Lucknow based architect adopts sustainable approach which saves money

In the concrete jungle of Lucknow, where air conditioners and heaters are rampantly used without care, one office in the city stands out. It needs no appliance to control the temperature, humidity, or ventilation, no matter what season it is. Architect Anant Krishna has followed a sustainable approach to design his office — Advance Group […]

Farmer turns banana waste into ropes

When P M Murugesan decided to discontinue his education to join his father’s farming business, he had many ideas in mind. In particular, he wanted to work with the banana plant, being well aware that though farmers end up burning tonnes of banana waste, there’s a utility to each part of the crop.  In 2008, […]

An initiative by a teacher to make robotics affordable and accessible

Growing up in a cramped but loving home in Odisha’s tribal hamlet Aunli, Sakyasingha Mahapatra was inspired by how his father Suresh honed a deep passion for science.  The headmaster of a secondary school in the village, Suresh would push his son to participate in different science exhibitions happening in and around their area. On other occasions, […]

Green warrior wins Environment protection award

 It was the sight of colourful flowers swaying in the lilting breeze that drew him close to Mother Nature as a child. He started sowing seeds and saplings along roadsides and paddy fields. That became a habit. Today, C C Kannan, a 54-year-old daily wager, is recognised as a “green warrior”, who recently received the 25th […]

Autistic teen swims to spread awareness for protection of migratory birds

Navy Sailor Madan Rai’s 14-year-old daughter Jiya Rai on Sunday achieved the feat of swimming 21 km at Chilika Lake in Odisha in three hours 57 minutes. The swimming competition organised jointly by INS Chilka and Veterans Clubs Odisha (VCO) starting from between Krushnaprasad Garh and Kalijai Temple to Balugaon jetty, is dedicated to an […]

Radha Pandey: A teenage girl who rescues children from wedlock

Teenage girl from Jharkhand’s Koderma district is heading a movement against child marriage. Not long ago Radha Pandey had to rebel against evil to demonstrate her will against rampant discrimination against the girl child. She is now part of Kailash Satyarthi-run Children’s Foundation (KSCF) and an inspiration for hundreds of girls. The district administration has […]

A lineman turned savior for a village in Nargund Taluk

For this 25-year-old lineman, it was just another task in the line of duty. Manjunath Kumbar, a lineman attached to Hescome section in Konnur village of Nargund taluk, swam through swelling floodwaters of Malaprabha river to turn on art electric transformer to ensure drinking water supply to the village was restored. The incident that happened on […]

In a nutshell: Man who went out of his way to save the turtles

Soumya Ranjan Biswal from Odisha spends most of his time creating awareness about olive ridley turtles and the marine ecosystem. He and his college junior, Dilip Kumar Biswal, take turns to don the costume of a cheerful turtle as they travel along Odisha’s coast to create awareness about the environment among the fishing communities. He’s […]

Teacher pays it forward, donates land for school

Orphaned at six and supported by fellow villagers who got him enrolled into a primary school, Ramsaran Shakya finished his BEd and joined a private school 5km from his village. To return the favor, this teacher from Uttar Pradesh’s Kannauj, who is now 56, donated his one-acre ancestral land to build a primary school in […]

Pothole Raja: An Initiative To Fix Pothole Menace

Perhaps there is not a city in India that is alien to potholes. It is a prominent feature of most Indian roads, be it in a metro city or otherwise. Indians have mocked the authorities’ inability to ensure well-maintained roads, with a Bengaluru artist hilariously recreating the iconic moonwalk on potholes. Although we are used […]