He Gives His Boots Off to Freezing Homeless Man !
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He Gives His Boots Off to Freezing Homeless Man !

Jessica Bell, an attorney and advocate in Chicago was riding the subway home late last Friday evening when she witnessed a spontaneous act of kindness that brought tears to her eyes. A homeless man, who later said he was from Louisiana, pulled his swollen feet from a flimsy pair of running shoes that were clearly not intended for a Midwestern winter. The shoe backs were folded down like slippers to leave enough room for a thick layer of socks to fit inside. “I don’t know how many pairs of socks he’s wearing in an attempt to keep his feet warm but there is blood seeping through,” she wrote on Facebook. 38-year-old Maurice Anderson was traveling back to his hometown to visit his daughter, like he does every weekend, when he saw the same heartbreaking scene unfold in front of him. He suddenly wanted to give his own boots, but started arguing with himself: He’d just bought the boots a few weeks ago, and paid $260 for the pair. But within 30 seconds he was unlacing them, and asking the man what size shoes he wore. Size 12, was his answer—Maurice is a 12-and-a-half. Bell continues, “Quietly in-a-blink-and-you’ll-miss-it fashion, the younger man takes off the boots he’s wearing and passes them to the old man… He opens his suitcase and gives him a pair of socks as well.” Maurice then pulls out a spare pair of shoes from the suitcase. “These shoes are nice too, but not as nice as the boots,” Jessica wrote. “They would have fit the old man just as well, but they were not what this old man needed.” Especially because he believed his feet might already have frostbite. “If you’ve got 20 pairs of shoes, you can only wear one at a time,” Anderson told Good News Network. “I wished I’d had more socks.” “The reason I posted about Maurice is because we’ve all given, or see people give food, or money to the homeless, but I have never seen someone give the clothes off their back so unselfishly and so humbly,” Bell said.
Maurice Anderson, 38, gives homeless man the boots from his feet
Maurice Anderson, 38
Maurice said that when he was exiting the subway car, Jessica, who is the founder of Project Bleeding Love, which supplies homeless women with feminine hygiene products, approached him and almost burst into tears, saying, ‘Ive never witnessed anything like that.’ She gave him her card so they could keep in touch. Anderson, who had tried to find a job as a laborer with the city, finally needed to move to Cincinnati because he found work there. It would seem like a man with his integrity (and dedication to his daughter), would be a welcome addition to many companies in the Windy City. Maybe his newfound fame will land him a position with good pay, and he can continue warming the hearts of people in this icy town.
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Her decision fixed worries of other women drivers in the Middle East
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Her decision fixed worries of other women drivers in the Middle East

Since her childhood, Balqees Bani Hani has been fascinated with vehicles and their internal ins and outs. Her wildest dream, which came true, was that one day, she would break the taboos and open the first female-run garage in Jordan.

Balqees said it is not only her passion that encouraged her to initiate her business, but also the many challenges faced by female drivers who head to the all-male craftsman zones to have their vehicles repaired, where they usually do not feel comfortable.

In November 2017, Balqees opened her garage near Irbid's industrial area in a step that she stressed "did not aim to challenge society or the local community".

“Many people told me that I challenged society. I do not feel like I did so because society was not opposed to my idea. My parents were my first supporters and my father praised my decision as well,” she said.

Balqees said that she provides car repair services only for women drivers.

“Many women avoid buying old cars because they fear that it will need a lot of care and they will be forced to visit the craftsman zones frequently. But, at the same time, they cannot afford to buy modern cars. Now that this garage is open, they should not be worried about the type of car they purchase,” she said.

Although she studied banking and finance at university, the 34-year-old said she did not want to be forced to work only in one field.

“I attended a six-month car mechanic course. I know that it is not enough but I believe that I will keep learning and gain new experience,” she said.

The mother of two noted that men working in the same field have commended her idea as well.

