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Community Radio Bridges Gender Gaps in Odisha

10 community radio stations are working in Odisha on changing the mindset of the people, to enable a better environment for the safety of girl children and women.

( Source: The Optimist Citizen, Posted: Dec 27, 2017)
Kerala School Teaches Organic Farming

The Naipunnya Public School, Thrikkakara, practiced organic terrace farming on its premises, so that kids could learn the methods.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Dec 27, 2017)
Latha Anantha: A Guardian of Rivers

Latha Anantha, the researcher and activist who passed away recently, was a guardian angel of the Chalakkudy river in Kerala. During 1992-94, she got involved in a campaign to save the forest trees in Kerala Agricultural University. She was part of a group of students who successfully stalled the plans of the college authorities to cut down more than 1000 prime forest trees in their campus.

( Source: India Together, Posted: Dec 27, 2017)
The Two Rupee Doctor of Chennai

Dr Thiruvengadam is a real life hero, who has served the Chennai community since his days as a medical college student during the 1970s without charging fees from poor patients, and later for small fees.

( Source: The Weekend Leader, Posted: Dec 27, 2017)
Reaching Out to Rural Kids Creatively

Established in December, 2016, pilot project of Saakshar team was launched in five government primary schools across Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam of Andhra Pradesh with college graduates reaching out to rural children over weekends to improve communication skills.

( Source: The Optimist Citizen, Posted: Dec 20, 2017)
Potential for Permaculture in India

Permaculture considers traditional methods and includes them in design. In terms of farming, the opportunities are endless when merging the ancient and the modern. Using modern technologies, we can reshape the landscape, so that it harvests a lot more resources like water and arrests erosion.

( Source: Down To Earth, Posted: Dec 20, 2017)
Inching towards effective skilling of youth of Bihar

Bihar Skill Development mission has initiated a new integrated model factoring recruitment, training and deployment.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: Dec 20, 2017)
New Portal Enables Learning of 80 plus Languages

The Bharatavani portal features online dictionaries, where users can learn languages from Zeme to Urdu

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Dec 20, 2017)
Auroville: 50 Years of Community Building

Aurovilles designers and planners remain committed to a belief that architecture is a primary tool of community building,

( Source: architectural-review.com, Posted: Dec 13, 2017)
A Modern Village Chief Breathes New Life

Ankit Ashok Bhai Shah, the 36 year old head of Pavi Jetpur village in Gujarat has created a non political committee in the village for various need based projects like Open Gym and Bio Gas plant. This resulted in active participation of the community leaders of all sections.

( Source: TheOptimistCitizen, Posted: Dec 13, 2017)
Arpan: Sensitizing the Common Man About Sexual Abuse

Arpan conducts street plays on Child Sexual Abuse across Mumbai and Thane. This has helped take the issue to the common man

( Source: arpan.org.in, Posted: Dec 13, 2017)
Fast-Track Courts to Tackle Cases Against Politicians

The Indian government will set up 12 special courts to fast-track 1,581 criminal cases pending against lawmakers from across the country.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Dec 13, 2017)
A Day with Ragpickers of Delhi

Despite their crucial service of keeping urban waste management in place, Indian ragpickers continue to struggle for survival in dire conditions.

( Source: DownToEarth, Posted: Nov 28, 2017)
Hyderabad to Host International Permaculture Meet

Happening every two years, the International Permaculture Convergence is a very special occasion offered to practitioners from around the world to share their experiences, learn from each other about the future of the permaculture movement.

( Source: IPCIndia, Posted: Nov 28, 2017)
Karachi Biennale: The Starting Point

The Karachi Biennale was an overwhelming surprise that brought Pakistan into the world of global art discourse.

( Source: dawn.com, Posted: Nov 28, 2017)
When Ignorance Leads to Blindness

There are 70 million diabetics in India, 80 percent of them have vision problems about which they are either not aware or lack access to good eye care. NGOs are partnering to reach out to the marginalised and providing them better eye care and prevention.

( Source: IndiaTogether, Posted: Nov 28, 2017)
The Story of Pakistani Marble

The most consequential impact of the export of raw Pakistani marble to China is that it is preventing the local industry from developing value-adding capacity.

( Source: dawn.com, Posted: Nov 21, 2017)
Breaking the Male Bastion of Idol Making

Women in Kumartuli near Kolkotta are making a mark in idol making, a profession almost entirely dominated by men.

( Source: IndiaTogether, Posted: Nov 21, 2017)
India to Launch Awareness Campaign on Anemia

The government is in the process of making adolescent health programme more monitorable and prevention centric.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: Nov 21, 2017)
Your Rights When Stopped by Traffic Police

There are rights that a commuter and Traffic police in India may not be aware of.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Nov 21, 2017)
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