Kerala Teacher Uses World’s Worst Aquatic Weed to Make Low-Cost Sanitary Napkins!

Creativity lies in solving problems by thinking out of the box. Three students from AKMHSS Kottor in Kerala, along with their mentor, will prove just that. This teacher-students team has managed to create a sanitary napkin using what is considered to be the world’s worst aquatic weed—water hyacinth. The brainchild of E Aswathy, P V … Continue reading “Kerala Teacher Uses World’s Worst Aquatic Weed to Make Low-Cost Sanitary Napkins!”

Purple Powerhouse: Why The Good Old Jamun Is the Uncrowned Star of Desi Summers!

A love for mangoes is perhaps the only thing that unites every Indian and elicits no debates, irrespective of where they hail from. I’m sure many would agree that summer blues seem to melt away into obscurity with every juicy bite which relaxes not just your heart but perhaps also the soul. But this is … Continue reading “Purple Powerhouse: Why The Good Old Jamun Is the Uncrowned Star of Desi Summers!”

lnde : le parti nationaliste du Premier ministre Narendra Modi triomphe aux léglisatives

Pour la première fois depuis cinq décennies, un Premier ministre sortant va être reconduit avec une majorité renforcée. Les nationalistes hindous du Premier ministre Narendra Modi ont en effet remporté emporté haut la main les élections législatives de la démocratie la plus peuplée du monde, selon les résultats définitifs publiées le 24 mai. Avec 303 … Continue reading “lnde : le parti nationaliste du Premier ministre Narendra Modi triomphe aux léglisatives”

Iran’s Relations with India and Pakistan. Couldn’t Be More Different

Iran is becoming increasingly desperate after the US intensified the economic component of its Hybrid War on the country, and while Indian Prime Minister Modi snubbed the Islamic Republic’s top diplomat during his visit to the country earlier this month … The post Iran’s Relations with India and Pakistan. Couldn’t Be More Different appeared first … Continue reading “Iran’s Relations with India and Pakistan. Couldn’t Be More Different”

This Bengaluru Couple Makes Railway Stations Better For The Visually Impaired!

Diwakar was very excited to visit his hometown to meet his family. He was supposed to board his train from Mysuru Railway station. He waited for almost three hours at the railway platform only to find out that the train had left on time but from a different platform. Being visually impaired, he had no … Continue reading “This Bengaluru Couple Makes Railway Stations Better For The Visually Impaired!”

Explosion meurtière dans une mosquée au Pakistan

Une explosion qui s’est produite dans une mosquée au cours de la prière du vendredi à Quetta, au Pakistan, a fait au moins deux morts et 12 blessés, selon des médias locaux. Au moins deux personnes ont été tuées et douze autres grièvement blessées dans une explosion massive survenue dans une mosquée à Quetta, dans … Continue reading “Explosion meurtière dans une mosquée au Pakistan”

DIY AC, Saree Purifier & Grass Masks: 5 Cool Indian Innovations Perfect For Summers

The one advantage that I feel winters have over summers is that you can keep on adding more clothes to protect yourself from cold. Sadly, the same can’t be said for summers, as layering down can not only result in serious sunburns but can also invite a ‘cool spot’ in the gaol. Summers in India … Continue reading “DIY AC, Saree Purifier & Grass Masks: 5 Cool Indian Innovations Perfect For Summers”

Jahanara Begum: The Forgotten Mughal Princess Who Designed Chandni Chowk

In an unassuming part of India’s capital city, amidst winding alleys lined with attar and chadar sellers, lies the 800-year-old dargah of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya—one of the most revered saints in Sufism. From dusk to dawn, thousands of devotees throng this bustling complex to pay their respects. Yet, few know that Delhi’s most famous Sufi … Continue reading “Jahanara Begum: The Forgotten Mughal Princess Who Designed Chandni Chowk”

How Ladakh’s 1st Gynaecologist Changed The Face of Women’s Health in India’s Cold Desert

Every Thursday, Dr Tsering Landol, a retired gynaecologist, conducts a clinic with the Ladakh Heart Foundation, a charitable medical facility. Here, she screens, counsels and guides women patients, particularly those who are pregnant. “We prepare them for all pregnancy-related eventualities, counsel them on the precautions they need to take, and address hygiene and nutrition-related concerns,” … Continue reading “How Ladakh’s 1st Gynaecologist Changed The Face of Women’s Health in India’s Cold Desert”

Ragpickers to Beggars, This Railway Engineer’s Roadside Schools Have Helped Thousands of Street Kids!

