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Akshaya Patra Foundation is likely to offer Midday meals to 35,000 school children in Telangana

BTMU has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the foundation to fund the construction of a full-fledged kitchen to help cook the mid-day meals

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Akshaya Patra Foundation in Karnataka. Image source: akshayapatra-ngo-india.blogspot.com
  • With the MoU in place, the NGO has come to a step closer to achieve its 2020 mission of feeding five million children
  • The kitchen is expected to be completed by the next academic year i.e. from 2017-18 session
  • Akshaya Patra foundation had recently been awarded the prestigious Nikkei Asia Prize by Japan

Bengaluru-based Akshaya Patra foundation would soon be serving midday meals to around 35,000 children of Ranga Reddy district of Hyderabad, Telangana.

The move came after the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. (BTMU), an entity of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) agreed to pledge Rs 105.1 million to fund the construction of a new kitchen.

BTMU has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the foundation to fund the construction of full-fledged kitchen to help cook the midday meals.

The kitchen is expected to be completed by the next academic year (2017-18), and will be able to feed 35,000 children in government-aided schools and Anganwadis (courtyard shelters.

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Apart from funding, BTMU will also help to deliver and distribute the meals to the schools.

Ryoichi Shinke, Regional Executive of BTMU India said, “It is our privilege to partner with the Akshaya Patra Foundation to work towards eradicating hunger among school children, many of whom rely on these midday meals to sustain them for the whole day. This is part of our commitment to the community to nurture the next generation. With proper nutrition, we hope the children will be able to enjoy a more conducive learning environment and not having to cope with hunger during school time,” quoted Times of India.

The foundation, which works to ensure that hot steaming food is served to over 1.5 million schoolchildren across the country, aims to offer midday meals to five million children by 2020.

Children having lunch as part of midday meal scheme. Image Source: The Indian Express
Children having lunch as part of midday meal scheme. Image Source: The Indian Express

With the MoU in place, the NGO has come to a step closer to achieve its 2020 mission.

Speaking to TOI, Satya Gaura Chandra Dasa, President, Akshaya Patra, Telangana, said, “We are pleased to partner with MUFG in constructing this kitchen in Telangana. Such partnerships enable us to continue our work through our initiative to end classroom hunger.”

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Akshaya Patra foundation had recently been awarded the prestigious Nikkei Asia Prize by Japan, for outstanding achievements that contribute to the region’s sustainable development and the creation of a better future for Asia, said a TOI report.

Notably, Akshaya Patra is serving its second billionth meal this year. It reaches out to 1,436,596 children based in 24 locations across 10 states.

Helmed by former IITian Madhu Pandit Dasa, its state-of-art kitchens are also a subject of study and have continuously attracted tourists and visitors from around the world.

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    It would be really great if the MNCs in India too contribute to such noble initiatives.

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    It is a great initiative by Akshaya Patra Foundation to provide mid day meal to 35000 student in Anganwadis and schools.

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Five Students from Telangana Selected for the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge

The NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge began as the NASA Great Moonbuggy Race and was first held in in 1994

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Hyderabad, October 12, 2017 : A team of five students from an engineering college in Telangana has been selected for the prestigious NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge.

The team from SR Engineering College, Warangal, will participate in the fifth annual challenge to be held on April 12-14, 2018, in Huntsville, Alabama, US.

It is one of the four teams from India short-listed to compete in the challenge. Students from 23 countries are participating in the challenge to create a buggey designed to traverse the simulated surface of moon.

The team, which will prepare a moon buggy design, report and submit their idea, will be led by faculty Manoj Chaudhary. It includes P. Paul Vineeth, Prakash Raineni, P.Sravan Rao, Rondla Dilipreddy Aand Venishetty Sneha, said a statement.

Congratulating the students, SR Engineering College Secretary A.Madhukar Reddy said it was a great opportunity to design, build, and test technologies that enable rovers to perform in a wide variety of environments.

The NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge began as the NASA Great Moonbuggy Race and was first held in in 1994, 25 years after the first manned Apollo landing on the moon.

The challenge now focuses on National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s current plans to explore planets, moons, asteroids and comets.

During its 20-year run, the Great Moonbuggy Race engaged more than 10,000 students and demonstrated that these budding scientists and engineers were capable of complex work. (IANS)

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IAF trainer aircraft crashes in Telangana

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IAF kiran. wikimedia

New Delhi, Sep 28: IAF’s intermediate trainer aircraft- Kiran, crashed in Telangana on Thursday morning, but the pilot and another person on board ejected out safely.

The aircraft got airborne from Hakimpet Air Force base on Thursday morning for a routine training sortie and crashed around 11.45 a.m.

The aircraft was being flown by a trainee pilot.

IAF sources added that a Court of Inquiry has been ordered to look into the cause of the accident.

According to police, the aircraft caught fire and was gutted after the crash near Ankireddypalli village in Keesara ‘mandal’ (block) of Medchal district.

Minutes after taking off from Hakimpet Air Force Station, the aircraft developed some technical snag and crashed in the fields.

Eye-witnesses said they heard a huge thud and soon flames engulfed the aircraft.

The pilot and another person accompanying him ejected out with parachutes before the crash, police said.(IANS)

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Stable Owner in Mumbai Booked for Cruelty to a Pregnant Cow after Complaint by NGO

Non Governmental Organization called People for Animals, upon learning of the incident, filed a complaint after which the stable owner was booked by the D.B Marg Police

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An infected cow was abandoned by its owner. Wikimedia
  • People for Animals is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) 
  • They were reported of an incident by local animal enthusiast group called Foundation For Mumbai Animals (FFMA)
  • The incident involved a severely infected cow being left abandoned by a stable owner

Mumbai, August 29, 2017: A Stable owner has been booked here for abandoning one of his cows who was pregnant and severely infected.

Non Governmental Organization called People for Animals, upon learning of the incident, filed a complaint after which the stable owner was booked by the D.B Marg Police.

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The abandoned cow was found wandering in Khetwadi. Local Animal enthusiast group called Foundation for Mumbai Animals (FFMA) found the cow and informed People for Animals (PFA).

Maggot infestation was found in the cow’s hooves and it was clear that the animal was in pain. Pandurang Shinde, a Senior Police Inspector told to the Hindu, “We have booked the accused under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and are conducting further inquiries. The accused has claimed that the cow wandered off four days ago, and that he too was looking for her.”

PFA member Nirali Koradia stated, “We reached out to Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone II) Dnyaneshwar Chavan, and he directed his officers to take action.”

The Stable owner, who sells milk for living, claims that the cow wandered off on its own. The cow is being treated for her infections. The FFMA has also claimed that this same person has been booked for cruelty earlier.


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