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Digital Green

Digital Green is enabling farmers to make videos on best practices in their local language, which is helping other farmers to become more productive.

( Source: TheBetterIndia, Posted: Mar 24, 2015)
Tribute to Chhattisgarh

Dr Ilina Sen had a deep association with Chhattisgarh and empathetically understood its society and culture. These have lyrically alive in the book title Inside Chhattisgarh: A Political Memoir.

( Source: IndiaTogether, Posted: Mar 23, 2015)
The Land of The Bishnois

Bishnois have nurtured and protected the living species found around them for over five centuries.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Mar 23, 2015)
Muslim Teens Educate Elders on Social Issues

Adolescent girls in a Bihar village create awareness on family planning, child marriage thanks to Bihar Voluntary Health Association.

( Source: theweekendleader.com, Posted: Mar 23, 2015)
How the Land Lies

India's government has of late been revisiting a number of outdated laws. But its efforts to amend a law enabling buying land has run into a wall of protesters

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: Mar 17, 2015)
What Keeps Women in Labour Aaway from Hospitals?

Institutionalised delivery is encouraged as a means of reducing maternal/infant mortality, but the misbehaviour meted to pregnant women in government hospitals deters them from seeking such care.

( Source: IndiaTogether, Posted: Mar 17, 2015)
Wetland in Eye of Storm

The Gharana Wetland Reserve, located near the India-Pakistan border in Jammu has received bullets recently from across the border. Gharana also welcomed more than 2,000 migratory birds from all over the world this year.

( Source: CivilSociety, Posted: Mar 17, 2015)
No Kid Stuff

The prevalence of child marriages in Rajasthan not just makes a mockery of the law but also causes deep psychological wounds in the minds of those forced to enter wedlock.

( Source: TheWeekendLeader, Posted: Mar 17, 2015)
Primary Health Gets Cheaper in Kolkata

The Rural Health Care Foundation (RHCF), which runs 10 primary healthcare centres differs from many efforts to help the poor get healthcare in that it is financially almost self-supporting.

( Source: CivilSociety, Posted: Mar 11, 2015)
Crying Wolf

For the first time, a systematic effort has been initiated to save the Indian wolf, now figuring on the endangered list of wild animals in the country,

( Source: TheWeekendLeader, Posted: Mar 11, 2015)
Confluence of Hope: Converging for a Better World

Ashish Kothari outlines the vision and processes of Vikalp Sangam, a movement that seeks to bring together a multitude of grassroots initiatives that are exploring alternative, inclusive and sustainable paths to human well-being.

( Source: IndiaTogether, Posted: Mar 11, 2015)
India Launches First Indigenous Rotavirus Vaccine.

At $1, It Is The Cheapest In The World!

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Mar 11, 2015)
Cloud Over Nutritional Progress in Maharashtra

Data from the recently released DLHF Survey shows disheartening figures for nutritional indicators, when compared to the last national level survey.

( Source: IndiaTogether, Posted: Mar 3, 2015)
Deforestation and Monsoon Rains

Widespread deforestation, especially in the northern high latitudes, takes a toll on the monsoon across the northern hemisphere, with rains over India particularly badly affected, according to a new study from researchers at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore.

( Source: The Hindu, Posted: Mar 3, 2015)
Fast Food on the Rise in Pakistan

Fast food consumption is now on a rapid rise and Pakistanis from all economic and social strata have hopped onto the bandwagon of junk food consumption.

( Source: dawn.com, Posted: Mar 3, 2015)
Why Land Acquisition Needs a Rethink

Three million forest dwellers in Odisha are estimated to have been displaced since independence by various industrial and hydro-projects, among which the Upper Indiravati Hydro Project is one.

( Source: IndiaTogether, Posted: Mar 1, 2015)
Forestry, the Mexican Way

More than 70 per cent of the forests in Mexico are controlled by 35,000 indigenous and rural communities. They are running successful forest enterprises while checking deforestation that was once rampant in the country.

( Source: DownToEarth, Posted: Feb 24, 2015)
Lost Lives and Livelihoods of Tea Tribes

It is estimated that the tribal communities forcibly settled from central India constitute between 15 to 20 per cent of the population of Assam today but are not notified as Scheduled Tribes in Assam; therefore they are deprived of the benefits of reservations.

( Source: The Hindu, Posted: Feb 24, 2015)
Pursuing Sensible Development:

The report of the Kelkar Committee on balanced development in Maharashtra has important recommendations.

( Source: IndiaTogether, Posted: Feb 24, 2015)
Dharavi Slum Transforms into Art Gallery

Organised by SNEHA, an NGO, the Biennale has four themes of art, health, recycling and vitality. It invites Dharavi residents to meet, educate themselves and create locally resonant artwork.

( Source: dawn.com, Posted: Feb 24, 2015)
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