June 2014: The driest June in 113 years!
News this week Swati Bansal posted 7 years 6 months ago

India receives only 85.8 mm of rain this June

June 2014: driest since 1901
Barter by the beel
The centuries old Jon beel mela in Assam has a unique ritual- a barter between the tribes of the nearby hills and plains. Will urbanisation let the historic festival thrive? Usha Dewani posted 7 years 9 months ago

This was my first time here. I had heard of this festival, perhaps the only existing one in India, where barter takes place at such a scale. Jon Beel mela in Jon Beel, Jagiroad Assam- a historic festival where people from the hills and plains come together for a unique exchange of goods and agricultural produce near a moon-shaped wetland.

Eatables laid out for exchange at Jon beel mela
Fight water-borne diseases before they happen
Diarrhoea, cholera and dysentery are often rampant after the monsoons. The state of Assam piloted a programme to teach people to prevent their occurrence rather than to treat the illness later. Usha Dewani posted 8 years 6 months ago

The monsoon brings with it water-borne diseases like diarrhoea, cholera and dysentery, which cause suffering and death. Although this is a recurring theme annually, not enough measures are taken to prevent this. The state of Assam decided to take some action in May of this year.

Mobile labs that tested water samples in Assam