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Lateral Thinking : Look how these women in Bihar are saving trees #MaxInspiring

So what different can you do to stop people from cutting down the trees? Well, women from Madhubani district in Bihar, in order to save environment and stop cutting down the trees have started painting Madhubani paintings on the tree. Madhubani paintings depict several religious themes. To make the painting on a tree, women and girls first paint the tree trunk with lime. This creates a white base and also kills insects affecting it. Later, they make paintings on religious themes, thus making the entire tree a temple. No one would dare to put an axe on such tree (image/source). Smart strategy, right? It’s the same thinking that many government offices put idols / pictures of gods to deter people from spitting. Sometimes (rather, most of the times) smarter solutions aren’t based ...

Ha! India ranks 122 (out of 155 countries) in World Happiness Index; After Pakistan

Norway has jumped from 4th place in 2016 to 1st place this year!

Khan Academy adds Indian math curriculum (CBSE)

Khan academy recently partnered with Tata sons to drive localization in India.

Bangalore railway station gets Braille maps !

Bangalore railways station will now be friendly to visually impaired. The project costs Rs. 7 crores and a total of 600 Braille platform indicators have been placed along the railings of the old Foot Over Bridge and the subway. Braille time tables will also be made available at enquiry counters, apart from Braille menu in important eateries in the premises of the railway station (source). Note that Karnataka has higher percentage of blind people than the national average and this is the second railways station in the country to be equipped with Braille maps (first station is in Mysore). Image credit: wikipedia

Maternity Bill : Will it help? Or hurt?

"Will you give 6 months of paid maternity leave to your pregnant maid?"

Maternity bill passed in parliament. Paid leave increased from 12 weeks to 26 weeks

Every establishment with more than 50 employees to provide for crèche facilities for working mothers and such mothers will be permitted to make four visits during working hours to look after and feed the child in the crèche.

Women’s Day Campaign – #ApniPehchaan

This is a series of videos we created for Women’s Day to inspire not only women but men too. Towards supporting their friends, sisters, spouse, etc. Hope you’ll like them.

We Dedicate These Songs to Woman Entrepreneur & DOERS out there

This goes out to all ye woman entrepreneurs and DOERs out there! This is an open list- go ahead and add your fav songs dedicated to your fav woman entrepreneurs and DOERs.  

A Look at Indian Billionaires: Bansals are out. VSS is in.

Today Hurun Report released the Hurun Global Rich List India, a list of the richest people in India featuring in the Hurun Global rich list with a cut-off of US$1bn. This is the 6th year of the list, which has become a benchmark for the private sector. Key highlights Mukesh Ambani, 59 (Global Rank: 28): With a fortune of INR 175,400CR (US$26bn), oil and telecom mogul and the chairman of Reliance, Mukesh Ambani, topped the list of 132 individuals. The top performing sector is pharmaceutical with 21 billionaires out of 132 billionaires from the list followed by Manufacturing and TMT. Other industries that had a good year include Consumer Products, Automobile and Real estate. New entrants to the list include Patanjali’s Acharya Balakrishnan and Paytm’s VSS. Since Demonetization, I...

Is India Lying About Its World Beating Economy? Asks Economist Derek Scissors

The back series – the necessary base for calculations of ongoing GDP growth – has not been published more than 2 years later. Technically, we do not know India’s GDP in 2010, or anytime earlier.The back series was first to be published December 2015, then mid-2016, and now has no apparent due date and will not be complete. The “globally accepted” new approach therefore makes it impossible to assess India’s GDP trajectory, potentially important information for a country aspiring to rapid development. Source: Is India Lying About Its World Beating Economy? – Barron’s

Report: Women in India earn 25% less than men

Gender continues to be a significant parameter in determining salaries, as men earned a median gross hourly salary of Rs. 345.8, whereas women earned Rs. 259.8 in 2016. The current gender pay gap in India stands at 25% where men earned a median gross hourly salary of Rs. 345.8, in comparison women earned only Rs. 259.8. The gap has narrowed by two percentage points from 27.2% in 2015 and is closer to the 24.1% in 2014. Analysing the employment intensive sectors, the Monster salary index derives that the average gender pay gap in the Manufacturing sector stood at 29.9%. This is an improvement of 5 percentage points from 2015, however the highest in India.  This was followed by a 25.8% pay gap in the IT sector. The gender pay gap in the BFSI sector was at 21.5%, slightly under the general ge...

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