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Talking trees

Trees may not be able to speak, but they have found a voice thanks to a bunch of women activists in Jhansi, who believe that saving the existing trees is more important than planting fresh ones. Partho Burman reports on their unique mission

Caring angel

Having disabled parents, Neha Arora knew the difficulties that the physically challenged faced.  The young engineer has quit a promising career to brighten the lives of disabled people by organising special tours for them, says Jyoti Kanyal 

Riot stoppers

When the Cauvery row between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka spiralled out of control last week, with Tamil drivers bearing the brunt of mob violence in Karnataka, two Bengaluru residents came together and rescued 150 truckers, says Usha Prasad   

Seeding change

A bus conductor in Coimbatore, M Yoganathan, has been meeting school children and encouraging them to plant trees. He tells P C Vinoj Kumar that he has planted 3 lakh trees in last 30 years

The protector

To pursue his passion for wildlife, Imran Siddiqui reared chicken and sold it on the streets of Hyderabad. T P Venu tracks the silent work of the green warrior who recently stopped construction of a road through a wildlife sanctuary with a PIL

Towering cop

Serving in Rajkot Traffic Police, assistant sub-inspector Dhansukh Mensibhai Kachot discharges his duty without fear or favour. He has collected a record Rs 2.16 crore fine amount from traffic offenders in last 10 years, says Narendra Kaushik

 
Shaping officers

P Kanagaraj failed to make it to the IAS in spite of reaching the interview stage twice. Undaunted, as a professor of political science, he is quietly churning out IAS and IPS officers through his free coaching classes, says P C Vinoj Kumar

Green guru

A spiritual guru in saffron robes is the last man you would expect to get into a dirty river overflowing with sewage to clean it. But Balbir Singh Seechewal did just that to transform the Kali Bein beyond imagination, says Narendra Kaushik

Traffic tamer

To prevent an accident, similar to the one that killed her daughter, 59-year-old Dorris Francis has been regulating traffic since last six years at the spot where a car rammed their auto. Partho Burman profiles the braveheart from Ghaziabad

Driven by passion

G Annadurai, who is perhaps Chennai’s most loved auto driver, is today a much sought after motivational speaker who travels all over India and inspires MNC employees, says P C Vinoj Kumar

Special centre

The rehabilitation centres of Tamahar Trust are a godsend to parents bearing the yoke of bringing up special children. Trust founder Vaishali Pai tells Smita Deohar why she had to start it  

Conviction to kids

Nirajalaxmi Mohapatra is a loving mother for children of convicts. The hostel she set up for kids of jail inmates in Bhubaneswar has helped many children study and even enter medical college

 
Wigs of compassion

A cancer patient’s elation over the wig he had made for her changed Marishetty Kumar’s life.  The wigmaker who made wigs for actors now sells his creations for a discounted price to those who lose hair due to chemotherapy, says Usha Prasad

Maternal mission

Providing 24-hour maternal healthcare in a remote area of Chamba district in Himachal Pradesh for 31 years is health worker, Kaushalya. Vishal Gulati tells us about her celebrated dedication

Kind chaperon

A school teacher’s dedication to prepare a few homeless girls for a better future by taking them under her wings completely received support from hawkers at Dum Dum railway station, which has given a new life to the girls, finds out G Singh

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