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Why I Wear the Tricolour Even After Independence Day

People wear their religion, caste, political affiliations or memberships in blatant display, and it is accepted. I want to wear my nationality on my person wherever I go, because I genuinely love my country and am proud to be an Indian and my identity is more as an Indian than of belonging to one religion, region, language, caste or state.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Aug 16, 2017)
 
Freedom at 95 and 5

This independence day, we ask a group of individuals two simple, yet loaded questions. What does it mean to be Indian? What does freedom mean to you?

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Aug 15, 2017)
 
A Warm 78-Year-Old Campus Nani

Prema Iyer, 78 years old, was born into a traditional middle class Iyer family. Her father was a Central government employee, and her mother, a housewife. From the age of three, Prema has lived in Delhi. Brought up rather conservatively, the opportunity to Lady Sriram College (LSR) was practically like an entry into a different […]

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Aug 15, 2017)
 
New guidelines for Anganwadi Centres

Preceding the new guidelines, a new UNICEF report recommends a regulatory system for early childhood education in India.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: Aug 9, 2017)
 
Encouraging Volunteering at Work

A report by Pricewaterhousecooper (PWC) stated that 88% of the youth in the UK gravitated toward companies with pronounced Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs.

( Source: The Alternative, Posted: Aug 9, 2017)
 
All Women Police Squads Change the Face of Rajasthan

One such squad in Jaipur has been patrolling bus stops, colleges and parks where women are vulnerable to sexual harassment.

( Source: The Dawn, Posted: Aug 9, 2017)
 
Preserving Heirloom Seeds

Seed Savers Exchange was founded in Missouri in 1975 by Diane Ott Whealy and Kent Whealy when her grandfather entrusted to them the seeds of two garden plants. Today, with 13,000 members and 20,000 plant varieties, Seed Savers Exchange makes its home on 890 acres in Iowa, USA.

( Source: Seed Savers, Posted: Aug 9, 2017)
 
The Bird Man of Junagadh

Harsukh Bhai Dobariya from Junagadh district of Gujarat was awarded with Srishti Samman award for bird conservation by President Pranab Mukherjee this year. Everyday, around 2,500 to 3,000 parrots, sparrows and other birds visit Harsukh Bhai’s house.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Aug 1, 2017)
 
The Future of Philanthropy

The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation released new research on the future of philanthropy.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: Aug 1, 2017)
 
India's Elderly in Distress?

Agewell Foundation, an NGO, conducted a study across the country that revealed that about 71% of them suffer from health related problems, 65% from financial distress, 63% from social problems and 43% from psychological issues like loneliness and marginalisation.

( Source: theWire.in, Posted: Jul 31, 2017)
 
Hygiene Kitsfor Mumbai Girls

The South African Consulate along with the Nargis Dutt Foundation distributed personal hygiene kits to school girls on Mandela Day.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: Jul 31, 2017)
 
These Dedicated Residents Are on a Mission to Clean up Mumbai. Here's How You Can Get Involved.

An online initiative that began in May aimed at clearing Mumbai's Carter Road of trash is gaining momentum as a weekly clean-up drive, and it's calling for local resident's to join in.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Jul 25, 2017)
 
This Startup's Concrete Curing Method Not Only Saves 80% Water but Energy & Time Too

The key to achieving a strong, durable concrete lies in knowing the correct ratio for mixing cement and water- 'Cure It', a green venture employs a unique method known as drip curing.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Jul 25, 2017)
 
Once a Ragpicker, This Teenager Is Now Srinagar Municipal Corporation's Brand Ambassador

15-year-old ragpicker Bilal Ahmad Dar has been earning his livelihood by cleaning Asia's second biggest freshwater lake, Wular.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Jul 25, 2017)
 
It's difficult to walk on an unexplored path or to create your path- Kailash Satyarthi

Noble Peace Prize Laureate, Satyarthi, also spoke about the challenges, struggles and opposition he faced when he started his journey, 37 years ago.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: Jul 23, 2017)
 
'Youth Adda' explores ways to reduce inequalities

Issues about gender, economic and physical inequalities were raised at Youth Adda hosted by the civil society in New Delhi.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: Jul 22, 2017)
 
The Story of Edible Spoon

Constantly troubled at the sight of plastic cutlery that poses environmental and health hazards, Narayana Peesapati of Hyderabad had set out to find an alternative to the plastic spoons.

( Source: TheWeekendLeader, Posted: Jul 19, 2017)
 
Largest Saline Wetland of Sri Lanka Uner Threat

Muthurajawela, the largest saline wetland of Sri Lanka, is fast becoming a garbage ground.

( Source: DailyMirror, Posted: Jul 19, 2017)
 
Indian Railways Goes Green With Solar-Powered Train

In a groundbreaking move, the Indian Railways on Friday, launched its first 1600 HP solar DEMU (diesel electrical multiple unit) train.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Jul 18, 2017)
 
Elephants Exploited in Asian Tourism Sector

A new report released by World Animal Protection reveals that more than three quarters of nearly three thousand elephants used in tourist entertainment in Asia are kept in severely cruel conditions.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: Jul 18, 2017)
 
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