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Sunitha Krishnan's fight against sex slavery

Dr Sunitha Krishnan, born in 1969, is an Indian social activist and co-founder of Prajwala, an institution that has helped near about ten thousands of trafficked women and girls find a safe haven in their shelter.

The organisation also helps pay for the education of five thousand children infected with HIV/AIDS in Hyderabad alone. Prajwala’s “second-generation” prevention programme operates in 17 transition centres and has helped thousands of children of prostituted mothers. NGO’s strategy is to remove women from brothels by giving their children educational and career opportunities. Krishnan and her staff train survivors in carpentry, welding, printing, masonry, and housekeeping.
In the process of saving lives, she has been attacked 14 times by criminals and left impaired by right ear but her determination got more strong with time. Our "Namaste India" team congratulates Sunitha Krishnan for this award.
The below video is of her TEDx speech: She was invited to speak at TED-…

Know all about IIM alumni Irfan Alam or the Rickshaw Man

Irfan Alam is popularly known as the “rickshaw man of Bihar” is the man to be talked about. He has been invited to participate in the entrepreneur summit called by none other than US President Obama, the summit will be held in April this year and Irfan Alam will represent India.

After reading the above news you all must be thinking that the person I am talking about must be a great business tycoon, a great industrialist etc. but that’s not the case.

Let me tell you this man from Begusarai and an IIM Ahmedabad product is the Chairman of Sammaan Foundation, which works for uplifting the living and working standards of poor rickshaw wallas. After completing his education he could have earned a lot by taking up a job as a manager in any good company but he started Sammaan in 2007 with around 100 rickshaws and today he has around 3 lakh pullers registered under him. Sammaan is active in seven states and still growing. The states are Bihar, Jharkhand, Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Hary…

Know all about the former Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi

Born: November 19, 1917
Martyrdom: October 31, 1984

Achievements: Became President of Indian National Congress in 1959; was Minister of Information and Broadcasting in Lal Bahadur Shastri's government; became Prime Minister in 1966; nationalized major banks in 1969; gave the slogan of Garibi Hatao during 1971 general elections; led India to a decisive war against Pakistan in 1971.

Indira Gandhi, one of the best-known women of the 20th century, was Prime Minister of India, and daughter of former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. Also known as Indira Nehru Gandhi, she was born on November 19, 1917, in Allahabad. She was born in a family that was at the centre of the Indian freedom movement. Her father Jawaharlal Nehru and grandfather Motilal Nehru were at the forefront of Indian freedom struggle. Her mother Kamla Nehru, although less involved politically, was subject to political arrest by the British. Indira Gandhi had a lonely childhood, with some of her most vivid remembrances be…

Know all about Bharat Ratna Mother Teressa

Born: August 26, 1910
Died: September 5, 1997
Achievements: Started Missionaries of Charity in 1950; received Nobel Prize for Peace in 1979; received Bharat Ratna in 1980.

Mother Teresa was one of the great servants of humanity. She was an Albanian Catholic nun who came to India and founded the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata. Later on, Mother Teresa attained Indian citizenship. Her selfless work among the poverty-stricken people of Kolkata (Calcutta) is an inspiration for people all over the world and she was honoured with Nobel Prize for her work.

Mother Teresa's original name was Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. She was born on August 27, 1910, in Skopje, Macedonia. Her father was a successful merchant and she was the youngest of the three siblings. At the age of 12, she decided that she wanted to be a missionary and spread the love of Christ. At the age of 18, she left her parental home in Skopje and joined the Sisters of Loreto, an Irish community of nuns with missions in India.

Af…

Best ever President of India - Dr APJ Abdul Kalam

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam was an eminent scientist and aerospace engineer, he served as the 11th President of India from the period 2002 to 2007. APJ Abdul Kalam was a man of vision, full of ideas aimed at the development of the country. He firmly believed that India needs to play a more assertive role in international relations.

Dr Kalam also often referred to as the"Missile Man of India". People loved and respected Dr APJ Abdul Kalam so much during his tenure as President that he was popularly called as "The People's President".

Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam (Born: 15 October 1931 – Died: 27 July 2015), born and raised in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu and studied physics and aerospace engineering. He spent the next four decades as a scientist and science administrator, mainly at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and was intimately involved in India's civilian space programme and military missile…

Know about Anupam Kher Actor, Teacher, Author and a Motivational Speaker

Anupam Kher has taken character roles to a whole new level. He has experimented with different roles – the good guy, bad guy, the funny guy and many unconventional roles, he never fears of experimenting

Anupam Kher was born on 7th March 1951 to a Kashmiri Pandit family. He honed his acting skills at the National School of Drama.

He was the chairman of the Indian Censor Board and held the chair of director at the National School of Drama in 2001 up to 2004. He has started a production company called Karol Bagh Productions with Satish Kaushik. Their first movie will be "Tere Sang".

