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Saturday, 24-February-2018

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POYYAMOZHI AND NAVEEN GULATI - THE HONEST CHENNAI PORTER OF TAMBARAM

14 weeks ago
What would you do, if you found a bag containing cash over Rs 5 lakh? While greed is likely to take over and it wouldn’t take many a lot of time to flee with the bag, one licensed porter from the Tambaram railway station decided to do exactly the opposite. Poyyamozhi, who has worked as a porter at Tambaram for over than 15 years, helped a passenger who lost a bag containing Rs 5.75 lakh, get it back. 1 November was a usual day for the porter until around 3.45 am, he found an unclaimed bag on platform number 5, immediately after the Salem – Chennai Egmore Express departed. When he saw that the bag lay unattende...
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THE UNSUNG HEROES OF SWACHH BHARAT

14 weeks ago
India is in an ongoing battle against open defecation. A battle that’s been going on for half a century. The Swachh Bharat Mission initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is now spreading out across the country and reaching the farthest corners of the nation. This collective struggle to end the practice has turned into a national revolution of toilet construction in households. Witnessing active participation in rural India, there are some noteworthy incidents that inspire confidence and give assurance that Bharat will be Swachh indeed. These are the stories of the unsung heroes of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. These stories show...
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MAJOR DEVENDER PAL SINGH - KARGIL WAR HERO IS INDIA’S FIRST BLADE RUNNER

16 weeks ago
Kargil war veteran and India’s first blade runner, Major Devender Pal Singh, says that rather than winning laurels for himself, he chose to empower those who aspired to win medals. The 44-year-old said he wished to participate in the paralympics but then realised he was meant for a higher purpose.  “Yes, I do wish to play in the Paralympics and I am certain that any challenged person would have this dream. In fact, I had tried to participate but soon realised that I am meant for a higher purpose,” Singh told IANS. “I chose to empower those who were dedicated towards winning medals,...
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ALAIHA VANJARA - 13-YEAR-OLD RAISES RS 1.5 LAKH TO SAVE TODDLER’S LIFE

17 weeks ago
Raising nearly Rs 1.5 lakh to save a two-year old suffering from cancer, Alaiha Vanjara, a 13-year-old student of Mahim’s Bombay Scottish is making headlines for her altruistic actions.  A few months ago, Alaiha heard about Veer Pawar, a toddler in the neighbourhood, suffering from terminal cancer with a treatment cost of Rs 4 lakh. The treatment was unaffordable for Pawar’s parents. Even more heartening is that the young girl decided to forego decorating her room with her favourite actor, Varun Dhawan’s merchandise, so she could use the money she saved to help Veer! Up until then, Alaiha sav...
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HANMANTH - HELPING LEPROSY PATIENTS LEAD A DIGNIFIED LIFE

17 weeks ago
This auto driver has been treating leprosy patients for the last 20 years, setting aside eight hours of his day for his patients. His mother’s leprosy diagnosis changed Hanmanth’s life. “My mother had leprosy. When my father took her to the doctor, they asked us to not stay with her or eat with her. My parents came home crying. My father in fear of getting affected left me and my mother and went to another village. He never came back. My mother did not have the money, so she begged at the temple to feed me and my sister,” said Hanmanth. “The people of the leprosy colony saw my m...
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VINAY KUMAR - HELPING THE DIFFERENTLY ABLED GIRLS

19 weeks ago
Hailing from a small UP village, Vinay Kumar would still be working as a construction labourer had it not been for his chance encounter with Amit Yadav, a differently abled friend who inspired him to pursue education and social work. Now Vinay educates disabled girls about menstruation.  Vinay’s parents lacked the resources to educate him further. After class 12, Vinay moved to Noida to work as a construction worker when his friend Amit, a law graduate with polio, met him and urged him to not give up on education and even offered to fund it. Vinay was keen on becoming a journalist after some introspectio...
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RAJENDRA PRASAD AND GOPALJI TRIVEDI - FARMERS TRANSFORM NEGLECTED WETLAND

20 weeks ago
“I never dreamt that this wetland would turn productive in my lifetime,” said Mulki Devi, a farmer from Mutlupur. The wetland now a part of an integrated farm, Satrughan Mahto is happy that he’s earning an income from his land that was of no use before.  Both marginal farmers, Mulki Devi and Satrughan Mahto, don’t worry about their wetland anymore and find it incredible that it is a source of income now. Being flood prone, Multupur in Muzaffarpur district of Bihar has 87 acres of low-lying wetland, locally known as “chaur”, which was considered useless earlier. A group of farmers hav...
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RAHIBAI - HOW SEED MOTHER RAHIBAI SAVED 80 VARIETIES OF NATIVE SEEDS

20 weeks ago
Conserving native seeds is crucial in preventing exploitation of farmers. These crops are soon going to be extinct as large seed companies are promoting the use of hybrid and GMO seeds. The conservation and selection of potent seeds is crucial in maintaining sustainable agriculture. Rahibai recognised the need to save native seeds. She has conserved a plethora of native crops including nine varieties of pigeon pea, 15 varieties of rice, 60 varieties of vegetables, besides many oilseeds.  “Villagers were falling sick frequently after eating food prepared from hybrid crops,” Rahibai said. Rahibai knows the ...
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SAI KAUSTUV DASGUPTA - THIS 90% DISABLED MAN IS A SINGER, GRAPHIC DESIGNER

21 weeks ago
A rare bone disorder called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, also known as ‘brittle bone disease’, afflicts him – a disease that affects one in every 20,000 people, mainly owing to a lack of collagen. In 2001, Dasgupta fell down in his bathroom. Both his knee bones were fractured. The doctors, who were in a hurry, plastered his legs while the joints were still bent. After cutting the plaster, Dasgupta found that both his knee joints were now fixed in that position. He got confined in an electric wheelchair after that horrible incident. At present all his joints are completely fixed and he cannot move an inch on his own...
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CRPF MEN RESCUE SICK TRIBAL WOMAN

22 weeks ago
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel carried an ailing tribal woman on a make-shift stretcher on foot for about seven kilometres in the N        axal-affected Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh. A team of CRPF personnel from 195th Battalion was returning last week after an anti-Maoist operation in the limits of Katekalyan police station when they spotted a woman, around 40 years old, lying by the roadside at Naynar village. “When they made inquiries, the woman, named Kosi, murmured that she had high fever,” said a CRPF official. While her husband and relatives were aw...
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YOGESHWAR RAM MISHRA - DISTRICT MAGISTRATE GOES TEACHING KIDS

23 weeks ago
Setting a note-worthy example for society, a district magistrate from UP is doing things that fall out of his job description for the betterment of children. The district magistrate of Varanasi, Yogeshwar Ram Mishra adopted an upper primary school in his region last month.  “I adopted the school to improve the quality of education. As a part of the initiative, I teach students for about an hour every week. There is tremendous improvement in the knowledge and confidence of the students,” Yogeshwar said in an interview.  Every Saturday Yogeshwar has been teaching arithmetic, English and s...
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HIMANSHU PATEL - 22 YEAR OLD SARPANCH : ARCHITECT OF A MODEL VILLAGE

25 weeks ago
Punsari is a village with all the amenities of a city and one of the best villages in India, but it was not always the best. One man’s efforts have completely transformed the village in the last few years. Born and brought up in Punsari village in Gujarat, Himanshu Patel shifted to a nearby town for after finishing basic schooling. There was no electricity, no water system and law and order were almost out of control in the village. One police case was filed every month because of ongoing feuds in the village. He realised the only way anyone would take him seriously is if he were to hold a dominant position i...