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Saturday, 21-October-2017



32 weeks ago
Internet has become one of the basic requirement in modern life, hence it’s the government’s job to provide it to everyone. So has done the Kerala government, providing 20 lakh new internet connections in the state. “Internet would be made the right of the people and two million (20 lakh) “poor families” will get free access to the web,” the Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Issac said presenting the budget.HE further added, “Internet will now become a right for the people and within 18 months the internet gateway would be set up through the K phone network at a cost of Rs 1,000 crore. Two ...

Odisha’s Startup Helpline

32 weeks ago
The Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik has launched a Startup Odisha Helpline in a bid to encourage entrepreneurship among youth in the state. He said, “I hope this Helpline will provide a platform to our youth, incubators and other stakeholders to address their issues.” A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was also signed between Invest India, the National Investment Promotion and Facilitation Agency of the Union Ministry of Commerce, and Odisha MSME department. “I am sure that partnership between Startup Odisha Initiative and Startup India Hub run by Invest Ind...

Nation-building at school!

33 weeks ago
“Even a bowl of payasam (a milk-rice sweet dish) that Akshaya Patra provides every Saturday is a luxury for our school kids.” Though Leelawati, a senior teacher in Kasba Bengre (Mangalore, Karnataka), says this about the students of her school, it could be a reality for a large chunk of poor children who are among the major beneficiaries of Akshaya Patra’s mid-day meal programme. One such child is Nagamma of Taravanhalli Higher Primary School. Had Akshaya Patra not reached out to Travanhalli school children with its nutritious food, Nagaamma would not have aspired to become a social worker. Then her major worry would have been &ndas...

A Thousand First Steps

33 weeks ago
  Recently, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar pointed out ‘learning outcomes’ will become a part of the Right to Education Act by March this year. Towing the same line, National Council for Educational Research and Training sought feedback regarding a draft it has prepared on ‘learning outcomes’ for school children. The fancy word, ‘learning outcomes’ was an alien term in Indian educational paradigm until a decade ago. Today, one can’t ignore the clamour around this term; right from Parliament to NITI Aayog, everyone is talking about learning outcomes of our children. If there is one organisation which can take credit for bringing t...

Free Higher Education

35 weeks ago
 India abroad news service Soon, Assam would provide free higher education in government institutions. The State government is making plans for free admission in universities as well after making enrolment in government higher secondary institutions and colleges free. Himanta Biswa Sarma, State Education minister informed that state government’s move to make free enrolment in higher secondary institutions and colleges has benefitted 4.6 lakh students in the state this year. He said soon university admission will be free for students. Sar...

Preserving heritage

35 weeks ago
 raj kashyap / guwahati In a bid to spread the ideologies and contributions of Swargadeo Chaulung Siu Ka Pha, the first Ahom ruler of Assam, amongst new generation of the state, the government of Assam will spend Rs two crore in first phase for preservation of historic Habung in Dhemaji district. Habung manifests the rich Ahom legacy and it is said that Chaulung Siu Ka Pha founded the Ahom kingdom’s capital here on the north bank of the mighty Brahmaputra river in 1240 AD. The earliest reference to Habung comes in the 10th century copper plate ...

Dawning of a new period

36 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

36 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

36 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

37 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...


37 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...


37 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...