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The Story of Edible Spoon

Constantly troubled at the sight of plastic cutlery that poses environmental and health hazards, Narayana Peesapati of Hyderabad had set out to find an alternative to the plastic spoons.

( Source: TheWeekendLeader, Posted: Jul 19, 2017)
 
Largest Saline Wetland of Sri Lanka Uner Threat

Muthurajawela, the largest saline wetland of Sri Lanka, is fast becoming a garbage ground.

( Source: DailyMirror, Posted: Jul 19, 2017)
 
Indian Railways Goes Green With Solar-Powered Train

In a groundbreaking move, the Indian Railways on Friday, launched its first 1600 HP solar DEMU (diesel electrical multiple unit) train.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Jul 18, 2017)
 
Elephants Exploited in Asian Tourism Sector

A new report released by World Animal Protection reveals that more than three quarters of nearly three thousand elephants used in tourist entertainment in Asia are kept in severely cruel conditions.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: Jul 18, 2017)
 
Low Cost Desalination of Salt Water

A desalination plant, situated at BARC, Kalpakkam in Tamil Nadu, which makes 6.3 million litres of water potable every day with the help of nuclear power.

( Source: The Optimist Citizen, Posted: Jul 11, 2017)
 
Mobility Woes of Bangalore

Decadal growth of 48 per cent of Bangalore is the largest in the country among cities with greater than one million population.

( Source: CivilSocietyOnline, Posted: Jul 11, 2017)
 
Creating a Safe Space for Kids of Ragpickers

An empty room above an old-age home in Banashankari, Bengaluru, comes alive every week. Hasirudala has set up the space to give wings to the imagination of children of ragpickers, residing in shanties close by.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Jul 11, 2017)
 
Islamabad: Environmental Cost of Metro Bus Project

The 25.6km track, which is being constructed on the left side of Kashmir Highway, would require the cutting of nearly 960 trees, mostly shisham, destroying the habitat of wild species like jackals, wild boars and cuckoos.

( Source: Dawn, Posted: Jul 11, 2017)
 
Demons in Paradise

A review of a poignant movie about the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka directed by Jude Ratnam.

( Source: DailyMirror, Posted: Jul 4, 2017)
 
A Bridge for Traditional Art Forms

SETU Products like sarees, dupattas, mirrors, lamps, diaries, cushion covers, files, folders, etc are provided to Bhil and Gond tribal artists to be redesigned with their traditional art designs. Setu India works with 40 such artists of M.P., Chattisgarh and U.P

( Source: The Optimist Citizen, Posted: Jul 4, 2017)
 
Jackfruit Replacing Rubber Plantations in Kerala

In the past three years about 100 acres of jackfruit plantation have replaced rubber trees in Pala, the rubber capital of Kerala.

( Source: CivilSocietyOnline, Posted: Jul 4, 2017)
 
GST Makes Appliances Used by Disabled More Expensive

The disabled community of India came out in protest against GST which has allegedly caused undue increase in prices related to appliances used by them.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: Jul 4, 2017)
 
Goa Imposes Heavy Fine on Plastic Bags

From July onwards those buying or selling plastic bags in the state must pay a hefty fine.

( Source: Indian Express, Posted: Jun 27, 2017)
 
GMO Trial Test Verdict Against Syngenta

Syngenta AG was ordered to pay $217.7 million to a group of Kansas farmers who claimed the company carelessly marketed its genetically modified corn seed, causing contamination of U.S. crops and a rejection of export sales to China.

( Source: Bloomberg, Posted: Jun 27, 2017)
 
Sewing Machines for Widows in Varanasi

The machines have been distributed by the Loomba Foundation as part of its project to empower 5000 impoverished widows in Varanasi.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: Jun 27, 2017)
 
6000 People Come Together to Clean Beaches of Chennai

An initiative spearheaded by the Chennai Trekking Club seven years ago, brings together thousands of people for an annual cleanup.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Jun 27, 2017)
 
Thailand Promotes Low-emission Rice Farming

Climate-Smart sustainable rice standard to be adopted by Thai farmers.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: Jun 21, 2017)
 
Modern Madrasas a Big Hit in Telengana

According to Islamic scholars, lack of employment opportunities for the youth, who have completed their education in the traditional madrasas, is the chief reason for parents preferring the modern madrasas.

( Source: Deccan Chronicle, Posted: Jun 20, 2017)
 
Village Women Revive Freshwater Lake in Odisha

About 30 women from Malabiharpur village cleared weeds from Ansupa lake and created a source of sustainable income by reviving boating facility. Around two tonnes of weeds was extracted and used as compost for the crops.

( Source: DownToEarth, Posted: Jun 20, 2017)
 
New Rules to Regulate Dog Breeding in India

The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Dog Breeding and Marketing) Rules, 2017 will make the field of dog-breeding more ethical and easily regulated. Here are 10 reasons why this is a great development.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Jun 20, 2017)
 
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