- Bhopal’s Habibganj Station becomes the first station in the country to be redeveloped via public-private partnership mode under the station redevelopment programme of the Indian Railways. The revamp project was launched in July 2016 with a cost of Rs 450 crore. The project is divided into two parts: Rs 100 crore was earmarked for the facelift of the station, while the remaining Rs 350 crores. Kudos to the management for a better and climate-conscious effort towards the environment.
- Bengaluru has raced past other Indian cities in an attempt to stop the third wave. The total number of vaccine doses administered is all set to touch the 60-lakh mark. The targeted population of Bengaluru is 99 lakhs and as of now around half of them have been giving their first doses. Though there were disruptions in vaccine supplies between April 20 and May 20, the supply was streamlined by BBMP and they set up a target to vaccinate 25 lakh persons over 30 days. Congratulations on this feat and this are sure to reduce the number of fatalities in the third wave.
- An 11-year-old girl from Jamshedpur had resorted to selling mangoes to pursue her studies online. Mumbai-based Valuable Edutainment Private Limited decided to help her out by buying all her mangoes for a whopping Rs. 1.2 lakhs. This has allowed Tulsi to buy a smartphone to continue studying online. The father believes that since she is good at studies she will do something worthy in her life. The MD of the company that decided to buy her mangoes said that they were impressed by her drive to find a solution and perseverance. We wish her all the best with her future endeavours!
- Dipika Minz from Chandapara village in Khunti is doing her bit to help her juniors in school. She has been conducting free classes so that they do not forget the lessons taught in school. Not only this, she has also inspired the gram sabha to arrange similar classes for senior students which currently has more than 100 students. Now, she teaches English and Maths in the first batch and goes on to learn in the second batch. Two other students, Madhu Minz, studying in class 12, and Lily Sneha Lakra who is pursuing her graduation with English (Honours), agreed to volunteer for teaching the students. Remember, where there is a will. There is a way. More power to these girls.
- Kasargod District Collector announced on his Facebook that he’s nominated Musa Sharif for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. Musa, 49, is Asia’s ace navigator and most experienced co-driver. He has been in the sport for 39 years now and has won 21 championships so far. In these three decades, he has navigated for 49 drivers in 296 rallies, of which 67 were international rallies. Born in a fishing village he gave racing a shot during his college days. The first rally he took part in was the rally organised by Karavali Auto Sports Club in Mangaluru in 1993. He has also raced multiple times abroad and has won 8 national championships. Absolutely deserving of being nominated for the national award!
- A mom from Pennsylvania went looking for a new pet at the local shelter site and was shocked when she found the face of the beloved dog she’d lost two years ago. Aisha Nieves wasn’t sure that the pup was her missing pitbull-rottweiler mix Kuvo, but on closer inspection revealed a small facial scar that confirmed her suspicions. Nieves brought Kukvi home in 2014 when he was seven weeks old. In May 2019, her fence was damaged and Kuvi escaped. It turns out Kuvo was found in someone’s yard several weeks later and was adopted under the name of “Ash”. Due to changing circumstances, however, the family who had adopted Kuvo was forced to return him to the shelter this past June, and the pup was put up for adoption a second time. As soon as she found out that the pup was Kuvo, an ecstatic Nieves immediately contacted the shelter and adopted the pup to go back home. Now that Kuvo is home, Nieves says her heart is whole again.
- Elephants are famous for their migration, but these 13 elephants are going to have a different journey. Their trip is going to be one way from UK to Kenya. The ‘Back to the Wild’ program has already seen an impressive number of animals born at the Kent parks return to their natural habitats. Western lowland gorillas, black rhino, Javan langurs and gibbons, European bison, and clouded leopards are now not only thriving in the wild but are also successfully breeding. On the Kenyan side, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has been protecting wild elephants and rescuing injured ones for over 50 years. This is going to be the longest and largest elephant release effort in history. We wish them all the luck!
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