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Unpicked votes

The vast army of rag pickers, who help keep Delhi clean, could not pick their candidates in this election as they have no ID proof to enroll as voters, say Shweta Sharma and Shradha Chettri

Backing studies

Founder of VIT University, G Viswanthan, has also found a way to give financial support to college students through Universal Higher Education Trust. P C Vinoj Kumar meets some beneficiaries

Nobody's issue

Despite a ban, manual scavenging continues. With no party or politician making it an election issue, scavengers themselves would go for a campaign for a dignified life, says Shradha Chettri

Passing the baton

As India votes, The Weekend Leader’s Friends of Positive Journalism Forum gets a new team of office bearers with outgoing Chairman P Saravanaraja handing over the baton to Madan A Sendhil

A long walk

Two Sri Lankan Tamils, Yogendran and Thirukumaran, walked a distance of 852 km from London to Geneva creating a wave of support for the Eelam cause in Europe. Paul Newman reports from Geneva

Political buzz

My unManifesto is a campaign to create a crowd-sourced youth manifesto that is being carried out online with the help of Youth Ki Awaaz, a website for youth to speak up. Aditi Bishnoi reports

Help to Africa

Rural women suffer everywhere. Even in Africa. So, India has partnered a new initiative to help African women hone their skills in handicraft and also sell the products. Hadra Ahmed reports

Schooling society

A campaign, carried out on a golden triangle partnership involving private sector, civil society and government, has done wonders in 300 schools. Shradha Chettri visits one school in Haryana

Kind samurais

A young Japanese army was at the flood devastated Kedarnath working from morning to evening, building homes and community centres and cleaning villages. M R Narayan Swamy tells us about them

Tamil's voice

Rayappu Joseph is much hated by Sri Lanka’s Sinhala people. But the Tamils, among whom he works, feel that the Mannar Bishop may soon be considered for a Nobel Peace Prize, says Paul Newman

Suitable match

Young cancer survivors face a certain stigma that nobody would marry them. So now a campaign is on across India to dispel misconceptions about the disease, says Anjali Madan. Activists hope Yuvraj Singh’s wedding could change the scenario

AAP's Soni

Soni Sori, who was a victim of police torture in Chhattisgarh, is now set to fight for those jailed on false charges by contesting the Lok Sabha elections on an AAP ticket, says Alok Singh

The exorcist

A police officer’s determination to exorcise witchcraft from rural Assam is paying dividends as people now come forward to speak out. Rupesh Dutta reports on Kuladhar Saikia’s Project Prahari

Die-hard cyclist

Around the world on bicycle, he has met 17 presidents, 49 prime ministers, 160 ministers and 80 Indian envoys. Hadra Ahmed catches up with Somen Debnath who would visit 191 countries by 2020

Fighting polio

If India became polio-free in January 2014, it was the result of a long struggle that began in 1995 as Pulse Polio immunisation programme. Deepak Gupta and Anusha Agarwal have the back story

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