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Shodho: LD Engineering College students build job portal to uplift rural women of Gujarat

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Taking a step further towards women emancipation and development, a group of students from LD Engineering College, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, has come up with an online portal called ‘Shodho.’ The portal comes with an aim to uplift Gujarati women coming from rural background. ‘Shodho’ will help them find part time jobs in craftworks and stitching.

The website, a product of students Ketakee Nimavat, Akash Choudhary, Aakash Parmar, Shruti Khatri, Vishwa Shah and Lipi Mehta, is the first of its kind in India.The students have approached several companies and cottage industries that provide jobs in the field of art and crafts. They have also asked some NGOs to train these women so that they could be employed to jobs with reasonable pay scale.

One of the creators of the portal, Ketakee Nimavat, told the Times of India, “Called ‘Shodho,’ the portal currently has listed enterprises that provide jobs of stitching, assembling of toys and embroidery. Each enterprise has an account and a profile page with complete details. The portal will display the list of job openings and the pay offered.”

“The portal aims to streamline the complete process involved in the daily small-scale temporary jobs and remove middlemen who pocket most of the money as commission. This will help rural women get the most out of their work,” said Nimavat.

This noble act done by the students of LD college of engineering and Hasmukh Goswami college of Engineering is praise- worthy. ‘Shodho’ would put the women in direct contact with the job providers, which would eradicate the ‘middle- men system,’ who usually eat away the share of these rural women’s earnings.

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The First All-Women Spacewalk is Set to Take Place This Week: NASA

According to NASA, The Spacewalk will last approximately six and a half hours

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The Spacewalk will last approximately six and a half hours, according to NASA. Pixabay

The first all-woman spacewalk is set to take place this week itself as NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir are scheduled to venture outside the International Space Station (ISS) on October 17 or October 18.

The spacewalk will last approximately six and a half hours, according to NASA.

“@Space_Station update: our first all-female spacewalk with @Astro_Christina and @Astro_Jessica will be Thursday or Friday to replace a faulty battery charge-discharge unit,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine tweeted on Tuesday.

Station managers decided to postpone previously planned spacewalks that had been set to install new batteries this week and next in order to replace the faulty power unit, called a Battery Charge/Discharge Unit (BCDU).

The BCDU failed to activate following the October 11 installation of new lithium-ion batteries on the space station’s truss.

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The Spacewalk will last approximately six and a half hours, according to NASA. Pixabay

NASA said that the BCDU failure has not impacted station operations, safety of the crew, or the ongoing experiments aboard the orbiting laboratory, many in preparation for future human missions to the Moon and Mars.

However, the failed power unit does prevent a new lithium-ion battery installed earlier this month from providing additional station power.

An all-woman spacewalk, involving Koch and NASA astronaut Anne McClain, was originally scheduled for March.

But that spacewalk was scuttled because properly fitted spacesuits could not be readied in time for both astronauts, Space.com reported.

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An all-woman Spacewalk, involving Koch and NASA astronaut Anne McClain, was originally scheduled for March. Pixabay

So far, the 15 women who have conducted a spacewalk did so with a male companion. So when Koch and Meir venture out of the space station this week, they will make some long-overdue history.

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This will be Koch’s fourth spacewalk and Meir’s first. (IANS)