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14 years old Tushar Talawat is a mathematics champion now.

This 14 years old boy, Tushar Talawat had brought laurels to his gurukul and his country by winning the International Mathematics Competition organized by Abacus Learning of Higher Arithmetic (ALOHA) in Indonesia Yogyakarta. The student of Ahmedabad-based Hemchandracharya Sanskrit Pathshala won among 1,300 students who come from 18 countries.

Tushar has also excelled at similar contests organized at state and national levels. A release by BSM claimed that during the Gujarat leg of the competition in October last year, he had solved 70 questions in 3 minutes and 30 seconds defeating 5300 competitors.

At the national level competition held in Chennai during last year December, he solved 70 questions relating to addition, subtraction and multiplication of six digits in 3 minutes and 10 seconds, and defeated 4300 students.

Tushar also met the HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar who later tweeted, “Like Tushar, other students can really showcase their talent through various competitions”.

 

Meet Akash Bhardwaj, the founder of a unique company which hires only the visually impaired women and acid attach victims.

“Khaas”meaning ‘special’ in Hindi, is a unique travel agency company in Delhi which only hires visually impaired women and acid attach victims.

Founded by Akash Bhardwaj, “Khaas” is providing empowering experience to it’s physically challenged employees. The agency organizes domestic and international tours for corporate organizations, schools and colleges, other than industrial tours, family trips, adventure camps, etc.

All the work is done by the visually impaired employees – right from making appointments and helping with the presentations to closing the deals and even accompanying the groups on the trips if required.

“I was in Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar area during the Diwali celebrations of 2015 when I came across a lady selling balloons. She had acid scars on her face. When I asked her what had happened, she said a boy in her neighbourhood threw acid on her face and her husband abandoned her after that. She had two kids and was working alone to look after them. She used to work as the security in-charge in a mall before the attack, but no one was willing to give her a job after the incident. ‘Everyone talks about the importance of face value,’ she told me in proper English. So I decided to help people like her by providing them better employment opportunities,” says 32-year-old Akash Bhardwaj.

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He further adds “The women I work with are talented and determined. But they did not have the right platform to showcase these qualities. So I have given them that platform and am trying to make it bigger.”

Currently “Khaas” has six employees in total who are all visually impaired. They reach the office located on the fourth floor, get it clean, set up and start the work without any external aid. These girls operate their PCs with the help of the JAWS (Job Access With Speech) program that helps visually impaired people read the screen with text-to-speech output. They are also adept at using smartphones. In the last 20 days, the six employees had made 75 calls, confirmed 19 appointments, and finalized over five tours.

Akash spent almost two months training the girls, including teaching them how to get to the office. He is further planning for the company’s second round of hiring 15 girls and training them. Some will come to the office while others with mobility issues will be able to work from home. He plans to hire acid attack survivors as well.

“They are so happy with their work that many of them say they would like to work on Sundays too. They enjoy coming to the office, working together, meeting new people and talking about worldly affairs. Some of them live in hostels and don’t have their families here. One of the employees is a 32-year-old woman who lost her husband. She has a seven-year-old daughter,” says Akash.

You can help Akash take Khaas forward by contributing here.

 

This village is producing electricity in a mud pot with the Cow-dung and discarded battery cells. Here’s how?

You would have heard of Bio-gas plant, but here’s a totally different story.

This story is of village Poorejham Tiwari located on the Sultanpur road 5 kms. from Haidergarh town in Barabanki of Uttar Pradesh.

Brijesh Tripathi, a young farmer in village Poorejham, who is just intermediate passed out has invented this new way of producing electricity in a mud pot with cow-dung and discarded battery cells.

He takes cheap Chinese bulbs used in electric welts, and 3 discarded battery cells. He replaces the cover of those discarded cells and connects the positive and negative wires to it and then dip then in three mud pots filled with cow-dung paste and then he mixes a small quantity of salt and detergent powder to the paste and his process works well to generate electricity.

