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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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Ashas Bring Ray of Hope for India’s Primary Healthcare

She is a harbinger of hope for milllions of village women across India – whether it is to take a pregnant woman to the hospital for delivery, vaccinating a child or ensuring family planning. For that is what her name, Asha, literally means

Introduced into the village life when the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) was launched in 2005, Ashas – acronym for Accredited Social Health Workers – have become an integral part of social life in India’s 600,000 odd villages in this vast country of 1.2 billion people.

The NRHM, a flagship scheme of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, was started with the aim to provide quality healthcare to people living in the remotest and inaccessible areas of the country. Read more..


Maruti Suzuki adopts 13 more ITIs

Maruti Suzuki is geared to adopt 13 more industrial training institutes (ITIs) in Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab as part of its efforts to impart sector-focussed skills to workers through a public-private partnership model reports the Financial Express.

This will scale up the total number of nationwide ITIs directly adopted by the car market leader to 24, says Maruti. Currently, Maruti is associated with five ITIs in Haryana where its current production facilities are located, apart from others in Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Goa and Kerala.Read more..


Modified bacteria to convert CO2 into useful materials

As reported in the Financial Express, a team of scientists from the University of Georgia and North Carolina State University has genetically altered bacteria—Pyrococcus furiosus—that grows on sugars at very high temperatures so that it can withstand lower temperatures. This genetically-modified bacteria has enough energy at lower temperatures to convert atmospheric CO2 into useful products, but not enough energy to grow.

Global warming and the alarming increase of green house gases have got the scientific world frantically searching for ways to reduce emissions, especially those of carbon dioxide. But the fact is that nothing deals with CO2 better than natureRead more..


Dying soldier calls for farewell to arms

A veteran of the Iraq war, Tomas Young, has written a poignant and hard-hitting letter on www.truthdig.com to former U.S. President, George W. Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney

Young wrote the letter on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War on behalf of his fellow Iraq War veterans, the 4,488 soldiers and Marines who died in Iraq and on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of veterans who have been wounded.Read more..


Alzheimer's disease’s Genetic Markers Identified

Research has identified the genetic markers of Alzheimer’s that could help highlight who is at risk of developing the disease reports the BBC.

The research in Neuron identifies mutations that affect the build-up of certain proteins in the brain. High levels of these tau proteins increase the chance of having the disease.

UK experts said the study could help understand the changes that occur in the brains of Alzheimer's patients. Tangles of a kind of tau called phosphorylated tau (ptau) are a hallmark of the disease.Read more..

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