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Borewell Robot Makes Debut

Rescue robot ‘Borewell robot’ that can save children from borewells will now be used by fire service and NDRF. Its innovator, a former plumber, built it after his son escaped death.

( Source: theweekendleader.com/, Posted: Nov 26, 2015)
Diversion of Funds Mars Tribal Welfare Plans

In spite of the development and welfare plans and programs implemented since Independence, the tribals of our nation remain the most marginalised group.

( Source: IndiaTogether, Posted: Nov 26, 2015)
On the Importance of Speaking Out

A one-on-one with India's most well-known historian, Romila Thapar, who shares her thoughts on intellectuals protesting the growing communal discord, the ever-shrinking 'liberal space' and the need for a dialogue that defines pluralism in the Indian context.

( Source: IndiaTogether, Posted: Nov 25, 2015)
Aligning National Policies for Securing Water Needs

New water security model advocates for strong coherence among 3 critical aspects of a sustainable future – a viable economy, social equity and a healthy environment.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: Nov 25, 2015)
Incredible India to Become Inclusive India - 5000 Public Places Will Be Made Disabled Friendly

Nearly 2.68 crore differently-abled people in the country have a reason to cheer with the government deciding to make all airports, major railway stations and 4,000 key buildings disabled-friendly in the next few months.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Nov 19, 2015)
Children of Sex Workers Get a New Life

What Urmi Basu saw in the dark lanes of Kalighat gave birth to New Light, a trust that provides the children of sex workers safety, shelter and schooling

( Source: theweekendleader.com/, Posted: Nov 19, 2015)
CRZ: Trouble for Coastal Communities

Lack of clarity over legal requirements, shoddy implementation and selective approvals have made it extremely difficult for poorer communities to build or maintain their houses in coastal zones.

( Source: IndiaTogether, Posted: Nov 18, 2015)
Urbanites Can Contribute to Conservation

How often have you also felt helpless that you do not know what you can do to help with the conservation of species?

( Source: theAlternative, Posted: Nov 16, 2015)
10 Ideas for Eco-Friendly Diwali

You can make a difference by opting to celebrate an eco-friendly and guilt-free Diwali.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Nov 10, 2015)
Alcoholic Activists

in shoe making industry of Agra, liquor addiction is a menace. A Men Care group has been turning alcoholics into activists.

( Source: theweekendleader.com/, Posted: Nov 10, 2015)
LED Bulbs Reduce Delhi Electricity Bills

Delhi consumers see over Rs 186 Crore reduction in electricity bills with the usage of LED bulbs.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: Nov 10, 2015)
Empowering Adivasi Women with Sustainable Livelihoods

Vat Vrikshya, (banyan tree in Sanskrit), is an Odisha-based self-sustaining social business organisation that works in remote rural areas with Adivasi communities.

( Source: theAlternative, Posted: Nov 10, 2015)
Helping our Maids

In an upper to middle income household a domestic help and her services are indispensable. Yet, she is not given the dignity, living wages and other benefits one gets in the organised sector.

( Source: IndiaTogether, Posted: Nov 4, 2015)
Nutrition for the Very Poor

In 1974, Dr Samir Chaudhuri set up the Child in Need Institute (CINI) in Joka, near Kolkata, to combat malnutrition and train health workers. CINI invented a low-cost nutritional food called Nutrimix.

( Source: CivilSocietyOnline, Posted: Nov 4, 2015)
Leading Kerala to Healthier Eating Habits

Thanks to her random checks, 6,000 samples of adulterated food were seized from various farms in a year. 750 cases against defaulters were also registered. Surprisingly, some of the fruits and vegetables contained about 300 percent more pesticide residues than the permissible limit.

( Source: TheBetterIndia, Posted: Nov 4, 2015)
A Tribute to the Mangrove Man

Pokkudan had devoted his life to the cause of protection of mangrove forests and had planted more than one lakh (one hundred thousand) mangroves over three decades across Kerala.

( Source: theAlternative, Posted: Oct 30, 2015)
Ashok Khosla: An EcoThinker and Innovator

Ashok Khosla has spent decades developing and promoting environment-friendly and commercially viable technologies ranging from village power plants using agricultural waste as fuel to mini factories that recycle paper and local enterprises that make low-cost roofing tiles.

( Source: InfoChangeIndia, Posted: Oct 28, 2015)
Giskaa Brings People Closer to North East India

The online store brings North East closer to the rest of India by highlighting the culture and crafts of its people.

( Source: thealternative.in, Posted: Oct 28, 2015)
Walk in the Dark to Eradicate Preventable Blindness

Over 400 people from all walks of life walked in support of the cause, including several local dignitaries, students from Optometry and other schools and colleges.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: Oct 28, 2015)
Is Amravati Really a Capital Choice?

The Draft Capital Master Plan of Andhra Pradesh, which proposes development of the new capital for the state of Andhra, is of a deep concern.

( Source: IndiaTogether, Posted: Oct 28, 2015)
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