A make-shift tin-sheet structure with an open roof, an open field nearing harvest, a pavement by a bustling suburban street or sometimes even an isolated corner under the shade of a century-old banyan tree. These might seem like random locations in cities and villages for you and I, but for over 3,000 underprivileged street kids, these … Continue reading “Ragpickers to Beggars, This Railway Engineer’s Roadside Schools Have Helped Thousands of Street Kids!”

Exclusive: These Chennai Friends Give Tamil Nadu Its First Zero-Waste Grocery Store

About four years ago, Prem Antony, an event manager, decided to go zero-waste. The amount of plastic around him—right from the flimsy carry bags to the big grain containers was indicative of the burden we are imposing on the environment. Soon, single-use plastic materials in his life were replaced by reusables, and the eco-warrior decided … Continue reading “Exclusive: These Chennai Friends Give Tamil Nadu Its First Zero-Waste Grocery Store”

Stalin Wins Crushing Electoral Victory…in India

A regional nationalist party called Progressive Union of Dravidians led by a MK Stalin has taken the majority of federal parliament seats contested in India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu (population of 72 million) Stalin ruled not only over the Soviet Union. Stalin has also been the mayor of Chennai, one of India’s biggest cities and the capital … Continue reading “Stalin Wins Crushing Electoral Victory…in India”

19-YO Kerala Boy’s Powerful Road Safety Photos Will Compel You To Follow The Rules

How often have you seen a dupatta of a rider or a pillion rider’s threatening to entwine into the tyre of a two-wheeler? Let alone seeing, I can’t count the number of times when I’d alerted someone to pull up their dupattas or stoles to prevent the inevitable. But road safety rules are something India … Continue reading “19-YO Kerala Boy’s Powerful Road Safety Photos Will Compel You To Follow The Rules”

L’élection présidentielle dans la transparence ,le dernier trimestre 2019, la solution à la crise politique en Algérie

SOLUTION A LA CRISE POLITIQUE EN ALGERIE CRISE POLITIQUE EN ALGERIE L’élection présidentielle dans la transparence ,le dernier trimestre 2019, la solution à la crise politique en Algérie Professeur Abderrahmane MEBTOUL, expert international IL est à noter que les soutiens intéressés pour trouver une seconde virginité comme les partis dont certains responsables sont poursuivis en … Continue reading “L’élection présidentielle dans la transparence ,le dernier trimestre 2019, la solution à la crise politique en Algérie”

Chabahar: Still Exempted from Iran Sanctions

by James M. Dorsey The Indian-backed Iranian port of Chabahar has emerged as a major loophole in a tightening military and economic noose and ever harsher U.S. sanctions that President Donald J. Trump, reluctant to be sucked into yet another war, sees as the best way to either force Tehran to its knees or achieve … Continue reading “Chabahar: Still Exempted from Iran Sanctions”

THINKLIGHT forum: A top lineup of speakers assembled from the lighting community

May 23, 2019 Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition will once again welcome fairgoers to its renowned THINKLIGHT event programme. This year the organisers have invited some of the leading figures from the lighting community to contribute to the programme through a lineup of talks, presentations and panel discussions. The concurrent event programme promises to be an … Continue reading “THINKLIGHT forum: A top lineup of speakers assembled from the lighting community”

