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Shri Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, Government of India, and Ms. Naina Lal Kidwai, President, Federation of India Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), gave the First Prize (Water Initiatives by NGOs) of the 2013 FICCI Water Awards to the Institute of Rural Research and Development (IRRAD), an initiative of S.M. Sehgal Foundation, on 6 August, 2013. The Awards Function was held at FICCI in Delhi.

Self-sufficient farming gives women in rural Alipurduar in West Bengal food, health and confidence!

Till a few decades ago, most people in India grew vegetables and fruits in their own gardens. Then something changed. We shifted from 'farming for food' to 'farming for money'. The start of the ‘green revolution’ meant that production increased but so did the farmer's dependency on chemicals, fertilizers and pesticides. This shift in farming - from lifestyle to livelihood - also resulted in women keeping away from most farming decisions even though they were involved in the various tasks of sowing, reaping, harvesting and filling up the granaries.

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Forest panel rejects dams in the Northeast, government releases new poverty statistics and citizens' refuse the '24x7' water supply scheme are the highlights of this week's news.

Forest Advisory Committee rejects the controversial Tipaimukh and Dibang hydro-electric projects

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