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Spark the Rise Round 2 WinnersNews & Updates | January 16, 2012
A student from Chandigarh, a businessman from Delhi, and an...
Valdenor Freitas came to Sao Paulo 20 years ago to seek his fortune but like many youngsters new to a metropolis he found himself cold and hungry in a run down neighbourhood on the edge of town, with no running water, no electricity and no public transport.
The technological breakthroughs of the Green Revolution in the 60s and 70s sprang us forward. But our growth has slowed. Agricultural growth has missed targets by 1 percentage point for the past 4 years, and the combination of economic growth with a swelling population means more people are demanding more agricultural commodities.
She may never have won an Olympic medal, but the Indian athlete I admire most still is P T Usha --not only because she set the tracks ablaze all over the world in the 1980s (Usha missed a bronze at the Los Angeles Games by a whisker in the 400 m hurdles), but also because of the impact she has had on Indian life.
One of the problems for the Amazonas school system is finding qualified high school teachers in those small towns. Another is that pupils often have to travel great distances to get to class. Some are forced to come to Manaus if they want a high school education; others give up, defeated by the hassle or the cost.