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Sathyasri Sharmila: First Transgender Lawyer of India

The LGBTQ community of India has just crossed another milestone as 36 year-old Sathyasri Sharmila enrolled herself with the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, thus successfully, becoming first transgender lawyer in India.

( Source: qrius.com, Posted: Jul 4, 2018)
Lifeline Brings Maternal Deaths

As a result of isolation, infant mortality across the valley have been high. Signs of change are evident six years since Piramal Swasthya launched a programme called Asara to reduce maternal and neonatal deaths.

( Source: CivilSocietyOnline, Posted: Jul 4, 2018)
Railway Children

Railway Children is a UK based charity that works to protect the millions of children living on the streets in India and around the world running away from abuse, violence and poverty use extensive railway network to reach the cities, where they hope to find a better life.

( Source: www.flypop.co.uk, Posted: Jul 4, 2018)
Service Above Self

An organisation formally established in 1992, called Veerji Ka Dera, in Delhi. omprises volunteers come together to provide medical assistance to the needy.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Jul 2, 2018)
China India Border Dispute and the Envirnoment

Almost half the world population and 20% of its economy depend on Himalayan rivers. China and Indias competition for their headwaters increases this threat.

( Source: DownToEarth, Posted: Jun 20, 2018)
Another SEZ Exemption

On 27 April, the environment ministry issued an Office Memorandum (OM) clarifying how projects operating within existing industrial estates, parks and regions could be exempted from the requirement of carrying out public consultations.

( Source: CivilSocietyOnline, Posted: Jun 20, 2018)
Scythe: Making Harvesting Easier

Vikap Tech, that won the Millennium Alliance Award recently, makes an innovative tool called Scythe. It has an ergonomic design which helps to harvest faster while standing.

( Source: vikalp.tech, Posted: Jun 20, 2018)
Veg Waste From Chennai Market Powers a College Kitchen

Compared to towns and villages, the waste burden of metropolitan cities is not only moving forward at an unprecedented rate but is also causing significant repercussions to the environment by way of landfills.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Jun 20, 2018)
Affordable Housing Needs Better Processes

The plan to build 20 million affordable houses in India by 2022 means constructing close to 7,500 houses per day. The question is about delivery systems, the resources and the institutions to execute this.

( Source: CivilSocietyOnline, Posted: Jun 13, 2018)
Smart City: A Primer

Last month the government announced the list of 9 new Smart Cities, taking the total of Smart Cities to 99.

( Source: indiatogether.org, Posted: Jun 13, 2018)
Indian Hydro Generation Below 10 Percent

The total hydropower generation is likely to remain below 10 percent of total power generation in coming many years.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: Jun 13, 2018)
Jack Fruit Brightens Farmer Prospects

In comparison to mangoes and oranges, this Jack fruit has been an underdog in the past. It remains largely neglected by farmers as a prospective crop and often goes to waste.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Jun 13, 2018)
Myanmar Agrees on Framework to Repatriate Rohingyas

Myanmar government and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced an agreement that would be a first step toward the possible return of Rohingya refugees to the country.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: Jun 6, 2018)
Profile: Paani Foundation

Paani Foundation is a not for profit company set up in 2016 by the team of the TV series Satyamev Jayate to fight drought in rural Maharashtra.

( Source: paanifoundation.in, Posted: Jun 6, 2018)
The Art of Crafting Hand made Carpets

Punjabi carpet weavers trained in tying the Persian knot are perhaps among the few who have not yet abandoned a profession. In other small scale carpet weaving setups in and around Faisalabad, the textile hub of Pakistan, most have switched to manufacturing machine made carpets that take half the time and make double the profit.

( Source: dawn.com, Posted: Jun 6, 2018)
First Biodiversity Museum of India

The Kerala State Biodiversity Board (KSSB) has taken the lead and opened the first biodiversity museum of the country at the Vallakadavu Boathouse in Thiruvananthapuram.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Jun 6, 2018)
Odisha Government Hands over Land Titles to Slum Dwellers

Odisha announced the completion of a pilot project for one of the largest slum land titling project with the potential of transforming a million lives.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: May 29, 2018)
Goa Struggles to Find Mining Ban Answer

Goa Foundation is of the view that Zero loss mining is possible only if the government takes over the mines, forms a corporation and raises contracts for excavation. The expertise is available in Goa itself and the National Mineral Development Corporation would be more than willing to help.

( Source: CivilSocietyOnline, Posted: May 29, 2018)
Project Fuel: Taking Life Lessons to Poeple

PROJECT FUEL was born in 2009 when Deepak Ramola was just 17 years old. Collecting life lessons of different people and spreading them throughout the world is what Project Fuel intends to do. The life lessons are converted into different activities and then workshops are conducted with people at different institutions. The workshops end with collecting life lessons from the attendees.

( Source: http://www.theoptimistcitizen.com/deepak-ramola-project-fuel/, Posted: May 29, 2018)
Water Crisis in the Himalayas

Over a billion people across Asia rely on Himalayan water. Human activities are stressing the Himalayan water system.

( Source: DowntoEarth, Posted: May 29, 2018)
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