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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)
 
Raising a Hue and Cry About Stink

People in the Vilappilsala village protest against waste treatment plant in the area. The agitation would go on to change the power dynamic between cities and villages in Kerala.

( Source: Caravan Magazine, Posted: Jun 13, 2017)
 
Speedy Disposal of Court Cases

High Courts and subordinate courts have been directed by the Indian Supreme Court to expedite the disposing of criminal cases, yet cases languish for years in these courts.

( Source: IndiaTogether, Posted: Jun 13, 2017)
 
Winning the Water Cup

Satyamev Jayate Water Cup, offers cash awards for villages in Maharashtra that drought-proof their settlements.

( Source: CivilSocietyOnline, Posted: Jun 13, 2017)
 
On a Mission to Serve the Needy

In times when we see people struggling for a better paycheck, there are people like Gautham Kumar who quit his high-paying job to serve the poor and homeless. He started the NGO, Serve Needy, to make lives of the poor and needy better.

( Source: Deccan Chronicle, Posted: Jun 13, 2017)
 
Denied Forest Rights, Himachal Villagers Create Awareness

About 2,614 individual and 54 community claims made under the FRA in 2009-10 were rejected by the District Forest Officer in 2015.

( Source: DownToEarth, Posted: Jun 6, 2017)
 
Colombo Faces Water Crisis

At the moment Colombo has 140,000 service connections, which supply water to a resident population of 600,000 to a million.

( Source: DailyMirror, Posted: Jun 6, 2017)
 
The Small Sewage Solution

Localised sewage treatment systems for as little as Rs 1 crore and catering to just a few score households are now a reality, making it possible for rapidly expanding urban areas in India to become cleaner and less prone to diseases caused by faecal contamination.

( Source: CivilSocietyOnline, Posted: Jun 6, 2017)
 
Transgenders Find Shelter in Chennai After 5 Years

Even government shelters reject transgenders. Hence, struggle of transgenders for a separate shelter has been a long-standing one.

( Source: YourStory.com, Posted: Jun 6, 2017)
 
People with Parkinson's disease can benefit from exercise

Parkinson's disease is a chronic and progressive movement disorder, which means that the symptoms continue to worsen over time.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: May 31, 2017)
 
Minister launches online directory for body donation

The Indian health minister also launched organ & whole body donation awareness campaign 2016 – 2017.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: May 31, 2017)
 
Saving sea cows helps ensure human food security

Seagrass meadows support fisheries across the Indo-Pacific, and are increasingly recognized for their ability to help mitigate the impacts of climate change.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: May 31, 2017)
 
Teachers Are Learners in Equal Measure at This Unique Learning Community

A young woman has been trying to educate migrant children who do not have access to public education, and shares her experiences and lessons from this unique classroom environment.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: May 31, 2017)
 
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