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Bottling the power of the splendid sun
Researchers in University of Missouri in USA and India's Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore are working together to design lighter, more portable and cheaper solar cells to power the lives of people in some of the world’s poorest, most remote places. Deepayan Sinha, Cullen Ecoffey, Erdenetungalag Erdenekhuyag and Tomás Orihuela report from both the countries
A different yatra
Jagriti Yatra is on a different trip, quite literally. It sparks creative enterprise and encourages development through a journey across India moving on railway tracks. New York based writer for SPAN, Carrie Loewenthal Massey, reports
The emerald landscape of tea gardens in Assam hide a healthcare lacunae among its women workers whose nimble fingers pluck the two leaves and a bud, invaluable to the industry. Activists from the community are now trying to change their condition. Ranjita Biswas reports from Sonitpur district on the north bank of the Brahmaputra
Despite many awareness programmes and campaigns, the continued rise in gender violence in the country is proving frustrating to sociologists and activists. Some suggest that including men in such programmes is vital. Ranjita Biswas gets introduced to one such initiative in Pune
As the year comes to a close, IBNS correspondents Supriyo Hazra and Sudipto Maity review the past 12 months when India was much in international focus after PM Modi's dramatic announcement to demonetise 86 percent of the currency to fight black money and corruption
The founder of Fitter Strength, a kettlebell sport facility in Kolkata, Arnav Sarkar is also one of the pioneers of the sport in India. A fitness enthusiast, Sarkar is aware of the slow growth of the sport in the country, but is extremely hopeful of KB picking up speed towards the end of this decade. In a chat with IBNS-TWF correspondent Sudipto Maity, he discusses the aspects and the challenges the sport presents.