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Josy Joseph’s Feast of Vultures

An award-winning journalist draws up on the stories of anonymous poor and famous Indians to weave together the challenges facing the nation.
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Mahasweta : Life And Legacy

Mahasweta Devi's ideas and writing will continue to be the guiding principle for generations of writers, activists, academics and journalists.
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Azim Premji Donates Rs 12,300 crore to Ed. Trust

The third richest Indian, Wipro chairman Azim Premji, has transferred 295.5 million equity shares valued at Rs. 12,300 crore to the Azim Premji Foundation, a charitable trust focused on improving the quality and equity of school education.

Premji made this commitment as a member of “Giving Pledge”- a campaign led by billionaires Warren Buffett and Bill Gates which encourages the world's other wealthiest individuals and families to dedicate a majority of their wealth to philanthropy.Read more..

Women Entrepreneurs in UP Heartland

Embroidery skills have turned an enterprising group of women in Uttar Pradesh’s Aagapur village into entrepreneurs reports The Hindu.

The Sadabahar Self Help Group in Aagapur village of Rampur district, involved in zari and patchwork started with an initial contribution of just Rs. 20 per month by each member in 2000. Munisha, a ‘dress designer’ in her own right is the driving force behind the group that has 14 members.Read more...

Funds for Poor Improve After Spotting Budget Lacunae

Jaipur-based Budget Analysis Research Centre (BARC) conducted a study that revealed that the benefits provided for widows in previous budgets in Rajasthan were adequate for only about 13 per cent of the total number of widows in the State. Even if pensions were to be provided only to relatively poorer widows, this figure should have been closer to 60 - 70 per cent. Also the monthly pension had been kept too low. This study was used by organisations to successfully campaign for better allocations for widows, lead by Ekal Mahila Sangathan reports The Hindu. Some organisations have been constantly observing and citing these gaps to obtain rights of marginalised groups.Read more...

Clean Energy From Coal Could be a Reality

A team of researchers at Ohio State University (OSU) spent the past two years developing a clean way of harnessing the power of coal and have recently found great success in their research scale combustion system. The team is now able to harness clean coal energy chemically without combustion with air, while capturing 99% of the carbon dioxide produced from the reaction as reported by Environmental News Network.Read more...

Biological Marker of Dyslexia Discovered

In news that is bound to pave the way for a greater understanding of dyslexia, Northwestern University researchers report they have found a biological mechanism that appears to play an important role in the reading process reports, the Science Daily.

"We discovered a systematic relationship between reading ability and the consistency with which the brain encodes sounds," says Nina Kraus, Hugh Knowles Professor of Neurobiology, Physiology and Communication. "Unstable Representation of Sound: A Biological Marker of Dyslexia," co-authored by Jane Hornickel, will appear in the Feb. 20 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience.Read more...

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