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The Green Bazaar at Bangalore

Bangalorean visitors at Green Bazaar shared their wishes for a Green Bangalore...

( Source: theAlternative, Posted: Jan 29, 2015)
Speed Recruitment for Social Enterprises: Bangalore, Friday, January 30th

This is a great event for social enterprises looking to scale their teams, and even more exciting for individuals looking to make a career change.

( Source: theAlternative, Posted: Jan 29, 2015)
What binds every family in this Kerala Panchayat

The thrust on chemical-free cultivation of vegetables that started as an experiment in the 90s has now evolved into a culture in Kerala’s Kanjikkuzhi Gram Panchayat. P N Venugopal traces the growth and success of this initiative so far.

( Source: IndiaTogether, Posted: Jan 28, 2015)
Blending theatre with nature

Under the Sal Tree (Theatre in Nature) began in 2009, when Sukracharya Rabha, with the intention to take amateur drama to rural people, met theatre stalwart Heisnam Kanhailal.

( Source: IndiaTogether, Posted: Jan 28, 2015)
Adopting HIV+ Children

A man in Meerut, India, has adopted 12 boys, all of them HIV positive. He is leaving no stone unturned in giving them the happy childhood they deserve, devoid of discrimination.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Jan 21, 2015)
Insurance Inititative Limits Child Labour

A low cost insurance innovation for the very low income households in Hyderabad, Sindh, has been successful in limiting child labour.

( Source: dawn.com, Posted: Jan 21, 2015)
Using Tourism to Fight Deforestation

Indonesian indigenous communities launched a project last Friday to encourage foreign tourism in ancestral forests to slow the advance of logging operations and palm oil plantations

( Source: DownToEarth, Posted: Jan 21, 2015)
Barefoot Auditors Ensure Health for Tribal Mothers

In the tribal villages of Maharashtra, committed social workers are improving the health and lives of mothers and children by spreading awareness about their special needs.

( Source: IndiaTogether, Posted: Jan 21, 2015)
Burning Cow Dung Near Taj Mahal Banned

India has banned the burning of cow dung near the Taj Mahal amid fears the famed white-marbled mausoleum was turning yellow from air pollution.

( Source: dawn.com, Posted: Jan 14, 2015)
Assam to Curb Pesticides in Vegetables, Tea

Pesticide limits to be set for vegetables; cultivators could be fined or banned from undertaking cultivation if their products exceed limit.

( Source: DownToEarth, Posted: Jan 14, 2015)
Helpline for Drug Abusers Launched

The Indian government has taken an initiative to fight addiction of drugs and alcohol by starting a toll free helpline number.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: Jan 14, 2015)
Teesta Hydropower Project Runs into Rough Weather

The 1200-MW Teesta III hydroelectric project has already seen years of missed deadlines and huge cost overruns, but more serious threats loom ahead as the promoter fights its own internal battles.

( Source: IndiaTogether, Posted: Jan 14, 2015)
Female Fire Fighters of Rajasthan

From dousing fires to consoling the victims, women are proving their mettle in a profession largely considered a male bastion.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Jan 7, 2015)
Indian Government Finalising Dilution of Tribal Rights

The tribal affairs ministry has drafted revised rules on tribal consent which are now being reviewed by the environment, forests and climate change ministry.

( Source: BusinssStandard, Posted: Jan 7, 2015)
Village Installs 120 Solar Street Lights

The Kurudampalayam Panchayat in Tamil Nadu is seeing immediate benefits as the monthly power bill has already come down by 40 per cent.

( Source: The Hindu, Posted: Jan 7, 2015)
Solar Energy Gets a Boost in Pakistan

Pakistan has approved the use of grid-connected solar energy, rooftop solar installations and mortgage financing for home solar panels.

( Source: dawn.com, Posted: Jan 7, 2015)
Odisha to Make Low Cost Houses for Poor

Rs 15,000 crore would be spent on the programme to provide low-cost affordable housing for the poor in both rural and urban areas.

( Source: EconomicTimes, Posted: Jan 7, 2015)
Indian to Have SMART Police Stations Sortly

The Indian ministry for Home Affairs will work with state governments for setting up more SMART Police Stations during the next financial year.

( Source: Indian Express, Posted: Dec 30, 2014)
Tribals Women Battle Alcoholism and Malnutrition

Attappadi is the largest and only tribal settlement in Kerala. The twin curses of alcoholism and malnutrition mean that most women in Attappadi spend their lifetime struggling for survival.

( Source: TheWeekendKeader, Posted: Dec 30, 2014)
Sri Lanka Yet to Streamline Disaster Warning System

Ten years after the tsunami, Sri Lanka is yet to streamline ists disaster warning system.

( Source: DownToEarth, Posted: Dec 28, 2014)
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