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Ice breakers

The dedication of the workers of General Reserve Engineering Force, who are cutting through a 100-feet snow wall, under Arctic-like conditions, to reopen the Rohtang Pass wows Vishal Gulati

Tamil Braveheart

Braving a harsh winter, Sathi Sinnaya walked 763 km from London to Geneva, carrying a memorandum seeking justice for Sri Lankan Tamils. Paul Newman reports on the Mission Accomplished

Brave cyclist

One of India's brightest prospects in the upcoming Asian Cycling Championship, Rajesh has bounced back after being comatose for 10 days following an accident last year, says Bharat Sharma

Anna’s auto

If you are a teacher, you can hitch a free ride in an autorickshaw with amenities like magazines, newspapers, TV, wi-fi and a tablet to browse. P C Vinoj Kumar meets the owner-driver G Annadurai, who has set a benchmark in customer service

Poor CM

Manik Sarkar, now elected for the fourth time as Tripura Chief Minister, is the poorest Chief Minister in India. Sujit Chakraborty profiles the tailor’s son who still washes his own clothes

Rising stars

She set out to transform the lives of an estimated 4 million ‘stateless’ citizens of Gujarat, and is succeeding in her efforts. Mittal Patel, a former journalist has become a catalyst of change for the state’s nomads, says Kavita Kanan Chandra

Changing hunters

Erstwhile hunters of Ranthambore have turned a new leaf, thanks to a former nutritionist, Divya Khandal, whose project, Dhonk, has enabled Mogiya tribes and others around the tiger reserve do better with alternative skills, says Akash Bisht

Hero mobbed

‘The Weekend Leader – VIT Chennai Person of the Year’ Anil Joshi wowed VITians who mobbed him and took photos with him at their Chennai campus where he was honoured for his remarkable service

Healing Vidarbha

In Maharastra's Vidarbha, notorious for farmers' suicide, a couple's philanthropy provides a healing touch to widows and children. Quaid Najmi checks out what Cyrus Guzder and Lyla are doing

Kids’ guide

Like the Pied Piper of Hamelin, Sodi Mada charms children and leads them to schools in the Maoist belt of Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district. Mitali Mohanty Ghosh tells us about the young farmer

A cause to beg

On Mumbai local trains he seeks donations. Though begging is banned, no one harasses this former marine engineer. Kavita Kanan Chandra tell us about the mission of Sandeep Manohar Desai, who runs a few schools for underprivileged children

Best of 2012

Anil Joshi built 10 check dams in a drought-stricken area in Madhya Pradesh, collecting Re 1 from each villager. Yes, you read the story early this year and lauded him and his work. Now we have chosen him for the ‘Person of the Year’ award

Warming Ladakh

Sujata went to Ladakh following her trekker husband’s trail but ended up taking education to the children there against all odds. Shudip Talukdar tells us the story of commitment and courage

A bumpy ride

Watching the ordeals of rickshaw pullers in Varanasi, as a boy, Naveen Krishna embarked on a mission to help the pullers come out of the grip of mafia-styled vehicle owners. Though he succeeded, the ride was a bumpy one, says Akash Bisht

People’s project

When a check dam in Jharkhand was washed away, the villagers affected by it did not go to the government to rebuild it. Instead they did it themselves in three weeks. Now, they are planning to build eight more dams, says Santosh H K Narayan

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