The village is deprived of electricity and only 2 liters of kerosene oil is distributed per family from the ration stores. In such conditions, the lives of the people of Poorejham village is miserable in the absence of any electricity. Few years ago only pillars for electricity have been installed in the village but no wires or electricity ever came to this village.

Brijesh says he read in the newspaper about the process and he thought of testing the same. When he experimented first the bulb lighted, then he checked it for radio and it worked and next he thought to charge the cellphone and the process worked.

Following Brijesh most of the villagers of Poorejham are producing electricity by his method and making their life easier. Now this formulae of Brijesh has became a hit in his village as well as in most of the nearby villages. Even the children in the village also know the formulae and are happy as they have electricity to carry on their studies.

Villagers are happy and surprised with the experiments that they get some electricity for their daily usage but they don’t know what chemical process goes behind to produce electricity in a mud pot filled with cow-dung and discarded battery cells. They hope when technical people will discover their experiment someday, they will create a better technology using their formulae.

We hope spreading their story can bring a change as well as electricity to their village.

 

 

Can you imagine what street children, rag-pickers and labor kids can do?

Delhi’s labor kids, street children and rag-pickers are doing a tremendous job. They are the reporters and publishers of their self – owned newspaper “Baalaknama.” Here’s the story:

“Where there is a will there is a way” or “Age is just the numbers” are all those proverbs which fit accurately to these kids. They have crossed the barriers of their age as well as the misconception what kids cannot accomplish.

It’s the story of these Delhi’s labor and rag-picker kids who are publishing and selling their own newspaper named “Baalaknama”. The story is totally a different and interesting one from what one can expect from any kid.

Chandni, chief editor of Balaknama, started this work when she was just 5. Chandni’s father died when she was quiet young, which made her responsible to feed her family and the circumstances led her to become a rag-picker. But, then she had her own dreams which led her to work this way.

The newspaper publishes the news about child abuse, child crime and child labor. The reporting network is spread across Delhi, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. They have a team of 2 reporters in every area who collect news from their designated areas. Most of the team members are rag-pickers or labors.

The main area of concern is that till now more than 10000 kids have been joined the team as reporters. Those who cannot write narrate their news orally. Those who are 18 years and above are appointed as advisors in the newspaper.

An NGO named Chetna is also helping these kids in accomplishing their mission. At times these kids distribute free copies of their newspaper too so that their news can reach people at large.

The price for the newspaper is set for ₹ 2/- only, which is much cheaper than any other newspaper. These kids are engaged in their initiative towards creativity and journalism which will provide them a healthier life safe from robbery, begging, rag-picking and other child crimes.

Also read a similar story of 9 years old Hilde Lysiak, a self made reporter and a publisher of Orange Street News in Pennsylvania .

Above story also reminds me of 10-Years-Old Ishita Katyal who says, “Instead of asking children what they want to do in future, ask them what they want to do now. Ask them their vision for a better world. Ask them what they are doing to change this world. Ask them the real life problems they are solving. This will allow you all to empower a new generation to go faster than any generation ever has.”

“We can do a lot in this moment, in the present. The problem is our world has many forces working against the dreams of children.” says Ishita Katyal, the youngest Indian Ted-X Speaker.

All these kids are a big source of inspiration to others and we wish them good-luck in all their future endeavors.

Did you know these 8 achievements of ISRO which made India stood parallel to America and Russia?

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has launched a record 20 satellites in a single mission from Satish Dhawan Space Centre with PSLV- C34 in Sriharikota today which led India as a 3rd country in the world to do so. The satellites included Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation and 19 co-passenger satellites from US, Canada, Germany, Indonesia and two Indian academic institutions.

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US has launched 29 satellites in 2013 and Russia 33 in 2014. India ranks 3rd by launching 20 satellites in 2016 today. It’s not the first time that ISRO is successful in launching satellites in a single mission. It has previously also launched 10 satellites in 2008 in a single mission and now it’s a new achievement in the field of space science.

