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Saturday, 25-May-2019


Do not engage manual scavengers: madras High Court

95 weeks ago
Holding that manual scavenging was prima facie a contravention of human rights and the right to live with dignity as per the Constitution, the Madras High Court today directed the Centre and the Tamil Nadu government to ensure that there was no engagement of manual scavengers. The first bench of Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sundar gave the direction on a PIL filed by Safai Karmachari Andolan of Chennai. The bench said, “Section 7 of the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013 bars persons from engagement or employment for hazardous cleaning of sewers and septic tanks.” It said, “It is true that those e...

Northern Territory dunnies among  world’s best

95 weeks ago
The best loo with a view award was given to the picturesque toilet perched over a cliff on the Cobourg Peninsula in Garig Gunak Barlu National. And Kathleen Buzzacott Art Studio in Alice Springs was the joint winner of best design.“A good public toilet had a ‘trickle-down effect’ into the local economy, by enticing tourists to stop and look around said Judge Bronwyn White. She said the Cobourg toilet was a clear standout.“To be able to sit on the toilet and be able to watch the crocodiles and nature — there’s no other toilet like it,” Ms White said.“Someone said it’s like watching a live National Geographic show from the t...

A Tree with many branches

96 weeks ago
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, numerically is arguably the world’s largest social organisation but its membership is not registered. Sangh though, has over three dozen allied organisations working in different fields. These range from education, culture, religious, social, agriculture, labour, economy, women, tribals and the youth. Members of all these organisations are naturalised members of the parent organisation as well.  Today, with over 5 million active members assembling in over 50,000 shakhas each day across India and over 100 affiliate bodies, the RSS is certainly a force to be reckoned with. With such an extensive network, they have successfully conducted m...

Fishing Out a Solution

96 weeks ago
If you are an industrious lot, you can turn a clouded sky into sunshine. Thus it is the case with farmers in the agrarian state of Haryana, where farmers are quietly shifting to fishing to solve the problem of large swathes of the state’s farmlands submerged in water permanently. It isn’t something their forefathers had taught them to do, but more and more farmers are learning the skills of fish farming in their human-made ponds. And they are being encouraged by the state agencies. With more farmers taking to fish farming, the annual production of fish in Haryana has increased to 144,200 tonnes in 2016-17 against 105,579.50 tonnes during 2013-14, Agriculture and F...

synthetic foods yet to reach market  

96 weeks ago
Memphis meats, a company based in the United States, has recently announced that it is developing artificial chicken and duck meat from cultured cells of both the birds. This is a part of their “clean poultry” program. With the development of artificial meat and the possibility of it going main stream right around the corner, the question of regulation pops up almost instantaneously. While the first hamburger made from lab meat didn’t get any taste reviews back in 2013, it definitely started a discussion about the regulation of cellular agriculture – an emerging field that uses biotechnology to create animal products like meat, milk, and eggs.  Wh...


97 weeks ago
The pradhan of a village in Uttar Pradesh has done something so spectacular that he could be the envy of even well-meaning officials. Hasuri Ausanpur village in Bhanwapur bloc of Dumariyaganj Tehsil in Sidharthnagar district in Uttar Pradesh has become the first ‘Digital Model Village’ in Uttar Pradesh with 23 Wi-Fi hotspots, 23 CCTVs, remote and mobile-controlled public address system, Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping, cemented roads, new primary school, banking facility, common service centre and has been declared open defecation ...


97 weeks ago
A success story of India’s Northeast is the growth of natural rubber plantation in Tripura. In terms of area under rubber cultivation, estimated to be about 62,000 hectares, the border state now ranks second in the country after Kerala.  Rubber plantation in Tripura is generally taken up on uplands (locally called tilla) which are ideally suitable for rubber cultivation as unutilised and follow in nature. Rubber plantation was initiated by the forest department in 1963. In 1976, the Tripura Forest Development Plantation Corporation (TFDPC) raised rubber in leased forest land of about 10,000 ha. The tribal welfare depa...


97 weeks ago
In a major leap ahead to life beyond chargers, cords and dying phones, researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have invented a cellphone that works without batteries. Instead, the phone harvests the few microwatts of power it requires from either ambient radio signals or light. The team also made Skype calls using its battery-free phone, demonstrating that the prototype made of commercial, off-the-shelf components can receive and transmit speech and communicate with a base sta...


99 weeks ago
 Milinda Ghosh Roy   Commuters look out in surprise from windows of cars and buses. Some passersby occasionally stop to click pictures. The subject of their interest is a man who literally makes managing busy traffic on a bustling east Kolkata road a song and a dance. Braving the heat, Ashok Gupta, 59, in a fluorescent orange jacket and helmet, shows off his innovative dance steps while directing vehicles near Gate No. 4 at Rajarhat’s Eco Tourism Park for 12 hours a day, six days a week   managing to draw a smile or two from passing commuters. A resident of Hooghly district’s Da...


99 weeks ago
Merely a big name or a high social status does not change society. This is to say, just money or an impressive profile is not the only road to an ambitious project. This has been proved by a lady who is poor and belongs to society in which there is nothing but purdah and restrictions. But despite living in such a society, she has managed to work within her given space, and yet reach the skies in a flight to freedom. Thirty-five kilometres from Patna lies Masaudhi  and its narrow streets, on which the lives of some of the most helpless people have been dragging on for years. Ladli Bano came here as a bride 30 years ag...


99 weeks ago
The history of Delhi Police reveals that whenever there are problems related to the citizens of the country’s capital city, the police do not leave any stone unturned to solve them, and ensure that the difficulties of the people are sorted out at the earliest. For this, they do their utmost to keep the common public safe during night and day.  The Senior Citizen Cell, Women’s Cell women, Crime Branch for habitual criminals, Crime a branch for financial fraud and cheating, Special Cell for terrorists and similarly half a dozen other branches are formed to check anti social activities. By creating these uni...


100 weeks ago
More than 70 per cent of smartphone apps are reporting personal data to third-party tracking companies like Google Analytics, the Facebook Graph API or Crashlytics, warns a new study. When people install a new Android or iOS app, it asks the user’s permission before accessing personal information. Some of the information these apps are collecting are necessary for them to work properly: A map app wouldn’t be nearly as useful if it couldn’t use GPS data to get a location. But once an app has permission to collect that information, it can share your data with anyone the app’s developer wants t...