June 13, 2018: A worrying trend has surfaced from the figures released by Government of India on child labour.

Karnataka, a south Indian state has witnessed a steep increase of 56 percent in working children over the last decade as the Census 2011 data suggests. More than 45% of the working children in the state are girls, and the capital city of Bangalore leads the total number of working girls in Karnataka.

The state of Karnataka has nearly half a million working children between the ages of 5-14 years which is the school-going age for elementary education. With around 29069 number of girl children, Bangalore leads the trend followed by the districts of Raichur and Bellary.

From the data available it is seen that 80% of child labor in India is concentrated in rural regions, however Karnataka has shown a growth indicating that urban centers supporting child labour to a greater extent. Representational Photo: Vineet Malik
May 22, 2018: After a successful start of the partnership in Columbia and Brazil, Urban mobility expert thyssenkrupp Elevator is partnering with SOS Children’s Villages – a nonprofit to support young people in regions with severe youth unemployment rates.

This initiative in India is part of Project Seed. Prior to India, SOS youth in Colombia and Brazil have received similar training from thyssenkrupp and its employees. With the launch of Project SEED, thyssenkrupp participates in the YouthCan! initiative, which builds on a strong alliance between non-governmental organisations, the private sector, governments and the commitment of young people eager to advance in life.

As part of Project SEED, the company aims to address skill development inadequacies and enhance employability nationwide thereby assisting the ‘Skill India Mission’.

Local thyssenkrupp employees will volunteer as trainers, mentors and role models, offering their expertise and access to their professional social networks, while the company will provide selective financial aid to entrepreneurship projects, and offer apprenticeships and career opportunities.(Text: OneWorld South Asia)
April 12, 2018: A movement called ‘Chal Rang De’, aims to transform the slums of metro cities into a colorful amalgam of local stories and talent by painting the walls of the slums in Mumbai with vibrant colors.

The movement aims to change everyone’s outlook towards the areas and also create a positive emotion among the residents. Mumbai itself houses an estimated 6.5 million people in its slums, each of whom, deserves the joy of colors and the smiles they bring with them.

This initiative that aims to change the face of the city and turn the urban slums into art canvas's painted by people who share the same vision.

More than 1000 people registered for the event and about 400 people were invited to be color more than 120 walls in a short span of 3 days. People participating in the event were provided with paints and brushes to add color.

With the adage of changing the perception that is held against the city of Mumbai, 'Chal Rang De' is an initiative of FruitBowl Digital in collaboration with Mumbai Metro One and other partners. (Text: OneWorld South Asia)
February 19, 2017: The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is launching a short, funny and thought provoking promotional film, ‘The Break-up’ which asks everyone around the world to break-up with single-use plastics, such as mineral water bottles and straws.

‘The Break-up’ film is a public engagement tool that aims to inspire behaviour change towards single-use plastics and potentially shift people’s engagement with the issue. In the film, Sandra realizes she has been in a toxic relationship for too long and decides it's time for a break-up. What's more, she’s found a new love.

“I urge you to give up the toxic relationship with plastics and find a new love this Valentine’s Day. We can all start by choosing a forever relationship with real love for cloth shopping bags and metal or glass water bottles, re-usable coffee mugs and saying no to straws. Breaking up with single use plastic can really help save our oceans and beat pollution,” says UN Environment Goodwill ambassador Dia Mirza and long-standing supporter of environmental conservation.

Worldwide reliance on disposable plastic packaging is overwhelming our planet. By 2050, the oceans will contain more plastic than fish.(Text: OneWorld South Asia)
January 8, 2018: SBI, India’s largest commercial bank, contributed a sum of Rs. 23.74 lakh for purchase of School Bus today to ‘Save the Children India’, a nonprofit that runs a school for the betterment of mentally challenged and hearing impaired children.

State Bank of India (SBI), through its CSR initiative aims to make hassle free commute for these students who travel to this school across different locations in Mumbai.

The cheque was handed over by Praveen Kumar Gupta, Managing Director (Retail & Digital Banking), SBI to the Trustees of the NGO. SBI through its CSR initiative aims to make hassle free commute for these students who travel to this school across different locations in Mumbai. (Text: OneWorld South Asia)
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