Inde – Des aubergines OGM Bt cultivées illégalement

En mai 2019, l’avocat de l’intérêt public auprès de la Cour Suprême indienne a dénoncé la violation du moratoire sur la culture d’aubergine OGM Bt dans l’état du Haryana (Nord de l’Inde). Des poursuites pénales pourraient s’ensuivre. Dans une lettre au ministre de l’Environnement en mai 2019, Prashant Bhushan, avocat de l’intérêt public auprès de … Continue reading “Inde – Des aubergines OGM Bt cultivées illégalement”

“India Loses Again, and the World Loses with It”: Siddhartha Deb on Modi’s Landslide Re-election

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi appears set to enter a second term in a landslide victory. Election results show Modi’s Hindu nationalist BJP party leading in 325 of the 543 seats in Parliament. At this rate, these numbers will give him an even greater majority than in 2014, when his party claimed the first outright … Continue reading ““India Loses Again, and the World Loses with It”: Siddhartha Deb on Modi’s Landslide Re-election”

Their Future Was A Brick Kiln, But Top Cop & NGO Ensure 800 Kids Bag a New Destiny

For nearly 800 children of brick kiln labourers from Western Odisha working in Telangana, the faint hope of accessing formal education has become a reality. Thanks to the collective efforts of the Rachakonda Police Commissionerate, the District Collectors of Yadadri Bhuvanagiri and Rangareddy, the Brick Kiln Owners Association in Telangana and global non-profit Aide et … Continue reading “Their Future Was A Brick Kiln, But Top Cop & NGO Ensure 800 Kids Bag a New Destiny”

How 1 Woman Created a Community For 3,500 Caregivers of Children With Special Needs

I live in Gurugram, a metro city where most services are accessible and available. There are enough support groups online and offline, and yet, a friend had to run from pillar to post to find a developmental pediatrician for her child. I realised that things aren’t that accessible. While there is information online, my friend … Continue reading “How 1 Woman Created a Community For 3,500 Caregivers of Children With Special Needs”

Turkey Has Folded to US Pressure, Is No Longer Importing Any Iranian Oil

Turkey blasted US sanctions but decided not actually to run afoul of them Turkey has closed its ports to Iranian oil, fully complying with U.S. sanctions against its main supplier, despite Ankara publicly criticising the United States’ move to end import waivers and warning of a struggle to tap alternative producers. The U.S. decision to … Continue reading “Turkey Has Folded to US Pressure, Is No Longer Importing Any Iranian Oil”

Skating Past Stereotypes: 9-YO TN Girl’s Story Is Touching Hearts Around the World

At an age when imagination defies logic, many of us have weaved fantastical dreams of flying with the belief that magic exists. But for little Kamali, with the break of dawn, these dreams never faded. They grew with her until she was strong enough to hold a surfboard and flew amidst the waves. Every day, … Continue reading “Skating Past Stereotypes: 9-YO TN Girl’s Story Is Touching Hearts Around the World”

Comment les mutants font l’histoire

Par Dmitry Orlov – Le 16 mai 2019 – Source Club Orlov Nous avons tous tendance à nous laisser berner par une perspective : se rapprocher d’eux fait paraître les objets qui nous sont plus proches relativement plus grands que ceux qui sont plus éloignés. C’est également vrai de l’histoire : notre vision tend à … Continue reading “Comment les mutants font l’histoire”

RIP, Vijaya Mulay: The Brilliant Filmmaker Whose ‘Ek Chidiya, Anek Chidiya’ Defined an Era

Didi, agar hum ek ho jaye, toh bada kaam kar sakte hai?” “Haan haan, kyun nahi!” These lines from the song “Ek Chidiya Anek Chidiya,” which retold the fable about a flock of birds escaping certain death, are a part of the 7-minute long animated film Ek, Anek aur Ekta. Through its protagonist, an elder … Continue reading “RIP, Vijaya Mulay: The Brilliant Filmmaker Whose ‘Ek Chidiya, Anek Chidiya’ Defined an Era”

From Indira Gandhi to APJ Abdul Kalam, Kerala’s ‘Pen’ Hospital Has Helped One & All

