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Adani Green Energy Gallery inaugurated at London’s Science Museum

26 Mar 2024  |  thecsrjournal.in
The Adani Green Energy Gallery was inaugurated at London's Science Museum, showcasing the global energy revolution and sustainable energy technologies. The gallery, named 'Energy Revolution: The Adani Green Energy Gallery', features interactive exhibits on climate futures and the role of human innovation in shaping energy choices. Adani Group Chairman Gautam Adani expressed pride in the partnership with the Science Museum and the gallery's contribution to understanding sustainability and climate science. Additionally, Adani Green Energy Limited has begun power generation at its renewable energy plant in Khavda, Gujarat, with plans to develop a 30 GW capacity at the Renewable Energy park within five years, aiming to create the world's largest renewable energy installation.

Birla, Bajaj, Piramal, Mahindra, Jindal, Mittal, Goenka and Vedanta among Electoral Bonds donors

13 Mar 2024  |  thecsrjournal.in
Top Indian companies and individuals, including Vedanta Ltd., Jindal Group, and Bajaj Auto, have been revealed as significant donors to political parties through the Electoral Bonds Scheme, according to data from the Election Commission of India. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) received the highest donations, followed by the All India Trinamool Congress and the Indian National Congress. The Supreme Court of India has ordered the State Bank of India to stop issuing electoral bonds and submit detailed information on bonds purchased since April 2019. The scheme, initiated by the NDA Government in 2018, allowed anonymous funding to political parties.

Election Report Card: Promises vs Achievements under 'Nation First'

11 Mar 2024  |  thecsrjournal.in
The article evaluates the promises made by the BJP in their 2019 manifesto against their achievements as the 2024 Lok Sabha elections approach. It covers various topics including terrorism, national security, welfare of soldiers, combating infiltration, coastal safety, the Citizenship Amendment Act, left-wing extremism, and the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu & Kashmir. The article presents a balanced view, highlighting both the successes and criticisms of the Modi government, with input from various political leaders and stakeholders.

PM Modi inaugurates India’s first underwater Metro Rail service in Kolkata

06 Mar 2024  |  thecsrjournal.in
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India's first underwater Metro Service in Kolkata on March 6, 2024. The service includes the Howrah Maidan – Esplanade Metro section, featuring India's deepest metro station at Howrah and an underwater tunnel beneath the Hooghly River. The PM also laid the foundation for projects worth Rs 15,400 crore and unveiled additional metro sections. The underwater Metro aims to reduce traffic congestion and air pollution, with the entire East-West route expected to start commercial operation by July 2024.

Top 10 companies for CSR in Healthcare in India 2023

21 Feb 2024  |  thecsrjournal.in
The CSR Journal lists the top 10 companies in India for CSR in healthcare in 2023, highlighting their initiatives to improve access to healthcare for underprivileged communities. Tata Group, SBI, Infosys, Cipla, ICICI Bank, Sun Pharma, ONGC, Apollo Hospitals, SAIL, and Adani Group are recognized for their efforts in areas such as cancer care, eye care, maternal and child health, and disease elimination. These companies have implemented various programs, including mobile health units, hospital management systems, and partnerships with government and non-profit organizations to address healthcare challenges in India.

Dr. Neerja Birla and Ms. Advaitesha Birla talk about their initiatives for mental health and menstrual hygiene

12 Jan 2024  |  thecsrjournal.in
Dr. Neerja Birla and Ms. Advaitesha Birla discuss their impactful initiatives for social change through the Aditya Birla Education Trust. Advaitesha leads 'Ujaas,' focusing on menstrual hygiene awareness and breaking taboos, with the 'Ujaas Menstrual Health Express' mobile van distributing sanitary pads across India. Dr. Neerja Birla champions mental health causes through 'Mpower,' aiming to end stigma and provide holistic care. The initiatives reflect the trust's commitment to transformative contributions in both menstrual health and mental well-being.

Human Trafficking – The scene in India in the present day

11 Jan 2024  |  thecsrjournal.in
Human trafficking in India is a significant issue, with women and children being the primary targets. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime's 2022 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons highlights that one in three victims detected globally is a child. Traffickers are increasingly using online platforms to lure victims with false promises of a better life or employment. Odisha has the highest number of trafficking victims in India, according to the National Crime Records Bureau's 2022 report. Child trafficking is also prevalent, with Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and Andhra Pradesh being the top states affected. Indian Railways has set up Anti Human Trafficking Units and the National Commission for Women has established an Anti-Human Trafficking Cell to combat this crime. Government schemes like NALSA and Ujjawala are in place to support victims.