“Any woman who wants to initiate a new idea should not feel concerned about the perceptions of society. On the contrary, our local community is open to new ideas compared to the past,” she concluded.

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Her Class X Science Notes Are Now a Book!
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Her Class X Science Notes Are Now a Book!

Weeks before an exam or on the day before one, it isn’t uncommon to see students running after the person with the ‘best’ notes in class. Unlike textbooks, these ‘notes’ have a way of breaking down complex academic concepts in a language which can be understood by the average student. In an interesting turn of events, the Class X science notes of 17-year-old Shruti Tiwari from Matehiya village in Lakhimpur district was compiled into a book titled ‘Science Sense’. Written in Hindi, these notes were Shruti’s attempt at grappling with science subjects. “Unlike most other students, I switched from English to Hindi medium in Class IX. It was a major shift, and I found it hard to understand several topics in physics, chemistry and biology. After struggling for a while, I decided to start preparing my own notes in Hindi. The idea worked for me, and I began scoring well,” Shruti, who is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Science from a degree college in Bheera town, Uttar Pradesh said. According to her teachers, Shruti was an average student, who later topped the Class X exams. They believe that her success was down to the meticulous notes she maintained. More importantly, these notes were able to break down seemingly difficult concepts, thus allowing other students to understand them. Little surprise that she was encouraged by her teachers to compile the notes into a book. Initially, there were no takers for her decision to publish the book, but soon an online publishing company took an interest, and on December 22, 2017, her book was launched on Amazon and other e-commerce platforms. The book was also reportedly on display at the World Book Fair in Delhi, which concluded on January 14, 2018.
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Older People Could Fight Isolation With The Help Of This High-Tech Companion
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Older People Could Fight Isolation With The Help Of This High-Tech Companion

People around the world are living longer, and how they grow old is changing. The World Health Organization finds the number of older adults living alone is dramatically increasing, and fewer multi-generational families are living together. To help the elderly with loneliness, social isolation and depression, an Israeli company, Intuition Robotics, created a robot called ElliQ designed for older adults. Featured at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas, ElliQ is named in part after the Norse goddess that represents old age. Described as a "she" by her founder, ElliQ is a tabletop robot that lights up when she hears her name. ElliQ does not have a face, arms or legs, but it talks and tries to keep her human companion active and engaged. "You’ve been sitting all day. You’re not on your track to completing your goal. You should go for a walk," the robot said. The robot does mimic head movements to connect with the user. "She can look down she can look up, she can get excited," explained Dor Skuler, co-founder of Intuition Robotics. He described ElliQ as a proactive social companion. She takes calls, reads emails and plays music for her human companion. Skuler said ElliQ aims to solve a growing problem in many countries around the world because of a global demographic change.
ElliQ, a companion for the elderly made by the Israeli company, Intuition Robotics.She initiates conversation with her user and motivates the user to stay connected with loved ones and active physically and mentally.
"In China through the one child policy, we’re seeing a huge aging of the population." Skuler added, "and Europe has a negative birth rate for a few decades already, so this is by far a global problem." The voice-activated robot comes with a touch-screen tablet through which the user can interact and access the web and social media assisted by ElliQ. Skuler said this robot is not supposed to replace humans, rather, it allows older adults to "stay sharp, keep connected, active and engaged" with their environment to fend off feelings of isolation and being depressed. The price of the companion robot is still being determined, but Skuler said it will be on the high end of consumer electronics. ElliQ will be tested in the homes of the elderly in the United States and will be commercially available sometime in 2018.
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Formerly Homeless Boy Gets His Own Bed ; His Reaction Would Make You Cry
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Formerly Homeless Boy Gets His Own Bed ; His Reaction Would Make You Cry

