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Gujarat Elections 2017: Welcome to Rajsamadhiyala village, where voting is compulsory and political campaigning is prohibited
India

Gujarat Elections 2017: Welcome to Rajsamadhiyala village, where voting is compulsory and political campaigning is prohibited

Firstpost visits a Gujarat village where voting is enforced by fines and the voting percentage is above 90.

India March for Science: Thousands throng the streets seeking better fund for research infrastructure
India

India March for Science: Thousands throng the streets seeking better fund for research infrastructure

Thousands of scientists from India’s premier research institutions and colleges are taking to the streets in 25 cities across the country to demand the development of science

A friend indeed: How Sakhi's Aarti Naik is ensuring an education for girls living in slums
Life

A friend indeed: How Sakhi's Aarti Naik is ensuring an education for girls living in slums

Naik’s personal struggle lead to her initiative 'Sakhi for girls education'.

Exams are over, results are out, did you know that you could become a beer historian like Theresa McCulla?
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Exams are over, results are out, did you know that you could become a beer historian like Theresa McCulla?

She started her career in the shadows working for the CIA, but a historian at a prestigious Washington museum has been thrust into the limelight after the American press dubbed her job researching beer the "coolest in the world."

Manchester terror attack: Donors give thousands to buy Manchester rescue workers a drink
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Manchester terror attack: Donors give thousands to buy Manchester rescue workers a drink

Rescue workers raced to the scene to aid victims of the bombing in the northwestern English city, which injured another 116 people.

Taiwan's landmark ruling in favour of gay marriage possible because of Chi Chia-wei's 30-year-long activism
World

Taiwan's landmark ruling in favour of gay marriage possible because of Chi Chia-wei's 30-year-long activism

Draped with rainbow flags and waving a huge rainbow banner, celebrated activist Chi Chia-wei stood triumphant in front of cheering crowds after Taiwan's top court ruled in favour of gay marriage.

UP's child development metrics are on the way up thanks to tireless efforts at Anganwadi centres
India

UP's child development metrics are on the way up thanks to tireless efforts at Anganwadi centres

Thanks to the contributions made by like-minded individuals committed to bringing about a change, the condition of children in the state is improving

How Kerala's Kodinhi village was saved from communal riots after the killing of a Muslim convert
India

How Kerala's Kodinhi village was saved from communal riots after the killing of a Muslim convert

But when the situation threatened to get out of hand, Kodinhi found its saviours in the mosque committee and the Imam

Tent dealers come together to help curb child marriages in Rajasthan
India

Tent dealers come together to help curb child marriages in Rajasthan

47000 marriage tent dealers of the Rajasthan Tent Dealers Kiraya Vavshya Samiti have decided not to supply tents and wedding materials for child marriages.

Ex-US Air Force officer transforms daughters of Indian sex workers into ‘krantikaris’
India

Ex-US Air Force officer transforms daughters of Indian sex workers into ‘krantikaris’

Former US Air Force officer Robin Chaurasia co-founded the non-profit 'Kranti' in 2011 to empower the marginalised girls to become agents of social change.

Mexico's vigilante officers use comedy to fight lawlessness; upload videos of civic offenders
World

Mexico's vigilante officers use comedy to fight lawlessness; upload videos of civic offenders

Mexicans are taking to social media to post videos of bad behavior, led by two heroes who wield comedy to expose lazy cops, litterers and arrogant drivers

Petite, tall and curvy: Barbie now represents all shapes and sizes
Life

Petite, tall and curvy: Barbie now represents all shapes and sizes

Barbie, the world's most famous doll, has a new body. In fact, she has three new bodies - petite, tall and curvy.

Watch: Sonu Nigam's single with India's first transgender band is powerful
Entertainment

Watch: Sonu Nigam's single with India's first transgender band is powerful

Sonu Nigam's single Sab Rab De Bande is with India's first transgender band.

'Husband is not an ATM': Men find novel way to demand their rights
Life

'Husband is not an ATM': Men find novel way to demand their rights

Around 150 men from the Vaastav Foundation ran the marathon, shouting slogans for men's rights and carried banner saying "Men's rights are human rights" or "Husband is not an ATM."

ITBP's first 500-strong 'mahila' squad to be posted to China border in March
India

ITBP's first 500-strong 'mahila' squad to be posted to China border in March

A freshly-trained contingent of 500 women personnel — which will be the first 'mahila' squad to be deployed in high-altitude posts along the India-China border — was commissioned into the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) in Panchkula on 15 January.

The power of art: How Sreejata Roy's paintings on Delhi's streets is changing public space for women
India

The power of art: How Sreejata Roy's paintings on Delhi's streets is changing public space for women

Women socialising in a public sphere, over the simple act of tea drinking, had only just begun to enter his imagination. Other customers asked the tea boy whether they could bring their families along to the tea stall to have them painted onto the wall. And when the painting was done, Roy and Co. found that the tea boy had now assumed the role of both custodian and curator of the painting.

Meet Ahmad Naser Sarmast: A blast and hearing loss could not stop this Kabul man's music
World

Meet Ahmad Naser Sarmast: A blast and hearing loss could not stop this Kabul man's music

With a PhD in music studies from Monash University in Australia, Sarmast says he owed it to his country to return after his studies and "create a centre for culture and for traditional Afghan music that has been moribund for so many years."

Meet Sagar: Engineer-cum-security guard who is working hard towards his goals
Life

Meet Sagar: Engineer-cum-security guard who is working hard towards his goals

Sagar Ashokrao Bhagat, an engineer by qualification and a security guard by profession, tells on one hand an inspiring story of an individual ready to do anything to achieve his goals and on the other hand a sad tale of shortage of jobs for graduates in India.

Against all odds: From the streets of Kolkata to an American college. And back
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Against all odds: From the streets of Kolkata to an American college. And back

A an Indian success story albeit with an American touch, the Community College Initiative Program that began in 2007 has seen some 2,300 students, spending a year in American community colleges. This is the story of Ashok Pal, Pratap Kundar and Zeeshan Ali from Kolkata

'As you pursue your goals, obstacles become irrelevant': Magsaysay awardee Anshu Gupta on running 'Goonj'
India

'As you pursue your goals, obstacles become irrelevant': Magsaysay awardee Anshu Gupta on running 'Goonj'

Anshu Gupta, who has been given the Magsaysay Award, has been recognized for ‘his creative vision in transforming the culture of giving in India. Excerpts from an interview