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Mission Educate Girls

Safeena Husain worked for many years in development projects abroad, but returned to India to work in rural areas among girl children. She has helped more than 200,000 out-of-school girls become part of the education system, says Mudita Girotra

Blooming Lives

In remote villages of Uttarakhand, women have a new source of livelihood and their lives are changing. Thanks to Pratibha Krishnaiah, a computer engineer from Bengaluru, they earn between Rs 2,000 and 5,000 per month. Anvi Mehta has the story

Dharavi’s App Guru

Nawneet Ranjan made a documentary on life in Mumbai’s Dharavi slums and it won critical acclaim at international film festivals. He is now changing the lives of the children of Dharavi, teaching them coding and app development, says Deven Lad

The Mind Healer

She had a difficult childhood, but that didn’t stop Manika Majumdar in joining a Kolkata-based NGO to offer counselling for people with mental health issues. Partho Burman profiles the unsung hero who was taunted for working with ‘mad people’

The Rain Man

When the sky turns overcast, people of Chennai no longer tune in to their television sets to listen to the weather forecast – they log in to Pradeep John’s Facebook page. P C Vinoj Kumar profiles Chennai’s popular independent weather forecaster

Raising hopes

Former school coordinator Juin Dutta conducts informal classes for underprivileged children and runs a hostel for them at Vadodara with the help of volunteers. Kavita Kanan Chandra spoke to the gritty woman, who has bigger plans to achieve

 
Riding the beast

A woman riding a 1600 cc superbike on a highway attracts a lot of attention, but Pooja Rajput who undertook a 2,000-km solo coastal ride on her Harley Davidson is unfazed and urges women to hit the road. Anjali Ojha spoke to the braveheart   

The troublemaker

For many years now, V S Veerapathiran or Veera as he is fondly called, has been falling foul of people for his concern about protecting the environment. But nothing has deterred the green warrior from Kodaikanal. Usha Prasad profiles the man

Tracking the killers

Fiona Mackeown, mother of British teenager Scarlett Keeling, whose barely-clothed body was found at Anjuna beach in Goa in 2008, is raising funds on a crowd-funding website to secure justice for her slain daughter, says Mayabhushan Nagvenkar

Women in blue

You have heard of the men in blue; now get to know about the women in blue, the all-women patrol squad in Udaipur that is striking fear in the hearts of eve-teasers and making the streets and public places safer for women, says Renu Rakesh

Girl power

Leading a team of NCC girls, Major Deepika Rathore scaled the Everest for a second time earlier this year. Salute the great mountaineers and move ahead, she told the group as they saw dead bodies sliding down from the top, says Abha Sharma

Your vote counts

An online poll has been announced to shortlist the nominations from among seven individual and three pairs of nominees for The Weekend Leader – VIT Person of the Year Award. The award comes with a cash prize of Rs.25,000, a trophy and citation

 
Blooming dreams

Mamoon Akhtar is offering hundreds of poor children in Howrah what he did not get as a child – a good English medium education, because his family could not afford it for him. G Singh spoke to Mamoon, who is also involved in other social projects

Cool Auto

After introducing several customer-friendly initiatives in his auto, G Annadurai aka Auto Anna is now exploring the possibility of running an air-conditioned auto for the comfort of passengers

Breezing on highway

Twenty-five-year old Tabassum Ali is the first woman truck driver from Madhya Pradesh, but her story is not just about grit and guts, it is also about her love for her mother and sisters for whom she has dedicated her life, says G Singh

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