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Metal moulds being made for toilet chamber rings at Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh | INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images

Bangladeshis can teach Narendra Modi’s India a thing or two about using toilets

Bangladesh model is against subsidy driven construction of toilets, focusing instead on generating collective community demand.
Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan may be a great actor but even he can’t get Indians into toilets for Modi

The programme should turn people into willing toilet users and not because Amitabh Bachchan may shame them for open defecation.
Man constructing toilet in a village in Muzaffarnagar, Bihar | Christopher Wilton-Steer/Aga Khan Development Network

Sanitation as government programme or social change: What works better?

Outcomes of a government programme are limited to target achievements. Once a village is declared ODF, attention towards it is likely to reduce. This creates a risk of slipping back into old habits.
A public toilet in India

Hindus are less likely to use a toilet than Muslims in India

Data reveals 25% of Hindus who own toilets don't use them, only 10% of Muslims do the same.
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

Despite initial hiccups, Swachh Bharat mission scores on health report card

Study reveals health indicators for children, women have shown improvement in areas that have become open defecation-free in the past year.

On Camera

The Servant of Sahibs | Source: Sandeep Krishnan

Ghulam Rassul Galwan — The man who named the Galwan river, the site of India-China stand-off

It was unusual in the 19th century for rivers to be named after their regional discoverers. But Galwan, and his love for exploration, stood out.

Inter-state movement curbs: Are Indian states being paranoid or practical during Covid?

Karnataka CM B.S. Yediyurappa has said there is no ban on flights and trains to the state, a day after after his govt banned flights from certain states after a spike in Covid cases.

Defence

An army convoy moving towards the Zojilla pass, in Drass, Ladakh on 28 May 2020 (representational image) | ANI

Chinese troops blacktopping track in disputed ‘finger’ area in Ladakh amid border tensions

The fresh Chinese construction activity is happening around Finger 4 in Pangong lake area. China also blocked the route of Indian patrol teams in the disputed region.

The Chinese are so predictable, Modi & Shah should’ve seen them coming on 5 August 2019

India should’ve anticipated the Chinese appearance in Ladakh, even the timing of it, when the status of Jammu & Kashmir was changed.