 

ISRO’s other achievements are:

  1. ISRO had launched it’s first rocket in 1963.
  2. Within 9 years of it’s establishment ISRO was successful in launching it’s first satellite in the orbit of the Earth in 1975.
  3. In 2009 ISRO bagged another achievement by sending humanless satellite to the Moon which led India stand parallel to US and Russia.
  4. In 2014 ISRO made history by successful launch of “Mangalyan”defeating American Space Agency NASA as the cost of India’s “Mangalyan” was much inexpensive than NASA.
  5. India’s cost of satellite launching is 60% lower than the cost incurred by any other foreign space agency.
  6. ISRO has been successful in launching all the foreign satellites so far.
  7. More than 57 space agencies from 20 countries are taking help from ISRO for their satellite launching since 2009.
  8. India is going to soon launch it’s own “Made In India” Satellite Navigation System IRNSS like GPS. All the required satellites for the same have already been successfully launched.

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We congratulate to team ISRO for their achievements so far and wish them goodluck for all their future endeavours and making India shine.

 

“Age is just a number” proved by these ladies who are inspiring millions from their work.

These daredevils in their real life are a source of inspiration for millions. People say their body stops supporting for adventurous activities after the age 40, but here are these girls who are proving the proverb “Age is just a number” right.

Few of them can do mountain climbing at age of 100, and few can do ice skating at age 80. These young girls from heart are inspiring millions to follow them in their adventurous journey.

Shirley Webb is 78 years old and she can deadlift 225 pounds at this age.

Tao Porchon Lynch at age 96 has wowed the judges of America Got Talent, 2015 from her dancing talent and was on the major media. Huffington Post a media major described her as “Fireball”.

Jacqueline Murdock likes modeling at age 82 as well. She was in the news when she caught the eye of Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz, who hired her to model in his fall ad campaign.

Doris Long nicknamed “Daring Doris brook her own world record to become the oldest abseiler at the age of 101. She started at 85 and dreams to break her own record at her age 102 once again next year.

Yvonne Dowlen was a Ice Skater. She loved to skate at age 87 also and was running her Ice Skating School. Unfortunately she died at the age 90. Her school can be reached here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?…4.117409556698

Harriette Thompson of Charlotte, North Carolina, a 92-year-old cancer survivor entered the record books by becoming the oldest woman to finish a marathon in San Diego in 7hr 24min 36sec. She astonished the youngsters across the world.

Hatts Off to their spirit.

Meet this engineer who cleared 37 Kgs of sharp nails in 2 Years off the Bengaluru Roads so that you don’t get a flat tyre.

Following Mahatma Gandhi’s words “Be the change you wish to see in the world,” he did so and for all of us who travel on the roads in Bengaluru. He is an engineer named Benedict Jebakumar, a 44 years old systems engineer working at Intuit Technology Services.

He is combing the roads for nails since July 2014. He combed a record of 1654 nails off the road in a single day. Sometimes his bag gets filled and he has to return without collecting more nails. Till date, he has collected about 37 kgs of nails.

In The Last 2 Years, This Engineer Has Picked Up 37 KG Of Sharp Nails From Bengaluru Roads

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He said “The main objective is to spread awareness among people. I will not stop till the authorities sit up and take notice”

It all started as he came to Bengaluru in 2012, he used to take the Outer Ring Road (ORR) to travel from his home in Banashankari to his office in Bellandur. His two-wheeler often got punctured on the ORR near Silk Board. Initially he thought of his bike’s tyre quality, but lately he realized that the same is caused due to the nails and most times they are alike and were found close to places near puncture shops.

Initially he started to collect the nails bare hands, but now he uses a foldable magnetic stick. He leaves his home early 7 in the morning, stops at the specific spots and clear up the area. And he repeats the same on his way back home.

He started a Facebook page named `My Road, My Responsibility’ in October 2014, where he documents his daily findings along with a photograph of the nails on weighing scales.

In The Last 2 Years, This Engineer Has Picked Up 37 KG Of Sharp Nails From Bengaluru Roads

He explained that the authorities were either lethargic or that the problem was not big enough for them to pay attention.”It causes a lot of inconvenience to commuters. They might fall down from the vehicle or even get into accidents,” he pointed out.”Two arrests have been made in the past but miscreants were released within three months and the nails were back on the road.”

