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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)
Powerful Clicks on Lives of Leprosy Affected

Natsuko Tominaga is a photographer with the Nippon Foundation. She is on a mission to remove the leprosy taboo in India. For the last 40 years, the Foundation has been working for the betterment of leprosy patients, and for 16 of those 40 years, Natsuko has been working with them.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: May 21, 2018)
Pancheshwar Dam: Is it Really Needed?

In the dense forests of Pithoragarh district in Uttarakhand, on the India-Nepal border, the tallest dam in the world is being planned.

( Source: CivilSocietyOnline, Posted: May 21, 2018)
Normal Monsoon Forecast

Rainfall will be 97% of the 50-year average with a 54% probability that rains will be normal to above normal, IMD said in its first stage, long-range monsoon forecast.

( Source: livemint, Posted: May 21, 2018)
Election Commission Brings Beggars and Homeless into Poll Process

Indian Election Commission will also examine the possibility of allowing undertrials to vote.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: May 21, 2018)
Microfactory to Tackle E-Waste Hazard

In a pioneering effort to tackle the growing mountains of e-waste, an IIT-trained Australian scientist of Indian origin at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) here has helped launch the first microfactory that can transform electronic waste (e-waste) like smartphones and laptops into valuable material for re-use.

( Source: TheWeekendLeader, Posted: May 14, 2018)
Feeble War on Malnutrition in Pakistan

Despite a multitude of programmes in place, the nutrition indicators in Pakistan seem to be on a downward spiral. Some even believe that declaring a national nutrition emergency no longer seems a far-fetched idea.

( Source: dawn.com, Posted: May 14, 2018)
Inclusivity at Top 100 Companies of India

The India Responsible Business Index (IRBI) is in its third year and is the result of a collaborative effort by Corporate Responsibility Watch, Oxfam India, Change Alliance, Praxis Institute for Participatory Practices and Partners in Change.

( Source: CivilSocietyOnline, Posted: May 14, 2018)
When Social Good Meets Big Data

According to Rick Smolan, the author of The Human Face of Big Data, Big Data is an intelligent tool that can help combat poverty and crime. Big Data is characterised by Volume, Variety, Velocity and Veracity.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: May 14, 2018)
Gritty Gram Sabhas of Goa

When Goa drew up plans to make the Mormugao Port a hub for importing coal and transporting it to steel factories in Karnataka, it ran into opposition it had never really expected. At the public hearings on the proposal, doctors, lawyers and scientists tore into officials with information and questions for which they had no real answers.

( Source: CivilSocietyOnline, Posted: May 7, 2018)
12000 year old Mansar Lake Struggling to Survive

In an estimated 12,000 years of existence, Mansar Lake, one of the largest freshwater lakes in the Shivalik range of the Jammu region, is facing an existential threat due to human intervention and climate change.

( Source: TribuneIndia, Posted: May 7, 2018)
Holding a Municipality Accountable

For the last 25 years, the Okha Nagarpalika municipality in Gujarat was dumping large quantities of municipal waste within 100 metres of the Bakshipunch Society, home to about fifty Dalit families. The first question that came to my mind was: How is this site complying with the laws related to municipal solid waste

( Source: indiatogether.org, Posted: May 7, 2018)
India Moves to Ban e-cigarettes

The Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has embarked on the process of banning e-cigarettes.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: May 7, 2018)
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