A revolution in mental healthcare is taking place at an obscure place in South India. Davangere is Karnataka is the first district in the state to provide mental healthcare in all the Primary health centres. With the coordination of the government, NGOs and invlovement of institutions such as National Institute of...
Bangalore has a long lasting love history with nature. Eirik Refsdal/Wikimedia, CC BY-ND Harini Nagendra, Azim Premji University We tend to think that nature and cities are polar opposites. Yet this is not true. As my research on Bangalore or Bengaluru – India’s IT hub – shows, for centuries, the population of...
It was a thank-you note Nikhiya Shamsher, then 13-years-old, got two years ago that made her start an inspiring initiative to help underprivileged children. She received it from Roja, a fourth grade student and the daughter of her domestic helps, for donating her school bag. Nikhiya realized Roja never had...
A new bacterium identified at a lime quarry in Karnataka, could be a potential source of antibiotics, scientists say. The llostreptomyces indica YIM 75704T, which belonged to Streptomycetaceae and mainly found in soil and decaying vegetation, could be used to produce antibiotics for several diseases including malaria, say the scientists,...
Karnataka government has will launch a scheme to provide free nutritious meal every day for pregnant and lactating women in rural areas. The Matru Poorna Scheme, to be implemented through all anganwadis in the State from October 2, is to target women during their pregnancy and up to six months...
Karnataka government has decided to provide free education for girl students from class one to graduation, for courses in public and aided private colleges, except in professional institutions. The state will allocate Rs 110 crore for the scheme that will start from next academic year and benefit 18 lakh girl...
Adoption of smokeless Sarala Stoves, developed by Technology Informatics Design Endeavour (TIDE), an NGO, is helping rural Karnataka women improve their health, and make money. The choolahs, made with an Asbetos Cemenet pipe, cast-iron grate, mud and bricks, is fuel-efficient and less time-consuming in cooking. One such women, Lalithabhai, for instance, has...
Saraswathy Padmanabhan and Shyamal Kumar, a couple in Bangalore, have started a school for early education of children of construction workers across the city. Started in July last year, Diya Ghar, the school exclusively for the children of construction workers in and around Ramamurthy Nagar in Bangalore, follows the Montessori...
To contribute their bit to bring social change, a group of youngsters from Dharward has made a telefilm 'Apni Soch Badlo' (Change your way of thinking) on the importance of cleanliness, and it has got recognition from government and society. The film got a certificate of excellence from the ministry...
A Bengaluru-based company, Team Indus, may become the first private firm in the world to land a spacecraft on the moon. Its spacecraft will travel on board a PSLV from Sriharikota spaceport. Indus has already built a qualification model of the spacecraft, which is to be tested in August. It...

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