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Sucheta Dalal writes about a unique 24-hour helpline for children  In the first week of August, India decided to ban the employment of children up to 14 years of age as domestic help or in the hospitality sector. The move is both welcome and long overdue. The rampant exploitation of children...

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It is a delicious irony hearing desi dudes blabber about Noni, which happens to be the Hawaiian name of a Mumbai tree called Morinda. At first, we thought we’d misheard the Bharatiya folk, which had turned ‘Nani’ into ‘Noni’. But when they started soliciting money for starting Noni...

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When foodies masquerading as editors (including your correspondent) start showing off their taste for sliced truffles and other hideously expensive culinary tidbits in their columns, hit back with a dictionary. Ask the mycophagous fellows where they get their Rabasse de Provence. Now any...

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Some do-gooders may end up undermining the Right to Information Act, finds Sucheta Dalal MoneyLIFE started this section by pointing out how the Right to Information (RTI) Act has been one of “the most empowering tools handed to socially-conscious Indians in over half a century since...

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It’s time we confronted one of the neglected facts of fitness life: one could blather on about push-ups and squats till the cows come home. But the fact remains that hardly anybody finds exercise exciting. We know that many of you folks are likely to burrow deeper into your blankets at the very...

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Sucheta Dalal on Dignity Foundation’s stellar work among senior citizens Sometime in the early 1990s, when I was at the Times of India, Mumbai, I used to hear an animated discussion in the next cubicle about plans for the first ever magazine for senior citizens between my colleague Vithal...

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US-based Raj Gilda profiles Vigyan Ashram and how its vocational training is giving direction to several lives India is on the path of economic liberalisation and growth, but this process of change will simply bypass over 24 million unemployed youngsters who live in our villages. This may...

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Udit Chaudhuri reports on a unique civic movement that started in Chennai The monsoon approaches. Traffic hold-ups. Flash floods. Putrid garbage. Civic authorities and citizens bickering… One young man sought to change all that. MB Nirmal, was inspired by the cleanliness and order in Hong Kong....

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Dr Nita Mukherjee writes about an extraordinary woman & her crusade  to help rural women & children Talking to Alice Garg about her work with downtrodden women, children and orphans in feudal Rajasthan sets off an entire kaleidoscope of emotions. One moment, her eyes well up with tears when she...

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Sonya Wadhwani profiles an organisationthat brings street kids to the mainstream Salaam Baalak Trust was born in 1988 with a portion of the proceeds from the film "Salaam Bombay!" by Mira Nair. The idea was to provide opportunity for street children to experience the joys of childhood. Some of...

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Sucheta Dalal reports on a unique social organisation that is... "Working women have faced hostility in countless ways ranging from condescending attitudes, hostile men's leagues in organisations, unequal pay, delayed promotions, sly remarks on the plight of spouses of working women, less...

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Sucheta Dalal on GIVE Foundation which has brought professionalism into charity One of the biggest travails even of simple charity in India is the nagging worry about whether one's money will be correctly spent. Another is the effort involved in reaching aid to those NGOs that pursue your...

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Sucheta Dalal profiles India’s best known consumer advocacy organisation After decades of debilitating socialism and a license-permit-raj, Indian consumers have finally stopped feeling grateful and obliged at receiving goods or services that they have paid and queued up for. A sense of...

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Sucheta Dalal reports on one man's mission to put out only good news about India Feeling dispirited about India's poverty, corruption, its slothful bureaucracy, lack of infrastructure or healthcare? A one-man army called DV Sridharan has the right antidote. Go to his website called

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Sucheta Dalal writes about a unique website of socially-sensitive people Karmayog means selfless service. Or, as the Bhagwad Gita says, "Working to the best of one's abilities without becoming attached to the fruits of work is called Karmayog". It is that spirit which led to the birth of

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  Karmayog means selfless service. Or, as the Bhagwad Gita says, "Working to the best of one's abilities without becoming attached to the fruits of work is called Karmayog.com - a netbased meeting ground of people who need help, those who want to give, or simply spread an important message....

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Make the Right to Information Act work for you, says Sucheta Dalal  Fuming about corrupt local officials? Feeling helpless about some unfinished public project? Well, here is a breakthrough for conscientious citizens keen to do something about civic issues and inefficient government...

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