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Be-ing Other-centered in Business

He teaches them to be grateful and wants them to meditate. But Prof. Srikumar Rao's isn't a spiritual teacher: he teaches at Columbia Business School! In his gentle voice, he asks them to stop living in a "me centered" world and start living in an "other centered" one. In one exercise, students spend an hour each day for a week helping someone else without expecting anything in return. It may not be advanced accounting, but the results do filter down to the bottom line, and students know it: up to 200 students apply for 40 spots. Prof. Rao likes to imagine what a generation of other-centered businesspeople could do for the world. "In about a decade, my students will be in leadership positions," he says with a satisfied smile. "And they will ask, What can I do to make things better?"

( Source: Fast Company, Posted: Apr 22, 2015)
Is Nestle Influencing Nurses?

Nestle is trying to influence nurses on breastfeeding practices said Dr Arun Gupta, Coordinator of Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: Apr 22, 2015)
When Women Unite

A meticulous initiative by an NGO in remote tribal districts of Odisha has brought women from the local communities together, enabling them to wrest their rights and entitlements under laws such as the FRA and MGNREGA.

( Source: IndiaTogether, Posted: Apr 22, 2015)
History through Engaging Narratives

By making actors narrate historical events through dance and theatre, Delhi-based group, Darwesh, has infused new life to the heritage walks that take people to the past,

( Source: TheWeekendLeader, Posted: Apr 22, 2015)
Two Bins And A Bag

Several women from an apartment complex in Bangalore came together and enabled the entire community to follow an effective waste management model.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Apr 21, 2015)
A step towards eradication of Child Labour

Child labour is just as big a problem in Salem as it is anywhere else in India. A group of people have come together to help put an end to it.

( Source: theAlternative, Posted: Apr 15, 2015)
Natural Wigs for Cancer Patients

A team of collge girls from Chennai conducts a hair donation drive annually to collect hair that can be used to make natural wigs for cancer patients of the renowned Adyar Cancer Institute.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Apr 15, 2015)
Loan Scheme to Revive Small Rice Mills in Sri Lanka

The aim of this move is to stabilise rice prices during the festive season in the island nation.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: Apr 15, 2015)
Rethinking Food Security and Hunger

A recent IFPRI report indicates concrete progress by India in the hunger index.

( Source: IndiaTogether, Posted: Apr 15, 2015)
El-Nino Possibilities High by June

The Bureau of Meteorology, Australia, confirmed on Tuesday that there was 70 percent chance of El Nino developing by June this year.

( Source: DownToEarth, Posted: Apr 15, 2015)
Radio Benziger Bags Award for TB Awareness

Kollam District in Kerala conferred the award on Radio Benziger for its out-of-box ideas.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: Apr 7, 2015)
Where Leopards Await Human Compassion

The lack of awareness about a traditionally peace-loving species are posing a serious threat to the continued survival of leopards in and around the city of Guwahati.

( Source: IndiaTogether, Posted: Apr 7, 2015)
Autism Care

From speech therapy to music therapy, these autism care organizations in India are using various methods to bring a behavioural change and are doing some amazing work in this field.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Apr 7, 2015)
Gay Sex Ban in India Stirs Blackmail

Thousands of people from Indian lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community who have faced persecution after the country reinstated a colonial-era law banning gay sex.

( Source: dawn.com, Posted: Apr 7, 2015)
Delhi Government Bans All Forms of Chewable Tobacco

Starting today, all forms of chewable tobacco are banned from sale, purchase, manufacture and storage

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Apr 1, 2015)
Finnish Schools to Stop Teaching Subjects

Finland will do away with subjects like history, geography, math by next year and teach by topics instead.

( Source: DownToEarth, Posted: Apr 1, 2015)
The Gypsies of Lahore

On the way to Lahore from the historic Grand Trunk road crossing Shahdara Bridge, one is greeted with an extended strip of makeshift tents along the river Ravi.

( Source: dawn.com, Posted: Apr 1, 2015)
Bringing Spring Back in Lives of Widows

Thousands of widows in West Bengal have been packed off to live in Mathura, Vrindavan and Varanasi in ashrams where funds are meagre. Sulabh, the NGO, is changing their lives for the better.

( Source: IndiaTogether, Posted: Mar 31, 2015)
Digital Green

Digital Green is enabling farmers to make videos on best practices in their local language, which is helping other farmers to become more productive.

( Source: TheBetterIndia, Posted: Mar 24, 2015)
Tribute to Chhattisgarh

Dr Ilina Sen had a deep association with Chhattisgarh and empathetically understood its society and culture. These have lyrically alive in the book title Inside Chhattisgarh: A Political Memoir.

( Source: IndiaTogether, Posted: Mar 23, 2015)
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