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India's Largest Community Solar Water Plant

India’s largest solar operated community based RO Plant, has been installed at Sewniwala in Baytu Tehsil of Barmer district in Rajasthan.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: Sep 28, 2016)
Kerala to Re-use Plastic Waste for Roads

The Clean Kerala Company is an organisation formed under the State Local Self-Help Government and it has been involved in statewide waste management initiatives like converting solid waste to CNG, collecting and recycling e-waste, organising plastic collection drives, etc.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Sep 28, 2016)
Tours and Heritage Walks for the Differently-abled

Planet Abled is a travel company for the differently-abled set up by Neha Arora, 31, an engineer by education and traveller by choice.

( Source: TheWeekendLeader, Posted: Sep 27, 2016)
A Fishy Business

Fish farms rarely have boundaries. Antibiotics added to the feed and water spread to other waterbodies and agricultural fields, bumping up the risk of antibiotic resistance in the environment.

( Source: DownToEarth, Posted: Sep 27, 2016)
Joy of Giving Week

A Happy Dot is a celebration of the joy that comes with giving without expecting anything in return.

( Source: joyofgivingweek, Posted: Sep 21, 2016)
Small Steps For Big Changes in Belgaum

Pramod Chandakehas has shown exceptional courage to question and change the conventionally accepted malpractices of his society.

( Source: KnowYourStar, Posted: Sep 21, 2016)
Eco friendly Menstrual Hygiene

The initiative started out with one question, "Do we really have to choose between women's health and the health of the environment?"

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Sep 21, 2016)
Canon India Takes a Leap in its Social Endeavour

Canon India collaborates with SOS Children's Village in its mission to ensure an enriching childhood

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: Sep 21, 2016)
Former IIT Professor Serves Tribals

Alok Sagar, the former professor of ex RBI governor Raghuram Rajan, has been serving tribal people in Madhya Pradesh for 32 yrs

( Source: firstpost, Posted: Sep 13, 2016)
Minnesota Organic Farmers Can Sue Against Trespassing Chemicals

Minnesota Court of Appeals recently ruled that a large organic farm surrounded by chemical laden conventional farms can seek damages for lost crops, as well as lost profits, caused by the illegal trespassing of pesticides and herbicides on its property.

( Source: The Star Tribune, Posted: Sep 13, 2016)
Trapping Indian Monsoon Rain

Monsoon ponds, constructed using a ratio of 8 to 10 feet deep and 1 hectare wide to irrigate every 8 to 10 hectares of land, result in yield productivity increases of as much as 300%

( Source: livemint.com, Posted: Sep 13, 2016)
Learning Perseverance

There are 1,335 government primary schools in the Swat district of Pakistan. Built back in 1978, Sigram Government Primary School is one of the few small schools that are still operational.

( Source: dawn.com, Posted: Sep 13, 2016)
Gurgaon City Leases Land to Residents for Growing Vegetables

In this first-of-its-kind initiative, the city of Gurgaon will be emulating the community gardens of the US and UK where city people, who have very little space to grow vegetables, get away on weekends to do some gardening.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Sep 5, 2016)
El Nino Leaves Africa Dry and Hungry

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that more than 60 million people, two thirds of them in east and southern Africa, are facing food shortages because of droughts linked to El Nino.

( Source: DownToEarth, Posted: Sep 5, 2016)
Bird Population Increases in Odisha Park

Bhitarkanika National Park (BNP) in Odisha has registered an increase of more than 7000 in bird population this year

( Source: Deccan Chronicle, Posted: Sep 5, 2016)
Life Coach in the Library

Sathyanarayanan Mundayoor turned up in Arunachal Pradesh in 1979 and never went back. Now 65 years old and known as Uncle Moosa , he is the cheerful inspiration for the Lohit Youth Library Network, which is a special effort to promote books and a sense of community at the same time.

( Source: CivilSocietyOnline, Posted: Sep 5, 2016)
In Fond Memory of Desikachar

T.K.V. Desikachar, who turned yoga into both a wellness concept and a therapy passed away recently.

( Source: The Hindu, Posted: Aug 31, 2016)
The Many Ailments of Medicine

Medical research is not interested in finding the root cause of many ills while it spends all the time in drug discovery or vaccine manufacture.

( Source: NewIndianExpress, Posted: Aug 31, 2016)
India Abandoning GM Cotton for Indigenous Varieties

India is dumping Bt cotton in favor of an indigenous variety, which comes at half the cost and farmers are allowed to save seed to plant next year.

( Source: neweurope.eu, Posted: Aug 31, 2016)
Ghana Bans All Fairness Products

Food and Drug Authority of Ghana has announced a ban on the sale of any kind of cosmetics containing skin bleaching ingredient hydroquinone.

( Source: IndiaTimes, Posted: Aug 31, 2016)
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