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Corporate Houses To Be Roped In For ‘Total Sanitation’

The District Rural Development Agency is roping in partners – corporate sector and public sector units – for its efforts to ensure total sanitation in Vellore district. Collector S.A. Raman along with DRDA’s project director M. Manohar Singh had convened a meeting with representatives of a number of industries and banks. Representatives from BHEL, TVS, MRF,...

India Witnessed 1.4 Million Deaths Due To Air Pollution: World Bank

In 2013, air pollution claimed the life of one person out of every 10 who died globally, a report released by World Bank stated. Air pollution caused around 5.5 million premature deaths worldwide, with 60% of the deaths being reported in India and China. The study titled ‘The Cost of Air Pollution – Strengthening the...

On International Yoga Day, One Lakh MCGM School Students To Be Trained For Yoga

Isha Foundation in association with Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) will offer Upa Yoga programme for children across the city’s 390 MCGM schools. The initiative will touch about one lakh children who are below 14 years of age. About 800 teachers of MCGM schools are trained for Upa Yoga. These teachers will teach...

Recycling Soap And Promoting Sanitation

According to World Health Organization (WHO) approximately over two million children die each year of preventable diseases like pneumonia and diarrhoea. India ranks first when it comes to death of children under the age of five years caused by diarrhoea. This can be easily prevented by regular hand washing with soap and maintaining regular...

Yes Bank Commits Rs 250cr Towards Its CSR And Sustainability Activities up to 2020

According to figures published by CRY- Child Rights and You, close to 1.4 million child labourers in India in the age group of 7-14 years cannot write their names. The analysis of Census data by CRY reveals that one in three child labourers in the said age group are illiterate. This is the grim...

Need To Go Way Beyond Just Building Toilets: Sanitation Report

Most companies spending their corporate social responsibility (CSR) funds for sanitation focused on building infrastructure and not on operation and maintenance in the past three years. According to a research report published by Samhita Social Ventures, about 75% companies were supporting programmes related to creating infrastructure such as construction of toilets and water facilities...

KFC Launches Program ‘add HOPE™’ To Fight Hunger In India

KFC India announced the launch of add HOPE, a program that aims to fight hunger in the country with the launch, KFC hopes to create awareness and raise funds to provide meals to India's underprivileged children through World Food Program (WFP), Akshaya Patra Foundation and India FoodBanking Network (IFBN). Together with these organizations, KFC...

Gujarat Govt To Provide Pack Of 6 Sanitary Pads At Rupee 1

The Gujarat government has announced that they will provide a packet of six sanitary napkins at the token rate of Rupee 1 to all girls in the age group of 10-19 under the ‘Taruni Suvidha Programme’. Around 40 lakh girls from Gujarat are likely to get benefit under the scheme. Declaring this, an official press release said that...

Corporate Houses Don’t Invest Enough In Swachh Vidyalaya Initiative

Only 10 private companies and two industry bodies contributed towards building toilets in schools under the famed Swacch Bharat Mission till March 1, 2016 from the private sector. The number of toilets these companies built don’t constitute for even one per cent of the total toilets built. Public Sector companies played a rather noticeable role...

Time to Ring Bells of Equality For the LGBT Community

From the middle of nowhere a few years ago, transgenders today are going places. In April 2014, India's Supreme Court recognised transgenders as people falling under a third gender, granting them legal rights to identify themselves as neither male nor female, and directing the central and state governments to provide quotas in jobs and...

Standard Chartered Bank announces five new eye care projects for underprivileged

Standard Chartered Bank announced the launch of five new eye care projects to bring in innovation and strengthen the delivery of eye-care to the underprivileged between 2016 and 2019, with a donation commitment totalling to $1.6 million. These projects will be delivered in partnership between the Bank, International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)...

Infosys Foundation to Sponsor Robotic Surgery in Kolkata

Infosys Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Infosys, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Asia Heart Foundation, to enable the adoption of robotics in healthcare. As part of the MoU, the Foundation has granted INR 8 crore to the Asia Heart Foundation. The grant will be used to purchase high-end equipment – namely the...

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