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A Pot Of Tea and A Dose of Love

Ambareen Abdullah and Fahad Azim started Kaitley in 2016. It is an evolving brand of tea carts across Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, run by individuals recovering from chronic mental illnesses.

( Source: TheOptimisticCitizen, Posted: Apr 4, 2018)
 
Guide To Greywater Recycling At Home

This summer, take a few simple steps to cut down your water bills as well as your water footprint.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Mar 28, 2018)
 
Sindutai Sapkal: The Mother Of Thousands Of Orphans

During experiences of poverty, abjection and homelessness, Sindhutai came across dozens of orphans and women who were blatantly ignored by the society. She started adopting these orphans and worked and sometimes begged incessantly to feed them.

( Source: The Optimist Citizen, Posted: Mar 26, 2018)
 
Celebrating Garbage

Kuppai (garbage) Thiruvizha (festival_, an initiative by Chennai based Kuppai Matters, was a two day event designed to sensitise people to the idea of reduce, reuse, repair, refuse and recycle.

( Source: New Indian Express, Posted: Mar 19, 2018)
 
Top Architecture Prize for Low Cost Housing Pioneer

Considered a pioneer of low-cost housing, Mr. Doshi, 90, is thrilled to have been awarded the 2018 Pritzker Prize, the highest honor. He is the first laureate from India.

( Source: New York Times, Posted: Mar 14, 2018)
 
For the Sake of a Lake

Arun Krishnamurthy and his organization Environmentalist Foundation of India,have been creating environmental change in multiple states of the country through lake conservation, student education and community participation for nearly a decade.

( Source: The Hindu, Posted: Mar 5, 2018)
 
Odisha to Introduce Millets in Citizen Services

This is the first state in India to introduce millets into Public Distribution System, Mid-day Meal Scheme and the Integrated Child Development Services together.

( Source: DownToEarth, Posted: Feb 26, 2018)
 
Bhil Tribes Revive Tradition to Conserve Forest and Water

Halma is an ancient tradition of the Bhils where tribes people gather at a place to discuss problems face by the community. Halma has united tribal people in Madhya Pradesh to plant more than 11,000 trees, repaired more than 250 hand pumps and dug more than three dozen big ponds.

( Source: Hindustan Times, Posted: Feb 20, 2018)
 
Inviting Elephants for Tea

Tenzing's small 13-hectare (about 32 acres) tea estate sits in the folds of the Himalayas, and borders the mountain kingdom of Bhutan to the north. Tenzing produces his traditional tea without synthetic pesticices.

( Source: npr.org, Posted: Feb 14, 2018)
 
The Return of a Lake

Bio-mining is the process of using microorganisms (microbes) to extract metals of economic interest from rock ores or mine waste. Such techniques are also used to clean up sites that have been polluted with metals, as in the case of Sembakkam lake in Chennai.

( Source: The Better India, Posted: Feb 6, 2018)
 
Making Learning Fun in a Remote Village

After 20 Years in the US, Sharath and Shandhya started an NGO, Aavishkaar, in Palampur, Himachal Pradesh. Their vibrant team is a ray of hope for children who want to dive deep into math and science.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Jan 30, 2018)
 
Magical Sacred Grove of Himalaya

Stretching over 5.5 sq km, Hariyali Devi is regarded as one of the largest sacred groves in India.

( Source: DowntoEarth, Posted: Jan 15, 2018)
 
Uttarakhand to Pass Organic Agricultural Act

Following the footsteps of Sikkim, which is first fully organic Indian state, Uttarakhand is all set to roll out Organic Agricultural Act in the month of January in 2018. This Agriculture Act will pave the way for transforming Uttarakhand into a fully organic state in near future.

( Source: eUttaranchal.com, Posted: Jan 3, 2018)
 
Valmik Thapar: A Lifetime of Service to Tigers

After founding wildlife NGO Ranthambore Foundation in 1988, sitting on 150 government panels, writing 28 books and presenting over a dozen films for the BBC, the passion to save wildlife of India remains just as strong in Valmik Thapar.

( Source: Forbes India, Posted: Dec 27, 2017)
 
S Jayachandran: Transforming Poachers into Protectors

Thanks to the initiatives of Jayachandran, many ex-poachers are now transformed and are currently engaged in conservation activities in the Nilgiris. Jayachandran has been instrumental in stopping several road and tourism infrastructure projects in ecologically important forest areas including BRT Tiger Reserve in Karnataka, Mudumalai and Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserves in Tamil Nadu.

( Source: New Indian Express, Posted: Dec 20, 2017)
 
Young Naturalist Wins Hearts and Award

At 13, naturalist Jyoti Sharma from Rajasthan has broken all barriers to be counted among the recipients of the annual Sanctuary Wildlife Awards given to all the bravehearts who work selflessly to protect wildlife and the natural habitats of India.

( Source: GulfNews, Posted: Dec 13, 2017)
 
Power of Bugs

Did you know about the existence of worms who are capable of eating plastic 1400 times faster than other organisms? Or water hyacinths that are capable of purifying sewage water?

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Nov 28, 2017)
 
The Headmaster of Titri

When the Government Upper Primary School at Titri village in Udaipur,India, opens every morning, it is Mohammed Gafur Chhipa, the headmaster, who personally unlocks the gates.

( Source: CivilSocietyOnline, Posted: Nov 21, 2017)
 
A Beacon of Hope in Waste Management

The bio-methanation plant at Saligao,Goa, generates 7,000 units of electricity every day. Of this, 4,000 units are consumed by the plant and the remaining 3,000 are pumped into the grid. It is a beacon of hope in a state overwhelmed by garbage.

( Source: CivilSocietyOnline, Posted: Nov 14, 2017)
 
Crores of Plants, One Student

Gafarbhai Qureshi of Junagarh district of Gujarat has collected over 5200 types of plants in his nursery and gives free information and training to farmers and students about these plants, herbs and trees.

( Source: Daily Hunt, Posted: Nov 7, 2017)
 
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