How Women Are Bringing Solar Power To These Villages In Bihar

Recently I had an opportunity to meet with Amrish Kumar Joshi, a JEEVIKA block Coordinator for Tankuppa, Gaya, Bihar. The Bihar Rural Livelihoods Promotion Society’s JEEVIKA has been working on renewable energy installations in the Tankuppa block. This area was previously infamously known as a corridor for Naxal operations. Solar mini-grids have been set up and are now operational in two villages.

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TCS to contribute a sizable portion of its CSR fund to Tata Trusts

MUMBAI: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is expected to contribute a sizable portion of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) fund to Tata Trusts, a bunch of philanthropic organisations that owns a majority stake in the group holding firm, two people familiar with the matter said. 


Ratan Tata-chaired Tata Trusts own two-thirds of Tata Sons, the holding company and promoter to all Tata Group companies. 

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“Only the bricks count”: children toil to help families in Indian kilns

CHENNAI, India, Sept 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – F amilies are forced to make their young children toil at brick kilns in north India to make enough bricks required to earn them their minimum wages, a report found on Wednesday.

Up to 80 percent of children between the ages of 5 and 14 who live in the kilns work seven to nine hours a day, helping their parents mould 1,000 bricks, a joint report by rights groups Anti-Slavery International and Volunteers for Social Justice found.

“In this system, only the bricks count, human beings don’t,” said Ganga Sekhar of Volunteers for Social Justice.

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Uber Journeys: The world in voices

Having completed half a billion rides in India – the stories we heard of everyday lives of our drivers and riders were nothing short of inspirational. Every journey is a story about pursuits and quirks and relationships and progress. 

Uber Journeys is a showcase of the extraordinary journeys of ordinary people.

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Mobile App to Fight Child Marriage Launched in Bihar

Launched by Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, the “Bandhan Tod” app will try to create awareness on resisting child marriage and will also provide round-the-clock help to adolescent girls saying no to the practice in the form of an SOS button.


In a unique initiative, Gender Alliance Bihar, a collective effort of over 270 civil society organisations backed by the UN Population Fund, has come up with a mobile application to fight the rampant social evil of child marriage in the state.

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This architect is building eco-friendly toilets using old plastic bottles

Due to a rapid increase in the number of pollutants in the environment, a green future seems distant, but people like Rashmii Tiwaari give us cause to believe all is not lost.


At the beginning of 2017, Rashmii Tiwaari originally from UP and settled in Hyderabad, was wondering how she would go about her M.Arch in Environmental Design thesis. After brainstorming for some days, she came up with the ingenious idea of using plastic bottles to build toilets.

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One lap after another for children’s cause

CHENNAI: The UNICEF ‘CEO Run’ 2017 — Chiefs for children, organised by United Way of Chennai was conducted at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai, on Sunday morning. The focus was to get leaders of the society to safeguard children and provide holistic development. The event began with an energetic Zumba session for warm up.


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Now Corporates May Adopt A Municipality

Accounting for Swachh Bharat related programmes were 7.3 per cent of the total CSR spent with an additional Rs. 33 crore for the urban slum development programme


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Travancore Devaswom Board sued for cruelty to elephant

Mullakkal Balakrishnan was transported violating rules.


Mullakkal Balakrishnan in the swamp.

Alappuzha: The assistant conservator of forests (ACF) here has slapped non-bailable charges under Wildlife Protection Act on Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) and its mahouts for cruelty to temple elephant Mullakkal Balakrishnan. The preliminary report based on the Supreme Court order in August 2015 which stipulates criminal action against Devaswom authorities or elephant owners if rules are violated, was submitted to Judicial First Magistrate Court, Cherthala. “All people responsible for transporting the elephant late in the night in a truck without proper security arrangements will be booked,” ACF Sumi Joseph said.     

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Population Explosion Hampering Sustainable Development: Naqvi

New Delhi: Growing world population was the biggest hurdle in sustainable development, and leaders and social activists need to join hands to create awareness on the issue, Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said on Wednesday.


“There is need for large-scale awareness on the population issue. Increasing population has created several problems vis-a-vis development, employment opportunities, and health services,” he said.

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