His first marriage to Madhu fell apart. He married again to actress Kirron Kher. Kirron Kher has a son Sikandar by her first marriage and he recently made his debut in Bollywood. Sikandar Kher is son to Kirron Kher and Gautham Berry.

Anupam Kher’s Movies: Anupam Kher made his entry into movies with Apmaan (1982). His performance in his second movie Saaransh (1984) as a man who has lost his son, recei…

Know about IIM Ahmedabad Professor Anil K Gupta

Anil K Gupta: I've tried enlisting the major activities of professor Anil K Gupta.

Education & Qualification:
B.Sc. (Agri.), M.Sc. (Genetics, HAU), PhD (Kurukshetra), Fellow (NAAS)Fellow, The World Academy of Art and Science, California 2001.Executive Vice Chairman of National Innovation Foundation, Founder of Honey Bee Network,Coordinator, SRISTI; Member, National Biodiversity Authority, and newly set up National Innovation Council, Chaired by Adviser to Prime MinisterVisiting Professor of Innovation Management in Emerging Markets, European Business School, Berlin
Mission: expansion of global as well as local space for grassroots innovators to ensure recognition, respect and reward for them; blending excellence in formal and informal science; protection of intellectual property rights of the innovators but also expanding open source as a part of ‘technology commons’; ethical issues in conservation and prospecting of biodiversity; linking innovations, investments and enterprise; …

Know about Shakuntala Devi a rare computational genius

Update: Shakuntala Devi died o 21st April 2013 at around 8:15AM IST at a hospital in Bangalore. Shakuntala died of cardiac arrest and with her death, the logic of superfast computing also gone forever.

Shakuntala Devi was the computational genius and none other has been found with that unique technique of computation.

Shakuntala Devi was generally known as a 'Human Computer' because of her extraordinary talents in solving complex mathematical problems without any mechanical aid. She also found her place in the Guinness book of records as a result of her extraordinary talents. At her later age, she apart from solving mathematical problems was utilising her amazing talent in the field of astrology.

She was born in 1939 in Bangalore, Karnataka. Manifested with an extraordinary love for numbers at the age of 3, she became an expert in complex mental arithmetic at the age of five. On 18 June 1980, She demonstrated the multiplication of two 13-digit numbers 7,686,369,774,870 x 2,465…

Water crisis in India

India is a country where water shortages have become so acute that the failed monsoon rains in 2009 had people literally killing each other over buckets of water, and tensions are still rising. In many places, cities are receiving less than half the water their populations need to meet basic requirements, and the constant bickering between individual states often breaks down into violent clashes.


Glaciers that provide meltwater in the north are disappearing. and fast. Indians are simultaneously switching to a more westernised diet, which has enormous impacts on water usage, and large scale mono-crops for biofuels add to the disaster. Presently 90% of India’s water usage is for agriculture. This percentage is rising, whilst competition is increasing with the growing industrial sector. India’s population is expected to surge to 1.5 billion people by 2050, and the country is still rapidly urbanising – with city dwellers using a lot more water than their rural counterparts. It is predict…

Word chess champion and Indian Chess Grand Master Vishwanathan Anand

17th Nov'13 Update: 4th game ends in a draw, but 5th and 6th game won by Norwegian chess Grand-master Magnus Carlsen taking the point tally to 4-2.

13th Nov'13 Update: Third game of the World Chess Championship between Vishwanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen ends in a long affair draw after 51 moves.

10th Nov'13Update: Anand faced Magnus Carlsen, the winner of the Candidates Tournament for the World Chess Championship 2013. Till date as on 10th November 2013, in two of the matches Anand had a draw with Carlsen.

Vishvanathan Anand born on 11th December 1969 in Chennai Acclaimed as the Fastest Brain in the world, is the absolute World Champion . It is his success in the world scene that has made this ancient Indian game, a mass sport in India.

The critics rate him as one of the biggest natural talents ever in the history of chess. His hallmark lightening speed and intuitive play came to be recognized when he became the first Indian Grand master in 1987. On 29th October 2008 h…

mf hussain

Maqbool Fida Hussain, (born September 17, 1915, Pandharpur, Maharashtra, India) popularly known as MF, is an Indian artist.
According to Forbes magazine, he has been called the "Picasso of India". After there was some controversy regarding his paintings, he was on a self imposed exile from 2006. In January, 2010 he was offered citizenship of Qatar, which he has since accepted.
In the 1990s some of Husain's works became controversial because of their portrayal of Hindu deities in the nude or in an allegedly sexual manner. The paintings in question were created in 1970, but did not become an issue until 1996, when they were printed in Vichar Mimansa, a Hindi monthly magazine, which published them in an article headlined "M.F. Husain: A Painter or Butcher". In response, eight criminal complaints were filed against Husain. In 2004, Delhi High Court dismissed these complaints of "promoting enmity between different groups ... by painting Hindu goddesses — Durga an…

Know about neurologist VS Ramachandran

Vilayanur Subramanian "Rama" Ramachandran is a neurologist best known for his work in the fields of behavioural neurology and psychophysics. He is currently the Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition, Professor in the Psychology Department and Neurosciences Program at the University of California, San Diego, and Adjunct Professor of Biology at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.
Ramachandran initially obtained an M.D. at Stanley Medical College in Madras, India, and subsequently obtained a PhD from Trinity College at the University of Cambridge. Ramachandran’s early work was on visual perception but he is best known for his experiments in behavioural neurology which, despite their apparent simplicity, have had a profound impact on the way we think about the brain.

