This petrol pump on the Assam-Nagaland border used solar energy to power up its business (By Syeda Ambia Zahan and Aamir Hazarika)

Nature has a solution for every problem. A petrol pump on the Assam-Nagaland border bears testimony to this. With frequent power cuts being the order of the day, operations were being affected at this pump as fuel dispensers need electricity to function. The owner of the pump decided to harness solar power to keep his[…]

Solar-powered boat clinics in flood-ravaged Assam deliver essential healthcare (By Chandrani Sinha)

In the flood-ravaged areas surrounding the Brahmaputra river in Assam, equipping boat clinics with solar panels has given a shot in the arm to the vision of bringing healthcare within everyone’s reach. Along the river’s path lie about 2,500 river islands, bereft of development and inhabited by small farmers and tribals. Every year when the[…]

A Bengaluru startup aims to take the pain out of pre-delivery monitoring of mothers-to-be (By Kavita Patil)

Most hospitals and clinics in India are understaffed and doctors and nurses overworked. So while other industries may be reeling under the threat of job losses due to technology, medical professionals in India would only be happy if tech took over their tedious tasks. A Bengaluru-based startup has developed a technology that aims to do[…]

A Bitcoin robbery in small-town UP? It really happened (By Saurabh Sharma and Rahul Tiwari)

A Bunty and Babli-style crime played out in a nondescript Uttar Pradesh town recently. Only there was no Babli to help this Bunty. Sandeep Chaturvedi, alias Bunty, a notorious criminal who has cancer and is reportedly mentally unstable, was arrested on Wednesday on the charge of looting Bitcoins worth about Rs 25 lakh from a[…]

UP police making friends with social media influencers’ to check rumours, connect with people (By Saurabh Sharma)

The easiest way to be seen and noticed in social circles is to hang out with popular people. Uttar Pradesh (UP) Police recognise this, and will soon be joining hands with the state’s social media influencers on Twitter and Facebook to expand their digital reach. The country’s largest police force is all set to launch[…]

Meet the sarpanch who upgraded this UP hamlet to a smart village, all for ₹15 lakh (By Saurabh Sharma and Durgesh Kumar Srivastava)

Hasuri Ausanpur village in Siddharthnagar district of Uttar Pradesh is a tech geek’s dream come true. Yes, you heard right. This village, with 23 Wi-Fi hotspots and 23 CCTV cameras for its population of just over 1,000, can give most high-tech college campuses a run for their money. Spread over 650 acres, Hasuri, near the[…]

Rohtak’s WhatsApp report-a-cop drive has 100 policemen challaned (By Sat Singh)

Every motorist who has had to pay a fine for a traffic violation knows the heartburn that comes from seeing policemen flouting road rules with impunity. The tables are being turned in Haryana’s Rohtak. The superintendent of police (SP) has asked city residents to report policemen breaking the law by sending in photographs and videos[…]

This Assam engineer’s microlight hydro turbine may challenge the very idea of big dams (By Aamir Hazarika)

Big dams don’t find takers in northeast India anymore. They alter the course of the river and damage the ecology. But states have to generate power. So, what do they do? They’ve turned to micro-hydel power projects — ones that generate 5-100 KW electricity using the natural flow of water. While big dams generate power[…]

Bogged down by fever? This jacket can bring down the heat in just 20 minutes (By Hitesh Sharma)

How often have you sat by your child, cold compress or cloth-dipped-in-cold-water in hand, trying to bring down his or her raging fever even as you negotiate deadlines at work or ignore your household chores? Here’s an anti-fever jacket that you can make them wear to bring the body temperature down a couple of notches[…]