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plastic waste

PM calls for week-long garbage-free country, but India is the world’s highest waste-generator

India produces 277.1 million tonnes of solid waste every year, which is likely to touch 387.8 million tonnes in 2030. However, the per capita waste generated is below the global average.
Outdoor installation of Mahatma Gandhi at the Rashtriya Swachhta Kendra at Rajghat in New Delhi | ThePrint Photo | Sravasti Dasgupta

Visual, digital art showcasing Gandhi & cleanliness — inside Delhi’s Rashtriya Swachhta Kendra

Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat Sunday opened Rashtriya Swachhta Kendra at Rajghat to the public. Only virtual tours are allowed for the time being.
Representational image| A factory in Bahadurgarh, Haryana | Udit Kulshrestha/Bloomberg

Covid crisis has exposed gaps in urban Swachh Bharat Mission. It must be revamped

The Swachh Bharat Mission won’t work in Covid times unless it is equipped with wastewater management, better infrastructure and protects sanitation workers better.
A toilet block in a village in Bhopal District, Madhya Pradesh | Photo: Anindito Mukherjee | Bloomberg

Declaring India ODF doesn’t mean much if there is no cross-verification with big data

In 'The Swachh Bharat Revolution', edited by Parameswaran Iyer, Bibek Debroy highlights the questions that should be asked about India’s ODF status.
File photo Narendra Modi at a Swachh Bharat campaign | PTI

UGC wants all institutes to promote book on Swachh Bharat Mission

The book ‘The Swachh Bharat Revolution’ has been published by Harper Collins India and has a foreword written by PM Modi.
open defecation

Modi govt’s Swachh Bharat achieved one thing. And it’s not open defecation free India: Survey

A field survey conducted by Centre for Policy Research, University of Texas and UC Berkely tracked changes in open defecation in rural north India in the last five years.
Parameswaran Iyer

Modi’s favourite Parameswaran Iyer belongs to the cult of super IAS officers like TN Seshan

Former IAS officer Parameswaran Iyer built 11 crore toilets all over India in 60 months. That's how PM Modi could declare rural India open-defecation free.
A toilet block in a village in Bhopal District, Madhya Pradesh | Photo: Anindito Mukherjee | Bloomberg

Swachh Bharat toilets without sanitation is why Dalits are at the receiving end

Modi government needs to extend the scope of the Swachh Bharat campaign and improve sanitation keeping in mind that many sanitation workers are Dalits.
Home of Avinash Valmiki

Roshni, the Shivpuri Dalit girl killed for ‘open defecation’, wanted to become a doctor

Roshni, 12, and her minor nephew Avinash were beaten to death in MP for allegedly defecating in the open, triggering a wave of shame and anger in the country.
Narendra Modi with a statue of Mahatma Gandhi

Gandhi valued sanitation more than Independence. Modi’s Swachh Bharat is fulfilling his dream

A UNICEF study showed that on average, ODF village households accrued cumulative benefits of Rs 50,000 per year and their property value increased by Rs 19,000.

On Camera

People sit in an outdoor plaza in Gangtok, Sikkim (Representational image)

Sikkim stopped seeing drug users as criminals and look what happened

In 2018, Sikkim Anti-Drugs Act decriminalised illicit drug use and laid down elaborate provisions for detoxification and rehabilitation.
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Singapore, Hong Kong top destinations for dodgy money transactions, followed by China, India

Revelations are based on a leaked trove of documents which detail more than $2 trillion in transactions between 1999-2017, flagged as possible money laundering or criminal activity.

Defence

The Chinese flag (representational image) | Pixabay

China has more than doubled its military positions at LAC since Doklam, new report says

China is constructing at least 13 new military positions near its borders with India, including 3 air bases and 5 heliports, says a Stratfor report.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Suspect all, fix all? Is that the motto of our new ‘National Suspicion State’?

It’s not just Modi government or BJP, but even state governments, judiciary are getting caught in a ‘we suspect all’ mindset. Is India becoming a National Suspicion State?