Gautam Adani becomes richest Indian, to back Chess prodigy Praggnanandhaa

05 Jan 2024  |  thecsrjournal.in
Gautam Adani has reclaimed the title of India's richest person and Asia's wealthiest, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Following a Supreme Court verdict in favor of Adani Group against allegations by Hindenburg Research, Adani announced his support for Indian chess prodigy Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa. The Supreme Court of India has shown confidence in SEBI's ongoing investigation, rejecting the demand for an SIT probe. Adani's net worth is now $97.6 billion, slightly above Mukesh Ambani's $97 billion. Other notable Indians on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index include Shapoor Mistry, Shiv Nadar, Azim Premji, Savitri Jindal, Dilip Shanghvi, and Lakshmi Mittal.

Spreading smiles marks the actual celebration of Navratri

16 Oct 2023  |  thecsrjournal.in
The CSR Journal article highlights various charitable efforts by organizations and individuals during Navratri, aimed at spreading happiness among the underprivileged. Activities include donating food, clothes, and essentials, educating children, and raising awareness on health and nutrition. The article features comments from representatives of Sarodiya Charitable Trust, Bala Vikasa, Robin Hood Academy, We Care Foundation, Salaam Bombay Foundation, Nilima WelfareTrust, and RSKS India, all of whom emphasize the importance of giving and community engagement during the festival.

PM Modi lauds sanitary napkin plant in Himachal Pradesh as ‘commendable initiative towards women empowerment’

07 Oct 2023  |  thecsrjournal.in
Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised a sanitary napkin plant in Sarahan, Himachal Pradesh, as a commendable initiative for women's empowerment, promoting health and providing employment. The plant, funded by a CSR initiative, manufactures and distributes sanitary napkins for free to students and underprivileged women, aiming to spread awareness about menstrual health and hygiene. The government of India is also working to raise awareness about menstrual health among underprivileged women in urban slums and rural areas.

PM Modi lauds over 5,500 school teachers recruited at Madhya Pradesh Rozgar Mela

02 Oct 2023  |  thecsrjournal.in
More than 5,500 teachers have been appointed in Madhya Pradesh's primary schools during the Rozgar Mela, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the event virtually. Modi emphasized the crucial role of the new recruits in implementing the National Education Policy and highlighted the importance of national character in development. He also praised the state government for recruiting 50,000 teachers over the past three years. The Madhya Pradesh government, led by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, is focused on improving education quality through initiatives like 'CM Rise' schools and providing resources such as electric scooters and financial aid for students.

Ayodhya-based brand offering compostable tableware made of sugarcane pulp

01 Oct 2023  |  thecsrjournal.in
Uttar Pradesh-based Yash Pakka Ltd, under its brand CHUK, manufactures eco-friendly, compostable tableware from sugarcane pulp. The company aims to provide sustainable alternatives to single-use plastics, which have significant negative impacts on the environment. CHUK's products decompose within 180 days, contributing to environmental sustainability. The brand has seen increased demand following the Indian government's ban on single-use plastics. CHUK is also developing compostable flexible packaging to further its mission of reducing plastic waste.

CSR Leaders: Byas Anand from Dabur India Ltd opens up on their plastic waste management initiative

01 Oct 2023  |  thecsrjournal.in
Dabur India Ltd has been recognized by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi for its plastic waste management efforts, achieving a '100 percent plastic waste neutral' status. Byas Anand, Head of Corporate Communications & CSR at Dabur, discusses the company's initiatives, including extensive recycling programs, awareness campaigns, and collaborations with local municipalities and the Indian Pollution Control Association. Dabur aims to become a Plastic Waste Positive enterprise by recycling more plastic waste than it produces, with significant progress already made in 2022. The company emphasizes sustainability, balancing economic growth with environmental stewardship and social responsibility.

CSR Leaders: Dr Ganesh Raja, CEO, Kotak Education Foundation talks about their top education and skill development programmes

01 Oct 2023  |  thecsrjournal.in
Kotak Education Foundation, led by CEO Dr Ganesh Raja, has been dedicated to providing quality education and skill development to underprivileged children and youth in India for the past 16 years. Their initiatives include the Excel Intervention, which offers scholarships to meritorious students from low-income families, and the Unnati program, which provides skill development and livelihood training to unemployed urban youth. The foundation has also launched the Kotak Kanya Scholarship for meritorious girl students in STEM fields and the Kotak Shiksha Nidhi to support students who lost a parent due to COVID-19. Additionally, the Model School Project aims to improve the quality of education in schools across Maharashtra. The foundation's efforts have significantly impacted thousands of students, helping them secure gainful employment and continue their education.

