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Bamboo cutters

Two men in Mizoram have together fabricated a machine that strips bamboo and also makes splints. In the northeastern state, where bamboo grows in abundance, the innovation has made life much easier for local people, says Kavita Kanan Chandra

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For the child

Many modern working women press the pause button of their careers for bringing up children. Azera Parveen Rahman finds out what makes women happy watching their babies making the first step

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Home school

The house of Ritu Abbhi, a social activist, is school for poor children in the national capital region. She started with local maids and now teaches kids to dream big, says Kirthi Jayakumar

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Curbing monkey

A scheme to sterilize monkeys is helping jobless youth make some money in Himachal Pradesh, whose help has been sought by five states to keep simian numbers under control, says Vishal Gulati

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Gates opines

An ‘impatient optimist’, Melinda Gates sees women’s health improving but is concerned over ‘many women and girls who are falling through the cracks, especially in the world’s poorest places’

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