8-year-old Daeyrs has spent much of his young life living in homeless shelters with other families after his mom lost her job. All he wanted for Christmas in 2017, when the pair was finally accepted into a Michigan housing program, was a bed, and a kitchen table where he and his mother Dionna could eat together. But, while they were finally in a home, Daeyrs slept and ate on the floor as there was no money to pay for furniture. That’s when the Detroit based non-profit Humble Design stepped in to decorate their home for free. When Daeyrs was told to cover his eyes before seeing his bedroom, he was overcome with emotion when he saw his very own bed and dresser inside the fully furnished home. The boy can be seen in the video below looking around his new room in awe before breaking down in sobs. “Seeing how much having a bed and his own room meant to Daeyrs, it really made me realize what’s important in life and grateful for everything I have,” Humble Design founder Tregar Strasberg said. “He was so excited to have his own room, but also so overwhelmed by what having this really means for him after all he’s been through.” In 2017, the organization aided more than 150 families in their transition out of homelessness and abuse shelters. (WATCH the moment below)
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She had never seen a fridge so empty ; She fills it with food
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She had never seen a fridge so empty ; She fills it with food

Sometimes all it takes is a little reality check to put things in perspective. Back in March, home nurse Amanda Perez published a Facebook post about how the misfortunes of one of her clients made her appreciate how lucky she was to have food on the table. “Lately I have been so upset because I wanted the materials in life,” wrote Perez. “New car, house, more clothes, shoes, etc.” While she was working at the home of one of her male patients, the man asked if Perez could clean his fridge. She was shocked to open the door and see nothing inside. Upon asking him where his food was, he “looked down as if he was ashamed” and said that he bought groceries whenever he had money to do so. “I have never seen a fridge so empty in my life,” said the home nurse. “All of a sudden, I realized how my needs are wants and his wants are needs.” Despite not having a lot of income of her own, Perez drove to the grocery store and used her income tax money to buy a cart full of food and stock her client’s fridge. “This isn’t a post to be noticed, this is a post to show you that there are so many people out there that have it worse than we do. I opened my eyes and realized I need to stop being so mad about what I don’t have and start appreciating what I do have.”
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She Helped Her Mother Find Love Again After Her Father’s Death
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She Helped Her Mother Find Love Again After Her Father’s Death

