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Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka Laxman Savadi in Bengaluru inaugurated Sthree Toilet for women made by using KSRTC scrap buses

Karnataka coverts old bus into toilet for women, equips it with sanitary pads, baby stalls

Run on solar power, the Sthree toilet-bus parked at Majestic Central Bus Stand in Bengaluru has Indian & western toilets, solar sensor lights, and baby diaper changing areas.
Representational image of a toilet | Pixabay

Coronavirus in vacant Chinese apartment suggests it could’ve spread through toilet pipes

Traces of SARS-CoV-2 were found on the sink, faucet & shower handle of an apartment, which was directly above the home of 5 people who tested Covid positive a week before.
Public toilet (Representational image) | Commons

Four things to check before you use a public bathroom in coronavirus times

Researchers have found that the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, can be shed in faeces for up to a month after the illness.
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.
RAILWAYS

Railway TTEs will now have to check cleanliness in toilets of general, sleeper coaches

Railway TTEs will also have to keep a tab on cleaning schedule in the coaches, and water availability. Order to be issued this month.
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.

93% rural households have access to toilets & 96.5% use them, says survey

The survey was conducted between November 2018 and February 2019 under the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.
Public toilets | Frédéric Soltan/Corbis via Getty Images

Use of public toilets costs slum dwellers 104 times what those with own toilets spend

Study suggests the high user charges are undermining the benefits of the Modi government’s flagship Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
Manual Scavenging

The ‘c’ in Swachh Bharat is caste and Modi needs to address it

Manual scavenging is a reality and Dalit women, particularly, will be forced to shoulder the burden of cleaning dry pits.
Toilet bowls at a factory in Bahadurgarh, Haryana.

World’s biggest nationwide toilet building campaign is creating new markets in India

The campaign to promote latrines has resulted in a market for toilet-related products and services predicted to double to $62 billion by 2021.

On Camera

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat speaks at the book release of 'Gandhi Ko Samajhney Ka Yahi Samay' in New Delhi on 17 February 2020 | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Listen to Mohan Bhagwat’s Dussehra speech. You won’t say RSS lacks intellectual bandwidth

Mainstream Indian media used to denigrate and ridicule RSS. But it is now publishing its chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statements as front-page news.

Iraq PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi bets big on economic reforms

Kadhimi's govt is pushing a soup-to-nuts overhaul in the next three to five years. The path of least resistance would have been to wait until the general election next summer.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh

India & US agree on deeper cooperation in Indo-Pacific as Rajnath meets Mark Esper

The hour-long meeting between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his US counterpart Mark Esper came a day before the bilateral 2+2 ministerial dialogue in Delhi.
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.