Reviving The Green Cover In The Kanha-Pench Wildlife Corridor, One Sapling At A Time

Deforestation in the country is not news anymore. With rapid industrialization and rising needs, we have been cutting down trees for quite some time. Now there is an immediate need to bring back the green cover, and Vodafone India, along with Grow-Trees, has taken a positive step in this direction. They have started planting 300,000 trees along the Kanha-Pench corridor. The saplings selected are of native and useful species in order to create an extra income source for the villagers. Here we profile the salient features of this initiative, which can serve as a case study for more projects of a similar nature.

Introducing Padmini Prakash, India’s First Transgender Television News Anchor

Like other members of this sexual minority, Padmini Prakash too faced her share of social stigma and discrimination which made her abandon her family and education. But her difficulties only helped her grow stronger as she became the first transgender TV news anchor in the country five months after the Supreme Court legally declared this community as a third gender.

How I Am Fighting A Corrupt Ticket Checker In Mumbai Using RTI And The System

When he faced harassment by a corrupt and arrogant ticket checker in a local train in Mumbai, instead of accepting the injustice in the interest of time or fear of reprisal, he decided to use the powers vested in him by the laws of the nation and took the challenge head on. Here's his first-hand account of what transpired, how he dealt with it, why he did it and how we can all stand up for our rights too.

The Simple #Innovation That Is Changing The Lives Of Coconut Tree Climbers

Appachan was a school dropout but had a great ability to innovate things that could be used in day to day life. He saw the struggles faced by tree climbers, especially when it came to climbing the tall coconut or areca nut trees. He decided to solve this problem by inventing a simple and innovative tree climber that makes the task of climbing a cake walk.
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This Man Made A Promise To Never Leave His Village. What He Did After That Is Pretty Inspiring

A man who is 84 years old now had decided in his younger days not to migrate from his village but to bring a wave of change and set his village as an example. He has been working tirelessly towards the upliftment of his village through education, livelihoods, awareness and more, and his spirit is undying as he plans to extend his programme to other villages too. Read more to know how he and his small team have been overcoming all challenges and changing the lives of thousands.
Jamna Bai (left) and Sukma Bai from Postipura Madhya Pradesh, hand over samples of their wheat harvest for #NPMi compliance. NPMi (Non Pesticide Management initiative) tests for traces of 98 pesticides.

Now Get Safer, Healthier, Pesticide-Free Food On Your Plate Without Burning A Hole In Your Pocket

Most of us hesitate in switching to organic food products mostly because they are not easily available and are costlier than their conventional counterparts. On the other hand, even farmers wish to avoid the hassle of getting organic certification due to its complexity and high cost. Safe Harvest has found a way to solve this dual issue by encouraging the use of pesticide-free food products that offer you a healthier and safer option at affordable prices. Find out more about their amazing work!
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How They Are Battling Child Marriage In Assam’s Tea Gardens

When Seema's parents decided to get her married at an early age, she approached her friends and convinced her family to drop the idea. Adolescent Girls Clubs, run by ABITA in partnership with UNICEF, are fighting against many similar cases of child marriage in Assam enabling young girls to dream big.

A Walk Down Memory Lane As HMT Watches To Stop Ticking

An HMT watch was much more than just a device to track time. Considered as one of the most valued possession, the watch would be transferred from father to son, and from there to the next generation. It is the end of an era as the government decides to shut down HMT Watches. We take a walk down memory lane to relive some of our nostalgia about the legendary timepieces.
The bio sand filter is being effectively used in various tribal areas.

A Simple Technology That Can Solve India’s Clean #Water Problem In Just Rs.3,000

Worldwide, around 10,000 people die every day due to lack of clean drinking water. The situation is alarming, but bio-sand filters offer a simple and affordable solution. This low cost model purifies water, is locally manufactured and can also help the local community with various livelihood options. And, all of that in just Rs.3,000! Read along to know how it is done.
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The Golden Temple Rises To The Occasion To Help The Jammu And Kashmir Flood Victims

When all the forces including the army, government, social media and public are working together to help the victims of Jammu and Kashmir flood, considered to be the worst in 100 years, Guru ka Langar in Amritsar has created a record of sorts when food for 1,00,000 flood victims was airlifted to be distributed to them. Read to know more on how they achieved the amazing feat.
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Children’s Book Review: The Land Of The Setting Sun & Other Nature Tales

An engaging and interesting compilation of eight short stories that will teach young readers about wildlife and creatures that share the earth with us. Written by Arefa Tehsin and Dr Raza Tehsin, the book deals with emotions like love, jealousy, anger, pain through various animal and human characters. Simple language, interesting stories and fascinating facts keep the reader hooked throughout. Suggested for children above the age of six, this book is a must have in your reading list.
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How The Whole Country Came Together For Jammu And Kashmir Flood Relief

Horrific disasters like this not only act as a wake up call that there is an urgent need to once again balance the ecosystem, but also bring people closer and test the courage of the country to stand tall and united whenever the need arises. We take a look at how the entire country has come together for Jammu and Kashmir flood relief.
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Two Beautiful Bird Sanctuaries In India That Pay Tribute To The Undying Love Of Dr. Salim Ali

Dr. Salim Ali's love for birds was so well known that once a cartoon strip mentioned him by saying, ‘Come, let’s fly a little low; if we are lucky we may be able to spot Salim Ali!’ His poetic descriptions of birds and love for them was unmatched. He would go to deserted islands just to listen to their songs. Take a tour of two beautiful bird sanctuaries named after him with Gangadharan Menon as he remembers the legend.

They Have Saved 12 Leopard Cubs, 1000s of Other Animals & Educated 20,000 People About Wildlife

Concerned about the human-wildlife conflicts and the poor awareness on how to deal with it, Suresh Kumar and Jaishankar started Vanamitra to teach people to co-exist with the wild. They have reunited 12 leopard cubs with their mothers, rescued several specieis of wildlife and sensitized over 20,000 people about wildlife conservation. Read more about their amazing and daring initiatives and how they do it.

What This Girl Did To Her Molester On The Delhi Metro Is Something Every Girl Should Learn From

We often hear about eve teasing, but what makes this story different is the immense courage shown by this girl who refuses to be called a "victim". Thanks to her brave act, her molester is behind bars! This is a shout out for all those who have faced similar incidents - being silent is not the answer. Speak up and save others from going through the same. We are sure that this molester from the Delhi metro will think a hundred times before doing something similar again.
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6 Inspiring Teachers in Hindi Cinema

Cinema and its larger than life presence affects each one of us, directly or indirectly. We look up to some characters, act like them and even aspire to be like them. Indian movies have given us some amazing characters in teacher's role. Here is a list of some of the most memorable teachers in Indian movies.
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16-Year-Old Invents A Breath Enabled ‘TALKing’ Device To Help The Speech Impaired

How frustrating it must be to not be able to speak out our thoughts or, rather, speak at all. People with speech impairment have to deal with this every single day. Arsh Shah Dilbagi wanted to make life a little easier for them. At just 16 years of age, he has invented the only Augmentative and Alternative Communication device in the world that uses breath as the way of interaction. Read about this amazing invention.