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Saturday, 19-August-2017


Dawning of a new period

27 weeks ago
  Suman (17), a college student in Mahoba district of parched Bundelkhand in Uttar Pradesh has a horrifying tale to share when she entered the puberty age four years ago. The pain, agony and shock were compounded when her illiterate mother gave her a home-made unhygienic sanitary napkin. It was an old dirty cloth padded with sand to soak the blood when she encountered her first ‘period’ in life. She wasn’t very comfortable using this kind of sanitary napkin. But she hardly had any option   to refuse than trying it out to avoid facing the shame. Every morning she was advised to change the sand till the period was over. While she was yet ...

Power-full Bihar

27 weeks ago
Sanjay Electricity is not a luxury but a necessity of the people of Bihar. Recently, released data by the government of Bihar shows that production and distribution have remarkable growth in merely ten years. In addition to traditional source of electricity, government has started to open door for private sector to produce electricity. After  Jharkhand division, state had entered in to ‘dark space.’ People used to joke that even in 21st century Bihar leads a life of medieval period. This was true too. Leave the villages; even the towns ha...

Deendayal Thali

27 weeks ago
A ‘Deendayal Thali’ scheme will be launched from April this year for the poor in selected cities of Madhya Pradesh. This was announced by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. As per the scheme, the poor will get tasty plateful meals at the rate of Rs. 5 per head. CM also announced that a new law to give every citizen housing facility would be legislated to help the houseless and landless poor get housing facility. By 2018, at least 5 lakh housing units in urban areas and 8 lakh houses in rural areas would be constructed. He said state government had been able to build a strong relationship between peop...

Reaching the last mile

28 weeks ago
  One of the greatest challenges India faces in policy implementation is to reach the right set of beneficiaries, in the most cost-effective manner. Section 12(1) (c) of Right to Education Act, 2009 is one of the most progressive policy steps, which was getting brutalised at the altar of execution. This provision mandates 25% reservation for students belonging to economically and socially weaker sections in private unaided schools. “The whole admission process was quite complex and a lot of information was not easily available in public domain, making it difficult for the parents to get their children admitt...


29 weeks ago
 india abroad news service Indian women who showed remarkable performances in their respective fields were applauded by the government on the celebration of National Girl Child Day, themed on the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme (BBBP). Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister, Maneka Gandhi praised women including Silver medalist at Rio Paralympics 2016 Deepa Malik and Avani Chaturvedi, a fighter pilot, for their success. First woman amputee to climb Mount Everest Arunima Sinha and Shanno, main advisor of Balaknama newspaper, which is run com...


29 weeks ago
In a bid to bring technology to the doorsteps of the cultivators, the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has launched 20 farmers’ clubs in Diyun circle of Arunachal Pradesh’s Changlang district. Farmers’ Club is a grassroots level informal forum. Such Clubs are organised by rural branches of banks, NGOs and KVKs etc. with support and financial assistance from NABARD for mutual benefit of banks and the farmers. The objective of the programme is development through credit, technology transfer, awareness and capacity building. The emphasis of the programme is on increasing the income of t...


29 weeks ago
 ssb bureau/assam In a joint initiative, Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE) and Oil India Limited headquartered at Duliajan in Assam have come up with a cluster development programme that is expected to benefit over 400 villages in two districts of Arunachal Pradesh – Changlang and Namsai. Christened as ‘OIL Jeevika’ project, the initiative aims at livelihood promotion and cluster development. Officials said the project envisaged two broad areas – honey processing and mustard processing. The villages selected fo...


29 weeks ago
 india abroad news service Not for profit organisation, TiE Global (TiE Inc) says it has launched AIRSWEEE - All-India Road Show on Women’s Economic Empowerment through Entrepreneurship - to encourage entrepreneurship as a career option for women in smaller cities. “The programme’s objective is to unlock value creation amongst aspiring young women in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities in India by empowering them with greater understanding of entrepreneurship. This is a three-day workshop on entrepreneurship which will help the p...


30 weeks ago
IN a country where often the death of a girl comes as a relief, nay, they are even killed in the womb, the death of one girl in Rajasthan has not only led to the recharging of the ground water of a once parched village, but put in place a system of celebrating both the girl child and the environment. Piplantri is a village in the Rajsamand district in Rajasthan, where it is a rule that whenever a girl is born, the family needs to plants 111 trees and take care of them too. And, Rs 21,000 is collected from the village residents and Rs 10,000 from the girl’s father. This sum of Rs 31,000 is put into a fixed deposit fo...


30 weeks ago
Rare migratory birds are being spotted in and near Sultanpur National Park, including the White-Tailed Eagle and Yellow-Legged Buttonquail in neighbouring Bhindawas Bird Sanctuary, for the first time in 90 years, wildlife officials said. According to officials, about 35,000 birds have been spotted in Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary till now, as compared to over 25,000 birds last year. Besides Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary, rare birds have been spotted near Mangar in Faridabad and the Aravalli forest area. “White-Tailed Eagle, Yellow-Legged Buttonquail and Lesser White-Fronted Goose have been in neighbouring Bhindawas Bird Sanct...


30 weeks ago
Senior functionaries of the Union HRD ministry discussed the regulations for the proposed 20 ‘world class universities’ announced in the 2016-17 budget. In the meeting, which was headed by HRD minister Prakash Javadekar, the aspects related to autonomy and regulations for these universities were finalised. It was also discussed whether the words ‘world class’ can be used in the nomenclature for these institutes. Sources said they may be called ‘institutes of excellence’. Giving more flexibility to the regulations by bringing down the corpus fund for these institutes was also discussed.


31 weeks ago
T  he sight of dolphins in the Ganges was a major thrill for children and adults alike. People used to spend hours standing near the river to catch a glimpse of these graceful and athletic mammals jumping out of the river, taking a leap and then, like an Olympic diver, ‘silking’ its way back into the river. That was there way of catching the breath. For despite being an aquatic animal, they cannot breathe under water. Dolphins are among the oldest residents of the earth, along with some species of crocodiles and turtles. The Ganges Dolphin is unique, and was first discovered in 1801. It is blind, and navi...