No One has to Sleep Hungry Anymore ! Rahul Gandhi launches ‘Indira Canteen’ in Bengaluru
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No One has to Sleep Hungry Anymore ! Rahul Gandhi launches ‘Indira Canteen’ in Bengaluru

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today launched the Karnataka government's subsidised food canteens 'Indira Canteen' here that would provide breakfast at Rs five and lunch and dinner at a cost of Rs 10. Apparently taking the cue from the popular 'Amma canteens' in Tamil Nadu, introduced by former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, the Siddaramaiah government had announced setting up of the canteens in the state budget for 2017-2018. Initially referred to as 'Namma Canteen', the name was later changed to 'Indira Canteen' as Congress legislators sought to give a political touch to the populist announcement ahead of the Assembly polls early next year by naming it after former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. An amount of Rs 100 crore was provided in the budget to set up the canteens in 198 wards of Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). Congratulating the state government for the canteen programme, Gandhi said it is designed to make sure that not a single person in Bengaluru goes hungry. Calling the world an "unfair place", the Congress vice president, who also had a lunch at the canteen, said it is targeted at the working class like construction workers and auto rickshaw drivers. "There are many people in this city who live in huge houses and have plenty of food, who drive in big cars and for them food is not a big issue..but there are millions of people in Bengaluru like construction workers, those who own small shops, autorickshaw or taxi drivers, barbers and people who don't get that much money, and it is those people at whom this Indira Canteen is targeted," he said. "We want the people from poorest and weakest sections in Bengaluru to feel that they will not have to stay hungry in this city. There cannot be a single minute where a poor person in Bengaluru is hungry. We want every single person to know and understand that," he added. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Congress General Secretary in-charge of the state K C Venugopal, the party's state unit chief G Parameshwara and Bengaluru in-charge Minister K J George, among others were present at the event. Taking pride over the Congress government conceptualising such a canteen, Gandhi said the intention was that the quality of food and cleanliness in it be the same as the most expensive restaurants in Bengaluru. "I would like the government to pay special attention to this fact that the canteen should have excellent quality food, excellent hygiene and people walking out of this canteen must feel that they not only had safe food, but tasty food. I think we owe this to every single citizen," he said. He said that the chief minister had informed him about extending the programme to other cities of the state. In the first phase, 101 canteens were launched today and the remaining 97 will start functioning from October 2, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike officials said. Though it was initially proposed to have 198 canteens launched by the Independence Day, the number was later brought down to 125 owing to constrains related in getting land for construction of canteens in all the wards. A total of 27 kitchens will be set up across the city to cater to these canteens, of which 14 are ready and six are currently in working condition.
According to officials, the canteens as of now will serve 500 plates of food, keeping in mind the budgetary allocation, and this is likely to be increased in the future.
Claiming that BBMP had ensured that project take shape to this level within 60 days after getting the order on June 12, officials said construction of canteens is being undertaken by KEF Infra Ltd, while Rewards, and Cheftalk Food and Hospitality Services have given the catering contract for the canteens.
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Here is How a Dog Thrown Over A Fence Gets Nursed Back To Health
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Here is How a Dog Thrown Over A Fence Gets Nursed Back To Health

A dog who was dumped over a fence and left to die has been nursed back to health thanks to a crowdfunding page that raised over £8,500 ($11,000) in just one week. Wanda was on the brink of death when rescuers found her abandoned in a garden. She had an extremely high temperature, an ear infection, pus-filled eyes, and a severe case of mange. Wanda was taken to the Ravenswood Pet Rescue in Wisbech, England. Shelley Ridgan, who works at the rescue, set up a GoFundMe page to cover the costs of nursing the dog back to health. "What can I say," she wrote. "The worst case I have ever collected, thrown over a lady's fence late last night." Ridgan's goal was £3,000, but in the first week, people donated more than £8,500 for Wanda's recovery. And just three months later, Wanda looks like a totally different dog "Wanda has now fully recovered and has stayed with her foster family," Wanda's owner, Gail, told Metro. "It's amazing that she has been transformed by the generous donations from strangers across the UK."  
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Missing 4-Year-Old Found After a Man Uses Pizza to Lure Kidnapper
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Missing 4-Year-Old Found After a Man Uses Pizza to Lure Kidnapper

