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These two teenagers from Bali aim to push the government to ban plastic bags

It is now well known that Bali has a serious plastic pollution problem. The once pristine island with crystal clear water and white sand beaches is suffering from the plastic pollution menace and it is not just limited to the tourist season. Thankfully, two teenagers from the island have been working for years to find a solution to this problem. In 2013, Melati and Isabel Wijsen launched their flagship...

August 31, 2018 by pooja pooja 0 Comments
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Scotland becomes world’s first country to give free sanitary products to students

Under a commendable new scheme by the Scottish government, all the students in the country would have access to free feminine hygiene products. The $6.6 million initiative will benefit roughly 400,000 students across all of the country’s schools, universities, and colleges. Recent surveys showed that one in four responding pupils have had trouble accessing sanitary products, while one in five participants have...

August 30, 2018 by pooja pooja 0 Comments
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The reason why UNICEF called Kerala relief camps ‘exemplary’

Recently, a team from UNICEF visited relief camps in the state of Kerala that witnessed massive devastation after being hit by severe floods and went back quite impressed by the facilities provided there. One of the members of the team, Banku Bihari Sarkar, said: “Today I visited this camp, this is one of the best relief camps that I have ever seen in my 20 years of professional career… This is worth documenting...

August 29, 2018 by pooja pooja 0 Comments
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#KeralaFloods : The Unsung Heroes (Part-2)

It is said that turbulent time often brings out the best in people. Kerala floods showed us how people cut across barriers of caste and religion and came together to help those affected by this severe calamity. Yesterday, we shared the story of Mr. Sujith Koshy who is selflessly serving the poor and needy in remote areas of Kerala and helping them cope with this tragedy. Today, we are sharing the story of...

August 28, 2018 by pooja pooja 0 Comments
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#KeralaFloods : The Unsung Heroes (Part-1)

When adversity strikes humankind, people from all walks of life – irrespective of their caste, creed and color – come together to fight it. This was witnessed recently when severe floods ravaged the south Indian state of Kerala. Among overwhelming feelings of loss and despair, heartwarming stories of hope, inspiration and human will-power shone through.            ...

August 27, 2018 by pooja pooja 0 Comments
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Kroger to soon replace single-use plastic bags with greener alternatives

Kroger is America’s largest supermarket chain with 2,800 stores operating across the country apart from its subsidiary stores Harris Teeter, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, and Ralphs. Therefore, the company’s announcement to phase out single-use plastic bags by 2025 is great news for the environment. Their QFC stores in the Pacific Northwest will be the first to eliminate single-use bags by their 2019 deadline,...

August 24, 2018 by pooja pooja 0 Comments
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A temple in Kerala offers space for Eid namaz when mosque remains submerged in floodwaters

Although floodwaters have receded in most parts of flood-ravaged south Indian state of Kerala, there are certain areas still submerged. On Wednesday, the Muslim community in Thrissur gathered to offer their prayers at Kochukadavu Juma Masjid on the occasion of Eid al-Adha, only to find the mosque still submerged in floodwaters. That is when in a heartwarming gesture, a temple in the vicinity gave space to...

August 23, 2018 by pooja pooja 0 Comments
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More than 86,000 pets find loving homes during ‘Clear the Shelters’ drive

The fourth annual pet adoption drive ‘Clear the Shelters’ sponsored by NBC and Telemundo stations was a roaring success this year with more than 86,800 animals finding loving homes since the event was launched last month. Over 24,000 animals were adopted on Saturday alone. To encourage families to find a new pet, many of the participating animal shelters and rescue organizations reduced or waived...

August 22, 2018 by pooja pooja 0 Comments
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Five ISRO satellites playing a crucial role in Kerala rescue operations

Five Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) satellites – Oceansat-2, RESOURCESAT-2, CARTOSAT-2 and 2A and INSAT 3DR – are playing a vital role in monitoring the flood situation and planning rescue operations in flood-hit Kerala by gathering data and sending real-time images to the ground station. The INSAT 3DR, an advanced meteorological satellite, provides the latest information in fluctuating...

August 21, 2018 by pooja pooja 0 Comments
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Sikh volunteers cook and serve hot meals to flood-affected people in Kerala

The southern state of Kerala in India recently witnessed nature’s wrath when unprecedented flooding caused massive destruction and claimed over 350 lives. More than 300,000 people have been displaced and are currently living in relief camps across the state. Thousands others are stranded in their own homes with only a limited amount of food and other supplies at their disposal. In this unfortunate...

August 20, 2018 by pooja pooja 0 Comments
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