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Thursday, 21-June-2018

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“SUNDARINI”, TALE OF GRIT AND HONOUR

a day ago
‘Sundarini Naturals’, a milk cooperative exclusively run by women from the backward region of the Sunderbans in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, has bagged the top honours for producing milk in the country.  That it has modelled itself on the Gujarat model of the famous milk cooperative Anand, goes without saying; yet within less than four years after the Sunderbans Milk and Animal Husbandry Production & Cooperative Sangh Ltd (SMAHPCSL) has begun its journey in that remote and poverty-stricken stretch of the Sunderbans, Sundarini Naturals has snatched the first prize from hundreds of milk cooperati...
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LEO TOLSTOY – GREAT WRITER AND SPIRITUAL REBEL

a day ago
Russian writer Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) wrote what are considered the best novels in the history modern literature: War and Peace in the early 1860s and Anna Karenina in the later 1870s and two great novellas, Death of Ivan Ilyich and Father Sergius in the 1880s. He will retain his status as a literary genius. But the more interesting aspect of Tolstoy is his religious and social views, and how he tried to live his ideals. In the process, he clashed with the established Russian Orthodox Church and he was expelled from the national church. He preached that the churches, including the Russian Orthodox Church, have abandoned, and ev...
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SHIVANGI PATHAK - GIRLS CAN DO ANYTHING, PROVES INDIAN TEEN WHO CLIMBED EVEREST

a week ago
A teenage girl from Haryana embarked on the very challenging task of climbing Mount Everest from the Nepal side. But having dropped her radio transceiver during the trek, she couldn’t inform anyone about her whereabouts. With no one able to contact her, there was hushed speculation that 16-year-old Shivangi Pathak might have lost her life in one of the world’s toughest mountain terrains. After a tense 10 hours, a great piece of news came down the mountain and, later, her family in Hisar got to know about her epic triumph -- she had become the youngest Indian woman to scale the highest peak of the Himalaya.
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PLANTING TREES TO CREATE JOBS AND TO FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY

a week ago
Wangari Maathai, the winner of the 2004 Nobel Prize for Peace, is an extraordinary woman who has fought ordinary battles against gender and tribal discrimination at the political level and she did not almost succeed. She fought many political battles against the Kenyan government of Daniel Arap Moi, and she failed more often than not. But she persisted with her work. She faced discrimination and opposition on several counts. First, she was a woman. Second, in Kenya, she belonged to the dominant Kikuyu tribe, and her political opponents kept her out for that reason. Third, she took up the unpopular cause of preserving fore...
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KATHAK TO SPREAD SOCIETAL AWARENESS

2 weeks ago
Lending a helping hand to the destitute, Delhi-based classical dancer and singer Rekha Mehra aims to make the world free from the divide that exists between the haves and the have-nots. The 45-years-old says, “I want to make things better for all. To begin with, I trained children of my helper and then went to various schools to make kids aware about these free classes that I run at Safdarjung.” Mehra has been training the kids for the last five years, besides doing her own shows. She is known to present the Indian mythology and tradition through her dance.  She’s a trained Kathak danc...
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DESMOND TUTU SEIZING HOPE FROM DESPAIR

2 weeks ago
He was born in a poor black family on October 7, 1931. His father was an elementary school principal and his mother cleaned and cooked in a school for the blind. He went to the Johannesburg Bantu High School where his teachers were dedicated and inspiring, and they instilled hope and optimism in the children. Tutu contacted tuberculosis in his teens and took a year-and-a-half to recuperate. He wanted to become a doctor because he wanted to find a cure for tuberculosis. He could not pursue a degree in medicine because of the straitened circumstances of his family and instead went to Pretoria Bantu Normal College after he passed o...
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AMERICA’S GANDHIAN ICON

3 weeks ago
He died at the young age of 39 at the hands of an assassin on April 4, 1968, but in that short span of life he galvanized the civil rights movement in the United States, adopted Mahatma Gandhi’s non-violence to agitate for black equality, delivered one of the best ever speeches ever in American history, “I have a dream” at Lincoln Memorial in Washington, addressing 250,000 blacks and whites, won the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1964 when he was just 35, and he became a world figure though he did not ever hold any official position like his hero, Mahatma Gandhi. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday on January 15 i...
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FROM VICTIM TO CRUSADER FOR SEX WORKERS

3 weeks ago
Jayamma Bhandari was orphaned at the age of three and spends her childhood in grim poverty. She was forced into the sex trade by her husband. But unlike other victims who are forced into the murky business, she decided to challenge her destiny becoming, in the process, an inspiration for many other women like her. Now 40-years-old, Jayamma runs the Chaitanya Mahila Mandali (CMM) to help sex workers leave the exploitative profession and find respectable livelihoods. CMM works in high-risk slum communities to raise awareness on sexual rights and reproductive health, and takes up-skilling and livelihood courses. Accor...
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WHATSAPP TO SAY ‘NO’ TO DOWRY

5 weeks ago
In February, 2017, a group of eight youngsters from Mangaluru, launched a crusade against dowry, via Whatsapp. Distressed by the increasing occurrence of dowry-related deaths, decided to take matters into their own hands. ‘Dowry Free Nikah’, the WhatsApp group started by these internet friends has triggered a social revolution in the Dakshina Kannada district. Nizaam Valachil, Ilyas Mangaluru, Nuruddin Avinahalli, Zaheer Shantinagar, Musthafa Shiruru, Muzammil Nuhi Addoru, K M Jaleel Kundapura and Rehaman Byndooru met on social media, and discovered a shared concern about the malignant effects of dowry. They w...
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TACKLING NAXAL CHALLENGE

5 weeks ago
A silent social revolution is on in Naxal-affected areas of Mirzapur in Uttar Pradesh. The ‘Green Brigade’, comprising women mostly from tribals and lower castes, not only help police combat Naxal activities but check villagers joining Naxal groups due to poverty and backwardness. Besides this, the Brigade is also actively involved in removing social evils like gambling, liquor consumption, weed addiction and smoking in their areas. The Green Brigade initiative was replicated by the Mirzapur SSP Ashish Tiwari in 10 Naxal-affected villages in the district after he came across their activities in five villages o...
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DARING CROSS-BORDER BIKE ROAD TRIP BY FOUR HYDERABADI WOMEN

6 weeks ago
A set of four daring women bikers from Telangana have completed their 17000 KM long cross-country road trip to promote incredible India. The road trip is aimed to promote adventure and safe travels for women in the region.      The bikers have set off on their eight-week-long expedition to ride across six South-East Asian nations including India, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia through the newly-laid India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway. The ride, which was flagged off on February 11, 2018, is expected to reach Hyderabad back on April 8, 2018.  A team of four Hyderabad women, ...
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DARING TO DREAM: HOW FOOTBALL CHANGED THE LIFE OF A POOR DALIT GIRL

6 weeks ago
About four years ago, 15-year-old Anyabai won Rs 54,000 when she led her school team to victory in a state-level football match. The prize money was more than what her mother earned in an entire year. Hailing from Alakhpura, a village some 30 km from the district headquarters of Bhiwani in Haryana, Anyabai is a Dalit by caste and desperately poor by means. Her father died of a heart attack when she was just two and the burden of earning for the four-member family passed on to her mother, Maya Devi, whose life story provides a window into the struggles of people at the lowest rungs of society. Scheduled Caste...