Green Crackers

  Deepavali is the festival of lights and remarkably celebrated with a variety of crackers. But the traditional crackers pose challenges such as air pollution, noise pollution and health hazard. Amongst the ill effects discussed, exposure to toxic chemicals is the least discussed health problem of traditional crackers. Toxic metals …

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Cyclothon attracts large number of students

A cyclothon was organised by Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), in association with The Hindu , here on Sunday to create awareness about conservation of fuel and the need to protecting environment. A large number of students, representing various schools, including Nandi, Jawahar, Jain Vidyalaya, Pupil Tree, Vienna Vidyalaya, along …

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Fathoms deep

Before dawn breaks, K.C. Rekha, a 45-year-old mother of four, sits alone untangling a mass of nylon fishing nets on the Chettuva beach, a fishing village at Chavakkad in Thrissur district of Kerala. Her seawater-creased, tanned fingers finish the task before her husband, P. Karthikeyan, arrives for their voyage to …

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In a first, 10 Odisha villages eradicate untouchability

10 Odisha villages declare their habitats untouchability-free As a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, 10 villages in seven panchayats in the Daringbadi block of Odisha’s Kandhamal district on Tuesday declared their habitats untouchability-free. In the gramsabha meetings of the seven panchayats held on Tuesday, resolutions relating to complete eradication of untouchability …

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317 child marriages in Assam during 2017-18: Minister

Assam has witnessed a 10-fold rise in child marriages since 2015-16 with 317 instances recorded during 2017-18, said Social Welfare Minister Pramila Rani Brahma in the Assembly on Friday. Kamrup district with 59 such instances this year topped the list.PTI Source :

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We’ve junked vote-bank politics: PM

Says his govt. wants to empower the poor people Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday targeted previous governments, saying that they looked at poor people as a “vote-bank” while throwing freebies at them to win elections. “We have junked vote-bank politics as our motto has been Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas …

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The lone teacher

Meet Ushakumari, the lifeblood of a school in a forest settlement in south Kerala At 7 a.m., even before the sleepy Amboori village in southern Thiruvananthapuram is fully awake, R. Ushakumari begins her day. The only teacher of the Kunnathumala Agasthya Eka Adyapaka School (one-teacher school) inside the Agasthyavanam biosphere, …

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Ban on adoption by live-in partners lifted

CARA decides to withdraw circular issued earlier this year Individuals in a live-in relationship will once again be able to adopt children from and within India after the country’s nodal adoption agency decided to withdraw a circular issued earlier this year disallowing them from doing so. The Child Adoption Regulatory …

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