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In the last decade or so, more than 1.2 million people in India have died in road accidents. Children are particularly vulnerable to injury, but as data from the US reveals, proper seats and restraints can reduce the risk of injury and death for children by as much as 71% for kids under one year of age and by 54% for toddlers between one and four years. This is a clear indication to me that car seats should be mandatory everywhere, including India. Yet there is no such law.
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There's a brand tagline that pops into my mind every time I drive to the grocery store or to pick up my husband from his office: <em>"Darr ke aage jeet hai"</em> (Success is beyond fear). But however trivial it may seem to someone else, fear is fear. It is never big or small. We all have to fight our own battles against our fears. I have won one such long battle. If you are also trying to conquer an anxiety, then this story is for you.
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Have you heard about Kawasi Hidme? Chances are high that you have not. How about Salman Khan? Have you heard about him? Of course you have, especially nowadays when everyone has an opinion on the recent verdict against him and the subsequent bail.
My daughter Pihu's first day at a nearby day care centre was a disaster. The teacher could not handle her crying, my number was not reachable and by the time I arrived, the clueless teacher shouted at her. My girl fell into my arms, crying. "I want to go home," she said between sobs. This incident took me back to the time when I was a timid 8-year-old girl who'd get bullied almost every day and was once mercilessly battered by a teacher in primary school.
The journey of the Solid Waste management (SWM) team at Sobha Quartz, a residential apartment complex in Bangalore, started five months ago, when resident Shubha Tripathi got in touch with the Kasa Muktha Bellandur group, which is helping implement waste segregation in the Bellandur area using their innovative 2 Bin 1 Bag method.