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  • Pollution exceeds permissible limit in most Indian cities September 26, 2013

    New Delhi: Nearly threefourths of Indian cities have particulate pollution (PM) levels exceeding permissible standards affecting the health of lakhs of people across the country, according to an analysis released Thursday. The analysis is part of a book Good News Bad News: Clearing the air in Indian cities' by the Centre...
  • Woman who escaped marriage at 17 returns as a millionaire February 1, 2013

    Kolkata: In what is a 'rags to riches' story, Chanda Zaveri fled from the pressures of getting married at 17 and returned home 30 years later as a millionaire. Born in a conservative Marwari family, her mother wanted to force her into a marriage that she did not want and...
  • Bihar: Sex worker leaves past behind, elected twice as ward councillor January 30, 2013

    Muzaffarpur: A sex worker turned politician and was twice elected as the ward councillor of Bihar's Muzaffarpur district. Rani Begum has now put her past behind and is working towards a better future for people like her. "Initially, I faced difficulties working in the society. But gradually, when people saw...
  • School students build device to help visually impaired walk independently January 28, 2013

    New Delhi: After months of brainstorming, students of a private school in Delhi have come up with a device for the visually impaired. It is fitted with a sound alarm, voice navigator and an emergency SMS service. Almost half the number of the visually impaired people in the world come...
  • Priya Sachan: the first woman train operator for Rapid Metro January 24, 2013

    New Delhi: At a time when women's safety across the country has become a cause for concern, Priya Sachan is leading by example. The 21yearold is the first and only woman among 50 train operators and station managers for Gurgaon's Rapid Metro project. For Priya, this is a dream come...
  • Auto driver's daughter who topped CA gives credit to parents January 23, 2013

    Mumbai: Prema Jayakumar, the daughter of a Mumbai autorickshaw driver, has topped the All India Chartered Accountancy examination. 24year old Prema aced the exam with a score of 607 out of 800, a solid 75.88 per cent, and attributed her success to support from her parents and teachers. She also...
  • Pune doctor stops charging fees for delivering girl child January 22, 2013

    Pune: A unique initiative has been undertaken by a Pune Doctor. Following the Beed female infanticide cases, Dr Ganesh Rakh of Pune's Medicare multispeciality hospital has stopped charging any fees to deliver a girl child. The birth of a girl child is celebrated in the hospital by distributing sweets and...
  • Woman helps patients with incurable bone disease lead normal life January 10, 2013

    Thiruvananthapuram: Latha Nair in Kerala is making a difference by helping patients suffering from an incurable genetic bone disease lead a normal life. Along with her friend, her organisation, Amrithavarshini is helping hundreds of patients today. For 40 odd children in Kerala, affected by the incurable Osteogenesis Imperfecta or better...
  • Haryana: Don Bosco educates children of brick kiln workers December 21, 2012

    New Delhi: Life at the brick kilns of Jhajjar in Haryana is especially tough for children of labourers. But thanks to a new initiative by the Don Bosco Foundation, this is fast changing. Jhajjar in Haryana makes the bricks that build India's capital. But the labourers come from all over...
  • Jamia Millia Islamia provides selfdefence training to girls December 19, 2012

    New Delhi: The brutal gangrape in Delhi has put the focus on security for women. But there is one place in Delhi where school girls are learning the art of selfdefence. A group of speciallytrained women constables helps girls learn self defence. Sixteenyearold Mariya Khan oozes confidence as she walks...
  • Manipur: IAS officer makes effort to build road in remote area December 18, 2012

    Tausem: A young IAS officer in a remote corner of India is trying to make inroads in more ways than one. Armstrong Pame and his community are making a superhuman effort to build a road that will help connect hundreds of people. Only madness can define the resolve of the...
  • Correctional home reforms inmates' lives through music December 17, 2012

    Kolkata: Kolkata's Dum Dum correctional home is following a unique way of reforming the lives of its inmates. It helps them polish their musical skills. Inmates have also come out with their own album. From an inmate to an artist, music has given them a new identity. 46yearold Sujit Doloi...
  • Bihar: Students from Belgium donate Rs 2 cr build TB centre December 13, 2012

    Darbhanga: Students from Belgium are in Bihar on a special mission to build a tuberculosis research centre in Darbhanga. They have not only donated a whopping sum of Rs 2 crore for the project, but are also working as labourers. This group of bright young students from Belgium are...
  • Bhopal's 'Bitiya Club' instills pride in parents of daughters December 12, 2012

    Bhopal: Bhopal's Bitiya Club is an initiative that went on to become the inspiration for the Madhya Pradesh government's hugely successful 'Beti Bachaao Aandolan'. The Bitiya Club, a club for couples with only daughters, was created to instill pride in parents and reject the false sense of pity that parents...
  • Young lawyers help NGOs access free specialised legal help December 11, 2012

    New Delhi: A team of young lawyers is trying to make a difference. They are helping NGOs access specialised legal help and that too free of cost. CNNIBN met up with some of them to find out more about their 'IProbono' initiative. 29yearold Swathi Sukumar, an alumnus of Columbia Law...
  • Delhi: Innovators look to revamp education system December 10, 2012

