Nurse at 76 gets National Honor for her selfless contribution

Hindumbi.KK, a veteran nurse from the Indira Gandhi Hospital in Kavaratti, Lakshadweep, has been honored with the prestigious National Florence Nightingale Award by the President of India. This recognition celebrates her unwavering dedication and selfless contributions to the nursing profession. The announcement of Hindumbi’s commendable achievement has stirred immense pride among the residents of islands. […]

A special school for physically challenged

Off the hustle of Padi, in Chennai’s suburbs, a special school is like a home away from home for a bunch of children with disabilities. They are busy drawing, making jute bags and mats, and learning how to read, speak, and behave in casual settings. They get engaged in all kinds of physical and mental […]

Mann Deshi Mahila Sarkari Bank

Chetna Gala Sinha (65), a farmer and activist with a long history of advocacy, established the Mann Deshi Mahila Sahakari Bank in 1997. It was the first bank in India created specifically for rural women and operated by them. Chetna, who was born and brought up in Mumbai, was motivated by Jayaprakash Narayan, a follower […]

64 year old provides abode to 60+ animal species

Rüvuotuo Belho (64) has lived in the same home, nestled in the lush green lands of Kohima in Nagaland, all his life. From a very young age, he would spend hours gazing at the wildlife and nature around him. However, his family loved going on hunts in the jungle. Even as a kid, the idea of […]

This family has been nurturing sparrows from past 300 years

For over 300 years, the Shaikhs of Syohara have held on to their sprawling haveli. So have the sparrows. Twenty-three years ago, Akbar Shaikh, the patriarch of the family, bequeathed his ancestral haveli to his eldest son Shaikh Jamal with an oath that had passed down generations – that the structure of the mansion never […]

A home for specially abled children

The Kollam district panchayat has envisioned a unique concept to provide a safe atmosphere for autistic children and their parents. It plans to develop a special village — called Aardra Theeram — to accommodate families with kids on the spectrum. The programme is intended to improve the children’s lives through best practices and family-centered, all-encompassing […]

48 year old trains over 5000 women with the use of coconut climbing machine

Once a male-dominated profession, coconut tree climbing saw the entry of many women in the past decade. This is chiefly owing to government initiatives that aim to train them in skills that would help them lead a better life. However, it still needs someone on the ground to train the women and execute its plans. […]

Barren land turned a source of livelihood for farmers

Sudhanshu Sharma and his wife Susmita Roy were working in the national capital. He was in the strategy and marketing sector, while she was in public health. What astonished them was a high-rising “mountain” that they would often pass on their way to work. But on this fateful day, they realised it wasn’t a mountain, but […]

37 Tamil Nadu panchayats to have ‘cost-cutting’ solar power generation model

While uninterrupted power supply has been a challenge amid rising costs in the country, a panchayat in Kerala’s Thrissur district has set a model for implementing an alternative power generation and distribution model. On Wednesday, a team of 45 officials, including panchayat presidents and local body authorities, from Tamil Nadu visited the panchayat to study […]

A butterfly garden made on a wasteland!

Swapnali Dabke was overwhelmed with emotions when she turned 46 on September 30. Her husband Dr Suneet asked her to accompany him for a tree plantation drive in Manjusar village. But Swapnali reached there, a fluttering gift was awaiting her – a butterfly garden made on a wasteland!. Suneet, 51, an environmentalist thought of doing something that can […]