Category archives: Cause

Small Children, Big Dreams

In Pic :The office bearers committee of the Makala Kavalu Samiti (MAKASA). Photo: Kumar Sringeri In a small town in Karnataka, government-school students are working to ensure that their schools meet the infrastructure norms of the RTE Act. Can this model be replicated elsewhere in the country? Kishore Mahadevaiah, a Std VII student, is describing his ideal school. “The school should be very clean and neat. In every class, there […]

Tiger cubs in Chennai's Vandaloor zoo named Arjuna, Kaveri, Nethra

In Pic :CM Jaylalithaa named seven tiger cubs, both white and Royal Bengal, at the Vandalur zoo on Friday. Photo: S.R. Raghunathan   CM names white and Royal Bengal tiger cubs at Vandalur zoo; launches research and breeding centres   When animal caretaker K. Chelliah released seven tiger cubs from tiny, custom-made boxes into an enclosure on Friday morning, they ran forward towards the visitor who had come to see […]

When their dreams of studying in a ‘big’ school came crashing

Scarce RTE quota seats in private schools disappoint parents   Arun Kumar (name changed), an electrician who earns just a little over Rs. 3,000 a month , is thinking of raising a loan to put his six-year-old son in a private school. This is thanks to the big hopes he pinned on one provision of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act 2009, which has now […]

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. Please follow and like us:

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 […]