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‘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.
Narendra Modi at a Swachh Bharat campaign | SBMGramin/Facebook

‘Nudge’ is the secret behind success of Modi’s pet projects, says Economic Survey

Economic Survey praises Modi govt for using behavioural economics to popularise schemes such as 'Swachh Bharat', says it's needed for more informed policy-making.
People struggle to collect water in Chennai. | ANI Photos

Like Swachh Bharat, Modi wants mission Save Water. Stop free water first

If a commodity is under-priced, like water, it will be overused. Sell petrol for Rs 10 per litre tomorrow and more vehicles will be on the road.

On Camera

People wearing masks in a park in Shanghai, China | Qilai Shen | Bloomberg

Asians will become the new Muslims — how coronavirus will change our world like 9/11

To control another Covid-19 outbreak, solutions like body screening, temperature guns, sanitising kits will become a permanent part of our lives.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Is there a risk of Modi govt using Covid-19 to curb media and freedoms or is it necessary?

Surveillance is becoming a key concern during the Covid-19 crisis. The Supreme Court has also directed media to publish the official version of the developments.


Indian Navy on board a naval ship

Navy gets battle-ready for Covid-19 with low-cost temperature sensor, oxygen supply system

The naval dockyard in Mumbai has designed a hand-held temperature sensor while a Portable Multi-feed Oxygen Manifold was designed by personnel in Visakhapatnam.

Modi’s India isn’t Mao’s China. Silly forecasts assume we’ll let corona kill millions of us

There are many scary scenarios about how badly we Indians may be affected or how many killed by Covid-19. But they presume we will do nothing to influence our fates.