CSR Leaders: Suresh Khandelwal from Electrosteel Castings Ltd talks about their ‘Tailoring and Fashion Designing’ programme for women in Tirupati

01 Oct 2023  |  thecsrjournal.in
Electrosteel Castings Ltd is running a 100-day skill training program on tailoring and fashion designing for women in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, as part of its CSR initiatives. The program aims to empower women from local villages by providing them with skills to support their families financially. The initiative has been well-received, with plans to extend it to other regions. The company has a history of CSR activities focused on community development, including health, education, and sports.

CSR Leaders: Rohan Lobo from Deloitte India talks about their ‘Anaemia Mukt Mahilayien’ programme

01 Oct 2023  |  thecsrjournal.in
Deloitte India, in collaboration with the Gurugram District Administration, has completed a three-month pilot project titled ‘Anaemia Mukt Mahilayien’ aimed at reducing anaemia among women and children in three villages. The initiative, which involved local community workers and volunteers, focused on testing, treating, and raising awareness about anaemia. The project saw significant improvements in participants' health, with a notable reduction in anaemia cases. Plans are underway to scale up the program in Gurugram and potentially expand it to other parts of India.

Kolkata’s Suruchi Sangha Durga Puja goes Green with eco-friendly hoardings

01 Oct 2023  |  thecsrjournal.in
Durga Puja, recognized by UNESCO as an 'Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity,' is being used by South Kolkata's Suruchi Sangha to promote environmental conservation. The club has replaced plastic hoardings with eco-friendly cotton and canvas ones, using lead-free ink. General Secretary Swarup Biswas emphasizes the need to eliminate plastic to prevent pollution and health issues. Artist Gouranga Kuila, who conceptualized the theme, highlights the responsibility of citizens in environment conservation. Other clubs in Kolkata are also adopting eco-friendly practices for Durga Puja celebrations.

World Heart Day 2023: Everyday workouts to keep our heart healthy

29 Sep 2023  |  thecsrjournal.in
World Heart Day 2023 emphasizes the importance of maintaining heart health through daily workouts. The World Health Organization advises against an unhealthy diet, excessive alcohol, tobacco, air pollution, and a sedentary lifestyle. Recommended activities include walking, swimming, cycling, dancing or Zumba, and weight or resistance training. These exercises improve cardiovascular health, manage chronic conditions, and promote overall fitness. India's high diabetes rates highlight the need for physical activity. A healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet and avoiding harmful habits, is crucial for heart health.

National Handloom Day 2023: Why choose handloom clothes

07 Aug 2023  |  thecsrjournal.in
National Handloom Day, observed annually on August 7th, aims to promote India's handloom heritage and support artisans. This year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched an e-portal for textiles and crafts. Handloom clothes are highlighted for their organic, skin-friendly, durable, and eco-friendly qualities. The article emphasizes the importance of supporting weavers to preserve this ancient craft and improve their financial conditions.

World Wide Web Day 2023: Cyber safety tips to follow while shopping online

01 Aug 2023  |  thecsrjournal.in
World Wide Web Day, celebrated on August 1, commemorates the creation of the web by Sir Tim Berners-Lee in 1989. The CSR Journal provides cyber safety tips for online shoppers to protect against cyber frauds. Recommendations include using familiar and reliable e-commerce portals, ensuring websites have SSL encryption (HTTPS), not oversharing personal information, creating strong passwords, avoiding shopping on public Wi-Fi, and being cautious with payment methods. The article emphasizes the importance of cyber safety in the digital age.

How Chief Minister’s College Students Rehabilitation Scheme will benefit students in violence-hit Manipur

14 Jul 2023  |  thecsrjournal.in
The Manipur government has initiated the 'Chief Minister’s College Students Rehabilitation Scheme 2023' to support undergraduate students affected by violence in the state. Launched by Education Minister Thounaojam Basantakumar Singh, the scheme aims to reduce dropout rates by facilitating inter-college transfers, offering free admissions, and providing financial aid for books, stationery, uniforms, and other necessities. Eligible students can apply online or through deputy commissioners due to disrupted internet services. Benefits also include a one-time rehabilitation grant, smartphones, sanitary pads for girls, and sports equipment.

