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Kasai province killings : government releases footage allegedly showing execution of UN investigators

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France's First Round Controversies

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THE CAMPAIGN BEAT

"Front National" makes it to the second round for the first time since 2002

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THE DEBATE

Macron vs. Le Pen: Unprecedented Choice in French Presidential Election (part 1)

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THE DEBATE

Macron vs. Le Pen: Unprecedented Choice in French Presidential Election (part 2)

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ENCORE!

Khatia Buniatishvili, the 'pop star pianist'

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IN THE PAPERS

French press review: Macron 'just a step away' from Elysée Palace

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THE CAMPAIGN BEAT

Will the traditional alliance against France's National Front work in round two?

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TALKING EUROPE

Greek Cypriot negotiator: 'We regret that Turkey is distancing itself from Europe'

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DOWN TO EARTH

We meet the people behind fascinating environmental, health and technological innovations in a bid for sustainable solutions to our changing world. Saturday at 7.20 pm. You can watch it online as early as Friday.

Latest update : 2014-05-29

India: Universe of frugal innovation

When India launched its first missile bound for Mars last November, the endeavour was considered as much a financial accomplishment as a technical milestone. The Indians had somehow managed to keep the cost of the mission to 55 million euros, or one-tenth of the price paid by American space agency NASA a few weeks later.

This kind of low-cost solution is an example of a growing trend in India that has become known as ‘frugal innovation’ or in other words ‘doing more with less’. It often involves technological or engineering ideas with the unnecessary frills stripped out.

This week Down to Earth heads to the Indian state of Gujarat to follow Professor Anil Gupta. He has been travelling across the country for more than 20 years in search of unsung innovators who have found creative, affordable solutions to local problems. His Honey Bee Network is renowned for connecting grassroots entrepreneurs and bringing their inventions to the world.

By Mairead DUNDAS , Marina BERTSCH , Juliette LACHARNAY , Johan BODIN , Anna-Gaëlle Brault

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