When a man had kidnapped his daughter away from her rightful guardians, she was finally found three weeks later thanks to the efforts of a UK man – and the promise of free pizza. After a legal battle found that 4-year-old Yvette Henley’s father was unable to care for her, her grandparents of Hesperia, California were granted custody. They were never able to take custody, however, due to Yvette and her father’s disappearance following the ruling. As police struggled to find the youngster, they asked Harry Brown for help: a 21-year-old Surrey man who happened to be Facebook friends with Virgil. The two had originally met on the internet some time earlier, and they had struck up a conversation in the past. Police reached out to Brown in particular because he was only one of three people who had liked a profile picture of the kidnapper some months earlier. Brown then started chatting up Virgil in hopes of getting the location of his hiding place. Virgil eventually revealed that he was holed up in an Arizona motel with Yvette and his girlfriend. Brown then asked if he could send Virgil a pizza at the hotel, to which the father gleefully accepted, offering up the exact room number and address of the hotel. When police later showed up at the room, they arrested Virgil and sent Yvette back to the loving home of her grandparents.
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Stranger finds a Lost Ring Which Leads to An Emotional Reunion
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Stranger finds a Lost Ring Which Leads to An Emotional Reunion

After 40 years of being buried in the brush of a local quarry, a class ring was returned to its rightful owner in an emotional reunion – thanks to the diligent sleuthing of a stranger. Nancy Kennedy first found the ring at a swimming hole in Hopewell, New Jersey last week. All she knew about the ring, which had been engulfed by a tree root, was that it came from St. Hubert’s Catholic High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and had initials inscribed on the inside. When Kennedy contacted the school and asked if they could investigate the potential owner of the ring, the effort proved unfruitful. She then took to Facebook with a picture of the ring and a plea for help in finding its rightful owner. A few hundred shares later, the post was spotted by Andrea Forrester. “Andrea Forrester contacted me when she realized it was her mother’s, Julia Patricia Walsh—St. Hubert’s Class of 1949,” says Kennedy, a former journalist. “After her marriage, she went by the name Patricia Cariola, and sadly, she died in 1987.” Walsh had lost the ring over 40 years ago, and Forrester – who was just a child at the time – could not believe that someone had found the piece of jewelry. “Andrea is so grateful to have this memento of her mother,” wrote Kennedy. “As a young girl, Andrea remembers it being in her mother’s jewelry box, and she’d try it on when her mother allowed her to play with her jewelry.” “My mother and I were best friends,” said Forrester. “It’s been 30 years this past March and I miss her every day.”
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Stylist Spends 13 Hours With Depressed Teen with Matted Hair
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Stylist Spends 13 Hours With Depressed Teen with Matted Hair

Depression can manifest itself in a multitude of ways – and for this 16-year-old high schooler, it was demonstrated in how she could not even bring herself to brush her hair. So with her school photos due around the corner, the teen approached Kayley Olsson, a young hairdresser from Waterloo, Iowa, and asked if she could shave off all of her matted, tangled hair. “She got to the point where she felt so down and so worthless, she couldn’t even brush her hair, she told me she only got up to use the restroom,” wrote Olsson. “When she walked in, she told us just cut it all off, I can’t deal with the pain of combing it out, she called herself worthless for it. “It honestly broke my heart and we tried everything we could to keep this child’s hair for her!” Olsson spent thirteen collective hours combing, cutting, and repairing the youth’s hair. Then, by the end of the session, the teen had an incredibly glamorous head of shining locks. “At the end of the day I want this to be a lesson to people. MENTAL HEALTH is a thing, it affects people all around the world and of all ages! PARENTS take it serious, don’t just push your kids off and tell them to get over something they legitimately can’t. A CHILD should NEVER feel so worthless to not even want to brush their hair.” “Her last words to me [were]: ‘I will actually smile for my school’s pictures today, you made me feel like me again’.”
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This is How a Swimming Pool for Neighborhood Kids Helped Heal a Man
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This is How a Swimming Pool for Neighborhood Kids Helped Heal a Man

