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Asia’s first All Women Aviation Firefighter Squad

India’s first squad of Women Firefighter is not just breaking the stereotypes but proving that there is nothing impossible that woman can’t do.

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First in its kind in Asia, meet this squad of 14 girls creating the history, proving there is nothing a woman cannot conquer and thus inspiring millions of young girls to chase their aspirations.

Together they have made history. And it has become possible by the Kempegodwa International Bangalore Airport which is the first to have this Squad, first of its kind on their rolls. Earlier firefighting was the men’s only job, but when the authorities found the girls are ready to pick up the job, they trained them and created the team.

Out of 56 girls, 14 were selected for a 4 month training at ARFF, Bangalore Airport, and sent to Kolkata, where each one has undergone extensive physical and mental training.

There inspiration are there mothers, who made their girls shine and let them pursue their dreams and aspirations, which once they can’t acquire in the shackles of the societal pressures. Today they are role models for one of the toughest jobs, which was once called impossible for women.

As they continue to break barriers and challenge conventions, we salute their spirit.

Have a look at their story below:

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.

Meet Diwakar Vaish who has many remarkable achievements in the field of Robotics including his latest Robotic Football Team and brain controlled Wheel Chair at just the age 23

Diwakar Vaish is an Indian robotics researcher and Head of Robotics and Research at A-SET Training and Research Institutes. This 23 years old guy is the developer of India’s first completely indigenous 3D printed humanoid robot Manav at just the age 18, India’s first mind controlled robot and robotic football team, and world’s first production brain controlled wheelchair. These technologies and robots were developed at the labs of A-SET Training & Research Institutes.

Manav, the dancing Robot, designed by Diwakar at just age 18:

Here’s the Diwakar’s story at Media

Diwakar has many achievements to his credit and the list goes on here:

  • He is the developer and the mind behind Manav, India’s first completely indigenous 3D printed humanoid robot which can dance and do push-ups.
  • In 2016, he developed the world’s first production brain controlled wheelchair which uses the brain’s electrical impulses to command the wheelchair. It has been developed for patients of Locked In Syndrome (LIS).
  • He is guest lecturer at IIT Roorkee, IIT (BHU), IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Bombay, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Guwahati, IIT Bhubaneswar, BITS Pilani, BITS Goa, BIT Mesra, NIT Warangal, NIT Kurukshetra, NIT Surat, IIIT Delhi, IIIT Jabalpur, VIT, Vellore.
  • He is the developer of an Unmanned Ground Vehicle named “Versatile” which has the capability of changing its shape according to the terrain.
  • His work has been recognised by former president of India Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam & Smt. Pratibha Patil.
  • He has delivered two TEDx Talks TEDx Juhu (July 2015) and TEDx IIM Shillong (February 2016).

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Since then he has not looked back and had been into many mischievous projects including:

  • Making the India’s first fully Autonomous Football playing Humanoid Soccer team.
  • Researching India’s first mind controlled Robot.
  • Lecturering to various top colleges of India which includes 7 IIT’s various NIT’s, BITS, BIT, IIIT, VIT and various other Institutes.

    Made in India 1st mind controlled wheelchair makes movement easy for paralytic patients, designed by Diwakar Vaish at just an age of 23 .

    We wish Diwakar goodluck for all his future endevours and hope many more great achievements coming his way and a revolution in Robotics industry.

 

Remembering the heroes of freedom. The news at Tribune Newspaper in 1931 shocked the Nation.

It’s easy to kill the individuals but you cannot kill the ideas.  Great empires crumbled, while the ideas survived.

Remembering the great heroes Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru who showed us the real meaning of freedom.

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Headline that shocked the Nation:

1931: The Tribune Newspaper reporting #BhagatSingh, Rajguru & Sukhdev’s execution.

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How one social campaign #UnfairandLovely is transforming the mis-conception of the world

Fairness is not the only certificate of beauty. Dark is also beautiful and the new social campaign #UnfairandLovely is proving it and changing the widely held belief across the world. 

Three friends from University of Texas, Austin have recently started the campaign #UnfairandLovely to prove this world that the dark is beautiful.  Pax Jones, a 21-year-old black student created a photo series featuring stunning images of her Sri Lankan classmates, sisters Mirusha and Yanusha Yogarajah.

