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Modi’s Rural Housing Scheme PMAY-G Lags Behind Targets

Merely 4% of the houses that the Modi government promised under the rural housing scheme are complete. The Central government’s flagship programme called PMAY-G (Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna-Grameen) is a rural welfare programme. What is PMAY-G? The objective is to construct concrete homes with basic amenities for homeless citizens living in the villages who can’t afford...

Popstar The Weeknd is a Daily Philanthropist

The Weeknd aka Abel Tesfaye is popular for his dark and gritty songs but there is more to the mysterious popstar than his music and public persona. He has been backing political issues and donating vast sums to charitable causes including racial justice groups like Black Lives Matter, COVID-19 relief, and maternal health. Last year,...

3 Green Jobs for Generation Z

A green economy and green mobility will drive the post-Covid world. So, it's safe to say that “green jobs” which contribute to this transition will only become more lucrative in coming years. Green jobs have already started making an appearance in the form of urban farmers who are experimenting with vertical farms and gardens in...

ICICI Bank CSR Report: Financing Inclusively and Sustainably

ICICI Bank CSR shows a deep commitment to skill building for the larger purpose of Nation Building. Ranked the ‘Best Company to Work For’ fourth year in a row (by Business Today magazine), this bank is a large provider of financial services and products. The diversified portfolio caters to individuals as well as corporate...

Women’s Day Special – In conversation with Tina Suzanne George from Muthoot Capital Services and Restart India

“If women are reminded of the fact that they can be and are equally responsible for managing their family finances, it will motivate them to understand finance,” says Tina Suzanne George in an exclusive interview on International Women's Day 2021. The eldest daughter of Thomas George Muthoot, Promoter-Director of Muthoot Pappachan Group, she is...

National Safety Day 2021 – Reopening Post Quarantine

The profit-driven nature of the manufacturing-industrial complex puts the health and safety of workers on the back burner. India has such a large manpower resource that protective gear is considered a luxury on factory floors. In fact, manufacturers find less incentive in protecting the health of the workforce than in working them to the...

The Incredible Generosity of Neha Kakkar

Bollywood singer Neha Kakkar is ruling the charts with her hit songs and our hearts with a spate of monetary gifts for out-of-work artistes and people in need. A longtime judge on Indian Idol, Neha is also an influencer to boot. She is the first Indian musician to receive the Instagram trophy for her...

CSR STEM Initiative Supports 1,400 Women Engineers in Maharashtra

Global power management firm Eaton believes that diversity and inclusion does not stop at financial support. Nurturing talent and then developing managerial and soft skills is just as important. The company encourages women to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) through its CSR programmes. When you think of an engineer, the...

Dia Mirza had a woke wedding and we’re thrilled

Which words pop up in your mind when you think of Indian weddings? Extravagant or lavish. Perhaps traditional, intricately ritualistic and long winding. Certainly not phrases like gender equal, zero-plastic, environmentally sustainable or waste-free. These are the last phrases one would associate with a big fat shaadi. However, newlywed Dia Mirza shows us how...

What will it take for India to have a sporting culture?

Sporting culture is a combination of tangible and intangible elements — the number of fans that turn up to watch local sports, the importance given to sports by schools and parents, the presence of playgrounds in urban environments, local teams, local platforms that showcase and highlight lesser-known sports and sporting talent, local coaches and...

Akshaya Patra CEO Shridhar Venkat on running the world’s largest NGO school meal programme

The Akshaya Patra Foundation celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2020. It continues to be the world's largest NGO school meal programme, serving hot, nutritious mid-day meals to 1.8 million school children in India every day. Not only does it reach out to kids, but to people in need at large. During the COVID-19 crisis,...

Restart 2021 Tips for the Nonprofit Sector in India

The year 2021 has begun in the thick of things – the COVID-19 pandemic continues as vaccination programmes roll out, the climate crisis continues while the waste crisis looms over cities like Bengaluru. But this is also a year of hope. People are listening a lot more to science; the vaccines have developed because...

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