25-year-old Sanhita Agarwal lost her father two years ago to a silent heart attack. The death of the 52-year-old created a massive void in her life and the lives of her bereaved mother, Geeta, and sister. “It was a major shock for all of us, as my dad wasn’t sick at all and we never thought it could happen so early,” she says. Every day she would look on as her mother longingly watched her husband’s favourite spots in the house to sit, talk, eat and laugh.
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Sanhita with her mom, Geeta
Six months had passed, but there was no respite. Sanhita would come home from office just to see her mum sitting outside the house by the stairs reminiscing about her husband. She would sob uncontrollably in front of his photograph blaming God and would shout his name in the middle of the night, waking Sanhita and asking, “Papa Kaha hai? Where is Dad? ” A few months later, when Sanhita got the opportunity to move to Gurgaon to work for Yatra, she cursed herself for leaving her mother behind and placing her career first. But the prospects in her hometown were few. Nonetheless, she visited her Mum every weekend, travelling all the way from Gurgaon to Jaipur. Living for over three months in Gurgaon helped Sanhita reflect on the sacrifices her mother had made throughout her lifetime. She knew how nobody other than a life partner could fulfil the void that was sinking a hole in her mum’s heart. So in a move that is perhaps unthinkable for most children, she decided to find a partner for her mother herself. “I wanted to find someone of her age, with the same understanding level. Someone, who had felt the loss of a partner and was looking for emotional support too. Someone she could talk to about her day and share a cup of tea and life with,” says Sanhita. She created a profile for her mother on a popular matrimony website with a small bio, profile picture and entered her own contact details. She would play the role of the matchmaker and screen every potential match before connecting her mum to them. When Sanhita told her mother of her plan, she was flabbergasted. Her mother even yelled at her for a bit, saying she’d rather live alone than be taunted by society and her own family for thinking about remarrying at the age of 50. Sanhita was now burdened with what she calls the “humongous task” of convincing her mum to look at the other side of it. She remembers telling her mother, “Every person has a right to live their life their way without caring about societal pressures. When you are alone at the age of 80, these people will not rush to your aid. Only a life partner can do that, and you would do that for him in turn. You deserve to give your life a second chance. It wasn’t your fault if Papa had to go, but it’ll be your fault now not to give yourself another chance, mom. Please think.” Her words helped her mother upturn norms. It was around October 2017, that a 55-year-old revenue inspector from Banswara, Krishnan Gopal Gupta contacted Sanhita on the matrimonial site. He had lost his wife to cancer in 2010 and is a father of two sons. When, after many conversations, the time to meet drew near, Geeta required a hysterectomy. She told Gupta that they might have to postpone their meeting due to her procedure. At the mention of her surgery, Gupta decided to came to Jaipur and stay by her side in the hospital for three days. “If I cannot stand by you in sickness and health, then what is the role I am even playing?” Sanhita remembers Gupta telling her mother. Moved by his gesture and the support her showed the family, Geeta decided to give marriage another shot, and the two got married as per Arya Samaj traditions on 3rd December 2017.
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Geeta and KG Gupta
Though it was a small ceremony, over 400 people from both families, as well as Gupta’s neighbourhood, came merely to give their blessings to Sanhita and congratulate the couple. Sanhita talks delightfully of how her mum just found the right partner in her new dad. She recalls how two years ago, her mum’s colleague, a fellow teacher rebuked her mother for wearing a bindi and bright coloured clothes after her husband passed. Her mum had stopped wearing colourful clothes or jewellery ever since. But looking at her mother smiling, grooming herself, wearing everything she loved and most importantly sharing her life with someone who returns the same love and respect, makes Sanhita proud. “We had people aged 80 and above walking up to us and telling us that in a small way, we have ignited a spark for a change. Most parents stop living their own lives once their kids get married, move away or when they lose their spouse. I feel it is our responsibility as children to give those who spent years running behind us a second chance at happiness. I encourage children of single parents to reach out to their own parent and think about doing something similar for them.”
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He Carved Road Through Hillocks to Send His Kids To School !
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He Carved Road Through Hillocks to Send His Kids To School !

Despite the advent of technology and reforms in governance, the Indian state is unable to reach vast sections of its populace. Left on the margins, this vast community of underprivileged Indians survive on nothing but their incredible will and labour. With little in the way of essential services within the vicinity of remote areas, these underprivileged people are often made to travel long distances, whether it’s to open a bank account, buy rations, get an education or even receive basic medical attention. There are those from the underprivileged communities that struggle for survival, and that itself is a remarkable feat. However, there are those who go a step further and do extraordinary things without any assistance from the state. In a heart-warming story coming out of Odisha, Jalandhar Nayak, a 45-year-old tribal man from the village of Gumsahi in Kandhamal district, worked in gruelling eight-hour shifts every day for two years to single-handedly construct an 8-km-long stretch of road through hillocks to Phulbani town. He plans to extend it by another 7 km in the next three years. What prompted Nayak to undertake this herculean task? As someone who never enjoyed access to education, the man wants to ensure that his three sons are not deprived of the same. To reach their school in Phulbani town, however, children had to cross these hillocks, which was both time-consuming and difficult. In response to his children needs, he picked up the hammer and chisel and went to work on constructing a shorter route between his village and the town. Nayak sells vegetables for a living, but the sight of his children undertaking that arduous journey pushed him to the extreme effort. Fortunately, the local district administration took notice of his efforts after local Odia publications reported his herculean feat. “Nayak’s effort and determination to cut mountains to build a road left me spellbound. He will be paid under the MGNREGS scheme for all the days he has worked,” said district collector Brundha D. In addition to payment, the administration also ordered the block development officer of Pulbani to assist Nayak in constructing the road.   Nayak and his family are the only ones living in the village of Gumsahi, while the rest left because of no proper connectivity and unavailability of essential services. The story of Jalandhar Nayak is reminiscent of Bihar’s very own ‘mountain man’ Dasrath Manjhi who single-handedly carved a path through a mountain, shortening the travel distance between the village of Atri and Wazirganj town of Bihar’s Gaya district from 55 km to 15 km, across the span of a gruelling 22 years. These remarkable acts are instigated by the failure of the state to provide for essential services. In a country that often blames the state for all the country’s ills, these individuals have taken incredible initiatives to not just make their own lives better, but others as well. Born out of necessity, the story of Jalandhar Nayak and Dasrath Manjhi is a testament to the strength of the human condition.
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This Officer Rescued 30 from Fire And Becomes The First Civilian To Get This Award
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This Officer Rescued 30 from Fire And Becomes The First Civilian To Get This Award

