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Social Entrepreneurs: Taking On World Problems
12:01 am
Tue November 22, 2011

Selling Water, Health Care In The Developing World

In a Healthpoint clinic in the village of Mallan in Punjab, India, lab technician Navdeep Sharma draws Suba Singh's blood sample. Part of Healthpoint's business plan is to offer cheap diagnostic tests at its clinics. Diagnosing and treating people in a single visit is one key to delivering affordable health care.
Soma Vatsa for NPR

In rural India, deep in Punjab — about 90 minutes from the Pakistani border — getting clean drinking water is a challenge. Well water often has high levels of dangerous chemicals. Surface water is contaminated with pesticides and agricultural waste.

Getting adequate health care is equally challenging. Government hospitals are often far away, and lines are long.

Here, in places like a dusty rural town called Rajiana, a 2-year-old company called Healthpoint Services is trying to figure out how to bring clean water and health care to rural communities on a global scale.

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Strange News
7:39 am
Mon November 21, 2011

It Can't Be That Bad: Boring Conference Sells Out

The second annual Boring Conference was held over the weekend in London. It began as a joke but tickets sold out this year. Organizer James Ward worried his event might be too interesting.

Strange News
7:31 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Accused Drug Smuggler Just Wanted Clean Hair

Neil Parry was arrested at an airport in Darwin, Australia, and was accused of stuffing drugs into bottles of shampoo. Parry spent three days in jail, but has now received $100,000 in compensation. Testing of the bottles of Pantene shampoo and conditioner showed they actually contained: just shampoo and conditioner.

Around the Nation
6:49 am
Mon November 21, 2011

2 UC Davis Officers On Leave After Spraying Incident

Video shot by Occupy protesters shows people linking arms and sitting down to block a sidewalk on the campus of California Davis. A campus police officer steps up with an oversized spray can and calmly douses them with pepper spray. Two campus police officers have been placed on administrative leave, the university says.

Business
4:00 am
Mon November 21, 2011

eBay To Open A Pop Up Shop In London

Originally published on Mon November 21, 2011 7:58 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And today's last word in business retail convergence. The worlds of cyber consumption and real shopping are coming together.

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Many brick-and-mortar retailers have tried to sell on the Web. And now one of the biggest e-commerce companies is setting up a brick-and-mortar store - if only a temporary one.

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