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Vettiver Sarees

Launching the saree made of vettiver recently, Selima Ahmad, president, Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry, appreciated the efforts of women weavers.

( Source: The Hindu, Posted: Aug 25, 2015)
Approval for176 Eco Sensitive Zones

Currently, 156 proposals for declaration of eco-sensitive zones are under scrutiny and 113 are under process in the Indian Environment ministry

( Source: DownToEarth, Posted: Aug 25, 2015)
Micro Finance Institution Turns Into Bank

The country's youngest lender Bandhan Bank kicked off operations on Sunday with a loan book of Rs 10,500 crore, 501 branches and 1.43 crore account holders.

( Source: TimesOf India, Posted: Aug 25, 2015)
The Voice Behind Red Door

Reshma Valliappan is a 35-year-old advocate and spokesperson on mental health who has refused to conform to the socially constructed ideal of normality. Instead, Reshma embraces the notion of being different including how she looks and how she approaches mental health.

( Source: CivilSocietyOnline, Posted: Aug 25, 2015)
Street Clinics for the Poor

Delhi government plans to open 1,000 Street Clinics with basic diagnostics in poor neighbourhoods in outlying areas of Delhi.

( Source: TheWeekendLeader, Posted: Aug 18, 2015)
HONY and Bonded Labor in Pakistan

Fundraising from Humans of New York has boosted the work of Syeda Ghulam Fatima who is fighting against bonded labor in Pakistan.

( Source: dawn.com, Posted: Aug 18, 2015)
Eye Bankers with a Big Heart

SightLife, a non-profit eye bank based in Seattle in the US, set up an office in New Delhi as part of its efforts to eradicate corneal blindness in the world. It has been partnering eye banks across India to improve their functioning so that healthy and transplantable tissues can be made available to surgeons

( Source: CivilSocietyOnline, Posted: Aug 18, 2015)
Briding the Gap Between Police and Public

Uttar Pradesh Police in Sahranpur has come up with an interesting idea to bridge gap between citizens and police officials. A common man will now head a police station for one day, every month.

( Source: TheBetterIndia, Posted: Aug 18, 2015)
Radio Brahmaputra Set to Serve North-east India

Radio Brahmaputra is the first civil society run Community Radio for serving the local communities in the north eastern part of India.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: Aug 11, 2015)
Technology and Informatics Design for the Neediest

TIDE designs technology that meets the needs of the neediest, is in harmony with the environment, permits grass root participation, uses local resources and builds local capacity.

( Source: tide-india.org, Posted: Aug 11, 2015)
Fishing Villages of Mumbai

City Builders, in collusion with venal politicians and bureaucrats, will go to tremendous lengths to secure coastal precincts, known as koliwadas, after the coastal Koli community.

( Source: IndiaTogether, Posted: Aug 11, 2015)
How Tribals Deal with Climate Change

Faced with erratic rainfall and extreme weather, tribal farmers of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh turn to bewar and penda forms of cultivation, but government agencies are bent on rooting out these farm practices

( Source: DownToEarth, Posted: Aug 11, 2015)
Billion Trees for Billion People

One of his visions was encouraging sustainable energy and a pollution free environment.

( Source: theAlternative, Posted: Aug 5, 2015)
Rehabilitating Trafficking Victims

Jabala has rescued hundreds of women and children and has created a model for rehabilitation that the government and other organisations can emulate.

( Source: The Hindu, Posted: Aug 5, 2015)
Nepal Temple Bans Animal Sacrifice

The ban on all future animal sacrifice during Nepal's Gadhimai festival will save the lives of millions of animals in the years to come.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: Aug 5, 2015)
Tamil Nadu to Create Milk Banks and Breast Feeding Rooms for Mothers

Travelling mothers sometimes have to wait at bus terminals where they face difficulties in feeding babies. These facilities were set up to address the problems of such lactating mothers

( Source: DNA, Posted: Aug 5, 2015)
Planning Pension for Unorganised Sector

Bharadwaj, founder of IIMPS, has created a strong relationship with state governments, cooperatives and non-profits working at the grassroots to reach 1 million beneficiaries.

( Source: CivilSocietyOnline, Posted: Aug 5, 2015)
Free Funeral Service Society of Myanmar

After providing free funeral services to more than 120,000 of deceased in Burma, the founder of Free Funeral Service Society, Kyaw Thu, says he is no longer afraid to face his own mortality.

( Source: The Irrawady, Posted: Jul 29, 2015)
Every Stitch Has a Story

The Todas are proud of their embroidery tradition, which now finds a place in many lifestyle items.

( Source: The Hindu, Posted: Jul 29, 2015)
Magsaysay Award for Goonj and Anshu Gupta

Gupta has being recognised for his creative vision in transforming the culture of giving in India and in reminding the world that true giving always respects and preserves human dignity.

( Source: Business Standard, Posted: Jul 29, 2015)
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