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Narmada: Lifeline of Madhya Pradesh in dire straits

Jan 15, 2015 04:20 PM Narmada, the lifeline of Madhya Pradesh is in danger due to declining water quality and quantity.

Binita, Martha and others make maps to ensure better health

Jan 09, 2015 03:23 PM Binita Kanhara, 32, a tribal woman from Rajikakhol village in Chakapada block of Kandhamal district in Odisha was very happy the day she learnt that she was expecting her first child. Nine months later, when the D-day came, her mother-in-law decided that the delivery would take place at home. Unfortunately, the newborn child did not survive as it was weak and anaemic and needed medical care. The incident left Binita traumatised for months on end.

The people of Bhopal love their lakes

Jan 02, 2015 08:10 PM The lake brings up different emotions among different people. If the young ones are excited, the adults display concern.
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Channelising girl power to fight child marriage

Dec 31, 2014 02:55 PM Last year, Sujata Behera, 17, a Dalit girl from Dankeni, a remote village in Kandhamal district of Odisha, did the unthinkable. Just two weeks before her upcoming marriage she told her parents that she had decided not to go ahead with it. The cards had been printed, her clothes had been stitched, and preparations for the ceremonies had nearly been done, so how could she back out? Sujata’s father was livid and told her she had no option but to comply while her mother tried to reason with her to change her mind. But the teenager was firm: she would only marry after she turned 18 and finished her schooling.

Year 2014: New initiatives dot India’s development map

Dec 29, 2014 05:40 PM Apart from repurposing the old welfare schemes, the Indian government launches new initiatives
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Close the gap: Don’t fail those who take the HIV test

Dec 26, 2014 04:16 PM What is common between Stephen Watiti, 61, of Uganda, Lwento Mbulo, 23, of Zambia, and John Rock, 71, of Australia? Strangers to one another and living in different lands, they have unknowingly shared a bond for over two decades. Watiti, Mbuto and Rock have been living with HIV for over 20 years.

Fatima paints the quiet strength of women

Dec 19, 2014 04:50 PM ‘If only silence could speak’ goes the adage. Well, here silence does speak – and how! Soft, hazy, elusive images of women gaze steadily from the confines of their canvas making the much-mesmerised onlooker feel as though they would simply vanish if s/he so much as blinked. The women in red, pink, beige oil paints look ethereal, delicate and yet they convey power, strength – much like the woman who has created them.

Legalisation or De-criminalisation? Sex workers speak their mind

Dec 12, 2014 04:05 PM Sex work has traditionally been seen as a form of violence against women. Over the last two decades, however, the global sex workers’ rights movement has consistently argued that while there is violence within sex work, consensual adult sex work does not constitute violence. While the present law is meant for prevention of trafficking, it does not really apply to adults voluntarily working as sex workers. After all, there is no relation between solicitation and being forced into the trade. In fact, when these women have to evacuate their ‘homes’ and forcefully go to ‘rehabilitation centres’ or undergo medical tests it amounts to violation of their basic human rights.

Little Akangsha loves her ‘Big’ school

Dec 03, 2014 06:04 PM In Dausa district, 55 kilometres east of Jaipur city, the state capital of Rajasthan, Akangsha More, 4, is registered in the nursery class of a local public school under the reserved quota. With her eyes tight shut, she sits to meditate along with her classmates on the terrace of their school, which is still under construction. Both her parents work as labourers in Jaipur and the little one stays with her grandparents, who are cobblers. Akangsha has got a shot at gaining good quality education thanks to a provision under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009, which has sought 25 per cent reservation in private schools for children coming from impoverished homes.

Mumbra’s muslim girls kick out stereotypes

Nov 28, 2014 06:07 PM They started off as a secret sports club. What brought them together was their shared love for football, a game they couldn’t dream of playing owing to their conservative family backgrounds.

A model farmer, Savitri shows off her special skills

Nov 22, 2014 08:00 AM Savitri Devi from Jhanji village in Jharkhand’s Deoghar district is a model farmer today. She has been able to successfully incorporate Sustainable Integrated Farming Systems (SIFT) techniques on her 60 decimals (one decimal=1/100 acre) of farmland to produce bumper crops of maize, paddy, chickpea, millets and potatoes.

These brave Kashmiri doctors risked their all to save young mothers

Nov 17, 2014 11:28 AM It’s been a few weeks since Dr Shahnaaz Teing, who works at Lal Ded, the lone maternity hospital in Kashmir, was rescued from the floods in Srinagar, yet she breaks down every time she talks about the desperation she witnessed for the four days she kept the critical medical facility going in the absence of electricity, medical supplies and food.

Silver screen to dispel misconceptions about disability

Nov 14, 2014 02:40 PM ‘We Care’ film fest screens films on disability to audiences across India with the aim of changing attitudes and behaviours.

Manju is friend and confidante to sex workers

Nov 07, 2014 09:00 AM In a room somewhere in Kushinagar in eastern Uttar Pradesh, women in the age group of 20-45 years troop in energetically. They know each other and share a camaraderie that suggests an intimate bond. Patting their saris in place and adjusting their buns and plaits, they take their places on the floor mat, sitting in a circle.

Climate change: Afghans on the front line

Nov 06, 2014 02:35 PM A new UN report warns that "irreversible" climate change is affecting more people than ever, writes Joe Dyke.

On air: Padmini, India’s first transgender newsreader

Nov 03, 2014 12:45 PM As India celebrated her 67th year of Independence, Padmini Prakash, 31, freed herself from social and personal demons to become the first transgender news anchor in the country.

Of women, for women: welcome aboard Chennai’s tech savvy ride

Oct 26, 2014 08:05 AM If you were to land in Chennai, Tamil Nadu’s state capital, one of these days, do not be surprised to see sari-clad women with khaki jackets zipping around the city ferrying passengers in black-and-yellow autorickshaws. These women have been trained and employed by Makkal (people) Auto, a transport service that runs a high-tech and safety-centric auto fleet for women, by women.

Upasana’s white print brings lifestyle news in Braille

Oct 23, 2014 08:00 AM Can you imagine life without your daily dose of celebrity gossip, fashion forecasts or restaurant reviews? What’s Shah Rukh Khan doing off screen these days? How is Priyanka Chopra doing up her new home? How does Daya, the popular star of the television series CID, face everyday challenges? What’s the best way to cook up a delicious biryani? For the majority population, there are several lifestyle magazines and online options available in every Indian language to catch up on the latest news and trends.

Killing Girls, Buying Brides

Oct 19, 2014 08:00 AM The women from the village don’t quite open up. They have a lot to say but something holds them back. I try to tell them that the more they talk, the more the world will know of the truth, but the fear of reprisal is too overwhelming. With time and a lot of probing, however, the stories on female foeticide come forth quietly. Even as the women share this horrific reality that challenges the very existence of girls within their community, what is quite apparent is that no one admits to having gone through with it; it’s always a friend or a relative that they use as a reference.

Being old and alone in the city

Oct 17, 2014 06:12 PM “I am old, widowed and living all by myself. I am financially secure but I have one serious problem and that is loneliness. My children are settled outside state and are busy chasing lucrative careers while my grandchildren are caught in their studies. Brief, weekly phone calls are all the time I get with them. Every year, I fervently wish that they would come for a visit but that has not been possible yet,” says Archana Mohanty, 65, with moist eyes.

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