The only primary school in one of the most remote and backward regions of Chhattisgarh has brightened the future prospects of the Pahadi Korva tribes living here. It is the region’s first school since India’s independence and, notwithstanding the remote forests and deep rivers surrounding it, the children of Sardi village confess they are happy to come to study every day, come what may. Located in Kartala block, Korba district of Chhattisgarh, the village is inhabited by the Pahadi Korba tribe who belong to the Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs).
Kalki Subramaniam is an inspiration not only to the transgender community but to society as a whole. This multi-hyphenated writer, activist, media personality, and actor, has been at the forefront fighting for transgender rights in India. Now she is preparing to take her message to a global platform, as Harvard University has invited her as a speaker.
In a first for Indian cinema, Anjali Ameer, a transsexual woman will be playing the lead role in a mainstream film. Malayalam actor Mammootty has announced that Anjali will be his co-star in his upcoming feature. In fact, the actor was so impressed with Anjali that he recommended her to his director, Ram, during the casting. The film is set to be released later in 2017 in Tamil and Malayalam. This can be a monumental move for Indian cinema because members of the LGBTQ community are often stereotyped and depicted as caricatures in mainstream movies.
Usually when the gory details of molestation, sexual harassment, and rape cases become news in India, some people end up erroneously dissecting the clothes worn by the victims to find a reason or a justification for the attacks. A powerful photo series by AIE Services passionately argues that a victim's clothes are never "asking for it."The Mumbai-based company that offers photography solutions has come up with a series of haunting images of real women and the clothes they were wearing the day they got assaulted. ...
India’s Himalayan region is home to some of the country’s most abundant natural resource reserves, yet much of its population still lags behind the rest of the country in access to basic amenities. Kalyan Paul and his organisation Grassroots hope to help the region’s people overcome this gap through the application of technology. In 1992, Kalyan Paul set up Pan Himalayan Grassroots Development Foundation with a clear vision and objective—focus on the initiation and implementation of fundamental ways and means for renewal of hydrology, and restoration of ecology.
“I was born and brought up in Madhya Pradesh and did my graduation from the same. Born and brought up in Madhya Pradesh, he joined the Tata Group after completing his graduation. Established by Reuben David, the zoo was in deep losses after David's demise.
One of the most talked about images from India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) was that of ISRO's women scientists celebrating the success of the mission. A distinguished meteorologist, Mani was the former Deputy Director General of the Indian Meteorological Department and made significant contributions in the field of solar radiation, ozone and wind energy instrumentation. Photo Source Anna Modayil Mani grew up in a prosperous family in Travancore, a former princely state in the southern part of India, now part of the state of Kerala.
Thane-based Purushottamlal Gupta has vowed to reduce air pollution levels by planting saplings and reviving the shrinking green cover in Mumbai. Transcript: Thane-based Purushottamlal Gupta has vowed to reduce the air pollution levels, by planting saplings & revive the shrinking green cover in the massive concrete-metropolitan Mumbai. Today 40 more rickshaw drivers have joined his cause! The saplings he planted have a survival rate of 80% and he has now taken up the mission to plant more than 1,500 saplings by mid-2017.
Sureeli, a 12-year-old girl from a village in Sirohi district of Rajasthan, had never been to school. Her life was all about household chores including cooking, cleaning, fetching water, rearing cattle and looking after her siblings; destined to get married in her near future. Sureeli’s brother on the other hand studied till Class 8 and is working. Sadly, this is the plight of around 3 million out-of-school girls in India. ...
There’s a need to prevent visually-impaired citizens from being financially excluded from the new digital Indian economy emerging after demonetisation. George Abraham takes a look at the steps that can be taken to make cashless India inclusive for all. The country happily took the announcement in its stride and was prepared to put up with the inconvenience of standing in long queues, limited withdrawals, and shifting to plastic and digital modes of transaction.
It is an unfortunate truth that the government schools in India sometimes fall well below the standards compared to private schools in terms of infrastructure and the quality of education. Now, with the hope of keeping the staff accountable, the centre is pressing state officials to come up with a new format where students can evaluate their educators. According to a report in the Hindustan Times, an official has confirmed that there is a plan in place to implement a new set of questionnaires through which students can evaluate the quality of education.
Given that air pollution is one of the biggest threats to modern society, it has become imperative to find alternative modes of transportation to curb vehicular emissions. When riding this cycle that has solar panels, one can choose between the motor and the pedals, or even both at the same time. "If we use solar assisted bicycle, we can reduce overall 60 per cent of all vehicle pollution in our country.