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Even in matrimonial sites in South Asian countries, women with “fair complexion” are in high demand than to the dark skinned women, which has resulted millions of men and women around the world have opted for bleaching their skin. This belief, shaped by societal attitudes and reinforced by media messages, is destroying the self-worth of countless people, young and old.

In this campaign they have appealed the Dark colored women to send selfies with the #UnfairandLovely who are undermined with the belief and disgust of being less beautiful than the fairer women.

Results of such misbelief is that skin whitening creams are becoming a big business across the world. Consumers are encouraged to believe that lightening their skin tone a shade or two will enable them to win ‘better’ jobs and spouses and generally improve the quality of their lives.

Over the years, various campaigners have tried to challenge this belief – they argue that beauty is more than skin deep and that dark is beautiful too. Bollywood actress Nandita Das is also associated with alike campaign named dark is beautiful.

Campaign “Unfair & Lovely”is becoming a hit on social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) with #unfairandlovely – named after the highly popular Indian skin-lightening cream Fair and Lovely.

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How it all started: Pax told when she was clicking images of Mirusha and Yanusha, they faced absurd comments. She clicked their pictures and they both commented colorism is a social evil underneath. While posting this image on social media many dark colored women started commenting and connecting. This resulted for us to start this campaign under #UnfairandLovely. Pax says it’s a platform for the dark women across the world, which aim to terminate the discrimination for dark colored people. People across the world are supporting the campaign and it’s becoming a hit on Instagram.

“In college, I was abused by a South Asian person who had lighter skin. And someone once threw a bleach balloon at me.” Such incidents are deeply humiliating says Mirusha Yogarajah to BBC.

“We wanted to start a conversation and I think we have succeeded in that” says Ms Jones.

 

 

At the age 17, Eshaan Balbale bridged a muddy gap constructing 100 feets long bamboo bridge in just 8 days

Here’s the story of  a 17 years old Eshaan Balbale student of Thane’s Bedekar College who says just talking or politicizing over issues don’t solve out problems while working on them does.

Meet 17 years old Eshaan Balbale, who created a temporary bamboo bridge 100 feets long in just 8 days and promises for it’s maintenance so that the students in the area can reach their school with safely and hygiene. 

At such an age of 17, realizing the need of the hour to construct the bridge for the Sathe Nagar students and residents he did a tremendous job in just 8 days which politicians and corporations fail to do in years. He constructed 4 feet wide and a 100 feet long temporary bamboo bridge over the fetid nullah in just 8 days over which 50 people can cross the bridge at a time.

He was deeply moved to see the Sathe Nagar students walking through a 1.5 km long filthy, foul smelling sewage to reach school everyday as he spend most of his time in the area. Few residents had even lost their lives during rainy season when water level rises.

The bridge connects Sathe Nagar and PGMP Colony. Crossing the nullah daily for reaching schools was very risky for many children attracting various skin infections and diseases like malaria, dengue and many other, which was also being a cause for various students to drop school. Several parents were also reluctant to send their children to school. I felt terrible when I saw the children wade through the disgusting sludge,” he says. plan to visit the site at least once a month. If the bridge is used responsibly, it should easily last for a couple of years. In the meantime, I will repair the bridge as and when the need arises,” he promises.

Eshaan Balbale set up the NGO Nirbhay Yuva Pratishthan, where he encourages other youngsters to participate in similar philanthropic ventures. He marks his act as a new learning experience for him.

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Eshaan’s future aim is to build toilets and improve sanitation conditions in the area. We wish him goodluck in all his future endevours and hope he becomes an inspiration to more young minds via his NGO Nirbhay Yuva Pratishthan.

Great idea worth spreading for diminishing the rate of road accidents

Two Girls- Saumya Pandya Thakkar and Shakuntala Pandya,from Gujarat have designed a very innovative idea of painting Zebra crossing in 3D.
It gives illusion and alerts Speeding car drivers to slow down as it appears like Road Blocks at first sight.
This idea is being used near different Gujarati Schools for the safety of children……Way to go  girls!!

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