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About Ashwini
I am Ashwini Kumar Shukla. I am looking forward for reporting assignments. I will be happy to cover breaking news, feature stories and interviews from Noida, Delhi NCR.
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Hard work and very little pay

02 Mar 2024  |  People's Archive of Rural India
Geeta and Sakuni Devi, friends and residents of Kope village in Jharkhand, have been collecting Sal leaves from nearby forests for over thirty years to make donas and pattals, which they sell in the city of Dalton Ganj. Despite the hard work and long hours spent in the forest, the income from selling these items is minimal. They are part of a community that relies on forest products for livelihood. The article highlights the challenges faced by rural workers, the decline in forest cover, and the impact of restrictions on collecting wood from the forest.

Involving rural parents in children’s education

13 Oct 2023  |  Village Square
Torpa Rural Development Society for Women (TRDSW) held a meeting with parents at Doenger Middle School to discuss the importance of parental involvement in children's education. The meeting covered the roles of parents, the use of local materials as teaching aids, and the aspirations of parents for their children. It highlighted the differences in educational engagement between urban and rural areas, and the use of school management committees to bridge this gap. The discussion also touched upon a program in Telangana where IT companies fund schools to develop technical skills among Gond tribal children. The meeting concluded with parents rethinking their roles and agreeing on actions to support their children's education.

How Assam deals with floods every year

12 Oct 2023  |  www.villagesquare.in
Assam, a northeastern state in India, faces devastating annual floods, severely impacting regions like Lakhimpur district. The Mising tribe has adapted by building flood-proof bamboo houses, but challenges persist with contaminated water, inadequate sanitation, and disrupted education. Agriculture suffers, forcing some farmers to migrate. Government support has been insufficient, highlighting the urgent need for sustained assistance and comprehensive strategies to combat climate change-induced floods.

This is hard work and the money is not enough

01 Oct 2023  |  People's Archive of Rural India
Geeta Devi and Sakuni Devi, residents of a small village in Jharkhand, India, collect leaves from the forest to make plates and bowls for sale in the nearby town of Daltonganj. Despite spending long hours in the forest, their earnings are insufficient to support their families. The article highlights the economic hardships faced by these women, the dangers they encounter in the forest, and the impact of government restrictions on firewood collection. Both women continue this laborious work as it is their primary means of livelihood.

The Mising tribe women keep alive the Assamese tradition of weaving on bamboo looms

07 Aug 2023  |  www.gaonconnection.com
In Kalakuwa village, Assam, Mising tribe women like 17-year-old Opuli Narah continue the tradition of weaving Mekhela Sador on bamboo looms, despite economic challenges and declining numbers of weavers. The intricate process, which takes about a month per piece, yields low financial returns, exacerbated by the exclusion of Mekhela Sador from government support schemes. The community's designs reflect their deep connection with nature, but the future of this cultural heritage is uncertain due to low profits and frequent flooding.

Billionaire overnight: Woman finds gold under village land

01 Apr 2023  |  www.villagesquare.in
Rukmini Devi, a villager from Poi, Tamil Nadu, dreamt of discovering gold nuggets under her village's land, leading to a massive gold find and the villagers' newfound wealth. However, it was revealed to be an April Fools' Day prank by Teesta Rajan, Associate Director of Village Vibe. The story highlights the excitement and subsequent letdown of the villagers, emphasizing the playful nature of the prank.

The state of cattle bell makers of Jharkhand

31 Mar 2023  |  www.villagesquare.in
Baraon village in Palamu district of Jharkhand is renowned for its generations-old craft of making cattle bells from used iron drums. The bells, created in 10 different sizes using a traditional local measurement called a farma, are shaped with precision, treated with brass and borax, and heated in a furnace. Despite the meticulous craftsmanship, the advent of the machine age and a reduction in cattle numbers have led to a decline in the prevalence of these bells, once a symbol of prosperous rural life.

Maharashtra villages lead the way in widow reforms

01 Feb 2023  |  www.villagesquare.in
Maharashtra villages are pioneering widow reforms, with Herwad village leading the movement by banning archaic widowhood customs. The initiative, started by social activist Pramod Zinjade, has spread to over 7,000 villages in Maharashtra and even to neighboring states like Goa and Karnataka. The Maharashtra government has supported these reforms, encouraging gram panchayats to ban widowhood practices. The movement has seen widows being included in social and auspicious activities, challenging traditional norms. While the reforms have been widely accepted, some, like young widow Asmita Patil, believe that the choice of how to grieve should be left to the individual.