Keith Davison got so tired of his solitude following the death of his wife, he decided to do something about it – and things have been going swimmingly ever since. The 94-year-old retired judge had been married to his wife Evy for 66 years until she passed away from cancer last year. After dealing with the grief and the silence of his house, he decided to build a pool in his backyard. But not for himself – he built it for the neighborhood kids to enjoy. The pool, which is measured at 32 feet long and 9 feet deep, has become a community fixture of fun since he opened it in July. “It’s him spreading joy throughout our neighborhood for these kids,” a neighborhood mom said. Watching kids enjoy has made him get rid of his loneliness and grief. He looks forward to everyday to meet kids and see their happiness. this pool has indeed help heal him after his wife's death.
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Dog Was Given 24 Hours to Live and Pilot Flies 750 Miles to Save her
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Dog Was Given 24 Hours to Live and Pilot Flies 750 Miles to Save her

While dogs might be man’s best friend, this man is now definitely the best friend of Lisa the pup. Lisa, also known as Adrienne, is a 2-year-old dog who was rescued by the Granville County Animal Shelter in Oxford, North Carolina when she was found on the streets with a severe bladder prolapse. Because the surgery for the prolapse was too serious, Lisa was sentenced to euthanization. That is, until Animals R Family – an animal wellness center and charity in Englishtown, New Jersey, heard about her plight. The charity volunteered the $1,500 necessary for the surgery, but they had no idea how they were going to get Lisa from North Carolina to the animal hospital before the deadline. Paul Steklenski, who is the pilot in charge of a rescue organization called Flying Fur Animal Rescue, volunteered to fly the 750-mile round trip from his home in Pennsylvania, to pick up Lisa in North Carolina, and bring her to Westchester. “It was a very emotional rescue because of when was at stake. I was exhausted by the end of the day,” Steklenski told Metro. “The trip was the difference between life and death but now, given the proper care, Adrienne will live a perfectly normal life.” Lisa is now recovering from a successful surgery, after which she will be ready for adoption.
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Live a positive life and age will just be a number. 98-Year-Old Marries 94-Year-Old After Meeting At The Gym
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Live a positive life and age will just be a number. 98-Year-Old Marries 94-Year-Old After Meeting At The Gym

On Aug. 5 Gertrude Mokotoff, 98, and Alvin Mann, 94, tied the knot after meeting at the gym where they still work out twice a week. "I kept getting teased about dating a cougar," Alvin told laughing. "But the age difference never really bothered me because we just hit it off, and I wasn't about to let her go." Alvin and Gertrude dated for eight years before she asked him to marry her. "I asked him to marry me," she said with a chuckle. "I was tired of chasing after him." "People always ask what it is that keeps us young," Alvin said. "Of course, one part of it is medical science, but the bigger part is that we live worry-free lives; we do not let anything we cannot control bother us in the least."
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First Ever Nationwide Quiet Hour for Autistic Shoppers Will be Held in UK
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First Ever Nationwide Quiet Hour for Autistic Shoppers Will be Held in UK

