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Sanitary Pads Exemption From GST – Yet Another Case of a Last-minute Fix

In a judgement made by the Goods and Service Tax (GST) Council, as part of its 28th Meeting, sanitary napkins were exempted from being taxed – after a year in protests, this is a welcome change, making the product cheaper compared to its current pricing. Though, various other materials that go into making the...
Slums getting colourful in Mumbai

CSR: Colours Uplifting The Lives Of Slum Dwellers

With the population of 2.2 Crores according to the 2011 census, Mumbai is the most populous city in India and the 4th most populous city in the world. The population has more than doubled in the last twenty years and this rapid expansion has led to the city bursting at its seams. More than...
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CSR: Swachh Maharashtra Grand Challenge

Samhita Social Ventures and the Maharashtra Government have signed an MOU in the presence of Hon. Chief Minister Shri Devendra Fadnavis to implement the Swachh Maharashtra Grand Challenge in the district of Chandrapur. The Grand Challenge will identify, pilot and scale innovations across the sanitation value chain: behaviour change, sanitation entrepreneurship, school sanitation and faecal...
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CSR: Sanitary Pads Hazardous To Environment

Menstrual Hygiene is a subject that is not openly spoken of in India. This communication gap has caused hazardous implications not only to the health of several women in the country but also to the environment. With release of the Bollywood movie ‘Padman’, use of sanitary pads and its importance has come into light. Many...
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CSR: Cleaning The Street Food

Food safety and hygiene is of paramount importance in order to prevent illnesses with focus on achieving the highest possible level of good health and well-being in India. Promoting hygienic food handling practices and increasing awareness on personal hygiene can help in building a strong foundation of good food habits amongst people. In an attempt to inculcate...
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CSR: Building Awareness And Infrastructure For Sanitation

Kota of Rajasthan is the 25th largest district in India. The district located at the banks of river Chambal, is yet to achieve the tag of an Open Defecation Free district. Lack of awareness and proper infrastructure for sanitation has led many young students to fall sick forcing them to miss school. In a bid...
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CSR: Removing Stigma Around Menstruation

Talking about menstruation has always been a taboo in India. And menstrual hygiene has been almost non-existent in several parts of the country. Menstruation is considered to be impure in many religions. This has made even the most educated people to believe and enforce that a menstruating woman should avoid worship places. In many communities...

CSR: Tackling Malnutrition Systematically and Holistically

Child and maternal malnutrition continues to be the most challenging risk factor for health loss in India, according to the Economic Survey for 2017-18.  The Survey noted however that there has been significant improvement in the health status of the individual as life expectancy at birth has increased by approximately 10 years from 1990...
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CSR: Hypocrite Indians Say Yes To Milk, No To Beef

“Milk is very good for you,” said my mother while growing up. “It is important to have milk everyday to have strong body,” she said. Milk and its products have been associated with calcium and protein supplements. In a country where beef is officially banned in 24 of its states, siting it to be inhumane...

CSR: We Still Need To Address Existing Gaps For Women Hygiene

According to the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) 2015-16, only about 57.6% of the Indian women use sanitary napkins and 62% women in the age group 15-24 years still rely on cloth during periods. A survey by Women Health Organization showed that at least 43% of women have experienced a situation where they did...

Salman Khan’s Latest Ad Campaign Features Unsung Heroes Of India

The fashion industry gets a bad rap for promoting capitalism and a culture of excess. Various fashion houses around the world (Prada, Tsumori Chisato, Prabal Gurung) are preserving the art and heritage of indigenous people. Closer home in India, fashion designers like Gaurang, Krishna Mehta, Samant Chauhan and Shruti Sancheti are supporting families of...

शौच मुक्त महाराष्ट्र की सच्चाई।

मुख्यमंत्री देवेंद्र फड़नवीस ने हाल ही में प्रेस कॉन्फ्रेंस द्वारा यह दावा किया है कि महाराष्ट्र को अब खुले में शौच से मुक्त कर दिया गया है। इसके पहले बीएमसी ने भी मुंबई को खुले शौच से मुक्त किया था लेकिन आज भी मुंबई में लोगों को खुले में शौच करते देखा जा सकता है। मुंबई में...
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