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Friday, 22-June-2018

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CHEWANG NORPHEL - THE ICE MAN OF INDIA

13 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

14 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

15 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

16 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’

17 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

18 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

19 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

20 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’

21 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...
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SHAMSHER KHAN - A FORGOTTEN HERO

22 weeks ago
His days in the Indian Army presented him with the right platform to showcase his innate talent as a swimmer. After years of dedicated hard-work, it was the year 1956 when Mehboob Shamsher Khan rose as a national hero for finishing up 5th in the Melbourne Summer Olympics. Shamsher Khan – the first Indian Olympian swimmer – was just 16-years-old when he was recruited into the Indian Army in 1946. Inducted into Bangalore’s Madras Engineer Group, he would go on to serve in two crucial battles, against China in 1962 and Pakistan in 1973. In 1954, Khan had set the national record for the 200-metre butt...
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Bhai Boolchand - The Man Behind Indo-Ghana Trade

23 weeks ago
Not much is known about him, but it has now emerged that trade relations between Ghana and India were started by Bhai Boolchand, the first Indian to arrive in the Gold Coast -- Ghana’s colonial name -- in 1890. That’s some 67 years before the British colonial government granted the country independence, research by the Indian Association of Ghana has found. “As far as our records show, Bhai Boolchand (of the Bhaiband Sindhworki trading community), landed on the shores of the Gold Coast in western Africa in 1890. Nearly twenty years later, in 1919, the first Sindhi company was established by two brothers – Tarachand Jasoomal Da...
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AWAY FROM THE GLARE & THE GLITZ: THE ‘UNSUNG HEROES’ OF INDIA

25 weeks ago
Selfless in service, fearless in action, extraordinary in contribution, yet seemingly ordinary and unsung in society! We all know of and pass on the popular tales of the brave and the fearless but there is a section that works quietly – away from all the glare and glitz of fame and fortune. Their stories are inspirational and teach one how to beat the odds by harnessing and channelising their inner resources. Here’s to the best of visions, wills, commitments and energies of 2017 of people who have redefined heroism that anyone can create ripples of change in the society – because, to quote American novelist Berna...