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Failing the Forest

Both human rights and wildlife rights groups in India have not used the Forest Rights Act as a conservation tool.

( Source: TheHindu, Posted: Mar 13, 2019)
Raising Constitutional Awareness

Audacious Dreams Foundation a member of Commutiny The Youth Collective, aims to inspire, inform, engage, enable and empower youth of Gudiyatham, Vellore in South India to dream some and live more.

( Source: TheOptimistCitizen, Posted: Mar 13, 2019)
Dog Father of India

Rakesh Shukla, a successful techie and motivational speaker is the single largest rescuer of dogs in the world. He has rescued over 8,000 dogs and is called the Dog Father of India. He lives in a unique sanctuary on the outskirts of Bengaluru with 800 rescued dogs.

( Source: CivilSocietyOnline, Posted: Mar 13, 2019)
Unique Organic Cotton project for MP Farmers

Cotton farmers in Chhindwara district are reaping benefits from new cultivation practices.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: Mar 13, 2019)
1 Stop, 556 Schemes: Haryana Sets up Unique System

Government schemes and services are quite special in one sense. Most of them you are completely unaware about. If you do hear about one of them, you have little idea if you are eligible or not. When you try to apply for one, it is hard to figure out exactly where the application should go.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Mar 5, 2019)
Oscar for Short Movie on Menstruation

A short movie on Coimbatore based Muruganandam's work in creating affordable sanitary pads has won the Oscar this year.

( Source: BBC, Posted: Mar 5, 2019)
Sensitizing People to Disability

The Shakti Foundation was started in 1992 by parents who lost their only son Velan to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in 1998.

( Source: http://theshaktifoundation.org/, Posted: Mar 5, 2019)
The I Save Water campaign

The campaign is a concentrated effort by the Indian Plumbing industry to collectively come together to help conserve water and spread awareness of the importance of recycling technologies.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: Mar 5, 2019)
Millet Doctor of Mysuru

My great grandmother lived till the age of 94–this, in a country, which holds its average life expectancy rate at only 68 years!

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Feb 27, 2019)
Empowerment Camp for People with Special Abilities

The camp was part of Saksham, a CSR program started by Spark Minda, to help Persons with Disabilities.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: Feb 20, 2019)
Low-Cost Idea Can Charge E-Vehicle in 15 Mins

Gegadyne Energy, a Mumbai based startup founded by two college drop outs, Jubin Varghese and Ameya Gadiwan, has developed a unique battery for electric vehicles, that can charge in less than 15 minutes.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Feb 20, 2019)
Home Away from Home

A tiny Village in Tamil Nadu, Vaduvoor, Thanjavur, is a Favourite Winter Home for Migratory Birds

( Source: TheWeekendLeader, Posted: Feb 20, 2019)
What Tokyo Can Teach about Urban Development

The largest city of the world grew largely incrementally and was retrofitted with state-of-the art infrastructure and urban management systems.

( Source: The Hindu, Posted: Feb 20, 2019)
Helping P{anchayats Fill in the Blanks

A trainer and apprentice help 35 marginalised families make a dent in their poverty by connecting with various government schemes based on household survey data provided by AHEAD Initiatives.

( Source: CivilSocietyOnline, Posted: Feb 13, 2019)
Collecting Food for FEED

Chandra Sekhar Kundu, the founder of Food, Education and Economic Development, FEED, collects excess untouched food from college and office canteens everyday and distributes it among nearly 200 poor children from Kolkata and Asansol.

( Source: TheWeekendLeader, Posted: Feb 13, 2019)
A Recyclable and Reusable Cast for Arm Fractures

Kerala student Manu Prasad bags Lexus design award for his Uni cast, which he says addresses multiple hygiene issues.

( Source: The Hindu, Posted: Feb 13, 2019)
Former Beggars Form Human Chain to Clean River Gomati

On Sunday morning, a group of volunteers took up the task to clear the mounds of plastic waste on the banks of the Gomati river in Lucknow. While clean-up initiatives are nothing new—almost every city has a band of socially conscious citizens—this drive was quite unusual because all the 17 volunteers, who had formed a […] More

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Feb 13, 2019)
Cafe Positive in Kolkotta

Cafe Positive started its journey in July this year and has since gained immense popularity among the people of Kolkata. The cafe is unlike any other and what makes it unique is the fact that it is run entirely by HIV positive teenagers of Anandghar, a home for children who had been ostracized by their families because they were HIV positive.

( Source: TimesOfIndia, Posted: Feb 6, 2019)
Biennale Opens Up in Kochi

Ninety four artists from 30 nations are exhibiting their works in public spaces and heritage sites across Fort Kochi and Mattancherry in Kerala as part of the fourth edition of the Kochi Muziris Biennale.

( Source: CivilSocietyOnline, Posted: Feb 6, 2019)
Baby Food Companies: Exposing the market offenders

IBFAN Asia and IBFAN ICDC have launched a report on the monitoring of the international code of marketing of breastmilk substitutes in 11 countries.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: Feb 6, 2019)
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