India’s ‘right to pee’ movement

When India is busy debating what should be eaten by home, and new definitions of patriotisms are being sculptured, we must note that safe sanitation is a huge issue in India, especially for women.

Nearly half the population goes to the toilet in the open.But even if toilets are available, women must pay to use them whereas men can urinate for free.

 BBC team spent a day with Mumtaz Shaikh, who is leading a ‘right to pee’ movement in Mumbai.

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Reframing civil society through the everyday: from farms to toilets

Originally posted on Geography Directions:

By Amita Bhakta, Loughborough University

The evolving role of civil society in the development agenda is a critical point of discussion, as Peck (2015) rightly argues in her recent article in the Geography Compass. A key aspect of what is considered as ‘civil society’ builds on traditional notions of getting involved in development ‘from the outside’ separating the donors and those who are seen as providing support, and those receiving it. But when it comes to assessing and evaluating precisely the significance of civil society, it is important to look at the individuals who are getting involved as part of their everyday practices to bring about change, and the subsequent consequences for everyday lives. As reported in The Guardian, it is with the support of civil society organisations such as NGO’s that female farmers in the region of Samburu in Kenya can be empowered to provide for their families…

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Learning from guano: In search of a paleo-seabird proxy

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Via the Geo: Geography and Environment blog, Jessica Conroy (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA) on seabirds, climate change, El Niño and the Galápagos.

Source: Learning from guano: In search of a paleo-seabird proxy

Geo: Geography and Environment is a fully open access journal which means that papers can be read, free of charge, by anyone with an internet connection immediately after they are published. Geo is a Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and Wiley journal.

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Royal Botanical Gardens, Melbourne

Originally posted on The Learning Curve:

Royal Botanical Gardens in Melbourne are internationally renowned and have a history of more than 165 years. Spread over 94 acres, they have breathtaking landscapes and have a collection of more than 10,000 species of plants – both native and exotic.

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It is a perfect place to relax within the scenic views. Being a visitor hard-pressed for time, we spent a couple of hours walking through the lush-green landscapes and covering Guilfoyle’s Volcano, Lakes, Fern Gully, and Children’s Garden.

Guilfoyle’s volcano deserves a special mention as it had a couple of big floating islands in it. We were amazed with the various species of Cacti artistically presented there.

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They are not as vast as the Longwood gardens I visited in the US (and wrote about few weeks back). However, the entry to Royal Botanical Gardens is free and they are easily approachable being right in the city.

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Celebrating IYL 2015 and the Story of Light

Originally posted on International Year of Light Blog:

The National Institute of Technology (NIT) Calicut (India) organized a three-day event Tathva’15 from 30 October to 01 November 2015 at the NIT Campus, Calicut, Kerala, India. The event included invited lectures, workshops and exhibitions. The workshops were desgined to Illuminate the young minds by developing skills in a wide range of engineering disciplines. There were exhibitions on the rich heritage of Indian railways, India’s first 3D printed humanoid robot, Light: Beyond the Bulb, and state-of-the-art electronics by Keltron. There were five invited lectures by experts in different disciplines. I delivered a lecture on the ‘The Story of Light’ covering the Greek era (pre- 8th century C.E.), the Arab-Islamic Golden Age (8th to 15th century C.E.), the European period (16th to 19th century C.E.) and the modern period (20th century C.E. onwards).

Zahid H. Khan delivering a lecture at Tathva'15, NIT Calicut, Kerala. Credit: Tathva'15. Zahid H. Khan delivering a lecture at Tathva’15, NIT Calicut, Kerala. Credit: Tathva’15.

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The Transformation:A Special Web Series by Tetley Green Tea

We all want to transform our lives. Here is the good news. Tetley Green Tea is there to help us. The Transformation has finally started, and it may change your life by providing you the motivation that you need to transform your life. One can wonder that why everyone is so much excited about this new web series by Tetley Green Tea in association with This new web series is all about how 19 contestants achieve their fitness goals and bring a big positive change in their life by becoming fit. Burning fat is not easy, and that is why this web series is named as transformation as it will make you understand that this is not only about burning extra fat.The Tetley initiative will inspire by showing that how some people are transforming their lives.

The series has already gone live from October 14th. This series is going to feature 12 episodes, and the most amazing thing is that it is going to last for 12 weeks. 19 contestants will be working hard at the Bangalore’s state of the art Fitness Fight Club and Circuit. Ex-boxer and soldier, Austin Prakash owns this amazing martial arts gym and an amazing fitness center. The main goal is to make people realize that they too can transform their life by following a new fitness routine.

19 Contestants from Different Backgrounds

It is a fascinating show as the contestants are from different backgrounds. Following a very strict fitness routine may not be a challenge for people who do not have the habit of It, and this is the reason you may feel excited to watch the different episodes. Makeup artists, RJs, musicians and people from different backgrounds are going to work hard together to achieve athlete level fitness. Two contestants, one male, and one female contestant, will be getting the award of 1 Lakh for becoming superbly fit in few weeks.

Learn and Transform

This web series is going to impact the life of many. All those who will watch all the episodes will get to know that what type of diet and training the contestants are following for becoming fit. Workout recommendation that the 19 contestants have got from the best fitness experts is going to make them bring a change in their life. One should not miss out the opportunity of getting the best tips for getting fit.

The most frustrating thing for many people is that they end up putting weight, especially during the holidays. This special web series is making people know the way to stay fit during the holidays.

Learning from Mistakes: A Challenge

We all can learn a lot from mistakes. Life is a challenge. We have to keep redefining ourselves. Contestants will be learning these facts in the course of their journey from being fat to achieving athlete level fitness. Contestants will regularly be getting eliminated as they will be facing different individual and group challenges. Many contestants will be failing in achieving the desired level of fitness. You got to learn from their mistakes, and if you want to get fit, then you should not commit the same mistakes. We need to create our own path always.

This web series by Tetley Green Tea in association with is getting popular day by day. All the contestants are amazing and are highly passionate to transform.People are going to understand the benefits of green tea and balanced diet by watching the different episodes. Join the transformation.

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