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IIT Builds Low Cost Braille Laptop

Researchers at IIT Delhi have developed a Braille laptop called DotBook, which can be useful for the visually impaired. The laptop has got important conventional applications such as email, calculator, and web browser. Third party apps can also be added in case needed.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Mar 13, 2019)
Mud Home, Model Home

Twelve years ago, Chockalingam Muthiah, a Bengaluru based businessman, and his family, decided to make a significant shift in their lifestyle. They wanted to ensure that their carbon footprint and impact on ecology was as low as possible.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Mar 5, 2019)
Climbing Classes Make Young Men Go Up

Karnataka is the highest producer of areca nuts in India with 800,000 acres under cultivation. The state requires at least 60,000 skilled harvesting workers. A thousand acres of an areca nut garden require about 70 workers for harvesting and spraying. Wages are between Rs 1,000 to 1,500 per day.

( Source: CivilSocietyOnline, Posted: Feb 20, 2019)
Bringing Dignity for the Sex workers of New Delhi

GB Road in New Delhi is the locality inhabited by the sex workers and their families. Tahir got a chance to participate in the orientation camp organized by the Delhi based organization Pravah as a part of their Smile In turnship programme and he got the opportunity to facilitate a session about the life of sex workers at GB road.

( Source: TheOptimistCitizen, Posted: Feb 13, 2019)
Turning Around a Government School

With 2 civil society groups joining hands to upgrade facilities and teaching, children from Meo and Dalit communities are back in classrooms in Alwar, Rajasthan

( Source: The Hindu, Posted: Feb 6, 2019)
Delhi Buses to be Made Friendly for People with Disability

In a bid to address issues of accessibility in public spaces, the Delhi government is set to introduce disabled friendly buses.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Jan 22, 2019)
SNEHA: Preventing Suicides by Not Hanging Up

Ever since a popular media posted crisis information on its web page, Chennai based SNEHA suicide prevention centre has been flooded with calls and emails from persons seeking help from all over India.

( Source: The Hindu, Posted: Dec 5, 2018)
Green People: Pausing Migration in Uttarakhand

Under the guidance of Col. Ajay Kothiyal, Mr. Rupesh Rai founded the Green People, a group of volunteers are setting up examples of rural tourism and organic farms in Uttarakhand to inspire thousands of villagers to come back home.

( Source: TheOptimistCitizen, Posted: Nov 26, 2018)
In the Footsteps of Kabir

Possibly the most-quoted poet-saint of north India is Kabir, the illiterate, 15th century mystic who belonged to a class of weavers in the ancient city of Varanasi. Kabir was a 'nirguni', one who believes in a formless divinity that can be discovered both within and without. With whip-like wit, his poetry scorns outward rituals and displays of piety exhorting his listeners to seek the divine through self-interrogation, and to recognise the impermanence of manifest reality. Read on for an extract from 'The Bijak of Kabir', one of the most important anthologies of the Eastern tradition of Kabir's verses.

( Posted: Nov 19, 2018)
Maitri Meals: An Example of Alternative Livelihood for Trafficked Women

In 2016, Maitri Meals began its journey to provide alternate livelihood to the trafficked women living in brothels of GB Road, Delhi's largest red light area. Two women took the plunge and decided to live a new life with dignity and respect.

( Source: movedbylove.org, Posted: Oct 10, 2018)
Bengaluru Oncologist Develops the Best Voice Prosthesis at Rs 50

Dr. U.S. Vishal Rao, 40, developed a voice prosthesis for throat cancer patients that costs less than a dollar and is the cheapest in the market

( Source: TheWeekendLeader, Posted: Oct 2, 2018)
Innovating Against Poverty

Piyush (left) and Vinay started ONergy in 2010 with minimal investment. ONergy Solar received global recognition when, in 2013, the Swedish Government awarded ONergy an Award for Innovations against Poverty.

( Source: TheWeekendLeader, Posted: Sep 22, 2018)
Schools of Excellence

The Delhi government has improved the infrastructure in government schools and made them on a par with private schools.Teachers and principals from over 1,000 Delhi government schools have so far been sent for training to Singapore and Finland, countries that are renowned for their pioneering teaching methods.

( Source: theweekendleader.com/, Posted: Sep 11, 2018)
Guardians of Kanha

Tribal Women of Kanha Turn Protectors of the Forest and Guide Tourists

( Source: The Weekend Leader, Posted: Aug 29, 2018)
The Tea Stall that is a Tree Stall

Wherever Chhotu sets up his tea shop, he treats that place as his home, which means he sweeps the area to keep it clean, plants trees all around his shop, and nurtures them till they show significant growth. When he is sure that the trees he planted and the birds flocking to his chinkas will continue to flourish in the care of the other villagers, he moves his tea stall to a different place and starts working his magic all over again.

( Source: TheAlternative, Posted: Jul 24, 2018)
Transforming Derelict School Into Model School

Once comprising of a single room for 325 students, the school is now a three storied building with multiple classrooms, labs, RO systems and separate washrooms! More

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Jul 17, 2018)
Lighting up Villages Using the Sun

Dr Nachiappan Narayan and his wife Shanti from New Jersey plan next to establish solar smart classes in Tamil Nadu villages.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Jul 11, 2018)
Infusing Happiness Into School Curriculum

Ensuring a stress free environment for students, Project Zindagi, Gratitude Walls and the Happiness Program are part of Delhi school curriculum.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: Jul 3, 2018)
Seeds Man

Dadaji Ramaji Khobragade, the legendary plant breeder who created at least nine varieties of rice passed away recently. He freely shared his seeds and never profited financially from his genius.

( Source: Frontline, Posted: Jun 20, 2018)
Turtles Swim on in Temple Tanks

eDNA extraction has confirmed the presence of rare freshwater species in temple ponds in Assam.

( Source: The Hindu, Posted: Jun 13, 2018)
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