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From a 14-year-old building low-cost agri equipment to using AI to catch traffic offenders, here are the top stories our readers loved

Roshni Balaji
2nd Mar 2019
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1. Two women successfully paved the way for vaccination in a remote village in Himachal Pradesh


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Meena Kumari and Nirma Devi working together on an immunisation programme in Malana.

In the village of Malana, Himachal Pradesh, no decision could be made without the explicit approval of the village council. And the council had declared vaccination to be a taboo. As a result, the children of the area were exposed to many serious illnesses. Two brave women, Meena Kumari and Nirma Devi, turned the tide. The duo managed to win the trust of the people, immunising 170 children to date. Check out their story.


2.  Koshur Lifestyle brings out the best of Kashmir by selling souvenirs


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Sama Bég and few of the products sold by her startup.

Many people are unaware of the beauty of Kashmir – the snow-clad mountains, magnificent valleys, and chilly springs. Koshur Lifestyle was started with an aim to bring this to the forefront. Sama Bég, the woman behind this initiative, quit her career in healthcare management in the US and started this online store that sells products designed by local artists. Here’s more on this.


3. 14-year-old Marripalli Abhishek invents a paddy-filling machine to solve his mother’s struggle


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Abhishek demonstrates his invention to IPS officer Akun Sabharwal (left), and posing with his machine for a photograph. Source Twitter

This 14-year-old student invented a paddy-filling machine using basic materials like wheels and iron rods. Abhishek, a Class 8 student, designed this device after seeing his mother struggle to fill gunny bags with paddy every day. The machine can do the work of three people, and Abhishek went on to win a national-level prize. Read more here.


4. AI-powered cameras to catch hold of traffic offenders


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Representational image.

As traffic cops across the country struggle to enforce discipline and reduce traffic violations, Kerala’s Motor Vehicle Department (MVD) has gone one step ahead. The department will now be using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to nab offenders with an AI-integrated speed detection camera. Besides, these cameras are said to be capable of detecting two-wheeler riders without a helmet as well as car drivers without a seat belt. Find out more.


5. This organisation is conserving natural resources by recycling metal scrap


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A huge pile of metal scrap lying at one of the warehouses owned by Cosmos Green.

Have you ever thought a by-product like metal scrap could be capable of saving the environment? Once recycled, metal scrap can be used across industries like steel, transportation, and automobile. But, more importantly, it can save energy and water, compared to the usual method of mining metals. Located in Faridabad, Cosmos Green claims to have processed nearly 5,000 metric tonne of metal scrap every month, taking the country one step closer to a clean and green environment. Here’s more on this.







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