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 […]

An extra mile to build a school

The instinct to protect children, one’s own and of others’, is ingrained in humanity’s collective psyche. We are drawn to their laughter and alarmed by their distress, but how far will one go to act on that instinct? T Giridharan, a freelance VFX professional making a moderate living, has gone the extra mile. It was […]

Man plants 600+ Banyan trees, Targets to plan 5000 more!

Riding his two-wheeler with bags of banyan saplings, Shyamal Jana travels across southern districts of West Bengal with the slogan ‘Thakbo Na Ko Bodhho Ghore, Gach Lagabo Bisso Jure’ (will not confine myself to a room, will plant trees across the world).’ Jana, a primary school teacher in East Midnapore district, has set a target of […]

Former CISF havildar spends his pension to eradicate illiteracy

Amar Kumar Nayak, a former Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) havildar, charity has assumed a whole new meaning.After taking voluntary retirement from CISF, the 59-year-old has been spending his pension money on educating underprivileged children at Kulasarichuan village in 42 Mauza, 20 km away from Cuttack city. The ‘360 Degree Free Coaching and Computer Institute’ […]

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 […]

CRPF to the rescue!

CRPF has launched unique bike ambulances amidst their anti-Maoist operations in Madhya Pradesh, intended at providing basic healthcare facilities to those living in remote jungle areas of Balaghat region. Medical teams, accompanied by well-armed security personnel ride their motorcycles to help the sick and injured in remotest villages the area district that shares its border […]

Art of plastic for a better future

Sarfaraz Ali and Sakshi Jha met while organising an event for the Institute of Management Studies, Ghaziabad, where the latter studied. Over time, the duo collaborated on several events, which they say was their introduction to how much plastic waste is generated at large scale events.  After graduating college in 2011, the two worked in […]

ASHA: Hope to find water scarcity

For over two decades, Asha S of Karnataka-based NGO Arohana has worked tirelessly to conserve water in her region.  In Kolar district, where water scarcity is rampant, she has helped 1,350 households divert waste water to agricultural fields, rejuvenated two lakes, and enabled rainwater harvesting in three government schools.   “It is everyone’s duty to protect […]

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 […]