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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

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13-year-old's tetra pack holds hope of life

Aarushi Nair, a Class VIII student from Delhi's Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, Gurgaon, has developed an idea that can save millions of children suffering from diarrhoea.

Sometime back when Aarushi read a report about diarrhoea killing some 4,00,000 children under the age of five in India, she wanted to do something about it. "I contacted Unicef and WHO and sought their help," Aarushi says. She then spoke to her teachers and family paediatrician. "Doctor uncle was a big help. I visited his clinic and spoke to him and realized I couldn't come up with any medicine. But I told him I would look at it from a fresh perspective," she says Read more..

Indian is first female amputee to climb Everest

An Indian woman who lost her leg after she was thrown from a moving train two years ago has become the first female amputee to climb Everest, expedition organizers said last month.

Arunima Sinha, 26, from the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, reached the peak on Tuesday morning after a slow climb from Everest Base Camp. "She left high camp at 6pm on Monday evening and arrived at the summit at 10:55 am (0510 GMT) on Tuesday," Ang Tshering Sherpa, founder of Asian Trekking, the company that organized the expedition, told AFP.

Sinha's guides were concerned about her slow pace until the team reached an 8,750-metre (28,707 foot) junction that climbers pass through on their way to the top of the mountain, Sherpa said. "But once she got to that point, she gained energy and confidence and started moving really quickly," Sherpa said. Read more...

India can create world class varsities, says President

Emphasising on bringing higher education closer to common man, President Pranab Mukherjee said the dream of creating world class universities in India is an achievable aspiration.

"We must remember that once we had world class universities in Nalanda and Takshashila where brilliant minds of the world came for acquiring education. Therefore, the dream of creating world class universities in India is an achievable aspiration," he told the 13th annual convocation of Assam University in Silchar town of North Eastern Indian state of Assam.

"India with strong scientific and technical manpower has the opportunity to become a major knowledge power in the years to come. To make this dream a reality, we have to invest in research and development," Mukherjee said. Read more..

Govt to open 1,500 ITIs in PPP mode, 28 in Northeast

The government hopes to set up 1,500 Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) and 5,000 Skill Development Centres (SDCs) in Public Private Partnership (PPP). Seven northeastern states, including Assam, have proposed setting up 28 new Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) in the region, parliament was informed recently.

Minister of State for Labour and Employment K. Suresh informed Lok Sabha that the reason for setting up these institutes in PPP mode was to harness private sector efficiencies in skill development and to mobilise resources needed for the purpose. India presently has 10,344 ITIs. The northeast now has 71 ITIs, affiliated to the National Council of Vocational Training, Minister of State for Labour and Employment K. Suresh said in a statement in the Lok Sabha. Read more..

School bags set to get lighter in Andhra Pradesh

The State Council of Education, Research and Training, AndhraPradesh, has decided to reduce the burden on students in Classes IV, V, VIII and IX. Not only will the school bag of the children in these classes become lighter but the parents will save the extra rupee as they will not have to buy too many books.

The readers in all subjects of classes IV, V, VIII and IX of the State syllabus have been changed with emphasis on reducing both physical and mental burden for children. They were re-designed so that there was no need to purchase additional material like non-details, work books, study material, question banks and guides which added to the load of the bag. In essence, the books are “one-stop,” aimed at meeting all the needs of children in each subject.

For instance, the non-detail of English and the supplementary of first language have been eliminated and merged with the main book in the respective languages for classes VIII and IX. Read more..

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