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Section 377: A Reserved Verdict

The bench indicated that it would only read down Section 377 in so far as consensual acts are concerned with CJI Misra observing that there will be anarchy if it goes away entirely.

( Source: Indian Express, Posted: Jul 17, 2018)
Surabhi Gautam: An Incredible Journey!

From bagging the AIR 1 in IES exam to attaining AIR 50 in UPSC exam, IAS officer Surabhi Gautam didn't let anything stop her from achieving her dreams! More

( Source: NDTV, Posted: Jul 17, 2018)
Charging up Scientific Inquiry

Mumbai based organisation Universe Simplified is empowering children to create inventions that can solve pertinent problems in their community

( Source: TheOptimistCitizen, Posted: Jul 17, 2018)
Kerala Best Indian State in Reducing Maternal Deaths

On a promising note, three Indian states have already achieved SDG targets on Maternal Mortality Rate.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: Jul 17, 2018)
Shortage of Vets Affects Animals in Karachi Zoo

There are not enough vets to give proper treatment to more than 850 animals, many held in cages built a century ago.

( Source: Dawn, Posted: Jul 11, 2018)
NGOs Join Hands To Reduce Air Pollution in Punjab

This initiative will help in implementing low-cost alternative solutions among farmers to reduce crop residue burning in Punjab.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: Jul 11, 2018)
Small Loans for Small Homes

The government has been a game changer by setting a target to finance 20 million new homes for the poor in urban India by 2022, but are there things it can learn from the experience of entrepreneurs who have already shaped a market in affordable housing and finance?

( Source: CivilSocietyOnline, Posted: Jul 11, 2018)
Responsibly Discarding e-Waste

Akshay Jain, a young MBA who lives in Faridabad, found his calling in recycling electronic waste that ends up harming the environment.

( Source: TheWeekendLeader, Posted: Jul 11, 2018)
Sathyasri Sharmila: First Transgender Lawyer of India

The LGBTQ community of India has just crossed another milestone as 36 year-old Sathyasri Sharmila enrolled herself with the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, thus successfully, becoming first transgender lawyer in India.

( Source: qrius.com, Posted: Jul 4, 2018)
Lifeline Brings Maternal Deaths

As a result of isolation, infant mortality across the valley have been high. Signs of change are evident six years since Piramal Swasthya launched a programme called Asara to reduce maternal and neonatal deaths.

( Source: CivilSocietyOnline, Posted: Jul 4, 2018)
Railway Children

Railway Children is a UK based charity that works to protect the millions of children living on the streets in India and around the world running away from abuse, violence and poverty use extensive railway network to reach the cities, where they hope to find a better life.

( Source: www.flypop.co.uk, Posted: Jul 4, 2018)
Service Above Self

An organisation formally established in 1992, called Veerji Ka Dera, in Delhi. omprises volunteers come together to provide medical assistance to the needy.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Jul 2, 2018)
China India Border Dispute and the Envirnoment

Almost half the world population and 20% of its economy depend on Himalayan rivers. China and Indias competition for their headwaters increases this threat.

( Source: DownToEarth, Posted: Jun 20, 2018)
Another SEZ Exemption

On 27 April, the environment ministry issued an Office Memorandum (OM) clarifying how projects operating within existing industrial estates, parks and regions could be exempted from the requirement of carrying out public consultations.

( Source: CivilSocietyOnline, Posted: Jun 20, 2018)
Scythe: Making Harvesting Easier

Vikap Tech, that won the Millennium Alliance Award recently, makes an innovative tool called Scythe. It has an ergonomic design which helps to harvest faster while standing.

( Source: vikalp.tech, Posted: Jun 20, 2018)
Veg Waste From Chennai Market Powers a College Kitchen

Compared to towns and villages, the waste burden of metropolitan cities is not only moving forward at an unprecedented rate but is also causing significant repercussions to the environment by way of landfills.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Jun 20, 2018)
Affordable Housing Needs Better Processes

The plan to build 20 million affordable houses in India by 2022 means constructing close to 7,500 houses per day. The question is about delivery systems, the resources and the institutions to execute this.

( Source: CivilSocietyOnline, Posted: Jun 13, 2018)
Smart City: A Primer

Last month the government announced the list of 9 new Smart Cities, taking the total of Smart Cities to 99.

( Source: indiatogether.org, Posted: Jun 13, 2018)
Indian Hydro Generation Below 10 Percent

The total hydropower generation is likely to remain below 10 percent of total power generation in coming many years.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: Jun 13, 2018)
Jack Fruit Brightens Farmer Prospects

In comparison to mangoes and oranges, this Jack fruit has been an underdog in the past. It remains largely neglected by farmers as a prospective crop and often goes to waste.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Jun 13, 2018)
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