Ramachandran has been elected to fellowships at All Souls College, Oxford, and the Royal Institution, London (which also awarded him the Henry Dale Medal). He gave the 2003 BBC Reith Lectures and wa…

Kavita Ramdas President of Global fund for Women

Kavita Ramdas is the President and CEO of the largest non-profit organization in the world exclusively funding women's human rights, the Global Fund for Women.
Ramdas was born in Delhi, India and grew up in Mumbai, Delhi, London, Rangoon, and Bonn . She attended high school at the Cathedral and John Connon School in Mumbai, and graduated from the Springdales Public School in New Delhi in 1980.
She received her B.A. in international relations from Mount Holyoke College in 1985 and her M.P.A. in international development and public policy studies from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University in 1988.
Ramdas is a member of the Global Development Program Advisory Panel to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, on the Board of Trustees at Princeton University, on the Council of Advisors on Gender Equity to the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and on the Advisory Council to the Asian University for Women and the African Women…

Know about Shekhar Kapur

Shekhar Kapur (Born: 6th December 1945) is an Indian film director and producer. He is a critically acclaimed director, rose to popularity with the movie, Bandit Queen. He was nominated for Academy Awards for Elizabeth and its sequel Elizabeth: The Golden Age.

Kapur started his career working with a multinational oil company. He moved to Great Britain in 1970 and spent several years working as an accountant and management consultant.
He started his career as an actor in the movie' 'Jaan Hazir hai' (1975) and later in 'Toote Khilone' in Bollywood. He also appeared in several Hindi TV serials, like Udaan opposite Kavita Chaudhary, and films, but his career never took off as an actor.

He turned director with the portrayal of an illegitimate son gaining family acceptance in Masoom (1983). He then directed the 1987 science-fiction film Mr India which was one of the most successful films of the 1980s. In 1994 he directed the critically acclaimed Bandit Queen. Kapur play…

inventor of sixth sense Pranav Mistry

+Pranav Mistry was born 1981 in Palanpur, India is the inventor of SixthSense. He is a research assistant and a PhD candidate at MIT Media Lab. Sixth Sense has recently attracted global attention. Among some of his previous work, Pranav has made intelligent sticky notes that can be searched, located and can send reminders and messages; a pen that can draw in 3D; and a public map that can act as Google of physical world. Pranav holds a Master in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT and Master of Design from IIT Bombay besides his Bachelor degree in Computer Engineering from Nirma Institute Of Technology, Ahmedabad. Pranav’s research interests include Ubiquitous computing, Gestural and Tangible Interaction, AI, Augmented reality, Machine vision, Collective intelligence and Robotics.
Sixth Sense has been awarded 2009 Invention Award by Popular Science. Pranav also won Young Innovator Award TR35 by Technology Review. In 2010, he was named to Creativity Magazine's Creativity 50. Mistry has…

Yeh Zindagi Pal Bhar Ki - Hindi Poem

यह ज़िन्दगी पल भर की !! खड़ा होना सीखा कि दौड़ने को  मजबूर करती!!
बोलना सीखा कि  हर पल रोने को मजबूर करती!! यह ज़िन्दगी पल भर की!!
देखना सीखा कि आँखों को चकाचौंध करती जीवन चक्र को अपने हाथों पे नचाती यह ज़िन्दगी पल भर की!!
सागर की लहरों की तरह हमें भी उछलती  हर काल हर समय पे हमपे मंडराती यह ज़िन्दगी पल भर की!!
हम इसे समझने में लगते यह हमें समझती रहती किसी को हंसती किसी को रुलाती यह ज़िन्दगी पल भर की!!

Take Your Time - English Poem

Take your time to do your best complete your work before the rest!!
Get some knowledge it will not vanish sharpen your mind it will not vanish!!
Set your goal forward with a motive try to achieve within the native!!
Always be happy, make your life county don't be disheartened, look for the new opportunity!!
Do something benevolent, make them feel create some miracle to make them heal!!
There is no moment to waste now always prepare yourself for why and how?!!
Make your seconds even so relevant god will think of you in heaven!!
Then why to waste, if a lot to cover you have to complete before you get over.!!