He noted that in the absence of CCTV cameras or official validation for puncture shops, it becomes tough to pin people down.

Jebakumar hopes that someday , authorities will find a permanent solution to this menace.”Till then, I will continue as I am helping many people,” he said.

 

How one idea can change the future of a child? Here’s a great example set by Biz Divas Foundation

Anusheela Saha (2016 I Inspire Young Trailblazer Awardee) came up with the idea of The #LightBag – A school bag  – with solar panels and LED lights! The bag can turn to a study lamp at night and can charge itself during the day in just 2 hours.

It’s just a simple idea and it’s already changing 1000s of lives.

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Biz Divas Foundation supports Sahpathi in its quest to address learning deficiencies among underprivileged children of Silokhra, an urban village in Gurgaon.

Electricity is a major problem in most Indian villages and across the world due to which many children are forced to drop their dream for education. But this simple idea is proving a boom for these underprivileged children that they can continue their studies even after sunset in the absence of electricity.

We can spread the news and help more people and organizations to contribute for the bright future of these underprivileged children. Organizations can undertake it as a part of their CSR. 

You can also contribute to this bag’s fundraiser here:https://www.bitgiving.com/iinspire16

The cost involved in making one bag, from start to finish is Rs. 1500, including the cost of the solar panel and LED lights.

ISRO’s Rocket Science Can Now Pump Blood – Major Make In India Innovation For Heart Transplantation

Spin off of the space technology into an artificial heart (LVAD, a blood pumping device) by Indian Space and Research Organization (ISRO) can now save lives.

In an major Make In India Innovation for the artificial heart a team of ISRO’s Rocket Scientists at Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) have been successful in building a small device that can pump blood while spinning off the material and technology used in rocket science.

A team of about two dozen experts like metallurgists, electronic engineers, flow mechanics and conduction specialists have worked for over six years to build the pump and they describe it as work in progress. The device is a mechanical pump that can be implanted in a person’s chest to assist a weak heart pump blood through the body.

This Made-in-India low cost Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) weighs 100 gm and will help people who need heart transplants, replicating the function of a part of the heart that pumps blood.

The device is made of biocompatible titanium alloy and can pump blood at the rate of 3 to 5 litres per minute. Similar imported heart pumps cost crores of rupees, but the ISRO version is expected to cost only Rs. 1.25 lakh.

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It is being tested right now by a team of surgeons on animals and is expected to be ready for use on humans only after a few years of extensive testing. The device was recently tested on five pigs at a hospital in Thiruvananthapuram for a six-hour experiment which doctors said was successful.

“Material used in a rocket, the mechanism used in a rocket, electronics used in a rocket are combined to form the device… which is useful as a first step towards heart transplantation. This device was tested in a pig, and it was found that the pig was alive after fitting it. The other organs of the animal were intact. This shows that it is a very good alternative for an artificial heart,” says Dr K Sivan, Director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Thiruvananthapuram.


In a paper submitted to an international journal in 2011, a scientist from VSSC said: “LVADs are mechanical circulatory devices placed between the left ventricle and aorta that take over the function of a failing heart either partially or completely.”

An advanced cardiac or heart failure may cause a drop in the output of the heart from its normal resting output of about five litres of blood per minute to around two litres a minute. As the output reaches this level, the kidneys, liver, and brain are damaged irreversibly, the paper reads. The LVAD is designed to pump blood at the rate of 3 to 5 litres per minute.

 “This is one of the examples of how work that is done for rocket technology or satellite technology can help human beings. This is an alternate system in case the human heart has difficulties in pumping blood. It provides a bypass pumping system that can definitely help human lives,” said Dr Kiran Kumar, ISRO chairman.
The titanium used is biocompatible and weighs only 100gm. Other studies show LVADs can be used as an alternative to transplant in case of terminally ill patients whose body condition render them unsuitable for transplants.