Salman Khan’s NGO Being Human to send tankers to drought-hit Marathwada

Actor Salman Khan has joined the list of celebrities and politicians who are doing their bit to supply drinking water to Maharashtra's drought-hit Marathwada region. Being Human has undertaken to supply 2,500 tankers of water to Aurangabad and other towns in the region that are reeling under one of the worst droughts the state has ever faced. The NGO will supply 750 water tankers to Beed, 500 each to Osmanabad and Jalna, and 250 each to Aurangabad and Nanded.


Nirbhaya awarded US “woman of courage”

Nirbhaya, the "Fearless" victim of a gang rape in a Delhi bus, was honoured with a posthumous US "woman of courage" award. US first lady Michelle Obama joined secretary of state John Kerry as he presented nine women the annual award recognizing women around the globe who have shown exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for women's rights and empowerment, often at great personal risk. At the State Department presentation ceremony on International Women's Day, Kerry praised the determination and courage of Nirbhaya describing her as a brave woman whose life was snuffed out in a brutal assault.


U.S. and Indian experts develop model to mitigate arsenic contamination of rural drinking water

Arsenic in groundwater is a serious health problem affecting over 100 million people in 70 countries. To address arsenic contamination of drinking water in rural areas, the United States Embassy and India’s Department of Science and Technology (DST), supported by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), convened the “Rural Drinking Water Roundtable: Thirst for a business model.” Senior scientists from DST joined engineers, social scientists and financial experts from eighteen organizations, including engineering firms, non-governmental organizations, and financial investment organizations to develop concrete business plans to mitigate the chemical contamination of drinking water in rural areas, with a focus on arsenic.


NGO’s as observer in 13th General Election in Malaysia.

The Election Commission (EC) in Malaysia has appointed 17 non-governmental organisations (NGO) as observers in the 13th general election as stated by the EC deputy chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar.All the NGOs have appointed their volunteers numbering about 1,000 people who will be on duty at polling centres. Only volunteers from NGOs recognised by EC could access polling centres that have been identified but they have to adhere to regulations.