For a full hour in October, stores and shopping centers across the United Kingdom will be giving autistic customers a break by hosting a “quiet hour”. All of the stores in the UK’s 14 Intu shopping centers, Toys R Us outlets, and other retailers will be dimming their lights, quieting their music, and reducing the amount of commotion in their stores for sixty minutes on October 2nd. The initiative is part of a National Autistic Society campaign to raise awareness for the information overload that autistic children experience. According to the organization, over 700,000 UK residents experience autism, and a large majority of these people avoid shopping all together because of the overwhelming environment. Hopefully, thanks to the National Autistic Society’s partnership with Intu, the quiet hour will become a regular occurrence that can give autistic shoppers a break from the hustle and bustle of stressful shopping. “We are asking every shop, restaurant and leisure brand in our centers to dim their lights and reduce their music for an hour and to raise awareness of autism among their staff and customers,” said Intu’s corporate responsibility director Alexander Nicoll. “We hope that launching the National Autistic Society’s Autism Hour in our centers will encourage many more organizations across the country to take these simple steps that will make life easier for the millions of people impacted by autism. “We want to put a smile on the face of everyone who visits an Intu centre and this means training our staff, supporting our customers and working with brands in our centers as well as organizations like the National Autistic Society to provide a welcoming and accessible experience for all.”
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This Is How a Mumbai Social Enterprise Is Helping Dementia Patients Lead a Better Life
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This Is How a Mumbai Social Enterprise Is Helping Dementia Patients Lead a Better Life

Dementia is one of the most common degenerative disorders in the world, which is mainly prevalent among the elderly. Such is its pervasiveness that you are likely to know someone who struggles with it. Dementia is the umbrella term for conditions leading to the decline of mental abilities, which are severe enough to hamper activities in everyday life. The symptoms of dementia are the gradual decrease in cognitive abilities, emotional problems, speech and language troubles, and a decrease in motivation. Though a person’s consciousness is usually unaffected, it is undoubtedly disabling for the diagnosed person, and often devastating for caregivers and families. According to a WHO report in 2015, it was estimated that 47.5 million people were living with dementia across the world. It’s said that one in 14 people over 65 has some form of dementia. Even more disheartening is that the risk of getting dementia doubles with the addition of every five years after 65. Since no cure has been found thus far, the primary importance is to improve the patient’s quality of life, and to reduce the overwhelming levels of stress for caregivers. This is done by support groups and dementia-friendly communities across the world. Echoing Healthy Ageing (EHA) was founded in 2012 by Amrita Patil Pimpale in Mumbai to help train caregivers and professionals working with geriatric patients who suffer from dementia.
Various home-based therapeutic activities for the elderly.
An engineer with a management degree, Amrita had no experience in the field. “During Masters in the UK, I worked as a project manager under a care improvement home that got me interested in geriatric care and dementia,” says Amrita. On interacting with many patients, Amrita began to realise her grandmother’s condition had a striking resemblance to those who suffered with dementia. And on further investigation, her suspicions were proven true. “But there was nothing any of us could do. Since it was a time when dementia wasn’t very well recognized, she never had the advantage of a diagnosis”, she recalls. This pushed Amrita to researching dementia care. Realising how neglected patients in India were, Amrita decided to move back to Mumbai and start her own venture that tackled the issue. “For the first year, it was just me who was moving about raising awareness among people over dementia care, which I ended up finding was quite limited. Soon, EHA was approached by UnLtd India that quite literally raised the mast for the organisation’s sail”, she remembers. The organisation’s workforce includes a small team comprising of well-trained social workers and a clinical psychiatric consultant who have trained over 1000 caregivers and professionals. They have also worked with many hospitals where training programmes and workshops were conducted for nurses. Offering counselling for the family caregivers, EHA helps them get a clear sense of what the future could be like for the patient and what they need to prepare for. They also offer care courses for family members or the recruited caregiver. “While constant caregiving can at times get overwhelming, our trained professionals come in and spend time with the patient a few times a week, engaging the patient in art, music or reminiscence therapies that could reduce anxieties of the patients; giving the primary carer a few hours’ respite,” Amrita explains. EHA has also partnered with Holy Family hospital in Bandra where the support-group meets for the family members and caregivers are organised every month. Currently working as consultants with 2 care homes in the city, EHA has also partnered with a rehabilitation centre where they can lend their technical knowledge and assistance towards caring for the elderly. With the month of September being commemorated as world Alzheimer’s month, EHA is on a mission of creating 500 dementia champions who could raise awareness over dementia care practices and help create a dementia friendly community.
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