Art of Living denies causing damage to river Yamuna

The Art of Living Foundation (AOL), an international humanitarian organisation, and the organiser of the controversial World Culture Festival, has denied allegations of violating environmental laws during preparations at World Culture Fest site on the Yamuna floodplains in Delhi.

Indian government launches mobile app on HIV/AIDS

Now, a mobile application called HELP (HIV Education and Linkage to Prevention) will provide complete information on HIV, increase awareness and risk perception.

Bihar village gears up to own water treatment plant

Khaira, a small village of Bihar, is all set to launch a community owned Reverse Osmosis (RO) Water Purification Plant for providing clean water to the villagers. Khaira is located in Kharagpur Block of Munger, one of the two districts in Bihar that are enlisted as both arsenic and fluoride contaminated.

Graduates in India share business plans for social causes

Around 3000 students from across the country showcased their entrepreneurial skills in New Delhi by showcasing 57 projects developed for community empowerment.

Remembering a tete-a-tete with Dr APJ Abdul Kalam

As the news of the death of former Indian President and Bharat Ratna Dr APJ Abdul Kalam broke on Monday, the entire nation found itself shell shocked, and fondly remembered the encouraging and inspiring words for which India’s Missile Man was known for throughout his life.

Indian agriculture needs greater entrepreneurship: Ashwani Muthoo

Ashwani Muthoo, Deputy Director of the Independent Office of Evaluation, IFAD, talks to development journalist Ashok Kumar about the agency’s role in making smallholder farming profitable in India.

India, China played central role in poverty reduction: Report

According to the final report on the Millennium Development Goals, Southern Asia has made remarkable progress in moving towards the achievement of the MDGs in some areas.

Our identity creates obstacles for us: Transgender activists

For the transgender (TG) and Hijra communities, visibility is the biggest challenge as it invites derision and discrimination from people and compounds their problems. This sentiment was echoed by the representatives of the sexual minorities in India at the Third National Hijra Habba or the ‘Transgender Festival’ held in the New Delhi.

Delhi to host global conference on prenatal sex selection

To exchange international knowledge on sex selective practices, the Center for Social Research (CSR), a nonprofit, is organising an international conference in New Delhi in the second week of July.

For a better future, over four lakh Indians write to PM

Over four lakh Indians sent postcards and another sixteen lakh took action on the online platforms as part of the Action-2015, May mobilization campaign, urging the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to commit to a better future for India, when he represents the country at the UN General Assembly in September where the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the next fifteen years will be adopted.

Mobile services to benefit 7 crore farmers in India: Report

The mobile based services would be especially beneficial to the small and marginal farmers living on the edge of poverty, says the report.

Develop disaster-proof response mechanisms, urge experts

As earthquakes continue to hit South Asia, experts review emergency preparedness and response mechanism in New Delhi.

'India, Pakistan report least inclusive growth in Asia-Pacific'

In terms of inclusive growth, developing countries like India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh rank at the bottom in the Asia Pacific region, says a report by the UNESCAP.

Farming is a risky business in India, says expert

According to experts, farming has become a woman’s domain in India as male members of the family do not find it rewarding enough.

Chronic diseases account for 60% of deaths in India: Report

The cost of these diseases which occur in the form of various ailments like diabetes, strokes and hypertension is between 4% and 10% of the country’s GDP.

Disability survey: IITs, IIMs top in response rate, universities way behind

Premier educational institutes in India like the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) top the list of around 150 institutes in the country who chose to respond to the survey on the status of disabled students studying in top notch universities and institutes in the country.

India has Rs 5K crore market for off-grid solar products

More than five crore households in India need the off-grid products, said Tarun Kapoor, Joint Secretary of India’s Ministry of New & Renewable Energy.