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Girls ceiling

Despite many women making a mark at global arena, women are not traditionally encouraged to take sports as a profession in India as the stress is on studies, says badminton ace Saina Nehwal

Cutting on wood

Supermodel Gisele Bündchen, as UNEP Goodwill Ambassador for the Environment, visits Kenya and is amazed by the way the women make a difference with their innovative ways to conserve firewood

Dogged care

The phrase ‘a dog’s life’ takes another meaning in the shanty of Amma, a 61-year-old ragpicker in Delhi’s Saket area. Muhammed Zulqarnain Zulfi tells us about the life of 400 dogs she cares

Power game

Magic Bus, the NGO that uses sports as a means to empower poor youth has brought changes in the life of 20,263 children in Mysore. One of them is Javeriya, a footballer, says Roshin Varghese

Rustic equality

Sonalwadi in Maharashtra’s Solapur district has set an example for even urban societies. The men there shun dowry, share property with wives and even do household chores, says Suchismita Pai

Preaching moms

Creating awareness on the need for immunizing children had the desired effect in Bihar as even migrant workers sacrificed their wages to reach far off camps. Ashish Mishra reports from Patna

Wither literacy

The minimum education for panchayat members in Rajasthan has stirred a debate as social activist Norati Devi who had even addressed international forums has lost her seat, says Rakesh Kumar

Smokeless threat

Chewing tobacco has been taking a heavy toll in India, which stands just behind China. Rajat Arora stresses the need for a campaign to raise awareness on the dangers of the smokeless killer

Revolution encore

A new bill passed by France on May 26 is expected to herald an ecological revolution as it primarily aims to reduce dependency on nuclear power to 50 % by 2025. Rajendra Shenda comments on it

Kolkata changers

The newly elected Kolkata Municipal Corporation has 70 women in the 144-member team. Many first time women councillors have a good educational and professional background, says Saadia Azim

Migrant woes

Migrant labourers from Odisha’s Kalahandi-Bolangir-Koraput region work in brick kilns both within the State and outside without health support, insurance or sick leave, says Sarada Lahangir

Consent, not contest

Thousands of villages in Gujarat have opted for Samras Scheme, under which the panchayat team is picked through mutual consent. Anuradha Shukla tells us how it helped women do exemplary work

Blue to blue

Once associated with manual scavenging, the colour ‘blue’ presently symbolises women’s empowerment in Rajasthan, where those once abhorred by society now make food items

Health tunes

To sensitise rural communities on government health schemes and help them avail and monitor the services in Jharkhand, songs set to music drive home the points effectively, says Ajitha Menon  

Nepal beckons

It is destination Nepal for the service-minded and those having loved ones in the quake-hit nation. People from various walks of life have arrived to save, help and heal, says Shweta Sharma

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