International Plastic Bag Free Day 2023: 5 sustainable alternatives to plastic bags

03 Jul 2023  |  thecsrjournal.in
International Plastic Bag Free Day 2023 emphasizes the environmental hazards of plastic bags and promotes sustainable alternatives. The CSR Journal highlights five eco-friendly substitutes: cotton bags, recycled paper bags, jute bags, canvas bags, and bio-plastic bags. These alternatives are presented as practical solutions to reduce plastic waste and its negative impact on the environment. The article also references the United Nations Environment Programme's data on plastic waste and India's ban on single-use plastic items to underscore the urgency of the issue.

International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 2023- Campaigns by Indian Police for a drugs-free society

26 Jun 2023  |  thecsrjournal.in
The article highlights various campaigns and initiatives by Indian police forces across different states to combat drug abuse and illicit trafficking, coinciding with the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking observed on June 26. Key campaigns include Chhattisgarh Police's 'Nijaat', Punjab Police's 'OPS Vigil', Delhi Police's 'Operation Kawach', Mumbai Police's 'Drugs free Mumbai', and Himachal Pradesh Police's 'Pradhav – Wipe out drugs'. These initiatives involve public awareness programs, raids, collaborations with organizations like UNICEF and educational institutions, and the use of technology such as mobile apps to report drug-related activities. The efforts aim to curb drug consumption, especially among youth, and promote a drug-free society.

International Yoga Day 2023: How to heal back pain and stress with easy to do asanas and pranayamas

21 Jun 2023  |  The CSR Journal
Maitrayee Bhowmick, a Kolkata-based yoga expert and CEO of 'The Agile soul', demonstrates simple breathing techniques and stretching exercises that can be performed at the workplace or at home to alleviate stress, anxiety, and back pain. On World Yoga Day 2023, she showcases Surya Namaskar and the Cat-camel posture for The CSR Journal's viewers, promoting a healthier and fitter lifestyle.

International Yoga Day 2023: How to heal back pain and stress with easy to do asanas and pranayamas

21 Jun 2023  |  thecsrjournal.in
Corporate professionals often face stress, anxiety, and back pain due to long hours at work. Kolkata-based Yoga expert Maitrayee Bhowmick, founder of 'The Agile Soul,' demonstrates simple asanas and pranayamas that can be performed at the workplace or home to alleviate these issues. On World Yoga Day 2023, she showcases the Surya Namaskar and Cat-camel posture, along with breathing techniques to reduce stress and improve overall well-being.

Admission begins in 80 Schools of Excellence launched by Jharkhand Chief Minister

12 May 2023  |  thecsrjournal.in
Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren has inaugurated 80 Schools of Excellence across various districts, aiming to enhance school education and digital literacy, particularly for underprivileged students. Admissions for 1st, 6th, and 9th standards are open until May 15, with tests on May 19. These CBSE-affiliated schools offer English medium education, digital smart classrooms, and vocational training in various fields. The state government plans to establish additional schools at block and gram panchayat levels, targeting quality education for over 15 lakh students. The government is also focusing on healthcare, with recent initiatives including the launch of an air ambulance and a new Cancer Hospital and Research Centre in Ranchi.

World Liver Day 2023: Foods to eat and avoid if you have a fatty liver

19 Apr 2023  |  thecsrjournal.in
The liver is a vital organ responsible for various functions such as metabolism, immunity, digestion, detoxification, and vitamin storage. World Liver Day, celebrated on April 19th, aims to raise awareness about liver diseases, emphasizing the importance of early detection and prevention. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is prevalent among overweight individuals and is increasingly seen in Indian youth, teenagers, and obese children. Mumbai-based Integrative Nutritionist and Health Coach Karishma Shah highlights the importance of good cholesterol for liver health and identifies harmful dietary and lifestyle habits contributing to fatty liver disease, such as alcohol consumption, bad fatty foods, and smoking.

How Computer Shiksha is making India’s children digitally literate

30 Mar 2023  |  thecsrjournal.in
Computer Shiksha, a non-profit organization, has been providing free computer literacy to over 131,000 children from underprivileged communities across 17 Indian states for the past 11 years. The organization offers a complete package of services including video course-ware, training, and certification, aiming to bridge the digital divide and empower children with essential skills for societal integration and future employment. Supported by various companies through CSR funds and donations, Computer Shiksha plans to reach 300,000 students by March 2025 and aligns its mission with the United Nations' SDG 4 for inclusive and equitable quality education.

International Day of Forests 2023: How Greenply Industries Limited is making Nagaland greener with Project Green Rise

25 Mar 2023  |  The CSR Journal
Greenply Industries Limited is actively engaging in reforestation through Project Green Rise, planting over 15 lakh saplings in Nagaland, India, and sourcing 97% of their timber from plantation trees. The company's CSR efforts extend to education and healthcare, operating a school and a Mobile Medical Van in Tizit, Nagaland. They also focus on community development, including women's empowerment by training and employing women as carpenters.

