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Saturday, 15-December-2018

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RAVI KALRA - GIVING DIGNITY TO THE HOMELESS AND ABANDONED

a week ago
When the single mother could not take care of the mentally-challenged boy Rinku, she brought him to a homeless shelter in Bhandwari village on the outskirts of bustling Gurugram, one of India’s fastest-growing cities and home to scores of multinational companies in glittering glass and steel towers. When the six-month pregnant Sarita Devi was abandoned by her husband, she was also sent to this open-to-all shelter by a court. Now both of them have not only found a home, but also new families at the Earth Saviours Foundation (ESF), also called Gurukul. Like them, around 450 other homeless people, including over 300 me...
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ARUP MUKHERJEE - TRAFFIC COP ON A MISSION TO EDUCATED SOCIALLY-DEPRIVED

2 weeks ago
How wonderful it would be if we all realise the real worth of education? Arup Mukherjee, a traffic constable in the South Traffic Guard of the Kolkata Police, is one of those angles about whom people talk to others with magic in their eyes. The constable went on to use up all his savings to setup a new school for the children from poor economic backgrounds in Purulia district. A police constable by profession, he had a vision of uplifting the condition of children belonging to a marginalised tribe which has often been linked with criminal offences. Surely, he has been successful in building a haven for these ostracized kids...
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MENAKA STEPHEN - A BEACON OF HOPE FOR UNDERPRIVILEGED KIDS

3 weeks ago
Even in 21st century India, millions of children continue to be stuck in the vicious circle of poverty, completely missing out on their childhood This is the story of one such person, who witnessed the deprivation from a very young age and despite the challenges, rose above them all. Menaka Stephen comes from a less fortunate background. Her father abandoned her family when she was just a child and her mother, who worked as a housemaid, found it extremely tough to provide for the family. However, Parikrma Humanity Foundation, which works for the education and empowerment of underprivileged kids, took her in and gave her a...
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PRAVEEN RANJAN - DELHI AUTOWALA PROVES THAT HUMANITY STILL EXISTS

4 weeks ago
While Delhi is considered one of the most unsafe cities for women, a recent incident has opened the nation’s eyes to the existence of an unsung hero, an auto driver who not only ensured that a woman reached her destination safely at night but also refused to take any money from her. While horrific incidents in the national capital, especially the 2012 Nirbhaya case, have naturally created a fear in the minds of women who travel alone, Kolkata-based Neha Das is “so glad to have met him!” She met an auto-rickshaw driver, who not only ensured she reached safely to her destination but also offered a free ride.
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AYUSH PRASAD - EARN LAKHS FROM YOUR TOILETS

6 weeks ago
Many villagers of Khed Taluka in Pune were not using the toilets built by the government; they preferred defecating in the open. When some people did use the proper toilets, their pits would fill up, but there was no one to empty them. All the night soil collected in the pits would just go to waste even as it contained a high nutritional value. It would have been a difficult task to approach these three problems separately. The issues were recurring and tackling them one at a time, would demand triple the effort. So, IAS officer Ayush Prasad, the Deputy Collector of Khed Taluka came up with a single solution...
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GURBACHAN SINGH - PUNJAB FARMER TURNS ECO-WARRIOR

7 weeks ago
The gravity of the Delhi fog situation from 2017 is still fresh in our minds. The air was unfit to breathe and causing respiratory problems. Well, levels of particulate matter (PM) are spiking again, bringing back the spotlight on air pollution in the national capital. Crop stubble burning, among other things, has been blamed for the dipping air quality, not only in Delhi but as far as the Booh Havelian village, in Punjab’s Tarn Taran district. A lone farmer in the state has been fighting the battle against crop burning. Tarn Taran’s Gurbachan Singh has been taking a proactive approach, tr...
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RIFAT MASOODI - BAT-WOMAN (MAKER) OF KASHMIR

8 weeks ago
From the ashes of conflict has emerged the story of Rifat Masoodi, who is the first woman to own a cricket bat manufacturing unit in Jammu and Kashmir. Rifat has merely picked up after her father-in-law, who had started a bat-manufacturing unit, in the 1970’s. However, beginning in the late 80s, the escalation of the Kashmir insurgency, saw many businesses slowly come apart, including the one started by him. In 1999, 21-year-old Rifat decided to revive the unit. The decision came from inspiration provided former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who went on a bus journey to Pakistan. Rifat told, how Vajpayee’s e...
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RITU SAIN - FROM STINKING CITY TO CLEANEST CITY

9 weeks ago
Ritu Sain, IAS officer who is not just a name but really proved an all-out effort to make her city as India’s Cleanest Smallest City 2018. Survival was becoming tough in Chhattisgarh’s Ambikapur city in Surguja district. Sain stepped in and turned the stinking place into the cleanest town where now people wish to live.  Ritu Sain, a 2003-batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, took the dare to change the city with her determination and dedication. She changed the picture of the town. In an interaction, she said, “There was a big signpost welcoming people to the municipal corporatio...
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CROWD FUNDING - HEARTBREAKING PHOTO RAISED $78,902

11 weeks ago
Apicture got viral recently on Twitter of a seven-year-old boy crying near his uncle’s dead body. The picture and the story behind it broke peoples heart not only in India but abroad too. And once again people proved by joining hands together that ‘Humanity is above all’. Indian journalist Shiv Sunny shared the heartbreaking picture and tweeted: “The boy... held [his uncle’s] cheeks with both hands, just said ‘baba’ and began sobbing.” “The man was yet another poor labourer who died in a Delhi sewer. Family did not have money for cremating him,” the...
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MANNEM SRIDHAR REDDY - BUILDING FUTURE OF HUNDREDS OF KIDS

14 weeks ago
41-year-old Mannem Sridhar Reddy spends nearly 40% of his salary to adopt schools, educate poor children, raise environmental awareness and fight the use of plastic, among other things. While his salary doesn’t cover this gamut of social services, what he also does so effectively is assist people in dire need of monetary or material assistance through his local network of contacts and Facebook page called ‘Mana Miryalaguda’, bringing many citizens onto one common platform. After starting the Facebook page in 2009, Sridhar added many folks from his town with the objective of improving the state of governm...
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SANJAY GOYAL - MP’S MEDICINE MAN

16 weeks ago
sanjay Goyal, a qualified pediatrician, never thought about becoming a civil servant until he understood first-hand the critical importance of an efficient administration towards improving the health outcome of any society. While pursuing job as a medical officer at Primary Health Centre in a small village in Punjab, he saw a shortage of basic amenities like health care, sanitation, education (especially for girl children from disadvantaged sections), and lack of medicines. He realised that the health status of any society is not only dependent upon the availability of clinicians but also requires specialists across diffe...
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SHAKILA SHEIKH - RAGS TO WORLD FAMOUS ARTIST

17 weeks ago
The life of Shakila Sheikh cannot be dismissed as just another rags-to-riches story. The daughter of a vegetable vendor, Shakila was once living on the streets in unimaginable conditions, but she is now an internationally known collage artist. Her works have travelled to countries like France, Germany, Norway and America. Avant garde designer Pierre Cardin too possesses one of her works. The life of Shakila Sheikh cannot be dismissed as just another rag-to-riches story. The daughter of a vegetable vendor, Shakila was once living on the streets in unimaginable conditions, but she is now an internationally known coll...