PRAYOG (Professionals Alliance for Youths Growth), an NGO based in the Gopalganj district of Bihar is trying to give a high-tech edge to rural education by using informative, animated videos, as teaching tools. Unfortunately, our conventional education system relies mainly on verbal material and far less emphasis is placed on incorporating visuals in the learning process. PRAYOG, an NGO in Bihar, is trying to bring the modern approach of using audio-visual content as teaching tools to government schools in the Gopalganj district, located 200 km away from Patna. [caption id="attachment_83030" align="aligncenter" width="800"] PRAYOG facilitators use animated videos as a teaching tool[/caption] Toon Masti is an initiative started by the Ernst & Young Foundation, under which informative, animated videos have been created for the NCERT Curriculum, Class 1 to 5.
Who should be awarded sportsperson of the century? A legendary sportsman that not many Indians know about, Rajeev Bagga was crowned the 'Deaflympian of the Century' by the International Olympics Committee's sub-committee, CISS (Committee International des Sports des Sourds) in 2001. The only deaf player to have won the Indian National Championship twice (in 1992 and 1993 respectively), Bagga has been at the helm of the Indian badminton scene for over a decade, winning prestigious events individually, as well as helping the country reach greater heights.
Many of Kolkata’s heritage buildings are in dire need of renovation. Archaeologist Tathagata Neogi’s new initiative seeks to empower the city’s residents to save and spruce up these remnants of history. Boasting a rich socio-political and cultural history, Kolkata is one of India’s biggest and most intriguing cities.
The movement for organic food and an organic lifestyle has slowly picked up pace in India over the last few years. Ashmeet Kapoor, CEO, I Say Organic, discusses India’s organic future, and the rise of organic farming in Sikkim. Some time ago, social media was abuzz with the news of Sikkim becoming India’s first fully organic state.
Aditi Mittal is funny. It isn’t just that she knows how to crack a good joke, but she is a wizard when it comes to landing punchlines during seemingly mundane conversations, which end up taking you by surprise and leaving you in splits.Unapologetic, unafraid to speak her mind, clever, and yes, very funny. That’s why Aditi has stormed her way to the top regardless of what her critics (or Twitter trolls) have to say. Apart from headlining comedy tours across the world, today she also has her own radio show titled Beginner’s Guide to India, on BBC 4. ...
Senior IPS officer Alok Kumar Verma was appointed the new chief of Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) on Thursday. He will be the 27th CBI chief and is taking over from Anil Sinha who retired on December 2. Photo source: Wikimedia 1) Verma's name for the post was shortlisted from a list of 45 candidates and his selection was approved by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet. Apart from Verma, two other top contenders included home ministry official RK Dutta and Maharashtra DGP SC Mathu.
The strained political and military relations between India and Pakistan have not stopped people from both nations forming friendships and relationships that endure despite the tension. Sutirtha Saha talks about his experience meeting such a couple, and discovering a story of love across borders.It was one of those days. I was returning from the USA, the first leg from Seattle to Dubai was a long one, lasting around 14 hours, and I desperately wished for some Indian company. I was not one of those types to spend my time watching back-to-back movies. ...
Stories of people rising above difficult circumstances to achieve their dreams restore one’s faith in the value of hard work and perseverance. Photo Source: Facebook According to a report in The Times of India, Sandip’s father Devidas Akde used to work as a porter at grocery shops until the strenuous work became impossible for him with age. With a difficult financial background, all odds were against 23-year-old Sandip Akde when he first decided to take up CA.
Rohan Potdar writes about the limitations of dedicated classroom learning, and online education. This is how a blended format can help students. Its final objective is to train a large number of students using a common and a standardized process.
Meet Rajath Shenoy, the young biker from small-town Karnataka who is introducing biking to a whole new generation of motorcycle enthusiasts. Coming from a business background, he never had a lack of resources, but as is common, was deprived of permission.
This might come as a surprise to anyone currently stuck in Bangalore's traffic, but the city has been declared the "most dynamic" one in the world. The annual City Momentum Index conducted by Jones Lang LaSalle, an investment management company specialising in real estate, ranked Bangalore at the first place. Hyderabad is at the fifth spot trailing Ho Chi Minh City, Silicon Valley, and Shanghai.
Aditi Gupta is the co-founder of Menstrupedia: a fun and engaging period guide for girls! Aimed at eradicating the taboo around menstruation in India, Menstrupedia is reaching out to the masses in different formats including a website and blog, printed and digital comic books as well as on-ground workshops. The stigma around this natural biological process that takes place inside a woman’s body is so huge in India that one rarely even hears this word spoken out loud. Thousands of euphemisms used to address menstruation are proof enough of the taboo that surrounds periods and teaches girls to do their best to hide it.
With abundant sunshine, India is the perfect location for solar-powered technology. Now a team of young engineers from Jodhpur, Rajasthan have created a solar car that they believe has the potential to be globally competitive and available as a product for the masses, at an affordable price. For the Aahan solar car project, there were many obstacles to overcome, right from the start.