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With smokeless chulhas, this woman's start-up tackles pollution

15 Nov 2019

With smokeless chulhas, this woman's start-up tackles pollution

Traditional mud chulhas are a common sight in a rural Indian household, often accompanied by black shadows tracing the kitchen walls from soot collected over time.

This IAS officer is helping local trade by curbing plastic

23 Sep 2019

This IAS officer is helping local trade by curbing plastic

Odisha's Keonjhar district administration is cutting down on its plastic waste by retracing the local roots.

This IAS officer set up cafe run by disabled persons

25 Aug 2019

This IAS officer set up cafe run by disabled persons

Over 2.21% (2.68cr people) of the Indian population is disabled, as per the 2011 Census (2016 updated).

This Commissioner mentored aspirants for 'Police Forces' exam over WhatsApp

23 Aug 2019

This Commissioner mentored aspirants for 'Police Forces' exam over WhatsApp

For five years, Rachakonda Police Commissioner Mahesh Muralidhar Bhagwat has been going beyond the call of duty to coach civil services aspirants.

IIT girls develop affordable, eco-friendly device to clean reusable sanitary-napkins

19 Aug 2019

IIT girls develop affordable, eco-friendly device to clean reusable sanitary-napkins

Two IIT students have invented an innovative low-cost, eco-friendly device that not only offers a solution to menstrual health and hygiene but also reduces biomedical waste.

How this hearing impaired woman cleared UPSC in first attempt

18 Aug 2019

How this hearing impaired woman cleared UPSC in first attempt

The Union Public Service Commission exams are as feared as they are admired. However, Indian Administrative Service officer Saumya Sharma cleared the exam in her first attempt despite her hearing disability and a viral fever on the day of the exam.

IIT-Gandhinagar students develop device to block sun glare, prevent accidents

09 Aug 2019

IIT-Gandhinagar students develop device to block sun glare, prevent accidents

Two students of IIT-Gandhinagar have come up with an innovative device that can address one of the many causes of road accidents - obscured vision due to sun glare.

Dantewada ASP Suraj Parihar's journey from call-center worker to IPS-officer

07 Aug 2019

Dantewada ASP Suraj Parihar's journey from call-center worker to IPS-officer

Cracking the UPSC Civil Services Examination (CSE) isn't easy. Many candidates give up on their CSE dream after one or two unsuccessful attempts.

He was once a Naxalite, now teaches students for free

20 Jul 2019

He was once a Naxalite, now teaches students for free

Years before mathematician Anand Kumar launched his famed Super 30 program, a West Bengal man started free coaching to help uplift the underprivileged.

This IIM graduate helped 35,000 farmers by selling their vegetables

11 Jul 2019

This IIM graduate helped 35,000 farmers by selling their vegetables

When he graduated from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad, in 2007, instead of going for a well-paying job abroad, 26-year-old Kaushlendra Kumar went back home to Bihar to help ameliorate the plight of farmers.

This start-up by IIT graduate makes garbage bins 'smart'

09 Jul 2019

This start-up by IIT graduate makes garbage bins 'smart'

An IIT-Madras graduate's start-up is all set to make your garbage collection smart.

This petrol pump worker's son cracked UPSC in first attempt

26 Jun 2019

This petrol pump worker's son cracked UPSC in first attempt

When results of the coveted Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examinations were declared back in April, 759 candidates were recommended by the Commission for appointment to various services like IAS, IPS, IFS, etc.

These Mumbai-based teenagers built an Amazon-like delivery robot

21 Jun 2019

These Mumbai-based teenagers built an Amazon-like delivery robot

People often raise alarms over the possibility of machines taking over the world.

This startup by IITians helps students crack competitive exams

17 Jun 2019

This startup by IITians helps students crack competitive exams

To be able to promote education across India, we must first acknowledge that most educational institutions here do not make themselves accessible to all people.

This IIT-Delhi start-up offers pollution fix for just Rs. 10

16 Jun 2019

This IIT-Delhi start-up offers pollution fix for just Rs. 10

With 22 of the world's 30 most polluted cities in India, it is one of the most polluted countries. The national capital itself is so polluted, that breathing in Delhi is just the same as smoking 15-20 cigarettes a day.

Chhattisgarh: This IAS officer launched 'bike ambulances' for remote villages

15 Jun 2019

Chhattisgarh: This IAS officer launched 'bike ambulances' for remote villages

Access to healthcare is a serious problem in rural India. In 2018, when Awanish Saran IAS became District Collector of Chhattisgarh's Kabirdham, he realized that basic healthcare facilities couldn't reach people in remote areas, especially Baiga and Gond tribal communities.

This village boy cracked GATE while working at 'pakora' shop

12 Jun 2019

This village boy cracked GATE while working at 'pakora' shop

Clearing the national-level Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE), conducted for admission to postgraduate courses in engineering and science, is not an easy task, especially without coaching.

This IAS officer donates his office ACs to malnourished kids

12 Jun 2019

This IAS officer donates his office ACs to malnourished kids

As the extreme heatwave in various parts of India is expected to persist with the delay in monsoon, a district collector in Umaria, Madhya Pradesh, donated his air conditioners to state-run shelters for malnourished children.

How a Class-XII dropout became IAS officer after 19 years

09 Jun 2019

How a Class-XII dropout became IAS officer after 19 years

Every year, lakhs of students appear for the Union Public Service Commission civil services examination, having prepared extensively to become IAS officers. However, only a few hundred get to achieve their dreams.