If you see people trapped in a fire in a building, how far would you go to save them? When a seven-storied hotel at Madhuranagar, Shamshabad caught fire last year in June, superintendent Dharamvir Singh didn’t think twice before helping those who were trapped. On seeing the fire, the employees of the building panicked and rushed to the rooftop. After receiving a distress call, the Telangana State Disaster Response & Fire Services Department (TSDRFSD) dispatched their vehicles. However, when they reached the spot and started battling the fire, they realised they would soon run out of water. Dharamvir, who is part of the Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting team of GMR Hyderabad International Ltd., came to their rescue. As soon as his team was informed about the incident, he rushed to the spot in an airport fire fighting vehicle along with two crew members. After he saw that the fire department personnel had run out of water, he connected the water hoses of his own vehicle, to that of the department’s in an effort to control the fire. Dharamvir then noticed fire emanating from a medical shop on the ground floor, which was endangering the lives of residents living in the flats above the shop. Without a second thought, he strapped on his protective equipment and self-controlled breathing apparatus and climbed onto the second floor using a ladder. Through this brave act, he managed to evacuate 30 people trapped on the terrace. Dharamvir’s bravery was soon recognised, and it was announced on New Year’s Eve that he would be the first civilian recipient of the TS Gallantry Award, which is usually only given to uniformed personnel. He will get a cash award of ₹10,000 and a monthly recurring grant of ₹150. Elated to have received the award, Dharamvir told the publication, “The recognition is a high point in my career as a fire officer and as a human being. I feel honoured, and it is a great boost for my team and colleagues in fire departments under the GMR Group.”
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Asia’s smallest surviving baby is from Rajasthan !
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Asia’s smallest surviving baby is from Rajasthan !

When she was born, nobody thought she would fight against all odds and survive.  A few months ago, a new-born from Rajasthan weighed only 400 gms at birth. Doctors and parents alike thought that the little one won’t pull through. But a few months later, now weighing 2.3 kilos, she’s on her way to be discharged from Jivanta Children’s Hospital NICU in Rajasthan. She has been named Manushi, after Manushi Chillar, Miss World 2017. The cause of the child’s unnaturally low body weight was the complications her mother Seeta, 48, went through at the time of the delivery. According to reports in Dailystar, the mother was suffering from high blood pressure during the time of pregnancy. Ultrasound results showed that the blood flow to the embryo was cut off, which interfered with the foetal development.  The doctors then performed an emergency C-section and saved the baby in the nick of time. Unfortunately, Manushi was very tiny and was struggling for breath at the time of her birth. Since she was born prematurely, her lungs, heart, brain and kidneys were underdeveloped. and her skin was paper thin. What makes her case particularly awe inspiring is that the child was had only a 0.5 percent of surviving. But today she made it and is in the pink of health, all thanks to the medical care she received. Since the child’s parents were poor, the hospital also waived off the medical costs of Rs. 1 lakh incurred during the course of her treatment. Being just 8.6 inches long, Manushi may be the smallest surviving baby in Asia. She has now been discharged from the hospital and is believed to be developing normally.
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