The Alibaba Group, through its private charity fund Alibaba Foundation, along with UCWeb hosted XIN Philanthropy Conference on 5 September 2018. The date marks the UN International Day of Charity, which has been created in the memory of Mother Teresa. This was the first time that this Biennial Conference was held out of China. Launched in 2016, the XIN Philanthropy Conference is an important representation of Alibaba Group’s commitment to encouraging inclusive, universal and sustainable growth for businesses and communities alike – all for the greater benefit of people. The Global Forum held in Delhi under the theme of Love and Infinity advocated for a wide public awareness and actions on Education, Children Protection and Women Empowerment. Hosted by Indian actress and Founder o
Cities in India are often known for pollution, over-population and a general lack of urban planning. The state of Andhra Pradesh has just decided to put an end to that notion by proposing to make the state an Innovation Valley and its capital Amaravati as an Innovation Hub! The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Shri Chandrababu Naidu recently announced that Amravati will be the hub of the innovation focus of the state and will comprise nine cities, vi. Media City, Government City, Justice City, Finance City, Knowledge City, Tourism City, Electronics City and Sports City. "The crucial part of Amaravati will be the Amaravati Media City (AMC), which will focus on media, entertainment, social media and other cutting edge technologies. This city will act as its hub,” the CM told invest
The Environment Ministry held a meeting to discuss application of advanced technologies to deal with air pollution incidents and improve the overall air quality management framework. The meeting was chaired by the Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Mr. C.K Mishra. The Expert institutions which participated include Satellite Application Centre (SAC) of ISRO, Department of Science & Technology (DST), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-National Physical Laboratory (CSIR-NPL), IIT Delhi, IIT Mumbai, National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) and Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). The issues taken up for discussion included use of satellite
A Turtle Sanctuary along with a River Biodiversity Park at Sangam, Allahabad has recently been approved under the Namami Gange Programme of the Government of India. The objective behind setting up this Turtle Sanctuary is to protect the rich aquatic biodiversity of River Ganga from escalating anthropogenic pressures. The estimated cost of the Project is Rs 1.34 crore and it includes the development of River Biodiversity Park at the confluence (sangam) of River Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati, establishment of a Turtle Rearing Centre (permanent nursery at Triveni Pushp and makeshift annual hatcheries) and to raise awareness about the importance of River Ganga and the need and importance of conservation of the riverine ecosystem. The sustenance of more than 2,000 aquatic s...
Nestlé India in association with Magic Bus India Foundation, one of the largest behaviour change organisation in India, inaugurated the Nestlé Healthy Kids programme in Jaipur for encouraging healthier living among adolescents by creating awareness regarding good nutrition, healthy habits and active living. This programme will reach out to 10,000 adolescents from marginalized communities of Jaipur and Ajmer. The objective of this programme is to create awareness about key nutrients, healthy eating, active lifestyles and public health facilities among adolescents, with a special focus on girls. Along with children, this programme will also include interaction with parents through workshops to encourage them to implement healthy eating habits in their homes. Speaking on the occasion, Mr.
SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) along with ITC and Larsen & Toubro Public Charitable Trust recently launched Code Unnati, a multi-year, collaborative digital literacy and software skills development initiative. The initiative will work to strengthen Government of India's Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyaan (PMGDSA) and will enable employability through digital literacy. Code Unnati partners with 6 diverse non-profit organisations to impart digital literacy to children, adolescents, the differently-abled & other citizens and drive employment-led software skills development for the underprivileged. This initiative envisions to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals of - No Poverty, Quality Education, Decent Work & Economic Growth, and Partnership For the Goals. Th
Mission Million Books is a pan-India initiative aimed at providing the underprivileged with access to quality educational materials for their growth and advancement. The initiative is led by Alibaba Group, in association with Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust. Donations are solicited and collected to deliver textbooks to schools and colleges across India. The campaign hosted the third book donation drive as part of the Mission Million Books initiative recently. The Chief Guest for the ceremony was MP and Ex-Union Minister, Sharad Pawar along with Vinay Bhartia, Senior Vice President for Strategic Partnerships for Alibaba.com India and Rajiv Mehta - Trustee, Ratna Nidhi Trust. Representatives from over 500 schools and colleges came to handpick books that would benefit their students in p
The Rotary Club of Bombay has inaugurated its fourth Jal Jeevan Centre in Mumbai. The Jal Jeevan Centre, installed at Sathe Nagar, Govandi, Mumbai is under a global grant project of the Rotary Foundation in association with Rotary Club of Detroit and Eureka Forbes Institute of Environment. The purpose of the Centre is to provide clean and safe drinking water. Problems Faced The residents of M-east ward of BMC which comprises Mankhurd, Govandi, Shivaji Nagar and Deonar areas, lack basic amenities. The residential colonies, mostly slums, have unhygienic conditions with no proper sewage lines. Seven out of every ten residents do not have piped water. Along with low literacy levels, the unemployment rate in the M-east ward is 52%. Close to 49% households have to borrow money on ...
Child labour has plagued the society for years. According to the the 2011 Census of India, 4.35 million children between the age of 5-14 years are estimated to be employed as child labourers in the country. These alarming figures have forced the authorities and various organisations to take effective steps towards curbing this menace. IPM India, the wholesale trading arm of Philip Morris International (PMI) in India, has initiated several such programs in the tobacco growing areas of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. These programs have resulted in an increased school attendance in the region, with more and more children attending school. Prevention of Child labor and Rural Development in tobacco growing villages of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka is a project undertaken through a volun...
Nearly 85 percent of the world's countries lack adequate laws to counter the growing rates of traffic-related deaths and injuries. As a result, an estimated 1.3 million deaths and 20 to 50 million injuries occur every year, with 90 percent of these fatalities occurring in low- and middle-income countries. This makes addressing Road Safety concerns, the need of the hour. This was the motivation behind Bloomberg Philanthropies hosted Global Road Safety Conference which brought together 150 road safety experts from 17 countries and took place in Mumbai, India. The event saw experts discuss one of the world's leading causes of preventable death – traffic related deaths and injuries. The Mumbai Traffic Police joined hands with Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Road Safety Initiative