This Bengaluru NGO is making India's railway stations blind-friendly

30 May 2019

This Bengaluru NGO is making India's railway stations blind-friendly

Over three years after making the Mysuru railway station India's first blind-friendly station, the NGO Anuprayaas continues to make public spaces more accessible to disabled people.

This Mumbai woman helps beggars to become professional artists

20 May 2019

This Mumbai woman helps beggars to become professional artists

While travelling in the famous local trains in Mumbai, it is hard to miss the music of the street singers inside the trains and at stations.

This IITian's operation theater can fit in a backpack

18 May 2019

This IITian's operation theater can fit in a backpack

In India, over 62% of the healthcare expenditure is spent from people's savings, and primary healthcare is still a dream for millions.

Farmer's son tops CBSE Class-X boards, wants to join IIT

16 May 2019

Farmer's son tops CBSE Class-X boards, wants to join IIT

Every year board examination results are followed by several inspirational stories of determination and hard work about the toppers/fighters and 2019 is no different.

This woman, a mother of 6-year-old, cracked UPSC in 2017

15 May 2019

This woman, a mother of 6-year-old, cracked UPSC in 2017

While many of us think getting married and having kids could end our professional dreams, Pushplata from Rewari, Haryana, has proved otherwise.

This Gaya paan seller's son scored 99.56 percentile in JEE-Main

08 May 2019

This Gaya paan seller's son scored 99.56 percentile in JEE-Main

The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) is the most difficult engineering entrance exam in the country. JEE comprises Main and Advanced exams.

Mumbai: 21-year-old cleans Dadar beach, gets felicitated by the UN

07 May 2019

Mumbai: 21-year-old cleans Dadar beach, gets felicitated by the UN

A 21-year-old Mumbaikar, Malhar Kalambe, along with his friends initiated a drive to clean-up the beach in Dadar, in 2017.

Battling dowry, this woman from Gujarat cracked UPSC

27 Apr 2019

Battling dowry, this woman from Gujarat cracked UPSC

36-year-old Komal Ganatra cleared the Civil Services Examination, conducted by the Union Public Service Commission, in 2012.

This man makes free videos for helping students crack competitive-exams

18 Apr 2019

This man makes free videos for helping students crack competitive-exams

38-year-old Dinesh Miglani from Rohtak, Haryana, has over 4 lakh subscribers on his YouTube channel.

Engineering students develop low-cost water-purifier, cartridge costs just Rs. 60

16 Apr 2019

Engineering students develop low-cost water-purifier, cartridge costs just Rs. 60

Two engineering students from Kerala, Anto P Biju, and Thomas Cyriac have developed a low-cost, organic water purifier.

Losing eyesight to clearing UPSC: UP man's incredible story

13 Apr 2019

Losing eyesight to clearing UPSC: UP man's incredible story

The Union Public Services Commission examination is one of the toughest in the country, and for a visually challenged candidate, the difficulty level probably multiples manifold.

Engineer from Noida brings over 10 lakes back to life

10 Apr 2019

Engineer from Noida brings over 10 lakes back to life

When anything goes wrong, blame the authorities.

Delhi boys build device that charges phones as you walk

25 Mar 2019

Delhi boys build device that charges phones as you walk

Out of home, and your phone ran out of battery- feels like a nightmare, doesn't it? Looks like our dependence on smartphones is here to stay.

Bareilly man sets up 'PadBank,' distributes sanitary napkins for free

22 Mar 2019

Bareilly man sets up 'PadBank,' distributes sanitary napkins for free

Despite being a completely natural biological process, menstruation is often brushed off as a taboo topic in the Indian society, particularly among the uneducated rural masses.

This Bengaluru woman has written 700+ exams for the differently-abled

17 Mar 2019

This Bengaluru woman has written 700+ exams for the differently-abled

Pushpa NM is the real life hero Indian education system needs.

A group of home-bound mothers create news app for kids

15 Mar 2019

A group of home-bound mothers create news app for kids

Kids are utterly curious, and rightly so.

Now, tour Goa using these eco-friendly bicycles

19 Feb 2019

Now, tour Goa using these eco-friendly bicycles

In India, Goa is known to be one of the most preferred places for touring.

Love story: They battled cancer, conservative families and emerged victorious

13 Feb 2019

Love story: They battled cancer, conservative families and emerged victorious

Love is beautiful.

Andheri bridge collapse: Hundreds of lives saved, courtesy alert motorman

03 Jul 2018

Andheri bridge collapse: Hundreds of lives saved, courtesy alert motorman

Mumbai woke up to a bitter morning today: a section of Gokhale Road overbridge, connecting Andheri East and West stations, caved in amid incessant rains.

Work even post-retirement, courtesy this Delhi-based job portal

21 Apr 2018

Work even post-retirement, courtesy this Delhi-based job portal

Aging is a new stage of opportunity and strength, said American writer Betty Friedan.

Railways to install 12 lakh CCTV cameras in 11,000 trains

24 Jan 2018

Railways to install 12 lakh CCTV cameras in 11,000 trains

The government is expected to set aside Rs. 3,000 crore in Budget 2018 for the Indian Railways for purchasing 12 lakh CCTV cameras to improve passenger security and provide a more secure travel experience.