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Samarth community for senior citizens

Feb 06, 2017 A team of professionals driven by their personal experience of these challenges in India have launched the Samarth Community for senior citizens as a social venture.

Climate change affecting crops, milk production: Indian farmer

Jun 17, 2015 Farmers in the villages might not term it as climate change can, but they feel it in their daily lives through erratic rains, prolonged summers and harsher sun.
 

Bhoj Wetland is a multi-purpose water body: Dr Vipin Vyas

May 12, 2015 According to Dr Vipin Vyas of the Barkatullah University various communities in Bhopal, like the farmers and fishermen, are dependent on the Bhoj wetland.
 

Income from fishing has dwindled over the years: Narmada Fisherman

Apr 01, 2015 <b>Sehore (Madhya Pradesh):</b> Narmada, the river that is considered to be the lifeline of Madhya Pradesh is facing challenges not of its own making. Climate change is now impacting the health of the river, which also impacts the sustenance of the lush green fields of wheat and chickpea around the Narmada.</br> <br>Leeladhar Manjhi, a fifty- year-old fisherman and a native of Budhni, a Nagar Palika in Sehore district of Madhya Pradesh, said that rains had become very erratic in the last two decades. “Sometimes it rains very heavily, other times there are no rains at all. Earlier, it used to used to rain for four months in the monsoon season, nowadays it rains only for one or two months,” he said.</br> <br>Manjhi said that income from fishing has dwindled over the years. “My income from fishing is just enough to sustain the family. Scanty rainfall is having an adverse impact on fish breeding. Also, because of less water in the river, there is less silt deposit near the banks which is harming melon cultivation,” he said. </br>
 

The people of Bhopal love their lakes: Gulshan Bamra

Mar 12, 2015 <b>Bhopal:</b> It is not without a reason that Bhopal is called the city of lakes. Numerous lakes, small and big, dot the city but the ones that have attained global recognition are known as the Bhoj wetland. Designated as a Ramsar site, the Bhoj Wetland consists of the Upper Lake and the Lower Lake. Bhopal city has grown around the Upper Lake, which is over a thousand years old and the residents of the city have made the lakes a mainstay of their activities.</br> <br>Gulshan Bamra, Commissioner-cum-Director, Town & Country Planning, Madhya Pradesh, says: “People of Bhopal love their lakes and are ready to put even their lives at stake for their conservation.” Even those residents who do not derive direct economic benefits from the lake also keen to preserve it for the sake of strong cultural, historical and architectural interests.</br> <br>Bamra adds that the entire catchment area of the Bhoj Wetland has been declared a no-colonisation zone and the usage of land in the catchment area is limited to agricultural activities. “Construction is a strictly regulated activity in this area of 400 sq km which is spread in Bhopal and the neighbouring Sehore district, and also includes a hundred odd villages in its stretch,” he said.</br>
 

Bamboo is one of the most environment-friendly species: Dr AK Bhattacharya

Feb 09, 2015 <b>Bhopal:</b> It is well known that forests play a major role in mitigating the challenges of climate change, and Madhya Pradesh, which has the largest area under forests in the country, is keen to utilise this resource not only for addressing climate change issues but also for boosting the forest-based livelihoods of local communities. <br><br>One of the pioneering initiatives in this regard has been the adoption of the bamboo in Madhya Pradesh to not only construct houses but also use it as part of a healthy diet. Bamboo, a grass, is one of the most environment-friendly species, as it produces 35 per cent more oxygen compared to other species. A hectare of bamboo forest sequesters 62 tons of carbon dioxide per year, while a young wood forest sequesters only 15 tons per year.</b> <br><br>Dr AK Bhattacharya, Mission Director, State Bamboo Mission, Madhya Pradesh, and Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, says that if local communities get involved in natural resource management, impacts of climate change can be greatly reduced. He says that the state government has introduced a series of resolutions in the direction of joint forest management.</br>
 

Nepal's sanitation campaign

Jan 02, 2015 Estimates indicate that globally some two and a half billion people have no access to a clean toilet – that’s one in every three people. In rural Nepal that number can be much higher according to the UN’s Global Sanitation Fund managed by WSSCC as many people practice “open” defecation. Now WSSCC is working community by community to educate villagers about the dangers of open defecation and teach them how to build their own toilets.
 

Helping children realize their dreams

Nov 14, 2014 New Delhi: Ford India has embarked on its journey towards Holistic Education with the launch of its Happy Schools initiative. With this program Ford India wishes to open doors for children to realize their dreams of a prosperous and happy life, by improving access to education in primary schools.
 

A peek into the Hudhud fury

Oct 15, 2014 The devastating cyclonic storm ‘Hudhud’ not only ravaged Andhra Pradesh and Orissa, it also left around 22 people dead, according to the latest reports. Though much of the devastation could be averted because of timely preparedness and effective coordination between the Centre and effected states, it will take many days before the ravaged parts of the coastal states return to normalcy.
 

New life for disabled Indian boy found tied to a bus stop

Aug 01, 2014 Mumbai: Just a few weeks ago, a young boy tied to a bus stop in Mumbai barely received a glance from passersby oblivious to his plight. Deaf and mute, nine-year-old Lakhan was regularly tied to a pole by his elderly grandmother for fear he would run into traffic on a nearby road while she was away at work. Now, grandmother and grandson are living in a home for deaf and mute children, the patch of pavement where they both lived swapped for a roof above their heads. According to the last census conducted in 2011, around 26.8 million people are in living with disabilities in India. Courtesy: CNN
 

The Flight

Jun 20, 2014 The Flight is a short animation film made by The Energy and Resources Institute’s Film and TV unit to promote the message of education that helps to create a greener planet or in other words Education For Sustainable Development. The film is a short animation. It was awarded the Best Animation at the CMS Vatavaran Environment and Wildlife Film Festival, 2014 and was also nominated in the Best Animation category at the 5th International Documentary and Short Film Festival Kerala 2012. The film has also been screened at the 9th Children’s India International Children’s Film Festival, Bangalore and at the Indian Association Sharjah Short Film Festival as well.
 
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