In Jharkhand's Palamu, too many leases on life

16 Sep 2020  |  People's Archive of Rural India
In Palamu, Jharkhand, farmers like Teera and Anita are struggling with debts after investing in seeds, fertilizers, and pesticides for kharif sowing on leased land. Landowner Ashok Shukla, who has faced losses due to insufficient rainfall, notes a trend of upper caste landowners migrating for other jobs and leasing their land to Dalits. Despite good rainfall this year, Teera, who supports a 10-member family, is concerned that the harvest will not provide enough food for six months. Both Teera and Ashok Shukla reflect on the diminishing viability of agriculture in the region.

Transgender Beauty Contest in Thailand, Neetu as India's Contender

07 Mar 2020  |  TheQuint
The world's largest transgender beauty contest, Miss International Queen 2020, is being held in Pattaya City, Thailand, with participation from 21 countries. Neetu RS from Karnataka, India, who won the title of Miss Transqueen India last year, is representing India in this event. The contest aims to promote equality and acceptance for transgender individuals in society. Neetu's journey from being born as a boy in a small village in Karnataka to representing India at Miss International Queen 2020 is described as inspiring, detailing her transition and advocacy for transgender rights.

CAA Protests Add Salt to the Wounds of Rohingya Muslims in Delhi

02 Mar 2020  |  TheQuint
Rohingya Muslims residing in a slum near Kalindi Kunj, Delhi, are facing severe hardships with no work for the past two months, exacerbating their struggle to survive and afford medical care for the sick. The community of 65 families, who arrived in 2012 after enduring long-term persecution in Myanmar's Rakhine state, fears losing their homes again after a fire destroyed their previous camp in 2018. The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests have further worsened their situation, with claims of threatening videos circulating on social media. Statements by Indian Home Minister Amit Shah, likening illegal immigrants to termites, have intensified their fears. Professor Farhat Hasan from Delhi University condemns such dehumanizing language. The UNHRC reports over 18,000 registered Rohingya in India, with estimates of around 40,000 residing illegally.

50 Days of Shaheen Bagh Protests: Are the Children Present Here Scared?

03 Feb 2020  |  TheQuint
The Shaheen Bagh protests against CAA and NRC have reached 50 days, with children like 8-year-old Sohel experiencing fear of the police and 9-year-old Komal, who cannot speak or hear, finding her life changed by the movement. College students, including Osama, are helping children express themselves through art. Amidst the protests, there is a concern for the children's mental health, with the NCPCR emphasizing the need for counseling. Professor Seema Alim from Jamia Millia Islamia University notes the broader psychological impact of the protests on children.

IIT Hyderabad-incubated start-up Pure EV raises funding from Natco Pharma CMD

10 Jul 2019  |  mint
Pure EV, an e-bike and lithium battery manufacturer incubated by the Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad, has secured an undisclosed amount of investment from V.C.Nannapaneni, the chairman and managing director of Natco Pharma, in his personal capacity. The investment round values Pure EV at $35 million. The company is planning to use the funds to increase its manufacturing capacity and to boost its R&D efforts. Pure EV is developing high-speed and long-range scooters and motorcycles, with launches planned for late 2019 and early 2020. Additionally, the company is working on HVDC electric truck/bus lithium battery modules and aims to showcase them in 2020. Pure EV is also expanding its EV manufacturing capacity to 2000 units per month by October 2019 and is building strategic sales partnerships across India.

Samsung Venture invests $8.5 million in four Indian startups

10 Jul 2019  |  mint
Samsung Venture, the venture capital arm of Samsung Group, has invested $8.5 million in four Indian startups, marking its entry into the Indian market. The investments include system apps company OSLabs (Indus OS), speech technology firm Gnani.ai, IoT solutions provider Silvan Innovation Labs, and an undisclosed early-stage computer vision startup. These investments align with Samsung's strategic goals and product ecosystem, with a focus on technologies like AI, IoT, and cloud services. Samsung is also committed to making all its products IoT ready by 2020 and has invested heavily in R&D globally. Other large corporates like Alphabet Inc, Intel, Qualcomm, and Microsoft have also invested in Indian startups, and Facebook is collaborating with VC funds to support SMB growth.
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