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Women's rights activist Ranjana Kumari bags Lotus award

Dr Ranjana Kumari, a long-time champion for women’s causes, has worked tirelessly to promote women's political participation

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: May 27, 2015)
Skills-building an imperative for rural India too and here's why

A recent report from the labour ministry reveals that skill-intensive occupations such as plumbing and carpentry pay more in rural India. Shambhu Ghatak looks at the data closely to argue for greater thrust on imparting skills, especially to rural women.

( Source: IndiaTogether, Posted: May 26, 2015)
Jorhat College in Assam welcomes Transgender Students

Apart from a new gender option of "transgender" in the admission form, students can also choose whether they believe in religion or not. Probably a pioneering step in the North-East, Jorhat college has taken an important step towards gender equality.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: May 26, 2015)
A Taxi Driver creates Rooftop Garden on his Taxi

His Taxi, an Ambassador, apart from having a green grass-bed on the roof, has eight potted plants in the trunk and has a green interior completely to promote the message that trees and plants should be planted and taken care of.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: May 22, 2015)
He lost Rs. 20,000 on a bus in UP. What happened next restored his faith in people.

In a time, when non-cooperation and corruption is all that is attributed to government agencies, the incident of two Samaritans from the UP roadways is an eye opener that warns us against generalizations.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: May 19, 2015)
A doctor who cures without a word!

Dr Ruffles, an affectionate dog and resident 'doctor' at a hospital in Chennai, has helped several children with special needs to overcome their learning disabilities and resolve complex behavioural issues.

( Source: IndiaTogether, Posted: May 19, 2015)
Need to look at biodiversity to fight poverty: Gunter Pauli

There is a need for celebrating biodiversity as an important component for eradicating poverty, said Gunter Pauli, author of the book, The Blue Economy, version 2.0.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: May 18, 2015)
Delhi hosts Teacher Changemaker Summit- 2015

The summit also introduced 123 micro innovations selected through a rigorous process by their partners, teachers and experts.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: May 18, 2015)
Making power supply data a tool for progress

Pune-based NGO Prayas Energy's ESMI programme provides easily comprehensible data on the extent and quality of power supply in regions across the country, which can be used to demand accountability as well as enable social research.

( Source: IndiaTogether, Posted: May 12, 2015)
Partnership to help farmers save up to 4 tn liters of water

Hindustan Unilever Foundation, 2030 WRG Partner for Agri-Water Efficiency will target one million farmers and save up to four trillion liters of water.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: May 12, 2015)
What will it take to make our cities environment-smart?

PM Modi's vision of smart cities will remain unrealised till we have environmentally-smart urban centres, equipped to mitigate the severe chronic air pollution levels. But what will it entail?

( Source: IndiaTogether, Posted: May 12, 2015)
Simple schools

These simple schools are helping the children of families forced to work in the brick kilns.

( Source: BringingGoodnews, Posted: May 12, 2015)
Differently abled Students Yearn for 'Inclusive' Hostel Life

Most hostels claim they are disabled-friendly, as they deliver food at the room. This is not inclusion.

( Source: NewIndianExpress, Posted: May 12, 2015)
Why relief packages and loan waivers won't be enough to stem farm suicides

Even in regions touted as India's food bowl, Rs 3000 a month is all that a farmer earns for his family! Data from CACP highlights the grave crisis in the agrarian economy.

( Source: IndiaTogether, Posted: May 6, 2015)
HSI's animal rescue team heads to earthquake hit Nepal

Veterinary and disaster relief experts will assist local animal welfare groups in strike zone.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: May 6, 2015)
I want to break the stigma associated with mental illness- Nageswari

Nageswari decided to build the online social media platform, nSmiles, for individuals who need help for their emotional traumas but are reluctant to go about it openly.

( Source: Yourstory, Posted: May 6, 2015)
He calls himself a Madman. We couldn't Agree more.

Swapnil has rescued troubled families, befriended naxalites, given a marketing platform to endangered artisans, brought people from the brink of suicide and much more. Here is his larger-than-life story which will leave you more spellbound than any Bollywood movie script!

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: May 6, 2015)
Drops of Water in the Thar

Every day, Ali Akbar and his team drive from village to village to check on how the villagers are faring in this remote part of Thar. They are determined to provide clean drinking water to countless hamlets that dot this desert.

( Source: dawn, Posted: Apr 29, 2015)
Lighthouse Full of Hope

A documentary filmmaker, Trishya Screwvala is now roping in volunteers to create an impact in society.

( Source: AsianAge, Posted: Apr 29, 2015)
India Cancels Licences of 9000 NGOs

In yet another crackdown on NGOs receiving foreign funds, government has cancelled licences of nearly 9,000 such entities for violation of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act

( Source: sify.com, Posted: Apr 29, 2015)
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