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An Indian Woman’s Eco-Friendly Venture Creates Paper Gifts That Grow Into Plants Be Greedy 

An Indian Woman’s Eco-Friendly Venture Creates Paper Gifts That Grow Into Plants

India (GV) – During national day festivities and other occasions, you might see crowds of people waving hundreds or thousands of little flags in celebration. But when the fun is over, those flags are often discarded, littering the ground. But what if they didn’t become trash? What if they contained seeds that with a little care grew into a plant? That’s the creative idea of one Indian nature lover with a master’s degree in forensic biotechnology — infusing seeds into disposable gifts. Mansi Shah launched her venture Gift Green a year ago, quitting her day job with a vision to do something good for the environment. Read More

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Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About: Isha Ishika Badass Women Featured 

Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About: Isha Ishika

India (Global Voices) – Isha Ishika, a university student in the southern Indian state of Kerala, was threatened a few days ago by a members of a Facebook group called Kerala Cyber Warriors. The Malayalam-speaking group of predominantly male members says that it aims to protect Indians online, especially Malayalee women, by hacking into pages where explicit images and content related to sexuality are shared. They describe their activities on their group page, saying that they seek to ‘expose’ people and preserve the ‘honor’ of Malayalee women. They claim to have hacked Pakistan websites and to protect Indian soldiers. They also claim to have to brought down revenge Read More

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World’s Largest Solar Park Nearly Complete Environment Science and Nature 

World’s Largest Solar Park Nearly Complete

India (Sputnik) – The single largest solar park in the world, with a maximum capacity of 1,000 megawatts, is nearing completion in India. The nine-square-mile Kurnal Ultra Mega Solar Park, which has cost 70 billion rupees ($1.09 billion) of both public and private money to construct, contains 4 million solar modules. The park is located in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh state, which in recent years has distinguished itself as the solar power capital of India. It is a joint endeavor of India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and the Andhra Pradesh Solar Power Corporation, a private venture company mostly owned by government corporations. Construction of the Read More

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As Bee Populations Dwindle, Researchers Introduce Stingless Bees From India As Alternative Pollinators Environment Featured Science and Nature 

As Bee Populations Dwindle, Researchers Introduce Stingless Bees From India As Alternative Pollinators

World (Sputnik) – Seeking to work around the alarming global decline of the traditional honey bee, new breeds and strains of the important insect, including a native Indian stingless bee, are being introduced in attempts to maintain world crop pollination. As traditional honey bee populations around the world continue to drop, researchers with the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR), and at a honeybee research center at the Kerala Agricultural University (KAU), will collaborate with Australia’s Western Sydney University to introduce the Kerala stingless honey bee (Tetragonula iridipennis) as an alternative pollinator. Found around the world, the stingless honey bee’s Tetragonula variant, native to the southwest Indian state of Kerala, is smaller Read More

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Selfie Mania Triggers a Wave of ‘Killfies’ in India Technology 

Selfie Mania Triggers a Wave of ‘Killfies’ in India

India (Sputnik) – India remains the leading country with the highest number of selfie-related deaths, followed by Pakistan, the United States and Russia, according to a study conducted by Carnegie Mellon University. Nisha Khanna, a psychologist from India, told Sputnik that selfie addiction requires professional help. The photo phenomenon caught people’s attention worldwide and, voila, the selfie was born. Now, three years later in India, the selfie has transmogrified bizarrely into the ‘killfie’. The word may sound unwieldy and macabre but many Indians have paid with their lives in their pursuit of the perfect and zany selfie. Hence, ‘killfie’. In the most recent case, a 15-year-old Read More

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#GiantRefugees: Elephants Driven From Habitats in Eastern India Featured Science and Nature 

#GiantRefugees: Elephants Driven From Habitats in Eastern India

India (Sputnik)  – A social media campaign meant to draw attention to clashes between elephants and humans in eastern India has begun to go viral after a video was posted showing a group of men attacking and chasing a herd of the animals. A crowd of over 200 men shouted at the 25-odd elephants, pelting them with stones, and chasing them into a forest. The video was taken December 2016, by conservationist Cara Tejpal. “I personally witnessed the horrific harassment of the herd in December 2016, and can say that it was a vile experience,” said Tejpal in an email to Mongabay. “I watched these beautiful animals, so many Read More

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Threats of gang rape plague student who spoke out against right wing Scandal 

Threats of gang rape plague student who spoke out against right wing

(GVO) – Threats of violence, gang rape, and physical attacks are making news in India, after a 20-year-old student activist from New Delhi’s Lady Shri Ram college launched the #StudentsAgainstABVP protest. Gurmehar Kaur started the campaign after a recent altercation between protesters and the right-wing student group Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), which has ties to Hindu nationalist organizations. The backstory On Feb. 21, a conference titled “Culture of Protest” was scheduled to take place at Delhi’s Ramjas college. The event was supposed to feature comments by activists Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid, both known for supporting the “Free Kashmir” Read More

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Fighting-Fit Granny: India Honors the Oldest Woman Still Practicing Martial Art Unaimed 

Fighting-Fit Granny: India Honors the Oldest Woman Still Practicing Martial Art

India (Sputnik) – Meenakshi Amma at 76 years still practices Kalaripayattu, one of the world’s martial arts believed to have originated in 3rd Century BC. The Indian government has bestowed a high honor to a 76-year-old woman practicing and teaching Kalaripayattu, a centuries-old martial art form. The Indian national awards are announced on the eve of Republic Day. Meenakshi Amma, a resident of the state of Kerala, will receive the award from Indian President Pranab Mukherjee. She teaches students at her school Kerala. Lovingly addressed as Meenakshi Gurukkal, she has dedicated her life to Kalaripayattu, originated in southwest Kerala since the age of seven when her father first took her to the arena. Historians Read More

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