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From dumping grounds to golf courses — how Indore became India’s cleanest city

The former collector of Indore writes about how the city’s competitive drive to be the cleanest in India brought together govt officials and citizens.
A toilet block in a village in Bhopal District, Madhya Pradesh | Photo: Anindito Mukherjee | Bloomberg

Study finds Indian households with female children reduce practice of open defecation

The study found a reduction in open defecation owing to a firstborn child being a girl far greater in poor urban households than richer ones.

‘Recycling industry like a baby without parents’ — representatives want separate ministry

Members of Material Recycling Association of India say a comprehensive policy on scrap materials can help Modi govt achieve $5 trillion economy target.
Manual Scavenging

282 deaths in last 4 years: How Swachh Bharat Mission failed India’s manual scavengers

Number of manual scavengers in India had come down from nearly 8 lakh in 2003 to about 13,000 in 2013. But despite Swachh Bharat, this figure shot up to 42,303 in 2018.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi | ANI

Buy swadeshi and help push demand for local goods — PM Modi’s message to ministers

At a meeting earlier this month, PM Modi raised issue of India not signing RCEP and said enough demand could be created if we bought our own products.

More people in rural India defecate in open than what govt’s household survey shows: Study

India’s Demographic and Health Survey that asks household-level questions greatly underestimates open defecation among households with latrines.

BJP-Shiv Sena’s Maharashtra musical chairs & a session of ‘masala’ news

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by the editors at ThePrint.
Kasturba Gandhi and Mahatma Gandhi

When Mahatma Gandhi washed Kasturba’s soiled petticoat

Between 1943 and 1948, Gandhi’s grand-niece Manu kept a diary, writing about every small thing that happened during her stay with him and Kasturba.
Actor Akshay Kumar in a teaser trailer for his film Pad Man. | YouTube screengrab

When a Modi minister refused to hold a pad, Akshay Kumar learned a life lesson

Participating in a panel discussion at a book launch, Akshay Kumar didn’t name the minister but said menstrual hygiene fell under his ambit.
Narendra Modi with a statue of Mahatma Gandhi

Having limited Mahatma Gandhi to sanitation, Modi is ignoring his central message

On Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary, what India should be talking about is non-violence.

On Camera

Plastic pollution in water bodies

Banning glitter is not going to save the oceans

Humans release 1.5 million tons of primary microplastics into the ocean annually, a sum equivalent to one disgorged plastic bag for every person each week.
File image of a sign outside the Income Tax office | Photo: Brent Lewin | Bloomberg

Govt extends deadline for filing income tax return till 31 December

Earlier in May, the govt had extended the date for filing ITR for FY2019-20 from 31 July to 30 November to give compliance relief to taxpayers.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at Sukna Military Camp in Darjeeling district on Saturday | ANI

India wants to end border row with China, but will not cede an inch of land, says Rajnath Singh

The defence minister was speaking after performing 'Shastra Puja' at the Sukna-based headquarters of the Indian Army's 33 Corps in Darjeeling on the occasion of Dussehra.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.