Positive Stories

June 17, 2021

Sulochana and Ayyub: The lovely bond between a jumbo and her mahout

In The Slow App, watch the unique bond shared between elephant Sulochana and her mahout Ayyub Khan at Dudhwa National Park in Uttar Pradesh.

Subha J Rao
June 17, 2021

Rural women in Uttar Pradesh spin a banana yarn and earn themselves economic independence

A novel initiative of the Lakhimpur Kheri district administration in Uttar Pradesh is
bringing financial freedom to rural women by training them to extract fibre from discarded banana stems. Their yarn is going places.

Mohit Shukla
June 16, 2021

Vatsala, Panna Tiger Reserve’s senior- most citizen is more than a 100 years old

She has roamed the forests in Nilambur in Kerala, in the jungles of the Bori Wildlife Sanctuary in Hoshangabad, and is now spending the last years of her life at Panna. Meet Vatsala who is perhaps the world’s oldest living female elephant. Efforts are on to find her birth records so that she can feature in the Guinness World Records.

Arun Singh
June 15, 2021

Gond artists in Madhya Pradesh work as daily wagers, vegetable vendors and MGNREGA labourers

In the COVID 19 pandemic hundreds of Gond artists in Madhya Pradesh have fallen through the cracks. With nowhere to turn, they are struggling to feed their families.

Pankaja Srinivasan
June 15, 2021

Odisha govt gives Rs 10,000 each financial assistance to ASHA workers to buy proper safety gear

To respond to the COVID healthcare services in rural areas, the Odisha government has disbursed Rs 10,000 one-time financial assistance to each ASHA worker in the state. The money can be used to buy masks, sanitisers, soaps, face shields. More details here.

Shivani Gupta
June 12, 2021

The animals here are like our children: Zookeeper Rajesh Kumar

In the Foresters partner channel of the Slow App, listen to the story of zookeeper Rajesh Kumar, who works at the National Zoological Park, Delhi, and his bond with the animals under his care

Subha J Rao
June 12, 2021

Ajgar lauki, tanpura lauki and sui-dhaaga: How a 64-year-old farmer is preserving desi seeds for posterity

Ram Lotan Kushwaha, a seed conservator from Satna, Madhya Pradesh goes to great lengths to preserve and conserve traditional medicinal herbs and seeds of indigenous vegetables in his farm. The vegetables and seeds also find place in a desi museum he has set up.

Sachin Tulsa Tripathi
June 11, 2021

When life gives you mangoes… savour them

Kesar, alphonso, langda, dussehri, desi, rajapuri, totapuri… how does an urban family get used to living a charmed life in a village besides a mango orchard in Gujarat?

Ravleen Kaur
June 11, 2021

Now you can bite into crunchy apples from Mizoram and Manipur

In a first, farmers in the northeastern states of Mizoram and Manipur harvest their apple crop which they have grown with the active support of scientists from the CSIR-Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology.

Divendra Singh
June 10, 2021

Maharashtra can save Rs 750 billion in next 10 years. Here’s how

A recent study suggests that by retiring old coal-based power plants and utilising renewable sources of energy like solar and wind, Maharashtra can save upto Rs 75,000 crores in the next decade. Details here.

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