Category archives: Cause

When schemes turn anaemic

In Pic :The Anganwadi: Only few turn up for lunch Despite government programmes, nutrition supplements for women and children are not to be found in Jharkhand’s villages More than two years after she gave birth to her youngest daughter, Shanti Oraon, an adivasi farmer in Bhandara village, Khunti district has been unable to resume working in the fields. “She has breathing trouble, and could not start walking even after she […]

Schoolboy donates savings for drought relief

In a touching gesture, an eight-year-old schoolboy donated his savings from pocket money and birthday party for the cause of drought-hit people in Maharashtra in Mumbai on Tuesday, an official said. Kanishka R. Dongre, a class two student of Carmel School in Badlapur town of Thane district, specially went to meet Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan in the legislative assembly and handed over Rs.5,000 for the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. “He […]


Can the Yamuna be Saved ?

Even as thousands are undertaking a march from Mathura to Delhi to raise awareness to save the “dying” Yamuna river, people in this Taj city wonder in sadness if it was still possible to revive one of India’s holiest rivers that is now seen as a mere sewer.

India’s invisible workers

Saluting the lesser-known working women and their valuable contribution on International Women’s Day. 1. It is estimated that around 1.3 million Dalits, mostly women, make their living through manual scavenging. 2.Traditional blacksmiths are usually nomads. Women from these communities indulge in hard labour just like their male counterparts, in addition to taking care of household chores. 3.Women working in the salt pans in the Prakasam district, Andhra Pradesh, get a […]

Indian Rhino Poachers Shot Dead

In Pic :Rhinoceros at the Kaziranga National Park in Guwahati, Assam, Feb. 21.   The recent surge in killings of one-horned rhinoceroses in India’s northeastern state of Assam by poachers has again shone a spotlight on the endangered animal’s fight for survival.   State authorities are fighting back. On Wednesday, two poachers “allegedly involved in the recent killings of rhinos” were shot dead by forest guards, said Niranjan Kumar Vasu, […]

Sri Lanka 'disappeared': Families stage Colombo protest

In Pic :Distressed parents held up photos of their missing children at the protest The families of people who disappeared in Sri Lanka during and after the country’s long civil war have staged a demonstration in the capital Colombo. The rally was mostly on behalf of Tamil people. Many protesters were prevented by the authorities from attending, but a big pro-government demonstration was allowed to go ahead. Tamil Tiger rebels […]

A Boost for Health and Education.

Children attended a free school in New Delhi, Nov. 7, 2012. I got a headache trying to figure out how much money the Indian government plans to spend on health this year. There are multiple budget documents, and the figures given don’t always seem to match. But one thing was clear: spending on health and education looks set to increase. “Health for all and education for all remain our priorities,” […]

Salman Khan handpicks drawings by kids for Being Human Tshirts

onsidering his fondness for painting as a hobby, Salman Khan surely knows how to appreciate a good painting. The actor recently attended an art camp organized by artist Rouble Nagi that showcased work of underprivileged kids. So amazed and impressed was Salman with the drawings of these kids that he handpicked around 10 drawings and told Rouble that he would like to use them as a part of his Being […]

Blinded by acid attack, victim appeals for help.

Justice delayed is justice denied, and if that is the case then the 21-year-old victim of a horrific acid attack can rightly complain that justice doesn’t prevail in the city. Four months after her husband threw acid on her face while she was asleep, the police for one have not arrested the accused yet and, secondly, the charges applied against him are lenient. Police have applied sections of causing grievous […]

Brain's 'stroke shielding' cracked

A part of the brain’s ability to shield itself from the destructive damage caused by a stroke has been explained by researchers. It has been known for more than 85 years that some brain cells could withstand being starved of oxygen. Scientists,writing in the journal Nature Medicine, have shown how these cells switch into survival mode. They hope to one-day find a drug which uses the same trick to protect […]