I still remember my first ink pen that an aunt gifted to me. It wasn’t the prized ‘hero’ pen, but for the nine-year-old me, this dollar-patterned pen marked a significant milestone: bidding goodbye to pencils forever and with that, inching closer to secondary school, officially. Trust me; it was a big deal back then. I’m … Continue reading “From Indira Gandhi to APJ Abdul Kalam, Kerala’s ‘Pen’ Hospital Has Helped One & All”

India reengages Pakistan — albeit informally

(Foreign Ministers of India and Pakistan — Sushma Swaraj (R) and Shah Mehmood Qureshi (L) — met on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Council’s FMs conference in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, May 22, 2019)  The two-day meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) on May 21-22 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, assumes importance … Continue reading “India reengages Pakistan — albeit informally”

Association de malfaiteurs et vol en réunion : Les accusés acquittés après 4 ans de détention

Après 4 ans de détention préventive, les accusés Pape Ma Sène, Modou Ngom (jugé par contumace), Abdou Khadre Mbaye dit Djily ont été acquittés par la Chambre criminelle. Ils comparaissaient pour association de malfaiteurs et vol commis la nuit. Les faits se produits en 2014. Il leur est reproché d’avoir formé un gang pour faire … Continue reading “Association de malfaiteurs et vol en réunion : Les accusés acquittés après 4 ans de détention”

A New Volkisch Mythos

“Greta is able to see what other people cannot see, { } She can see carbon dioxide with the naked eye. She sees how it flows out of chimneys and and changes the atmosphere in a landfill.” – Malena Ernman (mother of Greta Thunberg), ‘Scenes from the heart. Our life for the climate’ “If you want … Continue reading “A New Volkisch Mythos”

Dilution of “Kashmiriyat” and Regional Nationalism

I am highly skeptical of the attempts of various political organizations to either communalize or demonize the notion of “Kashmiriyat” to serve their vested interests. The various communities in the state of J & K – Kashmiri Muslims, Kashmiri Pandits, Dogras and Ladakhis – have tried time and again to form a national consciousness in … Continue reading “Dilution of “Kashmiriyat” and Regional Nationalism”

This 26-Year-Old Girl Dropped Her UK University Seat To Make Andaman Waste-Free!

What would it take for you to dedicate one day in making this world a better place? Sleep, an extra effort, a few hours, one responsible move? For Garima Poonia, it cost her dream university! Her wish to pursue a Master’s in Development Studies from a prestigious University in the UK took a back seat … Continue reading “This 26-Year-Old Girl Dropped Her UK University Seat To Make Andaman Waste-Free!”

En Inde, les partis politiques ignorent le changement climatique

Alors que l’environnement devient une préoccupation majeure de la population rurale en Inde, il est resté le grand absent des programmes des candidats et des élections générales, qui se sont terminées dimanche 19 mai et dont les résultats sont attendus dans la semaine. New Delhi (Inde), correspondance Le cyclone Fani qui a secoué l’est du pays … Continue reading “En Inde, les partis politiques ignorent le changement climatique”

TBI Shifts Shop On The Back Of A Year Of Super Growth!

Shifting homes is always an emotional affair – whether it is far away or even within the same city. It means saying goodbye to a way of life and abandoning the comfort of familiarity, even as beautiful memories sting the eyes. But, a move also signifies change. When I first joined The Better India at … Continue reading “TBI Shifts Shop On The Back Of A Year Of Super Growth!”

Maha Farmer Collects Waste From 3K+ Homes, Helps Civic Body Save Rs 8 Lakhs!

Four years ago, if you happened to visit the Navade village in Navi Mumbai, you would most probably hold your breath to avoid the stench and walk carefully to dodge the heaps of garbage thrown there. Today, though, the situation is entirely different, and this is all thanks to a humble farmer. Popat Lokhande grew … Continue reading “Maha Farmer Collects Waste From 3K+ Homes, Helps Civic Body Save Rs 8 Lakhs!”

