October 15, 2019: Bridging the gap between the solution providers and solution seekers with the help of technology, IIT Delhi along with Microsoft organised Empower 2019, a three day discourse that aims to deliver practical solutions to the everyday challenges faced by different disabled communities.

With the focus of delivering usable products at affordable prices catering to various kinds of disabilities ranging from the visually challenged, the hearing impaired to the dyslexic, the platform endeavours to bring different stakeholders for converting the expectations of various users into reality.

With the products ranging from tactile books for the visually impaired, offline apps for children with various special needs, and wheelchairs catering to unexplored needs of the disabled users, the conference aims at building an ecosystem that is sustainable in meeting the needs of various kinds of disabilities at affordable costs.Text: OneWorld South Asia
August 28, 2019: Prakash Javadekar, Minister, Information & Broadcasting, inaugurates the Seventh National Community Radio Sammelan on 28th August at Dr Ambedkar International Centre in New Delhi. This year’s theme is “Community Radio for SDGs” (Sustainable Development Goals).

Saying that the government is committed to its mantra of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, the minister added, “It is important to realise the importance of community radio in this direction. This stems from the belief that community radio can play an important role in development through people’s participation. Community radio is an instrument of the future and there cannot be a better idea to provide listeners the right to information and knowledge than this medium.”

He also gave away National Community Radio Awards for 2018 and 2019 in five categories - Best Thematic programme, Best Community Engagement Initiative, Best Programme for Promoting Local Culture, Best Innovative/ Creative Programme and Best Sustainable Model for Community Radio. A total of 30 awards were given for two years. Photo: OneWorld South Asia
June 3, 2019: In order to bring a positive change in the society, Reena Thakur organised a beauty pageant for the LGBT community.

Transgender men and Trans Girls from across the country displayed their talent as they competed for the crown at a beauty pageant in New Delhi. The Winner, Aneey Dutta, was given a prize money of 1 lakh besides trophy, certificate and crown.

The finale winner Aneey Dutta said that by giving such a huge fashion platform was very encouraging for them.
April 3, 2019: IIFL Finance, a non-banking finance company, along with IIFL Foundation, recently launched a new community connect program to organize initiatives with social impact and to give back to the community.

The topics were “A Healthy India”, “Educated Girl Child” and “Water Conservation” and more than 39,200 citizens across age-groups participated in the contest. It not only tested and rewarded their creativity, but also spread awareness on social causes.

Sumit Bali, CEO of IIFL Finance, said, “Through “Rangon Ka Milan”, we have contributed towards raising awareness on issues related to environment, education of girl child and good health .”
January 9, 2019: The Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg, visited Primary and Upper Primary schools in village Nithora, Ghaziabad district, 35 km away from Delhi. Solberg, accompanied by Dr. Yasmin Ali Haque, UNICEF India Representative, congratulated the government, school authorities, and community members for making the school an inspirational model, providing quality education and facilities for handwashing, toilets and safe drinking water.

Interacting with children at the school, Solberg, said, “It is inspiring to meet the school girls and boys, teachers and parents in village Nithora. I view education as fundamental to sustainable development. Access to quality education is a universal human right and is the key to unlocking opportunities for all, so that everyone can enjoy a better life. India is making impressive strides in education, and I applaud the work that the local community and UNICEF are doing.”

She added, “We believe that the right to sanitation is an essential component of the standard of living. Sanitation and health are part of ensuring that girls are safe and they stay in school.”
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