSocietyOnline, Posted: Mar 22, 2017)
In the Name of Milk

Like in many developing countries, in Pakistan also, the problems of adulteration and contamination begin from collection.But they are not the only issue in the dairy sector.

( Source: Dawn, Posted: Mar 22, 2017)
Punjab Doing Away with the VIP Culture

The state government of Punjab during a recent cabinet meeting reached a consensus to put a definitive end to the VIP culture in the state. In a significant move, the state will be doing away with the red, amber and blue beacons from official vehicles that belong to state ministers, political appointees, bureaucrats and other government vehicles. From now on beacons will only be allowed for emergency services like ambulances and fire brigades.

They will also be used during visits from the chief minister and for the judges from the Haryana High Court and Punjab High Court.

Image for representation. Photo source: Wikimedia  In a meeting that is said to have lasted three hours, the cabinet also decided to put a two-year ban on state government funded foreign travel of ministers and members of the legislative assembly (MLAs) unless otherwise mandated by the government. Yet another way that the state is combating VIP culture is through a decision to no longer pay for banquets and dinners. However, exceptions will be made for events held in honour of the President, Vice-President, Prime Minister, Speaker, State Governors and foreign diplomats and dignitaries. According to a report in Indian Express, the practice of laying foundation stones in order to inaugurate public projects will also be put to an end. The newspaper quoted a government spokesperson as saying, “The protocol of laying foundation stones and inauguration by legislators and ministers would be clearly defined and laid down, ensuring respect for all citizens. Only the President of India, Vice President of India, Speaker of Lok Sabha, Union Cabinet Ministers, Chief Minister, Speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha and state cabinet ministers were entitled to lay foundation stones in Punjab.”
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Putting an end to the VIP culture is one of the ways the state government is trying to curb the extravagant usage of tax payers' money.

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( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Mar 21, 2017)
Grannies Going to School

Every afternoon, the grandmothers of Phangane village in Maharashtra wrap pink saris around themselves and slip abacuses and chalkboard into their backpacks. They are going to school.

( Source: BBC, Posted: Mar 14, 2017)
Life Lessons with Ancient Tribes

BuDa Folklore protects a vanishing way of life in Karnataka.

( Source: NatGeoTraveler, Posted: Mar 14, 2017)
Bhoomi College: A Sustainable Curriculum

This one of a kind college supports co-creation of meaningful and empowering learning environments to address challenges in both education and sustainable living.

( Source: Bhoomi College, Posted: Mar 14, 2017)
Making Bio Degradable Plastic

In 2012, when the Mangaluru City Corporation banned plastic bags, it inspired a young city boy, Ashwath Hegde, to find a 100% biodegradable alternative for plastics.

( Source: The News Minute, Posted: Mar 14, 2017)
New Net based training to enable NGOs stay self reliant

Holland based development organization teaches Indian grassroots NGOs to become self-reliant by freeing them from dependence on foreign funds.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: Mar 9, 2017)
TBI Blogs: Meet the 25-Year-Old Using Her Cooking Skills to Empower Underprivileged Women in Delhi

Learning how to use their cooking skills to start their own enterprise generated a lot of interest.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Mar 8, 2017)
This Woman's Powerful Message Against Harmful Beauty Standards Is Bang On

In the post she eloquently notes, "Over the years my attitude has changed from 'Why me?' to 'Why not me?'

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Mar 8, 2017)
Meet the University of Utah Alumnus Who Returned to India to Help Farmers Conserve Their Produce

Aakash's efforts led him to co-found Green Leaf Dynamic whose GreenCHILL coolers offer sustainable storage for farmers across India.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Mar 8, 2017)
Saag Culture Ensures Nutrition in Odhisha

As the monsoon abates and a mild winter sets in, kitchens across Odisha start cooking those leafy greens again. This is the time when the nature is bounteous, and a variety of potherbs can be found growing in kitchen gardens, by roadsides, across grazing fields, as undergrowths in forests, along water bodies, and almost everywhere.

( Source: DownToEarth, Posted: Mar 1, 2017)
A Review of Lahore Literary Festival

A bomb blast in Lahore meant the fest had to be rescheduled, relocated and remixed within 48 hours so that it was safe for people to attend.

( Source: dawn.com, Posted: Mar 1, 2017)
Students Build Roads for Safer Access

Students in Assam are laying down foundation for a better future by physically volunteering to build roadways in the state.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Mar 1, 2017)
A Welcome Change in Disabilities Law

A new law on the rights of people with disabilities was passed in the winter session of Parliament. It had been all of seven years in the making.

( Source: CivilSocietyOnline, Posted: Mar 1, 2017)
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)
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