Earthquake Safe, Waterproof, Fire Retardant: Why India Needs Bamboo In Its Homes

NNeelam Manjunath, a Bengaluru-based architect has promoted the use of bamboo to construct sustainable homes for three decades now. Manasaram Architects, a private practice she started in 1991 in New Delhi, before shifting base to Bengaluru in 1994, has been responsible for designing and constructing numerous bamboo-based projects at home and abroad. “My tryst with … Continue reading “Earthquake Safe, Waterproof, Fire Retardant: Why India Needs Bamboo In Its Homes”

La Maison-Blanche et Google lancent une guerre technologique contre la Chine

Lundi, Google, le monopole des logiciels de recherche sur Internet et des smartphones, a annoncé qu’il empêcherait les téléphones Huawei d’accéder à des parties essentielles du système d’exploitation Android, mettant ainsi fin aux activités de Huawei à l’étranger. Pour compliquer la situation, les fabricants américains de matériel informatique Qualcomm, Broadcom et Intel ont annoncé qu’ils … Continue reading “La Maison-Blanche et Google lancent une guerre technologique contre la Chine”

Big Blow for Huawei as Japanese, Korean, British Firms Reconsider or Suspend Cooperation as Well

Huaweis’s suppliers in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan (ROC), and Britain are examining if they can continue to make business with Huawei, while some have already declared a suspension in cooperation. The issue is that these non-American companies nonetheless use some American components of technology, and if they proceed they will be sanctioned by the US … Continue reading “Big Blow for Huawei as Japanese, Korean, British Firms Reconsider or Suspend Cooperation as Well”

IFSEC Philippines to Launch its 3rd Edition in June

May 21, 2019 Picture:  MANILA, Philippines, May 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — IFSEC Philippines, the leading security, fire, and safety event in the country, marks its 3rd edition on 13 – 15 June 2019 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. In line with this year’s theme, “Empowering the Philippines to top up its national … Continue reading “IFSEC Philippines to Launch its 3rd Edition in June”

NIPPON Platform Has Established the Ninth Overseas Branch “NIPPON Platform OÜ” in Estonia

May 22, 2019 TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–NIPPON Platform Co., Ltd. (CEO: Jun Takagi, Tokyo, Japan) established the subsidiary “NIPPON Platform OÜ” in Estonia on 8 May 2019. This is the ninth overseas branch for NIPPON Platform. “Making Japan into a cashless society” and “Revitalizing local societies and rural development with small and medium-sized retailers” are the motto … Continue reading “NIPPON Platform Has Established the Ninth Overseas Branch “NIPPON Platform OÜ” in Estonia”

2,000+ Electrocution Deaths in India Every Year: 7 Safe Wiring Tips for Your Home

Electricity is a basic necessity for most of us. From the refrigerator to bulbs and fans, most appliances today use electricity to function. Even so, the slightest carelessness or haphazardness in the wiring will lead to a horrible accident. As dependent as we are on electricity, it is crucial for us to be careful about … Continue reading “2,000+ Electrocution Deaths in India Every Year: 7 Safe Wiring Tips for Your Home”

Bihar Man Grows 300+ Plants Around School, Creates Award-Winning Paradise!

Welcome to My Garden Series by The Better India, where we feature stories about gardening and homebound farming initiatives submitted by our readers. If you have any stories to share as well, write to us at editorial@thebetterindia.com. The best way for any teacher to impart a lesson to his or her students is by practising … Continue reading “Bihar Man Grows 300+ Plants Around School, Creates Award-Winning Paradise!”

Lutte contre la criminalité : La police nettoie Dakar et sa banlieue

Dans la cadre de la lutte contre la criminalité, la police a effectué plusieurs patrouilles à travers la capitale et sa banlieue durant le mois d’avril 2019. Par conséquent, 14 bandes d’individus dangereux ont été démantelées et 47 malfaiteurs sériés. D’après un communiqué du Bureau des relations publiques de la police, ces actions majeures ont … Continue reading “Lutte contre la criminalité : La police nettoie Dakar et sa banlieue”