    New Delhi: Some teachers in Delhi are trying to create low cost and high impact classrooms to improve the level of education in primary schools. The NGO called STIR Education has gotten together a group of 25 innovators to revamp the system. Small changes can make a big difference and...
  • Hyderabad: Charitable mission adopts govt schools December 7, 2012

    Hyderabad: In the bylanes of Hyderabad's old city, students of Maharajaganj Government School cannot have enough of a blackboard that brings joy to its students. And not just Maharajaganj, the blackboard, procured with the help of 'Project 511' spreads smiles across the city's government schools. 'Project 511', as a giveback...
  • ExIIT students help poor kids prepare for entrances December 5, 2012

    New Delhi: Akshay Saxena and Krishna Ramkumar left high paying corporate jobs to help students from economically weaker families nurture their dreams. Through their organisation Avanti, Krishna and Akshay help economically weaker students from far flung areas prepare for medical and engineering entrance exams absolutely free. Raj Kumar has studied...
  • Kolkata: World's fastest painter uses art to fight chronic schizophrenia December 3, 2012

    Kolkata: The world's fastest painter uses colours and adhesives to fight his chronic mental illness. He makes an entire painting in just a few seconds. Parijoy Saha, a chronic schizophrenic, has set a record of finishing 51 paintings in just 35 minutes. The 38year old paints awfully fast. He has painted...
  • Bhopal gas tragedy: NGO helps victims by empowering them December 3, 2012

    Bhopal: Monday marks the 28th anniversary of the Bhopal gas tragedy. For most victims, the scars still remain. But the Swabhiman Kendra is easing their pain by empowering them. Shobha Soni still remembers waiting for her husband on that dark night of December 3, 1984. Her house was just 500...
  • Bihar: Bank provides grains on loan to Dalit women November 30, 2012

    Paliganj: A bank with a difference provides grain on loan to poor Dalit women in Paliganj in Bihar. It saves them from the clutches of upper caste moneylenders. If a loan is required, the bank simply lends grain to the women. This unique idea has brought about a revolution among...
  • Bangalore group provides shelter, education to street kids November 28, 2012

    Bangalore: A group of good samaritans in Bangalore have made it their mission to provide shelter and education to street children. Not just that, the group called 'Sathi' also tries to reunite the kids with their parents. They hold meetings and Sathi coordinator Sanjeev and his colleagues get ready to go...
  • Manipur: Young professionals help victims of conflict November 27, 2012

    Imphal: A team of young professionals in Manipur is going out of its way to help the victims of continuing counterinsurgency operations in the state to help overcome the trauma. And a dance therapy workshop is one of their innovative methods. Sunitibala Takhelmayum, counsellor at Human to Humane Transcultural Centre for...
  • Jharkhand: Eunuch mothers 13 orphans without donations November 16, 2012

    Bokaro: A eunuch in Bokaro Steel City, Jharkhand, is toiling hard to bring up destitute and orphan kids. She takes care of them till they are married off. Mother to 13 kids so far, she doesn't believe in any grants or awards. Some would say God hasn't been kind to her,...
  • Kerala women farmers battling all odds to save green paddy fields November 15, 2012

    Malappuram (Kerala): Women farmers in Malappuram are battling against all odds to save their land. In God's own country, shocking reports have come to light on the green paddy fields, which are one of the attractions in the state the 9 lakh hectares of the 1970s has now shrunk...
  • Dirty Angels Bikers Club: Men with a mission November 14, 2012

    Tadong: The Dirty Angels Bikers Club of Sikkim has been proving to be a group of messiahs for the needy. Roaring through the hills, the young boys from Sikkim show that behind their leather jackets and tough looks, is a will to make a difference. Mayalmu Sang, an NGO in...
  • J&K: Child specialist overhauls hospital's image November 12, 2012

    Srinagar: The GB Pant hospital in Jammu and Kashmir was in the news for all the wrong reasons till a few months back. It saw the deaths of 500 infants in a matter of four to five months. But all that is history now, thanks to Dr Shafqat Ahmad Tak,...
  • Cyclone Nilam: Fishermen jumped into the sea to save sailors November 9, 2012

    Chennai: As Cyclone Nilam ravaged the coast of Chennai, five brave fishermen jumped into the sea to save sailors of MT Pratibha Cauvery from drowning. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has announced a cash reward for each of them. CNNIBN met those brave souls. The ominous cyclone warning for Nilam had...
  • Meet the young Indians who won at Astronomy Olympiad November 8, 2012

    Mumbai: Indian students have been consistently performing well in the various science Olympiads. CNNIBN met the champions of the Astronomy Olympiad. Mounting a telescope is a child's play for the 18yearolds who made India proud at the Astronomy Olympiad held in Rio De Janeiro in 2012. For 14 years in...
  • ExArmy man produces power from poultry waste November 6, 2012

    Jhajjar: Former Army man Rammehar Singh has been generating electricity from chicken waste to power his farmhouse. His household wasn't affected by the recent grid failure across North India. With the installation of a 50 kilowatt capacity poultry waste based biogas power plant at his poultry farm, Rammehar Singh has...