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To save River, School razed, Kids at a loss

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To save River, School razed, Kids at a loss

They came with bulldozers and broke down the school walls, even as children wept. That’s how an anti-encroachment drive on the banks of Harmu rivulet, that passes through Ranchi town went, on the day before Teacher’s day. For the 100 odd kids studying at this government school, it’s feels like an end to their school […]

Chinese dragon devours world’s forests for fancy chairs

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Chinese dragon devours world’s forests for fancy chairs

While China clamps down on logging within its borders, illegal Chinese loggers are merrily felling the world’s forests  for the sake of teak floors and fancy chairs, says a report on ‘global post’. In late July, 153 Chinese nationals were handed life sentences for illegal logging in Burma’s northernmost Kachin state, a region abundant with […]

Island paradise degrading fast: local govt. alarmed!

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Island paradise degrading fast: local govt. alarmed!

[THIRUVANANTHAPURAM] Kerala: The local government in Lakshadweep is alarmed on learning about a scientific report of sea erosion degrading the Lakshadweep Archipelago, known as India’s island paradise. The administration announced steps to reduce dependence on fossil fuels on the islands and conserve its coral reefs. Lakshadweep with its 36 islands forms the northern part of […]

Hindustan Unilever and the Crorepati Club

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Hindustan Unilever and the Crorepati Club

MUMBAI: When Srirup Mitra, 33, a category head at Hindustan Unilever, took home more than a crore (ten million rupees) in annual salary last year, he wasn’t all that unique. Hindustan Unilever has about 169 executives who drew eight-digit salaries (100,00,000 +) last year, six times more than its closest rival ITC’s 23 crorepati employees, and half […]

UK-India ‘teaching assistants’ programme

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UK-India ‘teaching assistants’ programme

NEW DELHI: The British Council, the UK international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities and various schools across India are organising a week-long series of events around school education. The ‘Schools Week’ began with the launch of the British Council’s ‘Generation UK India Teaching Assistants Programme,’ followed by a School Award Ceremony at Hotel […]

BSF wild cow chases crash Bangladesh beef economy

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BSF wild cow chases crash Bangladesh beef economy

It’s heart-warming news for the fellows who want to ban the beef trade. Now BSF jawans have to chase cows as well! The Bangladesh beef industry is tottering, thanks to the Indian government’s new found obsessive love for cattle.   Some 30,000 Indian soldiers guarding the border with Bangladesh have an extra job under Prime […]

National Doctors’ Day: why and wherefore

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National Doctors’ Day: why and wherefore

July 1 is celebrated as National Doctors’ day in India. It’s a day to remember the role that doctors play in our lives, and also a day for the medical professionals to do some introspection as well. National Doctors day in India is a big awareness campaign offering opportunities to all to get aware about […]

Fishermen grow mangroves in Sri Lanka

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Fishermen grow mangroves in Sri Lanka

The fisher folk of Sri Lanka’s north-western coast, are convinced that well-tended mangroves can protect lives and property against the monsoon rains that lash the island from July to October. One such person is Milan Gamage, a 35-year-old woman, who planted mangroves behind her home on the edge of the Puttalam lagoon in 2008. They […]

On broken wings: no jobs for new Pilots

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On broken wings: no jobs for new Pilots

Training costs up to Rs one crore, still 7,000 pilots jobless Flying in the air with a starting salary of two lakh per month. Sounds interesting? But the reality is that today some of the pilots are in search of other careers. A newspaper mentioned the story of one Deepak Malik who trained as a […]

Village kids make music at Ravi Bharati

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Village kids make music at Ravi Bharati

For the past two decades, Ravi Bharati the archdiocesan communication centre has been welcoming kids to a ‘summer camp’ of music. On Saturday, the eve of World Music Day, some 42 kids put on a concert for their parents, on the concluding day of their month long camp. The children, aged 10 to 13 showcased […]

Bihar Livelihood Target:  educating 12 lakh rural women

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Bihar Livelihood Target: educating 12 lakh rural women

Bihar Rural Livelihood Promotion society, [Jeevika] and the Mass Education Directorate of the Education have joined hands to give over 12 lakh rural women basic educational inputs in the course of one year. Chief executive officer of Jeevika, N Vijaya Lakshmi and principal secretary, education, RK Mahajan signed a MoU with this aim on Monday. […]

Women’s Studies can help stop elder abuse

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Women’s Studies can help stop elder abuse

Elder women are the most prone to destitution, and the government is partly to blame for the abetment of elder abuse, says Bihar Mahila Samakhya State Project Officer Keerti. “The way the government has a focus on adolescent girls, and young mothers, why doesn’t the government have a programme for elderly women on the same […]