World TB Day 2023: Dr Lalit Kumar Anande talks about Tuberculosis, mental health and why we need to be more human in our approach

24 Mar 2023  |  thecsrjournal.in
World TB Day is observed annually on March 24 to raise awareness about tuberculosis and efforts to end the global epidemic. Dr. Lalit Kumar Anande, former Medical Superintendent of TB Hospital in Mumbai, discusses the mental health struggles of TB patients, the importance of boosting immunity, and the need for a more compassionate approach towards those affected. He emphasizes breaking the stigma associated with TB, supporting patients emotionally, and enhancing their nutrition. The article underscores the theme 'Yes! We can end TB!' and calls for increased investments, leadership, and multisectoral collaboration to combat the TB epidemic.

CSR Leaders: Simrat Bishnoi from Amway India discusses CSR projects for combating malnutrition, women empowerment, and healthcare in rural areas

15 Mar 2023  |  thecsrjournal.in
Amway India, under the leadership of Simrat Bishnoi, has been actively involved in CSR initiatives aimed at combating malnutrition, empowering women, and providing healthcare in rural areas. The company's 'Power of 5 – Fight against Malnutrition programme' and 'Village Healthcare Program' have reached over 3.50 lakh beneficiaries, including more than 80,000 children, and over 1.40 lakh villagers across 30 villages in Tamil Nadu, respectively. The 'Women Livelihood Program ‘Project Nari Shakti’' has impacted over 25,000 individuals, with 1,700 women being direct beneficiaries. These initiatives align with the Government of India’s National Nutrition Mission and are focused on providing nutrition education, healthcare services, and livelihood skills.

Jharkhand boosts digital literacy: Laptops and smartphones for board exam toppers

14 Mar 2023  |  thecsrjournal.in
Jharkhand has announced significant rewards for students topping the 10th and 12th board exams to boost digital literacy. The state government, led by Chief Minister Hemant Soren, will award Rs 3 lakh, a laptop, and a smartphone to the top students of the Jharkhand Academic Council, CBSE, and ICSE/ISC board exams. The initiative, detailed by Education Minister Jagarnath Mahato, also includes rewards for second and third place students. The education department has identified 68 meritorious students from the previous year to be honored in an upcoming ceremony. The board exams for this year begin on March 14, 2023, with nearly 8 lakh students registered.

Pune-based social enterprise is upcycling plastic using traditional charkha and handloom

03 Feb 2023  |  thecsrjournal.in
EcoKaari, a Pune-based social enterprise, is addressing environmental pollution by upcycling waste plastic wrappers using traditional charkha and handloom techniques. Founded by Nandan Bhat in 2020, the enterprise also aims to provide livelihoods for rural artisans, particularly women. EcoKaari produces a variety of sustainable and vegan products, such as bags and table accessories, and has expanded with a unit in Bellary, Karnataka, funded by the JSW Foundation. The company sources plastic from waste picker organizations and donations, and has partnered with companies like Nestle and ITC for specific collections. EcoKaari emphasizes the importance of waste segregation at the source for effective recycling and upcycling.

Mumbai startup reducing plastic waste with biodegradable cleaners

06 Jan 2023  |  thecsrjournal.in
Soluble System Private Limited, a Mumbai-based startup, is addressing plastic waste and carbon footprint issues with its biodegradable, plastic-free, water soluble range of cleaners under the brand Ecosys Cleaners. Co-Founder Sumit Goyal, inspired by the refill and reuse habits in his native village in Rajasthan, developed these products to reduce plastic waste and carbon emissions. The company's products, which include a variety of household cleaners, come in 100% biodegradable packaging and are designed to be used as refills for existing bottles. The startup is also engaged in educational campaigns to raise awareness about sustainable living and the importance of reducing plastic use.

Artist opens free Sunday library for village students in West Bengal’s Birbhum

01 Jan 2023  |  thecsrjournal.in
Ratanpur village in West Bengal's Birbhum district now hosts a free Sunday library for local and neighboring village students, initiated by artist KaliKrishna Bhattacharya. After losing his job during the COVID-19 lockdown, Bhattacharya returned to his native village and started a coaching center. Observing the children's inability to afford books, he established the Grameen Library, which now boasts over 500 books. The library has garnered community support and donations, encouraging both children and village women to read. Bhattacharya also runs Srijan, a platform for cultural activities and social work, aiming to preserve tribal traditions and provide skill training to village students.



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