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Monday, 23-April-2018

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Ashfaq - Mewat teen saves 15 students, dies a hero

a week ago
On Friday 7 April, in a small mosque-cum-madrassa in Haryana, scared children were cowering as a minaret threatened to come crashing down because of a thunderstorm. However, Ashfaq, a young boy who was all of 17, acted quickly enough to save 20 lives except his, thus becoming a hero in death. Ashfaq harboured religious dreams of becoming a Maulvi and giving the call for prayer from the same minaret that came crashing down. Ashfaq did not care for his own life, and decided to save those students trapped in the madrassa.  His family has been torn apart. Jaituni Begum, his grief-stricken mother, recalls how he learned 30 chapters of t...
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RAJESH GAIDHANI - LEAVING THE CORPORATE WORLD TO HELP FARMERS

3 weeks ago
While most people migrate from villages to the cities looking for well-paying jobs, Rajesh Gaidhani left a dazzling annual package of Rs 19 lakh  and abandoned a 26-year-long corporate career to do full-time farming in 2013. But that wasn’t the only unconventional decision he made. Rattled by the increasing farmer deaths and suicides in rural Maharashtra, specifically in Yavatmal and Vidarbha region, this engineer also decided to opt for farming as a second career to alleviate their sufferings. And the journey was no cakewalk. When Rajesh decided to toil in the soil of his native village, where his foref...
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DR V SOUNDARRAJAN - DOCTOR GROWS ORGANIC VEGETABLES FOR PATIENTS

4 weeks ago
A large percentage of pregnant women in India continue to fall prey to malnutrition and anaemia due to the lack of proper guidance regarding their diet. This is one of the primary reasons for the high maternal and infant mortality rate in the country. However, one doctor in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu has been fighting to bring down the mortality rate along with malnutrition and anaemia in pregnant women for the past 12 years, and his method will amaze and impress you at the same time! Every week, Dr V Soundarrajan, the head of a primary health centre in the Seruvaviduthi village of Thanjavur district, har...
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CHEWANG NORPHEL - THE ICE MAN OF INDIA

5 weeks ago
Years back, on a harsh winter morning in Ladakh in the northernmost Himalayas in India, a young and curious boy in a remote mountain village of the cold desert observed water coming out of a semi-frozen pipe, collecting in a small crater on the ground and freezing, just like a glacier. A few decades later, in 1986, the boy, Chewang Norphel -- as a civil engineer with the Jammu and Kashmir Rural Development Department -- took inspiration from his childhood observations and made a breakthrough by devising the first artificial glacier in picturesque Leh, thereby solving a water crisis faced by the local community, of which a...
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K MOHAMMED Y SAFIRULLAN - IAS OFFICER BRINGS GREEN ERNAKULAM INITIATIVE

6 weeks ago
Working as a district collector in Ernakulam, one of Kerala’s busiest districts, K Mohammed Y Safirullan is assigned to oversee the waste-to-energy plant being developed in Brahmapuram, an initiative that has been approved by the government and will soon begin construction. However, even before he took on the overseeing of this first-of-its-kind plant in Ernakulam, Safirulla was already working towards his vision of a greener Ernakulam which part of the umbrella mission, Haritha Keralam.  “Using these ideas as a base, we have our own set of innovations which we have applied to Ernakulam district”, s...
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MAHANKALI - 13-YEAR-OLD FASTS FOR TOILETS

7 weeks ago
H  Mahankali went on a 2-day fast and refused to eat or drink even after cajoling, until a toilet gets built at her house.  She learnt about the importance of toilet at an awareness programme organized by the panchayat in early February. She has now been named the icon of the village. The 13-year-old girl studies at the government school in the village. A toilet had been allotted to her family in 2015-16, but nothing came of it. After attending the awareness programme in the first week of February, Mahankali returned home and refused food and water until her parents agreed to build a toilet. Her pa...
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KARAN - SIMPLE HACK, BRILLIANT RESULTS

8 weeks ago
He isn’t an atheist, but a practical futurist who just had it with the ever-growing rate of malnutrition in India. This is when 24-year-old Karan and his four like-minded friends decided to step up and bring a change which was long awaited. Henceforth this group from Meerut developed a system to collect and reuse the milk without any contamination. They then convinced the priest at Bileshwar Nath temple in Meerut to set up the system in the premises on and published pamphlets and distributed them to devotees. And thus, the apparatus was set up on a tripod stand on the Shivling on the occasion of Shivratri. The idea ...
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Poverty no barrier for ‘swachhata’

9 weeks ago
If the will is strong, then no task is too big to handle. Amina Khatoon, an elderly resident of Pathra Uttar village under Pipra block of Supaul district in the flood-prone Koshi region of Bihar, has proved it by contributing to the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM). Setting a rare example of ‘swachhata’, this poverty-stricken woman collected money through begging in neighbourhood for constructing a toilet at her house. Amina is a widow in her late 40s and mother of a minor boy. Her husband died years ago. She works as a labourer to earn her livelihood. Considering her poverty-stricken condition, the villagers allotted Amina a small piece of land by roadside where she made...
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SIKANTO MANDAL - MAKE WAY FOR SIKANTO’S SWACHHTA CART

10 weeks ago
Sikanto Mandal was a mere 15-year-old when he first came up with the idea of creating a manual waste lifting and dumping device as an innovative alternative to picking waste with bare hands. Sikanto is a student of Jai Gurudev Sanstha School, Mathura, which provides free education to underprivileged children. Here at school, one of their early morning duties is to pick up and dump waste. During this only Sikanto observed his batchmates struggled with the unenthusiastic task. Thus he decided to help his friends clean up the school premises better. Spending over a month and a half, Sikanto built his first model out of wood....
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CLEANING THE STREETS FOR FREE

11 weeks ago
Lakshmi Narayan, a resident of Mylapore, whilst discussing a newspaper article on a cleanliness initiative in a village, was struck by an idea. Lakshmi Narayn, took up cleanliness activities because he was drawn to the cause of social work. He would bury corpses of street animals and birds when he was a teenager. An innate altruist, Narayan helps local traffic police in congested areas of Chennai like Mambalam and Koyembedu. He volunteers and manages the ongoing traffic. He has been doing this for the past 15 years. “I was quite content with the little difference that I was making without any publicity. But the issu...
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Professor Zarana Maheshwary - Impairment no barrier

12 weeks ago
She was diagnosed with a genetic disorder of eyes at the age of two. The condition deteriorated when she was in grade 5. And subsequently, the partial impairment turned into complete blindness. But that did not stop Zarana Maheshwary from receiving her PhD in English Literature. Instead, she shone as the only second visually impaired woman in Gujarat to be awarded the degree. Zarana was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP). She struggled with schoolwork – what other children could do in 2-3 hours, took her 7-8 hours – but she persisted and finally secured 85 per cent in her grade 12 boards. She was ranked ...
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FEEDING THE POOR WITH ‘SAKOON’

13 weeks ago
“I will continue the ‘langar’ (community kitchen) till my last breath. This is something that gives me ‘sakoon’ (satisfaction and contentment). Doing this is god’s command to me and I will continue this,” says Jagdish Lal Ahuja, who is a frequent sight in Chandigarh outside Gate No. 2 of the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (PGIMER), a premier referral hospital. He is 83 years old and has been serving free food to the poor and needy for over three-and-a-half decades. He is fighting cancer and has sold off assets to keep his community service going. And, des...